A Review of Chanel Vitalumiere
As a woman, I am always on the look-out for a quality foundation that gives my skin all of the benefits that I need to have the most beautiful and perfect skin possible. Searching through hundreds of products that line the shelves, I came across Chanel Vitalumiere, and instantly knew that I had finally found a product that was worth spending money on. Not only that, but I knew that Chanel is a name that I can rely on for high quality.
No one has perfect skin, especially not me. I constantly am fighting those pesky little zits and blemishes that appear on my face, as I know almost every other woman out there faces as well. Well luckily this product can help with just about all of these problems. This foundation seems to glide on evenly and smoothly, as it seems to erase all of my imperfections and gives me the radiant skin that I have always wanted.
Chanel Cosmetics Vitalumiere boasts the ability to give you youthful looking skin as its anti-fatigue formula wakes up your face, allowing that radiance to shine through. As we age, our skin’s radiance becomes dull giving our skin the appearance of being older than it actually is. However, we can fight this with products such as this foundation. It contains spf 15, which is beneficial everyday for blocking the harmful UVA/UVB rays that we are constantly exposed to.
So, the search is over for the perfect foundation. Chanel continues to create the highest quality products and lines, and the quality is evident once you try one of them. I have been so happy with this product, and I know that my satisfaction will be equaled by anyone who also buys and tries this foundation. Trust me, your skin will thank you for it!
Wedding Makeup Tutorial using Chanel Cosmetics
This tutorial shows some excellent makeup application tips for your wedding day or any special occasion. The tips are also important to remember for everyday use as well, ie: don’t over do it with concealer, and metallic shadows. The tutorial uses makeup from the Chanel Cosmetics line.
A Review of Becca Cosmetics
Becca Cosmetics is an Australian makeup line originally developed because founder Rebecca Morris Williams was frustrated in her search for the perfect foundation. The lines foundation formulas have since become beloved of makeup artists and consumers alike, but Becca also offers a wide range of color cosmetics as well.
Many women complain that they cannot find a true color match in most foundations. Most lines tend to ignore very pale or very deep skin tones, or they ignore undertones, such as warm or cool. Therefore, someone with dark cool skin may find that the darkest foundation looks too orange, while someone with pale warm skin may find that the lightest shade is far too pink. Becca’s foundation stick comes in thirty different shades instead of the typical eight or twelve, thus increasing the chances that you will be able to find the perfect color. All of the Becca Cosmetics base products for the face contain SPF as well.
Becca Beach Tint is often featured in magazines and has been praised by makeup artists; the shade Watermelon is a fabulous pink that gives the perfect summer flush. A multi-use product, it can be used as a stain on lips and cheeks. This product has been named an Allure Best Beauty Product.
In fact, Becca offers many multi-use products, from shimmer powders to highly pigmented cheek crèmes that double as lip colors.
The Becca look is toned-down, a bit earthy, but still glamorous and quietly chic. By creating the perfect canvas with the tinted moisturizers and foundations, you really don’t need a lot of bright, loud colors to accent your natural beauty.
These products from Becca Cosmetics may be slightly harder to find, but they can be purchased in certain department stores, in makeup boutiques, and of course, online. If it seems like none of your foundations look right or perform the way you want them to, why not check out Becca?
Benefit Cosmetics: High Beam Highlighter
When it comes to getting fresh glowing skin, Benefit High Beam can’t be beat. This liquid highlighter from Benefit is one of the most popular highlighters on the market for a good reason. There are many highlighters out there and most of them are duds. It’s a product that’s hard to get right. Instead of a youthful glow, many highlighters give a greasy shine. Others have noticeable chunks of glitter that look ridiculous in sunlight. Even the ones that do look alright tend to clog pores. Benefit got the formula right when it created High Beam. This is definitely one of our top Benefit makeup picks.
High Beam comes in a small bottle with a brush attached to the lid, similar to the packaging of nail polish. However, it is easier to apply it with your fingertips as that gives you more control over where you apply it and makes blending easier. For the most natural look, dab the brush onto your fingertips and then dot the product onto your cheeks, brow bone, and the bridge of your nose and then blend it in an outward circular motion using your fingertips. It is fairly long lasting which means you won’t need to touch it up during the day. However, it is easy enough to tuck the bottle into your purse just in case.
In the bottle, the liquid looks a bit on the pink side but when applied, it makes your whole face look brighter without any trace of pink. The color works even on the palest of skin tones. The popularity of High Beam has also led to the creation of a warmer-toned version, Moon Beam, which looks particularly nice with a deep tan.
Benefit’s High Beam is a great way to get radiant skin without looking shimmery or oily. It is subtle enough to wear during the day, but it’s easy to get a dramatic look by applying it with a heavy hand for a night out. Like other Benefit Cosmetics products, it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin or clog pores. Overall, this is a well-rounded highlighter that really delivers on its promises. Just a small amount of product can totally transform your face from dull and tired to bright, awake, and glowing.
Senna Cosmetics is an indie beauty brand that brings the expertise of a pro makeup artist with experience working in film and television right to your makeup drawer! For a great look, you need to have a smooth, clean-looking canvas to work with. That’s why it’s so important to find a great foundation, or base product; Senna foundations offer many different options with different finishes for your optimal “perfect canvas.”
The mineral makeup trend is still going strong as women seek a lighter, more natural, and breathable way to cover up skin imperfections. Senna offers several different mineral based foundations. Pressed Mineral Mix foundation provides buildable coverage with all the benefits of mineral makeup, but with less mess. It’s easily portable and comes in six shades. Mineral Mix Cover and Finish foundation is loose, contains no common irritants such as dyes or waxes, provides sun protection, and provides complete coverage—even for extreme redness, such as that related to rosacea. In the lid of the Cover and Finish is a pressed powder in a slightly darker shade that can be used for bronzer, contouring, or just as your skin changes color slightly.
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Too often, oil-free foundations are also full-coverage foundations. Senna foundation is lightweight and buildable, eliminating the chance of a mask-like finish. The Senna Matte Finish Liquid Makeup is water based and oil-free, and builds to your desired level of coverage. It has options for both warm and cool skin tones in a total of 15 shades.
Slipcover Cream-To-Powder foundation offers a creamy base without any oily additives, and works equally well on oily and dry skins. Moist Matte is a compact foundation that can be used wet for full coverage, or dry for sheer coverage.
Each of the Senna foundation formulas has something to offer everyone in terms of coverage, color, and finish.
Best Mineral Makeup Brand – Vote Now!
When it comes to mineral makeup, which ones work, which ones don’t? What’s your opinion?
Vote for your favorite brands (or leave a comment and vent about the ones you hate). If you don’t see your favorite brand here, leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
We’ll be posting reviews on each of these brands in the near future, so if you have any requests for specific mineral makeup brands, don’t hesitate to let us know! :)
Benefit: Realness of Concealness
Beauty emergency? Not anymore… Benefit’s Realness of Concealness mini “fake it” kit has the solution for just about anything. This little kit contains an assortment of fix-it products from Benefit Cosmetics. The enhancers include Ooh La Lift, Lip Plump and High Beam, as well as Lemon Aid and Boi-ing – two of the top selling Benefit concealers. The kit is portable – small enough to pass through airport security with its recently tightened regulations (learn more about travel beauty tips). According to Benefit, “It’s your solution for beauty dilemmas on-the-go”.
If you’re a Cosmopolitan Magazine fan, you’ll be glad to know it was praised there and received the “Fabulous Face Kit” Beauty Award. It was also voted the “Favorite Timesaver” by Child Magazine. If you have a stressful week and you happen to break out, this concealer kit can be a life saver if you have any events that week. If you’ve been curious about a Benefit concealer or other correction product, this is a great way to try it out, along with a few other Benefit fan favorites. This is also a great item to keep handy in a wedding day makeup kit. The kit retails for just $32 and comes in a darling little box.
You can purchase it here! :)
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How to Apply Makeup Primer
[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]
Makeup primer is one of those beauty secrets that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your makeup. It preps your skin for makeup and creates a smooth base that makeup can adhere well to. If you’ve tried a foundation that looks fantastic on a friend or a model in a magazine only to be disappointed with the results, using makeup primers can make a big difference. Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of cosmetics primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to apply makeup primer:
Step 1: First you will need to use moisturizer. Putting any makeup on top of dry skin usually leads to trouble later in the day. Choose a light moisturizer as heavy creams tend to make primer slide right off your skin. Be sure to let the moisturizer sit for a few minutes to allow it to be absorbed into your skin.
Step 2: Pump or pour a small amount of the primer into your hand. Dip a damp foundation wedge sponge into the primer and dab it gently onto your face, beginning under your eyes and around your nose. (Note that some primers are packaged in such a way that you spritz them directly onto your face from the bottle.)
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Step 3: Next, add the primer to your forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks.
Step 4: Using the same sponge, blend the primer into your skin. Be sure you cover all areas s evenly as possible, but it’s okay to use a little extra in places where your makeup tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone or over large pores.
Step 5: Wait a few minutes for your primer to dry before applying foundation and concealer.
Step 6: Most foundation primers aren’t suited for the eyelids, but you can purchase a primer specifically designed for the eyelid. Eyeshadow is often the first makeup to fade during the day. A good eye makeup primer can help you get much more mileage out of even the cheapest eyeshadows. Just rub some into your eyelids before applying shadow to help your shadow stick to your lids all day.
Once you know how to use makeup primer, you’ll have an extra secret weapon at your disposal to help you achieve the ultimate in your makeup look for your next special occasion.
How to Apply Concealer
[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]
Concealer is a cosmetics life saver. Nearly everyone can benefit from concealer – even if they’re not planning on applying a full face of makeup. We all have little imperfections that we want to hide and concealer does a great job of this when applied properly. If you’re just starting out with this product, learning the proper concealer tips and application techniques is the key to using concealer makeup without it being obvious and drawing even more attention to your trouble spots. As with any cosmetics product, learning how to apply makeup products the right way will help you get the best look possible.
Step 1: Always use moisturizer first. Concealer can accentuate any dry, flaky spots. This is particularly important if you have been spot-treating pimples because the treatments tend to dry out the surrounding skin. Putting concealer onto flakes only makes the blemish more obvious and the concealer will simply eventually flake off. For best results, you may want to use a mild facial scrub prior to moisturizing. Some cleansers even contain a gentle exfoliating ingredient that is safe for everyday use, like Neutrogena’s Fresh Foaming Scrub.
Step 2: If you are wearing liquid foundation, it should go on first or you risk smudging or removing your applied concealer. On the other hand, if you are using a powder or mineral foundation, it is usually better to apply that after the concealer.
Step 3: Make sure the color you use is an exact match to your skin. It may be necessary to mix several shades together or add some of your foundation in order to achieve the desired color. If you are covering up noticeable skin problems, you may benefit from using a concealer with a slight corrective tint. Reddish blemishes or other skin conditions like rosacea can be canceled out with a concealer with a greenish corrective tint to it. Purplish or bluish under eye circles or veins near the inner corner of your eye or eyelid can be corrected by a yellowish tinted concealer. Keep in mind that these tinted concealers will be best for more noticeable problems. These concealers also require practice and precision to avoid looking funny once applied. For smaller blemishes, a regular concealer will be easiest to use.
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Step 4: To apply concealer, use a tapered concealer brush and dot a very small amount of liquid or cream concealer directly on top of the blemish or discoloration. Blend outward. Apply more if needed, a little at a time, until you are satisfied with the level of coverage. Be sure to blend the outside edges of where you applied the product so that there are no noticeable lines.
Step 5: To cover areas of discoloration or uneven skin tone, spread a small amount of concealer over the entire area using your finger or a concealer brush. Then blend the perimeter to avoid obvious transition lines.
Step 6: If you are using concealer under your eyes, apply a few dots onto your dark circles and blend the concealer in lightly using your middle or fourth finger. A patting motion will give much better results than rubbing. Some women also apply a bit of concealer to the inner corner of their eyes (near the side of their nose) to help cover up bluish tints that sometimes appear there too. These eye concealer tips can help your eyes look brighter and help you look less tired.
Step 7: Apply some loose powder to set the concealer in place. Mineral foundation will also work well for this purpose.
Learning how to apply concealer correctly can help you create an even finish (even before you apply your foundation) which will help you achieve that coveted, flawless looking skin.
Make Your Makeup Last with MAC
Our favorite cosmetic brand, MAC Cosmetics, is made specifically to resist any active day or a night out on the town. Tougher than regular cosmetics, MAC knows there is much more to the glitz and glamor than just application. For me, there is nothing I hate more than creases on a beautifully done eyelid, or spending a bunch of time on my face makeup or eye makeup only to see the different shades blend together at the sight of sweat or moisture.
To prevent these cosmetic catastrophes, here are a couple products you might want to try (if you haven’t already), as well as a few quick makeup tips:
To avoid eyelid creases on your lid, first apply MAC Paint under your eyeshadow. These Paints blend right into your skin and serve as a base that will keep your eyeshadow looking fresh all day, or night. Some people use the paints as their actual shadow, but I often use it in addition to shadow to help my shadow last longer and stay in place. Paint can double as a simple basic primer that works well with a matte or shimmer look. The paints come in different shades, but my favorite is Bare Canvas – it is just that, a nice, neutral shade that provides the perfect canvas for your shadow. Truth be told I have even dabbed Bare Canvas on my lips to help keep my lip gloss or lip stick on a little longer. :D
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Now, shadows are not the only thing that starts to wear out and blend together. So, for a fresh all over look, MAC created its popular Prep + Prime – a makeup primer that you smooth over your face to achieve an impeccable powder application. Many of us use both foundation and powder but with Prep + Prime I have found that for a more natural look the powder itself will do just fine. Of course both can be used if a little more coverage is needed. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your makeup last all day, you’ll definitely want to give Prep + Prime a try. You can usually even stop by the MAC counter and have one of the makeup artists apply it to your skin so you can test it out.
When there is a long day or night ahead, let these top MAC products come to your cosmetic rescue and make your makeup last longer. MAC Paints and MAC Prep + Prime are both top notch MAC essentials that will prevent you from having to take a too many powder breaks – leaving more time for the more important things in life!
Healthy, Radiant Skin with NARS Cosmetics
This video tutorial shows you some essential, basic tips on how to achieve a healthy, gorgeous finish for your skin. In the tutorial, NARS primer, concealer, foundation and powder are used, but the tips can help you enhance your makeup routine regardless of which brand you use.
The techniques discussed in the video can provide an excellent foundation for any makeup look where you want good coverage and a flawless finish. Try them out for your next big event, photoshoot, or special occasion.
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For more natural, carefree looks (like summertime, beach, or workout looks), this tutorial may be a bit much. But for work looks, date nights, special occasions, or any event where you want perfect looking skin, these techniques can help you get it:
Travel Beauty Tips: Looking Great on the Go
Dreaming of escaping to warmer weather this winter? Or just feeling the need to get away after the stressful holiday season? It’s cruise season – the perfect time for a warm weather getaway.
However, airport security has gotten so stringent these days that many of us are tempted to not take anything with us and just shop for whatever we need when we get there. But there’s one thing that is going with us, like it or not: our makeup! Who wants to get on a plane for several hours knowing they’re never going to be able to refresh their lipstick? Forget about it.
Here are some great travel beauty tips for your next jet setting adventure:
Keep It Small and Keep it Few
Airline regulations allow you to carry one personal item onboard a plane, plus one quart-sized clear Ziploc bag with liquids inside. Don’t think you’re going to get that giant bottle of hairspray in that bag – the airline rules out anything larger than 3.4 ounces.
Anything larger than this is going to have to be packed with your suitcase and you know what that means. You’re not going to be fixing your hair or make-up until you land and (hopefully) reclaim your luggage.
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Keep your solid items in your purse. Things like lipstick, facial powder and blush will do just fine. Buy travel-sized bottles of liquid make-up and perfume, but here’s a tip: hold off on using that perfume until you land. Airplanes are small and crammed with people. Three hundred different perfumes at high altitude is liable to make everyone sick.
Travel-sized bottles of hairspray are widely available, too. Lotions and creams, even acne cleanser, are going to have to follow the airport rules and regulations. If they don’t fit in the suitcase they’ll get the boot.
Keep It Simple
When you’re traveling, take the opportunity to go a little light on make-up. Stick with a nice lip gloss, blush and a few coats of mascara. Wash your hair and style it simply. Forget about teasing or curling. The thinner atmosphere often plays havoc with hairstyles anyway. Leave it free and flowing, or tie a colorful scarf around it. If you’re flying coach, forget the ponytail. It will drive you mad rubbing up against the back of the seat.
Airlines will let you break the liquid rule only if you have a medical condition to do so, and since no one has ever died from not being able to apply concealer (that we know of) you’ll just have to be patient. Wear a pretty pair of shaded glasses to give your cleaner look a little more color and indulge in some bright earrings. You’ll be landing soon… and looking fabulous doing it.
Laser Skin Treatments – An Overview
Laser skin treatments can produce some truly amazing results. During these various types of treatments, a skilled professional applies laser light to the skin to produce various results and benefits to the skin. Laser light has become an increasingly popular method of treating a variety of skin conditions and providing benefits ranging from scar removal to skin regeneration. A laser skin treatment can provide excellent results with less bleeding, bruising and post-operative pain than any other treatment method available. Depending upon the desired results, there is a laser skin treatment whose procedures can provide an effective remedy.
Laser skin treatments are very effective when it comes to correcting scars, blemishes and other skin problems. These include scarring from acne, brown discoloration from aging, and skin conditions such as rosacea. Laser treatment works over a number of visits to break down the discoloration and help to regenerate new skin growth.
LASER SCAR REMOVAL
CO2 and ERYag lasers are two types of lasers used in the treatment of acne scarring or other scars appearing on the skin caused by inflammation. Both ERYag and CO2 laser skin treatments are known to be effective. Laser skin treatment to remove scarring is performed under general anesthesia as well as local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, depending upon the extent of damage that needs to be corrected.
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LASER SKIN RESURFACING
The laser skin resurfacing treatment is another very popular laser skin procedure for skin. This procedure is mainly used to help eliminate the wrinkles, scarring and discoloration of the skin that often occurs due to the aging process. Ablative lasers used in this procedure actually vaporize the top layer of the skin in order to promote the eventual appearance of a new fresher looking skin layer. Treatments using this type of laser require a period of conditioning the skin prior to treatment, as well as a certain amount of downtime while healing takes place. Laser skin resurfacing can also be achieved using no-ablative lasers which rather than vaporize the skin, penetrate to the dermis underneath to stimulate the production of collagen in order to tighten the skin into a more youthful appearance. Side effects for any resurfacing procedures can include swelling, redness and discomfort which can be aided by over the counter pain relief medication and topical medications. By using light from lasers, laser skin resurfacing reaches much deeper layers of your skin than microdermabrasion. The procedure tends to be more comfortable and the results tend to be much longer lasting than other types of skin resurfacing treatments.
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Many patients seek out laser skin treatments in order to remove a tattoo from their skin which may now be discolored or no longer wanted for a variety of social or personal reasons. In this treatment, laser pulses are applied in order to break down the ink pigments which are eventually absorbed back into the body. Tattoo removal via laser skin treatment occurs over a period of time, with short sessions held every few weeks as the tattoo’s colors become lighter and less apparent with each treatment.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Permanent hair removal using laser treatment is another effective therapy which offers excellent results but usually takes more than one session to complete. Avoiding direct sunlight and treating the area with antibiotic ointment are just a few of the post-procedure steps which must be taken.
No laser skin treatment is a spur of the moment decision. And all laser skin treatments require an initial consultation with a specialist skilled in laser procedures as most require a period of preparation as well as downtime and post-procedure aftercare to avoid any unpleasant side effects such as infection.
How to Apply Powder Bronzer
[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]
Bronzer is one of my favorite products. By using it correctly, you can get that healthy, gorgeous sun-kissed look you’ve been coveting. But if applied poorly, you can end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. The trick with bronzer is to know when, where and how much to use.
Step 1: Choose Your Brush. Choose a brush with a large, fluffy end. A large powder brush or a large blush brush can work, but just know that you need to make sure it is big enough to allow the product to be dusted on over a large area without being too heavy or leaving streaks.
Step 2: Take your brush and gently swirl it in your bronzer. Whether you’re using a loose powder bronzer, or the more common regular powder bronzer, you just want to get a small amount on your brush. It’s better to start with too little than too much. You can always layer the product to get a deeper color, so start light on your first touch.
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Step 3: Tap your brush on the edge of the compact with the brush end over the makeup pot. This helps to eliminate any excess powder from the brush and allows the excess to fall back into the container so that you avoid wasting any.
Step 4: Apply the bronzer to your face in a number 3 shape on one half of your face – starting at the top of your forehead and working your way down the side of your face. The “number 3 shape” will go from your forehead around the side of your forehead and temple, then in towards the upper part of your cheek bone, then back out around your jawline and down to your chin (your jawline and chin should get less product than your forehead and upper cheeks). Next, you’ll repeat the steps and apply it to the other side of your face. Think of focusing on the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits and tans your face.
Step 5: Blend! As you apply the bronzer in the previous step, you should just be creating a gentle glow, not a dark, obvious stripe of product. Once you are done applying it, Be sure to blend well. One of the most tell-tale signs of a poor makeup look is obvious streaking or lack of blending. To blend, use your empty brush to smooth out the product anywhere it looks uneven.
To finish, you can repeat the steps, and/or blend a little extra across the top of your forehead and cheekbones to add a little depth to your color. Just be careful not to go overboard. Too little bronzer looks way better than too much.
Free LORAC Bronzer or Liquid Lipstick
Hello Ladies! Print out this coupon from JCPenney Rewards, and bring it into any Sephora inside a JCPenney. You can redeem it for either a LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, or a LORAC Mini Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Glam. Offer is good only while supplies last. See more free makeup samples and free lipstick samples.