Just in time for the September runway shows across New York, London, Paris and Milan, Chanel released a new collection of Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quads inspired by their iconic tweeds. In order to celebrate these amazing shades in way only fitting of Chanel, I set off to the makeup counter at the 59th St. Bloomingdale’s to style my eyes with InStyle Beauty Director, Kahlana Barfield and Chanel National Makeup Artists (NMAs) John Fussell and Sterling Williams.
Using the Les 4 Ombres Quadra in Tissé Vénitien, Chanel Ebene Eyeliner and Le Volume de Chanel Noir Mascara, the incredibly talented Chanel makeup artist Reanna Godfrey (ask for her at Bloomingdale’s), transformed my eyes into the ultimate smokey eye look. The green hues in the Tissé Vénitien quad, put a nautical spin on the traditional smokey eye. I even mentioned feeling like a mermaid at one point. When the look was complete, Chanel National Makeup Artist John Fussell pointed out that the colors in the palette matched the vibrants blues and greens in my eyes perfectly. So in a magical way, it was almost like they never closed even when I blinked.
As a blue eyed girl, I’m always looking for new ways to bring out my unique eye color and nothing beats Chanel’s beautifuly long-lasting shades. While the must-have Le Volume de Chanel Mascara made my lashes thicker than ever, Chanel Les 4 Ombres quads give you endless options to blend the hues together for an array of stunning looks.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.
I’ve always had very thin sparse eyebrows. So much so that people would constantly accuse me of over plucking them when I hadn’t plucked them at all. For years, I was embarrassed about my small eyebrows. But, after seeing so many bad paint jobs that looked gross and unnatural, I decided to pass on eyebrow pencils. Aside from the occasional brow shaping, I rarely did anything to my brows.
One day, on a routine trip to Sephora, I got into talking to one of the sales people and she immediately recommended pencils from Anastasia Beverly Hills. After the first application, I was in love. Not only was it easy to apply, it looked so natural. All you have to do is follow the arch of the brow, fill in as needed and blend with the brush on the other end. The amazing design of the brush does the rest. I use the ‘Brow Wiz’ Mechanical Brow Pencil, but all of the products from Anastasia Beverly Hills are amazing. They’re a little pricier than most pencils, but 110% worth it. I want to try them all.
If you’re looking to start filling in your eyebrows, first go to a makeup store or counter that you trust and have them match you up with the right color.
The power of perfume has been praised throughout history as having the supernatural ability to attract men. Therefore, every girl needs her signature scent. But, how much do you really know about your favorite fragrance? It turns out that fragrances are so much more than just fancy French words and pretty packaging. Each fragrance variety corresponds to a different level of concentration resulting in different size bottles and price points.
Wondering what the difference really is between a Parfum and a Toilette? Here’s the deal:
Parfums are the most concentrated. They are often in the smallest bottles and are known to be the most expensive of the fragrance varieties.
Eau de Parfums are less concentrated and a bit less expensive than their Parfum counterparts.
Eau de Toilettes are (you guessed it) the least concentrated of the three fragrance types and usually the most affordable.
Once you’ve discovered your favorite fragrance, choosing between the Parfums, Eau de Parfums, and Eau de Toilettes is dependent on two major factors: how strong you’d like the scent to be and your fragrance budget. Since I prefer a more subtle scent, I usually go for the Eau de Toilettes. But, if you like a stronger and purer fragrance, you should hands down go for a Parfum. When buying a fragrance for a friend, I would suggest meeting in the middle with an Eau de Parfum. Whatever your preference, your perfume should make you feel as beautiful as the mystical bottle it came in.
Having previously suffered from acne, I know from experience how much skin issues can affect your self-esteem and make you want to hide behind layers of makeup or even avoid socializing completely. Rosacea, a common skin inflammatory condition that affects an estimated 16 Million Americans the majority of them women, can also cause a number of physical and emotional insecurities. The most common symptom of rosacea is persistent facial redness. This is caused by dilated facial blood vessels increasing blood flow to the skin. 24% of rosacea sufferers say that redness is the first symptom they notice.
Rosacea sufferers are more likely to be self-conscious and wear makeup more frequently. But, makeup only masks redness. It does not cure it. If you suffer from persistent facial redness and are covering it up instead of treating it, you not alone. Over 4 in 5 (82%) of rosacea sufferers have used cosmetics to cover up redness. 65% of rosacea sufferers wear makeup to work compared to only 35% of Americans who don’t have rosacea. Just over half of Americans (53%) wear makeup, compared to over 77% of rosacea sufferers.
However, simply covering up rosacea symptoms can be costly and ineffective. While 51% say they skip the dermatologist because they are worried about the cost of treatment, there is a better solution. On average, rosacea sufferers spend $36 on a single non-prescription product that promises to hide or cover-up facial redness. Mirvaso® (brimonidine) Topical Gel, 0.33%* made by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. is the first and only gel specifically developed and proven to reduce the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Depending on your insurance, prescription copays may be as low as $25 which is actually less than the cost of many cosmetics. Unlike cosmetics that only cover up redness temporarily, Mirvaso has proven results that were reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy. This easy to use gel last up to 12 hours and results can be seen quickly.
What’s even better than setting your skin free from heavy concealers and cover-ups? Winning a star-studded walk down the red carpet at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Enter Mirvaso’s Break Up With Your Makeup Sweepstakes today for a chance to make your makeup free Emmy debut.
Important Safety Information Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
As a huge fan of Taylor Swift and her always fabulous red carpet looks, Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift has become my latest fragrance obsession. What I love most about this fragrance (aside from its beautiful packaging) is that it’s perfect for everyday wear. According to Beauty.com, Wonderstruck’s top notes are raspberry, dewberry, green tea, freesia and apple blossom. The middle notes are sweet vanilla along with sun-drenched honeysuckle and white hibiscus while its base notes are golden amber, musk, sandalwood and peach. Though the scent is classified as fruity, all of its elements are incredibly subtile, never overly sweet.
In celebration of my favorite fragrance, I’m giving away a bottle of 1.7 fl oz Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift Eau de Parfum to four lucky readers. So if you want to smell like a girl who just broke up with her boyfriend and wrote a kick ass song about it, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Then leave a comment on this post with your email and favorite Taylor Swift song to complete your chances of winning. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22!
*This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US only. It will run from May 31, 2014 – June 30, 2014. Winners will be contacted via email around July 1, 2014.