Beauty

Kiss Tired Eyes Goodbye with These 4 Must-Have Products

Getting eight hours of beauty sleep is essential to maintaining a youthful and bright appearance; however, as we all know, that isn’t always possible. Between balancing busy schedules, work and home life, some of us are lucky to get a solid six hours of sleep. If you’re a mama bear to little ones, those hours are most likely even shorter. Catching those precious zzzz’s sometimes feels like a game you just can’t win. Losing sleep not only leads to non-stop yawning, but it also shows up right under your eyes. The appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes isn’t flattering on anyone and can make you look older than you are.

Lucky for us, there are so many wonderful beauty products out there that can help you appear well-rested and refreshed, even when you find yourself running on low batteries. While concealer can work wonders, it isn’t always the best option. If used incorrectly (like applying globs and globs of it), it can have the opposite effect, making your under-eye area appear crepey and more tired. Using a concealer isn’t your only option, either. If you truly want to make your eyes look refreshed, you’re going to want to use a few products to get the job done.

Keep Active Teens Happy Year-Round

School is back in full swing and for many teens, that means it's time for fall sports activities. One of the advantages I have from working in the store is that I get to talk with moms one on one and many of them voice concerns over what their teens should be using. If you have an active teenager at home and are looking for ways to get them through the school year with minimal breakouts and hair concerns, check out some of my top picks for them to try. 

If your teen is prone to breakouts, Dermalogica's Clear Start line has eight products available to help minimize teen acne. The Foaming Wash is clear must-have for both day and night use. Made with Salicylic Acid, this foaming cleanser helps clean pores, and remove debris on the skin that can cause breakouts. Help your teen calm their skin with eight powerful botanicals which include Tea Tree, Lavender and Camellia Sinensis. Another great benefit from this cleanser is that it can be used on the back and shoulders, as well. If the problem is a little more serious, incorporate the All Over Toner to treat breakouts on the body.

Teens spend a great amount of time outdoors, and if they're athletes, they spend twice as much time outside. Protect their skin and help them control shine with Dermalogica's Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15. This ultra-light moisturizer contains special botanicals that act as micro sponges, absorbing oil and eliminating shine. SPF helps protect their skin against damaging rays that can aggravate skin and cause breakouts. 

Get the Victoria's Secret Angel Look with Beachwaver & Sarah Potempa!

This year, Beachwaver was the official hair sponsor of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and we teamed up with creator Sarah Potempa to bring you a how-to tutorial on achieving the perfect, VS Angel Look! From Giselle to Gigi Hadid, the iconic look of soft waves, highlighted, bronzed skin and sexy, natural lips has always dominated the VS runway. Consistently effortless and youthful-looking, this is one look you'll want to keep in your beauty catalog. 

What you'll need:

The Beachwaver s1

bareMinerals Glow Together Powder Trio

Artist Couture "Conceited" Glow Powder

Stila Eye Shadow Trio: Gold Glow

Jane Iredale Iced Mocha Gloss

Check out Sarah's quick and simple tutorial below!

 

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Fight Travel Fatigue with these Beauty Favorites!

The holidays can be a pretty stressful time of the year when you’re planning family visits, holiday work parties and those dreadful, crowded shopping trips. If you’re one of the lucky ones who also travels this time of the year, then you know how extra exhausting the holidays can feel. Between battling airport lines and sitting on flights, your energy can get zapped. Fighting travel fatigue can put a damper on your holiday cheer, making it hard to enjoy your time with family and friends. Don’t let travel fatigue get the best of you this season! Before you pack your bags for your holiday destination, make sure you pick up some of our must-have beauty products to survive travel fatigue!

Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydragel Eye Patches: Booked that red eye flight to save some money this Christmas? You might be saving money, but if you have a difficult time falling asleep on a plane, you’re going to have a hard time looking refreshed once you reach your destination. These wonderful under-eye patches will keep you looking rested even after a long flight. A 24k gold, a colloidal gold, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and humectants hydrate, lift and tighten the under-eye area for a smoother, brighter appearance.

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Grunge Makeup Is Back and Perfect for Fall & Winter!

Ah, grunge. It’s the style made for boots, beanies, plaid prints and I-don’t-care-hair!  For the quintessential lazy girl, grunge is the greatest thing that could have happened for fashion and beauty. If this sounds like you, then you’re probably elated to have this trend back in style. We saw grunge everywhere on the runway this year and we just can’t get enough of it. Grunge not only takes very little effort to pull off, but it also lends itself to so much creativity. More importantly, if you’re not the most skilled with makeup looks that require precision, you’ll love the smudgy and edgy aspects of a grunge look.  

Although there are many interpretations of grunge style and makeup, you can never go wrong with a dark eye, vampy lip and pale skin.  This signature grunge look can be easily recreated with very few products and with very little effort. If you’re looking to get a little grungy this season, you’ll need three essentials to pull off this look with minimal effort. We teamed up with Beauty Store Business editor Breanna Armstrong to bring you an easy-to-create grunge look.

Products used: 
Smashbox Plum Role Lipstick
Stila Cosmetics Black Smudge Stick & Liquid Liner
The Balm Cosmetics Nude Dude Palette

Get Your Hands on these Wonderful Winter Must-Haves!

December has arrived beauties! Winter is just around the corner now  and I’m rounding up some of my favorite beauty must-haves to get you through this chilly season. Every year, new products are launched and it can be quite tough choosing any favorites at all. However, there are just some beauty products that are consistently great and deserve the recognition. So cozy up and check them out!

Archipelago Milk Bubble Bath: December can be a pretty chaotic month and you’re going to need a way to soothe away the stress of the holidays.  Archipelago’s Milk Bubble Bath is the perfect remedy for those cold winter nights where you just need to relax.  This customer-favorite contains dried milk solids and natural proteins that also relieve dry, winter skin. Bubbles, anyone?

Bumble & bumble Surf Spray: I know what you’re thinking—who needs a beach spray in December? The answer? Everyone! It might not be a great time to hit the beach, but that doesn’t mean tousled beach texture is out of style. Don’t let your hair fall flat this winter and give it some body with Bumble & bumble! A blend of kukui seed, mango seed and coconut oils give your hair movement while keeping it conditioned.

A bright twist on Pumpkin Spice Makeup!

Those of us who love the fall season know how quickly it can seem to pass, especially with the early chatter of Christmas and winter right after Halloween. Those of us who love fall wait for it patiently every year, anticipating that slight, cool breeze that begins to indicate the end of summer. The fall season isn’t something to be rushed, but rather, cherished and savored. It’s easy to get caught up in the haste of the holidays, but we’re not quite ready to quit ordering our pumpkin spice lattes and burning our pumpkin spice candles. Nothing captures the essence of fall quite like pumpkin spice. It’s everywhere these days, from hand sanitizer to body lotions and air fresheners for your car. Between carving pumpkins and the pumpkin pie we devour on Thanksgiving, the pumpkin is the unofficial symbol of fall. In honor of the three weeks left of this wonderful season, we thought we’d do our own fun take on pumpkin spice-inspired makeup! 

There are so many ways you can show your love for all things pumpkin spice through makeup! Whether you wear a pumpkin-colored lippy or go all pumpkin with your eye shadow, there are plenty of great makeup products to make you look fabulous. We teamed up with TV Personality and Style & Beauty Expert Emily Loftiss from Loftiss Says to create a fun and simple pumpkin-spice look.  

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AMAs Beauty Looks You Can Wear Every Day!

As a longtime beauty junkie, I’ve always looked forward to every award show on TV. I can’t help it. I love seeing all my favorite celebrities come together for a fun night of music, TV or film. I love the special performances. If someone I like wins an award and gives an acceptance speech, I get a little emotional. It’s all so magical. I’m not going to lie though, when it comes to award shows, my favorite part has and will always be the Red Carpet.

This past Sunday, the American Music Awards took place and while I normally look forward to the edgier beauty choices that music award shows tend to offer, this year, I found some of the subtler beauty looks more appealing. Sure, edgy beauty can be fun for a weekend night, but it’s also nice to find some inspiration you can try Monday through Friday. While there were so many great beauty looks from Sunday night, three ladies balanced their beauty looks perfectly: Hailee Steinfeld, Olivia Munn and Gigi Hadid.

7 Beauty Products We're Grateful For!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and it’s the perfect week to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. It goes without saying that we’re thankful for all the important, big things like family, friends, our jobs, health, etc. In the spirit of Thanksgiving this Thursday, we’re rounding up beauty products we’re thankful for and can’t live without! Now, I know there are so many different products to choose from, so these are just a few of many.

1. NuFace Trinity: This award-winning toning device has completely changed the skincare game with anti-aging solutions and beauty tools. For years, surgery seemed like the only option for anyone looking for a significant change in their skin. Thanks to the microcurrent technology in the NuFace device, you can achieve noticeable results from home without any downtime. The NuFace works to improve the facial contours while reducing the appearance of wrinkles, giving the skin a desired, youthful appearance. FDA-Cleared and clinically-tested, we are thankful for this amazing beauty tool!

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Cut-Crease to Holiday Glam Eye Shadow Tutorial!

There’s a new eye shadow palette in town and it’s going to be your go-to for all your holiday looks! Rodial’s perfectly compact palette not only makes an amazing stocking stuffer, but fits perfectly in your makeup bag for on-the-go beauty. With six neutral shades ranging from matte to pearl finishes, you’ll be able to create a variety of looks without having to carry around tons of clutter. This is perfect for anyone who travels a lot and wants to minimize the amount of product in their bag.

Since we’re officially heading into the holiday season, it’s time to learn some classic eye shadow techniques that you’ll be able to easily recreate at home. We teamed up with Rodial’s national makeup artist Valerie Delgado to show you how to transition the popular cut crease to a holiday glam look. If you’ve never learned how to do an eye shadow cut crease, you’re missing out! The cut crease may look intimidating, but with a little patience, it’s a great look that makes your eyes really pop. This is one technique you're going to want to master for the holidays. 

 

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