Category: Tips

Beauty Hack: Blush & Bronzer on the Eyes

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish and Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Swatches on Dark Skin

Have you ever woke up for work one morning just too tired to deal? You want to get out of bed but you’re too tired to move. Then you finally get up, hit the bathroom and then stare at the makeup you’re still too tired to use. I get it girl! I’ve been there, done that. Hell, I’ve done it so much that I’ve started looking for little ways to cut time from my morning routine so I could sleep in just a little while longer and do my makeup a little bit faster.

My latest morning beauty hack is simple but mind-blowing because I can’t believe I haven’t thought about it before. Instead of using eyeshadow in the morning, try using a little of your blush and bronzer on the eyes for a quick, natural look that requires almost no effort. On a normal day, I typically skip the eyeshadow because it takes up too much time blending 2-4 colors together for a seamless look. But one day I decided to rock the blush and bronzer I picked out for the day on my eyes and magic was made in less than 10 minutes. I rejoiced!
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The Perfect Products for Smooth, Summer Skin

Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Eye Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Oil Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner

Makeup will always be my first love but skincare has definitely been growing on me over the past year. A healthy, even complexion is the key to flawless makeup so I’m always on the lookout for good skincare products that help my skin look its best. After lots of trial and error, I’ve crafted the perfect skincare regimen for my dry, sensitive skin and discovered some amazing products that work like a charm. It would be selfish of me to not share my favorite summer skincare goodies with my favorite peeps in the world so I’ve wrangled them all up so I could give you the scoop on all of them and also help you put together your perfect summer skincare routine.

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My Secret Weapons for Brighter, More Even Skin

Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Murad Essential-C Day Moisture

Fighting those dreadful signs of aging is definitely high up on the skincare priority list but achieving a brighter, more even complexion is certainly right behind it! The only thing more annoying than dealing with fine lines, dullness and wrinkles is an uneven complexion marked with dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation (or dark spots) are common under the eyes, around the mouth and forehead for many people–myself included. For years, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that dark spots were just a way of life because I had no idea that there was a way to diminish them. Boy was I wrong!

Through the years, I’ve been learning a ton more about skincare and I was shocked to learn how a simple tweak in your routine could transform the appearance and texture of skin. Even when it comes to dark spots. Hyper-pigmentation isn’t a skincare struggle we’re faced to deal with. It’s actually easy to treat and correct with the right products and lots of persistence. Less than a year ago, I introduced 3 new products to my skincare routine just to see what they were all about. After a few weeks of consistently using them I started realize a difference in the appearance of my skin. Not only was my complexion visibly brighter and more radiant but my dark spots were also beginning to fade leaving my skin looking more even and healthy. It would be totally selfish of me not to share my skincare secrets with you so I’m going to walk you through exactly how I achieved a brighter, more even complexion using my 3 secret weapons.

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BB Cream vs CC Creams: What’s the Difference?

What's the Difference Between BB Creams and CC Creams?

Whether you’re a beginner or makeup expert, it can be hard to keep up with all of the newfangled products and formulas that constantly hitting the market. I’ll never forget when BB Creams and CC Creams really started gaining traction here in the states. Everyone was going nuts with excitement and all I could think was, “What the hell is a BB/CC cream?!”

Now, I know a ton about BB Creams and CC Creams thanks to my trusty Bobbi Brown training. But I know there’s still a lot of you out there wondering what the heck BB and CC Creams are and how to use them. They’re pretty complex products so I wanted to give you a quick guide on exactly what is a BB Cream and CC Cream and what’s the difference between the two. You ready?

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How to Keep Your Lips Moisturized Under Your Matte Lipstick

How to keep your lips moisturized under your matte lipstick: Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Essential Lip Care, Makeup Academy Sugar Lip Scrub, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

With all these matte lipstick lines popping up left and right (Milani, Kat Von D, MAC, etc) it’s enough to make your head spin and your lips flake up. Because let’s admit it. Even the most comfortable matte lipstick will eventually start to suck the moisture out of your lips. It’s just the nature of the beast. So here’s a few tips and suggestions to keep the flakes at bay and let your matte lipstick live up to its full potential.
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How to Leave the Nail Salon Smudge Free

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil

I don’t know about you guys but I always smudge my nails after leaving the salon. Always. Between my short attention span and my lack of desire to sit in any salon I always end up jetting out of there maybe 2 minutes or so after the manicurist applies the top coat. Or maybe less. Because it always seems like I’ve been sitting there forever and my nails should be dry by now. But nope.
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Add a Little Glow to Your Routine!

MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Liquid, Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM

Can you tell that I’m obsessed with glowing, dewy skin? It just looks amazing in the spring and summer! As I was telling Katherine, (we’re great makeup buds in my head lol), I haven’t quite achieved that highlight that the ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta were sporting. They were literally glowing in the dark! Lately, I’ve been a little pressed for time so I can’t sit in the mirror piling on shimmering powders like I want. Instead, I’ve been using this quick beauty tip to add a little glow to my skin and brighten my complexion.

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Healthy Hair Care: Moisturizing & Sealing

Healthy Hair Care Moisturize and Seal

When it comes to healthy hair it’s best to keep it simple. Sometimes the basics are all you need to maintain long, luxurious locks. One practice I swear by is moisturizing and sealing. From natural to relaxed it makes a world of difference in texture and length retention! By nature, curly hair is the driest type so it takes a little extra effort and TLC to keep them healthy and promote growth. As the name implies, moisturizing and sealing your hair is simply the process of moisturizing your hair and then sealing that moisture in.

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