Eye”brow” You didn’t know

I know, hold your breath I’m about to discuss those fabulous things that sit so innocently above your eyes, just daring you not to think you know how to brow-glam them.

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Before I started to style my eyebrows, I just thought to myself, why is my hair so dark and my brows not as black as my hair… WHY??!! Fast-forward, and now we have a plethora of products to choose from.  There is powder, pencil, pen, pomade, and gel but, which one is right for you?  This article is going to just tell you a little bit about each of these products and let you see which is suitable for your brows.

PENCIL- This is the most popular, which I keep in my makeup case for clients that prefer pencil instead of powder.  Pencil can give a soft look to your brows, and also you can use it under brow powder for a very natural subtle look.  Eyebrow Pencil is excellent because you can fill in sparse areas, or defining the brow more.  I tell clients that when you first try a pencil, always remember to start at the back of your brow, not the front.  You tend to be a little heavier handed and will lighten up your stroke as you come forward.  I like to Benefits Cosmetics Goof Proof Brows, it’s such a natural product and works well.

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EYEBROW POWDER- This product will help fill in any holes or sparse areas in the brows.  Remember, I told you that you can apply powder over a pencil? The reason I stated that is because the powder acts almost like a setting powder and will have your brows last longer and look very natural.  I know many of my clients state they had trouble picking out a shade that really complemented their eyebrows, I recommend you choose a color closer to your base hair color for a softer realistic look.  To use a brow powder, you’ll need an angled brush to effectively fill in your brows with powder.  You’ll need to coat the brush with the formula before dabbing; it on the back of your hand, the sweep in the direction of your hair growth with a light hand.   I like Bobbi Brown’s Brow Powder I keep this in my case for my clients that rather have powder.

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POMADE- This is the secret to the bold brows you see all over Instagram and YouTube.  In addition to giving brows a dramatic, defined look, this formula can also give brows a subtle hold.  This product is excellent for those with very sparse eyebrows, and looking for a quick way to fill them in will love a pomade.  If you have thicker brows and decide to use pomade, you will have a dramatic, bold look. One of the leading pomades is by Anastasia Beverly Hills. My personal go-to cream/pomade is Chella Beauty – visit www.chellabeauty.com…   I fell in love with this company after receiving a complimentary “brow kit” during StyleCon NYC 2018 and keep this product in my personal makeup kit and have introduced several of my clients to these products…

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GEL – This option by many professionals is one of their go-to-options because, it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to add color, subtle hold, and fullness to the brows.  In fact, they keep brows in place very well.  A gel works well for individuals that have coarse, unruly brows really get an excellent benefit from this product.  I like using this product, and my technique is, I take any extra product off the spoolie… I use small, light-handed strokes, softly backcombing the brows… I think my go-to-product for the gel is Glossier Boy Brow…

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These are just a handful of the brow products that are on the market, but we have even touched on markers, wax, or color. The one thing I can say is whichever you do decide to use, make sure that you practice and try out several different brands.  I thought this video was great to share on how to style your brows naturally.

 

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Fragrance Review

I know that we are always looking for a new scent or smell that could be our possible signature smell.  Well, LaPazions- I did the same thing but, there is a story that goes along with this… I have to take you back to my very early years right out of high school, going into university.  I had a good friend that worked as a “nanny” for a very well-known family.  The mother always smelled so divine, and I literally like fell head-over-heels for the fragrance that she wore.  I made it my mission to find out what it was and low and behold it was Antonia’s Flowers, well needless to say I couldn’t afford it on a high school/university budget… WHY!!!??

Now, we’ll fast forward to the present times, and now my favorite fragrance has been retired or no longer being produced… WHY!!?? Ergo, I started trying to locate perfumes that possibly had the same notes or familiar smells.  I purchased the fragrance NEST COCOA WOODS, needless to say, the notes aren’t anything close to “Antonia’s Flowers” (This is a face of disappointment).

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Let’s get into the review, NEST COCOA WOODS FRAGRANCE is a havier scent, that I wasn’t really expecting since it was on the listing of perfumes that are comparable to Antonia’s Flowers.  The notes are rather strong of the bittersweet Cocoa (very predominant), also are notes wrapped in white sandalwood, Thai ginger, and dry sequoia woods (which feel like they are all competing for the front-line).  I’m not sure if it’s just my body-chemistry or what but, it didn’t smell that appealing.  With this being stated, I have to tell you all they really thought the packaging through completely.  I love the box; it’s a vibrant deep chocolate color with a floral print and the name placed in a signature way that catches your eye.

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The bottle is just as stunning as the box, the thought that was placed in the production of this product is beyond beautiful.  The bottle is like a precise duplicate of the box, right down to the floral design, and the allure of keeping this on your beauty table is all there.

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LaPazions, as you all know, I also am looking for the story behind the product, and by far, the Founder, Ms. Laura Slatkin, really delivers why she developed this fragrance.  The story is compelling, and has you fall in love with the idea of NEST.  I may not like this particular perfume for myself, but I will be investigating other fragrances that are offered by this brand.  Here is a behind the scent video that details Ms. Slatkin’s passion for this fragrance:

 

I hope you all enjoyed my review, and I hope if you try this fragrance, you’ll drop me a note and let me know your thoughts.

XOXO

20200620_120136Sonya LaRae- Certified Image Consultant, MUA, Certified Relationship/Lifestyle Expert, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

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The Benefits of Concealer

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You might be hearing mixed signals in regards to concealer(s)- To use concealer or not to use concealer OH is the question!  Well, my lovely makeupanistas, I’m here to tell you that makeup concealer is a real beauty essential, be it for everyday, special occasions, or occasional makeup usage.  This is one product that I would say never leave out of your makeup bag.

Here is a little history, it’s said that the first “concealers” were used in the 1920s as makeup to camouflage burns, birthmarks, various marks, and even varicose veins.  Now let’s bring this forward to our day and time.  Depending on what you are trying to achieve, concealers are found in a few different forms (liquid, stick, crayon, cream, and powder to cream).

To conceal or not to conceal

Here are the top benefits of using makeup concealer:

  1. Works with the foundation to provide additional coverage to achieve the appearance of a smooth and even skin tone
  2.  Refreshes tired-looking eyes
  3. To disguise puffiness blemishes, scars, and imperfections.
  4. Camouflage pigmentation and dark circles
  5. Lighter dark areas
  6. As a highlighter over cheekbones, brows, chin, and bridge of the nose
  7. To prevent lipstick from bleeding, either by priming lips with a concealer or by adding a little concealer above the lip line
  8. As a base before applying eyeshadow (excellent for making shadows last longer and pop)
  9. Hide tattoos and birthmarks

You now have a clearer understanding of the top benefits of concealers, so let’s get into each of the types of concealers:

Liquid Concealer: This has to be the most popular out of all the forms of concealers because; it works for most skin types.  Liquid concealer also works well for acne spots because it will not bunch up around the acne or settle into the scars.

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The go-to concealer that I love and keep in all of my Makeup bags and kits, from Toofaced Cosmetics.  The multi-use sculpting concealer is everything, meaning it goes on flawlessly, you can have a little or a lot of coverage, plus it’s very hydrating gives you skin that kissed feel.

As you also know, I’m a fan of Toofaced Cosmetics foundations so, it’s a real no brainer that the concealers would make my must-haves…

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Stick Concealer: Stick concealers are generally thicker, and denser in texture than liquid concealers, and are ideal for covering blemishes and for giving very rough or reddened skin a more even color and texture.  Stick concealer is a full-coverage product that works well on skin that has acne, as well as acne scars, as well as very dark under-eye circles.

 

 

 

L'Oreal Crayon ConcealerCrayon Concealer: Crayon Concealer offers customizable coverage from the finest of blemishes to larger areas of imperfections.  The tip of the crayon allows for precise application, while the side of the crayon can easily canvas a larger area.

 

 

Cream Concealer

 

Cream Concealers:  Cream Concealers are similar to foundation, yes you read that correctly.  The only difference is cream concealers are thicker and sued to hide different pigments by blending the imperfections into the surrounding skin-tone.

 

Powder-to-Cream ConcealerPowder-to-Cream Concealers: You read that correctly Powder-to-Cream Concealer, not Cream-to-Powder.  This is becoming a real game-changer in the industry.  I thought, wait, this is going to be the breathtaking moment we’ve all been waiting on, and oh yes, it is just that.  See Powder-to-Cream Concealer is a one-step solution that promises to give the same crack-less undereye coverage.  The idea behind powder-to-cream concealer is it starts as a powder, turns into a cream, and sets to a powder finish.  It’s the same long-lasting and creaseless finish that baking powder provides, but in one step and without the wait time.  I know this is simply brilliant, and I love all of it and use this from time to time on myself or on my bridal clients.

Here is a fabulous video that I located on Powder-to-Cream Concealer application:

I really hope this article has helped you with should you use concealer, to which concealer may be best for you… Whichever you choose, just like with primers, you are going to have to do a little trial and error to see which is right for your particular skin type and the type of coverage you are looking for.

 

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Sonya LaRae – Certified Image Consultant, MUA, Certified Lifestyle/Relationship Expert, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

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Farres Cosmetic Review

Okay, I am about to lose my mind!! Why? My dear friend, who lives in Russia, sent me a few products from one of the top cosmetic companies they use in the USSR…  I really never heard of Farres Cosmetics so, I had to do a little research on the company.  The Farres Cosmetic Company has been established since 2006 in China, and they focus on low cost, high quality, fashion, true-color, and pigmentation and being a company that does no animal testing.  Awesome!!

Now that we have all of the formal information out of the way, I have got to tell you about the 5 different eyeshadow palettes she sent me.  I am a pure lover of vintage style, so just the case alone caught my full attention.  They used the 50’s pinup girls, and each one is more alluring than the next… I know you want to see the packaging, I won’t make you wait any longer:

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 Yesss!!  Aren’t they too cute for words?  I mean, look at the covers they catch your attention immediately, plus they make you want to try them out.  Each palette cover says nude on the front, which kind of makes you think all of them must be basically the same with just one-off in the color scheme.  NOPE!! They are all so very different, and I love the real pigmentation of the colors… You just have to see them:

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They are gorgeous, each palette has such depth, and the colors are very complementary to each other.  I couldn’t wait (Show me to my brushes!!)  to try out these fabulous eyeshadows- I decided I wanted to try the Nude Naturals and the Berry Wine, which I wasn’t disappointed in either.  There was minimal fall out in the pan when I placed my brushes in the product, and the colors were highly pigmented, and I noticed you didn’t have to over swirl the brush to pick up the product.  They went on very smooth and blended beautifully… I’d say if I had to rate these shadows, I would give them 5 out of 5 stars, and you KNOW I don’t hand out stars that easily.

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I was also told by my dear friend that the brand isn’t sold in the US but, more so in Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, and there is a website for Farres located at farres.cn I’m honestly blown away by them, and I hope I will be able to find more of the products… I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback regarding our product review.

Extra shots that I took of the pallets:

xoxo!!

Sonya LaRae– Certified Image Consultant, MUA, Certified Lifestyle/Relationship Expert, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

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Foundation-Which to Choose

f5cc7503d2f55756f4daa0bf564790f0I know many of you find this to be one of the most difficult selections in the makeup process.  This can be a very daunting task, so I’m here to help you navigate through the myriad of choices.

None of these are in any particular order, so with that being stated I guess we should jump right into this:

Liquid Foundation: These usually come in bottles and tubes.  The coverage can range from super sheer to full.  Now personally, I love the texture, and liquid foundations are easy to blend and the coverage can be built gradually.  My personal favorite liquid foundation that I use and even use on many of my clients is from Too Faced Cosmetics “Born This Way.”  It’s oil-free, medium-to-full coverage, and its infused with some good stuff like: coconut water (aids in replenishing skins moisture levels).  My foundation color is Warm Beige but it comes in 35 shades for a flawless match and perfect finish.

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Cream Foundation: Are great for achieving the dewy look *side note: some liquids can produce the same effect.*  Cream foundations usually come in compacts and jars and work best on dry skin- Meaning your primer needs that time to really set.  Now this is my personal professional opinion, *I feel cream foundations tend to have a slightly heavier texture.*  Cream foundations also provide higher coverage compared to liquid foundations.  TIP: When you’re working with cream foundations remember to apply sparingly, as a little goes a long way.

p433526-av-01-zoomCream-to-Powder Foundation: Unlike cream foundations, cream-to-powder foundations actually dry to a powdery finish-  TIP: Cream-to-Powder Foundation works great for slightly oily or slightly dry skin.  The creamy texture hydrates the skin and prevents it from drying while the powder absorbs excess sebum (this is a light oily substance that secreted from the sebaceous glands, that keep the skin moisturized).

To me cream-to-powder foundations create matte look, and are good for people with combination skin.

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Mineral Foundation: They are made out of crushed minerals extracted from the earth and are free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, and other harmful chemicals.  Now many of my clients ask me if mineral foundations are better for them?  This is it, mineral makeup won’t clog your pores because, it doesn’t contain talc, which helps most foundations to stay on the surface of the skin-  It’s really more about how you like the coverage.  With this being stated, mineral foundations usually come in loose powder form and provide medium to high coverage.  Mineral foundations are good for people with very sensitive skin or those who suffer from acne or rosacea.

5081179There is a downside of mineral makeup, is that they might be a little too dry for those with dry skin.  Something else about mineral makeup is that you have to get the right brush, and it does take practice to master the basic “swirl, tap, and buff’ process.

Here are two kinds of brushes that you may select from but, you may like a fluffier type from a certain brand which may give the coverage and application you’re looking for:

Here it is makeup lovers, there are several different kind of foundations, and the best advice is trial and error and having a one-on-one consultation with a skilled makeup artist with a knowledge of color-theory, will lessen the guess work.

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Sonya LaRae- Certified Image Consultant, MUA, Certified Relationship/Lifestyle Expert, Educator, and Motivational Speaker

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