Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Cool Mattes + LOTD

Viseart cool mattes Instagram Norahlovesmakeup_muaViseart cool mattes swatchesLOTD Viseart cool mattesYesterday, I posted an image on my Instagram featuring my Viseart Cool Mattes palette and of course it had a lot of likes. Suddenly, I realized I had not done a proper “review” of this palette. I actually started using it since May and just forgot the cool mattes by Viseart is fairly new in my makeup artist kit. Suffice to say, I am a huge Viseart fan and today I am bringing you a mini LOTD with the swatches of this awesome palette.

When I got this at the Makeup Show New York, I had a really hard time because I also wanted the editorial brights palette and the dark mattes and a budget for only ONE of the three. I chose the cool mattes simply because I needed a buildable working palette for the variety of work I do, commercial/ print work as well as my creative for fun submissions for various publications online. For the creative, I typically will bring my Makeup Forever Flash Palette and use Viseart – both give me major intensity with little fallout and COLOR. This is the kind of palette that offers the ability to add other mediums such as a cream shadow or a pencil and the colors get more intense. Viseart shadows also happen look great on brows, see mine?

For my LOTD, I felt like creating an eye look show you that mattes and cool tones don’t necessarily mean boring or lacking vibrancy. I started with an eye primer and added a mixture of a pale skin flesh color from Viseart cool mattes, then added a dark grey on my lids. For something a little different I lined my under eyes using the dark blue, going over several times and sealing with a teal Sephora pencil. Also, I filled my brows more than I would normally with my Senna Sketch a Brow pencil in Mink, which I LOVE. Once I sketched what I needed for my brows, I also used some of the browns in my Viseart mattes to add extra wow factor. Of course there is eyeliner, mascara, moisturizer and foundation but that is it. I’ve already covered Face Atelier Ultra Skin on a previous blog and that’s what I am into lately.

If I wanted this look to stay on bullet proof, I spray a ton of Skindinavia all over my face and also Makeup Forever Mist and Fix. Metallics are really popular right now but to me they are not age friendly and when I remove, I hate having glitter eyes for days, mattes are my love. Feel free to drop any questions you may have.

Viseart Cool Mattes palette retails for $80 ***I purchased this with my own money and opinions and views are all my own***

Easy Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill


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With the high costs of electric bills living in a large home, I have a few things I want to share when it comes to saving money on this front. There are simple changes or habits as I like to call them, that can make an impact on your monthly bill. As I have previously shared in my blog, I live in a beautiful older home in South Orange NJ, this is relatively a new purchase since it was only end of 2013 that we got ours keys and moved in. Although our home has been renovated, one more thing we are doing soon, is adding solar power panels to have even more savings on our electric bill. We are looking at Sunrun which gives you control over your electricity costs. With Sunrun solar leasing, homeowners can get solar on their roof for as little as $0 down and start saving on their monthly electricity costs immediately. With this being said, in the meantime as we are in our hottest time of the year, I’d like to tell you how I am saving money on our bills.

**Here are my top 3 ways to save energy in summer time**

1) Control your central A/C aka use a thermostat Our temperatures are very extreme here in New Jersey, we have extreme heat and cold during the year so having a thermostat is crucial. During the year, our average home temperature is 65 degrees. Our house is large and boasts three floors so we have to ensure we are not too heated and or too cold. To be honest, we don’t ever use AC because we have enough windows in the home so summer time is a huge bonus in terms of energy saving. During winter, it is a little different because we get really cold in this area, and during this time our average home temperature ranges from 68-70 degrees max, this works fine. We turn the heating off upstairs and use very thick down covers at night to sleep on. By knowing what our house temperature is at all times, this helps us save energy!

2) Wash your clothes in cold water and hang clothes to dry We have a large basement with a very huge gas operated washing machine where I do our laundry in mostly cold water during the summer, our washing appliances are energy saving ones. I try to do large bundles of clothes and hang all my clothing to dry in a rack or plastic hangers. I actually only use a drying machine in the winter and for very large items like sheets and blankets. Honestly, your clothes last longer if you air dry them, jeans and thick materials like wool especially. And trust me by doing this, you save money too.

3) Turn off lights whenever possible In addition to switching off lights when you’re not using rooms as well as your appliances, consider a summer tradition of dining al fresco if you can. During the day, rely on natural light alone. When it comes to home cooking, cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside – that’s what summer is all about, the outdoors.
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One reason for us taking the plunge with Sunrun is the fact that this can save more dollars by cutting costs on 20% of the electric bill *Actual savings will vary, for details click here. But for those who are asking, what Sunrun is, I am adding some information to get better acquainted with this service. In addition, solar service providers like Sunrun will take care of all of the details of going solar, from designing the system, installing it on your roof, monitoring the system’s production, and maintaining the system throughout the lifetime of the solar service agreement.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

My Truly Radiant Moments

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer™, all opinions and views are my own

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In life, we have highs and lows, that is part of our own individual journeys. For me the birth of my daughter Eva is one of my personal #TrulyRadiantFinish moments. After many attempts in trying to have a 2nd baby, surgeries, treatments, I had nearly lost hope that this would ever happen. Age was a factor and also medically, it was a challenge. I tried just about everything humanly and medically possible. Still, after nearly six years, I held hope that one day I would be able to have another baby and against the odds, it happened. It was nothing short of a miracle, as I was about to embark on a 2nd treatment and I felt something was not right but in a good way. In the blink of an eye, I was expecting a baby! I kept my pregnancy a secret as I knew it was a risky one, all fine by me, no social media photos or announcements. As a family, we were delighted to say the least and when I discovered I was expecting a little girl, I cried tears of joy.

The best part about my #TrulyRadiantFinish moment was keeping it a secret and the fact that I had the most healthy, uneventful pregnancy. I worked doing makeup until almost 36 weeks along and I was able to exercise pretty much until the end. Although it was hard, I had the glow of pregnancy, great hair, skin, and my belly didn’t pop until nearly six months. Of course, there were many struggles like a major move out of the country, finding school for my older son, and packing our house but it was all worth it in the end. Holding my daughter for the first time at NYU Langone hospital in New York city almost two years ago, was everything. Two years later, my smile in that photo says it all.

I am very excited to announce that is ARM & HAMMER™ partnered with City of Hope Cancer Treatment Center to launch a social media initiative encouraging women to share their radiant moments using #TrulyRadiantFinish across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To help reach the donation goal, ARM & HAMMER™ will donate $1 to City of Hope for each use of the hashtag. Truly Radiant™ is 100% committed in helping women feel strong and beautiful with their smiles and in their every day lives. And even more exciting news is that ARM & HAMMER™ launched three new products for a cleaner, whiter smile that oozes strength:

New ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rinse – The first and only whitening rinse that strengthens enamel and helps stop stains before they start without alcohol or peroxide.
New ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste – Goes beyond the surface to strengthen, clean and repair tooth enamel and features a crisp, mint flavor.
New ARM & HAMMER™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radiant™ Manual Toothbrushes – The only manual toothbrushes that feature a rotating head, plus elongated, all-access bristles that get deep.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer™

Celebrating The Rock In Our Lives

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias

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At home our rock and anchor is my husband Craig, the man I will be celebrating this coming Sunday for Father’s Day. For the past eight years, as we’ve moved across continents and experienced life in different countries, we’ve come such a long way! Each year, it’s been a new challenge and adventure, first as a newlyweds and most importantly as parents. Because of his job, my husband travels out of the country a lot and this is how I’ve come to appreciate him as my anchor. I couldn’t imagine not having kids without him in our lives every step of the way. He is the best father to my two children, when I can’t be there, he is all hands on deck, bathing, feeding, cooking dinner, changing diapers, going to soccer games, providing for us and giving us love. What else can I ask for?

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Ever since I’ve been with my husband, he’s all about the clean, fresh scents as far as fragrances go. I want to surprise him with something new this year and Nautica Life has the perfect gift set for Father’s Day. The male cologne by
Nautica is inspired by the water, a much favored element in our household. We love the ocean and our best vacations have been by the sea in Asia, Europe and South America. For $65 Nautica Life offers an amazing deal, a gift set that includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette, 2.5 oz Aftershave Balm, 2.5 oz Shower Gel, and 1 oz Eau de Toilette. The actual value of this gift set by Nautica is $128! Such a great Father’s Day present for the anchor or rock as I like it to call it, and a fresh, very clean scent for summer and year round.

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Need some inspiration? Head on over to Macy’s and get a Nautica Life set for the father in your house! Personally, I can’t wait to see my husband this weekend, he’s been away from us working in London so this will make a lovely surprise as we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday.

Who are you celebrating as your rock this coming Father’s Day? Tell me in the comments section. By the way, Nautica is doing a giveaway, the grand prize? A cruise! How fancy is that?! The grand prize is a $4000 cruise vacation package plus five 2nd prize lucky people will also win a fabulous Nautica Mens fragrance gift packages each. You must be 18 or older to enter and win, here is your chance:
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Father’s Day Savings With Walmart’s Best Plans

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Save4Summer #CollectiveBias


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Father’s Day is fast upon us and we are super excited to make some plans around our favorite person at home, my husband! We are a family of four, a boy, a girl, mom (me) and dad (my husband). Every year, we try to take a short trip to the beach and spend as much time possible, basically we save up to be able to go and really enjoy warm weather. Both our fathers have passed away and as a family, we understand the importance of making each holiday count, time is precious. Our kids are still little and now that my son has finally gone into summer vacation, we can do mini beach side getaways. Our youngest daughter is still a toddler and she loves the water too!

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I’ve blogged about the importance of savings before, this is how we were able to buy our first home, save for “rainy days” and also the future. Today, I want to share another way of saving money, and this comes through a super smart family mobile plan offered by Walmart Family Mobile. Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) and this also comes with Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. What are you waiting for? Head over to Walmart and surprise the father in your life with a new mobile phone. Cell phones at Walmart through the WFM are very affordable and easy to set up.

This year for Father’s Day, I am surprising my husband with an Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro which is part of the Walmart Family Mobile plan. He is a huge fan of Android devices so he’ll be very pleased with a brand spanking new phone, a 5MP camera so we can snap photos of our holidays, a 4.5″ qHD touchscreen, no annual contract, great coverage plus a nationwide talk and text coverage through T-Mobile. To get your phone ready to go, all you have to do is purchase a $25.00 starter kit if you are not already using Walmart Family Mobile as your service provider.

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/8e03 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Skincare Regime

**This post was sponsored by Paula’s Choice and Pretty In My Pocket, all opinions and views are always my own**


As far as skincare regimens go, I am very disciplined about taking care of my face. Since years ago I don’t go in the sun. Cleansing, toning and exfoliating are vital components of my daily skincare routine. However, as I have sensitive dry skin, I don’t often find products that agree with me. I’ve seen Paula’s Choice skincare in my social media feed and have to be honest this was my first time trying them. Since a few weeks ago, I’ve been testing Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery line and so far, my skin is really loving most of what I tried with no reactions.

One of the aspects that was key to selecting my regimen, was having a skin consultation to properly assess what was needed based on my age/ skin type. Over the telephone, a Paula’s Choice expert talked to me extensively and together we agreed that because of my concerns the Skin Recovery line would be best (I wanted something for sensitive skin, non irritant, non foamy cleanser) – all which I got in my package. Also, because I don’t go in the sun at all, I only do sunless tanners and Paula’s Choice offers a product called Sun 365 Self Tanning Concentrate. This sunless tanner mixes with your moisturizer, it can be used after exfoliating. For all skincare questions, Paula’s Choice has a fabulous and free of charge consultation team available at 800-431-4088.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser A non foamy, creamy, gentle cleanser ideal for skin with issues like rosacea, redness, irritation, dryness (my case). Little goes a long way, removes makeup quite well and it is a formula gentle enough to be used day/ night. My skin really loved this cleanser and I would definitely recommend if your skin is dry and can’t handle harsh soaps and chemicals.
Paulas Choice Skin Recovery Cream CleanserPaula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner This was an interesting formula/ texture as I am used to more fluid types of toners, it is a richer, almost creamy like consistency. One thing is for sure, this calming toner is very gentle and non tingling, perfect for after washing and non irritant on contact. If your skin gets irritated with most toners, Paula’s Choice Recovery Toner is perfect because it feels amazing and does a good job.
Paulas Choice Skin Recovery Calming TonerPaula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel A lightweight cream exfoliant with AHA gel for exfoliating and deep cleansing. Although I liked the formula, I felt that this exfoliant didn’t get rid of much on contact, it was very subtle and non invasive, perhaps more adequate for someone with extremely sensitive skin. For my skin, I like to have a little bit more removal of dead cells and scrub sensation, probably just a habit I am used to.
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Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self Tanning Concentrate I love the idea of self tanner without the strong scent that most, if not all, self tanners have and a product that can be mixed with my own moisturizer. Genius. I am not a tanning person really, I stopped purposely exposing my skin to the sun since a few years ago. However, I like using products like this one to apply on my legs for a subtle tint, not much more. What I would recommend when using this is to take your time, exfoliate gently, and to wait 10-15 minutes for the skin to completely dry before putting any clothing on. Color develops in 1–3 hours and may continue to deepen for a few hours after that, complete results are visible in 24-48 hours.Paulas Choice Sun 365 Self Tanning Concentrate

Final Thoughts

Overall, I liked Paula’s Choice skincare. If you are looking for skincare that feels salon quality and isn’t insanely expensive, Paula’s Choice carries a wide range of items for every skin need. When investing on skincare, I am the type who sees the overall range of products and specific needs. My favorite product is the Skin Recovery Softening Skin Cleanser, it is by far, the most gentle, fast acting cleanser I’ve tested, excellent for makeup and getting rid of dirt without leaving my skin feeling like cardboard. Also, getting a consultation and help online is a great service that Paula’s Choice offers, when choosing skincare it is super important to understand your products and what they are supposed to do. As far as packaging goes, I am happy to report I liked how the cleanser, exfoliant, toner, and self tanner come in, easy to dispense and non spill.

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Male Skincare And Grooming Favorites

Fashionisto-Exclusive-Belstaff-Bobby-Rake-002Fashionisto-Exclusive-Russell-Giardina-002Men just like us women, need skincare and grooming products. Lately, there is a stronger push for presentation in portrait/ editorial photography and video, specifically for men. And this is where I come in for touchups and grooming services. Most executives and regular male models need to be groomed for photos, there are a few exceptions but those are very rare, trust me. Generally speaking, men have a couple of things that often need to be addressed, combination of oil/ shine/ blackheads around the nose area AND most of the time, really dry, dehydrated skin where shaving occurs and their lips.

My favorite skincare products for men are

Caudalie Beauty Elixir – A spray that tightens pores and wakes the skin up, quite literally in the blink of an eye. I love this mist on men because it offers all the benefits of a toner plus works well with most skin types. Retails $49

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control – When it is warm out and or a the guy has oily skin, I use a generous amount of Skindinavia Primer Oil Control. Hands down Skindinavia makes the best setting sprays and this primer one is no exception. For male grooming it comes in handy before I put any makeup/ powder or products, I use this to keep the oil buildup at bay. When male clients do video, they have to use makeup. Retails starting at $35

TN Botanicals Pacific Lip Treatment – For broken, dry, chapped lips this is the lip treatment you want to have in your makeup/ skincare bag. There are no harmful or chemicals in this treatment, it is made mostly with emollients, antioxidants and a TN proprietary LipPlump™. Every client loves this treatment because it replenishes the most dehydrated lips. Retails $68

Dr Brandt Pores No More – For noses and open pores all over the skin, this is a great solution. Men tend to have a lot of open pores mostly in their T zone and especially on the nose, so I always bring this with me to ensure pores are well taken care of. It is like a primer base, it absorbs excess oil, blurs fine lines and works well under makeup/powder.

Embryolisse Lait Concentrate – A moisturizer for most skin types and perfect for male grooming. Embryolisse is made with shea butter and emollient oils, excellent for repairing shaven skin that is dry, broken and scaly. If I am doing makeup for a male client, I use this as a primer in the dry areas and also to avoid dullness.

I am sharing some of my recent male grooming work. Don’t let the eye candy fool you, I did a lot of prep work on both these handsome young guys to ensure they looked refreshed and radiant. For both male models Bobby Rake (B&W photo) and Russell, I used all the products above mentioned plus some makeup (concealer and a bit of brow filling in).

These photos were published on The Fashionisto.
Bobby was photographed by Sarah Kjelleren
Russell was photographed by Anna Tabakova

**All these products were given to me as part of my makeup artist gratis and editorial consideration, opinions and views are my own.

LOTD Cherry Blooms Instant Fiber Brow + Face Atelier Ultra Skin Foundation

Final Look FA and Cherry Blooms Brow FiberCherry Blooms Brow StencilCherry Blooms Instant Fiber Blooms CapuccinoMay and June are blazing through and finally, I am able to give you a super easy look of the day using just two products, Cherry Blooms Instant Fiber Brow Kit and Face Atelier Ultra Skin in shade number 6. Sometimes time is limited and you have to choose two solid products to get your face sorted for the day, and I picked these two because, I feel, LESS IS MORE.

Cherry Blooms Instant Fiber Brow Kit With Stencil arrived as a sample a few weeks ago. I’ve been playing around and like it a lot. With this kit you can gradually increase the amount of fiber building your brow look with or without a stencil. This is a semi-permanent formula that does not fade easily and will wash off with makeup remover or cleanser. One item that is indispensable when using this product is a clean mascara wand. As you apply the product (and I would use little because it is very rich in pigment), you have to brush out excess. My brows have a natural arch plus I do threading once a month to keep this shape. However, I like to fill them in as naturally as I can. I also chose a shade that was medium brown called Capuccino Brown to compliment and not give me severe dark brows. While applying the brow fibers, I would advice to not be in a rush and take your time building around the missing spots, it definitely adds nice dimension and good results (see my photo). I went very conservative and kept my handy wand to clean up excess as I drew them into my own lash line. I did not need the stencil but think it is a fabulous addition to this kit. If you love full lush brows, this is definitely a good product in your makeup bag.

Retails $49 each via www.cherryblooms.com

Face Atelier Ultra Skin 6 swatchFace Atelier Ultra 6Face Atelier Ultra Skin foundation is the newest addition to my artist kit and I LOVE it. Before I go on about why I like this foundation so much, I want to point out that I’ve been using FA Ultra Pro for several years. This is my go-to foundation for the most part. Because of its formula, I am able to mix it with adjustors to darken or lighten colors or add a concealer for more coverage, if needed. Face Atelier foundations allow me to custom create shades for all types of clients, not just the pretty young models I do makeup for. FA Ultra Skin is as sheer or as heavy as you want your coverage to be, you can layer it and it will get you medium – full coverage.

As you can see from my photos the coverage I did is soft/ sheer.  FA Ultra Skin is silicone-based, oil, vegan and fragrance free, PETA approved. I’ve used this on a red carpet client recently, for a People en Espanol 50 Mas Bellos event when Mexican actress Anna Layevska was one of the honorees. It was so reassuring to see her photos with flash photography, video and printed on a magazine, flawless! Why is silicone so good? It tends to “grab” onto the skin better and has a thinner consistency making skin look more natural. This is my personal and professional experience speaking of course. On myself, I used #6 which is a warm/ light medium undertone, I swatched on my hand and as you can see, it was a great match for me. FA Ultra Skin does not need a primer either, it is meant to work like on its own. If you have interest to learn more, Face Atelier explains the process and ingredient selection on their website, highly recommend it.

Retails $50 via www.faceatelier.com

For this LOTD I wanted to show you that with two great products, you can achieve MORE. Please feel free to leave comments and ask me any questions.

***Cherry Blooms was sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions and views are my own.

***Face Atelier was paid for with my pro discount/ some of it is artist gratis because I do a lot of pro makeup work, all opinions and views are my own.

Budgeting Tips On Your First Home Purchase


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The purchase of your first home is no small feat, it is one of the single most important achievements whether you are single, married or in a partnership. Buying a house can be very stressful as well, it is a big step to take. My husband and I bought our first home almost two years ago here in South Orange NJ and this is definitely the house of our dreams. Before looking at homes and seeing properties, do research on the internet, prepare ahead so you know what to expect. As we embarked on our search, we took a while making our choice and zeroed in an area that we felt met our needs (close to New York city by train, quiet yet not the countryside, a neighborhood we liked and a good school district). This research helped us come up with some choices within NJ and also understand our budget (more on this later).

One great resource for home buyers is at Capital One – they offer a glossary of terms one should know, an overview of the loans available and more. What’s fantastic about Capital One is that there are easy-to-understand articles and helpful videos, as well as information about Capital One’s Home Loans offerings. The loan process brings me to the next point, budget and finances.

Before embarking on securing a mortgage, we were both debt free. My husband is British. He comes from the mindset of not having any credit card debt and if this month we can’t afford something, we just don’t buy it. About six years ago maybe more, I paid all my college loans and any disposable income I made, it went into savings. We didn’t buy a house right after we got married either, this is a process that took years of putting money aside and being diligent with our finances (I also started having low credit card balances, thinking ahead of our future as home owners). Being able to secure a mortgage is what will set the wheels in motion, and now in times like today, it is tougher than ever.

My advice would be 1) Know what you can afford right off the bat. 2) Stick to the right price range, look at houses that are 2.5 times your annual salary. For this there are online mortgage mortgage calculators to help figure out what you can pay for monthly. And lastly, try to put down at least 20%, this is what we did, most of our savings went into our deposit, it lowered the monthly payment significantly. At the time of purchase of our home, we decided to not have a 2nd car and also to skip vacations for nearly a year. Small sacrifices pay off big.

Capital One’s goal is help first-time homebuyers understand how the home loan process works, which is why they launched a new online learning center that features the know-how on how to become the savviest homeowner on the block. If you are considering buying a new home or planning on it in the near future, I highly encourage using the wealth of info that Capital One’s Tips for First-Time Homebuyers, it is pretty thorough and will answer all your questions. I’ve included some photos of our house just to give you an idea, it is a five bedroom older home that was fully renovated. I love our garden and kitchen. My kids love playing outside just like my beagle dog Henry (see him peaking into the outside). South Orange is a lovely neighborhood in NJ. Both my husband and I work in New York city and coming home is really the best feeling, total peace and bliss in a house we love. Home is where the heart is, truly.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

No Makeup But I am Wearing Makeup LOTD

IMG_0276No Makeup Look Inside TrainMakeup artistry is my job and as such, it doesn’t mean I am dolled up to the max every single day. Quite the contrary, I am a total minimalist when it comes to me and the jobs I do. If you follow my artist work, you may have noticed I get booked for a lot of clean and soft makeup looks, it is where the real money is at. And of course, there are times when I do creative colorful gigs or I have red carpets and go all out for my clients.

The most crucial aspect of a no-makeup look for me, personally is the skin prep. When the skin is in good shape, layered accordingly to the weather, time of day and lighting, it looks amazing on a no makeup LOTD. This was my goal as I created my look. Less is more. I am giving you two photos, one is outside with glorious 4pm lights and the other one not so wow, inside a train because as you can probably tell, I was on my way to New York City, fluorescent lights not so cute but you get the idea, the makeup still looks soft.

1) I used two different moisturizers before I applied makeup. Today was a humid day but this doesn’t mean I don’t hydrate. My skin is dry so it needs a strong base of hydration for most foundations to look dewy/ sheer on me. My go-to moisturizer is Embryolisse Lait Concentrate, it’s so perfect I just love it. Shortly after, I used Intraceuticals Daily Serum, I focus on my dry spots across my frown line and around the eyes area. This serum feels very light and it adds radiance. Luminosity is my second most favorite finish when it comes to my skin (or my clients).

2) This was a day LOTD and I grabbed my Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation SPF 15 HD in OC 2. Koh Gen Do makes fabulous foundations, I have this and the moisturizing one as my daytime darlings, for me formula is everything and this particular brand is all about Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Squalane & Shea Butter, no parabens or petroleum. The finish is sheer and gives enough coverage for a real no-makeup look. I don’t even use a brush with Koh Gen Do, I literally will use my hands to blend this on myself, like a moisturizer, it feels like one.

3) I have a little darkness under my eyes and used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium Custard. Notice a trend? The word radiant is repeated on another product. I love this concealer because it is creamy and never feels heavy, covers well and blends perfectly into Koh Gen Do foundation.

4) After these two steps, I curled my lashes and used L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga in black, two coats. I like this mascara because the wand allows for very quick application and zero clumsiness. I don’t want to spend more than two minutes on mascara so I move on to my brows.

5) Brows are important. I’ve started using the Senna Cosmetics Precision Brow Pencil in mink. I purchased this to try using pencils after years of being mostly Senna Brow Powders and I gotta tell you, I love this pencil. It comes with a brush that’s so detailed, it makes the application process easy, 3 minutes of filling in and brushing out to get that soft look I like.

6) Last is applying a little blush. I actually went for NARS Contour Blush in Paloma color but if you notice my face, I do not contour. I hate seeing lines and obvious severeness in my own makeup especially daytime, so with this particular product I just glided and blended a little bit, mostly to give myself some glow/ dimension. This duo is matte and I love that it is subtle and it works well on creams.

Hope you liked my LOTD no makeup but I am wearing makeup, feel free to ask me any questions.

**Koh Gen Do, NARS concealer, Senna Brow Pencil and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate were my own purchases and NARS Contour, L’Oreal Manga and Intraceuticals Serum were given to me as press samples, ALL opinions and review are my own.

**This was a collaborative effort, check out what my other beautiful blogger friends created :)

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