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! 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.

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

- Temptu Airbrush AIRpod in Ivory 002

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

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


****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.

Ciate London Lash Lights Lash Tip Color Review

Ciate London Lash Lights setCiate London lash lights swatchesCiate London NightingaleI’ve been playing around with these beauties for a few weeks and I am happy to report they are awesome, perfect to complete a pop of color eye look. Ciate London Lash Lights are a new set of lash tip enhancers, think mascara but a much thinner brush. And as far as lash products go, the wand is half your asset when it comes to mascara and lash enhancers. Ciate London Lash Lights come in a series of very pigmented colors, navy blue (Nightingale), blue (Electric), purple (Serene), green (Nymph), and pink (Famous). My favorites are all in the family of the cool tones since I am a warm undertone yellow, I felt the colors worked well with me.

These can definitely be worn as mascara. I applied two coats and though the color is subtle, it still pops nicely AND you can keep adding it as it dries. TIP- Use a clean mascara wand to get your excess product out, wait a couple of minutes and re-apply, you’ll notice cleaner application and more color. I also liked the fact that these Lash Lights dry fast and have a very clean application, very important, again thanks to the wand.

As far as eye looks go, you can also add a nice color rich eyeliner of your choice, (I used eyeshadow as I feel this gives me a smudged, rock-and-roll look, something I like for my eyes as it makes them bigger). Whatever you choose, these Ciate London Lash Lights can be worn day or night, in my opinion and depending on your place of work and mood.

Ciate London Lash Lights retail for $17 each and are available exclusively at Sephora

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

My Neutrogena All Day Look At Target

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Neutrogena All day BeautyTarget for NeutrogenaI recently visited Target to stock up on some Neutrogena goodies. This last couple of months, have been extremely busy with makeup work and more than often, I literally have less than ten minutes to do my face and be out the door to catch a train to New York City or drive. I wanted a foundation that offered sheer coverage that would last all day while looking like I have very little makeup on. After checking out Hayden Pantierre’s All Day Beauty videos, I got inspired to come up with a step by step beauty tips tutorial on how to recreate a daytime look in a short period of time. One thing I really wanted to try were the Neutrogena blushers (they were sold out), I was so bummed about this. Alas, I came up with other items in lieu of blushers, a hair deep conditioner and moisturizer. Immediately, I was drawn to the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture, a moisturizer for combination skin. I thought I could apply it before my foundation to balance out the dry and oily areas of my face. In order for foundation to look like my own skin, I have to use some form of moisture otherwise, I get dry patches and the finish won’t be pretty. And I love dewy, natural foundation finish over anything powdery or matte.
STEP 1 Of My #AllDayLook
After applying Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture all over my face using my own fingers, using a synthetic brush, I use the Neutrogena Long Wear foundation in 03 Buff which was a really good match to my yellow undertones. I stipple and in a circular motion starting from my chin working my way up. When applying a liquid foundation, I make sure I even out my under eye circles and the entire face from left to right. What I love about this foundation is the coverage, it is sheer and very buildable to a thicker finish, if so desired.
STEP 2 Of My #AllDayLook
Using the Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner, I can achieve two things, grooming my eyebrows and my eyes -which will give me a very natural all day makeup look. This is such a versatile product and all I need is filing in my brows following my own brow line. Once I am finished filing in, I brush out excess with a clean mascara wand, and my brows are already looking even. In the same fashion, I use one line of eyeliner under my eyes which will give my eyes the definition I will need for the day.Tutorial using NeutrogenaNeutrogena Long Wear Foundation Swatch
STEP 3 My #AllDayLook is sealed with a nice touch of natural lip color. No makeup look is complete without some lip product love, it is like cake without icing (as seen on an Instagram meme). I love the Neutrogena Moisture sticks, they offer a dash of color while keeping the lips moist with a subtle sheen that isn’t glossy or sticky. After applying two generous coats of the moisture stick and I am ready to leave the house. This moisture stick is like a pencil that does not need sharpening and I keep it in my purse to touch up during the day. AND VOILA! This is my “no makeup with makeup” #AllDayLook using few items, very achievable following the tutorial. It covers pretty much your essentials including moisturizing, coverage, SPF 20, eyeliner, brows, and a soft lip color.Neutrogena Moisture Stick Juicy Peach
Neutrogena Day Look for TargetOne thing I want to share with everyone is that Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! The event begins August 24th 2014. Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.

My makeup tutorial is a step by step daytime look inspired by the Hayden Panettiere “day off” video, as seen below. I love that this look is fresh faced and focuses on skincare as well as a tiny amount of makeup, just make sure we always look our best.

A Sunscreen Without The Greasy Mess

Today’s post is sponsored by Colorescience, but my love for their Sunforgettable line is all my own!photo 1

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photo 3-1A sunscreen without sticky, greasy, messy application? Is this even possible? Indeed, it is. And it is called Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush. I am happy to report that this lovely formula comes in a brush, easy to carry mini tube, perfect for bringing in your bag. When on the go, this powder sunscreen in a brush is perfect for touchups and making sure our skin is protected against the UVA sun rays which are so damaging.

Currently, my little boy is in soccer camp for the next three weeks before school starts again. And, guess what? I am also in and out of the park, playground, car, and need to make sure I am protected all the time. Even though I wear an SPF hat, I sometimes miss spots like my neck, my chest or the top of my hands and this is when the Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush works so well. Both SPF 30 and 50 brushes come in 6 shades: fair, medium, tan, fair shimmer, medium shimmer, tan shimmer so the skin tone range is for all skin types and colors. The powder was so fine, it is hardly noticeable and blends nicely into the surface of the skin.

How does the brush work? The steps are super simple. Sweep brush over the face and body to release powder. Small circular strokes can be used to release more powder product, for additional coverage, I used in my hands and decollate. The Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush should be re-applied every two hours throughout the day to ensure continued protection against the sun.

My skin is olive medium with a yellow undertone and I picked a medium matte color, which was a perfect match! In the last collage picture, I have a generous amount of Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen on. Achieve the ultimate protection from sun damage and its aging effects with a flawless finish. Sunforgettable sunscreens are easy to apply and reapply throughout the day to keep your skin protected and beautiful. Sunforgettable SPF highly refined mineral sunscreen provides safe, non-irritating, UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes it easy to apply and re-apply throughout the day for continued coverage.

Benefits include:
• Easy to apply and re-apply loose mineral formula
• Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection
• 80 minute water-resistant
• Safe for all ages
• Does not rub off on clothing
• Odor free, clear on the skin
• Will not irritate the eyes when perspiring

I am dreading the end of my favorite time of the year but while the sun is out shining strong, I am going to make the most of it and stay protected when I am outdoors running around with my little guy. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush with SPF 30 makes sun protection easy and free of messy situations. I wanted to share with my readers, a Buy Three Get One Free and Free Shipping offer when you purchase. You will be able to redeem this awesome offer at checkout when shopping on the Colorescience website.

***This was a sponsored post, all opinions are always my own.

New Makeup Work For Club Denim Brazil


Club_Demin1137Very happy to share the images from a print job campaign I did makeup for this past spring. This is a fashion brand from Brazil called Club Denim, shot on location in the streets of New York City. For this job, I used a lot of different products, mostly on skincare my usual staples Embryolisse Lait Concentrate, Stila Color Corrector primer, Pacific Lip Treatment by True Nature Botanicals, formerly Marie Veronique Organics, Makeup Forever Al Mat and sealed all with Skindinavia makeup spray. On foundation, Face Atelier and Makeup Forever HD were used. On the eyes, I applied the Yaby World of Paints palette to achieve the richness of color and on the lips Besame Cosmetics for the girls.
Photography is by Carlos Polidoro, styling Camila Cemin, makeup by yours truly and hair by Adriana Andaluz.

My Walgreens Beauty Summer Routine

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As we head into the warmest month here in the east coast, I want to share some of my summer beauty favorites for the skin and hair I picked up at my local Walgreens in North NJ. When I went to Walgreens, the first two items I picked up were sunscreen. Why? Sun care and protection are supremely important no matter what time of the year, and especially the month of August when it is hot and humid like it gets in NY/NJ/CT.

I chose Hawaiian Trop Sheer Touch SPF 30 for when I am outdoors and need the high UVA and UVB protection, it is a totally smooth cream that applies and absorbs well into the skin. For the days when I need extra moisture plus my high sun protection factor, I also got Banana Boat Protect and Hydrate SPF 30, this sunscreen is water resistant and non-greasy, perfect for outdoors and high impact activities. Since we had such a cold winter in NJ, I am trying to spend a lot more time in the parks and doing outdoorsy activities with my family, and having the correct sun protection is part of our ritual.

For my summer hair, frizz is always a concern of mine during high humidity like we experience in the northeast especially during August. My hair is wavy and I have to do my own blowouts at home but no hair blowout is complete without styling aids. The John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight spray helps by adding a coat of semi permanent frizz control, I love, love, love this. It worked very well with my hair texture and kept my mane intact for days. To ensure it works to its potential, after washing my hair I sectioned my hair in small pieces and used the spray on wet hair, as instructed and sealed as close to the root as possible with my blow dryer. I managed to keep my own blowouts for at least 2-3 days without having to do much retouch.

Last but not least, summer for me is about less makeup, more natural looks. Even during the days when I am home, I do a basic routine which comprises of SPF/ BB Cream and gloss. To achieve this I got the Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Medium, also with SPF 30 because sun care is a must for me. This Revlon Photoready BB Cream is creamy and gives coverage, a lovely finish with moisture plus looks like I have no makeup on (see photos). To complete a fresh face summer look, I add a barely there lip color and moisture and the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain was on my must-try list since it was released. While perusing at Walgreens, I took the plunge and picked up 015 Barcelona Nights, it matches my natural color and it is perfect for daytime.

I also wanted to let my readers know that Walgreens is currently offering an amazing promotion. With any $20 beauty purchase at Walgreens, you will receive a FREE six piece makeup travel set. To take advantage of this deal, you can grab the coupon here. This is available until Aug 30th and it is a gift with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category). Go grab it!

Tokyo Lash Collection by Star Lash

Tokyo Lash Beauty DirectStarlash Lashes NamieI recently received a “love” package from Singapore. When I lived in Asia, I discovered a new world of makeup, beauty AND LASHES. I say lashes with caps because no makeup job was ever complete without a full set of lashes, it was a requirement so I always kept a good array in my kit. My clients in Singapore loved their lashes more than anything. And although there were plenty of choices out in the market, I liked Star Lash on my bridal and commercial work, I had ample choice on look, sizes and most of all, quality. Star Lash also does eyelash glue and a makeup corrector pen called Magik Remover. If you are doing liquid eyeliner or something with a lipstick that smudges, this little pen will help erase messy lines.

Tokyo Lashes come in various designs, I received Erika which is best described as a loosely sparse and natural strip of falsies, each package has three pairs and comes with glue, enough to be able to apply them. Also, I got Reina and Namie. Reina is a definite show stopper, long at the end and shorter as it gets closer to the inner corner, it is the sort of lash that would look amazing on a red carpet or a gala. My favorite was Namie, these were like clusters and reminded me of the cluster lashes I like to use for my own makeup. I cut them and applied – as seen on my daytime selfie, they look natural and pretty.

Star Lash is made out of rubber latex and is available online at Beauty Direct Singapore, they ship worldwide. Check them out on Instagram.

Disclosure – These were sent to me for editorial review and opinions are always my own.

L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK Review

loréal-semi-permanent-hair-chalk-color-polish-for-hair-Loreal Hair Chalk ReviewSummer has been busy around here. This also means I have less “me” time like my regular trips to the hair salon, even though I practically bring one to my clients when I do hair/makeup on location. There is one thing that I recently discovered which gives my hair an instant lift me up, the L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK. This is an amazing alternative to permanent hair dye and trying out new hair colorful shades. It is super easy and as you can see from photos.

L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK comes in different color ranges and it is super easy to use. It is best used in dry hair and in small hair sections. The best part about this temporary hair color is that well, it is not damaging your hair and washes off easily, no mess at all. I decided to use red some brown since my hair has a brown/ reddish base, I thought it’d look pretty. And since I don’t wash my hair daily, it stays on for a few days, easy.

I’d advice to wear gloves and a towel to prevent stains and definitely use on clean hair so that the product absorbs more easily as clean hair is not porous and retains the product better. I used the L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK in Coffee Break (brown) and Coral Sunset (red). I loved the results. Most of all, the whole process is very simple. First you squeeze a few drops of the colors and use the double sided applicator that comes with the hair chalk, let the color dry for a couple and then gently brush it through so it looks evenly applied, that’s it.

The high-intensity pigmented polish works on all hair types and shades with no chalky residue or color transfer and can last for up to 2-10 shampoos, depends on your shampoo and how much you apply. This product is available at salons, online at L’Oreal and also through Amazon. Retails for $15.

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