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How to Find the Right Foundation Shade

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The proper way of checking if a foundation color is good for you is by the three swatch techniques: Swatch a cool, a neutral, a warm foundation near the jaw line and see which shade “disappear” onto the skin. That is your “undertone”. Then you can select the color intensity base on your undertone family.

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If you are going to a makeup counter to get matched for a foundation shade, make sure the makeup artist does this technique. A lot of time to save time, the makeup artist may just brush on the foundation and may not check your undertone. The result is often too chalky or ashy coverage that is hard to notice right away. This is because when you use a sponge or a brush, you get less color intensity onto the skin as compared to using hands. Almost all shades can go if they do not have the right shade of foundation to sell you. This is why you always look better in store than out of the store. Ask the girls to swatch you for a proper color selection.

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Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala

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Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global color authority, announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

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Marsala for Fashion
Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers; Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.
With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will undoubtedly carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and the burgeoning market of wearable technology.
This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Marsala for Beauty
An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering against many skin tones.

Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Marsala illuminates a range of smoky-neutral color combinations, making it a captivating eye shadow color that can be worn from morning until night. Add an overlay of bronze for a dramatic look that suits any eye color, or use Marsala as a go-to finishing touch on nails.

Best Holiday Lipstick Shades

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It’s officially December, let the count down to Christmas begin! Create a picture perfect pout in this year’s holiday photos by trying one of these velvety shades.

Looking for a classic red instead? Check out this how to for getting the perfect red pout.

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Holiday Giftguide: For the Beauty Addict

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again! Thanksgiving is next week and just around the corner is Christmas. Now (if you haven’t already) is the best time to start planning what to get for everyone on your list.

This first holiday gift guide all about the “beauty product lovers.” Everyone has that person in their life who’s all about trying out new beauty products. Whether it’s your sister, bestfriend, girlfriend, or even yourself! This giftguide is full of items they will actually want and enjoy using (including my personal favorite perfume!)

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Fashion and Technology: Beauty App Bellashoot

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Since launching their website last year, Bellashoot has provided beauty enthusiasts, beauty bloggers and experts a visual platform to share, discover and experiment with beauty. Bellashoot’s latest launch is making it easier for women all around the world to interact and learn about the best in beauty.

Bellashoot is designed for beauty lovers from around the world to organize all of their favorite products, tutorials and inspiration while also sharing their own content and building relationships. Designed for everyone from veteran makeup artists looking to share their latest tutorial to the everyday beauty enthusiast seeking tips as she’s getting ready to go out on the town.

Main features of the app include:
• Members can filter their search with a variety of keywords, such as tutorials, inspiration, beauty tips, beauty news, blogger reviews, YouTube videos, nails, makeup tips, hairstyles, and more.
• The built-in camera functionality allows users to take product pictures, selfies and create beauty tutorials on-the-go, making it easy for them to share with the community in a matter of minutes.
• Easily find all of their favorite makeup artists, bloggers, hairstylists, and beauty brands and follow them all in one centralized app, never having to miss another post again.
• Create a space to store all their favorite beauty tips and products with custom collections created around their specific beauty interests, whether it’s hairstyles, nail art, bridal makeup, contour makeup or more.

To join Bellashoot’s one-stop platform for beauty lovers across the globe,download the app for free by visiting iTunes here.

 

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NYC Shopping: E.L.F Cosmetics NYC Studio Haul

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e.l.f has long been known for their affordable yet quality beauty products. For years their products were only available online but over time they made their way into physical stores through retailers like Target. Some time ago I heard about the opening of an e.l.f flagship store in NYC but honestly didn’t “jump” to go. I figured that since most of their products are already in Target, there was no need for me to make a separate trip to their store.

As life would have it, I ended up in the neighborhood with time to kill so I decided to check it out. Immediately I was pleasantly surprised. For one, there were soooo many products (much more than I expected), testers (amen for try before you buy) and helpful makeup artist giving advice (looking awesome in all elf products). To say I was elated would be an understatement. I somehow lost an hour of time in the store and picked up more products than I intended (I just came to window shop)!

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I ended up buying the following products I’ve never used from elf:
-Blush Palette in Dark
-Complete Coverage Concealer in Dark
-Pressed Mineral Foundation in Dark
-Makeup Removal Pen in Clear

To be honest, I haven’t gotten around to throughly testing out my goodies from the haul, but as you know from my favorites post, I’m obsessed with the blush palette! I can’t wait to get around to using the other products more, fingers crossed they are just as bomb.

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Hair Trend: The “Micro” Bang

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Micro bang: a shorter than normal bang/fringe.

The ‘micro bang’ is a bold statement cut that has been seen on celebrities such as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. The right amount of texture is key to pull them off,” explains George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago. “There are a few elements to consider before you take the plunge. If your hairline is dense, a bang like this can look fantastic. With a choppy, short fringe, you also can’t ignore natural cowlicks. If a client has too many, they should consider the amount of work they will need to do daily to smooth them out. Plus, do you feel comfortable accentuating features like your forehead and eyebrows?”

If you think you’re cut for this trend, keep reading to see some do’s and don’ts.

Do: Bring pictures just in case you cannot find what you want in the salon magazines.

Don’t: Go too short. It is best to start gradually cutting. Your stylist can always take more off.

Do: Sit and discuss your hair before you get sent back to get shampooed. Make sure your stylist connects with you and understands your needs. Don’t be afraid to say “no” that’s not what I mean. It is a stylist’s responsibility to understand your language and what you are describing when it comes to your hair, especially for a drastic cut like this.

Personally, this trend isn’t up my alley but I think it can look good on people if done right.

 

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Monthly Beauty Favorites

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September was an exciting month. Between fashion week, events, and just life in general September had a lot going on. During this month I experimented more with beauty routine than I had in quite some time. I fell in love with quite a few new staples that I’m so happy I found.

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Blender cleanser solidcleaning my brushes is something that I know I’m suppose to do, but often err umm occasionally forget to do. Now that I’m actually using my beauty blenders more often, I decided to invest in a proper cleaning product for them. Sponges in particular need to be kept clean but the idea of pouring liquid soap into one seemed wasteful. After a little bit of research I decided to try the beauty blender solid soap (think of it like a bar soap for your sponges and brushes).  The product worked really well on my beauty blender and made it look almost brand new.

Beauty blender sponge: believe it or not, I never fully understood the beauty blender craze. I received several a few fashion weeks back but rarely ever used them. Sure, it worked great for blending stubborn stick foundation, but outside of that, I was good with my brushes. Recently I was watching some YouTube beauty gurus for inspo and couldn’t help but laugh at how everrryyyyyone seemed to STILL be obsessed. I decided to give mine a deep cleaning and a second chance. I changed up my previous technique (now I wet the sponge with plan water to start and tried it for wet product application). Wahla, magic! Words can not express the level of b-l-e-n-d I achieved. But seriously, as obvious as this may sound, this little guy works amazing for blending. I guess the name was a not so subtle hint but it still deserves to be repeated.

Si perfume: on my way back from vacation two months ago, I had a ridiculously long wait in the airport. With nothing to do and nothing but time I decide to check out the duty free shops. I’ve yet to establish a signature fragrance so I thought this was as good as time as any to look. After trying out almost every perfume in the shop, I settled on this new one from Givenchy. So far I am still loving this scent for everyday use.

e.l.f blush: I bought this a few months ago and just recently started wearing it. Although all of the colors are very wearable in the palette, I am particularly in love with the dusty rose like color. It has a natural blush color and just a hint of golden shimmer.

Pedi Scrub: I received this from a beauty box 5 subscription box and have been using it for the past few months. One side is a moisturizer and one side is a scrubber, making it super easy to use quickly in the shower.

 

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