Beauty How To: Bronzer

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 6:29 PM

Bronzer...the better way to tan! I used to fake and bake a ton...that is until I learned to use bronzer, and that's without lookin' like Snooki and the rest of the Jersey Shore crew. I'll admit, practice does make perfect and a little play with product helps with figuring out what works best on your skin, but trust me, this type of 'fake n bake' is way better than sitting in a tanning booth or laying out in the scorching sun.

There are gels, lotions, sprays, powders and the list goes on and on. It takes time and patience to figure out which products work best on you. Some products may work great on your body but just don't do it for your face and vice versa. I guess that's why they do make face bronzers and body bronzers & self tanners.

Personally, it's all about a perfectly bronze face for me in the summer! 

I love Lierac bronzage intense refreshing creme gel (plus it has SPF 10). This gel absorbs quickly and I love that it has SPF 10 to help protect my skin from UVA & UVB rays. It's lightweight and oil free plus it has 'ultra-tanning spices and skin-repair cactus fig extract'. For added color, I sometimes use a powder to finish off my look, Bronze Goddess soft duo bronzer by Estee Lauder makeup works great!

Do you have a bronzing beauty routine? Comment below & let us know!

Beauty Inspiration: Hunger Games

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 6:27 PM

The recently released movie, Hunger Games, has been a very much talked about topic the last week or so. I just had to incorporate it into our company blog. Not only are people in the office heading out to go see it but telling me I must must must go see it too! I'm not usually into these type of movies, but after watching the trailer, I did get inspiration for a post of beauty trends in the movie. You may think I'm joking, but read on to see what I mean. There are some really great beauty trends that are totally wearable.

Let's start off with the first beauty trend. Katniss's 'girl next door' natural, loose French braid. This thrown together look looks amazing on her and it's pretty easy to try for yourself too!

Gold glamour anyone? Lenny Kravitz does an amazing job at wearing the gold glitz on his eyelid and has inspired a little gold glitz into my daily routine. Now, on the hunt for that perfect gold, I think I may try a golden gloss by Yves Saint Laurent in simply gold. That gloss will literally wrap anyones lips in a glamorous shine and forms a mirror-effect on the lips!

Fierce Femme Nails! This movie had some seriously stunning nail art we cant ignore. Between Effie Trinket's nail art and Katniss's nails with little flames on them, these looks call for bright, bold, quality colors. Dior Vernis nail lacquer colors in smoky black, blue denim, gruau, purple candy, and trafalgar can be worked together. We've found sound great tutorials on Youtube on how to get those looks, so be sure to search the Hunger Games nail art for the perfect nail tutorial that's just right for you!

Pleasant Pastels were worn in a 'way out there' sort of way, especially on Effie Trinket, but you can definitely use products like Yves Saint Laurent's ombre solo eye shadows. Wear YSL ombre shadows in glacier blue, satin rose or nordic pink to get a toned down, pretty pastel look inspired by Effie T. 

Volumunious Hair was a big, big hit, there's no doubt there. Pump up the volume and add layers of body to your hair with products like Bed Head superstar volumizing hairspray or even Big Sexy Hair volume products. Get creative, wild, and have a blast!

Do you think you will try any of these trends from the highly anticipated and talked about movie, Hunger Games?


Like a PRO: False Lashes

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 6:24 PM

One of the beauty trends that is at it's peak are the fringey, babydoll, false eyelashes. Applying only the false eyelashes doesn't make the trendy, overall look work entirely, unless you do it right. Why ever do anything if you're not going to do it right, right? So since I've become quite a 'pro' at applying false eyelashes, between all the dance competitions in college and the nights out dancing, I'll help you too, rock those fringey lashes and feel totally confident and not one bit ridiculous!

Sure mascara is enough, sometimes, but what about those special occasions when you want your eyes to totally pop? That's the time you should choose to falsify!

So first rule of thumb, get a natural looking pair of falsies when you are first trying these out. Unless it's Halloween, I'd suggest cutting the lashes in half.  I typically do not use the entire lash but cut it in half and only apply it from the middle of my lash line outward to the outercorner of my eye. This kind of gives a cat eye effect but is a very natural, believable way of wearing a false lash.

After you have cut the lash in half, prep your eye lid with a natural matte shadow, (Stila's eyeshadow pan in Twig works great) and then line the lashline with a dark liner, like Sisley's phyto khol perfect eyeliner or Dior Eyeliner Pencil . After you have lined your lashline and prepped your lid with a bit of color, curl your eyelashes and apply a layer of black mascara. 

Here comes the falsies part! Gently squeeze the lash glue onto the lash line, you do not need much, literally line the fake lash line with a sliver of glue. Blow on the glue for about 15-30 seconds. You do not want to apply the glue to your lid while it is still wet, you want it to be tacky, so that it will stick and stay all night! After about 30 seconds, plop that fake lash line as close to your natural lash line as possible. You can use a tweezer to get the lines to be as perfect as possible. Let the lash set and do the next eye. After both lashes have been applied, use your mascara again, Elizabeth Arden ceramide lash extending treatment mascara works like a charm! This will help make the lashes look even more natural, combing your natural lashes with the fake lashes. 

See? Applying lashes doesn't call for just fake lashes. You really need a great eyeliner, eyelash curler and mascara for an all out, amazing, 'eye-catchin' look!

Let me know if you plan to try this and how it turns out!