When I think of natural beauty effects, I picture an array of earth tones — green, brown, tan and metallic, with hints of peach, orange, berry and earthy plums. These beauty effects add subtle highlights and textures that don’t overpower the wearer. You’re left with, “Wow, you look beautiful,” versus “I like your makeup.”
Natural beauty effects keep the focus on a fresh, lovely face and not the paint. You’re drawn into the lady’s eyes, smile and unique features, and not the drama of a brow or color of a shadow.
What are your perceptions of natural beauty effects?
1. Lord & Berry Pressed Powder
2. Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara
3. E.L.F. Baked Eye Shadow
4. Chanel Coco Noir Parfum
5. Vincent Longo Baby Dome Eyeshadow Palette, Terrachino
6. Lord and Berry Black Eyeliner
7. Borghese Professional Select Brush Kit
Beauty kits can be as simple or glamorized as you’d like. Maybe you have a kit with everyday beauty staples. Or perhaps you’re one with a glam kit, with everything from shimmers to color correctors.
Every now and then, there’s a product (or four) that are worthy to be added to a kit. The December 2014 Edition of the Beauty Kit Prescription includes some goodies you may just want to try. They’re mostly makeup goodies with some lip treatments.
Included in the Set:
Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray • $14.00–30.00
Smashbox ‘Try It’ Kit ($52 Value) • $19.00
Essie ‘Back in the Limo’ Nail Polish • $8.50
Nars Multiple Makeup Stick – NM Beauty Award Finalist 2012! • $39.00
Urban Decay ‘Naked2’ Palette • $54.00
NYX ‘Slim’ Lip Pencil • $3.50
Maybelline Fit Me Maybelline® Fit Me® Blush •$3.89–4.49
Bliss fabulips Kit • $45.00
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Color Chameleon’ Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil • $26.00
Beauty Kit Rx Highlights
The Charlotte Tilbury ‘Color Chameleon’ Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil is infused with synthetic sapphire. Sounds like a great conversation piece. If you’re looking to try before you buy full sizes, the Smashbox Try It Kit features some of its bestsellers:
- Photo Finish
- Foundation Primer
- Photo Finish Lid Primer
- Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
- Full Exposure Mascara
- Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx
Essie’s ‘Back in the Limo‘ polish is a sheer red-blue shade. Urban Decay’s ‘Naked2’ Palette includes matte and shimmer eye shadows in 12 taupe-hued neutral shades. The Bliss Fabulips Kit is spa treatment for your lips. Spa-la-la! It includes the following:
- Lip cleanser
- Sugar lip scrub
- Lip plumper
- Lip balm
Nars Multiple Makeup Stick is a multi-purpose, cream-to-powder, all-in-one stick. Apply to eyes, cheeks, lips and body for a sheer color and hint of shimmer.
What’s in your beauty kit?
Argan oil is used in two mediums; cooking and cosmetics. It’s a wonderful oil for the face, skin and hair. It’s rich in vitamin E and contains carotene. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties, which works to prevent damage to the body’s cells and protect against diseases. Carotene is what gives carrots and sweet potatoes their orange color. Argan oil is extracted from the kernals of the argan tree found in Morocco. With claims to moisturize, soothe and nourish, it’s no wonder more and more cosmetics contain argan oil.
Argan oil goodies in this beauty set:
JOSIE MARAN Argan Black Oil Mascara
MOROCCANOIL Body Souffle
JOSIE MARAN 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
ORGANIX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
ORGANIX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
AVON Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment
JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS 100% Argan Oil
THE BODY SHOP Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil Lips
THE BODY SHOP Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub
JOSIE MARAN Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil Duo
The eye is the jewel of the body. Stay beautifully natural with earth-tone eye shadows. Check out selections by Vincent Longo.
Who said you have to spend a lot on makeup to get the London look?! Here’s some makeup inspiration featuring Rimmel.
Wishing for beautiful beach hair? Follow along with these easy steps to get the beach hair look. Enjoy!
Makeup, if used, is to complement and not compete with your features. It can be a challenge to find the perfect foundation. While no foundation is truly the be-all and end-all of makeup, CK One is one of my favorites, and is the inspiration for this beauty set. It applies smoothly and holds up well, even in hot/humid conditions. From the EcoTools brushes to NYX concealer, these are beauty supplies I have in my “Fresh You Essentials Kit.” What’s in yours?
Enjoy a fresh you…from the inside out!
Most, if not all of us, have been plagued with dry, cracked lips. If you’ve ever wondered why we experience this more in the winter time, it’s because the cold, winter air dries out the thin layer of oil on our lips. I don’t about you but, but I have been guilty of doing a major dry lip no-no—licking my lips. While we think licking our lips will alleviate the dryness, our saliva evaporates and makes the problem worse.
- Lack of lip moisture due to low indoor humidity
- Dry, cold winter air
- Sun exposure
- Licking, picking, scrubbing or biting lips
- Cold sores
- Allergic reaction or irritation from toothpastes or mouthwash
Dry, peeling, burning, red, swollen, sensitive/tender, bleeding or cracked skin on lips. Excessive licking can also cause a dry, irritated ring to develop around the lips.
Prevention & Remedies
Drink adequate amounts of water.
Use lip balm or ointment, preferably with at least SPF 15. Depending on the severity, you may need a medicated lip balm.
Key ingredients include: petroleum jelly; lanolin; natural oils, like squalene, castor oil, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, cocoa butter or shea butter; glycerin and honey.
A creamy lip therapy will most likely be water based and provide needed moisture. Just like with your hair, think of oils as sealers—something to seal IN the moisture and provide a barrier from the environment and irritants.
Let’s recap and do your lips a favor!
- Drink water
- Moisturize & seal your lips with lip balm throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re on your way out the door. Indoor air can dry out your lips, too.