Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Beauty Tips

Kim Kardashian’s Video Makeup Lesson: Part II, Eyes

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Kim+Kardashian+Photo Kim Kardashians Video Makeup Lesson: Part II, Eyes
In part II of her “Smokey Eye Look” video, Kim Kardashian and her makeup artist, Stephen Molesky, show you how to replicate Kim’s signature eye makeup look.

To be Be a Kim copycat…

* Prep by dusting MAC Select/Sheer Loose Powder under the eye to catch any falling shadow that might potentially ruin your base

* Use MAC 217 Blending Brush to apply MAC Paint in Bare Canvas all over the lid, as an eyeshadow base

* Apply MAC Eye Shadow in Contrast to the crease, starting on the outside of the eye and working inward.

* Line the eye with Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx, and soften by blending with a Q-tip.

Click here for part III of Kim’s video. For part I, click here.

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

Source: officialkimkardashian.com

Kim Kardashian’s Video Makeup Lesson: Part I, Face

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kim+kardashian Kim Kardashians Video Makeup Lesson: Part I, Face
OMG…stop the presses. After weeks of answering questions about her beauty secrets and favorite products, Kim Kardashian did a very smart thing…with the help of her makeup artist, Stephen Moleski, she taped a how-to video and posted it to her blog.

In part I of her “Smokey Eye Look” video, she and Stephen show you, step-by-step, how to achieve Kim’s glowing skin.

And pay attention…Stephen has a great tip for extending the life of your makeup brushes.

To copy Kim’s look, use:

* Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation applied with MAC 182 Buffer Brush
* Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette
* MAC Pro Paint Stick in Pink Vivid applied with MAC 182 Buffer Brush
* MAC Powder (Select Sheer/Pressed) applied with MAC 150 Large Powder Brush

Click here for Part II of the video!

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

Source: officialkimkardashian.com

Best Makeup Tips. Ever.

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victoria+beckham+allure+cover Best Makeup Tips. Ever.
Fancy yourself a makeup junkie? Then you won’t want to miss the August 2008 issue of Allure Magazine. Flip to page 101 for some of the best makeup tips – eva. “These 59 bits of wisdom from the top pros will take your skills to a whole new level,” promises author Danielle Pergament. Here are a few of my favorites:

Eye Openers
To create a smooth line along the upper lashes, start at the outer corner and draw a series of dashes with an eye pencil, as close to the lashes as possible. Then connect the marks. “This is the best trick I ever learned,” says makeup artist Laura Mercier.

No matter what makeup you use, always choose a remover designed to take off waterproof formulas, says makeup artist Charlie Green. “The best ones look separated, like salad dressing. The oil takes off makeup, and the water gets rid of some of the greasiness.” As with vinaigrette, mix well.

Lash Rites
If you have especially straight lashes, curl them and immediately brush on waterproof mascara, advises makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury: “It holds lashes up much better than a regular formula.”

To elongate lashes, work from the outer to the inner corners of the eyes. “You’ll deposit more on the outer corners that way,” says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. “By the time you get to the inner corners, you’ll have just the right amount of mascara left.” To increase the effect, apply another coat at the outer corners only.

Face Facts
If concealer collects into any lines, dip a cotton swab in eye cream and run it over the area.

If you run out of concealer, use whatever makeup has collected in the cap of your foundation bottle – it’s somewhat thicker and perfect for covering up flaws.

Blush Well
After foundation, apply blush before any other makeup, says makeup artist Dick Page. “Often, you’ll be surprised by how much it can brighten your face, and you won’t need anything else.”

To fake sun-kissed skin, apply bronzer, then follow with a rosy blush on the apples of the cheeks. “The cheeks naturally get a pink flush when the skin is tan,” says Page.

Mighty Mouth
To add richness and longevity to lipstick, cover the entire mouth with liner that’s the same shade as the mouth, not the lipstick. And use the side of the lip liner, not the point, to fill in lips completely.

To make lip gloss last longer than 30 seconds, makeup artist Christian McColloch says to blot the mouth with a tissue or a dry cotton swab first: “The wetter the mouth, the less likely the gloss will stick.”

High Browed
Tweeze brows in natural sunlight – it illuminates all the teeny strands a bathroom bulb will miss. And never tweeze them in a magnifying mirror – it’s too easy to overdo it.

The most natural-looking ay to fill in the brows is with cream shadow that’s the same shade as the hair. “This product glistens like hairs do, and gives the brows a healthy sheen,” says Dick Page.

Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup Artist

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Project+Runway+Judges Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup Artist
For months, I have been absolutely ravenous for new eppys of Project Runway. Every now and again, Bravo throws me a bone in the form of late-night or weekend marathons. But while these re-run nuggets are tasty and entertaining, I need sustenance. I require my Project Runway fix on a weekly basis or I get fussy.

So you can imagine how keyed-up I am that the Season 5 premiere of Project Runway is mere hours away. Can you even stand it? How have I survived without Tim’s quirky chuckle or Michael Kors’ one liners? “It looked like Comme des Garçons goes to the Amish Country!” Ah…the good old days.

My fellow PR junkies, brace yourself. Today, time is gonna move like molasses. So to tide you over until tonight, I have a little treat. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Nathan Johnson, Makeup Artist for Project Runway. Read on to learn about Nathan’s favorite products, and how he makes them work – on the runway and in real life.

Nathan+Johnson Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup Artist

When did your fascination with makeup begin?

It began with Boy George. I was blown away with how he would use color to make himself stand out. I found it astounding that he could even make himself look beautiful. I suppose that’s when I fell under the spell of makeup. Another biggie for me was Cyndi Lauper. She was (and still is) never afraid to go all the way. When she first came out, she would paint swatches above her lips and use eye colors no one else would ever have dreamed of. In a lot of ways, I think she was a force in creating the make up trends of the 80s.

How do you describe your makeup style?

That’s a hard one. Since the majority of my work is for film, television, stage and public appearances, what I do is usually set for me (by the script or the image the celebrity already has). Still, I make sure everything I do has my flair, which is romantic glamour. When I work, I plan very little before I see the woman’s face. I use makeup to bring out all of the things that are uniquely beautiful in each woman.

What would be your dream makeup assignment?

I would be a staff makeup artist on a morning show. That would be awesome for two reasons: I love to be home at night and having normal hours. Second, the thrill of always having new people to work on and never knowing who’s going to sit in my chair is very exciting for me. I also love working with the everyday woman. I think make up should be taught to women in high school. So many ladies have no idea what to with color. They apply it wrong, or stick to the same three colors for their entire life. I get a lot of fulfillment from showing women how to bring their beauty to a new level.

What is a typical day like, for you, on the set of Project Runway?

Except for start of day and touch ups, it’s always different. A half hour after call time, the models come into the L’Oreal room. From the second they sit in the chair, we have 30 minutes to hear the concept and execute the makeup. Touch ups only happen once and they happen in such a tiny window of time that we are only able to do what is necessary to the string of 10+ models. There are four makeup artists on the show and, between us, we keep track of every color used on every model. To work on Project Runway, you have to be ready for anything.

jaslene Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup ArtistOn Project Runway, is the model’s makeup look a collaborative effort between the makeup artist and the designer? Or do you look to the garment for inspiration and let your imagination go wild? The show glosses over that process, so I am very curious.

It’s both. The designer comes to me with an initial idea or thought and I delve deeper by asking about the garment, the style, feel, fit, mood, colors, etc. Taking everything into mind, I tell the designer my concept and we reach a common ground. It is necessary to guide them at times. I tell them what works on TV, what works for the runway, what will read under the lights, what the judges like, how the colors compliment the look, etc. They know fashion, I know makeup…when we listen to one another, amazing things happen.

Can you share with us some on-the-set beauty tricks?

Have the powder already on your puff! Under those hot lights everyone shines and a pre-powdered puff saves so much time. Also, disposable lip brushes are a lifesaver. You can pop on lipstick or gloss, and then just throw it away. You don’t have to keep track of each models brush, just get a new one every time. One thing I do on set that you can do at home is highlight and brighten. Want to make darkness disappear and features pop, use a lighter face powder. After you conceal under the eyes, press in the lighter powder with a dense brush, it will brighten the whole area and banish darkness. Want to make your structure pop, brush the lighter powder onto the top of the cheek bone an along the jaw line. I love the Three Custom Color Specialists face powders, they go on smooth as butter. Just be sure to choose a shade 1-2 lighter than your tone.

What are the trends in makeup this summer?

What I’m doing for summer evenings is a dark black red lip (try Three Custom Color Specialists ‘Flapper’ from a Century in Red Lip Collection) with a very shiny gloss on top. For daytime or evening, I’m brightening the lid with a champagne shadow and lining the inner upper rim of the eye with black, this gives appearance of a super lush lash line without the eye liner effect. It is fun and flirty. I am also using multiple colored liners on the bottom lash line. Apply the color below the lash line and smoke it out. Of course it depends on the woman’s coloring, but some of my favorites are Three Custom Color Specialists’ Navy Eye Liner, MAC Jade Way Technakohl Liner, and MAC Purple Dash Technakohl Liner.

Which brands or products are staples in your makeup bag/toolkit?

clarifier Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup ArtistFrom Three Custom Color Specialists: Champagne, Bronze, Copper, and Silver Eye Shadows, and the Clarifier Pencils (they’re great for brightening the inner rim of the eyes, covering up stubborn spots and blemishes, and adding a nice strong highlight under the brow bone). Bellini Lip Gloss is my favorite. I use it over lip colors because it compliments everything. I also use it on its own because it is universally flattering. MAC Fluidline is a staple. I use it in lots of different colors. I also use some of their Pro eye shadows. Makeup Designory: I love this brand’s eye colors.

What is your number one beauty secret/tip?

Skin is a beautiful thing. Don’t cover it up unless you have to. In my opinion, the biggest mistake a woman makes is layering on too much foundation. Cover only what you need to cover. If you don’t start with clean beautiful skin, nothing else will be beautiful. Makeup should say “Look at beautiful woman!” Not “look at that mess.”

Thank you, Nathan, for this glimpse behind the scenes! Be sure to catch the Season 5 premiere of Project Runway tonight on Bravo…it’s sure to be fierce.

Carry on!

Kim Kardashian Teaches You How To Flaunt Your Assets

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kim kardashian swing Kim Kardashian Teaches You How To Flaunt Your Assets
Kim Kardashian wants to help you “boost your beauty impact.” Here are her tips for playing up your best features.

Legs
If you have great legs, show them off more! Wear shorts and skirts on warmer days. On cooler days wear cute minis with awesome tights and a cropped trench-coat that doesn’t cover your best assets!

Hair
Those of you who have been blessed with great hair should probably spend a little extra time making sure it looks its best and resist the urge to throw it back in a pony tail! If your hair is gorgeous long, I would think twice before chopping it off (even if it’s the trend-of-the-moment). You can reflect trends with your clothes, shoes and accessories. It doesn’t have to be with your awesome hair.

Feet
While the world might look more kindly upon you if you went through life walking on your hands, open-toed shoes, pedicures, flip-flops, sandals and great shoes all around are the best way to show off great feet!

Curves
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a tight sweater now-and-again; or a pencil skirt that hugs close to all the right places. You know how to show off those awesome curves! Now do it!

Eyes
Pay more attention to your eye makeup and grooming (tweezers are your friend!). Consider getting your lashes and brows tinted a shade darker to make your eyes pop more.

Arms
Sleeveless shirts, tanks and even t-shirts show off toned arms. In the winter, consider wearing long sleeves with tighter, stretchy arms, to give the same effect.

Hands
Don’t leave the house without your manicure looking stunning and always have a good hand cream in your purse to combat dryness during the day! Your hands will thank you and your friends (and boyfriends.. hmmm!?) will notice!

Skin
When you’re blessed with great skin, it’s easy to take it for granted. But remember to keep it moisturized and exfoliated to keep it glowing and youthful-looking. Don’t put too much makeup on during the day as to not mess with perfection!

Cheekbones
Blush much? Try it, but don’t over do it. Apply a subtle color to the apples of your cheeks for a natural, daytime look.

Smile
Got great choppers? Make sure they’re gleaming white! There are some great over-the-counter whitners that are easy to use. Have great lips? A subtle, dewy lip gloss must be in your purse at ALL TIMES. And remember, lips need exfoliating too! Easy trick: brush them lightly with your toothbrush. It sloughs off the dead skin from your lips.

Nose
If you have a great nose, then consider yourself lucky! Ha!

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

Source: officialkimkardashian.com

More Beauty Secrets From Kim Kardashian

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kim kardashian More Beauty Secrets From Kim Kardashian
How does Kim Kardashian give oily skin the kiss off? Kim swears by oil-free makeup and powder. She also carries blot papers to keep the greasies at bay throughout the day.

And even though our favorite junk in the trunk-tastic socialite wears $400 Dior shades and kicks it in Christian Louboutins, she can be a bit of a penny-pincher. She says, “You can use toilet seat covers to blot your face. It’s basically the same material as blot papers and they’re free! Ha ha!”

To keep her skin and oil glands acting right, Kim visits her dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban, for medical facials. She also frequents Aida Thibiant in Beverly Hills.

As for hair removal, Kim has kissed her waxing days goodbye. She much prefers lasers. “I started at the American Laser Center, but Laser Away has numbing cream. I can be such a baby about that stuff!”

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

Source: officialkimkardashian.com

More Makeup Tips From Kim Kardashian

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kim+kardashian+all+about+eyes More Makeup Tips From Kim Kardashian
Women can’t get enough of Kim Kardashian. Considering the public’s fascination with her makeup choices and tips, I’m surprised she’s not working to develop her own line of cosmetics. Anyways, Kim answered some beauty-related fan mail on her website today. This time, it’s all about eyes.

So, as usual, I am re-publishing on Spoiled Pretty – complete with links and spelling corrections. Enjoy, pretties!

Ruby asks:
Kim, do you wear eyelash extensions? I am so amazed by how long and perfect your eyelashes always appear… not to mention that both of your sisters and your mom have the same perfect look.

Kim answers:
No, I do not wear eyelash extensions, Ruby. But I just started using an eyelash grower called Revitalash. It’s amazing! It makes your eyelashes grow soooo much!

Kim [another Kim, not Kim K] asks:
Kim….You, your mom and your sisters eyelashes are ALWAYS beautiful. I wanted to know what brand of falsies you use or where do you guys get them done?

Kim answers:
We wear lashes from a company called Red Cherry, but Khloe never wears them. Kourtney, my mom and I only wear them out at night to events or parties. We have very long eye lashes to start with and the trick is to use two different kinds of mascara and really take your time putting it on!

Mla asks:
Hi Kim! Thanx for giving us your makeup regimen! We really appreciated this, but I wanted to know the color you use on your eyebrows. They always look so perfect! Do you use pencil or what!? Thanx again, and stay nice and cool!

Kim answers:
I use a MAC brown eyeshadow to fill them in a little bit. It’s called Walnut. It works really well for me. If I need to fill in some more, I use the MAC eyebrow pencil called Lingering.

For more of Kim’s beauty secrets and favorite products, click here!

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