When you’re inundated by the endless amount of beauty products to choose from, there’s only one answer: turn to the stars. Yep, you and I are taking a trip down the zodiac to see which product is worth trying based on your sign.
Summer is in full swing, and so is your glowing, sun-kissed tan. But how do you maintain that bronzed look once summer ends? Well, there are actually some amazing products that I have found to help you glow from the inside out (no matter the season).
From bronzing makeup must-haves to a self-tanning elixir, check out these items below to keep your tan going strong well after summer is over.
If you’re going to try just one beauty trend this summer, make it one that shows on your lids. From graphic eyeliners and slick lids to metallic wings, bold smoky eyes, and subtle shimmers, you can achieve all of these looks with a few handy eyeshadow sticks.
Going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your favorite beauty products. In fact, there are more ways to reduce your carbon footprint than ever before as brands are now offering their own recycling programs, opting for plastic-free packaging, and more.
So, I’ve done some research and here are six brands that will help you be more conscious of the environment.
lilah b. Before you toss old makeup in the trash, turn to makeup brand lilah b. to help you sustainably declutter your beauty cabinet. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org for a prepaid return shipping label, and lilah b. will take care of the rest. Easy peasy, right?
Le Labo What’s more eco-friendly than recycling a product? Reusing it. Iconic fragrance house Le Labo offers an in-house refill service where you can bring in your empty bottles and get a refill for 20% off the original price.
Kiehl’s Did you know that face wash, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner are the most commonly used plastic beauty products? While you can recycle your empty plastic bottles with other household plastic items, we recommend taking advantage of Kiehl’s recycling program. For every empty container you bring in, you receive one stamp. Collect 10 stamps and you can exchange it for a travel-size product.
Côte Nail polish bottles are one of the hardest things to properly recycle because of its complex formulas. Thanks to Côte, you simply have to bring in your old bottles to any Côte shop and you’ll receive 10% off your next purchase.
Aveda The hair care brand teamed up with recycling service provider g2 revolution to make recycling Aveda products easier for its customers. Just stop by one of Aveda’s stores and Aveda will ensure everything is properly recycled, reused, or burned for energy recovery.
Garnier x TerraCycle You can send old skin, hair, and cosmetic packaging to TerraCycle at no cost. In return, you’ll receive TerraCycle points, which can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, product bundles, or a payment of one cent per point to a nonprofit organization or school of your choice.
I usually don’t carry around a bunch of lip balm, (I know, I know), but there is just one brand that I’ve become crazy about. I would classify as a necessary winter, fall, spring and summer splurge: these jumbo size shiny, sugary stuff is the out of this world. In the constant rotation of items jangling in my pockets, it always makes the cut. Here are just a few of these amazing scented, tasty lip balms.
If you’ve watched my instagram stories, you probably know that I hold the Tatcha skin-care line dear to my heart. During some of my most brutal skin phases, Tatcha products have single-handedly saved my complexion from bad breakouts, dullness, and dryness. What I love about Tatcha is that while the products are incredibly effective, they’re equally gentle — you get results without harsh chemicals or skin irritation.
Of course, there’s a downside: Tatcha’s goods can be a bit on the pricey side. Their Indigo Cream may have made my dry skin, supple and soft last winter, but paying $85 to re-up became unsustainable. And while the Silk Primer rid me of my fear of primers (they usually make me break out and this one decidedly did not), 0.7 ounces of it will cost you a shocking $52. Are you upset? Remember a little goes a long way. Are you ready for some good news? Here it is: Tatcha products are sold on Poshmark brand new, you can bargain with the seller. If you’re overwhelmed or curious where to start, I’m here to help. Here’s a list of my favorite Tatcha products, all of which are so good, they could each be a holy grail of mine and be found on the site. Unless, of course you want to purchase directly from the website.
This is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. It’s very rich, but it absorbs into the skin very quickly so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or sticky. The product’s blend of oatmeal and Japanese indigo is calming and reparative, and has helped me calm redness from sun exposure. For anyone with dry, acne prone skin, this is a must-try.
When it comes to face mists, this one is the one to try. On rushed, no makeup mornings, I sometimes use this as the only step in my routine: A few spritzes on clean skin provides nourishment and moisture, and makes my face look super-bright and dewy. On full-on glam makeup days, I use this before applying my makeup and as my final, makeup-setting step. It makes everything melt into my skin and gives a perfect, flawless finish.
I wrote a full-length review of this product, so if you want the nitty-gritty, read it. But very long story short, this is one of the only primers I’m willing to use. Not only does this never, ever make me breakout, it also keeps my makeup looking frighteningly fresh and flawless — like I’ve just applied it — all day long.
These ultra gentle but effective masks are perfect for anyone who wants to treat their under eyes, but happens to have sensitive under-eye skin. They have green tea, rice-bran oil, and red algae, all of which work to hydrate and brighten the skin around your eyes, and make you look more well rested and alert. They’re also great for prepping your under eyes for makeup — concealer glides on after using these guys. I like keeping them in my little beauty fridge; the cold tends to depuff my (famously serial-killer-esque) under eyes.
If you’re looking for a great, everyday sunscreen this one is definitely worth buying. It absorbs super quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a white cast. Plus, after you apply, makeup glides on super easily on top of it. It also has a slight matte-ifying effect on the skin, so it won’t leave you looking greasy — which I think we all can agree is unique for an SPF.
This lip balm is not only the perfect gift (it has pretty gold flakes in it), it’s also really effective. Apparently Japanese female free-divers have used camellia oil (the main product in this balm) for thousands of years to protect their skin and hair from the salty ocean water. I can see why: this super-thick and creamy lip balm does a truly incredible job at soothing and healing chapped lips. It is probably my second favorite chapstick of all time, right after my beloved Bite Agave Lip Mask.
While we’re talking camellia, I’m completely obsessed with this oil. It is a 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser of Camellia Oil gently melts away impurities, even waterproof makeup, leaving behind pure, silky soft skin. It doesn’t leave your skin oily and heavy. I like to use it as a cleanser and moisturizer at night.
This is a physical — not a chemical — exfoliant. Though it is technically a scrub, it is incredibly gentle — it contains rice bran and papa enzymes and transforms into a foam when you add water to it. Tatcha’s motto is, essentially, “doing small things for your skin every day will give you the best results” (instead of using super-intense chemical exfoliants, in other words). This product the definition of that ethos: It’ll never make your skin red and dry, and will make your skin noticeably smoother within just one use.
From Independence Day to National Lipstick Day, it’s safe to say that July was nothing short of eventful. The hottest summer month brought us new hair trends, and a new slew of must-have beauty products.
A superfood-infused scrub, a blue light-diffusing concealer, and more – check out the best July beauty launches below.
Let me tell you that running out of essential beauty products is the worst. Whether your mascara dried up or you hit pan on bronzer, you probably don’t have time to run out and buy a new product — especially if you’re getting ready for a big date or work.
But what happens when your eyeshadow primer is suddenly all gone? Believe me no one wants cracked eyeshadow or creasy glitter on their lids! Well, little do you know, you already own a handful of these eyeshadow primer alternatives. #yourewelcome #LOL
Aloe Vera Gel You might be saying “huh?” but trust me, this is a miracle worker in itself. This gel moisturizes your eyelid without adding oil, making it the perfect base for eyeshadow to stay on throughout the night. Once applied, let it sit for a minute before applying you’re shades.
Concealer Grab that little bottle from your makeup bag and spring into action! Concealers are made to be long-lasting and a lightweight formula on your eyelids is always the best route when priming. Your eyeshadow will look picture perfect throughout the night.
Highlighter I’m not talking about the neon yellow variety! Grab your favorite highlighter and use it as a base. Not only will it keep the pigment on your lid, but it can also help brighten and even add some glow to your eyeshadow shade. It works great if you’re going for a bright-eyed look!
White Eyeliner Pencil Grab this pencil you’ve had for ages, but never really found a use for — until now! Lightly fill in your eyelid and smooth across. Once your shadow is applied, it will stay on without creasing. Plus the shadow will be brighter than before!
Foundation and Powder This trick isn’t a time-saving one, but it can really make a difference in your smokey eye routine. Apply liquid foundation and let it dry. Next, set with your favorite powder. Your eyelids will be primed to handle whatever you put on them and keep oil at bay.
Lip Gloss I know what you’re thinking…lip gloss on your eyelids? It might sound gross but the stickiness of the gloss will actually help your shadows stay in place. It’ll add a bit of natural sheen to your lids, too!
Whether you started using your first makeup brush playing dress-up as a little girl in preschool or you’re newer to the whole makeup thing, we’ve all got our good and bad beauty habits – some we could probably live without.
Beauty influencer and makeup artist Jennifer Sauri is sharing some of the most common makeup mistakes we may do while applying our makeup I will list them down below.
Applying products right after skin care For those with oily or combination skin, it’s important to let your skin care products sink in before applying other products like foundation. If your skin is too moist, the makeup will just slide off. Wait about five to 10 minutes, and if your foundation is wet, you may also want to wait before applying concealer.
Using a swirling motion to apply foundation Rubbing in your foundation like you would a moisturizer just moves it around your face. Instead, tap the foundation into your skin with your finger. I like to use a dry beauty blender, I feel it doesn’t push the product around and it’ll look more natural!
Using cream products without powder for long wear If you’re using cream makeup and want it to last, layer it with powder. Powder is your superpower! But I will add mature women need a little powder under the eye, just a tiny bit will go a long way. If you apply too much it will dry and crack causing to appear cakey. Your as I like to call them mature lines will appear more in deep. Moisture is the key.
Using mists strictly to hydrate your face When the layer of powder is giving you a cakey look, grab a mist. It’ll help break up the powder, leaving it smooth.
Applying blush below the apples of the cheeks For a natural sun-kissed look, tap the blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend upward. It’ll give you the most naturally flushed look.
Adding a bold lip at the end Chances are, donning a lipstick or stain is your last step. If you’re going for a red (or any bold) lip, apply it before your blush and eyeshadow to avoid overdoing your makeup. I always recommend you have to decide what kind of event it is if you want a natural eye look then have a bold lip, and if you want a more bold eye look then you can have a nude or soft lip.