Kim Kardashian Makeup Lesson

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Kim Kardashian and I actually have a lot in common. Get your mind out of the gutter…I do not make those types of home videos. She and I both have bubble butts, blogs, and a love of makeup.

Kim is one of those pseudo-celebs who you either love or you hate. Me, personally…I find Keeping Up With The Kardashians mindlessly entertaining. In fact, I’m watching it as I type this. But whatever you think of her lifestyle or morals, you’ve gotta admit that she’s got the smoky eye/nude lip look down to a science.

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I must not be the only one desperately trying to re-create Kim’s signature look, because she recently posted her top 10 makeup tips – in response to the oodles of fan question she receives. Kim isn’t so keen at proofreading – so instead of copy-and-pasting directly from her site*, I chose to summarize and include links to the products she mentions.

STEP 1: Kim washes her face, applies moisturizer, then applies Intuit Beauty Photo Shoot makeup primer.

STEP 2: To conceal imperfections, Kim uses Cle De Peau Concealer Stick in Ocre or MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NW25 if she runs out of Cle de Peau.

STEP 3: After Kim puts the concealer on, she applies Make Up For Ever Liquid Foundation – she mixes one pump of No. 5 and two pumps of No. 4 (she uses No. 3 for the winter months, when she’s paler). To blend and apply the foundation for a seamless finish, Kim uses MAC Brush 180 (Small Buffer Brush).

STEP 4: Since she hates dark circles, after the foundation, she puts on a little more concealer just under her eyes. For this step, Kim prefers MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW30.

STEP 5: To set the foundation, Kim lightly applies MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC 30 with a brush. Then to tan it up, she lightly brushes on MAC Select/Sheer Powder in NW 45.

STEP 6: Kim is “obsessed with blush” and uses MAC Powder Blush in Gingerly. She also mentions her new love for cream blush, saying that it “works a lot better and lasts a lost longer.” I agree.

STEP 7: Now, time for the eyes – Kim’s favorite part. First, Kim applies MAC Paint Pot in Painterly to the entire lid, using her fingers; this prevents powder eye shadow from creasing. Kim loves colored shadow. If she going for a black smoky look, she uses MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon. If she wants a gray smoky eye, she uses Knight Divine or Print. For a brown smoky eye, Kim likes Embark. For a fresh, shimmery eye, she chooses MAC Pigment in Tan. Kim also does bright eye colors, and loves vivid shadows from Make Up For Ever. “I don’t think anyone does pigment colors better than them,” she says.

STEP 8: Kim always uses black pencil eyeliner. Her favorite is Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx.

STEP 9: Kim applies Lancome Hypnose Mascara, then layers on MAC Zoom Lash on top. She always uses a separator brush to prevent clumps, and only wears falsies for photo shoots because she’s clueless about how to apply them.

STEP 10: Kim lightly lines lips with MAC Lip Pencil Stripdown (what a coincidence) then swipes on MAC Lipstick in Angel. Then she applies NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss on top. For a very nude matte lip, she lines with MAC Subculture Lip Pencil and tops it off with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle De Jour.

And there you have it. Kim Kardashian in 10 steps. Obviously, these shades aren’t universal…so feel free to experiment with colors to find what best suits your skintone. For example, my sister and I just recently found that MAC Lipstick in Syrup plus MAC Plushglass in Foolishly Fab equals our perfect Kim K lip look.

And how much do you wanna bet that Kim ends up as one of the new faces of MAC? If I was her mother/agent, Kris, I’d be lobbying for that.

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

Source: officialkimkardashian.com

Green Minds Think Alike

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A few days ago, I posted an article about Nordstrom’s new Well Beauty counters. It seems that Nordies isn’t the only department store hoping to make some greenbacks by going green.

Women’s Wear Daily reports that Saks Fifth Avenue “is poised to launch The Beauty of Living Well, a dedicated sales area devoted to what Saks terms ‘natraceutical’ products.”

Saks has chosen four brands for the May, 2008 rollout:

*Skin Nutrition is a line of treatment products and vitamins that she promotes beauty from the inside out.
*Canyon Ranch Your Transformation is a high-powered skin care range from the luxury health spa of the same name.
*Blue Lagoon is a brand that was created from nutrients found in the thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
*Vinita is a skin care brand from India that focuses on ancient beauty rituals.

Five Saks stores will launch The Beauty of Living Well in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa (CA), Phoenix, and Palm Beach Gardens (FL). In addition, sales consultants in each of the aforementioned stores will be schooled in the brands, to better assist consumers.

After the initial rollout, Saks hopes to expand the range of products, and open The Beauty of Living Well in more stores.

Nina Garcia, I’m Sorry…But You’re Out

nina Nina Garcia, Im Sorry...But Youre OutJust days after Project Runway said “Auf Wiedersehen” to Bravo, Elle Magazine tells PR judge Nina Garcia she’s out.

Nina, who has served as Elle’s fashion director since 2000, “was in the office on Friday morning, but by the afternoon, sources close to the building say Hachette’s Midtown offices were abuzz about the rumor.”

This story continues to unfold – so though no official reason has been given for Nina’s departure, I’m sure more salacious details will be forthcoming.

It remains to be seen if/how this breakup will affect her position as Project Runway’s resident style guru.

Source: Women’s Wear Daily

Weekend Beauty Blog Network Reads

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A Touch of Blusher continues the feast of vibrant colors.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic tries out a mineral mascara.

SugarShock Beauty has found a blush with greatness: Pop Beauty’s Rose Belle. It’s perfect for achieving that healthy, rosy glow that’s so now.

StyleBell shows how to create a fab Bridal half up half down hairstyle.

Want long, lush lashes? The Beauty of Life offers you the chance to win some with an amazingly lash-tastic contest, courtesy of Ardell Fashion Lashes!

The Beauty Bug gushes about a heat activated exfoliator that let’s you know when your exfoliation is complete by changing colors!

Beauty Blogging Junkie has identified fashion items that do beauty duty. Find out which allows her to channel Elvira Hancock from Scarface.

The Muse reviews the Kiss Spring 2008 Collection directly from Japan!

Beauty Anonymous wonders if you also like to collect small sample containers.

The Makeup Divas reviews and recommends this sunless tanning lotion.

Beauty and Fashion Tech finds some great values when she compares the four new Milani mascaras.

Beauty Junkie in SF has Jumped on the Mineral Bandwagon with Laura Mercier.

When you think of L’Oreal do visions of Nestle Crunch bars dance in your head? Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog ponders the speculation surrounding Nestle’s possible takeover of the company and gives you some random L’Oreal fun facts.

Cybelesays found another liquid mineral makeup that rocks!.

Makeup Moxie is intrigued with the new Mineral Water Eye Brightening Pencil by Too Faced.

Mischo Beauty is pleasantly surprised after using natural skincare and mineral makeup by Erth.

Glossypink has found a website that takes virtual makeovers to a whole new level!

Mineral makeup is a huge hit, what about mineral eyeshadows? Pursebuzz.com does a review on Beauty From the Earth mineral shadows. Is it a hit or a complete miss?

Spoiled Pretty is giving away products that AG Hair Cosmetics contributed to the 2008 official Grammy Awards gift bag. Presenters and performers like Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Kanye West were recipients of these amazing products – and now you can be too! Enter the contest today!

Toya is looking for makeup artists and beauty mavens of color who’d like to be featured on her site!

All Lacquered Up lets you in on this Summer’s Nail Trend, Orange Polish, and suggests 6 hot colors.

Naturally Beautiful: Nordstrom Goes Green

Just because you’ve embraced an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t mean that you need to trade your Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstocks. And just because you prefer your skincare to be chemical-free doesn’t mean you have to purchase products in a health store/head shop that reeks of patchouli. Just in time for Earth Day, Nordstrom is going green.

nordstrom Naturally Beautiful: Nordstrom Goes GreenLast month, Nordstrom launched its new “Well Beauty” counters in 25 stores – and a virtual counter on Nordstrom.com. Rather than zip from counter to counter looking for natural products, Well Beauty is one-stop shopping your organic beauty needs.

Featured brands include Origins Organics, Juice Beauty, Pangea Organics, Korres, Caudalie and CARE by Stella McCartney. Products were chosen because they are paraben, petro-chemical free and sold in recycled packaging. And there will also be a full-time staff member at the Well Beauty counter to answer questions and direct customers to the products most appropriate for their skin.

To find a Well Beauty counter near you, contact your local Nordstrom store. To shop online, click here.

I’ve Been Holding Out On Y’all

I’ve been holding out on y’all. Not on purpose, though.

Just now, I was searching around the blog – taking inventory, if you will, of what products I’ve tested thus far. When I went looking for my glowing review of Atopalm’s MLE Cream, it was nowhere to be found.

I must have told so many people about this miraculous moisturizer that I tricked myself into thinking I had reviewed it on Spoiled Pretty. But, alas, I did not – so here’s the 411, without further ado.

atopalm I’ve Been Holding Out On Y’allThere’s nothing special or sexy about the packaging, fragrance (it’s unscented), or name of this cream. But what I absolutely adore about this moisturizer is that Atopalm obviously put all of its resources into making a stellar product, rather than clever marketing.

Do you have dry skin? Do you suffer from dry flakes, no matter how much you moisturize? Is your skin extremely sensitive? Is rosacea your skin’s arch nemesis? Got a nasty case of eczema? Then you need to get this wonder cream!

Atopalm MLE Cream has plant-derived ingredients to aid in the replenishment of natural skin lipids to form a protective barrier against the elements. It also helps prevent the over evaporation of the skin’s own moisture. And it helps in restoring the skin barrier depleted by microdermabrasion, facial peels, and other harsh treatments. It can be used on both the face and the body, is suitable for adults and children, and is side-effect free!

MLE Cream is the only moisturizer that quenched my perpetually parched face this winter. It fully hydrated my skin without turning greasy, even hours later.

Atopalm products are available at Amazon.com, CVS.com, and SkinStore.com.

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