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Thursday, September 24, 2009
A low, classic bun is always a favorite on the runways in New York. It is simple and elegant, and chances are that many of you will be trying out this look for events this upcoming holiday season.
But, there's a problem. Most of us can't get our buns to look like the one above. It was created by Celebrity hair stylist, Philip Pelusi and his Tela design team for Caroline Seikaly’s Spring 2010 show. Instead, I tend to get hair that looks like that for about... 10 minutes. And then it falls down.
Read on to find out how to get hair to stay put!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Anyways, she referred to a few makeup brushes and how they help you get the look you want. So, I decided to ask her for her favorite brushes and how to use them with her favorite Cover Girl products for a great result! These are the products that she's reaching for most often right now, many of them I've tried and love as well. I've added a few comments about products that I've tried below.
While all of the brushes she referred me to were from Shu Uemura (she started working there when she was 16!), you can use these as a shape reference and then pick them up from other brands if you want (or even consider buying paint brushes from the art supply if you can't afford them). Investing in good brushes should last you years if you take care of them.
Shu synthetic brush #10. It's best to use a synthetic haired brush when using creams. This shape of this brush is great for getting into all of those nooks and crannies.
• CoverGirl Product Recommendation: TruConceal
I've used this concealer a lot, and love it! While it is more pigmented than many other mass market concealers, I think that it blends more easily into your skin. The TRUblend products use a different pigmentation technology than most other products on the market, allowing them to blend onto your skin more easily as well as look more natural.
Shu synthetic brush #14. This brush shape helps to blend out foundation and spread it around for a flawless application.
• CoverGirl Product Recommendation: TruBlend Liquid Makeup
Similar to the TRUblend concealer, again there are different pigments used in this foundation (Read my review of the TRUblend products here).
Shu natural brush #18R. I love this tool for powder because it picks up just enough powder to work as a finisher. It is not too dense, so it doesn't cake on the powder.
• CoverGirl Product Recommendation: TruBlend Pressed Powder
I've already repurchased this powder. Twice.
Shu natural brush #20. A perfect applicator for powder blushes. Its shape is perfect for a rosy cheek.
• CoverGirl Product Recommendation: TruCheeks
I love that the blush has the same numbering system as the powder, foundation and concealer. So, you know that if you're a 1 (light like me), then the #1 blushes are probably the best fit for you. You can always go higher or lower for a lighter or more intense look if you want. There are 3 blushes in each compact, giving you a few options each day!
Shu natural brush #10. This flat brush is great for pressing is a base color, and because of its natural hair it picks ups just the right amount of product.
Shu natural brush #8HR. This brush is contours the crease perfectly as the shape fits right into the crease of the eye.
All Over Blending:
Shu natural brush #13G. This looser hair brush blends all the colors on the eye smoothly and easily.
Shu natural brush #5F or synthetic brush #5F. It's a firm haired brush and does a great job by keep the eyeliner in a concentrated spot.
• CoverGirl Product Recommendation: Eye Enhancers
I'll be writing more about these shadows sometime soon. In the meantime, I just want you to know that these shadows are great pops of color that are surprisingly pigmented for mass market products, do blend pretty well and that I've been very impressed by them so far! They have both great "everyday" neutral palettes available as well as a lot of brighter "fun" options.
natural brush #6M. The rounded edge of this brush helps create perfectly kissable lips.
• CoverGirl Product Recommendation: Wetslicks AmazeMint Lip Gloss or Outlast All-Day Lipcolor
While I've used Outlast Lip Color in the past, I still haven't lucked out to find the AmazeMint Glosses available near me. They have Crest's minty taste and help your breath. All of the shades are meant to be a bit sheer, offering a nice hint of color.
Image via MariaCasa on Flickr
Friday, July 18, 2008
If you're like me you try to pay attention to your feet all summer long, but this usually consists of just a few hits with a pumice stone once or twice a week. While I try to be consistent.... I really am just not. You can sometimes tell by my feet. While they don't look dry and scaly that often, they pretty much always feel rougher than I would like. And those razor things that are meant to get rid of dry skin? Well, they just scare me.
So, I've been watching with interest all of the on-line reviews that have popped up on some of my favorite beauty blogs for the Ped Egg. It seriously looks like a hand held cheese grater. I was afraid. But, I had heard that it was great and didn't hurt. I couldn't hunt one down near me (I seriously seem to be surrounded by empty Ped Egg displays in all of my local drugstores), so when Ped Egg e-mailed me and asked me to try it out I was pretty excited to avoid the whole ordering on-line thing!
So, how is it?
It works, it's fast and it does not hurt! Do not be afraid.
A few swipes over my heel took off any dryness, it took all of 30 seconds and it even caught the dead skin in the Ped Egg (careful how you hold it, it might spill out!) so it was mess free. My heels now looked and felt perfect, easy peasy!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Have you ever had a lot of difficulty removing a polish from your nails? Did you notice that a glitter polish takes about half an hour to remove from your nails? I learned this tip from the girls over at MUA's Nail Board and just had to share it with you!
Pictured above are my nail removal tools. I love the polish remover pots from Cutex, you can easily swirl your fingers around in the enclosed sponge to remove your polish. For every day removal they work great! They even come in "glitter" versions, which have a slightly more robust sponge.
For difficult to remove polish I resort to felt and Acetone. A piece of crafting felt can be easily cut into smaller squares, I like about 3 inches by 4 inches to remove polish from 10 fingers. Use with a bit of acetone and you'll find that you can remove almost anything! The felt is much better at removing any polish than a cotton pad, and when you can get 6 pieces out of a 20 cent piece of felt you'll realize that this is also a much cheaper option.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
See those items? They are my secret to a perfect manicure and pedicure!
I don't always have the steadiest of hands, though you might think I do after seeing so many swatches of polishes this month! While it is definitely true that with practice I am much better at applying nail polish, I still slop over onto a cuticle every now and then.
I've tried the clean up pens, dipping an orange stick in acetone, even Q-Tips. For me, all of those options either did not remove enough polish, were not precise enough or left trails of cotton in my polish. So, I started using a brush like the one pictured here, a stiff angled brush meant to be used with eyeliner. The brush is stiff enough to remove polish, but is very precise and can even easily fit underneath my nail tip for improved clean-up. I simply dip it into the dampen dish (that little glass cup) that I've filled with Acetone, but be careful to not get too much acetone in the brush. Brush off excess polish, and it can help to have a piece of cotton around to wipe the brush on.
That's it! Perfect nails quick and easy! I will sometimes clean up between coats of polish, but often I only need to do so at the very end of application.
I bought my brush at Target, you really do not need an expensive brush for this tip to work. Just don't buy a painted brush since the Acetone will melt the paint on the handle (which happened with my Sonia Kashuk brush).
The dampen dish is from a nail supply, but you can check Sally's Beauty Supply or head to Head 2 Toe Beauty to order one of your own!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
During our visit, Max Factor Makeup Artist Jake Bailey was more than happy to share a few of his favorite "quick tips" with me! Jake said that on more than one occasion he's been booked for a celeb's appearance on a favorite late night show, only to have them show up about 10 minutes before they need to be on. Which means those 10 minutes are for hair, makeup, clothes and running to the bathroom!
Jake told me that the secret to looking perfect and fresh is flawless skin! This is something I've struggled with for years, and he had a fast and easy tip to acheive the look. Jake says you need a lot less coverage for this than you think, and while he once wasted hours trying to acheive the air brushed look for clients, this works just as well! Jake has the celeb do this trick while he pulls out other items he'll need from his kit.
Basically, you need to create your own tinted moisturizer. Sure, there are some good ones on the market (such as Laura Mercier's, a classic). But they come in a very limited range of shades, aren't moisturizing enough and the coverage can't be adjusted.
Jake took a quarter sized amount of lotion (he used Complex 15 Face Cream, but you could use your favorite face lotion), and then an equal amount of foundation. The proportions can be easily adjusted depending on how much coverage you need that day. He quickly mixed them together in his hands (meaning, he smashed his hands together like he was washing them), and then vigorously rubbed the results over his face. Really vigorously! He looked like me when I'm washing my face in the shower, quickly running his hands all over his face and down a bit onto his neck. Make sure you get your entire face and up into your hairline as well (a headband is a good idea). A bit of blending with a makeup sponge and you're done! You'll be surprised how little concealer you need afterwards!
Jake used Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation to show me this look, however that foundation does have a bit of shimmer in it. It was a great look for going out, but you might prefer a shimmer free look using Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation instead.