There’s two thing that’s worth investing a lot of money in (speaking from a makeup perspective), these two things in my opinion are a good contour kit and anything brow related. Having #browgoals is every women's dream. Having well defined, bold, thick brows merely have boundaries. To achieve those brows, however, it definitely takes more than just a brown pencil. Let’s be honest, without these brow products, how bold and perfect can brows be? The magic behind flawless brows? Let me do you a solid, and mention a few favorites.
A lot of people don’t use a eyebrow gel, but it can actually do a lot for you. Just like hair, we use hairspray to keep our hair in place, eyebrow gel is used to secure your brows in place the same way that hairspray does for the hair on our heads. The product is simple, it’s clear and almost look like mascara. The heavily loved product is by Anastasia Beverly Hills, The Clear Brow Gel. It’s simple to use! Apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel in short upward strokes as a finishing topcoat, or alone, for a clean polished look.
Next, lets talk about a good product for sculpting and carving out the brow. Using a precision brow pencil or some prefer a cream product such as a dip brow formula really helps. If you are obsessed with brow products, chances are you already have used or currently using this product. This is one brow product you wish to have a life-time supply of. Our Pick goes to the one and only Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. This is an award winning brown pencil aka magic brown pencil that sculpt and define your brows. If you don’t have brow skills? All you need is this. It’s a ultra slim retractable pencil that can help get the sparse areas between the individual hair. For those who
needs a bit of a filler in, this is key to a natural look.
If you are looking for a little bit more dramatic and contouring for the brows. The Smashbox #Shapematters palette is what you will need! This will have everything you need because essentially, it’s a three in one kit. It has everything to sculpt your face, nose and brows. Although the whole palette is great, their brow colors are super highly pigmented, and perfect for a high arch. The colors are also complement to most skin tones. It also comes with wax, and a double ended brush.
Finally, The brow zings eyebrow shaping kit by Benefit Cosmetics is also another award-winning product that’s great for a on the go fix. It’s a fairly small palette (pocket size) and it comes with eyebrow powder and wax. There is also a mini tweezers and dual sided extendable applicator. Even though it’s small, it can do everything you need – from sculpt, shape and fill! The colors are a bit more soft than the Smashbox palette, but still highly pigmented.
Model: Jorenda Hardaway Make up: Angie Brand Photo: Tyler Plaxco
WOW!!! Can you ladies believe 2022 is little more than a week away?! It’s been an amazing year in make up, fashion, history, so much. With a new year approaching, everyone’s ready for the fresh start. The high resolves, and goals. Everyone’s going to be in shape, and leave behind all of their baggage and unhealthy habits becoming the person they’ve always dreamed of being. Well, what better way to improve than to make a resolution to take better care of our skin. Let’s face it (literally) lol, the skin can be our toughest critic. It can tell us if we’re too stressed, or not eating properly, even if we’re dehydrated. So why not pamper the skin so that the criticism it offers is constructive, and not too telling. Here are 10 skin care goals that I hope you all will try and enjoy for the New Year.
Exfoliate Regularly: Exfoliating the skin regularly is so good. There are countless benefits of having a routine of exfoliating. These include: Removing dead skin cells, lifting residual make up or free radicals from the skin, reducing acne, polishing the skin, softening the surface, minimizing black heads….sooo many more. There are so many tools and products available for exfoliating. Sugar, micro-dermabrasion, brushes, and one of my personal favorites, baking soda. I love baking soda for the skin because it is a non abrasive exfoliant that not only smooths the skin but brightens it as well.
Moisturize: Moisture to the skin is what water is to plants. Keeping the skin moist and supple will help it to hold it’s elasticity and help it to remain plump. Ladies, please remember: YOU MUST MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN EVEN IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN!!!!! This can be tricky. If you have a tendency to be dryer, it seems almost a no brainer to moisturize the skin. However, for those of us who tend to be oilier or acne prone we tend to shy away from moisturizers. This is theee worst thing you could do. If you wash your face and it dries out, you skin will overproduce sebum (oil) to compensate for the lack of moisture. But, if you moisturize (preferably with a gel or hyolauric acid based moisturizer) you can eliminate this problem as well as minimize the look of oiliness. For those with dryer skin, invest in moisturizers that help the skin hold moisture. Cream based, or olive and coconut oils are wonderful moisturizers for the skin. AVOID MINERAL OIL AS THIS CAN HAVE A DRYING EFFECT ON THE SKIN.
Hydrate: The best way to have beautiful, clear, glowing skin is to stay hydrated. Drinking at least 1 gallon of water a day will keep you hydrated, and your skin clear and supple.
Get a facial: Ok, confession time!! Lol Every year, I promise myself that I am going to have at least one professional facial done this year….aaaaaand WOMP WOMP WOMP!!!!! LOL NEVER happens!!! This year I am determined to have a professional facial done. Facials are excellent ways to learn about your skin, what condition it’s in through a professional evaluation. Blackhead removal, moisture and facial massage which is stimulating and sooo healthy for the skin. If however, you’re more budget friendly, try a facial mask at home. My favorite is a homemade mask that I created, I call it the Breakfast Mask. It’s like superfood for the face. It exfoliates (oatmeal), purifies (sea salt), hydrates, tones, kills inflammation, moisturizes (honey), feeds the face with skin supporting protein (egg), and kills acne causing germs living beneath the surface of the skin with probiotics (yogurt). Literally does everything!!!! It’s so healthy for the skin. Mix it together and apply to the skin, let it sit until the mask is solid and wash with warm water…you will love your skin and your skin will love you!!!!
NO SUGARY DRINKS or CANDY: Ladies, do your skin a favor and steer clear of dark colored soft drinks, pop, high fructose corn syrup, since these things tend to wreak havoc on the skin. Instead opt for clear juices, Naked juice, fruit smoothies and water.
Night time ritual: For 2016 start a nighttime ritual. Use an overnight purifying or moisturizing mask. Invest in a night cream for the eyes to keep them free from wrinkles, bags or pouches. I like Oil of Olay under eye cream.
Nightly make up removal: Absolutely NO sleeping in your make up. Not only is it messy, but the skin naturally detoxifies itself at night by secreting sweat and oil. If the pores or the “exits” are blocked by layers of make up, the sweat and oil will collect in the pores, causing them to swell, become infected and……you guessed it, PIMPLES!!! Keep the skin as acne free as possible by removing your make up before bed
Foundation Free Days: Yeah, I said it lol, no foundation. But here’s the catch, if you follow the preceding suggestions to healthy glowing skin, you’ll find yourself less inclined towards the cake face. It’s a domino effect. Letting the skin breathe is so vital to keeping it healthy. Honestly ladies, here I am (pictured below) …no foundation at all. I am simply wearing a liquid illuminator by Manna Kadar for a gorgeous glow!!! You can do it girls!!! Lol
Keep the skin toned: One of my favorite toners for the skin is Witch Hazel. It cuts oil, kills germs and infections, and minimizes the look of your pores. Another great toner for the body is a caffeine cream. It tightens the skin, and shrinks cellulite.
NO Touchy: Ladies….for 2016 lets keep our hands and everything they touch away from our skin as much as possible. Resting your face in your palm, or rubbing your eyes, these things bring the skin in contact with germs as well as wears on the skin. If you must touch, do so gently and ONLY with clean hands.
I hope these resolutions suit you all!!! Please, try the suggestions and share your feedback with us by commenting. If you enjoyed the blog, subscribe to it, repost it, tweet about it, Like it, and share it. I’m Angie Brand, they call me Queen of the Glammed. Follow me on Insta at www.instagram.com/queenoftheglammed_mua. And, ladies...if you’re searching for awesome lashes, check out www.nubounsom.com/angiebrand for 100% Mink lashes. Use my code: QUEENOFTHEGLAMMED for 20% off of your entire purchase!! Thank you all so much for reading. Love ya!!!!!!!
Pinterest isn’t just a platform for cozy home decor, dreamy wedding ideas, DIY projects or fashion inspiration, there is a huge community of beauty guru posting their tutorial, step-by-step instructions (with photos) on some of the most gorgeous makeup looks. While browsing a holiday makeup looks, we came across some super useful beauty hacks that we can all use in our
#1 DIY eyelash growth serum can be costly especially if it is something you use twice a day. Not to mention, a lot of times, we don’t know what kind of chemical or products is in it. We found this awesome recipe for eyelash growth serum on Pinterest and surprisingly they are typical things you can find either at home or at a local store.
The ingredients you will need is half a teaspoon of vitamin E, half a teaspoon of argan oil, half a tablespoon of almond oil, and one tablespoon of castor oil. If you have an empty sample size clear mascara tube clean it out thoroughly with a qtip. And mix the ingredients in; use a mini funnel or a syringe to keep it less messy. Use the mascara brush it comes with to apply. Use twice a day.
Also, once you get that castor oil, there are endless of things you can use it on. A few includes, softer lips, healthy cuticles, wrinkles, read more about it via this post - https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/344173596520668778/
#2 DIY Coffee Face Mask can help increase your blood circulation, which will give you a healthy glow! Coffee may do the magic in waking you up internally, but surprisingly it can be just as effective with refreshing your face on the outside too. Coffee has an anti-oxidants that function against skin damage and is great with getting rid of eyebags and puffiness.
The ingredient is simple, all you need is one tablespoon of grinded coffee powder and one tablespoon of honey. Mix both ingredient well in a bowl, and spread on to your face. Massage in circular motion and then leave on for twenty minutes. Wash off. You can do this once every 3-4 days or alternate between different masks.
Speaking of masks, another thing we learned on Pinterest is putting different mask on your face for combination skin.
#3 Did you know a hair spray can go a long way in protecting your hair? Instead of spending $40 on a bottle of hair oil, there are natural ingredients found at home that can do the same thing. Try mixing these in a bottle and giving it a spray - https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/311944711670204954/
water + spf 25 + rosemary = protection
water + aloe + argan oil + glycerin = defrizz
water + sea salt + coconut oil = texture
#4 A short and simple hack, but a super useful one - ever have mascara dried up and clumped? Run it under hot water for a minute, turning the bottle every 20 seconds to get the bottle going again. The longer you run it under, the more effective it may get.
#5 Exfoliating your chapped lips does not always have to be scrubs, try picking up a disposable mascara wand at your local beauty store (they are usually free!). Exfoliate by rubbing the wand left to right a few times on your lips to get rid of the dead skin. Do it for both your top and bottom lips.
#6 Ever come out of the shower and realized you forgot to shave? Don’t try splashing some water because it will sting, give baby oil a try instead! It will leave your leg soft and smooth without jumping into the shower! Alternatively, if you are in the shower and realize you don’t have shaving cream, conditioner can do the trick as well!
Big Fan Brush - Perfect for applying or sweeping off excess powders on the face.
Powder Brush - Used for face and body for even application of powder products.
Blush Brush - Perfect for blush application on cheeks. Can also be used to apply highlighter or bronzer.
Contour Brush -Used to apply highlighter to cheekbones and/or bronzer to contour your cheeks, jawline and temples.
Foundation Brush - Used for smooth application of any liquid or cream face products.
Small Fan Brush - Perfect for light application of highlighting products.
Eye Shadow Brush - Used for concentrated application of eyeshadow products on large areas.
Fluff Brush - Used to flawlessly blend eyeshadow products onto crease area.
Medium Angled Shading Brush - Used to prevent any harsh eyeshadow lines and perfectly blend eyeshadow products on eyelids.
Eye Contour Brush - Used to blend eyeshadow products more precisely in concentrated areas.
Concealer Brush - Used to apply concealer on face to effectively cover up any dark spots and/or blemishes.
Medium Eye Shadow Brush - Used for concentrated application of eyeshadow products on medium areas.
Short Eye Shadow Brush - Used for concentrated application of eyeshadow products on smaller areas such as the lash line and outer corner of the eyes.
Smudge Brush - Used to smudge out eyeshadow products on upper and lower lash line for a perfect smoky look.
Angled Eye Shadow Brush - Used to apply eye products on upper and lower lash lines for a softer look.
Spot Concealer Brush - Perfect for spot concealing any imperfections you may have on your face.
Eyeliner Brush - Used to apply gel or cream eyeliner products on upper and lower lash line with great precision.
Lip Brush - Can be used to apply any lip products precisely onto lips to prevent from feathering out.
Precise Eye Liner Brush - Perfect for applying eyeliner products onto your tight line.
Angle Brow Brush - Used to apply eyebrow products to fill in any empty spaces on eyebrows.
Sponge Applicator - A tool with a dense, rounded sponge used for even application of challenging products.
Smudge Eye Shadow - Perfect for smudging out any eyeliner products on upper and lower lash lines.
Lash - Can be used to separate and remove any clumps of mascara on eyelashes.
Eyebrow Comb - Used to shape and tame eyebrow hairs.