Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick

Cosmoholic liquid lipsticks are a Makeup Artist’s dream, they combine the shine of a gloss with the pigment of a lipstick so I don’t have to build multiple layers to create the effect I want. They also have a sexy look of complete shine in the absensce of shimmer – without any stickiness. It’s a line that does one thing only so they do it really well.

You’ll find the collection in boutiques, Beauty 360 in California, and Makeup Mania here in Denver. Click HERE for a retailer in your area.


NXY Super Fat Eye Marker; A Must Have For Liner-Lovers

You could probably tell me that the Super Fat Marker from NYX is made from lead paint and arsenic and I’d still think twice about not using it. It actually looks like a marker, but this eye liner easily allows you to apply liner as thin or as thick as you’d like. Check it out.

Here’s the line yesterday at 10am when I got ready for a long day (sans mascara).

And a look at it last night around midnight. Yes, I’m still using Latisse.

Another glimpse.

So here’s the thing about this Eye Marker, it’s amazing. Its a rich, stark black delight for a self-proclaimed liner enthusiast like myself. I’m grabbing another one for my kit, I can’t wait to use it on girls with deeper skin tones to get a true black line when most black liners dull out and look gray. The tip takes a little getting used to, but it’s pretty easy to manage. If you don’t like using the marker straight on, rub the tip of your favorite eye lining brush against it to transfer the color over and use it with a brush you’re more comfortable with. Either way this is a deep black, long-wearing liner that’s worth way more than the $10 price tag.

NYX Super Fat Marker

At-Home Peels for Better Skin

I got a peel done once from a professional, it was $150 and didn’t do anything. Soon after that I began dabbling in the wonders of at-home DIY peels to slough off the top layer of skin when I’m starting to look dull and sluggish. What better time than fall to revive the skin that the sun damaged while you were basking in it all summer long. Here are a few peels I’ve tried that are sure to get your skin back to a brighter state.

I’m a huge fan of Glycolic acid, I’ve used it daily in various forms for years because of its ability to turnover skin without making you as sun-sensitive as its rivals. I love Glytone, they have a full collection of effective skin care for face and body that works like crazy to improve all sorts of skin problems while maintaining the skin’s ph so the irritation is minimal. You can use a thin layer of Mini Peel Gel up to a few times a week for 10 minutes to see brighter, clearer, tighter skin almost immediately without redness, irritation, or downtime. It’s a perfect compliment to your current regimen.

Your skin will look like it has just taken a deep breath of fresh air when you use The Oxygen Peel. Philosophy uses an oxygen foam to infuse the skin and give it an instant noticeable radiance. It’s the perfect treat pre-event or for when you haven’t been getting enough rest and your skin can tell the tale. 

Cane + Austin have simplified their line into two jars, one meant for skin with acne and the other for wrinkling and pigmentation issues. These glycolic-soaked Treatment Pads work as a daily retexturizer  to help peel back the layers of wrinkled, uneven skin to reveal a brighter look. It’s a gentle, daily way to ease into better skin over time.

You don’t have to completely desecrate your skin to get some positive changes, at-home peels like these are genus because you can get some great results while keeping your skin in tact.

Review: NYX Glitter Cream Pallet

Admittedly, glitter isn’t my thing. I’m all for glow, radiance, and a bit of shimmer, but chunks of glitter rarely make their way into my daily makeup routine. But, I’m a Makeup Artist so having something like the Glitter Cream Pallet from NYX in my kit, is just part of the job.

Let’s check out the one I bought recently, Bronze Goddess.

The compact

5 glittery, bronzy shades

First two shades

Last three

At first glance you see a ton of dense glitter that’s mixed in with their ‘cream’ which isn’t really a cream but a  mineral oil and wax combo. Having that cream base so it isn’t just dry glitter does help it to adhere to the skin better, but there are a few caveats to the palette like how the dense glitter seems to be on the top layer only. As I scraped the top layer away, I could see that there was more ‘cream’ than glitter just under the surface and the same was true with the other shades.

Another problem was the staying power, but this can be remedied by applying it in the middle of two shadows to give the cream something to hold onto, and then setting it in place by using another shadow. True, it dulls the glittery effect a bit but it locks it in place. An additional option is press a little Eye Seal over the glitter to instantly waterproof it and keep it from going anywhere. EIther way, you can’t just apply the colors to a bare lid and expect for it to stay on.

Although the Glitter Cream Palette isn’t the most sophisticated eye glitter around, it’s a steal for just $6 and the color range is pretty great. If you’re looking for a little sparkle for a night out look, check em out.

NYX Glitter Cream Pallet

Aveda at Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Show for Fashion Week New York

Christian Siriano’s Spring 2011 collection was a huge hit at New York Fashion Week, but  gorgeous clothes aside Aveda’s creation of what they call a ‘modern bun’ was equally mesmerizing. Could you re-create this new twist on the classic?

Christian Siriano

I used to be this good at crimping too.

Squish your bun together

Blow your hair back
Ta da!

How to get the look:

1. Brush hair with a Mason Pearson brush. Pull the top section of hair — from the hairline to the crown — and clip it out of the way.

2. Comb the remaining hair back into a tight, high ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for hold.

3. Spray Aveda Brilliant™ Spray-On Shine directly onto the bristles of a kabuki-style Aveda Uruku Bronzing Brush. “Paint” the sides of hair with the Uruku Bronzing Brush for shine.

4. Take the ponytail and braid it. Then twist the braid into a bun, securing to the head with bobby pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.

5. Remove the clip from the remaining top section of hair and comb to the crown. Working with small portions of hair (approximately one inch) at a time, use a micro-crimping iron to add texture from the crown to ends.

6. Brush the hair with a Mason Pearson brush to loosen the crimp. Gently pull the hair over the bun and secure at the base with hair pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

7. Pull a few pieces of hair out of the bun with fingers for extra texture. Set the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

You’ll find the rest of the photos from this and other FWNY shows on Aveda’s Facebook right HERE

The No-Makeup Bride & The Wedding Makeup I Did in Mexico

You’d be surprised how often I hear it, ‘I hate wearing makeup, but I want to hire you!’ Girls who favor the more natural look end up being my easiest brides to work with. Using airbrush and professional makeup are key in getting color without heaviness since weight is the last thing you want when you’re sweating in a hot dress and taking photos outside.

Katie, the beautiful bride who hired me to do makeup for her wedding in Mexico, (the trip I took in May where I was sneaking photos of Heidi and Seal) was the typical anti-makeup girl. She warned me ahead of time that she may want to wipe the makeup I applied off if she didn’t feel comfortable since she didn’t wear makeup ever.

After we chatted a bit about how exactly she wanted to look, I started by evening out her skin with Dinair airbrush makeup which gives undetectable coverage, and then I went to her eyes. I wanted them to stand out without using a lot of eye shadow so I used a Loose Shimmer Powder from BECCA which gave a light sparkle and color. For her eyeliner I made a slim black line on the upper lid only for some contrast that also disguised where the false lash met the eye. I used my go-to Ardell #110 lashes which blended perfectly with hers once I curled them and added L’Oreal Double Extend mascara so smudging wasn’t an option. I airbrushed her cheek color as well using water-resistant Dinair so her face wouldn’t have anything powdery on it, key for natural looking photos taken outside in the hot, humid weather we had in Costa Careyes. Lastly, we used a light lip stain with just a hint of gloss for natural looking pout with a kick.

Here are a few snaps of her, you can see why she doesn’t wear (or need) a lot of makeup.

I love the white space in the photo.
You can just see a hint of depth on her lash line from different angles. I also love that whatever was hanging on the wall in the background gave her sis the illusion of a cone hat.
This is why you want to wear false lashes. Just a hint of a swoop from the side is so romantic and pretty. The day before this she swam in them all day and they didn’t budge. Oh, and those are her sweet doggies Chuy and Taco. 

There isn’t just one way to wear makeup for your wedding. I always tell girls that their face should be as dressy as the gown and the day itself, but that doesn’t mean piles of thick color. Don’t be talked into a look that isn’t you, Katie didn’t want something heavy and we came up with a look that was perfect for her – and she loved it.  If you don’t like it in person you won’t like it in photos, don’t believe the hype that something photographs so differently that you’re talked out of how you don’t like what you see. It’s your face, your day, and your dollars. Get exactly what you want.

I also have to say that I was so incredibly happy to meet and work with Fer Juaristi, a fantastic photographer from Mexico who travels all over the world capturing weddings and events. He was as nice as he was talented and his photos are incredible.

You can see more breathtaking (their reception was at the same spot where Heidi Klum and Seal have their annual event) photos from the wedding HERE.

To learn more about Fer click HERE.

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