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Monday
Jul212014

Dark Circles Be Gone!!!

 

Most of us have trouble with dark circles, some worst than others due to heredity or allergies. Under eye puffiness and darkness may even be a married couple for some. Personally, concealer is my beauty product that I can’t do without! Funny thing, for the longest time I didn’t even like most of what was available.  It was too heavy, cakey, and it made me look like I had wrinkles instead of dark circles, which is a lateral move in my mind since I don’t want either! Today we are going to learn a few tricks and trade secrets to help combat darkness and puffiness without having wrinkled bags.

Common causes for dark circles:

Lifestyle including lack of sleep, stress, smoking, or heavy drinking

Allergies

Rubbing or scratching your eyes

Runs in your family

Atop dermatitis (eczema)

Thinning skin or loss of fat and collagen (common with aging)

Using a flat pillow when sleeping

Non-makeup related things to try:

Taking better care of yourself and getting more sleep

Breaking the habit of touching/rubbing your eyes since the eye area is very delicate

Use a pillow that will elevate your head to stop blood from pooling under your eyes

Makeup things to try:

 

Load your concealer brush with product and place the brush where you need it the most. The inner corner is always going to be the darkest area due to being deep set. Pull the brush down and over to cover more of a pie or triangle shape. This trick will help the concealer look more natural and blended. Pro tip: I love to use a fluffy brush to lightly blend for a flawless finish.  I also love to use a champagne shimmer over the concealer in the inner corner and lightly brushed over the under-eye area. This adds a beautiful light reflective quality, which helps to bounce light giving the appearance of brighter eyes.  

I recommend the following tools for the job:

A concealer brush and a fluffy brush similar to MAC’s cult classic 217.

TEMPTU’s silicon based concealer stick $28, and worth every penny!  Why? The core of the stick is filled with Aloe, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamin E.  Since we don’t have oil glands under our eyes, we tend to see wrinkles faster under the eye. The silicon based makeup lock the makeup into place while the moisturizing core goes to work! All 12 shades are available for order on julesdejesus.com/temptu.

Naked Minerals Luminous Highlighter $16.95, available via nakedminerals.com, is the perfect shade to brighten your under eye as well as other areas of your face. I highly recommend Naked Mineral foundations as well!

 

 

I hope this post has been helpful in understanding the why’s and what you can do to combat the dark!

 

Until next time dolls,

<3 Jules

 

Monday
Jul142014

SPF for your hair...

Have you ever noticed this time of year no matter what you do your hair ends up looking like you’ve stuck you finger in a light socket and your color fades extremely fast? This can be attributed to the heat, extra humidity in the air, and mostly sun exposure. Thankfully we live in 2014 and there are many wonderful products that can help us conquer these problems.

Let’s first talk about what the sun can do to our hair. Like our skin our hair has melanin in it and sun exposure can change the color. When we were children many of us, especially dirty blondes would turn pretty light after several days playing outside. This was mostly a welcome change but now days after spending lots of time and money in the salon if our dark color fades or that fresh blonde turns brassy we are less than satisfied with the outcome. Sun also can damage the cuticle (outer layer of hair) and penetrate the cortex (inner layer) of the hair leaving it dry and brittle leading to broken and split ends. Preventative medicine is the best cure for this problem!

During the heat of the summer months and this time of year with many outdoor activities your hair may respond well to changing shampoos. I would suggest a sulfate free hydrating shampoo and incorporate a weekly hair mask. My go to products are the Surface Bassu Hydrating line. It’s an organic, vegan, paraben free and sulfate free line packed with high quality ingredients that truly performs. I can’t say enough good things about this product line and I love every piece! Check it all out at www.surfacehair.com. A drugstore alternative would be L’Oreal Vive Pro shampoo and conditioner, which have UV filters to help protect hair from sun damage.  Every style starts with shampoo and conditioner so contrary to many beliefs it’s very important to invest in good quality shampoos and conditioners that work for your hair type.

When you know that you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time it’s also a good idea to load up on your leave in conditioner or hair oil. My favorite leave in is Surface Protein Cream, while Bumble and Bumble Leave in Conditioner is also a good go to. Rene Furterer Summer Oil is a must for color treated hair. It contains sesame oil, which is a natural product that helps protect the cuticle of the hair, contains UV sunscreen, and is waterproof.  What more could you ask for? And if you’re like me and need a little hairspray before you play try Terax Finishing Spray; it’s light weight and contains UV protectants. Need protection but don’t want to break the bank make your own by adding 2 tablespoons of SPF 30 to a cup of water and use a spray bottle to apply. Coconut oil is also a great hair oil or mask and has an SPF of 4.  Incorporating items like these can help your hair perform much better in the summer heat and humidity especially when you head out on the town for your next special occasion.

Bottom line don’t just protect your skin from the sun this summer take the extra steps to look after you hair and it will thank you later!

Here’s to good hair days ahead! Cheers!

Emily

Monday
Jul072014

How to Wear a Red Lip!

Now that Summer is upon us in full force, we've been giving you tips on how to look great while you sweat, weither at the gym or walking to your mailbox! Working with your hair & skin during the heated months is a must to save your sanity. In our Summer series, we've talked about less being more and giving your skin a break since you'll be wearing "God's foundation" aka a tan. Taking advantage of not needing to wear a ton is a welcomed break even for makeup junkies like us. Wearing a red lip is one of my favorite tricks for looking fab in a flash, it's the fastest way I know to feel fancy! Here's a video tutorial on different ways to wear a red lip from a stain to super bold. The red lip featured in the video is from my upcoming makeup line "Jules - More Than Makeup". We're currently working on a kickstarter which will launch in September. So.Much.Goodness.Coming.Soon. Watch the video, grab your red lip, spf sun hat, and enjoy looking like a fashionista this Summer! Stay tuned for more makeup news!

Love, Jules

 

Monday
Jun302014

Post-Gym Beauty Plan

Every morning I wake up around 7:00, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to drink a spinach smoothie and race to the gym, where I get a healthy dose of enjoyable exercise, igniting me with energy and a confident supermodel strut for the rest of my fun-filled day.

(Sorry, I’ve just fallen to the floor laughing!  Who is this girl?)

So, we fake it until we make it, right?  I can’t really help with the first part of the equation.  I am by no means a willing participant in the getting-out-of-bed process, but I always know it will be worth it.

I can however, help with the last part because endorphins are a very real part of working out.

 If you have errands to run after the gym or you’re in a hurry for a lunch date, here are a couple of products that can reveal how awesome that gym sesh made you feel!

 

Oxy Maximum Cleansing Acne Treatment Pads

Gross but real life:  sweat can cause acne.  Even if you are showering and changing clothes immediately after your workout, Sir Mix-a-Lot could be singing about how baby got bac-ne, and nobody wants to Zumba to that version.  These little round pads have changed my life.  Their active ingredient, salicylic acid, exfoliates dead skin and keeps those little white heads away!  Everything has cleared up since I started using them.  A quick swipe across my chest, back, and shoulders, and then a second pad over my face, and I’m feeling completely refreshed.  (A neat little trick – I like to use them on my bikini line too to keep ingrowns away!)  Use caution when applying to your face though.  These little guys may be too strong for your particular skin type, but luckily enough, there are several different brands and strengths.  Most of them are under $5 too, so it’s easy to experiment and find what works for you!

Stila HD Beauty Balm

I love this BB cream.  This product is three things I deem absolute necessities for every day wear:  moisturizer, sunscreen, and a light foundation.  I couldn’t be more in love with the idea of carrying only one product that replaces three!  And it does a good job – I’m happier with the coverage level of this product than I have been with several foundations I’ve tried.  My scars are covered, my circles are lightened, my skin is plumped with moisture, and I am protected from the sun, all without feeling like I have makeup on.  I apply a dime sized amount to clean fingers, and massage into my face with circular motions for blending.  One thing to note is to have a paper towel close by if you use this technique – orange fingerprints on gym clothes never work.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Caresse Stick

Love this pretty lip color (it’s called Velvety Fuschia), but there’s several to choose from!  I love that it is sheer, a must when you are leaving the gym.  If you apply it from the tube to your lips, then blot with your fingers, you have this beautiful stain that people will wonder about.  I love makeup that keeps people guessing if you have any on!  Another fun idea with this is to put a swipe on the apple of each cheek (that’s the cute round part), and blend over the BB cream with your fingers.  Chances are though, with the natural flush you will have from working out, you won’t even have to do this.

With a swipe of mascara on your top lashes, your beyond minimal makeup will have all your friends wondering if you are pre- or post-gym!  If your hair is another story, check out this blog for tips on making the natural texture work for you.

There’s no better medicine or decision than doing a workout, so never let a little sweat stop you from it!


 

 

 

 

XOXO,

Jess

Monday
Jun232014

Sexy Summer Legs!

As I write this, I’ve just gotten home from the gym and chugged a smoothie the color of seaweed, all in the name of preparing for bikini season.  It’s one of my favorite rituals, a spring cleaning of sorts, and nothing is more inspirational (and completely unrealistic) than the bathing suit catalogues that arrive in the mail.  Y’all know what I’m talking about!

Since we don’t get to catwalk around through the lens of a professional camera, strategic poses, and extreme computer photoshopping, a couple of tricks can help us have just a little more confidence when clothing gets scarce.

Exercise

THE exercise for fast results and definition?  Calf raises!  Stand on your tip toes and raise and lower your feet.  I like to do this while I’m brushing my teeth, because let’s face it – multitasking is the only way anything gets done in my world!


Exfoliation

This is the most important step to enhancing the appearance of your legs.  I use exfoliating gloves with a ping pong size glob of St. Ives Apricot Scrub to slough that dead skin off.  Once in a while when I’m feeling creative, I’ll make my own scrub.  The caffeine in coffee is an awesome temporary cellulite smoother, so I will mix coffee grounds, sugar, and coconut oil to not only exfoliate, but smooth and moisturize at the same time.  (Unfortunately there is no proven cure for cellulite, but please know that EVERYONE has it, even supermodels!)  Cell turnover slows as we age, so the older we get, the more important exfoliation becomes.  One important note:  exfoliate before shaving!  You’ll get the closest shave ever!


Tanning

We are definitely not proponents of tanning beds, but there is an alternative that actually looks fabulous – Fake Bake.  Apply with the mitt to protect your palms, and smooth in after exfoliating and shaving for the longest lasting results.  This color is the prettiest and most natural that I’ve found, and the ease of application is almost too good to be true!  Don’t be in a hurry to get dressed, and to get the darkest color, apply without moisturizer.  (A self-tanner is THE best way to disguise stretch marks!)

Moisturizing

I’ve always loved St. Ives moisturizers, and the brand has different levels to suit your personal skin type.  I always want the heaviest moisturizer for my legs, so I use the 24 HR Deep Restoring kind.  I use it every night, but on my self-tanning nights, I skip the lotion.  When they are feeling extra dry, I will apply pure coconut oil, which gives them a gorgeous shine without the greasy feeling of olive or grapeseed oil.  That little bit of sheen from coconut oil also helps visually elongate your legs during the daytime, so it’s your best friend when you are wearing something short.  (Dollface LOVES coconut oil, by the way – search it on the right to find some of our favorite ways to use it!)


Makeup

Yep, makeup for your legs is absolutely acceptable.  Between spider veins and stretch marks, Temptu Body Camo is my thighs’ biggest ally.  It is water resistant and will last for around two days because of its silicone based formulation.  Can you say perfect for vacation!?  To add a quick tan, don’t be afraid to apply some bronzer.  The same kind you use on your face is fine.  My favorite is The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer - gorgeous color and shimmer perfect for a sunkissed glow.  And if you have just a minute more, apply a highlight in a line down the center of your legs (try The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer).  This creates mile-long gams with a glow that won’t risk any oil on your clothes.


So now that your legs are the envy of everyone at the beach, feel free to strut your stuff.  After all, confidence is the best beauty trick!

XOXO,

Jess