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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.

Must know tips before using makeup remover

       
Monday, December 16th, 2013

Must know tips before using makeup remover

Makeup remover is a key element in every girl’s nighttime beauty regimen. After all, you need to get off all the products you’ve used at the end of the day to let your skin breathe and prevent clogged pores, or worse – a breakout. However, there’s more to this product than meets the eye. It’s crucial to be mindful about what’s in the solution you’re using, as well as how you’re apply it to ensure it’s effective. Additionally, you could do some damage to your skin if you aren’t careful about which makeup remover you use.

So before you go to clear off your cosmetics, keep these tips in mind:

Read the label
Just as you look at the ingredients on your food to make sure it’s good for you, it’s imperative to do the same with your makeup remover. Certain agents can be particularly harsh, and therefore, should be avoided, especially if you have sensitive skin. Stay away from solutions that contain fragrances, preservatives or alcohol. None of these ingredients will make the remover work better, so they’re unnecessary. Plus, they can irritate the skin, particularly around the eye area.

Consider your skin type
You take your skin type into account when buying a cleanser and moisturizer, so keep this mind when you’re purchasing a makeup remover as well. Dr. David Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, told The Huffington Post that it can be helpful to consult with your dermatologist if you’re unsure about your type or what product is ideal for your skin. As a general rule, though, he advised using a hypoallergenic fragrance-free makeup remover if you have rosacea or eczema. Sensitive skin types should reach for cream or liquid cleansers, which are less drying. For example, G.M. COLLIN’s hydrating Sensiderm Cleansing Milk, which has soothing properties, is made for sensitive skin.

Be gentle
The method that you use to remove your makeup is just as important as the product. Especially when you’re removing stubborn waterproof mascara or eyeliner, it can be tempting to rub vigorously to get it all off. This tactic is detrimental, though, as the eye area is particularly delicate. An optimal eye makeup remover will be strong enough to slough off any product, so let it do the work for you.

The best way to get rid of makeup without irritating your skin is to press a cotton ball or pad soaked with remover over your lids. The product will dissolve, and then you can simply wipe it away. Always avoid rubbing the under-eye area and follow up by washing your face to eliminate any residue from the remover.

Do’s and don’t's for dramatic lashes

       
Friday, December 13th, 2013

Do's and don't's for dramatic lashes

Long, lush lashes are the ultimate beauty achievement, but this is no easy feat. While some were blessed with naturally voluminous lashes from birth, others spend a considerable amount of time trying to amp them up. There's so much to consider in your efforts, too. Which mascara will really maximize your lashes? How and when should you curl them?

If you're trying to up the intensity on your lash factor, keep these do's and don'ts in mind:

Do
Pay attention the brush, as it's a good indicator of what effect you'll get with the product. One with spiky straight bristles will separate your lashes, thus preventing any clumping. A big, bushy brush on the other hand will make your lashes look extra full. Want to give your lashes some curl? Then seek out a brush that has the curvature you need.

Start by applying your mascara on one eye, then switch to the other – but most importantly, let that layer dry completely before passing over with a second swipe.

Use an eyelash curler before you reach for mascara when you want a wide-eyed look. To get the best results, press the curler down at the roots for about five seconds and then continue to clamp down on the lashes for one second several times. 

Don't
Don't try to do it all when it comes to your mascara. It may not be possible to find a product that lengthens, thickens, curls and adds volume, so decide what your top priority is and then select a product that promises that specific benefit. Keep in mind that if you want some lift, you'll need to look for a curling mascara that has the right waxes and resins to bend straight lashes into shape. Or, if you're trying to extend the length of your lashes, you'll want to look for a formula that has nylon fibers in it.

Do not be afraid to wiggle. Carefully press the brush right up against the base of your lashes and then pull it upward, shimmying as you go. This motion separates your lashes while simultaneously ensuring that each and every lash gets an even coat of pigment. 

Avoid using a waterproof mascara all the time. Most of these formulas are rather difficult to remove, which can take a toll on your lashes and potentially promote breakage. For everyday use, aim for a traditional formula, and then bust out the water-resistant formulas for those special occasions.

Don't forget your lower lashes, either. You can focus on your upper fringe for your natural daytime look, but lightly brushing the wand along your lower lashes can add some drama and definition to a smoky eye.

Trend alert: Blurred lips

       
Friday, December 13th, 2013

Trend alert: Blurred lips

The latest lip trend is the epitome of perfect imperfection. While blurred lips may seem like a beauty accident, the look is actually totally intentional, and incredibly stunning. However, achieving this effect doesn't just require messing up your lipstick – it's an art. This trend initially exploded when models on couture runways strutted down the catwalks rocking a blurry pout, and ever since then, more fashion-forward ladies have been clamoring to emulate the look.

You can get a soft-focus pout, too, by following these simple tips:

Red outside the lines
The models at the Marni show sported a classic red lip, which certainly never goes out of style. However, their version didn't seem to have any boundaries. In fact, the outline of the lips completely disappeared, so it looked as if the lips faded right into the skin. To get that effect, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Allure magazine that he used a matte berry lipstick to get a rich pop of pigment. Then, he dusted a bright crimson loose pigment on top to set the color. After dipping a cotton swap into translucent powder, he swept it around the edges of the lips to make it look blurry.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used almost the same tactic on the models at Vera Wang. She layered two different burgundy lipsticks on the center of the lips to get the perfect wine-inspired hue, and then dragged the pigment toward the edges with a Q-tip. 

Grunge glam
Rachel Zoe wanted a dramatic look for her show. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told the magazine that the designer sought a bold oxblood lip color, which strikes a balance between red and purple. However, she also aimed to soften the intensity of the dark hue by diffusing it. After applying an oxblood lipstick, focusing on the middle of the models' lips, Tilbury blended the pigment outward using her fingertip. The result? A look that's both elegant and edgy at the same time.

Fade out
While you typically apply lip color to make your pout appear plumper, the objective at the Dior show was just the opposite. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who has painted the models' faces for dozens of couture designers, said that the girls in Andy Warhol illustrations were her muse for this look. She started by applying an intense fuchsia lipstick all over the lip. Then, she used translucent powder to tone down the color a bit and lock it in place. The most important step, though, was dabbing concealer around the border of the mouth so that only the center had a pink flush.

How to rock Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s color of 2014

       
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

How to rock Radiant Orchid: Pantone's color of 2014

Every year, Pantone selects a new hue for us to focus on, which dictates the color of everything from our clothes to our manicures. In 2013, that color was emerald green, and there's no doubt that the glimmering shade was seen everywhere. By the year's end, we may have tired of the color somewhat, but luckily we have a new hue to look forward to: Radiant Orchid.

"An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, according to Beauty World News. "It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm."

Ready to incorporate this color into your makeup routine? As 2014 approaches, here are some ideas to help you embrace this stunning shade of purple:

Eyes
It seems that celebs are way ahead of the trend when it comes to purple eye makeup. Lea Michelle sported plum eyeliner at the People's Choice Awards last January, and Selena Gomez performed "Come & Get It" on "Dancing With The Stars" last April with a violet smoky eye. Radiant orchid is a decidedly different shade, though, and it's a great option when you want a pop of color around your eyes that's striking but not shocking. Reach for a silky eye crayon in this hue and line both your upper and lower lashes. Then follow up with a thinner application of black liquid liner on top of it to further define the eye. If you're ready to amplify your look, dust a layer of orchid shadow over your eyelids and then carefully sweep a deeper shade of the same hue into the crease. The final step? Mascara with a subtle hint of purple, of course.

Lips
You may be well aware that purple lips are in – just look to Ke$ha, who showed up at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards with this look. Radiant orchid isn't as severe as the dark plum lip shades that we saw this year, though. In fact, because this hue has pink undertones, it's wearable on any complexion. Look for a rich creamy matte lavender lipstick with just a hint of rosy pink and apply two layers for extra intensity. In terms of your eye makeup, it's best to accent your radiant pout with cool tones like silver and slate. Try sweeping an iridescent highlighter on your brow-bone to brighten up your eyes, then cover your lids in a pearly pale gray shadow. Glide a dark charcoal pencil along your upper lash-line and then use a smudge brush to soften up the smoky look.

Say goodbye to chapped lips

       
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Say goodbye to chapped lips

Chapped lips are an inevitable side effect of winter but they can really put a damper on your look, not to mention they're rather uncomfortable. Trying to keep your pout smooth so you can rock the matte lips trend? Or, are you just hoping for a smooch under the mistletoe?

Either way, these tips will help you to protect your lips against the dry, cold air:

Hydrate
You've heard time and again that you're supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day. Hydration isn't just essential for your health, it's also important for ensuring that your lips don't dry out. Even if you drink plenty of water throughout the day, you may notice some cracks. In that case, you may want to invest in a humidifier for your home.

Exfoliate
Just as you exfoliate your face to get rid of flakes, you should to do the same on your lips. However, it's critical to be careful when you're buffing your pout or you could make dryness worse. A damp washcloth or a soft bristled toothbrush can certainly be used to slough off the dead skin. For the best results, though, use a gentle solution like the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. Simply smooth it on a circular motion and the natural oils, butters and vitamins in the formula will nourish your skin while the the exfoliants get rid of dry surface cells. The result? A flawless canvas for all your favorite lip colors.

Moisturize
A moisturizing treatment is essential for avoiding chapped lips, particularly right after you exfoliate. The only bummer about a lip balm is that sometimes you want a little pigment to amp up the color of your pout. In that case, reach for the Lip Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 by BORGHESE. This rich formula is infused with an innovative Acqua di Vita Complex to maximize moisture, and even protects your pout against damage from UV rays. Plus, it comes in four lustrous shades that are flattering on nearly any skin tone, including the perfectly peach Naturale and the alluring deep Berry.

Treat
Hopefully after treating them with care, you won't experience chapped lips. However, sometimes harsh conditions prevail and you need to alleviate the discomfort. Rue La La recommended making a DIY remedy by steeping a green tea bag in warm water and applying it to your pout. The calming tannins in this solution will help to soothe any burning sensation. Alternatively, the source suggested letting rose petals soak in milk for a few hours, mashing them into a paste and applying the mixture to your lips several times a day to calm them down and even enhance their natural pigment.

Take a leap with a bold lip color

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Take a leap with a bold lip color

Change is a good thing. So isn't it time you set the traditional pink and red lipsticks aside for something a little more daring? Fortunately, unusual lip shades were popping up left and right on the catwalks and red carpets this year, meaning now is the perfect time to experiment with a new hue. 

If you're thinking it might be time to switch it up, consider one of these ideas to perk up your pout:

Blue
Before you balk at the idea of blue lipstick, consider the fact that Rihanna rocked this lip color and still looked impossibly chic. It's a gutsy choice, for sure, but with the right beauty tactics, can still work for almost anyone. Follow RiRi's lead by going for ultra long lashes, which gives the whole look an otherworldly feel. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, though, avoiding any pigment on your eyelids or cheeks. Just a simple sleek cat-eye can make the whole look more polished and add some allure. Most importantly, make sure your complexion is even by using a BB cream or foundation that can camouflage any redness.

Gold
Searching for a new go-to shade for all your glitzy holiday parties? Look no further than gold lipstick. Makeup artist Nico Guilis told Refinery 29 that this metallic shade is just as romantic as it is glamorous – and it's actually totally wearable, too. He advised using luminizer all over your face to get a dewy, glowing effect. Stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your eyeshadow or bronzer, though, since you don't want any glitter competing with your lips. A sweep of espresso eyeliner is just enough to add a sultry touch to your sparkling look.

Purple
You can't get edgier than a purple pout. First, though, you'll need to select the right shade. Those with cool undertones should opt for purples that also have a blueish base, like a true violet. Warm complexions are complemented nicely by a shade that's between purple and red. The key to making purple appear perfect is making sure your complexion is neutral and flawless, which means matte foundation, highlighter and setting powder but minimal blush and bronzer for a porcelain finish. Then add some warmth back to the overall look by applying bronze eyeliner. Remember that dark colors can tend to bleed into fine lines, so it's important to use a lip primer. Guilis noted that you can also apply concealer and line your lips in the same hue to lock the pigment in place.