Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Many people think using makeup primer is unnecessary. Well, unless those people have flawless skin without the assistance of makeup, they are wrong! Not only does makeup primer ensure that your makeup will stay put, it also helps your makeup go on much smoother and more evenly.

Would you paint a black wall light green without using a primer first? I think not. 

For sensitive skin: Bare Escentuals has a natural primer that works really well with their mineral powder foundation.  It has vitamins that are good for your skin and it will smooth out any rough patches and fine lines. Bare vitamins Prime Time has sephora's natural seal so it is perfect for all skin types, especially aged or sensitive skin.

For dull skin: Right now I am using this Benefit primer 'That Gal'. This pink-tinted, raspberry scented primer has amazing brightening power. It works great pre-foundation, but can be used throughout the day to re-brighten. I like to mix it with my posietint or benetint for a brightening cheek color!

For picture perfection: I think everyone who has used this primer can agree that it is top-notch. Smashbox photo finish foundation primer has a silky texture that can smooth out anything that would hinder you from having utter complexion perfection.

>>Tip: For smooth makeup application, apply moisturizer to a clean face and allow  it to dry. Then, apply the primer of your choice and allow it to soak into your skin for a few minutes. Then, apply your makeup!

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Going for the bronze

Feeling washed out? Or worse, orange? Look no further! There is a perfect bronzer out there for everyone. I promise! 

St. Tropez has an amazing foaming self-tanner. I know what you are thinking.. "I tried it once and never again will I succumb to the pain that is at home self-tanning.".. and I understand! However, this one is different. Instead of a lotion, cream or spray it is a mousse. The mousse allows you to blend evenly without any streaks. The color is also very unique. It is purely brown with absolutely NO orange pigment. It's amazing and works great with any skin tone because you can layer it until you get the color you desire. Start with one pump of the mousse on freshly cleansed skin, allow it to dry and follow with your regular makeup routine. You'll see that the bronzer is coming through your foundation and you may not need to wear as much!

For dry and mature skin, brush Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer across cheekbones, forehead, and down the bridge of the nose. It minimizes signs of aging and leaves your skin with a lasting healthy glow. Most powdery bronzers tend to suck the moisture right out of your skin. This perfecting bronzer moisturizes your skin throughout the day. It is proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, too!

I have relatively fair oily-combination skin. I make sure to keep sunscreen on my face at all times because I plan on looking 20 years old for the rest of my life...wishful thinking? 
For a little color during the Summer months, I use a combination of Benefit's Hoola and Dallas box o' powders. Hoola is a matte bronzer (no shine or sparkles) that I use all over my face. When I want to contour I use a little more Hoola underneath my cheekbones. After I am done with hoola, I use Dallas instead of a blush. Dallas is a combination between a blush and a bronzer and leaves me looking sun kissed and radiant!

For a bronzed look poolside, go for a bronzer that is water-resistant, such as Aqua Bunny Crème to Powder Splash Proof Bronzer by Too Faced. This amazing Pina Colada scented bronzer is perfect for the ever changing weather in Texas or anywhere else! It has a cream-to-powder consistency that is immune to heat and humidity. It is lightweight, it won't streak and it has vitamin E, which makes it actually good for your skin. This one is good for all skin types!

Comment and tell me which bronzers you have used and what you think of them.

Thanks for reading!

>>Tip: Always exfoliate before applying a bronzer so it doesn't soak into the rough spots in your skin. Self magazine has a great article about an at-home exfoliating recipe. Click Here!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

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