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Monday, April 01, 2013
Monday, October 29, 2012
Polka.com: Blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo.
OPI…Eurso Euro: This deep blue cream is very continental.
Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!: Thank goodness there are zero calories in this warm and yummy pink!
You’re Such a BudaPest: If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?
Can’t Find My Czechbook: I hope you take credit, because I must have this aqua!
My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!: Get the extinguisher...this fiery red is sizzling!
Hans Off My Kielbasa!: Get your own...this bronzy tan is all mine!
OY–Another Polish Joke!: So this shimmery-gold walks into a bar...
A Woman’s Prague-ative: I’m changing this shimmery copper for...never mind!
Vant to Bite My Neck?: You know you want to...wear this deep eggplant.
I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw: Be seen in this deep midnight blue.
My Vampire is Buff: Creamy, pale and nude...just how I like my vampires.
It's coming out this summer! I'm especially excited about Polka.com, what about you?
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
“The clothes had a lightness to them with lots of color and print and layering so we wanted to toughen the girls up a little but do it in a fresh, believable way," said Hannah Murray for NARS Cosmetics. "The focus is really on the skin, which is fresh, sporty and scrubbed clean."
First, the skin was prepped with NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream. Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer was used for light coverage. Radiant Creamy Concealer (available in 2013, use Concealer for now) and Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Pressed (new for Spring 2013. For a similar effect, try Albatross Highlighting Blush) were used to create perfect skin. Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil was used on the cheek as blush (new for Spring 2013, for a similar effect, try Maldives The Multiple).
Eyes were kept simple with Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Cythère Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (used on eyes, new for spring 2013, for a similar effect, try Hollywoodland Soft Touch Shadow Pencil) and Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.
Lips were kept neutral with Concealer on the lips and a light layer of Bianca Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment.
Monday, September 24, 2012
“I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural,” says Revlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman. “I was inspired by the iconic supermodels of the 90’s and the great structure of their brows. I kept the makeup very pure, adding just a touch of natural flush to the lips by mixing two lip products together, and I used a brow pencil to create subtle freckles and a dramatic brow to top the whole look off.”
Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light and Medium, $10.99 (available January 2013)
Revlon Baby Stick in Pink Passion from The Spring/Summer '13 Collection by Gucci Westman, price TBD (available April 2013)
Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Addictive, $7.49
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99
Grow Luscious Mascara, $7.49
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown and Light Brown, $7.50
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Supermodel, $9.99 (available January 2013) mixed with…
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $7.49
Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Nude, $7.99
Friday, September 21, 2012
First, to me this is classic beachy waves. Jon Reyman from Aveda created the look. “We designed a totally natural style to complement Charlotte’s collection for spring and summer. With soft bends and matte finish, it strikes just the right balance between wavy and straight, clean and dirty.”
1. Prep hair by spritzing lightly with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep and blowdry with fingers or a brush, parting in the middle.
2. Follow with an all-over light mist of Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray and rake through with fingers.
3. Beginning at the front and working backwards, divide hair into one-inch horizontal slices, rolling each section around two fingers as if to create a loose pin curl.
4. Press the curl with a flat iron for just a few seconds, then release to let hair fall into easy, relaxed bends.
5. Rake through with fingers to create unaffected texture, finishing with a mist of Control Force Hair Spray if needed.
What do you think? While I've used my flat iron to curl before, I've never tried to do pin curls with it. I love the idea of many different sizes of pin curls.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Francelle Daly created the Phillip Lim 3.1 look for NARS Cosmetics. This is a little bit of glowy skin (what I really loved) with a bit of "sophisticated girl rocker" mixed in. The contrast was inspired by the runway looks. “Fabrics are cut-up and folded-in, creating a push and pull between street and polish,” said designer Phillip Lim. “Plaids are mixed with florals and animal motifs offering interesting juxtapositions of texture and silhouette.”
Skin was prepped with NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream and PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer before a light layer of Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer was applied for light coverage. Radiant Creamy Concealer (new for spring 2013) was used to create a perfect finish. For a similar effect, try Concealer. Casino Bronzing Powder was used to create a glowy finish.
Eyes were kept very simple, the shadow was the lighter shade from the Bouthan Duo Eyeshadow (new for spring 2013), for a similar effect try Fathom Eyeshadow. Eyes were lined with Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil and lashes were coated with Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. To complete the look, NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer was used as brow gel.
To keep a neutral lip, Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil (new for spring 2013, try Cruising Lipstick for a similar effect) was used to line and fill in the lips. Light Reflecting Setting Powder - Pressed (new for spring 2013, for a similar effect, try Pressed Powder) was used to set the lips and provide a matte look.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
This sleek and simple look was created by Frederic Fekkai Lead Stylist, Paul Hanlon.
Prep the hair by applying Fekkai Full Blown Styling Whip to wet hair. Blow-dry the hair smooth and flat and create a straight side part. Divide the hair into small sections lightly spraying them with Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hair Spray. Once all sections have been sprayed, blow-dry each section again, this time towards of the nape of the neck, where the ponytail will start. Tie an elastic band around all of the hair, creating a low ponytail. Spray the ponytail with Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist to give the hair a clean and shiny surface.
Create a loop with the ponytail by pinning the hair about three inches down from the elastic just below where the hair is tied back. Take the remaining ends of the hair and loop them around the base of the ponytail to create the bow. Spray the whole head with Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hair Spray. To complete the look and clean up any fly-aways, run a hot curling iron over the surface of then finish with a final spray of Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Start by applying Finishing Spray and Body Foaming Mousse throughout the hair and power dry with fingers for texture. Smooth out ends with a Mason Pearson brush.
Take random sections of hair and using a 1” barrel curling iron, create curls through the mid-lengths, making sure to leave the ends out.
Use the flat iron to straighten ends and give the beachy texture a polished finish. Spray hair lightly with Volumizing Dry Shampoo for a matte look.
Create a middle part with a comb and finish with a dime size amount of Smooth & Silky Anti-Frizz Secret Crème to fingertips, raking through the hair from roots to ends.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The makeup look was created by Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics. “It’s a minimal look that we achieved using skincare and complexion products," said Kendal. "Because the collection boasts minimal tones, we did the same thing for the makeup and focused on flawless, matte skin. For the models wearing the amazing glow in the dark looks, we gave them a more luminous face, with powder applied to the high points of the cheek.”
Eyes were kept very simple with a little Cayenne Eyeshadow in the contour, Pandora Duo Eyeshadow (NARS didn't state how, I believe it was likely the white that was used in highlighting areas of the eye), and the eye itself was finished off with Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. Brows were left natural looking and Blondie or Bali Eyeshadow was used to lightly fill in.
Finally, lips were kept natural with a bit of foundation on them.
On damp hair, create a center part that's clean but not perfectly straight. Apply satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion and dry hair dryer, leaving natural texture in the bottom two thirds. Create a low pony at the nape of the neck keeping the hair tight to the head. Using a curling iron, create a slight bend to the hair in the pony. Adhere tape to the center part, running about an inch down the center of the forehead. Mist fashion work 12 versatile working spray all over finished style to keep the front sleek and add texture and flexible hold in the back.
Follow my Spring 2013 Fashion Week board over on Pinterest for more spring looks!