4/24/15

Summer Launches From Guerlain, NARS And Hourglass

Get ready for all the bronzers and all the colors as the summer beauty collections begin launching. Shimmer on the eyes, glistening cheeks and bold lips - I can hardly wait! And even though many of us may not be fans of the sun (SPF 50 gals raise your hand!), we can still enjoy the typical easy and relaxed summer look. Here is a peek at some new summer launches from NARS, Guerlain and Hourglass. 

1. NARS Gloss in Nebulous and Nucleus - This new collaboration with Christopher Kane is what NARS fans live for. Bold and daring pieces make for a fun and almost theatrical collection. While the cheek and eye colors are a bit more playful, the lip glosses are super wearable! Though they seem bold in the tube, they have this jelly-like finish that makes them sheer and easy to wear. I instantly thought I would love Nucleus being that it's a basic fleshy nude, but I actually ended up wearing Nebulous more day to day. It turns into the most flattering juicy peach color perfect for the summer.

2. NARS Eyeshadow in Outer Limits - Glitter fans listen up! This shadow is right up your alley. It's a chunky rose-gold formula that when layered over a cream shadow or emollient base turns into a bold metallic eye look. For me, this is definitely an evening shadow, but one that can look stunning with glowing skin and a fluorescent lip. 
3. Guerlain My Terracotta Bronzing Powder in Natural Blondes - If there is one thing Guerlain knows how to do, it's bronzers. Rarely does a brand succeed at making bronzers for all different skin tones, yet Guerlain has over and over again. Their newest bronzer launch is more matte and strongly pigmented. I only need a very light hand in order to cover my cheeks, but the result is so natural. While many bronzers can skew too orange, Guerlain always manages to make ones that resemble exactly how you look after a day in the sun. Rich, golden and radiant without being too muddy, too brown, too orange or too dull. There is little to no shimmer in this one which I appreciate and find that the formula and color only solidifies Guerlain as the bronzer experts.
4. Guerlain Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Blue Ocean - I know, I know - aqua eye shadow??!! On me?!!! But if there is ever a time to experiment with color, it's the summer. I've only tested this out around the house since I'm waiting to wear it with a full on beachy look, but it's just as  you would suspect - creamy and smooth with just the perfect amount of shine. My perfect look with this would be fresh skin, bronzed cheeks and a peachy, glossy lip so as not to compete with the lid color. Hmmmm....I see a tutorial in the works perhaps.....
5. Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Fluo Stiletto - Wallflowers and those wishing not to stand out need avoid this color at all costs. This fluorescent pink is for the sassy and bold for sure - and I L-O-V-E it! I'm not even sure you need any additional makeup with this lip since it takes all the attention, but maybe a dramatic lash and highlighted cheekbones would be suitable. The formula is not as opaque as you might suspect and I applied the below swatch 4-5 times to get it to look like that, but with such a bold color it's nice to have the option to tone it down if I want.
6. Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light - Is there a more anticipated bronzer launch of the spring? Nope. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are my holy grail finishing powders (I live for Dim Light), and the blushes knocked my socks off so naturally I was ecstatic to finally get this on my cheeks. As with the other ambient light range, it feel incredibly smooth to the touch, applies effortlessly and gives a gorgeous "lit from within" glow that has become synonymous with the entire range. It definitely has some radiance to it, so I prefer it over a matte finish foundation (I have oily skin) or over a radiant foundation that I have set with a bit of powder. But regardless, it has been in my makeup routine almost daily since it arrived. My love affair with Hourglass continues.....

There are so many exciting summer launches already out, and a ton more to come. I think I may pull the trigger on some Tom Ford, Chanel and Dior pieces. 


What about you? What summer makeup launches are you most excited to try?

4/23/15

New In From Nudestix

New launches from Nudestix
I've been a Nudestix fan for quite a while now. I absolutely LIVE for the magnetic eye pencils and regularly have one of the lip + cheek pencils in my bag for a quick natural lip touch-up. Their newest launches involve more skincare innovation but still in that convenient and easy stick application.

1. Clean-Up Pencil - Those that love a smokey eye or winged eye liner will love this first pencil. It's a waxy texture and does a great job at cleaning up any makeup mistakes. This has become my go-to over q-tips when trying to clean up any excess shadow fall out or liner mishaps I have while applying my eye makeup.

2. Moisture Pencil -This is an all purpose pencil that helps to moisturize any dry areas on the body or face. It is a bit too thick and emollient for me to use under my makeup, but works great when I have a bare face on the weekends or at night. Especially with the first signs of spring, my allergies are acting up just a bit and this has helped any chapped areas around my nose. My favorite use for it is on my lips before I apply lipstick. I put it on when I am doing my makeup and by the time I get to my lip color choice, my lips are soft and hydrated.
New launches from Nudestix
3. Matte + Blemish Pencil - This and the Blur Pencil are the ones from which I have gotten the most use. I love any and all products that seek to mattify the skin, however because this is so small I enables me to give a precise application to exactly where I need it. And with the slight hint of green in the pencil, it is perfect for using over my blemishes to reduce the redness.

4. Blur Pencil -A perfecting pencil in a stick - yes, please! It can be used over or under makeup, but I prefer it under. It helps to minimize the look of my pores and blur any imperfections, but being able to use this to spot treat or target small areas is absolutely brilliant.
New launches from Nudestix
5. Sculpting Pencil in Light/Medium - I know many people may look at the shades in this contour stick and think it couldn't possibly be for contouring. But that is exactly what I like about it. I often use very light powders or creams to contour because I don't want anything too harsh. This pencil gave me a natural contour without needing to do a lot of blending. But I should note that it is extremely creamy and can move around quite easily. I found by pressing a bit of setting powder on top of the contour helped to set it a bit better.
New launches from Nudestix
6. Lip + Cheek Dual Pencil in Mystic and Whisper - This is not a new product launch since these lip + cheek colors already exist in the line, but just a new packaged dual ended option. Since all of the lip + cheek pencil colors are natural and nude, having two of them in one pencil can definitely save me space in my makeup bag and give me options when I'm out and want to touch up or change my lip color.
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4/22/15

What Should Be In My Closet

The warm weather finally hit NYC this past weekend and I am in the mood to buy all the spring dresses. Here's a look at a few that caught my eye this past week.

1. Eight Sixty Crossfront Dress - It looks like a romper, but surprise it's a dress! Either way - romper or dress - I would wear it.

2.  Line & Dot Wonder Tied Dress - A straw fedora, flat metallic sandals and this dress! Though I don't have a bike - I picture wearing this dress as I bike through the countryside to an outdoor picnic. (and note: I don't live in the countryside, but a girl can dream, right?)

3. Stuart Weitzman Patent Leather Wedges -There is not a single dress on this entire page that won't work well with these sandals. They are a summer staple.

4. Equipment Michaela Floral Dress -I have an Equipment dress in a leopard pattern and adore it! This floral number seems like the perfect spring version.

5. Topshop Satin V-Neck Dress - The structured shape of this dress is what drew me in immediately. It seems like it would flatter any figure and could be worn casual or dressed up for evening.

6. K. Jacques Cunegonde Strappy Wedges - Another summer staple - neutral wedge sandals are a must!

7. BB Dakota Gerrit Chambray Dress - I live in chambray shirts year round, so a chambray dress sounds like it's right up my alley.

8. Yumi Kim Elana Dress - I fell in love with Yumi Kim designs when I wore this romper in Costa Rica. And the pattern and color of this dress screams "Wear me on your next vacation!" Though I don't have one planned, maybe buying this will make me book one. Ha! Wishful thinking.

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4/21/15

Glowing Cheek Colors

I may not get tan during the summer but I still love a glowing sun-kissed makeup look. Whenever I am trying to create one of those looks, cheeks are the single most important part of the look. Finding colors that create a nice flush or give a radiant glow are paramount to achieving that beachy look without actually having to be at the beach.

1. Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color in Sweet Rose - This blush was part of the new Spring collection and truth be told, I was not overly jazzed about it when I first saw it. Boy was I wrong about this one. After finally giving it a go, it was stunning on the cheeks. The formula is lightweight and doesn't apply too heavily, allowing for easy application on my fair skin. There is a slight luminescent property to it that makes my cheeks glow without any glitter or shimmer. And the best part is that it pairs well with absolutely any eye or lip look I choose.

2. It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder -While I love the look of highlighted cheeks on others, my oily skinned self is always hesitant. A great highlight can quickly turn to a greasy mess if I'm not careful. I'm already a fan of a ton of It Cosmetics products (this cc cream, this brow pencil, this lipgloss in the shade Naturally Pretty - seriously, I could go on and on), so I had high hopes for this illuminator. It does give a strong shine so I find it wears best at night or with a very light hand for day, but the magical part of it is how it transforms to a "my skin just had a facial" sheen rather than and overly made up contouring fail. And we all sadly know what that looks like. Yowza.
3. Estee Lauder Pure Color All Over Illuminator - Peachy, radiant, sun-kissed gorgeousness in a stick. That is what they should have named this product. Though it would be highly unprofessional, it would adequately describe how your skin will look after using this. I like to apply it as a blush but those with darker skin could get away with using this as a stunning highlighter for the cheekbones. I find using a brush or my fingers works well, but the key is to really buff it into the skin so that it looks like you have been lounging on a boat all day (but really we are just at our desks at work - womp).

4. Stila Cosmetics Convertible Color in Gladiola- This one is an oldie but a goodie. Stila Convertible Colors for the lips and cheeks have been around for ages, and still work as well as they did 10 years ago. Just a quick dab on the apples of my cheeks creates a bronzy flush which is a nice change from the pinker based hues I tend to gravitate towards. I love doing a monochromatic look with this cheek color adding in a orangey-bronze on the lids and a sheer coral gloss on the lips. 
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