Entries in beauty (32)
From coral to peach, from mandarin to salmon, I have found myself magnetically drawn to all things orange in my wardrobe, accessories, makeup and nail polish this summer. Tangerine Tango was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012, but the momentum has by no means slowed down.
When the sun comes out and temperatures rise, peach and coral shades help to bring a healthy fresh glow to sun-kissed skin. Orange is everywhere I seem to look! From avante-garde runway looks, to editorial publications, to wearable red carpet glamour, shades of orange have become welcome alternatives to pinks and reds.
On June 6, our friends at MAC released a limited edition collection All About Orange featuring 8 gorgeous lipsticks, 3 blushes, 3 Creamsheen Lip Glasses and a eye shadow quad called Rainy Season that complements the juicy tones beautifully! Check out the entire All About Orange line of products photographed by fellow beauty blogger, Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog.
After seeing these beautiful hues created by MAC, I was inspired to create a few makeup looks of my own featuring a Dollface favorite, TEMPTU AIRpods. To create the fresh monochromatic daytime look that I did on my model Maricela, I let the Clementine AIRpod shine!
For her eyes, I applied Clementine blush on her lids, then used a taupe matte shadow on her crease to create dimension; then I applied Champagne highlighter to the inner corner of her eyes for a pop of brightness. Her cheeks are Clementine blush and Champagne highlighter. And on her lips, I applied the Clementine blush by spraying the product onto a cosmetic wedge and patted it onto her lips. I followed up with a red/orange lip liner I found at Big Lots and topped it all off with clear gloss. Doesn’t she look stunning?!
For a more evening look, I created a smoky eye using Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #15 all over the lid and on the lower lash line. Then I brought in a bit of orange by layering Clementine blush over it the cream shadow by spraying the product on a sponge. Finally, I added bit of dark brown matte shadow in my crease. Like the daytime look, I applied – you guessed it – Clementine blush on my cheeks. And on my lips I am wearing Sunflower by NYX.
Although this color family can be intimidating at first glance, I can assure you that there is a shade out there to compliment every skin tone. Those with blue eyes will find that oranges will make your baby blues POP! If your skin has a naturally red undertone or if you suffer from rosacea, I encourage you to use coral blushes to bring a beautiful natural flush to your face without accentuating redness. So go out there and be bold… you’ll be glad you did!
It’s finally time to share my 2nd addition to my beauty routine! After adding Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my routine, I then added a new Mint Julep mask from Queen Helen. Funny thing is I purchased the mask a few months earlier partly due to Mint Julep being in the name, I live in Savannah, and partly because of the label’s claims of clearing up blackheads, reducing acne, all while leaving your skin clean, refreshed, and smooth. Oh and it was also $1.69! Boom goes the dynamite.
So I get home and I completely chicken out of trying out my new mask since I was sporting a nice, clear complexion and was all-of-a-sudden afraid to try something new. Oh and it was $1.69! The same selling point of being super cheap became confirmation that I shouldn’t put anything so cheap and new on my face, at this time.
After stumbling upon a review for the best mask ever, I was reintroduced to Miss Queen Helen and her Mint Julep magic. The review raved about reducing acne, minimizing the appearance of pores, and getting a deep down clean. This time my face wasn’t so clear and I wasn’t concerned about the lack of financial investment.
This is the part where angels would sing in my story! (Mentally insert singing angels) My sister-in-law, Justine, and I took the plunge together and it was WONDERFUL! The minty smell was so fresh and invigorating! My face did experience a slight burning feeling for a few seconds but Justine’s face was fine. It only happened the first time and my guess would be that my eczema sensitive skin was adjusting. My acne spots dried up and were clear within a couple of days. The size and redness was down 50% almost immediately after the first use.
Now the next steps are the most important! After you deep clean, you must balance your PH levels. Using the ACV toner will be perfect. Next make sure to moisturize. I personally love Grape Seed Oil (all skin types) or Vitamin E Oil (dry/eczema skin). TIP: The oils are also the best makeup remover that makes your lashes grow! Use an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin. Just please use something! If you don’t, your skin will begin to over produce oils and lead you down a different road of issues.
So there you have it dolls, Apple Cider Vinegar & Queen Helen’s Mint Julep. An odd couple of strange smells but fantastically amazing in results and price! I hope you enjoy the random Queen Helen fan photos as much as we do!
Until next time DAH-lings! <3 Jules
Jules and I had the honor of working Premiere, the biggest International beauty event! We were honored when Keratin Complex, a company that has proven its worth in just five short years, asked us to do makeup for their models. These ultra-talented stylists and representatives of the brand divided the models into three groups: redheads, blondes, and holograms. Each color was more exciting than the last, and as soon as I decided on a favorite, another one would sit in my chair and blow me away!
Backstage was a whirlwind of scissors flying, color processing, and irons steaming, not to mention our part in the behind the scenes buzz, creating flawless skin with dramatic eyes and the on-trend lip color this season, Black Dahlia by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. (We were so excited to hear at James Vincent's class that our recent attraction to Black Dahlia is completely justified by what is en vogue this year.)
With the rise in popularity of K-Pop artists such as Psy (lest we forget the musical gem, Gangnam Style), South Korea and its pop culture norms are, in my opinion, becoming the newest craze on the American scene. For those who are unfamiliar with the South Korean pop culture scene and beauty norms, here are a few points to know:
Skin is in – very pale, very firm skin is a beauty must-have; making popular skin treatments such as spa facials, firming masks/creams, anti-aging products and even skin bleaching.
Nip/Tuck – Unlike the plastic surgery common in the US, Korean plastic surgery focuses primarily on the face. And yes, all the cool kids are doing it. According to a blog post by Amy of Fashion’s A Stranger, “Estimates range that 50-75% of South Korean women in their 20s have undergone some form of cosmetic surgery”. The most common types plastic surgery include eyelid surgery to achieve the more desirable Western round eye and double eyelid, and jaw reduction surgery.
Don’t forget the boys - Flower Boys, or Kkotminam as they are known in Korean, are men whose focus on beauty, skin care and fashion rival even the girliest of girls. Some of the biggest male pop stars in Korea are no stranger to makeup, wild hairstyles, and spa days. Mind you, this is not a commentary on their sexual orientation, but common practice among most Korean men in their twenties and thirties. ABCNews.com just produced an expose regarding this exact phenomena ---> South Korean Men Cosmetics-Crazed
Check out this K-Pop inspired shoot I did last year entitled “Top Class”…
Knowing my love for all things beauty, my dear friend (and seasoned world traveler) picked up a few facial masks for me to try out on her trip to South Korea earlier this year. Naturally, I could not wait to give them a try!
Upon opening the packaging, I was shocked to find cloth mask sheet that resembled a cross between my childhood nightmare Jason and a Mexican luchador. To the best of my ability, I applied the dripping wet mask to my face and let the healing mixture marinate on my skin for 15 minutes. Within moments, I could feel a gentile tingle telling me that the mask was working.
As difficult as it is to look cute while the mask is on, the end result is totally worth it. Of the two masks, my favorite was the Royal Jelly. With its essence of honey, grapefruit and peach leaf extract, it left my skin feeling hydrated, refreshed and smelling delicious! I will definitely be shopping the pages of Amazon.com to try more of these unique Korean exports and hope that you will too!
Until next time dolls, Keep Calm and Gangnam Style On!
(Thanks for the shirt, Jess!)