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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 Make Your Makeup Last

How can your makeup have staying power when it's upwards of 90 degrees outside? Try these beauty products that will definitely help you beat the heat!

Switch to lighter makeup. Use to a tinted moisturizer if you feel like your regular foundation is making your face look cakey. Some people are turned off by the tinted moisturizers because they provide very minimal coverage. If you're not a big fan of going too bare, you can always set it with powder to conceal any blemishes. I typically use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer ($10.99 by Neutrogena at Ulta) during the summer. 

Wear translucent powder. As you're working on that tan, you might find your normal powder is now too light! Translucent powder will keep your face looking fresh and airy without conflicting with your skin tone. Plus, it's a great product for setting your makeup, and you can use it all year. Here's a super affordable option to try, Nyx Cosmetics Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish ($9.99 by NYX at Ulta). 

Try moisturizing lip stains. Lip stain has great staying power, but can also dry out your pout. The obvious choice, a moisturizing lip stain is the best of both worlds and it's a much lighter option than lipstick. I love Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain Lovesick ($8.99 by Revlon at Walgreens). 

Opt for a stain blush. Admittedly, my blush is one of the first things to wear off on my face! I don't know if I'm touching my cheeks to much or what, but the blush I use (and it's MAC, so supposedly it's pretty good), always wears off by lunch. A stain blush (or my favorite option--lipstick) has great staying power! My trick to applying a stain blush without it appearing too bold? Apply it right after your foundation and then layer on powder to make it more subtle. I suggest Tarte Cheek Stain ($30.00 by Tarte at Ulta), but another quick option is to just use your own lipstick. 

Blot! If your shiny and sweaty, don't conceal it with more makeup. Try blotting papers or tissue instead, which will absorb the oil without ruining your makeup. Just lightly pat the oily areas of your face to remove all that extra shine. Try NYX Matte Blotting Paper ($4.00 by NYX at Urban Outfitters). 

What are your tips to making your makeup last? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of Your Makeup

Don't bid old makeup products goodbye just yet--you can still get some more use for them! If you're like me and hate to see those pricey makeup items go to waste, read on for how you can get the most out of your makeup!

  • Use a lip brush to scoop out every bit of your favorite product. I used to hate when I could still see lipstick in the bottom of the tube, but I couldn't push the applicator up anymore. It's such a waste of product! Instead, scoop out the remaning makeup by using your lip brush or even a Q-tip. 
  • Don't throw away broken powders. It happens all of the time, you're favorite powder drops and busts all over the counter. (Totally speaking from experience here.) Don't be ashamed to pick up those broken pieces! Put them back into your makeup compact and add a few drops of rubbing alcohol. the powder will set back together in the metal pan!
  • Remove the lid. If you squeeze the shampoo bottle and nothing comes out but you know there's more product in there--remove the top! It sounds pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many women will just throw a product out even if there are a few more good applications left in the bottle. 
  • Let your lipstick double as blush and vice versa. Here's what I love about blush and lipstick--it's pretty much a dual use product. You can apply one to your cheeks and your lips!
  • Use what you already have before buying new products. It's easy to get into a makeup rut, find yourself at Walgreens and pick up every shade of Essie nail polish. Instead, take a look in your makeup drawer to see what you already have. You might fall in love with an old product once again!
Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Women Spend HOW Much on Makeup in a Lifetime?!

It's probably no surprise to you, but women definitely aren't scared to shell out the cash for beauty products. However, you may be surprised at how much the average woman spends on makeup. Curious? According to MintLife, the average woman will spend $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime! And while you may think that's a lot of trips to the MAC counter, a good portion of that money is probably spent on top performing drugstore brands like Olay, L'Oreal, and Neutrogena. 

Personally, I could pay off a huge chunk of my student loan debt if I'd just stop wearing makeup, but four out of five women will agree with me when I say that makeup is a necessity in our culture. I take pride in my appearance, and if I can be totally honest with you, it totally boosts my confidence level when I'm all fixed up with a nice foundation, lip color, and false lashes. 

So while I don't suggest giving up makeup, I can provide a few helpful tips from personal experience that will help you keep a watchful eye on your beauty spending.

  • Beauty products will not make you look perfect. Nobody is perfect, remember? That cellulite cream? It probably isn't going to get rid of your cellulite, but rather slightly reduce the appearance. (Trust me, if I find a cream that gets rid of cellulite, I'll be the first to let you know!) Be more cautious when you're shopping for beauty products and discover why you're shopping for those products. Skincare products and beauty products are intended to enhance your appearance, not make you look like the photoshopped celebrity endorsing it. Don't overspend on products just because you're feeling insecure about your looks. 
  • Skip those beauty impulse buys. You should always be conscious of impulse buying, but definitely be cautious of impulse beauty buys because they can really rack up. There have been many ocassions when I've been perusing the makeup aisle for skin cream and ended up adding other products into my shopping cart. Women spend an average of $43 per shopping trip on beauty products, which adds up to around $216 per year. If you keep adding impulse buys, you can quickly exceed that amount. 
  • Don't overbuy too much of a product. Nail polish and lipstick are super popular beauty products, especially during a recession since they can quickly revamp your look at an affordable price range. But really, how many shades of red lipstick or polish do you need? If you're using them all the way up then great, but (speaking from experience) I have an entire medicine cabinet full of nail polish that I rarely ever use. 

About how much do you think you spend on beauty products? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How To Tuesday: Get Miranda Kerr's Look from the Golden Globes

Supermodel Miranda Kerr looked right at home on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. To get her showstopping look, follow these easy steps from Celebrity Makeup Artist Lisa Storey. All of the makeup is from Victoria's Secret (of course), which makes this look easy and affordable to replicate!

Prep skin with VS Makeup VS Pro Air Brush FX Bronzing Primer ($12.99 at Victoria's Secret) for a natural, all-over glow. Lightly dust VS Makeup VS PRO Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder ($18.00 at Victoria's Secret) over entire face for a flawless finish. For touchups, dab VS Makeup VS PRO Anti-Shine FX Oil-Free Mattifier ($15.00 at Victoria's Secret) on high-shine areas, like the center of the forehead, nose and chin.

Before applying eye shadow, prep lids with VS Makeup VS Pro Lasting FX Eye Shadow Primer ($12.00 at Victoria's Secret) to create a smooth and long-lasting base. Hide dark shadows under eyes with VS Makeup VS PRO Camouflage FX Universal Concealer Palette ($18.00 at Victoria's Secret).

Apply VS PRO Light FX HD Eye Brightening Pen around the entire eye area and blend up into cheekbones to lighten and brighten dark shadows and conceal fine lines.

Using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact, apply the lid color all over lids, blending up into the crease and out towards the outer corner of the eye. Use the same color under the bottom lashes.

Apply the highlight color under the brow bone and add a touch to the inner corners to open the eyes. Define upper and lower lashlines with VS Makeup Limited-edition Metallized Liquid Liner ($13.00 at Victoria's Secret) in Black, exaggerating the outer edges for an eye-opening effect. Using VS Brow Pencil and Brush Duo in Brunette, fill in brows for extra definition.

Finish with two coats of VS Makeup Volume Lift Mascara ($14.00 at Victoria's Secret) in Black.

Apply VS Makeup Luminous Mineral Blush Duo ($15.00 at Victoria's Secret) in Meet Up to apples of cheeks for a sexy flush. 

Prep lips with VS Makeup VS PRO Pout FX Lip Primer & Definer ($12.00 at Victoria's Secret). Complete the red carpet look with a swipe of VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick ($14.00 at Victoria's Secret) in Intensity.

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

5 Wearable but Colorful Lipsticks for the Average Girl

I'd say that most women I know don't wear lipstick on a regular basis, if even at all, and I'm totally guilty of being one of them. However, I attribute my lack of wearing lipstick on most occassions to two reasons: 1) I have extremely chapped lips and usually opt for chapstick instead and 2) I also want to kiss my fiance, without getting both of our lips overly sticky. Despite these conditions, I still try to wear color when I can, and when I do--it perks me right up! Plus, wearing lipstick can make you appear more awake and alert. That's reason enough to put on your favorite shade, right? 

So for those of you jonesing for a beauty pick-me-up, I've rounded up five colorful lipsticks that anyone can wear!

From left to right: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Delight ($6.99 by Cover Girl at drugstore.com); Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Are You Red-dy ($7.49 by Maybelline at Ulta); SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick in Just Dating ($12.00 at Sephora); Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Pink Me Up ($7.49 by Maybelline at Ulta); and Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick-Kate Moss Collection in 009 ($5.19 by Rimmel at Ulta).

Beauty and the Budget Flashback: Find out which lipstick works well with your skintone here.
Posted on January 07, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Three Easy New Year's Eve Beauty Tutorials

Victoria's Secret has got you covered when it comes to the perfect New Year's Eve party look. I've always been a fan of their lip glosses, and I'm hooked on their beauty tutorials on YouTube, so I'm proud to present a step by step tutorial on how you can get these three easy New Year's Eve looks no matter what your plans are for the evening!

Look like an Angel with a soft smoky eye. This romantic look is perfect for a special dinner out. 
1. Apply the “Lid” shade of the VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact from upper lashline to crease and along lower lashline. 
2. Dust the “Crease” shade of the VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact into the crease and onto the outer corner of the eye. Blend edges for a smoky look. 
3. Press VS Metallized Eye Shadow in Gold Card into the inner corner to open and brighten the eye.
4. Apply VS Makeup Eye Liner in Dark Chocolate along the upper and lower lashline to define eyes.
5. Finish with several coats of VS Makeup Extra-Lengthening Mascara.

Perfect your party look with seriously sexy eyes. 
1. Generously rim the entire eye with VS Makeup Eye Liner in Black Velvet. Trace the pencil above the upper lashline and below the lower lashline. Gently smudge the color with the opposite tip of the pencil.
2. Using VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Overnight Sensation, apply the crease shade to the upper lashline and blend up toward the browbone, then apply it below the lower lashline. Smoke out the intense color by blending with a brush or with fingertips.
3. To make eyes “pop,” add instant sparkle with a touch of VS Makeup Hypergloss Eye Shimmer in Night Lights.
4. Apply several coats of VS Makeup Voluptuous Volume Mascara. For mega-volume, dust lashes with VS Pro Flawless FX Translucent Finishing Powder between coats of mascara.

Shimmering metallic eyes make this ethereal look perfect for a sexy night in. 
1. Dust VS Makeup Metallized Eye Shadow in Petal to the Metal over lids. 
  1. Create an eye-opening look by lining the outer halves of upper and lower lashlines with VS Makeup Eye Liner in Dark Chocolate, then gently smudge for a casual look.
3. Apply several coats of VS Makeup High-Definition Mascara.

(Disclaimer: I received the products from the "Angel" look for writing this post... And FYI, I'm wearing VS panties right now, too.)
Posted on December 28, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Psssst! Your Favorite Department Stores Offer Amazing Beauty Services, too!

Your favorite department store might be the next place you go for a little beauty touch-up! If you're short on cash, here's where you can devulge in these secret beauty services from Macy's, Ulta, JCPenney's and more. 

The Benefit Cosmetics counter at select Macy's stores offers brow services (waxing or tweezing) for as little as $20. Plus, if it's your birthday, the Benefit Brow Bar offers free Brow Arch Waxing! The Brow Bar also offers other services such as facial waxing and lash applications. This is the perfect option right before New Years if you're feeling like you need a pick-me-up.

Most of your local JCPenney stores have hair salons, so you're probably pretty familiar with their services. But particularly, I'd like to highlight their waxing services, which can cost as little as $6! Of course, it depends on the area waxed, but generally speaking you aren't going to pay an arm and a leg for their professional services. 

Sometimes, you don't actually need a hair cut--you just need a good blow out. Luckily, Ulta is stepping in offering a professional blow out for $25 at the salons inside of their store. Not too bad for a good hair dry, and it can make a world of a difference if you're just looking for a quick fix for your next Christmas party. 

And, of course, in case you didn't know, you can get free makeovers at several makeup counters inside of your favorite department stores. MAC, Clinique, and Estee Lauder are some of my top recommendations. It is a courtesy to at least purchase a little something from the makeup artist for her time and services provided.

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts 101

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite beauty guru for Christmas this year? To jump start this year's Holiday Gift Guides, I've rounded up the best beauty products on the market right now. 

I have been on the market for some amazing hair products lately, and I was recently gifted some Prive products just in time for the holidays! From Prive, I received the Just Beautiful Hair Trio, which includes one Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner, and comes with a complimentary Thermal Protection Detangling Spray. This gift set is perfect for those who are looking for an everyday gentle shampoo and conditioner. And since I'm always on the lookout for the best conditioners and love testing out heat protectants, I really loved this gift set! Plus, the Thermal Protection Detangling Spray is an essential for women who dry their hair or use heat tools regularly. Right now, the set is going for $38, but it normally retails for $61! You can get it here.</p> <p>

$14.80 at Forever 21

Forever 21 has a lot of great impulse buys at the cash wrap these days, but I'm totally love this 88 shade eye shadow set! It's perfect for makeup afficionados who love to experiment with color, but also have the option for classic shades, too! And seriously, you just can't beat that price!


$15.00 by M·A·C at Bloomingdale's
Since I don't normally wear MAC because I think it's way too expensive, ironically, I happen to think it makes a great gift! (It's amazing what you'll ask for when you're not spending your own money, right?) Seriously, most women love MAC cosmetics. The packaging is great, it's popular, and it's a really great product.
Any MAC lip shade will do, but a classic red hue will go with just about any skin tone. Throw in a lip brush and put it in a cute box, and you'll be good to go with this little stocking stuffer. </p>


THE NEW BLACK 'Walrus - Ombre' Nail Polish 5-Piece Set

$22.00 at Nordstrom

As if we beauties don't have enough nail polish already! But okay, you've got to admit these shades are pretty awesome. While I love color, for some reason this season I'm loving neutral hues for the nails. And this set has all the power to make your beauty look ultra classy. 

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Two Super Glam Ways to Dress Up For Halloween

If you are headed to work on Halloween but still need to look presentable while celebrating the holiday, here are two sure ways to show your affection for the holiday without looking too scary:


This look is super easy to recreate and consists of basically a fishtail braid and light makeup. Here's how to get the look:

1. Start with a clean face and dry hair, then use a dollop of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthen and Smooth Finishing Crème to add texture and smooth frizziness.

2. Starting on the side where the hair is parted, pull a fairly large section of hair from behind the ear to start a reverse French braid – almost like a corn row. Grab small sections as you go, making sure the braid is tight. (Be sure to angle to braid so it swoops down around the neck.)

3. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic band. Then take about an inch of hair from around the face and wiggle it out of the braid. Loosely wrap that section of hair around the barrel of a curling iron and set.

4. Spray hair with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.

5. Pull out another strand of hair on the opposite side and let it hang loose or pin it back if it’s too long.

6. Starting at the top, massage the braid to pull it apart loosely so it’s not super structured. Once complete, the braid should look a little bit messy.

7. Remember to keep makeup simple because Katniss is a hunter. Start with COVERGIRL + Olay Powder in a shade darker than your normal skin tone to warm up the complexion. Apply where the sun would naturally tan your face.

8. Use CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor ($10.49 at Walgreens) on lips and cheeks to create a subtle sunburn effect. Coat the top and bottom lashes with CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara ($6.94 at Target) mascara.

When you’re finished, you should have a wilderness look, like you’ve been hunting for days!



For a something a bit more vampy, check out this easy Sookie look. All you really need is a light based powder, red lipstick, and soft curls. 

1. Using a soft shadow brush, apply a generous layer of CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1 Kit Eyeshadow ($3.19 at drugstore.com) in Brown Smolder to your upper and lower eyelid. Create a smoky-eye by applying brown eyeliner to your upper and lower lash lines.

2. Curl eyelashes and apply two coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

3. Create an ethereal glow by applying shimmer to the eyes and cheekbones.

4. Now use the COVERGIRL OutLast All-Day Lipcolor on lips to give that just bitten, sexy look. (Bonus: Add “bite marks” on your neck using the same Lipcolor.)

5. On to the hair! First start by misting Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray all over. Next, separate hair’s layers to make the curling process easier. Grab a 1 – 1.5 inch section of hair, wrap around the barrel of a curling iron and roll left. Grab another section of hair, but this time, roll right. Repeat these steps until the whole head is curled. Next, gently go through strands with your fingers to break up curls and add volume. Finally, spray Aussie You Can Shine Spray Gloss throughout to boost shine.

Voila! Now you have the True Blood look.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments