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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.

How to Achieve the Perfect Eyeliner

       
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

How to Achieve the Perfect EyelinerThe perfect eyeliner adds a beautiful, dramatic touch and draws attention up to your beautiful eyes. Getting the right techniques down can revolutionize your look for everyday and out on the town glamour.

Basic Topline

You should always start with the basics. A simple topline eyeliner look can be appropriate for everyday wear or dressed up for a night out with an intense lipstick shade or dramatic eye shadow. To get this look, first add a small amount of eyeshadow primer to the lid to keep the liner in place. Then press the outside corner of your eye to pull it tight and use the other hand to apply the liner along the upper lash line in small strokes. Use a brush or q-tip to clean up or even out any imperfections, ensuring that it will look even and natural.

Open Up Those Eyes

Women with smaller eyes, those looking to hide a lack of sleep, or those who want a wide eyed romantic look can achieve benefit from a white eyeliner. Adding white just under the brow line and smudging it lightly downward will open up the whole area and make you look more awake. Add a smudged line of white to the lower middle of your lids, just above your regular liner to make eyes look larger and rounder or add a little white to the lower inner rim of your eye to reflect a lighter color into your eye and cancel out any redness from a late night out.

Winged Eyeliner

For a more dramatic, night time look, consider winged eyeliner. To achieve this look, draw a short line sweeping up from the outer corner of each eye. Draw another line that is connected to the one you already drew that is sweeping gradually in toward your upper lash line. Then, fill in the space between these two lines and add a relatively thick top line along your lashes, narrowing as it approaches the inner corner. The larger the wing, the more dramatic the look.

Smokey Eyes

For a sexy, smokey eye look, start with an eyeshadow primer as your canvas. Then place your eyeliner along the upper lash line, getting thicker as you move toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a brush to spread the line outward and very slightly upward from the edge of the eye. This will create a soft second corner. Follow up with mascara to complete this dramatic look.

Eyeliner can completely change your look. Be sure to choose the right technique for the occasion.

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.

Astrological Signs and Beauty

       
Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Astrological Signs and Beauty

Astrology and Personality

If you follow astrology, you’re probably familiar with all of the typical personality traits that are associated with all of the various signs. If you’re an Aries, for example, you’re likely aware of your spirited and fiery reputation. If you’re a Libra, on the other hand, you’re likely familiar with your sign’s intuitive, sensitive and careful characteristics.

Astrology and Beauty

The characteristics of astrological signs aren’t just limited to personality traits, however. They’re also frequently associated with beauty, surprisingly enough. If you’re a Pisces, a look that works well for you might not necessarily be so flattering on a Cancer, and vice versa. As a result, learning about what styles are most suitable for your specific astrological sign can go a long way in enhancing and improving your overall look and fashion.

Fire Signs and Beauty

If you’re a fire sign such as a Sagittarius, Leo or Aries, you might want to have a makeup look that’s as intense and unforgettable as your personality. Bright red lipstick and nail polish can help you accomplish that.

Air Signs and Beauty

If you’re an air sign such as an Aquarius, Libra or Gemini, then a more minimalistic and fresh approach to cosmetics might do a world of wonder for you. A light BB cream or tinted moisturizer that will make your complexion look vibrant, even and luminous can help you achieve that.

Water Signs and Beauty

If you’re a water sign such as a Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer, then you might look wondrous in cosmetics that are geared toward cool complexion tones. Sheer, light makeup usually is effective for water signs. Light cream-based eyeshadows are a great example of tasteful makeup that can give your look a slight “pop” that’s both attractive and mesmerizing.

Earth Signs and Beauty

Last but certainly not least, if you’re an earth sign such as a Capricorn, Virgo or Taurus, then you might want to investigate somewhat modest and earthy makeup options. Soft bronze colors on your lips and eyes might be excellent. If you apply a light coating of bronze eyeshadow, then you might be able to accomplish the low-key beauty that is so characteristic of classic earth signs.

Astrological Signs and Shopping For Beauty

When you shop around for makeup, it’s crucial to be as diligent and patient as possible. Never simply buy the first makeup item you see on the counter, no matter how popular it seems or how pretty the packaging is. If you try to purchase makeup items that are appropriate for your specific astrological sign, however, you could be doing yourself a great favor. Astrological signs are often excellent indications of personality in people. As a result, it’s not a big surprise that they can often indicate what beauty styles are effective for people. Your personality and your personal style frequently go hand in hand, after all. Be sure to check out Beauty Bridge for more exciting makeup options that are geared toward your sign.

Fall Beauty Trends

       
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Fall 2014 Beauty TrendsMetallics, thick lashes and bold liners along with statement-hair are some of the magnificent beauty trends waiting for us just around the corner for fall. Dramatically layering it all on has never been more practical or acceptable until this season. Going hand-in-hand with pulling out the comfy over-sized sweaters, sexy boots and trendy scarves, this year’s fall beauty trends allow for complete indulgence. Combining awe-inspiring colors with the bling of metallic-sparkle is what’s in-store. In addition to framing out the entire eye-dazzling application of a bold, dramatic eye in black, cosmetics will compliment one another by taking a traditional focal point and amplifying it.

Quirky fall cosmetic colors

This fall we will see bright colors like aqua blues, brilliant oranges and yellows alongside gunmetal and mineral tones to anchor them. Make-up trends will be both adventurous and unapologetic. Interestingly, it is now more acceptable than ever to utilize bold pops of color on more than one feature. For instance, a bold lip paired with heavy eye-make up somehow works this fall since the eye make-up still trumps the bright lip through featuring thicker-than-thick lashes and generous liner application.

Lush lashes

Evening-style lashes have now become the wildly popular style of the day. Keeping in-tune with the Summer’s falsie-style lashes, the blackest black mascaras combined with popular lash serums like Peter Thomas Roth’s lashes to die for make lashes bolder and more lush than ever before. Dark, thick eyeliner styles emphasize the deliberate use of bold shadow-color gorgeously this fall.

Statement hair

Frizz-free styles like intricate braids, blunt bangs and deep hues like black-blues and vibrant reds will dominate. Longer tresses that can be both worn blown-out, full and wavy or pulled into purposeful pony-tails will be seen throughout the fall season. Keeping up with fall beauty trends will be tremendously workable with the assortment of fall hair accessories like small embellished clips and thin, detailed headbands as well.

Fall beauty trends are fashion forward, bold and combine a daring mix of great products. A contoured complexion is the basis for achieving the perfect fall look this year. Shimmer and glitter that was once more appropriate for the hotter months, has transitioned brilliantly into this year’s fall beauty trends arsenal. From brightening make-ups to illuminating radiance powders, these rich, fall beauty trends will keep us glowing and as beautiful as the season ahead.

Pantone Color of The Year: “Radiant Orchid”

       
Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Pantone Color of The Year:
The color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, is diametrically opposite to 2013′s emerald. Radiant Orchid is a perfect brew of purple and fuchsia with hints of pink. It exudes elegance, mystery and charm. Pantone 18-3224 is a dramatic hue that has already made its way into spring fashion trends, providing an energizing element that expresses confidence and vivacity.

Who can Wear Radiant Orchid?

Colors belonging to the purple family are associated with nobility because in ancient times, these colors were difficult to produce, limiting their use to royal garments. Today, Radiant Orchid can be reproduced as fabric dyes and cosmetic pigments.

Practically anyone of any age, male and female alike, can wear Radiant Orchid. Already, spring 2014 clothes and accessories are sporting variations of the orchid theme. It takes chutzpah to get away with an all-purple outfit, but it can be done. For those who favor subtlety, accessorize with orchid-inspired fashion elements.

Radiant Orchid on Your Face

The eyes love orchid-tone shadows. Play up your eyes by blending closely-related shades of orchid and pink eye shadows. Start with orchid-tinged eyeliner followed by a brush application of orchid eye shadow in the inner corner of the eye. Blend with an applicator. For a smoky look, apply a darker shade on the outer corners of the eyes.

Radiant Orchid lipstick is sultry and sophisticated, but it may be difficult to pull off. Opt for a delicate application of eye makeup,and the rest of the face should be velvety and flawless, which can be achieved with a mattifying foundation. Ensure that orchid lipstick remains run-free by applying lip primer or concealer on the lips prior to outlining with a lip liner and filling in with lipstick.

Radiant Orchid on your Nails

Nail fashion has never been this much fun before the Radiant Orchid trend. Add drama to the most drab outfit with nail polish that complements your outfit and your makeup. Choose a shade that does not clash nor match your outfit too perfectly.

Radiant Orchid on your Hair

No one can get away with a full head colored in Radiant Orchid, but this shade provides perfect highlights for a playful look. For a more sedate appearance, choose deeper shades of orchid and streak your locks only in strategic spots.

The Secret to Wearing Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s 2014 color of the year speaks to independent and innovative spirits. Avoid using a single hue on everything you are wearing. Monotone does not quite cut it when it comes to Radiant Orchid. Instead, choose different tones from the same purple palette to balance drama with high style.

Seven Winter Tips For Soft Lips

       
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Seven Winter Tips For Soft Lips
The cold days of winter can be the perfect inspiration for pulling out those gorgeous sweaters, chic boots and attractive scarves. You might even reinvent your makeup strategy and skincare regimen to look and feel your best during the most frigid of days. In the middle of all the frenzy, we often tend to ignore our precious pouts. Achieving soft, kissable lips, all through the year, does not have to be a mountain of a task. With a few simple tips, you will be well on your way to flaunting those absolutely attractive lips, no matter what the season.

Don’t Overdo The Lip Balm
Believe it or not, too much lip balm or gloss can actually dry your lips out. Our lips are conditioned to produce natural oils for protection and nourishment. By constantly applying a lip balm, you are reducing your body’s need to generate its own essential moisture. Choose a deliciously flavored lip balm for instant revitalization, and always remember that less is more.

Remove Those Dead Cells
Smiling with chapped and dry lips can be painful and embarrassing. Keep them smooth and supple by exfoliating with a quality lip scrub, once or twice a week. Empower your lips to sport that perfect shade of lipstick, all day and night, with a gentle scrub and intense moisturizing treatment.

Lip Masks Are In
A rejuvenating lip mask can be the perfect way to get rid of dead cells and heal your lips inside out. Make your own by combining a tablespoon of sour cream with a few drops of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on lips and wash off after 20 minutes to reveal beautiful baby soft lips underneath. Follow with a lip renewal treatment in your favorite shade and flavor, such as Le Couvent des Minimes – Smile Lip Balm Honey.

Don’t Just Settle For Any Lipstick
Not all lipsticks are made the same. Choose yours wisely. Many lipsticks are infused with moisturizers that can boost the appearance and health of your lips. For a high-gloss look that is packed with all-day hydration and flavor, try Philosophy Fresh Cream High Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine.

Tap Into The Benefits Of Vitamin E
Your lip care routine does not have to be elaborate or time consuming. For an instant boost, dab a few drops of vitamin E oil on your lips to restore a youthful texture and negate the signs of aging. Vitamin E is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect against sun damage. Choose lip care products that contain vitamin E for added benefits, such as Yu-Be- Lip Therapy or Dermalogica- Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm for Eye and Lip Area.

Resist The Urge To Lick Your Lips
Licking dry and sore lips can worsen the situation by depleting the thin layer of natural oils on the surface. Never rub, lick or pick on your irritated and chapped lips.

Find Lip Balms With SPF
Your lips are exposed to the sun as much as your skin. Lips do not contain the protective pigment called melanin, found in your skin, and are equally prone to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. A lip balm with SPF can be an ideal choice for protective coverage all day long. Try Kamins Chemist- Lip Balm SPF 20 for an intensive moisturizing lip treatment.

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

As the year draws to a close and 2014 rapidly approaches, we’re all looking forward to new makeup and hair looks to try out. However, there are some trends that simply aren’t worth embracing – or have had their time in the spotlight and no longer look as eye-catching. Just because something becomes a fad for a brief period doesn’t mean you should stick with it. In fact, some of the most popular crazes in the beauty realm aren’t universally flattering.

Aiming to update your appearance for the new year? Here’s a guide to which tired trends you should avoid, and which new looks you should adopt:

Hair
One thing’s for sure – you saw a lot of ombre in 2013, from hair to manicures and even on lips. While there’s definitely a convenience factor when it comes to this trend as it allows you to grow out those highlights without worrying about your roots, there’s a slightly different twist that’s emerging for 2014. Glamour magazine called this new technique “Ecaille,” or “Tortoiseshell coloring.” The method was developed by the London-based colorist Jo Hansford, and has been seen on both Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a slightly softer look than the high contrast two-tone ombre. The finished effect is multi-tonal, meaning darker shades fade more naturally into lighter hues on the ends.

Those with wavy or curly hair will rejoice in the fact that it’s time to put down the straightening iron – the pin-straight look is getting a rest this year. 2014 will be all about volume as opposed to flat ‘dos, which can tend to look a bit boring. Embrace your naturally tousled texture with the right hair products and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

As far as hair colors go, you can say goodbye to rainbow hues. Kyle White, the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, told StyleList that he is seeing fewer clients ask for pinks, blues and other bright hair colors – which is probably a good thing as these pigments tend to fade after just a few washes and look less than stunning. Instead, he noted that more women will be opting for platinum hair. As Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and even the traditionally brunette Kim Kardashian are going for a cooler blonde, White expects more women to try this trend.

Makeup
Not all pink lipsticks are created equal. While bubblegum may have had a major moment in 2013, a new shade will be taking its place this year: fuchsia. As The Huffington Post pointed out, bubblegum is not flattering on many skin tones, but fuchsia can complement any complexion.

While dark lips were everywhere this year, Glamour noted that in 2014, more women will be reaching for rich berry shades in a sheer tinted formula. The advantage of these products is that they provide slightly less pigment so the final look isn’t quite as intense. Still, you can layer them if you want more drama. This is a subtler approach to the trend that is far more wearable than the grungy effect we saw in 2013.

Also, 2014 will be the year to lay off the bronzer a bit. This doesn’t mean you’ll be ditching your glow, it’s just that everyone is stepping away from the overly tanned look. For a natural radiance, try a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer and only use a bronzer that’s one to two shades deeper than your skin tone.

Although nail art isn’t completely out this year, it will be going through a major transformation. Instead of over-the-top graphics, try out some simpler designs like stripes, color blocking and a half-moon take on the French manicure in neutral lacquer hues.

All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

       
Friday, December 20th, 2013

All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

2013 could very well go down as the year of the eyebrow. Of course, not just any style of eyebrows was making a splash – it was the bold look that seemed to be everywhere. With starlets, singers and other celebrities sporting this trend and fashion models strutting down the runway with it as well, one thing became clear: Over-plucking is out. In fact, women began to pay more attention to their eyebrows in their beauty routine, reaching for pencils and stencils to achieve the right shape. Meanwhile “brow bars” opened up across the country, helping fashion-forward patrons to groom theirs to perfection.

While fuller brows may look easier to achieve and maintain than slender ones, there is still some work that goes into this look.

Follow these three simple steps and you’ll be rocking a striking shape in no time:

Step 1: Trim and tidy
Whether you have brazen brows that tend to look overgrown quickly or only have to deal with eliminating a few strays, you need to tidy up the shape before you go bold.

Start by sweeping a brow brush upward through the hairs. Look for any hairs that poke out above the arch, and then carefully trim the very ends. Then repeat the same process but brush the hairs downward this time. Don’t get scissor happy, either. Remember that you can always go back and trim more off – but if you overdo it, it’ll be hard to get the full look you’re going for.

Don’t put the brow brush down just yet. Comb it through your hairs upward and across once again to create some lift at the arch. This will help you to see the natural shape, which you’ll enhance in the next step.

Step 2: Fill in the gaps
You may see some sparse areas in your brows, or perhaps the hairs are so light that they almost seem to blend in with your skin. Either way, there are plenty of ways to boost your brows so that they stand out.

First, you need to prep them for the pigment. Founder of The Beauty Bar and brow expert to the stars Kristie Streicher revealed her signature feathered technique for tinting and shaping to Refinery 29. She recommended swiping a tinted brow mousse or gel through the hairs in an upward motion. Then, she suggested applying a second coat going in the opposite direction. The key is to press the tip of the applicator to each individual hair to make sure they all get coated. Afterward, it’s important to brush the hairs back to smooth them out.

Step 3: Color contrast
Now it’s time to reach for an eyebrow pencil that matches your natural hair color. Make light, short strikes in an upward motion to ensure that the look mimics the direction of your hair growth and the pigment doesn’t go on too heavy. One of the biggest mistakes that women make is applying the pencil to the skin, when actually you want to focus on the hairs themselves. It’s best to concentrate on the outer two thirds of your brows. Your brow brush comes in handy once again to blend and soften the color.

If the look you get with a pencil is too dramatic, you might opt for a brow powder, which creates a softer, feathered effect. If you can’t find the perfect color to match your hair, you can always blend several shades. Brush it along your hairs from the arch outward, avoiding the inner third of your brows. Then go back and gently blend the pigment toward the inner corners.

A step-by-step guide to pink ombré lips

       
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A step by step guide to pink ombré lips

The ombré effect made a big splash over the past few years, as many celebrities traded their perfect highlights and dye jobs for a grown-out, faded look. We all rejoiced because truth be told, it meant that we could wait a little longer in between salon trips and still look polished. Now, ombré is going beyond hair and becoming a major lip trend. While matte lipstick is no doubt still having a moment, an allover lip shade with consistent intensity can sometimes get boring. The best part about ombré lips is that with varying richness of pigment, you can dramatically boost the fullness of your pout.

Ready to draw attention to your lips? Here’s how to get this stunning two-tone look:

  1. You’ll need two shades of pink, one lighter and one that’s two to three shades deeper, for the ombré effect. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to play around with dusty rose, bubblegum pink and even electric fuchsia. However, it’s important that they are the same hue, so if you’re using an icy cool pale pink, make sure that your darker shade is in the same color family and also has cool undertones. Conversely, a golden or coral pink lipstick should be used in conjunction with a warmer dark color.
  2. Start by dabbing the deeper shade on the center of your lower lip. Press your lips together so that it smudges to the middle of your top lip as well.
  3. Now it’s time to apply the darker shade along the outer lined of your lips. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey told InStyle magazine that he likes to use a firm flat lip brush, as this helps to ensure a precise line. This step is key because it provides definition to your pout.
  4. Next, it’s time to reach for the lighter color. Dab it into the middle of your top and bottom lips and blot them together one time. The paler tone will illuminate your pout, which gives you a plumping effect.
  5. Now that your ombré lips are complete, how do you finish the look? You want to make sure that your pout stays in the spotlight, so this isn’t the time for dramatic eyes or cheeks. Consider adding a light layer of pink blush to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced flush. Then, create a subtle and sleek cat-eye with some liquid liner and you’re good to go.