Archive for January, 2013

How can you stop your eyeshadow from fading?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

How can you stop your eyeshadow from fading?

Are you tired of applying your eyeshadow only to have it smudge and run halfway through the day? If this is a common problem for you, you might not be doing the right prep work before putting it on. That being said, you don’t have to let your color fade away. There are several easy tips and tricks you can use to keep your eyeshadow in place.

First, think about investing in a primer to use prior to applying your eyeshadow. Primer can dramatically reduce the chances of your makeup running and smudging after a short amount of wear.

Next, go light on your lids. Caking eyeshadow onto your peepers can increase the chances of it coming together, gunking up and ruining your entire appearance.

Finally, consider using a setting spray on your lids once you achieve the perfect look. The right setting spray can make all the difference when you use it on your eyeshadow, keeping it in place throughout the day. By taking these tips into account, you can rest assured knowing that your peepers will look beautiful for an extended period of time.

Three reasons why you need a BB cream

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Have you tried a BB cream yet?

Chances are, you’ve been hearing a lot lately about the miraculousness of BB creams. These ramped-up tinted moisturizers offer coverage in addition to anti-aging benefits and SPF. Women everywhere have been adding these products to their routines to make life simpler – after all, it’s like getting several products in one package! So why else should you add a BB cream to your vanity?

1. Your foundation is too heavy. Sometimes, you just don’t need a lot of coverage, whether it’s because it’s summertime or your face has been particularly clear lately. In that case, a BB cream like Too Faced – Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup SPF 20 – Nude Glow can even out your complexion without smothering your skin.

2. You’re afraid of using blush. If you’re hesitant to use blush because you think it’s too noticeable on your face, Allure magazine points out that BB cream can help reduce the impact of blush. Apply a thin layer over your blush to make it look more natural and add a fresh, dewy finish.

3. You hate the greasiness of sunscreen. If you’ve yet to find a sunscreen that doesn’t make your complexion feel oily, a BB cream is the perfect solution. With SPF built right in, you won’t have to worry about that extra protective layer.

Does it matter if you skip eyeshadow in your creases?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Do you blend your eyeshadow up into your creases?

Take a moment to think about how you apply your eyeshadow every day. Do you use your eyeshadow brush to sweep color across your lidsfrom the inner corners to the outer corners? Do you blend it from your lash lines up to your brow bones? Do you concentrate the most color in your creases? While it seems like these are all minor differences, how you apply eyeshadow and whether you blend it into your creases can have a big impact on your look.

According to The Beauty Department, the choice of whether to add eyeshadow to your creases is one that you should think more about before you apply makeup. The source reports that focusing the color on your lids only is a good way to frame your eyes and show off a hint of color. This is especially useful if you want to use a bold, bright shade like BABOR – Eye Shadow in Ocean or Twilight.

However, if you have smaller eyes, you may want to blend the color up into your creases for a defined look that makes your peepers appear bigger by creating a larger colored area. This technique is also a wonderful way to create a truly dramatic smoky eye.

Are you giving your skin enough aloe?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Are you giving your skin enough aloe?

How many times have you moisturized your skin with lotion only to find it completely dry and cracked hours later? If you’ve been having a tough time keeping your skin soft and supple, you may want to try using aloe. This natural source of hydration can do wonders for your skin in a short amount of time.

As Daily Glow states, aloe can boost collagen in the skin, which is crucial to reducing the appearance and development of wrinkles. Women who’re starting to notice fine lines may want to take advantage of this little miracle worker.

Because aloe is full of antioxidants, many people believe that it can fight the effects of free radicals on the skin. Free radicals naturally exist in the environment and can potentially make skin look older than it really is.

If you think you might not be giving your skin enough aloe, it may be worth incorporating aloe-infused cosmetics into your makeup, such as GloMinerals Body Glisten, which contains Aloe Barbadensis. A compact powder with vitamin E and aloe vera can also hydrate your skin and help you maintain your silky smooth complexion.

Hot makeup trends from the 2013 Golden Globes

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Hot makeup trends from the 2013 Golden Globes

If you’re looking for a little inspiration for the next time you put on your mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, you might want to see what some of Hollywood’s brightest stars were wearing at the 2013 Golden Globes! There’s no better source for makeup ideas than the red carpet. Here are some of the celebrities who made a statement at the event.

Jessica Alba
Cosmopolitan magazine commended Jessica Alba for playing it bold with orange lipstick on the red carpet. She went natural on the rest of her face to allow her pout to shine, which was a big trend in 2012.

Kate Hudson
Hudson complemented her beautiful blonde locks with gold makeup that shimmered as she posed for photographers. Expect more women to lean toward face-brightening, shimmery makeup in the new year. A little bit of glow around your eyes and cheeks can make a world of difference.

Stacy Keibler
Like Alba, Stacy Keibler opted for makeup that allowed her natural beauty to come through, according to Allure magazine. With the exception of a bit of brown eyeshadow around her peepers, Keibler proved that you don’t need a ton of color on your face to make a memorable statement.



Insider tricks for making your makeup last all day

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Secret tricks to making your makeup last all day

How many times have you found yourself wishing your mascara lasted longer and didn’t require another application halfway through the day? Do you struggle to keep your pout looking colorful and fresh with lipstick? You’re not alone – these are problems that plague every woman. The fact of the matter is that makeup can fade, especially if you aren’t investing in quality products and applying them correctly. That being said, you don’t need to keep living with the disappointment of your appearance fading throughout the day. There are a couple of tips and tricks you can use to ensure that you always look beautiful, whether you’re running around town or the office.

Maintaining your pretty pout
Is there anything more disappointing than applying a beautiful lipstick only to have it fade from eating and drinking? You could avoid lunch or your morning cup of coffee, but is it really worth it to keep up your appearance? One tactic you can use to create a pout that will stay fabulous during all hours of the day is to use a lip liner. Consider a product such as the Youngblood Lip Liner Pencil to keep your lipstick contained and stop it from fading and smudging.

The Daily Makeover also recommends using your lip liner to color in your lips prior to applying gloss or lipstick to give them a lasting hue. Even if your lipstick fades, you’ll have the color underneath to maintain your look.

Keeping your eyes dramatic
We’ve all been there before – after a few hours at the office, mascara and eyeliner begins to smudge with no end in sight. If you’re tired of having to run to the bathroom to touch up your peepers, revamp your routine by investing in a quality product. An item such as BORGHESE Linea Precisa Liquid Eyeliner can ensure that you never have to worry about your eyeliner fading away before the end of the day. Top it off with a waterproof mascara and you won’t have to do a touch-up job ever again!

Still not seeing the results you want out of your mascara? suggests making sure you’re using a product that isn’t expired. It’s also important to keep it in a cool area and double check that it’s closed after use to maintain it over time.

Beautifying your lids
You may be skilled at keeping your eyeliner and mascara in check, but what about your eyeshadow? If you find that your eyeshadow tends to fade and become smudged in a short amount of time, it may be in your best interest to try using a primer, according to Allure magazine. An eyeshadow primer can help your product adhere to your lids for longer, reducing the need for re-application.

Embracing rosy cheeks
You might not wear blush every day, but when you do, you want it to look fabulous! For more staying power, Real Simple magazine recommends using a cream and powder blush to enhance your cheeks. The texture of the cream will help the color last longer on your face without the need to add more later in the day.

If you’re still not achieving the look you want, it may be the color you’re using. Try a brighter blush with additional color to give your appearance more pop. In the end, the problem might actually be the hue of the makeup – not its longevity.

Whether you have issues when it comes to your peepers or your lips, these tricks and tips can help you create an appearance that wows everyone you meet. You don’t need to be a makeup professional to look beautiful all day long!

How to pull off icy metallic eyelids

Monday, January 21st, 2013

An icy stare with cool metallic eyeshadow is perfect for winter!

Looking for a cool new eye makeup look that’s perfect for wintertime? Why not take a cue from the outdoors and go with icy metallic eyeshadow on your lids to give your peepers a frosted effect? When done right, this shimmery stare is perfect for any occasion, from date night to casual Friday. Here’s the how-to.

First, Allure magazine recommends using a brown or black eyeliner like Too Faced – Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner to line your upper and lower lash lines. Use your fingertip or a cotton swab to blend it in and soften the edges of the lines.

Now pick up a cool metallic eyeshadow, like silver, blue, white or lavender, and sweep it across your lids and into the inner corners of your eyes. Don’t bring it up past the creases, as you don’t want that much shimmer near your brow bones.

Play up the shape of your peepers and give them some definition with a brown eyeshadow blended smoothly into your creases and near the outer corners of your eyes.

Finish up with a lengthening mascara in brown or black, top your face off with a peach blush and a clear lip gloss, and you’ll be ready for anything!

Top 5 ways to use red makeup

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Red's a hot color that can glam up your winter makeup routine!

If you’re looking for a way to revamp your makeup routine for the rest of the winter, all you really need is one color to help you achieve rosy perfection: red. Believe it or not, this color looks good all over your face, and there are many surprising ways to incorporate it into your look. Here are five ideas to keep in mind.

1. Faded lips. For a more dramatic version of your natural lip color, Marie Claire magazine suggests using your finger to dab a red lipstick in the center of your lips, then blend it outward with your fingertip for a faded effect.

2. Red all over. For a chic monochromatic look, Allure magazine recommends using a red blush on your cheeks, eyelids and lips (with a layer of gloss on top). You won’t have to worry about matching your makeup!

3. Under-eye accents. Feeling daring? Use a red eyeshadow or blush to add bold red along your lower lash lines only, then top with plenty of black mascara.

4. Metallic red lips. Use creamy red lipstick and a loose, shimmery pink eyeshadow to create a foiled lip, suggests Allure. Just dab the pink onto the center of your bottom lip with your fingertip. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

5. Stain. For a long-lasting yet soft finish, use a red lip and cheek stain to add a fresh flush to your face. Simply dab it onto the apples of your cheeks and the center of your pout.

Celebrity Hit or Miss – A 2012 Round-Up

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Celebrity Round-Up 2012


Celebrity Round-Up 2012 – Hit or Miss?

    Check out last year’s biggest hits and worst misses from your favorite celebs:

  • Kristen Stewart: This surly Twiligt star blew us away with shiny hair and bold lip.
  • Lindsay Lohan: We’ll be rooting for you in 2013, Lilo!
  • Emma Stone: Hello Gorgeous! Fresh-faced and simple is the way to go.
  • Kesha: While we love her new album, this busy ensemble isn’t on our top 10.
  • Rihanna: Dark, Sure. Sexy? Indeed.
  • Nancy Dell’Olio: Headpieces are a great way to show your creative side, but we were not feeling this Cleopatra-inspired piece.
  • Kate Middleton: Has the Duchess ever looked less than perfect?
  • Nicki Minaj: Nicki took the Motorcycle Barbie look a little too far here.

How to incorporate braids and buns in the same hairstyle

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Here's how you can incorporate braids and buns into the same hairdo!

If you’re tired of choosing between the same few hairstyles every day, it’s probably time to find a new go-to ‘do. While down, up and half-up are all easy, something more fun will add variety and spice up your look! Why not try combining trendy braids with buns in the same hairstyle, like The Beauty Department did? Here’s how!

First, you’ll need to make sure that your hair has a good texture with plenty of hold. This can be achieved by using dry shampoo or by not washing your hair before styling.

Now separate a section of hair from either side of your head and pin them forward, getting them out of the way.

Next, create two buns in the back of your head – one on top of the other. Hold them in place with bobby pins or a small elastic.

Once those are done, unpin the front sections and braid them, securing the ends with a small elastic.

Finally, wrap one braid underneath the bottom bun, through the middle and up around the top bun. Pin it securely in place. Then wrap the other braid over the top bun, down through the middle and around the bottom bun before pinning it. The two braids should cross each other in the middle of the buns.

Finish up with a hairspray like Fekkai – COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray and you’re good to go!