Monday, March 7, 2011

Makeup, skincare and hair products oh my!

I know it's been forever since I posted last, but what's 8 months between friends? I promise I'll make it up to you ;)

Anyhoo, on to the fun stuff!

AG Hair Cosmetics Curl Trigger Curl Defining Spray $19.99

Spring is around the corner and soft, carefree, slightly messy beach-y curls are one of the hair trends of the season. AG's Curl Trigger is just the product to help control, define and enhance curly and wavy hair types.

Bonus: Can be used as a refresher spray if your hair gets a little limp throughout the day.

I personally really love the product as my hair can't decide if it's straight, wavy or curly. With Curl Trigger I get really pretty waves all over my hair and if I spray it on damp hair and then blow dry with a diffuser after, I get much more defined curls.

I compare this product to Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray, but I have to say that I like the way Curl Trigger smells much better.

Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette $35

I received this palette awhile ago but I've been using it on a weekly basis since. The minute I saw the colors I thought how perfect this palette is for wedding looks. Then I saw the shadow names and realized "oh...Too Faced meant this to be a bridal palette too..." :) With names like "I Do", "First Dance" and "Ever After" how could it not be? These colors are soft and feminine, perfect for Spring. My favorite look by far is the Classic look that combines a pale pink, a shimmery lilac and a deep eggplant with sheen to it.

For professional use, these seem fairly easy to depot and would be a great addition to a bridal palette. For personal use, these shadows are super pretty and easy to wear and blend. I also think these would be a cute bridesmaid gift too!

Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum $30

We all know and love Mario Badescu for his Drying Lotion. It's amazing! I really don't know why I overlooked the other gems in his line, but I got to try some out and my new favorite skin care treatment of the moment is Mario Badescu's Herbal Hydrating Serum.

Most of the serums I tried in the past were nice, but they usually left my skin feeling slightly tacky after initial application (the exception being Merle Norman's Energizing Concentrate, love that stuff!) which I personally can't stand. My rule of thumb is if I don't like the way it looks/feels/smells on myself, there is no way I am putting it in my kit and subjecting my clients to them. What's so cool about the Hydrating Serum is that it's a gel that is instantly absorbed by the skin and gives a cool, fresh and perfectly moist feeling. Love it!

Bonus: If you have oily skin, this can be used as your moisturizer

Stay tuned the rest of this week as every day I'll have three new product reviews for you!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Beach Bodies, Beach Sexy

I can definitely say Summer has officially arrived in Southern California! ( I know many other places across the nation have experienced this lovely weather for awhile, but it seems we have just ended the "June Gloom" cycle so it's sunny and HOT!)

Inevitably, the sultry warm weather brings with it shorter hemlines and cute strappy sandals. During the rest of the year, I tend to wear jeans religiously so it's no wonder that my legs are generally 5-6 shades lighter than the rest of me when I decide to break out the shorts. Not to fear, Victoria's Secret has created a line of bronzing lotions and powders that will make everyone think that I (and anyone else in the same boat) tan equally all over, year round.

My two favorites from the collection? Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray ($12) and Sun Dust Bronze Shimmer Body Powder ($12). The Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray has a heavenly smell that takes me to the white sandy beaches of Hawaii and it goes on light as a veil that doesn't leave a sticky residue. The color is also nice as it isn't your typical "oompa loompa" orange that many bronzing products sport. The Sun Dust Bronze Shimmer Body Powder is a cute touch to add on top of the Airbrush spray for a sexy shimmer that's perfect for a night out.

If you are looking for something to give your tan a little nudge without having to expose yourself to damaging UV rays, then you should definitely check these out! Guess what? has the entire Beach Sexy on sale for 2/$20, so go stock up!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Urban Decay $5 Sale!

Get your favorites before they are gone!! Urban Decay is having a $5 sale on their Ultraglide Lipglosses, Loose Pigments and Smoke Out Pencils.

When I last checked at about 12 pm this afternoon, all colors were still available (but who knows how long that will last).

I personally love the Ultraglide glosses, but since all of Urban Decay's products are fantastic, you should check them all out!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Victoria's Secret Secret Moment's Fragrance and Bodycare Collection

Hello lovely readers!
So Spring is definitely in the air and I am ALL for that! I'm tired of the chilliness and can't wait for the sunshine to make a permanent appearance. That said, I also love the new makeup and body care collections that come out this time of year.

Starting now you can experience the romance that is the Victoria's Secret Secret Moment's collection. Consisting of five scents, you will be sure to find one to match your mood and your senses tingling. Here's the breakdown:

Girls' Night
-Pink Peony and Waterlily Notes
-A light and flirty scent, 100% girly

Island Escape
-Reminiscent of beaches and paradise, this scent has notes of fresh ocean air mixed with coconut and sugarcane
-Exotic and sheer, perfect to channel summertime

At First Sight
-A romantic, flowery scent of Violet and Bergamot
-Soft and feminine, just right for a date or evening event

Room 504
-Naughty and sensual with a sultry blend of Amber and Passionfruit notes.
-A sexy scent that's a go for a night in or an evening at the club.

Good Day Sunshine
-A fresh burst of Peach and Blue Freesia that awakens the senses
-Happiness in a bottle

I'm loving these scents and I know you will too!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscar Round Up-My Favorite Makeup Looks Of The Evening

So the Oscars are over and in case you didn't get to watch them here is the rundown of the top awards:

Sandra Bullock -Best Actress
Jeff Bridges-Best Actor
"The Hurt Locker"-Best Picture

Ok, now on to the makeup looks! My personal favorite of the evening? Kate Winslet:

From the her classic, sleek, not-a-hair-out-of-place vintage-esque hair style to her flawless makeup and that LIP color! Kate was my favorite all around. Her lip color perfectly complimented her strong brows and defined eyes. Oh, let's not forget about her dress. Fabulous!

Runner up for best makeup for me was Anna Kendrick, hands down:

Doesn't she look like she is positively glowing? I love her makeup and how it sets off her creamy complexion. The lipcolor looks great with her hair and her eye makeup it perfect. Not too dramatic and not underdone either. I am not crazy about her hair, but her dress more than makes up for it. I adore the rose color and how utterly girly it is!

I also really really liked Mo'Nique's makeup. Her face is contoured and highlighted perfectly and it allows her vibrant blue dress to take center stage.

Those are my faves of the evening and I'm looking forward to reading the other blogs I follow to see what they thought of the actresses all in all.

All pictures Courtesy of

Urban Decay Stardust Shadows

So, like any makeup artist, I love makeup and I love sparkle. However, as we all know, those two certainly do not go together on set. Why? Well because sparkle (in the form of glitter) has a nasty habit of getting EVERYWHERE in my kit. I HATE bringing glitter with me SO much that I specifically make sure everytime I do a creative that we either are or are not going to be using glitter because I have a special separate case for it that I never carry unless I have to.

I think I may change that. Why? What has caused this oh-so-sudden sudden change of heart? Well, it's because I just met a product that is not only incredibly pigmented, it's also packed with major glitter that does not cause a giant mess and doesn't even fall out when applying it to my talent!

This miracle product is: Urban Decay Stardust Shadows

These cute little shadows are Urban Decay's newest addition to their already amazing shadow line. Boasting 40% more glitter than even their most sparkly shadows, Stardust delivers a stunning wash of color that is topped with teeny bits of iridescent glitter. The reason why the glitter doesn't have the fallout problems of 99% of other glitter shadows is because of a pricey ingredient called reflex. I'm not sure what it is, but I LIKE it. ALOT.They apply like a dream and I mean it when I say there was zero glitter fallout. Z.E.R.O

I'll end my post by telling you the two best ways I personally feel you should apply this shadow.

Technique #1:

*Sanitize hands and fingers thoroughly.

*With your ring finger, pick up a generous amount of shadow by using a circular motion of "grabbing" the product with the pad of your finger.

*Lightly sweep and press shadow into place on you or your talent's lid.

*Repeat until desired look is achieved.

Technique #2:

*With a shadow brush that has a stiff-ness to it (I would either suggest a small concealer brush or a shadow brush that has a denseness to it rather than an extrememly soft one) and pick up a generous amount of shadow

*Press onto lid or crease until all color is deposited.

*With a softer brush, blend colors on lid until desired look is achieved.

If you all end up getting any (or all) of the colors, let me know which ones you love! I am currently digging Atmosphere and Diamond Dog.

Catching Up, The Makeup Show LA, New Make Up For Ever Products

Hello Lovely readers!
First off, I want to let you know that I truly did not realize that it has been over a month since my last post! That's just horrible, and I will try my hardest to update the blog a bit more often than that.

Next, I have a flood of new posts for this evening, so that should make up for it just a little.

Last weekend I was attended the Makeup Show LA put on by the Powder Group. It was great to catch up with old friends that apparently I only see at makeup shows, as well as meet lots of new artists that I "know" from forums and such. As I was working the Yaby booth (, I couldn't really "shop" and wonder around as much as I would have liked, but I have IMATS LA in June for that.

Anyhoo, a couple of months ago one of my good friends (some of you may know him as KJ)works as the artist director for Make Up For Ever cosmetics was in town and we got to chatting and he pulled out a bag that contained a plethora of new goodies that would be coming out from the line in the next coming months.

Sworn to secrecy, I played with all the lovely things until my heart was content, but I didn't breathe a word of it to anyone for fear I would open the flood gates and let it all tumble out.

Luckily, a couple of those new products have debuted, one is on and the other was a huge hit at the Makeup Show and I can happily sing it's praises. Firstly, The new Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush.

As a makeup artist, I work in HD often, and I loathe a blush that has talc in it or that is loaded with shimmer for HD. Matte blushes can also look muddy if the talent is particularly sweaty or oily and has to be touched up often. With the new Make Up For Ever HD blushes, those worries are over. This blush literally looks like you skin produced the color. There is no trace of shimmer or even that gooey sticky feeling that one can sometimes get with gel blushes. Once worked into the skin, the color is that of a slight flush and completely natural looking and feeling. Oh, did I mention it also lasts for hours and hours?

To try a blush that will change the way you actually look at blush, hop over to your local Sephora or Make Up For Ever studio if you are lucky enough to have one near you.

As for the new aqua colors, I don't have a picture of them (and I can't seem to locate on online) but they are in pots similar to the aqua creme liner. These little pots of heaven are what KJ referred to as "Waterproof Flash Colors in separate containers". Um, SQUEE! If you love your Flash Colors / palette just like I do, then a waterproof version should just about rock your world. How waterproof/lasting are they you ask? Well the day KJ let me play with all the new goodies, I put a blue one on my hand and two days later you could still see traces of the blue. It serious is majorly awesome stuff.