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The Proper Way to Clean Your Makeup Applicators

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Ladies, listen up! It’s time you take a look at what you’re putting on your face. And, no, I’m not talking about the makeup itself but the brushes you’re using when applying your makeup. Ever thought about what you’re really transferring onto your skin? Try imagining tons of millions of tiny little bacteria particles and microscopic organisms (science words). That’s right, your brushes are full of tenants. Yucks galore.

It’s time to clean house. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. How do you clean a makeup sponge applicator?

BeautyBlender’s Original Makeup Sponge Applicator requires you to dip it into water to fill it up. This saturation of the water fills up the space in your sponge making it dense. Hence, less makeup fills the pores and becomes absorbed inside of the applicator. Cleaning recommendations require only a simple wash afterward with soap and water. It doesn’t get much simpler. Remember to rinse until water runs clear.

2. Clean your eyelash curler (okay, so it’s not a brush).

Eyelash curlers are notorious for getting covered in mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, eye-anything. Oh, one more thing, they are full of those tiny eyelash and eyebrow mites. That’s right ladies, your curler is chalk full of mites. You shouldn’t worry about the buggies on your tools though, it’s more of what the acidity of the makeup can do to the steel and padding of your brand new curler. To thoroughly clean your curler dip the tool into some warm soapy water. Be sure to apply some pressure and clamp it shut. The pressure will help the pad soak up the soapy water and begin a good lather. The deeper your soapy water penetrates the pad, the cleaner and longer lasting your tool becomes.

3. Wash your brushes after each use

Do you know you should be rinsing your brushes after every use? Well, now you do. So, no more excuses!

Makeup left on your brush begins to harden with time. Not only that, but as you add more and more makeup, you’re creating layers or bacteria. Rinse your brushes under warm water until the water runs clear. Gently, wipe your brush with a clean cloth and you’re done! Tip: Make sure to wipe your brush from base to tip. Follow an outward motion to keep your brush bristles neatly gathered. The more care you put into these initial steps, the longer your product will last.

4. Finally, how often should you be replacing your makeup applicators, etc!

Mascara: Pitch it every three months.

Eyeshadow: If your product is powder, pitch after two years. If your product is cream, it’s time for a change after 1 year.

Makeup brushes: Products can last anywhere from one to five years. Money counts in this department. Tip: If your brushes are shedding, it’s time for a replacement.

Makeup sponges: Trash the sponge after consistent use spanning one month.

I hope this guide helps you dolls. Have fun painting those faces, and remember to take care of your tools!

Also, just in case you’re obsessing over the Artis Makeup Brushes featured…enjoy <3.

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Eyebrows On Fleek

Adulting is hard but keeping your eyebrows on fleek shouldn’t be! Getting your eyebrows to look good could be difficult because of the minefield of hazards you’ll have to overcome to get them just right but the pros got you. Quite honestly, even if you think you’ve got it handled it might be best to go to an expert for a quick visit to get the right shape for your face. Once you’ve got the perfect shape you can invest some time for the upkeep and have brows even Cara Delevingne would be jealous of.
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Brushing your eyebrows is the first step to obtaining a tamed look whether you want structured brows or wild and unruly.Laura Mercier spool brush will help you achieve the well-groomed look all day long while  Lancome’s dual-ended brush will allow you to reshape, blend, and groom any way your little heart desires.ultra-fine tip eyebrow pencil eyebrow powderNow that you’re well groomed it’s time to fill them in to make your eyebrows appear thicker and fuller. If you want a heavier look an angled brush and powder like Anastasia’s two-shade brow powder is the way to go. If you feel as though maybe you went a little too far with the heavy just press your brows gently with your fingers to soften the look. In order to get a natural look go a shade lighter than your hair color and more muted. When opting for a pencil go for a super fine tip likeAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to make the smaller strokes that mimic actual hair. eyebrow gel

Brow gel is a must have for anyone with thinner eyebrows! For adding volume and texture it’s really in a class in it’s own. You can also opt for a tinted gel which will cover up any gray hairs or for those little hairs to light to be seen. I’m loving Benefit Cosmetics brush on gel that has a matte finish.eyebrow tweezers scissorsWhile having unruly and wild eyebrows is completely acceptable make sure you don’t have any little hairs not adhering to your rules. Perhaps my favorite go to, for removing even the tiniest of hairs, is the Tweezerman Slant…it grabs the hair every time. Maintenance of the perfect brows also requires a good  eyebrow scissor and this Sephora Collection Eyebrow Trimmer is perfectly angled to get the perfect shape!

 

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Choosing a Dermaroller Treatment For Your Skin Care Issues

Every day, we look at ourselves in the mirror, assessing the person looking back at us, that’s where a Dermaroller treatment can help. When we begin to see wrinkles or sun damage or other skin issues, we start losing confidence in our appearance. A large part of our psychological makeup is based on how we look and are perceived by others. Only when we look good do we really feel good about ourselves. Skin care is essential to reaching that goal.

The Dermaroller Treats Various Skin Care Issues

There are a great number of skin care issues that people suffer. The Dermaroller handles many of them, including the most common one. Dermatologists say about 95% of their patients seek a method to eradicate wrinkles from their face and body. Stretch marks from weight loss or child bearing are also fairly common. Scarring from acne or chicken pox as well as sun damage and hyper pigmentation are also frequent issues. Fortunately, the Dermaroller can treat each of those issues.

How the Dermaroller Procedure Works

The Dermaroller uses the process of microneedling to correct skin issues. Microneedling is a process in which clusters of needles are stamped in the skin to penetrate into a deeper layer of the skin called the dermis. It is in this layer that rejuvenation of the skin occurs. A Dermaroller has a barrel shaped head with numerous tiny needles that are rolled across the surface of the skin rather than stamped in.

The process of microneedling is also called collagen induction therapy as it stimulates the cells in the dermal layer to regenerate by replacing damaged cells with new ones and also encourages the production of collagen.

Comparing the Dermaroller to Other Treatments

Most other treatments that use cosmetic laser equipment for skin care issues like scars, wrinkles, and pitted skin require ablative methods. That means they cause damage to the skin’s surface in order to stimulate repairs. The Dermaroller is non-ablative, meaning it leaves the epidermis intact and undamaged. Where other methods come with significant risks and down time, the Dermaroller does not. It takes a little more time to see the full extent of the results, but works on all skin colors and textures where the other methods run into problems with that.

What Areas Can be Treated?

The Dermaroller comes in varying sizes and needles lengths. For the facial area, shorter needles and a smaller roller would be used. A larger barrel head with longer needles would be used for thicker skin and large areas. This handheld device can be used on most of the body.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

The first time you go to a clinic for a treatment, you will have standard medical forms to fill out. Your trained medical technician will likely apply a numbing cream to the area to be treated so the procedure will be more comfortable. It takes about 45 minutes for the numbing agent to take full effect. Depending on how large an area being treated, the procedure itself can take as much as an hour. You will likely notice some redness and possibly mild swelling afterwards, but it generally is gone by the next day. For the next 24 hours after the procedure, you just need to take extra cautions to avoid sun exposure, spray tanning, and anything else that might damage your skin. Be sure to ask your medical provider any questions you might have about the Dermaroller procedure so you can be confident about the treatment.

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10 Best Nail Polish Colors For Spring 2016

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Say goodbye to the dark and let some hues in with the best nail polish colors for spring 2016! Polish ideas that make you look fab and glamorous? Yes, please!

Fashion is constantly changing and we often feel as though just as we’ve mastered a trend something else comes along and it’s on to the next big thing. Often times this becomes overwhelming because lets face it, unless your job is to always be #trending there’s just too much going on in your day to day to stay chic. 

How would you feel about a simple change that you can keep up with even with the most hectic of schedules? Of course, you’d love. Perhaps one of the simplest trends any gal can stay up to date with is nail polish colors and styles. With spring being so close it’s the perfect time to think about the next big thing for your nails. There’s always so many fun shades of nail polish to play with during the warmer months because you’ve finally tucked away those winter gloves and are not longer worried about losing your fingers to frostbite.

For those who are hunting for some ideas for nail polish colors for spring 2016, here are some exciting trends that you would definitely want to add to your collection! 

Floral patterns are super in for spring and your nails will thank you for them. They’re super classy and chic! The bright bold colors will add a pop of color to any spring wardrobe and in the most effortless way possible. This spring 2016 nail polish trend is for any fashionista that doesn’t have many hours to dedicate to keeping up with the latests. Don’t forget your toes because with the warmer spring days come out the peep toes and you want to make sure everything is on point.

A minty shade of green is the perfect way to brighten up your spring wardrobe! They will undoubtedly be the center of attention so make sure you have the perfect manicure before applying this hue. 

A creamy yellow shade is the perfect spring trend and it will go so perfectly with the sunny days of the season. You can opt for bright yellow or a more pastel hue, if you’re not feeling super adventurous. Either way you decide to go opt for two coats to really make that color pop!

Nail polish trends will never be complete without creme or beige hues, or at least according to me. You can find a lengthy list of beige colors but one option that you may want to try is a nude shade with brown undertones. Full opacity can be reached with two coats, thanks to the nice pigmentation of the formula. It is also a wonderful shade for nail stamping, it’s a thing, look it up!

You can’t go wrong with a royal blue this spring season, or any other season quite honesty. What I absolutely love about blue nail polish is that you can rock it with a dress of the same hue and not look tacky. There’s really no wrong way to wear blue this spring 2016 because whether it’s bright cerulean or classic cobalt you’ll slay.

Red is one of the nail polish colors that always stays #trending, whether it is a chilly winter, a hot summer, or a subdued spring. Red will never fail when adding charm to your overall look. You might want to look for a creamy shade that can spread quickly with no streaks. 

Here’s a quick addition! Aside from the top 10 best nail polish colors for spring 2016 mentioned above, you might also want to go for a sparkling look with glitter that can make you look, well, glamorous. It’s an absolutely perfect way to add dazzle to your nails and your evening.

Spring is the perfect time to add color to your nails that will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Remember, just like you, your nails make a first impression too so make it count! 

Enjoy the perfect spring 2016 nail polish hues I’ve picked for you <3.

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How To Enhance Your Brown Eyes…

If you were blessed with brown eyes you’re in luck because brown is a blend of all the essential colors, giving you a lot of options to work with. Whether it’s your mascara, eye shadow, or liner, playing around with different hues is a great way to make your eyes pop.

If you want to add a little twinkle to your eyes warm metallics are going to be your new favorite because they will reveal the slightest implication of gold undertones and keep your eyes sparkling. There are some people who seem to have a natural flicker in their eyes and it looks super glamorous. With this trick you’re eyes will be just as darling.

 

This golden green hue is another go to for brown eyes. Although this is going to give you a bolder look so perhaps it’s more of a nighttime look. Or, if you really want to include it in your day routine, sweep some on your lids, slightly. You’ll still get the gorgeous golden green color but it won’t be super bold.

 

Yes, this is eyeliner, take my word for it. I am currently obsessed with Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner because it goes on super easy and stays put for hours, and it’s smudge proof. This purple shade is perfect for brown eyes, and if you really want to give your eyes that extra something, apply the liner to both the top and bottom lids.

 

When it comes to mascara eggplant, purple, and even your basic black are all great contenders! The purple shades will be slightly different than the usual black but it will really make your eyes stand out. Play around with these three colors and see which shade gets you the most compliments ;)!

 

Enjoy<3.

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Favorite Beauty Trends For Spring 2016…

blue eyeshadow orange lipstick bronzerWhile it will be winter for a bit longer there’s no reason as to why you can’t be prepared for all the beauty trends spring 2016 will bring. Get a rundown of that you should stock up on once the season comes around.

When it comes to the eyes it’s all about keeping things fun this season. This palette is perfect whether you’re after a softer pastel blue or a darker look. The blues are sure to emphasize your eyes while keeping you looking playful.

These lips were made for talking! Keep your lips vivacious with hues of maroon, fuchsia, and my favorite for this season, if you’re the daring type, orange. With lips so bright all eyes will be on your pout!

If you happened to catch Givenchy’s show you came across lace, jewels, and pearls that were carefully applied to model’s faces hours before the show. The thought of applying these sparklers to your face during a day look might frighten you so opt for a simple pair of pearl earrings instead. You’ll still be able to keep up with the trends in a super classy fashion.

Keeping your locks simple is out for spring. Opt to stand out with simple headbands, barrettes, and ornate combs. I’m obsessed with barrettes and have been for a while now so this is definitely a trend I’m embracing.

Bronzed skin is super sexy and for spring it’s definitely the direction you want to take your skin in. Although, anything in excess is super unappreciated so practice discretion and keep it at a light sun kissed glow.

You little vamp! Dark moody lips have been in for a while now and there’s a reason behind it…super sexy! There’s just something about the dark vampire shades that’s irresistible and very pleasing to the eyes.

Keep up with the trends love and most importantly…Enjoy<3.

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How to Keep Your Hands Super Soft During the Cold…

While I absolutely love the cold weather what it does to my hands…not so much! I’m a bit of a clean freak so I wash my hands a little excessively at times and during the colder months that means super dry hands. Not cute. There are some things I do to ensure my hands stay smooth and I’m going to share those with you!

This cream will do wonders for your dry hands because once applied it locks in moisture for 24-hours. It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Extract and Collagen Support Complex which actually helps give your hands a younger appearance. Okay, technically, it’s body cream but your hands won’t know the difference.

 

What I love most about this hand cream is that it contains Glycolic Acid (AHA) which is known to increase purity and smoothness. A Hyaluronic Acid-rich botanical extract will keep your skin velvety by increasing moisture.

 

Want more than smoother hands? Try this hand cream from  jane iredale for a radiant and even skin tone as well as complete and utter smoothness that you just can’t get enough of. Contains SPF 15 which will also protect your hands against sun damage so it’s the perfect hand cream for when you’re out and about!

 

Keep your hands and nails looking great with Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream! Wonderful for keeping your hands smooth while diminishing age spots and preventing new spots from forming. Perfect for anyone who faces oversensitivity during the colder months! 

 

Enjoy<3.

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How to Achieve Younger Looking Skin Instantly…

Softer younger looking skin will never go out of style but could be harder to obtain during the colder months because cold air tends to dry out the skin. I find that the best way to keep my skin super subtle and soft is by scrubbing once a week.  My skin is super sensitive so it’s content with being exfoliated once a week but if you have tough skin you might be able to scrub twice (or more) weekly, without any harsh side effects.

If you’re looking to wash away dead skin cells and impurities and aren’t timid of Caffeine and Menthol Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub should be your go to. It’s super refreshing and I feel squicky clean after!

Aren’t you at all curious about trying a product named Sugar Face Polish? It’s actually the reason I decided to give this scrub a try and I am hooked. It contains browns sugar which is great for scrubbing away dead skin and sealing in moisture so prepare to have super soft skin! 

This is a scrub unlike any other and it’s actually super fun to play with. Just mix the Buffing Grains with water and you’ll have a gentle exfoliator that will not only remove dry skin but will encourage skin cell turnover. 

If you want glowing skin but don’t have a lot of time check out CHEM6o Pro-Peel by Le Metier de Beaute. You can bring revitalize your lifeless complexion in as little as 60-seconds with this professional-strength at-home peel. This product will get rid of the fine lines and wrinkles as well as hydrating your skin!

Happy shopping<3!

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How to Get a Pouty Pout…

Pouty lips are super pretty and we all want them! If your lips are naturally thin you might be wondering how to get that gorgeous pout…well, I’m here to help. There is actually something super simple you can do at home right now to give the illusion of more luscious lips!

You’ll need: A toothbrush, toothpaste, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper!

First what you’ll want to do is apply a little toothpaste to your toothbrush and start brushing your lips in circular, soft motions. Be super gentle! (Another great thing about this trick is it’s going to give you super soft lips.) Now grab your cinnamon or cayenne pepper and dab some on your lips. Warning: It’s going to sting like a motha! Tada!

Once you’ve got the pouty going it’s time to add a little shine to those beautiful new lips…

This conditioning lip gloss will take your already pouty lips to another level!  Blue Copper 5 Lip & Tuck contains Hyaluronic Acid, which will visibly volumize your lips, and Macadamia Nut Oil, which is known for it’s nourishing abilities. This amazing do-it-all also contains Cooper and other anti-aging peptides to boost Collagen in your lips, which will give you a more youthful looking mouth. You can wear this on its own or over you favorite lipstick, either way you’re going to love it!

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Gold For the Holidays…

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There’s no place like gold for the holidays…

With so many holiday parties to attend and so much to do…wouldn’t it be nice if you sparkled through it all? A golden hue during the holidays will instantly put you in the mood. Even if gold is not your color adding a touch of it here and there will certainly do…perhaps your nails or maybe even your lips?

This Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York adds all the glitz and glamour of the city…without the freezing weather. If you’re not super into gold, this is perfect because the black dies down the shimmer.

If you’re looking for a lovely glow throughout your day, and night…try Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer Brick Compact. Just dust it onto your cheekbones after you’ve applied your blush and you’ll be a more glamorous you.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar is a cream eyeshadow so it’s going to go on smooth and mess-free…which is great because gold eyeshadow tends to get everywhere. You can either go natural or aim for a smokey eye with this smudge proof pencil. Added bonus: Contains calcium, trace elements and pearl proteins…so not only are you going to look great but you’re actually doing something good for your eyes.

A powder to make you look golden! I absolutely love applying gold tinted powder all over and this Burberry Gold Glow is a favorite. One of the things I love about this powder is it’s infused with My Burberry…so, not only do I get the golden glow but I smell super yummy!

Going for the perfect holiday pout has never been more simple with this Lip Glacé by Laura Mercier. If you’re going for visibly fuller lips with an ultra high shine…make this your go to. My favorite thing about this pigmented lip gloss is that it’s non-sticky, and that’s super important for a perfect finish.

Enjoy<3.