how to: the tricks to bigger and brighter eyes

are your eyes feeling dull and tired? let’s turn that around with a few simple makeup artist tricks that i use on each and every satisfied client.

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fashion friday: spring makeup trends

neons and nudes

bobbi brown recently rolled out their spring makeup line which is a delightful mix of neons and nudes. grabbing a fresh lipgloss or eyeshadow to add to your makeup collection is a great way to freshen up your look – it’s is a makeup trend that will bring you into spring and summer with pizazz.

neon makeup trend

neon delight: while these neon’s would look a bit loud together, separately, they add a pop!

the nudes

going nude: the nude eyeshadow palette is a definite must have for a makeup kit. the bronzes, browns and taupes will work well on almost all of us and you may find yourself reaching for it daily!

review: nars tinted moisturizer

nars tinted moisturizer

as i’ve said before, i love sharing new products with my readers and operate with a “if you have nothing nice to say” policy… in other words, if i don’t love it, you won’t hear about it… because who wants another lukewarm product on their shelf?

as a huge NARS fan, i expected the best from their new tinted moisturizer and was more than proved right. i was so darn impressed with the stuff. is it pricey? yes, but it’s your skin and that’s important. go ahead skimp on items like mascara but we ALL want our skin to look and feel the best it can. my day to day foundation is NARS sheer glow, and i can say that this one actually trumps it.

the deets:

  • my skin type is oily/combo and it kept me looking fresh all day long
  • the coverage is very light, but add an extra layer a deeper finish
  • i couldn’t believe how luminous it made my skin look, it gives a majorly radiant finish
  • doesn’t settle into lines or pores like many other foundations
  • perfect for spring and summer
  • spf 30 – higher than other tinted moisturizers – allows you to skip a step in your routine

it’s a serious gem that has my full endorsement!

how to: a guide to blush

starting out our ‘makeup week’ here on {the sparkle} – a fresh makeup tutorial!

i’m SUCH a fan of blush and feel a face isn’t finished without it. this cosmetic must have adds life and youth to a face, but formulation and placement is key. especially for spring, it’s really livens things up! check out the tutorial and i’ll show you how to get the most out of your look!

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how to: daytime eye in under 5 minutes

{i posted this video on youtube a few weeks ago, and with a hectic schedule, completely forgot to post it on the blog!}

the ‘daytime eye’ is something i’ve had quite a few requests for, so this is how i do it. you can omit or add what you like; sometimes i skip eyeliner all together if i’m feeling really lazy. regardless, you’ll looked polished in under 5 minutes – total win. in other news, ava makes her video debut – it’s a big moment for her!

next up, also upon request, the simple smokey eye; it’s so not as complicated as you may think.

{all products used are listed in graphics throughout the video}

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weekend {sparkles}

relaxing

this weekend, i’m heading home for christmas. i  look forward to this all year long! christmas baking, pj’s, movies, sleeping in, eating copious amounts; there’s something so theraputic about spending a few cozy days at home surrounded by your favourite people.

make sure you check back early next week for my famous salted caramel sauce recipe!

for perusal in between the christmas shopping rush (like the lovely model above, right?), a few things from around the web i’m enjoying:

a cheeky french umbrella

aerin lauder’s aspen home… what, you don’t have one?

the hilarious ‘fug girls’ top celeb style of 2011

this is how you cut a pomegranate in case you were wondering

jazz it up with these sparkle ballet flats

a look at one of my fave designers makeup collection (i love this website!)

a vegan cappuccino