Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Silky Smooth Skin: The Best Razor You'll Ever Try

I am the type of girl who gets the disposable razors. Since I have so many different products to keep my skin smooth and silky, I usually skimp out on getting a nice razor. Why? They can get to be expensive and I used to think that the fancy razors weren't all that great. I know, I'm cheap when it comes to razors. I'll spend $60 on foundation, but not even $6 on a razor.

That was until I tried out the Schick Hydro Silk razor. This razor was sent to me for free to review and it is unbelievable.  

When I started using this razor, I didn't feel like I was shaving. I know that sounds strange, but the razor moved so gently over my skin. It must have been the moisturizing serum. Above and underneath the blades there is water-activated moisturizing serum that feels amazingly silky. The texture sort of reminds me of massage oil; sort of thick, but still very smooth. On most razors, I feel like you only get one moisturizing strip that doesn't even feel like it does anything. Of course, I would never skip moisturizing, but this razor won't make me feel bad if I do. Oh, and you probably could skip on the shaving cream too. Yeah, it's that good. 

The Schick Hydro Silk has 5 blades! I don't even think men's razor's come with 5 blades yet. This means the shave is incredibly close. Why is a close shave important? Well, you obviously don't want any stubble, but a closer shave means your skin will be smoother for longer. What girl doesn't love that?  

This is clearly the best razor I have ever tried. Bye-bye disposables

My BA Beauties: Be My Valentine?

In the celebration of Valentine's Day, or being single, I decided it was the perfect time to show off one of my BA Beauties! 

Frenchie has very small features, so I didn't want to do anything too dramatic on her face. I wanted to use romantic colors like pink, lilac and heather grey. I was inspired by the new collection by Dior, Cherie Bow. I focused on giving her softer eyes and bright pink lips. 

Stila Stay All Day Foundation in Medium 
Benefit Erase Paste in Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Flamingo
the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Dior 5 Couleur Palette in Stylish Move
Upper right corner (light pink) on lid. 
Upper left corner (lilac grey) blended in crease.
Center (shimmering white) in inner corner.
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Rockstar 
Smudged and blended upward.
Physician's Formula Gel Liner in Black
Pressed thinly against lash line (adds definition).
Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara in Very Black

Revlon Colorstay Brow Enhancer in Blackened Brown

Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Temptress
MAC Nicki Minaj Lipglass 


I try to do one romantic thing everyday :: Bradley Cooper

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Brow To: A Simple Brow Guide

Bold brows have been popular for a while now, but not everyone can pull off thick brows. Luckily, you can still look fierce even if your eyebrows don't exactly resemble Camilla Belle. Here is a guide on how to work your natural shape. 

There are two things that you need to take in to consideration about your eyebrows before you go heavy-handed with the tweezers or fill them in. 

First: Eyebrow Shape

You need to figure out where your brows start, end and arch. This has to do with your eye and face shape. These points will help you maintain the natural placement of where your brow should be. 


Your eyebrow should begin in line with your nose. If you take a straight object, like an eyeliner brush or pencil, and line it up against your nose--that is where your eyebrow should begin. Then, when you pivot the straight object, so it lines up with the outer corner of your eye--that is where your brow should end. Lastly, your arch (however high or low), should be straight above the outer edge of your iris. 

Second: Fill Them In

Most people are hesitant to fill in their brows, but once you figure out how to do it, you'll realize your brows are one of your most important features. How you fill in your brows depends on your face and brow shape, your personal style and even how you part your hair. You can fill them in really lightly just to add definition, or you can go bold! 

Avery has small, feminine features, so a smaller arch works for her. Her natural brow shape is mostly straight, with a slight arch. Her eyebrows have a good thickness, but they were a little sparse. When I filled in her eyebrows using Dior's Powder Brow Pencil in Blond, I used light strokes to fill in the gaps, without making her brows darker or changing their shape. I didn't use a gel or wax to keep her brows in place because I was inspired by Blake Lively, who rocks scruffier eyebrows as opposed to really bold brows. The trick to filling in brows like Avery's is to use a powder or powder pencil. It's also important to blend with a spoolie (or a clean mascara wand) to keep it natural. 

Ali has very arched brows. Arched brows are generally sexier and give you a cat-eyed look. Her brows were a good length and arched in proportion to her eyes. They are a little thinner, but this works for Ali. I didn't want to add any thickness, so when I used Dior Powder Brow Pencil in Sand, I just focused on darkening and following the natural shape of her brows. This shape is a little more intense and sharp, so it's not something that everyone can pull off. This eyebrow shape reminds me of Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie. 

Since bold brows are a continuing trend from last year, we can all go ahead and envy Ellie. Her eyebrows are beautiful and naturally very thick. For the most part, her brows are pretty straight. They didn't come out far enough, so all I had to do is fill in the ends using Revlon's ColorStay Brow Enhancer in Blackened Brown. I darkened the beginning of the brow as well. Thick, straight brows remind me of Audrey Hepburn. Hint: If you have brows like Ellie, you can usually pull off a middle part better than most. Thick, straight brows and a middle part give you a very young and innocent look. 

I never leave the house without my brows. I treat them like a fashion accessory :: Michelle Phan