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Monday
Mar112013

Spring 2013: MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor Palette.

With spring comes brighter, bolder shades of color. I am so ready for it. MAKE UP FOR EVER is taking on this trend in their own way with their latest, the Technicolor Palette.

 

MUFE creator Dany Sanz looked at the 1930's cinematic transition from black and white to color imagery for this highly pigmented palette. She even used the same technique employed by filmmakers as she over-saturated her shadow colors to make them appear more alive. And they sure do.

The palette contains three, bright statement colors along with five, easy to wear classic shades, making this palette totally wearable. The palette includes Apple Green, Turquoise, Lilac, Black, White, Espresso, Beige and what Dany is calling the spring "it shade", Yellow.

The MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor Palette retails for $45 and is available at Sephora.

Friday
Mar082013

Friday Finds: March 8, 2013.

new spring makeup

Hope you had a great week. Mine has been pretty low key. I had my wisdom teeth out last Friday so I've been taking it easy and eating a lot of ice cream - yum! Because I've had so much extra time on my hands, I have been playing with a lot of new makeup and trying out some looks. Here are a few of the new makeup discoveries that I made in the process.

1. & 2. COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Apricot Twist (1) & Haute Pink Twist (2) - $8.49
I really like this new Jumbo Gloss Balm in the shade I have, Ballet Twist, so I decided to buy a few more with more color. These large sticks of color are fortified with Shea and Mango butters to keeps lips moisturized as they are softly colored. I bought Apricot Twist & Haute Pink Twist. Apricot Twist is a soft peachy rose shade that I have found myself wearing almost everyday. It is that perfect "natural lip but better" looking shade. Haute Pink Twist is another shade that is getting me out of my natural lip shade This is a really hot pink, but wearable because of the formula.

3. Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans - $20.00
This creamy long-wearing shadow is not only a great cream shadow, I am loving the color Skinny Jeans. This shade is a beautiful soft metallic taupe. I love using it all over my lid as a base color and then layer a darker powder in the crease and a highlighter on my brow bone. It's like an instant sexy and super easy eye.

4. L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim 12H Liquid Eyeliner - $8.95
This long wearing black liner comes in a felt-tip for great control. What I really love about this one is that it is a thinner felt tip than what I am used to. It allows for a very precise line. And of course, I love how this one lasts. I've seen perfect results past the 12 hour mark. Really - this liner doesn't come off until you purposely take it off.

5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Lilac Rose - $42.00
I haven't purchased a new Shimmer Brick in quite some time, but as soon as I saw this new limited edition beauty with Bobbi's spring shades, I had to buy it. With strips of bright pink, golden pink, and icy pink pearl pigments I was instantly smitten. The color it leaves on my cheeks is so beautifully soft and shimmering in these shades of pink that look beautiful on my skin. It's perfect for all skin tones and a must for a spring face.

Friday
Mar082013

Adding Mario Badescu Serums to My Skin Care Routine.

I started using a Mario Badescu Skin Care routine earlier this year. One thing lacking in my original routine was a serum. I am happy to report that I have added two Mario Badescu serums to my regimen and I am really happy with them. I am using one in the morning and one at night; my skin is thanking me for it.

 

Mario Badescu Serums

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C - $30.00
Formulated with a concentrated blend of Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and the antioxidant Vitamin C, this milky serum is plumping up my lines and making my skin appear overall brighter the more I use it. I am using a few drops of this after toning and blend it over my skin. It doesn't feel like a typical serum, as it feels more like a light moisturizer and I really like the feel of the added hydration on my skin. I have added this to my morning routine.

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum - $45.00
This Vitamin C Serum is a powerhouse serum with a good amount of the antioxidant Vitamin C. In fact, it contains 7.5% Absorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to help reduce discolorations such as age spots and hyperpigmentation. Because it is very strong, I am using it as recommended, which is every other evening. Since I have begun using this serum, I am noticing a huge even-ness and brightness to my skin tone.

Check out all of the Mario Badescu products online at mariobadescu.com.

Thursday
Mar072013

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Collection.

Some major anti-aging concerns of mine include dark spots, sagging and uneven lackluster skin tone. I know these are things that I obsess about every day when I look in the mirror. Maybelline New York takes on dark spots, sagging skin and dullness with three steps and three new products. They are all part of the Instant Age Rewind Collection and include Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment, The Lifter Foundation, and The Perfector Powder. Using all three together almost guarantees better and younger looking skin.

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment - $9.99
This concealer with Vitamin C treatment in one not only covers dark spots instantly, but the formula works to diminish them over time. The sponge tip applicator deposits the pigments to cover the spot and even skin tone immediately. It is very concentrated so you only need a little bit. Dab it on carefully and then blend it out with your fingertip. It conceals and really lasts. It is available in five shades to blend into a variety of skin tones.

Instant Age Rewind The Lifter Foundation - $13.99
A lifting foundation swirled with a smoothing primer in once easy to use pump for instantly, smoother, better looking skin. The glycerin based formula glides over fine lines and wrinkles while the peptides fuse to skin giving your face a lifted look. It's available in a nice range of 12 shades to match a nice array of skin tones.

Instant Age Rewind The Perfector Powder - $9.99
As a final step in makeup, this primer infused powder softens lines more, making for younger looking skin immediately. The skin perfecting powder is formulated with shea butter and jojoba to smooth skin with its unique micro-pearls. Skin feels soft and looks almost blurred with a bit of radiance. This is available in six shades to blend into every skin tone.

Shop for the new Maybelline Instant Age Rewind products at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer now. I highly suggest using all three together to get the optimal look.