With those hot summer days, the last thing you want to do is spend a long time applying your make up. Besides, the au natural look works best for warm summer days, since you’ll be nice and tan. Pictured above, are a couple of must have items, to achieve a quick, effortless, flawless, beauty spring/summer look. This natural look, also works well for bridal makeup.
1. Applying SPF as your base layer, then apply your moisturizer. We like, using an all-in-one from Estee Lauder with SPF 35.
2. Gently dab concealer under your eyes, only if you need it.
3. Light dust your face with a translucent powder, then apply light strokes of bronzer to the apple of your cheeks, chin, and fore head (MAC Powder Bronzer).
4. Lightly finish your cheeks with a peachy pink shimmer blush (NARS Orgasm).
5. Use a buffer brush to blend in any harsh lines (MAC Buffer 182).
6. Curl lashes, and 2 swipes of jet black waterproof mascara (Dior Show or Chanel Imitable).
7. For an ultra sexy, but natural look, apply Lash Royalty (Style: Ballerina) eyelashes.
8. Use gel liner on top lid (Stila Smudgepot).
9. Finish your lips with lip liner and then a swipe of pinkish nude lipstick (Lip liner: MAC subculture, Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam II or MAC Lazy Day).
We love Shiseido cleansing sheets, because it can gently remove your foundation, blush, and eye makeup, all at once. The Pureness line by Shiseido has a light and refreshing scent and is oil/alcohol free.
Why cleansing sheets are awesome:
1. Great for travel, to freshen up your face after a long flight.
2. Perfect to use after a photoshoot.
3. A must have item, after a long night of partying.
4. Convenient to keep at work, to freshen up before happy hour or dinner date.
Price: $16 (box of 30 sheets)
Where to buy: Shiseido cosmetic counters at most major departments stores.
Whether your tall, short, skinny, fit, or have some extra luvin’, exercising is an essential to keeping your body and mind healthy. Just 30 minutes of activity everyday, is all you really need. We always worry about how we look on the outside, and totally forget what’s going on inside of us. Even skinny folks may secretly be storing a dangerous amount of fat inside, all around their organs. So looks can definitely be deceiving, and we all need to exercise to stay healthy.
Your heart plays a huge role in our body, so take extra care of it by stressing less, eating better, and exercising. I’ve found that is is much easier to stay on track with workouts, when I have someone to do it with. So next time you want to workout or try a new activity , why not ask your neighbor, co-worker, or a friend. I know sometimes it’s hard to get your gf/bf/husband/wife to go with you, so you have to be proactive and find someone who is willing to go!
We hope you will take some of our simple ideas, and enjoy them with a friend or even by yourself. The best part is, these activities are free! Remember, you don’t need a gym membership to feel and look your best.
Let me introduce you to the MAC 182, Buffer Brush. The MAC BB, is the magic tool thats smoothly buffs and blends in your bronzer and blush. You can use the MAC BB bare, and just swirl it over the areas where you have applied bronzer and/or blush. You will instantly notice how soft and natural your bronzer and/or blush will look on your skin.
For the ultimate finish to a night out, gently swipe your MAC BB in translucent powder, and gently buff over your bronzer/or blush areas. This will help set your makeup, leaving a gorgeous airbrushed look to your skin!
For all you SATC fans, we had to let you in on a little secret. The SATC themed “Pink Carpet” event will be held at the world famous Shangri-la hotel in Santa Monica on 5/28/10. Tickets are still available for purchase, and the event is sponsored by Sky Vodka. =) You can expect to receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks, 1 movie ticket for SATC2, and the chance to win more fabulous prizes throughout the evening.
If you’re feeling less adventurous, then why not host your own party! Call up some friends, get dressed up, put on your sexy shoes, and get ready for a fun night out! May we suggest some bubbly, Vueve Cliquot Rose…or if you want a pink liquor, try Nuvo. It tastes like cranberry vodka, when served on ice, in a champagne flute. =) For non-alcholic drinks, try making a strawberry smoothie or something very tropical.
Mini cupcakes, finger foods, and drinks, would be the perfect way to kick things off, before heading to the theatre. If you still feel like partying after SATC2, there’s always after parties!!!
Hey girls, I’m Jessica Yuen and for my latest manicure at home, I decided to do some nail art. All you need is your imagination, and a couple of polish colors. This is the 1st time I’ve ever done nail art on myself, but I’m really liking the results.
Summer is just around the corner, so I’m ready to do some nail art for my toes as well! It was tough doing it on my own nails, but I’m sure with practice, I will be able to improve my precision and creativity.
Here are the colors I used:
Essie (3 way glaze, base & top coat all in one)
Sation: Mia Tia pink
Color Madmic Nail Art Glitter: Silver, Royal Violet, and Pearl White
Nail Stickers: Debbbbies (gold hearts)
Beauty Alert: I purchased all of my nail supplies from Skylark Nail and Beauty Supply. They have stellar pricing on OPI ($4), Essie ($3), Color Madmic Nail Art Glitter ($1.50), and special deals like Buy 2, get 1 Free!
Water is essential to life, and extremely important for your health. Water naturally detoxifies your body, and so it’s definitely a great way to stay fit and healthy. When you’re properly hydrated, you should feel a bit more energized, and your skin should look better too. Overall, it’s a win-win situation.
On recent posts, we ranted and raved about Sigg bottles, because they are the perfect companion to tote around at the gym, in the car, and on the bike.
We recently got tipped off by a new product called Bobble. It’s also a water bottle, however it has a built in filter, so you can just fill it with tap water. Each sip of water goes through the filter, before you drink it!
I used to be a fan of Voss or Evian bottled water only, but I realized it was such a wasteful habit. It was pricey, and I accumulated so many bottles for the recycling bin. =( Bobble makes sense when I’m traveling and don’t have access to my filtered water at home to fill the Sigg bottle.
I just purchased my Bobble today in black, and gave it a whirl. I have to say the water taste better than 95% of the bottled water brands on the market. My husband is leaving on a business trip soon, so I’m going to pack it with him, so he has clean water to drink at the hotel. It’s portable and will save him a couple of trips to the drink vending machine.
- Bobble retails for $10 (BPA free & made from recycled materials)
- FDA approved
- Carbon filter is good up to 300 refills
- Replacement carbon filters are only $8
- Comes in lots of pretty colors
- Product is available online at www.waterbobble.com or at selected retailers
Soothe your dry lips with Vaseline! It is available in a portable tube for about $2, or you can just buy a jar for less than $5. I’ve tried everything from expensive to cheap dollar chapstick-ish brands, but nothing seems to leave my lips as soft and hydrated. I find myself just applying some Vaseline on my lips once, before bed and thats it! No need to keep re-applying all day long.
Here’s a list of runner ups:
La Mer Lip Balm ($50) – Minty taste, blend of marine extracts and vitamins. Works well, but very expensive.
Eos Organic Lip Balm ($6) – Fun fruity, 95% organic, paraben free, phthalate free, & petroleum free. Leaves lips smooth, but have to re-apply several times a day.
As promised, Beauty and the Blog has behind the scene photos from the MAC private summer event, featuring their latest products. This was a pre-release event, so you can expect the beach collection will be available in about 1 week from today. If you see anything that catches your eyes, make sure to check with your local MAC store to scoop some up!
The event was packed, but they quickly worked the list and got us inside to peruse all of the goodies! Upon entering, we were greeted by a pretty (male) model, that custom made cute seashell necklaces for us. It was definitely a hit with the ladies, and believe me, they kept him busy all evening long! Ciroc sponsored the beach cocktails, and we were lucky enough to grab a couple of the coconut cocktails and a few canapes. Despite all of the madness, we were able to get our hands on Lazy Day (lipstick) and To the Beach (creme bronzer). Huge thanks to our girl Angel for taking care of us, VIP style!
MAC’s summer bronzing collection, consists of new lip glass, lipsticks, shadows, powder bronzer, and creme bronzers. We love this new collection, since it’s so versatile and suitable for many skin tones. All of the packaging has some kind of beachy motif.
Have a Happy Summer! xoxox