Brown liner is like the nerdy sister to the sultry black version. It seems boring but brown can look ultra sexy and is universally flattering on every eye color. (It especially makes blue eyes pop like on Lindsey Wixson from the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 collection below). It’s suitable for day and night, and there’s more room for error, than with black. Keep it simple by smudging brown or bronze liner along the top lash line or add some on the bottom for extra depth. To intensify the look, add shadow on the outer corners of your lid, blending inward and half way along the bottom lash line. Finish off with a few coats of mascara and a rosy nude lip.
Glitter seems to be popping up this season and can be seen at a few Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows like Chanel and ICB by Prabal Gurung. My 16 year-old self is ecstatic! Now that I’m…cough…twice as old, I tend to shelve the sparkles unless it’s for a halloween costume or New Year’s Eve party (and then watch out!). But there are some grownup products that will add sparkle to your makeup without looking like you’re going to junior prom. Maybe just don’t wear them all at once. Unless you’re on the Ke$ha world tour. Then go nuts.
TIPS FOR WEARING GLITTER:
• A little goes a long way. Opt for a thin line of sparkles along the top or bottom lashes or add some to the inner corners of your eyes.
• Pile on the mascara to contrast a bright sparkle and/or add a matt black liner.
• Choose one area like your eyes or lips and keep the rest of your makeup simple.
• Place a tissue under your eyes to keep loose glitter from getting everywhere and apply with a q-tip so you don’t have to be picking glitter out of your brushes a year from now.
I’m not much of a sunless tanning person, but I recently had an event and wanted a little extra somthin’ to enhance my color. Rather than deal with a professional salon, I opted for the riskier cousin and decided to DIY. I have olive skin, so a lot of formulas give me that orange glow that I’m not really into (call me crazy). That coupled with the drying time, icky odor and everything else that comes with doing this sort of thing at home makes it undesirable for me. But I was introduced to the Brazilian Tan Airbrush New by Rodial and I have to say, it’s pretty darn fantastic. The can emits a fine mist of product that gives you instantly bronzed skin. Ideally, you should exfoliate first, and then apply in a ventilated area or in your shower stall. One quick, continuous spray gave me a professional grade tan with not one streak. It also smelled pretty great and dried in like 2 minutes. Fo. Reals. You only get about 4-5 applications per bottle, but if you’re using it occasionally, then this is your jam.
My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen. It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly. I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you how to make your own lip scrub. Check it out on her blog here and read below!
My lips are constantly dry in the winter, so whipping up this easy lip scrub is heavenly. The coconut oil moisturizes, while the sugar gently sloughs off dead skin. The honey not only binds it together, but helps brighten and bring back your natural color, while adding healing elements as well. I like adding a couple drops of peppermint oil for a refreshing twist that will actually give you good breath.
1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon raw sugar 2-3 drops peppermint oil or other essential oil of your choice
Get your kissable lips by quickly popping the coconut oil (if hard and solid) in the microwave until melted. Add all the ingredients together to make a paste and gently rub along your lips. You can also use a toothbrush for some added friction but be very careful not to tear the skin. Wipe off with a warm washcloth or simply lick your lips! If sealed, you can store the remainder in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Bead containers and baby food jars make great little pots for storage.
We’ve all seen girls (and boys) with bad bronzer. Too orange, too dark, not blended around the jaw line – it’s not a good look. But applying the right shade, in the right places, with the right tools will get you a healthy glow; even if you spend your days at a desk and nights in the cold. In this short tutorial, I show you how a little bronzer will leave you looking naturally sun-kissed through the rest of winter and in to spring.
*Tips 1. Choose a bronzer two shades darker then your complexion for a natural look. 2. Make sure to blend the edges in all directions to avoid any harsh lines.
3. Don’t go too glittery. Pick a formula with just a hint of shimmer.
My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen. It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly. I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I whipped up a beauty smoothie. Check it out on her blog here and read below!
In addition to creams, exfoliants, and moisturizers, what you eat has a direct correlation with your skin. The ingredients in this beauty smoothie helps with a whole slew of stuff like anti-aging, redness, hydration, acne; and it tastes delicious.
Pineapple not only adds sweetness, but also contains alpha-hydroxy acid – an ingredient in wrinkle creams, and a rich source of the antioxidant, vitamin C. Kale also contains vitamin C, A and E, which help promote healthy cell regrowth. Ginger does wonders for acne and oil control. Apples, also rich in vitamin C, contain B vitamins as well, that combat acne and irritation. Cucumbers provide hydration as well as anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, and folic acid. Drink up!
Christmas may have passed, but New Year’s Eve is almost here! Weee! Why not spruce it up this year by going a little vintage? I was thinking of revisiting different beauty looks of the past and decided it would be so fun to actually copy an exact photograph. (If you’ve never tried dressing up like your favorite movie star, I highly recommend it. It’s so fun!)
I grabbed my amazing cousin Claire (who has an equally amazing food blog called, The Kitchy Kitchen) and transformed her into different beauty icons. This week we did Brigitte Bardot. Nothing says party like some sex-kitten. Smoldering, smokey eyes and big bouncy hair – now you just need to perfect that french accent.
To check out the last two beauty icon series on Audrey Hepburn and Rita Hayworth, click here and here.