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BEAUTY BASIC. Post designed by lauren conrad It always surprises me that for most women, contouring is often a skipped step.

BEAUTY BASIC

When you apply foundation to your entire face, you’re creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you’ve ever taken an art class you’ll remember that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. This is great for creating the appearance that you have a stronger jawline, more defined cheek bones, and a slimmer face. Foundation Sponge or Foundation Brush Bronzing Powder or Cream Bronzer Flat-headed Bronzing Brush 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. XO Amy Nadine Tags: amy nadine, beauty basic, contour, dimension, lauren conrad, makeup, tutorial Related posts: HEY SUGAR… Photo by: buddingbaketress.blogspot.com post designed by kristin ess Post submitted by community contributor, Brandi Morin Ladies, want to know how to make your skin irresistibly radiant and healthy?

HEY SUGAR…

Try this DIY treatment, which uses ingredients many of you probably already have in your cupboard! I stumbled upon this beauty secret years ago and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular home-made body scrubs because it’s easy, good for your skin, low maintenance and cheap! Brown sugar– when you think of it you may imagine cookies + candy, but it also contains ingredients that can be greatly beneficial to your body’s largest organ, your skin. Yes, I’m talking about using brown sugar as an all over body exfoliant. It’s good to mix it with natural olive oil so it adds extra moisture and creates a sticky consistency that’s easier to apply. Here’s how I prepare to indulge in this natural beauty recipe at home: half a cup of brown sugar three tablespoons of olive oil a few drops of water. BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS. Photo by This was such a cute idea from community contributor (and brand new blogger) GiGi.

BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS

She sent us her list of beauty resolutions, which is brilliant considering New Years Eve is quickly approaching. Check them out! I vow to: Find my signature scent. Exfoliate my face and body at least once a week. Wear SPF 30 every single day. Never, ever smoke a cigarette. Only faux-glow from now on. Not pick at any pimples I should (hopefully not) get. Always wash off my makeup before bed.

Find the perfect red lipstick because it will give me an extra dose of sassiness. Learn to apply my daytime makeup routine in 10 minutes or less. Throw out all of my expired makeup. Clean my makeup brushes every week. Experiment with styles (in the privacy of your bathroom) that I never thought I could pull off. Stop over plucking my eyebrows. Sleep on a satin pillowcase to protect my hair. Not abuse my flat iron, curling iron, blow dryer or any other hot tool.

Love my natural hair texture. Stop nibbling on my nails. Smile. DIY COCONUT + ROSE BODY SCRUB. Few things smell better than coconut and rose so let’s combine them, shall we?

DIY COCONUT + ROSE BODY SCRUB

In this Kitchen Beautician DIY, we’re making a “Spring Time Scrub” to help you exfoliate and get your skin super soft for the coming summer months. Bathing suit season is just around the corner and nobody wants to be the ashy girl! Here’s my new favorite way to get rid of dry skin caused by winter dryness: You’ll need: a mason jar, coconut oil, raw cane sugar, almond or jojoba oil and one fragrant rose (here I used sterling silver roses because they’re my favorite AND they’re one of the most fragrant roses ever.) Use a small mason jar or any clear jar with a lid. When you (or the person you’re giving this to as a gift) are ready to use it, take a spoon and mash it all up.

NOTE: all measurements are subject to the size of your jar. Related posts: DIY TOUCH UPS FOR THE PETITE CLUTCH. Photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun This little lifesaver is the brainchild of my lovely {and clever} client Emmy Rossum!

DIY TOUCH UPS FOR THE PETITE CLUTCH

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of doing her makeup for her Shameless panel at Comic Con, but I did it at 6:30am here in LA for her to leave at 8 and drive two hours to San Diego and attend the event until 5pm, without me there to help her with touch ups. Of course lipstick and blotting papers fit in her clutch, but not her foundation bottle or cream eye shadow. As I was trying to find a way to make it work, Emmy said “hold on!” And calmly found a contact lens storage case in her drawer.

TOOLS: Your favorite clutch, a contact lens case, foundation or concealer, a cream blush or cream eyeshadow {whichever is more important for you to touch up} and a spatula You can literally do this with anything that you want to bring with you as long as the product is finger friendly. Related posts: Crafts: Marvelous Grapefruit Sugar Scrub. This is decidedly the best scrub I have ever made and it's just three ingredients needed.

Crafts: Marvelous Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

It's the perfect thing to cosset your skin with after the harshness of winter. The citrus scent will raise your spirits and have you in a spring state of mind in no time. Ingredients 1cup fine sugar- to exfoliate and as a natural humectant3/4 cup Macadamia Nut Oil - comparable to natural oil produced by your skin, great moisturizer1/2 cup dried course ground grapefruit peel - to exfoliate and aromatherapy calming & invigorating First peel 2 medium grapefruits. Then snip the peels into thin strands. Bake in the oven at 150 degrees for 30 minutes. Place in blender on grate setting if possible, about 60 seconds should get you about 1/2 cup of coarse ground peel. Now thoroughly mix the sugar and peel...

Slowly pour in the oil and mix very well. It feels like heaven and leaves your skin revitalized and silken. 25 Fun and Flirty Spring Nails. By Jaime Morrison Curtis | Painting my nails has become my go to option for keeping in style without rushing to stay on top of clothing trends.

25 Fun and Flirty Spring Nails

Seriously, it gets exhausting (and expensive) trying to keep up with the new color of the season, pant style, hot new shoe and then there’s accessories on top of it all. Spice up your nails this spring with new patterns like chevron and plaid, or stick to solids and paint each nail a different color. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from painting my nails it’s that you really can’t go wrong with a bold new look, as long as you have the confidence to rock it. Check out the new nail trends this season with these 25 Fun and Flirty Spring Nails… nggallery id=’122511′ Pastels and Patterns Seem to be all the rage this spring season. Springtime French Tip This is a great way to celebrate spring, while still being subtle. Water Marbling Find out how to get this fashion forward look. All Patterned Up Spice up those nails with bright and intricate patterns. 140385713354349159_ysqheb6o_c.jpg (JPEG Image, 554 × 369 pixels) 50595195783278175_e76hhjjh_c.jpg (JPEG Image, 554 × 415 pixels)

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