Posts

L’Oréal Paris’s Sir John Shares His Summer Beauty Hacks

Has the unpredictably hot and extremely humid summer season acted more like your enemy? Has your makeup been melting and running down your face? Do you and cooked lobsters share a similar skin tone after spending time out in the sun? If you answered yes to any of these questions, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sir John is here to help by sharing his top summer beauty hacks. Trust us when we say you’re going to want to pay attention to these beauty tips and tricks from this renowned beauty expert.

To summer-proof your beauty, you must, of course, have the right tools, like the above product recommendations from L’Oréal Paris. Sir John’s summer beauty hacks cover everything from covering a sunburn, to melt-proofing your makeup, and achieving the perfect summer glow.

SUMMER BEAUTY HACK #1: COVERING A SUNBURN

SIR JOHN TIP: While everyone tries to avoid getting a sunburn, unfortunately sometimes it still happens. Luckily, there are some easy ways to cover it up. Sir John recommends using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation ($12.99) along with a green color corrector as found in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit. The green will neutralize the redness on the skin. Using a makeup sponge like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender ($7.99), dab it into places that are burned the most – areas like your nose and cheekbone.

SUMMER BEAUTY HACK #2: HOW TO — USE MELT-PROOF MAKEUP

SIR JOHN TIP: Melting makeup doesn’t have to be synonymous with heat and humidity. Sir John has a trick to tame eyebrows and keep them in place to weather the elements – spraying hairspray on a thin toothbrush and then gently rubbing it on the brows (in more extreme cases like when on tour with clients, he has used a glue stick in place of hairspray). He then suggests penciling them in with an eye brow pencil like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer ($8.99). He also suggests using a waterproof mascara like the L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara ($9.99).

SUMMER BEAUTY HACK #3: HOW TO FAUX THE JLO SUMMER GLOW

SIR JOHN TIP: To get the perfect faux glow, Sir John recommends exfoliating with a product like the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser ($6.99) the night before you want to tan to prep skin. Then use a self-tanner and apply all over face and body for an even and natural-looking glow. Sir John loves the L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum ($10.99) as it’s easy to apply and lasts up to two weeks.

If you already have a gorgeous glow but want to add some highlight to your face, mix a liquid highlighter like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99) with a hydrating facial moisturizer from the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius ($17.99) line and apply it on your desired areas.

What do you think of Sir John’s summer beauty hacks? Could this summer-proof your beauty?

Go Beyond Mascara with d.j.v Miaray Fiberwig “Paint-On False Lashes”

We were really excited about attending this launch, especially as it’s one of our favorite brands and we’ve been in love since we were first introduced to it while attending a Shecky’s Girls Night Out years ago. Of course, we’re talking about the Fiberwig “Paint-On False Lashes” by d.j.v Miaray, the best mascara then, and now. We admit we got so caught up with our enjoyment of wearing this fiber mascara, we almost forget to share it with you guys; we couldn’t wait to get reacquainted with this amazing products….it is the #1 eyelash makeup in Japan! If you want to stop spending hundreds on lash extensions, or are looking for the best lengthening mascara, your solution is d.j.v Miaray’s Fiberwig. The more you apply of this quick-drying, water based formula, the longer your lashes will look.

This extraordinary, breakthrough liquid false lash product, that applies just like mascara, is actually a smudge-proof, film coating that repels oil, sweat, tears, and friction, giving lashes breathtaking length with a slick and clump-free finish. Say goodbye to the dreaded “Panda Eyes,” and the the struggle of fighting to remove waterproof mascara, as Fiberwig easily slides off your lashes with warm water.

On hand to tell us more about the new d.j.v Miaray Fiberwig formula was Fiberwig Brand Executive, Gumi Sakai, and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Marni Burton, who shared that along with getting amazing length, continuous smooth application, and no clumping, thanks to a special blend of ingredients, Fiberwig also moisturizes and conditions your lashes. Joining ingredients, Panthenol, Natural Silk Extract, and Tocopherol (Vitamin E), are three new extracts:

  • PyrusMalus (apple) Fruit Extract: moisturizes, conditions, and protects your lashes
  • Honey: nourishes, moisturizes, and provides long-lasting hydration
  • Royal Jelly: encourages hair growth for fuller, longer lashes

We’re so excited that Fiberwig’s “paint-on false lash technology” is now fully available in the US market. No more waiting for friends or strangers traveling to and from Japan to get a few tubes, just head over to any Ulta Beauty, or www.ulta.com and stock up to your heart’s content.

Have you tried d.j.v Miaray’s Fiberwig? We encourage those who get lash extensions to give d.j.v Miaray Fiberwig a try, you may find yourself not going back.

Burt’s Bees Asks – Why Do You Like Natural Beauty Products?

I was posed with the question – “Why do I like natural beauty products?” This is possibly the easiest question I’ve ever had the pleasure of answering especially when it comes to lip care products. Ladies, while we tend to worry about the ingredients of food we eat, we never think the lip products we’re eating – YES Eating!!! With every lick of your lips, every bite of your croissant or spoonful of your yogurt, you are eating whatever lip product is on your lips. Do you know or even pay attention to what ingredients are in those products? With Burt’s Bees lip care products, there’s no need to worry about what you’re ingesting because their lip color products – Natural Lip Glosses, Natural Lip Shines and Natural Tinted Lip Balms – are 100% natural.

While most lip products are made with these ingredients:

Burt’s Bees’s lip colors are lovingly made with those featured below (notice the the difference in not only quantity of ingredients but with Burt’s Bees, you can actually recognize and pronounce their ingredients):

For 25 years Burt’s Bees has worked to become the most Earth-friendly natural personal care company. Recently they’ve has partnered with celebrity make-up artist Katey Denno and beauty bloggers Alexis Wolfer, Jeannine Morris and Amber Katz to bring the best lip looks mother nature has to offer:

In this video, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Katey Denno states that she “believes mother nature gives us everything we need to feel beautiful” and I truly believe that. If we look to nature for our medicines, why not look to nature for our beauty ingredients? We already know Burt’s Bees does that and have for years. This video also highlights the fact that we can mix and layer all of Burt’s Bees products which gives you the opportunity to create your own color for day and night with the help of the three Beauty Bloggers.

But if you’re a beauty lover, you must check out this video and Burt’s Bees products because with lip colors, it’s more than what you’re putting on your body but what you’re putting in it as well.

Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection

The legendary makeup ability of Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine is amazing in its superiority so when he was brought on to revamp the classic African American makeup brand, Fashion Fair, I knew it would be beyond extraordinary. The result is the Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection. The luxe cosmetic line was developed by Mr. Fine (shown below recreating his famed poster with model Gina Marie), who as the brand’s Creative Makeup Director brings over 20 years of fabulous experience to the brand.

This cosmetics launch is a first line for Sam Fine and the collection features two eyeshadow quads (Tunisian Nights and Amalfi Coast), eight lipsticks (Champagne Toast, Whispering Rose, Deep Suede, Pink Parfait, Moroccan Spice, Dynasty Red, Cognac and African Violet) and one lip gloss (Canary Diamonds) that will wow not only African American beauties but women of all colors will love. I personally love the bold orange Moroccan Spice and the deep, rich Dynasty Red lipsticks.

At the event, we had the pleasure of having Sam Fine create a look, which you can see below, featuring the Sam Fine for Fashion Fair products used.

The entire Sam Fine for Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection is available now and can be purchased at Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, BonTon, Belk, Dillard’s and on www.fashionfair.com.

Jackie Gomez’s Face The Beauty 2013

Celebrity Makeup Artist and Brand Ambassador for St. Tropez Tan, Jackie Gomez, one of the most sought out Celebrity Makeup Artists, recently held an event to unveil her top makeup picks and beauty trends for 2013. Her top picks include some of today’s most popular consumer favorite products from Smashbox, Tarte, Beautyblender, Vapour Organic Beauty, St. Tropez, Motives, L’Oreal, and Garnier. During her “Face the Beauty” Event, Jackie Gomez walked us through her beauty selections and shared why they are her favorites

Here’s what Jackie Gomez (seen below looking flawless – no surprise why she’s a celebrity makeup artist with over ten years of experience and a celebrity clientele that includes Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Sara Ramirez, and Marisa Miller) had to say about each of her top beauty picks for 2013:

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner – The liner’s precision tip makes it super easy to create that subtle and gorgeously glam eye. It delivers a smooth and controlled application every time.


Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Color – It’s a creamy texture that delivers hydration and antioxidants to your eyes while adding a beautiful luminance and hint of color.


L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara – is my favorite because it helps you create a false effect with only 2 coats of mascara, making your eyes look dressed uo all the time.



Tarte Glamazon Lipstick – is an amazing rich, vivid, and long-wearing color that goes on and stays on smooth. The best part: it’s non-drying and clay infused, which helps nourish your lips.



Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Cream – is a must have for re-energenizing the skin. It soothes the skin, making it look healthier and radiant.



Motives Shooting Star Blush – one of my go to for that perfect pop of color. The silky smooth texture allows the blush to stay on all day no matter your skin type.



St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse – My ultimate favorite. It’s so easy to apply, gives you a gorgeous golden tan, and smells divine. This has to be part of every girl’s makeup routine.



Beauty Blender Black – it’s the ultimate beauty tool. It makes it easy to apply foundation when damp and helps achieve a flawless finish.


On her event Jackie shared, “I’ve always found beauty incredibly universal yet very distinct. I grew up in Mexico and New York, and have traveled much in my career, and the universality of beauty has always been so evident to me. An appreciation of beauty pervades all cultures. Of course, the meaning of beauty changes, but beauty remains. So, I’ve always been very conscious of the power of this universal language of beauty. It helps highlight the unique features that make us beautiful. With Face the Beauty, I wanted to showcase my favorite tools for capturing individual beauty.”

Burt’s Bees Launches Three New Lip Shimmer Shades

Marie Claire was on hand to help Burt’s Bees launch the three new Lip Shimmers shades – Cherry, Plum and Strawberry. The three new vibrant, nourishing, pearlized shine-packed shades join the nine other shades already in the collection – Radiance, Champagne, Peony, Caramel, Guava, Watermelon, Rhubarb, Raisin and Fig. The new shades, like the others, contain Burt’s Bees’s signature refreshing, cool burst of Peppermint Oil but all twelve 100% natural shades have now been enhanced with antioxidant-rich Fruit Seed Oils and moisturizing Shea Butter to help optimize color payoff while improving the smoothness of the lips.

Celebrity Makeup Artist, Tina Turnbow was on hand to give tutorials on ways to wear the three new Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers and offer tips and tricks on getting the most out of all the twelve luminescent shades – my favorite tip? Layering two or three shades to create new tones

The new Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers became available in March at select natural, grocery, drug and mass retailers as well as www.burtsbees.com.

Back to Beauty Basics with Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine

What do you do on a rainy Thursday night in NYC? Why not spend that time learning how to get back to beauty basics with the amazing Sam Fine, celebrity makeup artist whose clients include Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks, Iman, Patty Labelle, just to name a few. On this rainy evening, several Bloggers gathered with Mr. Fine at the now impressive Duane Reade in Herald Square to discuss his favorite beauty products.

I had a chance to do a quick interview with Sam about what his favorite basic beauty products are (it pays to get there early)

As more Bloggers joined the festivities, Sam further discussed his must have beauty products and took us on a tour of Duane Reade’s New Look Beauty Department while sharing secrets and bestowing wisdom such as


1. “keep Bronzer on the outer perimeter of your face for a more natural look otherwise you will just look burnt”

2. “if you love one product in a brand, you don’t have to use every product from that brand…not everything from that one brand will work for you”
3.”the same way you shouldn’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, do not go beauty shopping without focus or a specific list”
4. add gloss over lipstick for dimension and shine

He also showed us some key products that are a must in our makeup bag

 

 as well as answered our numerous questions about products, application and beauty rules (note: Sam Fine DOES NOT like beauty rules)

So basically ladies, try and try and try beauty products, return what doesn’t work (don’t be afraid to return products) and keep what does – you may be surprised by what products you fall in love with.