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Detox Mask Essentials: When A Little Cleansing Is In Order

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HI, HI, HI!

Sometimes your skin just needs a little DETOX to keep things fresh & clean.

Detoxing your skin should become a regular part of your skin care routine. You’ll start to notice a more dewy, moisturized, bright skin tone ( AKA detoxing your skin is the shit ).

You already know I’m obsessed  with the Aztec Clay Mask, but here are a few other detox mask essentials.

1. Mario Badescu Collagen Mask:

Every women, and man for that matter should be using collagen on the reg. This collagen mask will tighten, nourish, & purify skin. PLUS, it can reduce redness & irritation.

2. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask:

The secret to soothing skin after too much sun exposure. This mask is SUPER hydrating, great for sensitive skin, reducing puffiness & irritation, & helps lock in moisture.

3. New Zealand Bee Venom Mask:

This mask is my absolute favorite & best kept secret! Bee venom will naturally lift and tighten the skin VISIBLY. You’ll see the difference, it’s insane!

4. Crystal Hydro Gel Patches:

Don’t forget about your eyes! I’m obsessed with these for wrinkles. Put them under your eyes to smooth and moisturize, reduce or remove dark under eye circles, wrinkles, & crows feet.

5. Indian Healing Clay:

This is an oldie, but a goodie. More info on healing benefits: Aztec Clay Mask

6. Dermal Korea Collagen Mask:

This is the Korean secret facial mask, don’t spend $135 on SK-11 mask, use this Korean mask instead, you’ll literally get the same benefits. 

Who’s ready to DETOX? I’m literally off to do one of these masks now. 

Which is your favorite? Have any detox mask suggestions?

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Organic Makeup, What UP

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When it comes to makeup, I’m very specific.

I’m not a one type of brand kind of person, I pick the best products from each line.

For instance, I can’t live without my Bold Brow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills but then again, I love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer…& shit, I also love Benefit’s ‘Watts Up.’ Clearly I can’t make up my mind on ONE brand. You can see what’s in my Caboodle ( yes, Caboodle ) here.

On that note, I’m open to trying lots of different products. So when I went to sushi with my friend, Carly recently she told me about something different: organic beauty products. When Carly got pregnant she really started researching products. Including her makeup. Basically she broke down the following stats over sea-salted edamame & salmon sashimi:

+ Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues ( including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility ) are on the rise, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.

+ There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.

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+ Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

+ What’s worse is the Food and Drug Administration ( the agency that regulates cosmetics ) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful ( lead, formaldehyde, & phthalates ) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.

+ The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

+ The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.

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HMMMMMMMMM….

Now, I balance my life like a checkbook. While I love organic blueberries in my AM smoothie, my drugstore mascara is probably the farthest thing from organic makeup on the planet ( can’t win ’em all ).

BUT. Organic makeup/products still spark my curiosity…like, I still want to know about them…& even try them out.

Because I’m constantly on the hunt for new products, different opinions, &/or cool ideas, it’s totally not surprising that I was intrigued, right?

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Carly sent me some organic makeup products from Beautycounter to test out & naturally, there were a couple I loved.

SO spotlight on:

♡ ROSE WATER: because what girl in the world doesn’t love the idea of waking up & casually spritzing rose water on her face? Especially when it’s all natural organic rose water? Helllllo. This is so Elizabeth Taylor/Valley Of The Doll-ish in all the right ways. The rose water now sits pretty on my nightstand. So sexy.

♡ DEWY MOISTURIZER: this is tinted. Anything that’s moisturizing & tinted is a total win. I love the word dewy ( have you noticed? ). There’s nothing better than a dewy, fresh glow. Nothing greasy, just a little dew— ya know? Over the matte look, in to the dew. Since it’s organic & all-natural, I’m in to it even more.

♡ EYE LINER: for some reason one of my favorite products on the site was the organic eye liner. Reason being: if I’m putting something near my eye there’s some time of relief knowing it’s natural. Typically I just use eye liner when I’m working or going out, so this is perfect for someone like me who’s not an everyday eye liner girl.

♡ JASMIINE OIL: Carly sent me this jasmine oil & I was immediately hooked. As you know, I love using oils to remove my makeup. With this one, you can take off makeup AND use it as an after makeup moisturizer. YUM right? Organic, all-natural, AND moisturizing. YES PLZ.

 

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Obviously I still have my ride or dies in my makeup bag BUT I will definitely be adding a couple of these organic products in to the mix.

THOUGHTS? WEIGH IN.

Also, check out my Snapchat for a tutorial on pumpkin pie spice coffee ( I show you my FAVORITE way to whip up an AM cup of Joe ). Username is laurynevarts.

Talk soon, lauryn xx

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Not The Biggest Blush Fan, But I Do Love Orgasm-ed Cheeks

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Sorry guys.

I just really couldn’t help myself with the title. It was too easy.

Let me break it down so you get it: since the holidays are sparkly & shimmery, I figured we needed to talk BLUSH. Orgasm blush, specifically.

But wait, blush is tricky.

I feel like it’s very easy to look KRUSTY THE CLOWN-ISH if you overdo it.

That’s why I love a good orgasm.

Take your mind out of the gutter—- I’m just talking about the best blush ever: NARS cream blush in ‘Orgasm.’

Duh.

It will make your cheeks look like you just had a big…O.

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Perfectly rosy, with a hint of shimmer & not incredibly overwhelming.

Especially in to this blush during the holidays. I really can’t get ready without it. If you’ve used ‘Orgasm’ blush you already know this though. If you haven’t your makeup bag is totally missing something.

By the way, there’s a very specific way to apply blush.

Like very, VERY specific. Because can we talk about the time I went to get my makeup done & the lady contoured me…WITH BLUSH? That was just NO? Eer right?

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You never want to contour with blush. You always want to put it on according to your face shape ( I like it on the apples of my cheeks ).

Ok so, how to apply blush like a pro:

♡ Suck your cheeks in, like you’re sipping from a BPA-free straw.
♡ Keep it on the apples of your cheeks.
♡ Don’t over shimmer the blush.
♡ Too red= just NO. A hint of light pink is perfect.
♡ Apply it properly according to your face shape.

This article says:

To slim a round face: Sweep it along your cheekbones ( suck in your cheeks to locate them ) & extend the color out to your temples.

To balance a heart-shaped face: Apply blush below the apples ( the meatiest parts ) of your cheeks and blend out to your hairline.

To soften a long face: Blend blush beneath your apples, but not out to your temples.

Trust me, try Orgasm & prepare to fall in love…HA.

Keep it simple, slightly pink, with a tiny bit of sparkle— happy holidays, lauryn x

+ Shop my MU look: foundation | powder | crimson lip | Orgasm cream blush | illuminator
+ Holiday outfit: black top | red skirt ( sold out, similar ) | gold clutch | black pumps

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Best Discounts On Cyber Monday: Beauty Gifts

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Happy Cyber Monday!

Beauty gifts are always a good idea, but an even BETTER idea when it’s Cyber Monday & they’re on SALE!

Your friends, mom, sister, cousin, aunt, etc. will LOVE these gift ideas.

Get a FULL LIST of all the best discounts on Cyber Monday HERE.

Enjoy!

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Best Discounts on Cyber Monday: Beauty Gifts Edition

Adrienne Vittadini Studio 4-pc. Moisturizing Bath Gift Set

SEPHORA COLLECTION Glitter Happy Brush Set

Yves Saint Laurent Three-Piece Kiss and Love Mini Lipstick Set

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

Anastasia Beverly Hills Five Item Brow Kit ($120 Value)

PMD Personal Microderm Device

Laura Mercier ‘Crème de la Crème’ Luxe Body Wash Collection (Limited Edition)

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Shiseido ‘Benefiance’ Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask

Anthropologie Vestige Lipstick Holder

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Nu’ Couture Variation Ten-Color Expert Eye Palette

Drybar ‘Sparkle & Shine’ Set ($288 Value)

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Sexy, Scary Skeleton Makeup Tutorial That ANYONE Can Do At Home

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I’m a day late & a dollar short on this post but I couldn’t NOT show you guys how we created this spooky, sexy skeleton look.

This look is SUPER easy to create at home ( it seems overwhelming but trust me, it’s not ). Firstly, this look was inspired by cutie Lauren Paul on Instagram. She is so beautiful & I loved how she rocked this with a casual men’s black hooded sweater.

Kelsey, who’s one of my FAVORITE makeup artists, created this at-home skeleton look by using the following products:

+ Products used:

Ben Nye Character Base CB-3 Skeleton White.

NYX eye shadow in “Whipped Cream.

Blacktrack Fluidline Gel Liner.

+ Brushes/Tools: Beauty Blender.

188 Face Brush 242 Small Shader brush252 Large Shader brush209 eyeliner brushes.

+ Cover entire face and neck with Ben Nye character base using beauty blender.

+ Set character base with NYX eye shadow using a 188 brush and press, then “dust” powder onto the skin.

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+ Use a 242 or 252242 is smaller and more precise ) to outline the orbital bone of the eye and fill in completely with Blacktrack Fluidline.

+ Continue to use Blacktrack as you “contour” your cheekbones and jawline.

+ Using a 209 brush, paint the Blacktrack in a line from the contour of the cheek to the mouth.

+ Use the same 209 brush to outline the nose.

+ Still using the 209 BRUSH, create “teeth” by painting a vertical line down the center of the top lip.

+ For the neck, take Blacktrack ( using the 242 or 252 brush ) and create 3 separate “bar” shapes on both the right and left side of the neck, leaving the center of the neck untouched by Blacktrack.

+ At the center of neck, create a thick “v” shape. You can outline and contour the clavicle, it just depends on how far down the neck and chest you plan on going when creating your costume.

+ For touching up the white, use NYX shadow & dab any areas that need correcting.

By the way, we shot this post a month & a half ago so I was still very swollen. Bear with me. I’m sure it would look better than it looks on you than on me!! LOL.

Just for the record, Kelsey is an artist too ( which is why she’s so good at makeup ) AND while we were filming I picked her brain about the best makeup product. She told me she is obsessed with the Beautyblender. NO SURPRISE there because we all know how I’m in loveeeee with the BB. I could not do my makeup without it. SERIOUSLY though, it’s my favorite thing ever.

Anyway, follow Kelsey on Instagram at @kelsey2885 for more rad makeup looks.

More tutorials to come!

Hope you all had a safe, champagne-filled Halloween.

– lauryn x

+ More makeup tips can be found in The Skinny Confidential Book.

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