Summer Makeup 101

I have had tons of people asking me via this blog, facebook, twitter etc for some makeup tutorials. So we decided that we would film some when we were on real shoots, so you could see the makeup happening and see a little bit of the behind the scenes action too.
Keeping it real.

The day we shot this segment was pretty wild! We did it at Studio5 (my home away from home). It was 115 degrees out, which is somewhat miserable, and about 20 minutes after we all arrived the power grid went down in that part of Scottsdale for almost 2 hours! Consequently our climate controlled studio turned into an oven! It never was able to quite cool down again that day. So as you watch this video, know that we all had sweat rolling down our backs, our gorgeous hairdos got wild with the humidity, and we ended up having to shoot way deep into the night…

The edits couldn’t be completed on time, so you are seeing a semi rough cut. We actually had so much information in there that we ended up splitting it into 6 segments.

The first tutorial I wanted to give you was on summer makeup. Here we are, smack bang in the middle of summer, so there’s no time like the present!
I was able to include segments that show you how to use some of the JulieHewett products that I’ve written about too, so that you can really take advantage of the summer discount that the company has extended to my readers. (and because thats what I’ve actually been using…)

Summer makeup needs to be soft and fresh and a little shimmery. You definitely don’t want to be overwhelming the face with heavy makeup.

This is a picture from the photoshoot itself, shot by the amazing Kelly Cappelli
Our model, Mallory, was a doll, so inspite of the heat we all had a blast!

Last look at the Zoe eyes and cheeks.

Don’t forget to go to Julie Hewett’s website click here and at the checkout enter the code SUM20.
You will get 20% off anything and everything you order. You can order as much or as little as you want. Make sure you read her bio too – its fabulous!

Have a beautiful day!


Here Comes The Weekend…

So one of my absolute favorite blogs is the Racing Fashionistas. These girls have it down! They are all about fashion, fun and racing – three of my most favorite things in life. They mostly seem to write about Nascar, which I know very little about, but am learning all kinds of fun info from their blog.
If I lived in the same town as these three, I would want to be their BFF – they are just so cool!
Anyway, on Fridays they do a Happy Hour post, and each week they feature a different drink. Its pretty cool to see what they come up with each week.

I am not much of a drinker, even though I am a Kiwi. However, here and there I do stumble upon aperatifs that look fab, or maybe I’ve been out and imbibed something that is fab, so from time to time I will shamelessly rip off the Fashionistas and give you a new cocktail to make or to order. And it will probably end up being in a Friday post too.

This weekend in Phoenix we have ridiculously searing heat that just defies all belief, so I will be cooling off and enjoying the final outing of the Western Swing (via ESPN), with a big, cold Lavender Lemonade in my hand.

So here’s the recipe:

Lavender Lemonade

You will need:

1 cup sugar (divided)
4 tsp dried lavender (divided)
2 lemon wedges
12 oz vodka (I use Grey Goose)
3 oz lemon juice

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2 tsp lavender in a small saucepan. Boil til sugar is dissolved (only a couple of minutes). Cool down and strain syrup, removing the lavender.

Grind remaining sugar and lavender in a spice grinder until fine. Moisten the rims of your glasses with the lemon wedges and coat lightly with the mixture (like salting a margarita glass).
Fill a pitcher 2/3 with ice. Pour in vodka, cooled sugar syrup, and lemon juice.
Stir to mix, strain and pour.

Then kick back and see who wins funnycar, with a nice cold Lavender Lemonade in hand…



Oh and by the way, thanks for all the comments on the Sonoma*A*Go Go blog! It is so much fun reading about who you want to win. Some of you are just plain hilarious!!!
The race isn’t over til Sunday, so keep ’em coming!

Shu Racing!

Actually, this post has nothing what so ever to do with racing, but a whole lot to do with lashes and cleansing oils.

This morning after doing a segment on breakfast TV, I mosied on down to Saks 5th Avenue where I had one of my hyperventilative whirls through Shu Uemura to pick up more cleansing oil and check out the lash bar. A couple of treasures that you need full knowledge of!

Firstly, Shu itself. This is a truly delicious line of makeup designed by one of old(ish) Hollywood’s most celebrated Makeup Artists. It’s one of those lines that has spectacular makeup & divine skin care (the two don’t often get together within one line). Add the most sensational lashes to the mix and I become hopelessly, devotedly addicted.


So first up, lets talk about the cleansers. I love these passionately! Shu has a line of cleansing oils that will make you a convert as soon as you try them. The line is quite extensive and has different oils for all the different skin types. I know some of you are squirming at the concept of using oil on your face, and some of you may even have had not quite fabulous experiences with other brands, but trust me here!
You just massage a small amount of the oil into your dry skin, or fully made up face, then emulsify it with a little lukewarm water. It dissolves all makeup, even waterproof. It cleanses your skin so beautifully, and then leaves it soft and supple.

There is an oily skin formulation (oil lifts away oil), there’s a skin brightening one, I use either the balancing or the purifying. The green purifying oil is anti aging, has antioxidants, cleanses, protects, and is the #1 selling oil cleanser in the world.

You can get the cleansing oils at the Shu Uemura Boutiques, at Saks 5th Avenue and at Sephora. (check website for other locations)

Next up, the Lash Bar.
The boutiques and Saks (probably some Niemans and other places too) also have a wall of the world’s most fabulicious lashes, made by Shu.
There are simple lashes of all shapes and sizes, as well as the more extravagant lashes.
The basic lashes tend to run around $25 per set.

The combination of great quality and sensational design make Shu lashes sought after world wide.
They even designed special jewelled lashes for Madonna to use in her videos and on her tours. You can actually purchase almost the same lashes that Miss M uses, but with crystals and rhinestones instead of actual jewels, so they are a tad more cost effective.

And you have to figure on some level, if they are good enough for her, they can be just fab for us too!!!

I buy a lot of my more extreme lashes from Shu Uemura also. In fact, I have bags of them! (it’s kinda like the shoe thing…) The big feather lashes etc I use on fashion shoots, not for a night on the town or a day at the races. But that’s just me getting all conservative on you. If I saw you out at dinner in a pair of big fluffy orange Shu lashes, I would respect you. Immensely!

The lashes below were designed for Shu by Viktor and Rolf, and when I checked were $95 per pair. I don’t own them. Yet. But I so covet the bottom pair!

One of the things that sets the lash bar apart from other lash bars, is that they have samples of almost all of their lashes inside glass cubes that you can hold up to your eye and look in the mirror to see how they really will look on you.
I can play there for hours, but it invariably costs me…

So today was all about the cleansing oil, and I didn’t add to the ever growing lash collection.

I do recommend trying the cleansing oils. I have never had anyone who has tried them not totally love them.

And love makes the world go round…