via Vogue Australia
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Investment tools are often pricey by comparison to the multitude of crap one can stock up on so remembering the mantra ‘quality over quantity‘ will do you a world of good here. Finding a tool that actually delivers on what it is meant to do is, well, priceless (whether purchased with a Mastercard or not).
Cloud Nine O Rollers, from $29.99 to $399, cloudninehair.com
Miraculous results and extremely easy to use.
Parlux Compact Hairdryer, $140, folica.com
It’s only when you try a Parlux that you realize how bad most dryers are.
Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System, from $119, sephora.com
The original and the best: this sonic cleansing brush could transform problem skin.
via Makeup411Photo: Michael Gibson Make-up by Margot Boccia
Skincare: Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie
Foundation: M.A.C. Mineralize Foundation in NC30
Concealer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Light Peach
Powder: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Bronzer: Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo in 5
Blush: Benefit Bella Bamba
Eye Shadow: Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres in Garden of Eden and Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 13
Eye Liner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Creamliner in Black
Brows: Clé de Peau Beauté Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact in 2
Mascara: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara in Steel Black
Lips: Tarte LipSurgence lip luster in Glisten
Highlights / Contour: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
The Queen of Burlesque’s own beauty must-haves and beauty tricks gathered from her Twitter account.
Skincare advice: “See a dermatologist for problem skin rather than spend money on miracle creams!”
3. Let Secrets be Secrets. Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for under eyes and little “problems”… for extra umpth use the light side as a highlighter on the top of cheek bones, brow bones, down the bridge of the nose and center of the chin for some photo-perfect contouring.
4. Power Puff. Finish out the contouring by using MAC Blot Powder (“Dark” seen in photo) on cheek bones, creases of eyes, down the sides of the nose and under the jaw line.
5. Apple Cheeks! Right in the apple of the cheeks this blush will add a nice healthy pop of red, NARS Powder Blush in Exhibit A.
7. All about Eyes. Keep it simple, Le Métier de Beauté in Sugar all over and Tamarack in the crease and at the lash line. For night time add an extra application of Tamarack for very hooded eyes.
8. Play ‘em up. Mascara, mascara, mascara… I love mascara! Apply as many coats as needed of MAC False Lashes mascara which makes big glossy lashes that don’t smudge around the eyes yet washes off at night easily.
9. Flirty Eyes. This is where it gets good. It doesn’t take much, just 5 to 7 flares per eye to fill it in but it makes all the difference especially in photographs!
Step by Step:
10. Paint it RED. What is a retro diva without red lips?! All time classic combo. Start on the outside of lips with Cargo Reverse Lip Liner (Use “light”), draw the shape and fill in the lips lightly with MAC Lip Liner in SPICE, then top it off for show with MAC lipstick in LADY DANGER.
An all natural self tanner that you can make yourself and even ingest? Uhm, yes!
Required time: 30-40 minutes Skill level: Goof-proof
*Notes: Tea will stain clothes if wet, so make sure you’re all dry before dressing. The “tan” should last 3-4 days.
For bonus color, mix cocoa powder into body lotion until you reach desired color and apply for an all-over bronzing boost.
In many parts of the world a tan is still considered the hallmark of beauty. From indoor tanning to bronzers and self-tanners, anything for that golden glow year round. But half a world away, where celebrities prize porcelain skin, a secret weapon in cosmetic bags called BB cream has been doing the opposite for quite some time—making skin whiter. And legions of fans have bought into it. Will we?
A combination of tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, blemish healer and skin whitener, the name “BB cream” is short for blemish balm or beauty balm, depending on the marketing spin. BB cream was first brought to Asian markets in 1985, almost 20 years after German dermatologist Christine Schrammek introduced the first blemish balm, but it didn’t became a runaway bestseller until the early 2000s. A craze was born.
Korean actresses attribute their flawless skin to BB creams but can all different skin complexions and types benefit the same way? The whitener is more important in the Asian market, where having white porcelain skin is synonymous with beauty and success (for better or worse) but in North America women are more concerned with anti-aging and sunscreen.
Estée Lauder’s Daywear BB Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit Cream SPF 35 hit Canadian stores in January, in two shades. Montreal-based Marcelle is bringing the first Canadian-made BB cream to market in early February. Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15 will also be out in February, while Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 launched in the U.S.A. in August and will debut three shades in Canada sometime this spring.
Are these just a gimmick if they do not provide the original healing properties of the BB cream?
There are several authentic BB cream brands such as HANSKIN, Skin79, Skinfood, BRTC, Missha and Dr Jart. There are slight differences in properties, ingredients, smell, texture and oil control depending on the brand and each brand has different shades of coverage depending on your skin tone.
General (authentic) BB Cream characteristics
• Natural glow without makeup
• Provides perfect coverage without clogging pores or damaging the skin
• Conceals all types of pigmentation, discoloration, acne and acne scars
• Healing properties soften, smooth and refine skin
• Encourages skin regeneration to create and maintain youthful skin
• UV Protection for healthy skin
• Some BB creams have additional features such as wrinkle improvement, whitening, etc.
How to choose a BB cream
1. Identify your skin tone (very fair, fair, olive, dark?) and skin type (normal, sensitive, dry, oily, combination?)
2. Now, ask yourself what your needs are: acne reduction, brightening, sunscreen, oil control, extra coverage?
3. Shortlist or select the most suitable/ideal BB cream for yourself.
Problem/Sensitive skin (acne prone & acne scars)
Problem/Mature skin (acne, scars, winkles, large pores)