You know those Instagram accounts that have perfectly filtered pictures of the sunrise and an inspirational quote about seizing the day? I’m always really jealous of those because a picture like that will likely never grace my feed. I’ve been trying to cross over to the land of bright eyed and bushy tailed morning people for years now, and I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’m blaming it on genetics because there’s really nothing I can do to change my love for a late night over an early morning. While I may never be a full blown morning person, I’ve picked up some pretty good tips over the years to make it look like I’m running on nothing less than the doctor recommended 8 hours of sleep. Advice on how to look your best after a long night is nothing new, and I’m not claiming to reinvent the wheel here but I do consider myself a bit of an expert in the field.
If you’re into beauty products at all I’m sure you’ve seen tons of lists naming the makeup artist staples, cult favorites, and Holy Grail must haves. With so many buzzed about products out there it’s hard to tell what’s really worth splurging for and what’s a drugstore bargain that actually measures up. Regardless of how amazing some products are, it can be hard to justify spending half your paycheck on makeup when things like rent and eating are also sort of important. While there are some products that are truly worth a splurge and being stuck eating Ramen for a week, I’ve found plenty of drugstore swaps that work just as well, or better, than their high-end doppelgangers.
Self-tanners have come a long way since their debut, but it can still be a scary guessing game trying to master the art of perfectly bronzed legs. You run the risk of looking too orange or too streaky, and if the application really goes awry you’ll probably have some very unnatural dark spots around your knees and ankles. After doing the right thing by avoiding tanning beds and arduously slathering on your SPF when you’re in the sun, it’s really not fair to be stuck with a bad self-tan. With so many products on the market promising a faux golden glow, the trial and error process that comes with them is less than appealing. Thankfully, Violet Grey has done the work for us and put together a simple three step guide to achieve bronzed perfection in just minutes. If you have a little more time and want to take your glow to the max, you can’t go wrong with allure’s ten commandments of self-tanning. Like they said, self-tanner applications may fade, but the pictures will live on Facebook forever.
As someone with short, fine lashes I’ve come to terms with the fact that my hunt for the best mascara may be never ending. I can’t say I’ve found the perfect tube just yet, but after much experimentation with mascaras that run the gamut from drug store steals to makeup artist staples, it seems the only real way to get the triple threat (length, volume, and curl) is with three different formulas. Mascara wands are all created with different purposes in mind, and combining the right ones can create a pretty spectacular effect. It may be a bit time consuming, and by no means an everyday occurrence, but when the occasion calls I’ll gladly take the time to layer on different formulas for the added drama. We are living in the era of the Kardashian faux-lash look after all. My ideal trio might be different by the end of the month but right now I’m seeing some major results from this combination:
When nail art finally went to the wayside last year, fashion and beauty gurus everywhere rejoiced. It turns out nail art wasn’t quite ready to take a back seat though. Fast forward to Fashion Week 2015 and nail art was everywhere – thankfully with a much chicer and sophisticated look that even the hard core anti-nail art gal could appreciate. The runways fully embraced the comeback, with linear designs and geometric patterns gracing the nails of models. Like all the other minimalist fans out there, this is the kind of nail art I can get behind. There are tons of DIY looks that are actually achievable. Try some of these Pinterest worthy negative space manicures Total Beauty suggests. If you’re really having a lazy girl moment, simply add a thin gold line to your nails and you’re right on trend!
By now you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the benefits of activated charcoal. If your Pinterest browsing consumes a good portion of your day like most of us, you’ve seen some pretty scary looking pictures of teeth whitening with a charcoal paste and enough DIY charcoal face masks promising to banish blackheads for a lifetime. Slathering a dark paste of soot all over your face may not seem like the most glamorous thing, but for the sake of beauty women have proven time and time again we’re willing to try some pretty weird stuff (Kim Kardashian’s blood facial or the O.C. Housewives’ fish pedicure, anyone?). The benefits of activated charcoal are quite impressive when you really research it, but if you’re not interested in the science behind it all and just want to reap the benefits from this powerhouse ingredient, check out the list Total Beauty rounded up as the best charcoal based products out there. More power to those willing to try a “simple” DIY mask consisting of 8+ ingredients sold only at vitamin shops, but I’ll opt for picking up one of these Beauty Editor approved options.