Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beauty Tip: Toothpaste Zaps Pimples

You've heard it before — don't pop your zits! I suggest applying a bit of toothpaste to a pimple before bed and washing it off with warm water when you wake up in the morning. They say that toothpastes draws impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin with shrinks the pimple. Opt for organic toothpastes rather than gel toothpastes which don't work as well.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Beauty Quiz: Find Your Signature Lip Gloss

My list of guilty pleasures runs the gamut from the tame to the wild. Taking beauty quizzes falls somewhere between eating cronuts for breakfast three days in a row to wearing glitter eyeliner during the daytime. Assuming your vices are similar, I'm presenting a highly scientific quiz today to help you find your signature lip color. Read through and tell me your answers – no need to feel an ounce of guilt afterwards.

1. On a Saturday night, you’ll most likely be found:
A) Getting cocktails at your favorite spot
B) Relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine and magazine
C) Shopping with girlfriends, of course
D) Who knows – your Saturdays are never the same
E) Checking out the buzzed-about secret speakeasy that just opened

2. Your favorite style of handbag is:
A) A timeless tote bag
B) A versatile cross-body
C) A cute satchel
D) Anything with studs or tassels
E) A sleek envelope clutch

3. When you go out, you feel prettiest wearing:
B) Your favorite vintage dress
C) A lace dress and pumps
D) A patterned top and flirty swing skirt
E) Leather leggings

4. You tend to date men who:
A) Are courteous and gentlemanly
B) Are easygoing
C) Treat you like a queen
D) Can make you laugh easily
E) Introduce you to new things

5. Your nails are usually:
A) Red, gray or navy
B) Bare
C) Sporting a French manicure
D) Bold and bright
E) Flaunting a half-moon or textured mani

6. You like to start your mornings off with:
A) Eggs and toast
B) Oatmeal or a bran muffin
C) A yogurt parfait
D) Last night’s leftovers
E) A green juice

7. Your fashion icon is:
A) Marilyn Monroe
B) Alexa Chung
C) Audrey Hepburn
D) Zooey Deschanel
E) Victoria Beckham

8. Your guilty pleasure:
A) Champagne
B) 2AM carb overload
C) Chocolate
D) Wearing leggings as pants
E) Staying out until the sun rises

9. The artist you can never get tired of listening to:
A) Mozart
B) Fleetwood Mac
C) Katy Perry
D) Spice Girls
E) Solange Knowles

10. The most–read book on your bookshelf is:
A) Gone With the Wind
B) A Lonely Planet Guidebook
C) Martha Stewart’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations
D) Fifty Shades of Grey
E) Anything by Haruki Murakami


Mostly A’s: Red
Classic, sophisticated and timeless – your signature lip color is red. You stick to what you know works, and know you’ll look fabulous doing it. Crazy trends and diet fads? You’ll pass. But heaven forbid people mistake you for a square – you’re not afraid to go bold for the right time and occasion.

Mostly B’s: Nude
Down to earth and low maintenance, you’re the peacemaker among your group of friends and the one your girlfriends call when they need to vent. You would rather explore a new hiking trail than stand hours waiting in line at a designer sample sale, but you know how to knock ‘em dead when the occasion arises. After all, we all know the best pairing for a nude lip is a sexy smoky eye…

Mostly C’s: Pink
Your wardrobe is filled with feminine, romantic frocks and a string of pearls is your most-worn accessory. On a weekend, you can be found sipping mimosas at brunch with your best girlfriends or shopping for dresses at the cute boutique on the corner. You have a weakness for sparkly things and nothing sends your heart aflutter more than flowers and a perfectly penned note from a secret admirer. That, or diamond earrings.

Mostly D’s: Coral
Sassy, irreverent and quirky – coral is your lipstick color of choice. While others may shy away from the unknown, you’re always up for anything and know not to take life too seriously. Your friends might know you as the one who’s always running late, but once you arrive, you’re the life of the party.  The key to your heart? Anything (or anyone) who can make you laugh.

Mostly E’s: Plum
Getting voted “Most Stylish” in high school was just the start of your fashion trailblazing ways. You count Vogue as your Bible and start every morning with a cup of green juice in hand, clicking through all your favorite fashion blogs. While others admire trends from afar, you’re always the first to rock them in person. You jumped on the ombré obsession first and you cheered when Radiant Orchid was deemed the Pantone Color of the Year – mainly because you’ve been rocking purple lips for years already.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

DIY Nails: Caviar-Encrusted Tips

Every now and then I crave a little bit of decadence. Sure, diamonds would be nice but gem-encrusted fingertips are a bit more affordable. Lucky for us girls on a budget, Essie is in favor of this exact type of opulence. Thanks to the new Encrusted Treasures collection, my nails are getting accustomed to the finer things in life…Someone pass the caviar, I've suddenly developed a taste for luxury.

  • Essie First Base
  • Tape
  • Essie Parka Perfect
  • Essie Lots of Lux
  • Essie On a Silver Platter

  1. Paint your base. Apply base coat and two coats of your base nail color. Allow to dry.
  2. Tape one tip. Take a piece of tape and place it diagonally across one side of your nail. Paint the exposed area with textured polish.
  3. Remove. Carefully peel back the tape before allowing the polish to dry.
  4. Repeat. Move on to the next nail, alternating polishes however you see fit.

Do the Matte

When the matte lip trend first emerged, I was a bit skeptical. I had grown close with my collection of glosses, lacquers and balms and I'm reluctant to consider another option – especially one that had the potential to make our lips look parched and flaky.  But I gave it a chance – and I'm so glad I did (a matte red lip has become a staple for our Friday night outings). So when I first heard about the resurgence of matte eye shadow, I pushed my doubts aside (“It’s boring!” “Why go matte when you can have shimmer or sparkle?” “It’ll make me look like grandma!”) and tried to give it a whirl. I created two completely different, wearable, totally-opposite-of-grandma look – and I have to say, I'm kind of in love. Read on for directions…

1.) I first created a smooth base for the look by applying a foundation over your face with a beauty sponge  (I love BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer).
2.) Try to create soft frames for this matte look by using Kevin Auicon The Precision Brow Pencil.
3.) Now onto the eyes! Dust a matte off-white eye shadow like Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Innocent from lash line up to your crease. Then, take a matte taupe shadow, create a V-shape from the outside of the eye and blended it halfway into crease along the socket.
4.) To accentuate the eye shape, blend the matte off-white shadow along the lash line with a thin eye shadow brush.
5.) Back to taupe – take the matte taupe shadow and line the lower lash line with it.
6.) Finish off this gorgeous, natural matte eye shadow look with a swipe of lengthening mascara like 3D Fiber Lashes
7.) To keep the look simple and light, line lips with a nude liner and filled them in with Lucrative Lip Gloss in Livid.

1.) For those of you who like your eye shadow a bit more dramatic, I've got you covered.  Building on the look above, Take a dark brown matte eye shadow like Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Infatuated, swept it along lower lash line and blended it out with a flat eyeliner brush.
2.) Using the same color, apply it to the upper inner corner of each eye, extending and blending it along the crease.
3.) Take Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Beautiful, a light brown matte shadow and blend it all along the lid and the lower lash line.
4.) To finish off this sultry look, apply Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Corrupted to bottom and upper waterline. For extra oomph, trace a thin line along upper lid to give a smoky effect.
And there you have it – two fun, modern ways to wear matte eye shadow!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid liner is THE makeup essential. The good news: one sweep along the lash line and your makeup look is nearly complete. The not-so-good news: it’s a littttttle tricky. And for that reason, we’re breaking down some critical do’s and don’ts.
DO pair black liquid liner with a red lip, flawless skin and nothing else for instant and effortless beauty.
DON’T pair a strong and precise liquid liner look with a heavy smoky eye. The two effects are too competitive with each other.
DO apply liquid liner THISCLOSE to the lash line in small dashes. Go over the dashed line again in a fluid motion to smooth the line, then build up the line if you want more impact or are creating a specific shape (hello, cateye).
DON’T keep piling on more liner to mask imperfections. Instead, if you mess up, clean and perfect the line using a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover.
DO follow the curve from the lower lashline when extending liner up and out to create a cat-eye.
DON’T go out imbalanced. Check that your eyes are symmetrical. Note: one side will inevitably be easier than the other. Work to make the hard side look like the easy side.
DO choose a jet black liner for a classic look, chocolate brown or slate grey for a soft look and a bright color for a seasonal/trendy look.
DON’T use a bright color liquid unless the rest of the face is neutral.
DO use a small synthetic brush with concealer on it to edge out the perfect eyeliner shape and detail a creative shape.
DON’T run liquid liner on or along the lower lashline or in the tearline. Use pencil liner for that.
DO layer on the mascara to really pop the eye as a final step after liquid liner.
DON’T apply other eye makeup until the liquid liner has completely dried.

Brown Eye Makeup Tutorial

Brown is one of those colors that, for some reason or other, usually gets overlooked in the beauty world. Sure, it’s versatile and a great daytime hue, but it’s certainly not considered the most exciting – especially when we have colors like radiant orchid, navy and burgundy to play around with. But perhaps there’s more to brown than we know. Perhaps brown has the hidden potential to actually be…exciting? This tutorial will teach you to create a dramatic, seductive, double take-worthy brown eye makeup look – the opposite of “boring” in every way. The result? Let’s just say we’re never putting baby in a corner ever again.

Shimmery Base: Wash the eyelid with a soft, shimmery golden hue like Moodstruck Minerals Concealer in Foxy (this versatile powder is the same one used to warm up your face in the final step).

Add Dimension: Apply a cool brown eye shadow with a hint of shimmer (try Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Confident) along your socket to add a touch of smokiness. To create even more dimension, add a warm champagne shimmer like 
Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Heart Broken in the inner corner of your eyes and in the center of your lid. Blend with an eye shadow brush.

Liner + Mascara: Sweep a black eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible, then swipe on the best mascara 3D Fiber Lashes for full, look-at-me lashes.

For the final touch, dust on a warm, glowy powder like 
Moodstruck Minerals Concealer in Foxy across your cheeks, down your nose and across your forehead. You glow, girl!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quick Tip: Tame Unruly Eyebrows

Spritz an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand with hairspray, then brush brows and style them as desired. Even the most hard to tame brows will fall in line with this trick.

Makeup Brushes Every Girl Should Own

Excuse me while I geek out for a moment, but nothing excites us quite like the thrill of brand new makeup brushes. Pristinely clean and those soft bristles…swoon. You may or may not share our same enthusiasm for beauty tools, but if you’re in the market for makeup brushes it’s important to know what you need. The options are plentiful, but there’s something out there crafted for exactly what you want to do. Let me help you find that. 

Flat Concealer Brush: The flat rounded tip makes blending around the contours of the face a breeze. Use one side to apply concealer to under-eye circles, then flip it over and use the clean side to blend.

Personal pick: Younique Concealer Brush - totally non-porous and non-absorptive to ensure a light application and will help your concealer last longer. My own very own "magic" brush!

Precision Concealer Brush: This concealer brush is smaller and comes to a point allowing for more precise application. Use it to conceal blemishes and littler imperfections and to clean up the lines after applying a bold lip color.

Personal pick: Younique Liner/Shader Brush - the shader end blends soft areas of mineral pigments and moves fluidly and easily for a diffused and blended finish. Who doesn't love a twofer?

Eyeliner/brow Brush: A small angled natural or synthetic brush. It's multi-purpose as it can be used on your lashline for eyeliner and your brow to fill it in. Plus it is the most user-friendly of the eyeliner brushes due to its easy-to-maneuver slanted angle.

Personal pickYounique Liner/Shader Brush - the liner brush end creates smooth and even lines. Use wet with mineral shadows for a creamy liner "paste" that will define the eyes.

Powder Brush: Loosely packed bristles make for one big, fluffy brush with a rounded shape.Use it with loose or pressed powders, just tap off the excess before using sweeping motions to brush it across the face.

Personal pickPowder Puff Brush - they are made with real capra animal hair and extremely soft, oh so perfect for applying dry loose powders onto the skin!

Blush Brush: A more compact powder brush that can be used to apply cheek color. Smile to locate the apples of the cheek, and use short strokes to dust powder out toward the hairline.
Personal pickYounique Blusher Brush - it provides precise placement of color because of its deliberate slanted shape and absorbent qualities, resulting in a truly sculpted appearance!

Eye Shadow Brush: A small, stiff, flat natural brush you need to apply allover eye shadow
color. It will give your lids a smooth finish and more intense pigment than a fluffier brush would. Sweep shadow over the lids from the inside of the eye, outwards.

Personal pickDeluxe Brush - uniformly covers the whole lid for a quick, even, strong application of color. All Younique makeup brush have an inner high-quality copper ferrule which means it won't rust when you use them wet or dry! 

Crease Brush: Blends and contours in the crease and corners of the eye. This domed bristle brush picks up eye color and sweeps it onto the eyelid to create bold definition. Great for smudging shadow into the lash line for a smoky effect. 

Personal pick: Younique Crease Brush - I use just the tip to apply color, sweep back and forth in the upper crease or around the eyes for precise color. My essential brush for creating a perfect smoky eyes!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beauty Wonders of Baking Soda

Baking soda, how women would love thee if they only knew all you can do for them. In case you didn't know, this white powder is a naturally occurring component of the mineral Natron. It can be found in countless mineral springs and it used to be called aerated salt, like a few hundred years ago. Humans have been harvesting and using it for a long time. In fact, its healing and detoxing properties are one reason why baths in mineral springs were popular back in the day and why spas literally sprung up around them for the rich and well-heeled.

These days, you don't have to travel to Switzerland to get the skin and beauty benefits of trace amounts of the stuff in a natural mineral spring—you can just go to the grocery store and buy a box. And you should! Because baking soda will transform your beauty life, possibly your skin and definitely your beauty budget. You can toss away so many masks and expensive bath salts, and so many other prettily packaged, costly beauty products.

The Great Exfoliator
How many products on the market claim to exfoliate your skin? From little beads in body wash to face wash to masks, they all say your skin will be renewed. After you use baking soda to exfoliate, you'll understand all other claims are overblown. Your skin will feel tight, your pores will be visibly smaller, and your skin will feel like a baby's, promise. Just mix baking soda and water until a paste forms. Gently rub on your skin in a circular motion and rinse. 

Anti-Acne Mask
Instead of scrubbing to exfoliate. Apply the paste you've made as a mask. Let sit for 10 minutes. Baking soda will draw out impurities, and even helps remove blackheads. Once per week will rid your skin of common breakouts. Trust. 

Tooth Whitening
Strips and pastes at the drugstore to whiten teeth are expensive. And forget about getting it done at the dentist, you don't want to look like one of those creepy TV hosts whose teeth look like they're electric. You dip your damp toothbrush directly into the powder or sprinkle some on top of your toothpaste. Scrub stains away. 

Dry Shampoo
Granted, if you have dark hair, this might be a tough sell. But for blondes and light brunettes, no need to spend money on dry shampoo when you're in between washing. A mix of baby powder and baking soda sprinkled on your brush before you pull it through your hair will have that extra oil and grease absorbed in no time. 

Product Buildup
Add baking soda to your shampoo before you shampoo as normal. You'll be getting rid of all that product buildup. Perfect after your hair has done bridesmaid duty under a helmet of hair spray.

Relieve Sunburn Itching and Irritation

Just soak a washcloth in cold water that's been infused with baking soda and press it on your burn. Relief is at hand. A lukewarm bath with half a cup of baking soda is one way to relieve skin that's been burned in more than one place. It happens.

Get Healthy Nails and Cuticles
If you've got a nail brush or an old toothbrush laying around and a box of baking soda, you've also got the potential for great nails and cuticles. Rub the brush (dipped in baking soda) on your nails for a thorough clean. Its natural antibacterial properties also treat nail fungus. Just apply a baking soda and water paste, leave on for ten minutes twice per day until the fungus is gone.

Because of its ability to absorb oil, smells, cleanse and fight bacteria, it's no wonder baking soda can also be used as a deodorant. How to apply? Dip a kabuki brush in the powder. If you want it to smell nice, just add a drop of your favorite essential oil.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Office to a Night Out Look in Minutes

How many of us really have hours to do make up? I bet majority will not have the time but we all do not want to miss catching up with friends over dinner or go dancing after work. So I thought why not share with you girls my neat little trick to convert your office make up to party make up in minutes! Let's get started.

Things you need in your office bag:

Assuming you already have the basics (Brilliant Daily Moisturizing GelBB Flawless Complexion Enhancer or foundation, whatever you usually like to wear at work) applied in the morning, we will build and enhance the eyes and lips perfect for night time in just 15 minutes!

Step 1- Use blotting paper to remove excess oils that developed on the face followed by a quick touch up from your favorite compact. Use of blotting paper helps you avoid a caked up look.
Step 2- Using 
Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powderuse it as an eyeliner and tight line your eyes. Make an arc in the outer corner of your eyes as shown in the picture
Step 3- Still using Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder, take a little bit of pigment in your blending brush and start smudging the outer corner of your eyes.
Step 4- Curl your lashes and add
3D Fiber Lashes (see lashes amazingly transformed!).
Step 5- Apply lip liner and finish off with 
Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lethal. Lip liner prevents lip gloss from bleeding.

The whole process shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes. The trick is to practice so that you can carry all the products you need in your office bag, you'll be a master of it in no time!

How to Make Your Hair Color Last Longer

Frequent salon visits are expensive and at-home touch-ups every four weeks are time consuming. What's a girl to do? Fortunately for those of us who weren't born with our ideal hair color, there are ways to keep our tresses enhanced and color-rich that can save us time and money. With just a few dye-job hacks you can keep your color vibrant and your hair beautiful for longer than you're used to. Ready? Good, let's get started on your lesson. 

Get the Right Color
When it comes to lasting color, you're better off being discerning about which color you choose. Going from blonde to raven can be a fun switch up, for example, but a color so far from your own is likely to require more frequent maintenance. Plus, the fading will be obvious. Choose a color as close to your natural shade as possible instead. When it starts to fade, it will be less noticeable. Red is the color most prone to fading because the molecules are larger than other colors and less stable.

Time it Right
Did you know that the natural oils your scalp produces help strands hang on to color? That's why most instructions in at-home kits say to dye "unwashed" hair. So avoid the shampoo at least a couple of days before you dye. Also, try to avoid washing your locks for a couple of days after you dye. You'll be giving your hair a chance to completely absorb color. The better and more locked in it is at the start, the better it will look over time.

Deep Condition and Glaze
Deep conditioning is always a good idea, whether you dye your hair or not. It helps hair stay healthy, soft and more absorbent. A deep conditioning mask a week before coloring will give you great color and continuing a weekly treatment will help keep it that way. Hair glazes used to be a salon-only treatment but now you can buy them at the drugstore. Applying a glaze is one way to protect your hair from environmental damage that fades color. 

Avoid Alcohol-Heavy Products
You may have figured out by now that the name of the no-fade game is keeping hair healthy, absorbent and hydrated. Dried out hair loses color fast and its dull appearance makes what color is left look sad and tired. Before you apply any product like hairspray or gel, look at the label. If alcohol is listed within the top five ingredients, skip it. Alcohol dries out hair like nobody's business. 

Pick the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoos and conditioners that claim to protect color-treated hair aren't just an ad gimmick. They'll help prevent fading, unlike other hair cleansing products. Look for those that are made for your shade and use them if you can. Definitely avoid using a "clarifying" shampoo right before or after your hair is dyed. 

Utilize Shower Know-How
The sun, drying products and heat-styling are definitely to blame for fading color but there's usually a bigger culprit: just plain water. When you shower and how you shower makes a difference. Keep your hair out of the direct line of water your shower head emits, unless you're rinsing. Hot water dries out hair, making it more porous and more prone to color being washed away. So when you're rinsing, take the temp down to lukewarm or even cold, if you can't handle it. The less you wash your hair with shampoo (even color-protecting shampoos), the more color you're keeping on your strands. Invest in dry shampoo to use in between washes and consider wearing a shower cap on days you're not washing.

Monday, February 17, 2014

10 Essential DIY Manicure Tips You Need To Know About

Make a cheap and easy dotter for your nails. Just stick a pin into a pencil eraser.

Spray nails with oil spray to set your manicure and prevent smudges

Erase mistakes by dipping a tiny brush into nail polish remover. Use an old paintbrush or an eyeliner brush (perhaps the felt tip of an old liquid liner that dried up?) that you don’t care for anymore.

Use ice water to dry your nails in three minutes.

Follow this diagram to imitate how professional manicurists apply nail polish.

Apply multiple thin coats instead of one thick coat. A thick coat of nail polish will only dry at the top layer, leaving your manicure vulnerable to smudges.

Easily paint a heart with a toothpick. 

Don’t sit near a fan. You might think it’ll help the nail polish dry faster, but the drafty air will just make bubbles and ruin your polish.

Use VapoRub for nail infections. The ingredient thymol works on bacterial and yeast infections of the nail plate.

The first coat of chunky glitter polishes should be dabbed, not brushed on. This will help to distribute the glitter evenly and get the big chunks where you want them. If all else fails, use a toothpick to move the chunks of glitter around.