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The Winter Itch

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

people enjoying snow

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Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.

Tips for a plumper pout

       
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Tips for a plumper pout

There's hardly anything more alluring than full lips, but not everyone was blessed with this feature. Fortunately,there are plenty of ways to make your pout appear more plump.

  1. First thing's first: You need to get rid of any dead, dry skin to avoid flakes and ensure that your lip color goes on smooth. Exfoliating can also accelerate blood flow to the lips, giving you a natural flush without even applying color. Just a dab of the Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub is enough to do the trick. Apply with your fingers and massage in a circular motion to slough off dull skin cells and reveal a softer pout. This step is especially crucial in the winter and when you're rocking the matte lip trend.
  2. Next, you should reach for products that contain both moisturizing ingredients and peptides. Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross told Woman's Day magazine that he recommends this step to help facilitate collagen production, which tends to slow down with aging. He advised using a lip balm with nourishing shea butter and vitamin E, like the Dermalogica AGE Smart Renewal Lip Complex.
  3. One of the easiest ways to achieve fuller lips, according to celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert, is with a lip gloss specifically formulated for plumping. She told Woman's Day that ingredients like cinnamon and mint can actually make lip tissue swell by stimulating the blood vessels. The tingling sensation that comes after applying Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Turbo Power Supreme is what lets you know it's working. You can glide this clear gloss on by itself or over another hue to increase moisture by up to 60 percent and make your pout look up to 40 percent fuller.

How to: DIY hair chalking

       
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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.

The secrets to highlighting and contouring

       
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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.

This Thanksgiving, Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments!

       
Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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.

A guide to rocking glittery eyeshadow

       
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

A guide to rocking glittery eyeshadow

As the holidays are fast approaching, it's likely that you're going to be seeing glitter everywhere. While a sequined cocktail dress is no doubt eye-catching, you may want to consider adding some sparkle to your makeup routine too. Glitter eyeshadow can seem intimidating to some, but when applied the right way, is a surefire way to catch some admiring stares.

Here are some tips to make the look work for you:

Prep your peepers
If you merely sweep shimmer onto your lids without preparing them, there's a good chance that you'll see some serious fallout. The last thing you want is flecks of sparkle falling under your eyes and all down your face, so start with an eyeshadow primer. This product will ensure that the glitter stays put, and will also prevent creasing if you're using a cream shadow. If a little bit of glitter falls, don't fret – just use a clean shadow brush to dab it off, or even a small piece of scotch tape.

Mix textures
You wouldn't wear a big sparkly necklace over a beaded dress, would you? By the same token, glitter shadow works a lot better when paired with subtler, matte eye makeup. For example, consider sweeping on a slate eyeshadow and then adding a dab of silver glitter just in the center of your lids. Or start with a matte brown shadow and then layer gold glitter on top for a glamorous look that's perfect for any holiday bash.

Plain and simple
Since you want your glitzy eyes to be the star of the show, keep the rest of your makeup relatively subtle. Feel free to layer on some liquid liner, mascara, a bit of bronzer on your cheekbones and a neutral lip shade. Just stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your cheeks and lips, as they'll compete with your eyes for attention.

Go up a notch at night
Glitter can take your evening look to a whole new level. If you're sporting a sultry black smoky eye, use a fine tip brush to sweep gunmetal glitter along your lower lashline – it will draw light to your eyes and lend a stunning reflective effect even if you're in a dark room. Try dabbing some bright silver sparkles on the inner corners for a wide-eyed effect.

The brown smoky eye is also big this season. Consider dusting copper glitter over your lid and then using a darker brown shadow for dramatic contouring in the crease.

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

Whether you're heading into the office or out for a coffee date, optimal daytime makeup depends on a natural look. The idea is to enhance your features instead of overpowering them – after all, you want to save those dramatic effects for the dimly lit dance floor or bar. So how do you accentuate your features without going over the top?

The truth is, you don't have to spend an excessive amount of time or use a ton of products for your morning makeup routine. Just follow these steps for an easy yet eye-catching look:

Flawless face
Nix the five-step face makeup process – lighting during the daytime is harsh and you'll likely end up with that caked-on effect. The best way to look fresh-faced and youthful is to keep your makeup minimal. So if your skin is very clear, you can probably opt for a tinted moisturizer. If you need a little more coverage, consider a liquid silicon-based foundation. People that tend to breakout or suffer from shine should look for a product that's oil-free and water-based.

Of course, a sweep of pigment on your cheeks is essential for that sought-after healthy glow. Make sure you reach for a color that's close to the natural hue you turn when you're actually blushing. Tap off excess product before applying to ensure that you don't brush on too much color. Then swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend up toward the temples.

Bright eyes
When it comes to eyeshadow, neutral shades are best for the daytime. That doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your eye makeup, though. Try a taupe with a subtle shimmer, which can easily be taken into nighttime with a darker brown shade in the crease. Other earth tones, like beige, brown and light gray are well-suited for your daytime look as well. Don't forget to dab a bit of highlighter on your browbone – you'll look instantly well-rested, even if you didn't get enough sleep. A thin sweep of eyeliner along the top lashline and one layer of volumizing mascara should be enough to define your peepers.

Lovely lips
As a general rule of thumb, your ideal lip color for the daytime will be just one or at most, two shades deeper than the natural color of your pout. A rosy gloss is always a safe bet for any complexion, and is versatile enough to work with a variety of other makeup shades as well as outfits. If you opt for a matte lipstick, using a brush to apply it will help you to build the color more evenly and blend it in.

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

Many believe that eyes are the window to the soul – and if that's true, your eyeshadow is the drapery. Therefore, you want to choose tones that will enhance, define and complement your eyes. Choosing a shade that works well isn't as easy as matching one to your eye color. In fact, you might be surprised by which hues make your peepers pop.

Before you swipe any shadow on your lids, follow this guide to find the best shades for you:

Blue
Contrary to what you might think, blue shadow will not bring out the hue of your eyes – in fact, it might compete. Warm neutral shadows that contrast your eye color, like earthy mocha or copper, make your eyes really stand out. That doesn't mean you can't opt for cool shades as well, just make sure they're a few shades away from your eyes on the color spectrum, like slate gray or silver. For daytime, try a wash of champagne with a subtle gold sheen. Go bold with a deep, shimmery bronze at night to create a sultry smoky eye.

Brown
One of the most versatile eye colors, brown allows you to play around with pigment more. However, if you want to rock a shadow that's the same color as your eyes, be sure that it is a distinctively different shade. For example, an iridescent burnt sienna can complement chocolate eyes, while a sparkly taupe looks stunning on espresso colored eyes. Earth tones are ideal for a daytime look, but feel free to boost the drama at night with navy or a vibrant matte green.

Green
The advantage of this eye color is that you can wear some of the more unusual shadows, like pink and purple. When you're going for subtlety during the day, reach for neutrals that have pinkish undertones, like beige with a peachy glow or a light rust. Rose​ gold gives green eyes extra radiance for nighttime. You might also consider a rich plum, which can amplify green peepers. Makeup artist Nick Barose suggested adding a sheer wash of glitter over a dark purple shadow when you're going for maximum glamour.

Hazel
Since hazel eyes incorporate a variety of different colors, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to shadow. Try starting with a warm brown base and adding a layer of gold to bring out the yellow flecks in your eyes. You can instantly transition this look into night by sweeping the gold pigment along your bottom lashline and swiping on lengthening mascara. Going for higher impact? Consider a striking eggplant or deep bordeaux with a faint shimmer. The possibilities are endless for people with this eye color.

Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

       
Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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.

How to take your makeup from day to night

       
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

How to take your makeup from day to night

If you’re a girl who’s constantly on the go, you probably don’t have time to stop home and completely re-do your makeup between work and a happy hour outing. Fortunately, there are simple ways to transition your look seamlessly from day to night. Just follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be able to easily amp up the drama for any evening adventure.

Start fresh
By the end of the workday, your skin might be looking a little shiny, so you’ll want to eliminate any excess oil before applying more makeup. She Knows recommended pressing blotting papers on your face to absorb shine, particularly in the T-zone. If your mascara or eyeliner has smudged, a Q-tip with a dab of makeup remover will help you delicately remove it without ruining your whole look. Next, whip out your concealer and dab it over any blemishes, under eye circles or any other problem areas. Finally, dust on a light layer of loose powder for a matte finish.

From subtle to smoldering
As much as you may want to rock a smoky eye all day long, it’s best to save this look for your dinner date or after-work cocktails. The Too Faced Natural At Night Sexy & Sultry Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is a palette that has neutral shades for daytime and a few richer, darker hues for night, so you can pack it in your purse and make a quick transition. Once it’s time to refresh for the evening, simply pick a shadow that’s two to three shades darker than the one you have on and apply to the eyelid crease and outer corners, blending for a softer effect. Dab the same darker hue along your bottom lash line with a slender brush, then glide on a layer of liquid liner to define the eye. Instead of adding another coat of mascara, which can lead to clumping, just use a lash comb to separate them or boost the volume with a single clamp of your lash curler.

If you prefer an understated look for your eyes, feel free to go bold on lips. A matte pout in a rich, dark shade is perfectly on-trend this season, especially with a cat-eye and minimal eyeshadow.

Add some shimmer
Nothing spices up your look like a little sparkle. Add some dazzle to daytime makeup by dabbing a bit of illuminating highlighter on your browbone, cheekbones, collarbone or even décolletage and you’ll definitely draw some attention, even in the most dimly lit bar.