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Lupita Nyong!

Best Look of the Oscars 2014 Lupita Nyong certified fabulous

Lupita Nyong stole the show last night with not only awards for her role in 12 Years a Slave but also in her elegant powder blue Prada dress! She paired the perfect accessories to make the look more feminine and the makeup was light, bright and flawless! I adored everything about her look and was the most radiant on the red carpet last night. 

Get her makeup look in a few steps with these key makeup pieces:

1) Illamasqua: Powder Eye Shadow in Anj - use lightly in the crease of the eyes for a pop of color. The matte tone is perfect to let the glowing complexion be the center of attention. Too much shimmer and shine can look too oily, so matte makeup can really tone that down and tie the whole look together. www.illamasqua.com

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Stocking Stuffer Alert!

The holiday season is upon us, and the social calendar gets to be crazy!! I am usually quite understated in my style (I’m sure some would think this is an understatement), but when committed to various social events I try to make an effort. I am blessed with naturally strong and shapely nails, so an at-home manicure is a quick way for me to dress it up, and how much effort is a layer of lip gloss?? These two products are my go-to’s when I need a little dressing up, and I have two essentials I love this month.

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss is a great lip gloss. I really like the soft squeeze tube, which isn’t messy in the least. I find that sometimes a wand in bottle creates a bit of a mess, but Benefit really got it right with this beautiful little tube. The custom designed tip makes application super easy. The fragrance of this gloss is really amazing, such a pleasant aroma. The shade “sugar bomb” is a really nice nude/pinky shade, which is pretty without being too dramatic. This gloss applies nicely, it is smooth and not at all sticky or tacky. I thought that the color lasted for a good amount of time for a lip gloss. I did not have to reapply as often as one might, although the fragrance and feel of this wonderful gloss makes me reach for it time and time again.

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss certified fabulous beauty

Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Delirium is one of the nicest nail lacquers I have ever used. The bottle and closure is super cool and trendy, the deco-inspired bottle makes for an easy grip, I was able to open the new bottle easily, even after applying a super rich hand cream. I chose Delirium because I love purple, so it was an obvious choice. I wasn’t expecting how electric this bright purple would look once it dried. Its super striking, and I received compliments every day while wearing it. This lacquer is super shiny when dry, I skipped the top coat because the shine was amazing. The high-gloss formula is also completely chip resistant. After a week I noticed the color waning, but not due to chipping (probably would’ve lasted longer with the recommended top coat). I can’t wait to try Ruffian Nail lacquer in other shades, I was so impressed by Ruffian!!

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Winter is upon us! In fact, here in the east coast we now have snow on the ground! Just because it's winter though I don't want to look like I have flat, dull winter skin...so my product love I turn to for a glowing appearance is Benefit: "that gal" brightening face primer. 

benefit-cosmetics-that-gal finalOh Benefit, you have done it again...can you make a bad product?? I probably have your whole collection in my house...and without a doubt I never think twice when I need something to give my face a vibrate glow because "that gal" is the ultimate! It's an ideal face primer because it is not slippery or greasy feeling like most makeup primers. It actually feels like a lotion and has a gorgeous pink hue that glides onto the face and blends in perfectly. Once you apply your foundation the glow is subtle and just the right amount of sheen to look healthy and not over done. 

The packaging is an easy twist up tube/bottle that releases product through a bunch of holes on the top. This is great to swipe a finger over it to get the product and put on your face or sweep directly on your face in a sanitized fashion...no dirty fingers in a jar.

Something new that I found at The Makeup Show in Orlando, Florida I just brought home with me is a skin Cara finalshimmer from the brand CARA. CARA has an amazing luminous glow shimmer (I have the "atlantis" color) that goes on so easy, smooth and super light weight! When I applied this to my skin I instantly and naturally was glowing! I'm obsessed with this stuff! I am confident that I will look glamorous all winter :) 

The packaging is very beautiful and almost like a nail polish with a spatula applicator, which is great to transfer to your hand or face for direct application. You can use this alone or under foundation and it can also be applied on the body. It's perfect as a cheekbone highlighter too! So many different ways to use this product to keep you looking healthy no matter what the winter will throw at you. I am SO happy I found out about this brand and this product. They also have a bunch of other lovely cosmetic products and perfect shades for bridal makeup. (www.caracosmetics.com) I will be sure to keep you updated on this brand and their product line.

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