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Beauty during NY Fashion Week

12 Sep


New York Fashion Week 2013 has given us fashion drama, color, prints, the chance to see our favorite supermodels and of course beauty.

Now no one expects the general public to walk around with space alien style makeup on or to pump up their hair every morning BUT we can take a little inspiration…

Orange hues, bright winged eyes instead of the usual black, daring dark lips, bronzed cheeks, high shine, casually swept up hair without the frizz, and baby eyelashes.

What will you choose?


NYC New York Color liquid lip shine

23 Dec

NYC liquid lip shine received complimentary to test via Influenster's VoxBox program

Celebrity beauties such as Kim Kardashian, the Olsen twins, Beyoncé, Nicole Richie, and Carrie Underwood have all been spotted nude – with their lips of course!

Now you too can get the look at an affordable price, New York Color Liquid Lipshine has an upscale effect and retails at a reasonable $2.49 at stores such as Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, amongst others.

After receiving NYC liquid lipshine in Nude York City (582) complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program I was pleasantly surprised, not only does this shade mimic many celebrity favorites but you get a glossy effect that lasts without the stickiness.

I  am in love with the glossy effect that leaves no stickiness, the long lasting moisturized feeling, and the on trend nude shade.

The Nude York City shade can easily be worn throughout the day and well into the evening as the color is extremely versatile, play up the rest of your makeup (Kardashian style) or keep it simple (as does Carrie Underwood).

For a New Years Eve sparkle effect try the following:

  1. Gently exfoliate lips using a toothbrush and some warm water.
  2. Once your lips are dry and back to your natural color, pat on a tiny amount of foundation with your fingertips.
  3. Apply the Nude York City liquid lipshine.
  4. Add some silver glitter, as much or as little as you prefer.
  5. Carefully apply another layer of Nude York City liquid lipshine over the glitterand you are set for celebrating into the New Year!

For more on New York Color products visit www.newyorkcolor.com and see the fabulous collection available from $.99 to $4.99, follow them @nycnewyorkcolor or like them on their Facebook page.

Which NYC product do you love?

Kim Kardashian Makeup DIY

15 Dec


Kim Kardashian may change her outfits multiple times a day and always surprise us with her next money making venture but one thing remains constant – her flawless makeup style.

She is a girl loyal to her beauty products!

Now you can also imitate her beauty look by following makeup artist Heather C. Adessa’s easy step-by-step instructions:

  1. First, make sure your skin is properly cleansed, and the correct moisturizer for your skin type has been applied. If you are not using the correct moisturizer your skin cannot look flawless so ask someone to help you if you are not sure.
  2. Apply your eye makeup as desired. Once done, clean any makeup that may have fallen onto your skin below the eye area with a makeup wipe. You should never apply makeup over fallen eye products!
  3. Now for the flawless skin; always start with face primer over the moisturizer. I love Laura Mercier Foundation Primers. They have created a perfect primer for each skin type, so you know you will achieve the right amount of protection.
  4. Once the primer is set I like to use Cle de Peau Concealer ($70) it is pricey but I believe the best! I have not been able to find another concealer that covers dark circles and fills fine lines as well as this one. I find that this concealer does its job no matter what the skin type you have. Also since you are using it under the eye, this stick will last a while. Use the brush to apply the concealer, down and over the top of your cheek bone and up the side of your nose towards the bridge. If you have any dark spots that need coverage use the concealer there too.
  5. Now that you look like a raccoon with opposite colors (your under area will appear very light at this point) it’s time for foundation. Again, just like moisturizer, you need to use the correct foundation for your skin type. Use a medium to full coverage foundation, so you have enough foundation to fill lines and hide any discolorations you may have.
  6. Use a medium coverage powder foundation, with a brush, next to set the previous layer of foundation. You should now have an airbrushed effect!
  7. Apply a little bronzer and always add blush. Apply blush to the top of your cheek bone area.
  8. Add a neutral toned lipstick with a good layer of clear gloss for the day or a bold red lipstick for night and you’re set! Flawless perfection!

Want to be featured on Good Girls Cook and Wear Makeup? Send me your flawless makeup photos and details on how you achieved the look to SFparmie@gmail.com

LASH CONTROL tested and reviewed…

12 Dec


When new beauty products are launched into the market it can be exciting but also slightly daunting as no one likes to get rid of their trusty old favorite and go into the unknown!

Who knows if it will work? Will the price be worth the results?

Well I can tell you LashControl® is worth the wait and the results are FANTASTIC!! I am in love with the mascara from LashControl®

Currently LashControl® has three versions of their mascara:

  • Clear Squeeze, a clear coat mascara and brow fix, $16
  • Purple Squeeze, 2x black volumizing brush which volumizes and conditions lashes, $20
  • Pink Squeeze, black mascara which lengthens and conditions, $20

Clear Squeeze is perfect for controlling brows, they remain looking natural versus wet or dry and not only do unruly eyebrows stay in place for hours but they also stay soft rather than go hard which can happen when you try the hairspray trick. Clear squeeze can also be used to create depth without adding color to lashes.

Clear Squeeze

Purple Squeeze gives instant volume to lashes without clumping, which might be due to their new mascara technology*

LashControl® is a beauty product you can instantly see the results with and instead of the “fake” lashes look you get longer volumized lashes that not only look natural but will have friends wondering how you got that beauty glow overnight!

*LashControl® tubes allow you to squeeze the outer patented wiper sleeve so consumers have control over how much mascara comes out for each application. There is no more wiping along the outer edge of the mascara tube.

Purple Squeeze

Pink Squeeze lengthens lashes while adding a subtle hint of black color, the conditioning treatment allows for healthier growth as well as protection for your now stunning long lashes!

Pink Squeeze

LashControl® is definitely a beauty favorite I’ll be continuing with… in love with my non flaky un-clumped lashes thanks to LashControl®

No wonder celebrity make-up artist Scott Barnes calls it “GENIUS.” Scott works with beauties Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez amongst many other A-list stunners. Check out his step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve the “perfect” lash look here.

To purchase LashControl® click here (each mascara product comes packaged in a fabulous outer tube as shown above in the first image, making these excellent Christmas stocking gifts) or follow them @LashControl

The Formula: Each mascara contains organic ingredients including Chamomile flower extract, ginko biloba extract and ginseng root extract.

Nuance by Salma Hayek: Makeup Remover

9 Dec

Nuance Makeup Remover

Finally us girls have a makeup collection that is affordable AND works wonders!!

CVS pharmacy exclusively stocks Nuance by Salma Hayek, a beauty collection offering high quality products within four categories – skincare, cosmetics, haircare and body.

Actress Salma Hayek was inspired by her grandmother, a cosmetologist who would develop her own products at home with remedies she invented. Each Nuance item represents the fusion between old remedies and advanced technology within the beauty world.

“I wanted to create a line of premium beauty products that were both effective and affordable using the ingredients and knowledge passed down to me from my grandmother,” said Hayek. “My partnership with CVS/pharmacy allowed me to be truly involved in every aspect of product development, bringing my vision to life in making a line that is available to all women, who are entitled to preserve their youth no matter what.”

Prices for the products range between $2.99 and $19.99

One of the must-try items from the skincare line that I recommend is the Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover (4.3 fl. oz) $7.99

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Floral extracts condition and moisturize, lifting away impurities (even waterproof makeup) and leaving skin beautifully soft.
  • Excellent for all skin types, even sensitive and dry skin. Makeup removal has become easier and hassle free in one step!

Buy this for yourself or gift it this season as fabulous stocking stuffer gifts!

About Salma Hayek

An actress recognized worldwide who has gained success within acting, producing, directing and through her charity work. Known for her roles in “Frida,” “Desperado,” and “Ugly Betty,” Hayek has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA and has won an Emmy. Her activism roles include working with maternal health, the environment and domestic violence.


Beauty Gifts Under $7

23 Nov

This season budget shopping for Christmas gifts just got a lot easier with help from Payless Shoe Source, their collection of beauty products are perfect for stocking gifts and many are under $7!

Choose from nail polish, lip glosses, and eye liners in fabulous shades.

Top Payless beauty picks currently in-stores:

  • SXY by Unforgettable Moments™ Light Up Lip Gloss, $6.99

Stunning holiday shades to choose from like Tropical Tease and TGIF make these light up lip glosses fabulous to keep in your clutch this season.

  • SXY by Unforgettable Moments™ Emerald/Daring Jade and Bright Ivory/Ebony Fat Eye Liner, $3.99

With two colors to choose from and a convenient sharpener attached the SXY by Unforgettable Moments™ eye liners will become a much loved beauty item!

  • Brash™ by Payless® Pink Lace Lip Stain, $4.99
  • Brash™ by Payless® Raspberry Sorbet Lip Syrup, $2.99
  • Brash™ by Payless® Metal Orchid Nail Polish, $2.99

Brash™ by Payless® may have been marketed as the new teen cosmetics collection however there are plenty of shades and choices for the adult market too. The lip stain in particular will have your lips looking juicier in seconds!

Find your nearest Payless Shoe Source store here

Screen Sirens Wear Falls Boldest Color On Their Lips

20 Oct

The fall season has some beauty trends return and one of the boldest this season is the red lip. Bold lipstick colors such as cranberry, deep reds and vibrant reds are selling fast from makeup counters and store shelves across the country.

And as some of Hollywood’s beauty sirens showed us recently at ELLE’s Women in Hollywood bash red is the hue of choice for many glamorous women when it comes to lip color.

Camila Alves. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Amber Heard. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Viola Davis. Photo: Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

Cobie Smulders. Photo: Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

Alice Eve. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

For more on ELLE’s Women in Hollywood Bash visit www.elle.com


Halloween Makeup: Katy Perry

12 Oct

With Katy Perry’s success this year, both in music and her multiple magazine cover shots she is bound to be an inspiration for Halloween this month.

Get inspired by her fabulous selection of stage costumes and to finish off the look to perfection make sure you get the makeup right, here Heather C. Adessa gives us tips on how to achieve the Katy Perry “Teenage Dream” look:

Katy Perry's edgy porcelain look

“Katy Perry’s skin looks like porcelain, whether that’s due to makeup or airbrushing we’ll never know!”

  1. To recreate this look on yourself, first cleanse and moisturize extremely well.
  2. Use a primer with silicone, such as Smashbox Foundation Primer, to fill in all the little lines in the face so the end result is flawless.
  3. Apply foundation then a powder for a matte finish that will last. You do not want a shiny complexion with this look. Estee Lauder Double Wear powder keeps the shine down for up to eight hours.
  4. Use a bronzer to create the depth in the cheek bone area, and instead of blush use a highlighter to lighten the top of the cheek bone area.
  5. For the eyes use Sephora’s Jumbo Waterproof Pencil in Marine, then use the MAC Fluidline in Wave with an angled brush to recreate the cat eye effect.
  6. Brows need to be filled with powder so they stand out and look as edgy as Katy Perry’s.
  7. Next apply the false lashes. Ardell’s #109 are perfect and only cost $4. Once applied use the Fluidline again to hide the lash band, apply mascara to make your eyes pop even more!
  8. For the lips, apply a little foundation and powder to make the lipstick last a little longer. Use MAC’s lipstick in Speak Louder to Shop to complete the look.

Smashbox Primer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder

MAC Fluidline

Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick

7 Oct

Joe Fresh was an unexpected brand to launch a beauty line next to their already successful clothing collections however sometimes unexpected turns out to be amazing!

The beauty collection is small but fabulous, colors are varied and price is fantastic for makeup-a-holics wanting more.

This fall check out Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick

  • Available in twelve shades from trendy red and deep berry to baby doll pink.
  • The matte lipstick gives long last color and a stunning finish whether you want everyday color or a bold look for fall.
  • $6

Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick

Joe Fresh Beauty

Joe Fresh Beauty launched in Spring 2009 with an idea of affordable chicness. An inspired collection that is both stylish and well priced.

The range consists of lipsticks, gloss, balms, lip crayons, stains, liners, eyeshadows, blush, foundations, and nail polish.

“The approach we’ve used with the fashion collection translates beautifully to cosmetics. We want to dress our customers from head to toe and that includes makeup. For us. it’s always about value, style and quality,” says Joe Mimran, Creative Director, Joe fresh Style.

Do you have a favorite Joe Fresh beauty product? Let me know…

Lipstick 101 – questions answered

12 May

Lipstick is one area many can get it so wrong, whether that means applying too much so the color bleeds or choosing the wrong products so here we have Heather C. Adessa give us information on the products out there currently for our lips… And remember lips can attract or turn people off so look after them well!

  • What lipstick color trends do you see appearing for the summer?

This spring/summer season is all about color, but there are different ways you can show your colors. Lots of bold bright colors together – always fantastic! Corals are the hot color for spring! But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear your hottest pink or your brightest red!

  • What tips can you give for when we choose colors?

You want to work with your skin tone, your hair color and your outfit. You want colors that will bring out your features, not wash out the coloring in your face. Everyone can wear almost any color; it just depends on the shade and the tones. For example, an olive skinned dark featured woman usually looks better in blue based red lipstick rather than an orange based red lipstick. That might sound like nonsense but next time when you are at a cosmetics counter have the makeup artist show you the difference. If you have a reddish skin tone to your skin you don’t want to use orange based colors because they will highlight the red skin, instead you want to use cooler based tones such as blues.

  • In your opinion what is the best long lasting lipstick currently on the market?

You don’t have to wear a long wear lip color for it to last long. Using a lip liner first (to line and fill in the lips) helps lipstick and glosses to last longer. Also matte lipsticks tend to last longer than glossier or frosted lipsticks. Not everyone like the “long wear” lipstick and many companies create a long wear lipstick but then only have it in five or seven shades. Estee Lauder has their Double Wear line that are long wear products; including lipstick and lip liners. They have sixteen different shades of lipstick and a bunch of liners to match. If those colors aren’t your color choice then MAC has great matte lipsticks as well as new limited-edition colors every season.

  • If not using a long lasting lipstick what is the best way to make lip color last longer than a couple of hours?

Don’t eat, drink or talk – JUST KIDDING! Using a lip liner on dry lips is the next alternative. Line your lips with the pencil, the fill them in lightly as it creates a canvas that the lipstick will adhere to.

  • What routine do you recommend to get smooth soft lips?

There are a few steps to smooth lips for people who aren’t naturally blessed. I always put some balm on before bed and before my shower. The steam from the shower mixed with the balm gives an ultra smooth and soft feel. I love Smith’s Rosebud Lip Balm. Also using a lip exfoliate every other day or so can help with really dry or chapped lips. Laura Mercier and Mary Kay each have a great lip set (exfoliate and balm) that works wonders.

Smith's Lip Balm $7

  • Are lip balms/moisturizers necessary when letting your lips rest from colored products?

I would say yes, I think having a layer of protection for your lips is the way to go. I would recommend a balm with an SPF for sun protection. The skin on your lips is thin and can burn or dry out easily. Having that extra layer of protection  would be wise and you don’t have to purchase anything expensive. Chapstick or even your local store brand is good enough, as long as it works for you!

  • What are your top three lip products/brands at the moment?

There are so many! MAC cosmetics is one of my favorite companies for lipsticks and glosses because they have a large variety of colors and textures of products. They make the same color in matte, frosty or with sparkles – all give a different effect. If you are looking for a lip-gloss type of application but you want more color than an average lip-gloss try NARS, Chihuahua is one of my favorites! A nude/pink that looks great on every skin tone, shown below.

NARS lipgloss $24

Heather C. Adessa –

Heather has worked for the impressive cosmetics giants MAC, Chanel as well as in salons. She now freelances and helps beauty junkies like us explore the beauty world! Follow her @makeupheathera or “LIKE” her on Facebook by clicking here or find out more about Heather via her website www.makeupbyheathera.com

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  • Check out Heather’s Mascara 101 answers here
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