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PORES BE GONE!

I read this article today sent to me by a skinDEEP reader that I really wanted to address from The New York Times. The article is centered around the obsession by women of getting their pores to appear smaller/relatively not exist. Some girls are going to the extreme of getting pore treatments done with a heat mask to “stimulate collagen”, a procedure that looks painful and (might I add) expensive! 

I understand the pressures of society, and I do agree with the article that HDTV does make it much easier to notice the small little flaws that women have, but I do not believe any type of ‘procedure’ is the answer to this. There are products out there that can help minimize the appearance of pores and do a great job in doing so. The article mentions Smashbox Primer, which is a great product that helps make your face appear smoother. I’ve recently come across another product that I recommend even more if pores are a specific concern of yours. Here it is: 

Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional

           

Before ANYONE decides to go under the mask, I recommend trying this product out. It is extremely light weight and designed specifically to reduce the appearance of pores. So, how do you apply The POREfessional? The same way you would apply any primer. Place it over your entire face and especially in your problem areas (problem areas being where you think your pores are most visible i.e your nose).

Do YOU think the mask treatment is too extreme in getting rid of pores?

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DO YOUR SKIN A FAVOR, USE KIEHLS

I have yet to come across a product that has done so much for my skin. Being someone with dry skin, it is really important to constantly stay moisturized. For those who don’t really have that problem, there is still a Kiehls lotion out there for you! From light weight to heavy body butters, Kiehls Creme De Corps is a MUST-HAVE product. 

So what makes this product so great? Why spend the extra money? What makes it worth the trip to a department store rather than picking up a lotion on your monthly trip to Wal-Mart? MANY THINGS!

  • Size variety: You can buy a small 2.5 fl oz. bottle for your purse or as large as 16.9 fl oz. bottle for the whole family to use.
  • Gender friendly: Men and women can both use this product! The product isn’t scented or catered towards one gender in specific. 
  • Results focused: If you are buying a Kiehls product, you are getting results. The brand focuses on their ingredients, not some fancy packaging or scent to make sales. People come to Kiehls with assurance that they will get a product that works. 
  • High quality: Rich, luxurious product that makes you feel like you are pampering your skin. It lasts all day and makes the skin feel completely hydrated.
  • Samples: This along with any Kiehls product gives you the option to try a sample out first. Go to your local Kiehls store or dept store and ask the Kiehls rep of the product you want to try. You can even get some samples online.They are so sure that you will love their products that they will give you this sample absolutely free of cost. If you are happy with the results, then go back and buy the bottle- I know you will! 

Need help deciding which Creme de Corps is right for you? There are so many different kinds to choose from for virtually every skin type. Here are my fav 4: 

Creme de Corps (PERSONAL FAVORITE): $10.00-47.00

                                            

Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter: (SCENTED) $35.00

                                                   

Creme de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion: (LIGHT) $22.00

                                                  

Creme de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion SPF 30: (LIGHT+ SPF) $27.00

                                                    

SIDE NOTE: Many men and women experience dryness of their hands. Get a bottle of Kiehls Hand Salve to carry with you during the day or for when you travel to keep your skin hydrated!

If you want recommendations on a face moisturizer, read my thoughts on Olay and Clinique to see if it will work for you.

Are you a fan of Kiehls products?

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5 MINUTE MAKEUP

There are so many days when I am already 10 minutes late for class, 30 minutes late for an appointment, or hours late to meet up friends for dinner. I’m out of the shower, my hair is still soaking wet, and I have NO idea what I’m going to wear. It’s times like these that my 5 minute makeup routine comes into use. I think it’s great for women to develop a quick and efficient way to apply their makeup for those days where every minute counts. You don’t want to neglect putting on any makeup, but at the same time you don’t want to feel SO rushed that you mess up (which sometimes leads to more time wasted!).

A few months ago, my friends were annoyed of how long I was taking to get ready. I told them that I would be ready in 5 minutes (obviously thinking 5 min in girl code means 15..or maybe 30?). Being the impatient friends that they are, I was put to the test. They told me they didn’t believe that I could do my makeup in 5 minutes so they actually timed me! This is when my makeup in under 5 minutes routine developed. I ended up finishing right over four minutes. This made me realize how convenient and necessary it is to have a quick makeup regimen that still still gives the results as if you spent hours doing it. Here is MY 5 minute makeup routine: 

   CONCEALER-00:35 (35 seconds)

  • Place under your eyes to cover up dark circles. I use my finger.

   POWDER-01:20 (45 seconds)

  • Use a big brush to apply over the entire face. 

  BRONZER-01:45 (25 seconds)

  • Focus on the cheekbones.

   EYE LINER- 03:00 (1 minute and 15 seconds)

  • It’s okay if this part takes you the longest. Mainly because if you mess up top liner, you have to remove it and it ends up taking more time. I usually make my liner thicker when doing makeup in five. Since I am not adding as many products to my face, I try to highlight the products I am using drastically. 

    MASCARA-04:00 (1 minute)

  • I don’t compromise time here either. If it takes me 15 extra seconds to make sure my lashes don’t clump together, then so be it! 

    LIP GLOSS04:11 (10 seconds)

  • I normally put lipstick with a bit of gloss over it, but in my quick routine, I changed it up and ended up discovering that I like the way gloss looks against my lips without applying lipstick first. It gives a more natural look.

Everyones routine should be different. With five minutes, it’s important to focus more time on the features you want to highlight.  The key isn’t putting everything on quicker, but putting on the items that matter the most. So on a day where you have an hour to spend getting ready, you may put on some primer, lip stick, lip liner, blush,  eye shadow, a highlighter, etc..but when you’re in a rush, focus on the core items that really make a difference on your face. I challenge you guys to do your makeup in under 5 minutes without compromising the quality of the routine. You may discover a new look that you previously didn’t know you could create. It’s amazing what being on a time crunch can do to your skills!

COMING SOON: Travel friendly makeup 

What’s apart of your 5 min makeup regimen? 

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THE PERFECT PINK LIPS

I LOVE fun lip colors! I’ve always been a fan of red lips on my skin, but it’s been a struggle to find the right shade of pink to match my skin tone without making me look silly (by pink I mean a BRIGHT shade not a nude toned). I know a lot of my friends want to explore with different lipsticks too. Because they can’t find a shade that fits their skin, they resort to the typical nude lip look. 

This set me on a mission. I went to Macy’s to try on an assortment of colors and play around with the different brands. I wanted a color that fit the season. It had to be vibrant, fun, and scream fierce. I’ve been noticing lately that celebs are going beyond the red lip color on the red carpet too. Here are some of them rocking the perfect pink lips: 

   After being on the hunt, I found three great shades! They really make me feel like Barbie and work well with my skin. Here are my recommendations for the perfect pink lips:

                          

1. L'Oreal Colour Riche Paris Wild Plum (Pink) 2. MAC Gulabi Bright Fuchsia 3.  YSL Forbidden Burgandy


These colors look VERY different your lips than they do just by looking at them. I was surprised to see some shades that appeared to be way too bright ended up fitting my skin color and some that looked really dark showed up super pink. Make sure to try the shade on and NOT purchase online. Also, they are listed in price from cheapest to most expensive. If you are having fun and just want to try a new color out, go for the cheaper one and see what you think, but keep in mind the pigmentation will not be as high.

I hope you guys try out these shades or other fun pink lip colors. They are great for spring and summer. Get out of your comfort zone and dare to be a trend setter. You will be surprise to see how many people admire you for taking risks and being different! 

What do you think of pink lipstick?

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FABO EYES: THE "CAT-EYE" LINER LOOK

I’m a huge liner girl. I think eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop. What’s great about liner is that you can use it to make your makeup look dramatic OR light depending on the occasion. I personally think eye liner is one of those products you DON’T have to splurge money on. I love my pencil and liquid liners and they are from drug stores. To read what my favorite pencil liner is, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look!  For most occasions, I use liquid liner for the top of my eyes and pencil for the bottom. I like using liquid for the top because you can shape the corner of your eye better with it. My favorite is the “cat-eye” look you can get with liquid liner. This is a great way to make your eyes pop without doing over kill with eye shadows. My favorite star to do this look is none other than Lauren Conrad:

                 

So how do you know how far out to go with the liner? I found the best technique is using the end of your eyebrow and the far corner of your eye. Imagine a line connecting them and that’s the direction the liner should be pointing. I don’t recommend going too far out, but you can dramatize the length depending on the event.

This is a great way to change up the way you do your eye makeup. I feel like when people think of “cat-eye” they automatically assume heavy eye shadow. Sometimes you DON’T have to wear heavy shadow and can just use liner to give the look (once again depending on the occasion of course). The BEST eye makeup to compliment a simple cat eye look is as follows:

  • Heavy mascara: Make those lashes pop with several coats of mascara to your top lashes and a light coat to the bottom lashes.
  • Bottom liner: I start mine at the very corner, but once I reach mid eye, I begin to darken the amount of liner I use. **BEAUTY TIP** I like using black eye shadow as bottom eye liner with this look! I recommend trying it out. It gives a smolder look to the eyes.
  • Bottom shadow (OPTIONAL): Sometimes I line my bottom liner with a MAC White Frost eye shadow to add a pop since the liner on the bottom isn’t applied heavily. This still keeps the cat eye look simple. Keep in mind, the top lid SHOULD contain the heavier makeup for this look!

What YOUR favorite liner technique?

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NUDE LIPS: THE SAFE, SEXY WAY

Everyone has that lip color that they love and usually resort to when nothing else looks right. It’s that color that makes you feel confident and ready for a night on the town. My go to lip color is the neutral look with a little gloss. It goes with every outfit and compliments heavy eye makeup well. My routine is usually to do a nude lip stick and top it off with a gloss. **BEAUTY TIP** For those of you who usually just put on a little gloss before going out, I recommend you try this out! It brings the right amount of attention to the lips and accents the rest of the face well. Here is my usual lip routine:

  1. Pick my favorite neutral lipstick color: Lancome Color Design Pale Lip
  2. Apply from left to right on both bottom and top lip. 
  3. Pick my favorite neutral lip gloss color: MAC Florabundance A80
  4. Apply to the middle of bottom lip and dab lips together spreading the gloss evenly across both the bottom and top lip. This allows the gloss to feel goopy on your lips (especially important for MAC glosses because they are so thick).                                 

               

LIPSTICK: I’ve been through several MAC VIVA Glam shades, and they work great too! I wanted to experiment so I tried out a new brand, and there was  something about the pigmentation of the Lancome Color Design that I loved. I don’t like using shiny or shimmery lipsticks; I believe that is the job of the gloss (not really a fan of glitter on lips anyways). The lipstick should just provide a base coat and be matte. 

LIP GLOSS: What I love about the MAC lip gloss is how thick it is. You only have to use a little bit and it goes a long way. It stays on a long time too! The annoying thing about lip gloss is that we all want to take it with us when we go out. When we look in our purse the next morning, it’s usually gone. I hate when that happens after spending almost 20 bucks on a lip gloss. That is why I’ve learned to take a cheapo lip gloss out with me. I know the idea sounds annoying because you don’t feel like it gives the same impact as the MAC gloss, but I really think it’s the smart thing to do (after losing 10 too many). My favorite cheapo lip gloss is L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Soft Nude. It comes on very light compared to the MAC lip gloss but the color matches PERFECTLY with the Lancome lipstick I use. 

                                                                           

Favorite celebs rocking the nude lip color. You can see how the nude lip adds the perfect shine but brings the attention to other features of the face (like the eyes)!

               

SIDE NOTE: Instructional videos coming soon!

What’s YOUR go to lip color? 

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MOISTURIZER: THE KEY TO HEALTHY SKIN

Like I have said, I have EXTREMELY dry skin. Because of this, it is important that I moisturize my face constantly. The worst feeling is when you put powder on your face and you can just tell your skin is dry. An even worse feeling is when someone points out that your skin is flaking (puke)! I have tried every moisturizer out there from high-end to drug store. It annoys me thinking about how many bottles of moisturizer I’ve bought for 40-50 dollars EACH! I really don’t think they are worth it at all. There is NO NEED to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars to take care of your skin. I decided I wasn’t going to support any moisturizer that over prices their products. Because of this, I was able to find my two favorite moisturizers:

Clinique: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion with Pump (NOT the gel)

                             Clinique Moisturizer

Olay: Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid (under ten bucks!)

                                               Olay Moisturizer

I recommend hitting the pump twice and putting it all over your face. Make sure you dab extra on your problem areas (mine is under my eyes and around my nose). There are three times during the day that putting on moisturizer is a must:

  1. After showering: The water and soap from the shower tends to dry out skin. It is important to moisturize your face right after to prevent flaking.
  2. Before applying makeup: This is ESSENTIAL to apply before adding any makeup onto your face.  If you wear primer, put this one BEFORE.
  3. Before bed: It is important to remove your makeup and apply moisturizer before bed. This is to help your skin “breathe” over night. 

If you don’t have dry skin and want to read more about the best skin care, check out this article on the “Best of Beauty” by Allure.

What is YOUR favorite moisturizer?

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MUST-HAVE BRUSHES

The problem for most ladies is that they have all the right shades that work well with their skin but don’t know how to apply it. Half the key to having perfect coverage are the tools you use. I recommend investing in some quality brushes. If taken care of properly, they can last a LONG time. I noticed a huge difference in the way my powder, bronzer, blush, and eye makeup looked after I bought new brushes. I wanted to share my three MUST-HAVE brushes:

1. For applying powder to overall face: 134 MAC Large Powder Brush

                                MAC Powder Brush

This brush is great, BUT it is expensive. There are a few substitutes for this brush that work well too: 

2. For applying bronzer to cheekbones: BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush

                                                     BareMinerals Kabuki Brush

The amount of coverage a Kabuki brush gives is unreal. To be honest, I don’t even think you have to buy an expensive one. I lost my BareMinerals Kabuki brush recently and didn’t want to spend an absurd amount of money again and this one works well too:

For more tips on what bronzers work best with a Kabuki brush, check out my post on my favorite bronzers.

3. For blending of eye shadow: 222 MAC Tapered Blending Brush

                                               MAC Tapered Brush

This is my pick for the number one MUST-HAVE eye makeup brush. For tips on other great eye make up brushes, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look.

SIDE NOTE: The reason some products are linked to Amazon.com instead of the retail store that carries it is because I want to try and find the best deal possible. If I don’t think the product requires in-store testing, I think it will benefit everyone the most to purchase directly online. If I find that people prefer that I link the products to the retail store, I will be happy to change that. Let me know!

What is YOUR favorite makeup brush?

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