Archives for May 2016

May 3, 2016

Saoirse Ronan is glowing at the Met Gala

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen worked with Saoirse Ronan for the Met Gala.


Lauren’s Inspiration: Feathered impact.

Skin: I started with Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation and then applied Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Heavenly Pink to her cheeks.

Eyes: I used a really neutral, pink eyeshadow on the lid and created a feathered wing using Avon Mega Effects Liquid Eyeliner. I finished with NEW Avon Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara in Black.

Lips:  Avon True Color Perfectly Matte in Pure Pink finished off the look with a pale, neutral lip.

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May 3, 2016

Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen gives us Hannah Davis’ look

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen worked with Hannah Davis for last night’s Met Gala. Below is how to get the look from Lauren. GORGEOUS!


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Lauren’s Inspiration: Beautiful and natural.

Skin: I started with Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation and then gave her more of a glow with Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls in Sunkissed.

Eyes: I wanted to give her a soft golden bronze eye, so I used the Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Mocha Latte. Then I applied Avon Glimmersticks Waterproof Eye Liner in Brown Chocolate to the rim and finished with NEW Avon Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara in Black.

Lips: I kept her lips soft and natural with Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Rosedew.


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May 2, 2016

Indy Style TV Presents Melinda Lombardi’s Bazaar of BEauty


I enjoyed sharing a “Bazaar of Beauty” products with Indy Style Wish TV viewers this morning.  I hope you got to watch.


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May 2, 2016

When your lips are happy you just can’t help but smile!


Just decided to bump it up a notch and try out Younique Lucrative lip gloss! This lip gloss gave me an amazing shine within this little compact convenient tube. It even has a little mirror for easy all in one application. It holds a rich spread of soothing gloss which is highly pigmented! It’s a nonstick gloss,  going on creamy and brightened up my smile. It’s mineral oils help this light textured gloss in making your lips look their best. This lipgloss will leave you feeling confident, and leave your lips feeling super moisturized and happy. When your lips are happy you just can’t help but smile!

There are also 10 colors to choose from, or choose them all at

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May 2, 2016

Melinda presents a “Beauty Bazaar” of products you’ll love

Today on IndyStyle Wish TV, our very own Melinda Lombardi showcased beauty items you will love to know of and learn more about!


Here they are:

The Travalo instantly makes your perfume travel friendly. It refills in seconds with no spills, no mess and no damaging exposure to air. The patented filling system makes it easy to just pump and fill. The Travalo is available in several designs and a variety of colors.

Bee Friendly Skin Care is handmade and organic to give our bodies the benefits that nature intended them to have. Bee Friendly Skin Care is the world’s leading all natural honey bee based skincare.
The Organic Oil Based Makeup Remover Facial Cleanser is powerful enough to remove even the most stubborn dirt, makeup, mascara and eye liner while revitalizing, nourishing and moisturizing your skin with its all natural skin ingredients.
The Raw Honey Facial Mask – Is made with raw unfiltered and unprocessed honey. Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal and it is also a natural antibiotic
The Organic Exfoliating Facial Scrub – Made with Organic Sugar Cane & Honey it will smoothen and polish your skin by gently removing dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. It will also help smoothen fine lines and wrinkles while increasing circulation to brighten your skin.
The Foaming Facial Wash is gentle enough for the most delicate areas of your face and strong enough to nourish your skin deeply and effectively. It has a light refreshing scent and is a great unisex product, men love this too.

Waist Trainers by Hourglass Express
The Classic Waist Trainer
* Burns 2-4 inches off your waist within 30 days of waist training.
* Is adjustable: Three columns with hook-eye closures which allows you to size down as you progress.
* The natural rubber (latex) helps stimulates perspiration and boosts thermal activity
* Recommended to be worn while working out.
* Plastic bones hold long term hourglass structure for extended use.
* Corrects posture as well as creating an hourglass figure
The Slimming Corset
* Gives an instant slimming effect
* Is Lightweight and breathable.
* Is Perfect for everyday use under clothing.
* Features three rows of hook-eye closures so you can size down as you progress.
* Made with nylon/spandex.
* Corrects posture as well as creating an hourglass figure

Out of Africa Hand Crafted Shea Butter products have powerful hydrating properties that easily penetrate the skin and will not clog pores. Shea butter is moisturizing, helps with anti-aging, protects and has healing properties. A favorite product in the line is the Out of Africa Shea Butter Tins with 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter. The pretty, intricately designed tins are perfect for on the go care. Shea butter is an all-natural product. It is a creamy-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite nut trees that grow wild in the savannah regions of West and East Africa.

Pura d’or Pro Organic 100% Argan Oil is imported from South Western Morocco. It is cold pressed, unrefined with no chemicals added. Use it on your skin, nails, hair to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, soften cuticles, tame flyaway hair, help relieve dry skin. You will find many uses for this pure and organic product.

With the Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator Kit – with 250 sonic taps per second, Color Me allows women to tap on their foundation and powder just like the professionals do. The result: smooth coverage that lasts all day. Color Me sponges buff foundation smoothly for award winning, long-lasting coverage – even in hard-to-reach areas like around the nose and eyes. The sponge tip achieves remarkable precision for clean lines around the lips, eyebrows, and up to the hairline. The sponges are latex-free and hypoallergenic.




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May 2, 2016

Macadamia Professional International Creative Director, Giannandrea, Styles Ashley Benson for 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards


Hair How To: Ashley Benson Japanese High Fashion Topknot

Hairstylist: Giannandrea, International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional

1.)    Apply Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion ($24) from mid-lengths to ends of wet hair. Blow dry mid-sized sections with a large round brush to create a smooth blow out.

2.)    Using a large paddle brush, gather all the hair upwards to the crown of the head. Secure the hair into a ponytail with an elastic once hair is brushed smooth on all sides.

3.)    Emulsify one pump of Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment ($39.95) in hands and run it through the sides and loose ends of the ponytail to create shine.

4.)    Wrap hair into a bun and leave the ends out in the final twist. Secure with a clear elastic band.

5.)    Wrap remaining hair around the base, covering the first elastic. Secure with straight pins at the base.

6.)    Smooth flyaways and secure by spraying Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray ($25) around the entire style.

7.)    Finish with a light mist of Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist ($31.95) all over to add shine.


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May 2, 2016

Get the look – Actress Hailee Steinfeld

Actress Hailee Steinfeld

Actress Hailee Steinfeld

Actress Hailee Steinfeld looked stunning at the 2016 Radio Disney Awards on April 30, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hailee’s makeup artist Stephen Sollitto shares the scoop on how to recreate her red carpet look! 


INSPIRATION: “I was inspired by her chic Michael Kors dress. It was so simple, yet with the stone trim at the bottom it was a knock out. I wanted to do a poppy lip especially since the dress was black. Also, as this was a Disney event, a red lip here felt too serious for the younger audience. This pink shade Hailee wore was playful as well as a great compliment to the entire look,” says Stephen.


GET THE LOOK – Here is Stephen’s step-by-step breakdown:


  • For an event like this where there’s a red carpet, a performance and an after party, fresh skin is essential for creating the perfect canvas. If it doesn’t look healthy – no makeup is going to help. So, to prep Hailee’s face I used Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask. This thermal mask gives you purified pores in just one minute. It has charcoal in it that heats up with water to open pores and draw out dirt and oil.
  • Once her skin was nourished, I used Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation.
  • Next, with a loose brush, I dusted Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Control loose powder.
  • Then I started on her eyes –I wanted a bit of color, so I used an Antonym Pinkish pencil all over the lid and blended it out for a creamy warm look. Following this, at the lash line I drew on MAC Raven – a rich eggplant color.
  • Over that to soften the line, I brushed Laura Mercier Aubergine eye shadow – a beautiful sheeny purple.
  • Then to help make her eyes pop even more, I used two coats of Diorshow mascara.
  • For a flush of color I stippled on NARS blush in Outlaw – a great compliment to her eyes.
  • To top off the look – and to keep it as chic as the dress – I used Laura Mercier Lipstick in Pink Dust.


More About Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99): In just one minute, this thermal mask warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation without stripping the skin. Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitive mask. So clean your pores from the dirt, oil and makeup of the past and clear the problem. Available at drugstores nationwide –

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May 1, 2016

Chic, Stylish and Extremely Comfortable….it’s the Healthy Back Bag!


I can tell you from the fun experience I had with it, the Healthy Back Bag will be my new travel companion. Not only will I use it for travel but I have worn it on bike rides, grocery shopping, and even carried it on me while doing yard work. The Healthy Back Bag is extremely versatile and comfortable all at the same time. The shape of the Healthy Back Bag makes for a perfect fit and spreads out over your body, you won’t even realize you are wearing it. The Healthy Back Bag literally molded to the shape of my body. You won’t even feel the weight of the bag on your body like you would with a regular back pack.  The shape of the Healthy Back Bag also allows it to be positioned in the front of your body (see below) and it can easily be concealed with a coat or light jacket. This was perfect for me when I traveled. I could keep my money in the bag close to my body and have it concealed when I wanted it to be. I loved that I could put many of my belonging in it and it still was easily concealed.


I found uses with this bag out of the ordinary way of wearing it. Bike riding with the Healthy Back Bag was very successful. Forget fitting all of your biking necessities in the itty bitty bike case. With the Healthy Back Bag, I easily fit  a water bottle, tissue, cell phone, car keys, money, license, and an extra shirt just in case. Once on my back, I adjusted the strap and forgot it was there. It was so comfortable to wear.  Wear the Healthy Back Bag when going for a walk or doing yard work. Again, a water bottle, towel, cellphone  and ipod was easily kept clean without added weight on my back.  The Healthy Back Bag also expands allowing extra room inside for so much more. This bag would definitely make a perfect diaper bag for a few new moms that I know. Did I mention all of the compartments  is has to keep you organized?


The Healthy Back Bag is made by Ameribag and comes in an array of fabrics like distressed nylon, leather Natural/eco and microfiber. The colors and patterns are too many to name but I am loving my “Very Berry”. The Healthy Back Bag will make a perfect gift for any member of the family.

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The following information you will find at their website: The Healthy Back Bag® was launched in the USA, the design was patented in 1994, and winged its way across the Atlantic in 2003. Since then the brand has gone from strength to strength and the Healthy Back Bag is now sold worldwide. So what has made these quirky bags so interesting to consumers and retailers alike? The answer to that is three-fold: The Healthy Back Bag is unique; in its shape, in its intelligent pocketing, in its extraordinary variety. Our customers are loyal, coming back time after time to add to their HBB collection. Every Healthy Back Bag is amazingly comfortable, combining in equal measure, versatility, practicality and style. The Healthy Back Bag came about as an answer to a question that still plagues women all over the world “where can I get a shoulder bag that isn’t going to kill my back?” Not everyone wants to wear a fitted backpack every day. And so The Healthy Back Bag was born and through the collaboration of a designer leather craftsman, a doctor and a chiropractor, men and women alike now have a fashionable functional alternative to a backpack or single strap bag.


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May 1, 2016

How Has Instagram Impacted the Photography Scene?



Instagram, once a popular smartphone app and now a social phenomenon, has completely redefined our outlook on the world and on photography. Fleeting moments are no longer regretted, as they are captured and shared with just a few taps. Furthermore, the desire and need to share these moments with friends and followers goes a long way in nurturing a user’s artistic senses. A person’s Instagram profile is an insight not only into their day to day life but also into their mind. You get to know how they think, how they look at things and interpret them, even abstractly. This idea itself has led to a huge amount of introspection and development of photographic capabilities, sensibilities, and desires.

There is a saying that beauty hides even in the seemingly mundane. An app like Instagram which allows you to share whatever you want whenever you want to, without really needing a reason could actually help you capture that beauty. For example, you are at a restaurant, hungry as ever, and your food is taking ages to arrive. You salivate every time a waiter heads to an adjacent table with a steaming plate of food. And finally, when your order arrives, you are so delighted that you take a picture and share it on Instagram! Every time you see that picture now, you will be reminded of that day, how hunger had reduced you to a child, and how overjoyed you felt when it finally landed on your table- this is art, and you’ve shared an artful moment of your life with everyone who follows you thanks to Instagram. Get in touch with Instamacro for all your Instagram services and solutions.

Instagram & Professional Photography

Instagram has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. It has revolutionized the manner in which we wine, dine, or view the sunset. Being a photo-sharing app, Instagram has obviously, impacted how we view professional photography. Today everyone pretends to be a professional photographer simply because they are able to take near perfect pictures at the drop of a hat. Instagram has transformed an ordinary guy with a smartphone into an artist. Opening up art practically to the common public is an amazing and truly groundbreaking aspect of Instagram. Today everyone is able to discover their hidden and yet unexplored artistic qualities and creativity. Instagram has completely radicalized the way of life for the general community. However, with this accessibility, several questions have cropped up regarding art and the kind of respect that should be given to professional photographers.

The Difference

One should admit that there is certainly a noticeable difference in quality and finesse between pictures taken with an iPhone and those taken on the DSLR. However, as technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, the gap between the two is fast disappearing. The art and the value of a professional picture as opposed to an Instagram photo could sometimes be really difficult to observe at a quick glance. Pictures that were taken by expert professional photographers certainly hold dynamic intricacies in terms of advanced compositional knowledge, or quality and Instagram’s pictures cannot match these.

The Realization

Does that mean that Instagram photographs represent lesser art? Of course not. You need to realize that aesthetic sensibilities differ from person to person depending on personal preferences, affinities, and experience. Good could really be an arbitrary term, as far as, the world of art is concerned. You may regard one picture to be aesthetically more pleasing than another one. But everyone may not agree with your viewpoint.

The Verdict

Professional photography would never lose its significance and charm, but instead, it should be approached with a whole new heightened level of admiration and respect no matter how common, accessible and fun Instagram is now able to make taking, as well as, sharing of photographs. However, we have to appreciate the value of Instagram and the effective ways in which it has been able to help people connect to each other in the society as a whole. We cannot undermine the role of Instagram and at the same time, we have to acknowledge that photojournalism and professional photography are superior to the iPhone or other smartphone-captured moments. We can end the discussion with a fantastic observation made by an expert who claims that Instagram pictures are definitely not photojournalism. They are not even perfect, but they are simply life, as it is.

Author Bio: Jane Clifford is an SMM expert and a blogger. She is an ardent blogger and writes on a variety of topics ranging from the analytics to Instagram bots and services like Instamacro.




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