Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Beauty Trends - Berry Lips

While bright or light shades are great for Spring and Summer, dark hued lips are the go-to look for Winter.  One of our favorite trends is Berry Lips.  With such a bold look, you may think it's hard to wear without looking costume-y.  Follow our tips and tricks and you'll be "berry" pleased!

First, what shade of berry is right for you?

  • Fair Skin tones go great with a dark, but sheer berry shade.
  • Medium Skin tones can wear a true berry shade well.
  • Dark Skin tones are complemented by a deep color that won't blend into your skin.

To get a great berry look, you want to make sure your lips are well hydrated.  Dry, chapped lips won't give you a flattering look.  Also, to help define your lips and promote longer lip wear, fill in lips with a lip pencil before applying your lip shade.

Some of our favorite berry shades:

Until next time... stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Beauty Trends - Bold Brows

With celebrities and models, (most notably Cara Delevingne) sporting more natural and intense brows, gone are the days of thin, over-plucked looks.  It can be hard though to transition into the look since we've all been told by mainstream media that we need to get our eyebrows waxed on a regular basis.  Bold Brows are achievable through a few key products and practice!

There are so many brow products out there, let us break it down for you:
  • Brow Pencils are the most common tool, filling in brows for a more defined shape.
  • Brow Powders also fill in brows, but give a softer look.
  • Brow Gels will fill in brows and keep the hairs in place.
If you're a pro at shaping and filling in brows, then you probably already have some favorite tools and techniques of your own.  If you're still kind of new to the trend, try multi-use or foolproof products.
  1. gloMinerals gloBrow Collection comes with everything you need to get Bold Brows - stencils, tweezers, brushes, and a palette of brow powders, highlighter and wax to keep hairs in place.  Even a beginner can get it right with this kit!
  2. Pur Minerals Wake Up Brow Dual-Ended Brow Pencil is a new 3-in-1 pencil that we all can't wait to try!  One end is your brow pencil and the other a highlighter that brightens eyes.  A little brush is also included to clean up your brows.  And, if you realize you added a little too much to your brow shape with the brow pencil, just go over it with the highlighter to fix mistakes and really make eyes pop!
  3. If you're worried about finding the right color to fill in your brows, Pur Minerals Brow Perfection Trio is for you!  It features two powder shades that complement all hair colors and a wax to help shape brows and hold onto the color.
What do you think of the Bold Brows trend - are you on board or skipping it this season?  Let us know!

Until next time... stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

You Deserve Smooth Feet!

During the holidays we are constantly moving and doing things for everyone else. Now that the craziness is winding down, take a few minutes to do something for yourself. Yes, most of us do not have the time or the patience to go have a pedicure at the spa, during the holidays or after the holidays, but would love to have our soft, feminine feet back.

The Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation comes with the Pedi Device, Pedi Smoothing Disc, Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head, Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot Smoothing Treatment, Pedi-Balm Sonic Foot Softening Treatment and Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewal Treatment. This kit will make your feet feel like a million (very soft) bucks!

The Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation oscillates back and forth at more than 300 movements per second, to get the rough dry skin off and unveil the beautiful skin beneath. When following the Clarisonic Pedi Regimen (provided in your kit) 80% of women felt more confident barefoot and experienced 10x smoother feet than manual buffing.

You can sometimes forget about your body's well-being when you are constantly thinking of others.When you are running around making sure everything gets done, sometimes the only peaceful time you have to your self is at home, in the bath. After enjoying your bath and transforming your feet with the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation, you can cuddle up and relax.

Get ready to feel a complete transformation with your feet and hopefully in the end, a happy peace of mind that you did something good for yourself.

See more tips and information in Beauty 101.

Until next time... stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How to Repair & Prevent Chapped Lips

Winter weather giving you chapped lips?  The combination of cold, windy weather outside and dry, heated air inside can definitely dry out your lips.  Before you reach for that chapstick, follow our tips to repair and prevent chapped lips.

1.  Stop licking or biting your lips!  It's a hard habit to break, but licking your lips actually depletes natural moisture due to enzymes in your saliva.  Biting your lips to help remove the dry flakes can damage healthy skin cells too, which can lead to scar tissue.

2.  Drink more water!  Hydration will help reduce dryness.  Also, a lip balm will have better results if applied to moist lips.  So take a sip, then apply your balm to seal in the natural moisture.

3.  Pay attention to what you eat and drink!  So we're not going to tell you to stop eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks, but at least pay more attention when you do.  These acids can decrease natural moisture.  We suggest applying a water-resistant lip product, like EltaMD UV Lip Balm before your morning cup of coffee to act as a barrier.

4.  Avoid common lip balm ingredients like menthol, cinnamon, and camphor - at least until your lips are healed.  Though these additives may have some benefits and produce a great tingly feeling, they can unfortunately worsen your chapped lips.

5. Exfoliate!  Just like your skin, your lips need a little exfoliation from time to time.  You can gently use a warm washcloth to buff away dead skin cells or an enriched lip treatment like gloMinerals gloExfoliating Lip Wand.

6. Look for ointment based lip products which create a barrier against dryness while repairing lips.  Added SPF is also great!  Brave Soldier Lip Defender SPF 15 is a great option due to its natural moisturizing beeswax, honey, Vitamin E, shea butter, and other natural oils.

7. Treat your lips while you sleep.  Your skin goes through a renewal process at night, so slather on a thick balm or lip cream, like Avene Cold Cream Lip Cream, before hitting the sack.

Additional Recommended Products:
What other winter skin issues are you dealing with?  Let us know!

Until next time... stay tuned and stay beautiful!

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