Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Remove Mascara Mistakes | Tip Off Tuesday

Use a "magic" eraser to remove mascara or eyeliner smears.  
Take a qtip and lightly coat it in foundation.  
Use it as you would a pencil eraser and clean up the smears without wrecking your finished makeup.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Frizz Ease Sheer Solution Review | For Fine Hair

Most frizz fighting products are designed for thick hair but Frizz Ease Sheer Solutions is formulated to work on fine to medium hair. 

I have thin hair that also tends to get oily quick so any serum is usually a no-no for me.  I was able to get nice shine without the weighted down greasy look with the Sheer Solution.  They suggest using 10 drops and used about half that amount, using more made it look like I had product in and not just smooth hair.

*Light and clean smell.
*Soft and silky texture.
*Lightweight, doesn't make hair stringy.
*Eliminates the frizz entirely.

John Frieda has several products for frizz but Sheer Solutions was revolutionized just for fine hair.  The dual formula works by combining a light weight serum and smoothing elixir.  They actually separate in the bottle, you just shake to activate and combine before applying.

I recently made DIY beach wave hair spray and used some Sheer Solution in the recipe.

I received this product to review from Frizz Ease for BzzAgent.com. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fourth of July Manicure Idea

I reviewed Priti NYC nail polish on USA Love List last week.  The sent us the Olympic inspired London 2012 Red White and Blue Kit.  Find out more about this eco friendly, non toxic, luxe polish on my weekly feature, American Beauty.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pinterest Link Up

The DIY Dreamer

Much to my own disadvantage I don't participate in link meet ups too often.  I always want to make sure that I can respect the hosts wishes and that it makes since for my blog to be there, ya know what I mean?  The D.I.Y. Dreamer is hosting a Pinterest link up and I am jumping in for this one.  I love the concept because it's many different perspectives and not just one niche making it a good opportunity to see some new things and find some fresh inspiration.

On Pinterest I pin a little bit of everything.  Style, makeup, crafts, kids, travel, funny and a board just for frills and fun.  Click the follow button below to join me on the digital pin board of addiction!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Shimmer Eyeshadow Settles in Fine Lines | Tip Off Tuesday

Eyeshadow that is shimmering, metallic or containing glitter tends to settle into fine lines and wrinkles. To avoid making lines more apparent use shimmer sparingly or not at all in delicate areas.  Instead opt for a little shimmer on your cheek bones or in your lip color.

Monday, June 18, 2012

DIY Sea Salt Spray | For Beachy Hair Waves

  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 T hair gel
  • 8 oz  water
  • 1/2 tsp conditioner or serum
  • spray bottle - use an empty one, save your dollar, they add up I swear.  Plus you know that reducing and reusing is even better than recycling. 

I adapted this recipe from the girls blogging at Glamour.   For dry hair use less sea salt, if you hair tends to be oily this spray actually keeps it to a minimum a little longer because the salt is somewhat drying.  After I spray my damp hair with the beach wave spray I use the no heat wave method on a few sections of hair to give a few waves more definition.

Catch up with the entire Summer Beauty Series here.

Friday, June 15, 2012

How to Wear Jeans in the Summertime

Jeans in the Summertime

Jeans in the Summertime by amariebeauty featuring ksubi jeans

To keep cool wearing jeans this summer it's all about picking the right pair and pairing them with light and airy pieces.

- light weight denim cuffed jeans at the bottom
- light colored skinny jeans
- loose boyfriend jeans, the more holes the better the ventilation ;)

- tank tops
- flowy shirts
- light weight fabric

Wear your looks with sandals, my favorite part of fashion for the summer!
'ol Mother Hyder

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

3 Tips to Prevent Ingrown hairs | Tip Off Tuesday

This list of shaving tips to prevent and minimize ingrown hairs was designed with a man's beard in mind (and those unsightly and painful razor bumps) but these very same actions work well for women dealing with the same issue.     
  • exfoliating brush or mitt, loosens hairs that are becoming ingrown and is the best prep before shaving
  • cleanser with salicylic acid, helps keep dead skin cells from layering up on the skins surface allowing new growth to come in unblocked
  • a shaving gel or cream that isn't just a foam, the foam based products can dry out and irritate your skin
Share this tip with a man who is need of some razor burn freedom and he will forever be grateful to you or stash the info for yourself or a friend to keep that bikini line looking smooth.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What I Am Doing On USA Love List | Update

I joined USALoveList.com as the contributing Beauty Editor earlier this year.  I love it!  It is a great thing to be part of team.  We recently went to the Bloggy Boot Camp Conference in Philly and got to know each other better.  Our Fashion Editor had to dash off but the site Founder and I went on to enjoy the evening in the city after soaking up all that new perspective.

Brainstorming over cocktails at sunset in a high rise is my kind of night.  If you live in or visit Philly you won't be disappointed with the cocktail list at R2L.  Unencumbered was my favorite drink of the night and it was delicious.

Back to online affairs.
I am reviewing and researching new and old products in USA Love List's efforts to promote American made products for consumers who wish to support those companies.  We don't just promote something because it's made in the USA, we sift through the products and companies to showcase only the best of quality.

A few of my favorite things about contributing on USA Love List.
- The crossover between made in the USA items and eco friendly items, not all things have the two in common but many do.
- Learning of many small companies producing fantastic things that could easily be loved mainstream.
- Discovering even more about product labels (I am label reading obsessed, I like to know the who, why, what, when and where in the stuff I use) the country of origin and the whole manufacturing process in general. 

Guess what I can't find that I really want to feature, makeup brushes made in the US.  Any takers on helping me scout some out?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Recycled Tee Shirt Into DIY Swim Suit Cover

Use an over sized muscle tee and scissors to make a comfy swim suit cover.   Tribal designs are fun and I cut this design to mimic the popular print.

1.  Draw the pattern with a washable marker.
2.  Cut where you have marked to make slits in the tee shirt.
3.  Game time decision, add more lines to make your design more fun.
4.  Using a stretchy strip of fabric to tie the back together to expose some shoulder.  I have a stock pile of old tees that I have cut into scraps and strips for various projects but if you don't simply cut the bottom of your over sized tank off and use that scrap.  Wrap it around and tie tightly to secure, cut off excess.
Lastly wash and wear.
I blog about beauty, skin care and the like but in my time off line I am an avid reduce, reuse and repurposer.  Most of the projects don't have a place here but I have posted some in the past, check out the projects below.

Repurposing without crafting.
Kid Style:  A restyled skirt. 
Tis' the season to repurpose and wrap it up.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bold Waterproof Eyeliner | Tip Off Tuesday

A good makeup look for the beach that will keep you looking polished is bold eyeliner.

Water makes it tough to keep a made up face but if you want to add a little flavor that will stay put do a bold thick stroke of eyeliner along the top eyelid.  Pair that with waterproof mascara.

This look adds personality to the beauty routine for the heat I published on Monday as part of the Summer Beauty Series.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Best Makeup for Hot Days

If you will be out in the heat, hot sun and maybe sweating a bit minimal makeup is a great option.  The less you have on the less greasy puddle and maintenance required.  I recommend the following beauty routine for a fresh summer face.
  • Moisturize before starting any makeup look using a moisturizer for your skin type, for days in the sun don't forget to choose one with SPF. 
  • Spot conceal blemishes, hyper pigmentation, dark circles or other problem areas.
  • Brush on Mineral Powder Foundation makeup to even out skin tone.  No mineral makeup for you?  Try a light weight tinted moisturizer followed up with a light dusting of loose powder.
  • Sweep on bronzer or blush, don't get crazy, keep it light.
  • Do something fun on the eyes using waterproof mascara and eyeliner that is smudge proof.  Pictures of my go to eye makeup for the beach will be this Tuesday's tip, come back for the easy how to.
  • Dress your lips up however you like with a lip product containing SPF.
Tote some blotting papers.  **Tip**The mineral makeup will have the least amount of makeup rub off when absorbing oil with the blotting papers.

If forehead shine is a problem use an oil absorbing primer to start with.

Both tinted moisturizer and mineral powder foundation is available with SPF.

bareMinerals Starter Kit.  Only $60

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beauty Beach Bag Essentials | Summer Beauty

Beach Bag Beauty Essentials

Keeping a fresh pulled together look poolside or lounging on the beach can be tough.  Water and sunshine have a way of making a mess of things.

I am not a fan of toting a bunch of things on my outdoor ventures.  I also want to be put together without over doing it so I am comfortable and looking decent.  Here is my list of beauty essentials for summer.
  • sunblock  Spf is a face and body must for healthy skin, prevention of sunburn and premature aging.
  • body spray  Refreshing and a lighter scent than a heavier perfume, perfect for summer.
  • blotting papers  Absorb oils pooling on the face without removing all your makeup.
  • tinted moisturizer  Semi evened out coverage and SPF protection combo available.
  • waterproof mascara  Keeps lashes lovely and raccoon eye smears away.
  • waterproof eyeliner  Gives a finished look without smudging off.
  • makeup remover wipes  When all else fails wipe away and start over or go bare faced with SPF of course.
  • lip balm with SPF  Avoid dried out lip burn by using this stuff often.
The Summer Beauty Series continues next week with a fun look using the waterproof liner, a DIY and makeup for the heat.

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