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Crown Brush Flawless Face Blender Review

July 2nd, 2014

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Thanks to The Makeup Show Chicago 2014, I discovered Crown Brush Flawless Face Blender, which is now one of my HGs.

Crown Flawless Face Blender review

Crown Flawless Face Blender

The Crown Brush Flawless Face Blender is a non-allergenic, odor-free, double-sided and latex-free sponge applicator for applying and blending makeup. It comes in various colors, including black, pink (featured here) and peach.

Compared to the BeautyBlender I loved for years, the Flawless Face Blender is longer and just a tad narrower. Instead of a flat round bottom, it is pointy on both ends, which means you can use one end to get to those hard-to-reach areas like around the nose and under the eyes and the other to blend out eye makeup. You can also roll the Flawless Face Blender in a side-to-side manner to achieve the same blending effect you would get with the bottom part of the BeautyBlender.

To use the Flawless Face Blender, I wet it with water, squeeze out the excess then stipple over foundation applied by fingers or a brush to blend and even out streaks. When damp, the sponge became super soft and felt so good on the skin.

Another thing I loved about the Flawless Face Blender is it never seemed to bleed or get dirty. My BeautyBlender bled pretty much every single time I washed it and no matter how soon I washed it after each use, I could never get the makeup stains out completely. With the Crown Flawless Face Blender, there was minimal bleeding and makeup seemed to just come right out, even with baby shampoo.

Bottom line, I love the Crown Brush Flawless Face Blender and it has completely replaced the BeautyBlender as my must-have blending tool. And at $9.99 a piece – half the price of the BeautyBlender – I can definitely stock up on it without breaking the bank!

Closeup of Crown Flawless Face Blender
Holding Crown Flawless Face Blender in palm

Beautyblender vs. Crown Flawless Face Blender

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Get Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Makeup Look at 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

March 3rd, 2014

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For the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last night, makeup artist Monika Blunder created an “effortless, Parisian-chic” bronzy look on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Get the 411 on the look after the jump!

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Makeup at 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
First, Blunder prepped the skin with Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer. Then, using her fingers, she applied Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (launching Fall 2014) all over her face and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to cover any imperfections. Next, Blunder blended Laura Mercier Secret Concealer #2 under Huntington-Whiteley’s eyes with Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush. She then set everything with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent.

To create the gorgeous glow you see on Rosie, Blunder applied Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder #3 with Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush before adding a touch of Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic.

On Rosie’s eyes, Blunder started with Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Buff all over the eyelid, followed by a veil of Sateen Eye Colour in Baroque on top and Matte Eye Colour in Café au Lait for definition. She then lined her Rosie’s eyes using Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey in an outward motion to create a cat eye and softened the line with Laura Mercier Smudge Brush. To intensify the smoky-eye effect, Blunder applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa with Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush and highlighted the inner corners with Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink. Next, Blunder added Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Café au Lait along the lower lashline, curled the lashes and
applied generous coats of Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara. Finally, she groomed Rosie’s brows using Laura Mercier Brow Grooming Brush and added extra definition with Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde.

Finishing the look, Blunder lined Rosie’s lips with Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Baby Lips and topped Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Royal Orchid for a “bold pout”.

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Dramatic Lips and 3D Nails at The Blonds A/W ’14

February 16th, 2014

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Inspired by the feminine villains of classic comic books, the look at The Blonds A/W ’14 was all about dramatic lips, bold brows and out-there nails.

The Blonds A/W '14 runway beauty
Makeup: Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics
Nails: CND

* Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel – applied with 191 Foundation Brush to instantly hydrate and refresh
* Fast Response Eye Cream – patted around the eye area to smooth and revitalize skin
* PRO Longwear Concealer – used as a foundation and applied with 191 Foundation Brush to even and perfect, the pushed into the lower lashline to brighten eyes with 195 Concealer Brush
* PRO Performance Sponge – used to blend, creating a flawless matte skin to finish
* Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – swept over the skin with 116 Blush Brush to polish and set * M·A·C PRO Taupe Powder Blush – blended under cheekbones with 116 Blush Brush to sculpt and contour
* Fun Ending Powder Blush (available Fall/Winter 2014) – blended over cheeks to brighten and blanace skin

Eyes – Look 1
* Bare Canvas Paint – blended over the eyelid as a base with 242 Shade Brush
* M·A·C PRO Black Creme Liner – drawn through the upper lashline to create a feline shaped liner
* 36 Lash – applied to the uppwer lashes and defined with Haute & Naughty Black Mascara to perfect
* Brows were blanked out with Studio Finish Concealer and replaced with custom paper cut outs for a built-in attitude, using Duo Adhesive

Eyes – Look 2 (3 models received cat-eye eyelids)
* M·A·C PRO Landscape Green Chromaline – blended through the crease of the eye to contour, using 217 Blending Brush
* M·A·C PRO Pure White Chromaline – buffed onto the eyelid using using 217 Blending Brush for a creamy white highlight

* Designer Purple Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner – used to create an intimidating definition to lips and rich base
* Fuchsia and Madly Magenta Pigments – mixed together and blended out through the center of the lip for a “sinister” mouth

23 unique nail designs that were sharp, strong, bold and intricate with extreme and pointed shapes were created for the show. CND’s artists handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with Retention+TM Liquid & Powder and BrisaTM Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND ShellacTM and VINYLUXTM. The looks were finalized with unique embellishments, including jagged vintage jewels, Swarovski crystals, chains, pearls, leather, glitter, foil, velvet and more for a rich seductive finish.

3D nail art by CND at The Blonds A/W '14
The Blonds A/W '14 nail art

Images: Courtesy of CND.

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MAC x Rick Baker Halloween Makeup Look: The Monster’s Bride

September 30th, 2013

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This Halloween, legendary special-effects artist Rick Baker brings his movie makeup magic to M·A·C Cosmetics with a unique collection featuring products chosen to create three Halloween looks designed exclusively by the artist.

Halloween The Monster's Bride makeup look
MAC x Rick Baker Halloween Makeup: The Monster's Bride Face Chart

White Face and Body Foundation – applied to the face using a 190 Brush.
Mylar Eyeshadow – used to set the skin and on cheekbones to highlight.
Omega Eyeshadow – used to contour the cheekbones.
Currant and Brick Lip Pencils with Rapid Black Penultimate Eye Liner – used together to create stitches and staples on face.

Omega Eyeshadow – used in the crease and under the lash line.
Brun Eyeshadow – applied in the crease to create dimension.
Bitter Eyeshadow – applied on the lid, inner crease and brow bone.
Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil – applied at top of lash line and in waterline, using the 209 Brush to buff and smudge.
Club Eyeshadow – applied using the 252 Brush on top of the pencil and winged out into the crease.
Rapid Black Penultimate Eye Liner – lined along the top lash line and to add a wing at the end of the eye.
48 Lash – applied to top lash line.

Currant Lip Pencil – used to line the lips.
Cyber Lipstick – applied to fill in the lips.

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Runway Beauty: Flawless Skin and Orange Lips at DKNY S/S 2014

September 11th, 2013

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Orange lipstick is definitely making a comeback next season! At DKNY Spring/Summer 2014, makeup artist Charlotte Willer working for Maybelline New York compared bold orange lips with a flawless complexion while the Essie team created a sweet look on the nails.

Charlotte evened out models complexion with Dream Lumi Concealer and FIT me! Pressed Powder. She added Dream Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale with her fingertips directly onto cheeks, for a dewy touch of color.

The eyes were kept minimal with a light layer of Color Tattoo Metal Cream Gel Shadow in Barely Branded on the lid. Brows were groomed and shaped using Master Shape Brow Pencil.

To finish, the lips were coated with a mixture of Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange and Neon Red and blotted to create a matte, stained finish.

On the nails, a coat of Essie Limo-scene was applied, topped with a coat of Essie Mademoiselle and finished with Essie Good To Go Top Coat.

Hair-wise, Eugene Souleiman, Global Creative Director at Wella Professionals, created a stylish classic look with a low side parting and a ponytail. He started by freshly washed and conditioned hair, using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner, to ensure hair is in perfect condition. Then he applied Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier through the hair and used a soft bristle brush blow dry the hair flat to the head. Next, he used a straightening iron through the hair to create a smooth, polished look and created a low side part while gently brushing the hair flat to the head, spraying the hair with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray. Gently, using a soft bristle brush, he sprayed again with Stay Essential Finishing Spray, pulling the hair over to a low pony tail on the opposite side of the head to the parting, ensuring that all fly always are tamed. Next, he secured the hair in to the low pony tail with elastic, letting the pony tail come forward over the shoulder. Finally, Eugene took a small pump of Wella Professionals Oil Reflections, smoothed on to the palms of his hands, then took a soft brush and gently rubbed this across the palms to pick up the smallest amount of product, and then brushed the pony tail section.

Orange lipstick at DKNY S/S 2014
Flawless skin and orange lips at DKNY S/S 2014>
DKNY S/S 2014 makeup and nails

DKNY S/S 2014 facechart by Maybelline
Sleek ponytails by Wella at DKNY Spring 2014

Images: Courtesy of Maybelline and Wella.

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