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Everyone says 40 is the new 30, some even say 40 is the new 20. But, the bottom line is simple. Leaving your twenties behind may mean you’ve moved passed the rebellious stage of your life, but it doesn’t mean life is over. Far from it!

With such improvements in healthcare, it won’t be long before 60 is considered middle-aged. In short, 30 is young but just old enough that you need to start thinking a little more about the right style for you and how to look after your hair properly. Here are some trending styles and hair care tips for women in their 30’s.

Invest In Quality Products

Budgets are getting tighter as the various world influences cause inflation to start rising and the cost of living to climb. But, while it’s worth cutting back on some products, investing in the right hair care products is worth doing.

In fact, if you choose wisely you’ll use less of a high-quality product and get better results, potentially making it the cheaper option. All you have to do is choose a product designed for your hair type and one that is natural. Here is a Kerastase shampoo worth trying.

Wash Your Hair Regularly

Not everyone needs to wash their hair every day. It depends on your hair type. But, you should be washing it every other day and, most importantly, conditioning it as well. It’s best to condition straight after you’ve washed it, this will allow the conditioner to sit in your hair for 5-10 minutes, maximizing its ability to hydrate and repair your hair.

It can also help to deep condition once a week.

Look At Your Diet

In your thirties, you need to start being more aware of what you eat. This helps you to remain healthy and can benefit your hair. You may be surprised to learn that your hair is predominantly protein and water, making sure you eat enough protein, drink enough water, and get all the right vitamins every day will help to ensure your hair stays healthy and looks great.

Keep It Trimmed

This applies to people of all ages. Getting your hair trimmed regularly will eliminate split ends and help it look its best. You can also experiment with the latest hairstyles. However, you should note the following:

Keep It Longer

In your thirties, it’s advisable to have a slightly longer cut. This will allow you to wear it straight or wavy and play with different styles, including keeping your hair up. The purpose of this is to ensure you can easily adjust your hair to suit the occasion.

It remains youthful but allows you to have an air of seriousness when needed. That’s important at work as you may be thinking more about career prospects.

Choose Colour Wisely

You‘re past the mohawk stage or the bright pink hair. But, that doesn’t mean you need to stop colouring your hair. It’s simply time to keep the colours closer to your natural one and not to change colours too frequently.

Experiment

Your thirties generally means you’re past wild experiments with your hair. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with a variety of styles. You need to find one that you like, makes you look younger, and can be relatively easily replicated every day.

With a little planning your hair, and you, can look fantastic through your thirties, forties, and onward.

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5 Makeup Trends for Real Women

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top makeup trends including red lipstick, mineral foundation, vegan mascara, mineral blush, vegan eyeliner, and a natural makeup brushAt jane iredale, we believe in embracing your personal, natural beauty. We also believe makeup should be used to enhance the things that make you feel confident and unique. That’s why we launched our Own It to Win It contest last month. We want to empower you with the tools to show-off what makes you special. By telling us what makeup look help you feel your most beautiful and which of our products you use to achieve that look, you could win $1,000 in makeup, a $750 gift certificate to Nordstrom and more!

We’ve received thousands of wonderful responses, telling us exactly how you own your style. We love reading them, so keep the entries coming! Here are the top five makeup trends real women, like you, are loving at the moment, and the products they’re using to achieve them.

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How Real Women Wear Blue Eye Makeup

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Trend alert! Blue eye makeup is a must-try this spring. We saw it all over the runways last fall, and the statement look has picked up steam with models, celebrities and trendsetters ever since. The thing is, blue eye makeup, especially blue eye shadow, can be a little intimidating. It’s much brighter than our go-to blacks, browns and tans, and we all remember the early 90s when blue eye shadow went oh-so-wrong.

Fear not, beauties! Blue eye makeup isn’t always gaudy or kitschy; if done right, you can create extremely sophisticated and (dare I say) work-appropriate looks. We promise, after reading these tips, you’ll understand why we say this trend isn’t just for models and celebrities, real women can wear blue too!

psst…Click on the images to find out what products each model is wearing.

Blue Eye Makeup for Day

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Our daytime or work makeup is fairly standard. Neutral eye shadow, black or brown eyeliner and mascara and a soft lip. When we want to add a pop of color, we normally trade our pink lipstick for a bold red or sultry wine-hue. Lately, we’ve decided to mix it up and keep the focus on our eyes. The easiest way to do so is by applying Midnight Blue Eye Pencil to our lower lash line. Pair this look with shimmery brown or gold eye shadow and a nude lip.

Pro Tip: If you want to make your liner a little brighter, trade your eye pencil for Magic PurePressed Eye Shadow and an Angle Definer Brush. First, wet the brush using D2O Hydration Spray, then dip it in the eye shadow to turn the powder into a long lasting cream eyeliner.

Blue Eye Makeup For Night

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One thing we love about going out on the weekends is that anything goes on the makeup front. So, if you’re hesitant to try out the blue trend during the day, then try this midnight smokey eye look the next time you go on a romantic dinner or have happy hour drinks with your girls. The key to creating this sultry eye makeup is toning down the Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow with Ebony PurePressed Eye Shadow in the outer corner and the crease of your eye.

Pro Tip: Keep the eye liner in place by lining your lower lid with Midnight Blue Eye Pencil, then layering Blue Hour eye shadow on top.

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Top Hairstyles 2016 for Women with Thin Hair

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Just because your hair is thin doesn’t mean you have to give up the styles that you love. In fact, there are certain hairstyles for women with thin hair that will make the problem much less prevalent and have you looking happy and healthy as you go into the new year. Here are nine of the top hairstyles of 2016 for women with thin hair.

Jagged Part With Waves

Every woman needs a way to part their hair, but a straight part can make thinning hair even more noticeable. One of the best ways to fix this problem is by simply making your part a bit uneven. A jagged part will make the top layers stick up more and hide that thinning area right in the middle of the crown. Adding a wavy hairstyle instead of just straight hair is a fun way to draw attention away from the top of your head. It will also create the appearance of volume and thickness to hair.

Long, Blunt Bangs

blunt bangs best hairstyles 2016We love bangs! Not enough women use this hairstyle, especially when they’re trying to add fullness and volume to their hair. If you want to try this look, have your stylist start your bangs from the crown of your head rather than the front of your hairline. This will add more hair to your bangs so they will look noticeably thicker. Be sure to keep your bangs from getting too greasy — you don’t want oily bangs sticking to your forehead. No. Thank. You.

Asymmetrical Bob

asymmetrical bob hairstyle best hair of 2016Many women love wearing the bob since it’s such a classic look, but it can make your hair look flat, especially if you have thinning hair. One of the best ways to make this hairstyle work for you is an asymmetrical bob that angles downwards from the back. This hairstyle draws people’s attention downward rather than up to your crown where the hair may not be as thick. Parting the bob to one side will give the illusion of adding fullness to fine hair.

Messy Pompadour

messy pompadour best hairstyles of 2016Ladies with short hair, rejoice. If you’re tired of your hair looking flat and uninspired, create a modern pompadour look to give it volume. Simply work a little bit of mousse into your hair, and muss it up in the front. It will instantly make your hair look thicker overall, and give it a rockstar vibe that people will love. This is a simple way to keep things fresh and one of the best haircuts for thin hair.

Asymmetrical French Braid Style

side french braid best hairstyles of 2016The French braid is one of our favorite protective hairstyles for thinning hair. You can jazz it up a bit by following our asymmetrical trend. French braid one side of your ponytail without making it look too messy. By having it stick out further from your scalp, you add volume and draw attention away from any thinning areas and onto that lovely French braid. This one is super fun to wear, even for days at a time!

Side-Swept Pixie

side swept pixie haircut best hairstyles of 2016If you like a smooth, straight look with your short haircut, here’s an easy trick: flatten your hair to your forehead and then sweep it to the side. It doesn’t get any easier, plus it gives you an instant 1920s retro look. It works perfectly for women with short, thinning hair that want a stylish alternative to their usual hairstyle.

Top Braids With Bangs

We absolutely love this one — it’s a combo of some of our favorite hairstyles mentioned earlier. Ask your stylist for a braided updo with thick, blunt bangs to break up your hair. Not only is it a unique hairstyle that will win you a ton of compliments, it gives the illusion of having more hair to play with.

Tucked Behind the Ear

Here’s one that women with thick hair actually have a hard time pulling off! If you’ve got short hair and like rocking the pixie cut, try tucking hair behind one ear. Your fine hair will sit smoothly behind your ear and give you a smart look that’s fit for any occasion. Your friends with thicker hair will be jealous!

Messy Updo

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We love wearing an updo as a fun, quick hairstyle, but a traditional updo can look a bit too flat and smooth for women with thinning hair. The solution? Mess it up a bit. Use your comb to tousle the front pieces and a bit of the sides. Making it look deliberately loose will keep it fun, quick, and give you the illusion of thicker hair. As far as haircuts for women with thin hair, this is certainly one of the best.

If you feel like your hair is thinning, take action! Start trying out some of these hairstyles and also make sure you’re tackling the problem at its source. Use products that promote healthy hair growth, as well as eat a diet with all the nutrients you need. We highly recommend Viviscal hair growth supplements as a way to help grow and maintain your locks from the inside out.

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Hi, ABM friends! My name is Amanda. I am so thrilled to be a new contributor to the site. I’ve been reading and following the ladies at A Beautiful Mess for years now, so it’s such a treat to contribute a post. A little bit about me: I am a photographer based in Los Angeles and the creator of the blog Green Beauty Love, which highlights women of color in the clean beauty and wellness community. I created this site because, as a Latina, I didn’t feel like I saw myself represented in the beauty community I loved so much. So, I made a space that was reflective of what I wished to see: more inclusivity and diversity. In that spirit, today I am sharing my top five favorite skincare brands made by women of color. You may not have heard of these stellar brands yet, but I know you will love them!

Purpl & Prosper – Purpl & Prosper is a Pasadena-based company and one of the first brands I discovered when I moved to Southern California. The brand was created by esthetician Taianne Eiland after years of struggling with cystic acne. During this process, she discovered the power of keeping skincare ingredients simple and natural, which completely transformed her skin.

Purpl & Prosper offers a complete line of skin and bath products ranging from deodorant sprays to face serums and cleaners. My personal favorite is her Goat Milk Soap. She makes two varieties: one that is super hydrating and a second version that is more clarifying. The Goat Milk and Activated Charcoal soap is a multi-use product that can be used on both the face and body. The charcoal helps gently detox skin while the goat’s milk and coconut oil help to retain the skin’s moisture. Pro tip: This soap also makes a great weekly underarm cleansing wash.

Lotus Moon – Lotus Moon was created by scholar and skin care expert Lake Louise 18 years ago, before green beauty was even a genre in the industry. So, she was truly one of the early pioneers of this movement. She makes the best plant-based skin care for consumers as well as a complete line of professional-grade skincare for estheticians and spas (which is where I was initially introduced to the line).

I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve tried from Lotus Moon, but my absolute favorite product has to be the Lemon Poppy Seed Foaming Powder Cleanser. This super gentle exfoliating powder is made with 100% natural and organic ingredients like stoneground corn, lemon powder, jojoba, and poppy seeds. To use it, you simply mix with water and scrub.

Personally, I like to sprinkle a little in my gel cleansers a few times a week to super charge the formula. I have oily textured skin, so I use this every other day and my skin feels so smooth and perfectly prepped after every use. I also love that a little goes a long way! My last bottle lasted me almost a full year, so it’s a great value. If you’re looking for a new physical exfoliator to add to your skincare regime, I can’t recommend this one enough.

Half Hippy– This eco-conscious lifestyle and beauty brand was created by besties Upahar Rana and Marian Miranda in New York City. This unisex brand is all about celebrating inclusion and sustainable plant-powered beauty. Their products are made with all natural and organic ingredients. They also give back by donating products to health care workers and proceeds to BLM and the LGBTQI community.

Another thing I love about Half Hippy is that they have the best names for their products, like Pit Police (their deodorant), The Terminator (a muscle rub) and my personal favorite, Gem N’Juice. This hydrating mist is made with Bulgarian rose hydrosol, aloe and prickly pear. Each bottle also contains a rose quartz to promote heart chakra energy. I use this mist on my face after cleansing and whenever I need a little refreshing midday pick me up.

Quetzalli Skincare– Esthetician Adriana Ugalde wanted to create a line of non-toxic skincare and cosmetics that merged her passion for self-care while celebrating her indigenous Mexican roots. The word Quetzalli is a Nahuatl word meaning something beautiful or precious. Ingredients like chia, cactus, amaranth, agave, and arnica are just some of the ancient ingredients found in her products that were once used by the Aztec and Mayan empires.

My go-to product in the line is the Jamaica Rose Night Serum. It smells so yummy and reminds me of my favorite summer beverage—hibiscus iced tea! Jamaica (or hibiscus) is packed with antioxidants which help fight skin damaging free radicals. It’s also a natural source of AHA which helps gently exfoliate the skin. Because of this, some people call Jamaica the ultimate anti-aging plant, or even consider it a natural alternative to Botox. I love how moisturized my skin feels when I use it and would recommend it to anyone looking to add a hydrating serum to their skin care routine.

EleVen– My go to sunscreen this summer has been Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35 by Venus Williams. Yes, as in the legendary tennis player, Venus Williams. Venus created this inclusive and environmentally-friendly mineral sunscreen for all skin types and tones.

I really like the serum’s unique liquid to satin finish formula because it’s completely weightless and fully absorbs into the skin, leaving no white cast. It’s also hydrating so I skip the moisturizer and apply it right after my toner. I often wear it alone, but it also layers really nicely under foundation. This SPF serum is, dare I say, a grand slam! I would expect nothing less from Miss Venus.

These are just a few of my favorite brands that I love that are made by women of color. And there are so many more out there. In the coming months, I hope to share even more incredible brands with you. In the meantime, if you feel called to diversify your own skincare regimens and makeup bags, I encourage you to do your own research and actively seek out BIPOC-owned brands that align with your values.

In the past few years, there’s definitely a growing awareness and demand for clean beauty, so it’s easier to find at major retailers. I’m also encouraged that these same retailers are now committing to diversifying their shelves through initiatives like the 15% Pledge. But, remember, we don’t have to wait for these markets to catch up. We can take matters into our own hands as consumers and actively support diversity in beauty by supporting BIPOC-owned brands directly. I encourage you to check out these brands, discover more on your own, and then tell your friends! In fact, start right here. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite beauty brands made by women of color to share with the ABM community. -Amanda

Credits // Author and Photography: Amanda Lopez.

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Hiding Thinning Hair for Women

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It can be one of the most embarrassing and terrifying discoveries you’ll ever make: Realizing that your hair is thinning. Never fear — we’ve got a guide to cover up thinning hair!

Women are known for their beautiful locks of hair. Often, when we think of a classic beauty, we think of long, thick, luscious hair. If you don’t think your hair will ever feel this great again, you’re in luck. We know how to cover thinning hair for women of all ages and hair colors.

Why Hair Thins

Your hair might be thinning out due to female pattern baldness (yes, that’s a real thing), poor diet that’s low in proteins and nutrients, or even stress. The best way to cover a bald spot or showing scalp is by altering your hairstyle, using medicines, or using products designed to cover up thinning hair.

While less than 10% of young women under 30 will experience hair loss and significant hair thinning, more than 60% of those over 70 can be affected by thinning hair. Although there are some factors in your control (your protein intake, the amount of silica in your body, etc.), female pattern baldness has a strong and unfortunate genetic component. Did you know that female pattern baldness doesn’t always come from your mother? You can inherit the gene on both sides of the family.

Hairstyles to Cover Bald Spots for Women

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Braids add dimension to thin hair and help hide thinning spots.

While you have many options for cover thinning hair products for women, there are certain hairstyles that will help battle the bald, too. You can start by brushing your hair in a different way – simply try parting your hair on an alternate side or at a different angle than you normally do.

If that doesn’t work, try a braid in your hair that works as a headband. These make you look enchanted and romantic, and can push longer locks over an obvious bald spot. Start at one ear, and plait the hair until the braid reaches all the way across the head. It’s not recommended that you do this one by yourself. It can be a bit tricky, and enlisting a friend or stylist will make sure you don’t accidentally tear your hair.

Some of you may be asking, “Do hair extensions work for bald spots?” Well, to be honest, not really. Hair extensions are often braided into your hair and then glued in. When it’s time to wash the glue out or remove the extension, you’re very likely to pull and break your beautiful hair even further. Although they can temporarily hide patches of hair loss on the head, hair extensions won’t be a good long-term solution to your hair thinning problems.

Best Hair Color to Hide Thinning Hair

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Dark or black hair color helps disguise thinning areas.

Another one of the best ways to cover thinning hair for women is to dye your locks. Sometimes, the more drastic the color change, the better. You can gain attention for becoming a fiery redhead or a beautiful brunette.

Sometimes, dying one’s hair black can adequately stave off the visuals of bald spots for awhile, but you will have to do massive upkeep and potentially use hair growth products if you are going to actually reverse your hair loss.

If you’re going to change your hair color to hide thinning hair, you should consider going as dark as you can. Black hair color can cover up a lot of problems.

The Best Cover Thinning Hair Products for Women

Last but not least, you will want to check out some hair products to better learn how to hide thinning hair. Called androgenetic alopecia, many doctors are reluctant to discuss female baldness or prescribe medicines for it.

Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir is a popular product for women who must find the best way to cover a bald spot. This lightweight treatment is put in the hair and left in, and results in thicker, fuller looking hair. Hair’s body bounces back, as well – usually after just a week or more of treatment.

Another option is hair building fibers. Tiny microscopic fibers bond to your hair through an electrostatic charge. When you need some extra volume right away to cover your bald spot or thinning hair, this formula can immediately make your hair look and feel thicker. It comes in a range of hair shades to blend perfectly with your natural hair.

There are lots of other products out there to cover thinning hair for women, but these two are ideal for thickening hair in seconds. Try them before getting expensive tracks or extensions that can bring on further damage to your hair. Hairstyle differentiation and even a good hair color change are great ways to make your hair look happy again.

No matter the cause or the treatment, thinning hair for women can be difficult, isolating, and painful. But there’s light at the end of that tunnel. Advances in science, medicine, and hairstyling have skyrocketed in the past several years. It’s only a matter of time before there are real and lasting ways to cover bald spots for women. If you know someone suffering, or are suffering yourself, reach out and lend a helping hand and a listening ear. It’s much easier to handle with help from others.

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Summer is a great time to try a new look. With a packed social calendar featuring beach vacations, poolside barbecues, and warm nights out on the town, you want to look your absolute best. Change up your look this season by trying a new summer hairstyle. If you don’t know where to start, we have plenty of inspiration for you. Keep reading to find out the best summer hairstyles for men and women.

Top Summer 2018 Hairstyles for Women

Summer’s best hairstyles for women are all about keeping things simple and looking effortlessly cool. Put down the hot tools and embrace your natural texture with these on-trend looks. These are the best women’s hairstyle trends of 2018:

Curtain Bangs

Bangs are one of the biggest hairstyle trends of 2018. While there’s a ton of variations of the classic fringe, curtain bangs are great because they work for every hair type and texture – even curly hair!

Curtain bangs are more versatile than their blunt cousins, since they can be worn to the side, parted down the middle, or pinned out of the way. Plus, they make even a simple ponytail look fun and fresh. Ask your hairstylist for long, textured bangs.
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Jaw-Length Bobs

Long bobs have been trending for a few years, so we’re excited to see a return of shorter-length bobs. Jaw-length bobs are a great summer hairstyle for women because they’re easy to style, keep long hair off your neck, and look très chic.

Texture is the name of the game here, so you’ll want to apply a body-boosting treatment like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir to wet hair before air drying.

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Hair Accessories

If you love to pull up your hair in the summer, this is a great trend for you! High-drama hair accessories are a great way to play with your look without committing to a new hairstyle. Try an updo secured with a pearl barrette, or a ponytail tied with a velvet bow.

Scrunchies are also back in a big way. We love scrunchies because they put less strain on hair than traditional hair ties, so they’re perfect if you’re trying to prevent breakage while growing out your hair.

Top Summer 2018 Hairstyles for Men

Whether you like to live on the edge and play with hair color, or prefer a more low-maintenance look, we have a summer hair trend for you. These are the best men’s hairstyle trends of summer 2018:

The Buzz Cut

This summer hair trend couldn’t be easier! A buzz cut puts the emphasis on your clothes and face. And it has the added benefit of keeping you cool on hot summer days. Plus, this look is great for camouflaging thinning hair. Just be sure to wear sunscreen or a hat if you plan to be out in the sun!

Bonus points if you bleach your hair and try a fun color for the season. Silver and lavender are both big this year. Just be sure you don’t overdo it on the bleach to avoid hair damage.

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The Man Bob

Bobs are just as big for men as they are for women this summer! Take a break from your barber and let your hair grow out. This look feels fresh after years of uber-groomed barber cuts. We’re seeing these layered, center-parted, mid-length cuts everywhere.

Need a little help in the hair growth department? Viviscal Man is loaded with nutrients that support healthy hair growth to help you grow out your mane this season.*long-hair-man-hairstyle

The Modern Caesar

Bangs are back for men as well. George Clooney made the Caesar famous in the 90’s, but 2018’s update is worn messier with a short beard.

To get the look, ask your barber for a short crop with bangs. Or just ask for the Caesar! They’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.

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Photo: aleb_barber/Instagram

What’s your favorite summer hairstyle? Let us know in the comments!

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On Trend Halloween Makeup for Real Women

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Lioness Halloween Costume Makeup

women with halloween lioness makeup Channel your inner lioness this Halloween with this simple makeup look created by our Retail Support Specialist Theresa Hebert.

  1. Cleanse and prime your skin, then polish your complexion with your favorite foundation.
  2. Next, use our GreatShape Contour Kit and the Contour Brush to contour and highlight your cheeks and your nose. Then, use the White Fan Brush to dust the high points of your face with Moonglow Bronzer.

A Smokey Feline Eye

  1. Prime your eyelids with Gold Smooth Affair for Eyes.
  2. Line your top lashes with Onyx Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner, then blend out the line with your Smudge Brush.
  3. Press EbonyPurePressed Eye Shadow into the lashline using the same Smudge Brush, then layer Double Espresso PurePressed Eye Shadow on top using the Eye Shader Brush. the Crease Brush to apply Moonglow Bronzer to your crease, and highlight your brow bone and inner eye with Oyster PurePressed Eye Shadow.
  4. Prime your lashes with PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and apply your favorite mascara.

The Face of a Lioness

  1. Use the Crease Brush to swirl White PurePressed Eye Shadow on your chin and upper lip. Draw “fur” on top of the white eye shadow with the WhiteEye Pencil.
  2. With the Basic BlackEye Pencil outline the tip of your nose, around your nostrils and down the medial cleft (the vertical indentation above your cupid’s bow).
  3. Fill in the outline with Craving Lip Fixation Lip Stain and dab Clearly Pink PurePressed Blush on top of the lip stain to set it.

Finish the look by defining your brows and tousling your hair for a wild look.

Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Turning yourself into a glamorous mermaid may not be the easiest thing to do, but it’s definitely achievable with products you already own. Check out this mermaid makeup tutorial from Retail Support Specialist Mimi Banasik.

How to Create Mermaid Scales

  1. First, create a smooth canvas by priming your face with Smooth Affair Facial Primer and using your favorite clean foundation and concealer for a flawless complexion.
  2. Next, give yourself a mermaid contour using Clearly PinkPurePressed Blush. Use the Blending/Contouring Brush to add definition on your temples, below your cheekbones and on your jawline. You can even use it to contour your nose!
  3. Add dimension to your look by applying Shower from the Purple Rain Eye Shadow Kit with a Crease brush to the top your cheekbones. Apply the same shade to your jawline and neck using the Blending/Contouring Brush.
  4. For the scales, cut both ends of fishnet stockings and pull the sleeve over your face (just for this part). Smudge the pink end of the White/Pink Highlighter Pencil onto your forehead, cheeks, or anywhere you would like to have scales and blend it out.
  5. Use the Flocked Sponge to press Mist from Purple Rain Eye Shadow Kit on top of the highlighter scales. Then, using the Large Shader Brush, apply Sapphire Mystikol Powder Eyeliner, Sprinkle (from Purple Rain) and Iris PurePressed Eye Shadow, randomly on top of the are when you want scales. Make sure to apply the eye shadows generously to make it pop. Carefully remove fishnet from your head.

Mermaid Eyes

  1. First, apply 24-Karat Gold Dust to your brow bone with a Large Shader brush.
  2. Next, apply Mermaid PurePressed Eye Shadow to your crease and extending it to the outer part of your eye with the Crease Brush.
  3. Use the Angle Liner/Brow Brush, apply Sapphire Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner to your crease for a cut crease look. Blend it lightly with Crease Brush.
  4. Apply Emerald Mystikol to the outer corner of your eye and connect it to the Sapphire shade, blending toward the center of your eye.
  5. Clean up your cut crease line by applying PetalSmooth Affair for Eyes just above your crease from the outer corner to the center of your lid. Mimi used a Chisel Shader Brush for this.
  6. With a clean Large Shader Brush, press Sprinkle from the Purple Rain Eye Shadow Kit on top of the Petal Smooth Affair for Eyes.
  7. With your finger, apply 24-Karat Gold Dust to the center of your eye.
  8. Create a thick cat eye with AmethystMystikol Powdered Eyeliner. You can also apply it to your bottom lash line and blend until it is smokey.
  9. Under your eye, apply Sprinkle from Purple Rain in the shape of a “V”. The press Shower in the middle of the “V” with your finger.
  10. Finish with PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and your favorite mascara on top!

Kissed by a Mermaid

  1. For your lips, apply Sapphire Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner, to the out part of your lips.
  2. Press, PetalSmooth Affair for Eyes to the center of your lips and then add 24-Karat Gold Dust on top of it.

Finish this look off by dusting yourself with 24-Karat Gold Dust, using the White Fan Brush. Apply it to the tip of your nose, the top of your cheekbone and under the eye, above the brow, on top of the chin and over your scales. The more, the better, to get that beautiful wet look!

Butterfly Snapchat Filter Makeup Look

We all love the Butterfly Filter on Snapchat, and there are days when we’d love to walk around with that soft-filtered glow and golden butterflies floating around us. That may be a bit much for our everyday work look, but it’s perfect for Halloween. Retail Support Specialist Benedikte Johnson shows how to create this look with only a handful of products.

An Airbrushed Complexion

  1. Apply Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener evenly over for face, neck, and décollete using a Foundation Brush.
  2. Mix 2 dots of Glow Time BB Cream and 4 dots of Liquid Minerals. Apply the mixture to your face, neck, and chest with the same Foundation Brush. Blend the foundation on your skin using the Blending/Contouring Brush.
  3. Next, use the GreatShape Contour Kit to contour, highlight, and add a rosy glow to your face. Remember to blend really well because this is a soft-focused look.

Naturally Radiant Eyes

  1. First, shape and define your brows with the Retractable Brow Pencil.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Gold Smooth Affair for Eyes to your eyelids using the Camouflage Brush.
  3. With the Eye Shader Brush, apply the gold color in the Sunlit/Jewel PurePressed Eye Shadow Duo onto the lid.
  4. Apply Taupe PurePressed Eye Shadow the inner half of your crease using the Eye Contour Brush.
  5. Then, take a small amount of the bronze color in the Sunlit/Jewel PurePressed Eye Shadow Duo and apply it to the outer half of your crease using the Crease Brush. Blend entire crease with the crease brush.
  6. Apply Taupe Eye Pencil below your lower lash line and bottom water line, then blend it out with the Smudge Brush.
  7. Prime your lashes with PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and apply your favorite mascara. You could also add some fake lashes for extra volume.

The Butterfly Effect

  1. First, use the Sculpting Brush to apply the wax from the GreatShape Eyebrow Kit in small dots (8 or so) onto the forehead, spaced evenly, but not perfectly. Use the same brush and layer on 24-Karat Gold Dust.
  2. Next, using the White Fan Brush, apply the gold and light champagne color from the Moonglow Bronzer onto the high points of your face. Apply 3 – 4 feather-light layers to build the filter effect.
  3. Amplify the glowing effect by adding hints of Moonglow Bronzer down the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, on your chin, and above your eyebrows.
  4. Finish this look by lining your lips with Nutmeg Lip Pencil, applying Tricia Triple Luxe Lipstick, and adding a pop of shimmer with Hot Cider PureGloss Lip Gloss.
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Yes, you’re a busy woman and your life can get crazy at times, but there are 7 warning signs of cancer that you simply can’t afford to ignore.

Women often prioritize everyone else’s well-being before their own, which is why we wanted to take a moment to remind you that your health is important too.

You simply can’t be there for others if a health issue takes you out of the game, and we all know that cancer can do that in a hurry. Early detection is key to successful treatment, so please be aware of the warning signs and if you notice them, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor.

Why You Should Heed the 7 Warnings Signs of Cancer

Research shows that despite all our medical advances, cancer remains the second leading cause of death worldwide, just behind cardiovascular disease.

Fortunately, we are improving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 185.1 cancer deaths per 100,000 people in 2005, and 166.5 cancer deaths per 100,000 people in 2012.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) found that the death rate from cancer in the U.S. dropped by 29 percent from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop between 2016 and 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded.

Indeed, the decline in the death rate over the past 26 years has been steady, due to long-term drops in death rates in the four most common cancer types: lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate. Scientists attribute these declines to fewer people smoking and to advances in early detection and treatment.

Still, a total of 1,806,590 new cancer cases and 606,520 deaths were expected in the U.S. in 2020. That means we’re a long way from being out of the woods. To increase your chances of surviving a cancer diagnosis, watch for the following warning signs.

7 Warning Signs of Cancer in Women

1. Unusual Bleeding May Signal Uterine or Colon Cancer

This one is listed first as it’s a potential cancer symptom that is often ignored by women. After all, we experience variations in bleeding our entire lives, so it’s easy to blow off one more.

Vaginal bleeding—particularly if it’s excessive, unusual for you (in heaviness or duration), or if it occurs later in life—may be a sign of uterine cancer. Of course, it could be attributed to other problems as well (like uterine fibroids, which are much less serious) so it’s important not to panic, but this is a symptom that you should have checked out.

Rectal bleeding can also be caused by several issues, including digestive problems, ulcers, and broken blood vessels, but it is a symptom of colon cancer as well. Your best approach is to start colonoscopies (colorectal cancer screenings) at 50 years old, and younger if you have an elevated risk, like someone in your immediate family who was diagnosed.

2. Unexplained Weight Loss May Be a Sign of Cancer

Most of us would love to shed a few pounds, but if you find that you’re losing weight without even trying—at a rate of about 10 pounds a month or so—and you haven’t engaged in a major weight-loss program, talk to your doctor. It could be something else, like an overactive thyroid, but cancer is known to lead to this type of weight loss too.

3. Constant Fatigue May be a Sign that Your Body is Fighting Cancer

This is a tough one because there are so many things that can cause fatigue. Sometimes it’s just a stressful lifestyle that has been going on for a while. Other times it can be attributed to thyroid issues, hormone changes, or even something like fibromyalgia.

If the fatigue goes on for a month or more, however, and you feel like you’re getting the rest you need, it could be a sign of cancer. Make sure you’re keeping up with your regular screenings, including mammograms and pap smears, and let your doctor know about this symptom.

4. Bloating and Pelvic Pain as One of the 7 Warning Signs of Cancer

Bloating can be a common symptom in women, particularly as we get older, but if you’re noticing that it’s always there, that it goes from your ribcage to the pubic bone, and that it is accompanied by pain, that could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

Particularly if you notice this symptom along with unexplained bleeding and/or weight loss, make an appointment. These may all be signs of ovarian, uterine, pancreatic, colon, or gastrointestinal cancer.

5. Breast Changes May Signal Breast Cancer

You know that you should be on the lookout for lumps, but that’s not the only change in your breasts that could signal the presence of cancer. Other signs may include redness and thickening of the skin on the breast, which could be a sign of a rare form of inflammatory breast cancer. Particularly if this symptom persists for weeks, make sure to have it evaluated.

Nipple changes and unusual discharge (when you aren’t breastfeeding) are other potential warning signs of cancer in women.

Signs of Cancer Skin6. Skin Changes Could be One of the 7 Warnings of Cancer

This is another one that can be confusing. Women tend to develop more hyperpigmentations as they age. These can include age spots (or sun spots), dark areas, new moles, freckles, and more.

The key here is to focus on “unusual” changes. It’s best if you regularly examine your skin so you know what’s normal and what’s not. To help, remember the acronym ABCDE when accessing any possible changes:

  • A stands for asymmetry
  • B is for border changes
  • C is for color changes
  • D is for diameter growth or expansion
  • E is for elevation—vertical growth or evolution

Signs of skin cancer typically change with time. The area grows, widens, or gets uneven and red. If you observe any of these changes, make an appointment with your dermatologist.

7. Difficulty Swallowing May Be a Sign of GI Cancer

GI (gastrointestinal) cancer is any type of cancer that occurs in the digestive tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. If you’re having a little difficulty swallowing lately—maybe you have changed your diet because of it—check with your doctor, who is likely to order chest X-rays or other exams of the GI tract.

That’s because this can be a symptom of esophageal cancer. Particularly if you notice other symptoms like weight loss and occasional vomiting, it’s time to see your doctor. Swollen lymph nodes under your arms or near your jawline may be another warning sign.

What if one of the 7 Warning Signs of Cancer Leads to a Diagnosis?

If your doctor visit turns into a cancer diagnosis, try not to panic. Always get a second opinion (and even a third is often wise), then reach out for help. Never try to travel your cancer journey alone. Others can help manage household duties and take some of the stress off of you while you’re going through treatment.

Also, consider stepping up your self-care. Your body needs all the help it can get to fight off cancer. Get your rest, eat a healthy diet that you can tolerate (talk to a dietician), try gentle exercise (like walking or biking), and use only natural, safe skin care. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can be very hard on the skin.

We made our CV Skinlabs products specifically for medically treated skin, and encourage you to use them while going through treatment to help mitigate dryness and encourage healing.

Have you benefited from the early detection of cancer?

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