Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

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:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Scoop out a pea-sized amount of Egyptian Magic with the spatula.
  2. Place it in one of the mixing divots on the tray.
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon a few times on top of it.
  4. Mix it into a paste with the spatula.
  5. Dip the lip brush into the solution and apply it all over your lip area.
  6. 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.
  7. Wipe the solution off with a tissue.
  8. 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!

 

AT HOME FACIAL SERIES

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

I hope a bunch of you tried last week’s MUD MASK AMP UP and were thrilled with how smooth it made your skin! We got a lot of comments/emails asking how to get really hydrated skin and have just the answer you’ve been waiting for! I learned this trick from a facialist years ago and my skin has been grateful ever since. She taught me that if you layer a serum immediately and directly under a hydrating mask, it will penetrate more powerfully because it’s protected from evaporation from air contact as it’s locked in by the mask. And once it’s fully penetrated, the mask moisturizes as well. It’s a double dose for dry, thirsty skin. Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. Pump the serum about three times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to spread evenly across your fingertips.
  2. Massage the serum all over your face.
  3. Dip fingers into the moisture mask and rub fingertips from both hands together.
  4. Pat the mask all over your face, directly on top of the serum.
  5. Follow the mask instructions for how long to keep it on before you rinse. Some are 20 minutes, others all night!

Do it as often as needed (once or twice a week should work) and dry skin won’t have a chance this Winter!

AT HOME FACIAL SERIES

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

We’re kicking off our At-Home Facial Series with my favorite secret for amping up a detoxifying mud mask and leaving your skin polished and glowing! I’ve been doing it for years and there’s nothing like it! So when you don’t have time or the room in your budget to visit your facialist, take your mud mask to another level by adding a product you probably already have in your bathroom cabinet. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Squeeze a generous amount of the mud mask onto your fingertips and rub them together.
  2. Apply all over face as demonstrated on Alyssa above. Wait 15 minutes or until it dries completely.
  3. Now don’t rinse yet! Squeeze a generous amount of the scrub onto your fingertips and rub together.
  4. Apply the scrub directly on top of the dried mask and start rubbing it in circles as you move across your facial area. This does two things: it breaks down the mask but more importantly, it helps remove dead skin cells while your pores are already cleaned.
  5. Now rinse by splashing with cool water. You can use a wet wash cloth or muslin cloth as well.

Your skin will feel incredibly soft and smooth like you just had microdermabrasion! If you have sensitive skin, test this process on a small area to make sure it’s not too irritating.

 

SECRET TO BROW SHADOW

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

This one step reversal is a game changer. Many of us don’t think brow shadow makes enough impact (even after with my side-by-side shadow/pencil/pomade/tinted gel post here). That’s ok! We all have our preferences and makeup is an expression of our individuality. But I would be amiss if I didn’t share this trick with you! Typically we use brow wax to set the brows after we apply shadow, hence the term “setting wax.” But try this instead:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Brush the hairs up and over with the spooly brush.
  2. Load the brush up with wax by sweeping it across the wax multiple times.
  3. Sweep the brush along the brow with short quick strokes mimicking hairs as you work from the base to the tail coating the hairs with wax.
  4. Dip the same brush into the brow shadow to load it up with product.
  5. Sweep the brush along the brow hairs making the same short quick strokes. The brow shadow will adhere to the wax much better than applying it directly to the brow.
  6. Brush the hairs up and over again with the spooly brush.
  7. Finish by tapping your finger in the cream highlighter and sweeping it under the brow.

For those of you asking about the cat ears, I bought them at BCBG but don’t see them on their site yet!