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6 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands You Need to Try

       
Monday, June 27th, 2016

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!

6 Summer Beauty Trends We Are Looking Forward To

       
Monday, June 20th, 2016

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.

Picture Credit: Instagram merpiremusic

Picture Credit: Instagram merpiremusic

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.

Picture Credit: Kendall Jenner Snapchat

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!

Picture Credit: Pinterest

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!

Five Makeup Tips for an Instant Mood Boost!

       
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Five Makeup Tips for an Instant Mood Boost!Nothing is sure to pick up your day and turn around your mood like an instant, mini-makeover. Have you ever noticed how when you leave the hair salon, you always seem to be in a good mood? Well, not everyone can go wash and style their hair in the middle of the day, but one thing you usually can step away to do, is touch up your make up. Somehow, taking on the world with a fresh face gives you the boost in confidence you need to turn your attitude around and feel much better immediately.

Here are 5 Quick Makeup Go-To’s to Boost your Mood:
First, never underestimate the power of a great set of lashes. Whether it’s dealing with a frustrating boss, a difficult peer, or just a rude man at the post office, people are sure to respond to you differently when you look at them with a set of big, doe-eyes. Never forget your favorite mascara. One of my personal favorites is Young Blood’s Mineral Lengthening Mascara

Next, for a little extra charm, be sure to curl your lashes! This step can make all the difference in the world – a curled set of lashes frames your eye perfectly and makes it impossible to look away. Try Paula Dorf’s CURL-UP Eyelash Curler

If mascara and an eyelash curler are too much trouble to keep in your purse, you can always try out a curling mascara, such as Size Queen by Too Faced

Third, never neglect your lips. Lip gloss only takes a second to apply, and it gives your make-up a polished look that makes you look put-together, even if you feel frazzled. My personal favorites are in natural, nude shades, and always add a lip-plumping boost. While I would usually opt for a product like Too Faced Lip Injection to use on a regular basis, something like Joey New York Collagen Boosting Duo, that comes with two colors on either end – I love the Sheer Pink/Natural Nude combo – gives you options in the moment, even if you’re on the go!

Fourth, make sure to have your favorite blush or bronzer with you, and a brush to apply it with. Knowing you have a beautiful glow will make you feel as refreshed as you’ll look. Something like Youngblood Natural Radiance (Sunshine) will do the trick perfectly and is subtle enough to look natural. Sometimes, just taking the brush you normally use with your bronzer gives you the subtle enough boost to your color that you’re looking for, without even applying more of the product.

Last, but definitely not least, check to see if you need to grab a Facial Blotting Paper. This will help take away any shine on your face and will make your make-up look brand new. If you have it on you, you can always add on a bit of light foundation powder. Try Jane Iredale – Facial Blotting Papers.

After whatever has been bothering you, taking the time to follow these five, quick steps, is sure to give you the mental space needed to take on your day with a fresh outlook. Sometimes it helps to keep a little cosmetics case in your purse, with these go-to items and any others you think might help you take back your day. Including sample sizes of any of your favorite products – especially fragrances – is a great way to keep cosmetics on you, even if you prefer to leave your bag at home.

Sometimes, a bad day is exactly the excuse we need to take a few minutes to pamper ourselves!

Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful

       
Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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.

How to be a blushing beauty

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

How to be a blushing beauty

Even though you've been wearing blush for years, you still may not have gotten it quite right. In fact, this is one of the most common makeup mistakes. A natural-looking flush requires more than just sweeping some color onto your cheeks with a brush – you need a combination of just the right tools and tactics.

Follow these tips and you'll have the perfect rosy glow in no time:

Prep properly
Before you even reach for your blush, it's important to prepare your complexion with the right products. Achieve a flawless canvas by starting with primer and then either the foundation formula of your choice or tinted moisturizer. Primer is essential because it ensures that your foundation and your blush go on evenly, and that they both last longer. Once you have evened out your complexion and covered up any flaws, then you

can add some color back with blush.

Pick the right pigment
Choosing the right hue depends on your skin tone. Essentially, you are trying to mimic the color that your cheeks naturally turn when you're cold or a little bit bashful. If you're not sure of the right shade, you can always pinch your cheeks to help you figure it out. Those with fair skin and cool undertones should stick with pink blushes. However, if you have lighter to medium skin with golden undertones, a peachy or coral pigment is best. If you have darker skin, you can opt for deeper berry shades like raspberry and plum. 

Place it strategically
When you're applying pink blush, be sure to focus on the apples of the cheeks, where rosy color tends to pool naturally. Don't know how to find your apples? Look in the mirror and aim for those rounded front parts of your cheeks that pop up when you smile. Placing one finger at the edge of your mouth will tell you where to stop when applying the pigment. Peach blush is better used for sculpting the cheekbones while adding a subtle glow. So when you're applying a blush in this hue, place three fingers along the outside edges of your lips to determine where you should stop brushing it on.

The best kind of brush is dense with soft bristles, has a dome shape and a flattened edge. This kind of tool ensures you can more effectively concentrate color in the right areas.

Swirl the brush into the pigment and then tap it on the edge of the compact to eliminate any excess. Using circular motions, lightly sweep it onto your cheeks.

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.

To make sure you’re spreading your makeup evenly, without wasting too much product, you can use the beauty sponge from Beauty Blender.

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.

Best beauty looks from the AMA Awards

       
Monday, November 25th, 2013

Best beauty looks from the AMA Awards

The American Music Awards are a distinctive affair – unlike the Grammys, winners are honored based on votes by music buyers and the general public as opposed to panel members. That means that the artists who go home with the trophies are decided by the fans themselves. This year's event attracted some of the most talented and stylish acts in the industry, so there was stiff competition for the awards. Although it was no doubt a close call when it came to the standout performers of 2013, it's just as difficult to determine who had the best look.

Here are some of the stars who really shone on the red carpet:

Taylor Swift
Swift was on fire at the AMAs, and not only because of her sultry look. The singer went home with a whopping four awards, including Favorite Album – Country, Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop or Rock and Favorite Female Artist – Country. So it's no surprise that her makeup was just as crowd-pleasing as her music. Swift went with a chocolate brown smoky eye, bronzed cheekbones and a perfect pink pout, a combination which well complemented her sparkly gold gown.

Rihanna
This diva went home with the award for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, but she came with a jaw-dropping look as usual. Despite the fact that she was rocking a dramatic black glitzy bustier dress, she kept her makeup relatively simple. Winged black liner all around her eyes gave her some serious allure, while a radiant complexion and muted mauve lipstick softened things up for a feminine and flirty finished effect. Even her lids were relatively toned down, with just a sweep of shimmery taupe eyeshadow.

Christina Aguilera
As per usual, Aguilera was channeling her inner retro goddess at the AMAs, and not just because of her platinum blonde curly locks. The judge of "The Voice" opted for a classic cat-eye and a glamorous glossy pout, which gave her a vintage glam vibe. A dab of highlighter on her browbone and ultra voluminous lashes put her peepers in the spotlight, but her fire engine red lips definitely drew some attention, too.

Ciara
Sometimes less is more when it comes to makeup, and Ciara definitely proved that at the AMAs this year. The singer was rocking bold brows, bronze eyeshadow and lush long lashes, and her skin looked impossibly radiant. However, she stuck with a neutral lip shade that kept her overall look somewhat understated. Even though she didn't win the award for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, her makeup was a major success.

Look dazzling at Thanksgiving dinner

       
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Look dazzling at Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is all about gathering with your loved ones, celebrating what you’re grateful for and perhaps making a few new memories. Since you’ll be seeing family members that you may not get to visit with very often, you’ll want to look your best.

Naturally, you’ll be picking out a festive and fashion-forward ensemble, but you can’t forget your makeup for this occasion if you really want to stand out. Whether you’re sporting a casual outfit this Thanksgiving or getting all decked out, here are some beauty tips that will ensure your look is just as memorable as the meal:

Gilded glow
Missing that golden glow you had during the summer? This is the perfect occasion to bring that radiance back to your complexion. Illuminated by the flickering candlelight at the dinner table, your face will look fetching. To get this effect, dab your brush in the Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer and sweep it from your temples down your cheekbone, and then back along your jawline. If you want a little more warmth, follow with the Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo by the same brand. Swirl the two hues together and dust them onto the apples of your cheeks in a backwards “C” motion for a subtle pop of color.

Smokeshow
When it comes to your eyes, you want to strike a balance between natural and bold. A bronze smoky eye is less dramatic than black, and since it pulls from rich autumnal browns and golds, it’s ultra seasonal.

Pull out the BORGHESE Shadow Milano Trio in Titian Taupes, which has three shades that can complement any skin tone. Start by swiping the lightest hue across your entire lid. Then, use a slender brush to blend the medium color into the crease, emphasizing the outer edge to get an ultra alluring look. Dampen a liner brush and dip it into the darkest shade, then glide it along the upper lashline to define your eye. Sweep a layer or two of Youngblood’s Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Mink onto your lashes, focusing the pigment on the center for a doe-eyed effect.

Dabbing a little highlighter on your browbone will brighten your eyes and make this sultry look daytime appropriate.

Pout perfection
The most important thing for your lips is that the color has staying power through multiple courses – and potentially seconds. Consider a striking burgundy lip, which perfectly pairs with a glass of red wine. Start by lining your pout with pencil, then layer on a matte stain for color that will last. Or, if you go high intensity with your eyes, brush on POP Beauty’s Plump Pout lipgloss in Honey Rose, which is long-wearing and universally flattering.