Drink Water For Your Skin

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Poland Springs Water NorahNestle Water Walgreens CBIAS Norah Loves MakeupWant to know the number one question people always ask me? I always get asked this, ‘How can I achieve amazing skin?’. And my reply is pretty much the same, drink water, cleanse/ moisturize, sleep well and manage your skincare religiously. It is not about putting makeup on, skincare and what we put inside our bodies does matter both fluids and food. My number one piece of advice is to drink your water and eat it as well, as in try to eat water-based veggies like cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries. All these veggies have one common denominator, they are mostly made out of WATER and nutrients. Hydrating our body gives us beautiful skin, flushes out toxins and helps manage cravings (at least for me). My personal routine is to drink at least 4-6 glasses a day, two in the morning, two lunch time and at least one or two at night. This is something I work at, even when I am at work or on the road.

I’ve re-ignited my fitness routine and drinking MORE water is definitely my #1 priority. One thing I do love is having larger dispensers of water at home, a five-gallon water is what I currently use for the entire family, I am all for #HealthyHydration. I am not a big tap water drink, the taste of tap water here in New Jersey is pretty awful so relying on a safe and clean water service is essential. Since I had my little girl last year, I always use bottled water for her formula and even now as a toddler, she loves her water. I don’t give my kids juice or soda, they both love drinking bottled water like mum and dad. As you can see from my photos, both my kids are avid water drinkers!
Nestle Water Walmart CBIASI would love to see Poland Springs five-gallon bottles available for sale at Walmart. Currently, this is not an option for consumers. The answer is simple, using the five-gallon bottles at home is great when you have small kids, it gets them in the habit of drinking from their own glass and/ or sippy cups. Also, using five-gallon bottles at home is a BPA-free option which is more environmentally conscious and better for our planet. I am hoping Nestle water begins to offer Poland Springs five-gallon water bottles as an option to shop at Walmart, this would be fantastic and so much easier to dispense for everyone at home while being environmentally friendly.
Nestle Waters Walmart BabyI hope reading my post and seeing the photos of my two small kids inspires you to get your water drink on! When you create the habit from a young age, it definitely sticks. I am proud that both my children are avid water drinkers and don’t need sugared fluids as part of their daily diet. As for me, I love clear, supple, skin and drinking/ eating my water is also part of my beauty routine, no matter what. A funny thing about me, I love room temperature water, it’s something I always liked since being a young kid :)

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Balance Rewards For healthy choices

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I work as a makeup artist predominantly in New York City, a place perfect for walking. Where I live is South Orange in New Jersey, just 18 miles from New York City, by train the commute is merely 45 min, door to door. A city full of parks, walkways, shopping, hustle and bustle, New York is best seen by foot, in my opinion. And when I want quiet, green, lush surroundings, where I live in South Orange (Essex County), NJ is simply just perfect to find my zen. I am fortunate I have both, city life and suburb peace for doing my brisk walks to stay on top of my fitness. In the mornings, I usually start my day walking my dog Henry to the park. I also bring my son to the school bus, both activities take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes, brisk walking.

Commuting to Manhattan is an activity I engage in at least 3-5 times a week, mostly for work and occasionally for fun like shopping, seeing friends or visiting sights like the parks/ bridges. Walking from my house to the South Orange train station is about .80 of a mile. I take a direct train to Penn Station in New York, this takes about 35 minutes and from this station, I catch a subway ride and walk to my final destination. As much as possible, I walk to the train station and use the stairs at stations, on the subway, etc. When I am going to New York city for my makeup artist work, typically I have my makeup case (a Zuca trolley). After a really heavy cold winter spent mostly hibernating, I’ve decided to re-engage myself in a slow but steady wellness routine which includes tons of daily WALKING, whether at work or when I am home. One of the ways I find most effective is to have rewards whenever I make my fitness goal for the day, which for me is at least 10,000 steps everyday. This is where the BR for healthy choices area of the Walgreens Mobile phone app comes in very handy.

The idea of this app is to track your health goals and by doing so, you receive reward points at Walgreens, which equals SHOPPING dollars for my favorite beauty goodies [a no brainer]. In essence, by keeping track of my fitness achievements using the BR for healthy choices app, I get a nice incentive earning points. Now, what do I use to ensure I walk the 10,000 steps? I have a pedometer which tells me the number of steps I do daily and how many calories I burn. It is very easy to do this, first download the application on your smart phone, connect your Walgreens Rewards account and be sure that your computer and mobile were synced to the card. Once the app is up and running, look for the BR for healthy choices icon (as seen on the photo), and start entering the info from your pedometer. You can also link up your pedometer on your Balance Rewards for healthy choices, to keep up with your points and make sure every step counts.
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The best part of all this? I keep track my wellness routine by connecting my phone and my pedometer to the Balance rewards for healthy choices app, it is easy to set up and so convenient. And when I make my goals, I receive #BalanceRewards points for shopping all my beauty favorites at Walgreens. I want to encourage all my readers to give this a try, it is a great way to stay on top of your fitness and overall health.

NYFW Fashion Palette SS15 Makeup

Fashion Palette NYFW Makeup BackstageOn Sunday, I went backstage again, this time it was a group of well-known Australian designers showing at Pier 57 Studios. These talented group fall under the umbrella of Fashion Palette, with shows in New York and Sydney, Australia. What was even more awesome, is the fact that there were several designers and a giant area of hair and makeup where I roamed and checked out the inspiration. The makeup sponsor was Gorgeous Cosmetics from Australia and the hair products and team were from Redken.
The makeup inspiration was elegant with very smoldering smokey eyes. The key makeup artist for this show was Elizabeth Cook. The entire backstage area was a giant assembly line, madness and lots of crazy chaos with space to move (sometimes this is non existent and makes it really hard for snapping nice photos).

Even better, I ran into Kim from the Plastic Diaries. This is what I love about blogging and makeup, bringing people together for events. I posted an Instagram photo here. Fashion Week is exhausting when you cover events. I had a half an hour to spare before moving on to another place, and although I wish I had more time, it was nice to meet Kim and talk to her sitting down in relative peace/ quiet. Hope you like the collage I made, it was the best of what I saw. Overall, I’d say all the girls looked stunning as they were ushered to get fitted.

For more images on the Fashion Palette designers, click here.

Pinch Me NYFW Box

Pinch Me NYFW BoxFor the past week, I’ve been running around watching New York Fashion Week Shows from backstage, learning from the spring trends, observing, meeting friends and working my regular makeup gigs. It’s been madness to say the least. One of the neatest things about Fashion Week is the events that are organized. While most events are centered on parties, cocktails and clothes, TechStyle Lounge put together a space to recharge and literally, hang out at the beautiful Bumble and Bumble space in the Meatpacking District. This event had food, healthy snacks, drinks, ice pops, samples and makeup touch ups. I went just after a job wrapped so my time was very limited, however I really enjoyed chilling and trying new stuff.

While I hanging out at TechStyle Lounge, I came across a new box service called Pinch Me. Unlike other box services, this service allows the user to discuss products for free. The Pinch Me NYFW Box was centered around most the of the necessities that one would need during fashion week, clever idea! I loved the concept, the ladies working the booth and thought it was worth sharing with my readers, lot of earth friendly items, beauty, even Band Aids. In my opinion, most of the items on the box are definite musts during fashion week frantic schedules.

My box included
– Band Aids
– VBeaute Samples
– A Revlon by Marchesa nail file
– ROC Retinol Complexion Eye Cream
– Kleenex
– Ecotools Face Sponge
– A Renew You Sleep Spa Bamboo Mask
– A Real Techniques Makeup Brush
– Toms of Maine deodorant
– N7 High Shine Lip crayon
– Pura Via Stevia sweetener
– Bobble Water Bottle
– Skinny Pop Popcorn
– Essenza Hand Soap
– Kisstixx SPF 15 Lip Balm
– Skinny Cow Chocolate Raspberry Bar

Check out Pinch Me on social media, they are on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

***This box was given to me gratis as a token for attending the event. All opinions are my own.

Juice Beauty CC Cream Review

Juice CC cream Norah Loves MakeupJuice Beauty CC At Work NorahIt’s been about as humid and warm as it gets the last few weeks here. Although most people would pass on applying some form of makeup, I just can’t. This is where a CC cream with sheer coverage, sun protection and soft finish work wonders. Juice Beauty CC cream in Warm Glow is a certified organic, color correction cream (like a BB cream but lighter in every sense of the word, more like skincare I’d say). Juice Beauty CC cream worked extremely well under humid heat and offered SPF 30 protection, a non-negotiable for my skin. See my selfie with sunglasses on? That’s me at Bryant Park working on a fashion shoot, in the middle of a balmy 90’s with my CC cream on. Realness.

And I happen to be a complete sucker for glow and skin perfecting qualities in my skincare/ makeup. Juice Beauty CC cream is so perfect for daytime wear for a no-makeup feel, on application it feels light while still offering sheer coverage, glow and moisture. If you are someone with a lot of dark circles and uneven texture, this might not suit and you’ll need some concealing in my opinion. If you are very oily, my advice would be to use a matte primer just on your problem areas, to balance out the hydrating factor. The coverage is light which is why this is a great option to those who don’t like the heavier feel of a BB cream, tinted moisturizer or foundation.

All this being said, another major bonus is that Juice Beauty CC cream comes in five shades for both light and darker skin tones. On the ingredients front, the formulation is made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Juice Beauty products are not tested on animals and uses certified organic ingredients.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%

Inactive Ingredients: Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark. Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf juice)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbitan stearate, ricinus communis (castor seed oil), polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), malus sylvestris (apple buds), vitis vinifera (grape buds) & citrus limonum (lemon bark), iron oxides, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus reticulata (mandarin) & citrus aurantium (petitgrain) pure essential oils.

Juice Organic CC Cream retails for $39

***This product was sent for editorial consideration, all opinions are always my own.

NYFW Backstage At Alina German With Inglot USA

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IMG_7184New York Fashion Week is here! Today, I went backstage during a presentation of designer Alina German’s collection for SS15. The show’s key lead artist was Kaye Tuckermann using Inglot USA cosmetics, she had a team of about 8-10 artists on hand attending to every detail.
The vibe was golden goddess, lots of highlighting, contour in bronze and rich, bold lip colors, like a pop of color burgundy and red/ orange. The eyes/ brows were subtle. The colors were layered and were picture perfect. The team of artists did the most amazing work, I was in heaven, watching and observing. The hair team was CHI Haircare. The hairstyle was clean, straight, very sleek. I loved the play on color and fun vibe of the clothes.

For more info on the designer Alina German

For more info on INGLOT USA

New Makeup Work

Nathalie makeup  by NorahThis was a shoot I did recently with Federica D’all Orso, an Italian photographer in New York and Nathalie, a model from Mexico. In order for the makeup to show in a B&W photo, it has to be very defined and strong. For these lips I used a combination of color and a pencil (mostly the pencil though), I used Revlon Color Burst stain in Adore with a Dior Contour pencil, they are awesome to work with and build a deep color.
In her eyes, I used Senna Brow Shaper Duo and Senna Pinpoint Eyeliner.

***The products mentioned were all purchased by me either with my pro discount or full retail price.

Ardency Inn Pigments Copper And Vintage Gold Review

Ardency Inn PigmentsArdency Inn Pigments Gold and CopperI love pigments! For both personal and work, I rather use pigments over regular shadow, any day. Ardency Inn has launched Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments, a collection of twelve colors in total, these offer concentrated levels of color reaching up to 78%, depending on the shade. In a pigment, you lay out one coat and there is a difference from an average eyeshadow. These shadows have density and photograph beautiful and have less of the chalky feel of regular powder shadow.

My opinion? Ardency Inn Pigments deliver velvety, soft, and supremely rich colors. On myself, I used Copper and Vintage Gold and was completely enamored. I chose these two shades as I felt they would make an amazing smokey eye AND work as well on their own or mixed with a matte. For the look I created, I used two coats of Copper on my lid and worked the Vintage Gold around the eye crease, beautiful, loved the finish! I didn’t use a base or primer either. There was little fall out, if any. With a fine pointed brush, I also added a line under my eye, just to define like an eyeliner, smudged to taste. The feel is very creamy even when you swatch them.

Ardency Inn pigments come in both matte and metallic shades. For the first time, Ardency Inn is using a unique ingredient called Manuka Honey. But what is it? Mānuka Honey is a mono floral product made in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the Mānuka tree. As a first in cosmetics, this was used in a color formulation offering creaminess and staying power. The formula of the pigments is paraben, sulfate and phthalate free.

Ardency Inn Pigments retail for $21 and are available now at Sephora.

**These were sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

The Gnarly Whale Green Tea Eucalyptus Toner Review

The Gnarly Whale -Eucalyptus-Green-Tea-TonerAs far as using toner goes, this is an important skincare step, and one that unfortunately gets neglected by most people. Toner is not just for oily skin, it is for all skin types. Toning after cleansing completes the process of getting rid of debris and impurities, this is why it is so crucial to your daily routine. If you want smoother skin, adding a good toner is a must.

I’ve been testing the Gnarly Whale’s Green Tea Eucalyptus toner for a couple of weeks. Here’s the deal with my skin, I am dry/ combination. My toner needs to be gentle, non-drying and without alcohol. With Gnarly Whale Green Tea Eucalyptus I hit the jackpot, it is gentle enough, non-drying, refreshing, smells of eucalyptus and does not irritate my skin. When I was younger, I used to be able to use drugstore toners but now that my skin has changed, I can’t. Most toners in the market contain alcohol and this is awful for sensitive, dry skin, it makes it worse and in my case, it causes redness, scaly skin, NO!!! I’ve been using this awesome toner at night, it works so well with the rest of my routine and the scent of eucalyptus is a great bonus.

For those curious on ingredients, Gnarly Whale Green Tea Eucalyptus toner contains Water, Green Tea Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Chamomile Flowers, Grapefruit seed extract. This is a vegan product made with essential oils, not fragrance oils. It feels great on contact and super refreshing.

I also wanted to mention that The Gnarly Whale donates 10% of profits to charity helping causes like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the non-profit law organization Earth Justice. This company started out as an Etsy shop and is now available in Urban Outfitters and Kitson.

The Gnarly Whale Green Tea Eucalyptus toner retails for $16

**This product was given to me for editorial consideration, all views are my own

Bridal Beauty Breakdown

Bridal makeup look by norahThis bridal look deserves its own beauty breakdown because, I feel, it is a good one. This gorgeous lady was a bride very recently and although it doesn’t seem like a lot, there are quite a few products that were used to achieve this timeless, elegant, makeup look. She had a daytime ceremony and wanted a look that would translate well in daylight and go into night time. My MUA/ Hairstylist friend Denise Mojica did the hair, and it was a beautiful, camera-ready, makeup/ hair transformation.

Skin prep
– Makeup Forever Al Mat on T-zone
– Embryolisse Hydra Mat
True Nature Botanicals Pacific lip treatment

Foundation
– Temptu Airbrush AIRpod in Ivory 002

Eyes
In order of use
Smashbox Limitless Cream Eyeshadow Soft Golden Beige (one light coat to set)
Viseart Neutral Palette (I added 2-3 colors to build the crease and add some definition)
Alcone At Home Perfect Eyeliner Pen (Used to create my clean lines for layering gel liner)
L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer 24H Gel Eyeliner in Black (Several coats)
– Senna Brow Kit on brows set with Skindinavia spray

Face
Senna Cosmetics Cheeky Blush palette (Contour)
– Jemma Kidd Highlighter (No longer being made)
– Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish (Essential in any long wear makeup application).
Lips
Revlon Just Bitten lip pencil and stain with NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain

Thoughts?

****Most of these products were purchased with my own money and are part of my professional kit, a couple were sent to me for editorial consideration and also became part of my kit because they are excellent.