So many fun things!  NYC MAKEUP SHOW #2

I was so excited to find the Kat Von D booth. I’ve heard great things about the line and am honestly an admirer of hers as well. I was able to snag a great kit for a great buy. 

I was able to try out the liquid lipstick. It is supposed to be long lasting and there are plenty of fantastic colors.  

I decided to try out the tattoo eyeliner and lipstick for the U2 concert – because it needed to last and look good for hours. Boy did it stand the test!  

I have the RED, but recently went back to buy LOLITA (hard to find neutral) and BACHELORETTE (hot pink). 

These are now my staple products and honestly – the first products I’ve paid full price for in a long time. 

My recommendation is to bring along a gloss for later in the day. I like kissable looking lips!

Bravon Beauty: 5 Products in 5 Minutes

I wanted a light spring finished look, despite wearing a big floppy hat to the park on Saturday.  Here is what I did!

Only 5 Bravon Beauty products in under 5 minutes: 

The Eraser Tinted Diffuser Powder in Natural Beige $21 This is the second color (out of 4) and worked perfectly to help with an even complexion without adding bulk.

Magnetic Eye Primer $16 – This evened out my eyelid, which happens to be thin and a little off colored.

Double Wingspan Mascara in Raven $18 This created a long wide looking lash and I used 2 coats.

Magnetic Eye Shadow / Matte in Purple Mermaid $11 – I used this in my brows so I could be 100% Bravon!

Sumi Ultra Matte Creme in Raspberry $16 I used the lip brush included with this product to create the perfect looking lip with out the use of a lip liner.

Only 5 Bravon products create a beautiful simple look for a spring day!

Only 5 Bravon products create a beautiful simple look for a spring day!

Arica Kildea wearing Bravon BeautyI achieved an even complexion, simple eye look, defined brows and a bright lip! Perfect for a late spring day!

Visit www.bravonbeauty.com to find more treasures! 

 

Bravon Beauty: How I reworked a Kit to work for me!

I received the Bravon Beauty “Pretty Fabulous 9 Piece Kit with Bag” and quite frankly had a feeling of excitement and anxiety as I tried to figure out what I would try first!  First, can’t we all just agree that 9 pieces, plus a bag for $72 is an outrageous value?

Please note that all swatches and pictures of products are used under a white light box with no filter so you can see the true color. 

Here is what the kit looks like – I can’t wait to share with you how it translated to from containers and a picture to skin!

Bravon's Pretty Fabulous 9 Piece Set with Bag $72

Bravon’s Pretty Fabulous 9 Piece Set with Bag $72 – Photo used with permission

 

Here is everything the kit includes:

L to R: Meteor Showers, Venus an Pink Diamond.  All swatches taken under white light box with no filter.

L to R: Meteor Showers, Venus and Pink Diamond. All swatches taken under white light box with no filter.  Magnetic Eye Primer was used under the pigments.

  • Net Wt. 0.23 fl oz/6.8 mL – HD Vinyl Liquid Lipstick – Hot Buttered Rum ($18)
  • Net Wt. 0.12 oz/3.4 g – Motto Matte Moisture Lipstick – Sleep In The Nude ($17)
  • Net Wt. 0.04 oz/1.2 g – Lip Prefix Primer Liner – Cinnamon ($14)
    Bravon Lip Products from pretty amazing kit Spring 2015

    From L to R: Lip Spa in Rose Petal Tea (not in kit), Cinnamon Lip Prefix Primer Liner, Sleep in the Nude #motoMatte Lipstick, HD Vinyl Lipstick in Hot Buttered Rum


Gel Tech Longwear Eye Liner in Ebony on Right

Gel Tech Longwear Eye Liner in Ebony on left. Repeat of Pigments already pictured.

 

  • Double-Blade Gel Pencil Sharpener  ($6) – I was impressed with the sharpener – it’s huge!  Immediately I thought… Yep, Bravon knows about girls like me… the ones who hate emptying their liner sharpeners!  You have to see it:
Bravon's XL Sharpener is over an 1" long and a double decker holding chamber.

Bravon’s XL Sharpener is over an 1″ long and a double decker holding chamber.

  • Faux-Croc Cosmetic Clutch, measures – 9″W x 7″H x 1-1/2″ See Kit Picture above
  • Total value – over $85

I didn’t quite know where to start, but complexion is basic so I started with a tinted moisturizer and Bravon’s Eraser Tinted Diffusion Powder in Natural Beige ($21) and applied the Magnetic Eye Primer.  The Eye Primer has a slight pigment to it that evens out your natural eyelid color – giving you a blank canvas to work with.  The Eraser Tinted Diffusion Powder is amazing because it evens out your skin with out leaving creasing or settling in lines.  It is not a heavy coverage – you can still see skin!

The Eraser Tinted Diffuser Powder

I made the mistake of wanting to put EVERYTHING in the kit on my face at the same time!  Eeek!  I forgot what Bravon’s mission was – to bring out your inner artist.  I was so excited to put those pigments on that I grossly underestimated the power they packed!  Wow – just look at the pictures (actual swatches taken from product instead of computer generated pigment)!

So as you can imagine and I am humbled to admit it… I made a mess of things!  I had to relearn how to use loose pigments, especially the ones that were very intense.  I went back to basics and listened to my inner artist – start with the lightest color, which was the pink… Pink Diamonds and intensify from there.  I used it as my highlight color on my lid and under my eyes.  I then took the darkest color Meteor Showers and made a crease for a deep smoky eye.  The middle color Venus, which was very warm, I used in two places the middle of my crease an then I swept some through my brows.

Hi-Fi Loose Pigments

Bravon Hi-Fi Loose Pigments from bravonbeauty.com Screen shot used with permission.

I used the Gel Tech Long Wear Eye Liner in Ebony – it was amazingly smooth.  I used it on top of my lashes and on the inner rims of my eyelid to make my lashes look more finished.  It is easy to sharpen and wears all day.

GEL TECH LONGWEAR EYELINER

Gel Tech Longwear Eyeliner Pigments – Screen Shot Used With Permission

 

The Double Wingspan Mascara in Raven is just amazing.  You can see how my lashes look long, separated an finished.  The curve of the wand aids in the direction of the lashes.  Double Wingspan Mascara in Ebony

Now there are three lip products included in this kit.  I put on all three.  I should have believed there was enough pow in the liner.  Then the lipstick.  But when I got to the Vinyl Liquid Lipstick… it was too much (color swatch on right with lip products).  My lips looked way too dark.  I then realized again that I can switch in and out lip colors and textures – just as the Master would have.  Just because it’s in the kit doesn’t mean I have to put it all on at once! I did my lips over again and this time, I used just the Primer Liner in Cinnamon and the Motto Matte Sleep in the Nude Lipstick.  I took an item that was not in the kit, but lightened up the look for me which was another Bravon Lip Product – Lip Spa Aqua Gloss in Rose Petal Tea (Pictured above & not included in the kit):

I warmed my complexion up with Bravon’s Dual Nature Contouring Bronzer in 70 Degrees and SunnyDual Nature Contouring Bronzer Bravon Beauty

 

On the apples of my cheeks, I used Susumu Suede Blush in Hydrangea:Bravon Beauty Hydrangea blush

Hydrangea Blush on top left, 70 Degrees and Sunny on bottom left and Magnetic Eye Primer on the right

Hydrangea Blush on top left, 70 Degrees and Sunny on bottom left and Magnetic Eye Primer on the right

 

 

Here’s  the finished look… a kit with my own twist:

Bravon 9 pc kit look with dark lip

 

Find out about my first ordering experience here.  To order your own kit – or try the new summer 8 pc sizzling kit, go to www.bravonbeauty.com!  Leave comments here to tell me what you ordered and what you think of this amazing new line!

Bravon Beauty: 6 Ways I made it Mine


Arica's beauty blog using bravon beauty

I love this picture because it shows how I was able to create that glow we all crave with a soft eye an bright lip.  Here is what I used:

  • The Eraser Tinted Diffuser Powder with a big fluffy brush The Eraser Tinted Diffuser Powder
  • Contouring Bronzer in 70 Degrees an Sunny Dual Nature Contouring Bronzer Bravon Beauty
  • Hydrangea Suede Blush – The perfect pink for me! Insider’s hint: Bravon recently said that one of the top sellers is RoseHydrangea Suede Blush
  • I popped the eye shadows into the Magnetic Compact – it comes with it’s own soft, flat brush.
  • Mono Shadow Holder

    Magnetic Eyes Compact Duo must be purchased separately.

    Bravon Beauty Eye Shadow Singles

    You can customize your shadows for the compact. This is great if you happen to run out of your favorite color and need a quick replacement.

    I used Purple Mermaid in Matte and Granite in Satin – it had a slight sparkle to it, which of courses I love.  I used this under my eye instead of a liner to continue the soft look I was creating.  Purple Mermaid worked amazingly well as a brow filler… it was a pinch an I wanted to be 100% Bravon! Double Wingspan mascara bravon beauty

  • The Double Wingspan Mascara in Raven has a curved comb that gently lifts your lashes and spreads them beautifully for a full long look.  I prefer two coats. Lip creme lipstick raspberry bravon beautyIMG_8258
  • I loved finishing this look with Raspberry Sumi Ultra Matte Lipcreme

Bright colors are so much fun and this particular mix was perfect for me!  I have pink subtly mixed into my hair right now and the Sumi Ultra Matte Lipcreme in Raspberry was the perfect connection for my look.

Check out www.bravonbeauty.com – you will find a site full of color and possibility! 

Shipping is quick and packaging is perfect!

Check out another Bravon look here!

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Top 4 Things You Need To Know About Bravon Beauty Packaging

It seems a little odd to talk about packaging doesn’t it?  Well, not when you’ve seen what some of the funny business that can be pulled in cosmetics that you probably aren’t aware of!   Bravon Beauty pulls no punches when it comes to ensuring the best experience in getting your products to you safely.

Here is what Bravon Beauty provides: insurance.

1.  Your order is hand packed and inspected by the Bravon Beauty team. Each piece is grouped into a reusable package before going to shipment.  At the time I placed my order, all orders were shipped via USPS Priority thus getting your order to you quickly at a reasonable price. Bravon Beauty Packaging

2. The website has been updated.  Repackaged so you know exactly what you are getting.  What used to be computer generated swatches to choose color is now upgraded to a vibrant show of the actual shades… the actual product.  Here is one of my favorite shots (used with permission) of how, once again the Bravon Beauty Team ensures you get exactly what you want.  Hi-Fi Loose Pigment is reasonably priced at only $13 – be careful… it’s packed with a color punch!

Bravon's High Fi Loose Pigment

Bravon’s High Fi Loose Pigment

3. In more than a decade of working in cosmetics, I have not ever seen this before – double protected mascara. Brilliant!  Why didn’t someone think of this before?  Well, Bravon wasn’t calling the shots – that’s why!  Bravon’s Double Wingspan Raven Mascara $18, comes with a seal around the top and boxed. There is NO WAY you will get a previously opened or worse… Used mascara when ordering.

Double Wingspan Mascara in Raven

Bravon Beauty Double Wingspan Mascara – Double Protected

4.  All items are easy to open, have a slick design and user friendly. My favorite so far is the Sumi Ultra Matte Lipcreme in Raspberry. It is uniquely designed so that you can have the perfect application every time and decreases chances for product contamination from the brush.  Here’s my confession: I never use a lip brush! But this product is a lip brush and lipstick in one – it will change my lipstick game by adding precision in application.  Modestly priced at only $16.Matte Lipcreme packaging Bravon Beauty Lipcreme

Look at this amazing pigment!

Lipstick and Lip Brush in One

Raspberry Sumi Ultra Matte Lipcreme

Bottom line: purchase with ease, knowing you are getting the best makeup with high standards of quality control for a great price.

The summer kits have just launched – they are beautiful and well priced!  The “Sizzling Summer Kit” is only $68 for 8 pieces!

 

Bravon Mascara Lipgloss & Shadows… Oh My!

I met Bravon at an event I was working as a Makeup Artist a few years ago.  I wondered what he was going to be like… He surprised me.  He was one of the kindest men I’ve ever met.  After hours of work, he kept smiling and taking pictures, giving advice and complimenting women who had come to the event to meet him and hear the fantastic makeup advice he had to give.

I was excited to hear about his new adventure – Bravon Beauty – Artist Activated Cosmetics.  It has been exciting to watch bits and pieces unfold across the internet.  You had the sense he was talking straight to you every time a picture went up and he gave his thoughts.  Follow @bravonbeauty on Instagram to be a part of the conversation.

So I waited a month after the product launch to order.  I wanted to wait until the bugs (if any) were worked out and I saw what other people liked and were posting.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t see much that initially enticed me, but I wanted to support someone who has had a huge impact on me as an artist.  So a few weeks ago, I ordered some product.  Bravon confirmed my shipment and it arrived in just two days!  The packaging was gorgeous and a beautiful picture with a note from Bravon was on top.

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Makeup is an experience for me… I love the packaging.  I love the smell of new products.  I love the way a lipgloss feels in your hand.  The way a package will have fun little details that you may miss if you don’t look at them closely.  I was sure to examine all of these as I wanted to experience it, enjoy it an share it.

Bravon Beauty Nude Lip I’ve been around long enough to know that you could buy white label cosmetics, slap your name on it and try to pass it off as your own.  I know that he’s personally been working hard to create the *perfect* formulas that women want and expect from him.

When I chose my product, I looked through the site and immediately the technology built in to the product was overly impressive.  The product that I knew I HAD to have was the Lip Prefix Primer Liner in Nutmeg – I’ve been searching for the perfect nude lip and Bravon had the colors to create just that.  I then chose the Motto Matte Moisture Lipstick (#mottomatte) in Believe in yourself Beige and went from there… I’ve been busy swatching colors and taking pictures because I want to tell you how fantastic this product truly is!

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Lipstick: Believe in yourself Beige Lipliner: Nutmeg

 

 

Here is my Bravon smoky eye, used with Hi-Fi Loose Pigments and the Lip Prefix Primer Liner and Motto Matte Moisture Lipstick in Believe in Yourself Beige.  All products worn are from Bravon Beauty.


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Quick way to change up your hair? The 1 product you need guaranteed to change the way you do your hair!

I recently came upon this product and I am uber passionate about it. Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hair Brush has hit the hair market with a huge impact on how women can easily style their hair.

Here is the ONE reason you need Tangle Teezer: 

Backcombing is made easy and the primary way you can create style and shape!

We all want to switch it up every now and again and backcombing allows you to create almost any style you desire!

Here is my hair fantasy:

Here is one picture that I find myself pinning over and over because I love it so much – it speaks to me about something sexy that doesn’t look like she has put a bunch of time into it… but you know she has!

kenra hair spray, tangle teezer, backcombing, updo, high pony,

 

 

I also love this second picture.  You can see how it is backcombed big time, yet smoothed over for a sweeter look… and probably lots of extensions!

blonde hair for blog - teezer post 1So even if you don’t want to do some of these big do’s, you can get volume, height and shape to your look by using a tool such as the

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hair Brush $11.00

Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Hair Brush – Free shipping $16.99

What do you think?  Is this something you will use?   Let me your comments!

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