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The 6 Days of Beauty

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The 6 Days of Beauty

Of course you’re focusing on buying for your loved ones this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little reward, too. In fact, all the stress of the holiday season means you need some TLC now more than ever. While perusing the seemingly endless amount of hair and makeup products out there, how do you know which ones are best for you? Picking out a gift for yourself can be just as difficult as choosing one for someone else in your life. The fact is, the world of beauty is a complex one, and when you’re more educated about what different products can do, you can better harness the power they provide. You may need a few lessons before you buy new items.

Enter: The 6 Days of Beauty. Beginning this week, Beauty Bridge will begin sending out a series of emails with informative tips and tricks from head to toe. Worried that all your heat hair styling will cause frazzled ends? Wondering how to perfect a smoldering smoky eye? Curious about what bath elixirs will put you in a more tranquil state? Each one of these emails will provide you with advice and helpful recommendations so that not only can you choose ideal products for your needs, but you can use them to their maximum advantage.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll learn about:

Day 1: Perfect Winter Hair Products
Wintertime doesn’t just mean inclement weather – the frigid temperatures and dry air can cause a host of problems for your hair. That means that it’s time to switch up your hair products when the seasons change. Still, what kind of conditioner will give your tresses the moisture they so desperately need? What hair sprays can eliminate flyaways from your static-provoking hats? How do you protect your locks from damage when you’re flat ironing them into a sleek ‘do for a holiday soirée? It’s nearly impossible to navigate the world of winter hair products without a little assistance, which is why the first series is focused on this subject.

Every day should be a good hair day. Armed with some new knowledge about which solutions can best protect your hair through the coldest season, your strands are sure to shine.

Day 2: Dreamy, Sultry, Sparkling Eyes
With the shimmering snowfall outside and sequined party dresses all around, it’s natural to gravitate toward more sparkly makeup. However, glittery eyes require the right tools and tactics to work. If you’re aiming to amp up the glitz factor this season, the second installment of the 6 Days of Beauty is made for you. The key to getting an eye-catching look is to combine hues that complement one another, and apply them with precise techniques. It may not sound easy, but with the information provided in the 2nd Day of Beauty, achieving this kind of dramatic impact with your eye makeup will become second nature.

This series will equip you with the information you need to achieve anything from a subtle shimmery eye to a dramatic metallic smoky eye in mere minutes. That means it’s definitely a must for all your upcoming holiday bashes and events.

Day 3: Winter Skin Care Products
Just as you change up your wardrobe during the winter, you need to do the same for your skincare regimen. The proper combination of skincare products is crucial for protecting your skin from the harsh winter air. After all, flakes may be pretty during a snowfall, but they’re not so attractive on your skin. Whether you have dry skin or an oily complexion, picking ideal products for your type can ensure you don’t run into problems that wreak havoc on your appearance. In fact, some skincare products are specifically designed to alleviate the issues that inevitably arise during the winter.

This installment is designed to aid you in both selecting solutions that will address your specific concerns, as well as advise you about when and how to apply them. There’s no reason to forfeit your glow just because it’s no longer summer.

Day 4: Irresistible, Sensual Scents
Scent is a powerful sense: It has the ability to make you instantly more magnetic, even in a crowded room, and also make you far more memorable, even long after you’ve met someone. Are you looking to switch your scent for something a little more alluring this season? The realm of fragrances isn’t always easy to navigate. With so many different combinations of notes, it can be difficult to choose one. That’s why on the 4th Day of Beauty, we decided to give you a lesson on aromas. From feminine floral fragrances with passionate fruity undertones to woodsy scents with seductive amber and vanilla, there are a vast array of options at your disposal.

Maybe you want a rollerball to tote with you on the go, or perhaps you want to take the plunge with a full sized bottle of a new fragrance. If you find a scent you like, you may even consider going all out with a gift package that contains a lotion and a body wash in your preferred aroma. Either way, with our help, you’ll find a scent that keeps you smelling heavenly all through the season.

Day 5: Men Need Grooming
It’s time to face facts: men need to invest in certain beauty products, too. Of course, most guys will spend far less time in front of the mirror than girls do, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be mindful of the skincare and shaving products they use. In fact, men often face a lot more issues with their skin due to a higher testosterone level, meaning they’re more likely to battle blackheads and breakouts. Plus, shaving ushers in a host of other concerns, such as razor bumps. Fortunately, no man has to suffer through these issues. With the right products and practices, any guy can make sure their complexion is clear. Additionally, as men grow older, they may begin to notice a few wrinkles and fine lines begin to form. While this is an inevitable part of aging, there are particular products that can help to reverse these effects to help you restore your youth.

If you’re a guy who takes pride in the way you look, you’ll definitely benefit from the 5th Day of Beauty. Whether it’s softer, fuller hair you’re seeking or a smoother shave, there is a wealth of information in this installment to help you achieve your ideal appearance.

Day 6: Soothing and Relaxing Bath Products
Between running around from store to store for all your holiday shopping to hosting festive events, things can certainly get a little hectic during this season. That’s why it’s more important than ever to set aside a little “me time.” There’s something to be said for indulging in a relaxing bath after a long, stressful day. Not only can you alleviate some of the built up tension that negatively impacts your health, but you can also recharge your perspective so you’re in a better mood.

So which bath products will most help to calm your mind and body? Wait for the 6th and final Day of Beauty email to find out.

Makeup colors for the colder months

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Makeup colors for the colder months

With winter fast approaching, it’s already begun to look much drearier outside. That’s why now is the perfect time to add a little color into your makeup routine. While you won’t likely be reaching for sunny shades when it comes to your makeup this season, there’s no reason to forfeit color altogether. While you’re transitioning the hues in your wardrobe, do the same with your cosmetics to give your face a whole new look.

Consider these seasonal makeup colors and you’re sure to beat the winter blues:

By now you probably now that wine-colored lips are all the rage. If you’re on the timid side, start with a semi-sheer lipstick in a rich berry hue. A matte formula packs the most punch, though, so when you want a dramatic look for nighttime, reach for a more intense tone. Start by lining your pout with a lip pencil in the same shade to ensure the pigment doesn’t bleed. If you just can’t find the perfect hue, keep in mind that you can always blend a red lip color with a plum one and customize the color to complement your complexion.

Want to jazz things up for your evening look? Purple eyeshadow, as brazen as it sounds, might become your go-to look for all those holiday parties. A dusty grayish lavender offers a softer effect for those with fair skin, while medium to dark skin types can go all out with a more vivid violet. Remember that a little goes a long way with an attention-grabbing color like purple. So if you’re not ready to cover your lids in this hue, try a liquid plum eyeliner or metallic violet mascara for just a hint of intrigue. Keep your lips neutral so that your eyes stay in the spotlight.

Of course black will never go out of style, but sometimes you’re aiming to add an element of surprise to your look. That’s when you should reach for navy blue makeup, which are just one step away from black but give you a subtle pop of color. Try using navy liner to create a cateye, or even layering on lengthening mascara in this hue to draw attention to your peepers. Nothing is sultrier than a navy smoky eye in the evening.

Pantone declared emerald the color of the year, and it’s definitely a winter-ready makeup shade. Try a cream eyeshadow in this dazzling color, or line both your upper and lower lashlines with an emerald green pencil. Vibrant metallic green is also the perfect nail polish hue for a festive manicure during the holidays.

To make sure you’re spreading your makeup evenly, without wasting too much product, you can use the beauty sponge from Beauty Blender.

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

There's something about a winter wedding that offers a new level of romance. Between the pristine white backdrop and the festive holiday spirit, a big day during the colder months has an almost fairy tale-like feel. If you're planning to tie this knot during this time of year, there are certain things you'll want to keep in mind when it comes to your cosmetics to make sure you shine.

Here are some tips for a look that's just as beautiful as your winter wonderland:

Get glowing
Dry air and harsh lighting can make your skin look washed out or flaky, so you'll need to use the right makeup to ensure that your face is smooth and radiant. It's crucial to exfoliate the night before and moisturize well the day of the wedding for a perfect canvas. Then, layer an illuminating cream foundation. The light reflecting particles will give your face a natural looking glow. Then reach for a peachy blush, which will provide a healthy flush without making it look like you've been standing out in the cold. Sweep some pigment on the apples of your cheeks and then brush on some translucent powder to set the look and ensure a flawless, photo-ready finish.

Frosty eyes
Don't be afraid of shimmer – icy lids are perfect for a wedding at this time of year. Consider a pearly white shadow, which brightens up your eyes for a refreshed and youthful look. You could also take things up a notch with silver lids, which have an alluring look when paired with sleek black liquid liner. Or, warm things up with a rose​ gold or copper eyeshadow. When you're sporting a metallic hue, just be sure that it doesn't clash with your jewelry. Then sweep it across your lids, dusting a paler shade of the same color in the corners of your eyes.

It's crucial to use waterproof liner and mascara to make sure your makeup doesn't run despite some snow or a few tears.

Lively lips
There are several routes you can take with your pout. For a daytime wedding, go for a subtler look by lining your lips with a rosy pencil and then applying a gloss in the same hue. Or you can go bolder with a rich cranberry lip if your ceremony is in the evening. However, if you're rocking a high intensity matte pigment, you'll need to exfoliate and moisturize your lips every day the week before your wedding to avoid a chapped or peeling pout.

Some winter hues are truly evergreen

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Some winter hues are truly evergreenSpring is definitely the time to trade in your winter color palette for something a bit more vibrant and uplifting, but that doesn't mean that all of your December favorites have no business in the warmer months.

In fact, makeup artist Pat McGrath told Elle that scarlet lipstick a-la-Christmas Eve is the perfect transitional item for spring. "The reason, she says, is that colors on this season's catwalks were deeper and more 'decadent' than the norm – red, navy, and black appeared alongside usual suspects white, pink, and turquoise," the news source reports.

What other hues can you think of that are consistently beautiful no matter what time of year it is?

For one, neutral palettes almost always reign supreme – think your standard black or brown mascara and eyeliner coupled with champagnes, browns, silvers and golds in the eye makeup category. Classic red lips are always a staple, and no one can deny the undying allure of a classic, nude makeup look.

Five hot nail-polish colors to try this winter

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Five hot nail-polish colors to try this winterIt's a safe bet that the only colors we'll be seeing outdoors for the next couple of months are white, gray, and well – more white. But, if you're looking to add to your arsenal of winter-blues-beating tricks, consider trying some of these hot nail polish colors to add a healthy dose of color to everything you touch.

1. Honeysuckle. Beauty analysts have deemed this poppy-colored hue a big hit for 2011, and you can jazz up your nails with Pixi Nail Polish in Red-orange or Sula Paint & Peel Nail Polish in Sorbet.

2. Lilac. Purple is definitely not just for little girls this year, and you'll be surprised at how sophisticated a bright lavender or lilac shade looks on your nails. Try POP Beauty Nail Glam in Lilac.

3. Tangerine, because who doesn't love a zesty pop on their fingers? Go for POP Beauty Nail Glam in Mandarin.

4. A red-tinged black can take dark to a whole new level – see it for yourself with the Lippmann Collection's Nail Lacquer in Ruby Red Slippers.

5. Slate gray. We know it sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but trust us, it'll look startlingly sophisticated. Go for Sula Paint & Peel Nail Polish in Dove.

How to fake a wintertime glow

Friday, January 21st, 2011

How to fake a wintertime glowWhile many people head for the tanning beds in the wintertime to fake a great glow, there are other ways to make your skin look healthy in the cold weather. With the right products and a bit of expert advice, you can achieve a fantastic winter glow without running to the tanning salon.

Before you apply cosmetics, make sure that your skin is well-conditioned. In the colder months, exfoliating and moisturizing are of the utmost importance – the former will remove flaky skin while the latter will provide hydration to keep dryness to a minimum.

According to InStyle, stars like Glee’s Amber Riley and One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush use heavier moisturizers in cold weather. Women can also use conditioning products such as GloMinerals Hydrating Bath & Body Oil, which will nourish skin and reduce water loss.

While gals often wear heavier foundation in the winter to hide their pale complexions, a thick coat of concealer can often look unnatural.

“To prevent base from looking cakey, mix it with a few drops of moisturizer,” celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez told the publication. “It thins the foundation and gives you an extra boost of moisture.”

Don’t rely on foundation to infuse your face with color – a sheer layer will hide minor flaws, and a few spots of concealer can cover darker imperfections. For a flush of realistic color, use a mix of bronzer, blush and highlighter – using just one product can create a one-dimensional look. However, remember to pay close attention to how you apply the makeup.

“Bronzer looks a lot more natural when it’s concentrated on the contours of the face where the sun would hit: less on the forehead than the nose and cheekbones,” reports. “It also helps to add a little bit of blush…a real tan usually involves slightly rosy cheeks, not just browned skin.”

Of course, it takes a little more than color to make skin look truly radiant. Highlighting cream is a great way to make your complexion glow. Apply the shimmery cream in moderation – a little bit will go a long way. Dab some on the inner corners of your eyes, the tops of your cheekbones and your brow bones.

When selecting bronzers and blushes, there are a seemingly limitless amount of hues to choose from. Look for a bronzer just one or two shades darker than your natural coloring. Finding the perfect blush can be a bit trickier, as the pigment meeds to complement your natural coloring.

To find the hues that best fit with your coloring, Leatrice Eiseman, author of More Alive With Color, told InStyle that women should look toward the skies – colors found in the sunsets, such as terra-cottas and oranges, look best on warm complexions, while hues seen in sunrises, like hot pinks and blues, are better suited for fair skin.

According to the magazine, women can easily determine whether they are a “sunrise” or “sunset” by checking their wrists – blue veins indicate sunrise, while green point to sunset.

While gals often wear long layers in the winter, sometimes you step out in a shorter skirt or sleeveless dress that shows a bit of skin. Though many women regularly use body lotions to look great in cold weather, makeup can also be used on your body to further enhance your skin.

“Apply a mix of foundation and shimmer lotion [like GloMinerals Body Glisten] to you legs,” actress Evan Rachel Wood told the news source. “It makes skin look flawless.”

The best blush for a winter glow

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The best blush for a winter glowDon't let January's dry, frigid climes turn you into Old Man Winter. For a youthful, radiant glow that beats the odds this season, ladies will find that a simple change in their blush routine can turn the heat way up without adding any expense to their monthly bills.

Ladies of all complexions will shine with bronzer as well as bright pink blush, as the former comes in shades to benefit pale and dark-skinned women alike, and the latter brings out naturally rosy tones on any face and mimics a just-came-in-from-the-cold flush.

Youngblood has a Crushed Mineral Blush that offers a healthy translucent to glow to cheeks as well as eyes and lips. Use it in Tulip for a universally flattering pink sheen.

If minerals are not your thing, try Pixi's Sheer Cheek Gel. It's easy to blend and lends moisturizing and conditioning properties to your face as well, which you'll benefit from in dry winter conditions. Flushed is a sheer red stain that gives all skin tones a healthy glow.

GloMinerals gloBlush features a wide variety of vibrant blushes and beachy bronzers in pressed-powder form.