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St. Patrick’s Day Eyeshadow Look

14 Mar

We loved the eye look we created for Saint Patrick’s Day last year so much we decided to share it with you again this year!

With St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, we’ve decided to embrace our green side and create a makeup look for the celebration that is fun and fabulous. We love themed holidays, a day where we can dress up and have a good time, and this makeup look is perfect to accent any green outfit.

The Steps

1. Apply shimmery white eyeshadow to your entire eyelid. We love Polyester Bride by Urban Decay.

2. Brush on gold shimmery eyeshadow from your lash line to your crease. Draw a thin line using the same eyeshadow along your bottom lash line. We love Golden Crown by M.A.C.

3. Using an eyeshadow brush, apply an emerald green eyeshadow, sweeping the color onto your eyelid, continuing past the outer corner of your eye, towards your eyebrow. We love Swimming by M.A.C.

4. Use the same emerald green eyeshadow and draw a thick line under your eye, from the center to the outer edge.

5. Apply glittery false eyelashes to your upper lash line and then line over the lashes with black eyeliner. We love Guilty Pleasure by NYX and Liquid Eye Liner by M.A.C.

6. Apply clover-shaped gemstone stickers and small silver stone stickers around the outer corner of your eyes. You can purchase these from any craft store.

We hope you enjoy this look and have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day! Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Featured Product – Konad Stamping Nail Art Kit

2 Aug

We all know manicures and professional designs can be expensive and take a lot of time, but now with the Konad Stamping Set you can spice up your nails without all the hassle of a trip to the salon. These sets come with a stamper, scraper, one image plate, and one special small polish. Creating exquisite designs for your nails is now so quick and easy you can change your design every week or even every day—it’s that simple. There’s an image plate for every style, occasion, and personality, and along with pre-made sets, you can also customize your own nail art set, choosing from a multitude of image plates, polish color, and more. You can add top coats and even double sided stampers to enhance your kit as well.

Konad says, “With KONAD Stamping Nail Art kit you can create perfect, professional nail designs at a fraction of the time and money, just like a professional nail artist…or even better. It’s neat and easy!”

The great thing about the Konad Nail Art Kit is that you can use it for so much more than just creating beautiful nail designs. You can use designs on your phone, watch, bracelet, earrings, and more. With so many uses the Konad Nail Art Kit is a must have for any style diva.

Waxing Tips

26 Jul

As the temperature outside skyrockets, more and more time is being spent in those itsy bitsy bikinis. Whether lying out on the beach or lounging poolside, every girl wants to look her best. Waxing has always been a tried and true method of keeping your skin smooth, which lasts longer then shaving, but comes with a price. After all the pain and money spent on your routine, it’s important to keep up maintenance in-between sessions.  We’ve put together some simple, at-home tips just about anyone can do and afford.

Right Before Your Wax Session

When it comes to waxing, the easier the job is for your esthetician, the easier it is for you. Before you get to your appointment take a warm/hot shower and exfoliate to get the pores open. Scrubbing off old skin cells beforehand will ultimately give you better results. The warm water from the shower softens hair down to the follicle so that it comes off easier.

Right After Your Wax Session

The first few times waxing are the hardest to get through, but don’t worry, it does get easier. Alleviate the burning sensation afterwards by applying a thin layer of Neosporin over the area and let it absorb for at least 10 minutes. Applying right before bed is also a great way to ensure smooth, healthy skin.  Bikini Zone is a great product to keep skin irritation at bay; it’s medicated and designed specifically for the bikini line area. This product can be a little harsh on skin so we recommend using it the day after your session or at least until redness and soreness has gone away.

Exfoliate

The most important thing to remember in between waxing, or even shaving, is to exfoliate. Body scrubs with a coarse or sandy texture work great for this. Baking soda is also a great exfoliator and extremely affordable since the average price of a box is under a dollar. When in the shower, before shaving, just pour some baking soda in your hand and rub over the desired area. Exfoliating scrubs remove dead skin cells and allow the newly growing hair to grow in properly, reducing the chances of ingrown hairs and irritation.

Timing

Plan to get waxed at least a day or two before being in a bathing suit. This will give your skin time to relax and heal. Avoid working out the day of the waxing session as well, the friction will only exacerbate already tender skin. Sweat also clogs pores, which cause ingrown hairs that not only look unpleasant, but hurt and can become infected.

Treating Ingrown Hairs

Try as you might, ingrown hairs can still pop up. The best way to send these eyesores packing is by cleaning the area with rubbing alcohol and applying Neosporin regularly. Covering the area with a band-aid will protect your clothing from staining and keep the Neosporin where it should be. If the ingrown hair becomes really infected and painful see your doctor, don’t let the infection get out of control.

Do you have any waxing tips you’d like to share? Leave us a comment!

Featured Fragrance – Lovestruck

19 Jul

Love is in the air with Lovestruck by Vera Wang. Inspired by the idea of star-crossed lovers, this fresh floral fragrance will surely capture your heart. It’s reminiscent of secret admirers, adoring letters, and young love, and will linger with you just like the memory of your first love.

The company says, “Feminine, romantic, and spontaneous. Lovestruck is all about Vera’s interpretation of love, playing off a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet. Think lovestruck lovers and the emotion and rush of falling in love—that heart pounding, spontaneous feeling.

The fragrance is a sparkling, addictive floral that the senses will surely fall in love with. There is an instant attraction to the mouth watering pink guava and mandarin, followed by a delicate mix of tuberose and lotus blossom. Behind it all, the precious woods and sheer musk envelop and bring warmth and comfort.

Young in spirit, the bottle evokes the feeling of being madly in love. Its square shape is both modern and classic, a perfect contrast to the over-sized cap, and the hot pink logo adds a burst of brightness.”

What do you think about this fragrance? Are you ready to be Lovestruck? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Emma Watson’s Beauty Evolution

14 Jul

In honor of the epic finale of the “Harry Potter” series, and our admiration of the magnificent actress Emma Watson and her character “Hermione Granger,” we have followed her evolution from young pre-teen sweetheart into sexy fashionista to provide you with insight into her new look and transformation.

Emma Watson began her career in acting by performing in local theater groups and taking on new challenges in the acting world at a very young age. Emma portrayed the smart and fiery “Hermione Granger” in the “Harry Potter” movies, developing a character that audiences couldn’t help but fall in love with. Throughout her role in the “Harry Potter” series, Emma has grown with her character and thrived in her career.

Her drastic transformation from sweet preteen to stylish young adult has landed her on the cover of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar UK magazine,along with others. She has become the fresh face of Lancome Paris and Burberry, and also worked with clothing company People Tree to create a new spring/summer line inspired by her personal style. Emma’s beauty evolution has transformed her into a sophisticated style icon, and to honor the final installment of the “Harry Potter” phenomenon, here are some steps to achieve both her young, natural look and new, edgy style-looks that us muggle born, who can’t make it magically appear, can master.

The Natural Look:

As the “Harry Potter” series took off, Emma Watson began her role as the young, strong-minded “Hermione Granger.” Her look was simple and sweet with a classic base consisting of natural foundation and powder, along with a hint of mascara to open up her eyes,  which finished off a simple look that emphasized her, natural girlish beauty.

The Budding Fashionista Look:

We’ve seen Emma grow in to a young woman over her years in “Harry Potter”; this budding fashionista look incorporates her youthful teenage style, which builds on her classic natural look. As she transformed into a full fledged teen, Emma began using eyeliner along with mascara, a contour of rosy cheeks, highlighted brows, and sparkling nude lips to show off her feminine beauty.

The Red Carpet Look:

Now a successful 21 year old actress and model, Emma has become a fashion icon and beauty sensation. As the movie series comes to an end, we recognize the confident young women Emma Watson has become and the conclusion of her role as “Hermione Granger.” She has evolved into a sexy, stylish fashionista with bold makeup and elegant fashion sense. Her new red carpet look consists of a dark smoky eye with pops of gold, dark tinted eyebrows, and pale pink lip gloss.  The dramatic eyes compliment the woman she has become and her growing career.

Featured Fragrance – Burberry Summer for Women

10 May

Sweet citrus notes blend with fresh green undertones to embody cool British summers in Burberry’s new Classic Summer fragrance for women.  Scents of rose and lily are balanced by a woodsy finish, for the perfect casual note capturing the essence of British style. Burberry classic offers the perfect clean note to start your day and compliment your favorite summer dress.

The company says, “Burberry Summer limited edition fragrance for women has been reinterpreted to capture the tranquil mood of a British summer morning. The sparkling top notes of pomegranate, orange, and mandarin blend with a touch of fresh green leaf. Rose, freesia, and lily of the valley reveal a sensual and feminine heart. The finish is wrapped in a soft veil of woods including cedar wood, sandalwood, and white musk.”

Will you be trying Burberry’s new scent for summer? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Mood Makeup- Carefree & Sexy

21 Apr

Do you find yourself jovial and cheery most days? Does news typically pass over you worry free while others get bogged down by the day? If you’re the type to have a big smile on your face and lightness in your step, then your beauty mood is carefree. The carefree women isn’t a slave to fashion or caught up in trends, and she’d much rather be enjoying the day instead of being glued in front of a mirror. With her in mind, we’ve created a quick and easy makeup look, perfect for the carefree woman.

The Face

Step 1) Using a makeup sponge, or your fingers in a pinch, apply a tinted moisturizer all over your face focusing on key areas like under your eyes. We love Laura Mercier or the more wallet-friendly Almay.

Step 2) Using a large round brush, dust loose powder over your face to set your makeup. Sephora brand Mineral loose Powder works well.

The Eyes and Cheeks

Step 3) Using your fingers apply a liquid blush to your cheek bones; this works equally well as eye shadow. We used Almay Smart Shade blush for a nice natural effect.

Steps 4) Finish the look with a little mascara. We used Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies in Very Black.

Mood Makeup-Sexy

Unafraid and always up for a night out is the attitude of a sexy woman. Sexy isn’t her little black dress or her pair of Manolo Blahniks, it’s the way she walks, talks, and smiles; it’s her very essence. As much as her come-hither look helps, sexy is all in the attitude. We all want to be her, and with this makeup look–equal parts sassy and seductive–you’re that much closer.

The Eyes

Step 1) Start with a shimmery cream colored base and using a small brush, apply to the eyelid, focusing on the inner corner of the eye. We love Urban Decay in Midnight Cowboy.

Step 2) Using a small brush, apply a line of brown eye shadow from the inner corner of your eye out to the outer corner along the crease and blend. Bobbie Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze works well.

Step 3) Apply a thin layer of glue to false eyelashes and press along the lash line. Using a black eyeliner pencil, draw a thick line along you upper lash line forming a slight wing at the outer corner. We used Salon Perfect false eyelashes and Wet N Wild eyeliner pencil in.

The Lips

Steps4) Finally apply a bright red matte lipstick to your lips, cleaning any smudges with tissue.

If you want to find out what your beauty mood is go to http://www.facebook.com/Sephora and take the Mood quiz, We’d love to hear your results!