Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate Middleton's Second Dress for the Royal Wedding






NO WORDS !


Everything Kate Middleton


I have to admit. I did not stay up or wake up to see the Royal Wedding. I didn't even think about it much. I just thought "let me DVR this and see what happens". I was swept away like a little girl. The Royal Wedding lived up to its name. It was reminiscent of a fairy tale. Completely whimsical.


The moments Kate spent being driven with her father, still being a "commoner" where beautiful. When she stepped foot out of the buggy, you saw an image of pure elegance. She carried herself like royalty, even before she officially became royalty.



Her gown was Sarah Burton for Alexander Mcqueen. It paid homage to Grace Kelly, who like Kate Middleton was a commoner before marrying royalty. Check out the resemblance :



The couple seemed happy and both looked amazing. I can not imagine all of the stress they were under and still, the two of them were completely well poised and made it "look easy
I am definitely keeping this on my DVR. I feel like I could watch it all day. It was such a beautiful, momentous occasion. I truly did not expect to be swept away by it.

With over a reported 4,00o tweets a minute while it was going on, I am clearly not alone. I typed in "Ka" in google and the instant suggestion was Kate Middleton.



I was also intrigued to see that Instyle had the low- down on the exact nail polish * Princess Catherine * wore. It was Essie "Allure" combined with Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Enamel in Rose Lounge. Check it out HERE

And we can't forget about Pippa , Kate's sister, who did her job, she looked fabulous without "outshining" the bride. I think she looked so beautiful and was the picture of elegance with a side of sexy too ! The form fit with plunging neckline kept it young and fresh.








The wedding with 1,900 guests was filled with some amazing hats ! I must admit it inspired me and I am going to be on the lookout for a royal inspired hat.


Talk about elegance and prestige ! What I would have given to be a fly on the wall (which I am sure there was none of, haha)


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Obsessions of the moment !




I have become increasingly obsessed with Tarte blush in "Glisten" it is the perfect spring time blush. Plus, it lasts 12 hours and although, I haven't worn it for 12 hours straight. I did not have to reapply once after 6 hours of use !! Major plus !!


I am also obsessed with Tarte "Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder", it boasts so many amazing claims so, I had to give it a try

As nature's most perfect ingredient, Amazonian clay:
- Removes surface oil to mattify skin
- Hydrates dry skin
- Nourishes all skin types
- Gives skin an overall smooth and even appearance
- Reduces the appearance of dryness
- Reduces the appearance of flakiness
- Improves the appearance of skin clarity
- Improves the appearance of skin texture


I have only been using it about 2 weeks but I love the way it mattifies my skin. I only have to reapply once a day ! We shall see if it actually minimizes the appearance of pores. (I hope so)


My favorite brush by Tarte would have to be the foundation brush, I actually use it to apply my blush. It deposits the perfect amount of blush onto you cheeks !



So, these are some of my obsessions I purchased recently. There are plenty more, especially after that 15 percent off sale at sephora !

Hope you give these a shot, they are great !

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Silk PIllow Case


I used to have all silk sheets, once I heard about how sleeping on silk pillowcases was good for your skin and hair. Then, I realized when summer rolled around I would end up being too hot in the middle of the night. So, I switched back to regular sheets. The problem is the threads in your sheets or pillowcases absorb the natural moisture, that your skin should retain.

My solution was found, when I stumbled across all of those crazy "As Seen On Tv" items, while on a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond. They have great silk pillowcases at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for traditional silk pillowcases. And, being though I have had silk sheets, I may as well tell you this is just as soft and comfy as can be. At $19.99 per pillowcase. I had to put 2 in my cart.

The one thing I do not like about them is, just the part where you lay on is silk or silky material, the back is a cotton material. So, you have one side that looks completely different than the other side. Which is a minor drawback. But it hasn't made me want to return it because it does seem to be a great alternative.



I am happy with them and definitely recommend checking it out !



Thursday, April 14, 2011

45 Beauty Questions Answered by me!

1. How many times do you wash your face daily?

Once in the morning & once at night. I use my Clarisonic at night to do an exfoliation so, my cell turnover is higher in my sleep. ( yea, I have my skin care down to a science, so what, lol)

2.What skin type do you have?

Oily-combination

3. What is your current facial wash?

I rotate I use Clickr "Figure it Out" Pearl wash. When I spray Tan I use Olay Foaming Face wash bc the granules in the Clickr Face wash can remove the spray tan prematurely

4. Do you exfoliate? What brand do you use?

St. Ives Apricot scrub , Nubrilliance at home Microdermabrasion system.


5. What moisturiser do you use?

Day Time I use Clickr "Day Brilliant" with spf and also Murad oil control in my t-zone --- Night Time I use Dermadoctor Wrinkle revenge and clickr magic eye cream and spot treat with clearasil benzoyl peroxide cream

6. Do You use eyelash serum -

Yes, Talika Lipocils

7. Do you use eye cream?


Yes,Clickr Magic eye cream

8. Do you or did you have acne-prone skin?


Not acne prone, but the occasional break-out which to me is terrible lol.

9. Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?


No-- I think it is a horrible product I have witnessed clients of mine have terrible reactions to it.

10. What foundation do you use?

SEVERAL lol... everything from drugstore brands to department store brands...depending on how I feel that day

11. How about concealer?


Lancome effacernes waterproof

12. Do you know your skin type ?

oily combo


13. What do you think of fake eyelashes?


I like them. Can be a pain putting them on but when you want dramatic eyes, they are the finishing touch

14. Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?


Yes, and I do. I am a complete germaphobe.

15. What brand of mascara do you use?


Everything you can imagine, I have tried. If you have any suggestions let me know lol just in case I have missed something.

16. Sephora or MAC?


Sephora , much better variety and great return policy

17. Do you have a MAC Pro card?


No, but I am eligible for one. Too lazy to get all of the paperwork together. I will though, in due time,

18. What makeup tools do you use in make up application?


foundation brush, sponges, concealer brush, powder brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush or brushes,angled eyeliner brush to fill in brows, q-tips, eyebrow brush, eyebrow gel.

19. Do you use eyeshadow base or primer for the eyes
?

Yes, Urban Decay Primer Potion

20. Primer for the face?


Smashbox



21. What is your favorite eyeshadow? um...too many to name. I love Bobbi Brown cream long wear shadows in many colors. I love Taupe eyeshadows and pinks too, for daytime.

22. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?


Both

23. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?


NEVER , *knocks on wood*

24. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?

Annoying to apply !

25. Do you use mineral makeup?


Sometimes I do, when I need minimal coverage

26. What is your favorite lipstick?


I like "Hug Me" by Mac and Milan Mode By Mac

27. How about lipgloss?
I love all NYX lipsticks and Mac Cream sheens have recently become a favorite of mine. I like the consistency. I hate sticky lipgloss.

28. What is your favourite blush?
Tough call lol

29. Do you buy your makeup on eBay
?

Very rarely, I actually only bought one makeup item from ebay it was a NYX gloss.
30. Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yea, I love all Makeup


31. Do you go to CCOs (Cosmetic Company Outlets)?

I just did 2 days ago, it was fun and they had some stuff that was no longer in production which made me happy to get some colors that not everyone will be wearing

32. Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Yea, I already did when I went to esthetician school.

33. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
No

34. Name a makeup crime that you hate? When people do not blend their foundation into their neckline and have that LINE you know which one I mean ! YUCK

35. Do you like colourful shades of makeup or neutral ones?

Neutral and Colorful. I love very pink pouty lips with neutral eyeshadow , but if I do a nude lip I like a colorful eye color.

36. Which celebrity always has great make up? Kim Kardashian , Jennifer Lopez , Katy Perry (most of the time)

37. If you could leave the house using just one make up item, what would you use?
Mascara or Eyeliner lol. Depends on the day

38. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yea, when I get a spray tan i can leave the house with no makeup...I will however curl my lashes. I wouldn't go out at night without makeup on though. But I won't put on a face of makeup to go to the gym or grocery shop.

39. Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I know I do ... hehe I just love playing with makeup bc you can play up your best features and it is also FUN !

40. In your opinion, what is the best makeup line?
I do not discriminate. I am big fans of Bobbi Brown , Laura Mercier and Mac. I also love E.L.F and almost all drugstore brands. So, I think I love all makeup.

41. What do you think of makeup?
I have a sick obsession for it.

42. How old were you when you started applying makeup ?

14 years old

43. Which celebs makeup inspires you the most ?

Kim Kardashian -- I love her makeup, style, etc. lol ( I know lots of people hate her and say she is famous for nothing, but I love her makeup.)

44. Do you use makeup remover wipes ?

No, I would rather just wash my face, I feel like the wipes push the makeup deeper into you skin.

45. What eye makeup remover do you use ?

Dermalogica soothing eye makeup remover




Hope you enjoyed all of the things I used and definitely of all things, check out the concealer I use it is great ! (Lancome Effacernes Waterproof)





Giveaway For Earth Day With Candy Flavas !

Earth Day is April 22nd and going green is something we all need to take into consideration. With recent disasters going on in the world, the least we can do is support "green" companies and try to lead a more "Green" lifestyle.


"Candy Flavas" is a green company putting a different spin on loving the earth. Loving the earth does not mean we have to sacrifice luxury or style. At Candy Flavas, they run a green business through the products they create. The exotic scented Candle Collections are made from SOY wax, lead wicks and high quality essential and fragrance oils. Their lip balms and body scrubs include natural and organic ingredients, to replenish the skin you live in!


In celebration of Earth Day they are giving away
one of their All Natural Soy Goodies from one of their Candle Collections!


You should stop by their site and check out how cute their items are ! The packaging alone is enough to entice anyone. Plus, it is environmentally friendly, so, you can feel good about you purchase. Check them out HERE




Winner will be selected on Earth Day (April 22nd) as a celebration !


Rules :

1.You must be following my blog via google friend connect
2.You must be following @CandyFlavas on twitter.
3. Drop a comment to be entered, tell me one thing we can all do everyday that can make our lives just a little more green..




Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Favorite Spring Nail Color OPI Damone Roberts 1968




I have become obsessed with my OPI "Damone Roberts 1968" . Not only is it sold out everywhere all the time ( I covet things that are hard to come by) but it is also a beautiful mint green color. Since Spring time is upon us this has been on my nails for the last week or so and I am going to re-apply it !




Here are some different ways to wear it :



The two on the left are the polish alone (how I normally wear it)

The 3rd one in has a coat of NYC Long Wearing Enamel in "Starry Silver Glitter"

The 4th one , I swiped Revlon's "Posh Pink" in the corner

The 5th has a little design which is White and glitter combo. I do those designs with the thin nail polish applicators.

And lastly I did one coat of OPI " Black Shatter" on the 6th one

You can do any of these designs on just your ring finger or on all of them , I prefer either going plain, or, doing a design on just the ring finger. But I thought I would give you guys some different ideas.

Hope you enjoyed it !!

And if you do like it and find it let me know !




Monday, April 11, 2011

Super Busy but have lots of reviews coming along !


Hey Everyone, life has been so hectic lately.I just wanted to let everyone know, I have so much makeup to review and post about. I have not had the time to sit down and write a solid review. I am going to dedicate one day this week or weekend and get in a good review, with some pics ! It has been a while...


clock character
That is the face my watch makes when I look down at it ^ lol !


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Winner of Dermadoctor Litmus Test !

The winner selected via RANDOM.ORG out of the 91 comments for the DermaDoctor Litmus Test PH correcting & Renewing Glycolic Acid Facial Moisturizer was comment number 24. Congrats Stefani Pucci-Dior (contacted via twitter) @SPhotography321 on twitter.


THROWS CONFETTI !!


More to come ! So, if you did not win there will be another contest in the works !

Thank you to everyone who entered !!





Winner Of the Digital Camera Giveaway ! And also Another Giveaway !

Last Night I was too tired to do this post, so, please forgive me ! The winner of the Digital Camera was selected via Random.Org and it chose number 12 out of 161 comments ! The winner is Ksceviour ! @Ksceviour on twitter in case any one wants to congratulate her !






Thank You everyone for participating !
And as promised I am doing another giveaway for another digital camera !











So, if you did not win this time ! Try your luck again ! (Just an FYI, I had to open the 2nd camera it has been in my house too long and I wanted to check it out, but it is not used. I noticed one really cool thing when I opened it too, it comes with a little carrying pouch so, you won't have to go out and purchase a case. It is coming to the lucky winner in its original packaging I just had to see it lol !!!) This Giveaway Ends May 1st !

So here are the rules for Entry :

1) You must follow me on Twitter
@LaurenBeautyTip
2) You must be a public follower of my blog (via Google friend connect)
3) Leave me a comment below about why you want to win the camera and your Email Address (you can include twitter name if you have twitter)

Extra Entries :

1) Write A blog Post about my giveaway on your blog ( separate entry, so, leave separate comment,with link to your blog)

2)You can tweet about the giveaway include my blog link and twitter name use - Enter @LaurenBeautyTip giveaway to win a digital camera must follow her blog www.LaurenBeautyTips.Blogspot.com (or something of that nature)

This Giveaway is International ! So, anyone can enter ! (as long as they have followed the above rules).



Congrats to the winner of this one, and good luck to everyone else !