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Acne: 3 Tips You Haven’t Tried

Some of us who suffer from acne can easily feel defeated.  Sometimes we try and try and feel that nothing is working…but today I want to offer 3 tips that you hopefully haven’t tried.  They are tips that help to conceal and diminish the appearance of your tiny friends and will make you feel more self-confident when stepping out the door.

 


 

1.) STOP TRYING TO ATTACK YOUR ACNE.

 

 

Ever so often I will come across clients who are just being too hard on their skin.  They’re frustrated with their complexion so they scrub and scrub or apply topical treatment like crazy.  Here’s the thing, less is more and skin is smarter than we think.  If you start to incorporate a few gentle, soothing products into your lineup your skin will notice a huge change.  Sometimes acne is as red as it is because we are irritating it so much!  Once you start using products to cool and calm the skin your redness will go down and so will your dislike for your skin.  This tip includes not using a strong acne cleanser every time you cleanse, not cleansing/scrubbing your face more than twice a day, and not using strong topical acne medications that burn your skin.  Give your skin a break and it will reward you.

Quick tip: look for products that contain soothing ingredients like aloe, green tea and chamomile to calm the skin.  It is best to look for these ingredients in products such as cleansers and serums.

 

2.) THINK OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE BOX.

 

 

Here’s the thing – if acne didn’t cause such discoloration we probably wouldn’t notice it so much, right?  But every time we get a new “friend” the redness and swelling (not to mention scarring caused from picking) is one of the hardest things to conceal.  This is where we bring in our special teams enforcement.  This is where the sunless tanner comes in!  The sunless tanner will do a fantastic job of covering redness and dark spots and also allows you to use less foundation/concealer in the morning, allowing your skin to breathe.  Some women like the look of their skin after applying sunless tanner, so much so that they don’t even need or want to wear foundation, and that’s perfectly ok!  If you give your skin a break from pore clogging makeup products, you might also find your culprit!

Quick tip: make sure the sunless tanner you purchase is specifically made for the face.  Our favorite brand is the St. Tropez sunless tanner and some women are ok to use the body tanners on their face but it’s all individual.  Test is out before any important events to see how your skin does with it.

 

3.) GET ICE-Y WITH IT.

 

 

Saving the best for last – this is a tip that is easy, accessible, and free!  It’s very simple, and all it takes is two medium to large sized ice cubes.  You will hold them in your hands and massage your face in the morning with them until your ice runs out or until you’re done holding cold ice cubes.  By using the ice we are reducing swelling, redness and even pain.  This is no different than icing a swollen ankle and it works well because you can do this day and night and it’s extremely gentle on the skin.  This is also a great tip for pregnant women who can’t use harsh acne products!  The best part is that the ice also tightens and closes pores, and who doesn’t want that?

Quick tip: if the ice feels so strong for you in the morning, throw a metal spoon into your freezer at night and use that the next morning instead.  The spoon is easy to hold and allows you to hold it on an acne mark while you use your other free hand to brush your teeth or apply eye makeup, etc.


 

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Well This Is Kind Of Embarrassing…

 

 

Ok I have to admit, it’s a little embarrassing what I’m posting today.  I’m 30 years old and it was only a few months ago when I tried my first extra-long curling iron.  I know it might not seem like a big deal but I pride myself in trying all of the latest and greatest…and let me tell you this iron makes a world of a difference!  I received this BioIonic curling iron as a gift for Christmas & the one I got is six inches long and 1.25 inches in diameter and for me, this is the perfect size for the type of curl that I want.

And I can’t be the only one that loves this iron since it received fifteen 5 out of 5 star reviews on Sephora.com, that’s unheard of!

I know you might think this iron isn’t for you if you have shorter hair but let me tell you otherwise!  I love this iron for two reasons: the extra length allows you to curl all the way up to the root, saving time if not halving it, and it gets superbly hot.  From what I can tell the added heat curls the hair quicker and it makes it last longer throughout the day.  What else could you want in life?   With this iron we’ve cut our getting ready time in half and we’ve extended the life of our hairstyle/blowout.  I would say this iron will work best for hair that is collarbone length or longer.  The iron I have allows you to pick your heat level and I always choose the hottest, which is 430 degrees.  If you’ve recently colored your hair or if it’s in a more fragile state you can pick a lower setting but I am more than pleased with how well this iron works on my platinum blonde hair.  There will be a tiny bit of a learning curve as working with a longer (hot) iron is a bit challenging, but it’s nothing that takes longer than a day or two.  I also love this specific iron because the clamp follows all the way to the end.  Some extended irons don’t have that feature and it’s just less of a headache for me to have to worry about where I’m letting it clamp shut as I’m curling it all over my head.  Quick & easy and I’m out the door!


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To purchase the above iron, call or text 785.393.9991.

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Ooh, Baby Baby!

I know you all might think I’m losing my mind but today’s post is dedicated entirely to baby wipes…

Laugh if you will but these little superstars do wonders for those of us in the makeup world (and extends easily beyond that, but that’s a whole other post.)  More specifically, I want to talk about the baby wipes that are sold by the Target “Up & Up” generic brand.  I don’t know what it is about these little cloths but they last an eternity and they feel like cashmere.  They are very thick and it makes their durability last forever.  So much so that it makes me never want to throw it away when I’m using it because it has Energizer bunny powers.  I once had a mom tell me, “I could clean my whole house with one of those wipes!”

Let us celebrate all the ways we can appreciate these amazing wipes (in the name of beauty):

 

  • Use a wipe to clean your makeup products, drape the wipe around your finger and use it to clean the edges of eyeshadow, compacts and lipstick tubes
  • Spray a wipe with alcohol and use it to sanitize your lip and eye pencils
  • Use the wipe to clean the inside & outside of your makeup bag
  • Add a drop of your regular eye makeup remover to the cloth and use it to gently remove eye makeup.  This lasts infinitely longer than toilet paper and it’s easier to store than paper towels in your bathroom
  • Use the wipe to remove super stubborn eye makeup by wrapping it over your pinkie or a Q-tip for hard to reach areas
  • Use it to clean your lash curler (genius!) It also de-gunks lip brushes like a charm
  • Use it to wipe the eyeshadow fallout from doing your eye makeup, you won’t believe how much actually falls down
  • Use it to wipe of your lips after you’ve applied foundation, again, you won’t believe how much actually transfers over.

 

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Smart Makeup

We are all busy.  We all need products in our life that work and that we can count on.  I recently ran out of my sunscreen and I wanted to try something with a little color this time.  I did my research because I personally don’t love spending a lot of $ on something no one even sees.  I came across the Physician’s Formula Super BB Cream and I immediately knew I would like it.  I’ve tried similar products from them before and I love how they focus on cleaner ingredients.  With this BB cream there’s no artificial smell, it’s not greasy and it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin.

But here’s where it becomes smart makeup…

It’s spf but it’s tinted, and it covers superbly well.  If you have to wear sunscreen you might as well wear a little tint to keep you looking fresh and polished with it.  Now every time I wear it I know I’ll look a little more put together if I have to run a quick errand.  It doubles as a face primer, which then gives you beautiful double coverage on your complexion.  Smart, smart.  And my favorite part is that the spf level is 30.  If you’re going to wear sunscreen it has to be a 30, nothing less.  I also love the price point, $13 means I don’t fret nearly as much as the $36 tinted Tarte primer that I’ve blogged about before.  Yes I would consider it a dupe for that which is a big win in my eyes considering that I named that Tarte primer that best product I’ve ever used.

The color that I purchased (light) does run a little pink on me so I am sure to blend it in well past my jawline and I’m careful to not put too much product there because of it.  If I wear it with my regular foundation the pink undertone isn’t a problem.  You can also save time by putting a drop of this on your hand along with your regular foundation and it helps with blending as well!

Let me know what you think!


For help on finding your perfect foundation, click here!

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MOST-USED MASCARA

 

Maybe it’s because I’m a new Mama but I can’t tell you the last time I purchased a “designer brand” mascara from Sephora or Ulta.  I just don’t see the point in spending extra $ when something cheaper works just as well!

So today I want to share 3 of my favorite mascaras and not only are they “drugstore brand” but I also love combining any of these 3 for a max effect, of which that price combo is still cheaper than one Sephora mascara!

1.) Loreal “Telescopic” Mascara $6.59

This mascara is my favorite for length, although it’s a great all-around mascara too!  It thickens well enough and the brush is more of a hard comb so it really helps prevent caking or clumps. You always want to make sure that you curl your lashes before you apply any mascara, and you want to curl them well.  The majority of people do not curl their lashes well enough and once you learn the right way it makes a world of a difference!!  This mascara is great for someone who has full lashes but needs added length.

2.) Maybelline “Voluminous” Mascara $5.29

This one is my favorite for thickness.  It creates fullness around each lash and really boosts the volume of your lash appearance overall. This mascara is great for someone with long but thin lashes.  I also love it because it isn’t too runny or dry and again it doesn’t clump.  I will say this one dries out the quickest of all 3 but for $5 bucks you won’t cry any tears over it.

3.) Maybelline “Great Lash” $3.79

This one is my favorite for waterproof.  It’s 100% clump free in my opinion and it glides on perfectly with it’s thin brush wand.  The regular version works just as well and it would work especially well combined with the Maybelline Voluminous formula.  This one is also perfect for preteens who need something to start with because it’s so easy to apply.  It would be very hard to make this look heavy or thick and it gives the most natural look out of all 3 on this list.


And there you have it!  Comment below with your favorite mascara, us girls always like to “shop” around for the best!

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I’M INTO IT :: ICE BLONDE LOCKS

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I know what you’re thinking, everyone always recommends going darker for the colder months…

But let me tell you…this is a modern-girl beauty blog & around here we like to keep things fresh.

I wanted to share some inspiration pictures from Pinterest because no matter what your base is, I think that going lighter with your haircolor lights up your face.  I know this look is too bold for most but take a few highlights into consideration.  Lighter locks add dimension to your haircolor and it warms your complexion up instantly.

And of course, I LOVE the idea of ice blonde for winter.  A grown up Elsa if you will?  Pairing it with a neutral black and cream wardrobe elevates your look and I also think dainty, delicate jewelry accentuates it well.

Because let’s be honest, this haircolor is the star of the show…

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P A R T Y P E R F E C T: HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK VOL.2

 

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Today is all about glitter eyeshadow!  It’s Friday and some of you may already be heading to a Christmas or work party.  This quick tutorial is so quick and easy that anyone can do it!  You will just need a few items…

  • An amazing foundation – matte looks best with this type of look because it accentuates without over-empowering
  • A lip color that you love, you can do matte or glossy with this look
  • A thick glitter eyeshadow
  • A cheap, flat eyeshadow brush that will you don’t mind ruining
  • False lashes elevate this look but they’re not necessary

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I would recommend doing all of your makeup first and then saving the glitter application for last. I used the “Bleached” shade by Wet N Wild for this look & I also bought this brush to go with it because I knew there was a good chance I wouldn’t ever get all of the glitter out of the brush (I was right.)  This look is fun because it incorporates glitter but it’s not overly flashy.  It’s subtle and it’s pretty because it helps your eyes to sparkle even more. #goals

Once you’ve done all of your makeup, tap your flat eyeshadow brush into your glitter, start with less than you normally would.  Apply it by using tapping motions while letting it dry.  Add more or less depending on your own style.  You can also use this glitter for an undereye eyeliner, in which case green or red would also look fab.

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2016 BLUSH HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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IT’S HERE!!!

Today we cover some AMAZING gift ideas at unbeatable prices. I would consider this a gift that I have, finding these deals and steals. Originally I had planned not to include anything outside of makeup but then I realized that as a mother/daughter/sister/friend, we ALL need ideas for gift giving!

I shall step up to the plate and offer my sacrifice…

Here we go!

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1.) Brushed Metal Cake Stand, H&M $17.99

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A few ideas with this one: it makes a great hostess gift (especially if you add yummy treats on top), it can hold a small vase of flowers along with making a great table setting, it’s great to keep next your sink to hold your soap bottles…

I also love the idea of this as a gift for a mom (from siblings) with a few new perfume bottles on top & and don’t forget a pretty bow!

2.) Clarisonic (Mia 1) $109 with Coupon Code

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I cannot say enough great things about my Clarisonic face brush. Hands down nothing compares to how well it cleans your face and how soft it makes your skin feel. I was able to find an amazing discount code from Clarisonic’s website. Just enter the code “SHOPANDSAVE” at your checkout and receive $20 off! That beats any other online deal!

3.) Sonia Kashuk Lipliners $7.99 at Target

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I’ve blogged about these liners before and also here, and the fact that they are only $8 each (and carry an amazing color selection) means that you should have at least 2 or 3 on hand. Also great for stocking stuffers and girlfriends! The SK liners are also a great option for your wedding day!

4.) Honest Beauty Creme Blush $22

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Between this and the Tarte BB Tinted Primer I recently blogged about, I would say these are the top 2 best makeup products I’ve EVER used. The finish that this creme blush gives is second to none. It’s the best way to keep your skin looking hydrated in the winter months and it gives a beatuiful glow in the summer months as well. I love this color shown above “Truly Thrilling” for this winter season as well as the “Truly Exciting” shade.

5.) “All Nighter” ColourPop Eyeshadow Foursome $18

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Can we just take a moment for the simple fact that a regular-sized Urban Decay single eyeshadow retails for $18 at Sephora? And this ENTIRE SET is $18!! Ahh!! These colors are gorge-us and they have pigment like nobody’s business. My favorite way to wear these are wet and while doing so they take on a 2D effect. These shadows look best on the lid with a matte shade in the crease and they also work great as a bottom eyeliner. Best part? They’re all neutral and you can combine them with any other shades you already have at home!

6.) “The Good Times” Ultra Matte Lip Kit by ColourPop $18

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Quite honestly I don’t get it. I don’t understand how ColourPop puts out amazing products at such low prices. FIVE lipsticks for $18? Is it because they know we’ll be buyers for life and never buy another brand again?

I picked this set because you get a good variety of everything, a merlot, a poppy red, a dusty rose, a cool toned pink and a flattering nude. And I think any of these shades would pair perfectly with the eyeshadows and blush above!

I also love how CP always includes 3 different shaded skin tone swatches next to their products. This helps show how the color will “fall” on our own skin tones…

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7.) Penn Light 1 Globe Mini Pendant $79.20

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Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it with lights like these. I could probably put one of these guys in every single room in my house and it would just “work.”

I love it for a little boy or girl’s room and I also love it for kitchen lighting. It would look adorable with 2 or 3 in a row above an island or above your kitchen sink! See also: bathrooms.

8.) Viv + Rae Lily Cloudy Rug, $85 and up

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Ok so I just love this rug for a playroom. To me it embodies the magic of kids and it helps entice daydreaming. And you’ll be happy to hear it also comes in pink for us girlie girls!

9.) Star-Patterened Throw $24.99, H&M

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A few ideas for this blankie: it makes a great newborn gift (who says you can’t pre-buy?), it would look adorable hanging over a bench in the mudroom or, you can include it in the Christmas Eve pajama present for your kids along with a good book or movie to use it with.

10.) Pottery Barn Silver German Glitter Letter Ornaments, $2

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Man-oh-man are these a great gift idea! PERFECT for teachers or that someone who is hard to buy for. They look great on the tree and they also look magical hanging over your mantle. You can also use them to spell out a special word if you wish. Here is another initial ornament that’s similar as well…

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11.) “Bambi” Choker $33.50 @ Nordstrom

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If we’re going 90’s style it better be in solid gold. Case in point, this metallic choker. It’s neutral, it goes with everything and it’s a more stylish version of the ones you’ve already seen.

12.) H&M V-Neck Camisole Top, $12.99

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I think I need about 12 of these, for $13 bucks are you kidding me?? I love it for work (you better believe I’ll be sporting this in the facial room) and I love it for play of course. It’s great for date night and the shine makes it holiday appropriate…which brings me to gift #13.

13.) Leith Floppy Felt Hat, $12.98 (50% off) @ Nordstrom’s

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I got this hat for my birthday and have no fear, it’s as fabulous as it looks. At first I didn’t realize how stylish I would feel until I actually put it on and realized that I needed a better coat to accentuate it. Don’t you worry, I pulled through and found the CUTEST coats for it…

14.) Free People Midnight Bomber Jacket, $54.60

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At first I thought, “that gray hat has to be worn with a trenchcoat.” And then I nixed that idea because it was too predictable, I needed something a little more modern than that. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this bomber jacket and the fact that it comes in 3 colors!

I love all the colors but I think the red paired with the gray hat is very “Christmasy” but in a good way. Red is so festive and the gray hat keeps it toned down.

15.) H&M Mauve Faux Fur Jacket, $49.90

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I have to admit, I also love the idea of wearing that gray hat with this adorable dusted rose faux fur jacket. This would look so, SO cute with the previous metallic v-neck cami and gold choker! I’m daydreaming about it now…#addtocart.

16.) ASOS Chiffon Satin Pajama Set, $28

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Last but not least…

Listen, when I turned 30 (yesterday, literally) one of the first thoughts that honestly came to mind was how I needed a few pairs of nice satin pajamas and let me tell you why:

Nice pajamas make you feel extravagant, they are cozy, they help create a beautiful 24/7 wardrobe, they look beautiful no matter where they reside – in a closet or on a hanger, they hold value in that you strive for quality in all areas of your life.

How many of you watch a good movie with someone beautiful like Michelle Pfeiffer in it, and do you notice what she wears to bed? Sorry but it’s not your 2007 Turkey Trot 5K t-shirt. It’s often something in silk or chiffon and it assists in creating a relaxed and serene atmosphere before you fall asleep. These soft colors and silky fabrics help relax your mind and promote your way to more rejuvenating rest…and what’s better than rejuvenating rest?

All these gifts.

Just kidding.

Happy Shopping…


I hope you enjoyed this 2016 gift guide and comment below on what you plan to purchase for yourself or loved ones!

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HOLIDAY CHEMICAL PEEL SPECIAL

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Winter weather has hit and we need to start giving our skin the TLC it needs!

Did you know that 70% of your overall skin health is comprised of your at-home routine?  70% of what you do at home determines how healthy your face looks.  The other 30% spent in the treatment room is important for two main reasons.  One, it determines how well our skin absorbs product and two, it also allows a custom treatment best suited for our skin’s current needs.

The holiday peel special at Blush is perfect for the winter months because:

  • The fruit enzymes in the peel eat away at dry, flaky skin.
  • It’s safe for any and everyone to use, including pregnant women.
  • Great for acne.
  • It dries out oily areas where it needs to.
  • It resurfaces and smooths out your skin texture, reducing pore size and revealing a more flawless complexion with makeup on or off.
  • It brightens and it tightens.
  • It aids better absorption of at-home products, making the $ you spent on them more effective.
  • It softens, allowing the skin to feel more soothed and hydrated.

To book your appointment, call or text 785.393.9991

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Once Upon A Lip Balm…

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Every girl dreams of finding her one true love…

You all know what I’m talking about…

Not Prince Charming…

Lip Balm.

Today I want to share an amazing balm for keeping your lips soft but also recommending a DIY lip exfoliator because you can’t have one without the, oooother.  (Please tell me you get that reference.)

First, you have to exfoliate.  Everyone has their own routine but I would suggest exfoliating 2-3 times a week.  Keep it in your shower or next to your toothbrush.  It is important to remove the dry flakiness as much as possible for your lip balm to penetrate.  No need to get fancy with it, you can just use a homemade mixture of brown sugar, honey and olive oil.  Use a very minimal amount of the liquid to keep the paste more granular.  Buffing this on and around your mouth will do more for your lips than you realize.  Originally I wanted to include a link to an “all-natural” lip scrub but I couldn’t find one that was completely chemical free.  Let me be honest, you don’t want your lip scrubs to have chemicals such as glycol, alcohols, or polymers.  My eyes got as big as Lawanda’s from Problem Child 2 when I realized that polymers are a derivative of PLASTIC.  This will do nothing to help your lips, it will in fact dry them out even more.

Next comes Prince Charming…the love of my life and what keeps my lips protected from dry cold wind.  I’ve been applying it every day as much as possible (1-3x a day and at night) and noticing a real difference.  The balm is called Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm and it actually contains 1% Hydrocortisone. This is the magical ingredient that keeps your lips protected and creates a barrier between wind and extreme cold/hot air while helping heal inflammation.  Their website even contains a comparative chart against leading other brands and reveals their minimal ingredient list, a must for people who are conscious of what they put into their body!

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The lip balm was originally designed for patients suffering from extremely dry lips due to chemical peels, acne treatments like Accutane and other medications.  The hydrocortisone also helps reduce inflammation caused from cold sores – something I have yet to find for cold sore sufferers.  Prescription strength? Yes please!

Comment below and tell us your current favorite lip balm!