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T. LeClerc – Loose Powder in Orchidee

14 Feb

T. LeClerc Loose Powder Orchidee

Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

T. LeClerc Orchidee

Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $50 at:

Barneys NY

Sweet Tarte by Celebrity Stylist and Writer, Michelle Brookhurst

21 Dec

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When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, we went into a research frenzy; culling articles about hormones in poultry, aluminum in deodorants, and parabens in cosmetics. In the decade since her diagnosis, we have made a lot of environmental and nutritional changes. I checked out options for paraben free cosmetics, and after a life of cheery bright happy lipsticks, and colorful packaging filled with promises and allure, I found the “natural” options to be a bit blah, and rather depressing. Well, natural is nice, but I think make-up should be about fantasy and fun, drama, seduction, getting to play the red-lipped femme fatale, or the apple cheeked girl next door. I am well aware of the harsh role chemicals and toxins play in our current state of health, but I don’t want to lose my five minutes of fun in the morning, where I get to “put on my face”. I enjoy being in touch with my feminine girly side, reminding myself I can be sexy and sweet, before I walk out my front door to go kick some butt.

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I found the perfect solution in Tarte Cosmetics. All their packaging is super flirty and fun, it is a pick me up to look at, the colors are fantastic, and that’s before I even put it on! All Tarte products are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and synthetic fragrances, and I also appreciate that they don’t spend money on advertising, they spend it on research. The company is eco-friendly, and I highly suggest reading about the values of both the company and the cosmetics- you will be amazed at the amount of research and care that goes into every product; even the cheek stain, which is a water based gel blush, is packed with vitamins for your skin. There are some natural beauty lines that are all about health, but do absolutely nothing for either your face or sense of fun- Tarte delivers the true “whole package.” I have never been asked by so many make-up artists about my mascara, had friends borrowing my lipstick, or given away so many tubes of the tinted moisturizer.

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Tarte Cosmetics was created by someone who loves make-up, and you can tell. Everyone I have turned on to the Lights Camera Lashes mascara has never gone back to the itchy, overly fragranced mascaras of other companies, and it even comes in a purple snakeskin tube! That’s my kind of “natural.” There is never a new product I don’t like, and every color is flattering. I swear by their cheek stain, all the Lipsurgence lip pencil/gloss sticks (i don’t even know what to call them except tubes of perfect textured heaven), and my biggest secret weapon is the Smooth Operator waterproof concealer, which easily outperforms Touche Eclat..

Smooth-Op-Clay-Concealer-ALL-mdn-70191227I don’t know if it’s the Amazonian clay, or the Marajuca oil that is used to create such perfect textures, but the foundations are never cakey, all pencils glide on smooth, and the cheek stains are so user friendy. This is what I was looking for in a “natural” beauty line: fun packaging, great results, and 5 minutes in the morning where I get to feel good about what I put on my skin, and beautiful when I look in the mirror. (And with this sale, my wallet is looking good too!)

Available from:

Tarte

Sephora

 

Michelle Brookhurst

Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire), turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer. She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

8 Holiday Makeup Do’s & Don’t

23 Nov

1. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you’re not one for makeup, this holiday season add a touch of gold or bronze to your bottom lash line for an easy, fun holiday look.

2. Don’t worry about that summer sweat anymore! Find a foundation that is right for you…and the season. During the winter don’t be afraid to put away the tinted moisturizer and try a more full coverage foundation for a flawless long lasting winter look.

3. Do keep a nude gloss and an Elf Eye liner pen in your purse for a quick day to night change.

4. Don’t hesitate to go for a bold lip! If you use a liner and matte lipstick combo your touch ups are going to be minimal! Gloss alone works great, but it makes touching up more frequent. (Favorite tip, after eating completely take off lipstick and reapply. It will last longer than trying to touch up what’s left!)

5. Do give your skin a gorgeous glow. Just because it’s the winter doesn’t mean you can’t look sun kissed! A touch of MAC’s Give Me Sun right below your cheekbones, as a contour gives the perfect finish.

6. It’s winter; DON’T worry about washing your hair every day. That’s why dry shampoo was invented. Suave Dry Shampoo is $3.49. Pick up a bottle and make Saturday night drinks with the girl’s hair last into Sunday’s brunch with the boyfriends parents!

7. Don’t forget to add a touch of color on your cheeks when going for a bold lip. You don’t want the lip to wash you out. Try a mauve for evening and baby pink for day time and it will really make your face pop!

8. And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to moisturize!! From your skin to your lips, try Maybelline’s Baby Lips chapstick for the lips; and L’Occitane 25% Shea butter face cream for night and day. (If your skin is on the oilier side, try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer.)

Elle Favorule is a Makeup Artist based in Los Angeles. Her celebrity clientele include Shannon Elizabeth, Kathy Baker, Jessica Lowndes, and Briana Evigan. Elle has traveled all over Europe doing makeup demonstrations and currently works on Film & Television.

artistry@ellefavorule.com

http://ellefavorule.com/

Nars Blush in Orgasm

29 Oct

Nars Blush in Orgasm is legendary for a reason! Year after year, it has been an Allure Best of Beauty Winner, InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys, and a Beauty Editor favorite. It’s no surprise that you’ll rarely come across a makeup artist’s kit that doesn’t include this! Why? This universally flattering peachy pink shade, with its subtle golden sheen, brightens the face instantly. Your left with a healthy flush that look freshly sunkissed, thanks to this sheer yet buildable powder blush. And the color is built like the Energizer Bunny. It just goes and goes and goes, resisting fading for hours on end.

To use, lightly run a fan brush or skunk brush over the blush, since Nars blushes are so highly pigmented. Then sweep it over the center of the cheekbones  and softly blend it out. You can also dust some into the eyelid crease, temples, hairline, jawline, and bridge of the nose. One swipe yields a soft wash of color. Two or more swipes builds the intensity. SInce there is a good dose of shimmer here, for daytime you may want to buff it out with a sponge to take it down a few notches.

This iconic Nars blush can add elegant dimension, definition, and the warmest glow to your skin! And because you need so little, thanks to the intense pigmentation, one of blush will last you years. If you don’t already own this, try it for the perfect glow!

P.S.  Not to be confused with Nars Super Orgasm Blush. Way too glittery in my opinion.

Available for $28 at:

Sephora

NARS Orgasm Illuminator Light up my Life!

2 Oct

How lucky I am to have a friend like my Glow + Tell cohort Elena Evangelo, she gifted me one of my now favorite products, NARS Orgasm Illuminator. Inspired by NARS’s CULT classic Orgasm blush this product evolution is intended to multitask, used either as an all over glow, a highlighter, blush, or foundation enhancer. I use it mostly as a cream blush/cheek highlighter.  Or sometimes I apply my NARS Orgasm blush and then add a light dab of the illuminator on top.  Alone the shimmer helps give my skin a more awake look, and since it is not a powder it keeps my skin from looking dry. In fact it reflects light and makes my skin look more youthful, a dewy look. The Orgasm color is a peachy pink with shimmer and creates a natural glow, very universally flattering.

Tips for application as a blush/cheek highlighter –

  1. Dab the upper area of your cheekbones with a small amount of illuminator starting at the top of the apples of your cheeks.
  2. I’d suggest starting with a small amount, as it’s always easier to add on vs. take off.
  3. Continue to dab upward and around to side of eyes, temple area. If you have fine lines around your eyes, as most of us do, tread lightly in this area. You don’t want the product to illuminate lines so make sure to lighten up on the amount and make sure to blend!
  4. Maybe or maybe not, top off the uppermost points of your cheekbones with an extra touch of illuminator. This highlight can lift the face by raising the appearance of your cheekbones.
  5. Lastly give it one last attention to detail and make sure the edges are blended softly out until you end up with a beautiful dewy glow!

The illuminator comes in 4 colors including a stunning new silver illuminator available in the Fall 2012 Holiday Walk On the Wild Side Andy Warhol gift set. The core items in the new Andy Warhol collection are available Oct. 1st at Sephora but the HIGHLY anticipated palettes and gift sets are available on the NARS website come Nov. 1st. To read more about the the Warhol themed collection check out yesterdays Vogue Daily article!

Listed at: $30.00

Available at: http://www.narscosmetics.com

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose

6 Sep

If you like a glowy cheek, Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Rose delivers! If you need to revive dull skin, Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Rose delivers!

With just the right amount of pearly color and sheen to light up the high points of the face, this smooth brush-on powder doubles as a great highlighter and/or a great blush. And unlike most highlighters out there, it somehow doesn’t emphasize pores. The result is subtle, shimmery, healthy, natural looking skin. And the color is perfection! Rose is truly rosy and works on most skin tones for a healthy flush and a luminous glow, all in one package!

As a highlighter:

Swirl your brush over all the 5 colors in the palette to mix them together, and run it over the top of your cheeks, temples, nose, chin, and even lids.

As a blush:

Swirl your brush over all the 5 colors and apply them to the apples of your cheeks. The results? Like Nars Orgasm, but more subtle.

Now, the Shimmer Brick may seem pricey but you do get a lot for your money. This brick will last you years – very little truly goes a very long way!

Tip:

You can even apply it to the center of your bottom lip before using gloss, for a fuller Jolie pout.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose

Available for $40  at:

Bobbi Brown

Sephora

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid

28 Aug

While I love a hearty sun kissed look, I do prefer it from a bottle than the sun. Don’t want to invite any unnecessary wrinklage. But finding a bronzer that does the trick is not an easy task, especially with an olive skintone. Most bronzers either make my skin look muddy or sallow, and baked clay is definitely not the look I’m going after.

But thanks to a couple of dear friends, I discovered Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed. It imparts a sheer yet radiant healthy glow that truly looks natural! A SUBTLE lit-from-within-look that works on every skin tone!

How To Use:
For a truly a sophisticated luminous glow, mix it into your foundation or apply it after, for a kick on all the high points of the face that the sun would kiss: bridge of nose, cheekbones, temples, chin… No sparkles or glitter here. Soleil Tan De Chanel can even double as a blush for the most luminous of flushes! And a tiny bit goes a long way. This bottle will last you years!

And a bonus, it’s Oil Free, Fragrance Free, and will work on even the palest of skins.

Tips:
Always shake first.
Blend quickly once you apply it for a subtle but stunning effect.

P.S. It photographs beautifully!

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed

Available for $48 at:
Chanel

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