Quick Tips For Daily Flawless Makeup

Achieving a flawless makeup look on a daily basis might seem like quite the challenge, but it isn't impossible. I'm not talking about the kind of flawless we see on Instagram on a daily basis because let's face it--those artists have practice, hours and several studio lights and filters to help them get that one perfect selfie. I'm talking about everyday, fresh-faced looking makeup in 30 minutes or less. I'm talking about achievable flawlessness. 

Your routine should always begin with prepping your skin. Whether you fully wash your face with a cleanser and water or opt for a micellar cleanser, you want to get your face cleansed and toned in the morning. Use a moisturizer or hydrator with an SPF to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Don't forget an under eye cream, too. Prepping your skin properly before makeup application will make it easier when you go to apply your makeup.

After you apply your primer of choice, the next thing you want to do is apply your foundation sparingly and blend, blend, blend. If you have blemishes or pigmentation you want to cover, apply your foundation in a patting motion. Using a beauty.blender sponge will make applying your makeup on a lot easier and faster. Once you've blended your foundation into your skin, you can go back with concealer and cover any areas you feel still need to conceal. When concealing your eyes, make sure the shade isn't too light (this will avoid obvious circles or ashiness on dark under eye areas) and apply your concealer in an upside down triangle shape. This will avoid drawing negative attention toward your eyes and accentuating under eye bags. 


Keep Your Eye on These Beauty Trends for 2016

With every new year comes new and exciting beauty trends to try. Last year was all about the contouring and eyebrow game. From Pinterest to Instagram, we just couldn't escape the craze. If you're ready for some new inspiration as we make our way into the new year, then check out some of the fresh beauty trends that we'll be seeing this year. 

The lovely lob: If you're feeling the itch for a new hairstyle, then you might want to consider the hottest style right now. The lob isn't as dramatic as the bob, but still changes up your look with added length. From Jennifer Lawrence to Jessica Alba, everyone seemed to be opting for the long bob and it's still making a statement into 2016. If you're not sure if this cut is right for you, talk to your stylist and see what lob will best frame your face.

Shimmery and metallic lids: If you love having sparkle in your life, then you'll love this beauty trend. Go subtle or bold--there really aren't any rules for this trend except wearing the amount of shimmer you're most comfortable with. Pair this trend with a pretty nude lip to keep the attention on your dazzling eyes.

Blue shadows and liners: Add an instant touch of youthfulness and brightness to your face with this eye-catching trend. Blue eyeshadow and liner shades were hot on the runway during fashion week for Spring 2016 and won't be going away anytime soon. Get a little adventurous or wear it softy and don't be afraid of flaunting this trend.


Kick off 2016 With These Six Beauty Resolutions!


With 2016 right around the corner, it's natural to start thinking about those New Year's resolutions. If you're looking for some inspiration, I invite you to try these small and simple beauty resolutions that will give you a great start to the new year! Start them on the 1st or whenever you feel changing things up. You can make a resolution at any time throughout the year. 

1. Shake up your beauty products: When it comes to our beauty routine, many of us are loyal to the brands and products we love. While you should always try to fix what isn't broken, you may be missing out on a product that could be working better for you. If the thought of buying a new product terrifies you, try asking for some samples first. 

2. Upgrade your skincare regimen: Whenever I ask customers why they love the skincare they're using oftentimes, I'm told they love it because it doesn't bother their skin. Finding a non-irritating skincare line is great, but shouldn't you love it because it makes your skin look amazing? Don't settle for a skincare product that does the bare minimum. If you're going to invest in your skin, make sure it's actually giving you results you love.

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A Parisian Inspired Christmas from Too Faced

Paris in winter can be a magical time and this year, Too Faced Cosmetics is taking us on a romantic stroll with a dreamy parisian holiday collection. Inspired by the romance, beauty  and charm of Paris, you'll be buying two of everything---one for you and one for a friend. 

If you fell in love with last year's Carousel, then you're not going to be able to resist the Le Grand Chateau collection. Packed in an adorable box shaped as an actual chateau, this amazing gift opens up, revealing the most beautiful eye shadow palettes inside. Use the Paris Au Naturale for your everyday Monday through Friday look. Wear the Paris in Love palette when you're feeling romantic in the daytime. Get in touch with your inner vixen with the eyeshadows in Paris After Dark. Also included in this amazing collection is Too Faced's best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara. This collection is an amazing gift on its own, but is also the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Break it up and give these compact palettes away as stocking stuffers or small, individualized presents. Not only do these little palettes look like flat gift boxes, but they even have a to and from section on the back for customized gifting. 

This Holiday Collection is More than Pretty Packaging

If you're a fan of bareMinerals, then you're going to want to check out this year's holiday collection. bareMinerals never disappoints when it comes to the holidays and this year is no exception. The collection centers around the theme of enchantment, with deep red and gold packaging that is whimsical and warm. While the entire holiday collection is beautifully packaged, bareMinerals delivers with every gift set, while also re-introducing much-anticipated fan favorites like the deluxe size of the original foundation. 

Whether you're shopping for you or someone special, you'll find some great options with this collection. Give the gift of sparkly eyes with the Precious Pearls collection (stocking stuffer, anyone). This eyecolor trio comes with Cultured Pearl, Blissful Pearl and Magnificent for shimmery, pearlized eyelids. For the novice eyeshadow user in your life, there's also the Bare Tutorials Starlit Eyes Kit which comes with 5 essentials and includes how-to instructions. Packaged in a convenient tin box, you can easily keep your makeup stored and accessible. 

The Hottest Fall Makeup Trends We're Dying to Try

With fall just a few weeks away, we're already anticipating revamping our makeup bags for some exciting makeup trends. For those of you who love getting a little experimental with your look, this season's beauty trends will really push you to get out of your comfort zone and get in touch with your darker side.

I'm always surprised to hear how many of our makeup clients shy away from wearing red lips. This season, red lips will be everywhere, so get ready for some 90s nostalgia when it comes to your beauty routine. Now, before you go in a panic trying to find the one red-fits-all color, take a deep breath. This trend is all about finding the red that suits your style. Whether you like crimson, berry or red orange shades, nothing is off limits. 

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This fall, take it back to the 90s and get in touch with your grungy side. Work that second day messy hair and get playfully dark with your eyes and lips. Greys, taupes and brick-colored eyeshadow are perfect to create grunge smokey eyes. Oh, and don't think about skipping out on eyeliner. If you're constantly struggling to create that perfect cat eye, then you can stop fretting. This season is all about unconventional liner--smudge it, smear it, step outside the line. Having your eyeliner look a little lived in is okay, so get your smudge brush ready.

Make Strobing Your Go-To Makeup Technique for Fall

If learning how to contour this summer proved to be too challenging (let's face it, there were so many crazy techniques out there) then you can rest easy for fall. While the contouring trend may not be over, there's a new technique in town that's going to make your beauty routine so much easier. If you haven't heard of strobing, get ready to fall in love with this quick and simple way to get the perfect glow. Strobing exclusively focuses on the areas of the face where light naturally hits us like our forehead, cheekbones, brow bones, cupid's bow, down our nose and right on our chin. It eliminates the endless blending of other products and gives the skin a lit from within look. The end result is a subtle, natural-looking glow that makes you look dewey and fresh-faced. If you ask me, the trend is timely for this time of the year and should be our go-to technique through the holiday season. It's hard enough trying to keep our skin hydrated and healthy from drying winds and colder weather--why not have a technique handy that keeps you looking radiant no matter what the weather is like? If you want to look gorgeous and glowing this season, check out some of the best highlighting products Planet Beauty has to get your strobe on.

Smashbox's LA Lights in Hollywood & Highland: This sheer pink pearl highlighter comes in a convenient little tube for easy application with no mess. The creamy formula and curved shape of the stick allows for a natural-looking application. Once applied, simply blend it out with the built-in sponge at the end. 

Five Lazy Girl Beauty Tips That Will Fool Anyone

Are you the kind of no-hassle gal who prefers  sleep over primping in the morning with a tedious beauty routine? Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button at least three times before forcing yourself out of bed? Do you find yourself day-dreaming while your friends talk about the latest contouring techniques? If this sounds like you, then you may need a lazy gal tips for looking fabulous in a short amount of time.  

Tip #1 Dry shampoo your hair and opt for an effortless updo style: Washing your hair and blowing it out can take way too long in the morning, especially if your hair is shoulder-length or longer. Shave away minutes in the morning and use a dry shampoo to refresh your hair. You can always go the easy route and toss your hair up in a classic ponytail. However, if you have a few extra minutes to spare, try a braided updo that will turn heads at work. 

Tip #2 Hide pesky chips in your manicure with chunky glitter specks: Instead of sitting there and carefully re-painting your nails, quickly cover any spots with chunky glitter specks and make it look intentional. Not only will they disguise those unsightly chips, but your entire manicure will look just a little more glam. Essie's Luxeffects add just the right amount of dazzle to your day.

Melt-Proof Makeup Tips to beat the Summer Heat

Getting through the summer melt-proof can be one of the hardest things to accomplish if you love wearing makeup. The summer heat and our makeup don’t always agree.  I’m sure you know what I’m talking about---the feeling of foundation melting off, mascara smudging underneath your eyes and of course, lip gloss that is just too stick for the heat. If you’re tired of your face melting away during the summer months, check out some tips to keep you looking melt-proof and fabulous.

The first step to melt-proof makeup is applying primer. Not only does your primer smooth out imperfections, but it keeps your foundation from settling into any fine lines and wrinkles. Your foundation will also go on a lot smoother when you use a primer, creating a more natural look. Smashbox’s Primer Water works great as a primer and setting spray for all skin types.

After you find the right primer that works for your skin, the next step is finding a foundation that isn’t too heavy or that sets easily without a finishing powder.  This will avoid a pasty, caked on look that won’t be flattering in the summer heat. If you really want the coverage, The Base Perfect Foundation from Gorgeous Cosmetics is great to use during summer. It’s oil free and stays on all day with a silky finish.  The instant this foundation touches the skin it disappears and makes you look naturally luminous.

Finding the Perfect Bronzer for that Gorgeous Summer Glow

Summer is all about getting that bronzed glow, but finding the right bronzer that compliments your skin can be tough. After all, you don't want to look like an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Your ideal bronzer should enhance your natural beauty, not mask it. With so many different options to choose from, finding the perfect bronzer can be a challenge. If you need some pointers on getting the right bronzer for you, check out my list of favorites for that summertime glow.

If your skin is oily, or if you struggle with breakouts, the last thing you want is to draw attention to your areas of concern. That doesn't mean you have to avoid bronzer entirely. Try a matte finish to reduce oil and give your skin a subtle glow that will flatter your skin beautifully. Smashbox's Bronze Lights Bronzer lets you choose between warm or deep matte so that you find the right tone for your skin. A photo set mineral complex allows for 8 hour wear, which is perfect for the summer heat. Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer also packs a punch with its antioxidant-rich formula and perfectly intense bronzed shade.

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