Just last saturday we chatted about setting up a beauty calendar, and how maintaining all your beauty appointments is just as important in your overall wellness as is regular doctor checkups and staying healthy. We’ve also touched upon healthier eating habits, which benefits your skin.
Now, while many people start off a brand new year looking to hit the gym and lose weight, we’ve avoided that resolution during this guide … until now.
Day 30 : January 30
Get active daily.
Notice that there is no mention of losing weight. Or building muscle. Or entering a fitness competition. The direction is simply to get active on a daily basis. It could be as simple as walking your lunch hour away. Waking up and doing yoga poses for 10 minutes. Going for a swim. Playing a round of pick-up basketball. Get your body moving – plain and simple.
Sure, getting your heart rate up has nothing to do with killing your look with contour and highlight; and for the most part, no one feels pretty when they are sweaty … but the benefits of moving around can help improve circulation and reduce stress which then translates into glowing healthy skin and less frown lines, wrinkles and stress acne. If you lose a little bit of weight along the way … well, hey – BONUS!
Healthy habits = happy lifestyle = a beautiful you!
TIP : You don’t have to sign up at your local community centre to get started on healthier habits. Yoga poses and body weight exercises can be done at open and the minute you wake up!
HOMEWORK : Download some of those fun apps that give you a workout in 7 minutes!
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.
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!
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.
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!
The prettiest girl is the girl who’s smiling. And you can’t smile if you’re feeling over worked, overwhelmed, and stressed out. As we are closing in on the end of week two of our beauty guide, it’s another day to pamper yourself and zone out.
Day 12 : January 13
Give yourself a manicure.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it should make you feel like you’re taking a time out for you. Take some time to trim and file your nails, soak and push back your cuticles, and give them a buff ‘n’ shine. You can leave it at this and finish with a nice dose of hand cream to soften and smooth the hands as a whole.
If you have a bit more time to indulge, go ahead and paint them. It could be a couple of coats of clear nail polish or a deep and dark vampy colour that’s almost as black as your heart. If your handy with your hands and have the tools, you can even try a new nail art trend like chrome or glitter powder accent nails.
Whatever floats your boat. Have fun tonight!
TIP : Have fun.
HOMEWORK : Have more fun.
It’s a pretty safe bet to say that Olivia Wilde has some pretty piercing eyes … and that she has the smoky eye look down to an exact science … yes?
As we all struggle everywhere to create a sexy smoky eye that resembles more than just smudged eyeliner, Olivia’s makeup artist – Melanie Inglessis – shared with InStyle magazine her trick : purple eyeshadows.
According to the magazine, Inglessis uses mainly purple shadows and NO KOHL or black shadow (*gasp*). It kind of flips many of us upside down, because it’s extremely natural to think that a smoky eye = black shadow (and dark greys too!). Another tip : to soften the look, she rounds out the outer edges of the eyeshadow and diffuses any harsh borders.
While Olivia’s transformation over the years has her experimenting with everything from the bold statement lip to feline flicked liner, her go-to is definitely smoky. If you are thinking of trying her purple-hued smoky style, may I suggest :
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Jolie Poupee : a violet and pearlescent purple pairing which would be great for adding layers and dimension to a purple smoky eye.
MAC Eyeshadow in Shadowy Lady : a matte deep plum that is perfect for smoking it up from the lashline and grounding more shimmery shades.
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Empire : an inky pencil that glides one with ease giving your smoky look a complete finish.
There are plenty PLENTY of options out there from all your favourite brands, and the great thing about the whole sexy sultry smoky eye look is that playing with the combinations is half the fun.