The Fall is the perfect time of year to refresh your look, to give yourself a lift and pick up a few new duds, fun cosmetic products and revamp your hairdo . Recently we ( Touch of Blush ) teamed up with DNA Salon , Arcadia Boutique and Sonata Restaurant to offer one lucky Philadelphia Woman the ultimate makeover. It was an amazing experience for all and the results were great. Our lucky winner, Julie, was treated to a new cut and color for her hair, makeup tips and tricks with application , some beautiful new threads and a date night out with her hubby post make over. Check out some before and after photos ...be on the look-out for our next make over contest...you could be the lucky winner of this Ultimate Beauty Lift:)
So it's your wedding day and all eyes are on you. There is no better time in your life completely pamper yourself and feel like the ultimate queen. You have secured your perfect gown to glide gracefully down the aisle. You have spent hours picking the perfect flowers , tasting amazing foods and delicious cake options. You have the bridal party organized, music set, guests are beginning to arrive and your Lovely Locks are set in the perfect style. While you sit back and take in every moment, indulge yourself in pure decadence with Too Faced's Lip of Luxury line of lipstick.
Drenched in shea butter, rich color, and diamond shine. This exclusive formula smooths out fine lines and creases while it pampers your lips with a fizzy and flavorful moisture surge of pure champagne essences. SO MAKE THOSE LIPS TRULY POP! Favorite colors are Free Love and Sex Kitten:)
I love the Fall! Pumpkins, colored leaves, chill in the air, the smell of warm beverages, apples , warm blankets on cold evenings...I just love it! There there is one fall treat that is just quintessentially FALL and irresistible! APPLE CIDER DONUTS!!!!
If you have never had one you honestly have not experienced the true meaning of FALL. The best ones are served warm, the donut itself is not overly sweet , and the outside has a slight crunch or crust to it and then the BEST part, the glaze which is prepared with apple cider and then dusted with LOADS of cinnamon and sugar.
At this point your mouth is probably watering and you are also asking yourself, " What does this donut have to do with a beauty blog?" Well, here is the answer. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a dozen of these fall wonder donuts this past weekend and when I took my first bite I realized something: THESE DONUTS ARE PERFECT FOR LIP EXFOLIATING!! YES, indeed! The texture of these donuts has the perfect consistency to remove that ugly , dry skin that has started to form on your lips due to the change in season. So there you have it! Don't feel so guilty biting into this sinful pleasure , think to yourself that the Apple Cider Donut does a body good:) Just try not to lick those lips when you are done exfoliating them!
Summer is starting to come to an end and pretty soon our schedules are going to become more intense and busy. So here are three makeup looks that can be achieved in less than 5 Minutes.
Post Workout Wonder
For all you early risers that hit the gym before dawn and need a quick makeup look post workout to get you through your work day. Try this 5 minute face:
Stila One Step Makeup: This product packs a punch. 2 to 3 pumps onto your finger tips and gentle massage into your face and you will instantly be getting benefits of a primer, foundation, concealer and powder. WOW
Then grab Fingers Paints from Josie Maran in “Lovely”. As you gather from the name this small portable palette full of gorgeous products all can be applied with your fingers it includes perfect feminine colors that work on most all skin tones. The products are interchangeable and will bring a soft healthy glowing color to your lids, lips and cheeks. Best of all this quad is natural and organic and does not contain fragrances or parabens.
By using these two products you will have that 5 min face and lighten that gym bag load but not having to schlep a big cosmetic bag with you.
Day to Night in 5 and Smokin Hot
Want to go from day to night in 5 minutes flat.
Start off by creating the perfect sexy eye and defining those brows…think only an expert can achieve the sexy smoky eye think again. Pick up Benefit’s Smokin eye kit. It is great t have on hand because it contains all that you need, 3 amazing eye colors that can be blended together with the mini brush that is included for that smokin hot look. It also contains tools to quickly define the brow and even a mini tweezers for those discreet touch ups.
Finish this look by applying a few swipes of dark black lengthening mascara and a sexy natural pink lip such as MAC lip glass in “feeling Dreamy”.
Top the Tinted moisturizer with some of Nars’ Cosmetics Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna. This blush/bronzer combo shade is universally flattering and will help you maintain that quintessential summer glow as long as possible. Hit the lip with a little luxury with Too Faced Champagne infused Lipstick in Free Love, and don’t leave home without the ever essential swipes of mascara ( Cover girl Lash Blast is a great stand by) and be sure to pop some super cute blotting papers (such as Tokidoki Cartina Blotting Papers) into your wristlet before you head out the door to refresh your complexion throughout the day.
I had the great privledge to appear on Fox's Good Day Philadelphia this AM to do a segment on Beauty 911's. Let me start off by saying everyone at the studio from the security guards , to the interns, to the crew and anchors are amazing. I felt right at home and even a little like a celebrity:) I had the chance to meet John Anderson, Sheinelle Jone and the one and only Jennaphr Frederick.
They were all wonderful, engaging people.
So now onto some of the quick fixes for some beauty blunders:
If you’re self-tanner application has turned out streaky or blotchy or you’re just feeling a bit too orange, there are a few products on the market that you can buy to get your skin back to normal.
• One of the best we have found in St. Tropez Self Tan Remover.
• For an at-home remover, take 2 tablespoons of baking soda, some lemon juice and a few splashes of water and mix together to create a paste. Use a washcloth and in circular motions rub on the streaked areas of the skin.
• In the future, make sure you exfoliate well and moisturize thoroughly prior to self-tanning; this will remove dead skin and create a smooth canvas and reduce the risk of splotches.
Pimples and blemishes happen to everyone from time to time and often at the worst possible moment. Picking a pimple is never recommended - not only can it lead to an infection but it also can leave a scare and slow the healing process. Still, we’ve all done it before. So what do you do now that it’s red, swollen and irritated?
• Chop up a non-coated aspirin and mix it with water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the spot for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
• Dab a Q-tip with eye drops that remove red from eyes, such as Visine.
• To cover, dab with a thin layer of Benefit Erase Paste and blend outward with a sponge. Do not load on the product as this will make it look worse.
• Once you have blended outward, set the concealer with Makeup Forever HD Setting Translucent Powder.
• If you pimple is on your cheek, avoid rosy blush and instead choose use beige or soft brown shade and skip the shimmer.
• If the pimple is around the chin or mouth, try a soft lip color such as a nude or pinky beige.
Whether you went a little tweezer happy in front of the magnifying mirror or your trip to the salon for an eyebrow wax went array, there is hope.
• To reduce the redness and post-tweezing or waxing bumps, apply a soothing cream. Tweezerman has come out with an AWESOME soothing cream that will calm your brows in no time.
• Next, temporarily fill in the brows with a slanted liner brush and brow power. Sephora has a whole kit, which I always keep on hand, the Sephora Arch it brow kit.
• To speed up the re-growth process, try one of the new brow serums on the market to promote growth, strength. Volume and length. I like The Brow Doctor or Anastasia Brow Enhancing Serum.
While we all know the harmful affects of too much sun, it’s tough to completely avoid the outdoors, especially after this beautiful holiday weekend. If you do spend too much time in the sun without reapplying sunscreen and end up with a burn, here’s what to do:
• First, soothe the sunburn with a washcloth soaked in cold black tea- the tannic acid in the tea clams inflammation.
• Pat dry and top with aloe vera gel.
• As the burned skin begins to peel. moisturize twice a day with a gentle yet heavy-duty moisturizer like Aquaphor. Whatever you do, do not peel away the skin.
• Avoid damaging your skin any further, with a quality sunscreen designed for the face, such as Clinque Solar Smart Face Cream with SPF 50.
• To camouflage a burn, remember less is more. You may be tempted to cover your face with thick foundations or creams but it is ideal to a high quality, hypoallergenic mineral powder or bronzer. We recommend, Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Bronzer with SPF 30.
• Treat scorched lips with lip treatment and a tint to boot. THE BEST Product for this is Fresh’s Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment. I like Sheer Berry Plum.
• If there are any open blisters, do not use any makeup at all.
With all the formulas out there, clumpy mascara still remains a problem for many but there is a quick solution to this common dilemma. The mascara went on clumped – now what?
• Wipe the wand lightly with paper towel, not a tissue.
• Start at root of lashes and swish up a few times. Try a lengthening formula as they tend to be thinner than volume-boosting formulas.
• If you get mascara on your eyelid, use a Q-tip dipped in little face cream or lotion and quickly dab the area.
Fall/Winter 2010 beauty trends are starting to make an appearance and it seems that a BIG Trend for Men is Facial Hair. The Moustache, Goatee, Mutton Chops, Chin Curtain, Soul Patch , Fu Manchu and full fledged Lumber Jack Beard are all making a come back and fast . When I started to think about this new male trend I started to get nervous. Why?
Well have you have tried to kiss a man with protruding facial hair? For a sensitive skinned girl like myself , facial hair can be a complete nightmare. I always tell my Mr. Wonderful that when he doesn't shave for a few days it feels like little, sharp mini blades are scratching my skin with every kiss. So maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration but it really does cause my skin to get itchy and even red and bumpy. I know that many , many , many ladies out there can agree.
Tonight!!!! I HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM! I have been searching for a way to combine the HOT trend of facial hair while avoiding the feeling of daggers sticking into my skin. I give you BEARD HEAD. This perfect piece combines the best of both worlds,the look of a massive beard and moustache with the comfort and coziness of a soft knit texture! Perfection! I know what I am going to be buying Mr. Wonderful for the Fall! Oh and ladies if you are feeling the urge to jump on this TREND WAGON...It actually comes in PINK TOO!
You know that old saying, "You have egg on your face" , it's usually the last thing you want to hear or have for that matter. The saying generally implies that something you have done (or some turn of events) has left you looking embarrassed or foolish. WELL NO LONGER MY FRIENDS. You can now be overjoyed to have "Egg on your Face". Here 's how...
I recently discovered Victoria Egg White Facial Soap and this stuff puts a new meaning to that old saying. Swedish Women have been whipping up t egg white facials for years to give their complexions an amazing healthy and smooth glow. Now you can have the same facial with this little bar of soap. Every night before you turn in for your beauty sleep , work this bar of facial wonder into a rich lather, apply to your face and the rich white lather naturally draws the impurities from your pores. Leave the foam on your face and neck for a few minutes and then rinse. Your skin will feel clean, fresh and best of all smooth and silky to the touch. I also adore the hint of rosewater that has been added to give a light , whimsical scent. Oh and did you know that the scent of rosewater is said to induce more pleasant dreams:)
Trust me on this one, this is EGG-actly what you are looking for in an at home purifying nightly facial.
Hello my fellow beauty buffs! We're BACK! We've been MIA for a few weeks but now we are back on the case to share all of the wonderful beauty finds, tricks and treats with all of you. Even more exciting I will be having some very special guest bloggers joining www.cutietip.com! More to come on that later...Now, onto our Sweat Proof Makeup Tips!
So recently on the East Coast has been hit with a heat wave, not just the typical 90 to 95 degree summer heat flash. We were hit with over 99 degree heat and it does not seem like we will be back to those lovely 80's or 70's anytime soon. I spent most of the 105 degrees days,( July 3-7) soaking in the ocean armed with my limbs covered in my Bullfrog sunblock ( keeps away bugs too:) and my face smothered in my Clinque Sun SPF 50 face cream.
I have since returned from beautiful Stone Harbor, New Jersey and the next few weeks are full of important client meetings and gigs so I need to be in my best freshest face despite the tropical heatwave.
So here are some amazing products that keep your makeup staying put and we will be pure perfection.
1. Eye Seal from Make Up Forever. This stuff rocks. This is an alcohol free liquid that sets and waterproofs all your powers and pencil that are not waterproof already. A little drop of this stuff and that makeup will not budge.
2. Matte Waterproof Bronzer by Tarte. Not only is this product great to enhance that summer tan but it is also great for contouring to add that slimming effect for the face. There are other waterproof bronzers on the market but I love this one because is packed with good stuff that helps improve your skins texture, tone and clarity while withstanding humidity and moisture. This product has NO Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes which is another bonus.
3. Sugar Plum Lip Tint by Fresh. We all know that lip stains and tints are long lasting and withstand many natural elements even sweat but they tend to be non-moisturizing and drying. The last thing you want to do in the summer is dry those lips out. Fresh, created an amazing lip tint that combines the staying power with a lip treatment and SPF. With Sugar Plum Tint you will have that perfect plum pout and your lips with thank you for the Antioxidant-rich vitamin packed product.
4. All Nighter Setting Spray by Urban Decay . The name says it all. Spray this on as a last step and your makeup will be like the energizer bunny it will keep going and going and going...I stand by this product through and through. I have already gone through 2 bottles since I use it on all of my clients. It can truly prevent makeup melt downs.
5. FiberWig Mascara from Imju. I tend to sound like a broken record when it comes to mascara...I feel that it is the most essential makeup product a women can own and Fiberwig by Imju is one of my new favorites. If you don't feel like putting the whole look together before you walk out the door in the sultry heat take 2 min to put on some of this product on. It is like having false lashes in a tube. This mascara is instant drying,smudge proof and clump free and of course long lasting. Here is the kicker you won't need any special makeup eye remover to get this stuff off your precious lashes. Just some warm water and a soft wash cloth.
So there you have it....now get out there and beat the heat with your freshest face forward!
By now, most of you know that I am a huge Lancome fan. There are many Lancome products that I use in my personal daily makeup routine. My absolute favorite Lancome product is their Liquid Liner the Precision Point Artliner. I have written and blogged about it many times. Recently, I decided to hit up the Lancome Counter at Neiman Marcus. I happened to have a gift card left over from Christmas and I couldn't think of a better way to use it!
So I wondered up to the counter and started playing with all the colors that I know and love but as I started to turn the corner of the counter I came across something that I had never seen before! It was a breathtakingly, BEAUTIFUL GIANT BRONZER COMPACT. I did have to giggle a little bit at the giant size of this compact but it 100% caught my attention. I have to admit this Bronzer defines the expression BIGGER IS BETTER.
Lancome's Tropiques Minerale Bamboo Bronzer is limited edition so buy it and buy it soon. Here is why you will love this product. It is light and silky, it smells great. The bronzer can be dusted on the nose, forehead, cheeks, brow bone and chin . You can use it on your décolletage ( this is a fancy Lancome term for CLEAVAGE) The best part , is that this bronzer is a buildable product. It can go from a subtle glow to a more defined tan and can even be used as a contouring product. Lancome has done it again... so start looking fresh and glowing with Tropiques Minerale Bamboo Bronzer.
Oh and if you are hitting up the Lancome Counter in Neiman's , ask for Sonia Voluck she is awesome and super helpful!
PS There is a super fun gift offer going on....
Lancome has a super gift with purchase and in honor of "CAMP GORGEOUS" on June 4th, Neiman Marcus has a great straw tote with assorted goodies in it....great for summer. Order beforehand and receive an extra Lancome gift . The qualifier for both is $85.00. What a great time to place your order.
Neiman Marcus, store 30, cosmetics, 610-354-0500 ext 2108
This past week I was perusing through the aisles at Ulta and I came across a product that I personally had never seen before. The product was called ROCKAHOLIC Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by Tigi.
As soon as I saw this product I just had to have it. One, because the packaging and marketing invoked my inner 80's Hairband Rocker Side and Two, I had never seen Spray On Dry Shampoo.( something I obviously had to try)
I left ULTA with a spring in my step thinking I had just discovered this HOT new product that no one had ever seen before. I was thinking that this new innovative product was going to take over the beauty scene.
Much to my surprise as I started to research my new product I discovered that it was the geniuses of the 70's who really created this DRY SHAMPOO Phenom. Back in the Super 70's there was a super cool product called Psssst. Check out the Retro Ad below.
Regardless, I was eager to try the 2010 version of Psssst that I had purchased, so when Saturday rolled around, I decided to give it a go. I had entertained on Friday night so I had washed my hair in the early evening on Friday. Now it was Saturday morning and my hair was in need of another washing if I was going to make it through the day without a baseball cap and ponytail. Some people are able to maintain greaseless hair for two days but my hair needs to be washed on a daily basis. Instead of washing my hair, I broke out my shower cap, hopped in the shower and took a quick shower, it was super speedy because I did not have to wash my long tresses. Once I was out, It was time to break out the Rockaholic! So I followed the directions on the spray can and I made sure to shake it up before applying it on the hair. I did the hair flip and sprayed the underside near the root and then flipped back over and sprayed the root area by the part and the sides in the front.
Voila...my hair was complete! BUT DID IT LAST????
I am thrilled to report that it worked and I loved it! My hair was even looking good when I woke up Sunday morning but by that point, I was ready to wash that Rock right out of my hair. So grove on over to Ulta and pick up some of this Rockaholic....it's addicting!
Our Modern Pin Up represents hope, beauty, and sex appeal in a whole new way. Long sultry lashes coupled with vibrant perfectly defined red lips are the essence of the Pin up and the essence of glamour.
Kate Cipriano, Beauty Expert and Stylist and her team from Touch of Blush will be hosting a Pin Up Lip and Lash Party .
If you are not quite daring enough to become a pin up yourself come and check out our beautiful Pin Up Models, Amazing Artwork, and our Retro Inspired Food and Drink.
Luscious Lip and Lash Application $25.00 (Arcadia Special Event Discount)
We will also be offering semi permanent 2 week lash extensions and launching our new Beauty Consulting Services.
Ever since I started http://www.cutietip.com/ I spend a lot of time researching and testing all the new or undiscovered beauty products that are out there on the market. Beauty has become BIG business. It seems all sorts of companies, celebrities and individuals are creating new lines for us to try. I think this is great and exciting.
Occasionally, I do come across some beauty items that are pretty JAW DROPPING and today was one of those days. I found a website where not only is there a recipe for creating personalized BREAST MILK SOAP (Click Here for the recipe) but they are actually selling pre made MOTHER'S BREAST MILK SOAP. Yes, it is true...Freedom Pond Moon Works has created "MOTHER'S MOON BREAST MILK SOAP" and here is how the creator describes it:
"Mothers Moon Breast milk Soap contains my own all natural breast milk, olive oil, honey, and glycerin. This soap is mixed and molded on the full moon, then "rests" for two moons before being lovingly wrapped. These bars are typically three ounces and are available in the following:
In my opinion, if you want to take the time to create your own Breast Milk Soap then what you do behind closed doors is your business BUT buying another individuals BREAST MILK SOAP is not for me. I love to try all the new products I discover but I am going to have to pass on this one. NOW, if any of you out there decide to take the plunge and buy a bar feel free to email me with your review or post it on here in the comments section. For now, I will stick with DOVE unscented for my shower.
Recently, I have been reading lots and lots of stories and hearing lots and lots of soundbites on "How to achieve that perfect beach body before summer" Most of these have covered cleanses, exercise techniques, new laser surgeries, even a BABY FOOD DIET. Everyone seems to have a different theory on what works and every individual has their own techniques.
Today, I read an article on some tips from Dr. Oz ( yes, that guy from Oprah who now has his own show) I want to give Dr. Oz a huge shout out and some super Jazz Hands because I really liked what he had to say. So, on that note, below is my favorite tip from him and my Beauty Inspiration for the day...
"SEE YOURSELF AS FABULOUS": Successful athletes do this all the time -- before they even start a race, they picture that they've already crossed the finish line. So take a page from the pro-athlete playbook and before you count a single calorie, picture how successful your bathing suit reveal will be. "Visualize the first time you'll be out at the beach, walking around with confidence," said Dr. Oz. "You'll have lost some of the extra pounds that make a huge difference in how you look in a bathing suit and you're going to go out there and you're going to look hot. Focus on how you think that will feel and shoot for that."
You go Dr. OZ... This man knows what he is talking about, Oh and by the way, he also thinks Hot Sex with your partner is a good way to divert food cravings! Yippppeeee ....no baby food for me!!!!!
Due to popular demand and many requests about the products we used for our recent TV Apperance on The 10! SHOW, I have decided to break down the looks for you and list the products we used to create the bridal beauty trends. Enjoy!
The top three beauty trends this spring are: Retro Glam, Sleek & Sophisticated, Eco Chic
Retro Glam :Bold, red lips are the key to this retro-inspired look. Start with flawless skin, add a cat eye with black, liquid liner, the cat eye can be subtle or more dramatic. Lashes are essential to open up the eye and then finish with a raspberry red lip
Makeup Break Down Retro Glam
Foundation: Mac Face and Body: Sheer Buildable Foundation
Primer/Concealer: Benefit Stay Put, Keeps shadow in place also covers any dark circles
Eye Shadow: Mac Crème Shadow in “Untitled” Matte but smooth, Brow Bone was defined with MAC Loose Pigment in “Naked”
Eyeliner: Lancôme Liquid Artliner in “Noir” ( the best liner to create the cat eye)
Mascara: Waterproof Lash Stiletto by Maybelline in Very Black
Lipstick and Lip Liner: Liner, Mac Liner in “Cherry” Lip, Illicit Raspberry from Givenchy (Jee-von-she) a celebrity must have, Highly pigmented lipstick but goes on very smooth like silk because of the pigmentation it has explosive color. From France.
Blush: Mac Dame
MUST Fill in Brows
Lashes ARDELL 219
Sleek and Sophisticated: With your hair pulled back in this Bumped Uped Up Do, your face will be the center of attention. Emphasize gorgeous bone structure with contoured eyes and cheeks in neutral hues and a pretty, natural matte lip.
Makeup Break Down Sleek and Sophisticated
Foundation: Mac Face and Body : Sheer Buildable Foundation
Concealer: Benefit Stay Put
Eye Shadow: Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in “Multi Flash” ( Awesome trio for brides, it’s all in one)
Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in “Bronze Shimmer” (GREAT for Definition)
Contour/Blush: MAC “Blush Baby” and “Sincere”
Lipstick: Matte Natural Lip in Shy Pink (Laura Mercier), Chanel Lip pencil in NUDE (KEY AND VERY IMPORTANT)
Setting Powder: Make up forever Setting Powder
ECO CHIC: Eco-friendly and organic makeup is a huge trend right now and there are plenty of great products out there to help achieve a natural, “sun-kissed” look. This is great for a beach or outdoor wedding.
Makeup Break Down ECO CHIC
Foundation: Tinted Moisturizer w/ SPF 20 (natural appearance, packed with anti oxidants)
Primer: Urban Decay Primer in “Eden” ( Vegan Friendly)
Eye Shadow: Tarte richly pigmented mineral shadow in “Bathtub Gin” Satiny Silk Shadow ( Eco Friendly, Cruelty Free)
Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in “Bourbon” or “stash” ( Vegan Friendly)
Blush: Laura Mercier Mineral Cheek Powder in “Pink Spark” or “coral”, Gives a Luminous Sheen.
Lip: Lip stain by Urban Decay in “envious” or “greedy” enhances the pigment color of the lips and top lips with “Liquid Sunshine” by Tarte…protects lips from environment.
Setting Powder: MAC Mineral Setting Powder
ALL LOOKS WERE SET WITH URBAN DECAY SETTING SPRAY “THE ALLNIGHTER”
This past Friday, Touch of Blush made its second TV appearance on NBC at The 10! SHOW We were asked to create the hot Bridal Beauty Trends for 2010. Along with hair stylist extraordinaire Heather from Salon Rouge and here are three hot looks for the season.
I love Mother's Day! It always takes place in the early spring, when life inevitably is busy, but you then get to take a full day out of your normally crazy schedule to create special moments with your mom and family. That is my idea of a holiday...a holiday that celebrates women such as my mom, who have made a tremendous impacts on their children's lives. I wish there were 10 Mother's Day throughout the year because I would then get to spend at least 10 days out of the year with my mom celebrating all that she has done for me.
In thinking about this, I have created a MOTHER- DAUGHTER Makeup Package in honor of Mother's Day. I feel the best gifts are gifts that create memories, so with that in mind, here is an amazing gift idea for Mother's Day or just a way to create some more fun memories with mom!
Touch of Blush’s Mother-Daughter Makeup Day!
In celebration of Mother’s Day and beautiful genes, Touch of Blush is offering a special Mother-Daughter Makeover throughout the month of May*. First, our expert makeup artists will create fresh, gorgeous makeup looks for you both. Mix it up with a glam, retro-inspired look or enhance your natural beauty – the choice is yours! Once you’re both all dolled up, our professional photographer will take portraits of the two of you together to create a lasting memento of your special day! Finally, Touch of Blush will give you each your custom “recipe” for beauty, a step-by-step guide to re-creating your new looks on your own.
Special Mother’s Day Price: $145 (valued at $90 per person).
• Makeup Application for Mother and Daughter
• Lash Applications (Optional)
• Mother-Daughter Photo Shoot
• 11x14 Fine Art Print
* Appointments must be booked by May 31, 2010; appointments are available May 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010.
** Additional Portraits and images can be ordered at a discounted rate. Pricing varies depending on sizes and quantities.
To make an appointment, please contact Touch of Blush:
Slim Fast, Jenny Craig , Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Cleanse, Detox, wonder fruits, wonder roots, wonder pills, all promising to to help you shed those unwanted pounds.
Tanning Beds, Bronzing powder, Tanning creams and lotion, Tanning gloves, Spray Tans, Tanning Lamps, tanning reflector boards all promising to enhance that beautiful healthy glow.
People spend tons of bucks on both for the ultimate svelte figure bronzed to perfection it wasn't until today that I discovered a product that actually claims to BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this product.
Skinny Beach Sticks claim to boost your tan while minimizing burn and shedding water weight. It is a unique supplement that increases your skin's tanning pigments ( contains beta carotene, lycopene ) while all that bronzing is going on the supplement encourages fat burning and blocks the absorption of lipids by incorporating green tea extracts and meadowsweet extracts.
Here is what you are supposed to do. 2 weeks before your next vacation of fun in the sun buy 14 of these little packets of citrus flavored powder for $60.00. Add the packets to a small glass of water on a daily basis and BAM you will suddenly Slim Down and Tan Faster and Darker.
So if you want to look like a combo between these two below pick up Skinny Beach Sticks.
PERSONALLY I will stick to Ice Water,Coppertone, beach towel, and some ice cream when I hit the beach:)
One of the most common trends in makeup these days is Eco Friendly Cosmetics aka "Green" Cosmetics so in honor of EARTH DAY, I will reveal my favorite Eco Friendly Line which includes one of my favorite must have products ( green or not)
So here it is!!!!
TARTE COSMETICS TAKES THE PRIZE FOR THE BEST VEGAN and CRUELTY FREE COSMETICS. Why? Well there are many reasons for this
1. Tarte has a line of products that are 100% cruelty free and vegan. PETA certifies it:)
2. These products are not only good for you and the environment but they are all truly effective. Meaning they really work.
3. Tarte packs these products with super fun things such as ginseng root extract, apple extract, lemon extract, chamomile extract, vitamin A, C and E and of course SPF just to name a few. Check out their SKINVIGORATING TABLE for more details.
4. Not only are the products green but TARTE packages GREEN as well using soy ink , and recycled plastics.
5. Tarte also makes an effort to surround itself in an eco friendly/ earth friendly way. Check out their Eco-friendly Office and their Reduce, Reuse , Recycle Program.
So in honor of EARTH DAY 2010 and your dedication to living the GREEN LIFE...TARTE WE SALUTE YOU !
NOW....to reveal my favorite Super Green Product that Tarte has created.
fRxtion natural sugar exfoliator & lip balm duo. This product is awesome , natural sugar crystals exfoliate while the vitamin E vanilla lip balm soothes, calms and protects lips. This prodcut is super awesome and SWEET as sugar.
I remember adults would always ask that question and the kids of my generation ( late 70's and early 80's ) would always respond the same way. When I grow up I want to be a teacher, doctor, fireman , police officer or lawyer. All great and well established careers. All careers that are still considered to be extremely admirable in the eyes of most.
WELL THANKS TO FAO SCHWARZ and SmartLabs we will now have a new answer to that question. An answer that I am thrilled about...
When I grow up , I want to be a MAKEUP ARTIST! Yes, it's true, there is now an official MAKEUP ARTIST STUDIO GAME for Children 8-14. ( and me age 31 ) And I must say, it is AWESOME. This game allows you to step into the world of glam heaven with the one-of-a-kind makeup artist studio to unveil your inner cosmo girl. Professional makeup artist techniques combined with art materials that replicate makeup ensure easy success for six unique looks: glamour, natural, runway, twenties, mod, and cat eye.
Personally, I think this product is great for the kid in all of us and as they state "Unleash Some Serious Fun!"
Cutie Tip Opinion Poll: Rarely do things make my jaw actually drop but what I just discovered actually did. So think back to your favorite childhood book. Personally mine was the Berenstain Bears Spooky Old Tree, NOW check out this CHILDRENS BOOK and after you see it, and pick your jaw up off the floor, let me know what you think! http://www.mybeautifulmommy.com/
Here are the details on all three looks used on CBS.
The 3 hottest looks for the 2010 Prom season are: Old Hollywood Glamour, Whimsical & Ethereal, and High Drama Edgey Smokey Eye.
For all looks, prep the face with a light tinted moisturizer or sheer, buildable foundation to even out skin tone and create a fresh, youthful base. I recommend Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42.00 at www.lauramercier.com) or MAC Face & Body Foundation ($32.00 at www.maccosmetics.com) – both are easy to apply and age-appropriate.
To cover small scars or blemishes, a dab or Erase Paste by Benefit will do the trick ($26.00 at www.benefitcosmetics.com).
Also, use an eye primer such as MAC Prep + Prime Eye to lock in eye shadow for long-lasting eye looks ($16.50 at http://www.maccosmetics.com/).
Look 1: Old Hollywood Glam
The glamour of Old Hollywood never goes out of style! Looong lashes and bold red lips are key to mastering this red carpet worthy look.
- Use a light, sheer shadow, such as Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner by Benefit Cosmetics in Flatter Me ($19.00 at www.sephora.com).
- Now for the lashes. Lashes are great for a special night out, especially when you are getting your photo taken because they help open up the eye. Before applying, measure to make sure they are the ideal length; lashes can be trimmed before application. I recommend Ardell Fashion Lashes ($3.49 at www.target.com).
- Measure the strip of lashes to your own eye. Using small straight-ended scissors, trim off any excess from the outer edge. For a more natural look, trim the ends unevenly.
- Carefully apply a very thin line of glue to the base of the strip. Allow the glue to dry just a few seconds before you move on to the next step.
- Using tweezers or your fingers, gently hold the false lash above your own. Apply at the outer corner of your eye first. A stripped cotton swab stick will help you get the false lashes as close as possible to your own lash line.
- Line the upper lashes with a sheer brown liquid liner, such as Lancôme Artliner in Brown ($29.00 at www.lancome-usa.com). It has an easy-to-use applicator. Finish with a few swipes of mascara.
- Now, for that timeless red lip. First, line the lip with red lip liner, like MAC lip pencil in Cherry, to create the perfect pout ($13.00 at www.maccosmetics.com)
- Next, use a lip brush to fill in the lip with the red lipstick such as MAC Lipstick Russian Red or Ruby Woo ($14.00 each at www.maccosmetics.com). As a bonus, red lips make teeth look twice as white!
Look 1: Whimsical & Ethereal
Inspired by the new Alice in Wonderland movie, this soft, romantic look focuses on flawless skin, alluring eyes and a natural lip.
- Apply shadow in a bright, shimmery pastel over the lid and underneath the lash line for a pop of sheer color on the eye. I like colors from the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette ($38.00 at www.urbandecay.com). Palettes are great because they offer a variety of colors in one set to play around with – a more economical option than buying each shadow separately.
- Then, I used a pale, shimmer eye shadow (White Rabbit, from the Alice in Wonderland Palette) as a cheek highlighter. Use your fingers to pat on the apples of your cheeks and blend.
- Finally, I topped her lips with a sheer lip stain for a demure but long-lasting lip. I used TheBalm For Keep Watercolor Lip Stain ($28.00 at www.sephora.com).
Look 2: High Drama Edgey Smokey Eye
For those of us that love to rock out, this edgy look amps up the drama with a rocker –chic eye and pale pink lip.
- Use a matte shadow in deep plum or steel as a base, then emphasize the deep, smoky eye with darker, shimmery shadow in the crease. I recommend MAC eye shadow in Sketch or Beauty Marked ($14.50 each at www.maccosmetics.com).
- Line the eye with a liquid liner in black. I like a liquid liner with a hint of glitter, such as Too Faced Starry-eyed Liquid Liner in Restraining Order or Sephora Collection glitter eyeliner in Black for a hint of sparkle without going overboard ($17.50 and $12.00 at www.sephora.com).
- With a dark, dramatic eye, it’s best to keep the rest of the face neutral. A pale pink lip keeps all the attention on your eyes. Here, I used the ultimate rock star, Lady Gaga’s, new limited edition MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick ($14.00 at www.maccosmetics.com).
2 Cups Hot Filtered Water ( you can use a new
paper coffee filter or bottled water)
2 Drops of Essential Lemon or Orange Oil
Let your inner spa guru skills begin. Brew tea with hot filtered water. Let cool to room temperature; discard tea bags. Combine tea and oil in the spray bottle. Refrigerate and then enjoy! Mist on whenever you want to restore that natural glow. Bonus: It smells amazing!
But, be sure you are picking a perfect picture, image, quote, symbol or name before you commit to that Tattoo. Why? Because they will be with you forever and they are not easy to cover up. Lately, I have been receiving many requests from my clients about tattoo coverage and I have determined that it is easier to apply faux tattoos then it is to temporarily cover a real one. But as the saying goes, practice makes perfect and lucky for me; my devoted hubby has two very large, very dark tattoos. There are many steps involved with complete tattoo coverage but the most essential is time. You need to allow yourself ample time for each layer of concealer to dry in between coats. So here are the ideal tools:
Now let the process begin. Take the eraser pencil and outline all the dark/black areas of the tattoo. Use the concealer brush with a small amount of product and begin to brush the concealer on top of the tattoo until a full coat is covering the tattoo. Now gently blot the layer using a sponge, very gently, do not remove the product you just applied. Now let that layer dry for about 3 to 5 minutes. Continue this process until each layer has dried and the tattoo is invisible. Depending on the color of the tattoo it could take 5 to 6 layers of concealer coverage. Once the final layer is dry, use the sponge to blend out the edges. Finally, take the powder brush and gently brush on a layer of the translucent power to give the coverage a final seal and Voila ....your tattoo is disguised! Phew....it is tough and takes a long time. Good Luck
I am sure you have all seen the increased number of lipgloss plumpers on cosmetic market these days. At first, I was skeptical but with a little research I decided that I think these lip plumpers are pretty cool. Anything that keeps women away from going under the knife or freezing their faces with injections is great in my book. My motto is " keep the plastic holding the cosmetics, better then applying the cosmetics to a plastic face".
So I dug in and purchased a bunch of very cool looking lip glosses with lip plumping capabilities. I have officially tested 8; my lips have never been so plump. One thing I noticed right off the bat was that the majority of the products that I tested had one thing in common; they caused what I call the pins and needles lip. As soon as I applied these pretty colors to my kisser most of the plumpers caused some lip numbness and a bit of an uncomfortable tingling sensation except for one. One stood out like a shining star.
PURPLE LAB NYC has the LIP PLUMPER WINNER with their Huge Lips Skinny Hips. This product is great with a wonderful selection of colors. It is a great gloss by itself even without the plumping factor but the plumping factor is a FABO extra bonus. When applied you might feel an ever slight tingle but nothing uncomfortable in any way. The gloss is long lasting, moisturizing , it leaves your lips looking and feeling JUICY. I adore this gloss. It is 100% going to become a purse staple. I recommend buying one directly from the PURPLE LAB website because the website itself is a kick and so fun to read. I feel a favorite line coming on, I really adore all of what Purple Lab has to offer. More to come...
*SIDE NOTE: One that I must caution you about is one that I picked up in Target and you might be tempted to pick it up yourself because the marketing and product "look" was terrific! Sexy Mother Pucker for $8.00 at Target is one that you should steer clear of. It burned my lips incredibly for about 10 minutes and even though I saw some great plumping action it really was not worth it.
We all do it. Winter weather sets in and we think we will keep up on the tedious job of shaving our legs to be silky smooth but once the layers pile up on top of the legs we tend to forget. Hey, who can blame us? BUT now it's time to sharpen those razors, heat up that wax and stock up on pink shave gel. Daily or at least twice weekly shaving is just around the corner. We all have our own techniques and tools to achieve perfect smooth, radiant legs. Mine include Gillette Venus Divine, Amazing Grace Perfumed Shave Gel and The Body Shop Divine Calm Body Oil. Even with all of our tools and skills in place , shaving multiple times a week can lead to the hated INGROWN HAIRS.
We have all had them and we all hate them. Ingrown hairs can be painful, itchy and ugly. Thankfully, I discovered a product that can help keep that stubborn stubble from causing some big trouble. Bliss ingrown eliminating pads. These pads help to zap and nix ingrown hairs anywhere on your body.
They even have incorported green tea extracts for soothing and oat extract for smoothing. Pick up a box and they will really get to the root of your ingrown issues.
OH and that man in your life will love them too! They sooth and help with those beard bumps that men struggle with!
One of my absolute favorite things from my childhood is my memories of Mr. Sketch Scented Water Color Markers. For those of you who have never experienced Mr. Sketch you are missing out. They are vibrant colored markers but they are smelly markers. Each one a different scent such as Pink/Melon, Purple/Grape, my favorite Blue/Blueberry and so on and so on. These markers are great! Just catching a glimpse of the little watermelon man on the box of these little treats makes me smile.
While strolling through the aisles of CVS trying desperately to avoid the cosmetic's aisle due to the fact I am addicted to that aisle, I spotted something that forced me to head straight to the Covergirl section. As first, I thought did they stock the office supplies in the wrong section of the store? But NO! Much to my surprise Covergirl has come out with a lipstain in the shape of a MARKER. Outlast LipStain Marker is not quite a Mr. Sketch Marker but none the less a Marker. Of course I had to buy 3. To be honest, the last thing I needed was another lip stain but since this product brought back such vivid Mr. Sketch memories, I had to give it a go!
Tonight was the night I broke into these Little Lip Lovers and I must admit they are just so damn fun! As promised they applied beautifully, the point of the lip marker is great for lining lips and then filling in the rest of the lip to create your perfect shape. The color I chose for tonight was Plum Pout and though it wasn't exactly what I had expected the color was great, more of a raspberry color. One thing I really liked about this lipstain was it did not crack and dry my lips out as the night went on. I also popped some gloss on top as the night went on and the lipstain continued to work its magic. So overall, the lipstick as a lipstick would get a B+ but add in the fun factor and its gotta be an A ! Just watch your color choice because they are not an exact match to the description.
While driving in my car today, I glanced down on the car thermometer and saw 63 degrees. I exhaled and quickly rolled down all my windows to suck in the day! Spring Fever hit me! As I perused the streets, I noticed that the same spring sensation must have struck many others. I saw sandals showing off fresh new pedi's, coats seemed to be packed away, and there were no dark tights, leggings or UGG boots in site. It seemed that people had a bit more "spring" in their steps.
Since the weather has finally started to become warm and people are having to shed clothing like my frenchie, Geno is shedding his winter coat, which means people will begin to expose their milky white winter skin. Now, some of you love that pale, never want your skin to see the light of day look but MOST prefer to have a little golden skin glistening in the sunlight.
We all know the dangers of the tanning bed and laying out in the sun for hours without sunscreen and we all know what can happen if you use the tradition sunless tanning lotions the wrong way (OOMPA LOOMPA anyone?) so therein lies the RUB no pun intended! Well now SOLERRA has come out with a product that can save the day! The Solerra Self Tanning Mitt. So now you can RUB all you want Cuties. This cool mitt wipes on streak free, silky, moisturizing, with a fresh scent and dries immediately. The brand new self tanning formula is built right into the mitt so there is no mess, no pumpkin hands and it is easy to travel with. So if you are eager to bare the skin and want that sun kissed glow, pick up this mitt!
Music has always inspired me! I always love to have my play list going while working on my clients , I have done some of my best work while blending to Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory or Shadowing to Shakira She Wolf. It is also clear that music inspires other make up artist. Case in point the new limited edition Viva Glam Lipsticks from MAC inspired by Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga. I recently purchased both of these sticks and I adore them both, not surprising to me since I have jammed out to both of those amazing singers numerous time. If you have a chance and need a new lipstick you won't regret pick up either of these colors. As great as the Viva Glam's are , this blog is actually about something so cool that when I discovered it I got goosebumps with excitement.
STILA Cosmetics has created a way for Makeup to Rock literally. Stila has come out with a chic makeup case filled with lots of make up goodies including Stila's new One Step Makeup , which combines a primer, foundation and concealer into one product, an eye shadow trio, an eye shadow brush, a cheek/lip tint, and lip glaze in grapefruit. Sound great? Well to top it all off Stila has turned this make up case into a PORTABLE SOUND SYSTEM. The Stile Makeup Player. You can actually play your favorite tunes right from the make up case. It is compatible with any MP3 player including your Ipod or I phone and there are amazing speakers built right into the case itself. It is a perfect addition to any woman arsenal of makeup tools and accessories. You might even catch your man playing his tunes while he waits for you to finish getting ready for that HOT DATE! :)
Gone Nude! BE-You-tiful with Reverse Lip Liner. It seems that everywhere we turn the natural, barely there lip is trending. I personally have always preferred a lip stick to a lip gloss because I felt that gloss could never give my lip that perfect pout and gloss always seemed to just disappear. Well, things have now changed for me and my relationship with gloss because of one very special pencil. The Reverse Lip Liner from Cargo has recently been added to my BFF ( Best Find Forever) list. Line your lips from the outside in with this skin toned lip liner. It gives your lips a soft natural highlight, and creates the illusion that your lips are fuller. It holds the gloss of any color in place and prevents feathering leaving you with a clean lip line. This pencil packs one powerful pout! :) http://www.cargocosmetics.com/product_51.html
Cutie Tip for Today: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Butterscotch Whip, Coffee Cake, Peaches and Cream, Orange Cream sickle. Sound Divine? Well @battysbath these treats are all rich, creamy, smell amazing and ALL CALORIE and FAT FREE! How is that possible you ask? Well Battys Bath makes all these treats as handmade bath and body products. Not only are these products great for your skin and highly moisturizing but they are all VEGAN Friendly, not tested on animals and 100% eco friendly. Personal favorites the Wake Me up Sugar and Coffee Body Polish and The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Lip Balm. http://www.etsy.com/shop/battysbath?section_id=6640078
Cutie Tip for Today: Opinion Poll! To Pee or not to Pee is the question? GoGirl aka ( Female Pee Pot ) One of our loyal fans sent me a link to this product which states Don't Take Life Sitting Down. After checking out the website and reading about how life's greatest adventures shouldn't be finding a bathroom etc I... am still torn about whether someone or I would use this product. I must admit that GoGirl did a GREAT JOB with their website and packaging. It almost makes you forget what you are looking at. So I ask, all fans, would you ever use this product??? If so, what scenarios would you use it for? Be Honest! http://www.go-girl.com/
Cutie Tip for Today: Good Makeup brushes can make all the difference but with so many to choose from, how do you pick? Well here are my suggestions. Buy the Perfect 10 plus 3. Pick up the Perfect 10 Brush Set from Sephora. These brushes will do the trick , they are soft but durable and they come in a great pink case. For the price point you get a selection of all the face and eye brushes you need and it also comes with the ever popular lip and brow brush. This set is just about perfect but I would suggest adding three indivdual brushes: Smashbox Crease Brush #10; MAC Large Powder Brush #134 and FINALLY the best brush ever created CHANEL Brush #4. Once you have invested in these brushes you should be good to go. Keep them clean by mixing some baby shampoo and luke warm water in a bowl, swirl the brush, run under warm water and then let the brush air dry on a clean cloth or paper towels. Oh, and pick up some make up sponges at the drug store, the wedge shape is the best! http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P202938&categoryId=C15610&shouldPaginate=true#
Cutie Tip for Today: Quick! NOT TO BE MISSED BEAUTY EVENT STARTING NOW! Neiman Marcus kicked off their beauty event and it is awesome! If you need any make up, or beauty products take adventage of this. Not only do you get a NM uberchic tote filled with products from Dior, La Mer , Sisley-Paris etc. BUT there are al...so AMAZING additional gifts from Chanel, Laura Mercier, Lancome, Marc Jacobs, Bobbi Brown....just to name a few! DONT MISS THIS!!!!
Cutie Tip for Today: Who doesn't love a good BLOW out? An instant mood lifter for me is when I have a fantastic blow out at an amazing salon but I always wish I could get that same look at home. Well now you can, with the help of BLOW HAIR CARE. This line of hair care is hip, trendy, and hairmazing! My personal favor...ites from the line are BLOW UP Shampoo and Conditioner which adds the perfect amount of lift at the root so your hair looks full and healthy after every styling. Another must have is Mane Tame which controls style and adds weightless definition without greasy residue. Hair stays fresh and alive. And to top it all off, these products have finally come to Philly. They are staples in NYC but DnA Salon is now a BLOW retail partner. So stop into Dnasalon Hairsalon for a BLOW OUT and take one home with you! http://www.dnasalon.com/
Cutie Tip for Today: Can't Believe Your Eyes Alert! CHANEL has done it again, when they created their Les Trompe-L'Oeil De Chanel. What am I speaking of--- well skin art of course. But this skin art is not your average Cracker Jack prize temporary tattoo. Chanel's Skin Art really does play tricks to your eye. If ap...plied correctly, people might even think you are really wearing some bling. These are hands down the most glamorous temp tattoo’s I have ever seen. These little gems are a bit of an investment $75.00 per sheet but COME ON...they are the first of their kind and just REALLY COOL! http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Accessories-LES-TROMPE-L%27OEIL-DE-CHANEL-89753
Cutie Tip for Today: Shemergencey or Hemergency no more! 'Be Prepared' that's my motto (must be the Girl Scout in me). So how does this Cutie come prepared for our brides and gigs? Along with the best make up in town each one of my brides and clients receives specialized @touchofblush survival kit but where can y...ou get one of your own? Check this out http://www.msandmrs.com/viewAll.php. You never know what can happen or what you will need in the many roles you play in life from first year college student to bridesmaid to bride and then finally that mommy to be, well Ms. and Mrs. has got you covered. You can even pick one up for your man. He might not thank you at first but when he has a Hemergency he will be happy he has you and this kit.
Facebook Touch of Blush LLC: Time after Time my clients and friends ask me , ' How long can I keep my makeup' Well, @CargoCosmetics has come up with a genius idea. Check out their blu_ray HD Lip Gloss with Timestrip. You will love the high shine and plumping effects of this gloss ( Halifax and Vermont my fav colors) This glos...s is perfect for pictures because it is long lasting, full of hydratrion for a smoothing effect. BUT here is the kicker the TimeStrip built into this gloss is one of the coolest inventions in the cosmetics. Timestrip™ is a technology that remembers when a product was first opened and alerts you when it is no longer wise to use it. So no more wondering when it’s time to replace that gloss.