Saturday, December 31, 2011

How To Spice Up Your Makeup Routine For 2012...

Try RED LIPS!!
Every woman can wear red, I promise. Try it out. If you decide you don't like it, you can always wipe it off. No biggie.

Mix Your Blushes!!
Try mixing a pink with a peach to give your face a gorgeous glow.


Bronze Eyes With Nude Lips!!
This was all the rage for Spring fashion week. It's also an easy way to add a little glam without doing winged liner & bold lips.


Add A Little Shine To Your Smile!!
A hint of shine will draw attention to your lips. (MAC makes a great, non-sticky lipgloss, or "lipglass" as they call it.)


Get Glowing!!
Tan skin looks healthy, fresh, and warm. A great way to achieve this look is with bronzer or self-tanner. But don't go crazy. Only go a shade or 2 darker than your natural skin color. Anything darker will make you look like Snooki. No one wants that.

Try Faux Lashes!!
They are super easy to do, and they're are tons to choose from so you don't have to try the super long drag queen ones. Start with the wispy, natural ones.


Add Some Glitter To Your Peepers!!
When done correctly, glitter can be glamorous & fun. No one wants to look like a kindergarten art project gone bad, so find a glitter that matches your favorite eye shadow and just dab a little on your lids. It's a simple, subtle way to add a pop.


Draw A Line!!
It sounds super simple, but when the rest of your face is bare & you correctly apply black liner to your top lashes, it will draw attention to your beautiful face.


Go Glossy!!
After applying your eyeshadow, add a dab of clear lipgloss to your lids. Glossy lids were a big hit at the Spring shows for Balenciaga & Lavin.


HAPPY 2012, LADIES!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How To Look Like Brigette Bardot...


Brigitte Bardot is the ultimate sex kitten. The blond bombshell was once of the few European actresses to receive massive media attention in the United States. The film siren's alluring presence was felt in the '50s and '60s. The seductive French import had a signature look that was emulated by numerous women across the world. With tousled bedroom hair, sultry come-hither stare, and pouty lips, Bardot made her mark as an undeniable influence in beauty and fashion.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Eyes-
  1. It's all in the eyes. Bardot's eyes radiated a sense of innocence and seduction all in one glance. Practice her come-hither stare after you apply her signature cat eye look.
  2. Clean your eyebrows. Bardot didn't have super arched eyebrows, but they were neat and appropriately fit her face shape. Make sure to tweeze those strays in order to start with a neat eye palette. Fill in the brows with a brow shadow and brush or pencil if necessary.
  3. Apply shadow. Brush a neutral eyeshadow on your lids. You may want to put a lighter color on your brow bone under your eyebrow arch.
  4. Draw the cat eye. This is the most essential part of Bardot's beauty regimen. Apply a thin line of black liquid liner beginning from the inside of your eye all along your upper lash line. Make sure you're closest to the lash line as possible. When you reach the corner of your eye, bring the eyeliner brush upwards as you extend passed the edge of the eye. Be sure to taper the line at the end, thinning the line out as it reaches its end point. It's better to start with a thin line and repeat until you reach the preferred thickness. Bardot preferred a thick line.
  5. Use a pencil to line your lower lids. A pencil is easier to apply when you want to line your lower rims. Draw the liner from the inside to the edge of your lower rims.
  6. Glue on false lashes. You have the option to apply strip lashes or individual lashes. When applying strip eyelashes, consider trimming the edges if necessary in order to fit your own unique eye shape. Get the strip lashes that are longer at the end of your outer lash line. This will help further emphasize your cat eye. When applying individual eyelashes, place 3 or 4 at the end of your lash line.
  7. Apply mascara over your false lashes. This will help blend your false lashes with your real lashes. Only apply mascara on your upper lash line.

    Lips-
  1. Line your lips. Take a nude or nude-pink lip liner that complements your natural lip color. Line close to the outside edge of your lips to provide a fuller appearance.
  2. Apply lipstick. Use a nude or nude-pink matte lipstick that matches the color of your lip liner. Bardot was often photographed in matte lipstick.
  3. Lip gloss is optional. In her movies, Bardot had the natural shine from seductively licking her lips. In order to give your lips more of a pump, you may want to consider applying a clear lip gloss over your lips. You could also apply the lip gloss at the center of your bottom lip to give the pouty look.
Cheeks-
  1. Bardot had gorgeous cheek bones, so contour your cheeks. This can be done by sucking your cheeks in & applying a matte bronzer in the hollows.
  2. Add a light peach or pink blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  3. Highlight the tops of your cheekbones using a shimmer white eyeshadow.
  4. BLEND. You don't want any harsh lines.

 
Add a little volume to your hair using a teasing brush & some hair spray. Congratulations!! You are now an official sex kitten, Bardot-style!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Ten Nail Trends From 2011...

(In no particular order...)

Atypical Tips


Nude Nails


Super Glitter Nails


Lilac Nails


Nail Stickers


Ombre Nails


Hand-painted Nail Art


Metallic Nails


Stilletto Nails


Crackle Nails


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How To Create A Wavy Blowout...

I ran across this on realbeauty.com & wanted to share it with you!!


Kattia Solano, the mastermind behind NYC's Butterfly Studio, says she's done with the froufrou Kim Kardashian look (we're kind of over the whole wedding spectacle, too). This much-loved hair guru is digging softer, more textured waves, like the ones seen on Jessica Biel.
But looking like you didn't try too hard isn't as simple as it sounds. Luckily, Solano broke down the steps for scoring beachy waves, so you can easily attain this piece-y, bohemian hairdo at home. Check out the details below.

1. Pick Your Poison

Start by selecting the right type of product to create your ideal level of texture. "If you have fine to medium hair, use a mousse or cream because they're not as heavy," explains Solano. "Thicker hair needs a heavier product like a pomade or beach spray to provide more hold." Her formula of choice for all hair types is Shu Uemura Tasai Cream, because it can be layered according to your hair’s styling needs.

2. Apply the Potion

Solano advises applying your texturizer to towel-dried hair, because it's more difficult to work with wet hair. If you want a more touseled mane, rough blow-dry (by shaking the nozzle at your roots) strands to dehydrate tresses before adding styling solutions. "Imagine that you just came out of the water and it's breezy out, so your hair starts to dry," she says. Work the product into your mane from back to front, spreading it from half-way down the length of your locks to the ends. Whatever is left on your hands can be sparingly applied to your roots if you’re aiming for a sleeker style.

3. Twisted Times

Then, divide your hair into four to six sections and twist each by wrapping it around two to three fingers while you blow-dry. Make sure to point the dryer nozzle down on (instead of up at the hair) while you twist. If you opt to air dry your strands, follow the same instructions to tame your limp locks into big-coils. Once your hair is 80 percent dry, flip your head over and apply a bit more product. Then, scrunch your tresses and finish blow-drying (with your head still down) until all of the water has evaporated. "Keep your dryer on the medium setting because super-hot temperatures and high speeds will take away texture," says Solano. "Your blowout should not look so great right now, and that's perfect. If it's too smooth or shiny, it won't hold the curl."

4. Parting Waves

To add instant volume, Solano suggests sporting a side part. "Make it deep in the front, but as you get towards the back, make it more central," she advises. "This distributes the weight of the hair, so it's even on both sides and looks full throughout."

5. Create Coils

You’re not done yet! Starting two inches down from the roots, wrap two-inch chunks of hair around a clasp-free curling iron (Butterfly uses one by Enzo Milano). Hold the iron vertically, pointing towards the floor. "This curling technique creates more elongated coils, rather than Shirley Temple-like ones,” explains Solano. Start on one side, working towards the back, and repeat on the other half of your head.

6. Final Touches

"Brush your waves out with a wide, flat brush once or twice to give your hair polish and fullness," says Solano. "It will break up your curls, but that's what you want." If the weather is wet, she suggests misting your 'do with hairspray; and if it's dry out, add a light coating of pomade for extra shine.


Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year...

I know most people make resolutions for New Year's, but I wanted to get an early start. Since my birthday was this past Saturday, I decided to go ahead and start making changes a week early. The past year was probably the hardest year of my life. I went through so much. Now that everything has settled, and I feel like a new woman, I wanted to share with you the things I am looking to change at age 28....

1. GET HEALTHY
I know everyone says there New Year's Resolution is to lose weight, but this goes beyond that. I would rather eat right & exercise regularly than stress about being a certain size. I want to be a healthy role model for my son. Besides, the doctor gave me specific instructions to help keep my risk of kidney stones down. So, it's time to get to work.

2. BE A BETTER WIFE & MOTHER
I don't think I'm a horrible wife/mom, I just want to start taking a little extra time for the men in my life...more date nights with hubs & more play dates with O.

3. START SCHOOL
I've decided to take a step forward in my career...beauty school, HERE I COME!!

4. STOP MAKING EXCUSES
This past year, every time things got hard, I made excuses to get out of doing things. People needed me, and I let them down. No more pity parties, it's time to put those less fortunate first.

5. BLOG MORE!!
Since I started working outside of the house, I've slacked on my blogging. This year, I'm gonna step up. I love this blog. I love those of you who take time out of your busy day to read it. THANK YOU so much to my followers. You're kind words mean more than you'll ever know.


I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!! If you have any New Year Resolutions, share them with me!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Looking Back: The Biggest Beauty Trends of 2011...


CRAKLE POLISH

It seems like every nail polish brand came out with some sort of crakle/shatter/blasted polish this year. But the trend started with OPI. They came out with their Black Shatter for Katy Perry's line (shown above) at the beginning of the year. After that, you could find crackle polish everywhere...from high end`salons to Wal-Mart.

FEATHER HAIR EXTENSIONS


Everyone one who was anyone this past year was caught sporting one of these bad boys. I went to the ER last week with tonsillitis and the older lady who checked me in was wearing one...better late than never I suppose.


CELEBRITY FRAGRANCES

It seems like everyone who is even the tiniest bit famous came out with a fragrance this past year. For the most part they stink. Just because you're famous doesn't mean you should come out with a scent. The best smelling aroma? Surprisingly, Justin Bieber's Someday. No joke.

STICK ON STYLE


I guess companies figured we all need more time to spend on Facebook & texting, so they made our beauty routines simpiler with stick ons. Now, you can get everything from fancy eyeliner to jazzy nails to graphic lips in a matter of seconds.


I'm excited to see what 2012 brings for beauty trends!! GOOD BYE 2011!! :)



Sunday, December 18, 2011

What I Want To Find In My Stocking...

HOT PINK LIPSTICK!!


After seeing the pic above on bellasugar.com, I decided to put hot pink lipstick on my Christmas list. How hot does Brooklyn Decker look?! I've been on the hunt for a great shade from MAC (I LOVE MAC LIPSTICKS...they have the best staying power!!) Here's what I've found...


MAC Fusion Pink (This one is limited edition, so grab it up before it's gone)


MAC Impassioned

Both are available at maccosmetics.com for $14.50.

If you would like to try hot pink lipstick, but don't want to spend $15.00 on a tube of lipstick, try Revlon's Super Lustous Lipstick in Love That Pink....$7 at Wal-Mart.




Friday, December 16, 2011

5 Can't Fail Winter Skin Tips...


Tip #1: Find a body wash that isn't going to dry out your skin. Look for products that are soap-free and use the word "hydrating" to maintain moisture. Now would be a good time to swap your gel formula for a creamy one.

Tip #2: Moisturize everyday to keep dry skin at bay. When you apply lotion right as you step out of the shower, you are sealing in the moisture that your body has just absorbed. Not to mention, the combination of the cold weather, wearing gloves, and constant hand washing can cause painful dryness and cracked skin. (Your hands can show signs of aging faster than other parts of your body.) Indulge in a heavy moisturizer and keep it in your bag, car, and office—and don't forget to use it often.

Tip #3: Since your skin type can change with the seasons and environment, you may need to asses what's happening and switch up your products. Look for signs of dry or oily skin, breakouts, or changes in pigmentation. To ensure you are treating your skin appropriately, visit your dermatologist for a consultation.

Tip #4: Sort through your skin-care routine. Using too many products together, such as facial masks and exfoliators, can irritate skin. If you have to, label your products with designated days so that you don't overlap treatments too often. Also, remove and replace any expired products from your stash.

Tip #5: Did you know that UV rays can damage your skin through your clothing? Sunscreen is essential in protecting your skin against premature wrinkling, skin cancer, and dryness. We recommend using at least an SPF 40 daily. And, don't forget your lips—a great balm with SPF can prevent dryness and cracking.

Friday, December 9, 2011

DIY Christmas Gift: Candy Cane Scrub...

My favorite Holiday scent is Peppermint. All of my candles, room sprays, soaps, body washes, and lotions are all CANDY CANE scented this time of year. The scent makes me wanna curl up on the couch with a mug of Peppermint Hot Chocolate & the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. Here's a great way to incorporate that great candy cane scent in an easy DIY project.


Candy Cane Scrub

From Shannon Mariani of Spa & Salon Vdara in Las Vegas

You will need:
  • A lidded jar or flip-top container
  • Brown sugar
  • Cooking oil (we used almond)
  • Peppermint essential oil or fresh peppermint sprigs, ground
  • Optional decorations: ribbon, gift tags, etc.

Directions:
  1. Mix sugar (brown is softer and finer, but white works just as well) with cooking oil until your desired sloughing texture is achieved.
  2. Add in a few drops of peppermint essential oil and stir. "Another great tip is just adding peppermint essential oil to a warm bath," Mariani adds.
  3. Decorate the jar for holiday giving (or just keep for yourself).
  4. Spread all over feet, lower legs, and hands.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DIY Christmas Gift: Scented Bath Salts

Getting a homemade gift for the Holidays always feels extra special. It's a wonderful feeling knowing someone took the time to make you something special. There isn't anyone on this planet who doesn't like to relax, so treat your loved one to some serious chill-out time with custom-blended scented bath salts. To see just how easy these bath-time presents are to make, just keep reading.


Scented Bath Salts

You will need:
  • A lidded jar or flip-top container
  • Epsom salt
  • The essential oil of your choice (dried herbs will work, too)
  • Jar decorations: ribbon, gift tags, etc.
Directions:
  1. Begin by filling the jar about halfway with the salts.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil or dried herbs. Mix throughly.
  3. Fill the rest of the container with the salts, leaving just a little wiggle room at the top.
  4. Add about the same amount of oil or herbs you used before, shake again, and finish with a few festive embellishments on the outside to bring it all together.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Get The Look: 2011 VS Fashion Show...

Candice Swanepoel
Doutzen Kroes


Who doesn't want to look like a Victoria's Secret Angel?? We all might not be blessed enough to be 5'11", drop-dead gorgeous supermodels, but now we can at least wear the same makeup!! For this year's show, head makeup artist, Tom Pecheux, decided show the girls' natural beauty. There were no false eyelashes, no fake tans, and no VS signature smoky eyes. Here's what he used:

EYES-
VS Brilliant Shimmer Shadow in Golddust ($13.00)
This was used on the inner corner of the eye & on the brow bone to highlight the eye.


VS Triple Drama Mascara in Blackest Black ($14.00)
This was a applied a few times to the lashes (top & bottom) to make them look long and full.


VS Brilliant Glitter Liquid Liner in Blacklight ($13.00)
This was used to line the top lashes. It was applied not to thin, not thick, and slightly winged out on the outer corner.

FACE-

VS Baked Mineral Bronzing Powder in Glitterati ($16.00)
This was used on the hollows of the cheeks, to contour the nose, and on the temples.


VS Luminous Mineral Blush in Starlet ($15.00)
This was applied to the apples of the cheeks.

LIPS-

VS Perfect Lipstick in Whisper ($13.00)


VS Lip Gloss in Sublime ($12.00)

All products are available at victoriassecret.com!!



Thursday, December 1, 2011

ATTENTION: URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE FANS!!...

They've done it again!! UD has finally launched Naked 2.




For round 2, Urban Decay decided to make the palette a metal tin, rather than the magnetic velour packing. The mirror was also doubled in size. Like the first palette, UD has assembled 12 beautiful shades. This kit includes:  Foxy (cream bisque with a matte finish), Half Baked (the only Naked 1 repeat...golden bronze with a shimmery finish), Booty Call (shimmery cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with sliver micro glitter), Tease (creamy pale brown with a matte finish), Snakebite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with a shimmery finish), Pistol (light grey-brown with a shimmery finish), Verve (oyster with a shimmery finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with a metallic base), Busted (deep brown with a shimmery finish), and Blackout (blackest black with a matte finish). Also included in this set is UD's Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush. It alone is a $24.00 value. Instead of including a mini shadow primer this time around, they went with a mini Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked. In total, you are getting a $234.00 value for $50.00...not too shabby.

The first 5,000 have already sold out online. If you are interested in this palette, you can head over to urbandecay.com & get on their waiting list. The website said they will be getting more in stock next week. I can not wait to get my hands on this palette!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Christmas List...

Uggs Classic Short Sparkles
Uggs are quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They're like wearing slippers all day. I have the regular ones above in brown. I feel like black sparkly ones would be perfect for those days when I wanna be comfy, but I want a little more bling.

iPad 2
I had an iPhone. I was on it all of the time, so I switched to a Blackberry. I miss my apps. I feel like this is the perfect gift for me...apps, face time, and web without getting interrupted by calls or texts.


MAC Melt Your Heart Lip Bag
This little bag contains both Lady Gaga shades (nude & blue-pink). After these sell out, you won't ever be able to buy Lady Gaga I ever again. Lady Gaga 2 will be available until February. She's being replaced by Nicki Minaj.


Hello Kitty Intense Perfume
It's not secret, I'm a HUGE Hello Kitty fan...always have been. I loved this bottle online (at Sephora...of course), so I just had to smell it while I was in the store. THIS. SMELLS. AWESOME. With notes of Cassis Sorbet, Italian Mandarin, Apple, Magnolia Blossom, Freesia, Orange Flower, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, & Musk this is a grown up smell in a playful bottle.

Victoria's Secret Pink Campus Pant
When I'm not in jeans, you can find me in my favorite VS sweatpants. Mine are starting to look a teeny bit haggard. If you don't own a pair, go get some. Wear them with your Uggs & you'll be in Heaven!!