When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.
Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.
It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver. The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day! Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades. Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!
Lots of you liked this look yesterday, I was getting lots of likes for it on both Instagram and Facebook in both my personal and blog accounts. This was primarily shot to show the use of the lip and cheek product I featured but people kept giving me feedback on how they loved the look as a whole. It really is the most minimal sort of makeup I would ever wear usually on weekends or when with family (which is often), a “no makeup” makeup look if you will. Cue the acapella version of “True Colors”. I feel like I cast myself in a Dove ad ‘coz of this photo.
I put this look on the other day before heading out to visit my grandfather and since many of you liked it so much I’ve decided to share all five products I used to create it. It also just occurred to me that I didn’t need to use a makeup brush in general, I only did at the very end to do some buffing and retouching but I didn’t really need to. The look requires minimal effort and you can use your hands for every step except the brows and lashes.
1. BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation in “Camel” SPF 25 (they were at Adora last I remember, hope they’re still there, my niece got me this in the US, any sheer base you have will do)
2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Ginger” user friendly because of the wand and its creamy consistency, sets to a matte finish, good enough for spots as well as under the eyes.
3. K-Palette Real Lasting EyebrowPen in “01″This is one of the closest local brow pens we have to match that phenomenal SUQQU Pen Lisa Eldridge always uses. It’s water and sweat resistant and doesn’t give the drawn-on brow effect, it gives a more natural look
4. L’Oreal Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara -This is the US mascara that does it all for me, volume, length, waterproofing, and superb curl hold. A good local one is L’Oreal Double Extension Curl Waterproof OR Majolica Majorca Edge Meister Waterproof.
It’s also the sort of look guys and people who know us best tend to appreciate, minimal, radiant, and fresh. For girls who have problematic skin just switch the sheer base for a foundation with more coverage. I like this look, I shall be doing this on myself more often this summer.
To date this has to be the most iconic blog post ever to appear up here. Last December 23 I announced in this blog post that I had placed 3rd in Lisa Eldridge’s #MyLisaLook online makeup contest via Instagram. I screeched like a bloody fan girl because Lisa Eldridge is one of my ultimate role models career-wise, so is the case for thousands of us out there. At first, shortly after rejoicing I cynically refused to consider the win itself a HUGE anything, I was even beating myself up over the fact that I didn’t take a closer more high-resolution photo since Lisa put it on her website. My family, the dear souls that they are, kept telling people I won when I actually placed 3rd and I was a stickler for correcting them. When I think “Instagram contest” I at the onset began to whittle it down to a mere nib and I wouldn’t dare use the term “competition” for it, it was hardly “The Hunger Games” or something you signed up for with a stern panel sitting across from you. While happy but temporarily belittling the whole thing I was stubbornly forgetting the bigger facts, that a celebrated makeup professional whose clientele include Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley actually saw my “work” pixel for pixel. She approved of it, contacted me, placed me on her website, handpicked some luxury beauty prizes and had them sent halfway around the world just for me. I wasn’t imagining things. Thank you so much, Lisa
Dior Show Mono Backstage Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in 453 “Spencer”, SUQQU Balancing Eyebrow/Eyeshadow palette in 02 Brown, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense (black), This Works skincare 100% Natural Turbo Balm
When the cancer, that is your lack of esteem, tends to eat away at any triumph you blind yourself to facts that you can be proud of. To stay grounded you just always need to move forward and take what is positive with you. I strongly believe in not resting on your laurels (you know, what Roman emperors rest on the heads of champions) but I also tend to forget you should take a moment to put yours on and have a good satisfying look at yourself in the mirror to charge yourself for what’s next. My family countered me to pieces on my self-deprecation. They said I shouldn’t make myself see this as a small thing and I should just do something with the knowledge of Lisa’s approval because it’s real, I didn’t dream it up, she picked me, so I should do something. So it is true, and on top of that these have arrived. The handwritten card she included with it was what mattered more than anything else in the package. And yes, I know you guys want a closer look at what I won. Read more to see the rest of the post!
This was posted by Vogue on YouTube last December but I believe it’s well worth the revisit considering that many of you may not have seen this yet. Alexa Chung is a British model, “it” Girl, TV presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue. Her laid back but astute sense of style often catches people’s attention.
I haven’t tried anything huge from Tarte – high performance naturals, besides one of their Amazonian Clay blushes. The successful mid-range American cosmetics brand founded by Maureen Kelly continues to impress with its unique formulas, on point colors, and standout payoff and longevity. Her story here is pretty amazinggiven that she started with no professional makeup-artistry or business background. The range has a look that stands out, a quirky balance between feminine chic and mod ethnic. In terms of general pricing it’s pretty comparable to Benefit Cosmetics. A niece of mine (only 3 years younger than me) was coming home from the US and she sweetly asked if I’d like to buy anything she could bring home for me. One huge thing loomed in my mind ever since Jane Cunningham featured it. It was none other than Tarte’s New “Be MATTEnificent” makeup palette, a lavender/ taupe symphony of a palette, and one other item also by them which you’ll see soon.
PRICE: $36.00 from Sephora (currently sold out, check other sources)
Top row: Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up Second Row: Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe Bottom Row: Dream in Chocolate, Stand Out Black Blush: Elevated
TARTE’s first ever matte eye & cheek palette includes: 8 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay Eyeshadows, 1 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay blush (“Elevated”), and a double-ended eyeshadow brush
What I picked up instantly was how smooth and silky the eyeshadow is and how despite some fallout the payoff of the medium to lighter shades totally impressed me. What also makes the palette so worthwhile is that they included 2 extremely essential eyeshadow shades you can use to deepen the look or line your eyes (dry or wet most likely), dream in chocolate (dark brown) and stand out black. A bit of View From the Taupe and Dream in Chocolate can be blended together for use on brows. Read more to see more photos and a complete look applied on myself.