Single Girl’s Survival Guide

A couple of my girlfriends have recently gone through completely devastating break ups.
You know, the kind where you can barely get out of bed in the morning, you just don’t know how you’ll ever live through it, the ones that leave your soul bleeding.
You know how bad that feels.
And if you don’t, then you either haven’t lived enough yet, or haven’t ever loved hard enough.

Anyhoo, I also have a bunch of girlfriends who are single. (some of the most ‘single’ girls I know are married, but that’s another story), and the common thread seems to be a dread of facing Valentines Day alone.
As such I decided to create the Single Girl’s Survival Guide To Valentines Day.
Its a simple day by day plan to get you through this week.

DAY ONE:

One of the best distractions is to change up your look. Do something you’ve always wanted to, but never tried. Go against the grain and try a look you never did before, because his lordship didn’t like it.
Live a little.
Here are some ideas for you:

1.) Change your brows
A simple change in your eyebrows is the easiest way to completely revitalize your look.
Find a brow specialist in your town, and if nothing else have a consultation. A brow expert will reshape and re-groom your brows to optimize the shape not only of your eyes, but your entire face.
Sometimes even just tinting your brows to their perfect shade is all you need to make your eyes look wide awake and vital.

2.) Try Injectables

This one comes with a caution.
Some of the most spectacular faces I ever work with have been artistically enhanced with a needle here and another there… Anything from knocking out a few wrinkles, to filling in marionette lines, the change injectables can bring to a face are nothing short of amazing. The caution comes in your choice of administrator – really, really do your research, and find a doctor who’s work is spectacular, and who will leave movement and expression in your face. (you don’t want to be walking around for the next 3 months with a perpetually freaked out look on your face!) And don’t go doing anything too drastic…
The one that I would absolutely love to try (but am far too scared to) is under eye filler. When performed by an absolute genius this is quite possibly the most drastically fabulous thing you can do. Most doctors won’t go near it though, which to me, is warning enough.

Celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo, looking gorgeous!

3.) Change Your Hair
 Not a drastic change though. Do something subtle. A softly side swept fringe is totally alluring. Add some highlights and low lights to create new dimension to an already fabulous cut, or maybe splurge on a truly fabulous cut from a bona fide hair savant.
Depression somehow isn’t quite so depressing when you look great (and know it)

4.)Try A New Foundation
There are some truly gorgeous new formulations on the market, designed to make your skin look luminous and radiant. When your foundation is fabulous, the rest of your makeup follows suit, whereas you can do the absolute most sensational eyes ever, but if your base looks icky, your whole look suffers.
If there is a Sephora near where you live, go have them find a good foundation fit for you, have them put it on you and walk around in it all day before you buy it. You don’t need any more remorse in your life right now, especially not buyer’s remorse…

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5.) Try Something Bold

Try out one of the new season’s bold lip colors.
My absolute favorites at the moment are MAC Something New and Cover Girl Spellbound. Both are hot, vibrant, exciting fuchsia. They instantly make you look a live and
vibrant, make your teeth look white, and are so totally pretty.

Just make sure that whatever you, you do it for all the right reasons. Do it 100% for you, and you alone

Girlfriends Guide To Glitter Eyeshadow

With New Years eve almost upon us, and an absolute slew of glitter eyeshadows being hawked to an unsuspecting public, someone’s gotta be on your side and guide you through the potential hot mess of how to pull this number off. So it might as well be me.

Not quite feeling the look on Liz Hurley, but it works on Kim Kardashian

First up you need to know that when this look goes wrong, it goes wildly, madly, horribly wrong. And you’ve still got the rest of the night ahead of you, looking like a lunatic.

Secondly you need to know that especially if you’re doing a variation on black, the hawtness that looks back at you in the mirror at the beginning of the night can wind up looking like a drugged out homicidal maniac by mid evening. So proceed with caution…

1. Choosing your glitter

Katie Perry in glitter eye makeup

Don’t buy glitter from an arts supplies store. The particles are too big, can scratch your eyes and totally irritate your skin. Instead by glitter from a makeup line.
Look for glitter that has tiny (read tiny) particles. I actually prefer to use Makeup Forever Star Powders and Diamond Powders, or MAC pigments powders instead of glitter. You’ll get that super high shimmer without being to “glittery”

Natalie Portman looking perfect.

2. Only Glitter one feature.
If you’re wearing glitter on your eyes, don’t put it anywhere else. Keep cheeks and lips glitter free. Putting glitter and shimmer on too many areas will leave you looking like a caricature of yourself.
Similarly if you’re doing a glitter thing, avoid having too much sparkly bling on. You’ll come in handy in a black out or a storm, but otherwise its just way too overwhelming. In an unpleasant way.

3.Build Your Base
A glittered up eye has to be balanced with a full foundation. Your summery, see through foundation wont be enough to carry off this look – it will leave you looking washed out and ill. Color correct your under eye area, and work your foundation to a smooth, luminous finish, completely evening out your skin tone.

4. Soft Cheeks And Lips
When doing a big look on your eyes, keep cheeks and lips scaled back, soft and luscious. I love cream blushes, especially when infusing subtle warmth into the cheeks. Pairing big cheek and lip color with big eye makeup can leave you looking like a clown.


5. Slow and Steady Wins The Race

Banshee Eye & Lip Safe Glitter. Note the tiny particles.

This is not a high speed, out the door in 5 kind of look, so take your time and apply correctly.
Make sure your foundation has set on the eyelid, powder a little to ensure a dry base.
*Start with a good liner such as Makeup Forever Aqualiner pencil or Makeup Forever Aquablack, smudging through the lashline, and blending up onto the lid with a synthetic brush.
*Follow with a flat black shadow, pressing the color in, rather than sweeping it across the lid. This will help build depth to your color, and staying power.
*Next press a shimmery black shadow, such as MAC Black Tied onto the lid. This will start your shimmer, and give it some good body.
*Now place your glitter very carefully on top of your eyeshadow. You want to avoid having it drop all over your face. Conversely use a Makeup Forever Star Powder. Choose a gold tone, or for a change go for an aubergine or purple tone. If you are very pale, a silver can look good, but for most people a warmer color is better.

6. Lashes and More Lashes!

Finish the look with multiple coats of a super lash building mascara like DiorShow Blackout. I put black liner in the upper inner rim of the lid to give an even deeper look. Smudge the liner under your eyes, and finish the look with a full strip of false lashes.
I particularly love these MAC lashes, but they have tons of fabulous, big, wear-it-like-you-mean-it lashes to choose from.

7. If You’ve Got It – Flaunt It!
If you’re going to go the distance with a glittery (or preferably super shimmery) look, then wear it like you mean it! Don’t let the look wear you. Bring out all the personality you’ve got, and strut your stuff!

Pink owns it!

5 New Years Beauty Resolutions

Are you the girl who makes New Years resolutions? Most of us in the waning hours of the current year resolve to do things such as lose weight, exercise more, or give up a vice or two. However we do tend to be back at square one 365 days later, resolving to do the exact same things we didn’t quite get around to the previous year.

So in an effort to end the revolving resolving roundabout, I’ve come up with a list of 5 New Years Beauty Resolutions for you! 5 Lovely New Year Steps To Fabulous.

1. Facials.
Make getting a regular facial part of your routine. Whether its every month, every other month or even every 3 months, treat yourself to a facial. Not only do you deserve the pampering, but seeing a facialist on a regular basis will help you to stay on top of the changes in your skin, and which products you should or shouldn’t be using.

Not in your budget? No problem! Check out the aesthetics schools in your area. Most offer drastically reduced prices on services as their students have to build their clinic hours before graduating.

2. Skin Care.

Make the commitment to sorting through your skin care products, eliminating products that don’t work or have passed their best by date, make lists of the products you need to add into your daily and weekly regimens, and commit to both getting, and using them!

3. Makeup.
Make the resolution to inventory your makeup.

Sort through the products you have, clean them, organize them, clean your makeup drawer, and clean your brushes.
Try something new – add a colored mascara, a new formulation of foundation or a bright new lipstick to your makeup arsenal.

Katie Holmes’ look came alive when she cut her hair

4. Hair.
Change up your hairstyle. Maybe you’re due for a big change, or maybe your current hairstyle just needs a little tweeking.

Getting highlights or side swept bangs, or maybe just modifying your color a little, a change in hairdo can lighten, brighten and revive your look. And there’s no time like a brand new year to make the change!

Try Chanel Pulsion for a fun, vibrant change

5. Nails
After years of french manicures its time to explore color again! Try something bold and fun and new. If you wear it around for a few days and don’t feel the magic try something more subdued. The main thing is that you at least try!

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