Posts with tag "Makeup"


In My Makeup Bag Now!

I am a makeup junkie and love to try new brands and colors constantly. Just like everything else, I like to add to my makeup bag seasonally. After all it has to compliment the colors of the season. Can't wear that deep burgundy color lipstick with my spring pastels! ...continue reading the story called In My Makeup Bag Now!


Spring 2013 Trends….

  • Even though it doesn't feel like spring with the freezing cold weather, it is time to start thinking about your spring wardrobe!
    It takes some planning to transition wardrobes from season to season.
    I researched many websites, magazines, articles and blogs to see what the buzz is and have noted the top trends for Spring 2013. By incorporating just one or two of these ideas to your wardrobe will make you stylishly ready for Spring 2013!

    Spring 2013 Top Trends

    Colors Trend: Black & White Combo and Bold Colors

  • Patterns Trend: Geometric - Stripes and Grid-like patterns
    Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and Marc Jacobs
    Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Louis Vuitton
  • Textures Trend:  Warm Weather Leather
  • Fabric Trend: Ruffles and Fringe
    Chloé, Gucci and Givenchy
    Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta and Versace
    Make up Trend: Bold Eyes and Nude Lips

    Accessories Trend: Gladiator shoes and High-Voltage/Color blocked Handbags



Cherry Red Lips!

Invest in a a Cherry Red Lipstick this Fall. It's a beautiful, sexy yet sophisticated look.
The key is to pick a color that compliments your skin tone. Use the guide below and some of my suggestions in picking a red color that is perfect for you.

                      Cherry Lips seen on fair, medium and dark skin tones

In order for your lipstick to be flawless, make sure to exfoliate your lips, line your lips with lip pencil, use a brush to apply your lipstick, and blot after applying to seal the color.

My Top Picks for Cherry Red Lipsticks
For Fair Skin:

   MAC Russian Red, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Golden Lustre

For Medium Skin:

Tom Ford Cherry Lush. Rich Lip Color by Bobbi Brown, MAC Ruby Woo
For Dark Skin:

              MAC Hang Up, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Lip Color in Coromandel, NARS


Fall 2012 Favorite Nail polish Collections!

So many lust-worthy nail polish collections are available for Fall that its hard to pick my favorite.

Here are a few that I am loving......

Chanel Le Vernis Fall 2012 Trio, $26 each
Love the names, brand and colors. Just can't go wrong with Chanel.
Left to Right: Suspicious, Frenzy, Vertigo

Nars Storm Bird Nail Polish, $18
Wow, absolutely love the moody grey color and this one just might be my favorite for Fall 2012.

Dior Vernis Fall 2012, $37 each
These neutral warm colors are perfect for the Fall color palette.
Left to Right: Golden Jungle Duo Dior Vernis, Amazonia, Bengale

Deborah Lippmann Magnet Appeal, $29 each
I like the mix of colors in this collection from metallic blue to a dusty rose to goth black. One for every mood!
Left to Right: Magic Man, Punk Princess, Hard Knock Life

China Glaze On Safari Nail Polish Collection Fall 2012
Can't go wrong with the rich burgundy plum tones of this collection.
Left to Right: Call of the Wild, Jungle Queen, Prey Tell, Purr-fect Plum


Favorite Look: Smoky Eyes

I love a smoky, sultry eye. There is something so very sexy about it.

It's my favorite go-to look for the evening. One can do a smoky eye with many colors - silvery grey, brown, purple and of course the traditional black!

Depending on what your mood is, you can go for one of these looks!
Smoky Eyes with Nude Lips: Demurely Sexy Look
Smoky Eyes with Red Lips: Overtly Sexy Look
Smoky Eye with Heavy Mascara: Glamorous Look
Smoky Eyes with Rosy Lips: Fresh Look

The key to the perfect smokey eye is proper blending. You want to make sure colors are blended together flawlessly. Also, it's important to pair light base colors with rich dark colors. 

Here's a step by step guide on how to achieve a beautiful, smoky eye -

1. Pick a multitonal eye-shadow palette, like the one below. Prime your lid by patting on regular foundation — it'll form a base for your makeup to stick to.

2. Dip the tip of a dampened makeup brush into the darkest shadow, and draw a line across your upper and lower lash lines.

3. Before the shadow dries, look up and blink—this marks a line on your skin in the creases, which you'll want to fill up to with your contouring, medium shadow.

4. Rub the softest color in your palette above the creases and up to the brow bones to highlight.

5. Sweep the light, pearly shadow around the corners of your eyes to make them seem larger (you can even dust a little under your lower lashes to offset dark circles).

6. Trace on one last layer of the darkest color as liner, and smudge it with your finger or a cotton swab for a blurred effect.

7. For extra oomph, curl your lashes, and coat on the deepest, darkest mascara you can find.

Best Smoky Eye Makeup Kits Available:
Dior Smoky Eye Kit in Smoky Design

Mac Smoky Eye Kit in Black

Too Faced Smoky Eye Kit

Stila Smoky Eye Kit


Upcoming Launch: NARS & Thakoon

I love fun collaborations so here's one to look forward to for the summer.
Cosmetics company, NARS will soon be releasing a limited edition nail polish collaboration with famous fashion designer, Thakoon Panichgul.
Inspired by his Spring 2012 collection, colors found in an Indian spice market and the Holi festival of color, Thakoon’s polishes are available in six bold and rich shades.
  • Lal Mirchi, a bold orange mandarin red 
  • Anardana, an azalea pink
  • Ratin Jot, an orchid purple
  • Amchoor, a bright yellow
  • Kutki, a powder blue
  • Koliary, a cyan blue
All colors are super saturated, full of shine and best of all: formaldehyde-free! Each polish will be sold for $18 at narscomesmetics.com and available on May 1st.
They will be perfect for the beach this summer and on exotic vacations. I can't wait to try the yellow one!


Makeup: Essentials, Brands & Looks.

Makeup is yet another form of self expression. It allows you to creatively express your mood.
When used correctly, makeup helps highlight your best features and makes you feel your best.
So use it to empower yourself, don't treat it as something only required to hide flaws and insecurities.
Have fun with it!

In this post, I'd like to share my list of makeup essentials, my favorite makeup brands for certain products and some of my favorite looks.
Makeup Essentials
Here's my list of essentials that every woman should have in her makeup kit, regardless of age.

1. Makeup brushes - the right brushes help you achieve the best application of makeup. Invest in some good brushes, its completely worth it.
My pick: MAC or Nars
2. Tinted Moisturizer - helps even out the skin tone and provides the canvas for the rest of your makeup.
My pick: Laura Mercier
3. Concealer - conceals blemishes, discolorations and other dark spots. Helps even out skin tone.
My pick: Cle de Peau
4. Under eye brightener - removes the dark under eye circles and evens out the skin tone.
My pick: YSL Touche Eclat
5. Eyebrow pencil - helps fill out any gaps in your brows.
My pick: Anastasia Brow Wiz
6. Tweezers - remove stray hairs on the face and shape your brows.
My pick: Tweezerman
7. Eyelash Curler - use to curl the eyelashes.
My pick: Shu Uemura

My Favorite Makeup Brands
Here's my list of brands that I love for certain products.
Laura Mercier - Awesome brand for base makeup like primer, tinted moisturizer, foundation, concealer, and under eye brightener.

NARS - This brand has highly pigmented makeup so is especially good for olive to dark skin tones. Their blushes are amazing.
MAC - Similar to NARS (highly pigmented) but cheaper in price. I love their lip glosses, eye shadows and water proof liquid eyeliner.

YSL - Absolutely love their lipsticks especially the Volupte Sheer Candy lipsticks. These lipsticks give the hydration of a lip balm with the shine and color payoff of a gloss. 

Chanel - Very nice eye shadows especially the Illusion D'Ombre collection and Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent. These shadows glide across the lids with the greatest of ease.  Can be easily layered for higher impact.

Tom Ford
- small selection of lipsticks (only 12 shades) but fantastic colors. The formula is extremely creamy and is made of an exotic blend of 
chamomilla flower, soja seed extract and Brazilian murumuru butter. I love the packaging too!

Christian Dior - Their 5 color eyeshadow palettes are amazing. The shadows are pigmented, smooth and come in great color combinations. Especially when you are travelling, you get 5 different colors that work well individually or can be used to achieve a cohesive look.

My Favorite Makeup Looks
Here are my three favorite looks achieved with makeup.

1. Natural: The natural makeup look is a look where you have applied makeup but it doesn't look like you are wearing it as it blends well with your complexion and the colors are all very soft and subtle.

2. Smoky Eye: Love this look for the evening. The focus is on the eyes so the rest of the face is fairly neutral. A smoky eye can be achieved with many different colors, not just black and grey.

3. Bold Lip: Bold lips can be worn during the day or night but its critical to wear lip liner to keep the color intact and to pick the right shade for your complexion. I would keep the rest of  my face pretty neutral to keep the focus on the lips.