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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Summer Products

The great thing about Summertime is all of the bright new products that launch. Here are 10 products that are on my “want to try” list for this season:

Top 10 Summer Products

1. tarte “Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette”

2. Laura Mercier crème eye liner in “Canard”

3. Lancome Color Fever Gloss in “381 Glistening Burgundy”

4. Illamasqua “Paranormal Palette”

5. Dior Vernis in “Samba”

6. YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres Eyeshadow Palette

7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in “Lagoon Green 52L”

8. Paul and Joe Beaute Polish in “Bermuda”

9. Escada “Cherry in the Air”

10. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in “54 Pearly Mauve”

What are you looking at this Summer? Have you tried any of my “wants”? Let me know down below and then check out the Top 10 lists from these other lovelies:

Cosmetically Challenged
Beauty and Fashion Tech
The Pink Sith Blog
Beautiful Makeup Search
Retrodiva’s Beauty
Gouldylox Reviews
Perilously Pale
A Girl’s Gotta Spa!
Phyrra: Beauty for the Bold
Prime Beauty
polish insomniac
Pammy Blogs Beauty
15 Minute Beauty
Beauty Info Zone
Older Girl Beauty
The Makeup Blogger

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Amy Adams at the 2013 Golden Globes

(image via Huffington Post/WireImage)

(image via Huffington Post/WireImage)

Makeup Artist Stephen Sollitto created a stunning look for Amy Adams, star of “The Master,” for the 2013 Golden Globes:

· Sollitto prepped Adams’ skin using RèVive Moisture Serum Extreme ($350) to ensure the star’s skin remain moisturized throughout the red carpet and award show.
· Next, he applied Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free ($43) to give the skin a sheer hint of colour.
· To complete her flawless face and create a natural-looking glow, he applied Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in “Canyon” ($24) to Amy’s cheek bones, followed by Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in “Oleander” ($24) to the apples of her cheeks.

· Sollitto applied Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($22) around Adams’ eye area to conceal imperfections.
· Next, he applied Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in “Sandstone” ($22) to add a hint of natural colour.
· He then applied Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour in “Twinkling Star” ($22) to create depth and definition.
· Next, he blended Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in “Sable” ($22) onto the top of her lids and under her bottom lashes.
· Sollitto lined Adams’ eyes using Dior Style Liner ($34) and applied Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara ($25) to elongate her lashes.

· Sollitto applied Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in “Plum Orchid” ($26) to the star’s lips, and then completed the look by applying Laura Mercier Lip Glacè in Raspberry ($24).


Hair stylist Laini Reeves, for Moroccanoil, created the hair look for Amy at the 2013 Golden Globes. Her inspiration: “It was such a special gown, off the shoulder with a beautiful flow of fabric, that I definitely wanted to accent that glamorous nuance.” So, she combined Old Hollywood and Deco references in a unique, loose, and modern way.

How to Create the Look, per Laini:

“We first shampooed the hair with Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner to give shiny volume without any weight.

After making a side part and brushing the hair into place, I rough dried it using my fingers, and placed a clip in the spot where I wanted the wave to start.

Next, I lightly misted Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray from root to end for a natural-looking, luminous shine that would reflect the detail of the style.

Then I used a large crimping iron to form the wave, taking 2” vertical sections, starting at a face-flattering point alongside the corner of the eyebrow.

I sprayed the rest of the hair again with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, brushed it through with a soft bristle brush, then pulled it to the lower right side of the nape.

After making a ponytail (held with a hair band), I twisted the hair around my fingers and rolled it into a little bun supported with gold bobby pins.

Once the bun was made, I could decide how loose or messy to make it.  Though there are different ways I could have gone, I decided to keep it airy for a textured modern look.

When I finished, I sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium on the entire look for a natural-looking hold with shine. “

Holiday 2012 Palettes

When the holidays roll around, brands love to bring out great all in one kits to wish for or to give as gifts. This year is no exception. Here are several palettes that I wouldn’t mind getting…or giving (*those words are so similar, right?) this year:

Urban Decay Vice Palette – $59

NARS Debby Harry Eye and Cheek Palette – $65

Laura Mercier Glamour Wardrobe Dual Decker Palette – $98

Avon Fold Up Palette – $19.99

Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster Makeup Palette – $49.50

Smashbox Pop Ultimate Palette – $59

elf Master Makeup Collection – $30

MAC All For Glamour Face Kit – $49.50

Do you like to give, or receive, palettes? Or are you a single color type of person? I’m of a mind that if someone wants to give me one of these, I won’t complain. 😉

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Laura Mercier and Project Runway All Stars Season 2

I’ll admit it – I stopped watching “Project Runway” several seasons ago – I think around the time that it switched over to Lifetime. But, that won’t stop me from tuning in tonight for the premiere of “Project Runway All Stars Season 2”. Why? Because fashion designer Johnathan Kayne, who is from Oklahoma, is on it! I rooted for him in Season 3, before he was booted off far too soon, because he was from here. This time, I am cheering him on because, thru my work with Cure By Design Oklahoma, I have actually gotten to know him in real life (*and I think he is mad talented!).

Another reason I am going to tune in is because Laura Mercier Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor for this season. I’m really excited to see what kinds of looks are created with the line.

Are you guys tuning in for the show? If so, tell me what was your favorite look of the night!

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Introducing the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund

You guys know how I appreciate when companies make significant contributions of monetary support to worthy charitable causes. I have even spotlighted MAC, Elizabeth Arden and Kiehl’s. So when I heard about the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund (*in honor of a dear friend of Laura’s and the sister of LM President and CEO, Claudia Poccia) and the donation of 100% proceeds from two new products, I wanted to bring it to your attention, too.

Starting in September 2012, Laura Mercier will be releasing the Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette and the Rose Hope Lip Glace. The palette is a “universal compact” that consists of a Bronzer veil, 2 Cheek veils and 2 Glow veils and will be $48USD. The glacé is a high-shine, highly pigmented lip gloss that “gives the appearance of fuller lips” and will be $24USD.

100% of the profits from these items will be donated to the fund, and not just for the month of September, but ongoing. I know that the palette is permanent, but the lip gloss is limited edition so be sure to get one of those soon.

Do you ever just buy a product to support a cause, or do you buy a product because you like it, and the donation is a bonus?

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