Sunday, July 29th, 2012

5 Beautiful Bronze Beauties to Celebrate the Olympics

You won’t feel like you’re settling for bronze with these–they’re brilliant, sumptuous, and oh-so-lavish.

What’s your favorite bronzed-hued beauty product?

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Celebrate the Olympics with 5 Silver Medal-Inspired Hues

Luckily, none of these picks are runner-ups–they’re just absolutely gorgeous takes on silver! (Because gold isn’t for everyone!)

What’s your favorite silver-hued beauty product?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Make Up For Ever @ Cia.Maritima / Getty Images

Make Up For Ever @ Miami Swim Week 2012 – The Looks & Giveaway!

MAKE UP FOR EVER was hard at work creating the looks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami.  To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Make Up For Ever to host this amazing giveaway of their bestselling Aqua products that were used during the shows (valued at $186!).

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Backstage @ Cia.Maritima

Make Up For Ever Alliance artist, James Vincent, served as key make up artist for the Cia.Maritima fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. James created an easy yet elegant look that would be suitable for either a chic beach day or an exquisite evening out.

  • Face: James applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Foundation to even out skin tone while keeping the coverage sheer. To give a glow that flushes through the skin, he used MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Blush #4 on the apples of the cheeks and MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Blush #6 at the high point of the cheekbones for warmth underneath the foundation. He finished by adding MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Bronze to any areas on the face that the sun would hit.
  • Eyes: James kept the brows simply groomed and brushed MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #13 in warm beige with a spoolie brush through them to create a beautiful ombre effect. For the lids, James applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow #28E in pearly beige and #20E in pearly taupe, and finished with a touch of MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Powder #940 in the center of the eye for a soft and open look. For the lashes, he applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Individual Faux Lash #9 along the lash line and MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash #3 in deep brown to keep the look young and fresh.
  • Lips: James used MAKE UP FOR EVER Lab Shine in sheer bright peach and pink shades to polish the pout.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

5 Summery Peachy-Pink Eyeshadows

This is one of my favorite colors to wear! As someone with a warmer undertone, this type of color is flattering–it brightens, warms up, and looks (fairly) natural on. I can do a quick sweep on the lid, or I can incorporate it with other shades like golds, oranges, reds, and purples.

  1. Inglot #407 — fiery peachy-pink
  2. Make Up For Ever #153 — gold-shimmered peach-pink
  3. Lancome Kitten Heel — yellow-toned pink with peach shimmer
  4. MAC Expensive Pink — darkened warm pink with gold shimmer
  5. Urban Decay Scratch — soft peach-pink

What’s your favorite peachy-pink eyeshadow?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “violet sheen.” This is a rich, vibrant red-toned violet purple with a satiny sheen. When it’s sheered out, it has a much pinker appearance (but still very purple), while when it’s applied more opaquely, it’s a rich violet. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less red-toned. MAC Plush is less violet. MAC Violet is purpler, lighter. MAC Shock-a-holic is fairly close. Urban Decay Purple Haze resembles the sheer swatch. Inglot #439 is slightly purpler.

I was extremely surprised at how pigmented this shade was, because purple eyeshadows are absolutely notorious for poor color payoff! It doesn’t matter the brand–so many of them are lacking, but #26 is incredibly rich in pigment. You don’t need a lot of product to get opaque color, and if you want a really sheer layer of color, it’s possible–just make sure to use the barest amount and blend out.  Like other shades in the Aqua Cream formula, it dries pretty quickly, so I advise working one eye at the time when it comes to blending out harsh edge.  Once it sets, it’s there for good–I’ve had shades wear for as long as fourteen hours (I don’t usually test a single product that long).  #26 wore for a full eight hours when I tested it alone on bare lids.

The Glossover



This will make an awesome base for all of your favorite purple eyeshadows, especially any shade that suffers from sheerness! The Aqua Cream formula is great for a long-wearing cream eyeshadow or liner.











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Saturday, June 9th, 2012

5 Truly Orange Blushes

It’s summer — one of the best ways to add color to any look with ease is through a good blush. Tangerine is no doubt in this year, but how about some orange?  Benefit Cha Cha Cha is the closest you’ll find here for a tamer shade of orange.

  1. NARS Liberte — burnt orange
  2. Make Up For Ever #12 — light-medium orange with a gold sheen
  3. NARS Taj Mahal — pop of orange with soft orange shimmer
  4. Benefit Cha Cha Cha — tint of orange-coral
  5. NARS Exhibit A — matte red-orange

What’s your favorite orange blush?