Oily Skin?

A lot of people these days suffer from oily skin. I know from experience that it is something I hate! There is not much you can do to prevent it since it has to do with your genetics! But here are some things that can help!

Make sure you wash your face at least 2 times a day! After doing so apply face lotion! It may seem contradicting, but applying lotion to your face will actually cause your skin to produce less oil! When your skin absorbs the lotion, it senses that there is already moisture on your face, so it does not feel the need to produce as much!

If your face is still really oily after doing this, another product that my dermatologist recommended is the OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel. This stuff really works, I currently use it now! As soon as you apply it, you can feel your pores tightening and your face is dry for hours! It also makes your makeup look a lot better after you apply it! You can find out more information about this product on their website ! This product can be pricy, so be sure to shop around before you make a purchase! It is definitely worth it! 

Trends!

I know its sometimes hard to keep up on fashion trends! The best way to keep up is to go to your favorite store’s website and look at the main page! They usually have their newest items displayed! For example, if you take a look at Forever 21, their main page has display for new bathing suit lines, and their new spring deals! Be sure to check this out, I can almost guarantee you will find the newest things! Maybe they will even be on sale!

-Cassidy xoxo

Clean Brushes, Better Makeup

Many people may not know this, but having clean makeup brushes is essential to trying to have a “flawless” face! Its good to have a spray brush cleaner to use a couple times a week, but every month you should be washing your makeup brushes! There are many products out there for you to buy as a brush shampoo, but theres one product that is cheap and that has been out for years that you would never think to use. This product is Johnsons Baby Shampoo! It works great on brushes and when washed right leaves them smelling great and super clean! After washing them with the soap and rinsing with water be sure to dry your brushes with them facing down! This allows extra water to drip out so they dry faster and so that water doesn’t sit in there. You can tell a big difference when applying makeup with clean brushes! Please try this and if you have anymore questions feel free to comment and ask! 

– Cassidy xoxo

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This is the current bottle of Johnson’s I am using right now!

Make it Last!

One thing everyone wants when putting on makeup is for it to last all throughout the day! I know I do! I recently purchased a product called Skindinavia it is a Makeup Setting Spray! It can be quite pricy with the biggest bottle being $39 but it is definitely worth it! I get the “No More Shine” bottle, but there are also other kinds! Be sure to check it out! Right now on their website , there is free shipping and free travel sizes!

-Cassidy xoxo

Brushes!

In my opinion, you can never go wrong when purchasing higher-end brushes! Sure, they may be a little out of your price range, but when it comes to good quality and a long lifetime, everyone should splurge! One really good brand I love is Sigma , they have amazing brushes that last a long time! You can buy brushes in full sets, or individually! A good makeup brush can do wonders when applying makeup, I know from experience that using better brushes makes my makeup look better! I also want to add that you can find really good brushes for a lower price at Crown Brush . Also some of the E.L.F. brushes you can find at Target or online at their website are very good and affordable, they are not as high quality but some of their brushes work great!

This is one of my favorite sets! The Make Me Blush Essential Kit!

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Tip: Clean your brushes as much as possible, dirty brushes spread germs around that are stuck on the brush! When washing brushes keep water and soap just on the hair of the brush, getting it on the handle will soften the glue used to hold it together and will loosen the brush which sometimes makes it harder to use!

 

-Cassidy xoxo

Beauty Bloggers

After looking online, I found a blog that not only do I love but that I aspire to be like one day! The blog is called The Beauty Department! You can find them here http://thebeautydepartment.com/ .

This blog has many tutorials and tips for hair and makeup. You can see that they take a lot of time to make sure their blog looks good. They have current trends and new ideas that they hope people will try. The blog is hosted by three very popular people in the makeup industry, Lauren Conrad, Amy Nadine and Kristin Ess. There are many pictures on here that allow you to get the full idea of how to carry-out one of their tips. The girls show you not only what they are loving at the moment, but what they think will be popular in the upcoming seasons!

I would say that my favorite part of their blog would be how personalized it is! They have many pictures of different face shapes and structures to help you choose what styles are best for you! So if you have an oval, square, oblong, rectangle or any of the other shapes, do not worry because they have tips for everyone! I also really like that they not only show you general ideas of trends, but they also show you things that they are “obsessing” over right now. The girls show things such as accessories, nail designs , and moisturizers that they really like! This is not just your typical beauty blog, it shows their inspirations! As I was looking around their site and exploring the different categories, under their “About Us” section that last part says “This is a site for anyone who’s ever had a beauty question or gotten into a fight with a hair brush and lost”, I just found that funny and it shows that the site is easy to relate to and go to when you are in need of some help. You can also see that they really want to improve their blog based on their fan base because they ask for you to e-mail them to ask questions , and that helps them get to know you!

The only thing I wish the blog would do more of is skin care routines. It’s easy to put on makeup, but you need to have healthy skin for it to be applied right! I understand that skin care is not the main idea or concept of their blog, but maybe it is something they could look into. This is my favorite beauty blog by far!

I would also like to acknowledge Meg, my favorite beauty vlogger. This is her YouTube channel, if you really like her she is on most social networking sites! http://www.youtube.com/user/ciaoobelllaxo She has amazing tutorials and has a very relatable personality which makes her easy to watch!

Be sure to check the websites out,  you never know what new things you can find!

– Cassidy xoxo

Spring Faves

What I will be loving this Spring is bright neon colors, and loose fitting shirts or tanks!

I love wearing bright slim fitting jeans or jeggings, then pairing them with a lace or sheer shirt that is loose fitting!

Accessories are also a must! Find cute sunglasses, and bags to go with any outfit! Also bracelets are huge this year! Try finding simple solid colors like silver, gold, or rose gold, you can pair them with a lot of items! Find longer necklaces with simple touches to them! Instead of getting mostly flip flops this year, try getting sandals with straps! They will match more clothes in your closet when you get browns, whites, or blacks! If you’re looking for something really fun try getting glitter or sparkles! You will look great this spring!

Also another thing that i’ve recently purchased myself and that seems to be a trend is the fringe top bikinis! They can be quite pricy online, but I found one at Target that comes in orange and black for only 14.99! You can pair it with almost any pattern or colors!

-Cassidy xoxo

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Spring and Summer Trends

The new Spring 2013 nail polish collection by Essie ! It's a little pricy, but it's a must! xoxo

The new Spring 2013 nail polish collection by Essie ! It’s a little pricy, but it’s a must! xoxo

So everyone knows the trends for hair and makeup are always changing! But after looking on the internet and different sites, I’ve put together some of this seasons hottest trends.

-Buns and Braids are in, try experimenting with new ideas, not just the traditional ones!

-Natural makeup! A little can go a long way.

-Beach waves in your hair are a must! There are many products out there to help and they are cheap! 

Try Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Sea Salt Spray for $4.74 at Walmart! I use it all the time in the summer!

-A bright lip color is also a must!

-If you don’t like a natural face, try pops of color with eyeliner! Also try different shapes!

Be sure to check back! I’ll post more! – Cassidy xoxo

Try checking out Meg, http://www.youtube.com/user/ciaoobelllaxo !

She is very good at doing makeup and is always posting new videos! She is really good at showing you new tricks and techniques for makeup, hair, health and beauty!

Do’s and Donts for makeup!

Do’s :

Find foundation and powders that match your skin tone.

Use an under eye concealer that is a couple shades lighter than your foundation color.

Use eyeshadows that compliment your eye color! This site can help! http://www.myeyeshadowconsultant.com/2011/02/21/how-to-pick-the-perfect-eyeshadow-color-for-your-eyecolor/

Highlight and contour your face to bring out or modify the shape of your face!

Be sure to cleanse your face daily, and never wear makeup to bed! Also face masks are good to use every couple days to get a good deep clean!

Dont’s :

Wear makeup everyday! Give your face time to breath!

Use greasy products!

Cake on foundation or powder! It will settle into fine lines and wrinkles!

Use shimmery products all over face! Try to use a matte finish for a more natural look!

Be afraid to try color! Having a natural looking face is good, but step out of your comfort zone, that is what makeup is for!

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