How to Achieve the Perfect Eyeliner

       
September 22nd, 2014 | Contributed by:

How to Achieve the Perfect EyelinerThe perfect eyeliner adds a beautiful, dramatic touch and draws attention up to your beautiful eyes. Getting the right techniques down can revolutionize your look for everyday and out on the town glamour.

Basic Topline

You should always start with the basics. A simple topline eyeliner look can be appropriate for everyday wear or dressed up for a night out with an intense lipstick shade or dramatic eye shadow. To get this look, first add a small amount of eyeshadow primer to the lid to keep the liner in place. Then press the outside corner of your eye to pull it tight and use the other hand to apply the liner along the upper lash line in small strokes. Use a brush or q-tip to clean up or even out any imperfections, ensuring that it will look even and natural.

Open Up Those Eyes

Women with smaller eyes, those looking to hide a lack of sleep, or those who want a wide eyed romantic look can achieve benefit from a white eyeliner. Adding white just under the brow line and smudging it lightly downward will open up the whole area and make you look more awake. Add a smudged line of white to the lower middle of your lids, just above your regular liner to make eyes look larger and rounder or add a little white to the lower inner rim of your eye to reflect a lighter color into your eye and cancel out any redness from a late night out.

Winged Eyeliner

For a more dramatic, night time look, consider winged eyeliner. To achieve this look, draw a short line sweeping up from the outer corner of each eye. Draw another line that is connected to the one you already drew that is sweeping gradually in toward your upper lash line. Then, fill in the space between these two lines and add a relatively thick top line along your lashes, narrowing as it approaches the inner corner. The larger the wing, the more dramatic the look.

Smokey Eyes

For a sexy, smokey eye look, start with an eyeshadow primer as your canvas. Then place your eyeliner along the upper lash line, getting thicker as you move toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a brush to spread the line outward and very slightly upward from the edge of the eye. This will create a soft second corner. Follow up with mascara to complete this dramatic look.

Eyeliner can completely change your look. Be sure to choose the right technique for the occasion.

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Fall 2014 Hair Trends

       
September 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall 2014 Hair TrendsAs seasons change and summer begins to edge its way into fall, hair styles ebb and flow as well. As women put away their summer shoes and get out new, warmer wardrobes, they begin to think about new hairstyles and cuts as well. There are many different trends for hair this fall. Here are just a few options for 2014.

Low Fuss Lob
The lob is a longer version of the bob and it was a large trend during the summer months, but it is continuing its popularity into the fall. Women love the lob because it is easy to style, versatile, and flattering all at the same time. It also looks flattering on many face shapes.

Rich, Dark Color
In the fall, many women want to darken their sun-streaked hair and have a more deep, rich tone. Brunette colors that have some gold and red tones are popular this fall. The two tone highlighting gives the color more vibrancy and can highlight the eyes and brighten the skin.

Cropped Cuts
Short hair is very popular among celebrities and everyday women alike. Short hair is a huge trend this fall as women are starting to see that short hair is easy to wear and flattering at the same time. For an edgy look, women can tousle pieces of hair to the front. Hair cut to ear length can still be versatile and styled in many different ways.

Waves
Instead of tight curls, voluminous waves are a 2014 trend. Waves in longer hair along with a soft side part can make hair look va va voom sexy! The style can soften facial features and give off a polished look or it can be laid back and fun.

Platinum Blonde
Blonde hair is getting lighter and lighter as the seasons progress and right now, platinum is a big color, even during the fall months. It can be tricky to choose the exact right color of blonde for each skin tone, but when it is done correctly, it can really pop.

Center Parts
Defined parts that are in the center of the scalp are a go-to look for the fall. They can be accompanied by wavy hair, straight, ponytails, you name it! The center part is easy to adapt on any type of hair.

Side Sweep Bangs
Women who have bangs or want bangs should consider longer sections that can be swept to the side. They look natural and are easy to care for and they are at a high point in the trend meter this fall.

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Get Your Home Ready for Fall

       
September 15th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Get Your Home Ready for FallFall brings forth a changing of outdoor foliage into stunning yellow, gold, and orange colors. As the world moves into the next season, your home should also make the transition. The right decorations in a home can make it cozy and inviting, while the wrong furnishings will make your fall life one of solitude.

The Kitchen

When you’ve made the decision to begin changing your home to match Mother Nature’s will, you should start with the decoration in the kitchen. Remove any remnants of summer from your cabinets, counters, and tables. Obviously, you don’t need to repaint the kitchen for a seasonal makeover, but it’s always an option.
You may also find your dining centerpiece needs to be changed. You can create a simple centerpiece by purchasing some gold and orange colored, artificial leaves. Use a glue gun to hold the pieces together in the shape of a wreath. Many people find candles, such as GloMineral’s Ambience candle, fitting in the center of the wreath.
To further enhance the kitchen’s appearance, purchase a warm-toned tablecloth. You can find fall themed tablecloths available in many stores. If you don’t want to be changing things after Halloween, it’s best to pick a cloth that doesn’t have any Halloween images or symbols on it. Fall colors will last the whole season, but the holidays change rapidly during this time of year. Purchase new golden or orange seat cushions for wooden kitchen chairs. If the chair has a bold, colored fabric covering already, such as green, purple, or blue, you should consider purchasing new chair coverings to completely tie the fall-theme together.

The Living Room

If you have an existing rug in the living room, consider swapping it with a brown, reddish, orange, or golden colored rug. This will bring guest’s attention to the living room. Make a second centerpiece, similar to the one for the kitchen table, to place on the center of the coffee table. Change current throws and pillows on the sofa to fall colors. Make this decision based upon the color of your furniture. Don’t change the color to something that is visually unappealing. Remove anything that evokes thoughts of the summer, such as sea-shells, ocean-scents, or unnecessary vacation photographs.

Bathrooms

Transforming the bathroom is easy. Change out the shower curtain and rugs with others containing fall colors. Add some of the artificial, fall foliage around the interior door frame of the bathroom. One of the most well-know fall scents is apples, and the Primal Element’s Appletini candle works excellently in bathrooms. Swap out existing towels with white or strong orange towels.

Decorating a home for the changing seasons can be overwhelming if you do not have the right tools. However, making some minor changes to the accessories in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms will bring the fall season into your home easily.

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Fall’s Hottest Shoe Trends

       
September 11th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall's Hottest Shoe TrendsWe’re not sure if the slight coolness in the air is real or wishful thinking, but either way it’s a sign that Fall is on its way. With that, it’s time start thinking about shelving all your summer sandals and look for new styles of the latest trends for Fall shoes. Here are our favorites.

Weaves
Perhaps the best fall shoe trend that we’re seeing to help you transition from the summer heat to crisp autumn cool is the weave. No, this is not the kind of weave that requires painstaking hair maintenance, but rather the woven leather shoe. While your summer sandals might have a looser woven leather with thick straps, the key to nailing this fall trend is finding the perfect weave with fine, narrow straps. From there, you can find some weaves with great geometric patterns and even highly contrasting colors. This great and breezy texture can be found on fall pumps, wedges, and flats, giving you the perfect option for any outfit.

Western Redux

While the oxford shoe has been a fall staple for many seasons, now, this fall, you can update that look by finding an oxford-style or similar lace-up shoe with classic western influences. Look for leather details that have the paisley and crescent-shaped cutouts often associated with Western style. A nice leather shoe with intricately burned patterns in the Western style could quickly become your new favorite shoe for the fall. Pair the shoe with a tailored and refined outfit or one punched up with jewel toned colors for fall, and you’ll make a perfect casual and fresh fall look.

Red
Not that a red shoe ever really goes out of style, but there’s something about putting a Marilyn-red pump on your foot that can really brighten the neutral tones and patterns typical of a fall outfit. If you’re going to be wearing any warm tweeds, rich corduroys, or autumn-hued denim from previous seasons, an easy way to make it fit with 2014 fall trends is to add a bright red pump to your look. Even if you’re trying to make those slightly faded burgundy jeans from a few years ago last one more season, pump it up with a bright red leather shoe. Not being afraid to mix those red and rosy color families will make old clothes look runway ready again.

Curvy Silhouettes
While so many shoe trends lately have been putting intense angles and hard edges on our feet, this year for fall, the trend will be shoes with curvy silhouettes. Heels that have a softer curve in the arch of the foot and a round but narrow toe will be the perfect fit for making your fall outfits on trend. Look for shoes that mix neutral tones. The result will be modernly chic but classically lady-like.

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Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful

       
September 7th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful As heartbreaking as it may be, sometimes we have to say goodbye to makeup that has been hanging around in our makeup drawer for too long. It is not fun to feel like you are throwing away beautiful products, but consider it a chance to invest in something new. Maybe you have been wanting to try a new shade or formula for a while now and you finally have your chance! At some point, makeup becomes unhealthy for your skin and eyes. Knowing when your beauty products have reached their expiration date is an important piece of information that you should be aware of.

Mascara/Eyeliner
Any product that is used around your eyes is something you need to be careful with. Bacteria can find its way into your eyes and cause an infection. Mascara should be tossed after 3-4 months to prevent any eye issues.

Foundation/Concealer/Cream Makeup
To help prevent skin breakouts or irritations, throw out foundation and other liquid or cream makeup products after about one year. You can tell that foundation has expired when the liquid starts to separate. If your foundation contains sunscreen, it may not be effective after the expiration date. This is important if preventing sun damage is a concern of yours.

Lipstick/Lip Gloss

Lips can be sensitive to products so it is important to know when to throw out your old lipstick in favor of something new. Lipstick is good for about 2 years. After that, it may dry out or become unsafe to use on your pretty lips.

Powder Blush/Eyeshadow/Bronzer
Makeup that comes in powder form is considered okay to use for about 2 years. Skin irritation or reduction in quality are concerns if makeup is used beyond that time period.

There are some types of makeup products that come with printed on expiration dates and some that do not. You may want to write the date you started using the product on the lid or bottom of the bottle. If you can’t remember the date you started using your makeup product, there are some things to look for to decide if it is unsafe to use. Some ways to tell if makeup is expired are:
* It smells funny
* The makeup looks discolored
* Begins to clump, flake or dry out
* Liquid makeup starts to separate

Hopefully, these tips are helpful in cleaning out your makeup drawer. Using safe cosmetics will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy.

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Juice Your Way to Healthy Skin

       
September 5th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Juice Your Way to Healthy SkinWho doesn’t want fresh, healthier, younger looking skin? It turns out that one of the best ways to achieve and obtain that much coveted youthful glow may be as simple as having a nice refreshing drink everyday. Turns out that what we eat and drink has a huge impact on how we look, from the health of our hair, to the look and feel of our skin. We all know that proper diet, hydration and exercise are key to looking and feeling your best, but you may not know that fruit and vegetable juices can do wonders for the look and feel of your skin.

Juice Your Way to that Youthful Glow

Juicing fresh fruits, vegetables and greens has a huge wealth of well known health benefits, but it also has quite a few beauty benefits as well. These tasty concoctions are absolutely loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and other wonderful goodies. Adding these to your diet will provide a ton of benefits, from helping you lose weight, reducing toxins in your body, and even making you look healthier.

What Juices Are Best for Skin?

There are tons of different combinations of juices that not only taste great but do wonders for your skin as well. Vegetables like carrots are great choices for juicing as they are inexpensive, provide a good amount of juice and contain a ton of beta carotene with helps fight the signs of aging. It is wonderful when paired with pretty much any fresh fruit juice.

The leafy green kale is another powerful source of skin regenerating vitamins and minerals. Kale is rich in B vitamins and other essential nutrients as is also known to help fight acne. Adding a bunch of this to a fruit drink makes it barely noticeable, except in how you feel!

Lemons provide a powerful punch of flavor while also providing a powerful cleansing benefit.

Many different greens and herbs like watercress, different lettuces, parsley and so on are also great juicing additions. Beets provide a nutrient-packed sweet burst of juice as well.

Who would have thought that one of the most powerful tools we have in maintaining skin health and appearance can also be breakfast? Raw juice blends like those described will not work overnight, but boy do they work. They provide noticeable and lasting benefits for your skin, giving it a better tone, smoother appearance and more healthful glow. Why not reap the many benefits of juicing and also get that great looking skin in the process?

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The Best Jeans for Your Body Type

       
September 1st, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Best Jeans for Your Body Type Whatever your body type, there is style of jeans that is flattering on you. It’s just a matter of finding what cut and style will look the best on your body. Generally women’s bodies have been put into four categories – Pear, Apple, Hourglass, and Column. However, recently more specific categories under each of these have been introduced, so you can get fashion advice that’s even more specific to your body type.

Pear
Pear-shaped body types can come in standard pear shaped, bell, or bowling pin shapes.
Pear-shaped bodies have a wider lower half with a smaller upper half. High rise jeans will balance out your figure, while large pockets without too much detail will minimize your butt.
Bell body types have long legs and large butts. You should look for long inseams and wide leg pants. Jeans with a contoured waist and a lower rise in front will lengthen your torso.
Bodies shaped like bowling pins carry most of their weight around the thighs. Bootcut and straight leg jeans with a slightly higher rise work best.

Apple
Apple body types fall into the brick, the goblet, and the classic apple categories.
The apple shape is characterized by a wider belly with thin legs. Trouser cut jeans and skinny jeans work best to show off your thin legs.
The brick body type is muscular with broad shoulders, narrow hips, and generous thighs. Stretch fabric will go over your muscles better, while twisted seams will add curves.
The goblet shape has a well-endowed upper half and a thinner lower half. Skinny jeans will help your hips appear to balance your top half.

Hourglass
Hourglass bodies can be vase shaped, cello shaped, or hourglass shaped.
Hourglass body types have curvy butts and long legs. Wide leg pants will balance out your calves with your butt. Cuts that are bigger in the hips than the waist will prevent gap waist.
The vase shape is just slightly curvy than the hourglass shape. Most leg cuts are flattering, while a moderate rise is best around the waist.
Cello body types are very curvy with a longer waist. Wide leg jeans are best, especially with dark washes and stretch fabric.

Column
The column category can be divided into column, cornet, and lollipop.
The column shape is tall and thin with minimal curves. Skinny jeans are good and so are flared leg jeans that are fitted above the knee.
Cornet-shaped bodies are tall and thin with wider shoulders. You should look for long inseams and skinny cuts around the legs.
Lollipop body types are thin with larger breasts. Skinny jeans are a good choice and you should go with mid to low rises at the waist.

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Astrological Signs and Beauty

       
August 30th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Astrological Signs and Beauty

Astrology and Personality

If you follow astrology, you’re probably familiar with all of the typical personality traits that are associated with all of the various signs. If you’re an Aries, for example, you’re likely aware of your spirited and fiery reputation. If you’re a Libra, on the other hand, you’re likely familiar with your sign’s intuitive, sensitive and careful characteristics.

Astrology and Beauty

The characteristics of astrological signs aren’t just limited to personality traits, however. They’re also frequently associated with beauty, surprisingly enough. If you’re a Pisces, a look that works well for you might not necessarily be so flattering on a Cancer, and vice versa. As a result, learning about what styles are most suitable for your specific astrological sign can go a long way in enhancing and improving your overall look and fashion.

Fire Signs and Beauty

If you’re a fire sign such as a Sagittarius, Leo or Aries, you might want to have a makeup look that’s as intense and unforgettable as your personality. Bright red lipstick and nail polish can help you accomplish that.

Air Signs and Beauty

If you’re an air sign such as an Aquarius, Libra or Gemini, then a more minimalistic and fresh approach to cosmetics might do a world of wonder for you. A light BB cream or tinted moisturizer that will make your complexion look vibrant, even and luminous can help you achieve that.

Water Signs and Beauty

If you’re a water sign such as a Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer, then you might look wondrous in cosmetics that are geared toward cool complexion tones. Sheer, light makeup usually is effective for water signs. Light cream-based eyeshadows are a great example of tasteful makeup that can give your look a slight “pop” that’s both attractive and mesmerizing.

Earth Signs and Beauty

Last but certainly not least, if you’re an earth sign such as a Capricorn, Virgo or Taurus, then you might want to investigate somewhat modest and earthy makeup options. Soft bronze colors on your lips and eyes might be excellent. If you apply a light coating of bronze eyeshadow, then you might be able to accomplish the low-key beauty that is so characteristic of classic earth signs.

Astrological Signs and Shopping For Beauty

When you shop around for makeup, it’s crucial to be as diligent and patient as possible. Never simply buy the first makeup item you see on the counter, no matter how popular it seems or how pretty the packaging is. If you try to purchase makeup items that are appropriate for your specific astrological sign, however, you could be doing yourself a great favor. Astrological signs are often excellent indications of personality in people. As a result, it’s not a big surprise that they can often indicate what beauty styles are effective for people. Your personality and your personal style frequently go hand in hand, after all. Be sure to check out Beauty Bridge for more exciting makeup options that are geared toward your sign.

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Using Retinol 101

       
August 29th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Using Retinol 101You’ve heard of retinol as a skin care revolution, but is it right for your skin? This compound, also known as Vitamin A, is added to skin creams and potions as an anti-aging miracle, with beauty-boosting properties that range from unclogging pores to boosting collagen and reducing fine lines to evening discoloring and smoothing skin. Read on to learn more about whether you should use retinol and how to find the right product for you.

Experts say that retinol is the single most important skin care ingredient to combat the effects of aging. However, although it really works, it may take time for you to see a dramatic effect. Retinol is best used as a long-term method to protect the youthful look and feel of your skin, not as a fast fix measure to hide damage that has already occurred. Most dermatologists recommend that women start using retinol in their 30s, and definitely by the time they hit 40, for maximum protection against the effects of aging.

While the strongest forms of retinol are available only with a prescription, you should first test out an over-the-counter version to see if you like the results. Look for brands that specifically list retinol high in the ingredient list, as related compounds may be less effective.

Start off by using a small amount of retinol at night in conjunction with a moisturizer to see how your skin responds. Because retinol increases skin cell turnover, some users may experience redness and stinging, particularly with frequent use. If you have sensitive skin, start out slow and discontinue use of this product if you experience irritation or discomfort. These symptoms are more likely to occur with the prescription form of retinol.

An important caution, particularly for those who begin using retinol products in their 20s, is that the compound can actually thin skin over time. This makes you more susceptible to the effects of sun damage, which is not only dangerous but will counteract any anti-aging effects you’ve gained from use of the product. Make sure to always wear SPF on your face, especially if you’re using retinol products.

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Dermalogica Training

       
August 28th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

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