All Things Foodie

Food Art

Anne Wiyda makes the most creative food plates for her child. I love her Instagram feed and the details that she puts into her decorative attempts to get her child to be part of the clean plate club.

I rarely clean my plate, but if I had these beauties set in front of me, it might entice me. I know this may not be feasible for many moms due to the time it would take to execute the designs, but maybe for a special birthday breakfast or celebration for a job well done would be the perfect time to surprise your child with this special treat. I have included my favorite plates she has posted on her Instagram.

Follow her Instagram feed @anne2matthew for inspiration.

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Makeup Crush Monday

I know MCM stands for Man Crush Monday, but I couldn’t resist a post about makeup today. I came across this photo by Jamie Nelson, with makeup by Lottie Stannard and nails by Julie K and I was instantly smitten.

I love everything about the image, how edgy and raw the makeup is, all while still exuding fashion forward thinking. The pop of neon colors against the “dirty” looking face and hands is just so inventive and eye catching. The nails are so delicately splattered with color and the lips so vibrant. This is art to me. I had to share this image with all of you and hope it brightens your day as it did mine. So here is to my Makeup Crush Monday and enjoy! image

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The Textured Bob

The textured bob is a hairstyle that has gained popularity over the last year and is hotter than ever. Short hair is appealing because the messier and more textured the style, the better it looks, making it easy to maintain style wise. To keep the short length and shape, you may have to visit your hairstylist more often for trims, but the time you will save on blowdrying and styling will be worth the more frequent salon visits. 

I love long, voluminous, beachy hair, which I normally have and rarely stray from it. However, I had a cut scheduled with Celebrity hairstylist and friend, Gregory Russell, so I asked him for a consult for something new. I was ready for a change and had been interested in going short, but didn’t know if I could pull it off. He studied my face shape and hair texture and decided we should go for it and I could in fact pull off a shorter do. So he cut 6-7 inches off and I didn’t even flinch! I trust him completely with my hair and knew he could give me an amazing new hairstyle. 

When the cut was complete, I felt fresh, hip, and in style. I loved it! Gregory has an immpeccable talent for delivering a pristine cut, but styling your hair in a way that is so effortlessly chic. He sprayed Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray into my roots before rough drying my hair, and then took a round brush and continued to blowdry the hair on the crown of my head for added volume. He then took a flat iron and created ‘S’ shapes with the tool throughout my hair to give it a casual bend. He then had me toss my head back and sprayed my hair with Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to give it that toussled texture, and finished it with L’Oreal Elnett hairpray. 

Gregory’s clients include Chloe Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Alexa Chung, and Karlie Koss, among others. I feel extremely lucky to have had him tranform my tresses into this fun new style. I have included a few of my favorite looks of textured bobs below. 

You can book a haircut with Gregory Russell at The Andy Lecompte Salon 310-273-4100

Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray retails for $19 and can be purchased at http://www.beauty.com

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray retails for $42 and can be purchased at http://www.oribe.com

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray retails for $11.99 and can be purchased at http://www.target.com

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Best H & M Looks At The 2014 Emmys – How To Interview From Sarah Hyland’s Pro Allan Avendano

Working in the beauty industry, I look forward to seeing how the best beauty pros in the business help Tinseltown’s elite transform into the most glamorous versions of themselves for an award show. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Allan Avendano, who created Sarah Hyland’s Emmy look. 

My favorite hair and makeup looks of the night are as follow:

Sarah Hyland-  Makeup Artist Allan Avendano, special “How To” below

Kristen Wiig- Textured bob

Claire Danes- Hairstylist Peter Butler

Michelle Dockery- Hairstylist Mara Roszak using an Ana Khouri barrette

“How To” for Sarah Hyland’s look with her amazing Makeup Artist, Allan Avendano

We kept her entire look soft and pretty and definitely took inspiration from portraits of Audrey Hepburn and other old Hollywood film stars.    

FACE:

– I prepped Sarah’s skin with Orlane Paris Super Moisturizing Light Cream and Absolute Skin Recovery Care Eye Contour.  The perfect base for any makeup!

– I applied DiorSkin Star Foundation and concealer for a lightweight, flawless and luminous finish!

– To accentuate her cheekbones and to add dimension to her face, I used DiorNude Tan Powder in Moka and shaded the sides of her face in the shape of a “3” from her temples to under her cheekbones and into her jawline.

– To make her cheeks pop, I gave her a good dose of MAC Powder Blush in Style on the apples of her cheeks and into her temple.

– For highlights, I took Dior Glow Maximizer, warmed it up with my fingers and strategically placed in on her orbital bone (right at the peak of her cheekbones, on the bridge of her nose and on her cupid’s bow.  Then i lightly dusted MAC Mineralize Powder in Soft and Gentle to make it pop.

– To tone down shine in the t-zone, I used DiorSkin Loose Powder.

EYES:

– I started with applying MAC Pro-Longwear Paint Pot in Layin’ Low as a base for Sarah’s eyeshadows.  It helps with keeping shadows on, makes them more opaque and prevents it from creasing.  

– Then I applied MAC Naked Pigment in the center of the eyes and into the inner corners.

– For the outer corners, I dipped my crease brush into 3 MAC Eyeshadow shades to create a custom crease color: Swiss Chocolate, Smut and Bronze.  I created a V shape on the outer corners and diffused it in the crease.  Then I applied the Bronze eyeshadow from the corner towards the center and blended it into the Naked pigment.

– Her brows were filled in impeccably with DiorShow Brow Styler in Universal Brown.

– Right under her brow bone I used MAC Mineralized Powder in Soft and Gentle to create a very subtle sheen.

– For her upper lashes, we applied a coat of DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and then followed it up with 4 coats of Dior Addict IT-Lash in IT-Black to create bold full lashes (because we chose not to use any eyeliner).

– For her bottom lashes, we used DiorShow New Look mascara in Black.  The thin brush really comes in handy for the bottom lashes.

LIPS:

– Her lips were painted in with Dior Contour Lip Liner in Jungle Brown and topped off with Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trench!

BODY:

– Her beautiful skin tone was accentuated with Votre Vu’s Silk Stockings Lotion.  It moisturized and made her glow!

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Velour Lashes

I attended the LA Make Up Show several months ago and met the lovely Founder of Velour Lashes, Angela Tran. The company is based out of Toronto, Canada and boasts 100% authentic mink lashes.

They have a wide selection of false lashes with sassy names like “Strike A Pose,” Whispie Sweet Nothings,” “You Complete Me,” and “Doll Me Up” to name a few. They have a wider base than most lashes, which makes them easier to apply. This also makes them feel just a touch heavier on the lid, but that dissipates shortly after application.

I complete my eye make up first, including eyeliner. I measure the lash against my eye and cut them appropriately to fit. Then I apply them using Lash Duo glue or Make Up forever lash glue. I apply a small amount of glue, just enough to line the lash base, blow on it for a second or two to help it set, then match it up to my lash line on my eye lid. I hold the lash with both hands and gently guide it into place and hold it there for a few counts, then take the base (not sharp end) of my tweezers (you could use a Q-tip) to lightly press the base onto my eye lid to ensure a secure stick. I then repeat on the other eye and let dry for a few minutes and make sure they feel comfortable on my eye. I then use eyeliner over the base if you can see any glue to finish the look.

Voila! You have a glamorous, eye popping look ready for the red carpet.

You can purchase Velour Lashes at http://www.velourlashes.com for $35 a pair and can wear them over and over again up to 25 uses.

NOTE: When you’re removing your lashes, be as gentle as when you applied them. Do not pull too hard when you’re removing them. Store your Mink lashes in the original casing to avoid collecting dust, bacteria.  Storing them like this will ensure they retain their shape and,stay clean!

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