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January 17th, 2012 1 Comment

My more affordable lady Bobbi Brown.

I went into Neimans fully intending on treating myself to a few Tom Ford makeup brushes.  Then I heard the prices.  Yikes! I don’t know why I was surprised; everything Tom Ford is expensive.  I passed up a pair of TF heels at Last Call because even after a million markdowns they were still $600.

So, I thanked the lady and quickly made my way to the Bobbi Brown counter where I found a super silky set of brushes for half the price.

I picked up the two above which I love and use daily.  I apply Stila “Kitten” ($18) with the BB Eye Sweep brush ($30) and Bobbi Brown “Fawn” ($28) or colors from my Eve Pearl “Au Naturale” Palette with the BB  Angle Eye Shadow brush ($28).

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(Full disclosure: In the past I have received Stila and Eve Pearl products for free via PR.)

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How To Apply A Smokey Eye for Fall – Paint by Number Instructions

October 25th, 2011 2 Comments

Instead of updating my “going-out” wardrobe (because, well, I just don’t go out much anymore), I’ve decided just to add color and density to my eye makeup. Easy and affordable solution!

The trendiest colors right now are maroon and blue tones, which luckily come together in my Eve Pearl “Sapphire Eyes” compact (above).  Both pop out against black and purple, the trendy colors for fall and winter.  (That is, if you’re not color blocking.  If you are, opt for a natural look with your cosmetics.)

Creating a smokey eye is basically paint-by-number and then blending it all together.  The thickness of the brushes help you manage the darkness of each color.  You’ll notice that my products and brushes are all from department store brand names.  In my opinion, all shadows and brushes are not created equal.  Since you’ll use them a lot, I suggest the splurge.   (Save the money on foundation and concealer that you have to replenish often.  I like Revlon and Almay.)

Here are the steps to my method:

1) Apply a natural color from your brown to the bone with a soft brush.

2) Using the same soft brush, start with the darkest shade at the outside corner of your eye and then line the crease with the dark color.  You’ll notice the shade gets lighter as you go from the outside corner to towards the inside corner.  Then clean the brush on a towel.

3-4) Apply lighter colors just to lid.

5) Take load an angled brush with a neutral taupe and smooth over the crease and above it.

6) Darken the corner and bottom of the crease with a deeper shade.

7) Line your eye with a charcoal or black powder or pencil.

8) Use your powder brush to clean off any excess eyeshadow that might have fallen under your eye.

9) Define your brow with a pencil or powder.

You can follow the same steps with blues too. If you’re looking for something even more dramatic, create this cat eye.

Products I used above:

Here’s the outfit that called for the pop of color:

This look is a little young for me, but I was fed up with “sophisticated.” During my NYC days, I called my all-black ensembles “Natasha Head-to-Toes” (remember Serena?):

(Full Disclosure: Stila, Eve Pearl, Jouer, Assets, Laura Mercier sent via PR forever ago.)


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Hostess Head To Toe

September 19th, 2010 No Comments

Despite the fact I knew everyone was going to be in dresses and skirts for Beth’s birthday, I just wasn’t feeling the femme on Friday night.  It’s very unlike me to be more comfortable in jeans, but, you have to wear what makes you feel good.

  • Stila lipstick in “Natalie”*
  • Diamond huggies
  • Ralph Lauren cropped jacket
  • Necklace stolen from mom’s jewelry box
  • Crepe shirt
  • Assets cami*
  • Rock and Republic jeans**
  • Calvin Klein shoes
  • Faux python clutch from vintage store in the Heights

I pointed out the mauve lipstick  because it’s going to be my fall color (btw, I don’t think Stila even makes lipstick anymore).  I like it because it’s not too overwhelming like deep red, but still adds a little life to my face.

(Full disclosure: I received all items with * via PR.  The ** means those Rock and Republic jeans are one of my favorite perks of NYFW at the Robert Verdi suite that I won’t get this year because I didn’t attend!)

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October 13th, 2009 No Comments

Test Over-Drive!

I came home from a week of traveling to a stack of boxes filled with beauty products and new gadgets from publicists who want me to test out their favorite products from brands they rep.

Above are what I would put in the “beauty” category.

In terms of “beauty” here’s what I found:

  • Jouer makeup
  • Oscar Blondi dry shampoo
  • June Jacobs lotion
  • Christopher Drummond Beauty Mineral Makeup
  • Stila glosses and lipsticks
  • Physician’s Formula new eye-makeup remover
  • Roc skincare
  • Trudie Styler’s Yoga DVD (Profits to Unicef)
  • Mari Windsor Pilates DVD (for Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

(And, I added a couple sample lipsticks from Avon that my mom and aunt swear by.)

Well, this is a lot of stuff to wear at one time!

Obviously I know I love the Stila products.  The set of 8 glosses for $25 seems like a great steal!  Whenever Stila puts together a set, it’s always a good value.  I love their Talking Palettes and Barbie sets. (Yeah, Barbie sets, what of it?!)

I’m most excited to try out the Jour line because of how cleaver the shadows and glosses click together.  Basically you can make your own compact.  But Meg tells me I’ll be most impressed with their tinted moisturizer.

I’m sure you’re dying to know if the Roc “Multi Correxion Skin Perfecting System” works.  Honestly, I am too.

Currently I am using products and makeup I love so these will have to be pretty good to knock them out of their top spot.  Products I’m loving right now:

June 17th, 2009 No Comments

Check out my tranny tv makeup! For my lids I used the Stila Barbie trio. It actually looks great when you’re not wearing a pound per lid.

My Five Minute Face

June 16th, 2009 No Comments

My Five Minute Face

These days it’s all or nothing for me, especially in this heat.  But here’s my standard for daytime.

1.  Neutrogena Daily Moisturizer SPF 15.  (Not tinted.  I’m in need of a good one.)

2.  Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

3.  Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15*

4.  Stila Purrfect Eyes Pallet (not online)*

5.  The Balm, Hot Momma blush*

6.  NYX brow pencil

7.  Revlon Lash Fantasy primer/black mascara duo

8.  Tinted lip gloss + Revlon gloss in Shine City on top

* = via PR

April 10th, 2009 No Comments

Who knew I’m a Barbie girl?  ::

I saw Sephora’s new Barbie collection online, and I had to have it!  Ok, that’s a little much, but I loved all the bright colors. After John from Mac gave me a fresh look with pink lids, I knew I would be incorporating more color soon AND I love Stila shadows.  Hence my new Stila Barbie Kit ($40) that has pink blush/shadow with 2 products I already love – “Kitten” shadow ($18) and Lip Glaze in Papaya.

If you’re not into kits, the Barbie Loves Stila Palette($40 – which would be $72 if you bought them separately) is another great option for spring.

**Transparency note: I do recieve many products from PR agencies, but you will always get my honest opinion whether that be stellar, mediocre, or a severe beat down.  Just so you know…

Style on the Rocks

October 16th, 2008 No Comments


Episode 1: Makeup from Dayttime to Nighttime.  Guest: Jason Haun, Global Stylist from Stila

Clever episode title, I know.  But Jason and I had a blast making me up and sipping on PINK cocktails.

Here are the products Jason used to transform me:

To plump up my lashes, I suggest Mac Plush Mascara, you really can’t beat it.