Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’

LASH FEST

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

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

Yes we all have our favorite mascara. Then we have a drawer full of purchases that we love aspects of but not the whole thing.  Don’t let them go to waste! And don’t settle for something that you don’t absolutely love either. Just mix and match a brush you love with a formula you love, making your own favorite! Most wands fit in most tubes. A random wand here and there won’t, making this trick not work, but for the most part, you can screw any wand into any tube. Just take a moment to wipe the excess product from the original tube off the bristles by rolling it across a tissue until it rolls clear.

Below are three random combinations from my six current personal favorite mascaras. They’re already perfect to me as is, but it’s fun to play around and make new variations of them. Think about it… you can take your favorite expensive department store mascara and when it has run out, keep the wand and use it with a drug store brand. Just start playing around bravely!

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COMBINATION #1:

  • Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara (on sale!) — this is one of my client Lauren Conrad’s all-time favorite mascara because the brush makes lashes soft and pet-able.
  • Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara – this is one of my client Brittany Snow’s favorite mascaras because the formula is incredibly intense.

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COMBINATION #2:

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COMBINATION #3:

MAKEUP LITE

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

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

Have you ever wanted to temporarily dye your lashes darker without adding volume or stiffness? Then this tutorial is for you! I’ve gotten my lashes tinted before and it wasn’t a great experience (it burned my eyes while it was applied only to fade after a week anyway; not worth the torture). Sometimes I just want my lashes to more be noticeable but I don’t want to look “made up” and for those times, this is what I do. Unfortunately it only lasts until your wash your face but it doesn’t burn like lash dye and you don’t need to make a special trip to a salon. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Draw a quick line on the back of your hand to thin out any clumps on the brush.
  2. Sweep the brush through the lashes from left to right, back and forth.
  3. Now paint each individual lash from root to tip.
  4. Really make sure to stamp the roots.
  5. Don’t forget to paint the backside too so it’s covered when you blink or look down.
  6. Finish by sweeping the brush through the bottom lashes.
  7. We paired this look with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland!

For the inquiring minds out there, this is the lilac eye shadow she’s wearing! But you can also create the same effect with this budget-friendly one.

D.I.Y. NATURAL LIP SCRUB

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

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

Over the last few years I’ve shared my favorite ways to get soft and smooth lips (revisit the Winter Lip Fix, The Brush Off and the Chapped Lip Undo). Today I’m giving you an all-natural alternative that tastes and smells amazing! This DIY is especially brilliant because it has not one but two benefits: the sugar exfoliates while the coconut oil moisturizes. My dear friend Angelique Cabral took time from shooting her CBS pilot Life in Pieces to show us how:

TOOLS:

  • Any Sugar You Have On Hand — I happened to have a white all-purpose sugar in my kitchen cabinet, but I also love an organic raw sugar too. You’ll only need a 1/2 teaspoon but I made a full teaspoon for photographic purposes.
  • Coconut Oil — I used this one because I also use it to remove my most stubborn eye makeup and I use it for oil pulling! You’ll also only need a 1/2 teaspoon!
  • Your Favorite Lip Serum or Lip Balm (optional)

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STEPS:

  1. Pour the Sugar into the Coconut Oil.
  2. Mix it together with your finger by swirling it around until it becomes a paste. Coconut oil melts into a liquid when it’s heated up but you’ll be working fast enough that you’ll be ok.
  3. Cover your entire lip area with the paste and start scrubbing back and forth with your finger.
  4. Stretch your smile so it’s taut and continue scrubbing.
  5. Let it sit for a minute for extra moisture if you wish.
  6. Wipe it off with a tissue. If you made a bit of a mess, you might opt for a wet washcloth instead!
  7. This step is optional because they’ll already be really moisturized from the coconut oil, but you’re welcome to seal the deal and finish with a lip serum or balm.

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KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN MODERN EDITION

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

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

Today we’re combining a modern mask with something from your kitchen! This magical concoction was actually taught to me by my facialist Yonat Zilberg and I’ve been thankful ever since! Not that regular masks aren’t good on their own, but I’m a multi-tasker whose time is limited, so the more results I can get, the happier I am.

Here are some of the benefits of adding baking soda to your mask:

  • It turns your face mask into an acne-fighting superhero because it is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic that heals underlying fungal infections.
  • It also helps tackle blackheads by softening the hard skin around them.
  • It makes your mask “rise” or grow in size, so you get more uses from it.
  • It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps calm everything down.

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mask: My facialist has me hooked on Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant (it’s a little stinky but a life changer for me). I also love Murad’s Clarifying Mask.
  • Baking Soda
  • A Small Spoon
  • A Muslin Cloth: You can certainly use a washcloth, but one day invest in a set of muslin cloths as a grown-up gift to yourself and your skin. They’re the perfect combination of delicate and strength.

STEPS:

  1. Measure out about a teaspoon of baking soda.
  2. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of the mask into the palm of your hand.
  3. Add the baking soda to the mask.
  4. Start mixing it together with your fingertips.
  5. Finish swirling it around until most of the baking soda is absorbed and it rises in size.
  6. Spread it evenly all over your face. You can also include your neck and chest. Wait 5 minutes (however long it takes to fully dry).
  7. Wet the muslin cloth with cool water and wipe the mask off gently until it’s fully gone. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.

My facialist believes we should do a mask every day so I try my best but average 5 days a week. I add baking soda to it once a week.  I actually do it first thing in the morning while I’m oil pulling, feeding the dogs and checking my email. I was a little taken aback when she suggested daily but it hasn’t been that hard to become a ritual and my skin has never looked better or received more compliments, which is new for me because I used to suffer from large pores, overactive sebaceous glands that no matter how often I had extractions, my blackheads filled back up in a week. Now they’re gone. For real. It’s really cool for me!

I understand baking soda is a controversial item for some of you and I encourage you to research the hundreds and hundreds of baking soda face mask recipes on natural blogs then of course with any beauty advice, decide for yourself what feels right for you. If it’s not right for you, it’s totally ok with us! We just love to share things that have been passed down and have worked for us. Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all subject, so be your own advocate.