Cheeky For Spring

April 20, 2011

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As the weather gets warmer, we’re switching up our winter coats for pretty florals and pastels. With a new spring wardrobe, it’s important to change your makeup to match the vibrant colors of spring. Aside from new colors for eye shadow and lipstick, it’s always important to keep a bright, cheery face by using blush.

I love different shades of apricot and peach on everyone. Blush is important to give you a fresh, spring-ready face. It’s best to use a highlighter along with a blush. For highlighter, use any light shimmery face cream or powder. Pat the highlighter down the middle of the nose and on top of the cheekbones. Then the blush goes on the apple of your cheeks giving you a dewy, fresh look. With a shimmer, you’re going to have a glow about you that looks fabulous!

I recommend using apricot with a tint of gold on the apple of your cheeks to enhance your look. Many people think that darker skin tones won’t be able to show off shimmer, but the truth is copper skin makes shimmer look even better. I recommend blushes such as Chanel’s Joues Contraste Blush in Espiegle or MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Petticoat for the perfect combination of apricot and gold.

A major concern I hear about blush that it can fade quickly, or doesn’t last long enough. If you’re experiencing this issue be sure to use a spray on primer once you’re done with applying makeup to keep everything in place. I recommend Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray or Makeup Forever’s Mist and Fix Primer Spray. Both will keep your look in place and make your beauty last all day and night!

Other than keeping your look natural and fresh with blush, what other types of makeup do you go to add a touch of spring to your look?


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

April 10, 2011

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As spring rolls around it is time for some spring-cleaning. Move on from the old favorites and love the new. Here are my top seven favorite things (from massages to bartenders) for the spring:

  1. Anyone in need of advice or guidance head over to Bloomingdales at Chestnut Hill Mall and when you arrive ask for Kay at the Christian Dior cosmetics counter. Kay is great, and not only knows Christian Dior like the back of her hand but anything regarding cosmetics. She’s my go to gal.
  2. Once you have finished with Kay, head over to Rainbow located on Gloucester Street. Here you will receive the best massage. Not only will they work away any kink or ache but also they are very warm and inviting.
  3. In order to look fresh and hydrated for any springtime plans you need a few key items. The first step you need to do is invested in Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; specifically her Intensive Moisturizing Tinted Balm with SPF 25 and Night Care Moisturizing Balm. The intensive moisturizing balm with SPF 25 allows healthy coverage during the daytime and adds a nice glow. Warm the balm in your hand and then gently rub around your face. The Night Care Moisturizing Balm is perfect for hydration (especially for people with dry skin) and makes the skin absolutely gorgeous. With this balm, be aware it is very thick. You must apply and rub the moisturizer around your face until it liquefies.
  4. For the perfect healthy look, splurge with Shiseido eye and lip cream called Future Solution. This cream will hydrate the skin and improves all signs of aging. I can honestly say you can feel the cream hydrating and lifting the skin.
  5. The next favorite is a must! Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment found at Sephora is the perfect tool to hydrate and protects your lips. Did you know chapsticks actually make you lips more chapped? So, stay away and invest in Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.
  6. The scent of the spring is Jasmine Sambac by Modern Alchemy, and is my personal favorite. It’s a solid perfume made out of the purest jasmine with a combination of amber and black pepper. The packaging is adorable; placed in a pocket watch it adds a sense of “Old World class.”
  7. Finally, if you’re tired of sitting inside now that winter has ended, I suggest going to Towne Stove and Spirits. Here, there is the most attentive bartender named Michael. He never forgets a drink order and is personable and fun with everyone. He definitely knows how to make you feel special. If you want one drink or two, Towne is a great place to be.

So those are just a few of my favorite things. What can’t you live without this spring?

 


Robin’s Spring ’11 Favorites

March 25, 2011

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Spring is here and I have recently found some great products for you all to try! They are all great for spring and can help you transition into summer as well. The colors of the products will definitely add a ‘pop’ to any outfit and will look great with any skin tone.

I have a new favorite lipstick that’s a very different look, but it looks GREAT on everybody. It’s MAC’s So Chaud (meaning ‘so hot’ en francais). It’s a matte coral-orange color and looks amazing no matter what your skin tone is. It’s a perfect complement to the spring weather and definitely worth a try. The summer version of this color is MAC’s Ruby Woo, which also looks fabulous on everybody, no matter what.

There is a nail color that looks great with the MAC So Chaud and Ruby Woo by OPI. It’s called Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It.  It’s almost a bright orange color, but looks so good especially with the MAC lipstick to match. I like OPI because they have a great laquer, they always get it, and they’re usually the ones to start the trends.

Next, to help prevent sun damage and keep skin hydrated, I strongly recommend Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Tint Balm. It is SPF 25 to help you prevent damage by the sun when you’re walking to work or at the park with the kids, anywhere outside while enjoying the beautiful weather. The Moisture Tint Balm makes your skin look so dewy, but don’t be afraid of it! There is no heaviness to it. It will make your skin look beautiful and perfect; everybody has to run out and get this product.

Something that is always on my favorites list is L’Orèal’s Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black. It makes the lashes really dark and long which is always in style. It adds intense length and also features lash by lash separation. Don’t forget when applying mascara, wiggle the wand at the base of the lashes upward to create the illusion of length, and separate each lash.

Finally, my favorite scent for spring is Serge Luten’s Louve Eau de Parfum. It’s an amber fragrance with a really warm, sweet, and sexy scent. You can find it at Barney’s and Bloomingdales, but a less expensive version can be found at Whole Foods. It’s an oil by Kuumba Made called Amber Paste. Some people find perfumes to be overpowering sometimes, but oils are a lot warmer than a harsh perfume and last on your skin longer.

What are some your favorite products for spring?


How to Keep a Warm Glow in the Cold Seasons

March 8, 2011

 

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Everybody loves how the look and feel after a relaxing day in the summer. The way it feels to lay outside in the sun all day, getting some nice color, relaxing and clearing the mind of our weekly stressors. When the winter months come though, the gorgeous glow of our tan is gone and we patiently wait for the summer weather to come again. Here are some tips to keep that warm summer glow, even in the winter season.

  • The main thing I stress to everybody is to get a good peel. You have to get rid of the dead skin and start fresh. After the skin peel, use vitamin E. Vitamin E keeps the skin looking nice and dewy. This is because it helps maintain the skins oil balance during the cleansing process and reduces water loss from skin. It also has other benefits to the skin like reducing the appearance of stretch marks and preventing age spots.
  • I also recommend using Chanel’s Pro Lumière. Put it all over and it will give you a little glow. Some people like to use a little more bronzer in the winter, but be careful how much you apply because it can look noticeable at times.
  • Another way to get nice color in winter is with a good airbrush tan. You typically want to avoid airbrush booths, but the only one I recommend is at Glow on Newbury. It’s the Californication booth. If you can, though, definitely have someone airbrush you. Have them stay away from your hands and feet, and avoid water entirely for four hours after the session.
  • Never ever go to a UV bulb tanning booth! Tanned skin is damaged skin, because the body is producing Melanin to protect itself from the UV rays. The rays can also cause premature wrinkling and skin rashes on top of rough, dry skin. Some people also experience hives after using a tanning bed. It is estimated that one million people are diagnosed with the skin cancer Melanoma annually, one of the main culprits are tanning beds. Not only can they cause skin cancer, but they can cause retinal damage and cataracts, too.

If you stick with a good facial peel, vitamin E, Chanel’s Pro Lumière, and a few visits to get a great airbrush tan, you can create a healthy glow in winter! What are your tips to looking great in the winter?


Washed Out Oscars

March 1, 2011

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On Sunday, February 27th, stars flooded the red carpet for the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre. Starlets and heartthrobs glided across the crowed carpet as thousands of light bulbs and cameras shined on their faces. The notorious Fashion Police seemed to be handing out compliments like free mints. As per usual, stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson received expected praise. This year, I’m not as generous as the “Fashion Police.”  The gowns were gorgeous and perfect for the Academy Awards, but starlets seemed to have forgotten completely about their make-up. The red carpet was underwhelming.

Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few stars whose make up artists were completely negligent to the important blend that is dress and cosmetics. These stars seemed to try and achieve a “natural” look, but rather achieved a washed out look. Some celebrities looked like they weren’t even wearing makeup. The gowns that were modeled on the red carpet consisted of bright, radiant colors and patterns but the make up didn’t seem to match the beauty.

The number one mistake made by women while putting on makeup for an formal event (whether it be a wedding, prom or the Academy Awards) is that they put on their makeup before putting on the gown. Anyone can look good wearing jeans and a T-shirt sitting in a salon chair, but once that gown is on; you run the risk of washing yourself out.

I suggest, for any formal event, pick a focal area. This technique helps downplay or exaggerate certain features.  For example, if you want to have natural lips use dark and shadowy eyes or a light bronzer to add that needed flair. celebrities, such as Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway complimented their fire red dresses with bright red lips. The torch needs to be carried somewhere. Minimal lipstick and eyes portrays the idea that you do not care. Having high pigment on your lips or eyes is crucial for achieving this formal look. Do not try to achieve both intense eyes and dramatic lips because the two techniques will clash. If you are willing to splurge for your special event, Chanel and Yves St. Laurent are the best investment.

The attempt at “natural hair” also hurt the celebrities’ overall looks. Scarlett Johansson walked the red carpet with hair that looked like she had just left the beach. It is a formal event. There is no way to be “super natural” at these types of events. You need the additional makeup to stand out and achieve the perfect blend. What was your favorite look at the Oscars this year?


Beauty Habits: Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid

March 1, 2011

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When you think of your typical beauty and makeup routine, what comes to your mind? Some powder over here, a hint of blush over there. Perhaps some eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger. We all have our preferences, but repetition can be misleading. Many people develop wrong beauty habits, and here are the top three that I’ve found:

1) Blush is definitely one product that people should make more use of because it’s a great fix. However, many are afraid to use it simply because they don’t know how to. Most of the time they use dark colors that do not look good on all types of skin. Try a light peachy color with a hint of gold and shimmer. This way you get some color and a little hint of shimmer. You might want to look at Channel’s Orchid Rose and Benefit’s Dandelion.

2) Eyeliner is usually either underused or overused. The common mistake for overusing it is by applying it on both the top and the bottom of your eyes. It closes the eye and makes it look smaller. For better results, use it only at once place. If you choose the bottom, use a gel liner and put it along the wet line of your eyelid, on the inside. You should never apply it on the outside! If you chose to put on top you have two options. You can either use a gel liner or use a thin brush that you dab along your lash line. I do not recommend pencil liners because they’re too rough and cannot achieve a nice, thin and clean look. I’ve found that Bobby Brown’s gel liner works best for everything.

3) Once again, I’m bringing up face scrubs. Many people think that they should use a face scrub everyday, but this product has an awful effect on your skin. It throws off your skin’s pH balance, which ends up causing dryness and breakouts. It also causes many other skin problems like redness, which are usually hard to recover from. If you need to use a face scrub, the only product line I recommend is Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant. Gently use it once a week by mixing it with a Cetaphil cleanser.

Any products you might not be sure how to use? Let me know in the comments!


When You’ve Found ‘The One’ – SPLURGE!

February 21, 2011

With the winter weighing down on your skin, any gorgeous person could feel gray and dull. That’s why we can turn to skincare and makeup items to give our winter-blah skin a little boost. The question though is what exactly is worth the splurge? There are so many items that claim they can help your skin, but no one’s got all that money to splurge on every single beauty item. So, I’ve come up with two of the most important items you should splurge on this winter.

For skincare, I can’t stress enough how important eye cream is. Eye cream is often overlooked because no one thinks about how delicate the skin around our eyes is. The skin around our eyes is thin and tends to get dehydrated the easiest during the wintertime, that’s why our eyes end up with wrinkles first. You wouldn’t want to enter the spring with wrinkles around your eyes, right? Splurge on a great eye cream to keep moisture in place and fight off wrinkles. I recommend Origin’s Youthtopia or Philosophy’s Miracle Worker for great hydration and anti-aging effects. Use the eye cream between eyes, on the eyelids and under the eye as well.

For makeup, I’m obsessed with Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in the shade sunkissed. This product is great because you can wear it in so many ways. You could mix it with foundation to add extra shimmer and color without it being too much, you could mix it with moisturizer for a sun-kissed dewy look, or you could simply use it on your cheeks for a glow that doesn’t look fake. This product with give your skin a boost and look like it’s not being weighed down by the weather.

These two items can help enhance your natural beauty, but the real key to having great skin is to have a professional peel. A professional peel will help remove all the dirt and roughness from your skin to reveal a shining new you. What beauty products have you splurged on recently?