Jan 26, 2015

Get the look: Rosamund Pike at the 2015 SAG Awards

Who: Rosamund Pike
What: 2015 SAG Awards
Makeup: Melanie Inglessis

To prep Pike’s skin, Inglessis applied SISLEY Sisleya Essential Skincare Lotion all over the face, followed by SISLEY Floral Spray Mist.

To brighten the under eye area, she applied a thick layer of SISLEY Eye Contour Mask and left it on for 10 minutes.
Next, she mixed a few drops of SISLEY Black Rose Precious Face Oil with SISLEY Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration to moisturize the skin.

She prepped the lips with SISLEY Nutritive Lip Balm, which she left on until it was time to apply lipstick.
To keep the makeup looking great in the hot LA weather, Inglessis prepped the face with MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer (launches March 2015).  She followed that up with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation all over the face, and SISLEY Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer under the eyes.
To set the foundation Inglessis dusted on CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Broad Spectrum SPF 15 with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Medium Powder Brush #126.  To contour, she applied CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base with MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Blending Brush #122 just below the cheekbones, across the forehead, and on the bridge of the nose.  (This is one of my favorite makeup brushes and I swear every person needs one of these!)

For a subtle pop of color on the cheeks, Inglessis used  MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush #225 (Peachy Pink).
To keep the focus on the lips, Inglessis decided to do a soft eye with MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Matic Eye Shadow Pencil in #ME-50 Metallic Golden Taupe on the lids and blended along the bottom lash line.  Next, she used MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Large Blender Brush #242 to define the eyes with CHANEL Quadra Eyeshadow in Prélude.  She used CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Brun on the bottom lashes and MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash Mascara Rich Black on the top lashes.

For a pretty orange-red lip, Inglessis used MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil #25C (Orange Red) to line Pike's lips, and filled them in with CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Pétillante.

Get the Look: Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 SAG Awards

Who: Lupita Nyong'o
What: 2015 SAG Awards
Makeup: Nick Barose 

          NEW Visionnaire [LR 2412 4% - Cx] Advanced Skin Corrector
          Visionnaire Yeux Advanced Eye Contour
          Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in Suede 540
          Effacernes Waterproof Concealer in Dark Suede
          Translucence Mattifying Powder in Suede 500
          Blush Subtil in Plum Noir
          Armani Fluid Sheer in 10

          Le Sourcil Pro Brow Pencil & Highlighter in Brun
          Artliner Liquid Liner in Noir
          Color Design Eye Shadow in Fashion Label and Colour Du Jour
          Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eye Liner in Golden Riviera
          Hypnôse Mascara in Black

          Kiehl’s Scented Lip Balm #1 Cranberry
          Le Crayon Lip Contour in Garnet
          L'Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Caprice

Jan 22, 2015

Dry winter skin is no match for these skincare products

I used to walk around NYC looking like a scaly mutant during winter months.  Chapped skin around my red nose.  Breakouts even though my skin was dry.  Flakiness everywhere you can think of.  Those days are long gone my friends.  I've certainly learned some tricks along the way, but I would be lying if I didn't confess that I have an arsenal of awesome products that help me during these colder months (and beyond).  Some are new, some are old classics, but all of them are top notch.  
Dr Jart Ceramidin Balm ($35)
I've been a long time fan of Dr Jart so my opinions may be slightly biased, but I was supremely excited to hear about the newest addition to the Ceramidin line.  If you haven't tried any of the other products in the line, stop right now and go out to get the Ceramidin Liquid and you can thank me later.  Ceramides are essential lipids found in the surface layer of the skin that help retain moisture, but, like everything else in life, is affected negatively as we age. Over time if ceramides aren't replaced you can experience all sorts of fun stuff like dryness, sensitivity, you name it.  Ceramidin Oil Balm is a multi-use balm made with condensed ceramides and 9 vegetable oils to help with problem skin. It starts out as a solid balm, but with the heat of your hands it changes into a lightweight oil (read: absorbs right into the skin without leaving gross residue).  Of course it moisturizes and helps replenish ceramides in your skin, but it's surprisingly also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helps control sebum production.  Not what you normally think of when you hear about an oil.  Use it on your face, your cuticles, your hair.  Wherever you can think of.  I even used it on my lips the other night, even though I don't know if you're supposed to do that!  Bonus: it smells good and is great for sensitive skin because it's formulated without parabens, artificial fragrances or sulfates.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir ($99)
Speaking of oils that will blow your socks off, this serum/dry oil combo from Caudalie is pretty incredible.  You can't really call it an oil because it's so light, so "elixir" is the perfect way to say it.  It's made up of a blend of Caudalie's three signature patents; Resveratrol, Viniferine, and Polyphenols, combined with 5 plant oils.  The resveratrol is all about youthful skin and increasing your skin cell's natural turnover.  The Viniferine helps even out the skin tone and get rid of pesky dark spots.  The Polyphenols (derived from grape seed) protects the skin against external aggressors and helps maintain natural levels of hyaluronic acid.  It sinks into the skin so quickly it feels like nothing is there, but you'll see the payoffs with continued use, and this one smells good too!  It's got the classic scent from the Premier Cru products you already know and love, so I like to use this on my skin and hair.
Jason Coconut Oil ($10.25)
Coconut oil is really getting its time in the sun lately.  People are discovering its amazing beauty benefits, but some of us lucky folks have known about it for years.  Use it on your face, your body, your hair, your lips.  Wherever you can think, use coconut oil.  Hell, you can literally bathe in it.  You can eat it too and it will make you pretty from the inside, out.  I've tried all different types, but anytime I'm at Whole Foods I'll pick up some from Jason, because it's one of my favorite au natural beauty brands.  You'll find nothing in this tub but 100% virgin, organic Coconut Oil.  No funny stuff.  I like to use it as a hair mask before I shampoo to help avoid static this time of year.  I also really like mixing this with a little Sugar In The Raw and use as a scrub on my skin (lips included!).   

HydroPeptide Solar Defense ($44) 

Because let's face it kids, just because the sun isn't beaming down on us, doesn't mean we don't still need to protect ourselves from the sun's rays.  This isn't your run-of-the-mill zinc oxide though.  This is a non-greasy sun protection formula that self-adjusts to the color of your skin so you don't have to deal with chalky residue.  It's actually a nice, matte finish because of the oil-free formula, but skin won't feel dry because it has Hyaluronic Acid, Acai, and Green Tea.  Aloe helps to soothe the skin as well.  It's pretty much the most well-rounded UVA/UVB protection I've worn on my skin during the day (not counting beach days, of course).  No parabens, sulfates, or gluten in this formula, so it's great for sensitive skin as well.  

Jan 20, 2015

Dove Launches "Love Your Curls" Campaign

I'm not going to lie, this video made me very emotional this morning.  I had curly hair my entire life and had SO MUCH BAGGAGE about it.  Now that my hair is straight due to crappy chemical treatments, I actually hate it.  It's limp and lifeless now, all because I had insecurities about having curly hair when I was little.  Please watch this video and share.  Young girls (and old girls!) should never feel this way about their beautiful curls.  If we lead by example, we can teach people to love every part of themselves, including every curl on their head!  

Jan 19, 2015

Beauty By Benz Approved: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Le Sigh.  Remember not too long ago I led you to believe I would stop my hoarding of makeup palettes (come on, you didn't believe I would actually stop, did you)?  Well this is going to be a little problem because I NEED every one of these Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58 each).  Ok, maybe not all 7, but there's at least 3 that I need.  Just look at them!  I probably don't need to do much more than show you how pretty they are to sell you on them, but let me tell you a little bit about them anyways.  Here's what you need to know:

-Each palette contains five pigment-rich shades in a variety of mattes and shimmers.

-The 3-D design make it super easy for your brush to pick up the pigment, so you only need to use a little bit at a time to create impactful looks

-The single pan design (rather than the colors all being in separate pans like a typical palette) makes for easy blending.  No need to be a makeup expert to use this.

-The colors are sooooo creamy and delicious.  It's something about being a finely-milled formula, but all you really need to know is they feel great.

-The options are sort of endless.  Colors can be applied wet or dry, as shadows or as liners.

All the technology is pretty rad, I'm not going to lie… but at the end of the day they're simply beautiful and I must have all of the shades.

7 shades:

ATMOSPHERE: (Cool Neutrals) Pale Ivory, Pale Pink, Taupe, Espresso, Charcoal
MONOCHROME: (Rose) Warm Ivory, Rose Nude, Peony Pink, Light Mauve, Dark Chocolate
EXPOSURE: (Plums) Champagne, Aubergine, Bronze, Black Violet, Lilac
GRAPHITE: (Smokey- Sephora exclusive) Warm Ivory, Copper Gold, Deep Brown, Gun Metal, Silver
COLOR FIELD: (Olive) Warm Ivory, Champagne Gold, Taupe Brown, Golden Olive, Forest Green
OBSCURA: (Earth Tones) Cream, Smokey Brown, Rose Gold, Coffee, Cool Bronze
INFINITY: (Warm Neutrals) Warm Ivory, Dusty Rose, Bronzed Mauve, Cool Taupe, Dark Cocoa
Infinity is the only one I have so far, but I think I've made it clear there will be more added to the collection.  Here's a close-up of the palette and some swatches:


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