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 : give yourself a manicure …

January 12, 2017By stephanie

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.

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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.

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 : have better hair days …

January 10, 2017By stephanie

We’ve focused so much on makeup in the past week, that we need to take a moment, step back and focus on the one thing that can ensure a great day, almost every day : your hair.

Day 10 : January 10

Get your haircut. 

Or at least make an appointment to do so. Soon. Maybe you are due for a whole new ‘do or perhaps you just need a trim and clean-up – whatever it is, get it done. 

A fresh new style, especially one that flatters your face, can bring forth a whole new confidence in your beauty game. It can also keep you out of a rut and keep your look current. Change is good. You can start off small with either adding in some layers or fringe or you can try a whole new cut all together like going short; a bob or pixie – take your pick.

If you’re not ready to make a big leap, then at least get in to see your stylist for a trim. Cut off the split ends and thinning length, trim your bangs, and freshen up your layers. Maintenance like this will ensure less bad hair days and less frustration with styling your hair overall.

And let’s not forget the other fun stuff … if it works with your time and budget you can consider fun stuff like a new colour, highlights, lowlights, babylights …etc. 

See your stylist … stat.

TIP : Dont’ ever go into your stylist and say … just do whatever. Images are always a good bet, even if you’re thinking of just some minor changes to your hair. IMages can hel to clearly communicate what you’re trying to achieve and better guide your stylist.

HOMEWORK : Make it a habit to see your stylist for regular trims and maintenance. Mark in your calendar when you’re about due and try not to stray to far from that date when booking in an appointment.

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.