Khloe Kardashian’s Confession: #INeedSparkle

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My favorite Kardashian and I have something in common… We both have a serious crush on Sparkle. #INeedSparkle and so does Khloe!

I’m sure you all remember I mentioned in my previous post that Khloe and I have some sparkletastic news to drop soon! The big reveal is coming next week, but first, check out this video from Khloe containing hints about the juicy secret:

Can we please talk about how stunning Khloe looks in the video? I live for her long ombre colored locks per usual, but I’m completely obsessed with her makeup. She paired a romantic smokey eye with a soft pink lip… and of course, some serious bronzer. Watch out Kim, your sister is coming for your crown as the Queen of Contouring.

I adore adore the outfit she ended up selecting, too. She strikes the perfect balance of sophistication and sparkle. And she knows that 90s era Mariah is not the way to go when it comes to sparkling. (Reminder: Glitter and Sparkle are two extremely different things. Sorry, Mariah!)

Normally I would get territorial if someone as beautiful as a Kardashian was cruising one of my crushes, but trust me, there is enough of Sparkle to go around. Yum.

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If you want the full scoop, Khloe’s reveal video drops Sept. 25th! I’ll have it posted here on Martinis and Mascara next week with full deets on the amazingness that is Sparkle. Prepare to celebrate! In the mean time, head on over to www.ineedsparkle.com to get your sparkle fix. ;)

[This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014.]

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Obsession of the Day: Nexxus Color Assure System and Pre-Wash Primer

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It’s no secret that my vibrant red hair comes from a bottle. As my fellow redheads know, the struggle is real. Red fades faster than any other shade due to the size of the red color molecules. With that said, I’m always on the lookout for dependable products that will keep my red locks looking brighter longer. I have been using the Nexxus Color Assure system for the past three weeks and am thrilled to share that it has really sealed the deal!

The Nexxus Color Assure System is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection. The batch of products includes the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic.

My favorite product from the system is the new Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, a pre-treatment designed to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.

The almond oil works to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage while coconut oil provides softness and elasticity. The Argan oil gives an extra boost by improving shine and vibrancy. This combo is like a veil of protection from evil color suckers.

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It’s super easy to use as well! Before you shower, just apply 5-7 pumps to dry hair, starting at the ends and working up to the root. Apply enough so that hair is soft and silky, but not saturated. (If your hands are greasy after applying the Primer, then you have applied too much.) A little goes a long way!

Ready to join me and lock in your color for 2X longer color protection and vibrancy? Look for the Nexxus Color Assure System in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nexxus through Condé Nast, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

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On Location at ARROJO Tomorrow

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Greetings from New York!

I stopped by to visit my friends at the ARROJO Studio in SoHo this morning and absolutely fell in love with the space! (Click here for a recap on how much I also adore Nick Arrojo and his incredible hair skills).

I was invited to pop in to do makeup on location at the studio tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be making faces with the amazing Giella custom blend cosmetics line that they carry at ARROJO. If you are in the New York area, come see me and I can teach you how to update your fall makeup wardrobe! It’s time. ;)

Click here for the service menu of everything they have to offer and call 212-242-7786 to book an appointment. If you book a salon service I’ll be on hand to provide makeup touch-ups as well. Hope to see you there!

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Martinis, Mascara, and Manhattan!

805cb83858667b04dd52747548cbbb64 I’m thrilled to announce that I’m taking Martinis and Mascara to New York City!

If you follow me on social, you probably got the memo that I packed my bags and left sunny South Florida on Monday. I have been on the go ever since and I now have a clear understanding of why they call it the city that never sleeps!

Naturally, I picked Fashion Week to kick off my new adventure. I have been attending all sorts of events and visiting my fav beauty industry peeps to produce some fun stuff for you all to read in the next few days!

Keep your eye out for beauty tips from Fashion Week, my favorite products from the Glam Fashion Week Insiders dinner, and much more!

I’m so excited to start this new chapter of my life and I just wanted to thank you all for sharing it with me. I would not be able to do this without the endless support of my beautiful friends and readers. Cheers to Martinis, Mascara, and Manhattan! ;)

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#INeedSparkle: My Must-Have Products for Ultimate Sparkling

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Hello beautiful readers! I’m a firm believer that you should never let anyone dull your sparkle. To help punch up your inner sparkle, I’ve selected my absolute favorite products to help you shimmer, sparkle, and shine on the outside, too!

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown I actually have this stuff in every shade, but Ballet Pink and Silver Moon are my favorites. The buildable shadow is super versatile because you can control the level of sparkle! Use just a touch for a subtle hint of shimmer or really pack it on for a glittery night out.

 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Glitters

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Sparkle alert! This loose glitter means business. Use an adhesive or bonding agent like Too Faced Glitter Glue Glitter Bonding Eyeshadow Primer and pack this stuff on to get the disco ball effect on your lids.

 

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

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Not comfortable decking your entire eye out in glitter? Make a statement with a swift stroke of sparkle instead. I adore the Urban Decay glitter eyeliners. You will love them too, promise!

10534929_614192218696827_1900508471_n You know who loves sparkle just as much as I do? My favorite Kardashian – Khloe! Head on over to www.ineedsparkle.com to see why Khloe and I share the #INeedSparkle mentality. Keep an eye out for future blog posts as well… I have something fun to announce in the coming weeks! In the mean time, happy sparkling! ;)

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[This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014.]

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Get Taryn Manning’s Retro Waves

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Pennsatucky sure cleans up well! Orange is the New Black star Taryn Manning shined on the Emmys red carpet earlier this week. Celeb hairstylist (and founder of the awesome Hair Room Service) Michael Duenas styled her up with classic retro waves that I fell in love with. He also used some of my favorite products to create this effect! Here are the steps he used to create her look:

  • Starting on damp hair add 2 golf ball sizes of OSiS+ Grip and a few spritz of OSiS+ Session Label Flexible Hold Hairspray to the roots.
  • Blow dry with a Denman brush or vent brush, focusing on adding volume at the scalp.
  • Take a deep side parting, just past the mid of the eyebrow.
  • On the heavy side of the head, start at the top, take an inch thick section from the crown to the hairline, split that section in to 1-inch sections.
  • Using a 1Ž/2 inch curling iron, curl the 1-inch sections towards the face and pin until they are cool.
  • Work in this same way, from behind the ear forward, curling all the hair and pinning.
  • On the lighter side of the head, take 1-inch thick sections from just behind the ear, holding your iron horizontal curl the entire section at once away from the face, work from the parting down till you have curled all the hair.
  • Working on the back of the head, take 2-inch sections in a brick-lay pattern and curl each section, vertically in different directions.
  • Using a wide toothcomb, comb out the curls in the front, forming them into a wave.
  • Brush out the rest of the head with your fingers and touch up with a Mason Pearson.
  • Finish the look with OSiS+ Session Label Strong Hold Hairspray.

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Get Allison Williams’ Emmy Beauty Look (and peek inside her clutch!)

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals Like many of you out there, I live for awards season. I also live for finding out the beauty products that help make our favorite celebs look so darn pretty on the red carpet.

It’s no secret that I have an extreme crush on Brian Williams (he waved at me once – true story), so naturally I adore his daughter too. I thought she killed it last night at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Her glowing Emmy look was thanks in part to celeb makeup artist Pati Dubroff (and also thanks in part to the killer bone structure she received from her dad.) I got the scoop from Pati about the products and techniques she used to achieve this beautiful look.

“Allison had just returned from her summer vacation so her skin was sun-kissed,” she said. “We decided to go with a soft look. I dubbed this ‘pretty in pink with a flash’ – the pink is on the lid, the cheek and the lip, while the flash is a dash of bright yellow gold on the inner corner of her eyes which complimented the bright yellow grosgrain belt on her dress.”

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Pati prepped the skin with tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer in the t-zone to eliminate the need for powder. She then used a small amount of tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 in light medium honey.

“I wanted the sheer coverage so Allison’s freckles could show through,” said Pati.

She finished the skin using tarte park avenue princess bronzer to amp up the tan and tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless on the apples of the cheeks for a pinky flush.

She defined her brows with tarte the brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer in medium-tan.

“I created the structured eyes with Pati Dubroff dream palette using ochre and raw to give matte structure and a soft tone in the crease and under the eye,” said Pati.

She then applied tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in golden beige in the center of the lid for a peachy pink base followed by Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction on top. On the inner corner of the eyes, Pati added a flash of NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado for a flash of bright yellow. At the base of the lash line Pati used tarte lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liquid eyeliner - with a touch of a light flick at the outer corner. She completed Allison’s eyes by coating the lashes in tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.

Pati created a soft but well-structured lip using tarte  LipSurgence matte lip tint in lucky with a touch of tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink layered on top.

Allison’s Gambattista Valli Couture sleeveless dress meant her body was on display too. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the face and forget the rest of the skin, but Pati made sure she was glowing from head to toe!

“It’s just as important to make sure that the skin on her body looks as just as flawless as the skin on her face,” said Pati. “I used Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream in Medium to give a subtle radiant sheen and illuminate Allison’s skin.”

Allison packed her clutch full of the essentials to keep her look fresh all night! She selected tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers and the two tarte lippies Pati applied to keep on hand. Smart girl!

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