Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to Apply Shimmer Eye Shadow to Older Eyes

pink shimmer shadow
Q. I have read that older women should not wear shimmery or frosted eye shadow. Is this true?

A. Highly frosted and heavy shimmer eye shadows can add too much light reflection that accentuates wrinkles and puffiness. Highly frosted shadow can also create an old fashioned dated look. 

It is my opinion that older women can wear a soft sheer shimmer shadow, a satin or a very lightly frosted shadow. In fact, brightening the eyelids with an eye shadow with a light metallic finish can create a more youthful appearance. 

Older women should avoid opaque heavy glitter shadows and heavily frosted eye shadows. White, very pale pink and light blue metallic shadows do not compliment older eyes and should also be avoided. 

How to apply shimmer eye shadow on older eyes:
Use a combination of shimmer and matte eye shadows to create your look. Always start with Urban Decay Primer potion to increase shadow wear and prevent eye shadow creasing.

1. Apply a soft shimmer eye shadow to your eyelids. Use more than one color to create dimension. Apply a light shade on the inner half of the eyelid. Apply a medium shade on the outer half of the eyelid.

2. Then, use a deeper matte or semi matte shade of eye shadow in the crease. 

3. Use a light matte shade under the eye brows to highlight the brow bone.

So what's the difference between frosted, shimmer, glitter and metallic eye shadows?

Frosted, shimmer, satin and glitter are types of metallic eye shadow finishes.

Satin
A satin finish has the least amount of metallic shine to it. It can also be called semi matte. It has a subtle shimmer and sometimes it can be hard to tell if the eye shadow is metallic or matte when looking at it.

Frosted Eye Shadow
Frosted eye shadow has an opaque pearlized look that creates a smooth sheen on the eyes. Frosted eye shadow can be heavily frosted or lightly frosted. A frosted eye shadow can also have iridescence. Iridescence is when an eye shadow has an undertone, usually pink, purple or blue, that creates a two tone or flip flop color effect. 
urban decay misdemeanor

Shimmer Eye Shadow
Shimmer eye shadow can also be called glimmer eye shadow. Shimmer eye shadow has a sheer glimmery look and has very fine metallic particles. It's usually on the sheer side but many shimmer shadows can be built up with layers to create a more solid appearance.
urban decay smog

Glitter Eye Shadow
Glitter eye shadow has actual pieces of glitter in it. The glitter particles can range from large to very small. It creates the ultimate sparkle. The glitter particles can be neutral (gold or silver)  in color or they can be colored. A glitter shadow can be sheer or heavily pigmented. 
urban decay oil slick

The shadows shown are Urban Decay Shadows. 3 are from the Limited Edition Vice LTD Reloaded Palette which is no longer available but Oil Slick and Smog can be purchased as single shadows and Burnout in the Naked 3 Palette, which is still available.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring 2017 Trends: Makeup

Spring is a time for freshness and coming to life after the long cold winter. I know I'm excited for the spring and summer makeup colors every year. There are two trends that I am particularly excited about this year, the blush color trend and metallics.

Blush
Soft pale pink is a super hot color for this spring. You will see it in clothing, handbags, shoes, nail polish and lipstick. The nude nail polish and nude lipstick trends have been going on for quite sometime now. The pale pink trend adds a little fun color to the neutral nude look. 

The pale pink lip and nail can a pink nude or a bright pale pink. It can be opaque or sheer. It can be cream or metallic. It's fresh and springy! To get the look, try Zoya Piper, a semi sheer blush pink cream nail color and Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Native, a soft pink cream lipstick.

Click here for Zoya Piper

zoya piper

urban decay native lipstick


Metallic
I'm really excited about the return of metallic makeup for lips and eyes. Matte lipstick has been all the rage. It looks great on young lips but can look too dry and flat on older lips. I have always loved a metallic lip. Metallic lipstick and/or gloss creates a moist reflective look. Perfect for both younger and older lips. I love the magical shimmer and shine! Try NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream. There are 18 amazing shades including funky blues and greens. This is Crystalized Metal, #16, a metallic pink.

NYX cosmic metals lip cream


NYX cosmic metals lip cream 16

NYX cosmic metals lip cream crystalized metal
Fabulous!!! 

Also try Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Top Coat in 11 glimmering shades.

Matte eye shadow has also been trending for some time and still is. Metallic shadows are joining them. As for metallic eye shadow, many people say that older people should not wear metallic eye shadow. I have to disagree. It's all in how you wear it. A shimmering metallic shadow worn just on the eyelids brings youthful reflective light to the eyes. I do feel that older eyes should definitely stay away from highly pigmented frosted eye shadow which tends to accentuate lines and wrinkles.

I found this new NYX metallic eye shadow palette, Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette 01. 6 glowy gorgeous colors in shades of gold, peach, mauve and plum! Apply a sheer layer or build it up for nicely pigmented color.

NYX cosmic metals eye shadow palette 01

NYX cosmic metals eye shadow palette 01 swatches
Amazing! 
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Find Zoya Polish at salons and zoya.com for $10 a bottle. Find Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, $17, and Vice Special Effect Lip Top Coat, $18, at Ulta, Sephora and urbandecay.com. Find NYX Cosmic Metallics, lip cream-$7.50, shadow palette-$10.00, at Ulta, Sephora and nyxcosmetics.com.


Click here for How to Apply Shimmer Shadow & the differences between satin, frost, shimmer and glitter eye shadow

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Zoya Charming Collection Spring 2017

As we brace for a Nor'easter here in Philly, my thoughts are on spring. The Zoya Spring 2017 nail polish collection!
zoya charming 2017
It's the Charming collection. There are six soft colors that have a soft pastel vibe, a wonderful representation of spring. 

They remind me of the beautiful flower colors we see in April and May.
pink tulips
There 3 creams and 3 micro-sparkles. All nicely pigmented fresh cool colors.

Jordan- a soft light pink cream
Abby- a light lavender cream
Tina- a medium amethyst cream
Millie- a violet micro-sparkle
Lacey- a light soft green micro-sparkle
Amira- a soft blue micro-sparkle

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zoya charming 2017
 Zoya polish is vegan and 10 free, which means it's free of the ingredients formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.

Zoya is not the only nail polish brand that has the pastel vibe for spring. Orly's spring collection is La La Land.

orly la la land
A beautiful collection 6 soft shades that are vegan and 12 free. 12 free means there is no Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, MEHQ/HQ, MIT, Parabens, Animal Derived Ingredients or Gluten in Orly polish.

Anything Goes- a holographic opal glitter
Head in the Clouds- a light pink creme 
Cool in California- a poppy pink creme
As seen on TV- a lavender creme
Forget Me Not- a pastel blue creme
Big City dreams- a mint creme



orly la la land
But wait, there's more! Cuccio Colour also features the pastels in their 8 color spring collection called Positivity.
cuccio positvity collection
Positivity!- a minty green cream
Trust Yourself- a soft yellow cream
I am Beautiful- a lavender cream
Another Beautiful Day - a pastel blue cream 
Day Dream- a holographic mauve
Be Awesome Today- a pink nude cream
Smile- a soft coral with gold shimmer
Everything Matters- a gold shimmer

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Stay safe during the winter storm my friends.  


Think Pastel! Think Spring!
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands. Why?  Well, there are lots of reasons. It's a favorite of mine because it's a natural makeup that contains ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals and plant extracts, that are actually good for your skin. It's not tested on animals, which is super important for me. It's formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates and is gluten free. Tarte also offers some vegan products which are marked with a V symbol on their website.
tarte maneater eyeshadow
My latest Tarte cosmetic item is the Maneater Eyeshadow Palette. I love the cute animal print packaging!🐆

tarte maneater eyeshadow package
This is a limited edition palette with 8 shadow colors. The colors are sooo rich and warm! They are purr-fect for creating a warm peachy brown look that can be natural looking or dramatic. Tarte includes a nice little guide with this palette for creating two looks, Naturally Irresistible and Voluptuous Vixen.
 tarte maneater eyeshadow application guide
Here are the beautiful colors.
tarte maneater eyeshadow palette
The large pan is Lace, a champagne pearl color. 
It's a highlighter that you can use on your eyes as well as on your cheeks.

Meow is an almost white.


Passion is a peach.


Foxy is a shimmering rose gold.


Purr is a warm mauve.


Saucy is a warm brown.


Hypnotic is shimmering berry.


Midnight is a rich chocolate brown.

tarte maneater eyeshadow swatches
The Review:
The Maneater shadows are highly pigmented, go on smoothly and blend easily. There is a bit of fallout but it brushes away easily without leaving a mess. I have no fading or creasing. (Tip: I do always start with the magical Urban Decay Primer Potion with any eyeshadow I use) Also, I have had no eye irritation.

The colors are warm and are a nice compliment for my blue eyes. These colors are a great compliment for green eyes as well. The palette not only looks good, it smells good too! Vanilla extract is in the ingredients to give it a yummy vanilla scent.


This is a small square palette with a mirror and a good strong magnet to keep it closed tightly which makes it great to carry in your purse or easy to pack for travel. I am loving it and I think it will be amazing for a warm look this summer. 


This is not a vegan palette. Carmine is in some of the colors.


Read about Carmine


The Ingredients:

Lace Ingredients: Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, zinc stearate, boron nitride, silica, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, tin oxide, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, water/aqua/eau, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Meow Ingredients: Mica, talc, boron nitride, ethylhexyl palmitate, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, silica, water/aqua/eau, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).


Passion Ingredients: Talc, mica, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, silica, water/aqua/eau, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742). 
Foxy Ingredients: Mica, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, talc, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, silica, water/aqua/eau, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140). 
Purr Ingredients: Mica, talc, boron nitride, ethylhexyl palmitate, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, silica, water/aqua/eau, carmine (CI 75470), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), titanium dioxide (CI 77891).
Saucy Ingredients: Talc, silica, boron nitride, zinc stearate, ethylhexyl palmitate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, water/aqua/eau, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, carmine (CI 75470), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). 
Hypnotic Ingredients: Mica, talc, ethylhexyl palmitate, boron nitride, zinc stearate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, silica, water/aqua/eau, carmine (CI 75470), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742). 
Midnight Ingredients: Mica, talc, boron nitride, zinc stearate, ethylhexyl palmitate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, silica, water/aqua/eau, iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), manganese violet (CI 77742), ultramarines (CI 77007).

This palette is a good value, $29.00 at Sephora, Ulta and Tarte.com. Remember, it's a limited edition so get it while you can!
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