Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Get rid of your Halloween makeup without ruining your complexion

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Get rid of your Halloween makeup without ruining your complexionOn Halloween night, your costume was probably spooky enough to raise ghosts, but come morning, you don't want to look like the walking dead! If you applied plenty of makeup and creepy cosmetics to you face for the holiday, you may have quite a mess on your hands come daylight, but with the right tips you can get rid of everything without ruining your complexion!

The first thing you should do after you get home from a Halloween bash is take off any eyelash extensions, wigs or prosthetic parts you may have hanging around. Once you have, just rinse your face off with some water and use something like GloMinerals – gloEye Makeup Remover. This gentle cleanser can remove any and all traces of makeup without damaging your skin, and can leave you feeling refreshed once you hit the hay.

You may think your work is over, but the fun is just beginning. While it's important to clear your face of cosmetics that may be lingering, you should also take care of your makeup brushes, especially if you used them to apply crazy Halloween cosmetics.

With Youngblood – Pro Brush Cleaner you can remove residue from your brushes without even needing to rinse them! This alcohol-free mist is the perfect way to get your beauty ritual back on track after the holiday. 

Put fright into your night with Halloween-inspired nails

       
Monday, October 29th, 2012

Put fright into your night with Halloween-inspired nailsFrom eerie cobwebs to creating your own Frankenstein, what better time to get creative with your nails than Halloween? Consider a few of these tips to put the fright into your night come All Hallow's Eve!

Spinning a web of style
Cobwebs are super-trendy look for Halloween and can complement a variety of different costumes, which is perfect if you plan on switching it up over the course of several days! Just grab a black, nylon-based nail polish that won't chip easily and use this as a base coat. Once you're done, use a white or metallic polish to etch spooky cobwebs onto your digits.

It's alive – on your nails!
Want to bring new life to your party? You don't have to be the Bride of Frankenstein to rock one of the best nail looks of the season – your very own Frankenstein. Just grab a bottle of bright green nail polish and coat this over your nails. Once your base polish has dried, use your black polish to paint the bottoms of your digits. This will help you round out the face of Frankenstein and give an exciting burst of color to your fingertips.

Gently use the polish brush to make out eyes and a mouth. You won't believe how dynamic this style is until you're done!

Keep your face looking radiant – even with a Halloween mask

       
Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Keep your face looking radiant - even with a Halloween maskHalloween is right around the corner and even if your face is flawless, you may be eager to scare up a rollicking good time at a party this weekend by donning an ultra-spooky mask. Whether you're showing off a sharp set of fangs or covering your whole face with the mask of a creepy creature, you probably want to be all the ghoul you can be.

But once the party's run its course, won't you want to continue looking your best in case you run into that special someone?

You don't have to avoid make-up just because you're masquerading! To ensure that your face looks effortlessly radiant, consider a matte finish foundation featuring micro-milled pigments. This long-lasting power is sure to stay smudge-free, and by adding a velvety-smooth finishing cream you can preserve your look throughout the night.

Your face may be covered up, but this is no time to play it safe with your eye makeup either! Go for big lashes and smokey eyes for a dramatic effect that's sure to be a real scream. 

The perfect holiday nail shade

       
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Gilded manicures are perfect for the holidays!Winter is typically when ladies switch their neon pinks, oranges and fiery red nail polishes for darker shades. There's just something about cold weather that makes women want to opt for rich plums, black and navy blues. However, metallic polishes are a huge trend that always look chic, and if you're looking to jazz up your holiday manicure, gold is the way to go.

Gold is essentially a neutral color, which means it goes with literally anything – even that dress you're planning to wear for that Christmas bash! It's still pretty conservative, with just a hint of festive pizazz, so there's no need to feel like you're overdoing it.

Try Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers in Believe or Nefertiti. One's a shimmery gold beige while the other is a fine golden frost. Be sure to use a base coat to prime your nails, then use two coats of the polish. Finish it off with a quick-drying top coat like Lippmann Collection – Addicted To Speed Ultra Quick-Dry Top Coat and you'll be ready to go in no time. If you're feeling extra daring, why not choose one nail on each hand to paint silver?

The perfect eyeshadow for the holidays

       
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

White eyeshadow is perfect for the holidays!The holiday season is pretty much defined by that white stuff that falls from the sky and blankets everything in sight, creating a muted, soft landscape with a hint of sparkle. Snow is Mother Nature's ultimate winter accessory, and if you want to steal the look, there's nothing like a frosty white eyeshadow to do it.

Start off with a matte shadow, like GloMinerals – gloEye Shadow in Opal. Swipe it generously all over your lid, going a bit past your creases so the lighter color is still visible when your eyes are closed. Next, apply a shimmery eyeshadow, like Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow in 2000.

Use a white eyeliner pencil with a touch of shimmer to line the inner corners of your eyes. The added highlight will make your eyes look bigger and brighter. You might also want to use it to line underneath your lower lash line, but it depends on how festive you want to be. Top it all off with your favorite mascara, then pair the look with a sparkly ensemble with silver sequins or jewel-toned satin. So chic!

A pedicure shortcut for the holiday season

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Need a pedicure shortcut for the holidays?Although your feet will most likely be living in closed-toe shoes this winter, there may be a few occasions during which your feet will be on display. For those of you who are planning to wear a peep-toe style to any holiday parties, you may want to take a shortcut when it comes to your pedicure.

Peep-toed shoes only show a couple of your toes, right? Typically your big toe and the one next to it – possibly the third one. In other words, only about ? of your toes will be showing, which means that a complete polish job is totally unnecessary, especially if you're in a rush.

Whether you have an existing paint job or not, all your toes need is a couple of new coats of polish on the toes that will be showing when the shoes are on. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers has plenty of festive shades to try.

Along with a foot scrub to get rid of calluses, like Get Fresh – Down 'n Dirty Foot Scrub, that's all your feet need to look great in a hurry!

How to stay fresh-faced as you travel home for the holidays

       
Thursday, November 25th, 2010

How to stay fresh-faced as you travel home for the holidaysAs Thanksgiving Day approaches, women everywhere are getting ready to board planes, trains and automobiles to get home for the holidays. Unfortunately, given most ladies’ jam-packed schedules, few may have the chance to freshen up in between arriving at their destinations and attending family gatherings.

However, with a bit of preparation, some savvy packing and a few key products, women can create a great travel revival kit that will enable them to instantly refresh their look before they set foot in their parents’ house.

Before leaving, use a mild exfoliant to remove dead skin and apply a thick layer of moisturizer, skincare expert Denise Spanek told StyleCaster. She also warns that women should avoid using products that contain Retin A or a high percentage of alpha-hydroxy acids, as they can irritate skin when exposed to different climates.

Gals who are flying to their holiday destination of choice may need the most preparation, as the Transportation Security Authority restricts the amount of liquids one can bring on a flight. According to regulations, carry-on luggage can include one quart-sized plastic bag filled with 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid.

Instead of checking your luggage or trying to squeeze 20 bottles into the one bag, only take the necessary products along for the trip. This is a completely personal decision – some women cannot live without their specialty shampoo and conditioner, while others won’t leave home without the products for their personalized skincare regiment. Carefully weigh what you can and cannot do without, and fill a few three-ounce bottles accordingly.

When packing your revival kit, make sure to include items for the three target areas – skin, hair and makeup.

Whether you are traveling on a plane or by bus, the stuffy, recirculated air can leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Make sure to bring a hydrating hand cream and a facial moisturizer. L’Occitane offers treatments that are good for your skin and are packaged small enough to travel with easily, such as Mini Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and Ultra Moisturizing Fluid SPF 20.

While tying your hair back is the easiest way to keep strands from looking stringy, women who prefer to wear their locks loose should still bring along some hair elastics, and stock up on dry shampoo.

According to Allure, New York-based hair stylist Moulay Yacoubi suggests that at the beginning of the trip, women separate their hair into three sections – one on each side of your head and one in the back – and make three loose braids. Upon arrival, simply shake out the braids and use a product, such as Clean Original Dry Shampoo, to absorb excess oil. Finish with Clean Shampoo Fresh Hair Fragrance, which will make your locks smell as if you just stepped out of the shower.

Instead of carrying your cosmetics case with you, pack your every day items in your luggage and fill your revival kit with a few multipurpose products. Cream blushes, such as Paula Dorf Cheek Color Cream, can infuse your pout and complexion with color. Pixi Lid & Line combines liner, shadow and a smudger in one easy-to-use (and better yet, easy-to-carry) pen.

While your beauty revival kit will help you to look great when you arrive at your destination, there are a few items you may want to avoid as you travel, to improve your appearance as well.

“Internally, it’s best to stay away from salt, coffee and alcohol – try and drink teas [herbal or green is best] and lots of water,” Spanek told StyleCaster. “Yes, it sounds boring but you will arrive feeling and looking much better.”