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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!

20 Unbiased Beauty Blender Reviews

       
Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Beauty Blender Reviews

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There are a number of beauty products on the market. Some are applied with a finger, brush, or makeup sponge. The Beauty Blender is one of the newest applicators to be introduced, and it has taken the cosmetic industry by storm. Developed by Rea Ann Silva, the Beauty Blender sponge is an egg-shaped product that offers the ability to create a flawless finish for makeup application.

Silva is a high-profile makeup artist who has worked on countless celebrity clients. Although many consumers may view her invention with skepticism, she has won praise from the public. Here is a sampling of some positive Beauty Blender reviews.

YouTube Reviews

YouTube is a excellent way for a person to review a particular product and explain all relevant details. More and more people are using this medium to recommend everyday products and show how they work.

YouTuber Compares Original Beauty Blender with the Sonja Kashuk Beauty Blender

Lainamarie91 unveils the best beauty blender available. She compares Silva’s product with a similar sponge created by Sonja Kashuk. Kashuk’s product was purchased for approximately $10 at a local chain store. It appears stiff and can’t be easily rolled against the face. Also, it is difficult to clean.

Silva’s pink makeup sponge is double the price but much easier use. It feels softer and more squishy. Cleaning is simply as well. This YouTuber concludes Silva’s product was superior.

Rebecca Rodriguez Makes YouTube Video About Beauty Sponge

Rebecca Rodriguez expresses her opinion about the Beauty Blender. Despite her initial hesitations, she loves the product and feels it worked better than brushes to apply her foundation. Her end results are flawless.

Beauty Blender vs the Soho Beauty Sponge

This video compares two popular facial products. The Soho Sponge has a football shape. This makes it difficult to completely blend makeup products. It appears flimsy and hard to hold.

On the other hand, the Original Beauty Blender Sponge can easily cover large surface areas of the face. It’s perfectly suited for almost all parts of the face than the Soho Sponge, which also makes it easier to use. The reviewer clearly prefers the Beauty Blender Sponge, despite its higher price.

Blog Post Reviews

Blogging is a great way to express individual thoughts. Although a blog post includes opinions of its author, the offered information may help people get through similar situations or make purchasing decisions.

Blogger Samantha Joy Discusses the Best Beauty Blender

Samantha Joy enjoys blogging about beauty and lifestyle topics. After testing out the famous pink blender, she’s written a very detailed review of the product.  She understands the key to creating a perfect face is using a product that blends well. The patent-pending shape and texture of this product conforms to tight spaces around the nose and eyes, which makes it simple to finish all areas of the face in less time. Since it is latex-free and non-allergenic, everyone can use this product. Samantha recommends the Beauty Blender to anyone who wants flawless makeup application without any frustration.

Weekend Ramblings Reviews the Beauty Blender

This blog post explains the Beauty Blender is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable facial applicator. With traditional sponges, heavy application becomes a problem. The pink sponge provides control and gives an airbrushed effect. Although it is priced higher than a disposable item, this sponge can be cleaned and reused for a long time, so it is highly recommended.

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Victor Amos and His Pro Beauty Blog

Amos is a blogger that faithfully uses the Original Beauty Blender. His blogs commonly review various beauty products. In this post, he explains the benefits of the pink blender sponge. He loves the longevity of the product and recommends it to all his clients.

The Beauty Junkee Talks Blending Techniques

This blog explains how simple it is to use the Beauty Blender. The tapered side reaches all the crevices of the face and leaves an airbrush-quality without the expense. Even after multiple uses, it does not crumble like traditional makeup sponges.

Ellie’s Pretty Little Lessons

This blog spot teaches users how to use the Beauty Blender and receive incredible results. The bouncy texture makes it simple to pat foundation across the face. It provides the same or better results as a set of quality brushes.

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The Beauty Blender is ideal for beginners. It seamlessly blends concealer and foundation and fits perfectly in the hand. It arrives small, but it grows to a good size after it is placed in water.

Makeup Artist Reviews the Beauty Sponge

A makeup artist is the perfect person to review the Beauty Blender. This professional deals with all types of cosmetic products and can give an honest opinion about the best and the worst items.

Beauty Sponge Amazon Reviews

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Ailbhe Lynch’s Review

Ailbhe Lynch had the opportunity to try the Beauty Blender. She is a makeup artist who is always on the lookout for a product that makes her job easier. Since she commonly uses brushes to apply foundation, she was skeptical about the sponge. However, she uncovered it worked well to build coverage and stamp makeup onto the skin so that it lasts throughout the day.

Troy Surratt’s Review

Troy Surratt is known as beauty “otaku,” which means beauty obsessive. He is a makeup artist who has worked on Jeniffer Lopez and Charlize Theron. He describes the Beauty Blender as “a basic tool that accomplishes so much.” It picks the perfect amount of foundation and lifts excess product away from the face so that optimal coverage is achieved.

Fiona Stiles’ Review

Fiona Stiles has applied makeup to celebrities, including Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain. She explains this sponge is made to provide flawless coverage. It keeps foundation thin in areas where little product is needed and layers it thicker where more coverage is necessary. It “camouflages” problem areas.

Mai Quynh Uses the Beauty Blender

Mai Quynh is well known in Hollywood and has worked on celebrities like Reese Witherspoon. After using the blender, she noticed how the product removes extra makeup for a soft and dewy finish. Since the item is round in design, it leaves no streaks behind.

Reviews By Influencers

Huda Heidi Kattan Examines the Beauty Blender

Huda Heidi Kattan is well known for her Huda Beauty website. While reviewing the product, she uncovered the pink makeup sponge works well with both powder and liquid cosmetics. Although she has used similar products in the past, this item’s unique shape and material does not compare to anything. She would not trade her Beauty Blender for anything in the world.

Magazine Reviews

Magazines are a great medium to discuss various products. They reach wide audiences and have trusted authors who readers turn to for accurate information.

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Persephone Magazine Discusses Various Facial Products

Michelle Miller of Persephone Magazinerecently compared a number of skincare products, including the Beauty Blender. She found this item brought excellent results, especially on super fair and dry skin. The product was quite durable. She will not return to disposable sponge applicators again.

InStyle Magazine Reviews Cosmetic Applicators

Jeniffer Velez of Instyle Magazine had the chance to review the Beauty Blender. At first, she viewed this as an “unnecessary product.” However, she discovered it is a “secret weapon” in the makeup industry. Its unique shape and soft texture make it ideal for applying primer, foundation, powder, and eye shadow.

Amazon Beauty Blender Reviews

Amazon is the premier online retailer for all types of products. It is known for offering low prices and selling to large numbers of customers. All buyers have the opportunity to review their purchases.

Rhoo (of Dayton) Reviews the Blender Sponge

This Amazon customer explained the blender was easy to use and clean. It provided professional application at home and worked much better than “copycat” products.

Lindsey Brooke Reviews the Blender on Amazon

After using the Beauty Blender Sponge, Lindsey will never go back to her original applicators. She is “obsessed” with the results that appear airbrushed. In the beginning, she was skeptical about the price. However, she has found the results were worth the cost.

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Joyce 88 Reviews the Beauty Applicator

After receiving this beauty applicator, this Amazon customer was amazed by the “flawless results.” She normally used brushes to blend her foundation, but they left streaks. This is not a problem with the Beauty Blender. Even after months of use, it has remained in perfect condition.

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This customer is a licensed cosmetologist who is “amazed” by the Blender Duo. She has never used anything as effective as this product to achieve realistic coverage.

After reading Beauty Blender reviews from across the Internet, it is easy to see the high amount of positive feedback. This product works to blend all types of makeup and provides a flawless appearance. Despite the higher price, it appears to be worth the money.

Lipstick Queen: Naturally Amazing Lipstick

       
Friday, July 31st, 2015

Lipstick QueenLipstick is a crucial link in the chain when it comes to using makeup products to enhance the natural beauty of the face, and discover the glamour that is possible through your own creativity. Getting the most out of lipstick with these kinds of goals in mind means working with products that have real potential. Not just any color nor any lipstick will do with these ends in mind. So turning the spotlight on products that make the grade in almost everyone’s book is always a good start when putting yourself first. Lipstick Queen has been getting a lot of good attention in the cosmetics world thanks to its wealth of pigment, its ability to stay on for considerable periods of time, and the vast selection that waits at your fingertips for a reasonable price. With all these strengths working in its favor, high glamour is always within reach.

Lipstick Queen: Naturally Amazing LipstickLipstick Queen is also brilliant in terms of the themes that it embraces when developing its shades. For instance, their Silver Screen variety offers a hot-pink hue that derives its inspiration from the starlets of theater who we know and adore. The finish is nothing to take lightly, offering a durable, wet look that does not fall short when it comes to texture as well. Another of the unique qualities of Lipstick Queen are the scents that are built into many of the varieties. Silver Screen’s allure is enhanced through the use of natural peppermint oils that provide a pleasant scent on top of a pleasant, tingling sensation. These lipsticks offer just as much promise when it comes to the health of lips over time. In many of the selections, pomegranate is a primary ingredient that keeps lips soft, supple, and hydrated throughout the day.

Antioxidants are another concern for the makers of Lipstick Queen, an ingredient that deserves recognition. High levels of Vitamin E and Vitamin A equal long-lasting protection for the deepest layers of the skin and lips. The Queen Bee lipstick is another highly-popular variety that has earned the praise that it is receiving. As the name certainly suggests, the delicious aroma of this choice is made possible through the inclusion of natural honey. The other natural ingredients that contribute to its comfort and appeal are sunflower extract, chamomile, and royal jelly. This combination makes it a wonderful choice as a lipstick that is ideal for sore and chapped lips as well. It is possible to look good while healing lips at the same time. Lipstick Queen has also tackled the need for a lipstick that does the job of a gloss without forcing full coverage. The solution is their Medieval brand that uses the organic acidity of lemons in order to draw out the naturally-red appearance of the lips.

Best Tips for Groomed Brows

       
Friday, June 26th, 2015

Best Tips for Groomed BrowsA beautifully groomed set of eyebrows can make such a huge difference in a person’s overall appearance. They can complement any hairstyle, and they can add depth to any person’s facial structure. Some of the easiest fashion tips have to do with people’s eyebrows. The following are some simple tips for groomed eyebrows:

Visit an Eyebrow Specialist

A person can groom his or her eyebrows either at home or inside of a beautician’s office. Most nail shops offer eyebrow waxing services. Some shops still conduct old-fashioned razor shaving or plucking. The method that a consumer chooses will depend on the length of time that person wants to spend in between visits. Razor-cut eyebrows are gorgeous, but they only last approximately three to five days before the hair starts growing back. Plucked eyebrows last a bit longer. They may stay trim for several weeks. Waxing is a process that will keep the eyebrows from growing back for the longest amount of time. Plucked eyebrows can take 30-45 days before the person starts seeing new strands of eyebrow hair growing back.

A consumer will want to visit a specialist for the time eyebrow waxing or shaving session. He or she can choose to maintain the eyebrows by revisiting the same specialists or trying some at-home procedures.

Choices for Maintaining Eyebrows at Home

Several stores sell eyebrow waxing kits. The kits cost $5 to $20, and they include the wax and the strips that the consumer will have to apply to his or her face. Another option for at-home eyebrow maintenance is to purchase a chemical that burns off the facial hair. Manufacturers sell products that come in gel or paste form. The use is very simple, as the person will only have to keep the paste on for a certain amount of time. Finally, another option for self-grooming is the self-performed razor cut. The razor-cut method could work well for a person who has a steady hand. The person could put shaving cream on the parts of the eyebrows where the hair is starting to regrow and follow that path until the eyebrows have a smooth appearance.

Grooming the eyebrows is less stressful when the person takes care of them consistently. Shavers will want to put a razor to them at least once every three days. Waxes and chemical users will have to work on them every few weeks.

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!

How to Look Good Without Makeup

       
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

How to Look Good Without MakeupWe all want to look our best, but, let’s face it. There are times when we have to face others before putting on our makeup for the day. Whether you are trying to cut back on your use of makeup or simply ensure you feel confident when caught off-guard, there are three techniques that can used to look good without makeup anyone can benefit from.

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

This old adage doesn’t just apply to our general personalities. It is also relevant when it comes to our appearance. You are what you eat, and making poor choices when it comes to your diet can reflect for the world to see. Aside from eating foods high in vitamins and essential nutrients, skincare supplements can be purchased to encourage a youthful, beautiful appearance. At Beauty Bridge, you can access a variety of professional-quality skincare supplements to create your own personal regimen.

Take Time for Toning

You likely have a system in place dedicated toward care for your skin and appearance. While it likely involves exfoliation and the use of beauty supply products geared toward acne prevention or wrinkle protection, all too many overlook the importance of a good toner. When the skin’s pH balance is disrupted, it can cause dark spots and other aesthetic issues many suffer with. With toner, you can target your specific skin type to maximize your results. Determining if your skin is dry or oily, for example, can help you choose the most appropriate product. When seeking a toner, avoid those with alcohol as they can dry out the skin.

Lurking Dangers

Enjoying time outdoors is one of the most enjoyable parts of the human experience, and most of us appreciate a sunny day. However, before you venture outdoors, even for just a short time, it is crucial that you wear appropriate sunscreen. It is preferable to find a product with SPF 30 or higher. Sun damage increases the aging process. Keep in mind, even if it’s cloudy out, you are still subject to the sun’s harmful rays.

Always Looking Good

We all deserve confidence in our own skin, and you should not fear embarrassment for anyone to see the real you. By following these three tips, you can both maintain your appearance and help slow down the aging process, allowing you to look your best everyday.

5 Amazing Makeup Tutorials for Blue Eyes

       
Friday, April 17th, 2015

5 Amazing Makeup Tutorials for Blue EyesFinding the right color pallet for blue eyes can be a challenge. Blue eyes are a very unique physical trait and not all products cater to them. With these helpful tips, you will be able to show off your baby-blues and enhance their beauty the way they deserve.

Use the Au Natural Look to Your Advantage

“The Natural Look” is making waves in the cosmetics scene for a good reason. It is the best way to enhance your natural features that make you unique. Using subtle colors will hide small imperfections and draw more attention to your eyes. Use colors that blend well with your skin tone. You can use a very small amount of white eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes to highlight them. This will help your eyes catch more light and to make them look even brighter.

Eyeliner Is Your BFF

Eyeliner is arguably the most important tool in eye make-up. Just as important as the shape is the color of eyeliner you use. Eyeliner should be used as a frame for your natural eye shape, the same way you would frame a piece of artwork. The color should complement your eyes. Black eyeliner can be used as a dark contrast to your light eye color. You can also use a dark blue or purple for the same effect. A dark brown eye-liner can be used for your natural look.

Be Picky About Your Mascara

You should be picky about good make-up products in general, but choosing the mascara that works best for you can work wonders. Black mascara on already dark lashes can help better frame your eyes along with the right eye-liner. Be careful with bright colored mascara. Too much color around your eyes can be overwhelming.

Bright Colors for Special Occasions

Avoid colors that do not complement blue very well, such as red or orange. If you want to add color to your pallet without drowning out your eye color, go for colors that will act as a part of the canvas of your face. Greens, lighter blues, white, silver, and just hints of yellow can be blended together to create a surreal look around your eyes.

Be Careful with Darker Shades

You can go for darker shades of purple, blue, or brown blended with white or silver for a smoky-eye look. If you have a paler pigment, use darker shades of eye shadow sparingly. When done properly, your eyelid should look like the night sky with your blue iris as the moon. You can even use cosmetic rhinestones as stars, if you want to go all out for a special event.

Treatment Foundations

       
Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Treatment FoundationsWhen it comes to your beauty regimen, nothing is more important than your skin. As the most visible part of your face, your skin is your beauty “base”; nothing lets your health and beauty shine through like smooth, glowing skin. However, even the most stunning, well-maintained complexions have flaws that need to be covered. But with so many products on the market–moisturizers, anti-aging serums, foundations, concealers–getting a dewy, flawless look with healthy skin underneath can involve some very long shopping trips!

Luckily, many of the biggest names in beauty have devised a solution to this problem. Treatment foundations–a new generation of foundations that improve your skin’s condition as well as its appearance–debuted on the beauty scene this past summer. As you go about your day, these multi-tasking foundations reverse the passage of time with anti-aging ingredients, such as candle bush extract, an active ingredient in Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation. With continued use, treatment foundations plump up fine lines and soften wrinkles. They also protect skin from free radicals (harmful chemicals in the environment) with ingredients like vitamin E, as seen in Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Foundation, and often contain SPF, further minimizing the number of bottles on your bureau.

They may work hard to make your skin look better in the future, but treatment foundations also do wonders for 8 AM meetings and nights on the town. Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation uses a wide range of Omega acids to revitalize and moisturize skin, leaving behind a youthful, sculpted appearance. As you’d expect from a foundation, these products also provide color coverage in a variety of tones. Their liquid formula is ideal for layering, and the coverage is lightweight and natural–a perfect embodiment of the “no-makeup makeup” look that has been sweeping both Hollywood and the runways, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal.

As the first rays of Spring sunshine trickle through our windows, expect to see some new treatment foundation converts. After all, with the sun beckoning and temperatures rising, who wants to spend precious minutes routing through the medicine cabinet? Just smooth on a treatment foundation, swipe on some mascara, and head out the door!

The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!

       
Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!Pastels are always great for spring wardrobes. However, pastels are more popular than ever this year. Not only are women gravitating towards pastel hues for their clothing, but pastels are popping up in makeup and nail trends as well. Furthermore, many women are adding pastel streaks or ombre accents to their hair. Some pastels work better on some skin tones than others. Here’s a guide on how you can determine the right pastel hue for your skin tone.

Dark Skin Tones
Those with very dark skin tones are lucky, because they can pull off pastels that are downright unflattering on fairer women. While yellow nail polishes and eyeshadow hues can make fair women look borderline sickly, yellow pops in an absolutely stunning way on women with dark skin. Women with darker skin tones should avoid pale lavender eyeshadow shades and lipsticks, as they can look glaring on darker skin tones.

Medium Skin Tones
Women with medium skin tones are fortunate. They can pull off almost all pastel hues. If you want to be fashion forward for spring, try a bold new makeup look. Olive and medium skinned women can pull off bold purple and baby pink lipsticks absolutely beautifully.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with fair skin tones are a bit limited, as a lot of pastels can easily wash them out. When choosing pastel shades, avoid pale yellows and greens. Baby blue and rich pinks pop beautifully on fair skin. If you’re incorporating pastel hues into your hair, try light shades like lavender. Dark streaks can be a little overwhelming on fair women.

Pastels aren’t just gorgeous, but they are cheery and utterly perfect for spring. When wearing pastels, no matter what you skin tone, be sure not to overdo it. If you’re wearing a bold pastel makeup look, pick a more neutral outfit. If you’re wearing pastel clothing, choose basic makeup in earth tones. If you wear pastel from head-to-toe, you can easily start to look like a walking Easter egg. Instead, balance out your look in order to do the pastel trend right.