June Favorites (2013)

Hey Beauties!

Here are the things making my list for the month of June.

Kusmi makes some of the best tea I’ve ever tasted. BB Detox is supposed to help your skin glow with a shot of grapefruit. I don’t know about all of that (I’ve been drinking it for months with no noticeable change to my skin due to the tea), but it is so good! It’s refreshing and perfect either hot or cold. I have a cup a day. Love it.

When I started doing peels for The Skin Regime, I realized how ‘thin’ my skin could get. During a mishap that we shall not talk about (the burn man… the BURN), I did some damage to one side of my face. One of my friends gifted me with this expensive little miracle, and it made SUCH a difference. I was able to repair the damaged portion of my face within 3-5 days, with no residual scarring. Barring any tragedy, I may never have to use it again (I’m much more careful now). Here’s hoping.

This stuff is a lifesaver! Since starting The Skin Regime, I’ve learned a lot about why you should NOT pick (especially with those peels). I’ve had much fewer breakouts (like one pimple… maybe two a month), and I’ve been using this stuff to take care of them. I scar with benzoyl peroxide, and this has tea tree oil in it (which I use anyway), and yarrow oil to deal with discolorations. Plus, I can dab a little on, let it dry, and put foundation over it, and you’d never know it was there. It creates a barrier between the offending pimple and makeup, and works all day without me looking like a dork wearing zit cream.

Whew… THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. If you’re looking for full coverage that does not move, this foundation has me sold six ways from Sunday. It’s insanely effective. When I did Alakazia’s show, I wore this with the Hourglass Primer, and sported a perfectly flawless foundation for 9-12 hours. No joke. I can’t say enough about this foundation. And even with the full coverage and amazing setting power, you don’t look like a flat canvas. The finish of this foundation is ‘radiant’ — even for us oily girls. And if a little oil manages to seep through… no worries. It just adds to the overall glow on your face. I can see this being a problem for drier skins, so a healthy dose of moisturizer is recommended for you beauties. But oily girls will love this. It’s freakin’ amazing.

 
And if you really want to take that natural (not shiny) radiance to the next level, dust a bit of the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder over it. It has absolutely no shimmer, but still works to make the face look as bright and alive as possible. It comes in four shades (plus a highlighting powder). The shade in 01 matches my skin perfectly, so this powder would work better as a matte bronzer for fair skinned beauties.  

Chanel Blush in In Love is not new… but it remains one of my favorite peachy blushes of all time. I’ve been using it so much lately, that I wonder what caused me to set it aside in the first place. It’s a perfect compliment to a ‘fresh’ makeup… it livens up any look without making me look too ‘done.’ I’m so glad this wasn’t a limited edition color. I feel like this is one of the best blush colors that Chanel makes, to suit a wide range of skin tones.

Keeping with Chanel… I feel like they have finally mastered mascara. Volume de Chanel is the best mascara they’ve ever made. Period. It’s amazing. I’m on my second tube (and I rarely repeat buy mascara) and I’m more in love with it than ever. I hope they keep this around forever (and maybe even do away with some of their earlier attempts). It’s that good.

This has easily become my favorite Burberry lipstick of late. Golden Peach is so flattering… I can put it on without a mirror and go on about my life. It’s completely effortless. It’s been getting tons of play lately, especially since my schedule has picked up and I can no longer dedicate a significant amount of time to doing my face on a regular basis. I can put this on as a final touch, and run out the door looking like I spent more time than a little bit getting it right.

That’s it! Those are my favorites for June. Ciao for now!

Glow On: Armani Fluid Sheers (New Colors)

For Spring/Summer 2013… Armani released six new shades of fluid sheers… in fabulous new packaging!

Four of the colors… like this amazing coral… simply scream summer. There is also a bright yellow gold, peach, and cool pink. The other two colors are more like autumn/winter shades. There is a deep fuchsia and a burnished burgundy color.

The yellow gold (#4) and the coral (#6) ended up coming home with me. The peach looked too much like the By Terry version (Or de Rose in Coral Rose) and the cool pink color will come home with me at a later date.

You can sheer these all the way out, blend them with foundation, or even a loose oil for a body blush or shimmer. I even mixed a little bit in a clear balm and turned it into a gloss. These are amazing. I intend to get them all… but I’m going slow (budgets and what not).

You can find out more about the new Armani Fluid Sheers HERE.

The Makeup Show LA (2013): Swatches!

Here are swatches of my goodies from The Makeup Show:

NARS Multiple in G-Spot:

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan (top) and Het Loo (bottom)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger:

*remember that I tend to go very light with concealers. I tend to add a lot of light under my eyes and in the center of my face. I would not use this to conceal blemishes… for that I’d use a color corrector. Concealers, for me, are specifically about adding light to contrast contour.*

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in WT-00
The lady at Koh Gen Do uses this to bring ‘up’ any foundation color that’s too dark. It’s a heck of an adjuster. Because it’s technically a foundation, it blends extremely well with other foundations… and can also be used alone as a highlighter.
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S106:
Ellis Faas Skin Veil in S107

Makeup Show LA (2013): The Exhibit Floor

Here’s the rest of the general ambiance at The Makeup Show. Like I said, I avoided shooting some of the regulars (INGLOT, Embroylisse, Velour Lashes, ect). But everyone was there…

I always enjoy the spectacle at these shows. This makeup was amazing in person. Every year, I’m impressed with the increasing level of talent and expertise. Bravo!

The Makeup Show LA (2013): Newbies NARS & Ellis Faas

Instead of taking pictures of the usual folks who are there every year, I decided to focus on the newbies. Ellis Faas showed up for the first time… and NARS! OMG NARS was there and the customers went NUTS. They offered a pro/show discount of 30% and it was enough to create a shopping frenzy…

The folks at Ellis Faas were ever so helpful and really cool. I haven’t seen the brand since Space NK pulled it a million years ago. I forgot how much I loved and missed this brand.

I forgot how expensive it was too. LOL $95 foundations are nothing to sneeze at. Although, they did offer a show discount that cut the price nearly in half. And fabulously, they are now offering the foundations in a traditional pump bottle! It was quite enough to get my attention.

The rest of The Makeup Show spectacle is coming in later posts… including the Haul (ya’ll know I don’t play about Hakuhodo).

Ciao for now!

February Favorites (2013)

I’m going to continue with the monthly ‘favorites’ list. I think it forces me to really sort through my makeup and skin care and gauge performance (and $$ worth) in a practical way. So here are my favorites for the month of February:

Sunday Riley JUNO:

I know, I know! I initially hated this oil (I’m still not a fan of the smell), but it has gone so far to heal my broken skin, that I can’t rave about it enough. I’ve used my original bottle up, gone through a couple of samples, and am now due to purchase a fresh bottle. I mix it with my regular skin moisturizer for daytime, and wear it alone at night. It’s been wonderful for this skin. I am in love with it now.

Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation:

This has become such a staple. What I love most about this foundation is that it imitates ‘skin’ so it looks incredibly natural. I apply it with my fingers, set it with a light dusting of Secret Brightening Powder and I’m good to go. Easy Peasy.

MAC Lovecloud Blush:

I’ve been using this blush every day for nearly a month. It’s incredibly flattering, and brightens my complexion without making me look too ‘done.’ It’s a perfect pinky coral on my skin, and it lasts all day, until I take it off.

Chanel Or Rose Eye Pencil (top):

This is another staple. Like Lovecloud, it brightens my entire eye, and opens it up. Unless you look closely, it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing it on my waterline. Now that I’ve been wearing my glasses more often than not, this is the perfect eye opener for me. I use it just about every day, no matter what kind of makeup I’m doing for the day.

By Terry Or de Rose Lip Baume

I keep one of these in my purse, and one in my kit. The wand applicator is the best thing By Terry did for this shimmering balm. I can put it on without looking, and it just kind of lights my lip area. The rose gold flecks add just enough color to give my lips some definition, and it feels absolutely wonderful on. Love it.

Those are my top picks for February 2013! Ciao for Now!

January Favorites

I thought I’d start a ‘favorites’ series for 2013… and highlight one item from each category of any given beauty routine.

So here are my January Favorites:

Skin: Koh Gen D Oriental Plants Balm

 

This stuff is so good. I use it for just about everything now, from emergency eye cream and lip balm, to a little TLC for clients with really dry skin. It’s amazing. It’s light and versatile and has become an absolute keeper for me.

Foundation: Dior Skin NUDE

 

 My skin has been up, down, and all around the briar patch… and it’s just not behaving right now. Dior Skin NUDE foundation keeps it looking hydrated and smooth. And because I’ve been dry lately (instead of my normal oily self), it stays put with no problem.

Powder: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

 

I’ve made no secret of my absolute love for this product. A little bit goes such a long way. It sets my foundation without ‘adding’ to anything on my face. Definite keeper.

Mascara: Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara

This stuff is amazing. I seriously can’t believe how awesome this mascara is. Chanel really hit this one out of the park. They need to just discontinue all those other formulas and just keep this one. It’s absolutely fabulous.

Lip Gloss: Haughty Cosmetics Polish It Off

I’ve been using this stuff nearly every day, like it is just going out of style. Polish it off is the most perfect nude… ever. Although it’s a gloss, the formula is totally opaque so my lips don’t shine through. And it’s completely weightless. I love this lip gloss. At the rate I’m going, I’ll need to get another tube soon. Just this gloss and a little mascara… and I’m good to go.

Those are my January Favorites! Ciao for now!