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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Whether it’s from lack of sleep, allergies, stress or a cold, we all have ’em. Those pesky grey bags that hang around our eyes and just won’t go away. We’ve tried every concealer on earth, and nothing helps. After years of having this problem myself, I finally found a formula that works.

1) Eye Cream 
2) Peach Color Corrector
3) Concealer 

I have been using this on myself, as well as my clients, and no matter what your skin tone is, it really works. Click below to watch how I did it: 

My Favorite Peach Color Corrector Replacements:
Lipstick
Cream blush
Cream color base

My Favorite “Specifically Made For” Peach Color Correctors:  
MAC Select Coverup Color Corrector in Peach (Pro only product, I believe)
Bobbi Brown Peach Color Corrector 
Makeup For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in #4
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I recently snagged some of Youngblood Cosmetics’ spring line goodies and wanted to share these gorgeous products with you. 
Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta and Lipstick in Tangelo

Everyone knows that orange is this spring’s “it” color and it certainly showed on the runways during Fashion Week as well as every makeup and nail line that has launched recently. Youngblood has stayed on trend by offering up these two beautiful coral colors.

Tangelo ($19) is a sheer coral-orange lipstick that is flattering on all skin tones. This product is super sheer and can be worn by itself for light coverage or layered over pencil (which I prefer) for a bold orange lip. I love its versatility! With ingredients like Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E, all I can say is this stuff feels soft, soft and more soft. Tangelo is on sale for 20% off RIGHT NOW on the YB Skin site! Hurry, $15 is a fabulous price for this lipstick!

Taffeta ($27) is a pinky-coral cream-textured blush that combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long wearing color. I know a lot of people are scared to wear cream blush, but I promise, it’s actually easier than powder blush! I swirled two fingers in this cream and dabbed in the center of each cheek, then gently patted the color outward and towards the my temples. I was actually surprised at how saturated the color was. I was ready to pack on a powder blush on top when I realized I really didn’t need it. The camera didn’t capture the boldness of it, but trust me, it’s there. I’m wearing it now in fact, and I even wore it through a yoga class- it’s still on! The new “Luminous Creme Blushes” by YBSkin all boast an oil-free formula containing Vitamins C & E, Allantoin (an anti-irritant) and Jojoba Esters (an emollient that makes applying this product smoothly easy)

With flash, lipstick on top, blush on bottom

Without flash, lipstick on top, blush on bottom
Here’s a coupe of outdoor shots of me wearing both. See how sheer and beautifully blended the cream blush looks? I did that with my fingers!

I wore Soar lip liner by MAC under Tangelo to make it pop. 

I paired the coral cheeks and lips with this spring-inspired green and peach eye

Here’s what it looked like indoors

I’d like to also point out that Youngblood Cosmetics does NOT test on animals (yay!)


Yay, Spring is here! It’s been way too long since I’ve done a fancy-pants design on my nails so I grabbed my tools and went to work: 
Left Hand

Right Hand (sorry for the smudge on Pinkie)
This was SO fun and easy to do! I really love the tangy orange. It’s still a pastel, so it’s not an irritatingly bitter looking orange. Pastels are going to be huge this spring, so grab yourself a bottle of pastel orange and even a minty-seafoam green. Bring on the allergies, Mother Nature! (Can you tell I am ready for winter to be over?)
Products Used: 

Pop Beauty Nail Glam polish in Tangerine Taste
Milani Black Magic
China Glaze White on White
A bobby pin (for the dotting)
Striper brush

Oh, the obligatory Kim K “Smoky Eye” tutorial. People kept asking for it, so it was inevitable: I had to do one. Here’s a photo of her typical smoky eye. You will notice that her makeup artist always layers the purple, instead of smacking one dark plum over the whole eye he will use lilacs, purples and plum. This is what makes smoky eyes look flattering on us. Kim also has a lot of long, lush eyelashes, top and bottom. When trying to achieve her amazing look, it’s important do the following.  
1) Layer your colors
2) Apply mascara on bottom lashes 
3) Tightline
 (I talk about tightling in my video below, check it out)
My Version

STEP BY STEP
More Pix

PRODUCTS USED:

Eyes
Macroviolet and Blacktrack Fluidlines from MAC
MAC eye shadows in Expensive Pink, Soft Brown, Shadowy Lady and Carbon
MAC Pink Bronze Pigment
Lips
Natural liner, NYX
Cosmopop, Lime Crime
Pink Hope, Youngblood Cosmetics
Face
Tarte Amazonian Clay in Glisten
MAC Big Bounce Eye Shadow cream in Trophy

A couple of blog posts ago, I talked about Sindulge.com’s beauty event. We each got these awesome little beauty gift bags filled with innovative items and after trying them all, I decided to share my thoughts with you. Click the video to watch my mini-haul!

If you watched the Oscars this year, then you know that Jennifer Lopez looked FIERCE in her low-cut sequin gown, classic bun piled high on her head and glow-y makeup. 
Here’s my version
Click below to watch this quick and easy J.Lo tutorial
Just me and my forever sidekick, having a moment

PRODUCTS USED

Face
MAC Refined Golden Bronzer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (any shimmery shade will work)
MAC True Red blush
MAC Pearl Cream Color Base
Eyes
Urban Decay Priming Potion in Eden
MAC Fascinating and Teddy eye kohls
MAC Charcoal Brown, Scene and Vanilla eyeshadows
MAC Vanilla Pigment
Wet N Wild black liquid liner
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
Lips
MAC Stripdown lip liner
MAC Viva Glam 5 lipstick
Stila 24k Gold gloss