Eye makeup is probably the most difficult thing to master in makeup artistry, and though it may feel like the impact comes with the liner and mascara, the truth is, your eyeshadowed lids are the canvas and the basis for the lovely work of art you’re creating. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to best apply eyeshadow:
BRUSH UP: When applying eyeshadow, it is best to use a brush rather than the spongy applicator most shadows come with. The sponge pads don’t blend well and can result in a lesser quality look. They can also absorb much more product, which wastes it in the end and when you’re paying $13 per eyeshadow, less is more! >>>We recommend: Bare Escentuals Tapered Eyeshadow Brush
Full coverage foundation has been feeling too heavy lately – I’m in for a more natural look, so I’ve been sampling a lot of tinted moisturizers lately. I tried Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer in Light, since I’m a big fan of the brand in general and hoped it would measure up to BeneFit You Rebeland Sugartint.
The color was a perfect match for my skin (fair with slightly warm/yellow undertones), and I was impressed with Stila’s choice of different shades, since some tinted moisturizers who shall not be named offer only one or two color options. The product blended seamlessly with my skin, and though it seemed thick, it didn’t feel heavy to wear. (It was just the teensiest bit sticky, though.)
In all the chaos one day can bring, it’s hard to remember to stick to daily routines – like taking your vitamins. But vitamins can make a huge difference not only in general health, but in the strength of your hair, nails and skin too. Which ones should you take, and why?
You’ve probably heard that biotin (otherwise known as Vitamin H, or B complex vitamins) can do wondrous things like increase hair and nail growth rates and improve their strength. Board-certified dermatologists told HuffPo that B complex vitamins are important in metabolism, helping your body to process energy and transporting carbon dioxide from your cells, and that they can improve the keratin infrastructure (and we’ve all heard how important keratin is in hair and nails).
Biotin deficiency is common in pregnant women, which is one of the reasons prenatal vitamins are packed with B vitamins and are often touted for use in beautifying hair, skin and nails. Side effects of biotin deficiency include brittle nails and hair loss, which could explain why ingesting the supplement could result in the opposite effect. However, be warned that the increase in hair growth from taking biotin is only about 6% over the course of several months, and that overdosing could be related to high blood sugar levels and lower vitamin C and B6 levels. Everything in moderation, beauties!
As you may be able to tell from my Instagram pics, I have some eye area issues, including dark circles, deep tear troughs and some undereye baggage. It’s not age, hydration, or how well-rested I am, as women with similar problems are so often told; rather, I’ve had these since I was a child. Really. They’re in photos of me when I was six years old. The truth is, dark eye areas and deep undereye circles are common in women with Eastern European heritage, so the Hungarian blood lurking not too far up the family tree from me may be responsible for the dull divots that have haunted my face for decades.
Still, accepting that the problem isn’t my fault doesn’t make it go away; I will probably always endeavor, hopelessly or not, to rid myself of these para-ocular pains. The latest step on my journey toward the mythical miracle cure: Murad Eye Treatment Complex SPF 8. Continue reading “Skincare Reviews: Murad Eye Treatment Complex” »
I’m excited to announce that I’m involved in a cool beauty blogger project called #TheSkinProject! Herein our participating group of bloggers will be discussing their various skincare routines and favorite products. The topic du jour: cleansing!
I take a comparatively simple approach to cleansing: good old fashioned washing morning and night with my cleanser of choice (currently iQ Derma Clear Remedy Purifying Cleanser). I have combination skin with easily clogged pores, so I find this cleanser helps strip pores of dirt and oil without drying my skin out in the arid desert I inhabit.