MAC’s Surf, Baby!

The beauty summer collections from MAC are always my favorite ones. They just came out with new shades of pressed powder  bronzers and creme stick bronzers! If you are looking for a new bronzer, now is the time to hit up the MAC store (before they sell out!). Here’s a look I did using the Surf, Baby! Collection:

Products used
Eyes: Sun Blonde eye shadow and Naked  pigment on the brow bone, Surf USA on the lid with Saffron and Swell Baby  shadows mixed together in the crease. The outer corner and liner were done using Blue Noon pencil and Plumage eye shadow. I filled my inner eyelid (on the bottom) with MAC Pro’s Light Blue pencil eyeliner. the dots following my eye brow were done with a simple black Wet N Wild liquid liner.
Cheeks: Refined Golden bronzing powder all over, Peachykeen blush with Surf, Baby! cheek powder on top. A little Naked pigment on my cheek bones and down the nose for highlight.
Lips: Stone lip liner, Naturally Eccentric lipstick and Good Lovin lip glass.

Greasy Eyelids?

Are you a victim of greasy eyelids? Does your eyeshadow crease into a slump on your eye by noon? I hear you loud and clear, girls.Through extensive research (I tried out a ton of stuff) and trial and error (I walked around with greasy eyelids until I found something that worked), I found a handful of products and techniques that actually work.

Step 1
Take a powder puff or a disposable cotton pad and dip it into a loose powder in your skin tone. Gently press and pat the product onto your eyelids (do NOT open your eyes while doing this, you don’t want the powder to get into your eyeballs).

Step 2
Apply a small amount of one of the products below all over your lid with your middle or ring finger– the less pressure, the better. Make sure you get the brow bone, lid, inner corner, etc.

Lady C-Approved Eye Primers

Urban Decay Primer Potion in EDEN: Urban Decay’s primer comes in 3 varieties: Eden, Original and Sin. Don’t get the latter two- they both are super shimmery and because of their shine, they will immediately crease. Urban’s matte version is called EDEN. It’s a God-send.

MAC Paints: This is MAC’s “old school” eye primer that they have had for years. Paints often stand on the sidelines while people buy the newer formulated “Paint Pots,” but buyers beware: Paint Pots crease like a mofo. The Paints that come in the tubes couldn’t be any more different than the ones that come in the pot. A tiny bit goes a long way, and it dries down to a powder. I basically live off the Bare Canvas and Untitled shades. Like an old, familiar friend, MAC Paints won’t let you down.

The Truth About Sunscreen

Yahoo Shine recently posted an article exposing the truth about sunscreens. Many of the sunscreens on the market do not carry ingredients to protect agains both UVA and UVB rays. I’ve been aware of this for awhile, but since not everyone is a skin freak like me, I thought I’d reiterate what this article talked about and bring awareness to my readers (you!). 

Here’s a quick lesson

The sun’s rays: UVA rays are the ones that cause premature aging and skin cancer. UVB rays cause sunburns.

SPFs higher than 50: are basically pointless. Also, SPFs really only protect you from UVB rays.

Sunscreen sprays: are harmful for the environment, don’t use them.

Stuff to avoid: anything containing Oxybenzone (associated with allergic reactions and is a hormone disruptor) and Retinyl Palmitate (a form of vitamin A). Pimple creams and zit zappers usually have Retinyl in them (to kill the bacteria causing the pimple) so if you do use one of those products, be sure to wear lots of sunscreen the next couple of days to protect your skin.

“I’m black, so I don’t need SPF”: whether you can pass for Casper the Friendly Ghost or are of African descent, EVERYONE needs SPF. I found out from my dermatoligist that dark skin has a natural SPF of 15. That’s nothing. All my dark-skinned girls out there, please slather on some SPF 30!

Here’s a list of safe, affordable sunscreens that the Environmental Working Group (EWG, a research and advocacy group) recommends:

•Alba Botanica Sun: Mineral Sunscreen Fragrance Free, SPF 30

•Alba Botanical Sun: Mineral Sunscreen Kids, SPF 30

•Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Saving Face Sunscreen, SPF 15

•All Terrain Aquasport Performance Sunscreen, SPF 30

•All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen, SPF 30

•BabyGanics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen for Face & Body, Fragrance Free, SPF 50+

•Carribean Solutions Natural/Biodegradable SolGuard, SPF 25

•Carribean Solutions Sol Kid Kare Natural Sunscreen, SPF 25

•Earth’s Best: Sunblock Mineral Based, SPF 30+

•Goddess Garden Kids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

•Goddess Garden Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+

•Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas: Mineral Natural Sunblock, SPF 30

•Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Daily Face & Body Lotion, SPF 40

•Mexitan Products Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 and SPF 30

•MelanSol Natural Sunscreen for Face and Body, SPF 25

•Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock, SPF 20

•Purple Prairie Botanicals SunStuff, SPF 30

•Solbar Zinc Protection Cream, SPF 38

•Sunbow Dora the Explorer Pink Sunscreen, SPF 30

•Tropical Sands All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 50 and SPF 30

•Vanicream Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin, SPF 30

•Vanicream Sunscreen Sport, SPF 35

Be safe, my fellow sun worshippers!

Beauty Poll- Sorry, No Time for Photos

1. Mood: Hungry Hippo! Also, I had a lot of caffeine today, so I’m bouncing off the walls. In my heels.

2. What are you wearing? A grey Jessica Simpson dress (it has an attached skirt thing around the hips) with studs on the shoulders. Grey studded platform wedges. Air-dried hair I’ve done absolutely nothing with.

3. What’s one song you absolutely cannot stand? Anything by the Black Eye Peas. I used to be their biggest fan, until I started realizing that radio and television played all of their songs out. I’m ashamed to admit they really did turn into sellouts. I knew when CBS used “I Gotta Feeling” as their Fall TV campaign song, it was time to cut the cord.

4. Are you happy with your height? I’m 5’4″, but rarely show it, as I teeter around Los Angeles in platform heels 24 hours a day. My man is 6’3″ so I would like to be about 5’6.” This way, when I wear heels, we would look perfect. Right now, when we hold hands and walk down the street, it looks like a father leading their little girl to the playground. #bummer

5. Of all the places you’ve been, what are some of your favorites? New York City for the nostalgia and excitement. Mexico for the pristine waters and resorts. San Francisco for the culture. San Diego for the kick back vibe and perfect climate. Hawaii for the amazing smells and scenery. Great. Now I wanna go on vacation.

6. Something that comes easily to you? The Arts. Languages. Music. Creating. Baking. Performing. But ask me to figure out the tip on a restaurant bill and my eyes go crossed.

7. Big, gaudy cocktail rings — yea or nay? LOVE em! The only thing that sucks about them is they take up too much room in my jewelry box.

8. What are the keys to success? I’m not certain yet, as I am still on my own life’s journey. But I’m pretty sure that stubborness has something to do with it.

9. Describe what we’d find on your perfect barbeque lunch plate. I’m not a huge fan of meats on the bone. They gross me out, and since I like all meat well-done (burnt, I know), the meat at every BBQ I’ve been to has been way to pink/bleeding/still alive. I do love the sides though. Barbecued corn is the best, a yummy pasta salad comes in second.
10. Weekly goals: I have a ton of clients this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, so I’m super stoked. I guess I would just like to have a fun, successful weekend full of clients and friends/ family.

Lush Haul

 Can you tell it was recently my birthday? My sister now works part time at LUSH. My first thought when she got the job was– HOW LUCKY AM I?! Needless to say, she hooked it up on my birthday, and hasn’t stopped hooking it up since. She has TONS of stuff at home that she never uses, and guess who gets to have the unused goodies? ME!! This is just a portion of my Lush goodies, but I thought it was a good place to start. 

This Bubble Bar smells wonderfully clean and turns your water a pale blue. One bar is enough for 3 baths.

Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar

This solid shampoo smells horrid. I would liken the smell to ear wax and vomit. No joke. I got it because it’s supposed to be good for dry, dandruffed scalps and even though it does a decent job, the stench is just too much to bear. Sad story.

Soak and Float Solid Shampoo

This lip scrub is the bomb dot com. Plus it tastes great. I use it nightly after I brush my teeth. Rinse off the product, then apply lip balm and I wake up with soft lips.

Bubble Gum Lip Scrub

This foot lotion smells like peppermint and really relieves tired, aching feet. My boyfriend was hesitant of the pink color, but he loves this stuff.

Fair Trade Foot Lotion

This hair styling cream (not yet out in stores) promises great hold for those who want “a sleek wet look” Since I don’t want my long hair to look “wet,” I gave this to my boyfriend, and he uses it daily. He is happy to report that it does the trick. A little bit goes a long way and the hold lasts all day. So, if the man in your life is looking for a new styling product for his short hair, drag him into your local Lush store stat. Lush is coming out with a whole line of “Dirty” items, can’t wait to try the soaps! Side Note: I am ADDICTED to the smell of this! It’s so amazingly refreshing and woodsy. I can’t stop following Dylan around sniffing his head lol.

Dirty Hair Styling Cream

This Colour Supplement is Lush’s answer to tinted moisturizer. This particular color is too light for me, so I’m saving it for a pale customer/friend who would like to try it.

Jackie Oates Colour Supplement

This Cleanser is more of a scrub. GREAT for oily skin! I just dampen my skin with warm water, the take one or two of the crumbles you see in my hand there and mix it with water. It turns into a thick, scrubby paste that I rub all over my face and let sit for about 2 minutes. It does a great job exfoliating, and smells like licorice. Word of advice: if you have sensitive skin, stay away from this type of product.

Dark Angels Cleanser

 This soap smells like apple and spearmint and leaves a cooling feeling on your skin. I love using this with a loofah in the shower after a sweaty gym session. Great way to wake up in the A.M., too!

Demon in the Dark Soap

 I’m ashamed to say I haven’t tried this mask yet (Chantal gave me 2 fresh-made Lush masks that go bad if you don’t use them in a certain amount of time, so I’ve been busy using those first). Apparently you can use this on your whole body (backne, anyone?) and has loads of kale in it.

Mask of Magnaminty Face

This bath bomb smells like a citrus-y sherbet. Here, I’ve cut it in half so I can use it for two baths, instead of just one. It melts into a foamy, marshmallowy goo and turns your water a variety of colors. The center has gold shimmer, and it’s sooooo pretty in the water!

Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

This stuff is pretty rad. It’s a mask that you must keep in the refrigerator and will last you about 5-6 times. Due to the fact that it’s perishable, Lush does not sell these online. The presentation of these masks in the stores are so fun. Usually, they are in metal bowls in a bed of ice, surrounded by real berries, vegetables, nuts and whatever else they have used to make them. I like to think of Love Lettuce as a “beginner mask.” It’s great on all skin types, with it’s soft little beads to gently exfoliate. The clay in the mask dries down after about 10 minutes, removing all the impurities. Leaves no redness behind.

Love Lettuce fresh mask (in store only)

This new hand lotion has got to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. In the shape of a hand, and smells like Marigold and Vanilla. You can already see in the photo that it melted a bit onto my hand. That’s basically how it works: you hold it for a few seconds, then rub whatever’s melted off all over your hands (and feet if you like). No plastic bottle to throw away when it’s done, either.

Tiny Hands Hand Lotion
This bath bomb is one of my all time favorites. It fizzes and crackles to life in the tub. It smells like…spring. And the sea salt helps your skin glow.

Sakura Bath Bomb

OroGold Cosmetics Product Review

OroGold Cosmetics is an up and coming Italian line of skin care that will soon be available in most major U.S. cities. I was fortunate enough to be given FREE full size samples to try. Oro means gold in Italian (and Spanish). This amazing skin care lists flakes of 24 Karat Gold in their ingredients! This stuff is decadent. I mean literally…it’s a sin to get to try this on your skin.

Here are all my products, minus the body scrub (it’s in the shower)

My favorite product out of all of them has to be the Eye Cream. Holy smokes does this stuff work miracles! I wrote about it on a previous blog. What makes this product fantastic are the ingredients: Caffeine, Vitamin K, Green Tea, and 24K gold (obviously.) I love using it in the morning or after plucking my eyebrows to sooth my delicate eye area. The Green Tea gives a great scent and calms the skin, while the Caffeine tightens and wakes the skin and the Vitamin K feeds and nourishes.

24 K Gold Intensive Eye Treatment Cream- $298 retail price

I use the Eye Serum after I get out of the shower at night (while the pores are still open) and have washed off my makeup. Just a tiny pump has dozens of little gold flakes that shimmer and shine, leaving your eye area refreshed and glowing.

24K Gold Anti- Aging Eye Serum- $298 retail price

The Body Butter is similar to the Body Shop’s version. It’s a thick, white cream (the gold looks like it’s been jet milled into the product). Not my favorite scent, but I’ll still use it.

24K Body Butter- Devotion- $68

The Day Moisturizer has loads of Vitamin E and C, plus a natural SPF of 10. Personally, I don’t think SPF 10 is enough to protect, so this product wasn’t totally ideal for my everyday routine. Everyone, including those with dark skin, need to wear a minimum SPF of 30. I do however, love the “pearl in the oyster” packaging.

24K Gold Day Moisturizer- $138

The Body Scrub is my second favorite of the bunch. It’s ingredients mix the 24K Gold with a unique herbal extracts. The big “Kosher-size” salt flakes exfoliate and open up the pores to absorb the gold. According to the website, “The 24K Gold penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, speeding up cellular processes and activating regeneration.” I rub my feet down with this, then wrap my feet with towels and make “shoes” with some grocery bags and stomp around the house for about 5-10 minutes. I rinse off the scrub and my toes are twinkling and my feet are soft and buttery.
24K Body Scrub- Devotion- $68

Monday Beauty Poll- May 16

1. Mood: I’m aight. It’s been a bit windy lately, and you know what that means: goosebumps all over and lipgloss in my hair. If it was just a teensy bit warmer, I’d be a happier girl.

2. What’s been the hardest thing about getting into makeup? 1) Money (or lack there-of) and 2) Research. It’s time consuming, but it really helps to read reviews, test out samples and make sure the product you are buying is worth it, and won’t just sit in your drawer for nine years before you finally decide to throw it out.

3. What’s your favorite limited edition makeup collection (if you have one)?
I am still mourning the loss of MAC’s Lure Collection from 2006. All the colors were so useful and beautiful! And the packaging was this gorgeous bright teal color (my fave) I still have all the products and use them sparingly.

4. How did you land your current job? My day job, I was promoted to my current position of Publicity Coordinator from the last job I had at CBS Corporate. My life has had a lot of luck in it when it comes to work (knock on wood!) and I am so grateful for the job I have now, as well as my freelance work as a makeup artist.

5. Three things you’d like to accomplish in the next three months?
     – Return my leased car and buy a gently used VW Tiguan #dreamcar
     – Purchase an airbrush machine

     – Book more weddings- my goal is to literally have at least one wedding every weekend           this summer

6. Where were you 10 years ago? 2001- I was a junior in high school. On student council, with short flippy hair (complete with red and mustard yellow highlights) and head over heels in love with N’Sync. My binder and room were littered with photos of the boys and I would stalk them at every casino that held an awards show. I couldn’t even think about dating real boys, because I was too busy obsessing over Justin, JC, Joey, Lance and Chris. I would like to formally apologize to anyone who was unfortunate enough to cross paths with me at that time, as I did not shut up about JC Chasez and how I was going to marry him.

Side Note: my BF looks a lot like JC, guess I have a “type” huh? SCORE!


7. Tell me about your hair. Well, there’s too much of it. Oh, you’re talking about the hair on my head? Well, I’m very blessed in that department. It’s long, thick and shiny. I don’t have to do too much to it, and I’m grateful for that, because I totally suck at doing hair.

8. Describe yourself in three words. Compassionate. Funny. Artsy.

9. What jewelry are you wearing? My mom’s diamond earring studs that my grandpa made her (she gave them to me after I graduated college), and some dangly brass colored leaf-shaped earrings.

 10. Weekly goals: Enjoy my Friday off, hit the gym at least 3 times, and lay off the chocolate. LOL