Cream blush… oh how I love thee! You give my cheeks a radiant, healthy glow and blend seamlessly into my skin. You last all day and look so soft and natural. What did I ever do without you?!
Seriously, what did I do before cream blush? Well, I used powder of course! Looking back now, I can hardly believe there was ever a time that I didn’t love it, but there was. I honestly don’t remember what the problem was. I think I was afraid of it. Afraid of it streaking, or feeling greasy, or not blending… whatever! It was new and different and I just didn’t understand how amazing cream blush can be!
Now don’t misunderstand, powder blush is perfectly fine and I still do use it occasionally. But who wants “fine” when you can have “wow!”? Still not convinced? Alright, here’s what I want you to do: Apply powder blush on one cheek (or the back of your hand) and apply cream blush on the other. Now step back and look in the mirror. Which one looks more natural? Which one has more glow and radiance? If you left them on all day, which one stayed on longer and looks fresher? I suspect the cream blush side will be the answer to all those questions.
So why not try a cream blush?! Scared? Nervous?? Well don’t be! Here are a few tips for wearing and applying cream blush:
When looking for a cream blush, you want to make sure that the color is sheer (meaning you can still see your skin through it when you put it on) and creamy feeling on your skin. The sheerness is important because it makes it easier to achieve your desired intensity as well as make for effortless blending.
You want to choose a color that your skin would naturally blush. For most of us, that means a pink shade, or if you prefer, a soft peach works beautifully too.
When applying cream blush, using your fingers, start at the apple (the fleshy part of your cheek) of your cheek and blend upwards. I always like to start lighter and build up the color as needed, but if you get too much you can easily tone it down with a makeup sponge or tissue.
Tip Did you know that cream blush also makes a lovely lip balm? It’s true! Just apply it on your lips with your finger for a soft, natural color. Add a little lip gloss on top for extra sparkle.
I know you might not understand my obsession, but that just means you’ve probably never tried it (or at least a good one). Don’t be afraid… go out and see for yourself! I have no doubt that very soon, you’ll be in love too.
Old Man Winter has arrived for many of us, and our normally hot lips are getting cold and chapped from the freezing weather. The cold temperatures can cause a multitude of problems for your face, but your lips are especially vulnerable to this change in the climate.
If you’re bundling up and need help with your lips, I’ve got 5 great tips to keep your hot lips hot during the cold Winter months.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it’s so important to exfoliate the dry, dead skin off your lips! You can’t have sexy lips when they’re rough and scaly. You can remove the dry skin by gently rubbing a washcloth, towel, or soft toothbrush over your lips in the shower. You can also use something like Brown Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh. It uses brown sugar along with other natural ingredients to gently buff away dry flakes and also helps to nourish and moisturize your lips.
Sleep with your lip moisturizer at night will make a major difference in how your lips look and feel in the morning. It helps to replace the moisture lost during the day as well as prevent chapping, cracking and peeling. Any lip moisturizer will do, even if it’s just Carmex or Chapstick, just as long as you have something on your lips! Trust me, you won’t regret adding this to your bedtime routine.
There are many lip treatment creams that will give you immediate and long term results that can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the lips as well as firm, smooth and hydrate. These are usually applied before your lip color and/or before bed. Clinique’s All About Lips is a really great one. It’s light weight and you can feel it working right away.
You need to make sure you’re drinking your water! A lot of people don’t realize how much dehydration effects not only your skin, especially your lips. It’s always important to make sure you’re drinking enough water, but during the cold season when you’re out in the harsh elements and running your heating devices more, you really should make it a top priority. You’ll feel better and look better.
You really should keep something on your lips all the time to keep them protected. During the day, if you’re not wearing lipstick or a gloss, try using a tinted lip balm to add moisture and protect as well as add a little color. I love the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Tints with SPF 15 because they’re super hydrating and lightweight with just a hint of color (Plum is my favorite!). It’s nice to wear just around the house, or sometimes if I’m running out to the store or something, I’ll throw a gloss on top of it.
The key to having hot lips (in Winter any other season) is to maintain them. Find and keep up a good lip care routine before your lips turn into a dry, cracked, chapped and ouchy mess.
Now that you know how to keep those hot lips of yours kissably soft, you can go out there and show the world. Or just stay at home and show that someone special… just don’t forget your lip balm!
Thanksgiving is almost here and that means spending precious moments with friends and family, delicious food and for some of you, that also means traveling. I know what to bring can seem overwhelming. (If you’re like me you feel a need to bring everything “just in case”) Well relax, as always, I’m here to help! Here are my top five travel makeup must-haves.
These are such a great way to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup. It also removes the need to bring an eye makeup remover and a cleanser and a toner since a cleansing sheet will do all three! I love Shiseido’s Pureness Gentle Cleansing Sheets. They gently cleanse without drying out my skin or making it feel oily. They even remove waterproof mascara, which is great if your travel makeup bag is geared toward pool-side resorts or wet weather!
You want to make sure you at least have a nail file, nail clippers and tweezers in your travels. The last thing you want is to have a broken nail and be without clippers or a file, or to see a huge unsightly hair and not be able to tweeze it! I really like the Sephora Collection Manicure Kit. It includes nail clippers, cuticle nippers, metal file, nail scoop, nail cleaner, tweezers and manicure scissors all in a sleek, black travel case. Everything you need to stay well groomed when traveling.
The reason for this in your travel makeup bag is because you can have countless looks with the same eyeshadow palette (including eyeliner) and you save room at the same time. Yay! I adore the Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Mystic Smokys. It has all my favorite colors in one compact and I can make my eyes as dramatic or as neutral as I want and I only need to bring one compact. Love it!
As you well know, I’m a huge advocate for tinted moisturizer because of its convenience and ease, so you shouldn’t be surprised that I recommend you travel with it! You can use it as your foundation, moisturizer (unless you’re super dry, then you may need to add a day cream underneath) and your sunscreen all in one, fabulous product. Woohoo! My all time favorite is Elizabeth Arden’s Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer in Fair. It blends seamlessly into my skin and evens out any discolorations without being greasy or heavy… just flawless.
Tinted or un-tinted, it’s very important to keep those lips hydrated! Traveling can be really take it out of you… especially the moisture in your lips. So you really need to keep a lip balm on them at all times so they don’t get dry and chapped. Check out Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15. It moisturizes and softens lips while also giving a soft, natural rosy color. You can even use it on your cheeks as a clear blush look.
So those are a few products that will make perfect travel companions whether you’re traveling to the desert, or the mountains! Notice the theme of multi-purpose… you should always try to bring products that can so more then one thing so you can pack less and have a much lighter suitcase. Happy trails and safe journey!