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Monday
Jul082013

Orange You Loving This Hot Summer Hue?

From coral to peach, from mandarin to salmon, I have found myself magnetically drawn to all things orange in my wardrobe, accessories, makeup and nail polish this summer.  Tangerine Tango was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012, but the momentum has by no means slowed down.

When the sun comes out and temperatures rise, peach and coral shades help to bring a healthy fresh glow to sun-kissed skin.  Orange is everywhere I seem to look!  From avante-garde runway looks, to editorial publications, to wearable red carpet glamour, shades of orange have become welcome alternatives to pinks and reds. 

 

 

 

On June 6, our friends at MAC released a limited edition collection All About Orange featuring 8 gorgeous lipsticks, 3 blushes, 3 Creamsheen Lip Glasses and a eye shadow quad called Rainy Season that complements the juicy tones beautifully!  Check out the entire All About Orange line of products photographed by fellow beauty blogger, Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog.

 

 

 


After seeing these beautiful hues created by MAC, I was inspired to create a few makeup looks of my own featuring a Dollface favorite, TEMPTU AIRpods.  To create the fresh monochromatic daytime look that I did on my model Maricela, I let the Clementine AIRpod shine!

For her eyes, I applied Clementine blush on her lids, then used a taupe matte shadow on her crease to create dimension; then I applied Champagne highlighter to the inner corner of her eyes for a pop of brightness.  Her cheeks are Clementine blush and Champagne highlighter.  And on her lips, I applied the Clementine blush by spraying the product onto a cosmetic wedge and patted it onto her lips.  I followed up with a red/orange lip liner I found at Big Lots and topped it all off with clear gloss.  Doesn’t she look stunning?!

 

 

For a more evening look, I created a smoky eye using Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #15 all over the lid and on the lower lash line. Then I brought in a bit of orange by layering Clementine blush over it the cream shadow by spraying the product on a sponge.  Finally, I added bit of dark brown matte shadow in my crease.  Like the daytime look, I applied – you guessed it – Clementine blush on my cheeks.  And on my lips I am wearing Sunflower by NYX. 

Although this color family can be intimidating at first glance, I can assure you that there is a shade out there to compliment every skin tone.  Those with blue eyes will find that oranges will make your baby blues POP!  If your skin has a naturally red undertone or if you suffer from rosacea, I encourage you to use coral blushes to bring a beautiful natural flush to your face without accentuating redness.  So go out there and be bold… you’ll be glad you did!

Xoxo,

Melissa

Monday
Jul012013

I do declare, Mint Julep is fantastic!

It’s finally time to share my 2nd addition to my beauty routine!  After adding Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my routine, I then added a new Mint Julep mask from Queen Helen.  Funny thing is I purchased the mask a few months earlier partly due to Mint Julep being in the name, I live in Savannah, and partly because of the label’s claims of clearing up blackheads, reducing acne, all while leaving your skin clean, refreshed, and smooth.  Oh and it was also $1.69!  Boom goes the dynamite.  

So I get home and I completely chicken out of trying out my new mask since I was sporting a nice, clear complexion and was all-of-a-sudden afraid to try something new.  Oh and it was $1.69!  The same selling point of being super cheap became confirmation that I shouldn’t put anything so cheap and new on my face, at this time.  

After stumbling upon a review for the best mask ever, I was reintroduced to Miss Queen Helen and her Mint Julep magic.  The review raved about reducing acne, minimizing the appearance of pores, and getting a deep down clean.  This time my face wasn’t so clear and I wasn’t concerned about the lack of financial investment. 

This is the part where angels would sing in my story! (Mentally insert singing angels)  My sister-in-law, Justine, and I took the plunge together and it was WONDERFUL!  The minty smell was so fresh and invigorating!  My face did experience a slight burning feeling for a few seconds but Justine’s face was fine.  It only happened the first time and my guess would be that my eczema sensitive skin was adjusting.  My acne spots dried up and were clear within a couple of days.  The size and redness was down 50% almost immediately after the first use. 

Now the next steps are the most important!  After you deep clean, you must balance your PH levels.  Using the ACV toner will be perfect.  Next make sure to moisturize.  I personally love Grape Seed Oil (all skin types) or Vitamin E Oil (dry/eczema skin).  TIP: The oils are also the best makeup remover that makes your lashes grow!  Use an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin.  Just please use something!  If you don’t, your skin will begin to over produce oils and lead you down a different road of issues.  

So there you have it dolls, Apple Cider Vinegar & Queen Helen’s Mint Julep.  An odd couple of strange smells but fantastically amazing in results and price! I hope you enjoy the random Queen Helen fan photos as much as we do!

Until next time DAH-lings! <3 Jules

Monday
Aug272012

The Nitty Gritty on Cleansers: Part 2

More on Cleansers

Last week, Jules shared her cleansing routine with you, so this week I’m sharing mine. I have extremely oily, sensitive, acne prone skin. My skin also requires constant exfoliation or the dead skin cells build up rapidly. Here is the combination I have come up with to keep my skin smooth and minimize breakouts:

For acne: AcneFree Oil- Free Acne Cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide has so far been the only thing to clear up my acne. I use this every few days to stay on top of breakouts, and few of their other products when I pimples catch up to me.

For smooth skin: The Neutrogena Wave! I can’t express how much I love this thing. My skin feels super smooth after every use. They also now make the Neutrogena Wave Sonic. This is the broke girls version of a Clarisonic, and is so worth the 16 dollars! I use this almost every day.

For gently removing makeup: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser does the trick for me, without leaving my skin feeling tight. I use this after a heavy makeup day.

For that extra something: Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Mini-Peel heats up when activated with water, so in addition to fading spots with glycolic acid, it helps steam out blackheads. It is also a gentle exfoliant. I use this every few days, but sometimes several days in a row.

There you have it. I hope you find something that works for you! Good luck, dolls!

<3 Jordan

Pictures: olay cleanser is from olay.com
              acne free cleanser from acnefree.com
              neutrogena cleanser from neutrogena.com
              neutrogena wave from walmart.com

Monday
Aug132012

How to Hide a Blemish

Ever woken up one morning to a fresh pimple, shining back at you in the mirror? We know we shouldn’t do it, but sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to pop it! And then we suffer the consequences. Usually the red, swollen, oozing bump is worse than what it started as, and what’s worse, now your concealer won’t stick! Good news. There is something you can do!  You’ll need a few things:

Cleanser

Calamine lotion

Toner (witch hazel works well)

Liquid bandage

Cotton swabs and cotton balls

First, wash your face with your usual cleanser. If you’ve already washed your face, just take a cotton ball with toner and go over the area.

Using a cotton swab, apply some calamine lotion to the pimple. This will dry it out so it doesn’t continue to ooze, and also reduces swelling. Let the lotion sit for 5-10 minutes.

Remove the calamine with toner on a cotton ball.

Use a cotton swab to apply a very thin layer of the liquid bandage to the pimple. Liquid bandage contains antiseptic which will keep new bacteria from building up during the day. Only apply one thin layer, because any more could make the edges peel up.

Once the liquid bandage is dry, you can apply your makeup as usual. Be careful around the pimple just to make sure not to disturb the bandage.

Note: This may not work for all skin types. If you notice any irritation, discontinue use.

Hope this works for everyone else as well as it works for me! And don’t forget to give us your feedback &

<3, Jordan

Monday
Jul302012

How to Grow Pretty Lashes - Part 2

You’ve probably seen advertisements for Latisse on television or online. Although I’ve heard it has amazing results, not all of us can afford to spend $100+ on a tiny bottle of eyelash enhancer. Luckily, I found an inexpensive growth enhancing serum that (gasp!) actually seems to work! I bought this product on a whim, and it has definitely paid off.

Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator is a clear gel with a mascara wand applicator. It not only nourishes the hair to encourage growth, but it protects the lashes and keeps your brows in place! I personally saw fuller eyebrows after about a month of using it daily. My recommendation is to swipe a coat on your eyelashes and eyebrows every morning before putting on your eye makeup.

And the best part: it’s only about $3.99 in drugstores! You can find it with other Ardell products in the false lash section.

Use this product in conjunction with Jules’ other recommendations for lash care. You can find her blog here.

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<3 Jordan

photo credit: ardell.com