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Holiday Giftguide: For the Beauty Addict

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again! Thanksgiving is next week and just around the corner is Christmas. Now (if you haven’t already) is the best time to start planning what to get for everyone on your list.

This first holiday gift guide all about the “beauty product lovers.” Everyone has that person in their life who’s all about trying out new beauty products. Whether it’s your sister, bestfriend, girlfriend, or even yourself! This giftguide is full of items they will actually want and enjoy using (including my personal favorite perfume!)

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Fashion and Technology: Beauty App Bellashoot

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Since launching their website last year, Bellashoot has provided beauty enthusiasts, beauty bloggers and experts a visual platform to share, discover and experiment with beauty. Bellashoot’s latest launch is making it easier for women all around the world to interact and learn about the best in beauty.

Bellashoot is designed for beauty lovers from around the world to organize all of their favorite products, tutorials and inspiration while also sharing their own content and building relationships. Designed for everyone from veteran makeup artists looking to share their latest tutorial to the everyday beauty enthusiast seeking tips as she’s getting ready to go out on the town.

Main features of the app include:
• Members can filter their search with a variety of keywords, such as tutorials, inspiration, beauty tips, beauty news, blogger reviews, YouTube videos, nails, makeup tips, hairstyles, and more.
• The built-in camera functionality allows users to take product pictures, selfies and create beauty tutorials on-the-go, making it easy for them to share with the community in a matter of minutes.
• Easily find all of their favorite makeup artists, bloggers, hairstylists, and beauty brands and follow them all in one centralized app, never having to miss another post again.
• Create a space to store all their favorite beauty tips and products with custom collections created around their specific beauty interests, whether it’s hairstyles, nail art, bridal makeup, contour makeup or more.

To join Bellashoot’s one-stop platform for beauty lovers across the globe,download the app for free by visiting iTunes here.

 

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NYC Shopping: E.L.F Cosmetics NYC Studio Haul

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e.l.f has long been known for their affordable yet quality beauty products. For years their products were only available online but over time they made their way into physical stores through retailers like Target. Some time ago I heard about the opening of an e.l.f flagship store in NYC but honestly didn’t “jump” to go. I figured that since most of their products are already in Target, there was no need for me to make a separate trip to their store.

As life would have it, I ended up in the neighborhood with time to kill so I decided to check it out. Immediately I was pleasantly surprised. For one, there were soooo many products (much more than I expected), testers (amen for try before you buy) and helpful makeup artist giving advice (looking awesome in all elf products). To say I was elated would be an understatement. I somehow lost an hour of time in the store and picked up more products than I intended (I just came to window shop)!

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I ended up buying the following products I’ve never used from elf:
-Blush Palette in Dark
-Complete Coverage Concealer in Dark
-Pressed Mineral Foundation in Dark
-Makeup Removal Pen in Clear

To be honest, I haven’t gotten around to throughly testing out my goodies from the haul, but as you know from my favorites post, I’m obsessed with the blush palette! I can’t wait to get around to using the other products more, fingers crossed they are just as bomb.

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Hair Trend: The “Micro” Bang

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Micro bang: a shorter than normal bang/fringe.

The ‘micro bang’ is a bold statement cut that has been seen on celebrities such as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. The right amount of texture is key to pull them off,” explains George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago. “There are a few elements to consider before you take the plunge. If your hairline is dense, a bang like this can look fantastic. With a choppy, short fringe, you also can’t ignore natural cowlicks. If a client has too many, they should consider the amount of work they will need to do daily to smooth them out. Plus, do you feel comfortable accentuating features like your forehead and eyebrows?”

If you think you’re cut for this trend, keep reading to see some do’s and don’ts.

Do: Bring pictures just in case you cannot find what you want in the salon magazines.

Don’t: Go too short. It is best to start gradually cutting. Your stylist can always take more off.

Do: Sit and discuss your hair before you get sent back to get shampooed. Make sure your stylist connects with you and understands your needs. Don’t be afraid to say “no” that’s not what I mean. It is a stylist’s responsibility to understand your language and what you are describing when it comes to your hair, especially for a drastic cut like this.

Personally, this trend isn’t up my alley but I think it can look good on people if done right.

 

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Monthly Beauty Favorites

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September was an exciting month. Between fashion week, events, and just life in general September had a lot going on. During this month I experimented more with beauty routine than I had in quite some time. I fell in love with quite a few new staples that I’m so happy I found.

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Blender cleanser solidcleaning my brushes is something that I know I’m suppose to do, but often err umm occasionally forget to do. Now that I’m actually using my beauty blenders more often, I decided to invest in a proper cleaning product for them. Sponges in particular need to be kept clean but the idea of pouring liquid soap into one seemed wasteful. After a little bit of research I decided to try the beauty blender solid soap (think of it like a bar soap for your sponges and brushes).  The product worked really well on my beauty blender and made it look almost brand new.

Beauty blender sponge: believe it or not, I never fully understood the beauty blender craze. I received several a few fashion weeks back but rarely ever used them. Sure, it worked great for blending stubborn stick foundation, but outside of that, I was good with my brushes. Recently I was watching some YouTube beauty gurus for inspo and couldn’t help but laugh at how everrryyyyyone seemed to STILL be obsessed. I decided to give mine a deep cleaning and a second chance. I changed up my previous technique (now I wet the sponge with plan water to start and tried it for wet product application). Wahla, magic! Words can not express the level of b-l-e-n-d I achieved. But seriously, as obvious as this may sound, this little guy works amazing for blending. I guess the name was a not so subtle hint but it still deserves to be repeated.

Si perfume: on my way back from vacation two months ago, I had a ridiculously long wait in the airport. With nothing to do and nothing but time I decide to check out the duty free shops. I’ve yet to establish a signature fragrance so I thought this was as good as time as any to look. After trying out almost every perfume in the shop, I settled on this new one from Givenchy. So far I am still loving this scent for everyday use.

e.l.f blush: I bought this a few months ago and just recently started wearing it. Although all of the colors are very wearable in the palette, I am particularly in love with the dusty rose like color. It has a natural blush color and just a hint of golden shimmer.

Pedi Scrub: I received this from a beauty box 5 subscription box and have been using it for the past few months. One side is a moisturizer and one side is a scrubber, making it super easy to use quickly in the shower.

 

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Five Nail Trends for Fall 2014

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Last Fall we showed you the best five colors for your Fall time manis. This year we wanted to switch things up a bit by showing you Fall trends.

1.Nude: Simple and classic pale pinks or matte peach polishes, the simpler the nail the bigger the impact. Sophisticated sheer pinks or peach tones set the tone for clean and classy. Pale and powdery colors are matching falls color of powdery fabrics.

 

2.The Dark Side: Fall 2014 also brings dark alluring colors such as deep dark blues, smokey greys and moss green. They seduce us with a deeply enigmatic palette of the dark side of beauty this fall.

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3.Jewel Toned: Metallic polishes like gold and silver make nails shine all night long. Earth tones like stone gray and sand are great neutrals with flair.

 

4.Classic Red: The classic red nail receives a bit of an update with a darker tone to it; think somewhere between red wine and tomato red.

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5.Simple Designs: Half moon manicures and rhinestone appliques live on in the nail art world. The slightest design can make an even stronger statement like a single stripe of black polish placed off-center or polka dots. Graphic prints and busy designs are a favorite for street style.

 

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INGLOT + Disney’s The Lion King Broadway Makeup Collection Launch

Although the collection officially hit Inglot stores in July, recently an event with members of the Broadway cast was held in NYC to celebrate the launch. While at the event, guest got to mix and mingle while eating tasty bites and getting mini make overs.

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This was my first time getting to see the collection in person and I was extremely impressed. Everything is very wearable (and on trend).

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My favorite item is the palette because it has the perfect everyday blush and neutral eyeshadow colors.

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At the event I also got the chance to speak with Chondra Profit, who plays Sarabi in the play. She looked stunning wearing the collection and expressed her enthusiasm of the collaboration.

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Keep reading for more details on the collection and the collaboration.

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How to Get Thicker Fuller Looking Lashes

 

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If eyes are the windows to the soul, then lashes are the curtains that unveil your soul. With all that being said, it’s no wonder more and more women are looking for ways to lengthen, curl, and thicken their eyelashes. Lash extension services are a huge hit in salons and spas internationally at the moment but are also very costly and require maintenance. As much as the results of lash extensions are ultra glamorous, they aren’t the only option you can take to achieve fuller lashes. Eyes are such a focal point of the face, having wide open looking eyes with strong lashes gives confidence to women so they can literally go out and face the world.

1) Go back to basics. If you think your lashes are a little lack luster, first review your product. You should never keep an open tube of mascara for more than 6 months or else what you’ll get out of the tube is dry, flaky black substance.

2) It’s all in the wrist. How you apply mascara matters. Practicing the correct application of mascara is just as important as the product you use. Always start at the base of the lash and zigzag your way up. This way you won’t miss a nook or cranny and cover all edges of your lashes. Layer brown then black mascara for a pop effect.

3) Get in line. Line your inner top lash line with black eyeliner. Lift your eyelid hold your pencil under your lash line and fill in that top waterline. Instantly, you’ll find that your lashes look fuller.

4) Start Strong. Even Before applying your mascara, try starting off with a primer first. There are many mascara primers on the market. Choose a clear or white one that helps lengthens and thicken up lashes before applying mascara.

5) Fibers are your friend! Fibers are temporary tiny materials that can be applied to your lashes prior to applying your mascara to give them more fullness. These white liquid fibers will grab onto lashes, so when you apply the mascara on top; your lashes look extended as if you’re wearing false lashes. Look for a mascara that offers dual sides, one for the mascara and one for fibers

6) Get Scientific. Looking for something more permanent? Try a lash serum. Lash serums, often times sold as lash & brow serums, promote growth to help your lash hairs grow quickly and fuller lashes. Apply daily before bed on clean eyes right along the lash line and watch your lashes flutter.

7) The Fast and the Fuller. No time to wait on serums, fibers, or mascara? Use false lashes to amplify your lashes. You can find fake lashes sold everywhere from drug stores to department stores and online. Available in synthetic, real hair, and even mink to achieve the Kardashian lashes look. False lashes can be reused with proper care.

Whichever way you want to approach it, achieving long, full lashes is easier than you ever thought. There are many techniques, methods, and products to try so you can start feeling confident about winking those luscious lashes!

 

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Source: beautypress.com

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