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Clean Your Makeup Brushes For a Flawless Face

  • posted September 4th, 2014
  • Beauty

Makeup is always a huge part of getting ready for special events. One of the most important tips to consider when applying products to your face is keeping brushes clean. Taking care of your brushes not only allows them to last longer but also prevents your skin from breaking out.

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 – Brush it Off Cleansing Brush Wipes: President of Anisa International, an accessory manufacturing and design firm, Anisa Telwar Kaicker partnered up with Sephora to develop Brush it Off Cleansing Brush Wipes. These individually wrapped wipes are perfect for when you are in a rush. They are small and easy to transport, and also allow your brushes to dry quickly compared to liquid cleaners that require you to submerge brushes completely in the product. These are ideal for makeup artists who are booked for big events and have multiple clients to attend to.

 

– Olive Oil: Olive oil is a very convenient product to clean brushes because most people already have it in their kitchen.  Kaicker told Bustle that, “Olive oil is a must-have for brushes that are heavily embedded with makeup.” This product is obviously a good alternative for deep cleaning brushes. By rubbing a dime-sized amount of oil through the brush bristles, the oil will easily lift the makeup residue right off the brush, then, simply use dish soap and water to wash the oil away.

Fall Fashion Trends

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but that only means it is time for a wardrobe change! These fashion trends will definitely get you excited about the fall season.

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–       Capes/Ponchos: The fall season can be tricky when it comes to fashion. The weather can be too cool for short sleeves but too warm for sweaters and hoodies. Capes and ponchos are perfect cover-ups to help keep you comfortable. They are lightweight and help make a lazy day outfit look “super-chic.”

–        Shoes: Fall weather allows you to wear many different shoes styles. According to Leah Karp, InStyle accessories director, leopard print, jewel tones, and textures are going to be popular trends in shoes this fall season. These are great ways to add a pop of color and fun to your wardrobe!

–       Shirt Dresses: Shirt dresses are becoming extremely trendy! You can pair a shirt dress with a big, chunky statement necklace and go for a professional look in the office. You can also add a belt, a pair of boots, and a scarf for a more casual style.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Home

  • posted August 15th, 2014
  • Beauty

While a relaxing spa day is always tempting, the high price tag isn’t. Give yourself a spa day without leaving your house with Glamour’s at-home spa tips: 

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Toner: Rose-water toner has excellent astringent properties. Make your own by pouring two cups of boiling water over every one, firmly packed cup of rose petals. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain and squeeze out the liquid from the petals and keep the rose water refrigerated in a sterilized jar between uses.

Mask: Use a blender to make your own hydrating facial mask. Blend together cold cream, yogurt, honey, aloe vera gel and avocado and use a foundation brush to paint the mixture onto your face. Let the mask dry for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse.

Deep-Condition: Coconut oil is a great natural hair conditioner and body lotion. Leave it in your hair overnight or condition with a heat cap and it moisturizes, provides shine and helps protect new growth. While many commercial lotions contain a lot of water and petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin, coconut oil provides natural, deep moisture. It also helps strengthen underlying tissues and remove excessive dead cells on the skins surface.

Body Scrub: Exfoliate your skin with a homemade, sugary scrub. Mix together 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of raw oatmeal and 1 cup of olive oil. Apply the scrub to dry skin with your hands moving in slow circles. After scrubbing gently all over, step into the shower and rinse off—your skin will feel silky and soft when you’re finished.

Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Sunless Tanning Foam: Get a Healthy Glow Without The Sun

  • posted August 9th, 2014
  • Beauty

Even though it’s common knowledge that sun is damaging to your skin and can lead to serious health issues, most people still associate a golden tan with a healthy lifestyle.  Now you can achieve that radiant and glowing look without the side effects with Paula’s Choice SUN 365 Self-Tanning Foam. This lightly tinted tanning foam goes on easily for an even, streak-free tan. It’s fast drying too so you can get dressed or go to bed within 5 minutes without staining any fabrics. The color is buildable so you can get a natural-looking tan in the depth that’s right for you. Just exfoliate in the shower, apply a light layer of moisturizer then apply the tanner. Repeat the following day to increase the depth of color or apply ever few days to maintain it. Unlike many other tanners, this one is fragrance-free and specially formulated to minimize or eliminate the telltale self-tanner odor.  It retails for $15, a small price to pay for a healthy glow!

 

Summer Beauty Products

  • posted July 11th, 2014
  • Beauty

Summer requires a beauty routine fit for hot weather. We’ve looked to Elle for some of their favorite summer beauty products listed below:

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Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque: Summer takes a toll on your hair, so giving it extra attention during these hot months is important. The Aveda Sun Care Hair Masque is an intensive, antioxidant-rich cream mask that brings back much needed moisture to your sun-damaged hair.

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer: Keep your skin shine-free with Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer. The moisturizer is ultra-light and provides a smooth and weightless finish that is ideal for summer heat.

Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser: Remove chlorine, salt and any other residue that is inevitable during summer with the Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser. The color-safe formula is made with organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E and can be used on both your body and hair.

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Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50: Protecting your skin from damaging sun exposure is crucial. The matte formula in the Avène High Protection Tinted Compact is made with 100 percent mineral sunscreen and pre-tocopheryl (photo-stable vitamin E) with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and powerful antioxidants.

LiftLab Lift & Fix High Potency Solution: Hot weather can be rough on your skin. Give it some TLC with the LiftLab Lift & Fix Solution, perfect for soothing redness or sensitivity. The formula strengthens the skin barrier while calming irritation.

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Bronzer: Bronzer is a summer makeup staple. The Susan Posnick Bronzer gives your skin a natural looking glow while also protecting it against UVA/UVB rays and absorbing the excess oil on your face.

5 Face-Perfecting Beauty Oils, Not Just For Dry Skin!

  • posted June 14th, 2014
  • Beauty

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When it comes to your face, the word “oil” sounds like something you’d like to avoid at all costs. But unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months (no judgement!), chances are you’ve heard at least something about beauty oils, the latest and greatest addition to the sounds-crazy-but-it’s-not realm of skincare products. The idea of adding oil to your face admittedly sounds a little repulsive — especially if you already have oily, acne-prone skin — but if you can get past the initial incredulity, you’ll be rewarded with a surprising treat for your skin! Skin oils are ultra-concentrated, so they can potentially spare you the trouble of stocking up on all those jumbo-sized moisturizers and masks you’ve convinced yourself you need. After all, these handy beautifying oils not only moisturize your skin, but more importantly help regulate your skin’s oil production for skin that’s not only healthy, but, well… more productive, too!

Have dull, dry skin that needs a serious pick-me-up? Try Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil. Looking for something anti-aging and repairing? Check out Lumene Complete Rewind Intensive Recovery Beauty Oil. Other favorites include the ultra-hydrating Jack Black Epic Moisture MP 10 Nourishing Oil for extra-dry skin, Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, and the gorgeously-packaged Tatcha GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil.

Summer Wedding Beauty Tips & Products

  • posted June 13th, 2014
  • Beauty

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While your wedding dress is obviously an important part of your bridal look, it is not the only component. Check out these beauty tips and products we spotted on Cosmopolitan to help you finish off your bridal style:

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–       Primer: After you apply your moisturizer and before you apply the foundation, there is a crucial step: Primer. Makeup primer is important because it will help your makeup go on smoother and last much longer. We recommend the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer.

–       Sponge or Brush: While quality foundation is important, it is essential to apply it with an appropriate applicator such as a sponge or brush—never use your fingers. If you use a sponge, apply the foundation by stippling the sponge, rather than swiping it across the skin for a more natural look. We recommend the CoverGirl Make-Up Masters Sponge Puffs.

–       Cream Blush: A natural, healthy look is ideal for summer weddings—especially it you’re outdoors. Cream blush such as the Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride has a sheer appearance and gives you a fresh look. If you want a bit more staying power, try layering a powder blush on top.

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–       Eyebrow Pencil: Coloring in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil is a big step that many women forget – and one you’ll definitely want to remember on your wedding day.  Go for a color that is a shade or two lighter than your natural eyebrow color. We recommend the Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil.

–       Cake Eyeliner: Replace your pencil eyeliner with a Cake liner that will last all day. While a pencil liner can easily disappear, the cake liner’s texture will last and requires only a little bit of water to activate. When you apply it, be sure to fill in the roots of the lashes to create the appearance of thicker lashes that will make your eyes pop. We recommend the Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner.

–       WaterProof Makeup: Since you’ll likely be crying tears of happiness on your special day, waterproof makeup is a must. The Benefit She Laq helps you seal everything. Use the four different brushes to apply it to your lid to seal in shadow and eyeliner, preventing it from running.

Benefit Adds Lip Balms to Their Ever-Popular Range of Beauty Tints

  • posted June 7th, 2014
  • Beauty

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a loud and proud Benefit Cosmetics fan. I mean, not only are their products total life-savers, but they’re also adorably packaged with cheeky names that just further suggest that the team behind the brand is just as genius as the beauty goodies themselves. Okay, so maybe I sound a little too fangirl-crazy, but c’mon — from their Pore-fessional Primer to their ridiculously popular Benetint lip and cheek stain, my makeup bag certainly wouldn’t be complete sans Benefit. Now, just in time for the summer season ahead, the brand is jumping on the balm bandwagon and expanding their range of multipurpose tints to include a series of Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms, in all of our favorite Benefit hues. Benebalm, Lollibalm, ChaChabalm, and Posiebalm — no matter which signature tint you prefer (in my case, all of them), you can rest assured that your pucker will not only look on-point, but will also stay hydrated all summer long, thanks to the balm’s mango butter-enriched formula. Just like the tinted stains that came before them, these handy balms pack a semi-sheer punch of color that’s perfectly buildable for customizing your preferred look without ever overdoing it!

Are you a fan of Benefit’s hydrating new lip balms? Which hue will you be picking up first? Let us know in the comments!

Urban Decay Unveils Three New Ways to Get Naked

  • posted May 31st, 2014
  • Beauty

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I know I’m not alone when I say I’m a big fan of Urban Decay’s Naked line — from their lightweight Naked Skin foundation to all three of their stunning Naked Eyeshadow Palettes. So it should come as no surprise that I was super stoked to hear about the addition of three new Naked Flushed Palettes to help expand my ever-growing UD makeup “wardrobe.” Just in time for the summer months ahead — or better yet, NOW, before we’ve gotten a chance to get our real summer glow on — Urban Decay has expanded their tricolor bronzing cheek palette to include three new combinations in Native, Streak, and Strip. Each slim, sleek palette includes a blush, highlighter, and bronzer in one, which can be used separately or blended to create your own hotter-than-hot custom flush. Aside from the gorgeous color combos, it’s hard not to love the powder’s featherlight, silky finish, which is just subtle enough to convince some that you’re really going “commando” with your makeup routine!

Mother’s Day: DIY Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day will be here before we know it. If you’re running low on unique gift ideas, consider a DIY project that will show mom your appreciation with an extra dose of sentimental value.

 

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–       Breakfast in Bed: Making sure your mom gets to relax in the morning is a perfect way to start off the day and breakfast in bed is a classic staple. First step, decide if you are preparing a decadent meal like BBC Good Food’s smoked salmon benedict with mimosas or a lighter meal like homemade juice, fruit salad and a veggie omelet courtesy of Martha Stewart’s perfect omelet recipe. Next task, make sure you have all the ingredients you need and stock up on anything you may be missing. On Mother’s Day, wake up early, prepare breakfast and serve it on a breakfast tray so your mom can eat and enjoy comfortably. For an extra special touch, place a few freshly cut flowers along with a small family photo on the breakfast tray.

 

–       Spa Day: Treat mom to some rest, relaxation and TLC with a DIY spa day. It’s important to prepare all of your spa treatments before the big day to keep things stress-free. After breakfast, set up a spa station complete with lavender soy candles and spa music in your living room or even on the patio if the weather permits. Consider pampering mom with the following gifts:

  • Homemade Body Scrub – Soak mom’s feet in a large tub or foot spa and have her use this homemade body scrub from Martha Stewart’s list. To create the invigorating scrub, combine one cup of body oil with two cups of Epsom, sea salts or organic cane sugar. Add desired amount of lemon zest for color and fragrance, place in a container, label and use.
  • Homemade Brightening Face Mask – In a bowl, combine two tablespoons of sour cream, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Apply on clean face and let sit for twenty minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water followed by a splash of cool water. We recommend making this around the time of use to keep it as fresh as possible.
  • DIY Cooling Coconut Body Lotion – All you need for this luscious body lotion is coconut oil, aloe vera gel, essential oils and a container with a lid. Whip the coconut oil until solid (you can also refrigerate to help solidify) and then mix it with an electric beater for 6-9 minutes or until fluffy.  Next, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils (think lavender, rose etc.) and a tablespoon or more of aloe vera gel. Place in your container, label appropriately and voila.

 

–       Movie Night: Spend some bonding time together with a stay-in movie night. Rather than buying a new movie, consider watching your mom’s favorite flick. You can also get creative and place handmade “movie tickets” in your Mother’s Day card. Don’t forget to have treats such as popcorn, cookies and her favorite candy on-hand.

 

–       DIY Vases & Planters: We love the idea of recycling old fashioned glass bottles and cans by turning them into vases and planters. Try the following:

  • Bottle Vase: Collect a few glass bottles of your choice, wash them inside and out and let dry. Use a fast-drying spray paint of your color choice and apply directly to bottle, coating evenly. Don’t forget to spray paint the bottom of your bottles when they are ready to be dried upside down. Helpful tip: Insert a sturdy stick into the mouth of the bottle to allow the underside to dry.
  • Can Planter: Using a hammer and nail, poke a few holes in the bottom of your selected recycled cans. Use acrylic paint or fast-drying spray paint (we vote for a few fun, vibrant colors) to cover them evenly on all sides. Once you’ve allowed the cans to dry completely, place your flower seeds or seedlings in the new planter with some soil and water as needed. Be careful of where you place your cans, as the holes will allow excess water to drip out.

 

–       Coupon Book: If you are still stumped on what to give mom this Mother’s Day, we recommend going with an “I Owe You” coupon book. You can create custom coupons for chores, favors and treats that your mom can redeem at a later time. She will get a kick out of the various freebies promised and you will feel good helping her when she needs an extra hand.