Monday, July 16, 2012

My Time-Saving Beauty Tips & Tricks

As much as I hate to admit it, being fashionably late isn't all that fashionable.  Over the years I've had to train myself - ahem - force myself to adopt some of the time-saving beauty practices in this post.  Not because I'm a low-maintenance girl as far as my beauty routine goes. Haha, ohhh no. It's because one of my worst habits is being chronically late - to everything.  More recently I realized I don't need to ponder EVERY lipstick in my collection before choosing one to wear that day and I've been doing much better with making my appointments and other commitments on time. Hopefully a few of these tips and helpful products may keep you from the dreaded mascara-application-in-the-rearview-mirror epidemic as well!

Products Mentioned in Video:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
(Even though they also remove makeup, I use these for cleansing my face in the AM. I find that helpful in case I've missed a spot while removing my makeup the night before)

Goody Mini Claw Clips (drugstore)

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in Sand

NARS Pressed Powder in Beach

Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover-Up in "Petal"

Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy

Stila Convertible Color in Peony

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Cabo Coral

Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Block

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Updated Eyebrow Tutorial & Fave Products

Lately I've been doing a lot of beauty/makeup shopping at Target, and have been especially obsessed with ELF products (Blush for a dollar? Really?!).  When I came across the ELF Eyebrow kit I immediately wanted to give it a shot since my eyebrow routine has been pretty uninvolved over the past year.  Normally I reach for easy-to-use, one step products but there is something about a precisely defined brow that I LOVE.  It took me a few tries to get the hang of using the tinted gel and the powder sides of the kit in a way that worked, but I've been using it for weeks and I really like the results I've been getting. In the accompanying video I'll show you some of my favorite products for filling in your brows as well as a demo on how I use my ELF Eyebrow kit.

But what if you need to start from the very beginning? The good news is that the recent trend of thicker, more shapely eyebrows means that we don't have to do all that much to change our natural shape.  That being said most of us do have to keep up with taming our brows a little bit to keep them from looking unruly.  If you're starting fresh and you really don't trust yourself to shape them I would suggest getting them professionally done - at least for the first time. That way you can find a face-flattering shape and just maintain that yourself at home. I would recommend going to a place that specializes in brows.  Be wary of walking in to any random salon and trusting that they'll know everything there is to know.  You're much more likely to get results that you're happy with if you read online reviews and do your research ahead of time.

It can also be fun to play around with eyebrow stencils like the ones from Anastasia (I believe they can be found at Ulta and Sephora).  Personally, I've always groomed and shaped my eyebrows myself but it's really what you're comfortable with and what works for you.

What color should I use?  Taupey, cool browns are going to be very universally flattering and neutral.  That means they don't become the focal point of your face (which can happen when you use warmer browns) but still frame your face and set off your beautiful features!  I would say the only exception would be the vibrant redheads out there.  If you have red hair, an ash brown or taupe shade may still work for you. Or you may just want to find a color that matches your auburn locks exactly. Again it comes down to personal preference. If you have dark black or brown hair, you may want to pick a color that matches your hair color or go for a shade or two lighter.  As a blonde, I prefer my brow products to be a shade or two darker than my hair color. 

Whatever the case, don't be afraid to fill in your brows!  You never know, they may become your most favorite feature!

Products mentioned in the video:

MAC Mystery and Wedge Eyeshadows

Revlon Colorstay Brown Enhancer (Light Brown), see how I use it:

Maybelline MasterShape Brow Pencil (Soft Brown), see how I use it:

Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium
Sigma Small Angled E65 Brush

Sunday, July 8, 2012

June 2012 Favorites!

Hi everyone! I'm back from vacation and ready to dish about my favorite products from the month of June.  As I mentioned before I had planned to film this video from the beach but as it turns out I forgot to pack some items that I just HAD to show you all. So I've included some clips from my trip to Sanibel Island, FA in the intro and of course the rest of the video is chock-full of beauty goodies!  Enjoy!

Products Mentioned:
Elf Kabuki Face Brush
Sonia Kashuk Travel Cosmetic Bag
NARS Pressed Powder in Beach
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Natural Beige
Lorac Perfectly Lit Spotlight Highlighting Powder
Revlon Age Defying Concealer w/ DNA Advantage in Light/Medium
Orly Nail Polish in Rage
Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid

Monday, July 2, 2012

My Must-Have Foundations & Powders + Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation Mini Review

Hi everyone! This post was inspired by all of the amazing foundations and powders I've run across over the past few months. Some are from the drugstore and some are higher-end brands that can be found at Ulta or Sephora.  However, they all have one thing in common; they've been working wonders to correct and even out my combination skin.  Watch the video below for my thoughts on all of these products, as well as a mini-review of the new Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation!

Products Mentioned:
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfecter in Light/Medium
Revlon Age Defying Foundation w/ DNA Advantage in Tender Beige
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cream Ivory
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Natural Beige
Makeup Forever HD Loose Powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover-up in "Never Settle Petal"
NARS Pressed Powder in Beach

-Alli xoxo