Monday, March 26, 2012

Makeup Monday: What's in Your Makeup Bag?

Happy Makeup Monday Beauties!

Let's talk about Makeup Bags! I absolutely love them and I have waaayyyyy too many.I want to know what you keep in yours for everyday use, on-the-go. Right now in my everyday Sephora brand makeup bag 

I'm currently carrying: Ulta brand Brow Gel (it's almost all gone, sigh....) 

Lights, Camera, Actions Lashes by Tarte 
I love a Good Mascara! 

Sugar Fresh Lip Balm in Honey 

Benefit "Girl Meets Pearl" Highlighter 
In case I end up hitting the town tonight! 

Nivea Hand Cream

(because ash is not sexy)


a cute Forever 21 Mirror & Tweezers Combo!!!! 

I'm trying  to pack light these days! Feeling nosey.... I want to know what's in your makeup bags! 
Comment or send me pics and tweets @LauraLoveBeauty on Twitter.
Here are some  Makeup Bag I just adore!!!

Felix Rey 

Tory Burch 

DC Comic Girl 

Michael Kors 

Honki Dori 
Kate Spade 

Anya Hindmarch

Forever 21

Does anyone else find these as cute as I do?
Always Be Beautiful~XOXOXOXOX Laura Love 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Battle of the Bronzer!

Hello Beauties!  

      I'm border-lined obsessed with bronzer these days! I keep trying different ones and I keep falling in love! Summer is the best time for that  shimmery glow and soft contour , so bronzer season it is! I'm on the hunt for that perfect one, but I can't seem to commit. Then again...Who says you have to settle down with just one?! 

So far I've tried and loved:

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick $38
   This gorgeous palette gives you a beautiful sweep of 5 shades that come together to set your face off like WHOA! Perfect for a night out on the town. 

NARS "Laguna" Bronzer $30
    A best-seller at every Sephora, Laguna gives the appearance of beautiful natural tan that makes you look slimmer and sexier when contoured on the cheek bones. 
  Bare Escentuals Warmth All-Over $20
     A popular choice for those who want to get a tan without the actual sun damage. It has a really soft matte affect that compliments any day time look. 

Physician's Formula Organic Wear Bronzer $10.50 
This bronzer is great for people who truly want a healthy glow in every sense of the word. Made completely organically and paraben free, with no animal testing this bronzer will keep your wallet and your conscience happy! The brush that comes with it actually does a great blending job. Not bad for ten bucks! 

Love all these. However, Guerlain's Terracotta Princess Powder is my absolute favorite so far! It's satiny texture and divine glow really does make me look and feel like a princess! I use a fluffy blush brush to add the soft, shimmering powder through my face. I hit the hairline, temples, cheekbones and chin.  Instant perfect complexion and radiant appearance! However, perfection ain't cheap! $70 at Nordstrom to be a Princess for the day. 

The bronzer I'm trying today is Smashbox! We'll see how it goes.

Which celebrity do you think has the best bronzed look ?




Tell me your favorite bronzer on twitter @LauraLoveBeauty or e-mail me at or just  leave a comment! 

Always Be Beautiful~XOXOXOXO Laura Love 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Makeup Monday: Summer-Up Your Look!

Happy Makeup Monday Beauties! 
         It's getting hot ! Soon summer will be here, and I am SUPER excited. The fashion and makeup trends this summer are bold, bright, and full of amazing color and style. 

Summer means great things for beauties, but it also brings makeup's two biggest enemies: Heat and Humidity

 Smudged, cakey, melted makeup-YUCK! 

Fear Not! Here are a few solid ways to summerfy your look and keep your makeup flawless while beating the heat: 

 Make Time to Prime. 
   You will never regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Primer makes your skin a smooth base for the makeup to go on, and keeps it in place all day.Primer is light-weight, but still makes a phenomenal difference. You only need a dime sized amount. You can stay-proof your lip and eye makeup with eye shadow and lip primer as well.  There are many amazing primers with SPF and oil-free formulas that are perfect for summer. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36, Sephora) is an artist favorite and  proves to be one of  the very best of the bunch. My personal favorite is their luminizing formula which gives off a radiant glow.

 Lighten up. 
        "Just as "you switch to breezy skirts and linen blouses, dress your face with lighter makeup," says NYC Makeup Artist Tony Surratt. He's right!  You don't need the heavy coverage and dark colors that you used in the winter. Try tinted moisturizer instead of foundation or switching to a lighter formula. Use powder on areas you want  need extra coverage.Stila Tinted Moisturizer comes in amazing bronzing, radiance, and matte formulas that fit every skin tone and protects with SPF! Find it at Sephora or Ulta. 

Be a Bronzed Goddess
   Bronzer gives a beautiful warmth and glow effect. It also makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth look whiter. I have a tendency to go a little crazy with it, but don't be like me! Keep it fresh and natural  applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you : forehead, cheekbones, chin, and the bridge of the nose.If you have a very fair complexion be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony­tail. A tan face that's framed by pale ears will look awkward. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for one with varying shades — they'll swirl together for the most authentic-looking results. Try Wet n Wild Beauty Benefits Beauty Brilliance Bronzing Powder ($8, drugstores). Famous for her glow, J. Lo never goes without her bronzer and she sets it off with illuminator. 

Easy to see where J. LO was bronzed in this picture under the cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose and a little on the shoulders. Perfect for a sultry summer look! 

Try a Vibrant Color
      For goodness sakes! Get Bold and Bright. There are so many new lip colors, eye shadow palettes, and even blush that represent the bright fun of summertime. Color is IN now more than ever. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try them. Bright colors are proven to improve your mood and boost your confidence. Pantone Makeup Color Specialist predict Turquoise eyes and "Tangerine Tango" lips to be the popular color of spring and summer. You'll be sure to see it in every beauty store. 

However, there are many other colors in the rainbow waiting for you to come play! BH Cosmetics has this awesome 120 colorful palette for only $13.00 !!! 

Almost every lipstick brand has stepped their game up with brighter colors. Bobbi Brown and YSL have some of my favorites this season. If your really looking to go bold check out  Ka'oir lipsticks. Created by hip-hop video model Keyshia Dior, these bright lipsticks are becoming extremely popular. www.Ka' 

Bold nails are also the way to go this summer. Nail art, designs, super bold colors are hot, hot, hot! 


Wear Waterproof 

        Waterproof formulas  are a lifesaver in the summer particularly of sunscreen and mascaras. However, products like MakeupForever's Aqua Creams that can be used on cheeks, eyes, or lips are absolutely waterproof! Keep a bright pop of fun color while enjoying those summer water sports or just lounging in the pool. 
Sephora, $22.00

Well Beauties, hopefully I've helped you with some ways to get summer-fied! I am very excited! Follow me on twitter for more beauty tips @LauraLoveBeauty and e-mail me at

Always Be Beautiful XOXOXO Laura Love 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Makeup Monday:Tips for Perfect Lips!

Happy Makeup Monday Beauties!   

         Pucker Up! Because today is all about lips! 

                                 "If you're wearing lipstick, then your dressed."-Coco Chanel
 What can I say about lipstick? Lipstick is life! Experimenting with different lip colors and getting that perfect pout is essential! Bold lips are taking center stage in all the beauty trends. Whether you love your lips subtle or bright as the sun, here are 5 tips for perfect lips!

Step 1: PREP 

Exfoliation is for your lips too!  Lines, cracks, and flakes of dry skin = unkissable! Gently remove dry skin from lips by exfoliating and adding a conditioning lip balm.  Try the amazing Fresh Sugar Lip Polish $22.50 at . This delicious smelling scrub softens and removes dead skin cells, leaving you with perfectly smooth puckers. A dab is plenty. 

Complete the prep step by adding a color free conditioning lip balm.  Burt's Bees Beeswax lip balm really does the job! Softening and hydrating.

Step 2: PRIME

Applying primer on your lips makes the lip color more prominent and ensure it stays put. With all the talking, drinking and kissing we may do in one night it's important to have that extra insurance. Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer is a sure thing!  

$19.00 at 

Step 3: LINE

Outline the mouth and fill in the corners with lip liner, then blend with a lip brush using inward strokes to bring the color toward the center of the lips. For perfect symmetry, start by using the cupid's bow of the lip, then apply a line at the center of the lower lip line. Finish by outlining the lip line from the outer corner towards the center. 

Liners that are just slightly darker than the full lip color give a defined sexy effect for glossy looks. For matte looks try to match the liner exactly! 

These lip liners by Wet nWild have amazing precision and colors  and can be found at any drugstore for less than $3 bucks! 
Step 4: LAYER
       Here comes the fun part! Apply the lipstick, lipstain, or gloss heavy on the bottom lip and do the "muah" to get color on that top lip. Do not rub or mush your lips together, this separates the color and rubs it off. Layer on as much or as little as you'd like for your look. You can apply color with your fingers, straight from the tube, or an applicator or lip brush. 

Step 5: PERFECT 

Take the time to primp and perfect to get that polished look! A great lip brush and Q-tips can help clean up the corners and perfectly smooth and blend the color. A pro tip is to place a little concealer on the very outer edges of the lips to blend and really make the color pop! ELF Retractable Lip Brush $3.00 at Target or is a great lip brush to use at home or on the go! 

Follow these fabulous 5 steps for the perfect pout!

I'll be tweeting my fav lip looks all day so follow me on @LauraLoveBeauty! Always Be Beautiful XOXOXOXO Laura Love