EMMA STONE’S OSCAR HAIR TUTORIAL

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It’s no surprise that celebrities brought their A-game to this years Academy Awards. We saw lots of gorgeous cream and blush gowns, sleek romantic up-do’s, and natural faces with a pop of colored lips. One actress who has continually impressed us this awards season is none other than Emma Stone. This nominee killed it at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, but she definitely saved the best for last at this Sunday’s Oscar’s.

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Her lemon hued Ellie Saab gown was stunning, but her hair and makeup are what really won me over. I immediately fell in love with the soft curls that framed one side of her face while the rest was delicately pulled back. I think what I love most about this style, is it’s extremely versatile. You can easily wear this to an interview, a night out on the town, or when hosting a dinner party. It has just the right amount of playfulness, while staying out of the way. Here is an easy three step guide to getting a simple version of Ms. Stone’s chic up style.

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IMG_2962.JPGStep One:

Curl hair back and away from the face using a 1-1.5 inch curling iron. To avoid a “ringlet” look, wrap small sections of hair around the wand. When you get to the ends, gently tuck under the clasp.

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Step Two:

Lightly tease the back of the crown section, then secure with bobby pins towards the nape of the neck.

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Step Three:

Lastly, take small sections of hair and gently twist back towards the nape of the neck and secure into place, making a small chignon. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

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EMMA STONE'S OSCAR HAIR TUTORIAL

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It’s no surprise that celebrities brought their A-game to this years Academy Awards. We saw lots of gorgeous cream and blush gowns, sleek romantic up-do’s, and natural faces with a pop of colored lips. One actress who has continually impressed us this awards season is none other than Emma Stone. This nominee killed it at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, but she definitely saved the best for last at this Sunday’s Oscar’s.

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Her lemon hued Ellie Saab gown was stunning, but her hair and makeup are what really won me over. I immediately fell in love with the soft curls that framed one side of her face while the rest was delicately pulled back. I think what I love most about this style, is it’s extremely versatile. You can easily wear this to an interview, a night out on the town, or when hosting a dinner party. It has just the right amount of playfulness, while staying out of the way. Here is an easy three step guide to getting a simple version of Ms. Stone’s chic up style.

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IMG_2962.JPGStep One:

Curl hair back and away from the face using a 1-1.5 inch curling iron. To avoid a “ringlet” look, wrap small sections of hair around the wand. When you get to the ends, gently tuck under the clasp.

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Step Two:

Lightly tease the back of the crown section, then secure with bobby pins towards the nape of the neck.

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Step Three:

Lastly, take small sections of hair and gently twist back towards the nape of the neck and secure into place, making a small chignon. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

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Plan on trying out this glamorous Oscar’s look?

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DIY CHOCOLATE FACE MASK

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It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day has come and gone already! I remember as a kid it was one of my favorite holidays. It was such a blast having the last bit of the day reserved for giving treats and cards to classmates. As an adult, it’s really special to spend it with my husband, taking an evening to be a little more romantic than usual. One thing has never changed in my feelings for the holiday though, and that is my adoration of CHOCOLATE. Even now that it’s over, I could still veg out on the sofa with a box of See’s Chocolates and call it one of the best nights ever. While I can definitely afford to stop eating so many sweets, I got to thinking, “chocolate can’t be bad for my skin, right?

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I did a little research to make sure I wasn’t completely insane, and there are actually a lot of studies that show dark chocolate is great for your skin! It’s packed with anti-oxidants, and when combined with the anti-inflammatory agents in honey, and the soothing components of plain yogurt, we can whip up a yummy face mask with awesome benefits!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 tbs. dark cocoa powder (at least 70% cacao or more)
  • 1 tsp. raw or organic honey
  • 1. tbs. plain yogurt

MAKE THE MASK

Mix all ingredients together until it forms a thick paste. You can add more yogurt and honey if you feel like it’s still a bit too thick. Apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth that can be stained. Follow with your daily moisturizer.

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Your skin should feel nice and smooth, with a more even skin tone afterward. Plan on tying out this mask? Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram / Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty so we can see your creations!


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VOLUME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

IMG_2507.JPGWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, most of us are starting to think about our ensembles and beauty looks for the most romantic day of the year. We want to look extra hot for our dates, so we pull out all the stops from our primping handbooks. Of course nothing completes our outfits and carefully selected shades of lipstick like the perfect blow out. We want volume and we want it to last throughout the night. Instead of shelling out the cash and booking an appointment with your stylist, here are a couple of tips on how to get natural volume at home, without the teasing and gobs of hairspray.

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The keys to getting soft, natural volume are good products and a bit of round brushing knowledge. The Lauren Kelp Team is a HUGE fan of Living Proof products. I always recommend using their Style Extender before blow drying. Just a quarter size amount distributed throughout damp hair is enough. To get a bit of lift I recommend using a mousse or texturizing spray at the roots. Flip your hair upside down and wave the dryer over your locks until most of the moisture is gone. Attempting to round brush from sopping wet hair is not only frustrating, but time-consuming.

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Think of your round brush as a tool for smoothing and shaping. I usually start by clipping the top half of my hair up and round brushing the bottom section under until smooth. Once done, I un-clip the top and round brush that section in the opposite direction of my part. When you part it back the usual way, your hair will create its own natural volume since it’s just been pulled in the opposite direction.

IMG_2505.JPGWhen round brushing the front section of hair, I always recommend pulling the section away from your face and back. Think Farrah Fawcett hair, but with a brush instead of curling iron. This creates a more natural looking wave instead of it hanging straight down or falling into your face.

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After you’ve finished smoothing and shaping your hair with the round brush, it’s time to bust out the old velcro rollers! While my hair is still warm from the dryer, I like to section the top half of my hair into five sections. One directly above my forehead that I like to call the “pouf” section. Remember when it was cool to pull your bangs back, poof them, and bobby pin into place? You’ll be using that same technique by taking that same section of hair and rolling back. I take the two side pieces and roll them under, as well as two additional pieces toward the back of the crown. Velcro rollers don’t hold well on their own, so make sure to secure them with clips or bobby pins. Using a medium hold hairspray, lightly dust the hair in the curlers and let them set for about 5-10 minutes until completely cool. I usually let them set while I’m doing my makeup.

IMG_2501.JPGGently pull out the rollers and finger comb your hair into the style. You can then curl your hair or straighten the ends for a sleek look. Use a light wax to create texture on the ends, and finish off with a light to medium hold hairspray if you feel like you need it. Now all that’s left is to touch up your make up, and slip on your dress and heels! IMG_2504.JPG

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AWARDS SEASON LIP COLOR

IMG_2377.JPGI don’t know about you guys, but Awards Season is one of my favorite times of the year. Of course the ceremonies themselves are fun to watch, but the red carpet is basically the best part. Those moments when nominees step out of the cars and into the limelight set the precedent for beauty, fashion and style for the rest of the year.

This last Sunday evening, the Screen Actors Guild Awards were no exception. What I noticed most were the sleek hairstyles and structured, almost masculine gowns. I also noticed that most of the women only sported the following two lip colors: nude pink, and bright red. There were hardly any berry, coral or dark reds lips, and I have to say, I really loved it!

Re-create the looks that will leave you feeling ready to deliver your acceptance speech, even if it’s just for making it to work on time!IMG_2376.JPGredsWe saw the bright red lip on some of the best dressed attendees of the SAG Awards. What I love about this color is it looks great on a variety of skin tones, and matches any number of ensembles. For Emma Stone, it gave her all black gown a pop of color, and Rashida Jones, a perfect contrast to her turquoise detailed dress. I’m wearing NYX Butter Lipstick in Coral Red. For anyone looking for rich color with a super moisturizing formula, this is the stuff for you!

IMG_2375.JPGIMG_2374.JPGpinksThe second color we spotted was the pretty nude/ natural pink on actresses Felicity Jones and Kiera Knightley. These British babes seriously dominated this simple, feminine look. With a more subtle lip, it really draws the attention to their beautiful dewy skin, and makes the eyes pop. I say they both win the award for best pink lip! I’m wearing Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer in Grapefruit. This lip companion is perfect for anyone who needs a hint of color on the go, along with a product that will fight against dry or cracked lips.

Plan on trying out either of these looks? Be sure to tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


 

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BEAUTY SLEEP FOR THE NIGHT OWL

IMG_2315.JPGWe’ve all heard time and time again that the best thing you can do to maintain a youthful appearance is to get enough rest. Sleep is key to keeping your skin fresh and achieving optimal health.  The thing is, for all of us night owls, getting eight or more hours of sleep just doesn’t fit the schedule. Most women are busy in the late evening responding to emails, house chores, or catching up on The Bachelor (priorities people!). We don’t have time to be lying in bed waiting for Mr. Sandman to help us fall asleep. It’s rare for me to be in bed before midnight most nights, which really isn’t good for my health. I knew I wasn’t getting enough sleep because I was extremely groggy in the mornings and barely on time for work most days. The worst part was I could start to see bags under my eyes, and I had an overall tired-looking appearance. No Bueno.

I knew I needed to make a change a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to put a few tips, tricks and products I learned about to the test! Here are my 5 tried and true remedies to get the best beauty sleep possible!IMG_2307.JPG

1. Take a hot bath or shower.

By warming up the body and immersing yourself in a relaxed environment, you start to prep your mind and body for a good night’s rest. Don’t be afraid to light some candles, put on soft music and just pamper yourself for 15-20 minutes. Your body and mind will almost immediately begin to unwind. While in the tub or shower, I love to scrub down with Bloke Body Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub. The scent is so yummy, and sloughing off the grime of a long day will instantly make you feel better. Plus slipping in between the sheets with smooth legs is one of the best things in the world!

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2. Natural Supplements.

If I don’t feel myself getting sleepy and it’s getting pretty late in the evening, I usually take some melatonin. Melatonin is a natural supplement that instructs your brain to know it’s time to go to sleep. Most over the counter brands are completely safe, but be sure to consult with your doctor or health care physician before taking it. When I use melatonin it helps me fall asleep really naturally and I wake up in the morning refreshed.

3. Turn off your phone/ iPad/ electronics.

I know this is a tough one! If you’re anything like me, my iPhone 6+ is practically my baby. I used to lie in bed trying to fall asleep by reading an e-book, or scrolling through Pinterest. Turns out, the blue light your device emits is similar to that of the sun, which isn’t good for your brain when trying to fall asleep. Instead of perusing Instagram before hitting the hay, opt for a real book instead! There’s nothing turning the pages of a good old-fashioned novel or magazine while snuggled up under the covers!

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4. Essential Oils.

I’m kind of a skeptic when it comes to essential oils, but I am absolutely in love with my Serenity Blend from doTERRA. It has Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Sandalwood among other great essential oils. It’s commonly used to calm your mood, help with anxiety, treat insomnia, mental fatigue and induce sleep. Before bed I like to rub a couple drops onto the bottom of my feet and on the back of my neck. You can even add a few drops to your pillow insert. It has a very calming scent and I can tell it really helps me to relax.

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5. The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique.

When practicing yoga, you’re usually taught a few breathing techniques, including that of Ujjayi breathing. Ujjayi breath is a way of controlling your breathing by restricting the muscles in your throat. When you exhale you want to do it like you would fog a window with your breath on a cold day. You apply that same restriction when you inhale. Once you get used to it, you can begin inhaling and exhaling through your nose. When I came across the 4-7-8 breathing technique used to help folks fall asleep, I wasn’t surprised at all to see that it had a really positive effect. Basically what you do is inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then exhale slowly for 8 seconds. When you hold your breath and exhale slowly, it helps to slow your heart rate down which immediately helps calm your mind and nerves. Try it a couple of times the first night, or just practice mindful Ujjayi breathing and see if it helps you doze off naturally!

After a week of trying these tips, tricks and products I found that I was able to fall asleep at 10 o’clock every night! Even better, I didn’t hit the snooze button in the morning even once! I’ve been sleeping thru the night and I can already tell a difference in my appearance. My skin is a bit brighter, and because I’m getting enough rest I have plenty of time in the morning to read emails, eat breakfast, and actually wash my hair instead of dumping dry shampoo on it!

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BLOKE BODY SCRUB

IMG_2233.JPGI have a confession. I struggle with seriously dry skin. Maybe you’re thinking, “Oh, Breann, we all do!” No you guys, I’m not being dramatic, I have really terrible skin. Truth be told, it’s always been something I’m slightly embarrassed about. My legs always turn ashy a few hours after I apply lotion, and my arms and back are never as silky smooth as I like. That being said, I know we’ve talked about body scrubs and the importance of exfoliating regularly here at Lauren Kelp. It’s one of the best things you can do for the health of your skin, plus it makes you look so good! In my time I’ve tried a lot of different body scrubs. From high end to low at beauty stores, all the way to making my own (which I still do on occasion), I feel like I’ve seen it all and nothing has really been the absolute best. That was until I discovered Bloke Body Scrubs. Initially what drew me to Bloke was their on-point packaging and branding. However, once I opened that bag, my entire world changed. Well, my exfoliating world that is.

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They have 3 different types of body scrubs, but I went with the Coffee & Sweet Orange for my first use. I wanted to bury my nose in the bag so I could smell it all day, it’s THAT good. It helps that the ingredients are natural and organic too! I started off by taking a nice long soak in a hot bath, which is one of my favorite things. The instructions ask you to rub a small amount of the product onto damp skin, so I drained the water and scrubbed away, focusing on problem areas like my elbows, legs, and heels. I could immediately tell it was unlike anything I had ever used. My arms have been particularly scaly this season, and the scrub worked some serious magic on them.

After I had everything scrubbed in, I let it sit for about 10 mins on my body and gently rubbed onto my face. Yes, you can use this stuff on your face! After the time was up I started up the shower and rinsed off. Let me tell you, with the steam and the scent of the scrub I was in heaven! When I was all dried off, I went to grab some coconut oil for moisture until I touched my arms and legs. I didn’t even need any at that point! The scrub already moisturizes for you.

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IMG_2235.JPGOne thing I love about it is you don’t have to scrub too hard to give your skin a good exfoliation. I applied hardly any pressure and my skin was silky afterward. The coffee is the real miracle worker of this product though. Per the Bloke website:

The coffee’s caffeine stimulates blood flow and targets cellulite and stretch marks. The raw brown sugar and sea salt exfoliate dead skin cells to keep your skin smooth and glowing. It also has the perfect amount of coconut oil to keep your skin moisturized and healthy.” 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Bloke Body Products get the Lauren Kelp Beauty stamp of approval! For only $14.95 per scrub, we highly recommend them to all of our readers!

To check out all of Bloke Body’s incredible products, please visit them at: blokebody.com. Plan on using these products? Snap a pic and tag @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty on Instagram/ Twitter.


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BEST & WORST HAIR TRENDS OF 2014

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Hello friends and Happy 2015! I’m so excited to start the new year and get cracking on lots of new hair and beauty posts for the next 12 months! For me, there’s nothing like a clean slate to get the ball rolling on those new resolutions. The new year always holds the promise of new inspirations, which is seriously so exciting! But before we delve into the upcoming trends, I wanted to take a look back and share the Best and Worst (wah wah) Hair Trends of 2014.

BEST HAIR COLOR TREND: THE SOMBRE

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The Sombré or “subtle ombré” is a much softer version of the ever popular ombré that has dazzled us the past couple of years. Why we love it? It still gives us that sun kissed glow, without the harsh difference of dark roots and lightened ends. It gently blends through, usually from using a balayage technique. For more sombré inspiration, check out Nine Zero One Salon on Instagram!

 

WORST HAIR COLOR TREND: PASTEL HAIR

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While celebs like Nicole Richie and Kylie Jenner rock the colored hair vibe, for most of us it hasn’t worked out quite the same. Don’t get me wrong, I personally know some gals who pulled off pastel hair gorgeously… for about two weeks.

Why we don’t love it? Two big reasons. Number One: The process of even getting to the point where you can have pastel hair is long and damaging. In order to add those colored hues, you first have to bleach and strip the hair to a level 10 blonde, yikes! By the time it’s done your hair will definitely be cotton candy pink, but it’ll also feel like cotton candy. Number Two: Because most pastel colors are semi-permanent, the color rarely lasts more than a few washes. If you don’t touch it up regularly, your hair is more likely to look like a botched Kool-Aid job rather than reflect the good chunk of money you paid for it in the first place.

 

 BEST HAIRSTYLE TREND: BRAIDS ON BRAIDS ON BRAIDS

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I like to refer to 2014 as “The Year of the Braid”. It seems like everywhere we turned we saw girls with awesome braided styles. From french and dutch to fishtails and crowns, we can’t get enough! Why we love it : Once you master a certain braid, it seems to cut your styling time in half, without sacrificing looking as stylish as can be. For more braidspiration, check out my two favorite hairstyling Instagram accounts: Annie’s Forget Me Knots and Amber Fillerup.

 

WORST HAIR STYLE: HALF UP TOP KNOT

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I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of heat for this since it is so huge, but I honestly can’t stand this style. If you thought you couldn’t find a hairstyle more lazy than the top knot, think again, because this time you only have to put half the amount of hair into a dirty messy bun. Why we don’t love it? This is literally what my hair would look like if I were blowdrying or curling the bottom section, and then  just gave up and walked out the door. C’mon ladies! I’m all for having an effortless look, but this is just plain sloppy.

 

 BEST HAIRCUT TREND: THE LONG BOB

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It’s pretty common knowledge that my hair idol is Julianne Hough. This chick always seems to have the best color and cuts in Hollywood… and the world really. Ever since her gorgeous lob (long bob) debut in Safe Haven, asking your stylist to chop your hair and texturize the crap out of the ends seems to be the cut of choice. Why we love it? Not only is styling short hair easier and less time consuming, your hair always look casually chic and perfectly disheveled.

 

 WORST HAIRCUT TREND: SHAVING ONE SIDE OF YOUR HEAD

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You guys, the only person who pulled this look off in 2014 is Demi Lovoto, and that’s because she’s Demi Lovoto. Why we don’t love it? Not only is it literally my nightmare to wake up with half my head shaved, but the long term consequences of this cut are pretty damning. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to grow out one side of your hair from being buzzed, while the back and opposite side are long and healthy. Not to mention, one of your ears will always be cold!

The best part about hair trends is they only last for so long before something better makes an appearance and captures our hearts. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store! Here’s to another year of creativity and beauty! Do you have any hair trends from 2014 that you loved or didn’t love? Snap a pic and share on Instagram/ Twitter and tag @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty!


 

 

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NEW YEAR’S EVE BEAUTY WITH TRACY MELTON ARTISTRY

New Year's Eve Beauty With Tracy Melton ArtistryNew Year’s Eve is right around the corner and Tracy Melton Artistry is back to give us a beautiful NYE hair+makeup combo for a fun night out! Here’s Tracy with a not-too-difficult look you can replicate yourself. Gorgeous photos by Danielle M. Sabol and cocktail dress from BHLDN

New Year's Eve Beauty With Tracy Melton ArtistryHey ladies – Tracy here! For the makeup, focus on your eyes.  Since the new Pantone color of the year is Marsala, why not put a little cranberry/marsala shade on the lids?  We say yes!  Add some false lashes for a flirty look and a mauve-y pink pout and you’re set!

New Year's Eve Beauty With Tracy Melton ArtistryFor this hair, start off using a texturizing spray or sea salt spray for grit+texture.  Give the top a little tease and pull it up into a high-pony.  Fishtail braid the pony tail, leaving out about a ½ inch strand to wrap around the elastic holder at the crown.  Once fully braided, take another single strand and wrap it around the elastic at the end of the braid.  To finish the look, pull the braid loose by tugging on each strand and run your palms against your temples to loosen up face framing hair.  You’ll have that effortless, lived-in, perfectly pretty ‘do.New Year's Eve Beauty With Tracy Melton Artistry


 

GET GLOWING SKIN

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One thing that is hard to come by in the depths of winter is truly glowing skin. The harsh cold weather wreaks havoc on our skin, hair and nails. With the Holidays upon us and the promise of lots of photos being taken, ain’t nobody got time for dull skin or looking drab in front of the camera. Here are my 3 tricks that help you look photo shoot ready, even on the most chilly December day.

TRICK ONE:

Start at the base of it all, and pick up a good mask or scrub. My current favorite is this mud mask by Formula 10.0.5. It not only cleanses your pores, but really brings out the natural dewy look of your skin. I like to wipe it off with a warm, damp washcloth to create a exfoliating effect. Shop this little gem below

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TRICK TWO:

Moisturize. Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing should be your number one beauty regimen. There are a million types of moisturizers and creams that you can purchase for less than $5 all the way up to breaking the bank. I’ve tried several different types, and I always come back to the one sitting in my pantry. Coconut oil. You just need a bit and it works wonders on your skin. It absorbs quickly, and because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, it won’t have any harsh effects.

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TRICK THREE:

When it comes to makeup try to pick up products with more iridescent pigments than matte. I love this bronzer blush duo from ELF Cosmetics. I like to mix the two on my brush and sweep my cheeks and tip of my nose. I’ll then apply just the bronzer to my temples sweeping up towards my forehead. I’ll then finish the look off with my favorite peachy gloss from Revlon in “London Posh”. Both products can be found at Target.


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