Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Maybelline SUPERSTAY BETTER SKIN FOUNDATION x Influenster #BetterSkinChallenge + Review !

Above, I am pictured in Week 1 , 2 , and 3  (this week) of the #BetterSkinChallenge

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Influenster to review the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation. , and also take part in the "Better Skin Challenge" - where you wear the foundation for three consecutive weeks to see visible changes in yout skin.  I was excited as besides the BB Cream , I have not ever used / tried a Maybelline liquid Foundation.  I was sent the color "90" - Warm Honey for free to review  ( pictured in Week 1) , and it was a bit light for me ( partly because I've tanned a lot in the past couple of weeks.) .  I then said, okay I'll use it as a highlighter  - but there's absolutely no way I could make this light color work for three weeks on my full face.  I will say though , after the first application ( washing it off I felt a smoothness in my skin). By Week 2 ( the perks of being a Beauty Blogger -  I got the deepest shade "95" - Coconut ( pictured in Week 2 and Week 3 ) sent to me by Maybelline  ( thanks again!).  This shade was perfect ...  It give me the full coverage I like , but I could go light as well.  I even used some to spot conceal under my eyes - and I loved the results.  My skin looked flawless and it felt good which was even more important. I think in the Week 3 photo my skin looks the most clear and even toned - its pretty visible ( even though I am a bit darker due to my time in the sun.). 

The one issue I have is availability of Deep tones in store .  I did some research ( before I received my foundation from Influenster , and also when I wanted to get 95 ) , and a lot of the stores locally - Brookly NYC does not carry dark tones.  The display , only featured the first 4 shades -  there is a diverse group living in my area ( many women of color as well) , and it is sad we would not be able to easily pick up a bottle.  Maybelline ( other brands as well) need to work on this .  We buy makeup as much as our fair skinned counterparts and we should not have to feel left out at the drugstore.  If this can be solved then I would have nothing negative at all to say.  

As a Blogger and Makeup Artist , I've tried many foundations - and this foundation rivals even surpasses some of my expensive luxury foundations. I already have a pretty great night routine before bed , but I can honestly say I love the way my skin looks with and without this foundation on.  I am excited to see my results after 6 weeks of using this foundation - I would definitely advise anyone to try it.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Four B's in my Professional Makeup Kit - Four Must Haves.

There is four items some new additions , some oldies that are in my Professional Makeup Kit.  I though it would be fun to share.

How cute are these ??

Betsey Johnson Limited Edition Kleenex ( Target Stores)  -  Every artist needs napkins along with paper towels, and other sanitary items handy .  I love that these Kleenex are so fun young and playful just like Betsey Johnson.  I feel like these designs fit my personality to a T.  Another added bonus is once these are finished the boxes can be re-used for makeup storage ( there is already great ideas featured on Instagram .) 

Best Blending Brush Ever 

Blending Eye Brush by Elf Cosmetics ( Elf  / Target  - $1) -  I can not stop raving about this brush .  Do not be fooled by the super economic price ,  this is a top quality brush!  I have this brush in my professional as well as personal kits and I absolutely love it.  I have brushes from higher end brands that do the same function ( crease , transition colors , etc...)  and I always and continue to REACH for this elf brush.  Its always on my list of things to pick up from my local Target or the Elf Store in SoHo.  

The super sleek Brushfolio

My brush set-up before Brushfolio .  

Brushfolio Original  The Professional Brush Stand ( Online / $40) Designed by Celebrity Makeup Artist Priscilla Ono  -  Prior to using this brush stand I would place my brush case upward in my train case while working . It was not so bad , but Brushfolio has made things much more efficient and easier.  I am able to 1. I can carry more brushes , 2.  have all my brushes standing upright where I can see them opposed to being in my train case / or laying on a table.  There is a sleek patent polyurethane outer material which really gives this case a luxe appeal. I love this for my kit , and I want more to have for my personal makeup up set up and to store lip liners  ( another idea I saw from another artist online).  All in all,  this has upgraded my brush set-up - pictures above speaks for themselves.  You can check out my first impression video here.  

Bronze Buffer

Bronze Buffer (Online / $8)  - Bronze Buffer is this innovative sponge created with the intent to "clean up" any tanning "faux-pas" ( streaking ,  tanner on nails and hands, etc... ) .  Perfect for those working with Brides who may have gotten a tan before her big day and there may need to be some editing.  As for me,  I 've also discovered that this is amazing when working on editorial makeup looks involving the body -  paint , glitter, body liquid highlighters , etc.  I have found it resourceful to use the Bronze Buffer in those cases as well to clean up / revise any applications.  

There you have it,  my four must-haves for my professional kit.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Flawless Faux Tan : Summer Bronze Goddess Glow

Summer is all about having "The Glow", below I have broke down three simple steps to making sure you have a FLAWLESS FAUX TAN. 

  1. Skin Prep: Exfoliate -  Orico London  SKIN JIVE Revving Body Exfoliator ($31) This body exfoliator gently exfoliates the skin of city pollutants to promote elasticity and radiance.  The texture of this product is not overly grainy like typical exfoliators which suprised me actually, but I loved the way my skin felt after using this - extremely smooth. 
  2. Apply Body Tanner -  Tarte Cosmetics Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner ($39) Infused with the amazing Maracuja this self tanner has proven to give one of the most natural-looking results.  It also comes with a mitt to increase the ease of application.  
  3. Color Correction -  Bronze Buffer Sponge ($8) This sponge was made specifically to clean any mistakes when tanning from nails, streaking , to blotchiness.  Now there is no reason why your tan can not look effortless when you have a Bronze Buffer available to use.  
Maintaining your Summer Bronze Goddess Glow this summer is so easy  -  Happy Bronzing !!  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Patriotichic for the 4th!

Les Petites it's almost time to celebrate the 4th of July! The endless parties, fireworks and good weather calls for an  amazing moment in fashion and we here at LPB have delivered! While it's in vogue (that's to be discussed) to go all Americana with the flag apparel we like a more personalized look. Les petites why not go patriotichic for the 4th? Yes,you can be all red, white and blue but done in a way that can be work all summer long not just for the weekend. And for those who love the fireworks we've got you covered (pun intended) and for my die hard all black everything group we came up with a few options that will truly have you say good buy! Take a gander les petites on these haute Independence Day regalia and thank us later! 
Red, White & Blue done right! From Left:  DSQUARED2 rear zip top $224 FARFETCH.COMEmanuel Ungaro Slim Fit Trousers $473 FARFETCH.COMMARNI Round Resin Earrings $360 LUISAVIAROMA.COMPre-owned Versace Red Leather Belt with Chains $995 1STDIBS.COMMoschino Biker Clutch $837 FARFETCH.COMGianvito Rossi Suede sandals $790  NET-A-PORTER.COM,  Arts & Science triangular bralet top $336 FARFETCH.COMSonia Rykiel Highwaist Flared Jeans $588 FARFETCH.COM,  HOUSE OF LAVANDE Aurora Earrings $838 LUISAVIAROMA.COMCharlotte Olympia 'Calavera' clutch $1,595 FARFETCH.COMNicholas Kirkwood Embellished leather and cork platform sandals $795  NET-A-PORTER.COMSaint Laurent star patch denim jacket $1,450 FARFETCH.COMMarco Bologna Distressed Embellished Denim Skirt $1,038 FARFETCH.COM, A Very Important Atelier Versace Necklace Fall 1990 1STDIBS.COM,  Anya Hindmarch Bazooka Imperial watersnake box clutch $1,595 NET-A-PORTER.COM

Les Petites, you're a firework and it's the perfect time to show it off! From Left: Pre-owned GIANNI VERSACE Couture Vintage Long Dress VIBRANT 40 / 4 Mint $4,275 1STDIBS.COM IOSSELLIANI Full Metal Jewels Earrings $334 LUISAVIAROMA.COMCharlotte Olympia 'C-Champagne' clutch $675 FARFETCH.COM, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI 120mm Metallic Leather Sandals $845 LUISAVIAROMA.COMEmanuel Ungaro Embellished Cropped Top $741  FARFETCH.COMMarco Bologna Embroidered Distressed Jeans $787  FARFETCH.COMNINNA YORK Super Flex Earrings $595 LUISAVIAROMA.COMGolden Goose Deluxe Brand B-Day Clutch $488  FARFETCH.COMCharlotte Olympia Dolly Pumps $754 FARFETCH.COMMarkus Lupfer Star Sequined T-Shirt $252 FARFETCH.COMMoschino Star Print Skinny Trousers $540 FARFETCH.COMKenneth Jay Lane Rhodium-plated crystal clip earrings $630 NET-A-PORTER.COMVersace Medusa Clutch $1,150 FARFETCH.COM,  GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI 120mm Mirror Leather Mule Sandals $675 LUISAVIAROMA.COM

These haute black finds are for the dames who like to celebrate in noir! From Left: Fausto Puglisi Funnel Neck Cropped Top $435 FARFETCH.COM,  Alexandre Vauthier waist band leather shorts $2,097 FARFETCH.COMGivenchy Narlia thigh boots in black leather $2,995  NET-A-PORTER.COMLanvin crystal drop clip-on earrings $719 FARFETCH.COM, Lanvin crystal embellished bracelet $423 FARFETCH.COM,  Givenchy stars and stripes clutch $700 FARFETCH.COMPre-owned Givenchy Ostrich Feather Jacket $2,200 1STDIBS.COMMarni Stretch-woven flared pants $785 NET-A-PORTER.COM, La Perla Embroidered tulle and neoprene bra $1,460  NET-A-PORTER.COMLoree Rodkin Lucky Bracelet $2,507 FARFETCH.COMRoberto Cavalli Studded Embellished Mask Clutch $1,141 FARFETCH.COMCharlotte Olympia Two-Faced suede wedge sandals $1,195 NET-A-PORTER.COMEdun Ribbed stretch-knit and guipure lace midi dress $1,215 NET-A-PORTER.COM,  Ermanno Scervino Gem Clip-on Drop Earrings $620 FARFETCH.COMPierre Hardy Oh Roy Shoulder Bag $564 FARFETCH.COMSaint Laurent 'Patti' ankle boots $1,195 FARFETCH.COM

Check out Patriotichic for the 4th!
by La PETITE Blog at Mode

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Maybelline Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine is the IT color of the Moment !!!!

So if you have not seen the latest cover of V Magazine ,  it features the beautiful Hadid sisters Gigi and Bella.  Their makeup look for the spread is edgy , glamorous and of course effortless.  I was so drawn to this dark lip and to my surprise it is Maybelline's Color Sensational  Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine.  This color caused a frenzy last month during the MET Gala when Adriana Lima wore this bold lip and everyone on Instagram was demanding the name of her lippy.

 Met Gala Red Carpet - May 2015 

I am so inspired by this beauty look !  From the shimmery smoldering smokey eyes to the bold lips to the tousled hair.  Another key point I would like to add is that their skin is still visible , its not looking "too perfect" and you can see their freckles and all.  Such a natural realistic skin ( which is becoming something we don't see too often).  The Hadid sisters are also wearing Maybelline FIT Me! Matte & Poreless Powdert in Translucent.  I think we can attribute the skins amazing look to this powder. This lipstick in Divine Wine is clearly a hot-ticket item , that I had to run to the blog to post this !!! Get this color while it is hot!!!!!
So inspired !  I LOVE this look ! 
Just Amazing .... 
 For the full article / spread check out V Magazine.  For the products listed you can find them at your local drugstores / online retailers.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Behind the Scenes the new Web Series Stylist Wars - Mothers Day Makeover Special .

A few weeks ago I was lucky to take part in a amazing experience.  I was part of a make-over for a hard working young Mother by the name of Breanna for a new web-series called Stylist Wars .  Just in time for Mother's Day ( a few weeks before) ,  we met with Breanna and two Stylists gave her looks to choose from and Breanna got a full glam makeover ( including hair and makeup)  with Makeup by yours truly.  

Meeting Breanna / Image : clredcontent.com

Being that Breanna is a very young Mom , we both agreed that her look would young and fun with light colors for Spring.  

Consulting with Breanna /  Image : clredcontent

Given her situation - she works a lot and cares for her baby ,  Breanna like most new Moms has neglected herself.  So it was a pleasure for me to be able to take some time to not only bring out her glam , but speak to her about how important it is for her to remember to take out time for herself .  

Skin Prep
I took the time to ask Breanna what her current skincare regimen consisted of , and it pretty much was non-existent.  Luckily,  I thought ahead and made sure I was prepared with Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask ( with natural charcoal).  This product is great for Makeup Artists to keep in their kits because its only takes 1 minute to heat on contact and purify pores.  It did not take any time out of her glam session to do this extra yet so important step.  

Applying the mask to Breanna's face. / Image: clredcontent

Using a Warm wash cloth to remove the mask .  If you were at home you could just rinse it off - since I was on set I had to improvise.  / Image : clredcontent

You can see that she is already glowing.  / Image : clredcontent

Makeup  Application 
Now Breanna just had her pores purified,  now its time to prep her skin further.  I used Makeup Artist favorite -  Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre to moisturize , then Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray to Prime the face and seal in the moisture + glow.  

Spray Skindinavia Primer Spray in a X and T motion to fully prime the face.  / Image: clredcontent

I just love using this spray primer.  / Image: clredcontent

Makeup Application 
For Foundation ,  I mixed colors to make the perfect shade for Breanna .  I used Cargo Cosmetics HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation in 7W CARAMEL mixed with a darker shade from my foundation palette. 

Skin is flawless - HD Foundation makes all the difference.  / Image : clredcontent
 I filled in Breanna's already naturally full brows lightly. then I used soft colors on the eyes from Cargo Cosmetics , paired with gel inglot liner.

Filling in Breanna's Brows /Image :clredcontent

Breanna's eyelashes are extremely dark long and full so I only used a few coats of Maybelline's Volum' Express The Rocket Washable Mascara . A great Mascara that is very affordable perfect for a young working Mom like Breanna.  

The final touch on the eyes - Mascara . / Image : clredcontent

 I gave her a soft contour using Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder. Since I saw photos of Breanna prior to meeting her I did not need to travel with my entire contour book. I just hand selected colors I knew would be flattering choices for her -  artist tip  ( travel light when you can ) .  

Contouring with Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powders  / Image :clredcontent

Then I set her skin with a light dusting of setting powder - Mally Beauty Poreless Finishing Powder in Dark  .  

Setting the face in a finishing powder is essential when being photographed and  filmed.  / Image: clredcontent 
I finished the look with a light pinky/nude lip.  I created a custom color with Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Park Avenue Princess topped with a complimentary pink gloss by Elf Cosmetics.  
Breaking down the look on camera / Image : clredcontent 

The Final Look 

 Breanna then was dressed by the two Fashion Stylist competing on the show in the outfits that they put together for her.


Before and After 

The most rewarding feeling about this whole project was seeing Breanna's initial reaction to herself in the mirror -  she was very emotional ( I regret this part did not make the show).  It reinforced why I love helping women feel beautiful .  For the full episode of Stylist Wars and the actual video footage of me transforming Breanna , and to see which of these looks Breanna chose as her winning look  checkout ClredContent.com