5 Beauty Tips That Make A Big Difference

1. Shave your face – removing peach fuzz allows for a smoother application of foundation and other products; it also gets rid of rough texture and dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling renewed. Hold the skin with your fingers and genly, in short strokes, shave in the same direction as the hair grows. Follow up with a facial oil or a moisturizer for optimal results!

Get facial razors at Sephora or Amazon.

2. Apply concealer before foundation – it helps you avoid applying excessive amount of foundation because you’ve covered your major problem areas with a full coverage concealer; overall it gives a more lightweight result.

3. Moisturizer with foundation? – place some moisturizer on the back of your hand, stipple the brush in it, then apply your foundation with that brush; it sheers out the foundation for a lightweight finish and helps it blend in with your skin.

4. Matching blush tones – use the same product on your eyes, lips and cheeks to create a cohesive look. It’s quick and easy! Apply a cream blush color on your cheeks with a brush or fingers, then do the same on the eyes in the crease and lips. It provides a monotone look, both cream and powder products work for this trick.

Get multitasking plush products from MILK Makeup or Nudestix.

5. Cut your hair every 6 weeks – it provides the perfect timeframe to chop off the dead ends and leave the hair looking strong and healthy.

Do you have any tips and tricks you use regularly? Let me know in the comments below!

There’s Nothing Effortless About Being a Woman

I came across this hilarious (yet painfully true) article about the stereotype of female beauty routines. The author speaks very bluntly about subjects related to her actual beauty routine, the time and the costs of it, the way society views women, and what it expects from them.

She breaks down her beauty steps into a myriad of deeply discussed examples, and states that “smart women aren’t supposed to care, but I do”. Amy dives into the idea that even accepted “imperfections” have to be within a specific frame to be recognized by the general public. She also explores her journey of trying to “fit in” in a foreign country, having to hide so many aspects of her life and pretend to be someone she isn’t.

“Feminism Lite (my preferred brand of feminism as an adolescent) required keeping your damn mouth shut about the desire to be something as superficial as pretty, so I did. Being pretty had to be something you just were, not something that you tried to achieve, and if I wasn’t it, I had to be quiet about wanting it and what I did to get it.” (Amy S. Choi)

I couldn’t stop myself from wanting to jump to the next line, and the next paragraph, so here I share this article with you for some laughs and (potentially painful) self-recognition. Enjoy!

There’s Nothing Effortless About Being A Woman,

And I’m done pretending otherwise.

Amy S. Choi