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DIY ANTI-ACNE ANTI-SCARRING MASK

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

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

Here’s what you need to know. Manuka honey is created by bees who feed on the nectar of the Manuka flower, found in New Zealand. The ingestible and topical qualities and benefits have been renowned for many years. My friends and I can not stop talking about it. I did a personal experiment for two weeks, using this mask every other night, and can’t begin to tell you about the transformation in my skin. I don’t have a single blemish, I no longer have a dry chapped chin and my skin is mega-moisturized and plump. Almost like my fine lines shrunk! It’s almost weird. I might start doing it every night to see what miracles happen then! Anyway, I’m dying for you guys to try it and tell me if you have the same findings too. I’ve read about crash victims using it and healing everything with no scars too. Here’s how, just make sure you test a small area of your skin first to make sure you’re not allergic:

TOOLS:

  • A Jar of Manuka Honey — Make sure it’s 100% raw with a Bio Active 12+ or higher and it’s cold-pressed, which makes it anti-bacterial. I love this one used on Chloe below as well as this one.
  • A Muslin Cloth (or wash cloth) — this three-pack is my favorite. I’m going to do a tutorial dedicated specifically to why you have to switch from splashing your face to using a muslin cloth to wipe it clean. It gently exfoliates while it wipes and will change the texture of your skin for the better.

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If you’re not a DIY kind of gal, start looking for products with Manuka Honey in them, if only for the intense moisture it provides! There’s this Manuka Mask Single ($4), this face mask and this moisturizer.

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and skincare is not one-size-fits-all. As with all products that you put on your skin, be your own advocate, talk to your dermatologist, do a patch test and decide for yourself what is right for you.

CAT EYE PERFECTOR

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

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

So many of my clients and friends have given up on a cat eye because the wing can be so problematic. I totally get it! But there a ways to fix even the worst wing without starting over! And as an added bonus, it subtly highlights the wing, drawing attention to it! Here’s how to pull it off and not have to find a Q-tip and makeup remover:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Swipe the brush against the concealer as demonstrated above.
  2. Sweep it against the top of your hand a couple times to thin it out.
  3. Place it where you want to erase the fat or wobbly underside of the wing and press it down as you sweep it upward. This should take care of erasing it, but if not, go over it one more time. If it’s a really important event (like your wedding or prom), do it right with a pointed q-tip and makeup remover and sweep it along the underside of the wing. But for day to day, this should do the trick!

MONOCHROMATIC MAKEUP

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

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

As a fellow lover of design and style, this makeup trend makes me so happy. You pick one shade and wear it on the eye, cheek and lip. Obviously don’t pick blue or something unrealistic! There’s something gorgeous that happens when everything is in harmony. If you have cool undertones, pick a pink or berry and if you have warm undertones, pick a peach or a burnt rust like I did here on Penelope. If you have neutral undertones, you can wear them all! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Apply the shadow all over the lid and crease for a single wash of color (no separate cut crease).
  2. Sweep the same shadow along the lower lashline.
  3. Apply a couple coats of the brown mascara.
  4. Rim the inner waterline with the brown kohl pencil.
  5. Add the blush to the top half of the apples or along the cheekbone.
  6. Finish by filling in the entire lip area with the lipstick.

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For the fashionistas out there, this is the Victorian Ruffle Top that Penelope is wearing!

ACCESSORY REPORT: REVERSE HEADBAND

 

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’re here in NYC with our favorite #GIRLBOSS, Lauren Conrad, who is releasing her 8th book called CELEBRATE. It’s stunning and it’s packed with photos that inspire. It’s all about being reaaaaaadyyyyy to parrrrrtaaaay in both new and classic ways. This might be my favorite book yet because of the aesthetic of the pages. (Spoiler alert: I’ve seen it and there are some very pretty beauty moments which is exciting!).

Speaking of beauty moments, we get to create lots of looks while we’re on a book tour with her and we kicked off day one with one of my new faves… the reverse headband! I was lucky enough to get my hands on the one you see above from this bad ass brand and it couldn’t have been more subtly perfect. I’ve heard these being referred to as “reversed headbands”, “halos”, “top knot accessory” and “half crowns”, whatever you want to call them I’m now seeing them EVERYWHERE. These would be amazing in wavy hair for a wedding, too! I love when something is barely there from the front, but then a sparkly surprise in the back.

Styling can be very versatile with these. We chose a super sleek look for Lauren because of that très chic jumpsuit she wore. But these looks amazing in wavy hair, too! Straight, sleek hair was out of the norm for Lauren but she loves to try new looks. The thing you should know about using these with straight hair is there’s not going to be a lot of grip so you have to create some sort of anchor. These reverse headbands usually come with two small combs, one at each end. If the hair is sleek and shiny, the comb will likely slide out. I used a couple small bobby pins, two for each side, just behind the ear (if you look very closely you can probably see) as my anchors and to stop them from sliding.

Here are some additional reverse headbands I’ve stumbled upon lately if you’re on a budget and can’t splurge on the one up top…