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Introducing The New Beauty Bridge

       
Monday, July 4th, 2016

After months and months of hard work, the team at Beauty Bridge is proud to announce that we are about to launch our new website – it’s fresh, it’s exciting, it’s more user-friendly, it’s luxurious, it’s what you all asked for!

Founded in 2004, Beauty Bridge has evolved itself from a small set up to becoming the premium destination of skincare and cosmetics brands for both men and women. Headquartered in Nutley, NJ, Beauty Bridge operates from a 10,000 square foot office with a full service spa and a buzzing online shop.

While the stationary retail shop in NJ serves to cater its local customers, the online website, www.beautybridge.com ensures supplies to its customers worldwide, offering over 10,000 products from more than 150 highly reputable brands.

Seeing that the online sales of beauty and body care products is growing at an unprecedented fast rate across the world and is almost 4 times higher than the rate of offline shopping, our team at Beauty Bridge has made it our mission to make the customer’s online shopping experience better and more convenient.

With our new website launch, not only do we offer more convenience but also, better customer service and an overall renewed digital shopping experience. Keeping in mind the problems our regular customers had with the old website and the reformative digital changes, we are introducing the new Beauty Bridge website with the following features:

  • Better Search Options

We realized that with time our old search option had gone obsolete and did not provide as easy an experience for you as it should have. Keeping in mind your opinions and the changing technological advances, we have introduced a more convenient search and filtration option at Beauty Bridge.

With over 150 brands to choose from, you can easily look for any product that you want by simply inserting the product name into the search bar and hitting Shop Now to get your favorite product delivered to your doorstep.

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If you are looking for something in general (pay day window shopping), just browse through the categories for products that you are maybe running low on?

The search engine will give you all the options available at the website with filtration options to allow you to narrow your search by selecting particular Brands, Product Type, Beauty Concern, Product SPF Rating, Gift Idea Options and Price Range!

This works both ways. You can either choose a particular product category first and then, browse through options using filtration menu mentioned above or you can use the filtration options directly.

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For example, if you are on a budget (Who isn’t these days!), you can simply choose the Makeup category, for instance, and set your price range. Voila! You have ALL the makeup products that you can afford all in one page to help you make your next purchase!

If you are a fan of any particular brand, you can directly visit the brand products available at Beauty Bridge via the Brands tab at the homepage menu. If you are the kind of shopper who is always on the lookout of new beauty products, we have a New Arrivals Slider on the home page AND a What’s New option under each drop down category on the main menu.

If you are suffering from a particular skin or hair condition, we have filtration options too to help you find the right products. Depending on the problem of the category, simply use the drop down menu at the homepage to review Top Concerns and select the concern directly or visit the main Category pages and select from Top Concerns on the right side menu.

Yes, we had all of these options and more at the old website but with the newer website, the options are more visible, more defined more interactive, less crowded and to be honest, they just look more luxe to shop! And we all know us girls love a little luxury.

  • UGC Widget by Olapic

Beauty Bridge proudly boasts of a UGC Widget by Olapic to allow its customers to tell the brand’s story. The widget generates user content from Instagram, revealing which beauty products customers prefer to buy, what are their recommendations and reviews and how they use those products, thereby providing a source of trusted third-party validation for new customers.

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  • Responsive Design

We know you love browsing through your smartphone and that’s why the new Beauty Bridge website sports a Responsive Design.

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This means that you can now shop at Beauty Bridge using ANY of your favorite smart devices without any hitch. The website is equally beautiful, equally user-friendly and equally interactive at any device you use, be it your desktop, your tablet or your mobile phone.

  • Free Shipping and Free Samples

On this front, Beauty Bridge continues to remain as awesome as it was, just with a better layout to help you shop.

Domestic Shipping is FREE over $49. That you all know, don’t you? But what you might not know is that Beauty Bridge offers one of the BEST, if we may say so ourselves, international shipping rates too. We offer standard FLAT shipping rates for your favorite beauty products to be shipped from USA to ANY country of your choice across the globe. Told you, we were awesome like that.

Add to this, the ability to CHOOSE and get 3 samples of your favorite beauty products for FREE! No hidden charges, nothing! Simply choose samples from any of the categories. You may select 3 free samples from one category, or split up your selections among several up to 3 samples per order.

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Once you select your categories, your order will be included with the newest and most popular samples, which are updated weekly and upon availability. This means you can try out new brands, new beauty products without having to shell out any money!

  • Beauty Bridge Now Recognized as Google Trusted Store

As of February 2016, Beauty Bridge was entrusted with the Google Trusted Store badge which demonstrates a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

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As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with Beauty Bridge and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

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To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, we have also put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

BEAUTY BRIDGE is enrolled in Trustwave’s Trusted Commerce™ program to validate compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) mandated by all the major credit card associations including: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide, Visa, Inc. and Visa Europe.

  • Beauty Bridge Blog

While it’s nice to help others out with your beauty product reviews, what about the time when you need a little beauty help? Simply visit blog.beautybridge.com to read expert reviews, beauty tips and tricks, makeup tutorials and all that’s hot and happening in the world of beauty!

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For our old readers, we have some good news: we have revamped the blog too! Again, it looks more beautiful just like the new website, it has more appealing visuals, better search options and ofcourse, great content!

For our new readers, where have you been! Browse through the blog and let us know how you love it! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive weekly updates about what’s new at Beauty Bridge!

  • Monthly Promotions

We saved the best part for the last!

Since Beauty Bridge loves it customers, the company offers exclusive monthly promotions! From amazing discounts to BOGO offers, we have something new for you EVERY month. Sometimes, twice or thrice a month too!

For instance, this month we have our amazing 20% OFF Store-Wide Friends & Family Sale. Shop your favorite beauty essentials at www.beautybridge.com; use code FAMILY20 at checkout!

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Happy Shopping, Babes!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

9 Easy Ways to Summer-Proof Your Beauty Routine

       
Monday, May 30th, 2016

Long beach weekends and all-night mojito parties in summers are something we can get on board with. But the rising temperatures and the accompanying sweat (eeeww) definitely put a damper on things!

Slipping eye liner and bleeding lipstick, anyone?

That doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous all summer long. Start using these 9 EASY, fool-proof ways to summer-proof your beauty routine. Because, we all know you aren’t saying no to that weekend party invite.

Go Frizz Free

If it were only that easy.

Kill frizz by limiting the use of heat tools. Embrace the natural beachy waves!

Switch up your shampoo to a more moisturizing one to avoid drying out your hair and frizzing them up. Try Fekkai – Essential Shea Shampoo, which contains Shea Butter for some intense hydration or Fekkai – Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, which is formulated with olive oil to give your hair enviable shine!

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Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo like Fekkai – Apple Cider Shampoo to get rid of all impurities and the grime you brought back from the beach.

Oil Up

In the most gorgeous sense.

Before you take your daily dip in the pool, remember to wet your hair with water and then seal your strands with a nourishing oil serum. This way since your hair strands are already wet (hair pores filled with the ‘clean’ water) and sealed, the chlorinated water from the pool won’t damage your hair as much.

Try a nourishing blend of oils like Hamadi – Healing Serum which contains Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Ylang-Ylang, Moroccan Vanilla, Bergamot and Palmarosa Essential Oils!

Mask It On

You know you want to.

While a good conditioner like Fekkai – Essential Shea Conditioner will help keep the frizzies at bay, a deep-conditioning mask will give your hair the necessary hydration boost.

Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and salon owner, recommends applying a deep conditioner on damp hair after a dip in the ocean or pool. This way while you lie around and get yourself a good, bronzy tan, the sun will act as a heat treatment on your masked hair and give it double the hydration boost.

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We recommend you trying a nourishing mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque which contains no sulfates and is formulated with hydrating, frizz-fighting ingredients like Shea Butter and Olive Oil.

To Exfoliate or NOT to Exfoliate

A big no-no for tanning fans.

While exfoliation helps reveal gorgeous complexion, it essentially does so by removing the top layer of the skin. So if you are into major tanning (sorry, pale buddies), you need to step away from the exfoliator.

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Not only will excessive exfoliation remove your hard-earned tan but will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

The best way is to limit exfoliation to once or at most, twice a week and follow up with a good sunscreen.

Greasy Face No More

Remember the fine line between glowing skin and grease ball?

The dry skinned gals might be okay with their regular moisturizers but unfortunate, oily skinned girls need to change their moisturizers from creamy, indulgent ones to gel, water-based ones in the summer.

Gel moisturizers are usually water based and very light-weight to help deliver the right amount of hydration without making you look like a grease factory. A light-weight moisturizer like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar is the way to go!

Remember, DO NOT skip moisturizer all together. Your skin can be oily and still be dehydrated at the same time. And, who wants dull, lack-luster skin, right?

Prime Time Special

Don’t let your makeup melt into your mojito!

A good primer is extremely important not only to create a smooth base for facial makeup but also to help increase its longevity especially in the humid months.

There are different primers targeted for different skin concerns like minimizing the appearance of pores, controlling oil, correcting skin tone, hydrating, etc (the list goes on; trust us, it does). So what does a girl on a budget do?

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Buy a kick-ass primer that targets ALL these concerns while controlling oil in scorching heat and soaring humidity: BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.

A primer to end all primers, BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector will not only minimize the appearance of your pores and give you a super smooth base for your foundation but it will also help keep your skin matte for a good 6 hours!

Spray It On

Oily-skinned gals, we feel for you.

If even the Becca primer can’t save your makeup for melting off, we recommend adding an extra step and setting your makeup with a setting spray like Dermablend – Set + Refresh Long-lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

While these steps will ensure that your makeup lasts through the longest of the dance parties, do look into your skincare regimen to see why your skin is so oily. Are you stripping off the natural oils of your face? Are you skipping the moisturizer? Are you using Alcohol-based products in your skincare routine?

In any case, target your skin concerns first before splurging in the makeup products.

Trade In for Gels

Say no to pencils!

Pencil eyeliners are more likely to sweat off in the summer heat and hence, it is a good idea to swap them up for gel eye liners. Youngblood – Incredible Wear Gel Liner has some gorgeous color options to try out this summer.

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These gel liners glide on beautifully and stay out through day/night!

Tips and Tricks

Investing into these beauty products will sure enough melt-proof your beauty routine but some general tips and tricks can go an extra mile to really summer-proof it all!

Chilling your lipstick in the fridge can help your lippie from melting off in the heat. Conditioning your hair before cleansing your body can help prevent bacne. Using salicylic acid based products can help prevent excessive oil and treat acne in one go. Using sulphate-free shampoos can help prevent over-dried hair due to regular washing.

Do you have some reliable summer-proofing beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments below!

Cult-Favorite theBalm Products Worth Trying

       
Monday, May 16th, 2016

Known for their retro design packaging and their naughty, offbeat names, theBalm is one the most established European brands out there. Offering affordable, yet amazing quality products, a huge number of theBalm products are now a cult-favorite; some, so much so that, the brand’s particular product names are used to represent the product itself in general.

While theBalm offers a huge array of products including some base face makeup ones and skincare products, their best products are usually the pigmented ones including highlighters, eye shadow palettes, blushes and lippies.

Take a look at some of the cult favorite theBalm products:

theBalm – The Manizer Sisters

These gorgeous, shimmery highlighters changed the highlighting game for good with their debut years ago.

Available in 3 colors to suit a variety of skin tones, these highlighters are extremely affordable and deliver such gorgeous results to bring a luminous glow to your face that faking it was never this easy!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is a honey-hued highlighter with warm champagne gold undertones; theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer is a bronze highlighter, suited either for dark skin tones or to be used for that gorgeous “sun-kissed glow”; lastly, theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer is a beautiful peachy pink highlighter with the least shimmer of them all.

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All three of them can be used as a highlighter, right above your cheekbones, as a neutral yet gorgeous eye shadow, swiped across the lids and as an illuminator, all over your face as a final step of your makeup routine.

If you wanna try them all at once, theBalm also offers a travel-friendly palette, theBalm – theManizer Sisters Luminizers Palette, featuring all three of them!

theBalm – Nude’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette

One of the best nude palettes out there, The Balm Nude’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette offers 12 gorgeous matte and shimmery nude shades to help you create understated office chic looks as well as dramatic, sexy smoky looks. The palette comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow/liner brush.

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The palette comes in two variants: Nude and Nice. Both have the same eye shadows but different packaging inside, with one featuring nude ladies while the other not.

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For $36 only, it is one of the more affordable neutral eye shadow palettes with amazing color pay-off and buttery consistency. Give it a try especially if you are new to eye makeup!

theBalm – Instain Long-Wearing Powder Stain Blush

Each named after fabric materials, these The Balm Instain Long-Wearing Powder Stain Blush deliver AMAZING color on your cheeks and last a good 6-8 hours on your skin (even if you are an oil slick!).

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Since the color pay-off is beyond good, you need to apply these blushes with a soft hand and work your way up to how dark you want your blush to appear.

With a light hand though, these blushes deliver a gorgeous healthy glow without looking unnatural!

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The blushes are available in six shades: Argyle (Petal Pink), Lace (Bright Pink), Houndstooth (Mauve), Pinstripe (Plum), Swiss Dot (Peach) and Toile (Strawberry).

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

This velvety smooth, weightless eye shadow primer guarantees “loud and proud” pigmentation. Not only does theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer help increase the pigmentation of the otherwise “weak” eye shadows, but also helps prevent creasing and fading, ensuring some solid wear time. The eye shadows blend out smoothly on top of it without “sticking” on it.

theBalm – Cabana Boy Blush

While the other two “Boy” series blushes, Frat Boy Blush (a gorgeous apricot color) and Down Boy Blush (a beautiful baby pink color) are very flattering and quite amazing, theBalm Cabana Boy Blush is hands down the best of all three.

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theBalm Cabana Boy Blush is a striking plum-raspberry shade with a subtle gold sheen that makes the blush transfer more luminous than glittery. The pigmentation is amazing, so a light hand is recommended to start off. Add to the intense pigmentation, the buttery smooth texture and an affordable price, and you have got one heck of a blush!

theBalm – Bahama Mama

One of theBalm’s best-selling products, theBalm Bahama Mama, is a matte dusty bronzer, with absolutely no horrible orange tinge whatsoever.

It might scare the pale skinned gals out there, but again if applied with a light touch, this stuff is super amazing to give you that naturally tanned look or to carve out those sexy cheekbones via contouring.

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The texture of it buttery smooth which makes application and blending out contour lines oh-so-easy! theBalm Bahama Mama is available as an individual product and also as part of the Hey Mama! Kit which also features theBalm Sexy Mama (anti-shine translucent powder) and theBalm Hot Mama (a gorgeous coral blush – close dupe of Nars Orgasm).

theBalm – Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette

Reminiscent of the metallica days, this theBalm – Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette is a colorful throwback to the good 90s era.

Featuring 12 eye shadows named after popular rock bands, a highlighter, a blush and two lip and cheek colors, theBalm – Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette is a welcome addition to anyone’s makeup arsenal.

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The colors of the eye shadows range from frosty silvers to matte plums and from shimmery golds to satin blues. Yes, a perfect blend of textures and colors to take you from day to night.

theBalm – In theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol 1 Holiday Face Palette

If you are new to theBalm and thanks to our post, you can’t help but want to try ALL of these cult-favorite theBalm products, then we suggest you buy theBalm – In theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol 1 Holiday Face Palette.

It features “4 perfectly coordinated eyeshadows, 3 universal blushes, a matte bronzer, a champagne-hued highlighter, a classic red lip color, and a nude lip and cheek cream”.

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It’s perfect for travelling because it literally packs all of the best theBalm products in a portable, lightweight box, helping you try out endless combination of looks on the go!

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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.

Beauty Blender Colors

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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.

Makeup and Beauty Blog

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.

Beauty Blender Magazine  Reviews

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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.

Beauty Sponge Amazon Reviews

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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.

Beauty Blender Duo by Sailor

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.

Halloween Makeup Ideas With What You Already Have

       
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Halloween Makeup Ideas With What You Already HaveWhen Halloween rolls around, many women flock to their local Halloween stores to spend money on cosmetics for their costumes. You may be surprised to know that this is entirely unnecessary. Whether you intend to be glamorous or downright scary this Halloween, chances are, what you need for your costume makeup may already be in your cosmetic bag or at your favorite makeup store.

Foundations and Concealers

Take a look in your makeup bag and see how many different shades of foundation and concealer you have. Contour kits are also perfect for Halloween makeup, as they contain various shades, some of which can be used for your costume.

Foundations that are lighter than your current skin tone will make you appear more pale, which allow for different costume variations. Think porcelain doll, vampire, or even pale-skinned beauties like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Darker foundations can be used to manipulate your skin tone if you need a darker complexion for your costume. For example, if you intend to dress up like Cleopatra but are naturally pale, a darker foundation can be used to give you the look of a bronzed goddess.

Lip Liners, Brow Liners, and Eye Liners

Liners will come in handy during your Halloween preparations. Because they have fine points, liners are perfect for drawing in beautiful cat eyes, intricately detailed “tattoos,” and even for creating wounds and scars if you’re going the scary route. With the right blending techniques, you can turn your eye liners, lip liners, and brow liners into fabulous tools to get you looking spooky or beautiful in no time!

Eyeshadows and Rouge

Because there are typically several different shades in each palette, eyeshadows and blush are perfect additions to your Halloween makeup routine. Bruises, scars, and wounds can all be created with different shades of eyeshadow or blush. You can even mix your powders with petroleum jelly to create cream shades that are even more versatile. This is especially useful for darker shades, like black, that may double as a lip color!

Colorful costumes will also benefit from the eyeshadows that you have available, as they can make your face just as colorful as the rest of your attire.

Skin Cosmetics

If you have shimmering body lotion or sparkling creams, you may be able to implement these into your Halloween makeup, depending on the look you’re going for. Enchanted princesses or feminine wizards may benefit from these types of skin cosmetics.

Nail Polish

To complete your Halloween makeup routine, you’ll want to paint or touch-up those nails! No matter what you’re going as, a beautiful manicure will complete your outfit. For example, a Cleopatra costume would look phenomenal with a shiny gold nail polish, whereas a darker costume, such as a witch, might look best with black or green.

No matter what you’re dressing up as this year, there is no reason for you to spend a fortune on specialty products. What you need to make yourself over is likely in your makeup box or at your local makeup store.

How to Get the Perfect Red Lip!

       
Friday, September 11th, 2015

How to Get the Perfect Red Lip!Bold makeup is like statement jewelry. Just as a statement necklace allows you to dress up a casual outfit, a red lip allows you to have a stylish, dramatic look without having to worry about applying a full face of makeup. There’s only one minor problem: getting the perfect red lip requires a little know-how.

Step One: Smooth

Red lipstick, especially heavily pigmented lipstick, will settle in flakes and lines like nobody’s business. The first step to pulling off a red lip is prepping your surface to keep color where you want it. That means exfoliating to get rid of flakes and dryness, using a moisturizing lip exfoliator, home made sugar scrub, or even an old toothbrush. Avoid using exfoliators meant for elsewhere on the body, salt-based scrubs, or products that contain alcohol. These will dry lips out and worsen the problem.

Afterward, give lips a good, moisturizing base coat and allow it to absorb. Try to avoid using products that are very heavy or greasy, as they can cause color to slide and melt off later on.

Step Two: Prep

Some guides recommend neutralizing your lips’ natural color using liquid foundation, which will also help provide a surface to trap and hold lip color. Some companies offer lip primers that can do the same thing, but are less drying and unpleasant tasting. Whichever you use, smooth it on over lips and blot it gently to absorb excess oil and moisture.

Step Three: Color

Next, line lips with a lip pencil that matches the lipstick. Fill in with the liner until lips are completely colored in, then apply lipstick on top. Top with a gloss if you like, and blot the excess gently with a tissue.

Step Four: Maintain

A red lip is a high-maintenance look. Be prepared to occasionally re-apply (particularly after eating or drinking) and carry a makeup remover wipe to correct any smudges that might happen.

Even though a red lip is a dramatic look, it doesn’t have to be difficult. A smooth, moisturized lip surface will help keep lip color from settling into cracks, lip primer and liner will lock color into place, and a little preparedness will allow you to keep up a perfect, magazine-worthy pout all day long.

Top Makeup Items for Fall

       
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Top Makeup Items for FallWith Autumn just around the corner, the beautiful hues of amber, brilliant yellow, and vibrant reds are on our mind here at BeautyBridge.com. Dressing up your face with a bit of Fall-inspired makeup can do wonders. Rich plums and glorious golds are also colors that can bring a little Autumn spice to your makeup routine. With cooler temperatures in the air, it’s time to bundle up in sweaters and booties while you play up your makeup routine with fun colors.

Bold, Vibrant Lips

Bring a little sex appeal to your lips with a beautiful plum lip. Plum is a gorgeous shade for fall and its gorgeous on any skin tone. Lipstick Queen lipstick in Medieval is a gorgeous shade of red with a slightly plum undertone. This shade looks elegant and beautiful with many makeup looks. The versatile color will spice things up and make you fall ready.

Chocolate Shades

Every girl’s makeup arsenal wouldn’t be complete without a palette filled with rich, versatile shades. Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette doesn’t disappoint with its beautiful shades of chocolate brown, eggshell, bronze, violet, and even burgundy. These are shades that definitely say “Fall” loud and clear. With so many colors to choose from in this beautiful palette, the possibilities of eye looks are endless. Your eyes will be ready for fall. This palette is just one example of a well-rounded palette. When shopping for an eye palette, selecting one with both matte and shimmer shades will give you the ability to bring more dimension and contour to the eye.

Radiant Cheeks

Cheekbones are the feature that seem to be on everyone’s mind lately, with contouring being quite the rage in 2015. Don’t let your cheeks be left out — dress them up in beautiful shades of blush. Youngblood Cosmetics is cruelty free and made of minerals — ingredients that will love your skin. Sugar Plum is beautiful for medium skin tones, a delicate plum color with subtle sparkle for a luminescent glow. All shades of skin will enjoy colors in the blush range such as Nutmeg and Blossom. These colors will make your cheeks pop and bring together the entire look.

To contour your cheeks, start with a contouring shade with a slightly grey undertone. Shadows tend to have a grey undertone, so for a realistic contour, it’s best to avoid a bronzer as a contouring shade. Next. apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Top it of with a subtle highlighter on the top of your cheekbones — just above where you applied the contour and blush. Depending on your own preference, you may like a subtle luminizer, or you might be more of a metallic highlighter type of gal. Cheekbone highlighters are now available in a variety of textures, shades, and formulations. theBalm Cosmetics makes a finely milled highlighting powder in various shades. The finely milled formula will not emphasize pores and will provide a hint of sheen on the top of your cheekbones to bring out their beauty. Ciny-Lou Manizer is an all-in-one blush and luminizer in a flattering shade of peachy pink. It can be used as a blush or a highlighter on top of your darker blush and contour. theBalm California Dreamer face palette includes everything you need to make your cheeks stand out at their best along with two eyeshadow shades. Convenient palettes such as this make your makeup routine much easier and quicker because everything you need is right at your fingertips.

Get Glowing with Vita Liberata!

       
Friday, August 21st, 2015

Get Glowing with Vita Liberata!Vita Liberata is a brand of luxury tan products that can help users attain natural and even looking glows. People who are looking for professional and home tanning options alike may want to investigate their choices with Vita Liberata. The brand exclusively uses pure ingredients to make their tanning products. Not only are the brand’s ingredients pure, but they’re also certified organic and natural.

People who want to tan yet at the same time maintain healthy and glowing complexions may appreciate Vita Liberata’s numerous choices in products. Their formulas seal moisture in the skin, enabling it to hydrate it for 3 days at a time. This moisture sealing helps tans fade evenly and naturally. Vita Liberata’s tan products also aim to nurture and condition the complexion.

One prominent Vita Liberata product is the Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse. This product is available both in medium and dark color options. The formula dries rapidly and is suited for individuals who have normal, oily and combination skin. Application of the Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse is simple even for people who are totally new to the tanning world. The formula produces color immediately which allows people the chance to quickly see their brand new glows.

People who are reluctant to deal with the often strong smells of self tanning products may appreciate the fact that the Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse includes “Odor Remove” and therefore lacks any type of scent. Notable ingredients in this product include ginkgo biloba leaf extract, melon extract, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.

The Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion is yet another prominent Vita Liberata tanning product. This formula also comes in medium and dark varieties. The goal of this product is to condition the complexion and at the same time also tan and moisturize it. The Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion is appropriate for people who have mature, sensitive or dry skin. Like the aforementioned product, this mousse is 100 percent devoid of any odors. The finish of the lotion is sheer. It takes anywhere between 4 and 8 hours total to develop into a natural and even tan that looks smooth and soft. Since the lotion produces instant color, application of it is generally simple and straightforward.

The Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse from Vita Liberata comes in fair, medium and dark color options. People who want tans that have longevity often depend on this formula. This product works well on people who have skin that’s oily, combination or normal. The Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse has the distinction of being able to stay intact for upward of 4 times as long as typical tans. Since the formula dries incredibly speedily, people who use it can put their clothes back on soon after application. The mousse also lacks any type of conspicuous smell.