Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Obsessions....


Sometimes I wonder if I will grow out of my little obsession I have with cosmetics, skin care products, and fragrances. My prediction is no. It's so much fun! The last couple of weeks I have been playing with a look that just feels soft, dewy, and fresh. I was inspired to do this look because of one product: Rain's lipgloss in Peach Midler. It's such a perfectly pretty peach lipgloss. With a subtle sparkle and lots of shine it's what I consider a PERFECT lipgloss. Not sticky or thick but emollient and conditioning. It's awesome and Rain offers a great variety of colors!

So with my Peach Midler lipgloss I just thought it deserved a soft and pretty look to showcase it. NARS illuminator in "orgasm" was the perfect product to mix in with my tinted moisturizer for my dewy glow. It's such a beautiful effect. Clean and soft. I've kept it very simple with my eye makeup. I start with Kat Von D's eye shadow primer (it's super good!)layered with Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (a neutral eyeshadow with lots of sparkle). Then a sweep of liquid liner in black for a sultry cat-eye followed by a few layers of black mascara. Voila! My look is complete! Takes me 10 minutes top to get ready and I feel like I have a great day look for work or a casual weekend day! For now, it's a simple look that I love all inspired by a great lipgloss!

What will inspire me next....?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

happy holidays!


Where does the time go? Much has changed in my life since my last post. I got my first official teaching job, received my masters degree, and started getting grey hair. Boo. I'm sure all of the above relate to each other some way some how : ) The things that have stayed constant and have provided me much escape from my hectic life is spending time with my family and my pursuit/past-time/obsession with messing around with cosmetics, skincare, and fragrance.

To be honest, there hasn't been much time for playing with new products. I've stuck with my tried and true products and have narrowed the time it takes for me to get ready in the wee hours of the morning to about 20 minutes. My faithfuls remain to be: That Gal primer (benefit cosmetics) mixed with, either face & body foundation (mac)or a tinted moisturizer by either Urban Decay or Benefit (I still can't pick a favorite between the two), Sugarbomb (benefit) or Orgasm (NARS) or Sin (NARS)or Pink Swoon (MAC) for blush (just depends on my mood--and outfit), Kat Von D's awesome eye primer, and then a quick application of a neutral eyeshadow (all different brands), still lots of eyeliner--I like MAC's powerpoint eyeliners and Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners, Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara by Tarte, and finally lipgloss (any will do--but Sephora brand seems to be my favorite of late)! Of course I finish myself off with either a quick spritz of a fragrance or a quick swipe of a rollerball--Luv (Sharon Bolton) is still at the top of my most favorite of all fragrances--and it's time to reorder! All that and I'm ready for my day and feeling put together!

Now that the holidays are upon us, I find myself taking time to stroll through the cosmetic department at our Macy's here in Temecula. My has that department changed since I worked there several years ago. Yes we had all the usual counters, Benefit, MAC, Clinique, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancome, etc.. But now the department is bursting at the seams with many of the amazing lines in the cosmetic world--just a few fantastic lines they've added are Bare Minerals, Philosophy, Urban Decay, a Benefit Brow Bar, and much more! Yes, Sephora is my personal place of nirvana but I love walking through a department store like Macy's and having all these wonderful lines at my finger tips to literally touch, feel, smell, and discover.

So, during this holiday season I am going to take some extra time and go play and discover new favorites to be found. My daughter has taken a liking to the very cute line, Tokidoki--and I absolutely love the packaging! Have you made any new discoveries in the cosmetic world as of recent? Please do share!

Happy holidays! Take out your red lipstick, glitter, and go be beautifully merry!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

the AHHH-MAZING: Urban Defense



Whoa! I consider myself a pretty loyal person. Once I find a great product I usually stick with it. I have been using the same tinted moisturizer for the last couple of years and I truly love it but when I saw that Urban Decay came out with their own version, "Urban Defense" I couldn't get my mind off of wanting to try it out. It just so happened that I had ran out of my other product and was strolling by Sephora last week when I decided to cheat on my faithful tinted moisturizer and purchase Urban Defense (in Halo--light) by Urban Decay. Oh my goodness! I LOVE IT!

The product glides on nicely and has the perfect sheer coverage I love. It's lightweight, smells nice, and my favorite result is that it does not leave my face shiny! I'm not a big foundation lover--especially during the hot summer months-- so when I can use a tinted moisturizer that gives me the sheer coverage I like and protects with a SPF 20--I am in skincare Heaven! My, hmmm - hmmm, fine lines are less visible, my pores are refined and nearly invisible, and with a light dusting of a sheer loose powder my skin looks near perfect!

I am 110% satisfied with this product and I know I have just discovered a new favorite in which I pledge my loyalties to...

Next on my radar from Urban Decay is the Naked Palette and I have to try the new Lip Junkies!!! And of course...I'll let you know what I think!

Friday, July 02, 2010

#1 rule for skincare: Moisturize and Protect!


Janson Beckett’s Sun Block Daytime Moisturizer with SPF40 has officially moved to the top of my list as my favorite sun block moisturizer. I have been using this moisturizer for just over a month and there is a lot that I really love about it. The first thing is that the product is very light-weight which for me--is a crucial element. I absolutely cannot stand the way heavy moisturizers feel on my face. Especially for all day wear. (A heavy moisturizer at night is a different story for me). Second, this product absorbs very quickly and leaves a super silky finish that feels fantastic and is a great base for applying makeup (or not). It doesn't feel like you are wearing any sun block/moisturizer at all! I love that! I personally do not wear a lot of makeup in the summertime and if I feel like I need a little bit of coverage I will usually wear a tinted moisturizer. But with this product I just add a little bit of foundation to the moisturizer and apply it that way getting the benefits of the light-weight moisturizer and sheer coverage of my foundation. Third, I really appreciate that this product is made out of really fine ingredients which include demineralized spring water, aloe, and shea butter.

This sun block and daytime moisturizer does not burn my eyes, feel heavy or greasy, it is fragrance free, and most importantly I am getting my UVA and UVB protection that will help keep my face (and neck and chest) looking youthful and smooth!

Without any hesitation, I HIGHLY recommend you try this top notch product!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fine Lines....? Puffy Eyes....? Dark Circles...? No problem!!!


I'm baaaaaack.....well at least until life gets crazy hectic again. The last year and a half of my life has been so totally busy that I feel a bit dizzy when I think about it. I finally completed my mild to moderate special education teaching credential program AND completed the course work and thesis project for my masters in education! Ahhhh! Yes! I am very proud of my accomplishments but now I am on the lookout for a teaching position. But in the meantime, I will be happy to be blogging again about some of my favorite things....

I have been on vacation for a week and a half now. I have spent four days in San Francisco, spent some time at the beach, gone to a car show, organized and cleaned my house,taken my kids to the pool several days in a row, and in the meantime applied for twelve different teaching positions. I got two calls back. One for a telephone interview in which I did in my pj's and one regular face to face panel interview. You would think that I would be all rested up and looking my best with all this time off but NOPE--I jam my days full and have trouble falling asleep at night and unfortunately my brain is programmed to wake up at 6:30 A.M. even though I can sleep in....ugh!

Anyway, my face to face interview was this afternoon and I was freaking out just a bit because I was up late last night at the Angels vs. Dodgers baseball game, eating my nachos, drinking my beer, and getting a great session of people watching in. By the time I got home and to bed the wee hours of the morning had snuck up on me and I had to get some sleep! I woke up a few hours later and looked like hell! I showered, had my coffee, and I was still looking horrible. Then I remembered that I had a Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit that I had already used once and was amazed with the results.

This kit is pretty cool. It comes with four eye pads that are contoured to fit right under your eyes. These pads are made of collagen fibre and infused with Myoxinol which is extracted from hibiscus flowers that helps relax the tissue under our eyes giving a smoother appearance. Who needs botox these days with such amazing products like this one? So, I put the eye pads on and then apply the skin energizing gel to moisten the collagen pad. This helps contour the pads under the eyes and provides optimal results by reducing the puffiness and dark circles from lack of sleep and proper water consumption. Fifteen minutes later I took the eye pads off and honestly, the results are terrific. I looked like I was completely rested. My makeup went on flawless and I walked into my interview feeling confident and knowing that I looked my best. Well almost confident--I was a little nervous that my duct tapped hemmed pants would come undone--but that's another story.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

You're Not Too Late....


Straight from the PR desk at Urban Decay:

Win a necklace from Tom Binns for Walt Disney Signature, valued at $875, AND an Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. 10 runners up will also receive the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. Enter to win NOW!!!!!

http://www.urbandecay.com/promo/contest/Alice/index.cfm

So excited for this opportunity to be able to win this awesome necklace and of course that awesome Alice in Wonderland palette!

Good luck to the rest of you too!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Juice Beauty Green Apple Collection!


I'm having surgery to repair my broken ankle tomorrow so I thought I would take my mind off my worries and do what I know best...focus on skincare. I thought I should treat myself to a nice at home facial since I know I will be on my back and in major pain for the next 3-4 days. I don't take the time to do facials often but when I do--my skin always feels amazing!

I had a new product that I was also dying to try! The Green Apple Peel for Sensitive skin from Juice Beauty! So, first I started out by using a face wash. Today I used the green gel cleanser from MAC cosmetics. Once my face is clean I do a simple 15-20 minute steam. I heat up water, throw in a couple of camomille tea bags, put the water and tea in a big bowl with a towel over my head--creating a nice steamy tent. I take in nice long breaths and relax as my pores are being opened and exposed to the chamomille tea steam. It is so relaxing, smells so good, and is one of my favorite parts of an at home facial. Next is when I finally got to use the new Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel product. I put it all over my face and let it set for ten minutes. This is what the Juice Beauty website says about this produt,
Designed for sensitive skin, this refining hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon, grape juices and raw cane sugar exfoliate for visibly improved skin tone and texture. Vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients hydrate and nourish fresh skin for a healthy, beautiful complexion.
After I left the product on for ten minutes I used a wash cloth and warm water to remove it. My skin was looking tight and had a great glow to it. I followed up with Elizabeth Arden's, Prevage Anti-Aging Moisturizer. I love that stuff.

So, I am feeling really good in the skin care department. I know that I am going to be laid up for several days and knowing that I just did a through skin care regimen--I feel much better. I highly recommend any of the products that I used today. They are so amazing, light weight, and effective.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

URBAN DECAY Spring 2010!!!

One thing that I can absolutely say is that my life is never, ever dull! Just when I thought I was on the path of freedom--on my way-- literally --to celebrate the completion of my teaching credential program I took a lame spill off my porch and broke my ankle! What a dork! I find out if I need surgery tomorrow.....but in the meantime, when I'm not totally doped up and loopy, I've decided to catch up on some reading, writing, and planning of birthday parties and family vacations we would like to take this year.

First off, I couldn't wait to share my ever consuming love of Urban Decay Cosmetics with everyone. It just so happens that it ties in very well with the preparation of my daughter's 12th birthday party that we are planning for her--an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatters' birthday! Consequently, Urban Decay just released their Alice in Wonderland palette last week! I must get my fingers on this darling palette full of great shadows, 24 7 liners, and a primer potion! I could just die and go to Heaven!!! I have a vision of doing my daughter's and her friends' makeup from the palette while sipping on all types of teas from whimsical glasses, nibbling on fun finger foods from funky plates, while in a room decorated with all kinds of big and small paper lanterns, big playing card streamers, candles, and shiny ornaments. Oh, and all the while my daughter will be wearing the cutest dress that I found on urbanoutfitters.com today! Who knows if it will all come together like I imagine....but I'm going to try! Might be somewhat difficult with this whole broken ankle thing! UGH!

Anyway, as I mentioned before...URBAN DECAY...is one of my all time favorite lines of cosmetics. I feel that the line is fun but sophisticated because of it's durability and whimsical qualities. Creative, sassy, and cutting edge are a few of the feelings I get when I use products from this particular line of cosmetics (which is just about EVERYDAY). The new spring line is of course a necessity in every ladies makeup bag!


I've mentioned a time or two before that I am such a sucker for packaging and honestly, Urban Decay's new STARDUST eyeshadows have some of the most innovative packaging I have ever seen! You have to try it for yourself but what is so cool is that you just lightly squeeze/pinch the sides of the eyeshadow and the top smoothly pops open! Trust me....It's cool! Gosh, you know the product is going to be amazing when just getting to it feels cool! Yes, and the eyeshadows are great! Just enough sparkle that it's noticeable and fun but not so blatant that you might feel like a Las Vegas showgirl (nothing wrong with that....) but in my opinion it is the best of both worlds. I am a teacher who loves wearing glitter....but I don't want to look immature or inappropriate while I am teaching high school students! They're amazing....and they last all day! These beautiful shadows can be worn dry or wet for a more vibrant look! Get yours....they're amazing!


New 24/7 glide on pencils were also introduced in the new Spring line from Urban Decay. These little pencils should be a staple in every ladies cosmetic tool box. They glide on so smoothly, smudge for a perfect smokey eye, and they truly do last all day without wearing off! I'm dying to get my hands on Binge, a beautiful navy blue color and Crash, a gorgeous deep eggplant color that have just been added to the 24/7 glide on pencils family! Funny enough, I was going through all my stuff and I actually do not own a navy blue eyeliner! Crazy--I have every other color blue though (cuz blue looks wonderful on brown eyes)--so without a doubt I will have to snag one of those eyeliners!



The other little secret weapon I have always kept in my makeup artist kit is Urban Decay's Primer Potion. I love it on both the eyes and lips...personally. Well Urban Decay decided to step it up another notch and add a new Potion to the mix....Eden! It's a beautiful matte neutral which I found myself wearing alone with some mascara for a quick, clean, and natural look! Fantastic! Another product that I now cannot see living without!


My little cosmetic obsession tank has been temporarily filled (until the next thing comes along that I can't live without) just in this one great Spring collection! Go to your local Sephora or Macy's and check out the products yourself. I promise you....you won't be disappointed!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

ELLIS FAAS: "ONLY TESTED ON SUPERMODELS!"


The last year of my life has been completely consumed by my commitment and dedication to continue my education in obtaining my teaching credential and masters in education. I honestly was unsure what to expect since it had been so many years since I had done my undergrad work--and I'm not going to lie--life has been crazy hectic! I didn't really expect that I would miss THIS industry as much as I have in this past year! I've been privileged in the past to pursue my passion of doing makeup, researching, and being hands on with cosmetic, fragrance, and skincare lines,...and then writing about it all--BONUS! So, I am very thankful when I am introduced to lines that are new to me and I get the opportunity to try them out. This is where ELLIS FAAS comes in....

What a cool line of cosmetics from ELLIS FAAS! From the sleek packaging, amazing product, and very cool developer behind the line--I am truly impressed at this very high class, top quality, and functional line. I'm not surprised since the creator or ELLIS FAAS is a former makeup artist too! Her amazing reputation and experience working in Paris, New York, and L.A. definitely gives her credibility and expert knowledge in what a makeup line should look like and consist of. Again, I'm thoroughly impressed! The colors in the cosmetics have amazing pigment. As a matter of fact--this is the first line where the pictures of the make up in the brochure and on-line actually look like the same color of the actual product. I love that! I've been using the Creamy Eyes in E205 and the Milky Lips in L201.

First of all, the Creamy Eyes product is a liquid (creamy texture) eyeshadow that applies evenly and dries to a semi matte. I was super impressed with the durability and the coverage. Without a doubt I need to add more colors to my existing makeup collection!

The Milky Lips in L201 is a wonderfully translucent red lipstick. The color has a really beautiful warm undertone which, in my opinion, is one of the best shades of red I have ever worn! This is the season for darker shades...especially red lipstick! The lipstick is pretty long lasting. I didn't need to reapply except for after eating or drinking--but that was okay because the lipstick left a great red stain on my lips without any type of bleeding. I like that too....I can just add a simple gloss or cherry chap stick on top of the stain once the lipstick wears off if I choose to not reapply.

So, in a nutshell--ELLIS FAAS makeup line is absolutely incredible! I love the innovative packaging (check out the pen holders and the all in one holder at the ELLIS FAAS website ) What a great way to keep your makeup bag well organized and everything you need in one spot! Brilliant! I hope you are as impressed as I am! Check it out!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Victoria's Secret: Velvet Amber Blackberry Eau de Parfum


Surprise! Surprise! I love to smell good. Not just "good" but "GOOD!" There is a delicate science to achieving smelling GOOD vs. smelling tacky, cheap, and over the top. When I walk in a room I don't want people wondering "whoa! how much perfume does she have on?!" Instead, as I make my way through a room I want my scent to evoke thoughts like. "Mmmm, she smells clean, good, sweet, (you can feel in a pleasant adjective) is it her perfume, lotion, shampoo, what?...I want to be near her!" This is what I consider mastery in subtle fragrance wearing 101.

So my birthday is in three days and the only things on my birthday wish list are fragrances! I have practically run out of all my favorites. Not surprising since I'm the kind of lady that will put on some perfume even if all I am doing is going to pick up the kids from school! In the meanwhile of anxiously waiting for which fragrance my hubby and kids will pick off my wish list I am wearing the newest scent from Victoria's Secret. I have to admit--this is the first perfume I have ever bought from there. I had gone shopping for some lotion and they were having a special promotion for their newest scent--Velvet Amber Blackberry. OH MY GOSH! Smells so good. Like pure sweet floral goodness! I forget that I even have it on until I happen to wave my arm in front of my face or bring my hands/wrists up to my face. Then I am instantly delighted in my subtle aroma.

This is proof that my addiction just keeps getting worse! I now have another "favorite" to add to the list....

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Style Black MAC launch



I really have not been this excited about a MAC Cosmetics launch in a long time! Everyone knows that I absolutely love MAC. I've been a loyal follower for about fifteen years and was even fortunate enough to be part of their dynamic company for a few years. It's like your first love--there will always be a special place in your heart even if you go out and expand your horizons.

Anyway, I feel giddy again. Like I ran into my first love at the super market and now can't seem to get it off my mind. This launch is awesome! I LOVE eyeliner--and if you know me--this comes to no surprise. My mom used to say that I was "heavy handed" when it came to applying my eyeliner. "No, mom. I put it on like this on purpose!" She never totally understood my fixation with black eyeliner. That's okay. She thought I would grow out of it but here I am, 33 (almost) years old, and like a kid on Christmas morning excited about getting my hands on the Style Black products.

You can't go wrong with these amazing mineral shadows that have a vein of shimmer/sparkle running through them. You can wear them wet or dry and are pretty amazing. The one I HAVE TO HAVE is called Blue Flame. It's a black eyeshadow with blue pearl veining. AHH-MAZING!

There is also a black grease stick (I'm curious about getting my little paws on this), a "PENULTIMATE" eyeliner--which is basically a black liquid eyeliner that comes in the packaging of a felt tip pen. I don't have this product yet either--but as I am writing about it I am in full COVET mode. They also released a product called "glimmerglass" in which I'm very curious about. Also, they released a couple of creme color bases that my kit is incomplete without. I think a trip to the PRO store is in order.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Beautiful Bright Youthful Eyes...all thanks to Anastasia!


I swear that I feel like I have just experienced Christmas in July! I have been faithfully using the newest and greatest product from Anastasia: Line Erasing Serum. It says it all in the name! My results have been superior and one to boast about! My skin is totally concealing the hectic lifestyle I lead and I owe part of that to the line erasing serum by Anastasia!
As I am creeping into my mid-thirties, going to grad school, raising two children (one being pre-adolescent), and being the most perfect wife, mom, student, friend, sister, daughter I can be—I can use all the “line erasing” I can get!
Seriously, I have pretty fair skin—probably the Spanish and Irish in me—and although I tan nicely, I still try to avoid those harmful sunrays. This can be kind of difficult living in beautiful Southern California so I slather on SPF like it’s going out of style to keep my skin looking youthful as possible. Although I take all these precautions—those pesky fine lines are still making a presence around my eyes! I know, probably from all the laughing and smiling I do in my blissful life….right?
Okay, back to reality. I work hard and I am aging every day. Just like we all are. I have no problem whatsoever growing…hmmm, hmmm, older, wiser, and more mature. But I refuse to look my age if I don’t have to! There is no need for drastic measures—just yet—especially when I can discover amazing products that deliver results and are good for my skin.
The Line Erasing Serum is made up of natural hydrators and ingredients that are superb like gogi! I am super picky about textures of skin care products. If it is heavy, sticky, or gooey—I don’t like it! Fortunately the Line Erasing Serum passed my picky test and went on super lightweight and smooth! I naturally tend to be on the drier side and I felt that this product really delivered in the hydrating department—extra bonus. Then the added effects of brightening my skin, smoothing out those pesky fine lines, and making look bright eyed and bushy tailed….no doubt about it—I’m a believer! There is a Santa and Christmas came early!

Monday, June 01, 2009

I heart smelling good!


One of the things that make me feel good and pretty is knowing that I smell good. I usually have at least five different fragrances that I alternate between since I wear perfume EVERYDAY. Even if I am just going grocery shopping I will put some perfume on. Roller balls are my absolute favorite. Their portable and small enough to throw in your makeup bag.

Top of my "favorites" list is still "LUV" by Sharon Bolton Scents: "An intoxicating, ultimately feminine scent of rare pink gardenia, lush Hawaiian white flowers, and a hint of creamy vanilla with a delicate whisper of white musk." I don't know if I will ever find a fragrance that I love more. Although I do need to try out "Dream" from her line...it sounds divine: "A heady concoction of fresh bergamot, white freesia, and mimosa with accords of amber, sandalwood and exotic musk. That's what dreams are made of!"

For mother's day the kids took a trip to Sephora and got me the Juicy Couture roller ball fragrance and the Nanette Lepore roller ball fragrance. I couldn't be happier. I love them both!

The Juicy Couture fragrance notes: Watermelon, Mandarin, Pink Passion Fruit, Marigold, Green Apple, Water Hyacinth, Crushed Leaves, Tuberose Absolute, Wild Rose, Princess Lily, Tuberose, Caramel Créme Brule, Vanilla, Precious Woods, Patchouli.
The Nanette Lepore fragrance notes: Moonstone Rose, White Peach, White Cranberry Juices, Magenta Nectar, Black Currant, Orange Jasmine, Persian Lime Juice, Velvet Violet, Amber, Indian Sandalwood
I cannot forget to mention the other two fragrances taking residence in my purse: Alfred Sung "Always" and "Pretty" by Elizabeth Arden. These both are classic smelling fragrances and smell sooooo good and are very lightweight. They have floral, romantic, sweet notes. Keepers for my "classics" collection.
These days I am finding that I have more roller ball fragrances in my purse then lip gloss! So funny. At least I always smell delightful...even if I am just going to the grocery store.

Do yourself a favor and explore all of these wonderful fragrances. Who says you can't have a different perfume for everyday of the week?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Seriously?!



I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have had a stack of intentions and so many products that I have been using that I want to talk about but this grad program is kicking my butt! I don't even know what "free time" is anymore. So now that I am on the total verge of burn out and have four chapter reviews due, a power point presentation due, an essay, and classroom observation due, I have decided to blow it off for a few minutes and write about some products that I have been using lately and am really enjoying!

Where do I begin….okay…it's gotta be about eyebrows today. Since I am short on time but still like to look somewhat put together every day I like to focus on eyes. A couple of weeks ago I went to work without makeup on (which I usually always wear…especially lots of eyeliner since I love smokey eyes) and the kids were like, "Mrs. Fuehrer, are you okay? You aren't wearing any makeup!" Little did they know, I did have mascara and lip gloss on…just no eyeliner! For crying out loud, I don't want to not look like I'm not feeling well just because I don't have a smokey look going on! What do fifth graders know anyway?! It still got me thinking and I decided to show those fifth graders that I'm no one trick pony and I can wear many different looks! So, I have been exposing my new more natural looking eyes lately. I can still look decent and made up with just a few key products!

I needed to clean my eyebrows up. I've been very loyal to Angel at the BeneFit Cosmetics Brow Bar at the Promenade mall in Temecula but I couldn't resist going to the new kiosk that opened up that does eyebrow threading. My sister has done it many times and swears by it. I had to give it a try! So I went, and it was a pretty interesting experience. I think getting my eyebrows waxed is faster and less painful but I have to admit that the threading technique gave me a fantastic shape and really clean and defined lines. I liked it. I've gone back twice now but I'm starting to miss the BeneFit Brow Bar. I'll probably go there next time my brows need some work. Anyway, once your eyebrows are cleaned up and shaped nicely it is easy to maintain and define a beautiful look. I do this by staying loyal to some of my favorite products by Anastasia.


Anastasia has come out with a very clever product that is a 2-n-1. It's an eyebrow pencil on one end and the most fabulous eyebrow gel I have ever used one the other end. So convenient! I love when things are easy, simple, and multipurpose. Instead of having a zillion things in your makeup bag this is an easy way of having two essential products in one! Thank you so much! That's not all that I am happy to talk about from Anastasia….there is also a brand new mascara that is the bomb! My lashes look longer, fuller, and very black! I love that this mascara doesn't cause all my lashes to clump together in a sticky heap. Instead my lashes stay separated and volumized. I also like the fact that when I get watery eyes or remove this mascara my eyeballs don't sting. I hate when that happens!


All I have to say is when it comes to brows and lashes…Anastasia has got it right! There hasn't been a product yet that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed from her company. I have a friend that used to get her brows done by Anastasia herself way back in the day. She is always so impressed when I talk about these amazing products and has to mention how much she enjoyed getting her brows done by her in a little tiny hole-in-the-wall place before Anastasia became the eyebrow guru she is known for today. I love stories like that.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

smooth, glowing, youthful skin...


What's up? Time flies when working, school, kids, sports, etc...seem to take over your life! All is good here on the home front. I am in my eighth week of grad school and coming up to the end of my very first term. It has been a lot of work but very informative in many ways. I am looking forward to getting my special education credential and getting out there with the kids. Once all the school stuff is done I feel I will be very well prepared and ready to teach some kids!

So, last night I was in class and I was having trouble concentrating because of the email that I had received earlier about the grand opening of Sephora in our very own Promenade mall here in Temecula, CA. I am so excited. If I had more time on my hands I would totally want to get a part time job there just to be in the mist of all the glorious products. I had made a mention out loud about how excited I was that Sephora was opening up this week at our mall. And to my surprise a really beautiful classmate of mine (whose makeup always looks good so I assumed she knew a thing or two about cosmetics and of course Sephora) asked, "what's Sephora?" I gasped out loud in disbelief! After I got over my shock of the question we got into a conversation about makeup, of course.
Lately, my conversations surrounding cosmetics has covered the topic of mineral makeup. I haven't always been totally impressed with it. The products I tried never wore well through out the day either making my skin feel shiny or the product would kind of sink into my pores...and that's with wearing a good primer underneath too. Anyway, a couple of months ago I was introduced to more of the Intervene line and also Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 by Elizabeth Arden. Right away I incorporated the new Intervene products into my routine. A night time stress recovery moisturizer that makes my face feel like silk and a time fighting radiance serum that glides on so smooth and makes the surface of my skin so soft that I find my self touching my face with the back of my hand just to feel the smoothness. If you haven't tried the Intervene line yet you are really missing out. These products seem to be ahead of there time. Leaving my skin soft, smooth, hydrated, and youthful.

With that foundation of skincare I expect my foundation to look good. Most of the time I just wear a tinted moisturizer and primer but on the days that I am working I feel like I need just a little bit more coverage. I decided to give Elizabeth Arden's mineral foundation with a SPF 20 (BONUS!) a go one morning. I was intrigued by the packaging first of all. You actually grind off the product you will be using by twisting the top part of the compact. I love that and it feels like you are getting a fresh supply every time. Gold star for packaging! Next, I grabbed by Kubuki brush and started buffing on the powder when immediately I had to lean in closer to the mirror. Were my eyes deceiving me or was my skin looking absolutely flawless with such a light layer of mineral powder? I compared my left side of my face where I applied the foundation to the right side of my face where I had none. I was truly shocked and amazed. I've never seen such a difference with hardly any product on. My skin tone was totally even and you wouldn't even be able to tell that I had any makeup on! Kudos! I love this stuff. I wore the product and throughout the day I checked in the mirror periodically to see if I was getting shiny yet or if the foundation wore away or separated. I'm happy to say the foundation was long wearing. I touched up with some sheer powder in the afternoon and that was it.
I can finally say that I believe in mineral foundation. Thank you, Elizabeth Arden for making such a superior product!

Monday, January 26, 2009

my lipstick revival

I feel guilty. I have turned my attention away from what once was an obsession of mine....LIPSTICK. My obsession started in high school. I religiously wore dark berry colored lipsticks in which every morning I would come out of the bathroom and my mother would say, "blot your lips, honey. you don't want to look like you got smacked in the mouth." I laugh now but back then it was so irritating hearing that every morning. I liked my dark lips against my fair skin and big brown eyes. That was the point. I swear, hearing my mom tell me to "blot my lips" everyday will haunt me forever. Even as a grown woman (and being a makeup artist) I still fear that my lipstick is too dark and I give an extra blot just to make sure I don't look like I was "smacked in the mouth!"

So I think once I became a mommy, eleven years ago, I kind of put my dark lipsticks away and started to opt for lighter lip glosses. Slowly a transition was made and before I knew it, I would buy lipsticks that I was attracted to but then kind of put them in the drawer and forget about them. "This is crazy!" I thought to myself. I decided to put my lip glosses on standby and bring lipstick back!

The holidays were a perfect time for me to do this. I like doing "holiday makeup" and nothing goes better than rich berry hues, reds, and warm browns. Even on the days where my eyes were too dramatic (in my opinion) to sport a bold lip too, I opted for a classic nude lipstick.
My foolproof method for applying stay proof lipstick is very simple. I make sure, first of all, that my lips are well conditioned. I personally love rosebud salve to provide a perfect well conditioned lips. Next I like to prime my lips. My favorite product to use is Urban Decay's eyeshadow potion. I know it's for the eyes but I absolutely love it on the lips. Not only does the product provide the most perfect foundation but it also nudes out the lips giving a perfect canvas for any color lipstick I chose to wear. Now I was ready to put on whatever lipstick I would showcase that day!

These have been my choice favorites...

Nars: Roman Holiday...it's a pretty pink that is sweet and innocent.

Clinique: Black Honey...this might be borderline lip gloss but it is a gorgeous dark warm wine colored glossy stain. Oldie but goodie.

MAC cosmetics: "O"...this lipstick has multi colors depending on the color lip liner you wear. It could go red, brown, or burgundy--so awesome! Also, Rocker, makes a great sparkly red lipstick!

Elizabeth Arden: Ruby Pearl....one of the most amazing red lipsticks I have ever had! Absolutely gorgeous. I wore this one often along with another red, Poppy Cream--a totally classic red.




Urban Decay: Midnight Cowboy...this is one of their newest shades. I actually loved this lipstick. It lasted a long time but it was shimmery and emollient like a lip gloss. Best of both worlds. It's a great neutral everyday shade.



Chanel: Vamp...a classic. A gorgeous ultra dark plum-y shade. This shade makes me feel dark and sultry. Seriously, give it a try and see what kind of attitude you take on!

I found the following picture here: blog.modernmechanix.com

So crazy! Will we be so shocked in the future when we find the "vintage" pics of our eyebrow stencils? Food for thought....