Archive | June, 2011

Pin-up hot lips!

30 Jun

Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard

This it the most beautiful pin-up color I have seen in a long while. It is semi-matte and has a creamier application than matte lipsticks. It is a full bodied red lipstick that matches all skin tones and makes the lips look luscious! It has a little bit of a sheen when first applied but goes pretty matte, once it has set. This is a must buy for all of you that love the classic hollywood glam look. I can’t say too much about it, other than it’s awesome!!!

These are a few of my favorite things…

30 Jun

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the greatest all purpose beauty invention ever! Chapped Lips? Salve them up! Dry elbows? Salve them up! Diaper Rash!? SALVE IT UP!! It really does everything and leaves your lips feeling so soft. The smell of roses is also a nice bonus. Rosebud Salve will literally replace your need for Vaseline! It works great on acne too! Mix it up with your favorite acne cream and wear it overnight. The next day your skin will be soft and that little pesky pimple will have either disappeared or shrunk down to nearly nothing. Wear it alone or under your lip color for added moisture. It’s the best and it’s cheap…go figure. Run down to Sephora, cough up the six bucks and you’ll be hooked…really.

Whenever I am asked by anyone what the best mascara is (both on and off camera), I always respond with Christian Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara. It makes your lashes look lush, curled and long! I have really short eyelashes, so my quest for the perfect mascara had been on-going for years! I found Diorshow and I will never use another mascara again! It does not flake off and really does the job in one or two passes. It is a little pricey, but in this case…as in most…you get what you pay for!!



Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Matte Foundation
is my favorite foundation…for my personal use. I don’t need a lot of coverage and hate the heavy cake-y feel of some foundations. This foundation provides just the right amount of natural looking coverage and is a wonderful time saver! Just put some on the cap, swirl around with a kabuki brush, tap off the excess and apply! I bought the starter kit to begin with and it include the old original formula, which I loved! I stumbled upon the new matte version by accident, because I didn’t read the packaging…I just picked my color and ran to checkout. BUT…i love the matte formula! I have combination skin and have trouble in the T-zone, but this foundation solves all of that…combined with the MAKE UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder to set and I am good to go!!

P.S. My only initial complaint about this product was the container. It was just holes in a plastic cover and the product would slip through the holes when it was in my purse. When I went to open it, there would be so much product in the cap and really no way to get it back into the main reservoir. They added this little plastic ring (pictured above) that open and closes the top, so product does not fly out randomly.

EYELINER wars! Well not exactly…I just can’t choose! It’s between MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner in Engraved or MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Eyes Mat Black 0L. They are both waterproof, both smudge-able and both stay put once set. They are both soft and glide on easily. I just can’t choose! Both are excellent. I am a big fan of eyeliner! A little eyeliner goes a long way ladies…and gentlemen!! The smudge-ability of both of these make for great guyliner!! Invest in a liner you love! It really makes a difference.

Find your products and bring out your inner Goddess and don’t be overwhelmed..it’s make-up baby!

One woman’s worst product ever, could be the answer to your eyebrow woes

30 Jun

This product is called an eyebrow enhancer for a reason! If you do not have eyebrows or are “brow hair challenged” like myself this product is NOT for you! It is a wax and powder combo that is designed to sculpt existing hair with the gel and fill in spaces with the powder. Both the powder and gel need hair to attach to! Otherwise, after a couple of hours expect to have no brows, only smears of what once was. I have never returned a makeup product in my life. I will usually just make do to support the industry, but I’m returning this and sticking to my Maybelline and MAC combo. I thought about integrating it into my kit, but I can’t take the chance of a client wiping off their eyebrows under the hot studio lights, on live TV no less!!

Having said that, just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it’s a terrible product. The consistency of the gel and powder cling to existing hair and the packaging is great. I mean, it won Allure’s Editor’s Choice award for a reason!  It comes with two brushes, a hard angle brush for the gel and a blending brush for the powder. It also comes with (genius) mini tweezers for those stubborn baby hairs. I really wanted this product to work for me, but my lack of hair made it impossible. It does not have the control and longevity of a pencil, so if you’re used to a pencil, this product will be a different experience for you. On the plus side, your brows come out really soft and natural looking in the end.  At $30, it is an investment that will last a long time, but it has to work for you! If you end up loving this product, then the $30 will go a long long way. Most people that have used this product love it, which is why I decided to try it. But it just wasn’t for me. I hope you have a better experience!!

Benefit Heavy Hitters

30 Jun

Benefit makes some pretty awesome stuff! After my not-so-positive experience with their brow product Brow-Zing, I thought I should give them some credit by reviewing some of my favorite items.

Some Kind-A Gorgeous


This product is awesome! But what is it? It is advertised as a foundation faker. WTF is that? Essentially, it is a cream to powder foundation, BUT the coverage is very light. It is designed to blend imperfections and even out the skin. It is oil-free and silky to the touch. It originally came in one shade, as it is so light that it almost acts like a cream to powder translucent base. However, it is tinted, so it now comes in four shades to better match individual skin tones. This product is ideal for anyone who doesn’t need very much coverage. It provides a little more coverage than a mineral foundation and lasts longer. If you don’t generally like the feel of a heavy foundation, but need some light/medium coverage, this product is for you. My only recommendation for using his product is to use a foundation brush. It comes with a little sponge but it gets pretty grimy, as with all cream products. So invest in a foundation brush and some sponges and you’ll be good to go.

Play Sticks

If Some Kind-A Gorgeous isn’t quite enough coverage for you, Benefit’s Play Sticks should do just the trick. This product is a three-in-one; It is a concealer and foundation and also dries to a powder finish! And…get this…it has chamomile and green tea extracts to help promote healthy skin…wow! It is light-weight, but provides excellent coverage. I was most impressed with how easy it is to use this product. In my experience, stick/crayon foundations tend to come on a tad chalky and need to be emulsified with a nice moisturizer to blend onto the skin. Benefit Play Sticks are so creamy! They are blendable and smell great! I apply this directly to the face in lines and dots then blend it with a moist triangle sponge for a natural look. I bought it recently as a gift for my mom and she loves it! It’s great for all skin types and is a wonderful all in one product!

She Laq

This product truly is magical! It is a liquid laminate that seals makeup directly onto the face. It prevents smudges and smears and keeps your makeup in place. It comes with four brushes for precise application. BUT…here is the thing…it works best on pencils and mascara. Benefit says you can use it on top of anything, but I disagree. It is a liquid laminate, like a nail polish topcoat, for example. If you’ve ever gotten polish on your skin, you know that it will flake off after some movement. Putting this product on any powders (blush, eyeshadow, bronzer) is like putting a nail topcoat on your face. When it dries, it will laminate the makeup on the face in whatever position it dried in. So if you blink or smile, it may flake off or stick to itself and dull/muddle the color. I also wouldn’t use it on lips, as lips need moisture. For best results, use it on top of your eyeliner, brow pencil, and mascara. The effect will amaze you! You liner will not budge and you will have brows for days. Cry all you want, your mascara will not run! A little bit goes a long way with this product, use a light hand when applying! If you put too much it will flake off, like a nail polish topcoat. But it is a great value and will last forever.  My recommendation is to always wash the product out of your brushes and make sure the lid is on tight after each use.

You will surely Benefit from trying these products:-)

Josie Maran Lip and Cheek Stain

30 Jun

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain

This lip stain is so beautifully bold and vibrant! The application of the color is amazing and the felt tip applicator is soft and non drying. I have read other reviews that claim that their applicator dried out. This is a common complaint with felt tip marker products. It absorbs like sponge on the inside, but the actual tip’s fibers are so tight that if damaged or exposed to too much air, none of the product comes through. so make sure not to jam the tip or leave it uncapped too long. As a product, this lip stain has very typical “lip stain behavior,” in that it does feel a little dry on the lips, but has great staying power. What sets this apart from other lip stains is that it is highly pigmented. A little bit goes a long way and adding a little lip balm on top solves your drying problem. It comes in a lot of colors, so you will definitely find one for you. I’m not sold on using it as a cheek stain. It’s not quite creamy enough to blend and perhaps too pigmented for that, but it is worth a try.   Special thanks to the beautiful Bea for providing the photo above. She is wearing the Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain in Flamenco

Hot in Summertime

30 Jun

This is an oldie but goodie transfer from itsmakeupbaby, please enjoy!

 

I don’t know about you, but I am honestly not a fan of the summer heat! I am big fan of glam all the time, so the summer heat tends to put a damper on my makeup needs. I don’t like to tan, I’m not a big fan of the sun and I literally melt in the summer. I do wear less makeup on hot days, so I need products that will not only hold up in the heat, but also allow me the freedom to create different looks.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner

I find that most Kohl pencils provide wonderful movement and “smudge-abilty,” but they are far from waterproof and will not survive the summer heat, often times I find that perfect bottom liner that I spent forever on is gone by the time I even get to where I am going. Stila’s Smudge Stick Eyeliner is great! It goes on creamy and smooth; It allows you to really get in there and smudge away before it sets. It’s precise enough to draw a thin line right along the lashline. Smudging that line creates the illusion of fuller lashes, pair it with a great waterproof mascara and you are good to go!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

I love love love this product sooo much! I use it every single day! I’m actually shocked that I haven’t reviewed it sooner! It is a eyeshadow primer. Believe me, I have tried many primers, but this one is the absolute best. Essentially what it does is even out your skin tone while creating a silicone barrier between your skin and the makeup. This prevents creasing and fading. It keeps the color rich and in place. I rarely have to retouch anything. It’s so amazing. This reminds me that I am actually running low…after over a year of using the product! A little bit does the job, just a fat droplet on each eye and I’m covered all day! For $17, it is a steal!! This is a must have for anyone that wears eyeshadow. It is truly amazing..all year long!!!

Smashbox Browtech To Go

This solved my eyebrow woes! In the summer, my eyebrows disappear and since I am brow hair challenged I needed ONE product that could do the job when I am on the go. I recently brought this and really love how it’s a small all in one product. It is double ended, with an angled fat pencil on one side and a brow gel with a mascara wand applicator and the other. The pencil isn’t so creamy that it allows for hurried mistakes; it has the right texture to fill in missing spots. The angled tip is also great for precise work. After you’ve drawn your perfect arches, run the gel over them to set the pencil and place pesky hairs. The end result are natural looking brows that are long-wearing and water resistant!

Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Matte Bronzing Powder

Of course, you can’t talk about summer essentials without talking about bronzers! This one is my favorite! It’s a beautiful bronze pigment that has real cocoa powder in it, so it smells like chocolate…mmm. It is bronze…not orange (which is great).  It is totally matte and can also be used for contouring. It enhances all skin-tones and for this product again, a little bit goes a long way…especially if you are light skinned. Make sure to tap off your brush before applying.  I like to use large round circular strokes right under my cheekbones to add a little contour and swiping a little bit of blush over my cheekbones to create that sun-kissed California girl look! It can also be used to enhance your cleavage…va va voom

Just because the temperatures are rising doesn’t mean that you need to put your makeup away! The right products can keep you glamorous all summer long!

STAY COOL AND HAVE FUN LADIES!

It’s Makeup Baby…now Written in Lipstick

30 Jun

Hello Everyone!

I have missed this so much!  As much fun as I have been having on itsmakeupbaby, I just didn’t feel that my previous site has been able to reach people without me pimping it out, so I thought using wordpress would be a good way to go. I will transfer my old posts and will be adding tons of new ones. Thank you guys so much for reading! I hope we have fun exploring products and getting beautified together.