Sleep It Off

Use your beauty sleep productively! Take advantage of the 6-8 hours of downtime you get each night by incorporating your beauty routine into your REM. Wake up to skin and hair that is recharged, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day.

HAIR

For starters, undo the daytime damage on your hair with an overnight mask. Apply the mask to dry hair prior to going to bed. To prevent the product from rubbing on your face while you sleep, put your hair up in a high bun or a braid. Wash out all of the product when you wake up in the morning and bask in the results – shiny, moisturized, touchably soft hair.

 

 SKIN

Keep your skin hydrated all day and all night by using a heavy night cream that will lock in moisture. Using an overnight moisturizer will ensure that you wake up with plump, even, hydrated skin. Consistently moisturizing, both day and night is the best way to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin. Note: do not use a night time cream during the day. They are typically a much thicker consistency and will not wear well under makeup.

The skin underneath your eyes is extremely thin and therefore, extremely delicate. You want to make sure that when applying an eye cream that you use a light tapping motion and do not rub or pull the skin. Tugging at your under eye will cause premature wrinkling.

Using an eye cream at night will help to reduce under eye circles and discoloration. Heavy eyes can make you look tired and age your face. A good under eye moisturizer will aid in refreshing your under eye skin, for a more awake, bright-eyed look.

Fight pesky pimples overnight by applying a spot treatment directly to the problem area. Spot treatments include active ingredients, such as Glycolic Acid that penetrate the pimple and kill irritating bacteria. Redness and swelling can be reduced by the time you wake up!

Sleeping Tip

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase has numerous benefits for your hair and skin. A silk pillowcase is more gentle on your skin; prevent unwanted creases and marks left on your face by cotton pillows by swapping for silk. Silk pillowcases are also better for your hair. Your ends will be less frayed and bed-head more tame. Give it a try.

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Cream Bronzer

Feeling a little washed out this winter? Try using a cream bronzer to bring a natural-looking summer glow back to your skin.

Cream bronzer will add color and dimension to your face, without looking chalky or discolored like many powder bronzers do. Wear a cream bronzer under foundation for subdued color, over the top of it for added visibility or on bare skin (in certain areas) for a healthy (makeup free looking) all-over glow.

Apply only to the apples of your cheeks for subtle added color or use it to contour your entire face. Somewhere in between the two extremes is an option too.

ChanelBronzerAll hail to Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel. This is the best cream bronzer. Ever. It is velvety smooth and blends out so nicely. It is also a great color that will work with a wide range of skin tones. Apply to desired areas with a damp BeautyBlender or brush.

NarsAltaiThe Matte Multiple by Nars, is pictured in the color Altai, however additional bronze tones are available in this collection. By design, these are great for quick, easy and controlled application. Simply draw directly onto your face and then blend out with fingers or a brush.

SoniaKashukThe Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer is available at Target and is a great drug store option for cream bronzer. It comes in two shades, Warm Tan (41) is pictured, but a deeper tone is also available. Apply using a damp Beauty Blender or brush.

50 Shades Of…

Red? 50 Shades of Red. That’s the name of this big movie coming out over Valentine’s day, right? Maybe not…Anyways, in honor of Valentine’s day, we are going to break down some of the best red lip looks you can find. While there might not be 50 of them, these are some of the best shades you will find.

A classic red lip is a go-to because it can be dressed up or down – a great compliment to a LBD or a white tee and jeans. Wear it on Valentine’s day, or any other day of the year for that matter! Amp up your pout with these great reds.

RubyWoo

Ruby Woo by MAC is a cult favorite. It is your classic super matte red lip.

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If you are looking for a less traditional red, give Diva by MAC a try. While it is definitely more of an ox blood, with some brown undertones, it is certainly still a beautiful, sultry red.

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Tannin by Bit Beauty. The perfect red if you are looking for a satin finish that wears well through the night.

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Bite Beauty’s Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre is a great choice if you are looking for a deep pink/red color. Warning: the Cashmere Lip Cream’s can be a little difficult to control. Wear with caution.

FBOMB

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb. The name says it all – this is one fierce lip color.

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Kate Moss’s Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in 001. A deep red that wears well on your lips and won’t wear out your wallet!

January Favorites

MarcJacobs

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon. Buy one. Or even better, buy two or three! These are amazing liners. They are a gel formula and they glide on like butter. With intense pigmentation, a beautiful color range and insanely long staying power – you might just find yourself looking at your new favorite eyeliners (I know I am). My favorite is Ro(Cocoa), which is a beautiful dark bronze color. Blacquer is also awesome if you are looking for a classic black.

HangoverRX

Rough night? Don’t worry, Too Faced has you covered. The HangoveRX Replenishing Face Primer is designed to not only prime your skin prior to makeup application, but to also work underneath your makeup providing nutrients and nourishment to your face throughout the day. This primer helps bring tired, overworked or hungover skin back to life. Infused with Coconut Water and Probiotics it will replenish your skin, so you can be looking your best…no matter what! It can also be worn alone if your skin just needs a little pick-me-up.

LivingProofTextureMist

The key to a good unkept, messy, tousled head of hair ironically, is the proper set of styling tools and products. Living Proof’s Instant Texture Mist is my favorite texturizing spray at the moment. It is a light weight mist that adds just the right amount of tack to your hair so that you can create textured waves and pretty bed-head. I recommend applying this product once your hair is dry – a few squirts before curling to add grip to the hair and then a few after you have finished curling. Once complete, run your fingers through the curls to mess them up a little. Voila, beach waves.

Apply It or Deny It – Master Graphic Liner

No, this is not a permanent marker. It is one of the newest liners to come out of Maybelline’s ever-expanding Eye Studio collection. The MMasterGraphicIIaster Graphic Liner is a liquid marker eyeliner that allows you to masterfully control line intensity. It is quite the versatile tool. Whether you are looking to do something simple and understated or super bold – this is the guy for the job. The tip of the marker is designed to mimic an angled brush which allows you to create a precise, thin line, even in hard to reach areas like the inner corner of the eye. The flat side of the marker however, can be used to create a much bolder line for a more intense look. The angled head is similar to Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner – which will help you master winged liner.

The marker-like design makes the liner really easy to control and maneuver around your eye. The packaging is light weight and fuss free. Remove the MasterGraphiclid and you are good to go. To apply, simply drag lightly across your lash line. The liner flows really nicely, so the product is easily evenly distributed across your lid. With a matte black finish that wears all day without smudging and a price of only $6.99, this product is definitely on you should be applying! Check it out and let me know what you think about it. So many liner looks to create, so little time!

 

Take It Off

Are you getting all of your makeup off at the end of the day? If you are trusting a makeup remover wipe to do all the work, then the answer is no. While it may look like a wipe is doing the job, makeup residue is still lurking in your pores, which is terrible for your skin! Follow these steps to ensure that everything is coming off at the end of the night.

imageBegin with a makeup remover wipe. While these are not a good stopping point, they are the perfect product to start with. Wipes are a great way to get a majority of both eye and face makeup off.  I favorite Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Simply remove the wipe from the package and gently massage all over your face. These will also remove eye makeup, however, if you wear heavy eye makeup or anything waterproof I would recommend using a separate remover (see below).Clinique_TakeOffTheDay

If extra attention needs to be paid to your eye makeup, use a remover specifically designed for eye makeup removal. These are typically a liquid as opposed to a wipe. This allows the remover to really penetrate the makeup and breakdown the mascara, eyeliner and shadow without you having to rub your eyeball raw. A good trick is to apply the remover directly to a cotton pad and set it over your eye. Let it set for several seconds prior to rubbing. This gives the product time to soak into the makeup, making it easier to remove. Two greats are Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover & Clinique’s Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips. Note: Always be especially gentle when removing eye makeup. The skin around your eye is extremely thin, which means it is prone to damage. To avoid wrinkling prematurely – rub lightly.

10092.1414123742Now, all your makeup may look like it is gone, but it is not! Follow up the makeup remover with your favorite cleanser. This will ensure that any makeup that has settled into your skin will be washed away.

For an extremely deep down clean, try using a Clarisonic. You will be amazed at the amount of makeup it can remove from what appears to be a bare face. I recommend using the Clarisonic 1-3 times per week, depending on your skins sensitivity. It can be too harsh for everyday use on a lot of skin types. Clarisonic

 

MuradEssentialCTonerAlmost done, but not quite. Time to tone. A toner helps your skin to lock in moisture and maintain balance. There are all types of toners available, but I love the Essential-C Toner by Murad. However, a fantastic alternative is witch hazel. Witch hazel is designed to soothe irritated or inflamed skin and is one of skin cares best kept secrets. It is available at any drug store and you can get 16 FL OZ for $2.00 or less, which is awfully hard to beat! Apply to a cotton pad and apply to your face and neck. WitchHazel

To finish, liberally apply your favorite moisturizer all over your face, down to your neck, and then go to bed! This may seem like a lot of steps, but the quality of your skin will improve if they are regularly followed.

Top It Off

Nails feeling blah? Give these Sally Hansen top coats a try! Designed to work with any and all nail polishes, you will feel like you have an entirely new polish collection. There are so many fun looks to  create with these top coats. Try them out one at a time or mix-and-match effects on different fingers. P.S. They actually prolong polish wear too – a real win-win!  ShinyTopCoast

Big Shiny Top Coat will give you a traditional glossy finish. This is my go-to top coat – it never lets me down. Keeps your nails super shiny.

MatteTopCoatBig Matte Top Coat will turn any polish into a matte finish. I find this works best with dark colors. Think blacks and dark purples, dark grays etc.

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The Big Crackle Top Coat will give your polish a shattered, broken glass like effect, while the Big Shimmer and Big Glitter Top Coats will add a touch of pizzaz.