Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Fun: I Heart Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy was a great singer. Her voice - as you will see below - is amazing. She sang blues, jazz, pop, gospel, you name it. She died way too early of cancer. It was a great loss to the world. Fortunately she left us many songs to remember her by. Here are a few I found on Youtube.

Try and tell me this is not the most amazing way this song has ever been sung. Fine, it's a toss up between her and Louis:

I love Katherine McPhee's version too, but I love Eva Cassidy so much, sometimes I feel she can do no wrong. Listen to this, it's live - she's awesome:

Not much to watch here, but Mon Dieu, is this a beautiful, beautiful song and especially beautiful version by the late and great Eva Cassidy:

This is the last one I'm posting, but if you're jonesing for more, go look for her on Youtube, there's a good selection.

Sorry, one more, I couldn't help myself:

Thursday, March 26, 2009


There's a site I love that I wanted to bring to your attention. It's called The site features all things beauty. You can look up any product you have or are interested in buying and there will be member reviews and ratings. This is a helpful tool when deciding on a specific product. I use this a lot when choosing face wash, mascaras, sunscreen, moisturizers, etc.

There are helpful lists with good slide shows that will show things like: the worst mascaras, the best mascaras, etc...

Another very helpful feature is their video tutorials. You can go through all of them, or just some that are more specific to your needs. There are how-to's for different problem or challenging things like concealer, smokey eye, etc. And there are fun looks and tips for really dressing up and having fun. There are hair tips and how-tos which are very helpful (if you have the tools and products).

There is a universe of good advice and fun interesting stuff to look at. If you live in the US they have a sample program which I imagine must be super.

Take a look at the different links above and have fun!

By the way, all the pictures are of Victoria's Secret Angels backstage in the process of getting their makeup and hair done. I thought it would be fun to see it. Plus a couple of others where some of the Angels had such gorgeous bright makeup on I had to share.

These two pictures below are pretty much the same makeup look with slight variations. The look is soft, ethereal and angelic. There's a pop of color on the cheeks and highlighted eyes, either with or without color, and then the subtle, glossy lips. This is a perfect romantic look that is ideal for dates or any other occasion when you want to look innocent. This is a very "Lolita" look, isn't it. I just thought of that now. It practically screams innocence with a little naughty flirting thrown into the mix. I think the key here is the flawless face. So, make sure your complexion is clear and that you've been taking good care of your skin with moisturizer and sunscreen. Pair this look with sexy hair that has some bounce to it and there is no stopping you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

American Idol: This Is What I Think...

I'm going to go ahead and post what I think about the current Idol contestants. At this stage in the game everyone has favorites and ones we can't stand. With last weeks disappointing send off (the pixie got kicked off) I thought I would start off by letting you all know that she was my favorite girl. The fact that she was kicked off so early on in the serious part of the competition is just so uncool and goes to show that America may not know what they're doing as far as choosing their Idol goes. We have to bear in mind that Jordan Sparks holds that title. Whatever.

The Jordan Sparks year was such a friggin' snoozefest it makes you wonder where all the guys that are in this year were. They all came out together this year, and in my humble opinion this is the best group of top 12 contestants we've had. Ever. I feel like this is a serious competition and the one that wins is the best of the best.

Here's what I think about each of the contestants:

Allison Iraheta. She sings really well, but I'm not sure she's ready to the American Idol. She's 16 yrs. old and that makes what she's able to do all the more amazing. Even though she sings really, really well, until now, she still hasn't won my heart, and I think that's part of being an Idol.

Scott MacIntire. He sings the inspirational, "chicken soup for the soul" type songs every week. He plays the piano well and sings well too. He just isn't as good as the others and I think one of the reasons he's still there is because he's getting the sympathy vote because he's blind. I think he's earned his place in the top 10, but I don't think he deserves to be there more than the pixie did (still can't believe she was kicked off), or anyone else for that matter. But he will be there for a long time to come, because like I said, he's got the sympathy vote.
Michael Sarver. He's not amazing. He's amazingly likeable and he comes from the serious working class, which makes him a perfect candidate for Idol. He's cute, and he's cuddly. I like him a lot even though he's considerably weaker than the others. He should've been the one to leave last week, not the pixie.
Megan Joy. I can't stand her. I think she's getting votes because she's beautiful. She really is a looker, but that's not enough for me. She sings silly songs and it almost feels like she's mocking the competition. She forces her voice (her style of singing), and does the most ridiculous little dance/twist thingy imaginable. As far as I'm concerned she can get the boot, already. I don't want her there anymore because she is significantly inferior to everyone else. Everyone, including Michael and Scott.
Matt Giraud. He blew me away in Hollywood week, then he took a break from being great, and now he's totally back again. He's awesome!!! He looks exactly like Michael Buble and has a Justin Timberlake thing going on, and that's just icing on the cake, baby! I predict he will be in the top 3. I'm famous for not predicting correctly (I predicted Daughtry was going to win or at least be runner up, and look what happened there). But I stand by my prediction for this year, and from what I hear, I'm not alone.
Lil Rounds. She bores me. She sings like a black, church choir angel, but she bores me. There's nothing new, different, distinctive, or particularly attractive about her. She's very good, adds a lot to the competition, and is a good person for the others to compete against because of her amazing talent, but she won't win. And she shouldn't.
Kris Allen. Why is his name spelled like a girl? Anyway, he's cute. He's amazingly pootoochi. But he's not the American Idol. He sings well, looks good and deserves to be top 10, but he won't win. He's got the girls voting for him though, so I expect he'll be there for a while until common sense finally kicks in.
Danny Gokey. Our resident Robert Downey Jr. - or at least he looks just like him. He's my other prediction for top 3. His voice is amazing!!! It's like the voice of many waters. I love him and am thrilled he decided to join Idol this year.
Anoop Desai. He's fun but unpredictable. Last week he was great, but the week before that he blew. I don't believe he'll win, don't see how given who he's up against, but he's good and he deserves to be where he is (especially after last week's performance). Anyway, I think he's got the Slumdog Millionaire vote - if you know what I mean.
Adam Lambert. The Queen. He works the guyliner, guy nail polish and emo hair. He's amazing!!! I love, love, love him. In my book, he can do no wrong. Unlike some people I know, I loved his performance last week. That whole Egyptian rendition of a very boring song by Johnny Cash (Ring of Fire) was genius! He's in my top 3 as well. Even if he doesn't make it to #1 he will be very, very big. Trust me. He's that good.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fave Commercials

For today's post I thought of adding a touch of glamor, je ne sais quoi, and ooh la la. As you are well aware, I love all things cosmetic. My two favorite things I would say are lipstick and perfume. Perfume commercials are always entertaining. They're among the best. They are also some of the most expensive as often there are super directors making the ads, like the case of Baz Luhrmann for Chanel 5 with Nicole Kidman, and Sophia Coppola for Miss Dior Cherie.

On an earlier post I had already put the one for Dunhill with Henry Cavill, so I won't be adding it here. Sorry. There's lots of eye candy though, so no worries.

Here's a line up of some of my favorite lipstick and perfume commercials:

This commercial is so classy and above all, makes me want, want, want the lipstick...

From the color of the lipstick to the song, this is killer...

This is the one Sophia Coppola directed, you can so tell...

No need to explain why this one is awesome. You're welcome...

This has to be my very fave perfume commercial. It's magical...

This is the Baz Luhrmann film. You can so tell. It is so Moulin Rouge...

This is so modern fairytale that there is no way not to love it. Shhh....

Be still my heart...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend Update: Good Food, Good Friends - who could ask for anything more?

This Sunday we had a low key quiet day. After going shopping in the morning (Fukui-san's fave activity) we felt we needed to sit still and not do anything else all day that would involve spending any more money. We brought the kids back from their friend's house where they had a sleep-over and got to work on lunch. We wanted to make it special because my dear sis Virginia was coming to visit and it had been a while since she graced us with her overly bubbly and chipper self. Samurai-Jack has been begging me to make chicken wings so that's what we did. After cooking them for a while with nothing but a bit of oil and garlic salt I poured out all the water the chicken released (gold!) and poured a terriyake and corn syrup glaze all over it. It went back into the oven to caramelize and perfect. They came out beautiful, glossy, and delish.

We made arroz maluco (crazy rice), which is really just random ingredients mixed into the rice along with matchstick potato chips (I served that on the side). It was perfect with the awesome gravy I made with the chicken juice. All I did was thicken it up a bit and I'll be the first to say that it was the best gravy I've ever made. It was thick and decadent and we drowned our rice in it and then sprinkled batata palha all over it. Oh, Jesus, take the wheel!

Corn on the cob is always welcome. Sweet delish corn that is tender, hot, buttery and just waiting to make a total mess of your hands, chin, and lodge in the gaps of your teeth. So long as you've got plenty of floss for the "after party" it's all good.

After lunch we ate the smallest amount of ice-cream for dessert I've ever seen anyone eat. We weren't enthusiastic about it at all because we were so friggin' full. Then Fukui-san and I went to Lua and Andre's to watch 3 hours of American Idol they had recorded. It was awesome! Wow, I can't believe I almost forgot to mention that Fukui-san made his famous Chocolate Irish Cream Liquor for us to have during Idol. I think we can safely say that Sunday was a very fun day and we had tons of laughs and good times.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Fun: I Heart Heston Blumenthal

I've got the maddest chef crush on Heston Blumenthal right now. I mean, mad love. There's a very simple reason for this: he's a genius. I've never seen a cooking show with such simple instructions to such "complicated" dishes. He makes you feel like you can make perfect food like him using his simple instructions. The funny thing about it is, you can! He studies food, ingredients, reasons for why and wherefore and then simplifies it, translates it into doable, and then perfects it.

Have you ever had one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?" moments? When you watch him work, you have a million of those all the time. He blows me away. There is no one that I know of that does what he does, the way he does it.

I don't know if you know this about me, but I think molecular gastronomy is a bunch of poppy cosh. It completely deviates from the realm of cooking into the realm of ridiculous mad scientists. The warmth of the dish is removed and chefs end up playing Einstein with their food instead of perfecting what is there in front of them. Furthermore, young chefs getting into the business end up missing out on the basics and foundation of cooking in search of the perfect "deconstruction" of the banana split - or what have you. It's a fad that will blow over, because in the end people want what they've wanted for centuries, good food.

Heston Blumenthal is a perfect example of someone who doesn't get carried away by this ridiculous (while temporarily entertaining) trend. He is a scientist of food nontheless, because he diligently studies and perfects his dishes, but he will never make it cold, uninviting, technical, and furniture-like. The food one serves must make people want to eat it, not frame it. And that's where molecular gastronomy goes off the deep end for me. I believe he does dabble in it, but he doesn't let it take over everything he does, which is the case with most of the chefs working in that area. I saw a deconstructed caprese salad and it made me sad.

I heart Heston Blumenthal, and now that you've seen some of these videos, I think you do, too.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day!

Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Highland. I also have a fondness for the beauty of Ireland. It seems like God was in an amazingly good mood when he was making that whole Scottish and Irish area. The lush green hills and beautiful mountains, everything about the entire area is mysterious, melancholy and ultimately beautiful. Don't even get me started on the castles. I could spend months and months just touring the castles and be perfectly, wonderfully happy.

Even their heathen rituals and Celtic gods and whatnot are fascinating. Compare, if you will, the festivals of harvest and plenty they have in those places as opposed to the grotesque celebrations (for the exact same things, mind you) of the native Indians of South America. Between ritualistic sacrifice, barbaric music, dances and customs, I don't know exactly how much beauty (not the kind that's in the eye of the beholder), but real dictionary beauty there is to be seen there. I agree that the ruins must be fascinating and the old landmarks amazing, but that's about it.

The Celtic folk music is amazing. I love it. I really do. It's like it hypnotizes me. The combination of notes and instruments, the melodies and dances all take my breath away.

In my humble opinion, a country so blessed with all those things plus - let us not be remiss in forgetting - whiskey and beer, should technically have some really good food as well. I don't really feel that's the case. I could be wrong in assuming that everything they eat is either boiled tastelessly together or cooked in organs, but that's the idea they give me.

During St. Patrick's Day celebrations everyone makes something I find truly heinous: corned beef. It's made with cabbage a lot (ew), I see it in stews and sandwiches and in everything imaginable. But I'm not singling out the Irish here. The Scottish (my people) have some serious issues when it comes to good dining. Haggis is their idea of a happy place, and steak and kidney pie is their hallelujah.

Perhaps when one visits Ireland and Scotland one can live on the view and people alone (and let us not forget all the whiskey our alcoholic hearts could desire), so actual physical sustenance may not be necessary.

I think the point I'm trying to make with my exceedingly long-winded rant is that Irish and Scottish food is yucky.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lagrima Flor: photo shoot

Some good friends of ours have a band they put together (Lagrima Flor) of folk-y rock, cool music and they needed to have some promo shots taken for an event going on in their university. Lua (member of the band and dear friend) is an actress for Globo and needed some shots to pass around at casting calls, etc. This is where I came into the picture. I dabble in the art of making people beautiful with magic pots of paint so I was asked if I could help beautify them for the photo shoot.

As it turned out, they needed some help with the pictures as well, making sure that the shots they were taking best represented what they were all about. I think we stayed there for 150 hours (at least).

In the end we did get some good shots in and I believe the band has a lot to work with, as well as Lua's personal photos and Thavyne (another little actress from Globo who also took photos). Out of like 500+ pictures, I think they have 30+ pictures to work with. I'm not sure if this is normal, I don't think it is. I imagine that as time goes on and they get more acquainted with the whole deal they'll take better pictures faster, and so will the photog.

I've chosen the photos you see here as the ones I feel best represent my work, plus a picture of the whole team: band members, their friend and wardrobe consultant, make-up (me) and photography (Jimmy).

The idea of the 2 actresses close ups for casting calls is that they need to look as natural as possible in order to give the casting people a good idea of what they have to work with. The band shots are a bit funner because more color is required. For the boys of course not much was done. I used concealer, foundation, powder, bronzer, lip balm and in some cases soft eyeliner. Naturally for the girls I used everything possible. Even the natural shots include quite a bit of product.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Weekend Update: Pizza!

The puppy is here to say sorry that I don't have any pictures of the weekend. Does it make up for my tiny, little absent mindedness?

I knew this was going to be a good weekend when I read the weather forecast. It promised rain, clouds and a significant drop in temperature. As it turns out, it wasn't exactly what I had hoped for, but it was good enough. When I read that it would rain on Saturday I thought I was going to wake up in the morning to the "rhythm of the falling rain". Not quite. Instead I was blinded by sunlight first thing in the morning. As the day progressed it took on that beautiful grey color and before I could say "Um-ber-ella, ella, ella" it started raining.

Meury made the most awesome chicken pie and french green bean salad. The boys were all out so it was just Angie, Meury and myself having a quiet lunch. It was a nice break from the normal weekend lunches here which are usually a bit more - how can I say this without raising concern - loud and rowdy.

Tati, Meury and I met up at the mall to check out some things, have overpriced coffee, put on a bunch of MAC makeup in colors until now not seen outside Cirque du Soleil, squeeze through throngs of less fortunate who had come from all over town to make our mall more crowded and uncool, and of course, to pay too much for parking. All in all we succeeded in doing every one of those things and we had a blast.

Meanwhile the poor les enfant were up to their ears in homework and projects they had to turn in on Monday (they did take a swim break). They were of course rewarded with brownies the day before and were firmly holding on to the promise of fun on Sunday.

Sunday. What a happy day. Fukui-san was in an especially good mood because he wasn't going to have to do anything. That's right. For the first time in months he spend the whole day on his ass. He made us all amazing Sunday morning pancakes and then proceeded to be completely useless for the rest of the day. Good for him! Andre and Lua came over for some of my super homemade pizza. I don't want to toot my own horn, but, damn! it was even better than last time.

Here are the pizza flavors we made: fresh tomato and fried garlic with parmesan cheese, Hawaiian (pineapple and canadian bacon, cheese), blue cheese and bacon, Portuguesa (onions, olives, ham, boiled eggs, parsley, cheese, olive oil), marguerita, bacon, ham and cheese (for Miojoboy).

That is so not the end of it. We had triple chocolate brownies and ice-cream for dessert. We were so full from the pizza we only ate the brownies like 3 hours later. The amazing thing about the brownies was that Miojoboy made them. I was busy washing dishes and prepping for pizza so I verbally gave him instructions and he followed them like a pro. The most precious moment for me was when he started mixing in the flour. He held the bowl tightly to him and started folding - folding! - the flour in. My God! He remembered everything. The brownies came out perfect, and I didn't do anything except put them in the oven and then take them out.

It was a massively fun pizza party and I think we'll do it again sooner rather than later. This was the best weekend I've had in a really long time and I'm just sad I didn't take any pictures of it to show you guys and make you green with envy. Next time, I guess.

Friday, March 13, 2009

To Hope

When by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom;
When no fair dreams before my "mind's eye" flit,
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Whene'er I wander, at the fall of night,
Where woven boughs shut out the moon's bright ray,
Should sad Despondency my musings fright,
And frown, to drive fair Cheerfulness away,
Peep with the moonbeams through the leafy roof,
And keep that fiend Despondence far aloof!

Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,
Strive for her son to seize my careless heart;
When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,
Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart:
Chase him away, sweet Hope, with visage bright,
And fright him as the morning frightens night!

Whene'er the fate of those I hold most dear
Tells to my fearful breast a tale of sorrow,
O bright-eyed Hope, my morbidfancy cheer;
Let me awhile thy sweetest comforts borrow:
Thy heaven-born radiance around me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Should e'er unhappy love my bosom pain,
From cruel parents, or relentless fair;
O let me think it is not quite in vain
To sigh out sonnets to the midnight air!
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

In the long vista of the years to roll,
Let me not see our country's honour fade:
O let me see our land retain her soul,
Her pride, her freedom; and not freedom's shade.
From thy bright eyes unusual brightness shed---
Beneath thy pinions canopy my head!

Let me not see the patriot's high bequest,
Great Liberty! how great in plain attire!
With the base purple of a court oppress'd,
Bowing her head, and ready to expire:
But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings
That fill the skies with silver glitterings!

And as, in sparkling majesty, a star
Gilds the bright summit of some gloomy cloud;
Brightening the half veil'd face of heaven afar:
So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
Sweet Hope, celestial influence round me shed,
Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head!

-- John Keats

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bollywood Crazy

For today's post I thought we would just have some fun. The world is abuzz with all things India - due largely to Slumdog Millionaire's success. I've decided to join in the fun and found these awesome clips on Youtube which should not be missed. For reals.

This first clip is hilarious. There's the cool Indian guy, the guys in colored suits and cool dude clothes, and of course the girls. Check it out for a very good time:

This next one is fun because the colors are so vibrant and beautiful and of course, there's the lovely Aishwarya Rai. Everything looks more beautiful when she's in it.

This next one some fool put an "interpretation", or what he thinks the words sound like. In this particular case I think the song and filming and all are great on their own, and the "interpretation" is pretty funny as well. It's too bad it's a bit disrespectful to their language. But it's funny - does that make up for it?

I remember years ago my when Fajah was traveling the East he mentioned that on his train rides in India they would show Bollywood movies and he commented that they were always super elaborate productions of people running through fields, crowds of people, choreography, etc. Who would've thought that a decade and then some after he told me this, Bollywood would become all the rage.

You can thank Miojoboy for this pearl of great price.

And this post would be complete without a fave movie of mine, Bride and Prejudice, and my fave song in it.

I have no idea if these are the best that Bollywood has to offer, but to me they seem great.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Coco Avant Chanel

I just came across a movie that's coming out this year (22 May, 2009 in Brazil), Coco Avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tatou as Mademoiselle Chanel. I'm not sure Audrey is perfect for the role of Chanel, but the movie looks very fun nontheless. I think perhaps Audrey is cuter than Coco was. To me Coco has a bit more reserved beauty, almost melancholy. She's graceful and glamorous in a way that makes you think she never ran anywhere and always laughed with her head thrown back, cigarette in one hand, champagne in the other, in that classic, gorgeous way. You know what I mean?

I've always been fascinated by the story of Coco Chanel. It's - among other things - a rags to riches story, which never gets boring, especially if it's true. The story of focuses on her humble beginnings and her becoming a designer. It also has a bit of romance and just seems all around glamorous and wonderful. I can't wait for it to come out and I think after you see the trailer you won't either.

I don't know of a single fashionista, perfume lover, makeup and cosmetic junkie who doesn't own something Chanel. I, for one, don't own any clothing of hers, but I do have perfume and makeup that I really love. I still don't own Chanel 5 and that's not cool. Someday....

Without further ado, here's the trailer:

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Life as It Is

I don't know why people say, "You need a good dose of reality" like it's a good thing. I hate reality. Reality sucks, blows, bites. Big time. If reality were an ant I would squish it without thinking twice. I'm not quite sure what constitutes a "good dose of reality" or a reasonable dose, for that matter. I agree that walking around in metal armor and singing "Golden Helmet of Mambrino" may not be in one's best interest - if one doesn't want to get beat up - but neither is living too seriously in the now.

The news is full of reality which frankly I don't care much for. People give you a "good dose of reality" all the time whether they're aware of it or not. We are bombarded with reality every day of our lives and we have no choice in the matter. The question I want answered is, are people who are seriously in the now happy?

I've seen some freaky stuff in the news this past week and I'm quite certain I could've gone a whole lifetime not knowing and been just fine. I tend to steer clear of the heavy stuff so I concentrate on the highlights, but as luck would have it, these were the highlights. There are some situations that are shaking our nation and we're expected to take sides and decide how we feel about it. What if we don't want to admit to ourselves that that kind of evil exists at all? What if we want to forget that not only are the normal evil people evil, but that people who are supposed to uphold moral standards and do the right thing are also evil? Super evil.

I'm of course referring to the case where the Catholic Church excommunicated some doctors and a mother because they were trying to save the life of a 9yr old who had to get an abortion. (Don't read the story unless you're prepared to be disillusioned with the Catholic Church, again.) As far as I'm concerned they're all better off not being part of the Catholic Church anymore. These days all they do is confirm to everyone how dated, pagan and positively evil they are.

Cases like this one and others make you realize that perhaps the loonies have got it right. They live in their own reality and choose what they want to know. Ignorance is bliss, my friend.

I'll never forget that part in the movie "Don Quixote de la Mancha" where he's talking to another inmate who asks him about the creation of this fictional character that lives in his own reality and whether it's healthy to be that way or just insanity. He goes on to describe all the "reality" he's seen and then closes the whole bit by saying, " Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be".

I've decided to add this clip because it's a classic case of "I see what I want to". He takes a very yucky table rag and puts it on his head because he thinks it's gossamer (or something like that), and then takes a shaving basin, which to him is the golden helmet, and places it on to of the filthy germ crusted rag on his head. (I think I just mini vomited)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bobbi Brown Summer Looks - and some other ones as well

Hello lovely ladies (sorry boys, this post is so not for you)! I have just spent the weekend eating, drinking and breathing makeup and products. All of Saturday I was involved in a photo shoot for a band and two individual shoots for actors who need images for their "casting calls". I had a splendidly good time, but am still feeling the after effects of spending hours of high impact electric creativity and massive amounts of fun. I'll post some pictures and tell you all about it later this week, hopefully (fingers crossed and all that).

I wanted to let you in on what I believe to be the hottest summer fresh looks for these still ongoing sunlit days. It's still going to be hot and sunny for months to come, so I wouldn't put away your color collections just yet. I know you may not have all the colors or fancy things that are shown in the videos below, but keep in mind that the most important thing is the idea. That means that you can take one or two things you like about the look and incorporate it into your every day life.

I think the looks here (Bobbi Brown) are very wearable, relevant and appropriate for our tropical weather. It screams "happiness, fruit and fun" and that's the glow you should look for when putting on your makeup. In the winter months you can get away with more classic, clean, matte looks, but in the summer it's all shine, sheer, glow, shimmer and pop. Remember, pops of color here and there make all the difference - you'll see what I mean. Enjoy!

This next video is one of my faves because it clearly shows how to recreate the look. It's in Mandarin or something, and I pity all you fools who don't understand the pearls of wisdom coming out of the makeup artist's mouth, but you can still see very clearly what she's doing so I thought this would be a good video to include. Plus, how gorgeous is that model? Putting makeup on her would be the easiest thing in the world.