That’s what I love about Tarte…so many of their products become my instant beauty besties. They’re the “how did I survive my whole life until now?” type of products. Anyway, I can finally dish on this amazing makeup set because it is now available for purchase on QVC and QVC.com. In fact, it’s QVC’s “Today’s Special Value” today. Ladies, turn this Friday the 13th into a lucky day by scoring this bag of beauty goodies. Here’s what’s in the collection:
Is anyone else seriously freaked out by eyelash curlers? Or is it just me? I don’t know why, but I have never been able to use one. I start to sweat as I stare wide-eyed at myself in the mirror – mouth open. You know all of the interesting faces we make at ourselves when applying products. But ever since I found Dalton Lash Fix Tilting Mascara, I don’t feel like I’m missing out from having seriously beautiful lashes. (more…)
This fall, Lancôme took inspiration from the violet beauty of dark amethyst and beguiling mystery of green malachite to create a new color collection that’s entirely of the moment. Channeling the effortless sophistication and elusive je ne sais quoi of the modern French woman, the daring new French Idole line allows eyes to magnetize like precious gemstones and color to dazzle with crystalline purity. A once natural yet utterly chic, this striking new collection delivers innovative new formulas and coveted updates on beloved favorites, all in colors fit to be worshipped. (more…)
A glorious garden of irresistible shades unfolds, its hidden pleasures unearthed, as delicate pastel Pigments unfurl and the dewy sparkle of Cremesheen Glass casts a luminous gleam. Rose-coloured hues burst from lustrous Lipstick, while a heavenly hybrid of Mineralize Eye Shadows blossom with natural splendor. Cheeks are kissed with the graceful glow of Mineralize Blush, and vivid pops of colour flourish as Fluidline and Nail Lacquer bring this flowery fantasia to life.
Do you travel to see family during the holidays? I do, and between shopping for all those gifts and attending festive parties, I barely have time to pack for my trip. Tarte takes the guesswork out of your holiday (or everyday) makeup palate with their Beauty without Boundaries Collection. All you need for your natural or sultry look is included in one stylish Missoni-esque makeup bag.
I’m no pro makeup artist. But there’s one beauty technique that I’ve got down pat – the elusive cat eye. It requires patience and a steady paw…but once you put in a little practice, a ferosh fe-lined eye isn’t far off.
Besides practice, high-quality/easy-to-use products are the key to this look. I used three CoverGirl products to achieve this purr-fect cat eye. It was easy, breezy and beautiful – if I do say so myself. Here’s how I did it:
1) Apply the silver end of CoverGirl Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke all over your lid – from the lash line and up past the crease. Also use it to trace the inner corner of your eye to make your peepers pop.
2) Line the top lid using CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire. At the outer corner of the eye, curve the line up slightly. Figuring out the angle of the “flick” can be kind of tricky, so here’s a tip: aim for the point where your brow ends.
3) Apply CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire to the waterline of the lower lid.
4) Create fierce fringe with CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara. This mascara is amazing, y’all. It features an innovative curved brush that lets you load up the volume without the clumps, even after 30 strokes!
See how simple it is? With these three CoverGirl products, you can go from “I don’t know how” to MEOW!
I am so excited about this collection…you don’t even know. I mean, what glamour girl doesn’t have a girl crush on Marilyn Monroe?
MAC Marilyn Monroe, a color collection that channels the legend’s lustre and sex appeal in shades and formulas meticulously Marilyn. Lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash, False Lashes Extreme Black and Eye Shadows in shimmering metallic anddiamond tones provide silver-screen allure. The finishing touch: Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty Powder to evoke that flawless Forever Marilyn.
LARGE EYE SHADOW, $21
How to Marry: Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde: Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen: True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl: Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)
I have dark lashes, but they are barely visible. My lashes are sparse and short, so I’m in the market for a mascara that will maximize my eyes. Can you recommend some of your favorite mascaras to lengthen and volumize my fringe so that they look like false lashes? That’s the look that I want, but I don’t know if it’s even possible. Also, I’ve heard of those products that claim to grow your lashes, but do any actually work? Thanks for your help, Mario. You’re the best!
Lab Shine in Star Collection – S4 (pearly pink beige)
HD Microperfecting Primer
Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara
I usually spend about five minutes on my makeup every morning. Before leaving the house (yes, I’m one of those girls) I apply foundation, pressed powder, eyeliner, mascara, and lip stain – at minimum. I recently tested all of the products in this kit, minus the lipgloss. No offense to MAKE UP FOR EVER, but I’m not a gloss girl.
First, here is a photo of me with no makeup on. This is what I start with.
I first applied the HD Microperfecting Primer, which made my skin feel smooth and wasn’t too heavy. I then applied my regular foundation. Next up was the Aqua Eyes eyeliner (inside upper lid, and on upper lid), which was precise but had smude-ability. I added Aqua Cream in 13 from the liner to my brow bone, and it gave the perfect amount of color and highlight. Then two coats of Smoky Lash Mascara, which I was probably the most curious about. My lashes are long, and hit my brow bone, so at the end of every day I have to make sure I haven’t turned into a raccoon. Finally, I dusted the HD Microfinish Powder over my entire face.
This whole process took about 10 minutes. I was eager to see if my extra time in the morning would hold up by the end of the day. This is what I looked like at 8 a.m., post makeup application.
I then walked eight blocks to work on a foggy and humid day, had a typical seven hour day at work, and walked home the eight blocks in the humidity. This was unintentionally the perfect day to test these products!
Here is a photo of what I looked like when I got home.
Everything had held up really well! The eyeliner, Aqua Cream, and mascara looked as good as they had 10 hours earlier. My foundation had melted a little, mostly in the T-zone area, which was to be expected after a humid day.
Overall, I adore this product set, and it was absolutely worth doubling the amount of time I spend applying makeup in the morning. I would suggest this most to ladies who have a long day ahead of them, and no time for a mirror check. Trust me, all MAKE UP FOR EVER products will stay exactly where you applied them, and you will look fresh and lovely (not made-up and cakey).
The Wild and Chic Best of Make Up For Ever Kit ($55) is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Last month, I traveled to Miami to report on Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week as a correspondent for Mary Kay. I’ve been a Mary Kay fan for years, and was excited to get better acquainted with their products – particularly, their newest offerings.
One of the highlights of my trip was a makeover with celeb makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff. Ashunta’s client list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood (Rihanna, Ciara, Hillary Duff, Ashlee Simpson, Keri Hilson, Jennifer Hudson, Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, P. Diddy and Alicia Keys) – so to be in her gifted hands was a major treat. Using products from Mary Kay, Ashunta gave me the J.Lo glow I’ve always wanted but never knew how to properly replicate.
Of all the products Ashunta used to create my Miami-inspired makeover, I fell hardest for Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara. Lash Love promises to define and deliver 4 times the volume – and child, did it ever!
After Ashunta applied the mascara using her “uptown, downtown, cross town” technique (peep the video for a demonstration), my fringe looked fat and fabulous – without looking overdone. And I really love how deeply pigmented the color is; my natural lashes are black, but skimpy – so I need something ultra dark to make my peepers pop. Not to mention, Lash Love managed to stay put all day, despite the merciless Miami heat and humidity.
Lash Love Mascara costs a very affordable $15 – and is available at marykay.com.