Entries from March 2012

non-negotiables….

March 27, 2012

so on sunday’s shoot i did my own makeup. which wasn’t a major crisis since, if you’ve seen some of the beautiful shots already, my head is cut off {the way i sometimes feel when i walk around all week}.

nevertheless, i did make up a full face. in my makeup bag i always have to have the following 6 items, i call them my nonnegotiables.

#1: concealer!! used as both a concealer and a foundation, uncover, provides the most natural looking coverage of any concealer i’ve ever tried {cle de peau, laura mercier, ysl,}. a little goes such a long way and feels weightless. undereye circles so long!

another product from rms beauty  i can’t live without is her luminizer, just like all rms products, the luminizer is formulated with raw, food grade, organic ingredients. rms’ philosophy is to create products so natural and nutrient dense, that when wearing them on your skin, the makeup will actually rejuvenate and heal.

my skin at least appears to rejuvenate with this luminizer. a bestseller with makeup artists all around this pot of gold can instantly wake up even the drabbiest face.

my absolute must-have eye palette is the naked2 from urban decay. i’ve always been a devoted fan, to urban decay. they carry my go-to, looks good on every girl, eye shadow: toasted; NAKED includes my beloved shade, plus 11 more gorgeous neutrals. it’s a perfect tool box for playing up the eyes. i love this set, almost as much as the friend who gave it to me…. 🙂

no surprise here, season after season dior show always wins as the mascara the pros use. that big, fat christmas tree brush doesn’t let one, single lash hide. a couple of swipes and i’m instantly in my kelly garrett, bambi-eyed, charlie’s angel mode.

for the smackers there’s no argument. my holy grail lip gloss was created by my friend, makeup artist, and eyebrow guru {just TRY getting an appointment} misha nesselrod, owner of holiday salon, orange county’s go-to salon for the best hair and makeup {without the orange county “look”}….

my misha gave me this gloss, she has her own make up line; of course she does..and she’s also a mother of one, has another one the way, and still makes it to spin class, looking gorgeous and fresh, i’d hate her if she wasn’t so nice.

what i love about this lip gloss is that it’s NOT sticky. my hair never gets caught and it’s super shiny for hours. the shade is the perfect brownish berry. kind of what clinque’s famous almost berry is like, except this doesn’t look lipsticky…misha has NAILED it with this gloss. the shade is named REVAMP.

lastly, i could not live without a bronzer. sadly my true holy grail, makeup forever’s contour kit, started adding bismuth oxychloride into their ingredients-which i’m highly allergic to, so i had to stop using it. luckily i found smashbox’s halo perfecting bronzer instead. the powder feels rather hydrating when applied, and a little goes a long way. the color is almost peachy, pink so i like that it mimics more, in-the-sun, rather than orange.

so there they are. my must haves for the face. praise the beauty gods.

ok, so i showed you mine. now you show me yours.

what are your holy grail beauty must haves m’loves?

smile! flash!

March 26, 2012

oh m’loves! yesterday i had the sweetest sunday morn.

my friend, the ever talented and beautiful, mary jo matsumoto and i played ellen von unwerth and devon aoki as we shot photos of maryjo’s upcoming handbag line.

these bags are in—SANE!

you. will. die.

in between rubbing my body up against the softest leathers and prettiest colors in the country, i also got to strike major, mad poses.

here are some iphone shots of our day:

once again mary jo let me tap into my inner shalom harlow, as i also modeled some of her new dresses for fall 2012. the perfect cuts, colors from a fairytale rainbow, and fabrics you want to live in, details so minute and superb, only a tiny elf would notice; she makes clothes like no other designer i’ve worn.

but the project was most definitely about THE bags. do not buy another handbag until you see this new line. move over stella, celine and miu miu, mary jo is the new sheriff in town. people are already taking notice.

try to get yours while they’re available.

but let’s get back to me, and the shoot please.

what was supposed to be body-shots ONLY, at the last-minute {thank you mary jo} minor glimpses of my face were needed {?}.

let me tell you something: when you’ve gone full throttle with a bag of tortilla chips the day before {thank you syracuse, you LOSERS!, my bracket is worthless now} there’s nothing minor about one’s face.

i have a new scary halloween costume…..she’s called “sodium girl”.

on a happier note, there’s never a bad occasion for lanvin and brian atwood.

 with naked state of mind on my toes and my holy grail, oribe’s dry texturizing spray, on my mop; i was good to go.

thank you so much mary jo for a lovely, peaceful sunday.

wishing the rest of you m’loves a week of beauty, truth and love.

spending the day very well….

March 23, 2012

“the only appropriate response is gratefulness” YouTube Preview Image

{SO worth the watch….especially around 3:50…}

i’ll be spending my weekend happy cultivating my muscle of gratitude.

i’m especially thankful for the pain and sorrows in my life {not that there have been many}, for through these experiences, i have been able to learn, grow and appreciate the fantastic beauty in this world and in my surroundings. the little, minute hiccups of happy pack a tickled pink punch when you open your eyes to them.

and it goes without saying, but i’ll say it, and maybe even shout it, i am absolutely grateful for you m’loves.

see you on the other side of sunday.

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