Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Photoshoot with Arielle

Hey everyone!

I know Its been a while, I have to be more regular in posting for you all. I've been doing a lot of shoots lately and have been heading out and trying new things. I did two very different photo shoots this weekend and I'm really loving the edginess of this one. More editorial. I'm really heading in that direction more and I'm LOVING IT! I'm working with some great photographers and clients and I expect to have more pictures back soon.

Here are some pictures of a shoot I did just this Saturday. The model's name is Arielle and I love her look. Big love to LK with the photography. She is AMAZING.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Scent Arsenal Part 2

Last week I posted about my favorite daytime perfume, Burberry Brit. But today I’m going to finish up and tell you the one that completes my scent set. The other perfume I wear is Giorgio Armani’s Sensi. I think it is the ULTIMATE in evening fragrances.

Product: 5 out of 5

Packaging: 5 out of 5

Quality: 5 out of 5

Price: $ 75 for 3.4 oz. / $55 for 1.7 oz. at Ulta

The Claim: “A sensitive, serene blend of clean elegant notes, Sensi opens with a burst of Kaffir Lime softened with Acacia Farnese. Sensuous barley, Cape jasmine, palissander wood, benzoin and vanilla accents create subtle nuances of sensuality. Mood: Sophisticated, floral and soft.” – www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com

The Good: It must be the mix of lime and vanilla that does it for me in fragrances because I LOVE this scent. I think it’s sensual and feminine without being dainty and girly. Its deep and husky and sexy. Both men and women wonder what it is I’m wearing and I don’t blame them lol. I think it smells THAT good. The simple and clean clear bottle shows off the amber liquid and the Sensi Logo is printed inside the glass.

The Bad: None

Overall: A definite keeper. Perfect for nights out and the fall and winter seasons. Again, I will say, this may not work for you as everyone’s body chemistries are different, but atleast take the time to find out! =} I think its pretty long lasting; we always think our scent fades, but we really just get used to the smell being on us so we don’t notice it anymore. But for an even longer lasting application, you can also purchase the body lotion and apply it before you spray your perfume.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Scent Arsenal - Burberry Brit

Are you guys OCD about some of your possessions? I know I am, and I'm not quite sure if anyone else does this. I can't have too much of some things because I feel I'm being "unfair" to the others. I can't have multiple necklaces that I really like and then not wear them. Yes yes, I'm a weirdo. My mother bought me a diamond heart necklace for my graduation in 2005 and I wore it almost three years straight everyday. Then this spring, I got a Tiffany Tag necklace and now that has become my everyday necklace. I have earrings that are for certain styles and looks (huge gold doorknockers, silver hoops, flashy nighttime gear), but the only ones I wear are a set of pearls and a set of diamond studs. They're classic and just my style and I go back and forth between the two pairs at different times of the year. The only thing this doesn't apply to is makeup, and even then I try not to have more than one of the same things. My perfume is no different. I have a couple of different fragrances, but I only really wear two. An everyday, daytime scent. And my special occasion, seductive, evening scent. Today I'm going to review my everyday favorite, Burberry Brit.

Product: 5 out of 5

Packaging: 5 out of 5

Quality: 5 out of 5

Price: 3.3 oz. - $85/ 1.7 oz. - $65 at Burberryusaonline.com, but is usually significantly cheaper at a department store, Sephora, or another online retailer.

The Claim: “Top notes are Italian lime, icy pear and crisp green almond. A green oriental fragrance that features a surprising mix of sugar and spice. Heart notes: sugared almond and white peony. Dry down notes: amber, mahoganywood, tonka beans and vanilla.” - Burberryusaonline.com

The Good: I'm in love with it! Though how can you be surprised when I wear it everyday? lol. While I've heard it described as fresh and floral, it is nothing of the sort and I'm glad. I'm not a "floral" perfume girl at all; I'm not a girlie girl either I'd say so I really don’t like the dainty rose scents. I personally don't like the smell of many flowers and having my perfume smell like a bouquet is not for me at all. But you really don't think "girly flowers" when you smell this. I think, “classy and sophisticated beauty”. I love the crisp scents of the lime, pear, and almond. I'd never think that the three of them would smell great together, but they do. Citrus and Sugar. It also gives off a scent of vanilla without it being too sweet. A woodsy vanilla and amber. Oh its just so good.

The Bad: I have nothing bad to say about it.

Overall: One of the best perfumes I've ever had. It’s perfect for everyday and I'd be surprised if you didn't get complimented on it. But you really have to try this perfume in person and let it marinate on you to gauge it adequately. Due to different body chemistries, perfumes and fragrances smell differently on different people. But I'd recommend that you definitely give it a chance. And the bottle is so cute. I'm not even a brand snob, I just like high quality things. But you can't deny how cute the Burberry plaid is on the bottle. =} If you're looking for this scent even lighter, try Burberry Brit, Eau de Toilette. I've owned it also and its just as good. I prefer the Eau de Parfum though, because it lasts longer on me and is stronger. I know that at different times during the year they have special sets for the Burberry Brit Collection. Twice I've got it in a set with a lotion and shower gel, so keep an eye out if you're looking for a set.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What IS Mineral Makeup?

What IS mineral makeup? I know I’ve asked that question before. I’m more of a eyeliner-eyeshadow-lipgloss only girl, so facial makeup has never been really high on my knowledge priority list. I’ve just recently started wearing concealer on a few spots and using some powder so set it. My powder is MAC Mineralized skin finish, a low pigmented/semi sheer powder that is also mineral makeup. So I decided to learn a little more about it. Whether you’ve been an avid foundation wearer for years or a newbie who is deciding what should be the first makeup she uses, this should be helpful to help you determine if mineral makeup is something you should be looking into.

Mineral Makeup is makeup made from natural pigments from the earth. It’s non-comedogenic (it won’t clog your pores) so doesn’t irritate or even penetrate your skin, something past foundation and makeup does. The fact that it is non-irritating means it is perfect for sensitive skin and mature skin; it contains no perfumes or dyes. One of the biggest reasons I’ve been anti face makeup is that I’ve heard from people who use it regularly that it makes your skin worse and to not even start. That you’ll feel like you have to rely on the facial makeup. It seems a bit of a catch 22. You are using it to cover imperfections, yet it helps contribute to the imperfections.

There are many different brand names of mineral makeup, but essentially they all have similar ingredients. Some commonly used minerals include micronized titanium dioxide, micronized zinc oxide, iron oxide, silk mica, and hydrated silica.

Unlike traditional face makeup, mineral foundations can provide sheer to full coverage without switching back and forth between different products. A light, sheer finish can be accomplished by moving the applicator brush in small circles on the face. Mineral makeup can also provide a more opaque texture if applied in layers with a damp sponge, much like you would apply liquid foundation. Also, just by mixing a few key simple ingredients, you can create other uses for your mineral makeup One pot of loose pigment can be used as your eye shadow, lipstick, nail polish, blush, and even eyeliner.

Seems like a no brainer to me. If you are looking for healthy coverage for your face, whether you want light or heavy, mineral makeup seems like a great choice.