Shimmer and Shine

Do you ever wonder how the stars get that perfectly rosy (and shimmery) cheek color for every award show?

Several years ago, my grandfather told me I should have shimmery cheeks “like all the movie stars.” And so my quest began.  Not too long after receiving my grandfather’s beauty advice, I found Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. Now the stars might not use Bobbi Brown in particular to get that gorgeous glow, but, I can promise you, it definitely does the trick!

BB’s Shimmer Brick comes in Rose and Bronze to give you rosy or bronzed cheeks…duh!

However, the best part about the Shimmer Brick is that it can be used for many different purposes! Brush it on after your blush for a shimmery finish, actually use it as your blush or even try it out as an eyeshadow (look how many colors you have to work with there)!

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Never be shimmer-less again.

Prime Time

I apologize for the late post, but we’ve been experiencing a few Internet issues over here in sunny LA. You can thank Time Warner for the delay in your daily beauty dose.

Don’t you hate it when your eye-makeup just won’t stay in place? When you come home from the workday or the bar and your beautiful (and lengthy) makeup work is barely visible anymore? Well, you’re not alone. We’ve all had it happen. Though, I have to say, it happens to me far less these days (insert evil laugh here).

Lucky for you, I’m just telling you all my secrets. The reason my makeup isn’t going anywhere fast is because of a wonderful little eye primer called MAC: Prep+Prime.

Prep+Prime does just what it says; it preps and primes your eyelids for your makeup. It looks like concealer, but has a slightly thicker consistency. This product takes a hold of your makeup and won’t let it go.  Pretty nifty, right?

Use just enough to cover your lids with a light layer and then put your eye-makeup directly on top of it.

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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

Here’s another little trade secret: Laura Mercier Cake Liner. Using just a small amount of this eyeliner each day will open your eyes up to a whole new world.

By applying this liner to your lash line, you will drastically open the look of your eyes. Follow my steps below and your eyes will appear wider than they actually are. Really. I’ve seen it myself.

If you don’t believe me, use your eyeliner pencil to line just one eye and then compare the lined and the unlined eye. A note to consider: to keep this look all day, know that your regular eyeliner pencil WILL NOT stand the test of time.

A flat eyeliner brush is the best applicator for cake liner (reference the brush pictured above).

As you can see, the eyeliner closely resembles eyeshadow. Just add enough water to the cake liner to get the consistency of shoe polish (note: please don’t use she polish on your eyes…just kidding, sort of). Then use the very top of the brush to apply the wet liner to the underside of your eyelashes. Follow your lash line from the outer corner of the eye to the inner most lash. Give it a few seconds to dry and you’re good to go!

Cake liner isn’t exactly cheap ($22), but it will certainly last you a long time — (A). It’s dry (B). You’re only using a little each day.

This is Laura Mercier’s signature look. Other makeup designers have come up with similar cake liners (Bobbi Brown, Benefit), but I like LM’s the best. Compare prices and products and see what works best for you!

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*LM products can be found at Sephora, Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom.

The Life Saver

Yesterday I thought to myself, “OK, so now I’ve started this, what will be my first recommendation?” And, after much deliberation, I decided that my staple item (since I was 14 years old mind you) should be my first post. Thus, I introduce you to Clinique Take the Day Off.

Clinique. I know. You’re saying to yourself, “I used that in high school.” Well hunnie, I did too and this is the only product I still use. We all know their lotion isn’t so great for your skin, but I live by Take the Day Off.

This eye-makeup remover has saved my life many mornings by quickly removing any and every item you put on your eyes (and I’ve used some pretty tough eyeliners). I even taught a learned makeup artist about this product and she is now in love!

Take the Day Off is slightly oily, BUT does not leave you feeling oily. Furthermore, it wipes off easily. The product will run you about $17.50 at Nordstrom. Personally, I go to the outlet makeup stores where it will cost you about $13.

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