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3 Makeup Essentials You Need!

Are you the kind of person that can’t go anywhere without certain essentials? We get you! There is nothing like having your makeup handy in case an unexpected plan comes up and you need to retouch your face a bit! Here are some goodies you should always carry with you: 

Lightweight SPF

Yes, you do need to carry sunblock wherever you go, not only when going to the beach! The harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin and jeopardize your health whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside. We recommend buying a travel size sunblock that you can refill later, so it doesn’t take much space in your makeup bag. Don’t forget that sunscreen helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone. 

Blush

Want to look good wherever you go? Then include a blush in your makeup bag! Blushes have the ability and the power to brighten up your entire face and make you look cute in seconds with a few swipes. The best part is that they usually come in small sizes so you can always have it handy! Blush can be used for many purposes: to draw attention to your cheeks, as a highlighter on your eyelids, as an eye shadow, or you can even put some on your lips. 

Lipstick

Of course, lipstick is another essential product in anyone’s makeup bag! Lipsticks are super important not only to keep your lips hydrated at all times but also to brighten up your face. They are great to use in those days when you don’t have enough time to get your makeup done at home. You can simply have different shades and use them depending on your mood. Don’t forget to include a red color for special occasions and a neutral color for something more casual like a day at work or drinks with friends.  

 

If you’re headed for a weekend getaway, check out our blog on quick trip essentials!

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5 Beauty Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know

Who doesn’t like to learn new beauty hacks? They not only simplify your life but also help you save money. That’s why we decided to compile some of the best hacks of all time so you can include them in your beauty routine.

Make your perfume last longer with a fragrance-free moisturizer

Who doesn’t love a good perfume? There’s nothing better than smelling good, but it can be very annoying when your favorite designer perfume doesn’t last long enough. To make the fragrance stay longer you can apply some fragrance-free moisturizer to your pulse points, the back of your neck, your knees and voilà! You’ll smell good all day long.

Stop mascara from smudging under your eyes

Imagine this scenario. You are almost ready to go out and then you accidentally smear mascara under your eyes! If this has ever happened to you, you know it’s a pain. Fortunately, there is a hack you can use to prevent this from happening. After using your favorite mascara, apply translucent powder with a little brush to the end/tips of your lower lashes. The powder will act as a barrier between your eyelashes and your skin to avoid the fallout. This hack is a must-know!

Make your nail polish dry faster with cold water

Yes, you read it right! You don’t necessarily need one of those clear nail polish specifically designed to cut down the drying time of your nails. You can simply put your fingers in a bowl of cold water with one or two ice cubes. Make sure you prepare the bowl before applying the nail polish, otherwise you can ruin your perfect manicure. Once your fingers are in the cold water, wait for at least 5 minutes before taking them out. If you see drops of water in your nails that means they are completely dry!

Use clear tape to do a perfect cat-eye

Have you ever wanted to be able to do a perfect cat eyeliner? Mastering the technique of eyeliner is not an easy job, but we have a great hack for you! All you need is a liquid eyeliner and a piece of clear tape. To begin, take an inch length of tape and place the edge of it in line with your bottom lash line and angle the top toward a bit further the end of your eyebrow. Draw a stripe using short, dash-like strokes until the end. Remove the tape and get ready to show off your perfectly made cat eyeliner!

Make your own lip colors using eye shadow.

Tired of your lipstick colors? That’s not a problem! You can make your own lip color with eyeshadow and petroleum jelly. Add two tablespoons of petroleum jelly and any eyeshadow into a small bowl and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Mix it very well until you make sure there aren’t any chunks or clumps. Once you are done, transfer the mixture to a small container and let it dry for a few hours until it hardens. You can make as many lip colors as you want and what’s great is that the petroleum jelly will keep your lips hydrated at all times!

 

What are your best beauty hacks? Share in the comment section below!

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Kiss-Proof Lipstick for a Long-Lasting Look

This is for all you coffee drinkers and lipstick queens out there!

Most of us can agree that it’s one of our biggest pet peeves when our lipstick transfers onto our cups…or masks nowadays. Finding the right long-lasting and no smudge product can be quite a challenge; that’s why we’ve created this list to simplify your life. There are many lip products that can help you avoid that “lipstick on everything” embarrassment without breaking the bank.

According to Harper’s Bazaar and Byrdie, these products have been deemed most long-lasting and the least likely to transfer:

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick $18

Liquid lipsticks have been a huge trend throughout the years because they are easy to apply and especially long-lasting. Dose of Colors has maintained a reputation of their especially long-lasting products with a wide range of shades. The matte liquid lipstick will exceed all expectations when put to the test, you might as well try it to believe it.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour $22

Pizza-proof tested by Bazaar’s employees, this lipstick proves it’s possible to eat as much as you want without ruining your lipstick. No need to stress about reapplying after dinner, it will last all night no matter what carbs you intake. The Lovers Lip is available at a great price with an even better pay-off.

Kosas Weightless Lip Color Lipstick $28

Offering a line of rich and lightweight colors, Kosas stands out from other brands with it’s natural lip products that actually stay put. This is the perfect pick if you are having a date night and need it to last all night long without feeling the cakiness of a lip product.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick $34

Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution lipstick is incredibly smooth and nourishing. There’s a reason she has won award after award for her line of lipsticks. This is a must-have staple in your makeup collection, trust me you won’t regret it.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture $38

Red lipstick may be the hardest shade to wear without it transferring onto everything you touch, but that’s not the case with this YSL classic creation. Finding the perfect red lip can be a challenge, and once you try this you’ll never have to go on the hunt again.

Dolce & Gabbana The Only One Luminous Colour Lipstick $42

This lipstick will give you that glowy silky smooth lip look without having to maintain it all day. Combined with the Italian brand’s Mediterranean Glow Complex, this lipstick will blow your mind and leave your lips feeling nourished all day long.

All of these brands are quality you can see and feel on your lips. So who cares if no one else will see it under your mask; having the confidence to wear a bomb lip shade for yourself and only yourself is one badass move. Just don’t forget to properly wash your face at the end of the night!

To learn techniques on how to perfect your pout, schedule an appointment with one of our NIYA Pros through our app today!

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How to Remove Your Makeup Without Wipes

The latest tea in the beauty world isn’t actually new at all! According to this article by the Daily Beast, makeup wipes actually do more harm than good. For one, they are bad for the environment. Makeup wipes are not reusable and will eventually end up in a landfill unable to decompose. Additionally, while their one job is to remove makeup after a long day of sweat and oil clogging your pores, they can actually cause irritation and more problems. We know reaching for a wipe after a long day may seem like the easy way out, it is important to take the proper stems for clean, beautiful skin. Here are a few alternative ways to remove your makeup:

  1. Micellar water: This product is great to clean your skin. Simply put some on a cotton pad and gently wipe it over your skin to remove all traces of makeup. You don’t even need to wash your face afterward, but you can do it if you would like.
  2. Gel cleanser: Cleansers are also great to remove impurities, makeup, and excess sebum. Make sure you use one that fits your skin type just so your face doesn’t get irritated. Apply some to your face with water, cleanse and then pat your face dry with a towel.
  3. Oil cleansing: This type of cleanser is great to take off your shadow or mascara. And no, it doesn’t leave your face greasy. Saturate a reusable cloth with the oily product and hold it against your eye for about 10 seconds. Wash your face with cleanser and rinse it afterward.

No matter what product or brand you use, make sure you wash your face daily, especially if you had applied a lot of makeup. After finishing your cleansing routine, apply some moisturizer to protect your skin from the elements, and voila!