Monday, January 25, 2016

Get the Look : Atelier Versace Couture Spring 2016 Smokey Eye

Model Joan Smalls

We are no strangers to the "Smokey Eye" , yet Pat McGrath has managed to wow us again with an amazing variation over the weekend at the Atelier Versace Couture Spring 2016 show.  This time the eye look featured a nice metal / gloss finish while the smoke was blurred to perfection.  The skin was bare and flawless with a hint of luminosity , and the lips were subtle and nude -  the perfect way to tie the entire look together.  

I thought it would be fun to put together a product list of items you could use to re-create this amazing look which you don't have to wait for Spring to wear.  This would be a great sexy Valentines Day look, or perfect to wear during Fashion Month.  

Skin -  Smashbox BB Water 

There you have it, the Versace Smokey Eye ... Keep an eye out on my Instagram , where I will be uploading a re-creation of this look very soon.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

DIY Fall Beauty Recipes

Fall has returned , but we don't have to let the new season change the appearance / texture of our skin.  Below, you will find two DIY recipes (which are all natural) to prep as well as rejuvenate the skin for Fall.   

For a Youthful glow Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe suggests the use of avocados in the form of a face mask.  Avocados are full of antioxidants and fatty acids known to reduce wrinkles - while the oils help hydrate dry , flaky skin ( cold weather is upon us).  

Dr. Bowe's DIY Avocado Face Mask 
 Ingredients -  Avocado, Honey 

1. Take 1/2 Avocado and 2 tsp of Honey , and mash together until it gets to a paste -like consistency. 
2. Spread a light coat of the mask over face and neck. 
3. Leave on for 10 mins and rinse off using warm water. 

Lush feet with Pumpkin -  according to Skyy Hadley from As U Wish Nail Salon , Pumpkins contain "various enzymes that help nourish and brighten the skin, and just by adding raw sugar you have a perfect foot scrub.

Skyy Hadley's DIY Pumpkin Foot Scrub 
Ingredients -  1 can Pureed Pumpkin, 1 cup Plain Yogurt, 1/2 cup Raw Sugar, 2 tablespoons Honey, 1/4 teaspoon Olive Oil 

1. Mix pureed pumpkin in a bowl. Stir in yogurt, honey, sugar and olive oil. 
2. Wash your feet in warm water, and while your feet are moist apply the scrub using your hands in a circular motion. 
3. Massage the mask onto your feet for 10 minutes on each foot and remove with warm water using a washcloth. 

Both of these recipes are perfect for a at-home pampering session - preferably on the weekend! 

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