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The Weekend Wind-Down

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Weekends are a great time to unwind. Catching up on Lifetime’s Little Women of LA and Concert Series’ have been my summer 2014 faves! No matter what yours is, I suggest that we beauties always take time to treat our skin over the weekend. Usually, I try and go at least one full day without makeup. If I haven’t had the chance to do general grooming like waxing, and or tweezing I take care of that so that the redness will be completely gone and pores closed by Monday. Next, I seek an intense facial rejuvenating treatment like a peel, salt scrub or cleansing brush to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh new layer. Regardless of what I do, exercise, diet and rest always has the greatest affect on my skin. It never fails! These three consistently alleviate under eye circles, tiredness and excess wrinkles. What steps have you taken to support your skin this summer? Opted for a bronzer or suntan rather than full foundation? Taken extra time to cleanse and moisturize each day? Perfect! Whatever choice you make to keeping your skin healthy, odds are, it’s a good one! Stay beautiful!

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Lipstick Fave: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Collection Giveaway

I’m Loving Revlon’s Colorburst  Matte Balm Collection so much that I’ve decided to do a Contest!  The line comes in 6 vibrant colors, which last long and moisturize the lips through conditioning menthol. I love this collection because it’s not drying, totally kissable and doesn’t layer and look caky like most drying matte lipsticks. A definite budget beauty option to keep your pockets and smiles happy! Enter Now!

The Winner Will Receive Several products from the Matte Balm Collection! To Enter:

  1. Follow www.instagram.com/boldbrightbeauty1
  2. Repost Anything related to beauty and use the hashtag #boldbrightbeauty
  3. Stay beautiful!

Contest ends 8pm EST May 18th

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Recovering from A Beat Down? #CoveritUp

 

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Clearly there MUST be something in the air because I have seen/heard of  1 TOO Many beat downs this weekend! Poor babies! The way reality tv is going these days, the Solange on Jay-Z beat down didn’t surprise me. Honestly, it’s probably not the first time things have gotten physical. Nevertheless, for those fights that can’t be avoided,  try the new Kat Von D Lock it  Tattoo Foundation. For just $34.00 at Sephora, this foundation will cover any bruise, scar or burn incurred from a variety of beat down scenarios. It is Extremely thick! However, you can dilute the heaviness of foundation by mixing with a light moisturizer or even a tad bit of water. Guys, got into a squabble at a bar, but have a really important meeting tomorrow? Grab a sample! Then take a q-tip, dabble it onto the darkened area only, and blend carefully. Once complete, dab a little white, odorless body powder over the site with a clean fingertip or tissue. Ladies you can use your favorite colorless HD setting powder, but for fellas, powder will do the trick! Good luck and please #ElevateResponsibly LOL

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Moody in May

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2014 has been a a great one yal! I’ve been working and sweatin’ – dancing and cookin’ all in a happy mood. But I’ll be honest, ever so often, I get a little low. I usually turn to devotionals, inspirational social media posts and exercise, but lately, I’ve learned to celebrate my mood with nothing better than mood gel nail polish! Beauty makes me happy so what better way than to celebrate with a color-changing fave.

So far, my faves are the brands LeChat Perfect Match and Gel II Reaction. Using my home UV light, I’m able to give myself a complete gel manicure which lasts perfectly, without cracking 7-9 days. Usually, each bottle has a 2-color transformative base for example, Gel II’s color R125 “Hawaiian Hurricane” changes from light to dark blue. I’m wearing this now! Visit @boldbrightbeauty1 on Instagram to see the true color and transformative video!

I was first introduced to the mood-changing gel manicure at a posh little salon in DC. I was completely infatuated with the idea of a polish that actually changed with my mood however, when the nail technician wiped the slate clean with a cool alcohol doused cotton ball, mid mood nostalgia, I realized; temperature was the true culprit.

The method to the mood factor is temperature. Our natural body temperature is 98.6 degrees, with slightly cooler fingertips. An elevation or decrease in body temperature will alter the nail polish color; lightening or darkening depending on the brand.

Granted, the science of mood-changing polish is a lot less romantic as I thought, but hey, guys don’t know that! The next time you’re mad at you’re hunny, run your gel manicure under a cool bath and blame him for the change! LOL

 

 

 

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The 5 Things You Need To Know About Gel Manicure Safety

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Everybody loves gel nails. What’s not to like? The color lasts two to three weeks without chipping, the polish retains shine, and it protects nail beds from everyday wear and tear. But what effect does it have on our skin?

Going to the nail salon every two weeks, or 26 times annually, exposes our skin to about 13 hours of direct UV light rays each year. Assuming a woman gets her nails done at least once per month every year for 20 years of her life (based off of a poll I conducted with 10 of my best girl friends) is the damage we cause to our hands really worth it? And, even if done less frequently, should we be still be worried?

In order to help ease your mind I’ve put together the top five things you should know about gel manicure safety. These are tricks of the trade I’ve learned from cosmetology school and personal experience. Check out the full story on Styleblazer.com here.

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5 Steps To Getting Ombre Hair At Home Without Stressing Your Strands

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The ombre hair effect is no longer just a fad, rather it seems like this color method is here to stay in 2014. At least that’s what these hairstylists told us at the beginning of the year. Jordin Sparks, Beyonce and Ciara have all mastered the style while making it look effortlessly chic. Still, is the technique so advanced that fashionistas like you and I can’t try at home? Not at all. As the daughter of a master stylist, and a beauty school attendee myself, I’ve learned the ins and outs of the extraordinary and potentially tricky hair color processes.

Like most beauty treatments, DIY projects may not yield perfect professional results. Nevertheless, testing a new method at home could save your strands and your budget in the long run.

So while going ombre at home is something we can all do, it pays to be careful and avoid disaster. Therefore, before you bleach your tips and affix them with a hue as bright as the sun, grab some gloves, a color brush, and follow these tips for strong strands. Check out the rest on Styleblazer here!

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Pucker Up And Perfect Your Pout With These 10 Pre Date Night Sweets

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While half of us are wondering what shade of red or pink to wear, or, better yet, what to get our not-so-defined valentine, some of us have even bigger problems. The entire day could go great. He could shower you in presents, chocolates, flowers–the whole nine yards–but it’s the kiss that truly seals the deal.  And if you aren’t prepared things could get ugly.

You see, if your lips are dry, damaged, and chapped from this year’s rugged winter, the kiss could be more of a flop than a success. Our advice? Be prepared and get your mouth in the right shape for Friday.

Don’t know how? Not to fear! A lip scrub will smooth away your worries in minutes. Here are our top 10 lip scrubs and creams to perfect your pout just in time for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be ready to kiss the night away in no time. Check out the rest of the story on Styleblazer.com here. 

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