When it comes to mascara, we all find different formulas that we swear by. Mascara is used to thicken, lengthen, darken, and enhance the eyelashes. The use of a mascara-like product goes back to the Victorian era, when women used to make a form of mascara with a mixture of heated ash and elderberry juice and then apply it to their eyelashes. Even farther back in history, the ancient Egyptians—both women and men—used kohl to line their eyes and apply to their eyelashes.
The product that is the closest to the mascara we use today was not created until the 19th Century, by a chemist named Eugene Rimmel. He used the newly-invented Petroleum jelly to create this product. If I could only use one cosmetic for the rest of my life, it would be my mascara. With just a few swipes, I look and feel much more put together.
I‘m always into trying new mascaras and finding the ones I can’t live without. One of my go-to mascaras is Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Black Ice. The brush gives my lashes a well-defined, separated look that really opens up my eyes. The formula is buildable, so I can apply coat after coat until I achieve the volume I want. This mascara is made with sea minerals that condition the lashes so that they remain healthy and are able to grow as long as possible. The brush is considered oversized and really works well at preventing clumps. The RMS Beauty Defining Mascara is my everyday fave because it gets every lash, especially the small lower ones. The brush is narrow and really is great at getting to the root of the lashes and defining each and every one. The formula is rich and creamy and I never notice any flaking throughout the day. No matter which mascara I use, I stick with this one on my lower lashes. So whether you’re a water proof girl, love the super-glam look, or are into the defined, separated look, there is mascara out there for you!
The right nude lipstick for your individual skin tone is sometimes hard to find with so many beautiful options available. Each hue is a bit different, with orange, brown, pink, or neutral undertones. Once you find the shade that suits your skin tone, a nude lipstick will be your go-to color. The best trick to determine your undertone is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear blue, you have blue undertones. If your veins have a greenish hue, then you have yellow or warm undertones. If it’s hard for you to tell, then you probably have a neutral undertone, in which case just about any hue will work for you!
I really enjoy bareMinerals lipsticks, because they’re creamy, very pigmented, and glide on smoothly. One of my favorite nudes is Take Charge. It’s considered a nude rose with shades of brown as well. This lipstick is very hydrating but delivers a luxurious satin finish. Jane Iredale carries a blue under toned lipstick called Melody, which is a subtle yet rich pop of color. The Vitamin A and C extracts deliver antioxidant protection to the delicate lip area. Melody has an amazing scent of pomegranate and blueberry that’s just intoxicating. For a matte look, I like to start with a lip liner base which insures that my lippy will last a lot longer. Jane Iredale’s nude lip pencil is made with oils and waxes that make it a breeze to apply. It has a pink undertone that brings out my true lip color for a very natural look. One more for our glossy gals out there is the Perricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss SPF 15. This is not your typical sticky, thick gloss—it has a very smooth texture and conditions your lips. It’s also an anti-aging lip serum that mimics the natural color of the inside of your lips. This amazing lip gloss provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15 to guard against sun damage.
The only sponge you’ll ever need. Many brands have tried to duplicate it, but none compare. Created by a Hollywood makeup artist, Beautyblender’s unique egg shape is designed to cover 360 degrees and fit into all the contours of the face. The Beautyblender is latex-free and made from a proprietary hydrophilic sponge material that is made to absorb only water. This means that once the sponge is wet, it won’t absorb whatever cosmetic you’re applying. Every sponge is handmade and dyed with all natural vegetable dyes.
You can apply everything: moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation, powders, highlighters, bronzers, and even self-tanners. Applying products with a sponge gives a more even, flawless application then you’d get with a brush or your fingers. Be sure to wet the Beautyblender and squeeze out the excess water, (I squeeze it into a paper towel) before each use. I like to apply moisturizer, primer, and foundation to the back of my hand, dip the Beautyblender into the product, and then apply. Apply product in a bouncing or twisting motion to achieve a flawless airbrushed-like effect. I use the Beautyblender daily because I like the convenience of using one sponge to apply several different products. I apply moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder with the same sponge. I love how easy it is to blend with it, and if you make a mistake or apply to much product you can gently rub away your mishap.
The best way to clean the Beautyblender is with their solid cleanser. I soak the sponge in hot water for a few minutes then rub it in the solid cleanser, lather and rinse thoroughly. The container the original Beautyblender comes in is the perfect size to rest it on to let it dry. Each sponge is meant to last three months with daily use and proper care.
Trying out new nail polish colors is always fun, but when your nails chip right after you’ve painted them it feels like a big waste of time. Personally, I prefer gel nails, but I recently discovered butter LONDON. Their lacquers last more than a week without chipping.
My favorite thing about this polish is how lightning- fast it dries! The product has a high quality formula, and many great colors to choose from.
Butter LONDON is formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP-free. The polish contains Vitamins E, A, C, and B5, which work on strengthening nails. All you really need is two thin coats of this highly-pigmented nail polish.
This brand has a great variety of neutral colors for everyday wear, and my favorite would have to be Yummy Mummy. The polish is a medium beige that would look good on every skin tone. If you want to go a little Goth, check out the wine-colored La Moss, which is beautiful for winter. Of course, every woman needs a go-to red in her polish collection, and butter LONDON has definitely nailed it with Come to Bed Red. It’s the perfect classic signature red. Butter LONDON is a healthy alternative to gel manicures without the harmful ingredients, and with no compromising on lasting shine!
Overwhelmed by all the new products each season? Let the SkinStore beauty experts help. When we get our hands on something great we can hardly wait to share it with everyone! Here are just a few of the products we’ve recently fallen in love with.
Find your new must have products for Spring in SkinStore’s newest Guide to Gorgeous. When it comes to beauty products, we all have our tried and true faves, but with the number of new products that appear every day, how can you be sure you’re not missing your next must–have?! Check out our Spring Guide to see what’s new, noteworthy and sure to become your latest go–to product.
Here are just a few that made the top of our list!
Most likely you have heard of makeup primers and probably thought they were an unnecessary step or a way for a makeup artist to up sell you. A foundation Primer is a base applied after the moisturizer and before the foundation. I can say that a makeup primer is one cosmetic I will no longer go without. Not only does it make your makeup look flawless, it seals the pores and provides a layer of protection between your makeup and your skin. The benefits of using a primer are endless, and will make you reconsider your make up routine.
My favorite Primer that I use on a daily basis is Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Facial Primer. I love that her products are all natural and this one does much more than just prime the skin for makeup application. The Grapefruit extract makes your skin as radiant as it can be. Algae extract firms the skin and helps it retain moisture. This primer is great for women with sensitive skin, but can be used for all skin types. My makeup is a lot easier to apply when I use this primer, and it has a beautiful finish.
The great things about primers are that they work with all skin types, and skin tones. There are no shades to choose from, so it is very easy to select one. Primers go on like a lotion, but there is no greasy after-feel. By applying a makeup primer you will notice that your pores appear smaller and your makeup will stay in place a lot longer. Try a primer, and you will understand why this will be an essential step in your makeup routine.
Fresh from the labs of Dr. Perricone: his innovative line of skin care disguised as makeup! These pigmented serums deliver the science that his line is known and loved for. DMAE lifts and firms and Neuropeptides train your skin cells to mimic the behavior of younger skin cells. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that diminishes lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of pores. Vitamin C Ester is a stabilized form of Vitamin C that will brighten and build collagen. All of this, plus the beautiful glow of healthy skin.
The newer version of the No Foundation Foundation is called the No Foundation Foundation Serum. This differs from the previous versions in its finish. The No Foundation Foundation No. 1 and 2 offer a dewy finish. The No Foundation Foundation Serum offers a finish that is referred to as “suede”, which is just between dewy and matte. This is a buildable-coverage serum that has an application technique. First, shake the serum to mix the colors. Second, dot it on each area of your face. Third, press into your skin with a tapping motion so you soak in all the benefits. Last, blend it out. You can contour by using it with the No Bronzer Bronzer and Highlight with the stunningly beautiful No Highlighter Highlighter. Finish your healthy skin with the rosy No Blush Blush. You can also use the No Blush Blush as a lip color! The same application technique goes for all of them. You really can customize your look with this totally mixable line.
Another product we love is the No Mascara Mascara. It is different from any other mascara you’ve used before. It comes only in a black-brown with a hint of auburn that really compliments any eye color. The wand is double sided. One side has longer bristles so you can coat from the root and lengthen the lashes. The other side has shorter bristles which act as a comb so you can separate the lashes. The wand also bends for maximum coating ability. You’ll have gorgeous lashes and lash conditioning benefits!
LipFusion XL Micro Injected Collagen Lip Plump is the plumping lip product that everyone should have in their beauty regimen. Yes, injectable fillers can give you this look, but it is temporary and costly. By applying this lip plumper as a nighttime treatment, you will double up in size and smoothness.
LipFusion XL Micro Injected Collagen Lip Plump contains key ingredients that deliver immediate results with increased volume and visible fill. This lip plumper contains Marine Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid for maximum plumping. Hyaluronic Acid retains one hundred times its water weight, resulting in fuller lips. As we age our lips lose some of their volume and natural moisture, so we can understand why it is a goal to get those youthful pouts back.
After using LipFusion XL Micro Collagen Lip Plump as a night treatment, you will wake up to plump, hydrated, firm lips. This lip product has a great spearmint flavor and gives your lips a cool tingly feeling. This gloss is not sticky, makes your lips feel fabulous, and won’t make your boyfriend refuse to kiss you. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with this amazing lip plumper.
Do you love to have your nails look amazing but just do not have the time to go to the salon? Does it seem complicated and messy to paint your nails at home? Well, good news! We have a few tricks up our sleeves that will help you achieve the perfect mani at home.
Use glue to keep the polish off your skin and on your nails. All you need to do is apply a bit of Elmer’s Glue around your nails. Let it dry and then paint your nails as usual (you don’t even have to be neat about it!) Once your nail polish dries, simply peel the glue away and it will take any of the excess polish with it.
Sometimes your cuticles can get cracked and dry which can give your manicure a rough edge. However, all you need to do is dab a drop of olive oil on each cuticle. Then put on some mittens overnight and BAM! Your cuticles will be looking soft and good as new.
When you trim your nails, do the clippings fly everywhere to be lost until you step on them or find them in the most inappropriate places? Clipping your nails wet will avoid flying debris.
Fun fact: using a white base coat will brighten your neon color to the max.
Do you have old eye shadow lying around? Use it for nail polish! Crush it up and add some clear nail polish. Mix and apply to your nails for a unique, custom look.
Dry your nails in an instant! After you are done applying your nail polish, place your hand in a bath of ice water. It really works. The cold seals the polish instantly. Another method for quick-drying your nails is cooking spray. Yes, cooking spray! Spray on your freshly painted nails and it will cut your dry time in half. This also works and no, it won’t ruin your polish finish.
This next tip is a favorite. Would you like to clean up stained nails? All you need to do is scrub them with some whitening toothpaste, which will lift the stains and leave you with clean and even-colored nails.