Archive for December, 2013

The 6 Days of Beauty

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

The 6 Days of Beauty

Of course you’re focusing on buying for your loved ones this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little reward, too. In fact, all the stress of the holiday season means you need some TLC now more than ever. While perusing the seemingly endless amount of hair and makeup products out there, how do you know which ones are best for you? Picking out a gift for yourself can be just as difficult as choosing one for someone else in your life. The fact is, the world of beauty is a complex one, and when you’re more educated about what different products can do, you can better harness the power they provide. You may need a few lessons before you buy new items.

Enter: The 6 Days of Beauty. Beginning this week, Beauty Bridge will begin sending out a series of emails with informative tips and tricks from head to toe. Worried that all your heat hair styling will cause frazzled ends? Wondering how to perfect a smoldering smoky eye? Curious about what bath elixirs will put you in a more tranquil state? Each one of these emails will provide you with advice and helpful recommendations so that not only can you choose ideal products for your needs, but you can use them to their maximum advantage.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll learn about:

Day 1: Perfect Winter Hair Products
Wintertime doesn’t just mean inclement weather – the frigid temperatures and dry air can cause a host of problems for your hair. That means that it’s time to switch up your hair products when the seasons change. Still, what kind of conditioner will give your tresses the moisture they so desperately need? What hair sprays can eliminate flyaways from your static-provoking hats? How do you protect your locks from damage when you’re flat ironing them into a sleek ‘do for a holiday soirée? It’s nearly impossible to navigate the world of winter hair products without a little assistance, which is why the first series is focused on this subject.

Every day should be a good hair day. Armed with some new knowledge about which solutions can best protect your hair through the coldest season, your strands are sure to shine.

Day 2: Dreamy, Sultry, Sparkling Eyes
With the shimmering snowfall outside and sequined party dresses all around, it’s natural to gravitate toward more sparkly makeup. However, glittery eyes require the right tools and tactics to work. If you’re aiming to amp up the glitz factor this season, the second installment of the 6 Days of Beauty is made for you. The key to getting an eye-catching look is to combine hues that complement one another, and apply them with precise techniques. It may not sound easy, but with the information provided in the 2nd Day of Beauty, achieving this kind of dramatic impact with your eye makeup will become second nature.

This series will equip you with the information you need to achieve anything from a subtle shimmery eye to a dramatic metallic smoky eye in mere minutes. That means it’s definitely a must for all your upcoming holiday bashes and events.

Day 3: Winter Skin Care Products
Just as you change up your wardrobe during the winter, you need to do the same for your skincare regimen. The proper combination of skincare products is crucial for protecting your skin from the harsh winter air. After all, flakes may be pretty during a snowfall, but they’re not so attractive on your skin. Whether you have dry skin or an oily complexion, picking ideal products for your type can ensure you don’t run into problems that wreak havoc on your appearance. In fact, some skincare products are specifically designed to alleviate the issues that inevitably arise during the winter.

This installment is designed to aid you in both selecting solutions that will address your specific concerns, as well as advise you about when and how to apply them. There’s no reason to forfeit your glow just because it’s no longer summer.

Day 4: Irresistible, Sensual Scents
Scent is a powerful sense: It has the ability to make you instantly more magnetic, even in a crowded room, and also make you far more memorable, even long after you’ve met someone. Are you looking to switch your scent for something a little more alluring this season? The realm of fragrances isn’t always easy to navigate. With so many different combinations of notes, it can be difficult to choose one. That’s why on the 4th Day of Beauty, we decided to give you a lesson on aromas. From feminine floral fragrances with passionate fruity undertones to woodsy scents with seductive amber and vanilla, there are a vast array of options at your disposal.

Maybe you want a rollerball to tote with you on the go, or perhaps you want to take the plunge with a full sized bottle of a new fragrance. If you find a scent you like, you may even consider going all out with a gift package that contains a lotion and a body wash in your preferred aroma. Either way, with our help, you’ll find a scent that keeps you smelling heavenly all through the season.

Day 5: Men Need Grooming
It’s time to face facts: men need to invest in certain beauty products, too. Of course, most guys will spend far less time in front of the mirror than girls do, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be mindful of the skincare and shaving products they use. In fact, men often face a lot more issues with their skin due to a higher testosterone level, meaning they’re more likely to battle blackheads and breakouts. Plus, shaving ushers in a host of other concerns, such as razor bumps. Fortunately, no man has to suffer through these issues. With the right products and practices, any guy can make sure their complexion is clear. Additionally, as men grow older, they may begin to notice a few wrinkles and fine lines begin to form. While this is an inevitable part of aging, there are particular products that can help to reverse these effects to help you restore your youth.

If you’re a guy who takes pride in the way you look, you’ll definitely benefit from the 5th Day of Beauty. Whether it’s softer, fuller hair you’re seeking or a smoother shave, there is a wealth of information in this installment to help you achieve your ideal appearance.

Day 6: Soothing and Relaxing Bath Products
Between running around from store to store for all your holiday shopping to hosting festive events, things can certainly get a little hectic during this season. That’s why it’s more important than ever to set aside a little “me time.” There’s something to be said for indulging in a relaxing bath after a long, stressful day. Not only can you alleviate some of the built up tension that negatively impacts your health, but you can also recharge your perspective so you’re in a better mood.

So which bath products will most help to calm your mind and body? Wait for the 6th and final Day of Beauty email to find out.

The Winter Itch

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

people enjoying snow

Photo Taken By: Ian Aberle

Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.

Makeup hacks every girl should know

       
Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Makeup hacks every girl should know

Let's face it – while you'd love to spend a ton of time in front of the mirror perfecting your look, you don't always have the time. Especially around the holidays or other particularly busy times of year, it can be tough to find a few minutes to do your makeup at all, let alone be highly meticulous with it. However, your beauty routine doesn't have to be stressful at all. Once you know the right shortcuts, you can easily achieve a flawless face.

Here are the must-know tips and tricks:

Eyes

  • One of the most common beauty goals is to look more awake – and it's actually an easy feat to achieve. Simply dab a pearlescent eyeshadow in a pale hue right in the corners of your eyes and you'll draw light to your eyes, causing you to appear alert and refreshed.
  • If you're using a bright eyeshadow and you really want the color to pop, up the intensity of the pigment by covering your lids with matte white eyeliner first.
  • Or, you might be more concerned with making sure your eyeshadow lasts. In that case, reach for a creamy gel liner and draw a series of horizontal and intersecting vertical lines in a crosshatch pattern across your lids, then blend in with a smudge brush for a budge-proof look.
  • You can apply mascara farther down at the base of your lashes by using a business card to gently pull the skin on your eyelid up.
  • Going for high intensity eyes? Before brushing on that second coat of mascara, dust some baby powder onto a Q-tip and brush it across your eyelashes to make the pigment adhere more effectively.
  • Bold brows are definitely in, but even the smallest strays can ruin the whole effect.​ PopSugar Beauty editor Maria Del Russo told The Huffington Post that spraying hairspray in a spoolie brush can help you to groom your brows a lot better by taming each and every hair. Not only that, but she noted that the pigment from a brow pencil will stick a lot better, too.

Lips

  • You don't need to go through a million steps to get a plumper pout – simply add a drop of peppermint oil to your go-to lipgloss.
  • Trying to get the perfect Cupid's bow is a challenge, so when you're applying lip liner, draw an "X" at the top of your pout with lip liner as a guideline to get an even shape.
  • The secret to making lipstick long-lasting is pressing a tissue to your mouth after applying it and then lightly brushing translucent powder over it.
  • When your favorite lipstick goes to pieces, don't panic. Del Russo recommended heating the fragments with a hairdryer, shaping them back together in the tube and placing the item in your fridge overnight.

Face

  • Is your complexion looking a little drab? Just reach for some baking soda. TheGloss noted that all you have to do is buff a tablespoon of powder on wet skin and you'll instantly get your glow back.
  • One of the hardest things about bronzer is figuring out where to apply it. For a natural look, contour by sweeping bronzer across your cheekbones, forehead and lightly down the bridge of your nose. 
  • Placement is also tricky with blush – but don't fret too much about expertly applying it. Simply bend over for half a minute and when you stand up, your cheeks will be naturally flushed, giving you a cue as to where to brush pigment on. Always tap the brush to eliminate excess pigment and as you apply it, blend the blush out toward the hairline.

Makeup colors for the colder months

       
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Makeup colors for the colder months

With winter fast approaching, it's already begun to look much drearier outside. That's why now is the perfect time to add a little color into your makeup routine. While you won't likely be reaching for sunny shades when it comes to your makeup this season, there's no reason to forfeit color altogether. While you're transitioning the hues in your wardrobe, do the same with your cosmetics to give your face a whole new look.

Consider these seasonal makeup colors and you're sure to beat the winter blues:

Burgundy
​By now you probably now that wine-colored lips are all the rage. If you're on the timid side, start with a semi-sheer lipstick in a rich berry hue. A matte formula packs the most punch, though, so when you want a dramatic look for nighttime, reach for a more intense tone. Start by lining your pout with a lip pencil in the same shade to ensure the pigment doesn't bleed. If you just can't find the perfect hue, keep in mind that you can always blend a red lip color with a plum one and customize the color to complement your complexion.

Purple
Want to jazz things up for your evening look? Purple eyeshadow, as brazen as it sounds, might become your go-to look for all those holiday parties. A dusty grayish lavender offers a softer effect for those with fair skin, while medium to dark skin types can go all out with a more vivid violet. Remember that a little goes a long way with an attention-grabbing color like purple. So if you're not ready to cover your lids in this hue, try a liquid plum eyeliner or metallic violet mascara for just a hint of intrigue. Keep your lips neutral so that your eyes stay in the spotlight.

Navy
Of course black will never go out of style, but sometimes you're aiming to add an element of surprise to your look. That's when you should reach for navy blue makeup, which are just one step away from black but give you a subtle pop of color. Try using navy liner to create a cateye, or even layering on lengthening mascara in this hue to draw attention to your peepers. Nothing is sultrier than a navy smoky eye in the evening.

Emerald
Pantone declared emerald the color of the year, and it's definitely a winter-ready makeup shade. Try a cream eyeshadow in this dazzling color, or line both your upper and lower lashlines with an emerald green pencil. Vibrant metallic green is also the perfect nail​ polish hue for a festive manicure during the holidays.

When is it time to replace your makeup?

       
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When is it time to replace your makeup?

A lot of things in life have an expiration date – not just food and medicine. In fact, your beauty products have a lifespan, too. Knowing when to toss out your makeup and replace it is important for many reasons. Not only does the texture of makeup begin to suffer as it ages, but old makeup can acquire a buildup of bacteria, which can compromise a flawless complexion by causing a breakout.

Not sure when it's time to throw your makeup away? Here are some tips to help you figure it out:

Face
Good news about your powders and concealers – they last a lot longer than you'd think. Dr. Peter Pugliese, M.D., a skin physiologist in Reading, Pa., explained to Fitness magazine that as these products are typically anhydrous, meaning they don't contain water, they can be used for up to two years. Liquid and cream foundation, on the other hand, will last for a maximum of one year. Dr. Pugliese explained that it's crucial to avoid touching the bottle with your fingers to prevent bacteria from spreading and thus extend the life of the product. As for your makeup sponges, remember to wash them after every use, and then toss them after one month.

What about your blush and bronzer? According to PopSugar, you can keep sweeping these pigments onto your face for 18 months. However, a cream blush should be thrown out after a year.

Eyes
You definitely want to be careful with how long you use your eye makeup to avoid an infection. In terms of eyeshadow and eyeliner, PopSugar advised replacing them after approximately 18 months. Liquid eyeliner, on the other hand, only lasts about six months. 

Of course, your mascara tends to dry out and get clumpy over time, meaning you want to swap it out for a new product within three months. Optometrist Dr. Jennifer Giermek of New York City's Naked Eye Optical told Fitness magazine that reusing the brush can exacerbate any infections, so try to use a new wand as frequently as possible.

Lips
You can keep most of your lip balms for up to two years, as many are also anhydrous. As far as matte lipsticks and lip pencils go, one year is a good time frame to keep using them. According to PopSugar, those lip glosses should be disposed of within 18 months.

Nails
You should be able to keep using your favorite nail lacquers for about a year. Cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson explained to Fitness magazine that it's best to keep an eye on the pigment – when you see signs of color separation or fading you know it's time to toss them.

Introducing our first YouTuber of the month! Jackie from JaaackJack!

       
Monday, December 2nd, 2013

There are so many great YouTube beauty channels and beauty blogs out there and we thought it’d be great to start sharing some of our favorites!

For our very first YouTuber of the month we knew exactly who we wanted to feature and that is Jackie from http://youtube.com/JaaackJack

Jackie has over 150k subscribers and over 12 million total video views!

Congratulations Jackie on being our December YouTuber of The Month!

Jackie has such a kind heart and she shares amazing beauty tips, tutorials, and hauls.

What do you love most about having a YouTube channel?

I always call my channel my little child I care for, and it’s so cool to see something you love just grow and evolve over time, but what I absolutely love most about having a youtube channel is being able to inspire others and put smiles on peoples. It’s crazy because I’ve never met these people, yet I am able to brighten their day no matter how far away they are.

What are the most challenging things about being a Youtuber?

With anything in life, no matter how great, there are always going to be many struggles and obstacles. I mean, I could go on and on about things that I have found difficult like learning to film, edit and upload all the way to dealing with cyber bullying that comes with putting yourself on the internet. But my greatest advice is to continue to pursue what you love and never let anyone bring you down, because then with that you will never fail.

What is your favorite beauty product at the moment?

Since it’s Fall I’m going to have to say that my favorite beauty product at the moment would be MAC lipstick in Hang Up which is a beautiful black cherry color. I love darker vampy lips during Fall and that is one of my reoccurring favorite every Fall time.

What beauty products can you not live without?

There’s a fews and the first is pretty boring but I can’t live without a good moisturizer because I have dry skin so that’s really important to me and I love Origins Starting Over. The other beauty products I can’t live without would be Anastasia’s Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil because I always fill in my eyebrows it frames your face and completes any look, and a good foundation to cover all my freckles and sun spots. My current favorite foundation is Make Up Forever HD Foundation.

Who is someone who inspires your beauty sense?

Without a doubt my mom inspires my beauty sense because if you look at my tutorials they’re all very natural and wearable, almost as if I’m not wearing any makeup. My mom is a natural beauty who never wears makeup and I’ve always grown up learning to love my own skin so when I stated getting into makeup I only used it to enhance my features, never to hide or bury my face in makeup.

Name 5 products that are in your purse right now.

I have my wallet, big sunglasses, a cute little notebook because I love writing and the front of the notebook says “You can never have enough shoes” which I totally agree with! I also have my current book I’m reading, Uprising by Erwin McManus and I always keep Summer Eve’s Cleansing Cloths in my bag too. You never know when you need to freshen up!

Which celebrities do you look to for style inspiration?

I absolutely adore Ginnifer Goodwin, she was the one that inspired me to chop my hair into a pixie back in January. I also love Lauren Conrad for her simplistic SoCal girl style and Victoria Beckham for her classy and elegant LBD style. All three woman are complete opposites but I think when you combine all their styles together into one you get sorta my style.

Has your daily beauty routine changed in the last year?

As far as beauty products it’s always changing because I love trying new products but overall I keep the same beauty routine as far as washing my face morning and night using a 4 step method with a cleanser, serum, eye cream and facial moisturizer. For beauty routine that changes every season. During Spring and Summer I’m more into fresh natural makeup maybe with a pop of color and during fall and winter I like to go a little heavier on my makeup with darker eyes and lips.

Thanks so much Jackie for taking the time to answer our questions, you are doing amazing with your channel! Keep up the great work! =)

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