May 2014 archive

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco

M.A.C. has teamed up with Pedro Lourenco to create some gorgeous makeup that reminds me of Old Hollywood. For the uninitiated, Pedro Lourenco is a young (only 23!) Brazilian designer who began designing clothes at age 12 and staging fashion shows at his parents’ house in his teens. When I was 12, I still watched The Dukes of Hazzard. It’s worth mentioning that Lourenco’s parents are themselves well-known fashion designers in Brazil.

Let’s get down to business. How gorgeous is this eye shadow quad? I have been drooling over it since M.A.C. sent me the press materials a few weeks ago.

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco Nude Eye Shadow Quad

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco Nude Eye Shadow Quad

If I can’t somehow acquire this quad, I will not be happy. And when Mami’s not happy, nobody’s happy. And how great would those shadows look with the lipstick in True Red, a bright coral?

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco lipstick in True Red

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco lipstick in True Red

I also love the Cream Color Base in Hush, a soft peach, for adding some icy shimmer to eyes and cheeks.

M.A.C. Cream Color Base in Hush

M.A.C. Cream Color Base in Hush

Pairing bold lip colors with soft neutrals for eyes and cheeks is reminiscent of the way classic screen goddesses such as Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner wore their makeup.

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco lineup

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco lineup

M.A.C. Pedro Lourenco is currently available online and will be available in stores from June 5 through July 3.

Charlotte Tilbury: Glamorous Makeup for the 60+ Woman

As you know, British makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury is my new fave, because her makeup and 10 “signature” looks are absolutely gorgeous. So when she posted this great video offering makeup tips for the 60+ woman, using her glam mom, Patsy, as the model, I wanted to share it with you.

Charlotte’s top tips for mature skin:

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
  • Use an illuminating foundation and primer to give your skin an all-over glow.
  • Use a concealer to camouflage any age spots and under-eye circles.
  • Fill in your brows! They thin as you age.
  • To give mature eyes a quick lift, draw your eyeliner pencil along your upper lash line and flick up and out at the corner of the eye.
  • When applying mascara, don’t forget those tiny bottom lashes. A coat of mascara on the bottom lashes will make your eyes look larger.
  • As you age, your lips become less full. Reshape them by tracing them with a soft, nude lip liner.
  •  A softer shade of lip gloss is best for mature lips. Don’t go for anything too glittery.
  •  Resculpt your jaw line using bronzer.

All this mommy-daughter bonding over makeup got me thinking: moms are usually our first teachers when it comes to makeup. I am pretty fair, so my mom was always big on me wearing blush. Too bad I got yelled at by a nun for wearing it to school! (I didn’t care.)

What did your mom teach you about makeup?

My sister Josie, my mother, and I at a party, Summer 2012

From right: My sister Josie, my mother, and I at a party, August 2012

 

 

Instagram Mania!

Me at #beautyconnyc yesterday!

A photo posted by Charlotte LoBuono (@clobuono) on

Well, today I finally cracked and joined Instagram. You can find me at @clobuono. I realized I was going to have to show up for the Instagram party when I went to BeautyCon NYC yesterday, and all everyone talked about was Instagram, Instagram, Instagram!

The photo above is my first Instagram. (Or as I call it, “Her first Instagram, by Kenner!”) That vintage NYC cab was parked outside the BeautyCon venue. Apparently, the car has quite a few movies and TV shows to its credit. Everyone was taking pics with it, and of course Instagramming them!

Are any of you on Instagram? Who should I be following on there?

M.A.C. Osbournes

Osbournes-SHARON-BEAUTY-300Osbournes-KELLY-BEAUTY-300When I read that M.A.C. was collaborating with mother-daughter reality/talk show divas Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, I couldn’t wait to see what they would come up with. I mean, this is a woman who throws hams and has public food fights and her daughter, who rocks lavender hair like a boss. Well, the wait is over.

I love Sharon’s neutral eye quad. In Toss the Gloss, Andrea Robinson touts her love of neutral, less trendy shades for eyes, and apparently Sharon saw that memo.

M.A.C. Sharon Osbourne Duchess eye shadow quad

M.A.C. Sharon Osbourne Duchess eye shadow quad

I also love her patent PatentPolish lip pencils, which are like a chubby stick. My faves are Innocent, a nude beige, and PatentPink, a washed-out lilac.

M.A.C. Sharon Osbourne PatentPolish lip pencil in Innocent

M.A.C. Sharon Osbourne PatentPolish lip pencil in Innocent

Sharon Osbourne PatentPolish lip pencil in PatentPink

M.A.C. Sharon Osbourne PatentPolish lip pencil in PatentPink

Ms. Kelly’s line is just as gorgeous. How soft and lovely are the Powder Blush in Cheeky Bugger and the Mineralize Skinfinish Duo in Jolly Good?

M.A.C. Kelly Osbourne Powder Blush in Cheeky Bugger

M.A.C. Kelly Osbourne Powder Blush in Cheeky Bugger

M.A.C. Kelly Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish Duo in Jolly Good

M.A.C. Kelly Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish Duo in Jolly Good

And there’s a lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum, inspired by M.A.C. cult fave Candy Yum-Yum, of which Kelly is a fan. (It’s said she called the company personally to beg them to reprise the discontinued color.)  I think it’s a fun bright for summer.

M.A.C. Kelly Osbourne lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum

M.A.C. Kelly Osbourne lipstick in Kelly Yum-Yum

The limited-edition collection comes in packaging inspired by Sharon’s signature red and Kelly’s trademark lavender color palette. M.A.C. Osbournes will be available online June 2 and in stores from June 12 through July 10.

 

 

Rebecca Casciano: Green Your Beauty Routine

Rebecca Casciano

Rebecca Casciano

I recently went to a great workshop led by Rebecca Casciano, a makeup artist and green beauty, health, and wellness coach. Here are Rebecca’s best tips for making your beauty routine more eco-friendly and health conscious.

1. Learn about the ingredients in the products you use. Avoid things such as parabens, fragrance, sulfates, ethanolamines, and petrochemicals. Visit web sites like the Environmental Working Group to learn which products contain these so-called “beauty busters” and why you should avoid them.

2. Start swapping out the products you use most frequently and over the largest area of your skin, such as facial skin care, body wash/soap, lotion, and deodorant/antiperspirant. Don’t forget lipstick and foundation or powder.

3. Look for products with plant-based ingredients. Extra credit if you can pronounce them! Rebecca suggests brands such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Burt’s Bees, and Yes To!, which are available at most supermarkets, pharmacies, and health food stores. Everyone who attended the workshop got a gift bag filed with goodies from other green beauty companies such as W3ll People, Yarok, Kaia Naturals, Kahina Giving Beauty, Lotus Wei, and Blissoma.

The workshop was held at Yarok Beauty Kitchen, a lovely, intimate space in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. I can’t wait to go back!

Do you keep your beauty regimen green? Have you become more conscious about what’s in the products you use?

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Day

In today’s Fabulous links, Ayurvedic beauty, the dairy-bone health connection, Cindy Crawford’s beauty faves, and one busy mom’s eye-brightening trick

Ayurvedic beauty tips that you can try at home. [Well + Good NYC]

Yes, you need dairy for bone health. [HuffPost Healthy Living]

How does Cindy Crawford look so fantastic? Let her tell you. [Into the Gloss]

Would you try eyelash extensions? What was your experience? [HuffPost]

 

 

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