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Properly Removing Makeup


I can’t stress enough the importance of a proper cleansing routine. Not removing make-up means congested skin which will lead to breakouts, puffiness around the eyes and fine lines – in short, proper cleansing ensures your skin looks younger and healthier for longer!

1. Use Makeup Wipes Before Bed Or Going To The Gym: Have you ever noticed applying face wash directly on skin with makeup can become pretty messy? One of the quickest ways to remove makeup is by using a wipe. This is a great way to get all your makeup off your face first, before doing a deep clean with your face wash, making the cleansing process much more effective. There will be plenty of times you’re not going to feel like removing your makeup, especially around 3am when you’d rather devour that slice of pizza or just crawl into bed. Always remove your makeup before bed or working out. If you sleep with makeup on it will clog your pores and lead to breakouts, and the same goes for wearing makeup to the gym. Sweat mixed with makeup can irritate the skin immediately, and it’s imperative to let your skin breathe! Keep a pack of makeup wipes on your nightstand, and in your gym bag as friendly reminders to keep up the good habit.

2. Be Gentle On The Eyes: Eye makeup is always a little more involved than the rest, seeing as we layer multiple products. Eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, you name it, it’s a process to put on and a process to get off. One of the best ways to remove eye makeup is to soak a cotton pad with remover and press gently on the eyes for 20 seconds before lightly starting to remove. This softens up the product, giving it more mobility to come right off without a lot of poking and prodding. You might have to use a few cotton pads especially if you use waterproof mascaras and eyeliners. If you’re wearing a lipstick or stain that is hard to remove, use eye makeup remover on the lips as well, as it’s one of the quickest ways to take lip color off immediately.

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The Benefits Of Dry Brushing

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Have you heard of dry brushing?

Many people carefully tend to the skin on their face, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But when’s the last time you tended to the skin on the rest of your body?

This popular spa technique is an effective way to get your body looking svelte and smooth – no gym required!

Dry brushing can make you feel more energized from the increased blood flow, help strengthen your immune system and keep your skin glowing by removing dead skin cells and opening clogged pores. It will also help increase circulation of the lymphatic system which promotes the elimination of toxins from the body while aiding in digestion and kidney function. It’s also known for helping to tighten skin and reduce cellulite.

How often: My favorite time to dry brush is in the morning, right before I shower. Your skin needs to be dry. I know it is hard to accept that there’s no splish splashing while wielding a brush that looks like it was created for bath time, but I promise you, it is worth the effort. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

The Fuzz Brush – Healthy Planet – $6.16

This is truly one of the most inexpensive home spa treatments you will ever find.

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How To Properly Fill-In Your Brows


With fuller brows back in style on the runway, the eyebrow craze is at an all time high.

Just because you weren’t born with naturally thick and beautiful Cara Delevingne brows, doesn’t mean you can’t put in a little effort to get a similar look.

Tools you’ll need -

Before you begin, be sure to have a pair of tweezers, an angled brush and a spoolie on hand. Looking above and below your brow, pluck away any stray hairs, but don’t get too carried away. You’ll need your angled brush to apply pigment and the spoolie for finishing touches.

Shape -

Although the shape of our brows have been naturally created on our faces, you can essentially shape them in any way you want. If your face has more angular features, opt for a softer, more rounded brow to balance things out. The opposite goes for those with rounder faces: emphasizing your brows by making a sharp arch adds that intensity to your face you may have been missing before.

Line it up –

There are three important points of your brow to focus on. The first is the beginning of the brow, closest to your nose. Taking a pencil or brush, line up the beginning of your brow with the side of your nose. If any hairs grow outside that line closer in to your nose, pluck those away. Then, move your pencil diagonally so that it lines up with the bottom of your nostril, extending to the brow. The portion of your brow the pencil hits is where you should create your arch when you start filling in your brows. Finally, line up your pencil diagonally along the outer corner of your eye, extending towards the brow again. That point is where the tail end of your brow should be. If it’s too short, you can create length with your pigment. If it’s too long, pluck away the extra hairs.

Use small strokes -

An eyeshadow or pomade is most preferable because you can use an angled brush to apply color and use gentle strokes to fill in gaps and make it look completely natural. Work your brush upward and sideways to create a naturally bushy effect and try not to draw in bluntly straight lines; it’ll look too obvious.

Blending is the key -

Blend the pigment in with your brow hairs. Brush upwards, to the side and then down to get every hair for uniform brows that look as natural as possible.

Brow gel -

Once you’ve finished everything, gently comb through your brows with a clear brow gel to lock everything in place. You can also spritz a bit of hairspray onto your spoolie or a disposable mascara wand and comb through them for the same effect

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Sponsored Video: Gillette Wants To Help You Be More Spontaneous


Nobody likes unwanted hairs… NOBODY!

We’ve all been there: you finally find a flattering bikini, you flawlessly apply self-tanner, and you’re 100-percent beach ready until — you go outside in sunlight and discover a missed long-hair patch on your ankle.

I feel like every time I shave my legs, I always end up missing a spot near my ankle or on the side of my knee, and for the rest of the day until I can get home and fix it, it drives me crazy!

Vlogger and singer-songwriter Tessa Violet, who is behind the YouTube channel Meekakitty, which has nearly a million subscribers, has partnered with women’s razor brand Gillette Venus.

Violet is inviting women to share their spontaneous “wish-I’d-shaved moments” on Twitter with the hashtag #InASnap.

“Some of my favorite memories are a result of impromptu decisions, or last minute nights out,” says Violet. “I’m so excited to have partnered with Gillette Venus on this program! I can’t wait to hear all the spontaneous adventures that women have experienced where they wish they had shaved. It’s gonna make some really entertaining and unique music videos!”

The Venus Snap is the perfect match for the girl on the go no matter where she might end up.

Don’t you just LOVE the shorter handle?

For more information about Gillette Venus Snap, check out their official website, or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gillette Venus Snap for which compensation was provided. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gillette Venus Snap.

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GIVEAWAY – Look Fabulous For Date Night With P&G Beauty Products!


Whether you are going out to a movie, a wine tasting, a picnic on the beach or a romantic dinner at home, you’ll want to take the right steps to prepare and look your most beautiful.

For some of us, doing our own make-up is a daily routine that we can probably now do in our sleep, but for a date night, you should spruce up your look a little for the occasion.

How do you revitalize your makeup without expending time repeating your morning makeup routine?

1. Dust a bit of translucent powder all over your face. Instead of adding another layer of powder or foundation, a translucent powder will diminish shine and add a fresh look to your face.

2. Apply an extra swipe of blush or bronzer to your cheeks. A little color goes a long way!

3. To bright up your eyes, add a light and shimmery eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. You might be surprised how much this brightens up the whole look of existing eye makeup.

4. Add a little bit of darkness to the crease of your lid. Without going too “smokey”, this will add some depth to your eye makeup.

5. Flick out the corners of your eyeliner by adding a subtle cat eye. You can also line the inner rim to give extra darkness near the lash line.

6. Apply a bold lip stick. Nothing is easier for transitioning from day to night than adding a bold lip color.

7. Add a few twists to one side of your hair, and spritz a little shine spray on your locks as well. The smallest little details can go a long way.

Whether your look is simple, sophisticated, or somewhere in between, you can look your best with beauty products from Walgreens! Walgreens is the go-to destination for women searching for quality P&G beauty products.

Look Fabulous For Date Night With P&G Beauty Products

One lucky The Beauty Stop reader is going to win a fabulous prize package that contains a variety of P&G beauty products from CoverGirl, Olay and Pantene including:

• COVERGIRL Coverlicious Lip Gloss
• Olay Fresh Effects Wipes
• COVERGIRL Ink It Eyeliner
• Pantene Rehab Cream
• COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara
• Olay Dew Over
• Flamed Out Eyeshadow
• $25 Walgreens Gift Card


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Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Walgreens and P&G for which samples and prizing were provided. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens or P&G.

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Get Refreshed With Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

I absolutely LOVE this cleanser!

It doesn’t get much better than exfoliating and cleansing with all-natural ingredients, which is why Suki’s two-in-one is such a great addition to your regimen.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

This organic lemongrass and chamomile-infused cleanser gently gets rid of dirt, oil, and makeup, while gently wiping away old layers of skin with nonabrasive sugar. You’ll immediately notice how refreshed your skin feels, infused with the faintest scent of clean lemon.

How it Works

Natural lemongrass and chamomile team up with synthetic-free cosmecutical actives to thoroughly clean skin. At the same time, the alpha hydroxy acids in raw sugar gently buff away dead layers and excess oils without stripping off your skin’s natural moisture.

How to Use

Wet your hands with warm water and scoop about a dime-sized amount of the cleanser out with your fingers. Rub it between your hands to activate the foaming tendency before gently massaging your face in circular motions. Rinse and pat dry. To avoid over-stressing your skin, don’t exfoliate more than once a day.

This cleanser is amazing! It smells great and if you accidentally taste it, it even tastes great! Just like lemondrop candy.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser$32.95

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to The Beauty Stop for this review. No compensation was received and all opinions are that of the author.


The Benefits Of Lavender Essential Oil

If there’s one essential oil staple you’ll want in your beauty closet, it’s lavender essential oil.

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.


Lavender is steam distilled from Lavandula angustifolia, a perennial, bushy shrub with a flowery top. Historically, Greeks used lavender as a perfume. The Romans used it in their baths for washing, for its cleansing qualities, and to deter insects.

Cosmetic Uses

Beloved mostly for its distinctive scent, lavender extracts are used as fragrance in bath and body products. You can add them via drops to your own homemade face masks, scrubs, body oils and massage oils to create a wonderful luxurious, spa-like experience.

Aromatherapy Benefits

Lavender seeds and flowers are great for aiding in sleep and relaxation. This is why you see packets of seeds sold to put in your pillows. It’s also why it’s recommended when getting massages. You can put a few drops of the oil on a warm washcloth and put it near your face to relax before bedtime.

Medicinal Uses

This essential oil has the ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. It’s pretty amazing stuff!

How to Use

Unlike some essential oils, dilution of lavender oils is not required and it’s suitable for all skin types, except very sensitive skin. It’s also considered “generally safe” for children younger than 2.

    • Add a few drops to your homemade masks, massage oils and scrubs

    • Add a few drops to cotton balls or pillows and put in drawers or closets. These will scent linens and also may repel moths.

    • Put about 10 drops into a warm bath for a long soak. Add Epsom salts for optimal relaxation.

    • Put drops on used dryer sheets to recycle them. They will scent your towels and sheets as they dry.

    • Add drops to water in a spray bottle to be used as a linen spray. (I spray mine on sheets for guests).

    • Place drops on a microwaveable heating pad to be placed around the neck.

You better get an extra bottle!

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DIY Natural Hair-Lightening Spray

natural highlights

Do you wish for lighter hair, yet don’t want to dye it for fear of losing its unique tone?

Nothing says “I spent a week lounging on a fabulous beach while you were stuck in the office” more than sun streaked highlights in your hair.

Here’s how to go a few shades lighter this summer without hitting the salon!


1/2 cup water
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chamomile tea left to steep until it’s strong
A spray bottle


Pour all the ingredients into the bottle and stir gently until they’re thoroughly blended. Spritz on towel-dried hair and style however you normally would. It’ll take several uses before you see results, although if you blow-dry or heat style your hair regularly, you’ll see results faster.

Warning: If your hair is naturally dark brown or black, then this spray will give you highlights, but they’ll be brown or ginger, not blond. If you want to go more than three shades above your natural color, then it’s always best to visit a stylist. And as always, perform a strand test on an inconspicuous piece of hair before applying all over to ascertain how your hair will react.

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