The 6 Natural Beauty Products You Need to Try!

Natural Beauty

Women want the world to believe that we are effortlessly, naturally, organically gorgeous.

From the once-ubiquitous “I woke up like this” to at least one woman claiming to subsist on light and air alone, we want to appear as though we do nothing more than flutter our eyelids open, splash our faces with morning dew, and bathe in water flown in by birds.

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How to Pick Your Natural Blush Color

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Looking effortlessly beautiful boils down to looking naturally healthy. A great way to pull off this look is with perfectly flushed cheeks. To get this appearance, we rely on blush to give us that flawless, rosy glow. But with so many colors to choose from, how do we pick the perfect shade to make us look luscious and not clownish? Let’s break down tips and tricks to figure out your perfect shade so you can look sexy and not silly.

Check yourself out after a good workout.

The best way to find out what your natural blush shade should be is to see your skin’s natural blush after a run or workout. Check out your cheeks in the mirror afterwards to see what color they pick up. If you have problems with turning into a tomato all over after a workout, this may not be the best bet, but for anyone who gets a light flush it is the perfect way to see your natural blush.

Pinch your cheeks.

A time-tested way to give yourself a natural blush, pinching your cheeks will make them react to show off what your natural flushed tone is. You don’t have to pinch hard; just a little along the apples of your cheeks will show what color your natural blush is. This is also an easy way to give color to your cheeks if you have no blush in sight.

Visit a makeup counter.

The makeup artists at the counter of your favorite store are trained to tell you the perfect tone for any type of makeup you are searching for. You can trust their judgment; they have hours of training and often times are certified makeup artists. You may also find the perfect new blush for you with their help.

Buy a blush palette.

For some of us, the only way to do things is through trial and error. If you have to see it to believe it, invest in a blush palette to see many shades of blush on your face. This can help you not only find the best natural blush but allow you to create many different looks.

Find a master makeup artist.

If you’re feeling flustered and can’t seem to hit the right shade, try finding a makeup artist who mixes their own products. Many lines of makeup, such as Motives, allow makeup artists to create custom blended products, making sure the shade is just right for you!

Finding the right blush doesn’t have to be such a struggle! With these tips and tricks, you can pick your natural blush color make sure to get the right flush for your face without too much hassle and time.

 

Originally posted on December 2, 2014.

Five Unique Gifts Your Best Friend Will Love

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Holiday shopping is stressful, especially if you happen to be bad at buying gifts for people. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. We all get anxious over picking out the right gift – especially for our BFFs! If you need a push in the right direction, we’ve got a list of excellent products that could be the perfect gifts for your best friend! Continue reading

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The Best Products for Longer and Fuller Lashes

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(Image Credit: Lithiumphoto)

Long lashes never, ever go out of style. I mean, there’s a reason why women can get away with a lot of things simply by batting lashes and flashing a smile. A longer, fuller, set of lashes can lead to many things. But first, you need to find the right products. There are many different products today that offer the strengthening and lengthening of lashes in a variety of price ranges. So, whether you’re working with a tight budget or you’re ready for a lash splurge, TDQ has you covered. Continue reading

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VIDEO: It was all about style at the GBK and Pilot Pen NYFW Luxury Gift Lounge!

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(Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

It was all about style at the GBK & Pilot Pen Celebrity Luxury Gift Lounge presented by Hard Candy Cosmetics & Michael Todd True Organics at New York Fashion Week and The Daily Quirk is bringing you an inside look at a the fashionably fabulous products that celebrities and fashionistas alike couldn’t wait to get their hands on! Check out the exclusive feature below to find out more about the newest offerings from Pilot Pen, Hard Candy, Michael Todd True Organics and Jane Basch Designs!

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VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at the Latest from Hard Candy Cosmetics at New York Fashion Week!

TDQ Correspondent Lauren Gambino, Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist, and Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

TDQ Correspondent Lauren Gambino, Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist, and Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

The smoky eye look never goes out of style and this season you’ll see it with a new twist as metallic’s take over the make-up world. But you don’t have to take our word for it! The Daily Quirk caught up with Lauren Kahn, Director of PR for Hard Candy Cosmetics, and Ketta Vaughn, Celebrity Make-Up Artist for Hard Candy Cosmetics, at the GBK & Pilot Pen Celebrity Gift Lounge presented by Hard Candy Cosmetics & Michael Todd True Organics in the Empire Hotel at New York Fashion Week and they gave us the inside scoop! Check out the video below to find out about Hard Candy Cosmetics’ newest products, including their Birthday Suit and Guilty Pleasure Eye Shadow Palettes, and tips on how to achieve the very best metallic smoky eye without breaking the bank. Continue reading

Money-Saving Beauty Tips

Beauty Saving

We all know that beauty comes with a price, and that price can be mighty high sometimes. Every now and then we all like to budget, and your beauty routine is definitely an area where you can save some money. Follow the tips and tricks below and you may be able to stash a bit more cash in your purse while still looking gorgeous. Continue reading

Tips to Achieve a Wide-Eyed Look!

Wide Eyed

Feeling tired is always a drag, but looking tired is almost as bad! Nothing ruins a chic outfit more than looking like you haven’t slept in days. Sometimes we really can’t get the rest we need with our hectic lives, but you can get a beautiful, wide eyed look without all the shut eye! Follow some of these quick beauty tips to get wide eyes and fake that you slept the full 8. Continue reading

Summer Sun-Kissed Skin Essentials by Kelsey Murray of Tickle Me Pink

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Summer is the best season, in my opinion. The weather gives skin a dewy glow that make up can’t attain. No, I am not talking about the gross sweat dripping down your face from the broken air conditioner, on the subway. I’m talking about that sun-kissed, youthful look that is extremely palpable on summer nights. With the help of a few important products you can keep that look from going sour!

Let’s break it down. Typically, the moment you walk into a bar you tend to feel most confident, your freshest. You just finished getting ready and your make up has set perfectly. It’s when the humidity starts to frizz your perfectly flat-ironed hair that you begin to panic. The sweat trickles down your temple and messes with your winged eyeliner and that dewy look has become a major DON’T.

The hotter months are meant for glowy, nude shades and shimmery appeal. After a long day at the pool or a fun night of partying, it’s essential to exfoliate. Dermalogica Daily Mircroexfolient is my go-to! It buffs your skin without leaving it irritated or red.

The Idealist Even Skin tone Illuminator by Estee Lauder or the Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up Illuminator are perfect for a smooth, even shine. You don’t want a blotchy tan to ruin your day, do you?

I like to stick with a neutral palette for my eye shadow. A golden tone like the Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow will go with every outfit you own!

With sun damage awareness at an all time high, it’s no secret that sunscreen is a must. Protect your skin by using foundations with SPF like Laura Mercier. Purchase an ‘age spot’ pen to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

The absolute best part about summer make up is that you don’t need a lot of it! I use half of the amount of make up during July than I do in any other month. A dab of concealer, a dusting of bronzer, a swipe of liquid eyeliner and a red-hot lip are all you need to dance the night away!

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BEAUTY REVIEW: Kari Gran Skin Care System

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

Kari Gran Cleansing Oil (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

As someone who has always had very sensitive skin, it can be a challenge for me to find beauty and cleansing products that don’t dry out my skin or make me break out. I was extremely happy with the results I got from Kari Gran’s Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, Essential Serum and Lip Whip Balm.

The Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic and Essential Serum can be used as a skin care system, or the elements can be used separately for different purposes. While using the products as a system takes a bit longer than using most products you’ll find at a drugstore, it’s definitely worth it.

Kari Gran Lip Whip Balms (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

Kari Gran Lip Whip Balms (Image Credit: Kari Gran Skin Care)

In the evenings, you massage the Cleansing Oil into your skin and then steam it off with a hot towel. The Kari Gran products are made with natural, organic, sustainably-harvested materials, including lovely smelling essential oils, so while you’re steaming away the Cleansing Oil, you’re basically also getting an aromatherapy treatment. It was seriously one of the most relaxing things I think I’ve ever done.

Step two of the system has you mist a few pumps of the Hydrating Tonic into your palm and add a pump of the Essential serum and you’ve got yourself a moisturizer! After massaging the moisturizer into your skin, you’re done and ready to get your beauty sleep.

My skin felt incredibly soft after the first time I used the cleansing system. I loved the way the natural essential oils brought a glow to my skin, and I was so thankful to find something that didn’t dry me out or make me break out. It also did a great job of removing the stubborn makeup my normal skin care routine usually left behind.

I also really enjoyed that you can use the products separately. When I’m getting ready in the morning, I love how fast it is to just spray my face with the Hydrating Tonic rather than applying a moisturizer and waiting for it to sink in before continuing on with my makeup routine. The Hydrating Tonic also does a great job of setting mineral makeup.

Kari Gran Skin Care (Image Credit: Kari Gran)

Kari Gran Skin Care (Image Credit: Kari Gran)

The Essential Serum also has an added bonus for those who wear mineral powder foundation – it can be mixed with the powder to create a custom tinted moisturizer.

In addition to the skin care system, I was lucky enough to be able to try Kari Gran’s Lip Whip Balm. The Lip Whip Balm is an essential oil-infused tinted lip gloss and balm combination that comes in an easy-to-carry pot. The one I tried was pink-tinted peppermint balm, and I loved it. I’m a habitual lip balm user, and I find that a lot of glosses either make my lips chapped or just feel sticky and uncomfortable. The Lip Whip Balm was very lightweight and had a very sheer pink tone that would look nice layered over other products as well as on its own. It didn’t have the sticky, heavy feeling that many glosses have, and it also had the added benefit of hydrating my lips rather than drying them out.

Overall, I loved the results the Kari Gran Skin Care system and Lip Whip Balm gave me. The skin care system was like nothing I’d experienced from a drug store product before, and it’s definitely worth the investment. And because all of the products are made from natural, organic, sustainably-harvested materials, you can rest easy knowing your skin care system didn’t harm the environment.

To find out more about Kari Gran products, visit the Official Site, follow the line on Twitter and like them on Facebook.


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Summertime Purse Essentials: What you should be carrying!

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Purse (Image Credit: Robert Bejil)

With summertime headed our way it’s time to reevaluate the “essentials” we carry in our purse. Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to start looking for some new lip balm, moisturizer, and maybe even a bold nail polish? As we head into the next warm season, I’ve got a list of summertime purse essentials to keep you calm, cool, and…glamorous. Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Inside Look at Melanie Mills’ Gleam Cosmetics

Gleam Products (Image Credit: Gleam/Melanie Mills)

Gleam Products (Image Credit: Gleam/Melanie Mills)

While serving as Makeup Department Head on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Emmy Award-winning celebrity makeup artist and beauty consultant Melanie Mills realized she needed a better product to add a healthy glow and attractive sheen to the dancers’ skin. Unsatisfied with what was currently on the market, Mills developed Gleam Body Radiance, a professional face and body makeup, to provide the gorgeous glow she was looking for and hide imperfections on all skin tones and types.

Gleam Body Radiance has become a runway standard, and now Mills has expanded the brand to include an entire line of cosmetics including Gleam Lip Radiance and Radiant Dust. We caught up with Gleam Representative Joanne backstage during LA Fashion Week at Concept Los Angeles Mack Sennett Studios to find out more about the product that started it all, Gleam Body Radiance, and how it can transform your skin today!

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist Melanie Mills

Celebrity Makeup Artist Melanie Mills (Image Credit: Mack Strockis/The Daily Quirk)

Celebrity Makeup Artist Melanie Mills (Image Credit: Mack Strockis/The Daily Quirk)

Employing her fabulous line of Gleam cosmetics, Emmy Award-winning celebrity makeup artist and beauty consultant Melanie Mills works her magic on talent for screen, print and runway making  each star the picture of perfection. Although she loves working in every medium, Mills especially enjoys fashion week events not only because of the variety of glamorous and exaggerated looks she gets to create, but also because it gives her the opportunity to bring aspiring artists from around the country backstage for a once in a lifetime working experience.

The Daily Quirk sat down with Mills backstage during LA Fashion Week at Concept Los Angeles Mack Sennett Studios, for an exclusive interview to talk what it’s like creating looks for runway, LA Fashion Week and how every girl can feel runway ready. Watch the exclusive interview below!

 

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Giveaway: Win Melissa de la Cruz’s ‘The Ring and The Crown’ and more!

THE RING & THE CROWN (Image Credit: Melissa de la Cruz)

THE RING & THE CROWN (Image Credit: Melissa de la Cruz)

Melissa de la Cruz has rewritten history itself with her new novel The Ring and The Crown, a novel filled with magic, aristocracy and romance. Told through the voices of five different characters, readers are taken through the journey of an arranged marriage that has drastic effects reaching far beyond the young couple. With mention of Avalon, the great Merlin and a new, magically-inclined European history, The Ring and The Crown is perfect for anyone who’s a fan of fantasy stories and Gossip Girl.

Sound interesting? Well now’s your chance to read de la Cruz’s novel for free! The Daily Quirk is excited to announce that we’re giving away a copy of The Ring and the Crown as well as a special glam makeup collection to celebrate the novel’s release on April 1.

So hurry and enter the contest below, because this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

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