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Christian Louboutin is Not Just Shoes and Nails Anymore

Photo Credit: Louboutin
Photo Credit: Louboutin

Christian Louboutin is expanding past the iconic red-bottomed shoes and nail collection.  Starting in September you can apply Louboutin to your lips.

The collection was inspired by the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and will have gorgeous unconventional tubes.  The lipstick will be in gold and black vials topped with crowns.  The lipsticks will have three different finishes: matte, sheer and full coverage.  Silky Satin collection will have 20 shades, a medium to full coverage lip color with a satin finish. Velvet Matte will have 9 shades of highly pigmented color and a matte finish.  Sheer Voile will have 9 shades, with a sheer finish with a luminous shine.  Each lipstick is said to retail at $90 a tube.

In 2014, the designer debuted his nail collection, with a gorgeous bottle designed after a spiked heel and of course a signature red.

The lipstick collection will be available at Saks in September.

Photo Credit: Louboutin
Photo Credit: Louboutin

MAC Cosmetics: Giambattista Valli Collection

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)
(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Couture Fashion Designer Giambattista Valli brings his effortless elegance and celebration of the female form to a collection of timeless lipsticks.  MAC Cosmetics and the French fashion designer have collaborated and created five new matte shades and one glossy companion.  All of the colors were inspired by fabric swatches in the Giambattista Valli fashion vault.

To emphasize the glamour and freshness of the lipsticks, MAC is doing something completely out of the box and using a metallic color packaging for each.  The lipsticks are $17.50 each.

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)
(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

Margherita: Yellow bright peach

Bianca B: Pale white pink

Tats: Bright hot pink

Charlotte: Rich yellow red

Eugenie: Cherry with blue undertone

Crystal Glaze Gloss: Clear with subtle multi colored pencil (not shown in picture $23 USD)

The collection hits the stores today and is available online.  The Giambattista Valli Collection is limited edition so pick one or all up before they are gone.

SinfulColors Summer 2015 Collection: ‘Street Fusion’ Review

This summer, SinfulColors transports you across the globe with an on-trend collection of 29 hues that reflect the brant and eclectic chaos from around the world.  The fusion of saturated cream shades and dazzling neon appliques channel the pulsating energy of a summer evening.  The offbeat blend of spicy reds, oranges and cooling blues are perfectly paired with henna appliques and foil tips.  Juicy purples and pinks complement new matte glitter toppers that add a fashion-forward flair while graffiti-inspired splatter glitter topcoats capture the diverse and rebellious vibe of street art.

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24/7: Our hottest pink                                   

Black On Black: Dark-as-night black

Boom Boom: A pop of hot pink                   

Cherry Blossom: Metallic petal pink

Cinderella: An illuminating pastel blue           

Copper Pot: Glistening gold                         

Courtney Orange: Opalescent tangerine       

Curry Up: Iridescent lime                    

Daredevil: A pop of neon pink                         

Dream On: A brilliantly induced boysenberry     

Endless Blue: A deep wave of cobalt             

Fuji Fiji: Holographic silver glitter

GoGo Girl: Sleek & sexy candy-apple red         

Hazard: The creamiest of corals               

Hottie: Clear azure blue twinkling with silver      

Island Coral: A tropical burst of clementine

Keira Blu: Dazzling indigo                                  

Lavender: The perfect purple-y gray

Let’s Meet: Luxe lemon yellow                           

Love Nails: A gleaming turquoise            

Maroon Fine: High-shine metallic copper         

Mint Apple: A creamy teal with a touch of shimmer

Otaku Anime: Bright yellow with extra sheen     

Pink Ansen: Jagged glitter in punchy pink

Skylark: Opaque peach

Sky Tree: Sparkling teal                        

Snow Me White: Bright white

Sugar Sugar: Red-hot red

Why Not: A clear sky blue

PINATA BLAST GLITTERS

Baila Baila: Clear based peach & royal blue confetti flecks

Fierce Fiesta: Multi-hued red, pink & yellow confetti

Mamasita: Indigo splashed with ruby & white glitter

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
HENNA APPLIQUES
Foiled Again: Lustrous rose gold appliques

Henna I Do: Tribal-inspired delicate appliques

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)

NEON APPLIQUES

Hot Tips: Pop-art pink and vibrant purple appliques

Neon Splat: A graffiti-style blend of electric neon appliques

Swirl: Color-blocked bright yellow, pink & violet appliques

I was fortunate enough to be sent five nail polishes from the collection; Let’s Meet, Endless Blue, Island Coral, Sugar Sugar and Neon Splat applique.  The colors are vibrant and stunning in person as they are in the photos.  The polishes go on smooth and to get the most vibrant color, I would recommend two coats of the non-glitter formulas.  The specialty glitters are perfect on top of a color or wear alone.  A great buy!

The SinfulColors Street Fusion is available for $1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and other mass retailers!  Want to be in the know follow SinfulColors on Facebook or Twitter.

Breakups to Makeup for the Makeup Enthusiast now at Sephora

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I first learned of Breakups to Makeup at The Makeup Show Orlando in November.  The company is known for its unique quirky cosmetic-related slogans and caught my eye at the beauty pro trade show.

The fun company has partnered with Sephora to bring a new accessory assortment to everyone.  The three cosmetic bag or clutches feature two of Breakups to Makeup signature quotes “LOSING YOU HURT BUT LOSING MY MAKEUP WOULD BE A TRAGEDY and “I WOULD CRY BY MY MASCARA IS DESIGNER” the third is a Sephora exclusive, “LIFE IS SHORT, WEAR MORE MAKEUP’.

(Photo Credit: Breakups to Makeup)
(Photo Credit: Breakups to Makeup)

The clutches retail for $24 and a made of a durable canvas material, they are large enough to fit a phone and take out or to house all of your cosmetics.

Founder Angelique Velez began the company in June 2013, with a series of catchy phrases on a variety of products that celebrate the art.  “The goal of Breakups to Makeup has always been to encourage the artistic expression and empowerment that many makeup enthusiasts feel makeup has brought into their lives.  We are beyond thrilled to become a part of the beauty wonderland that they have created.”

To view all of the products from Breakups to Makeups click here.

Get the Look: Chrissy Teigen at 2015 MET GALA

Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy from Getty Images)
Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy from Getty Images)

Last night stars shined as they attended the “China:Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at hte Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015.  We are so lucky that our friends at Kiehl’s and Makeup Artist Mary Phillips have shared how to get Chrissy Teigen’s beauty look.  As she definitely was a knockout!

INSPIRATION

“The colors I used were very modern but the feel is like a present day, softened, Studio 54, Bianca Jagger look. You’ll see the hues that would be found in an orchid (which I posted on my Instagram) Plums, purples, violets, with some gold and bronzed infused as well. One of the biggest keys to brushing out colors, (and not just on the eyes, but the face and body as well) begins with the right skin care, and without that, everything else would be almost impossible. The products that we put on for prep allowed her do have a locked in, dewy complexion that seemed to just get even more hydrated the longer the ingredients were on. The texture was left silky, but not slippery, which will help make her makeup stay on throughout the night. She is truly radiant, I’m so happy with this look, and the products I got to use to create it!”

SKINCARE

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Mary started by moisturizing Chrissy’s lips with Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. This allowed lip color to adhere, and shine its truest color. “One of the smoothest and silkiest lip balms on the market, you can feel it sink in automatically upon application.”

She massaged Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on for about 5 minutes to get the blood flowing to the surface of the face, help alleviate any puffiness and even out skin tone. “I also feel like it makes the ingredients react quicker, which gives you the skin you’re desiring before even putting on any makeup!”

To enhance and further perfect the skin, Mary layered Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector. It acted as a primer and sealed in all of the moisture. “It acts as a primer and does a great job at sealing in all of the moisture and photoshopping out any final areas that would be later perfected with makeup, but, it’s Chrissy, and she needs almost nothing. So on someone this pretty, it’s just a bonus!”

She finished the skincare application by adding Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate in areas where she wanted an extra glow – the bridge of the nose, temples, tops of the cheeks, and in the cupid’s bow above the lip. It plumped and added shine to the skin – perfect for picking up extra light in front of cameras.  It plumps and adds a great shine to the skin that will look great in front of the cameras and pick up extra light.”

FACE:

Giorgio Armani Master Corrector Concealer in #2 (Orange)

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #8

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #2 and #3

Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer in #200

Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Blush in #502 (Skin) and #503 (Daybreak)

TECHNIQUE:

Mary started Chrissy’s makeup by color correcting key areas with Master Corrector. She added a sheer layer of Luminous Silk – just enough to let a natural glow shine through. Her goal was the let Chrissy’s skin breath and be comfortable while adding a flawless glow. She added Fluid Sheer in #2 – a lighter, shimmery bronze – and #3 – a true bronze that gives an invisible depth to the skin that looks very natural. Mary used the Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer as a final dust over to take care of any extra shine. She used 2 different cheek colors because a natural flush is not all one shade. #502 and #503 blended seamlessly together to make a soft salmon color which is universally flattering.

EYES:

Giorgio Armani Brow Defining Pencil in #3

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in #9 (Cold Copper), #10 (Senso), #11 (Rose Ashes) and #12 (Gold Ashes)

Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara in #1 (black)

Lancôme Le Curler Eyelash Curler

TECHNIQUE:

For Chrissy’s brows, Mary first brushed them, and then applied the pencil lightly. She prefers to use a lighter shade so she can control the color. To achieve a stronger and darker bridge, she added more pressure as she applied.

To achieve the desired watercolor effect, she used Eye Tints – making Chrissy’s eyes pop without being overbearing or heavy. She curled her lashes (first heating the eyelash curler with a blow dryer to double the volume) and added flare, volume and bold color with Black Ecstasy mascara,

LIPS:

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in #513

TECHNIQUE:

Mary used a fuchsia color, reapplying and blotting to get the layer of color she wanted without the thickness and heaviness. The color played off Chrissy’s eyes, cheeks and the flower in her hair. She applied with a lip brush for extra precision.

Review of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

(Photo Credit: Younique)
(Photo Credit: Younique)

Many women will agree that they were not blessed with amazing lashes. Thus begins the quest for finding a mascara that can give you the length, fullness and gorgeous lashes. There are a ton of mascara’s on the market, however, I have found that finding a great one that combines both length, fullness and does not smudge is not an easy task. My clients ask me all the time if there is an alternative to wear false eyelashes so I know I am not alone in my search.

I recently have been hearing the name Younique from many and hearing about there Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. The three step process uses the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers, to help create the appearance of thickness and volume to your existing lashes. I was fortunate to be given a set of the Moodstruck to test out on my lashes. The pair of wands are packaged in a gorgeous case which makes it easy to keep the two products together in your makeup bag, as one can not be used without the other. First you apply the Transplanting Gel which is dark in color and will remind you of a mascara, in texture. Apply the gel to the top of the lashes and then underneath so as to keep your lashes curled. Next apply the natural fibers to the lashes, which must be done immediately after the gel so that the fibers will stick. Once both eyes have the two steps applied to them it is time for the third and final step, which is actually going over the lashes with the Transplanting Gel. By doing the third step it will set the fibers into place and maintain the gorgeous length and volume. It may take one or two times of applying to get the technique in application down, while it is easy, it is different than using regular mascara.

So, is it worth it? YES! The difference that the 3D Fiber Lashes make to your own lashes is very easy to see, it really does everything. It will give you the look of false eyelashes without the glue and hassle. It is very noticeable without having to use a mirror to see it and if you were taking photographs, your eyes will pop. The 3D Fiber Lashes do come off with makeup remover and are in fact water resistant so you can wear them out in the humidity or cry and they will not smudge.

The set is $29 USD and will last you three months, which is about the time that you should replace mascara in your makeup bag as to keep your products clean and bacteria free. The bottles are generous in size and product so I am sure that it will last and keep giving you those amazing lashes that you have always wanted but were not born with.

* I received the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to test. My opinions expressed in this post are my own. *

MAC Cosmetics Has a Super Hero This February

MAC Cosmetics is releasing it’s Spring Colour 2011 line, and it has gone with a female Super Hero icon “Wonder Woman”.  I had the pleasure of going to a release party to see the new line up close.  The MAC store was transformed into a super hero haven complete with billboards of her in action, the cocktails and desserts were shades of red, blue and gold.  And then there was the actual product line that took the bright blue, metallic reds and the gold to another level when it came to the product packaging.

The MAC makeup artists were doing makeovers and showing all of the new colors and products in action.   The product line consists of MAC’s famous Lipglass in four colors; “Athena’s Kisses”, “Wonder Woman”, “Emancipation”, and “Secret Identity.  There are Powder Blush Compacts, “Superhero” Mascara in jewel tone colors and eyeshadow compacts in several different color choices.  I of course went crazy for the Wonder Woman Pigment in “Bright Fuschia” and “Marine Ultra” which are truly eye popping.  There are also metallic red and blue makeup bags with a wonder woman medallion.

Whether you are a subtle makeup wearer or like to take it to the edge, their is a color in the line for you.

Anyone that is a Wonder Woman fan needs to check out the line for all of the graphics and packaging, and if you are a makeup junkie or love MAC Cosmetics then you will appreciate the color palette.  Just remember this line will sell out so do not hesitate to buy your products and release your inner Wonder Woman powers.  The Wonder Woman collection will be out in MAC stores starting February 10th.