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?

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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?


Make Your Makeup Last Till The Party Ends (Or Longer)

November 19, 2010

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We’ve all had the experience of going out to a party with friends and by the end of the night having our makeup smudged and smeared by the time you’ve left. So here are some tips to keep your makeup in place and you looking fabulous till the party’s over.

Use an Eyeshadow Primer
Eyeshadow can smear and crease easily, especially if you’re on the dance floor all night. Eyeshadow primer is a great product to help enhance the color of your eyeshadow to truly make the colors pop and to keep your eyeshadow in place. I recommend Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin, there’s some sparkle to it, which is great for a party look.Put the eyeshadow primer all over the lid, beneath the eye, under the brow bone and at the inside corner of the eye near the nose. When it’s used on lids, the eyeshadow color holds, but when it’s used under the brow bone and at the corner of the eye the primer becomes a highlighter.

Use Lip Liner
First, apply whatever you use for foundation or tinted moisturizer, and then use a lip liner and line your lips. I recommend MAC lip liners in colors such as cherry for a nice red. The lip liner helps to prevent bleeding, and always remember that the lip color you choose to fill your lips with should be a shade lighter than your lip liner.

Try a Spray
Once you’ve finished your look and are ready to get out for the night, spray your face three or four times with a makeup setting spray to make sure everything stays in place. I recommend Makeup Forever’s Mist & Fix or Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

The next time you’re ready to hit the dance floor with your girlfriends or going to a fun concert that involves lots of dancing, try these tips and let me know how they work for you! What’s your makeup trick to help your makeup last all day?


Bringing Back the 20’s: Lipstick Edition

October 29, 2010

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This fall, get ready to fasten your seat belts because fashion is taking a trip back to the 1920’s! This season, beauty stores like M.A.C, Chanel, and Covergirl are putting on their palettes lipstick colors ranging from hot red to deep, dark brown. This season is a modern day reminiscence of a period when the trend was very dark, wild, expressive colors. Add personality to your makeup by using either deep brown lipstick or other dark colors with shades of brown or purple. To match your wild lips, create a smoky, mysterious look by using dark eyeshadow.

However, for those of you who prefer wearing natural colors, and might be a little reluctant to try the deep dark trend, there is good news! This season, nude lips are also on top. Next to three different types of red lipstick colors, Chanel is presenting its “Soins Tendres Lèvres“, which is a pale beige, creamy hydra-treatment lip care. Wearing nude makeup is a good way of looking naturally beautiful. Articles on stylecaster.com and refinery29.com explore this amazing Dark vs. Nude fall theme.

For those of you who do not find themselves in any of these categories, don’t panic. I recommend dusty, brownish pink colors. I always use these colors on brides because they’re universal and match all skin color. Anyone can look gorgeous wearing them.

If you want your lipstick to last longer, here is my tip: use lip liner to fill in your lips, before applying the lipstick. This way, when your lipstick fades away, your lip liner’s color stays. Nude liner is great to use with any color of lipstick. Whether you are going along with the deep dark fall trend or using nude natural colors, you will have the stick that you need for your lipstick to stay longer.

What is your favorite lipstick color this fall? Leave us a comment with some of your fall tips!


Trick or Treat Your Lips!

October 22, 2010

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Healthy lips are important all year round, but now more so than ever! Winter is coming, and it will bring cold winds and harsh dry air. Keeping your lips protected through the cold winter months will definitely give you something to smile about!

I have tried my share of lip products, from chapstick, to lip stick, to sparkly gloss. However, most of these prove to be problematic. Not only are chapsticks habit forming, many of them contain addicting agents, so your lips are constantly in need of moistening. Though M.A.C lipsticks work well for me, most other lipsticks tend to dry out my lips. And sparkly glosses are also damaging for me. It’s safe to say I’ve tried everything on the market, but the product that has held true for me is Sugar Lip Treatment by Fresh. It’s perfect for daily use, it doesn’t need to be reapplied needlessly, and it contains SPF 15, a very crucial aspect of lip care. I prefer the original lip treatment, but it is also available in tinted colors.

Exfoliating your skin can be very refreshing, but over exfoliating the lips can actually dry them out. There are treatments created solely for the lips, with gentle ingredients. Believe it or not, Mary Kay makes a lip exfoliate & hydrator set, which works wonderfully! Satin Lips by Mary Kay is the only exfoliate product I’ve found that doesn’t dry out my lips.

Try out some of these products and make sure to take care of those lips! They say a lot!


Tinted Moisturizer: The Real Foundation for Beautiful Skin

April 30, 2010

By Manuel_Marin

Does your foundation make your skin look like this? If so, you're overdoing it.

For some reason, women think that foundation is necessary for everyday makeup use. This may seem radical but to achieve your best looking skin I only have one tip for using foundation: skip it! I always tell my friends and clients alike to never wear foundation, and most of them are shocked that I’m telling them to leave behind a staple of their makeup bag. It’s just not worth the hassle at the end of the day.

The main reason why I don’t like foundation is that it causes breakouts. Even those foundations that promise that they won’t clog pores still can. Additionally, many women just don’t use it correctly. They pick colors that aren’t right, put it on too thickly and leave those dreaded lines framing their face. Foundation gives you that heavy, made-up look. Wouldn’t you rather look natural?

Some of you might be wondering at this point, “Well I don’t want to look washed out. How do I do that without foundation?” There are many ways you can get some more color into your face without slapping on the foundation. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer with SPF of at least 15. It’s a great way to give your skin the necessary protection it needs. As I’ve mentioned before, not wearing SPF everyday can cause premature wrinkling and discoloration. Tinted moisturizer also gives your skin that fresh, dewy look and glow. You’ll look amazing all day! As I’ve said before, Dr. Hauschka’s tone cream is one of my favorites. Although it doesn’t have SPF, it’s a great way to get that natural, light and long-lasting dewy glow. Another favorite of mine is MAC’s Moisture Tint. This product gives you your daily dose of SPF 15 while keeping you looking fresh and natural. To top it off, why not brush some bronzer onto your cheeks? It enhances the natural glow of your tinted moisturizer perfectly!

Ditching the foundation for some skin-nourishing tinted moisturizer is the first step to feeling comfortable in your skin – naturally, of course! Give these tips a try, and I promise you’ll never miss that heavy foundation.


Spring Awakening

April 5, 2010

Get ready for spring with Robin!

Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. The planet is rejuvenating itself, so why not take this time to rejuvinate yourself, too? Here are some important things to remember to get energized for a new season and a new you:

Fresh Air and Sun

We’re all tired from being locked inside from the winter drag; it’s time to get out and catch some rays. I would absolutely love to take a vacation to somewhere tropical, like the Caribbean! If a tropical vacation isn’t exactly in your budget, no worries. Take a walk on a sunny day to get your recommended dose of Vitamin D. Always remember to use lotion with an SPF — I recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock which comes in SPFs 55, 70, and 85. The higher the SPF, the better, but use at least SPF 15 to keep your skin healthy and youthful. While getting out in the sun is important, don’t bake yourself while you’re out there. Whether you use sunscreen or not, too much sun causes damage to skin cells.

Detox Your Body

Many of us — myself included — definitely went into hibernation mode and ate more than we should have during the winter. Overeating and lack of fresh air leads to toxin build up in our bodies. Toxins like Dihydrotestosterone(DHT) can overstimulate oil producing glands, resulting in clogged pores and (brace yourself) pimples. Too much DHT from an unhealthy diet may also lead to hair loss. Drink plenty of water to flush all of the bad toxins out of your body.  This prevents skin breakouts that will often occur during our seasonal weather change.

Refresh Your Skin

Get a skin peel to get rid of that layer of winter skin. At my salon I use a blueberry based detoxifying treatment to remove the bad skin. Supplement your diet with antioxidant-rich foods to help your skin from the inside out, too. Blueberries and acai berries are packed with amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, and most importantly, antioxidants. With enough antioxidants in your diet—and on your face—you can help prevent and reverse the skin aging process.

Get Moving:

Exercise is important all year round, but burning off that winter poundage takes a little extra effort. As I said earlier, it’s important to go outside in the sun; what better way to do that than going for a jog or walk in the park? If the weather does not cooperate, there’s still no excuse not to take your workout indoors. I love work out routines on demand. They have many different works outs: Pilates, kickboxing, cardio, body toning, whatever tickles your fancy.  It’s right there at your home, no equipment needed.

Dazzling Lipgloss:

As for some new color in your makeup, try a peach or melon color. It looks good on everyone, regardless of skin tone. A simple lipgloss, like MAC Dazzleglass in Roman Holiday is a perfect springtime shade. It has a great shimmer with a hint of gold that will look great in the shining sun.

Do you have a favorite springtime routine or beauty tip? Share it with me here!