Sunday, August 28, 2016

Get the makeup look: Britney Spears at the 2016 MTV VMAs

The beautiful Britney Spears.
(Photo provided by ColorProof)
Britney Spears continues to prove why she is a pop princess. The beautiful singer really slayed tonight in both performance and in appearance, as her hair and makeup totally blew up the spotlight tonight at the MTV Video Music Awards. Spears teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis for clean makeup look to complement her style.

"I wanted Britney's make up  to look very youthful and fresh with a little definition around the eyes and a nude lip," Inglessis shared.

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

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped the pop star's face by cleaning it with the So Fresh and So Clean Cucumber cleansing wipes. These wipes work to cleanse, refresh and prepare your makeup.

As Inglessis continued, she used the Westmore Beauty Lasting Effect Foundation in Tan. "This foundation truly feels like skin and is undetectable to the eyes! Flawless!" the celebrity makeup artist shared.

For the eyes, the celebrity makeup artist used the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in matte Dark Brown by the lash line and extended as a wing line and under the lower lash line. CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon blended into the liner for a softer look both top and bottom. Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes in Spice in the crease of the eyes and putter corner to create depth.

So, what about the brows? Inglessis used the Westmore Beauty One Step Brow Gel in Light before applying the Westmore Beauty Eye Effects Red Carpet Lashes Mascara in Black. She applied two coats on the top lashes and one coat on bottom lashes, for amazing red carpet lashes.

The celebrity makeup artist used the Westmore Lasting Effects Body Coverage in Golden Radiance on the pop star's body to complement Spears dress. "This is such a perfect body makeup. It covers yet has a illuminating finish," Melanie Inglessis shared. This long wear cream body make up doesn't  rub on cloth once it dries, even outs skin tones and covers imperfections.

To finish the look, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Surratt Beauty Moderniste Lip Pencil in Faire La Bise mixed with Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Punk Soufflé.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Britney Spears' makeup look at the 2016 Video Music Awards. #VMAs

Get the makeup look: Kim Kardashian at the 2016 MTV VMAs

Kim Kardashian really blew up the spotlight this evening at the MTV Video Music Awards. Wearing a simple yet sultry sheer black dress courtesy of John Galliano. As her hair laid low, it still looked amazing; however, Kim's makeup really slayed bringing the entire look together. It is no surprise that celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic touched Kardashian's face tonight, as he consistently delivers some of the best looks for the reality star. For tonight, Dedivanovic wanted Kim to look like a Greek Goddess, with a dewy complexion and a natural glow.

So, is it possible recreate Kim's makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Dedivanovic prepped the beautiful Kardashian's skin with the Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Cream. This product was used to give Kim's skin a soft, moisturized base. As Dedivanovic continued, he applied the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in Maple to even out Kardashian's complexion and give her a “lit from within” glow.

As he continued, the celebrity makeup artist dusted the Laura Mercer Translucent Loose Setting Powder all over her t-zone. Then, Dedivanovic contoured Kim’s hairline, nose and cheekbones using the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze-03 to give her skin a sun-kissed, radiant glow.

To give the cheeks a Summer-like, peach flush, the celebrity makeup artist lightly dusted the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper. Dedivanovic, then, applied the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Addiction to the inner corners of Kim’s eyes and on her cupid’s bow to brighten her complexion. As he continued with Kardashian's makeup look, he dusted the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Devotion along her cheeks to highlight her striking cheekbones.

Moving right along, Dedivanovic, then gave Kardashian's skin a warm glow using the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in both Addiction and Devotion on her chest, collarbone and legs. To finish the face, he lightly spritzed the reality beauty's complexion with Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, giving her skin a fresh gleam.

The eyes are the mirror to the soul. To make Kardashian's eyes look sultry and bronzed, the celebrity makeup artist lightly swept the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sand Glow across the lid. He, then, applied the Copper shade from the Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette on the outer corners of the eye and across the lower lash line to make her eyes pop. As he continued with the makeup look, specially the eyes he applied the Laura Mercier Brow Dimension Fiber Infused Colour Gel in Brunette to the outer corners of her brows, using a mascara wand to create more drama and apply a thicker layer of product. He then colored the middle of the brows with gel, using light strokes to create a softer look.

To complete the look, Dedivanovic lined the lips with the Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Hazelnut Tea before applying the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Sensual.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Kim Kardashian's makeup look for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. #VMAs

Get the hair look: Britney Spears at the 2016 VMAs

The amazing Britney Spears at the 2016 MTV
Video Music Awards.
(Photo provided by ColorProof)
As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Britney Spears has still got it going on. In fact, the pop princess slayed the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. As her makeup looked amazing, her hair really made a statement. Spears teamed up with celebrity stylist Lorenzo Martin for a haute hair look to complement both her fashion and performance.

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

Celebrity stylist Lorenzo Martin shared with me "I began styling Britney's hair by using the ColorProof Evolved Color Care LiftIt Color Protect Foam Mousse on wet hair from roots to ends."
"As I continued, I followed by blow drying hair with the Bio Ionic Ultralight Speed Dryer until the hair was smooth," he shared.
As the celebrity stylist continued, he wrapped Britney's hair around with a curling iron. "I wrapped hair around with the Bio Ionic Long Barrel Curling Iron and left the ends out, adding a little shake at the end to loosen the curl." He shared, "this product is typically designed for people with long hair!"
To finish the entire hair look he applied the ColorProof Evolved Color Care PowderFix Texturizing Powder to Spears' locks before adding a little ColorProof Evolved Color Care HumidityRx Anti-Frizz WeatherProof Spray.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Britney Spears' hair look at the 2016 Video Music Awards. #VMAS

Get the nails: Rihanna at the 2016 VMAs

The beautiful Rihanna continues to prove why she unstoppable. With two performances down and two more to go, Rihanna is really blowing up the spotlight tonight at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. As her outfit, makeup and hair slays, her nails really looked amazing. In fact, the iconic pop star teamed up with celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees for a haute nail look.

“Rihanna will be on stage multiple times during this year’s VMA’s,” Rihanna's manicurist, Kimmie Kyees shared. “We wanted to find a color that would match any outfit and makeup changes she may have throughout the show– so we chose a beautiful mauve color with a subtle shimmer that looks gorgeous against her skin tone,” she added.
So, is it possible to get Rihanna's nails at-home? Absolutely.
According to Kyees, Rihanna’s nails were filed into a narrow, pointy stiletto shape and then polished with Red Carpet Manicure’s newest formula – the instant gel manicure. This polish requires no base or top coat, which is amazing. For Rihanna's nails, Kyees used the Red Carpet Manicure Red Carpet Ready 1-Step LED Gel Polish in Hopeless Romantic, a stunning mauve with a shimmer finish.
Kyees proceeded to brush on the color, cured it for about 30 seconds and then the iconic Rihanna was ready for what should be one of RiRi’s most iconic VMAs yet.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Rihanna's nails for the 2016 Video Music Awards. #VMAs

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Introducing MAC Taraji

Taraji P. Henson has won the world over with her fierce personality and fearless poise as well as her, ability to handle every single role thrown at her. Recently, the beautifully bold actress collaborated with one of the hottest makeup brands in the world, MAC Cosmetics for a special curated makeup collection. With everything from an exemplary nude lip to only the best black lash, you can expect the unexpected.

And speaking of the unexpected, what can we really expect to see for the MAC Taraji collection?

Well, first and foremost, the new lipstick for the MAC Taraji collection includes Strip Me Down which is a deep tone beige with a matte finish. The cost of this lipstick is $17.00 US.

As of late, MAC Cosmetics is known for their Mineralize Skinfinish. And one of the newest additions to their collaboration with Taraji Henson includes the Mineralized Skinfinish in Taraji Glow, which is a beautiful reddish brown. Available at MAC Cosmetics for $33, this is definitely a product to check out.

For this particular collection MAC is also introducing the Mineralize Skinfinish Highlight in The Truth which is a soft coral bronze with a gold shimmer finish. Like the original Skinfinish, this will also retail for $33.

When it comes to lashes, what is your favorite mascara? Love it or hate it, the Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash in Black is here to stay. As part of the MAC Taraji collection, you can grab this at MAC Cosmetics for $23. Perhaps, a true black eye liner is also needed in your beauty bag. For this collection, MAC will also introduce the Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, a much needed true black. You can also grab this at MAC for $21.

To complete this collection, MAC Cosmetics will be adding the 187 brush, the Duo Fibre Face. This will retail for $42. 

MAC Taraji will be available online at MAC Cosmetics on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and then, available in select MAC stores on Thursday, September 8, 2016. #MACTaraji

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NARS introduces the Velvet Lip Glide

NARS introduces the Velvet Lip Glide
in 13 stunning shades.
If you have can imagine a hybrid of lipstick and a lip gloss, the result would be the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide. This amazing new NARS addition features a new formula that slays virtually every lip it touches. In fact, the new Velvet Lip Glides strike the perfect balance between softness and strength, coverage and comfort. Velvet Lip Glide contains NARS' new Oil Infusion Complex, allowing the formula to glide on effortlessness like a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick. Amazing right?

And it only gets better. This amazing new addition to the NARS family includes 13 stunning shades.





Shades shown, left to right: Stripped (beige pink), Unlaced (nude pink), Playpen (pink coral), Bound (rose pink), Danceteria (fuchsia). Next row, left to right: La Main Bleue (rich berry), Mineshaft (poppy red), No. 54 (raspberry red), Le Palace (deep cherry red), Unspeakable (garnet). Final row, left to right: Toy (deep aubergine), Area (rich chestnut), and Deviant (deep burgundy).

Deviant is a NARS boutique & exclusive

The NARS Velvet Lip Glide will cost $26 and will be available Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, the 7th exclusively on for the VIB & VIB Rouge preview. They will be available Thursday, September 15th at NARS boutiques and on the official website,, then Saturday, October 1st at Sephora, Nordstrom, and other department and specialty stores.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

FOTD for August 12, 2016

It has been quite a while since I have posted a photo of the day here on the blog, so I thought I would share with you a selfie I just took.


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Get the hair look: Kendall Jenner's Vogue Cover

R+Co Co-Founder Garren
at work.
Kendall Jenner is a true runway beauty and recently, the ravishing reality star teamed up with R+Co Co-Founder Garren for the ultimate style. In fact, Garren chopped off Kendall Jenner's locks for the September 2016 cover of Vogue. The real question remains; however, what inspired Garren to create this style and how did he do it?

"I first worked with Kendall at an Estee Lauder shoot where I cut her hair into a layered lookI cut about four inches. They pulled together a team of big names to expose Kendall to the world of modeling for the first time. This time, for her first Vogue cover, Kendall requested me because she knew something was going to happen," Garren shared.

"She trusted me to do the cut because she knows my history with changing the looks of big celebrities and she did her homework so there was nothing to be afraid of. In the end we decided to cut 12 inches into a blunt cut that was all one length and fell right above the collarbone. The cut is classic and coolKendall was very excited to show the world that she can be more than a long-haired ‘it’ girl and that she is growing up."

So, is it possible to recreate this hairstyle at-home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity hairstylist prepped the reality starlet's hair with the R+Co Cactus Texturizing shampoo. This shampoo will be available next month.

Then, Garren applied the R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse all of the way from the mid-length of the hair to the end. As he continued, he started to blow dry and style the hair.

Once he accomplished this, he used about a dime-sized amount of the R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Crème. He applied this product to Jenner's ends for separation. This product will also be available next month.

To finish the look, he sprayed the R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hair Spray.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Kendall Jenner's Vogue Cover hair look. The Vogue cover will hit stands Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Get the hair look: Khloe Kardashian's double-bun style

Khloe Kardashian wearing
her double-bun style.
(Photo by Justine Marjan)
Khloe Kardashian is one of the most popular reality star personalities on the planet. And just yesterday, she teamed up with celebrity stylist Justine Marjan for a 90's inspired double-bun hair style. The hairstyle was so cute and really embodied the Star Wars Princess Leia persona with a hint of mini mouse, which complemented Kardashian's style.

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

First and foremost, Marjan prepped Kardashian's hair with the the SacaJuan ocean mist followed by the Ouai soft mousse. Then, taking a Mason Pearson brush, the celebrity stylist blow dried Kardashian's hair with the ghd blowdryer.

Taking a rat tail comb, Marjan split the pretty reality star's hair down the middle before splitting each section horizontally and individually. As she continued, she sprayed the Kardashian Beauty Hair dry shampoo onto the television personalities hair. This works to add texture to the style.

Then, Marjan took a RSession Pro detailing brush and started gathering the front section of one side of her head into a high pony before securing this into an elastic. The celebrity stylist allowed pieces of hair around the face and hairline to fall loose.

She continued to repeat this step before doing the same thing to other side of her head, creating the double-bun style. Marjan, then, gathered each pony and looped them into a knot right before securing them with French pins.

To finish the look, Marjan sprayed the Kardashian Beauty Hair pure glitz hairspray. She also added some Marula oil treatment wherever needed.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Khloe Kardashian's double-bun style.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Get the makeup look: Cara Delevingne at the Suicide Squad premiere in NYC

Cara Delevingne at the New
York premiere for Suicide Squad.
As one of the most beautiful supermodels in the world today, Cara Delevingne made an appearance in New York City at the Beacon Theatre for her latest film, Suicide Squad. Delevingne stars as June Moone aka the Enchantress in the Suicide Squad. She blew up the red carpet Monday evening wearing an Anthony Vaccarello dress with Christian Louboutin boots accessorized with Hstern jewelry. As her style was fabulously fleek, her hair slayed. However, what stole the spotlight was her makeup. In fact, the supermodel starlet teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Romy Soleimani for an amazing rockstar inspired makeup look that was both dramatic and bold for the premiere.

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

First and foremost, Soleimani applied the Rimmel London BB Cream in Medium to even out the skintone, followed by Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation in Sand to set the look. Then, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Rimmel London Kate Sculpting & Highlighting Kit in Golden Sands. Soleimani used the deepest shade as a contour while blending the pink blush subtly into the apples of Delevingne's cheeks.This gave the Suicide Squad starlet a warm glow.

As the celebrity makeup artist continued with this look, she applied Rimmel London Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer in Earl Grey and Blackest Black over the whole lid. She, then added more Blackest Black along the lashline, the crease of the eye, and on the supermodel starlet's inner rim, smudging it underneath. As she continued, Soleimani pressed in some theatrical silver glitter before finishing Delevingne's eyes with the Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Mascara.

To finish the look, Soleimani applied the Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Color in Kiss Me You Fool as a base. She, then, topped Delevingne's lips with the Rimmel London The Only 1 Lipstick in Call Me Crazy. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Cara Delevingne's makeup look at the New York premiere of Suicide Squad. #SuicideSquad

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Introducing MAC Star Trek

Introducing MAC Star Trek
What if I were to tell you that one of the most popular makeup brands in the world today is teaming up with one of the greatest shows ever on television? In fact, the television show was such a success during its air, that it has managed to find its way to the world of cinema. And today, it holds a true legacy among science fiction fanatics. MAC Cosmetics is taking beauty to a whole new level, producing makeup products that reach an intergalactic realm, honoring Star Trek and the new generation of enthusiasts. Spanning half a century, as one of the greatest sci-fi sagas, Star Trek has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics for an exclusive makeup collaboration curated with only cosmically charged hues.

For the Star Trek collection, MAC Cosmetics is introducing several new lipglass shades. These shades include: Pleasure Planet, a muted gold with a shimmer finish, Khaaannnn!, a berry with red reflects, Set to Stun, a light silver with a gold pearl finish, and Warp Speed Ahead, a plum with blue and pink reflects. These will be available for $17 each.

In addition to the new lipglasses, MAC is also introducing four new lipstick shades. These shades include: The Enemy Within, a neutral gold shimmer with a frost finish, Where No Man Has Gone Before, a pink with gold pearl and lustre finish, Kling-It-On, a deep purple with fine pink glitter and frost finish and LLAP, an icy rose champagne with a frost finish. These lipsticks will be available for $18 each.  
The collection does not end there. In fact, it is just beginning. MAC Cosmetics will also introduce the Superslick Liquid Eye Liner, an eye liner that allows you to go where no other makeup junkie has gone before. For the Star Trek collection MAC is introducing three unique shades for only $22 a piece. These shades include: On the Hunt, a true black, Nocturnal, a bright silver pearl, and Pure Show, a bright yellow gold pearl. 
MAC Lipstick in
The Enemy Within

When it comes to innovation, MAC Cosmetics is one of the few beauty brands in the world that allows you to put your best face forward. As a bonus for this collection, MAC is introducing the Trip The Light Fantastic Powder. Exclusively available in North America, this will retail for $34.

Trip The Light Fantastic Powder (North America Only). The shades include: Strange New Worlds, a sheer wash of golden coral with a pearl finish,  Luna Luster, a sheer wash of soft rose with a shimmer finish, and Highly Illogical, a sheer wash of golden plum with a fine pearl finish.

MAC Cosmetics will also introduce exclusive pressed pigment eye shadows that are only available in North America. These pressed pigment eye shadows include: To Boldly Go, a reddish copper pearl with sparkle and frost finish, Midnight, a cobalt blue with pearl sparkle and frost finish,  Bird of Prey, a dark olive green pearl with sparkle and frost finish, the Naked Time, a taupe pearl with sparkle and frost finish. The pressed pigment eye shadows will be available for $23 each. 

The collection will also include the Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash mascara in black. This will sell for $23. And MAC Cosmetics will also include the Lash Wink of an Eye for $18. 
Nail Lacquer in

So, what about the nails? MAC has got you covered. For this particular collection, they will be offering three new shades. These shades include: Skin of Evil, a yellowish green with black chunks and a frost finish, Holla-Deck, a gold sparkle with a frost finish, and Enterprise, a silver chrome with a frost finish. These polishes will be available for $14 each.

And to finish the Star Trek collection, MAC Cosmetics will offer the 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush and the 446 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush  for $25 each.

MAC Star Trek will be available online at MAC Cosmetics Thursday, August 25, 2016 and in-store Thursday, September 1, 2016 until Thursday, October 13, 2016. #MACStarTrek

National Lipstick Day 2016

The Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in
True Monica (40).
Today is National Lipstick Day, so I thought I would share one of my favorite lipsticks. This is the Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous lipstick in True Monica (40). It is a beautiful nude with a semi-matte finish. Not only is it pigmented, but it looks amazing when paired with a smoky eye. Unfortunately it is sold-out virtually everywhere, but I think some boutiques may still have it available. I have been obsessed with wearing nude lipstick since I was 14 years old. Fast forward, as we spring into a new generation and the famous beauty trend of wearing a nude lip is still alive. You just have to love how that works. I think a nude lipstick looks amazing on every woman. If you have tried one and didn't like it, it doesn't mean that you are not meant to wear a nude. It means, you just haven't found the right one.
As I am a huge lipstick lover, I cannot choose just one lipstick that I love over the other, as there are way too many. Everything from luxury lipstick to drugstore lipstick, today is the day to honor all lipstick. I will admit, I always find myself gravitating towards an unique color, yes, but what keeps me interested is the pigment, the formula, the finish and most importantly - how long it lasts. Oh and the smell/taste too. To me, a perfect lipstick is one that I can wear while kissing my boyfriend that won't smudge nor fade. A lipstick that will not mysteriously disappear if I eat ice cream and happen to get sick later on in the day. A perfect lipstick is one that is visible yet hydrating, but does not flake nor dry out the lips. What more can you ask from a lip product? You can ask a lot, but does it mean it will deliver effectively?

Lipstick is as unique as the individual who wears it, embraces it and just generally loves it. Looking back in history, makeup has been around for centuries. And according to Sarah Schaffer who published an article in Reading Our Lips: The History of Lipstick Regulation in Western Seats of Power, Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard, lipstick has been used for over 5,000 years. However, in the same publication Schaffer states that lipstick has been worn since 3,000 BC. Amazing right?

Another lipstick I have garnered a true love for is the Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trompe L'Oeil (123). It is a rich and creamy nude with a neutral undertone. It's quite subtle and feels like it belongs in the balm family. This lipstick is one of many in stash, but one of few that I find myself picking up every single day. Consistency says a lot about a lipstick and really proves why it is the ultimate holy grail. It's hard to find; however, one of my reader's sent me a message saying she found this at Cosmetic America. I also believe Nordstrom has some in-stock.
The Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush
in 123 Trompe L'Oeil.
Depending on a shade, there is always a "dupe" that follows. The question remains; however, is the dupe true to the original shade? Unfortunately, as many lipstick shades tend to match, there are quite a few dupes, yes, but in theory, no shade is exactly the same. Kind of like looking at two apple trees. They may look a like at first glance until further examination of the tree reveals one tree produces more apples then the other. Do you see the distinction? 

Lipstick is one of those beauty essentials that allows you to have fun. If you don't think you can rock a haute red, well, that is your choice. Is it the fact you aren't into reds or simply haven't found the right one? Aside from red, there are an array of other shades that you may find appealing. Perhaps you are into neutrals and find a brown looks better on you than a plum. The possibilities are endless, which is why today is a day to have fun and enjoy that wonderfully addictive makeup essential we call lipstick.
Happy National Lipstick Day!
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