Wednesday, October 29, 2014

beauty how-to: JINsoon halloween nail art

looking for some halloween nail ideas? Jin Soon Choi, founder of the JINsoon Nail Lacquer line {and Jin Soon Hand & Foot Spas in new york} has created two fabulous designs that are perfectly suited for the occasion! take a look...

Ghoulish Nails {pictured above}:

1. prep nails by applying a coat of JINsoon Power Coat

2. apply JINsoon Nocturne on each nail

3. draw ghostly shapes with JINsoon Kookie White at the tips of the nail {feel free to use your imagination with the shapes!}

4. dot JINsoon Nocturne where you would like the eyes to be with the very tip of the brush
5. finish by applying a coat of JINsoon Top Gloss

Bloody Nails:

1. apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat to prep nails.

2. apply JINsoon Kookie White on each nail

3. with JINsoon Coquette, wipe off all the liquid from the brush on the neck of the bottle and with varying short strokes, apply polish from top to bottom of the nail. tip from Jin: change up how long the strokes are for a more realistic effect and don't be afraid to blot it in a few places.

4. go over the strokes you made with JINsoon Coquette using JINsoon Audacity in the same way, but apply it in fewer places. the goal of this step is to create depth to make the JINsoon Coquette look more realistic.

hope you're inspired to try one of these manicures, beauties! be sure to visit to see the entire range of nail products and discover more fabulous tutorials.

info and images courtesy of Jin Soon

Monday, October 27, 2014

get her look: Felicity Jones at Theory of Everything nyc premiere

while i've only seen three of her movies {Chalet GirlAlbatross and Breathe In}, i'm a huge fan Felicity Jones. she's a fabulous actress and i'm thrilled to know she has another film being released. for last week's red carpet premiere of the film, The Theory of Everything, celebrity makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani used Orlane products to create an edgy look that is still romantic and pretty.

Felicity wore a full-length, black Elie Saab gown with lace at the top and midway to the bottom, so Bedrani wanted to create a look that was "more edgy with a strong smokey eye ~ not too romantic as to contrast the lace." 

to create the look, applying Orlane Absolute Skin Recovery Care Anti-Fatigue Serum to Felicity's skin was the first step. this was followed by applying Super-Moisturizing Light Creamgiving her skin a boost, hydrating and creating a smooth canvas for makeup application.

while the serum and moisturizer were absorbing in the skin, Bedrani began the eye look. the Pale Gold shade from Antonym Eyeshadow Quattro in Noisette all over her lid. on the corner of her eyes,  Moiré from Votre Vu Palette Play  in Violette was used and blended inward to create a gorgeous gradient effect. Black from Antonym Eyeshadow Quattro in Croisette was applied on the outer corner and blended inward again, stopping just shy of the purple shade. a lining on both top and bottom rims of Felicity's eyes was smudged out with Antonym Ecocert Certified Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir, followed by two coats of Orlane Volume Care Mascara to finish the eyes.

Orlane Vitality Radiance Care Eye Contour was applied to hydrate the under eye area and Dior foundation to even out the skin tone; Orlane Transparent Loose Powder was lightly dusted all over to set the look

for radiance and definition, Bedrani brushed Antonym Ecocert Certified Organic Baked Blush in Peach on the apples of the cheeks along with Orlane Bronzer in Soleil Cuivre 02 underneath the cheekbones, using Antonym Contour Brush #3.

lips were kept natural as to keep the focus on the eyes. first moisturizing Felicity's lips with Orlane Extreme Line-Reducing Lip Care for the base, lipstick was then applied on top.

this a gorgeous look, don't you think?

Orlane products are available at
Antonym products are available at
Votre Vu products are available at

Friday, October 17, 2014

holiday 2014: NARS Laced with Edge Color Collection

it's time to start thinking holiday, beauties! yes…now.

have you seen the gorgeous NARS holiday color collection? each year the brand creates such gorgeous offerings, and this year is no exception...

cutting-edge color ~ anything but straightlaced. for holiday 2014, François Nars projects a bold new design for the future femme. decoding the thrill of seduction, this captivating collection exposes a full range of colors and textures with dramatic dimension.

take a look at the limited-edition Laced with Edge collection and tell me what you think...

for eyes, Hardwired Eyeshadow {new formula}:

Canberra ~ shimmering lavender

Opal Coast ~ iridescent white

Gabon ~ bronzed green

for lips, 3 new fabulous shades each of Hardwired Lipstick {featuring a new formula} and Lipgloss:

Femme Fleur ~ shimmering brick red with gold pearl

Deadly Catch ~ crimson
Adriatic ~ glistening soft cream

Corsica ~ shimmering pink raspberry

Soleil D’Orient ~ shimmering pink champagne

Burning Love ~ bright ruby with subtle shimmer

for nails, gorgeous, high-gloss, metallic Nail Polish:

Algonquin ~ sparkling lilac

Barents Sea ~ sparkling deep blue

Sherwood ~ shimmering violet rose

 Almería ~ tan rose

besides the color offerings and new formulations, a true standout of this collection is the packaging. designed by architectural designer Chris Kabatsi, his digitally-rendered Nebula print creates a dynamic yet delicate web of black gloss that grips the NARS signature soft-touch packaging in a modern take on lace and it looks simply beautiful.

you can find the NARS Laced with Edge holiday color collection now at NARS boutiques, department stores and

happy shopping!

info and images courtesy of NARS cosmetics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CVS introduces MUA Makeup Academy collection

developed by makeup pros and beauty experts, the Makeup Academy line from CVS aims to bring premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories to makeup lovers everywhere. i have used a few of these products {sent to me to try} and i think they are certainly worth checking out for yourself.

there are more than 145 products within 3 categories ~ lippies in fab textures and fashion-forward colors, beautifully-crafted brushes, and a great range of false eyelashes  ~ all now available in-store and online at

for lips:
 over 100 lip products including lipsticks, glosses, crayons, stains, liquid lipsticks, and balms, my favorite is the unique Color Infused Balm {pic is featured below}, a 2-in-1 formula of lipstick on the inside, balm on the outside!

professional brushes:
 the premium, expertly crafted brush collection makes it easier than ever to create flawless makeup looks, conveniently and affordably. brushes include a Pro BB/CC Cream BrushFoundation Brush and even a Point Liner Brush for gel eyeliners. i was sent the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush and love how it really aids in creating a smoky liner and/or eyeshadow look with its soft dense bristles.   

false lashes:
with fine lashes that are perfect for day wear to fuller, volume-boosting lashes, the extensive range of false lashes also includes an Individual Lash Starter Kit that allows you to create an individual look by combining short and long lashes.

Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush

Color Infused Balm

wearing the lippies; soft liner look created using the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush

you can find MUA products at select CVS locations and of course, online at!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

skincare review: Radical Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30

sun protection is an important part of my skin care routine, so when i was sent a new facial sunscreen from Radical Skincare, i beyond thrilled to try it.


yes, i'm pretty excited about it!

not only does Radical Skin Perfecting Screen protect my face from harsh UV rays with a non-chemical spf 30, but it's a skincare gem because it contains light-reflecting pigments that help create a beautiful, luminous finish that is still matte and lasts all day. 

without Radical Screen on the left, with it on the right. :)

 this unique, pearl-toned, slightly shimmery formula applies beautifully, absorbs well and is definitely a new fave of mine. if you have the opportunity, don't take my word for it, try it for yourself. your skin will thank you! :)

visit for more info.

product sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)