Tag Archives: spring

Ombré

30 Jun

Hey tastemakers, this one’s for you! Ombré, with its gorgeous slow fade from dark to light, has found its way from fashion to hair color and ended up smack on your lips! It’s not just a trendy look though, it’s actually a really pretty effect that highlights your top lip, bringing all of the attention there. And there’s something a little effortless and less “done up” about not having your bottom lip as dark as your top lip. Anyway, I just wanted to share the easiest way to re-create it yourself.

  1. Paint your top lip with any lip color.
  2. Smack your lips together to press the lip creme unto the top half of the bottom lip.
  3. Smear the bottom edge with a Q-tip.
  4. Paint the top lip again so it’s one shade darker.

That’s it! You can finish it with a coat of clear gloss if you love the look of a shiny lip.

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Flowers Fade

21 Jun

Who doesn’t love a soft, faded floral pattern? You can basically do this mani in any color combo you want– we chose a spring-y palette. Here’s how you get the look:

YOU WILL NEED: Nail polish remover, 4 small paint brushes, a plate or something to put your polish drops on, a white nail polish + 3 of your favorite polish colors that look good together.

  1. Place a dot of each color on your plate. Also fill your nail polish remover cap with nail polish remover. The colors above are American Apparel “Angeline” and “The Valley + Wet & Wild “Club Havana”.
  2. Paint the base of your nails with something light and wait until they dry completely.
  3. Dip one of your small paint brushes in the nail polish remover and use it to dilute the polish drops. You want to add a few drops of polish remover in the nail polish until it starts to look thin and “stain-like”.
  4. Then using a dabbing motion, create abstract flower shapes on each nail. Leave room for the other colors too.
  5. Use your other brushes to dilute the other colors the same way. Don’t mix your brushes in different colors!
  6. Apply the other colors. Create as many abstract flowers as you want. Don’t stress about the shape. Some of the messy flowers ended up being my favorite!
  7. Now take a drop of the white paint from your base coat and dilute that using nail polish remover, just like you did with the other polishes.
  8. Apply a VERY thin dot of white on the center of each flower. If you diluted it enough, it will slowly spread over the flower when you put the drop down. If not, thin your white polish out a little more. When you put the white drop on top, it gives the flowers a more faded look.
  9. Wait for everything to dry and give it a good quick dry top coat.

Very Berry!

1 Jun

For those of you concerned about what chemicals we’re putting in and on our bodies, you can’t get more natural than this homemade berry lip stain! I just totally love it because it adds the perfect “just-bitten” hint of color to fake that Snow White luscious lip!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Blackberries (for their bright berry color)
  • 1 Raspberry (to get the feminine pink color)
  • 3 Pomegranate Seeds (to achieve the vibrant red color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good to use!)
  •  A small bowl + spoon (or mortar + pestle if you have)
  • Fork or sifter to drain
  • A small 5-gram Pot/Jar with screw top from any craft store

STEPS:

  1. Mash the blackberries and raspberry in the bowl thoroughly with the back of your spoon.
  2. Add the pomegranate juice into the mixture by individually squeezing them between your thumb and index fingers over the bowl.
  3. Pour the olive oil into the bowl and stir everything together with your spoon.
  4. Finish by draining the liquid from the mixture into your small portable jar.

HOW TO APPLY: Use your fingers, a lip brush or a Q-tip. It’ll only be good for a few days so refrigerate it for it to last longer. Have fun with it and also try different fruits! You can play with the ratios of each fruit to customize your desired shade but you’ll get the most color payoff from the blackberries.

Shining, Shimmering, Splendid!

27 Apr

Image from The Beauty Department

Our skin needs a little help after a long dry winter! After giving your body a good buff with our D.I.Y. brown sugar scrub, add a little shimmer to your lotion to get that perfect glow (without having to spend any money!).

TOOLS

  • Your favorite lotion
  • Small jar of gold loose mica mineral pigment (you can also crush up an old gold or pearl pressed eyeshadow to make it loose)
  • A mixing bowl or tumbler, chopstick + spoon
  • An empty travel-sized jar or bottle

STEPS

  1. Combine 4 parts lotion with ½ teaspoon gold shimmer (or measure by sprinkling the shimmer until desired shade is achieved).
  2. Stir with chopstick until color is consistent and then, direct it towards one side for scooping.
  3. Spoon out your creation and transfer it into the jar.

You can do this with coconut oil, tanning oils and many sunscreens. Please share any of your ideas + potions too!