Make Up Forever Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush

Can I just say…holy versatility?!

Make Up Forever’s Artist Shadow and Powder Blush is a dream for anyone who either dolls up every day…OR performs or has a major event (think wedding, gala, etc.)  

I have a wedding (my own!) coming up soon – unfortunately (or fortunately, so says my wallet!) I already have a ton of stuff to work with.  Had I not, I’d likely have gone straight to this enormous selection to find the shades I want to mix.  Had I seen this back in my Ballroom Dancing days, I’d likely own half by now.  Okay, maybe just a fourth.

The formulas come in 

  • Matte 
  • Metallic
  • Satin
  • Shimmer

And there are more shades that I have EVER seen for any other product.  Truly, a plethora. No matter what your mood, what the season, or what the occasion, your pretty much promised something from this array.  And nevermind if the shade says “eyeshadow” or “blush” specifically – you can basically use it however you want.

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Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur

Interestingly, I haven’t heard much about Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream – I saw a ton of ads flash by, and a whole slew of posts, but I feel like none of it was really noteworthy (as in, the product kind of fell flat.)

I just saw a post about this new moisturizer that’s being added to the “Pep-Start” lineup – Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur.  The claim for this guy is that it both hydrates and acts as an imperfection blurring primer of sorts, smoothing skin and keeping oil at bay.  The finish is matte, softening pores, but apparently it is also designed to hydrate throughout the day.  With “Pep-Start” in the name, I thought maybe it would be eye-opening…but then I guess the eye cream should be doing that.

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I’m curious to see how this one does.  Much that I love the idea of “blurring,” I generally steer clear – I feel like too many formulas have pore clogging ingredients that can even affect the skin around the eyes.  Not a fan!  

Who knows…maybe it will surprise.  The company says it will work on all skin types – oily to sensitive to dry and beyond.  We shall see!

“Beautifully Ever After”

I smiled when I saw this e-mail because I am actually planning my own wedding!  ❤

I feel blessed to have had a background in performance-based sports (figure skating, ballroom, ballet) because doing my own makeup was basically a pre-req.  Sure, you could pay to have someone do it but – trust me – those fees added up!  So, I learned to do it on my own!

Most ladies I know hire an artist for the wedding day – it’s a great way to limit stress (and time!) if you aren’t used to doing a more formal look, or if you just darn well don’t feel like it!

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BUT…if you DO want to do your own makeup, Sephora has a fun little tutorial. . .

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I love the idea that a bride is enhanced on her wedding day – not overdone, and not feeling like she is someone else!  A dear friend of mine was incredibly worried about that because she doesn’t wear makeup at all, EVER.  I assured her that very basic (and few) products would just bring out her features and natural beauty. . .without changing her dramatically, leaving her feeling too “out of her skin.”  You aren’t on a stage, so don’t worry about having to be heavy-handed – it isn’t necessary.

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The lovely redhead in the e-mail Sephora sent looks adorable both ways (before AND after) – she doesn’t lose her charm or beauty, her features are simply highlighted so as to take a more prominent place on her day. 🙂  Love that.

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Spring 2016 – Sephora Skin Boosters

This isn’t at all a new trend – bespoke skincare has been “a thing” for a while, adding an almost luxury feel to our quotidian regimes.  What’s nice, though, is that it has become mainstream enough that if you feel your regular products aren’t doing enough, you can easily get your hands on a booster!

Sephora is offering three new serums, each of which are intended to deliver visible benefits within two weeks.  You can apply them to the skin directly, or you can add to any foundation or base you use.  The three formulas are as follows:

 

I love serums, so I’m always curious to hear about newbies – these are concentrates, which I also love.  Sometimes you just need an extra jolt! 😉 

 

 

 

Say Hello To Sexy

Well…I guess the “strobe” trend has gone global (so to speak!)  It went from face…to face and décolletage…to face, décolletage AND the legs.  Why not, I suppose?

So if you are thinking that your visage is more youthful, highlighted and radiant…but that your gams don’t match, fear not…there are new products for you!

Say Hello To Sexy Legs Illuminating Fluid is a “lightweight, transfer-resistant highlighting cream with a splash of shimmering pearls.”  I don’t know about that shimmer part but I guess if you want to glow…

For those who want to do a little photoshop reshaping, the Say Hello To Sexy Legs Contour Stick is your trick-o-the-trade.  Ultra light, easy to apply and also transfer resistant, this can be used anywhere you like to add (or subdue) lines.

Pretty snazzy for a night on the town…  Or, maybe a stroll in the park?

Sephora Dry Clean Brush Cleaner

Sephora has taken the dry shampoo idea a step further and created a rather innovative little product, Dry Clean Instant Dry Brush Cleaner Spray

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This snazzy lil spray lifts impurities away, while at the same time conditioning the brush without alcohol – you can use your brushes right away, without having to wait for them to dry.  It sounds like it is still wise to fully wash your brushes, but this can work in a pinch…or when you don’t need a full-on cleanse.  

Taking care of your skin is incredibly important – part of that routine should include washing brushes, wash cloths, towels…even pillowcases…frequently.  I myself sometimes forget with the smaller items, so this makes life a heck of a lot easier!

 

 

Sephora How-To’s – Color Correction

Most beauty trends do need a little explanation, particularly as they come from backgrounds that require an almost artistic knowledge of the products and how to use them (think: stage, performance, ballroom, even drag!)

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Sephora has always been great about doing tutorials and making the trends less daunting for those who want to give them a whirl…in a more natural, toned-down reality (under lights or for a camera, where over-exaggeration is expected.)

  • The latest videos address Color Correction:
  • How to cover dark circles
  • How to cover breakouts and redness
  • How to cover dark spots
  • How to brighten dull skin

Color Correction isn’t outrageously complicated, but it does take some knowledge of the color wheel, and proper layering and blending.  Fortunately, Sephora makes the whole thing less involved, and easier to replicate.  Yay for the Internet…and Youtube. 😉 

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If you STILL feel like you aren’t sure (and don’t feel badly if you do!), here’s another cool article from Imabeautygeek that helps to further demystify the trend! 🙂

Summer 2016 – NARS

NARS has always been a favorite of mine.  I don’t really wear much makeup and never have…but for performances on ice, on stage, or in the ballroom, these products ALWAYS held up.  In other words, the pigments are lasting, and the products are of a beautiful quality, delivering what they intend to.

The Summer Collection features fun and cheeky packaging, designed with Konstantin Kakanias’ contempo-style art.  Modern, happy, definitely that Summer vibe…  

The 10-piece Collection (check out swatches and reviews from Temptalia!) will be available in just a few days on the 15th of April at NARS Boutiques, and then at Sephora beginning on May 1 (always useful because many of us will look for a new Collection in-store that hasn’t yet rolled out!  Saves the disappointment! 😉 ) 

The Collection will include the following (thank you to http://www.musingsofamuse.com for the color descriptions!)

NARS Lip Cover:

  • Overheated (Deep Dusky Rose)
  • Do Not Disturb (Vivid Orange-Red)
  • Get Dirty (Desert Rose)
  • Members Only (Crimson) 

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

  • Deep End (Shimmering Teal-Green)
  • Tan Lines (Rich Hazelnut)
  • Topless (Seahshell Pink)
  • Pool Shark (Iresdiscent Periwinkle)

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush

  • Liberation (Shimmering Light Pink/Caramel Rose)
  • Sexual Content (Sandy Peach/Soft Raspberry)

 

Becca Luminous…Continued

It’s hard not to know about Becca’s original Shimmering Skin Perfector – I feel like it made a thousand cameos in articles about highlighting and strobing in the last few months.  I’ll be honest, though…I’m  not a fan.  

Yes, of course I LOVE the idea of ethereal, glowing dewiness…  But shimmer?  I’ve moved on.

It isn’t that I don’t love shimmer and glitter also, for the right event or performance (the latter which goes without saying)…  But at nearly 38, I really don’t want it on my face anymore.  (I may well have it on my nails for moons to come…but I feel like I can get away with that a little bit easier.)

Despite my personal dislike, the product does have a wide following…and often five-stars on sites.  If you don’t mind glinting in the sun a bit, it is a lovely wash of radiance, and wears (as I understand) quite well.  Hopping on the coattails of that success, the Company is now offering a Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush.

I adore the word “luminous” so of course I checked it out…  The six shades being offered are:

 

  • Snapdragon (coral)
  • Tigerlily (tangerine)
  • Blushed Copper (copper)
  • Camellia (ballerina pink)
  • Foxglove (orchid)
  • Dahlia (cabernet)

The first two can be purchased using the link above, and the others will be available April 7th, on Sephora, and on Becca’s website.  

I think I will wait to see swatches, and read descriptions before making a full judgment (it’s only fair) but I am thrilled that “luminosity” has become such a thing.  What makes it better is when a subtle flush of color is added – the two in combination are a surefire way to get to “youthful radiance”…and I’m all for that.  

Still, I’d like it to be as natural and shimmer-free as possible.  As an athlete and woman who prefers to enhance just barely, it’s important to me not to drown out in a sea of sparkle.  Curious to see what these end up looking like on the skin!

 

 

The Color Corrective Trend Continues…

I feel like there is a literal ONSLAUGHT of these products (not to mention posts, articles, newsletters etc…)  I’m not exactly complaining – I learned how to utilize such “correctors” early on as a performing athlete, and they WORK – but it is somewhat a sensory overload situation at this point!

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In any case, if you are interested in further expanding your arsenal of perfectors, Sephora has a brilliant selection of items to choose from!  

Algenist has a new, concentrated liquid dropper formulation, which you can score a deluxe sample of at the moment…  (Dropper bottle foundations and serums are also (as no doubt you are aware) a major 2015 tail-end trend.)

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Becca has four shades which appear more pigmented, and therefore much like the Kryolan or Ben Nye wheels I’d buy at Ricky’s New York back in my competitive dancing days…

Marc Jacobs has three swirled pop-up sticks, a fun take on the trend that I haven’t seen quite the likes of elsewhere.

Sephora has launched seven gel-serum correctors in a lip gloss style format, as has Urban Decay (who has five shades.)

YSL’s infamous Touch Eclat ALSO now comes in three corrective hues, which I have to say is pretty fabulous (the original is divine.)  

Smashbox is offering a pencil in four color-fixing shades, which is great for easy application.  In line with uber-ease, Cover-FX has their own new stick for brightening (LOVE brightening!), thought it does also come in five other colors! 

For those in love with powders, I adore the cute, loose pots from Besame, who have expanded one shade into five lovely tints…  Now if palettes are more your speed – having multiple colors in one place is often incredibly useful! – you might like Make Up Forever’s (which comes in five combinations), or the cheeky six-sampling from Benefit.

It’s rather a lot but I guess better to be able to choose from a larger variety depending on your own skin correcting needs!

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