Mad Men + the makeup staples of the era in my collection=
a recipe for oh la la

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Inspired by the Award Winning AMC Drama series Mad Men, this beautiful limited edition consists in elegant, vintage designs from the legendary Estée Lauder 60’s collections. The Ad Campaign’s face is Estee Lauder’s girl Constance Jablonski.

This lipstick is a must-have classic makeup item that captures the iconic cherry-red lips of the Mad Men era and it lavishes lips with a cream satin finish and a smooth and rich lipcolor.

This limited edition blush is creamy, light, easy to blend and it gives a dewy, smooth, natural finish, capturing the iconic rosy cheeks of the era.

GET THE COMPLETE LOOK!

FACE

  1. Creme Rouge in Evening Rose: With 1-2 fingertips, smooth under cheekbones.
  2. Pure Color Blush in Lover Blush: Over Creme Rouge, sweep powder blush from the middle of ear towards tip of nose.
  3. Pure Color Blush in Wild Sunset: Apply on the apples of cheeks.

EYES

  1. Pure Color EyeShadow in Sepia Sand

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Beyond stunning. She’s a work of art.

the salt of your skin

I want to evolve as an artist. There’s so much music I don’t know about yet. I want to go on the road with my friends who are artists. I want to go and see things as a fan again. I am a fan, but I can’t remember what it feels like to be a fan anymore. Because I’ve become an artist. I’ve become the artist.

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Beauty Blogger Tips from Social Media Week Miami

I love social media! When I heard Social Media Week was going to take over Miami I signed up for just about every panel discussion I could make time for. Of course, the ONE panel I truly planned for was the Fashion & Beauty Bloggers (FABB) Roundtable. Guess what? I never made it 😦 I was stuck in traffic for an hour and thirty minutes, so… I never made it. BUT, technology is so convenient these days and I was able to live stream the whole thing from my iPhone and chicken scratched notes while driving- bad, I know. So let’s put those notes to good use…

  • It takes a lot of cultivating before you make money from your blog and before those calls come in from companies wanting to invite you places and/or send you things.
  • Don’t view other bloggers as competition- help each other and get inspired from each other
  • Got a call to get some great freebies or cash for your review? Don’t devalue your blog by accepting any proposal. Think of your readers and the goal of your blog.
  • Always look your best!
  • Bloggers have the power to sell; we are a valuable tool to companies. Position your blog in a way that is credible.
  • Where do you start? Start slow- don’t give into the hype of
    Twitter + Pinterest + Facebook + Instagram
    Do what you know how to do and do it well before mastering other platforms.
  • Give credit where credit is do, especially when ‘borrowing’ pictures.
  •  Find your voice instead of copying someone else. If you have something to say, say it.

Ladies on the panel were local Miami bloggers with great success. Follow them on Twitter:

@mari7305
@LizmarysDuthil http://www.MissMeanShoe.com
@itsmeerikat  http://erikathomas.com
@anniecvazquez http://www.thefashionpoet.com
@VivaFashion http://www.vivafashionblog.com
@KellySaks http://kellysaks.com

No Strings Attached Fashion Show

I was invited to attend the No Strings Attached Fashion Show at Set Nightclub. The show previewed the Spring 2012 swimwear collection from No Strings Attached Swimwear by designer and CEO Stephanie Rotuna. So what’s in for this next season? besides a fit bod, it was all about lace, metallics, and the femininity of sparkle and shine embellishing the trims of just about every piece.

About the swimwear- “Each piece is produced in-house at the No Strings Attached atelier in the sunny and vibrant city of Miami, Florida. The No Strings Attached collection brings an innovative and fashion forward mix to our design aesthetic. Each suit is brazenly embellished with luxurious detail, from exquisite jewelry accents to Swarovski crystal detailing, all playing gracefully on a bed of the finest quality, imported materials.”

Can’t forget shoes either, If you’re looking to really make a statement with your two-piece look to MIA Shoes. The ladies wore sexy pumps and wedges from the MIA Shoes collection down the catwalk. The show was fantastic, leading into the late Miami night with the pumped up sounds of DJ N’Dy.
My wonderland, of course, was the backstage action of hair and makeup. Models, shoes, makeup, camera’s flashing…I loved it!

Photo courtesy of No Strings Attached Swimwear

I met the lovely, and beyond sweet Alejandra Espinoza (season 1 winner of Univision’s Nuestra Belleza Latina). She taught me a few signature camera poses to keep me looking fabulous in every shot but, oops, I didn’t take any during the mini tutoring session.

Photo courtesy of Pantene North America

All the models had their sexy-sultry hair and makeup done by Pantene Celebrity Stylist Carlos Vera and his team.

Carlos Vera and Alejandra Espinoza. Photo courtesy of Pantene North America
Beautiful use of color for a smokey eye. Photo courtesy of Pantene North America

I was not alone on this beauty blogger adventure…got the chance to meet the ladies behind LasGringasBlog.com– La Rubia y La roja. Hola chicas!!

If you’ve never been to Miami and are thinking about visiting, you must read their blog for the how-to on everything from music, language, culture and food.

Also, take a look at Tu Pantene (your Pantene), Pantene’s efforts at latinas embracing their natural tresses.

Here are some more pictures from the night’s event.

>> No Strings Attached Fashion Show

>> Pantene styles No Strings Attached Show

OH! And look at these awesome freebies I snagged 🙂

Had to wear them the next day!

Inside My Makeup Heart

If the world was ending but there was a slight chance at survival and you could only take 10 makeup products with you, what would they be?

These are my go-to products over and over again; the base to any look I create…my safe blanket.

What are your “can’t live without it” products?

What’s Your Skin Eating- Skincare Infographic

Proper skincare is more than ‘very’ important to me, it’s an essential to my daily life. I figure, my face is the first thing most people see so it should always be at its best (with or without makeup).

Instead of a long article on some skin basics, I found these great visuals off of Visual.ly to give you a more colorful overview.

So tell me, how do you go about skincare?

Click on the images if you want to get a closer look.

 

Where’s the Beef?…Manicure Nightmare!

I am a “D.I.Y” kind of girl…I straighten and curl my own hair, give myself salon-worthy mani/pedi’s, and have practiced my way into nicely groomed/shaped eyebrows.

The D.I.Y practice saves me a ton of money!

Though, from time to time (like twice a year) I enjoy a little pampering and R&R so I seek out a simple service like a manicure and pedicure.

Seldom have I had an acceptable experience with the actual nail service; my most recent nail service tops them all! I left work looking forward to some ‘me’ time and was in desperate need of some nail lovin’. I thought of a couple familiar salons around my home area and went for one I had been before over a year ago and had an ok service. Why not give them another try? Plus, the place inside is really nice, white marble-like floors, a mini pond caved into the middle of the floor with water trickling in adding a relaxing sound. The look of the place is very clean and modern, white chairs, long clear panels dividing the hair section from the nail section- an appropriate place to get glammed up.

To sum it up…the nail tech barely paid attention to me. She preferred to join into conversations with the other girls in the salon. It’s as if she could perform the services in her sleep because she would aimlessly attack my feet with the electronic foot file, not realizing she had filed too much in some places. Did I mention she was on her phone while using the clippers on my cuticles? I almost died! You’d think that was the worst part, nope! I chose a burgundy red color and apparently she hates using reds (I over heard her ‘whispering’ to another girl). I learned why she hates red…she’s terrible at painting nails. She shmeared my toes like cream cheese on a bagel. Oh, the mess! I wanted to skip out on the manicure but went through it and no difference. The best part was the Bath & Body Works lotion placed on my fingers as cuticle softener during the hand soak. The nail file was old and falling apart and the technique, just as bad. Because she was already horrible at painting, after ‘cleaning’ my poor fingers looked like a hammer had hit them.

Remember all those burger ads with perfectly fluffy buns and crisp green lettuce… and then you look at what you actually bought?

Picture from Food Advertisement Vs. The Real Thing "Food Advertisement Vs. The Real Thing"

I’ll stick to doing my own nails from now on.

Does the craft not matter anymore? It seems like some nail salons and those that offer nail services are becoming like fast food places…the picture looks great but the end result makes you feel like you got cheated out of your money. “Where’s the beef?” Where’s the quality control? If I were a salon owner I’d perform monthly service checks on all the employees; hop in the chair myself and make sure clients are receiving the best service and that the quality of the work is there too.

This is my end result... $32 + 15% gratuity
I wasn't exaggerating...

Beauty regimens are such a personal practice…a bad haircut can change our confidence until it grows out (I know, I’ve been there) and a less than perfect nail service can make you feel like a two-year-old attacked your hands with nail polish. To all the nail techs out there….love and perfect your craft and think of your client as a friend. You wouldn’t let your friend go out with a bad manicure, would you?