Best Buys At Sephora!

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Spending our hard earned cash, at Sephora, might be one of our guiltiest pleasures.  We could certainly spend hours, roaming this perfectly curated selection of makeup, hair, and skincare products.  The huge selection of products, is one of the many reasons why we love Sephora, so much.  

If you've never shopped at Sephora, or get instantly overwhelmed by the selection, we've narrowed it down to our must have products.  We hope you make a visit soon and try out some of these items, for yourself. 

Happy Shopping!

 1. The Beauty Blender is number one on our list and for good reason.  This makeup sponge is crafted perfectly, for both foundation and concealer application.  Use the pointed tip, under the eyes to conceal any darkness.  The larger end, is perfect for applying full coverage formulas, that won't leave you with any streaking or cakey-ness.  Pro-tip: It's also a great way to apply cream blush and cream highlights to your cheeks and cheekbones!

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2.  The Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette, is both a staple in our professional kits, as well as our personal ones.  We love that this compact comes with a blend of shimmery and matte shadows.  Use the matte black shadow, to take your look from the office, to afterwork cocktails.

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3.  Sephora's own line of nail polish remover, is our personal favorite.  Instead of traditional remover, this moistened sponge effortlessly dissolves all traces of polish.  You won't have to waste time rubbing at your nails with cotton.  It's also free of harmful ingredients such as: parabens, pthalates, and sulfates.

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Best Sunscreens

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With the arrival of warmer weather, it's time we start getting more serious about sun protection.  Finding the right formula of sunscreen, can be tricky.  There are plenty of options on the market, from creams, sprays, and even powders.  One of our favorite lines of spf is, SUPERGOOP!  

We love SUPERGOOP for their incredible formulas, commitment to non-toxic ingredients, and great range of products.  We've hand selected a few of our faves, from the line.  We hope you get around to testing SUPERGOOP, for yourself!  

1. The City Sunscreen Serum tops our list because it's perfect for year round sun protection.  Remember, just because the sun isn't out, doesn't mean you shouldn't be wearing your spf.  We like to layer this serum under our day to day makeup.  It's lightweight but leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.

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2.  Don't forget to protect your lips, from the harmful summer rays!  We love that SUPERGOOP has developed a lip and cheek product that not only looks great but provides you with plenty protection from the sun.  The Perk Up Lip and Cheek Tint is great for all skin tones and is the perfect way to transition your beauty look from picnic at the beach to drinks at the pier.

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3. Lastly, we are loving the Invincible Setting Powder!  This powder is great for setting your makeup or can be used throughout the day, to touch up.  It comes in four different shades and has a retractable brush head, for easy application.  Toss it in your beach bag or makeup bag and you'll be good to go.

 * All images via supergoop.com 

* All images via supergoop.com 

Post Gym Beauty

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Looking good post gym, can be a bit of a challenge.  It gets especially tricky, if you have to be at work and only have a few minutes to get ready.  Thankfully, we've put together a few of our favorite products that will have you looking office ready in no time.

1. No time for a shower, no worries.  Instead, use a few oil blotting papers, to absorb excess oils.  The Tatcha oil blotting papers are a must have in your gym bag.  They are formulated without parabens, sulfates, and pthalates. They'll prep the skin, so your face makeup will lay evenly.

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2. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is great if you're in a rush.  This full coverage cream is infused with serums and spf. No need to worry about packing extra products in your gym bag.

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3. Add a little color back into your lips and cheeks with the Benefit Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain.  This multitasking product can easily be dapped onto your lips and cheeks for a healthy looking flush. 

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4. Lastly, give your roots a spritz with a dry shampoo. We recommend the Bumble and Bumble Pret-a Powder Dry Shampoo. This spray is formulated with pink clay to absorb any excess oils left over from your workout.  

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Pastel Hair for Spring

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image via: randomactsofpastel.com 

It may not feel like it, but the first signs of spring are in the air.  It’s staying lighter later, blossoms are blooming, and it’s getting a bit warmer!  For many makeup lovers, spring signifies a switch up in his or her makeup routine.  We begin to switch out our red lipsticks for pink, matte foundation for sheer, and we definitely need a bit of a tan.  But, here at Dreamcatcher Artistry, we are taking it one step further, and adding some fun spring colors to our hair.

 

Adding a few streaks of pastel to your hair, is a great way to welcome the new season.  You can go to your salon to have your hair lightened, or you can try out this fun trend at home.  More and more companies are releasing their own versions of at home pastel hair color.  We listed a few of favorites below. 

 

1. Manic Panic is a staple for many people looking to switch up their hair color.  They offer many different formulas and shades, so you have lots of options to choose from.  Bonus, this line is vegan! 

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image via: manicpanic.com 

2. You’re probably familiar with L’OREAL’s line of natural looking box color, but did you know they offer a range of pastel hair colors too?  This line is great because it’s semi-permanent so your color will rinse out with just a few shampoos.  It’s a great option if you’re not ready to commit to such a bold color.

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image via: walmart.com 

3. Lastly, we have Tinge Pastel conditioners.  These conditioners deposit a pastel hue to pre-lightened and bleached hair.  Leave it in for a few minutes while you’re in the shower, and you’ll be spring ready in just a few minutes!

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Image via: randomactsofpastel.com 

We hope you enjoy this trend as much as we do!

 

 

Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray

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The Mario Badescu Rosewater spray has been a staple amongst makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts, for years.  This cult-classic toner is amazing for prepping the skin, before you apply your makeup and can even be used to freshen up your face throughout the day.  The best part, it’s only $7.  No buyer’s remorse here.  We suggest keeping one bottle at your vanity, one in the car, and one in your purse to spritz, after a long day of work.

 

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use the spray.

 

1. After cleansing and before your moisturizer, spritz your face with the rosewater.  The spray will help to calm down any redness in your skin.  This means you won’t have to spend a lot of time concealing any trouble areas.

 

2.Makeup looking a little lackluster after a long day at the office?  Give your makeup a pick me up, by lightly misting your skin.  The spray will help to smooth out any cakey-ness from foundation and give you a dewey glow.

We can't get enough of this magical pink spray.  We hope you fall in love with it too!

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Biossance Skincare

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Looking to switch up your skincare routine?  Then look no further than Biossance.  This Northern California based skincare line creates products that protect and nourish your skin without the use of any harsh chemicals.  Not only do their products work exceptionally well, but- Biossance is committed to giving back.  All of the ingredients used to make their products are sustainably sourced and they never test on animals.  So, what do you have to lose?  Here are some of our favorite Biossance products below.

1. Squalane and Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

 This antioxidant-rich cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping your skin.  It will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

This antioxidant-rich cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping your skin.  It will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

 

2. Squalane and Vitamin C Rose Oil

 What's not to love about this oil?  It's the perfect way to add a bit of glow to your skin, as well as improve its texture and tone.  Try it alone or under makeup to get the most radiant skin.   

What's not to love about this oil?  It's the perfect way to add a bit of glow to your skin, as well as improve its texture and tone.  Try it alone or under makeup to get the most radiant skin.

 

3. Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel 

 There's a reason why this eye gel is a best seller.  It packs a punch by reducing dark circles and puffiness all at once. Dap a small amount under your eyes and before your concealer.  You'll be looking fresh and awake all day.

There's a reason why this eye gel is a best seller.  It packs a punch by reducing dark circles and puffiness all at once. Dap a small amount under your eyes and before your concealer.  You'll be looking fresh and awake all day.

You can check out more Biossance products at https://biossance.com/ !

Kristin Ess for Target

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Target is great for many things including clothes, home décor, and even the boring stuff like toilet paper.  Did you know it could also be your greatest beauty destination?  Kristen Ess, celebrity hairdresser to the stars, recently launched her line of hair care products with Target.  If you’re not familiar with Kristin’s work, then you should be.  Her clients include Lucy Hale, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Lauren Conrad. 

 

We have been loving the line.  The products are great for creating that cool girl texture and you can’t beat the prices.  Next time you’re in target, pick up a few of her products and see for yourself.  We included a few of our favorites below. 

 

1.     Dry Finish Working Texture Spray

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 We recommend curling your hair then spraying this throughout the roots and ends to give you     some supermodel texture.

 

 

2.     Weightless Shine Working Serum

 

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This serum is perfect for adding shine and dimension to your hair without making it look greasy.  Put it on second day hair to revive your style.

 

 

3.     Working Texture Loose Styling Powder

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This powder is perfect for updos.  Tap a little bit on your hair to give some grip to your hair.  Your styles will definitely hold up through the entire night.

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Common Concealer Mistakes And How To Fix Them

 Choosing the right concealer is complicated enough—and applying it? Well that's a whole other story. One wrong move and instead of a flawless canvas you've got a creasing, cakey mess on your hands, er, face. To help you avoid these mistakes, we're bringing them to light. Here, six common concealer faux pas you're probably making (and how to avoid them).

Choosing the right concealer is complicated enough—and applying it? Well that's a whole other story. One wrong move and instead of a flawless canvas you've got a creasing, cakey mess on your hands, er, face. To help you avoid these mistakes, we're bringing them to light. Here, six common concealer faux pas you're probably making (and how to avoid them).

 Skipping Primer  Great makeup starts with a great base, so you want to make sure you're primed to perfection. Apply an even layer across your face and neck to help your concealer and the rest of your makeup stay put all day long.

Skipping Primer

Great makeup starts with a great base, so you want to make sure you're primed to perfection. Apply an even layer across your face and neck to help your concealer and the rest of your makeup stay put all day long.

 Applying Concealer Before Foundation  Foundation serves as a base to even out your skin tone, and concealer is meant to hide blemishes or spots left visible after the fact—not vice versa. Always apply and blend out your foundation first.

Applying Concealer Before Foundation

Foundation serves as a base to even out your skin tone, and concealer is meant to hide blemishes or spots left visible after the fact—not vice versa. Always apply and blend out your foundation first.

To see more tips for fixing common concealer mistakes check out the full spread at The Zoe Report!

DIY Beauty - Homemade Hair Care

DIY Beauty

Homemade Hair Care

"Shampoo is one of those “necessary evils” in life. No one wants to go around with an oily mop, but the products designed to clean said mop are usually full of unhealthy ingredients that can pollute your scalp and your local ecosystem. The solution? Homemade shampoos made with natural ingredients. And before you write off the idea of homemade shampoo as the domain of hippies, rest assured that these DIY recipes really do get your hair clean and shiny, whether your hair is oily, dry, or somewhere in between!" Check out this list of homemade haircare products from Rodale's Organic Life!

All Natural Anti-Aging

 "In anti-aging skin care, there are many alternative treatments you'll come across, from skin-needling to Ayurvedic medicine to a diet detox, but all of them aren't created equal." If you've been experiencing the unpleasantness of dry/dull skin or wrinkles, and miss that youthful glow, why not shake up your routine from the inside out? Shelve the special creams or potions and see what mother nature has to offer.   Rodale's Organic Life  examines and explains the science behind some of today's biggest anti-aging natural skincare trends.  Check out the 4 regimens that made the cut!     

"In anti-aging skin care, there are many alternative treatments you'll come across, from skin-needling to Ayurvedic medicine to a diet detox, but all of them aren't created equal." If you've been experiencing the unpleasantness of dry/dull skin or wrinkles, and miss that youthful glow, why not shake up your routine from the inside out? Shelve the special creams or potions and see what mother nature has to offer.

Rodale's Organic Life examines and explains the science behind some of today's biggest anti-aging natural skincare trends. Check out the 4 regimens that made the cut! 

 

Head-To-Toe Summer Looks

Deciding on a head-to-toe beauty look is no easy task, especially when there's that bold little summer dress staring back at you from your closet and you have no idea what makeup to wear with it. Lucky for us, Makeup Tutorials has done all the heavy lifting and curated this helpful (and did we mention chic?) guide for those moments when we need a bit of advice from the experts.

DIY Beauty: Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair And Skin

Move over coconut oil, there's a new sheriff in town and it's right around the corner in your very own pantry -- apple cider vinegar. This cooking staple also happens to be an oft overlooked nutritional powerhouse, chalked full of probiotics, acetic acid (which kills acne causing bacteria), polyphenols, magnesium, and potassium. This combination of nutrients make ACV especially effective at keeping skin clear, getting rid of stubborn dandruff, soothing sunburn, and so much more! Check out some of these ideas on POPSUGAR BEAUTY!

The Secret to Perfect Skin

The secret to any perfect makeup application starts with your skin. Through the combination of a nourishing skincare regimen and seamless foundation application, you get the most out of any other products you apply and bring out that natural, healthy glow.