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Holiday Collection: Nars

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Collection: Holiday 2011

Products Used:
The Multiple in G-Spot ($39.00)
Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio (Black with red pearls / Black with purple pearls / Black with gunmetal shimmer($45.00)
Heat Wave Lipstick in Joyous Red (amber red) ($24.00)
Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush ($27.00)
Duo Eyeshadow in Mandchorie (Golden-infused denim/ Rich navy) ($33.00)

How To: After foundation I swept Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush over cheeks, eyes (as a base), and a bit on forehead and chin. I used the Golden-infused denim – a grey hue – from the eyeshadow duo on the lid of my eyes. This appeared extremely dark so I used my finger to smoke outwards. I followed this with the Black with Red Pearls shadow – a deep black with cranberry specks – from the Arabian Nights Trio. I applied only in the crease, swept out for a smoky eye, and finished with a thin line of shadow under my lower lash line (for more of the smoky effect). I used the pencil just on my top lash line for a metallic silver pop. On cheeks, I applied The Multiple in G-Spot, a fab flush blush, and dabbed with finger around the apples. For lips, I used the Joyous Red, a semi-matte amber shade. When they call it “full bodied,” they’re not kidding. The color was a bit too overpowering so I blotted to make it more of a stain.

Did You Know: The shadows and liner are highly pigmented so I suggest starting light and layering for a darker look. If you end up with too much color, blot eyelids with a tissue – same way that you’d blot your lips… never rub! Rubbing causes wrinkles.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Body: The Seaweed Bath Co

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Everyone knows how obsessed I am with my bath time. It’s 30 minutes out of my day where I can relax and unwind in silence – no emails, no texts, no Instagrams (my current obsession).

You can imagine my excitement when learning of the fabulous all-natural product line from the Seaweed Bath Co. With natural seaweed powder baths, detox baths, butters, creams and body washes, the line covers everything body. And the coolest part is that every product is derived from seaweed! While I’m not a fan of eating seaweed (or sushi, I know crazy), I do love the effects of seaweed on the skin. It helps to fight dryness, flakiness and irritated skin. Perfect for winter!

About the company: “Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals.”

Full disclosure: I don’t suffer from psoriasis but I do love myself a product that leaves my skin smooth, glowing and healthy. I tried the Seaweed Detox ($14.89) and Seaweed Body Wash ($16.89). Both were beyond amazing. The entire range comes in delicious scents including citrus, peppermint and lavender (+ unscented). With the faintest smell of seaweed, the products reminded me of a leisure swim in the ocean (although, in this case, it was more like a tight float in my bath).

The detox was my absolute fav. Like a mini spa procedure in the comfort of my own bathroom. After pouring the powder into a running bath and letting it settle, I submerged into a wonderfully intoxicating detox. Yes, even the healthiest of us need a body detox every now and again.

The result: Absolutely lust-worthy skin.

And all of the products are natural… One step closer to an all-natural/ organic beauty regimen! Score!


Skin: An Important Message From Tata Harper

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I had the privilege of receiving a mini facial by Tata Harper herself!!! (swoon) The facial was fabulous (my skin radiated the entire weekend) and, obviously, the all-natural products are  amazing. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of both the person and the range.

Tata is a fascinating person. She grew up in Colombia (love!), moved to the states and settled in Vermont (on a farm because it reminded her of childhood). She started her eponymous skin care line after finding out that her step-father had cancer. The doctor told the family that the skin – the largest organ of the body – ingests everything you put on it.

It makes total sense. Think about it: just like how what you eat effects your insides, so does what you use on the outside. All of the chemicals from makeup, skin care, hair care, and body care are absorbed by the skin and immediately enter the bloodstream. This got me thinking — I have put chemicals on my skin and hair ever since I was a child! WTF?

I left the facial with glowing skin and a serious dilemma. Have my beauty practices jeopardized my health? While I am most certainly interested in organic and natural skin care, I still use a chemical based product every now and again.

(Tata applying her Resurfacing Mask onto me – love the cooling gel consistency and LOVE the way it made my face glow afterwards).

Ever since I can remember, I have been a product hoarder. I used to bribe my friends with money just so that I could give them facials. Every holiday season, I’d ask “Santa” for a caboodle filled with beauty products, one with skin care, one with nail products, and one with makeup. I’d go from being a facialist to a makeup artist to a manicurist (although I soon tired of the manicures as I’m not a fan of other people’s feet and I’m too lazy to paint nails). Before the organic/ natural craze, I must have used gallons of chemicals on my skin, body and hair (and that of my unassuming friends!).

Well, not anymore.

As they say, knowledge is power. I can’t change the past, but moving forward, I can most certainly change my beauty practices. While I won’t guarantee an all-natural beauty regimen, I am definitely going to be more cautious as to what I put on my skin, in my hair and on my body. I have already removed sulfates and parabens from my hair care routine and I use a majority of all-natural skin and body products. Makeup is tough – I’m having a hard time letting go of my must-have mascaras and those fabulously glossy lippies – but I am easing into a more natural approach.

To further my dedication to an all-natural and organic shift, I will write one post a week reviewing a natural/ organic product. I hope that you, too, will join me in exploring these natural alternatives.

Thank you, Tata, for sharing your story and inspiring me to change. One product at a time…

Tell me, what is your favorite natural/ organic product? 

Please share your picks!

Holiday Collection: MAC

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Collection: Glitter and Ice Collection: Holiday Colour Collection; Dazzlesphere! Neutral Ornament X4 $32.50; Dazzlesphere! Berry Ornament X4 $32.50

Products Used:
Beauty Powder in How Beautiful $24.00 (from Glitter and Ice)
Paint Pot in Let’s Skate $18.50 (from Glitter and Ice)
Technakohl Liner Going For Gold $16.00 (from Glitter and Ice)
Crushed Metallic Pigment in Pearl, Rose Light and Spicy Smoke (from Dazzlesphere! Berry)
Dazzleglass in Dressed To Dazzle $19.50 (from Glitter and Ice)
CremeSheen Glass in Over Indulgence (from Dazzlesphere! Neutral)

How To: I started by applying the Beauty Powder – over my foundation – to my cheeks, nose, eyes and neck. It gives the face an extra kick of shimmering beauty. I used Let’s Skate (Paint Pot), a pearly pale pink, on my eye lids and continued to my brow bone (use with your finger). I applied the Crushed Metallic in Pearl, a glittery ivory, to just my lids, followed by Rose Light, a glittering pale pink to the inner corners of my eyes and finished with Spicy Smoke, a super pigmented cranberry color, in my crease and I blended inwards and outwards to create a layered, colored eye. ***For easier maneuvering, apply Crushed Metallic Pigments with your fingers… like finger painting!  After having fun with my fingers, I took my blending brush and smoked the color out in quick circular swirls and continued under my lower lashes to continue the smoky eye look. I used the Technakohl liner in a light gold to line inside my lower lash line. I dabbed the left over Crushed Pigments from my finger tips onto my cheeks to create a berry-hued, shimmering blush. For lips, I started with Dressed To Dazzle, a shimmery nude with undertones of pink, and layered with Cremesheen Over Indulgence for a less-shimmery-but-still-fabulous, sheen, glossy lip. (I figured that eyes were ultra sparkly, lips didn’t need to be). I finished the look by gently dabbing Let’s Skate just above my cheekbones to accentuate. Lot’s of shimmer!

Did You Know: The Dazzlesphere’s (which happen to double as fab Christmas Tree ornaments) come with 4 shadows and 4 glosses in numerous color combinations so you can mix and match lips and eyes. You only need a small amount of the Crushed Metallic Pigments as they are extremely vibrant. I first applied with a brush and felt that I didn’t have enough control over the pigment, so I ended up using my finger and loving how easily the shadows mixed together, creating a very colorful holiday eye. Final thought: Apply under eye concealer AFTER shadow as the finely milled pigments will definitely fall onto the skin around your eye. Clean off  the mess with a Q-Tip and finish with concealer.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Holiday Collection: tarte

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Collection:  tarte Precious Gems Waterproof Cream Shadow Collection $39.98
tarte Eye Candy Waterproof 6-pc Amazonian Clay Shadow Wand Set $26.00
tarte Glossed Over PureOptic Lipgloss Collection $29.00
*all sets available exclusively through QVC

Products Used:
emphasEYES in Shimmering Golden Beige
tarte emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Shadow Stick in Taupe
tarte emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Shadow Stick in Bronze
PureOptic Lipgloss in Nectar
PureOptic Lipgloss in Berry

How To: I love a good gilded eye so I stuck with the gold and bronze shades. I started by applying the shimmering gold beige on my lids as a base. The product is best when used with a finger (instead of the brush that the set comes with). I layered the shimmer on my brow bone to accentuate and highlight. I used the shadow stick in taupe on the outer corners of my eyes and used a brush to blend it. I applied the shadow stick in Bronze on my upper and lower lash lines and smudged (inwards) gently with my finger. This eye is completely contained on the lid – I did not smoke it out or up. For lips, I mixed Nectar, a shimmering flesh gloss, with Berry, a sheer plum to create the perfect sheen-mauve hue.

Did You Know: All of the shadows are a cream-like consistency but dry quickly into a waterproof powder (and this stuff stays put!). Make sure to smudge quickly (but gently!) before it dries. The sticks glide on super easily and you can smudge or smoke out with a brush or finger. You can use the lip glosses as highlighters on eyes and cheeks for a subtle glossy sheen (I actually did this with the flesh color – apply with fingers). It gives a great mix of textures.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Holiday Collection: Dior

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Collection: Holiday 2011 Dior LES ROUGES OR Collection

Products Used:
5-Couleurs Gold Infused Palette in Couture Gold $59.00
Les Rouges Dior in #841 $32.00

How To: I started with the lightest shade in the palette  – a shimmery ivory – and swept from lash ling to brow bone. I used the pure gold shadow over the lids and the dark brown shade in my crease. I used the center shade, a speckled bone glitter, on my brow bone to highlight. For lips, I chose an orange/ red (very “holiday party” spirit) and dabbed a bit on the apples of my cheeks to add color.

Did You Know: For a smoky look, you can use the dark shade in the crease and under the lower lash line. Make sure to sweep out.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Holiday Collection: Giorgio Armani

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Collection: Armani Madre Perla Makeup Collection for Holiday 2011

Products Used:
Madraperla Face and Eye Palette
Eyes To Kill in 17, 18, 19
Gloss D’Armani in Plum 404 and Plum 603

How To: I brushed Madraperla on cheeks, eye lids and brow bones for a highlighting/ illuminating golden hue. I used Eyes To Kill 17, a metallic silver, applying just on the lid (layer for a more dramatic metallic eye). I dabbed a bit of 19 – a mix of gold and silver – on the inner corners of my eyes for a subtle pop. I finished the gilded look with a combination of  two plum glosses – plum 404 and plum 603. When mixed together they made the perfect berry hue.

Did You Know: You can apply Eyes To Kill with your fingers (as I did) for a pigmented metallic look or with an eyeshadow blush for a lighter effect. You can also do a purely gold eye by using Eyes To Kill 18 on the lid and dabbing 19 in the corners.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Winter Collection: Chanel

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Collection: ILLUSIONS D’OMBRES DE CHANEL Collection for Fall 2011

Products Used:
Les 4 Ombres in Predlude 33 $57.00
Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Braise $28.50

How To: I used the lightest shade in the quad – a shimmery bone hue – from lash line to brow bone. I mixed the two medium brown shades together to create a rich chestnut hue and swept all over the lid. I lightly brushed the darkest brown in the crease and under the lower lash line. I went back and added a bit more of the shimmery bone shade to the brow bone for emphasis. (P.S. I really love this Chanel winter eye – the colors are rich and sultry and universally glam).and For the lips, I used the “burnt red” sheer gloss for a wash of color without overdosing on pigment.

Did You Know: Apply additional layers of the gloss to make lips appear darker. You can also layer over a red lippy for a combination of matte red and glossy brick (it makes a gorge color).
There is another gloss in the collection that I am pretty obsessed with – Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Pampille, a sheer seashell hue (pictured below). Use when going for the classic dark eyes/ light lips combo.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

Holiday Collection: Laura Mercier

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Collection: Laura Mercier Holiday 2011

Products Used:
Petite Eye Color Trio in Smoky Mauves $25.00
The Mini Lip Glace Set $38.00

How To: I used the lightest shade, a seriously pale ivory with pink undertones, and swept it from lash line to brow bone, adding more shadow to the brow bone to highlight the area. I applied the medium mauve (iridescent) shade on my entire lid. and used the darkest shade, a deep mauve, in the crease. I swept it out and continued under the lower lash line for a very sexy, smoky look. Yes, you can do a smoky eye with any color range (not just black or brown). On lips, I chose the lightest of the 5 shades – “sparkling,” a sheer, iridescent seashell – in order to stay true to the classic smoky eye/ pale  lip combo. The result: a fabulously festive plum eye and soft, glossy lip.

Did You Know: The lip glaze set comes with 5 super sexy glossy shades. Mix and match different lip hues with the same eye to create an entirely new you.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

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