August 2016

Nude Makeup Is The Hottest Red Carpet Trend Right Now

The MTV Video Music Awards were this past Sunday and it's official---Nudes are IN! (Nude makeup, that is!) This Sunday, the Red Carpet was flooded with bold outfit choices and sultry, nude makeup that focused on the eyes and lips. Where daring choices are normally applauded at the VMAs, this week proved that nude makeup can make a smoldering statement when it comes to beauty. We narrowed down our favorite looks from the 2016 VMAs and picked our favorite beauty products to recreate the gorgeousness from home. 

We loved everything about Hailey Baldwin's look at the VMAs. Her smokey bronzed eye and textured messy lob paired perfectly with her see-through jumpsuit. To create her tousled tresses, we love Matrix's Mess Maker from their Style Link Series. This lightweight sea salt spray gives the right amount of hold and texture without making the hair look dirty or matted. To copy her bronzed smokey eye, our go to product is Smashbox's versatile eyeshadow trio in Screenshot. Complete her look with the new Gen Nude Lipstick from bareMinerals in XOX. This dusty rose shade will give you a medium wash of color, while leaving your lips moisturized and ready to conquer the day.

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Get the Perfect Contour with Frankie Rose Cosmetics!

 

These days, there are so many products and techniques to help you achieve the perfect contour--from foundation to concealer sticks and bronzing powders, mastering the art can take a little bit of guesswork. If you’ve just about given up on the contouring trend out of frustration, then you haven’t tried the Pro Contour Palette from Frankie Rose Cosmetics. This beautifully pigmented and easy to use palette is making contouring so much easier. Whether you’re a novice or a master of makeup, this is one palette you’re gonna love.

 

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The first step to achieving a perfect contour is prepping your face. Apply a small amount of Frankie Rose’s Prime Addiction and let it set for a minute or two. Using a beauty.blender sponge, apply your favorite Frankie Rose foundation and go back to cover any blemishes with your favorite Frankie Rose concealer. Once you’re done prepping your face, it’s time to get that Instagram-worthy contour!

Beach Waves Made Easy with the Beachwaver Pro!

When it comes to summer hair, beach waves are always the go-to style of the season. Textured and tousled tresses that make you look like you just spent a day by the ocean never goes out of style. As a matter of fact, it's a hair style we love seeing year round because of how carefree and pretty it is. Sarah Potempa's Beachwaver Pro makes our beloved summer hair style so much easier to recreate no matter what season it is. If you've struggled trying to master beach waves with traditional curling irons or wands without much success, then it might be time to try our go-to styling tool of the summer. 

What you'll need:

  • Sarah Potempa's Beachwaver Pro
  • Your favorite shine pomade (We love Brazilian Blowout's Sculpt and Define Polish for this particular style)

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There are many reasons to love the Beachwaver Pro. For one, it kind of does the work for you by rotating your hair into a perfect curl every time. Left and right rotations allow you to curl your hair with ease. All you do is clamp your hair into place and push the "go" button to start the rotation. (Of course, you'll want to work away from your beautiful face.) The ergonomic handle makes it easy to hold, regardless of what side you're working on. The ceramic rod infuses your hair with shine and protects it against damage for healthy-looking, beautiful curls.

Skincare Favorites You'll Want This National Lazy Day

It’s National Lazy Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing four of our favorite lazy girl skincare products! If you’re looking to spend less time fussing with your routine and more time in your pajamas, then it might be time to try something new.

A skincare mask can offer an array of benefits, but let’s face it--- lazy girls don’t want to spend much time by the sink. If this sounds like you, then you might want to consider taking part in one of the biggest skincare trends on Instagram right now: sheet masking. They won’t cleanse or exfoliate like the many traditional masks we’re used to seeing, but sheet masks give your skin much-needed nutrients. Since it’s summer, our go-to of the moment is Talika’s BioEnzyme After Sun Sheet Mask. This soothing mask contains Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen, which plumps and re-hydrates sun-parched, dehydrated skin. Water-harnessing sugar stimulates the regeneration of the skin’s barrier in a natural way, while offering additional hydration. Chamomile, Arnica, Gentian and Milfoil extracts offer antioxidant protection and soothing comfort. After cleansing, simply press the mask onto the contours of your face to set it. Watch an episode of your favorite show or take a nap while it goes to work. After 15-30 minutes, peel it off, press the excess residue into your skin and you’re all set!

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Glow Like a Goddess With Our Summer Favorites

Getting a beautiful bronzed glow for the summer doesn’t mean you have to compromise your skin and spend hours under the sun. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to spend any time under the sun at all! If you’re looking to bronze up this summer without a burn, then you’ll need some of our favorite products to get that golden goddess look.

The first step to getting a bronzed look is creating a smooth base. We used Smashbox’s Studio Skin Foundation to create our summer makeup look. This buildable foundation not only covers imperfections, but also hydrates the skin for a natural-looking, demi-matte finish.  To conceal the under eye area and other problem areas, we chose bareMinerals’ bareSkin concealer for its silky smooth finish. High-definition mineral optics in the formula work to smooth out imperfections and create a brightened, luminous appearance. Achieving the ultimate golden glow requires some contouring to enhance the facial features and warm up the face naturally. For our look, we used Smashbox’s Contour Kit in Deep. To highlight, we went the warmer route and chose Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey. This sheer powder is caramel honey colored and infuses the skin with that warm, summer-like glow.

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