Beauty Lesson #10: The Quick Fix Guide to Refresh your Makeup

When your out having a good time, the last thing you want to worry about is your makeup! Here are a few quick tricks to making it last when your having a night out on the town.

Avoid shine. I love clean & clear oil absorbing sheets to blot away that excess oil.

Use flesh colored pencils to disguise a pimple or erase smeared eye liner or mascara. I love MAKE UP FOREVER Concealer Pencil!

If your shadow creases, adding more powder on top can make it look worse, use your finger tip to gently even out the creases and dab a sheer cream shadow over the middle of your lid to brow bone. My go-to is Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Beach Blonde.

And lastly…When your lipstick has faded, a clear, shimmery gloss will brighten it up again! Try using Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Icicle.

Do you have any tips on refreshing your makeup in hurry? Have you tried any of these products?

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Beauty Lesson #9: How to Choose an Eye Shadow Palette

Owning an eye-shadow palette is practical and minimizes makeup clutter. Many women are guilty (I know I am!) of picking out the wrong one and the palette ends up in the garbage or just collecting dust. An eye shadow palette is a must have for anyone who wears make up on the regular.

Things to know…

  • Find a palette with a wide range of colors you would use daily.
  • It’s never a good idea to buy something just because it has one shade you love, chances are you can buy that color on it’s own…if you don’t see it, just ask someone at the counter, they’ll point ya in the right direction.
  • Most useful eye-shadow palettes are nude and smokey. The nude ones should have a range of browns, taupe, beige, and champagne colors. A smokey palette should consist of black, a few gray shades, and a shimmery highlighter.
  • It’s also smart to consider your eye color…something with purple if you have green eyes, teals or warm grays for brown, or copper and golds for blue eyes.
  • I know having all those shades in front of you to choose from can be overwhelming, especially if your not so into makeup. But, DON’T PANIC! You’re not expected to use all shades at once. Mix it up play with different color combinations. Have fun with it!  If your unsure about a bold shade mix it with a neutral and, keep in mind that shadows can also be used as eye liners!
  • Lastly, if you end up not having any luck finding something that works for you, you can always make a palette! Mary Kay has a few different compacts you can customize. And Z Palette makes a palette that is totally customizable, you can even use eye shadows, blushes, etc. that you already have!

Do you have a “go-to” eye shadow palette? What are some things you consider when shopping?

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Beauty Lesson #8: How to clean your makeup brushes.

I am definitely guilty of not cleaning my makeup brushes often enough! I’m hoping this post will inspire me to clean my brushes more often! lol :)

You should clean your brushes on a regular basis to remove:

  • old makeup
  • dirt and debris
  • oils
  • bacteria
  • dead skin cells

When should you clean your brushes?

  • foundation brushes, once a week
  • brushes used for finishing powders and bronzers, once a week
  • blush brushes, once a week
  • eye shadow brushes, every 2-3 days
  • eye liner brushes, after each use

For those that suffer with acne, you will greatly benefit from keeping your brushes clean at all times. To cut down on cleaning time, rotate your brushes so you always have a clean brush to use.

What should you use?

I like to use baby shampoo to clean my brushes, it’s affordable and can be found just about anywhere! It removes all the makeup, dirt and oil from brushes, and is strong enough to kill bacteria/germs without drying out the hair bristles of your brushes. Also, if your in hurry and don’t have time to deep clean your brushes, you can always spot clean with MAC’s brush cleaner. It will clean, disinfect and condition the brushes.

How to clean your brushes:

  • First wet your brushes with warm water, be sure your brushes are facing down when you do this.
  • Next, put a little baby shampoo in the palm of your hand, gently swirl around the makeup brush to remove residue from the bristles. Rinse with water and repeat until brushes rinse clear.
  • Gently shake off excess water, never squeeze brushes, doing so can misshapen the brush.
  • Allow brushes to drying hanging over a clean surface (I let my brush hang over the bathroom sink).

How often do you clean your brushes? What do you do differently?

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Top 5 Requested Celebrity Hairstyles

Personally I feel like I get these requests the most in the salon, Rhianna’s is probably the last one on the list. Although, Rhianna’s cut is prob my fave out of all these and I love Zooey’s bangs!

Rihanna’s Cropped Do

Ask your stylist to section off the longer pieces at the top, then cut the opposite side very short, all the way to the deep side part. The hair can be swept to the side or worn up and back.

Zooey Deschanel’s Wide, Blunt Bangs

Remember to keep your face shape in mind when asking fro these dramatic bangs, I’d narrow the width of the bangs if you’re worried about your face looking too round or wide.

Jennifer Aniston’s Shoulder Grazing Shag

A very relaxed, but sophisticated look. This style is ideal for someone with straight hair, those with very fine texture should avoid this look, as too many layers can thin out your hair.

Kim Kardashian’s Shiny Waves

Kim’s look is pretty and polished, Ask for long, graduated layers and big, flowy waves.

Reese Witherspoon’s Fringe

Her bangs are the perfect length for her face shape, and they’re weighty without looking heavy. Make sure your stylist knows your are committed to having thicker bangs.

Have you tried any of these looks? What are some other celebrity styles you love?

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Beauty Lesson #7: how to get the most out of your shampoo and conditioner

Properly shampooing and conditioning your hair is actually the most important step in your hair care maintenance routine. Shampoo and conditioner set the foundation for everything that comes after.

What does shampoo & conditioner do?

  • Shampooing slightly opens up the cuticle, removing oil, dirt, and product build up to create a clean environment for conditioning.
  • Conditioning delivers essential nutrients and moisture to the hair, then seals the cuticle to keep hair healthy, balanced and protected.

What you will need…

  • Shampoo and conditioner designed for your hair type
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Microfiber hand towel

How to:

  1. Prior to shampooing , brush your hair to remove any tangles. If you have a flaky scalp brush your hair scalp to ends with a natural bristle brush to loosen up flakes.
  2. Grab a wide tooth comb to keep in the shower, also take a microfiber hand towel, hang in a dry place.
  3. Make sure to get your water right! You should be using warm water. If you have oily hair, using water that is too hot will actually stimulate your scalp’s sebaceous glands, which will produce more oil!
  4. Massage a small amount between your palms to create a lather, about a dime size of shampoo is a good place to start, add more if you need to.
  5. Start to lightly massage at the scalp, letting the suds cover your mid-lengths to ends, rinse until the water runs clear…..Unless your old school (like me! lol) and only wash your hair less than 2 times a week or using lots of styling product, no need to repeat shampooing. If you have oily hair, avoid vigorously massaging the shampoo into your scalp thinking it will get rid of the excess oil. All that rubbing will actually stimulate the oil glands  producing more of what your are trying to get rid of.
  6. Prior to applying conditioner or deep conditioner, towel dry your hair to remove all the excess water in your hair. This will provide better absorption of your product.
  7. Gently work a quarter size (use less if you have short hair) amount of conditioner into the hair from mid-shaft to ends. Comb the conditioner through with a wide tooth comb  and leave on for 1-3 minutes. Rinse until water is clear.
  8. To maintain healthy hair, DEEP CONDITION once a week. Apply just as you would your conditioner, leaving it on for 5-15 minutes (or follow suggestions on the product label).
  9. After shampooing be sure to towel dry your really well. Then use a good leave-in conditioner and comb through. Style as usual.

What is your shampoo routine like? How does it relate to this one?

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Beauty Lesson #6: How much product do I use?

Have you ever left the salon with a bag full of products and wonder how much the stuff you should be using? Here’s a little  chart to help ya out! And of course if you have a lot of hair, start off with a small amount of product and add more as you need it!

Have you been over using your products? Has this helped you?

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Beauty Lesson #5: Salon Brands vs. Drug Store Brands

This post will be focusing on shampoos and conditioners. Salon brands versus drug store brand products are questioned quite a bit. Which one should you be using? What are the benefits of salon brands? Is there anything wrong with using drug store brands, how will they effect my hair? You get the idea. It all really depends on the person.

Long vs. Short                                                                                                                                Women and men with long hair should always choose professional products, especially if your hair is really long. Short hair typically has the same texture at the root and the ends, unless chemically treated (colored, permed, relaxed, etc.). Short hair is cut more often, so it doesn’t have a chance to become damaged. Most professional products are formulated for specific hair needs, so they really do need professional recommendation.

Also consider age when purchasing your hair products. As we age hair texture changes, it becomes more brittle, thinner, etc. For the older folks, I always recommend salon brands. Giving your hair the tlc it needs will help keep your hair on your head longer! As for the kiddies, it’s best to consider their hair needs as you would your own.

So with all that being said, if you are anyone with short hair that is not chemically treated (which will be mostly boys and men with short hair styles) then it is safe to use drug store brands. However, drug store brands “coat” the hair with a buildup that really affects your drying time and will eventually prevent needed moisture absorption to your hair.

Salon brands cost a little bit more, but they are concentrated (less water in the formula), which means they last longer. Drug store products are cheaper, but you have to use more to get your hair clean. In the end, you have to buy 2-3 bottles of drugstore shampoo versus 1 bottle of professional shampoo. Remember to always use salon brands as directed by your stylist.

Many people have a bad habit of dumping a giant glob of shampoo in there hand, no need to do that with salon brands. It really is a hard habit to break! Professional products are highly concentrated, you only need a small amount, adding more water to your palm or hair will build up lather.

Are you REALLY saving money by buying drugstore brands? What are some of your favorite brands? Do you have any concerns with the shampoo/conditioner you’ve been using?

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