New Years Eve is coming, and we all want to look eye catching, sexy, amazing! This is the time to treat yourself to some makeup that doesn’t have crazy costs, but are unique. These suggestions are so chic and do can’t help but covet a few pieces from each.
Rock and roll girl? Armour Beauty is a too cool brand, created by rocker/model, makeup artist and mom Theo Kogan. She is not just a singer for bands such as the all-female band Lunachicks,, and she’s not just modeled for Calvin Klein, Burberry and Kenneth Cole, and she hasn’t just actged in films, television and and in avant-garde theater, she is the brain behind Armour Beauty’s lip glosses. She needed something that would stick around when she was performing, so she created.Armour Beauty’s lip glosses . They are naturally based (if you are worried about what’s in your lip products, visit the Armour Beauty Web Site and click on “ingredients” which are fully listed after every product), with good for your skin, hydrating, emollient shea butter, olive, avocado and mango oils and butters, grapeseed oil and vitamin e. There are three collections: Armour V, Shimmer, and Opaque. Here are three different formulas of Armour lip glosses to rock your New Years Eve and way beyond:
Armour V ($24.00/each) is the newest collection, and these great glosses are all vegan, paraben free,gluten free, and completely cruelty free. Things will look up when you wear Armour V in “Audrey” named for everyone’s favorite Hollywood Icon, Audrey Hepburn. I could definitely see her wearing this opaque, shiny, mauve rose which which looks deep in the tube, but amazingly natural (your pink lips but deepened a bit). The scent is a rich vanilla with a hint of grapefruit, and it is bull of natural oil and butters to moisturize and protect lips.
Some like it HOT! We liked “Barracuda” from the Opaque Collection ($24.00). The take-no-prisioners bold cool red is named after “Barracuda” by Heart (happens to be one of my husband’s favorite bands). This lip gloss is our favorite, because a long lasting red is hard to find. It’s made with the same natural oils and butters as the V collection, plus the Vanilla Grapefruit scent (our didn’t smell quite as vanilla-y), and the fact that it’s Paraben free and of course, there is no animal testing. It’s a true rock and roll girl’s lipstick, but if you find the shiny bold red a bit too much, you can easily blot it into a semi-glossy lip stain.
Subtle Shimmer is yours with “Purple Rain” from the Shimmer Collection ($24.00) . Named after the song of the song by Prince, this glossy, semi-sheer, shimmery lip gloss is more pink than purple, the girliest, sexiest shimmery pink we’ve seen in a long time. It’s a perfect change from bold red, but it still makes a statement. It’s got the same good for your skin ingredients as the other two collections, naturally-based, vanilla/grapefruit scent — Paraben free and of course, not tested on animals.
There are nudes, pinks, reds, peaches, and tons of other colors in-between. One is sure to make you sing it’s praises. If there’s any downside, it’s that long wear glosses have to be a bit stick and they are not transfer-free. These aren’t annoyingly “tacky” and they do feel pamperingly moisturizing, but use something like a paper towel not a soft tissue, when you blot them!
Get more information about these super-cool long wearing lip glosses from Armour Beauty at http://armourbeauty.com/
Jay Manuel is a beloved makeup artist and one of the stars of Americas Next Top Model. He is also absolutely charming. At an HSN holiday event, Jay took the time to talk to me, take “selfies” and tell me all about his makeup collection, as he did my makeup, personally. Yes, it was a thrill. For the holidays, There are a couple of must-haves from Jay’s basic collection that you will want to buy for yourself. Sure, you can give the Jay Manuel Beauty® 4-piece Brush Set with Makeup Artist Roll Case ( $48.00 item #455-949) available at HSN to someone special, but start by treating yourself. You get four brushes. The two large ones are about 8″ long. . The large powder brush (made of goat hair and it’s about 8″ long with a beautifully shaped head of slightly domed bristles) sweeps and blends all kinds of powder. The blush brush is nearly as large, also with goat hair bristles to blend color for a natural look. The eye shadow brush is about 5 1/2″ long, with pony hair bristles that are slightly angled so you can sweep on color or define eyes with it (the tip is also less dense than the center bristles, for easy blend-ability and you can use it to apply concealer). There is also a very nice, standard size matte black retractable lip brush (approx. 4″ long with synthetic bristles). The included makeup artist brush roll case seals itself with what I am assuming is a magnetic closure. What I love so much about this set is that it is travel-friendly even though the brushes are full size. Why leave your long-handled brushes behind when this slim set fits into any suitcase or tote?
We tried Jay’s unique and very cool Powder to Cream Foundation ($38.00) at the HSN holiday event and again on our own. What make this unlike any other foundation is that while most foundations of this type are cream to powder, Jay’s start out as a powder and turns into a cream that you can blend, once it’s on your skin. Photoluminescent technology helps you hide the appearance of flaws and it really makes skin look beautiful. We suggesting practicing with this because it’s actually a bit startling when you see the powdeer melting into your skin, but you’ll love the look once you get the hang of blending it perfectly.
Foundations and powders are often difficult to select online, but Jay Manual Beauty offers six shades of the Cream,to Powder Foundation in 4 filters (tones) of light, plus one medium, and one quite deep. We are showing the medium in this photo above. Jay Manuel’s Luxe Powder Compacts ($38.00) can be found in 9 different powder tones in 3 different filters. When it comes to the powder compact, we like the matte black case with Jay Manual Beauty logo and interior mirror. But what we really like is the silky, semi-opaque powder inside. We tried the Medium Filter 1 pressed powder, which seemed very true to color. The powder can be used with a puff or a fluffy brush (we chose a brush for a natural, semi-sheer finish). The semi-matte powder finish keeps skin from looking dry. If you’re been avoiding powder for a while, try this one. The buildable coverage works on bare skin or as a perfect finish item.
Red lips will never go out of style, and Jay Manuel knows to to make them killer cool! Jay Manuel’s Lipstick in “Siren” ($15.00) is a high performance lipstick that comes in a tall, matte black, rectangular tube that coats lips with a moistly-matte high-intensity red. As it’s described, each of the 15 colors in this collection tells a story reflecting the creative personality of the woman who wears it: Classic, Iconic and Avant Garde. The smooth, full coverage lipstick has Vitamin E, antioxidant rich fruit and plant extracts and it’s Paraben Free. You can blot it to lessen the intensity a bit if you wish, but slick on a coat of the Ultimate Lip Gloss in “Shameless” and the Siren turns into a full-out vamp with the glossiest red lips we’ve been happy to test! What makes this gloss unique is a non-traditional, flexible silicone paddle applicator that lets you slick on the gloss more precisely than a standard sponge-tipped applicator. The gloss is very shiny and has lip conditioners afine crushed gemstone diamond dust to catch the light and give lips a soft focus and high shine. These “precious” lip glosses also have Cupuacu Butter for intense moisturizing along with soothing aloe. There are 11 gloss colors and 1 clear gloss that also contain crushed gemstones depending upon the colors that would be: Emerald, Amethyst, Moonstone, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Opal, Pearl and Diamond dust. Non Tacky.Tip: use a lip pencil ($20.00) and fill in your lips before you use the lipstick and gloss, and the color will last and last and the pencil will help define your lips as well.
Find all of these fabulous Jay Manuel Beauty Items on HSN or visit the Jay Manual Web Site: https://www.jaymanuelbeauty.com/
What is more appropriate to ring out the old year and ring in the new, than a line of cosmetics inspired by the constellations! Kiko Milano brings the magic of the stars (and I don’t mean celebs) with Cosmic Starlets Holiday Collection. It’s limited edition, and it’s affordable, inpsired by four different women’s personality types. We tried a few of the “too cool for this world” products: Here are three products that thrill us: The Angel Kiss Set in “Champagne & Strawberries” ($14.00). The shiny silver compact and jar top are festive. The Angel Kiss set also comes in Cranberry Crmble (purple), Milk & Honey (nude) Candy Cane (red). Our set supposedly is scented in champagne & strawberry, but mostly, it was strawberry. What makes this set too cool is that the jar contains Kiko Milano Velvet Lip Scrub, an exfoliating scrub made with sugar crystals (and with rosemary extract and jojoba oil) to rid your lips of dry skin so you have a smooth canvas for your lip colors. The exfoliator is quite gritty and removed even the hard to delete vestiges of my longwear lipstick. It smells and tastes sweet, but it’s not pushover. Immediately slather on a lip moisturizer such as the included Kiss Balm Lip Balm. Ours in sheer and glossy pink is the perfect pink to make less than lovely lips look extraordinary. The Kiko Milano lip balm formula has powerful, plant-based active ingredients, plus shea butter and vitamins to help moisturize and protect your lips. The collection’s shades are shiny, but not “patent leather.” They feel wonderful. Good to know is that they are dermatologically tested and Paraben free.
We’ve spent a lot of time on lips this holiday season, but if you want to emphasize your eyes, try the Kiko Milano Cosmic Glam Kajal Eyeliner Duo. ($9.00). Our was in rose and dark plum, which we feel is frisky for the holidays, but it also comes in black, brown and blue. This travel-friendly eyeliner combines a Kajal pencil and a bold eyeliner in a dual-ended product. The eyeliner goes on smoothly with it’s brush tip, the kajal is used on the inside and outside of the eye for a smoky, long-lasting look. The special conical tip makes application of the intense color, easy. There is no need to sharpen this either! Good to know is that it is ophthalmologically tested and Paraben free. The rose and purple is the least “dark” but if you’re used to a smoky eye, try the black, brown or blue! Tips: apply the eyeliner to the upper lash line, moving the brush along the base of the lashes from the inner to the outer corner of the eye and vice versa. Draw a line that extends slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye and curve it slightly upward. We were told not apply the eyeliner inside the eye. The Kajal adds depth to the eyes buy applying it along the lower waterline.
Be Dazzling, for just $8.00 with the Kiko Milano Dazzling Highlighter (in rose or gold). This creamy stick leaves a bit of a glow where you smooth in on, and we suggest the cheekbones and neckline. The formula has natural waxes, jojoba oil and rice oil. Light-reflecting pearls give you the radiance (just don’t over do it). The travel-friendly stick smooths on easily. Great for travel and touch-ups, too. This one is also dermatologically tested, Non-comedogenic amd Paraben free. Beauty Tip: Kiko Milano suggests accentuating strategic points of the face: the center of the forehead, the space between the eyebrows, the bridge of the nose, the area above the cheekbones, the chin and the Cupid’s bow between the nose and lips.