Monday, December 26, 2011

Photo shoot with Miss Natalie

A little while ago I had the opportunity of helping out with some makeup for a photoshoot with my hubster the Photographer and Hairstylist's Dustin and Courtney and Model Natalie Lynn. We had alot of fun! I've worked with Natalie before and I just adore her! She is a total sweetheart! 

Check out the rest of the shoot here!

Friday, December 16, 2011

The color of the year for 2012 is.............

You may have already heard that this is the color but I thought I would share just in case you haven't! On the Pantone website it says, "Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy."

"A winner in cosmetics because of its versatility, Tangerine Tango is a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way. Add a sultry flair to lips, cheeks and nails with Tangerine Tango. An unexpected eye shadow color, Tangerine Tango is a complementary opposite that flatters blue or green eyes. When paired with brown eyes, it brings out an amber cast."

This bold red-orange shade is gorgeous!! But I did however LOVE the Honeysuckle color from last year. Which color do you like best? 

Make up Forever's Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #40

MAC's lipstick Morange

OPI's "On the same paige"

Make up Forever's aqua cream base #10 for eyes, lips or cheeks

What do you guys think about this bold and exotic color? Will you be wearing this color on your face, nails or clothes? 
I think I really love it! 


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sneak Peak: Hunger Games Nail Polish!

This post isn't about makeup but it does have something to do with beauty, nails and an amazzzzing book series /soon to be movie! 
I just read on about a sneak peak of China Glaze doing a Hunger Games nail polish collection!! 

Anyone obsessed with Hunger Games like I am?! I about died when I saw this. I seriously can't wait for the movie and these nail polish colors look like so much fun!

I just want them all!

Dress me up and Foie Gras

Fast Track and Hook and Line

Stone Cold and Smoke and Ashes

Argo and Mahogany Magic

Harvest Moon and Riveting 

Electrify and Luxe and Lush 

Very pretty colors!! They will be available March 1st! 
Who else is so excited for Hunger Games to come out? Which book was your favorite?

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Party Looks

It's time to start thinking about Christmas parties!! I'm so excited this year, it's coming up fast! What kind of makeup look will you wear this year at your parties you are attending?

I found some really pretty looks to share with you guys from different makeup brands that I love, they are gorgeous! I can't decide which one to do!

This one is from NARS. It's a little dramatic but I love the lips! 

Here are some of the makeup from the NARS holiday collection! I love these colors!
Check out the complete collection here

Here is Make Up Forever's take for the Holiday's. Love the gold smoky eye. They called it Wild and Chic and I would have to agree!

and here are the products from their Wild and Chic Holiday Collection!
This is the Wild and Chic Aqua Cream Shadows! 
You can buy these all at Sephora

Here is the Wild and Chic Aqua Eyes 

Next is Urban Decay. Very pretty in pink! 

Here is their Book of Shadow's vol IV

and of course their new Naked Palette #2!

Stardust Sparkling Lipgloss to get those pretty pink lips

And last look is from Smashbox! This look is called Sugar Plum Pretty! I love this one

This look actually comes from the eye WISH palette from last years holiday collection and I'm not sure if you can still get that palette. 
This year's palette is called Click you're it and has similar colors that you could use to get a similar look.

Hope this helps a little bit with your Holiday party looks!!! Hope everyone has a fun time!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

How to find the correct foundation color

Have you ever felt so lost when it comes to finding the correct color of foundation?! You don't want something too light otherwise your face looks like a ghost and then you don't want something too dark that you have this round circle stopping right at your neck and you become this floating head. ughhh. Why does it have to be so complicated?

Notice how Emily Blunt's face is a lot paler then the rest of her body? Poor thing! She still looks beautiful, maybe she had spent the day out on the beach and got a tan and then didn't have time to go get a little darker foundation color?? Anyways, the point is it's super important to get the correct color match of foundation! I've totally made this mistake before, I'm sure we all have! I have gotten into the habit of taking a picture of myself before i'm done with my makeup because sometimes the bathroom mirror lies and a picture tells you the truth! We all get darker in the summer and paler in the winter so its important to have a darker and lighter shade of foundation on hand for the different seasons.

I think a good place to start is to figure out your correct undertone. It has taken me awhile to figure out my own just because for awhile my skin was pretty tanned growing up and I always thought that I must have  olive skin undertone. What I didn't understand was that the tan was my skin tone, there are lots of different skin tones, very light, light, medium, dark, etc. and there is another part to your skin called the undertone. I was getting these two mixed up!

Sooo, then I moved to Idaho. Land of snow and ice for 9 months out of the year. Where your skin never see's the sunlight. My skin is very white now and I can really tell that I naturally have a light skintone with a little pink in the undertone. I would consider it more neutral/cool because it's not super pink but its not super yellow either. A good way to figure your own skin undertone is to wear a white shirt or put a white plain piece of paper up to your face and you will definitely be able to tell. There are cool (pink) and  warm (yellow) undertones and a neutral undertone.

Once you've figured your undertone out most foundation brands will tell you if they are for pink undertones or yellow undertones, olive or beige undertones.

If you live near a store that carries the brand of foundation you want to buy, go in there and swatch alittle on your jaw line to see if it blends in and disappears. This will be your correct shade. The key is you don't want to see it! Also, it helps to talk with a professional who works there and they can help match your color if your still struggling.


But, if you're like me and live in a small city where the nearest Sephora is 4 hours away then you can go here.
Coolest website EVER! I just barely stumbled across it and it is sooo cool! I'm way excited I found it! What you do is enter in your skin tone and undertone and then it shows you a graph of different brands of foundations and the color. So you find a brand and the color that matches you best that you've already used and from there you can find the correct color in another brand without even having to try it on! For example I know for sure that I am Fairly Light in Bare Escentuals bare minerals foundation, so then from there I go down the graph and find that I am a #115 in Make up Forever HD foundation. Does that make sense? If not, go there and try it out! It's called Foundation Matrix.

Hope this all helps with your next purchase of foundation!
What are your favorite brands of foundation to use?

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