Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sunless Tanning..Tips for a perfect bronze!

As the summer approaches, we all want to have that fresh from the sun glow but without damaging our skin with harmful UV rays!  Clothing shows much more skin and a little touch of tan really makes us shine.  So what do you do?  You sunless tan!  The new products are not the old "turn your skin orange and streaky" products.  They are easy to apply and look fabulous if you spend the time to do it right.  Follow these steps for a perfect sunless tan!

Exfoliate the skin!  Using an exfoliating product prior to applying the self-tanner will remove dead skin cells, smooth the skin and help your tan last longer.  Spend a little extra time exfoliating where your skin is the thickest - elbows, knees and ankles - as these areas tend to absorb self tanner more readily.

Thoroughly dry the skin.  Excess moisture on the skin will dilute the product and can result in streaks.

Apply the self tanner in sections - i.e. do the legs, then arms, followed by the torso.  Massage the self tanner into your skin in a circular motion.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after application to each section to remove self tanner from the palms of your hands so they do not discolor.
  • Blend the self-tanner.  for a natural look, you need to lightly extend the tanner from your wrists to your hands and from your ankles to your feet. 
  • Dilute the self-tanner on the knees, ankles and elbows to avoid them absorbing more self-tanner than the rest of the skin.  To dilute, lightly rub with a damp towel or apply a thin layer of lotion on top of the self-tanner.

Air dry!  Wait at least 10 minutes before getting dressed.  For the next three hours, it is best to wear loose clothing and try to avoid sweating.

You still need to use sunscreen.  Self-tanning products do not protect you from UV rays.  A product with SPF 30 or higher than is water resistant is recommended by dermatologists as best.

BCC has all the best Self-Tanners: 
California Tan ~ Fake BakeHempz ~ LA Tan ~ St. Tropez ~ Norvell Dancing with the Stars

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Use a spoon for perfect contouring!

Have trouble getting a perfect contour when using a bronzer?  Grab a spoon and get ready to sculpt like a pro with a more natural result.  Take a spoon and hold it at an angle pointing slightly downward, so that the head of the spoon cups the apple of your cheek.  Next apply bronzer or contour below the spoon. Don’t reload your brush, but rather, keep blending until the product is diffused. After you take the spoon away, blend out any residual harshness. Your cheekbones should be popping!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jump into Spring...Trending Colors for 2017

Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.
Vinylux Weekly Polish - Denim Patch #226
Nail Polish - Denim
Nail Lacquer - No Room For The Blues #B83
Nail Polish - Pool Side Service #968
Primrose Yellow
By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.
Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick - Gold Digger
Gold Flexible Color - Optimist
Hot Lips Lip Gloss - Beauty ZLHL52
Nail Lacquer - Need Sunglasses? #B46
Lapis Blue
Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.
Suavecita Lipstick - Luna
Nail Lacquer - Super Trop-i-cal-fiji-istic
Vinylux Weekly Polish - Date Night #221
Nail Polish - Mesmerize #679
A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.
Gold Flexible Color - Creative
Nail Lacquer - Juice Bar Hopping N35
Vinylux Weekly Polish - Electric Orange #112
Lipstick - Rockin Red
Island Paradise
Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.
Nail Lacquer - I Believe in Manicures
Lacquer Gaston And On And On
Nail Polish - In It Wyn It #1032
Nail Polish - Amira #ZP891
Pale Dogwood
Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.
Gel Couture - Fairy Tailor #40
Nail Lacquer - Idyllic
Nail Lacquer - Whirlwind Romance
gloMinerals Lipstick - Natural
Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Nail Lacquer - I'm Sooo Swamped!
Nail Lacquer - Green-wich Village #B69
Nail Lacquer - Synchronicity
Nail Lacquer - My Gecko Does Tricks
Pink Yarrow
Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.
gloMinerals Lipstick - Raspberry
Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick - Promiscuous Pink
Nail Lacquer - Melt With You
Suavecita Lipstick - Frenchy
Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.
Infinite Shine 2 Nail Lacquer - Olive For Green
Vinylux Weekly Polish - Palm Deco
Lacquer So-Far! So Good
Nail Lacquer - Suzi - The First Lady of Nails
Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.
gloMinerals Lipstick - Nutmeg
$20.00 $12.00
Mineral Botanicals Lip Color - Spirit
Nail Polish - Cocoa Karma
Nail Lacquer - Pale to the Chief

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