February 28, 2011

Saturday Night Going OUT! OOTD





Hope you likey likey :) let me know! thanks for watching xoxo

February 27, 2011

Nicki Minaj Inspired Makeup



"I'm fighting for the girls who never thought they could win"
"cause before they could begin, you told them it was the end"
"but I am here to reverse the curse that they live in"
-- Nicki Minaj



Products used ☺
• Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation #153
• Benefit High Beam Highlighter
• Urban Decay shadow primer potion
• Sephora "Mattifying Foundation" -- medium 25
• Anastassia Brush & "Brow Powder" -- medium brown
• Lorac Palette
• Coastal Scents "88 Warm Palette"
• Chanel Quad "85 Demure"
• Maybelline Gel Eyeliner
• Revlon Liquid Eyeliner
• Rimmel "Lycra Lash Extender" -- 001 Black
• Coastal Scents Lip Liner -- 10 Pinky
• Revlon Lipstick #415
• ELF "Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder"
• MAC Blush "Melba"
• NARS "Albatross" highlighter


Hope you like this bold look! ♥ ♥

February 25, 2011

Glamorous Chic Casual OOTD



Hope you like my outfit, get inspired and pick up some ideas to create your own amazing looks!


I did my makeup in my "Nicki Minaj Inspired Look" video, check it out :)


Let me know if you have any questions about this look! Subscribe, comment and hope you like my videos! xoxo Annie

"Glow Baby Glow!" How to: Bronzer & Highlighter (+ Video!)


When the weather is drab and the sun isn't shining, we still want gorgeous sun kissed skin! Flying away to Bali for the weekend sounds oh-so fabulous but unfortunately if you're a hard working, committed and a busy Demoiselle, you most likely wont have the time! Opting to go to a tanning salon can leave you with harmful skin damage and pre mature aging (no thanks!) so I am going to show you some ways to look like a bronzed California girl (even in minus degree weather). I have tested out ALL these products myself and they have received the "oh-my-gosh-you-must-try-this" VLD stamp of approval!




*FACE
1) Bronzer 
Finding the perfect bronzer is like finding the perfect boyfriend - it will make you look warm, makes you glow and doesn't leave you feeling fake! And once you find a good one, hold on to it for life!
The most important thing about bronzers is making it look natural and not over done. Remember, the sun may shine on your entire face, but it will only really "bronze/darken" the high points of the face which are (cheek bones, forehead and nose). I also recommend bronzing (matt only) under your jawline (it will shave 10lbs off of anyone!)
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My favorites!
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1) MAC Bronzing Powder in "Matte Bronze" $23 - Hands down the best bronzer I've ever tried! I have gotten so many compliments when using this bronzer... Mr.MAC and I got married :)

2) ELF Cosmetics "Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder" $3 - This has small shimmers in it, perfect for dry & combination skinned ladies. A great alternative! I highly recommend this for the value and the quality. (DUPE for famous NARS's "Laguna" Bronzer)

Other highly recommend brands are Urban Decay's "Baked Bronzer" $24, Benefits "Hoola", $28 and Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $47.

How to Apply:
  • Start by making a "fish face" to accentuate your cheek bones.
  • With a large fluffy brush apply bronzer in a "C" shape starting at the middle of your cheekbone, up onto the side of your face, and up until your hairline, "C" motion style
  • Apply to the sides of your nose
  • Apply in crease of eye in "window-wiper" motion
  • Apply all over jawline and onto top of neck (all of these steps will also contour your face - giving it more shape)
Remember:
  • If you have a light skin tone, don't over do your bronzer so that your whole face is covered with it and we loose sight of your natural beauty.
  • If you have oily skin, find a matt bronzer (without shimmer) as adding shimmer to your face will only make you look more oily, a matt bronzer will compliment your skin beautifully (and remove excess shine!)
  • If you have a dark skin tone, instead of focusing too much on bronzer, focus more on highlighting the high points of your face (discussed in next section)
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2) Highlighter
If you ever wondered how the models in the magazines got that "glow", that "little-extra-something" you can't put your finger on? Well, a makeup artists trick to make any face look glowing and awake is highlighter! This is a common step most ladies forget, but it can make the biggest difference to your face. First I will show you my favorite highlighters, then I will talk about application and tips.
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My Favorites!
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1) NARS "Albatross" Highlighter, $27 - This is worth the price! I have been using this for 2 years and it blends beautifully with my skin tone. A must have!


2) Benefit "High Beam Luminizer", $24 - An industry favorite, this highlighter is in a creamy form. Great for using on bare skin as blending is a breeze. 




3) Victoria's Secret "Love Me Wild" in "369 - White Hot", $16 - (Second one down) By far, the cutest and most adorable packing I have ever seen! Leopard print blushes and highlighters, I bought it for this reason alone! And I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. It has a lot of shimmer in it, so go easy.







How to Apply:
  • Apply on top of bronzer just underneath the eye
  • Apply on bridge & center down the nose
  • Apply on cupids bow (top of lip) - this adds the ultimate golden goddess touch!
  • Apply in the inner corner of eye and on brow bone
Remember:
  • Always dust off your brush before applying product to face (fall out and stripes are not pretty)
  • Blend blend blend! After applying bronzer and highlighter (optional: blush) take a large brush and blend all together, so you are left with a beautiful gradient of tones
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BODY
I recommend staying out of the sun as much as possible and to always wear a lotion or day cream with a minimum of SPF 15. Please don't bake yourself in a tanning bed, as this will leave heavy traces on your skin down the line.  This lotion listed below will give you a streak free, mess free, orange-free, smelly-free beautiful tan! :)
1) Hawaiian Tropic - Island Radiance™ Self Tanner – Medium & Dark Crème Lotion, $7



This is the best lotion and the only one deserved to be written about. It has received the the highest ratings and reviews across the board, for providing natural looking color and free of strong smells. (I once used the drugstore favorite, Jergens "Natural Glow" Self Tanner and the smell alone caused me to stay away from this product. I recommend saving your money on that one.)
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Check out the video review!

These are my favorite products for getting smooched by the sun! Let me know if you have any questions regarding any products by commenting below

February 24, 2011

Sultry Smokey Eye Day Look!




Hi everyone! These are the products used ☺



• Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette
• NARS "Albatross" highlighter
• Chanel "precision eye definer" in "khaki dore"
• Sephora khol waterproof black eyeliner
• MAC Mascara "Haute & Naughty" - black
• MAC Lipstick -- "Angel"

Pre Video:
• Benefit "Boi-ing" concealer -- 02
• Sephora "Mattifying Foundation" -- medium 25
• Anastassia Brush & "Brow Powder" -- medium brown
• ELF "Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder"
• NARS "Albatross" highlighter

Let me know if you have any questions about this look! Subscribe, comment and hope you like my videos! xoxo Annie

LINK to COASTAL SCENTS PALETTE:
http://www.coastalscents.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm/product/1871_122/warm-palette.cfm 

February 23, 2011

NYX Glitter & "Vegas Volt" Bold Lips *Day* Makeup Tutorial



Hi everyone! These are the products used ☺

• Urban Decay shadow primer potion
• Benefit "Boi-ing" concealer -- 02
• Sephora "Mattifying Foundation" -- medium 25
• Anastassia Brush & "Brow Powder" -- medium brown
• ELF "Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder"
• NARS "Albatross" highlighter
• NYX "Candy Glitter Liner" -- 03 Mocha Latte
• Rimmel "Lycra Lash Extender" -- 001 Black
• Coastal Scents lip liner -- 10 Pinky
• MAC Lipstick -- "Vegas Volt"

Thank you for watching!

xoxo Annie

February 22, 2011

Get healthy & fit! My simple diet tips ♥



Hi everyone! In this video I will talk to you about:


1) Drinking lots of water
2) Power of green tea
3) Getting your body moving
4) It all comes down to choices
5) Motivation!

These really work, try them! Update me with your progress!
xoxo

February 5, 2011

Recipe For a Flawless Complexion


I love working with raw ingredients when creating my facemasks. It can sometimes be daunting to look at the ingredients in most skin care products, so if you want to try something more natural, and still highly effective, I definitely recommend this mask. I have been using this facemask for the past few months and it has been my favorite! The ingredients are simple: honey, turmeric and Aspirin! It is great for all problematic skin types and it is so easy to make. The ingredients are pure and are probably in your kitchen right now.



The Magic of Honey
Honey contains anti microbial properties, anti oxidants and microbes. Anti microbial properties prevent the skin from getting infected and the anti oxidants help build a “barrier” against aging pollutants and toxins. Honey is also sticky and has a very fine grainy texture, which helps to lift up dirt and dead skin. The wax makes the skin smooth, glowing, soft and leaves it perfectly moisturized!
To get the best results, use really raw honey, I love the “Really Really Raw Honey” for $9 found in most food stores.


The Wonder of Turmeric
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, which is widely used as a disinfectant for cuts and burns. It is an ingredient, which is found in some of the best skin care products. In India, this mask is traditionally applied to brides before their wedding day to give them healthy, beautiful and glowing skin!


The Power of Aspirin
Aspirin contains acetyl-salicylic acid, which is used by most acne fighting skin care products like Clean&Clear, Neutrogena and MD Skin Care to unclog pores. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antipyretic powers.




Making Your Mask
1. Stir the honey using a tablespoon. Make sure the grainy part at the bottom is also stirred in. Put 1 tablespoon into a bowl.

2. Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. It may be tempting to add more due to its powerful benefits, but too much may leave your skin yellow!

3. Dissolve 3-4 Aspirins in a few drops of water. Once dissolved, add to mixture.

4. Stir it up, and smooth paste on with clean fingertips to face and neck. Apply in circular motion to stimulate blood flow and exfoliation. Make sure your hair is tied back as this mask is sticky.

5. Now lie down and unwind! The ingredients work the best when the body is relaxed. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

6. Wash off with warm water and gently pat face with a clean soft towel. Add your favorite moisturizer.
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How Often
You can use this mask 3-4 times a week. In between days, I like to apply raw honey to face and neck for 15-45 minutes before showering. It is gentle enough to use everyday and its benefits and results are incredible! My skin is clear and glowing.

You can also use this mask as a base, and experiment by adding different ingredients, such as green tea to soothe, lemon to brighten or tomato juice if you have mature skin.



Watch my video on how I maintain glowing skin! :)