Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hello beauties! I recently got the chance to work on Sharon’s belly for a maternity shoot, for the second time. You may remember parents-to-be John and Sharon from this previous post when Sharon was pregnant with baby Derek. Derek’s theme was airplanes and travel, so we painted the world on her belly and it turned out amazing. This time, it was baby Rebecca’s turn, and Mommy Sharon wanted the girliest theme ever: butterflies, orchids, lots of pink and of course, glitter! DS Photography was on hand to capture the moments.

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I adore this lovely couple!

 

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One of my favorite photos shot by Demecio of DS PhotographySharon4

It was very surreal having little Derek there to “help us” with baby Rebecca’s painting…just about a year and a half ago, we were doing the same for him! derek3

I love this one of Derek, contemplating his next streak of blue.Derek

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Just when you finally got the concept of BB creams, it seems every brand is whipping out CC creams. What are they? What’s the difference? Let’s explore…

WHAT ARE CC CREAMS?

The “CC” in CC creams stands for Color or Complexion Correcting. CC creams are multi-purpose: they prime, even out skin tone, brighten your complexion, provide SPF 30 or higher and contain powerful anti-aging minerals that prevent wrinkles and smooth out the ones you’ve already got.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BB & CC CREAMS

Beauty Balm creams are wonderful products that prime, moisturize, brighten and contain SPF and anti-aging ingredients. They typically come in a tinted moisturizer form and provide sheer coverage. Color Correcting creams do everything a BB cream does, but provide more coverage and focus on correcting any discoloration in your skin, whether it’s redness around the nose, sallowness under the eyes or unwanted dark spots.

The general rule of thumb is, if you have fairly normal skin, go with a BB cream. If you need more coverage and want to correct your skin, you will love CC creams.

LADY C’S PICKS

Why slap on any old foundation when you can apply something that’s good for your skin and correct discoloration/dark spots at the same time? It’s a win-win, folks. Put away the million bottles of primer, SPF, moisturizer, foundation and anti-aging creams. CC creams do it all.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream: $23.99

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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream: $35 cliniqueCC

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream: $39

I use this one almost daily and I can’t even describe what a joy it is. It’s cut my makeup application time in half and feels GOOD on my skin. It’s helped tremendously with concealing my dark under eye circles. Oh, and it’s organic!

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Chanel CC Cream: $90ChanelCC


Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to give you a cheat sheet on how to groom your brows at home, or in between sessions with your professional brow artist. Eyebrows are to your face what a movie trailer is for a feature film: it sets the tone for the whole thing. That being said, taking proper care and putting your eyebrows first will make you look 100 times better than shellacking makeup on everywhere else.

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STEP 1:  A QUICK TRIM will reveal the natural arch of your eyebrows

Women always tell me their brows look bad “because they forgot to tweeze or wax, etc.” However what will really do the trick is a quick trim with a pair of small grooming scissors.

How-To: If you don’t have a fancy lash comb, designate a clean toothbrush to your eyebrows.

1) Use your preferred tool to brush UP the hairs in your eyebrows. This will make it easy for you to see which hairs are too long and need to be trimmed.

2) Take the scissors and snip off any stragglers above your natural eyebrow. Follow the hairline of your brow to avoid giving yourself any bald spots.

3) Repeat this process but the second time around, comb your brow hairs DOWN. Snip off any long hairs that seem to be out of place. You will be surprised at how much cleaner your eyebrows will look!

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STEP 2: Find Your Natural Shape To Begin Tweezing

1) Hold a pen or makeup brush vertically against the tip of your nostril all the way up to your brow. This is where your eyebrow should begin.

2) Hold the tool again from the tip of your nostril and going outward to the outer edge of your eye. The top end of the tool is where your eyebrow should end.

3) Tweeze everything that doesn’t belong in this natural shape.

STEP 3: Find Your Arch to Determine What to Tweeze and What to Leave Alone

1) Line up the pen or makeup brush so it’s vertical and over the pupil of your eye. That is where the highest part of your arch should be.

2) Tweeze away!

AT HOME PRODUCTS TO TRY

Here are some of my favorite brow tools you can try at home:

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers- $22

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Anastasia Wax Kit- $12

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MAC Grooming Scissors- $34

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Here’s a quick video I did on grooming your eyebrows, check it out for more tips

 


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Washing Your Face in the Morning

Cleansing your face in the morning with soap will strip your skin of essential oils. Your skin regenerates and repairs itself at night while you are sleeping, balancing pH levels and increasing collagen production (a.k.a. the stuff that keeps your wrinkles at bay). Washing your face in the morning undoes all the hard work your skin did overnight.

What to Do Instead

Splash your face with just cool water to deflate any early morning puffiness, then smooth over a moisturizer with SPF. Wait at least one minute for the product to absorb, then apply your makeup as normal.

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Too Much Exfoliating

Regardless of your skin type (oily, dry, combo), exfoliating your face and body more than once or twice a week is a no-no. Much like the reason behind not washing your hair everyday, frequent exfoliating will have the opposite effect and cause your glands to produce even more oil. If you have sensitive or super-dry skin, it will also cause redness and rawness.

What To Do Instead

Exfoliate your face and body no more than twice per week using either glycolic acid, salicylic acid, an enzyme-based peel, or microdermabrasion scrub. I also recommend using a brush like the Clarisonic Mia ($119) or Olay’s Pro X Advanced Cleansing System ($29.99). On a budget? No problem: Sally’s Beauty Supply and drug store chains sell manual brushes that work just as well for a fraction of the price.

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Pumping Your Mascara Wand

Moving the brush in and out pushes air and bacteria back into the tube. No one wants to smear germs onto their eyeballs! Exposing the mascara wand to the air over and over again will also cause the product to dry out faster so it doesn’t last as long as it should.

What To Do Instead

Gently wiggle and swirl the wand around inside the bottle before pulling out the wand to preserve your mascara and keep it germ-free. Do NOT pump!

 

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Using Too Many Products At Once

I am totally guilty of having too many kinds of skin care and slathering all of them on at once. But this can wreak havoc on your skin and waste your product. Certain ingredients in skin care don’t “get along” and will cancel each other out. They could even cause skin irritations.

What To Do Instead

Anytime someone has amazing skin, their answer is always that they “stick to a simple skin care routine.” Don’t you hate that? But it’s true. The Halle Berry’s and Charize Theron’s of the world abide to uncomplicated skin care habits that are effective. Keep it easy by going with a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, SPF, topical retinoid, and one carefully chosen antioxidant product. It’s always a good idea to consult your dermatologist about your skin care routine.

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Neglecting Your Hands and Neck

Your hands and neck are just as exposed to the elements as the rest of your face, and regardless of your skin color and type, forgetting to moisturize and use sunscreen below your jawline and on the back of your hands can cause signs of aging to show up faster.  It’s also important to protect your exposed skin from cancer and the sun!

What To Do Instead

Apply moisturizer and sunscreen to the nape of your neck using upward and downward motions. Doing so in this manner will stimulate the skin and prevent sagging in the future. And avoid harsh scrubs on the neck, that area is too fragile to withstand abrasive exfoliants.

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Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Oh joy, everyone’s favorite beauty sin. This is terrible for your skin and your sheets. The makeup you’ve been wearing all day has been exposed to pollution and germs. Not to mention any sweating you may have done (yuck!) Like we talked about in the first section, your skin repairs itself at night during sleep. Your day-old makeup, saturated with pollution, germs and oil, will be absorbed into your skin as you sleep and to no one’s surprise, cause breakouts. Needless to say, your germ-y makeup will seep right into your sheets and cause breakouts every time your head hits that pillow.

What To Do Instead

Use a makeup remover to break down your makeup and wash your face with a cleanser. Makeup wipes are wonderful makeup removers, but please don’t use them in place of actually washing your face with a cleanser. Wipes only break down your makeup, they don’t clean your pores!


Missed my nails? Well here’s a recap of all the nail art I’ve been sporting in the new year.Before we start I just want to clarify that I am NOT a professional manicurist, I am simply a nail art enthusiast and trust me, my designs are all kinds of wobbly and imperfect. But who cares? They’re just nails. Anyway, let’s dig in!

You will notice that lately I’ve been obsessed with Essie’s Minted Candy Apple shade. It’s slightly brighter than last year’s seafoam-green trend and it just makes me happy. The cool pastel will brighten up your finger tips while still being “office-friendly.” Here I paired it with Essie’s Chinchilly and a silver metallic shade to bring you an argyle print.

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I followed up with a simple and easy polka-dot design. Paint your nails two coats of your favorite mint shade, then spot on silver polka-dots with the end of a bobby pin. InstaCUTE!

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Here I tried it with Loreal’s Nail Lingerie on top. I loved the way this turned out! If you missed my last post, click HERE to watch my review of the Colour Riche Nail Lingerie.IMG_2622

I took a break from the mint and stepped into the Pantone Color of The Year, Emerald. I went with Revlon’s lovely shade called Posh and threw in some black and white dots and stripes for fun.IMG_2699

Looks like I missed that Minted Candy Apple again. To “spring” it up, I threw on some black and white daisies over (gasp!) clear, bald nails.IMG_2843

Here’s what I’m currently wearing, and what I’m most proud of. I can’t begin to describe my love for the black and white trend we are seeing on the runways for Spring. Everyone looks good in this combo! It translates beautifully into nail art. I did daisies on the thumb, Beetlejuice-esque stripes, reverse polka-dots, white lace and a stamp-on graffiti design. IMG_2862

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my nail-art life! Which design will you try?


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Hello beauty lovers, and welcome to a new week! March is here; the weather is warm and my backyard is once again a brothel for the neighborhood birds.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a haul/review video so I thought I’d share some of my latest drug store beauty finds with you.

Now this isn’t just your average “here’s what I love” video. I also included the stuff I wasn’t impressed with. Click below to see what I would truly buy again and what was a total disappointment.

QUICK RECAP

Bio Oil – Love it, great for stretch marks, scars and even dry skin and eczema! If you are pregnant, I recommend dousing your belly and thighs every night in the oil before you sleep, even before you start to show. Coat the area and rub it in with your hands. This will help prevent stretch marks as your belly grows into the second and third trimesters.

Maybelline Baby Lips– Not impressed. A cheap thrill that smells artificial and does nothing to hydrate your lips. Let’s not even bring up the hideous frosty finish.

NYX The Curve – Decent liquid eye liner for the price and great applicator for beginners!

Kiss Nail Dress – These are fragile and won’t last through a shower. I only recommend these for a night out.

Loreal True Match Concealer Stick – Don’t love the formula for concealing, but it’s fantastic for contour and highighting! Buy shades lighter and darker than you and draw them right on. Blend in with your fingers or a sponge and you are set.

Milani Liquid Eye Pencil – Amazing long wearing eye liner, especially for the low price point! Great for the eyelid or the waterline. The brown is my fave.

Revlon Grow Luscious – Obsessed. I buy this mascara over and over again. It feels velvety-soft on the lashes and helps them grow at the same time. I love the big bushy brush on this!

Loreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie – Clear nail tape with delicate gold and silver embellishments, these are beautiful over solid nail polish colors! Don’t apply them the way it says on the box because it will cause fraying. I recommend placing them one at a time on your nails then warming them up with a blow dryer. Smooth down the warmed edges with a nail file for smooth edges.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you love/hate about them?