5 Timeless Reds That Will Unleash Your Inner Superhero

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A friend once told me there is a certain kind of power one possesses when wearing red lipstick. People tend to pay closer attention to what is being said because the main focal point are the lips. From personal experience, I think there is a certain truth to this statement. Every time I wear it, I feel bolder, sexier and just a little bit more gutsier.

I remember browsing through the web and finding a movie titled “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” starring Sarah Chalke. The film tells a story of a 27 year old woman named Geralyn Lucas who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though faced with uncertainty, she chose to rely on sense of humor and her handy red lipstick for courage to confront the disease. The movie completely changed my beauty perspective! It just shows that we can be a little braver with just one swipe of lip colour.

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A lipstick is more than just a tool for vanity. It keeps us smiling. It makes us opinionated. It lets us love purely and makes us make love wildly. It is moody, trendy and everything in between. It pushes us beyond our limits, unleashes our alter-ego and creates a certain persona. We do only live once. So why not be our very own everyday superhero!

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Pretty in Pink is Not Dead

There is a certain aura the colour pink emanates. It is pleasing to the eye and brings forth femininity. To some, it is a symbol of courage, romance and empowerment. But for others, it is a curse. It is either too girly or too muted. The key to rocking it is the strike of balance and finding a way to personalize it.

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Beauty Quick Fix for Burnt Out Mortals

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It is a known fact that Millennials are burning out way more than ever before. Hey! Rent and bills ain’t gonna pay for themselves especially in this day and age. And when it comes to your dreams, the demand is higher and the competition is tougher. We are often overworked and underpaid. Living paycheck to paycheck is the game. But there is no shame to that because you, my friend, are a hustler. You may work hard but you can play harder! And you can start at the comfort of your own 340 sq. ft. apartment.

At your make shift beauty vanity to be exact and it will only take 10-15 minutes of your precious time.

There’s nothing like a good ol’ skincare mask to cure procrastination. And yes, YOUR DREAMS ARE NOT DEAD. “Wait! Skin care products can be very expensive! No?!” you say? Well, you didn’t think about that when you bought that bottle of Moët with your student loan! (No judgment) Girl! Listen up! Your skin is the epitome of your success. No matter how many times I tell you that inner beauty is what it’s all about, some people are still judgmental pricks. Plus, with great skincare routine comes graceful aging! Do you think Helen Mirren would look the way she is just by washing her face with water? No, no, no! She had to kill 100 virgins and bathe in their blood. (jk)

Ok, ok! So you are living on a budget. Check out Narine Nikogosian’s book Return To Beauty (Amazon.com, $15). It is full of wonderful beauty masks (and more) recipes using ingredients from your pantry and will let you unleash your inner alchemist (nerd alert!). For the lazy girl, get ready to cash out a whopping $10.95 for Lush’s Don’t Look At Me mask. It is infused with oils and butters that will soften and brighten the skin which in turn will make you instantly look like you had 8 hours of full, uninterrupted night’s sleep.

And if you really feel like living on the edge and going over your credit card limit (because we all know you deserve it!), head over to your local candy store SEPHORA and snag yourself a jar of Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask by Fresh (Sephora, $108). It will knock-out any redness and ward off Mother Nature’s wrath (wrinkles) while hydrating the skin.

Kidding aside, burning out is no fun. It is OK to live a little to keep your sanity. Your mental and physical health are number one priority! If everything gets overwhelming, just stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Now go and spoil yourself!

 

 

 

 

Mini Beauty Habits to Spring You Forward

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“Dewy, fresh and glowing” are a few of the many words to describe this season’s coveted beauty trends. Spring is all about ridding of unnecessary layers and opting for more of a simple, minimalistic approach to your beauty routine. And it is easy as you think!

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BEAUTY HABIT 1 – MAKE YOUR SKIN GLOW

Highlighting powders and liquids create softness and luminosity to the skin. Apply on the highest points of the face to brighten and lift. For those who love to bathe in sparkle (like myself), choose powders with a soft, velvety texture. The glitter pay-off is simply divine and sophisticated. A few beauty addict favourites are Tarte’s Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector.

BEAUTY HABIT 2 – COLOUR CORRECTING

When done right, colour correcting can make a huge impact on any foundation routine. Though it seems like a daunting task, you can simplify and make it your own by identifying which skin concern you would like to target. Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops will provide a seamless application. It will also treat and balance skin!

BEAUTY HABIT 3 – ENZYMATIC EXFOLIANTS

Yes. It is a thing! Instead of traditional abrasive beads, enzymatic exfoliants use fruit enzymes and exfoliating molecules to slough away dirt and dead skin cells. Use Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel on clean, dry skin and watch the magic happen. Brightened and luminous skin will surely follow.

Happy Spring Forward everyone!

 

 

 

#TBT: Chanel’s Artistic Take on Korean Beauty

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In the heart of a city lies its best kept beauty secrets. Perhaps that is why Karl Lagerfeld chose Seoul as its creative muse. The metropolitan is truly a source of imaginative inspiration due to its fervor for animation, K-Pop and not to mention, the city’s ever-so-young vibe. And for Lagerfeld, it was only befitting to submerge Chanel’s Resort 2016 collection in its colourful traditions.

Lagerfeld sought after two of the most influential beauty artists in the industry to bring his vision to life. Hairstylist extraordinaire Sam McKnight created hair that is of Korean aristocracy in all exaggeration. He created oversized braided crowns that embellished models’ heads and then some with a pair of interwoven top knots for a modern and fun twist.

Tom Pecheux complimented McKnight’s work by crafting a makeup look that was inspired by Asian animation. Brows were sophisticatedly overdrawn outside their usual shape, lips were painted bright red (Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Éclatante N°42) and upper and lower lids were decorated with falsies to give models’ eyes a doe-eyed effect.

Sure the elements of cartoon caricatures were overtly present but what truly made it beautiful was staying true to each model’s skin. Makeup artists backstage prep the models’ faces with Chanel’s own Hydra Beauty hydrating range. And bases were perfected with Vitalumiere Aqua, Eclat Lumiere, Correcteur Perfection, Poudre Universelle Libre and Poudre Les Beiges. To bring out the girls’ facial features, Pecheux relied on Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in Blush N°21.

Original blog post was published on www.niche.style

Beauty Rx for Happier Skin

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We love to enjoy the good things in life. And that includes lounging under the sun after a long, severe season of cold temperatures. And  with it brings indulgence in different beauty regimen to keep skin smooth, glowing and hair-free. Skin is exposed and can bring about certain reactions. And that is the last thing you would want especially in glorious weather.

Take care of summer beauty woes with these easy tricks:

BIKINI RAZOR BUMPS

Bikini razor bumps can be a summer bomb especially if you want to wear your favourite swimsuit. To avoid having such a nuisance, take a warm shower to open up your pores then gently exfoliate the area to get rid of dirt and dead skin. With your preferred shaving cream and razor, shave towards the direction of where your hair naturally grows. Pat dry and apply a cooling cream or gel like Shaveworks The Cool Fix (Sephora, $25). It soothes the skin and prevents ingrown hairs from developing.

INGROWN HAIRS

It is inevitable and we all get them! To help minimize ingrown hairs, try changing your hair removal routine. If you’re more prone to getting them when you shave, book an appointment for a wax and see if that works better for you.

At-home remedy: The best advice is NEVER tweeze with force and let hair grow out a little longer. Prep by pressing a clean, warm compress over the affected area and exfoliate gently. Make sure to pull only when hair is exposed and with a pair of disinfected tweezers. Apply a topical cream to heal and to avoid infection. It is advisable to talk to your dermatologist or doctor for alternative ways in getting rid of ingrown hairs.

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You take extra steps to care for your skin. But despite best efforts to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, you’ve still gotten this painful and irritated skin. But don’t let this get you down. Heal your way back to your beautiful summer self with a little bit of skin kitchenomics.

Homemade Oatmeal and Yogurt Balm

1/2 cup of oatmeal + 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Overcook the oatmeal for a softer consistency and then set aside to cool. Combine the ingredients together and apply on affected area. Oatmeal calms the skin while yogurt helps hydrate and repair skin’s natural barriers. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with a cold shower. Finish by spraying aloe juice to boost healing.

CLOGGED PORES AND ACNE

Whatever climate we are in, our skin is susceptible to breakouts. And to keep skin clean, well-maintained and acne under control, eat foods rich in antioxidants, drink enough H2O and establish an exceptional skin hygiene regimen. Instead of washing your face by means of plain soap and water, try using your favourite cleanser with Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System (Hudson’s Bay, $180). Its gentle, revolving brush effectively clears pores of unwanted gunk, removes makeup from skin and stimulates circulation for a healthy glow. Heal and nourish with a facial mask.

French Green Clay Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

1 tbsp of French Green Clay (Available at any health food and beauty stores) + 1 tbsp of water

Add water and loose French Green Clay powder to make a paste and apply on damp skin. Leave for 15 minutes then wash with warm water and gently pat skin to dry.

Summer does not have to be a bummer. All you need is a little bit of patience and the right ingredients and tools for healthier and happier skin.

Original blog post was published on www.niche.style