Thursday, April 19, 2018

Prom Makeup 2018: Pretty Primrose Pink Makeup for Glasses Wearers

pink primrose
It's prom time and we've had quite a few beauties come in the salon for hair and makeup! Wearing glasses is an "in" thing now so many women are choosing to wear their glasses to the prom. 

A recent prom client wanted a natural makeup that would help her eyes stand out behind her dark framed glasses. She would be wearing a black dress to the prom. I thought extra attention to her lashes and makeup in shades of primrose pink would be perfect for her fair complexion.

soft pink prom makeup
soft pink prom makeup for glasses
I started by applying light peach concealer to the under eye area and an ivory foundation with both a foundation brush and sponge. Her eyes were lined with black pencil liner on the top lashes and dark brown on the lower lashes, then gently smudged with dark brown shadow. 

I used one of my favorite eye shadow palettes, the Too Faced Natural Love Eye Shadow Collection. The soft pink shadows look like they were made for her!
too face eye shadow palette
For her lashes, I applied black mascara and added lash fibers to make her lashes extra long. Lash fibers do amazing things for lashes! I used Cherry Blooms Lash Fibers. I like them because they are black. Some fibers are white.
Read more about Cherry Blooms!
cherry blooms eyelash extensions
A soft pink slightly shimmery blush and highlighting powder accented her cheeks. Her lips were lined with a blush pink lip liner and topped with pink champagne gloss. Gorgeous with or without her glasses!

She wore her long hair down and curled with a bit loosely pulled back.

prom hair style
I have a few tips to help you with your eye makeup so your eyes don't get lost behind your glasses.
Eye Makeup Tips for Wearing Glasses
Eye Shadow 
Start with a little color. Neutral shadows have been the rage for the past couple years but I find a bit of eye shadow with color can add a brightness and help eyes pop behind glasses. Eye shadow with a soft shimmer adds light and brightness to the eyes. Avoid heavily frosted eye shadows. Keep the shadow on the eyelids and a little in the crease. Don't take colored shadow up to the brow bone. Stick to a cream shade of shadow to highlight the brow bone.

Define with Eye Liner
Line your eyes with a dark brown, plum, charcoal, black or even navy blue liner. Make the line on the top thick and the line on the bottom thin. 

Accentuate Your Lashes
Curl your lashes. Curling makes the lashes look longer and gives your eyes a lift.

Add two coats of black mascara on top lashes. Use a lengthen formula to make them look a little longer. Add one light coat to the bottom lashes. The dark mascara make the whites of your eyes look brighter and intensifies your eye color. 

Groom Your Brows
Don't forget about your brows. Clean up stray hairs for a clean look. Give the brows a fuller bolder look by filling them in with a brow powder.

Professional hair and makeup helps you look extra gorgeous for your prom. Schedule a appointment at Styling Point in Media, Pa.!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lorac Pro Conceal/ Contour Palette review and swatches

Is the Lorac Pro Conceal/Contour Palette worth it? Well for me, not so much. I'll tell you why....
lorac pro conceal/contour palette
I use a variety of concealer colors on one face depending on what I am trying to correct so I thought this palette would be fantastic for myself and to use on my clients.
lorac pro conceal/contour palette colors
These are cream makeup colors to use for concealing, contouring and highlighting. There 8 colors for concealing and contouring, the top and middle rows. The 4 shimmer highlighting colors row are the bottom. 
lorac pro conceal/contour palette color names
The shimmers are very subtle. In fact, they are what I like best about the palette.

This palette comes with a nice double ended brush and a how to booklet. I have to say, I love the brush! The bristles are soft and great for blending. One end of the brush is a dome blender brush. It's great for foundation application, too. I have read that people are unhappy that it is too wide to dip into the pans of product. It is wide. I prefer to use the smaller pointed brush on the other end for dipping into the product and applying, then blending with the wide brush. Lorac also has smaller contour kit with six colors that has larger pans that the wide brush does fit in.
lorac pro conceal/contour palette and brush
The concealer, contour and highlighter review: 

The Concealers
lorac pro conceal/contour palette concealer swatches
My main concern with a concealer is hiding my dark circles. I find these colors just aren't right for me. The yellow and peach shades look like they would be good but they look kind of chalky on my medium toned beige skin. The concealers have a thick sticky texture. I find them to look dry and cracked making my lines
and creases stand out horrendously
lorac pro conceal/contour palette undereye
I'm still on the hunt for a truly crease proof under eye concealer in the right color. Tarte Shape Tape is pretty great but I would like it in a yellow orange.

The Contouring Colors
lorac pro conceal/contour palette contour swatches
I'm not big on contouring on myself. My face is too contoured as it is. I do use some contouring on some of my clients, though. I find the colors to be too light or too dark so it takes a bit of mixing to get the right color. The texture of the contour colors is thinner and creamier than the concealer colors.

The Highlighters
lorac pro conceal/contour palette highlighter swatches
The highlighter creams are light, sheer and subtle. I like the gentle shimmer they give to the cheeks and brow bone. The texture of the highlighters is thin and creamy. 

This palette would probably work better on younger more oily skin. I find using
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil (which I completely love!!!) before applying the Lorac concealer does improve the dry appearance it has on me. 

You can always test this palette out at an Ulta Store to see how it works for you. There are some other palettes available that some people prefer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette gets good reviews as well as the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette.

Lorac Pro Conceal/Contour Palette Ingredients:

C1, C2, C3, C4: Triethylhexanoin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Talc, Microcrystalline Wax, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Ceresin, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

C5, C6, C7, C8: Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer Dicaprylyl Carbonate,Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ceresin, Silica, Polyethylene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

H1, H2, H3, H4: Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate,Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Microcrystalline Wax, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Ceresin, Silica Silylate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019) *Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985). *May Contain carmine as a color additive.
This palette sells for $45.00. Luckily, I had a special 20% off coupon that Ulta sends out from time to time to use on all makeup including prestige lines. Find the Lorac Pro Conceal/Contour Palettes at Ulta Stores and online, on and on Amazon.

Thanks for Stopping By!
Have a Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

cinnamon sugar donut close up
Who doesn't love a donut! Even better, a yummy, healthier, homemade baked version! There is soooo much less fat than the fried versions you buy in donut shops. Donut pans with nonstick surfaces make it easy to make your own donuts fresh from your oven anytime.
non stick donut pan
We served these cinnamon sugar donuts at our Christmas brunch along with lots of other delicious homemade goodies. The recipe comes from Sally's Baking Addiction, our go to baking guru. We love Sally's cookbooks and recipes! Find Sally's Baking Addiction books on Amazon These donuts have been made many times at our house. They come out perfect every time! 
cinnamon sugar donut and muffins
What's great about making your own donuts is you have control of what goes in them. If you are allergic to cow's milk, you can use the milk of your choice. Soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk and soy or coconut yogurt work great in this recipe. 

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
This yummy donut recipe, courtesy of Sally’s BakingAddiction, is quick and easy to make. My daughter, I call her my little baker, whips up a batch of 8 or 10 in about 45 minutes!

Donut Ingredients:
1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/3 cup (65g) packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) milk (any milk type of your choice)
1/4 cup (60g) plain or vanilla low fat yogurt
2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Topping ingredients:
1 cup (200g) granulated or powdered sugar 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly grease or spray the donut pans with cooking spray and set aside.

Make the donut batter: 
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk the egg, brown sugar, milk, and yogurt together until smooth. Add the melted butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be very thick.

Spoon the batter into the donut cavities or pipe them in using a plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling 2 ∕ 3 –3 ∕ 4 of the way full.

Bake for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for about two minutes and transfer to a wire rack set on a large piece of parchment paper or on a large baking sheet. Bake the remaining donut batter (there is usually enough batter for 1-2 more donuts) and once baked, transfer to the wire rack. Allow donuts to cool down until you can handle them.

Topping the donuts: 
Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Dip the donuts in the melted butter, then dunk into the cinnamon sugar mixture coating all sides. Donuts are best served immediately.

Keep leftovers (if there are any!) covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Make ahead tip: You can freeze the donuts for up to 2 months. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and warm up for a couple seconds in the microwave.
cinnamon sugar donuts with dipping sauces
Even better, a little hot fudge and blackberry jam make fabulous dipping sauces. mmmmmmm!
Have a Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nail Polish Colors Spring 2018: The Zoya Thrive Collection, Swatches and Color Descriptions

It's the first full day of spring but it doesn't look like spring here in the Philadelphia area!
snow on daffadils
Snow is coming down fast and furious with the possibility of 12+ inches! 😭 This is our fourth Nor'Easter this March. Ridiculous!!!
snow on butterfly bush
 At least my nails look like spring!
zoya thrive nail polish collection spring 2018
Zoya's Thrive Collection of six colors for spring is happy and nicely pigmented. The rich opaque colors go on smooth and easy with no streaking. There are three creams and three metallics. One of the metallics, Leisel, is a very sheer shimmering topper. All the colors are gorgeous!!! You must add them to your nail polish collection!
zoya darby sample
Darby is a dusty blue gray with a soft slightly iridescent metallic. It covers the nails beautifully.
zoya darby swatch
zoya darby and leisel swatch
Darby topped with Liesel

zoya trudith sample
Trudith is a grayed wisteria purple cream. Perfect opaque coverage.
zoya trudith
zoya trudith swatch
zoya trudith and leisel swatch
Trudith topped with Leisel
I love this combination and had it on my toes during our warm February!
zoya trudith and leisel pedicure

zoya brandi sample

Brandi is a soft medium warm pink. It's creamy and opaque.
zoya brandi
zoya brandi swatch
zoya brandi and leisel swatch
Brandi topped with Leisel

zoya monroe sample
 Monroe is a raspberry pink cream with opaque coverage.
zoya monroe swatch
zoya monroe and leisel swatch
Monroe topped with Leisel

zoya leisel
Leisel is a sheer pinky purple shimmer topper that adds beautiful sparkling dimension to all of the other Thrive colors. You can wear it alone for soft, sheer, shimmering color. It will build up for opaque coverage. I have two coats on my nails.
zoya leisel
zoya leisel swatch

zoya haruku sample
Haruko is a semi sheer pale lavender with a barely there slightly iridescent metallic.
zoya haruku
zoya haruku swatch
zoya haruku and leisel swatch
Haruku topped with Leisel

I love them all! 

As always, Zoya nail polish is cruelty free, vegan and safe: free of 10 harmful chemicals.

Find Zoya nail polish in salons and spas, on and on Amazon for a great price! 

Think Spring!!!