Must Have Mud Mask

Do you ever go shopping, stand in the check out line for a while, and end up with a bunch of random stuff? Yeah, that’s a result of good marketing. But how often do you use the items purchased in the checkout lane? For me, not too often but that recently changed when I found this great mud mask as I was standing in line at Old Navy.

Because I have combination skin, I’m always looking for great beauty products. And after a recent trip to Massage Luxe for a microdermabrasion, my esthetician recommended using a mud mask to keep my pores clean, free of black heads, and to help control the oil. This Deep Down Detox Mud Mask helps to keep skin clean and is a great facial detox as we prepare to transition to spring.

Since I’ve been using this Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing (about a month now), my skin has been smoother than usual and less oily. Blackheads have cut down too! Give yourself an in-home facial. Try out this mud mask. It smells good, feels good, and best of all, it’s relaxing.

Tips:

It comes out thick, but as you rub it into your skin it thins out. Two nickle-sized drops should do the trick.

Exfoliating before applying the mud mask enhances results.

Happy masking!

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Red Hot Kiss

Pucker up for your holiday parties with the perfect red lippie. My recommendation? Beso by Stila. It’s the perfect red color that works on any completion, goes on smooth, and will last until your midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve.

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Pro tip. Once applied, add a faint glitter gloss to top it off with some shimmer and to add some extra staying power.

If you know me, I’ve only recently, over the past year, started to get into lipstick. I tend to stick to pinks or muted, deep reds but every lady needs a good red hot lipstick. This is my go-to thanks to my girl, Jen.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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4 Ways To Look Well-Groomed On A Small Budget

One would think looking effortless actually includes no effort. But sadly, that’s not the case. It still takes time and money to look a certain way. So how do you achieve a well-groomed look on a small budget? Here’s how! 

  1. Cover The Basics

Hairstyle – Hair covers your head, so it’s the first thing many people see or notice, so hair is something you can’t skimp on. Ensure your hair is in good condition, maintained, and trimmed regularly to keep it healthy. To save on cash, but still look good, shop around for stylists who offer loyalty rewards and reasonable pricing. This is good especially if you color your hair and need to stay on top of a good dye job. And if your hair is longer, have a few simple styles you can create if you’re in a rush.

Shoes – Shoes! You literally can never have too many shoes. But be wise in your choices when adding to your collection. Look for clearance shoes or wait for the sales. Also be sure to maintain your footwear by keeping them clean and polished. When the heel is worn, take them to the cobbler. Many local shoe repairmen can work their magic for a fair price. And here’s a secret tip: keep a shoe shine sponge in your bag.

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Makeup – When it comes to makeup, you have to find a look that suits you. I, for one, am not huge on makeup, but have come to adore a good lip and mascara to add a little pop. But like many other things, makeup is based on the individual person. Start with a good primer. This makes all the difference when applying the rest of your makeup because it can provide a smooth surface. Match your skin type with a good foundation cream, and if you get this right, everything else will follow. Keep a makeup bag with your essentials in case you need to re-apply throughout the day, and for makeup basics such as mascara, check which items are in the sale.

  1. Staples

When it comes to your wardrobe, it’s not always about keeping up with all the latest trends. So think style, rather than fashion. Invest a few key pieces that will last for years. Opt for classic items that will not go out of style after one season. And be sure to think about your specific lifestyle and the outfits you need to succeed. Your staples may include:

  • Skirts/trousers for the office that will work for evenings too
  • Simple blouses and tops that can be dressed up or down
  • Jackets
  • Jumpers/cardigans
  • Dresses, including maxi dresses for the summer

Once you have your basics in place, you can then mix and match to alternate outfits. Versatility is key!

  1. Keep It Simple

If you want to appear well-groomed, keep it simple. Don’t go overboard in your choices. Opt for simple shapes and silhouettes and build from there.

Ensure your outfits are coordinated. Look for different combinations to mix it up a little.

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  1. Accessorize

When money is tight, accessories can for sure be your friend. They can transform outfits, making them appear completely different. Look for items that can be used in different ways. For example, scarves and belts. Invest in a mixture of jewelry, from fine jewelry to costume jewelry. If you’re trying to make an outfit appear more expensive, accessorize with gold or silver jewelry. A smart belt can also lift a simple dress.

Looking fabulously put together is about simplicity, style, and creative flair.

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About Beauty: Facial Cleansers

Facial cleansers. They’re just as important as body wash, because face it (ha! was that a pun?), a clean, fresh face is the first thing you see! But what is the best facial cleanser you can use?

Well, thanks to reviews.com, I have a little bit of inside information on that. Reviews.com did a little research by talking to dermatologists and aestheticians and concluded that the best facial cleanser is Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser.

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So how did reviews.com figure that this is the best face wash out there? They talked to several skincare experts and dug deep into a list of ingredients. Cellex-C stood out the most because of its natural ingredients. And they skipped over any cleanser meant to treat specific skin conditions like acne or oily skin. Why? Because your face needs oil. And everyone’s got some oil on their face — in fact, there’s a critical film on your skin called the acid mantle that helps produce oil.

Cellex-C Betaplex Gentle Foaming Cleanser is fairly priced and made of ingredients we can all pronounce, like Sunflower Seed Oil;Willow Bark Extract;Sassafrass Extract;Chamomile Extract;Vitamin E. Skyn ICELAND Pure Cloud Cleanser and CeraVe Hydrating Cleaner  made it to the top of the list, too coming in second and third place for best face wash. 

 

Need a little more info to help you decide which is the best facial cleanser for you? Check out the full story on reviews.com.

 

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Beauty and Makeup Tips to Enhance Your Features

Makeup is a fabulous too to enhance your already-beautiful features. Check out some tips to help you apply makeup to fully enhance your beautiful face.

 

Plump Your Lips

You can easily make your lips look bigger, and you don’t even need to over-line them with a dark lip liner. All you need to do is use a lighter lip color, then dab some gloss in the middle of your pout. You can also dust some highlighter in the middle of your lips too, as well as on the outline to make your lips stand out.

Open Up Your Eyes

Having wide eyes can be beautiful, and there are lots of different things you can do to achieve it a wide-eyed look. Start off by using an eyelash curler to make your lashes appear longer and thicker. A simple trick is to heat it with a hairdryer for a few seconds to make the curl last. Then, you can use a good mascara to enhance them further.

Highlight the Right Points

A good highlighter can really show off certain points of the face. It can also make you look more glam for a big night out! Dust your favorite highlighter over your cheekbones, nose, and chin. You can even dust over the chest to highlight below the neck.

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Shade in Carefully

If you’d like to add a little more dimension to the face, you can use a bronzer or a slightly darker foundation to shade in. Try a favorite contouring kit to help me achieve this look. Just make sure you blend in as much as possible for the most natural finish!  

Define Your Brows

Having defined brows can help to shape your face further as well. If your brows are unruly or even invisible without makeup, no worries! You can brush through with a brow gel if you just want a slight bit of color, or you can use a pencil to shade them in. Just make sure you mimic hair strokes for the most realistic finish. It isn’t about having the darkest or most prominent brows!

Always set Your Concealer With Powder

Using concealer under the eyes is a great way to hide dark circles and bags, but you should always set it with a good powder. This will make it last and keep your eyes looking bright. You can even use something called the ‘baking method’, which can leave you looking like you have flawless skin when you’re done.

 

I hope you love these beauty and makeup tips and they help you to enhance your features perfectly. Remember, it isn’t about fitting the most makeup on your face, so use sparingly to get the best results!

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Ratchet to Ready: Beauty Hack

Let’s face it. The beginning of a new year is always a struggle. We’re all physically and mentally hungover from holidays, parties, friend and family gatherings, and probably even worn out from wracking our brain trying to figure out how we’re going to make the new year better than the last. Not to mention, going back to work after a some time off is the hardest. So, I come to you with a life-changing beauty tip to make life a little easier!

When there’s no time to update your leftover Christmas or NYE mani because you’re too busy working on “new year, new you” goals, just cover it with glitter polish!

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Seriously. How cute does my coworker’s month-old shellac mani look with some added glitter polish? Thanks, Ashley for sharing this little beauty life hack.

Like Ashley, many of us are running around trying to get back in the swing of things with little to no time for fabulous. But problem solved. Cover your ratchet mani with some thick glitter polish, add a top coat, and you’re ready to go! The thick glitter works to mask nail growth and chips on polish.

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You’re welcome. Follow the fabulous Ashley (she’s cool cuz we’re middle name twins!) on Instagram.

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Men’s Skincare: Essential Products

We’re just a matter of days away from Christmas, which means there isn’t much time left to fill those stockings! If you’re anything like me, you have some last minute gifts you need to snag for the men in your life. But buying for the men isn’t always simple. But don’t worry about it! Take full advantage of the fact that the male cosmetics industry is becoming increasingly popular.

Thanks to the emergence of male grooming in our culture, more men are trying to look dapper, even when it comes to skincare. So here are some great little bits to fill his stocking with for the holiday.

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After Shave Balm

Men are just as susceptible to sensitive skin as women. And their facial skin goes through a hell of a lot more than ours does, especially when it comes to shaving. For instance, rubbing a blade across your face and neck is going to cause some irritation and damage. Where once the solution was simply to splash some aftershave on it and endure the stinging, times have changed. Now, a post-shave lotion is becoming a more popular option among men who shave. The best shaving balm will help heal little cuts and prevent skin irritation by moisturizing the surface of his skin.

Lip Balm

Everyone is prone to getting dry or chapped lips. That’s why you should take a look at some of the best lip balm for men on the market. There will be no shame or embarrassment about applying the stick to his lips. And he’ll certainly thank you for helping him ward off a potential unkissable lips.

 

Moisturizer

Soft skin isn’t just for babies. Men are also seeing the benefits of keeping their skin soft. Many men are now even looking at creams that have anti-aging properties. Maybe go for getting him a moisturizer hat prevents bags under his eyes, or something that purifies the skin. It’s a good place to start if you want to introduce him to the world of male skincare.

 

Beard Oil

It’s the era of the beard! Not everyone digs that vibe, but there are definitely a fair share of admirers, and there’s lots of work that goes into maintaining a beard. It involves trimming, washing, conditioning, and shaping. So if any men in your life live the beard life, spring for a bottle of beard oil as an ideal Christmas present. 

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