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!


Smokey Lips Are The New Smokey Eye This Season

The smokey eye has always been a go-to classic beauty trend, especially during the fall and winter months. As the weather changes and cools, we look to those sultry, smokey eyes to warm us up. This season, we’re seeing a new trend that showed up on the fall 2016 runways: smoky lips! Taking the same concept for the smokey eye, this trend warms up and transforms any lip color of your choice by simply blending a darker grey or black lipstick over it. This trend is so easy, we just had to jump on board!

We thought we’d have a little fun creating our own smokey lips using three Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick shades that are already great for the fall season when worn alone: Coffee Run (A rich brown), Screen Queen (A burgundy wine) and Punked (Deep Grey Matte).

The first smokey lip we created was combining Coffee Run with Punked. We first applied Coffee Run on its own. Then, using a lip brush, we blended in a little bit of Punked for a smokey finish. The color, once blended, became sephia-toned in its appearance. Notice how the notes of grey made the lip color much more interesting and a little edgy.



Kiss Me Now, Kiss Me Later!

When you’re a busy woman on the go, chances are, you’ve got a full calendar on your hands. Between juggling your job, family life and social life, there’s probably little time to update and freshen up your look from location to location. Sure, you could run home and re-do your makeup if you’re going from work to a first date, but that’s just extra time you can’t be bothered with. One of the quickest ways to transform your makeup look from day to night is by simply changing up your lipstick. One of the best things about wearing lipstick is that it can make such a strong statement with little effort. On days when you’re not feeling your best, lipstick always has a way of making you look put together.  

For a fresh-looking daytime look, a soft pink pout is the way to go. Smashbox's Cognac lipstick instantly enhances the natural color of the lip while adding a beautiful glossy finish. Notice how minimizing the amount of eyeshadow draws attention to Vanessa's gorgeous smile! This particular shade of lipstick. Cognac is also a great shade for an everyday professional look or that first date you've been looking forward to. 


Top Picks for Soft Summer Lips

Between outdoor summer activities and the occasional dehydration our bodies experience during this time of the year, our lips can suffer quite a bit. I'm sure you all know the dry, chapped feeling your lips get from being in the sun too long or simply neglecting your precious pout. Before you run for the vaseline, check out my top 5 must-haves to maintain healthy, gorgeous lips all summer long. All these amazing products contain added benefits that help combat dryness and aging, which is always a plus.

1. Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub: If your lips feel rough and flaky, then you definitely need to exfoliate and make room for new, beautiful lips. This lip treatment contains finely granulated sweet sugar and shells from almonds and walnuts for a powerful scrub. To combat dryness, Fabulips also contains Jojoba Seed and Olive Oils, as well as Shea and Cocoa Butters for a soothing moisture kick that will leave your lips feeling unbelievably smooth. Fight aging with the power of antioxidants in Vitamins A, C and E. 

2. Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex: This is my go-to recommendation for anyone looking to treat their lips while they sleep. It's a daily moisturizing treatment that helps soothe dry, broken and chapped lips. Patented Polypeptides help restore delicate lip tissue while minimizing contour lines that age lips. Avocado Oils, Shea and Cocoa Seed butters work to keep lips soft and supple while Vitamin E helps fight free radicals and protect lips from future damage. While I do like it for nightly use, it can also be used in the day as a conditioning lip primer before lipstick.

Valentine's Day for all!

Whether you're painting the town red with your girlfriends this Friday, going on a romantic date with your honey or embracing your singleness at home, Planet Beauty is your Valentine's Day headquarters! 

If you're ready to bring out your inner vixen with your girls, you're going to need an arsenal of red. Proven to be the color of attraction, sporting red will give you the confidence of Beyoncé on that dance floor. For long lasting lip color, I suggest starting off with Too Faced's Perfect Red lip liner. Its name seems too good to be true, but trust me, it will perfectly blend with most red lipstick shades and is also smudge-proof. Smashbox's Infared Matte lipstick makes a killer combo that will have all the guys looking your way. If you're on the ombré lip train right now, try outlining your lips with Smashbox's Dark Nude lip liner, instead. Every vixen needs a go-to red nail polish. Some of our favorites include: OPI's The Thrill of Brazil, Butter London's Come to Bed Red and Essie's Forever Young. To finish off your look, go faux with your lashes, but not your personality. Eyelure has some beautiful lashes to choose from that come with built-in eyeliner that will make your eyes pop from across the room. 

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