These borderline genius beauty supplies will make you question how you went on with your daily makeup and hair routines without having these items in your life. These clever products save time, are cost efficient and have simplified and enhanced the way we go about our beauty regimens!
French Tip Dip Manicure and Pedicure Kit: The French Tip Dip is a faster, easier and more convenient alternative to making a trip to the nail salon for a French manicure. It calls for a quick and simple application and instantly gives you professional looking nails.
Where to buy: French Tip Dip
Precision Pore Cleansing Pad: Although this product looks awfully simple, this mini silicone pad gives your face a deep clean with its tiny bristles. It gently gets in between your pores and exfoliates the skin leaving it feeling clean and refreshed.
Where to buy: Sephora
Beauty Blender: This non-disposable makeup sponge is known for its streak free application and open cell structure that allows makeup to sit on top of the sponge when being applied as oppose to being absorbed within the sponge itself. What some people may not know is that the beauty blender expands and becomes softer when water is applied.
Where to buy: Sephora
Goody’s QuikStyle Paddle Brush with Microfiber Bristles: What makes this brush stand out from the rest are its microfiber bristles that helps to dry wet hair faster while cutting down the time it takes to blow dry your hair.
Where to buy: Target
Bellabe Facial Hair Remover: Although it may somewhat looks like a Q tip, this hair removal beauty tool is similar to the concept of eyebrow threading. The spring is able to effortlessly remove anything from sideburns and coarse hair to slightly thin vellus hair.
Where to buy: Bellabe
Paw Palette: Do you ever find yourself using the back of your hand as a palette for foundation, primer and even eyelash glue when doing your makeup? This beauty tool is designed to help make our daily makeup routine as sanitary and hygienic as possible by keeping it off your hands! This product is also ideal for makeup artists or anyone who needs to test and blend makeup before applying!
Where to buy: Beautylish
Sigma Spa’s Brush Cleaning Mat: This cleaning mat has 7 different textures to help give your makeup brushes a proper deep clean! The textures are all labeled to indicate which brushes to use on each, as well as what textures to use when washing, rinsing and refining your brushes.
Where to buy: Sigma Beauty
The Ladybug Spill Proof Nail Polish Holder: Do you ever get frustrated when you accidently spill nail polish one, because its difficult to remove from surfaces and two, because now your nail polish is half empty? The holder was made to help you avoid those spills! It may rock back and forth but it never comes close to spilling.
Where to buy: New Dimensions
Tangle Teezer Original Detangling Hairbrush: For those like myself who dread painfully brushing through their hair after a shower should seek to invest in this detangling brush. The Tangle Teezer is known to simply slide its way through wet hair without pulling your hair out.
Where to buy: Urban Outfitters
Hot Iron Holster: This holster keeps your hot tool off the counter and confines it in it’s own area where you won’t have to worry about it accidentally burning you or leaving burn marks on your counter.
Where to buy: Holster Brands
Sigma’s 3DHD Brushes: This Sigma Beauty brush definitely tops our typical makeup brushes! Its 3D shape gives it its ability to evenly apply product through the contours of the face. Each side of the brush serves a different purpose and targets a particular part of the face.
Price: $19.00 - $28.00
Where to buy: Sigma Beauty
By: Alissa Khamphanh
Foundation is the ultimate makeup staple to getting a flawless look. The right foundation can brighten your skin, reduce shine, and bring porcelain-smooth skin with one stroke with one stroke. Are you on the hunt for the right foundation for your skin type? You may be looking for a light coverage, or even a full coverage, foundation. Are you looking for one that works for everyday use and doesn’t break your bank account? Don’t deny yourself from makeup that makes you look like you just stepped out of a photoshoot; these products will do the job:
NARS Sheer Glow
Make way for your personal best friend in a bottle--NARS’ Sheer Glow Foundation. The color range for this foundation provides a perfect match for every skin tone. Not only this, but this foundation is easily applicable and mimics the look of your actual skin --an enhanced version of it, at least. The coverage is best for those looking for medium coverage, but just a few more swipes of Sheer Glow will be enough for full coverage. Sheer Glow is also perfect for normal to combination skin. This product will easily be your new, favorite foundation for daily wear or even for a night out with your best friends.
MAC Face and Body
A dewy finish to your makeup not only makes it look natural, but it also makes you look glowing as well. MAC’s Face and Body foundation does wonders for those with dry skin as it moisturizes all while leaving a perfectly finished makeup look. The product’s smooth texture makes it easily applicable. Along with its water resistant feature, Face and Body is sure to squeeze its way into your makeup bag upon first impression. The light to buildable coverage also makes this product flexible for your varying makeup mood.
Your new holy grail foundation has arrived: Revlon Colorstay Foundation. Revlon makes a statement by providing a version of this foundation for those with normal to dry skin and for those with oily to combination skin. The foundation stays true to its “Colorstay” name; you’ll find yourself noticing throughout the day that the foundation truly does stay intact. This foundation provides full coverage as well, so Colorstay is definitely suitable to a long night out with friends or anytime when you need a reliable foundation for your makeup to stay in place.
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
Maybelline’s release of the Dream Liquid Mousse foundation will have you loving it the minute you try it. The texture itself is smooth and easily applicable, all while leaving a satin finish--making it suitable for those with oily or combination skin. Easily worn to a simple makeup look or for a makeup look for a more grand event, the mousse texture definitely leaves a finish to battle any shine that’s ready to come throughout the day. The coverage is medium to full coverage, while being lightweight and easily blendable.
By Hannah Tan
Feeling like your skin needs a thorough pampering session? We often put our skin through many stresses. From living in polluted cities and dehydrating due to lack of water (tsk!), these face masks can rejuvenate your skin and get that healthy glow back! So sit back, sip some tea and read a book while your skin undergoes a refreshing rework. Hydrate your skin, reduce oiliness, and prevent breakouts with these awesome face masks.
LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask
Fair warning: do NOT eat this face mask! Despite its name and deliciously chocolatey smell, it is not meant to be eaten. The Cupcake Fresh Face Mask is a true version of its name as it is freshly made by the LUSH employees for those who need to control oily skin. Its subtle mint ingredient cools the skin and leaves it with a refreshing feeling right after using it. A well-deserved, refreshing face mask sesh is sure to happen when using the Cupcake Fresh Face Mask.
Fresh Rose Face Mask
Ah roses! Don’t they remind you of a romantic, candle-lit dinner? If not, they will soon remind you of the glory that is the Fresh Rose Face Mask. Extremely hydrating and amorous with a scent of rose petals, the Rose Face Mask leaves the skin feeling supple and extremely moisturized after usage. Pamper yourself to this rose-scented, hydrating face mask. You deserve it.
The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask
The ultimate deep-cleansing face mask to completely redo your skin and rid of any impurities is The Body Shop’s Seaweed Clay Ionic Mask. The fragrance leaves the skin feeling very light, yet hydrating, to prevent any sort of uncontrollable shine. Rejuvenate your skin and prevent any open pores prone to breakouts with fairly frequent usage.
What are your favorite store-bought or homemade face masks? Share with us in a comment below!
By Hannah Tan
Nail polish is the ultimate accessory. It adds character to any outfit and who doesn't love it?! This spring and summer, the hues to use are pastel and light. Is your favorite color blue? Go for a baby blue. Or maybe you're more of a black polish person. Instead of the normal dark black, go for a shade of gray. Wear these pastel colors with open-toed sandals and colorful bracelets to complete your summer look.
Tips for Rocking Your Trendy Nails:
by Hannah Tan
It’s spring and you know what that means, Spring Cleaning! I can hear the moans and groans from here, but once you clear out all of your broken eye shadow and worn out brushes you will feel like you’re ready to conquer the year. So grab a pen and paper and take a moment to think of what you need to accomplish.
Fashion: Go through your clothes and organize everything. Old clothes, never-been-worn clothes and items that don’t fit do not belong in your wardrobe. Pack them up and drop them off at your local CrossRoads where you can exchange nicer items for cash or give them to your local GoodWill. Then, organize the remaining pieces hanging in your closet and folded items in your drawers.
Beauty: Your makeup only lasts for so long and it’s important to follow the guidelines. Get rid of all that old lipstick in the bottom of your makeup bag and create space for newer items!
Here are the most popular items and their expiration dates:
Brushes: The key to long lasting makeup is taking care of it and cleaning your brushes regularly. For brush cleaning I put a few drops of baby shampoo in the palm of my hand and swirl the brush around until the makeup is cleaned off. Run it underneath some warm water, squeeze out the excess and reshape the brush. Reshaping allows it to retain its shape and the maintains the purpose of the brush. Lastly, lay it down flat on a towel to dry.
Hair Care: Spring cleaning also involves getting rid of everything you don’t use anymore. Hair care products are no exception. Any gels, hair sprays or deep conditioner that you don’t use anymore can be tossed.
Self: It’s time to let go of your unhealthy habits that are only holding you back from your best self. Grab your pen and paper again and jot down what you ate and drank throughout the day. If you’re not writing down water, veggies or fruit that there may be an issue. Don’t think of this as a new diet to just pretend to do while summer is approaching, think of this as a lifestyle. Healthy eating habits only lead to a healthier lifestyle in general. Getting started can be tricky, but once you get it down it will become easier!
By Sasha Azoqa
TRICKS TO GETTING SALON QUALITY HAIR AT HOME
We often go to our hairstylists because they are able to do the impossible with our hair, but who knew that the majority of the techniques and things that they do with our hair can be mastered at home!
Massage Your Scalp In The Shower: Massaging your scalp while shampooing your hair for at least one minute in the shower not only increases blood circulation but help you achieve healthier hair since scalp massaging support hair growth and strengthens yours roots!
Maintaining Blonde Hair Color: In order to maintain that blonde hair from looking brassy, try mixing in purple shampoo in with color care shampoo. For Platinum blonde hair use a violet tinted shampoo such as Paul Mitchell's Platinum Blonde Shampoo. Why purple and violet? Purple shampoo tones down and contrasts that yellow brassy color that blonde colored hair often turns into over time.
Before making your way to the hair salon, there are a few things you should be aware of so you aren't completely surprised if your hairstylist doesn't agree with a style you've been dreaming about.
1. Bring Lots of Visuals: Sometimes it’s hard for hairstylists to figure out what exactly it is that you want done with your hair when you describe it from memory. Be sure to bring your hairstylist plenty of pictures to give them a better understanding of how you want your hair to look in the end. It's super easy to save the photos to your phone gallery.
2. Bringing Out Your Best Features: There are several things to consider when changing your hair color such as, will it compliment your skin tone and complexion? How about with the features of your face and eye color? Also, be honest with your stylist when they ask whether or not you have dyed your hair in the past, it helps them decide what to add onto your colored hair in order to achieve your new look.
3. Think Of The Consequences: According to Cosmopolitan, when bleaching your hair, your head is being entirely stripped of its moisture causing the strands of your hair to become rougher, dryer and brittle. And when you add color to your bleached hair, dying your hair won’t ever be the same. Since the bleach has opened the pores in your strands, it makes it harder for new hair colors to stick causing gradual fading after every wash.
4. Consider Hair Extensions: Paying a little extra for real hair as opposed to synthetic hair could make all the difference since it can be colored and styled just as you would with your hair. Aside from choosing either real or synthetic hair, consider whether you would prefer single or double drawn extensions. Single drawn extensions contain various lengths of hair strands and are priced lower than double drawn extensions which are the same length all around from top to bottom, guaranteeing thick tips. Keep in mind, hair extensions need to be customized to your liking in order to look more natural so make sure you have the perfect hair stylist that knows how to cut and color extensions!
5. Listen To Professionals: Sure, the moment you walk into a hair salon you already have a set look in mind but sometimes we need a professional’s opinion to help us figure out whether or not that specific look will work. Stylists are there to give you recommendations and suggestions as to what hair color and styles may best accompany the shape of your face and your skin tone so hear them out!
6. Know Your Limits: Generally people don’t think about the process they are putting their hair through when they decide to dye it. Be prepared to compromise with your hairstylist if you are planning to do the impossible in one sitting. Be realistic, going from jet black to platinum blonde will take several sittings in order to protect your hair from damage and breakage.
Before You Start Styling: Try leaving in your hair products for about ten minutes before you start either blow drying or styling your hair with hot tools, this will help guarantee that you are getting the full effect out of your hair products and gives the products enough time to fully soak into your hair.
Quick Alternative To A Time Consuming Blowout: Using a spornette brush, blow dry your hair in sections pointing upward toward the ceiling and aim the heat toward your roots. After you are done blow drying your hair switch the settings to cool air to set your volumized hair. Make sure to curl the ends of your hair to give your blowout its finishing touches!
Maintain Those Baby Hairs And Flyaways: Spray some hairspray on to your hands to slick back any baby hairs that are in your way, this technique prevents you from overspraying your hair with hairspray while trying to hold down every single strand of stray hair. Another way to maintain those stray hairs is to spray bobby pins with hairspray before applying it to the hair for extra hold.
Hiding Your Visible Roots: Stay away from straight parts down the middle (that’s where your roots are most noticeable) and part your hair to one side. You could also use dry shampoo (baby powder is an alternative) to help style your hair in a messy part to take the attention off of your roots.
The Right Way To Use A Flat Iron: To add volume to your hair while straightening it, instead of pulling your hair downward toward the floor as you straighten, try pulling the flat iron upward, this creates volume at the roots.
Make Your Curls Last Longer: Start curling your hair from the middle as oppose to curling your hair from the ends in order for your curls to stay in longer.
Start Juicing: One of the health tips for women to look young and fresh is to eat natural and healthy. Making juices is a great way to get the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Juices are going to deliver vitamins and nutrients to your body. You can juice vegetables that are rich in vitamins and nutrients but are difficult to eat on a daily basis. You can get juices at a store but they are somewhat expensive. So you can invest in a juicer. Another good thing about juices is that they’re already blended up so they give your digestive system a little break.
Cut Out Soda: You’ll feel immediate results in your body when you cut out soda. You’ll have a lot more energy, you won’t be as tired as before and your blood sugar levels are going to stabilize which means that your body won’t crave unhealthy foods. Overall you’ll feel a lot better. Drinking water is one of the most efficient and effective ways to get you to feel and look your best. If you don’t like drinking water then you can spice it up by adding lemon or frozen fruit to it or something else to give it a little more taste.
Take Care of Your Emotional Health: Don’t limit the idea of health to how you look. Most of the time people overlook their emotional health because they take health as a superficial idea limiting it to physical appearance. Start taking care of yourself from the inside out.
Exercise: Exercise goes far beyond than just shaping our bodies. It helps reduce stress, release endorphins and even helps you sleep better. So in order to stop yourself from procrastinating and making excuses you should plan your workout the night before and set out your workout clothes. Figure out the kind of workout that works for you. Do you like long walks, quick jogs or sprints? You won’t be able to stick to a plan of exercise if you’re doing something you don’t enjoy. Another thing that you can do is take the stairs. Whenever you see escalators or elevators take the stairs instead because this way you can get a little exercise done. You can also park your car further away from your school or your office than you normally would do so that you have to walk further to your destination. Keeping your body active throughout the day is very important.
Sleep Well: Make sure you’re getting adequate rest every night because when you sleep your body regulates hunger suppressing hormone which keeps your metabolism well.
Be Curious: It’s important to be curious about the food you eat that whether it’s healthy or not. Research things that you don’t know about. In today’s world we are bombarded with advertisements of food companies that are trying to sell you stuff which is not healthy for you. Take control of what you’re putting into your body.
Eat Raw: Preservatives are put into food to make it last longer. But when that food is put into our bodies we’re also eating the preservatives, chemicals and the color. These things can make our bodies suffer. Try eating things that don’t have too many ingredients in them. You can also start eating raw because we get the most out of food when it hasn’t been processed or cooked.
Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She blogs at BeautifulYou.com.pk.
You’ve heard of them. Essential oils have become quite popular in the last few years, but do you really know what they are or what they can be used for? These oils have been used for centuries in areas including wellness, cosmetics and even relaxation.
But before we plunge into the detail of their use, here’s a definition from PlantTherapy.com.
In simple terms, essential oils is the liquid extracted from a part of a plant. It can be done through steaming distillation or cold pressing. The process separates the liquid from the plant seed, leaf or stem, so the oil is highly concentrated. That is why a little goes a long way.
With the understanding of what an essential oil is we can jump into its benefits and uses.
Essential oils are not meant to cure an illness or medical issue, but can simply aid in limiting the inconvenient symptoms such as headaches, congestion, irritation or even acne. Each oil has its own benefits and uses that can help in different areas.
Let’s take a look at a few popular oils and what they do.
Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they should be paired with a carrier oil that dilutes the direct contact of the oil. The most common carriers are vegetable oils like coconut oil which thins out the essential oil so it’s not as harsh and it will last longer.
To purchase essential oils you can check online for companies that produce them. Plant Therapy offers organic essential oil at a cheap price along with starter kits to help build your collection. Plant Therapy also provides ready to go cleaning supplies, lotions and carrier oils to get your essential oil life started.
By: Sasha Azoqa