Monday, November 24, 2014

Best Fix for Tired Eyes - GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment

This quick fix for dark, puffy, or tired eyes only takes three minutes and will leave you looking refreshed and awake! The GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment is my favorite under-eye pick me up because it treats a multitude of sins and quickly reverses the effects of a sick day or late night out.

What It Does:
This mud is multi-purpose, with ingredients and technology that hydrate, tighten, smooth and help diminish dark circles all while absorbing toxins and depositing nutrient, fatigue fighting minerals. Each box comes with 12 Chrome Cell packets that can be cut in half to maximize each eye mask. 

How To Use:
With your ring finger, tap the mud mask underneath the eye and extend it to the orbital bone if you wish. You will feel a warm tingly sensation and this is normal, but be careful not to get any in your eyes. Leave the mask on for three minutes (don't allow the product to dry) and wipe off with a washcloth or tissue.

Insider Tip:
Like I mentioned above, I choose to cut each closed packet in half and use one pod for both eyes to double the product and save cash. There is a ton in each pod, and personally, I found I was wasting a great deal when I used a full packet.

Results after a single (3 minute) use of the Glam Glow BrightMud Eye Treatment
Ingredients: (from Sephora website)
-Nitroffeine™ 14%: Provides an immediate temporary ‘zing’ sensation; provides awakening and fatigue reduction. 
-Juvelane™ 2.5%: Designed to activate retinol-like activity without the disadvantages. 
-Dihydroxymethylchromone: Supports natural collagen synthesis and reduces its breakdown. 
-Cyclicpeptide: Fights visible signs of aging. 
-Troxerutin: Supports natural capillary microcirculation. 
-Ectoin: Repairs and defends. 
-TEAOXI™ Peppermint Technology: Activates sensory trpm8 cold compression to de-puff eyes; helps skin look noticeably smoother and brighter.

- Formulated Without: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

It doesn't bother me, but some people say the tingling sensation feels more like a sting; if that's the case for you check out the Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Eye Mask instead.

What is your go-to fix for tired eyes?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Martha & Nick's Winter Wedding

Last December I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for this lovely winter wedding. Martha wanted a soft, natural look that would remain timeless but still define her features. For the eyes I used matte neutrals from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and the lips were a mix of Mac 'Twig' and 'Modesty', full makeup details are listed at the end of the post.

Photography by Andrew Stern, visit his website here.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Smashbox Full Exposure palette (taupe/grey matte shades)
Urban Decay Naked 1 palette (virgin)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in black
Laura Mercier 'Stormy Grey' eyeliner pencil
NYC waterproof mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Laura Mercier original primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation
Graftobian concealer
Make Up For Ever Pro-Finish powder
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Nars 'Goulue' blush
Becca 'Opal' Shimmering Skin Perfector highlight
Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray

Palladio 'Nearly Nude' lipliner
Mac 'Twig' & 'Modesty lipsticks
Benefit 'Sugarbomb' lipgloss

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meghan & Dan's Wedding

Meghan was certainly one of my sweetest brides of the year, she is a teacher and she met her husband while they both were working in a sandwich shop! We went with soft rosy colors and flirty lashes for her look, keeping it simple and romantic. All of the products I used are listed at the bottom of the post!
Photography by Chris Penree of Green Couch Studios

Mac 'Painterly' Paintpot
Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadows: 
(limit, nooner in crease)
(burnout, strange on lid)
(blackheart over liner to create a soft wing)
Sephora 'Love Affair' eyeliner
Ardell Demi Wispie lashes

Becca Resurfacing Primer
Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ('Diffused' & 'Incandescent') 
Nars 'Laguna' bronzer
Becca 'Flowerchild' blush
Becca 'Opal' Shimmering Skin Perfector highlight
Urban Decay 'All Nighter' setting spray

Sephora 'Royal Rose' lipliner
Laura Mercier 'Shy Pink' lip stain

Monday, November 3, 2014

Can the Beauty Blender Get Any Better?

You all know that the Beauty Blender is my favorite tool for applying liquid & cream foundations or concealers. It gives the most natural finish and the options for coverage are endless, making it the perfect multi-use tool. But many people don't realize that the Beauty Blender is amazing for applying powder products as well! 

The trick for applying powders is to have the sponge be dry or almost dry. I personally don't want to use two different ones, so I just wring out the extra moisture after I apply my liquid foundation and it works just as well. I find that using the Beauty Blender for powder lessens the creasing under my eyes, which is always an issue I have. I usually use it with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and it has been the perfect combination!

Let me know in the comments if you have ever tried the Beauty Blender for powder and how you liked it!