10.24.2014

Get The Look: Caitriona Balfe from Outlander


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My house is obsessed with Outlander. Maybe it's because we desperately want to go back to Ireland (the show is in Scotland, but it reminds us of our trip) or maybe it's because Jamie (Sam Hueghan) reminds me of a Scottish Tim Riggins. Or maybe it's because it's one of the few shows with such a strong female lead, real drama and smart writing. Either way, the back half of the first season can't get here fast enough.

While supervising makeup artist Julie Kendrick won't spill the details on how she actually gets the look, here's how you can copy it for yourself (without being born in a time machine, like Kendrick suggests). Just apply everything with a light hand, forgetting how pinterest images look and embrace your natural beauty!


Start with clean, prepped skin. Apply a concealer that is the tiniest bit lighter than your regular skin tone to your under eye area, lids, around your nose and onto your cheeks. Laura Mercier's High Coverage Concealer works well. Be sure to use a light hand. The goal is to create a bright, but natural highlight across your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Add a bit of natural-looking foundation to your forehead and the lower half of your cheeks, if needed. Caitriona has such creamy skin, you'll want to avoid excessive foundation and powder. For a very natural finish, try a foundation like Chanel's Vitalumiere Aquaultra Light Skin Perfecting foundation.


Forget contouring. Instead take a bright pinky color and apply the smallest amount to the apple of your cheeks, blending slightly back toward the hairline. Your cheeks should look as if you've been running away from Black Jack Randall, not as if you've spent the morning getting dressed by a housekeeper or attendant. Skip the shine, opt for matte colors instead. Try Estee Lauder's Pure Color Powder Blush in Exotic Pink.

Forget eye shadow. Play up your lashes with a very natural mascara that will make the most of what you've got, without actually looking like you are wearing mascara. Aveda Mosscara in Forest Black is a perfect choice. If you really want to, add a touch of a a satin eyeshadow one shade lighter than your skintone to the area just below your arch and also in the corner of your eyes. Add a touch of powder to your brows to help define the arch, using a very light hand.


Finally, for your lips, you'll want a soft flush that looks like you've just rolled out of bed. Try a lip stain or dot a satin-y rose colored lipstick in the center of your lips and blend with your fingers. Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Tint in Grateful would be perfect.

I'm off to Etsy to look for more inspiring ideas (I got this cowl). Are you watching Outlander? This Sassenach can't get enough!


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10.23.2014

Clinique Long Last Matte Lipstick Swatches

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Clinique (along with almost everyone else) just launched several matte lippies. What sets these Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks apart isn't their wear time which, by the way, is hours. What makes these special is how creamy they are. These are the opposite of drying, but are still a true matte. Creamy AND matte?  It's almost an oxymoron. It seems like it shouldn't be a thing, like jumbo shrimp.

I'm in love with these and I can't help it. If only one of the colors would work for me, I would have picked them up. In the meantime, take a look at the colors for yourself (I might have to go back for the plum).


Pick up your perfect creamy matte for $16 anywhere Clinique is sold.


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10.22.2014

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Compact Foundation


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Pur Minerals has joined the ranks of other lines who've recently released an amazingly thin, highly pigmented, very natural looking foundation in a sponge base. And wow, did they get it right with Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Compact Foundation! Before I dive into how beautiful it looks on the skin, let's take a look at what makes it different from regular liquid foundations.



Regular liquid foundations are well, a liquid. This foundation is trapped inside of a sponge, inside a compact. To apply this very sheer foundation, you use the included blending sponge and pat on your face. You may want to even out any application marks with a airbrush foundation brush.



This foundation goes on sheer, with a nice amount of coverage. Does that make sense? The foundation is so light, you won't even notice you're wearing foundation--but your skin will look flawless! You won't look like you're wearing a mask. You'll look like your fine lines have been plumped, your skin tone has been evened and your skin texture and pores have been smoothed. It's truly your skin, but better!

I like the dewy finish this formula provides and have not been setting it with a powder. I'm getting about 7-9 hours of wear without a primer or a setting powder.



Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Compact Foundation also includes good-for-your-skin ingredients, with a heavy dose of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. Plus, the price is right at only $30. The only downside is that it's only available in the most basic of shades, light, medium and tan.

Check out how it looks!





If the color works for you and you are not trying to cover acne, this foundation will give you glowing skin that gives the appearance of looking significantly younger than you are.


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10.21.2014

Iggy Azeala Simply Beautiful Breakdown

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It's not that often you'll see a glammed down version of a performer look so good. When I saw this shot of Snoop's favorite rapper Iggy Azeala on pinterest, I wanted the look for myself. No super thick cat eye, no crazy lashes, just her natural beauty coming through. Even if Fancy is your least favorite earworm, there is no denying Iggy's got killer style--like a black widow, baby.

To get her style, choose a simple foundation that gives a satin finish, like Lancome's Teint Idol Ultra.

Add a little bit of contour and a naturally light flush to the cheeks with Tarte's Tre Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette.

Accentuate your brow with Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde.

Give your eyes a bit of contour with a touch of color from the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette.

Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner from Tarte will make your eyes pop just like they do in this photo. Just add a bit of this liner to the lower rim and your eyes will look whiter, brighter and more awake!

Finish off your eyes with a really light coat of Clinique's Natural Glossy Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Polish your lips with a touch of Marc Jacob's Kiss Pop Color Stick in Peony Pink.

To get Iggy's texture, try curling hair with a 1.5 inch barrel and pulling warm curls straight. Finish with a bit of Living Proof''s Instant Texture Mist for piece-y hold.


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10.20.2014

It's Spa Week! Get An Amazing Service For $50--I Got Lashes!


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October 20th-26th is National Spa Week! Think of it like restaurant week for beauty mavens. It's that magical time of the year where you can nab things like a pro teeth whitening, facial, massage or lash extensions for only $50. What a sweet pre-holiday season score! Depending on the spas in your area, discounted services have a retail value of $100-$500. So you're going to want to check out the offers in your area. Don't miss out!


Of course, for scientific reasons, I tested the Spa Week waters for you with a $50 service from Glow To Go Skin Bar. This adorable gem on Charles Street offers up all kinds of luxe services--massage, makeup applications, sunless tanning, teeth whitening, facials, waxing, cat eye lash extensions and more. Plus, they carry one of my all time favorite skin care lines, Jan Marini.



I opted for cat eye lash extensions because I've never had lash extensions before. I do a lot of complaining about my lashes (above), so I thought I should try out the ultimate way to improve them. While I went in for a little cat eye flick, a smaller lash job, my paltry lashes needed more than called for with a few end-of-lash extensions. So I ended up going for a light, full set after we discussed my options (which is a service above adding only cat eye lashes, the Spa Week deal). If you've thought about lash extensions and were wondering how they do it, here are the details.



Your lash areas are cleaned and dried. A little eye pad is placed on the lower lashes to prevent any lashes from sticking together. Then each extension is glued using medical grade glue to individual lashes. Adding about 100 lashes across both eyes took two hours. Since the lashes Glow To Go uses are Minkys, the lashes are very light and don't feel like there is anything extra on my lids. I was instructed not to get them wet in any way for 48 hours so the glue would cure. You can't curl the lashes, wear mascara, sleep face down or use any oils for the duration of the extensions. Providing you follow the directions, your lashes will last for 3-6 weeks.


My lashes curl upwards so you can see them and are very natural looking. They aren't as glamourific as the way I usually wear my mascara, but they give my eyes a beautiful ingenue look that is a perfect blend of natural beauty and the mod makeup trend.



I had been really reluctant to try lash extensions because it seems like a dangerous treatment to put glue that close to your eyes.  The esthetician, Fyll Callan, has been doing lash extensions for more than five years. She is an even a lashes extensions instructor. I would not hesitate to have Fyll do your lashes. Fyll also does a facial designed to help athletes have the best skin possible and believes in the power of extractions. I'm definitely heading back for a thorough facial! And maybe a teeth whitening. Decisions, decisions...


Book your own appointment at Glow To Go Skin Bar or at any salon participating in Spa Week and be holiday-ready for the endless soirees the end of the year brings. Spa Week is going on right now! Don't miss out on amazing prices and the chance to experience some of the best of what salons in your neighborhood have to offer.


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