Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Spring’s Best Budget Beauty Finds

CARMINDY-MAKEUP_ARTICLEThank goodness it is finally spring! We can celebrate the season with new makeup that’s budget friendly. No need to spend a ton of money on colors and formulas of the moment when you can just skip on over to your local drugstore and pick up a few fabulous new products.

I’ve been playing with some of spring’s must-have colors and products, and here is what I’ll be adding to my beauty arsenal this season:

For eyes it’s all about bold, bright hues that last through the day. Try Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24HR ($5.59, drugstore.com) in Tenacious Teal or Edgy Emerald. You can use an angled brush to draw a colorful line along the upper lashes using this long wearing cream shadow as a liner, or blend over the entire lid using your ring finger for a waterproof eye boost that screams springtime. Just pair this strong shade with a neutral lip and cheek so the eyes are the main focus. I applied this look the other night, and I swear it didn’t crease or smudge all night.

On skin, erase shine and the look of large pores with L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur ($19.99, drugstore.com). This skin smoothing miracle cream creates flawless looking skin for ladies who get tend to get the greasies or agonize over enlarged pores. I love it, because as I’m getting older my texture is not as tight and taut as it used to be, and this product creates a seamless finish so my liquid foundation glides over it.

Lips make a big splash with color, so try CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm ($8.99, ulta.com) in Watermelon Twist or my new obsession, Coral Twist. These glossy sheer balms are perfect for spring, and you can get that fantastic bright color without feeling the weight of a heavy opaque lipstick.

If you want to create a sexy bronze complexion after all the pastiness of winter, sweep on Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition ($11.16, drugstore.com). This sexy warm powder creates a radiant glow which pairs beautifully with either the bold eye or lip for spring.

New Lipstick Crayons To Try Now

CHUBBY-STICKS_ARTICLEWith all the lovely lippy products out there, one has become a new cult favorite for its total ease of use: It’s now all about the chubby pencil. With a fat lip crayon, you can line your lips and fill them in with color that now comes in many different textures and hues. This super stick for lips cuts out those annoying extra steps in your makeup routine, like having to use a separate lip liner, lip balm and lipstick or gloss. These chubby babies pack it all.

Nars Velvet Gloss Pencil ($24, sephora.com) is an incredible long-wearing stick that gives you a glossy finish and is never sticky or tacky. This one is my go-to evening lip crayon, and I love to play with the bright bold shade of Mexican Rose or the sexy pinky hue of New Lover.

Nars Velvet Matte Pencil ($24, sephora.com) is full of rich pigment for a matte look and is enriched with vitamin E. It’s incredibly long-lasting and never dries out your lips, which so many long-wear lip products tend to do. My favorite red is Dragon Girl and my favorite nude is Belle Du Jour.

My new go-to lip balm-style crayon is the Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick ($7.97, walmart.com). This one is made with shea butter and fruit extracts, and the smooth formula conditions your lips and provides beautiful soft color that glides on in a sheer wash.

Clinique‘s Chubby Stick ($16, sephora.com) is a hydrating blend of natural mango butters and jojoba oils and comes in fun bright shades that glide on sheer and leave lips feeling supple.

The Lipstick Queen line has the China Town Glossy Pencil ($20, barneys.com) for a sheer glossy formula in fiery shades that will look seriously sexy at night.

So forget about your multi-step lip layers and grab your new chubby friend!

The Trick To Wearing Bold Beauty Trends: Moderation

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - ArrivalsI remember a time during the 90’s when minimalist hair and makeup was all the rage and looking like you didn’t try was actually chic. Although that period of time wasn’t much fun, I’m realizing that we are now at risk of overdoing it and going full speed ahead into anything but natural.

Cruising through a local New York CVS today, I witnessed crystal nail stickers, bold bright neon hair crayons, mega volume mascaras, lip colors that would make your grandma blush, and tattooed eye shadows that you can see from the moon. I then walked past a local high school and saw girls using all of the above, and I am concerned.

The onslaught of celebs like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry have girls scrambling to try outrageous hair colors, makeup looks and nail trends in such a fever that I think they are missing the point and losing themselves completely. These celebrities are entertainers, and wearing a bright, bold look gets people’s attention on stage and on the red carpet. In the real world, the all-at-once approach just doesn’t work. You should pick only one or two attention-grabbing trends at a time, or you will wind up looking, well, just nuts! If you want to play with a cool unnatural hair color, then go for it, but apply makeup in an equally bold hue to only one feature, like your lips. A blue streak in the hair paired with a silver liner looks awesome, but if you pair it with a hot pink lip, a smoky eye and nail bling, and you wind up looking downright tacky. If you want shimmery jewels on the nails, then pair it with black liquid liner and nude makeup for something sophisticated and modern. Bright red lips won’t work with a wild rainbow eye shadow combination, so slow down and go for one or the other, not both.

Do you hear me ladies? The great news is we have fun choices for a change, but please strive for style, instead of silly. Have fun, but be sane!

The Absolute Best Collection Of Cruelty-Free Brushes

urlThe right makeup brushes are a must for any makeup girl, and with so many real animal-hair bristles out there, it’s hard to find synthetic versions that actually work well. Recently I discovered a brilliant Brazilian beauty company that offers some of the best in vegan makeup brushes I have ever seen.

Sigma is a brush, cosmetics, beauty accessories and skincare business that has an amazing collection of flawless synthetic brushes that work incredibly well. As I played with them, I realized that they work the same, if not better, than my real animal hair brushes. I love the Essential Kit ($120, sigmabeauty.com) that comes in Mr. Bunny (black handles) and Mrs. Bunny (blue and pink handles). There are 12 brushes in the kit that will do everything you need:

1. The Large Powder Brush ($21) gives cheeks a soft swirl of color.

2. The Duo Fibre Brush ($20) is perfect for swirling on cream blush.

3. The Large Angled Contour Brush ($16) is ideal for applying bronzer.

4. The Small Angle Brush ($10) precisely applies eye shadow as eyeliner.

5. The Pencil Brush ($10) smudges eyeliner to perfection to create the ultimate smoky eye.

6. The Foundation Brush ($16) smoothes on liquid makeup.

7. The Tapered Blending Brush ($12) sweeps on all over eye shadow with a smooth swipe.

8. The Concealer Brush ($10) is just the right size for under eyes.

9. The Eyeliner Brush ($10) can double as a liquid or cream liner brush, or you can clean it off, dip it into a little concealer and use it to spot conceal tiny imperfections.

10. The Medium Angled Shading Brush ($10) is a great crease contour brush.

11. The Eye Shading Brush ($10) can concentrate more drama at outer corners of the eyes for definition.

12. The Large Shader ($12) will sweep a layer of shadow across the main lid with ease.

The only things missing from this collection are a good powder brush and a lip brush, but they can be purchased separately. While you’re at it, purchase a brush holder to keep them organized, and don’t forget to regularly wash your brushes.


Find The Perfect Pink For Your Skin Tone

PINK_ARTICLESpring is almost here, so it’s time to break out the pretty pastels. Pink is such a girly color, and it conjures up feelings of youth, vibrancy, romance and love. Pink is actually a universal shade that works on every woman, regardless of her age and skin tone, so it’s really about finding the correct makeup for your unique skin.

Women with fair skin should stick to cool shades of pink that create a fresh, soft look. On medium skin tones, rose pink makeup looks incredible. Olive and mocha-skinned ladies look radiant in shades of coral pink, and if you have darker coloring, bold bright pinks play off your skin beautifully.

For Fair Skin
Try the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink ($6.44, target.com) and Clinique‘s Chubby Stick in Curvy Candy ($16, sephora.com) for the lips.

For Medium Skin
Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal ($44, sephora.com) will look great, along with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Eternal Rose ($9.99, drugstore.com).

For Olive And Mocha-Toned Skin
Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow ($17, sephora.com), and I like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Trollop ($18, occmakeup.com).

For Darker Skin
Try Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Flaunt ($24, sephora.com) and Nars Lipstick in Schiap ($26, sephora.com).

You can have a bit more fun with pink when it comes to your lips, so don’t be afraid to try shades outside of your comfort zone. A pop of pink will definitely brighten your day, so blend it on and look pretty in pink.