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.




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.




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



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.




SPLURGE OR SAVE? Verdict: Splurge!

Metal eyelash curlers have been around since the Roaring ’20s, helping flappers (independent women most notable for their bob hair cuts) accentuate eyes. The quality of eyelash curlers has improved over the decades and they still come in the original stainless steel metal. Everyone has their own preferences of eyelash curlers but from our experience, they are worth the splurge.

SHOP NOW: Tweezerman Classic Eyelash Curler, $9.75


This award winning eyelash curler creates intense, curly lashes without causing any creases. Its silicone lash pads are thick and round and wide enough to curl lashes safely. Use this eyelash curler before applying mascara and notice how bright and open your eyes will look.




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After several seasons of elaborate nail art, bold neons and loud metallics, the tides are changing. On and off the runway we spotted dozens of chic neutrals. From barely there pinks to opaque creams, old school pale nails are everything this season. Just like foundation, nailing the right nude is all about finding the right shade for your skin tone.

Fair Skin: Sheer Pink

The best neutral tone for fair skin is pink because it supports the pink and blue undertones in pale skin tones. The idea is to brighten and subtly enhance your nails while still letting them show through a little by using a shiny, sheer formula.

Our Pick: SHOP NOW: OPI Bubble Bath, $6.95

Medium Skin: Pink-y-Beige

Medium skin tones look best with a pink-y beige. It can help brighten the natural skin tone.

Our Pick: SHOP NOW: OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy, $6.95

Olive Skin: Creamy Beige

Pale, creamy nude tones work well with medium skin tones because they highlight the inherent tan hue of the skin while providing just the right amount of contrast.

Our Pick: SHOP NOW: OPI Samoan Sand, $6.95

Dark Skin: Rosy Beige

If you have dark skin, you’ve got options. Dark skin tones can handle the greatest variety of colors, the beige component contrasts nicely with dark skin while the warm tone of rose complements it.

Our Pick: SHOP NOW: OPI Mod About You, $6.95





Arguably, foundation—or more accurately, the entire art of perfecting your skin with makeup—is the hardest element of the application process. Let’s face it: filling in your brows or swiping on mascara is not rocket science. But it takes a special effort (both in shade and product selection, along with technique) to make your skin look both natural and of course, flawless.


The problem is that powder foundations don’t give you the best finish. The look right now is very, very natural and a little bit dewy and the best way to get said look is with a liquid foundation. Powders are drying, tend to cake and can even accentuate wrinkles because they settle into the creases.


We recommend Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Foundation! The smooth-finish of this foundation creates flawless looking skin as you wear it, while it also unleashes anti aging benefits from Peter Thomas Roth’s exclusive UnWrinkle formula. The foundation is oil-free and also contains SPF 20 to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays. The long lasting foundation includes a moisturizer that keeps your complexion looking fresh and radiant throughout the day. Though it is good for all skin types, the Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Foundation is especially good for dry skin. Create as much coverage as you need with as many necessary applications of this buildable foundation. It’s make up; it’s an anti aging treatment; it’s sun block; its everything you need in one bottle.


The reason foundation brushes are superior is because they use far, far less product and are also ACE at blending—and that means a smoother, more natural, less cakey application. Sponges are okaaaay (I’ve been trialling the Beautyblender lately and it’s quite nice) but the problem is that they waste a lot of product. Plus, they tend to be better at dabbing on areas where you need more coverage instead of creating a smooth, even application.

When looking for a foundation brush, make sure it’s synthetic, not animal hair (you should never use animal hair with liquids). And it’s a pain in the bum, but you also have to wash it regularly with either a makeup brush cleaner or a gentle baby shampoo.


We reccomend Glo Minerals Liquid Foundation brush! This brush is specifically designed for applying liquid foundations as it perfectly and evenly distributes makeup products to your skin. This high-quality brush has soft hairs and a tapered head for easy and gentle application. This brush makes it possible to get in those hard to reach places around the eyes and nose leaving you with natural-looking coverage.

And once your foundation is perfect….





Because our now generation is about DIY everything, BLISS makes it easy for us to achieve a safe wax at home even if you’re a waxing virgin! We agree with Bliss that hard wax is the best wax, especially for smaller areas like the under arms and bikini. While “hot” or “strip” wax has the tendency to be more popular, more wax-savvy establishments are moving on to the hard wax as people believe it to be less painful. Hard wax requires a low temperature and is pinch-less, meaning it does not require a strip to remove – it shrink wraps your hair and pulls directly from the root.

Bliss’s poetic waxing kit is a hard wax that features everything you need for the perfect at-home wax, including a pre-waxing oil treatment and a soothing after-wax oil. If it’s your first time waxing we recommend practicing on a large, flat area, like your leg or arm, so you can master the technique before moving on to more difficult-to-reach and sensitive places. Before removing the wax, pull the skin taut to avoid bruising. When you pull on the wax, make sure to pull parallel and low to the body.

The key to the perfect wax is in the prep. Before waxing, it’s helpful to exfoliate to rid the skin of dead cells and allow hairs to break through the surface. Bliss also recommends using a gentle antiseptic cleanser with rose and chamomile to remove surface bacteria, perspiration and makeup prior to hair removal.


Bliss Poetic Waxing At Home Hair Removal Kit includes everything you need to wax face or body. It is a safe and effective, strip-free hard wax hair removal system! Wax does not adhere to skin and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Wax is warmed up in microwave and “How To” Guide is included



Look away, lipstick lovers – Eyes are the focus this FALL. From hints of metallic to splashes of electric hues and nothing but radiant skin. Trust us when we say..  all of these trends are worth trying!



#GETTHELOOK PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Tigi Cosmetics Split Eyeshadow Flirt



#GETTHELOOK PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Tigi Cosmetics Split Eyeshadow Feisty









No matter your skin type or concern, the key to glowing skin is easy as 1,2,3.


Wash your face twice daily to remove dirt, debris, makeup, dead skin cells and accumulated oils. Use toner—no more than twice a day—to restore skin’s pH and prepare it for the next step.



Formulated with botanical ingredients, this renewing oil cleanser maintain’s the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Perfect for face, eyes and lips, removing impurities, irritants and even makeup. Star magazine’s beauty team also rated this The BEST Facial Cleanser of 2014!


This is the most important step of every skincare regimen. Use as instructed to repair existing damage and optimize the health of your skin so it can defend itself against further injury.

#PRODUCTSPOTLIGHT: MURAD Essential-C Daily Renewing Complex


Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex to protect and repair photodamaged skin. The potent anti aging formula strengthens skin with a large dose of Vitamin C to help protect against future damage. The anti aging skincare effects of Vitamin C are enhanced by Murad’s Skin Repair System. Together, they improve the skin’s elasticity, clear the skin, encourage collagen production and provide powerful antioxidant protection. Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex restores and reverses premature skin aging. Clinical studies have shown a 17% decrease of fine lines and skin wrinkles after just one use of the anti aging skin treatment, and a 46% decrease in signs of photodamage in just 4 weeks.


Apply a moisturizer to replenish and restore your skin. Be sure to use a sunscreen every day, regardless of your activities or the weather.

#PRODUCTSPOTLIGHT MURAD Essential-C Night Moisture


Restore hydration to your skin overnight with Murad Essential-C Night Moisture, a rich, anti wrinkle night cream. The antioxidant-packed anti aging night cream renews your skin’s youthful texture and increases elasticity and firmness with the help of Murad’s Skin Repair System. Murad Essential-C Night Moisturizer works overnight to promote healthy cell turnover, revealing bright, younger-looking skin where environmentally stressed skin used to be. Shea Butter delivers lasting, instant hydration while vitamin C counteracts damaging free radicals.





Nails naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  There are long fingers with wide nail beds, short fingers with short nail beds, and every combination in between. Most people lean toward one of the five basic shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed. Though other blended combinations of these shapes exist, these five are definitely the most common. So how do you know which shape is best for you? Let’s get into shape!


The Oval

The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands. It can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. The oval shape is an interesting shape because it can work on long nail beds and short ones as well. Ovals can be longer to accentuate a long nail bed, or they can be shorter to complement a shorter nail bed. The oval can add length to a nail while retaining the softer curves of the round shape.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To achieve the oval shape, first begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape you’re looking for. The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

The Square

The square nail is the classic acrylic shape — straight side walls, two sharp points on the tips, and a balanced C-curve. It is the staple shape for the traditional French manicure and is used frequently for detailed nail art designs. But the square nail is not always the best choice for certain nail beds, the square shape is difficult to pull off when the natural nail bed tends to be shorter and wider. In such a case, a sharp square nail could make the nail appear shorter and stubbier. But for longer nail beds, the square can complement the nail and add length to the finger.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To file into the classic square shape, a medium-grade file (150 grit) should be used to shape the free edge and side walls first. Then turn the hand around to straighten the free edge, noting that when looking at it the file should be perpendicular to the nail to achieve the hard square. File the side wall straight up and then change the angle to blend. Repeat this on the other side. Once both sides are finished, use angles to lightly feather and bevel the nail and to sharpen the corners.

The Squoval

The squoval is one of the most common shapes, yet it is absent from many nail technician textbooks. The squoval nail is essentially a conservative square with the length of a square nail but the softer edges of an oval — hence the name squoval. Squoval nails add versatility, enabling short, wide nail beds to carry the length without appearing oversized.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To file the squoval, first begin with the square. This is a practice that she employs for every shape. She first builds it square so that she can make sure the sidewalls are straight. Once the side walls are straight, tilt the file underneath the corners and file back and forth from the underneath up. This will gradually take the corners off. Keep in mind that you only want to round the part of the tip that is past the free edge, this way you do not take anything away from the side walls at the stress area.

The Round

The round shape is more conservative. It is frequently used to create a softer, less noticeable look, and it’s also a common choice for male clients because the shape mirrors the natural contours of the nail. If you have wide nail beds and large hands, then the rounded shape can make the hands look a bit thinner. Round nails can also soften hand features by providing a well-kempt and subtle nail outline.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: To get the round shape, it’s best to file the side walls straight out, and then to just round out the edges into a nice curved shape. Be careful not to take too much off on each side or else it will look unbalanced. A good tip to remember is to visualize making a square, filing the side walls straight out, then simply round the corners with moderate angles to complete the shape. The finished round nail should be slightly tapered and extend just past the tip of the finger.

The Pointed

The pointed nail is not seen as often as other shapes. A pointed shape is a little more adventurous than shapes like the oval, squoval, or even square, but given the right circumstances a pointed nail can create length and have a slendering effect on the hand. Smaller hands with smaller nail beds can use a pointed nail to create a subtle appearance of length, while long, slender nail beds take pointed nails to a more noticeable and extreme level.

#GETTHELOOK How to File: The technique is based on the letter “I” where the center of the “I” shape is the upper arch that forms a line running down the nail bed. The top of the “I” is bending the cuticle flush with the natural nail, and the bottom of the “I” is looking down the barrel of the nail to make sure the C-curve is even. The pointed tip requires taking the top of the “I” to a point that meets at the center of the apex. Once the “I” is in formation, it is just a matter of blending everything in so you have perfect harmony in the nail shape.


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