Monday, November 24, 2014

Makeup Monday: Flawless Skin Tutorial

You all are always asking how I have such perfect skin, and now you know the truth: I don't! But you guys have seen me without makeup many times, if you've seen past tutorials (and the occasional instagram), so I guess it was never a secret. I'm usually a BB Cream kind of girl (I alternate between Too Faced and Dr. Jart), but sometimes - like right now - my skin needs a little extra help. It's a combination of allergies, cold weather, hormones, and just having pale, sensitive skin that shows every imperfection. Though I need a little more coverage, it doesn't mean I'm going to cake on the makeup.  I love my freckles and beauty marks, and want them to show through. The trick is to use as little foundation as possible - and a little bit can go such a long way, if you do it properly. Here's a step by step tutorial on how to fake your way to perfect skin, when the beauty balm isn't enough: 

1. Start with a moisturized face, and prep with primer. I used Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

2. Conceal any under eye circles. I use a different concealer for dark circles than blemishes - you need something with an orangey tint, to combat the grayish blue tones. I used bareMinerals concealer. I like to use my ring finger to pat and roll the concealer; imagine inking a fingerprint. This warms up the concealer and helps it sink in, and the pat/roll doesn't wipe it away, like rubbing does.

3. Apply your foundation (I used Urban Decay Naked Skin). This can be done with your finger, a foundation brush, sponge, etc. My applicator of choice is the Beauty Blender. I soak it in water, squeeze out the excess, and apply in a bouncing motion. This gives the foundation a sheer, flawless finish.

4. Now, use the pointed end to get any smaller details: around the nose, under and at the corners of your eyes. This will also help blend the eye concealer seamlessly - but make sure to lightly tap the blender, not rub, or you'll wipe away the concealer.

5. Conceal any blemishes. You might be wondering why I save this for after foundation -- it's because normally, blemishes require a little more love, and you don't want to wipe away all that work. That will lead to more layering, and eventually you'll have a mound of caked on concealer. I generally use a concealer brush (both the brush and concealer are from Anastasia Beverly Hills), because it's a little more precise. Just dab the tiniest bit of concealer and tap, tap, tap. If I need extra blending, I lightly dab it with the larger end of the beauty blender (no extra product added).

6. Dot highlighter along your cheekbones and blend with your fingers. I used Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Rose Gold.

7. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks (I used NARS Orgasm). When I want a natural, diffused flush, I use the MAC 187, and swirl in small, circular motions.

I finished by filling in my brows (check out my brow tutorial) and adding lip gloss (Urban Decay's "Sesso" from the new Naked On The Run palette) - I even skipped mascara. All done!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Link Roundup

(photo from my instagram)

Bobby, Miku, and I escaped the city for a long weekend in the Catskills, and though we're freezing our toes off (and I witnessed several accidents, due to icy roads), it has been nice to unwind and recharge. I think Miku is especially happy to be in the country, as you can tell by this picture. I'm going to shut my computer down and unplug for a bit, but I didn't want to leave you without some links to check out:

- All of The Cut's Pretty Hurts articles, in one place.

- A reminder to be present. That may sound funny, coming from someone who is active on all social platforms. But it's important to know when to disconnect, sit your phone down, and live in the moment. Make memories - don't just curate them on instagram. It's all about balance.

- This brought tears to my eyes. Bravo, bro!

- These mouse loafers by Minna Parikka are a Disney lover's dream.

- 4 DIY Skin Solutions that I love.

- Thanksgiving recipes from all 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico).

- Hairstyles to try: A volumized ponytail for short hair, or the 90s hair flip.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kate Spade Saturday

Outfit Details:
Kate Spade Saturday Gold Dot Perfect Crew Sweatshirt in Lots of Dots Black
Kate Spade Saturday Deep Pleat Mini Skirt in Gold
Miista Alexia platforms in Black/Gold
Kate Spade Saturday Mini A Satchel in Hyper Pink
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore
Lookmatic Payton frames

It's not everyday that you walk into a store and could imagine its entire contents in your closet - at least, not for me. When Kate Spade Saturday opened, I felt as though they tailor-made it for me: it's graphic, bright, and all about having fun - everything I look for in clothing. It is named after the best day of the week, so I wouldn't expect anything less. I live in their slip neck tees (I recently wore them back to back) and favor their bright, poppy handbags and accessories, so when they asked me to share some of my favorite holiday looks and gift ideas, I did a little dance and threw some confetti in the air (or just said "yes," depending on whose story you believe). For the first look, I went with some golden holiday glitz with their Gold Dot Perfect Crew Sweatshirt and Kate Spade Saturday Deep Pleat Mini Skirt. The golden polka dots are a recurring theme in their holiday collection: hats, gloves, tops, dresses, bags - I love it!

I'll be sharing my gift guide and second holiday look with you, soon, but in the meantime, check out this amazing giveaway they're hosting. One lucky winner will receive a $1,000 gift card to Kate Spade Saturday and four more (yes, FOUR!) for their girlfriends. I would love for that winner to be one of my readers, so make sure you go and enter, here!

p.s. Happy, happy birthday to my little sister, Tessa Marie! I love you, Chichi!