Beauty Solutions: The Dark Side

What you can do to send those dark circles packing

If you’ve got a problem, we’ve got your solution! Beauty Solutions tackles the most common beauty problems and makes your beauty routine a little easier with tips and tricks to fix them! This one is sure to make your day a little bit brighter (especially under your eyes).

Question: How do I get rid of bags/dark circles under my eyes?

All In The Family - Dark skin underneath the eyes can be a hereditary hurdle. If your parent or parents have hyperpigmentation in this area, you’re more likely to have it as well.

Zzz’s, H2O & SPF - Sleep can minimize discoloration around the eyes, as does staying hydrated. Avoid alcohol and salt, which can both dehydrate you and enhance any dark areas on your skin. Sunscreen is a must; it protects your skin and sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide help decrease skin pigmentation over time, which lightens skin overtime. 

Plump It Up - Daily moisturizers and eye creams with plumping ingredients can help if things look a little droopy, but be careful with certain ingredients when it comes to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Pink or peach toned cream correctors can keep you from looking fatigued during the day. Our CC Crème Concealer with SPF 20 is a great one; it’s the perfect pick-me-up for your lower lids. When they aren’t combined into one product, eye cream helps concealer go on smoother, so use both for the best results.

Mask It Out - A quick sheet mask specifically made for under-eye treatment is a great option for a more immediate lift. No one will ever know you’re running on 3 hours of sleep. ;)

Natural Light(ening) - Tomatoes and lemons both have lightening properties that can be harnessed for your dark circles. Just mix tomato juice and lemon juice in a 2:1 ratio and gently apply underneath your eyes for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Repeat this process morning and night for 2-3 weeks for best results. Kojic acid and licorice extract can also be used to brighten and even skin tone.
 

Ghoulishly Gorgeous

Beauty inspiration for 4 fun Halloween looks

Halloween is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for all things spooky and sparkly! Your makeup can really take your Halloween attire to the next level. Here are a few ideas that will help you add a little “BOO!” to your beauty on the 31st.
 
The Sultry Cat
You can make this Halloween standard all yours this year! Start with CC Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and the Contour Palette to even things out and define your features. A strong cheekbone contour can help give you a cat-like structure. Use Kajal Eyeliner for intense color around your eyes and lightly line your lips in black Eye Pencil to add some feline features to your face. Add whiskers and a nose with whichever one gives you more control over your creativity and use Cream Eyeliner to keep things in place (it’s waterproof!) Create a smokey eye with the darkest shade in the Adorisse Night Eyeshadow Palette and add a pop of color with Moisture Rich Lipstick in Red Satin, or cover just your top lip in black liner and connect it to the bottom of your drawn on nose as an alternative to a red pout. Put on a few coats of Lash Stretching Mascara and remember, there’s never been a better time to grab that Felt Tip Eyeliner for a dramatic cat eye.
 
The Mystical Unicorn
This is a fun one, because it’s all about your imagination! Start by brightening your eyes and defining your features with White Soufflé Highlighter and the Contour Palette. Then, use the Girl Squad All Eyes On Us Eyeshadow Palette and the All Night Long Felt Tip Eyeliner in the bright bold shade we call Feather to feel truly magical. The Girl Squad collection has the perfect high-pigment shades to make this look happen. Blend the colors as your see fit from your eyes to your cheeks, even down your neck. Finish it off with some Powder Blush in Sunset, a few swipes of Lash Stretching Mascara and a sweet Liquid Matte lip in the shade First Kiss. Add gems and sparkles for a fantasy feel. Your hair, ears and horn could be a fun DIY project!

The Mermaid Queen
Once you even things out with the Contour Palette and brighten things up with White Soufflé Highlighter, the Girl Squad Eyeshadow Pallet is all you really need to really get this look going. Pair it with the Girl Squad All Night Long Felt Tip Eyeliner in Feather and create lighter shades of teal and purple with the lightest shade of the Powder Eyeshadow Trio in Drama. Set this look out to sea with a little Lash Stretching MascaraMoisture Rich Lipstick in Rich Cabernet, a Clear Gloss Lip Tint and an aquatic-colored wig.

Tip: Use a pair of fishnets to give an amphibious texture to the color you apply to your face.
 
The Royal Goddess
Yaaas, queen! No, seriously. Get this regal look by defining your cheekbones with the Contour Palette. Use Inkwell Eyeliner to heavily line your eyes all the way around and Cream Eyeliner to solidfy your ultra-dramatic cat eye. Add golden accents to your face in the same places you would apply a highlighter for a regal Cleopatra-inspired look. Use the Powder Eyeshadow Trio in Amazonian for your eyes and give yourself a glow with Powder Blush in Havana Spice. Lightly layer Royal Jelly Luxe Shine Lip Gloss in Regal Peach over Royal Jelly Luxury Lipstick in Gilded Bronze for a glistening lip fit for a queen.

The Dos and Don’ts of Zit Care

A quick guide to minimizing your breakouts

If you’re like most women, you thought your breakouts would end after adolescence, only to be proven wrong in your twenties. The truth is, blemishes come in all shapes and sizes and impact faces of all ages. The good news is, on those days your face is a few spots shy of flawless, you don’t have to suffer – at least not for long. Click here to see the dos and don’ts of dealing with blemishes as quickly and painlessly as possible.
 
Do: Practice Patience
Odds are good you’ll want to pop that pimple. Don’t! If there’s any way for you to stop yourself, your face will thank you long after your bothersome blemish is gone. Popping pimples, especially if you don’t have the skill of a facialist, irritates your skin, breaks capillaries and can even lead to scarring, and nobody wants that. Instead, take a breath, grab the right products and get to work.
 
Do: Spot Treat
Feel or see a pimple on the horizon? Don’t fret – spot treat it, ASAP. A penetrating clay mask will draw out impurities and may even prevent a pimple from forming. Likewise, Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid will dry a zit out, relinquishing its power to progress!
 
Don’t: Pick
Even if you’ve managed not to pop a zit, you may find yourself touching, poking or prodding it. Stop! The rule of thumb when it comes to blemish care is no contact. So keep your hands to yourself – and off your face. The oils and dirt on your fingertips are likely to exacerbate things and irritate the skin around your pimple, making things look even worse than they are.
 
Don’t: Primp Your Pimple
If you’ve managed to keep your hands off, you may avoid broken skin. However, if you’ve popped your zit – or it’s popped on its own, the last thing you want to do is risk bacterial infection by covering it up. Instead, steam your face, use toner and apply an anti-bacterial cream to hasten the healing. It may mean showing imperfection in public for a day or two, but it’ll save you from scarring in the long run. 

Bouncing Back

Getting back to normal after a rough patch

Whether you’ve had a bad day, a bad week, or a run of struggles, there are lots of methods to explore for picking yourself back up and rebooting to have a better day. Self-care is having a much needed moment and people everywhere are paying extra attention to their overall wellbeing. Putting yourself first rather than last allows you to be your best for your family, friends and career. Here are some things you can do to lift yourself up when you feel down.
 
Mindset Shift
Chaos and calamity can plague you long after the initial drama is over. To lighten your mood and keep residual negative thoughts from getting out of hand, focus on personal growth and life lessons instead. You can find peace through nurturing practices like meditation, prayer, talk therapy, writing or even reaching out to trusted friends or family to listen. Try to steer clear of negative people, news, or conversations to avoid additional stress while you are still vulnerable from the experience.
 
Guilty Pleasures
Simple indulgences can promote absolute bliss. Whatever makes you swoon with happiness, be it shoe shopping, a long hot bath with a glass of champagne (while the kids play outside), or splurging at a trendy spa, do it! A little “you time” can help create the harmony you need in your life at the moment.
 
Get Creative
Artistic endeavors, like working in a garden, knitting, dancing, playing an instrument or painting, can be great outlets for relieving stress and have the power to put you in a happy place. The key is to throw yourself into whatever you love to do and get lost in it; even if it’s just for an afternoon. The things that seem to make time fly can leave you with a wonderful sense of productivity and creativity.
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