Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eye Shadows to Complement Your Eye Color

Do you have a hard time deciding what colors to buy that would compliment you the best? 
Well, here's your answer! 
All of Younique's mineral eye pigments are 100% natural and made in the USA! You can purchase them individually or in groups of 4 for a discount! 
These pigments can be used wet or dry (if you want to use them wet I would recommend using the Refreshed Rosewater, it gives it a creamier consistency than using just water) 
You will find all of these colors on their website plus 14 more!
Add some of their FAMOUS 3D Fiber Mascara for some added DRAMA 
You will ADORE the look and feel of these mineral pigments! 
Go make snag your colors and make those peepers POP! 

Find all of these colors at the official Younique website

Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Home Remedies: Winter Beauty Tips!

Harsh winds, steamy showers, dipping temps & drying indoor heat--can suck the life right out of your skin and hair. Here are a few tips to ward off the winter blues!

[Lackluster Hair]

Is your winter head dull, depressed & apathetic? Try this quick and easy home remedy for an instant hydration boost! [1-2x/week]

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey

1. Heat oil for 20 seconds
2. Mix with honey
3. Apply to hair, starting at ends and working up
4. Cover with a shower cap & wait 20 minutes
5. Wash & style as usual.

[Dry, Flaky Scalp]

This Scalp Treatment does away with the dry flakes of winter AND removes product build up & stimulates scalp to help speed up hair growth!

If you have a scalp treatment or color applicator brush - that's recommended! If not, use any soft bristle brush you have.

Mix 4 tablespoons coconut oil with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice.

You’ll start on dry hair. Starting on top, place the brush (no mixture) on the scalp, rotate it across the scalp while pressing down and pull off in the end. Repeat across the scalp, parting hair where necessary. This will stimulate the blood circulation and loosen any dry skin scales. This should feel good, don’t press so hard that it hurts.

Next part the hair down the center and apply the oil mixture to the scalp with the application brush or cotton ball. Work in one inch sections down the sides of the head, then the back making sure the mixture covers the entire scalp.

Now give your scalp a good massage. Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion all over the scalp. Leave the treatment on for about 20 minutes.

Finish it off with a good shampoo and conditioner.

[Dry Skin]

[Face] Rose water! A simple spritz instantly and lightly nourishes. The idea behind this is that sugars found in rose petals add to rose water's soothing effect, and its natural oils trap moisture in the skin, helping it feel and look smoother. [Recommended: Younique's Rose Water -- vegan & revitalizing!]

[Body] Shorter showers are a must. Hot showers lasting more than 15 minutes compromise your lipid layer, which retains moisture. Another must is exfoliating 2x/week! Try this delicious DIY scrub:

2 tbsp honey
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sweet almond oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 

[Chapped Lips]

1. Using a disposable mascara wand or toothbrush, apply a generous amount of lip balm directly on your lips.
2. Scrub back and forth, up and down and in small circular motions in the same fashion you would brush your teeth. Really work on the flaky areas until the loose skin gently breaks off.
3. Wrap a tissue around your finger and remove any flaky residue.

[Prevent Peeling, Dry Cuticles]

Simply: Take a very small amount of extra virgin olive oil and rub into your nails and cuticles. Do this each night!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Learn How to Highlight & Contour


Contouring is the application of makeup on your face to help define your face shape, and makes you to appear as if you have a slimmer face, slender cheeks, a straighter nose and more prominent cheekbones, and to help reduce the double chin is some cases. Contouring is used on areas on the face you want to reduce and become less prominent. Highlighting is the application of makeup on your face that does the opposite effect of contouring. Highlighting helps to further define your face. Highlighting is used on certain areas of the face you want to be more prominent and pronounced.


What Shades to Choose?

Contouring: Use brown or tan colored. Powdered concealers work great! Matte or shimmer finish is up to you. Just make sure you blend, blend, and blend some more - make sure to choose something that blends easily and that gives the face that natural and healthy look. TIP: Contour color should be 1 -2 shades darker then foundation.

Highlighting: Same as contouring applies to highlighting only in lighter shades. FYI: Highlight color should be 1 – 2 shades lighter then foundation.

Contouring and Highlighting in simple steps:

Cheeks: suck in your cheek just a little and apply a darker shade to hollows (don’t overdo it, start off with a small amount then build as needed), apply light shade (highlight) to the apple of your cheeks when you smile.

Nose: apply darker shade (contour) on each side of the nose in a thin line and blend carefully, Run a line down the center on your nose with a lighter shade (highlight).

Forehead/Temple: apply darker shades (contour) to both your temples and blend well (Highlight) apply lighter shades to forehead.

Chin: apply darker shade (contour) down your chin and below your neck line, blend, blend and blend some more and see how your double chin reduces. Apply lighter shade (highlight) to the tip of your chin and blend downward and along your jawline

Tip: Blend, Blend, and Blend some more!!

Recommended: 100% natural, chemical-free, mineral-based concealers for every skin-type.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5 MUST Have Makeup Brushes

Trying to figure out which makeup brushes you need to add to, or begin your collection can be daunting at best, especially for someone who is just starting out. With so many brushes available, trying to decide which ones to add to your makeup arsenal can be overwhelming. However, having the correct brushes can make all the difference in the your makeup application. 

#1 Eyeshadow Brush

The brush: A small, stiff, flat natural brush

Why you need it: This is the brush you need to apply allover eyeshadow color, as it will give your lids a smooth finish and more intense pigment than a fluffier brush would. 

How to use it: Sweep shadow over the lids from the inside of the eye, outwards.

#2 Shading/Blending Brush

The brush: Similar to the eye shadow brush but with softer bristles. 

Why you need it: "This is the ultimate blending brush for eyes," says Zizzo, as it can really get into the crease of your eye and define your lid with precision. 

How to use it: "Dip the tip of the brush into [your] eyeshadow using a circular motion and then tap off the excess [product]" she says. Then, "just using the tip of the brush, start on the outer edge of the eye crease and blend backwards and forwards through the crease using a windshield wiper action," advises Zizzo. This will contour your eye and work to give you a smoky eye look.

#3 Blush Brush
The brush: A soft, medium-sized dome-shaped natural brush. 

Why you need it: A blush brush that is ultra soft and has long bristles, so as not to "disturb foundation or irritate the skin," is ideal for giving color and life to the cheeks, says Dean. 

How to use it: Use the brush to sweep blush and bronzer upwards onto the cheekbones -- from the apple of the cheek up towards the ear.

#4 Liner Brush

The brush: A small angled natural or synthetic brush.

Why you need it: 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. 

How to use it: To apply liner, Zizzo suggests placing the brush on the inner corner of the eye and pressing into the lashline, "walking" the brush across to create a perfect line. She also says to create "a winged edge," by simply pulling "out slightly past the edge of the eye." For the eyebrows, use it to "fill in sparse brows with powder," by using short strokes over your natural brow shape, says Dean.

#5 Concealer Brush

The brush: Tapered, round edges.

Why you need it: The rounded edge to allow you to get into the small crevices of your face, like under your eyes and around your nose. 

How to use it: Dab in your brush and sweep over the area that needs concealer, then dab in the concealer using the brush and blend out the edges with the brush.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Natural, Daily Makeup Routine. How to do it by yourself!

Think you can’t pull off the natural, harmonious look, which puts your traits to value? To convince you that you can, we have prepared a step-by-step makeup tutorial, using only organic products, which will not only enhance your natural beauty, but will also keep your skin healthy!

Step 1

Start by applying base makeup, which in addition to offering a fresh complexion, protects against environmental aggressions. The base consists of applying foundation for smoothing and hiding imperfections. For a matte and velvety effect, try BB Flawless Complexion by Younique. Not only does it do the work of a moisturizer, primer and foundation, but it’s also 100% natural, which only makes things so much better! It can easily be applied with a sponge or a foundation brush, from the center to the sides of the face. At first, use only a small amount of product, then gradually add some more, depending on the effect you want to achieve.
Step 2

Although the BB Cream covers and evens the skin, you still might have a bit of shininess left. Therefore, our base makeup should also consist of a light powder with the role of setting in the foundation and removing shine. We recommend you apply the powder in a thin layer with a brush or a sponge, insisting around the eyes and on the eyelids to ease further application of eye shadow. We’ve chosen the Moodstruck Mineral Concealer, because it’s a mineral-based pigment powder that will not only remove shine and offer you a natural finish, but will also keep your face matte all day long, without harming your skin.
Step 3

Blush is a must-have in our makeup process, because it contours and helps emphasize your facial features. To give your skin extra radiance, use the Moodstruck Minerals Blusher, starting from the cheekbone and coming up easily to the temples with small, circular movements. As we know, different types of blushes should be used for different types of skin. If you have dry skin, use a foam or cream blush and if you have oily skin it’s best to use powder makeup.

Step 4

Eye makeup gives more expressiveness to your look and gives the whole makeup a lot more personality. The colors you chose depend on many things- eye color, what time of the day it is or what you’re wearing, but regardless of the colors you use, always keep in mind you should create a perfect harmony between them.

For a more intense effect, we’d go with the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder, for several reasons. They’re free of synthetic dyes and parabens, which means the sensitive skin around your eyes won’t be affected, they stay in place all day long, won’t smudge at all and they come in both shimmer and matte colors! And don’t forget that no makeup is completed without mascara- the 3D Moodstruck Fiber Lashes will definitely give you the perfect eyelashes. Start at the base of the lashes slowly bringing it towards the ends, with slight zigzag movements. To avoid overdoing eyelashes don’t apply more than two coats of mascara- and keep in mind that if you’re using the 3D Fiber Lashes, you’ll instantly get up to 300% more volume!

Step 5

Ok so, we concentrated on the eyes so far, but lips must not be forgotten. For a more natural look, try staying away from bright colors, and go with a lip-gloss instead. The Lucrative Lip Gloss by Younique comes in 10 shades, which include both bold and subtle colors.