Best Face Masks For Any Skin Type

My favorite Sunday ritual! FACE MASKS. I try to also do one on Wednesday but for some reason it’s more fun on Sundays, when I’m drinking and watching Jon Snow. I’ve rounded up four that get results, no matter what your skin needs. (Half my skin is oily half is dry, so I need it all.) I don’t stick to one but instead, like to rotate a couple, so I check all the boxes over time. If you use the Boscia mask, you peel it off like a creepy villain. The other masks you wash off with water.

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Quick and Lovely Hair

Need to get from bedroom to boardroom (or, let’s be honest: the bar) in 20 minutes? (Maybe because you got wrapped up in a rerun of How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days and lost track of time? Been there.) Anyway, no need to look like you rushed out the door. Get your hair right, with a side twist finished with a chic ribbon.

Do a tighter twist for a more polished look. For a more casual weekend look, I like to style this with wavy hair, and pull out some pieces in the front and loosen the twist. Once you get good it takes about 2 minutes to do!

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Pretty July 4th Makeup

If you’re like me, you love a “theme” for your makeup when it’s the holiday. You know, a green eye on St. Patty’s or a glitter lip for Christmas. The fourth of July is no exception to this bad habit of mine. BBQs, beers, and blue eyeliner! That’s America! (Or Britain even!) But, when using red, white, and blue: tread lightly, lest others think a box of Crayola exploded in the vicinity of your face. Here’s some July 4th makeup that’s pretty, not cheesy.

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And the best part, you’re done in three steps, each more American than the last. So you can ramp up or down your red, white and blue vibes as you please. Isn’t that what freedom is all about? Continue reading

Makeup Must: Gold Eyeliner

Nothing says glamour like metallic gold. Lucky for us, it also says “summer!” and “beach!” and “where’s the rosé?”. The latter of which, I am always asking. And the easiest way to bring your metallic game face (literally) to the party is with gold eyeliner. Sound like a lot of work? It’s not. You just swap gold for the brown or black you’d normally use. And even a thin line (if you want to play it safe) at the base of your lashes goes a long way. (I like a thicker line, so you can see it better!) No additional skill, time or effort required, but more compliments. YAS PLEASE! Here’s how to get the look :

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Easy “50’s Glam” Hair

It’s wedding season! That means having great hair to go with your great cocktail dress. One of my favorite looks is 50’s style waves. You see this a lot on celebrities and it looks gorgeous, but you might think: “That’s impossible to do at home”.  WRONG! I can show you show to do this IRL but in about 30-45 minutes (20-30 minutes prep, 15 minutes styling). We have two approaches: dry hair and wet hair. Both work, but I prefer wet hair since it’s a “set it and forget it”. Like a crockpot for your hair. I did this tutorial with dry hair, achieved a Grace Kelly style, then I walked my dog in sweatpants. Just a regular Sunday.

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IF YOUR HAIR IS WET: Take a blowdryer to your head, girl. Use a primer to help set the style first, Living Proof Prime Style Extender. You want your hair to be about 70% dry. Now go to Step 1.

IF YOUR HAIR IS DRY: Use a primer to help set the style, like Living Proof Prime Style Extender. On dry hair, less is more with a primer, so start with a small amount to avoid it looking wet or sticky. Now go to Step 1.

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A Go-To Lipstick In Any Color

I love hair and makeup, but from time to time, I want to look great with zero effort. It seems unreasonable, but darn it, I WANT IT NOW. For those days, I like a low messy bun, mascara, and a bright lip to distract people into thinking I spent some time on myself. The lip pencil I ALWAYS use on these days is from NARS. Why? Because with one solid swipe, I’m off for the day, the coverage and saturation is that good.The texture is smooth, creamy, but doesn’t “bleed” onto my skin, so I don’t need to use a lipliner (one more step out of the routine). It also stays put for quite a while, which means I don’t have to constantly reapply!

It’s a great option when you want a new lipstick but don’t know what kind/brand to choose – infallible for even an amateur. NARS has over 25 colors in this pencil, so there’s one you are bound to love. Half the colors are matte, and half are satin finish. Bop over to Sephora and pick out a few. Their awesome return policy lets you return used products, so buy one or two, and if one doesn’t work out, return it.

Note: For those of you who do like to use a lipliner (and I often do), it looks even more pristine and stays on longer if you use it.

Here are three of my personal favorites.

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3-Minute “So Polished” Hair

For when you just. can’t. blowdry. it. again.

I have one lazy gal hairstyle I wear ALL THE TIME. And it is by far, my most complimented style. Why? Because it’s put-together and also looks like time was spent on it. Which it wasn’t. No one needs to know my hair was wet, and it took approximately 2 minutes to style. So try it. Get promoted. (Okay your hairstyle should never get you a promotion, but you’ll look promote-able nonetheless.) My hair was 50% wet when I took these photos, but I think the finished ‘do looks better when it’s 80% wet to start – more sleek.

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Step 1:

When hair is still wet, part down the middle. I like to blow dry just the top at the part line so it lays flat, takes about 1 minute. If you aren’t a center-parter-kinda-gal, a side part will work too. (Please ignore my messy bed in the background mirror (oops!) and my weirdo faces.)

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