Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Carmindy’s Holiday Kits!

I’m sure you are all gearing up for the shopaholic days ahead as the holidays rapidly approach and might not be sure what to get for many of your favorite friends. I have a fantastic holiday gift idea that will make your female loved ones happy and keep your bank account nice and full. Now that’s what I call a gift!

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I am launching my new amazing foolproof kits from Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy. What you get is me and my expertise captured in a convenient box and there is something for everyone on your holiday list. I have taken all the guess work out of it for you by creating kits based on some of my favorite looks like my famous 5 Minute Face. Just like in my eponymous top selling book, I keep it simple and easy and provide everything you need to create that flawless natural you in minutes. I have included perfectly coordinated products with easy-to-follow tips and have three skin tone collections to choose from. There are versions for light, medium and deep skin, so the colors are guaranteed to work with your complexion.

I have also created The Perfect Smoky Eyes Kit. Now you can attain this elusive sexy look in 5 simple steps with my streamlined kit. Each shadow is marked so you know exactly where they go on the lids and the final results will look smokin’ every time.

Last, is my Super Balm Kit. Don’t get daunted by endless lip color options, with my colored lip balms you will get 3 universally flattering shades of sheer wearable moist color. Perfect for daytime and great for the drier months these balms will keep lips hydrated and plump. They contain yummy good-for-you ingredients like shea butter, avocado soy extract and licorice extract for naturally lush lips.

The best part: These stellar sets only cost $13 and can be found at CVS stores nationwide.

Now that’s just good gift giving!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Art Basel Inspiration

This week, art lovers from all over the world converged on Miami to experience Art Basel. It’s a fabulous art scene that takes place every December that inspires many of us to new heights of creativity.

I was incredibly inspired by color this year and came up with many ideas for eye, lip and cheeks shades I want to create in the future. Sometimes looking at a painting, sculpture or sketch gives me ideas on how I can transform the feeling I get into makeup. I was also impressed to see many women making bold makeup statements as they attended the parties and gallery openings. A bright opaque fuchsia lip on a beautiful Asian woman looked super chic. I saw a mocha-skinned beauty rocking gilded eyelids that made me happy to be a part of all the creative craziness. The art world attracts people who are not afraid to be themselves and I found that refreshing.

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Deep shimmering green smoky eyes was my look of choice that I easily creating by rimming my inner lids with Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eyeliner in Jade. I then swept Duwop Green Eyes Eye Shadow Sets across the upper lash line and smudged under the lower. I kept the rest of my lids nude with a touch of shimmer and applied loads of black mascara. Inspiration can come from everywhere so don’t be afraid to experiment every once and a while and use makeup to create a buzz about your beauty.

You only live once!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Purple Haze

Hey ladies, now is the time for powering up your makeup with purple passion. This sizzling shade is all the rage and is actually very universal, as it looks great on pretty much any skin tone.

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For a natural look, you want to play with a palette of sheer hues to highlight and contour your eyes. Try my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Shadow Palette in Amethyst that allows you to create flirty plum eyes with three self-explanatory, marked shadows of highlight, lid and contour colors that glide on like watercolor and stay put all day. The colors in this collection work on all skin tones.

For a more disco diva approach to playing with purple, try Mac Pigment shadows in Violet. It’s a super shimmery loose powder that looks hot layered on the lid and smudged under the lower lashes. Pair it with black liner to look ultra rocking.

If it’s a hint of color you are going for, try lining your pretty peepers with a grape or eggplant eyeliner. For a soft finish use a pencil and for a little more magnetism, liquids work well. I love the liquid liner from Urban Decay in Crash or Ecstasy.

So go forth and bring out your inner Barney.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

A Very Fine Line

Eyeliner is so right now, but there is a new twist on an old favorite when it comes to wearing it. The thinner the better is a chic way to play up the eyes. There has been so much heavy thick liner and dark smoky eyes. So, it’s now time to lighten up and go skinny.

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If you are using a liquid liner, hold a mirror and gaze downward at it while applying the thin brush as close to the roots of the upper lashes as possible. Begin at the inside corners and draw a barely-there sketch all the way across ending in a little wing at the outer corners. A very good liner with a comfortable to apply brush is  Lancôme Artliner.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Indigo

If pencil is your liner of choice, make sure the tip is incredibly sharpened so you can draw on a fine line with precision. Choose a waterproof formula that will stay in place like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Pencil. You may also want to try a thinner tipped eyeliner for the exact fine line like NYC Automatic Eyeliner.

Powder liner is a great option as well and very easy to apply. Simply use a flat angled brush and dip it into a little water so that it’s moist, but not dripping. Now drag it across a dark eye shadow like black or chocolate brown and make small connecting dashes across the upper lash line. I like to use Urban Decay Deluxe Eye Shadow in Zero. If the line turns out thicker then you’d like, take a fine tipped concealer brush with a little foundation on it and erase what you don’t want. When you keep the line fine, you can play up lips with a bright bold shade.

Perfect for a holiday bash.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

No Excuses

Every year, I get together with a few friends to go on an all-girls deep fishing trip in the Dry Tortugas. It is a great way to relax, fish, have some fun and share beauty secrets. Just because you are on vacation does not give you an excuse to lay around like a manatee scarfing up all you can eat and never applying lip gloss. Beauty needs to be approached from all sides and at all times, even on holiday.

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The four of us who attend this trip each year live active lifestyles and we include a healthy diet and plenty of exercise into our daily routines. When we get together, it is a great way for all of us to share our favorite tips, as each one of us is an expert in our own respective areas.

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My friend Eden is a great chef so when it comes to eating healthy she shows us how we can improve our dietary ways. When she caught a Spanish mackerel she instantly had it made into a sashimi with ponzu sauce that was nutritious and delicious and, as we all know, fish is a skin-friendly food.

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Stacy is our fitness fanatic so she brought sets of bands and bungees for us to work out with every morning while we were out at sea keeping us bikini ready even after a few pina coladas.

Monique is our resident fisherwoman, so she taught us how to reel ‘em in with ease and how to identify each fish we caught.

I, of course, kept everyone covered head to toe in sunscreen and gave personalized makeup lessons for each of the ladies to keep them glowing and gorgeous. This will also ensure you look great in your vacation photos! When you keep up your beauty routine even while you are away, you will feel better about yourself. The new things you learned can even be incorporated into your life back home.

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Girlfriends are the most precious beauty tool you have so let’s all help each other stay gorgeous!

Not All Highlighter Is Created Equal

There is shimmer, glitter, glow, dew, sparkle, glitz and glam, but where and when do they make sense? I’ll break down what each one is and what is right for you depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.

Day and night highlighters vary, as do the ones designed for oily skin and dry skin. Highlighters come in powders, bricks, sprays, creams and liquids, so there is a lot to choose from. If it’s a daytime look you are going for, the best highlighters are shimmers, glows and dews.These girly adjectives just describe the effect they’ll have on the skin after applying them. In the daylight, you want to apply these more subtle highlighters that will illuminate the skin and create a radiant effect without looking too overdone. They have a more pearlescent finish and don’t scream disco ball.

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For daytime, if you have dry skin, go for my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Highlighters in Pink Luster or Gold Luster. Tap these cream highlighters on top of cheekbones and on the brow bone as well as on the inner corners of the eyes for a very natural shimmer.

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Make Under Compact Dew is another fab cream highlighter that is great for normal to dry skin and is so sheer is looks like your skin is dewy fresh. You can actually apply this along the bridge of your nose and on top of cheeks for an almost-moist look.

If you have oily skin, stick with powder highlights and try sweeping on any of the highlight shades in my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eyes Shadow Palettes, which will leave the skin and eyes perfectly glowing.

At night, you can take it up a notch and use loose powders on dry or oily skin to kick up the sparkle factor. Try La Femme Sparkle Dust in numbers 5, 9 or 14, which will spark instant attraction. For a bit more glitz, try the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. These have a bit more of a metallic finish and will definitely make a statement.

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Try the Era Rayz 24 Karat Body Spray for a glitzy take on body sparkle that won’t rub off on your clothes. Hardcore disco divas should try Scott Barnes Body Bling for limbs that radiate. This is not for the faint of heart and be careful with your light colored clothing. If you are really young (like under 21), you can play with glitter but don’t go crazy or you will look certifiable. Keep the glitter on one area of the face at a time try Make Up For Ever Glitters. These fun pots of jazz will keep you looking fun and festive.

So there you go, all highlighters may not be created equal, but they all will get you noticed!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

How to Erase a Hangover

We have all been there: Blurry red eyes, dark circles, greyish complexion and a pounding headache. All in the name of fun! But it was worth it, wasn’t it? Now it’s time to face the music because you need to get up, pull it together and get your sorry butt to work. Here are some fast fixes to make it look like you went to bed at 8pm and drank nothing but herbal tea.

Fast Fix Concealer All Over Brightener

First thing you want to do is take a shower and blast yourself with a bit of cold water. It may be brutal, but it will shock your system and wake you up. After drying off, moisturize your face and body to replenish your skin and reinstate that hydration. Get out the eye drops and eliminate the tell tale signs of the party last night and then apply a luminizing face primer. Blend on foundation and dab Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer All Over Brightener under your eyes. This fast fix concealer will immediately wake up your eyes and brighten up your entire face.

Line your upper lashline with a navy blue eyeliner to make the white of your eyes look whiter. The color will also draw attention away from your not-so-fresh face. Sweep on a champagne highlighter across your lids, on top of cheekbones and on the inner corners of the eyes. Apply black mascara to top lashes only then swirl on a pop of bright cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. This is a quick way to freshen your look in a flash. Slick on a pink gloss and voila. Fresh as a daisy! Now drink tons of water, take two Advil and swear you will never drink again!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Perils of Parabens

I’m sure you have seen a lot of beauty products on the market being advertised as paraben-free, but many women don’t really have any idea what parabens actually are. They are a chemical preservative found in everything from shampoos to makeup and are used to keep products from going bad by preventing the growth of bacteria.

There is a debate about the safety of parabens because there are many conflicting studies, some of which link this additive to breast cancer. The chemical is thought to mimic estrogen, which plays a role in the development of this type of disease. They are also thought to disrupt the immune system, so many women who may be pregnant or who already have children may want to avoid using paraben products.

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There are also many studies claiming in their defense that the low levels used in products have no harmful effect at all on the body and can’t be proven to cause anything. I decided to go totally paraben-free when I created Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy, because if you can avoid a potential threat, do it! There are plenty of safe ingredients that will do the same job as parabens and keep your products from going bad. This way you can be worry-free and look totally fabulous. A few other great paraben-free products on the market are Bare Escentuals, Josie Maran and Korres. Check out Korres’ Lip Butter, pictured at left.

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.