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Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To Toe

       
Friday, March 20th, 2015

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To ToeIf you’re gearing up for prom, then you probably want to look your absolute best on the big night. While hair and makeup will certainly help you to look like your very best you, the best way to truly be glowing on prom night is by preparing ahead of time. Here is a guide on how to prep for prom from head to toe.

Hair Prep
If you want your hair to look stunning in its prom night style, then you need to give it some TLC in the weeks leading up to your salon appointment. Great hair is hair that is healthy and moisturized. In the weeks leading up to prom, use a deeply repairing hydrating mask twice a week. The Hamadi Shea Hair Mask will help to put moisture back into hair and to seal split ends.

Face Prep
No one wants to go to prom with a face full of blemishes. It’s important to stick to a good skincare regimen in the months leading up to prom. However, be sure not to overdo it, as adding too many new skincare products at once can lead to breakouts. For a simple nightly routine, remove all makeup and cleanse with a gentle cleanser like the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Cleanser. Follow up with a treatment that contains salicylic acid, such as the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Acne Treatment Pads. Always follow up an anti-acne treatment with a great hydrating moisturizer to beat dryness. Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a great nighttime moisturizer for all skin types.

Body Prep
If your dress shows a little skin, then you need to banish winter dryness and flakiness. The best way to do this is by using an exfoliating scrub in the shower, like the Get Fresh SPA Sugar Body Scrub. Rub in circular motions all over the skin, including the hands and feet. When you get out of the shower, use a super heavy body butter to truly seal in moisture. The JAQUA Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter is not only super moisturizing, but smells absolutely heavenly.

Pick The Perfect Fragrance
Prom is the perfect excuse to splurge on a new perfume. If you’re a body spray kind of girl, it’s time to give perfume a try on prom night. Pick something youthful but sophisticated. Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture is a perfect young, floral scent.

Prom is one of the biggest nights of any young woman’s life. If you follow these tips in the months leading up to the big day, you’ll be absolutely glowing and beautiful at prom. As a final tip, make sure to book your hair and makeup appointments early. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll glow on that big night.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Makeup

       
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - MakeupValentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like many girls, you might find yourself daydreaming about your romantic evening with someone special! While we can’t help you pick out your date, we can steer you in the right direction to look divine.

Put your best face forward starting with a gentle moisturizer. This will soften your skin and help it ‘glow’ instead of looking caked with makeup. Use a sponge applicator to glide powder or liquid foundation across your cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Remember to blend toward your neck so you don’t look two-toned!

Now, it’s always fun to make your look ‘pop’ with a bold splash of lipstick. But lipstick also tends to create its own mess by leaving a trail on dishware. It can accidentally smear across your face, or onto your date’s shirt! Even if it behaves by staying on your lips, the color tends to fade and require frequent reapplication.

This year, ditch the lipstick anxiety and try a healing, minty lip balm layered with clear gloss. Instead of using bold color on your lips, try an attention-grabbing fuchsia nail polish. Paint your nails ahead of time to protect your outfit. Quick nail trick: Paint your nails with clear gloss first, allow to dry, then add color. This will prevent the color from staining your nails!

Your Valentine’s night plans probably involve a decent amount of eye contact. Hold you date’s attention with smoldering smoky-eyes. Allow yourself to be inspired by the holiday’s favorite treat: chocolate. Some eye shadows are infused with real cocoa-powder to help you achieve the look. Highlight the entire eyelid area with light tan, then use a thin brush to blend darker shades of chocolate brown into the creases and outer corners of your eyes. Top it off with some mascara, eyeliner, or both.

Use a large, soft brush to sweep sheer shimmer powder across your cheeks. This will be a great new alternative to blush. Besides, depending on how shy you feel during your date, you may be adding some natural blush of your own! Shimmer powder can also be applied to the collarbone area. The subtle sparkle will make you more alluring— dreamy, even— in dim lighting!

Remember to leave yourself a comfortable amount of time to get dolled up. You may need a few extra minutes to sing along to your favorite music, or practice your ‘come-hither’ look in the mirror. No matter what, have fun and remember to smile. We can already picture you looking gorgeous!

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- Marsala

       
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- MarsalaUpdate your 2015 look with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, a rich earthy red that shares a name with fortified wine and Indian spice. A much warmer hue than 2014’s Vibrant Orchid, Marsala appeared in 2015 runway collections, one of many reasons the influential company chose it. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul” explained Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. Here are some tips to make Marsala work for you in every aspect of beauty and fashion.

Eyes
Darker-skinned ladies can wear a more metallic or pearlized Marsala eyeshadow. On lighter skin, consider it for a smoky-eye treatment, with black winged liner. Pair it with shades of taupe for a more natural look.

Lips
Long used as a lip color, matte brings out the richness of the wine color. A glossy lip in Marsala emphasizes sophistication. The lips should be primed and lined to prevent the color from spreading.

Face
Marsala makes a pretty blush for those with darker skin but can look nice on a lighter skin tone if applied with a light hand in a contour technique.

Hair
Katy Perry debuted a purple Marsala hair color recently but even those who aren’t rock stars can wear the tint. Marsala highlights warm brown hair; consider it an alternative to a blonde highlight.

Nails
The Color of the Year works in any finish. Slick a darker tone on for winter apparel. A sheer dusty color is especially nice for spring. For a party look, wear Marsala and gold as a glitter or accents.

Fashion
Marsala lends itself to plush fabrics like velvet or suede. It is easy to wear in a monotone or layered more harmoniously with complimentary earth tones. The tone also works well with Bohemian looks. For spring and summer fabrics, look for it in raw silk or linen.

This color is used as an accent in men’s fashion: ties, dress shirts or socks. Marsala harmonizes with other warm shades such as bronze or umber brown. Navy emphasizes the sophisticated mood of the color. Pair it with emerald green for a more exotic verve. Trying to wear it in an all-black wardrobe? Add a handbag like Taylor Swift’s and Pashmina scarf in Marsala.

As a final possibility, treat yourself to tech accessories in Marsala. Pantone sells a zip drive and manufacturers jumped on the trend with cell phone cases in the 2015 Color of the Year.

Ring in the New Year with a Glow!

       
Friday, December 26th, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Glow!New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it. In addition to picking a great outfit and styling your hair, it is important to do your makeup just right. If you apply the right makeup product, you will have a glow that everyone will be envious of. Here are some great tips for achieving a glow for New Year’s Eve.

Treat Your Skin With Microdermabrasion Face Polish

A few days before your New Year’s Eve party, you should treat your skin with a microdermabrasion face polish from Exuviance. It will remove the dead skin cells from your face and leave you with smooth and silky skin.

Brighten Your Eyes With an Eye Mask

A good eye mask can really brighten up your eyes and make them look more energized on New Year’s Eve. The Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask from Bliss will revive tired eyes and make them glow on New Year’s Eve.

Apply an Anti-Aging Moisturizer to Your Skin

If you want your skin to look young and fresh on New Year’s Eve, you should start using an anti-aging moisturizer. The anti-wrinkle moisturizer from the Philosophy – The Spirit of Miracles Set can reduce discoloration and other signs of aging.

Apply Bronzer

Your skin tends to be paler in the wintertime, so you should apply bronzer for New Year’s Eve. It will give your face a natural and sun-kissed glow. Just apply the bronzer along your cheekbones, across your forehead and chin and down the bridge of your nose. If you are looking for a high-quality bronzer, try the Chocolate Soleil or Sunny Bronzer from the Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses Palette.

Warm Up Your Complexion With Blush

If you really want to warm up your complexion, you should apply a blush to the apples of your cheeks. If you are looking for a good blush, you should try Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush. It has a cream texture and will give your cheeks a beautiful glow. Jut apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers.

Put a Shiny Lip Gloss on Your Lips

A shiny lip gloss will really help your lips stand out on New Year’s Eve. Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss from BORGHESE will give your lips some beautiful color and shine.

Wear a Volumizing Mascara

Applying a volumizing mascara to your lashes will really make your eyes stand out. GloMinerals Lash Boosting Mascara will lengthen, strengthen and thicken your lashes.

If you follow these helpful tips and use these great products, you will look gorgeous on New Year’s Eve.

Looking Flawless on Christmas Morning

       
Friday, December 19th, 2014

Looking Flawless on Christmas MorningWhether you are staying at home with your immediate family or visiting other relatives, you want to look your best on Christmas morning. If you look good, you will feel better about yourself and have a more enjoyable time. Here are some great tips on looking flawless on Christmas morning.

Apply Liquid Highlighter to Your Skin

If you really want a beautiful glow on Christmas morning, you should apply liquid highlighter to your skin. It will help your complexion look healthy and gorgeous. Just put two to three drops of liquid highlighter in your foundation and apply it to your face.

Cover Up Under Eye Circles With Concealer

Under eye circles can really make you look worn out. If you notice circles under your eyes, you should cover them up with concealer. Just dip a concealer brush in cream concealer and apply it directly under your eyes.

Wear a Pigmented Blush

Your skin tone can get pretty pale in the wintertime and a good blush can help brighten it up. If you apply a pigmented peach or pink blush along your cheekbones, your complexion will look a lot better. Use a blush brush to carefully sweep the blush across your cheekbones.

Apply White Eye shadow to Inner Corners of Eyes

If you want your eyes to really pop on Christmas, you should apply white eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. White eye shadow will bring out the whites in your eyes.

Put on Bright Lipstick

Pale pink or nude lipstick might look nice in the wintertime, but light lip colors can wash you out in the wintertime. It is a much better idea to wear a red or mauve lipstick on Christmas morning. It will brighten up your complexion and will look great in photos. If you want your lips to shine, apply some clear lip gloss on top of the lipstick.

Taking a little extra time in the morning to do your makeup can help you look great on Christmas. If you follow these very helpful tips, you will look and feel great on Christmas morning.

Flawless Foundation Application Tips

       
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Flawless Foundation Application TipsOne of the most important cosmetics to apply to the face is foundation. It works to create an even canvas for all your other makeup. The product should appear natural and hide any imperfections that may distract from your other makeup. To apply foundation like a professional and make it look flawless, follow these tried and true steps.

Begin with Primer

Beauty experts recommend applying a liquid primer product to the skin before foundation is used to ensure that the product lasts throughout the day. It will create a smooth base and will also minimize open pores or wrinkles. For those with oily skin, the primer should mostly be applied to the t-zone to reduce shine.

Use a Brush

For a professional finish to your skin, apply the makeup with a brush and begin working it on the center of the forehead before moving outward. The dry side of the brush can be used to blend excess foundation that can look too heavy or caked on. Use smooth, swift motions with the brush for even application. You can also use your fingers to apply the foundation, which will warm the product with your body temperature and will create an even finish.

Don’t Forget Concealer

After your foundation is applied, it’s important to use a flat concealer brush to apply liquid or cream concealer to hide any blemishes or darkness under the eyes and sides of the nose.  Avoid applying it on wrinkles, which can make them appear more pronounced.

Blend with a Sponge

To create an airbrushed glow to your skin, use a small sponge to even out each area of the face to ensure that the product is pulled and spread evenly. Work it into the jawline and neck for an even blend.

Set the Foundation with Loose Powder

To finish off the foundation and make it last all day, apply loose powder and set it with a dense brush. Excess powder can be brushed off by lightly sweeping the skin with the brush. Translucent powder should be used to prevent changing the color of your skin tone.

Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful

       
Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Clean Up Your Makeup Drawer To Stay Looking Beautiful As heartbreaking as it may be, sometimes we have to say goodbye to makeup that has been hanging around in our makeup drawer for too long. It is not fun to feel like you are throwing away beautiful products, but consider it a chance to invest in something new. Maybe you have been wanting to try a new shade or formula for a while now and you finally have your chance! At some point, makeup becomes unhealthy for your skin and eyes. Knowing when your beauty products have reached their expiration date is an important piece of information that you should be aware of.

Mascara/Eyeliner
Any product that is used around your eyes is something you need to be careful with. Bacteria can find its way into your eyes and cause an infection. Mascara should be tossed after 3-4 months to prevent any eye issues.

Foundation/Concealer/Cream Makeup
To help prevent skin breakouts or irritations, throw out foundation and other liquid or cream makeup products after about one year. You can tell that foundation has expired when the liquid starts to separate. If your foundation contains sunscreen, it may not be effective after the expiration date. This is important if preventing sun damage is a concern of yours.

Lipstick/Lip Gloss

Lips can be sensitive to products so it is important to know when to throw out your old lipstick in favor of something new. Lipstick is good for about 2 years. After that, it may dry out or become unsafe to use on your pretty lips.

Powder Blush/Eyeshadow/Bronzer
Makeup that comes in powder form is considered okay to use for about 2 years. Skin irritation or reduction in quality are concerns if makeup is used beyond that time period.

There are some types of makeup products that come with printed on expiration dates and some that do not. You may want to write the date you started using the product on the lid or bottom of the bottle. If you can’t remember the date you started using your makeup product, there are some things to look for to decide if it is unsafe to use. Some ways to tell if makeup is expired are:
* It smells funny
* The makeup looks discolored
* Begins to clump, flake or dry out
* Liquid makeup starts to separate

Hopefully, these tips are helpful in cleaning out your makeup drawer. Using safe cosmetics will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy.

Astrological Signs and Beauty

       
Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Astrological Signs and Beauty

Astrology and Personality

If you follow astrology, you’re probably familiar with all of the typical personality traits that are associated with all of the various signs. If you’re an Aries, for example, you’re likely aware of your spirited and fiery reputation. If you’re a Libra, on the other hand, you’re likely familiar with your sign’s intuitive, sensitive and careful characteristics.

Astrology and Beauty

The characteristics of astrological signs aren’t just limited to personality traits, however. They’re also frequently associated with beauty, surprisingly enough. If you’re a Pisces, a look that works well for you might not necessarily be so flattering on a Cancer, and vice versa. As a result, learning about what styles are most suitable for your specific astrological sign can go a long way in enhancing and improving your overall look and fashion.

Fire Signs and Beauty

If you’re a fire sign such as a Sagittarius, Leo or Aries, you might want to have a makeup look that’s as intense and unforgettable as your personality. Bright red lipstick and nail polish can help you accomplish that.

Air Signs and Beauty

If you’re an air sign such as an Aquarius, Libra or Gemini, then a more minimalistic and fresh approach to cosmetics might do a world of wonder for you. A light BB cream or tinted moisturizer that will make your complexion look vibrant, even and luminous can help you achieve that.

Water Signs and Beauty

If you’re a water sign such as a Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer, then you might look wondrous in cosmetics that are geared toward cool complexion tones. Sheer, light makeup usually is effective for water signs. Light cream-based eyeshadows are a great example of tasteful makeup that can give your look a slight “pop” that’s both attractive and mesmerizing.

Earth Signs and Beauty

Last but certainly not least, if you’re an earth sign such as a Capricorn, Virgo or Taurus, then you might want to investigate somewhat modest and earthy makeup options. Soft bronze colors on your lips and eyes might be excellent. If you apply a light coating of bronze eyeshadow, then you might be able to accomplish the low-key beauty that is so characteristic of classic earth signs.

Astrological Signs and Shopping For Beauty

When you shop around for makeup, it’s crucial to be as diligent and patient as possible. Never simply buy the first makeup item you see on the counter, no matter how popular it seems or how pretty the packaging is. If you try to purchase makeup items that are appropriate for your specific astrological sign, however, you could be doing yourself a great favor. Astrological signs are often excellent indications of personality in people. As a result, it’s not a big surprise that they can often indicate what beauty styles are effective for people. Your personality and your personal style frequently go hand in hand, after all. Be sure to check out Beauty Bridge for more exciting makeup options that are geared toward your sign.

Fun Ways to Organize Your Makeup

       
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Fun Ways to Organize Your MakeupBuilding a beauty station of your own with the use of makeup and accessories is an easy way to access the items you need on-the-go or when getting prepared for any event. Getting a bit inventive and creative when organizing your makeup is not only a way to maintain organization, but it is also a way to create a fun space and atmosphere any time you are using new makeup and beauty tools.

Brushes

Organizing your makeup brushes can be done by utilizing glass mason jars, plastic tooth brush holders and other vertical jars or bins. Using colorful craft boxes and bins that allow for upright standing is another way to store your brushes without laying them down flat and horizontally. Keeping your makeup brushes standing at all times is a way to give them oxygen, helping to preserve your tools for longer periods of time.

Nail Polish

When you want to get creative with organizing your nail polish collection, doing so is possible by investing in clear glass boxes, bottles or bins. It is also possible to organize nail polishes by creating your own customized shelf, suitable just for the size of nail polish bottles. When organizing your nail polish, doing so by color and shade is the quickest way to get the polish you need whenever you are ready for a fresh manicure or pedicure of your own.

Foundation and Concealer

Organizing your foundation and concealer is best done by tone and shade, whether you use mostly pale colors or if you have bronze foundations and concealers. When organizing concealer sticks, do so by lining them up from lightest to darkest to get the concealer you need anytime you have a pimple, blemish or red mark on your skin. Organizing foundation by shade is the fastest way to complete any makeup job.

Eye Shadow

Eye shadow is one of the most exciting types of makeup to organize, especially if you have a collection with a wide range of color palettes and schemes. Organizing eye shadow can be done for evening and day wear in addition to organizing the eye shadows you own by color and shade. It is also possible to organize eye shadows by liquid and powder materials, making it simple to get the color you need for the look you envision for yourself at any time.

Implementing a few fun ways to organize your makeup is a way for you to quickly access any color palette or type of makeup you need within seconds. Keeping your makeup organized at all times is essential whether you’re an avid nail polish collector or if you have a variety of eye shadow shades that are fitting for just about any occasion.

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World

       
Monday, February 17th, 2014

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World
Some women can make it look effortless, but don’t let them fool you – using makeup correctly is a skill acquired over years of practice and study. The stars can seem to set an impossible standard of beauty, for example, but what you’re really seeing is the handiwork of talented makeup artists who have gone to school for exactly what we’re going to talk about here. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a personal makeup artist in order to look your best; in fact, sometimes its as easy as avoiding the 7 blunders of the makeup world:

1. Mismatched Foundation

All too often, the shade of a woman’s foundation is just a shade or two off – and it shows. Foundation isn’t intended to make you appear paler or more tan; instead, it is only meant to smooth out the minor imperfections that everyone’s face has. Try matching it on your jawline rather than on your wrist next time you’re buying foundation!

2. Overplumped Lips

While some believe that if you use lip liner just outside your lips’ natural lines, then fill it in with your lipstick, your lips will appear plumper. This effect is rarely achieved, however. Leave this one to the professionals.

3. Chunky Eyelashes

Dark, smoky eyes are supposed to entice and attract, but more often than not, you’re just applying too much mascara and eyeliner, which leads to chunks of eyelash and a haggard appearance.

4. Too Much Blush

People like to try and sculpt their faces with blush, or add vibrancy and youth, but that’s not the end result when you go overboard. Instead, you end up drawing attention to your makeup, rather than your natural beauty.

5. Overdone Eyebrows

We pluck them, pencil them, shape them, and shade them – eyebrows receive quite a bit of attention, but they’re better left alone (for the most part). A small amount of shaping is acceptable, but a natural brow is not just acceptable but attractive.

6. Light Pollution

Some products have luminous particles in them that are intended to give your face a fresh glow. It’s easy to use too many luminizing products, though, which can result in a powdery look to the makeup under certain lights.

7. Before Makeup Even Touches Your Skin…

Too many women make the mistake of applying makeup onto dry, unmoisturized and even flaky skin. The result is a dry, unfinished look to the makeup and even flakier skin. Smooth, moist skin means smooth makeup!