Look For Less: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Everyone has been raving about the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) with its twelve gorgeous neutral shades from shimmer to matte textures. But who wants to pay over fifty dollars on eyeshadow?

NYX’s Nude on Nude Palette ($25) is a medley of 20 neutral eyeshadows and 10 vibrant lip colors, and it doesn’t break the bank.

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Let’s compare the two palettes:

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Urban Decay Naked Palette:

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NYX Nude on Nude Palette:

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Both palettes have similar colors and a variety of shimmery and matte eyeshadows. Would you rather pay $54 for twelve eyeshadows or $25 for twenty? You’re welcome.

 

 

Summer Beauty Trend: 3 Steps For BRIGHT LIPS That Last

This summer the new trend is bright lips. Of course, it takes more than  just the perfect lipstick to create lasting lipcolor. Lucky for you, we have some quick and easy ways to make sure your lips stay perfectly bright all summer long. Here are 3 tips for getting the perfect bright lip.


1. Exfoliate your lips before for smoother application.
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50)
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2. Store bright lipsticks in the fridge to prolong its life.

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3. Use a lip liner to prevent feathering and to extend the life of your lip color.
Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner ($19)
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Beautybox : The Most-Wanted Korean Cosmetics Delivered to Your Doorstep

Have you ever wanted to try new products without buying the full size bottle? Are you looking for the most trusted and best-loved Korean beauty products, but you have no idea how to get a hold of them? Well it sounds like it’s time for you to try out a beautybox.

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The beauty box by Memebox brings together products that are sourced, packaged and shipped directly from Korea.

“There are couple of reasons behind this,” The Memebox website explains. “Firstly, we want to make sure that you get the widest choice of products, and that means not limiting ourselves to a small warehouse outside of Korea. Secondly, beauty trends evolve incredibly rapidly, and shipping directly from Korea allows us to stay on top of that.”

The best part about this is all variation between the different beauty boxes. For instance the original Memebox ($23) contains 4-8 full sized products and deluxe samples that vary from hair and body products, to skin care and cosmetics. That’s right, you get to choose specifically what type of beauty products you’re looking for.

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There are special edition boxes that focus on masks ($23), scents ($15), or colors ($15).

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Additionally, there is the Superbox which contains full-sized products and the Luckybox which combines the most popular items selected from previously sold-out Memeboxes. There are even boxes for men ($29).

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Top 5 Natural/Nude Lip Glosses

Vibrant and bold colors have certainly risen in popularity. We can’t tell you how many women reach for their bright red lipstick on a night out. More women are also choosing colorful eyeliner and eye shadow to make their facial features pop.

Despite this, there are certainly still a handful of women who opt for for more natural-looking lips. Maybe you prefer to draw attention to your eyes. Maybe a nude shade better matches your skin-tone. Maybe you just simply like the look of natural and nude lips. Whatever the reason may be, we have just the thing for natural lip gloss lovers.

Audrey intern, Paulina Lee, is here to give some insight on the top 5 Natural/Nude Lip Glosses currently on the market.


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1) Bobbi Brown- Rich Color Gloss in Pink Buff ($25)
This lip gloss gives lips a beautiful glossy appearance without the stickiness.  It also provides a layer of moisture, which gives even dry lips the appearance of a smooth gloss finish.  The pigment of this is a bit more on the matted side.


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2) Smashbox - Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Forever- Whispering Pink ($22)
Although the pigment looks glittery in its container, it isn’t so when applied.  When applied on your lips, the color comes out as a pretty pink shimmer with just the right amount of gloss.  It’s great for a fun night out and another plus is its lasting quality– one application can last for hours.


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3) Benefit - Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Dandelion ($16)
Not only does this lipgloss give a youthful appearance, but smells wonderful to boast.  The pigment of this lip gloss is much more sheer than the two above, but still retains the a pretty glossy quality without feeling sticky.


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4) Revlon - ColorStay Overtime Liquid in Forever Pink ($10)
This gloss is long-lasting as one side is the pigmented color while the clear end of the stick acts as a sealing conditioner to maintain the glossiness.  It boasts a 16 hour lasting quality to it, allowing the subtle pop of color to last throughout the day.


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5) LUSH - Lips Liquid lipstick in Perspective ($19)
Like all LUSH products, this lipgloss is made from entirely natural ingredients such as rose wax and jojoba oil.  It is not as glossy as the others and may need to be touched up with additional clear gloss, but it stands out with its vibrant yet subtle pigment.  Also, this product unique in its versatility, as it can also be used as blush or eyeshadow as well.

Cosmetics Meets Technology: 3D Print Any Color Makeup From Your Computer

Story by Ruth Kim. 

Ladies, ever scroll through Tumblr or Pinterest and see a lip color that you’re just dying to have? Or maybe you accidentally drop your eye shadow case and the palette bursts into a thousand, tiny particles (isn’t that the worst?), and you need a replacement ASAP.

Well, with the Mink printer, these dreams may soon come true.

Grace Choi, a former MBA student at Harvard Business School, is introducing a gadget that may just shake up (and piss off) the makeup industry: a mini 3D inkjet printer that prints real, usable makeup in the comfort of your own home.

Choi, who calls herself a “serial inventor,” debuted a proof-of-concept demo of the Mink printer at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week. She launched her presentation with this bold claim: “The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bullsh–.”

Summarized by Choi in simple terms, all makeup is made of are cheap raw material substrates that are mixed with varying shades of pigment. Cheaper and more accessible makeup products, sold at a Walmart or CVS, only come in colors that will sell in masses. More unique “niche” shades are sold at exponentially higher prices at Sephora or makeup counters. Who wants to pay that kind of money? “No one, that’s who,” Choi says.

So this is where the Mink 3D printer comes in. The gadget essentially turns the internet into an “endless beauty aisle,” says Choi. From any YouTube channel, Pinterest board or Facebook photo, makeup enthusiasts can select a shade, use a color picker to copy the exact hex code, click print, and voila. But you’ll just have to see it to believe it. Watch Choi’s demo in this video.

When all is said and done, Choi will initially sell the mini printer at the retail price of $300. We’re just simply fascinated at the endless possibilities that technology can offer.

 

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com

 

LOVIN’ LILAC

Get in on Pantone’s color of the year with tips from makeup artist Christina Choi on how to do orchid, lavender and plum on every type of eye. 

For spring, we’ll be seeing a lot of plums, lavenders and lilac in makeup and on the runways. I love this color trend because these shades look especially great on Asian skin tones. It’s also flattering for dark brown, brown and hazel eyes. Here, I show you how to wear this trend on three different eye shapes using Christina Choi Cosmetics. Finish each look with a sweep of Luxury Gloss in K-Pop, our new shade for spring, infused with argan oil and vitamin E — it’s the perfect complement to the lilac eye trend.


THE TOOLS:

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From left: Deluxe Stamp Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Bullet Crease Brush and Contour Crease Brush, all by Christina Choi Cosmetics.

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Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow

 

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Island Orchid Eyeshadow

 

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 EYE TYPES:

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Eyes with small crease (thin double eyelids):
-Dust a sheer layer of Splendor Eye- shadow, a baby pink, from lash base up to the brow bone using the Deluxe Blending Brush.
-Keeping your eyes slightly open, contour the natural crease line with Chai Eyeshadow, a medium matte brown, using the tip of the Angled Shadow Brush. This brush is designed specifically for a thin double crease.
-Line the upper lash line with Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow, a deep eggplant purple with silver flecks, using the Perfect Liner Brush. For a softer look, apply dry. If you want a more liquid liner effect, add a touch of water to your brush, mix, apply and wing outwards.
-Dust the lower lash base with Island Orchid Eyeshadow, a neon-lilac, using the Deluxe Stamp Brush. This brush is designed to make eye lining a breeze. Just use the side of the bristles and stamp onto the lower lash base starting from the outer corner, working your way in.

Eyes with no crease (monolid):
-Apply two layers of Island Orchid along the lower lash line using the Deluxe Stamp Brush. Then apply Island Orchid to the eyelid, blending and diffusing with the Crease Defin- ing Brush.
-Frame the upper lash line with Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow using the Bullet Crease Brush to slightly smoke out the liner. For a more dramatic effect, add a couple layers of Purple Galaxy, making the liner thicker and diffusing the edges with the Bullet Crease Brush to create a blended appearance.
-Frame the lower lash base with Purple Galaxy Eyeshadow using the Perfect Liner Brush.

Deep set crease:
-Apply a light layer of Island Orchid into the natural crease of your eyes using the Contour Crease Brush. This brush is designed to fit into a larger crease line.
-For a pop of plum, press Island Orchid on the eyelids using the side of the Deluxe Blending Brush, perfect for a larger eyelid surface.
-Contour the crease line with Purple Galaxy, using the tip of the Angled Shadow Brush. Use only a touch as this shade is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.
-Define the upper and lower lash base with Purple Galaxy using the Perfect Liner Brush.


Christina Choi has more than 17 years of makeup artistry experience, most recently as Designer of Makeup Artistry and National Artist at Bare Escentuals. She founded Christina Choi Cosmetics for the modern woman on-the-go — a multifunctional line complementing all skin tones, eye shapes and ethnicities, with an emphasis on products and brushes that work especially well for Asian features. 

 

This story was originally published in our Spring 2014 issue. Get your copy here.


Christmas Gift Guide For The Make Up Lover

So you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone who loves make up, but you don’t know a thing about a make up. This can get a bit tricky. What brand do you choose? What will look good on her skin? What does that cream even do?

Well have no fear! Here at Audrey, we shared our absolute favorite make up items. If we love these so much, we hope she will too. Check out Ask Audrey Staff | Whats In Our Make Up Bag below to get some Christmas gift ideas for the make up lover in your life.

 


EOS Lip Balm

“Dry lips annoy me and I usually have to choose something that tastes yummy. For the most part, EOS has a pretty decent selection of delicious flavors (not saying that I eat my lips…)” 

 


NYX (The Curve) Eyeliner

“On the days when I have a million meetings to attend and then a function at night, this eyeliner makes touching up my eyes pretty easy- especially when I want to do a dramatic tail. ” 

 

 


MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

“It hides all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone.” 

 

 


Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner (Black)

“So I don’t look like I’m sleeping. Its (Revlon ColorStay) the only one that stays” 

“This has made it onto my list of HG (Holy Grail) products for me. I’ve sworn by this eyeliner since I’ve started wearing makeup. Glides on smoothly – and yes, it really does stay put. ”

“My daily must-have. Really easy to apply and it doesn’t take much effort to get a lot of color out of it. As everyone else has said, it definitely stays on.” 

 

 


SENSAI Lip Treatment

“It’s way beyond a lip balm. It totally makes me feel like I have sumptuous Angelina lips.” 

 

 


Aerin The Mini Lipstick

“The chicest, most minimal lipstick tube ever. It makes me feel stylish just pulling it out of my bag.” 

 

 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Porcelain Pink)

“I could swirl this on with IT Cosmetics super plush powder brush all day long. Adds the perfect hint of sheen and flush to my wan winter pallor and reflects away from my many sunspots!” 

 

 


NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder (in Soft Beige)

“I was introduced to this over the summer and it gives me the most flawless (and very natural) coverage, without feeling heavy. It’s cool to grind the makeup!” 

 

 


Kanebo Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Color (in 113)

“Enough to last me the entire work day. The red is the perfect shade for me to wear on regular days – just enough color, without going too bold. The formula also feels great on my lips! ” 

 


Urban Decay Naked Palette

“When my brother gave me this for my birthday, he said all the workers in the shop wouldn’t stop talking about how perfect this gift would be. As expected, I fell in love. It has enough variety for a chill day in the office to a crazy night out.”

 

 

 

Ask Audrey Staff | What’s In Our Bag? (Summer Edition)

Its time to pull out the sundresses and shorts- summer has arrived! Here at Audrey, we’ve noticed that the products we use during the summertime are very specific. Maybe its the sun or maybe its the mood we’re in during the summertime. Whatever the reason may be, we all have our essential summer items and we’re here to share them with you! Read more to see what’s in our bag this summer!

 

 

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“I love using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It’s true to its name, it has great staying power, which is essential for someone like me with oily skin. Plus, the applicator is easy to use!”


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“Its easy to forget that the sun can also be harmful for my eyes and not just my skin. This is where sunglasses come in! Ray-Bans are basically  the little black dresses of the sunglasses world. Keep this is your bag in case you have unexpected summer adventures and need a pair to match most of your summer looks.”

BB

“For summer, I lay off on the makeup and load up on sunscreen. I generally just use a BB Cream with SPF (I currently have DHC’s BB Cream in my current rotation). This particular one blends really nicely – feels so weightless and provides great coverage. ”

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“For an extra glow/shimmer, I finish off with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightescapade - it feels very luxurious”

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.Since it’s hot and you don’t want to have sweaty make-up/ foundation on, you just use concealer. I LOVE THIS CONCEALER! There are different shades to match your skin tone. This helps just cover blemishes and it doesn’t feel heavy.”

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“I enjoy using Kiehl’s Lip Balm! It works well and smells good. There are different flavors. I’m currently using the coconut one.”

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“I’ve been wearing the Victoria Secret Fantasies collection for as long as I can remember. While I usually opt for warmer scents like vanilla, the new Beach Dreams Collection is perfect for the summertime.”

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“Since the sun is out more often in summer (and I sit right where we get a direct amount of sunlight from the ceiling), I like wearing quirky baseball caps to shield my face at the office. Like this one.”

 

aveeno

“For sunscreen, I use two: for the body Aveeno’s Protect and Hydrate

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and for the face, Bona Clara’s Hello, Sunshine! Universal Fluid SPF 29. The latter is pretty awesome because its non-sticky, comes in liquid form – and you can blend it in your daily moisturizer for extra protection. My skin is pretty sensitive – and thankfully, this is a sunscreen that hasn’t given me any breakouts on the face.”

 

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LA Fashion Week 2013 | Manna Kadar of Manna Kadar Cosmetics

Manna Kadar Cosmetics was the exclusive make-up sponsor of the 2013 LA Fashion week providing make-up for the runway shows last month.  While some might think this was a daunting task (handling every show!), Manna of Manna Kadar Cosmetics takes it all in stride.  This could be because of the long-wearing make-up she designed for the everyday woman.  Says Manna, “The premise for the line is [that] all the items are long-wearing, double duty so once you put the make-up on, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t smudge.”

Manna got her foot in the beauty industry door at an early age as she owned seven cosmetic stores by the time she was twenty-two while attending USC.  Operating cosmetics stores was the best hands-on training for her as she was able to truly test every product constructing her own analysis on what product performed well and what product didn’t.  She would go on to take some time off and venture into the financial world as a banker for seven years.  But her passion for beauty consumed her and she jumped right back in, acquiring a few more salons and spas.  What did she gain overall from this experience?  “I kind of learned both sides of the business…the combination of the two is what led to creating Manna Kadar Cosmetics,” says Manna.

AUDREY caught up with a busy Manna in between one of many shows during Fashion Week and we got the lowdown on her collaborative working process with fashion designers, one of her key products and how to achieve beauty “fabulousness” in a mere seven minutes.

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Audrey Style: Tropical Longings

And of course, will all the tangerine and tans, I must do the spring de rigeur orange lip. I like Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection’s lipgloss in Wild Coral (below, second from left). Not only is it a cinch to apply, but the sheer coral-orange is a real life version of the bright orange lips we saw all over spring runways. Super flattering on Asian skintones, you get all the wow factor of the classic red lip without any of the retro kitsch.

Estee Lauder “Bronze Goddess” collection.

And while it’s still too early for bronzers, I like the dash of luminous pinky tan the collection’s Exotic Bronzing Blush imparts to my wan winter skin. Don’t be fooled by the name — it’s only a touch of inner glow color for even the palest of skintones. (And I love the zebra stripe design — so glamorous!)

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Exotic Bronzing Blush.

The Bronze Goddess collection is out now for a limited time at Estée Lauder counters.

Desert Essence Organics Coconut Conditioner

Yes, color is important, but nothing really transports me to an island oasis like scent. Desert Essence Organics Coconut Conditioner has just the right amount of coconut scent to transport me to some Eden-esque isle, without overwhelming me with pseudo-vacation mockery. And the extra luxe formulation (organic coconut and sunflower oils, as well as organic shea butter) that’s also 100 percent vegan does wonders for my dry ends. It makes me want to linger in the shower juuuust a little bit longer.