Posts Tagged ‘makeup’

Skin Care for Outdoor Adventurers

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Now that winter’s officially over, hiking and other outdoor adventures are probably beginning to fill your weekend getaway calendar. So if you’re already organizing your hiking gears and apparel, make sure that you also include your outdoor skin care essentials.

Of course, hiking is not the time to be pretty, but because you’ll be exposed to different elements and unpredictable weather conditions, this activity, though fun and exciting, can really pose a lot of danger to your skin. So aside from my favorite Teva footwear, protective sun glasses, snack bars, and water, I do bring a lot of beauty travel essentials to keep my skin clean, hydrated and protected throughout the trip. Here are my favorite beauty-on-the-go items:

Sunscreen. The last thing you need when nursing sore muscles the day after a hiking expedition is sunburn. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you hike or how cloudy it is. The closer you are to the top, the greater your sun exposure is. Slather on a powerful sunblock at least an hour before the hike, and re-apply every 4 hours.

Lip and Skin Moisturizers. Exposure to cold mountain wind can also strip off essential oils on the top layers of the skin and lips and cause windburn, which is equally as painful as sunburn and can last for a few days. This is why I really like La Roche-Posay’s SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen because it’s not just a moisturizer but also a broad spectrum sunscreen that stays 95% active even after 5 hours.

Antibacterial Gels. Most trails, if not all, only have restrooms or portable toilets at the base or at the end of the trail. Rolls of tissue and hand sanitizers will surely come in handy.

Insect Repellent, Anti-histamine Spray and Band Aids. Nature in its unspoiled form is gorgeous, but that would also mean you’d have to deal with bugs and insects, poison oaks, and thorny bushes.

Hydration Mists. I wouldn’t have survived my hiking trips without Avene Thermal Spring Water. Spraying it on my face and arms is so refreshing. It makes me feel like I’ve just taken a shower—and that is really something especially on a hot, humid day.

Brave Soldier also has a skin care kit for athletes that can also be used for outdoor adventures.

Spring Clean Your Beauty Regime

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Spring is here which means it’s time for a little spring cleaning and makeup and skin care products should not be excluded from this task. Being aware of your makeup expiration is important. It is always a wise idea to make sure you are changing out your beauty products every few months and throwing away the old ones so that you do not get any skin irritations or infections from the bacteria that can collect in old makeup. Unopened cosmetics and new makeup products can remain stable for a couple of years at room temperature, but once you bring a product home and open it, the clock starts ticking.

Here are some of my must have items that I will be replacing and/or renewing for spring time:

Mascara: If you have been using an opened mascara for longer than 3 months, it is time to toss it. Not only will it be dried up and you won’t get the same results that you would with a fresh tube, but bacteria and germs can collect on the brush causing eye irritations and infections. Mascara is a staple beauty product for me, so I like to replace this product every few months and try out different kinds (There are so many good choices)! 

Tinted Moisturizer: Moisturizers and other skin care products should be changed out every six months. I always try to keep just one moisturizer open at a time, along with one serum. When I do this I usually end up using all of the product before it would need to be disposed of. I’m loving the tinted moisturizers, not only for Spring, but anytime! Not only are they light and extremely convenient with flawless coverage, but they also provide a perfect sun-kissed glow all-year round!

LipStick: Lipsticks can last a good two years pending on how often you use them. They do dry out with age, so that is a good sign that it is time to replace. Some lipstick shades I’m looking forward to wearing this Spring include coral-reds and a range of pinks (pink is always feminine and sexy regardless of the shade).

Exfoliator: I use exfoliator on a regular basis (2-3 times/week) so I usually end up using the full amount before it would ever go bad. You would be able to notice when an exfoliator goes bad because it would most likely dry up and not be beneficial for your skin. Exfoliating is a great step to work into your beauty routine as it flakes off the dead skin and brings new life to your complexion. 

What are some makeup and skin care products you will be renewing for Spring?

Beautyfix Spotlight: Pop Beauty’s Glitz Blitz

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

By Jenna

Pop beauty has always been a standout brand because of their conveniently-cute packaging and their electric colors. From color cosmetics to nail polish, Pop Beauty brings influences straight from fashion forward London. You’ll find their new Glitz Blitz eyeliners in the latest season of Beautyfix just in time for fall to add a little glitz and glam to your makeup routine. All of Pop’s formulas are long-lasting and silky that also incorporates step-by-step instructions for foolproof makeup application.

What I love about Glitz Blitz is how each color is mixed with added sparkle for that little extra glam.  These eyeliners deliver intense color along with soothing Vitamin E all while being water resistant. In Beautyfix you have your choice of Blue Beam, Wine Wink, Olive Oomph, Black Blitz, Teal Twinkle and Brown Brilliance to help highlight your gorgeous peepers. I was pleasantly surprised at how long the eyeliner lasts after application! Although I’m a little iffy on the exact texture of the eyeliners, the stand out color they deliver is a great addition to my normal eye makeup routine.

 

With any of the colors, you can create either a subtle thin line for subtle sparkle or a thick line for all around glamour. Using any color form the Glitz Blitz collection will complement your eyes for a day or night look. Add the perfect amount of drama for fall and the holiday season by using a creamy eyelid primer first, and one of the Glitz Blitz colors on top. Slowly fill in your lid with the glittery color and blend with a brush. Most importantly, have fun!

Revamp your Makeup Bag for Spring

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Spring cleaning shouldn’t just revolve around re-organizing the house. Revamping your makeup bag is an easy way to toss out those old tubes and refresh your look. I’m not talking about throwing out all of your coveted beauty items, but a few products should be updated every season. Prepping your cosmetic closet for spring will give you a new palette ready for the warmer months of the year. These Spring beauty must-have items will go with anything spring fresh and make you feel good too.

What to toss:

If you’ve been holding onto that mascara for more than a few months, it’s time to toss it. Old wands and tubes will harbor bacteria and can easily cause eye infections. The best part about throwing away that nasty old tube is that spring is the perfect time to try out colored mascara. A fellow co-worker has been rocking new electric blue mascara and it looks effortlessly beautiful. It’s just the right amount of dark for indoors and in the sun it makes her eyes pop. Same goes for that older tube of lipstick or gloss. If it’s on the fritz, part your ways with it and grab an updated color like honeysuckle pink or a coral-red.

What to pick up:

Source: Flickr user green heat

Dry nail appliqués are the latest when it comes to hot nail trends and I highly recommend them. They are easy to apply, chip-resistant and come in a variety of fun colors for spring. And if you aren’t going to go for the colored mascara, one spring beauty trend to jump on the wagon for is adding a dash of color to your eye shadow palette. Pick up pop beauty’s Goddess Clutch in Day to Play to easily go from a cool neutral blend to a spice of color in just a few seconds. This will help consolidate multiple colors without taking up a ton of space.

Beautyfix Spotlight: Jane Iredale Soft Peach Gloss

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

One of my must have beauty products to carry at all times is for sure a lip moisturizer. I can go without other makeup most of the time and get by, but if I have dry lips with no color, then I’m just not feeling attractive. Lip gloss can really transform a look quickly by providing shine, moisture and giving you that extra confidence boost when you need it most. There are several things I look for in a good gloss before becoming a loyal user. One of my current favorites is Jane Iredale’s soft peach pure gloss. I like this gloss for several reasons, mostly because the end result does everything a good gloss should.

When I first applied this lip gloss I noticed a surprisingly pleasant warm, tingly feeling on my lips. Fresh mint and ginger create a wonderful flavor and smell. It provides a shimmery natural color that transforms your look without being too intense. The soft peach shade is absolutely perfect for every day wear. This lip color can be worn both night and day and it looks good with or without other makeup. I have used this gloss for about one week now and my lips already feel healthier. It’s like an actual lip treatment. They stay moisturized for a longer period of time and I find myself having to use less product which means less applications and less hassle. A good gloss should make you want to smile, not feel self-conscious to smile. Perhaps you are familiar with this situation-you put on the lipstick enter a room smile and notice a stranger or possibly a friend trying to motion that you might have something on your teeth. Having the color rub off on your teeth is not a good feeling or scenario to be in and that is not a worry you will have with Jane Iredale’s gloss.

This gloss glides on easy with a non-sticky texture and the color stays on your lips, not your teeth. I put this long-lasting lip color on in the morning on my way to work, I drink coffee, eat breakfast and drink water and after all is said and done my lips are still soft, supple with a hint of color and minty flavored shine. Although it is a bit pricey from what I normally like to spend on lip gloss, in this case I think it is well worth it. You don’t need to apply nearly as much, it lasts longer, tastes better and has a better texture then some of the less expensive glosses. After trying this soft peach gloss, it would be difficult for me to not be a loyal user and I think it would be tough to find a substitute that compares.

Rule The Pool This Summer!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Swimsuit Model Irina Shayk

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Can you BELIEVE it’s bathing suit season again? This weekend marked its opening day at the Venetian Hotel’s Tao Beach in Las Vegas. Kind of hard to wrap one’s mind around, particularly for east coasters, I’m sure, but yep, it’s April! That means the unofficial start of summer—Memorial Day weekend—is next month. What’s your summer beauty plan? Need some tips for strutting your stuff by the pool or at the beach? You’re in luck!

1. Protect yourself. Consider this one a summer beauty rule, not a tip—you MUST protect your skin from the sun. The younger you are, the easier it is to want to ignore this piece of advice. For those of you in your teens and twenties, it may be hard to imagine a time when sun damage will actually be a tangible thing, but believe you me, your time will come. Unless, of course, you do the smart thing and sport an appropriate SPF with that bikini. And do I really need to tell you again that the sun is bad for your health? I have faith you’ve heard that enough times, but if it needs to be made clear, here it is one more time: wear sunscreen every single day and avoid tanning beds like the plague. And get familiar with self-tanners—they’ll give you the look you’re after without the cancer risk.

2. Less is more. We’ve all been to that beach barbecue or pool party and seen it: the girl with nightclub-worthy makeup melting all over the place. Seriously, even if she used waterproof everything and there’s no meltage, it still looks silly and out of place. Don’t be this girl. Instead, let your natural beauty shine through—use a tinted moisturizer, some waterproof mascara, and some light color on your cheeks, eyes and lips. One of my summer beauty faves: The Multiple by Nars in everyone’s favorite shade, Orgasm.

3.Be kind to your hair. Heavily chlorinated pools can wreak havoc on summer beauty, fading reds and brunettes and leaving blondes with a not-so-lovely green tinge. When it’s hot out, you want to get in the pool. I get that. Do your hair a favor, though, and before you take the plunge, get it wet with clean, pure water. Like a sponge, your hair will absorb the fresh H20, soaking up much less of the chemical-laden stuff in the pool. Also, don’t forget to pack a comb in your bag—don’t even think about detangling wet pool hair with a brush! For good measure, why not also throw in some leave-in conditioner and a big, floppy hat? My hair has a decidedly uncute natural wave/frizz as it dries, so hats are a saving grace for me in these sorts of situations.

Do you have any tried-and-true summer beauty tips of your own? Tell us about them!

Bright and Spunky Spring Makeup Trends

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I am completely OVER the cold weather and winter. It’s usually welcomed because Southern California gets hot, but this year has been a little colder than my spoiled tastes are accustomed to. How do I get over this? Subconsciously I’ve been incorporating a few spring colors in my makeup and nail routine as well as eyeing a bright new lipstick from YSL. Spring makeup is all about fun, flirty and playful colors that can be experimented with before the heat of the summer arrives. Once my nails go from a dark color to a freshly painted pastel, it means it’s time to visit our spring 2011 makeup trends and let the color trend planning begin.

Hot Pink LipsSpring makeup trend #1 Very juicy lip color

At a recent video shoot, our makeup artist Noel walked in with the most gorgeously sassy, hot pink lips and we all swooned. Weird to say it, but that color added a playful mood to the entire day and we’re still talking about how amazing it looked.  Tangerines, very orange-y corals and pinks are everything to go for in sparking up your makeup routine. Using a super neon or pastel pink (think Nikki Minaj) or a hot coral lipstick is an easy way to go from drab winter to spring chic. Dress it up with a side pinned braid or accessory to add instant style. I’ve been drooling over Yves Saint Laurent’s Gloss Volupte in Chilled Raspberry & Tangy Orange for weeks and can’t wait to test them out.

Spring makeup Trend #2 – Bright shimmery eyes

If you aren’t daring enough to try an electric orange on your lips, wearing a bright eyeshadow might be right up your alley.  Sticking to always appropriate spring makeup colors like violet, rose, oranges, and green, try a shade lighter than you usually would. If you want to be on top of color trends, wearing a solid bright yellow on your lids makes a bold statement and will complement any eye color. For extra credit, channel your inner 60’s chick and go with a bold cat-eye look using a liquid eyeliner and meow!

Spring makeup trend #3 – Brighter blush

Are you familiar with how your cheeks look when you’re a tad sunburned? That reddish-fuchsia color that graces your high cheeks under your eyes is exactly where that cream blush is going-minus the sunburn. Use a peach blush or a colorful fuchsia to perk up for a sun blown look. Instead of doing the usual up and out sweep with a brush, apply a cream blush (or a fan brush for powder) start at the edge of your nose and build up the color to achieve the fresh-faced look.

Please note: when trying out these spring makeup trends, don’t mix and match crazy colors on your eyes and face. Take it one step at a time and work one at a time. We don’t need to take anything to the extreme, subtle pops of color are always a good idea.

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: The Why And The How

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

source: flickr user o0o0lulu0o0o

You wash your face every day. You wash your hair every day (or if you’re like me, every once in a while, at least). So why do you NEVER wash your makeup brushes? (Come on. We know a good portion of you lovely readers out there are guilty of this classic beauty faux pas.) Your foundation brush, your blush brush, your eyeshadow brushes … they all collect dirt, oil and bacteria and gunky cosmetic buildup over time. If you don’t commit to cleaning them on a regular basis, you’re merely transferring all this grit and grime over to your complexion (not to mention your makeup), and even into your eyes and mouth. Gross, huh? (Oh, and do you use a facial brush, like the Clarisonic ? Yeah, you need to clean those bristles, too.)  Don’t know how to clean makeup brushes? Read on!

A clean set of brushes will make for easier makeup application (when there’s no oil on the brush for product to stick to, the product you’re using will go on much more evenly), if the cleanliness factor isn’t enough incentive for you. Plus … you may save some money in the long run, as taking care of your makeup brush set will make it last. Finally, clean brushes mean clean pigment—if you notice your cosmetics are changing colors on you, chances are, they’ve been tainted by dirty implements.

The good news is that cleaning your makeup brushes is a simple process. While this simple process will take place once a week in a perfect world, it will take just a few minutes of your time. The how-to:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Using an antibacterial soap (doesn’t matter which one, honestly) and warm water in a small bowl, gently “shampoo” your brushes. Don’t get crazy, now—if you’re overzealous you’ll compromise the shape of the brush, and you obviously don’t want that.
  3. Rinse the brushes with warm water. (I like to let mine soak in clean water for 5 minutes or so, just to make sure all the soap’s really gone.)
  4. Lay the brushes out to dry on a clean towel, and you’re done.
  5. You’re done! The last step in our brush-cleaning guide is really just a piece of advice: if the brush seems old and ratty and cleaning doesn’t fix it, toss it out and get a new one. You’re doing yourself no favors by contaminating your skin and makeup with tools that are past their prime.

I clean all my makeup brushes every Sunday after I put on my makeup, if I opted to wear makeup that day (hey, sometimes Sunday’s couch and movie day). I enjoy starting the workweek on Monday without bacteria-laden beauty tools and I think you will as well.

Do you have any beauty cleanliness tips of your own? Do share!

Lipstick Beauty Tricks

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

By Jenna

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to wear that new color of deep red lipstick but you’re afraid of it. You also may shy away from lip liner, because you think it’s not flattering. You have more than a few lipstick shades but don’t use them as often as you’d like to because you’ve grown tired of them. Or you just haven’t found a long lasting lipstick that you love. Perk up, because lucky for you, I’m going to give you the best beauty tips and beauty tricks for changing it up with lipstick.

There have been countless times where I find a really fabulous lipstick shade, take it home, put it on and then 5-10 minutes later it’s gone. MIA from my lips and it’s a total waste, and I have a hunch that I’m not the only one this has happened to. Instead of cursing at the sky about it, get out some blotting paper; you’re going to great your own lip stain. This works with just about any lipstick, and it’ll transform it from a dud into long lasting lipstick color that you’re free to enjoy down to the last application. Apply your lipstick like normal, take the blotting paper and blot away. Re-apply again, and then blot again to remove any excess oils. Use the lint-free blotting paper for a more natural look and feel free to apply for even a third time. Now enjoy how long it lasts. You’ll be wearing gorgeous color for a much longer amount of time that you’re hard earned lipstick promised to do.

Source: Flickr user Cobalt 123

It’s been a while since you’ve been out and your lipstick might be a little dull now. Or you’ve been out too many times wearing the same color and you want to change it up without spending a fortune on that new YSL lipstick shade. This trick will take any lip color and make it into a brand new shade guaranteed. Apply your lipstick color as usual. Remember your last Beautyfix kit? Take a sheer golden glossy shade like Colorescience’s Lip Candy Glaze in Butter Toffee to instantly turn that lipstick color into a gorgeous warm shade.

There’s always the scenario that you don’t want to or don’t know how to apply lip liner. It just so happens that this is the trick to make your lipstick last. Outline your lips in a neutral-pink color.  This is the perfect shade for ANYONE of any color to use. Instead of going to your lipstick, start filling in your lips, to create a base underneath. Apply your favorite lipstick shade and enjoy all day. This will prevent feathering, which is never in style. If you’re not sure about what perfect shade of pink lipstick you should refer to, all you need to do is open wide and smile. The best pink lipstick to match your skin tone and face is the same color as your gums.

All it takes is a little know-how and a few of the best beauty tricks from your favorite Beautyfix. Now go ahead you lipstick connoisseur, make her jealous and make him beg.

Beautyfix Spotlight: Redpoint’s MegaLash Mascara

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Source: Flickr user .Michi.

All of our Beautyfix members mean so much to us, and when you say something, we listen. You’ve been asking us every season to give you one thing, and that’s mascara. Now you can try what we feel is the best mascara for everyday use: MegaLash Mascara by Redpoint, a brand dedicated to delivering anti-aging benefits in all of its beauty products.

I was definitely very cautious at first, because I hadn’t heard much about Redpoint. But the line impresses me with every new item I try! My first beauty product from Redpoint was the NOC-Out Concealer compact from the first season of Beautyfix—and now I SWEAR by it. It’s one of the best concealers I’ve ever used. From bronzers to mascara I haven’t found anything from this makeup line that I don’t like. The best thing about Redpoint cosmetics is that each product has effective anti-aging benefits and is hypoallergenic. Each of Redpoint’s makeup formulas is designed to smooth fine lines, firm and give you a more youthful appearance. Who doesn’t want makeup that also makes you look younger?

I’m so excited to have Redpoint’s MegaLash Mascara in this season’s kit because it truly does work wonders. My lashes are short, light and very thin to begin with, so it’s been hard to find any mascara that actually does its job. I was completely shocked to see that it only took one swish and my lashes were fully coated with a blacker than black hue. Another swipe across my lashes and the mascara application was done—and and volumized, silky lashes was the result. MegaLash mascara is also formulated with conditioning antioxidants for a super rich, glossy look increasing your lash volume and length. Another plus is that it’s long wearing, so there’s no need to apply again after a few hours and it doesn’t flake off. The number one thing that I hate about most mascaras is that they don’t come off well with remover, but MegaLash was a pleasant surprise. No flakes and no mess when taking it off. Beautyfix fans, rejoice:  we’ve found the best mascara for anyone of any age. Lash mission accomplished.