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Get the Look: Elizabeth Olsen’s Allure Magazine Cover

Get the Look: Elizabeth Olsen's Allure Magazine Cover

via Allure

 
It’s very rare that I’ll do a breakdown of a magazine cover look, but this one was just too good not to share. I also must really have a thing for blue eyeshadow, because look at the last magazine cover I featured! Ha.

Hung Vanngo is one of my favorite celeb MUAs, and he is often the genius behind Elizabeth’s red carpet looks. He is also the master behind this gorgeous 70s-inspired makeup.

Here’s how he created the look:

First, he rimmed the eyes with Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil in I-24 and smudged them with a brush (I love this brush from NARS for smudging).

Next, he blended Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Azure Blue (S234) over the lid and into the crease for a ‘elongated shape’.

He swirled champagne-colored highlighter (here’s a great option) and Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 320 English Rose on the cheeks and finished things off by lining her lips in a nude liner (try this one) followed by Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N18 Powdery Pink.

A couple coats of mascara and a filled in brow, and you’re done.

Are you as crazy for this look as I am?

Get the Look: Elizabeth Olsen's Allure Magazine Cover

via Allure

 

Peace, Love and Cover Makeup,

You Make Me Wanna…Paint My Nails and Wear High Heels

DIY mani tips

photo by Dennis Pederson


 

Even though I almost always have my nails painted, I haven’t gone to the nail salon in years. Between moving to a new town, having a baby and having nail products I needed to test for work, I did my own manis a few times and then, it just became a habit. Suddenly, it’s literally been more than five years since I’ve gotten my nails done!

So here are some of the products that make it easy for me to keep me nails painted!

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1. CND SolarSpeed Spray | 2. Floss Gloss Wavepool | 3. Londontown Restorative Nail Cream | 4. Smith & Cult Beat Street | 5. Deborah Lippmann Genie in a Bottle Base Coat | 6. essie Gel.Setter Top Coat | 7. Tweexy Nail Polish Holder | 8. Floss Gloss Pony

1. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: This stuff is a miracle! It sets your mani–hard–in minutes.
2. Dying for this shade for summer.
3. I try to give my nails a rest between manis, but with my TV schedule, that doesn’t always happen. To help combat damage, I massage t his into my nails and cuticles every night they’re bare.
4. Again, yes, please for summer!
5. Love this as a base coat–and when I’m in a rush–it makes my nails look gorg!
6. This is the best top coat on the market! It gives that gel look and helps manis last a LONG time!]
7. Meet Tweexy. A fabulous little invention that makes it easy to paint your nails anywhere–no spills! No hard surface needed.
8. I get more compliments on this neon coral than any other polish color I’ve used.

 

Peace, Love and DIY Manis,

As Seen on TV: Summer Mom Hacks

Everyone loves a good ‘hack’ these days, so today, I went to Atlanta & Company and shared some of my favorite mom hacks to help make life a little bit easier this summer. Check it out:

Some of these are totally life-changing, right? Do you have an amazing mommy hack I left out? Share it in the comments below!

 


Peace, Love and Mommy Hacks,

Get the Look: Katie Holmes Met Gala Makeup

There was a ton of amazing, weird, and beautiful makeup at the Met Gala, but among it all, Katie Holmes’s stood out.

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Makeup artist Genevieve Herr was inspired by a ‘more modern Cher’ and here’s how she created the look:

First, she used Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer followed by Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and concealer anywhere it was needed.

Next, she took the Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette and added bronzer on the cheekbones and in the crease of the eyelids to add depth and definition.

Then she used Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight on the eyelids and Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil in Splash Orange on the cheeks.

She set the makeup with Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder all over the face and Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder under the eyes.

For the eyes, she tightlined the upper and lower lashlines with Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil in Parisian Night and then smudged the line with a Qtip, until there was no precise line, just definition.

Then, she curled the lashes, applied a coat of black mascara and then started with the faux lashes. She used Ardell Chocolate 886 lashes on the top, and six or seven Ardell Duralash knot-free naturals individual in short black on the bottom.

On the brows, she used Lancome Sourcils Tint.

Finally, she lined and defined the lips with Edward Bess Defining Lip Liner in Barely, making sure to blend the line, and finished by applying Lancome Color Design lipstick in Pink Drink (discontinued, but similar shade, Poodle Skirt, here)

Totally dreamy, right?

"Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

 


Peace, Love and Met Gala Makeup,

The Best and Worst of the Met Gala

Man, if there was ever a time to use the term ‘fashion hangover’, it’s today! When you wake up to literally hundreds of emails (more than the Oscars!), and there is absolutely no way you can even begin to talk about everything you want to….that’s a good night for fashion!

So, that means it’s Best of time. Because I don’t have the time to blog about, and you don’t have the time to read about every single high or low from last night’s Met Gala, I’m just giving you my ‘best’ in a wealth of categories. And yes. That means I’m not mentioning Ciara’s hair, or Saorise’s dress or even Claire Danes’s perfection (I’ll leave that to everyone else). But here we go:

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The Best and Worst of the White House Corredspondents’ Dinner

So, the White House Correspondents’ dinner was Saturday night. You know, the annual event where all the celebs go to the White House to…correspond.

So here’s a rundown of the best and the worst of the night:

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Love the One You’re With

(via Pinterest)

(via Pinterest)

 
For the past decade plus of my life, I’ve basically been beating my skin into submission–and only being semi-successful at it! Ever since I developed adult acne when I was 21, I’ve been slathering my face in chemicals, scrubbing it with grit, and stripping it of every oil imaginable.

Now don’t get me wrong–I’m still a strong proponent for exfoliating (three times a week, baby!) but one day, I decided to stop playing the disciplinarian who punished my skin for breaking out, and instead try to love it into obeying. And guess what? It’s working!

For going on about two months now, instead of using a salicylic acid cleanser and a salicylic acid toner, followed by a salicylic acid moisturizer and oil-free makeup, and a acne-fighting gel every night (you get the picture), I’ve been focused more on providing nutrients, antioxidants and a healthy dose of love (yes, love) to my skin, and I can honestly say my skin hasn’t looked this good in years! It’s brighter, has a more even tone, and I’m getting way fewer breakouts.

Here are some of the products I’ve been pampering my face with:

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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream: There’s a reason this has the word ‘magic’ in the name. Seriously. Charlotte Tilbury needs to just go ahead and make me their official spokesperson I sing the praises of every single thing in the collection so much!

 

 

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Kypris Antioxidant Dew: This is just so lightweight and soothing! It balances my skin really well, and I literally feel like it’s hugging it with all the vitamins and extracts it has in it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Glossier Milky Cleanser: You guys, I really hate being a part of the crowd, but this stuff really is the miracle everyone says it is. I absolutely adore the way it gets all my makeup off (even TV makeup, folks!), but is incredibly gentle while doing so. Yes, you really can open your eyes with this stuff all over them, and there is no stinging!

 

 

 
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Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence: I just feel like I’m putting sunshine on my face when I apply this (can you see how into this whole loving your skin thing I’ve gotten?). It smells amazing, makes your skin crazy smooth, and, oh yeah–glowy!

 

 

 

Of course, I’ll still blob on way too much acne medicine whenever I get a big pimple and then have a big scaly red spot two days later, but I mean, you can’t just stop being who you are.

But in general, I’m thinking loving the skin you’re in, might just be the way to go!

So tell me: What skin loving products do you use that you think I should try out?

 


Peace, Love and Skin Love,

Educate Me: Essences

Welcome to a new series on Emily Suggests! Educate Me is going to be a recurring feature on the blog detailing a new concept, product or ingredient. First up, Essences!

By now, most of us are pretty comfortable with the idea and usage of serums, right? But, have you heard about the latest trend to hit our shores from Korea (you know those Koreans–skincare geniuses!)? Essences are a semi-new skincare category that are really starting to gain momentum. But what are they? And how do you use them?

What is an Essence?

An essence is a lightweight liquid that absorbs very quickly into the skin to deliver a dose of skin pampering ingredients, but also helps the rest of your skincare work better.

So in following the thinnest to thickest rule, essences should be applied after toner and before serum.

While essences are certainly not essential to any skincare routine, they are a luxurious addition that really make me feel like I’m treating my skin right. Need an extra dose of moisture? Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, it is. Skin looking a little dull? Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence will brighten and help fight signs of aging.

And since they are lightweight and quickly absorbed into the skin, they don’t feel like you’re adding an extra step, even though you are!

 
Do you have a product or ingredient you wish you knew more about that you’d like me to feature in an upcoming Educate Me? Leave a comment below, and let me know!

 


Peace, Love and Essences,

Get the Look: Alison Brie for Yahoo! Fashion

Alison Brie for Yahoo Fashion

You guys, how fab is this retro makeup look MUA Kathy Jeung created on Alison Brie for a Yahoo! Fashion spread? I’m seriously swooning.

And here’s how you can recreate the look:

First, Kathy prepped the skin with NARS Pro-Prime Oil Free Pore Refining Primer, and then used Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to perfect her skin.

She contoured the cheeks with Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder in Sahara Dusk and used Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in In Love (55).

She used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil to get those super bold brows.

And now those stunning eyes! Kathy created the bold cateeye with Inglot Eyeliner Gel in black, while Alison’s lashes were accentuated with Artémes false lashes and then coated with Circa Beauty Optical Illusion Lash Lengthening mascara in Extreme Black.

And the amazing shadow is Inglot Freedom System Matte Eyeshadow in 367.

For the lips, she used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Coral (18C) and NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Bolero and NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi.

And check out all the photos here!

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Peace, Love and Retro Makeup,

I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want

The big day is almost upon us, which means it’s time to get shopping! And no matter what your take is on Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re going to be buying at least one gift, amma right? Because even people that bemoan the Hallmark nature of the holiday are still trying to look good to their loved ones.

But since finding the perfect gift can be hard and time intensive, may I suggest a gift card? You heard me right! My husband and I started dating just a couple of weeks before my birthday, and since he really didn’t know much about me, but knew that I loved to shop, he went to the mall and bought me several gift cards to different stores and wrote me a nice card about giving me the gift of shopping. Pretty much why I married him.

But since I’m pretty sure we all agree that a Bath & Body Works giftcard ain’t cuttin’ it for Valentine’s Day, may I suggest Giftbar? They provide gift cards to a curated list of local merchants in various cities. So you can give the gift of shopping local, give the gift of luxury and give the gift of shopping all at once. Sweet, right?

So here’s what I’m pining over from the Giftbar Atlanta merchants–and what your loved one could have the joy of buying if you gift her a Giftbar card! HINT HINT HUBBY!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

 
1. Deborah Lippmann Sweets for My Sweet collection (via Woo Skincare + Cosmetics) 2. Relica Wisdom & Luck Necklace | 3. Mara & Mine Jem Skeleton Loafer | 4. Harvey Faircloth Field Jacket | 5. Lafco Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Candle (via Woo Skincare + Cosmetics) | 6. Ultracor Ultra Silk Camo Tech Print Leggings | 7. Glowdry Blowout | 8. Tiffany Chou Meeko Ring | 9. Ulla Johnson Clarice Crochet Top (call W. Port for availability)

 

Peace, Love and V Day Gifts,