December 7, 2013
For me, winter goes hand-in-hand with cozy warm fires, big comfy sweaters, and mountains of lip balm. Honestly, I can’t seem to ever apply enough.
Dry, chapped lips are something we all experience. Exfoliating is an easy solution that takes only a minute to do, a few times a week. Here’s how.
1. Apply a thick layer of Vaseline to your lips.
2 Using super soft toothbrush (kid’s toothbrushes work great), simply rub your lips gently in circular motions. The toothbrush will exfoliate and the Vaseline will heal and hydrate.
3. If you have extra Vaseline on your lips, you can tissue it off. Make sure you leave some one for added protection and shine.
- Don’t have a toothbrush on hand? Mix some sugar or coffee grounds into your Vaseline and gently use your finger to rub in circular motions.
- For extra hydration, apply Vaseline to your lips before bed. Lips can get painfully dehydrated while you’re sleeping, taking this step each night will greatly help.
- Grab a bit of your blush and mix it with your Vaseline for a quick lip tint.
December 7, 2013
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December 4, 2013
A ponytail is the most universal of all hair styles. Its simple elegance and practicality crosses gender borders; worn by both men and woman, young and old.
With a little practice and time, you can be a master at rocking it!
Think Big Hair
Prep just damp hair with volumizing mousse. Separate the crown portion of your hair into two sections, front and back. Gently tease each section by reverse combing towards your roots, creating a good amount of poof.
Pull It Together
Avoiding the teased sections, finger-comb your hair from underneath into a ponytail in the middle/round of your head. Secure with an elastic. Optional: pull some face framing pieces loose for a sultry look.
Pretty It Up
For a little more polish, take a small section of your ponytail, wrap it around the elastic several times, and secure it at the base with a pin. Vixen, meet refined.
The final primp to this simple style: extra strong hold hairspray will keep your style BIG and beautiful from frantic morning through lingering cocktails. Go with a gorgeous nude lip, whip out your French accent, and you are Bridgette Bardot all day long.
November 27, 2013
The worst thing one can do is overpluck. Well, not the worst, but close!
Once plucked, your eyebrows can take months to eventually grow back. Until that happens, fill in bare spots with a brow powder or pencil. Use light, feathery strokes to create a realistic look, rather then drawing a line. Set the color with brow gel.
1. Find a pencil color that matches your brows as closely as possible.
2. Don’t have a pencil on hand? Try an eyeshadow that matches your brows, you can fill in color with shadow, although it may not look as realistic.
3. Pick up gel brow at any drugstore. No need to spend a lot of cash on this product.
4. Keep brows in place with a spritz of hairspray applied to finger or a toothbrush. Brush brows in place.
5. Next time, get brows professionally tweezed, waxed or threaded (my personal favorite). Follow the “map” created by the professional with a pair of tweezers in between salon visits. This will help keep you from overplucking again.
November 26, 2013
Mascara is one makeup product in your bag that you want to keep tabs on. It’s a breeding ground for bacteria.
Most mascaras with a tube and a wand have an antibacterial agent in them that last about 6 weeks making you safe for at least a couple months and likely safe up to 4. You risk eye infection the longer you keep the product. If you notice the smell changes or the texture changes, throw it out. It’s not worth it.
If you don’t throw your mascara out after 4 months, chances are good it will dry up anyway.
November 20, 2013
Coconut oil is a wonderful natural product that you can incorporate into your everyday beauty routine in many ways.
Because it’s rich in fatty acids, it provides a lot of moisture, making it a very versatile beauty product. Many women have switched to coconut oil and never looked back.
You can replace your current moisturizer with coconut oil to get hydrated, healthy looking skin. Use a small amount and apply to your face before bed each night. Note that it will sit on top of your skin for a little bit, but don’t worry because it will eventually soak in. You can also use it on other parts of your body where you have a lot of dry skin such as elbows, knees or heels.
Since coconut oil is so moisturizing, it makes for a great eye cream. Applying a small amount around the eyes will keep the skin plump with hydration and also minimize any fine lines from skin dehydration you may have.
Add some sugar to the coconut oil and you’ve got a great food scrub! (Mix in a bowl with a spoon so the heat of your hands doesn’t melt the oil right away.) Coconut oil is anti-fungal, which makes it an ideal ingredient for a foot scrub. Plus, the sugar will exfoliate any rough patches on your feet. The coconut oil will also soften any calluses.
Coconut oil makes a great regular conditioner for your hair. You can also opt to use it as a special deep conditioning treatment. Apply it after you use your regular conditioner and leave it on for up to ten minutes. Wash it out for silky smooth hair. It can be hard to get it all out, so try it first on a weekend or a day when you don’t have to head out the door right away. Once you figure out the best technique for getting it out, you’ll love the benefits.
November 18, 2013
The perfect skincare products are hard to find and when we discover something that works, we don’t give it up easily.
But just as there are benefits to switching shampoos after each bottle, it can be important to vary the the skincare products you use. It’s the skin we’re going to live in our whole lives!
There are thousands of skin products on store shelves promising to make your skin look younger, brighter and clearer. Here’s FOUR (4) we’re loving right now!
La Roche-Posay Substiane Serum – $54.95
This anti-aging super serum from skincare experts La Roche-Posay helps to visibly restore firmness to tired skin.
Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel – $49.50
This intensive face masks helps to reverse signs of stress and aging. Also helping to battle hyperpigmentation, the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel has us obsessed.
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme – $90.00
Tata Harper has done it again with this luxurious Restorative Eye Creme that awakens eyes.
Murad Essential-C Cleanser – $36.00
A new favorite, the new Murad Essential-C Cleanser gets skin clean while it locks in moisture.
November 13, 2013
Picking the perfect foundation makeup for your skin can be daunting.
Most women need a yellow-based foundation since most of us have red in our faces that needs to be toned down.
The perfect foundation will blend seamlessly into your skin. Apply a swipe along your jawline. It should disappear. That’s your best bet. Keep in mind you may need a couple different shades, one for when your skin is tan in the warm months and one for colder months when your skin is naturally lighter.
To ensure you don’t find a foundation that’s too light or dark, I recommend testing the foundations in a Sephora with the help of a friend or salesperson or buying a couple shades from a drugstore that has a liberal return policy for the one that doesn’t work.