Friday, March 30, 2007

Viva Las Vegas



There’s nothing more cool then improvising last minute and being totally satisfied with the results. What am I talking about? Well, short story long, my husband and I are going out of town for a quick weekend get away to Las Vegas. My morning started out crazy, as usual. I had the kids, my dog, work, and other loose ends that all needed to be tied up. So I threw my hair back in a ponytail, took care of all my responsibilities on my “to do” list, packed my bags for the weekend and jumped into the shower.


Ahhh, finally a moment of relaxation. I lathered up with some tropical smelling body wash called Tiare Flower by ILE DE TAHATI. It smells amazing….like vacation. It’s “spicy and sensual” and has a long lasting fragrance. I was able to relax just from the scent of my body wash. Once I got out of the shower I smoothed on my Tiare Flower Inu Body Lotion on my freshly shaved legs and the rest of my body. I love to layer my fragrances. It makes me feel clean and fresh and smelling exotic all day. Since Tiare Flower is made up of the precious tiare gardenia, crushed bamboo, ylang ylang, tropical frangipani and opulent tuberose and then all warmed with native vanilla—I need a fragrance that would compliment my tropical, sensual, sweet self. I knew what would go perfectly! Sharon Bolton’s, “Luv” Perfume oil.

Patti LaBelle is addicted too. So I’m in good company. I really must admit, I’m somewhat glad that Sharon Bolton does not offer a deodorant in the scent of “Luv” 'cuz I know I would look like a fool sniffing my armpits all day—and I would—I wouldn’t be able to control myself. You may think I’m kidding but go try it yourself. You’ll totally relate to what I’m saying. Sharon Bolton is going to start a culture of people going around sniffing themselves all day and asking other people to smell them too. It’s true. Ask my coworkers. I’ve been telling them to smell me all week! How embarrassing to admit to that! Anyway, after lathering up with my body wash, then lotion, and lastly my “Luv” all I could think of was-- Yes!! It all went so well together. So now I was smelling just fine and it was time to do some quick makeup.

This is where my improvising came in. I had already packed my bags with all my usual makeup. My brushes, my everyday makeup, and my fun stuff. Part of me felt like going all natural with maybe just a tinted moisturizer by Tarte and a lip stain and mascara but then I thought, “No Way! Not to Vegas.” I had to glam it up-- at least a little bit. I had just recently got a package from Tarte cosmetics and was in the process of trying everything out throughout the week. I noticed black eyeliner with an angled brush on the end and thought I would try it out. I started out with a quick tinted moisturizer called "Sunburst Mositurizer" all over my face. It's a great light-weight moisturizer that has little bronzing beads that add a natural "sun-kissed" look when you apply the moisturizer. Then I used a shadestick in a shimmery nude color called "beige-ing" by MAC all over my eyelid. Next I took my new Tarte black eyeliner called "starry night" and lined the top part of my eyes in ‘ole kitty glam style and then lined my inner “water-line” on my top and bottom eyelid. I took the brush and started stroking and smudging the eyeliner into my lash line and smudged upward too. It created and instant smoky eye. Next I was happy to use my new Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara by Tarte. It’s awesome too. The brush is full and slick allowing optimum application. My lashes looked amazing after two coats! Classic! I took a little bit of sparkly black eyeshadow and defined my crease, some Moon Beam by Benefit Cosmetics and applied it on my cheekbones and brow bone and bada-bing bada-bang, I had an instant, sultry, classic look that I could be proud to wear to Vegas.
The last step was just a little bit of my new favorite lip stain called "rise and shine" by Tarte. I have both cherry and pink and I refuse to pick a favorite. I love them both! I was viva Las Vegas ready and it only took me 10 minutes from start to finish.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

What does your scent say about you?




So, I have a sister who is six years older than me whom I have always admired for her fashion and beauty sense. Seriously, she is so cool. She knows so much about fashion and a lot about the whole beauty industry. We get on the phone and chat hours on end--on a very regular basis-- about lipsticks, perfumes, celebrities, and the latest “finds” we’ve come across. I love her. She is one of my best friends.

Anyway, when I was a young girl and she was a teenager she wore Obsession by Calvin Klein perfume. Ohhhh, I always thought she smelled so good. When I could, I would sneak a spray here and there and when I was finally old enough to wear perfume you can guess which one I chose. I thought I was just so cool trying to smell like my sister. But that was it, I smelled like my sister. I needed to have my very own signature smell! Ever since, I’ve been on the hunt. But the hunt could not and will not ever be over. From what I’ve discovered I don’t have one unique signature scent. I have several and they are all dictated by my mood. Or sometimes my mood is dictated by my scent! That’s why the hunt could never be over—the search for enticement and mood enhancement will never be over…but I have come across some perfumes that will totally remain favorites and always in supply--

The newest scents I’ve been fortunate enough to start using are “Zoe” and “My LuLu” by Fresh Scents / Terri. Here is what Fresh Scents by Terri has to say:

My LuLu:
Unique, Captivating, Alluring
This bewitching fragrance has won the hearts of many with its unique combination of China Rain and Gardenia. The floral scent has a bold and beautiful presence that is, at the same time, subtly mysterious.

Zoe:
Soft, Sexy, Feminine
Customers swear by this scent which is a finely blended combination of Light Musk and Sheer Musk. If you like a soft, sexy, ultra-feminine fragrance, Zoe is the scent for you




I’ve worn these two scents either alone or together all week. What I have come to realize is the two scents mixed together make me feel very sexy—in a fun way! I’m applying the oil, My LuLu, behind my ears and on my wrists and then giving myself a quick spritz of Zoe. Laying the two scents make a great combination and I can smell it all day! Today, I am wearing Zoe, alone. I feel like I smell warm, pretty, and mature….not like a little girl overdoing it with my fragrance. But speaking of little girls, as a third grade completion gift to my daughter, I will be getting her one of Fresh Scents / Terri shimmer spray. They all smell so good so it’s going to be hard to pick just one. I’ll have to let her smell all the samples—that are available by purchase from www.freshscentsbyterri.com -- and let her decide which scent provokes her mood best.

If you are interested in finding a unique scent that is all yours you definitely need to check out Fresh Scents / Terri. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Happy hunting to you in finding all your personalities through the sense of smell.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bat those lashes!


Hello! I have had so many conversations about falsies lately that I figured I would finally blog on…drum roll please…..“false lashes!” Yea! They are so much fun. You can be subtle where no one would even notice or you can be out right daring and bold. Some people think they can only wear lashes for special occasions but I know people who wear them everyday….looking beautiful and soft. I always recommend falsies for my bridal clients since the false lashes make their eyes stand out more in pictures and at a distance for all those adoring on lookers. For those of us that want to add just a little bit of spice to our look there are several different sizes and shapes to choose from.

I have always bought my lashes from a MAC counter….except for the fun ones they have at the Halloween stores during the Halloween season. Anyway, MAC Cosmetics #7 lashes are an all time favorite. They look sooooo good on everyone…..and natural. I like to cut my strips in half and wear the long tips on the outer corner of my eyes and the shorter strip in my lower lash line. Layering a couple of sets of lashes is always a fun thing to do too…if you really want that thick, lush, dramatic look.

One thing you need to remember when wearing lashes is you must measure and cut them to fit your lash line. You can ask the artist at the counter to do this for you when you purchase your lashes. If you decide to do it yourself remember to trim the strip from the outer corner since the lashes are designed to fit the inner part of your eye perfectly. I always save the pieces I cut since you can have fun with the spare pieces. Try layering a few spikes to the center of your top and bottom lash line. It looks really cool in a galactic modern way. Or again, adding some extra pieces to the outer corner of your eyes give a very “kitty-glam” look.


Now, the trickiest part about false lashes is applying them. Trust me, it’s easier putting them on yourself then putting them on someone else. The trick is to put the adhesive on the strip (I use duo brand adhesive) and let the adhesive get a bit tacky. That way the lash strip won’t slip around when you place it on your lash line. The trick is to just be patient. Once you place the strip you have a second or two to push it down onto your lash line with a tool or your fingers. I use a slanted angle brush. The adhesive will dry clear but I always go over the strip with a layer of eye shadow or eye liner. I don’t usually put mascara on my falsies but that’s just my choice. You can if you want. If you don’t add mascara to them you can get more wear out of a pair of lashes. I like to use mine at least four or five times before I throw them away.

Now it’s your turn to go out and play with some false lashes. You’ll be amazed at how much you are going to love them. If they seem difficult at first to apply remember to just be patient and try, try, try and you will succeed.



Try this look: A retro kind of Audrey Hepburn look: Add a matte eye shadow like Bare Canvas Paint with Vanilla eye shadow on top. Then add a grey color like Nehru to your crease. Add a layer of liquid eyeliner to your top lid following your lash line then winging upward slightly at the outer corner of your eyes. Curl your lashes…I love Tarte’s eyelash curler…and add one layer of mascara. Try voluminous by Loreal. Next the magic is going to happen once you apply a strip of #7 and then a strip of #20’s on top of the #7’s. Now you got some knock out retro looking eyes. This is an easy day look that can be transformed to a great night look just by adding some black eyeliner to the inner rim of your eyes.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The secret to long lasting eye makeup is....


MAC COSMETICS, Paints!
Seriously! As I begin to get ready for another glorious wedding season I start to weed through my makeup kit and sift out some of my favorite products. Sometimes things get shuffled to the back of my case due to time constraints, quick improvising, or clients tastes. But the one thing that is never forgotten about and always used is my MAC cosmetics paints. They come in all sorts of colors and textures. You can choose a shimmery nude like, Stilife or a bright red like, Flammable or an everyday-under any eyeshadow color like Bare Canvas (my favorite). All it takes is a fine layer on your eyelid to prevent creasing and adds durability to your eyeshadow. What's really cool is you can wear the beautiful colors alone or as a primer under your other eyeshadows. I personally always wear them under my eyeshadows. The paints add another dimension of texture to my eyes and again, it allows my eye makeup to look freshly applied all day. It's magical, really. I've noticed how clients who usually tend to have problems with their eye makeup creasing find Paints to be a saving grace. They agree that if you are going to take the time to put your makeup on in the morning obviously you want it to stay put--right? That's why we l-o-v-e Paints by MAC!

Try this look: (all products can be found on www.maccosmetics.com)
Bare Canvas as an all over base on your eyelid, Brule eyeshadow on top of the paint, Shroom on your browbone as a highlighter, Embark in your crease and outter corner of your eye, and a fine line of Stubborn Brown Powerpoint eyeliner on your top lid getting slightly thicker and tilted upward towards the outter edge of your eyelid and into the lash line of your bottom lashes.

This will create a clean...classic...everyday look. Try switching up the colors for different looks--like plums and pinks, or shades of green. Whatever you do...have fun and feel beautiful!