Introducing our first YouTuber of the month! Jackie from JaaackJack!

December 2nd, 2013 | Contributed by:

There are so many great YouTube beauty channels and beauty blogs out there and we thought it’d be great to start sharing some of our favorites!

For our very first YouTuber of the month we knew exactly who we wanted to feature and that is Jackie from http://youtube.com/JaaackJack

Jackie has over 150k subscribers and over 12 million total video views!

Congratulations Jackie on being our December YouTuber of The Month!

Jackie has such a kind heart and she shares amazing beauty tips, tutorials, and hauls.

What do you love most about having a YouTube channel?

I always call my channel my little child I care for, and it’s so cool to see something you love just grow and evolve over time, but what I absolutely love most about having a youtube channel is being able to inspire others and put smiles on peoples. It’s crazy because I’ve never met these people, yet I am able to brighten their day no matter how far away they are.

What are the most challenging things about being a Youtuber?

With anything in life, no matter how great, there are always going to be many struggles and obstacles. I mean, I could go on and on about things that I have found difficult like learning to film, edit and upload all the way to dealing with cyber bullying that comes with putting yourself on the internet. But my greatest advice is to continue to pursue what you love and never let anyone bring you down, because then with that you will never fail.

What is your favorite beauty product at the moment?

Since it’s Fall I’m going to have to say that my favorite beauty product at the moment would be MAC lipstick in Hang Up which is a beautiful black cherry color. I love darker vampy lips during Fall and that is one of my reoccurring favorite every Fall time.

What beauty products can you not live without?

There’s a fews and the first is pretty boring but I can’t live without a good moisturizer because I have dry skin so that’s really important to me and I love Origins Starting Over. The other beauty products I can’t live without would be Anastasia’s Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil because I always fill in my eyebrows it frames your face and completes any look, and a good foundation to cover all my freckles and sun spots. My current favorite foundation is Make Up Forever HD Foundation.

Who is someone who inspires your beauty sense?

Without a doubt my mom inspires my beauty sense because if you look at my tutorials they’re all very natural and wearable, almost as if I’m not wearing any makeup. My mom is a natural beauty who never wears makeup and I’ve always grown up learning to love my own skin so when I stated getting into makeup I only used it to enhance my features, never to hide or bury my face in makeup.

Name 5 products that are in your purse right now.

I have my wallet, big sunglasses, a cute little notebook because I love writing and the front of the notebook says “You can never have enough shoes” which I totally agree with! I also have my current book I’m reading, Uprising by Erwin McManus and I always keep Summer Eve’s Cleansing Cloths in my bag too. You never know when you need to freshen up!

Which celebrities do you look to for style inspiration?

I absolutely adore Ginnifer Goodwin, she was the one that inspired me to chop my hair into a pixie back in January. I also love Lauren Conrad for her simplistic SoCal girl style and Victoria Beckham for her classy and elegant LBD style. All three woman are complete opposites but I think when you combine all their styles together into one you get sorta my style.

Has your daily beauty routine changed in the last year?

As far as beauty products it’s always changing because I love trying new products but overall I keep the same beauty routine as far as washing my face morning and night using a 4 step method with a cleanser, serum, eye cream and facial moisturizer. For beauty routine that changes every season. During Spring and Summer I’m more into fresh natural makeup maybe with a pop of color and during fall and winter I like to go a little heavier on my makeup with darker eyes and lips.

Thanks so much Jackie for taking the time to answer our questions, you are doing amazing with your channel! Keep up the great work! =)

Don’t forget to check out Jackie’s channel and subscribe!

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How to: DIY hair chalking

November 21st, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to: DIY hair chalking

It's likely that the last time you used art chalk was in the 5th grade – but you may be picking it up again very soon. The only difference is that this time, you'll be using it in your hair, not the sidewalk.

Skeptical? Hair chalking is a super simple DIY hair color method that's great for people who want to test out a wild new hue. Since it's temporary, you can experiment with any color you desire on your strands while knowing it will wash out in a few shampoos. The best part? Whether you're a redhead, blonde or brunette, this technique will work just as well. Even stylish celebs like Lauren Conrad have played around with hair chalking to try a fun new look.

All you need are some soft chalk pastels, gloves, some water and a dash of courage. Here's how to do it yourself:

Step 1:
If you have dark hair, fill a small spray bottle with water and spritz a small section. There's no need to wet the entire piece, just soak up to the point where you want the pigment to appear. Blondes should avoid moistening their locks as the chalk could end up actually staining your hair. So if you have light hair, just draw onto dry strands unless you plan to rock this color for a couple weeks. Redheads may want to test a section without water first to see how bright the color shows up, and then determine if water is needed to amp up the intensity.

Step 2:
Slip on a pair of rubber gloves, reach for your desired pastel hue and begin coloring directly onto your strands. It can be helpful to twist your hair as you go, as this tactic will rub off more pigment from the chalk. You can select more than one shade, but Seventeen magazine noted that it's best to start with the lightest one first to avoid dark color from getting on your gloves and muddying the whole effect. Brush out the excess chalk and wait for your hair to dry completely.

Step 3:
Depending on the look you're going for, you can use a flat iron or a curling iron to go over the colored strands and seal in the pigment. Continue to style as you normally would, but have fun with it. Feel free to try out a more eccentric 'do, like a top knot or a fishtail braid, which will show off your vibrant tresses in a whole new way.

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The secrets to highlighting and contouring

November 20th, 2013 | Contributed by:

The secrets to highlighting and contouring

Makeup can work magic – as long as you know how to use it properly. Highlighting and contouring are two of the most valuable beauty techniques any girl can master, because they allow you to enhance and define your features and completely transform your face. If you want radiant skin, sculpted cheekbones, or even a more slender looking nose – it's all possible with these tactics. It's no wonder Kourtney Kardashian deemed them essential to her makeup regimen, as did Victoria's Secret model Toni Garrn.

Intrigued? Here's everything you need to know to become a highlighting and contouring pro:

Step 1
First, even our your skin tone so that you have a perfect base for your bronzer and highlighter by applying a cream, liquid or powder foundation. For extra credit, use an alternate foundation that's just one to two shades lighter and dab it along the middle of your forehead, along the bridge of your nose, at the outer edges of your eyes and on the center of your chin.

Step 2
Next it's time to reach for your bronzer. Be sure that the formula isn't overly shimmery, as too much distracting sparkle could compromise the effectiveness of your contouring. After swirling your brush in your shade of choice, choose areas that you would like to visually hollow out. For example, you could sweep your brush under your jaw-line to make your neck appear more slender, or slim out your nose by dabbing some bronzer on either side, from just below the bridge to right over the nostrils. You can also contour your cheeks by sucking them in, dusting bronzer in a circular motion in the hollow under your apples and then extending and blending toward the hairline.

Step 3
Now that you're ready to highlight, you need to choose the right shade. Cooler complexions should opt for a pale hue with iridescence, while those with warm skin will look best with a slightly more golden highlighter.

While contouring is meant to make areas of the face recede, highlighting does the opposite – it draws them forward. Do you want to draw light to your peepers and make them really pop? Then you should dab highlighter at the inner corners of your eyes and underneath them. Highlighting under the eyebrows will have a lifting effect, thus causing you to appear more alert and awake. You can also highlight right underneath the cheekbone contouring you just did to give your face healthy looking dimension.

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This Thanksgiving, Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments!

November 16th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments

The foods you eat nourish your body, so naturally you try to incorporate the healthiest fare. When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s all about indulging in the comforts of the season – those tried and true traditional dishes that have a nostalgic quality and make you feel happy. Autumnal ingredients like yams, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg aren’t just delicious, they’re also good for you, when prepared properly. Did you know that they’re also spectacular for your skin?

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to feed your skin with some sustenance. Here are three DIY treatments made from the tastiest festive ingredients:

Mashed Potato Mask
It seems as if mashed potatoes can cure anything, and they’re a comforting remedy for your complexion, too. If you’re pursuing a solution for your puffy eyes, battling frequent breakouts, or attempting to diminish dark circles or fine lines, try making a mask infused with this classic dish. All you need are some prepared mashed potatoes – it doesn’t matter how they’re seasoned.

Opt for organic potatoes so you can avoid harmful pesticides. If you have especially dry skin, consider adding a bit of olive oil to your potatoes for extra moisture. However, those that are looking to alleviate acne should mix up a batch with minimal ingredients.

Smooth the potatoes over clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After rinsing off, follow up with a moisturizer.

Squash foot soak
Are you feet feeling parched? With the temperatures dropping and the air getting dryer, it’s common to see some flakes. Fortunately, butternut squash boasts a high vitamin E content, which when combined with the lactic acid in milk and nourishing properties of oil, can slough off dead skin and repair cracks.

Simply mash up one large cooked squash and combine it with 3 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of either safflower or vegetable oil. Put the mixture in a tub that can comfortably fit your feet, and submerge them in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse them off, then slip on some cozy socks to trap in moisture.

Sweet potato conditioner
Your hair needs a detox once in a while, too. Switch out your normal conditioner for this sweet potato concoction, which can get rid of product buildup and help to prevent pesky flyaways from the dry static-filled air.

Start by cutting a cooked sweet potato in half and mashing it up. Then, add 3 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. Massage it onto clean, damp hair and don a shower cap to seal in the solution, allowing it to absorb more effectively. After 20 minutes, rinse out the conditioner and voilá: smoother strands.

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Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

November 13th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

Girls who wear glasses have a lot to consider when it comes to their makeup. In fact, specs act like a magnifying glass – meaning they can change the way your eyes, and ultimately your whole face appears. With that said, glasses-wearers also have a lot to their advantage. Since frames draw attention to your eyes, you can really make them pop with the right tactics.

Here are some tips to enhance your overall look when you're sporting spectacles:

Face
If you wear a liquid or cream foundation, you're running the risk of glasses leaving a dent. Try using a loose powder formula to even out your complexion without any potential smearing or marks. Since frames might cast some shadows, use a concealer with yellow undertones to neutralize any blue hues under your eyes. Go simple on cheeks and lips with a subtle rosy hue to make sure your eyes remain the focal point.

Lids
Light neutral eyeshadows are best for your lids because they'll draw light to your eyes. Consider a slightly pearly champagne, amber, slate or taupe – which happens to be one of the trendiest shades of the season. Stay away from  shades that are ultra glittery, as they might cause a distracting reflective glare from behind glass. Don't forget to apply some highlighter on your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes to make your peepers pop even further.

Whether you choose a pencil or liquid liner, opt for a hue that's at least one or two shades away from your frames – the idea is to define your eyes, not make them disappear. It's also important to consider balance. If you're sporting slender frames, keep the line thin and sleek, but go for a bolder line if your specs are thick.

Brows
It's crucial to keep your brows neat and defined since glasses will be drawing attention to your eye area. Start by combing the hair upward and then tweezing any strays under the arch. Using a brow pencil, fill in any sparse areas, drawing in the direction the hair grows. Then use a brow brush to blend the pigment for a more natural look.

Lashes
Just because your peepers are behind glass doesn't mean you can't coyly bat your lashes. First, use a lash curler to help extend them upward instead of outward. This technique will not only make your eyes appear bigger, but will also prevent your lashes from colliding with the lenses. After curling them, sweep on some volumizing mascara for extra allure.

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Ways to protect your hair in winter

November 11th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Ways to protect your hair in winter

There are some things you always do to prepare for the cold winter months: buying a new parka, sliding on some boots with a sturdy tread and stocking up on warm, comforting foods. So you should also be taking certain measures to keep your hair happy despite the frigid temperatures and dry air. The changes in climate can be harsh on your hair, and if you don't tweak your routine, you could end up with dull, straw-like strands.

Here are a few tips to make sure your tresses stay healthy until spring:

Be wise about washing
The lack of moisture in the air means your hair is far more likely to appear brittle. You're not sweating as much as you were in summer, so it's OK to skip a day or two of shampooing. In fact, Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner of Boston's SalonCapri, told Teen Vogue that washing once every three days is ideal. Be wary of using too much product, too. A quarter-sized amount is sufficient for average length hair, and using any more will strip all of the oils out so that your hair feels and looks parched. Try to turn down the water temperature to lukewarm, as hot water is harsh on hair. Dry shampoo can help you to keep your locks looking grease-free between showers.

Also, try to put down the blow​dryer now and then, or at the very least, let your hair air dry almost completely before blasting it with heat.

Condition constantly
Leave-in conditioners and rich hair masques are a lifesaver during this time of the year. Consider a deep hydrating mask once a week to repair and fortify your strands so that they stay shiny and smooth. Plus, Penna pointed out that these products can act as a shield between your hair and heat from your styling tools, thus minimizing damage and breakage. You could even make you own DIY mask by warming up a few tablespoons of coconut, avocado or olive oil and mashed bananas and leaving it on your tresses for 20 minutes before rinsing. 

Wear a hat
Putting on a hat in winter won't only keep your head warm, it'll save your strands. Opt for one in a soft fabric that won't snag or break your hair, and also consider styles that won't completely flatten your 'do. Struggling with static? Greg May of Greg May Hair Architects in Toronto told Elle magazine that it's best to look for alcohol-free hair styling products formulated with lanolin, which naturally fights flyaways.

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Get ahead on your holiday shopping

November 1st, 2013 | Contributed by:

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

It’s that time of year when holiday cheer is about to set in, meaning you’ll soon be buying gifts for all your loved ones. Though it may be tempting to put off your shopping, doing so usually just promotes unnecessary stress and prevents you from picking out the perfect present.

Black Friday used to be the day when everyone brought out their wallets and wishlists, but all of that is changing now. Smart shoppers are starting to look a lot earlier in order to take advantage of the best promotions and discounts and find the ultimate present. In fact, people who wait until after Thanksgiving to buy presents may actually miss out on some major deals. Not only that - items on their list may sell out by then.

Shopping made simple
Even if you’re organized enough to start early, shopping can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re shopping for your mom or your BFF, Beauty Bridge can help to make the process more fun. No matter your budget, our Holiday Gift Guide has a suggestion for anyone you want to buy for.

You can search by product type, price range or recipient. Even if you’re just looking for a few stocking stuffers, we have a variety of options that any girl would love to get. Consider the Murad Cleanser On The Go for a busy sister, and the Lippmann Collection’s Best of Both Worlds Rock & Roll Mini Duet is essential for making mani-pedis last through all of your holiday parties.

Endless ideas
If you’re really not sure what your recipient will like, you can look through our guide’s top selling gifts section. The Too Faced Jingle All the Way palette comes with 11 day-to-night shadows, a bronzer and blush that are flattering on any complexion, as well as a limited edition iPhone 5 case designed by celebrity decorator Mary McDonald. Don’t forget the spa-worthy Borghese Bagno Beautiful Gift Set, which is sure to please anyone on your list. For a kissable pout beneath the mistletoe, pick up a Philosophy Have a Cherry Christmas High-Gloss, which gives lips a white cherry taste and a high-gloss shine.

Of course, you can never go wrong with a Beauty Bridge gift card. The only problem with browsing our guide is that you may be tempted to pick out a few treats for yourself.

Plenty of perks
Don’t forget the benefits that come with shopping at Beauty Bridge, like the BB Free Gift Program. Once you fill up your cart with $50 worth of goodies – and it won’t be difficult to do so – you’ll be presented with three different choices for a free item. For example, the Babor Lifting Extra Firming Eye Cream, which nourishes and firms up your skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. If your order exceeds $100, you’ll be presented with premium options, like the Le Couvent des Minimes Beneficial Rose Skincare Gift Set, which can make any complexion more radiant, regardless of skin type.

If “free” is your favorite word, you still have more to get excited about when you do your holiday shopping at Beauty Bridge. Some items even qualify for a gift with purchase.

Plus, when you check out, you can pick three free samples from a variety of categories, including skincare, makeup and hair care – no strings attached. This is an ideal opportunity to try out some new products that you wouldn’t normally buy. Who knows? You may even end up finding your new must-have mascara or go-to moisturizer. Rest assured that the items we send you will be our newest and most popular samples, which change on a weekly basis. So every time you shop with us, you’ll get new goodies to test out.

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Quick skin firming tips

October 29th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Quick skin firming tips

Regardless of your habits or genetics, signs of aging are inevitable. While it’s natural for skin to start to sag over time, there are ways to keep it looking supple. Follow these simple tips to defy gravity and give your complexion a lift:

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How to get Dolce & Gabbana’s Sophia Loren-inspired look

October 29th, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to get Dolce & Gabbana's Sophia Loren-inspired look

The runways dictate more than just our wardrobe – they also define the season’s hottest makeup trends. From manicure ideas to new updates on the smoky eye, there is never a shortage of inspiration at top designers’ fashion shows. Recently, Dolce & Gabbana created a stunning makeup look inspired by Sophia Loren that turned a lot of heads. With these simple steps, you can channel your own inner film goddess, even if you are just strutting down the sidewalk instead of the catwalk.

  1. Start by reaching for a rich cream foundation and evenly distribute it across your face. Follow up with a light layer of pressed powder for a matte finish. Vogue magazine reported that makeup artist Pat McGrath then swept a rosy blush from the apples of models’ cheeks all the way up to their hairline for a flirtatious flush.
  2. Sweep shimmering gold shadow across your lids to draw light to your eyes, which is crucial for the romantic Grecian vibe.
  3. A winged eye effect is another key aspect of the D&G look. To achieve this shape, use a liquid or gel liner along the upper lash line and extend outward and upward slightly at the edges. Don’t be afraid to draw on a slightly messier line, either – this cat-eye should not be short on attitude. McGrath actually used a Q-tip to smudge the liner a bit.
  4. Bold brows are another key component: They emulate the Italian film star’s iconic style. Start by filling in the brows with a pencil in the same shade as your hair, then brushing them to blend the pigment. Make sure any strays are plucked so they don’t detract from the striking shape and use a dab of brow gel to keep hairs in place.
  5. Lashes should be so lush that you can’t help but bat them. Clamp a curler onto your fringe once or twice to shape them, then sweep on a lengthening brown mascara only from the center of the lashes outward to really make eyes pop. According to Elle magazine, McGrath didn’t apply mascara to the bottom lashes to ensure a wide-eyed effect.
  6. Most importantly, you’ll need to paint on the perfect pout to emulate this look. Vogue noted that McGrath actually blended a sheer nude lipstick with a delicate peach shade to get the right angelic hue.

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Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

October 24th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

There are plenty of Hollywood-inspired Halloween costume ideas that are both eye-catching and easy to create.

However, for many of the most creative costumes, cosmetics are a key component and without the right look, people might not recognize your idea. If you’re planning to draw inspiration from an iconic retro goddess, try one of these ideas for a costume that’s bound to stand out this holiday:

Betty Draper
Getting your hair into a proper ’60s ‘do will be half the battle if you’re channeling any of the sirens on Mad Men. The key to Betty’s look is keeping your makeup looking delicate and demure. Use a pencil in a shade close to your natural hair color to lightly fill in your brows for a bolder look, then apply a layer of a light brown shadow on your eyelids and a coppery hue in the crease. After curling your lashes, apply two coats of lengthening mascara. Dust a light pink blush just on the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush. Finally, opt for a matte rosy lipstick to mimic her perfect pout.

Marilyn Monroe
This iconic star requires a serious dose of glamor when it comes to makeup. Dab a cream champagne eyeshadow across your lid and follow with a brown shade in the crease, blending as you go toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a liquid liner across your top lash line to define your eyes, extending slightly at the outer corner for a subtle cat-eye effect. Don’t skimp on mascara – feel free to apply three coats of a curling formula to get them looking va-va-voom. Swirl a large blush brush into a subtle pink pigment and dust it along the contouring of your cheekbones. Get her flawless pout by lining your lips with a rich red pencil and layering on lipstick in the same hue. Most importantly, draw a beauty mark above your lip on the left side of your face with a dark brown pencil to get Marilyn’s signature look.

Daisy Buchanan
Considering the major motion picture adaptation, this is definitely the year to dress up as the ethereal 1920s character from “The Great Gatsby.”  Luckily, it doesn’t take a ton of makeup either. Start by applying highlighter on the brow bone to create a wide-eyed look. Then brush a taupe eyeshadow on your lid and use a small brush to lightly dust it along your lower lash line, blending as you go for a soft effect. One layer of volumizing mascara will do the trick, but apply extra pigment to the outer lashes for a come-hither look when you’re batting your eyes. Reach for a semi-sheer coral lipstick with a faintly glossy finish and you’re ready for one of Gatsby’s famous soirées.

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