| Beauty: March 2013 Archives | Beauty: March 2013 Archives

March 2013 Archives

Funny, down to earth, and always wearing the perfect shade of lipstick, Emma Stone is not only high on the celebrity you want to be besties with list, but she also inspires with her approachable makeup looks. Looking nothing like the cave woman that she provides the voice for in The Croods, Emma Stone was fresh faced and ready for spring with her natural pink lip and bronze smokey eye at the New York City premiere for the animated film. With nude lips prominent on the Spring 2013 fashion week runways, the subtle pink in Emma’s lip makes it easy to try out this beauty trend at home without risking a washed out look.        

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When it comes to new beauty trends, BB cream has been leading the pack in popularity. Brands from Maybelline to Dior offered the beauty balm or blemish balm to the masses who gladly slathered on BB goodness to tint, hydrate and SPF their faces. Seemingly taking a trend and running with it, beauty brands are now selling us on the multiple benefits of CC (or color corrector) cream. So is this for real? Is there a difference between BB cream and CC cream? 

It may surprise you to hear that there actually is a difference between the two similar sounding products. CC cream fits more in the skincare family than the cosmetic family, unlike BB cream. With the main focus of the product on priming, nourishing and providing color correction to your skin, CC cream is the older, wiser and less flashy (color coverage wise) version of BB cream. 

UK based skincare brand Nip + Fab creator, Maria Hatzistefanis, tells us that she created her CC cream “as an answer to many peoples’ complaints about BB creams,” stating that “they are often too oily, too heavy.” Creating a lighter formula that corrects skin rather than just covering it up, brands like Clinique will be introducing their own CC cream this spring that will focus on brighter skin with the use of light diffusing optic technology. If you have redness, uneven skin tone, or acne prone skin, CC cream will be a welcome addition to your routine. 

Curious if CC will work for your skin? Explore CC creams available for purchase now by clicking through the images above.  
Mila Kunis wasn’t her usual smiling self on the red carpet recently and I’m pretty sure the Wicked Witch is to blame — well her role AS the Wicked Witch, that is. While Mila worked on her meanest scowl, I couldn’t help but notice her choice of lip colors. For the US premiere (pictured left) of ‘OZ The Great and Powerful’ she went for a pale, shimmery, coral color and for the European premiere (pictured right) she went for a brighter, more glossy coral color. 

If the paler, more shimmery color is more you cup of tea, you’ll want to check out Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Boo-Ya (available for $19 at, a color they describe as an iridescent coral. Or, if you’re more into the brighter coral color, you’ll want to grab up Stila Lip Glaze in Starfruit (available for $22 at 


When it comes to your makeup routine, one of the most intimidating steps can be applying blush. Too little and you look washed out; too much and you look like Ronald McDonald after he’s run a marathon. Thankfully, blush has ventured from beyond powder to new, easier to use formulas. For those who have struggled with blush anxiety, allow me to introduce you to three products that will change the way you feel about your cheeks. 

Cream Blush: Cream based blushes tend to leave a sheen on the cheek on top of the color, so they are perfect for creating that dewy skin look. The creamy consistency makes applying with your fingertips one of the easiest ways to put on your blush. My pick: Jouer Cosmetics Cheek Tint, $20

Gel Blush: Gel blushes are lightweight formulas that go on the skin smoothly and can be applied with your finger tips. This type of blush is best used over silicone based products, like your favorite BB cream. My pick: Per-fekt Beauty Cheek Perfecting Gel, $28  

Cheek Stains: Cheek stains are liquid based and applied with a small brush or rollerball directly to your cheek and rubbed in with your fingertips. Stains are more highly pigmented, so you’ll want to take things nice and slow when applying and layer on for more color. My pick: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30  

It might be just coincidence, but while ‘The Great and Powerful Oz’ is opening in theaters, emerald green has become one of the “It” colors of the season. One fun and easy (and amazingly cheap) way to infuse the color into your spring wardrobe is via nail polish, here are some of the best of the season.
Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Thames
This beautiful green color has a nice shimmery sheen and a bit of depth.
Available for $15 at

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Emerald City
The price, and color, are surely right on this perfect polish.
Available for $5 at

Essie Trophy Wife 
A little more teal than emerald, yet this color is still gorgeously green.
Available for $8 at

Sephora + Pantone Universe Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers 
Not only are these the trifecta of “It” shades, but they come in three different formulas from glittery to shimmery.
Available for $18 at

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