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Hello Team Beauty Lovers! I wanted to pop in and share with you some of the top makeup  trends I’ve noticed for this nice, hot summer we are having. These trends have been seen on the Spring/ Summer 2015 runways as well as on celebs walking the red carpet, and they are so easy to do. Notice that all of them focus on one feature, whether it’s the eyes, lips or skin. It’s meant to be a quickly-achievable makeup perfect for summer!

Winged, Black Sexy Eyeliner

The ULTIMATE look. If I had it my way, I’d rock this every day (which I normally do, ha ha!) Whether your liner is graphic, winged, bold, thin, swept down or smudged, you can’t go wrong with this trend. Black eyeliner has a way of intensifying the eyes like no other product. Pair this look with nude or natural lips to keep in trend.

TIP: Have a shaky hand or are new at applying liner? Stick a piece of scotch tape under your eye angling off the end of your eye and reaching up toward the end of your eyebrow. Use an angled brush and liquid or gel eyeliner and trace out your wing– the scotch tape will serve as a buffer and give you that clean line you see on the girls below. Peel off the tape and voila, perfect winged eyes!

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Strobing: Glowing Skin

This trend has hit the internet by storm and is a much-needed and welcome variation of the infamous and over-used “highlight and contour” routine. If I have to un-teach one more person the tacky, heavy highlight and contouring they learned on Instagram I will scream! Strobing emphasizes on highlighting with colors that are silver in tone: think ivory, pearl, light pink, silver, etc. Because it’s not gold or bronze, it makes the skin look naturally fresh and dewy, as opposed to greasy and overdone. Skip the contour and instead pair this look with simple eyes and clear, glossy lips for a radiant look.

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Bright Lips

Bold lips and summertime go together like Caitlyn Jenner and a pair of heels. Matte colors in tangerine-reds, true reds, and fuchsia are staples, as well as bright purple and creamsicle orange. Keep the eyes and skin simple and let your lips do all the talking.

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Pop of Color

This trend always finds its way in the warmer months. A fun pop of colored eyeliner changes things up, and is especially fun if you have blue, green or hazel peepers. Not to worry brown-eyed girls, we are lucky in that we can wear ANY color on our eyes and it will always work! Blue-eyed beauties should try copper tones, green eyes can go for red-violet shades of purple, hazel looks great in golds and greens. Brown eyes- try royal blue!

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Move over, lip injections and those crazy Instagramers who were bruising their lips on glass cups just to make their lips look bigger! Thanks to Kylie Jenner, pouty and juicy lips are all the rage and women everywhere are scrambling to get into doctor’s offices to join in on the fun. If you aren’t quite ready for the pain of needles in your lips or the sheer cost, then read below for cheaper and pain-free options that will save your wallet and your lips!

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Cynthia Rowland Luscious Lips, $49.95

This lip plumping device is a manual vacuum that gently pulls blood to the surface of your lips, increasing their volume and size. You use this tool daily in the beginning and eventually your lips will only need to be “plumped” once a week to maintain their juicy new state! It’s very important to use this tool the way it’s intended and not rush into the “advanced” stage. Click HERE for specific instructions on a video on Cynthia’s site. This tool is a great alternative to painful collagen injections and even helps reduce fine lines around the mouth. It’s also safe and affordable.

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Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper, $25

O-PLUMP is an intuitive lip plumper that goes on clear and then reacts with your personal chemistry to turn lips your own custom shade of pink, while instantly plumping to perfection. It’s packed with Smashbox’s exclusive Goji Berry-C Complex™, Gingermint, ginkgo biloba, pomegranate seed antioxidants, revitalizing marine botanicals and nourishing avocado oil for color and shine. If you read reviews on this product you will find that women love that the gloss isn’t sticky, it doesn’t sting on the lips, and it actually helps moisturize. This product comes in one color only that reacts to your natural lip pigment, going on clear then turning the perfect shade of pink.

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This lip plumping gloss includes an infusion of unique ingredients that penetrate skin, stimulate collagen production and beneficially smooth the lip surface. A refreshing, cooling effect builds up over 20 minutes to plump lips, lasting up to two hours. Lip Plumper adds a slight tint to the lips for natural looking lips that are perfectly pouty and kissable. The fact that this product is currently out of stock on the Laura Mercier website speaks volumes on its popularity. It comes in five shimmery shades.

best-lip-plumpers-laura-mercier Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, $31

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer moisturizes lips and gives an instant-volume effect for full, plump lips. Its mint-vanilla scent provides an even more addictive fresh sensation. Use as a base to prime, smooth and boost lip volume before adding color, or over lipstick for a touch of shine and a plumping effect. For intensive lip care, it can be used alone as a 15-day treatment applied daily in the morning before makeup or in the evening. This product comes in one color that enhances your lip color with the slightest hint of pink, and many reviewers stand by its claim.

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Hello beauty lovers!

After taking a sabbatical from the blog, I’m happy to say I am back and feeling much better. For those of you who don’t know, I’m pregnant! And let me just say that I would never wish the first trimester on anyone. It’s brutal, but obviously worth it :) If you’d like to check in on me and baby, check us out on my pregnancy blog HERE.

Now on to more pressing beauty news. Lips are a huge trend that aren’t going away anytime soon. What’s great about wearing a bold or bright lip is that it allows you to be somewhat “lazy” with the rest of your makeup: just throw on some winged liner and mascara and you’re done, right?!

In honor of the lip trend, I wanted to share some of my favorite lip must-haves from MAC Cosmetics. I have been on/off with this amazing brand for the last 11 years so not only do I know the product like the back of my hand, but I obviously love and recommend it too. Before we begin I do want to tell you guys that lipstick is THE hardest thing to purchase at a makeup store. You absolutely must try it on before you purchase to see how the color will pay off on your lips. Swatching it on your hand does not help, because most people have a different skin tone in their lips than their hand. Here we go…

UP THE AMP LIPSTICK & FASHION BOOST LINER

Up the Amp is a creamy red-violet lipstick that looks good on most golden/olive skin tones. The beauty of Up the Amp is that it looks different on everyone! I have loved this color for about 9 years, and I finally found its perfect pair in Fashion Boost liner, which is a magenta-toned purple color. The liner is a long-wearing formula so it helps Up The Amp stay on for up to 6 hours.  IF you have darker skin and don’t fall in love with Up the Amp, try it’s deeper, frostier sister in Violetta (MAC store-only).

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SIN LIPSTICK & CYBER WORLD LINER

I just recently began my relationship with Sin lipstick. Long-loved by celebrities like Rihanna, Sin is a deliciously deep dark matte burgundy red. So rich! I like pairing it with Cyber World liner to pull out the blackish-purple undertones in the lipstick. Ugh, this combination is gorgeous on everyone, from fair all the way to deep dark.

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REBEL LIPSTICK & NIGHTINGALE LINER

Rebel is a mid-tonal cream plum with a berry undertone. There are two things I love about this lipstick other than the amazing color: it’s a Satin finish, meaning it’s a semi-matte that gives you all the benefits of a long-wearing matte without the dry feeling. The second is the fact that there is something about this color that actually stains the lips, thus making it last longer and leaving a nice stain behind. Nightingale lip liner is a brand new lip liner, and the ONLY one in the MAC lineup that matches Rebel perfectly. Love this combo on everyone!

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VICTORIANA LIPSTICK & CHERRY LINER

Victoriana is a limited edition, matte red lipstick from the MAC Toledo collection. It makes me sad that this is a limited item because it is the BEST red lipstick I have every seen from MAC. The most popular red, Ruby Woo, actually looks pink compared the to the true, vibrant, matte red that is Victoriana. I can’t get enough of the beautiful depth and color of this lipstick. And pairing it with Cherry liner just makes it disrespectfully perfect.

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Hi Beauty lovers! Halloween is fast approaching so I wanted to give you some ideas from Halloweens past in case you were looking for a last minute costume. Which one of these do you want to try most?

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Hello Beauty Lovers,

Let me tell you about my latest beauty obsession: KOREAN BEAUTY BRANDS! Countries like South Korea and Japan have always been ahead of the beauty regimen curve. Beauty balms, or BB creams, were first created in the Asian market and had been available for a decade before they were on anyone’s radar in North America and Europe. Name any skincare trend, its roots are most likely Asian: skin lightening creams, snail mucus serums, fermented skincare, BB and CC creams etc.

I have recently discovered the brightly-lit cosmetic stores hidden in the nearby neighborhood of Koreatown. These little gems are packed to the brim with adorably packaged beauty products, most of them affordable, that actually…WORK. Who knew? Much like my husband’s Korean car (Kia Optima Turbo), these beauty finds are high quality and highly affordable. After a few trips to the Korea Town beauty stores, I branched out and found a fantastic store in the heart of Beverly Hills that sells Korean products exclusively. I’ve been frequenting this store quite a bit since it’s just up the street from one of my many jobs. Another plus: Korean skincare strays from harsh chemicals and instead uses natural ingredients to treat skin.

I still consider myself a beginner in the Korean beauty world, but I wanted to share my favorites with you thus far.

TONY MOLY COSMETICS

Tony Moly‘s line has hands-down the most precious packaging I’ve ever seen. What makes it even better is that unlike your Hello Kitty chapstick, this stuff actually works. Here’s the Pandas Dream So Cool Eye Stick, swoon!

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ETUDE HOUSE

I’m not sure why this Korean brand has a seemingly French name, but I’m not going to question it. Etude House is having a few Grand Opening specials on their US website, check them out HERE for a good deal! They have a variety of mineral BB creams made for different skin types. It’s good to mention here that Korean BB creams are thicker and cover a LOT better then the thin, watery U.S. ones. And I love the high SPFs!

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IPKN

I am obsessed with the IPKN (pronounced ip-kin) BB cream in Moist and Firm. It makes my skin look positively glowy. I powder my T-zone to avoid unnecessary shine and it’s perfect. Here’s something completely innovative: IPKN has come up with a new way of applying makeup with a patented vibrating puff called The Artist Wave Auto Makeup ($49).  The anti-bacterial puff has a soft touch and glides comfortably onto your face for a smooth application and airbrushed look. I tried it in-store and it’s pretty cool and easy to use! It’s meant to use with BB creams but you can also apply your moisturizer or lightweight foundation with it. There are replacement puffs available.

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DEAGE BY CHARMZONE

I was given a sample of the Deage Red-Addition Nutrient Cream in K-town and I adore how rich and decadent this product is. It smells amazing and soaks right into your skin. I wake up in the morning and can still feel the softness in my skin. I’m a tosser-and-a-turner so that’s saying a lot!

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3W CLINIC

The sheet masks from 3W Clinic are gentle and feel great. I was given the Fresh Aloe ones by a client of mine and I use them once a week. You get a packet of 10 for about $12 – can’t beat it! After I wear the papery mask for about 20 minutes, I remove it and massage the rest of the liquid into my skin. Your face will be super soft for days.

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WHERE TO BUY:

If you’re in L.A. you can hit up Yelp and find a beauty supply store in Koreatown. For everywhere else, online is your best bet at the links I’ve provided above. Will you be trying any one of these Korean beauty products? Which one are you most stoked about?


 

 

Hello Beauty Babes,

The theme among my clients lately has been “which product do I put on first? Last? What about primer?” and I thought it might be nice to share a few general steps with my online ladies. There really isn’t a wrong or a right answer to this, so I provided you with the basics. Feel free to switch it up however you please, I just find that the products work best for me and my clients in this order:

1) SKINCARE

Whether you’re slapping on a lightweight moisturizer or a sunscreen with a high SPF, skincare should go on bare skin. This way, the product absorbs quickly and directly where it needs to go, which is in the skin’s first layer, the epidermis.

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2) PRIMER

Primers should go on before foundation, and after moisturizer. The primer will create a smooth canvas for makeup to lay on and is made to lengthen the wear of your foundation. Many foundation formulas now come with primers already built in, but if they don’t, this is where you would apply your primer. A small amount should be massaged into the skin with your fingers. If you put on too much, the silicone that most primers are made with will bulk up, causing your makeup to feel “slippery.”

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3) FOUNDATION

Step three is typically your foundation. Liquid or cream products always go on before powder products. Buff in your favorite foundation or BB cream on with a dense fluffy brush for an airbrushed finish.

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4) CONCEALER

Following the “creams and liquids before powders” rule, concealer should be applied here. Some people do concealer first then foundation, I prefer to do foundation first because it will smudge the concealer that you just carefully buffed in. Concealer tends to have heavier coverage, and with foundation already on, you will use less of your concealer product to cover.

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5) POWDER

Powder, whether it’s loose or pressed, should be used with a big, fluffy brush to lightly set all of your cream/liquid face products. I love using loose powder at home for an even coat, and like to carry a pressed powder in my purse for touch-ups. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use a sponge or puff to set your foundation because it will smudge all your makeup you just slaved over! Only use those sponges/puffs  for LIGHT touch-ups throughout the day!

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6) BLUSH, HIGHLIGHT, CONTOUR

Now, for the cherries on top. Apply your blush and contour color is whichever order you like. Since many highlight colors have a shimmer or frosty finish, I suggest putting this on after blush and contour so you don’t smudge the shine. If your highlight is indeed sparkly, please balance this out with only MATTE  blush and contour colors.

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7) EYES, LASHES AND LIPS

Everything else can go here: eyeshadow, liner, brows, and lips. Fake eyelashes should be applied after all eye makeup is done, including mascara.

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I want to hear from you…what order do you like to apply your makeup in? Do you think you’ll give my suggestions a try? Let me know either way! xoxo


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Jeunesse is an up and coming line of skincare that I first became familiar with in the spring of 2014. Always on the hunt for anti-aging skin care, I was excited to hear about this new line. Jeunesse has a six products in their skincare line, along with nutrition supplements. Today I’ll be focusing on the Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenating Serum.

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What Are the Benefits?

It evens out discolored and blotchy skin, hydrates the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines as well as deep wrinkles. But the best part? It does all this by replenishing your skin’s natural stores of growth factors and proteins that can become depleted with age. These growth factors and proteins are what keep your skin youthful and smooth (like collagen) and the older we get, the less our skin makes. Jeunesse is basically Gatorade for your skin, feeding your skin so it will create cell turnover and renew itself.

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Who Should Use It?

My mother in-law and sister in-law both use this serum and I have seen a major change in their skin over the past couple of months. I tried it myself, and while I really enjoyed the feel of the serum, the fine lines that are slowly creeping in around my eyes are not deep enough to see a visual difference. Based on what I’ve seen and experienced myself, I would highly recommend the Jeunesse line to women over 40.

What Are the Active Ingredients?

Adipose Derived Adult Stem Cell: There are no actual stem cells in the serum. A natural liquid media is conditioned by the human adult stem cells. This conditioned media now full of over 200 growth factors is completely separated and this is what is used in LUMINESCE Cellular rejuvenation serum.

Purified Water: helps boost skin’s moisture levels.

Lysate Extract: a cell protein that gently coaxes your skin’s own protein levels

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How Do I Use It?

Apply a small amount to your fingertips and massage it  evenly in an upward circular motion to the face and neck. It absorbs quickly into the skin. At night, use it under a layer of your favorite moisturizer. The serum is extremely light-weight and will need a moisturizer on top to lock it in. In the morning, you can also use it under your sunscreen (always protect your skin with a high SPF) or under a BB cream/foundation.

When Will I Start To See Results?

Anywhere from four weeks to three months of continued use.

Where Do I Purchase?

Jeunesse can be purchased via online distributors. You can also sign up to become a distributor yourself. Please click this link to purchase HERE and check out the entire line of Jeunesse products.



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