With delay, I'd like to introduce you to the new Dandelion cream collection Benefit just launched earlier this month. Adding to one of their original best selling powder blush, Dandelion, they have expanded to a cream blush and a highlighter. Although cream products are best used in the summer because of the dry weather (its more moisturizing than powder, obvi.), I love it for summer as well when trying to achieve that natural glow. When using cream products, try to avoid setting it in with powders because it takes away from that glow effect. However, if you do have oily skin, you can slightly set it in with some loose powder, using a fluffy brush.
Here is the original Dandelion Powder Blush. Perfect for light to medium skin tones, as it is a softer pink vs. a bright pink that generally looks better on darker skins. I love that its build-able. Retails for $29.
And here it is...the Dandelion Dew Cream Blush! Not only is the product beautiful...can we talk about the packaging? The entire collection along with the "dew" collection package is just so adorable. I feel the liquid is a little bit more pigmented than their powder blush, so medium to tan skin tones can definitely benefit from this as well. Best way to use this (in my recommendation) would be with a damp beauty blender. Pump 1 or 2 drops on the back of your hand and use the back of your beauty blender and dab into the apple of your cheeks and blend upward towards your hair line. The key to using cream products, just like anything else, is layering! It sets into a satin-matte finish and retails for $28.
Introducing, Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter...the newest addition to their Beam collection. It was so hard to capture this shade in the right light because its such a light color. And me being the whitest I have ever been!...it's barely showing up on my hand lol. But when put on the face with a fresh base first, it'll make the high points of your cheeks pop with a natural brightness/lift. It has radiance (a subtle glow) but no frost or shimmer. In combination with the Dandelion cream blush...it's a beauty together! Again, I recommend this for lighter to medium skin tones. If you are medium to tan....go for Sun Beam instead. Retails for $26.
We are so proud of our Glow Enhancer from Elcie Cosmetics. It is making headlines everywhere and now, Refinery 29's Summer Must Have? We are thrilled!
In May, MakeUpForever will be launching their new and enhanced Aqua Eyepencils, the Aqua XL. MakeUpForever has teamed up with singer-songwriter Charlie XCX for this new campaign. This new collection comes in 20 different shades from traditional to pops of color. The newly formulated pencils also come in 5 different finishes; matte, diamond, satin, iridescent and metallic. Now that we've gone through the facts, let's get down to the real!
I have been using the MakeUpForever Aqua pencils for years now and I loved it then. Especially 10L, it has seriously been my go-to as a base for gold shadow all over the lid or in the waterline. It is like, the perfect Gold! You can use any colored pencil to blend on the lid as a base, but not all pencils blend well without poking the eye out and the creamier ones generally crease. These MakeUpForever aqua pencils are super creamy, blend well, waterproof and does not crease!
These newly formulated pencils are THAT much more amazing except they now have emollient oils and mango butter for even a more smoother application...umm, yes please! You would think they would smudge because they're so soft, but have no fear my friends, they don't! The new collection has a ton of new beautiful Spring colors along with their traditional shades. Have you noticed how a pop of liner has been trending lately?
I have known Elizabeth for over 8 years now and I have to say, it was living "giving away" my own sister. It was fun, beautiful and emotional! I remember doing her Prom makeup when we totally clicked and became instant BFF's. Mind you, she's my sister Armine's BFF, but I tend to steal her time to time ;) Sorry Arm! Her wedding was absolutely beautiful! She has many pics of her wedding on her IG, so you can see more of it there. Ruzz took some amazing photos that day at the studio so I thought I would share them with you and give you a complete breakdown of her makeup and look! Hair by: Christina Yesayan
p.s. how breathtaking was she??
Embryolisse Moisturizer Hydra Matte Emulsion
Lise Watier Age Control Supreme
MakeUpForever Step 1 Mattifying Moisturizer
Elcie Cosmetics Micro Silque Foundation "Sand"
DermaColor Concealer in D0
Mac ProLongwear Concealer in Nw20 & 25
Belletto Airbrush in Y4
Contour & Highlight
Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer
Mac Give Me Sun Bronzer
Laura Mercier Translucent for baking
Laura Mercier Highlight 01
Giella Cosmetics Eye M Glam
The Balm Cosmetics Frat Boy
KatVonD Shade & Light palette
Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter
Giella Cosmetics Eye M Glam
Bliking Beaute x EloJelloSeropain Lashes
Lorac Cosmetics Pro Mascara
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Black
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pencil in Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder in Medium Brown
Lise Watier Ginger Lipliner
Lipland X Amrezy in Rezy Lip Stain
Skindanavia Oil Control Finishing Spray
Hope you love this look as much as Elo and I loved it!
If you know me, you know I am HUGE on brows! I think it's the most important thing on your face, because it literally shapes your face! I hate seeing beautiful makeup...and then untamed eyebrows! Makes me so sad, lol. So I've been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade for a few years now and haven't been able to detach from it, until now. Introducing ColourPop brows:
These ColourPop brow gels are actually very smooth in texture but does not smudge! Most importantly, you have a beautiful range of colors to chose from. My hair is naturally black but my hair is lighter in color (due to it being dyed a few years ago), so I opt for browner shades to compliment my hair. The pencils are great too, but should be used to shape out your eyebrows. If you have non-existent brows, definitely opt for the long-wear brow gel! Pencils should be used only to define your brows or extend them. The brow pencils are super fine and can be used to create actual hair strokes. However, they are not as long-wear as their brow gels, as most liners do smudge.
Here's a little demo of how fine the liners are:
Love the adorable packaging they sent their new brow products in! Came with Sugarfina chocolates and candy! They sure know how to win us over ;)
The palette of all palette's is back in stock with Morphe Brushes! I highly suggest everyone get it NOW before it sells out again, because this palette is the bizz! It's that one palette you can use for everything and it comes in both Matte and Shimmer shades! Thank me later beauty fam!
Get the Morphe 350 Palette HERE!
Since my eyelash extensions, I haven't been able to wash my face like I used to, the traditional way. Because you cannot rub your eyes (in sake of your false lashes), you have to cleanse around it. In any case, if you are getting eyelash extensions, I recommend its not during a time where you wear a lot of eye makeup because to be quite honest...that can be pretty gross. How much can you cleanse around eyeshadow and eyeliner? And if you do...the lashes WILL fall off a lot sooner than expected. I generally don't wear eye makeup unless I am going somewhere or doing a tutorial. With that said, I decided to get lash extensions because my baby is almost here and the last thing I'm going to do when she arrives is my makeup! lol...props to the moms that hold their makeup down with life and a baby. I have a hard time holding it down now! Anyways, let's get back on track with the main focus of this blog post, evening facial cleansing made easy.
Instead of using a traditional cleansing liquid, I've recently been using a cleansing balm, the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm in particular ($20 at Target and on their website). I know there's quite a few on the market, but I have to say, I am obsessed with the Pixi products right now. I have been playing around with their Evening Glow Serum, daytime H20 hydrating gel and their 24k eye elixir and since I loved those so much...decided to give their balm a try.
You have to take a quarter sized balm with your fingers (a little bit goes a long way!) and use your fingers to rub it all over your face: foundation, lipstick, long wear brow pomades...all gone. My sister has been using it as well and says it erases mascara like nobody's business. AND leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth! You don't need to cleanse several times like a regular cleansing liquid, doing this process once is all you need. BUT, you need one tool with it in order to get your face squeaky clean; some sort of cleansing cloth or sponge.
I have blogged about this sponge VERY long time ago and I have recently gone back to it because to be honest with you, there's nothing like it. The Dew Puff sponges are pure plant fiber sponges. When you purchase the sponge, you will notice its hard as a rock. Once you put the Dew Puff under the sink, you will notice it gets super soft and almost slippery. Use this sponge to wipe the cleansing balm off of your face. Wash it under the sink and repeat until your face feels clean. Voila! So easy. I promise, you will be just as addicted as I am.
Available at Namie's Beauty Center in Sherman Oaks and/or Amazon for about $7.
...and our veins still bleed pain. We fight every year for our Genocide to be recognized and after 101 years, we're still fighting!
Project Collaboration: Ray Pro, Aida Torosyan, Christina Yesayan
“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - William Saroyan
Hi, I am Lilit...welcome to my colorful world! I have been a professional makeup artist for 13 years and I am based in Los Angeles, Ca. This is where I blog about all my favorite things, from beauty & fashion to travel & lifestyle. As a beauty educator, I run workshops at my own studio, here in LA. 2015 sees the launch of my own formulation, Elcie Cosmetics. Follow me on my journey...