Thursday, December 5, 2013
Crown Brush is a deluxe brush distributor who has been a presence in the brush world for the last twenty five years. specializing in brush kits, you can purchase an entire brush collection at an affordable price. what is my favorite thing about Crown Brush? they are cruelty free. i don't commit to be only cruelty free (that would make me a hypocrite) just like i don't commit to being a vegetarian. however, if given the choice i prefer cruelty free just like i like a good steamed veggie.
below is the set i was sent for review. the brushes came in a cute faux clutch/brush fold with a wide selection of brushes to choose from.
included in the set was my latest favorite eyeshadow brush. it is a similar match to my favorite Make Up For Ever brush at a lower cost. its shape is a flat top which makes for ah-mazing blending in your eyeshadow crease. it allows you to get a really sharp edge and diffuse with ease. love it.
a Crown Brush brush kit would make a great present for Christmas. will it be on your wishlist?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
i get a lot of questions about the 'rules' of makeup. should you wear foundation daily? how much makeup is too much? what is the minimum amount of makeup i can wear?
when it comes down to it, my philosophy with makeup and style is that 'If it makes you feel beautiful, you are doing it right.' basically, there are no rules. you can wear teal blue eyeliner with bright pink lipstick if that is your jam. you can wear no makeup at all if you find it a complete bother. wear what makes you feel comfortable.
beyond that philosophy, for those of us who like basic guidelines to follow to stay within the bell curve, above are a set of instructions for when and when not to wear makeup. for daytime, you can wear as light or as heavy as you like. for evening, go big or go home - you want to make a statement walking into a party. when it comes down to brass tacks, blush and mascara are just not optional. fullness in your lashes and color on your cheeks will keep you looking like a live human being, particularly in the winter months when we all begin to look a little pale.
hope that helps with some direction on the rules of makeup. or, you are welcome to take a page out of my book and inch your way closer to drag queen status daily. it's up to you.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
the season's hottest nail combination has got to be gold and white nails. gold is quickly making its way back into the spotlight after taking a backseat to silver for so many years. white has been the color of choice for many celebrity manicures and the combination of white and gold = perfection.
getting your own sparkly gold accent nail is ridiculously simple. follow the tutorial below to see how you can glitter it up:
Monday, December 2, 2013
|"Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dove through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Dove, all opinions are my own."|
it is winter and my skincare routine is on overdrive. my first priority is my face, keeping it moisturized, breakout free and fighting the never ending fight against aging. following that would be keeping my body moisturized. there's nothing worse than dry, itchy skin on your arms and legs. (okay, there are a lot worse things but for the sake of this argument, i.e. dry skin, there's nothing worse). dry itchy skin keeps you up at night, makes for entertainment as you try to reach that spot on your back that is always impossible to reach and takes your silky soft skin to the depths of sandpaper roughness.
we've talked about the problem now lets discuss the solution: Body Wash. dry, itchy skin begins with cleansing soaps that are too harsh. sure, that bar of soap might only be $0.50 but the truth is that it can have harsh detergents that leave your skin dry and cracked. rather than using bar soap this winter my suggestion would be to switch to a Body Wash - but not just any body wash will do. i have an arsenal of body washes specifically designed to cleanse, protect your skin and moisturize but my current favorite is Dove®. Dove® Body Washes are gentle on your skin by getting the job done without stripping your skin of moisture. Dove® Body Washes just got more caring by combining the brand’s mildest cleansers ever with NutriumMoisture™. unlike other shower gels, which strip the top layer of skin of its natural moisture and lipids, NutriumMoisture™ is a patented blend of moisturisers plus lipids that are naturally absorbed and stay with skin to deliver deeper nourishment and significantly improve its condition over time.
gentle cleansing with superior nourishment, doesn't your skin deserve the best care?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
you know the phrase 'Champagne tastes on a beer budget'? that would describe my wardrobe to a T. i love getting nice handbags or shoes but don't have the budget for a lot of them so i try to get items that will last forever, never go out of style and will mix with all items of my wardrobe. clothes and clothing styles go in and out of fashion quickly so i justify my heftier purchases on shoes and handbags as an 'investment'.
disclaimer: this investment will allow you no gains or returns, it is just a fancy term for justifying overindulgence.
one of my favorite dresses of the fall has been this chambray dress with blue edging by eShakti.com. a mix of modern and vintage (which is the best blend of all). switching out my accessories like some suede pumps and my mini Louis Vuitton clutch or punching it up with some 'Gatsby-esque' accessories from mark. or a go-to black clutch from D'Andrea handbags gives some mileage to that chambray frock.
not to be missing from my #WeShopStyle laydown are some of my favorite beauty products. i have to represent for the Beauty Bloggers. included in my favorites are the new Patricia Field Temptu Airbrush Makeup kit, my favorite brushes by Spornette and some makeup, makeup brushes and makeup palettes.
all of this is part of a campaign for the new look for ShopStyle.com. you can head to ShopStyle and shop any product from any brand. shopping has never been easier. check out the video below for more information:
Monday, November 25, 2013
i will never forget the year Tman gave me a Gold Christmas. each gift was carefully selected and given with love: a gold watch, a gold clutch, gold ballet flats and gold polish. well played Tman. with that being one of my favorite Christmas's, i decided to put together a wishlist of of gold items that i have been dreaming of.
for Christmas i would
NARS , Chanel, MAC
a solid gold belt.
a gold sequined Aline skirt.
Chanel gold polish.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
MAC Dazzle Fluidline
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Friday, November 22, 2013
it's the most wonderful time of the year. all of your favorite brands introduce their holiday collections and makeup lovers everywhere squeeee for a chance to get their hands on their favorite products for great prices. even if you are not a makeup lover, now is the time to hit the pavement and pick up a few of items on your wishlist.
the Laura Mercier Holiday Collection is always a favorite of mine. included in the collection are palettes designed to make your makeup-ing life a cinch and the Petite Baked Eye Colour Bon Bons are no exception. packed into a portable palette you receive three coordinating shades to create a colorful eye combination without over-doing the color. below are the Amethyst and Emerald palettes great for every eye color.
here's a closer look at the Emerald palette on the eyes. the highlight color is from the lightest of the trio, the center of the eyelid is the medium color and the ending shade is the darkest from the trio. you can see the emerald color mixed with a bit of gold shimmer applies in a very flattering shade.