Archive for March, 2011

Beauty & Fashion

March 30, 2011

The Secret to Getting A Flawless Complexion

One of my biggest pet peeves with makeup, is making sure that everything is blended seamlessly. From my tinted moisturizer to blush, everything works better together when there are no apparent distinctions. Makeup artists, magazines, and blogs have been raving out this little secret—and I, of course, had to share it with you!

To buy: $20,


This little pink sponge is the ultimate makeup tool. The Beautyblender was designed by makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, who has beautified Hollywood starlets like Macy Gray, Carmen Electra, and Erin Andrews. She developed the product while on a shoot and decided to take it to the mass market, so the rest of us could enjoy having perfect skin, too. The pointed edge is perfect for right around the eyes and I’ve been using the sponge not just for my concealer, but cream or liquid blushes, too.


I asked Rea Ann to share some of her tips on how to use this handy tool.


5  Tips on the Beauyblender From the Expert

Bounce beautyblender against your face when applying make up. This blends make up without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin.


Use the round base for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin.


Use it damp when applying wet/dry make up. When the beautyblender is wet, it is normal for it to expand to nearly twice its original size. Wash after use and place it in the insert pedestal to dry.


If you have problem skin the beautyblender works to cover blemishes. Use the pointed end and the stipple and twist technique to work make up into depressed areas of the face. The stippling and twisting action feathers out the makeup’s edges, leaving a perfect finish.


The smaller tip end is not only the best applicator for concealer under the eyes, around the nose, but also for achieving dramatic results with your eyeshadow!



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Now What Baby?

March 29, 2011

Say goodbye to makeup lines with the BeautyBlender!


I constantly have makeup lines. Unfortunately, I usually don’t notice them until after I leave the house or when I see a picture of them glaring at me. I don’t think that it’s a matter of me being makeup challenged but instead being without the right equipment. When I saw the beautyblender I was uncertain if this pretty sponge (which reminded me of an Easter egg) could really be the answer to my poor blending woes. Surprisingly, it is the answer. Thebeautyblender made it really easy to apply my foundation flawlessly. The unique shape not only allowed me to get access to hard to reach areas but it also eliminated the streaks caused by applying with my fingers or those cheap foam sharp-edged sponges. I also really liked how easy it was to apply makeup around my eyes with the pointed tip!

New techniques were learned too – thank you beautyblender! You simply wet the beautyblender, place your foundation on the round bottom, and then basically bounce the applicator against your face to apply your makeup. Apparently this bouncing concept is common knowledge to skilled makeup artists but it still sounds strange and I was pretty sure I would wind up looking like I had leopard spots on my face. Yet it really does an amazing job and the coolest part is that it did a great job of working with the texture of my skin. I have blotchy raised areas on my cheeks and usually they look cakey when I apply foundation. Using the beautyblender left those areas looking even with the rest of my face. You can even use the beautyblender to apply blush to your cheeks, so you no longer need to carry lots of different applicators for your makeup. Another added plus – it’s easy to clean and maintain (no need to keep buying and tossing sponges). All you have to do is wash it after each use and place it back in it’s pedestal case to dry. It’s latex free, non-allergenic, and odor free. I really like the soft suede texture. It feels so smooth and clean when I use it to apply my makeup. This non-disposable, eco-friendly beauty solution can be purchased from a number of retailers – Sephora has it for $19.95 for one or $25.95 for two (it would be nice to keep one in your makeup bag and one in your bathroom).

Simply Stated: I love this magic pink makeup solution. You simply have to try it yourself to see the difference.

Special thanks to BeautyBlender for providing a sample for review purposes.


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March 11, 2011

Style Q&A: Kelsey Chow Of Disney’s ‘Pair Of Kings’

As the only leading lady along side Mitchel Musso on the Disney XD original seriesPair of Kings”, Starpulse caught up with brunette beauty Kelsey Chow to find out how she keeps her fashion and beauty trends in check on and off the set of this live action teen sitcom.

Your red carpet style is always so chic. How do you decide what to wear to an event?

I try to keep it fresh in terms of the type or theme of the event and what I wore to the last one.  Most importantly, I want to feel comfortable in what I wear.

What labels or stores are you loving right now? Any Spring fashion trends you are shopping for?

Shakuhachi and Isabel Marant. I love mixing prints. The costume designer for “Pair of Kings” and I have actually incorporated the trend for my character ‘Mikayla’.

How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?

I guess I’ll have to give my parents credit for that! I try not to overstyle it and keep the ends trimmed.

If we were to look on your vanity, what beauty products would Starpulse find?

YSL Lipstick in Rouge, Loreal Voluminous Mascara, and Neutrogena Naturals Facial Cleanser

Have you learned any makeup tricks or tips on set you can share with our readers?

The ‘beautyblender’… Every makeup artist I’ve worked with in NY and LA for the past 6 months has used this applicator. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!


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Makeup Artist Dedra Whitt Shares Camille’s Beauty Secrets!

March 10, 2011

Camille’s makeup artist dishes on the Real Housewife’s favorite beauty tips and secrets!

Dedra Whitt is Camille Grammer’s best friend and makeup artist, so she knows the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star so well! Dedra tells us all about working with Camille, and how they get her looking so beautiful for the Bravo cameras.

Eye Shadow: “I like shimmery shadows because they are light and pretty. They can really pop the eye if you use them appropriately– not all over, just in certain areas.” Dedra loves to use I Nuovi’s Metallogy: “They are almost three-dimensional.” Dedra also loves the lipsticks from this line: “They have flecks of gold so they kind of change color.”

Skincare Products: Camille’s favorite line is the exclusive Epicuren, which is “an amazing, amazing skincare line that really rejuvenates the skin.” (This line is available at spas and authorized retailers.)

Tanning Products: Though Camille’s glow is mostly natural from tanning outside, Dedra uses Sally Hansen tanning spray to enhance her color: “It actually works! We use it on her body.” (Sounds like Camille knows a beauty bargain when she finds one!) For Camille’s face, Dedra skips the tanning products and instead uses foundation in a slightly darker shade. Such a great tip!

Blending: “We always use the Beauty Blender to blend her foundation flawlessly!”

Concealing: Dedra uses Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer– her tip is to “tilt your chin down your chest so you can see where the dark circles under your eyes are, and apply the concealer on the bottom and blend up!”

Camille’s personal beauty tip:  “Sometimes in a pinch when I need a little color in my cheeks, I”ll add some lip gloss to them. It also gives a dewy, illuminating effect.” -Camille

Dedra says that she always does Camille’s makeup for the show. “We joke about it. If your best friend is a makeup artist and you don’t know how to do your own makeup, then you ask her to do your makeup every day!” Dedra even traveled to NYC with the housewives for a press tour. Sounds like Dedra and Camille have a truly beautiful friendship!

Check out Dedra and Camille’s favorite products below, then try them for yourself!

–Allie Jordan

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Seamless Finish: BeautyBlender

March 8, 2011

Heidi Lee -Baltimore Makeup Examiner

All makeup users have gone through similar woes when they apply their foundation: splotchy, uneven coverage left by conventional makeup sponges and streaky, mask-like finishes from foundation brushes. My own frustration with foundation application ended when I started using the Beauty Blender as it provides a seamless foundation finish and even coverage. Resembling a gaudy Easter egg, the Beauty Blender looks like a peculiar and outlandish little work of art as it rests in its cylindrical pedestal. The Beauty Blender’s tapered shape gives precise application on all areas of the face including the nose and mouth. The trick to achieving the ideal finish with the Beauty Blender is to use it damp. After running the Beauty Blender under the sink and squeezing out all the excess water, it has already expanded up to twice its size. It dampness left in the Beauty Blender not only inhibits the product from absorbing immediately into the sponge, but also prevents streaks and smudge. The result? A soft-focus, airbrushed finish. It is essential that you DO NOT drag the product over your face with the sponge. The Beauty Blender is designed for the “stippling” technique, which is a gentle bouncing or dabbing motion. Its unconventional three-dimensional structure is ideal for the stippling technique, allowing makeup artists and lovers free range with their favorite makeup products.

One of the many wonderful things about the Beauty Blender is that it is reusable for up to three or four months. Make sure to wash your Beauty Blender thoroughly after each use. The cleanser provided by Beauty Blender does a good job in removing the leftover product, but an ordinary foaming face wash works just as beautifully. Keep the packaging that comes with the product. After washing, place the Beauty Blender on top of its pedestal to dry.

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