New Years Beauty Resolutions

       
January 17th, 2014 | Contributed by:

New Years Beauty Resolutions

At this point, 2014 is in full swing, and your ready to keep your resolutions this time around. Radiating beauty is something that you want to make a priority this year, but you’re not quite sure where to start. What are some ideas to get the momentum going on that goal?

Don’t Skimp on Your Routine
During the winter, many ladies tend to get lazy about shaving their legs, applying lotion and getting their nails done. While a full-fledged pedicure is not really necessary when it’s cold outside, you should still have a routine that makes you feel feminine and beautiful. Now is the time to use those gift cards from Christmas and buy scented body lotions and pretty polishes.

Treat Your Hair Right
Sometimes, we damage our hair a little bit too much in an effort to obtain more beauty. You don’t have to throw away all of your styling tools and give up dying your hair, but you should take it a little bit easy. On days when you’re going out to enjoy a casual lunch with friends or kicking it at home in a pair of sweatpants, just let your hair dry naturally. Speak with a stylist about ways to avoid damage when coloring your locks.

Freshen Up Your Makeup
When women think about their beauty routines, a lot of that thought is dedicated to makeup. Now is the time to go through all of the products that you own and get rid of the ones that you don’t use anymore. You should work on finding colors and shades that actually make sense for you. Heading to the local department store for a consultation can help you to find a foundation that covers all of your flaws without making you look orange or muddy.

Address Your Dressing Style
Wearing the right clothes is a part of beauty. Stop hanging onto items that you haven’t worn in years and make space for new flattering clothing. Instead of trying to squeeze into clothes that are too small, accept the size that you are and buy clothes that make sense for your shape and size. Feeling good in your clothes is a major part of looking beautiful.

As you can see, keeping beauty resolutions is going to require a little bit of work on your part, but you’re likely to feel like a glamour queen all year round if you put in the effort.

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10 Benefits of Using a Makeup Primer

       
January 14th, 2014 | Contributed by:

10 Benefits of Using a Makeup Primer
Proper makeup application is an art. It takes special skills, the right tools and a suitable selection of cosmetics to enhance your best features while downplaying flaws and blemishes. In the quest for perfection, makeup primer has emerged as one of the most useful products in preparing the skin for makeup application.

What is Makeup Primer?

Makeup primer is applied to prepare your skin’s surface to accept various layers and different types of makeup. Applying makeup primer is like preparing a blank canvass for the artwork. Primers are made with waxes, silicones and polymers enriched with various combinations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and emollients. It is applied after the moisturizer but before the foundation.

Benefits of Using Makeup Primer

The condition of your skin varies depending on the climate, your skincare regimen and your overall health. Fortunately, your skin’s condition can be transformed with the magic of skincare products and cosmetics. In this regard, applying makeup primer can have many benefits.

1. Skin Softener
Makeup primers that contain vitamin-enriched emollients have a moisturizing effect on skin, improving texture and providing a smoother surface for makeup application. Philosophy’s The Present Clear Makeup is a multitasking makeup primer that creates a velvety surface so that cosmetics glide on much better.

2. Pore Minimizer
Moisturizers are formulated for optimum skin absorption. When foundation is applied directly after the moisturizer, your pores may show through the foundation. An application of makeup primer such as the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer will resolve this problem.

3. Non-comedogenic Pore Sealing
Effective makeup primers create a silken surface on your face because they seal the pores. However, stick with non-comedogenic formulations that will not clog pores and cause skin irritation such as Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer made by Dermalogica.

4. Anti-aging Effect
Some face primers may contain antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients. However, the youthful glow that comes from including makeup primer in your regular routine comes from the skin polishing effect of primers. Although the effect is temporary, primer application will minimize fine lines upon application. However, products like Dermablend’s Skin Perfector Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Primer may help make the skin look and feel younger if used regularly.

5. Reduce Redness and the Evidence of Acne
Primers intended for sensitive skin contain soothing ingredients. While primers are not formulated for acne treatment, using some of this product under your foundation will cover up unsightly acne. Radiant skin is possible with the blend of cucumber, cactus extracts and antioxidants in Skin Calming Face Primer SPF 20 by Colorscience.

6. Mattifying and Anti-flaking
While some primers can moisturize the skin, others are formulated to reduce oiliness that can lead to streaks in your makeup. Primers will also prevent absorption of talc from makeup products.

7. More Polished Makeup
Staring your makeup routine with a velvety canvas means makeup is applied more easily, creating a professional finish on your face.

8. Makeup Stays on Longer
Sweating is minimized on your face as the primer acts as a temporary pore sealant. This keeps your makeup in place much longer than if you bypassed primer application. Primers such as Borghese’s Prima Viso Face Primer create a uniform surface for your foundation, preventing the dreaded makeup melt off.

9. Easy Application
If you dislike heavy makeup, makeup primers were created for you. Makeup primers are lightweight gel or cream formulations, colorless or lightly tinted, that dry easily after application, keeping your preparation time to a minimum.

10. A Primer for Everyone
Regardless of your skin type, tone and condition, there is a makeup primer formulated for your skin. With a diverse selection of makeup primers available, feel free to experiment until you find the right match.

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Endless Beauty Rewards in 2014

       
January 12th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Borghese Brightening Moments Gift Set

As the holiday season comes to an end we have been reflecting on how lucky we are to have such wonderful customers supporting and believing in our business. This year has been super successful for Beauty Bridge and we have our customers to thank for it.

We believe that our customers should know how much we appreciate them and so we have multiple gift programs that reward our customers for shopping with us throughout the whole year. We always send three free samples no matter what amount you purchase. Also you get to choose from makeup, skincare, bodycare or haircare samples. We also offer different gifts with purchase of a specific brand. For example, currently if you purchase $100 worth of Borghese products you receive the Brightening Moments Gift Set with your purchase and that is in addition to your three free samples.

Too Faced Love Lisa Beauty Battle Box
Can it get any better than that? Actually yes! If your order is $50 or more you get to choose from 3 standard BBGift items or if your order is $100 or more you get to choose from 3 premium BBGift items. In addition to all of these wonderful perks, if your order is $150 or more you receive a full sized item which is currently the Too Faced Love Lisa Beauty Battle Box. It is the most beautiful set of eye shadow, lip gloss and blush and it supports a good cause.

So you can see how being a Beauty Bridge customer has its perks and why so many of you choose to come to us time and time again. We hope to continue this wonderful relationship with our customers for many years to come and wish all of you a successful new year filled with love and happiness. Till next time!

XOXOXO,

Maggie D.

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5 Budget-Friendly Beauty Tips For The New Year

       
January 2nd, 2014 | Contributed by:

5 Budget-Friendly Beauty Tips For The New Year

It seems that there is a miracle cream or solution for every part of your face these days, but buying all of those supposed life-changing products can break your budget. Use these five simple and natural beauty tips to look radiant without breaking the bank this year.

1. Scrub With Salt
Fine-ground sea salt is perfect for an exfoliating scrub. Put a small dab of gentle soap in your palm, add a pinch of sea salt and scrub your face gently. If you have oily skin, this will also help reduce the shine and replace it with a radiant glow.

2. Whiten Teeth With Baking Soda
One of the quickest, easiest and safest ways to brighten up your smile is to use a dab of baking soda with water. Put it on your toothbrush, and gently scrub your teeth in a circular motion for one to two minutes twice each day. Make sure to use a soft toothbrush to avoid damaging your pearly whites.

3. Brighten Eyes With Potatoes
Nobody likes to deal with puffy eyes, skin discoloration or dark circles. Did you know potato slices can make your eyes look radiant? They contain many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber and others. In addition to this, they have natural bleaching agents to even your skin tone. Make sure to slice them thin so they are more flexible.

4. Use DIY Face Masks
There are numerous natural mask recipes online, and the ingredients are easy to find. One simple example is oatmeal, avocado and milk. Mix one avocado with 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of rolled oats in a blender or with a mixer. Slather it on your face, and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you want to add some vitamin C, place fresh peach slices on your face after washing off the mask.

5. Improve Nails With Lemon Slices
If your nails are brittle or if you have used acrylic nails for a long time, you may notice a persistent yellow coloring. Gently rub lemon slices on your nails twice per week for about one minute on each nail to whiten them.

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Two different takes on the timeless top knot

       
December 31st, 2013 | Contributed by:

Two different takes on the timeless top knot

Hair style trends come and go, but the top knot appears to be here to stay. Some of the hottest celebrities from Emily Blunt to Rachel McAdams embraced this look in 2013, rocking it on the red carpet or just in everyday life. That’s the beauty of the top knot: It’s effortless enough to look casual but can also appear impossibly elegant. It works year round, and for a variety of occasions, making it a chic and easy option when you just can’t deal with having your hair down.

So if you haven’t already, it’s time to try this trend in 2014. Take some inspiration from your favorite stars and follow these steps:

Bedhead beautiful
A top knot can come in and save the day when you just don’t have time to shower. In fact, this messy version looks best on a ‘do that’s one or two days old.

Start by applying dry shampoo on your scalp and combing through to soak up any excess oil and give your strands some texture. After fluffing your hair to enhance its natural body, sweep it back with your fingers into a ponytail. To ensure the pony isn’t too tight, tug at the top and sides a little. If you’re going for maximum volume, back-comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb and mist with hairspray. Begin twisting your tresses about halfway down the pony and then coil onto your head into a half ballerina bun.

While holding the half bun, grab the rest of the hair that’s hanging loose and spread it out over the bun to create a mussed up, tousled look. Secure an elastic around the entire bun, twist it and pull it over the top a second time. For bigger impact, tug some strands out of the bun.

Sleek and sophisticated
The key to a polished top knot, like the one seen on countless runway models this year, is first getting the perfect neat ponytail. Apply a shine serum to your strands and brush them back, securing with an elastic near the crown of the head.

Next, divide your hair into two sections and start twisting them around each other to create a rope braid. After you’ve reached the ends, twirl the braid around the elastic at the base of your ponytail. If there are any wild pieces sticking out, carefully tuck them into the braid and under the elastic. Finish with a generous application of strong-hold hairspray to keep your ‘do locked into place and flyaway-free.

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How to have healthier hair in 2014

       
December 30th, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to have healthier hair in 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to make a few New Year’s beauty resolutions. Hopefully you learned some lessons this year, and now you can apply your wisdom toward better habits, starting with your hair. If you’ve always wanted healthier, softer and shinier strands, there are certain tools and tactics that can help.

Follow these tips and you’ll bring out the best in your tresses:

  1. Be gentle – Don’t rub at your locks too vigorously when shampooing or drying your hair – they’re in their most vulnerable state when wet. When you step out of the shower, squeeze excess water out by blotting with a towel. Not only will you experience less breakage, but you’ll also see reduced frizz.
  2. Shampoo sparingly - Lathering up too often strips your strands of their essential oils, which will leave them dried out. Gwyneth Paltrow’s stylist Peter Gray told The Daily Express that he recommends only shampooing once a week if possible, but if your hair is especially oily, opt for twice or three times at most. A dry shampoo is a lifesaver for those times when your locks start to look greasy in between showers, as these powders can soak up any excess grime and leave your hair smelling cleaner. Also, you can always simply dampen your hair with a spray bottle of water to refresh your hairstyle.
  3. Blowdry with caution - Instead of immediately reaching for a hairdryer after stepping out of the shower, give your tresses a chance to air dry. Kristina Barricelli, a celebrity hairstylist and a co-owner of the Gemini 14 Salon, in New York City, explained to Real Simple magazine that not only do you add on extra minutes to the process by blowdrying soaked hair, but you also put your strands at a higher risk of breakage because they’re in a weakened state when wet. So try to wait until it’s about 80 percent dry before you start blasting it with heat. Also, be sure to apply a heat protectant product prior to styling.
  4. Take your vitamins – You are what you eat, and so is your hair. Make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids so your strands have a healthy shine. If you aren’t eating natural sources like salmon, mackerel, walnuts and avocado, consider taking a supplement. Dr. Roopal Kundu, MD and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, advised in The Huffington Post taking vitamin D, fish oil and a general multivitamin with the daily recommended value of iron. Additionally, she noted that biotin is an ideal supplement for strengthening the hair so it’s less prone to breakage.

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Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
December 26th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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Shine at all of your holiday parties

       
December 20th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Shine at all of your holiday parties

Your social calendar is looking stuffed – and while you couldn’t be more excited about all the upcoming soirées, you’re also already strategizing your look. After all, with the twinkling holiday lights, festive decor and glitzy party dresses, it’s not easy to stand out. However, with a touch of the right makeup, you’re bound to light up the room.

Every bash has a different mood, so they require varied makeup products, tricks and tactics. Here’s how to create a flawless look for all your upcoming affairs:

The family party
As you gather around the fireplace with loved ones, singing carols and exchanging memories from years past, you’ll surely be all aglow, and your makeup should reflect the same warmth. For a bright-eyed look, dab some highlighter with light-reflecting particles just at the inner corners of your eyes. Your look wouldn’t be complete without that just-in-from-the-cold fresh-faced flush, so sweep a light layer of rosy pigment onto the apples of your cheeks. Go for a sheer lip color that simply enhances the natural color of your pout.

The office party
The key at the company party is to look sophisticated and polished but still approachable, meaning a bold red lip and elegant golden eyes. If you have cool undertones in your skin, reach for a blue-based red like a rich berry. Warmer complexions can rock a brick red or a shade that errs on the orangey side. Next, rub a gold cream eyeshadow onto your lids and use a blending brush to distribute the pigment until your eyes are glimmering just the right gilded hue. You can also apply a warm medium brown shadow in the crease for some added allure.

The girlfriends party
Girls just want to have fun, so why not embrace some seasonally festive shimmer for a shindig at your BFF’s? Whether or not it’s snowing outside, sparkling silver eyeshadow promises a winter wonderland appeal. Dust a pale slate gray loose powder onto your lids and then to further illuminate your eyes, apply highlighter along the brow-bone. Lining your upper lash line with a charcoal pencil will give you subtle definition, while a layer of sleek black liquid liner will make your eyes pop more dramatically. To finish the look, sweep two layers of volumizing mascara onto your upper lashes and apply a neutral lip gloss, which will give your pout a glossy sheen but won’t compete with your glittery eyes.

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All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

       
December 20th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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The lowdown on the low pony

       
December 18th, 2013 | Contributed by:

The lowdown on the low pony

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going through the effort of creating an elaborate ‘do. You’re tired of flattening your hair into submission with your straightening iron, but you know that leaving it alone just won’t cut it. That’s where the hottest hairstyle of the moment comes in: the low ponytail. It looks stunning, but it’s surprisingly simple to achieve.

Ready to rock this effortlessly elegant hairstyle? Follow these steps:

  1. Start by making a middle part down your head with a comb. One way to make sure your part is perfectly centered is to place the comb at the tip of your nose and glide it up toward your hairline.
  2. If your hair has some unruly pieces around the hairline, use a flat iron to quickly smooth them down.
  3. Next, apply a shine serum to give your locks a glossy, lustrous look.
  4. Pull your hair back into the low ponytail, making sure that you can tie it right at the nape of your neck.
  5. After securing the pony with an elastic, use a pomade to slick down any flyaways.
  6. A mist of medium hold hairspray is an essential final step for making sure your pony looks polished all day long.

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