With winter slowly approaching, I had to take precaution with a lot of my normal beauty routines. Like hair washing, the amount of heat I apply to my hair, my normal skin care regimen and a host of other things. Since we are all online besties ( <3), i decided to share some of my secrets with you. Hope this can help some, if not all of you. xoxo LaLa.
Forget blizzard warnings: Winter should come with another weather advisory—drying conditions ahead. The main culprits are cold air, which holds less moisture than warm air, and low humidity and central heating, which make already dry air even drier. But winter and cold weather also hits harder as you get older, partly because of changes in your body over which you have little control. The result: Your skin becomes rough, flaky, and itchy and your eyes, red and irritated. It’s not just a matter of comfort or appearance. Dryness can also leave you vulnerable to a host of potentially dangerous infections and injuries (such as scratched corneas) and exacerbate existing problems (like eczema and psoriasis). These simple skin care beauty tips for soothing skin, eyes, and hair can help you survive the cold weather season.
Don’t crank up the heat
Turning up the heat indoors seems like a natural response to chilly winter weather, but raising the thermostat indoors dries the air, and skin out even more. The result is dry, flaky skin that is itchy and uncomfortable.
Start using your humidifier
To remedy a dry home, bring in a humidifier and set humidity level between 45% and 55% to infuse the air with enough moisture for you skin to reap the benefits.
Take quick warm (not hot!) showers
A long hot shower may feel heavenly on cold mornings, but it strips out the water and natural oils in your skin, thus drying it out. Limit showers to 15-minutes or less, using warm water, rather than hot hot water.
Don’t use harsh soap
Deodorant and antibacterial soaps are especially harsh on your skin, compromising your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Instead, opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers.
Use a multitasking moisturizer
After showering, blot excess water off your body, instead of roughly rubbing your skin with a towel. Next, apply a body moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Use a formula that gently sloughs off dry, dead skin cells, while also locking in moisture. Look for a cream over a lotion in the winter and also check for ceramides on the ingredient list, which are naturally found in the skin’s outer layer, help to retain moisture and can help to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier.
Give your hands extra TLC
Moisturize hands every time after washing. Trade in traditional hand sanitizer for a combination sanitizer that contains moisturizer or lotion.
Soften your soles
Your regular body lotion may not be enough for your feet. Look for a thicker cream to penetrate rough, dry skin on feet.
Wear soft clothing
Avoid putting on abrasive or irritating fabrics like wool or polyester directly against your skin, especially the neck. Stick to soft fabrics, such as cotton, especially if they are in direct contact with your skin.
Eat the harvest
The best high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables in their peak season right now. My favorites are cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin, pomegranate and squash. These foods will help feed your skin from the inside out and keep it looking its youngest most beautiful best.
Not that you need an excuse to buy new lipstick, but I’ve gotta say—this season’s crop of new shades is very exciting!
It used to be that fall lips meant red lips, and that was that. But now, there are so many more interesting colours to choose from.
Think ’90s-inspired browns and brick reds, vampy oxbloods and purples, shimmery plums and glossy raspberries. Plus the always on trend nude, and bright magenta (which used to be strictly for summer, but not anymore). I’ve rounded up my top picks for fall and winter—all available at Sephora—and there’s bound to be a shade (or three) here that you’ll love.
Here are my top lip picks for fall and winter:
1. BURBERRY LIP VELVET LIPSTICK IN NO. 437 OXBLOOD
2. URBAN DECAY MATTE REVOLUTION LIPSTICK IN 1993
3. KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK IN CHULA
4. ESTÉE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY LIQUID LIP POTION IN TRUE LIAR
5. DIOR ADDICT LIPSTICK IN 976 BE DIOR
6. LANCÔME L’ABSOLU ROUGE DEFINITION IN 294 LE POURPRE
7. LAURA MERCIER LIP PARFAIT IN CHERRIES JUBILEE
8. GUERLAIN KISS KISS ROSELIP TINTED LIP BALM IN R374 WONDER VIOLETTE
10. FRESH SUGAR LIP TREATMENT IN FIG
11. YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE PUR COUTURE KISS & LOVE COLLECTORS LIPSTICK IN 19 FUCHSIA
13. DIOR ADDICT FLUID STICK IN CHIC
I recently purchased this skin care system because my face had started breaking out here and there due to the change of season and overall build-up from my make up. One of my patient’s has been using this for months and may I say, she has some amazingly beautiful skin. This kit was $88 and I will let you guys know in an updated post later on if it was a HIT or MISS. (Atomy Skin Care Kit)
What are pores?
First, let’s start with the basics. “pores are the tiny openings in the skin where oil and sweat is released to keep skin naturally moisturized, cool, and healthy.” Pores are also home to your hair follicles. You have pores all over the surface of your skin, but they tend to be more prominent on your face because that is where your sebaceous (oil) glands are the largest. When your pores get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, oil, or makeup, that’s what causes acne. So it goes without saying that you want to prevent buildup and keep your pores clean.
Why do some people’s pores look larger than others?
Not to state the obvious, but we all have wildy different skin. Some women deal with discoloration, some are plagued by breakouts, and others have visible pores. A lot of it is left to genetics. For instance, your pores are more likely to look larger if you have an olive complexion or a darker skin tone. Skin type and age also affect the size of your pores. People with oily skin tend to have larger pores (because their pores are more active). And as we age, we lose elasticity in skin, which can make pores appear larger. Accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum (oil), and dirt and picking at a pimple can also stretch pores.
How can I make my pores appear smaller?
While it’s not possible to actually physically shrink your pores, you can make them look smaller and give your skin a smooth, radiant appearance. The first step is ridding your skin of all the things that potentially clog pores and make them more prominent (dirt, oil, dead skin cells, etc.).Proper cleansing and steaming, exfoliation, regular professional facials, and the use of noncomedogenic products can minimize the appearance of pores.
Never going to sleep without properly cleansing your skin is a given. Kate recommends the ‘double cleanse’ where you use a makeup wipe to remove impurities on the surface and then apply a cleanser to penetrate deeper. Incorporating steam can help to open pores and release impurities while softening the skin.
Exfoliation is also key in keeping pores clear. Kate recommends making exfoliation a part of every skincare regimen (2-3 times a week). Always exfoliate with steam (the shower is a great place), and look for a product that has both physical and enzymatic exfoliation. Products with alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid will also help refine the appearance of pores.
Primer might be one of those products that you think you can do without or never really understood the purpose of. But using a primer is another great way to minimize the appearance of pores. Primers sit on the surface of the skin and create a barrier between skin and makeup. Primers prevent makeup from sinking into your pores and create more of an even skin tone.
A professional facial treats your skin to a deep pore cleansing that you simply can’t achieve with every day cleansing. Regular, professional extractions will help keep skin clear and prevent scarring in the long run.I would recommend getting a facial every 4-6 weeks for maintenance.
1. Out of shaving cream? Use conditioner instead for a nourishing, smooth shave.
2. Use ice water to help your nails dry faster.
3. Make any lipstick matte with loose powder and a tissue.
4. Heat your eyelash curler with a blow dryer before using for longer-lasting curl.
5. Scrub away flaky lips with a DIY lip scrub made of coconut oil and brown sugar.
6. Hold a business card behind your lashes when applying mascara to prevent it from getting on your lids.
7. Fill in your lips with lip liner before applying lipstick to make it last longer.
8. Use hand lotion to smooth on-the-go flyaways.
9. Sleep on your back to avoid puffy eyes in the morning.
10. Fake a nose job using bronzer.
11. Braid your hair at night for beachy waves in the AM.
12. Use bronzer to make your face look slimmer.
13. Get a dewy glow by mixing moisturizer in with your foundation.
14. Use lip balm as the perfect stand-in brow gel.
15. Flip and spray your bobby pins for better hold.
16. Use invisible lip liner to keep your lip color from streaking.
17. Use a toothbrush and hairspray to smooth flyaways.
18. Connect the dots for perfect eyeliner every time.
19. Use a tea bag to fix a broken nail.
20. Make your ponytail look longer and fuller by using two elastics
things to avoid for better skin
No matter what your age, you’ve probably thought about wrinkles and how to prevent them. While Botox® and other fillers are all the rage, there are a number of less painful, and less expensive things that you can do to keep those wrinkles at bay. Organic Authority has put together a list of 8 every day things that will keep your skin looking young and fresh!
CAN YOU HAIR ME?
In the midst of searching for some hot new 2015 hair looks, I ran across a headline in Glamour Magazine, which read “Reverse Hair Washing”. And I was like, what the? Well, being the want to know all about beauty, I did some further investigation. Including speaking to my go to beauty friends, and here is what I found out…
Reverse Hair Washing:
The premise behind reverse hair washing is to help reduce the residue that is left in your hair from the conditioner. Going about it the “normal” way so to speak, when you wash with shampoo first and then use conditioner, most end up not completely rinsing out the conditioner. When this happens, you end up weighing the hair down, which in some cases can cause your hair to become lifeless, flat or have no volume. Reversing gives you all the benefits of a great conditioner, minus the residue, leaving you with locks of volume and bounce!
So how do you do this?
- You want to make sure that you get your hair completely wet.
- Disperse the conditioner throughout your hair.
- Keep it in your hair for a few minutes. So, I recommend doing this in the shower, when you can go and shave your legs, etc.
- After about 5 minutes, you want to apply the shampoo, WITH THE CONDITIONER STILL in your hair. The shampoo is what helps to remove the conditioner.
- Wash and rinse as normal.
IMPORTANT Tips: If you have a lot of product in your dirty hair, it will seem to be a daunting ordeal at first. This is what I learned.
- You must brush your hair prior to washing it. Doing this will loosen any hair product(s) you have in your hair, along with helping to detangle. It will also allow you work in the conditioner more easily!
- You must make sure your hair is very wet.
- Use a great conditioner, you get what you pay for when it comes to conditioner. So if you want cheap looking hair, use cheap conditioner. Otherwise, I recommend a higher end product. (Sorry but this is one of those products you get what you pay for)
- The conditioner needs to stay on the hair for at least 5 minutes. A quick in and out won’t do the job.
Drying: If you notice, most salons don’t towel dry your hair. There is a reason for this. Towels will make your hair frizzy. I suggest a cotton t-shirt to absorb some of the moisture first.
How Often: Considering I’m new to this, I don’t think this is something that you implement every time you wash your hair. Instead, you want to apply as a Sunday hair wash, as conditioning your hair after shampooing does have some great benefits IF YOU USE IT THE CORRECT WAY!
So there, hair you have it!
13 Life-Changing Beauty Tricks You Had No Idea You Could Do With a Spoon
1. Freeze two spoons, and sweep them under your eyes to get rid of under eye bags .
Put two metal spoons in the freezer at night, and in the morning, place the backs of the cold spoons under your eyes and as close to the inner corners as possible. Apply a little bit of pressure and slowly glide the spoons toward the outer corners. The gliding movement will help drain the fluid that’s pooling underneath your eye, while the cold spoon will help minimize any puffiness.
2. Use the handle and the rounded edge to create the perfect winged liner.
Hold the handle of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, and draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved, winged tip. After you’ve made your outline, fill it in, and draw a line across your lashline to finish the look.
3. Hold a spoon underneath your eye when applying mascara on your lower lashes to avoid marks on your under eye area.
Place a spoon below your eye with the curve out and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way the residue will land on the back of the utensil rather than your skin. This also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes if you place the spoon on top of your upper eyelid.
4. Fix broken eyeshadow by adding drops of rubbing alcohol and pressing it together with the back of a spoon.
If your eyeshadow, blush, or any kind of compressed powder product is broken, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the crushed product, and press the pieces back together by applying pressure with the back of a clean spoon. Let it dry and then use as normal.
5. Curl your lashes with the edge of a spoon.
If you don’t have an eyelash curler nearby, grab a metal spoon instead. Place the curved edge right above your top lashes with the back of the spoon against your eyelid. With your finger, lightly press your lashes against the edge to mimic the clamp of an eyelash curler. Move the edge of the spoon out along the lashes and continue pressing. For a more dramatic curl, heat the spoon up a bit with a blow dryer first.
6. Align the curve of the spoon to your brow to get the perfect arch.
The curve of a large spoon is the perfect shape for an eyebrow arch. Line up the curve of the spoon underneath your brow, and lightly trace around it with a brow pencil. Use this line as a guide, and begin filling in your brows above it with light strokes.
7. Mix loose pigments with a salve to make your own custom lip color.
Grab one of your favorite eyeshadow pigments, and blend it with a little bit of a salve, such as carmex, or petroleum jelly in a spoon. Use a finger or a brush to apply your new custom lip color.
8. Make contouring easier by using a spoon to find exactly where the hollows of your cheeks are.
If it’s difficult for you to find the hollows under your cheekbones for contouring, grab a spoon, and cup the apples of your cheeks so that it fits comfortably inside. The area just below the spoon is where you should apply contour powder.
9. Use the cup of the spoon as a palette for nail art projects.
10. Pour drops of the polish you’re using into the spoon. This makes it easier to dip small tools into the paint for nail art designs.
Pour drops of nail polish into the spoon, and swirl them together with a bobby pin. After you’ve created a design you like, let the polish slide to the edge of the spoon by tilting the handle. Align the bottom of your nail bed along the edge spoon, and roll your nail on top of the paint. Clean up the messy edges to finish the look.
11. Prevent the polish from getting on the skin around your nails by holding the tip of the spoon underneath your nail.
Grab a plastic spoon and hold the tip underneath your nails while you paint to prevent the polish from getting on the skin on the tip of your fingers.
12. Reduce the size of a hickey or a bruise by rubbing a cold spoon on top.
Put a spoon in your freezer, and once it’s cold, rub the back of it against a new bruise or a hickey to slow the blood from rushing to the area and help it fade.
13. Place the back of a hot spoon on a pimple to help heal it.
This is an old trick to help a new zit heal faster. Run your hand under sink water to find a temperature that is hot but does not burn to touch. After you find a good temperature, fill a cup and soak the spoon in the water. Once the spoon is hot (test it on the back of your hand first to make sure it’s not too hot) place the back of the spoon against a pimple, and hold it there until the spoon cools off.
HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT BROW SHAPE
Eyebrows have been a hot topic of conversation for a while now. Similar to fashion, it seems as if brow trends come and go with the seasons. When I was in high school thin, over-tweezed brows were everywhere. But now, it’s time to give the tweezers a rest! Full brows are dominating the beauty scene. And while bold is on trend, not every woman has been blessed in this department. Rather than force an unnatural shape, this post is all about learning how to enhance your natural eyebrows with minimal tools (and less plucking!). Let’s get to it…
Locating The Start And Endpoints
Begin by lining up your tweezers along the side of your nose. By doing this you should be able to see that the front of your brows should align with the upper bridge of your nose. After you do this, very minimal tweezing between your brows should be done to prevent your eyebrows from looking too far apart. My advice is to just get rid of stray hairs and nothing more.
To locate the end of your brows, align your tweezers with the outer corner of your eyes. Where your tweezers meet your brow bone is ideally where your eyebrows should end. Remember that everyone’s brows are different! Not all brows will extend to the outer corner of the eye and some will reach past this point. Similar to grooming the start of your brows, you don’t want to over-tweeze the end of your brows either. You just want to clean up stray hairs here and there.
Defining The Arch
The easiest way to define your arch is by using a white eyeliner pencil. Using a white eyeliner pencil will help you locate stray hairs that fall outside of your defined eyebrow shape. Draw a line tracing the bottom of your eyebrow. You should be following the natural arch of your eyebrow for this step, not creating a new one. Once you’ve drawn the line, tweeze whatever stray hairs fall below it.
My last bit of advice for defining your brows is to trim them. To do this, use an eyebrow spooly and comb those brows upwards. Take eyebrow scissors and trim any hairs that are longer than your actual brow shape. This step helps maintain your shape more than just using products alone.
Brow Sculpting 101
Now that you’ve enhanced the natural shape of your brows, it’s time to help them out a bit. If you’re more of a natural girl when it comes to makeup, brow gels are going to be your best friend. Clear gels will help keep your brows sculpted all day long without having to fill them in. If you have sparse brows I recommend trying your hand at brow pencils, powders or colored gels.
While drama isn’t necessarily a bad thing, remember to keep it natural when filling in your brows. Start by filling in the arches, using strokes that mimic the direction of your natural hair growth. Then, follow your arches to fill in the end of your eyebrows. Use longer strokes here but don’t go too far past the ends.
Lastly, use smaller strokes to fill in the starting points of your eyebrows. This area is where you should be filling in your brows the least. Like I mentioned earlier, use strokes that mimic your actual hairs as to avoid any over-filling. As a finishing touch, use a spooly to blend the product into your brows for the most natural effect.
Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. If you’re still unsure about grooming your brows, here’s how to decide whether to wax, thread or tweeze. I hope this helps any brow debacles that you might be having!
What tips and tricks do you have when it comes to brows?
HERE’S SOME beauty blogging tips:
1. It’s not a competition. There’s room for everyone.
2. Don’t waste your precious time worrying about what everyone else is doing. Do you. Sure, it’s great to get inspiration from others, but don’t try to be them. If you don’t like they way your blog is going, change it.
3. Beauty blogs need images. The more, the better. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read beauty blogs that talk about a product and don’t show me the product. What the–?? If you’re telling me about a gloss, let me see the gloss! Sheesh.
4. Creating different blogs for different topics isn’t always the best idea-you have to grow a whole new following. I’m still teaching myself that lesson. Like, right this second.
5. When you’re not in the mood to blog, don’t force it. Trust me, I’ve forced posts. They are crappy, and usually your readers can tell.
a no-show foundation
Are you warm? Cool? Olive? Give up yet? Ummm yea.I felt the same way.The best way, well my best way of finding my perfect foundation match was trial and error. Yes I spent a ton of money but now I save tons because I know my tones. If you’re fending for yourself, swipe a few colors across your jawline, and whichever one is barely visible is your best bet. Trust me, I swear by this girl.
Tip: After cleansing and moisturizing your face, apply foundation with…your fingers! It’s quicker and easier than using a sponge or brush. Simply dab the foundation onto the areas that need it most and blend gently.
a super concealer
Concealer is my holy grail. & the only way to get rid of my sleepy dark under eye circles. And while it may just be a temporary fix, with the right technique you can hide them completely.
Tip: Apply a non-creasy eye cream, then use your ring finger to gently dab concealer onto dark areas. Allow it a minute to be absorbed, then carefully blend the edges into skin. The key is light pressure—if you rub too hard, you’ll actually rub the product off. Your finger is your best friend when applying concealer because it heats up the product as you dab on it which smooths it in better. I like to use a beauty blender also for the edges of my cheekbones.
Mascara thickens as it’s exposed to air over time, which leads to clumps. If yours is goopy, toss it! Better yet, add a few drops of hot water in it, shake & go girl! I don’t wear false lashes as much as I once did so mascara does the trick for me.
Tip: Curl lashes first, then press the mascara wand against your lashes, steering clear of lids. As you move the wand up toward the lash tips, gently wiggle it back and forth in a zigzag motion, which helps ensure you hit every lash.
the perfect nude lipstick
Some look too brown, and others too pink. Is it futile to try and find that one nude shade that just makes a bare face pop? Not at all. Personally, I’m a huge fan of nude. From clothing, to nail polish, to lip gloss. My favorite nude lippie is “Nude York City” by NYC. For $1.79, you cannot beat the glam!
Tip: Chapped lips should be taken care of before you even think of applying lipstick. For a cheap fix, try Nivea’s Kiss of Relief SOS Lip Balm. Wear a thick layer to bed and wake up to softer lips in the morning. My go to lip balm is Carmex. Just $0.99 at Walmart!
a basic, flattering eyeshadow
Some eyeshadows barely show up; others make us look like we’re headed to our funeral. The perfect everyday shadow is just a few shades darker than your skin tone — think a soft plum or light brown for darker skin, a taupey-gray or golden beige for medium skin, or light apricot for fair skin. I’ve been struggling with eye shadow since I started wearing makeup. Smh, sad isn’t it? But it’s reality. I never get the perfect blend no matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch. So i settle for a golden beige at all times. It never steers me wrong.
Tip: Use a soft eye-shadow brush to sweep shadow across lids, blending into and just above creases. Make sure to use light, feathery strokes so that there are no hard lines. Use a primer or a creme concealer prior to applying the shadow. It helps give your shadow longevity and life hunny!
Let me tell you guys about….. IPSY !!
Each month, Ipsy subscribers receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. All for only $10 a month. Yes, $10!! I have been a member for 3 months already & I must say, I really do like the whole idea of the glam bag. Ipsy’s Glam Bag
Don’t get me wrong, there are other Beauty-Box subscriptions such as Target’s Beauty Box. From the looks of it, it’s pretty difficult to get your hands on because of the price. It’s a whopping $7!! & I’ll include the link for you guys to drop in and take a peek. Target’s Beauty Box
Next up is Birchbox. Birchbox’s subscription includes five samples from a variety of beauty or grooming categories each month, tailored to the preferences in your Beauty or Grooming Profile. Samples are generously sized. They also always include a product card with more details on the samples that are chosen for you, as well as tips on and tricks on how to make the most of each. For a whopping price of $10 per month. BirchBox
Now let’s talk a little about hair care. Especially hair care on a budget. Let’s talk Beauty Schools.
Now me personally, I am deeply in love with my hair and have been since like forever! So I had to find a effective, cost – efficient way to keep me on fleeky- fleek weekly because buying extensions and paying for hair installments are costly. Look I have bills boo, and there is no sacrificing rent to look good. At least not over here it isn’t! So i did my research and came across empire beauty school.
Empire is a salon style Beauty School with the students being the professionals. They are taught to do just about any and everything beauty related. From full sets of nails, to waxes, to pedicures, false eye lashes, makeup etc. But you have to see the prices to believe it. Look at this:
- 7 Foils (with Another Hair Service)
- Braid/Extension/Twist Removal (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow-Dry) $40
- Braids & Twist (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow-Dry) $30L, $35M, $40S
- Clipper Cut (Shampoo, Conditioner)$5
- Color Rinse (Add on) $5
- Corrective Color (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) BY CONSULTATION
- Extensions Per Track ((Guest Supplies Hair) $20 Braid Required Shampoo, Conditioner, Glue-In/Sew-In Extensions, Blow-Dry) $10
- Full Foil* (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $38
- Haircolor* (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $25
- Haircut (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $9
- Kids Haircut (5 Yrs Old & Under) (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $5
- Partial Foil* (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $25
- Party Girl Package ((12 Yrs Old & Under) Quick Up-Do, Polish, Makeup, Tiara) $10
- Perm* (Haircut, Blow Dry) $25
- Premium Hair Extensions** (First pack of hair included) $50
- Premium Hair Extensions** ((Single Addition)) $6 EACH
- Relaxer/Retouch* (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $35
- Shampoo, Blow Dry or Set (Shampoo, Conditioner, Blow Dry) $7
- Special Occasion Up-Do* (Any Formal Hairstyle) $20 and Up0 & UP
- Thermal Add On(Use of Flat, Curling or Pressing Iron)
Now that’s what I call Beauty on a Pocket friend Budget!
So my usual day at Empire consist of a Wash ($7) and Thermal ($3) which brings my weekly total to $10. I’ve added color a few times with the 7 foil method and it bought my total to about $18. Which is excellent because a norm
al salon might charge you about $65 and up for color. I’m telling you, find your nearest Empire Beauty School and run up in there. Find you someone who you like and stick with them. I’ll add my weekly wash video as well so you can take a glance. My weekly wash !