PENNY PINCHER

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Whenever we can help you save money by not having to buy yet another tool, we can’t wait to share! Contouring is all about the brush and the placement. You can try to only put product on the bottom half of the brush but it’s not going to deposit the product targeted in only hollow. No problem! Try this instead:  READ MORE…

FRUIT INFUSED WATER

photos: kristin ess

As hot as it is on the West Coast (particularly LA), summer is coming to an end soon. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to juice it for all it’s worth! (Ha, see what we did there?) All summer we’ve been trying to stay hydrated in the TBD office. As many cites, states, countries suffer from a shortage of water, we consider ourselves very lucky to have access to clean drinking water.

Hopefully I don’t sound ungrateful for saying this but as long as I can remember, I’ve never liked the “taste” of water. I have to force myself to drink it and before infusing, I would often go days without a glass of water. Maybe it’s the minerals or maybe it’s just how utterly plain it is, but I have discussed this with many people over the years and I was surprised at how many friends have this same issue. I don’t drink soda and I don’t drink sugary drinks so it’s not like my tastebuds are just used to sweetness. Nonetheless, I started popping fresh fruits into my water and my hydration game changed. I now can go through bottles and bottles without an issue. Even if you DO love the taste of water, this is a fun way to change it up.

Pretty sure we’ve talked about the importance of drinking water before, but in case you forgot, here’s a refresher:

  • brain tissue is about 75% water.
  • muscles + kidneys are about 79% water.
  • lungs are about 83% water.
  • our skin is comprised of about 64% water.
  • water helps flush waste and toxins from the body.
  • it helps regulate body temperature.
  • it helps deliver oxygen to your brain!
  • water lubricates your joints.
  • even your bones are 31% water.

Fill up some small milk bottles.

Chop up your favorite fruits.

Plan out some fun flavor combos! Or just mix them all together. I love pairing them up so I have different types of water throughout the day and I don’t get bored.

Put a lid on it. I put some of my waters in the refrigeratior because they stay fresher longer and I tend to make 10 small bottles for a day. But if you’re just doing one or two, the flavors will infuse faster out of the refrigerator.

Wait 30 min to an hour and give it a little stir. I use this long spoon and poke at the fruits a little to release more flavor.

If you want a change of flavor, add the tiniest bit of coconut water! Here are some of the flavor combos I love along with a description of what they taste like…

  • Watermelon, Strawberry + Mint: Tastes like summertime in a bottle.
  • Cherry, Blueberry + Raspberry: Sangria-ish.

  • Orange + Rosemary: Savory. Makes me less hungry.
  • White Peach, Green Apple + Basil: This one tastes like PIE!

  • Plum + Basil: Plum picking!
  • Kiwi, Raspberry + Orange: Tropical Fruit

  • Blueberry + Strawberry: this one tastes just like a red popsicle.
  • Orange, Green Apple + Mint: reminds you of being at the spa!

If you have a meeting at work or you’re just having friends over, cut up some larger pieces of your favorite fruit, stuff them into a decanter with water and serve over ice.

This is truly a great trick and something I’ll also carry over into winter with stone fruits. I used plum above but I can’t wait to figure out new combos for the season! Hope you enjoy this and hope you drink lots and lots of H20.

  • Milk bottles are from HERE.
  • Spoon is from HERE.

HIGHLIGHTER AND BLUSH DUO

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Liquid blush is the best way to create a natural-looking flush. It melts into the skin better than cream or powder blush. Liquid highlighter illuminates your eyes better than powder highlighter can. Basically, liquid is the way to go. And dotting, blending and stippling are how we get it done.  READ MORE…

ELONGATE THE LID

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

There are many benefits to elongating the lid. The most obvious is that it makes your lid space look longer. But it also elongates your eye, which is particularly great if your eyes are more on the rounded side and you want them to appear more like Bria’s almond-shaped eyes above. I love rounded eyes and don’t think they should be anything but embraced, but we get so many emails asking how to make them appear less round, so this is an option. Last, it makes the whole eye area appear bigger. And, let’s be honest, it’s a little edgy and fun! Here’s how to pull it off:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Sweep the shadow all over the lid and crease then start pulling it outward along the crease as demonstrated above. Switch to a clean brush and blend back and forth like windshield wipers.
  2. Trace the shadow along the bottom lashline, continuing past the outer corner until you meet the top shadow.

You can use any color in the rainbow but I love it in a dramatic charcoal like above or in a soft shimmer pearl or a matte smoky taupe! You can line on top of it but it will detract from in a little. Don’t forget mascara!