• Autumn Is Berry Nice

     

    Autumn wine, berry, and oxblood lipsticks are some of the prettiest lipstick looks. One of my favorite parts about fall is wearing lipsticks that complement the season.  As the leaves begin to change, so should our lip color.

    Dark berry shades remind us of seasonal changes.  It’s the perfect accessories for fall wardrobes.  From liquid mattes to sheer lacquers, if you’re going to update your lipstick this fall, make a berry shade one of them. You’ll get a fresh appearance and the purple hues stand in contrast to black and grey outfits.

    Berry lips are feminine perfection, instantly brightens the complexion, and always chic.   Blue-based hues makes teeth appear whiter too, and since most berry hues are saturated with color, they will appear as the true hue on pigmented lips – the darker the skin tone, the darker the hue on the lips.

    Applying brighter or darker hues requires extra care.  Use a lip liner or lip brush for precise application to prevent color bleed.   Apply a lip liner in a corresponding hue on clean smooth bare lips, or after to create a clean finish. For evening glam, apply a dab of lip gloss to the center of the lip for a plumped-up pout.

    Berry-colored lips never go out of style.  And discovering that one perfect shade is like finding the holy grail of lipsticks.

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  • A Touch of Autumn Blush

    A good blush can be your best asset. Blush is one of those beauty products that enhance any girl’s overall appearance. It just adds that extra “oomph”.

    Whether it arrives in a cream, powder, or stick form, the perfect autumn shade of dusty rose, berry and burgundy or the deep browns and peaches with tiny flecks of shimmer these rich shades look beautiful on multiple skin tones.

    Autumn is the time to rock a slightly deeper cheek shade. You’re waving goodbye to sweaty summer and welcoming cool, fall breezes with open arms and gravitating toward falling leaves and shades that are perfect for chilly, crisp days with scarves, boots, and a hot cup of tea.

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  • Cocoa Butter is…AHMAAAZING!

    Cocoa is known as Theobroma and means ‘food of the gods’ This rich butter is a common ingredient in skincare products and cosmetics because of its potent therapeutic properties. For centuries, people in Africa have turned to cocoa butter to protect, heal and moisturize their skin that is exposed to the harsh elements of sun and wind. Cocoa butter, also known as “oil of theobroma,” is the fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Today most cocoa comes from trees located in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

    RAW, ORGANIC, UNREFINED COCOA BUTTER
    Raw cocoa butter, sometimes labeled as “pure cocoa butter,” has a mild fragrance, a smooth texture (due to its “emollient” properties) and is ultra-hydrating with multiple useful benefits.

    MOISTURIZER
    Cocoa butter is a rich and creamy natural moisturizer. Cocoa butter is a fat; saturated fats are especially beneficial for healing dry, cracked skin because they’re easily absorbed and remain on the skin for hours. Providing a barrier needed for protection.

    Natural hydrating products also tend to cause much less irritation for people with sensitive skin while still locking in moisture, since they’re free from additives, fragrances, colors and dyes used in most commercial products.

    ANTI-AGING
    Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. These fatty acids actually are a benefit to your skin, because they will provide a layer of protection from skin stressors and free radicals. This helps to slow to process of aging while acting as a mild sunscreen.

    Cocoa’s polyphenols have been found to fight various chronic diseases, degeneration of the skin, sensitivities and even cell mutations. Research shows that its polyphenols have several positive indicators for skin health, including improved skin elasticity and skin tone, better collagen retention/production, and better hydration. When comparing cocoa butter to commercially available products, both showed positive results, but only cocoa butter is free from potentially harmful or irritating ingredients.

    SHAVING CREAM
    Use cocoa butter to shave and hydrate skin at the same time. It melts easily in warm water and won’t clog your drain. Apply a small handful before shaving to prevent nicks. The razor easily glides smoothly over legs and face to leave just-shaven skin feeling nice and smooth. After showering is another great time to slather it on, since heat opens up pores and makes it absorb products better.

    CHAPPED LIPS
    Cocoa butter is an emollient, which means it adds a protective layer of hydration to your lips, useful for blocking the effects of very cold temperatures, sun damage or indoor heat, which can leave your lips dry.

    Our lips are one of the only surfaces of our body that does not self-moisturize. That is why we are constantly licking our lips or reaching for lip balm moisturizer. Skip the chapstick and use a simple inexpensive, 100% cocoa butter stick.
    Make a homemade lip balms using essential oils like grapefruit, vanilla, orange or peppermint oil to make flavorful lip palms that are also hydrating for delicate skin.

    SKIN HEALER
    Cocoa butter is a gentle and non-toxic option to help reverse the numerous signs of life. Using cocoa butter is an easy way to replace commercial ointments and creams that are generally loaded with harmful chemicals. Cocoa butters antioxidants work to lighten age spots and even skin tones. Rub a small amount of pure cocoa butter into burnt skin to help skin replenish. Just make sure it’s pure and doesn’t contain any alcohol, fragrances/perfumes or other additives that can lead skin to become even more inflamed and sensitive. It’s is even gentle enough to be used as a natural treatment for eczema or dermatitis. It’s also a rash natural remedy.

    HAIR CONDITIONER
    Cocoa butter moisturizing benefits are wonderful to skin and hair. Using as a leave-in conditioner that will leave your hair not only feeling and looking great but also smelling great.

    This conditioner can be rubbed onto your scalp before bed and rinsed out the next morning, or you can simply apply to your hair (like mousse) and style as preferred. Each method yields healthy benefits. Your scalp will have a healthier oil production which greatly minimizes dandruff and will produce healthier hair follicles for stronger, thicker hair, healthy shine and moisturized strands for less hair breakage.

    AROMA THERAPY/RELAXATION
    Pure cocoa butter, sometimes known as Theobroma cacao, is fragrant enough to use in aromatherapy. The rich, slightly chocolate natural aroma of cocoa butter scent is known to relax people and help relieve stress. Cocoa butter is an excellent base, as it mixes very well with many other oils. When mixed with appropriate carrier oils and essential oils, even more beautiful scents will evolve: delicate, rich, natural, etc.

    A great way to unwind from a stressful day is with a long bath. Cocoa butter is amazing addition to a warm bath! The melted butter allows for easy full body coverage. If you want to spice up your bath even more add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. If your feet are dry, make a foot soak using a tablespoon of cocoa butter and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

    One of the best ways to enjoy the creaminess of cocoa butter is to make your own whipped body butter. Simply mash up the solid cocoa butter and add several drops of essential oils. It makes skin feel soft and healthy. This is a great product to battle dry, itchy skin.

    Purchase portion of real raw, organic, unrefined cocoa butter online or from a natural retailer. Break off or shave off small pieces to rub directly into your skin. You can easily store in a bag or tight-sealed container.. Shelf-life can last up to five years.

    Cocoa butter has been a favorite substance for comfort-cravers all over the world. It is the primary ingredient in most chocolates and adds the creamy, smooth texture that we all love. There are, however, many benefits of cocoa butter beyond pleasuring our taste buds.

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  • Glitz & Glamour of Vegan Cosmetics

    Vegan makeup brands are developing cosmetics, skin care and hair products suitable for vegans who wish to avoid using animal byproducts.  Vegan cosmetics also tend to be cruelty-free. That means there has been absolutely no form of animal testing at any point throughout the creation of the product.  So if animal testing is a big no-no for you, then getting your hands on a vegan product is the way forward.

    By definition, a product that’s vegan means it’s made without animal testing or byproducts, including common animal-derived components like beeswax, lanolin, and carmine (the latter of which makes your blush and lipstick red by way of crushed beetles)  collagen, emu oil, fish scales, gelatin, shark cartilage, ambergris (which is essentially whale splooge) and many more…..

    It’s becoming easier to find cruelty-free vegan beauty products that will keep you in style in a compassionate way and you won’t have to compromise on performance.

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  • Looking Absolutely Gorgeous In Your Glasses

    There’s no denying the process can be confusing. Wearing eyeglasses can make a big impact on your appearance, and styling your makeup to complement your frames all comes down to personal preference. But here are a few trendy tips to help you look your best.

    • Some eyeglass frames can cast dark shadows around the eyes in certain light.
      Contouring your foundation can highlight key features, like the eyes.
      To combat this, blend a lighter-toned foundation under your eyes and down the center of your nose. This technique, known as contouring, makes you appear fresher and highlights your eyes.
    • Don’t skip the concealer. You might think glasses hide your dark under eye circles; the lenses can actually magnify the circles and make them more obvious
    • Don’t forget to shape your brows. Eyebrow styling largely depends on the size and shape of your eyewear, as well as the thickness and contour of your eyebrows. It’s equally important to tend to your brows because they help frame your face for a makeup look that feels complete. To make them standout, use clear or colored brow mascara like and brush your brows upward and outward to darken them slightly and ultimately give your face a gorgeous, polished look.
    • Easy does it on the eye shadow, so keep it to the bare minimum, especially in the brow bone area. If you do prefer to wear shadow use neutral shades. Shimmer eyeshadow is universally flattering and won’t look heavy on your eyes. Apply it all over your eyelid, and blend into the crease of your eyes, so that it doesn’t look overwhelming through your lenses.
    • As with any makeup look it’s best to highlight either your eyes or your lips, and not overdo both. If you love dramatic eye shadow, skip the bold lip and pair your look with a colorless gloss or slightly tinted lip balm.

    If you’ve already wearing dynamic eye wear or you’re a novice get ready to master your makeup and rock a major set of frames.

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  • Invest In A Mani

    These days’ crazy cool nails are everywhere. Whether you’re all about the newest trends or opt for the classics, your glossy digits speak to your style.

    Today nail art encompasses everything from gold foil to animal prints to modernist masterpieces rendered on 10 tiny canvases. If you enjoy expressing yourself through nail design, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

    A great manicure is all about making a statement and nails are the perfect canvas. Whether you’re looking to project a prim and proper style or using your nails as an extension of your artistic expression. If clothes make the man; then the mani makes the woman!

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