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October 26, 2016


lips ›   lipstick ›   makeup ›  

Q&A: Lip-Stick the Landing

How do I make lip color really last?

Layering your color is the key to making it last, especially if you alternate a dry layer with a creamy one. So start by lining and filling in your lips completely with lip pencil, then apply a thick coat of lipstick, blot, and reapply another light coat of color.

To make a glossy formula stay on your lips, you need to give it a matte surface to which it can adhere. Start with either a coat of matte lipstick or a layer of lip pencil before applying your gloss.

 Your lipstick color will last if you apply one coat, blot by pressing your lips together on a tissue and then apply another coat. This won't leave lips feeling dry the way powdering your lips between coats can.



The Gloss-ary: M is for Make-up


The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have:

Macrobiotics: the study of prolonging life with diet or other ingested substances.
Malic Acid: a glycolic acid derived from apples.
Mallow: an anti-inflammatory that helps prevent age lines and reduce eye swelling.
Matte: a non-shiny surface that absorbs light.

Melanin: the black pigment found in hair or skin.

Melanoma: a type of skin cancer characterized by a black or dark brown pigmented tumor.
Menthol: a crystalline alcohol that occurs especially in mint oils. Has the sharp fragrance and cooling properties of peppermint.
Methylparaben: water-soluble anti-microbial agent. One of the most commonly used preservative in cosmetics today.
Mineral Oil: an effective solvent for removing oil, grease and make-up from the skin. An excellent amplifier or intensifier allowing the skin to absorb ultraviolet rays more effectively. Most companies no longer use mineral oil in products; vegetable oils have been found to be as effective and more skin friendly.
Moisturizer: an emollient cream used to hydrate skin.


How-tology: Bath Fizz Fun!

Turn an everyday soak in the tub into a bubbling bath cocktail with a shot of effervescent salt fizz! Full of oils and soothing natural ingredients to soften skin long after you've stepped out of the bath, this is one nightcap you'll want to savor.


1 Cup Rock Salt 

1 Tsp. Essential Oil #1, 1/2 Tsp. Essential Oil #2

1 Tsp. Food Coloring #2, 1/2 Tsp. Food Coloring #2

1 T Foaming Concentrate

1 T citric acid


1. Put salt in bowl or large measuring cup. Add foaming concentrate and stir well, distributing the concentrate completely.

2. Add fragrance and color and stir again. Spread on wax paper and let dry. 

3. Repeat with another color and scent. It might take a day or two so be patient.

4. When dry (it will be a bit tacky feeling), layer the colors into a glass jar. Reap the rewards of aromatherapy and colortherapy while hiding from the world in your bathtub.

October 12, 2016


dry shampoo ›   hair ›   Q&A ›   shampoo ›  

Q&A: To Shampoo or to Dry Shampoo?

How often do I need to wash my hair? Are there other alternatives?

OK, so you hit the snooze button just one too many times and you convinced yourself that your hair really didn't need a shampoo. Once you stumbled into your bathroom and faced the harsh daylight of your mirror you realized the error of your dirty hair challenged ways.

What to do? You can resort to the old stand-by ponytail, banana clips or quick chignon bun to hide the evidence of your encroaching greasies. Or, you can try a dry shampoo.

Dry shampoos gently refresh your hair without washing. Quickly renew your hair without shampooing. In minutes, your hair is fresh and clean again. Instant cleanser. Refreshes your hair without washing. No water necessary. In an instant, you're renewed to the roots.  


The Gloss-ary: L is for Lipstick


The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have:

Lactic Acid: a component of the skin's natural moisturizing factor. Can be used as a caustic in concentrated form.
Lanolin: an emollient with moisturizing properties and an emulsifier with high water absorbing capabilities.
Lavender: evens irregular skin tones, helps reduce acne scars.
Lecithin: naturally occuring phospholipid derived from soybeans. Both water and oil loving, lecithin helps protect the skin and replenish the acid mantle as well as improve the skin's feel after application.

Lemon: natural purifier, astringent and tonic, prevents skin discoloration.

Licorice: treats acne, calms allergic skin.


October 07, 2016


foundation ›   makeup ›   powder ›   Q&A ›  

How-tology: Powder Puff

Powder is a must in every makeup routine! Indispensable for setting foundation, giving your face a smooth finish and keeping shine under control, powder is definite must. Brush it over a clean, moisturized face for a fresh, no-makeup look. Makeup won't last the day without powder. When choosing a powder it is important to choose one that is closest to your skin-tone or translucent, which is completely sheer. In essence, powder = make-up power.


 Loose Powder

Loose powder can give you the finished, poreless look better than anything else. It provides more coverage than its pressed counterpart. 

Pressed Powder

Always carry a pressed powder compact for touch-ups during the day. When on the go, no-spill pressed powder is the perfect pocketbook companion for a flawless finish.

Mineral Powder

Mineral Powders are Talc-Free, Fragrance-Free, Dye-Free and Non-Comedogenic and provide long lasting coverage with a light weight natural look and feel. They are made exclusively from micronized minerals. Mineral powders have natural healing qualities and an exceptional silky texture. Their exceptional adherence and crease resistance keeps makeup looking fresh all day.



Q&A: Slick Fix

What styling products should I use for a good slicked back style?

No rockabilly pompadour could stand up to the dance floor heat without several dabs of pomade. Designed to add shine, texture and hold to short and long hair, this styling aid works best when applied to dry hair, but can also be used on wet hair for a soft, less-sculpted look.

We Love: Blow Mane Tame Weightless Pomade, Phyto Nourishing Styling PomadeA Beautiful Life Surf Wax



The Gloss-ary: K is for Knockout


The Gloss-ary continues with some vital terminology for your beautiful self! Keep checking back for more editions to the gloss-ary, or browse what we already have:

Karite: a natural emollient, protects and nourishes skin.
Keloid: a thick scar.
Keratin: a surface protective agent with film-forming and moisturizing action.
Kiwi Extract: extract of the tropical kiwi fruit. Natural additive.

Kojic Acid: skin-lightening agent.


September 30, 2016


Celebrity Spotlight: Sofía Vergara

The always beautiful and funny Sofia Vergara might as well be queen of the Emmy’s. Her show, Modern Family, has been a fixture at the awards show since 2010! While the Emmy’s were last week, we at BeautyofaSite, thought we would showcase this comedy knockout!


A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on


Beauty Bio: Sofia Vergara

Birthday: July 10, 1972, born in Barranquilla, Colombia

Relationship Status: Sofia married Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello in 2015. Yeah, I know it's not fair.

Where You've Seen Her: Aside from her role as Gloria in Modern Family, Vergara's also has been on the silver screen in films like Hot Pursuit (2015), and the critically acclaimed Chef (2014) 

Style Staples: Body hugging sweet-heart silhouettes, a good red lip, beautiful body-wave hair, and bold colors

Get the Look

 While it may be officially fall now, we thought we'd say goodbye to a hot September with a bang! Sofia Vergara's sunny style exudes warmth. We love her bold lip color choices and overall glow. We've broken down her style below so you can get her look!


A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on


Sofia's hair looks effortlessly straight and smooth. We all know that comes down to either a good blowout or straightening. Always used heat protecting products when styling hair to prevent damage, and get a healthy look like Sofia.

We recommend:  S Factor Flat Iron Shine SprayTigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray


Sofia Vergara is loves a good red lip. Warm toned reds are great for the summer, but here's a tip to keep wearing reds into the fall. Go for a cooler toned red, like berry red, to go with the more subdued tones of fall! We love using stains to get that great color!

We recommend: DuWop Pure Venom Stain

by Rosie Jane Cheek and Lip Gloss

September 28, 2016


bangs ›   hair ›   haircut ›   hairstyle ›   how to ›   howtology ›  

How-tology: 4 Bold Bangs Looks

Forget those bowl-cut wisps you wore way back when! Today's bangs are downright stylish! Below, some of our favorite options:


 Piece-y or razor-cut bangs

Multi-layered, with the longest strands hitting midway down your forehead.

Good For:  Symmetrical faces and petite features.




Tapered bangs

Extend about an inch above the bride of the nose and angle down the sides of your face.

Good For: Most face shapes and hair types.




Wide bangs

span the width of your face, from temple to temple.

Good For: People who are confident about revealing plenty of profile.




Long bangs

These should dangle right below your eyebrows.

Good For: Long foreheads or noses; this length shortens your features.




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