Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quick and Easy Smokey Eye!

Want to get a glam smokey eye without spending a lifetime in the mirror? Here's how! I used Makeup Forever's Aqua Liner, MAC eye shadow in 2 shades, Smashbox gel liner, and Ardell lashes. Remember to use colors that look "smokey" on your skin tone. I paired it with a dramatic lip but this also looks great with a nude lip.

Stay Beautiful,



Monday, July 6, 2015


Summer is in full swing and whether you’re vacationing on the beach, lounging by the pool or having some fun in the sun at your local amusement park, these beauty essentials will help keep you looking fabulous as the weather heats up this summer.

The first line of defense is to protect your face and body from the damaging rays of the sun. And what could be easier than sun protection you can spray on? These eco-friendly clear sunscreen sprays from Coola ($24-36) are available in SPF 15, 30 and 50. They're 70% organic and will nourish and hydrate your skin with ingredients like Cucumber Algae and Red Raspberry Seed Oil. Their new Makeup Setting Spray has an SPF 30 as well as Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea and Aloe to protect your face, set your makeup and help keep it looking fresh in even the most humid conditions. Just spritz and go!

Your summer makeup wardrobe is not complete unless it includes a great bronzer to help warm that summer complexion. Trista Minerals by Vita Liberata ($45) is the first of its kind self-tanning mineral powder. It interacts with your moisturizer and gives you a radiant, bronzey glow while the color develops underneath. Comes with a silky kabuki brush for easy application. Can you say semi-permanent contour?

Blotting Papers
Perfect for the summertime these little gems instantly soak up sweat and excess oils from your face and are small enough to carry in your pocket or purse. My favorite: Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets (about $5) Press onto the oily areas of your face and get rid of the shine without disturbing your makeup.

A Vibrant Lip Color
A pop of color on the lips compliments any summer outfit and can give life to an otherwise ordinary face. From sheer and glossy to intense matte now’s the time to think outside of the box. An easy option: Bobbi Brown Art Stick ($28) a lip pencil that multi-tasks as a lipstick. Formulated with Shea Butter and emollients guaranteed to soothe dry summer lips, its creamy matte finish will also leave your pout perfectly plumped...try saying that 3 times fast!

A Great Body Exfoliant
Heat, sand and wind can wreak havoc on our body skin, and who wants flakey skin upstaging their swimsuit? Exfoliate at least twice a week to maintain smooth and radiant body skin.  One to try: Wish Three Wishes Sugar Scrub ($38). With a unique combination of sugars and anti-oxidents, shea butter, aloe and Organic Beeswax (instead of greasy oils) this scrub is tough enough to kick dead skin to the curb and restore its soft and smooth texture. And no more slipping in the shower!

Add these products to your beauty routine and you'll look extra HOT this summer!

Monday, June 8, 2015


Summer is always a challenging time to keep your makeup looking fresh and clean. Luckily, there are so many products out there chock full of polymers to increase their wearibility and help prevent makeup meltdown--and they’re perfectly safe according to the experts. Here are some tips and must-have products to help you beat the heat this summer.

Start With Hydrated Skin
If your skin is dry and dehydrated it can actually absorb the moisture from your makeup causing it to fade away and disappear. Be sure to prep your skin with a great moisturizer and sunscreen designed for your skin type. If you need a quick boost try Patchology hydrate FlashMasque Facial Sheets ($50 for 8/$6.25ea) and Flash Patch Eye Gels ($50 for 30/$1.67ea). These will hydrate thirsty skin in 5 minutes with hyaluronics to bind moisture and plump fine lines, Aginine to encourage collagen production and Betaine to promote long-lasting hydration. With this 1-2 punch you can kiss blotchy makeup and cakey concealer goodbye.

Mattify Don’t Over-Dry
Blot papers and powders are fine for absorbing excess oil and sweat but do this all day long and you’ll end up with a “cake face”.  Did you know that most makeup primers can also be used to touch up over makeup throughout the day? One of my favs: E.L.F. Studio HD Mattifying Balm ($6). For use both under and over makeup it contains vitamin E, jojoba and almond oils. And its clear texture
ELF Mattifying Balm
makes it invisible on the skin. This balm is the bomb!
Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow

Use “Water-Friendly” Eye Color
Waterproof and water-resistant eye colors are a summer beauty’s best friend. Cream eye shadow can be applied easily using a brush or your fingers, and stays put even under water. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow ($26) comes in a variety of colors and finishes from matte to shimmer and give the eyelids a smooth appearance.
 If you like eyeliner Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($19) is highly pigmented and fade-resistant. It holds up under the most extreme conditions and is so creamy you can smudge it and wear it as a shadow. And your mascara doesn’t have to be waterproof to last. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara ($26) can be worn up to 10 hours and provides maximum length and volume to extend lashes without flaking.

Don’t forget, long wearing eye makeup requires effective removal. Skip the wipes and opt for an eye makeup remover designed to break down those waxes, polymers and solvents that help block out water and perspiration. One of my favorites: Laura Mercier Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($22). Its oil-free and quickly dissolves waterproof and long-wearing eye color.

Cream Wears Best on Cheeks and Lips
Cream products hold up well on clammy summer skin, and if you can find one that multi-tasks that’s even better. The Multiple Stick by Nars ($39) highlights, sculpts and warms the cheeks, lips, eyes and body and Vapour Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blush ($36) Not only works on cheeks, lips and eyes but is also 70% organic to help you look hot without all the harsh chemicals. On lips, skip the gloss and stick with creamy or matte textures. One to try Lancome Le Lipstique ($25) lip coloring stick with brush attached that glides on, stays put and can be worn alone or under your favorite lip color.

Set It and Forget It
You can help extend the wear of your look all day long by using a makeup setting spray. Dior Airflash Matte Touch ($50) has Kaolin clay to eliminate shine and leave a velvety matte finish, and Kat Von D’s Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist ($21) will lock down your look for up to 16 hours. One quick spritz of these after you’re done applying color will keep your makeup in place for hours.

 Follow these simple guidelines and you’re sure to look hot this summer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OSCAR BEAUTY: The Best Looks on the Red Carpet

As usual, the Academy Awards this past weekend was full of gorgeous gowns and amazing makeup and hair. There seemed to be one over-whelming beauty trend on the red carpet--minimal is best.  Naturally nude faces, radiant skin and lived-in hair styles were the order of the night. Many of the  looks this year surprisingly can readily translate into styles we can duplicate on a regular basis. Here are some of the stand-out beauty trends you'll love so much you may want to try them for yourself.

The Long Bob

The long layered bob (dubbed the "lob) accented with beachy waves on Naomi Watts, loose curls complete with headband on Keira Knightly, and straight and glossy on Kerry Washington looked classy but not overdone. 

Jennifer Aniston

Neutral Face Palette
Gina Rodriguez
Natural and nearly nude color palettes complemented the gorgeously ornate gowns on the red carpet. There were fifty shades of beige...and brown...on the eyes and flushed tones on the lips and cheeks. Impeccably groomed brows were a given. To get the look try The Naked eyeshadow palettes by Urban Decay ($49)
below (l-r) Jessica Chastain, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rita Ora

Bold and Vibrant Lips
Margo Robbie
 From vampy to vivacious it was all about the pout. Shades of berry and deep wine, or classic coral and matte red kicked up the glam factor on an otherwise neutral face. Lush lashes coupled with black, smokey eye liner created the perfect accent for a fierce face.  Try Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick 456-Erik ($36) for a sultry, vampy look and MAC Ruby Woo ($14) is a great universal matte red.
Chrissy Teigen
Viola Davis

Carmen Ejogo
 For a smouldering look on the eyes Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal eyeliner in Blackened Black ($23) on the waterline and smudged above and below the lash line creates that smokey drama.
Lady GaGa
Emma Stone

Solange Knowles

Casual Hair Don't Care

Whether it was the dampness in the air or the influence of the models on the runway at New York Fashion Week, this year celebrities favored ponytails and messy buns over up-do's and defined curls. J-Lo killed it in this high ponytail and nude-pink makeup palette, and newcomer Dakota Johnson looked fresh and modern in this easy ponytail and fringe bangs.

Both Anna Kendrick and Best Actress winner Patricia Arquette went with intense black eyeliner, a bun and soft coral lips. Get this look with E.L.F Studio Mineral Lipstick in Cool Coral ($5)

Sienna Miller and Best Actress nominee Rosamund Pike opted for the "no hair" look with their tresses pulled completely off of the face, a slightly sculpted cheek bone and strong brow. Layer your cheek color using Bobbi Brown Blush Palette ($45) a trio you can layer that includes a neutral, bright and shimmer tone all in one compact.

I Woke Up Like This
Radiant and glowing skin is a must for everyone who walks the red carpet and this year was no exception. The makeup palette was natural and flawless with hints of shimmer and the hair styled almost as an after-thought. With a center or side part, loosely curled or sleekly shined and tucked behind the ears this is definitely the hair "of the moment".  Get that pop of shimmer on your eyes with Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Palettes ($50)

Zoe Saldana

 ReeseWitherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, America Ferrer

Lupita Nyongo

Check out your favorite Oscar look and imagine what you can do using the tools you have in your makeup bag. Who knows..you may even surprise yourself!

Stay Beautiful!