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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Step, Repeat and {Blush}!

Award season always gets us in the mood to be in the spotlight! With all of the amazing looks radiating from The Oscars, we can’t help but want to join in on the {beauty} fun. To help you feel as A-list as the stars, we’re breaking down how to recreate some of our favorite looks from Hollywood’s biggest and brightest.

Newcomer Margot Robbie has already shown us that she is an old pro when it comes to looking gorgeous on the red carpet; her Oscars look made our jaws drop. Take a hint from Margot and rock a bold statement lip with The Matte Lip Color from Kevyn Aucoin in True Red. This velvety smooth lipstick will keep your lips full of smudge-proof color all night long! Create a soft eye to balance your bold lips with Stila’s award-winning Kitten eye shadow. Complete the look with a couple coats of mascara and you will be sure to turn heads everywhere you go.

No one does the red carpet like J-Lo; somehow, she always seems to radiate with the perfect glow. To get skin as luminous as hers, use the Bronzing Skin Perfector from Becca Cosmetics—the bronzing crème evens out your skin tone while providing you with that sun-kissed glow. Finish up Jennifer’s look with the perfect pink pout. Use Stila’s Convertible Color in Fuchsia to brighten your lips and keep them radiant and fresh.

Emma Stone took on the {lust worthy} fresh-faced trend at the Oscars this year and paired beaming skin with a fun coral lip. Get her look by evening out skin imperfections with the Matte Moisture Tint from Jouer Cosmetics—with SPF 15 and C & E vitamins it brings antioxidants to your skin and protects against UVA & UCB rays. Add Stila’s Color Balm Lipstick in Avery and you’ll be mistaken for Emma Stone all night.

Julianne Moore is no stranger to the red carpet and it shows with her look of old Hollywood glam. Her natural freckles pair perfectly with a side-swept bun. To take a tip from Julianne, create a dramatic cat eye with The Precision Liquid Liner from Kevyn Aucoin. The precise tip helps you achieve the boldest line that won’t smudge. Round out the look with a pop of rosy color on your cheeks by using the Jami Cheekie Palette from Julie Hewett. Looking like an Academy Award winner is as easy as line, dab and go!

Go ahead and give these award season looks a try! Of course, we’re always here to help if you’d like some expert red-carpet guidance. Have fun and don’t be surprised if the paparazzi try to snap a quick photo of you when you step out on the town.

posted by Blushington at 11:43pm

Monday, February 16th, 2015

That Lipstick Looks Good On You!

If there is one thing we've all learned about lipstick, it's that one shade does not fit all! It takes a lot of trial and error to figure out exactly which color makes you feel and look your absolute best. Once you find the right shade, there is still the issue of how to actually make it last all day or night without having to reapply every 30 minutes. Not to fret, Blushington head makeup artist Jessica Scantlin has you, and your lip color, covered.

A statement lip is back in a big way for 2015, which means it’s time to search for that perfect shade of red, coral, orange or berry. Feeling playful? Go with a bright coral. In the mood for classic elegance? Stick with red. Add flawless, perfected skin and minimal eye makeup, and you’ll be right on trend, and out the door in no time! Pro tip: you can fake a summer glow by using Jouer Tinted Moisturizer for fresh, dewy skin.

If you’re foregoing the statement lip and opting for a more neutral rose colored shade, Scantlin says it’s important to "look for a color that is one to two shades deeper than your natural lip tone" to avoid washing out your complexion. For fair skin, try Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meredith. For medium, opt for Julie Hewitt Lipstick in Biba. For darker skin, try Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon.

A lipstick that lasts sometimes can feel like a far off fairytale. Lucky for you, Scantlin has a long-lasting lipstick secret and she’s ready to tell all. “Keep in mind that darker and brighter colors tend to last longer [than others]. Finish with a setting spray over your lips to ensure the longest lasting color possible.” There you have it; setting spray to the rescue!

If the task of finding your perfect shade feels too daunting to pursue on your own, book an appointment at Blushington and one of our expert mixologists will match your tones with one of our fabulous brands, and you’ll walk out the door a brand new, confidant woman!

posted by Blushington at 10:27pm

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

{Spring} For a New Trend!

Why are we talking about spring trends in the middle of winter, you ask? All of the Paris Fashion Week buzz has us looking forward to pastel pinks and fresh blooms, and of course, spring makeup trends! Although spring is still a little ways away, it’s hard to not be tempted by some of the lovely looks we’ve been seeing. That’s why we’re here to say, why wait?! Here are some hair, nail, and of course, makeup runway trends that we think you should start perfecting now {so you can be ahead of the curve!}.

One of our favorite shades for the upcoming season is plum! Whether you create a glossy eye or apply to your lips, you end up with a very unexpected but surprisingly flattering look. You can’t go wrong with the cult favorite Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint in Deep Berry Pink or Kevyn Auicoin’s Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses.

While a bright, statement-making lip is always on trend in our eyes, now is the time to really embrace the bold! Add a chic touch to your more muted ensembles, all the while keeping all eyes on you. To rock this style, you should try Julie Hewett’s Belle Noir lipstick or Jouer Cosmetic’s Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Monaco.

Brown eyeshadow, we’re into you. Although we always love a good smoky eye, this proved to be a perfect alternative to a usual fan favorite on this year’s runways. Brown shadow is a neutral tone so it easily compliments all skin tones and is universally flattering for all ages. Lastly, this look will seamlessly take you from day to night! Our favorite brown hue? Stila Eye Shadow in Espresso.

The ever popular cat eye is here to stay, and we’re not complaining. For spring (and pretty much any other time), we are all about the exaggerated winged liner. To elongate the eyes, we’re opting for Stila’s Liquid Eyeliner.

One nail trend that we’re currently coveting? The negative-space manicure. Not only does it look effortlessly chic, but it is also easy to copy at home. Plus, there are endless possibilities and designs you can try, all while letting a little bit of the naked nail show through.

If you love being able to throw your hair into a braid, then we’ve got great news for you! The Katniss-inspire hairstyle trend is going nowhere! It’s time to master the fishtail, messy braid look, or even opt for a fancy braid that you can transform into a bun! Find a YouTube tutorial, grab your girls, and practice, practice, practice.

There you have it! A few beauty trends that should at least hold you over until spring time!

posted by Blushington at 10:17pm

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Makeup Emergencies {Solved}!

You came to Blushington, got your makeup done, and now you’re feeling flawless, beautiful and having the night of your life! Then suddenly, someone spills a drink all over you! Or maybe it’s daytime and the sun starts to cause that less than wonderful forehead shine. As a girl on the move, life is bound to throw it’s less than ideal situations at you, but that’s where we come in! The last thing we want is to let a little makeup snafu stop you from enjoying your night out, so we checked in with one of our fab makeup experts, Brittany Spyksma, to bring you the need-to-know information for on-the-go makeup emergencies!

You’re killing it on the dance floor and you need your makeup to keep up with you! Spyksma suggests using a good primer before makeup application. If your skin tends to be on the oily side, reach for the mattifying primer. If you’re dry, opt for a more hydrating product. HD Beauty Balm by Stila Cosmetics is Spyksma’s go-to for normal skin. Now that you’re prepped and primed, it’s time for the eyes, and we’ve got one word: waterproof! Make sure to reach for the waterproof mascara and eyeliner for a look that lasts. Now, onto the lips. Liner will help your look last, especially when paired with a stain, if you can find one in your color of choice. Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint is always an artist favorite. Finish off your look with a setting spray, and keep blotting papers or powder on hand to touch up throughout the night.

The final piece of the puzzle: your makeup emergency kit! It’s important to have our makeup must-haves on hand at all times, so find a cute little bag, throw the items in there, and don’t think twice about it. Spyksma’s emergency necessities? Blotting papers. Breath mints. Ibuprofen. Voile! You’re ready to take on the night, hiccup free!

posted by Blushington at 11:51pm

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

All Eyes On {The New} You!

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, it’s all about that show-stopping look! After it all, this is your last chance to do it up big and go out with a bang! While we’re all for sparkles and flash when it comes to your outfit, we believe that less is more in terms of makeup. Before you start thinking we’re crazy, just listen up. We wouldn’t dare tell you that you should forget about your faux lashes or leave that bright red lipstick at home, but we are saying you should choose a statement look and focus on that. Keep reading for tips on how to achieve the perfect New Year’s Eve look, so you can focus on partying the night away and getting that countdown kiss!

If you’re anything like us, you’ve already had your outfit picked out for weeks, and we think it’s safe to say there might be some metallic or sparkles involved. If our assumptions are correct, we suggest going with a dark neutral tone. Keeping makeup neutral won’t take the attention away from your fabulous ensemble but will instead highlight your features!

Onto the lips. Go bold, or go home! There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than with a shiny bright red lip, which will quickly take your look from simple to sexy and sophisticated. Plus, whether you’re with your special someone or out with the girls and searching for your crush, you’re sure to attract all the attention by showing off your pout.

If you opted out of wearing a sparkly or metallic dress, then adding a bit of gold glitter to your makeup might be the way to go! We’re not suggesting you pile it on, but rather use it to highlight your go-to neutrals. Sprinkling on a touch of gold will put all eyes on you without overdoing it on the drama.

As we all know when it comes to lashes, the longer the better! There’s no better night for faux lashes than New Year’s Eve. Adding lashes will enhance and define your eyes, plus they last all night so you can spend the whole night dancing!

And there you have it! You can now dance the night away looking your absolute best! We hope all of you lovelies have a fantastic, and most importantly, a happy and healthy New Year!

posted by Blushington at 8:56pm

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Makeup {Tips} for Holiday {Trips}

Unless you specialize in all things organizational, which let’s be honest, isn’t the majority of us, then you know packing can take almost every single fiber of energy you have. Having to choose which of our most prized possessions to leave behind is enough to give anyone a minor panic attack. That's why this year, we're here to help you pack your makeup bag and travel must-haves before the stress and chaos have time to settle in.

If you're jet-setting off somewhere tropical this holiday season, our best tip for you would be to travel lightly. Don’t freak out at the word lightly; we’re not suggesting you leave everything behind, just maybe some of those unnecessary extras. Leave your foundation at home, and let your natural glowing skin have a break. No need to pile on the makeup when you'll be in and out of the water and sporting that au-naturale sun-kissed look (with SPF, of course!).

The easiest way to give your travel-worn skin a little pick me up before sitting poolside is with Julie Hewitt's Pure Persian Rose Water Toner Spray. This mist is a vacation must and a sure way to help keep your sun-kissed skin from dehydrating!

Most importantly, you can't forget to protect your skin from those overpowering UV rays! MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme is the perfect solution. It not only protects you from unwanted burns, but it will also leave skin with a matte finish without clogging your pores!

Sticking with the theme of less is more, Stila Magnicifent Metals Lip Gloss is the perfect vacation accessory. With a satin-shimmer finish, this gloss will elevate your “no makeup makeup” look in one simple step.

So that’s it. No more stressful packing, right lovelies?! Enjoy!

posted by Blushington at 3:09pm

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Go Ahead, {BLUSH}!

Now that you’ve finally digested your Thanksgiving meal, it’s time to refocus your efforts away from the gym and onto the more important things: holiday shopping! While it seems as though there are gifts, sparkles and bows around every corner, it can be a bit overwhelming when shopping for those you hold nearest and dearest. We’re taking the guesswork out of gift-giving this year, with a round-up of some of our favorite items! Plus, each gift is available in our stores, so you can get your friends and family blushing with a one-stop shop!

1. The beauty blender. Our clients love it, our artists can't work without it, and your friends deserve to have it! The unique shape and special material allows you to recreate that “flawless” makeup look in the comfort of your own home! Use it to apply your favorite primer, foundation, powder, and cream blush for an even, fresh-faced look.

2. Jouer really outdid themselves with their holiday products this year! We’re currently coveting their beautiful “IT” bag, in all three variations. The latest addition to their accessory line, the “IT” bag is the perfect size to fit all your accessories, while remaining small enough to travel with you on-the-go. Use it as a makeup bag, or transition it into your nighttime clutch!

3. Staying in the Jouer family for a moment, we’re also obsessing over their limited edition 5-piece travel brush set and cosmetic bag combo, or as they’ve adorably named it, “Le Petit Brush Set”! Know someone who’s heading home or on vacation for the holidays {trick question}? Then this perfectly portable travel brush collection is your perfect present for a girl on the go!

4. As the saying goes, “Eyes are the window to the soul,” and in this case, Stila’s “Eyes are the window” to the happiest of girlfriends. A new addition to the iconic brand, these shadow palettes are inspired by the spiritual notion that true beauty is revealed from within *aww*. Each palette is carefully curated with jaw-dropping shades, plus the case is so pretty, you’ll want to display it on your vanity! This is truly the gift for any makeup aficionados out there.

5. A celebrity and fashion-maven must-have, our bkr bottles don’t need much introduction. Created by two women who “wanted to drink from something fabulous,” these soft, simple bottles are just that! The best thing about bkr bottles? You can never have too many! Boss, mom, and bestie alike, you’re sure to wow with this essential addition to any wardrobe. Think of your bkr bottle as the perfect t-shirt—soft and easy, and you absolutely can’t live without it.

So there you go! Five perfect, thoughtful gifts you absolutely can’t go wrong with! Plus, while you’re in one of our stores purchasing these lovely items, no one will judge you if you throw in a makeup application or two for yourself. Happy shopping, and happy holidays!

posted by Blushington at 3:45pm

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Skin Saving Tips for {Sweating} It Out!

Meeting for a yoga or spin class might as well be the new coffee date. More than ever, trendy girls like you are spending more time in the gym or working out with their besties than most other pre- or post-work activities. What that means for us? Sweaty skin solutions! We know you’re on the run, and don’t always have time to follow healthy skin and hair protocol, which is why we’ve searched for the best of the best on-the-go beauty products to keep your fresh all day (or at least help you fake it!).

1. We don’t care if you’re trying to impress your spin instructor, yoga teacher, or the towel boy at Equinox; makeup during a workout is an absolute no-no for clean and healthy skin! Makeup clogs pores, which in turn causes breakouts to occur. Even if you have to wait for the lights to go off to wipe your face, it’s better than nothing! Our go-to wipes are the Cleansing Spa Water Cloths by Koh Gen Do.

2. After a workout, it’s important to get your skin clean, and fast! Skin can breakout as a result of blocked pores, dirty pores excessive oil production, all of which are made worse by sweating. While you need not panic, make sure you’re taking steps to clean your face immediately after a hard cardio sesh or hot yoga class. For on-the-go cleanliness, Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths are just the ones to get the job done. 

3. All over freshness is a must when you don’t have time for a full shower post-workout, which is why we always keep our Julie Hewett Pure Persian Rose Water on hand. This skin freshener not only smells like a day at the spa, but it also nourishes and hydrates skin for improved radiance. If you’re planning to put on makeup, this spray is a necessary step in setting your foundation and preventing the over-powdered look we all dread. Plus, you can grab this product from your closest Blushington location!

4. More moisture, please! One common downfall is allowing skin to sit after cleansing, without applying any serum or moisturizer. The problem? If skin stays bare, it can begin to dehydrate. Dry skin doesn’t make anyone happy, and sure doesn’t lead to an all-over glow. Make sure to keep your favorite moisturizer on-hand and apply once you’ve cleansed. Another quick trick? Leave it to supermom and supermodel Doutzen Kroes to have the inside scoop on skincare. Kroes opts for oxygen spray when she’s on the go. She uses the spray in place of moisturizer, which is especially helpful while travelling!

5. We know that feeling. You’ve had an intense workout and no matter how high you blast the a/c in your car, you simply can’t stop the perspiration on your face. And who can apply makeup in that condition? While a mineral powder or heavy foundation is out of the question, a tinted moisturizer might just be your answer. Our hands down, no questions asked, end of story go-to product is Jouer’s Moisture Tint, both in Luminizing and Matte finishes. These lightweight moisture tints even out imperfections and leave soon with a smooth finish, all with SPF to protect from UVA and UVB rays. Plus, they’re oil free, fragrance fre and hypoallergenic, so they won’t clog pores! Home. Run.

6. Your skin is fresh, you smell like roses, but what to do with that sweat-soaked hair?! This situation calls for a messy bun, high ponytail or low braid and STAT. Lucky for you, the darling founders behind Emi-Jay created the perfect hair tie, if you can even call it that. We prefer to refer to it as the perfect anywhere accessory, doubling as a wrist layering piece and perfect hair holding apparatus (okay maybe that’s a bit fancy, but hair tie just didn’t seem to do the product justice!).

After you’ve planked, squatted, and chaturanga’d your way through the day, be sure to follow these simple skin saving guidelines and no one will ever know you even broke a sweat!

posted by Blushington at 11:03am

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Go With The {GLOW}: 5 Tips for Maintaining Glowing Skin While Transitioning Into Cooler Weather!

We get it, you worked all summer on that perfect glow and now it’s beginning to fade as the weather cools. Worse though than your tan becoming a few shades lighter is the dry and irritated skin that sometimes comes around once we start seeing pumpkin spice lattes on every corner. Because we are committed to your beauty (and health) from head to toe, we thought we’d check in with Dr. Nancy Samolitis, a board certified dermatologist and expert in all things beauty, to give us all the inside information for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated as we transition into fall and winter. Read below for a few of her expert recommendations: from keeping blemishes at bay to healing irritated skin, and everything in between. Take it away, doctor!

1. Even though we are transitioning from beach parties to cocktail parties, it is so important to wear sunscreen every day. Cumulative daily sun exposure builds up slowly, leading to signs of sun damage such as wrinkles, rough texture, and brown spots. Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 or higher and has broad spectrum coverage. Product recommendations: Elizabeth Arden Rx Triple Protection Factor SPF 50+, TIZO Facial Mineral Fusion SPF 40, Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30.

2. Stress from school, work, and holiday planning can cause breakouts. Keep those pimples at bay with products that contain retinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Expert tip: it's more effective to treat the entire face or area of breakout than to spot treat. To quickly decrease redness before applying concealer to a pimple, try a drop of other redness relieving products like Afrin or Visine, a little ice, and a green tinted primer. Product recommendations: La Roche Posay Effaclar, Neutrogena All in 1 Acne Control Facial Treatment Lotion, Skin Medica Purifying Acne Wash.

3. Fall/winter is a great time to start reversing the damage done over the summer. Smooth texture by exfoliating daily with the Clarisonic brush (guess what, it helps your products sink in deeper too!). Brighten brown spots with ingredients like kojic acid and vitamin C. Product recommendations: Dermaceutic Spot Cream, Glytone Antioxidant Anti-Aging Serum, La Roche Posay Mela-D Dark Spot Correcting Serum.

4. Dry lips are very frustrating when you're smoothing on your fall berry and vampy lipsticks. Overnight, slather on Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Aveeno Skin Relief Healing Ointment (apply the residual on your cuticles!). Exfoliate gently with a sugar scrub such as Sara Happ Lip Scrub (yum) and prime with a matte balm like Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm. More extreme dry lips with redness, peeling or itching may need a few applications of 1% hydrocortisone ointment, but if you need it more than 2-3 days, see your dermatologist.

5. Dry, itchy skin always flares up when the weather cools. Lube up head to toe daily after a shower with a skin restoring moisturizer like Cerave or Cetaphil Restoraderm. For itchy patches, try Aveeno anti-itch creams containing oatmeal. Keep showers short and not too hot. Make sure your soap is also hydrating and contains no irritating fragrances.

posted by Blushington at 2:04pm

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

It’s Your Party You Can {Blush} If You Want To!

It’s time to celebrate YOU! In honor of your celebration, or perhaps that of your loved one, we are helping you map out a birthday itinerary fit for the stars (because after all, you are the star of your very own movie, called life!). We’re giving you the inside scoop on some of our favorite destinations for head-to-toe pampering in the West Hollywood / Los Angeles area, culminating in an all-out celebration with you and your girls in our West Hollywood VIP space! We saved a spot just for you, and can’t wait to help you party and pamper, Blushington style.

This day is all about you, and what does every birthday girl deserve? You guessed it: a spa experience fit for a princess. Head over to Ciel Spa at SLS to discover the essence of serenity, and all it has to offer. Relax, recharge and refuel with some of their special services, including massages, facials, and body treatments, to name a few. Hit their rooftop pool, or request your service in a poolside cabana, for added relaxation.

Continue your pampering by heading to one of our favorite nail destinations. With so many awesome spots in LA, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. For an extra chic and personalized experience, check out our girls over at Olive & June (the polish wall Instagram opp is worth the trip, itself!). For consistent and over-the-top comfort, head to Bellacures and pick from one of their seasonal and extra-special services (like the Sugar & Spice + Everything Nice mani / pedi they’re currently offering). If you’re a nail art addict, Marie Nails is a must for birthday designs that are sure to wow!

Now you’re feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to do some…shopping!! Lucky for you, we’re located at the center of some of LA’s top shopping destinations. For vintage-inspired, easy to wear and always on-trend styles, look no further than Wildfox’s Flagship store, located across from us in Sunset Plaza. For the eclectic, chic and well-traveled woman, head over to Haute Hippie where you’re sure to find that last-minute birthday outfit (ostrich feather skirt, anyone?!). Known for mastering the art of Bohemian chic, Calypso St. Barth has enough luxury items to meet your day-to-day, specialty and travel needs.

Alright, you’ve shopped ‘til you dropped, and now it’s time for a pick-me-up. That’s where our neighbors at Dry Bar come in! Sip on champagne and snack on cookies while their blowout experts perfect your desired look. Don’t forget to peek inside their brand new lookbook to pick your style, featuring makeup by us!

And now you’ve come to the final piece of the puzzle: Blushington! Grab your girlfriends and tell them to meet you in our VIP room! Balloons? Champagne? You want ‘em, we got ‘em! Glam, glitz, and glitter galore, we have all the ingredients to make this a night to remember. Pro tip: make sure to bring your camera and have your phones charged, because you’re going to leave looking runway ready! Finally, hit the town and dance the night away!

posted by Blushington at 3:24pm

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