Makeup Shades That Transition From Summer To Fall

I am so excited that fall will be here soon!  It is my favorite season.  But, as it still is summer, very dark makeup isn’t appropriate yet (for me).

So, I have been playing with color for eyes and lips and am still enjoying the contouring and strobing trends.  Below are my current favorite products.

Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon
Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon

Palladio the Definer Contour and  Highlight Crayon ($12 USD) — A unique two-sided super-soft contouring jumbo crayon that is the perfect tool for defining and refining facial features. It helps contour any face shape to create a more defined appearance.  It thins a round face, softens a square jawline, narrows a wider nose and defines cheekbones.  It contains a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften shadows and a darker shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think: contouring and strobing are such hot trends right now. This affordable crayon works so well for both.  I draw lines with the darker end to areas that I want to thin, like my jawline.  The lighter end can be used to strobe on the cheeks, which really brings attention to the cheekbones!

Available at http://www.palladiobeauty.com

 

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard ($9 USD) — Perfect your red lip for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend with  Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, For a truly beautiful matte lip color in a modern crayon you can stand out on your holiday weekend. The lightweight moisture gives for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil your lips will stay moisturized.

What I think:  What a perfect color for summer and fall!  It looks great with a neutral eye.  It’s very moisturizing and feels amazing on and gives lots of fun color!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.burtsbees.com

 Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor
Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor

Add a little shimmer and sparkle to your Labor Day weekend by applying Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor ($18, ) for an instant glow to your eyes. 50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.

What I think:  This is so interesting.  When first applied, its cool and light, but it dries down to a long lasting shadow in about a minute.  I like to blend it with my finger before it dries for a softer look.  So pretty!

Purchase at http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow ($2.99 USD) — Incredible staying power inspired by the city that never sleeps! Want round the clock color that never fades or creases? This chubby, waterproof eye shadow delivers vibrant color for up to 24HR wear! In eleven on trend shades perfect for any look, just twist, glide and go!

What I think: I think these are pretty great for under $3!  My favorite is Central Park Tulips, the purple shade from the photo above.  It’s a gorgeous grape that when blended gives a softer look, but I think it will be a really fun pop of color for fall!  The lightest shade, Murray Hill Champagne, is a great highlighter with the purple.  Apply it under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye for a gorgeous look!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

 

Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara
Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara

Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara ($8.99 USD) — The latest mascara from Rimmel London makes it easier than ever to camouflage missed beauty sleep. New Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara with Cucumber & Vitamins is like an energy boost for your lashes, perfect for hiding tell-tale signs of that late-night party. Infused with cucumber extract and bursting with vitamins, the nourishing formula helps lashes feel perfectly conditioned throughout the day. The cleverly-designed Precision Brush pushes lashes up and out from the lash line, delivering smooth, clump-free, totally uplifting volume. Define each and every lash with eye-opening volume. Its light and refreshing cucumber scent instantly refreshes your eyes, and its unique formula gives you a morning energy boost!

What I think:  I have short, straight lashes so I always need a lash curler.  But, I thought I would try this mascara without one.  I was surprised to see that it lifted, lengthened and gave volume to my lashes!  And it’s a drugstore mascara.  I am so impressed. The cucumber scent is fun.  The brush is hourglass shaped and is a little awkward to use, but after a few tries, my lashes look amazing!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

What are you loving now for makeup?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection

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I was send the wonderful Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection ($76.96 now, reg. price $85– a $213 value) to test and review for my honest opinion.  And I’m so glad I was, I LOVE it!

With this five-piece collection of skincare and face beautifiers infused with argan oil, you can achieve the look of healthy, glowing skin. Argan Cleansing Oil removes dirt and moisturizes all at once, while argan oil helps to hydrate your skin. The super-size Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation provides skincare benefits while creating the look of an even-toned, glowing complexion. Finally, the dewy Argan Color Stick adds a pop of rosy pink to your lips and cheeks. This collection is made to help you to feel beautiful in your skin!

Includes:

  • 6-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil
  • 2-fl oz super-size Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation
  • 1.7-fl oz argan oil
  • 0.55-oz Argan Color Stick in Love, a soft mauve shade
  • Foundation brush which is exclusive to QVC till 4/1/1

To use, apply Argan Cleansing Oil evenly over dry face. Then, wet the face and massage into a rich milk. Rinse thoroughly. Massage argan oil into skin, hair, and/or nails to help moisturize face, treat split ends, and/or condition cuticles. Shake Argan Matchmaker Foundation Serum well and then use the foundation brush to apply to the face. Sweep Argan Color Stick over the apples of the cheeks and blend toward the temples. Apply to lips for a soft flush of hydrating color.

What I think:  This set of natural skin goodies really can make you glow!  The argan oil is good for your whole body, the cleanser gets all of the makeup off and the beautiful color skin makes cheeks and lips naturally rosy.

But, the start products for me is the Matchmaker Serum Foundation and the foundation brush.  I have been wanting to try the foundation since it was released.  The foundation I have been using is a little dark for my skintone, so I had to mix it with lighter concealer.  Josie’s serum foundation is a perfect match and easily covers discoloration and redness.  I squirt a little on the back of my hand and dip the brush in it and paint it on my face.  I like to start under my eyes and move to my cheeks, forehead, chin and nose and blend, blend, blend!  It starts out white and turns into my natural ivory shade.  You can order the set in Fair/Light, Light/Medium (my shade) and Medium/Dark.  I was afraid that Light/Medium would be a little too dark, but it adjusted perfectly. This may be my holy grail foundation!

You can pick this up on http://www.qvc.com and I highly recommend it!

 

Josie Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection is QVC’s Today’s Special Value For January 5, 2015!

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Introducing Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection exclusively available on QVC’s Today’s Special Value on Monday January 5, 2015 ($69.96 a $213 value)! This collection of skincare and face beautifiers infused with argan oil will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin this New Year! Argan Cleansing Oil removes dirt, while the 100% Pure Argan Oil hydrates your skin. The Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation and Brush provides even-toned skin care benefits and finally the Argan Color Stick adds a pop of rosy pink to your lips and cheeks!

To use, apply Argan Cleansing Oil evenly over dry face. Then, wet the face and massage into a rich milk. Rinse thoroughly. Massage argan oil into skin, hair, and/or nails to help moisturize face, treat split ends, and/or condition cuticles. Shake Argan Matchmaker Foundation Serum well and then use the foundation brush to apply to the face. Sweep Argan Color Stick over the apples of the cheeks and blend toward the temples. Apply to lips for a soft flush of hydrating color.

From Josie Maran.

Includes:

  • 6-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil
  • 2-fl oz super-size Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation
  • 1.7-fl oz argan oil
  • 0.55-oz Argan Color Stick in Love, a soft mauve shade
  • Foundation brush which is exclusive to QVC till 4/1/15

To purchase, watch QVC today or visit http://www.qvc.com.  Hurry and grab it while is in on sale today!

 

 

Josie Maran’s Exclusive 3 Piece Collection is QVC’s Today’s Special Value!

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Introducing the newest launch from Josie Maran, Argan Hydrate & Protect Deluxe 3-pc Collection, exclusively available on QVC’s Today’s Special Value. This collection is the perfect combination of light-weight moisture, protection and color. The New Argan Daily Moisturizer in SPF 47 is an everyday good-for-you alternative to sunscreen, working as a multi-tasking make up primer. Argan Oil Light moisturizes and hydrates the skin and the Argan Color Stick offers a hint of lasting pigment that brightens all skin types!

Get lightweight hydration as the temperatures rise with the luxury-sized 100% Pure Argan Oil Light. This featherweight version of legendary 100% Pure Argan Oil absorbs quickly for a semi-matte, radiant finish.  Massage 100% Pure Argan Oil Light into skin, hair, and nails to moisturize your face, treat split ends, and condition cuticles. This oil is so lightweight, you can wear it under makeup!

Josie’s super-sized Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 is a non-greasy, fast-absorbing, skin-conditioning moisturizer with sun protection. Warm the Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 in your hands before applying to your face, pressing and working the formula into the skin until it totally disappears.

Finish up your summer routine with a sheer kiss of color on lips and cheeks with the full-sized Argan Color Stick in Glow, a rosy color. The creamy and blendable formula melts into skin, adding a natural-looking flush.  Sweep the Argan Color Stick over the apples of the cheeks and blend toward the temples. Apply to lips for a soft flush of color.

Each of these skin-pampering products features 100% Pure Argan Oil, a Moroccan miracle oil that helps to soothe and replenish for a gorgeous summer complexion.

  • Each shipment includes 4-fl oz Argan Oil Light, 4-fl oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, and 0.55-oz Color Stick in Glow, a sheer rose color
  • Shipments sent approximately every six months for a total of four shipments
  • Each shipment will be billed separately at the above price, plus shipping and handling and any applicable taxes, for as long as you remain in the plan; no obligation to continue the plan; cancel anytime

Price: $69.96 3 Installments of $23.32, plus Tax and Shipping.  This exclusive collection is available on QVC and through QVC.com starting today, while supplies last.

Fab Beauty Gift Sets For Holiday Gifts

I love giving gifts of products that my friends or family would not purchase for themselves.  An eyeliner wardrobe, high-quality brushes, great skincare, fragrance and hair care — these are fun to get as gifts because they introduce you to something new and fabulous!

Here are some of my faves for the season:

 

tarte Eye Catchers 6-Piece SmolderEYES™ And Skinny SmolderEYES™ Collector’s Set ($39 USD) — A six-piece collection of full-size eyeliner favorites in universally flattering, must-have shades.

What it does:
These pure, powerful, and always-pretty smolderEYES™ liners glide on like butter and impart a precise line for a sleek look. Use the built-in smudger to go sultry and smoldering and enjoy the completely waterproof finish. Amazonian clay ensures longer wear, while nourishing lids, reducing surface oil, and improving overall texture. No matter how you wear these versatile shades, the rich pigments boast true, bold color.

This set contains:
– 5 x 0.056 oz SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Champagne, Gunmetal, Rainforest Black, Gold, Ash Violet
– 0.04 oz Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx

Visit www.tartecosmetics.com to learn more and purchase.

 

Deluxe Travel Brush Collection ($95 USD)

Everything you need for flawless makeup application with 9 travel-friendly professional tools in a chic carrier case.

Brush up on beauty this holiday season with Laura Mercier’s must-have Deluxe Travel Brush Collection for flawless makeup application.  Perfect for on-the-go, this sleek, chic brush case features a rigid, hard shell design with two pockets and a removable mesh pouch housing a combination of nine professional Brushes for face, cheeks, eyes and brows.

A $252.00 value. http://www.lauramercier.com

Josie Maran Argan 6-pc Moroccan Holiday Collection

Pampering to go. Whether you’re heading across the country or just to the gym, this Moroccan Holiday collection brings you perfectly portable, pure Argan oil-infused products. The six travel-sized formulas help you achieve healthy-looking, glowing hair and skin. From Josie Maran.
Includes:

  • 0.5-fl oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Oil Hair Serum
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Lotion
  • 2-fl oz Argan Oil  Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot
  • 1.9-fl oz Argan Cleansing Body Oil
  • Made in Morocco/USA

Purchase at www.qvc.com.

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio

Always a big hit for the holidays, TOCCA has introduced its newest Coffret Set in a festive green & gold with three new scents: Graciella, Violette and Giuletta. The fragrances are:

Giulietta: Green Apple, Pink Tulips, Vanilla Orchid, Amber

Graciella: Asian Pear, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang, Cashmere Musk

Violette: Italian Bergamot, African Violet, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood

Tocca Coffret Set retails for $45 at Sephora & Space NK stores nationwide and online at www.tocca.com.

TIGI

TIGI ELASTICATE DUO ($19.99) & RECHARGE DUO ($19.99) — Excite the adrenaline-junkie of the family with the latest from Bed Head. The NEW Elasticate Duo offers a supercharged formula for break-resistant hair while the NEW Recharge Duo eliminates the build-up of 2012 while adding high-octane shine Both NEW gift sets are available at a special holiday price.
Please visit www.tigiprofessional.com for a salon near you.  Feel free to reach out should you need hi-res images or product samples.

 

Eye-deas For Spring Makeup

I have been trying lots of new Spring makeup!  So much Fun!  Some of the following eye products are new to me — blinc, rms beauty and Shiseido, and one I have tried before — Josie Maran — give them a try!

rms cream shadow in solar

rms beauty cream eye shadow ($28 USD) — create a very sheer refined metallic glow with all the benefits of raw mineral pigments without the dryness that occurs with minerals alone. They have a subtle, glossy, light reflecting quality that gives them a very unique finish, both modern and youthful. I have these in Solar, a warm gold shimmer and Karma, a rich, dark brown with a bit of silver shimmer.  They are highly pigmented and last a long time.  Solar is pretty to wear by itself, but add Karma to amp up the drama!  Purchase at www.msbeauty.com.

Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes in Smoke

A fab natural makeup brand is from supermodel Josie Maran.  Her palette Argan Beautiful Eyes ($36 USD) features four eye shadows and one shadow liner expertly coordinated to offer the ultimate range of customized looks. These naturally formulated shadows are richly infused with Argan Oil and a blend of floral and fruit extracts resulting in soft and nutrient rich textures including iridescent, matte, and satin finishes. The palette includes easy-to-follow instructions that make beautiful lids simply effortless. Available in Beautiful Smoke, Beautiful Blues, Beautiful Nudes, Beautiful Purples.  I have Beautiful Smoke and it is very versatile.  You can achieve a natural look with the lighter colors or go full smoke and use the darker shades.  Visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com to learn more and purchase.

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition

 

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition ($24 USD) — is new for spring and has an exceptional formula and brush that captures every single lash for an opulent and lustrous finish, that maintains a just-applied 16 hour glamorous look. The dual-textured brush coats every lash while the firm tip captures even tiny lashes to add remarkable volume, separation and length. Its non-clumping formula allows for multiple, smooth coats.  Available in Black and Brown at www.Shiseido.com.

Blinc Cosmetics Eyebrow Mousse

Once applied, blinc Eyebrow Mousse™ ($25 USD) fills in sparse areas to create the perfect brow line that cannot fade, run, or smudge, even if you sweat or wear it in harsh weather conditions. Get ready for beautiful, face-framing brow color that lasts all day long, unlike traditional eyebrow products that disappear half way through your busy day.

In addition to the unparalleled hold of blinc Eyebrow Mousse™, the innovative product also contains a peptide to moisturize and provide anti-aging treatment to the skin beneath your brow. Not only will you have perfectly colored brows, but you will also be treating your skin at the same time! At the end of the day, blinc Eyebrow Mousse™ is easily removed, only when you are ready, with any gentle makeup remover.

I like this eyebrow mousse.  It is easy to use, but be careful, I have put on too much before and have accidentally thickened my brows — and they are plenty thick already!  It stays on until you take it off and does not smear or smudge! Purchase at www.blincinc.com.

Enjoy!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Here are a few cool stocking stuffer ideas for the ladies on your list:

EOS Holiday Box ($8.99 USD) eos’ 3-pack of organic lip balm makes a great gift for the holidays. Or treat yourself to supple lips with each delicious scent and flavor: strawberry sorbet, sweet mint, and passion fruit.   Purchase at a mass retailer near you.

Josie Maran Set of 3 Argan lip Treatment Pots ($40 USD) Treat your lips right with nourishing argan oil for a pout that’s lush, supple, and smooth. This trio helps restore youthful-looking fullness in three lovely shades and scents. From Josie Maran.
Includes:

  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Rosey, a deep rose pink with pomegranate scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in  Heaven, a glittering sheer peach with tangerine scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Kiss Me, a light pink with lime scent

Purchase at www.qvc.com.

beautyblender pure kit ($49.95) — For the beauty maven that’s always travelling, pure™ kit includes everything needed for the perfect skin care application regimen both at home and on-the-go! pure™ kit contains 1 new beautyblender pure sponge and 1 solid cleanser in a mesh pouch that allows light and air to pass through, allowing your beautyblender to dry thoroughly and completely. It is the perfect travel companion for both your pure™ and solid™ products when you are on-the-go!

pure™ is designed to be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products. Not only can pure™ be used as an essential must-have tool in your skin care routine, but you can even use it to apply your makeup for flawless coverage. The elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. This multi-purpose sponge magically allows you to cover up dark circles and blemishes, achieve an airbrushed foundation finish, brighten your skin with bronzer and blush, apply and blend eye shadow effortlessly, and add some strategic shimmer on the top of your décolletage. No need for a glam squad when you have beautyblender® pure™!

Included in the pure kit is the new solid™ cleanser. This travel friendly alternative to the original liquid blendercleanser provides the same cleansing results and the soothing lavender fragrance for your beautyblender applicators and make up brushes.

pure™ kit retails for $49.95. For a list of retailers please visit www.beautyblender.net.