31 days to a prettier 2017 : commit to an all over balm …

January 17, 2017By stephanie

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We’ve all been in that situation when a dry patch comes through our makeup midday, or our cuticles look rough, or  our baby hairs get a little feisty. You cannot carry your vanity table with you everywhere you go, so here’s our trick for MacGyvering your pop-up beauty dilemmas.

Day 17 : January 17

Commit to an All Over Balm (or skin salve).

An all over balm or skin salve is like the duct tape of makeup … while most are advertised as a quick way to hydrate the skin in a convenient carry with you everywhere tube they do so much more than that! They come in all sort of consistencies and are cased in everything from tubes to tin pots (as mentioned, portable!). The ones I prefer comes in a firmer (but smooth), waxy texture and in tin or glass pot form, just because you don’t waste any product – you can lightly pick up some on the finger tips without overdoing it, or gather a bit more by scooping it out when needed. Tube salves are just as great, but I’ve been known to squeeze out too much more often than not!

What can you do with your balm?  Plenty!

  • Apply a light layer over dry patches of skin midday, as needed
  • Soothe minor cuts and wounds
  • Heal chapped lips in a pinch
  • Sweep up high on the cheeks for a quick highlight
  • Refresh your makeup, especially under the eyes
  • Tame brow hairs
  • Tame baby hairs and flyaways
  • Soften cuticles
  • Press and blend over your eyeshadow for a glossy eye look
  • Dab blush to the lips and smooth salve over for a DIY clip colour
  • Remove makeup mistakes

See – it’s truly the duct tape of makeup.

All over balms or skin salves can be found with in both conventional and organic brands, and a bunch of sizes. Brands I suggest : NYX, Glossier, Antipodes and RMS.

Happy Shopping!

TIP : I say commit now (which I do mean), but you can also test out a few before making a hard purchase!

HOMEWORK : Once you’ve chosen a salve, try turning to it first whenever you come across a skin issue or beauty dilemma – start testing out what works for you and what doesnt, how much you need to solve the dilemma or how much you don’t!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : focus on your skin …

January 14, 2017By stephanie

It’s Saturday. And it’s the weekend. I shouldn’t make you work, should I? But what you can do, is do some research and reading on your tablet, in your pajamas, with a glass of wine …

Day 14 : January 14

Start thinking more about the health of your skin.

You don’t have to jump into action right this minute but you should start considering making any necessary changes to your skincare routine. This could include :

  • Throwing out products that don’t work for you
  • Researching and purchasing the right skincare products for your skin type
  • Eating better for your skin
  • Incorporating a proper skin care regimen
  • Protecting your skin from aging and future damage 

Some people think they can just make a resolution to start washing their face every night and everything is going to be okay. It’s definitely a good start, but as we age, our skin needs a bit more help than just that. Start googling and reading up on skin care regimens of celebrities, beauty bloggers, and celebrity estheticians. What products do they use? What do they eat for their skin? How to they always look red carpet ready?

Start getting inspired and thinking about the most positive changes and habits you can make to get the same results. As they say, your face is the canvas for your makeup so the better the canvas, the better the art. 

Google is your friend and you can lose yourself reading articles from all the beauty blogs and magazines that are online. You can also visit our sister page: www.freshbeautiful.com which (almost) just completed it’s 15 days to better skin guide.

Happy reading!

TIP : Don’t forget to bookmark and save articles so that you can remember the tips and tricks you want to try, and the products you want to buy!

HOMEWORK : Try to incorporate at least 3 tips/tricks/products you learned about within the next week!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : pick up a new blush …

January 13, 2017By stephanie

It’s another friday … another week down, another weekend to enjoy.

Day 13 : January 13

Buy a new blush.

It doesn’t matter if its a powder or cream, and it doesn’t matter if it’s $5 or $50. Just pick up a blush that does the following :

  • brings out the cheeks with just a swipe or two
  • gives you a glow but isn’t overly shimmery or glittery
  • is a universal shade of pink or peach that’s wearable for any beauty look

A natural blush, much like your signature lip colour, can be applied quickly and easily when time is of the essence. Whether you wear it with just concealer or a full face it warms you up and makes you look healthy and alive. The right colour can also assist in sculpting your face when you’re not up to contouring and highlighting. 

If you choose a powder blush, remember that your blush brush is also key for a blended, natural application. Powders can get streaky and cakey, so just be sure that you choose a formulation that blends well and a brush that does the job right. For those that prefer a cream blush (my favourite), you can warm the product on the back of your hand first before applying with your fingers, should the product be a bit too firm. Once applied, blend up and outward towards the hairline for a fresh faced look. BONUS : add a touch of your cream blush to your lips for an on-trend monochromatic colour look for the face.

Blush away!

TIP : A cream blush in a stick form as opposed to pot or compact is perfect for on the go touch-ups. It goes straight from tube to cheeks – no tools necessary.

HOMEWORK : Ask the makeup artist at the beauty counter for assistance. They can pull the most natural shades in all formulas for you making your choices easier!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : wear your hair differently …

January 11, 2017By stephanie

Yesterday, we made sure that you have a plan to get in to see your stylist for a cut or trim. Until then, you’ll need to create a diversion until you can come through with a fresh new style.

Day 11 : January 11

Style your hair differently.

Take a moment to practice and trysome new styles for your hair this evening. If you’re growing out your bangs, experiment with different braids and twists to keep them up and off your face. If you always wear your hair in a ponytail, try a half-up / half-down with some waves. Change your curly hair to something super sleek with a flatiron. I’m sure by now, you now where I’m going with this.

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Visit your Pinterest account and aim to try 2 or 3 styles that you like. Practice tonight, and then wear your hair in your chosen styles throughout the next few days at work or when out with friends. You’ll be surprised at how a simple change like adding a wave to your long length or moving from a centre to a side part can modernize your look in an instant. People notice!

Happy hairstyling …

TIP : Don’t worry about washing your hair before trying new styles. Sometimes, second day hair is better for volume, curling and manageability.

HOMEWORK : Challenge yourself to not revert back to your usual style (high bun, ponytail, jaw clip) – at least not for one day. Switch it up on the daily!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : find your beauty spirit monster …

January 9, 2017By stephanie

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With January signalling a time for change and evolving yourself, it is always good to have related visuals to your direction or goal to inspire and guide you. For example, I want to be fitter this year, so my current Instagram feed is nothing but before and after photos of women who really got into and did the work to be healthier and happier. You may want to cook more, so perhaps you’re pinning recipes on Pinterest. Or maybe, you want to quit your 9 to 5 and your Flipboard is lined up with articles about entrepreneurship.

Having a vision keeps your end goal in reach …

Day 9 : January 9

Find your beauty muse … or as I like to call it, my beauty spirit monster.

Whether you want to be glammed out on the daily like Kat Von D, or beachy and bronzy like Jennifer Lopez, or naturally imperfect like a Parisian girl … it’s always good to study the look. Following someone’s beauty evolution and style isn’t about copying their makeup from magazine and calling it a day. Rather it’s more like learning about the products they love and the techniques they (or their makeup artist) use and that work for them, to grow your own look.

Having one or two beauty muses can encourage you to try new colours or techniques, and bring you out of your comfort zone. It can prevent you from getting stuck in a beauty rut as well which is the quickest way to age you faster.

If you don’t already have Pinterest, it is a great tool to collect images of your chosen style muse, products you want to try and also, how-to articles on almost any makeup technique you want to try. If you have a 20-minute bus ride home, you would be surprised at how much pinning you can do.

Happy celeb hunting!

TIP : Images can help you shop better as well. Having images of a celeb’s look on hand when you hit a beauty counter can help the makeup artist determine what products and colours will work for you to achieve the same look and style.

HOMEWORK : If you love a good old magazine and have tonnes of them lying around BUT also know its time for them to hit the recycling bin, then grab a bottle of wine, park yourself in front of your pile and start ripping out photos of your beauty spirit monster. You can even tear out pages of makeup you’re interested in. Once your done with one magazine, toss it in your blue bin and move on to the next. Collect your images in a file folder for future reference.