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MAC Cosmetics: New Heavenly Creature Limited Edition Collection

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July marks a new MAC Cosmetics Color Collection: Heavenly Creature Colour.  On the surface these colors look marbleized, however, on the skin they blend in for a stunning “celestial” effect.

As with any beginning to makeup application it starts with the skin, and the Heavenly Creature Collection has a Creature Skincare to start with. The trio features a Super Duo Charged Water Technology with a eye cream, moisture gel, and a water cleanser. The limited edition brings back an old favorite with the Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator.

The Mineralize Skinfinish has a high-frost metallic finish in four gorgeous shades: Light Year, Center of The Universe, Star Wonder and Earthshine. It is the perfect product to add color and cheek highlights or over all color to the face like a bronzer.  Perfect for a lightweight summer option.

MAC Heavenly Creature Collection Mineralize Eyeshadow

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The Mineralize Eye Shadows have baked minerals refined into a powder that is light yet, still has the amazing signature MAC color pigments that can be applied in light layers to get the color effect you are looking for. Finish off your eyes with False Lashes mascara.  This mascara’s feature is to give you the volume and curl of a false eyelash without actually using false eyelashes. The formula is matched by its unique double-lush brush.

MAC lipstick

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The five new lipsticks add color and texture to the lips that stand out on the runway or on the streets. Add the Cremesheen Glass over the lipstick to amplify the color or use alone. The Glass is a non-sticky, creamy lipgloss that has a fantastic sheen.

Hit MAC online or play in your MAC Cosmetics store as theses colors will be gone soon.

Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener Review

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As a makeup artist I know the importance of making my clients eyes look brighter as well as using the tricks on my own eyes especially after a long night.  While a white eye pencil is a great trick to use in the corners of your eyes or to rim your lower lashes.  I do find that at times white can be a little to bright or the white pencil becomes noticeable and instead of it being a great trick everyone notices the white liner.  I came across Smashbox’s Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener and was intrigued by the product.  What I immediately noticed is that the two sides are slightly different shades, but more of a flesh tone color.  I decided that I would test it on myself before adding it to my kit.

The inner rim side of the pencil is perfect for lining the lower inner rim of your eye.  The texture of the pencil is soft so as not to irritate your eye and adding a brightness look without looking white.  It brightens your eyes in a subtle way that people will notice you look more refreshed without knowing your secret.

The other side of the pencil is labeled Highlight and can be placed in a couple of places to get the bright eye affect.  The first option is to apply on the inner corners of the eyes.  It also can be used underneath your brow to make your eyes appear bigger and wider.  Smashbox also states that you can apply the product to help with dark circles and use it as a concealer.  I do agree that you can use the pencil this way however, if you have very dark circles it may not give you enough coverage and be better to go with an under eye concealer.

I am a fan of this pencil and have been using it on my clients and brides as a new option for brighter eyes.  Ditch the white pencil for the Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener worth the $22 investment.

What’s hot in hairstyles

Working with brides and bridesmaids, I find that every year there’s a hairstyle that gets requested a lot. This season I have brides and bridesmaids who want the “Waterfall Braid”. What is ironic is I have also been getting emails from people asking me, “What is a Waterfall Braid”?

A Waterfall Braid is a take on the classic French Braid. Instead of starting your French Braid down the middle and taking an even amount of hair on each side, this braid starts on one side of your head and wraps around the back. The appeal is that it looks complicated but it really isn’t. Based on what you are looking for, it can take the place of a half up/half down hairstyle.

The hair that is not braided can then be styled straight or wavy, or you can add curls for a more romantic feeling. The Waterfall Braid also gives a way to pull your hair all the way up in a fun and stylish way and will beat the heat for those summer weddings. The ends of the hair can be twisted in a bun so that it is completely up and off the face.

Either style of the Waterfall Braid lends itself nicely to adding flowers, feathers or a fun hairpiece within the end of the braid – another fun hairstyle option that is all the rage this season with brides and celebriti

The Make-Up-Matte Review

I am always looking for great new makeup products to share and to make life a little easier.  I was recently made aware of a new product that was designed to keep your counter tops clean and make doing makeup easier.  “The Make-up-Matte is a mineral and powder workspace solution and portable carryall for your cosmetics and brushes when you are on the go.”

While a cosmetic bag can carry all of your products, I do not like them as a brush carrier as the brushes tend to get bent and are not always in great condition after long term use.  With the matte I noticed immediately after unrolling mine that the brushes have their own pockets and rolled up they do not smooshed or bent.  For those gals who use loose mineral powder or loose glitter, then you know the second you open the lid there is always the chance of getting some on the counter, your clothes, the car, wherever you open it.  With the Make-Up-Matte, if you get some on the micro-fiber no problem.  The Matte’s  are machine washable for easy-care convenience.  I took my Matte out on the road with me, as I am always on the go, and that is what the Make-up-Matte advertises.  It rolls small enough to get into a handbag, diaper bag, suitcase, or whatever you carry with you.  I loved that when I opened the roll everything was visible and I could get immediately to my brush and product that I needed versus digging into a cosmetic bag.  I also was pleased that I didn’t get loose glitter and powder all over myself or anything.  I would recommend the Make-Up-Matte ($22.95) as a time and space saver as well as a clean way to keep all of your makeup.  It comes in a variety of stylish styles and could be a great gift for your mom or girlfriend.

MAC Cosmetics Spring 2012 Collection

I had the pleasure of being invited to a MAC cosmetics sneak preview last night of the new collection. The line to get in the store was wrapped around the mall, all with eager MAC lovers waiting to get the first look at the new spring line. Once in the store amidst the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were flowing and there were stations set up to look, try and see what will be available in a few weeks for everyone.

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The new line is called “Shop, Shop, Shop and Cook, Cook, Cook” Spring 2012 Collection.  The color palette is bright, vibrant, fun and will catch your eye when it lines the store shelves.

The Shop, Shop, Shop collection is a Shop ’til you drop with a tongue-in-cheek collection that elevates the everyday into the extraordinary.

The Eyeshadow Quad Palettes are as follows:

  • Call Me Bubbles – cool-n-spicy coral eyeshadows
  • Shop & Drop – violet inspired quartet or eyeshadows
  • Colour Added – a mixture of teal, white, charcoal and yellow.

SHOP MAC Cremeblend Blush is creamy and easy to blend:

  • Optomistic Orange – a bright orange
  • Florida – a bright coral/pink
  • Restore Dazzle – rich plum
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Spring Lips dish it up with these shades of color:

  • Innocence, Beware – light yellow pink
  • Watch Me Shimmer – bright pink-orange
  • Naughty, Saute – bright pepto pink
  • Quick Sizzle – bright pink
  • Dish It Up To Shop – berry pink
  • Runway Red – rich red blue

MAC Kissable Lipcolour has a creamy look and feel in five colors:

  • Enchantee – light blue pink
  • Woo Me – light pinky nude
  • So Vain – muted dirty coral
  • Scan-delicious – blue fuchsia
  • Flaunting It – grey mauve
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COOK MAC Collection brings the gourmet glamor.  The recipe for kitchen kouture in savory shades for eyes, lips and dishy nail lacquers.

Fluidline Gel is a simple way to make a gourmet ling with a silkier finish than a regular eyeliner:

  • Midnight Snack – soft black
  • Added Goodness – blackened mauve
  • Wholesome – blackened brown

Tendertone Lip Balm is the next generation of lip conditioner that combines the look of a gloss and lip balm:

  • Tread Gently – soft lime green with yellow pearl
  • Purring – sheer tangerine with pearl
  • Hush, Hush – sheer gold with yellow gold pearl
  • Hot ‘n’ Saucy – soft cherry red

Not Yet Dishy Enough? Nail Lacquer will finish the look of in one of these three colors:

  • Al Fredo – bright acid green
  • Kid Orange – coral
  • Salad Dressing – midtone dirty aqua

As with all special edition MAC Collections these are limited and once they are gone they are gone.  So, if you find one you love don’t hesitate with purchasing, or you may miss out!

Homemade Fall Pumpkin Face Mask

You know that it is fall when you walk by a coffee shop and can smell the aroma of pumpkin infused into the coffee or in the loaves of bread fresh out of the oven. However, what you may not realize is that pumpkin is a great skin ingredient. It has natural exfoliating acids and anti-oxidants that are great for resurfacing and re-texturing. Pumpkin works on calming breakouts down, brighten your skin and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Here is a great homeade recipe that I came across a year ago and it is a favorite of mine and can be used for all skin types.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond milk (if you have dry skin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey (if you have dry skin)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (if you have oily skin)

Directions

Puree 1/4 cup of fresh pumpkin into a thick paste then add the egg. If you have dry skin add the almond milk and honey.  For oily skin skip the milk and honey instead use apple cider vinegar. Mix well and apply the mask and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Get Selita Ebanks Red Carpet Look

  Model Selita Ebanks rocked the red carpet at the Cirque de Soleil opening of “Zarkana” in New York.  Celebrity Hairstylist to the stars Ricardo Rojas styled the Models tresses in a sleek and chic hairdo.  We were lucky enough to get the tips on how to create this look on  your own and be red carpet ready for all your events.

 

How to Style:

  1. Apply a pea size amount of KeSari Indian Oil Hair Serum on the ends of slightly damp hair to keep your hair frizz free.
  2. Blow dry hair with a medium-sized round brush
  3. Once hair is dry, define a dramatic side part starting at the front of the forehead and smooth hair down.
  4. Once hair is completely slick, finish the look by applying the KeSARI Indian Oil Hair Serum throughout the hair for all-night shine and manageability.