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Snow Glow

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Beautiful Girls”. The cast is great, the plot entertaining, but more than anything, I love how it truly captures how cold winters are in Minnesota. It reminds me of my hometown and why I still live here even when I’m a summer girl at heart.

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The other thing I love about it is Uma Thurman’s character. She proves that a woman can still be sexy even when she’s dressed in layers and trades heels for Sorels. I think she is at her most beautiful in this movie. Her “natural” makeup gives her a “I just walked a mile in the cold and snow” glow and I have invested time and money in trying to re-create the look. And, I think I’ve finally mastered it! I spent the holiday weekend doing very “Minnesota” activities and had several local gals ask what makeup I use along the way.

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Uma and her “snow glow”

Now, when you see how many products go into achieving this look, don’t be dismayed. It actually only takes me about 7 minutes to complete and many of you can probably eliminate some steps (I am not blessed with beautiful skin). Some products I have profiled before and some are new to my routine. Those are the ones I’ll focus the most on.

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First step is prep. I mix a little of Paula Dorf’s Jet Set Glow tinted moisturizer ($35) with Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm ($34). Jet Set Glo adds a little more moisture and glow to the beauty balm. I first started using it in the nineties when I read it’s what the makeup artist for “Sex and the City” used on Sarah Jessica Parker. I’ve been a fan ever since. The beauty balm does a great job of covering, but if I have a certain blemish that needs a little help, I dot on Loreal’s Magic Lumi concealer ($12). I finish off with a dusting of Bare Mineral’s Ready powder foundation ($29). A little goes along way when it comes to this powder. It has great coverage and keeps the shine at bay. For those of you with perfect skin, you can totally skip this step!

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Next comes the color! I use Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD501 Drama ($25) as a cheek stain (which I actually dot on my apples before powder). It’s not sticky and lasts all day. I follow that up with my all-time favorite bronzer, Too Faced Snow Bunny ($29). A swipe on the forehead, apples, nose, and chin gives a perfect winter bronze. And then it’s time for my new love, Stila’s Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Coral ($20). This blush actually works with your PH so you get the perfect color for your skin. I apply to my apples with a very light hand, as it has ample pigments. My cheeks now have the look of a gal who’s been playing in the snow. And on my lips I use the newest from MAC-après Chic lipstick ($15). après Chic is MAC’s latest collection and all the products were made to give you the look of someone who’s been skiing the slopes all day.

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Last, but not least, I do my eyes. I keep it very simple. I first put Dior’s Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum ($28) on my lashes and follow that with two coats of MAC’s new mascara Extreme Dimension Lash ($20). This mascara is seriously fabulous! My eyelashes actually reach my eyebrows (and no flaking or clumping). Speaking of eyebrows, I just swipe on Revlon’s Brow Fantasy ($8) to add some color and hold them in place. Then a spray of Urban Decay’s De-Slick Makeup Setter ($29) and I’m good to go!

Now, Like I said, it seems like a lot, but it’s actually quite simple. And I’m sure you have products at home that will work just as well. The key is to have glowing skin, in-from-the-cold apples, a more natural eye, and just-bitten lips. You’ll look happy, healthy, and like a true winter girl!

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“Feeling Minnesota”. On Medicine Lake looking at the icehouses. Very “Beautiful Girls”!

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5 Minute Face

I love my morning routine. There’s something very comforting about having a regime. It gets my day off to the right start and sets the stage. But just because I enjoy applying lotions and potions, it doesn’t mean I want it to take forever. Let’s be real, most of us have a limited amount of time in the morning to get ready and we need things to be streamlined. Here’s a look at my five minute face (give or take). It may seem like a lot of products, but they are quick and easy to apply. You’ll have a natural, rosy glow in a matter of minutes.

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The first thing I do is apply a beauty balm. This is a moisturizer, primer, concealer, and SPH all in one. It will save you lots of time (and money).
shown: Estee Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream $38

I then apply a concealer on the hard to cover spots. This takes two seconds, as the bb cream does a great job covering most flaws.
shown: Loreal Magic Lumi Liquid Concealer $13

The next step is to apply a blush stain (gel or cream). You could skip this step, but I find my cheeks stay rosy longer if I use a stain.
shown: Tarte Cheek Stain $30

I then sweep on a mineral powder. It gives me a flawless finish and helps to keep the oil at bay. I find mineral powders to be the best. They seem less cakey and are more natural.
shown: Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfectly Powder $59

Next comes a powder blush. I know, it seems like overkill to most of you. But I’ve found that using both a cream and powder blush gives me great color and is less likely to melt off during the day.
shown: Tarte Amazoninan Clay 12hr Blush $25

It’s on to the eyebrows. I like a gel instead of a pencil. The color sweeps on with a mascara wand and is super easy. It gives definition and holds brows into place.
shown: Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel $21

To set everything, I use a makeup setting spray. This keeps my face looking fresh and set all day.
shown: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray $29

If it’s a day I’m going to be out and about, I’ll add mascara to the ritual. I always use a primer. It makes my lashes even longer and keeps the mascara from smudging.
shown: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Primer $28 and Loreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara $8

Last step is the lip. For most days I apply a tinted lip balm. It gives my pout a natural pop of color while keeping them soft and moisturized.
shown: Revlon Lip Butter

So, there you have it, my five minute face.You can add or subtract to fit your needs, but this is what works best for me. What’s your five minute face routine?

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My 5 minute face minus mascara!

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Battle Of The BB Cream

When I first wrote about Dr. Jart BB Cream back in October, there were only a few brands available here in the States. Fast forward five months and it seems every beauty brand has one in their arsenal. And with good reason. BB Cream (or beauty/blemish balm) got it’s start in Asia and has quickly become a must-have for millions of women world wide. This miracle cream combines moisturizer, primer, concealer, and foundation into one product, streamlining your morning routine. Think of it as a super-charged tinted moisturizer. But with so many offerings, one can become overwhelmed when choosing a balm. I have spent the past couple of weeks testing out the “latest and greatest” and am going to share my findings with you. I hope it helps you find the right bb cream for you.

MOST AFFORDABLE

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Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter BB Cream $12.99
This balm is available in two shades and unfortunately neither worked for me. What I did like was the consistency. It spread very easily. It didn’t wear well on my oily skin and I was shiny in a matter of hours. I think this would be a perfect fit for someone with normal to dry skin. The best part is that it’s $20 less than all the other creams.
available at all major drugstores

BEST LUMINOSITY

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Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm $32
This gave me the best glow. It’s available in four shades and the colors are very pretty. It has a anti-aging, multi-mineral complex that promotes cell health, strengthens skin elasticity, and enhances luminosity. The consistency was middle of the road-spread easily but more on the thick side. It offers good coverage but had worn off my cheeks by the end of the day. I did like the overall appearance.
Available at Ulta

BEST SHINE REDUCER

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream $39
This had great coverage and definitely kept the shine at bay all day. The UVA/UVB protection helps inhibit oil to prevent your face from getting shiny. It wore very well. It comes in five shades so there is a choice for everyone. While the formula does create a smooth finish, it was very thick and hard to spread. The good news is that it doesn’t look thick on your face. This gets two-thumbs up for sure!
available at Sephora

BEST OVERALL COVERAGE

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Estee Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream $38
This has the best coverage and overall look. It comes in two shades, which can be tricky, but the lighter one worked great. It offers powerful protection with their proven super anti-oxidant complex and SPF 35. The consistency was thick and spread okay (very similar to the Smashbox). It wore very well all day and helped control shine. Plus, it has an amazing scent.
available at all fine department stores

Overall, these creams were all great. I wish I could take the best of each and formulate a super bb cream. I would recommend getting samples and trying them first. BB Creams really are the best and there is absolutely one that will work for you. I hope I’ve provided you with a starting point. I’m almost out of my Dr. Jart (which is still wonderful) and am now very conflicted about which one to get next. Because of my oily skin, probably the Smashbox or Estee Lauder, but the colors were so luminous in the Too Faced. I really wish the Garnier worked for me. I could save some big $$!

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Eye Disguise

Does anyone else have trouble with eye concealer? Maybe it’s because my eyes are getting old. It seems that every eye concealer I use settles into my fine lines and becomes noticeable after a few hours. While checking out a new Walgreens, I came across an eye product from Garnier. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller is fantastic. This 2-in-1 eye product both treats and conceals dark circles, brightening the entire eye area. The caffeine based gel, paired with the rollerball, energizes and stimulates microcirculation. Over time dark circles become less noticeable. The tinted minerals conceal with out being heavy and stay put all day long. I do use an eye cream first (my skin is so dry this time of year) and then roll the gel over that. The coverage is good, especially for every day use. I’ve only been using it a week, so I can’t report on dark circles disappearing, but they are less evident.

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Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller $12.99
available at Ulta and major drugstores

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Conceal Me

Finding a concealer that can do it all is tricky. The good ones are often too heavy and I want to conceal without a trace. I want magic! That’s exactly what I found in Amazing Cosmetics Concealer.
This is a full coverage concealer with highly intense pigments and is super-emollient. It erases all skin imperfections, whether it’s dark circles, blemishes or skin spots. Because it’s super-concentrated, you only need a tiny amount (which is good because it lasts longer) and it blends very easily. It comes in ten shades and is waterproof (great for summertime) yet washes away with any cleanser. It has a hefty price tag, especially for the size, but I got the little tube and it has been going strong for months. Definitely worth it!

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Amazing Cosmetics Concealer $18-$42
available at Sephora or Ulta

For a more affordable alternative, Revlon’s Photoready Concealer does the job. It comes in stick form and six shades. It has photochromatic pigments that bend, reflect, and diffuse light that create a flawless face.

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Revlon Photoready Concealer $8.49
available at major drugstores

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