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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.

Oh My DIY: Lip Smoothie

21 Jun

Dry + cracked lips ruin how lipstick looks. And because of recycled air, flying, dehydration and just life, unfortunately all of us are victims! So I’m sharing exactly what I have my clients do before I apply their makeup. All you need is a disposable mascara wand (or toothbrush if you don’t have one), lip balm and a tissue.

1. Dip the wand into the balm to pick up a decent amount onto the bristles then apply it directly on your lips (Just like in the image, I started with my bottom lip).
2. Scrub back and forth, up and down and in small circular motions in the same fashion you would brush your teeth. Really work on the flaky areas until the loose skin gently breaks off.
3. Wrap a tissue around your finger and remove any flaky residue.

That’s it! If you want to stay on top of it and keep your lips polished and crack-free all year round, every time you brush your teeth, before you’re done, brush your lips with your toothbrush as well.

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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.

Sun-kissed Skin

18 May

“California girls, we’re unforgettable, daisy dukes, bikinis on top! Sun-kissed skin, so hot we’ll melt your popsicle!” Okay, I’m sorry for singing my heart out for the blog post intro.

Tanning is so old school.  These days, we know better than to coat our skin in oil and get baked all day in the sunshine. No, thank you! I love a good glow, but I’ll opt for a self-tanner and skip the premature aging and skin damage.  Unfortunately, there are many lessons to be learned when it comes to self-tanners. Self-tanning mishaps are very embarrassing, but they happen to the best of us, see those celebrities who self-tanned and failed? No one would want to be someone like them.  Streaky application and orange palms are just a few of the easy to spot giveaways that you’ve been (shhh!) faking it.

So here are some tips on how to look sun kissed without the sun:

PREP – One of the most important steps in self-tanning is to exfoliate your skin. Before you get started, hop into the shower and give your skin a good scrub. When your skin is nice and clean, towel off. Make sure you are completely dry. Shaving immediately before (or after) applying self tanner is a BIG NO-NO.  Once you’re dry, apply a barrier ointment (Vaseline, Aquaphor, Bag Balm, etc etc.) onto your fingernails, toenails and cuticles to avoid discoloration.

APPLICATION Every self-tanner is different and they come in all different forms. There are gels, foams, lotions, sprays, towelettes. Your application strategy will depend on which one you choose to use.  Sprays are pretty simple.  They can be done over an old towel and dry fairly quickly. When applying gels, lotions or foams, one of the biggest mistakes that people make is getting it on their palms.  This just looks unnatural and a little weird.  You can avoid this by cleaning you hands immediately after applying the self-tanner.  Using a nailbrush and soap, scrub your palms to make sure none of the tanner remains.  This strategy comes with some risk and might not be 100% effective.  If you don’t want to use your bare hand, you can slip on a pair of disposable latex gloves to protect them. Another way to avoid orange-colored palms is to simply not use your hands.  Instead, use a 3-inch wide sponge paintbrush. Before you get started, always test a small amount of self-tanner on your skin.  The same tanner can react differently on two separate people. When you are ready to apply, begin at your feet and work your way up to avoid creasing the color by bending over.  Once your entire body (with the exception of your palms and the bottom of your feet) has an even coat of self-tanner on it, apply a layer of lotion around your wrists, ankles, elbows, the backs of your knees and underarms.  Basically you are slightly diluting the color in these areas that naturally appear lighter on your body.  This will make your tan appear most realistic.

AFTER Wait at least ten minutes before putting any clothes on and when you do get dressed wear something dark to avoid stains.  It is much-preferred to use self-tanners in the evening. In that way, you can tan before bed and wake to a shower and bronzed skin.

NOTE: If all this just sounds a little to scary for you then try a gradual tanning lotion.  They take longer to show results, but they are effective with a lower risk of streaking and orange palms.

DAMAGE CONTROL – Oh no! Something has gone wrong. Your color is uneven, too dark or too orange.  Don’t panic. There are a couple tricks to shortening the lifespan of your less-than-perfect paint job.  One is to take a dip in a pool! The chlorine will help to fade your tan.  Another option is to use a scrub in the shower for the next couple of days.  And if all else fails, wear long sleeves and pants.  It’s not ideal, but it works.

Shades for your Lips!

14 May

Wanna learn how to make your own shade of lipstick? If you have lipsticks that you’ve grown tired of or bought online but wish were a little softer/brighter when they arrived or even others that are a little too matte that you know would pop more with a bit of shimmer or a metallic finish, here’s how to take matters into your own hands!

TOOLS

  • The original lipstick + your choice of a metallic shade or a light shimmer nude
  • A spatula or a kitchen knife
  • A spoon
  • Flame (stove top works best!)
  • A mini plastic jar
  • Optional lip brush

STEPS

  1. With the spatula, slice off a section of each lip color and place it directly on the spoon. In the world of beauty and fashion, never be afraid to get creative. This time, use your creativity for the ratios of each color. You can go back and add more of one until you have your perfect shade.
  2. Carefully, place the spoon directly above (four inches is best) the flame (medium heat) until the product starts to melt. Be prepared for it to start melting within 10 seconds!
  3. With your spatula, start to swirl the colors together for an even mixture.
  4. Pour the new lip color into your plastic jar and allow 5 minutes to harden.

Use a lip brush or your finger to apply your one-of-a-kind shade and have fun playing with the ratios and finishes!

Food for our Skin

28 Apr

Once we pass our teens and 20s, our skin starts losing collagen (which keeps skin firm) and elastic tissue (which keeps it supple).  The result: thinner skin, frown lines, and wrinkles.  To fight these effects, you’ve got to feed your skin what it needs to build healthy collagen and elastic tissue.

What to do? Just follow these steps:

EAT PLENTY OF PROTEIN. Collagen is a protein, so all proteins, like chicken, lean meats, and soy, will help keep your skin strong and flexible.

DON’T YO-YO DIET. When you starve yourself, you deprive your body of the building blocks of collagen and your skin ages faster.

CUT BACK ON SUGAR. Sugar breaks down healthy tissue and interferes with your body’s ability to make new collagen, leaving your skin thinner and weaker.  If you have a sweet tooth, try having just a spoonful of dessert, not the whole thing, and avoid high fructose corn syrup (found in soda, salad dressings and many sweet cereals).

LOAD UP ON VEGETABLES. Studies show that those who eat lots of colored vegetables have fewer wrinkles, especially crows feet around the eyes.  So instead of rice, potatoes or pasta, have spinach, squash or green beans next to your chicken, fish, tofu or steak.

For a delicious way to get your protein and veggies via smoothies, drink up with these two shakes!

PROTEIN + ANTI-OXIDANT COOLER
10 oz coconut water (skin cell hydration)
1/2 cup blueberries (anti-oxidants to keep skin clear + protected)
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder (anti-oxidant)
1.5 scoops hemp protein (collagen building)
Serve it over ice

AFTERNOON DELIGHT
1/2 cucumber
1 pear
1 apple
1 bunch of parsley
1 lemon (be sure to peel it and remove any seeds)
2 cups of water
Serve it over ice

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!