Friday, April 17, 2015

Cargo Cosmetics #MyCityMyCargo Instagram Contest



This week kicked off Cargo Cosmetics Instagram Photo Contest.  This fabulous contest began on the 13th and will run till the 26th of this month ( til midnight)



Cargo wants you to :

  1. Show them your favorite Cargo in your city or on a trip
  2. Tag them in your photo with their handle @cargocosmetics  (you can tag them in the IG photo as well ) 
  3. Remember to HASHTAG - #MYCITYMYCARGO

The prize ..... 



5 lucky winners with the most creative photos will win a new Summer in the City Palette.  
 Winners will be announced at April 27th at 11am .  

Goodluck !!! 

8 hours of sleep in a bottle - VOLANTÉ’s Transformative Eye Crème



Life sometimes gets in the way , and although we may want to get a full night of sleep - its not always that easy.  I can attest to that myself.  My little secret to ALWAYS looking refreshed and bright eyed ( when I really felt like anything but) has been  one thing - Eye Creme.  My current obsession is the Volante Skincare Transformative Eye Creme.  It does come with a hefty price tag at being $85 , but a little goes a VERY long way and it really is worth the investment.  I am a self proclaimed Makeup Snob, but I make a point to invest the time in a great skincare regimen .  This Eye Creme has 7 Vitae , which is a patent-pending blend of botanicals that comprise the most potent anti-inflammatory (anything anti inflammatory is a  MUST for under eyes) topical available without a prescription.
 Especially as we get older its much more vital.  Sleep is the best beauty routine , I will never say this will replace actual rest -  BUT  this Eye Creme really does improve the appearance of my delicate eye area despite my sleep deprivation.  My sleep routine has improved some but this is still in my regimen.  I love to use it before I apply my makeup -  the best thing to do is make sure it sets first then continue with your application.  I've noticed my under eye makeup does not crease and settle as much as it once was.  I love it at night before bed,  ( always make sure to use the ring finger , it is the most gentle).  I've been meaning to review this from about two Months ago, again I said  REAL life get in the way , but better late then never !  For more information , please check out VolanteSkincare.com .

Skin is In !  Take the best care of it ! 

Influenster | Vox Box Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Wipes Review - Earth Month Beauty Routine.




So I was one of the lucky few that was chosen to review the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes as part of the #WipeforWater Challenge via Influenster.  
So for five consecutive days, I did not wash my makeup off "traditionally" with Water and a Cleanser of my choice.  Instead, I used these lovely wipes to fully remove my makeup.  I can say that these wipes are very saturated , and they really get the job done.  In the video below which was day three ,  I am wearing Matte Lipstick  ( which we all know tends to tint the lips) , Bulletproof liquid liner,  Foundation all set with Skindinavia Setting Spray ( which means it was staying PUT) .  It all came off effortlessly.  My bare skin is completely bare and glowing.  




 By the third day of using the wipes,  my skin felt significantly smoother - I'm not just saying this it really did. I'm so pleased with these wipes , I will have to start purchasing them to keep in my Makeup kit ( work and personal ) !!   What I loved the most is how my skin felt the next morning.  I feel as if the natural ingredients really are embedded into the skin after a few days.  I can only imagine the results after a few months.  So my final thoughts on these wipes are they're great , and I love that I am conserving water just in time for Earth Day!  


Influenster provided me with the Neutrogena Naturals Wipes for Review.  



Thursday, February 19, 2015

My NYFW Instagram Beauty Diary - My list of breakout / beauty must haves !

NYFW sadly has come to an end. It was a fun week despite the cold, and snowy appearance of the city. One thing I did not fall short on was playing on different beauty trends.  From Natural ,  to Flirty , to Full on Grunge , Classic Red lip, to   Editorial Glam .  What I will say having to get ready quickly to make sure I got to my events / shows made me want to glam in as short a time as possible.  That is why I reached for my Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Dark  (ALWAYS applied with my damp Beauty Blender of course) for most of the days as my go to instead of a standard Foundation and I loved the results.  My other repeat product these past couple of days was my Lancome Grandiose Mascara -  which has become one of my new favorites in terms of Mascaras. There's something about the bending applicator that makes applying it so unique and special.  Below I have listed my other "Breakout Stars" of the past couple of days from my very different looks.  Enjoy !

DISCLAIMER : I did not re-touch any of these photos these are all raw footage taken with my iPhone 6 

Day 1 : Feb 12  -  I went for a very BARE minimalist look.
Full frontal view of this look -  Click Here 
Beauty Breakout Stars of  Day 1 :
Day 2 : Feb 13 -  Flirty with a Pop of color .

Beauty Breakout Stars of  Day 2 : 

Day 3 : Feb 14  -  Grunge Smokey Glam ( very Editorial | Runway inspired)

Beauty Breakout Stars of Day 3 

    Day 4 : Feb 15 -  Extreme Winged Liner 
I think this was my look that was the most popular out of all days. 
Beauty Breakout Stars of Day 4 
    Day 5 : Feb 16 - Bold Red Lip  ( I took this pic mid way walking towards Lincoln Center the image isn't the best quality)

Hope you enjoyed +  will check out the products mentioned.  Comment if you will or you did !!!!  xo 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jason Wu for Lancome with Diane Kendal - Get the Look


Image Credit: Lancome Usa Instagram 

Glowing skin,  Natural Brows, and Effortlessly Beautiful was the look for the Jason WU  FW 15 show last Friday .  Lead Artist Diane Kendal executed a beautiful look that we all can recreate at home.  I love neutral lip and the light washes of color - the perfect go to look for every day,  In my opinion the Pièce de résistance of this look was the Grandiose Mascara ( which I used during NYFW and had no need to grab some false lashes) .  Check out the full list of products used below.  This fabulous limited Fall / Winter Collection will be available July 2015 ( is it July yet ?? ) , the other products are available now at lancomeusa.com  and Lancome Counters .  




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA WATERPROOF - Preferred Mascara of Celebrity Makeup Artist Tamanna "DressYourFace" Roashan





Lilly Ghalichi  



Julissa Bermudez 

image sources : dressyourfacelive.com 

I've been watching a few of Celebrity Makeup Artist / Instagram Sensation Tamanna "DressYourFace" Roashan online videos and there is one product she is loyal to, mascara.  In the various videos I've watched she may swap liners,  shimmers, highlighters, etc ...  but the Mascara remains the same. Which Mascara does she stay true to you might ask? Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara.  She loves it so much that she insists on her Clients using it as well. Watching her beat these faces to perfection from start to finish and how the lashes look amazing ( before the addition of falsies) just by a few strokes of this Mascara I'm sold!!!  Just in time for Valentine's Day / NYFW  I highly suggest incorporating this in your beauty arsenal.

Hypnose Drama Waterproof is available at Lancôme counters nationwide , and www.lancome-usa.com.

If you want to experience insider tips and tricks to achieving these looks,  you can subscribe to DressYourFaceLive

Friday, January 16, 2015

Coral Confidential : The Best Coral Shades for Dark Skin at EVERY PRICE!!!! Stock up for Spring!

From Left : BH Cosmetics "Coral Escape", Sephora Collection "1st Night 13", Rimmel London "#110", Tarte Cosmetics "Timeless" 
Wow .. It's 2015 !  First and foremost Happy New Year !!! It's only January but its never too early to get ready for Spring / Resort Season . I recently purchased BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick in "Coral Escape" and it dawned on me that I have a fond love of Coral Shades of lipstick.  So I went into my "stash" and I found three similar shades that all are fabulous shades of coral that would look amazing on Dark Skin.
Here is a swatch of the colors :



  1. Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in "1st Night 13" (Mid Priced at $12.50) - The only shade in my group of "corals" that is a bit more on the pink/rosey side. There is something about this color.  I purchased this late Summer ( August) , and it looked AMAZING on my tanned Dark Skin that was paired with a Highlighter ( Becca Cosmetics Topaz)  it really is a pretty shade .  
  2. BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick in "Coral Escape" (Steal! at $3.95) - This is a true shade of Coral and is very pigmented + moisturizing.  It appears to be the brightest shade in the group.  Usually lower priced items fail on some aspects, but this lipstick delivers on texture, pigment and packaging - I can't really complain when this was under 5 bucks.  If you're in a financial bind but you want to look F L A W L E S S ,  get this shade !!  
  3. Aqualillies for Tarte Limited Edition Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless ( Splurge at $16 / but it's actually a Steal because this is the sale price) - This lipstick goes on smooth like a cream but it stays put like a lip stain with a almost Matte finish , but its moisturizing so your lips will not dry out.  I love this bright shade of Coral  , and being that it is Limited Edition and on Sale I suggest snagging them up before they're gone forever.  
  4. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss #110 (Bargain at $5.59) - I have a special love for the Rimmel London Kate Moss lippys.  They really exceed the expectations of "drugstore" products.  #110 is a vibrant shade or Coral, it has a very Matte finish so it is very important that your lips are exfoliated and moisturized prior to wearing it.  I've also found that the Rimmel shades ( the Mattes) can be a bit drying so I suggest exfoliating prior and the night after wearing it slather on some lip balm before bed and you should be fine.  

Hope you will try out all of these shades soon!  Happy Shopping !!!