Makeup That’s Perfect For Valentine’s Day!

What are you doing this Saturday…Valentine’s Day?!! Are you going out? Or staying in, wink, wink?

Either way, a soft and pretty, or a darker, sexy look will be perfect for a romantic date, or a fun time out with the girls!

My picks for gorgeous Valentine’s Day makeup include pretty blushes and a great contouring system, dramatic lipsticks and lip glosses and sexy eye shadow palettes:

Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 USD) — Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.

Purchase at http://www.milanicosmetics.com and in drugstores near you.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush ($18 USD) — Highlight and accent your cheeks with velvety colour cream blush featuring built-in Farm to Jar™ skincare. As you add natural depth and warmth to your complexion, your skin will drink in the anti-aging benefits of vine-fresh Resveratrox® and Vitisin, harvested exclusively for Pür from Bordeaux’s famed wine region. Taken from the finest wine-producing French grapes, these key ingredients have been shown to soften the look of lines and brighten the skin’s appearance. Château Cheeks Cream Blush contains NO mineral oil, petrolatum or lanolin oil and is non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Available a http://www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette ($50 USD) — Contouring is a professional technique commonly used on editorial photo shoots as it works with lighting and shadows to recreate an illusion. Through her artisan lens and years of working as a professional makeup artist, Laura has carefully chosen these neutral shades in a darker range that help sculpt the face. The extraordinary cream formula is more blendable than typical contouring powders, allowing for a natural, flawless, fool-proof application every time.

This palette includes: 3 neutral brown matte crèmes – for shading; Contour #1, Contour in Medium #2,  Contour in Deep #3

2 crème highlighters (light and dark) – for light reflection; Highlight #1, Highlight #2

Laura’s step-by-step tutorial

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

Vincent Longo Lip Cheek Gel Stain ($24 USD) — Dual-purpose colour stain is extremely long wearing and perfect for an active lifestyle. Layers directly over moisturized lips and cheeks to deliver a beautiful wash of sheer color.

Available at http://www.vincentlongo.com

essence longlasting lipstick ($4.99 USD) — Whether you’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow or you’re planning a night out with the girls, don’t let lack-luster lips ruin your Valentine’s Day beauty look! Get your pout smooch-ready with kissable shades of reds and playful pinks using essence cosmetics longlasting lipsticks and XXXL shine lipglosses (not pictured).

Available at http://www.ulta.com

Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss ($18 USD) — This one-of-a-kind lip-plumping lip gloss packs a pout-perfecting punch with age-defying Resveratrox®, freshly harvested from Bordeaux’s finest wine-producing grapes! This exclusive Farm to Jar™ ingredient hydrates dry lips and helps reverse visible signs of early aging, including lip lines and wrinkles. Never sticky or tacky, this luscious, lip-plumping lip gloss formula provides hours of dewy colour along with visibly softer, smoother lips—even after the gloss comes off! Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine ($9.99 USD) — This isn’t a shadow, it’s a shine. This extraordinary eye-enhancing, game-changing gloss can be swept on bare lids. Just tap the applicator onto the color and glide over the eye, starting close to the lashline. From there, simply blend and build with the applicator or your fingertip. In fact, it’s so easy to get glowing with this gloss, your hardest task will be picking a palette. Available in four shade quartettes named for Italy’s starriest, most beloved cities, the lineup includes Milan (soft pinks and taupes), Rome (a pack of rich lavenders and purples), Florence (think copper, bronze, gold) and Venice (icy white and cool blues). Sexy and glamorous, but an effortless addition to your makeup routine, Fierce Foil Eyeshine is runway inspired, “real way” designed.

Available at http://www.milanicosmetics.com and drugstores.

Urban Decay Shadow Box ($34 USD) — Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you’re new to Urban Decay or you’ve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

What You Get: Sin (champagne shimmer), Indo (bright metallic emerald green shimmer), Bordello (pale mauve shimmer w/gold micro-glitter), Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Blackout (blackest black matte), Flash (bright iridescent purple shimmer), Mushroom (warm gray shimmer), Lost (medium metallic brown shimmer), Freelove (golden vibrant peach shimmer), Moonshadow (bright navy blue shimmer w/tonal sparkle) and Baked Cowboy (golden bronze shimmer w/tonal sparkle).

Available at http://www.urbandecay.com

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars on the Go Breakfast at Tiffany’s ($55 USD) — Two-minute, two-step pocket-palette for a full eye-cheek-&-lip look in an instant. Inspired by Charlotte’s favorite past and modern day beauty icons, these five creamy lip-to-cheek colours have been paired with their perfect molten metal eye shadow partner for an easy look in a palette. Designed for women who are lacking in either time or makeup application skills (or both!) – these compacts are perfect for sheer, buildable and easy-to-handle application in a dash. Berry Flux Vita increases Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin, protecting the epidermis from dehydration, microfine pigment technology ensures high colour performance and a long-lasting finish, while a perfect balance of waxes and oils eases application for a soft creamy texture which glides on without pulling on the delicate skin around the eye with Apricot Seed Oil to provide antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. (Shades: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Some Like It Hot, Rebel Without A Cause, All About Eve, The Spy Who Loved Me).

http://www.charlottetilbury.com

What is your makeup look going to be this V-Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

My Fave Glam Stocking Stuffers!

Candy and socks are nice — but sometimes we glam girls want something pretty in our stocking (besides jewelry)!  The little sets and palettes below are wonderful pick-me-ups in shimmering shades that will help get her (or you) through the winter.

bliss santa’s little helpers ($11 USD, $24 value) — mega-moisturizing duo for mouth and ‘mittens’.  You better watch ‘pout’, you better ditch dry—and you can do both with this spa-inspired lip- and hand-hydrating pair. Includes high intensity hand cream (1.0 oz) and fabulips softening lip balm. Available at bliss spas, www.blissworld.com, Sephora.

Burt’s Bees Simply Shimmer ($10 USD) Lips will smile this season when you give one of these spectacular sets. Each Lip Shimmer cares for your lips with Coconut and Sunflower Oils while Vitamin E nourishes them with a sheen. Made from luminescent Earth Pigments these lip lovelies are pretty alone or layered with your favorite lip colors– Nourishes and soothes lips with Vitamin E and Beeswax • Enriched with Sunflower and Coconut Oils • Invigorating Peppermint flavor

Red Mix contains:

  • Peony Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz.)
  • Fig Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz.)
  • Champagne Lip Shimmer (0.09 oz.)

This is a fun gift for one lady, or split it up and share the wealth! Available at mass market retailers near you.

Urban Decay Midnight Emergency Kit ($39 USD) — Look sultry at a moment’s notice without risking serious embarrassment with the Midnight Emergency Kit. Four luminous shadows, a cruelty-free shadow brush and Lip Junkie Lipgloss make the Midnight Emergency Kit a must for every purse! Swathed in a champagne pleather (Urban Decay is cruelty-free) case featuring a golden zipper that zips all the way around as well as a built in mirror, you’ll love to pull this baby out at any emergency!  Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

JK Jemma Kidd Smoke It Up Kit ($22 USD) — Smoke it up. Create day-to-night, instant glamour with the ultimate smoky eyes shadow kit.  Must-have matte and pearl shades teamed with essential defining wet/dry shadow/liner; housed in a chic, lightweight and travel friendly compact with handy flip mirror. Purchase at Target and www.target.com.

Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection ($44 USD) gift set offers “eye candy” for the holidays. Four unique shadows, literally baked into irresistible “color cookies,” recall the world-famous scrumptious Italian sweet. These holiday “eye candies” feature sweet complements of crystalline icing baked onto a velvety rich base of visible flavor.  When applied, the gourmet treats and toppings meld and blend with sophisticated taste, for a look of visual sensation this holiday season and beyond. What’s more, the Amaretti Diamond Collection comes perfectly packaged for holiday gift-giving in a sleek, chic, red-bowed black box.

The shades are:

Midnight blue fudge topped with silver and 
sapphire pearl frosting

Velvet vanilla crème treat laced with silver sprinkles

Rich chocolate brownie iced with glistening gold

Warm copperleaf cake topped with silvery sugar crystals

These aer luxurious shades and textures! Purchase at www.vincentlongo.com.

Lash Control Mascara ($20 USD) — An innovative, squeezable mascara package which allows you to continuously regulate the desired amount of mascara product on the brush. The built-in wiper sleeve at the mouth of the mascara tube is easily manipulated…. Now your brush can be both an applicator and a lash separator. No more scraping excess mascara off or wiping with a tissue.  Just squeeze!

This is easy to use and very non-goopy.  The only thing is that it does smudge a bit.  When they introduce a waterproof formula — I’m in! Purchase at www.lashcontrol.com.

Glow This Holiday Season With Shimmery Makeup Finds

Sparkle is such a fun way to glam up your look for the holidays. It’s always fun to buy a little glamour for yourself or others this time of year. The following products and sets are a perfect way to update your makeup this season: 

Vincent Longo Diamond Body Spray ($44.00 USD) adds glamour to your beauty in a new experiential body spray with sensual and shimmering pleasure. Place this nostalgic perfume bottle on your vanity table and prepare for attracting attention of all eyes. Illuminate your skin with instant highlighted shoulders, décolleté, arms and hair with a gentle atomized ‘poof’ of radiant loose diamond-like powder. Choose either Gold or Silver depending on your preferred radiance. Enjoy the spotlight and sparkle into the night.

This is so much fun to use. You squeeze the atomizer and a puff of glitter is magically applied where ever you wish. Visit www.vincentlongo.com to learn more and to purchase this fun product! 

Love Nest Josie’s Argan Favorites ($25.00 USD, $55 Value) — A four-piece, travel-size gift set that includes Josie Maran’s favorite argan oil must-haves for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, and hair. This is a limited-edition gift set is ideal for all ages and skintones. Known for its natural, skin-healing properties, argan oil is your answer to healthy, youthful, radiant, clear skin and hair.

This set contains:
-0.21 oz Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink
– 0.11 oz Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara
– 0.5 oz Argan Illuminizer
– 0.5 oz 100% Argan Oil

What else you need to know:
Argan Oil is produced from the argan tree in the semi-deserts of Morocco, and is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which have antiaging properties. Argan oil is an organic ingredient is known to help and prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyper pigmentation, and sebum production.

All four of these products are so fantastic because not only are they lovely beauty products, but the argan oil is so good for the skin! The mascara gives me long, thick lashes,  the color stick has a bit of shimmer and is a really pretty pink, the illuminizer is a very pearly, soft pink and the argan oil is great for nails, skin or hair. The price is exceptional for what you get! Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.   

Hard Candy Glow All The Way ($8.00 USD) – This pearly, luminizing highlighter illuminates all skin tones.  Apply to face or body for a luminous, sun-kissed bronze or pearlescent glow.  Infused with 24 Karat gold – and much more than a drop – this product will make you feel like a million bucks!  Available in bronze and pink. 

I’ve tried the bronze highlighter and it is so pretty! I like to use it on my arms and shoulders. In the summer it will look great on bare legs. You can purchase this at Walmart.

Enjoy!