The Perfect Labor Day Look

Labor Day provides the perfect excuse to go all out with your makeup because, after all, nothing screams patriotism quite like red and blue makeup. Whether you plan to head to a family barbeque or dance the night away with your gals, we’ve got you covered with this super easy yet glamorous look.

First, start off with the most essential product: moisturizer! Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream  is formulated with thermal spring water, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin types. More importantly though, the antioxidant-enriched cream contains SPF 25 so you’ll be protected against harsh UVA and UVB rays if you’re outside.

Once you’ve got a smooth base, glide on BareMinerals’ Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer  to even out skin texture and conceal pores. Apply BareMinerals’ BarePro Liquid Foundation  for breathable, full coverage that will last in even the most unfavorable conditions as it’s resistant to sweat, water, and heat. Like the moisturizer, it also contains SPF so you’re getting an extra layer of sun protection.

Keep your foundation flawless by setting it with Dermablend’s Compact Solid Setting Powder . One light layer of this transparent powder will prevent your makeup from smudging and transfering. Plus, you can take the compact on the go if you need to mattify your T-zone.

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Time for the fun part—whip out some blue eyeliner! Tigi Cosmetics’ Perfect Eyeliner  in “Blue” glides onto the eyelid effortlessly thanks to moisturizing ingredients like Jojoba oil. You can either apply it to your waterline for a subtle flash of color, or make your eyes really pop by lining both your upper and bottom lash lines. The liner also doubles as an eyeshadow since it comes with a smudger so you can soften the look. To finish the eyes, swipe on Glo Minerals’ Water Resistant Mascara  for smudgeproof lashes.

When it comes to lips, a matte formulation is essential for long events so go for Glo Minerals’ Suede Matte Crayon  in “Sorbet.” The chunky pencil lasts for eight hours but won’t dry out your lips as it’s enriched with shea butter and powerful antioxidants. Complement the lipstick by swirling Glo Minerals Blush  in “Begonia” on the apples of your cheeks.

Now that the makeup look is complete, your hair needs some TLC. The look works well with either straight or curly hair so it’s entirely up to you to decide which you want. For this look though, we’re going to tell you how to achieve gorgeous bouncy waves with Bio Ionic’s GoldPro Smoothing & Styling Iron.

 

But before even picking up the iron, prep with Hot Sexy Hair’s Protect Me 450ºF Hot Tool Protection Hairspray  to defend hair from harsh temperatures. After coating your hair with the spray, you’re ready to curl. The technique is simple—grab a thin lock of hair that’s about an inch wide, clamp the iron down, then twist the iron away from your face while running it down the entire lock. Leave the ends a bit straight for a more modern look and then you’re good to go!

The Weirdest Celebrity Skincare Hacks

Celebrities do not always use high-end products. In fact, sometimes they use DIY hacks that cost less than a Starbucks drink. And sometimes those hacks are clever…or just straight up bizarre. Here is a list of the weirdest skincare hacks out there in case you are curious—try them at your own risk.

Washing your face with olive oil

If you have ever wondered if cooking oil can be used as face wash, wonder no more. Chloë Grace Moretz says that washing her face with olive oil does wonders for her cystic acne. “I swear my skin is so much clearer because of it,” she told Allure. However, we would not recommend using it as everyone has different skin types, so what works for her might actually break you out. Instead, try Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil , as it is formulated to use during skin’s flare-ups due to eczema and dermatitis.

Dunking your face in cold water

To set her makeup, supermodel Bella Hadid dunks her face in cold water for 10 seconds. This Korean beauty hack involves submerging your fully made-up face in a bowl of cold water to “seal it.” While it looks effective, that seems like a lot of work to do every day, so we recommend using Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray  as a way more effective alternative. This setting spray not only hydrates the skin, but also calms down acne-prone skin since it is formulated with green tea extract.

Exfoliating with cat litter

This one is probably the weirdest hack on this list, but Snooki likes to mix cat litter with water to get rid of dead skin cells. The self-proclaimed “cheapo” does not like to spend a lot of money on spa treatments so she found on Google that cat litter does the trick. However, Rebecca O’Sullivan, an esthetician at Chicago’s Sine Qua Non Salon, does not advice putting cat litter on the face because it is a known neurotoxin for humans and can tear the skin. Save yourself the trouble and opt for Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant  instead. This skin polisher sloughs off dead skin instantly without damaging your skin thanks to its advanced technology ingredients.

Applying hemorrhoid cream under your eyes

The secret to Kim Kardashian’s bright undereye is not an expensive eye cream, but actually a hemorrhoid cream! Her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, says he uses Preparation H. to reduce the appearance of wrinkles underneath her eyes. The ingredients in the cream really do help to tighten the skin temporarily by constricting the blood vessels, but if used too often can dry out the skin. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream  is a safer, and way more powerful product, as it contains a potent concentration of retinol complex that visibly tightens skin and dimishes signs of aging.

Moisturzing your lips with a nipple repair cream

Margot Robbie believes lip balm contains additives that dry out your lips, so instead she uses Bepanthen, a nipple repair cream for breastfeeding mothers. Some lip balms actually do contain dehydrating ingredients like phenol and menthol, but Avene’s Cold Cream Lip Balm does not. It is an ultra-hydrating lip balm formulated with vitamins E and F to help relieve chapped lips in an instant.

The Easiest Celebrity Morning Routines

It is no secret that the most successful people in the world, celebrities included, are early risers—some even wake up as early as 5:00 AM like Jennifer Aniston! Getting out of bed while it is still dark out is definitely the challenge, but it allows people to get ready at their own pace and also get a quick workout session in before the day starts. While a lot of celebrities say that meditation and coffee is an essential start to their day, skincare products are what they really cannot live without. To get inspired, we have found the top celebrity morning routines that are surprisingly simple and therapeutic so you can also take on the day like a star.

 

Cleanse with an herbal face wash

Before starting her makeup routine in the morning, Kate Bosworth cleanses her face with an herbal cleanser because it is gentle and natural. We recommend using Neova’s Herbal Wash  as it is a soap-free, gentle wash that works well at removing any oil and debris from the night before. Formulated with chamomile extract to help decongest clogged pores and peppermint oil to soothe the skin, this cleanser is especially great for sensitive, acne-prone skin types.

Put on a cold sheet mask

If your skin is looking particularly dull when you wake up, do what Mindy Kaling does and use a sheet mask in the morning! Decleor’s Aroma White C+ Intensive Brightening Sheet Mask instantly rejuvenates the skin by adding luminosity and decreasing hyperpigmentation. For an added bonus, chill the mask in the fridge like Mindy before applying. Using a cold product on your face will tighten the skin and brighten the complexion by boosting circulation so it is a win-win.

 

Use a different mask each morning

When you are more crunched for time, sheet masks may not fit into your schedule so opt for a regular face mask like Martha Stewart. Even though she accomplishes a lot in the morning, she always has time for a face mask. Martha told the New York Times that she puts one on every morning for five days a week, but she never repeats the same mask two days in a row. She uses a variety of face masks, from firming to gel to collagen, so we recommend trying out Peter Thomas Roth’s Meet Your Mask Kit  since it offers six different masks in total. It includes a purifying mud mask, a detoxifying cucumber gel mask, a rose stem cell repair mask, a pumpkin dermal resurfacing mask, a 24k gold firming mask, and an algae hydrating mask so can tackle any skin problems throughout the week.

Roll out those puffy eyes

Even though it seems like celebrities wake up flawless, do not be fooled. They deal with puffy eyes like the rest of us do, which is why they have a fool-proof weapon: a Jade Roller . Lea Michele, among many other celebrities, uses this tiny tool religiously to get rid of puffy eyes, as it reduces inflammation via lymphatic drainage. Use it cold to reduce swelling even quicker. It will make you look and feel more alert in the morning, helping you to put your best foot forward.

 

How to Wear Hyper-Charged Blush

While it’s been the norm to wear just a pop o flight blush for years, the trend recently has shifted to a bolder, more intense look. It’s not for the timid, but it turns out anyone can wear a bright blush when it’s applied the right way—and in the right color, of course. Here, are the best shades to wear, how to pull off that deeper hue, and how to ensure that that the rest of your makeup doesn’t compete with the color.

 

The real key to pulling off those brighter-than-bright shades that look a little alarming in the packaging is to use a cream formula. Given their malleable consistency, they’re much easier to blend into the skin, and you can easily tone it down just a touch if you feel you’ve been a bit too heavy-handed with your application. And if you happen to want more color, you just need to tap a bit more onto your cheekbones to achieve the desired look.

 

So what’s the best way to accomplish this? You need to play with texture. Cream formulas don’t sit well if they’re applied over powder, so bear that in mind if you’re tempted to layer it over powder blush or even a powder foundation. The goal is to move from one creamy consistency to another, so that the two work together instead of against each other.

 

Of course, not all cream blushes are the same. The key is to select a formula that is truly creamy—one that doesn’t skip and bump as you attempt to rub it into your skin, and that leaves your complexion glowing with a healthy flush. We’re big proponents of Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush ($20.99) for that reason. Its oil-free formula is extremely light and airy, and it blends beautifully into the skin.

 

Don’t be taken aback by the devilishly dark hue in the pot—it looks incredibly fierce, but once applied it’s easy to bring down to a more natural (yet very noticeable) level. The idea is to work your way up to the point where hyper-charged is totally hyper-normal for you. That’s why a cream formula is so genius—it builds up nicely and creates beautiful definition.

 

To achieve the best results, we suggest a tool like bareMinerals Angled Face Brush ($17.99). Its slightly geometric cut allows for more precise application to the areas you really want to cover. Begin by applying color to the apples of your cheeks. Blend in a slightly circular motion, taking the brush upward and away from your cheekbones to your temples. This creates a slight “C” configuration that appears the most natural. Be sure to blend like crazy to achieve a soft flush.

 

What if powder is your formula of choice? No worries at all—the genius of Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush ($12.99) is that it’s fairly foolproof. Remember to go light with the initial touch, because this is a heavily pigmented product that doesn’t demand hard-hitting application. We love using wider brushes with powder products, as they leave behind the kind of impish glow that is usually only seen on magazine covers. The Jane Iredale White Fan Blush Brush ($12.99) is an outstanding choice for its broad bristles and ability to pick up just the right amount of product.

 

After running it over the powder, tap away any excess and swirl away onto your cheekbones. Again, use a light hand to begin, and feel free to build it up after the first application. Remember that the brush is your friend—the fan silhouette is specifically designed to produce a softer, more natural look. Yet we’re after a hyper-charged complexion, remember? So repeat the process twice if you want to really amplify that color even more.

 

What good is all that hard work if the color doesn’t last? The beauty of wearing brighter blushes is that they have a tendency to stick around a bit longer. That said, you can prevent fading by applying Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray ($25.99) as your final step. Not only will it lock your makeup in place, but it also helps moisturize and retain a fresh appearance all day long. You’re guaranteed to have the best skin in the place thanks to your brilliant glow!

 

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How To: Ace The Red Smoky Eye Look!

It’s official! — red/pink eye shadow is the new neutral. With stars like Ruth Negga, Lily Collins, and even Queen Bey turning up in pink eyeshadow, pink blush and bright red lips, the combo is proving to be a real stunner — and a refreshing departure from the typical red lips and black, winged liner pairing we see this time of year.

Though it’s a risky shade, it can be surprisingly easy to pull off with the proper placement and blending skills. Choosing the right shade depends on your skin tone, and experimenting with the color base will help make sure you choose the right shade of red for you. However, to create this look, the Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eyeshadow ($19.99) has the perfect red tone that goes with almost every skin tone, they also go on smooth and ensure long-lasting wearability!

Also, don’t forget you’ll need to add some orange to the corners to make it a little softer and less dramatic. The Glo Minerals Elemental Eyes Collection ($33.99) this palette includes eight eyeshadows that will help you to perfectly get the smoky red look.

 

After you applied and blended the eye shadows, define the entire eye with a brown eye pencil, lining the upper and lower lash line so no skin is showing. Actually, we have the perfect product for that! Check out the Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner ($11.99) this pencil easily glides onto the eyelid without stretching the delicate skin around the eye.

 

To get this perfect look, apply a few coats of volumizing mascara. The more, the better! bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black ($17.99) creates larger-than-life lashes. This mascara helps lengthen, thicken, and separate lashes for volume you can see.

 

Last but not least, an outstanding red smoky eye look needs to come along with tons of highlighter! Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter ($20.99) illuminates skin and adds a glow to any look. Shine bright babe!

 

Get the look: Adele Grammys 2017

Adele was one of the biggest stars from the Grammys 2017, not only because all the awards she won, or her beautiful speech to Beyonce when she won “Best Album of the Year”, but also because her flawless hair and makeup. If you’re also dreaming on how to get that natural but still stunning look, keep posted!

To prepare your skin start by applying the bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($20.99), providing skin-perfecting coverage, this primer-cream helps reduce the appearance of discolorations.

Then put a good base on your face with the Glo Minerals Protective Liquid Foundation Satin (25.99) to cover blemishes and other imperfections while providing protective antioxidant benefits.

Now, apply Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer ($20.99) to the under eye area, T-Zone, and high planes of the face

Contour is a must! You can get the perfect effect with Tigi Cosmetics Creme Foundation – Dark ($18.99) to make your face look slimmer! Adele’s rosy cheeks and light pink lips perfectly complemented her olive green dress without distracting from her smoldering eye makeup and Youngblood Pressed Mineral Blush ($16.99) will be your perfect ally on this!

The eye’s makeup is very easy to recreate! To copy Adele’s sultry makeup start by lining your lids in Jane Iredale Liquid Eye Liner ($15.99) glide on with precision starting from the inner corner to create her signature cat eye before layering a swipe of bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 ($35.99). First, apply a cream color all over your lid and then contour the socket creating a shadow with the darker shade of the palette. Make sure to do the blending to create that effect of depth. Don’t forget to add mascara to give the perfect final touch and the Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara ($23.99) helps lashes look thicker and longer naturally!

To finish your Adele’s inspired look, fill the lip with the Glo Minerals Lipstick ($12.99) in the coral tone. Enhance the look of your lips with this bold, beautiful color!

 

 

How to transform your makeup from day to night

Knowing how to take your makeup look from day to night is crucial for busy girls, specially now during the Holidays that we have a bunch of activities on our agenda. Here we show you 5 essential –and very easy – tips on how to make this transition for a look that never goes out of style.make-up-from-day-to-night1

  1. Add some drama to the face. A few simple steps are all you need and a dramatic, chiseled cheekbones is a quick and easy way to transition your look from day to night. Darken your contouring makeup for a more dramatic, evening effect. The Youngblood Lunar Dust – Sunset ($21.99) can be very helpful with this! This product is a unique, light-reflecting Mineral Dusting Powder that is used to create a luminous lunar body glow and sun kissed shimmer.

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  1. Apply some eye shadow: This is the most important step to change your look from day to night. It is crucial that you use a palette with dark colors like the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 ($37.99) You can play up the eyes with a quick 5-minute Smokey eye by apply transition color in the crease, deepen crease with darker eye shadow shade, press dark shadow on center of eyelid & blend, last but not least, blend eye shadow along lower lash line.

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  1. Eyeliner: Sometimes—especially when you’re fighting the clock—good eyeliner can make all the difference in upgrading your daytime look. Sweep thin or thick black liner along lash line and viola! The Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner ($12.99) will be your best ally on this.

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4. This is probably the most important step; the lipstick! Turn that nude or light-pink glossy lip into something dark and bold. In case that you only have 5 minutes to do “the magic” this is the only step you should consider. Go for matte or glosses, both are now super trendy, it just depends on your mood and personality! Just make sure it is a dark color like the Glo Minerals Lipstick ($12.99) “Cabaret Lipstick” or “Spiced Rum Lipstick” to change your look automatically.

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  1. Some highlight is always right. We all know that nothing says nighttime more than a touch of glow. Don’t know which one to buy? We got you! The Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter – Complete ($20.99) illuminates skin and adds a soft glow. Just apply some to the tops of cheekbones, brow bones, and nose bridge.

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By now, you know what to do in order to quickly and easily to refresh your makeup, and look a bit more glam if five easy steps. Changing your make up from day to night, won’t be a problem any more! Now you’re ready to go from the office, to a girls night out!

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Get Her Look – Julianne Hough’s Top Knot

We see this look everywhere. When attending an elegant affair, but it is warm out or your dress calls for your hair to be pulled up from your shoulders and back from your face, try the top knot. We’ve seen this on celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Julianne Hough, Kelly Osbourne & more. Julliane Hough pairs this look with pinned back bangs. You can choose this option if you have bangs. If not, add body and texture to hair by adding in a braid.

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Start off with a french braid right in the middle of your head only going halfway to the crown & secure with a rubber band.

Then flip your whole head forward and grab it to make a high ponytail.

Then flip your whole head forward and grab it to make a high ponytail. It should be where you stopped the braid.

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Hold the base of the ponytail and wrap the rest of your hair around as if you are going to make a bun. Doesn’t have to be perfect but make it symmetrical.

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There you have it! A very nice Top Knot with a twist!

Kate Middleton Halloween Costume 2013

GTL-Kate-MiddletonOur vote for the cutest celebrity Halloween costume in 2013 is Kate Middleton & baby Prince George. Here is everything you need to pull off a flawless and royal Kate Middleton Halloween costume!

1. Dress 2. Pumps 3. Kate Middleton Engagement Ring 4. Lipstick 5. Baby doll 6. Glo Minerals Perfecting Powder 7. Luxe Lip Gloss

Get Her Look – Katherine Pierce Of Vampire Diaries

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As beautiful and desired as Elena Gilbert is on the hit series, The Vampire Diaries, there is nothing like a villian. This Get Her Look is dedicated to Katherine Pierce, Elena’s arch nemesis & doppelganger. Katherine is a purely sexy bad ass and flaunts it like it’s her job! Here’s how to pull off her look:

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