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How to Apply BlushI’ll be honest, if I’m not wearing blush I feel pretty basic. I can’t stand to see the sight of me with makeup on without blush, it somehow just seems wrong to me. While there is no one right way to apply blush, there certainly are several wrong ways to do it. I’ll never forget back in high school when a friend saw me after applying my blush and told me that I looked like a “red brick.” The statement was a bit rude but the message was clear: what ever I was doing with my blush was not working. After that I stayed away from blush until I learned how to properly apply it.

Blush is something that I think a lot of woman shy away from because it seems difficult or unnecessary, both of which couldn’t be further from the truth. Keep reading to see a tips and tricks on how to apply blush, trust me, it will take your face to a whole new level.



Beauty School Basics: Eyeliner 101

Eyeliner is one of those things you probably don’t think about that much (except for trying to finally master the perfect winged eyeliner) but it’s actually pretty clutch. Winged eyeliner is everyone’s jam right now (and also the real reason your friends have been taking forever to get ready these days). But there’s way more to eyeliner than just that. Eyeliner, like concealer is one of the little things that can really set your face on fleek. Eyeliner helps your face look more vibrant and “awake”, not to mention nothing accentuates your eyes more.

There are millions of variations of eyeliners but they all can be categorized into one of three basic types: pencil, liquid, or gel.

Pencils are usually most girls first venture into the world of eyeliner. They can sharpen manually or automatic (I prefer automatic). While pencils probably seem like the most generic, all pencils are not the same. Overtime I’ve learned that while a drugstore and high end pencil may look identical, there’s a good chance that their quality is totally different. No matter where you decide to get your pencil from, look for ones with that have rich color pigment such as coal liners. 

Liquid liner is near and dear to my heart. Of all my makeup this is one of my favorites. I started using liquid eyeliner almost as soon as I started wearing makeup. After years of practice I’m pretty good with “the flick of the wrist”, but I understand why it can seem intimidating when you’re just starting out. It’s one of those things that you think doesn’t really make a difference, but then you try it and realize how awesome it is. Out of all the types of liner, liquid gives the most precise and smooth application. Liquid liners come in either brush (think teeny-tiny paint brush) or felt tip form (think Sharpie). Personally I prefer the brush applicator but felt tip is easier for people new to liquid. 

Gel liner also sometimes called cream liner usually comes in a little pot and needs a separate brush to apply it. Out of all the types of liner this one is probably the least popular but it’s actually really great. Gel eyeliner has a lot of the benefits of a liquid with the ease of a pencil. They tend to be really pigmented and easy to apply. The only drawback to this type of liner is that often the pot drys out before you’ve finished it and you have to carry a separate applicator. 


– Line both your top and bottom eyelid

– Use liquid on the top but cream or pencil on the bottom to avoid having the liner run into your eyes.

– Line the bottom of your eyes or just the corner with white eyeliner to help you look more awake

– Try liners in different colors 
Eyeliner is one of those things that you can and should experiment with different formulas and types. 

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Concealer 101

Foundation may be concealer’s more popular sister (think Beyonce to Solange) but concealer is equally (if not MORE) important. Two weeks ago a friend of mine was in town visiting and rummaging through my makeup when she asked me what exactly is concealer? I was a little shocked (not to mention a bit sad since I swear by my concealer) but it made me realize that most people might be wondering the same thing. For a while now I’ve been wanting do a series that breaks down the nuts and bolts of makeup. So I decided to kick of my beauty school series (affectionately nicknamed “slay school”) talking all about concealers today. Keep reading to learn what they do, the types, and my favorite holy grail ones.


Beauty Basics: Best Facial Cleanser for Each Skin Type

 Facial Cleansers by Skin Type
Okay let’s be real for a moment, how many of us really know the difference between all the types of facial cleansers? Foaming or liquid? Sensitive or dry skin? I can admit that I definitely had no clue! For the longest time I use to just grab whatever product looked good or had the best reviews. It wasn’t until just recently that I learned from a skin care expert the best facial cleanser for each skin type. Below are some general tips by skin type to help you, asses your skin type first, then consider what type of cleanser is best for your skin type.

Oily Skin: Oily skin needs an oil-free cleansers formulated to help reduce the oil created through the skin’s sebum overtime. Recommend Cleanser Type: Exfoliating

Dry Skin: Dry skin needs a cleanser that will not only deeply remove dirt from the skin’s pores, but provide instant hydration. Recommend Cleanser Type: Cream/ Oil.

Combination: Combination skin is a mix of dry and oily prone skin so a general cleanser will work well for combination skin. Recommend Cleanser Type: Liquid/Gel

Sensitive: Sensitive skin requires a gentle facial cleanser, one with no alcohol, no harsh ingredients or additives like fragrance. Mild cleansers deliver the most nourishing benefit to skin. Recommend Cleanser Type: Foaming.



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How to Conceal Under Eye Circles


There is nothing more frustrating than waking up to find that your under eyes have been very unforgiving. Of course, everyone wants to wake up and look impossibly fresh, concealing the fact that you only had about two hours of sleep. (Finals and the best night ever with friends will do that to you!) Concealing those pesky circles and discoloration under your eyes can be a pain, but there are some simple tips that make this process so much simpler.

  1. The first trick that I absolutely swear by is using a frozen spoon to shrink any puffiness under your eyes. It is a simple part of my morning routine and all I do is quickly throw a spoon into the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes and then apply the back of it to the circles under my eyes. Leave the spoon there until it is no longer cold to the touch and the puffiness will drastically go down.
  2. Next is applying your concealer. Choosing the right concealer and knowing your skin is very important for achieving a natural look. You want to choose a light cream concealer and stay away from products that would dry out your skin. A perfect product to try without break the bank is the Fit Me Concealer by Maybelline. This product is very light and a perfect jumping off point for concealer beginners. Already a concealing pro? Try the MAC Mineralize Concealer for a clean and fresh look.
  3. Setting your product is another important step in achieving your impossibly fresh look. Simply set your concealer using a small amount of translucent powder and you’re ready to take on your day!

These simple steps are easy enough to add to your everyday routine and create a flawless face. Let us know in the comments below how these products and tips worked for you!




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3 DIY Simple Ways to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Let’s face it, when you use your makeup brushes every day there comes a point when they could definitely use a little TLC. Don’t worry, no judgments here because we have all been there! Luckily, we have some simple and inexpensive tips to help restore your brushes to their former glory.

1. Our first simple and easy way to clean your favorite makeup brushes is to use a bar of soap. Of course not just any bar of soap will do, we recommend a bar of unscented Dove soap because it does not contain the harsh ingredients that other bars do and it also contains conditioners and moisturizers that will help keep the bristles of your brushes soft. Simply wet your Dove Beauty bar under the faucet and then wet the bristles of your makeup brush. Be extra careful not to totally submerge your makeup brush in water, because if you get water into the barrel of your brushes your bristles could begin to fall out. Eek! We definitely wouldn’t want that! Simply massage the bristles of your brush onto the Dove bar and gently rinse them off. Shape your brushes back into your desired shape and then lay them flat on a towel to dry overnight.


2. If our last method didn’t quite strike your fancy, try these easy steps to get your brushes fabulous and fluffy again. Just mix 1 ½ cups warm water, 1 Tbsp. of diluted baby shampoo, and 5 drops of tea tree oil in a small dish. All you need to do is scrub off any old makeup, rinse well, shape and then lay flat to dry.


3. Our last tip for cleaning your makeup brushes is also our simplest. Fill your sink about ¼ of the way with warm water and add Ology’s Lavender Pure Castile Multi-Purpose soap (you can easily find this product at your local drugstore). Mix the soap around with your hands until you see suds beginning to form and you’re ready to begin cleaning. Use your fingers to scrub off the makeup and then rinse well. Just like our other steps, form into your desired shape and lay flat to dry.


With these easy steps, your brushes will be as soft and perfect as the first day you bought them. Not into DIY? You can also purchase ready made brush cleaners like the Sephora brand daily brush cleanser or this MAC brush cleanser. What you choose to do, just remember to try and deep clean your brushes at least once or twice a month to help keep your skin radiant and clear. Happy cleaning!

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7 Hair Myths That Aren’t True

Hair is as personal as it is public, that’s probably why so many women and men pay plenty of time and attention to maintaining their mane throughout their lifetime. How many times have you sat in a hairstylist’s chair and have been told conflicting hair tips? Blast your hair with cold water at the end of your wash to seal the cuticle for shiny hair, or when your hairstylist says to make sure you come back within 3 months for the next trim to promote hair growth and health. With so many opinions on hair maintenance, who knows what to believe?

We’ve compiled some hair tips that we have all heard time and time again, but after some research we have come to find these tips may not be as helpful as we thought.

Myth #1: If one gray hair is plucked, two more will grow.

If you pluck away one hair strand, only one will grow back no matter what color the hair is.

Myth #2: Regular, frequent trims will help hair grow faster.

Hair growth is based off hormones, not hair trims. Hair grows about half an inch a month whether it is cut regularly or not.

Myth #3: Wash your hair every day.

It is not necessary to wash hair everyday. In fact, washing it every day can cause natural hair oil to build up, resulting in the opposite effect.

Myth #4: Hair should be shampooed twice during one wash.

Shampooing more than once in the same shower can strip hair from its natural oils, resulting in lackluster, over burdened hair.

Myth #5: If your hair is naturally oily, skip conditioner.

Oily hair is caused by the excess production of sebum in the scalp. Using conditioner will not contribute to more oil production.

Myth #6: Sunrays don’t damage hair.

The UV rays from the sun can dry out hair causing it to feel weak. Use a hat on the beach to avoid the risk of sun burning your sensitive scalp.

Myth #7: Switch shampoos regularly to see best results.

Hair will not get used to using the same shampoo over and over again. It is not necessary to keep changing shampoo types and brands in order to maintain healthy, optimal hair. 

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5 Ways to Look Great When You’re Running Late


We’ve all been there (some of us this very Monday), whether it’s missing your alarm, snoozing too many times or staying up too late the night before. Whatever the issue, you have only 10 minutes to get out the door and hopefully look great doing it. Don’t worry, we got you covered! Keep reading to learn five simple tips to help you look flawless quickly.

  1. Put Away the Bags: Apply a quick mix of eye cream and tinted BB cream under your eyes to help you look awake and alert. This trick will help you look fresh all day and it’s good for your skin.
  2. Tame the Mane: Look like you spent all morning working on your hair (but really only spend 30 seconds). Try spraying some dry shampoo onto the roots and mid-shaft of your hair to help remove any excess oils then pile it high into a chic top knot bun. Bonus: the dry shampoo will give it extra texture and hold so you won’t be battling fly aways all day.
  3. Rock the Latest Craze: Feeling a little adventurous? The hair trend that has been seen just about everywhere these days is the half-up top knot. This look is simple, chic and incredibly easy to master. Just take the top portion of your hair and twist into a top knot. Pull gently on the ends to create your perfect messy look and you’re ready.
  4. Play up Your Sassy Eyes: When you’re pressed for time the perfect tip to accentuate your face is to add a touch of volumizing mascara to your lashes. If you can get your mascara brush close enough to your lash line, you can even create the illusion that you had time to add eyeliner.
  5. Liven Up Your Lips: Our last quick tip is to apply a pigmented moisturizing lipstick that will complete your effortless look. My favorite way to look like I spent time on my makeup is to add a bold red lip.This pop of color is the “cherry” that tops off your quick morning routine and instantly makes your face look done.




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How to Protect Your Hair in the Winter


  1. Wear a satin-lined hat – Protect your hair when out in the elements by wearing a protective hat as blistery winds tend to dry hair. LookRain, sleet or snows are notmoisturizing. Hat hair? Keep a small travel blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron at your desk to quickly add some instant volume or touch up. You can also opt for loosely braiding, looping hair into large pin curls or a ponytail to keep hair hidden yet providing style after you remove your hat.
  2. Use a humidifier – Keep hair from getting dry by using a humidifier. No matter what heating system you have, it tends to be dry on both your hair and skin. Also, avoid long hot showers; instead opt for a more comfortable temperature to not dry your hair out.
  3. Minimize shampooing – as much as possible, extend the periods between washing hair. When you do, use a moisturizing shampoo or a cowash conditioner which is gentle while cleansing your hair.
  4. Use oil daily – hair that is deficient of moisture will require ample rejuvenation and hydration to adequately return its chemistry to a reclaimed state of health. Oil will help alleviate the damage of wintery conditions, a time when it’s best to use lightweight products so your hair won’t be weighed down.
  5. Deep condition once a week – to rejuvenate and repair, it’s recommended to deep condition. This is important as the weather gets colder because our hair tends to dry out. A masque deeply nourishes and repairs hair with essential vitamins and antioxidants that work to improve the hairs overall luster and appearance. Plus, don’t forget to get a trim every 4-6 weeks to help revive your ends and remove dryness or split ends.
  6. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods – foods rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, sardines, and avocados will help beautify your strands. Also, don’t forget your vitamin C, fruits and vegetables. Healthy hair starts from the inside.


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