By now you know that I love a good comparison study! Because when we see something side-by-side, it’s much easier to see what each technique really does. Does rimming the entire eye make it more piercing or make the eye look smaller? Is it more dramatic when it’s smudged? Is it worth it to rim the waterline? Let’s walk through each “ring”: READ MORE…
This is one of those random suggestions that I would never believe in a million years until I tried it myself! Of course, it’s not going to plump you up like something injected into your lips by a doctor, but I promise you, your lips will swell enough to notice a difference. Why? Because the oil found in cinnamon irritates and inflames the mucous membrane, causing a rush of blood to flow to the area, causing it to swell. And for some of you, the lips will not only swell, they’ll get redder. If you pick up a lip plumping serum or gloss out there, turn it over and read the ingredients… most likely cinnamon is listed close to the top. Yes it’s only temporary and the most I’ve ever felt like it lasted on myself is a couple of hours but hey, I’ll take it! Here’s how you can make your own:
- Cinnamon Powder — You can crush cinnamon sticks too if that’s all you have in your kitchen.
- Your Favorite Salve– You can use Vaseline or Aquaphor but both are petroleum-based (same derivative that we use to run our cars)… I would use Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream or Burt’s Bees Comfrey Comfort Salve, both petroleum-free and made with natural ingredients,
- A spatula and mixing surface — I love Beauty Blender’s Sur.face Pro because the spots are numbered and you can mix and match and make new shades with just about anything!
- Your Favorite Lip Brush — My favorite is Vincent Longo’s Precision Lip Brush #5.
- Your Favorite Tinted Lip Balm — If you haven’t tried Lancome’s Baume in Love Lip Balm you’re going to die. I get compliments on it every time that I wear it! Alyssa is wearing Urban Ballet.
- Scoop out a pea-sized amount of Egyptian Magic with the spatula.
- Place it in one of the mixing divots on the tray.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon a few times on top of it.
- Mix it into a paste with the spatula.
- Dip the lip brush into the solution and apply it all over your lip area.
- Wait 3-5 minutes. You’ll feel a tingling sensation as the oil in the cinnamon irritates and inflames your mucous membrane, causing it to slightly swell.
- Wipe the solution off with a tissue.
- Follow with a tinted lip balm.
If you’re not a DIY kind of gal, try Napolean Perdis Love Bite Lip Balm Passion that is on sale on this link! For those of you inquiring about the purple eye shadow that I used, it’s Ardency Inn Modster Pigment in Orchid!
We don’t always give the proper attention and detail to our lower lashes. Maybe we think they’re an afterthought so we quickly sweep what’s left on the wand through them and move on to another area. I’d like to make a case for why we should give them 45 seconds of our time! There’s something very flirty about lower lashes, and for a lot of us either their tips are blonde or the whole lash is light and you barely even see them. All of our lashes need to be seen in order to bat them! Here’s how:
- Mascara Primer – My new lash obsession in Blinc Black Lash Primer because it really coats each lash thickly to prepare them for mascara. You can apply as many coats of it as you need to within 60 seconds. Obviously use it on your upper lashes too!
- Mini-Wand Mascara – Mini wands work so much better on our bottom lashes and Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara is by far my favorite because of both the plastic bristles and the volumizing formula.
- Start with the primer, hold the wand horizontally as you wiggle it through the lashes.
- Continuing with the primer, hold the wand vertically and paint each lash or lash grouping from the root to the tip.
- Switch the mini-wand. Starting with the outer lashes, direct them outward by pulling them towards your temple with the wand.
- Move to your middle lashes and use the wand to pull them downward (basically how they already grow).
- Finish by pulling your inner lashes towards your nose.
You can use a waterproof formula if you’ve had bad luck with mascara running on your bottom lashes. Just don’t give up on them! Every now and then when I do a cat eye on a client and want everything lifted upward, I leave the bottom lashline bare with no liner and no mascara. But that’s the only occasion I ever skip detailing and bringing the lower lashes to life!