Shave Trend – BIG NO NO


Ladies! Please DO NOT follow the “Shave your face” trend! I can’t remember the makeup artist who advised this, but she’s telling the world that shaving your face exfoliates, gets rid of hair and gives you a more flawless foundation application. WTH!! Really!?!? I’m sure it does, but why would you want to shave your face? 

Just a little beauty 101 about shaving. When shaving, your hairs grow back thicker, and darker. Our hairs were soft and peach fuzz like when we were younger. Once we started shaving, bam! Our hairs got darker, thicker and more noticeable. Just like shaving your legs armpits or other lady parts.So why would you want your face to become like a mans face? Seriously? Once you shave your face, all that peach fuzz hair will get darker and thicker! Let’s not mention a five o’clock shadow! Eeewww! 

The key to getting rid of facial hair is getting the hair by the root. Eventual the hair will not grow back, killing hair follicles and closing the pore. Best methods to grab the hair by its root is threading, waxing, tweezing or professional permanent hair removal specialist. 

To exfoliate, use a clarisonic, or some sort of facial exfoliating cleanser. It will get those dead skin cells, prep your skin for moisturizer and give you a softer canvas for makeup application. 

Do not over exfoliate, that only irritates or drys out the skin. You should only exfoliate twice a week. If you’re using a device, such as Clarisonic, I recommend using the cashmere brush for gentle daily cleanse and the radiance brush for exfoliating. I love using Philosophy Purity face cleanser with my Clarisonic. 

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Hello Lashes!

 

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Some girls naturally have gorgeous, long, voluminous eyelashes or they have an amazing Lash Artist. For those of you who are all natural, hope you know lucky you are! There’s probably thousands of girls that would love to have long, voluminous lashes without the inconvenience and cost of an upkeep. For those who have busier lifestyles, lash extensions may be the less time consuming alternative then disposable lashes. You’re able to schedule an appointment with a Lash Artist and within a couple be hours be on your way. Getting your lash extensions filled when recommend is important. It becomes more affordable and less time consuming.

As we all know, the alternative to  lash extensions would be the traditional, disposable false lashes. Some of us love the look of false lashes and prefer to only wear them during special occasions, which makes disposable lashes their “go to.”  Even though the lashes are disposable, with proper care, you can get multiple wears out of one pair. When removing your false lashes, apply a small amount of oil-free eye makeup remover on a q-tip and gently follow the natural flow of the lashes to remove mascara. Repeat the same step on the base (strip part) of the lashes to remove the glue, or you can use tweezers and gently pull the glue off. If you are using a oil-base formula (not recommended), use a small amount of alcohol on a q-tip and repeat the same steps to remove the oily residue. Place your lashes back in the lash case to keep clean and keep the shape.

There are a variety of brands, fibers and styles when choosing lashes. From Mink, Silk, Natural, Synthetic and individual lashes. They come in a variety of  lengths, thickness, boldness, and even glittered with a little bedazzle. Mink and Silk Lashes are the luxury of lashes. Yes, Mink lashes are made of mink, thats why the price point on these beauties can be 2-4 times the cost compared to other brands.  Individual lashes have the same effect as lash extensions and have more of a natural look compared to strip lashes. The application process is more precise and the results are beautiful. Strip lashes are the easiest, quickest type of lash application for beginners and pros.

Now that we know the different types of lashes and how to take care of your lashes, heres a little “How To,” on applying lashes.

Strip Lashes:

Step 1: Curl your natural lashes with an eye lash curler. You can apply eyeliner before or after your lash application. If using a kohl pencil, it is best to apply the eyeliner after the lash application

Step 2: With tweezers, gently pull the lash from its case. Starting at the outer corner of the base of the lash, gently pull towards the inner corner

Step 3: When removing the lash from its case, the lash will have a little adhesive on the base, this will help with sizing. Measure the lash to your eye shape by holding the lash up to your eye. Looking downward, place the lash starting at the inner corner, not the inner most corner of your natural lash line. Notice the excess lash on the outer corner of yours eyes. The excess lash towards the outer corner is the part you will cut off. Remove the lash, cut the excess and repeat to the other lash. Save your excess lash!

Step 4: With tweezers hold the lash upside down (the base should be facing down and the lash facing up) by the outer corner of lash (not the base/strip part) Apply a line layer of eyelash glue to the base of the lash. Wave the lash a few times so the glue can get a little tacky

Step 5: Looking downward, place your lashes starting from the center of the eye, working your way to the outer and inner corners

Step 6: Apply Mascara

Pieced Lashes are pieces of lashes that are in between strip lashes and individual lashes. They have a small band/strip on the base and you’re able to place them on the outer corners of your eyes or add them on top of strip lashes to add more volume to the ends. You can buy Pieced Lashes or buy strip lashes and cut the pieces yourself.

Pieced Lashes:

Step 1: Curl your natural lashes with an eye lash curler. You can apply eyeliner before or after your lash application

Step 2:  With tweezers, gently pull the lash from its case. Starting at the outer corner of the base of the lash

Step 3: When removing the lash from its case, the lash will have a little adhesive on the base, this will help with placement. Place the lash on the outer part of your natural lash line or any where you feel you need a little extra lash action. Remove the placement and move on to step 4

Step 4: With tweezers hold the lash upside down (the base should be facing down and the lash facing up) by the outer corner of lash (not the base/strip part) Apply a line layer of eyelash glue to the base of the lash. Wave the lash a few times so the glue can get a little tacky

Step 6: Looking downward, place your lash at the outer corner of your eyes, or where ever you feel you need a little extra volume

Step 7: Apply Mascara

Individual Lashes are great to fill in space or for a little enhancement to your natural look. They give your eyes just enough to say “Hello World!” Individual lashes come in different lengths and styles. I recommend getting a variety to create more of a natural look, such as short, medium and long.

Step 1: Look in the mirror and exam your eyes and lashes. Where do you want the lashes, outer corners, fill in space? Once you’ve determined your lash look follow these steps.

Step 2: Curl your natural lashes with an eye lash curler. You can apply eyeliner before or after your lash application.

Step 3: Using the lid or some sort of clean surface (artist palette), place a pin drop amount of eyelash glue

Step 4: Gently pull the lash from its case and barely touch the base (root) of lash to the glue

Continue steps 1-3 until you achieved the fullness you desire.

Step 5: Looking downward, place your individual lash at your natural lash line. From experience, the best way to apply individuals is to position your hand at a downward, slanted angle

Step 6: Apply Mascara

Viola! Hello Lashes!

Even though you may not be a professional makeup artist, applying false lashes can become easy after a few applications. Practice on your friends and on yourself. In no time you’ll be applying lashes like a pro!

Hope you enjoyed “Hello Lashes”

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BB, CC, DD and EE? What does it mean!?

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Remember the good old days when buying makeup was easy? Before all the tinted moisturizers, BB, CC, DD and EE creams? Now days, you’re in the cosmetics store thinking to yourself, “What in the world does this acronym stand for? It looks all the same? Aren’t they the same? I think I need all of them?” I understand your makeup dilemma and I’m here to answer all those questions you’ve been pondering.

Let’s start with the basics, tinted moisturizer. Tinted Moisturizer is just that, moisturizer that is lightly tinted for light coverage. Tinted Moisturizer is suitable for those “natural look” type days, or for women who don’t prefer wearing foundation. Tinted moisturizers are lightweight and have the same benefits as your regular moisturizer, with one exception, it has skin-tinting pigments which creates the color. Some, if not most tinted moisturizers have SPF, and is more hydrating to the skin. Depending on the brand, tinted moisturizers can have different benefits, such as SPF, anti-aging, pore perfecting, and added vitamins/antioxidants for healthier skin. Tinted Moisturizers can be worn alone for a natural dewy look or under makeup as a little extra coverage.

The Original Tinted Moisturizer and what does and does not offer:

*SPF 30+

*Hydrating

*Anti-aging and added antioxidants

*Dewy, Healthy finish

*Can be worn alone or as a primer under foundation

The first acronym that came into the makeup scene was the BB cream. What does that mean? BB cream is known as “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm.” Beauty Balm sounds more appealing so we will go with that, plus it really has nothing to do with blemish correction or prevention. BB creams were developed as an “all in one skin-perfecting” product, that delivers moisturizer, SPF 30+ protection, skin color correction and coverage. BB creams work as a primer with light reflecting properties, that smoothes the skin just as a makeup primer. BB creams are suitable for those natural look type days, or for women who don’t prefer wearing foundation as well. Sounds a little like our friend, Tinted Moisturizer. The difference between the two products and what BB cream does and does not offer:
*Acne prone skin (has no benefits other then coverage)

*Comes in a few shades (Light, Light-Med, Medium, Med-Dark, Dark) which makes it difficult to color match

*Can be used alone or under foundation as a primer

*Can feel heavier then Tinted Moisturizer

*Not Suitable for dry or combination skin

Hello to our friend CC! CC Cream stands for “Color Correcting” or “Color Control Cream”. This product was developed for skin color correction such as redness, discoloration and sun/age spots. Works kind of like a correcting primer, except it’s for all over coverage, with moisturizer and has a heavier feel. So what’s the difference between our BB cream and CC cream, well other then name, there’s really not that much of a difference. The differences between the two products and what CC does and does not offer:

*Tend to have a lighter feel, compared to the BB creams

*Developed for skin-color correction (redness such as rosacea and age/skin spots)

*Acne prone skin (has no benefits other then coverage)

*Can be worn alone or under foundation as a primer

*Comes in a few shades (Light, Light-Med, Medium, Med-Dark, Dark) which makes it difficult to color match

What in the word is DD cream? Is it the hybrid of creams? The magic in a tube, offering skin perfecting wonders? The mother load of tinted facial creams? DD Cream stands for “Daily Defense.” Daily Defense was another way for Beauty Developers to create the ultimate, tinted skincare cream, with maximum benefits. Daily Defense creams are known for having antioxidants, anti-aging, SPF 30+ protection, lightweight feel yet hydrating, light coverage and mineral based. DD creams also offer skin correction (evening out your skin tone), pore minimizing, soothes blemish, skin irritations and redness. Unlike our other friends, DD creams only offer one shade, Light to Medium. The reason for the one color, the product is known to self adjust according to the users skin tone.

Are you still with me? Hope I didn’t lose you. I know this can seem a little overwhelming. It’s a lot of information for a handful of facial creams named after acronyms. I promise we’re almost done! Let’s proceed, the differences between new comer DD, our friend CC and our original Tinted moisturizer and what it does and does not offer:

*DD creams contain antioxidants, anti-aging and SPF 30+ protection

*Suitable for All-skin types and concerns

*Lighter feel then our friend CC and some what lighter then our original Tinted Moisturizer, with more skin hydrating properties

*Mineral Based

*Can be used alone or as primer under foundation

*Self adjusting color (Light to Medium)

Last but not least EE cream! EE cream is kind of the loner of our group of acronym friends, but a lovable one. Theres two types of EE creams, One is referred to as “Extra Enlightening,” and the other is referred to as “Extra Exfoliating.” Extra Enlightening cream is also an all in one product that minimizes appearance of pores, redness, blemishes, while adding hydration and other skin benefiting ingredients. Extra Exfoliating  cream goes on as a cream, gently exfoliates your skin, and used as a facial cleanser. Skin 101, exfoliating your skin reveals healthier, smoother and younger looking skin. Exfoliating your skin also prepares your skin for moisturizer and smoother looking makeup application. I do not recommend exfoliating daily. Over exfoliating can cause dryness and strip away your natural oils

*Two different types of EE creams.

*Extra Exfoliate, gentle exfoliating cream cleanser

*Extra Enlightening Cream was developed for skin-color correction (redness such as rosacea and age/skin spots, as well as post acne scars).

*Extra Enlightening can be worn alone or under foundation as a primer

*Extra Enlightening Cream comes in a few shades (Light, Light-Med, Medium, Med-Dark, Dark) which makes it difficult to color match

We did it! We have cleared up the use and benefits of the acronym facial cream phenomenon. I do not except you to remember all the information you just read. I can only recommend asking a beauty professional when in doubt. Just like in school, “no question is a dumb question, We are here to help.”

Hope you enjoyed reading “BB, CC, DD and EE? What does it mean!?”

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Beautiful Skin 

Beautiful Skin 

Each season the weather changes and so does your skin. From Spring to Winter our skin craves balance. The key to keeping your skin looking and feeling youthful is giving your skin what it needs, when it needs it. Whether you have combination, oily or dry skin the environment can affect the overall way your looks and feels.

When traveling, you come across changes of weather and other environmental elements that can take a toll on your skin. I can’t express the importance of SPF and natural antioxidants! I’m guilty of not treating my skin with T.L.C. You know, Treat your skin with Love, use the right Skincare. “Beautiful makeup, starts with beautiful skin.” (Bobbi Brown)

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has some of my all time favorite skincare products. Not only are the prices reasonable, your skin feels instantly renewed. I’m currently addicted to Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Tonic. If your face feels tight and dry right out of the shower or after washing your face, this will be your new BFF! It’s perfect for all skin types and gives your skins instant hydration.

Bobbi Brown’s Face Oil is makeups worst enemy! Bobbi Brown Face Oil strips away all traces of makeup and not your skin. Bobbi’s Hydrating Face Lotion is definitely my ‘Go To’ moisturizer. Its light weight, yet highly moisturizing. When paired with Hydrating Eye Cream and Intensive Repair Serum, your face will feel and look youthful. Lets not forget Bobbi’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base! Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base Moisturizer is amazing under makeup as a primer or as a little extra hydration under or over any moisturizer.

These products are not just for women, jet setters, adventurist, or sun lovers. They’re for anyone who wants to keep their skin looking and feeling beautiful all year round. I’m not a Dermatologist or a skincare expert, just a girl who loves makeup and skincare.

Hope enjoyed “Beautiful Skin”

You can find all of  Bobbi Brown’s Skincare in “Shop My Blog”

Fountain of Youth in a Bottle

Fountain of Youth in a Bottle

When it comes to skin care products how does the consumer know whats really worth their dollar? From age spots, blemishes, crows feet, wrinkles, how do we know the product really works. I have tried almost every product out there from top name brands, to your drug store brand. I have finally found the perfect solution to all my skin care problems. Even though it comes with a hefty price the product life cycle, and most importantly the results are what makes this particular product so valuable.

Creme De La Mer is the fountain of youth in a bottle. Why treat the delicate skin on your face with evasive products, Botox injections, chemical peals, and face lifts. Creme De La Mer stands behind their product by providing a quality Skin Care line with visible results. Their washes, creams and serums last for up to 6 months, if used correctly. Within a week to two weeks the consumer will notice brighter, more refined, and youthful skin.

The experts who represent Creme De La Mar are very knowledgeable and will direct you to the products that satisfy your needs and desired results. I personally recommend “Serum De La Mer” The Lift Serum, is what I refer as the “Fountain of Youth, or Botox in a bottle,” it will give you unbelievable results! “Concentre” De La Mer is an eye cream that will get rid of those dark puffy circles and brighten those beautiful eyes. “Emulsion De La Mer” Oil Absorbing Lotion, which is a light weight formula that moisturizes and controls your oily t-zone all day. I’ve never seen my makeup set so well with a face lotion until I used “Emulsion De La Mer.” You can find any of these fabulous Creme De La Mer products on their official website.

When it comes to skin care products how does the consumer know whats really worth their dollar? From age spots, blemishes, crows feet, wrinkles, how do we know the product really works. I have tried almost every product out there from top name brands, to your drug store brand. I have finally found the perfect solution to all my skin care problems. Even though it comes with a hefty price the product life cycle, and most importantly the results are what makes this particular product so valuable.

Creme De La Mer is the fountain of youth in a bottle. Why treat the delicate skin on your face with evasive products, Botox injections, chemical peals, and face lifts. Creme De La Mer stands behind their product by providing a quality Skin Care line with visible results. Their washes, creams and serums last for up to 6 months, if used correctly. Within a week to two weeks the consumer will notice brighter, more refined, and youthful skin.

The experts who represent Creme De La Mar are very knowledgeable and will direct you to the products that satisfy your needs and desired results. I personally recommend “Serum De La Mer” The Lift Serum, is what I refer as the “Fountain of Youth, or Botox in a bottle,” it will give you unbelievable results! “Concentre” De La Mer is an eye cream that will get rid of those dark puffy circles and brighten those beautiful eyes. “Emulsion De La Mer” Oil Absorbing Lotion, which is a light weight formula that moisturizes and controls your oily t-zone all day. I’ve never seen my makeup set so well with a face lotion until I used “Emulsion De La Mer.”

You can find any of these fabulous Creme De La Mer products in “Shop My Blog.”