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Beaty All-Stars: The Perfect Concealer

Mally Beauty's cancellation concealer is tough to beat. I've tried dozens of concealers and this one is definitely my all-time favorite. 

With its superior coverage, you can kiss those bags goodbye! Plus, this product is long lasting in every sense of the phrase. One use lasts all day, and a container will last you at least seven to eight months. (I'm still using mine and I ordered it in January!) They offer a setting powder along with it, but ultimately you can skip out on that. Swap it for a translucent powder you already have at home to save yourself a few bucks. 

Buy the Mally Beauty Concealer here.

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How to Make Brown Eyes Pop!

If you're one of those women who gets giddy inside every time you hear "Brown Eyed Girl," then this article is for you. 

Those of us with brown eyes aren't often spotlighted. It's the blue- and green-eyed girls that have all the fun with their fancy shadows and ability to make any hue pop. Until now, that is. There is a way to make brown eyes stand out amongst the crowd! What's the secret weapon? Hues of purples and pinks. Tapping into this shade will do wonders for those brown beauties. Find the shade that works best for you and reap the benefits of having strikingly gorgeous eyes. 

I love it when a celebrity wears a drugstore beauty product. It just goes to show that any brand of makeup can look good, even the affordable stuff, if you know how to use it correctly. Makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua created Halle's smoky purple eyes by lining Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Graffiti on the lid, Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Metropolitan under the eyes, Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black on the top lid, along with Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer and Brightener.

Shop the look above: Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Purple; Sephora Countour Eye Pencil; MAC Technakohl liner from Norstrom; and Rimmel Glam Eye Palette from Ulta.

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Get a Pore-fect Complexion!

I'm practically obsessed with getting a flawless complexion. So, I try to do a lot of research on the topic--experimenting with the best products, reading up on the subject, etc. Embarassingly enough, even though I'm 27, I still get the worst breakouts. Plus, since moving to Mobile, Ala., I've experienced some not-so-hot breakouts due to the high humidity here, which has only fueled my interest in getting a peaches 'n cream complexion. 

So what does it take to get perfect skin? Let's start with pore cleansing. Your pores are so important to care for because that's the root of all breakouts. Cleaning your pores daily helps prevent those unsightful blemishes and puts you one step closer to better looking skin. 

An exfoliant helps to clean off dead skin cells, grease, and impurities. If you suffer from very oily skin--this is what you need!

A mask will help to lift up dirt from your pores. I always feel so much better after using a mask! I love doing an overnight spot treatment with mask, too. Just dot it on blemishes and sleep on it. Most of the time, those unsightly pimples will be gone by morning! It's effect is best when used after an exfoliant. 

A cleanser is also necessary to remove dirt and oil. I recommend using it at least once daily. I am pretty much in love with Neutrogena's wide range of cleansers, so much so that I use it over my expensive Meaningful Beauty cleanser.

Lastly, a pore-minimizing makeup primer is also a great option to minimize the appearance of pores. I absolutely love the POREfessional Makeup primer, although it's so pricey! I try to use it sparingly to make it last as long as I can.

And don't forget to always take off your makeup at night! No matter how many glasses of wine you've had or how busy you are, do not ever forget this step!

Shop the look: DDF at Ulta; Microdelivery Exfoliation at Zappos; Neutrogena at Walgreens; POREfessional at Macy's.

Posted on August 08, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

The BEST Ever Red Lip Colors for Fall

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate #1 at Walgreens; L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour in British Red; Nyx in Pure Red; MAC in Lady Danger; Asos Daniel Sandler in Red. </p>

Move over bright summer lip--fall's classic hue is back! A red lip never goes out of style, but it's promininence is on full display during fall. Begin August right by shopping these lovely shades of red lipstick. 

Posted on August 01, 2013 at 9:24AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

4 Hair Remedies for Humid Weather

It's hot and it's humid, and your hair isn't reacting so well!

Your anti-frizz haircare routine begins with your shampoo and conditioning. Currently, I'm using the Wen Haircare shampoo as a leave-in conditioner, which helps fight frizzy ends. But if you aren't ready to make the commitment to Wen, try John Frieda Clear Shine. Before you blow dry, prep your ends with an anti-frizz creme, such as Tresemme's Anti-Frizz Smoothing Creme. You can also try Wen's Replenishing Mist. Apply to wet hair to tame flyaways. It's pricey, but it's totally worth it! Finally, one of my all time favorite hair products (coming in at under $3, mind you) is Aussie's Hair Gloss, which you can find at your local Walmart or drugstore. It's the perfect finishing spray, and tames those tresses all day long!

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Friday Favorites: Summer Party Essentials

Ladies Faye Sunglasses - Black $16.99 
Pim + Larkin Graphic Floral Dress - $79
Celebrate! Party Invitations - Betty Lu - Set of 10 $23.50
Colorblock Picnic Utensils -Anthropologie - $14.00
Grand Dots Napkin Set - Anthropologie - $8.00
Posted on July 12, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

The Beach Guide: The Best Self Tanners on a Serious Budget

If you're like me you may have been too busy to get a nice tan at the beach, or maybe you're trying to protect your skin and haven't gotten that glow you desire. Whatever your reason, self tanners are a great option for getting a nice summer glow, without risking your skin's health. But don't get stuck paying a hefty price tag for a nice glow! There are several great sunless tanners that are just as good as the expensive ones! Here are my favorites:

  1. Tan Towel has really great reviews, and I like it because it's an all over face and body tanner. Plus, it's perfect for on the go and travel-friendly, which is a big plus for me. You can get a one-time use pack for about $5, but if you want a few more packets, get the Tan To Go Plus for for $14 at Ulta. 
  2. Jergens was one of the very first self tanners I ever used, and I really love it. It gives great natural and gradual results, without leaving streaks. The only thing I didn't like was the odor, but now it's odor-free. Win-win! Ger the Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer for only $10.99 at Walgreens. 
  3. The Great Pretender from Origins actually works with your skin's own proteins to create a natural looking tan. Now that's what I call science! It's still a bit pricey at $21, but it's overall a really great buy and a lot less expensive than those other self tanners on the market. 
  4. And then there's Neutrogena's Build a Tan for just $9.99. As you probably know by now Neutrogena is one of my favorite drug-store beauty brands, so of course I have full faith in their self tanners. As the name says, it's builds your tan gradually for a more natural glow.  
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

DIY Lip Scrub With Only Three Ingredients!

Chapped lips are never style! For those who suffer from a dry pout, here is a quick and easy solution to your problems. (And the best part is, afterwards you can wear lipstick without your lips looking so noticeably flaky!)

I'm not a fan of long and drawn out DIY projects, so this easy DIY lip scrub is right up my alley. Plus, I don't have to buy anything for it--it all comes straight from the kitchen!

All you need is:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. sugar
<p>Here's how you do it:
  1. Gather up your ingredients from the kitchen! Double the recipe if needed. 
  2. Pour the sugar, olive oil, and honey into a bowl. 
  3. Mix well with a spoon. (Make sure you get all of the clumps out!)
  4. Apply to chapped lips. Gently scrub in a circular motion until all of the dryness is gone!

You'll probably have some leftovers that you can store in the fridge until next time. If your lips are extremely dry, try using this scrub two to three times a week. 

Will you be trying this lip scrub? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How to Get a Facelift in 30 Seconds

It only takes five simple steps to brighten and lift your face every morning! All you need is concealer and a makeup brush. I use the Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer System in Light/Medium ($35.00 at  Beauty.com). It's expensive, but I definitely believe in investing in good quality makeup with staying power. Plus, just one set lasts for at least five months! Of course you can still use these steps with your favorite concealer.

  1. Under the eyes. You probably already know to add concealer here, but you may not know the proper way to apply it. While most women make the mistake of putting it on in a circular motion around the eyes, the best way is to actually make an "x" under the eye. This will help you avoid the raccoon look! Gently pat in using your ring finger. (Why the ring finger? It applies the least amount of pressure to this already-delicate part of your face.)
  2. On the outer corners of the eyes. Here's where you're really going to give your face the ultimate lift. This is also perfect to wake up your face first thing in the morning! Using an upward motion with your makeup brush, swipe a little bit of concealer on the outer corner of each eye. Lightly pat in.
  3. On the outer corners of the lips. Dab just a little bit on each side in upward strokes to instantly lift your face!
  4. Around the nose. This area of my face always tends to have a red tint to it. A dab of concealer on each side will do just the trick!
  5. Set with powder. Here's the secret to getting your makeup to last longer! The Mally palette I use comes with a setting powder, but you could just buy a makeup compact with a traslucent or fair-toned powder. 

Will you be trying this at home? I'd love to see the results if you do!

Posted on July 08, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Here's one step you should never skip! Washing your makeup brushes seems like a tedious task for a busy woman, but it's so important. Dirt and oil can collect in the bristles which can increase your clog your pores and even dull your complexion. Plus, you can get a longer shelf life from your brushes by taking better care of them. Cleaning doesn't take long at all! All you have to do is follow these five simple steps!

  1. Start by washing your makeup brush under the faucet. Be sure not to get the top of the brush too wet, as you don't want to loosen the glue that holds the bristles together. 
  2. Next, add a dollop of clarifying shampoo. (It doesn't have to be expensive either--I use Suave!) Slowly clean the brush with your fingers, making sure you don't ruffle the bristles out of place. Keep washing until the water runs clean out of the brush. 
  3. Rinse the brush and squeeze it back into its natural form. This is an important step, as you don't want it to dry out of place!
  4. Brush it out with a fine toothed comb. This helps remove residue that may have gotten stuck on the bristles. 
  5. Lay flat to dry overnight. 

See? How simple was that? 

Most experts recommend deep cleaning makeup brushes with shampoo once a month, but I think twice a month or even once every three weeks is a better estimate if you use your brushes daily or have oily skin. 

Do you wash your makeup brushes regularly? Have any tips that I may have skipped over? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments