Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fashionable And Functional Beauty Tools By Tweezerman

I'm all about things that are functional.  Especially when it comes to my beauty tools.  But I'm also all about those functional tools being pleasing to the eye...pretty to look at if you will. *Tweezerman's newest Mix 'N Match Runway Prints Collection makes all of this possible.

 {My newest fashionable, colorful, and functional Tweezerman products.}

From left to right:
Striped Mini Slant Tweezers, $15
Mix 'N Match Runway Prints SoleMates, $22
Mix 'N Match Runway Prints Unbreakable Mirror, $12.50

 {Tweezers taking on the striped feel seen from runway collections like Kate Spade}

I love how these MINI TWEEZERS are super cute with their striped print.  I currently own 2 Tweezerman tweezers (plus their eye lash curler) and this makes my 3rd pair. They are by far, my favorite brand of tweezers.  They are sharp and angled just so, that you can literally get every hair without trying too hard.  And when it comes to plucking tiny annoying hairs, it makes a huge difference in efficiency when you've got a good tool in your hands.  These minis will be staying in purse from now on for on-the-go emergency plucking!!

 
{The unbreakable mirror fits into the palm of my hand.}

{I see you!}

The clarity of this MIRROR is crazy good and I can see every little detail on my face!  It will be great for plucking those tiny brow hairs with the mini slant tweezers, no??!  And the chevron print, one of my favorites - so stinking cute.  It's so lightweight and flat, it could literally fit inside of something small like a wallet.

If it truly is unbreakable, we've hit gold.  I can't tell you how many times my 2.5 year old loves to dig in my purse and look for a mirror to look at herself in, then manages to drop it on the hardest floor in her vicinity.  She hasn't tested this one out yet, thankfully.

{The insides of duel sided Solemates.}

With it becoming flip flops and sandals season, my feet take a beating!  This fancy SOLEMATES tool helps to remove that yucky dead foot skin with the micro file (the cheese grater looking side) and then buffs the skin with the finishing file side to make it smooth.  These two sides actually are magnetized so that they stay together if you happen to cart them around in your purse or travel bag, and they're super easy to clean up.

BIG fan of these Tweezerman products, and I want to send out a BIG thanks to Julie with for hooking me up with these fantastic tools.  They will get plenty of use!

Do you own any Tweezerman products?

*These products were sent to me for consideration and I was not paid for this post and review of Tweezerman's Studio Collection products.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own, as always.*

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Friday, April 26, 2013

3 Steps To Sculpted Cheekbones

I find most women are seriously scared of blush and bronzer placement.  For fear they'll end up like our friend Miss Lindsey here, so they just forgo it all together.  Sad face :(

{Just a bit too heavy on the cheekbone sculpting LL, via}

So I'm hear to take away that fear and show you just how easy it is to get those "subtle" sculpted cheekbones you've always longed for in 3 simple steps...

{ NYX Matte Bronzer in Light, $8.99}

1.  After your foundation is applied, start with your BRONZER.  Take a slanted blush brush and matte bronzer (no shimmer or glitter please!), starting from the top of your ear swiping diagonally down towards the corner of the outside of your mouth stopping about center cheek.  Light layers is key until you get the desired, realistic amount of sculpting. 

{Sonia Kashuk blush in "Sunset," $9.79}

2.  Next take your BLUSH color and apply right above the bronzer swipe in one of two ways:

 *a circular C motion if you're wanting fuller cherub looking cheeks, or 
*in a short swiping motion towards ear if you want to slim the cheek area

{Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer, $30 (one of my all time fave highlighters!)}

3.  Lastly, take a subtle shimmery highlighting powder and apply with a small fluffy brush right on the very top of the cheek color in a C shape around each eye up just to brow bone.  Go easy on this product - you want just enough to bring the top of that cheekbone forward, which is what the illusion of shimmer does when placed in a specific area.

*Of course repeat all 3 steps on the opposite side.*




There you go - a trio of easy steps towards getting the cheekbones you've always wanted!  



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Look Who Won The Title Of "Most Beautiful Woman of 2013"

People Magazine came out with their choice for the MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN of 2013.  And the honor goes to the much recently talked about 40 year old mom of two, actress, and wife to musician Chris Martin...
{Gwyneth Paltrow, via. Hair and makeup perfection.}

I'd like to see the criteria that the people over at People base this big ole decision on.  I bet it's not easy with SO many good looking people in Hollywood.  I wonder if there's a 1-20 list of bullet point criteria that these people must meet that looks something like:

1. Must look at least 5 years younger than their actual age, 
2. Must be hot in the gossip columns at the current moment, 
3.  Must be married/dating someone else super famous or completely obscure (no in between)

...and so forth.  Gwyn has been catching some flack from people saying she's a crazy health nut (to put it nicely) and that she's putting her kids health in danger, but I for one say, back off her. Who cares??  It's her kids, and yeh, maybe they're not getting the yummy Little Debbie cakes mine are, but she's not making them sleep in a closet and only letting them out to drink water and eat brown rice.  I'm sure most parents, myself included, are just a wee bit jealous we can't make our kids eat lentils and kale!!

{Gwyn in mommy mode with Apple, via.}

I must say, I do like to see a Hollywood mom who is 35+ win this title.  I don't know G personally, so I can't judge her on inner beauty (wonder if People mag does??) but if I had to make my most beautiful woman choice of 2013 based on the "I wanna be her" factor, it would go to this lady, mom, entrepreneur, David's wife!

Here's a looksy at a few of the other faces featured in the magazine.  I personally always like to see Halle Berry in there - she is crazy gorgeous the older she gets!  Gives me hope for the aging process.  

So what do you think of People's choice for most beautiful woman for this year?  If you don't agree, who would you have chosen?

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday PowWow : What Is The Most Overwhelming Part Of Makeup Application?


{Vivian has perfected the art of lipgloss application. Dress from Old Navy.}

Everyone has that ONE aspect of their makeup routine that they'd probably just like to omit (or do omit) because, well...

  • they don't even know how to begin, 
  •  it's just plain confusing,
  •  or it takes up too much time to apply. 
It could be that you don't do eyeliner because you can't get the line straight or don't know how to create the beloved winged liner.  Or you forgo getting that flawless skin because you couldn't figure out which foundation shade to buy at the drugstore and just bailed because it got overwhelming or you're afraid you'll look like you're wearing a makeup mask.  Or you'd love Kim Kardashian-like eye lashes but when it comes to applying falsies, you'd rather stick with your stubby thin lashes than look like you've got caterpillars crawling off your lids!

So, after hearing these examples, "What do you consider to be the most OVERWHELMING part of makeup application?"

*I love this powwow bc your comments below could help me help YOU by knowing what area of makeup application you need the most blog post/tutorials on!!)*



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

7 Magical Makeup Tricks The Pros Use

Whenever I work with a client who tells me they'd like for me to erase their wrinkles, give them razor sharp cheekbones, or lift a droopy eyelid, I tell them I'll do what magic I can with my wands and fairy dust...aka, my makeup brush and products!

{Image via Pinterest.}

Here are 7 great makeup tips from the professional makeup artist scene everyone can implement in their daily routines 
(No magical powers necessary!)

1.  Instantly brighten your eyes by using a swipe of baby blue eye liner along the inner waterline (bottom lids).  It tones down any redness caused by lack of slack or irritated eyes which makes you look tired and worn out....Rimmel London consultant David Scott Stephens

2. Eliminate mascara clumps or getting mascara on your lids by cutting an arch into a playing card then fit it against your lash line then apply your mascara as usual.  Voila!! No annoying mascara dots on your skin or newly applied eye makeup...Celeb makeup artist Mally Roncal.

3.  The secret to a natural flush is to use a lipstick rather than powder blush.  Apply your foundation, then place 2 dots on each cheek and then use your fingers to blend them into the skin to create a subtle glow...Tom Peacheux. (I've used this trick many times here!)

4.  Fight dull skin with a foundation or concealer that has light reflecting particles.  They will hide your flaws and make your skin seem radiant, so look for any formula labeled illuminating, brightening, or luminous, which will help do the trick...Sonia Kashuk. * For an even more natural fresh faced look, slightly dampen your sponge beforehand and use a rolling motion to apply your foundation into the skin so the product doesn't just sit unnaturally on top of the skin from swiping.* (Here's one of my fave illuminating concealers here.)

5.  To create a youthful eye lid crease when you've got puffy lids, use a neutral brown eyeliner and draw a soft line right where the eye socket crease should be and smudge into the skin...professional makeup artist Jillian Dempsey

6.  Build skimpy eyebrows by filling them in with a combo of pencil and powder to get the most realistic look.  Choose a pencil that matches your brow hairs and sketch along the top edge of your natural brow. Then pick a matte powder (brow or eye shadow, either will do) that is one shade darker and fill in just the bald spots within those brow hairs and brush thru with a spooley brush...Christina Aguilera's makeup artist, Kristofer Buckle.

7.  Most flattering eye liner shape for fighting that awful gravity pull of droopy lids.  Line that upper lash line with a creamy brown or black pencil, then use a pointed Qtip to smudge that line slightly up and out past the outer corners.  This gives the illusion of a more lifted lid...Sandy Linter, makeup artist that works with Christie Brinkley.

Do you have any magical makeup illusion tricks not mentioned here that you can share with me?


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Not So Boring Black And White

When I wear black or white clothing, I always feel the need to add a splash color with my makeup or with my accessories.  It's just a weird thing I have.

  Gilded Arrow bracelet from Stella & Dot  | Revlon Lip Butter in "sorbet"

I also have a thing for mixing prints of the same color scheme.  In this case, striped blouse with my zebra print belt.  Subtle, but just enough to be fun!



Bow blouse by Tinley Road  |  Belt from Target (old), similar here  
Vegan leather pants by Free People (I had them altered to be ankle length FYI)
Shoes (very old!)

{Not so boring way to display makeup products used!}

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mouse
MAC blush in "Fleur Power"
Wet & Wild Coloricon in "Walking on Eggshells"
L'Oreal Infallible shadow in "Continuous Cocoa" (used as eyeliner)
Lancome Hypnose Star mascara
Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Youth Boosting Illuminating Powder (LOVE this powder!)
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in "sorbet"



{Don't forget the nails! Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in "Indigo Night"}

I don't normally get this dressed up on the weekend, but I happened to be going to an alumni tea at my old sorority house (Zeta Tau Alpha, and I happen to live in the same town I went to college in!) and this was a great excuse to wear my new blouse from Piperlime!

But then as I was walking out of the door, my husband casually comments, "Wow, you look like a referee."  Leave it to hubbys to bring you back down to earth right?? Ha!!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Futuristic Eyes

There aren't many looks I won't try when it comes to experimenting with makeup.  My latest attempt was at extremely bold and graphic colored shadow that took on a slightly futuristic look once completed...

 {No neutral shades, pick one COLORFUL SHADE to make it more fun!}

I remember seeing a similar example of this type of pop of color on the eyes from an old Anna Sui 2012 fall collection on her models as shown below...

{Pop of color and not much else, via.}

{Close up and personal.}

To get this look : 
  • I prepped the eye area with a lid primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) to keep the shadow sharp and from bleeding,
  • drew my outline with a skinny tipped liner brush, here, and wet eye shadow (a blue shade from my big E.L.F. palette from Christmas), 
  • filled in the middle, 
  • lined my lower inner waterline with a white liner, 
  • applied mascara on upper and lower lashes.

{How To.}


{Sonia Kashuk blush in "sunset" , Stila gloss in "fantasy" (unfortunately n/a anymore)}

Of course what makes this look so bold was the fact I kept the outline sharp and didn't do any blending outside of the lines. But if this is a bit "out there in space" for you, you can still pull off the one bright shade but just blend the edges like crazy to make it soft and keep the color just below your crease to lash line.

Is this eye makeup look in your future?? 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yes, They're REAL!

Okay, mind out of the gutter.  I'm talking about Benefit's "They're Real!" mascara and how it makes my lashes look like I'm wearing falsies...

{Mascara - Real.  Diamonds - Not real.}

If you regularly follow my blog, you know that I'm typically a drugstore mascara kinda gal.  I haven't found many department store mascaras that I think deserve the over $20 price tag.  But this Benefit mascara hilariously called "They're Real!" ($23) has given me faith in a more expensive formula.

{Who doesn't love a good before and after?}

The biggest benefit (if you will) to this mascara is the way the wand is shaped.  Not only does it have the traditional spikes around the wand but it's also got tiny spikes that poke up along the very tip. This helps more than you can imagine to get those hard to reach lower lashes and ones right near the tear duct.  It actually gets to all of your lash hairs at once!

{Extreme Lash Makeover wand edition.}

{2 coats,  no eye liner yet.}

{Finished with liner.}

I really should stop at just one coat of this stuff because it is just enough.  If you're a "crazy coats of mascara lady" like me, (I truly love the act of swiping on mascara) it will start to clump and get way too thick.  A little goes a long way, which is actually really great.  The only downside one might find with this mascara, is that it takes some effort to remove - this stuff wants to stay on all.day.long!!  You have to use a waterproof eye makeup remover like this drugstore one I've fallen in love with to get it off easily with no tugging and struggling.

I've literally been asked a couple of times if I'm wearing false lashes when I've got this mascara on.  To which I happily reply, "nope, they're real!!"

I'd like to thank all of my Facebook fans for recommending this product to me awhile back when I posed the question on my page asking what was your favorite mascara.  I might not have ever stumbled onto it without you gals!!  Gotta love the power of social media to connect me with all of you beauty lovers!! 

Have you given Benefit's "They're Real!" mascara a try yet?  

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday PowWow : What's Your Go To Makeup Look?

Everyone has a "Go-To" look they can rely on.  So my question to you this Wednesday is, which one of these celebrity signature makeup looks reminds you of yours??

 {Naturally into NEUTRALS.}

{Stand out RED lips.}

 {Not so bashful with BLUSH!}

{Vivacious in vibrant and COLORFUL eyes.}

{Comfortable in CAT EYE liner.}

I'd say the cat eye is always a go-to of mine.  Not a day goes by that I don't attempt a winged eye - whether it's done subtly pulled slightly out with a pencil liner or super extreme catty with a black liquid liner!  Remember my sticker cat eye here?? Crazy bold!

On the flip side, if none of these look like yours, which one do you wish was yours or would you like to try on for size?!


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Into Warmer Weather With A Maxi Skirt

I believe I've found my newest fashion staple for spring....the MAXI SKIRT!!




Sporting the Sabine pleated maxi skirt from Piperlime.com HERE, $59, size small.

I love warm weather, I do not love wearing shorts however.  I have decent shaped legs, but 3 childbirths later have left me with a not-so beautiful vein issue that I like to hide.  Luckily, long flowy maxi skirts are in right now, and they can be worn two ways:
  • Dressed UP with a short cropped leather jacket, heels, or fabulous jewelry or 
  • Played down with a simple tank, denim jacket, or sandals.
*If you do purchase this exact one, be aware that it comes in super long, so even at 5'5" I had to get it altered at the hem.  Thank goodness for Piperlime's awesome and honest reviews, I knew this would be an issue.  But it was a small price to pay for such a super cute skirt!!*  

I'm also a huge huge Rachel Zoe fan, and she's forever touting her love of maxi dresses and skirts, and she rocks them even on her tiny frame!  So this trend can be worn by anyone as long as you get the perfect fit!  This is one sophisticated spring item that I will no doubt be purchasing in a few more colors.  Here are a couple of other faves:

Dream maxi skirt purchase :

Alice + Olivia Shannon jungle floral print, $605

More affordable options :

Forever 21 pleated floral maxi, $23

Ecote for Urban Outfitters double slit maxi, $69

The maxi skirt look gets a MAJOR thumbs up from this mama.  

What about you - Are you feeling the maxi love for spring??

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Country Music Makeup

 {Concert makeup essentials to last the whole night.}

My girlfriends killer cowboy boots
Ray Ban Aviators
L'Oreal Infallible lipgloss in "Sunset"
Lancome Hypnose STAR Mascara in Noir Midnight
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in Light
China Glaze polish in "Igniting Love"

 {Parents on the loose! Tailgating before the concert with my hubby.}

I don't know the last time I went to a rowdy concert.  Since we have 3 kids - concerts aren't high on our to-do list.  But this weekend we broke the no-concert streak by attending the much anticipated Jason Aldean "Night Train" concert tour stop here in my town of Athens, GA held at the University of Georgia Sanford Stadium.  First time EVER this football stadium has allowed a concert on its field.  It was a big deal.  Over 60,000 concert goers filled this massive stadium on what could have been one of the most gorgeous spring days we've had so far here in Georgia.  

 {A red solo cup kinda tailgate with my girlfriends!}

 {Backstage pass.}

Not mine, *sad face, but our friend Alyssa's above whose hubby happens to be IN the band AND the songwriter of "Tip It On Back" by Dierks Bentley.  You know, that awesome music video that I did the makeup for and my boys made a cameo appearance in - remember it here?!



{Stage setup}

 {Oh, and look who showed up onstage with Jason Aldean - LUDACRIS!!} 

No, we weren't this close. Photo via Jason Aldean Twitter feed.

{A little taste of the Ludacris appearance for "Dirt Road Anthem" from our seats.}

{Are we having fun yet??}

{Post concert entertainment with my bestie Laney.}

 And since I usually try to bring it back to the makeup, YES, my makeup held up well due to the great staying power of all the products listed above and the beautiful spring like weather that kept me from sweating it all off!!  I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with a purse filled w a bunch of products for touching up, so I chose my beauty products wisely from the start.  Notice the Georgia bulldawg red nail color above??  This China Glaze red shade is one of my faves and I always get lots of compliments on it. 

I must say, I need to go to more concerts if they're all going to be this much fun! To say we had a "good time," would be an understatement. We had an AMAZING time and it was just the kind of afternoon and evening us parents of little ones need every now and then to kick our heels up!

Do you like to go to concerts?  

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