Friday, November 18, 2016

Best in Beauty 2016: Brush Sets

Motives 15-piece Pro Brush Set
Makeup brushes allow you to put your best face forward. Enhancing your makeup routine, there is nothing like the gift of a good face. A good face created with the right set of brushes, that is. A brush set is very much like a palette and allows you to achieve an array of makeup looks. As high-quality is important, so is the ability to consistently deliver effortless and flawless application. Don't you agree? So, what are the best? What are the best makeup brush sets of 2016?

1. Motives 15-piece Pro Brush Set - What I love most about this brush set is the fact that it offers not one, not two, but 15 brushes. Not only does this set include a powder brush, it includes a sculpter brush, a contour brush, an eye contour brush, a sweeping contour brush, a fan brush, a blush brush, a concealer brush, a large eye shadow brush, an angled liner/brow brush, a brow groomer, a crease brush, a spoolie, and even a smudger brush in a beautifully crafted black zippered pouch. As this set is 100% synthetic, it is the perfect set for serious makeup enthusiasts looking to use decent starter brushes.  

2. Artis Elite Smoke Collection 3 Brush Set - When a brush is consistent, it makes it better; however, it's evident by any makeup lover that all great things come in pairs or perhaps 3s. The Artis brand is one of those consistent brands that is constantly delivering amazing brushes and this set is no exception. This set includes the Oval 4 brush, the Linear 1 brush and the Circle 1 brush. Made with CosmeFibre, this brush set is nothing short of amazing.

3. Iconic London New EVO Complete Makeup Brush Face Set - When you are a makeup artist or even a lover of makeup, an amazing brush set is a must. The brushes feature an oval head with a diamond-shaped body. This particular brush set includes six unique Iconic London exclusives that work for every part of your face. As this brush set is perfect for makeup lovers and Iconic London enthusiasts, it is clearly one of the best brush sets of 2016.

It is official, the Sigma Beauty 'Best of Sigma Beauty' Brush Set has been taking over the internet one mention at a time. This set features seven Sigma exclusives, as it includes a Kabuki brush, a flat angled brush, a concealer brush, a shader brush, a crease brush, an utility brush, and a smudge brush. There has been quite a buzz about this particular makeup brush set than any other, making it the most buzzed about makeup brush set in cyberspace.


With a total of 200 votes, 95 of you voted for the Artis Elite Smoke 10 Brush Set. As part of the "expert set" this amazing brush set is ideal for virtually every makeup fanatic under the sun. Thank you to everyone who voted.


When examining the hashtags #brushsets and #makeupbrushsets the Iconic London New EVO Complete Makeup Brush Face Set is the most popular brush set right now. 

"I am obsessed with both Artis brush sets and Iconic London brush sets. I can't get enough. I feel like they are the only brushes that I grab when I do my makeup. My clients love them too." - Paula Smith

Now Playing: Dirty Little Mind by Jackyl

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Best in Beauty 2016: Bronzer

The Neo-Bronzer by Kevyn Aucoin
As Spring has sprung, Fall has only begun. And as we head into Winter, we celebrate the holidays. What better way to glow this season then with a bronzer. Available in an array of shades and finishes, a bronzer allows you to achieve a healthy glow that looks like the sun literally came down from the sky and kissed your face. And the best part is, you can achieve tanned skin while defining your face and enhancing your entire facial structure. A bronzer can give your skin warmth, depth, and the obvious - glow. I have tried an array bronzers this year. Some I loved, some I hated and some I debated whether or not I wanted to use them again, as I have tried quite a few duds and studs. The question remains; however, what are the best of 2016? So, what are the best bronzers of the year?

1. Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer - As one of the most unique beauty essentials of 2016, this bronzer is as unique as the women who wear it. What I love about this bronzer goes beyond it's ombre style exterior. It is pigmented, it produces a color pay-off and it lasts quite a while without streaking, fading or flaking. What more can I say? This is definitely a winner.

2. KIKO Flawless Fusion Bronzer - Searching for the perfect bronzer is almost seems like a dream these days, but truth be told, it is very much possible. With a pristine pay-off of color and true pigment that is blendable, buildable and long-lasting, this outstanding KIKO Milano addition delivers nothing short of flawless.

3. NARS Bronzing Powder - An amazing bronzer is not only pigmented to perfection, but works generously to deliver the ultimate color pay-off. An amazing bronzer is not only long-lasting, but buildable and blendable. An amazing bronzer can look either natural or dramatic without appearing chalky or muddy. This bronzer is an amazing bronzer.

4. LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer - When it comes to choosing a bronzer, it is important to look for the three P's - pretty, pigmented, and pay-off. If a bronzer doesn't have either one of these equally, it is not worth the splurge. With that being said, if you are ever online or in-store looking for a bronzer that is pigmented, produces a color pay-off and is both buildable and blendable, you may want to consider this one.

5. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer - What I love most about this bronzer is the fact that it glides on smooth. With a texture of fine powder that mimics butter, this bronzer is quite pigmented delivering a true color pay-off that anyone can get use to. Not only is this one of the best bronzers you will ever use, it is also the best smelling as the scent depicts real coconut Heaven.


The beautiful and talented Julianne Hough really loves the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and owes her radiant glow to the cult-classic staple.

When it comes to bronzer, actress Vanessa Hudgens has quite a few favorites, but always finds herself reaching for the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil, as it is her bronzer of choice.

What is supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio's favorite bronzer? This stunning beauty's secret to glowing skin is the MAC Bronzing Powder. The beautiful and talented Leona Lewis is also a huge fan of this product.

The gorgeous Kim Kardashian is a huge fan of the Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer. The reality star has mentioned multiple times how much she loves this product.


So, what is the most buzzed about bronzer of 2016? When it comes to buzz generation, there have been more articles in the news about the Benefit Hoola Bronzer than any other bronzer, making it the most buzzed about bronzer. As the winner of this year's Buzzworthy winner, there is a reason why this bronzer is so popular right now.


After conducting the poll for 2016 Best in Beauty Awards this year, I have discovered that some of your favorites are also favorites of mine. With 178 votes out of 220 votes, you revealed the NARS Bronzing Powder as your favorite bronzer of the year.


When conducting research, I discovered quite a few things when examining the hashtag #bronzer. One of them is the most discussed bronzer is definitely the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. As this year's social media choice winner, I think it's safe to say that this product is amazing.

"I'm obsessed with the butter bronzer by Physicians Formula. I love everything from the smell to how it looks on my skin to the fact that it is organic. It's very hard to find certified organic makeup these days. It's by far my favorite bronzer right now." - Danica Cameron

Now Playing: We Care A Lot by Faith No More

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Best in Beauty 2016: Brush Cleanser

The BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser
Choosing a brush cleaner that is both effective and efficient is so important when caring for your makeup brushes, sponges and applicators. Not only can bacteria live in your brushes, but also an array of dirt and muck too which creates a full fledge of nastiness. And if you share your brushes with others, you can spread bacteria, direct and muck to another person or worse, they can spread it to you. Luckily brush cleaners allow you to prevent this from happening. I have tried quite a few makeup brush cleansers this year. So, which brush cleansers are the best? So, what are the best of 2016?

1. BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser - What I love about this particular makeup cleanser is the fact that it works amazing to remove dirt, oil and residue from your brushes. And because it is a solid, it is easier to work with as it distributes the product evenly to cleanse your brushes both effectively and efficiently. There is a reason why this cleanser is a true best seller.

2. Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleanser - Whether you are looking to gently cleanse your brushes or simply searching to remove any powder, liquid, wax or adhesive substance, this rosewater scented cleanser is perfect. It truly works amazingly and really does get the job done. Out of the many makeup removers I own, I tend to reach for this one the most.

3. Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser - As one of the greatest makeup artist ever, Sonia Kashuk created a makeup line exclusively available at Target. And with this amazing line, she created an outstanding brush and sponge cleanser that works incredibly to remove dirt, oil and other impurities from your brushes.


As the #1 best-selling makeup brush cleanser on both Sephora and ULTA, the BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser has garnered more buzz than any other makeup brush cleanser out there. As a result, this beauty essential is the most buzzworthy brush cleanser of 2016.


There are only a few makeup cleansers that will actually remove dirt, oil and other impurities effectively, as there can only be one that will take off powder, liquid, wax and any other adhesive-like substance from your brushes. You voted and as a result, you chose the BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser as the #1 brush cleanser. Thank you to everyone who voted.


What makes a brush cleanser great? First and foremost, it must work to remove bacteria from the brushes, as it must work to remove all dirt, oil and residue from them too. It also must work to remove all times of makeup including powder, liquid, wax and any adhesive. Although working effectively is a must, if it were to work efficiently that is always a plus. After examining the keywords: makeup brush cleanser and brush cleanser, I have discovered that the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat has the most mentions out of any other brush cleansing medium, making it this year's social media choice winner.

"There is nothing better than the BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser. It is the only cleanser that works for my makeup brushes. I hope they never discontinue it because my brushes can't live without it." - Destiny Winters

Now Playing: Barcelona by Freddie Mercury featuring Montserrat Caballe

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Best in Beauty 2016: Blush

NARS Blush in Orgasm.
A pop of color is essential when achieving a beautiful glow. What better way to achieve a healthy glow then with a blush. A blush is simply a flush of color used to emphasize your cheeks. Blush was originally created an effort to redden the cheeks; however, now days it is used to simply give color and add definition. And whether you are searching for a powder finish or simply looking for a cream that melts into your skin, there are so many different types that exist. So, what are they? What are the best blushes of 2016?

1. NARS Blush - When it comes to this blush, it is one of the few that provides your face with the perfect amount of pigment. The color pay-off is incredibly outstanding. As the colors are quite extensively, I must say that the quality of this blush is one of the best ever in any face makeup product.

2. Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain - This fantastic Benefit addition is one of the best blushes in the world. Not only is it pigmented to perfection, delivering an outstanding color pay-off as a result, but it is an outstanding transitional shade. It goes on smooth and lasts modestly long. There is a reason why so many of you are obsessed with this product.

3. Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush - A blush should always feel amazing on the skin, as it should always possess enough pigmentation to produce a fine color pay-off. Although a blush can be used transitionally to add something extra to the face, it should never be muddy or chalky. This is one of those blushes.

4. Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color - Sometimes the best beauty discoveries are those multi-use gems that you never expect to be so amazing, but are. After trying an array of blush products this year, I have to admit that I love this one. This one goes on smooth and yet dries swiftly. It's both blendable and buildable, which is something to both love and appreciate.

5. Essence Mosaic Blush - After trying an array of blushes this year, I discovered this one to be one of the best. Everything from the pigmented presentation to it's ability to deliver an excellent color pay-off. Not only is this one of the best blushes of the year it is one of the most inexpensive.


The beautiful Nicole Kidman is quite busy as she is both a full-time mom and actress, but always makes time for her Benefit Benetint, as it is one of her favorite blush products. Actress Leelee Sobieski also loves this product.

The amazingly talented Adele loves NARS Blush in Orgasm, as does actresses Rooney Mara, and Rachel McAdams. In fact, in an exclusive interview with the Stylist, Mara said she takes it with her virtually everywhere.

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks absolutely loves the Make Up For Ever HD Blush.


Buzzworthy in Beauty, what is the hottest blush (or should I say hautest blush) right now? I have discovered that the Les Merveilleuses de Laduree is one of the most raved about makeup essentials of 2016. I don't know if it is because it's unique packaging or because of it's price tag, but this blush is definitely creating a lot of buzz in the beauty world. Although this blush is currently being sold in Paris, Hong Kong and different areas of Japan, you can find it online at various boutiques.


Thank you everyone who took the time to vote, including those who took the time to fill out the entire survey/poll and comment. Your votes revealed this year's Reader's Choice winner to be one of the winners of the 2016 Best in Beauty Awards. The winner is NARS Blush.


After examining the hashtag #blush, I have discovered that there are more mentions about the NARS Blush, than any other blush on the world wide web. NARS Blush is not only one of this year's Best in Beauty Awards winners, it is this year's Reader's Choice winner and now, Social Media Choice award winner.

"When people ask me what I put on my face, I tell them Orgasm. They look at weird and some even looked shocked when I tell them, until they realize it is just a blush by NARS." - Sherah Naderi 

Now Playing: Honey, I'm Home by Shania Twain

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Best in Beauty 2016: BB Creams & CC Creams

The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted
Moisturizer Broad Spectrum.
Beauty balms and color correcting creams first started in Asian markets somewhere in the mid 80's before making their way here to the United States in 2012, thanks to dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek.  As a BB Cream contains a serum, a moisturizer, a primer, a foundation and a sunscreen; a CC Cream is almost the same thing. A CC Cream possesses a color correcting medium and may contain optics or light diffusing particles that help cover the skin more so than the average beauty balm product. I have tried quite a few BB Creams as well as, CC Creams this year. Some I loved, some I hated and some I debated whether or not I wanted to use again. But, what are really the best? What are the best BB Creams & CC Creams of 2016?

1. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum - As most would consider this product to be a tinted moisturizer, this is also part of the BB Cream family as it provides your skin with the right amount of color, moisture, and protection. It also feeds your skin the right amount of nutrients which work together to create results. What is better than that?

2. Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum BB Cream - When it comes to both BB & CC creams, it is important to use one that works amazingly to enhance your skin. It is also key to find one that feeds your skin the right nutrients while protecting it from UVA/UVB rays. As one of the best beauty essentials of 2016, this is one of the few BB Creams that will correct, protect and repair your skin while smoothing it.

3. Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream - This BB Cream provides your skin with the perfect balance of color, moisture and protection while feeding your skin the necessary nutrients it needs to repair itself. A beauty balm should always look and feel natural. If you are looking to use one of the best BB Creams of 2016, this would definitely be the one.

4. AmorePacific Moisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer - One thing to not only love and appreciate about an excellent BB cream is its ability to consistently deliver the right amount of color, moisture and protection. And whether you have normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and sensitive skin, this one will work for you. I can't think of anyone on earth who doesn't want a flawless complexion that looks and feels naturally flawless.

5. Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady BB Cream - Using patented 'InstaFilter' technology, this BB Cream rebalances and restores the skin. Not only does this amazing Physicians Formula essential mattify the skin, erasing pore imbalance and blemishes, it protects it from DNA damage and environmental stressors. Did I mention that product is also organic and does not contain any synthetic or lab created ingredients?


The beautiful and talented Angelina Jolie is a huge fan of both the Rodial BB Venom Skin tint and the Rodial BB Venom Eye. Victoria Beckham and Whitney Port are also huge fans of the BB Creams. Launched in the Summer of 2012, both BB essentials sold out within minutes of the launch.

It is no surprise that the gorgeous Megan Fox loves the Luminessense Bright Revelator Greige BB Fluid from Giorgio Armani Beauty. As this product is discontinued, it can still be found on FragranceNET.

The beautiful Nina Dobrev absolutely loves the Urban Decay NAKED Skin Body Beauty Balm. In fact, it is her go-to essential and secret to amazing skin.


According to Nordstrom, Sephora, and ULTA the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel BB Cream is one of the best-selling, highest rated BB Creams out there. As the buzz is quite evident, the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is also quite popular. After examining the hashtag #bbcream, this year's winner is the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.


After conducted this year's 'Best in Beauty Awards' poll, you chose your favorite BB Cream/CC Cream. So, what did you choose as this year's reader's choice winner? The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel BB Cream with a total of 110 votes. Thank you to every single one of you who voted.


One thing is certain, women cannot stop talking about the Garnier Fructis Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream. Not only is this product known to change your skin, but your life too. This product is one of the most popular here in the United States, as it is also popular in India, United Arab Emirates, and Australia too. It is also ranked high among those individuals who suffer from acne-prone skin. When performing multiple internet searches using the terms: BB Cream, this BB Cream is the first to appear making it this year's social media choice winner.

"I really love the Rimmel London BB Cream. It is the only BB Cream that I have used that does not clog my pores. Its also the only BB Cream I have found that absorbs oil, so its great to wear at the gym or the beach." - Linda Lopez

Now Playing: Million Years Ago by Adele

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Introducing MAC Select

A look at the MAC Cosmetics app.
I have amazing news for all of you makeup junkies and fanatics. You can download the new MAC Cosmetics app right now. Not only will this give you immediate access to your MAC Select membership ID and status, but it allows you both view and redeem your benefits for shopping with MAC. Plus, you get to shop and review your purchase history on-the-go and keep an idea on your favorites. And the best part is, you can do all of this and more with the app. 
So, what does the new MAC app feature? What do they include? This exciting new app from MAC Cosmetics features include: 

-Access to your MAC Select membership
-Tracking status
-Special app-only offers and exclusives
-Early access to shop selected collections
-Easy redeem of your benefits
-First look at collections and collaboration launches
-Personalized updates
-Easy access to your MAC Select ID for scanning in-store
-Review your purchase history and favorites
-Locate your nearest MAC store and/or counter
-Access to your convenient 'Back-to-MAC' tracker

Amazing right? Whether you love MAC Cosmetics or makeup in general, this is a must-have for every smart device. You can download the app now from iTunes or Google Play today. #MACapp

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Get the makeup look: David Koma at LFW SS'17

When David Koma debuted the Spring/Summer collection for 2017 at London Fashion Week, his fashions depict a story of modern royalty that is pure with a multi-dimensional side. With an emphasis on both black and white, the David Koma collection tells a story. Recently, the models for David Koma teamed up with the NARS UK Makeup Ambassador Andrew Gallimore for a makeup look to complement the fashion.

"Radiant Royalty," Gallimore shared.

So, is it possible to recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the NARS UK Makeup Ambassador prepped the models skin. He used the NARSskin Multi-Action Toner followed by the NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream. He, then, applied the NARSskin Total Replenishing Eye Cream.

As he continued with the face, he applied the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer followed by the new NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. As this product is new and due to launch in Spring of 2017, an amazing alternative is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. He, then, applied the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder to finish the face.

For the cheeks, Gallimore applied some of the new NARS Radiance Primer with SPF 35. As this is a new product for 2017, try using the NARS Light Optimizing Primer until then. He, then, applied the NARS Liquid Bronzer in Laguna. To add some color, the wonderful makeup artist used the NARS Lipstick in Breaking Free. And as this product unavailable until 2017, try using the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Juliette as this is a great alternative.

So, what about the eyes? He lined the models eyes with the NARS Velvet Eyeliner in Las Pozas. Then, Gallimore curled the models lashes using the NARS Eyelash Curler.

To finish the entire makeup look, Gallimore applied the NARS Pure Sheer Lip Treatment in Bianca to the lips. This product has an SPF, so it works to hydrate as well as protect the lips.

Congratulations! You have just recreated the makeup look for the David Koma show at London Fashion Week. #LFW

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