The Perfect Fall Polish

Essie’s Stylenomics is the perfect and simplest way to introduce green into your wardrobe this fall!  You can pick up one of these gems from your local drugstore or Target for under nine dollars.  It’s great to bring along to the nail salon or have on hand for those oh-so-predictable chips… Are there any favorite nail polish shades you plan on rockin’ this season?

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Essie’s Stylenomics

Cool Down

This summer season is packing some major heat.  To keep cool I’ve been using my new favorite summer must have,  Avene Thermal Spring Water.  This water is bottled directly at the source in France and is perfect for calming and soothing skin at home or on the go (they offer an adorable purse sized version that’s also great for travel). There’s nothing more refreshing than spritzing Avene’s fabulous French water on your face and body to beat the heat.  Which beauty products do you ladies use to keep cool during the sweltering summer?

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Bronzed Bliss

With the summer season a little over a month away, I wanted to round up some of my favorite bronzers.  This makeup essential is perfect to even out your skin tone and give you a sun-kissed glow.

Terracotta

Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 Seasons let’s you customize your bronzer according to your tan.  LOVE!

BobbiBronzingPowderBobbi’s Bronzer is tried-and-true by all the pros.

NarsLagunaNars Bronzer has a hint of  lovely gold shimmer.

NYCBronzingPowder

For those of you on a budget, this is the biggest steal EVER!  NYC Bronzing Face Powder for under 3 dollars.

Ladies, share your favorite bronzers with us!

Luminous Lips

One of the my all-time favorite makeup looks is a bright lip. I couldn’t be happier that it made the list of  trends for Spring 2013.  Here are a few shades that you can wear to welcome the season!

Jenna by Bobbi Brown

Jenna  by Bobbi Brown

Yu by Nars

YU Satin pencil by Nars

Forever Fuchsia by Loreal

Forever Fuchsia by Loreal 

Aphrodisiac by Tom Ford

Aphrodisiac by Tom Ford

Love them all! Share your favorite bright lip shade with us! XOXO

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SPRING…ARE WE THERE YET?

It’s over a month and a half away, yet it can’t get here soon enough as far as I’m concerned.  In the meantime, let’s line up some much needed seasonal essentials!

Chanel’s Fracas Nail Colour is the perfect shade to welcome the next season.  What do you think ladies?

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Spring 2013: Fresh-Faced and Fabulous

Happy 2013! Onward and upward…I know it’s early, yet I’m anxiously awaiting the Spring 2013 makeup trends ahead.  One of the most simple and elegant trends is the fresh-faced minimalist look as seen on the runway for Valentino.  The best part about this trend is that it will take you  5 minutes or LESS to complete the look. SCORE!

To achieve this look:

1) Use a tinted moisturizer along with an under eye concealer.

2) Apply bronzer

3) Go for a skin tone eye shadow with a hint of shimmer and a deep brown liner. Follow with mascara.

4) Make sure to have a well-groomed brow and fill in as needed with brow powder and a brow brush.

5) Finish off this look with a nude lip color or gloss.

Photo Credit: Imaxtree

Photo Credit: Imaxtree

You are Fresh-Faced and ready to take on Spring 2013!

XOXO

Ravishing Red Lips

A red pout is one of the most timeless and elegant looks. When done properly, it can be the pop of color necessary to make a statement with your ensemble.

A few easy tips to create the perfect red lip:

-First off, always search for a shade of red that looks best on your skin tone. There are endless shades to choose from: red-oranges, red-browns, true reds, and blue-reds.  (Trying on at the store before purchasing is always key.)

-For a perfect red pout make sure that you start with a well hydrated and exfoliated lip. (Apply lip balm overnight, and gently exfoliate your lips with a tooth-brush the next morning.)

-Apply a small amount of foundation onto your lips.

-Apply the lip color using a lip brush rather than straight from the tube.

-Use a lip liner in that same shade of red and apply the liner on your natural lip line. (Going outside of your natural lip line WILL make you look ridiculous!)

-Teeth check! No one ever looks classy with crimson stained teeth.

-Go easy on the eyes.  I love pairing a classic red lip with neutral shadows and simple cat eye-SO Mad Men!

A few versions of the ultimate red pout…

Red lips are perfect for the season and look fantastic in photos. If you don’t have a tube, treat yourself!

Ravishing Red Nails

There is nothing more gorgeous than a classic red manicure…especially during the holidays! I’m loving this rich red shade of nail lacquer by Tom Ford (appropriately named Smoke Red).  It’s simple, elegant, and luxurious.

Rock this shade at your next holiday soirée!  This also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer…

Share your favorite holiday manicure shade with us!

XOXO

Peace Couture 2012 Recap

I had the honor of being one of the makeup artists at the 4th annual Peace Couture this past Friday (thanks to the beautiful Leslie Joy from Vertical Tampa Bay!).  This annual event showcased local fashion designers, artists and musicians to benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay, a Domestic Violence Center. The Historic Italian Club in Ybor City served as the backdrop for this multi-media evening. Fashion, food and fun for a great cause!  What’s not to love about that?

I teamed up with Wanda, from 2Girls Glam and Danielle, from DonMeNow to create looks for over 30 models.  Brushes were flying and we most definitely could have counted that night’s makeup sesh as cardio. An adrenaline boost from the buzz in the ballroom pre-runway show: countless cases of makeup, bottles of hairspray galore, models rehearsing, sound checks from the band… The evening ended with Danielle and I backstage transforming the model’s nude lips look to ravishing red for the finale.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the smokey eye and nude lip looks I created taken via iphone! (More pics to come…Perhaps BonBon Rose Girls has some handy ?)

Loved being a part of an event that supports a charity and local talent! Did anyone else attend this fabulous show?

xoxo

The Key to a Fresh Face

I’ll let you in on a little secret…Most women tend to leave this simple step out of their beauty routine. It’ll make your skin glow and your makeup go on smoothly.

“What is it”,  you ask?  One word: EXFOLIATION.  It’s life changing!

There is absolutely NO reason to skip over this step. No matter how exhausted you are, just do it!  You only need to do it 2-3 times a week and it takes less than a minute. Exfoliation rids your face of the dull, dry, and dead skin cells to give you a fresh and polished look.

One of my go t0 products for the job is ExfoliKate, by Kate Somerville. It’s made with one of my all time fave ingredients, pumpkin, along with some amazing oils!

Tips:

-Don’t over-exfoliate. It’s best to stick to around 3 times a week.

-Be gentle! Move your finger tips in a circular motion and let the product do the work.

-Use a small amount on your lips, rinse, and apply lip balm before bed. Your lipstick will look amazing on smooth and hydrated lips.

-Apply your favorite moisturizer after exfoliation.

It’s especially important to rid your face of that flaky skin during these upcoming fall and winter months.  Set aside 3 minutes a week to give yourself that fresh-faced glow. Share your favorite tips and products for exfoliating!