Kurv Magazine Men’s Underwear Spread

December 28, 2010

For the December issue of Kurv Magazine I shot a men’s underwear spread with photographer Giuliano Bekor and stylist Anita Patrickson. We shot a total of 22 models in designer underwear. My 2 assistants and I prepped all the models bodies with 2 bottles of Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream. I love this body cream cause it smooths and conditions skin with hydroxy acids and essential oils. We then applied a very thin layer of Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil Gel to the entire body to give a sheen to the skin.


My Top 10 Beauty Products of 2010

December 28, 2010

During this year I was introduced to many amazing beauty products. So I decided to compile a list of my top 10 beauty must haves. As I put them all together, I realized that they are 10 products everyone should have to create a basic face. I found my self using at least 5 of these products every day.

Check out www.sephora.com www.maccosmetics.com and   www.kevynaucoin.com to purchase products.

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1: Josie Maran Argan Oil: This product has pretty much changed the way I do makeup. I use 3-4 drops of this oil and massage into the face. I immediately apply foundation and set with a translucent powder. 100% Pure Argan Oil can also be applied to your hair to tame fly aways and split ends.

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2: Benefit Cosmetics “Hello Flawless” Powder Foundation: This finely milled pressed powder foundation is perfect for those “on the go” moments. I have used these miracle powders on commercials, editorial shoots and the next Benefit ad Campaign coming out in April.

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3: Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit: Who doesn’t love a little or a lot of contour? I am very into that chiseled look and went a little crazy sculpting, highlighting and accentuating cheek and jaw bones. This product comes in 4 different kits and blends easily creating a soft and natural contour.

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4: NARS Blush in Torrid: I got stuck in a rut using the cult favorite Orgasm Blush from NARS until I was introduced to Torrid at Sephora. Torrid is very similar to Orgasm with a stronger pay off and more intense coral undertones. It works really well on Medium to Medium/Dark complexions.

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5: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Powder: This soft beige shimmer powder is prefect for highlighting the face with out looking shiny. Apply lightly to the cheek bones, bridge of nose, chin and forehead for a soft natural glow.

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6: Anastasia Beverly Hills Illumin8 with Youthful Synergy Complex: This is one of the best eye shadow pallets I have used in a very long time. The Illumin8 pallet acts like a skin care and soothes, softens and hydrates the skin while providing a flawless wash of color to the lids. My favorite pallet is the #2, the sleek compacts houses 3 basic neutral shadows and a green and bronze shade.

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7: Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in Bare: This nude lip liner is one of the best I have ever used. I use this pencil to softly contour the lips and correct shape and then set with a translucent powder. I then layer what ever gloss or lipstick on my choice.

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8: Benefit Cosmetics “Stay Dont Stray” Primer: Stay Dont Stray is a liquid shadow and concealer primer. I apply just a little bit to the entire eye area, outside corners, and very lightly under the eye. I let the product dry and then I apply my shadow and concealer as normal for true staying power!

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9: MAC Cosmetics Chromagraphic Pencil: This multi use pencil made me fall in love all over again with MAC Cosmetics. This pencil can be used as an eye liner or concealer. It comes in many bright shades but NW25/NC30 is my fave.

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10: Make Up For Ever Aqua Smokey Lash: This mascara is AMAZING! It volumizes, lengthens, curls and is the blackest black I have ever seen. If that isn’t enough for you, it is also waterproof. I tested this out on a few underwater shoots that I did and it never budged until it was removed with eye makeup remover.

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Top 5 Beauty Gifts for the Makeup Lover!

December 19, 2010

With just 5 shopping days left. I thought it would be great to share my top beauty gifts for the beauty addict in your life. I picked 5 great gifts that fit all price ranges. Check them out below.

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5: My first gift is perfume, try and find out if the person you are shopping for has a favorite scent. Try Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf or my personal favorite Black Orchid from Tom Ford. Black Orchid is a unisex scent and smells amazing on.

 

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4: Josie Maran Beauty in a box is a great gift with mini versions of some of Josie Maran Cosmetics best sellers and some of my personal faves. The kit comes with Lipstick, Liner, Gloss, 100% Argan oil and a few other great items.

 

 

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3: The Clarisonic skin care brush is definitely on my Christmas list this year. The brush cleans makeup 6 times better than tradition cleansing methods. The brush also clears and minimizes pores and helps skin care products absorb quicker while creating noticeably healthier skin.

 

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2: Brush Kits are always a great gift. Who doesn’t love a fresh set of beauty tools? Try the Prestige Brush Collection from Sephora or some of the holiday brush kits from MAC Cosmetics!

 

 

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1: My number one beauty gift item is the Temptu Airbrush System. This state of the art at home Airbrushing kit will give you flawless look after look as if you had your makeup done by the pros.

 

 

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