Brightening Finishing Powder ($50): Yeah, this is expensive. And yeah, all those pastels look a little wacky, considering this isn’t an eye palette. But one swirl of a fluffy brush over the surface of this radiant powder, and your complexion will be transformed. You’ll go from tired, saggy, sallow, and blah to perky, bright, and luminous. Swear! It’s a miracle in a compact. Dust on a sheer veil after you’ve applied the rest of your makeup and watch your complexion light up. Also, the pressed powder is infused with a skin-brightening blend of Mulberry, Grape and Scutellaria extracts and Sodium Hyaluronate (which is like a moisture magnet) to keep skin fresh, glowy, and smooth.
#01 Silver Moon
#03 Ballet Pink
#22 Black Chocolate
#23 Gold Star Venus
High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($24): This is one of my favorite formulas of lip gloss, because the shimmer really does brighten up your whole complexion, without going anywhere near the realm of tacky. Available in 17 Shades.
Extra Soothing Balm ($58): A great first step toward getting a glowing complexion.
Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26): Sheer Pink and Sheer Berry. I have raved about the Sheer Pink shade of this product for about three years, and then they stopped making it. I’m still squeezing bits out of my old push-up stick, savoring the last morsels. And now it’s back! Honestly, my favorite cream blush ever. It’s so dewy and glides on cheeks so smoothly…it’s a dream.
Retouching Powder Collection ($36): This multipurpose powder does pretty much anything you need it to. It can stand in as a blush or bronzer. It can be used for midday or after-work touch-ups to refresh your makeup. It can be mixed with moisturizer to make your skin look extra dewy (in a good way). It also minimizes redness, soothes and calms skin, brightens, evens tone and discolorations, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, and gives you an overall airbrushed look. In Yellow, Rose, Peach, White, and Brown.
White: Brightens and illuminates alabaster to light skin
Pink: Counteracts sallow undertones in alabaster to medium skin tones
Yellow: Tones down redness in extra light to medium skin tones
Peach: Warms up light skin tones. Evens out tanned and medium to dark skin tones
Rose: Gives light to deep skin tones in a healthy flush of color
Brown: Warms up dark and rich skin tones
Brow Pencil ($22): I am officially a broken record: brows can make you look totally polished and pulled-together, or like a hot mess. If you only have 30 seconds for makeup in the morning, perfect your skin and define and groom your brows! Pencil is the quickest, easiest way to fill in sparse spots, and you’ll be amazed at how fully it pulls your whole look together. The new shade Brunette will be a savior for you darker-haired ladies.
Tinted Eye Brightener ($30): Dark circles? Forget about ‘em! This magic wand will whisk them away in one swipe. This is the product you ladies battling dark circles (myself included) have been dreaming of! For an extra punch, layer it over Bobbi’s Corrector to look well-rested, healthy, and utterly luminous. Available in 10 shades (listed from lightest to darkest): Porcelain Bisque, Light Bisque, Bisque, Medium to Dark Bisque, Dark Bisque, Porcelain Peach (pictured), Light to Medium Peach, Peach, Dark Peach, and Deep Peach.
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MAC Cosmetics started out as a Toronto-based company (woohoo Canada!) back in 1984- today MAC is probably one of the most well known and respected cosmetic companies in the world. There are several things that makes MAC Cosmetics my absolute #1 favorite brand- first off, almost all of their products are of superior, professional quality while still remaining at a *fairly* reasonable price (compared to other ‘professional’ and ‘high-end’ brand names); second, I love the MAC Viva Glam campaign to raise money to help further AIDS research and last but certainly not least, their MAC Pro division of the brand provides excellent products and discounts for professionals. I’m not a huge fan of the fact MAC comes out with SO MANY collections- I would much rather have 4-5 seasonal collections per year than 2-3 a month (well, my wallet would prefer it)
(My MAC Must Haves)
MAC Eyeshadow in Jest – This eyeshadow is beautiful all over the lid- it is quite similar to Stila Kitten and it goes on very smoothly. Brightens the whole eye and gives you a more rested look.
MAC Eyeshadow in Sable – My favorite crease color; it blends beautifully with lighter eyeshadows (like Jest) to give dimension, or you can use it all over for a tinted smokey eye.
MAC Eyehsadow in Blanc Type – The only MAC eyeshadow I’ve hit pan on so far- this is an ultra pigmented creamy white eyeshadow that I use daily for highlighting my browbone and shaping the outer corner.
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon – I use carbon daily as an eyeliner or to set other eyeliners…a staple shade for everyone!
MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl – This highlighter is the perfect shade for light to medium skintones and allows you to put the glow exactly where you want it- cheekbones are best friends with this CCB.
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium – A long-time favorite setting powder…looks invisible, feels weightless and sets makeup beautifully. Some people like to use this product as a foundation as well.
MAC Lipstick in Creme d’Nude – My #1 favorite lipstick- the perfect nude lip in a tube. Just enough pink to make you look alive, but opaque enough to get that sexy, nude pout.
MAC Blush in Fleur Power – Whenever I look at the blushes at MAC, I always reach for this one first…I guess that is a good sign that it is my favorite! I just think its a gorgeous pink with a touch of coral and looks fabulous on every cheek I’ve ever seen it on.
MAC Lipglass in Underage – If you prefer nude lips by gloss, this will be your BFF. Enough opacity to cover lips but still glossy (and sticky- I love it because it makes the gloss long lasting, but some steer clear of it for this reason)
MAC Face & Body Foundation in C2 – A foundation unlike any others I’ve tried…water based and sheer, this foundation will give a completely natural look (no makeup detectable by eye!) with a gorgeous dewy finish.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 – My newest favorite…I can’t live without this concealer now! It covers dark circles beautifully but the icing on the cake is that it lasts all day, doesn’t crease and you don’t need to set it with powder. Amazing.
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Davi Skin History:
In 1966, Robert Mondavi founded a winery with a mission to create a California wine that would stand up to the elite wines of the world. Forty years later, his grandson Carlo Mondavi has ventured out form the family’s sacred Napa Valley Vineyards to create something alike in the skincare business. This luxury product not only reflects the California lifestyle fostered by his family’s wine, but performs better than the already established skincare regimes available today. He turned to what he knew best, as a third generation vinter, Carlo Mondavi has created a line of skincare with roots firmly planted in his family’s vineyards. The result is Davi, a line of luxury skincare encompassing the unique by-ofwine-making process coupled with the latest innovations in modern technology.
At the core of Davi’s products is a proprietary microencapsulated anti-aging antioxidant complex called Meritage. Created in close collaboration with laboratories in Lyon, France, Meritage is a unique blend of grape and fermented wine extracts, green tea, raspberry, black currant and bilberry extracts, rosemary and olive leaf extracts. Meritage is created through a unique double fermentation process and preserved in the formula until the moment it is applied to the skin.
Because it is microencapsulated, the select high-level antioxidants of Meritage are able to remain active on the skin hours longer than conventionally created products. Meritage’s sustained time-release technology provides a slow infusion of antioxidant health benefits to the skin. A daily regimen of Davi skincare restores and rejuvenates, leaving your skin the picture of health—young, radiant, and full of life. The Grape Seed Exfoliating Cleanser ($38.50) is formulated using the polyphenols found in grape leaf extracts and fermented grape extracts (from their own vineyard!). If you don’t know already, polyphenols has some of the strongest (if not the most) antioxidant properties, so you can ensure a good, tough, anti-aging cleanse.
What I love about Davi Crushed MOSCATO PURIFYING CLEANSER is that it features a concentration of Meritage, their own unique blend of fermented wine extracts, formulated with glycerin for effective cleansing, coconut derived emollient and grapeseed oil for smooth, lustrous skin, and our exclusive Meritage anti-aging complex. This blend of natural ingredients creates a shield to basically protect the skin and fight free radicals, which, as you know, lead to premature signs of aging.
The grape seeds and walnut powder is quite subtle too and not that harsh so is can be used it daily. My Celebrity clients love it and Davi’s products have been a part of my daily personal routine as well I use them on every client. The results are immediate and lasting. The moisturizers alone instantly rejuvinate the skin and instantly make them camera ready. To achieve that Hollywood glow I always use Davi Crushed Grape Seed Exfoliator 3-5 days prior to all red carpet events and you can see for yourself the results just beam. The results of this cleanser is just one product I would never live without!
A personal favorite of mine that I just cant seem to get enough is the Mens Le Grand Cru. Le Grand is formulated with moisturizing shea butter, free-radical-fighting antioxidants such as rosemary, green tea, grape extracts and vitamin E, as well as ginseng, witch hazel and allantoin, a botanical extract of the comfrey plant, for toning and astringent benefits, with its exclusive Meritage anti-aging complex.
Ingredients:Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethelene, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Tirethanolamine, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Vaccinum Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Silica Gum, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Camphor, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Menthol, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, PPG-14 Palmeth-60 Hexyl Dicarbamate, Juglans Regina (Walnut) Shell Powder, Allantoin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Idodpropynyl Butylcarbamate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Blue 1, Yellow 5.
A certain beauty trend has made its way back onto the runways, and I couldn’t be more excited. The it-trend of the moment… matching your nails and your lip color!
Introduced in the early 1950s as a sign of sophistication among women, neatly manicured red nails and a matching red lip were not only coveted then, but it’s now one of the hottest trends this season. Too matchy-matchy, you say? We think not. On the runway, matching lips and tips have proven that such sophistication never dies.
Makeup is an art where you use your cosmetics as paints and your face as the canvas to conjure up the desired look. Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple or as complex as you want and is as unique as the individual. Since everybody has a different complexion and look, no one style will be right for everyone. While choosing a style that will compliment your look your makeup should reflect your personality as well as play up your best features and hide any flaws.
If you thought those ladies roll out of bed looking flawless every morning, nothing could be further from the truth. Even the brightest stars in Hollywood wouldn’t be caught dead without their “face” on. You shouldn’t either. So what? You don’t have a personal makeup artist. That’s irrelevant. You won’t need one when I lay down the Makeup Basics for you. With these tips, you’ll be looking like a star in no time!
First, where else would we start but with your foundation? It didn’t get this name for nothin’. That’s your starting point, and the key is to find one that looks like you don’t have any on! For some, it’s a powder to be brushed on. For others, it’s a liquid to be smoothed on. But whichever you use, you want to appear au naturel.
Second, for your cheeks, eyes, and lips, keep the colors neutral… especially if you’re a beginner. Browns, oranges, greens and golds, earth tones, are always going to be your best bet regardless of your complexion. So for your cheeks, get a large brush and right along your cheekbones, sweep the color of your choice up towards your temples. The easiest way to find the path is to suck your cheeks in like a fish, and the bony structure is where you want to apply the color.
Lip gloss is what’s hot, these days! So, this part is easy. Find a color that looks good on you, in a neutral tone, of course, and spread it on thick! For the lips, the glossier, the better!
Your eyes are where the look will totally come together, so this is the part you really want to get right! Select three colors. For instance, a dark brown, a burnt orange, and gold. Close your eye and apply the dark brown in the crease of your eye. Try not to go too far in (towards the inside corners of your eyes).
Next, take the burnt orange and apply it right along the top of your eyelid (right above the lashes). This time, start from the inside corner and work your way out towards your cheek. Then, trace the underside of your arched eyebrow with the gold shadow. Finish off with sweeping the lashes with a black Mascara.
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