SPRING INTO BEAUTY

April 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm | the dish | No comment

Spring is upon us, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to slap on some self tanner, Chanel shades and attend a poolside BBQ soiree! Sadly, these are the plans of my dreams, not my actual life (sigh!) However, I refuse to let this fact interfere with my spring beauty kickoff! I thought this would be the perfect time to go over my fave waterproof beauty products for those of you lucky enough to be poolside, or even (jealous!) beach-side.  Lancome Definicils {$24.50} is an oldie, but a goodie. I love the perfect separation it creates between lashes, while adding length as well as volume. The only thing that makes this product even more perfect is the waterproof formulation. This makes it easy to have lovely lashes, without having to worry about the dreaded raccoon eye, making your beachy afternoon even more enjoyable. 

Make-Up Forever Aqua Eyes {$17} deserves an honorable mention in the eyeliner category. A shadow and liner in one, this product comes in almost as many colors as you can imagine. Spring is the perfect time to try a bright new shade of liner, especially if you have a tan, which makes trying a new color (or really, anything) a little less scary. This one is also a waterproof winner, not budging from the moment you put it on your eyes. This is an especially nice formulation for getting into the inner eyelid area, which is hard to do with a non-waterproof formula, and can really make the eyes pop. Turquoise is the perfect color to experiment with, and Makeup Forever makes an absolutely gorgeous color in this formulation (Turquoise 7L.)

Another personal favorite of mine is Posietint by Benefit Cosmetics {$10.} Although it is not waterproof per se, it is very water-resistant. Unless you are going swimming while simultaneously scrubbing your face, this one should stay put pretty easily. Even better, this product doubles as a lip tint, so you can drop it in your beach bag with your sunscreen this summer and be set for the day! Bonus: it comes in an adorable pocket-size Posietint mini, so if you accidentally face-plant in the sand and scrub your color off, you can brush this little baby on and you’ll have color back in no-time. Hello Spring!

SHELLAC MANICURE

June 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm | the dish | No comment

On your big day the last thing you should worry about is your nail polish chipping, right? A regular manicure lasts a week, if you make it out of the salon without smudging it. Shellac and gel manicures last up to two weeks and are done just like a regular manicure. In Shellac and gel manicures, a coat of colored “gel” nail polish is applied. After each coat, you put your hands under a UV light to cure the gel.  You will have a base coat and two coats of the color, and finish off with the top coat. After the last blast of UV light, your nails are DRY! There is no waiting under a fan and no chance of smudging them when you are digging through your purse for your money or keys. You could get your nails done a week before your wedding and not have to worry about chipping them or the polish dulling. Once you go shellac you never go back! Get a Shellac manicure and have one less thing to worry about before the big day. 

NEUTRAL MAKEUP

February 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm | the dish | No comment

Neutrals have always been a bridal make-up staple, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel boring on your big day.  Try a new take on neutral for your big day, or a big date, and go for an updated khaki color on your eyes.  Khaki and taupe are flattering on absolutely any skin-tone, and the new formulations with just a touch of shimmer, make this jazzed up neutral exciting!  You can go for an understated look and opt for a sheer wash of light khaki on lids, and offset the muted eye with a pop of color on your lips.  Or, you can keep the focus on your eyes by adding a darker shade of the same hue in the crease of your eyelid and along your bottom lash line.  Pop some falsies on your lashes and some black liquid liner, and you’ve got a smoky eye fit for a blushing bride!

NEUTRAL NAILS

March 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm | the dish | No comment

A strong nail polish trend this spring is a neutral nail.  This is great news for brides, as a neutral nail is a bridal staple.  Now you can buy a new hue, wear it all season long, and for the wedding!  Our Sephora fave is Metro Chic, a smokey gray with purple undertones, its like a fresher version of the black-purples of last season.

Layer a lighter shimmery dove gray over top like Run With It! by OPI for Sephora, and you’ve got a fresh spring neutral!