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Top Tips for Solving Your Biggest Beauty Dilemmas Inspired By Benefit Cosmetics

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On Project Runway: Under the Gunn, the biggest fashion and beauty blunders are constantly being solved within seconds. In honor of this week’s episode featuring a ‘Real Women’ challenge lead by Benefit Cosmetics where designers have to solve everyday fashion emergencies in an instant, Benefit’s Global Beauty Authority, Annie Ford Danielson, is sharing her top beauty tips. I must say they’re genius!

1. DilemmaHow to wear a bold lip and make it last?

Solution: Remember, that when you wear a bold lip, you don’t want the bold lip to wear you. Longevity is key to this statement look. Before applying your lipstick you need to prime and perfect your lips. Make sure you exfoliate and hydrate. Try using a tint like Benetint beneath your bold lip color for longer staying-power. Also, dap on cheeks for a natural girly flush.

2. Dilemma: The Shine Factor!

Solution: Remember that when the weather starts to change so does our skin and sometimes shine gets the best of us. Try Benefit’s The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine; an instant pro powder mattifier that minimizes pores and shine in an instant.

3. Dilemma: How to achieve the ‘No Makeup, Makeup Look!’

Solution: Remember, less is more. Before reaching for your foundation, apply concealer first, that way, you find that you won’t need as much makeup. Try Boi-ing, an industrial strength concealer that stays put, when you need it to.

4. DilemmaHow to cut down your skincare routine and amp up the results?

Solution: Choose a multi-tasking product that is bigger than BB! Try Benefit’s NEW Big Easy; a multi-balancing complexion perfector that balances moisture & controls oil while provide flawless coverage. Plus the formula provides SPF 35 protection!

 5. Dilemma: How Bright is too Bright?

Solution: Bright cheeks are amazing, but in order to keep it from looking too young and costume-like, use a long-lasting, weather-proof tint like Benefit Lollitint (this shade is spot on for pantone’s color of the year Radiant Orchid), which will give you the brightness you’re looking for in a subtle, soft way.

6. Dilemma: How to get full long lashes?

Solution: Ditch the stripes and glue and choose a mascara that can creates length and fullness! Try Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. It really opens up the eyes by giving lashes a dramatic base-to-tip curl. Your lashes will never be the same.

7. Dilemma: How to pump-up skimpy Brows?

Solution: The best way to accentuate and add shape to a skimpy brow is by filling it in with a product that adds color, texture and VOLUME to the hair. Try Benefit Gimme Brow. Its gel-like formula is filled with microfibers that create the most natural full brow in seconds.

8. Dilemma: How to instantly perk-up dull skin?

Solution: Benefit Cosmetics believes laughter is the best cosmetic, so remember to SMILE, it will instantly make you look more radiant & beautiful!

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Adrianna Papell Fall 2014 Preview

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Adrianna Papell

Last week, I saw some of the most gorgeous evening looks for fall at the Adrianna Papell Fall 2014 Preview. I loved walking through the showroom filled with sequins and sparkles. Though the cocktail dresses were the first to catch my eye, in the event that I have a fancy evening party to go to, I’ll be trying on my share of Adrianna Papell gowns. Aside from the breathtaking dresses, I also adored the sportswear and shoes. Adrianna Papell’s new sportswear collection offers flattering fits that transition perfectly from day to night. I especially loved the vibrant colors of the sportswear collection. Look for Adrianna Papell Fall 2014 at Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom.

sportswear

cocktail dresses

dresses

sequins

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Things That Make Me Smile

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sunny days

Sunny days!

Veggie Burger food

Veggie burgers

Syracuse Basketball

Remembering Syracuse’s six overtime win against UConn at Madison Square Garden in 2009

Custom Jewelry

Custom jewelry (these are by Vivi Sun)

Candles

Mysterious candles (I spotted these in a Lower East Side bar)

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Accessorizing for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick's Day

Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time of year to show a little Celtic love by stocking up on a few lucky accessories a.k.a ‘lucky charms.’ Aside from the many stunning shades of green, my favorite Irish symbols include the four leaf clover and Claddagh. So if you’re looking to spend a little green in between beers and whiskey, here are some of my St. Paddy’s Day-themed favorites:

1. Celtic Knot Irish Heart Claddagh Pendant  2. Heart 4 Heart Watch  3. Pandora Four-Leaf Clover Dangle Charm  4. China Glaze Four Leaf Clover  5. Four Leaf Clover Large Candle  6. Diamond Accent Claddagh

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Milk Plus Cocktails Inspired by A Clockwork Orange

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milk plus A Clockwork Orange

As a huge horror movie fan, I’m particularly partial to Stanley Kubrick’s classic, A Clockwork Orange. Though I hope to never encounter Alex DeLarge and his band of droogs, I’ve always found the scenes in the Korova Milk Bar fascinating. After trying Milk Plus for the first time with a recipe I found online, it has officially become one of my favorite cocktails. Someday, I intend to have a Clockwork Orange-themed Halloween party featuring this Milk Plus recipe.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange blossom water
2.25 taplespoons (1.5 shots) bourbon
1 teaspoon brown sugar
A little under .5 cup (6 tablespoons) whole milk
A pinch of nutmeg to top off

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker add the vanilla extract, orange blossom water, and brown sugar. Gently breakdown the sugar to mix with the liquids. Then add bourbon, milk, and ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the top is foamy. Serve into 16oz cup for one or 8 oz glass for two. It can also be served in champagne, scotch glasses, or over ice. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top and enjoy.

Notes:

Whole milk gives the drink a thicker taste and smoother texture. However, if dietary preferences dictate, other milks may be used just add an extra tablespoon of milk to get closer to the desired results.

I tried it with Bushmills and Johnny Walker (red, gold reserve, and black). But, I had the best taste and experience with Jim Beam.

All ingredients can be easily found at the grocery store except Orange Blossom Water. It’s an herb used mostly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Most speciality herb and spice stores should have it. Since it has such a unique flavor and taste, finding a substitute is difficult. If you’re really pressed, orange extract is the best alternative and can be found in any grocery store.

Disclaimer: There is no direct correlation between this Milk Plus cocktail and the ultra violence depicted in A Clockwork Orange. 

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