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Get The Look: Kim Kardashian’’s Met Gala Makeup

Kim Kardashian attends the ' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala (May 5, 2015 - Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)
Kim Kardashian attends the ' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala (May 5, 2015 - Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

Kim Kardashian attends the ‘ – The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala (May 5, 2015 – Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

 

MAKEUP BY: Mario Dedivanovic for MARC JACOBS BEAUTY

INSPIRATION: To match the nude elegance of the Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli dress, Mario wanted Kim’s skin to mimic the glowing and simplistic palette of the dress and keep it monochromatic. “We wanted to stay true to Kim’s classic look and enhance her natural beauty and golden, glowy skin.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE:
First, Mario created a perfect canvas and achieved a dewy glow on Kim’s face by mixing a medium and dark shade of the Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil-Free Foundation all over the face.

Since Kim’s hair was tightly pulled back, Mario wanted enhance her natural features without too much color.

Under the eyes, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer was applied to, while the Shameless Bold Blush in Shameless was applied to the apple of the cheeks to give a slightly peachy hue.

To achieve a contoured look, Mario used the #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Hi Fi Filter 60 in the hollows of the cheeks, around the hair and jawlines and on the sides of the nose.

On the eyes, Mario maintained the nude and crystal color palette by applying a wash across the entire lid of the silvery Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Frannie, followed by layers of the matte and shimmery peach tones in the Style Eye Con No. 7 Palette in The Dreamer to set it and give it a more nude-based tone. In the creases of her eye, Mario used a dark brown shade from the palette very lightly, and then took the golden Twinkle Eye Pop Color Stick in Au Revoir to the brow bone and lower lash line of the eyes to add some sultry sparkle. To finish of the eyes, Mario applied the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer in a very thin line on the upper lash line, followed by a very slight wing to stay aligned with the MET Ball theme, and added a final hint of the golden sparkle to the inner corners of the eyes using the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Mari(Gold) to enhance the natural gold in her eyes.

And finally, on the lips, Mario achieved Kim’s go-to nude lip look with a warm nude tone of the New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais.

PRODUCTS: Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil-Free Foundation, Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Au Revoir 406 and Frannie 408, Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais 146, Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Hi Fi Filter 60, Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Mari(Gold) 70, and Blacquer 42, Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 – Plush Shadow in The Dreamer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in 220 Shameless

DRESS: Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli


In Search Of The Perfect Hair Color

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that over the last few months I’ve become experimental with my hair. Whether curly or straight or using extensions for extra-long length, my hair has become a way to express my personality, and why not? Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, and is linked to your identity, security, and maybe sometimes protection. And, sometimes a bad hair day equals a bad day.

I’m a natural brunette, and although I’ve heard blondes have more fun and the 1950s film title “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” seems to imply that specific hair color is favored, I love my dark locks. However, sometimes a girl has got to have a little fun with her hair, so I took my hair to the extreme a few months ago when I got blue streaks. The alternative, edgy vibe was a huge contrast to my shy, introverted self. With blue hair, I felt like a different person, and I liked it. I felt “cool,” received tons of compliments, and my eyes stood out more.

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However, I don’t think I have the personality that you would expect from someone with blue hair. I wasn’t any more outgoing or eccentric, but instead the cautious brunette still snuck to remind me that my hair was just having fun. So, if I ever were to experiment with coloring my hair again, I would choose a natural shade that makes me feel like myself. I recently turned to hair color company Madison Reed to see what options are available when I decide to try a new shade. The company creates salon-quality hair dyes that is free of gluten, ammonia, PPD, resorcinol, and other harsh chemicals. You can fill out a quick questionnaire on their website to find your perfect hair color and even live chat with a colorist.

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Check it out, and let me know what your hair color recommendations are.


OGX #BadAssHairDay Campaign

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Last week beauty brand OGX launched an interesting campaign called “Bad Ass Hair Day” – excuse the language, but this is what it’s called and I have to say the concept of it is ehem, pretty bad ass. The campaign doesn’t believe that there are bad hair days, and instead is aiming to give women permission and encouragement to think of their hair as “bad ass” no matter how it looks, because your hair is what makes you one-of-a-kind beautiful. As part of the campaign users can enter a “Hair or Dare,” contest on Instagram by selecting @ogx_HAIR OR @ogx_DARE and using. If you select “Hair,” you’ll be prompted to show a hair moment and if you chose “Dare,” you’ll have to do something and share it out.

Hair or Dare will be live until Tuesday, May 26th. Each week, a new prize is up for grabs worth $1,250, which will include a Bad Ass OGX Prize (worth $250) and a $1,000 Visa Gift Card.

For more information about Bad Ass Hair Days and to learn how to play Hair or Dare at BadAssHairDay.com.


Avocado-Inspired Beauty Products

I recently reinvented my diet. Nothing crazy, I’m not trying to lose weight, but I am trying to eat healthier by eliminating sugars and reducing the amount of carbs in my diet. During this time, I have fallen in love with avocados, the soft green fruit loaded with fiber that is best known for its cardiovascular benefits. But, in addition to being amazing for your health, avocados are great to incorporate into your beauty regimen as the yummy superfood aids in anti-aging, nourishes skin and revitalizes dry, frizzy hair.

If you’re like me and don’t have time to create a DYI avocado treatment, try one of these avocado-infused beauty products.

 

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From left to right (top)
Bella Vado Avocado Bar (Unscented) – $8.00
Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment – $9.00
Olay 2-in-1 Essential Oils Ribbons Moisturizing Body Wash – Soothing Cucumber & Avocado – $5.99

From left to right (bottom):
Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Skin Nourishing Body Butter, $36.00
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $28.50


Hot New Beauty Products to Try This Spring

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Last week I attended the 10th Anniversary arty of New Beauty magazine where a variety of different beauty companies were on hand to celebrate the magazine, as well as show off their products to the room filled with beauty experts. Some of the items on display were products that we all may be familiar with, while others are newcomers eager to make their presence known on the beauty scene. Here are a few my top picks for products to watch out for this year.

Real Techniques Bold Metallics Collection – Developed by Youtube sensation Pixiwoo’s Sam and Nic, this new collection of brushes were inspired by luxury. The soft bristles featured tapered tips and are engineered for perfect weight distribution when tipped toward the face while being used. The brushes are available at ulta.com and boots.com.

BeautyDNA – This new subscription box service will deliver a full-sized product to your door every moth customized to your skin needs. Subscribers fill out a detailed Beauty Profile, the system makes a product match, and then the product is shipped directly to you with a detailed report explaining why it was selected specifically for you.

SuperSmile – This professional at-home teeth whitening line has been around since 1987. The system removes tooth stains without bleaches or abrasives, when users follow the 6-minute regimen developed by the company that includes Activating Rods applied to the teeth, brushing with the Whitening Toothpaste and rinsing with its Whitening Pre-Rinse.

Intellishade – This anti-aging tinted moisturizer is available in Original Radiant and a new matte formula and features spf 45 and features one shade that blends in with every skin tone. It’s a multi-tasking product, perfect for women on the go as it is a sunscreen, moisturizer, makeup and ant-aging product in one.


Pure Ice’s new Sparking Seas Nail Collection

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It may not feel like spring, but the season is here, so even if the weather isn’t bright and cheery doesn’t mean you can’t begin decking out your nails in all sorts of colorful shades to celebrate the transition from winter to warmer temperatures. Affordable nail brand Pure Ice has got your nails covered…literally, with its new Sparking Seas collection, feature 3 sparkling new shades to give you the perfect manicure. The new shades include Sea Glass (green), Mer-Magical (pink), and Sparking Seas (blue).
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Pure Ice’s Sparkling Seas Collection is available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide this spring, and retails for $1.99 each.


How to Contour For Your Skin Complexion

Ever since Kim Kardashian burst out onto the public scene, everyone has become obsessed with contouring – a beauty secret makeup artists kept to themselves…until now. Just search the term “contouring” in Youtube and thousands of videos come up with vloggers sharing their how-tos on how to get sculpted looking cheekbones and a smaller-appearing nose. And, if you’re going to be searching for contouring on Youtube, then you should check out TEMPTU’s new #HOW2TEMPTU video series, featuring TEMPTU Pro Makeup Artist, Tiffany Saxby, who teaches viewers how to use the company’s new Natural Contour Kits ($60 – $200 each at Temptu.com). The videos are perfect because not all contouring is made equal – depending on your skin tone, you may have to adjust the technique. Here, TEMPTU breaks down the techniques for each skin tone:

Light Complexions
Step 1: Highlight cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin.
Step 2: Lowlight under highlighted areas for a sculpted look.
Step 3: Apply foundation over entire face to complete look.

 

Dark Complexions
Step 1: Highlight cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin.
Step 2: Apply second highlight over same area.
Step 3: Apply foundation over entire face to complete look.


e.l.f. cosmetics Launches Skin Care Collection

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e.l.f. Cosmetics, well-known for their affordable makeup line of products that are priced for as little as just $1, recently launched a skin care line. Similar to the products in the color cosmetics line, the skin care collection features items at an affordable price point – the most expensive thing in the line is $12! The products are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and aim to deliver a health glow for all skin types.

The e.l.f. Skin Care Collection includes:

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8): Achieve a radiant, healthy complexion with this ultra-hydrating daily moisturizer infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber. The ingredient blend works to soothe, hydrate and protect skin. With lightweight, water-based formula, this moisturizer provides gentle yet effective hydration for even the most sensitive skin, and vanishes into skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. The result is soft, smooth, moisturized skin.

e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream ($10): Open your eyes to a new, breakthrough brightening eye cream that hydrates and soothes the eye area while minimizing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.
e.l.f. Soothing Serum ($12): This lightweight, silky, and hydrating serum helps skin retain moisture for a dewy, radiant glow. Infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, and Vitamin E. Use under moisturizer in the morning and evening after cleansing.

e.l.f. Nourishing Night Cream ($12): Enhance your beauty sleep with this hydrating night cream and wake up to glowing, healthy skin! Infused with skin nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber to soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Use in the evening after cleansing.

You can scoop up one, or all of the products on www.elfcosmetics.com now.


How-to Apply Falsies Like a Pro

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For a long time, I had a fear of false lashes. My lashes are naturally quite long, but a set of falsies can make my entire look pop. Just check out this photo of me when I went to the Grammy and used falsies for my eye look. One of my best tricks to apply false eyelashes is to use tweezers to maneuver the lash strip quickly to the base of the lid. But, UBU, a beauty tool brand, has a clever little secret weapon, that helps you apply lashes like a pro called the Lash App. It has tiny tongs that easily help glide false lashes in place. Below are their frustration free tips on how you can apply your lashes like a pro:

Step 1: Start by prepping your natural lashes with the Boom Boom Blink, a five star curler that works for all eye shapes and gives an amazing amount of curl.

Step 2: Grab the lashes of your choice and size them according to your eye. We recommend keeping a pair of cosmetic scissors handy like the Snipz to trim away any excess.

Step 3: Next comes the secret weapon – the Lash App! Insert lashes between these tiny tongs with the lash line facing outward, add glue & simply apply to your eye.

These handy tools are available on Amazon.com.


Get Your Yearly Horoscope Fresh and Susan Miller’s Astrology Video Series

We are just two months into 2015, wondering what the rest of the year will bring?

A few weeks ago I told you about Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection, the beauty brnad has launched in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller.

Recently, Fresh and Susan released quick videos that shed some light on the year ahead, forecasting what’s in the stars for each zodiac sign: in life, in love and most importantly in beauty.

Below, are the quick 2 minute videos for each sign. Check them out to hear your 2015 horoscope.

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