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Shine at all of your holiday parties

       
Friday, December 20th, 2013

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.

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.

Colors You’ll Fall For

       
Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Colors You'll Fall For

Each year, people flock to certain parts of the country to see the majestic colors of the fall foliage. Whether or not you’re lucky enough to see the leaves turn these vibrant shades firsthand, you can still incorporate the season’s colors into your makeup routine.

This fall, the hottest hues are radiant, rich and regal – cool and collected enough for a casual event and refined enough for a more elegant affair. The best part? These shades are flattering on every skin tone. Now that you’ve fallen for fall’s colors, here’s how to work them into your routine:

Plum
Plum is bound to be the focal point of your look, so you might as well go for a bold lip. The key to getting high-intensity, lasting pigment is starting with a layer of coordinating lip liner. Carefully trace your lips with Youngblood’s Lip Liner Pencil in Plum and then lightly color them in. Swipe on a coat of Youngblood’s Lipstick in Envy and onlookers are bound to be – well, envious of your pout.

Taupe
Move over, smoky eye: The taupe cat eye is wearable at any time of day or occasion and is just as alluring. Taupe is a brownish gray that complements any complexion, and since it’s going to be your go-to neutral this autumn, the GloMinerals Mini Eye Shadow Quad in Venus is about to become your peepers’ best friend. Apply a layer of the taupe at the top left of the quad as a base on your lids. Then dab the lighter shadow next to it at the inner corners of your eyes. Finish with a swipe of espresso or black eyeliner along the top lashline for more drama.

Emerald
Pantone declared this green jewel tone the color of the year, and it has certainly maintained its intrigue. This is a powerful hue, though, meaning a little bit will go a long way. Instead of dusting emerald across your whole lid, use it to create accents that will define and attract light to the eye. Consider using a flat brush to apply a thin flash of Too Faced’s Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow in Nice Stems along the bottom lashline. Or, dust it at the outer corners of your eyes for a soft but seductive effect.

Common Makeup Mistakes

       
Friday, October 4th, 2013

Common Makeup Mistakes

Common makeup mistakes

There are a few common makeup mistakes that could seriously sabotage a successful look. Fortunately, there are ways to correct your errors to ensure you put your best face forward. Ready to refresh on some basic beauty lessons?

Foundation
While it might seem tempting to build layer upon layer of foundation to hide your flaws, that can result in a caked-on effect that’s highly unflattering. The product will inevitably begin to settle into any wrinkles and lines, thus drawing extra attention to them, especially in harsh lighting. Sometimes it’s best to be a minimalist with face makeup. A mineral foundation evens out your skin tone, hides any pores and subtly conceals blemishes for a radiant complexion. Try the ultra-lightweight Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation, which comes in 16 shades and gives you optimal coverage without the cakiness.

Blush
A little blush goes a long way, so be mindful when applying pigment to your cheeks. If you’re getting a more garish look than a subtle glow, you might simply be using the wrong shade for your coloring. A soft neutral rose, like GloMinerals gloBlush, can complement any skin tone. Keep in mind that blush shouldn’t be applied all over, either. To find the apples of your cheeks, try smiling as you’re putting it on.

Eyebrows
Skinny brows are out, and bolder brows are in. Instead of over-plucking them into a slender shape, opt for a fuller one, which actually defines your eyes more effectively and frames your face. After you’ve achieved the arch you want, use use short, upward strokes to fill in your brows with a pencil that’s just one shade lighter than your natural hair color. BABOR’s Maxi Definition Eye Brow Pencil comes with a handy brush on one end to help you blend the pigment.

Lips
You have to color inside the lines when it comes to your lips. While liner will make your lip color last longer, it looks sloppy if you’re not precise with your technique. The key is first to choose the right shade – which should be close to your natural lips if you’re sporting a sheer gloss or balm, or similar to your lipstick hue if you’re rocking a deeper color. Youngblood’s Lip Liner Pencil not only defines your lips and extends the life of your color, but also moisturizes your pout to prevent dryness and unsightly cracks

Working Color Into Your Daily Look

       
Friday, September 6th, 2013

Working Color Into Your Daily Look

“Face Your Fear of Color”

A little color never hurt anybody – especially when it’s on your face. While you may have been scared of implementing bright makeup hues, there are ways to do so without risking a garish finished look. In fact, vibrant shades on your eyelids, lips and cheeks are just as wearable during the day as they are at night. Still hesitant? Just follow these simple rules and you’ll conquer your fear of color in no time.

Eyes
Nothing is more alluring than a pop of color around your peepers, but you don’t want to go overboard. When you’re choosing an eyeshadow shade, a great strategy is to choose one that contrasts your eye color. For example, green eyes look striking with violet, while shades of blue make brown eyes stand out. If you do select a brighter hue, be sure to keep the rest of your makeup understated – a neutral lipgloss and subtle cheek color are enough. You’ll also want to tone down the dramatic eye color with just a sweep of black liquid liner, which keeps the look polished.

Lips
A bold lip color is one of the best ways to turn heads. To make sure you’re attracting the right kind of attention, try a hydrating lipstick or a stain with a corresponding gloss, which are long-lasting and resistant to unsightly cracking. If you have pale skin, go with a cherry red that has blue undertones. Warmer medium skin stones look radiant with a rusty, orange-based red, while deep berry hues look striking against a dark complexion.

Face
Whether you’re opting for a daring shade on your eyes or lips, you’ll want to keep your cheek color subtle. For a natural-looking flush, go for a hue that’s no more than two shades deeper than your natural skin tone and focus on applying it to the apples of your cheeks. A neutral, soft rose is universally flattering.

Do-it-Yourself Nail Art

       
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Do-it-Yourself Nail Art

You don’t need a professional manicurist to turn your fingernails into a masterpiece.

Do-it-yourself nail designs are shockingly simple to achieve – and what’s more gratifying than knowing you were the artist behind them? The best part is you have complete control over the finished look, meaning you can adjust the patterns and prints however you desire.

Dots for Days
Seeing spots? The only tools required for this design are a toothpick and Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers in Lara’s Theme and Amazing Grace. Start with Amazing Grace for a pure white base coat, and allow to dry before applying a diagonal orange stripe. Use the toothpick to press orange dots over the white background and finish with a top coat.

Sweet Bows
For prim and proper paws, you’ll need a fine-point paintbrush and Lippmann Collection lacquers in I Know What Boys Like, a playful periwinkle, Fade to Black and Amazing Grace. After applying a coat of blue, paint on two large white circles at the tip of the nail. Then dip the paintbrush in black to create a skinny black bow. A clear topcoat gives the perfect glossy finish.

Oh-my Ombre
Ombre isn’t just a hair trend anymore. Take a simple makeup sponge and apply Lippmann Collection polishes in Call Me Irresponsible, Between The Sheets and Constant Craving in horizontal stripes. Next, lightly dab the sponge on a paper towel for a soft gradient effect. Tack on silver striping tape for extra pow and file the edges to fit perfectly over the nail. A clear topcoat is key for sealing in the design.

These are just a few ideas for your DIY nail art endeavors. Let your creativity run wild with any of the Lippmann Collection‘s vibrant hues – the opportunities for brilliance are endless.

Don’t forget summer travel essentials when you pack for weekend getaways

       
Friday, July 5th, 2013
Summer Travel Essentials

Packing for a weekend getaway requires you to do more than simply pick out the best outfits for your given destination. You’ll also got to bring along a few makeup and skincare essentials that will keep you looking natural and fresh as you work on a healthy glow.

Your normal summer routine probably includes tinted moisturizer and a loose mineral foundation, so they are definitely must-have products you’ll want to pack when you’re planning a getaway. These items are perfect for the warmer months. A tinted moisturizer provides much-needed SPF along with some glowing color, so try theBalm’s Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 18 for the ideal base that will have your skin looking and feeling great.

A powder foundation offers light, silky coverage over your face, making it a great choice for hot days or times when you know you’ll be spending hours under the sun. Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation glides on smoothly and can give your face a fresh, dewy look that screams summer. To make your tan look even better, try to apply darker shades that will enhance your bronze skin tone.

These products are ideal for getting your day started off right, but when the sun goes down you’ll want to clean your skin with a make-up remover. Of course, you can’t always bring large bottles of face wash along in your bag, but pre-moistened cleansing wipes are great options for travelers. Removers like Rilastil’s Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are just as effective as washing your face but can be thrown into a travel bag for your convenience.

Of course, you would be remiss to travel without packing sunscreen. Protecting your whole body from harmful rays – not to mention a potential embarrassing sunburn – is essential. Products like G.M. Collin’s Sun High Protection Cream offer a comprehensive body sunscreen at varying levels of SPF.

While your skin is rightfully receiving the bulk of your attention, you shouldn’t forget your lips. Bringing along lip gloss is a must, and some of the best options for wear during your getaway would have SPF included to protect your lips from the sun’s harsh rays. Consider a product like Colorescience Pro’s Sunforgettable Lip Shine Gloss with SPF 35.

At the end of the day, you’ll want to replenish your skin with the nutrients and hydration it needs. Try an After-Sun Hydrator like Phytomer’s Sun Soother After-Sun Milk for a smooth lotion that will moisturize your skin after hours outdoors.

50 Shades of You

       
Thursday, June 6th, 2013

If you want to revamp your collection of cosmetics and incorporate True makeup into the mix, you might want to consider your skin tone before doing so. Knowing how to match everything from jewelry to eyeshadow with your skin tone can go a long way. The colors of these items can highlight your appealing natural features and help you look even more stunning than you already are!

Take warm skin tones, for instance. If you have hints of peach or red in your skin, gold jewelry looks marvelous on you as opposed to silver. Additionally, hair colors such as blond and auburn can look equally as gorgeous in contrast to your skin. If you have a cool skin tone, silver jewelry is more up your alley, as well as darker shades of hair color with a blue base. Everyone is different, and it’s these types of factors that make each person unique and beautiful!

However, skin tone isn’t the only factor to consider when you’re trying to look your best. Eye color can say a lot about a person, meaning it’s important to take yours into account. If you’re considering highlighting your luscious locks, it’s critical to choose a hue that complements your irises. For instance, lighter shades of brown and blond work best with blue and green eyes. Darker tones complement hazel and brown eyes. Understanding how colors work together can help you look your best.

Do you know how to look “Mad Men” chic?

       
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

How many times have you found yourself looking in the mirror only to wish you appeared more glamorous, like the women you see on TV? The fact of the matter is that actors receive plenty of professional makeup work behind the scenes! However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look as chic and flawless as the stars seen on shows like “Mad Men” right in your own home. With the right cosmetics, anything is possible!

If you’re a culture buff or you simply love diving into new television series, chances are you’ve taken a liking to “Mad Men.” This AMC series, which is in its sixth season, takes place in the 1960s, when times were simpler. That being said, it seems that women still paid careful attention to their hair and makeup back then, as seen by some of the cosmetics worn by actresses Elisabeth Moss and January Jones. The show is renowned for artfully portraying the time period, which now has viewers taking on some of the looks of the 1960s here in the 21st century.

While it may seem strange, the truth is that some of the makeup trends from the show are fitting seamlessly into our era. Here are some tips on how to get the looks from popular characters on “Mad Men!”

Joan Harris
If you want to look as glamorous as Harris on the show, opt for a simple pressed foundation to eliminate any existing blemishes. Then, use a moisturizer to create a dewy complexion. Top it off with a bold red lipstick on your pout, and you’re good to go!

Megan Draper
Luckily, you can get away with winged eyeliner in the 21st century and look modern, which is what Ms. Draper tends to wear on the show. Natural blush and subtle eyeshadow can help you round off the look.

Betty Francis
Big lashes and curls are the name of the game if you want Betty Francis’ luxurious appearance! Get ready to whip out the lash curler and volumizing mousse for your hair to achieve a true “Mad Men” feel.

Don Draper
Want your man to look more like Don? Suggest a sweet aftershave and prep him with a product such as a badger hair brush to lather up before getting rid of stubble. If he’s a fan of the show, he’ll love that you picked up these tips!

Spring Break Training in 6 Weeks

       
Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Spring Break Training in 6 Weeks

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Spring Break Training in 6 Weeks