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Linger Magazine Photo Contest

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Put me in a room, or in this case a field, full of creative and talented people and I am one happy girl!  I was so excited to finally have an opportunity to work with Dawn Temple of Bellaria Designs Photography.  We have been trying for months to collaborate and we finally made it happen.  Dawn had a concept in mind for a shoot that she wanted to submit to a contest for Linger Magazine.  The winner would be featured in a ten page spread for an upcoming issue.  How fun! 

The team consisted of:

Dawn Temple, photographer, of Bellaria Designs Photography

Stacie Waleyko, model, of The Beauty Within Model Management

Regina Garnett, hair, of Faking it Salon

Candice Wu of Candice Wu Couture who made the amazing clothing which was complemented perfectly by the stunning pieces from House of Cach jewelry

After Dawn shared her vision I was thrilled that she gave me an opportunity to create my own concept for the makeup.  When I work with brides I get some creative license but not always; and certainly always within reason!  Often times on shoots, the photographer knows exactly what they want.  To be able to help create the image is a real treat.  I had been dying to create a look using just two colors; black and violet.  I have a violet pigment that I have been wanting to use forever and I had this idea in my head about a true violet blush.  Here is my face sheet for it (I saved it because I had a feeling this shoot was going to rock).

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The violet blush was something I hadn’t seen before and, in my head, I thought the shade would look perfect on Stacie’s beautiful face!  I was playing around with creating my own lipstick using the pigment but once I knew I would be applying it in the woods, I decided it was smarter to just go find the lipstick color I wanted.  To get more mileage out of the shoot, we did some of the shots with a neutral lip as well.

I evened out Stacie’s already flawless skin with Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, using lighter and darker shades for contour and highlight.  Dawn wanted a dark look for the eye, which I achieved using a combination of Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner, Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Corrupt and Inglot pigment in 88, a beautiful slightly sparkly black.  To complement the amazing House of Cach jewelry, I used a pair of jeweled lashes to bring just enough light to her eyes.  Finishing off the look I gave Stacie a strong, full, perfect black airbrush brow.  An absolute must for this look.  Her lips were finished in a true electric violet shade for one look and a nude, shimmer gloss for the other.  Stunning!

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I am so thrilled to have been given this awesome opportunity to do what I love with so many talented and passionate artists.  We beat out 75 other teams to win this contest and had a blast doing it.  We can’t wait to see the issue!  I will share it as soon as I can!

 The Real Girl

New Jordana Stain is the Balm

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, September 15, 2013

The next time you go to Walgreens to stock up on your fave Jordana mascara, you are going to see that they revamped the whole line!  I'll give you the lowdown on the new mascara formulas later. Right now, there are more important things to talk about.  Like their new Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain.  In a word?  Wowza.  These things are amazing.  Part lipstick, part lip balm, part stain and all the best parts!  They go on super smooth and pack quite a punch as a stain.  This is me wearing Cranberry Crush; my favorite shade for fall:

My favorite thing about these little guys is their versatility.  You can apply a full coat for rich, intense color or pat on and blend with your fingertips for a soft wash of color.  Or you can just use it as a stain.  Put it on, wait a minute, wipe it off and top with clear lip balm or gloss.

I don't have a whole lot to complain about with these little miracle crayons.  I will say that not all shades are true to color.  Sweet Pink seems like a soft pink but it goes on just about as bright as Tropical Frenzy.  Terra Crave also wears much redder than the tube looks. I haven't had these long enough to comment on the packaging.  The product twists up and I am not entirely confident about how well the mechanics will hold up but for $2.99 you literally can't lose.

My favorite shades are Nude Chic (a cool-toned neutral with a hint of shimmer), Tropical Craze (a pure hot pink for when you're in the mood for a bright) and Honey Love (a neutral warm brownish-pink). Rock’n’Rouge is also a phenomenal shade of red but you know me and red lipstick.  It takes a miracle to make it out the door with it on.  Oh, yeah, Cranberry Crush is pretty awesome, too.

Here is a picture of MOST of the shades:

Honey Love and Nude Chic are missing because I already gave them away.  I like to share!  Interesting side point; these are paraben-free. At least they are making an effort!  Here is the link to the product page.

 So, there you have it.  Off to Walgreens you go . . .

The Real Girl

 

 

REAL Head Shots (finally!)

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It has been a long time coming but I finally made a plan to get some real deal photos done for my website.  As a consumer, I always prefer when I can actually see who I am considering working with.  I figure my clients might feel that way, too!

Liz (hair), Heather (massage) and I (makeup) had so much fun working with Amy at Olivia Greene Photography.  It was brutally hot  and humid out but I must say that everyone's airbrush makeup held up beautifully.  See why everyone wants this stuff?!  You can check out the rest of the images here.

We will be choosing our images from these photos that Amy picked.  Look for updates to my site very soon and let me know what you think!

The Real Girl

Beautycounter Every Day AM Hydrating Cream

Danielle Bisbano - Friday, June 28, 2013

There are like a gazillion face moisturizers out there, right? So how can it be so hard to find just the right one? I don’t know but it is! They are either too greasy or too heavy or too light or too sticky or smell like old perfume or make your face shiny, the list goes on and on. I have literally been searching for the perfect moisturizer for my kit for years. I needed one that would replenish and hydrate but also absorb completely without causing any irritation. It was harder than I anticipated.

The way I heard about Beautycounter was such a fluke. Talk about coincidence. Having an opportunity to actually try out the line was a gift. I was like a kid in a candy store. Real world testing with no strings attached. Perfect. Exactly what I needed for my seemingly never-ending moisturizer search. I have been a huge facial oil fan for years and I have oily skin so a “regular" moisturizer is my first item to skip on myself, for all the reasons listed above! When I tried Every Day I loved how it totally absorbed with no residue and made my skin so soft. It created an ideal base for my makeup and it has been absolutely perfect for my kit.

Every Day AM Hydrating Cream is also remarkably versatile! If you want a little extra moisture, you can mix it with a few drops of your Lustro facial oil or apply it after you have applied your facial oil. It also works great for making your own tinted moisturizer. Simply mix 1-2 pumps of Every Day with a small amount of your favorite foundation and you have a more lightweight and hydrating version of your makeup. I have already seen this product work wonders for people whether their skin is dry or sensitive or both. One try and you will see what makes this product so great. Just add it to the ever-growing list of products that I love in this line!

www.healthyskin.beautycounter.com

The Real Girl

 

 

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara

Danielle Bisbano - Friday, June 21, 2013

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It just so happens that mascara is one of those products that is not easy to make “healthy”.  Dr. Hauschka makes a great one if you are willing to shell out a few extra bucks for it but if you are looking to save some money or, if you’re like me and you need five for your kit, one of my favorites is just $2.99 and it is great.
 
Jordana Best Lash Extreme doesn’t come with a bunch of claims.  None, really, since there is actually no packaging to speak of; just a clear plastic seal around the tube.  You have to discover for yourself what it does.  I kind of like that.  Going in not expecting anything as opposed to outrageous claims and ridiculous photos of airbrushed models sporting fake lashes.  Case in point: look at this ad for a Dior mascara.  I’m sorry but a mascara ad sporting a photo with lashes THIS fake should come with an asterisk, a disclaimer AND an LOL! 

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Call me crazy but doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose?  It’s like a shampoo ad where the model is wearing a wig.  False advertising much?  Anyway …
 
I think this mascara was the first Jordana item I ever bought.  It makes sense because there was some reason why I went back to buy practically everything else in the line.  It is that good.
 
This mascara makes your lashes long and thick with just one coat.  It’s not considered waterproof, at least it doesn’t say so on the tube but my own test says it sure is.  Smear some on the back of your hand and then try to rinse it off.  Not happening.  Yet it doesn’t feel hard and stiff like most waterproof mascaras.  The brush that comes with it works well but sometimes dispenses a little too much product so you may have to wipe some excess off first.  I like it even more when I use one of the disposable brushes in my kit. 

I did a before and after picture for you!  Top pic is my nothing special lashes with no mascara.  Bottom is after one coat of Best Lash.  Not bad, right?

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Of all the cosmetics we use, mascara has the shortest shelf-life so don’t waste your money on “designer” mascara.  All you are really paying for is their fancy, phony ads.  Try this instead and you can ensure that your mascara is nice and fresh for a fraction of the cost.  Beauty steals like this just have to be shared! 

Jordana is only available online or at Walgreens or Kmart!

The Real Girl

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NuRoo Baby Product Packaging Shoot

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, May 12, 2013

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I'm so happy that I had an opportunity to work with Hope and Daniela from NuRoo again today!  If you remember, I did their makeup back in January for their interview with CNN Headline News.  Today they did a shoot for new product packaging for their signature product, the NuRoo Pocket and two new products that are still a secret. They have been traveling everywhere talking about these products and the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for mom and baby.  The NuRoo Pocket is already being sold at Babies'R'Us stores nationwide.  How cool is that?!?!  Hope and Daniela are such a joy to work with that I couldn't wait to see them today :-)

I had the privilege of doing makeup for five beautiful moms on location at a beautiful home near the water in Barrington, Rhode Island.  Most of my work on each mom was done while they held their little ones, sometimes while breastfeeding.  There is a first time for everything!  The babies were adorable.  I mean, look at this picture.  How much cuteness can you fit on one bed?  (And, no, the one in pink isn't real!)

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As usual, I manage to remember to take pictures during and after the shoot, but never after I finish the makeup.  You'll just have to wait for the final pictures from Heidi Hope Photography

I never forget to take a picture of my makeup station, though . . . before I mess it all up.  Hey look, I see Beautycounter products ;-)

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The Real Girl

Dr. Hauschka Makeup Event at Divina Day Spa

Danielle Bisbano - Saturday, May 11, 2013

I had a wonderful time today working a makeup event at the Divina Day Spa in Westwood, Massachusetts.  The Dr. Hauschka line sponsored a makeup event featuring the new spring palette.  I got to meet some wonderful ladies and help them create a new look for spring.  Vera, the owner of Divina Day Spa, is lovely.  Her staff is wonderful as well.  We had a lot of laughs and had fun playing with some beautiful cosmetics. 

I’m so happy to be able to work for a brand with such stringent safety standards.  Safe and beautiful!  You gotta love that!

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Kristin (the local Dr. Hauschka rep) and I alongside quite the spread of cosmetics!  Doesn’t she look so very Hauschka-ish?  Just beautiful!

The Real Girl


Lustro Is a Must, Yo

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, May 09, 2013


 

I actually believe that if Beautycounter didn’t have a facial oil in their line I would have been like, eh, how smart can they really be?  Don’t they know how amazing facial oils are???  Well, it turns out they are pretty smart.  Not only do they have one, they have three!

I am going to take these one at a time and I want to start with Lustro Face Oil 2, a.k.a. Jasmine.  Wow does this stuff smell heavenly.  For those of you who have never used facial oils, you really don’t know what you are missing.  I have been a huge fan of them for a very long time.  There is a reason for that.  They are awesome.  They work for everyone and they make your skin just glow.  Not glow like shiny and greasy glow.  Glow like nourished and pampered glow.  Your skin just soaks up all the nutrition in the oils and leaves behind one really happy, well-nourished mug.

And for all of you oily skinned and acne-prone people out there (like me!) that are thinking this is not for you.  Not true.  A facial oil is probably one of the best things you can put on your face.  When you use typical acne products you are drying out your skin.  The signal your dried out skin gives your face is to produce more oil.  When you give it the right kind of oil instead, your skin can chill out. 

The Lustro Face Oil 2 is great for everyone. Beautycounter recommends it especially for aging skin but even my blemish-prone skin loves it. Sensitive skin is going to adore this stuff, too.  Applying it to your skin is like giving your face a hug.  FYI, your face likes hugs.  Trust me.

The Real Girl

www.healthyskin.beautycounter.com

Routine Clean Cream Cleanser

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

 

So here is my first review about a product in the Beautycounter line.  In the skin care world, at least for me, cleansers are not all that exciting. They perform a function and then you move on to more fun stuff!  I had already drafted an entire article about how, if you are wearing makeup, you really need to “pre-clean” your face before you wash it.  Using some sort of makeup remover or even just an oil to get your makeup off BEFORE you wash your face.  I can’t think of the last time I had a good, NATURAL, cleanser that did both really well.  I had gotten to used to accepting “trade-offs” in order to keep my commitment to using safe products.  Thanks to Beautycounter, those days are over.  You really can have it all!

Surprise, surprise.  Or not.  This cleanser rocks.  You apply it to your whole face and gently massage it all over.  Then you wipe it off with a warm washcloth.  That’s it!  You don’t need to have makeup to remove to appreciate how well this works.  It cleanses and tones in one step.  It removes even stubborn eye makeup easily.  This is probably because of the natural oils in the cleanser.  Oil breaks down oil (and makeup!) so you are going to want to apply this to dry skin.  Massage it in for a minute or so and them gently wipe off with a warm washcloth if you are taking off makeup or just rinse if not.  Your skin will be clean and soft and glowing.  Ready for the more, ahem, fun stuff.

The Real Girl

She's the Balm - My Newest Lip Balm Addiction

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, May 02, 2013

 

What is a good sign that you really like a product?  How about when you run out of it, you are willing to drive an hour just to get more?  How about when that product is lip balm?  Crazy?  Maybe.  But it is THAT good.

I originally got a tube of MyLipStuff lip balm from Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham.  Red Velvet was the flavor and from the first time I used it I was in love.  I have a multiple  tubes of lip balm near me at all times.  Two in my purse, one on each floor of our condo, one at my desk.  I literally can’t go to bed unless I put some on.  I am not the only person with a lip balm addiction, right?  Right?!?!?!?!?

So the thing with MyLipStuff is that the product is (mostly!) natural and you can pick your flavor.  With over 600 to choose from, they have everything.  Quite literally everything.

I want my brides to have beautifully soft lips.  Lipstick just looks better on lips like that!  I decided to order some of my own as a gift to my brides.  They get their own tube at their trial run and their homework assignment is to use it at least until the wedding! 

The thing is, these tubes make awesome wedding favors, too.  You can have them printed with your wedding date and name of the bride and groom and give them to your guests on your wedding day.  How fun is that?  Check out these examples of some awesome labels for wedding days, “save the date”s and bachelorette parties:

 

 

 

I had a blast picking out flavors and even turned coming up with a tag line into a contest on my Facebook page.  There were so many great ideas but ultimately the winner was “She’s the Balm” lip balm.  Thanks, Mike, for playing along!

So far, nobody that I have given a tube to has said I am exaggerating about how great it is!  Survey says … it really IS the balm ;-)

The Real Girl

 

 

 

 

 


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