Thursday, July 31, 2014

Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder Foundation


Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation 


I am not usually one for a powder foundation but this product has changed me for the better. Makeup Forever really has a knack for knowing what a makeup artist wants. 
  • I love the formula of these pro finish foundations. They are a very soft powder and really blend into the skin seamlessly. 
  • There are 20 shades in the line which makes it very easy to find a perfect shade match. 
  • You can use this product by itself or over your foundation for a fuller coverage. 
  • You can use a sponge, kabuki or a foundation brush to apply this product. 


As you can tell, I will need to be repurchasing this product again soon. The shade that I personally use (above) is  shade 113 and I have 6 shades in my professional kit ranging from lightest to darkest. 

You can purchase these at Sephora for $36.00. 

I hope you found this post helpful. Let me know if you have any powder foundations that you love. 

-Hope 

Friday, July 25, 2014

All of the Above Wish List




I know this is a totally random blog post but I was doing some online shopping and stumbled upon more than just makeup. 

I was shopping on Madewell's website and I found these amazing shoes. I loves loafers and slip ons like this and I know I would wear these a ton. They are actually H by Hudson Pyrenees Loafers but I found them online at Madewell. I just think these would go with so many cute outfits. I could totally picture myself wearing these with some cuffed jeans and a loose white tank. I could also dress these up with  nice summer dress. I think I may have to own them. The good news is they are half the price right now on the H by Hudson website :) 

My friend Stefani just recently told me about these Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks. I have been using chubby stick eye shadows the past few weeks a ton and I think these would be a great addition to my collection. I don't quite know which shades to grab but I am sure I will be doing a review on these soon enough. 

I just love my Nest Fragrance in Midnight Fleur and I have been eyeing these candles for a while. It is hard for me to justify spending so much on a candle, especially when I burn them so often. I bet it just smells incredible though. I really want the scent "Lemongrass and Ginger" classic scent. It sounds so refreshing and nice. 

I have heard amazing things about these Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick. I really have no excuse for not owning at least one. I think I might just be a tad lazy. Let me know if there are any specific shades you recommend! 

This NARS Yachiyo brush #27 just looks amazing. I really want this for blush or for applying a light powder application. I love unique looking products and this one just really catches my eye. 

Last but not least, the item that has been on my wish list FOR EVER. I want these Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses so badly. I think these are so classic and wearable. My relationship with sunnies in the past has been a rough one so I have yet to purchase these. I am just so worried that I won't take good care of them. I do think I will get these soon though. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you enjoy posts like this I can continue to include fashion and other favorites. Thanks for reading and happy Friday!

-Hope

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 


If you read any beauty blogs, you would have heard of these amazing NARS concealers. These have been a huge hit in the beauty industry. A long wearing, creaseless concealer? Of course its a hit. NARS did it right with the packaging, the shade range (10 shades) and the quality of the product itself. I have 5 shades that I keep in my professional kit. 

1. Chantilly (Light 1)- this is the lightest shade in the range and it is a true ivory shade for fair complexions. 

2. Custard (Medium 1)- this is a yellow toned concealer for a medium complexion, 

3. Honey (Light 3)- this is a warm peach tone for light to medium complexion 

4, Amande (Medium/Dark 3)- this is a medium/dark concealer with golden olive undertones. 

5. Cacao (Dark 2)- this is the darkest shade in the range and it is a dark shade with deep gold to brown undertones. 

This is a medium to full coverage concealer. I found it works best for concealing blemishes, redness around the nose and its great to layer over a corrector for under eye concealing. As you can see in the swatch below, it is extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. 


The only time I may not use this concealer is if you have extremely dry skin or any flakiness on the skin. I would moisturize those areas really well before using this product. 

Overall, this is hands down one of the best concealers I have ever used. I will probably go ahead and pick up the other 5 shades to put into my kit as well so that I can have the full line.   

You you purchase this at Sephora, NARS online or at any NARS Counter. These sell for $29.00 and you get .22oz of product. 
($17.40 with professional discount) 

I hope that you found this helpful and if you have any holy grail concealers that you love mention them in the comments below! 

- Hope 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jo Malone Fragrance? Yes, please!



As I was traveling in the Bahamas this summer I stumbled upon a little makeup store. Of course I had to go in and when I did I was so pleased with what I found. 
At the time, I was under the impression that I could not find Jo Malone Fragrances in the US. I had heard so many wonderful things about the perfumes and so I knew I had to bring one home with me. After trying a few I finally landed on "Peony and Blush Suede. 

The website describes this perfume as: 
"The essence of charm.  Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile.  Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede.  Luxurious and seductive." 

With that description, how could you not give it a go? 

Do you have memories of your mom or grandmother putting on there perfume and you, as a youngster, dreaming about the day you will be older and "grown up" enough to wear something fancy like them? Well for me this is that perfume. It makes me feel very grown up. The scent is classy and timeless and the packaging is beautiful. 

There will be no need to reapply this fragrance through out the day because once you spray it on it will be there until you shower. On the down side, this little elegance in a bottle does come with a price tag. I purchased mine for $115.00 for the 100ML bottle (largest size). Again because I thought I could not get it in the US I wanted to buy one that would last a long time. Later I found out Jo Malone can be purchased at Nordstrom! YAY 

Overall I am very pleased with this fragrance and I look forward to trying more. I hope this post was helpful and make sure to comment below and tell me some of your favorites fragrances! 

-Hope 


Monday, July 21, 2014

My Love Affair with Marc Jacobs Beauty

Hello Everyone! 



I wanted to share with you all my love affair with Marc Jacobs Beauty.. 

As a whole, I have been very impressed with everything I have tried thus far from the brand. It is all very pigmented, long wearing and the shade range is awesome. I will break it all down below: 

Marc Jacobs Bold Blushes are my newest obsessions. I purchased these about a week ago and I have used them on a few clients. These two shades are absolutely beautiful. Reckless (left) is a rosy pink more on the mauve side. Obsessed (right) is a brighter pinky coral shade. They are both pigmented and long wearing. They add the nicest "flush" with out it looking like you swiped on some blush.  I will definitely be picking up a few more shades. ($30.00 purchased at Sephora

Marc Jacobs The Lolita Eye Shadow Palette is pretty much perfection. I did a very detailed blog post here so I won't go into to much detail but the shades are pigmented, long wearing and I love the looks you can create with this palette. ($59.00 purchased at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon has been my go to pencil liner. I have Blacquer 42 and Brown (out) 54. They are both amazing long wearing. They pretty much tie the NARS larger than life long wear eye liners for staying power. The one thing that I love about these liners compared to NARS is that you have a few seconds to really smudge them out before they set. So you can wear them like normal liners or smudge them out really nice for a smokey look. ($25.00 purchased at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof is the bomb.com. It is similar to the Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liner or Kat Von D tattoo liner in that it lasts forever. It is actually hard to get off at the end of the day. Its blacker than black and amazing. It was designed based on a calligraphy pen and it can make very thin lines or thicker lines depending on how you use it. ($30.00 purchased at Sephora)

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer is a medium to full coverage under eye concealer. I do not believe it is advertised as an under eye concealer but it has a slight peachy tint to it that helps to cancel out dark under eye circles. This shade (awake 1) is a perfect match for my skin tone and I really enjoy the coverage it gives. My only complaint is that I wish it lasted a little bit longer on my skin. I get about a 6 hour wear out of this concealer.  ($32.00 purchased at Sephora)

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 152 Bark! is one of my favorite nail colors at the moment. This rich dark brown is lovely with the shiny finish. I believe this shade is limited edition and when I saw it in the store I just had to try it. I am so happy with this product. I have been wearing this shade for 3 days with no top coat and it hasn't chipped at all. I had heard great things about this polish and I really believe it lives up to the hype. I know it is expensive for a nail polish but if you ever feel like treating yourself I would go and try one of the 27 shades he has to offer.   ($18.00 purchased at Sephora)

I truly haven't been disappointed in any of the products I have purchased from this brand. I know I need to branch out and try some of the lip products but for some reason lip products are always the last items I try from brands. Below are some swatches of the blushes and gel liners. 


I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know some of your favorite products from Marc Jacobs. 

-Hope 




Monday, June 9, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover

Hello Everyone
I haven't tried many Lancome Products but these new lip products may change that! The Lancome Lip Lover is a highly pigmented gloss that also acts as a stain.


First, how adorable is the packaging? I love the colors, font and the little button to open it. Second, they are pretty reasonable priced at $23.00. For a high end lip product that is on the cheaper side. Third, the color range is great! Sephora carries 14 shades (which I am assuming is the whole range) and they are all beautiful and wearable shades.

Below are the swatches:


-"332 Beige Adage (left)- a Rosy pink/nude". This shade is significantly more pink when applied to the lips. Its more of a nice medium pink

-"321 Rose Centre-Temps (middle)- Rose Pink". This has a nice mauve tone to it. Its a little deeper yet still bright and fresh. I have used this a ton on bridesmaids this season!

-"355 Framboise Etoile (right)- Berry pink". I would describe this more as a bright pink. This is my personal shade and I wear it all the time.

The shine/balm feeling lasts about 4 hours and then a stained, moisturized lip lasts well over another 4 hours.

You can purchase these at Sephora or at any Lancome counter.

I would highly recommend this lip product to anyone. I know I am super impressed and my clients have really enjoyed them also!

I hope this was helpful :)

-Hope

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Clear Skin and Midnight Fleur

Hello Everyone!

I went to Sephora this week to add some products to my skin care regime. My skin has been breaking out a lot lately and I feel like the cleanser, moisturizer, spot treatment that I have right now just isn't working for me.


I purchased three skin care items and a new perfume.

1. Clinique take the day off cleansing balm ($28.50)-


I purchased this product after watching this video . I love Tanya Burr's videos and she always talks me into getting new products! This is a cleansing balm that helps to remove all of your makeup and get rid of an excess dirt. This is a pomade type consistency that then turns into an oily consistency (so I have heard). I have been eyeing this product for a long time and I can't wait to finally try it!

2. Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic ($24.00)-


I have read more than a handful of blog posts lately talking about the importance of toners and it has started making me feel quilty. I always use toners on my clients but for some reason I never use them on myself. I decided to get in the habit of using one. I have heard great reviews on this brand and this product specifically so I am excited to start using it. ( If you would like me to do a blog post on the purpose's of toners I would be happy to do so! )


3. Origins Super Spot Remover ($15.00)-


I have also heard amazing reviews on this acne treatment. Yes this is the worlds tiniest bottle but you only use the tiniest amount of product so hopefully it lasts me a long time! I purchased this one because of the salicylic acid. This ingredient works much better than benzoyl peroxide for my skin. ( I am actually slightly allergic to the benzoyl peroxide.)  I have had a few major bumps lately that just seem to want to hang out for a while so hopefully this will take care of them :)

4. Nest Fragrances "Midnight Fleur" ($65.00) -


First off... THIS PACKAGING... Could it be any more gorgeous? Second this scent is absolutely amazing. It is described on the website as "Exotic Woods, Black Amber, Patchouli, Night-Blooming Jasmine, Vanilla Orchid." I am no fragrance guru so I am not really sure what some of these ingredients are but I will say that I am in love with this scent. Its girly and light and I just can't stop smelling myself.. Which is funny yet slightly weird. I still love my Chanel and Elizabeth and James but this is just amazing. 

Let me know if you have tried any of these products or any others from the brands mentioned. 

I hope this was helpful :) 

-Hope