Curls, Coils & Kinks: Protective Style Prep

Curls, Coils & Kinks: Protective Style Prep

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Protective Style Prep

Natural hair is awesome, but I don’t always feel like waking up 30mins early to take down a twist out or doctor up whatever style I smushed in my sleep! In comes protective styles: they make your hair hassle free or lower maintenance, protect your tresses from damage & switch up your look.

Some naturals don’t try do protective styles because they don’t like not being able to wash their hair for a longer period or time or they’re worried their curls won’t bounce back.

Here’s what I do to rejuvenate my hair after wearing a protective style & how I prepare it for another.


Comment below any tips you have for prepping your hair for a protective style!

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Get That Summer Glow – No Filter

Get That Summer Glow – No Filter

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Being just a few days away from Labor Day, it’s safe to say the Summer is coming to an end.
That’s right ladies prepare to say goodbye to your bikinis and booty shorts and hello to sexy sweaters and leggings.
As we head into fall our skimpy wardrobes and beautiful beach days won’t be the only things we miss.
It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is like there’s just something about the summertime that brings out the glowing Goddess is in ALL of us.
If you’re interested in keeping your Summer glow all year around -without the help of a few Instagram filters- read the advice below!
Beautiful Skin Comes From Within 
The best way to make sure you get that perfect Summer glow all year round is by eating a diet rich in the vitamins and minerals proven to promote healthy skin and one of those vitamins is none other than Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is one of the most, if not the most, important vitamins for skincare. When taken internally it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, fight free radicals and much more.
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This precious vitamin can be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and avocados, just to name a few. If you can’t be bothered with all of that, you can pick up a bottle of vitamin E capsules from your local drugstore or supermarket.
Sweat It Out
Everyone knows regular exercise can provide a slew of health benefits including improved mood and increased energy levels, but did you know that it can also help your skin get that coveted Summer glow?
Exercise both increases circulation and reduces inflammation meaning that the improved blood flow will help carry waste products away from healthy cells and your skin cells will stay nourished and beautiful.
Exercise doesn’t even have to be hard! All you need to see results is 45 minutes a day of moderate cardio, such as running or dancing, five days a week. Within a few weeks you’ll be able to see the amazing changes to your skin.
Don’t Hate, Exfoliate
Another great way to get that glow is through exfoliation. Exfoliation is a process that removes dead skin cells  from the surface of your skin to reveal the beautiful glowing skin underneath.
Our bodies shed millions and millions of skin cells each day and naturally because we don’t see large sheets of dead skin all around us, it’s easy to assume that not all of the dead skin comes off.
To get rid of this buildup you can use anything from exfoliating scrubs to body brushes and chemical peels. It’s not “one-size-fits-all” so do a bit of research and find out which exfoliation method is best for you.
If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them 
Surprise surprise I’m talking about make up.
Now I’m not saying to go and “beat” your face, but instead you should use a product that gives you sheer coverage such as a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, both of which cover skin imperfections and leave you with a natural, dewey look.
If you find it’s not enough glow or you, just add a little bronzer and you’ll be ready to go no matter what time of year it is!
If you follow these tips you’ll definitely have that summer glow all year round.
Do you have any tips for getting glowing skin that you’d like to share? Comment below!

by Natalia

Blondie has a New Show!!!

Blondie has a New Show!!!

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Always looking for a new way to interact with the public and further expand Blondie’s Lipstick, Blondie Lockhart debuted her latest addition to the brand: a talk show!

Blonde Moment is a fun, witty and opinionated show hosted by Blondie that airs weekly via Youtube and will touch on everything you love about Blondie’s Lipstick: style and beauty tips, spotlighting young entrepreneurs, love and relationship advice, along with celebrity gossip, pop culture headlines, and the Blonde Moment where Blondie rants or raves about a particular topic. The show debuted TODAY!! Check out the first episode!

Subscribe to Blondie’s Lipstick Youtube channel to catch future episodes or click on the Blonde Moment tab!

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A Guide to MAC Cosmetics Pt.2

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics Pt.2

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Following on from our recent MAC guide, we thought you would might like to delve into the brand a little deeper. MAC cosmetics are a popular beauty brand and they have hundreds of products to choose from, so how do you know what are the best products to purchase? Here are the beauty products you need in your collection.

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The Neutrals

MAC have a vast range of eyeshadows. You can purchase these in pan size and put them straight into a palette (which you’ll need to purchase separately) or you can buy them in regular casing – these are slightly more expensive than pans but you can depot them manually into a palette. As with many MAC products, shadows have different finishes. The main ones to look out for are matte, veluxe pearl (metallic shimmer), frost (slightly shimmery), lustre (slightly glittery), satin (slight sheen) and velvet (demi matte).

From the original line up, our recommendations for starting a MAC shadow collection are;

*Satin taupe (frost) – a taupe brown with subtle silver shimmer. This shadow is buttery smooth and soft with high pigmentation. It’s truly one of the brands best shadows and will fit into any shadow collection.

*Era (satin) – a gold beige with subtle shimmer. One of MAC’s underrated shades, this shadow is perfect for the majority of skin tones and is super soft without any fallout.

*Malt (matte) – a pinky beige. This shadow is highly recommended for those who love a matte finish. The texture is soft and longwearing without feeling dry or chalky.

*All that glitters (veluxe pearl) – beige with gold pearl. This shadow is a popular choice for many and is a truly stunning shade that will complement any palette.

These neutral shades make a good basic line-up for any palette and can be paired with many other shades for a range of looks.

If you prefer a different texture of shadow then opt for a cream formula.

Paint Pots

Paint pots are a cream shadow that can be used as a primer, wash of color or paired with other shades. These are very longwearing and are ideal for those with oily skin.

Our pick of shades includes:

*Bare study – a light beige with gold pearl.

*Indianwood – metallic bronze.

*Vintage selection – peach beige with a frost finish.

The Liner

If you wear liner then try MAC Fluidlines. These are a gel liner that have a creamy and blendable formula for longwearing color. The liner needs to be applied with a brush – a pointed or flat brush is ideal. Here are our picks:

*Blacktrack – classic black that is a staple in many makeup collections.

*Macroviolet – a deep purple with subtle red pearl. An ideal choice if you want a hint of color on your eyes.

*Dipdown – a dark brown shade that provides a nice alternative to black.

The Cult Classics

Though MAC is well known for their color cosmetics, their skincare line packs a similar punch. There are two standouts here that have both become favorites with MAC fans.

*Strobe Cream – a hydrating moisturizer that highlights in a subtle way. Wear under foundation, mix with your base or apply over the top. You can highlight specific areas of the face or add luminosity all over your complexion. This magic cream brightens and reflects for beautiful glowing skin.

*Prep and Prime Fix + – a light, refreshing and hydrating water that helps to provide an airbrushed finish as well as ensuring that you base makeup doesn’t appear caked on. You can also use this water to dampen your makeup brushes before application, freshen you makeup during the day or use it as a base.

 

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The 90’s Dungarees Are Back!

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The 90’s dungarees are back and trending. They’ve been around for a few months now and don’t seem to be going away any time soon! Come rain or shine you can wear your trending dungarees and feel good.

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For hot days, you can always team your short dungarees with a simple vest or tee underneath and wear some sexy wedges or sandals. If you want to jazz it up a little, why not wear a statement necklace in case you want to feel more glam.

For the cooler days, you can either choose to wear your long dungarees with some slouchy boots and a long sleeve jumper or sweater over the top or you could wear your short dungarees. If you decide on the shorts, you can always wear thicker tights and the same top that you would wear with the long dungarees.

The best thing about dungarees is that they go with anything! Sneakers, boots, sandals, flip-flops or even bare-feet!

You could even add your character and style to the outfit by not doing one of the buckles up and let it hang loose or wear the long dungarees and wear one leg higher than the other. Whatever your style is, your dungarees will fit right in!

Topshop have a great pair of denim long dungarees $90.00

http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/clothing-70483/rompers-jumpsuits-4107634/tall-indigo-dungaree-4588722?bi=0&ps=20

Even a short overall dungarees in washed our black colourway $70.00

http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/clothing-70483/rompers-jumpsuits-4107634/moto-short-dungaree-4490515?bi=0&ps=200

 

 

Shelley

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics

A Guide to MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Cosmetics need no introduction in the beauty world and it’s easy to see why many people are huge fans of the brand. With a wide range of professional products that can be used by the everyday beauty lover, there is a product to suit everyone. Whether its foundations or lipsticks, here is a guide to some of the products and finishes you’ll find at your local MAC counter.

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Foundation

Foundations can be difficult to find but knowing what type of coverage and finish you prefer will help you to discover the perfect base for you. MAC offer several types of foundation with the standouts including;

Studio Fix SPF15 – Full coverage foundation that has a matte finish. Best suited for combination and oily skin types with blemishes or imperfections.

Studio Sculpt SPF15 – Medium coverage with a hydrating finish. Best for dry to combination skin types with slight imperfections.

MAC Face and Body – Sheer coverage with a hydrating finish. Best for normal to dry skin types that prefer a light coverage. This can be used on both the face and body to minimalize imperfections.

Matchmaster SPF15 – Medium coverage foundation with a demi matte finish. Best for combination to oily skin types.

Mineralize Moisture SPF15 – Sheer coverage foundation with a natural finish. Best for normal to dry skin types that prefer a weightless finish.

Powder

MAC also offer a range of powders from highlighting your best features to setting your makeup. The popular products include;

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – A mineral based powder with a natural, light finish. Best for normal to dry skin types.

Mineralize Skinfinish – A mineral based highlighter powder that comes in a range of shades. Some shades are limited edition and you’ll find them in various special collections.

Blot Powder – Available in both pressed and loose form, this powder offers oil control and is best suited for oily to combination skin types.

Prep and Prime Finishing Powder – A sheer powder that blurs imperfections, controls oil and sets makeup. Can be used on all skin types.

Blush

MAC blushes are hugely popular and choosing the right type of blush will depend on your personal preference.

Powder Blush – The standard type of blush that’s available in a matte (flat matte) finish, satin (light sheen), sheertone (sheer powder), sheertone shimmer (light shimmer and color) or frost (shimmery) finish.

Cremeblend Blush – a creamy but buildable finish.

Mineralize Blush – Mineral based and lightweight color.

Cream Color Base – Creamy with buildable coverage. Can be used as a blush and highlighter, depending on the shade you choose.

Lipstick

It’s impossible to mention MAC without referring to their lipsticks. They’ve become a cult classic and every makeup bag should have one. Here is a guide to the lipstick finishes available.

Frost – Shimmer finish.

Cremesheen – Lightweight color with a glossy finish.

Matte – Longwearing, complete matte finish.

Retro Matte – Creamy with a matte finish, high pigmentation and longwearing.

Amplified – Longwearing, pigmented color with a smooth finish.

Satin – Matte finish with a sheen. The most standard type of finish.

Lustre – Glossy finish.

Luscious Lipsticks in Red & Pink

Luscious Lipsticks in Red & Pink

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Many people are afraid of trying out a new colour on their lips. I don’t understand this but each to their own. I guess it’s out of their comfort zone or maybe they know what suits their face and what doesn’t.

For whatever reason, I would still try and mix it up a little and wear something bright and bold every so often. Nobody wants to become predictable you know!

Red & Pink Lips

 

Red and pink lipsticks are trending at the moment so now is the time to have some fun with your lips!

If you like red, go for a bold sexy matte or glossy finish. If you fancy pink to make the boys wink, then choose a gorgeous girly pink that flatters your skin tone.

I love to have a few red and pink lipsticks in my bag and when I have my glam days, I like to wear either one of them. In fact, I’ve even tried to mix them and it looks so good with a pink outline with the red colour in the centre. Everyone always comments on how good my lips look!

I would recommend spending more on lipsticks if you can. You can really tell the difference between a cheap and a more expensive lipstick.

Here are a few red lipsticks that I would recommend:

Mac Prolong Wear Lipcreme in True Red $20.00 Do you want a long lasting lipstick? Go for this sexy number.

Mac Lipstick in Lady Danger $17.00 Do you want a coral/red tone? Then this is perfect for you.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Red Lipcolor Julianne’s Red $8.99 Matt colour with a soft velvet finish.

And here’s a few gorgeous pink lipsticks I would recommend:

Mac Lipmix in Matte Magenta $15.00 Matt creamy formula that adds a touch of colour to your lips.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor $7.49 To be honest they have so many shades of pink; you’re bound to find one that you like.

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour $29.00 I’m in love with Laura Mercier products at the moment and this is brand new! This looks a lovely colour… Orchid Pink.

Ciao!

Shelley

Make Sure You Have Gorgeous Paws For Summer!

Make Sure You Have Gorgeous Paws For Summer!

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We all want gorgeous paws. Especially now it’s Summer time and we’re out and about more showing off our bodies and nails! There’s nothing worse than seeing horrid nails on someone.

First impressions count and even if you haven’t thought about it, people do check out your nails so be aware!

The first things I check out is hair, nails and sometimes clothes… and to be honest I think everyone else does… even if they don’t admit it.

Anyway, why would someone want to go around with awful nails? Sometimes we don’t have time to re-do them and I understand that. Everyone’s busy in their hectic schedules so fair enough. Not everyone has the time to pop to their local beautician. I tend to do my own nails; this saves money and a lot of time. This way I get to chop and change as frequent as I like.

Don’t you just hate it when you take your nail polish off and it’s stained your nails! This looks so ugly! I know you can get base coats that prevent the staining but sometimes it still does. The best thing to do when this happens is do let your nails breathe and not to paint over them because this makes it worse. You just have to grin and bear it!

I once tried false nails and I didn’t have a good experience. I somehow managed to glue my fingers together… hehe looking back it was funny but at the time, it wasn’t. I’ve never tried them since. I love my natural nails and I look after them so they are looking great.

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As a Writer/Blogger, I feel shorter nails are best for me because it suits my lifestyle. I don’t mean short, short just long enough so that when I’m typing, the nails don’t catch the keys on the keyboard. Shorter nails are trending at the moment due to Kim Kardashian West favouring them. Don’t get me wrong, I love long nails too but for daily use, shorter nails are preferred.

As I mentioned, it’s Summer in the UK now, so you’re nails are on show and this includes your precious toenails! Don’t forget to have a pedicure. You want your gorgeous nails to peep out of your peep toes or sandals.

 

Shelley

5 Great Budget Beauty Buys

5 Great Budget Beauty Buys

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We love using drugstore beauty products! When you’re on a budget, cheaper beauty products can still do the trick! There are so many health and beauty blog tips, as well as budget beauty products to choose from so knowing which ones do the best job will save you both money and time. From foundation to makeup brushes, here are the budget beauty buys we love!

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Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

The perfect foundation for normal to oily skin types, the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a great choice of base for those on a budget. With a matte finish, this foundation stays in place throughout the day, even in the heat. The lightweight texture helps to smooth the skin, hide imperfections and minimize the look of pores. If you have any large blemishes, you’ll need to use concealer as this foundation is somewhere between a light to medium coverage but there’s several shades available for a range of skintones.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Contouring is a huge trend right now and we are big fans! If you’re looking for a good contouring brush that isn’t going to cost you a great deal then check out the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. This angled brush is super soft and is the perfect size to define your cheekbones. You can use this brush with both cream and powder products and it makes them easy to blend. You can also use this brush with blush too!

NYX Taupe Blush

If you’re searching for a product to pair with the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush then NYX Taupe Blush is the one. A soft, blendable powder, this light brown blush shade suits a variety of skintones from porcelain to olive. As this blush is fairly sheer, you can apply it without worrying about over application.

Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Palette

One of the best budget eyeshadow palettes you’ll find, the Wet N Wild Color Icon Trio in Silent Treatment costs just $2.99 and contains three eyeshadow shades. Silent Treatment has a pink shade for the brow bone, dark brown shade for the crease of the eye and taupe for the eyelid. Each shadow is highly pigmented, soft and long lasting. This palette is great for creating both daytime and evening looks, whether you want to wear all three shades together of wear one as a swipe of color.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss

Color Elixir Lip Gloss by Maybelline has the color of a lipstick, feel of a balm and shine of a gloss. Those looking for a gloss that isn’t sticky will love these. They feel comfortable to wear, hydrating and deliver a pop of color. If you don’t like wearing lipstick then give these a try as they’re really wearable and don’t cost a fortune either.

 

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Forget a Beat, Bake Your Face

Forget a Beat, Bake Your Face

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A few weeks ago we told you about a new trend called Strobing. Well the beauty world is ever evolving & there’s already a new trend on the block known as baking. Prepare to get your life huni, beauty writer Essence Gant breaks it down

To every woman, girl, boy, and man who’s waited tirelessly for the next big moment in slayage, the time has come.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

We know.

Brace yourselves and enter the world of “baking,” also called “cooking,” your face.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

Popularized by drag queens, baking vanishes fine lines, creases, and pores, giving makeup a flawless finish.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

To bake your face, go about your beauty prep and apply foundation as usual.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

On her YouTube channel Curls N Lipstick, Canadian makeup artist Karina W completed her full face and saved the baking for last.

After your normal makeup routine, apply concealer under your eyes and upward toward your temples.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

Your concealer should be two shades lighter than your skin.

Pat the concealer into the skin with a sponge until it is fully blended.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

Apply a heavy layer of translucent powder on top of the blended concealer and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

You should look like this.

You should look like this.

As the powder sits, it works with your skin’s natural heat to melt (aka “bake”) the concealer into your face, filling in any creases and lines.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin

Once the 10 minutes are up, use short flicking motions to sweep away the powder with a blush brush.

"Baking" Your Face Is The New Way To Get Perfect Skin
Click here to see the finished look!

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What is Strobing?

What is Strobing?

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You may or may not have heard of strobing. Beauty trends come and go but the latest trend – strobing has been around for a while. Strobing is essentially highlighting. Like contouring, highlighting helps to define certain facial features. The key to good highlighting is using the right product and knowing exactly where to apply it.

Application

When it comes to strobing or highlighting, it’s best to apply your product to areas that would naturally catch the sun. This includes the top of your cheekbones, under your eyebrows, tip of the nose, forehead and bottom of the chin. You should apply your highlighter as the last step in your beauty routine.

Using the right type of product

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There are varying highlighters you can use. For instance, highlighters can be in powder, liquid or cream form. Choosing the perfect formulation for you depends on your skin type and personal preferences. A few good highlighters to consider include

Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! – This cream to powder formulation is in a stick which makes it super easy to apply. This champagne shade will also suit a range of complexions to provide a soft glow wherever you apply it. You can simply apply it straight from the stick and blend with your finger.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight – this light champagne shade comes in a powder formulation and can be applied with a blush brush or small contouring brush to your face. This subtle powder is ideal for those that want to achieve an illuminated look without the product appearing too shimmery or glittery.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette – If you’re searching for a slightly more affordable or practical option then consider this palette. This trio contains a highlighter, blush and bronzer with a range of variations available to suit your skin tone. The powder highlighter in this palette is slightly more shimmery than the Kevyn Aucoin powder so a little goes a long way. You can apply this with a brush straight to your face and little blending is required as it’s really easy to use.

MAC Strobe Cream – If you prefer a liquid highlight then MAC’s strobe cream is perfect! This highlighter is extremely subtle and can be easily applied to the skin with either your fingers or a damp sponge. The result is a light, iridescent look for beautiful highlighting.

E.L.F Shimmer Palette – For an affordable option, try this shimmer palette. There are four cream highlighters to suit a variety of skin tones. Try using these with a sponge and blend gently onto your cheekbones, eyes and nose.

Using the right tools

If you want to use a brush for highlighting purposes then consider the Sephora Pro Contour Brush. As the name suggests, this brush is designed for contouring but due to its smaller, tapered shape, it’s ideal for highlighting too. If you’re using a cream or liquid product then try the Beautyblender Micro Mini; two mini sponges that double in size once wet. Providing value for money, these can be used for applying any kind of face makeup, such as contouring and highlighting. Simply dampen and use with your cream or liquid highlighter.

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