Hey lovelies! Just a quick update on some exciting news. Lorac Cosmetics has been hinting at the idea of a Lorac Pro 2 palette for some time now, and finally they’ve revealed it! Although it isn’t available for sale just yet, they’ve given us a few glimpses of the palette in all it’s glory! Here are a few images of it, via @loraccosmetics on Instagram! Lust away, darlings.
Liquid eyeliner is probably one of the trickiest things to get a handle on outside of false eyelashes. The trick is understanding the shape of your eyes and having a steady hand, but the tools you use can either make the task easier or more difficult. Since I decided that I absolutely can’t stand the many gel liners I’ve tried thus far, I’ve been on a mini-mission to find the tools for the perfect winged liner.
A lot of people use the standard angle liner brush, which is also used most often to fill in brows. From what I’ve experienced, the smaller the brush, the more precision. A thin brush with a bit of firmness at it’s base is the best for creating clean, even lines. I use the MAC 210 brush, and since then, I’ve been on the hunt for paint brushes similar to it and I’ve found a few at Hobby Lobby & Michaels. On amazon, nail detailing brushes offer some of the same precision for about $6. Whichever you choose to go with may take a bit of practice at first, but trust that once you’ve become comfortable with using a brush this thin, you’ll love it.
I know that gel liner is all the rage on the market now, and with good reason- its supposed to offer more control when you’re applying and in some cases, last longer. I just think the shelf life is horrible and eventually I become so frustrated with the product that I deliberately choose not to wear eyeliner. It’s that serious. So liquid it is! I like liquid liners that are super black, and have the consistency of ink. Palladio makes the best liquid eyeliner I’ve yet to try. Like most of Palladio’s products, this liquid liner is long lasting, heavily pigmented, quick drying, but easy to remove at the end of the day. I’ve had one liquid eyeliner for literally over a year, with no changes in the consistency at all. To say the least, I’m obsessed.
I thought I would mention this liner because of how amazing it is compared to every other felt-tip liner I’ve ever tried. Felt tip liners usually get a bad rep for drying out quickly and being difficult to use. This liner by Physicians Formula is actually a lash booster and has a super fine tip meant to allow you to get as close to the lash line as possible, so it combines everything you need in one! The liquid liner is thin enough to get through the felt tip and onto your eye smoothly, which is key to why this product is my go to for days when I have to do my liner on the go! This is also what I would recommend for anyone who wants to practice training a steady hand. Get it here.
I’m not so crazy about makeup that I want to find the dupe for every single high end product that I own. I couldn’t imagine how much time that would take. Still, finding a dupe for any product I deem to be an absolute favorite is like getting a 50% off discount code that never expires! MAC’s “Candy Yum Yum” is a must-have in my book. Since the comeback of Candy Yum Yum’s fuchsia glory to MAC’s permanent collection, it’s been my go to for a bold pink lip. That was until a few days ago…
Milani’s lipstick in “Rose Hip” has become my new pink obsession. Like most dupes, the best part about this alternative is the price tag! $4.99 on Amazon, compared to the $16 price tag attached to most of MAC’s permanent collection lipsticks. If you’re anything like me, you won’t want to wait for the delivery man to leave the package at your doorstep, so the two extra dollars you’ll pay at Target or CVS is the same as paying for the shipping online, with immediate delivery in hand! Still, at the $8 mark, you’re getting the same color impact, for half the price of it’s high end sister. In most stores I’ve been to, “Rose Hip” is always sold out, so ordering online may be your best bet! Plus Amazon ships crazy fast.
Candy Yum Yum is slightly more high red based, almost neon at first glance. Hip Rose is a bit more blue in undertone.
Candy Yum Yum is a matte lipstick, and in the arena of finishes, MAC stands undefeated. When they tell you something is matte, its matte. Hip Rose, much like the entire line of lipsticks by Milani, is more comparable to MAC’s amplified formula, so you get the same color payoff with a boost of shine.
Both of these colors are nearly impossible to remove without staining the lips pink for the next 24 hours. Be prepared. I’ve found that a light layer of lip conditioner before applying helps a bit, but that changes the consistency in way that I don’t like. Still, good to know!
Both provide the same lasting power throughout the day, the only difference being that Hip Rose needs to be blotted after applying.
In most stores I’ve been to, Milani’s “Rose Hip” is sold out, so ordering online may be your best bet! Plus Amazon ships crazy fast. Here it is for $4.99!
The real reason why I find all this dupe stuff so exciting is because sometimes what holds so many women back from trying new products and colors is the price tag. We know that high end is the good stuff and for something new and bold, we like the comfort of a reputable brand to coddle our reasoning for trying it! Truth is, you don’t always have to pay for top dollar for top shelf payoff. After all, even the people drinking draft beer and house wine at the bar are going to have the same end result. When it comes to lipstick, save your money for things that really matter, like skincare!
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Ya know that moment when someone walks past you , leaving behind an amazing smell lingering in the air. I absolutely love that moment. I’ve never had the nerve to ask someone what perfume they wear, something about it seems so intimate, because really, no one scent is used in the same combination by two different people. When I first started wearing perfume, I’d spray my neck and then whatever it was that I was wearing from an arms length away. Fact is, that wasn’t very effective, but that was High School, a time to do all the non-effective things before adulthood. Personally, I’m attracted to smells that have a soft warmth and depth. Most smells have levels, all of which incorporate different fragrance blends. I can’t wear strong smells like Chanel no. 5 or White Diamonds. Some people wear them well, but I’d have a migraine within a few minutes of wearing something so strong. Different strokes for different folks though, right? For day four of my beauty countdown, we’re talking all about perfume. I’ve listed four of my favorite fragrances, including the lightest and strongest scents I love.
Think of the body as an oil diffuser: apply your fragrance to the warmest points. Some parts of our body are warmer and constantly release body heat throughout the day. These are our pulse points, hence why you’ve probably learned to apply perfume to the neck and wrists. Some other pulse points are behind the ears, behind the knees, and your inner arms. If you have ave the urge to rub your wrists together after applying perfume, don’t! Doing this can change the original scent and diminish how long your scent lasts.
Perfume loves hydrated skin, so to make your sexy spring scents last their longest, apply after you’ve showered, or after you’ve applied lotion, giving it plenty of time to dry, and settle into it’s mix with the natural oils of your body. The best thing to do is try different pulse points so that you can gauge where you get the most pay off. “Daisy” by Marc Jacobs has an amazing payoff when applied to my wrists, but not so much anywhere else. “Pure” by DKNY works best for my inner arms, sides of my neck and the nape of my neck when I have my hair down (which is 99.9% of the time). “Turquatic” and “Gypsy Water” have more depth and leave a trail behind no matter which pulse points I choose to apply to!
Lets face it, spring is a pretty wet season, filled with heavy rain clouds, but I learned in elementary school that April showers bring May’s flowers. A more mature version of that saying is the fact that mother nature requires these things, so it’s up to us to compromise in anticipation for hot summer days full of clear skies and glowing skin. Although hispanic blood flows through my veins, my skin doesn’t tan in the sun, it burns. So while my family and friends flaunt glistening golden skin all summer long, I had to either lather up on aloe vera after a day out and/or eat tons of tomatoes (I read research once showing that the catenoids in tomatoes help to prevent sunburn naturally; great for me and my vitamin D levels!). Then I realized, there really is no reason why I should have to miss out on a summer glow, in any season! So for day three of my countdown of beauty products for spring, I’ve put together a list of 8 products to show your cheeks some serious love. The best part is that, highlighters can go anywhere you want some added glow, especially Nars Illuminator in “Laguna”! Mixing just a dap with your moisturizer can turn up the heat! Blending out a highlighter like Benefit Cosmetics “Watt’s Up” over your forearms and legs will give you a subtle, feathered out inner vibrancy every time the light touches your skin.
Lipstick is just one product that I can’t get enough of. Every season, I push the envelope a bit more, and whenever I buy a new lipstick, I force myself to try something I’ve been too chicken to wear before. For a long time, I was terrified of pink lipstick. I’m not sure why, but pink was a shade of lipstick I never owned for myself for years. Now, I can’t get enough of pink and a few other shades. So for day two, I’ve put together a product list of some of the colors I’d like to try more of this spring season! Seeing one of these babies shine back at you in your reflection will be a constant reminder that summer is well on it’s way! And as always, I’ve included a few perfect nudes for the days when our spirits are so robust, there isn’t any need for audacious lips!
One of the things that I look the most forward to every spring season is nail polish. The shelves at the nail salon get completely revamped with all the latest O.P.I and Essie collections for the upcoming season! Everyone begins to buzz (even the terrifying bees) as spirits begin to lift as winers temperatures slowly rise. So in celebration of the end of winter, especially for you lovelies back up north, I’ve dedicated the first day of my Spring 2014 Beauty Countdown to some of the most amazing nail polish colors that you are sure to help you shake off your winter blues and hopefully soon, the many layers you’ve been hibernating under!
Now, I know that not everyone will feel like flowers and rainbows come March 20th, and may not be all that ready for cobalt blue nails. In true new yorker fashion, I’m an all black everything kind of girl, so trust me when I say change between seasons happens languidly. In my book, you can never go wrong with earth-tones, or neutrals, or black! So, for the ladies having a hard time letting go of the vampy reds and O.P.I’s “Lincoln Park After Dark,” a subtle polish change like some of these shades should help shake things up a little.
For the ladies who are eager to jump right into the shocking shades that come with the spring season, here are some of the polishes I’m most excited to try once I kick my current addiction to O.P.I’s “Samoan Sand”. After a long, cold, winter, I think some obnoxious vibrancy is well deserved!
To the uplifting feelings spring is sure to bring,
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When I was in High School, my favorite part of the day was the morning train ride to school. It was the perfect display of seemingly fabulous New Yorkers in rare form; everyone is tired, hair is wet, women are swiping blush across their cheeks in compacts while keeping balance and others are using the reflective materials of the trains doors to apply lipstick. One thing that I admired most about these women that I watched every morning, were their hands. I’d stare at hands holding onto the standing pole I was also holding onto, watch hands as they danced across the keyboards of blackberry’s and iphones. I admired the hands that always seemed to be perfectly manicured, and I couldn’t help but wonder, how do they keep them looking so nice? Do they not wash dishes? Wash their hair? It all seemed so effortless, but I grew up to learn a few tricks of the pretty hand trade.
Skin plays a huge role in how healthy our hands look. I didn’t pay much attention to my cuticles in high school, outside of the occasional manicure. In the winter, my hands are always super dry and in constant need of moisture. Outside of the weather cold weather fact, I couldn’t understand what I wasn’t doing that it seemed these women sharing my 7am train ride, were. Some cuticle TLC was the answer.
Moisturized cuticles help prolong manicures, as well as prevent broken skin and hangnails. Most cuticle oils can be applied as needed, or twice a day, whichever you feel is necessary. My hands become dry after washing them, so I always have a hand cream in my bag to re-moisturize and since my cuticle epiphany, I’ve added a travel size of Lush’s “Lemony Flutter” Cuticle Butter to my bag to use after each wash also! Here are my top five Cuticle Savers!
Ya know how every woman is obsessed with finding the perfect Little Black Dress?
Well, I’m obsessed with finding the perfect Nude Lipstick! I go through seasons where I really love a nude color for a while and then one day its just too pale, or too brown. There are really one two nude colors that I’ve stayed true to in the high end cosmetics arena, and both are made by MAC Cosmetics. One is them is “Blankety” and boy is she a beauty. The perfection of this shade, for me, is the depth that it provides the lips. What you see most often with nude lips is a layer of gloss on top, because the lips tend to go too flat after applying most nude shades. Since I’m not a big fan of putting gloss over my lipstick, at least not for everyday makeup, I need something with some built in sheen, and leans away from pale and towards mauve for a little bit of umph! These dupes provide the same effect and fact that I’ve found two lipsticks that resemble blankety for under $6 is amazing! So lets jump right into it…
From Left to Right: MAC “Blankety”, Wet N’ Wild “Bare It All”, Rimmel Londons Kate Moss “Rosetto”
Dupe number one is Wet N’ Wild’s “Bare It All” Matte Lipstick for $1.99. This lipstick is a deep nude color, with a velvety matte finish right from the start. Given it doesn’t reflect nearly as much light as Blankety, you might feel compelled to dab a tiny bit of gloss on top to get the same effect. Due to this fact, this lipstick may technically be more of an alternative than a dupe, but really it’s all about making the same end product possible!
From Top to Bottom: MAC “Blankety”, Wet N’ Wild “Bare It All”, Rimmel Londons Kate Moss “Rosetto”
From Left to Right: MAC “Blankety”, Wet N’ Wild “Bare It All”, Rimmel Londons Kate Moss “14-Rosetto”
Dupe number two, the most similar to Blankety of the two, is Rimmel London’s “14-Rosetto”. In the pictures above, all three lipstick look practically identical in their tube despite their swatch difference. When applied, 14-Rosetto has more sheen, and is a bit less opaque than Blankety in the first swipe, but I like the option to layer and build color.
You can’t go wrong with any of these lipsticks, but if you’re still on the hunt for your perfect nude, its nice to know there are options under $6!
What’s your perfect everyday color? Comment below!
About a week ago I read a survey in a magazine that asked women if they thought blue was a wearable lip color, which most answered “no”. I was expecting that answer in a way, but the thought has been lingering. I wasn’t thinking about the survey when I did this look, at least I don’t believe I was. Maybe this look was more than a product of coincidence, but subconscious thoughts surfacing. In the middle of reviewing pictures of this look and obsessing over this obsessive lip color, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Did that silly magazine survey really bother me that much?”
While most beauty experts will lecture you about appropriate tone for everything ivory to ebony (guilty!), some things just aren’t created with a specific level of flattery in mind. When I wear blue lipstick, I’m not looking for anyone to tell me how perfect it works for my skin tone. Most of the time others are envious of my ability to “pull it off” and ask how I do it. Truth is, like most things in life, we “pull it off” when we believe we can.
Many say that people who wear bold anythings are confident, exuberantly social, and have an all around robust personality which match their choices in how they look. Am I capable of a such social robust-ness? Yes. Does it come natural to me? Not really. I can be shy, and I’m sometimes terrified of approaching people I don’t know, regardless of how social my look says that I am. I’m also a victim of the resting bitch face which I attribute to being a New York City native, so I sometimes have to survey my approachability. Still I’ve found that wearing lipstick like the one here makes that whole “Hi, I don’t know you but I’ll talk to you anyways” process a little bit easier. People will strike up a conversation just because of my lipstick color! The ever more wild part of this revelation is that I’ll do that same! The power of lipstick, although highly exaggerated because that’s just me, is truly a powerful force in the social parts of my life.
So I guess you could call this reverse psychology or something. On the days when I’m feeling most introverted, I make myself appear to be an extrovert (in a very subconscious way) . The conversations I have with random strangers and people I know about my makeup become other conversations, and before I know it, I’m pulled from the land of loners and into a place where interaction with people I do and don’t know isn’t so hard.
So while there is some truth to hiding behind makeup and clothes, I’ve found that bringing to the surface what we might otherwise hide is also true. Life is about knowing what works for us, and experiencing what it is to be ourselves, because nobody else can. I’ve just learned that there’s a difference between the girl with lipstick on and the girl with lipstick off. A good difference. No magazine survey can tell me otherwise.
Foundation: MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NC25
Contour & Highlight: MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension “Double Definition”
Lid: NYX Cosmetics Eyeshadow in “Nude”
Crease: MAC Cosmetics “Vivah” & “Folie”
Liner: Milani Liquid Eyeliner
Mascara: Maybelline’s “Define-A-Lash”
Waterline Eyeliner: MAC Cosmetics Pencil in “Fascinating”