Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: Fall/Winter 2014 ZUMBA® Fitness Active Wear

If you couldn't already tell from my past tweets, yours truly is a huge ZUMBA® Fitness fanatic.  There's nothing like a good Cumbia beat paired with a killer dance combination to make this girl wanna shake it.  Zumba is not just an amazing cardio workout that helps you burn hundreds of calories, but it even comes with its very own wardrobe.  So naturally, this Zumba loving fashionista was completely ECSTATIC when PR offered to let me try out a piece from their brand new Fall/Winter 2014 collection, launching this season. 
The above "Surf's Up Blue" top was a fun piece to wear.  It (like many of the pieces) incorporates the Z-Dri technology. It's a high-performance moisture wicking system that works to keep your body dry. I had to do a little more research to understand this seemingly awesome technology and learned that what it does is transfer the sweat from your body into the surface of the fabric, where it is supposed to evaporate and keep you feeling fresh and cool. 
I wore this several times to classes with different intensity levels, and no matter how much I sweat my tail off, I felt like it worked pretty well.  I had expected the sweat dripping my neck to create a nasty looking trail as it dripped down my back, but this seemed to combat that.  The fit was a little snug, but I actually preferred that because it gave the added support of a sports bra.  The fabric was soft and flexible so it was easy to move in.  The color combination was one of my favorite elements.  The black mesh overlay gave it an edgy street look, and the bright blue was a sweet pop of color.  I even found this one to be a little slimming. 
The ZUMBA® Fitness active wear is unique because it pays as much attention to fashion as it does to the properties you look for in work out gear.  Combining style with innovative concepts like the Z- Dri technology is ideal.  If you look and feel good during a workout, it will only enhance your performance which is ultimately the key to keep you going back for more.  In fact, one of its huge selling points is that Zumba wear is designed to transition from daily activities, straight into a hardcore session at the gym.  If you're someone like myself, who is always running from place to place, then functional, trendy pieces like this are great.  They eliminate those awkward stares you get pushing your grocery cart down the aisle as you want to say "Yes, I'm on my way to the gym but can I help it if I ran out of milk?"
The new Zumba collections are full of bright colors and new styles that you're definitely gonna want to snag.  So don't click here unless you're prepared to clear some serious space in your closet! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Get the Look: Nail Styles from this Year's Emmy Awards

While the killer gowns and elegant fashions are usually the hot topics of choice, a true fashionista can't help but notice the details.  Nail styles at this year's Emmy Awards included edgy stripes and foils, like the ones seen on Sarah Hyland, Zooey Deschanel, and Minnie Driver.
Wanna snag the look for yourself?  Of course you do!  Consider these products from KISS & Broadway Nails

Zooey Deschanel's elegant, yet trendy nail choice can be achieved in minutes by pressing on Broadway Nails' imPRESS Press-On Manicure in So, So Stellar ($6.99 / Walgreens) then finishing off the look with a foil tape found in the KISS Salon Secrets  ($9.99 /Walgreens).  

Celebrity manicurist Gina Edwards advises " Don't worry about length when using foil tape; use cuticle scissors to cut excess after your pattern or single line design is in place".

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Get the Look: Allison Williams at Last Night's Emmys Awards


Last night celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff was behind the scenes with Allison Williams getting the Girls star and Emmy presenter red carpet ready for the awards show.
“We decided to go with a soft look. I dubbed this ‘pretty in pink with a flash’ - the pink is on the lid, the cheek and the lip, while the flash is a dash of bright yellow gold on the inner corner of her eyes which complimented the bright yellow grosgrain belt on her dress.”
 Pati prepped the skin with tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer in the t-zone to eliminate the need for powder. She then used a very small amount of tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 in light medium honey. “I wanted the sheer coverage so Allison’s freckles could show through,” said Pati. Pati finished the skin using tarte park avenue princess bronzer to amp up the tan and tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless on the apples of the cheeks for a pinky flush.

The brows were defined with tarte the brow architect™ brow shaper, liner and definer in medium-tan.

“I created the structured eyes with Pati Dubroff dream palette using ochre and raw to give matte structure and a soft tone in the crease and under the eye,” said Pati. She then applied tarte smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in golden beige in the center of the lid for a peachy pink base followed by Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction on top. On the inner corner of the eyes, Pati added a flash of NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado for a flash of bright yellow. At the base of the lash line Pati used tarte lights, camera, lashes™ precision longwear liquid eyeliner - with a touch of a light flick at the outer corner. She completed Allison’s eyes by well coating the lashes in tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara.
Pati created a soft but well-structured lip using tarte  LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lucky with a touch of tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink layered on top.
Allison's Gambattista Valli Couture sleeveless dress meant her body was on display. “It's just as important to make sure that the skin on her body looks as just as flawless as the skin on her face,” said Pati. “I used Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream in Medium to give a subtle radiant sheen and illuminate Allison's skin.”
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And exactly which fabulous must haves did the celeb insist on carrying with her last night?  tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers, tarte LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lucky, and tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Get the Look: Kate Mara at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Tonight, “House of Cards” beauty Kate Mara stunned on the red carpet in her angelic J. Mendel gown that was paired with a not-so-innocent Charlotte Tilbury iconic look known as “The Rock Chick,” which was artfully created by makeup artist Maki Ryoke.
When asked how this look came to be, Ryoke makeup artist beams, “She let me decide! I recommended this look, and she trusts me. The dress is so pure and light, so I wanted to add a modern twist. Kate loved it!”
Here are a few key steps that makeup artist Maki Ryoke created the look:
1.       Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow was applied lightly all over the face to create a flawless soft focus and an instant “spotlight” effect, which acted as the perfect base to the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 & 4 Fair that was specially mixed to match Kate’s complexion.
2.       Rid the face of any unwanted oils with a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-powder in Medium 2
3.       The Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Rock Chick for a highly pigmented, mesmerizing smoky eye with the use of four slate-colored shades
4.       For a sexy, strong cat-eye, Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black was applied around the entire eye, including the waterline. To further accentuate and enhance, Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick was used to accentuate the lash line.
5.       To add an unbeatable red carpet-worthy glow, use Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to highlight and sculpt the cheek, nose, the top of the lip as well as shoulders and d├ęcolletage
6.       Finish with the perfect nude lip by using Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Iconic Nude along with with Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate for just the right amount of dewiness

Charlotte Tilbury - Wonderglow Instant Soft-focus Beauty Flash
Charlotte Tilbury - Light Wonder Youth-boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, 2 Fair & 4 Fair
Charlotte Tilbury - The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick, Medium 2
Charlotte Tilbury - Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-powder, Medium 2
Charlotte Tilbury - Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight
Charlotte Tilbury - Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shod┼Ź Pen
Charlotte Tilbury - Luxury Palette Colour-Coded Eye Shadows, The Rock Chick
Charlotte Tilbury - Rock 'n' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil, Bedroom Black
Charlotte Tilbury – Full Fat Lashes, Glossy Black
Charlotte Tilbury - Lip Cheat Lip Liner, Iconic Nude
Charlotte Tilbury - K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree, Nude Kate


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beauty Box Five: August Box Reveal

It's that time again for this month's Beauty Box 5 reveal! 
 This month's box is a glowing nod to our last few days of summer and highlights a few must haves for us to shine on into the fall.  As a lucky member of the official BB5 review team, I receive complimentary boxes in exchange for my thoughts, and get to test drive some of the industry's top picks.  Don't be jelly.  You can get in on these fab items!
The beauty experts at BB5 select five of the beauty industry's hot items to have delivered straight to your door.  The nice thing about BB5 is the many subscription options.  You can experience enough boxes to see if it's right for you, without committing to too many.  Now that you got the run down, let's dive in!  
Nanacoco Lip Gloss
Retail: $3.99
This month I'm going to start with my favorite item!  I was so happy to see this full sized lip gloss from Nanacoco Lip Gloss.
  This Carmel Latte is a really lovely, natural looking shade with a touch of shimmer that can work with many skin tones.  It's a gorgeous choice for this time of year when you're transitioning your look from summer to fall. It's very close to a color from NYC (New York Color) that I used rock no matter what season, through my latter years of high school.  Needless to say I was heartbroken when I learned it had been discontinued.  Carmel Latte has amazing color pay off, with no stickiness and I love the glorious sheen.  The scent is a yummy mix of vanilla and caramel.
La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes
Retail: $19.99 (48 packets)
One thing I can never get enough of are face wipes.  Whether they're for general face cleansing or specifically for make up removal like La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes.  They're always great to have on hand, and these in particular proved very useful.  I've been using a new face wash that is a good treatment for my skin, but honestly doesn't remove makeup well at all.  That's where these babies came in and saved the day!  They're for all over your face and are gentle, oil free, free of parabens and do a really nice job.  I use these in sensitive areas like around my eyes to remove the left over mascara and don't ever experience irritation.   
Style Essentials Nail Polish
4 Nail Polish Collection
Retail: $7.00
Style Essentials Nail Polish is a brand that is new to me, but I really loved this polish!  It's a very deep navy- almost black- with subtle silver sparkles.  Its brush was dubbed "easy to apply" and I must admit I liked its capabilities.  It's slightly shorter and wider which allowed for better control and helped me achieve more even coverage.  I applied two coats and the color really popped.  I always apply my quick dry top coat, but this polish proved to have a pretty glossy finish on its own, as well as seemingly quick dry time.  Its definitely a brand to keep an eye out for and snag a few colors if you can.
Pur-lisse Pur Protect SPF 30 
Retail: $55.00 1.7 oz
No one out there can ever have enough sun screen and Pur-lisse Pur Protect SPF 30 was an awesome bonus.  This is ideal to toss in your purse for day to day use, or to have ready when you're caught unprepared.  I've been burned simply taking a quick al fresco lunch break, only to go inside and realize I soaked up a little more sun then I intended.    
Novex Brazilian Keratin
Retail: $19.50 2 lbs
The last item was Novex Brazilian Keratin.  It is described as an intensive treatment for all hair types to renew and reinforce strands right away.  My hair has a reputation for being unruly and quite dry so I imagine this could be a proper solution but kinda feel I need to research this one a bit before using.  Its packing is nearly all in Spanish so I can't say I'm totally informed on it just yet.  But I will state that the contents size is quite large at 1.05 oz.  If it proves to be good quality, this was certainly a good deal.
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