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Look Ma! No Tools!!!

I have been completely lazy lately with regards to make-up.  I’m blaming it on the warm summer weather we are having already here in sunny San Diego.  I mean come on!  Why spend 45 minutes doing a phenomenal face when 5 minutes outside and it’s melting faster than my ice cream cone.  (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

One of the things I’ve discovered though is how utterly amazing our fingers are!!!  Truly!!!

I’ve actually started using my fingers to put on all sorts of cosmetics and thought I’d challenge myself to use nothing but my fingers to do my entire face!

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So, what do you think???

Here’s a list of the products I used and used only my fingers to apply!

-No7 True Identity Foundation in Light

-Cream blush from Chanel Paris LA Multi-Use Make-Up Palette

-Chanel Eye Brow Pencil in Brun Naturel

-No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow duo in Moonlight Shadows (light shade only)

-Chanel Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Safari

-L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Rose for Romance (rose and medium brown color)

-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey

-No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara in Brown/Black

-No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Blush

-L’Oreal Lip Gloss in Blushing Harmony

All in all I’m pretty proud of it!

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7 Days / 7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up Day 6: Call Me Coral

Day 6 is here already!  And it’s Friday!!!  WOOHOO!!!

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Sexy, no?  🙂

Today’s look incorporates a nice peachy/ coral eye shadow all over using a dark brown in the outer crease and eye liner.  And let’s not forget our Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascara! #lashout

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Nice.  Simple.  Fun with color but something that can be worn every day yet still have people respect you.  It’s all about experimenting but still remaining classy.

Stay tuned!!!  One more day of my 7 day challenge!

7 Days/7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up Day 5: Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Howdy!

So, my lunch Pinterest party was a success yesterday as I knew exactly what look I wanted to do today.  A soft rosy smoky eye.

I love smoky eyes.  They look good on me and they are easy for me to do.  I think smoky eyes have the reputation of being something only for nighttime events, however, I dare you to play with softer, more sheer colors and rock a gorgeous daytime smoky eye.

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For this look I once again started with my trusted matte taupe shadow all over.  Then smoked out my eyes with an absolutely gorgeous shimmery rose.  A white highlighter under the brows and a soft brown in the outer crease.  Brown eye liner and my uber-fabulous Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom mascara and I was pretty happy with this look!  #lashout

I got compliments on this look all day!!!  Even after I thought I had sweated it all off at my kids’ school jog-a-thon today!  (I was suckered into being the school mascot for 3 hours-he’s a lion!)

I’m definitely going to put this one in the regular repetoire.

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7 Days / 7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up : Day 4- Blue Skies!

I have to be honest.  I really struggled today with what to do!  Goodness!  Have I been in a make-up slump for so long that I misplaced some of my mojo???  Heaven forbid!!!

I ended up coming up with an idea after I got dressed.  I had on a dark smoky blue/grey sweater and denim.  So I thought, why not dark blue skies as an inspiration.  Not the bright blue of summer’s sunshine, but that dark blue of the sky when you realize that it’s late and the sun is just now setting because of spring waning it’s way towards summer and the days gradually getting longer.

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So I did my usual matte taupe eye shadow as a base.  Then a light blue/grey on the inner corners and a deeper blue for the outer corners and the crease.  A little bit of white under the brows to highlight and it was time for eyeliner.

I didn’t want a harsh black,  but I needed something of substance.  That’s when I remembered my monochromatic palette!  Black eye liner then quickly rimmed my eyes and the blue mono was brushed on top to make a gorgeous metallic/almost peacock blue.  And then of course topped the whole look with two coats of Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascara.   #lashout

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I’ll do better tomorrow.  I promise!  (Because I spent my lunch creating a spring eye make-up Pinterest board.)  🙂

7 Days / 7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up: Day 3: Purple “Rains” Supreme!

Ok, so I’m a slacker!!!!  This was supposed to be sent yesterday (did the make-up and took the photo yesterday) but voted on a much needed nap instead of computer work.  Sorry!  😦

But here it is.

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I used a sheer lavender in the crease and throughout the mobile eyelid with a darker plum lining my eyes and a smidgen in the outer corners.  And of course,  two coats of my Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom mascara!  (#lashout)

Today is day 4.  Brain is turning to come up with an idea.  I’ve got a couple hours though.  Gotta take the kids to school and then workout.  Time shall tell!  And I promise I’ll get it posted on time!  😉

7 Days / 7 Ways Spring Eye Make-Up – Day 2: Teal Cat Eye

Ok, so here’s day 2 of my self-imposed challenge.  I’ve got to start off by thanking Harper’s Bazaar and Physician’s Formula for being co-conspirators on this.  If Harper’s Bazaar hadn’t send me the new Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom mascara asking for my opinion, then I’d still be in my no make-up slump!

But here we are on Monday, normally a work out and yoga day (meaning make-up definitely NOT required), yet I’m all dolled up (in a yoga appropriate manner) and actually feeling pretty cool about it all.  It truly is amazing the power of make-up.  Put your face on in the morning and see how much better of a day you have!  I dare you!

But back to today’s challenge.  I love cat eyes, just not on me.  Being on the downward slope of my 30s towards my 40s, my eyes just don’t have that same lift that they had in my 20s.  But, in the name of a good challenge (and needing to branch out a bit),  I decided to do not only a cat eye, but a SPRING TEAL cat eye!

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What do you think?  I kept it nice and fresh.  A matte taupe eyeshadow as the base, a smidgen (and yes that is a technical term!) of brown eyeshadow in the crease.  Then used a light teal eye pencil to give me that cat eye while setting it with matching eye shadow.  Add to that two healthy coats of Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascara and I’ve got some pretty fun and cool looking peepers for this gorgeous spring day!

But, now the hard part…what the heck to do tomorrow!  🙂

Spring Eyes 7 Days 7 Ways-Day 1: Spring Garden Smoky Eyes

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There’s nothing like an assignment to get you out of a rut!  As a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador, I’m often given beauty products to review and write about.  Some great, some not so great.  This one they sent me definitely has the potential to be in the “great” category!

I was sent one of the new Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascaras and to be honest, it sat on my desk for a week and a half.  For starters, it was WAY too hot here in San Diego to even think about make-up.  Triple digit temperatures, single digit humidity (which wreaks havoc on older/drier skin) and then add our lovely firestorms to the mix, and let’s just say I had other things going on.

But this morning I decided to look up the details of my assignment and realized, “Oh CRAP!!!  The first installment is due TOMORROW!!!”  I had been lounging on the couch in my pajamas watching trash tv (you know the kind!  lol).  Hair was a shaggy, ratty disaster.  Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.  And truth-be-told, I had been like that pretty much all week.  Momma definitely needed some motivation.

So, what does one do when facing a deadline?  Cheat it and do something quick and easy?  Of course not!  I decided that the only way that I could demonstrate a killer new mascara was to start with a new hair cut.  Makes total sense, right!

An adorable haircut later and I was ready to complete my assignment.  I hadn’t done a 7 Days/7 Ways Challenge in a while (and being I was in a beauty rut), it seemed like the perfect thing to do!

Day One starts with a spring garden smoky eye.  I wanted a little bit more dramatic eye since I was going to have Va Va Voom lashes, but with it being spring out (and hot already), I didn’t want to look like a melted mess.  I used a shimmery neutral taupe eye shadow all over for a base, used a light green on my mobile eye lid and under the lower lashes.  Added a dark green to the crease.  Used a black eye pencil all the way around but toned the harshness of it down by topping/setting it with the dark green eye shadow.  Some light purple in the middle of the mobile lid and a shimmery white under the brows to highlight and I was ready for my mascara.

Now, the first thing that I always notice about mascara is the smell.  I’ve had some that worked fabulously, but smelled so bad that there was no way I would ever use them.  This one definitely takes the cake in terms of fragrance and that cake is a vanilla and chocolate one!  With scents of warm vanilla and cocoa extract, the mascara smells like you just walked into Godiva.  And the scent doesn’t dissipate after you put it on.  I’ve had it on for almost an hour and can still smell the seductive sweetness of it.

The second thing I usually care about with mascara is the packaging.  I know I’m weird, but I want things that are going to look and feel gorgeous in my hand.  And let me just say, “WOW!”  A nice rich, sexy red (not too tomato or bright), it has black velvet swirls and lace all over it giving it a beautifully tactile feel.  Combine that with an adorable silver stilleto charm tied around it and it’s downright sexy and adorable at the same time.

And now you’re saying, “But Jeanette, does it work?”  While I’m generally not a fan of those spiky, rubbery wands, this one’s not too bad.  I’ve actually poked my eyes with other brands, but this one combines the classic shape of a volumizing mascara brush with the new spiky bristles.  The formula is thick, but not dry or flaky.  It did require two coats, but those two coats definitely gave me the voluptuous volume, luscious length and gorgeous curves that the packaging claimed.  And I didn’t even need to use an eyelash comb.  The few clumps I had, the ingenious brush easily took care of.

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(photo from http://www.imabeautygeek.com)

So, do I like the new Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascara?  Yes.  Do I LOVE it?  Not sure, but I’ve got 6 more days of playing with it to find out!

My Favorite Things: My Best Work To Date…

I have to say that this is the best work I’ve ever done.  🙂 Doesn’t matter that it’s my own daughter.  😉

She had her dance recital photos and mommy got the pleasure of doing her hair and make-up.

I love my baby girl!

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Fun Friday: Guess Where I’m Going!!!

Many apologies for being absent for a while.  It’s been a busy whirlwind of things to get done, kids, work, etc.

I will be absent a bit longer due to a much needed vacation as well as my first international make-up work (friend is getting married and I’m helping with the bridal party).

But I will be back full-force in mid-April.   Until then, enjoy this super amazing Fun Friday look I found online inspired by where I’m going.   🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Sophia Loren

When I was hunting through Google for an iconic image to use for today’s Throwback Thursday feature, I didn’t really know what I wanted to focus on.  But when I saw this photo, I immediately knew what to do!

So in honor of the first day of spring, I bring you the stunning Sophia Loren.

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With that colorful scarf and sexy make-up, how could I NOT have chosen her!

I loved the bronzed skin, sultry cat eye and pastel pink glossy lip.

To recreate this look at home, use MK Bronzing Powder to contour your cheekbones and add a light dusting all over to look like you just got back from your winter holiday in Antigua.

Use MK Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black to create that gorgeous cat eye and then smudge a bit on your lid with your finger to get the sultry with the sexy.

Top the look off with a healthy dose of MK Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Parfait to get that voluptuous shine and pastel pink goodiness.

Purchase them HERE

Photo borrowed from getlirycs.blogspot.com

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