School’s IN!

The neverending pursuit to refine our beauty bags continues. How do you transport without worry, and travel in consistent luxury without diminishing one iota of your fabulousness? Try some of these tips, tricks and my product picks to help navigate your way through security with your beauty — and beauty essentials — intact.

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* Multi-Range Creams

* Multi-Use Products

* Multi-Tasking Compacts

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

bfd 13a Whether it was as an infant suffering for attention or as a toddler urging to show her your latest and greatest with the supreme urgency to celebrate it… “Right Now”, or the withered phone call longing to just to hear her voice, somehow she imparts you with renewed strength (it must be true, you CAN conquer the world). Mom’s have a special place in all of our hearts. Some are lucky to have one or even luckier to have more than one…whether they be natural, adoptive, honorary, celebrated legacies, or extensions thereof, Here’s to ALL Moms!

 

* Under Eye Resilience is Key!

A Mom’s work is never done. Sneak in a little at-home beauty pit stop with these eye masks, the key to quickly reinvigorating those tired eyes. Try gifting these handy little eye treats and see her smile. It forces Mom to kick back in a mini spa treatment. Relax and Enjoy!

Shiseido’s “Benefiance: Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask” is a fabulous 15-minute beauty rejuvenator. Packing retinol to help gently resurface superficial lines, hydrating properties to plump and protect, as well as alleviating dark circles, jump start your eyes with these little sensations! You’ll feel refreshed in mere minutes. I love these and love using them on clients! Try placing the eye masks on while you are getting ready, apply your eye makeup and remove when finished. The patches will catch makeup fall out leaving you bright eyed and super moisturized. Whether lying down for a quick nap, or continuing the multi-tasking run, these under eye sheets adhere and will stay put while you are on-the-go!

 

* Treat Mom to a Personalized Manicure Compliments of You!

Mani/Pedi’s built to last: Sally Hansen’s “Salon Insta-Gel Strips” are a one-stop shop to a professional mani, that looks fresh each day. Built to last up to two weeks, this handy little at home system can ensure a spotless mani and is a fraction of the price of a spa gel manicure. Have fun and do your nails together! With the incredible colors and designs, you’ll have a blast. Mom’s always love their children’s handy work…BUT if it’s a real stretch…go ahead, grab your wallet, spring for the spa!…

 

* A Fresh Pucker is Always Something Nice!

With the latest introductions of fabulous colors, come the lasting and moisturizing versions primed to stay put. Here’s some of my favorite colors sure to dazzle for hours of fun.

Guerlain’s “Rouge G” comes in 4 new sensational Limited Edition Spring shades, “#72 Rose Innocent” is one of my favorites! The lipstick radiates brilliance with the ruby powders reflecting light and plumping the lips with an ultra smoothing effect. The beautiful packaging includes a mirror tastefully built into the side of your James Bond-esque super lipstick case.

*Take a moment to have the lipstick monogrammed just for Mom, she will truly feel like a star! Try your local mall for those personalization shops, that can add that added special touch.*

 

Nothing is more moving than a note telling her how much you love her! Mom’s never hear it enough….or so I hear…Yeah, Loud and Clear, MOM!”

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Glowy & Ethereal Makeup

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AS SEEN ON:  EndlessBeauty.com

 Nothing captures a heart more universally than the angelic, glowy, ethereal beauty captured in the Classic Hollywood movies which was so wonderfully celebrated this season on the Golden Globes red carpet by celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain.

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Images courtesy of Real Style Network, Marquis of Fashion, Temptalia & Allure

Step 1: Gaze Breath-taking bedroom eyes are sure to melt with a sweep of any one of these shadows. Concentrate on applying the shade to your lid and blend upwards into your crease.  This will create the perfect fade and look naturally flawless. Try: Jouer’s “pink champagne” powder eye shadow and for a touch of contour you can sweep a purple/taupe”amaretto” in the crease following the natural arc of your eye socket. Blend, blend, blend.  Extra tip:  dot a tiny bit of a pearly lighter shadow in the inner corner of your eye to really add limelight drama Jouer’s “buttercream” is an excellent option.

Step 2: Illuminate Luminous glowing, skin-wearing makeup doesn’t have to mean looking like you do.  Focus on camouflaging any imperfections with your choice of skin tone appropriate concealer but, before you do, create the perfect blend:  add one part facial moisturizer (a nickel size will do), and the same amount of your usual foundation mix and finger apply (the warming of your hands will melt the mix into your skin with a dewy result.  *Not a foundation wearer, use your tinted moisturizer for the same effect. Try: Dr. Gross’s “All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer “

Step 3: Blush Cupids Blushing Cheeks Cream Blushes are the way to go! Combat the natural dryness of winter on your skin with a cream or gel blush. These products will impart a natural flush to your skin, are you blushing? Try: Armani’s “Blushing Fabric” #3 “Shimmering Apricot Pink” – this perfect blend of pinky and peachy tones works well with most skin types for a flawless flush and a touch of dew. 

Step 4: Glow! – Warming your skin with a bronzer that has a subtle sheen can not only give you the bronzed screen goddess look, but also can be used to contour. Double Bonus Try: Bobbi Brown’s “Aruba” warming the sides of your forehead then arching under each of your cheek bones and finally sweeping the brush across your jaw line. The subtle glow imparted in this formula is sure to shout red carpet screen siren. For a more matte option to compliment your shimmering blush, Try: Makeup Forever’s “Mat Bronze” in #20.

Step 5: Pucker Cupid is sure to melt with a sinfully puckered pout.  Glossy goopy lips are of yester yorn, instead create a tinted pout with your choice of Moisturizing lipstick then tap your lips with your index finger to create a just bitten effect. Try: Jemma Kidd’s “lip and cheek stain” – a quick slip of this will add an ethereal angel effect for my more natural beauties. For the lipstick mavens, Try: Revlon’s Moon Drops Lipstick “Rose Berry”.  An oldie, but a goodie, these are the hollywood classic colors to aim for.  Run to the drug store and pick up Wet n’ Wild’s “Smokin’ Hot Pink/Rose” as a fabulous on-the-go option.

Finally, finish your look with your favorite mascara making sure you brush through your lashes-refuse the clumps and add a super fluffy look to your lashes. If mild shine control is necessary, sweep your translucent powder focusing only on the t-zone. 

Wha-La! One Valentine’s Dream Angel

ready to make any date swoon! 

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It’s Killer Halloween Makeup

Inspired by classic costumes and hit Hollywood movies my make-up tips are easy to replicate at home.  Using botanical make-up and chemical free products alongside a costume you can make from your home wardrobe that truly comes alive with my expert tips, making for a kid and adult friendly Halloween to die for.

Cat Woman
Cat Woman’s fierce look can be achieved on any adult with a few simple steps and great products. Try using a bold eyeliner to create cat eyes, which are popular now.  Accentuate the eyes even more by using ½ a lash strip; remember to start mid eyelid and press towards the outside.  Use a deep black mascara to finish!

Combine a Black and White oil-free and hypo-allergenic face spray, such as Classified’s Spirit Spray, on a disposable paper or plastic plate and use a sponge (craft store or natural) and a q-tip to create stitching effect, like a torn mask, across the face.  Using a dark eyeliner, freehand stitch marks. Remember, precision is not key for the stitches!

Apply a bold Red lipstick, blot the reapply for a sultry look.  Have fun with your nails and don’t worry about them chipping by using a chemical free polish like CND Shellac, which comes in fun and festive colors for Halloween to last you throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a list of some great products I recommend!

FACE: Classified Spirit Spray: Black and White
(www.SpiritSpray.com and select Ulta locations)
*Disposable paper or plastic plate
LIPS: OCC Lip Tar: NSFW (“Not Safe For Work!)
LASHES: Ardell Accent #305 Black, Black Mascara- try Josie Maran
LINER: Josie Maran “Magic Marker Argan Liquid Eye Liner, (www.sephora.com) 
NAILS: CND Shellac (www.cnd.com) is my favorite for a chemical free way to celebrate the holdiays we chose this sexy nail set!

Try these CND Shellac colors on your own!:
*Studio White*,*Black Pool*, for the swirl *Decadence* (Swarovski crystals to accent)

 

Toddlers and teen-aged children have especially sensitive skin so it is important to use products that won’t irritate. Sticking with products that are beneficial to the skin, water based and filled with botanicals, I created this look!

Bat Girl
An adorable Bat Girl can be achieved with a few simple, kid (and adult) friendly products.

If you are crafty find the Batman image online and create a felt mask template or purchase an inexpensive mask that can be outlined then sprayed.  Place the mask template over your child’s face and have her close eyes shut.

Use a safe face botanical spray, like the Spirit Spray I previously used, mist onto face until desired color is achieved.  Peel away mask and Voila!   You can also free hand a mask by spraying the Spirit Spray onto a disposable plate and using a sponge or craft brushes to apply in the shape of a mask.

Gently, using a lip brush, paint on a bright pink lipstick. Using products that have more natural ingredients, such as OCC-Lip Tar, are good options for kids and adults because they are packed with nutrients good for the skin.

I chose these for Bat Girl:
FACE: Spirit Spray in Red (www.SpiritSpray.com)
*Bat Logo to size: try measuring and cutting within the shape for the perfect stencil
*A cute tip is to create a special sparkle on the edges of the mask for added drama: try your local craft store for some bedazzling jewels like “Sworovski Elements” (www.michaels.com) and apply one by one with a touch of lash glue.
LIPS: try Tarte “Lip Surgence” Natural Lip Stain in “Lust”-this product is easy to use with its pencil tip and click stick. (www.sephora.com)

 

Queen of Hearts
A youthful Queen of Hearts make-up will have you blushing.

To create a youthful face, spray lightly with a White face spray like the White Spirit Spray Use just enough of a mist for subtle color.  Apply Black mascara on top and bottom lashes and top with a full lash set. Swirl in an iridescent lime green eye shadow on lids.  Then, place a small amount of Red face spray into palm of hands and use fingers to create small circles on cheeks for a bright, bold blush.

Apply Red lips in shape of a small heart centered on the lips.  For the final touch, draw a heart shaped beauty mark just below the outside of one eye.

With this costume you can also have fun with nail color.  I recommend CND Shellac as well for a long lasting chemical free polish in fun colors that will make your festive manicure the envy of all!

Try These Products:
FACE: Spirit Spray: White and Red
EYES: Almay “Intense-I-Color” For Greens #414 (try mixing the two greens together for an intense pop) -found at your local drugstore
LIPS: OCC Lip Tar-“Anime”a little goes a long way with this minty pout maker
LASHES: Elite Lashes Full Flutter Set #6 Black + Lash Glue
FOR FUN: Try a cute “beauty mark” right below the outside of either eye in the shape of a heart. I like Josie Maran’s Magic Marker “Argan Liquid Liner” to draw and fill the precise shape. (www.sephora.com)
NAILS: CND Shellac fabulous sparkle nails flash royalty with this look. Try these colors “Hollywood” as the base color (with Martha Stewart Glitter)

 

Zombie

A terrifying zombie is simpler than you think.

Use the Green Classified Spirit Spray all over hands and face.  Make sure children close eyes tight when spraying on face. Combine Black and White face sprays and sponge onto face.  It is OK to mix with the Green and don’t forget to gray out the lipsThen draw in black gashes and black lines on lips.  You can use the same spray on your hand applying the lines with a craft brush or a toothpick dipped into the color, then use a sponge hallow out eyes in Black. For a super creepy look, paint bloody cuts oozing from the mouth with a Red face spray!

 

 

Try these Products for your Zombie:

FACE: Spirit Spray : White, Red, Green, Black

*Sponge-try either a body sponge cut up in to little cubes with rigged edges exposed or a natural sponge always works just as well too. (www.michaels.com or your local drug store)

SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO TAKE OFF OUR MAKEUP!
After a fun day of playing the perfect Zombie, Oden carefully took off his makeup. One moment a terrifying zombie, the next the most perfect gentleman! Thanks Oden and (Mom) Ingrid!

BetterShow” Oden taking his makeup off from Vanessa Elese on Vimeo.

Click Here to watch the segment on “The Better Show”

(More info about CND Shellac can be found at www.CND.com; more info about Spirit Spray can be found at SpiritSpray.com and purchased at select Ulta locations.)

What does your Halloween look like?!

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