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Feb 8, 2016

Mani Monday: If This Doesn't Scream "Valentine's Day", I Don't Know What Does

Regardless of whether you're doing Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, or nothing at all because you'd rather just stay home and chill with your dog (can you guess which camp I'm in?), you can get on board with this sparkly pink manicure.



I started with 2 coats of Patrick Starrr's Yazzz from the Formula X Color Curators collection.  I topped that off with a little Hartleigh by Julep, and voila!  A sparkly manicure to start V-day week off right.
  

Mani Monday: Beyonce's SuperBowl Nails

Broncos.  Panthers.  Blah blah blah.  I think we all know who the real winner was last night: Beyonce.  In the past 48 hours Beyonce has managed to ruin my life by forcing me to watch Formation no fewer than 1,000 times, and start planning how I'm going to buy tickets for her tour when they go on sale tomorrow.  In the meantime, I can bask in a smidge of Bey's glory by replicating her nail color from last night's SuperBowl.  Her Manicurist, Lisa Logan, used OPI's Black Onyx nail lacquer and a matte topcoat.  She used one gold stud on each nail for a little sparkle.  




Feb 7, 2016

Benz On A Budget: My Favorite New Maybelline Products For Spring

I love everything in the Maybelline Brow Drama line (especially the Brow Sculpting Mascara), so naturally I'm into this Pomade Crayon.  I find brow pomade formulas to be good for really beefing up thin brows by sticking your own brow hairs, much like a texture spray would do for your hair.  You can use this crayon on its own, or in conjunction with your favorite brow powder.  
From left to right: Blonde, Soft Brown, Deep Brown, and Auburn
I have to warn you, before we go any further: you will want to buy all of these new Vivid Matte Liquid lip colors.  Sorry in advance.  The nudes are both fantastic (the one to the left is a little more brown, and the one next to it is a pink nude) and the brights are totally bad ass.    


From left to right: Nude Thrill, Nude Flush, Pink Charge, Electric Pink, and Fuschia Ecstacy

From left to right: Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Berry Boost, Vivid Violet, and Possessed Plum
Color Tattoo Crayon is rocking my world right now.  I was already a fan of the original Color Tattoo pots, but the crayon is making my life way easier in a throw-in-your-purse-and-go kind of way.  The texture is super creamy, so it just glides right on the lids.  Like the original Color Tattoo, the crayon can also be worn by itself, or as a primer for other eyeshadow colors.   

From left to right: Barely Beige, Pink Parfait, Lavish Lavender, Lilac Lust, Bronze Truffle, Creamy Chocolate, Audacious Asphalt, Grey Crystal, Gold Rush, and Charcoal Chrome. 

Feb 1, 2016

Mani Monday: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer in Mr. Big


Today's Mani Monday is so fun for me because Nonie Creme is probably one of the nicest and coolest humans I've ever met backstage at Fashion Week.  Her brand, Colour Prevails, has awesome shades for only $8 and the ergonomic butterfly handles aren't just pretty, they also make for better control during your manicures.  I'm wearing her fantastic dark grey shade; Mr. Big.    

Jan 29, 2016

Recipe: Beautiful Energy Smoothie Bowl With HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Powder

Like everyone else on Planet Earth, I'm a huge fan of smoothie bowls.  When I heard that HUM Nutrition was launching their Raw Beauty powder, my first thought was how delish it would be in a smoothie bowl.  Of course I've ended up throwing it in my iced coffees on the daily, but, as I thought, it ended up being perfect for this morning's smoothie bowl.
The powder is a blend of superfoods, like goji, acai, and matcha, combined with powdered greens.  Besides being an awesome vegan source for probiotics, it has an awesome flavor from mint, cocoa, and coconut sugar.  Like I said before, it's awesome to throw a scoop in your iced coffee or almond milk.  I think it would be equally delicious in a hot drink, but wouldn't recommend it because you'd kill off some of the raw probiotics that are in the formula.      
 For my smoothie bowl I threw the following ingredients in the blender:
1 scoop of HUM Raw Beauty
1 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1 banana (reserve a few slices to garnish)
1 tbsp of almond butter
1/2 tbsp of cacao nibs (+ some additional to sprinkle on top)
1/2 cup of organic oats 

Optional toppings:
Slivered almonds 
I just threw everything in the blender except for a few cacao nibs, banana slices, and some slivered almonds to throw on top for garnish. 
And voila!  Here's the delicious results, in just a few minutes.  I added a drizzle of honey on top, but to make vegan you can use agave or a drizzle of coconut cream.




Jan 22, 2016

Formula X #ColorCurators: Patrick Starrr

Hopefully Aimee Song's collaboration with Formula X got you as excited as I am for the second round.  Out in February, just in time for Galentine's day, Patrick Starrr gives us some super fun pops of pinks.  Whether you're into classic, sweet pinks, vibrant colors, or sparkly sparkles, you should be covered.  Obviously my fave is the glitter pink, because I have sparkles deep down in my soul, but that's just me.  I'm actually not usually into the lighter pinks, but I like the creaminess of She Better Werk.  All in all, a great collection for those, like me, who love pink!  
From left to right: She Better Werk, Yazzz, and Lucky Starrr
She Better Werk 

Yazzz


Lucky Starrr

Jan 20, 2016

Beauty By Benz Approved: Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask

Truth time: I'm not really into most face masks.  I don't really like clay masks at all (except for this one from Rodial).  I kind of like sheet masks but since I adopted my sweet puppy, I haven't been doing them for fear that he is going to try to eat them off my face.  I do actually like the other genre of masks out there, which I'll call Fun Masks.  Those include bubble masks, honey masks, and then this amazing new mask by Ole Henriksen.  I do love a good facial scrub, so this is like a scrub and mask at the same time.  It's a sugar scrub texture, with HONEY in it, that you leave on for 5-10 minutes and then gently massage into the skin before rinsing off.  Rather than creepy outlawed micro-beads, this mask uses some of Mama Nature's favorite ingredients to exfoliate: raw sugar and pomegranate seeds.  It also contains honey, as mentioned above, which is incredibly nourishing and soothing.  Rose hips, mandarin, orange, and grapefruit are all in there to give brightening Vitamin C benefits, but they also make it smell good enough to eat.
    

Jan 15, 2016

Fiona Stiles Beauty (It's Almost Here!)

Here's some beauty news to perk up an otherwise dreary Friday: Fiona Stiles is launching a makeup line for Ulta Beauty.  The line will have over 120 skus and range from $12-$30.  It launches on February 18th and I, for one, can't wait to get my grubby little paws all over it.  
In case you don't know, Ms. Stiles is a trusted makeup artist to ALL the celebs whose beauty looks you covet.  Jennifer Garner, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Chastain... you see where I'm going with this.  The line is sure to be awesome.  Here's a very early sneak peek at some of the items we can expect to see.  
Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate 

I'm sorry, but WHAT ON EARTH are these amazing eye color pots?!  (Aqua Eye Veil)  

Aqua Eye Veil 

Aqua Eye Veil 

Hydrashine Essential Lip Color 

Sheer Sculpting Palette 

Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara 
  
  

Jan 11, 2016

Get The Look: Amy Schumer at the 2016 Golden Globes

Who: Amy Schumer
What: 2016 Golden Globes
Makeup:  AndrĂ©a Tiller

How to:
Tiller prepped Schumer's skin with Sephora Collection Eye Mask and Face Mask in Rose.  To prime for makeup, she used Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer.  For foundation, she used Sephora Collection 10 Hour Wear Perfection Foundation, applied with the Sephora Collection Classic Sheer Complexion #11 Brush.  To blend the foundation to perfection, Tiller buffed with the Multitasker Powder Brush #45.  To highlight the skin, Tiller used Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Concealer in a shade lighter than Schumer's skin tone under the eyes, and on her T-zone.  The foundation was then set with Sephora Collection 8hr Mattifying Compact Foundation, buffing out with the Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55.  To contour the skin, Tiller used Sephora Collection Bronzing Powder in 4 Fiji with the Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Wedge Sloping Powder Brush.  To pop the cheeks, she used Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in 05 Tea Rose.

Tiller primed Schumer's lids with Sephora Collection Glitterguard 24HR Eyeshadow Primer so her sparkly eye look would last all night.  To create the smoky winged liner on the upper lash line, Tiller used shadows from the Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in N01 Uptown To Downtown Smoky.  Next, she defined the eyes by using Sephora Collection Diamond Liner in 02 Cushion Cut on the upper lash line, and Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner in 04 Steel-ing Hearts on the waterline.  The show-stopper for Schumer's eye look was the icy silver on the inner corners and bottom lash line, which Tiller created using the shimmering silver shade from the Colorful 5 Palette.  Next, she curled the lashes with the Sephora Collection Show Curl Lash Curler and used Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in Regal and Celebrity for major drama.  She finished the eye looks with a few coats of Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Waterproof Mascara.




To finish the look, Sephora Collection Liner To Go in 13 Pink Beige was used on the lips, and it was topped with Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in 05 Rose Petal.

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