SKIN: Start by displaying radiant skin. KIEHL'S Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil ensures skin looks dewy, soft and smooth./$30 at kiehls.com for 4 oz.
HAIR: Got dry, flat, dull hair? MATRIX BIOLAGE Delicate Care Organic Certified Oil Treatment does away with all three. Tames fly aways, restores sheen, and softens dry coarse hair. Paraban and silicone free. Retails for $22 at fine salons.
NAILS: Maintain your mani/pedi with RIMMEL London Lasting Finish Professional Base & Top Coat Pro. Special time-released formula enhances shine overtime and creates a smooth glossy finish that lasts up to ten days./$3.99 at drugstores
LIPS: Amped up 3-D shine without the goop in this gloss. LORAC Multiplex 3-D Lip Gloss has holographic pigments for a super lacquered look. Moist texture keeps lips ultra glossy. Try Cliche for a burst of color/Five other shades at $22 each at beauty.com.
For those of you who know me personally, you know I am a fan of short hair. I feel it suits me. Although every now and then, I have stray thoughts of "Kardashian" hair, for the most part, I LOVE a short cut.
Short styles are sexy, modern and highlight your features all at once. Some offer easy maintenance. Some invite a new attitude. But sometimes, it can be addictive. You may tire of the same look and want something else. With options limited to color, you may go shorter. Edgier. Extreme.
Whatever short 'do you choose, before chopping off your locks, take these recommendations to heart:
- Consider your face shape.
- Pay attention to your jawline, neck and shoulders.
- Take note of your hair texture.
- Reference your stylist for suggestions.
- Get regular trims to maintain style.
Other celebs rockin' short cuts I love: Nia Long, Malinda Williams, Pink, Katie Holmes (the bob), Toni Braxton, and Kiera Knightly.
If you can't get your schedule under control, at least you can look as if you have. CLINIQUE all about eyes rich and the all about eyes serum de-puffing eye massage to the rescue! The lush cream supposedly diminishes shadows and fine lines instantly and over time. Helps boosts collagen production and de-puffs with calming botanicals for $28.50. Onto the roller ball: the cooling serum helps massage away bags and hydrates puffy eyes immediately. Armed with caffeine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals, it combats dark circles. Great for all skin types and oil-free @ $25.50.
Reality Check: Not sure how effective the products are for those with considerable darkness and under eye puffiness. The cream contains shea butter which is highly moisturizing and the anti-oxidants are great for all skin types. However, to reduce these problems over time, nothing works better than a good night's sleep, a balanced diet, and maybe a concealer for instant results.
If you love your current shade but need a new formula, the NEW! Second to None Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup Enriched with Minerals can easily replace it! I found my perfect match: Earth 1. You can meet your match here.
The mineral-enriched makeup is for every woman of color. So perfect, it made its debut at New York Fashion Week. The unique foundation offers a flawless, luminescent, hi-definition finish. Eight shades to choose from and it's oil-free.
Newsflash: Visit the new IMAN Cosmetics Boutique for personal beauty consults, special events, discounts for pro artists and more.
At MAKARI 52 West 125th Street NYC
Each baked duo is highly pigmented so colors last. The marbleized side blends easily for countless color combos. Each time you use it, you can create a new look. For under $10, it's a steal!
(photo courtesy of blogsephora.com)
Add a layer of clear liner or base lips with a stain close to your shade of lipstick to deposit color all over.
Use a lip brush to apply the shade. Bright shades are usually heavily pigmented. Gently tap your finger over your mouth -- ensures the look is soft.
Keep the rest of your makeup simple...outline eyes with liner, add mascara and a light blush.
Another MAC COSMETICS exclusive at NORDSTROM.
DIGI POPS features four collections: BRUSH BROWSER, LOOK IN A BOX, iPALETTE, and LIPSERVER.
- pre-sell it NOW
- receive it up to ten (10) days before the launch
- receive free shipping
- buy it in stores JULY 15th (@ The Westchester Mall ask for Erica)
Get the BRUSH BROWSER for precise application and a glam transformation...$49.50 each.
4 Piece Face Set/Apply & Blend: 168SE, 187SE, 190 SE, 194SE
5 Piece Eye Set/Apply, Define & Line: 212SE, 219SE, 227SE, 266SE, 275SE
Go for the LOOK IN A BOX -- three different personas created to epitomize the season/$59.50 each. Miss Violet, Frisky Girl and a sure to be summer fave, Tawny One.
Customize your quad and select from 28 shadows with the iPALETTE. $11 for each pro palette shadow and $5 for the case. Includes my faves, Sketch, Club and Deep Truth.
LIPSERVER is a little femme fatale, a bit fanatic and all sparkle and shine. DAZZLE lipstick @$14 and DAZZLEGLASS gloss @ 18.50. All limited edition so stock up.
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NAILS: SALLY HANSEN COLOR QUICK FAST DRY NAIL COLOR PEN is easy to use and travels anywhere. The fast drying nail color is available in 18 shades and conditions nails with Vitamins A, C & E. Ideal for mani/pedis! Approx $8 each at ulta.com.
HAIR: KIMBLE HAIR BUTTER - Beyonce's hair stylist, Kimberly Kimble, launched a haircare line a few years ago. Thankfully, the celebrity stylist knows everyone should have reputable styling products at recession-proof prices. Product is referred to as "creamy buttery moisturizing goodness" and a cheaper alternative to MISS JESSIE's BABY BUTTERCREAM. Only $11.99 at target.com.
The ladies left with fashionable jewelry, great skin care products and a refreshed look. They even set up dates to host their own parties this summer! Good times ahead!
It's last minute, but Friday June 10th is the cut-off day. Brides-to-be MUST enter to win fab prizes from HANKY PANKY and TARTE COSMETICS. Get the perfect bridal goodies from each brand -- beauty and boudoir basics along with customized gifts for your bridal party!
Prizes include a nightie, garter, "thong roses," personalized double-ended lip glosses and more! Enter here...
- Contest closes June 10, 2010.
- Prizes shipping on July 1, 2010.
P.S. Each site has super sexy stuff for any of us...from peek-a-boo panties to pretty pink lip stains. Sure to heat up any summer night!
When shopping, things to consider:
- "that gal" brightening face primer
- erase paste (brightening camouflage for eyes & face)
- boi-ing industrial strength concealer
- lemon aid color correcting eyelid primer
- eye bright pencil AND
- two concealer brushes to blend to perfection.
Switch into your stilettos, add gloss, blush and GO!