Fall Makeup Guide Part 2 — Complexion Perfection

Time to get your complexion ready for the fall and winter!  The following products well help you look flawless in the cold months ahead!

Get ready for a smooth ride with Napoleon Perdis renowned Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer ($39.00 USD). The lightweight and gentle formula is scientifically formulated to allow your foundation to automatically glide over the skin, creating a flawlessly smooth complexion. Helps makeup stay put longer.

What I think:  This is a light, but effective primer.  I apply this over moisturizer, under foundation and it does help my make up stay on all day!  Visit www.napoleonperdis.com to learn more and purchase.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer ($42.00 USD) The key to healthier, younger-looking skin? Hydration, as any studio artist will tell you. The latest addition to Smashbox’s legendary primer family immediately quenches skin and seals in moisture for hours after, thanks to Hydraplex, an extract derived from desert plants. Benefits are oil-free and lightweight, smoothes fine lines and pores, and extends makeup wear.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 ($42.00 USD) Hot studio lights usually mean lots of complexion touch-ups-but not anymore! Stay picture-perfect for a full 15 hours with our breakthrough long-wearing formula, developed to withstand intense on-set conditions. Skin is hydrated and shine-free, while imperfections are blurred with light-diffusing spheres. Benefits are buildable medium-to-full coverage, water, sweat, humidity and transfer resistant, plus it is oil-free, and helps control oil.

What I Think: If you have dry skin, this combo will be perfect for you! The primer is extremely moisturizing.  It is oil-free which is perfect for all skin types, but it does feel a bit heavy on my skin.  I think it will work better for me in the winter, when my skin becomes drier.

The foundation, though, is fabulous!  It smooths the appearance of the skin, making my pores and fine lines less noticeable. I find that it really lasts all day long and looks flawless.  The shade I have is 2.3, and it is a bit darker than I usually wear, but I smoothed it onto my neck and chest and it looked so natural!   You can purchase at www.smashbox.com and www.sephora.com.

Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid ($30.00) — Can you fake flawless? Actually, with this oil-free foundation from Pixi™, you can!  The lightweight, water-based formula creates an impeccable complexion.  Conceals imperfections while minimizes the appearance of pores and redness.  Provides sheer to medium coverage.  Vitamin E and B5 protects the skin.  Long-lasting matte finish.

What I think:  This is very light weight and it is matte — which I love.  I don’t need to add shine to my face! This lasts all day and is full coverage.  Visit www.target.com to purchase.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF15 (Available in the UK only, currently) — The perfect way to enhance your skin. Our rich and creamy, yet lightweight formula leaves all skin types looking naturally dewy, even and radiant. With mineral UV SPF15, it’s enriched with our own blend of natural source vitamin E, borage and avocado, specially selected to work in harmony with our skincare range.

What I think:  This is a dewy tinted moisturizer that is lightweight, but covers well.  I love the skincare benefits that I receive while wearing it. The release day for the United States in unclear, but when it becomes available, it is a good base for those who like light coverage!  Visit www.uk.lizearle.com.

Spring Eye Shadow Choices From Boots No7, Napoleon Perdis and Josie Maran

I don’t think you need to buy all new makeup each season, but it is fun to pop in a few new products, like a bright or shimmery eye shadow for spring, to update your look. Here are some of my favorites that I have recently tried.

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse ($7.99 USD) —  These small tubes of light-as-air color combine a wonderful whipped texture with a flattering iridescent finish. The unique formulation means the color lasts on and on and it’s just so easy to apply, use your finger to dot and blend to your heart’s content. The eye color is waterproof so great for sports enthusiasts.

Apply using fingertips and blend to create the desired effect. A brush can be used for more precise definition. The Vanilla shade can be used as a highlighter. It is also available in Fudge, Khaki and Lilac.

Visit www.target.com or www.us.boots.com to learn more and purchase.

Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts ($25.00 USD) — A highly pigmented loose powder in a canister that dispenses just the right amount of product each time. Start in the closed position, shake lightly and open to release. The sifter mechanism measures out enough shadow for one application. Dust or pat onto the eyes, cheeks or even body for brilliant shimmering highlights. The vivid results last from dust till dawn.  Available in 20 shimmering shades.

Visit http://www.napoleonperdis.com/US/ to learn more and purchase.

Josie Maran Argan Eye Love You Too Palette ($42.00 USD) — A limited-edition palette that contains eight Argan-infused eyeshadows for endless eye looks.Enriched with pure Argan Oil, these soft, velvety shadows blend effortlessly and stay put for intense, saturated, all-day color. The perfectly portable palette comes with an easy-to-follow, how-to card from Josie herself, featuring step-by-step instructions on how to create the ideal day and night looks. Campfire is a matte chestnut brown. Rejuvenate is a golden mossy green. Dragonfly is a color shifting, brownish-teal. Chirp is a maple brownish-gold. Bunny is a buttery white. Cinnamon is a fleshy pink. Meadow is a subtle lemon-lime green. Branch is a dark brown with gold flecks.

You can purchase at www.josiemarancosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.


Make Your Lips Kissable This Valentine’s Day With Napoleon Perdis, beautyADDICTS and L’Oreal


Want to add a little sparkle to your look in time for Valentine’s day? The easiest way to update your look and feel fab is trying a new lip gloss or lipstick. Here are a few new ones to help you change things up and to enjoy your Valentine’s kisses?

Inspired by the fabulous success of the Chandelier Shine nail polishes, Napoleon Perdis introduces 12 ultra glossy lip glosses in a perfectly matched pack.  From top to toe you’re covered with the Chandelier Shine Lip Gloss pack ($15.00 USD), which includes one lip gloss and one nail polish. the perfect accessory to compliment any polished look.  From soft French Pink to the dark hues of Moroccan Velvet and Santorini Sunset, these hues let your lips and nails shine! 

Chandelier Shine Lip Glosses add brilliant texture and glide smoothly (never sticky) for that camera ready pout.  With the added benefit of marine collagen, Chandelier Shine Lip Gloss delivers lip repairing properties, keeping lips moist and full, while contouring for a sweet supple look.  The nail polishes provide long-lasting shine and amazing chip free technology.  The UV protectors prevent yellowing and nail hardening. 
I love this lip gloss. I have it in Ritzy, a dark red with warm undertones. I usually don’t wear red as I prefer softer lip shade, but I really like this one. This can be very opaque, so I just apply a little and press my lips together so it blends sheerly. Very pretty! You can also go for the wow factor by applying it full on.  This kit is available in  12 shades from a pearly pink to a dark red. You can purchase this at Zappos.com.
Another great gloss is the beautyADDICTS SweetLIPS Gloss ($17.00 USD). This new high shine gloss hydrates with soothing Vitamin E and Jojoba Butter that moisten and heal battered lips. Not to mention, SweetLIPS will leave you tasting as good as you look with a hint of Vanilla.
Available in four shades that look great on all skin-tones:
Glow – Blush is the perfect special occasion pink
Express – Sheer Peach is a beautifully natural shade with a touch of coral
Motivate – Lilac is a fun lavender-pink
Seduce – Black Cherry is a deep berry shade that creates the perfect glam-lip

This yummy gloss really hydrates my lips! I have the Motivade shade and it is sweet and Spring-y. These glosses are not sticky an feel great on. Visit www.beautyaddicts,com to learn more and to purchase!

Want a lipstick that will withstand Valentine’s kisses? Take your lips to the next level with L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge ($9.99 USD). This revolutionary and innovative formula delivers bold, luscious color that lasts all day long, making it the ultimate beauty indulgence.  Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour offers up to 10 hours of vivid, hi-definition colour and shine, while hydrating Vitamin E keeps your lips moist and comfortable. Discover the truest color payoff in a creamy, conditioning base.

I have the Perpetual Peach — the color that Jennifer Lopez wore at the Golden Globes. This color is so soft and pretty, perfect for day wear or for night with a bronze smoky eye. Don’t worry if this is not your color — it is available in a whopping 30 shades. Visit www.lorealparisusa.com to learn more and you can purchase at drugstores and mass market retailers near you!


Achieve Flawless Skin From NP Set by Napoleon Perdis

“NP Set is my spirited new makeup collection for glamour on-the-go. Think rich colors, cool trends and fix-it products that are easy to use. Are you ready to get Set?”
– Napoleon Perdis

Napoleon Perdis is an Australian makeup artist who launched this more affordable line of cosmetics in the United States at Target stores in August 2008. What’s cool is that you can try these on at the store to see if the colors and formulas work for you. I love the following two face powders products because they help me achieve a flawless face.

Pasarella Powder Foundation ($30.00 USD) — Contains pomegranate extract, shea butter and vitamins A & C and is paraben free.   This gives minimum to maximum coverage and sets liquid foundation well. The double layered compact contains a mirror and a sponge applicator which makes it easy to travel with and touch up during the day. I really like this powder foundation. I use it over concealer and it give me good coverage plus a natural look.   Available in 7 shades to match most skin tones.

Baked Powder ($20.00 USD) This compact includes a  blusher (or bronzer) and highlighter and is baked so it can be used wet or dry. Ingredients includes vitamins A, C and E, jojoba oil, acai oil, Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9, and safflower & sunflower Oil and paraben free. Available in 4 shades: Bronze Set, Blush Set, Peach Set and English Pink Set. I have the Bronze set. It is nice to have a two toned bronzer and can wear the shades mixed together or one shade at a time. Really well-pigmented, but looks natural, too.

Visit www.npsetcosmetics.com to learn more and you can also purchase at Target. Enjoy!

New Beauty Products at Target Part 2 – NP Set by Napoleon Perdis

NP Set Pasarella Mascara

Another intriguing new line at Target is NP Set by Napoleon Perdis — Australia’s makeup guru. Perdis had said that his new line is “dedicated to effortless glamour”. Inspecting the display of white and black sleek products, my first impulse is to agree with him.

I only tried a few items of this line. Some of the stand outs are the Concealer Look which gives amazing cover for my dark under eye circles and the Loose Dust Duo eye shadow that has a double ended wand, one end with a darker shade, one end with a nice highlighting shade. There are ten shade combinations for this product, so you can surely find colors you like.

The item I was most impressed with is the Pasarella Mascara. This is a conditioning, volumizing mascara that contains beeswax. It plumped up my paltry lashes and didn’t smear all day. That’s a good mascara! And for $15.00 not a bad price for a higher end product.

NP Set Lip Stain and Plumper

Although I like this line, one item I tried left me cold — actually it left my lips burning and they are still red today! That is the Lip Stain and Plumper. Wow, I did not care for this product. This comes in two shades, Moon Pink and Star Coral. Both shades are very bright and candy-colored. I don’t wear either shades, so I picked the coral one because I thought it might look okay on me. It didn’t. Besides the unflattering color, this product does not apply evenly, sitting in globs on my lips and oh did it BURN! And, unfortunately, my lips didn’t show any plump for the pain. It’s been almost three days since I tried it and my lips are still sore. This is one craptastic product. Save the $15.00 that this will cost you and buy the mascara instead!