How to get that Hollywood glow

Have you ever watched a movie or television and wonder how the stars managed to get their skin to, well, gleam? It was something that I had wondered for a long time, because my usual “shimmering” lotions just weren’t doing the trick. It was a totally different look, and I had been trying to figure it out for some time now.

Welp, I figured it out. When I was at The Makeup Show in Dallas, I had a chance to play with Gleam Body Radiance by Melanie Mills. Melanie has an entire line of body makeup that is all about getting that Gleam.

The Body Radiance cream (it’s really more of a light lotion – not heavy at all) comes in four shades:

Light Gold: is the lightest of the formulas, with a pale yellow base that counteracts ruddy and reddish skin undertones. Perfect for light to medium skin tones. Camouflages stretch marks, scars, and other imperfections.
Rose Gold: THE color of the season, no? This is Melanie Mills’ signature color and her personal favorite. This is the original Gleam formula, that was created for Dancing With the Stars celebs and pro dancers. Gives a liquid metal sheen to the skin. Blend with other colors to create a unique look.
Bronze Gold: real bronze shade – I mean, it’s true to real bronze. It also acts as a liquid metal – it’s very cool. This is a shade that works well with medium to deep skin tones.
Deep Gold: This is a chocolate shade with red velvet undertones (seriously). This is the Gleam you want for deep skin tones – camouflages uneven pigment patches, stretch marks, and other small imperfections. It is also a liquid metal.

Along with the beautiful Gleam Body Radiance, there is also a complete Radiant Dust collection with all the same shades as […]

OCC Lip Tar 2014 holiday collection

Have you tried Lip Tar yet? If not, what are you waiting for? They are amazing lip products – not really a lipstick, not really a stain, and definitely not a gloss, just cream pigments that look sharp and crisp on the lips. They are great for making a colorful statement with nude and cat-eye looks. I’m not even sure I could identify which shades are my favorites.

Luckily, you may not have to make such choices with this amazing Pro’s Picks Portables – Lip Tar: Test Tube x12 set. It includes 12 Test Tube sized Lip Tars in both matte and metallic shades, all handpicked by the artists at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Included in the set:

Interlace (palest creme peach)
Zhora (peach with pink shimmer)
Annika (pale peach neutral)
Cha Cha (pale tangerine)
Grandma (clean, classic coral)
Vintage (deep burgundy)
Harlot (neon popsicle red)
Nylon (neon bubblegum pink)
Hoochie (vibrant magenta)
Digitalis (pink-tinged lavender)
Sebastian (plum-toned taupe)
Iced (pure white frost)

The set also includes a #010 Precision Lip Brush.

Available for $59 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Stila x Baublebar for the holidays

Stila has teamed up with the always-fun-to-shop BaubleBar to create four gorgeous sets for the holidays.

New Year’s Eve Glam Gift Set: this extraordinary assortment, curated from their most glamorous New Year’s Eve essentials , includes a Jewel Eye Shadow in Opal, Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Fiery and a Major Major Mascara. As well as a gleaming bracelet by BaubleBar that will bring sparkle to your holiday. $60
Sparking Rose Gift Set: their precious rose pink essentials, including a Jewel Eye Shadow in Golden Topaz, deluxe Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope and Convertible Color Cream in Lillium, as well as a keepsake bracelet and pink bag. $50
Best of Kitten Gift Set: that cult color kitten is back again. This set includes Eye Shadow in Kitten, Lip Glaze in Kitten, All Over Shimmer Luminizer in Kitten, and a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Gilded. As well as a bracelet and cosmetic bag. $65
Radiant Beauty Gift Set: includes a One Step Illuminate, Convertible Color Cream in Peony, All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Rose Gold and Lip Glaze in Guava. Plus a bracelet from Baublebar and a cosmetic bag.

New scents from Gwen Stefani and Harajuku Lovers

It is time for holiday sets, are you ready? There are some fantastic ones out there, and I’ll be reporting on them as quickly as I can! So let’s get right to it.

The Harajuku Lovers set goes through a transformation every season. I have the originals, one winter collection, and one summer collection. The bottles are super cute, each one a Harajuku girl, representing Love, Angel, Music Baby and one for Gwen herself called G. You could seriously buy these for the packages alone.

This collection is called “Pop Electric” and the bottles are inspired by street art. They are a “fatal attraction to cuteness,” and shows a “anything goes” attitude. The scents are:

Love: A mouthwatering fruity floral, featuring juicy apple, dewy pear, surrounded by jasmine, cashmere woods and creamy musks.
Lil’ Angel: Irresistibly addictive, this fragrance features juicy berries blended with candied violet and sugared rose, laced with a lollipop accord and rich amber.
G: A creamy modern gourmand featuring a delectable whipped coconut accord, enveloped in soft florals and musky woods.
Magic: Soft and comforting, this sophisticated powdery fragrance features a baby soft musk accord which blends with delicate florals and nuzzly vanilla.: This vibrant fragrance opens with crisp apples and crushed berries and unfolds into a water floral and wrapped in sensual amberwood and luminous musks.
Baby: Soft and comforting, this sophisticated powdery fragrance features a baby soft musk accord which blends with delicate florals and nuzzly vanilla.

The line is available now on HSN.com, and retails for $124.90.

Mani Monday: Inspired Nails decals

I don’t remember buying these. I mean, I do, vaguely, but not really. A couple of years ago, maybe two. It’s been awhile. Don’t you hate that? Buying something, putting it aside, and finding it a million years later? Story of my life.

Anyhoo, these are Fusion Decals. Not polish, not a Sally Hansen-esque polish strip. These take a smidgen – okay, maybe more than that – of practice. And patience. Lots and lots of patience. The process involved:

applying white nail polish
trimming the decals to fit your nails/cutting them out
Wipe each nail with alcohol
Soak each one in water for 15-30 seconds
Take out and remove backing. Very carefully!
Also very carefully place decal on your finger
Then press on the finger, making sure to secure the sides
file off any leftover decal on your tip ( I found that this worked best with an up and down motion of the nail file, rather than trying to attack it from the side)
Apply two very heavy coats of top coat.

I had purchased candy corn decals, so clearly I ordered these with the holiday in mind, and they were really cute. But by the time I had the decals on my moderately-short nails, I really couldn’t even tell you what it is. But it’s orange and yellow, so you’re still festive.

Obviously, these are a huge time commitment. I got about two and a half days out of it before my tips began to chip, so the wear is exactly the same as polish, for a bigger time commitment. Your choice.

Pick these up at Inspired Nails, $10 for a full sheet, $5 for half. They do have some lovely designs, and the Alice in Wonderland might win me out over in the end