Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall 2011 Makeup Trend: Eye Shadow

Eyes are smoky in shades of silvery green, blackened green, purple, navy and gold. Silvery green is a soft mossy shade of seafoam green. Also included in this category is aqua, blue and silver. Blackened green is a dark greenish black.
Get the Look on a Budget!
Hard Candy Baked Shadow Duo in Pickup Line $6
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Green Tea $5
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Lagoon Sparkle $5
Wet n Wild Eye Color Icon Shadow Trio in Cool as a Cucumber $3.99

Blackened Green
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Exotic Green $5

Revlon Matte Eye Shadow in Riviera Blue $5
NYX Single Eye Shadow in Ocean Navy $5

Jesse's Girl Eye Dust in Sparkle Gold $5
Revlon Pearl Eye Shadow in Sparkling Gold $5

Milani Baked Eye Shadow in Purrfect Grape $7
Revlon Custom Eyes in Rich Temptations $8.99

Find Jesse's Girl at Rite Aid, Milani at CVS, Revlon and Wet n Wild in drugstores, Hard Candy at Walmart, NYX at Ulta.

Splurge a little for the Look!
Urban Decay Matte Eye Shadow in Chronic $23
Nars Eye Shadow Quad in Delphes $45
Mac Mineralized Eye Shadow Duo in Sage and Wisdom $20

Blackened Green
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Emerald Star $20
Nars Single Eye Shadow in Night Porter $23 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Nocturnal Blue $20
Elizabeth Arden Intrigue Eye Shadow in Indigo $15
Laura Mercier Matte Eye Color in Deep Night $22

Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadow  in Broadway Gold $20
MAC Eye Shadow in Gold Mine $15

Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Honey $25.50
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye color In Plum $24
MAC Eye Shadow in Eggplant $15

Find Clinique, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Nars, Elizabeth
 Arden, Urban Decay, MAC in department stores and specialty stores such as Sephora.

 Please note: Revlon, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and MAC are now on the animal testing list. They were not when this was written but they are now.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall 2011 Makeup Trend: Cheeks

Cheeks for this Fall are russet. Skin must be flawless (mine is not!) to wear russet blush due to the fact that red blush tends to bring out any redness in your skin, those inflamed capillaries and blemishes. Not so good. I'm going to stick with a nice rosy or peachy blush this Fall. Cream blush is also popular. I like that trend. It gives the cheeks a moist glow. Here are the suggestions if you would like to try the red cheek trend.

Get the Look on a Budget
Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino $7.99
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks $6.50
Find Milani at CVS. NYX at Ulta.

Splurge a little for the Look
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Flame $24
Nars Blush in Taos $27
Laura Mercier  Creme Cheek Color in Blaze $22
Find these brands in Departments stores and beauty specially stores such as Sephora.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall 2011 Makeup Trend: Lips

This Fall, look for beautiful vibrant lips in red, berry and fuchsia or soft colors in rosy peach, nude, and pale pink . A matte or semi matte finish is very hot!

Get the Look on a Budget!
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia $8.99
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute $7.99
NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink $6

Revlon Matte Lipstick in In the Red $7.99
NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red $6

Rosy Peach
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Demure $7.99
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach $7.99
NYX Matte Lipstick in Hippie Chic $6

Find Revlon in drugstores, NYX at Ulta.

Splurge a little for the Look!
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Desert Plum $23
Laura Mercier Satin Lipstick in Currant $22
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey $14

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate $25
MAC Lipstick in Runaway Red $14

Rosy Peach
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rose $22.50
Dior Addict in Tango $28
Laura Mercier Satin Lipstick in Duchess Rose $22

Find Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Laura Mercier, Nars, Elizabeth Arden, Dior, MAC in department stores and beauty specialty stores such as Sephora.

Note: All of these lipsticks were on the no animal testing list at the time this was written.  Now NYX, Laura Mercier and Nars are the only brands mentioned here that are not tested on animals.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Q&A: Apples of Cheeks?

Q. I always heard that blush should be applied to the "apples" of your cheeks. What exactly does that mean?

A. The "apple" of your cheek is that nice round part of the cheek you see when you smile. Apply a nice coral, pink or rose blush for a natural look on the apples of your cheeks. Bronzer is applied below the apples to create a contoured look.
You can wear bronzer and blush, just bronzer or just blush. The choice is yours. Apply bronzer around the outside edges of your forehead, the temples, under your cheekbones and under your jaw.  Now smile. Put your blush on those nice round apples! Concentrate the color on the apples but feather it out over the cheekbones towards your temples to soften and blend it.  The blush needs to be soft and blended to avoid looking like you have round clown like circles drawn on your cheeks. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Q. What is Thermage and is it safe?

A. Thermage is a radio frequency anti aging treatment designed to stimulate collagen production with deep heat. It tightens the skin and softens lines and wrinkles. Radio frequency use is safe and Thermage is approved by the FDA. It can be done on the face and body. 

People say the results can be subtle and not really noticeable for 2-6 months because collagen has to build up. It is painful but a facial treatment only takes about 45 minutes. The one thing that makes me leery about it is, I have heard for years now that it can effect the fat in your skin causing the face to look more sunken in or leaving it looking dimpled as with acne scarring. 

I checked into it and the fat problems seem to be associated with older machines that were using too much energy. Thermage can only be performed by a doctor not an esthetician. Therefore, only go a very experienced doctor not a laser med spa. Ask about the machine being used making sure that it is a newer machine. 

Go for more details and to find a physician. I found real self to be a great site for questions and answers about Thermage and other facial and body treatments. 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wearing White after Labor Day

sexy shoes and white pants

"Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?" Well, the fashion experts say that is an old fashioned rule made to be broken! I love white coats, warm white sweaters, crisp white shirts, even white pants in the winter. They all look great! 

There are a few white rules, however. When you wear white, make sure the  fabric that suits the season. For example, don't wear light weight white cotton pants in the fall and winter. Heavy weight white jeans will work well when paired with beautifully colored fall and winter sweaters. Don't wear white shoes. Go with nude. No white handbags please, and never wear white pantyhose, ever! 

So the answer is yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. Enjoy it and wear it well.

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