The Beauty of Tinted Moisturizer

A little color goes a long way. Having a golden complexion or simply getting a little color can always be achieved with the help of bronzer and tinted body lotions. Being a fan of 2-in-one products, it comes to no surprise that a tinted moisturizer would be one of them. They’re great at evening out skin tones and providing natural looking coverage. AVEENO’s Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($15) is a good choice. It protects against UVA/UVB with an SPF of 30. Positively Radiant is oil-free and hyper allergenic. It’s beneficial for all skin types, sensitive enough to use everyday, and not overbearingly shiny.

AVEENO’S has shown me great results and proved to work just how it says it will. The packaging is perfect to throw in your purse and comes with a top that lock by twisting; preventing it from opening up on its own. The color goes on sheer and the light smell isn’t overpowering at all. Tinted moisturizer can take the place foundation. Most, if not all, of your imperfections get hidden discretely with the tint.

If you’re looking for a moisturizer with more coverage try Hourglass Illusion ($55). It’s liquid based like a foundation making it great for drier skin. With more shades to choose from, you’re able to get one closest to your skin tone. The Hourglass formula is oil-free and has an SPF 15.

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Stila Makeup Sale

Don’t miss yet another makeup opportunity. Stila Cosmetics is having their warehouse sale, where you can save up 75% off their products. When you spend $50 or more you also get free shipping; no code needed. In order to qualify orders must be placed online by midnight this sunday.

While you’re on the site mak sure to take a look at the Barbie collection.

Makeup Sample Sale

This is an opportunity that shouldn’t be passed off. Now until August 9th, Tarte will be having their Tarte Friends & Family Sale. Use the code FFAUG and receive 40% off your purchases. Plus you get your choice of a free gift.

Don’t miss out on the beauty sample sale.

Megan Fox the Face of Armani Cosmetics

 

Megan Fox has been signed as the face of Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. Great choice on Armani’s. With a face like that who wouldn’t want to buy makeup from her? She went from modeling their underwear and jeans to now makeup. A spokeswoman for Armani reffered to Fox as “an iconic visionary’ and added,  

“she embodies the spirit of the women of today: free, confident and seductive. Her beautiful features reveal femininity, sensuality and strength,”

Dolce & Gabbana Lace Makeup

Dolce & Gabbana has beautiful collections of clothes season after season. Now they are also unveiling their makeup collection. This fall you’ll fall in love with their Sicilian Lace Makeup. The brand is known for being able to capture femininity and lace is the ultimate girly factor. The makeup collection is sultry with a lot of nude and bronze like colors.

The gold detailing alone makes it so romantic and luxurious. It’s impossible for beauty addicts to resist. Below is a list of what the collection will entail:

LIPS-

  • Caramel (105) Classic Cream Lipstick (New) ($30.00)
  • Perfection (50) Shine Lipstick ($30.00)
  • Caramel (135) Ultra-Shine Lipgloss (New) ($30.00)
  • EYES-

    Nude (110) Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

    FACE-

    The Sicilian Lace Bronzer (New, Limited Edition) ($49.00)

    NAILS-

    Perfection (220) Intense Nail Lacquer (New) ($20.00)

    Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Lace Collection

    Primer for Eyes and Lips

    I recently posted on The Importance of Primer. Primer is essential in making your makeup look its best. The better the base for your makeup, the easier it will be to apply, the better it will look and the longer it will last. Other than the face, you can also apply separate primer for the eyes and lips.

    For eyes, try Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer ($16). It’s a gentle, fragrance-free formula that really makes your eye makeup stay put. It’s sheer so it won’t interfere with any color you choose to apply. Also great for sensitive skin; it’s been allergy tested by dermatologists and made without Parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes and fragrances.

    Tip* Vaseline can be an alternative for primer. Apply it slightly on your eyelids to keep makeup in place. Just don’t use as a face primer or you’ll have the shiniest face.

    Wearing lipstick needs to be done with confidence and it doesn’t hurt to use primer. DuWop’s Prime VENOM ($20) works as a smooth base for lipstick and moisturizes as well. This primer is a 2-in-one product working as a plumper as well.

    Don’t want to splurge on primer, E.L.F. has got you covered. They’re Eye Primer/Liner Sealer is only $3 and they’re Lip Primer/Plumper is $3 as well.

    Weekend Makeover

    This weekend brought lots of change. I gave myself somewhat of a makeover, by leaving my lighter locks behind and joining the dark side. I’ll share with you guys everything I used in the makeover below:

    For my hair I used Revlon’s ColorSilk Dark Brown Color ($5). I picked it, because it was amonia free. The less harmful chemicals added to the hair, the better.

    Makeup: CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Mascara in Black ($7.24), Bare Escentual’s Warmth ($18) for face, mark Blush in Chica ($7), and Mac Lipstick in Gaga ($14).

    Products Worth the Splurge

    Have you ever gotten your paycheck and had to go out and restock your makeup bag? When you are finished, are you shocked to realize that you have almost nothing left until next paycheck? There are so many great products out and they don’t always have to cost you your entire paycheck and then some. Sometimes you can find the perfect lip-gloss for just a dollar. That being said; there are some products that are worth the splurge. Here are the products, treatments, and makeup that are worth a little more and go a long way:

    Save your skin the trouble and don’t lay out too much in the sun. Bare Minerals, Warmth ($24), is the perfect bronzer to help you achieve a glowy complexion. Add as little or as much color as you want to appear to have that perfect tan.

    If you’re more of a blush girl then you’ll love Nars, Desire ($26). It’s the perfect shade of pink and the color lasts all day. The best part is that you don’t have to constantly re-apply. A little goes a long way with this blush.

    For quick drying, vibrant nail polish any from the Essie collection will work. With the single smooth coat that just glides on your nail, it won’t irritate you too much having to spend $8 a bottle.

    Lip-gloss is fun and adds personality to your outfit. Bare Escentuals collection of Buxom ($18), glosses are to die for. It feels refreshing on your lips and the color lasts hours without the really sticky formula. Try Kanani for a girly summer look or Dolly on a sexy date.

    The skin needs to be exfoliated weekly in order help remove the dead skin. Although the skin naturally sheds itself, sometimes it gets stuck clogging our pores. This leads to break outs in the skin. Sabon’s Body Scrub not only smells delicious but works wonders. You’ve never felt your skin as soft as this scrub leaves it. This is one scenario where the old saying “as smooth as a baby’s bottom falls true. Its perfect in Tropic ($30), for these hot summer days.

    Origins, Clear Improvement Mask ($21) is a must have if you suffer from breakouts or oily skin. The mask has activated charcoal that works as a magnet. It gets rid of all dirt, clogged pores and other toxins. 

    Spending a little extra on these products are worth it in the long run.

    Playing With Pigment

    We’ve all done it. You take an innocent trip to Sephora or a walk down the Urban Decay aisle, and there it is: the bright blue eye shadow of your dreams— except you’d never have the confidence to wear it. With the following tips, you can easily leave those days behind.

    Dark smokey eyes are a classic, but nothing says summer like a vibrant color. Choose a variety of palettes in the same family, for example ones that containing a few shades of blue or pink, then follow the steps below: 

     

     

    Step 1:            Apply an eyelid primer. This helps prevent the eye shadow from smudging and keeps it in place all day.

    Step 2:            Once you’ve chosen your color palettes, select an eyeliner that’s darker than the darkest shadow shade and apply to your upper and lower lash line.

    Step 3:            Using the lightest color or a light translucent shadow, cover the entire area from the lid up to right below the eyebrow’s arc.

    Step 4:               Take the second darkest color in the palate and sweep across the eyelid.

    Step 5:            Instead of closing your eyes completely, keep them open half way. With the darkest shade, blend the eye shadow into the crease without touching the eyelid.

    Step 6:            Go back to the second darkest color and apply right below your lower lash line.

    And wha-lah you’ve created a bright, bold look and are ready for whatever summer brings your way.

    The Importance of Primer

    Primer can help your makeup come a long way, especially on these hot summer days. Lately the weather has been reaching such high temperatures, that makeup feels as if it’s about to melt right off. In times like these primer makes a difference. It works by creating a base for your makeup; filling in fine line and wrinkles. By applying some underneath your makeup, it will help makeup go on smoother and stay on longer.

    Victoria’s Secret Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer ($14) is actually a steal when compared to other top primers like MAC ($25) and Smashbox ($36). The formula is silky smooth, almost like petroleum jelly but not as thick. One pump (dime size or less) is good for the entire face, and makeup really does last longer on your skin. All that and it has an SPF 20, major plus.

    Tip* Apply an astringent like Biore’s Triple Action Astringent (before primer) for super smooth, clean skin. After applying primer, let it sit on your skin for a minute or two and then continue with makeup application.