GIVENCHY Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance SPF 20. My current favorite foundation. I know I'm always changing foundations; but its a must as a makeup artist to have as much knowledge about products as possible. Reasons being: new products coming out, texture changes (winter vs. summer), color changes, more coverage vs. less coverage, etc. So, I am a little guinea pig for you. FYI, I will never post "I HATE this foundation" only because what doesn't work for me doesn't necessarily mean it won't work for you and vice verse. Moving on, THIS foundation, I absolutely love. It is the only foundation I have found that is MAT+Radiance! Usually, I stay away from radiance/glow foundations because I have combination skin (dry face+oily t-zone). I also stay away from super mat foundations because it feels like cake and I can't move my face! But, Givenchy has somehow come up with a formula to satisfy us complicated women...a "radiant matte finish". It goes on very smooth, but dries and stays in place. It has a slight glow to brighten up your face without making you look oily. FINALLY, we (complicated women) can now have glowy skin too! yay! This doesn't mean that you "normal" to "dry" women can't use this as well. My sister and I are a perfect example of this text. She has dry skin and even she fell in love with this product! This product is medium coverage and costs $51, exclusively sold at Sephora. If you would like to go the extra step, try setting it in with GIVENCHY Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation. Setting it in with this powder gives it a very smooth and velvety finish. I do not recommend this product if you have SUPER oily (all over) and acne-prone as you want to stick with matte foundations that don't reflect light on any of your acne. For use: take a pump of it on your palette (or palm) and use a foundation brush to apply it and use your beauty blender to blend it out. OR what I sometimes do for sheer coverage is spread and blend it with my fingers. I Love Love Love this combo! If your foundation is coming to an end, try this baby out and see how you like it.
I am finally coming back from Cancun and back to reality -__- I did absolutely NOTHING for 6 days and it was pretty damn amazing! It was my first time here and I loved everything about it. From the hotel (Riu, Cancun) to the service, the clear water, the food (everyone always says bad things so I was afraid), and most importantly, the weather! The humidity sucked, but I was more worried about rain and hurricanes! But we took our chances anyway because it was the only time I could get away. By the way, a big shout out to Universal Travel and Tours for hooking us up with an amazing deal. Thank you!! I don’t want to leave…however I do miss my bed. It doesn’t matter how amazing it is, anywhere in the world, comes a point you just want your own bed. Now if we could take our beds with us everywhere we go…that would be something! Lol. Anyways I’ve posted enough about my vaca on IG and FB but I did want to post some SUMMER MUST-HAVES! So here they are…
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen with SPF 50+ - I have very sensitive skin. Due to experience, I have learned SPF 15 is just NOT enough, especially in such a hot environment for consecutive days. When I speak of experience, I speak of prior vacations and having my face swell up like a balloon (not a pretty site!). I also learned, I cannot use the same sunblock for my body on my face because it would break me out. My friend Arpi at Kiehl’s in Sherman Oaks recommended this product and I loved it. It was lightweight, it’s for sensitive skin, has an SPF of 50 and not greasy! My face still got red a little bit but it’s bound to being in the sun as long as I was. Overall, I have a nice tan and no swelling! Yay me.
Kieh’s Lip Balm #1! – The first time I used this lip balm, I hated it. Felt like Vaseline on my lips. But it saved me in Mexico! My lips get super chapped super easily. Mainly because I am always using matte long-wear lip colors which tend to dry them out quicker. In my go-to bag by the beach, I kept my Kiehl’s lip balm. Do NOT take a chapstick with you because it WILL melt. This balm is perfect because it is in a tube. It has a spf of 4 and it really absorbs and heals. The texture just takes some getting used to.
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps + Josie Maran Argan Oil = Great combo! – The sun takes away all the moisture from your skin. The last thing I want is my tan to peel away, eek! So I took some of the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps lotion and added a few drops of the Josie Maran Argan Oil and lathered it all over my body. I would put it on every night after a shower and made sure to let it really soak in before I got into bed…trying to let my skin heal from the damage I caused to it all day.
Enjoy! Conditioning Spray – After shower, I always use this product…otherwise I can’t brush my hair! I have very dry hair so it gets tangled really quickly. But if you are in the sun all day, your hair will dry out even more especially with the salt and the chlorine combined. I love this product because it has no alcohol in it! Its smells amazing and you can also spray it on your body…yes, your body! If you haven’t tried this yet, you will be in love.
I LOVE this stuff! I carry it in my bag in the summer and spray it several times throughout the day. It refreshes your makeup and/or refreshes your face. There is quite a few on the market. The Caudalie Beauty Elixer is one of my favs (read more about it in my previous posts) but it is a little more expensive because of all the essential oils it has. If you want a more basic one, you can try the Mario Badescue Rosewater Facial Spray. I love Mario Badescue products; focus is on the product rather than the packaging, therefore the more inexpensive price point. Another one I love is the Evian Facial Hydrating Sprays. Its pure water in an aerosol and made specifically for facial hydration.
If you want to chill by the pool…fashionably. Make sure you put on a lip stain and not a lipstick. Some of my favs are LimeCrime, Stila and OCC. They’re waterproof, smudgeproof and who wants to retouch anyway?
Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Pen – These brow pens come in 2 shades, light and dark. Now they are not to “perfect” the eyebrows because it is much lighter and liquidier in consistency than pencils. But if you are one to never leave the house (or hotel room) without eyebrows, this product is a must. You fill in your eyebrows and give them more definition and it stays put in water! Who likes melting eyebrows? Ew.
Anastasia Lash Genius – If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I am a fan of this product. It is a waterproof topcoat for any mascara! So if you want to bat your lashes in the pool, make sure water-proof them!
How about both?! So I really really love the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil (love the whole line as you already know). Mind you, when I first got it, I wasn't using it right. I'd wet my face and cleanse...not so successful, it wasn't "cleansing". So then I would just use cotton pads to take off eye makeup and use Clairsonic for the rest of my face. Well, turns out, that's not the right way either. When I met with the fabulous Beauty Executive Trainer Gina, at Josie Maran...she set me on the right track. Half the time we buy things and don't use it right then claim we hate it. Knowledge is power! Yes, even with makeup :) Power is in your hands...ok, I'll stop. Anywho! So you're supposed to take a pump or two in your dry hands, rub it together and rub it all over your dry face. Your face will turn into a big ol' mess with your foundation, mascara, brow pencil and blush all rubbed together! (Beware:it's a sight to see) It's great because it doesn't burn your eyes. Once you feel like your face has melted off (...ha!), then start rinsing it with water. Feels amazing and the makeup is all gone! If there is any residue left around your eye, then take a round cotton pad to it. Because Argan Oil is a natural oil, cleansing with this will NOT break you out. I know "oil" sounds scary but of course there's the good and the bad. And Argan is just, great! After I've cleansed my face with the Argan Cleansing Oil, I use my Clairsonic with its cleanser to deeply cleanse my pores. I don't like removing my makeup with this (although you can) but I feel like it just rubs around my makeup all over the place. Sooo that's about it. Moral of the story, I love both didn't know which one to use, so figured out a way to use both and it works perfectly for me. Hope you found this helpful. #skincleansingdrama #onlywomen :/
So I was recently sent a few foundations to try called Core. I had never heard of this brand before but was definitely excited to try it. Not only because I am always on the search for an amazing foundation but because of the information I received along with the products. I love that it has natural ingredients that won't harm your skin, moisturizing properties to hydrate, sunscreen protection, anti-oxidants, and vitamins A, B, C & E. Sounds amazing already right? Well, wait till you feel it. It has a very rich creamy texture that just glides on evenly. The second I put my "face" on, I was in love. My face was GLOWING, the coverage was amazing and felt really light on my skin. I usually stay away from "glow" because of my oily skin, but this product has a luminous and pearlescent finish that truly makes your skin look porcelain. I put on the Smashbox oil-free primer, let it set in for a few seconds and used my beauty blender to blend it all over my face. It's creamy enough in texture where you can keep blending until you get the clean even finish you want. What's amazing about this product is that it also adjusts to your skin tone. I used the darkest color "E" (because I am super tan right now) and it looked amazing. I use Mac studio finish concealer in NW 20 to brighten underneath my eyes and the bridge of my nose to highlight and brighten. I set it in with MAC mineralized in "light" underneath my eyes and Ben Nye's banana powder all over my face. The finish was picture perfect! Love how my makeup looks with this foundation and I have been getting many compliments. I believe Cinema Secret carries this product as of now, but it will be sold at my studio in Sherman Oaks very soon! I called Venus to thank her and tell her how much I loved the product and learned she was an extremely sweet down to earth girl. She then informed me that she is a makeup artist herself and has been for 20 years now. It took her 4 years to create this foundation and she is finally ready to put it out there. She bought used and compared some of the best foundations on the market to be able to pick and chose which qualities she loved in order to create Core. I can't wait for you girls to try it. You are going to LOVE it!
Hey guys! So I was recently sent an airbrush system from Belletto Studio to try out and I finally got around to it. I've been using Dinair for a very long time and have been committed but I always believe in trying new things. I have to say that I absolutely loved it. It was not cakey or thick as it may look in the picture (FYI I sometimes "amplify" the photos I post to really make the details stand out, which may in turn work against me :/ ) In any case, it was very light! Overall, airbrush is meant to be controlled. If you like light coverage, you spray on one layer. If you want full coverage, you layer it on till you get the coverage you want. Airbrush makeup is meant to look flawless without the heavy look or feel. You don't "feel" the makeup and it doesn't move around, which is amazing. The system is really easy to use on yourself. You just have to make sure you keep it at an arms length and layer! I do have to say, airbrush is not for everyone. It is not for the on-the-go mom and not for super oily skin. I personally have an oily t-zone and it works wonders on me because it doesn't let me get shiny or oily. But if you have the type of skin that's slippery and oily overall, it's not for you. Otherwise, it stays all day! You can touch your face and the foundation wont budge. Belletto Studio is definitely a product you can use at home on a daily basis with a light spray. I used F5 all over my face with F3 underneath my eyes to highlight. I also used the B5 blush which is a pink tone. I personally don't like airbrush eyeshadow because you don't get enough precision but of course it's definitely a perference! I loved the system and will post a promo code for you guys to use to get a discount shortly. Hang tight!
As most of you already know...I love samples! As mentioned in previous posts (instagram), I love trying new and different skincares and products. Because: 1. I get bored of one skincare for too long 2. I love trying different products, to be able to give feedback and 3. I don't want to be buying something, hating it and being stuck with it (hate returns!). I love stores like Sephora, Naimies and Ulta because I feel these stores aren't committed to selling you one product line only, just to sell. Because they carry different brands, the employees are very knowledgeable and are able to advise you into the direction your skin needs and not just a sale. Anywho - so at my last visit at Sephora (Sherman Oaks), a very educated girl, helped me pick out some skincare. I have to say, I LOVE everything she has given me...which is horrible right?? ($$$) lol...but seriously, skincare is worth every penny! If your skin looks good, the less makeup you need on a daily basis and the younger you will stay. One of the product samples she had given me was called Apivita. I had never heard of this product before but Stephanie swore by it and promised I would love it. And of course, I did. I've had a few clients lately who have been educating me about natural skincare vs. parabens, chemicals, toxins, etc. and I have completely shifted my perspective on skincare since. Stephanie was also a true believer in natural skincare and explained a bit about what Apivita was about. Apivita was created in Greece and is made from Greek plant extracts, high biological bee products and contains 100% natural oils. I loved the few samples she gave me and I am tempted to try their whole line. I purchased the Deep Cleansing Mask with green clay for myself. Who doesn't need a deep cleansing mask considering the amount of makeup we wear on a daily basis? I also chose this because it is for oily/combination ski. They have other masks which you would need to look into and see what works for you of course. I also got the eye mask with Ginkgo Biloba for dark circles and eye-puffiness. I honestly haven't seen any eye masks (in a cream form), so I was excited to see this. Eye care is SO important! Your face cream should not replace your eye cream because your eye-area is so much more sensitive than your face and needs that extra attention. I've been using Apivita for 2 weeks now and I am obsessed to the point where I want mask-up every day! They come in little express packages which you can open and throw away after one or two uses. I love this because I am not a fan of sticking my fingers into a jar and using it over a few weeks time...germs are bound to get in there! In addition, I am SUPER impressed by their website/blog. It is thorough, interesting and organized! Check them out at www.Apivita.com. You can read about all their ingredients and products. If you give any of their products a shot, I'd love your feedback. Hope you enjoyed this post!
I don't have one. Instead, I have a makeup box...a big one. One that I cannot carry around :/ BUT, I've never really felt the need to have one. Once I put on my "face" in the morning, why carry it around throughout the day? Who needs to retouch their mascara, foundation, concealer, etc. anyway? The only thing I have in my purse is a powder incase I get shiny and the lipstick I have on for the day. The less in my bag, the better! Wallet, sunglasses, phone, etc. already make it heavy enough. Moving on...these are the items that I use on a daily basis for my everyday "face". I have to say, I do like switching stuff up because I am always trying new things, but this is what's in my box for now:
Primer: Hourglass Veil Primer - PHENOMENAL! Oil-free mineral primer that gives your face a glow without making it shiny (refer to previous post).
Foundation: ERA Classified. Everyone always asks what I use for my clients and so this is what I have been using since the product was first ever created! (One of my first blog posts, read previous posts ;) I do however switch back and forth with another current favorite which is the Hourglass Veil Foundation. I LOVE the way it looks on my skin. Looks flawless!
Concealer: Mac ProLongwear concealer in NW20. I am obsessed with this concealer. The least creasing concealer I have ever used. It sets in and does not move. I use a color about 2 shades lighter than my skin to highlight but of course it's personal preference how light you want to go.
Powder: Too Faced Primed Poreless loose powder to set in my foundation. Doesn't make me look white and smells good! (as do most of their products).
Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Milk Chocolate - perfect medium toned matte bronzer. I like to layer bronzer as opposed to using a dark bronzer which can be too obvious sometimes unless thats the look you are going for. Oh and this smells like chocolate :) Very similar to the Bourjois bronzer which I got from Europe while I was there. Also, amazing! Unfortunately, they do not sell it here (or at least that I know of) but you can order it from Amazon.
Smashbox Contour Palette - As all my clients know, I cannot work without this palette. I do not use it every day, but I wanted to include it for those of you who are looking to contour your face on a daily basis for a "natural" structured face.
EyePrimer: Benefit Stay Don't Stray - By far, best primer I have used. The nude color gives your eyelids a clean look and really does not crease. I use the primer with no eyeshadow just to neutralize my eyelids. Another favorite is Laura Mercier eye basics in Wheat but I would use this product on its own and not as a primer as eyeshadow does not stick as well, unless they are lighter colors.
Eyebrows: Mac Eyebrow Pencil in Stud - I love these brow pencils! Only downside is they finish fast :( They are retractable and you never really know when it finishes until you are halfway done with one eyebrow lol. Buy two at a time ;)
Blush: Mac Mineralized blush in Warm Soul - I am obsessed with all these new mineralized blushes. They have the slightest sheen that make your cheeks glow without the shimmer. I like warm soul for the medium color tone in has, not too pink and not too brown, works with most lip colors and perfect for everyday. Lorac has amazing ones as well.
Mascara: Last but not least, mascara! We all have our favorites. My ultimate favorite (and all other pro makeup aritsts') has to be the Loreal Voluminous mascara. Again, I switch it up every now and then just for a change, current favorite - Laura Mercier.
Hope that was helpful and insightful for some of you. Feel free to give feedback on what you have been using and what your favorite products are! I'd love to hear from you and try new things as well. Thank you!
"Spring" naturally translates to "color". But this year, the bright, poppy, neon colors are a trend. Neon eyes, lips, clothes, nails, bags & accessories. Usually we balance colors on the eyes (the darker the eyes, the nuder the lips and vice versa), but with Neon being an "out of the ordinary", so will be your makeup! Go wild with colors, now is the only time you can pull it off. Bright yellows and greens on the eyes and poppy pinks and oranges on the lips. It works! And I have to say, it is my favorite look from all seasons because I am a huge fan of bright lips. I can't begin to name which brands have great brights because as its a trend, almost every makeup brand has come out with a bright neons for their Spring 2012 Collection. Neon eyeliners are one of my favorite looks with the brights; so simple & chic! Play around with color and don't be afraid to go all out. Have fun with your makeup this Spring!
Now that winter is over with (well, almost)...let us glow, let us glow, let us glow! Not quite ready for the bronzy sun-kissed face, but over the matte winter look. That red carpet glow without the visible makeup. The Oscars...need I say more? They all looked FLAWLESS, but no ones makeup looked overdone. Soft shimmery eye shadows, eyeliner and voila! Mind you, they have a lot on their face, to handle all those flashing HD cameras, but their eyes were soft, subtle and sultry. Bobbi Brown Spring 2012: Brightening Nudes has some beautiful new products in order to get this look. I just bought a few of the cream shimmer eyeshadows and I absolutely love them! They are very mellow colors but really brighten the eyes because of the light shimmer. Use it by itself all over or as a base for your powder eye shadows. I have always been and will continue to obsess over their shimmer bricks; but they have this new Brightening Nudes Finishing Powder...sooo pretty! There are many many lines who are going for this same look for the new spring collection, but Bobbi takes the cake for me!
The closer I am getting to 30, the more I am freaking out about wrinkles. Still 2.5 years away, but still, it's scary! I am starting to be super aware of every facial movement I make; am I the only one? I don't know if it's paranoia or considered normal. In any case, as you all know, I am all about good skin! This includes but not limited to: acne, age spots, sun spots, pores, and of course the scary word, wrinkles! We use anti-wrinkle creams, treatments, masks and everything we "hear" helps prevent and reduce wrinkles. But you can use all the treatments in the world, the only thing that will prevent or reduce it is botox right? or NOT! So I noticed for a while now when I sleep at night, my face gets squished against the pillow because I sleep on my face (this is when paranoia clicks in) and I try and control it by sleeping on my back and such but it's only a matter of time and I am on my stomach again. Sooo....I started putting tape underneath my eyes to the corner of where crow's feet begin (yes I know, call me crazy -_- ). Was this helpful? Yes! Because my cheeks and eyes can't squish together even if they tried *proud face*. Now here is the problem with THAT: the delicate area needs to always stay soft and it's horrible to pull it off! I recently discovered "Skinlite: Wrinkle Care ETE Gel Patches" and my life is complete. It has a soft gel formula that is gentle for your undereyes, it has a cooling effect which reduces puffiness, keeps the area soft and moisturized and increases elasticity. There is a lot of eye masks such as these on the market that cost $$, sometimes $$$; but those are just masks you put on for about 20-30 minutes. The genius thing about these is that you can actually leave it on all night and it is completely harmless. In addition, it prevents your eyes from wrinkling because you sleep on your face for approx. 8 hours, which is too long for your eyes to be in that condition. Just like you shouldn't squint in the sun and you shouldn't lean your hand on your face/cheeks, same idea! PREVENTION is the key word here. If you are unfortunately passed the prevention stage, you can reduce the appearance of the existing fine lines and wrinkles. Best part? $5.50 for a 12pk. Seriously. Naimie's Beauty Center in North Hollywood. You can't go wrong. Why blog about this? I have discovered something amazing and I know my fellow paranoid friends would love it too :)