I thought I would produce a quick little post at 1:30 in the morning to gloat. The Denver Broncos have won Super Bowl 50 and now it’s time to celebrate by putting away our game day apparel and put on some celebratory blue and orange (and gold for the golden anniversary) clothing and rocking those Bronco nails and makeup a little bit longer. While blue and orange can be a difficult color combination to pull off, it can also be mesmerizing when done correctly.
I live in Denver so we’ll be wearing blue and orange for the foreseeable future, and I would encourage all Bronco fans to stretch it out as long as possible. Again, congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on another Super Bowl win and for showing the doubters why this team has been one of the top teams in the NFL for decades.
Beautyblender is one of my favorite beauty tools. I own two Beauty Blender sponges, the solid cleanser, and the Sur.face Pro palette, and I was visiting The Zoe Report when I saw that the brand is introducing its newest innovation coming this spring, the Liner Designer. I am not cat eye savvy and try as I might, I can not get a satisfying result. I came to the conclusion that I am just not cat eye material and my inner feline may never be realized. Perhaps this is a game changer for me. Watch out…
This triangle-shaped tool works as a guide allowing the user to create various versions of the cat eye more easily. The perfect cat-eye (a trend that never seems to go out of style) is achieved by painting any eyeliner formula onto the flexible disk, then dragging it across the eye. I’m honestly trying to visualize how that will work. seeing as there are no examples available presently. I am going to assume (and you know what they say about assuming) that it is akin to a stencil?
The flexible disk is housed in a travel case that has a 5x magnified mirror and suction cup (which confuses me). It can also be used as an eyeshadow and mascara shield in addition to a tool to make your lip liner sharper.
Want to kill two birds with one stone? Makeup artist Wayne Goss routinely shares makeup tips and reviews on his gossmakeupartist vlog and sometimes they come with a twist. This time he shares an ultra cool makeup tip that anyone can do with makeup essentials EVERYONE already has on hand; eyelash curlers and an eyeliner pencil. It’s not a technique the makeup guru uses himself, but it is a cool and amusing way to apply eye makeup, and it breaks the monotony.
The clever makeup guru shows his followers how to curl eyelashes and apply eyeliner at the same time. This particular piece of advice is humorous to me because although I previously stated that eyelash curlers and an eyeliner pencil are makeup staples, but I do not own an eyelash curler. My lashes are so curly they almost spiral… I’m not kidding.
As you can see, this man is amazing, and I love the way he explains everything from makeup application to his philosophy on life. His natural ability to inspire creativity and resonate with the masses is one of many reasons he is so popular. For even more reasons to become a follower, visit his site and get to know him and his love of teaching makeup techniques passionately.
I noticed that orange lipstick was very prominent on the runway and I tweeted recently about it asking whether or not it was a ‘yeah’ or ‘nay’. Frankly, I think it is hideous. This has been popular since 2012 and I am not impressed.
The “Girls in the Beauty Department” at Glamour.com are ga-ga over it and other predictions are that orange hued lipsticks will be trendy until spring 2014. Jessica Alba Kat Graham
We have heard of ombré hair, clothing, and nails, but ombré lips? Why didn’t any of us think of that? Well, apparently Yumemi S., a regular contributor at Beautylish, and I suspect, a talented makeup artist, judging from the exquisite contributions and tutorials she posts. These lips gave me all kinds of ideas for outfits, and as I think about it, I am heading over to Polyvore with her lips. I hope she doesn’t mind.
She isn’t the only one. Sam C., London-ish “Jackie of All Trades” has a video tutorial for ombré eyebrows. Yes, even I didn’t see that coming. Head on over to Beautylish and check out these trendsetting makeup divas before they blow our minds away.
As a cheerleader for individuality, I thought this article from Beautylish “How To Build the Perfect Palette For You” provided excellent information on how to individualize your makeup. The system that the site is touting is Inglot, and I have to admit, the article has a great deal of useful information and the Inglot system is extensive and impressive. Personalized palettes are nothing new, most popular brands appear to have some form of personalization. Personalized palettes can be more expensive than ready made palettes, but if you look at the colors you are not using, you’ll see that you are actually wasting money.
“With Inglot, the possibilities are limitless. All you need is your imagination!”
Coastal Scents andMary Kay also allow you to select your eye shadows, blushes, lip sticks/glosses, and powders à la carte, which limits clutter and saves money. I am particularly impressed with Mary Kay’s personalized system because they educate the consumer with Color Theory, so you know what your colors actually are, something the other systems don’t appear to provide.
MAC has custom eyeshadow and blush options, but it is a bit pricey; $33 for a two shadow palette. (It’s so cool because it is interactive and you can name your palettes.) As tempting as it is, don’t buy limited edition palettes (or limited edition anything) just because they are ‘limited edition’ unless it suits you AND you are going to use it. (I say this as I am on Sephora looking at the Pantone Color of The Year Collection.)
We’ve all done it; bought an eyeshadow(s) on a whim, thinking that we can pull it off with the right makeup, and/or outfit, and/or accessories, only to rarely or never use it. Save your money. Seriously…
It seems that popular cosmetics retailer Sephora is stepping further into the luxury collaboration market by joining forces with Elizabeth and James and Marc Jacobs in 2013. With an already powerful arsenal of 250+ brands, the one-stop beauty boutique is credited for making upscale products more accessible to the masses of beauty product connoisseurs. The newest collaborations with these two designer powerhouses are exciting additions to the brand.
This year, the Olsen twins will unveil a yet to be determined fragrance under their Elizabeth and James line in March. Mary-Kate and Ashley have come a long way since their first collaboration with Walmart in 2001.
While Marc Jacobs already has several of his fragrances available at Sephora, he will go all out with an exclusive makeup collection tentatively launching for fall. He discussed the new cosmetic collection with WWD saying, “I see makeup, fragrance — everything, really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy”.
Check out the Marc Jacobs video on YouTube about his leap into makeup.
Collaborations are nothing new to the cosmetics chain. In 2012, Marchesa climbed on board with its luxurious MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE line. Also, The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color for the entire design industry, based its exclusive makeup collection on the color of the year, Tangerine Tango. Their 2013 collection will also be based on the color of the year, Emerald Green.
The Karl Lagerfeld Beauty Collection for Sephora launched in November, 2011, in Singapore and Europe. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a U.S. launch which is a travesty. The eye shadow palette alone is a must-have; it is shaped in his image. Lagerfeld clearly has a healthy sense of himself. Hopefully, his cosmetic line will make an appearance in the U.S. soon. Until then, we will look forward to what Marc Jacobs and the Olsen Twins have to offer.
I probably need a beauty closet because I have lots of beauty drawers, cases, and boxes. Anyone who is a DIY aficionado will appreciate these organizational projects made from items already available in your home.