The 10 Commandments of Lipstick Wednesday, May 16 2012 

I find it interesting how as a teenager I was a lipstick whore. I had so many colors to choose from to match my outfits. But then as I got older I changed my tune and started wearing gloss or matte lipstick. Today, I can probably look in my purse and have the following: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Maybelline Baby Lips, Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss (wet cranberry), Benefit Ultra Shine (nudie-tude), MAC Sheen Supreme (new temptations), and lastly Napolean Perdis Lip Stain & Plumper (moon- my most favorite). I can honestly say that #6 was never even a beauty “yes”, ever! So if you’re like me check out “The 10 Commandments of Lipstick”…

The 10 Commandments of Lipstick:

Step aside, gloss. Lipstick is back in a big way, making mouths look strong, rich, and thoroughly refined. Here, the rules for doing lipstick right, right now.

Allure 2012

Start fresh. Exfoliate lips once or twice a week (Cantello uses a mix of salt and almond oil), then follow with balm. (We love EOS Lip Balm Smooth Sphere.)

“Shimmer can look cheap,” says makeup artist Troy Surratt. Look for lipsticks with a creamy finish. “Light reflection should come from moisture in the formula, not metallic pigments,” he says. Two hydrating options: Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick and Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick.

Choose a bright shade based on your lips’ natural color—not your skin tone. Women with pale lips look best in cherry red or coral; for naturally reddish lips, try hot pink, orange, or cranberry; for dark lips, brick red and burgundy are ideal. Try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 01 (for pale lips), M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Lustering (for reddish lips), or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux (for dark lips).

The prettiest nude lip color is slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone. If you’re pale, look for something with a hint of pink, like Burberry Beauty Lip Cover in Nude Rose. Those with yellow or olive undertones or dark skin look best with sandy beiges, like CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Delish.

Blue- or black-based shades that are too dark can be severe, aging, and even a little scary. Look for lipsticks with berry undertones instead. (Try Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick in Wild Winterberry or Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Colour in Burgundy Lustre SPF 18.

Liner is no longer a must—today’s lipsticks don’t bleed,” says Surratt. To enhance your Cupid’s bow or add symmetry, use a pencil that matches your lips, not your lipstick.

Careful application is good; clinical precision isn’t. Just smudge the border of your lips slightly.

When applying any shade of lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend color out toward the corners of your mouth. (Never apply it directly to the corners of your mouth—it will look clownish.)

Prevent a strong lipstick shade from looking heavy by swiping it on just your bottom lip, pressing lips together, and using your finger to distribute the color over your mouth.

To make your lipstick last longer, apply it straight from the tube, blot with a tissue, then swipe it on again. “Blotting will create a base, and the second coat adds shine and coverage,” says Surratt.


Beauty Eyes Monday, May 7 2012 

I love the look for Spring adding the different color of eye liner to the top of the eye above the black or brown liner or just adding a touch of color to your bottom rim of the eye. So girlies, try something a little different go for some color it could be a new pop of color you need this season.

A Cool New Eyeliner Trick
by Baze Mpinja
Glamour June 2012

Wow, Eva Mendes really knocked it out of the park at a screening of her new film, Girl in Progress, in Los Angeles–I’m so in love with her eyeliner! Overall, I would give Eva’s entire look two enthusiastic thumbs-up. From her brows to her blush to her lipstick, everything is working together in perfect harmony. But her green eyeliner is the showstopper (check out a mesmerizing close-up here).

She’s wearing a thick swipe of basic black liner on her top lash lines, but she switched it up on the bottom and went with a gorgeous emerald green that looks like it has a teensy bit of sparkle in it. Isn’t it so pretty with her eye color and skin tone? And it’s such a nice alternative to the usual allover black or brown. Does this woman ever have a bad beauty day? Eva even looks amazing when she goes grocery shopping. How is this fair?

Oh, well. At least she gives us great ideas. Think you’ll copy her latest look? Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jungle, $4, and Anna Sui Eye Liner Pencil in Neon Green, $19, are good choices.


Beauty Eye Find… Tuesday, May 1 2012 

After much debate with my facial skin (mostly my under eye area) and my inner beauty, we have decided that I need to try this product for the under eye area. I am trying this tonight, I bought it a week ago just haven’t splurged my daily beauty ritual. It’s mostly been cleanse my face and moisturizer.

Clinique: All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

An anti-aging eye serum with a rollerball applicator

Soothes and depuffs eyes; reduces the appearance of dark circles

Amentoflavone and humulus lupulus extract (soothes); caffeine (depuffs); sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, and glycerin (moisturize)

The rollerball feels cool on the skin; the serum has a liquid texture; there is no scent.

The serum stays put once you apply it and doesn’t drip or migrate. The slim, rollerball packaging is easy and convenient—just throw it in a ziplock bag for travel.

Best of Beauty 2011

—Alison Caporimo
Allure Magazine


Beauty: Pretty Lips Friday, Sep 30 2011 

Ok, so I’m a lip gloss whore, I must have at least 4-5 different colors and types in my purse. But I read this article in Elle and bought the Peach Fuzz. Wasn’t real sticky and such a pretty color on the lips!

Crystal ClearThe glassy, pigment-packed formula of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss in Raspberry Splash, Peach Fuzz, and Nude Illusion conditions lips with argan oil and vitamin E. – Credit: Kevin Cremens


Beauty: Blush nail color Friday, Sep 30 2011 

I think the blush colors are very natural and becoming, like this shade, try it out!

A Nail Polish Idea to Try Now, Straight From the Spring 2012 Runways
All-natural makeup and no-fuss hair (maybe a little too no-fuss, but that’s a different topic) was a big beauty statement at spring 2012 New York Fashion Week, and along with it came nail polish colors in pretty whites and creams. The expression I kept hearing backstage was “milky,” and ladies, I’m kind of obsessed. Here’s a look at the trend.

It’s not a brand-new idea per se (truth be told, we’ve been loving these shades since Jen Aniston debuted the look on the red carpet early in the summer), but it was so well-matched with the sporty-meets-girly vibe on the runway, and so downright healthy-looking, when I saw it on the models’ hands, it felt like a nail polish idea I’d discovered for the first time.

I’m totally going to work this inspiration into my mani rotation. My hubby might not be able to tell the difference between Sally Hansen for Alexander Wang’s Parchment and my standard sheer pink, but that’s OK. I will! —Megan Gustashaw


Essie nail color in Allure

New Fall Trend: Smoky Metallic Eyes Tuesday, Sep 20 2011 

I love this look, I will have go purchase some new fall colors and practice some of the new trends. Very excited!

A little metallic shadow takes eyes from smoky to smoldering. Rim the eyes with black liner (we love CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner Pencil in Blackfire), and brush a charcoal shadow over the lids and into the crease. Dust on a copper shade with a hint of shimmer, like Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Bikini Golden, to make eyes pop—and hearts stop.


Jerseylicious Quotes Friday, Aug 26 2011 

I love this show, I don’t what it is about Jersey, you’ve got Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Jerseylicious!

“I think you’re a little psychotic Alexa. Besides, Olivia will be taking over for you. Buh-bye now.”

“Whaaaaaat?! That whooooore! She wouldn’t even know whatta smokey eye was til I taught her. You’re a traitorous bastard, Olivia! I MADE YOU!”



Lip Gloss: Love It Or Loathe It? Friday, Aug 26 2011 

I read this article this morning and have to say “I love lip gloss”! I probably have 4 different color lip glosses, 1 lip balm, and 1 lip buff in my purse. What can I say I like variety, the color, the smell, and the shine on the lips that it gives, is what I love about it! I have never been a lipstick fan, maybe because it reminds me of my grandmother who would wear these frost color lipsticks. So, as I would spend the summers with her, she would give me her old tubes of lipstick to play dress up. Needless to say, I just wasn’t interested in het choice of lip color.
Which brings me to my love for lip gloss, it started with the clear rollerball type, then came the sparkle, and finally color. I like the sheer color palettes so I can wear my lip gloss anytime of the year. So here you go, what do you wear on your lips…

Choosing what lip product to apply isn’t exactly rocket science. Your choices can be boiled down to three basic products: lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm. Every morning without fail, I slick on my favorite tinted lip balm, YSL Volupté Glossy Balm Crystal Color in Dewy Papaya, and for a special occasion I’ll smooth on some lipstick. But I never grab a lip gloss.

If it wasn’t apparent from her ode to cherry Chapstick, beauty rebel Katy Perry is also a glossophobe. Jake Bailey, Perry’s makeup artist, says that she refuses to use gloss because it makes her feel self-conscious. “Many women, some of my clients included, have a slight phobia of lip gloss. Singers in particular tend to stay away because their lips can stick together slightly while they are trying to sing,” Bailey says. I can’t imagine Perry—who is basically the music industry’s Wonder Woman—feeling insecure about anything. But who hasn’t had a messy situation of your hair becoming glued to your lips after a chaotic gust of wind?
For those of us looking to face our glossy fears and experiment with the shiny stuff, Bailey recommends a lightweight formula that’s not too sticky and sheer in color. “Heavier formulas tend to glop up on the corners of the mouth and glosses with too much pigment can look sloppy if not impeccably maintained.” Bailey uses a brush to apply lip gloss onto his clients, “but when you apply it yourself its easiest to use your fingers unless it’s the kind that comes with a wand.” Gloss should be applied in a thin, even layer; “using too much product will start to look messy very quickly,” Bailey says.


Beauty: Fall Lips Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

I love this color for fall!!!

When you want to make a statement (or an entrance), this vivacious pink-and-purple blend is the way to go. “This unique color surprisingly works on all skin tones,” says Pecheux. Use a lip brush when applying to keep the edges defined, and keep the rest of your makeup simple: Just go over lashes with mascara and darken brows a touch.

1. Avon Ultra Color Rich Moisture Seduction in Plum Gorgeous
2. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Sea Fleur


Beauty: eye palette Friday, Aug 19 2011 

Navy is my favorite colors especially for fall. Check out these colors ….

Navy blue isn’t just for sailor stripes and prep-school uniforms. Deeply pigmented yet classic enough not to be jarring, it looks especially gorgeous on brown eyes. Brush it across lids, into the crease, and past the outer corners. Finish by spreading gold beneath the lower lashes. “Gold shadow catches the light and adds a beautiful accent,” Pecheux says.

1. Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeshadow in Indigo
2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #11


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