Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monistat for my Face and Color Correction

Hello Glamazons!

I am just blown away by things from time to time, and this blew my mind, so of course I had to share!

People are now finding that Monistat Chaffing Relief Powder-Gel works just like a mattifying primer, at a fraction of the cost! No it is not meant for use for yeast infection, it is sold as a medical grade chaffing relief product. It smooths out uneven skin texture and minimizes pores for skin that looks radiant!

It is safe to use on your face and in fact, I gave it a go! It is one of the best primers I have ever used. The only problem is that it doesn't have the complexion enhancers or color correction that Make-Up Forever HD Primer does, but as long as you know how to do color correction, it's not an issue.

Which is why I am branching into Color Correction.

Basic Color theory states that if you use one color on the opposite site of the color wheel from another (Red and Green for example), it can either emphasize color when placed beside it, or cancel it out when placed over it.

So for example:

Red Skin : Use Light layer of Green Corrector

Yellow(Sallow) Skin : Use a light layer of a Violet Corrector

Purple Under Eyes : Use a light layer of Yellow Corrector

Blueish Undereyes (more prominent in darker skin) : Use a Salmon or Apricot Corrector

AND AS ALWAYS! The better the pigmentation, the less product you will have to use, and the less cakey your eyes will be.

This can also apply to hickeys *wink wink* which can leave unsightly bruising!

Until Later Glamazons!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Teal - Continued

Hello Glamazons!

So I said before that if you wanted to create a look with teal, there are ways of doing it without doing "the Mimi". One of the best ways is to pair it with a neutral. This keeps it from looking Mimi-ish or costumy.

So here are step by step instructions to wear a teal for the fall.

Step 1 : Prime the eye! SO VERY VERY IMPORTANT! You can use either Urban Decay Primer potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Both of which are available at Sephora. In a pinch, cover the eyelid with concealer. This will create an even surface and a base for the make-up to stick to.

Step 2 : Take a medium brown (shimmer or matte is up to you) and pat onto the eyelid. I used "Underground" from Urban Decay (Available at sephora).

Step 3: Take a teal color, I used MAC Teal Pigment, and place in the crease and blend up a little toward the brow bone. In retrospect, I would probably have taken a little bit of Plumage which is a really dark teal/blue/black color from MAC to intensify the crease a little more.

Step 4: Take a light shimmery champagne color and place on the brow bone area. I used Vanilla Pigment from MAC.

Step 5: Take a bronze or brown eyeliner pencil and line the upper and lower lashline with it. I used the Bronze eyeliner from Anna Sui which is gorgeous. I have larger eyes so I lined my waterline to emphasize the shape. DO NOT do this is you have deep set or smaller eyes. Instead use a white liner on the waterline. This will make the eyes appear larger and more awake.

Step 6: This is where you may use a make-up primer. This smooths away minor skin imperfections and gives the make-up a base to adhere to. It will extend the life of your foundation, which is good if you are planning to wear it for a long period of time. You can skip this if you so desire. I didn't since I was washing it off right after anyways. I would reccomend Make-up Forever Make-up primer. You can get them tinted to counter minor skin imperfections or to enhance the skin color. I normally use the blue tinted base on my face to intensify how pale I am.

Step 7: Conceal Under the eyes if needed. I used a little Make-Up Forever Cream concealer. also use it on any blemishes to even out the skin. Then apply a foundation that you would typically use for your skin type. I just used a powder with buildable coverage since I did not feel like washing cream foundation off. I used Smashbox Halo Powder in Fair. Both products are available at Sephora or select Shopper's Drug Marts. If you are using a liquid or creme foundation, go over with a translucent powder to set.

Step 8: Use a Rosy wine colored blush. If you have larger pores like me, stay away from shimmer blush. It only intensifies pores. Only use it if you have a decent primer on that can correct the texture of your skin. If you have beautiful skin, I envy you, and you can use either matte or shimmer, it is up to you.

Step 9: Use a bronzer that suits your skin tone. I am using the bronzer I got with my Eveline Charles kit. Apply it in the shape of a 3 on either side of your face. Tap off excess Bronzer from a powder brush and start at the forehead. Go in a half circle shape and continue into the hollows of your cheeks (Usually the line the sides of your lips to the center of your ear), then take it down under the jaw. You can continue this until you get the desired bronzy glow. Just remember, it is way easier to add more than to take off, so use sparingly. Then pop a tiny bit of bronzer on your forehead, tops of your cheeks, and a little on your nose where the sun would naturally hit your skin.

Step 10: apply Mascara, I always do this after applying powder, that way it doesn't get all over the lashes and take away the intensity of them. I used my personal Eveline Charles mascara, but I have started using a new mascara, the maybelline falsies mascara and I am converted! I love this particular item from them. I bought a personal one, and I bought a waterproof and regular one for my kit! They are inexpensive and the lashes are fabulous!

Step 11: I used a red linted lipgloss on my lips. As long as it is mostly clear and not opaque, a thin layer actually gives a nice healthy flush to the lips. I used Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in the red tint, Cannot remember the name for the life of me. It's really nice for drugstore brand.

And Voila!

I did not bother to set it but I normally use Make-up Forever Mist and Fix.

So! Leave Comments! Ask me anything you want! Make look requests or advice requests! I cannot give you what you want to see if I don't know what you want right?

Signing off:

Glamazon Beauty!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Look like a Zombie wihtout trying? READ THIS!

Hello Glamazons!

Do you look like you walked into a wall face first a few times?
Are your under eyes dark and puffy?
Do you look like Courtney Love without make-up on?
Well if any of these apply to you, read on!
(And if they help, Thank Medina Avdic for the Blog Request!)
A lot of women in this day and age are plagued by under eye circles. Girls as young as 15 are trying to conceal these baggies, whether they are genetic or otherwise. So here are a few tips to minimize puffiness and brighten up those under eye areas!

Causes of Under Eye Circles
Lack of Sleep - Ladies, ladies, ladies! If you are not sleeping, your eyes are going to be dark underneath! Get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. It helps your body to rest and refreshes your under eyes!

Poor Diet - Let's face it ladies, if you eat junk, you're gonna look and feel like junk. Proper nutrition is not just healthy for your insides, they are healthy for your outsides too. Try to eat the minimum recommended amounts of each food group daily. If your work or life style prevents that, when you do get a chance, take a multivitamin (on a full stomach). They now make them specifically for women so we get the essential vitamins and nutrients that we need.

Poor Hydration - Dark under eyes are a keen indicator that you are not drinking enough water throughout your day. It is so important! Not only does it keep the under eye circles at bay, it also prevents bloating from eating anything with a high sodium content! 8 glasses a day ladies!

Excessive Drinking - Alcohol is wonderful in moderation. If you drink a lot, it does not act like water. Quite the opposite. It dehydrates your entire system. Next time you go to a bar and have one too many, make sure you have a bottle of water or 2 available and drink them before you go to sleep and have a few glasses when you wake up. This could keep your hangover from kicking your butt.


Under Eye Cream/Gel - This will hydrate the skin under and around your eye. Make sure it is designed for use around the eyes or else milia (Little white bumps caused by particles getting under the skin) will form under your eyes. Also, if you can, find something with vitamin A. It is a gentle exfoliant and will help get rid of milia if you happen to have any, cause there is no way I am taking a scrub under my eyes. The skin is way too sensitive. When you are applying, do not rub in. Because the skin is so thin, you could cause further irritation and actually darken the circles and over time cause more wrinkles. gently pat the cream/gel into the desired area. Always do this before using your facial moisturizer, to keep from getting Milia.

For extra help, keep your eye cream/gel in the fridge. The cold cream/gel will soothe your under eye area and reduce puffiness. They also sell caffeine enriched under eye gel. The caffeine promotes blood flow to reduce puffiness.

When buying under eye creams/gels, ask a sales person what would best suit your needs, Anti-aging? brightening? just remember, if you plan on getting your picture taken have a basic under eye moisturizer without illuminators (or the word Brightening/Lightening on the jar) on hand. It will blow out on camera and make you look like you have reflective tape under your eyes.

Concealer - So once your under eyes are moisturized, it is time for concealer. If your under eye circles are quite distinct, Use a color corrector. For blue under eye ares, use an salmon color. For purple, use something with a yellowish tinge to it. It will cancel out and decrease the color of your under eye darkness. Then go over with a concealer that is just a tad lighter than your skin tone.
I fully recommend the concealers below. The one to the left is Eve Pearl Under Eye Salmon concealer in Fair. The left is the Make-Up Forever Camo Palette. It allows you to custom blend your concealer!

Set it with either a translucent powder or a powder foundation for extra coverage. I use Kryolan Anti-Shine powder or Smashbox's Halo Perfecting Powder. This will set the concealer so it does not crease. For extra sturdiness, use a setting spray like Mist and Fix from Make-Up Forever

THAT IS IT! Keep the requests coming! My e-mail is Glamazon_beauty@yahoo .ca.

Keep it sexy ladies!

Greens? Browns? Purples? Nay nay!

Hello Glamazons!

So I have done a bit of my research and have discovered that the make-up trends for the fall are horribly boring and exactly what they were in the years prior. Every year, prominent fashion magazines urge us to buy lilacs, browns, and greens going into the fall. They are not really urging anyone to be more fashion forward.

This year it is purple. Many of you might flock to your local Sephora or drug store and buy every brand of purple eyeshadow you can think of. All PURPLE, all BORING.

People said Teal was the color for the summer.... yeah, I saw NO ONE wear teal. NO ONE! And frankly, who wants to wear teal eyeshadow with a sundress? I don't call that seductive, I call it Mimi. That's just my opinion though. People might have worn teal, but that is clothing. Not make-up.

Teal can be made WAY more seductive and flattering for the fall since that is the time when the bright colors get put away and the sweaters and other comfy staples make a comeback for the upcoming freeze-a-thon. In the fall eyes can make a bolder statement since the clothing is quite subdued due to the temperatures.

Make sure you get a teal that is more of a jewel tone such as MAC Teal pigment or Haight by Urban Decay. Bright teals tend to make us go to the Mimi factor, and that is not a good place to be. This picture is Leesha aka xsparkage on youtube and she created this teal look inspired by Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin. I love it! So very pretty! If you wish to intensify the color put a colored eyeshadow base underneath such as Delft from MAC.

Don't like the all over color? Why not go for a pop of color in the eyeliner such as Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide on Pencil in the color "flipside"? Also if you find the colors a little strong in this look, play it down and use the deep teal as the crease color and then pair it with neutrals! You still get a seductive hint of color without an intensity you may not be comfortable with. I will be doing some make-up hopefully for a shoot today so I will try this out and let you know how it goes!

But why stop at eyeshadow? Take teal to your nails! I am currently wearing "Fairy Teal" By Sally Hansen and it is gorgeous! It is a creamy opaque teal that definitely makes a statement without looking tacky since it is a deeper teal, not Mimi Teal.

Hopefully you found this blog insightful and even inspiring! Most of what is listed can be found at Sephora and select Shopper's Drug Marts. You don't have to buy the products listed, there is always something comparable. I just will not suggest to use something that I have never used, How can I know if something is good or bad if I have never used it?

If you ask me to find something comparible to a product I have listed, I will search my local drug stores and let you know what I come up with!

Well Glamazons, Have a great rest of the week!