As a beauty expert, I have the skinny on which trends are going to blow up come next season. And one that I’m particularly excited about is matte nail polish.
Most of the upcoming matte nail polish formulations haven’t yet hit shelves, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until fall to rock the trend. The June issue of In Style Magazine has a great tip:
“Simply use your base coat as a top coat to remove shine from your nail lacquer.”
Genius! Thanks, In Style!
Has the economy caused your relaxation and pampering to take a backseat? Beauty and style guru Bobbie Thomas gives tips on how to create a ‘spa-tacular’ sanctuary right in your home by using items that are inexpensive or found at your local drugstore. From lightly scented candles to homemade foot scrub, make an appointment to indulge your senses and to pamper yourself without putting a hole in your wallet.
I asked Bobbie to share her top five at-home pampering product recommendations, and she gladly dished the deets (just for Spoiled Pretty readers!):
Essence of Beauty Soy Lotion Candles ($9.99)
A luxe little secret! These soy lotion candles not only smell delish, but actually melt down to offer you a warm body indulgence. Burn for approximately 30 mins, and the special formulation can be used as a massage oil or body crème!
Venus Spa Breeze Razor ($11.99)
Transform your shaving routine into a treat! The Venus Spa Breeze is another scent-sational favorite of mine because it features flexible shave gel bars infused with the clean, fresh scent of white tea. With no shaving cream or soap needed, just add water to indulge your senses! You (and your legs) will feel beautiful and refreshed with a close, smooth shave, and lovely scent that lingers.
Aegean Apparel’s Shower Wraps ($38.99)
My must-have in the summer (and fall!) No need to overheat in a heavy robe. Blow-dry your hair or lounge by the pool in these one-size-fits-all towels-to-go.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Overnight Repair Serum ($8.99)
Give bed head a whole new meaning! You can mend your mane without leaving residue on your pillow. Literally get your beauty sleep and wake up to silky smooth tresses.
White Pearl Teeth Whitening Pen ($19.95)
Another nighttime tool I love! So easy, brush on and smile for 30 seconds before bed. Then let the solution work its magic while you dream and brighten your smile before the break of dawn.
Click here for more of Bobbie’s fabulous tips and product picks for summer!
I’d like to give a shout out to my little sis, who graduated from college today. This summer, she’ll start graduate school at Georgetown, and I’m so proud of her!
This afternoon, while driving home from her graduation lunch, I marveled at Lauren’s lush lashes; so I grilled her about what mascara she was wearing. She told me that it was Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express. After I complained that Colossal never gave me such a dramatic look, she let me in on her little secret.
When a mascara doesn’t exactly work out for my sister, she gives it a second chance…this time, using the disposable mascara wands from Sephora. “They make even drugstore mascaras look like a million bucks.”
My sister is so smart, y’all. Look out, Georgetown!
Photo: Getty Images
Happy Saturday, sexy mamacitas!
It’s no secret that I hold a torch for Kim Kardashian’s makeup. So it was a total treat to learn that Mario Dedivanovic, Kim’s talented MUA, just started a blog today. That’s right…today. I’m quick. When it comes to Kim-related news, I don’t mess around.
For his first post, Mario shared the recipe for one of his favorite looks he ever created for Kim. To cop Kim’s look…
Eyes: DuWop Duet Eye Shadow in Chai (the lighter shade) all over the lid and on the brow bone. MAC Eyeshadow in Brun in the crease. MAC Eyeliner in Feline on top lid. GIELLA b-dazzle Shadow on inner corners of eyes. MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating on the inner rim of the eye. MAC Brun Eye Shadow swept softly under the eye. TONS of mascara on top and bottom lashes. I filled in the brows with MAC Eye Brows in Lingering.
Cheeks: NARS Blush in Desire on the apples of cheeks. Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer in Suntan Matte on the hollow’s of the cheeks and framing the face, softly. For the glow on the cheekbones, Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Gold.
Lips: MAC creme D’nude Lipstick. Make Up For Ever Lip Liner Pencil in #50 (Warm Nude). You can use a gloss for this look, but I didn’t because the lipstick is very creamy.
For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a MAC Master Class at Bloomingdale’s in the Willow Grove Mall. In this interactive seminar, participants were taught how to replicate on-trend looks, using the products and techniques employed my MAC pro artists.
After 30+ beauty-obsessed ladies (and one hilarious dude) took our seats at work stations – which were equipped with mirrors, a set of brushes and a plethora of products – MAC pro artists Will and Jocelyn introduced themselves and we got down to biznass.
Will announced that he would be demonstrating the “club zone” look, complete with a peacock blue eye and Bordeaux gloss. Then Jocelyn informed us that she would be leading the “bridal/wedding” look tutorial. Will and Jocelyn explained that we should pick a preferred look – as they would be walking us through the steps, and demonstrating techniques on models. Since I had plans to meet Mr. Spoiled Pretty for a casual dinner later that evening (and I didn’t want to look like a tranny hooker at my neighborhood brasserie), I chose to follow Jocelyn’s lead.
During the two hour tutorial, a handful of MAC makeup artists walked around, assisting participants and helping us choose the most flattering makeup shades. One of the artists, Dana, was especially helpful and introduced me to some of my new MAC faves.
The Master Class only cost $50, which you end up getting back (in the form of a MAC gift card) at the end of the seminar. So basically, the class ends up being free…and you go home with a whole bunch of new goodies to help hone your mad makeup skills. Next time MAC organizes a Master Class is my neck of the woods, I’ll be there. Perhaps I’ll see you there too?
Here’s the abridged breakdown of the bridal look:
1) Spritz face with Fix +
2) Moisturize skin with Studio Moisture Fix.
3) Prep the skin with Prep + Prime Skin.
4) Fill in brows with Eye Shadow, using the 266 Small Angle Brush
5) Apply Paint Pot in Bare Study to eyelid, from lash line to brow bone, using the 242 Shader Brush.
6) Using the same brush, apply Eye Shadow in Shroom to entire lid.
7) Apply Eye Shadow in Cork to the crease, using the 217 Blending Brush**; start at the outer corner and work the product inward, moving the brush in small circles to deposit color.
8) Using the same brush, apply Eye Shadow in Embark to the crease; start at the outer corner and work the product inward, moving the brush in small circles to deposit color – but stop at the middle of the lid, so that the color is concentrated on the outer half of the eye.
9) With the 266 Small Angle Brush, apply Embark Eye Shadow to lower lash line.
10) Use the same brush to line the upper lash line with Fluidline in Blacktrack*.
11) Apply Select Moisturecover concealer to nose, under eyes and above brows – and blend into skin using the 190 Foundation Brush.
12) Mix small amount of Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation* with a few drops of Stobe Liquid* (for a dewy finish) and apply to parts of the face where you did not use concealer (forehead, cheeks, chin and jawline) using the 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush*.
13) Using the same brush, set fondation with Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation/Loose.
14) Choose a Powder Blush shade that is similar to your own complexion; I used Harmony. Use the 129 Powder/Blush Brush to contour under the cheekbones. To avoid a line that looks too harsh, imagine a line that runs from the middle of your ear to the corner of your mouth…then apply the blush half-way, from the ear to the middle of the cheek.
15) Using the same brush, apply Powder Blush (in a shade that gives a subtle pop of color) to the apples of cheeks; I used Cubic.
16) Apply Prep + Prime Lip to your lips.
17) Line lips in Spice Lip Pencil.
18) Apply Viva Glam V Lipstick, then top it off with Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks*.
19) Coat upper lashes in Dazzle Lash Mascara.
20) Choose a pair of false lashes* and measure them against your eyes. If they are too long, cut to desired length. Apply Duo Adhesive* and allow glue to get a little tacky before positioning lashes as close as you possibly can to natural lash line.
* must-haves for your makeup toolkit!
** if you’re on a tight beauty budget, just buy the 217 Blender Brush (a very wise investment).
Will demonstrating the “club zone” look
Dana, me and Jocelyn
Completed look, in natural light (I did this all by myself!!!)
Completed look, in artificial light
Today, Kim Kardashian posted photos to her blog of the fantabulous makeup job her MUA Mario Dedivanovic created for her Radar Online interview. Kim writes:
I love the black liquid liner, and the gold MAC shadow he uses called Goldmine.
I would never have the patience to do what he does. He starts with a black pencil liner, by MAC called Smolder, then sets it with a translucent powder. He puts an eye shadow brush in the powder and just brushes it over the liner line to make sure it doesn’t run and bleed like some liners do. He then takes a MAC liquid liner and goes on top of it to make a more defined line and wings it out a bit.
For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here.
If I had a dollar for every time I left the house, then started freaking out about the possibility of my apartment going up in flames thanks to a forgotten (and still plugged-in) flat iron, I’d be able to afford a digital styling iron with auto shut off.
Over the years, I’ve probably given myself a minor heart condition worrying about setting my place on fire. One day at work, I worked myself into such a tizzy that I took a cab home at lunchtime – only to find that I had, in fact, unplugged it before I left that morning.
Lately, I’ve gotten better at remembering to remember that I’ve unplugged my hot tools…but I still forget from time to time.
Which is why I found this simple, yet ingenious tip on BellaSugar so enlightening. Check it out!
Scary ass photo: Getty Images