Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 5

Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 4

In the days leading up to my wedding, last June, one of my biggest concerns was my shiny face. I diligently researched and then purchased every shine control product and mattifier. I spent more money than I needed to and worked myself into a tizzy – checking my face every five minutes on my wedding day. Carissa, writer and editor of Hooked On Beauty and professional makeup artist, has this advice for you gals with a tendency to glisten (and not in a good way):

The hot summer months that are so perfect for weddings are also perfect for shine to rear it’s ugly head. I always hand out E.L.F’s professional Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets and tell the photographer to let the girls know when to use them.

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Lise Watier: Lip-Smacking (and Plumping) Good

Have you seen or heard about LipFusion Plump + Replump Liquid Lipstick? Supposedly, it plumps and then re-plumps every time you lick your lips. My sister, Lauren, and I discovered this purported plumper a few weeks back and were less than impressed.

First, not one of the seven shades did we find at all appealing – and when it comes to lipsticks and glosses, we subscribe to the Tim Gunn “Make It Work” philosophy. The colors are much too opaque and creamy, and quite uninspired – if you ask me. Plus it burned like the dickens. Lauren and I found ourselves furiously licking our lips – not to re-activate the product, but to lessen the pain. Finally, we just wiped it off. It was a hot mess, literally.

And even if you’re a fan of maximum strengh lip plumpers, you’re guaranteed to feel a sting, the register. One tube costs $38!

If you’re looking for a new lip plumping product, I recommend that you try Lise Watier’s Plumpissimo. This gloss instantly plumps the lips thanks to its cutting edge formula. Dehydrated Hyaluronic Filling Spheres penetrate small vertical lines, instantly expanding upon contact with water naturally present in the skin, to make lips look fuller. The result is an shiny, plumped pout – with no pain!

It’s available in six shades (I’m a fan of Corail) and it’ll make you want to lick your lips – because it smells and taste like an orange Fruit Roll-up. Remember those? Mmmmmm.

And Plumpissimo won’t deflate your wallet. It will only set you back $20.

Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 3

People’s Most Beautiful People 2008

People‘s 100 Most Beautiful People 2008 issue will be on newsstands starting Friday, May 2nd…but here’s a sneak peek at who the mag thinks got the pretty genes. Making this year’s list are (among others):

*Salma Hayek
*Mary J. Blige
*Rumer Willis (huh?)
*Sarah Silverman (pretty? yes. most beautiful? idk.)
*Christina Applegate
*Eva Longoria & Tony Parker (b/c it’s impossible to separate them.)
*Isla Fisher
*Amanda Beard (uh, no.)
*Cast of Gossip Girl
*Julianne Moore
*Jason Taylor
*Vanessa Hudgens
*Taylor Swift
*Zoe Saldana (I’ve loved her ever since Center Stage.)
*Jessica Alba & Cash Warren (surely, their baby will be beautiful.)
*Carrie Underwood

At the head of the pack is Kate Hudson , who graces the issue’s cover. Her best time for looking good, she tells the magazine, comes “at the end of the night, when everything’s soaked in and I’m still up. I like the leftover makeup in the morning. You’ve got to wash your face but there’s always the leftover eye makeup, I love that.”

What do you think about this list?

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