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Metallic eyes, bold lips and full brows are slated to be the “new” Fall 2014 beauty trends. Since layering clothing in Hawaii means throwing on a hoodie or light jacket over your tank top – I’ll actually be lightening up the eyes with just a nude eye base to even out tone (like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base $27, bobbibrowncosmetics.com), defining the brow and wearing lots of Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara ($26, sephora.com).
I love the look of dark, velvet lips (M•A•C Nightmoth Lip Pencil ($16, maccosmetics.com) and NYC Ultra Moist Lipwear in Mahogany ($.99, newyorkcolor.com) but it isn’t a practical look for someone who doesn’t like to reapply during the day. I prefer to blend a touch of Givenchy Magic Lipstick 62 Noir Revelateur ($32, sephora.com) which is the prettiest sheer berry. I originally reviewed this back in 2012 when it first launched as Liv’s (as in Tyler) Lips – and I’m so happy its become a Givenchy staple. It stars as a smokey black balm and transforms into a transparent berry tone when applied. The glossy texture also adds to the feeling of lightness.
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TOO FACED HANGOVER PRIMER ($32 1.35 oz. | $$) toofaced.com
THE BRAND SAYS: When long days of work and late nights of play give you a beauty hangover, this is your instant cure. Hangover is a revolutionary makeup primer infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer and more flawless wear.
We harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish or under bronzers, foundations and powders to create the perfect canvas. (toofaced.com)
MONSTER SAYS: Where was this when I had newborn babies?? I’m not a huge fan of primers in general, but I love the silicone-free, lightweight, good-smelling beauty that is Too Faced Hangover. I use it on top of a treatment serum (it’s so humid right now a moisturizer has been deemed unnecessary) and under a BB cream/mineral foundation combo. Skin feels comfortable, doesn’t aggravate the lovely adult acne I’ve been experiencing and makeup stays fresh till its time to call it a day. It also works nicely under concealer for dark circles.
MONSTER ❤ PALETTES!! Interesting eye shadow palettes seem to be the Fall 2014 staple – with most lines (even unlikely one’s like Becca) offering versatile and pigmented collections.
SMASHBOX MASTER CLASS PALETTE III COLOR & CONTOUR ($65, sephora.com). A limited-edition set of two palettes: 32 neutral eyeshadows and contouring powders to sculpt a look that works with all skin tones. STILA EYES ARE THE WINDOW SHADOW PALETTE IN BODY ($49, sephora.com). A luxurious palette with 12 eye shadows, curated to illuminate the wearer’s inner beauty. BECCA OMBRE NUDES EYE PALETTE ($40, sephora.com). A smart collection of matte, pigment rich nudes that can be used wet or dry for various effects.
BOBBI BROWN SMOKEY NUDES EYE PALETTE ($65, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). The star of Bobbi’s Smokey Nudes Collection, this versatile eye shadow palette creates smokey eye looks that work for both day and night — simply layer the shadows until you get the intensity you want. Features eight mix-and match shades in soft matte, sparkle and metallic finishes for looks that are subtle, yet sexy in all the right ways. THE SIMPSONS FOR M•A•C “MARGE’S EXTRA INGREDIENTS” EYE SHADOW QUAD ($44, nordstrom.com). Bold hues define a gorgeous eyeshadow palette filled with highly pigmented formulas that apply evenly, blend beautifully and build flawlessly. GIORGIO ARMANI FALL 2014 ‘FADE TO GREY’ EYE SHADOW PALETTE ($88, nordstrom.com). Reflecting the Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2014 fashion show, Fade to Grey is inspired by light and shadow. With subtle colors and mineral tones, this collection creates a transparent and lightness effect.
#JENN20: For the last 6 months, I’ve been living with an extra 10 pounds. Mind you, I’m not a bone skinny girl. I love Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Mexican food – not a recipe for rock hard abs. At 41 (with 2 kids) & 5’2″ – I wear a size 6/8 and weigh in at 140. According to a BMI chart, I’m slightly overweight. While I know on many levels that this is something I should change, I’ve come to a point in my life where being thin/fit isn’t a big motivator. Being healthy and feeling good is.
So, for the next few months I’ll be tracking my progress (ups AND downs) here and on Facebook [HERE]. The goal – to lose around 20 pounds. The method will include moderate exercise and modified “diet”. No fads or cleanses. No trainers or #abselfies. I’ll be living like a REAL person with a family, very little free time and a wicked Peanut M&M addiction.
Here’s a commercial for the Oscar Mayer P3 Protein Packs. I’m not endorsing or promoting them in any way – but its really funny. #jenn20
As the mother of a 5 year old – the movie “Frozen” is a daily staple. My husband randomly decided to buy the soundtrack at Starbucks (of all places) and its been the music of choice to and from school, the mall, soccer practice and everywhere in between. I suppose I could say that it’s over played and annoying like a lot of haters out there, but the truth is I LOVE IT. Aside from the theatrical and obviously Disney feel – singing “Let it Go” at the top of my lungs on a bad day is enough to chase away a winter storm. In all honesty, I do a strangely authentic rendition of “In Summer” in the style of Olaf. Even my 12 year old, who is reluctant to admit the joys belting out “For the First Time in Forever” can regularly be heard arguing with her little sister “I’m Elsa and you’re Anna!”.
←KBShimmer Snow Much Fun glitter nail polish ($8.75, kbshimmer.com).
Give it a try. When nobody is looking, pretend you’re on the top of a faraway Disney rendered mountain with the world at your feet. Nothing’s holding you back anymore. Sing.
Do you wanna build a snowman?? Oh yes. I do.