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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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Benefit’s Latest Offering

I’m a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics. My love affair started more than two decades ago with their cult favorite, Benetint, and De-Groovie, and continues today. Their box ‘o powder, Coralista, is one of my all-time favorite blushes. That’s why I am super excited for their latest offering.
Later this month, Benefit will launch a line of lip glosses inspired by their most popular blushes. If you’re a fan of Dandelion, Sugarbomb, Bella Bamba, Dallas, Hoopla, or Coralista (like me), then you definitely don’t want to miss out on these scrumptious lip glosses.

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The glosses with their blush counterparts

And if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the following select cities, you can get a sneak peak this Friday, June 8th. Unfortunately, Minneapolis is not one of the chosen few, but here’s where you out-of-staters can get yours early-

Chicago: Ulta on State Street
New York: Sephora 34th Street
White Plains, NY: Bloomingdale’s
Los Angeles: Macy’s Fashion Island
San Francisco Bay Area: Benefit Chestnut Street boutique
Raleigh, NC: Belk

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The glosses are available in six perfection perfect shades
For more information, please visit Benefit Cosmetics

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the select cities and score a tube before the launch, let me know what you think. As for moi, I’ll just have to wait until later this month. But I’m sure they’ll be worth the wait!

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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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Rosy, Sun-kissed Cheeks

When I was twenty, there was one woman who’s pictures hung in my bathroom. Super model Rachel Williams was, to me, the essence of beauty. Her sun-kissed glow, her ocean-bleached hair-that was the look I wanted. She looked natural, healthy, and beautiful.

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These Elle covers from 1990 hung on my bathroom mirror. I actually saw her once when I was at the Met in New York City. She was so tall and gorgeous, all I could do was gawk!

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More photos that hung on my mirror. I worked so hard to get my hair that blonde.

Still to this day, when I think of summer beauty, I think of Rachel. Don’t we all want to look like we’ve just been to the beach? We wear our hair a little lighter, and with the right products we can achieve that sun-kissed glow. I have found two new blushes that an give me the rosy, “just got home from the beach” look without having to sacrifice the sunscreen.

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Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter $41

This is fabulous! The liquid is formulated to illuminate and sculpt sun-kissed complexions with a healthy, natural looking color. The mother-of-pearl concentrate instantly highlights the cheekbones with a radiant boost of shimmery color. It comes in two shades-Sunny Pink (my fave) and Spicy Coral. You’ll look like you spent the day in the Mediterranen!

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Sephora Collection Double Contouring Cream Blush $14

This cream-to-powder blush sculpts the face for a youthful, defined look. It conditions and moisturizes skin upon application while providing a flush of healthy color. It effortlessly blends into skin and the micronized pigments provide 8 hours of budge-proof color.

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It comes in 6 shades, but I think the Poppy Pink is the most “summery”.

Both are available at Sephora

Now, the trick to achieve the proper sunny look is to apply on the apples of your cheeks. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as you want it to look like the sun hit your cheeks, and we all know it rarely happens evenly. Pair with a light, natural lip and maybe a swipe of bronzer, and people will think you spent the day at the beach.

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Airbrushing Made Easy

I’m always on the hunt for a good pressed powder, especially one that doesn’t settle into those fine lines around my eyes. I’ve tried a lot of the expensive brands and have liked many, but have been less happy about the price tag. I mean, this girl doesn’t have a job! I read about a powder from Physician’s Formula and was anxious to try it. I haven’t really used this brand since I was much younger, but I gave it a shot and fell in love.
Physician’s Formula Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPH 30 is divine. The ultra-fine powder delivers impeccable coverage and gives my skin a flawless airbrushed finish. I apply it after my beauty balm for just a little more coverage. The appearance of my fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and sun damage are visibly reduced, and my skin has a softer look and feel. It holds up very well, even when I work out and sweat up a storm. Best of all, it’s hypo-allergenic and contains a high SPF. It’s only available in three shades, but even the translucent would be great for touch-ups. My skin stays shine free and looks radiant. FYI-if you’re going to use it as your primary sunscreen, make sure to apply it 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and use in conjunction with a water-proof sunscreen if you’re aqua bound.

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Physician’s Formula Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder $13.95
available at Ulta and some major drugstores

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Perfect Sun Protection

You just couldn’t ask for better weather here in Minnesota. Yesterday, the hubby and I went kayaking down the Minnesota river. Kayaking! On St. Patrick’s Day! In Minnesota! Unheard of and absolutely amazing. But as many people have learned the hard way, just because it’s March doesn’t mean those sun rays won’t burn you. As one who suffers from sun damage (I was a child in the 70’s and 80’s. Baby oil was the name of the game), I knew I would need sunscreen. Good thing too. I have a very nice tan going, but that would have been red if not for sunscreen. While I don’t mind putting it on my body, I always hated applying it to my face. It always seemed greasy and not very attractive. But a couple of years ago I discovered the ultimate sunscreen for faces from Peter Thomas Roth. A renowned skin guru, he has created the perfect protection that gives you a youthful glow and protects you from damaging rays. There are many formulations, but these are my favorites. I never leave home without one in my bag.

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Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 $30
This is a transparent mineral powder that comes with a convenient brush applicator. It blocks UVA, UVB, and infrared rays, and prevents sunburn, skin damage, freckling, and discoloration. This matte powder is so easy to apply-just twist and brush over your face. It’s talc-free and mess free. There is no residue either.

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Bronze Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30 $35
This is my favorite. I use this as my powder all summer long. It has a dual chamber that allows you to blend your perfect color. It mixes transparent powder with a mineral bronzer and you can choose light, medium, or dark. It’s a finely milled powder that gives you a soft, residue-free layer of sunblock. You get a build-able, sun-kissed glow and ultimate protection.

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Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30 $30
This has all the sun protection you could need plus it’s blemish-fighting and oil-free. This matte powder absorbs oil, helping to reduce shine and prevent future breakouts. And don’t we all need some help with shine in the summer?

All products by Peter Thomas Roth and are available at Sephora

These powders really last too. I have had the matte powder for years. The bronzer I used all the light color in one summer, but still-it got me through several months. Of course, now I have a lot of the medium and dark left. Oh well. There really is no better sunscreen for your face. It’s convenient, easy to use, and gives you a wonderful, youthful glow!

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Sephora+Pantone Color Of The Year Collection

I have to admit I was very happy with Pantone’s “Color of the Year” selection. “Tangerine Tango” (or Pantone 17-1463) is the perfect shade of reddish orange and is a color that really is flattering on everyone. Pantone is the authority on color and is the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. In other words, the color trends each season begin with Pantone.

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Color of the year- Tangerine Tango

I guess it only makes sense that Sephora and Pantone would collaborate on a collection. Sephora+Pantone’s color trend-forecasting is a collection of the season’s top shades in easy-to-wear variations and finishes. The collection is made up of everything from makeup to accessories and the colors are simply fabulous. Here’s a look at my top picks. Everything is very limited edition, available only at Sephora, and I’m sure will sell out quickly.

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Color of the Year Blush Duo $26
Two complimentary shades in a micro-fine pressed powder. This formula is light, yet creamy to the touch.

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Color of the Year Chrome Blush in Apricot Brandy $16
This is a luxurious velvety blush that has the best elements of baked, powder, and cream blush formulas. The color goes on like a second skin and the apricot color is wonderful on all skin tones.

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Color of the Year Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango $18
This is an amazing lipstick that smoothes, hydrates, and protects lips. This is the shade to have this year and it is stunning.

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Color of the Year Lip Gloss Set $20 ($60 value)
Four high-intense colors based on the color of the year. This gloss is hydrating and long-wearing, all while imparting crystal refelctions.

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Color of the Year Nail Enamel Set $24 ($40 value)
Four tangerine-inspired shades in long-wearing enamel formula. Your tootsies will draw major attention with this varnish!

These tangerine shades scream summer and make me want to break out the flip flops and beach towels. Some items are coming soon and some are available now. Please visit Sephora for more products and information.

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