Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
MAC Studio Stick NW47
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in "Luxe"
P.S. I'll be reviewing these items as soon as they arrive...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here is what I bought:
Paint Pot Shade: Indianwood
Eye Shadow / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Twinks
Paint Pot Shade: Constructivist
Eye Shadow / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Saddle
Pro Palette Blush X 6
Powder Blush / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Raizin
Powder Blush / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Sweet As Cocoa
Eye Shadow / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Corduroy
Eye Shadow / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Bronze
Pro Palette Eye Shadow X 15
Eye Shadow / Pro Palette Refill Pan Shade: Amber Lights
I can't wait to do a product review and a perhaps few looks for you guys! I also have something else in the works...I'll tell you about that later!Stay Beautiful!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I'll be reviewing my favorite Apivita Natural Products. From the Express line of masks, Cleansing Tissues and Scrubs.
My Personal Favorites:
Cleansing Tissues 3 in 1
"Toning face-cleansing tissues and make-up removers for face and eyes." These cleansing tissues are great for those RARE* nights when you come home too late and too tired, just wanting to fall into bed without to washing your makeup off. Just unfold, wipe your face and neck and toss! It's just that easy*. Comes in a box of 10. (*please don't do this every night!)
Every Day Face Scrub with Apricot
This "mild exfoliating face scrub" is great for a quick and effective scrub to help slough off dead cells, revealing a healthier glow. The exfoliating grains of jojoba gently exfoliate, without causing irritation. Great for all skin types. Comes in a box of 12.
Active Ingredients: Exfoliating grains of jojoba, apricot oil, calendula, panthenol, essential oils.
Benefits: Removes dead cells from the surface of the skin encouraging skin cell renewal, improves skin appearance and texture, and suitable for all skin types, even on a daily basis.
I really like this one...the Aqua Plus Face Mask is an ultra-hydrating made with hyaluronic acid, a excellent water binder which holds remarkable amount weight in water! (yes that's a good thing for your skin but not your body...) This mask makes my skin feel soft and supple, is suitable for all skin types and it's benefits and ingredients are great! Comes in a box of 12.
Calming Face Mask with Dittany of Crete
This is an ultra calming mask that contains Dittany of Crete, an herb Native only to the mountains of Crete. This perennial plant has medicinal purposes, and is used to "heal wounds, soothe pain, cure snake bites, and ease childbirth. " The use of Dittany of Crete and chamomile in this calming mask makes it ideal for sensitive skin types, helping to calm and soothe irritation. Comes in a box of 12.
Active Ingredients: Dittany of Crete, chamomile oil, organic olive oil, phytotal.
Benefits: Soothes irritated skin types, combats and prevents irritation and ideal for sensitive skin types.
These products come individually packaged, so if you're concerned about their impact on the environment, it is probably best not to use them everyday. Perhaps you can use them once a week or once every 2 weeks, or even once a month, and course recycle whatever you can.
Where to find:
Can't decide on which to try?
Check out these mix-and-match kits:
And that's it!
I hope you'll like these products as much as I do!!
P.S. Stay tuned for my Summer Nail Color picks! Coming Soon!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The lovely folks at Bare Essentials are giving away free 10-day supplies of their world famous bareMinerals Mineral sFoundation!
Made with pure, crushed minerals from the earth, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity. Free of preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, fragrances, and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts, its ideal for all skin types and conditions, from sensitive skins to acne and rosacea. Our weightless, silky minerals give you flawless coverage with the amazing look and sensation of radiant bare skin. Plus, it provides natural SPF 15 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Monday, June 8, 2009
WTPluck?! You are not a chicken...
The next thing to keep in mind is that your brows may never look like the ones pictures above...or the ones you see in a magazine...not to worry though, as the objective of this post is to help you achieve YOUR best brow shape.
What you'll need:
- A large mirror that is easy see your face with ample lighting. NOT a magnified mirror! I mean, you can use one if you really want, but I promise you'll be plucking all day...and then you'll move on to tweezing your nose hair, then to examining your pores, and picking at things that the average eye doesn't see...trust me I know...
- Witch hazel or other astringent and cotton balls (I believe in cleaning the area before and after)
- Slant tip tweezer
- Clear brow gel Great for taming thinner brows (optional for finishing)
- Brow Wax Great for taming thicker brows (optional for finishing steps)
- White Eye Pencil (optional)
- Brow stencil (optional)
BROW HOW TO: STEP BY STEP
STEP 1: Assess what you have. This is probably the most important, yet most ignored step by both amateurs and professionals in brow shaping. You should then decide what type of shape you would like while remembering that you can only work with what is currently there. Too high or too skinny and you may be regretting it for up to 3 months! (If you're not sure of your best shape or afraid that you'll make a mistake, good suggestion is to have a trusted professional shape your brows first, that way you can just maintain the shape at home.)
STEP 2: Start by brushing the front of your brows up and then trimming a bit. Then brush the ends down and trim very slightly. Lastly brush your brows to lay in their natural growth direction. Try not to trim too much because you can always trim later.
STEP 3: Start by relaxing and looking straight into your mirror.
- Place a straight edge object (eye pencil or a skinny makeup brush should work) on line A, from the outside of your nose to the corner of your eye, and lastly to the beginning of brow. When the straight edge is properly aligned, take your white pencil and trace a line at the beginning of your brow.
- Next is line B, and as shown in the diagrams below, there are two ways to find this line. In the 1st diagram, the straight edge will line up horizontally to the first line, using the outside of your pupil as a guide. In figure 2, a diagonal line made with your straight edge starting again at the outside of your nose, using the outside of your pupil as your guide. Both methods should yield a line in the same place. Mark the area using your white eye pencil.
- Line C is simply made by lining the straight edge with the outside of your nose and the end of your brow. Make a line (See figure 1&2)
STEP 4: Using your lines as a guide keep in mind that the arch/shape should come from the bottom first. Your best bet is to remove the hair from this area first. (Fig. 3)
- Option 1: Simply highlight the the area you would like to remove with your white pencil. (Fig. 4) After you highlight both sides, check for accuracy.
- Option 2: Using the lines you create as a guide, highlight the hairs you would like to remove with the white pencil. (Fig. 4) Then fill in the area you would like to keep with Brow powder or pencil.
- Begin tweezing under your brow, starting at the end point, one hair at a time. Refer to figure 3. Pull the skin taut and grab hair close to the base and pull slowly in the direction of hair growth.
- Work your way over to the beginning of the brow ensuring that you only remove what is necessary, so that you create a clean smooth line. Before removing a hair, pull it to the side and determine whether or not the overall brow will look good without it. Will removing it create a hole or space, if so, you may just need to trim it later.
- Continue until all the hair you have decided to remove underneath is gone. Keep in mind that less is more.
- Next, remove hair from above the brow just enough to create a clean look and to define the shape.
- Evaluate your brows before tweezing the middle area. Are they even, too thick, too thin? Are you satisfied with the lines you created at the beginning of your brows?
- Begin tweezing the middle of your brows, remembering not to tweeze too much off!
STEP 6: Finish and define
- Looking into the mirror, brush your brow hairs to lay naturally, then align your scissors in a straight line and trim the top. You may also trim the ends as well being careful to not trim to much. The objective is to trim the hairs outside of your desired shape.
- If there are any sparse areas and you may have gone too far you can always fill these areas in. Using your pencil, powder or both, fill in the bare areas in the beginning of your brow using light strokes, one at a time. Once you're done, use your brow brush to soften and blend the look. After a few tries, you will eventually learn the perfect technique for filling in your brows. (Make sure you pencil is very sharp so that you can make precise strokes, especially at the end of the brow.)
- Use a cotton swab to soften a harsh brow and clean up any mistakes.
- Lastly you can add a bit of brow gel or wax to style/hold your brows!
And Voila! Were done! I know that was VERY long but hopefully it will be helpful.
Let me know if you have any questions!