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Tuesday Tip: Lift Those Lashes!

When you want a lift but aren’t ready to commit to Lash Extensions, try a Lash Lift! It’s the perfect way to open up your eyes with no mascara or eyelash curler!

Our Lash Lift treatment uses silicone pads to lift each lash individually, adding just the right amount of volume and curl. After the treatment, lashes will appear thicker and longer, with a natural curl that can last up to 3 months!

Monday’s Muse is none other than Maleficent herself, Angelina Jolie!

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Angelina’s beauty knows no bounds!  She’s naturally gorgeous, with piercing eyes and the most coveted lips on the planet!  It’s been mesmerizing to watch her transform into one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, all while living a life as everybody’s favorite humanitarian, mother, and sex goddess. 

Here are a few of my favorite shots of the lovely Miss Jolie…

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Those dull, dry chapped lips…a thing of the past! We found this wonderful DIY lip treatment, that will bring back the “kiss” for your kissable lips and all you have to do is head over to your kitchen and/or grocery store, mix these ingredients and then tackle “the chap”…head on.  Here are two solutions, depending on how bad the damage is.  If only there were chocolate in them…

Pretty Sweet (Lightweight Formula)

One teaspoon Brown Sugar

One teaspoon Honey

One teaspoon Olive Oil or Petroleum Jelly

Mix the brown sugar and honey together to create a paste and thickly coat your lips.  Leave it on for a few minutes then start gently scrubbing with your finger until all the dead skin has been buffed off.  Immediately dab on olive oil or lip balm to moisturize.

Oh So Coco (Extra Moisture Formula)

One teaspoon Sea Salt 

One teaspoon Coconut Butter or Coconut Oil (available at your local health food store)

Mix the two together then pat on your lips and gently scrub in circular motion until it’s as smooth as a baby’s…

Now your lipstick/gloss will glide on as it should!  Repeat daily until you feel your old pout is back.

XO

Tired of your eyeliner not lasting the entire day and seeping down the corners of your eyes?  We love this tip!  Keep your waterline eyeliner from running or disappearing during the day.

Lock in your pencil with shadow and you’ll find your liner will last SO much longer.

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Have you ever heard of face mapping? If not, it’s pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problematic skin. Thanks to the combined knowledge of dermatologists who have analyzed skin behaviors and ancient Chinese medicinal methods there is a smarter way to interpret and treat skin imperfections by way of “face mapping.” Face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body.  It’s pretty amazing stuff…

Why do you break out in some areas and not others? 

Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring. (Don’t you wish you knew about this in middle school?)

So, what are your breakouts telling you? 

Using the face mapping method to decode what’s going on with your body is both incredibly informative and very extensive if you ask me. Here is an overview of the basic areas and what breakouts or abnormalities in those areas mean:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water. 

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy. 

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol. 

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here. 

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up! 

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin. 

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion. 

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side). 

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids. 

So the next time you breakout or notice dark under eye circles, look to your map (or shall we say your face map). 


P.S. Please note that these are general guidelines. Just becuase you breakout on your nose doesn’t mean you have a heart problem. As with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. 

 

Want your make up to last all day and night, but you’re on a bit of a budget?  You can make your own setting spray for about $5. Yes, $5

You can use setting sprays to moisturize your skin, set your make up, and add some shine to your hair. If you look cakey with too much face powder you can use setting spray to make it melt into your skin. It is great in the summer months because it prevents your make up from moving or if you are one of those girls who wears makeup to the gym. If your foundation dries before you buff into your skin all the way, you can spray it on your brush and then finish applying the make up. Pretty much everything and anything.
   Now lots of companies also make a mixing medium, sold with your pigment eye shadows so that the loose powder doesn’t fall on your face. Mixing medium is also very versatile in its uses. The funny part is that its the very same thing as finishing spray just in different packaging. So, this setting spray that you are about to make can be used as a mixing medium also!


 

   Recipe
  • 1 part pure glycerin (You can find it in the facial care area at your local pharmacy, cooking stores or even craft stores) 
  • 3 parts Filtered water 
  • Something to put it in ( a spray bottle)
   All you do is mix 1/4 glycerin to 3/4 water inside a spray bottle and use. That would be if you have combination skin. If you have oily skin try 1/5 glycerin to 4/5 water and if you have dry skin try using 1/3 part glycerin to 2/3 parts water.
    If you have redness in your skin you can add 1 part rose water, that will also give it a nice rose smell. I like to put one part witch hazel in mine personally because it makes it feel less sticky. If the stickiness is still a problem for you, try just a little rubbing alcohol.   
   Glycerin is also used in cooking, many beauty products and medicines. It’s a lubricant, moisturizer, and heals burns.  It is also good for colds. 
 
All this for about $5 bucks! SWEET!
For best results, spray in an “X” AND a “T” formation on your face, to cover completely.

HOW TO COVER A PIMPLE

First of all, don’t pick or squeeze (but you already knew that). I’ve learned the hard way: it’s much easier to conceal a smooth bump than an irritated, crusty, flaky one. You may even want to lay off the topical treatments if you get the cystic kind of pimples, because they’ll only dry out your skin without treating the underlying inflammation.

So pimples are red, yes? A lot of people swear by colour correctors—so, the green ones would counteract the red— this may be an unnecessary step.   What works for me is to first cover the area (along with the rest of my face) as per my usual routine with a liquid foundation. 

Then I’m ready to go in and do the detail work with actual concealer. You want one with an opaque, creamy texture that will stay put and not cake or smear. The ones in a pot, like TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer, are great… 

Now, here is the trick…use a LIP BRUSH to cover your pimple!  Unlike concealer brushes, which have a larger, flat head, lip brushes are small and pointy—and therefore perfect for dabbing the tiniest, most precise amount of concealer on to the target. I’ll say that again: you want to DAB, not rub, and concentrate the concealer just on the discolouration of the pimple itself, not the surrounding area. This is really the key to a natural look.

Next I recommend setting your work with a pressed powder to make sure it stays put all day. My favorite is Cover Girl Clean in warm beige.  I have been using this on myself since I was in high school.  To this day, I haven’t found a better pressed powder!

For the pimple,  don’t use the sponge applicator. I actually take a bit of powder on my finger and press it into the pimple by hand, since dusting with a brush can rub off some of the concealer. I let it sit for maybe a minute or two before I take a small fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend the powder out. (You’ll want to use the powder everywhere you get shiny, not just where the pimple is—otherwise your skin will look weirdly matte in one spot.)

The last step is a spritz of facial mist:

Shu Uemura Depsea WaterI like Shu Uemura’s, but any brand will do—it just helps to cut some of the matte-ness of the powder and give you a more natural skin finish. And you’re done!

XO

We’ve always said that beauty is on the inside and on the outside! Damone is known not only as the “Eyebrow King”, but also a “Beauty Therapist”, so when he came across this extraordinary DIY Detox Bath, he thought he’d share it with you!

Detoxification of your body through bathing is an ancient remedy that anyone can perform in the comfort of their own home. In detoxification circles, your skin is known as the third kidney, and toxins are excreted through sweating. A detox bath is thought to assist your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and awakened.

The Detox Bath, which you’re about to learn, is a water detox technique and a form of hydrotherapy. The Detox Bath constitutes an ideal home remedy for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain optimal health, and naturally enjoy a lean, fit and toned body without spending additional money.

The Powerful Therapeutic Benefits Of The Detox Bath Derive From The Fact That:
*It targets the groin area: One of the highest nerve-concentration areas in the body. Hence its positive effect on mood, sleep and energy.
*This area also houses main arteries, and the technique greatly boosts blood circulation, elimination and digestion.
*It directly stimulates the root chakra, which governs sexual energy and reproductive organs. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle, and has been used by Louis Kuhne to treat impotence. It is also beneficial for low libido and menopausal symptoms.
Function of the Detox Bath Soak
The main function of the Detox Bath is to help your body -through an internal thermal reaction- to eliminate toxins and excess fat. It’s a water detox technique, which helps keep the body in optimal health by boosting its ability to detoxify and eliminate.
In order to achieve a trim, toned and healthy body, restful sleep, good mood, efficient digestion, great skin and great energy levels, you need to spend a minimum of 10 minutes a day cooling down your core (groin) area following the Detox Bath method.

DIY Detox Bath recipe and guide:
Detox Bath Ingredients:
*2 cups Epsom Salts
*2 cups baking soda
*2 cups sea salt
*5 tbsp ground ginger
*1 cup vinegar

Directions:
*Combine dry ingredients, storing in a close container
*At bath time, add 1 cup of dry ingredient mix and 1 cup vinegar to hot running water.
*Optional: add several drop of your favorite essential oil.
Detox Bath Benefits:
*Epsom salts draw toxins from the body, relieving aches and pains.
*Baking soda balances an overly-acidic system, refreshing, energizing and softening the skin.
*Sea salt soothes, healing open sores and blemishes.
*Ground ginger increase circulation.
*Vinegar soothes and softens the skin.

Enjoy your relaxing detox bath!

XO

Happy Birthday to Miss Diana Ross!  Your beauty, music and vision has inspired me, my brand and my life! 

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One of my beauty products, I named after Diana Ross.  To honor her birthday, I decided to showcase one of our best selling shadows!  Get yours today for her birthday!  The Damone Roberts Miss Ross Brow Shadow is a soft grey that looks natural instead of extreme. This color actually compliments the skin and has proven to be a favorite on Asian or African American Skin Tones.  This sheer to medium opacity powder can be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner.  Fierce and Fabulous is just a click away! CLICK HERE

How has Diana Ross inspired you?