Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Foundation Files: Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Line

I was really excited to try Tom Ford foundations after I saw @allanface (An amazing artist- check him out on Instagram) use it on his clients. Since I have recently found myself in the middle of a very expensive foundation shopping spree, I decided to just go for the gold!! At $80 a pop (yikes...), was it really worth it?

Tom Ford Foundation Stick

Coverage: Medium to Full 
Finish: Matte
Best Applicator: MAC #130
My color: Natural

Sorta. This foundation really does cover while being "traceless", which is it's main selling point. I found it lasted from 12 hours with minimal touching up, even on my oily/combo skin. Tawny was an ok color medium olive skin tone, nothing too yellow or pink. I like a luminous, natural look so I use it only as an under eye concealer and for spot coverage around the nose. If you prefer a full coverage look, this is perfect for you, especially for those who like to contour because the product stays put.

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

Coverage: Light -Medium
Finish: Semi-Matte
Best Applicator: Beauty Blender
My color: Bisque

LOVE! This foundation is totally my style and is my new everyday foundation. I really adore this product, it is incredibly smooth and literally melts into skin, true to it's "traceless" name. And, there is zero drying effect but my makeup looks set. It feels very lightweight and wears all day. It's easy to layer this product for my coverage. Perfect for a natural look. Below is an example of the foundations on my skin.

My favorite aspects about Tom Ford Foundations are the textures and colors. It was so easy to find my color and the product goes on well without a ton of blending.
What foundation have you tried recently?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kiehl's Love

Searching for great skincare is overwhelming. So. Many. Choices. Although I've tried many brands, I find Kiehl's products, as a whole, really deliver. Their products have the perfect blend of fancy and natural ingredients, made mostly for sensitive skin. I love that their website explains what the ingredients are and how they can help your skin. I've seen really incredible results from continual use of the products below. Here are three game changers.

A little about me.

My skin: Normal/Combo. I break out easily and I use retinol, so my skin is really sensitive
My hair: Super Dry & Curly. Thanks to years of blow drying and just recently, highlights

Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Concentrate

Why I love it: This hair oil makes my hair much stronger and healthy looking, especially for my bleached ends. My curly, dry hair is transformed just after 2-3 uses.
How I use it: Two ways. I'll add a pea size amount rubbed between my hands and smooth over dry hair as a pre-conditioner a day before I blow dry or I'll use the same amount on wet hair before styling.
Tip: A little goes a long way! Don't get oil happy or you'll have greasy locks.
Price: $25
Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Why I love it: Using retinol has really dried out my skin. This cream deeply hydrates without looking or feeling greasy. It's also helped lighten up stubborn dark spots and made my skin brighter. Great under foundation.
How I use it: Morning or night, after washing.
Tip: Use when skin is slightly damp for better absorption. 
Price: $62

Creamy Eye Treatment
Why I love it: It's green color and odd texture is so unique, I always remember to apply it. It moisturizes and reduces the fine lines I get from dry weather or staring at my screen all day. Must have before concealer.
How I use it: Morning and night, after washing
Tip: Use your ring finger to tap the product on the skin, lightly tapping to work product in. Let the product sit and absorb instead of rubbing it in.
Price: $28.50

Have you tried any Kiehl's products? What did you think? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring is FINALLY here!

It's time to change up your makeup, but learn to make it fast, warm weather will be waiting for you outside soon enough. Here are my recent favorites to get ready quick.

 I really enjoy applying Makeup Forever HD Foundation using a Beauty Blender. Maybe it's the color of the sponge or the application. The quick, bouncy motions spread the foundation like second skin on my face and is so fun to use! It's nearly a magic trick with how lovely this combo works. I use the blender for my contouring too when I am in a rush, the CoverFX formulas are creamy enough. Just make sure to wash your Beauty Blender after each use. I'll use face wash to lather and rinse it out but the Brush Cleaner from Beauty Blender works great too.

As far as eyes go, light definition for the brows with the M.A.C pencil & a few swipes of Makeup Forever really give me a break from my standard liquid winged liner. Plus, to dress it up, all I need is a NARS Lip Pencil in a bright color like Red Square. Oasis blush gives me a light, rosy pink shade on my olive toned cheeks. Not easy to achieve, fyi! It's easy to find peachy tones that work well , but I find most pinks I try aren't ever that perfect rose neutral. 

Those are a few of my recent favorites for my low maintenance look. Next post will be about my newest acquisition, Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Sticks!

What have you tried lately? I'd love to hear your new go-to's!

Monday, March 16, 2015

March Madness

Wedding season has started so early this year! Is anyone else feeling that way?! I just completed my 4th bride of the season, Cristina. Her sister, Isabel, works at Jewel Hair Design. I am so lucky to work with great hair stylists that recommend me (Thank you Julie!). Great hair and makeup squads are important, so having the best recommendations for my clients is always a plus. This wedding was at the Westin Dulles, VA and it was 11 girls :O. Luckily, I had the help of Laura Henderson to help prep the girls and do lashes. Couldn't have done it without her help!

We started hair and makeup at 9am, and by the time the wedding was ready to start at 5pm, we'd felt like we'd only been there a few hours. The energy in the room was so positive and fun. I had a great time chatting with the bridesmaids, talking about makeup and listening to country music. Isabel did all the ladies hair, which were incredible up-do's. She was the last to get her makeup done but she still looked amazing, even after standing up all day. Enjoy the pic from this weekend.
Product details below.

Client: Cristina, bride
Prep: Fix+, M.A.C 
Kheil's Multi Corrective Moisturizer
Makeup Forever Step 1
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Foundation #5
Powder: M.A.C Mineralize, Medium
Blush: M.A.C, Stay Pretty
Bronzer/Highlighter: NARS, Laguna; MakeupForever Uplight
Brows: M.A.C Lingering
Eyeshadows: M.A.C Blondes Gold, Orb, Mulch, Shroom
Lips: NARS, Belle De Jour