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Best Gifts for The Beauty Lover

       
Friday, December 12th, 2014

Best Gifts for The Beauty LoverHoliday gift ideas may not come easily, especially for those who are not fond of shopping. There are several online stores and eCommerce options that specialize in a number of different industries and genres. These solutions make it simple to shop for the man or woman who seems to have everything. When a gift recipient has a special interest or hobby, the search for the perfect gift becomes narrower and directed toward a specific product or service. Anyone who is into beauty regiments and skincare treatments will be pleased with the great new holiday collections by some of the most trusted names in the business.

Consider Gift Sets
Attempting to make a purchase of multiple beauty products or skincare enhancements is typically much smoother when the products are bought in tandem. Gift sets are not only more economically priced, but they are also conveniently and beautifully wrapped. This single step approach saves the giver both time and resources. The Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Trio makes a fun gift because it encompasses many different facets of a daily beauty routine. Gift sets like this one include a bath or shower gel, scented lotion, and a bonus item for good measure. In this case, a moisturizing lip shine adds the finishing touch to morning preparations.

Remember The Men
Gift sets are not just for the ladies, and many popular brands are specifically catering to the male audience. Today most men are keenly aware of the benefits of proper skincare. Certain occupations, especially those that include outdoor work, can result in dry or rough skin. Men can now protect their hands and face from chapping and cracking, which can be extremely painful. One of the easiest gifts to choose for a man is a shaving product or gift set. The Art of Shaving Skin Care Kit features a host of products meant to prepare skin for shaving and then provide lasting protection.

Add Some Glamour
Every woman wants to feel beautiful and desirable. Sometimes they spend so much time as caregivers that they fail to take time to adequately care for themselves. Cosmetics are a great gift for the girl who wants to look and feel her very best. A gift that allows a woman to pamper herself through a massage, manicure, or pedicure will be much appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed. Bold and flashy cosmetics are great ideas for the woman who wants to make a statement. The flirtatious Sexyback Lip and Nail Duet from the Deborah Lippmann collection is the perfect accent gift or stocking stuffer from ladies who love to have fun with their makeup and accessories. Ladies who prefer a more practical approach to life but still have a great sense of humor will get a kick out of the Bliss Crown Jewels or Buttah Bling gift sets.

Regardless of the number of tasks at hand for the season, shoppers are sure to find the perfect choices for all the men and women on their gift list. Leading brands have made their most coveted products available in convenient packaging to make the shopping experience seamless and productive. Many shoppers are bound to be so impressed with their skills that they will decide to pick up a few key products for themselves during their shopping excursions.

Hand Healers for A Cold Winter

       
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Hand Healers for A Cold WinterAs soon as the temperature changes, our skin reacts to the shift in the elements. You may notice your skin drying along with the air. That’s because low humidity levels draw moisture from your skin, and if you are compensating the cold weather with hot baths and showers, you are actually causing the water to wash away natural oils that help keep you moisturized. So, how do you combat threatening skin conditions in the colder months?

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water should be a priority year-round, but is especially beneficial during the winter. Not only are you hydrating your body, but you’re also hydrating your skin, eliminating cases of dryness and itchiness. Drinking four 16 fl.oz. glasses of water per day is almost 2 liters of water, though caffeine-free tea can also count toward your fluid intake, as well as sports drinks, which replace any sodium your body may have lost during the day. Keep in mind that exercise, illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding affect your overall fluid consumption, so remember to compensate for these factors when calculating daily fluid ounces.

Moisturize Your Skin

Using lotion on a daily basis is always beneficial, especially after shaving and during winter. Consider lotions such as Dr. Hunter’s Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme and Gardener’s Hand Healer. The ingredients in these lotions are easily absorbed, diminish blemishes from sun damage, and protects against cracks and chapped skin. Though if you have sensitive skin, consult with your dermatologist. It may be better for you to opt for a non-scented lotion. When researching lotions this time of year, make sure you are looking for reparative moisturizers with ingredients such as Shea butter, glycerin, plant extracts, and Vitamin A.

Eat Healthy

WebMD suggests eating foods like sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, grapes, spinach, olives, whole wheat pasta, and green tea to keep your skin healthy during the winter. Ingesting fatty acids such as Omega-3s and Omega-6s will replenish your skin’s protective oils, as well as canola, salmon, walnuts, and flax.

Incorporate foods and drinks high in antioxidants to keep skin healthy, moisturize every day, and make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids. The change in elements can cause for premature wrinkling and aging, so make sure you’re caring for your skin to preserve the conditions of your cells to stay healthy throughout winter.

Flawless Foundation Application Tips

       
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Flawless Foundation Application TipsOne of the most important cosmetics to apply to the face is foundation. It works to create an even canvas for all your other makeup. The product should appear natural and hide any imperfections that may distract from your other makeup. To apply foundation like a professional and make it look flawless, follow these tried and true steps.

Begin with Primer

Beauty experts recommend applying a liquid primer product to the skin before foundation is used to ensure that the product lasts throughout the day. It will create a smooth base and will also minimize open pores or wrinkles. For those with oily skin, the primer should mostly be applied to the t-zone to reduce shine.

Use a Brush

For a professional finish to your skin, apply the makeup with a brush and begin working it on the center of the forehead before moving outward. The dry side of the brush can be used to blend excess foundation that can look too heavy or caked on. Use smooth, swift motions with the brush for even application. You can also use your fingers to apply the foundation, which will warm the product with your body temperature and will create an even finish.

Don’t Forget Concealer

After your foundation is applied, it’s important to use a flat concealer brush to apply liquid or cream concealer to hide any blemishes or darkness under the eyes and sides of the nose.  Avoid applying it on wrinkles, which can make them appear more pronounced.

Blend with a Sponge

To create an airbrushed glow to your skin, use a small sponge to even out each area of the face to ensure that the product is pulled and spread evenly. Work it into the jawline and neck for an even blend.

Set the Foundation with Loose Powder

To finish off the foundation and make it last all day, apply loose powder and set it with a dense brush. Excess powder can be brushed off by lightly sweeping the skin with the brush. Translucent powder should be used to prevent changing the color of your skin tone.

Holiday Makeup Looks That Wow!

       
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Holiday Makeup Looks That Wow!
The holiday season is near and the air will soon be filled with frost, fun, and dancing sugar plums. Nothing is better than wearing oversized sweaters and roasting chestnuts on an open fire, warming yourself inside from the chilly weather. A new season means a new style, so what better way to celebrate than with the perfect makeup looks of the year! Are you the belle of the ball or a jingle bell rock and roll girl? These two makeup styles cover up your frosty cheeks and bring out your inner holiday spirit!

Sophisticated and Seasonal

First, use your favorite primer and foundation as desired. Then, use Too Faced’s La Belle Caroousel in the color named Frost and lightly brush just under the arch of your eyebrow. This gives your brow a nice highlight. Next, use the eyeshadow color Tin Soldier on the ends of your eyelids to better define your eye shape. Then, brush the color Santa’s Boots in the crease and on the edge of your eyelids for a smokey chimney feel. Use your desired mascara to finish it off. If you wish, use Rilastil’s Terra Duo Bronzing Powder. It not only gives your cheekbones definition, but it emphasizes your unique face shape. This completes your first look.

Sassy and Sweet

The next style gives you a bit more of a pop! Once again, use your best primer and foundation. Cover your entire eyelid in Too Faced’s eyeshadow color Frost. Brush the color Christmas Tree on the outer side of your eyelid. Then, use a Beautyblender and slowly and carefully blend the green color into the white. This should create a nice gradient that draws the attention right to your beautiful eyes. Finish the eyes with mascara to further accentuate your look. Use Too Faced’s Under the Mistletoe lipstick in the color Marshmallow Bunny to add shimmer and sparkle to your completed makeup style. Your lips will be irresistible to anyone near a branch of mistletoe. Finally, use Lippmann nail polish in red to complete your fabulous makeup with a seasonal color scheme.

‘Tis The Season for Sassy Makeup!

These looks are ideal for any occasion such as sleigh rides, parties, building a snowman, and decorating your home. All the products mentioned above are available online at beautybridge.com. May your holidays be magical!

Must Have Fall Fashion Accessories

       
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Must Have Fall Fashion AccessoriesThe fall season is the time to bundle up in warm attire and enjoy feeling cozy to ward off the chill of the lower temperatures outside. Although it’s easy to hide in oversized coats and thick boots, there are a number of accessories to wear that will dress up your clothes and allow you to look current with the latest trends. Instead of feeling frumpy, you can feel your absolute best with pieces that have recently been seen on the runway.

Infinity Scarves

For a chunky scarf that works as the focal point of any outfit, infinity scarves are a sophisticated way for both men and women to add extra detail to their top. The item can easily be paired with a snug beanie and an oversized sweater for the season. It’s a modern take on the traditional style of a wrap scarf and will even stay in place while you’re on the go.

Fingerless Gloves

To keep your hands warm and enjoy a new take on a common fall accessory, fingerless gloves are a popular item to wear for a product that still offers mobility. From texting to typing, fingerless gloves allow you to perform everyday activities while still staying warm when traveling outdoors.

Over-the-Knee Boots

Over-the-knee boots are a chic and feminine shoe style that can be worn with various styles of outfits in the fall. For formal events, the boots can be paired with a pleated skirt or dress for a shoe that goes up to the thigh. They can also be worn with ripped jeans for an everyday look that creates a cool street style.

Floppy Brim Fedora

The floppy brim fedora is one of the more popular accessories to wear this season for a vogue look that nods to the 1960s. The hat is casual yet formal enough to wear with different outfits for an urban look that offers a bit of edge. Choose a fedora that comes in a warm color to embrace the fall season. Opt for taupe, burgundy, black, or evergreen shades.

When it comes to choosing your fall fashion for the season, it’s important to accessorize with the most popular items available to ensure that your look isn’t bland or basic. Each piece will add more to your wardrobe and will allow you to stand out with trendy items that make a statement.

Happy Movember!

       
Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Happy MovemberIt is that time of year again when moustaches rule – the month of Movember. Movember was created by the Movember Foundation which encourages men to grow moustaches in an effort to bring awareness to men’s health as well as to fund research or treatment for prostate and testicular cancer. The organization’s vision is to deliver the message in a fun, unique manner.

Movember Rules

Movember has official rules which can be found on the foundation’s website. The first rule is that participants must sign up on the site to become a “Mo Bro” and begin the first of November with a clean-shaven face. For the entire month, each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache and only a moustache. They may not grow beards, goatees or use fake moustaches. As people ask why they are growing such a rich, luscious moustache, each Mo Bro is supposed to begin a conversation on men’s health. In addition, Mo Bro’s are asked to raise money in some manner to help prevent or develop cures for prostate and testicular cancer. Lastly, each Mo Bro must behave as a true gentleman.

Fund Raising Events

There are many options for fund raising during Movember. One suggestion on the website is to plan a Mo Party. Those who choose to host a Mo Party can register on the site and receive a free Mo Party pack in order to raise funds and encourage others to participate in Movember. Some areas have created running of the Mo’s, events that bring Mo Bros and Mo Sistas together. Many other running events are planned throughout the country to promote Movember as well. Shave the Date is the official start to Movember, where participants shave their faces in order to begin growing their Movember ‘stache. Although November 1 is the official Shave the Date, events can be held throughout the month for those who don’t mind getting a late start.

Grooming the Stache

Participating in Movember does not mean growing a big lump of hair under your nose that is unruly and unkempt. The moustache should be well-groomed and tidy, although it should draw attention to the man sporting it. The moustache should be shampooed regularly as bits of food can collect in it which no one really wants to have happen. Work in a tiny bit of conditioner as moustache hair is course. A soft, hot towel is perfect for cleansing the skin under the moustache to avoid drying and itching.

Choose the moustache style from the beginning and be sure to invest in the right tools for the job, such as barber scissors, clippers and fine-toothed combs. Beauty Bridge have everything you need to make your moustache part of a very Happy Movember!

5 Must-have Beauty Items for This Fall

       
Friday, October 31st, 2014

5 Must-have Beauty Items for This FallFall has arrived and so has the cooler weather. The season with its warm color palette offers opportunities to layer clothes and bundle up–accessories included–and a chance to enjoy all its scenery and accoutrements: long walks down cobblestone streets covered in brilliant autumn leaves, wool jackets and leather boots, the smell of wood-burning fireplaces, cider, and everything cinnamon. A crisp breeze gusts past your face, carrying the aromas and arid air of fall foliage–ack! Arm yourself against the elements and use these fall must-haves to protect your skin and keep you looking your best. Remember, a beautiful you is the best compliment to a chic wardrobe.

Dermablend – Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation: Disguise those imperfections with Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation. On the mornings you wish to remain under your duvet, when your skin is looking less than perfect, what you want is a secret weapon. Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation provides all the cover you need, lasting up to 16 hours of consistent color wear and giving your skin tone that even, ultra-smooth appearance you so desire.

PETER THOMAS ROTH – Firmx Peeling Gel: There’s nothing worse than craggy-looking skin this time of year, a real holiday-season nightmare. Peter Thomas Roth–Firmx Peeling Gel is your guardian angel against the dull pallor of dry, lifeless skin. Its multi-action enzymes and cellulose help wash away the old you and uncover a glowing, youthful look. Reach for a bottle and never wear that ghoulish mask again.

Kneipp –Renew 2 Almond Blossom Body Duo: As much attention you give your face this fall season, be sure to also give your body the TLC it deserves with Kneipp’s Renew 2 Almond Blossom Body Duo. The emollient almond oil and rich shea butter hydrates and conditions, leaving skin silky, smooth and lightly scented.

Beautyblender–Beautyblender Micro.mini: To apply your makeup with the skill of a professional makeup artist, you need the best applicators. A duo of mini sponges that double in size when wet makes applying makeup with precision easy, letting you follow the contours and reach the smallest parts of the face. Now put your best face forward, without any of the troubles of yesterday…yes, life just got easier.

Lippmann Collection–Fantastical Collection Magic Carpet Ride Nail Lacquer: Compliment your new, radiant skin with Lippmann Collection’s Fantastical Collection Magic Carpet Ride Nail Lacquer. Make a bold statement with this bewitching nail lacquer that’ll certainly place other’s under it’s spell. The Devil is in the details and this accessory is the kind of detail your new look craves. Trust us, your wardrobe and social life will thank you.

Our Favorite Celebrity Halloween Makeup

       
Monday, October 27th, 2014

Our Favorite Celebrity Halloween MakeupIt’s that spooky time of year again! The leaves are falling, the sweaters are coming off of the hangers in our closets, and we can’t go anywhere without getting some variation of a pumpkin spiced snack. Have you thought of your Halloween costume yet? Check out our favorite celeb’s Halloween costumes and how they did their makeup!

Ashley TisdaleAshley Tisdale: So scary I almost didn’t recognize her! Ashley put a terrifying spin on a cute costume, I like to call it “Night of the Living Dead (Drop Gorgeous)” If you’re thinking about being a cute school girl-esque zombie like Ashley, this look is super easy to do. Grab some under-eye concealer, dark eye shadow, and eyeliner in a grey, purple or green tint. Use the dark eye shadow to black out your eyes and baby powder to make your skin look super creepy and pale. If you want to add any fake blood spots, make sure you get some red lipstick! Pair it with a school girl outfit and you’ll be a hottie zombie in no time!

Georgina ChapmanGeorgina Chapman: What a glam queen! If you wanna look like a 70′s rockstar like Georgina, make-up is everything. Go bold with your eye colors. Try something wild and crazy, like a dark purple or hot pink eye shadow. If you are able to, adding some shimmer will seriously give you some rock star points. Apply black eyeliner on your eyelids and underneath your eyes to really make them pop, and DON’T forget mascara. To really get that 70′s look, you are going to want to make your lips and cheeks bright and noticeable. Contour your cheeks with a vibrant pink blush and gloss those lips with some Barbie pink lipstick and you are good to go!

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian: Ariel who? Kim looks gorgeous as she pretends to be the Queen of Sea for the night. If you want to get this look, you’ll have a fun time getting to be not only gorgeous but mystical as well! Start off using your normal foundation, but use a luminating cream by the sides of your eyes, high on your cheekbones and lightly down the front of your nose as well. This will make your face look glowing and magical. For your eyeshadow, find a light shimmery purple and deep jade or green. Apply the purple on your inner eyelids and blend with the green to create a beautiful mixed look. Finish off your eyes with some dark green eyeliner and purple mascara if you want to be daring! Use a peachy pink color on your lip and enjoy being a mermaid for a night!

Skincare Benefits of Pumpkin

       
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Skincare Benefits of PumpkinWhen most people think of pumpkins, they think of all the delicious foods they can make in the kitchen. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, and pumpkin soup are just a few of the wonderful dishes many love to enjoy. Others might think of the fall, pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns and roasted pumpkin seeds. However, there is a little beauty secret behind the orange shell. Pumpkins are excellent for the skin! Who knew? Many cosmetics brands know and incorporate pumpkin into their exfoliating masks and lotions. There are lots of different ways to use pumpkin on the skin and produce a glowing complexion. Listed below are a few ways pumpkins can help give anyone gorgeous, glowing and flawless skin.

1. Erases Blemishes

For those who are acne-prone, the struggle with blemishes is all too familiar. It can be very frustrating to deal with the everlasting effect of a pimple. Unsightly scars and pimples may seem like they will never go away, but they can. It is best to apply pumpkin to the face once the pimple is on its way out. This will help diminish the potential for scarring and more pimples. Vitamin E, which is found in pumpkins, is notorious for providing relief and healing effects to the skin.

2. Controls Oily Skin

When applied as a paste or a mask on the skin, pumpkin can have a positive effect for those who struggle with oily skin. Due to the amount of zinc found in pumpkins, they hold the ability to absorb a lot of the excess oil on the skin and prevent excess production.

3. Eliminates Dry Skin

People who suffer from dry skin have a difficult time with exfoliating the dead skin cells. Pumpkin naturally completes the exfoliation of the skin. There are natural enzymes as well as really strong antioxidants found such as beta-carotene. Alpha hydroxy acids are also found and can soothe dry skin tremendously. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C add more nutrients to the skin and soften dry skin as well. The application of pumpkin isn’t just for the face. Those with dry and cracked hands and feet can really benefit from applying a mask to those areas as well. This is primarily because pumpkin holds the ability to hydrate and soften the rough, dry skin so well.

These are just a few of the many different ways that pumpkin can adequately benefit the skin. The next time a pesky pimple rears its ugly head, head for the grocery store and grab the best pumpkin available!

The Beauty of Cleansing Oils

       
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Beauty of Cleansing OilsAny beautician will attest to the benefits of cleansing oils for skin care. They contain a broad range of healthy antioxidants, can relieve specific skin conditions and have incredible moisturizing properties. They are also exceptional for cleaning skin without clogging pores, a serious issue with most soaps and other cleansing products.

Methods for Cleansing with Oil

  1. Select an oil suited to your skin type.
  2. Run yourself a nice steamy bath and get a clean wash cloth.
  3. Place eight to 10 drops in your palm and rub it carefully between the palms to warm the cleansing oil.
  4. Massage the oil thoroughly into the skin. You want to remove all traces of sebum and makeup impurities. Perform the act for no less than two minutes.
  5. Dip the wash cloth into the steamy water. Do not ring out water. Instead drape it across your face.
  6. After the wash cloth cools, gently pat away excess oil.
  7. Repeat the process up to five times or until your skin feels clear of oil and impurities.
  8. Tone and moisturize.

Choosing a Cleansing Oil

Talk with a beautician or other skin care specialist about how to determine what cleansing oil is best for your situation. Still, here are a few of the best oil cleansers and moisturizers for cleaning skin and effectively combatting issues like acne.

Argan Cleansing Oil

Besides not clogging pores, argan oil is a sound solution for preventing stretch marks and restoring skin elasticity, rehydrating skin and regenerating skin cells. It’s helpful in the reduction of brown spots and acne. It also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin E, which is great for skin care.

Coconut Cleansing Oil

It’s important to note that despite its benefits, coconut oil can clog pores. You should test it for a couple of days before deciding if it is the best cleansing option for your skin. Otherwise, it has exemplary moisturizing, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-aging properties. Coconut oil also provides a pleasant soothing and softening feel to the skin and touch.

Jojoba Cleansing Oil

Jojoba is a popular cleansing ingredient because it is similar to the natural oil that skin produces. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping to balance acne and oily skin. Great for dry skin as well, it treats skin infections and doesn’t clog pores.

They say oil and water don’t mix. That doesn’t apply when it comes to caring for your skin. Cleansing oil and water is an ideal solution for even the most problematic skin.