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Beauty Must Haves for 2014

       
Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Beauty Must Haves for 2014
It’s time to put on your freshest face and update your beauty case for the new year. With so many products and looks, finding your favorite makeups, lotions, and cleansing products can be quite the chore. To help you pick the best items we’ve come up with a list of beauty essentials for 2014. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite things:

Beautyblender: The Duo Kit
If you’re looking for an easy flawless application tool, the Beautyblender is what you need. Its unique elliptical shape allows you to apply foundation, blush, or other liquids without fear of lines. With this sponge, your makeup is undetectable thanks to the absence of harsh edges. The fully rounded applicator makes perfect and undetectable application fool-proof. Aside from its effectiveness, these sponges are reusable and able to be laundered. We all feel good about saving the environment – even if it is just one makeup sponge at a time.

Buzzing Beauty Buffer by POP Beauty
If you prefer something more tech-savvy than Beautyblender: The Duo Kit, The Buzzing Beauty Buffer works with every makeup medium to create your most flawless face. Using gentle vibration, this buffer stimulates circulation while blending liquid, cream, mousse, or powder seamlessly. It’s a simple, ingenious product designed to take your makeup application to the next level. The vibrating function not only improves the look of makeup, it improves the natural glow of your skin, too. Simply dip the buffer into your choice of medium and apply in a circular motion. Voila! Beautiful, glowing skin is yours to behold.

Easy Pack from Baby Foot
While winter keeps your toes covered, summer is right around the corner. Don’t wait until it’s too late to fix your feet. The Baby Foot Easy Pack is one of our 2014 favorite beauty products because it delivers amazing results with minimal effort. Just apply, soak, and wash away. Your dead skin will peel away within a week leaving skin that’s baby smooth and sandal ready. You’ll be pedicure perfect in no time.

Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder
For those days when oil control is a must, Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder is the icing to your face. It sets foundation without altering tone and provides a natural glow. This powder is smudge resistant, fragrance-free, and strong enough to last the entire day long. There’s no need to reapply or worry about break through shine. Basically, this powder is a life saving makeup setter. It controls shine, is lightweight and easy to apply, and blends beautifully with other products.

Snow Angel Duo from Philosophy
The holidays are over but that doesn’t mean the holiday spirit has to end. Combat the dull, dreary January days by incorporating a festive shampoo and shower gel/bubble bath into your routine. With the smell of soft snow and moisturizing power of shea butter, you’ll be on your way to blissful relaxation. Who doesn’t love soaking in a hydrating bubble bath to soothe dry winter skin? It’s a wintery escape in your own home, and you’ll love the shea butter skin benefits.

Le Couvent des Minimes – Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes
Instead of simply masking scents, purify your body and soul with the essential oils found in this daily deodorizer. Blood orange, lemon, and mandarin oils work in harmony to purge and prevent unpleasant smells. The sprig of rosemary adds an extra dimension of warmth and comfort. Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes is simple enough for casual events, yet inviting and interesting enough for those special romantic evenings. No matter the occasion, this scent is sure to make – and leave – a lasting impression.

Our 2014 beauty must haves will put a smile on your face all year long. Although we emphasized the benefits during the cold winter months every beauty junkie knows the importance of oil-free skin, flawless makeup application, and soft, smooth skin at any time of year. We love using the Snow Angel Duo during especially hot summer days; it reminds us to keep a cheerful spirit and enjoy the summer sun. If you’ve forgotten about your feet, the Easy Pack from Baby Foot only takes a week so you can clean up those calluses at the last minute. When the heat opens your pores keep your face looking flawless with setting powder, Beautyblenders, and buffers, because beauty does’t have a season: beauty is eternal.

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

As the year draws to a close and 2014 rapidly approaches, we’re all looking forward to new makeup and hair looks to try out. However, there are some trends that simply aren’t worth embracing – or have had their time in the spotlight and no longer look as eye-catching. Just because something becomes a fad for a brief period doesn’t mean you should stick with it. In fact, some of the most popular crazes in the beauty realm aren’t universally flattering.

Aiming to update your appearance for the new year? Here’s a guide to which tired trends you should avoid, and which new looks you should adopt:

Hair
One thing’s for sure – you saw a lot of ombre in 2013, from hair to manicures and even on lips. While there’s definitely a convenience factor when it comes to this trend as it allows you to grow out those highlights without worrying about your roots, there’s a slightly different twist that’s emerging for 2014. Glamour magazine called this new technique “Ecaille,” or “Tortoiseshell coloring.” The method was developed by the London-based colorist Jo Hansford, and has been seen on both Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a slightly softer look than the high contrast two-tone ombre. The finished effect is multi-tonal, meaning darker shades fade more naturally into lighter hues on the ends.

Those with wavy or curly hair will rejoice in the fact that it’s time to put down the straightening iron – the pin-straight look is getting a rest this year. 2014 will be all about volume as opposed to flat ‘dos, which can tend to look a bit boring. Embrace your naturally tousled texture with the right hair products and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

As far as hair colors go, you can say goodbye to rainbow hues. Kyle White, the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, told StyleList that he is seeing fewer clients ask for pinks, blues and other bright hair colors – which is probably a good thing as these pigments tend to fade after just a few washes and look less than stunning. Instead, he noted that more women will be opting for platinum hair. As Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and even the traditionally brunette Kim Kardashian are going for a cooler blonde, White expects more women to try this trend.

Makeup
Not all pink lipsticks are created equal. While bubblegum may have had a major moment in 2013, a new shade will be taking its place this year: fuchsia. As The Huffington Post pointed out, bubblegum is not flattering on many skin tones, but fuchsia can complement any complexion.

While dark lips were everywhere this year, Glamour noted that in 2014, more women will be reaching for rich berry shades in a sheer tinted formula. The advantage of these products is that they provide slightly less pigment so the final look isn’t quite as intense. Still, you can layer them if you want more drama. This is a subtler approach to the trend that is far more wearable than the grungy effect we saw in 2013.

Also, 2014 will be the year to lay off the bronzer a bit. This doesn’t mean you’ll be ditching your glow, it’s just that everyone is stepping away from the overly tanned look. For a natural radiance, try a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer and only use a bronzer that’s one to two shades deeper than your skin tone.

Although nail art isn’t completely out this year, it will be going through a major transformation. Instead of over-the-top graphics, try out some simpler designs like stripes, color blocking and a half-moon take on the French manicure in neutral lacquer hues.

A step-by-step guide to pink ombré lips

       
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A step by step guide to pink ombré lips

The ombré effect made a big splash over the past few years, as many celebrities traded their perfect highlights and dye jobs for a grown-out, faded look. We all rejoiced because truth be told, it meant that we could wait a little longer in between salon trips and still look polished. Now, ombré is going beyond hair and becoming a major lip trend. While matte lipstick is no doubt still having a moment, an allover lip shade with consistent intensity can sometimes get boring. The best part about ombré lips is that with varying richness of pigment, you can dramatically boost the fullness of your pout.

Ready to draw attention to your lips? Here’s how to get this stunning two-tone look:

  1. You’ll need two shades of pink, one lighter and one that’s two to three shades deeper, for the ombré effect. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to play around with dusty rose, bubblegum pink and even electric fuchsia. However, it’s important that they are the same hue, so if you’re using an icy cool pale pink, make sure that your darker shade is in the same color family and also has cool undertones. Conversely, a golden or coral pink lipstick should be used in conjunction with a warmer dark color.
  2. Start by dabbing the deeper shade on the center of your lower lip. Press your lips together so that it smudges to the middle of your top lip as well.
  3. Now it’s time to apply the darker shade along the outer lined of your lips. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey told InStyle magazine that he likes to use a firm flat lip brush, as this helps to ensure a precise line. This step is key because it provides definition to your pout.
  4. Next, it’s time to reach for the lighter color. Dab it into the middle of your top and bottom lips and blot them together one time. The paler tone will illuminate your pout, which gives you a plumping effect.
  5. Now that your ombré lips are complete, how do you finish the look? You want to make sure that your pout stays in the spotlight, so this isn’t the time for dramatic eyes or cheeks. Consider adding a light layer of pink blush to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced flush. Then, create a subtle and sleek cat-eye with some liquid liner and you’re good to go.

Trend alert: Blurred lips

       
Friday, December 13th, 2013

Trend alert: Blurred lips

The latest lip trend is the epitome of perfect imperfection. While blurred lips may seem like a beauty accident, the look is actually totally intentional, and incredibly stunning. However, achieving this effect doesn't just require messing up your lipstick – it's an art. This trend initially exploded when models on couture runways strutted down the catwalks rocking a blurry pout, and ever since then, more fashion-forward ladies have been clamoring to emulate the look.

You can get a soft-focus pout, too, by following these simple tips:

Red outside the lines
The models at the Marni show sported a classic red lip, which certainly never goes out of style. However, their version didn't seem to have any boundaries. In fact, the outline of the lips completely disappeared, so it looked as if the lips faded right into the skin. To get that effect, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Allure magazine that he used a matte berry lipstick to get a rich pop of pigment. Then, he dusted a bright crimson loose pigment on top to set the color. After dipping a cotton swap into translucent powder, he swept it around the edges of the lips to make it look blurry.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used almost the same tactic on the models at Vera Wang. She layered two different burgundy lipsticks on the center of the lips to get the perfect wine-inspired hue, and then dragged the pigment toward the edges with a Q-tip. 

Grunge glam
Rachel Zoe wanted a dramatic look for her show. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told the magazine that the designer sought a bold oxblood lip color, which strikes a balance between red and purple. However, she also aimed to soften the intensity of the dark hue by diffusing it. After applying an oxblood lipstick, focusing on the middle of the models' lips, Tilbury blended the pigment outward using her fingertip. The result? A look that's both elegant and edgy at the same time.

Fade out
While you typically apply lip color to make your pout appear plumper, the objective at the Dior show was just the opposite. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who has painted the models' faces for dozens of couture designers, said that the girls in Andy Warhol illustrations were her muse for this look. She started by applying an intense fuchsia lipstick all over the lip. Then, she used translucent powder to tone down the color a bit and lock it in place. The most important step, though, was dabbing concealer around the border of the mouth so that only the center had a pink flush.

Take a leap with a bold lip color

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Take a leap with a bold lip color

Change is a good thing. So isn't it time you set the traditional pink and red lipsticks aside for something a little more daring? Fortunately, unusual lip shades were popping up left and right on the catwalks and red carpets this year, meaning now is the perfect time to experiment with a new hue. 

If you're thinking it might be time to switch it up, consider one of these ideas to perk up your pout:

Blue
Before you balk at the idea of blue lipstick, consider the fact that Rihanna rocked this lip color and still looked impossibly chic. It's a gutsy choice, for sure, but with the right beauty tactics, can still work for almost anyone. Follow RiRi's lead by going for ultra long lashes, which gives the whole look an otherworldly feel. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, though, avoiding any pigment on your eyelids or cheeks. Just a simple sleek cat-eye can make the whole look more polished and add some allure. Most importantly, make sure your complexion is even by using a BB cream or foundation that can camouflage any redness.

Gold
Searching for a new go-to shade for all your glitzy holiday parties? Look no further than gold lipstick. Makeup artist Nico Guilis told Refinery 29 that this metallic shade is just as romantic as it is glamorous – and it's actually totally wearable, too. He advised using luminizer all over your face to get a dewy, glowing effect. Stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your eyeshadow or bronzer, though, since you don't want any glitter competing with your lips. A sweep of espresso eyeliner is just enough to add a sultry touch to your sparkling look.

Purple
You can't get edgier than a purple pout. First, though, you'll need to select the right shade. Those with cool undertones should opt for purples that also have a blueish base, like a true violet. Warm complexions are complemented nicely by a shade that's between purple and red. The key to making purple appear perfect is making sure your complexion is neutral and flawless, which means matte foundation, highlighter and setting powder but minimal blush and bronzer for a porcelain finish. Then add some warmth back to the overall look by applying bronze eyeliner. Remember that dark colors can tend to bleed into fine lines, so it's important to use a lip primer. Guilis noted that you can also apply concealer and line your lips in the same hue to lock the pigment in place.

The year in beauty – lessons we learned in 2013

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The year in beauty - lessons we learned in 2013

Every year, new trends are ushered in as others fade away, and 2013 was packed will all kinds of unexpected beauty revelations. The best part about these makeup crazes is that they give us a chance to attempt a new look that we wouldn't normally be brave enough to try. This year, the beauty fads were as bold as ever, allowing us to explore our edgier side while still maintaining a polished appearance. As we look back on 2013, there are a few lessons we learned from the trends that trickled down.

Here are the major looks that we mastered:

Smoky eye doesn't have to be black
For years, women have been going for a smoky eye when they want to appear sultry or alluring. It's an evening-ready look that never seems to go out of style. Yet this year, it became clear that the smoky eye looks just as stunning in other hues as it does in stark black. For example, some people went for a turquoise version, while others used violet. The brown smoky eye offers a somewhat subtler, earthy look that was striking for fall and can even work during the daytime. Ultimately, the possibilities are endless – black is certainly not the only option.

Anyone can rock dark lips
Not everyone has been brazen enough to use a dark lipstick in the past, but in 2013, this look went from punk rock to mainstream. Between the runways and the red carpets, stylish women sported a deeper lip color this year, no matter their skin tone. From crimson red to rich berry and plum, there are countless shades to choose from. One thing's for sure, though: Matte is a must if you want high intensity. 

Over-plucking is out
It may come as a relief that you can put down the tweezers and give your plucking a rest. Bold brows are in, meaning that it's more important to keep your eyebrows trim and tidy than super slender. Hollywood has been leading this trend, rocking thicker shapes that balance the features and frame the face much better than pencil-thin brows can.

Nude is the new pink
Nude makeup was everywhere in 2013 – even eyeliner. The whole philosophy became "less is more," meaning the goal was to look as natural as possible. So while typically the go-to shade for lipstick and manicures may have been pale pink, nude stole the spotlight.

New holiday colors from Pixi Cosmetics

       
Friday, November 29th, 2013

New holiday colors from Pixi Cosmetics

Now that you’re getting in the holiday spirit and dusting off your glitziest party dresses, it’s time to upgrade your cosmetics for something a little more shimmery. After all, you want to sparkle from start to finish at all those upcoming soirées. The perfect party makeup is eye-catching as well as long-lasting – which is why the new products from Pixi Cosmetics are ideal for any occasion this season. Ready to get glowing?

Here are a few holiday looks that will make you the life of the party:

Glowing goddess
With glitter all around, how can you still manage to stay in the spotlight? Draw light to your eyes with the Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake, a combo of matte nude and gleaming gold infused with caffeine to instantly make you look awake and alert. Or, glide on the Pixi Crayon Combo in Super Natural for soft-focused definition. The matte charcoal brown and glowing tan pencils work together to define your peepers so they really stand out. For a bolder look, reach for The Pixi Crayon Combo in Softly Smoky, which provides a powerful duo of matte dark chocolate and a shimmering bronze for an effortlessly enchanting effect.

Just because you’re not getting as much sunlight these days doesn’t mean you have to forfeit a radiant complexion. The Pixi Bronze Bloom Trio comes with three shades that work together for instant illumination. The neutral bronzer complements any skin tone for a sun-kissed glow, while the pink and peach blush give your cheeks the perfect burst of color.

Blazing bombshell
A cream eyeshadow glides on smoothly, but can tend to crease – unless it’s the Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen, which transforms from a cream to a powder so your peepers glisten all night long. Light-reflecting shades like Shell Sheen pair well with a more demure outfit, while Bronze Brilliance and Graphite Glint are just sultry enough to create a subtle smoky eye. If you’re going for a brightening effect, simply sweep the pencil over your eyelids and blend. Or, you can amp up the drama by reaching for a darker shade and tracing your lashlines, then slightly smudging.

Don’t forget to give your lip some luster. The Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm is an ultra nourishing gloss that hydrates and repairs your lips with vitamin E, Jojoba oil and Shea butter, while also softly infusing them with vibrant color. As the balm slowly fades over time, you’re left with a stain that’s completely customized to your unique chemistry, as the intensity will depend on the pH level of your lips. Baby bare is a muted pinky nude that’s flattering on any complexion, Rosy Red has a retro sophistication and Bitten Berry is a must when you want a bolder pout.

Divine diva
It’s hard to choose an eyeliner hue, and why should you? The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Kit comes with five different stunning shades that offer a variety of looks. From Deep Plum and Black Cocoa to Sage Gold, you have endless possibilities for glamming up your eyes. Black Noir gives you the option of a classic cat-eye, while Oyster Glow offers a surefire way to brighten up your peepers. Simply glide the pencil from the inner corner of your eye outward. You always have the option of blending the pigment to create an alluring smoky effect.

Since your calendar is full of festivities, you might just need the Pixi Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely. With 16 eyeshadow colors, three cheek powders, a highlighter and a bronzer, you’re armed with all the essentials to contour your face, enhance your features and ultimately, draw some major attention.

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.

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

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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.

Beauty Bridge contest: Which celeb look are you falling for?

       
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Beauty Bridge contest: Which celeb look are you falling for?

The truth is, anyone can rock dark lipstick – it’s just about finding the right hue and artfully complementing it with other makeup.

Celebrities have been embracing this edgy fall trend, opting for more dramatic shades for a pout with some pow. Lana del Ray achieved a glam effect with burgundy lips, an alluring brown smoky eye and sculpted, bronze cheekbones. Meanwhile, Camilla Belle channeled old Hollywood with a matte complexion, bold brows and blackberry lips. Megan Fox accented her crimson pout with a smoldering smudged black cat eye.

So which look are you falling for? We know you’re all practically beauty experts, and we want to hear your vote for the celebrity with the best take on dark lips – so much so that we’ve launched a contest.

Simply head to Facebook and “like” the Beauty Bridge company page. Then, you’ll be directed to a questionnaire, where you’ll enter your vote for the star who stole the show. After offering your top pick, you’re automatically entered to win a basket brimming with our favorite fall beauty products.

The final step? Head to Beauty Bridge to pick out a dark lip shade to make the look your own.