Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NEW LAUNCH ALERT: Emilie Heathe Nail Collection

When I first received the beautifully designed sample of "The Perfect Red" nail color by Emilie Heathe, I felt as if I was holding a piece of art in my hand. Considering I am an art collector, I saw the bottle in a totally creative light. That is how Emilie Heathe sees the brand, too. Their focus is on creative design, unique formulas and luxurious recyclable packaging.

Nail color is first up for the brand and other beauty related products are coming soon. This particular capsule consists of 9 " Nail Artist" hues that are formulated with top grade, Asian inspired ingredients which are both clean and nontoxic. All polishes are available on EmilieHeathe.com at $34.00 each.

Background artwork detail by Erik Jones.

Monday, January 14, 2019

ELEMIS: Curated Starter Kits

Everyone knows how much I love ELEMIS and these curated starter kits make it easy for all skincare lovers to choose the right kit for your skin needs. To celebrate the new year & save your post-holiday skin, ELEMIS has created four expertly curated skincare systems, packed full of potent ingredients from above and below the earth’s surface. Each unique set features signature ELEMIS products and is designed to tackle specific skincare concerns for a radiant, healthy glow.

ELEMIS Starter Kits include the following 4 choices:

Restore, Refresh, Renew ($75, Elemis.com) – Synchronize your skin with the power of Peptide4 for a well-rested look, day or night.
Includes: Gentle Foaming Facial Wash (Full Size), Peptide4 Eye Recovery Cream, Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream & Peptide4Thousand Flower Mask

A Smooth Start ($105, Elemis.com) – Take a shortcut to radiance with revolutionary Tri-Enzyme technology to exfoliate & even skin tone.
Includes: Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash (Full Size), Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads (Full Size), Dynamic Resurfacing Serum & Dynamic Resurfacing Gel Mask

Face a Firm Future ($135, Elemis.com) – Step into the new year with intensely hydrated & plumped skin.
Includes: Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (Full Size), Pro-Collagen Super Serum Elixir, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks

Healthy Kickstart ($45, Elemis.com) –A juice-cleanse for your skin! Nutrient-dense superfood ingredients leave skin with a lasting, plant-powered glow.
Includes: Superfood Facial Wash (Full Size), Superfood Facial Oil, Superfood Day Cream & Papaya Enzyme Peel

Get The Look: Rachel Brosnahan at the Critics Choice Awards

I always find the "Get The Look" steps so fascinating and often find myself trying out the look at home. I also appreciate that these are REVLON products so they are not as tough on my wallet. Seeing drugstore brands being used on celebrities more and more makes me very excited as there are great finds available in your local drugstores/mass retailers. I have been known to watch quite a few YouTube videos on just this fact alone. Maybe you'll feel inclined to "Get The Look" below in your spare time or even better- integrate it within your daily regimen!

WHO: Rachel Brosnahan, Critics Choice Awards Best Actress Nominee
MAKEUP BY: Lisa Aharon for Revlon
SKIN:  After prepping Rachel's skin, I buffed and blended Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation in Porcelain from the center of the face outward.  Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer in Banana worked seamlessly under the eyes and in the spots that needed a little more coverage.  Both are lightweight with a natural finish that I love.  To finish the complexion, I lightly dusted Revlon PhotoReady Candid Setting Powder keeping it mostly in the center of the face and forehead. A cool rose tone is my favorite for Rachel's porcelain skin, so I used Revlon Powder Blush in the shade Rosy Rendezvous. I started on the apples of the cheeks and blended slightly under the cheek bone towards the hairline.  I then patted Revlon PhotoReady Insta- Fix Highlighting Stick in Pink Light to make the highpoint of the cheekbones radiate slightly.
EYES: ColorStay Brow Creator in Soft Brown helped me define, shape and slightly fill in Rachel’s brows.  Filling in and sharpening the brows helps to frame the eye and guide where the shadow is placed next. Since the suit was clean and white, we decided to have fun with color on the eyes. I used Revlon ColorStay Crème Eyeshadow in Merlot as the base layer for a bold effect. We kept the shape a bit 60’s to complement the high ponytail.  To add dimension and brightness, I added the light purple shade of the Revlon Colorstay Looks Book Palette in Insider.  I used a blend of the light purple and pink shade from the same palette for the inner corner of the eye as well.   Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eyeliner in Black helped to intensify the lash line.  A few coats of Revlon Volumazing Mascara added both length and thickness to Rachel’s already beautiful lashes.  It’s long lasting so I can rely on it not to flake or smudge on a red carpet.   
LIP: It’s been very dry in LA so I’ve been reaching for extra moisture where ever I can. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick has a rich amount of pigment but also delivers the hydration I needed for Rachel’s lips. After trying a few lighter shades, we landed on Bare Affair to complete her mod make up look.

RETAIL: Drug/mass retailers nationwide and Revlon.com

Friday, January 11, 2019

New from KISS: Gold Edition Products

With Valentine’s Day next month, it’s time to start planning those perfect beachy waves, curls, or whatever style you are looking to celebrate the romantic night! Cue: the KISS Gold Edition products. (SIDE NOTE: They are rose gold...could they be any more perfect for Valentine's Day?!) All products can be purchased on KISSUSA.com and Amazon.

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With an AC Motor – just like the pro’s use – and an Aerodynamic Engineered Vortex Fan, the KISS Jet Stream literally cuts drying time in half. A unique motor design makes it lighter weight than most AC dryers – without sacrificing power – to give your arms a break!

Calling all multitaskers! You no longer need separate curling irons for curly & wavy looks…the KISS 5-in-1 Curling Iron includes 3 interchangeable clips and 2 wands, allowing for multiple styling options with one appliance. Ceramic tourmaline barrels ensure silky smooth hair, and a rose gold finish is an on-trend touch.

Get beautiful salon quality curls with just a push of a button! The KISS Instawave 101 is one of the most affordable automatic curling irons on the market. With both our 1” and 1 ¼” barrel sizes you can create both tight and loose curls or beach waves in minutes! Simply place hair between the tongs and barrel, press the button left or right, and watch the patented curl dial turn and do all the work – it’s that easy!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Get The Look: Ashley Graham (Revlon Brand Ambassador) on American Beauty Star

I am such a huge fan of Ashley Graham. There aren't enough words to describe why so many millions of people, just like me, admire her. Below is a "Get The Look" breakdown from last night's American Beauty Star episode. Please note that I am going to try to recreate the look in a follow up article!

WHO: Ashley Graham, International Superstar Model and Revlon Brand Ambassador, hosting season 2, episode 2 of American Beauty Star on January 9, 2019.

MAKEUP BY: Katie Jane Hughes, Celebrity Makeup Artist

SKIN: Katie Jane Hughes perfected Ashley’s skin with Revlon PhotoReady Candid™ Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation in Medium Beige #270.
CHEEKS: Revlon Powder Blush in Mauvelous was applied to the apples of Ashley’s cheeks with the Revlon Blush & Contour Brush for a soft, healthy flush of color.

EYES: To bring out Ashley’s brown eyes, Hughes applied Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow in Merlot all over the lid and finished the lashes with several coats of Revlon Volumazing™ Mascara in Black.

LIPS: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors in HD Romance and HD Love were blended together to create a custom, balanced red hue that made Ashley’s lips pop.

Availability: Drug/mass retailers nationwide and Revlon.com