Choosing a Cleanser

Choosing a Cleanser

This post is part of our Beauty Buying Guide Series brought to you by our friends at Motives Cosmetics.  Our Buying Guides are intended to offer you essential information that will allow you to buy 'Better, Not More'.

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Using a good facial cleanser keeps your skin healthy, smooth, and clear of blemishes and impurities. But choosing the right product can be a daunting task. With hundreds of options and endless ingredient combinations, it’s hard to know which cleanser is the right one for you. The trick is to identify your skin type and find a cleanser that’s formulated to help with your skin’s specific issues.

Dry Skin: Foam cleansers can dry out the skin, so avoid those and look for creamy or oil-based cleansers with emollients that hydrate the skin and humectants like glycerin that lock in the moisture. You can also look for no-rinse cleansers, which save your skin from the drying process of being rinsed.

Oily Skin: If your skin is oily it can be tempting to use a harsh cleanser that strips all oil from your skin, but this will actually just encourage your skin to produce more oil to replace it. Instead, look for foaming or gel cleansers that are oil free and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).

Sensitive Skin: Look for cleansers labeled “soap-free,” which means they don’t have harsh detergents that can irritate the skin. Fragrance-free cleansers with natural or hypoallergenic ingredients will work best for you, and look for ones with glycerin to protect your skin from outside irritants.

Acne-Prone Skin: For those with persistent acne, a medicated cleanser is the way to go. These include ingredients like salicylic acid, which clears blocked pores and reduces swelling, and benzoyl peroxide, which exfoliates skin and kills bacteria.

Combination Skin: One trick for combination skin is to use different cleansers for the dry and oily areas of your face. If you don’t want to use two products, look for a gentle gel or foaming cleanser that is formulated to balance the skin without drying it out.

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October 21, 2017 by Anne Gunning
Choosing a Swimsuit for your Body Type

Choosing a Swimsuit for your Body Type

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Swimsuit season should be about sunning on the beach and playing in the waves, not spending fruitless hours in the dressing room trying on every suit in the store. Finding a swimsuit that looks great on you might seem stressful, but don’t worry—the right swimsuit IS out there. Knowing a few things about your body type will help narrow down the type of suit that’s best for you, so find your body type below and get our tips on what type of swimwear will look best!
Pear-Shaped
Full Bust
Straight Figure
Apple-Shaped
January 29, 2017 by Anne Gunning
The Best Jeans for Your Body

The Best Jeans for Your Body

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Great-fitting jeans are a wardrobe staple, but anyone who’s spent hours in the fitting room only to emerge without a single pair knows that finding your dream denim can be a struggle. Knowing a little about your body type will narrow down the overwhelming number of options and help you find the fit that accentuates your best features!
Hourglass Figure
Apple-Shaped Figure
Pear-Shaped Figure
Petite Figure
Straight Figure
January 08, 2017 by Anne Gunning
Eyeliner Types & Tricks

Eyeliner Types & Tricks

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Eyeliner is an essential for any flawless beauty look, but choosing one can be tricky. Our guide tells you which types of liner are best for which looks, so check it out and choose the one that’s best for you!
Pencil
Liquid
Gel

Tips for Applying Eyeliner
  • To keep your hand steady as you apply eyeliner, rest your elbow on a flat surface and your pinky against your face to stabilize your hand.
  • It can be tempting to pull the side of your eye outward as you’re applying eyeliner, but resist—the line might turn out uneven when you let go.
  • If you’re having a hard time keeping your line straight, start at the middle of your eye and do small strokes toward the outer edge. Then start at the inner corner and work your way back to the middle. You can also try making dots or dashes across the lash line and connecting them.
  • To get the right angle for a wing or cat eye, just follow the curve of your lower lash line and continue it outward.
  • To keep your eyeliner from transferring onto your crease or under your eye when you blink, apply translucent powder to those areas.
  • If you have smudges after applying your eyeliner, there are some easy ways to fix it; just use a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover, Vaseline, or even clear lip gloss. If you don’t want to ruin the rest of your makeup, you can also just layer some concealer and eye shadow over it.

Check out this tutorial for a fresh and modern Cat Eye look!

 

January 05, 2017 by Anne Gunning
Insulated Outerwear Buying Guide

Insulated Outerwear Buying Guide

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If you are looking for an insulated jacket to keep you warm this winter, you'll find there's one overarching question to answer: down or synthetic? They're both great choices, but they each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and we’ve laid them all out here so you can choose the jacket that works best for you!

January 05, 2017 by Savanna West
Your Guide to Beautiful Brows

Your Guide to Beautiful Brows

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Pencils, powders, gels...which products do you need to acheive perfect brows? Take a look at our guide to find out! We'll tell you which products are best for what, and give you tips for getting beautiful brows.

Which Product to Use?
Powder
Pencil
Gel
Wax
Tips for Beautiful Brows
  • Before using any brow product, shape your brows using wax or tweezers. This will give you a clear, defined shape to follow as you apply brow products.
  • Which shade to use for which product? When using gel, use the same shade as your brows or one darker. For pencils and powders, which create a more natural look, go a little lighter.
  • Not sure what to do with the multiple shades in a brow kit? Use a shade a bit lighter than your brow color just under the arch to highlight it. Some kits include a skintone shade as well to use on the brow bone. You can also blend shades together to customize the perfect shade for your brow.
  • No matter what brow product you use, brush through your brows with a spoolie brush afterward to make sure it’s blended throughout. For the best brow shape, make sure to brush the hairs up and outward.

 

Checkout this tutorial on how to fill in sparse brows.

December 29, 2016 by Anne Gunning
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Getting Great Lashes

Getting Great Lashes

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No beauty look is complete without full, fierce lashes. But what’s the best way to get lashes that really pop? Take a look at our guide to learn about mascara types, lash enhancers, and false lashes to choose the product that will give your lashes the wow factor they’re missing.

Mascara

 

Mascara Types

While naming conventions differ across brands, the type of mascara you use can help your lashes with length, volume, lift, definition, and more. Here are a few keywords to look for when choosing a mascara that will give your lashes help where they need it.

Lengthening: Good for those with short lashes, this type of mascara has fibers that cling to the lashes to make them longer.

Thickening/volumizing: Ideal for people with thin lashes, these types of mascara contain polymers or waxes that make the lashes appear thicker and more dense.

Curling: Curling mascaras contain polymers that contract and lift the lashes. The brush is usually curved as well to help lift the lashes as it’s applied. This is good for those who need more lash shape or don’t like using lash curlers.

Waterproof: If you’re wearing your mascara long hours, outdoors, or during athletic activities, waterproof mascara is the choice for you. It has a wax-oil base that keeps it from smudging or running even when wet. Just remember you’ll need an oil-based makeup remover to take it off.

Non-clumping: If you like a natural, barely-there look, go for non-clumping mascara. It uses glycerin and silk extracts to define each lash without that clumpy too-much-makeup look.

Lash defining: This mascara is the cure-all if your lashes need help with everything from volume to length to color. Because of the way it’s formulated, it’s usually waterproof as well.

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Mascara Brushes

Brush Types

No matter what type of mascara you use, the type of brush you apply it with can make a difference. If you don’t want to spring for a whole new mascara, try applying it with a different type of brush for certain effects.

Straight brush: This is the most common type of brush, which allows for easy access to small lashes at the inner corner of the eye.

Curved brush: If you’re looking for more lift, try a curved brush to help you curl your lashes as you apply the mascara.

Comb: Hate clumps? Use a comb brush to separate and define your lashes from root to tip.

Big brush: This fluffy-looking brush has tightly spaced bristles that are great for applying mascara to hard-to-reach places, adding volume to your lashes.

Long brush: A long brush is usually used for lengthening formulas, helping the fibers attach to the lash and extend beyond.

No matter what type of mascara you use, the type of brush you apply it with can make a difference. If you don’t want to spring for a whole new mascara, try applying it with a different type of brush for certain effects.

  • Straight brush: This is the most common type of brush, which allows for easy access to small lashes at the inner corner of the eye.
  • Curved brush: If you’re looking for more lift, try a curved brush to help you curl your lashes as you apply the mascara.
  • Comb: Hate clumps? Use a comb brush to separate and define your lashes from root to tip.
  • Big brush: This fluffy-looking brush has tightly spaced bristles that are great for applying mascara to hard-to-reach places, adding volume to your lashes.
  • Long brush: A long brush is usually used for lengthening formulas, helping the fibers attach to the lash and extend beyond.

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Primers & Enhancers

Eyelash Enhancers

 

Lash primers, conditioners, enhancers, and serums are all products that help your lashes grow longer, thicker, denser, and glossier. They are often formulated for use on the eyebrows as well as the lashes. They should be applied before makeup and usually need to be used daily for several weeks in order to see results. If volumizing mascara just isn’t doing the trick, try one of these products to pump up your natural lashes.

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False Lashes

For times when you really need your eyes to pop, false lashes may be the best choice. They usually come as lash strips that need to be trimmed to fit your lash line, and then applied over your natural lashes using special adhesive. It’s usually a good idea to apply mascara to your natural lashes first to help them adhere to the false lashes, as well as create a uniform look.

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December 15, 2016 by Anne Gunning
Eye Shadow: The Essentials

Eye Shadow: The Essentials

This is post is part of our Beauty Buying Guide Series brought to you by our friends at Motives Cosmetics. Our Buying Guides are intended to offer you essential information that will allow you to buy 'Better, Not More'.

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In the world of makeup, eye shadow is a heavy hitter, adding anything from a subtle shade to intense glamour to your look. Don’t know much about eye shadow? Don’t worry! Our guide takes you through eye shadow types and finishes, and even tells you what shades to use where. By the time you’re done, you’ll be an eye shadow pro!

 Eye Shadow Types
Pressed Powder
Cream
Loose Powder
Liquid
Our Favorite Eye Shadows
November 29, 2016 by Anne Gunning
Your Ultimate Guide to Lip Products & Treatments

Your Ultimate Guide to Lip Products & Treatments

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What products do you need for the perfect pout? There are tons of lip products out there: balms, bases, treatments, glosses, stains…the list goes on. How are they all different, and which ones do you need? Our guide goes through the most common types of lip care and color so you can get great lip products without the guesswork.

Exfoliators & Scrubs
Lip Balms
Lip Treatments
Primers & Bases
Lip Plumpers

 Lip Color
Lip Gloss & Shine
Lipstick
Lip Liner
Lip Stain
November 17, 2016 by Anne Gunning
Finding the Right Lip Color for Your Skin Tone

Finding the Right Lip Color for Your Skin Tone

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How do you choose the lip color that will look best on you? An important part is choosing a shade that complements your skin tone. Need help identifying your skin tone and the shades that look best with it? Our guide walks you through finding your perfect shade.

Undertones: Warm or Cool?

The first thing to do when finding the right shade of lip color (or any other makeup) is determine whether your skin’s undertone is warm (yellow) or cool (pink). Skin with a warm undertone will look best with shades that have yellow and orange notes, while skin with a cool undertone will look better with shades based on blue and purple tones.

Not sure how to tell which undertone your skin has? Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they look blue, you have a cool undertone; if they’re more greenish, you have a warm undertone. If you can’t decide between blue and green, you’re lucky—your skin has a neutral undertone that will work with almost any color!

Complexion Types

Find your complexion type below for suggestions on the best lip color shades for you!
Fair Skin
Bright reds will really pop against your pale complexion, but for everyday wear you can stick with lighter shades like nudes, mocha, and magenta for cool undertones and pale pinks and peach for warm undertones.

Olive Skin
This skin color is often neutral, allowing you to get away with almost any color, but sunset shades are sure to look fantastic on you. That means coppers and bronzes for warm undertones, and rosy pinks and cranberry for cool undertones.
Light Brown Skin
This skin tone provides great contrast for bolder colors like bright orangey reds for warm undertones and deep wine shades for cool undertones.

Dark Skin

Vibrant, saturated shades will look great against dark skin tones. Warm undertones can play with deep fuchsias and bright berry colors, while cool shades can pull off stunning ruby reds and deep purples.

 

November 03, 2016 by Anne Gunning