6 Affordable Makeup Brushes Everyone Should Have In Their Collection

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Having the right brushes can make all the difference in the world with your makeup application, but they don’t have to be expensive. These are my top six makeup brushes that every women needs in her collection. All of them are less than $9 each, so they won’t break your wallet!

1. A buffing brush is perfect for multiple tasks such as blending out flawless foundation application or applying bronzer to contour areas. A perfect brush for this is the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques.

2. A flat eyeshadow brush can be used for an all-over eyelid color or used to apply an eyeshadow base. Also from Real Techniques, the Shading Brush is a great flat eyeshadow brush pick.

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5 Effortless Warm Weather Hairstyles

5 Effortless Warm Weather Hairstyles via Barefoot Blonde

The weather is finally warming up (for some of us) and that means it’s almost time to pull out the shorts and tank tops! Thick curls and straight hair was nice for the winter time, but now that the hot sun is shining, it’s so much more comfortable to have hair up. Spring and summer are all about cooling off and keeping your hair out of your face. The hairstyle should be something that’s easily transformed from day to night. These looks are all about creating a cute and effortless look!

Whether you’re going to work, school, or hanging out at Starbucks, these warm weather hairstyles are great for all occasions. Here are five hairstyles to get your hair out of your face and looking perfectly chic for your day!

1. Half-up Top Knot

5 Effortless Warm Weather Hairstyles via Style Bistro

2. Puffed Pony

5 Effortless Warm Weather Hairstyles via The Beauty Department

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How To Achieve A Natural Looking Bronze Complexion

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After the long winter we had, many of us are aching for a more tan appearance. Bronzer is a great temporary quick fix but can easily be misused and look super unnatural. There are a few tricks to finding the right shade of bronzer for our complexion and how to apply it to look most natural, and makeup Goddess Lisa Eldridge shows us how!

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My Experience With 5 Different Methods of Hair Removal

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Ever since I started shaving around 10 or 11 years old, I have valued the practice of removing unwanted hair. I have dark hair, so it seemed like no matter what I do, I never got a close enough shave. I’ve tried a little bit of everything, and I have found that going to a professional is a great option for me. With all these upcoming weddings, it’s particularly important to make sure I get rid all unwanted hair before the festivities begin!

Here is my experience with various forms of hair removal.

1. Hair Removal Cream

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is usually when I resort to using hair removal creams. Although this works for quick touch ups or before an event, this is probably my least favorite form of removing unwanted hair. I had the brainy idea of using Nair on my underarms before an event. Needless to say, it didn’t do much, and the hair quickly grew back. This forced me to shave and my skin started burning. However, I will sometimes use it for the peach fuzz on my upper lip and it works great for that!

2. Shaving

Shaving is probably the most common way to removed unwanted hair. And while it can be a hassle to do this nearly every day, it gets the job done. I use Venus Gillette and I’ve never had any problems with nicks or razor burn. I’ll use shaving cream when I want a smooth, close shave, but when I’m just doing a quick touch-up, I’ll use warm water and sometimes soap.

3. Waxing

Waxing is probably one of the most popular form of hair removal. I’ve waxed nearly every part of my body, and I actually don’t mind it. Fortunately my skin hasn’t had a bad reaction and to me, it doesn’t really hurt. I’ve waxed my legs and bikini area, and it’s great for the summer season. I mostly just resort to shaving daily. I also love getting my eyebrows waxed in particular. I will typically go to Benefit Brow Bar to get my eyebrows done. They’ve always turned out really great, and the price is pretty reasonable.

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Tried And True: 4 Products For More Voluminous Hair

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I asked our readers to submit any hair question they might have in my recent post Ask A Stylist: Your Hair Questions Answered. There has been quite a response so far! I plan on answering all the questions asked, but here is my first answer! One of our readers asked:

I have a decent amount of hair but my hair is pretty flat. I would like to add more volume to it. Is there any product you recommend?

This is an easy one for me because I have this exact problem. I have personally tried many volumizing products, not only on myself, but on various clients with this problem as well! Here are 4 products I have personally tried that totally work.



Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish

This translucent dry spray creates instant fullness and texture to spin hair into an airy silhouette. Raw silk powders with light-holding polymers adhere instantly for a softly interlaced texture to make hair look weightless and effortlessly full—and keep it that way.


Living Proof Full Thickening Cream

This styling innovation allows fine, thin hair to act like thick hair with naturally soft, touchable body. By depositing thickening points on the hair strands, Full creates a thicker surface that enables fine hair to have natural movement and bounce, beautiful shape and volume throughout the day.

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My 15 Hair Care Essentials

Since long hair suits my face best, I’ve tried to take good care of my hair since I was a teenager. Over the years I’ve tried tons of different hair products, particularly every shampoo, conditioner and treatment under the sun. And though I tend to stick to more affordable drugstore products with few ingredients when it comes to my skin, I’ve found that splurging on hair products really helps to keep it looking its best. These are my favorite products and styling tools that have remained in my hair care arsenal for years!

1. Wide tooth comb – To detangle wet hair after you shower or to comb through a hair treatment/conditioner, a wide tooth comb is a must.

2. Barrel Hair Brush – To get a great blow-out with frizz-free volume, I use a 2″ barrel hair brush.

3. Solano Hair Dryer – A powerful hair dryer is an absolute must in my book because they get much hotter than more inexpensive hair dryers. I’ve had my Solano for at least a decade and it’s still going strong!

4. Hot Tools Curling Iron – I use a 1 1/4″ barrel to curl my hair for special occasions. If it weren’t so time consuming, I’d do it every day because I love the perfect curls you can only get from a curling iron.

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Secrets For A Smooth, Flawless Foundation Application

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While some ladies have naturally smooth, flawless skin, others (like myself) have to depend on the help of foundation for an even complexion. As a professional makeup artist, I’ve tried every trick in the book when it comes to foundation application, and here are some of my secrets for achieving the most perfect finish.

1. Invest in a Clarisonic or any electronic facial cleansing brush. From what I can tell the Olay Professional Cleansing Brush is a pretty decent dupe, but you couldn’t pry my Clarisonic Mia from my cold, dead hands which I guess you could interpret as “it was worth every red cent”. I know you’ve all heard it a million times, but it’s true: a flawless makeup application starts with good skin care, and it doesn’t get any better than decongesting pores and removing surface skin cells on a regular basis.

2. Shave your face. Yes, you heard correctly, but put down your boo’s Mach 3. I’m talking about shaving the peach fuzz off your face using a facial razor, which may sound absurd but I can assure you will give you some of the smoothest skin of your life. Once a week use a facial razor all over your face and jawline (obviously avoiding the eye area) and you’ll see and feel a huge difference in your skin and how your makeup applies. You’ll thank me later in addition to saving time, money and embarrassment on that twice-monthly mustache wax. 

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