One Product, Multiple Uses

Here are some amazing ways to save time and use products in a variety of ways. These are great products for an overnight bag, a business trip and longer travel.

Chapstick:

The regular no flavor, no tingley, Chapstick. Dab on cheek bones (especially on windy winter days!), under your brow, use as a brow tamer, to sooth cuticles or dry spots, to tame flyaway frizzies and, of course, on your lips! Vaseline is another long time favorite but it you tend to have oily skin or want less shine, a more dense product is better.


 

Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter sets:

The lightest shade can be used as a highlighter as well as eyeshadow. The blush can be applied as such. The dark bronze can be used for shadow and even brow fill in a pinch. I got one from Avon that is super affordable.


Primer:

Finding the right primer can be face changing. I love Urban Decay original primer, but my new favorite is the Urban Decay Eden. It’s a fair skin tone and I can use it alone on lids and under eyes. Sin is another favorite with some shimmer. I have combination skin and oily lids. After 10 hours, I found the original potion to crease. Sin and Eden didn’t crease even after a summer wedding I was in that I needed my face photo-ready for 16 hours. $20 each at Sephora.com

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Sin

Sin

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Eden

Eden

Left: Urban Decay Eden with UD Shadow. Right: Just UD Shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Coconut Oil:

If you’ve been on any beauty blog or Pinterest, you know the benefits of coconut oil. Head to toe, this stuff is amazing. I found these little inch and a half containers at Bed Bath and Beyond. Now you can have it everywhere! Don’t fill to the top as coconut oil has a low melting temp.

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Matte Brown Shadow:

A shadow you can use for your brows is already double duty. But a powder you can wet, now becomes brow powder, liner and even mascara. I’ve always loved the way Mary Kay shadows apply wet or dry. To use on your brow, use a dry angle brush and brush with dry spoolie. As a shadow, use your finger, brush or disposable applicator. As a liner, put a small drop of water in the eye shadow and dab an angle brush in to mix lightly. Apply as liner. While still wet, dab your pointer and thumb in the shadow and pinch tips of lashes lightly to use as a quickie mascara.

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Shadow in Espresso ($7 Marykay.com)

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Now Stay Like That

At a recent wedding, I had this conversation:

Me: Is my makeup creasing?
My Husband: I don’t know what that means. Nick, what does “creasing” mean?
Nick: Kapeeshing?!
Me: No creasing.
Nick: I don’t know what that means.

When I finally found an answer, it was no. Melting makeup was definitely a concern when you’re at a wedding all day and most likely into the night. I applied my makeup at 8am and didn’t get home until midnight. 16 hours and no creasing! Or Kapeeshing!

The MAC Fix spray is worth every penny. And it’s only $10!
http://www.maccosmetics.com

Brushes!!!

Quality brushes are just as important as quality makeup. A great brush applies makeup more evenly, gets more color payoff and saves you time when you’re trying to blend.

I constantly use the same 4 brushes for my everyday application:

MAC #217  $22.50USD

This brush is great for blending. Its a versatile brush that can be used for any shadow application.

MAC #239 $24USD

This is a flat brush excellent for shadow application on your lid and under your eye. Since its flat it can be used for detail as well.

MAC #182$47USD

This is the perfect brush for powder foundation application. Its great for blending blush for finishing touches and great for a mineral finishing product. I had tried many brushed for powder application and finally decided to splurge on this brush. Worth every penny!! My powder foundation will last longer using this brush as well. This makes an excellent gift!

The last brush is a small detail brush from craft stores. Some come in a pack or you can buy individually from the art brush display in these stores. These brushes are great for precise eye lining with powder, gel and liquid. Perfect for retro or cat eyes!

For MAC brushes go to http://www.MACcosmetics.com

For art brushes try http://www.acmoore.com

Two-Toned, Dramatic and Neutrals

Pictures Left to Right: ArtDeco, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel

Fall 2010 Colors.

We are seeing a lot of neutrals, golds and jewel tones on the runways. This seasons makeup is full of purples, blues,
emeralds, textured golds and minimalist neutrals with dramatic lips. These looks are fun and can be very easy.
Makeup companies are making this trend easier by selling coordinating shadows in sets of 2, 3 and 4 colors.
Companies like Maybelline, Revlon and Cover Girl actually have easy to follow instructions right on the package and even the shadows
themselves. Lorielle’s  HIP collection has a great variety of this seasons brights easily available in drugstores.

If you don’t want to start with bright shadows, start with a liner just to get the feel of a color. You can line your eyes with shadow or
with eyeliner. To line your eyes with an eyeshadow, simply use your eyeliner brush and smudge above lash line. The more you get used to a color you can play with it
going from day to dramatic night looks.

These colors are great on your nails too! These are from M.A.C Cosmetics

Don’t Leave Home Without Them! by Emily Boyd

We’re all tempted to carry our entire bathroom closet with us at all times, thus the need for our massive pocketbooks/purses/satchels.  But truly, you can do wonders for any unexpected occasion with three basic essentials in your bag at all times:

1. Concealer,  2. Blush,  3. Mascara.

Concealer is my best friend.  Indeed great to hide our dark circles under our eyes.  Brighten your eyes with a little highlight under your brow bone.  A sleek touch of concealer down the bridge of your nose gives you a more defined feature.  Remember to keep your face well moisturized – too much concealor will just find any tiny creases as the day wears on.

Don’t forget that concealer is not just for your face… if you’re like me, there’s usually a black-and-blue somewhere on my legs.  Touch up any spot!

Blush will give you a healthy glow, and during the day a little wisp of blush gives you that edge to face the rest of the day. A hint on your forehead, down your nose, then cheeks from the apple area right out to your hairline.   I’ve been known to add a little to the fullest part of my lips as well…. gives you a healthy, natural pout if you don’t want a gleaming lipstick look.  Just be sure to get the right shade for you.  Remember a little wisp on your decolletage and shoulders.  This keeps your all-over color consistent and less “made-up”.

Then last, but not least, Mascara.  Eyes will always look brighter and more awake with a little mascara.  Use enough to lengthen and add volume – pump it up with an extra layer for evening.  Be sure to get all your lashes – inner eye right out to the sweep of the longer, outer lashes.  Don’t overload the brush with product, however, thus you will not get clumps.   Resist using on your entire lower lashes; just a touch to the outer bottom.  Either use a lash curler or try the newer products that add a curl to your lashes for a more awake look.  Finally, remember to change your mascara frequently.  This is the biggest culprit of bacteria, so even if there’s product left in the tube, replace your mascara after about 3 months, if not before.

OK – yes you can fit a few more things in that bag, I’m sure!  But these three basics are your key to a beautiful you – anytime!

Look your best!    Feel your best!    Be your best!

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