New Year – New Look

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There’s something about the turn of a calendar year or a change in season that makes everyone crave dramatic change, especially when it comes to physical appearance. But you don’t have to dye your hair red or max out your credit card to reinvent your image—smaller changes can add up to a big impact. Here are 4 almost-effortless ways to update your appearance. They’re quick, inexpensive and unlike the many trendy diets the season brings, require nearly zero willpower.

1. Try A Different Part
Experimenting with a new look can be as simple as flipping it to the opposite side of your head. The simple switch can add new volume at the roots and alter the way the front sections frame your face. Changing your part is an especially great way to get long hair out of a rut without sacrificing any length. Move your part before bed using a comb and a bit of styling cream, then put on a wide, no-slip elastic headband. Slip folded tissue beneath the band to keep it from leaving crease marks in your hair.

2. Red Lipstick
Don’t be scared off by its boldness—the truth is, red is one of the most universally wearable lipstick shades, and it’s a classic way to add both impact and femininity to your look. In general, reds that are more blue-based are flattering on all skin tones, and they make your teeth look whiter. When shopping for one, trust your instincts. Choosing a red lipstick is like choosing a great piece of jewelry—you should go for the one you’re immediately attracted to.

3. Modernize Your Manicure
Your nails may seem like minor details, but they say a lot about you. For example, oval-shaped tips painted with pale-pink polish are pretty, but a little predictable. Try this of-the-moment twist instead, and watch your nails suddenly spark attention: Instead of rounding off the tips, file them straight across and then round off just the corners, creating what manicurists call a “squoval” shape. When it comes to color, the chicest choices right now are warm brownish-beige shades, like OPI “Over The Taupe” Or, try one of the new palest-gray hues, such as OPI “Ballet My Point Exactly,” which is soft and subtle, but still thoroughly modern.

4. Get Glowing
Get your skin glowing! Foundation isn’t the most thrilling makeup topic, but it makes a huge difference to your overall look. To get the most flawless finish, take your application technique up a notch with Youngblood. The subtle shimmer in this foundation gives skin a youthful, dewy look, and by reflecting light, helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and other flaws.

xxK.L

Multitasking Products #SaturdaySkincare

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Between day creams, night creams, eye creams, serums, spot treatments, and tinted moisturizers, (we could go on), your bathroom may be home to enough skincare products to open up your own beauty counter. It’s a waste to use too many products because our skin can absorb only 50 percent of what we apply on it, and overloading your complexion will only dull your skin. To avoid using too many products we recommend using Multitasking Products.

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We love this Triple Oxygen Energizing Cream from Bliss. It’s light enough to use as both a day and nigh moisturizer. Its also filled with a trio of oxygen ingredients to revitalize worn out, strained skin and return it to its bright and healthy form.

xxK.L

VS FASHION SHOW 2014 BEAUTY

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In honor of last nights #VSFashionShow we’re taking it backstage with a look at the soft and glamorous beauty straight from the runway. This show has its own identity; it isn’t about trends. To make the magic it took an army of hair and makeup artists to create VS’s signature beauty looks.

#AllTheDetails on The Hair at the 2014 VS Fashion Show:

#LetsTalkHair As for those cascading waves seen on every model, lead hairstylist Akki said, “I wanted them to feel a little more chic, wearable and easy since we’re in London” The look required a lot of extensions (they were mostly used to add volume, not length) endless cans of mousse and about eight big rollers per head. Akki massaged the mousse through damp roots, blow-dried the hair and ran the a circling iron through the mid-length to the ends. Then, he set large sections of the hair in rollers that stayed through makeup touch-ups, lunch and rehearsal. Right before the girls were about to get dressed, Akki unrolled the waves, running his fingers through them for separation and softness and adding a touch of shine serum to prevent frizz.

xxK.L

7 Tricks for Eating Your Way to Longer, Healthier Hair

We know that what we put into our body can have a massive impact on the health—and appearance—of our skin and hair, and with that in mind, we’re sharing 7 tips that can encourage faster hair growth, for longer, healthier hair! Get ready to hit the grocery store, you can thank us later.

Load up on iron-rich foods.

Iron is key to hair growth. Find it in dark leafy greens, spinach, nuts, seeds, lamb, beef, oysters, legumes and beans

Replace your regular oats with whole grains.

Move over, much-hyped omega-3′s, It’s omega-6 that will have you starring in your very own Pantene commercial. Whole grain oats provide one of the best sources of these omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential to normal skin and hair growth.

Up your vitamin C intake.

Vitamin C boosts collagen production, which keeps hair strong—and fewer split ends mean fewer trims! Citrus fruits, blueberries, strawberries, peppers, and, of course, leafy greens are all rich sources of vitamin C. This vitamin is also critical in generating circulation to the scalp to feed your follicles.

Work chia seeds into your diet.

Chia seeds are full of nutrients that promote hair growth, including protein, zinc, and copper, as well as B vitamins and iron that prevent hair loss.

Nourish with vitamin E.

This aids in the production of keratin, which plays a huge role in preventing hair breakage and supporting growth. You can get vitamin E in supplement form or by eating almonds, pine nuts, spinach, and olives.

Invest in zinc and silica supplements.

These minerals promote hair growth. Include cucumber, zucchini, celery, asparagus, mango, Brazil nuts, oysters, and eggs in your diet.

B vitamins.

B-complex vitamins increase scalp circulation and power up hair follicles, which helps propel the growth of gloriously thick locks.

 

xxK.L

MONDAY MUSE – ANGELINA JOLIE

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Whether she’s tackling films, family, or philanthropy, Angelina Jolie is unstoppable. When we aren’t obsessing over her many accomplishments, talent and perfect family were in awe with her always-radiant complexion. Angelina typically shies away from heavy makeup, so her flawless skin has always been front and center. Want to know her secret? In a recent interview Jolie revealed that the secret to her flawless skin is in regular facials. She believes in microdermabrasion, laser and glycolic peels.

Don’t have time for a facial? For a quick fix we suggest picking up these essentials:

 Bliss That’s Incredi- “Peel” Resurfacing Pads

Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum 1oz

Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner 6.7oz

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System – White

xxK.L

DIY EXFOLIATING MASK

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We already know how to extract blackheads at home, but there is a gentler alternative to squeezing your way to clearer pores. Turns out your kitchen pantry is filled with these pore-cleaning ingredients!

SPOTLIGHT: OATMEAL

After cleansing your face, try exfoliating with an Oatmeal mask. The oats are filled with natural cleansers called saponins, which help remove dirt and oil from your pores. Less oil, less blackheads!

STEP 1: Start by grinding the oatmeal down with a food processor.

STEP 2: Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of water to the oatmeal

STEP 3: Mix all three ingredients together to create a paste

STEP 4: Apply to your skin and allow it to sit for 20-30 mins until it hardens

STEP 5: Remove gently with warm water (you may have to scrub it a bit which makes it a great exfoliate)

xxK.L

8 TRICKS FOR PERFECT SKIN

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Good morning Beauties! We’re shining some light on a few of our favorite DIY beauty ingredients proven to play an indispensable role in your #SaturdaySkincare

Honey: This sweet, sticky substance is so good for your skin, it’s kind of crazy. It’s extremely soothing to all skin types and its natural antibacterial properties make it the perfect non-drying spot treatment for breakouts. For best results, go for raw or unpasteurized honey rather then the kind that comes in a container shaped like a bear.

Eggs: We don’t recommend that you eat raw eggs, but you should definitely put them on your face. They’re gross to deal with, but an egg white mask is totally worth the effort thanks to the nourishing, toning protein content. Allowing the egg white to “harden” on your face forms a film that tightens and firms the skin and diminishes the appearance of large pores.

Bananas: Rich in assorted vitamins and minerals, bananas function as a great, if unexpected, natural moisturizer. They contain vitamin A, which fades dark spots and smooths skins texture.

Pumpkin: Like carrots, pumpkins gets their orange coloration from super-antoxidant carotenoids, which use enzymes to smooth and soften even the most sensitive and damaged skin.

Cinnamon: There’s a reason why so many lip plumping formulas contain cinnamon: It’s one of the best ingredients for stimulating blood vessels, which results in a visibly plumper, smoother appearance. Because of its coarse but non-abrasive texture, it also makes a great face and body scrub. We like to mix 1:3 parts cinnamon with honey and use it as a face mask for a pore cleansing, circulation-boosting treat that tastes as good as it works.

Turmeric: Turmeric is one of the most popular ingredients in South Asian beauty recipes—in fact, it’s kind of the best-kept beauty secret of Indian women, who use it to address just about every skin concern you can think of. Its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and sebum-regulating properties are indispensable in fighting acne.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood is another natural antiseptic that works beautifully to relieve and disinfect cuts, wounds and blemishes. It’s excellent for soothing rashes and irritation, and its essential oil can be used as a moisturizer for all skin types.

Mint: Mint has a whole host of health and body benefits, but what you probably didn’t know is that it’s a great source of salicylic acid. The juice of mint leaves are wildly effective in soothing inflammation in acne-prone skin, as well as brightening thanks to its natural inclusion of vitamin B.

xxK.L

BRUSHOLOGY 101

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One of the hardest decisions when first becoming makeup obsessed is choosing your makeup brushes. Unless you are a professional makeup artists, its hard to know what the essentials are, especially with all the brushes on the market. Thats why today, we’re going to break it down for you.

Brushology 101:

Foundation Brush: These bad boys are great for spreading liquid and/or cream foundation all over your mug. You can even use them to apply primer and moisturizer evenly across your face, if you’d rather not use your fingers or a sponge. TIP: Don’t forget to blend hard-to-reach angles of the face, such as around the nose, forehead and chin.

Concealer Brush: These are generally narrow with a slightly tapered edge and are great for – you guessed it – applying concealer right under your eye where those annoying, morning shadows appear (always at the worst of times!). TIP: Apply the concealer in small tapping motions under the eye and then use your ring finger to press into the skin until fully blended for a flawless finish.

Powder Brush: I love big, soft, fluffy powder brushes, mainly because they dispense just the right amount of product all over the face. You can use these to dust loose powders over the face and even the body (especially the décolletage) and they’re also fantastic for applying finishing powders to set your makeup. TIP: Brush powder all over face, in downward strokes, until your complexion looks natural and even.

Contouring Brush:  Thanks to the Kardashians, it’s all about contouring the cheeks for those gorgeous, angled cheekbones. Contouring brushes are flat with an angled edge and are great for defining the angular parts of your face. TIP: Apply powder along the underside of your cheekbone for a chiselled effect.

Kabuki Brush: These thicker-than-average tools are generally used for blending powders for an overall polished look. TIP: If your makeup is looking cakey, buff it with your kabuki brush until it is smudge-free.

Blush Brush: Where would I be without my blush brush?! These soft, medium-full round brushes contain a rounded tip that helps when applying pigment to your cheeks, whether it’s blush, bronzer or highlighter. TIP: Take your brush and lightly tap the colour onto the apples of your cheek and gently tap towards the temple until blended.

Flat Fan Brush: Not many people know how to use these, and I’ve only recently just started, but I can safely say that they’re an absolute necessity at blending and applying powders or creams for a completely flawless finish. TIP: Use to brush away loose eye shadow.

Eye Shadow Brush: This is a must-have that’s great for all of your eyeshadow needs thanks to the tapered, flat bristles which is fantastic at depositing pigment across the eyelids and blending. TIP: Use at an angle to shade the crease of your eyelid.

Eye Blending Brush: If you’re particularly privy to creating a sexy, smokey eye, then a blending brush is a must! Use to blur lines and blend the edges of your eye makeup. TIP: To minimise harsh edges, blend all over by sweeping the brush back and forth in a windshield wiping motion.

Eyeliner Brush: These are narrow, angled brushes that are fantastic for applying gel liner or even shadow as liner. You can use these to create the perfect cat’s eye for a defined look. TIP: Use smooth strokes to line lids close to base of lashes, going from the inner to outer eye corner.

Eyelash Brush: I’m obsessed with these! Seriously obsessed. Not only are they great at removing mascara clumps from lashes, but you can also use them to detangle your falsies and groom your eyebrows as well as use the different shapes and sizes for various lash lengthening purposes (e.g. curved lashes, elongated lashes, straight lashes etc.) TIP: To set your brows, spray some hair spray on a clean disposable mascara wand and run through the hairs.

Eyebrow Brush: These are generally firm and angled and can be used to fill in sparse areas on the brows with powder. They can also be used to blend out eyebrow pencils. TIP: Once you have applied your shadow, use a spoolie brush to blend in light, flicking motions in the direction of your hair growth.

Lip Brush: Like concealer brushes, lip brushes have a firm, thin tip and can be used to create a defined, perfect pout for a more professional look. TIP: Move the brush vertically along the lines of your lips to avoid build ups in the lines.

One last very important step! Always remember to clean your brushes. Brushes should be cleaned at least once a week. This is the bare minimum for an average makeup user. We all have our fair share of bad beauty habits, and one of the most common is unclean brushes. Although it may seem unimportant, failing to sanitize your tools can be worse than forgetting to wash your face! Take proper care of your bristles not only helps in their performance, but also prevents harmful bacteria from forming.

xxK.L

MONDAY MANICURE – HALF MOON

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The reverse french or “half-moon” manicure is definitely a mega trend of the season. Instead of highlighting the tips of your nail, like a french manicure, this trend focusses on the moons of your nails (the half circle base of your nail.) As far as nail art goes, it’s a lot easier than it looks. Just remember to use a lighter shade for the moon of your nail and tag us on instagram (@thebeautyplace) with #mondaymanicure

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GET THE LOOK:

1. Start with clean, bare nails. After you prep your nails, paint two coats of the color that you want to show near your cuticle. Be sure to paint your whole nail.

2. Wait for it to dry.

3. Place reinforcement stickers on the lower third of each nail, making sure to keep the curve centered.

4. Paint two coats of the other polish (Don’t worry about getting a little on the stickers).

5. Let the polish dry for a few seconds, so it gets a little tacky but doesn’t harden completely. Gently peel off the stickers in one motion. (Personally, I like using glitter for the bottom part, since it makes for easy touchups if a little polish comes off during this step!)

4. Finish with a clear top coat.

xxK.L

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