Top: Light, Medium Plus
Bottom: Medium Dark, Dark Deep
I have been given the opportunity to try out these new Careblend Pressed Powder from MAC. MAC claims the that Studio Careblend Pressed Powder provides sheer to medium coverage with perfect skin adhesion that helps to create a more flawless, refined look to skin. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder’s versatility allows users to apply it alone, over moisturized skin, atop foundation to set, or simply to touch up and perfect skin throughout the day.
I was able to try MAC's new offering for pressed powder called the Studio Careblend, which is from the Future Face collection. I used it in tandem with the Studio Moisturetint SPF 15 and I was pleasantly surprised that they worked well in tandem with each other.
Let me start off with the Studio Moisturetint SPF 15.
This is MAC's version of the tinted moisturizer, since a lot of brands have already come up with their own take on this hybrid product. It's sunscreen, moisturizer and light foundation in one. This caters to modern, busy individuals who cannot apply separate products of sunscreen, moisturizer or foundation in the morning for lack of time.
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NARS worked with makeup artist Tasha Brown to create the look for Florence Welch, of Florence & The Machine for both her red carpet and performance looks at the Academy Awards.
ON THE RED CARPET:
“I was inspired by the thought of a beautiful English rose. With Florence’s lacy Valentino dress, we wanted to round out the look with warm shades,” said Tasha about the singer’s red carpet look. Below are the NARS products that Tasha used:
o PRO-PRIME Pore Refining Primer (NEW for Spring 2011; exclusively available at Sephora)
o Sheer Matte Foundation
o Desire Blush
o PRO-PRIME Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
o Lovejoy Blush (on her eyelids)
o Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara
o Tzigane Lipstick (NEW for Spring 2011!)
ON STAGE: “Florence has such flawless skin so I added a bold color to complement her copper dress,” said Tasha about Florence’s performance look, for which she added the following NARS products:
o Gina Blush
o Heat Wave Lipstick
NARS products, except where noted above, are currently available at www.narscosmetics.com
The Fighter’s Amy Adams, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, stepped out on the red carpet with bold lips and blue-hued eyes. Her look was “old Hollywood disco,” says makeup artist Molly Stern who noted the nominee left the room “radiating!”
Below are the NARS products that Molly used in creating Amy’s look:
Sex Appeal Blush
Hollywoodland Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (NEW for Spring 2011!)
Bateau Ivre Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Spring 2011!)
Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (NEW for Spring 2011!)
NARS cosmetics are available at www.narscosmetics.com
Happy Sunday everyone! Here's a funky french using OPI Sonora Sunset (gorgeous, gorgeous color!), and stamped with Konad special polish in Black and m44 image plate. I also added coral rhinestones on the tips to add some dimension to the look.
I really love Sonora Sunset. I was able to stumble on a bottle in my neighborhood beauty supply store. It is a beautiful coral polish with lots of gold particles. The shimmer is amazing. The formula was also fantastic. I wore this particular mani for days and days with nary a chip. It might also be a combination of my basecoat (Gelous, an amazing product), as well as a top coat for nail art called Tough Coat. My rhinestones didn't budge with Tough Coat until the day I decided I wanted a new manicure and took them off. Both base and top coats were bought at Sally Beauty Supply.
Have a great weekend!
Below, L-R: Tarte Amazonian clay shimmering powders in Rose, Champagne
I've had the chance to try one of Tarte's newest offerings, the provocateur Amazonian clay shimmering powders. Ever since I've tried the amazing, holy-grail status Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse, I have been hooked on anything from Tarte made from this rich clay extracted from the banks of the Amazon River, where the nutrients are at their highest concentration. I love the amazonian clay because it is all-natural: no parabens, mineral oil and petrolatum, not phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate, no synthetic dyes or fragrances. Best of all, this stuff truly works for me (read my review on how much I loved the brow mousse).
Los Angeles, Calif. (February 2011) – Faux fringe and bold brows were fashionably fabulous at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2011. Celebrity makeup artists Sarah Lucero and Lindsey Forrest from the stila cosmetics pro artist team used Ardell® lashes and Andrea® to show off the Fall’s hottest looks.
stila cosmetics artists were backstage at the Lela Rose and Rebecca Minkoff runway shows, creating flawless faces to compliment the gorgeous garments. Andrea® EyeQ’s “came in handy for the deep lip look we did for Lela Rose,” said Forrest, who used them to clean up and sharpen lines on the models eyes and lips.
Both the glamorous eye and sweet lip for the Rebecca Minkoff show and the illuminated skin and eyes of Lela Rose were accentuated with Ardell® Individual Long Black lashes to elongate and thicken the models’ natural lashes. Defined brows completed the look by shaping and enhancing eyes with the Ardell® Duo Brow Brush. The makeup artists topped brows off with Ardell® Brow Sculpting Gel to tame stray hairs and ensure they’d stay in place throughout the event.
Having beautiful, full, and natural looking lashes is a flutter away with Ardell® and Andrea® faux lashes and accessories. Long a favorite of make up artists, Hollywood A-listers and anyone looking to flash some lash, Ardell® and Andrea® lashes are no longer reserved for special occasions; they’ve become part of many women’s morning routine.
The #1 seller of faux lashes, adhesives and eyelash conditioners, Ardell® offers many styles in strips and individual lashes with a full line of accessories including adhesives, combs, curlers and tweezers. Ardell individual lashes use a patented knot-free technology. In addition to a full line of lashes, Andrea® also carries a complete line of wax products, makeup removers and spa-quality face and body masques.
**Please note, the collaboration between lash brands, Ardell® and Andrea®, and stila makeup artists was arranged with the artists alone and not as an official co-branding event with stila.
About American International Industries (A.I.I.)
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I'd received this product several months ago, but it's only now that I am writing a review about it. Why? I always take my time when reviewing skincare because I want to give the products a chance to work. The ARCONA Lightening Drops dropped on my lap just when I'd needed it most. A few months ago, I had my worst case of hormonal acne. It was really bad and I had a lot of zits on the chin and jawline. A few visits to my OB-Gyn and dermatologist yielded amazing results and now I hardly have zits anymore (knock on wood!). However, some nasty battle scars remained, and I really wanted to get rid of the hyperpigmentation. I think a combination of my retinoid regimen, my Clarisonic cleansing system and regular exfoliation worked in tandem with the Lightening Drops to really fade hyperpigmentation, but I still give the Arcona Lightening Drops a lot of credit for this.
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I have been trying out Arcona's products and I will be reviewing a couple soon. Learn how some stars are enamored with this skincare line. Watch out for my reviews of ARCONA!
How the Stars Prep for the Oscars with ARCONA:
Red carpet regulars like Julia Roberts, Diane Lane and Joan Allen rely on cult favorite skincare line ARCONA to prep for big events. See who will be using ARCONA at this Academy Awards…
Oscar presenter Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to red carpets and her skin looks amazingly flawless every time. Makeup artist Heba Thorisdottir credits ARCONA for giving Scarlett her healthy glow.
“ARCONA’s Desert Mist is perfect for Scarlett’s skin. The product keeps her skin hydrated and really works to seal in the moisture that gives her complexion a natural luminous glow.”
– Heba Thorisdotter, celebrity makeup artist
ARCONA Desert Mist retails for $32 at arcona.com
Performing her Oscar-nominated song from Tangled is singer Mandy Moore who is a fan of ARCONA’s Cranberry Gommage, a purifying exfoliant that cleanses, tones and decongests enlarged pores, leaving skin visibly clearer, smoother and more refined.
ARCONA Cranberry Gomage retails for $42 (for 100ml) at arcona.com
Songstress Florence Welch, frontwoman of Grammy-nominated Florence + The Machine, is performing Dido’s Oscar-nominated song from 127 Hours. Her makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown uses ARCONA to keep the singer’s skin looking flawless.
“I use ARCONA’s Lavender Hydrasol before I start any makeup application. It was perfect for prepping Florence’s skin for the Grammys, where her makeup was light and minimal. The product kept her skin glowing and radiant throughout the night!”
– Tasha Reiko Brown, celebrity makeup artist
ARCONA Lavender Hydrasol retails for $40 at arcona.com
ARCONA’s all-natural products are cosmeceutically formulated with pure, natural ingredients, cold-processed in small batches to keep them fresh, active and super-effective. ARCONA uses only the finest quality, all natural ingredients in products that penetrate deep into the cellular layers of the skin to effect real change, resulting in glowing, healthy skin at any age.