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Golden Globe Beauty From Home

The fashion trends on the Red Carpet last Sunday at the Golden Globes were nothing but sexy, glamourous and eye-catching. From gorgeously fitted metallic dresses to clean, white sexy gowns, everyone looked stunning head to toe. Loose, vintage hair waves seemed to dominate, as well as soft, smokey eyes and bronzed, glowing skin. Red lips were also traditionally present on Sunday, as well. Glamour isn't just for movie stars and celebrities, though. To get Red-Carpet gorgeous any time, check out some of our beauty picks to help you achieve a winning look. 

To recreate those famous vintage waves, it's never a bad idea to have second-day hair. If your hair is fine, applying a volume spray like Pureology's Volume Instant Levitation Mist will give you the lift and fullness for beautiful waves. You can then choose to curl your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers. Typically, you'll want to use a one inch barrel. To get the perfect vintage curl, use a medium hold spray after you're done curling for slight hold. Then, gently brush your curl down until you get the desired wave. For any curling job, I love Alterna's Working Hairspray since it's a crushable hold that can also be used as a finishing hairspray. If you need more hold, you can't go wrong with Enjoy's Super Hold Hairpsray.

The Best Beauty Trends of 2014

2014 was a fantastic year in beauty and we're rounding up our favorite trends! From the runway to Instagram, being bold was the way to go and it seemed like everyone was in on the fun. As we move into the new year, let's take a minute to reflect on some of the best beauty trends of 2014. 

1. Bold Brows: Nothing seemed to complete a look better than a good set of bold brows. From Cara Delevingne to Lily Collins, it seemed as though everyone was trying to be on their eyebrow game. This is one trend that doesn't seem to ending any time soon, either.

2. Braids, Braids, Braids: Braided styles were everywhere this year! From the Red Carpet to Coachella, braided styles were the way to go. What better way to dress up a style than with a braid? It was fool-proof, all the way.

3. Bob Haircuts: Bob Haircuts brought on the long-hair apocalypse of 2014. Every celebrity seemed to have a shear obsession with this adorable shorter style. Between celebrities like Lauren Conrad, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco and many others, bob haircuts seemed to the most requested cut of the year. 

4. Bold Lips: Traditional lip colors like nudes, reds and pinks can be nice, but this year was the year of blue, green and purple lip shades. This trend not only showed a more creative side to makeup artistry, but also reminded us that fun colors aren't just for Halloween. 

Tips for Picture Perfect Skin

Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means it's time to prep your skin for pictures! Nothing is worse than shying away from a family photo because you don't like the way your skin looks or feels. Everyone should feel beautiful in their skin, so here are some great tips on how to achieve a gorgeous glow.

Tip 1: Don't go to bed without washing your face. Ladies, I know this time of the year can be pretty hectic, but the last thing your skin needs is a night's sleep with a full face of makeup on. Removing your makeup completely will not only keep your skin from potential breakouts, but it will also keep your pores small and clean. Also, don't be tempted to resort to lazy-girl habits by using makeup wipes only. You'll be surprised at how much better your skin will look if you take the time to properly cleanse. If you really want to take an extra step, use a Clarisonic device. Using one will really take your skin to the next level.

Tip 2: Tone it up. If you're not currently using a toner, then I suggest starting right away. A toner can do wonders for your skin, plus it helps your treatments and moisturizers go on with ease. If you have naturally dry skin or are just experiencing dehydrated skin due to the weather, a toner can help re-hydrate and rebalance your skin. One of my favorites is Dermalogica's Age Smart Hydramist. It's light and can be used to set your makeup, as well.

Come to our Gorgeous Mixer!

Ladies, if you're looking for a fun way to spend a Friday evening, then head on down to our newest location in Costa Mesa for a Holiday Makeup Mixer. Gorgeous Cosmetics and beautyblender is teaming up to show you how to look totally fabulous just in time for Christmas and New Year's Eve. This will be a great event for makeup beginners or anyone looking to spruce up their skills.

Anyone who makes a purchase of $50 or more in Gorgeous Cosmetics or beautyblender products will receive a complimentary contour lesson, a Gorgeous makeover with an expert makeup artist and a free gift. If you've been seeing the newest micro.mini beautyblender but haven't tried it yet, this is the perfect opportunity to get a hands-on approach with this amazing little sponge. An Allure Beauty winner, this sponge is continuing to get buzz among makeup artists for its versatility and fool-proof usage. If you also still haven't had a chance to try any of the Gorgeous Cosmetic line, this is a great chance to get one on one time with an expert and ask for tailored advice.

The event will take place today from 12-5 PM, so I encourage you to book an appointment and get some of the special ladies in your life to book an appointment, as well. There are a few seats left and the gifts will be totally worth it. Take a break from the craziness of holiday shopping and make some time for a little pampering. This is one event that can't be missed.

 

December Must-Haves

If you’re looking for products to help you look fabulous for all those holiday parties, then you’re going to love our hot December picks. Before you avoid the camera, check out these amazing products that will have you jumping into selfies.

Maintain radiant-looking skin this holiday season with Rodial’s Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads. These effective cleansing pads are formulated with apple amino acids, olive oil and salicylic acids to remove makeup and give your skin a deep cleanse. Rodial’s probiotic technology helps strengthen skin and boost hydration. Skin is left looking radiant and pores appear significantly smaller. Anyone with oily skin will love how these pads control sebum flow. If you’re a fan of cleansing pads, you’ll love Rodial’s. Makeup application is going to be so much smoother this month.

If you’re learning how to contour but still haven’t perfected the art, then you need to try Beautyblender’s newest micro.mini sponge. This mini applicator works beautifully on the smaller areas of the face. An Allure Best of Beauty winner, this is a definite must-have for all our makeup mavens. Well-known makeup artists and Youtube stars can’t stop talking about the mico.mini because of how seamless makeup applies with it. Highlight and contour with ease with this amazing beauty sponge. Once you use Beautyblender, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. You’ll also want to stuff every stocking with this must-have beauty tool.

NYX Palettes to die for

Finding the perfect palette to fit all your makeup needs can be quite challenging, especially if you're not sure what shades you want. Luckily, NYX has a few palettes that are sure to please everyone. Some of these have already sold out on NYX's website, so get yours before it's sold out at Planet Beauty, too! 

Bohemian Chic Nude Matte Palette:

Who will love it: Anyone who can't be bothered with shimmer, wants to look natural, but wants to spice things up with some color.

This beautiful collection of matte shadows is perfect for inner bohemian in all of us. With lots of neutral browns and nudes to choose from, you'll always have a perfect work look. Purple and turquoise shades are also included in this palette which is perfect for a splash of color that can still look subtle. Complete your bohemian look with a messy side braid or tousled waves with a pretty headband.

Box of Smokey Look Palette:

Who will love it: Makeup addicts, party girls and anyone who isn't afraid of color and glitter. 

Allure Magazine 2014 Beauty Winners

The 2014 Allure Beauty Winner have been announced and we're excited to see some of our own favorites and top-sellers on the list, once again! Check out some of the award-winning products you can find at your local Planet Beauty boutique.

Category: Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer                                    

bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Aging Multi-Action Face

Category: Body

Thymes Aqua Coralline Body Scrub

St. Tropez Self-Tan Express

Category: Hair

Wella Professional Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner

Fekkai PrX Repairative Shampoo and Conditioner

Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil

Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Hairspray

Redken Move Ability Lightweight Defining Paste

Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo                                                                       

Color Wow Root Cover Up

Category: Eyes

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra

Revitabrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

Category: Men

Clarisonic Mia (In any masculine color)

The Hottest Fall Beauty Trends

It's officially the beginning of fall, which means it's time to experiment with new beauty trends. This season, I invite you to break out of your shell and try a daring new look. There has been so much beauty inspiration on the runway that isn't reserved for just models. Some of these trends may even surprise you. Either way, take a look at the list trends and must-haves for fall 2014.

Glowing skin will never go out of style, but the models on the runway wore minimalist face makeup, flaunting healthy, glowing skin. Prep your skin with one of our classic go-to exfoliating products. Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant can be used every day in order to achieve a healthy-looking complexion. This powder formula activates with water and releases Papain, Rice Enzymes and Salicylic Acid to micro-exfoliate your skin. Brightening ingredients like Green Tea, Ginkgo and Collodial Oatmeal give your skin that envious glow. If you don't need a lot of coverage, follow up with Dr. Perricone's No Foundation. For a little more coverage, try bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation. 

It's also the season for liner definition and exaggerated cat eyes. Get the look with jane iredale's Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, which comes in four shades. Use with the angled eyeliner brush for the best result. You can also get an amazing cat eye using Smashbox's Limitless Liquid Liner pen. The precision tip pen helps control your application each time. For a softer cat eye, you can always use an eyeshadow powder with an angled brush. (We're loving the powder-to-liner shades in Too Faced's Cat Eyes Palette.) When it comes to liner, don't be afraid of bold color, but remember, black is classic.

Glamour Magazine's 2014 Glammy Winners

Glamour Magazine has listed its 2014 Glammy Winners and we are proud to see some of Planet Beauty's own favorites and top-sellers on the list! Check out some of the winners and see if any of your must-have products made the cut. 

Best Foundation: A 10th time Glammy winner, it's no surprise that Bare Minerals foundation takes the prize yet again. A favorite among women of all ages, this foundation feels light, offers great coverage and looks beautiful on virtually all skin types.

Best Facial Cleanser: Philosophy Purity Cleanser effectively removes makeup and tightens pores while keeping skin balanced and fresh. Ingredients like Sage, Chamomile and Carrot invigorate your senses and soothe your skin. 

Best Gadget Tool or Innovation: Ladies, if you don't already own a Clarisonic Mia 2, put it on your wish list this holiday season. You will never cleanse with your hands again once you've felt the power of Clarisonic on your skin. 

Best Fragrance: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy takes the cake for fragrance because it's a fresh, fun and sexy perfume you can wear all year long. The scent of berries, warm Vanilla and Jasmine never gets old.

Best Bronzer or Self-Tanner: Summer may be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean your tan has to. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse gives you a beautiful, sun-kissed glow that will have you turning heads year-round.

Best Nail Polish: OPI, OPI, OPI we love you. OPI Polish never disappoints us with their gorgeous new shades and endless creative and fun names.

Makeup Tips for Beginners

If you've never worn a lot of makeup and you're just starting, typing in makeup under Youtube and Pinterest search engines is going to be very overwhelming. There are so many different kinds of products to choose from that you may want to give up on your search before it begins. Even though I've worked in the beauty industry for almost eight years, I'm still learning new things. So, if this whole world is a little new to you, here are some tips to save you headaches and money.

Foundation or BB Cream? When it comes to makeup, a lot of women automatically assume they need a foundation. The best thing to consider when shopping for makeup is what kind of coverage you really want or need. Not everyone needs a heavy duty foundation and some people's skin actually looks better with less makeup. You also want to consider the kind of time you have to apply makeup. If you're looking to save time, a BB cream might be the quicker alternative to foundation, which can sometimes require a little extra time blending. While we're on the subject of blending, consider the kind of beauty tools you'll want to work with and ask your beauty advisor for tips and tricks. Another tip? Be prepared to try some makeup on your face. It's the best way to see how a product looks and feels.

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