Sugarpeel readers, I have a treat for you. Laini Bianculli, celebrated style and beauty guru has launched a fabulous cosmetic line- complete with custom blended bespoke makeup to fit your individual skin tone. I had the opportunity to ask Laini some questions and I would like to share her answers with you.
1. Please discuss your fashion and beauty background for the Sugarpeel readers.
As a very young girl, I recognized my burning desire for fashion and beauty. I was born with it; it is in my DNA. I am certain that my blood type is infused with structured handbags, platform peep toe pumps, lipstick, lip gloss and gold shimmer.
My dream was to be a runway model. Every Saturday morning, I would anxiously wait to watch my favorite television show, Style with Elsa Klensch. I was captured by the beautiful clothes and makeup looks on the models that so effortlessly walked the runway immersed in color, texture and shape.
My lifetime devotion as a pupil to the fashion and beauty industry, innate sense of style, unique flair for writing and ability to orchestrate style and beauty results for my clients has delightfully titled me the “Style Maestro.”
My entrepreneurial spirit, experience and diverse background as a wardrobe stylist, personal shopper and professional makeup artist have provided me countless opportunities as a Style and Beauty Expert, i.e., my Beauty Expert feature in WebMD The Magazine.
My principal goal is to refine my client’s style and define their beauty.
2. What inspired you to develop Laini Cosmetics?
My amazing clients are the inspiration and their need for versatile quality cosmetics to complement fashion choices and a 24/7 lifestyle to confidently take them from the boardroom to the boudoir in minutes.
Three distresses I often hear from my clients are: “I don’t know how; I don’t have time and I want to feel pretty again.” I wanted to be certain to address all three concerns so that all women can achieve their desired results with Laini Cosmetics.
3. Could you mention some of the products within the line. (What are some of the differences in your products – what makes them unique from other brands)?
I have a heartfelt dedication to defining the outer beauty of every woman I work with and I have carefully curated my cosmetics line to complement a 24/7 lifestyle.
I have found that women often neglect their lips and brows. My lipsticks are creamy, delicious, long-wearing colors and formulas each chock-full of Vitamin E for its soothing and healing properties to hydrate and moisturize and a touch of sweet vanillin extract for the most luscious lips.
My Brow kit is perfect for the “brow challenged” providing easy application to define the brow.
My blush and eyeshadow palettes are to live for. Chic, sleek and sexy with a mega mirror they slip into your vanity, desk drawer or clutch with ease and versatility and can be used in different ways.
Many of my clients are in front of the camera or on the dais which makes my Camera Ready Primer an absolute must covet product paired with my Bold & Beautiful BB Cream.
4. Tell us about your unique custom blended makeup.
I believe that great skin is the canvas to a fabulous wardrobe and perfect makeup application.
My custom infused makeup is bespoke as it is tailored to your skin’s tone and needs. I have the ability to create a liquid mineral tinted moisturizer, beauty balm, color corrector, foundation and concealer as well as custom mineral powders and custom airbrush for special occasions. All products are mineral based, oil-free, paraben and gluten free enriched with gentle botanicals that nourish the skin while enhancing its natural beauty designed to provide the perfect color, complete formula, ideal texture and seamless coverage to take you from morning rush hour to midnight rendezvous. It is also physician recommended for after-treatments and post-surgery including post-laser redness, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, distended capillaries, blemishes or even tattoo coverage.
I also create custom infused liquid body enhancers that eliminate the need for spray tanning and wash off entirely whether you desire to be a Bronze Goddess or Luminous Angel. These are the ideal solution for brides who want that extra special glow.
5. Tell us about your beauty concierge and makeup services.
I offer several beauty packages in my Style Studio for the diva in training or makeup maven who seeks to learn and experience makeup application without feeling overwhelmed by sitting in a makeup chair amongst pretentious crowds or unflattering fluorescent lights.
I also offer on-location commercial makeup services as well as bridal.
6. What are the essential products that you recommend that everyone have on hand?
My primary focus is always on the skin. We must ace your base before applying color.
Vitamin C, Vitamin C and more Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant and is crucial for the skin especially as we age.
Brow powder or pencil
7. Lastly, which fall trends in makeup are you predicting?
Fall 2015 runway makeup is easy to recreate at home. Strong bold brows take center stage with the focus on a bronzy complexion and candlelight glow. A more subtle sophisticated smoky eye is on the horizon for day or night with softly sculpted cheeks and rich berry hues on lips and tips.
Next up, my review and video tutorial of some of the products from the Laini Cosmetics collection! Stay tuned.
Wearing another one of my fabulous finds from Walmart. I just could not pass up this maxi dress- cinched waist, detailed top, side slit- what more could you want from a $10 dress?! I paired the look with one of my favorite shoes, simple black mules purchased at Zara last summer. With a dress this affordable, you can spend a little more on the accessories. I am wearing my Alex and Ani Fortune’s Bliss Sweet Pea Charm Bangle.
I kept my makeup look simple, with jewel tones. I wore the Density eyeshadow trio and 3 in 1 stick in Berry Glow by Mineral Fusion. My lips needed a little moisturizer so I wore the Black Honey Almost Lipstick. It is my eyelashes that were really impressive. I tried for the first time last night the Za Za Zu mascara from Nyx cosmetics. This mascara lengthened and created volume, did not drop any black under the eye, and stayed on all night looking flawless. One of the best drugstore purchases!
I have trouble finding flake free mascara. I usually find and buy one that I love entirely, except for the fact that it flakes. My perpetual dark circles are then exasperated and I need to carry my foundation brush just to clean the under eyes. It was time for action. I did a little digging and found a list of the best, specifically flake free mascaras and decided on NYX cosmetics. The entire cosmetic collection is a wonderful and effective brand, so I was confident that I would be happy with the results. Of course, Ulta was having a buy one get the other 50% off so I could not resist also purchasing a two in one eyeliner. The mascara was as I read, flake free. Now there are several different types, according to your desired effect. I chose the Le Frou Frou for length and volume. My lashes were long and luscious with the mascara and even with multiple coats- NO flaking! The Two Timer Dual Ended Eyeliner contains both a felt tip liquid liner and crayon. The liner trend currently is graphic. Check out Lisa Eldridge for the perfect liner tutorial. Let me know what you think!
My grandmother inspired this post. She asked me, quite innocently, if I posted a blog featuring drugstore makeup. I have in the past, but it has been a little while. In honor of my grandmother, I decided to do some bargain beauty shopping. I love a good deal, a great beauty bargain. On a trip to Ulta, I browsed the makeup aisles searching for a gold nugget, on the hunt for something new to try. The Nudes Palette from Maybelline caught my eye. 12 fabulous colors from gold to chocolate brown for $9.99!! Are you kidding me? It was a no brainer. A matching lipstick was next on my list. I was drawn to the NYX Extra Creamy Round lipstick and found it difficult to decide on just one shade. I finally picked Rose.
I am happy to report that both products were great finds. The nudes eyeshadow were highly pigmented and long lasting without the use of a primer. The NYX lipstick is smooth, rich, and moisturizing. Rose is a complimentary color to the nude palette. I recommend choosing a shade similar to your natural lip color if you are planning to create a smokey eye. I also used the Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier on my cheeks for a natural flushed look. Mascara is Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal in Black.
The new Dark Spell collection from Laura Mercier is quite stunning, but as you know cosmetics should be more than beautiful. I am constantly drawn to products that are effective and just as beautiful applied, as they appear in photographs. Laura Mercier is a fantastic brand and these new additions are no exception to the rule.Read More»