Category Archives: Makeup

Back to BE with bareMinerals Well Rested Face and Eye Brightener

I’ve long loved bareMinerals, but haven’t regularly used any of their face products for years. I got burnt out after an intense mineral makeup phase in 2007. But I’m back, baby! In fact, I’ve been on a little bit of bareMinerals binge. It started first with the intro of the READY Foundation (pressed bareMinerals!) and then quickly progressed to the Well Rested Face & Eye Brightener. I spotted this click-style pen at Ulta and was intrigued because it’s one shade for all and essentially clear. Slightly creamy, but mainly clear.

Here’s what you need to know: it totally works! I don’t struggle with dark circles, so on most days, this acts as my concealer. It gives me that awake look and has absolutely no shimmer, which I love. I pat it in and it goes from creamy clear-ish to just dewy and bright. I use this all over my face as I would a highlighter and it’s all “I’m wearing highlighter but you can’t see it because it’s magic.” Or something. No-makeup makeup mavens will go nuts for this pen, because it gives everything a lift without doing anything obvious. I’m 100% satisfied with this purchase and getting excited about what Leslie Blodgett and her crew of BE babes will do next.

A Pretty Powerful Bobbi Brown Holiday 2012 Collection

Sundays are for catching up on the DVR, spa-ing at home and window shopping online. The collection I’ve been e-browsing all day is none other than Bobbi Brown’s Holiday Gift Guide. Yes, already. Bobbi Brown does holiday oh so well. We have this overwhelmingly need every year to treat ourselves and gift others with her limited edition eye and lip palettes. A.K.A. the annual palette pull. It’s like a magnet or something. I’m particularly obsessing over the Rich Caviar Eye Palette. Smooth neutrals get me every time, and that Olive Sparkle Eye Shadow is screaming WEAR ME. The palette options run the gamut, from the palm-sized Atomic Pink Lip & Eye Palette to the double decker Caviar & Oyster Palette. It’s easy to get lost in palette wonderland, but Bobbi snuck in a few other surprises. The Powder Pearl Eye Trio is a new item, a pearly powder in a tube. The colors look stunning. And Bobbi is launching an EXTRA Hand Cream next month. Love that the EXTRA line is expanding!

What catches your eye? While you craft your lists, check out Bobbi’s new Facebook app, Pretty Powerful Beauty Stories. This app is everything we love about Bobbi and beauty, bringing her Pretty Powerful campaign to everyone. You can build your own story and share. There’s prizes to be had, too, which is icing on the cake. Check it out here.

Sonia Kashuk's Latest Treasure + Vacation Makeup

Vacations are good for the soul. A much necessary break from everything. While Carla was in Vegas for her sister’s wedding, I was in San Francisco. After a day in wine country and a few more spent sightseeing, shopping and eating, my battery is on its way to being recharged. As most vacations go for us beauty girls, we tend to spend quite a bit of time packing our products (usually bringing way too much). Now that I’m back, I can confirm that, once again, that exact scenario happened. Some things will never change. I wanted to give you a glimpse at the makeup I used on vacation and rave about the makeup bag that you need to run to Target to buy immediately. Meet the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag.

Let me try to quickly breakdown how amazing this bag is. Seriously, I could probably give a 50 minute lecture on the function of this bag. A black nylon makeup bag (the staple of ALL staples) with maroon lining, featuring a front exterior zippered compartment and pouch, two back exterior pouches, an interor with a zippered compartement and SIX side pouches that fit blush, eye palettes, powder and lipstick galore. And it’s $14.99. This bag can do no wrong. I marvel at its wonder. Oh, and it’s only $14.99.

These are the products I used every single day on vacation. I brought along Stila Stay All Day Liquid Foundation & Concealer, in shade Light, which like its other “Stay All Day” counterparts, wears flawlessly for hours and hours (and hours!) The concealer hidden in the cap works on both blemishes and under eyes, so the 2-in-1 option was great for travel. For eyes, I kept it bright and low maintence. Just a pat of bareMinerals Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener to perk up my undereyes and double as a highlighter (more to come on this – I think it’s magical!), a swipe of Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Illuminating Duo to brighten under the browbone, lower waterline and inner corners and NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates and Maybelline The Falsies to give the lash line some oopmh. I dusted Jouer Bronzer in Suntan in the “3″ shape on each side of my face and tapped MAC Blush in Legendary from the Marilyn Monroe collab on my cheeks. For lips, I’m having a MAJOR Fresh Berry Sugar Lip Treatment moment. It might be fav Sugar of all. It brightens my face in a very subtle way, and it was perfect for walking around sunny SF with the SPF 15.

Sometimes a simple routine is the way to go!

Wake Up Your Makeup Routine with the Almay Wake-Up Collection

Not everyone has the benefit of a good, solid 8 hours of sleep every night but with a little makeup in the right places, we can fake our way through the day. Almay Wake-up Collection is all about looking radiant and well rested. All of the products are infused with caffeine to improve circulation and energize your skin. Instantly wake up those tired eyes and brighten your complexion!

Let’s take a look at a few products from the collection:

Almay Wake-up Liquid Makeup – this foundation energizes skin and instantly boosts hydration by up to 132%. It comes in 6 shades and gives skin a soft, luminous finish with lightweight coverage. On days when you want to lighten up, make your own tinted moisturizer with a buzz by mixing a few drops into your daily moisturizer.

Almay Wake-up Eyeshadow + Primer – this vibrant eyeshadow palette comes with a primer on the left and a trio of eyeshadows in vibrant shades to make your eyes pop. The primer is caffeine-infused and helps the color last all day. This eye shadow and primer palette comes in 3 shades.

Almay Wake-up Eyeliner + Highlighter – this dual ended eyeliner seals the deal and helps awaken tired eyes. One end helps the define your eyes and the other adds light and completes the look instantly cooling and refreshing. It comes in 3 shades. Try using the highlighting end on your brow bone and inner corners of the eye for a well-rested look.

Almay Wake-up Blush + Highlighter – this blush and coordinating highlighter come with a brush to help you sculpt and highlight cheeks in one swoop. The blush also comes in 3 shades. Want a little more highlighting action? Use the highlighter on its own down the center of your nose and right in your cupid’s bow.

You can find the Almay Wake-up Collection in stores now. What is your makeup trick for faking a good night’s sleep?

NOTE: This is post is sponsored by Almay but all opinions are my own.

MAC Marilyn Monroe The Perfect Cheek Blush

What to do when your favorite MAC blush gets re-released with the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection? Get excited and tell your friends, of course. The Perfect Cheek is a rather unassuming muted matte pink. When I first got it three years ago from the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics collection, it was more on name alone. The premise of “The Perfect Cheek” color on a label was almost like a dare I couldn’t resist. Perfection, you say? We’ll see about that. Of all the MAC blushes I have amassed over the years, this muted matte pink is the one I reach for the most. It’s my fail safe impossible to overdo fresh pink blush. The blush I bring on vacations because it goes with everything. And now that it’s available in a sleek Marilyn embossed compact? I love it even more. Don’t miss out, friends.

The New Nude Lip for Fall

The new nude lip for fall is not pale and Kim K. circa 2009, but rather, a little earthy and autumnal. It mimics your natural lip color but pulls a little brown. You could say it’s got a touch of the 90s thrown in there. It could be matte, satin or as I prefer, Velvet Gloss-y. Oh, NARS. I’m so devoted to your Velvet Gloss Pencils. The newest addition for fall, More, is an auburn hue. It’s got more than just a touch of the 90s in there – it’s very reminiscent of that era for me. And, I love how it looks on me. I love it even more, though, blended with NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Buenos Aires. Together, these two create the perfect new nude lip. It’s fresh, healthy and perfect for the season.

L-R: Buenos Aires, More; both shades blended together

What do you think of the new nude?

Revlon + Product Girl on the Burgundy Lip for Fall (+ giveaway!)

Once fall hits, I crave a deep lip. I can’t think of a better pairing with the crisp colorful leaves and cooler air, can you? Lucky for me (and you!), a burgundy pout is once again a fall beauty trend. Honestly, of all of the Revlon videos we’ve brought to you this year, the one we’re featuring this month is our absolute favorite. Revlon equipped us with a few products to show you how to wear a burgundy lip. No surprise, this look is all about the lip. The products I used in the video: include:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick in Black Cherry (love this classic shade!)
  • Revlon® ColorStay™ Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare (lilac/smoky plum)
  • Revlon® ColorStay Overtime™ Lengthening Mascara (black)

Black Cherry is delicious — it looks like a deep brown burgundy in the tube but goes on much lighter on the lips. It can be more subtle if a slightly stained look is more your style. Or, layer it on and be bold! Make sure to click on the video above and check out how I wear it, along with the lilac side of Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick.

Because we love this product so much, we’re giving away 10 tubes of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry! Leave a comment on this post by Thursday, September 27 and let us know your thoughts on a burgundy lip for fall. We’ll pick 10 winners from there!

For more burgundy lips, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers in action.

NOTE: Click on the video image above to watch on YouTube.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

Natural Beauty Find: Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

 

It is September 2012 and if you have yet to try Vapour Beauty, then you should change that situation a.s.a.p. Your year will take a turn for the plus. Everything I try from this organic beauty powerhouse is a win. No longer is it “for a natural product, it’s pretty good.” Vapour is superior to most non-natural brands. I love the way this industry is progressing. And my skin agrees. My most recent natural beauty find is Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation. No chemicals, no irritants. Rather, 70% certified organic ingredients, like pumpkin and camellia, and 30% natural mineral pigments and vitamins.

Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation swatches, (L) S115, (R) S120

Vapour designed this to lend a soft finish to the skin. It blurs out blemishes and unevenness flawlessly. Just a pump is all you need (I’m a match to shade S115). Miraculously, I first started using this at the hottest point of the summer and my skin did not act out. There’s a satin feel (due to yummy ingredients, not silicones)  and I was wondering if it would slide off my face. When the ingredients are there to balance and do some good, you’ll be amazed at how positively your skin responds.

If you have aging skin (sadly, we all do, that’s life), then this is your friend. It softens the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles, so you’ll look like you’re aging in the opposite direction.  $48 at VapourBeauty.com.

New NARS Limited Edition Palettes & Brush Set

This new NARS New Wave palette makes my heart skip a beat. I saw it when I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Francois Nars a few months and it is just gorgeous. It’s bold, in your face and just a bit R Rated… that’s due to the shimmering chartreuse shade that makes up half of the duo by the same name. I wasn’t able to pick it up then but luckily the stars aligned and now I can! This new palette features bold and iconic shades from NARS while the other palette includes six of their top-selling shades.

Here’s what’s in the New Wave palette:

  • Pandora – Sheer white shimmer
  • Jolie Poupée – Vibrant violet
  • Rated R – Shimmering chartreuse
  • Outremer – Bright true blue
  • Pandora – Matte black
  • Daphne – Matte deep violet

Keep reading for more on the other palette and brush set…

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Stila In the Know Eye Shadow Palette + September Challenge

The folks at Stila recently reminded me, via their new ad campaign that I spied on several pages during my HOURS of reading September issues, to “Makeup Your Own Rules.” So how about this? For the entire month of September, I am going to “challenge” myself to use one palette of eyeshadows: the Stila In the Know Eye Shadow Palette, a new , but permanent, launch from the brand’s 2012 collection. I say “challenge” because is it really? We think no. More or less, this is normal behavior. We recognize it as such and even exhibit it ourselves from time to time, but our love of variety often has us switching things up daily.

Far left: Smudge Stick in Halfmoon. Top, L-R: Air, Wind, Desert, Clay, Earth. Bottom, L-F: Driftwood, Fire, Rain, Smoke, Ebony

But, I’m making my own rule for the month. After just one look at the 10 gorgeous earth-inspired shadows in Stila’s In The Know palette, I knew this was going to be one of the easiest makeup commitments I’ve made. In fact, it’s the reason I’m making this rule. These shadows are the silkiest matte shadows I’ve ever felt, and consistently so from the lightest to darkest shades. I’m not interested in anything but CONSTANT use. Gorgeous skin-toned beiges, soft browns, charcoal grey and the aptly-named  orange “fire” are all perfection.

Any other makeup commitment phobes out there ready to settle down for September? Let us know!