Beauty Collab: Prabal Gurung for M.A.C.

Consider us officially geeked for the Fall!

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Singaporean fashion designer Prabal Gurung really knows how to get us going. As if his Target collaboration didn't sway us (and our bank accounts) enough, Gurung is out to win the hearts of all beauty lovers too! The designer just announced an upcoming beauty collaboration with powerhouse M.A.C. Cosmetics, set to release in December of this year.

"There is a confidence that comes with a bare face transformed by a few swipes of mascara and lip gloss." - Prabal Gurung on his collab

Drawing inspiration from childhood memories of watching his mom apply her makeup for glamorous nights out,  Gurung created the luxurious line for the cosmetics giant that features lipstick, gloss, an eye shadow duo, bronzing powder and accessories to indulge in. To amp up the glamour and sophistication for this holiday line, the products feature decadent 1920's minaudiére inspired cases dipped in gold, created to enhance the wearer's confidence even before she puts the makeup on. 

With prices ranging from $30-$70, the holiday line certainly comes with a luxurious price tag. But if the products are any reflection of the designer's style, this collaboration will pack a load of style sophistication and quality that is well worth the cost!

Are you excited for any beauty collabs this fall? 

 

Beauty Profile - Sarah

In the summer, you're usually inclined to follow the "less is more" mantra of beauty products. Why? It's just too friggin' hot out, that's why! Sarah Willis, social media coordinator for Space NK would beg to differ. Space NK is a British beauty retailer that takes pride in offering the best-of-the-best beauty products, so their selection is unique and note-worthy.  Sarah's beauty regimen is an indication of her belief that "more is more" while mixing high-end and budget-friendly natural beauty products. Sometimes, looking natural and fresh-faced takes a lot more than one product. Read below to pick Sarah's beauty brain in our latest beauty profile!

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Name: Sarah Willis

Age: 22

Skin Type: Fair, Combination to Oily 

Location in NYC: Greenwich Village, NYC

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Tell us your first beauty memory or significant experience? I remember playing with my moms makeup as a child and being fascinated by it. However, though I'd worn makeup since my early teens, I honestly didn't find my obsession for it until about a year ago at age 21. I've always loved the look of a healthy, radiant glow, so I decided to learn how to take care of my skin as best as I could -- "good makeup starts with good skincare", that whole idea. 

Do your skin issues change or worsen in the summer? How do they affect what products you use? I have oily skin so summer just makes it that much harder. Getting my makeup to last is a constant struggle! Also, since I'm fair-skinned, I have to up my SPF game quite a bit to avoid sun damage. I use the Balancing Moisturizer by Yes to Tomatoes that is great for keeping oiliness at bay without over-mattifying my skin. I also love using the La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid -- its very watery and easy to blend. I can't even tell it's there, but I'm still protected. 

Describe your skin routine (AM and PM)? 

  • In the morning or in the shower, I'll use a light cleanser. I love the Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser and Cetaphil for normal to oily skin
  • At night, I remove my makeup with The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil. It's so good! Cleansing oils are amazing because they not only break down every bit of makeup, but they also remove excess oils without stripping the skin at all. Oils are great for oily skin (in moderation) -- don't be afraid of them! I always double cleanse, so afterwards I'll use a cleansing balm on dry skin, either the Eve Lom Cleanser, or the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Then I  add some water and gently remove the cleanser with a hot cloth. 
  • During the day, I'll then just go straight to SPF and moisturizer -- the La Roche Posay and the Yes To Tomatoes mentioned earlier. If my skin is feeling sensitive, I'll use the Yes To Cucumbers Moisturizer instead, since it's so calming. 
  • At night, I use a serum before moisturizer. I really like the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum. Then I'll pat on  a drop or two of oil -- like the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing oil -- before finishing off with moisturizer. 
  • People always rave about the importance of eye cream for prevention, and I like the Malin & Goetz Rice Bran Eye Moisturizer. I used it for a while and didn't notice anything. I was like, "I'm 22. I don't need this stuff yet." But then I ran out and all of a sudden my eyes became so dry! I was like, "ok -- it works." 
  • I used to over-exfoliate so much and it really affected my skin. Now, I only do it once or twice and week with the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. If you want glow, you need this product. Also, it's great for sensitive skin, which is so rare with exfoliants. 
  • For the body, I use the Sai Sei Mineral Revive Body Veil, or the Body Shop Olive Body Butter. The Sai Sei is light and easy to apply, and the Body Shop's is great for intense moisture. Both have incredibly fresh scents that I love. 

What beauty product do you always carry with you? Why? I always carry a lip balm or a moisturizing sheer lipstick. I love the Isa's Restoratives Lilac Rouge in Crimson (I dab it on my cheeks as well.) Also, anything by Lipstick Queen. My favorite shades are Hello SailorEndless Summer in AlohaJean Queen, and Medieval. I'm clearly obsessed. 

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A lot of girls have issues incorporating sunscreen into their beauty regiment due to its 'greasiness' or being prone to breakouts. Do you use a moisturizer with SPF or do you apply it separately after moisturizing? I feel like moisturizers with SPF just don't do the job -- they're either not moisturizing enough, or not enough protection. They just feel weird. Since the La Roche Posay sunscreen I use is so incredibly lightweight, its perfect to use separately from moisturizer -- it doesn't interfere at all with my moisturizer, and you still get the right amount of protection. 

What's your beauty secret? I don't know if it's a secret... but the right eyelash curler is SO important. I've recently purchased the one by Kevyn Aucoin after using one from the drugstore for years. It makes SUCH a difference! It's like I don't even need to wear mascara. 

Tell Us! How do you summer-proof your skin?

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*Photo Credit: Samantha Cabral

 

Woes of a Transitioner

Hey guys, 

It's been a while! Hope you're all enjoying your summer. I've been spending so much of my time tending to this hair of mine, that is now both curly and straight, short and shorter, and at least 3 different colors! Sounds insane, I know. But I'm actually nearly 10 months into transitioning my hair from straight & relaxed to naturally curly :) It's been quite the journey, filled with fun, headaches, a few chops and loads of product knowledge. Recently I opened up to Ashley from Curls Fo' The Girls to talk about my transitioning journey thus far. Check out a snippet below!

 

 

Read the whole post and check out some more awesome hair photos here!

-Kim

P.S. - Be sure to follow Curls Fo the Girls on Twitter & Instagram!

Source: http://curlsfothegirls.com/2014/07/27/a-tr...