Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

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RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek In Illusive


RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Illusive #review #makeup

I’ve wanted to try RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek for quite some time now, but never found it in any of my usual beauty stores until I paid a holiday visit to my favorite Brow Studio, Blink For Beauty in Minneapolis, MN.  Finally RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek was right in front of my eyes so I could actually test the colors on my skin and not just guess which color would look good on my skin tone based on a online swatch.

I decided on the Lip2Cheek in Illusive, a berry shade described more accurately as a matte burnt rose hue with a hint of plum.  The color is very soft and pretty on my skin tone.  Whenever I want a more natural look, I will use barely any of the product on both my cheeks and lips, but for a night out I can go bolder with the same color by just adding a bit more.  Read more

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Beauty Blogger’s Favorite Fall Lip Colors

Wondering which lip colors are on trend this Fall? Some of the top beauty bloggers (yes, including me!) decided to get on camera and dish about their favorites.

Beauty Blogger's Favorite Fall Lip Colors

Beauty Blogger's Favorite Fall Lip Colors 2013Yes, that’s me standing in the woods! And how can you not be distracted watching Clumps of Mascara’s gorgeous daughter trying to snag her lip gloss?

Everyone has some great lip color picks! My favorite lip color for Fall is Three Custom Color’s Lip Gloss Pot in Simply Beautiful. It looks brown-ish in the pot, but I assure you that it’s a neutral color and looks great on all skin tones. I apply with a lip brush and you only need a small amount to make your lips pop. Three Custom also sells this color in a lipstick, gloss and even as a cream blush.

Watch the video below and a big thank you to Phyrra for putting this together!

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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Beauty Trends, lip gloss, lip stain, lipstick, Makeup 2 Comments

Red Beauty Trend: The New Neutral

Red lip palette. Red beauty trend.

Red has always been a classic you can’t go wrong with, but this Fall 2013, red is all the rage. Neiman Marcus is painting red as the new neutral for clothing , and the LA Times is talking about how, “this Fall’s bold new lipstick shades put the pout back into your pose.” Despite red lipstick’s sultry yet elegant look, most women think they simply can’t wear red and that’s not true.

Hollywood Red Lip Palette from Skinn Cosmetics is a fantastic buy because is gives you your choice of six different red hues that you can wear alone or mix and match to produce your favorite fit. It’s moisture rich and contains collagen-boosting peptides that help your lips appear full and lustrous. With so many different reds to choose from, there’s at least one that suits your skin tone. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, Beauty Trends, lip gloss, lip stain, lipstick, Makeup, makeup tips Leave a comment

Wedding Makeup for the Bride


Bridal Makeup

Aside from the gown, wedding makeup was a priority for my big day. I know I’d have to combat with heat and humidity, my combination skin, as well as a lot of crying (I was marrying my best friend after all!) The beauty products chosen for my bridal makeup were carefully selected, as there was no way I was leaving anything to chance!

(Oh by the way…I got married!)  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, blush, bronzer, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, lip stain, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Nail Polish, Primer 3 Comments

Top 10 Cream Cosmetics


 

Are you a fan of cream cosmetics? I’ve had my love-hate relationship with them, but as I get older and those wrinkles become more defined, cream makeup tends to be more forgiving and better for my skin.

Below in the Top 10 Cream Cosmetics are some of my favorites mixed with some I am dying to try. Are any of your favorites on this list? Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, blush, brows, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, lip stain, lipstick, Makeup, Primer 8 Comments

Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip and Cheek Gel Stain Review

Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain #review

Thanks to traveling a lot and living a pretty active lifestyle, I’ve been increasingly gravitating towards clothing and beauty products that have multiple functions.  It just makes life that much easier when you’re able to travel lighter, whether it’s across the country or to the yoga studio.

I am currently on the first leg of a month-long trek that includes five cities. Thankfully the day before I departed California, I found a product that is not only multipurpose, but is also TSA approved, gym bag and teeny clutch friendly, humidity proof and looks great on my skin tone.  Vincent Longo’s Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain is now my best travel and workout buddy. Read more

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Holiday Makeup Tips From Melissa Taylor

The one and only time of the year that I will get bold with my makeup is during the holiday season, any other time I keep it pretty basic.  But during the holiday season I start craving a bolder lip and more dramatic eyes, however I have no idea how to even begin trying to create the looks I lust after, so I decided to seek advice from a pro…enter amazingly talented makeup artist Melissa Taylor.

Melissa is the owner of The Beauty Lounge in Minneapolis MN and is also in high demand as a hairstylist and makeup artist.  She has been published in various media outlets and can often times be found behind the scenes at photo-shoots, editorials, weddings and fashion shows.  Follow her uber easy tips below for creating a dramatic eye and bolder lips:  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, beauty interview, eyeliner, Fall Beauty, lip gloss, lip stain, lipstick, Makeup, makeup tips Leave a comment

Fall Beauty Burgundy Obsession

It’s not often that I become completely obsessed with a beauty trend, but after browsing the fall issues of a few magazines I could not stop staring and lusting after the bold burgundy lips I noticed in just about every single magazine I thumbed through.  After doing pinks and corals pretty much all summer I am definitely looking forward to  a stronger, much more grown up berry lip.  It just looks so glamorous and polished…not to mention confident.  I absolutely cannot wait to visit different makeup counters in search of my perfect shade of burgundy…Sephora here I come!

Will you be ditching the corals for burgundy this Fall?

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Rain Cosmetics: Blood, Sweat, and Tears Lip Trio

 It’s been said by passionate careerists time and time again – if you love your job, you’ll put your blood, sweat, and tears into it. Now, beauty lovers can apply the same mentality (well, maybe not literally) to their beauty regime thanks to Rain Cosmetics.

The Vegas-based beauty brand has a lot to live up to. The line was inspired by the city’s glamorous nightlife, and they even refer to themselves as “The Sexiest Makeup in the World”….so when I tested out their Blood, Sweat, and Tears lip trio, I was hoping to be nothing less than amazed.

Naturally, each product in the trio serves a different purpose. While you can definitely wear each of the shades alone, I prefer using the three together for the best effect.

Blood: Blood is a red lip stain. Stains can be tricky, but this one is an awesome product for first-time users because it isn’t too dark upon first application. I prefer a darker lip, so I put on about 2 or 3 coats. TIP – Make sure you exfoliate your lips before applying ANY lip stain! If your lips are dry, you’ll wind up with uneven color that is hard to remove.

Sweat: A shimmery champagne sparkle, Sweat adds some needed dimension to Blood. I found that when wearing alone, this product wears off pretty quickly…so for best results pair with Tears to lock the sparkle in.

 Tears: Tears is a standard, slick high gloss. The sheen lasted longer than other clear glosses and added the finishing touch to Blood and Sweat  that will make your lips pop.

 

Here I am testing out Blood, Sweat, and Tears lip trio from Rain Cosmetics.

I was very pleased with the collection and it has officially been added to my daily beauty routine – a girl can never have too many red lip stains! The set retails for $30.00. Check out  www.raincosmetics.com to learn more about other products in the collection.

Have you tried Rain Cosmetics products before? What was your experience?

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Makeup Consultation with Christopher Drummond at The Lodge at Woodloch

This past weekend I had the opportunity to head up to one of my favorite local spas, The Lodge at Woodloch, to meet up with makeup artist Christopher Drummond for a 1:1 consultation. Christopher Drummond Beauty is now being sold in The Lodge at Woodloch’s spa boutique and I am so excited that Northeast PA gets to experience this spectacular vegan makeup collection.

I’ve known Christopher for about 4 years now, but this was the first time we actually had the chance to meet in person. Like a mother hen, I am so proud of him because I knew him when he was just launching his line with only 1 product at the time: Saude Pele Radiance Booster. When I walked into the spa boutique, Christopher was working with another customer so I had a chance to talk with The Lodge at Woodloch staff, my favorite being Stephanie who was so personable and funny, I was ready to give her my phone number so that we could hang out some time. There’s nothing better than being able to feel at ease in a spa where the atmosphere is inviting versus some that are so pretentious with their noses in the air (do you know what I mean?)

When Christopher told me I had to arrive without any makeup on, I was ready to put a paper bag over my head with holes cut out for the eyes. My skin just happens to be breaking out and I feel like a new age spot is debuting on my face every day. Christopher promised that the products he would be using from his line would conceal the flaws and highlight my natural beauty. (Chris and I were laughing hysterically before the picture on the right was taken. This is our “trying to be serious” shot.)

Here is the before and after shot (i.e. before shot was at 10:30am sans coffee):

The biggest thing I notice between the two pictures is how much my eyes pop. Christopher used Alluring Apricot Sateen Blush on my eyes, Soft Black cream to powder eyeliner and his mascara. On my face he used Concealer in Light, Veludo Velvet Foundation in Luz/Light, Finale Finishing Powder in Branca/White, Alluring Apricot Sateen Blush and Bronzing Powder. Lastly, on my lips he used Coral Reef Lip Stain (LOVE.)

If there is anything that I can say about this makeup, it’s that it feels as light as air on your skin. With the concealer, it is creamy with great coverage without feeling thick or cakey. And the best part is that you only need tiny dabs of it on your skin, so a little goes a long way! The Veludo Velvet Foundation is AMAZING–velvet, indeed!

You can find all of these products online at www.ChristopherDrummondBeauty.com or if you are local here in Northeast PA, stop by The Lodge at Woodloch‘s spa boutique to see them in person (and book an out of this world spa treatment while you are there! I know that their Lotus Salon and I will have a date for a pedicure soon enough!)

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in blush, bronzer, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, lip stain, makeup tips, mascara, mineral makeup, Pocono Spas & Salons 4 Comments