In today’s get ready with me video I do my makeup for my 10-year high school reunion. I went with a grey smokey eye using the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette and a pop of bright pink on the lips. I also show you my outfit at the end of the video. I can’t get enough of this flowy, boho mini dress and over-the-knee boot combo!
It seems like the moment I started a new chapter with this blog, I had to put it on hold for something new. Since you’ve last heard from me, my whole life has been flipped upside down. I left my career in finance to work for Vivala, a lifestyle website for bold, real, and savvy Latinas, as a Writer, Editorial Assistant, and Founding Creator. It has been pretty much my whole life since I started in April and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Part of what I’ve been up to is a video series called “Beauty That Works” that has quick tutorials for the woman on the go. New episodes air every Wednesday and we just kicked off the second season last week. I’m super excited about what we have in store! You can add me on Facebook for updates.
New year, new me! That’s what we all say, right? I’m currently fighting my soda addiction by going cold turkey. It is day four and I feel like I need to scratch little tally marks on my desk or something for each day I go without a sip. I’m definitely going to need at least a little medal for this or something. Soda is one of my greatest vices, second only to my love for makeup, which fortunately can’t kill me. Anyway, I pretty much went off the deep end hauling ever since the holidays came around and there were tons of deals and new launches encouraging me to makeover my stash. Check out my video to see what I picked up. I am especially excited about my new Charlotte Tilbury makeup! I had been coveting one of the items for months on end and it turned out to be everything I wanted it to be. Gotta love those moments.
NARS Lead Makeup Stylist Cindy Rodriguez did a demo on the trends seen at the Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week shows this month.
I am telling you in advance that I will not be trendy next spring because the minimalist makeup look is what dominated the shows this season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about skin but I’m also all about doing the most on the eyes and lips. Luckily Cindy consolidated the looks NARS did at Michael Costello, Alexander Wang, Thakoon, Rag & Bone and Tanya Taylor featuring luminous perfected skin, a bold brow and a bright lip…now that’s more like it lol.
Throughout the demo we got a chance to see some of the brand’s newest products in action, like the recently launched All Day Luminous Powder Foundation. A few light layers of the powder to set the mix of compact foundation and serum she used on the model did not leave a cakey finish; the skin remained fresh and luminous. According to her, it still performs well under flash photography despite the high SPF 24. The powder was so refined that she was able to apply some of The Multiples on-top without getting a patchy look.
The eye was a slept in brown liner with a gold cream shadow applied to the lids. A brown cream product was layered underneath a brown shadow on the outer crease in a square shape.
The bold brows seen at Michael Costello were achieved by first backcombing the brows with brow gel to get the style desired. Next an eye shadow darker than the model’s hair was applied with a wet angle brush in strokes to exaggerate the brows (the strokes looked obvious and intentional). Finally the rest of the gaps in between the stroke marks were filled in with the same shadow with a dry brush.
Lastly, the lip was done with the new Velvet Lip Liner in Playa Dorado and the Audacious Lipstick in Lana (this red-orange color is definitely joining my spring/summer rotation next year). I got a chance to play with some of the other Audacious lipsticks and found them to be very creamy and richly pigmented. The two shades I wanted for the fall/winter were out of stock so I had them ordered from another boutique (haul coming soon).
Check out my latest YouTube video where I share the makeup I brought along with me to the Made In America music festival in Philadelphia this holiday weekend. I definitely overpacked as usual lol. What are the items that you can’t leave behind, no matter how short of a trip it is?
In this not so Throwback Thursday post, I am sharing my current favorite foundation routine that I posted a few weeks ago on my YouTube channel. The routine leaves you looking fresh-faced and sun-kissed but not without a little hyperbole (e.g. the sickening cheek highlight).
The key to looking fresh vs. cakey when applying foundation is to use a light layer that is just enough to even out your skin tone. Next you want to go in with your concealer and target specific areas that need extra coverage. After you are done applying your liquid or cream products, set everything with the powder of your choice to smooth out the different textures of those products. Feeling powdery? A setting spray will take care of that as well as prolong your makeup’s duration.