Back To School - Make Up Ideas & Tips

Back To School - Make Up Ideas & Tips

Summer makeup routines and school makeup routines can be completely different. One of the reason being is the time crunch in the morning. During the summer you can take your sweet time getting ready for a night out with the girls. In comparison to the precious 30 minutes of rolling out of bed and getting ready to run to classes, you got to make every minute count. In today’s blog post, we will discuss some back to school beauty tips and makeup ideas that can help speed up your morning routine but still look A+. 

A soft natural rosy makeup is perfect for school, you won’t be overdoing it but at the same time, you will still look super cute! Try swapping your foundation for a BB or CC cream instead. If you are semi-satisfied with your skin without any products, using just BB cream will help even out your skin tone and correct blemishes in the long run. Since most BB cream already has a light tint, sometimes just the BB cream suffice. This will save you not only time but also save your foundation for days where you are in need of a fuller-coverage. 

A bit of contour (bronzer, highlighter, blush) will add a bit of structure and color to the face. If you aren’t already using a palette, it’s time to make the switch! Instead of flipping open three different products, finding the right palette for you can help save some time. This 6 color palette covers all the essential needs for contouring, shading, blush, and concealing! This is also a matte palette, giving your makeup a natural, fresh glow. If you are looking for more a pink shade to add on, consider matching your blush with your eyeshadow. A light dust on the apples of your cheeks and blend it outward will give a healthy looking glow. 

Investing in a few multi-purpose brushes can save you some time during your face routine as well. You won’t find a brush that can do it all, but instead of picking up all then of your brushes, limit yourself to 3-4 that will get your routine done. To begin, know which brush does what and then you will be able to identify which are the essential needs for your routine. Try limiting to 1-2 brushes for the eyes and 2 brushes for the face. 

One way of saving those precious morning minutes is knowing where everything is so you don’t have to dig half a meter dip to find your favorite mascara. Organizers such as a jar or a drawer may seem ideal but once you start filling it up, it actually becomes quite a cluster. We highly recommend trying a silicone cosmetic holder, they have different size holes so this way it can accommodate a variety of brushes, lipstick, mascara and other beauty products. It uses the elasticity to hold the products up. Try organizing the products you use first from left to right, it will definitely help save you time in the morning because you will always know where the product you are looking for is!

September 06, 2018 — AN CAN
Summer Hair Removal

Summer Hair Removal

Your body might be ready for summer, but is your bikini line ready? There are so many different types of hair removal options and it can get a little overwhelming. You may have heard bits and pieces about waxing, threading, laser, etc. from friends, advertisements, TV, but have you ever considered all your options before settling for that disposable razor you have to replace every month? Next time you reach for that razor, maybe consider trying an alternate method that is more suitable for you and your skin! In today’s blog post, we will be discussing the many different options you have for skin removal that you can do at home, along with the pros and cons of each method. Afterall, having hair removal should be easy, painless and healthy for your skin.

The disposable razor is probably the most common type of hair removal and what everyone first starts with. The main problem with this is its tendency to regrow inward, which is the main cause of ingrown hairs. Although this method is painless (unless you cut yourself), you could be left with the bumpy and inflamed skin through ingrown hair. Razor shaving is cheap though since razor ranges from $5-10 and some last forever. Some razors also exfoliate which helps with smoother skin.

Another method we love is epilating. You are probably wondering “does it hurt?”, and yes, there is a bit of pain associated with this method, but it’s literally just a pinch. The pain is equivalent to tweezing and plucking your eyebrows. Epilating works very similarly to tweezing. It’s a small machine that grabs on to the hair and plucks it out. What’s good about this is that it pulls from the roots, it will grow back at a much slower pace. Epilators can be a big investment compared to the disposable razor. The good devices can easily cost over $100, but it will give you a much cleaner job than cheaper ones. Don’t let the loud noise scare you, trust us, it’s definitely a lot less painful than other says it is!

DIY at home wax kits are starting to become very popular these days. You can buy one of these little machines for around $20-30 on online retailers. One thing to keep in mind, waxing, whether at home or at a spa, it causes major skin damage. When you wax it pulls off the top layer of your skin which could lead to further complications later on. The DIY at home is pretty simple and straightforward. They are easy to use and very affordable. Do keep an eye out for perfume and dye-free wax, especially if you have sensitive skin. It's also very important to apply a facial toner to soothe your skin to avoid redness.

Lastly, thanks to our latest technology - laser. Even more costly than an epilator but a lot of people are starting to invest in these machines at home. After a laser treatment, your hair will fall out a few days later. It's long-lasting when done right. These gadgets cost $300 and up, and can cost close to a grand for the high-end ones. They do work best for those who are light skin and dark hair. Plus, it is not suitable for the face. Still a bit of work to perfect these but we are definitely advancing here!  

July 26, 2018 — AN CAN
Face Rollers- The New Beauty Trend

Face Rollers- The New Beauty Trend

If you are someone who is up to date with the current beauty trends on social media, there is no way you have missed the facial rollers that are appearing all over your feed. For the past year, these facial rollers typically made from jade or an imitation jade-like stone are being picked up by a whole lot of influencers and bloggers. These facial rollers, although only popping up in our lives now, it has been around for centuries. It was first originated in China, and it is believed that the stone can heal and protect. The real question is - how well can it heal and protect our skin?

The jade roller is a follow-up skin care product that helps your skin soak in the products you use. It will help your skin absorb the skin care products you use. You will no longer feel bad for putting on that $100 night serum and somehow get residue on your pillowcase - because with the roller the serum will actually be absorbed in.

This little thing does more than just one thing. The natural material of jade is a cool touch which helps with depuffing. The healers of the stone can also be used to ward off stress and anxiety. The effect varies amongst one and another, but this is a great alternative for someone who leans toward the chemical-free beauty regimen. Another health benefit that the roller can help with is detoxifying. By rolling against your face, it helps increase circulation and the lymphatic system carry away toxins. This will overall increase blood and lymph flow. The renewal of cells will then get rid of toxins at a quicker rate. This then brings more oxygen, and at the end, will help improve your skin tone. This is also an anti-aging property. By keeping the skin healthy, you will start to notice less puffiness, decrease in lines, tightening in skin and muscle tone through the massage action.

Sounds magical? Another great thing is that it is so convenient to use. This little thing will definitely fit in your purse and only takes up less than 5 minutes of your day. Pull it out while you are watching Netflix or you are sitting around waiting. For some, the improvement may show within a day or two, some may take a week or so. If you are looking to cure a swelling area, it is likely you will see the result right away!

Start with the chin area and roll horizontally out to the hairline. Then, you can move up to the nose area and roll from the corner of the nose towards the ear. You can also use it from the inner corner of the eye (recommend using the small end for this). Then, move towards the eyebrows and down to the temples. Lastly, upwards to the hairline and across the forehead. The pressure should be light and gentle.

The cost of a facial roller is surprisingly inexpensive considering it is not something you will have to replace often, they are often very high quality and will last you a lifetime. Starting from $8.99 for a jade facial roller or if you want to be a bit more fancy with the rose quartz facial roller it is only a dollar more.  
July 24, 2018 — AN CAN