Hello my makeup-loving dolls,
Eye shadow palettes are literally coming out of every brand’s ears at the moment. There are a plethora to choose from, and it can be confusing. I’m here to break it down for you.
As a makeup artist, I’m always keeping my eye out for good eyeshadow palettes for my kit. What I’m not looking for? Palettes that are filled with shimmer on top of frost, on top of sparkly shimmer eye shadows. Unfortunately, most of the eye palettes out now are just that. Women buy them, try to do a smoky eye with them, then don’t understand why all the colors have muddled together and smeared. It’s not because you don’t know how to put them on, it’s because they are ALL shimmer shadows, and blending them together is a recipe for disaster.
I’ll be going over my top picks for eyeshadow palettes that contain all or mostly matte shadows. Matte eyeshadows are gorgeous. They pay off well and don’t smear the way shimmery shadows do. They also wear longer.
Here we go:
This palette comes with 7 matte shadows and 7 shimmers and includes a double ended high quality brush. It’s a great starter kit for anyone new to the eyeshadow game, and it’s also fantastic for the makeup artist who is just tired of dragging 27 palettes around. It’s got all your neutral and dark basics in two different textures for mixing and matching. Plus, if you buy this at Sephora this cute kit comes with a deluxe sample size of Smashbox’s mascara.
I actually just went ahead and purchased this one. It’s SO pretty! It comes in a small case that is easy to travel with or stash in your purse for those of you who get ready on the go. And how thoughtful was it of them to make the lighter “base” shadows bigger than the darker colors (since those are the first ones to go)? This palette has got something that will compliment any eye color. For Green or Hazel, use the pink, purple and grey. For Blue, use the cream and two browns. For Brown, use all of them (ha ha, we are lucky girls!) I can’t wait to leave all 18 of my eyeshadow palettes at home the next time I do a wedding. I’m bringing this and my Naked Basics, which you will see next.
This compact is the smallest of the bunch but packs a big, matte punch. I personally use this palette daily. The color payoff is impressive and the these smooth shades go with just about everything. You can go from a neutral eye to a smoky one with these six colors. The only shimmer is the first one, Venus, which is beautiful in the corners of the eye or on the brow bone.
These 10 wearable matte shades can be worn wet or dry. What’s more, it comes with an eight-page look book and a handy dandy black eyeliner pencil. This is a great option for those of you who have basic mattes, and want some more fun colors to add to your collection. I’m really digging the orange on the bottom left!
I’m a little late on this one, but here are one of my summertime brides from 2013. Makiko Tsukamoto married the love of her life, David Quint, on a sunny June day in Los Angeles, Calif. Initially, this happy-go-lucky bride wanted a dark eye/light lip makeup look for her wedding. During the trial run, I gave her a smoky eye with a pinky-nude lip on one side, and I coaxed her into trying a neutral eye with a bold red lip on the other. To my delight, she chose to go BOLD and went with the red lip! I love when brides like Makiko step outside their comfort zone and try something different- and this is why trial runs are so important. You never know what will look good on your until you try it!
Makiko went with a hi-lo lace wedding gown and ankle-strap heels. David looks handsome in his dark suit and maroon tie, which compliments the flowers.
Here are David and Makiko with their very floral, good-looking crew
Even though it’s slightly blurry, I love this photo of this fun-loving couple. I really liked the homage to Makiko’s Japanese heratige in their decor…those fans are gorgeous and cast a pretty light on the room.
Another way David and Makiko included her culture was by wearing the traditional Japanese wedding garments for the first portion of their big day. So beautiful! They later changed into their classic suit/tie and white gown outfits.
Hello Summer Sunshines!
Today I’m bringing you six all-new products that I’m super stoked about using this summer. Thanks to my recent birthday, I had a plethora of Sephora gift cards to splurge on and here’s what I got, and give the Lady C seal of approval on:
Bite’s lip mask caught my eye because it was made to apply before drying, matte lipsticks to shield your pucker from flaking. Matte lipsticks are all the rage and have proved they are here to stay, so you might as well pick up one of these to prep your lips before application. If there’s one thing I hate more than Birkenstocks, it’s the feeling of dry, cracked lips. A small amount soaks right in without budging or ruining the look of matte lipstick, a generous amount gives you a beautiful shine and feels divine. I’ve been using it at night prior to bed as a healing treatment, then applying before any lipstick in the morning. Have I mentioned the yummy factor? The all-natural formula is made with agave, vanilla and more antioxidants than a glass of wine. Even hubby steals it once in a while. Don’t tell him I told you.
This is the type of product that needs to be demonstrated to show its full potential, which is exactly the reason I ended up buying it. Michele from Boscia (pronounced Bosh-ah, for those of us who have been calling it Boss-kee-ah) peaked my interest by luring me in to try the sponge in action on my hand. I walked over to the bowl of warm water where this little black sponge was floating, and she rubbed the little guy all over the back of my hand for about 5 seconds. I kid you not, five seconds later the back of my right hand was significantly brighter and more glow-ey than my left and felt as smooth as those Tiger’s Eye rocks I used to collect as a kid.
This pore-perfecting pillow-soft Konjac Cleansing Sponge is infused with Bamboo Charcoal for clean, smooth skin. Use it with face wash to rub all traces of non-waterproof makeup off and brighten and tone skin on your under-eye area, face and neck. The black sponge is for oilier skin and there is a white option for dryer, more sensitive skins.
I. Am. Obsessed. I use it every night in the shower with my new face wash to remove my makeup and clear up my skin. It’s soft, luxurious, and a whole new way to enjoy the tedious task of cleaning your face. My pores are cleaner and the occasional pimple is now less prevalent. Out of all the new things I’m showing you today, I feel like this is the one you absolutely MUST get.
Because it is made of organic material, you should replace the sponge every 2-3 months.
BOSCIA TSUBAKI CLEANSING OIL-GEL: $28
Cleansing oils are the newest trend in skincare, but it’s not for everyone. If you want to dip your toe into the world of cleansing oils without risking a breakout, Boscia’s Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel is a great place to start. The slippery gel texture feels like a face wash, but has minimal suds and all the effects of a cleansing oil without the greasy mess.
It’s a lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil that hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin while also removing the daily dirt.
It smells like a Japanese garden! It’s on the pricier side, but it does go a long way. I use one pump on my Konjac sponge and it does the job.
This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill dry shampoo. It also volumizes your hair and extends your style. My hair has been living in various fishtail and french braids this spring and nothing keeps it more together than this stuff. I sprinkle a little in my hands, rub them together and smooth over my strands before securing into a “messy” braid. I also use it to fix my stubborn, growing-out side bangs. It’s fantastic! Works well for all lengths of hair.
This is Benefit’s answer to BB cream, and what made me want to try it is that it goes from liquid to powder, which my oily skin desperately needs. I love BB creams in the colder months, but I find them to be too greasy in the summer season. The Big Easy has a medium coverage, which is fantastic for every day use, with a high dose of SPF 35 to protect your skin from aging. The foundation self-adjusts to your exact shade to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections! I wear the Medium shade and most days, I don’t even use a powder to set it.
Based on the name, this mascara had some big shoes to fill. Better than sex? While I beg to differ, I will say that I do love this mascara. Those of you who read my blog on the regular know I was a huge fan of Revlon’s Grow-Luscious line of mascaras. Sadly, I stopped purchasing after I discovered that Revlon is not cruelty-free. In my hunt for cruelty-free, I came across Too Faced’s line of peeper-inhancers and found this gem. It is an intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. My lashes look like they are flying off the shelves when I wear this. Go out and get yours! It’s worth the $23.
Hello my spring chicks!
With summer just around the corner (and arriving early in some parts) I wanted to show you what I’ve been wearing on my tips during this lovleycute season.
Black & White Goth Party
These nails fall into the black and white trend and are super easy to do. All you need are some black polish, white polish, and a black striper.
Nude w/ Black Hearts
This one I rocked right after Valentine’s day. I’m a not a huge fan of pink or red nails, so I chose to go with an opaque nude, and topped it off with a solid black. This nail art is so easy, you don’t even need a striper. Just swipe the black polish down from the middle of the left side of your nail down, and again down the right.
I can’t take all the credit on this one. I got the idea from CutePolish. Watch her video for the instructions! Oh…and don’t mind my index finger nubbin…it was on the mend from an awful break.
I just had to rock my favorite spring color (pastel blue-green) with a fun pattern, so I went with a black chevron print, easily done with a striper.
Which one is your favorite?
Hello beauty lovers,
Last month I had the pleasure of working on Miss Hannah Wackernagle and the one and only James Maslow (of Big Time Rush) over at the Dancing With The Stars studio.
Hannah is a fun-loving 18 year-old from the Mid West with Down’s Syndrome, and she, with the help of her super creative mom and supportive sister Lily, made a video of her asking James to go to her prom. You can watch it here:
Thanks to her hometown community, the video made its way all over the internet and James caught wind of it. Here’s his response video:
James himself paid for Hannah and her family to come down and spend the weekend at Disneyland and Dancing With The Stars with him. Being a newly minted Hollywood starlet, Hannah needed a glam squad. That’s where we came in. I met her at her trailer and glammed her up for her big number with James. A tiara, lots of silver eye glitter and a sequined gown to match! I also got to get James Maslow ready for the day, and he is every bit the nice guy that he seems on television. Everyone was great to work with and we had an awesome day on set!
Here’s Hannah enjoying her hair and makeup in her own trailer.
To keep up with Hannah, you can follow her Facebook page HERE
Hello all my DIYers,
I want to share a new do-it-yourself recipe with you on how to make your own shampoo. This is a great option for those of you who want to go the all-natural, and even vegan, route. And yes, I double and triple checked: this recipe IS vegan!
This is also great for those of you with babies or large families: it’s something everyone can use!
1/3 Cup of Castille Soap (like Dr. Broner’s- I like the peppermint kind because it’s tingly, you can go with one of the milder scents if that’s your jam)
1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (organic and virgin)
1 Teaspoon Almond Oil (100% pure)
1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk
10-20 Drops of Essential Oil (any scent you like)
A little bit goes a long way with this product. I keep a small bottle of it in the shower and store a bigger bottle in the fridge for later use. Your hair will smell amazing! Click below to watch the steps:
Hello beauty lovers!
I wanted to catch you all up on some of the makeup I’ve done lately. The first one was for a mother of two and nurse, Melissa A. She and her husband were celebrating their 28th birthdays with a joint “white” party in Silverlake, and she wanted a sexy smoky eye with a bright lip. After reviewing some choice photos on Pinterest, we decided on this combo:
Check her out at the white party! #smokin. Dress by Stephanie Arango.
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1, Dark Horse eyeshadow all over the lid with MAC’s Reflects Antiqued Gold glitter. MAC Bamboo and Soft Brown in the crease with Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Brows done with MAC Lingering brow pencil and Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.
Lips: MAC Prolong Wear lip pencil in Anticipation with Viva Glam Nicki 1 lipstick and peach lip gloss from Youngblood Cosmetics.
Face: I used Dinair’s Airbrush makeup for a natural finish with staying power.