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Diva Dish: GoldenEye

March 4, 2013

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Few things I love more than gold loose pigments on an olive-skinned beauty…

Case in point. Miss Christina Bambina.

For this lovely look, I pressed crushed pigment onto CB’s lids from MAC’s Surf the Ocean limited edition collection, which of course you can’t get anymore. (As Robert Frost promised, nothing gold can stay.) But really any bright gold will do.

Then anchor the antique gold with blacks and browns in the crease and outer corner. I used MAC Carbon and Brun.

Finally load up on the black liner and mascara. Pop on some blush. And paint on a nude lip.

As CB and I always say, done and dusted!

Diva Dish: DermaChromatic

February 28, 2013

derm_1Every once in a while, something gets sent or emailed over to me that isn’t something I can test or something a regular contributor can test but is something someone HAS to test because if the press release and its accompanying before and after pics are accurate, it’s a potential game changer for the right candidate.

And that’s exactly how I ended up shooting a note to my friend Hillary to try PrecisionMD’s new anti-redness product DermaChromatic.

Because when you know someone with rosacea and how frustrating it can be, and then you see THESE PICS, you immediately want them to test it and be frustrated no more. 

And then of course share it with the world as, according to PrecisionMD, 13 million suffer from redness.

With this product, great improvements are promised within two weeks. Plus, the formula with its exclusive copper-chlorophyllin complex also claims to reduce oiliness and the appearance of pores. More, DermaChromatic is marketed as a non-irritating, oil-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free gel that works well on all skin types.

So what did Hillary think??

Read on..

DIVAlicious: How long have you been using DermaChromatic?

Hillary: On and off for about 6 weeks. Regularly 3 weeks.

DIVAlicious: And how long until you noticed a difference?

Hillary: After approximately a week of daily use.

DIVAlicious: What changes did you see in your skin from the gel?

Hillary: Texture was the number one change I saw, as well as reduced pore size.  My skin was less patchy in the areas where my rosacea tends to flare. You still 100% need to apply your daily moisturize prior to application of DermaChromatic and give it a few minutes to absorb. I found if I was rushed in the morning and wanted to apply one on top of the other the DermaChromatic didn’t absorb as well.

DIVAlicious: Would you recommend the gel?

Hillary: Yes, I would recommend it to anyone who is experiencing redness or texture issues!  It’s not irritating at all, so even people with sensitive skin can use this product.

DIVAlicious: The product costs $49. Would you repurchase it?

Hillary: Yes. For me it would still have to be complementary to other treatments I do. For example, light treatments at the dermatologist. But I do think it’s a good overlay to a professional regimen. And for others who don’t have as extreme redness/rosacea as me, I think it would be a great product to use alone.

DIVAlicious: In terms of value, how long does one container last?

Hillary: That would depend on how much you use. I’ve been applying daily and a little goes a long way.  I have kept application mostly to the cheek area and a dab on forehead.  A nickel size is more than enough to cover that surface.

DIVAlicious: Will you need to keep using the gel once the redness is minimized?

Hillary: I think regardless of any treatment I use, I will never have wholly even-toned skin so I would continue to use this product especially since it works for me in-between light treatments which I generally do once every 3 months.

DIVAlicious: Any overall thoughts on DermaChromatic you want to share?

Hillary: I loved the feel of it – it’s soothing when you apply and is very lightweight. I was impressed with its efficacy. I’ve tried other topical redness or dark spot correctors in the past and haven’t had much success with them, especially with regards to texture. Redness alone can be covered up by makeup but if the skin’s texture isn’t smooth then even makeup can’t help the unevenness.  This product really smoothed out the scaly patches I experience on my cheeks.

DermaChromatic is available now at dermatologist and other aesthetic MD offices. For more information, visit www.precisionmdskin.com or call 1-888-423-5349.  

Note: A complimentary sample of DermaChromatic was sent to Hillary for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased and the tester’s own.

Daily Diva: Sealed with A (Trench) Kiss

February 26, 2013

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As beauty girls, we talk about runway makeup being a lip look or an eye look, or even a cheek look. But more and more, season after season, it’s a complexion look. And it has to be flawless. And Burberry Prorsum nailed it for its Autumn/Winter 2013 show. The minimalist makeup spoke to how just a touch of golden glow can illuminate the entire face.

Naturally I was thrilled when Burberry shipped over the products for a lucky DIVAlicious reader makeover!

(Makeunder?!)

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Former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Madeline Kane, already a natural beauty, LOVED the “Trench Kisses” look that originated from the gold detailing throughout the Autumn/Winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection. It’s super simple to apply. Anyone (no really, ANYONE) can do it. And its next-to-naked effect is so lush and radiant that it’s you – only perfected.

See?

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Here are the quick and easy steps:

COMPLEXION

  • Use Sheer Concealer to highlight the center of the face and below the 
eyes. SHOW TIP: Rose-tone shades will combat any darkness or discoloration under the eye.
  • Mix Fresh Glow with Sheer Foundation for sheer, luminous coverage. Blend from the center of the face outwards for the most natural effect.
  • Add a touch of of Fresh Glow over the cheekbones, nose, 
forehead and chin for more of that healthy gold glow.
  • Lightly dust Sheer Powder to remove excess 
shine. SHOW TIP: Wait for face makeup to set before powdering and apply around the nose only to maintain the glow.
  • Contour cheekbones with Light Glow in Earthy Blush No.07.

EYES

  • Apply Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley No.22 to the eyelid and Gold Trench No.04 to the crease.
  • Brighten the inner corners of the eye with a touch of Lip Glow in Trench Kiss No.24.
  • Fill in the top lashline between lashes with Kajal Pencil in Poppy Black No.01 to create an intense lashline with soft definition.
  • Apply Kajal Pencil in Stone No.104 on the inner rim (waterline) to open and brighten eyes.
  • Apply Effortless Mascara in Midnight Black No.01 to curled top lashes. SHOW TIP: Focus on the root of the lashes for a deep dark lash line. Remove excess mascara with a clean mascara wand.
  • Naturally define brows.

LIPS

  • Highlight the cupid’s bow of the upper lip with Lip Glow in Trench Kiss No.24.
  • Apply Lip Mist in Trench Kiss No.216. SHOW TIP: Press lip color in with fingertips for a more natural finish.
  • Finish with a little Lip Glow in Trench Kiss No.24 to the center of the lips.

NOTE: Burberry’s Trench Kisses beauty collection will be available in September. In the meantime, just sweep on comparable shades in addition to shades from the core collection.

Madeline left my makeup studio with all the Burberry beauty booty in hand, inspired to try the look on her own and excited to incorporate the shades into her everyday routine.

Nothing I love more than when a reader or client is glowing, and it’s not just the makeup!!

Diva Dish: Burlesque in the Boudoir

February 21, 2013

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What better place for a little burlesque than the boudoir??

And what better placement than your bed?!

Exactly the thinking behind the recently launched Deco Dems line from Vice Merchants, the fine bedding brand serving up luxe products with rebellious attitude. All bedding is 100% Egyptian cotton, 400 thread count and fine Sateen fabric. Because as we all know with fine bedding, quality is the point of entry. And what makes bedding truly unique and standout is its point of difference… the Deco Dems print, availabe in Lilac and Grey, is unexpected, retro and a bit saucy — complete with fishnets, corsets, thigh-highs, pearls and pasties adorning its burlesque beauties.

Very 1930s Art Deco, thanks to super cool illustrator and artist Meegan Barnes.

Deco Dems bedding can be purchased separately as accent pieces (como se dice “killer gifts”!!) or as a full set that includes a fitted and flat sheet, two pillow cases, a duvet cover, two shams, a throw pillow cover, a pillow and a bed skirt.

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Oh — and if half-naked women aren’t your thing, how about fully-naked cowboys…

I’m obviously all for gender equality.

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PLEASE NOTE: One lucky reader will win a set of Deco Dems pillowcases via a twitter contest tomorrow. To enter, all you’ll have to do is RT!

Diva Dish: Power Serge

February 13, 2013

The name Serge Normant is synonymous with Hollywood glamour and high-fashion. From covers to catwalks, Serge has styled the manes of A-listers far and wide. So it only makes sense that his eponymous hair care line reeks of luxury.

I recently tested The Essentials collection and was most impressed with the Meta Silk Shampoo, Meta Velour Conditioner, Meta Lush Volumizer and Meta Luxe Hair Spray UV Protection.

The sulfate-free shampoo gently cleans hair without stripping it – perfect for my ombre tips. The conditioner, with coconut and jojoba oils, beautifully nourishes and protects hair. The volumizer, when spritzed on the roots of damp hair, gives major lift (especially when hair is blown upside down immediately following) without leaving any trace of product being applied. And the UV-shielding fine-mist hair spray secures hair without leaving it stiff plus can be reapplied over the course of the day.

Every single item has an incredibly pleasant but not over-powering scent.

No surprise, a fragrance is part of the Serge Normant brand offering as well!

Avah Eau de Parfum by Serge Normant was created to be an indulgence and has notes of ylang ylang and jasmine but also amber, soft woods and musks (basically made for an anti-floral anti-citrus girl like me!). The perfume also has jojoba plus aloe vera and vitamin E so it can be used anywhere. Naturally this includes the hair. Now I am a BIG believer in scented body sprays used on the hair when they are crafted with ingredients that do not damage or dry out hair. And I think, knowingly or not, every guy I’ve ever dated is a testament to its effect. This fragrance takes it to the next level. Yes, I’ve tested it!

PS – whether it’s with your guy or your girls, you don’t have to abandon the luxe life during your travels. Jet-setters can simply pick up The Essentials in travel size. Brilliant!

The Serge Normant hair care line is available for purchase on shopsergenormant.com and sephora.com.

Note: This post is not sponsored and all reviews and thoughts are unbiased and my own. Hair products were provided as samples.

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