Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Flashback: Sunless Tanning Video


2 Hot Makeup Trends to Look for this Spring

There is some buzz surrounding 2 very distinct color trends showing up in makeup on runways and pre-Spring catalogs - and its actually awesome for people from my hometown - Syracuse!  You'll see why!

Orange Lipstick

Orange is SO hot for Spring - and actually, before you blanch at the thought of it, it really is a universal color and there are many shades!  True orange works on nearly all shades of skin - and you can keep the eyes subtle or go for soft tawnies and golds- and it actually looks vibrant!

A soft matte that you apply with your ring finger and 'press' into lips looks so natural and fresh!

But heavily layered bright orange is whats been on the runways

and its HOT HOT HOT!

I scoped this out in some magazines as well!

So give it a try already - you'll like it!!!

Best drug store find:
Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Rendezvous"

Department Store:
MAC "Morange" Lipstick

The options are really endless!

The other color trend is bold blue eyeliner (not with the orange lipstick - unless you're going to an SU game!)

I love it in liquid form, because it will glide on and stay on, and will look very bold!  that's what the look is about!  I also prefer to keep the rest of my makeup more minimal, so that the blue has more impact!

 I like NYX Studio Formula

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner

And my fav bargain buy for $10 is Sephora Brand Liquid Liner - it has major staying power!

There you have it!  2 awesome Spring trends to try soon!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shaving Tips and Tricks

Oh Shaving, its so necessary (nearly 90% of the men around the World shave DAILY!) and yet such a pain too!

But here are some things you should know before you swipe your razor again!

- Shaving works best on moist, hydrated skin!  Your skin has the most moisture in the evening, versus the driest in the morning. 
- What if you don't want to shave at night?  You like it as part of your morning routine?  Well try to shave AFTER the shower, when skin is warm, moist and hair is best prepped.
- Why?  Because wet hair is nearly half as strong as dry hair, making it much easier to shave, which means less tugging and pulling on your skin!

- We remove just as much skin as we do hair when we shave!  Dead skin cells collect on the surface of skin, and are removed with the razor.  So its important to clean your razor while shaving and VERY well after shaving!
- To clean your razor after shaving, soak in alcohol, pat totally dry, and store the blade/cartridge back in its plastic protector.
- Any surface the blade touches (including your medicine cabinet) dulls the blade - leading to a dull blade that can cause you razor burn and irritation!

- The multi-blade disposable cartridges are thought to be the best shaving razors to use - but how do you know when to throw them out?
- The moisture strip is a marketing ploy to get you to think your razor needs to be thrown out when it doesn't (thanks razor companies!)
- If you clean and dry your razor after every use and protect it - you can get at least a dozen uses.  But if the blade looks uneven, get rid of it! 
- Oh, and those cheap razors?  Throw them out after each use - they are worthless!

Now you've got some facts and tips for your next shave!! 

I'm back today on Bridge Street

Happy Thursday!  I'm back on Bridge Street today as co-host and beauty segment presenter - hope you can tune in at 10am on WSYR Channel 9!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Maiya's Modelling Themed Birthday

One of my favorite things about makeup artistry, is working with the younger-set!  They have so much enthusiasm and LOVE to go for bold fun looks!  This weekend, a dear friend's younger sister wanted a modeling theme birthday party - to which only the "Dream Team" (Erika DeSocio Photography and your gal Rosa M) would suffice!

Maiya had her best group of gal pals get together, and we started at 9:30 am working on hair and makeup and making final outfit decisions!  One thing that was especially funny was the life size Harry Styles cardboard cut out we had looking over us the whole time - oh to be 13 again!

Here are some of the memorable shots of the day - courtesy of Erika DeSocio Photography (the best there is - check her out on Facebook NOW!)

I loved this athletic girl who had to leave early to go to a basketball game - I asked her what her team color was and she said PINK!  So she got pink eyelashes!
Check out your fav MUA in action!

The other beautiful girls

And of course, the birthday girl!
(who has the most beautiful doe eyes!)

Erika and I having a quick selfie sesh before the outside fun began!

Erika was able to capture their innocence and youth so perfectly!

Afterwards, the girls came in to thaw out and they got to preview the pics!  They were in awe of Erika (not surprising - I am too!)

We all had the best time!

If you want to book YOUR party (for any age!) contact me today!
(315) 430-3855

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Makeup: You're not doing it right

Hey followers - in case you missed my radio chat today about makeup tricks you aren't doing right - I wanted to blog my 5 items that you might want to consider changing!

1. Using white eyeliner on the your lower line/waterline

The key here is that you might be using WHITE, and our eyes are not actually white, they are off-white.  So a pure white liner will make eyes look reddish or yellow-y and we don't want that.  Lining the lower waterline with ivory or nude is a great way to make eye appear brighter and more awake - its one of my favorite tricks!

2. Using bronzer all over the face

Although a tan glow IS sexy - its meant for the beach days and not work days - too much bronzer looks fake and overdone - but you don't have to store it away!  Instead, if you use a BB or CC cream, or even a tinted moisturizer - you can just amp up the shade by one step to give the color a bit more intensity.  I don't meant to say that you make your foundation a whole shade darker, foundations are usually too pigmented to do that, but you could add a drop or two of a darker shade to intensify it. 

THEN, you use your fav bronzer to contour your face instead of apply powder everywhere.  You apply it to the hollows of your cheeks, your hairline and jawline

The result is a glow from within that looks appropriate all year!


3. Using eyeliner across the bottom lashes

Although there are times that call for deep dark sultry eyes, that is not necessarily a great look on everyone.  I find that women start a habit of eyeliner and they NEVER change - but this might be something to consider.  Unless you have wide doe-eyes, you probably shouldn't be using eyeliner to 'close in' your eyes.
Instead, try only lining halfway, and making it a softened and smudged line instead of a harsh one

Then you can add a highlighter or light shadow to the inner corner which also makes the eyes brighter and more awake!

Try it, I think you'll like it!

4. Not blending your blush

Ok, in some editorials you see bold over the top blush - but that is not for us daily beauties that have to go to work - blush is ESSENTIAL, it balances out eye and lip color, gives our skin a sexy flush and brightens our complexion.  I never skip blush, even if I am using bronzer.

Blush should look like a natural 'flush' on your face - and if you can clearly see where it starts and stops, well, you're not doing it right!

To get it right, I either use an angled blush brush for powder, or my fingers to apply cream blush (my favorite!)

Use cream blush sparingly, and blend in thoroughly

The result should be flawless ad soft - EVEN if you are using a bold color

5. Applying dark lipstick right from the tube

although there are times where you need to make a touch up on the fly - and applying from the tube is your best shot - deeper and bolder lipsticks can look too thick if you apply them right from the tube!

Using a lip brush will not only give you flawless precision to actually trace your real lip line but it will only add the product you need, which makes the color look better and wear of more evenly

alternatively, you can use your ring finger to 'press' the lipstick into the lips