Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Beauty Products I'll Be Using To Celebrate Halloween

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It's almost Halloween! Time to eat all the candy and dress up. This year, I'm focusing on relaxing and keeping it simple with my beauty routine. Below are three ways I'll be celebrating.

First and most important is a fun bubble bath. It's easy with Lush Cosmetics. They always launch the cutest bath bombs and treats for an extra deliciously scented Halloween. You can choose from the bubble bars in Wizard or Sparkly Pumpkin, bath bombs in SparklerNorthern Lights, and Lord of Misrule, or a soap bar in Fairy Ring.

Next, I'll be celebrating with a creative nail tutorial. I can always count on my trusty JINsoon to create beautiful and spooky nail designs that are sure to stand out. Ghoulish Nails (seen below) are chic while still being festive for Halloween.

 Ghoulish Nails

Preparation Step: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat
Step 1: Apply JINsoon Nocturne on each nail
Step 2: Draw ghostly shapes with JINsoon Kookie White at the tips of the nail (feel free to use your imagination with the shapes!)
Step 3: Dot JINsoon Nocturne where you would like the eyes to be with the very tip of the brush
Step 4: Apply a coat of JINsoon Top Gloss to finish it off

If Ghoulish Nails isn't your style, try Bloody Nails. These remind me of Dexter! 

Bloody Nails

Preparation Step: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat
Step 1: Apply JINsoon Kookie White on each nail
Step 2: With JINsoon Coquette, wipe off all the liquid from the brush on the neck of the bottle and with varying short strokes, apply polish from top to bottom of the nail Tip: Change up how long the strokes are for a more realistic effect and don't be afraid to blot it in a few places
Step 3: Go over the strokes you made with JINsoon Coquette using JINsoon Audacity in the same way, but apply it in fewer places. The goal of this step is to create depth to make the JINsoon Coquette look more realistic

Lastly, I'll be playing up my makeup look using Eylure lashes. These limited edition "BATWING" style lashes are perfect for a bold eye-look. Batwing is inspired by the soft, yet strong wings of a bat in flight. The lash is angled to the outer edge with peaks of increasing length. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Launches Pro's Picks Portables – 12 Lip Tar Set For Holiday

Add this to your Holiday wish-list ASAP! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is launching a portable Lip Tar 12 piece set for the Holidays. The set presents pro's picks: portables featuring all-new test tube sizes in 12 shades.

The shades come in both Matte and Metallic textures. If you haven't tried OCC's best-selling Lip Tars, you are definitely missing out. The tars are extremely pigmented and deliver intense color payoff for long-wear. It's a hybrid product that eases on like a gloss, but has the lasting power of a lipstick. The Pro's Picks: Portables Set ($59) is expertly crafted by the artists at OCC.

Shades include Interlace: Matte (palest peach cream), Zhora: Metallic (peach/pink shimmer), Annika: Matte (pale neutral peach), Cha Cha: Matte (pale tangerine), Grandma: Matte (clean, classic coral), Vintage: Matte (deep burgundy), Harlot: Matte (neon popsicle red), Nylon: Matte (neon bubblegum pink), Digitalis: Matte (pink-tinged lavender), Sebastian: Matte (plum-toned taupe), Iced: Metallic (pure white frost), and #010 Precision Lip Brush.

The Pro's Picks: Portables - Lip Tar: Test Tube x 12 Set is available now on Sephora.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fresh Skin For Autumn Thanks To Olay Fresh Effects!

Ah, autumn is officially here... time for perfect weather temperatures, warm beverages, and booties galore. Usually I’m rejoicing, but the colder weather always overtakes my skin. I often get dry patches that can be a challenge to fix. That’s when I whip out the big guns... in this case, Olay Fresh Effects {Out Of This Swirled!} Deep Pore Clean + Exfoliating Scrub. It’s my savior during this season. Since many Fresh Effects products are infused with essence of honeysuckle and white tea, the scrub works as a detox, keeping skin refreshed and balanced.

My favorite part of this scrub is the texture! Think moisture-infused swirls and exfoliating microbead ribbons. They work together to remove dirt and impurities + reduce the look of pores. I normally pair with my Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer. What a power couple!

The {Out of This Swirled!} Deep Pore Clean + Exfoliating Scrub from Olay Fresh Effects is available for $6.99 on olay.com, while the {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is available for $12.99.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beauty News: New York Color's New Global Brand Ambassador, Hourglass Debuts Flagship in LA, & More!

It's another busy week in the beauty world. From new stores openings to new product launches, it's an exciting time for the beauty industry. Plus, Holiday is inching closer and closer. More on that soon.. but first, let's chat about the newness.

Hourglass Debuts Flagship in LA 1351 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA

Hourglass Cosmetics, one of my all-time favorite brands, opened their newest Flagship in LA. The location is the brands first retail store and matches it's luxury quality. The 1400-square-foot space will carry exclusive merchandise, including a skincare capsule, and offer unique makeup services.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6 Bloggers 1 Lipstick: Becca Cosmetics in Hotel California

"Will it work on my complexion?" is a question I hear often in the beauty field. Not all shades are created with all skin tones in mind, but it's does happen. It's refreshing to test a product and learn that anyone can wear it. This is what Danielle of The Style & Beauty Doctor is out to share with her #6Bloggers1Lipstick collaborations. She has a group of bloggers with different complexions test the same product and share the results. In this round, 6 of us tested Becca Cosmetics lipgloss in Hotel California. It's a rich raspberry red with luscious shine. I don't wear reds too often, but I love wearing this one. Be sure to check out the other lovely ladies featured - @alittlebitetc, @thisthatbeauty, @christenecarr, @mamafashfiles, and @stylenbeautydoc.

NYC Event: Try Clinique's NEW Smart Custom Repair Serum At Bloomingdale's

Get ready, NYC ladies! Join Clinique for a Smart VIP event on Thursday, September 18th at Bloomingdale's 59th street. Clinique, the first dermatologist developed skin care brand will introduce beauty lovers to their latest skin care innovation - Smart Custom Repair Serum. The serum is so smart it understands the particular needs of individual skin. Innovative, right? The serum provides targeted custom repair for the damage you see and the damage you don't.

Shoppers who make a qualifying purchase including the new serum will have the opportunity to create a customized smartphone case designed on-the-spot by fashion illustrator Brooke Hagel.

Bloomingdales 59th
1000 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m
RSVP at (212) 705-2879

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adventure Time With The 2014 Kia Soul in Bright Solar Yellow

Photos by James Ayala

Some days you need a little adventure, so when I was asked to take the 2014 Kia Soul for a test drive I knew adventure was near. When I first laid eyes on the car, I immediately thought of dancing hamsters (good marketing, yes?). Like that fun commercial, the Kia Soul is kind of a party in itself. It drives like a dream, is incredible on gas, and is a show-stopper in the streets – perfect for any beauty or fashion maven. I can’t tell you how many people stopped to stare. Its bright yellow exterior caught the eyes of many, and my family quickly named the car Aretha… after the queen of soul herself.

Needless to say, we fell in love with the Kia Soul and are now strongly considering purchasing one. It was one of the best cars to drive and comes recommended highly to anyone looking for a great, affordable compact vehicle.

The Kia Soul 6-speed Manual starts at $14,900.
  • Car Type: Wagon
  • Transmission: 6-speed Manual
  • Total Seating: 5
  • Cylinders: Inline 4
  • Colors: Various shades
  • Favorite Interior Features: Heated mirrors, dual illuminating vanity mirrors (perfect for quick touch-ups!), USB connection, 6 speakers, & Bluetooth wireless technology.
See below for my favorite gold/yellow beauty products inspired by the Kia’s bright hue.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NYFW Backstage Beauty: Essie At Nanette Lepore SS15

Nanette Lepore's Spring/Summer 2015 collection channeled California and the south of France in the 1960's. Julie Kandalec for essie created gradient nails using two shades - a mint green & a sheer white. We can't wait to try this look come spring! 

How-To Steps:
  1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails 
  2. Next, apply two coats of mint candy apple
  3. Once dry, dip a makeup sponge in blanc and blot polish over the tip of the nail
  4. Then, take the makeup sponge and gently press halfway up the nail creating an opaque gradient away from the tip; less blanc pigment should be applied the further up on the nail you go
  5. Follow with good to go top coat

Monday, September 8, 2014

NYFW Backstage Beauty: JINSoon For Karen Walker SS15

JINSoon created the nail look backstage for Karen Walker's Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The nail look was inspired by a garden. Think vivid color, rich hues, and literal green thumbs. Jin Soon Choi chose a sleek, green shade from her upcoming collection to complement the looks.

How-To Steps:
  1. File and clean nails, removing all traces of polish
  2. Apply JINsoon Power Coat base coat to prep the nails
  3. Apply two coats of a forest green nail polish (the shade Jin used was from her upcoming JINsoon Spring 2015 Collection)
  4. Finish by applying a single coat of JINsoon Top Gloss

NYFW Backstage Beauty: Stila Cosmetics At Trina Turk SS15

The Trend: Pop Art Perfection

Lead Artist: Sarah Lucero, Stila's Global Director of Creative Artistry

Designer Inspiration: "Trina's collection was inspired by the iconic LA Flower Mart, so we chose makeup in a bouquet of colors. The hues are like the petals of a flower, with a soft finish but opaque in color." - Sarah Lucero

Step-By-Step To Achieve The Look:

10-in-1 Illuminating Beauty Balm

Smudge Stick in Turquoise
Mile High Mascara

Convertible Lips + Cheeks in Camellia

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carina

Stay All Day Brows

Use the #15 brush to buff the turquoise smudge-stick into an opaque eye shadow across the lid.