Spring, it’s ALMOST here! I can feel it coming. The snow has finally melted, the sun is out more, and the trees (dare I say it) are beginning to bud. And, with each new season comes new beauty trends!
I’m excited to try a few and change my regular routine up a bit. I’m such a regular lip gloss and smokey eye girl throughout the spring that I thought it would be fun to do something a little different once in awhile.
Here are 5 beauty trends worth trying this spring:
1) Orange Lipstick – Oh, yes… bright like the sun. I’ve never been someone to deviate from my normal pinks and reds, but orange is making a bit hit this spring. It’s a fun color, one that maybe I wouldn’t wear to work, but I definitely would wear out with the girls!
Recommended: Maybelline – Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor – Extreme Orange
2) Golden Lids – With the Olympics just wrapping up, I feel like this trend is oh-so-appropriate! It gives your eyes such a gorgeous glow.
Recommended: Eye Shadow Gold Devotion
3) Cat Eyes – It’s still fierce and it’s still trending! Have some fun with this trend. You can make it as dramatic as you want–no need to be over the top all the time. My mom used to do this to her eyes when I was little, so it totally brings me back!
4) Blue and Green Eyeshadow – We’re not talking peacocking it up… but blues and greens are trending this spring when it comes to pops of color for your eye makeup. I think it’s one of those trends that needs to be worn when the time and occasion is appropriate, but it’s SO MUCH FUN!
Recommended: Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® Pure Pigments Loose Powder Shadow
5) Neutral Nails – Last spring and summer it was all about bright pops of color, this year it’s all about going neutral. Since I’m someone who will either go with black or dark gray on my nails, this is different for me, but I like it. I think neutral colors on your nails is a classic look.
Recommended: essie 2014 Resort
When I’m trying a new lip product, I always hope for the “whole package”. I want it to look great on the lips and have the color I’m after, but I also want it to feel comfortable. There are plenty of lip products that can accomplish one or the other, but when you find something that can do both, it’s exciting! Milani’s new Lip Intense Liquid Colors ($6.49, milanicosmetics.com) incorporate bold, pigmented tones- as well as a lightweight, comfortable feel.
It’s easy to get precise application thanks to the wand applicator. The staying power is also impressive with these products. While some color and shine can transfer onto your cup, for example, a lot of product is still left behind on the lips. I can make it through most of the day with no touch-ups needed.
Top left to right: Fiery Coral, Pink Rave
Bottom left to right: Red Extreme, Violet Addict
If you’re not accustomed to such bright colors and are concerned about looking “over the top”, just make sure to pair your bold lip with a more simple eye look. Thanks for reading, and for more beauty reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel and blog! – Emily
There are a few things we almost always have in our purses–iphones, hand sanitizer, various lipstick tubes, and good old Chapstick.
Chapstick is a classic that has kept our lips smooth through many a harsh winter and we’re excited to announce that there’s a new tube on the block. The classic brand is adding two limited-edition flavors to their classic lineup for spring: Pomegranate Gum Drop and Citrus Jelly Bean.
We gave both flavors a spin and we’re hooked. They offer the same great Chapstick moisturizing power you know and love and the scents are sweet but not overpowering. Our favorite is the Pomegranate Gum Drop but treat yourself and give both flavors a go! Whether you’re preparing to stuff some Easter baskets or get your lips in tip top shape for warmer weather, these sweet lip-savers are the perfect pick.
There’s one makeup look I do every single day–a smoky eye. I don’t care if I’m heading to school pick-up, the grocery store, swim team, or to a playdate with the kids – I always have on my smoky eye! It’s become one of my signature looks.
Last week I had 3 women at school pick-up come up to me and ask me how I do my smoky eye. The thing is, I don’t go overly dramatic because it’s not appropriate for day-to-day wear, so I have my own personal version that I love.
I created a video to help you learn this surprisingly easy, totally gorgeous look.
Here are the 3 products I use to perfect my smoky eye:
And here is the tutorial:
Katy Perry: pop star extraordinaire, cat lady, false fringe aficionado.
Yup, you read that correctly. Katy Perry has a line of false lashes, appropriately named Katy Perry Lashes, which are both 1) super affordable ($6.99 each) and 2) all kinds of awesome.
I was a little surprised when I found out about them, even though they’ve been out for a while, but I guess they just hadn’t crossed my radar until now.
I wish they had.
There are four new styles out now for spring — Feline Fierce, which I’m wearing in the top pic; Punk Princess; Banging Beauty and Lovely Lolita — and I’m infatuated with them all. I like them just about as much as the false lashes I usually wear when I wear false lashes, the $16 33 Lashes by MAC.
Compared to the 33s, these cost less than half as much ($6.99 versus $16), and because they’re carried at most drugstores and Ultas, they’re very easy to find (sometimes I don’t want to trek all the way to the mall).
These new spring styles also have something of an edge to them… Nothing too crazy, but I like the range of options Katy gives, from the more dramatic Feline Fierce (perfect for a night on the town) to the more natural Lovely Lolita, which still has some kick.
That one is my favorite pair from the spring line because it’s fine for daytime but still only about two seconds away from hitting the club.
Not that I hit the club very often (*cough*, anymore, *cough*).
Also in the plus column, these are 100 percent natural, and they don’t look plastic or fake, unlike some other drugstore brands that shall remain nameless…
But I think what really makes them stand out is how easy they are to apply, especially for someone (like me) who’s normally all thumbs when it comes to applying false lashes, and especially full strip styles like these.
No drama at all.
Seriously, they’re a breeze. I just run a tiny amount of the adhesive, which comes with them, by the way, along the lash strip (I’m serious. You only need a tad.), wait for about 30 seconds, look down into a mirror, set the lashes directly on top of my natural lashes, and squeeeeeeeze the false lashes together with my real ones.
They even comfortable! — even the dramatic styles, which is unusual, I think. Most of the time with other false lashes I’ve tried, in particular super long, thick lashes, I get a headache after a while from how heavy they feel (I’m very sensitive about anything near my eyes), and I end up having to take them off halfway through the day.
These, on the other hand, don’t feel heavy at all.
They’re a great drugstore find. I only wish I’d discovered them sooner.
I definitely plan to stock up on Lovely Lolita next time I see them at CVS or Ulta. They’re also available online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
I started off 2014 vowing to workout consistently. I have about 15 pounds of baby weight left and I have determined to lose it. Recently while at my local gym, a few of us ladies were having a conversation about our makeup running after we workout. It’s not a pretty sight to see–mascara running down cheeks, foundation forming into sweaty beads, and lipstick smudged under lips–just some “makeup-workout-war-stories.” I will say this, I don’t apply fresh makeup before I go to the gym, but I do still have it on when I get to the gym.
To avoid the yucky makeup mess, I’ve been gravitating towards makeup that is sweat proof and waterproof. I think it makes the most sense for me because I fit my workouts into my life whenever I have the time, this way I can go whenever I want and not worry about taking my fresh makeup off or worrying about it sweating away (since sometimes I head back to work events after my workouts, too!).
What kinds of sweat proof makeup are there?
Believe it or not, there is a lot to choose from–you can also go for the waterproof, too!
Here are some of my go-to favorite products for the gym:
1) Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation - I’m telling you, the BEST BEST BEST when it comes to sweat proof foundation. I am obsessed with Smashbox. I only started using this brand about 4 months ago and I just can’t say enough good things.
2) bareMinerals Ready Foundation - I know I’ve talked about this foundation before on this blog, but I really love it. It’s lightweight, but I’ll tell you what, it’s amazing. you get amazing coverage and it just stays PUT!
3) LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara - I live for mascara! I need to always make sure whatever I have on won’t be running down my cheeks, especially after a run or a bike ride. You know I love COVERGIRL, so the product I recommend for your lashes is this one! I love it!
4) MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream - I love a good smoky eye. I wear it all the time. Now you don’t have to worry about it sweating away after a workout. MAKE UP FOR EVER has the best makeup for days when you’re sweating like a crazy person at the gym!
5) CARGO Water Resistant Blush - Oh, yes… it’s true! You will love this product. It’s so pretty and it stays PUT during a workout!
Before you start throwing things, trust us, we’re not hoping to fast forward through summer just to talk about fall beauty trends (we’re freezing over here!) But, we’re ladies who like to plan ahead and we thought you might like that, too.
We hoofed it around NYC in multiple blizzards to uncover the biggest beauty trends coming your way when fall does roll around and these are the ones we think you’ll be excited to try. Plus, you’re totally going to be that girl who is way ahead of the trend curve.
1. Berry-Stained Lips
Bold, slightly glossy berry lips were everywhere (and we mean everywhere) at NYFW this year. In fact, it’s rare that we see such a pervasive trend. This lip has a decidedly purple, not pink or red, tint and is a beauty show stopper. Pair it with glowy foundation, lightly lined eyes, and just faintest tint of pink blush. Our favorite version of this lip was created by Sarah Lucero and Stila cosmetics for the Alice and Olivia presentation (photo above). Sarah first covered each model’s pout in Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery then slicked on a layer of Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Merlot to get that perfectly deep, saturated berry color.
2. Boyish Eyebrows
We’ve seen full brows on the runways for the last couple seasons but this fall’s version is brushed up, minimally filled-in, and more natural looking. This trend was also at every single show we attended including the Tibi presentation pictured above. To get the look, start growing those brows now! If yours are still looking sparse when the leaves change colors, fill them in with a brow gel or pencil like these from Bobbi Brown using quick, short strokes to mimic the look of hair. Avoid drawing them into a particular shape–natural is key for this look. Then, comb them up with a clean mascara wand and lightly apply a brow setting gel to keep them in place.
3. 90s Minimalist Hair and Ponytails
We’ve heard this look called a lot of things lately–post-gym hair, minimalist hair–we prefer to think of it as the lazy girl’s best friend. There were no beachy waves to be seen and very few wild updos. In fact the hair at fashion week this season played a decidedly supporting role in every look making way for flawless skin and the brows and lips we’ve mentioned. We did see some micro braids at Tibi and some very cool gold-dipped braids at Mara Hoffman but otherwise the models’ locks were straight or only lightly textured with a slightly sleek look. Another big hit was ponytails–high, low, sleek–you name it we saw it. Ponytails are big for fall. Our favorite was this high, sleek, uptown ponytail created by Tommy Bucket and Garnier for Kate Spade. Bucket’s key products to get the look were Garnier’s Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish which gave the model’s dry hair much-needed shine and moisture without weighing it down.
4. Flawless Skin
If there’s one phrase we heard over and over at Fashion Week it was “flawless skin.” Of course after a week of heavy makeup and crazy schedules many of the models’ skin was far from flawless, so what did the makeup mavens mean when they said it? Well, they meant super hydrated, even-toned skin with a glow. More then one makeup team was mixing up concoctions of face cream and nourishing facial oils to prep each model’s skin before applying medium-coverage foundation. The uber-hydrated skin glowed with moisture while the foundation created an even canvas. To recreate the look, moisturize your skin right before you apply your makeup. Choose a medium coverage foundation–the Maybelline team at the Mara Hoffman show used Maybelline Fit Me Foundation–or one that you can build upon and skip any mattifying products. If you get super shiny, use a small powder brush apply finishing powder lightly to just the areas that shine.
5. Neutral Nails
This is a hard trend to define because we didn’t see just nude nails (though there were lots of those). It’s more about what we didn’t see and that was brights. Nude, pale shades were huge as were colors we’d consider wardrobe neutrals such as gold (seriously it goes with everything now), burgundy, gray, and taupe. We also noticed nail art was almost absent from the runways. In its place were subtle topcoats like the one in the photo above from Jin Soon Choi’s line, Jin Soon, for Tibi. Jin painted models’ nails with two coats of her “Nostalgia” polish and finished them with a layer of her “Polka White” top coat.
As we push through these last couple weeks of winter weather, I’m taking the minimal route…with a twist. My ideal minimalist look begins with a simple face. After your favorite bb cream, add AMC face blush in 55 to cheekbones. It provides a sheer yet noticable color that keeps my cheeks perfectly rosey throughout the day. A nude-beige Koh Gen Do Manifanshi lipstick is my go for step two since it’s matte and creamy. To help this natural look feel modern, keep the focus on your eyes and brows. Who says a smoky eye can’t be minimal? Bobbi Brown’s smokey warm eye palette helps you pull off a smoke that’s daytime appropriate by offering velvety and shimmering nude shades. (tip: add a touch of pewter to center of eyelid. I’ve been using rouge bunny rouge.) Polish off this look with Kevyn Aucoin black eye pencil inside the bottom lash line and sweep on his volumizing mascara in rich pitch black.
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Let’s face it… while not always diet-friendly, butter makes food taste better. And judging by all of the personal care products with “butter” in the name, it must be a pretty big selling point in the beauty industry as well. It seems to be an increasingly popular buzzword, attached to everything from hair masques to lip balms. Ultimately, it refers to products that have a smooth, rich texture. Especially this time of year- the butter craze seems pretty appropriate! Here are some of my favorites.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35, Sephora.com)
This is, without a doubt, one of the most luxurious body creams I own. I love how the ultra rich cream quickly sinks into the skin, while still leaving the its surface feeling silky and hydrated. It manages to deeply moisturize without feeling too heavy. There are several scent options but I especially love the Vanilla Apricot. Apply this before bed and you’ll wake up with soft, smooth skin to start the day.
Revlon Lip Butter – Shades I love: Sorbet & Sugar Plum ($7.99, Ulta.com)
I remember the excitement when Revlon first introduced their line of lip butters, and for me, they’re still a drugstore standout. There’s a fabulous color range and as opposed to just being a light tint on the lips, the shades are very saturated. The lip butters also incorporate a more moisture than the average lipstick, giving your pout the prettiest hint of shine as well.
NYX Butter Lip Balm – Shades I love: Brownie & Red Velvet ($3.99, Ulta.com)
For something more sheer and low-maintenance, try these new balms from NYX. Sometimes I feel that lip balms are too thin to provide a nice shield of moisture on the lips, but these have a bit of thickness that I really appreciate. The colors aren’t overly shiny and stay in place longer than a typical tinted lip balm.
It Cosmetics Vitality Butter Lip Gloss - Shades I love: Ruby Slippers & Naturally Pretty ($24, Ulta.com)
Lip glosses are often described as being shiny or colorful, but a gloss that actually feels moisturizing is much harder to come by. The It Cosmetics Butter Gloss, however, is the epitome of a comfortable lip product that also has all the great qualities you expect in a gloss. Even after the product has worn off my lips don’t feel dry.
Hopefully this post gives you a few ways to get your butter fix- minus the calories! If you’d like to see more of my beauty reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel and blog. Have a great day! -Emily
In the February issue of Ladies’ Home Journal we sought out expert advice to help you find your best short haircut. And, while our readers loved the hairstyle tips, they were also dying to know how to get our model’s stunning makeup look. Well dear readers, ask and you shall receive!
We spoke with hair and makeup artists, Kateri Giehl, who created this gorgeous look to get her exclusive tips on how to recreate it.
- Apply Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation with a BeautyBlender sponge to your face and over your eyelids.
- Apply Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Calypso Coral to your cheeks with a foundation brush or your fingers.
- Set your foundation with a loose, translucent powder. The model is wearing Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.
- To re-create the model’s stunning smoky eye use the “In the Light” palette from Stila. To begin, apply the eyeshadow shade “Bare” from your lash line to brow bone.
- Next, apply the eyeshadow shade “Luster” (from the same Stila palette) from your lash line to your eyelid crease blending as you go.
- Apply shadow in the shade “Bubbly” from the Stila palette with a blending brush from the crease out.
- Use an eyeliner brush to line from the outside corner of your eye to inside corner with the shade “Luster.” Smudge as you go to make the line softer.
- Use a small eyeshadow brush with the “Bubbly” shadow shade in the inner corner of your eyes to create light.
- Curl your eye lashes and apply L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black mascara.
- To brighten your look, apply Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat under your eyes and set with loose powder.
- To finish the look, apply Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm to your lips.