Monday, November 26, 2012
It’s Cyber Monday! And that means, I’m announcing my first online deal offering my makeup services. Book an appointment with me to have your makeup done for only $55 (a $85+ value). Message me for details (email@example.com). This offer ends 11/26 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I know it’s been a while since I discussed beauty tips.….so why not start back again as we now step into a new season. J It is now Fall and you know what that means – change of weather for sure but most of all….change of makeup colors, products, etc.; change in your skin care; change in your hair care; just everything related to beauty it all will change.
A few most important things to consider changing from the Summer days to the Fall days are:
- Face Moisturizer
- Lip Treatment
- Hair Treatment
- Body Moisturizer
- Makeup colors/textures (optional)
Face Moisturizer – Since the daily temps are beginning to cool you’ll notice a difference in your skin. It may become a bit drier, not as soft and silky, and just in a yuck phase. Definitely start switching your face moisturizer to something a bit more heavy. You can start slowly by using a face cream during the evenings as you sleep, but continue using your normal-to-light moisturizer during the day. This will help your skin stay nourished at night so that by the time you wake up in the morning, your skin is at its perfection. If your skin continues to stay dry and feel not so good, try finding a day face cream to use throughout the entire day.
Lip Treatment – Similar to your face, you will notice a difference in your lips being a bit more drier or chapped. Definitely you’ll need to start using a heavier lip treatment to prevent any cracked lips or burns. Especially since the temps are cooler yet the sun is still out shining, you may not feel your lips getting sun burned, but they will be if you don’t protect them.
Foundation – This goes hand in hand with how your skin is reacting. Since your skin may be a bit drier, it may be best to pick up a foundation that has more of a moisturizing effect. Usually liquid or cream foundations can help solve that issue. Also try mixing your foundations, for example; if your skin is normal/combo try applying a small mix of oil-free and non oil-free foundation together. You will feel a difference in the way your skin will stay moisturized. Or, use an oil-free primer and a regular type (non oil-free) foundation. (This is what I do personally and it works wonders) Those with dry skin, continue using the same foundation you own, but religiously apply a heavy moisturizer on your skin morning/night. Ladies….it’s an absolute must that your skin is hydrated and moisturized before applying any foundation. If it’s not, you will see the product begin to separate from your skin and that is not good! LOL
Hair Treatment – Same concept, with colder temps in the air this can also dry your hair out slightly. Try incorporating deep conditioner treatments at least 2x a week. Also don’t forget heat protectant sprays….they for sure save your hair from becoming so damaged. And lastly, don’t keep your hair wet and in a bun. Keeping your hair wet and then immediately going outside in the cool air can cause dryness immediately (and maybe slight mold)
Body Moisturizer – Same concept as to your face. Also, try using some body scrubs to help remove any dry skin…..I would say about 2x a week or more (depending on how dry your skin is). Following body scrubs, you can apply body oils and body creams immediately since your skin is nicely fresh and ready to soak up moister.
Makeup colors/textures – This is definitely optional, but always a plus to incorporate some new fall products. A few must haves to fall wearing makeup: dark lips, dark bronze eyes and/or matte eye shadows (lay off the uber shimmery shadows, less is more and keep it subtle)
Welcome Fall 2012….I for sure can’t wait to start wearing the fall outfits and of course wearing fall makeup looks. I hope you all are excited and ready for the new season…if that means shopping for new fall must haves, then even better! J
Thursday, August 16, 2012
My very good friend/photographer Michelle Alexandra (www.michellealexandraphoto) and I are coming your way in November. If you’d like to shoot with us…book your appointment asap! The schedule is filling up quickly so contact us soon for details. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss logistics. Hope to see you there!! J
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Finally back…and I’m here to give a product review of the new Neutrogena Shine Control foundation. Now, you all know how much I love my higher end foundations. I’ve given several reviews and product fav rants on the ones I love, and also I express heavenly that if you’re going to spend $$$ on makeup your foundation should be the first and foremost product to splurge on. However, on certain an everyday basis you may not want use that higher end foundation, you’d rather leave it for the special moments and may perhaps use more an affordable product. With that said, I have found (and been testing) a dupe foundation called Neutrogena Shine Control.
This to me is very similar to the Chanel Perfection Lumiere and MakeupForever HD foundations I use often. For me, when using the Neutrogena Shine Control, my skin has almost the same finishing results compared to my fav foundations mentioned. ANNDDD….I tested this foundation while I was on vacation in Louisiana. While in the south it was the most horrified weather I had experienced in a while. LOL It was VERY VERY VERY HOT, very humid, and the weather fluctuated with being stormy but also sunny….while still HOT! LOL So with that said, this Neutrogena foundation held up on my skin pretty well. I would say you definitely need to use a primer and setting powder if you have combination to oily skin.
The foundation can be applied with your fingers or brush. I would say using a buffing brush would be best NOT a traditional foundation brush because it may leave some streaks behind. When using your fingers I notice the coverage is a bit heavier. The foundation to begin with is already a slight heavy “light” to medium coverage if that makes sense. For example, it’s not very sheer or super light at all, there’s some great coverage when applying the first application, but definitely is buildable to a medium coverage, maybe even a full coverage depending on one’s skin. The downside to this product is it doesn’t come in a wide range of colors. L The color I use is the darkest one, and for me I feel it’s just a tad shade light….just a tad. But it’s okay, because as you know it’s easier to darken up your skin with bronzer or sculpting powder if you have a lighter foundation on. But if having a darker foundation on…that’s impossible to blend and look natural.
So just to recap…
· Foundation finish is similar to Chanel Perfection Lumiere and MakeupForever HD
· Product can be a slight heavy “light” to medium coverage
· Product lasts up to 8hrs+ and in hot weather conditions especially when using a primer and setting powder
· Does not come in a wide range of colors
· Product comes in a glass bottle with NO pump and a thick consistency so can be difficult to extract and apply
I hope you all enjoyed this review; I would say it’s worth a try. And super affordable because you know at drugstores there’s always some sale you can take advantage of.
Ciao Beauties J xo
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It’s June Favsss!! I know this is a bit tardy since it’s the 2nd week of July already…but never late than never…right!! J Soo..for the month of June, I don’t have much to feature. Only because some may be redundant, so I didn’t feel a need to reintroduce everything, and of course it’s been a whirlwind of a month so I haven’t been able to try new things and they be considered some of my favorites. Anyhow, lets get started…
Since it’s been hot hot hot, I’ve been loving these two makeup products for the eyes. They definitely hold up in hot weather conditions:
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Liner
My favorite color is 11L. It’s a nice rich purple color that compliments my brown eyes…and is a perfect pop of color but also a bit subtle
Maybelline Color Tattoo
My favorite shade I’ve been using is ‘bad to the bronze’. It’s a nice rich brownish bronze color perfect for a summery sunkissed-bronzy look. I use this as a base/primer before applying my eyeshadow (Woodwinked from MAC…another fav color)
MAC Fix+ Spray
Although this is technically not a setting spray; however, it acts as one on my skin. I use in the beginning my makeup application to help refresh my skin (it’s original purpose), and then once I’m completed with my face I use again to set but also to take away the powdery look
I thought I’d throw in a favorite from my pro makeup kit
Ardell Lashes # 120 Demi
Love love love this pair. These lashes are the best applying on most of my clients, I seem to grab for this style often. And my clients love these as well. They have the perfect natural wispy look, yet there’s still a bit of drama that helps give that umph to your lashes…especially in photos
Non Makeup Favs
I picked this up in LA at Kitson….and I just love this smell. It’s like you’re at the beach sunbathing soaking up the rays. So when I can’t make it the beach or just sit out and sunbath for that matter, I just have a sniff of my arm to get my fix. LOL
I have been in love with wedges this season. So my feet have been living in these wedges for some time now…hahaha!! They are by Charles David, another gem I picked up in LA a few weeks ago, and have been wearing them almost every week. LOL!! And sooo comfortable I can run in them…okay not sprint, but you get the idea. (I need to get new pairs so I don’t wear these out….an excuse for another shopping trip J)
I recently picked up this curling by Conair, I think it’s their professional line. Anyhow, I was in a pinch because mine broke on me while in the middle of getting ready for an appointment, and low n behold I need to finish my other side of hair. So I rushed out to Ulta since that’s the closest beauty store to me, grabbed this gem and viola I have been loving it since. It gets really hot which is perfect so I don’t need to hold the barrel so long in my hair, I believe it’s an 1 ½ inch barrel and it just curls amazing. It actually makes my locks look very full and luscious
This concludes all my favs that I have been adoring for the month of June. I promise July will be better, because I’m going out of town again to the South, and I will be buying new makeup products to help me survive in that viscous heat. J I’m not going to go all crazy and apply loads of makeup, BUT…I still want to look glam but effortless. I think I plan on picking up a few BB creams to try and a few cream blushes, maybe a new setting powder as well. Sooo look out for next months favorites for sure….I will feature some special stuff I just know….I’ll be on shopping hunts finding new gems to share
Anyhow…..hope you all are enjoying your summer so far. Stay cool yet enjoy the weather……and until the next post, have a good day!
Ciao Beauties! J xo
Monday, June 25, 2012
Heyyy...I'm back from visiting the big apple, and boy let me say was it an amazing trip! I met so many great people, I worked my butt off for like 10-12 hrs a day, seen so many different sites. It was amazing and I can't stop thinking about when I will be returning. J
There's definitely a lot to share from that trip, but I don't think I'll be able to fit it all into one post. With that said, lets just start off with a lil glimpse of me working on a model portfolio. Check out the video below, it's a BTS of us lovely ladies at work in the streets of NYC. Enjoy!! J xo
Model: Frances Cordova (www.francescordova.com)
Photographer: Michelle Alexandra (www.michellealexandraphoto.com)
Hair/Makeup: Tiffany Purdy (www.purdyfaces.com)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
For those of you looking to buy Father’s day gifts for the men in your life, but struggling on what to buy, get them “men cosmetics”. The men can definitely use these products in their regimen which means you know nothing will go to waste, and plus you’re helping with making sure they stay on point with their skin care. J Below are a few options you can pick up, and can be purchased at drugstores or department stores.
Nivea Sensitive Shaving Gel
This can be used on all skin types, specifically those with sensitive skin. Though you might not have such sensitive skin, it’s still best to use this type of shaving gel because it’s less harsh, it won’t irritate the skin, and contains Chamomile extract and Vitamin E to help soothe the skin after each shave. It will leave your skin looking healthy and smooth, and very moisturized. (This can be purchased at Target)
King of Shaves Gel
This is also like the Nivea product, but slightly better. This has contains a little more ingredients to help the skin stay less irritated, very moisturized, and protects the skin from becoming dry. I find this brand has a lot other products that are definitely worth checking out as well. (This can be purchased at Target)
Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Cleanser
I say never go too cheap on your cleanser. This is a must to pick up! Because men skin types can be rougher, drier or highly prone to irritation; it’s worthwhile investing in a really good cleanser to wash away the bad stuff that just sits on your skin. And just like women, men definitely need to wash twice a day. (This can be purchased at Sephora)
Jack Black Energizing Scrub
I would say this is an optional product to purchase. But definitely should be used by those men who work in construction, play sports, just basically stays outdoors a lot. Again because men skin types can be dry, you would need to use a facial scrub to help get rid of dead skins cells and to help your pores breath properly. (This can be purchased at Sephora)
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
This moisturizer is a holly grail for a lot of people. This moisturizer is perfect to use day and night. It’s light weight feeling, but definitely knows how to lock in the moister leaving your skin feeling so baby soft. Because men tend to not want to use many products that may leave their skin oily, this helps fix just that. (This can be purchased at Sephora or Ulta)
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
This is a MUST to purchase. Most of men’s lips stay dry and chapped, and this helps solve that problem. It seals in moisturizer so quick leaving the lips feel like butter after 1 hour. J
I hope that helps you ladies get a few ideas together on what to purchase for your men. Maybe throwing one or two of these products in a little grab bag of miscellaneous goodies would be suffice. Trust me they’ll love it!! J
Thanks for reading…..until the next post! Have a good day beauties! xo
This invisible pressed powder is really not that bad, I really like it. I have to say it’s not my favorite product I reach for all the time, but I love using it when in the mood for a glowy effect on my face. Usually when I want my skin to look fresh, healthy and glowing, I’ll definitely reach for this.
This pressed powder can be used as a setting powder for your foundation, and is also translucent. So it definitely can adjust from the lightest to darkest skin tone. My skin tone is about a warm tan color, and it doesn’t appear white or like I have an ashy effect on my face. However; if you have oily skin, I would say you absolutely need a primer (which you should use all the time regardless) because by the end of the day your skin will have some natural oils seeping through. Or you may use a setting spray as well.
I absolutely love that the powder contains the gold flecks inside. This is what helps give your face looking very glowy….giving you the “J LO Glow”. J Although because of the gold flecks, I wouldn’t use this powder during any flash photography. You will get tons of flash back and your face will not look so cute…if you know what I mean! J
So just to recap….
Glowing and dewy skin
Sets your foundation
Packaging is cute and compact – perfect to throw in your purse
Skin can appear oilier after a period of time
Do not use during any flash photography
Thanks for reading…..until the next post! Have a good day beauties! xo
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I know this is a way…way…way overdue post….but I am finally back! J I’m here to share with you my May Favorites. I seriously can’t believe that we’re already through half of 2012…geezz where has time gone. Anyhoo….let me get started on what I’ve been using very frequent in the month of May
A lot of my favs have been focused on lips. I’ve been loving a lot of the coral-ish shades. I haven’t been too crazy about doing my eyes given it’s the Spring/Summer season. I just wanted to stay focused on clean fresh dewy skin and a pop of color on the lips.
MAC Lipstick shade Morange
YSL Lipgloss shade #2
Maybelline Super Stay 24hr color shade Continuous Coral
As mentioned the focus of my makeup has been on fresh dewy skin; this is what I’ve been loving:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation (This foundation is amazing for being from the drug store. It seriously is almost just as good as some of my higher brand foundations. I love how my skin looks very natural and fresh, yet the coverage is still great, and the price….affordable! I’ve heard so many others in the beauty community say this is worth buying, so I had to try myself. And I agree….it’s so worth purchasing
Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer (perfect for hiding the dark circles J)
My favorite scent of perfume that I’ve been wearing is Issey Miyake. There are a mix of notes that I can’t pin point, but lets just say it’s a subtle floral scent….but in a mature way, not the young girly stuff. I feel like a real power woman when I wear this. LOL
I have been trying this amazing skin product called Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum. It’s super expensive but I got a really nice sized sample that has been lasting for a while. A little of this does go a long way. This serum has really made a difference in my skin. It looks really healthy, glowing, smooth, almost like baby’s skin. I love it so much….I’m in heaven when I put this on all the time. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out, so I try to use it sparingly now.
I love love love candles, and the scent I have been loving is Mandarine by Votivo. It smells so good it's like you want to eat it. LOL
This is a really short list of favs…I know, but I honestly I haven’t been wearing too much on my face because it’s starting to get into the warmer days. So because of that, I keep the face looking very much less effortless. J
I promise to get my posts back to normal schedule…I know I’ve promised before, but I will get back into the routine. Especially because I have excited events and opportunities coming up that I’d want to share. A week from tomorrow I will be headed to NYC for an opportunity of a life time. It’s Full Figured Fashion week (www.fffweek.com) so I will be there networking while also working on many many models. So I definitely will be sharing all of the colorful scenes I see, of course the beauty shopping, and some good eats as well. So please stay tune for that blog post.
Until then…..thank you for your support in viewing my rambles, I greatly appreciate it.
Have a nice day beauties! J
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I’M SO SORRY I have totally neglected to post something….again!! L It’s been a while since I have been blogging, and this time I have been out of the loop because of having a family emergency within my immediate family for the past 3 weeks. Everything is finally better and back to normal, so I’m ready to get back in the swing of things.
Anyhoo….I thought I’d share my April favorites. Goodness…..I can’t believe we are already in the month of May…how time flies.
So lets get started:
· Infallible Lip Colors – I’m back to using this lip product again. Perfect for when I’m on the go, and especially when I don’t want my lip color to budge since I sometimes don’t touch up throughout the day. I have done a review on this product, please check back in my blog posts
· MAC Turquatic perfume – Love this smell…it’s not to strong and it’s not to subtle it’s just right to wear daily. Love it!
· Oribe Hair Spray – Love the smell of this hairspray…and the hold, its just perfect. It keeps my curly in tack, but leaves my hair feeling still soft and NO stiff crunchiness
· Aveeno Nourish + Conditioner Treatment Spray – I use this all the time before my hair straightening process begins. After washing my hair, I spray the lower half of my mane with this treatment. And let me tell you….it helps with making my strands feeling so soft and nourished (as what is says it does J)
This concludes all of the products I have been loving and using religiously for the past couple of weeks. It’s not much since I’ve been dealing with personal issues within my family practically the second half of this month….so I promise next month will be interesting.
Take care beauties….talk with you soon! xo J
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Ohh goodness…..I just came across the best deal ever. It’s the Smashbox Photo Op 78 Shade Mega Palette. Of all places, I found this on QVC.com for $98.48…BUT it’s on an easy pay plan for $23.37 for 4 installments. Is that a great deal or what!!! J It contains the following:
· 56 - 0.044-oz Photo Op Eye Shadows
· 4 - 0.032-oz Brow Tech Powders
· 1 - 0.024-oz Brow Tech Wax
· 8 - 0.031-oz cream eyeliners
· 2 - 0.298-oz blushes
· 3 - 0.132-oz Soft Lights
· 4 - 0.024-oz lip glosses
Seriously this is all you need for a starter makeup kit, definitely great if you’re traveling, or just want a good deal on some Smashbox products. Just alone, an eyeshadow from Smasbox is $16 and the blush is $24. Yes you may get a little more product in a single item; however, look at how many other colors you get for a fraction of the price….and then some!!
So anyhow, I thought I’d share with you a great deal that is definitely worth checking out. Happy shopping! J
Thought I do a quick check in. So sorry there was not a post yesterday for Makeup Monday. Things again are getting hectic….lots and lots of clients and appointments, daily life, etc. However, I have tons to share over the next few days:
1) A recent haul of items that include…NYX products I picked up at Ulta that was 40% (huge deal), I FINALLY got the Naked 2 palette….and much much more.
2) I will share must have beauty items to pick up for prom….and budget friendly too. So for all you young ladies out there soon going to prom and can’t get your makeup done professionally, it’s okay…I’ll provide a list of affordable items you can pick up at local drug stores.
3) A list of Spring favorites (and not just all makeup related, hair and skin too! J)
So definitely please come back to check out these amazing reads….you will love them, so don’t miss out!!
Have a great day beauties… J xo
Monday, April 2, 2012
Lets talk about highlighting and contouring your face. Some people don’t understand the concept of doing these steps to your face…and here I’ll explain the benefits of doing so! J Yes, they are 2 extra steps added to your face routine, but it’s okay because they are quick and definitely worth it….so lets get started:
When using a contour shade you want to be sure that it’s a matte finish and also your color is at least 2x darker than your normal skin tone. The purpose of contouring your face is to shade the areas on your face so that you have a very defined look and the planes on your face are very prominent. For example, if you want to define your cheek bones, give your jaw line and chin more of an elongated look, and of course you want to hide the “fluff”; follow the guide in the picture I’ve provided below. Be sure that when contouring start with a very light hand so it’s easy to blend. The worst thing for when applying a contour shade is you have that strip of color that doesn’t look evenly blended, or it looks very muddy and dirty on your skin. For best results, use an angle brush also known as a “contour” brush. If you want subtle contour, blend the areas and buff out the color very thoroughly.
Ladies….I just have to say this is the best best best thing you can add to your face routine if you don’t already. Just in general, highlighting your face adds that extra pizzazz to your face making you look very refreshed, glowing, hydrated…just the best ever! J The purpose of highlight is…exactly what the word means; to highlight the areas of your skin where the sun hits natural. However you can highlight in many ways and with different products and techniques. To highlight naturally without using a shimmer, you can achieve this by using a concealer or foundation. But before doing that you’ll need to correct your imperfections or skin problem areas if necessary. The shades you’ll need should be 1-2 shades lighter than your skin (the opposite when finding a contour shade). Or you can find a highlighting concealer product (i.e. YSL Touché Éclat) that can easily match your natural skin tone. To achieve the highlighting glow look, find products that are consider highlighters (i.e. MAC Mineralized Skin Finish, Bobbi Brown bricks, even a shimmery eyeshadow in a nude/ivory/golden shade depending on your skin undertone). Follow the guide I provided below to see the best highlight areas…besides just your top cheek bones. One dilemma, do not apply a shimmery highlighting product under your eyes. You will look like a disco ball and just odd. Even though in the picture it looks like you’re highlighting under your eyes, and yes this is true please do so….but do not with use a shimmer product. You’ll need to use a concealer as I explained above (“highlighting the natural way”). Definitely use all amounts very lightly in the beginning so you can build up the product. Quick tip: when picking up product onto your brush, pat the back of your hand to eliminate that chunk of product so that when you apply directly to the skin you don’t have a patch of intense product in one area.
I hope this helps you all with understanding the benefits of contouring and highlighting your face. Definitely try it at home if you don’t already, you’ll love it. Also, please reach out to me if you have any questions. I’ll be able to answer anything you ask more in depth if I happened to not explain it properly here.
Thanks bellas….and have a lovely day! J xo