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BEAUTY OF THE WEEK: SELENA GOMEZ

                   

Has anyone else noticed how hot Selena Gomez is? Where did this even come from? From the streets of Waverly Place to roaming the beaches of Hawaii with Justin Bieber, Gomez has come a long way since her Disney days. She really caught my eye recently, (esp since the papz has been photographic her with her new boy toy- Bieber Fever duh). Her red carpet outfits are glamorous and way above her age (I feel like she’s become a major fashion trend setter for people that are way out of her age bracket!). Her makeup always makes her youthful skin look flawless, but what I love about her most is how genuine she seems. I love how her features are so innocent and soft- goes well with the stars personality! Gomez has always done her part to give back to society and seems to really stick to her moral beliefs- atleast for now! Let’s hope this lasts and she doesn’t follow down the same path as her fellow Disney co-stars such as Vanessa Hudgens and Miley Cyrus- we can only hope!

    

                                            

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Any Dolce&Gabbana enthusiast knows that the brand loves its leopard print on all their merchandise. Everything from their shoes, belts, to dresses have the iconic look on it. It looks like the brand is looking to expand this print into their cosmetics. Dolce&Gabbana’s summer makeup collection Animalier stays true to the brands dramatic roots bringing a feline sensual bronzing powder. This limited edition product is shown to us above in the brands teaser video for the product that doesn’t come out until the end of this month. I am DYING to see how this product will look in person (leopard print bronzer in pure metal gold packaging? SO perfect)! Until then, the teaser will have to do…

             

For those of you who are reading this and thinking “I didn’t even know D&G had a makeup line”- I guarantee you’ll know the person who’s the face of it. The luxurious line is has none other than Scarlet Johansson as their spokesperson. You can learn more about D&G makeup, view their entire product range, and see store locations on their website, but be aware that actually purchasing items is NOT possible here (lame)! The line is super exclusive and can only be found in select retail outlets in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. 

        

Are YOU excited about D&G’s new Animalier bronzing powder?

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BEAUTY OF THE WEEK: CHERYL COLE

                                     

If you don’t already know who Cheryl Cole is, you will very soon! My obsession for her started last semester when I studied abroad in the UK. She is basically their number one singing sensation and tabloid craze, especially after her controversial split with English soccer player Ashley Cole (in order of power it goes Queen>Victoria Bekham> Cheryl Cole..I guess Kate has to go somewhere in there now huh?). She started her career as a member of UK’s number one girl group Girls Aloud then went off to start her own solo career and be a judge on UK’s version of American Idol called ‘X Factor’. The show, created by Simon Cowell, has become a cultural phenomenon in the UK. With the immense success of the show, Cowell decided to bring it to America. After Cowell’s contract ended with American Idol, he went to work to bring 'X Factor’ to the states, hoping to duplicate its success in the US market. After much buzz and anticipation, Cheryl Cole was announced as the 4th judge for the US version of 'X Factor’ along with Simon Cowell, Paul Abdul, and LA Reid. 

I have mixed feelings about Cheryl Cole being a judge for 'X Factor’. Yes, she is a HUGE pop star in the UK, but I worry that the US will not respond positively. For one, she has a HUGE British accent. It’s not even a normal one like the Beckhams- it’s full throttle! I think Simon should have gone with someone that the US is more familiar with such as Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, or Nicole Scherzinger (who were all in the running as judges). I guess Simon thought this was the best way to help Cole launch her career in the US and bring a similar vibe to the show that it had in the UK. 

There is one thing that I cannot argue and that is Cheryl Cole’s beauty. She is STUNNING! Her face is basically flawless. What I love about Cheryl is that she always experiments with different colors and looks on the red carpet and manages to look breathtaking while doing so. Rihanna even branded Cole as “the most beautiful woman” she has ever seen. The Barbados beauty along with Will.I.Am have both said that they would love to help Cole kick start her career in the US. With a support system like that, I have no doubt that she will do big things in the US. She is a trend setter/style icon in the UK and will be a new, fresh face in Hollywood. I am so excited to see what looks Cheryl has in store for the US!

      

Have you heard of Cheryl Cole? Do you think she will fit into Hollywood? 

UPDATE: CHERYL IS NO LONGER GOING TO BE A JUDGE ON THE AMERICAN X FACTOR. SHE IS BEING REPLACED BY NICOLE FROM PCD. TO READ WHY SHE GOT THE BOOT, CLICK HERE

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HOT TO NOT: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

The Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday, and I am already obsessed with so many of the looks! Several of my favorite celebs were out on the red carpet. Some of these looks put the Met Gala gowns to shame! The world’s best designers dresses were worn such as Marchesa, Gucci, Versace, Jason Wu, and many more. 

I was excited to see a few actresses in particular who I haven’t seen on the red carpet for awhile now. I noticed they made some good decisions and bad decisions at Cannes this year. It amazes me how celebs can go from looking absolutely stunning to a complete train wreck with one wardrobe change. It makes me wonder if they have multiple stylists that dress them throughout the day. I mean, it’s the Cannes Film Festival. This is where you’re suppose to bring it with EVERY outfit! As a celeb you have the pick of any designer dress in the world- take advantage of it! So how do you go from hot to not at Cannes? Ask these celebs: 

RACHEL MCADAMS: HOT in Maxime Simoens to NOT in Marchesa    

I love how fresh Rachel looks in the white floral Maxime Simoens gown and nude pumps. Her light makeup and blonde hair color compliment the look well. Her simple gloss accents her natural lip color great is a great Spring time look. I’m sure people will disagree, but I’m not feeling the Marchesa dress. The Fall 2011 Marchesa is a bit too flowy and dramatic for my taste. I’ve said multiple times, I am all about being different and try new looks, but this dress crossed the line. I will say that her hair and makeup was done beautifully and accented her features well. I love that her shadow and liner is in shades of brown/neutral as opposed to black/dark ones. This made the dress color look less harsh and compliments her fabo shoes. I do love lace, but the dress just had TOO much going on.

SALMA HAYEK: HOT in Gucci Première to NOT in Gucci                                                        

When you’re married to the CEO of PPR aka the the company that owns Gucci Group aka home of the world’s most sought out designers, you have every luxury brand at your finger tips. It’s only fitting that you have your wife wear the brands under your company. Salma Hayek takes advantage of just that. She wears not one but two Gucci dresses at Cannes. I don’t know what she was thinking with the red leather Gucci dress on the right. What’s with the matching shoes, belt, and flowery ensemble? I know it’s Spring and the floral look is in, but she def went overboard. Her hair, makeup, and over all look was just off. The beaded silver dress is more the look I am used to seeing Salma in. It’s elegant and gives off the old Hollywood feel with her face glowing and locks flowing (I am LOVING the retro waves look that seems to be big at Cannes this year).  She should have changed up the designers for different events during Cannes. How about some Balenciaga and McQueen loving? Salma, stick to what works and use that hubby of yours to get some killer dresses! 

Do you like Rachel and Salma’s looks? Which is YOUR fav? 

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HOW TO ROCK IT: PINK LIPS

Heres a few tips to follow when wearing pink lips:

  • MAKEUP: Pink lips work with the same rules as red lips or anyone other dramatic lip color. You can’t overdo the eye or face makeup if you’re wearing it or they look will go from glamish to clownish. 
  • CLOTHES: When picking out an outfit to go with your pink lips, try something different too! You’re already going out of your comfort zone, so why not go all the way? I like how pink lips look with leather items (leather jackets, tights, or accessories). If you’re feeling really bold, mix and match the pink lip with a different color outfit rather than the standard white or black pieces. Pink lips with an yellow blouse? Pink lips with a green jumper? The sky is the limit!
  • HAIR: This depends on the occasion, but if you really want the pink lips to stand out, wear your hair up. This will bring more attention to your face and specifically to your lips. If you are still trying to get adjusted to the look, wear your hair down but try something different. If you normally wear a side part, change it to the middle. If you always wear your hair straight, do some soft waves.

          

What do you wear and pair your pink lip with?

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THE PERFECT PINK LIPS

I LOVE fun lip colors! I’ve always been a fan of red lips on my skin, but it’s been a struggle to find the right shade of pink to match my skin tone without making me look silly (by pink I mean a BRIGHT shade not a nude toned). I know a lot of my friends want to explore with different lipsticks too. Because they can’t find a shade that fits their skin, they resort to the typical nude lip look. 

This set me on a mission. I went to Macy’s to try on an assortment of colors and play around with the different brands. I wanted a color that fit the season. It had to be vibrant, fun, and scream fierce. I’ve been noticing lately that celebs are going beyond the red lip color on the red carpet too. Here are some of them rocking the perfect pink lips: 

   After being on the hunt, I found three great shades! They really make me feel like Barbie and work well with my skin. Here are my recommendations for the perfect pink lips:

                          

1. L'Oreal Colour Riche Paris Wild Plum (Pink) 2. MAC Gulabi Bright Fuchsia 3.  YSL Forbidden Burgandy


These colors look VERY different your lips than they do just by looking at them. I was surprised to see some shades that appeared to be way too bright ended up fitting my skin color and some that looked really dark showed up super pink. Make sure to try the shade on and NOT purchase online. Also, they are listed in price from cheapest to most expensive. If you are having fun and just want to try a new color out, go for the cheaper one and see what you think, but keep in mind the pigmentation will not be as high.

I hope you guys try out these shades or other fun pink lip colors. They are great for spring and summer. Get out of your comfort zone and dare to be a trend setter. You will be surprise to see how many people admire you for taking risks and being different! 

What do you think of pink lipstick?

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OVERRATED VS. UNDERRATED: MASCARA EDITION

Being the makeup addict that I am, I have tried all sorts department store and drug store mascaras. I am def a sucker for a good marketing campaign.  L'Oreal Paris, CoverGirl, and Revlon have some great commercials and brand ambassadors that draw me to their product (I wonder if the celebs endorsing the products actually use them?). I’m also a sucker for glam packaging which most of the luxury mascaras dominate over the cheapo mascaras (YSL, how are you SO beautiful?). 

Although ads and packaging are fun and great, a mascaras quality is what truly matters. Everyone is generally looking for a mascara that 1)thickens 2)lengthens and 3)curls their lashes. Here is just a few I’ve tried and my thoughts:

  • Clinique High Impact Mascara- The formula was WAY too dry for me.
  • Maybelline Falsie- It clumps my lashes together and hard to get off.
  • Maybelline Great Lash- This mascara is always in magazines as a celeb/beautician fav. and is also super affordable.
  • MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash- You would think for a brand that was known to be dramatic, they would produce one quality mascara!
  • L'Oreal Paris Voluminous- It used to be my fav. but I realized it clumped my lashes more than making them voluminous.
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof- I am NOT a fan of waterproof mascaras.
  • YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils- What perfect packaging right? The whole idea behind this mascara is the “fake lash” look but doesn’t do much for thickening of lashes and focuses on lengthening. I think it is way too expensive too!
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara- I tried it because a friend suggested it and didn’t think it gave me length or volume. All this mascara gave me was a headache because it wore off super fast!
  • Lancome Hypnose-I’m a fan because it makes my lashes look even longer than they already are, but for the price? No thanks.
  • Lancome Definicils-It separates lashes well, but I would use Hypnose before Definicil.

Everyone reacts to mascaras in different ways depending on the type of lashes they have. That being said, I think it’s important to describe my lash type before sharing my picks for most overrated and underrated products. I have long, thin lashes so when I am in search of a mascara I look for one that will make my lashes more voluminous. It’s important to pick a mascara that caters to YOUR individual lash needs and NOT just by what your friend or favorite celeb wears for the best results. 

OVERRATED: DIORSHOW BY CHRISTIAN DIOR

                                    

It’s not that I don’t think this is a good mascara, it’s just that I don’t think it is worth the price. DiorShow is more about showing off the Christian Dior brand name than anything. Also, the mascara dried out fairly quick within the tube (so annoying). Although this mascara doesn’t flake or smudge, I find it useless for lash thickening. All in all, this product has been way too hyped up by magazines and the world. I just don’t get/agree with the obsession. 

UNDERRATED: LASH BLAST BY COVERGIRL

                                          

Not in a million years did I think that I would find my fav. mascara from my local CVS. CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara perfectly separates my lashes, thickens them, and gives just the right amount of curl. It is SUPER affordable and doesn’t dry up easily. The formula is wet but not runny at the same time. It doesn’t smudge and is not a pain to get off. For those of you who have the same issue as me and need a mascara that will thicken your lashes without leaving any sort of clump, this is the one! P.S I’m not a fan of the waterproof version because it is much harder to get off. If you are trying this product for the first time, make sure to get the original one (NOT the waterproof) and see if it meets your needs.

COMING SOON: 5 MUST-KNOW TIPS WHEN APPLYING YOUR MASCARA

What mascara works for YOUR lash type? 

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MET GALA GLAM!

The 2011 Met Institute Gala was last night and celebrities were out in full swing bringing their fiercest looks. I love when celebs step out of their comfort zone and experiment with new, daring colors. Here are a few of my favorites of the night: 

TAYLOR SWIFT: classic and elegant                                                              

JESSICA ALBA: pregnant and glowing                                                            

RIHANNA: loud and bold

To see more A-Listers looks, go to E!Online.

Who was YOUR fav. look at the gala? 

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BROW TRENDS: THICKER THE BETTER

Isn’t it crazy how much better you feel after getting your eyebrows done? I feel like it makes the biggest change on my face. It makes me feel so well kept! It’s the WORST when the eyebrow lady messes up. I guess I’m pretty anal about my eyebrows. I tell the lady ten times before she starts exactly how I want them done, and I warn her ahead of time that I will freak out if they become too thin, short, or lose their shape. I know hair grows back, and it shouldn’t be a big deal, but if I’m paying anywhere from 6-20 dollars to get my eyebrows done, I want them done right! I’ve been noticing a recent trend with celebs these days of having thicker than usual eyebrows. I was watching American Idol the other night and noticed it on Jennifer Lopez, and I have to say that I LOVE it! Here are some celebs that have moved towards the thicker brow look: 

MEGAN FOX

         

LAUREN CONRAD

           

JENNIFER ANISTON

           

OLSEN TWINS

           

THE ART OF THREADING: I have to admit that I wasn’t always a fan of thick eyebrows. I remember the first time I got my eyebrows done was with my mom. She took me to the salon to get my eyebrows threaded. Threading is a hair removal technique that originated in India. I have found it to be the best way to get the PERFECT arch and add definition to your brows. For those of you who pluck or wax, I recommend trying threading out. I guarantee you will love the shape it gives you. Unlike plucking, the hairs don’t grow back thicker and unlike waxing, you don’t accidentally remove parts of the brow you didn’t want touched. I remember hating my mom for not letting me get my eyebrows thinner (this is when thin everything was in…I remember getting my hair thinned too…BIG mistake!), but she kept saying that  I would thank her when I was older. She said that she regretted getting hers thinner because it’s hard to get the original shape back once you mess with it. Lesson learned: Moms are ALWAYS right (how do they do it?).

COMING SOON: What’s the best way to keep brows looking neat? What’s the best brow shape for YOU? 

Are YOU a fan of the thicker brow look?

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LOOK AIRBRUSHED: THE PERFECT FOUNDATION

I’m not personally a fan of foundation, especially on a daily basis. I think my powder gives me enough coverage (without looking caked on). That being said, there are some occasions where it’s fun to add a little more makeup on your face! I was in search for the perfect foundation. I wanted something that 1) was light 2) provided full coverage 3) matched my skin tone 4) made my skin look flawless/airbrushed. Here are a few that I went through: 

      

1. MAC Satin Finish 2. L'Oreal Paris True Match 3. Origins Stay Tuned 4. YSL Perfect Touch

When I worked at L'Oreal last summer in NYC, I got the opportunity to experiment with so many different brands and products that I had never tried before. That is when I came across my favorite foundation. Here it is: 

MY FOUNDATION OF CHOICE: GIORGIO ARMANI FACE FABRIC

                                              

This foundation feels like a mousse and blends unbelievably well with my skin. It feels SO light and easy to apply with your fingers. I know that’s probably against the makeup gurus rules, but I love using my fingers to apply makeup. It does what no brush can do for me (and is more affordable!). I love the matte finish, and the coverage is phenomenal. When I look at pictures of myself the nights I wear this foundation, I really do feel like I’ve been airbrushed. The downside of the product is that it is pricey, but because I only wear foundation on rare occasions, I still have the original bottle I got last summer in NYC! 

Do you wear foundation?

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BEAUTY OF THE WEEK: RIHANNA

             

Rihanna has had an amazing few months with the release of her album Loud. She’s been performing everywhere from the CMAs to American Idol. Rihanna made history this week for “the shortest span between a solo artist’s first and 10th No. 1s in the chart’s 52-year history.” She officially has 10 No.1 hits on Billboard!

Beyond breaking records, Rihanna’s fierce sense of fashion has made her into one of the world’s top fashion icons. She continuously reinvents herself year after year and always dares to do the unexpected. My favorite aspect of Rihanna is that she always pushes the limit and goes outside of the Hollywood norms. You can tell that Rihanna doesn’t care if people think her makeup is too crazy or her outfit isn’t ‘in’ because she knows that beauty is about being yourself. Rihanna ALWAYS looks stunning whether she has black, blonde, or red hair (I mean who would have thought she’d go red?!). You have to truly have stunning facial features to pull off some of the hairdos that she does. I love that every time she makes a public appearance she tries something new with her makeup (I feel like she would even look good bald with how great her makeup always is!). If there is one makeup tip I’ve learned from Rihanna it’s to explore different lip colors. She always pairs fun shadows with bright lipsticks! I would die to meet Rihanna’s glam squad and ask them how they always make her skin look SO flawless and radiant. Because of her confidence, talent, and demeanor, Rihanna is this weeks beauty of the week!

Check out Rihanna talking about being the fashion icon she is on the cover of Vogue. She talks about “taking a risk” and the “thrill” of fashion. I think she looks breathtakingly beautiful!

           

           

What are your thoughts on my pick for “Beauty of the Week”?


 

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FABO EYES: THE "CAT-EYE" LINER LOOK

I’m a huge liner girl. I think eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop. What’s great about liner is that you can use it to make your makeup look dramatic OR light depending on the occasion. I personally think eye liner is one of those products you DON’T have to splurge money on. I love my pencil and liquid liners and they are from drug stores. To read what my favorite pencil liner is, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look!  For most occasions, I use liquid liner for the top of my eyes and pencil for the bottom. I like using liquid for the top because you can shape the corner of your eye better with it. My favorite is the “cat-eye” look you can get with liquid liner. This is a great way to make your eyes pop without doing over kill with eye shadows. My favorite star to do this look is none other than Lauren Conrad:

                 

So how do you know how far out to go with the liner? I found the best technique is using the end of your eyebrow and the far corner of your eye. Imagine a line connecting them and that’s the direction the liner should be pointing. I don’t recommend going too far out, but you can dramatize the length depending on the event.

This is a great way to change up the way you do your eye makeup. I feel like when people think of “cat-eye” they automatically assume heavy eye shadow. Sometimes you DON’T have to wear heavy shadow and can just use liner to give the look (once again depending on the occasion of course). The BEST eye makeup to compliment a simple cat eye look is as follows:

  • Heavy mascara: Make those lashes pop with several coats of mascara to your top lashes and a light coat to the bottom lashes.
  • Bottom liner: I start mine at the very corner, but once I reach mid eye, I begin to darken the amount of liner I use. **BEAUTY TIP** I like using black eye shadow as bottom eye liner with this look! I recommend trying it out. It gives a smolder look to the eyes.
  • Bottom shadow (OPTIONAL): Sometimes I line my bottom liner with a MAC White Frost eye shadow to add a pop since the liner on the bottom isn’t applied heavily. This still keeps the cat eye look simple. Keep in mind, the top lid SHOULD contain the heavier makeup for this look!

What YOUR favorite liner technique?

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NUDE LIPS: THE SAFE, SEXY WAY

Everyone has that lip color that they love and usually resort to when nothing else looks right. It’s that color that makes you feel confident and ready for a night on the town. My go to lip color is the neutral look with a little gloss. It goes with every outfit and compliments heavy eye makeup well. My routine is usually to do a nude lip stick and top it off with a gloss. **BEAUTY TIP** For those of you who usually just put on a little gloss before going out, I recommend you try this out! It brings the right amount of attention to the lips and accents the rest of the face well. Here is my usual lip routine:

  1. Pick my favorite neutral lipstick color: Lancome Color Design Pale Lip
  2. Apply from left to right on both bottom and top lip. 
  3. Pick my favorite neutral lip gloss color: MAC Florabundance A80
  4. Apply to the middle of bottom lip and dab lips together spreading the gloss evenly across both the bottom and top lip. This allows the gloss to feel goopy on your lips (especially important for MAC glosses because they are so thick).                                 

               

LIPSTICK: I’ve been through several MAC VIVA Glam shades, and they work great too! I wanted to experiment so I tried out a new brand, and there was  something about the pigmentation of the Lancome Color Design that I loved. I don’t like using shiny or shimmery lipsticks; I believe that is the job of the gloss (not really a fan of glitter on lips anyways). The lipstick should just provide a base coat and be matte. 

LIP GLOSS: What I love about the MAC lip gloss is how thick it is. You only have to use a little bit and it goes a long way. It stays on a long time too! The annoying thing about lip gloss is that we all want to take it with us when we go out. When we look in our purse the next morning, it’s usually gone. I hate when that happens after spending almost 20 bucks on a lip gloss. That is why I’ve learned to take a cheapo lip gloss out with me. I know the idea sounds annoying because you don’t feel like it gives the same impact as the MAC gloss, but I really think it’s the smart thing to do (after losing 10 too many). My favorite cheapo lip gloss is L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Soft Nude. It comes on very light compared to the MAC lip gloss but the color matches PERFECTLY with the Lancome lipstick I use. 

                                                                           

Favorite celebs rocking the nude lip color. You can see how the nude lip adds the perfect shine but brings the attention to other features of the face (like the eyes)!

               

SIDE NOTE: Instructional videos coming soon!

What’s YOUR go to lip color? 

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MUST-HAVE BRUSHES

The problem for most ladies is that they have all the right shades that work well with their skin but don’t know how to apply it. Half the key to having perfect coverage are the tools you use. I recommend investing in some quality brushes. If taken care of properly, they can last a LONG time. I noticed a huge difference in the way my powder, bronzer, blush, and eye makeup looked after I bought new brushes. I wanted to share my three MUST-HAVE brushes:

1. For applying powder to overall face: 134 MAC Large Powder Brush

                                MAC Powder Brush

This brush is great, BUT it is expensive. There are a few substitutes for this brush that work well too: 

2. For applying bronzer to cheekbones: BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush

                                                     BareMinerals Kabuki Brush

The amount of coverage a Kabuki brush gives is unreal. To be honest, I don’t even think you have to buy an expensive one. I lost my BareMinerals Kabuki brush recently and didn’t want to spend an absurd amount of money again and this one works well too:

For more tips on what bronzers work best with a Kabuki brush, check out my post on my favorite bronzers.

3. For blending of eye shadow: 222 MAC Tapered Blending Brush

                                               MAC Tapered Brush

This is my pick for the number one MUST-HAVE eye makeup brush. For tips on other great eye make up brushes, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look.

SIDE NOTE: The reason some products are linked to Amazon.com instead of the retail store that carries it is because I want to try and find the best deal possible. If I don’t think the product requires in-store testing, I think it will benefit everyone the most to purchase directly online. If I find that people prefer that I link the products to the retail store, I will be happy to change that. Let me know!

What is YOUR favorite makeup brush?

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WANT HIGH CHEEKBONES? USE BRONZER!

You know how everyone has that one product they have to put on their face no matter where they are going? My product is bronzer! Even if I don’t wear foundation, blush, concealer, or powder, I always put on bronzer. There is something about the way it makes my cheeks look that I love. A light brush of bronzer allows me to have the natural look without looking caked on for day to day activities. 

Not everyone is a fan of bronzer. A lot of people don’t understand what’s the purpose of it if you have a dark complexion. Everyone always asks me “don’t you want to look lighter and doesn’t that stuff just make you look darker?” I don’t necessarily agree with that. I think bronzer has a way of making your cheeks glow and highlighting cheekbones. **BEAUTY TIP**It can also make those who don’t have very high cheek bones look as if they do. Just because you weren’t born with them doesn’t mean you can’t look like you have them! #justsaying

I have 3 favorite bronzers. I ranked them below in order of most to least favorite (but keep in mind all three are great and work differently for different people/occasions).

  1. Bare Minerals Warmth: This is my absolute FAV. It’s my every day bronzer. Because I already have tan skin, it provides just the right tone of red to my skin to help my cheekbones stand out.                                                          Bare Minerals Warmth
  2. MAC Bronzing Powder Matte Bronze: This is the bronzer I use more for when I go out. I purposely by the Matte one without shimmer because I like to add shimmer with a good blush and highlighter rather than just trying to use one product to do all three (gives a better finish).                                                              MAC Bronzer
  3. LORAC Tantalizer: For those of you who are looking for a product that DOES bronze, blush, and highlight all in one, this is it! It is highly pigmented and gives the same effect as the three in one product.

                                                                         LORAC Tantilizer

I wanted to show the difference between a celeb who actually has high cheek bones and one that just looks like they do with the help of their glam squad. What’s the Point? Well, I really want people to understand that you have the ability to look like these celebs do whether you believe it or not! 

            

Jessica Biel (on the left) DOES have naturally high cheekbones while Christina Aguilera (on the right) does NOT. Christina Aguilera has a rounder face but look how much her cheeks are radiating! You too can make your cheekbones appear higher than they actually are with the proper tools. 

SIDE NOTE: I always link the products I suggest to a website where you can buy them. If you want to try these products out, hit on the link and it will direct you to a retailer that sells it. I do recommend going into the store and trying it on first, but this will allow you to see the price of the product and a store that for sure carries it. 

What bronzer gives YOU the highest cheekbones?

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BEAUTY OF THE WEEK: J.LO

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This week Jennifer Lopez was crowned the "World’s Most Beautiful Woman" by People. She has had an AMAZING year with her recent role as a judge on American Idol, huge endorsement deal with L'Oreal Paris, a new album with a number one hit ft Pitbull, and now THIS! 

I have to say that this title is well deserved. J.Lo is 41 years old, has had twins, and STILL looks drop dead gorgeous. I love the way her hair has been looking recently (granted they are probably extensions), and she always seems to have flawless skin! I’m a harsh critic when it comes to celeb’s make up because I think anyone how has an entire team of people helping them get ready should have no excuse to not look good; I must say that it is hard to find a picture of Jennifer Lopez (she def went through a rough patch during the Jenny from the block days) where she doesn’t look absolutely perfect. I hope to have skin as great as hers at her age! Big ups to Jennifer Lopez and her glam squad for making sure she never over does it but still keeps it interesting and fresh.

Want to know how J.Lo gets her signature glow? Read about her beauty routine and more in her interview with Allure.

What are your thoughts on my pick for “Beauty of the Week”? 

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HIGHLIGHTERS: GLOW LIKE THE STARS DO

Does anyone else get really annoyed looking at pictures of famous people and wonder how their skin is ALWAYS glowing? Ladies, don’t let them fool you. I guarantee you that only 1% actually have a natural glow to their skin. The rest is in the hands of their make up artists. The mistake that a lot of girls make is buying products that have a natural shimmer in them already thinking this will do the trick of a highlighter. 

The proper highlighter, if applied evenly, can give YOU the same brightening effect that it gives the stars! It’s all about finding the one that works best with your skin. This product is ALWAYS noticeable in pictures. People will start to tell you that your skin look radiant, and it’s all with the help of a highlighter. Below is my personal favorite highlighter: 

Favorite Highlighter: MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

                                                       MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base

I know it may look like the MAC eye shadows, but it’s not. It’s larger in size and isn’t a powdery substance. I’m a fan of this product because of its creamy texture (since I have dry skin). Also, a highlighter can be used on different parts of your face NOT just your cheekbones. My favorite places to apply highlighter are as follows:

  1. below the arch of my brow
  2. cheekbones
  3. right above your upper lip (just a TAD bit)
  4. right below your bottom lip (just a TAD bit)

**BEAUTY TIP** If you are insecure about having a big nose, putting a dab of the highlighter vertically across the middle of your nose is suppose to make it appear leaner (this was said by Kim Kardashian after all the rumors of her getting a nose job)

For those of you have oily skin, I recommend using an eye shadow as a highlighter. It may sound crazy, but the MAC White Frost (click here to read about how this product can also be used for smoky eyes) can be used on your cheek bones and actually helps make your skin feel less oily since it’s more of a powdery substance. 

Do you use a highlighter?

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RED LIPS-- IS IT FOR YOU?

I know everyone sees all the celebs wearing the cherry red lipstick and wants to try it out but scared to because it is SO bold. I personally think it’s a great look! It’s different, fun, and daring. I feel like red lips are all about confidence. If you believe you look good in it, everyone else will too. That being said, BOYS HATE IT! I don’t know if its too different for them or they just don’t understand fashion, but I have yet to meet a guy who actually thinks red lips looks good on anyone that isn’t on a runway. My two personal favorite red lips are below: 

Personal Favorite 1: YSL Rouge Pur Couture

                                               YSL Rouge Pur Couture

Personal Favorite 2: Bobbi Brown Vixen Red

                                                                  Bobbi Brown Vixen Red

My advice is that if you are doing red lips for a date or before dinner/ drinks, carry the lipstick with you throughout the night! Although these shades are HIGHLY pigmented (when I say highly, I mean HIGHLY), it’s never a good look when your lip color fades. The purpose of red lips is to be BOLD, so to maintain that look throughout the night, make sure to throw your lipstick in your clutch. Below are some of my favorite celebrities rocking cherry red lips:

                             Cameron DiazMegan Fox

                             Gwen StefaniAnn Hathaway

                             Lauren ConradRihanna

                             Kim KardashianAngelina Jolie

 Least Favorite: Kim Kardashian

I think the best look on her is nude lips, but it’s always fun to change it up every once in awhile!

 Most favorite: Rihanna

That girl can pull off ANY look, but because she has amazing plump lips, this red really works on her. 

Are you daring enough to wear red lips?

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MAKE UP DO's AND DON'Ts: VANESSA HUDGENS

Has anyone else noticed how different Vanessa Hudgens looks post break up with Zac Efron? Did she break up with her glam squad too? She cut off her gorgeous hair, started dressing “edgy”, and completely changed the way she does her make up. I thought celebrities up'ed their style after a public break up. I was looking at some pictures of her pre-breakup and post-breakup and it made me sad. Vanessa, you are naturally stunning, BUT if you are going on the red carpet, look in the mirror first! She’s the perfect celebrity for my first “Make up Do’s and Don'ts” posting. 

MAKE UP DO’s: You don’t always have to go dramatic with the eyes. 

Vanessa goes for the natural look and sometimes that’s the best approach. You don’t want to always looked caked on. A nude lip, subtle shadow, nice lashes, and glowing face is a great way to look naturally glamorous. I am obsessed with her entire look in this picture. Her dress, hair, and make up accent each other perfectly. I love that she wore a long necklace with the low cut neck line too. 

                                         Vanessa Hudgens

MAKE UP DON'Ts: Don’t wear a dark lip color with smoky eyes

Combining the two can lead to a clownish look. My advice is to stick to one or the other. Either wear dramatic eyes or dramatic lips– NOT both (unless you plan on doing a photo shoot for vogue). Smoky eyes in my opinion looks best with nude lips (learned that from Kim Kardashian). 

                                       Vanessa Hudgens

SIDE NOTE: Has anyone else noticed how amazing her cheek bones are? She always knows exactly how to smile to accent them too! 

Which Vanessa do you like better? Pre or post Zac Efron?

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