8 Holiday Gift Ideas From Sephora For The Beauty Lover

It’s hard to believe, but holiday season is right around the corner! To help cross some names off of your list early, these holiday gift sets from Sephora are already available and are great options for your cosmetic-obsessed loved one.

1. Urban Decay Vice3 Palette

Any makeup lover will tell you how happy they get when purchasing a new Urban Decay eyeshadow palette—the colors are so pigmented! It is perfect for your friend that carries one too many shadow palettes while going on a trip!

2. Sephora Give Me More Lip 

I am a lipstick junkie—I have so many different lipsticks that there is no possible way that I will able to ever finish them! A ample pack of Sephora’s favorite lip products is a great way to try something new and sample a ton of different brands for a reasonable price!

3. Smashbox Master Class Palette II 

Talk about an all in one palette! With eyeshadows, blushes, cream eyeliners, a bronzer and highlighters you will never need to travel with another palette! It is also a plus that this palette has gotten the most amazing reviews and will surely be set to impress and make your loved one light up with excitement.

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Check Out These Great Vintage Halloween Pin-Ups!

While Halloween may be a time for some of us to get all bloodied and gory for our costumes and decor, I prefer looking at vintage photographs and reflecting back on how much fun I had when I was younger. If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, or if you’re just looking for a fun vintage-inspired costume, check out these great photographs!

I’m loving the details in this photograph—the hands are perfect!

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20 Lipsticks To Try This Fall

My lipstick section in my drawer is actually so full that I don’t have any more space to put them. I decided to organize them one day and thought that I need a more diverse lipstick collection, since I usually only go for dark colors. Fall is the best season to try out new lipsticks because all colors are in style. Try out some of these shades this season and switch up your routine!

1. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intime | 2. Tom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille | 3. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Nudist | 4.  Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude

1. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella | 2. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon | 3. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace | 4. Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Poppy

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Annie Reviews: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

I used to think that foundation was only for people with seriously problematic skin. As someone with the occasional zit, I would simply dab some concealer on my blemishes and be on my way, not realizing how splotchy and unblended I looked. Over time I finally made my peace with foundation, realizing it was a quick and easy way to achieve a smooth and more well-rested complexion. I first dabbled in mineral powder foundations thinking they would look more natural (which is not always the case) and finally took the plunge into liquid. Since the switch to liquid, I haven’t looked back. All this is to say that I’ve tried plenty of foundations and when it came time to purchase my fall/winter foundation, I knew I wanted to try something new.

There were a few criteria that my new foundation needed to meet: I wanted it to be lightweight, have build-able coverage, be luminous all while looking incredibly natural and containing no artificial fragrance or other harmful toxins. Picky, I know.

After doing tons of research, I finally settled on Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. If you are unfamiliar with the brand like I was, Koh Gen Do is a Tokyo-based cosmetics company that specializes in skincare and foundation for the most sensitive of skin. This means their products contain no harsh chemicals or fragrances.

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Should You Really Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

If you follow a lot of beauty bloggers online, chances are they will always tell you to incorporate sunscreen (especially one with a high SPF) into your morning routine, but I’ve always been a little skeptical. Since I am Chinese-American, I don’t worry about sunscreen unless I’m planning to spend the day on the beach. Even then, it takes a few hours for me to get a noticeable tan. I also didn’t like the idea of adding another product to my morning routine that could potentially block my pores or feel greasy.

via Framed Nework 

But I couldn’t help wondering if I was wrong. And then, I came across the photo below by Cara Phillips. It’s part of her series “Ultraviolet Beauties” where she takes photos of strangers with a UV light. The light reveals high levels of melatonin (a dark skin pigment) that aren’t visible on the skin yet. In other words, there’s a whole lot of sun damage that you just can’t see normally.Too much sun exposure could lead to wrinkles and brown spots—no thanks!

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5 Hair Colors You Should Try This Fall

In the past week, my friend Olivia and I have been rummaging amongst magazine and Internet photos for the perfect color to dye her hair. During our search, we’ve come across all types of hues, some of which range from the atrocious to the beautiful. And although I’m not thinking about dying my hair in the least bit, there are five colors that I believe would be perfect to try this fall because unlike the summer pastels, which appear light and faded, these shades are rich and deep in color.

1. Berry

This color situates itself right in between red and purple. It’s bewitching tint is refined, striking and romantic.

via Bella Vita Guiseppe

2. Gray

More and more girls are looking to dye their hair gray/silver. This color makes you look trendy, sophisticated and wise beyond your years.

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Why You Should Consider Skipping Shampoo

Have you heard of this trend? Lately, a lot of bloggers I follow have been throwing out their products to embrace this trend of “quitting” shampoo. I couldn’t imagine not washing my hair every two days—the concept seemed so gross to me. But these bloggers have shared picture after picture of their hair looking healthier than ever… more volume, shine and wave. But what exactly does it mean to go without shampoo and is it actually healthy? I found that many of my misconceptions about this trend was wrong, and wanted to share my findings.

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Myth #1: Going without shampoo means you never wash your hair. 

The name “no shampoo” or “no poo” can be misleading. This trend definitely isn’t advocating for everyone to not wash their hair anymore. Instead, most people use a mixture of baking soda and water instead of shampoo. Others use honey or different oils to wash their hair. They definitely use these mixtures less, but most of my research found people use them about once a week (a major difference from every other day!)

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