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  • Spring is Here!

    Today marks the official first day of spring. Break out your sundresses, wedges, bright lip color and pastel nail polishes, spring is here! I love this season as it is the perfect blend of sunny days and breezy afternoons. The weather is not too hot or too cold and festival season kicks off around the country as people come out of hibernation after a long harsh winter. In order to “spring” into the season with confidence, I have compiled a list of must-have products that will surely help you navigate spring without losing a step.

     

    • Bright Lip Color – Spring is the time when color bursts at the seams. From flowers blossoming to fruit trees bursting with life, color engulfs our world in the spring as all living things come alive during this bountiful season. One way to instantly liven up your look is with a captivating bright lip color. You can certainly opt for one of last spring’s vivid hues in your beauty collection however if you want to pump things up a notch – opt for a neon bright version in a semi-matte finish. I love NARS Cosmetics Lip Color in Schiap – Semi-Matte – Shocking Pink, $26, NarsCosmetics.com

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    March 20, 2013 • Bath & Body, Fragrance, Makeup, Skincare • Views: 1947

  • Natural Beauty 101

     

    Have you ever wondered how to get that healthy, happy glow you see on so many celebrities these days? Organic beauty products can help you achieve a natural-looking beauty. While the Kardashian sisters would have you believe otherwise, makeup can be used to enhance natural beauty without it looking like you’ve painted your face or used makeup to alter your image. You can apply makeup using colors and textures that highlight the freshness of your own look. Using organic products, follow this 7-step process for the perfect natural look:

    1. Start with a clean, dry face. Apply makeup in bright light.
    2. Moisturize your skin with a gentle, organic moisturizer, preferably one with SPF protection of at least 15
    3. If you choose to wear foundation, choose one that is right for your skin type (dry, oily, balanced) while matching in shade. Lightly apply the foundation and blend carefully. You often need less foundation than you think, so start with a small amount and add more if needed. The foundation should even out your color (yellow tones work best to even out tone without adding color).
    4. Lightly apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Blush should be creamy and in a shade close to or one shade darker than your natural lip color.
    5. Choose an eye shadow color that is just a shade or two darker than your skin color, or stick to browns, taupes, and plums to enhance your eyes without looking too made up.
    6. Instead of thick, goopy eyeliner and mascara, try a clear mascara that lengthens your lashes. Skip the liner completely. If your eyes fade without a little more enhancement, consider gray or brown liner instead of dark black. If you do use liner, you can add just a smudge at your top lashes rather than line your whole eye for a softer, more natural look.
    7. Lightly tint lips or choose a clear gloss.

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    March 13, 2013 • Makeup • Views: 763

  • Cruelty-Free Cosmetics 101

    I love animals. I have been an animal lover as far back as I can remember. Growing up in sunny Southern California, my house was always filled with the sounds of laughter and fun and animals. We had dogs and cats who were more than pets, they were considered family members. My mother and father raised my brother and I to be respectful of all animal life and to acknowledge that animals had feelings just like humans do. Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian until I found out that there was surgery and scalpels and blood involved. Being that I am quite squeamish, I soon realized that a career in animal medicine wasn’t a wise decision but my love for the animal kingdom never changed.

    In the past few years, I have become more aware of the issues of animal testing and animal cruelty. As I have begun to move away from eating meat and am slowly transitioning into a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, I am beginning to look into all of the areas where I may or may not be impacting the animal kingdom in a negative way. One way I do have a lot of control over is my beauty regimen and the products I choose to use for my daily routine. In order to help further the cause of eliminating animal testing all together, I am no longer purchasing items or brands that test their products on animals.

    Fortunately,  there are countless cosmetic and beauty brands that do not test on animals. These companies have made a concerted effort to lessen the already overwhelming amount of cruel testing on innocent animals who live their entire lives within the confines of laboratories.

    Here are a few incredible brands that I highly recommend checking out as they are cruelty-free which is truly a beautiful thing!

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    March 11, 2013 • Bath & Body, Fragrance, Hair, Makeup, Spa • Views: 1164

  • How to Rock the Spring 2013 Bright Lip Trend

    Last spring we were all re-introduced to color in a bold yet fun way. From color-blocking to bright lips and nails, color reigned supreme. With spring 2013 only a few weeks away, it is safe to say that color is still a major part of the spring style landscape with a few tweaks. Many beauty brands have upped the ante on their bright lip colors by going more neon. Another difference is texture. Last spring, many of the lip colors had a creamy consistency which left lips looking saturated and luscious. This spring, bright lip colors have gone matte for a dramatic result that pairs well with the season’s overall vibrant appeal. Here are a few simple steps on how to work the new neon bright lip trend for spring 2013.

    • Choose your spring bright lip colors by using your natural undertone as a cue to which direction you should go. For those with cool or blue undertones – opt for bright bubblegum pinks, bright peaches and cherry or candy apple reds. For those with warm or yellow undertones, opt for hot fuchsias, vibrant corals and delicious tangerines.
    • Keep the rest of your beauty look understated and simple so as not to clash with your super fun bright lip. Go for bronzey smoky eyes or a swipe of black liquid liner over a nude eye and a lightly bronzed cheek and you’re ready for your close-up.
    • Opt for a matching lip liner in the exact same shade as your bright lip color in order to get the most precise look. Line lips and use a lip brush to help soften edges and create a framework for your bright lip color. This step prevents your lipstick from feathering and bleeding outside of your lip line.
    • Exfoliate lips in preparation for your lip color application. You can use a lip scrub or you can use a dry toothbrush to remove dry or chapped skin from your delicate lip area. Be sure to prime lips with a wax-based lip balm like Carmex or Burt’s Bees.
    • Take your look up a few notches by using two bright shades instead of one. Try fuchsia and tangerine or bubblegum pink and peach. Just apply the first shade all over the lip leaving the center of your top and bottom lip untouched. Next apply the second shade into the center of the top and bottom lip for a fun yet multi-dimensional look that will have you smiling all season long.

     

    March 4, 2013 • Beauty News, Makeup • Views: 648

  • I’m Currently Obsessed With…NARS Spring 2013

    Today is officially the first day of March which means that we are that much closer to spring! Finally! Geez, the cold weather, damp rainy days and tornadoes this winter have me ready for some bright balmy afternoons and gorgeous mild weekend weather. NARS recently launched their spring 2013 collection and its right on trend with sumptuous color, texture and glamour. Check out this stellar collection:

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    March 1, 2013 • Beauty News, I'm Currently Obessed With..., Makeup • Views: 505