Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

Today’s Best of Beauty feature is from the oh-so-wonderful Bare Minerals. When I am really wanting make my skin super flawless, I actually use their Ready Powder Foundation over my liquid foundation. I know, this product already is a foundation but it really takes your skin to another level when used over a base. Now, I wouldn’t use the blunt cut brush, which is great for full coverage, but I would use a fluffier powder brush for a lighter application. Trust me, you will thank me!

This tip isn’t for the everyday look but is useful for special occasions. Luckily all those holiday parties are just around the corner so use this tip to really impress your friends and co-workers!

 

 

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Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

When I came across this Best of Beauty winner in the Breakthrough Product category, my first thought was “There is no way that works!” Since I have thick, curly hair I can’t imagine that any flatiron would successfully smooth out my curls if the temperature was under 450 degrees but that is just what the Coolway system claims to do.

Here is how it works  (via Allure Magazine):

No matter how many protective ingredients you spray on hair before you style it, the heat from an iron still causes the water that’s inside every strand to evaporate. Once that moisture disappears, the heat then melts the proteins responsible for hair strength and structure. One of Coolway’s engineers guessed that if they could boost the amount of water inside hair, “we could then achieve the same styles at much lower temperatures,” says James Humphreys, the company’s chief technical officer. But how? Humphreys was inspired by golf courses, where a wetting agent—which lowers the surface tension of water, allowing it to spread more easily—is added to sprinkler systems so the water saturates the ground more evenly, rather than pooling in random spots. Coolway’s prestyling spray follows the same principle, using an amino acid blend that allows water to penetrate the cortex of the hair more deeply and evenly. Next, they worked with engineers to create a scanner that measures hair’s texture and moisture content, as well as the humidity in the air, in order to calculate the lowest temperature that will work to straighten and smooth the hair that day. (You pass the iron over a small section of hair three times to set the heat.) “So the same person, in the desert one day and in New York the next, would get a completely different reading because the moisture content of her hair would change in the different locations,” says Humphreys. All these innovations add up to some pretty impressive results: Company-sponsored clinical studies show the Coolway system (spray and tool used together) strengthened damaged hair by more than 300 percent, reduced breakage by 75 percent, and reduced frizz by more than 50 percent.

If I can get the same results without as much damage, I am all in! Click here to visit Coolway’s website.

Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

Being a fair skinned girl, there is nothing that makes me look fresher than a spray tan. I love spray tans! I typically even get spray tans in the summertime because I don’t really like to lay out. I get bored after 30 minutes and because I am fair, it takes a lot longer than 30 minutes to get tan. 10 minutes with and airbrush tanner and wallah, it’s like I have been to the Bahamas for a week!

In between my spray tans, I like to use Jergens Natural Glow lotion to elongate the life of my tan. This lotion really is amazing! It gives you the most natural looking color and best part, it doesn’t streak! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Jergens Natural Glow now has Sun Protection. Now we can tan and protect our skin from the sun. Love it!

 

Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

Being a curly haired girl living in the state of Florida, I am no stranger to frizz and frizz and I are not friends! The funny thing is, frizz really likes me a lot but I do not like frizz so our relationship has never worked out. I am hoping that this product is the therapy we need so we can finally make things work out.

WHAT IT IS:
A frizz-fighting conditioning cream

WHAT IT DOES:
Blocks humidity, battles frizz, and smooths flyaways without weighing hair down

KEY INGREDIENTS:
PolyFleuroEster (frizz tamer)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
This white cream absorbs instantly and has a powdery citrus scent.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
This lightweight cream helps unruly hair relax, even in 99 percent humidity; it smooths, seals, and conditions without any grease or gunk.

Allure’s 31 Days of the Best of Beauty

I have not dove into the Organic makeup world just yet but I do hear wonderful things about Josie Maran Cosmetics! One product I am really looking forward to trying is her lip and cheek tint. I love a product that has multiple functions so this is right up my alley and it is a tint so it will last all day…double bonus!

Have any of you gone the Organic route? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

This Essie nail color in Mademoiselle is the perfect shade of pale pink. I often use it on my nails when I want something understated but a little more exciting than plain old clear nail polish. It is a great addition to every girls polish collection! It is the little black dress of the nail polish world.

Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

If you have not invested in a Clarisonic face cleaning system yet, I suggest you do so immediately! I received one a as gift for Christmas last year and I had no idea how addicted I would become. I never realized how insufficient my hands and face wash were at removing all the makeup and oil that had accumulated throughout the day until I got my Clarisonic. It is pricey but I PROMISE, it is well worth the money!

Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

This is so genius! Goody’s has created a ponytail holder that doubles as a stylish bracelet! I would even rock these if it weren’t a ponytail holder.

Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

 

Puff be gone!

This little roller may not look very powerful but Garnier’s Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller really does the trick! Not only is the product inside the bottle amazing, the applicator is pretty awesome too. I sometimes find myself putting this product on multiple times a day just because the cold, roller ball feels so good on my skin. Weird, I know! If you are looking for a new way to de-puff those eyes, run out and get some of this tomorrow. Great thing about this product is you can pretty much find it anywhere so, no excuses!

Allure’s 31 Days of Best of Beauty

 

This beauty blender is one of my favorite beauty products! I don’t us it everyday to apply my foundation (sometimes I use my fingers, sometimes I use a foundation brush) but when I do, the pointed tip really gets into all the hard to reach places.

For heavier coverage, use the blender as is. For lighter coverage, run the blender under a stream of water to get it damp. This will thin the foundation out when you begin to apply.