Bigger Eyes are Just a Tiny Line Away!

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Tightlining

Tightlining is back, which means bigger, brighter, more vibrant eyes are just a tiny line away… The trick is, in order to cash in on all the exciting effects, you have to really know what you’re doing. But don’t be daunted… This is your tightlining tutorial!
What is tightlining?
Often confused with waterlining (wherein the eyes are lined around the inside on the waterline), to tightline your eyes is to fill in the gaps between your lashes by lining underneath the upper lash line instead of on top of it. This tried and true technique adds depth to your eyes by creating the illusion that your lashes start further back than they do. It also adds volume to your lashes themselves – with or without mascara – by making them appear continuous along your eyelid. Worn alone, the effect of tightlining is mysterious and natural. In other words, your eyes pop but you don’t look like you’re wearing any makeup. Use the tightline as the base for additional eyeliner and/or mascara, however, and the result is high impact drama.
So how do you do it?
First, choose your liner wisely… based on what you’re most comfortable with. Some swear by gels, others by liquids. Few dare with a regular eye pencil (read: the kind that requires sharpening), though others insist that a roll up pencil that glides on will make it easy.
Next, if you’re going gel or liquid, select your utensil. A thin, angled eyeliner brush is best for gel and liquids will be easier with a stiff, felt tip as opposed to a regular brush (which will collapse with pressure).
Now that we’ve got that taken care of, it’s time to apply. Use your non-dominant index finger to lift your eyelid – pulling up from below the brow. This will make your upper lid more accessible. Then, starting on the outside of your eye and working inward, press the liner into lid just beneath your upper eyelashes – but not on your waterline (the pink ridge inside of your eyelid). Continue along until just before you reach the inner corner. You don’t want to go all the way in or it will make your eye appear smaller – the opposite of our desired effect.
Finally, use a Q-tip or sponge to clear up any liner that spills through over your lashes or on the waterline. Then, enjoy the wide-eyed results!

You Glow Girl!

5 Tricks to Fake Glowing Skin

We all know the saying… fake it until you make it! This is especially true when it comes to glowing skin! If you haven’t been able to keep up with your skin care routine… or if work and family has become demanding it might be time to fake your glow. Here are some creative tricks to make everyone think you really did get 8 hours of sleep a night, or yes, you did just return from a tropical vacation!
Buff away dull, tired skin
The first step to radiant skin is to slough off the top layer of dry, dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull. Start with a gentle exfoliating scrub (look for one with microspheres versus ground nuts or seeds which can be harsh on skin). After exfoliating, use your fingers to give yourself a stimulating massage. Using quick tapping motions, start from your forehead and work your way to your neck.  You will notice the blood start to flow giving you a healthy-looking flush. A bonus- it feels really good too!
Infuse and seal in moisture
Glowing skin means moisturized and nourished skin. Start with a few drops of a hydrating serum; on exfoliated skin, your face will drink it in. Follow with a moisturizing SPF; look for one that is fortified with antioxidants such as Vitamin E or Vitamin C for extra protection against the environment. 
Let your skin breathe
While you might be tempted to cover up your skin with a heavy foundation, this is really the time to use sheer products to perfect your skin. Try a tinted moisturizer or a cc crème to even out your complexion; follow with a creamy concealer under your eyes and any other areas that might need a little love.
Get cheeky
Create a faux flush using a cream blush or bronzer. The easiest way to apply is to smile and use your fingers to dab color onto the apples of your cheeks. Again, using a cream formula will keep that dewy, glowing look without drying the skin.
Perk up your eyes
Finally don’t forget your eyes; bright eyes can make you look like you are glowing from the inside-out. Dab highlighter onto your lids or even on the inner corners of your eyes to look wide-eyed and even brighten your entire face.

Bathing Beauty

Tips for a Spa Bath At Home

There’s nothing more deeply satisfying than an old fashioned soak in the tub to relax your body and mind. A hot bath is so healing and restorative that spas the world over offer their own ultra-pampering versions. From creating an environment you can really drift in, to immersing yourself in the right water temperature, here’s how the pros would turn an ordinary home bath into a luxurious spa-worthy soak.
Get Ready
Gather everything you will need before running the bathwater, so you won’t have to get out of a warm tub mid soak or run around looking for a robe afterwards. Include candles, flowers, your music, a hydrating drink, bath products and après bath lotions and oils. Adjust the lighting, turn off your phone, and then hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign.
Fill the Tub
The perfect water temperature may not be as hot as you think. Experts suggest a comfortable 92-100 degrees. It turns out that dipping your big toe into the tub to test the water isn’t as efficient as using the inside of your wrist. Expect to stay in at least 15-20 minutes to get the full effects of the bath.  After that it’s up to you and your skin.  If your skin is dry or you start pruning up you might want to exit your bath sooner than later.
If the tub is small, dip washcloths into the bathwater to cover unsubmerged knees or feet and allow the heat and bubbles to do their job more efficiently. 

The Clean Break
It’s not uncommon to be a bit antsy right after getting into the tub. A small towel spritzed with relaxing lavender essential oil placed behind your neck will help. Gentle stretches, music, a few deep breaths, closing your eyes—even floating a child’s rubber duckie— will also pass the time until you are able to fully relax.
If the weather is hot, or you tend to be uncomfortable in warm water, put a moistened wash cloth in a bowl of ice within reach to cool your brow if needed and soak some more.
Get Out and Glow
Don’t towel dry completely when you exit the bath.  Damp skin soaks up moisturizer best. And, if you can allow yourself extra time afterwards, reach for a warm fluffy robe, and rest in an easy chair, before you go on with your day or night.

Transform Your Complexion

5 Ingredients Your Smoothie Must Have to Get Your Skin Glowing

Want to transform your complexion and get a radiant glow that everyone envies? Start from the inside.
The key to fending off — or even reversing — the damage that comes from too much sun, smoking, or unhealthy eating is getting plenty of antioxidants, a substance that protects your body from harm on the cellular level and is found in abundance in many fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants, as are many phytochemicals, which are compounds found naturally in plants.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get your beauty-boosting nutrients is to start your day with a healthy breakfast smoothie. Your top ingredients should be:
Anthocyanidins. A phytochemical that's a powerful antioxidant, anthocyanidins give fruits their red or purple colors. Best sources: Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries.
Carotenoids. Carotenoids produce a red, yellow or orange color in fruits and veggies. This phytochemical enhances collagen production, which is the protein fiber that keeps your facial skin firm and youthful looking. As we age, collagen isn’t replenished as quickly and the skin sags. Best sources: Carrots, guavas, lemons, limes, tomatoes, watermelon.
Vitamin C. This important vitamin is a potent antioxidant and works together with carotenoids to help keep collagen healthy. Best sources: Cantaloupe, kale, kiwis, oranges, papayas, strawberries, red bell peppers.
Vitamin E. Working from the inside to protect the top layers of skin against sun damage, vitamin E is important for preventing wrinkles. Best source: Almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds.
Selenium. Consumed in tandem with vitamin E, selenium improves your skin’s elasticity and texture. This mineral is abundant in some fish and grains, but for smoothies, your best bet is Brazil nuts.
To whip up a beauty-boosting smoothie, put a cup of any combination of the fruits, juices (lemon, lime), vegetables and nuts mentioned above into a blender with a handful of ice cubes. (Or, to make your mix creamier and richer, replace the ice with chunks of a frozen banana. Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse in their own right, containing potassium, vitamin B6, fiber and pectin.)
Pour in about half a cup of lowfat milk or a substitute like almond, coconut or soy milk and blend until the mix is free of lumps. You can also use yogurt or kefir, if you prefer.
To give your smoothie more staying power so you can go from breakfast to lunch without getting hungry, consider adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or a scoop of whey protein powder. Also think about adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or vanilla extract to create new flavors. If your smoothie is too tart, blend in a couple teaspoons of honey.
One caveat: A few of these ingredients are high in calories, such as avocados, honey, nuts and seeds, so watch how much you’re adding. Three or four Brazil nuts or seven or eight almonds are enough to give you the nutritional benefit without busting your calorie budget.

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