Friday, January 31, 2014

Are yours real? I mean your lashes...

To enhance or not to enhance that is the question. 
 We all love fake lashes and extensions but sometimes you just need to give your lashes a rest and go back to a simple life and just wear mascara. It is so hard to keep up,yea yea with the Kardashians and with all the adds on TV, raving that this product will make your lashes look like they are a mile long  or that product that will plump your lashes like Brandi Glanville's  _ i_ s (you fill in the blank). We see the models and we know better. They are usually wearing extensions, strips or some added individuals and of course the occasional photo shopped lashes! All of these adds make you run to the drugstore and scoop up any lash building product you can find. You get home and are instantly thrilled or completely disappointed. It all depends on if you bought the right mascara for your lash type.
 I am here to set the record straight. It does work, mascara does work! Mascara has amazing powers! All by its lonesome, you just have to find the perfect one for your lashes. As a makeup artist, I see around 20-25 sets of eyes per week. The straight lashes, the white lashes, the barely there and the long fine lashes, oh and the pre-curled lashes. If I missed your lash type I apologize, and promise you will find one that you love listed below. The mascaras I am listing as must haves will literally cover them all. 
 What you want to do is find a jet black, thick but not goopy mascara with a great wand. Waterproof is all about preference. Waterproofing the lashes is a definite YES for weddings and other events (Vegas pool party) or if you are a teary eyed gal. I personally like a non waterproof for everyday. 

 My personal favorite is Bad Gal from Benefit it is great for someone that wants to lengthen, thicken,separate and make the lashes intense. It is a matte black formula which helps make it look more like you are wearing false lashes. I have blonde medium length semi full lashes and this mascara definitely takes me up to the look of a set of falsies without the fuss. I will post a before and after pic. I use this mascara on a daily basis.
Another Benefit fan fave of mine and lots of my clients is, They're Real great for the girl with a shorter thicker lash line and or someone with a straighter lash. This mascara will help lengthen the lash and intensify the thickness without clumping and making the lashes heavy looking. The brush is designed to get right to the root of the lash. This mascara also helps curl the lash as well. This formula is glossy as it goes on and can be layered over Bad Gal. The two together can still maintain their silky formula even when layered.

My other favorite thing about these two mascaras is this! They come in a mini size and I literally have them everywhere.

 My favorite for my makeup kit is Smashbox full exposure. I use this for most of my clients for so many reasons. Lengthening fibers mixed with a volumizing formula. The brush is great too. It thickens and lengthens the lash while separating. The mascara can layer without clumping or flaking! It is jet black and not goopy at all. 

check out my mascara free lashes and my Bad Gal lashes

No Mascara
With Benefit Bad Gal

Enjoy giving your lashes a rest and trying out these mascaras. xo

Monday, January 27, 2014

New foundation, does it have to be a mask? Only if we are referring to Spanx!!

I ventured out into a new territory in the world of makeup. On my hunt for a new foundation for my clients I came across the usually suspects but wasn't inspired.
While at Seporha, as I said last week, I found Coverfx. Gluten free, paraben free,talc free oil free foundation.  (How perfect as I have been Gluten free for over a month) Many clients ask for gluten free products and this entire line is. 
It comes in a tube(great for travel). This natural finish foundation is long wearing  and water-resistant. I used it on 7 clients this weekend and absolutely loved it. I posted some pictures below to show how great the coverage is. Far from a mask!

All of my clients this weekend asked for their shade and what they should use to apply the foundation. I suggested the foundation brush from Coverfx and their appropriate shade. The color range is fabulous from a pinky porcelain to a beautiful espresso. I started out with a basic range but will continue add all shades knowing now how much I love it.

The application is amazing glides right on smooth as silk. I mixed an illuminizer from Benefit into it for one client, wow glowing gorgeous skin! You can make this foundation full coverage or as sheer as a tinted moisturizer. 
I also purchased the eye primer from Coverfx. Using it as an eye cream and shadow primer.  I don't think I have  ever had such ease with concealer. No creasing and it all stayed put. This is a definite must have.
I am sharing a link to the main site. First timers get 15% off their purchase!
Happy shopping!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Morning makeup shop. Going in for Nars came out with Smashbox

My day started out as usual dropping off my son at school, Starbucks and a quick visit/chat with my friend Diana.
I was all set to do as I promised and write a review of all the new products that I would purchase from Nars at Nordstrom's. I walked into Nordstrom's and was disappointed to see the Final Cut collection ,it wasn't anything I had not purchased,used before.
 I moved on to Sephora and got a sneak peak at the Nars narsissist eyeshadow palette.
I will post a link when available. I think this palette ($75) is great for someone that needs shadows for day into evening. The palette has a great range of colors. Matte textures and shimmer. If your just starting out as an artist this is a great palette for your kit. If you just love makeup it is a fun palette to add to your collection.

This palette is amazing! Matte finishes and shimmer/sparkle. It comes with a great shadow brush and blending brush!
I did some damage in the foundation department as well. Review to come over the weekend. Xo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Makeup... On a hunt or just shopping??

Yes that is what I am coveting now. I want everything the whole collection. It's beautiful!
Final cut is the name of the collection. It is exclusive to nordstroms. 
I will be purchasing all or most tomorrow and promise to write a review of it all!