Lip Crayon Trend, Review, Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio, Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing

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Lip Crayon Trend, Review, Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio,  Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing

In addition to having a ridiculously long name, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio in the color Natural Nude Eyes have pretty cool packaging. At first glance, these look like the kind of old school Arabian kohl sticks that you slide between your waterlines for an indelible stamp of pure black color. But they are not. They are water-proof kohl eyeliners masquerading as something fancier in old school packaging.

Lip Crayon Trend, Review, Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio,  Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing

The formula is pretty great! These sticks feel dry to the touch, like what I imagine straight charcoal sticks felt like when Cleopatra used them to rim her eyelids. I channeled my inner Egyptian queen and tightlined my top and bottom lash lines, something I rarely do because most waterproof formulas are too draggy or heavy.

Lip Crayon Trend, Review, Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio,  Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing

This went on neatly, didn’t smudge and wore all day as a base for my usual liquid liner. I was even able to achieve the layered look shown on the packaging, with a line of the champagne color drawn just above a black outline.

Lip Crayon Trend, Review, Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio,  Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing

Full disclosure: the Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon was an easy sell for me. Lip crayons are my jam. Chubby sticks are having a moment, and I already have a certain drugstore favorite in at least 3 colors in my bag at all times. That is the last time you will hear me say the words “chubby stick” because “lip crayon” is much less offensive, IMO. You can buy them opaque or glossy or “lacquer”-style. But this particular lip crayon stands out from the pack with a moisturizing, vitamin E-infused texture that feels extra luxurious on your lips.

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Laura Geller Love Me Dew also nails the elusive satin finish sheer. It’s shinier and healthier looking than a stain, but doesn’t look too “done.” This is a hard combo to find! It also smells like vanilla pudding. Not overly sweet, but very distinctly vanilla pudding-y. I stopped enjoying scented lip products in college but this is really delicious.

Lip Crayon Trend, Review, Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio,  Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing

It’s not the most long-lasting color, which doesn’t matter because it’s so easy to apply and wears evenly. Did I mention it’s supremely moisturizing, sheer and smells like dessert? You can’t have everything. I love everything about this product and want another one in the Watermelon Cooler shade.

You can purchase all reviewed and mentioned items using our site, www.BeautyStat.com!

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Review, Swatches: Our Spring Fling With Ardency Inn: Ultra Lightweight Skin Perfecting Primer, Natural Lip Color Pencil

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Review, Swatches: Our Spring Fling With Ardency Inn: Ultra Lightweight Skin Perfecting Primer, Natural Lip Color Pencil
One of the hottest brands to come out in the last few years has definitely got to be Ardency Inn. Their concept is so fresh and new with products divided into 3 groups: Punker, which is essential eye products; Modster, more hip colors for lips and Americana, since America has such diverse cultures and skintones, Americana has something for everyone of every ethnicity.

The Ultra Lightweight Skin Perfecting Primer is just as it says, LIGHTWEIGHT! The main
difference from this primer as opposed to others is that it contains NO silicone, but still has a great slip that won’t slide right off your face. It hydrates the skin, yet keeps it perfectly smooth-looking. Your skin just looks hydrated and fresh. There are 5 hydrating ingredients that make this product so unique:

            Glycerine
            Shea Butter
    Prickly Pear Oil ( Vitamin E and Omega 6)
        Vegetable Trehalose
     Fomes Officinlis Extract (to tighten pores)

Review, Swatches: Our Spring Fling With Ardency Inn: Ultra Lightweight Skin Perfecting Primer, Natural Lip Color Pencil
From the Americana series is the Natural Lip Color Pencil. Pictured is the shade Bowery, a nude with pink undertones. I love the street names of all 5 shades: Delancey, Essex, Houston and Kenmare — natural and flattering nudes for all skintones. This lip pencil is perfect to throw in your bag, and I love that you can retract the stick so you use just what you need.

Ardency Inn Cosmetics Punker Unrivaled Volume And Curl Lash Wax Mascara, Custom Coverage Concentrate, Long Play Supercharged Lip Color

It has a perfect satin finish for your lips. Squalene oil is one of the main ingredients to soften and hydrate, which I was amazed at how well it wore through the night! If natural-looking skin and lips is what you desire, well, then check out Ardency Inn. You will not be disappointed. I promise!

You can purchase all reviewed and mentioned items using our site, www.BeautyStat.com!

 So tell us: Are you going to rock America with your Americana products this spring?

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- Erin Sutera, Senior Editor & Makeup Artist | Follow Erin on Twitter @erinlee24

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine’s 2014 Most Beautiful – How To Get Her Radiant Complexion, Clean Makeup Cover Look

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine's 2014 Most Beautiful - How To Get Her Radiant Complexion, Clean Makeup Cover Look

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you might already know that Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is THE It Girl of all It Girls. She’s talented, sweet and has some crazy-cool fashion sense. So, we were more than thrilled (but not really surprised) to see our girl gracing the cover of People Magazine’s 2014 Most Beautiful issue.

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Although Lupita is more than just a pretty face — she’s a genuine, positively infectious burst of raw talent –  we still want to know everything there is to get her radiant skin and fresh makeup looks. Find out how to get Lupita’s People Magazine cover look with the help of Celebrity Aesthetician Maria Lekkakos and Mary Kay Cosmetics. Read on to find out some simple tips!

Radiant Skin

· To achieve natural, radiant skin, it is important to stay true to a skincare routine. This is made easy by using the Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ product line. This simple, 4-step skincare regimen can be personalized to every skin type with the 3 formulas for Dry, Normal and Oily skin.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine's 2014 Most Beautiful - How To Get Her Radiant Complexion, Clean Makeup Cover Look

Botanical Effects™ Cleanse: Using lukewarm water, apply cleanser with fingertips, rotating and massaging, to remove impurities and dirt.

Botanical Effects™ Mask: Apply a quarter-size of the Mask to the neck, face and décolleté and massage the face to improve circulation and muscle tone.

Botanical Effects™ Freshen: Apply to face and neck with cotton ball, avoiding eye and mouth areas.

Botanical Effects™ Hydrate: Use a nickel-sized amount and smooth on a clean face, neck and décolleté using upward strokes.

Clean Makeup

To achieve Lupita’s natural look, coat the lashes with Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black for long, dramatic lashes.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine's 2014 Most Beautiful - How To Get Her Radiant Complexion, Clean Makeup Cover Look

Lightly dust the face with Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder to keep shine at bay.

Finally, apply Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Rock ‘n’ Red to create Lupita’s pop-of-color pout!

How To Get Lupita Nyong’o’s Short, Texturized, Natural Afro Look With Widows Peak

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Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

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Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

Looking for a statement-making hairstyle to help make your prom night perfect? Or are you just looking for a new style to rock this spring? Whether you want a chic style, romantic waves or a classic updo, Pureology has a variety of beautiful, ready-to-wear looks to help make you the belle of the ball.

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Inspired by fabrics, patterns and fashion silhouettes, the latest collection of Expressions & Expertise, created by Pureology Artistic Ambassador Ruth Roche, features a variety of hairstyles to help you create your perfect prom look. From Faux Bobs and Faux Hawks to Side Braids and Buns, this inspiring new collection showcases the beauty, luxury and inspiration of Pureology.

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Waved Texture

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

1. Prime hair withPureology Colour Fanatic, create texture, grip and hold in the hair by blow-drying equal parts of Pureology Control Twist high hold liquid wax and Pureology Anti Breakage Twist shine-texturizer.

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

2. Using a ¾” iron, start two inches below the part line on the right side, insert the iron with the spoon towards the scalp a slight diagonal towards the back of the head.

3. Create a wave by pulling the iron to the right as you are pushing the hair over the spoon to the left side, slightly rotating the lip of the spoon toward the ceiling. Continue this technique around the head. This creates a 20s-like wave ridge.

4. Insert the iron directly under the created ridge on the left side at a slight diagonal toward the back. Once the iron is in, push the iron to the right as you push the hair over the spoon to the left, slightly rotating the lip of the spoon toward the ceiling. Continue this technique all the way around the head.

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

5. Finish with a mist of Pureology Supreme Control maximum hold zero dulling hairspray.

6. To refresh, use Pureology Fresh Approach dry shampoo at the roots and dry-condition on the ends below the ridge curls. Hot Tip: The deeper you want the ridge, the more you can rotate the spoon up toward the ceiling.

Undone Updo/ Faux Hawk

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

1. Blow-dry with Pureology Root Lift spray foam mousse and Pureology Lustrous Volumizer bodifying glaze using a medium round brush.

2. Section a horseshoe-shaped section, from high point of the brow to the back of the crown, out of the way. On both sides, take a diagonal section from bottom of the crown to the back of the ear.

3. Take 1″ horizontal sections (starting in the nape) and lace sections with a low elevation, directing each section toward the nape. Smooth surface using the side of a boar bristle brush and secure ponytail with an elastic 3″ from the bottom hairline. Holding a few strands from inside the ponytail, push elastic up toward the nape, creating a square shape.

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

4. Using diagonal sections, lace hair at the roots away from the face, keeping sections close to the head. Smooth the surface, brush hair to just underneath the horseshoe and secure with two criss-crossed bobby pins (closed fasteners). Repeat on other side and pin on top of the previous section.

5. Using 1″ horizontal sections, lace hair at the roots for volume and slightly lace out to the ends. Brush top section back, keeping it the width of the section. Once past the crown, hold the hair in position with large hair pins. Allow hair to drop over the ponytail section and pin a few strands around the elastic to cover.

6. Spray with Pureology Strengthening Control zero dulling hairspray to lock in the look.

Side Braid

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

1. Prime hair with Pureology Colour Fanatic, blow-dry with Pureology Anti Split Blow Dry and Pureology Cuticle Polisher to create a smooth finish.

2. Section hair off, leaving the right side out approximately 2” at hairline to back of the ear.
Lace hair 1” at base all over.

3. Form a pony on right side back at hairline, flat as possible. Braid the pony and secure with an elastic. Release front section, pin top half away, lightly lace the bottom half at the base to create a cushion, Smooth with a soft brush and wrap this section around pony thickly, covering as much of the braid as possible.

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

3. Break this last section into 4 or 5 sections, whatever the hair allows.

4. Using an open fastener and needle, weave hair draping a flat panel down and insert at a diagonal behind the braid to start the pattern. Consistency is key for this look.

5. Take the next panel and bring it ¾” closer to the hairline than the previous panel. Continue until you run out of hair.

6. Wrap the ends around the braid where it has been wrapped by the previous section.
Finish with Pureology Strengthening Control zero dulling hairspray.

Faux Bob

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

1. Prime hair with Pureology Colour Fanatic and directional blow-dry with a Denman at the base of hair to create a gentle lift at the base.

2. Set a U-shapde section top of head with a 1” barrel iron in a brick lay pattern.

3. Set the rest of hair with a 1” barrel iron, wrapping hair around barrel holding ends with fingers. Using Pureology Sea-Kissed Texturizer salt-free tousle mist to create natural texture, alternate sections, one forward and one backward.

Spring/Summer Hairstyle Trends 2014: 4 Best Prom Styles How-To: Faux Hawk Updo, Bob, Side Braid, Waved Texture

4. Section top and sides of hair above occipital using large clip to get hair out of the way.

5. Lace the nape section to create a cushion using small closed fasteners to secure longer length into cushion. Next, move to side sections using the vertical section with low elevation and lacing to create texture.

6. Use small fasteners to secure long hair into a bob length. Take clip out of top section then tousle hair using Pureology Density Definer medium hold crème wax. Fasten loose ends if needed.

7. Using a plastic sewing needle, weave the front section into the top side of hair to pull back from face.

8. Finish with Pureology Strengthening Control zero dulling hairspray.

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Review: 2 Best Drugstore Eye Creams: Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment – How To Fight Wrinkles, Puffy Eyes

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Review: 2 Best Drugstore Eye Creams: Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment - How To Fight Wrinkles, Puffy Eyes
If you are familiar with some of my previous articles, you will know how much I love products by Yes To. This article will be a continuation of my love of all their products, as I was fortunate enoughto be able to try their eye treatments this time around.

Yes To Grapefruit Brightening, Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes, Gentle Milk Cleanser, Naturally Smooth Lip Balms, Correct & Repair CC Cream

The first product every gal with swollen morning eyes should have is Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel. This eye gel is different from every other gel I have ever tried; it not only reduced swelling, but it felt hydrating on my eyes. My concealer applied flawlessly, unlike most eye gels that don’t leave the under eye area well hydrated for makeup. Some important ingredients in this gel are:

Cucumber – Rejuvenating vitamins to soothe and soften the skin

Spirulina Algae: Contains proteins, nutrients and vitamin B that protect skin against irritants.

Chamomile – Soothes and moisturizes delicate, tired skin.

Green Tea:­ Contains anti-inflammatory properties that protect skin against free radical damage.

Dead Sea Minerals – Exfoliate, detoxify and rejuvenate the skin. This exclusive blend of minerals allow for easy penetration to fortify cells and increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Review: 2 Best Drugstore Eye Creams: Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment - How To Fight Wrinkles, Puffy Eyes

If puffy, dehydrated eyes are what ails you, Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment is the product for you! If you are more concerned about premature aging and want to nourish the eye area, perhaps you would like to try this eye cream.

This formula is made with paracress flower, which helps to restore and smooth skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 28 days! How awesome is that? All the while this product also has 95% natural, paraben-, petroleum- and SLS-free ingredients.  This lightweight lotion contains:

Blueberries – Rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and anthocyanins to help fight free radicals.

Paracress Flower — Proven to help restore and smooth the skin within 28 days.

Beeswax – An emollient that helps soften skin and promotes the retention of moisture.

Olive Fruit Oil – Rich in oleic acid to help regenerate skin cells and attract moisture to the skin.

This lotion can also be used day and night and I have to say, in all my years of buying expensive
and inexpensive eye creams, this product can stand up to any $50 product on the market easily.

I always tell my clients, if you are going to start using one piece of skincare at a young age, make
sure it’s an eye cream of some sorts. You will not regret it. I’m 40 and luckily look like I’m in my late 20s — and I’m convinced using eye cream is the reason. Between these two products, you might use one or be like me and use both. Your eyes will thank you in 10 years!

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So, tell us: Are you going to become a Yes To disciple like me?

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