Thursday, February 10, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
I have been spreading the news ever since. Just when I found the perfect shaving cream my friend told me they will be discontinuing the women's line. So I had to investigate! Apparently it wasn't a big seller, not because women didn't like it but they didn't know it existed. The good news is that the only difference between the men and women's line is really the scent. Women are replacing the women's products with the lavender scented men's products.
So if you are looking for the perfect shaving products check out The Art of Shaving. All their products are sold online or you can go to a store near you, they have multiple locations. If you go now you still can buy the women's line, while supplies last.
Hope you enjoy!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
So it is the first sign of great weather on the East Coast and people are starting to lay out in the sun to get as dark as they can. I love the good weather because it makes everyone so much happier! As the spring and summer are approaching I never think it is too early to start adding a little color to your face- this makes a real suntan not as shocking from your pasty winter skin. The easiest way to do this is adding a touch of bronzer to your everyday makeup – I am not talking about Snookie from the Jersey Shore amount of bronzer (and fake tanning) but just a little to start warming up your face.
My three top bronzers I use vary in price but achieve the same result.
The first bronzer that I had ever tried was Cargo’s Medium Bronzer. Obviously you would pick the shade that best fits your skin tone, but with using any shade, this is a great product. It goes on light, but layers nicely with other foundations and tinted moisturizers. Sometimes with a thick heavy product, you load up your brush and where you place it on your cheek, the product places and does not move or blend well – this is not the case with Cargo’s. It is relatively inexpensive as bronzers go and online at their website you can get it for $25.00
MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder isn’t technically a “bronzer” but I have used it as one. This is perfect if you don’t want to add definition to your cheeks or T-Zone, but just want an overall darker feel. I use a “Handy Buki” brush (at Bare Essentials for $20) and with not attention to detail apply it all over the face. It adds a nice, darker shade to your face without making it look un-natural. This product lists for $28.00
The final bronzer I recommend is a new product to me, but I am already in love with it. It is from Estee Lauder and is called the Bronze Goddess Exotic Bronzing Blush. This is a combination bronzer and blush (will work well for skin tones that have a little red in them). This bronzer is great to apply on your cheekbones and a dash on your T-Zone to tie it all in. I would not use this all over you face as you can the MAC one. This product is such a great addition to their line as it combines two products in one. A lot of women don’t know if they can wear bronzer and blush, and if they want to, do not know how to apply it. This product is both. As I said, apply it like a blush and it will warm and darken your face up to a great sun kissed look! This product is listed at $35.00
Hope this helps and let me know if there are any products you would like recommendations on! Enjoy the nice weather!
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
I was talking with my sister last night and she asked me for a couple quick things to do with makeup that were easy but made it look like she put effort into her appearance. I totally understand that people don’t have forty-five minutes to do a smoky eye with eyeliner, a smashing bold lip, and full foundation. It is just not realistic. So, I came up with a couple quick makeup tips and products that can help you have a complete look with only spending less than 5 minutes on your makeup!
The first is eye shadow. Sometimes it is fun to spend time coming up with cool color combinations but when you’re late running out the door, you just want to throw on something. Use Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion. If you buy it in Champagne you can put a little on and it gives your eyes a nice shimmer to them. It will dry and not crease which is always nice not to worry about. Once you have the primer, you can also use this before putting on your normal eye shadow and it should make it last longer and also, not crease.
The mascara that I use and swear by is Benefit’s BAD gal Lash. It has a great consistency, does not clump, and does what you want from mascara. The thing that I like about BAD gal is that it lasts. If you put it on before going out for the night, you will not need to go the bathroom to reapply or de-clump your lashes.
Another great, easy thing to do to complete a look is using Smashbox’s O-Gloss. It is the coolest gloss out there. What happens is that you put the gloss on as usual, but then it changes to your lip color and brings a more reddish-pink color to it. It is different for each person (obviously because everyone’s coloring is different) but really creates a nice effect. I was on a photo shoot awhile ago, and after the shoot the model took off all the makeup because she was going to another casting, and whips out O-Gloss and puts it on. In like 2 minutes she turned around, and I was like, “I thought you took off your makeup?” She then told me about O-Gloss and since then I have loved it.
So those are just three really awesome products that make getting ready simple and quick. The eye shadow primer doesn’t require any precision, the mascara is, well, mascara, and the O-Gloss does the work so you don’t have to! Let me know if you guys have any questions and I’ll try to come up with some other tips for the future…
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Some of the covers that I have had a problem with recently include Tina Fey on Vogue and Demi Moore on W. Tina Fey its less of a problem than think that what they photo shopped could have been avoided. Fey has had a scar on her cheek since her childhood, received from a stranger slashing her face at age 5 in her front lawn. I don’t understand why they had to use that side of her face, if there is a scar on it and you don’t want to show it, shoot the other side! On W Magazine, it was blatant that Demi Moore’s hips were corrected, but corrected poorly. There is a chunk missing out of one. When asked about this, W Magazine denied it saying they did no altering of the photo. It is a professional standard now to send the photos to post production and do corrections- so don’t deny it.
In conclusion- I know that photo shop is needed. There is a level of standard that people expect from a cover. I understand smoothing of skin, correcting bumpy eyeliner, or whitening teeth. But- when you change someone drastically- especially when they are a famous personality – we will notice the obvious changes. Photo shop is to enhance a photo, not change it. Lets make the people that we show across all forms of entertainment, real not fake.