Jemma Kidd Makeup School: Beach Beauty

I love the Jemma Kidd line, very high quality makeup and beautiful color combinations.

Looking good at the beach can seem a challenging proposition…especially at the beginning of the summer. International make-up artist and award winning product designer Jemma Kidd offers tips for the beach-bound to feel confident and ready for the summer months ahead.

To get started, “Mix a little body shimmer into sunscreen to prevent skin from looking dull, and use make-up to define the eyes and add a healthy glow.”

For a day at the beach:

Eyes: Line the upper lash line with dark brown pencil for definition. Apply a shimmery peach eye shadow from the upper lash line to the socket crease. Add a little shimmer under the lower lash line using a gold eyeliner pencil. Apply dark brown waterproof mascara. (Try: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Define Stayput Eyeliner in Mahogany and Vintage Gold, Eye Essentials Shimmer Shadow in Peachie, and Lasting Tint: Semi Permanent, Waterproof Lash Colour in Brown)

Lips: Use a hydrating lip balm with a nude shimmering finish and high SPF to protect lips and keep them feeling moist despite sea spray and sun. Nude/brown tones are more flattering with a tan than red. (Try: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Ultimate Lip Care Protect & Shimmer SPF 12 in Nude)

Face: Apply sunscreen and layer sheer tinted moisturizer on top, blending it well. Pat on concealer as needed to cover blemishes or redness. Bring a natural flush to your cheeks by blending in pink cheek stain, which is water-resistant and will last longer than cream blush. If you need it, blend a little gold-toned highlighter or cream bronzer onto the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin and temples. (Try: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Mineral Skin Nourishing Tint SPF 20, Rosy Glow Lip & Cheek Tint, and Dual Illuminator Crème Highlighter & Shimmer Dust in Champagne)

From beach to bar:

Eyes: Draw along the upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner pencil. Apply bronze crème eye shadow over the lid and layer with bronze metallic pigment. Apply black mascara to define and thicken the lashes. (Try: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Define Stayput Eyeliner in Pitch, Crushed Jewel Crème Duo in Bronzite, and Lash Xtension Mascara)

Lips: Moisturize with nude lip balm and add a layer of non-sticky nude or soft pink lipgloss. (Try: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss in Shell)

Face: Apply a tinted moisturizer and concealer as needed, then lightly dust with a little translucent powder before sweeping a little bronzer over the cheekbones and temples. (Try: Jemma Kidd Make Up School Mineral Skin Nourishing Tint SPF 20, and Bronze Perfection Natural Skin)


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NEW REPORT: Adults should wear a “golf ball-sized” amount of sunblock.

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I just watched this clip on The Today show, as they discussed the new laws when it comes to sunscreen! Starting in the summer of 2012, the packaging on sunblock will look MUCH different.

One thing that stood out in the video above is that the FDA says that we “under use” sunblock. That adults should be wearing a golf ball-sized amount of sunblock while in the sun. And not only that – it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours! That’s crazy to me! I can’t believe we have to use that much – and that often!

Here we’ve broken down the new, stricter FDA sunscreen guidelines for you:

*Sunscreen manufacturers will have to follow stricter guidelines when describing how well their products block ultraviolet B rays.

*Sunscreens that don’t protect against both ultraviolet A and B rays and have a sun protection factor, or SPF, below 15 will have to carry warning label: “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”

*FDA will also prohibit sunscreen marketing claims like “waterproof” and “sweatproof,” which the agency said “are exaggerations of performance.”

*Products that protect against UVA and UVB will be labeled “broad spectrum.” In an effort to clear up the confusing mix of numbers, acronyms and symbols on sunscreen labels, the FDA says manufacturers must phase out a four-star system currently used by some companies to rate UVA protection.

*Only sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher can claim to lower the risk of cancer. The FDA also proposed capping the highest SPF value at 50, unless companies can provide results of further testing that support a higher number. Some products on the market claim to offer SPF protection of a 100 or higher.

Last year an estimated 68,130 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – and an estimated 8,700 died, according to the National Cancer Institute. Nearly $2 billion is spent treating the disease each year.

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Bare Escentuals: Friends & Family “Sharing The Love” is this weekend‏.

Bare Escentuals Friends & Family “Sharing The Love” event is this Thursday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th. We wanted to pass along the coupon below to share with your readers and loved ones for 20% off all purchases at any Bare Escentuals Boutique location or at www.BareEscentuals.com (see fine print for full details).


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Introducing Mama Mio High Protein Face Care

I was given the opportunity to try the new Mama Mio High Protein Face Care and I chose Nexercise. A special formula to tighten the skin on your neck and jaw line. They have two simple  tightening exercises then the Nexercise  serum you apply daily. The product itself has a great light fresh scent and absorbed into my skin very easily. After a few weeks my neck is a looking firmer but the best results have been on my jaw line. It has really firmed and smoothed the skin along my jaw line making my whole face look leaner. I am really impressed with the results, can’t wait to try more of the line.
Mama Mio is thrilled to introduce the latest breakthrough in skin care: Mama Mio High Protein Face Care – protein-packed products combined with toning exercises for a youthful, fit face.

The 5 lightweight products are packed with heavyweight ingredients that work on the protein at every level of your skin: the keratin on the surface, the collagen and elastin protein one layer down, and finally on the protein-packed muscles immediately below the skin. Each product is packaged with Mama Mio’s “Little Book of Confidence” which includes corresponding 60-second exercises. Because the muscles in your face are actually attached to your skin, performing these simple exercises daily can make a big difference very quickly.

The collection includes the following:

Mighty Moisture Morning and Evening Moisturiser ($48): This lightweight moisture concentrate is your twice daily dose of everything skin needs to be strong, firm, fit, resilient and elastic without weighing it down.

Love Your Life Lines Deep Line Reducer ($48): The ultimate enemy of marionette lines, upper lip pucker, crow’s feet and frowny forehead furrows, this concentrated light-reflecting cream gets right in the groove with 10 actives designed to plump up and fill out deep facial lines.

Eye Know Moisturising Eye Serum ($39): This jam-packed serum tackles dehydration, dark circles, puffiness, crow’s feet, wrinkles, and saggy baggy-ness, leaving you looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Nexercise Neck and Jawline Concentrate ($45): Keep the dreaded jiggly jowls and wobbly wattle at bay with Nexercise, a tightening, firming essential for softening jaw lines and recapturing strong, firm, taut, toned, fit skin.

Clean Slate Aloe Rich Cleanser ($32): Make the most of your cleansing routine by infusing skin with essential oils, firming proteins, pre- and pro-biotics and omegas while gently yet effectively removing impurities.

Check out the whole line here, www.mamamio.com


Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to me for an honest review.


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