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My new make-up must have…Laura Mercier’s new quad for summer 2014 St. Tropez! Love every color in this palette!

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Better than Sex…Mascara!

With a name like Better than Sex this mascara has to be good right?!? Late last year Too Faced released this new “voluptous volume” mascara and I’ve been dying to give it a try! The wand is rather large and almost hourglass shaped, the tube itself is also bigger then most mascaras I have purchased.image

image Now usually with mascaras I typically just go for the drugstore brands…bad I know but it’s always in a moment of desperation I need a quick fix. There is nothing worse then a dried up clumpy mascara. Anyway I finally got my hands on this amazing product and I love it. I have forever been converted, no more cheap mascara! I don’t have very thick eyelashes so even with light eye makeup (which doesn’t happen often) it makes my eyes pop! I usually apply two coats on the upper lashes alternating one coat on left, one coat on right and then second on left, second on right as to let the first coat dry before applying a second, I feel like this builds lashes cleaner and won’t give you a clumpy application! If you apply mascara to the bottom lashes be sure not to dip the wand back in the tube since it is very large you’ll have plenty of leftover product on the wand to lightly run the tip along the lower lash line. This mascara is $23 so I feel like it falls right in the middle for price point but, worth every penny. And on another note it’s always fun when people ask what mascara your wearing…well it’s Better than Sex of course 馃槈 Below I added pictures of my lashes with two coats! imageimageimageimage

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To Airbrush or not to Airbrush?

Last month i attended the Internation Beauty Show in NYC. Every year there is a booth that draws a massive crowd creating pure chaos and to be honest curosity. Is the booth giving away great free samples or is this the hot product of the year?!? It was easy to spot the chaos this year it was creating congestion throughout one entire end of the show. So my friend (also a make-up junkie) and I decided to venture over. We found ourselves at the Dinar Airbrush booth. Now we had both looked into airbrush make-up but didn’t exactly know what it had to offer that was so much better then your typical cream foundation. However we figured why not watch some of the demos to see not only what the product looked like but how it was used and whether or not it would be something that we could easily figure out. We watch in awe over the results we were seeing. The make-up was flawless, the girls skin looked glowing but at the same time it looked like they had nothing on, they looked naturally flawless…every girls dream! The application seemed simple enough we are both make-up artist and were usually able to pick up new techniques and tricks pretty easily. So we decided to hop in line and treat ourselves to our very own Dinar Airbrush machines! The starter kit cost us roughly $129 for the pro version and this is a the show cost so it is slightly discounted from the regular cost. If you buy from there website the personal pro kit is $199 but more product comes with the kit as well as an instructional DVD. The kit from the show came with the machine itself, 3 different foundation shades you can choose from either the light, medium, dark collection, and several protectors for the machine when traveling. I also seperatly purchased the smokey eye kit which was backordered but shipped to me at a later date. That whole entire day I could not wait to get home to play with my new toy!!! Now i did watch several tutorials to help guide me and also to see how to use and clean the machine properly. The instructions it comes with are fine but I am more of a visual learner so I decided to take the YouTube route. Anyway I have played with the machine quite a bit now and have found foundation application rather easy, it is the eye shadows that I am having trouble with. But i was finding when I decided to wear my airbrush make-up to work I was running late in the morning and when I say late I mean like 20minutes (luckily I arrive to work 30minutes early lol)! So is it worth the extra time every morining?!? To me nothing is more important then sleep so if applying airbrush make-up means waking up 20minutes early then probably not. Don’t get me wrong I love the airbrush look and feel but for work I don’t see enough of a difference to change my morning routine.

No face make-up (ahhhh)

No face make-up (ahhhh)

My regular face make-up.  Concealer, blush, bronzer, and a darker foundation powder to slightly contour.

My regular face make-up. Concealer, blush, bronzer, and a darker foundation powder to slightly contour.

Airbrush application using some concealer and a hint of my powder blush!

Airbrush application using some concealer and a hint of my powder blush!

However if I am going out or going to a special event I would definatly take the time to apply my airbrush. I feel like for me this may not be my everyday go to but it still is a great piece to have in your make-up collection if you are a make-up lover! Next month I will be attending the NYC pro workshop to get certified so I will keep you posted on tips, tricks, and thoughts!
What I used for my everyday look.  Dream liquid mousse in natural beige, dream wonder powder in Carmel,  and Super Stay 24 Concealer in ivory (all maybelliene). Tarte "power couple" Amazonian clay bronze and blush duo, and Eco tools powder brush.

What I used for my everyday look. Dream liquid mousse in natural beige, dream wonder powder in Carmel, and Super Stay 24 Concealer in ivory (all maybelliene). Tarte “power couple” Amazonian clay bronze and blush duo, and Eco tools powder brush.

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Lanc么me Artliner Review

Last week I was down to the last drop of my Make-up Forever Aqua Liner. I went into emergency mode. If there is one thing in my make-up routine I can’t go without it is my liquid liner! Now I wasn’t satisfied with the Aqua Liner although I liked the handle and the felt tip applicator (I find felt tips to be easiest for application) I did not like how the liquid dried. It would make it almost impossible for me to drag a mascara wand through my upper lashes due to clumping and though the product was waterproof and long wearing it would flake off in after slight rubbing. Anyway that’s a whole other story, so as a result of my disappointment I decided to do some research and try something new! I came across Lanc么me’s Artliner. I had previously seen positive reviews on Sephora so I decided to give it a try. So far its been a week and I’m really starting to like the Artliner.

Right after application

Right after application

The one thing it took me a minute to get use to was the foam tip. It’s a little longer then most eyeliners and bends more to the shape of the eye when applying. I’m not sure if this would be for liquid eyeliner beginners I find it much easier to apply with a shorter/stiffer tip that would give you more control and precision. image The handle however is similar to a pen making it very easy and comfortable to grip. I purchased the noir which is a nice intense black, they also carry “ice black” but beware this is more of a gray/pearl. imageThe liner itself stayed put all day which always seems to be a problem with liquid liners and although it isn’t waterproof I did find it has survived a good amount of tearing (damn sentimental YouTube videos).
7hrs after application

7hrs after application

They do also carry Artliner 24Hr liner which is waterproof, both styles come in over 10 natural to vibrant shades! I would suggest this liner for anyone a little more comfortable with liquid liner application although with a little practice you can glide the product on pretty easily. At $30.50 the price point is a little high but liquid liners last right around 3 months so defiantly worth the investment. If you are a beginner and find application difficult I find Stilas Stay All Day waterproof liner very easy to apply, long wearing, and slightly cheaper at $20. Hope this reviewed helped, have fun lining those gorgeous eyes!

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Aveda Make-up Class

I attended a Bridal make-up class this week taught by Aveda’s Global Artistic Make-up Director Janell Geason. It is so amazing to have someone with so much knowledge and passion teaching you, not to mention she helps to create the products and colors within the make-up line itself. Aveda make-up is perfect for everyday wear and very user friendly. The only difficulty I have ever found with Aveda make-up is when it comes to brides. Now aveda make-up was created

The girls and I with Janell

The girls and I with Janell

to be natural and soft so what do you do when you have the bride who wants a heavy foundation application or a smokey eye?!? Thanks to Janelle I feel much more confident that Aveda make-up can deliver any look whether be dramatic or subtle! She taught us so many tricks to make the shadows appear just a beautiful and vibrant as they appear within the packaging. For example by mixing the eyeshadow transformer with shavings of the shadows you create a vibrant and beautiful cream like consistency that not only is more bold but also long wearing… You can even use the transformer as a shadow primer by applying directly to the lid. Another trick i found helpful is mixing the tinted moisturizer with equal parts concealer to get a full coverage foundation something I had always wished Aveda had however it never occurred to me that you can get full coverage results with this little make-up cocktail. But if anything this class reminded me We all need product knowledge classes even as refreshers to remind us to think outside the box. It’s not until we have a true understanding of the fundamentals that we can start having some fun and bend the rules to get some awesome results.

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