Ah, February. Despite the chilly temperatures outside, you can’t help but feel the warmth of love as Valentine’s Day approaches. Whether you’re spending the day with a loved one or still searching for your V-Day date, these tips will help to make sure you are fresh faced and beautiful for whatever Cupid has in store.
Bold color draws the eye to your smoochable lips, but goopy lipstick can make the actual kiss a bit messy. Instead, prime lips with a moisturizing balm, and apply a lip stain to create lasting color that won’t come off on napkins, glasses, or your date. A cream based lip stain crayon goes on smoothly and won’t dry out your lips as the night goes on. Be sure to stock your stain and some balm in your bag for reapplication. (more…)
The holidays can be a very hectic time. People are busy going here and there for family gatherings, work parties, and lots of shopping of course! After the stress of the holidays, it is important to spend some time resting and relaxing and what better place for a little R&R than the spa? Here are the top 5 spas around the United States that will make you feel good-as-new after the holidays:
Belladonna Day Spa offers a variety of facials, massages, and more; all at very reasonable prices. Additionally, if you want to do a little retail therapy, they have you covered as well!
When it comes to choosing a wedding date, couples immediately think of spring because it symbolizes birth—the time when flowers bloom and animals are born. But there are many practical reasons why a wedding in autumn—or more specifically, on Thanksgiving Day—is a more favorable choice. Let’s take a closer look on the many benefits of timing your wedding on this holiday. (more…)
Your wedding is your day to shine, and there’s no better way to do that than with radiant skin, flawless hair, and a smile that lights up the room. Even if your wedding is a more casual affair, you can still achieve elegance with the latest in wedding beauty trends.
This trend borrows the elegant pastel colors of early spring for a fresh-faced, rosy glow. It can be achieved simply with a rosy pink blush or lip, and a flower tucked in your hair.
Perfect for: outdoor weddings, garden weddings, spring weddings (more…)
All my life I have been cursed with small little brown eyes, which squint up when I smile and become almost horizontal once I’ve got a beer in me. My sister, on the other hand, is blessed with giant green eyes that offer the perfect eyelid canvas for smokey eye shadow and every other beauty trend in the book. Luckily, if you’ve got a basic set of makeup and relatively good fine motor skills you can make your eyes look huge with the flick of a makeup brush. There are plenty of products that claim to give you those big doll eyes, but what I’ve found works best are a few simple little tricks. Try them out and pretty soon you will fool everyone into thinking you’re Bambi.
Everyone who cares for their locks should start checking the ingredients in their hair products. Shampoos may give your crowning glory that perfume whiff, but behind that nice-smelling concoction is an awful lot of ingredients that should have been banned in the first place. So grab your shampoo and conditioner bottles from the bathroom and start looking for these ingredients! If they are found guilty of these offensive ingredients, it’s time to toss them out!
WHY IT’S BAD: First of all, some oil ingredients like olive, Argan, and jojoba are good for your hair. However, mineral oil is not because of its molecules that are too big to penetrate the cuticle; therefore, they just sit on the surface of the hair and weigh it down. The molecules can also cause clogged pores and breakouts around your hairline. Mineral oil is derived from the distillation of petroleum and is used as a cheap filler, which does nothing but expand a product.
IT’S FOUND IN: serums, conditioners, moisturizing creams, pomades
In an era where less seems to be more when it comes to women’s clothing, there’s something appealing about the modesty and charm of a 19th century Southern belle. The look may have fallen out of style a bit, but you can still take tips from the Southern belle’s handbook to create a modern, yet classic look.
1. Do your hair like a true Southern belle by giving yourself some great curls and of course, plenty of volume. Southern girls swear by their hair products, especially when heat and humidity are threatening to take the poof out of their perfectly coiffed locks. Invest in a trusty hairspray, a comb to give a little bit of a tease, and a great curling iron.
2. Don some bold lipstick to give a polished and sophisticated look. A red lipstick can instantly transform your look from casual to a classy lady without much effort on your part. A swipe of mascara completes your timeless look. (more…)
On summer vacation, you don’t want to bother with a long beauty routine when there is so much to see and do! You just want to pack the essentials and start each adventure-filled day with a fresh face. Check out these travel-friendly makeup tips for your next vacation.
1. Switch out foundation for a BB cream.
Instead of heavy liquid or powder foundation, use a lightweight BB cream to smooth out your complexion. The formula feels light, but has many benefits that leave skin looking fresh and youthful. Pick one with sun protection included to shield your face from that summer sun.
Any dermatologist can tell you that diet plays a huge role in how your skin looks. No matter what products are in your skin care regiment, you can always improve your skin’s look and feel by adjusting your diet. More specifically, here are some key foods that will have you looking radiant.
1. Dark Chocolate
Benefits: Hydration, firming, anti-inflammatory
As if you need an excuse to eat chocolate! A couple squares of this will help your skin be firmer and more supple. The cocoa helps to hydrate your skin while flavanol, found specifically in dark chocolate, is a potent antioxidant. Chocolate can even help reduce puffiness if applied topically, thanks to the caffeine content. Try cocoa infused face creams to get this delicious effect. (more…)
A day-to-day battle with raccoon-like eyes can result in a weary and much-older look to even the zippiest of people. Dark shadows are commonly mistaken for dark circles, which commonly develop as one ages due to muscle and ligament weakening located near the eye on both sides of the nasal bridge. Due to support structure loss, skin starts caving in, leading to indentation or trough effect. When the adjacently located part swells up, that trough tends to cast a shadow-effect on the skin- making it seem as though it were a dark circle.
True dark circles can be identified by pulling skin of the lower eyelid tight, and if darkish discoloration is still perceivable then it is an actual dark circle. A common reason for dark circles is that skin thins out due to innate aging which tends to expose a net of red-blue blood vessels beneath.