The Fluff Report: July 2015

July 21, 2015

{GIVEAWAY} with butter | LONDON NEW Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons!

Products that do double duty are always a favorite of mine. These NEW bloody brilliant lip crayons from butter | LONDON™ act as a liner and lipstick. The color selection is so fun! There are 3 pretty pinky shades-hot pink, coral and lavender and 3 classic shades-red, berry and nude. These crayons glide on so smoothly and have a slight pleasant peppermint smell. Can we talk about the sharpener in the cap?! It is the worst feeling rubbing a half sharpened liner on your lids or lips so I think this feature is ingenious. They all give the right amount of shine and coverage. I always test lipsticks at work. I'm so busy throughout the day running from room to room, talking to patient after patient. It's very hard to find a lip color that stays on perfectly and when they rub off they can leave me with a lip liner ring. These glide on and stay on giving me the best balance of gloss and color. 

Want to have your OWN collection of butter | LONDON™ bloody brilliant lip crayons? Enter the giveaway and I'll send you a collection of these 6 FAB colors! 

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July 14, 2015

In The Makeup Chair: Chatting with Laurie from The Upstate Stylista

I've often wondered how fun it would be to be a MUA (that would stand for make up artist for all of you who are abbreviation challenged). It would be my second heaven to be surrounded by so many beauty products. Since I probably can't quit my day job, I thought it would be fun to catch up with  local make up artist, Laurie Berry. Laurie writes The Upstate Stylista blog when she's not busy working for Smashbox cosmetics and making women beautiful for their special event. Read on to hear more about Laurie and her career! 

1.     How and when did you become a MUA?
I became a makeup artist all on my own actually! I have always been super girly and into makeup since a young age and would constantly practice on myself, family and all my friends! I consider myself a super creative person, so playing with makeup was always a fun way to express myself… trying new colors and new looks! I got more into it professionally when I started working in the beauty industry back in 2007 and would sit in on training that the Estheticians would have with the makeup reps that would come in. I then became certified and trained with Jane IredaleCosmetics as well as Bare Minerals from the two different spas I was working at. I began doing freelance makeup on the side for proms, weddings, formal events, etc. and was offered a job by Bare Minerals as a freelance makeup artist, traveling to all the local Ulta Beauty stores to help promote their brand. I worked for them for quite a while until Smashbox Cosmetics (my favorite makeup brand!) contacted me and offered me a great position with them!

2.     What is your current job?
Currently I am a makeup artist for SmashboxCosmetics and travel to local Ulta Beauty and Sephora stores in the area to help promote the brand. I also do freelance makeup, specializing in bridal, prom and special event makeup and work alongside some of Rochester’s most amazing photographers as a makeup artist for some of their high-end fashion and beauty photo shoots, which is super exciting to do and see all the behind the scenes!

3.     List your favorite 3 products.
Omg… I have SO many favorite products, it’s hard to name just 3….I hear ya! This would be so hard for me too! 

4.     What’s one product you can’t live without?
My mojito lip balm by Malin & Goetz! I actually got it in one of my monthly Ipsy bags a few months ago and am OBSESSED with it! ($12) I'm OBSESSED with Ipsy! 

5.     What’s your favorite “look” to do?
I looooove doing a dramatic wing-tip liner and bold lip! So timeless and classic. I love channeling everyone’s inner Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn! OK-you NEED to help me figure out how to do a wing-tip liner. I'm just horrible at it! Tutorial please! 

 6.     What’s one beauty trend you wish would go away?
Bold, dramatic, overly penciled/filled in eyebrows! Ladies…. no, just no. Keep them more soft and natural looking.

7.     If you weren’t a MUA you would be______?
A psychologist with my own private practice. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and have always had a huge passion for helping others. I wish I had time to do both…. Then I could not only make people feel beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well.

8.     What’s your “go to” makeup routine?
Well… this might seem like a lot, but to me this is just my normal, everyday routine!
 Step 1: Moisturize (whole face)
 Step 2: Prime (whole face)
 Step 3: Conceal (under eye or any blemishes)
 Step 4: Foundation (whole face)
 Step 5: Blush (cheekbones)
 Step 6: Eyelid Primer then Eyeshadow
 Step 7: Eyeliner
 Step 8: Curl eyelashes
 Step 9: Eyelash Primer then 2 coats of Mascara
 Step 10: Finishing/Setting Powder (whole face)
 Step 9: Lip Primer then Lipstick or Tinted Lip Balm
(I only take the time to contour/highlight/bronze if I’m going out with friends, to a wedding/formal event or somewhere fancy!)

9.     Bright or Nude lips?
100% bright lips! No doubt about it! I’m known for always rockin’ a bright bold lip, usually in the pink family! My favorite color to wear is a Barbie-pink shade from MAC called “Candy Yum Yum” ($16) and a bright, fuchsia from Smashbox called “Punch Drunk Matte” ($20). Life is too darn short to wear boring lipstick!

10.  You’re at your best when________.

I’m at home cuddling with my two pitbulls on the couch, in my sweats, hair up in a messy bun, and NO makeup.

Editorial Looks by Laurie

Be sure to follow Laurie on social media! 
IG: @laberry6

July 7, 2015

Get Beach Blonde™ with John Frieda®!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
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While everyone was watching fireworks and having fun with American flag berry cakes, I was packing for our vacation that started the day AFTER the fourth. We are spending this week at a cottage on Honeoye Lake-one of the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. I love relaxing, boating, and spending time with family. The weather has been amazing, although we've only been here one day. Fingers crossed for the rest of the week! Although we don't have a beach per se, I'm still into creating the waves that come from the sea and salty air, so I brought along my John Frieda® Beach Blonde™ products. I've been using the Beach Blonde™ Sea Waves™ Sea Salt Spray to achieve a natural tousled texture. My trusty curling iron usually needs to hold an intervention to help finish bending those waves the way they should be! 

Anyone can easily create this look. The Beach Blonde™ collection is NOT just for blondes! I sprayed the Sea Salt spray on my damp hair after using the Beach Blonde™ Cool Dip™ purifying shampoo and Smooth Seas™ Conditioner. The scent is an amazing mint and my sister-in-law and I could continue to smell it every time the wind blew. The Sea Salt Spray has an amazing coconut smell that just screams Summertime. After air drying, I use a 1" curling iron and alternate forwards and backwards curls in random selection to get that messy, more natural look. 

What goes best with a relaxed vibe than a panama hat and free flowing maxi dress. This dress is perfect for the beach, lake, grad party. I even just wore it to a day wedding! I'm usually one to go for bright lips but this Summer I've been super into the beach glow beauty routine. Stay tuned for another post when I show you exactly how I pull it off! 

And then I spotted the John Frieda™ lightening spray. Anyone else from the Sun-In generation? I couldn't wait to try this updated version! I sprayed it only on my ends after washing my hair and before going out in the sun. I'll keep you posted on how this works! I love the look of sun kissed tips!

Have any of you tried the Beach Blonde™ collection? I'd love to hear your favorite!