One of the best parts about fall is a dark vampy lip! A way to accomplish our favorite fall lip look is with Mac Chestnut lip pencil. Fully line your lips with this liner and then go over it with a burgundy lipstick to complete the look of the perfect matte fall lip color. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! You will be seeing us do this lip look in a fall makeup routine coming soon!
All you need to know about falsies
Today on behalf of all our team, I’m going to uncover all of the mysteries and answer the most popular question we’re getting about the different types of false eyelashes. But before defining the main differences among them, let me explain to you the reason why we use that instrumental piece of enhancement and transformation. The truth is, every part of the makeup is equally important in creating a successful look. However, beautiful and pronounced eyelashes are crucial in really making eyes pop. Since our eyes are the window of the soul, this single change can make a girl go from “Oh” to “Wow” in just a blink of an eye.
Speaking from our every day experience with commercial, bridal, as well as fashion events and photo shoots, we know that the camera diminishes the intensity of any color, and to get a perfect photo your make up should be a couple shades darker than you would normally do. That also applies to eyelashes.
In this day and age, eyelashes come in all shapes and sizes, from natural to thick and dramatic fashion versions, that are made of feather or lace, to professional grade individual eyelashes that look just flawless. No wonder why so many girls feel lost when it comes to determining which ones are appropriate for an occasion and how to choose the right one for your face and eye shapes.
Good news is, that it’s not that hard as it seems, because we broke them down into the basic types and features so you can become a PRO at lashes yourself!
# Individual professional grade falsies
This is the only type used by our Team as they give a very different feel compared to strip lashes because they are less uniformed, and depending on how many we apply and which length we use, we can create any custom effect that is always feathery and natural looking. It’s extremely important to consider when taking close up shots of your face, as lashes is the first thing that draws out attention.
Individual lashes are extremely durable, and in our practice, never give us any problems. They can be easily removed by any oil-based makeup remover with the rest of your make up, which makes them single-use enhancements. The fact that they are typically a one day wear is probably the only sad thing about them, aside that they usually require a professional application.
But, girl, they are so worth it!
# Strip Lashes/Band Lashes and Lower Lashes
Strip or band lashes come in so many different shapes and sizes and much easier to apply yourself compared to individual ones. These conventional type of lashes tend to look more “fake” as well, however they are still extremely popular in the beauty industry as you can apply them more easily yourself. Make sure to resize them by cutting the excess length off to properly fit your eye. Occasionally you can experience some problems like one side of it coming off, but the majority of them can be reused a couple times with proper care.
Choose light weight, criss-crossed pattern for an every day look, and more dramatic and thick pair of falsies for a night out.
But what you really need to know is the correct shape for your face features:
For deep-set eyes use longer lash strips so you can lengthen the eye and define the lash-line
If you have small eyes and your goal is to elongate, choose the pair with thicker outer corners. This will lift your eyes and add length.
If you have no, or very unpronounced crease or wide set eyes, open them up by focusing on the center of your lash line.
# Fashion Eyelashes
Sounds very self-explanatory, right? Made of unconventional materials, like lace, fabric or feathers- needless to say -they are so much fun to use. Since lashes are pieces of art on their own, the majority of them are one of a kind. Application is very similar to strip lashes application, just make sure that you are using a clear eyelash glue so it won’t be seen when it’s dry.
Obviously those are not suitable for an everyday use, but a great option for a fashion photo shoot or perhaps Halloween party.
Regardless of the type you choose, make sure that you use a good quality eye lash glue that matches the color of the lashes or one that is clear. Wait for 15 seconds for glue to set before applying the lashes on – this tip will make your life so much easier- mark my word.
And always remember to stay true to your style, even with a pair of falsies on!
Have a gorgeous day!
XOXO, the Team
Introducing Rodan + Fields Skincare
Skincare with results you can actually see!
Being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives is very important to me. Helping people to feel great about the way they look is not mere vanity. When we know we are looking our best, our confidence levels increase and we are able to assert ourselves more in everything we do, thereby, giving the very best of ourselves.
Being a licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist, I have had the heart warming experience of seeing lives changed as people begin to see themselves differently. Confidence, excitement, and a whole new vision of possibilities are clearly evident as each person grasps the changes they are seeing.
So I am thoroughly excited to be able to offer you the very best of skincare – the first step to a gorgeous appearance. Rodan + Fields’ years of experience and dedication has finally placed within our hands the power to make a change.
I encourage you today to begin your journey to greater, younger looking skin and open yourself to new and exciting possibilities.
Wrinkles are a product of sun damage, free radical damage and gravity. Most of the wrinkle creams on the market do not deliver the results they promise because they can’t penetrate the skin deeply enough to make a difference. However, eating a nutritionally packed diet, loaded with anti-oxidant, vitamin-rich foods, may produce better results than any wrinkle cream for a fraction of the price. Before spending hundreds of dollars on anti-aging products, try adding a few power-packed foods to your meal plan in conjunction with a good sunblock and products that are clinically proven to be a wrinkle cure (i.e. Retin-A and glycolic acid).
Top 3 Vitamins to Help Fight Wrinkles
Vitamins A,C & E are of utmost importance in the vitamin world of wrinkle fighters.
- A new study confirms that vitamin A can help to improve wrinkles associated with aging as well as promote the production of skin-building compounds.
- Vitamin E is one of the more important anti-aging anti-oxidants. Studies have found that low levels of vitamin E in skin are associated with an increased amount of wrinkling.
- Vitamin C is the most abundant anti-oxidant found in the skin and is pivotal to looking young.
Unfortunately, exposure to UV rays and pollution can decrease the amount of vitamin C in the skin by up to 55% making supplementation essential.
Foods Rich in Vitamins A, C & E
- Sunflower Seeds
Do you wear sunscreen in the winter? If you ski, you should. While ultraviolet light is definitely weaker in the winter, it reflects 4 times as much off of snow than off of sand. And as you ride that chair lift, it increases 4% for every 1,000 feet you ascend. So when you ski in Vail, you’re going above 8,000 feet, and you get a third more UV light – plus you get a dose in the face from above and a second dose from the snow.
As if that’s not bad enough, most light-skinned people have lost their summer tans by the time they ski, setting them up for even more damage.
So, what to do? A number 30 SPF sunscreen with zinc oxide will keep your nose from frying from UV light, even while it is in danger of frostbite. But that’s another story.
And for those of you who don’t brave the slopes, a number 15 SPF will keep your skin happy.*
* By: Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Is beauty related to health? For those of you who think beauty is about mirrors, makeup, and how many pudding packs you have to sacrifice to fit into your skinny jeans, hear this: Beauty isn’t some vapid and superficial pursuit that exists solely to sell products, wag tongues, and produce drool.
Beauty is actually precisely perceived, purposeful, and rooted in hard science—more than abstract and random opinion.
From the time we started prancing around the world with our body-hair parkas and leafy lingerie, evolution has pushed us to become more beautiful. And that’s why beauty serves as the foundation for our feelings, our happiness, and our existence. In fact, beauty doesn’t reflect our vanity as much as it does our humanity.
Why? To put it bluntly, beauty is health.
That’s right. Traditional beauty—the outer kind—serves as a proxy of how healthy you are. It’s the message you send to others about your health. Simply, beauty is an instant message to others that transmits youth, fertility, and health. That’s why beauty is an extremely important evolutionary cue. Not convinced? Look at traditional images of ugly things—pus, blood, gore. They almost always correlate with something unhealthy.
Now, that’s just talking about outer beauty. Inner beauty—the idea of feeling good and being happy—also has tremendous health implications in every aspect of your life.*
So when one feels beautiful both inside and out, they are more likely to be confident, self-assured, and outgoing, which in turns allows them to give more of themselves, without reserve, producing positive results in every aspect of their lives.
Beauty is an important facet in everyone’s lives…..it isn’t just skin-deep.
*Excerpt from the book: YOU: Being Beautiful
Monday, January 17, 2011
The skin is constantly generating new skin cells at the lower layer (the dermis) and sending them to the surface (the epidermis). As the cells rise to the surface they gradually die and become filled with keratin. These keratinized skin cells are essential because they give our skin its protective quality. But they are constantly sloughing off to make way for younger cells. As we age the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes those cells that are clinging on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells below. Exfoliant products containing alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic or lactic acids, increases the turnover of collagen production resulting in the removal of fine lines and the appearance of smoother, healthier looking skin.
It is possible, however, to over-exfoliate, especially on the delicate skin of the face. Over-exfoliating will dry and irritate the skin.
What You Should Know About Facial Exfoliation:
•Be extra careful with the delicate skin of your face. •It’s easy to over-exfoliate. Talk to a good esthetician about the product and frequency that is best for your skin. Your should be especially cautious if you have sensitive or aging skin. •Be careful not to overdo microdermabrasion. It can make thin, aging skin even thinner if you get too many treatments too quickly. •Don’t over-exfoliate, especially in summer or in very sunny climates. You’re making it easier for your skin to be damaged by the sun. •Never use body scrubs on the face. They’re too rough. •Be very careful with peels. Don’t get one peel and then go somewhere else to ask for another. You can remove too much of your protective layer and end up exposing the living dermis. Again, be careful about going out in the sun afterwards. •Never wax if you’ve had a peel recently. It might expose raw, living skin, which will have to scab over to heal.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Peptides…What are they and why do we need them?
Peptides are made of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, an important component of all cells. Proteins provide structure in cell membranes and act as messengers between layers of skin. They serve as a primary natural component to keeping skin cells looking youthful and their breakdown contributes directly to skin aging and wrinkles.
Crow’s feet happen because the muscles surrounding our eyes are continually bending and unbending with all of the squinting we do and with all of the facial expressions we have. All those folds become deep and ingrained over the coarse of our lives. By the time we are 50 years of age and older, they are etched into our skin.
Peptides are one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients found in skin care today. Their effectiveness has been demonstrated in clinical trials and they have been shown to boost collagen production in skin cells.
Skin creams and other skin care products with collagen stimulating peptides are effective at reducing wrinkles and healing signs of aging.
One important peptide to look for in your skin care product is argireline. You will find it in creams, serums, and eye solutions. It mimics the effects of Botox and is much more cost effective.
Using eye creams containing peptides, such as argireline, has been found to be more beneficial in combating the signs of crow’s feet. When applied in the crow’s feet area surrounding the eye, muscles don’t move as much, resulting in fewer lines being formed.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Having acne issues and don’t want to spend lots of money at the dermatologist? Did you know that eating 1-2 cups of collard greens gives your body and skin more Vitamin A than applying Retin-A cream topically on your skin? Consuming collard greens will begin to clear up inflammation caused by acne and in addition, give the body super nutrition (below is a great recipe I use). And for immediate help with acne flare-ups, try mashing an aspirin with a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply to affected area for 15-20 minutes. The natural salicylic acid found in the aspirin will help to dry up the pimple and kill the bacteria that is causing the inflammation.
Recipe: Braised Collard Greens
Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a deep pan. Saute one onion cut into slivers and a clove of garlic. Once wilted, add 1-2 diced tomatoes and seasoning of choice. Saute for one minute. Add a bag of fresh collard greens and cook for about 10-15 minutes until greens are a little wilted. Delicious!!