Sunday, July 22, 2012

How To: Apply Faux Lashes - My First Video!

One of my most frequently asked questions is, "how can I apply false lashes on myself?" It is definitely an application that would need to be practiced if never done before. I also recommend that you have a professional apply them properly on you first, so you can get an idea of where they should be placed, how they feel once they are applied, the glue drying process, and how to finish off your look once they are dried and in place.

I apply lashes on Jene Luciani (National TV Lifestyle Correspondent, SHAPE MAGAZINE Contributor, & Author of The Bra Book, as well as my client and friend) each time I do her makeup. Sometimes they are more extravagant than others, but they always add that extra touch!

Instead of typing out the steps, we thought it would be fun to create this video to help you see the application process!!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Scents for the Senses

You can find makeup, hair, and style tips everywhere! But what if you are searching for a new fragrance?

You have your signature scent, that go-to scent that you always love (mine is: Santa Maria Novella in Mughetto - OBSESSED) - however, what about something to switch it up a little bit? For the summer most women tend to stick with light, clean scents; they aren't overpowering.

Remember to try perfumes, just as if they were shoes.  The oils on your skin mixed with the oils in perfumes can make the scent change slightly once it's applied, making it not smell the same as when you spray it onto one of those paper-sticks the stores supply.
Ask for a sample to take home, wear it a few times and see how the smell settles with you throughout the day/night - you want to love it before purchasing!

1. Burberry Summer
(This is my "switch-it-up" scent) It's so fresh, so clean, so...summer! Perfect to spray on daily to give a hint of scent without overpowering the people around you.
This scent is a mix of orange, mandarin, and green leaf for a crisp scent. If you are thinking this may be girlie - it isn't!
2. Emilio Pucci Vivara Varianzioni Verde 072
Mint is all the rage in the summer! Cool mint ice cream, mint mojitos, what about a mix of mint into your scent? This perfume is a little bit softer than Burberry's. Turkish rose, neroli bigarade and mint leaves are mixed to create this subtle, summery scent.
3. Guerlain Aqua Allegora Jasminora
This scent is a little heavier than the previous two. Bergamot and white musk help balance the strong jasmine base. Still airy for summer, yet the white musk makes it less light than the other two. Still fantastic!
4. Tocca Graziella
This floral scent is light and perfect for the summer months. Asian Pear, Casablanca Lily and Creamy Iris are among some of the notes in this perfume. Mix those with Bitter Orange and it becomes a light balance for the senses.
For the Men in your life:
1. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
2. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
Both are great for summer, considering there are a good amount of men that don't wear cologne during the day, these are great for day and night.