Category: Makeup

BeautyA Fresh Look at Spring Makeup: Inspiration from Smashbox Cosmetics

This spring I am excited by all the beautiful neutrals that are popping up everywhere. Lace, chiffon, and other soft fabrics have been featured in every imaginable shade of nude, blush, and taupe. This fresh bloom of femininity has me thinking:  what does this mean for makeup? A while back, my questions were answered with the Smashbox Spring 2011 Collection, In Bloom. Smashbox, as you know, is one of my all time favorite brands, known for highly pigmented colors and beautiful artistry. This is an ultra-pretty lineup of shades embodying the fresh feeling of spring. I am in love with the soft and subtle greys, muted lilacs, and dewy cheeks.  This is a look that anyone can rock; how far you go is up to you!

Here are two of the featured looks, Grey Glam on the left and Petal on the right. I am especially in love with the lilac look of Petal. It’s so sultry without looking like you have on a face-full of makeup. It accentuates the eyes, and the light is hitting all the right places on the face.  You can always tone it down or kick it up a notch depending on your mood. These looks have a fierce femininity to them without being overpowering. I was so inspired and excited by this collection that I wanted to share some of my favorite tips to create a soft spring look. Incorporating some Smashbox was a no-brainer, and I have also included some other favorite standout products that work so well for me.

Brand new and highly anticipated is the Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer. Philosophy has been a long time favorite for those of us serious about skin care. Based off their bestseller Hope in a Jar, an award winning daily moisturizer, this tinted moisturizer embodies the same qualities we love so much in the original. Now in a tinted formula, this little tube of joy is loaded with antioxidants and armed with an SPF 20 to keep you looking naturally beautiful.

Looking refreshed and alert is hard to achieve at 7 AM. Unless you are a naturally ethereal goddess and look amazing in the early hours of the morning, this will be your new secret weapon! My favorite high lighter to date, Benefit’s High Beam, is one of those products that is hard to live with out once you try it. This lumizing cream adds the perfect highlight needed to achieve that dewy, healthy look. Dab it along the tops of your cheekbone and blend out towards the temple, swipe lightly along the top of your nose, and a dab on your your chin giving you the perfect glow. Don’t worry about looking like a disco ball! This product is just glowy enough with out having too much shimmer or sparkle. Be advised that a little goes a long way and blending is key!  Luckily, it is rich and creamy enough to blend easily.


Cream blushes are the best thing to use when trying to achieve a fresh spring glow! More moisturizing than a powder blush, cream formulas are easy to apply with your fingers and blend out very naturally. My new favorite is the In Bloom Creamy Cheek Duo from Smashbox in their new spring line, In Bloom, mentioned above. I love the peach and deep pink combo. Natural flush? Yes please!

This is the grand daddy of eye shadow paletttes! Introducing the fabulous, the one, and only Smashbox In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette! This amazing set has 10 soft shimmer and matte shadows to create a myriad of combinations this spring. If you buy one beauty product this season make sure you snatch up this pallete before it is too late. You will not be dissapointed! Imagine the possibilities!

 An amazing mascara has no season, and the Dior favorite that has been making the beauty world go ’round for some time is Diorshow. Runway inspired and crafted to create the most dramatic and thick lashes, this mascara is a favorite of pros and makeup fanatics around the world. With spring makeup being softly smokey in flower-inspired shades, a great lash line will be very important to draw attention to and open up those eyes! This product will take your lashes to the next level. While not exactly the price of your typical drugstore mascara, it is definitely worth every penny!

Last but definitely not least is the oh-so-popular Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. Kiehl’s has been around since 1851 so you better believe they know how to make a good lip balm! This little tube will have you addicted you from day one, so watch out! Perfectly smooth and moisturizing, this lip balm leaves the slightest shine to complete your spring look! Stick this in your pocket or purse and trust me, don’t leave home without it!

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients to create the face of Spring 2011, you need to get shopping to find some to-die-for spring wardrobe necessities!

BeautyCurrent Faves: Makeup Must-Haves

Hey ladies! Today was a wonderful day here at Lulus! When I came in there was a box sitting on my desk, and lo and behold it was a Sephora order I placed recently! Opening the box, I became more and more excited even though I was replacing some of my favorite products and I knew exactly what was in the box. It so nice to have new products to use on our lovely models. I though this would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about some of my favorite products! Here are three things that I simply cannot function without here in our photoroom!

smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer: This is my favorite lid primer I have used. It creates a perfect base for any shadows and allows you to build up color with a decrease in eyeshadow fallout onto the face. It has a matte finish but is not drying! In fact, according to the smashbox website, the primer contains, “Phytomoist™, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization plus skin perfecting amino acids.” This product is also great to wear alone since it evens out and perfects skin tone. Being under bright lights for hours, this is essential for our models because it keeps their makeup from creasing and wearing off. A must-have for any makeup enthusiast.


smashbox Eyelights in SmokeBox: This is a super versatile palette that allows you to go from a natural finish to a super smokey eye! I use the light beige shadow as a highlight under the brow bone and as an easy choice for a simple yet glamorous vanilla shade. The medium taupey-grey  shade is the perfect shadow for a natural smokey eye. I sweep this shade across the crease and blend it up and out into a “v” shape. Then adding the third shadow, a rich carbon black with silvery sparkles, in the outer corner of the eye. The trick to any smokey eye is blending. Using a compact fluffy brush to blend any harsh lines will keep your look polished. The great thing about this palette is that you can use these shadows on their own or in other color combinations since they are so basic and so pigmented!

Nars Lipstick in Funny Face: This is the best blue-based pink I have found! I love the playful punch that the bright fuscia brings to the photos. While it may be too extreme for some people, on the right skin tone and in the right lighting this is an awesome choice. This is an very moisturizing lipstick and it has sort of a floral/fruity smell.

Check out some of the looks below using these fine products!

The bright fuscia lipstick really brings out Olivia’s blue eyes!

The ultimate smokey eye for a glammed-out night time look!

BeautyBlogger Spotlight: Keiko Lynn

Good afternoon, beauty maniacs! If you are like me then you are always on the lookout for new inspiration in the beauty department. I love perusing fashion  and beauty blogs to check out what tips, ticks and techniques my favorite bloggers use! One of my favorite bloggers is Keiko Lynn. She not only has some of the cutest style around, she is also a diehard beauty junkie! She has weekly blog posts called Makeup Mondays where she shares her favorite looks along with the technique and products used. This posts are something to seriously look forward to folks! You will not be dissapointed by her creative use of color and crisp, clear photography. Take a look at some of my favorites below.

Oh, that bow is enough to make a girl crazy! Keiko really has a knack for combining dramatic, smokey eyes with rosy lips. She knows that a little lip color is all you need when you’re focusing on the eyes. As seen in the photo to the top right, her vampy red lips are perfectly paired with a smudgy stroke of black liner.

Girly-goes-glam in these above photos.  I am totally in love with the soft purples and pinks! It is ethereal yet edgy and makes me want to run to my train case of makeup and try this look! Her skin is absolutely flawless! Creating a perfect canvas by camoflaging any issues is the perfect way to start your makeup routines. Make sure to check out Keiko’s blog for tips on creating that flawless finish.

Here, Keiko reminds me of a 50’s pinup girl with a bold, red lip and cat eye liner. Don’t forget the cute plaid shirt for extra vintage points! Some looks are just timeless!

Even when it comes to natural looks and soft, more subtle browns this girl really knows how to pull it all together. Subtle details like a soft pink flower to compliment your lip color or a boho-syle headband will complete your style. Take a cue from this makeup and style maven and don’t forget to check out her blog.

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FashionChina Fashion Week: High Fashion Headdresses

At this year’s China Fashion Week that ended on Monday, the Eon Fashion Awards show made big news — literally. This show is a makeup, styling, and design contest; and designers went all out in their creations. Take a look at some of these insanely gorgeous get-ups.
(These awesome pics are courtesy of Highsnobbette and Jezebel.)
There’s a little bit of glammed-up Lady Gaga going on here, don’t ya think?
Which look is your favorite? Think you’ll be trying any of these looks for the holidays?

BeautyDon’t Have a Costume? Paint Your Face!

Halloween is just four days away, and most of you probably have some amazing costume ideas up your sleeves! (I’ve been hearing about some pretty interesting ones from the girls here at – Lady Gaga anyone?)
However, if you’re anything like me, you still have no idea what to be. This happens to me every year, and every year I go around in panic attack about an hour before I head out in attempt to find a costume. Not so this year! I have found the perfect costume for a girl who loves makeup but is terrible at thinking of costumes: face paint!
Check out these insanely awesome face paint costumes:

(Add a flowy purple dress and you’re set!)


 (All you need is a feather in your hair and a fancy dress for the complete look!)

 (Shrug into your favorite animal print!)


Get your man involved, too!
(Thanks to Bella Sugar for these pics!)

If you’re really creative, go all out! Have fun!

So ladies, will you be painting your face for Halloween? What creative ideas will you display this year?