Valentine’s Day Beauty

What is sexy? Confidence is sexy. No matter what is that makes you feel your most beautiful, stick to that and don’t alter it for anyone. Whether it be smoky eyes, pink lips, blue lips, black lace or velour onesies, go with it. Need some suggestions? Her are a few suggestions.

Flying Solo for Valentine’s Day? I want you to consider these suggestions as well. There is no love like self-love. Nurture and care for yourself habitually, just for you, because that is a good enough reason.

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Elevate the mood with Moon Juice Sex DustThis holistic blend of libido-enhancing ingredients, including Maca and Cacao, promises to warm you up and “send waves of blood to all the right places.”

Create touchable texture with Oribe Dry Texturizing SprayThis ‘cult classic’ creates a perfectly undone look, while adding volume to your roots, and leaving behind an incredible fragrance. For soft, tousled waves, curl hair with a wide barrel curling iron, at least 1 1/2 inches. Flip head upside down and mist hair from roots to ends.

Achieve your softest skin with the Captain Blankenship Rosemary & Lemongrass Body ScrubA personal favorite, this chocolate scented scrub effortlessly sloughs off dead skin, while leaving behind a veil of dewy moisture.

Get kissable lips with the Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip MaskTreat your dry, chapped pout by drenching your lips in moisture. Champagne contains a subtle rose-gold hue and has a deliciously fruity taste, that is sure to keep you lip-locked.

Keep the red off your lips and put it on your tips, with a red statement nail, like RGB Nail Polish in Too RedAccording to science, this rosy hue gains popularity within the male sex. So ladies, lets keep it ‘on’ ourselves by adding a pop to our digits.

A natural glowing complexion can be achieved, courtesy of RMS Living LuminizerEnhance your look by applying this brilliant highlighter to the brow bones, cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose. For little extra lighting, add it to your collarbone.

Create ambience by candlelight, with a fresh and floral fragrance, like the ‘limited edition’ Rosafolia candle by Diptyque. Fresh Ivy and Turkish rose combined with galbanum and  geranium, unite to create a fresh green fragrance with soft floral notes.

Spritz yourself with a sexy scent, like Honres des Pres Love CoconutThough not your typical tropical coconut fragrance, this one combines fresh coconut milk in a base of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with a base of white cedar and organic coconut essence. The invoking combination creates a warm and sultry bouquet.

Look better naked as you achieve flawless skin with PRTTY PeaushunThe ‘pretty potion’ contains a subtle amount of shimmer to conceal minor imperfections and create a slimmer silhouette. A combination of natural botanical extracts work to lift, firm, and tighten. It’s brilliant!

Get beautifully bronzed with the Tarte Brazilliance Self TannerThis self-tanner from Tarte applies like a breeze with an included application mitt. The best part? It smells of vanilla.

 I want to know, what makes you feel sexy?

Subtle Contouring with the Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette

Facial Contouring has gained epic popularity thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian and the social media platform, Instagram. When done correctly, contouring can give your face dimension, by strategically slimming certain areas of your face creating a shadow. In turn, brightening other areas of your face by adding a highlight. Depending on your face shape, application methods can vary, so do consider this when applying your contour and highlight.

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Laura Mercier has recently released their Flawless Contouring Palette, exclusive to Sephora. The palette features three cream contour shades and two cream highlights, suitable for a wide range of complexions. Included is the palette, is a step-by-step visual guide to show proper placement of product.

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The Flawless Contouring Palette brilliantly creates a discreet contour and highlight effect, with an exquisite creamy formula. These silky creams blend to perfection and build with ease, taking contouring to a foolproof level. This selection of creamy shades allow for the most natural effect, by flawlessly blending into the skin.

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Contour #1 is a perfect taupe shade for my skin tone, along with highlight #1. The first highlight shade is a bit on the yellow side and might not be the best option for paler complexions. The highlights both offer a soft shimmer, that flatters and doesn’t sparkle. I also find myself reaching for the second highlight shade and applying it as an eyeshadow.

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In my contour application, I applied contour shade #1 to the hollows of my cheeks, sides of my nose and the tip (to shorten and slim). To the top of forehead and sides, and to the under part of my jaw line (to make it more pronounced). I applied highlight shade #1 to cheekbones and down the length of my nose, coming up short of the contour. For the most precise application of the contour, I like to use a small domed shadow brush that isn’t too soft, like this one. For blending, I used the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush from the Bold Metals Collection.

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 The finished look after blush is applied.

The Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette brilliantly highlights and contours with an exquisite creamy formula. This palette is perfect for both contouring pro’s and newbies alike.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette $50

available at Sephora.com

ILIA Cosmic Dancer ‘Limited Edition’ Iluminator

ILIA’s new ‘limited edition’ highlighter in Cosmic Dancer will deliver an enviable glow to your complexion this holiday season. 

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Cosmic Dancer is a warmed up version of ILIA’s best-selling Illuminator Polka Dots and Moonbeams. This golden-hued highlighter delivers the most believable glow as it nurtures and conditions the skin. It contains all natural and organic ingredients, including Rose Hip Oil, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to keep skin healthy and happy.

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Cosmic Dancer perfectly illuminates the high points of one’s face. Apply is to cheekbones, brow bones, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose and the inner corners of the eye’s. Cosmic Dancer is not well suited for paler complexions.

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I suggest to hurry and pick up Commic Dancer before its gone. It is also available to purchase in a duo along with the complementing golden gloss in White Rabbit.

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ILIA Cosmic Daner $34

I got mine at beautyhabit.com

Highlight, Contour, and Add Color with One Perfect Product. Edward Bess Quad Royale Summer in Capri 03 – swatches & review

The Quad Royale from Edward Bess is a “palette of four coordinated shades to sculp and highlight the face.” The four luminous shades can be used individually or swirled together for all-over color. Summer in Capri is one of the three variations of the Quad Royale palette and is described as a beige-pink. Also available is Monte Carlo 02, a golden coral (reviewed by mybeautysample.com) and South of France 01, a shimmery sand and the lightest of the three (reviewed by indigo-kir-royale.com)

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The Quad Royale is a lengthy 4 1/2 inches to accommodate the included brush. I do like the shape of the brush but it is rather rough and does impart heavy pigment, so be light. I would personally rather tote along a separate brush for touch-ups.

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The formula is exquisite and blends into the skin beautifully. The powder is incredibly soft and imparts strong pigment. The micro-shimmering particles leave behind a believable luminous glow. I do suggest using a soft brush and a light hand to slowly build up color to your desired intensity. A small soft contour brush is best for applying the colors individually.

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Summer in Capri is a collection of peach, mauve, tan, taupe, and pale pink tones. Most often, I first apply the two deepest shade on to the contours of my cheeks and temples. I then apply all four shades swirled together onto my cheeks.

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The swatches in both lights are true to their nature as they appear on my monitor. The photo with flash helps to show the gorgeous sheen that this powder possesses although not as well as it does in person. I am personally smitten with the formula and finish. In the image below please note that I have over-applied the blush to help show the color.

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Edward Bess Quad Royale in Summer in Capri $45

available at sephora, edwardbessneimanmarcus 

Get the look – Bronzed

What I used:

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation SPF 20 in Rio Samba – applied to skin with a Real Techniques stippling brush
  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in medium –  applied using a Real Techniques deluxe crease brush to under eye area, I find it best to use this brush when applying this unique concealer (review to come)
  • Nars Multiple in Laguna – as base on eyelids and brought underneath eyes with a flat eyeshadow brush
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Powder in 930 Bronze/Brown – with a clean flat eyes shadow brush I pressed this loose pigment onto my lids and brought it under my eye, I then took a blending brush and blended the shadow well in my crease
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette colors Half Baked and Darkhorse – using a blending brush I took Darkhorse and applied it to the outer edge of my crease and upper eyelid making a V shape and took it to the outer edge of my lower lash line. With the flat brush I pressed some Half Baked onto the center of eyelid and onto the center of lower lash line blending outwards into the darker color.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner in Mat Black – applied to upper lash line bringing it slightly outwards past me eye
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes in Black – applied to upper and lower lashes
  • Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in Flutter – outer corner lashes
  • Fresh Bronzing Face Luster in Marbella Gold – (item discontinued – im sorry to say, I snagged up a couple before I couldn’t get any) (recommendation – Too Face Soleil Matte Milk Chocolate Bronzer) I contoured my face using bronzer under my cheekbones, onto my temples and under jawline
  • Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in iced gold – using my finger I applied this highlighter to brow bone, cheek bones, and inner corner of eyes
  • Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder – applied very lightly to my t-zone and under eyes to set make up
  • Nars Lipstick in Belle de Jour

What do you think?