Thursday, May 30, 2013

Did you know Sunscreen Expires?

bottles of sunscreen


Do you have some old sunscreen in your closet?

It may no longer be effective if it is old. Sunscreen can actually expire.

Some bottles have expiration dates printed on them, some do not. 

Sunscreen looses it potency after a year, especially if the bottle was exposed to sunlight in your beach bag, leaving you less protected from damaging UV rays. 

Toss your old sunscreen and buy new. I like to write the date on the bottom of the bottle with a sharpie when I buy it. That way when I find a stray bottle I know if it should be tossed.

Have a sun safe day!

xo
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Where to Apply Bronzer: Specific Areas or All Over

tan skin
Q. Summer is coming and I need to add some color to my pale skin! Where should I apply bronzer for a sun kissed look?


A. Bronzer is a great way to add quick color to your skin. 

A bronzer can be applied to specific areas of the face or it can be lightly dusted all over the face depending on the look you want. 

Powder bronzer is easy to work with because it is easily blended and there is a wide variety of shades to choose from.

How to apply bronzer to specific areas

A bronzer applied to specific areas of the face creates depth and a contouring effect. There is contrast between the bronzed area and the natural skin color.

Apply bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your skin color to areas of the face that get the most sunlight, the nose, the cheeks, the chin and center of the forehead, to mimic a natural sun kissed look. Always blend it well in circular motions with your brush.

Apply all over color
You can also dust bronzer all over your face to create an all over tan look. 

The bronzer color should be one shade darker than your skin color. Blend it well using circular motions. 

You will need to add some bronzer to your decolletage (neck, chest and shoulders) as well so that your face doesn't look way darker than the rest of you. 

If you feel your bronzer application is too dark, apply a dusting of face powder the matches your skin color to tone down and further blend the bronzer.
bare minerals Warmth

Bare Minerals makes some easy to use loose powder mineral bronzers for all over color. The colors are Warmth, True, A Little Sun and Faux Tan.  $23.00 

Get it for less on Amazon.


Read more: How to choose the right bronzer


        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Anti Allergy Nighttime Beauty Routine

spring flower bouquet

The grass is growing, the trees have popped and flowers are blooming.  It is officially allergy time! 

Allergies cause red itchy eyes and red itchy stuffy noses that take away from your beauty.

Help ease your seasonal allergy symptoms with an anti allergy night time routine.


Remove pollen from Yourself
Remove pollen from your skin and hair by showering at night. Include a hair washing to rinse away any pollen clinging to your hair. 

Remove Pollen from your Clothes
Put your clothes in the laundry. Don't rewear them until all pollen has been washed off of them.

Remove Pollen from your Nose
Use a saline nasal spray to help rinse pollen from your nose.

Raise your Head
Sleep with your head elevated to reduce eye puffiness and nasal congestion.

Clean your Sheets
Wash your sheets often in hot water with fragrance free detergent. Hot water will kill off that notorious allergen dust mites.

Keep Indoor Air Clean
Keep your windows closed to keep pollen out. Use your air condition. Use an air purify to help remove any pollen and allergen that sneak in your house.


You will feel better and look more beautiful in the morning!

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Glitter Eye Dust Application Tips

These little pots of Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust give you lots of glitz!
jesses girl eye dust

I love glitter dust for proms, holiday time, parties and at the beach. It can be a mess to apply leaving glitter fall out everywhere. I have some tips to help you apply it with as little mess as possible.

Eye Glitter Application Tips:

Preemptive Strike
First, apply a good layer translucent face powder to your under eye and cheekbone area to help with fallout removal later. 
Flecks of eye dust tend to fall onto the cheekbone during application.

Prime
Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer to hold the glitter on. It's the best for grabbing onto glittery shadows!

Application
Sprinkle a bit of dust into the lid of the pot. Use it to dip your finger in. Apply eye dust with your fingers pressing it onto your eyelids. If you use an eye shadow brush or a shadow applicator, more flecks will fall on your cheeks than with finger application.


The dust goes on sheer for a subtle glimmer.  I like to layer it over a metallic eye shadow for a super glimmer!
  
Clean up 
Use a powder brush dipped in a little translucent face powder to whisk any flecks of glitter fallout that have fallen onto your cheeks.


This is one of my favorite tricks...use tape to remove any leftover glitter flecks.

Apply mascara.



Now your are ready to sparkle all night long!

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Friday, May 17, 2013

How to Apply Liquid Luminizer

liquid luminizer
A Luminizer is a liquid makeup used for highlighting the face and giving a glow.  I love, love, love it!  

How to Use a Liquid Luminizer/Highlighter

You can apply little dabs of it over foundation, over a BB cream or to bare skin to.... 
the bridge of your nose, 
across your forehead,
under your brow bone, 
on your cheek bones,
to the cupids bow
and to your chin
then, blend it in with your fingers or a sponge. 

Luminizer can also be mixed into your foundation or BB cream to create an all over a glow. Put the amount of foundation or BB you want to use in the palm of your hand, just add a drop of luminizer, mix it and apply.


Remember, a little goes a long way. Luminizers can come in a variety of bronzy shades. They can be pinky, peachy, pearly or gold.  Choose a color that complements your skin tone. Lighter color for lighter skin. Darker color for darker skin.

Luminizers to try:

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $26

DuWop Doubleglow7, $25

Nars Illuminator, $30

NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, $7.50


        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Basic Skin Care Steps

There are tons of different skin care products for different purposes if can be totally overwhelming. You don't have to use all those potions and serums extras but you should be doing the basic 3 skin care steps to keep your skin fresh, clean and moisturized.

The 3 Basic Skin Care Steps 

Cleanse  
Use a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type to remove dirt, excess oil and makeup morning and night.

Tone  
Use a toner after your cleanser. A toner removes cleanser residue and can soothe or have an astringent effect depending on the formula.

Moisturize  
Apply moisturizer formulated for your skin type to skin that is just washed and toned and is still slightly damp to seal in the moisture.  

Day: Use a moisturizer with an SPF. 
 
Night: Use a treatment moisturizer for night.  A treatment moisturizer can be a retinol anti aging treatment or an oily skin treatment cream.

Using products that are the same brand may give you better results. The products in the same line are designed to work together maintaining a pH balance.

See the esthetician at your salon or spa when you are ready to try all the extras. She will be able to recommend all the best products for your skin type and lifestyle.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Favorite Lash Curling Tip

before and after lashes


Looking for a quick way to look younger and more bright eyed?
  
Curl your eyelashes! 

The best lash curling tip

Some people curl their lashes with a lash curler but they don't stay curled.

If your lashes don't stay curled, try warming your lash curler with a blow dryer for a few seconds. Test it on your wrist to make sure it's not too hot.  Then, curl your lashes as usual. 

Add a nice coat of dark mascara. Waterproof mascara helps to keep the lashes curled better than non waterproof mascara.

 Now, hold your lashes up with your fingers for a minute or two so they set in a curled position. Then apply a second coat as usual. 
lash curling
Have a Beautiful Lash Day! 
xo
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