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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

{Spring} On The New Makeup!

Spring is a time for a rebirth and refresh. What better place to start than in your makeup bag?! Now that your makeup brushes are all fresh and ready to go (right?!), it’s time to purge your old, expired makeup that has been at the bottom of your bag since Destiny’s Child was on the radio {we’re still not over it}.

Just like produce, makeup has a shelf life! Using old and expired makeup can cause serious skin irritations and breakouts, and NOBODY wants those! Keep a record of when you bought your makeup by writing the date on it with a sharpie; that way you’ll know when it’s time to toss and buy something new! Take a look at the list below & throw away any makeup that is past the “expiration date.”

  • -Mascara: 3 months.
  • -Eyeliner: 3-6 months.
  • -Lip gloss: 6 months
  • -Concealer: 12-18 months
  • -Foundation: 1 year
  • -Cream eye shadow: 1 year
  • -Powdered eye shadow: 2 years
  • -Powered blush: 2 years

After the great makeup purge of 2015 is over, it’s time to stock back up on all of the spring essentials. Luckily for you, we love helping you lovelies out with finding the perfect shade to match your complexion and bring out your best features (which is everything, duh!). Make an appointment for a makeup 101 class with us; we’ll match you to your perfect shade and teach you how to properly apply all of your new makeup treats to help you put your best face forward.

Some of the spring trends we’re currently coveting (and would LOVE to show you how to rock) are:

  • -Fresh faces (made possible with concealers from Becca Cosmetics)
  • -Pastel eyeshadow
  • -Peach lips, lids & cheeks (with our fave Stila lip glaze: tangerine)
  • -Yellow eyeliner
  • -Gold eyes (with Girlactik eyeshadow in Vintage)

Now that the spring-cleaning is over, we hope you come visit us for a makeup 101! We can’t wait to help you feel refreshed and gorge for this spring season—after all there are so many events to see & be seen at (looking amazing) this time of year, right?

posted by Blushington at 12:57pm

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

So Fresh and So Clean Clean: A Guide to {Cleaning} Your Makeup Brushes

Having a beautiful set of makeup brushes can up any girl’s makeup game. However, care for these magic wands can be a little confusing. In order to maintain the power of your beauty brushes, it’s important to develop a regular cleaning schedule to keep them in tiptop shape.

You wouldn’t dream of skipping a face wash, and you should be just as diligent with cleaning your brushes regularly for the same reason. Bacteria, dirt and oil can build up on brushes leading to breakouts or the spread of skin ailments (not the b word!!). Don’t fret, simply taking a few minutes out of your week will do wonders in maintaining your makeup brushes for years to come.

First things first, you should be washing your brushes once a week. This cuts down on germ buildup and helps the application of your makeup stay on point. We know this may sound like a big chore to do every week, but one of our favorite things to do is watch Netflix while we clean away—Mad Men anyone?

What you’ll need:
-Your brushes
-Make-up cleaner {you can even use baby shampoo}
-A sink
-Warm water

1.  Rinse your brush under warm water in the sink; this cleans away any initial built up residue on the brush.
2. Apply a small amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand.
3. Gently massage the brush into the cleanser on your palm & let it lather in your hand.
4. Rinse the brush in warm water in your sink. Gently press the brush into the bowl of the sink to further release built up residue.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until the water from the brush runs clear.
6. Repeat this process for each brush.
7. Squeeze the excess water from your brushes and reshape them to their original shape.
8.  Lay the brushes out to dry overnight with the bristles hanging over the edge of the counter. This will help keep their shape and maintain their effectiveness overtime.

Easy as that! Make this your new Sunday night routine and start each week feeling fresh and {even more} beautiful!

posted by Blushington at 3:23pm

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Living The {Au Naturale} Life!

At Blushington, we think that every one of our lovelies is gorgeous on the inside and out, with or without makeup. Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, not cover it up! That’s why we’re lusting after the au natural look that has been popping up all over runways. To get this organic look, follow these few simple steps so you can leave your house knowing that your true {beauty} will shine through.

Starting with a clean face, apply our fave Luminizing Moisture Tint from Jouer Cosmetics. It will even out any skin imperfections and fade the appearance of fine lines while protecting your skin from the sun with SPF 20. Blend in a small amount with your fingertips or a beautyblender so it evenly spreads across the face. Top it with a quick swirl of Mattifying Translucent Powder from Jouer Cosmetics; this will set the tinted moisturizer while eliminating unwanted shine.

We’re all about the smize! To make your eyes stand out, use the Ombre Nudes Eye Palette from Becca Cosmetics. Evenly sweep the lightest color over your lid followed by gently defining the crease with one of the darker shades. Be careful not to go too heavy {we still want everyone to believe that you woke up like this}. Finish the eyes with just one light coat of The Essential Mascara from Kevyn Aucoin.

The final step for that “no makeup makeup” feel is to brighten cheeks by adding a gentle pop of radiant color. Blend in Stila’s Convertible Color in Gerbera using short strokes outward and upward. Dab a little on your lips and you are ready to go, fresh-faced and {flawless}.

posted by Blushington at 3:28pm

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

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