Friday, May 22, 2015

Pop Of Color Launch Party with RHONY's Kristen Taekman at Rickys NYC

Last night I had the pleasure to attend the Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman ( Mother,  Model,  Real Housewives of New York, lets not forget Pretty !) at one of my favorite places here in the city Rickys NYC SoHo .

It was a great time ,  with  Champagne,  small treats , and best of all Manicures by Celebrity Manicurist Pattie Yankee .  I was so happy to attend , because I met Pattie years ago during a past Fashion Week and I was looking forward to some one on one time to discuss nails and trends with her again.  I wanted something Bright and Fun perfect to kick off the Summer Season ( as Memorial Day represents - the unofficial start to Summer) , and nothing says that better than a Uber bright orange - EBOOST ORANGE .  

Pattie working her magic on my nails !  

Kristen was the perfect host she mingled with everyone . She happened to walk over during my Manicure , and I personally thanked her for having bright shades in the collection.  I also made sure I got a close up shot of her amazing nails in BLUEMOON.  I almost chose this color but at the last minute opted for EBOOST ,  BLUEMOON will be my next color choice from the collection.  

BLUEMOON looks so good !  I also love Kristen's fun jewelry !  

We even took a group shot with the lady of the hour Kristen Taekman herself , and it made it to PoP of Colors  Instagram page.  

Image : Instagram 
Clockwise from top : Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman in PAJAMAS,  EBOOST ORANGE, BLUEMOON
All in all , it was a great night  and perfect start to my weekend.

 These polishes are sold exclusively at Rickys NYC at $8.00 each .  I also love that this line is 4 free,  cruelty free , vegan and made in NYC.  I'm a beauty lover of course but it is also rewarding when you can use quality products that are environmentally / ethically conscious .  For more info on Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman check out RickysNYC and Instagram.


Happy Friday ! +  Happy Memorial Day Weekend ! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Five Shades of Lipstick EVERY Darkskin Woman Should be Wearing This Summer

The temperatures are finally rising and Summer is quickly approaching.  There are five key shades that Women of Color  ( primarily my Dark Skin Honeys) need to have in their makeup collections.  I chose to address Darker tones , because a lot of the time some of us tend to think "oh I'm too dark to wear that" .  No my love,  you're not.  I'm not mentioning anything new , but just 5 shades you should have and if these were all you collected your collection would be complete

** DISCLAIMER : I did not list "Nudes" because I think having a Nude lipstick should be a given, so "Nudes" did not make the cut. **

RED
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection - Saraghina | Lancome L'Absolu Rouge -  160 Rouge Grande Amour | NARS Velvet Matte Pencil- Cruella | Mally Beauty Evercolor Satin Lipstick -  Warm Red | LORAC Breakthrough Performance Lipstick - Leading Lady | Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick x Donald Robertson -  BING | MAC Retro Matte Lipstick -  Ruby Woo 
Red -  a very controversial color to wear.  Some "beauty publications" have made charts on the "proper shade of red for your skintone" - and Blue Based Vivid Reds are NEVER recommended for "US" . For someone with less knowledge / experience with Makeup - they would just follow said chart and never experiment.  Truth is ,  Dark women CAN wear bright Reds !  We do not have to be confined to Dark Reds with a Brown tint ( only if you choose to be of course) .  Mally Beauty Warm Red is a lovely Satin Finish ,  NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Cruella is a amazing Matte Red , MAC Ruby Woo is a Cult Favorite blue based Red that is popular amongst many .  There is a confidence that a Red lip gives that is inexplicable , but if you do not own a vivid Red Lipstick , now is the time! 

ORANGE
MAKE UP FOREVER Rouge Artist Intense -  #40 | Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss - 10 | Kat Von D  Studded Kiss Lipstick -  A go go | MAC Matte Lipstick Limited Edition - Dangerous ( will be re-releasing soon) | Tarte Cosmetics Aquallilies for Tarte glamazon pure performance 12-hour Lipstick - Timeless (limited edition /discontinued) | Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by  Kate Moss - 110 | NARS AUDACIOUS Lipstick -  Lana |
Orange ( and some shades of Coral were thrown in ) is a color many women think they can not pull off.  Another Beauty Myth BUSTED!  Oranges are very pretty on US !  Again ,  some colors may require a lip liner - sometimes a red makes a nice contrast.  I love to pair  MAC Dangerous with a Red Lip Liner , as well as NARS Audacious Lana .  Shades like Kat Von D - A go go , I love to wear on its own - and its a Neon Orange !  It sounds risky , but the payoff is so worth it.  The best way to explain a Orange lip is - you don't want to be as "serious" or "directly sexy" with a Red , you want to be fun be just as direct and bold just not the same way with a Red .  Then opting for Orange is perfect -  like while on Holiday , a fun night out ,  daytime , etc....  ( Reds are appropriate those times too -  no rules !! ) .  

PINK
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Electric Pink | NARS AUDACIOUS Lipstick - Claudia | LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick - Showgirl | Tarte Cosmetics Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick - Whimsy | MAC Matte Lipstick - Candy Yum Yum  | NARS Lipstick - Schiap 

Pink is my favorite color so of course I would list that you need a shade of Pink.  Whether it be a Cool Pink like NARS Audacious Claudia or a bright bold like NARS Schiap or its budget friendly counterpart MAC Candy Yum-Yum , a Pink is necessary.  As long as paired with the appropriate liner ( when necessary )  ,  these colors do not disappoint.  
FUCHSIA
NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick - Shocking Pink | Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick - R11 Love Test | Sleek MakeUP  True Colour Lipstick - Mystic | Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Fuchsia Flash Matte | MAC Retro Matte Lipstick  Flat out Fabulous

Some would say ,  "but isn't this like wearing a Pink?" - and the answer is No.  Shades of Fuchsia wear darker than a bright pink - although some colors above do look pink and are even named pink these colors are not true pinks.  Yes they are bright , but have plum /fuchsia undertones.  Fuchsia is perfect for when you want a bold bright lip  ( like Lupita at Cannes) , but you don't want to do Pink. Shades like MAC's Flat out Fabulous , and Sleek MakeUP's Mystic are MUSTS haves. 
DEEP 
Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick -  R24  (Discontinued) | MAC Matte Lipstick - Diva | Wet n Wild Mega Last Lips Color  - Cherry Bomb 918D  | MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Lorde Lipstick - Pure Heroine (Discontinued) | NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Train Bleu 
Deep shades whether it be shades of wines, purples, cranberries - tones that wear very dark but are not quite a full on black lip.  Most would say this is a Winter/Fall appropriate color but its quite sexy to spice things up in the summer with a dark Vampy lip. NARS'  Train Bleu is an amazing color if you have to choose one, and if you are on a budget Wet n Wild in Cherry Bomb is a great choice.  I don't like to follow "rules" anyway ! 

If this post can convince just 1 woman to take a chance and play with color and have fun , I know I've done my job !  You don't need these much lipsticks as I have pictured, but if you have at least 1 from each color category you will be set for having the "basics" !  

Happy Thursday !  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Full Brows x Bold Lips at Cannes as seen on Lancome Ambassadress Lupita N'yongo

Image : Instagram 

Lancome Ambassadress Lupita N'yongo was the true depiction of a Goddess in her Green Frock accompanied by a beautiful Bold Lip for the opening night of Cannes Film Festival.

You can check out the full report on the look below :


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Maybelline Met Gala Breakout Star Products as seen on Gigi Hadid , Jourdan Dunn and Adriana Lima

Face Studio Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate | The Blushed Nudes Palette | Dream Pure BB in Light | Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine | Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black | Volum' Express The Rocket Washable Mascara in Very Black | Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Nude | Eye Studio Brow Drama  | Master Kajal in Onyx Rush  | Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Mauve | Color Sensational Lip Color in Born With It


Maybelline is proof that amazing products / finish does not have to come with a big price tag.  I was in awe of some of these products results as seen on the Red Carpet / BTS for the Met Gala.  Below I have listed my favorites from each look  ( Disclaimer : I did not the complete look details ).  

Gigi Hadid - makeup by Patrick Ta 

“The inspiration for Gigi’s inaugural MET Ball came from a recent runway show in Paris. Gigi loves a natural look so applying to much makeup on her face is a crime! We kept her youthful and fresh, but still sexy by playing up the eyes.” - Patrick Ta

Image : Instagram 

Image : Instagram

Gigi's skin is clearly already as close to perfection so I'm not surprised Patrick opted for the use of a light weight BB Cream for the young Model.  The Blushed Nudes along with the Lasting Drama gel liner compliments her eyes , as was Patrick's intention . My favorite key product to her look is the lipcolor in "Born With It".  


Jourdan Dunn - Makeup by Frances Hathaway

“Jourdan's makeup look was created to reflect the gold and mauve tones of her graphic cut-out and geometric shaped dress.” - Frances Hathaway

Image : Masha Maltsava for Maybelline New York

Jourdan's winged liner was what captured most of my attention personally , along with her brows ( I am a full natural brow fan) , and the flush of mauve on her cheeks. Frances used Brow Drama for the brows, the Blushed Nudes on the lids and crease paired with Lasting Drama gel liner for the eyes.  Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Mauve was used on Jourdan's cheeks.  


Both Gigi and Jourdan's skin was prepped with Face Studio Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate . As a dark skinned woman myself ( Im about the same shade as Jourdan) sometimes "illuminating" primers don't always work in my favor .  Im glad to see this primer works well with light and deep tones.  

Adriana Lima - Makeup by Morgane Martini 

“Adriana’s makeup look for the 2015 Met Ball was inspired by the iconic imagery of Helmut Newton; strong and glamorous! To create this look, I did a sexy smoky eye with strong lashes, bold burgundy lips and ultra-luminous skin. It’s the perfect bombshell look to mesmerize the red carpet!” - Morgane Martini

Image : Masha Maltsava for Maybelline New York 

Image : Instagram

Image : Instagram

Adriana's look was definitely the most bold of the group with the darker eyes and lips.  Morgane created the intensity with Master Kajal in Onyx Black along with Ardel Demi Wispies and coats of Volum' Express The Rocket Mascara in Very Black .  Again ( like with Jourdan) the Brow Drama was used on the Full Brows, and the highlight was done with Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Nude. Without a doubt Adriana's lip color was the breakout here Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine. After seeing these photos,  I personally need this color myself ! 


In short, all three models looked gorgeous all exhibiting unique variations of "sultry" ,  For more product information check out www.maybelline.com and be sure to follow on twitter / instagram  . 

Happy Thursday!! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My two favorite Met Gala Makeup Looks : Get the Look Here

Two of my favorite beauty looks of the night were by two young starlets that I happen to personally love ,  Zendaya and Rihanna .  Both looks featured Nude lips , warm sultry eyes and a flush of color on the cheeks -  Rihanna had more of a flush than Zendaya.  Both looks were very minimal in the sense that it complimented the complex fashion looks without stealing the show. I thought it would be fun to put together some key products to use to re-create both looks ( as I don't know what was actually used on them but my suggestions are pretty spot on! ) .
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude | Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Captivating | Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation | Mally Beauty In the Buff 2 Eyeshadow Palette 
Zendaya's makeup look was the perfect vision of "clean beauty" - nude lips , barely there blush and a hint of light on the eyes.  I love the shimmering nude shades in the In the Buff 2 palette by Mally Beauty, and it would be a great tool to use for this look.  The darker shades in the palette can be used in the crease and outer corners of the eye as Zendayas eyes demonstrate the hint of darker color.  Her skin has a flawless finish and Tarte's new Amazonian Clay Foundation is a great option as well as the Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in a warm peach like the shade "Captivating". To finish off the look a nude lipstick is essential and the shade "Nylon Nude" by Smashbox Cosmetics looks almost identical to the shade Zendaya is wearing.


Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Pencil in Rich Brown | NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation | Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner in Jet Black | Nars Limited Edition Christoper Kane Blush in Starscape | Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Latte Matte | Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

Like Zendaya,  Rihanna also went for a clean look but Rihanna's look had a bolder approach from blunt straight brows to blush to her perfectly winged liner. Rihanna's eyebrows were in a straight shape and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Pencil in Rich Brown can be used to fill in the brow and the spooley end can be used to brush/blend in the color. Depending on your natural brow shape it may be easy to "fake" the straight brow or you will have to use makeup to cover your natural hairs to recreate this shape.  Rihannas skin always looks as if there is not any foundation "coverage" on there always a natural finish.  After recently trying out the NARS All day Luminous Weightless Foundation -  I think its the best bet to use.  Her eyes have neutral tones adorned with a blacker than black liner and the Tartelette Palette paired with the new Smashbox Gel liner would be great tools to recreate this eye look.  Rihanna's blush almost looks as if it was also used to "highlight" her face -  a trend I noticed some other women had (Jennifer lopez for example) .  Her blush was a soft bright pink and the new Limited Edition NARS Christoper Kane Blush in Starscape would be perfect.   Last but not least , the nude lip - a darker nude than Zendaya's lip and Smashbox Be Legendary in Latte Matte is a great option.


Hope you enjoyed my recommendations, and will decide to recreate them yourself!


Monday, May 4, 2015

A Night of Mehron Makeup

A Night of Mehron Makeup took place recently ,  on the 29th of April and it was a magical event to say the least. There was a super fabulous presentation which featured makeup looks from the past 100 years with each look per decade curated by a  World renowned Makeup Artist.  The artist lineup included : Orlando Santiago (20s) , Brandalyn Fulton (30s) , David Hernandez (40s) , Bethany Townes (50s) , Michela Wariebi (60s) , Danessa Myricks (70s), Joe Delude(80s), James Vincent (90s), Jinny (00s), Paloma Romo (present) , and last but not least Javier de la Rosa (future).  Each look also featured vintage clothing  ( some wigs as well for a few looks) which really made each decade more authentic  Its so hard to say which look was my favorite. 

Present, 80s, and 90s 

40s, 60s, 20s, 50s, 80s

60s -  this mod eye was beautiful. 

80s - This heavy/harsh blush warmed my heart. <3 

Future -  Do I even need to comment on the artwork here ?? 

20s 

70s - This picture does not do this picture any justice. AmaZING !  

This event was the perfect way to kick of The Makeup Show which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. 

video

The new and improved Manhattan Wardrobe and Supply was immaculate the perfect playground for every makeup artist / fashion stylist.  I plan on taking a few more trips back to make purchases for my professional makeup kit.  Especially after seeing this presentation I want so many Mehron items to use for upcoming projects , like the Eye Cream , INtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigments. 

For more information on Mehron Makeup and to see more coverage from this amazing night check out www.mehron.com .  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Want FLAW-LESS Skin? Insider tips by Celebrity and Editorial Makeup Artist Sir John



Image : Beyonce.com


There is no denying that Beyonce has a great canvas to begin with ,  we've seen her without a drop of makeup on and she looks even more radiant than she does in full on glam.  In a recent interview with The Cut (Nymag.com)  Sir John , (Celebrity and Editorial Makeup Artist as well as the newly appointed Celebrity Makeup Artist / Ambassador for L'Oreal Paris ) gave a insider tip to obtaining a great glow.

Image : Beyonce Blue Video

Sir John mentioned that we can use Eye Cream beyond the eyes,  and use it on the entire face.
"I'm a skin-care junkie. I like to use eye creams around the face. I also like to use face creams on the body. I approach the body from head to toe as if the whole body will be seen. Most women concern themselves only with the area from hairline to the chin. It's not about that. It's about bringing the conversation of skin care into the décolleté, onto your back, and into your legs."  said Sir John .  Three options I like are 1.  Volante Skincare Transformative Eye Creme ($85) , 2. Tarte maracuja  c-brighter eye treatment ($38) , and lastly 3. Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment ($20).  I've used all three of these eye creams personally ,  recently covered the Volante   I have been satisfied with the results of all three.

Sir John also commented on glowing from within , with the superfood Kale:

"But get your skin into good condition; drink kale. Kale is very high in vitamin K and it increases circulation and helps cell turnover. If you approach your makeup with a holistic approach to health, everything else seems a bit easier. "



You can also check out the new book The Beauty Detox Power , by Kimberly Snyder ( $19/Amazon) for great recipes ( that go beyond just the use of Kale)  to rejuvenate from within to get that glowing radiant skin.  Remember : SKIN is IN .

Happy Friday  + Get Glowing !!