Top #bbBabes’ of the Month – June 2016!

       
June 29th, 2016 | Contributed by:

Let’s focus on skincare for our June #bbBabes since we of course want awesome skin in these hot Summer months. We don’t want to be wearing a lot of makeup. So running out the door with amazing skin, some mascara, and lipgloss would be perfect!

We’ve been noticing many of you babes have been loving the CANE+AUSTIN line and thought we’d feature their products!

Don’t forget to use #beautybridge so we can see all of your fun product photos! We love to repost them on our social media platforms.

@vchau : “So you guys know I’m a skincare junkie, because hello – Asian genes. I’ve recently found a new line called@caneandaustin that is just incredible for people who feel like their current regimen (not regime, I hate when people typo that) isn’t working for them. This is like a mini facial in a jar! Like a mini-glycolic peel every day. I’m in love and it takes a lot for me to fall in love. I waited a good month after receiving and using the products before I reviewed to ensure I can give an honest opinion.”

@carla_dv : Among Carla’s favs includes the 10% Body Retexture Pad. This will help exfoliate, even skin tone, and visibly reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines & wrinkles.

@omgbart : Bart is all about this Glycolic Eye Cream and gives it a big thumbs up!

#bbBabe's of June
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RETEXTURIZING BODY PADS FROM CANE+AUSTIN - SHOP NOW
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CORRECTIVE TREATMENT EYE CREAM FROM CANE+AUSTIN - SHOP NOW

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6 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands You Need to Try

       
June 27th, 2016 | Contributed by:

Who doesn’t love a bunny?

Apparently, hundreds of beauty brands who test our beloved beauty products on the poor, helpless animals before they ask us to shell hundreds of dollars for a little fake up. And, China.

For those who don’t know, any foreign cosmetic products sold in mainland China are required to be tested on animals before being pushed out to the market.

Having being asked to pay hefty amounts for these beauty products, as consumers, we all have the right to at least demand some level of tolerance for these poor animals. However, if beauty brands continue to refuse to show any compassion, we always have the choice to opt for cruelty-free beauty brands who absolutely refuse to torture poor animals for the sake of beauty.

How To Find Out Which Beauty Brands Are Cruelty-Free?

Ask.

Yeah, its as simple as that. Most major companies go out of their way to respond to potential customer queries to convert them to regular ones, especially in such controversial and sensitive cases.

However, if you are not up for the whole emailing and querying route, there are always certain cruelty-free logos you can look out for on the brand’s website or it’s product packages.

There are currently three trustworthy organizations across the world that help identify brands who do not test on animals. However, the absence of any cruelty-free logo does not mean that the brand is not cruelty-free since the license to use logos costs.

But if you are on a lookout, check out for these three logos on your favorite beauty brands:

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Image Credit: http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/

Here are our 6 favorite cruelty-free beauty brands to shop and try!

BECCA Cosmetics

Well known for its gorgeous highlighters, BECCA Cosmetics is an out and out cruelty-free brand. It’s website clearly states that the brand does not test any cosmetic products or even any cosmetic ingredients on animals. The products are all tested on paid volunteers during human clinical trials.

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Apart from being one of the leading brands for base products, BECCA Cosmetics also delivers amazing pigmentation in its color products too.

Some of its best-selling products include Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Backlight Priming Filter and Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed.

While the brand does not claim to be vegan, many of its products are vegan-friendly including the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Mineral Blushes and Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation.

Caswell-Massey

What started as an apothecary shop over 2 centuries ago is now one of America’s most renowned personal care beauty brand, Caswell-Massey. While the brand’s ownership and product range has changed over the course of a whooping 258 year time period, its commitment to its environment has stayed unwavered. The brand has never its products on animals or had gotten animal testing done on their behalf.

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While there are a tonne of gorgeous fragrances to choose from the Caswell-Massey collections, their Signature line features three of their best-selling scents that add a modern twist to the otherwise traditional but elegant fragrances.

The Signature line features Almond and Aloe flavor, known for its ultra-hydrating yet mild conditioning properties, Lavender for it’s soothing and relaxing notes and Verbena for a radiant, fresh, clean feeling with hints of lemon herbal blends.

theBalm Cosmetics

Who hasn’t heard about theBalm cosmetics?

Known for their retro, vintage packaging and ofcourse their ah-mazing products, theBalm is yet another animal-friendly beauty brand that we absolutely love! And, for those who love a little quirkiness in their beauty stash without being cruel to the animals, an excellent alternative to animal testing brand, Benefit Cosmetics.

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We have already raved and dedicated an entire blog post to theBalm cosmetics, but we will still give an honorable mention to the brand’s best-selling products for being humane to the animal world.

Some of theBalm’s absolute must-haves include theManizer Sisters, Nude’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette, Instain Long-Wearing Powder Stain Blushes, Cabana Boy Blush and Bahama Mama. For swatches and more details about the best-selling theBalm products, read Cult-Favorite theBalm Products Worth Trying.

Lipstick Queen

With an aim to help find all us girls our perfect lipstick, Lipstick Queen offers a tonne of gorgeous shades of lipsticks. The best part? All of them are not only never tested on animals but also do not use any animal derived ingredients other than Beeswax, which involves absolutely no harm to the bees.

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Last year, the brand surprised the beauty world by introducing the Frog Prince Lipstick which on appearance was an emerald green color; however, on application, turned to a shade of rosebud pink color according to the user’s lip pH! This means everyone had their own shade of rosebud pink with the same tube of lipstick! Magical, huh?

The product sold out like wild fire last year only to have its sister launches, Frog Prince Lip Gloss and Frog Prince Cream Blush to be an instant hit too recently. Grab your magical beauty products here!

Dermalogica

The skincare brand choice of professionals and specialists around the world, Dermalogica has always been a cruelty-free brand, proudly boasting of the Leaping Bunny logo. However, the brand landed in hot waters when the organizations found out that the brand was selling in China and thereby, going against the set laws of animal testing.

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Dermalogica pulled out of the Chinese market in the year 2012, only to have their animal testing status debatable again after its acquisition by Unilever last year. However, as of the recent news, the brand is still bunny friendly!

To hop on the brand-wagon, try some of their best-selling products like Daily Microfoliant, mediBac Oil Control Lotion and Active Moist.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Created by pro-aesthetician, Pauline Youngblood, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics was initially created for her patients suffering from traumatized skin, looking for products to cover it up without the harmful side effects of the usual cosmetics.

15 years down the line, Youngblood Cosmetics is a world renowned company and a part of PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) cruelty-free program. The line offers a range of products safe to use on an already suffering skin, along with options for those looking for vegan and gluten-free products.

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For those looking to try out the brand for the first time, here are some of their best-sellers definitely worth the splurge: Mineral Rice Setting PowderNatural Mineral FoundationEye Impact Quick Recovery Eye CreamYoungblood – Lipsticks and Incredible Wear Gel Liner.

Do cruelty-free beauty matters to you? Do you go out of your way to look for brands who do not test on animals? Let us know in comments below!

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6 Summer Beauty Trends We Are Looking Forward To

       
June 20th, 2016 | Contributed by:

It might not feel like summer what with all the showers, but the occasional sunny days are definitely setting the summer mood for us. And, while we are loving the Spring beauty trends, we are more than looking forward to transitioning to the Summer ones!

Check out 6 Summer Beauty Trends we are looking forward to:

Non-Touring

Contouring was huge last year. More than huge. It was literally “cutting edge” at Instagram so much so that people forgot how to go au-naturel. Well, natural is back with non-touring this year.

What is Non-touring, you ask? It’s the lighter, more natural sister version of contouring. It’s there but it’s not there. Its enough to show off your defined cheek bones but its subtle enough to fool others to think you are naturally sculpted.

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Since summer is all about dewy, glowy skin, non-touring ensures that there is nothing matte about your makeup and thereby, uses products like tinted moisturizers, highlighters and luminous shimmers only.

Yes, none of those matte contour powders. Put the Kim stash away for next season!

The D Word

The D Word is here to stay it seems.

Everyone’s rocking the Dewy, glowy look in spite of the rising temperatures and it seems like they will continue to do so in the coming months.

If you are into minimal makeup and have oily skin (sigh!), you can achieve the look by simply mixing up your favorite moisturizer or facial oil (only a drop!) with your foundation and apply as you usually do. This will give your face an ethereal, from-within glow without looking like you tried too hard.

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If you are fortunate enough to have a normal skin type, unlike us oillies, you can go full blown with highlighters, illuminators and dewy foundations. Highlight, strobe, illuminate or do all of it, just remember to glow this season!

90s Grunge Eyeliner

90s retro trends are huge this year. Denim skirts and chokers, anyone?

Along with the retro fashion trends, a 90s makeup trend that is making a strong comeback this year is the graphic eye liner.

It’s all about drawing sleek, precise lines as you see fit according to your eye shape and your own personal preference. It can be as simple as defining the outer corner of the eyes only in the shape of a traditional cat eye or it can be something experimental like negative space liner where you draw lines in the outer crease of your eye lids.

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The key to the trend is to ensure that the liner stays as precise as you first put it on. Since summers are going to take a toll on our makeup and melt it right down our faces, do remember to use an eye shadow primer and budge proof liner.

The Blue Eye

It seems like the blue shade isn’t going anywhere this year.

The trend for the blue eye shadows was huge this Spring. From blue eye shadow applied bluntly across the upper eye lid to a subtle lower lash line pop of blue, the trend was major and it is here to stay.

Choose any shade of blue that you like and apply it as you love. It can be a sweep of eyeliner across your upper lid, a full flush of blue color across the lid or a popping blue swipe across the lower lids. Just remember to keep it bright!

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Another major trend to incorporate along with this trend is colored lashes!

Yup, they are back and with a bang! Opt for brightly colored mascaras and keep your other eye makeup minimal for a cool, retro look that is equally wearable for the office and for after-drinks!

Wet Shine Lips

Seems like the beauty world is ditching the matte trend for good.

With the lips too, its all about the wet, glossy look rather than the winter-old matte/velvet finish look.

You can achieve the wet pout look with a good lip gloss but the ramp worthy look is more achievable with the newly trending lip oils. Just be sure to choose a non-sticky lip oil to avoid the gooey, sticky mess (not a flattering look with an already melting summer look).

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The new lip oils are formulated with essential oils which means that these lippies double up as pigments and nourishment goodies. While you rock a gorgeous, bright, wet slick pout during the season, the oils hydrate and nourish your lips all day long!

Watermelon Hair, Lobs and Braided Do’s

We got your attention with watermelon hair, didn’t we?

The trend is crazy but it is definitely taking over Instagram enough to catch everyone’s attention. And no, it doesn’t involve donning a watermelon on your head. Not literally, at least.

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Watermelon hair is a dyeing trend that involves coloring the top of your hair green (the outer part of the watermelon, just a little bright) and the bottom of your hair pink (the inner part of the watermelon).

Not your style? Opt for a bronde (a balayage kinda combination of brown and blonde) and ash (pale colors with gray undertones).

For haircuts, we can drone on and on about the new styles but we all know Kendall Jenner’s snapchat of her latest lob has already have us booking our appointments with our hairdressers.

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Picture Credit: Kendall Jenner Snapchat

If you are not one of us crazy celebrity followers and are still rocking your long gorgeous hair, browse through Instagram for beautiful braided styles; be it fishtail braids, half-ponytail braids or those intricate yet messy braided up-dos, all of those are simply perfect for the sunny weather to come!

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Picture Credit: Pinterest

With all of these gorgeous trends, do not forget to embrace the brightly colored, beach manicures. Be it the gorgeous aquamarines or multi-colored pops of different colors on each nail, go bright, go beachy!

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Indulgent Essentials For An At-Home Spa Day

       
June 13th, 2016 | Contributed by:

There is nothing more relaxing and blissful than a day spent at the Spa, pampering yourself with the most indulgent of the services, having every beauty whim attended to and coming out feeling rejuvenated head to toe.

The drawbacks?

The weeping wallet at the exorbitant spa costs and the fact that work requires us to be at office 6 days a week and not at some remote spa.

Luckily for you, we have listed down all the at-home spa day essentials for you to recreate the effect at home without having to shell out a mortgage payment and enjoy the beauty bliss without leaving the comfort of your home.

Ambiance Essentials

Start off by lighting a few candles to create a relaxing, soothing environment. BORGHESE – Tuscan Home Candle Collection (Arezzo, Pisa & Siena)  is a perfect set for the purpose with its intoxicating blends of Italian-inspired aromatic fragrances in three flavors with notes ranging from fruity and floral to tart and citrusy to sweet and subtle.

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Skincare Essentials

Next up, begin your pamper session by removing your makeup with REN – Rosa Centifolia Express Make-Up Remover and give it a good cleanse with REN – Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser.

Once your skin is thoroughly cleansed, pop off your favorite, indulgent mask to give your skin some deep nourishment.

Depending on your skin type and age, choose a mask that best fits your requirements from GLAMGLOW – Flashmud Brightening Treatment  (A Hollywood cult favorite), PETER THOMAS ROTH – 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask (formulated with activated gold, Caffeine, Peridot, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin) or PETER THOMAS ROTH – Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask (a gorgeous aquamarine blue colored mask for a healthy dose of hydration).

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Hair care Essentials

Cleanse your hair with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the grime, dirt and product build-up and apply a deep conditioning mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque to give your hair extreme nourishment and intense moisture.

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Bath Essentials

While your indulgent masks work to hydrate and nourish your skin for that gorgeous, dewy glow and your hair for the silky, glossy look, prepare a relaxing bath for your body.

You can use a variety of options for your bath including bath oils, bubble baths and bath salts to transform your tub into a haven of splendor.

Fill your tub with warm water and add your favorite scent and formula of for some body indulgence. Our favorites include Kneipp – Thermal Spring Bath Salts (Lavender) (the lavender scent is perfect to combat mental and physical fatigue)  REN – Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil (for relieving stress and soothing the skin, also reducing inflammation), Le Couvent des Minimes – Lavender & Acacia Relaxing Foaming Bath (for deep cleansing while your mind and body relax with its soothing scents) and Philosophy – Melon Daiquiri or French Vanilla Bean Bubble Bath (simply, because it smells delicious!).

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After giving yourself a good soak in the hot water bath, buff away dull, dry skin with a body scrub to leave your skin silky smooth and lastingly nourished.

Some refreshingly soothing and effective options include JUARA – Candlenut Body Polish, Whish – Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub (available in other flavors too), Bliss – Hot Salt Scrub and Archipelago Botanicals – Black Honey Sugar Scrub.

After Bath Essentials

Once you are all good soaked and squeaky clean, it’s time for some after-bath indulgence.  Wash away the facial and hair masks to reveal a more gorgeous you and move on to pamper your body a little more.

While your skin is still damp, give your face a good massage with PETER THOMAS ROTH – Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cream. Formulated with cutting-edge plant biotechnology, t he proprietary blend of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts helps repair, regenerate and rejuvenate skin. Next up, massage your orbital region (the bone around your eyes) with Exuviance – Brightening Bionic Eye Creme to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.

Once the moisturizer has sunken in for a good five minutes, apply a layer of PETER THOMAS ROTH – Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask – an intensive nighttime treatment that not only brightens but moisturizes skin while you sleep.

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Don’t forget to pay attention to your neck and décolleté: massage a firming cream like Whish – Rice Milk Decollete Firming Complex, formulated with five powerful, clinically proven anti-aging compounds and peptides, to deliver a powerhouse performance to improve your neck’s elasticity and tone.

Moving further, opt for a rich, luxurious body crème like JUARA – Candlenut Body Creme with the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, known for its high content of essential fatty acids, for body massage. Massage well a generous amount of the heavenly scented luxe crème for silky, smooth skin with a comfortable, velvet finish.

Finish off your pamper routine by applying Exuviance – Heel Repair formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help revive dry, cracked heels overnight.

There you go, the ultimate spa experience right within the comforts of your home and without the extortionate spa costs!

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Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad is Sure to Love

       
June 6th, 2016 | Contributed by:

He is your hero. He is your mentor. He is your friend. He is your provider. He is your protector. He is the first man who ever loved you unconditionally.

It’s your turn to express your love for him.

If your dad thinks he has everything he ever needed, surprise him with these indulgent gifts to prove him wrong.  Here are 10 amazing brands that your dad is sure to love!

  1. Jack Black

Help your Dad reverse signs of aging with the power-packed Jack Black – The Defensive Line Anti-Aging Triple Play system.

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The $138 value set, available for $100, contains Jack Black’s most powerful technologically advanced trio, Protein Booster Skin Serum, Protein Booster Eye Rescue and DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads. Formulated with peptides and anti-oxidants, the set works to repair visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, skin firmness and discoloration.

If your Dad loves more of a basic skincare routine, sets like Jack Black – The Core Collection (available for $52) and Jack Black – Dream Team Duo (available for $18) would be perfect for him, helping him sort out his daily cleansing routine.

If his skincare routine is all sorted out, give him a top of the line grooming kit to leave his skin and facial hair looking their best.

Formulated with wheat proteins, jojoba, eucalyptus, Kalahari melon oil and Vitamin E, the Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit (available for $35) includes All-Over Wash For Face, Hair & Body, Beard Lube® Conditioning Shave and Beard Oil, to help your Dad cleanse, shave and condition facial hair on the go.

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The kit also includes a travel-friendly Handcrafted Beard Comb to comb and style his beard as he wish!

If your Dad is a traveler by nature, he would love Jack Black – PureScience Jet Set Traveler  for his cleansing routine on the go. The $25 set ($40 value) includes Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather and Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20.

If you can’t decide what to give, Jack Black has a set that features five of its best-sellers that provides healthy, hydrated and youthful-looking skin to keep him feeling his best.

Jack Black – The Jack Pack, available for $49 ($75 value), includes True Volume Thickening Shampoo, Turbo Body Bar® Scrubbing Soap, Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 and Industrial Strength Hand Healer.

  1. The Art of Shaving

The leader in The Perfect Shave® arena, The Art of Shaving has a tonne of grooming options for your Dad. From a full-sized kit to starter ones, all available in a variety of gorgeous scents, choose one that your father would love the most.

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If you want to splurge, The Art of Shaving – Full Size Kit Sandalwood with Pure Badger Black Brush (available for $120) is a great option. Featuring Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm and a Pure Badger Black Shaving Brush, the kit is perfect for optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts.

If you are looking for something more affordable, opt for mid-sized kits (available for $60). The Art of Shaving – Mid-Size Unscented Kit is perfect for those who like their facial products unscented while The Art of Shaving – Mid-Size Sandalwood Kit is suitable for those looking for a musky sandalwood scent. Both the kits are TSA approved for travelling (a bonus for your wanderlust dad!) and include Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, Genuine Badger Shaving Brush and After-Shave Balm.

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For an even more affordable option or simply if you want your dad to try different scents before deciding on a favorite, The Art of Shaving has starter sets available in different flavors too.

Retailing for $30, the options in the starter range include The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Sandalwood, The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Lemon, The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Unscented and The Art of Shaving – Starter Kit Lavender.

  1. Baxter of California

One of the pioneer men grooming brands, Baxter of California has a huge number of high-tech products tailored exclusively for men’s skin.

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From hair care to body care and from skin care to shaving essentials, the evolutionary brand has a number of options for you to gift your beloved dad this Father’s Day.

The Baxter of California – Hair 1.2.3. Kit includes the basic hair essentials to cleanse, condition and prepping your dad’s hair for styling. For $55, the kit offers Daily Protein Shampoo, Daily Moisturizing Conditioner and Grooming Lotion.

For the skincare obsessed dad, Baxter of California – Skin 1.2.3. Kit, available for $55 and Baxter of California – Skin Upgrade Kit, available for $75 are simply perfect. The Skin 1.2.3. Kit contains the basic essentials needed to cleanse, tone and hydrate the skin while the Skin Upgrade Kit takes the skincare regimen a step ahead by featuring targeted skincare products.

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The Skin 1.2.3. Kit includes Daily Face Wash, Herbal Mint Toner and Oil Free Moisturizer and the Skin Upgrade Kit includes Clay Mask, Under Eye Complex, Night Cream AHA and Hydro Salve Lip Balm to repair and rejuvenate skin.

For the more indulgent dad, Baxter of California – Body 1.2.3. Kit, available for $50, is more appropriate with the complete set of essentials to groom your dad from head to toe. The Kit includes Invigorating Body Wash – Italian Lime & Pomegranate Essence, Exfoliating Body Bar and Hand & Body Moisturizer.

For the traveler in your father, a combination of all of Baxter’s best-selling products in travel-friendly, leak resistant and TSA-approved bottles are the way to go. Baxter of California – Travel Kit, available for $50, includes 2 oz units of Daily Face Wash, Oil Free Moisturizer, Super Close Shave Formula, After Shave Balm and Daily Protein Shampoo.

4. Miscellaneous Brands

Apart from these amazing brands, Beauty Bridge has a number of other on offers if you are looking for more variety.

The Anthony Logistics Face Duo Kit  is a super affordable gift set while still delivering outstanding skincare results for your father. The Kit features Glycolic Facial Cleanser, which helps cleanse and exfoliate and All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer, formulated with Wheat Proteins and Vitamins A, C and E to help nourish and rejuvenate skin.

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If your Dad is a fragrance fan, choose from these sumptuous Fragrance Gift Sets to give your father the gift of scentPopular choices of fragrance brands include Caswell-Massey, No.9 Bask, Aramis and Le Couvent des Minimes.

You know you can do better than World’s Best Dad coffee mugs and those godawful ties. This Father’s Day, give him something he deserves and something that he won’t return (not this year, no he wouldn’t).

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Top #bbBabes’ of the Month – May 2016!

       
June 3rd, 2016 | Contributed by:

Let’s focus on bath and body care this month! Which #bbBabe photo is your fav?

Don’t forget to use #beautybridge so we can see all of your fun product photos! We love to repost them on our social media platforms.

@emerald.beauty : “My renewing mud mask from Whish Beauty provides a gentle resurfacing exfoliation to reveal smoother, softer, more youthful looking skin! Really refreshing!” – Kadeeja

@daniellabasin : Daniella is summer ready with these Whish Beauty products!

@modnitsa : “Best body butter I’ve ever used by Whish Beauty Light texture, absorbs quickly and leaves your skin silky-soft. And not to mention, the packaging is in my favorite color!”

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9 Easy Ways to Summer-Proof Your Beauty Routine

       
May 30th, 2016 | Contributed by:

Long beach weekends and all-night mojito parties in summers are something we can get on board with. But the rising temperatures and the accompanying sweat (eeeww) definitely put a damper on things!

Slipping eye liner and bleeding lipstick, anyone?

That doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous all summer long. Start using these 9 EASY, fool-proof ways to summer-proof your beauty routine. Because, we all know you aren’t saying no to that weekend party invite.

Go Frizz Free

If it were only that easy.

Kill frizz by limiting the use of heat tools. Embrace the natural beachy waves!

Switch up your shampoo to a more moisturizing one to avoid drying out your hair and frizzing them up. Try Fekkai – Essential Shea Shampoo, which contains Shea Butter for some intense hydration or Fekkai – Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, which is formulated with olive oil to give your hair enviable shine!

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Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo like Fekkai – Apple Cider Shampoo to get rid of all impurities and the grime you brought back from the beach.

Oil Up

In the most gorgeous sense.

Before you take your daily dip in the pool, remember to wet your hair with water and then seal your strands with a nourishing oil serum. This way since your hair strands are already wet (hair pores filled with the ‘clean’ water) and sealed, the chlorinated water from the pool won’t damage your hair as much.

Try a nourishing blend of oils like Hamadi – Healing Serum which contains Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Ylang-Ylang, Moroccan Vanilla, Bergamot and Palmarosa Essential Oils!

Mask It On

You know you want to.

While a good conditioner like Fekkai – Essential Shea Conditioner will help keep the frizzies at bay, a deep-conditioning mask will give your hair the necessary hydration boost.

Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and salon owner, recommends applying a deep conditioner on damp hair after a dip in the ocean or pool. This way while you lie around and get yourself a good, bronzy tan, the sun will act as a heat treatment on your masked hair and give it double the hydration boost.

Condition-and-Care

We recommend you trying a nourishing mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque which contains no sulfates and is formulated with hydrating, frizz-fighting ingredients like Shea Butter and Olive Oil.

To Exfoliate or NOT to Exfoliate

A big no-no for tanning fans.

While exfoliation helps reveal gorgeous complexion, it essentially does so by removing the top layer of the skin. So if you are into major tanning (sorry, pale buddies), you need to step away from the exfoliator.

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Not only will excessive exfoliation remove your hard-earned tan but will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

The best way is to limit exfoliation to once or at most, twice a week and follow up with a good sunscreen.

Greasy Face No More

Remember the fine line between glowing skin and grease ball?

The dry skinned gals might be okay with their regular moisturizers but unfortunate, oily skinned girls need to change their moisturizers from creamy, indulgent ones to gel, water-based ones in the summer.

Gel moisturizers are usually water based and very light-weight to help deliver the right amount of hydration without making you look like a grease factory. A light-weight moisturizer like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar is the way to go!

Remember, DO NOT skip moisturizer all together. Your skin can be oily and still be dehydrated at the same time. And, who wants dull, lack-luster skin, right?

Prime Time Special

Don’t let your makeup melt into your mojito!

A good primer is extremely important not only to create a smooth base for facial makeup but also to help increase its longevity especially in the humid months.

There are different primers targeted for different skin concerns like minimizing the appearance of pores, controlling oil, correcting skin tone, hydrating, etc (the list goes on; trust us, it does). So what does a girl on a budget do?

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Buy a kick-ass primer that targets ALL these concerns while controlling oil in scorching heat and soaring humidity: BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.

A primer to end all primers, BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector will not only minimize the appearance of your pores and give you a super smooth base for your foundation but it will also help keep your skin matte for a good 6 hours!

Spray It On

Oily-skinned gals, we feel for you.

If even the Becca primer can’t save your makeup for melting off, we recommend adding an extra step and setting your makeup with a setting spray like Dermablend – Set + Refresh Long-lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

While these steps will ensure that your makeup lasts through the longest of the dance parties, do look into your skincare regimen to see why your skin is so oily. Are you stripping off the natural oils of your face? Are you skipping the moisturizer? Are you using Alcohol-based products in your skincare routine?

In any case, target your skin concerns first before splurging in the makeup products.

Trade In for Gels

Say no to pencils!

Pencil eyeliners are more likely to sweat off in the summer heat and hence, it is a good idea to swap them up for gel eye liners. Youngblood – Incredible Wear Gel Liner has some gorgeous color options to try out this summer.

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These gel liners glide on beautifully and stay out through day/night!

Tips and Tricks

Investing into these beauty products will sure enough melt-proof your beauty routine but some general tips and tricks can go an extra mile to really summer-proof it all!

Chilling your lipstick in the fridge can help your lippie from melting off in the heat. Conditioning your hair before cleansing your body can help prevent bacne. Using salicylic acid based products can help prevent excessive oil and treat acne in one go. Using sulphate-free shampoos can help prevent over-dried hair due to regular washing.

Do you have some reliable summer-proofing beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments below!

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4 Skincare Ingredients You Need to Try for Glowing Skin

       
May 23rd, 2016 | Contributed by:

With beauty products being introduced left, right and center, it’s quite easy to achieve the once impossible task of flawless, glowing skin. However, with products literally being produced in bulk, how do you choose the one that’s perfect for you?

You look into the ingredients.

While you need to stay away from harsh ingredients like alcohol, sulphates, fragrances and mineral oils (their harmfulness being debatable), you actively need to find ingredients that are going to do the world of good to you.

Read on to reveal 4 skincare ingredients that you NEED to try to get your skin glowing once again:

Caffeine

You love your morning Joe but did you know that this simple ingredient can do amazing stuff for your skin?

Caffeine has anti-oxidants (which we all know are the key to fighting signs of aging) and has anti-inflammatory properties. Just like the caffeine in your beverages acts as a stimulant for your body, the caffeine in your skincare products acts as a stimulant for your skin.

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It increases blood circulation and decreases fluid build-up in your facial skin when applied topically, which is why it is one of the most common and approved ingredients for eye creams. Not only does its presence help reduce the appearance of dark circles but also, helps de-puff the under-eye bags and tighten the skin around the eyes.

Some of our favorite eye care products that use caffeine to boost their effectiveness include PETER THOMAS ROTH – 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, GLAMGLOW – BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment and Philosophy – Full of Promise Restoring Eye Duo For Upper-Lid Lifting And Under-Eye Firming.

Other star skincare products that use caffeine as one of their ingredients to help tone the skin and control excess sebum production include Dermalogica – mediBac Sebum Clearing Masque, PETER THOMAS ROTH – Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream and PETER THOMAS ROTH – Firmx Firming Night Moisturizer, the latter two being award winning products.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

The game changers of this decade, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, more popularly known as AHAs, are the key to the new gen exfoliation.

AHAs are acids – glycolic acid and lactic acid, the two most popular ones – that help gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin, stimulate collagen production and help minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

While these acids are THE key to glowing skin in a flash, they need to be formulated in a particular way to be effective without harming the skin. Moreover, an essential point to note is that AHAs increase the photosensitivity of the skin – which in turn means that applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.

There are a tonne of products featuring AHAs nowadays so you need to choose depending on your skin type and condition.

If you are opting for glycolic acid, start off with a low percentage, that is, 5%, and then move on to higher percentages. Lower percentages can be applied daily while higher percentages should be applied with caution and only once or twice a week. Also, be sure to do a patch test before covering your face in acids to ensure that you are not allergic to any.

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Start off with something gentle like REN – Clarimatte Clarifying Toner, CANE+AUSTIN – 10 Percent Retexture Pad . You can then move on to high strength acids like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, Philosophy – The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel and CANE+AUSTIN – 20 Percent Miracle Pad. Apart from exfoliating toners and pads, you can also invest in creams that help deliver AHAs to your skin and rejuvenate them from within like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar Night and Exuviance – Age Reverse Night Lift.

Side Note: Beta Hydroxy Acids work to help exfoliate skin too; but are more targeted towards oily skin since they help de-clog pores and fight acne. The most popular one is salicylic acid. However, please use caution while using it because of its property to thin blood consistency if absorbed by the skin. Also, do a patch test before using it to check if you are not allergic to it.

Vitamin C

Known for its skin lightening properties, Vitamin C can help you illuminate your skin tone by decreasing hyper-pigmentation, fighting off uneven skin tone and by boosting collagen production.

While your DIY gurus might suggest you to use lemon juice directly as your source of vitamin C, it is best to leave the lemons for dietary purposes. As with all ingredients, vitamin C needs to be formulated in a certain way to avoid being harsh to the skin and cause more harm than good.

If formulated correctly, not only can vitamin C products give you the much coveted glow but can also help you ward off signs of aging with their anti-oxidant properties.

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Try products like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, Bliss – Triple Oxygen Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream and REN – Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.

Hyaluronic Acid

A water based ingredient, Hyaluronic acid is usually a key ingredient in most good quality moisturizers, targeted at anti-aging.

Hyaluronic acid is effective because of its ability to retain moisture in huge quantities. Thereby, when included in your skincare regimen, this gem of an ingredient helps retain moisture and give your skin its natural soft, plump look – a key sign of youthful skin.

Hyaluronic acid also works to repair the outermost barrier of your skin, which is usually damaged by the sun’s harmful rays and the daily wear and tear.

While Hyaluronic acid is obviously beneficial to drier skin types, it also works equally well for oily skin because of its light-weight texture and for sensitive skin types, because of its gentleness and the fact that it already is a natural part of our skin’s makeup.

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PETER THOMAS ROTH – VIZ-1000 Hydrating Serum packs a power punch of 75% Hyaluronic acid making it one of the best options to include in your skincare routine. Other equally good options include Beauty Bridge – Anti-Aging Lifting Serum, Dermalogica – Intensive Moisture Balance and Beauty Bridge – Anti-Aging Revitalizing Night Cream.

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Cult-Favorite theBalm Products Worth Trying

       
May 16th, 2016 | Contributed by:

Known for their retro design packaging and their naughty, offbeat names, theBalm is one the most established European brands out there. Offering affordable, yet amazing quality products, a huge number of theBalm products are now a cult-favorite; some, so much so that, the brand’s particular product names are used to represent the product itself in general.

While theBalm offers a huge array of products including some base face makeup ones and skincare products, their best products are usually the pigmented ones including highlighters, eye shadow palettes, blushes and lippies.

Take a look at some of the cult favorite theBalm products:

theBalm – The Manizer Sisters

These gorgeous, shimmery highlighters changed the highlighting game for good with their debut years ago.

Available in 3 colors to suit a variety of skin tones, these highlighters are extremely affordable and deliver such gorgeous results to bring a luminous glow to your face that faking it was never this easy!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is a honey-hued highlighter with warm champagne gold undertones; theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer is a bronze highlighter, suited either for dark skin tones or to be used for that gorgeous “sun-kissed glow”; lastly, theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer is a beautiful peachy pink highlighter with the least shimmer of them all.

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All three of them can be used as a highlighter, right above your cheekbones, as a neutral yet gorgeous eye shadow, swiped across the lids and as an illuminator, all over your face as a final step of your makeup routine.

If you wanna try them all at once, theBalm also offers a travel-friendly palette, theBalm – theManizer Sisters Luminizers Palette, featuring all three of them!

theBalm – Nude’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette

One of the best nude palettes out there, The Balm Nude’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette offers 12 gorgeous matte and shimmery nude shades to help you create understated office chic looks as well as dramatic, sexy smoky looks. The palette comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow/liner brush.

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The palette comes in two variants: Nude and Nice. Both have the same eye shadows but different packaging inside, with one featuring nude ladies while the other not.

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For $36 only, it is one of the more affordable neutral eye shadow palettes with amazing color pay-off and buttery consistency. Give it a try especially if you are new to eye makeup!

theBalm – Instain Long-Wearing Powder Stain Blush

Each named after fabric materials, these The Balm Instain Long-Wearing Powder Stain Blush deliver AMAZING color on your cheeks and last a good 6-8 hours on your skin (even if you are an oil slick!).

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Since the color pay-off is beyond good, you need to apply these blushes with a soft hand and work your way up to how dark you want your blush to appear.

With a light hand though, these blushes deliver a gorgeous healthy glow without looking unnatural!

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The blushes are available in six shades: Argyle (Petal Pink), Lace (Bright Pink), Houndstooth (Mauve), Pinstripe (Plum), Swiss Dot (Peach) and Toile (Strawberry).

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

This velvety smooth, weightless eye shadow primer guarantees “loud and proud” pigmentation. Not only does theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer help increase the pigmentation of the otherwise “weak” eye shadows, but also helps prevent creasing and fading, ensuring some solid wear time. The eye shadows blend out smoothly on top of it without “sticking” on it.

theBalm – Cabana Boy Blush

While the other two “Boy” series blushes, Frat Boy Blush (a gorgeous apricot color) and Down Boy Blush (a beautiful baby pink color) are very flattering and quite amazing, theBalm Cabana Boy Blush is hands down the best of all three.

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theBalm Cabana Boy Blush is a striking plum-raspberry shade with a subtle gold sheen that makes the blush transfer more luminous than glittery. The pigmentation is amazing, so a light hand is recommended to start off. Add to the intense pigmentation, the buttery smooth texture and an affordable price, and you have got one heck of a blush!

theBalm – Bahama Mama

One of theBalm’s best-selling products, theBalm Bahama Mama, is a matte dusty bronzer, with absolutely no horrible orange tinge whatsoever.

It might scare the pale skinned gals out there, but again if applied with a light touch, this stuff is super amazing to give you that naturally tanned look or to carve out those sexy cheekbones via contouring.

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The texture of it buttery smooth which makes application and blending out contour lines oh-so-easy! theBalm Bahama Mama is available as an individual product and also as part of the Hey Mama! Kit which also features theBalm Sexy Mama (anti-shine translucent powder) and theBalm Hot Mama (a gorgeous coral blush – close dupe of Nars Orgasm).

theBalm – Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette

Reminiscent of the metallica days, this theBalm – Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette is a colorful throwback to the good 90s era.

Featuring 12 eye shadows named after popular rock bands, a highlighter, a blush and two lip and cheek colors, theBalm – Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette is a welcome addition to anyone’s makeup arsenal.

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The colors of the eye shadows range from frosty silvers to matte plums and from shimmery golds to satin blues. Yes, a perfect blend of textures and colors to take you from day to night.

theBalm – In theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol 1 Holiday Face Palette

If you are new to theBalm and thanks to our post, you can’t help but want to try ALL of these cult-favorite theBalm products, then we suggest you buy theBalm – In theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol 1 Holiday Face Palette.

It features “4 perfectly coordinated eyeshadows, 3 universal blushes, a matte bronzer, a champagne-hued highlighter, a classic red lip color, and a nude lip and cheek cream”.

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It’s perfect for travelling because it literally packs all of the best theBalm products in a portable, lightweight box, helping you try out endless combination of looks on the go!

For those already on theBalm bandwagon, your favorite brand just introduced theBalm – Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette. Give it a try!

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10 Travel Essentials for your Beauty Bag

       
May 9th, 2016 | Contributed by:

Who said you can’t look glamorous on the go?

We have 10 Travel Beauty Essentials (TSA Approved, btw) to help you look gorgeous without having to carry a train case load of beauty products (guilty as charged).

  1. Dry Shampoo

The beauty game-changer of this decade, Dry Shampoo, is an absolute travel essential especially for the Summer months. Because, who has the time vacation ala mode to wash, dry, style and repeat?

Try Fekkai – Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo. It’s the ultimate time saver for those perpetually ponytailed hair in between washes.

Blow-dried to perfection hair? Check.

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  1. Cleansers

Of course you need one. But you don’t have to carry a bag full of makeup removers, cleansers and toners when you can simply take with you Philosophy – Purity At Home and Away Duo. The set features Philosophy’s award-winning daily facial skin cleanser and disposable cleansing cloths, in case you don’t have water access to rinse while on the go.

The cleanser-cloth combination not only removes makeup but also helps hydrate and tone the skin. Talk about a multi-tasking product!

Clean, Glowing Skin? Check.

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  1. Masks

While you can skimp on a multitasking product for cleansing, your skin will still need a good dose of nourishment for those long partying nights and all the travelling stress.

If you are in the mood for a splurge, take with you GLAMGLOW – Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. A cult-favorite, the mask is designed to act like a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’. Nothing better than to indulge on your vacation, right?

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But if you are on a budget (because who isn’t?), opt for Bliss – Triple Oxygen to The Rescue! Facial in a Box, a travel friendly kit which features a Energizing Foaming Mask, Spa-Strength Resurfacing Pads and  an Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream. Alternatively, you can opt for the REN – Glow and Go! Kit which includes a Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial and Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Both travel friendly, and super effective in giving your skin a refreshing glow on the go.

Nourished, Hydrated Skin? Check.

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  1. BB Creams

If you have ever been told off for carrying a truckload of makeup to your trips, it is time to shun them all for a multitasking badass product.

Something that covers allof your high maintenance makeup bases: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen AND foundation. Our solution for your go-to for flawless skin? Smashbox – Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35.

Bonus? It comes in a travel size too!

Unblemished complexion? Check.

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  1. Concealer

While the superstar BB cream might give you a good base, some pesky imperfections still require a heavy duty concealer to hide them.

We recommend traveling with Smashbox – High Definition Concealer to act as a double acting concealer for those dark circles and other imperfections.

No Raccoon Eyes? Check.

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  1. Beauty Blender

Between choosing an arsenal of makeup brushes and a beauty blender, we will always pick the latter. Not only because it delivers a flawless finish on the go but also because it helps apply ALL of your makeup with just one sponge.

Use the flat bottom for stippling in your BB cream, the tip to blend in the concealer and the sides to blend in the blushes.

Oh, did we mention the beauty blender is super light-weight and is also available in a mini version?

Flawless makeup? Check.

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  1. Lipsticks and Blushes

Oh no, you don’t carry them both. You carry a gorgeous, golden makeup case (that doubles as a clutch for the date night, btw) filled with three travel size “wands” of lip and cheek makeup.

Pixi – Fresh Face Case features a highlighter, a gloss and a lip and cheek stain. The trio works to enhance your cheeks, cheekbones, eye lids (yup, it triples up as a eye enhancer too) and lips!

Did we mention the beautiful golden case?

Glowing Cheeks and Rosy Pouts? Check.

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  1. Mascara

One product that instantly transforms a cutesy look to a sensual one is a mascara.

A swipe of a volumizing mascara like Smashbox – Full Exposure Mascara Jet Black that gives “outrageous volume, serious lift and a high-shine, glossy finish” can instantly oomph up your otherwise neutral look.

Falsie Effect? Check.

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  1. Manicure Kit and Nail Remover Wipes

Nothing glams up a look like a manicured hand!

When you don’t have time for a full makeup look or are planning a lazy day at the beach, amp up your look with a simple manicure.

Can’t decide which nail color to travel with? Take with you butter LONDON – High Tea Collection which has THE perfect shades to transition from a Melon Crème beach look to a Nude Crème shopping look straight to the Deep Berry Crème manicure for a dinner date on the go.

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Traveling with a nail polish remover that has a 90% chance of spilling and ruining all your luggage is a big no-no.

Instead, travel with nail remover wipes. You will need some for all those gorgeous transitions mentioned above.

A good travel friendly option is butter LONDON – Glitter Scrubbers Textured Remover Wipes. Simply because they are saturated enough to even help you get rid of those stubborn glitter polishes (if you are wearing one) all the while nourishing your nails.

Glamorous Manicures? Check.

  1. Deodorants and Perfumes

Be it the balmy Miami beaches or the cooler European destinations, deodorants and perfumes are a MUST for traveling.

Again, you don’t need to carry much except a deodorant mini like Lavanila – The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Snowberry and a mini perfume set like Philosophy – Live with Grace and Love Fragrance Set to give you three different options for day to night partying.

Florally fragrant? Check.

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