Morning After Beauty Fixes (Using HIS Products!)

MorningAfterBeautyFixes Morning After Beauty Fixes (Using HIS Products!)

If you’re caught somewhere without your morning beauty essentials, try these tips:

Use a dab of toothpaste to freshen your breath.
“You can create a makeshift toothbrush by wrapping a damp paper towel around your finger and squeezing some toothpaste on top,” says Joel Schlessinger MD, FAAD, FAACS, Board Certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon and President, LovelySkin.com.

This will tide you over until you can get to your trusty toothbrush.

Raid his Q-tips
If you forgot to cleanse the night before, remove smeared eye makeup with a damp Q-tip.

A dab of lotion can also help take off stuck-on eyeliner and mascara. Borrow his face wash to cleanse your skin. “A fresh face will help you look well-rested and wide awake. If he has baby powder, use a dab to control excessive shine on your skin,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

Freshen up your hair
You can also sprinkle a small amount of baby powder into your roots to refresh oily hair and add volume. Apply a small amount of his hair wax or pomade to the ends of your hair to add texture to lifeless locks. If your date doesn’t have baby powder, find an excuse to check his fridge. Baking soda works in a pinch!

Most men have some sort of hair product in their arsenal — using a pomade or wax. Use this lightly, because a lot of it has a lot of pop — but working a bit of it through your ends can turn your slept-in bedhead into tousled waves — so sexy you may end up in bed again!

Curb those pits
Using his deodorant is not going to fly, but check his vanity for some hydrogen peroxide. If you dip a paper towel, you can rub on your armpits until you can take a proper shower!

Oil, are you here?
Vaseline, baby oil, even cooking oil from his kitchen can help you out in a pinch to do everything from taming your brows to unruly bedhead frizz. These products can all also double as a lip balm, and Vaseline can work on lashes to make them look darker.

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Falsies! Best Fake Eyelash Tips, Tricks + Brands

The first time I tried to apply false eyelashes, I was in the company of a burlesque performer friend. We were preparing out for a night on the town in an expansive, marbled bathroom; headdresses, sequins, glitter, pillbox hats, bustiers, and other glitter ephemera littered the counter. After applying her makeup, my friend pulled a set of pink feather false lashes from her massive cosmetic train case and applied them with startling, expeditious, learned movements.

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Image courtesy Vancouver Sun

Inspired, I spent the next half hour trying to apply my own, which inevitably resulted in glued-open eyelids, askew eyelashes, and botched peacock-pigment eyeshadow. After another hour-long process with make-up remover, facewash, primer, and foundation, I was ready for re-application. This time, I deferred to her eyelash expertise.

I don’t have patience to do much with my own make-up. For a special night out, I’d prefer to just powder and go. I definitely don’t have patience to spend hours painting layers of color on my face, only to have it ruined by poorly applied false eyelashes. Here are my best tips for applying falsies, along with some of my favorite brands.

TIPS

  1. Size Matters. Before you apply your lashes, hold them up to your eyelid to compare size. If the lashes are too long, trim them with a pair of manicure scissors. This will help avoid your lashes sticking out at the edges. It’s best to apply your eye make-up before putting on the lashes, but save the mascara until after the lashes have dried so you can blend your real and false eyelashes for a more natural look.
  2. Get Your Curve On. Lashes are usually packaged flat or slightly curved, so they won’t adhere perfectly to the round shape of your eye. When you remove lashes from their packaging, bend them at the center into a C shape.
  3. Get Sticky. The glue packaged with your lashes will most likely stink, unless you’re using Shu Uemura or MAC lashes. I recommend Duo adhesive. Put a dollop of glue on a Q-Tip and rub it along the interior of the lash insertion point, taking extra care to put more glue on outer edges. Wait for 10 seconds to allow the glue to get tacky.
  4. Location Matters. Adhere the lashes to the base of your own eyelashes: don’t stick lashes to your skin.
  5. Remove. Be sure to remove your lashes before you’ve removed the rest of your eye make-up. Soak a Q-Tip in eye make-up remover (I recommend Klorane) and carefully apply to the inner and outer edges of the lashes. Wait a few seconds, and peel off carefully.

BRANDS

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Shu Uemura CallighraphInk Lashes. Image courtesy MyGenieo

Shu Uemura While these eyelashes aren’t the most affordable, they are made to endure, so you’ll be able to use them time and again. I love the Calligraph:Ink Love Lasts Forever Lashes and the Black V Lashes for a more natural look.

Illamasqua This British brand has a variety of styles, from vampy to natural. My favorite are the medium-length black versions available at Amazon.

Gorgeous Cosmetics has a range of beautiful lashes. I love the Miss Naughty Faux Lashes, also available in Beauty Collection stores.

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Katy Perry Color Pop lashes. Image courtesy NYMag.

Katy Perry Miss eyelash pop queen herself has developed a range of false eyelashes, including the amazing Cool Kitty and Color Pop lashes.

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Happy International Happiness Day!

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Is it all of this spring air or is something else a little sweeter today? Ah, that’s right — March 20 is International Happiness Day, a time for us to celebrate and work toward global human happiness. But individually, with our everyday stresses, sometimes it can be difficult to look on the bright side. That’s why we love Audrey Fine’s advice in Total Beauty on how to fake it. Among her suggestions are to cultivate a positive attitude, get plenty of sleep, and give (and receive!) lots of hugs!

Click here to read the full article. Who knows? Faking it might actually lead you to real warm and fuzzy feelings.

What have you done to celebrate happiness today? Let us know in the comments below!

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Winter is over, but if your skin is like mine it’s still in recovery. Whether you spent the season in a parched neighborhood in SoCal or up north in the Polar Vortex, it was a season for the record books. Here in L.A., I honestly don’t know how my skin would rebound if not for First Aid Beauty. As its name implies, it truly comes to the rescue of parched, sensitive skin.

First Aid Beauty has a simple philosophy: keep it simple. They keep the packaging simple and put their money into what goes into the bottle (and, ultimately, on your skin!).

FAB products blend serious therapeutic action with luxurious textures, so individuals with tough skin conditions no longer have to sacrifice luxury nor tolerate greasy creams and bland formulas. – from the First Aid Beauty website

I started using the Face Cleanser and Ultra Repair Cream a couple of weeks ago and noticed an immediate improvement in texture and feel. My skin looked less dull and even plumped out a little, diminishing finer lines. Once my skin was little less sensitive and chapped-feeling, I added the Facial Radiance Pads to my regimen for an extra boost of exfoliation, and now I’m almost back to my normal glow!

If you want to try First Aid Beauty for yourself (and I recommend you do!), the FAB Faves To Go Kit is the perfect entrée to the brand. All three products I use are packaged in an all-you-need kit. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!

 

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Spring is in the air, and we’re so ready to ditch the colder weather and muted tones in favor of something a little cheerier! That means it’s time to bite the bullet and begin the chore of spring cleaning. Luckily, the fashionistas at Lovelyish have some awesome advice for cleaning out the cobwebs and getting your closet ready. Our favorite tip? Throw a frock swap party to get rid of unwanted clothes, and maybe pick up something new and cute for yourself!

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