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?


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?

Spring In To Color

May 5, 2010
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Yellow eyeshadow? Work it with Robin's tips.

Now that it’s April, it’s time to jump into bright spring colors like shocking pink, lime green, and electric blue. According to spring 2010 fashion trends, these wonderful Easter egg colors are hot on the runway, and will definitely be adorable to wear on sunny spring days.

I love color, and I’m always excited about working colors other than the usual grays and browns into makeup, but when working with color it’s always important to do it right so you won’t end up looking like a clown. Here’s the Robin Erb guide to staying cute with color:

  • When looking for a bright colored eyeshadow, go for Loreal’s HiP Studio Secrets Proffesional Shocking Shadow Pigments. These shadows create beautiful, rich color with loose powder and come in 12 eye-popping shades. The bright colors look wonderful and stay on forever. White and gold tones can be used as highlighters to go under eyebrows and on top of cheek bones to really make bright eyeshadows pop!
  • Use peaches, pinks, and coral blushes on your cheeks as well as your eyes along with sheer colored lip gloss for a polished but playful spring look.
  • Wearing black eyeliner (not too much) on the inside of your eyes with dark mascara will let you get away with any bright color.
  • When you’ve already got a bright eyeshadow on, just do sheer gloss with a little tint of pink or peach on your lips. Or you could go for a matte lipstick in nude, peach or pink. I love Revlon’s Matte Lipsticks in Pink Pout and Nude Attitude.

Try some of these tips out and tell me what you think! Better yet, let me know how you wear these fun, spring colors.

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!