Glow Away

The secret to glowing skin and a lovely complexion isn’t caking on 12 different products. The secret to glowing skin starts with what you’re putting in your body. I love junk food as much as the next person, I have no shame in putting away an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting but that’s not going to help my skin look alive in the morning time. Everybody’s  skin type is different and skin care routines are unique for everyone. Follow me on the journey to skin care that works for people of all skin types.

Hydration Station

Ditch that soda for a bottle of water. Obviously nothing feels as good at that first sip of soda but they severely dehydrate your skin. One of the most important steps, if not the most important step to healthy skin is to drink water and plenty of it. I drink water like it’s my day job and it has made the utmost difference in the quality of my skin. Not only is water good for your skin but it will also give you more energy and your body will thank you. To amp up your water try adding lemon to it or one of these infused waters for clear skin.

You Are What You Eat 

It’s a myth that chocolate causes you to break out but it’s no myth that there are certain food that  work a little harder for your skin than others. One of the super foods for skin and hair is avocado. The good fats and vitamins in avocado help cell turnover in your skin aiding in the moisture and protection for your facial skin. Don’t believe me? Here’s some science to prove it. All hail Queen Avocado. image1

Some other foods that will bring your skin to another level are green tea, walnuts, pomegranates and oatmeal. The best things about these skin remedies are that they can be found in your local grocery store and are an economical choice to an expensive skin serum. Beautiful skin starts with a healthy diet, so love your body, love your pores and eat more consciously. It might just save you money on powder and concealer. The healthier your skin is the less products you’ll have to use. Glow away beautiful creatures.

 

 

Beauty Banter Blog Review

Beauty Banter by Sarah Howard is an exquisite and informational blog for beauty junkies alike. This blog covers a multitude of categories from hair to makeup trends happening now. The style of the blog is clean-cut and easy to navigate, creating a wonderful user experience. DIY beauty products are featured on this blog as well as fashion. Overall the blog is helpful and fun for the beauty obssesed.

The most exciting part of Beauty Banter in my opinion is the under $10 section. Howard finds great beauty buys that are no more than $10 and reviews them so you don’t have to. Some of her other under $10 buys include hair products, sunscreens and beach essentials. My personal favorites are, “10 Of The Best Drugstore Makeup Products” and, “Under $10: Drugstore Mascaras.”

 

I can vouch that Howard knows what she’s talking about. After reading her blog I happened to be at a drugstore and picked up one of her recommendations. I bought and tried the Sonia Kashuk cream highlighter stick and I fell in love with it. Howard was also correct about the fact that these products can deliver desired results without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for new beauty products that won’t have you mortgaging your house I highly recommend Beauty Banter!

Kiss Full Lips Hello

Full lips are something we’re all itching for, (at least I know I am). Unfortunately I did not hit the genetic lottery and was left to fend for myself in this cold world full of “Kylie Jenner Lips.” Lips of all shapes and sizes are beautiful and wonderful and kissable, but if you’re looking for a little more fullness in the lip department don’t worry. Momma Taylor is here for you.

The first step to having voluptuous lips is to make sure those bad boys are hydrated. Just like your actual skin, your lips need a little bit of love and a lot of hydration to be at their full potential. I put rose salve on my lips every night and it has changed my entire life. I’ve also had the same container of it for a year and a half so for all my college gals; you definitely get your money’s worth. I bet you’re wondering, “Taylor how is having moisturized lips going make them fuller?”

Well first you’re going to need a couple of things.IMG_4015

As pictured above there is lip scrub from Lush. You need to exfoliate your lips to get all of the dead skin off of your lips so they aren’t flaky. Exfoliated lips will also provide a smooth canvas for your lipstick. If you want to spend $10 on lip scrub you can go buy it at Lush, but here is a home made lip scrub that works equally as well and gives you way more bang for your buck.

Now that we have smooth and prepped lips they should look a little something like this.IMG_4020

Now it’s time for lipstick, yay! I chose to use the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream, which gives a nice matte texture without leaving your lips feeling like the Sahara Desert. I chose the shade Buenos Aires because it is around the same shade of my lips and lighter lipstick creates an illusion of more full lips. These lippies are only $6, which makes my bank account and me ecstatic. Now let’s get to business. In order to apply the lip cream, wipe the excess formula off the wand and apply as you would lip liner. If you want to exaggerate your lips a tad, draw over your lip line around your cupid’s bow, (the little dip on your top lip). Be very careful when doing this and remember less is more. Don’t draw past your bottom lip because nobody wants to look like the Joker.

Your lips are lined and now just fill in the rest of your lips, you might need to add another coat. Get a little bit of concealer and put it as close around your lips as you can. Blend the concealer in to get clean lines for any mess-ups that might have occurred. Now we are going to highlight your lips. You can use a highlighter like I did or any light shimmery eye shadow and just dot it in the center of your cupid’s bow. Now your lips are good to go and you have an excuse to take duck face pictures.

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XOXO, Taylor.