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Mineral MakeUp

Mineral makeup is not a new phenomenon, but it does seem to be gaining in popularity since it first hit the market in the 1970′s. Although some people have pooh-poohed the mineral makeup craze, it does have some benefits and should be considered by most of us as a great makeup alternative. Mineral makeup seems to be more natural looking on most of us as long as it is applied correctly. Any makeup will looked caked on if it has been.

The most popular application method is the tap, swirl, and buff approach. Dip your brush into the powder, tap off the excess, swirl brush onto skin, and then buff to smooth and remove any excess. For more coverage, try using a flat top brush instead of a round one. For many, mineral makeup wears better than liquid makeup and feels lighter on their skin. Don’t be confused into thinking that mineral makeup is some all natural product.  Along with all other makeup, it contains minerals like zinc oxide which is synthetic and not natural.

Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (another ingredient in most mineral makeups) block sun physically so mineral makeup does offer some sun protection for days when you’re just running around. Zinc oxide also can help to calm irritated skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The key to mineral makeup is actually what it doesn’t contain like oils, dyes, and fragrances. For this reason, it seems to be a better choice for those with sensitive skin and is often recommended by dermatologist.

These missing ingredients mean that is doesn’t normally irritate skin like some cosmetics. Thanks to the boom in popularity of mineral makeup, it now comes in more products than just face powder and foundation. It now also comes in bronzers, blush, eye shadows, and even lipsticks.

Mineral makeup is definitely worth a try the next time you restock your cosmetics drawer.


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November 28, 2012   Comments Off

Botox – What’s it all about?

botox tipsSince the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic over ten years ago, millions have had themselves injected. Botox is actually botulinum toxin, which is a protein and a neurotoxin that causes botulism. However, in the FDA approved form, Botox has several medical and cosmetic uses, like reducing the appearance of frown lines in the brow area and crows feet around the eyes. Botox will not improve the look of wrinkles that come from sun damage or gravity, and it will not last forever.

The results of Botox injections can last anywhere from four to eight months. The toxin is actually injected into the muscle and prevents the muscle from receiving signals from the nerves. This means that the muscle no longer contracts and the wrinkle relax and seem to soften. For the week prior to the procedure, it is a good idea not to drink any alcohol or to take any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications. The procedure only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any anesthesia. There is usually just a slight pinch and minimal discomfort.

Botox can move around once injected, so don’t rub the treated area for at least 12 hours or lay down for a few hours. Once finished, it can take three to seven days to see the full effect of the procedure. Some people experience a little bruising or slight headache, but nothing too bad. Many people are very satisfied with the results and continue to have the procedure repeated as needed.

 


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November 14, 2012   Comments Off

Makeup Basics for School

eyelinerAre you brand new to wearing makeup, or do you have a daughter who is about to embark on her makeup journey?  With the start of another school year under out belt, it’s time to arm my girls with the proper tools to put their best faces forward. Deciding when to start wearing makeup is a discussion that many moms have had, but no matter when you and your daughter decide to start wearing makeup, help her by providing quality products and education about good skin care.

A wonderful and fairly new line of products on the market are by Simple. The line claims to be the sensitive skin experts and so far, it’s doing a great job. The line includes cleansing wipes, makeup removers, cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. The products contain pro-vitamin B5 that helps to restore skins nature softness and smoothness. It is definitely a product worth trying, especially for younger skin. Instilling the importance of a healthy beauty routine will help to keep our daughters looking young and beautiful throughout their lives. When it comes to makeup supplies, younger girls (teenagers and tweeners) should keep it simple and light.

Choosing natural colors that enhance their natural beauty is a great idea. Shimmers and sparkles can also be fun and come in some beautiful shades of peach, pink, and taupe. Most girls can start with a few basic products like powder, eye shadow, mascara, and lip gloss. A great option for younger girls ready to experiment with their eye makeup is clear mascara. They can learn how to properly apply the product, add shine to their own eyelashes, and not create that raccoon look with all of the black encircling their eyes. Many of the clear mascaras also come with vitamins and nutrients that help condition lashes.

Lip glosses come is so many different shades and styles now, so this can be an inexpensive way to play with colors and see what you and your daughter like best. No matter what route you take with makeup or when the journey starts, be sure to keep the lines of communication open and have fun together!


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November 12, 2012   Comments Off

Fall Face Must Haves

As the experts have hemmed and hawed over the official look for this fall, it seems that the only thing they can agree on is that vibrant is in, unless you want a soft, natural look and then that’s totally in too. Although makeup tones and shades for the fall don’t necessarily match the season, playing around with vibrant tones for the eyes and lips seems to be perfectly acceptable.

Whether you are more comfortable with the softer rainbow shades of pastels like pink, lavender, and baby blue or the bold rainbow colors of indigo, green and red, you can find a look that works for you.

When it comes to eye shadows, the look seems to lean more towards a heavier liner on the top and light liner on the bottom followed by a burst of color on the lower lid alone. Thickly coated eyelashes also seem to be an in look as well. This technique will work for any color shadow, liner, or mascara, so play around and see what looks the best to you!

If you opt for the more natural look, follow the same techniques, but use softer brown or taupe instead of bold blacks and bright colors for liners and mascara.


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November 7, 2012   Comments Off

Cupcake nails

cupcake nailsThese cute cupcake nails turned out great!

They took a few steps to do, so you need some patience, but they are well worth it.

Before you start, give your nails a clear base coat. Then you are ready for the design.

First, paint the top part of your nail a background color that will contrast with the frosting. We chose a blue color. Then paint the bottom half of your nail with the cupcake paper color. We chose a red. See the inset photo at the left.

When that dries, you can add the stripes fro the cupcake paper using a dotting tool or a very thin brush. Use a similar but contrasting color. We used pink.

Next, add the white frosting using a thick layer of nailpolish.  When that dries, you can add different colors for the sprinkles using a dotting tool. Finish it off with a cherry using a dotting tool and red polish. Too cute!

Posted from my Instagram @makeupbeautytips

See more designs and fun stuff for kids on my Youtube channel!


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November 5, 2012   Comments Off

M&M nail art

Image posted from my Instagram @makeupbeautytips

My daughter made these  cute M&M nails and did them herself.  She is only 13 years old and loves to pain her nails.   I am trying to help her learn how to clean up the manicure a little bit though so that her cuticles are a little neater.  That is a skill that definitely takes practice.  (FYI, I cleaned up her cuticles in this photo with Photoshop before I posted it to my beauty blog.)

To get this look, use 5 super-bright colors of polish that are candy colored such as blue, pink, green yellow and red. Then use a white detail nail pen to draw the m’s.  Cover it with a top clear coat to make your nail art last longer without chipping.

You can see more of my nail art design ideas here.

I’m planning on adding a lot more photos of our nail art ideas. You can also follow me on Instagram @makeupbeautytips or Twitter @makeupbeautytip


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November 5, 2012   3 Comments

Eye Makeup for Super-Heroines

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There is no doubt that Halloween is a time to go all out on your makeup!  No need to be shy or conservative. You are going for the ultra dramatic effects, so don’t try to downplay it at all. You are all in if you want to look your best for this special night.  Check out the examples in the photo below.

If you are going to as a super heroine, then you want to take a look at the comic book version of your heroine before you put on your makeup.  Dark sharp lines usually help play it up, along with very dramatic colors and ultra-dramatic accents.  Feel free to darken your eyebrows and draw your bright shadow colors from your lids all the way out your brows.

This is also a great time to experiment with false eyelashes to really make your super hero’s peepers explode off your face.  Liquid eyeliner  or a dark eyeliner pencil can really help draw in some of the details.

Some heroines have small masks as part of their costume. It might be a good idea to paint a mask onto your face, rather than wear an actual mask. It will have the dramatic look you want and be much more comfortable than maneuvering a mask over your other makeup.

If you’re looking for a good time to debut a new piece of body jewelry, this is also a perfect opportunity.  Being in character often gives you courage to try something new for your look, and introduce it into your beauty regimen. Whatever you do, this is no time to be shy.

Be a superstar with your makeup and your whole look. The details make all the difference.


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October 29, 2012   Comments Off

Free Sample of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Walmart gives out a lot of beauty samples online, and they usually come in your mailbox pretty quickly, so this is a goodie!  Currently they are giving out a Free Sample of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (click here to go to Walmart’s site to get this)

It says this sample is in the light/medium shade and will arrive in less than 4 weeks. In my experience, samples from Walmart usually show up in two weeks. Be sure to fill out their very short questionnaire before submitting your sample request!

Get one before they are all gone.  Please share this with your friends on FB and help me build my followers! Thanks!


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October 25, 2012   Comments Off

Eye Shadow Secrets

eye shadow secretsThe key to great eye shadow application is the brushes. Trying to create that look whether it be smoky, sexy, cat eye or natural will be much easier with the proper applicators. Sephora and MAC both have great lines of brushes, but don’t be fooled by the price. Sonia Kashuk has a nice line of brushes available at Target at a very reasonable price. You don?t need to have dozens of brushes to put on eye shadow, but a small brush, a sponge-tip applicator, and a blending brush are must-haves to create a great look. Once you have the tools of the trade at hand, start creating a fabulous look for yourself.

To brighten and widen the look of your eyes, highlight the inner corner of the eye with a light shimmery shadow in white, peach, or silver. This also makes you appear more alert than you might be some days. You can also use this same color against the brow line to help create a lively and wide-eyed look. When applying color to the rest of the lid, use your sponge-tip applicator to apply the darkest color to the lower part of the lid and into the crease. Using a complimentary color and your brush, apply the next shadow to the remaining lid, but don?t go too high and cover up your light shadow.

Finally, blend using your blending brush and small, light circles. This basic application technique will give you a flawless look and have you ready for whatever the day may bring!


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October 23, 2012   Comments Off

Two New Beauty Freebies today

Here is a free lotion sample, and a shampoo sample.   These will probably expire quickly when they run out, so get them while they’re hot!!  FYI, you have to be a member of freeflys (who distributes the samples) to request them, but it’s free to join too.

Here are the direct links:

Then watch your mailbox in a few weeks and enjoy!


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October 19, 2012   Comments Off

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