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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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Girly Stocking Stuffers

My iPhone cover recently broke and I searched for awhile to find a suitable replacement. One day I wandered into the newly open Henri Bendel store in the Mall of America and entered into a world of girly goodness. Not only did I find a new cover (and my all-time favorite candles) but I was enchanted by the wonderfully fashionable accessories that grace their shelves.
A little history. Henri Bendel was a fearless innovator, a leading arbiter of women’s fashion, and a passionate explorer of the “New and the Next”. Many well known brands got their start in Bendel stores, including MAC cosmetics (it’s where I purchased the very first Viva Glam lipstick). It is the ideal store to find adorable accessories and I have chosen some of my favorites that would make the ultimate stocking stuffers.

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For Always Tote $498
Okay, so maybe the price tag is more like a big gift than a stocking stuffer, but this is my dream tote. The red leather is scrumptious, the satin lining divine, and the cell phone and PDA pockets necessary. This tote comes in three colors and will hold all a girls needs.

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Cityscape iPhone Cover $38
This was my purchase (I think it fits me very well). They have many different designs to choose from and are super fun for the fashionista in your life.

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Bendel Wellie Keyfob $48
How fun is this! Keyfobs are a great stuffer and makes every girl feel a little more glamorous.

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2012 Deck the Halls Snow-globe $68
Snow-globes are a holiday decor must and this one is so chic. Start your collection now and add to it every year. A wonderful tradition!

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The perfect organizer for the gal who prefers paper to electronic (like me). She’ll definitely be more efficient with this beauty in her bag.

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Choose Me Mug $25
This would go so well with my new Keurig! Ideal for the coffee lover in your life.

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Holiday Signature Candle $30
I’ve written before about my love for the Bendel candles and this one captures the scent of the holiday perfectly! Be sure to check out all their aromas-they are divine!!

If you live near a Henri Bendel store, I highly recommend you stop by this holiday season. You’ll be sure to find many wonderful gift ideas for all the ladies in your life.

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Style Inspiration-Carine Roitfeld

This week I have chosen Carine Roitfeld for my fashion inspiration. Carine was the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris from 2001-2011 and is one of the most amazing stylists out there. Since leaving Vogue, she has done many freelance gigs, including Chanel’s fall 2011 and spring 2012 ad campaigns. This fall she has two new projects debuting. One is the launch of her own fashion magazine, CR Fashion Book (I cannot wait!) and the other is a line for MAC cosmetics. This collection will focus on the eyes, strong brows, and nude lips-her signature look. I love her “grunge” look and unique style. She is a true inspiration for all fashionistas out there!

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Uber-cool lady!

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So very Parisian, and I love the boots.

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She started her career as a model and quickly moved behind the scenes at French Elle.

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Huge fan of army green pants, especially when they’re dressed up with heels.

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The many faces of Carine

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Always love me some fur!

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Denim skirt dressed up with blazer and heels.

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She’s one style icon not afraid to recycle. Here the denim skirt takes on a more beachy vibe.

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Her ad campaign for MAC will be in black and white. Very unusual for a cosmetics ad, but totally Carine.

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With her book “Irreverent”, which was released last Christmas. It is the ultimate fashion book.

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A peak inside her fabulous book.

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Carine Roitfeld “Irreverent” is available at Amazon and is now $58.82 (was $100). I still need to pick up a copy!

Carine is truly a role model for anyone interested in fashion. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Tools of the Trade

Someone recently wrote to me asking about makeup brushes. I have to admit, I am not an authority on this subject. There are only two I use on a daily basis (and I love them), so I did a little research. There are tons of makeup brushes out there and I can certainly see how it would be overwhelming. After talking to some makeup artists I know, I think I have narrowed down the list and present you with my favorites. The one important thing you should know is that when it comes to brushes, you really do get what you pay for. A brush from a professional line is made with better materials and will last much longer, especially if you take care of them. There is nothing I hate more than when a brush sheds black bristles all over my face. I suggest you do your own investigating and talk to the pros. They will be able to steer you toward a collection that will fill your tool needs. That being said, here are my choices.

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MAC Cosmetics 168 Large Angled Contour Brush $34

I use this brush every day for blush application. It’s not a typical choice for applying blush, but I like the contour and the slimness of the bristles. I find it enables me to put blush precisely where I want it. Overall, MAC is one of the best choices for brushes. It is a professional makeup line and the quality is top notch.

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Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Application Face Brush $28

This is the other brush I use daily. I always use powder and this is what I apply it with. This can give you medium to full coverage (depending on how much powder you use) and it makes blending super easy.

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Sephora Slim Essential Brush Set ($98 value) $39

This is a great collection for most women. It contains professional quality brushes in a travel-friendly pouch. Your 5 most essential brushes are in the set-powder brush, blush brush, large and small eyeshadow brushes, and a retractable lip brush.

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NARS Botan Brush $75

This is the mother of all brushes. The Botan brush is a round Kabuki brush designed for precise powder application. It is great for loose powder application, buffing, and blending. It is big and expensive, but it really is incredible.

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Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki $28

I also own this one, but don’t use it on a daily basis. It is a great quality brush and more affordable (and smaller) than the Nars brush. It is great for applying powder foundation or loose powder. Makes blending a snap!

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Sephora Collection Makeup Artist Brush Belt Set ($422 value) $275

This is for girls that love makeup and the art of application. It has every tool you need! This collection contains 15 deluxe, professional brushes and comes with Sephora’s Makeup Artist Brush Belt Case. Just strap it on and start creating your favorite looks.

This really is just the tip of the iceberg as far as makeup brushes go. Just remember, it’s an investment. It may cost more in the beginning, but you’ll end up spending less in the long run. You only need brushes you will use, and make sure they feel right in your hands. And don’t be afraid of asking a professional to show you how to use them properly-that’s what they’re there for!

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