How to Use Beauty Blenders for Flawless Makeup (Guest Post) Guest Author: Jordan Klee

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Beauty Blenders

Beauty BlendersAll the beauty vloggers you know and love are using it. Your friends can’t stop raving about it. What is this magical beauty tool that promises to help you apply your makeup in an easy and effective way? Well, it’s a beauty blender, of course. Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you might have seen the egg-shaped sponge around. If you’ve just purchased a beauty blender or you’re thinking about purchasing one, you’re going to love what we’ve prepared for you today. We’re going to teach you how to use beauty blenders and tell you why you should always choose a real one over any DIY product.

How to Use Beauty Blenders

Step 1: Moisten It

The golden rule of using beauty blenders is that you should never use a dry one. They’re made to work only when they’re moist (but not too wet). So just make it a little damp and watch it expand. The reason why it expands is because this will stop it from absorbing a lot of product. Before using it, make sure you’ve squeezed any excess water from it. While you’re using it, if you feel it has gone dry, you can spray it with some more water.

Step 2: Put Product on It

One of the greatest things about the beauty blender is that you can use it with a lot of products, such as foundation, concealer, cream blush, setting powder, highlighter, and more. However, the way you put the product on it differs according to the product’s texture. For instance, for products that you squeeze out of a tube, we recommend putting the product on your hand first, and not straight on the beauty blender. For compact products, you can dab it straight into the pan, while for loose ones, it’s best to put some product in the lid first. Also, if you have to cover a large area of your face, you should use the rounded side of the sponge, while for smaller areas, the pointed end is more suitable.

Step 3: Use It

The trick to using a beauty blender is not to use wiping motions but dabbing ones. Continuously tap the sponge against your face and you will apply your makeup fairly easy. You might need to tap more than once in a certain are to make sure the makeup is fully blended. Also, pressing too hard is not necessary. Light dabs are enough for the beauty blender to work its magic.

Step 4: Clean It

The last step in today’s guide involves cleaning the beauty blender. Remember that you must clean it after every use. You can either use a special beauty blender cleaning solution or antibacterial dish-washing soap. First, use warm water to make the sponge moist again. Then, work the soap into it, lather, and then pour water over it until it runs clear. Place the sponge in a place where it can air dry.

Extra Tip: Stick to the Original

There’s this trend going around online of coming up with all sorts of DIYs as an alternative for a beauty blender. Most recently, someone even tried using a hardboiled egg to apply their makeup. Even if you feel like these DIY solutions are satisfactory, they’ll never be as good as the real thing. Not to mention that some of them are really unsanitary. Beauty blenders are cheap and replaceable, but if you take care of them, you can make them last. 

We hope today’s guide has helped you understand how to use a beauty blender in order to get the best results.

Author Bio:

Jordan is a writer for Beautifully Alive. She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

 

Aussie Girl Style: How to Achieve Their Laid-Back Beauty (Guest Post) Guest Author: Sophia Smith

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Aussie Girl Style - Featured Image

Aussie Girl Style - Featured Image

Sure enough, there are gorgeous women all over this lovely planet of ours, and they all have that special something that makes them unique and distinctive. When it comes to Aussie girls, they’ve been blessed with a wonderful climate for a good part of the year, which enables them to rock that laid-back effortless look, both in regards to fashion and beauty.

You might think that it’s easy for them to look flawless and sun-kissed given the fact that they’ve been blessed to live in such a wonderful and sunny country, but that nonchalant beauty can be yours. Today, our goal is to give you the skinny on their fashion and beauty secrets so that you too can look as ‘slightly-underdone-stunning’ as they do.

Don’t take clothes too seriously

Aussie Girl Style - Don't take clothes too seriously

The first thing to bear in mind is that clothes and fashion are here for you to play with. Never be a slave to trends but embrace the ones you truly like and make them your own. An Aussie girl, even when she’s ‘dolled up’ doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard or that she’s overdressed. Don’t be afraid to put comfort first, because fashion doesn’t need to and shouldn’t be uncomfortable. These women look so laid-back precisely because they know which garments make them feel good, and that shines through.

An abundance of accessories is a myth

Aussie Girl Style - Don't take clothes too seriously

You might have this preconceived notion that Australians take forever to get ready when it comes to going to the beach, and that aside from perfect swimwear they spend hours accessorizing. Well, we’re here to shatter that myth into a million pieces. Aussie girls are completely unfazed by accessories. What’s more, they actually prefer singular statement pieces and clean simplified lines.

Yes, the bohemian style has been characteristic for the gals Down Under, but in the recent years, they have been turning to simplicity and sophistication as their guiding stars. Less is more, and that’s another secret of a laid-back style.

Anything goesAussie Girl Style - Anything goes

As said previously, a true Aussie girl isn’t afraid to play with clothes. Given that the tides have turned and now designers are catering to the needs and demands of people instead the other way around, just looking at the collections of some of the most promising Australian designers will make you realize that these gals have mastered the art of mixing different prints and incorporating diametrically opposing styles into one single outfit, and they make it work. Avant-garde tops with simple jeans, geometric cuts with simple striped shorts, oversized pink with red bags and zebra shoes – you name it, they’ve pulled it off.

The lesson: never be reluctant to match the unmatchable – with the right ‘who cares’ attitude, you can pull off any combo that pops into your head.

All about that care

Aussie Girl Style - All about that care

Yes, yes, fashion tips are valuable, but we know that the truly priceless secrets you’re after are the beauty and skincare ones. You just look at Margot Robbie and you’re filled with a mixture of admiration and envy.

Well, buckle up, because these secrets are about to be revealed. Good times and breathtaking Australian beaches are something you simply can’t put a price on. However, these girls of summer know that sun protection is not a matter you want to take lightly.

Aside from always turning to trusty sunblock and moisturizers with a serious SPF, these gals don’t shy away from seeking additional help to keep that skin radiant, plump and healthy. The ‘better safe than sorry’ motto is what they’re guided by and touch-ups in the form of microdermabrasion at a professional skin care clinic are the equivalent of their fountain of youth. Even the goddesses of summer need a helping hand to remain as healthy and youthful-looking and they’ve definitely discovered their Holy Grail.

Stranger things

Aussie Girl Style - Stranger things

Now, the list of much beloved and cherished skincare products Aussie girls swear by will come as a bit of a shock – but just remember their flawless complexion and you won’t doubt them. First in line is emu oil, yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The scent is a bit sharp and overwhelming, but given that it has the power to shrink an angry zit, help nix bikini-line bumps and reduce inflammation and even ward off minor infections – it’s totally worth putting up with.

Mineral foundations that contain kaolin clay are also one of the favorites, because nothing saves you better from a shiny T-zone than the mighty clay. Now, there is one product developed by Australia’s very own Miranda Kerr and her team and Kora Cosmetics and it’s the Luxurious Rosehip Oil. The reason this product is receiving so much love lies in its ability to reduce wrinkles, and give the skin that glowing dewy look – AKA the Australian signature look. Finally, the biggest secret of them all is plenty of time in the water; even if you’re not graced with an ocean nearby, there’s always the pool. Hydration is crucial, so fill up that bottle and don’t stop before you see the bottom of at least 8 glasses.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian-based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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