Hey My Loves! I had SUCH a great time meeting many of you in NYC at Sephora Times Square for the launch of my Formula X collaboration! I also made a quick stop at the Hearst Tower during my whirlwind trip to meet with some fabulous beauty editors. I even did a quick Facebook Live session with Harper’s Bazaar, showing their senior digital beauty editor Jenna Rosenstein how to get a quick effortless daytime look using the Liquid Matte, Rose Gold eyeshadow palette, and lashes! Watch below for the full video if you missed it!!
Hey my loves! You might have seen the new ear makeup trend sweep the runways this season at shows like Louis Vuitton, Opening Ceremony and Proenza Schouler. Models had hints of glitter, gold, silvers, and other colors outlining or covering whole parts of their ears. I decided to try my own twist on it using my sister, Mona, as my model. What do you think?! Would any of you be rocking it soon?
We love Bobbi Brown’s range of wearable shades and high quality products, and her Long-Wear Brow Gels are no exception. But where does it stand in the spectrum of eyebrow needs? Here’s what we thought:
What it is: A waxy, tinted brow gel housed in a sleek mini, black compact.
What it does: With the help of a brow brush, waxy pigmented gel can easily help fill in sparse areas of the brows.
What we loved: True to the Bobbi Brown spirit, this is best for a more natural approach to brows. The combo of pigment and beeswax helps achieve a natural, fuller look. It feels a bit like pomade for brows. We found it’s best for filling in sparse areas of the brows without looking like overkill. The color range (17 total) are also very close to natural hair colors (we love Saddle for brunettes) and shades for highlights to give hair the look of texture.
What we didn’t like: While great for filling in brows, because of its waxy nature, it’s not the best for buildable, detailed work (such as defined strokes mimicking the look of natural hairs). A good pick if you’re looking for a little more volume with a more natural approach to brows. Also note, while it is water-, sweat-, and humidity- resistant, it can still rub off by mistake.
Hey My Loves!! I wanted to do a little test to see if there were any affordable substitutes for makeup primer that you can get in the pharmacy, and let me just say…things got a little weird. Besides my tried and true primers like Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm and olive oil, I gave milk of magnesia, lube, and Vagisil (an feminine anti-itch cream) a try. Why? You’d be surprised that these products contain a lot of the same gentle ingredients like glycerin, and dimethicone that a lot of your primers have in them. So why not give it a shot? To see which ones worked out and which failed (miserably), watch the whole video and let me know what you think!
Hope you enjoyed the video! Do you use any weird makeup primers? Leave a comment and let me know!
Let’s be real…we don’t always have a lot of time to do our hair. That’s why I like to default to a messy bun, but I make it office-ready by flat ironing some loose pieces and using root cover on any exposed areas of my scalp, I can quickly make the style look full and chic. Not bad for 60 seconds right? Check it out below!
When it comes to highlighters, BECCA, maker of the famous Champagne Pop, has a full range to make sure your glow game is on point. But perusing them along the shelves at Sephora can be confusing if you’re a highlighter newbie. For starters, they come in three different consistencies: a liquid, pressed powder, and poured crème which have subtle but specific differences. Luckily, BECCA Style Director, Kerry Cole, was on call to answer all our highlighter q’s. Read on to get her tips on how to choose the best one for you!
Can you tell us the difference between the three BECCA highlighters, and the kind of finish you can get with each?
“The liquid is a sheer, lightweight cream that has light-reflecting pearls that gives you a subtle glow. It’s great to mix with your foundation from a lit-from-within look. The pressed powder is a creamy powder for a high-shine finish. Finally, the poured crème gives you a mattified luminosity – a more sophisticated shimmer.”
Which highlighter would you recommend for different skin types?
“I find the liquid or poured crème formulas work best for dry or more mature skin since they add a little hydration to skin. Combination skin types can really wear any consistency, but I’d recommend oily skin types to stick to a powder or crème formula.
The shades are so pretty – what are your recommendations for the different skin tones?
“For light skin, I love soft, pale tones with golden highlights, like Moonstone or Pearl. For medium skin tones, opal, golden, or soft pink are so beautiful like Opal or the Rose Gold shades. For dark skin tones, anything with golden, bronze, or coppery highlights are perfect, like Topaz.”
So to recap:
- Liquid highlighter: Good for a subtle glow and easier to mix with foundation for a touch of brightness. Best for dry, mature, and combination skin types.
- Pressed powder: Good for a high-shine finish. Best for normal, combination, and oily skin types.
- Cream highlighter: Good for a mattified shimmer. Best for dry, mature, and combination skin types.
Kerry Cole’s highlighter shade recommendations for:
- Light skin: soft, pale tones with golden highlights
- Medium skin: opal, golden, and soft pink
- Dark skin: golden, bronze, or coppery highlights
Which highlighter would you pick? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Hey everyone! I know so many of you have been waiting to get your hands on the palette, and believe me, I’m SO excited for you to try it too! We are officially launching TOMORROW, Friday, Oct 14th, in Sephora Dubai Mall at 10AM! The palettes are limited edition, so make sure you get there early!! Thank you so much for your love and support…I can’t wait to see all the looks you come up with using the palette! Make sure to tag me in your looks @hudabeauty and using hashtag #hudabeautyrosegoldpalette! Here’s a little behind-the-scenes from the rose gold palette photoshoot :).
A more punctuated use of the word “yes,” commonly used to express heightened excitement of a situation.
Note: Particularly useful after matching your right eyeliner to your left, upon finding a extra bling-ey cheekbone highlighter, or general admiration of a friend’s #OOTD. Often followed by “queen” or “girl” as user gets increasingly comfortable.
ex. “That liner is on point though, Yaaas girl!”
Hey My Loves! You may have already seen my post and video announcing my new collaboration with Formula X! I’ve always loved the finish of Formula X polishes — they go on so beautifully and are really long-lasting so when they asked me to collab with them on a few colors, it was a no-brainer for me! I really hope you love these colors as much as I do. There was so much going on my mood board when I was trying to decide what I had to have in this collection, but I boiled it down to these must-have colors for the Fall!
Jetsetter (a gunmetal black with a platinum shimmer) – I thought this color was very futuristic. It made me think of the universe, and the galaxy. It’s a twist and a notch more festive than a classic black. And of course, the name is very much reflective of my life these days!
Date Night (deep plum with red undertones) – I really love getting a burgundy color like this — it’s my go to for date night (hence the name!). I also thought it was a gorgeous, deep color perfect for fall.
Baroque Babe (a metallic rose gold) – This is my go-to color of the moment. It’s really been the color of MY YEAR, and I couldn’t do this collection without it.
I really wanted to make statement-making shades that were super versatile to wear on any occasion. The shades are sophisticated and rich– the gold and silver accents were added as a play on the finer things in life, and the decadent burgundy is marked with an elegance I really wanted in this collection.
The shades are limited-edition and available for purchase in Sephora US and Canada, and on sephora.com for $12.50 each! What do you guys think about the colors?? As always, thank you so much for the support and love! Xx
Our office has no shortage of Lush fans, so there wasn’t much convincing that needed to be done when they put together perhaps one of the best-smelling parties we’ve ever had in the office. What we realized is pretty much every one of your favorite beauty treatments – from toners to toothpaste – can be found as a solid. Here are some of our faves:
1) Damaged Hot Oil Treatment
Ever tried hot chocolate on a stick? You know, where you melt the chocolate by stirring it in a cup of hot milk? This inspired the cutest hot oil hair treatment from Lush. Their vegan Damaged treatment is a solid block of nourishing virgin olive oil, almond oil, and avocado oil (all superstars for shiny, strong hair) on a stick that you melt by stirring in a cup of hot water. After it cools, apply and leave on dry hair for 20 minutes then shampoo out (might take more than one go to get all the oil out). The result is hydrated locks with a beautiful vanilla scent we can’t get enough of. Tip we learned: If you find you don’t need the whole mixture for one use, cover it and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to melt it down again for another use.
We get it if a solid shampoo seems scary…it’s unchartered territory for most. But trust us, this is not to be underestimated. The self-preserving bar packs a punch of at least 80 washes which is the equivalent of three bottles of shampoo – all in a tiny little bar. Just wet the bar and rub between hands to lather, and add to damp hair. It will sud up beautifully and clean your hair thoroughly. The honey will leave hair ridiculously soft. Extra points for easing your travel woes. No more throwing out oversized bottles of liquid at security.
For a legit blackhead buster, try one of these toner tabs. Just drop it in bowl of hot water like an alka seltzer and it will fizz up, dissipating in the steam. Hang over it with a towel over your head for a skin clearing (thank you, tea tree oil) and calming (lavender) blend of toning goodness. It’s like bringing the spa home. A cool tip we learned: put the water in a plastic spray bottle after use to store in the fridge for up to two days. You can use it to spritz on your face for a little pick-me-up.
A power moisturizer full of vitamins and skin calming chamomile blue oil and calamine powder, this little bar (that can be easily mistaken for soap) is actually a serum that feels like butter on the skin. Gently glide it over your face for a soft layer of serum that you can massage into skin. With ingredients like almond oil, murumuru and cupuaco butter, it’s amazing for dry skin, especially during the colder months.
Yup, even your toothpaste can come in a tablet. A cool, different take on cleaning your teeth, just bite into one of these to crumble them in your mouth (don’t eat it!) and promptly start brushing the mix of baking soda and mint oils to freshen breath and clean your pearly whites so they stay that way. You’ll be amazed at how much it foams up with just a little water! Fair warning, this doesn’t taste amazing, unless you’re into that baking soda taste. But we did find it does a heavy duty job on cleaning teeth. Plus, it’s always nice to definitively see when you’re down to your last tablet, rather than squeezing a toothpaste tube for dear life and hoping for one more drop.
What are some of your favorite Lush products?