Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3 expert tips for creating perfect eyebrows

Joey Healy {prominent eyebrow stylist, professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician} made a special guest appearance earlier this week on Veria Living Live {on the Veria Living TV Network} to teach viewers how to master the art of the eyebrow in a special “ask the expert” segment. 

Joey's unique approach to creating the perfect brow has made him a favorite among celebrities and companies including Kyra Sedgwick, Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill of "The Real Housewives of New York", Andy Cohen of "Watch What Happens Live", Sean Young of "Blade Runner", the New York City Ballet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bravo!, Neiman Marcus, Dress for Success, MTV and many more…

Joey Healy

check out Joey's 3 fabulous tips for creating the perfect brow, then watch the video to see the results!

#1: find your browbone!
many women have flat eyebrows, which shorten their face, but the the goal should be to elongate the face. to do this, use your brow brush to hold against the bridge of your nose {where your eyebrow should start}; put your brow pencil diagonal towards your outer eye ~ this is the bare minimum of where your eyebrow should end. you should create an arch 2/3 of the way out.

#2: color & tweeze!
use a brow powder or brow pencil for fixing gaps in the eyebrow. use a light hand, and color IN vs. OUT; Joey also advises to never wax! he believes tweezing gives better detail and less room for error.

#3: instant eye lift!
Joey’s "high rise" spotlight highlighter helps take 10 years off your face. highlighting the brow bone gives a youthful radiance; apply just below the arch of your brow for an instant eye-lift; it can also be used under the eyes to camouflage dark shadows!

visit for more info on all things brows, learn about his product collection, and book an appointment at one of his studios {if you live in or are visiting NYC}.

images via Facebook

Sunday, April 13, 2014

hair therapy: John Frieda Full Repair collection

hope you're enjoying your weekend, beauties! it continues to be busy here in my corner of the world {and my daughter is on spring break this week}, but i thought you' like to know about the John Frieda Full Repair collection. this set looks like just the right set of products to get hair in shape for the upcoming summer season.

i think every product sounds fabulous and what beauty girl doesn't love new hair products?!

take a look...

 Strengthen + Restore Shampoo ~ this strengthening formula makes use of Inca Inchi Oil, which is touted to contain 47 times more omega-3 than Argan Oil, helping to restore resiliency without adding weight. with daily use, hair is protected from breakage and split ends right in the shower for full, bouncy styles.

Strengthen + Restore Conditioner ~ promises to weightlessly restores damaged strands to sleek, smooth health. the essential fatty acids from precious Inca Inchi Oil create a smooth and flexible film, wrapping broken strands to strengthen and replenish while still maintaining coveted volume. 

 Repairing Oil Elixir ~ this is a nourishing oil formulated to smooth hair while strengthening and adding shine. for use: distribute one pump into palms, rub together to warm, and spread through wet or damp hair. it can also be used as a final style finisher by applying a few drops to dry hair to tame flyaways and boost shine.

Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner ~ for more intense conditioning, the Full Repair offers this  revolutionary deep conditioner to instantly improve the look and feel of damage with just one use {it's also packed with Inca Inchi Oil}. lightweight in texture, this non-greasy formula quenches dry, damaged hair for the ultimate in softness and shine without weighing it down. hair is 90% smoother in just one use.

what do you think of these new products, beauties? i have yet to try any of these, but given i have a positive history with other John Freida products, i'm especially excited to try them {soon}!

visit for more info.

images and info courtesy of the brand's PR

Saturday, April 12, 2014

beauty girl tv: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer

bonjour, beauties!

hope you're enjoying your day! if you have a couple of minutes, i'd love for you to check out my latest video review. it's my thoughts regarding Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer!

enjoy and thanks for watching…

have you tried this yet? leave me a comment and share your thoughts!

visit for more info :)

product featured purchased by me. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

spring beauty: new Neroli & Orchid Collection + LE Fragrance Boosting Cream from L’Occitane

 set for launch on april 16th, 2014, L’Occitane has a fabulous new collection, Neroli & Orchid, featuring a limited edition Fragrance Boosting Cream.

from this collection, i have had the amazing opportunity to pamper my senses with 2 products.

first, let me tell you, beauties, the new Neroli & Orchidee eau de toilette smells gorgeous ~ i'm in love with it! infused with notes i already find appealing {orange, mandarin and peach; neroli, orchid and iris}, the scent is so unique. it manages to smell just-sweet-enough fresh and flowery, yet has a warmness to it that is not at all heavy feeling. the overall effect is so intriguing. it's simply a perfect blend of feminine, light and airy ~ a fabulous way to smell in the spring, i would say!

the other product i received to test out was the Fragrance Booster Cream. an innovative, moisturizing body cream. this gem somehow works to enhance your fragrance on the body, then locks it in for added aroma and longevity; it's a perfect match for any L'Occitane fragrance you may want to wear, but is a beautiful compliment to the Neroli & Orchidee.

other products in the Neroli & Orchid collection that also include a shower gel, perfumed soap, body milk and scented candle.

when you get the chance, please do check out this new fragrance collection!

p.s: L'Occitane suggests this fragrance layering technique to ensure your scent stays put day to night:
step 1: wash with the Shower Gel or Perfumed Soap
step 2: nourish skin with the hydrating Body Milk
step 3: apply the Fragrance Booster Cream
step 4: spritz on the Eau de Toilette

any of these products could make a great gift for yourself or anyone in your life that is a fan of floral-fruit scents. visit for more info!

products featured sent to me for review consideration; all opinions and thoughts are my own; pics taken by me :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

spring beauty: NARS Contour Blush

bonjour beauties! 

hope you've been well. i don't know about you, but i've been especially excited about all of the fabulous spring beauty releases {as if i'm ever not excited, hello new products are always exciting! but you know what i mean…} and have just added the new NARS Contouring Blush to the list.

i personally started using a bronzing/contouring-type products year-round a few years ago, but there are so many different types that create different effects and looks. these Contouring Blush duos come in 3 shades: Olympia {ivory/rose}, Paloma {pink beige/deep rose}, and Geinah {honey/amber}.

 the brand graciously sent me Paloma to try for myself.

simply put, this shimmer-free duo does just what it says it will do: create a natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish. the deeper shade enhances definition while the lighter shade illuminates the high points of the face.

 i'm more than pleased to report that Contour Blush is definitely making me a bit more cheerful, and is a fabulous item to have in the beauty arsenal for spring. if you are long-time reader, you may know that i am not a fan of the heat, so as the days are getting warmer, this is a good thing.


i admit, when i first received this particular palette, i was unsure how much of a "contour" i would get considering i have dark skin, and the darker blush shade isn't super deep {the Olympia blush is lighter in color and Geinah features deeper shades}; but, good news, beauties! it didn't disappoint.  i think Paloma will work for a large range of skin tones. for me, Paloma offers a dark enough shade to add the natural looking contour i prefer for my everyday makeup. the lighter highlighting shade is fabulous as well. it makes for a perfect finish over my favorite peachy-pink blushes and even as a contrast {on my brow bone} when i wear more shimmery eyeshadow shades.

NARS Contouring Blush is available at Nordstrom and NARS boutiques. visit for more info.

product featured sent to me for review consideration; all thoughts and opinions are my own; pics taken my me :)