Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Best Drugstore Buy this Week!

Hello Gorgeous!

This week when I went grocery shopping I happen to stop in the baby aisle because I was wanting a baby lotion for my dry skin.  Instead I ended up buying Johnson's baby bedtime bath wash.  It has a scent of lavender (one of my favorite scents).  This scent reminds me of a day at the spa!  I love how it makes my skin feel so soft and the smell is wonderful and soothing.  If it is good enough for a baby then it is good enough for my skin.  I have even heard celebrities use these products too. 

My next best drugstore buy is Maybelline's Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner called Lasting Drama. I found my Bobbi Brown was getting too expensive so I bought this instead to save a few $.  This product cost me $7 at Wal-Mart.  Let me just say that this eyeliner is BETTER than Bobbi Brown's.  I was amazed.  I used it and it lasted all day. People are always asking me what eyeliner I wear because it always looks so smooth. Now I can say Maybelline Eyestudio!  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dita Von Teese to Launch New Makeup Line with Art Deco Cosmetics

Hello Gorgeous!

The famous burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese is launching a makeup line come May 2012.

The German brand Art Deco will collaborate with Dita Von Teese.  The theme for this collection is a vintage Hollywood glamour. 

I am super excited to see what she comes up with!  



How to Get that Natural Glow!

Hello Gorgeous!

I don't know about you but I want the summer to get here already!  Winter has been a harsh one on my skin this year, but I still have been able to keep a natural glow on my face.  I use several products that I cannot live without and I believe everyone should have as well.  


The first and most important thing for that natural glow is to exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week depending on your age.  20 year olds should only exfoliate maybe once a week or every week and half.  30+  should do this every 2-3 times a week.  What I love to use is my Clarisonic brush everyday twice a day.  My exfoliator that I use is Microdelivery Peel by Philosophy.  For a less expensive version try an at home remedy like mixing honey, sugar, and lemon.  

Something else I do once a week is "Quench" my face with hydration.  I love Kate Somerville's Quench Hydrating Mask.  This mask has hyaluronic acid that pulls moisture deep into the skin cells helping to soften and plump your skin.  


Next, I love to use a dewy foundation like NARS' Sheer Glow foundation or Dior's Nude collection.  Lately I have been loving Smashbox's BB Cream.  All of this will give you a dewy, NOT shiny, look.  


I always use a peachy pink blush on the apples of my cheeks.  The ones I love are NARS' Orgasm, MAC's Pinch O Peach, and Milani's Dolce Pink. 


Hightlighting the high points of your face are the most important for giving the illusion of a glowing face.  I love to use Mally's Effortless Airbrush Blush and Highlighter Duo.  I just use the highlight part. You want to brush on the highlighter on top of your forehead, tops of the cheeks and around up to the brow, on the cupid's bow of your lips, and along the bridge of your nose.  


I love to use my Dior Lip Glow by itself or on top of a nude pink lipstick (any nude color you like).  My top favorite nude lipsticks are Rimmel's Airy Fairy, MAC's Creme d' Nude, Urban Decay's Naked, or Tom Ford's Blush Nude. I like to top them off with NAR's Turkish Delight or Hourglasses Heroine. 

My favorite celebrities with a beautiful glow are Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Lopez. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Estee Lauder for Mad Men Collection!

Hello Gorgeous!

Trending right now is that old hollywood glamour, and the makeup industry also has it's hand in the pie as well. MAC will be coming out with a Marylin Monroe makeup collection in October and now Estee Lauder is launching it's MAD MEN collection. 

This collection is inspired by a 60s vintage design.  The blush in this collection is a rosy color that was iconic for that era.  The price is $40 and is a limited edition.

The lipstick is in a cherry red and also iconic for that era of the 60s. 

Here is the link to Estee Lauder.


MAC for Marylin!

 MAC for Marylin Monroe

Hello Gorgeous,

Here is some exciting news to wet your wagging tongues!  MAC is going to release a collection inspired by Marylin Monroe.  The collection will launch in October with 30 products.  I can't wait for this to happen.  Trending for the fall is a classic, glamourous, old hollywood look.  

Here are some of my all time favorite old hollywood looks!

Gene Tierney

Rita Hayward aka Margarita Carreon

Audrey Hepburn

Greta Garbo

Vivien Leigh

Here are some movie stars today (in color) with old hollywood looks.

Megan Fox

Elizabeth Taylor and Megan Fox

Kim Kardashian

Christina Aguiliar

Jennifer Lopez

Scarlett Johanson

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Drugstore Makeup Look!

The Look for Less!!!

Hello Gorgeous!

Do you want a great look for LESS?  Here is my favorite drugstore look at little to no cost at all.  My look is used with all drugstore makeup with the exception of my primer and powder (Too Faced and Mally Beauty).  I am still looking for a great drugstore bronzer!

Products used:

Foundation: NYX HD Foundation in Sand Beige (Makeup Forever HD in #140)
Concealer: NYX HD Photogenic Concealer 
Eye Shadow: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Nude Eyes 7564
Eye Primer: Maybelline 24 hour Tattoo eye color in Tough as Taupe
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Million Lashes
Lips: NYX lipgloss in Beige (My favorite and only $5)
Highlighter: Mally Duo Highlighter and blush
Blush:  Milani Bake Blush in Dolce Pink
Eyeliner: Milani eyeliner in Liquid Eyeliner (black)

I just love this packaging Physicians Formula came up with and it is a perfect Valentine's Day gift!
The shades are gorgeous and easy to apply.  If Urban Decay's Naked Palette is too expensive this little palette is perfect for you at $10.

My favorite blush!  I always use it in all my photos.

One of my favorite go to lipgloss!

NYX is a wonderful brand that is SUPER inexpensive! I tried this foundation and found it to be just like Makeup Forever's HD foundation.  The color that suits me in MUFE is #140 and in NYX Sand Beige is the exact color.  I thought it lasted all day long!  I really love this foundation and at $14 at ULTA that is a great price (ULTA has coupons for $3.50 off of a $10 purchase or more). This foundation really cost me $12.

These Maybelline Color Tattoo eye pots are AWESOME!!!! If you were afraid to buy them, don't be!  I love this color, Tough as Taupe.  I have the bronze too.  I use them as a primer for my eyeshadow.  They are being compared to MACs paint pots!

Just one swipe! 

Smashbox's BB Cream! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Hello Gorgeous!

I have been using Smashbox's BB Cream for about 2 weeks now and I have to say that this is my new favorite foundation.  Let me give you the 411 on this wonderful product.

What exactly is BB cream and who uses it? 

BB stands for Blemish Balm and is among Asia's hottest beauty products right now.  A dermatologist from Germany created it for his patients who had laser surgery and needed a rapid heal because of its soothing skin-regenerating properties.  Next thing you know a famous South Korean actress finds out about it and starts using it for beauty purposes.  BB Cream then soon spread to Japan and later to Europe and now the USA.  

I have tried the Asian brands and found that those have more coverage and only come in two shades.  I was kind of turned off by the two shades, but quickly found out that this product oxidizes to your skin color.  I actually love it!  What I know about Asian skin products is that they really put all their money into research and technology and not presentation!  If you look at Asian women they all have beautiful skin.   Could this be genetic?  I don't know for sure, but what I do know is that my skin, although is rarely troublesome, looks even more awesome than it did before.

Here is what BB cream claims to do.  

*  tinted and unlike the Asian versions it has sheer to medium coverage.  
*  Hydrates
*  Primes
*  Perfects
*  Controls oils
*  Protects
* Gives glowing flawless skin
*  Re-texturizes
*  Wears for 8 hrs.
*  Fragrance free
*  Repairs damaged skin
*  Has NO parabens or sulfates

Basically in a nut shell this cream is all your skin care and sunscreen packed into one product.  If you use this you won't need anything else.  Many sales associates told me they use it as a primer under their foundation, but can be used alone.  The way I use it is I apply it over my Too Faced Poreless Primer (LOVE IT) and then finish off with Mally's Visible Skin Bronzer in Lighter  (I got in one of her kits). I love it!  I have seen a difference in my skin.  The blemishes I did have went away.  I even had a pimple on my left cheek and in with a couple of uses of this cream it went away.  The texture feels smoother and I have found to use my exfoliator less than twice a week.

Pictures of before and after!

Smashbox BB Cream

This is the one I got a sample of at The Face Shop (Asian store) called BB Cream Power Perfection. This one comes in 2 shades.  I used Natural Beige (in Mac foundations that is between shades NC 30 - NC 40)

How do I rate this product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5  (would like to see more in the tube and in a pump form)
Quality: 5 out of 5
Would I buy again?  YES!!!
Where can I purchase this?  The Power Perfection (online or at an Asian store) Smashbox BB cream right now is only available at QVC and Sephora.  It hits regular department stores April 2012.