Keep Your Lips Kissable During Winter Weather

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In these frigid winter months as the air turns flat, dry, and chilling beauty begins to suffer through dry skin, lips, and hair. Here are some simples steps to curing your dry lips this winter.

1. Use a lip scrub.

I use a homemade natural lip scrub made of sugar and honey and I scrub my lips with it about three times a week to prevent cracks and peeling.

2. Apply a lip mask.

I use the rose lip mask from sephora to rejuvenate my lips.

3. Always wear chapstick especially a healing one before bed.

I use the gel carmex because it appears shiny and is extremely healing and hydrating.

Tips: Avoid matte lipsticks and if you wear them drink a lot of water, remove them correctly, and apply a healing chapstick afterwards. If you want a bit of color but don’t want to dry your lips out try Burt's Bees tinted lip balm or the high end Sugar tinted lip treatment.

*Bonus: Use Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion for dry skin, moroccan oil for dry hair and you should be exfoliating your whole body at least twice a week.

Stay warm and hydrated!

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Subtle Sexy Eyeshadow for Date Night

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To achieve this subtle yet sexy smoked out eyeshadow I will be using the Tartelette in bloom palette.

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  1. Take a light brown and mix it with a subtle platinum and blend it in your crease and pull it slightly onto your lid with a fluffy blending brush. I used jetsetter and rocket for this step.

  2. Take a glittery bronze and place it on your lid with a flat packing brush. I used the shade firecracker.  I then blended it slightly with the uncleaned blending brush from step one to create a more subtle shade transition.

  3. To complete this smoked out look I took a small pointed blending brush and took a black eyeshadow and blended it out on my lower lash line and slightly on my upper lash line. This creates a sexy smouldering darkness without using a lot of heavy makeup or eye liner. I used the shade smokeshow.

  4. If you want you can finish your look with some mascara, which I did and in these pictures I used the Better Than Sex Mascara because I wanted a fluffy natural eyelash look to even out the darker eyeshadow.

If you want to use mascara but you are not sure which one check out my previous article, The Best Mascara to Flawlessly Finish Your Look.

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Three Necessary Steps for Quality Skin Care

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The most important step to maintaining a healthy glowing complexion is making sure you properly remove your makeup and care for your skin. Here is my four step nighttime skin routine that you could easily follow.

1.Remove all of your makeup.

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I prefer to use the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water because it doesn’t require scrubbing, doesn’t burn, is gentle on skin, and does not make my oily skin feel more greasy like normal makeup removers.

2. Wash your face.

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I use a gentle drugstore face wash that was recommended by my dermatologist, Cetaphil’s Gentle Face Wash which is perfect for all skin types.

*After washing your face is the time to add any serums or medicated topicals.

3. Use a moisturizer.

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I use the Cetaphil daily moisturizer and the Cerave Eye Repair Cream.

4. Optional: Finish with a sealing moisturizer.

I prefer to finish my skin care routine with the Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray because it adds a finalizing layer of moisture and protection and locks in all of my other products.

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Hope this helps ladies ❤️

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Trends That are Making a Comeback

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As a lot of trends from the past start to reappear slowly but surely it can be hard to keep up with these bold new items. Some items that first sparked these recycled trends are scrunchies, thigh high boots, and mini skirts. In support to these trends patterns are coming back and they are coming back bold. At the moment stripes, plaid, and camouflage are on the rise.

The popular pattern of plaid is most often seen in skirts or trousers, while stripes are coming in both shirts and pants. Camouflage has always been fairly popular in shirt form but currently camouflage leggings and dresses are becoming more popular by the day. Additional trends that are coming back include cordaroy, mocknecks, and bomber jackets. My advice is to either go through your old clothes in the attic, go to a goodwill, or any department store to find some authentic pieces or recreations of these trends.  

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Give Yourself a Summer Glow this Winter

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It’s that time of year where everyone is past loving the snow and now desperately wants to remind themselves of their warm glowing summer vibes and skin. Here’s how to fake your glowing summer skin with a light makeup look this winter.

  1. Start by adding a bit of bronzer to warm up your face. My favorite is the Hoola Bronzer and I use it below my cheek bones and on my hairline to add some color and light dimensions to my face.

  2. Add a gorgeous glowing highlighter on your cheekbones. I love the “Bronzed” shade from the Anastasia Beverly hills “Sun Dipped Glow Kit”.

  3. For the eyeshadow, take a medium brown and add it too your crease to add some dimension but not to create a heavy look. I use the “Jetsetter” shade from the Tarte “In Bloom” Eyeshadow Palette.

  4. After I blend that out with a fluffy brush I take a packing brush and I place the shade “Funny Girl” from the same palette all across my lid which is a sparkly golden color. If you have any issue with applying glitter shadows, spray your brush with a setting spray or water (I use rose water), and then apply like normal. Doing this will help the glitter stick and create a full coverage eye look.

I blend it out a bit more on my crease and I add some optional mascara to complete this minimal glowing look to help you get out of the winter blues.

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The Best Mascara to Flawlessly Finish Your Look

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They’re Real - $25

Benefit

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To say the least I was rather disappointed when I first tried this mascara. I hated the brush, the application process was not easy, and neither the length nor volume was outstanding.

Better than Sex Mascara - $24

Two Faced

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I found that the mascara worked well when creating natural looking length without clumping thanks to the unique brush. This did not create a volumized look and at the end of the day there were small “flakes” under my eyes as if the mascara was creating a fallout similar to eyeshadow.

Voluminous Original Mascara - $5.59

L'Oréal Paris

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I would say this is the best mascara I have ever used and is definitely worth the price. I love the voluminous look it adds to my lashes and it stays on pretty well for the whole day. My only issue is that sometimes the application goes on too thick.

Roller Lash - $25

Benefit

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I was very impressed with this mascara. The application was flawless, it layered well helping to create a voluminous look, and the length was amazing. The brush made it easy to not over apply the product which is usually the biggest mistake made with mascara.

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Winter Face Routine

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Up until last year, I hadn’t experienced a winter with temperatures below 60 degrees in eight years. Last winter, not only did I experience more snow than ever before, but the freezing conditions wreaked havoc on my skin and hair. I knew I was supposed to bundle up and moisturize, but wow, I didn’t know to what extent. This winter I am determined to save my face with a simple yet effective skincare routine. If you live anywhere where the climate drops dramatically for several months out of the year then take note.

As far as acne goes I get the occasional flare-up, and when the pimples start to surface it seems like no matter what I use they refuse to go away. I found that the La Roche Posay starter acne kit works wonders (#notsponsered). My last breakout was relentless. I had been trying for over a month to clear it up and nothing was working. I stumbled upon this acne kit in a drug store and thought I’d give it a try. For around $30 you get a cleanser, a toner, and an action acne treatment. It’s your basic 123 step process. Within two days I could already see a major difference in my skin.

I will say the product is strong, so I had to use a heavy duty moisturizer several times a day until my skin adjusted. Now I’m back to once a day. Sorry loves, I don’t have any before and afters of my own skin, but there are plenty on the web if you want to check it out. You can find the product at any CVS or Target.

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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! This will be my mantra for the next five months. I’ve tried all kinds of moisturizers, but my favorite by far is the Seaweed Night Cream by Mario Badescu (again #notsponsered). I have combination skin, but when the wind is whipping outside and my face feels like it’s going to crack this is my go to! Though it’s a night cream, during winter months I use it as a daytime moisturizer and my skin is never happier. You can grab a bottle at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Ulta, or Amazon!

Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream, 1 Oz
Cutting Edge International, LLC

I don’t always want to use something harsh on my face, especially as a daily cleanser. For moments when I want to go lighter for my cleansing needs I use an oxygen mask. There are plenty out there on the market. I haven’t found one that particularly stands out to me yet, but they are fun to use, and will leave your skin feeling light and fresh! If you have one that you love, drop it in the comments section and share with the rest of us, pretty please.

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Finally, we can’t forget the lips! Piling on tons of chapstick will do you no good if you don’t first exfoliate. You can spend money on a lip scrub if you’d like, or you can go to your kitchen, grab some sugar, wet your lips, and gently scrub away. Which is what I do. After my homemade lip scrub, I always apply vitamin E oil or Vaseline. When out in the street my go-to lip care for fighting cracked lips is good old fashion Blistex. I just don’t think it gets better than medicated lip balm, but that’s me.

Ladies remember you’re beautiful! Let’s not let harsh weather conditions steal our glow this year.


Muah,

Chantel M. Rivera



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5 Effortless Makeup Tips

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Once upon a time, in a land not too far away there was a kingdom named Sephora. This magical place holds the treasures that every queen should have in their royal purse. From lip glosses to loose powders Sephora is the mecca. However, shout out to all the drugstores out there that sell amazing products as well… Sephora just happens to be the Disneyland to us make up loving fans.

While many of us rock the no makeup look like a champ, there are also many us who are the in between make up on the face. We have enough makeup to have make up but almost look like we have no makeup. Yes, makes total sense. Let's go over a few basic items to always have in your bag to make your look effortless.

  1. Highlight concealer- you can wear this all on its own or under your makeup. It goes under your eyes in a upside down triangle shape, one streak down your nose,  above your cupid's bow on your lips, and under the eyebrows. All you do next is blend blend blend! The contouring will look more natural on its own or under makeup.

  2. Foundation- Get yourself a foundation that is light and is breathable. Tarte is made of natural ingredients and does not clog pores.  Or you can go for a simple BB or CC cream that has a full coverage look and will help you with moisturizing your skin all at once. Whatever you buy, make sure it has SPF! Cancer is real and doesn't look good on anyone.

  3. Bronzer- This gem helps with contouring and makes you look like you are sun kissed. You will apply this right under your cheekbone toward your nose, on your temple and follow your natural hairline, down each side of the bridge of your nose and right under your bottom lip to help you look more pouty or let's say Angelina Jolie-ish. Blend y’all!

  4. Blush- This part can be tricky because there are so many shades to choose from. My daily go to is a soft brown and a peachy colored one. I apply this on the fattest part of my cheek. So smile big, then apply on your cheek. This ensures you place the blush right where it would look natural for you to look, well, blushed.

  5. Highlighter- This adds just the right amount of light to your face to brighten it up. You can use a highlighter (powder or liquid) over a bb or cc cream,  on its own, or over makeup. You will place this just right in between your under eye and cheekbone. It will almost feel like you are placing it on the cheekbone. This small highlighted area really makes a difference on your face.

  6. Lip balm- when I know I need my lipstick to last I do a sugar scrub on my lips and lay on the lip balm, (wait for it to dry) then lip line it ( shade the lips as well) then put my color choice on top. Just like that, my lippy will be on for hours! No retouch! The key is hydrated lips. Lip balm looks very pretty on all its own. It's just enough shine to say kiss me!

There you have it! 6 basic essentials. You can always add some mascara or a lippy of your choice to your look. This is just like a starter kit for those who don't know what to buy or those who are slowly moving in the no makeup way.

Xoxo

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“Breaking a decade of habit: how I went makeup free.”

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Written By: Gabriela Pereira

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I got my first pimple at eleven years old.

It showed up overnight, a red spot on my forehead, huge against my childish frame. It hurt when I pressed it, it swollen after I picked on it, and it stayed on me for a week. The same thing happened week after that, and today, eleven years later, I still wake up to the feeling to something pulsing on my skin. I’m well versed on the sensation now, since it has become a part of my life.  

With the discovery of acne, came the discovery of self-consciousness. At twelve, I started to take notice on makeup, and wonder if it could help me cover up. A little bit of my mother’s powder, a splash of her too dark foundation, a curtain of long hair on my face. It helped me conceal, but it also instigated the sense of shame and wrongness in my own skin. As the tallest girl in my class, I learned to hunch my shoulders and disappear.  

With the years came the better foundations, the concealers, and the necessity. I would wake up one hour early everyday just, so I could do my makeup, because I wouldn't dare to leave the house without it.

And then one day, I just stopped. I woke up late, got dressed in a hurry, ran my way into college.

My face was bare, and surprisingly for me, the world didn’t explode. Life went on, and bit by bit, I let my guard down. I allowed myself to step onto the world barring my scars, one less step of makeup at the time. I still love lipsticks and eyeliners, but I wear it when I want to, not because I must.

I think I’m beautiful with or without makeup on.  


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5 reasons to rock the #nomakeup look

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Written By: Gabi Torres ~ @mariitatorres

At Sunday Morning View, we celebrate beauty in all its forms, and most importantly, we want to make a statement that women don't need make up to look and feel at their 110%. When shooting our #SundayGirls - our head photographer, and #peachloverKarlo Gomez - asks his muses to remove whatever product they have on their face. I've had the honor to be photographed by him, and I can tell you how much freedom I felt when doing so. It's literally a "F-u" statement to all media that pushes the "you're not enough" message. 

Once you've embraced the whole #nomakeup lifestyle, you'll notice a couple differences. Check them out:

  • Your skin will thank you for this makeup break - you'll slowly recover a natural glow, and will forget about "retouching" your lips every single time you eat. Bonus: You'll be able to kiss your significant other without worrying for leaving him/her looking like a clown

  • You'll have 20-30 extra minutes per day to do you! - You can sleep in, prepare those yummy pancakes in the morning (and finally ditch the cold bagel), read your favorite book, or even spend more time having those imaginary conversations in the bathroom (aren't those the best?)

  • Your friends will notice it - and there it comes the best opportunity to preach about what you stand for. Don't forget to tell them about your free time, and growing savings account. Those are wonderful bullet points to encourage others to join you

  • If you're starting to date someone, they will fall in love with your actual looks - I've read many times that if you want to see how a girl actually looks like, invite her to a pool date (this kind of pisses me off) but here's your opportunity to show your sexy and natural self. Who wouldn't want to spend his/her time with such a gorgeous babe?

  • Forget about a melting look - Those who live in a humid area, know exactly what I'm talking about. Summer is coming, and one of the biggest fears when you're doing your make up is getting the look messed up because of the weather. No makeup? No problem! Make sure you're hydrating your skin properly, and following a healthy diet. That combination will make your face glow!

I started rocking my #nomakeup look a couple of weeks ago because I tried a product that seriously messed up my skin. At the beginning, I was reluctant to go for it but I've given it a try, and I'm seriously considering to go Alicia Keys style for good.

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Have any of you gone #nomakeup? What are your thoughts? Let me know via DM @mariitatorres

With love,

G


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Royal Realness

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Written By: Lacy Bundy

It’s officially been one week since the world watched American actress, activist and self-declared feminist, Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry and become the newest member of the royal family, and we still can’t get enough!

Among the flowers, the opulent chapel, celebrity guests and ya know, a world stage, the Duchess of Sussex bucked traditional bridal trends and, instead, put her natural beauty, freckles and all, on full display for the world to see. Her “no-makeup makeup” created by makeup artist Daniel Martin included little to no foundation, a peachy-pink blush, a subtle brown smokey eye, a natural pink lip accompanied by a beautifully “undone” updo.

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She served full on chill bride vibes. Yas Queen (or Duchess rather)!

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She was stunning and yet the internet jury was torn. Some were praising her bridal look calling it stunning and youthful. Others stating that she looked plain or going as far as saying she looked like she put no effort into her look for the big day.

In a world of polarizing makeup trends, women can seemingly only choose between full Instagram glam or no-makeup makeup. The beauty standards are either fully contoured and highlighted for the Gods or wearing a tinted moisturizer and often the less makeup the more people assume you don't care about how you look.

We couldn’t disagree more.

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While rocking the barely there look is a signature for the Duchess, Meghan made a STATEMENT by showcasing her natural beauty on her wedding day.

Her radiant makeup not only modernized her as a bride, but also a royal. While many royals have opted for a more “done” look, she stayed true to her personal style of simple and real. She proved you don’t need to transform yourself with 15 layers of product to be a beautiful bride and most importantly she wore what made HER feel beautiful and comfortable on her big day. What’s more feminist than that?

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