Useful Makeup Tips

Makeup choices vary on many levels, from different shades to various textures. The type of makeup you’re looking for as a customer is unique to you. This can make shopping online for cosmetics such as blush frustrating, especially if you can’t afford to pay the top prices that the high street demands for top brands.

Buying makeup online is unique to you, whether it’s blush, eyeliner, or lip colour you’re searching for. When it comes to blush, your skin tone is the prime consideration. You’ll know that if you have fair skin, it brings with it a host of unique problems such as freckles or swift tanning on the beach. You’ll need the lightest blush shade, highlighting with something like champagne, and don’t apply too heavily.

Most women fall into the medium skin tone category, and this can be tricky to get right with blush products. You don’t want to look too pale, but you don’t want to look like a clown either. Choose rosy pink colours or perhaps deep peaches to make the most of your natural skin blend. Similarly, darker skin is a beautiful opportunity for blush so go with deep oranges or rose colours to enhance your natural skin shade. Of course, adding blush is one of the final touches, and so it is a good idea to read this contour and highlight guide by Avon if you need some assistance with the steps that come before the finishing, blush touch.

What about eyeliner?  There are no “one shade fits all” solutions when it comes to eyeliner. Cosmetics have evolved over the years to better suit the individual face. In just the same way as we all wear different bronzers and lip glosses to accentuate the contours and unique features of our faces, eyeliner can be used to similar effect. If you want your eyes to stand out, you need to find the best eyeliner for your eye colour. For instance, contrasting shades are great for bringing out the natural colour of the eye and making the most of your natural beauty. So, if you have blue eyes, why not try copper shades or even gold to bring out the blue that little bit more? Similarly, using touches of blue to highlight brown eyes is an effective way of drawing attention.

The best part of it is that you have complete control over your eyeliner. If you only want to delicately enhance your lids, you can line only the water lines, or you can rim the eyes entirely with colour if you want something more striking. The choice is yours. You’ll find many top eyeliner brands when you shop for cheap makeup online from one of the reputable suppliers of big brand names.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared next time you go makeup shopping.

Tree Hut + Walmart $250 Giveaway

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I LOVE trying organic beauty products.  I recently sampled some products from Tree Hut, and they are amazing.  First off, they smell good enough to eat! And secondly they have a great variety of products from sugar scrubs to lotions and body butters.  And they have many amazing scents and formulas to fit your unique tastes.  They also have high quality products at an affordable price!

I received the above products, and I’m looking forward to trying other scents like their Coconut Lime.  They also have products containing charcoal and hymalayan salt, which I’d love to try!

Be sure to check your local Walmart or Amazon for their products.


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Relief from Baby Eczema with AVEENO

Disclosure: This post contains product recommendations based on my own experience as a mom.  Please consult your doctor if you suspect your child has eczema or other skin conditions. This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

I love that face!  Skin conditions can be a pain and annoyance for adults, but it is even worse when your child suffers from them. As a new mom I was very diligent about keeping our son’s face clean. I was constantly wiping away spit up and applying lotion as needed to avoid skin irritations. However, when Thaxton was around 3 months old I noticed some redness in his cheeks. [Read more…]

A Beginner’s Guide to Contour and Highlight

It’s been around for centuries but Kim Kardashian made it famous – contouring is a beauty technique that’s got women (and men!) all over the world channeling their inner artist and sculpting out the jawline and cheekbones they wish they had. It can really transform and elevate a makeup look, defining the features and helping certain areas of the face stand out. However, it can be a little daunting, especially for those just starting out on their makeup journey. Below, we break the contour game down for beginners:

Choose your products wisely.

Just like there’s no one way to paint a picture, there also isn’t just one way to contour your face – aside from there being several different methods of application, there are also different kinds of contouring and highlighting. Determine if you’d like to go natural and subtle or well-defined and cut to perfection. We recommend the former for daytime looks and save the latter for a dramatic night out full face.

From here, you can narrow down your products. Powder is the perfect choice for a natural daytime contour and highlight, as it is lighter and leaves a more subtle shading effect than a cream or liquid product would. Try Son & Park’s Face Lighting & Shading palette, an Allure Korea Best of Beauty Editor’s Pick for 2016. Koreans tend to go for a more understated contour, and this palette contains two perfect shades that help you define your features without looking too obvious.

Meanwhile, a liquid or cream bronzer is your best friend for cheekbones that really pop.

Mix textures for maximum longevity.

Expert makeup artists have discovered that the secret to keeping your cheekbones and nose looking like they’ve been chiseled by the gods is by mixing products together: using a liquid first and then sealing the pigment in with powder. If liquid is too tricky or hard to handle, try a contour stick or a cream formula to help you draw clean lines quickly.

As for which colors to use, you only need any product to be two or three shades darker or lighter than your natural complexion for contouring and highlighting respectively. For those who really want to go the extra mile, highlighter products with megawatt gleam and shine can make you look and feel like your favorite celebrity. You can opt for something with a subtler sheen, too; the beauty of highlighter is that you can go as bold or as faint as you want.

Color in the lines.

Contour goes on after foundation if you’re using liquid or cream, just before putting on powder. You can consult a guide on the internet on where to start drawing and how, but here are some basic guidelines: your contour should go just under your cheekbones, in the hollows of your cheeks, close to your hairline, and over the sides of the bridge of your nose going up to your brows. Of course, these instructions may differ depending on your face shape. Meanwhile, highlight should be applied to the high points of your face such as the peaks of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and forehead, and your cupid’s bow.

Blend, blend, blend.

In order to avoid looking like you’ve traced over your face with war paint, blend. Which tool you use to do so will depend on the product you’ve chosen. Use a makeup sponge to pat liquid or cream product in and keep the shade in place; swiping it all over your skin is a no-no, because this makes you lose the definition you’ve drawn on in the first place. Meanwhile, an angled or flat brush with densely packed bristles is your best friend when it comes to dealing with powder products, allowing you to achieve depth and dimension with just a few determined flicks of the wrist.

Or make the sun do the work for you.

If putting so much product on and drawing lines all over your face isn’t something that appeals to you, create a natural contour next time you go sunbathing by using sunscreen with different SPFs on your face. Sounds crazy until you try it yourself: apply a sunscreen product with, say, SPF 20 all over your face and then use something with SPF 70 or higher down the bridge of your nose and in the dip of your cupid’s bow above your top lip. You may be surprised at the results after you wash it off – you’ll look like you’ve put contouring makeup on, except you haven’t. Sunscreen, by the way, also makes for an excellent highlighter, delivering just enough flashback under light to make your features pop.

And that’s it for our guide! Contouring isn’t rocket science and there’s no need to fear it. Arm yourself with these tips and you’ll be on your way to being a pro in no time.

Silken Threads: Learning To Care For Your Hair

With all of modern sprays, foams, gels, and electronic devices hair is exposed to, nowadays, it’s quite amazing that anyone has any of the stuff left. While these products are testing on people before they are sold, ensuring that they are safe, they will almost certainly cause damage to your hair if they are used in correctly. This isn’t the only aspect of your life which can impact the health of your hair, though. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the different areas of life which can be adapted to not only protect your hair, but also improve its overall health.

The Chemical Protection

To begin this journey to healthier hair, it’s a good idea to start with the products out there which can be used to protect your hair from the various treatments you give it. Shampoos are one of the most common examples. Some will keep the colours you add to your hair lasting longer, while others will make your hair more resistant to heat. Different products will always provide different levels of success. So, to make sure that you’re using the right ones, it is worth reading some reviews before you buy anything.

When you’re trying to protect your hair against a chemical, one of the best options you have is to simply get rid of it. Of course, this sort of move can be hard, especially when it’s something you rely on as part of your routine. If this is the case, finding an alternative which doesn’t include any nasty ingredients will be your priority. Over the last few years, loads of companies have started which offer natural and healthy approaches to normal products, giving you the chance to find loads of suitable replacements.

Lifestyle Changes

Along with making sure that you aren’t leaving your hair to deal with harsh chemicals, a lot of people will want to take this further. The health of your hair is directly impacted by loads of different parts of your life. Like your skin, eyes, and pretty much any other part of your form, you may have to adapt your lifestyle.  Below, you can find some of the most common area which people will alter in this pursuit.

Diet: Being the building blocks for the way your body builds itself, the food you eat is very important to your hair. If you ignore things like Omega 3 and caffeine, you hair could quickly start to look a little bit dull. Making sure you have a diet which is good for your hair will take some link clicking and searching before you find the right answer. To help you out with this, there are loads of blogs posts out there which can take you through the best food for your hair.

Sleep: Along with food, a healthy body also requires plenty of sleep, and this is something which a lot of people will overlook. In most cases, getting between 7 and 9 hours each night will be enough to keep yourself in good condition. This part of life will be hard to change, and a lot of people will feel reluctant to go to bed earlier than they feel they have to.

Emotions: Stress is one of the fastest ways to leave yourself without any colour left in your hair. Of course, grey hair doesn’t look bad, and a lot of people really like this sort of look, but it’s something which most people will want to leave until as late as possible. Avoiding stress can be hard in the modern world. Taking this sort of action won’t only improve your own work, though, but will also drive the people in your offices to do more.

Bad Habits: As the last part of your lifestyle which could do with some change, a lot of people will have little habits which could do harm to their hair. Excessively using a hairdryer or set of straighteners all the time is a good example of this. Likewise, though, things like smoking can also have an impact, and it’s worth thinking about this when you’re choosing what you want to do to protect your hair. It’s easy to leave stones unturned which will leave you ignoring important areas of consideration.

Adding Some Science

The research you do to protect this part of your body will only have value if you’re learning in the process. Adding a dash of science to your hair is nice and easy, with loads of online resources going through the chemicals which are bad for your hair. By figuring this out, you can limit your exposure to them almost entirely, along with getting rid of troubling things like stress and frustration. Taking a scientific view is good because it will help you to detach yourself from your normal routine. Now, instead of your hair regimen consisting of a harsh mix of different treatments, you will be able to balance what your hair wants to the most with lighter products which won’t cause any harm.



Covering All Of The Bases

Covering all of the bases in this post won’t be an easy task. To achieve the best results with this sort of work, you will have to make some big changes to other parts of your life, and a lot of people will want to avoid this. With the benefits this can bring, though, it could be well worth sacrificing a couple of things for your hair. There are loads of ways to make small improvements, but those that make as many as possible will always shine out from the rest.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the ways that you look after you rhiar. This part of your body is important for an array of different reasons, and most people will feel at their best when they know that their hair looks good. If you need some extra help with this, most salon professionals will be happy to help out with your hair health education.

Skin Tightening Options and Variables

There are many ways in which you can have your skin tightened to reverse signs of aging. Each skincare industry option for skin tightening has its own unique attributes. The skin tightening option which is best for you may not be best for another person, which is part of what makes choosing a treatment for your skin difficult. However, you can narrow down your options based on your skin type, your risk factors, and your budget.

Sound Treatments Are Relatively Mild and Inexpensive

One of the best ways to control wrinkles and sagging skin is to catch and treat the problem early. If your skin problems are still in the early stages then a mild and inexpensive treatment such as sound wave therapy may be a perfect choice for you. Ultrasound or radio frequency waves can get right through all layers of your skin, causing vibrations which will encourage healing processes to start. The results of such treatments are subtle and often slow to develop, but they can be good skin maintenance techniques.

Laser Procedures Perform Moderate Skin Healing Processes

Moderate skin wrinkles or sags may require a stronger treatment than sound wave therapy. Yet, they may not require anything too severe, such as surgery. If your skin problems fall in this middle ground then laser treatment might be helpful to you instead. One reason why cosmetic laser-sales have continually increased over the years is that lasers are capable of treating multiple moderate skin problems, including sagging skin and wrinkles.

Lasers are also versatile treatment methods because they can influence the distribution of the collagen which exists to bind the skin cells together. However, they can also cause your body to start making more of that and other substances which are beneficial for skin health. Therefore, some laser skin tightening results occur fairly soon after treatment, but others can take place long after you exit your local skincare clinic.

Age is a Skincare Treatment Variable

Your age may preclude you from having certain types of skincare procedures performed on your skin because of natural changes which occur in your skin over time. For example, you may notice that your skin becomes more dry with age. It may also lose thickness, meaning that some treatment methods designed for treating thicker skin may be ineffective or even potentially hazardous to you. Luckily, your skincare expert will identify those challenges and make recommendations for treatments which are appropriate for you.

The Consultation Process for Skincare Treatment

Most reputable skincare clinics will insist that you have a consultation appointment prior to scheduling a specific type of skin treatment. The purpose of the consultation is to allow a clinician to become familiarized with your medical history, skin concerns and general skin healthy. He or she will assess your skin type and discuss your treatment options in detail with you.

Discomfort Levels During Skin Tightening Vary

The amount of discomfort your feel during the skin tightening process will depend on the type of skin tightening procedure you undergo, as well as your own personal body responses. However, some treatments like sound wave therapy are not painful at all. In the case of more invasive treatments like laser therapy your clinician can manage your discomfort with numbing agents.

No Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatment Works Immediately

Another variable you need to understand about skin tightening treatments is that none of them, except for surgery, produce drastic immediate results. You might see some minor changes in your skin health within a day or two after treatment, but most of the changes will occur so gradually that they may be difficult to notice at first. Also, many types of skincare treatments do not work at all when performed as a single session. Therefore, you may need a series of treatments before your skin responds in the positive ways you desire.

The Quest For Truth: Skincare, Beauty & Makeup Myths

When you have an industry as large as the beauty, makeup, and skincare industry, it’s inevitable that a few myths are going to emerge. These myths come from “common knowledge”; old wives tales; stories you hear online and are repeated so frequently they begin to sound real… but should you listen to them?

Let’s look through some of the most pervasive “truths” that surround this industry, so you know which advice to follow, and which you can ignore…

MYTH: MakeUp Is Bad For Your Skin

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The Claim

Makeup is bad for your skin because it can clog pores. Additionally, makeup can irritate sensitive skin.

The Reality

Is it possible to wear makeup that’s bad for your skin? Sure; it’s possible to find a bad version of pretty much anything in the world. However, for the most part, makeup isn’t bad for your skin at all– even if you’re laying it on, and wearing it every single day.

Makeup manufacturers do their research. They know which ingredients to avoid. The last thing they want is for their products to gain a reputation as being bad for skin, because they would instantly lose a huge number of customers. So you don’t need to worry about your makeup being comedogenic; it has been ruthlessly tested to ensure this isn’t a factor.

The ‘sensitive skin’ claim is a little more difficult to define. Sensitive skin, by its very nature, is sensitive. It can react to makeup products, but it can also react to skincare products, your mood, or weather conditions. However, it isn’t fair to claim sweepingly that all makeup is bad for sensitive skin, because plenty of women with sensitive skin manage to wear makeup just fine.


The good news: you don’t need to worry about makeup being bad for your skin if you’re concerned about makeup clogging pores. That’s a myth that is thoroughly debunked; you can use makeup and still have healthy looking skin, so don’t worry!

The not-so-great news is that, if you have sensitive skin, makeup may irritate the issue. The best way of resolving this is to learn about ingredients and, by the use of a process of elimination, avoid ingredients that are liable to irritate your skin. As a starting point, try this great starter list of ingredients that those with sensitive skin should avoid, and work from there.

MYTH: Skincare Products Can Cure Wrinkles

The Claim

If you’re trying to buy a skincare product, then you will be inundated with claims of said product’s efficacy in regards to reducing expression lines and wrinkles. If you believed the claims on these products, it’s possible — through a few applications — to achieve the kind of skin that will wipe 10 years off your face, all through the wonder of a cream in a jar.

The Reality

First and foremost, anti-aging claims are tough to verify, and are usually based on “clinical studies” that were funded by the company who make the product. As you would expect, these studies tend to find favorable results only– often by cherry-picking. These studies are not rigorous, often fail the accepted scientific method, and are essentially little more than a marketing tool– so don’t be swayed by them.

Secondly, it is outright insincere to suggest that a face cream can combat wrinkles and expression lines. These lines appear because of the constant movement of facial muscles and the loss of collagen in our skin as we age. The problem is far deeper than can be addressed by a topical cream. If you truly want to tackle wrinkles and lines, then you would have to turn to treatments such as those available at and other dermatologically-proven options. A cream or serum is simply unable to address issues like wrinkles, as they cannot penetrate deep enough into the skin to make a difference.

The Conclusion

Moisturizers and serums have their use, especially in regards to fine lines, but they are largely powerless against deep wrinkles and expression lines.

MYTH: Expensive Makeup Brands Are Better Than Drugstore Brands

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The Claim

Expensive high-end makeup brands invest more into their products, thus the products are always going to be superior to budget options. Eyeshadow will have a better pigment; lipstick will have a longer staying power; foundation will provide better coverage… and so on and so forth.

The Reality

Expensive does not necessarily mean “good”. In fact, many skincare brands also offer drugstore lines which are largely made from the same product.

Consistently, tests find that drugstore brands are just as good as their high-end counterparts. The “dupe” market means you can capture a look or wear a trend without having to spend a fortune and, for the most part, you should.

What are you actually buying when you buy a high-end product? The answer is… the brand. The name. The packaging, which is almost always glorious. You are buying the experience of a high-end product, but there’s absolutely no guarantee that the product itself will be superior. Will the packaging look nicer on your dressing table than a drugstore alternative? Yes, but this is about the only true benefit you will experience– and you have to ask yourself if the increased cost is worth such a small reward.


If you want to buy high-end makeup, then you should– high-end brands tend to have a touch of luxury that is tough to resist. However, you don’t have to buy high-end products; nor should you expect that the products you buy will be inherently superior due to their higher price tag.

MYTH: You Should Use An Eye Cream In Your Skincare Regime

The Claim

If our eyes are the window to our soul, we’re going to want our eyes to look as good as possible. Sadly, it’s all too easy for our eyes to experience issues such as lines, dark shadows, pigmentation issues, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging.

The answer? An eye cream! These specially formulated creams can target the problems you experience with the skin around your eyes, and no skincare regime is complete without them.

The Reality

Eye creams are, for the most part, a waste of time.

Does this sound like sacrilege to you? Well, bear with it– because this simple busted myth could save you a fortune. The skin around your eyes is no different to the skin on the rest of your face… so why does it need a special cream?

If you are thinking an answer along the lines of: “because it’s not safe to put normal moisturizer around your eyes”, then this might be true, depending on the moisturizer that you’re using. However, eye creams can and do irritate the eye as well, and most eye creams will contain a disclaimer advising you not to use the product too close to your eyes.

Furthermore — just like the previously-discussed wrinkle curing products — many of the issues that eye creams attempt to solve are beyond the reach of a topical cream. Those dark eye shadows? They’re caused by your skin thinning as you age, and there’s very little you can do to prevent this outside of invasive surgery. Crow’s feet are caused by expressions, such as smiling, which — again — can’t be prevented with a topical cream.

ven more worryingly, makes it clear that eye creams often contain a number of distinctly Not Nice ingredients. These ingredients — which can include skin-clogging mineral oil and petroleum byproducts — are definitely to be avoided, as they can clog pores and create issues such as milia.


You don’t need an eye cream. Use your existing moisturizer as close to your eyes as is comfortable and get a good night’s sleep if you want the skin around your eyes to improve. Avoiding thick, heavy eye creams — which can often do more harm than good — will save you a small fortune, and your skin will thank you too.

In Conclusion

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There is no doubt that the beauty, skincare, and makeup world contains myriad myths that can be debunked with a little research. If you find yourself hearing a new idea, or a warning that a certain product or ingredient will have a dramatic impact (be that a negative or a positive impact), then it’s worth taking the time to research for yourself. These industries are not particularly well-regulated, which can mean that you find yourself persuaded by claims which are not verifiable by scientific fact.

No one knows better what works for your skin, your makeup techniques, than you do. If you find a product that you love, then its price or the “studies” behind it are largely irrelevant. Pay attention to your skin and your experience, relying on empirical proof of what works for you rather than what these industries claim will work for you. Furthermore, always be skeptical about claims of a product being excessively harmful or causing damage; do the research and see if the science backs up these claims.

If you can keep the above in mind, you will be able to craft a beauty regime that truly works for you, based on fact rather than hearsay. Makeup and skincare should be fun, so don’t let yourself be impacted by myths that can ruin your experience. Enjoy, experiment, and trust your instincts above all else– good luck!


Hot Fall Beauty Trends for 2017

School just started here, and that means all the kids are sporting their new fall clothes, makeup, and hair, featuring the latest trends. When it comes to making a fashion statement, accessories and beauty products are just about as important as your outfit of choice.  Here are just a few makeup and nail trends that are hot this fall.
Lip color


Bold Berry Tones – When it comes to lips, the trendy colors totally stand out.  Consider wearing a bright red or a deep raspberry color, or any bright berry shade.

Nudes – If bold berry tones and bright colors aren’t your thing, you can go completely understated with a neutral nude or softer shades of pink, peach, and tan. [Read more…]

6 Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

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6 Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

Summer is almost here! It’s time for fun in the sun and good times! We all want to look our best this summer, from the way we dress to having perfect looking skin. Today I’m going to discuss six tips to help you have healthier looking skin.


Differin Gel Tube

1. Use a Treatment like Differin® Gel. Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription strength retinoid for clearing and preventing acne, and it is now available over the counter. It’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years! The product works to clear breakouts from deep in the pores where they start to prevent breakouts before they begin, and over time the product helps to restore your skin’s texture and tone. Differin® Gel is not used in the same way as a spot treatment. In order to get the best results, you should apply a thin layer all over the face, once a day, every day.

Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. [Read more…]

Steps for a Good Skincare Regimen with Differin® Gel

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Steps for a Good Skincare Regimen

Having good self-esteem and being able to walk around with your head held high is an important part of living a full life, and I believe a healthy complexion is at the cornerstone of this.  For this reason, it’s important to maintain a good and consistent skincare regimen. Today I’m going to discuss some steps I take to maintain a good skincare regimen. [Read more…]