Friday, May 6, 2011

Why blush is amazing...

So, it just dawned on me that I've haven't paid homage to the reason why my blog is titled the way it is. "At first Blush" is not only a play on words, it's a way of telling you all how great blush really is! I know it can be scary for most women. You imagine the hot pink rouge your grandmother used to wear and the dreaded stripe that was never blended, or worse, two bright red dots on the apples of the cheek. Well, ladies, you can relax. Blush nowadays is formulated so sheer that it is virtually fool proof (with the right tools). Using blush in the appropriate way is the number one way (next to concealer) to look more awake, and {YIKES!} younger, too! Adding a pop of color the apples of your cheeks and blending it up towards you temples not only brightens your face, but gives you that youthful glow that we all strive for. I have never been one to blush easily, even when drinking red wine. I have a friend whose cheeks will turn red at just a thought of the chance of blushing. I always thought that was so cute. Even when I workout, my whole face gets flushed and I look like a giant tomato head. No, I need to work at that glow, and blush is awesome for that!!

So, here's what you do:
Pick the right shade...
*peachy-pink for fair to medium skins 
My Picks: Nars Orgasm or Mark Good Glowing Blush in After Glo-a fantastic cheapie!) 
*pumped up, brighter pink for olive skin (think Eva Mendes):
My picks: Nars Super Orgasm or Benefit Dallas
*Orange, rust undertones for dark skin
My Picks: Mac Raizin or Mark Good Glowing Blush in Cameo Glow

Use the right brush:
* I love this one: 116 Blush brush from Mac
116 Blush Brush Quick tip: Apply blush to either side of the brush and tap the blush along the cheekbones starting at the apples of the cheeks, then blend with the clean top part of the brush. Using the sides ensures lighter and sheerer application. ALWAYS tap off excess blush BEFORE touching your cheeks. 

Blush is also really pretty after applying bronzer...just saying. I love Lorac Hot Flash Duo

I hope this makes you a little less afraid of blush. Once you master it, you will fall in love.  I LOVE it, and really can't leave the house without it. It's my secret I-look-this-awake-and-glowy-all-the-time product!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I Heart New York!

 O.M.G. New York City is amazing! I love it's energy! Of course I already knew that seeing as though my first trip in 2006 proved to be VERY successful by an encounter with my favorite actor Will Smith! This 2-day vacation was just as awesome. I met my sister-in-law (creator of Operation Working Mom) and her 10-year-old daughter, my niece, Sydney. We had the best time walking and shopping around Times Square and 5th Ave., waking up at 4am to watch the Royal Wedding with TLC, and catching Daniel Radcliffe's show, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying."
At 4:30 am: (tired eyes)

Randy from "Say Yes to the Dress" 

A little bit later: (Semi-perky)

Funny story (no pictures, my camera died):

As Andie, Sydney, and I were leaving the show with our Playbills in hand, we came across a huge crowd. People were standing behind partitions waiting for somebody. Surely, he or she had to be a big deal to draw such a crowd, we thought! Sure enough, it was Chris Rock! So, we waited with them. Rock's driver then proceeded to take my niece's hand and led us to the front of the pack. Lucky us! That's when we saw it. The show that just ended was titled, "The Motherf*cker with the Hat." Very appropriate for a 10-year-old, right? It was hilarious. First Annabella Sciorra came out, and signed this little piece of white paper Sydney had on top of her "Business" Playbill. She said, "She didn't see this, did she?" Andie and I reassured her that, no, she didn't. "Thank God," Sciorra replied.It must have been pretty profane... I was like, "Sydney! You have to give me that Playbill! Nobody wants to sign someone else's show!" The driver then went out of his way to go back inside and retrieve a "Motherf*cker" Playbill for this doe-eyed 10-year-old. Bobby Cannavale then came out and had the same reaction to Sydney. Finally, Chris Rock made his appearance. He was mindlessly signing autographs, barely looking up. Then, he came across this 10-year-old beauty. His face was in utter shock. "You didn't see this?" He exclaimed! "No, we didn't, but she loves Grown-Ups!" I replied. It was awesome, but not nearly as great as the photos Andie has of his face, the "Motherf*cker with the Hat" poster in the background, and Sydney's naive little face. Once I get the picture from my SIL, I will have to show you!

Where were you during the Royal Wedding? If I had it my way, I would have been sleeping, but I did it for my sister-in-law, and goshdarnit...We had fun!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Smith's Rosebud Salve

I am back from New York City! We had a great girls' weekend that I will post about later.

But, for now, I would like to share something I found at Sephora in Times Square. I love Smith's Rosebud Salve in the tin. Sometimes, though, sticking my fingers in that hydrating balm can leave me a little grossed out.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith's Rosebud Salve
But, alas! Now, Rosebud Salve in a tube! Wahoo! 
Rosebud Salve in a Tube
It's the little things in life, bloggies...the little things.

This salve can be used in other ways other than a lib balm. You can add a smear on your cheekbones for a glistening glow, or on the center of your eyelid to help reflect light from your eyes. It also helps soothe minor cuts, burns, scrapes, and hydrates cuticles!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day! I've missed you!