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A Blush All Your Own

We’ve all been there. Your in a store and the blush looks amazing, but when you get home you find the color isn’t right for you at all. None of us want to look like a clown and we all want cheeks that look natural. Well, now you can have a flush that is all your own!
Stila’s Custom Color Blush is the first-ever PH based powder blush. You know all the lip products that adjust to your own body chemistry and give you the perfect shade for you? Now you can have that for your cheeks. This blush is a “one shade fits all” and reacts to your skintone and individual PH to create a perfect, personalized shade. It is very blend-able, has a velvety-soft finish, and smoothes the appearance of fine lines. Your cheeks will have a natural glow with a luminous, flawless flush. It’s ideal for summer because it is so easy to apply-no mistakes with this wonder.

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Self-Adjusting Coral

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Self-Adjusting Pink

Stila Custom Color Blush come in two shades. Don’t be alarmed by the brightness, they are actually quite sheer and you can build the color. I prefer the coral-very sunny!

Available at Sephora

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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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Fashion Week Beauty

While Fashion Week might be all about the clothing and designs, quite a few beauty trends are debuted as well. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite new trends in beauty, right off the runway.

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At the Rachel Roy show, black nails and dirty looking makeup was where it was at. This look was achieved by layering two nail polishes from Essie.

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Licorice, a jet black shade, was applied to the nail first.

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Going Incognito, a deep emerald green, was applied over the Licorice.
Both available for $9 at Ulta

Winged eyeliner was huge on the runway. It’s a look that’s easy to achieve and you don’t have to wait until fall to try it.

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Amazing eyeliner at Rachel Zoe

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At the Corey Lynn Calter show they used a blue green eyeliner for their winged eyes.

Again, at the Rachel Roy show it was about dirty looking makeup and super straight hair.

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They used dark eye shadow to line the rims of the eyes instead of liner. I love this eye.

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For shiny, super straight hair, use Ted Gibson’s “tame It ” shine lotion prior to flat ironing.

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Ted Gibson “Tame It” shine lotion $15.99
available at Target

At the Carolina Herrera show it was all about voluminous hair and headbands.

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These looks were created by spraying hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Strong hairspray and blowdrying with a large round brush. Then tease, tease, tease and put on a headband.

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Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray $23
to find a salon, visit Moroccanoil

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Tracy Reese wanted to feature models that looked like “normal” people at her show. This hair was created by using TRESemme 24 Hour Body Root Boost on the roots and then their 24 Hour Foaming Mousse all over hair. Blow dry with fingers and let your natural texture shine through.

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TRESemme 24 Hour Root Boost $5.99

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TRESemme 24 Hour Body Mousse $5.99
both available at Ulta

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At the Tibi show, it was ponytails galore. Use Aveda Volumizing Tonic root to ends and blow-dry. Pull into a low ponytail and then use a small section of hair to wrap around elastic.

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Pull out random pieces around the face and hold into place with Aveda Men Pure-formance Grooming Clay. Spray Aveda Air Control Hairspray all over head.

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The finished product.

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Aveda Volumizing Tonic $16

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Aveda Men Pure-formance Grooming Clay $22

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Aveda Air Control Hairspray $24
please visit Aveda for retailers near you

For more behind-the-scenes beauty tricks, please check out Bella Sugar

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