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It’s Giveaway Time: Clarisonic Opal

If there’s one thing I love more than makeup, it’s great skincare! Read my review of Clarisonic Opal for Examiner.com by clicking here. It’s been my product obsession for a good couple months &&& yes as the title of this post suggests, I have an exciting giveaway on my Instagram @rochelledelossantos .

Here are the official rules for my Giveaway:

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RULES: Get on Instagram, 1⃣Follow @rochelledelossantos , like the image above on my Instagram & tag 2 beauty loving friends. 2⃣ Post a selfie, list your top 3 go to spring eye essentials (can be makeup or skincare). In the caption use the hashtag #rochelleDlovesOpal and tag me @rochelledelossantos 3⃣ Contest begins now and will end 2/28/15. All entries must complete all listed rules to be considered and must have a US address. Winner will be announced Monday 3/2/15 . I must be able to view your Instagram entry / no private posts!

Good Luck!!!

Me, a beauty expert?

Christmas eve as we celebrated all the glory of family and blessings, my mom turned to me and mentioned that she read my article on winter lip treatments for examiner.com and went to Costco to buy a stack of Jenna Hipp Pout Polish gift sets to bring to the Philippines. I often forget that the reach of my work is bigger and in this case, closer than I give myself credit. Friends I haven’t seen in years, past coworkers, even old mentors drop hints that they follow me on instagram or read my column religiously. It is such a trip sometimes to realize what type of impact I have on immediate, local and international followers.

This morning, I got an email that summed up my year with surprising stats that my writing has gotten attention from viewers in 101 countries & I thought that’s pretty powerful!

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The many selfies of 2014 @rochelledelossantos, find me on ig!

I suppose with just a limited time left in 2014, it is a good time to reflect. In no other year have a felt more empowered in my identity as a beauty expert. That title used to make me cringe because I hate hate hate when people with no experience jump into the beauty industry offering bad beauty advice and call themselves experts. My life has revolved around inching towards the goal of branding my identity as a well rounded voice in this crazy beauty world and 2014 really made me really LOVE what I do again.

For a bit, I felt lost in the shuffle halfway dedicating myself to my writing and networking and falling deep into crazy land freelancing for a makeup brand that functioned with high levels of chaos. Despite a few dips in the road, my mind is now refreshed and inspired to continue fighting for my dreams. I’ve built my reputation with clients from around the world as a master makeup artist ready to conceptualize any ideas they have of the perfect look. Weddings, photo shoots and teaching personal makeup lessons has made my heart happy this year. So many clients have made me again find confidence that if you do what you love then it is forever fuel for everything else.

My writing is always the heart of my love for beauty. I hit a milestone 300+ articles written for examiner.com and have met some pretty incredible people along the way. I literally am so blessed to work with iconic, innovative, prestigious and of course impressive green beauty brands that support my talents. 2015 is looking pretty bright and I cannot wait to continue developing meaningful relationships with all of the fab PR firms and companies that produce straight up the best in makeup, skincare, hair and beauty tools.

Motivation is an understatement. I am ready for the new year! Thank you for new and old subscribers, followers and friends for always encouraging me to do what I love.

A few favorite snapshots from the past year:

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Met the one & only Jenna Hipp and previewed her new collections!

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Put my kit to good use this year. Like really, good. LOL.

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Had my first Drybar blowout & fell in love with these products!

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Drooled over the new Make Up For Ever 30/30 anniversary palette @ the Pro store press event in LA

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Got pampered at the eSalon headquarters.

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Met Team Cover FX & fell in love with their products… again.

Happy New Year!

Holiday Glam Makeup

Merry Christmas!

There were so many new clients I’ve met in the last couple weeks with such diverse looks. These are just a few snapshots from my iPhone of new work. More to come.

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Young, Effortless Party Makeup:

I hate when makeup artists overwhelm young clients with too much product. This beautiful girl had a gorgeous set of naturally thick brows, lashes and big eyes! I kept the skin clean with just a touch of Cover FX concealer and buffed a small amount of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder/ Graftobian Pro Loose Powder mainly through the center of the face. There is no product in her brows (I’m so jealous!) Her eyes are a mix of a couple Makeup forever eyeshadows and used  generous coat of L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara. Lips are Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint mixed with Josie Maran Infinity Cream.

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Extra Smokey Charcoal eyes

At first glance, this beauty from Qatar had classic features. Creamy skin and soft eyes but we took inspiration from a few Pintrest photos of Arab makeup and came up with this rich smokey eye with a neutral romantic lip. I gave her skin a flawless canvas with Cle De Peau Concealer to highlight, Cover FX Cream Foundation & used Mehron Celebre Pro Foundation to give the face shape. I added Becca Cosmetics Beach tint on her cheeks and added Jane Iredale powder to deepen the contour. On the eyes, Inglot gel liner and Mehron Pressed pigments are all that I used to create a smokey rich look and added a pair of Eyelure lashes. The lips are a combo of Dior and Cinema Secrets lip liners and a polka dot of a Dior Addict lipstick on the center of the lips.

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Glam-Mom iconic makeup

These big blue eyes, blonde hair and soft features reminded me of a Disney Princess and her personality was so warm – I had to do an iconic makeup look. Creating a lifted eye look, I used Makeup forever Artist shadows in a few matte shades and highlighted with a sheer wash of Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed to to brighten the inner third of the eyelids and across the top of her cheekbones. I used a precise line of Inglot Gel Eyeliner and lashes to complete the eyes and pressed a small amount of Makeup Forever eyeshadow along the bottom lash line. The skin was prepped with Cover FX Calming Primer then added Bobbi Brown Tinted eye brightener and Cover FX Cream foundation to give an even complexion. On the cheeks is a Matte Bronzer from Cover FX and a blush from Chantecaille.

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Modern bronzed bride to be

I’ve obviously been obsessed with Cover FX complexion products and wanted to use the Oil Free Natural Finish Foundation to perfect this bride to be’s skin. This winged look was perfect for her unique eye shape. I used bronzy warm brown eye shadows from Cargo Cosmetics and individual lashes from Kiss Beauty to finish the eyes. This nude lip and peachy blush were the perfect complement to balance this glam face.

5 Quick Outdoor Makeup Loves

Extra bright sun and a lunch picnic with my mini me today called for quick no makeup-makeup with a punch of pink on the lips. Yes, I may have a slight obsession with bright lips but this 82 degree SoCal weather is another lovable excuse to celebrate brights year round. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, avoiding anything resembling a retail store is my idea of a relaxing dayoff. We split a peanut butter sandwich, tangerines and a couple of chocolate covered vanilla ice creams. Pretty idea Tuesday afternoon, right?

Today’s Beauty Line Up:

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1. Supergoop CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen in Medium to Dark Self Adjusting Shade. This is an easy, non-irritating sunscreen that gives a sheer skin-like even tone to the complexion. The texture is quite rich so a minimal amount is perfect to dot on the high points of the face; just blend with fingertips. It’s the perfect no-fuss way to protect the skin while looking polished. As an added bonus this dries down to a natural matte finish and can be used as a primer for foundation if desired.

2. L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in shade Soft Peach adds a flush of soft rosiness to the cheeks without looking like makeup. Though this is a pocket friendly priced beauty item, this is certainly a velvet soft-to-touch cream consistency that is comparable to a few high end counter parts. Today, I tapped on a small amount to the center of the cheeks and put the excess on my lips to give a quick stain.

3. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a skin lifesaver! I adore the cool to touch rollerball applicator and the organic aromatic essential oils it imparts onto the skin. On most days, I swipe this over the entire face and let the ingredients soak act as a barrier to lock in my other skincare products. I’ve also found great use of this when rolled on the lower eye contour. It give a bit of a glow which camouflages any signs of fatigue.

4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in shade Jilted. Of all my Urban Decay Lipsticks, this is the least used shade since it is quite a unique neon duo chrome finish. This is an I want to be noticed, ‘look at me’ shade which brings immediate life to a tired complexion. This satin lipstick is full coverage, long lasting and adds intrigue for a basic no makeup-makeup day.

5. I feel I don’t give enough love to my eyeko mascara collection. The Skinny Brush Mascara is everything a thin lash craves for a more voluminous, lengthy eye look. The packaging is genius especially since I despise mascara tubes that dry out in a month and the brush is the perfect ratio of long and short bristles that grabs ALL of my eyelashes.

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*Urban Decay Jilted, no filter just a flash.

On another note, I’ve finally joined the Twitter world and need some love. please follow me @rochellemua. Thank you friends!

September already??

Since August is my favorite month, I’m going to pretend it’s not September and rewind with some beautiful memories via a photo heavy post. More details to come!

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Me discovering the perfect lighting at The Grove in LA.

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Post a beautiful blowout with celebrity hair stylist Nicholas Cole.

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Celebrating summer with the skincare queen of Beverly Hills Sonya Dakar. (& my lovely sister)

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Previewing the new Beautyblender Sur.Face Pro in LA.

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Getting a fresh cut with Bastian, Owner of Bastian Salon in Artesia.

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Chatting with Brett Gallagher, Cover FX Senior Education Manager & Vic Casale, Chief Innovation Officer of Cover FX in West Hollywood.

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Discovering the amazing Cover FX Mattifying Anti Blemish BB Gel.

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 Hanging out in the Make Up Forever Pro Loft in LA.

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 Gifting myself with a gorgeous Smashbox palette for my birthday.

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 Makeup swatch marathon with my mini me.

Cheers to happy skin, Enter REN Skincare

Two things that put a smile on my face is a great chat with passionate people and a pair of charming British accents. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a desk side chat with Daksha Chikhal and David Delport from REN Skincare. Since I’ve always had a fascination with the UK’s incredible blogging culture, REN skincare has been a brand in my radar of products to try thanks to Caroline Hirons. (If you love skincare, she is the queen of breaking down skincare regimens and you must check out her blog! )

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Focusing on a philosophy of merging pure ingredients with the expertise of an in house biochemist and cosmetologist, REN Skincare stands out as  brand truly serving immediate benefits and complexity of results.

Pioneering the trend for using clean face and body treatments the brand offers a complete range of products with natural essential oils, floral waters, Acidic regenerating acids and Bio Extracts made for all skin concerns including anti-aging, blemish control, radiance boosting, detoxifying and various targeted products to suit both men and women. For the daily makeup wearers, there is the Rosa Centifolia™ colletion of maximum efficacy cleansing products that purify the skin from 100% natural Rose Extract Complex in every desired texture: a hot cloth cleanser (which I’m so excited to try!), a traditional cleansing gel, cleansing foam, 3-1 Cleansing Water, Express Makeup Remover, Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and No. 1 Cleansing Balm. A firm believer in clarified skin = more youthful skin, a complete selection of daily cleansers is a plus in my book.

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Most impressive is a quite unique approach to treating skin while still using naturally derived ingredients. A new launch coming September 2014, the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a high potency water activated Vitamin C treatment that refines the skin’s overall appearance immediately. It’s an absolute essential for a Socal woman like me who lives up and down the 405 freeway. the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial reduces the effects of environmental ‘urban grey’ cast on the skin and minimizes signs of sun damage and fine lines and other unfortunate skin imperfections that come with aging.

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Find REN Skincare at Sephora, Space NK and RENskincare.com.

A full review on the 1 Minute Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial coming soon!

*** All photos are original photos taken on my iPhone 5

Get Stronger Lashes in just 3 weeks

I’m quite skeptical when it comes to eyelash products that claim to grow natural length because number one, I have asian eyelashes and number two my lashes fall out a lot since I curl them daily – again the curse of straight and extra short asian eyelashes. Although I frequently love to wear a pair of false lashes my eyes have been easily irritated from spring allergies and I have been leaning toward taking my time with applying mascara in the morning over a strip of falsies. To be fair, I have never tried Latisse or any growth treatment besides the one I am about to mention but I do know there is a laundry list of hazards attached to those type of prescription grade treatments such as discoloration and redness.

A few years ago, while I was working for Dior I helped launch the Dior Lash Maximizer which claimed to grow lashes in length, gradually increase curl and give the lashes an overall plush appearance. It’s made with soy protein which conditions and is the main ingredient that makes the lashes noticeably longer in length. A major plus to the product is it is convenient to apply as it is a mascara wand that deposits white product that turns clear in seconds – simply brush on the lashes first and follow up with your favorite mascara.

Personally, I’ve tried it under Dior mascaras (Diorshow New Look is my favorite of the Dior family), other luxe brands and even under drugstore mascaras and it still works beautifully to give the lashes an immediate difference in thickness, length and separation.

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Top photo was taken 3 weeks ago prior to using the Diorshow Lash Maximizer & the bottom is from today after using it daily for 3 weeks!

I highly recommend the Diorshow Lash Maximizer to anyone who has problems with lash fallout, short lashes or is just looking to amplify the look of their natural lashes. I cannot say that I notice a big difference in natural curl after using it over the years but I do notice a change in the length and thickness when I have gone without this product. For $28.50 it is worth a try!

 

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Sometimes I get a little overzealous and consume my calendar with multiple projects and have to remind myself that it is okay to have a moment to myself.

The last few days I really challenged myself to listen closely to what my daughter was saying without focusing on ten different things – which not surprisingly her comments are lighthearted and comical. What comes out of a five-year-old’s mouth and especially my beauty loving mini me always makes me laugh.

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Here are three things my princess Tessa said in the last 10 days that describes our relationship:

1. “Mommy can you please make my hair super straight and put Morrocanoil in it for picture day?

2. (As I open a box of press samples) “Which one are you sharing with me mommy… I mean which one is mine to keep in my makeup station?”

3. “Do not wear a smokey eye again tomorrow Mommy that is 3 times already this week. How about a wing – but not to big okay!”

Yup. I’ve created a little monster; not to mention she did cry for a good fifteen minutes over me not letting her swatch a box of eyeliners. Is that weird?

 

Lemonade, Lush & Little Treats

If there is one thing I love about meeting with old friends is the nostalgia and reminiscing that comes along with it. It feels like lifetimes ago but in my Junior year of high school I was sitting in the back of Geology class with a compact open lining my eyes with MAC’s Black Tied eye shadow and an angle brush and noticed a girl across the way who had a little shimmering makeup assortment in front of her also. Lauren and I could go on playing and talking about products literally forever! Fast forward to our adult lives we remained connected and to no surprise we are both beauty bloggers, makeup artists, skin care obsessed and beauty addicts. We were long overdue for a meetup so we stopped by the new Lemonade in Fashion Island n Newport Beach for a food coma of delicious treats. It’s always refreshing to have someone who is in the same industry striving for similar goals. We share stories of the politics of cosmetics, networking adventures and share our latest beauty finds; it’s a good time!

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I had the ‘small portions’ of Lemon Mushroom Couscous, Meatballs and Truffle Mac and Cheese with a Peach Ginger Lemonade. $16 of deliciousness!

After lunch, we parted ways and I decided to stop by two of my favorite places: Inglot and Lush. I love both of these beauty spots because the atmosphere is creative and the people are friendly. From Inglot, I picked up a matte navy eye shadow and a rusty orange shimmering shade. My eye was drawn to a deep emerald green and vibrant matte orange but unfortunately they were out of stock. Lush has some of the most unique products for bath, skin and body care not to mention a killer makeup line. I walked in just to check out what’s new and found some lovely new items including adorable penguins, metallic treats and a mini Santa!

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For some reason I didn’t take any pics at Inglot but I snapped a stream of pics at Lush!

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Check out Lauren’s blog by clicking here! Visit Inglot’s only boutique in California at Fashion Island in Newport Beach; they offer a pro discount which is always a plus and check out the Lush shop while you’re there to see some cruelty free creative finds for smelling and feeling refreshed!