Argan Inspired…

I must admit, as a professional makeup artist I have quite the collection when it comes to beauty and makeup products, and beautiful, glowy skin is one of the things my clients love me for! However I’ve fought my battles trying to defeat my own dull, blemish-prone and sometimes even lifeless skin.  With the cold season approaching I was on a hunt for pure moisture that will feed and satisfy my skin to the max leaving it happy and fresh.  So here I am, 2 months later, still enjoying my Josie Maran Argan Oil! It is my bedtime must-have! As soon as I clean my skin and say good bye to my makeup Argan Oil comes to the rescue leaving my skin plump, hydrated and yes I am waking up to baby-bottm-soft cheeks!

 

Of course I could not stop there! On one of my midnight-impulse-shopping I went ahead and ordered quite the Christmas gift for my skin, and no, its not Christmas yet but I did open it and starting using the miracle products not only on myself but my girlfriends as well! This amazing makeup set is available on QVC ($69.36) and it contains 6 luxury pieces that your skin will thank you for.

I have been using the products for the past week and I must say as a mom this has saved me a whole lot of trouble in the morning and yes I do look radiant as well, in case you are wondering! I am really enjoying my new toys and a few more beauties are on the way, because I could not resist!

I even got to play on my dear friend Leena and create a natural, beautiful look for her photoshoot!

Makeup: Violeta Meyners Photography: The Riker Brothers

Makeup: Violeta Meyners
Photography: The Riker Brothers

Ideal for all skin types and skin tones, this set includes everything you need to add a touch of glamour to your face. Each of Josie’s bestselling color products is infused with 100% pure argan oil, proven to nourish and hydrate everything from eyes to cheeks to lashes.  Read More

The Price of Flawless

We expect a lot from foundation—it should hide blemishes, smooth fine lines, tamp down shine, and basically do everything but the dishes. But that doesn’t mean it has to cost a ton. Here, five flawless-skin fakers that are less than $15 a pop.

FOR DULL SKIN:

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup ($12.95)

A liquid foundation with sunscreen. It has a thin, creamy texture that melts into skin.This foundation provides medium coverage that looks natural, not cakey or overdone. Two small pumps lend a polished, dewy glow to skin, and the SPF 20 is a nice touch.

L’Oreal True Match ($8.59)

If you have a difficult time finding your color in a drugstore foundation, then I highly recommend trying out this one!  L’Oreal True Match is unique in that their shades are divided into three categories… warm undertone, neutral undertone, and cool undertone. There are 33 shades in all!  It is an oil-free, longwearing formula that provides medium, buildable coverage.  The finish is smooth and doesn’t feel greasy, but mimics skins natural texture. It is also fragrance free.  True Match contains SPF 17 but in all of my flash tests it leaves little to no white cast in photos!  

JURLIQUE to the Rescue

Fall is upon us and along with it here comes the cold, redness and an awfully strong urge of switching your skincare regimen to adjust to the new climate.  I could not help but noticing my skin has already gotten drier and sensitive and all that redness around my nose and chin is not at all attractive! So I began my search for new products that will solve the problem and some more! That’s when JURLIQUE came to the rescue.

Calendula Redness Rescue! A deeply hydrating line to soothe sensitivity, protect and comfort your skin. Not only are they doing wonders for my skin but did I mention they are a leader in natural skin care science for over 25 years? I am currently coveting:

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Natural, Pretty & Polished

We all have those Mondays where you don’t want to let go of your sweat suit, chipped nail polish and unruly hair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offset your week with a minimal beauty look! The key is to clock in feeling polished without looking like you are wearing a lot of makeup!

MAKEUP: To appear natural yet refined, focus on brightening your skin and eyes. Apply a BB or CC cream only where you need to even out your skin tone, and blend well with your fingers. Set it with loose, translucent powder. Next, sweep bronzer on your cheeks, temples and down the bridge of your nose, then place a dot of cream or powder blush on the apples of your cheeks. Easy! Didn’t get enough sleep? Curling your lashes can hide evidence of a late night. I swear by my eyelash curler and eyedrops designed for allergies to erase redness! Add a sheer wash of beige or light brown shadow over your lids and finish with two coats of mascara. Don’t forget to brush your brows! Last step, a nude pinkish lip applied straight from the bullet!

Hair & Makeup: Violeta Meyners
Photography: The Riker Brothers

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999 Alert

RED LIPSTICK is the beauty equivalent of the little black dress: casually elegant, effortless, and always chic. Sixty years ago Christian Dior certainly thought so when he created the house’s first beauty products, Rouge Dior 9 – later referred to as 99, and then as 999 – an absolute perfect, universally flattering shade of crimson inspired by the couturier’s most sumptuous fabrics. Like all great classics, it more than holds up today, and even though we have more choices than ever when it comes to lipstick, 999 is the LBD of my overstuffed makeup bag. J’adore! 

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