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  • Tuesday 28th July 2020
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How to Cleanse Your Skin According to Your Skin Type

  • Wednesday 29th July 2020
Find out the best cleansing techniques based on your skin type and concerns! The post How to Cleanse Your Skin According to Your Skin Type appeared first on Glow Recipe.

PEGs: What They Are and How They Work

  • Tuesday 28th July 2020
While it may not have the same name recognition as ingredients like parabens or sulfates, this polymer is a growing cause of concern for some people. The post PEGs: What They Are and How They Work appeared first on Glow Recipe.

The Answers to All of Your Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm Questions

  • Friday 24th July 2020
All of your questions about the new Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm, answered. The post The Answers to All of Your Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm Questions appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Meet the Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm!

  • Friday 24th July 2020
Meet our newest fruit powered product, the Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm! The post Meet the Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm! appeared first on Glow Recipe.

5 Reasons to Add Blueberries To Your Skincare Routine

  • Saturday 11th July 2020
They're more than just a tasty snack. The post 5 Reasons to Add Blueberries To Your Skincare Routine   appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Checking In: The Summer of Camping (Part II), and a Couple Things to Try on Your Next Camping Trip

  • Friday 31st July 2020
OK, I guess I’m getting better at “mom-ming while camping” because instead of needing two weeks to recover from the trip, it only took two days, ha ha ha! Ya know, when I envisioned the “Summer of Camping” in my mind, I thought we’d be going, like, every week or every other week this summer, but now I’m thinking maybe once a month? Don’t get me wrong — it’s fun! I love it. It’s just a lot of work. The trip we just took to Collins Lake was a ton of fun. The drive is a long one if you’re coming from the Bay Area (about two and a half hours), but once we got there, wow! Our campsite was right next to the lake, and the water was SUPER warm — like bath temperature warm! Whenever I wanted to cool off, all I had to do was hobble down a hill and over some rocks for a minute, and then I’d jump right in. It was glorious! And being the water baby that I am, I went swimming quite a few times, although you know what I realized? Lake swimming is no joke, dude. When you don’t have salt water to keep you afloat, you gotta work that much harder. Continue reading "Checking In: The Summer of Camping (Part II), and a Couple Things to Try on Your Next Camping Trip" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Before and After: Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara

  • Thursday 30th July 2020
Ooh! Urban Decay just launched a new long-wearing mascara with a freaky-looking wand for $25. It’s designed, first and foremost, to increase volume, especially at the roots, and has a crazy-looking wand with three distinct surfaces! If you like bold lash looks and a cruelty-free formula that doesn’t smudge or smear, check it out. How does it it work? On one side of the brush there’s a row of asymmetrical teeth that really maximizes the amount of product the brush deposits on your lashes. The brush tip has a series of spikes to separate and define individual hairs, too. The last side — the smooth, curved part of the brush — is designed to press up against the roots for added lift. What does two coats look like? On my lashes, which naturally point downward and struggle to hold a curl, Lash Freak adds noticeably dramatic thickness at the base of my lashes, and you couldn’t miss it from a mile away! Two coats are enough for thick and lush lashes, but here’s the thing: from up close, the individual lashes look lumpy and bumpy. The curl from my lash curler also relaxes quite bit, so the coated lashes end up reaching out rather than curling up… I like the color though. Continue reading "Before and After: Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

FOTD: Unintentionally ’80s Copper and Purple

  • Wednesday 29th July 2020
I blame all of the talk about Duran Duran in the Monday Poll comments on this makeup. I was going for colorful and modern with copper and plum lids, but I think I may have ended up unintentionally recreating the ’80s instead. WHOOPS! 🤭 (While we’re at it, would someone please pass me a pair of big-@ss shoulder pads and a bottle Aqua Net, STAT?) That’s the Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette on my lids again, by the way. Marcia asked in the comments last week what I think of it, and ya know…I have mixed feelings. The purples are easy to blend, and they’re just different enough to be able to create a variety of violet looks with them, which is cool! As for the powder blue highlight shade (Lucid)? It’s surprisingly versatile (and beautiful) as an inner corner highlighter and to mix with other purples, but the warm, orange and copper tones are kind of a challenge to work with. I totally get that UD was going for a purposeful clash with the orange and purple, but they’re a little too disjointed to put the two against each other. Continue reading "FOTD: Unintentionally ’80s Copper and Purple" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

When Was the Last Time You Dyed Your Hair?

  • Tuesday 28th July 2020
Ah, let me tell you about the life of a lady with grown-out roots! Hair dye is a CONSTANT topic of conversation between me and my neighbors, it seems, because when I run into my buddies who live nearby, we’re always talking about the last time we went to the salon to touch up roots. It’s the newest way to make polite conversation between women, ha ha ha! For me, it’s been a minute since my hair was dyed. Fall of 2018 was the last time. That’s when I started this little experiment of growing out my grays. How much you can see them depends on how I part my hair and the lighting, and although I’ve been told it looks nice, I’m still keeping the door open again to color my hair in the future ’cause I like to switch things up every once in a while (although the pandemic has prevented that from happening, so it probably won’t be for a long time!). How about you? When was the last time you dyed your hair? Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict, Karen Continue reading "When Was the Last Time You Dyed Your Hair?" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 636

  • Monday 27th July 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Banana or coconut? Coconut. 2. Gimme the deets on your last beauty purchase! I restocked the drugstore hair/body things I was running low on, namely Neutrogena clarifying shampoo, Pantene Rose Water shampoo and conditioner, and Dove Body Soap. 3. When you’re eating bite-sized foods like bacon-wrapped shrimp hors d’oeuvres or mini brownies, do you take dainty nibbles, or do you shove the whole thing into your mouth? Dainty nibbles when there are other people around (what’s that even like any more, LOL?!), but if it’s just me, myself and I…and Netflix, then I shove the whole thing! 4. Have you had “maskne” before (it’s when you break out because of your mask, by the way!)? I think I have. I got a few little pimples just underneath my nostrils and around my mouth earlier in the summer, but that was probably mainly because I slacking on my zit lotion. Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 636" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Double Cleansing: What It Is & Why You Need to Do It

  • Monday 10th August 2020
It takes a little extra time, but this smart cleansing method ultimately leaves skin looking cleaner, feeling softer, and less prone to breakouts. The post Double Cleansing: What It Is & Why You Need to Do It appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Here’s Why Watermelon is a Total Skin Star

  • Monday 3rd August 2020
You already know we love watermelon — it's amazing as a food and for your skin. But where did this wonder fruit come from? The post Here’s Why Watermelon is a Total Skin Star appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Summer Faves and Raves: Skin Care and Makeup From Honest Beauty

  • Tuesday 11th August 2020
Got some thoughts on the latest makeup and skin care from Honest Beauty. Here are some things I’ve been using and loving… Cat Eye Kit – Mascara & Eyeliner This one comes with 1) a dual-ended mascara with a primer on one side and a black lengthening mascara on the other, and 2) a fine-tipped black liquid liner with a flexible felt tip. The primer and mascara combo stretches and lifts lashes for a natural-looking fringe that feels lightweight and doesn’t smudge. As for the liner…it’s SO GOOD. It’s long lasting, deeply pigmented (no blue undertones) and extremely precise. I’ve sweated and cried with it on, and it doesn’t move. Surprisingly though, it’s still easy to remove at the end of the day. $19.99 for a 2-piece kit. INGREDIENTS Mascara Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cellulose, Glyceryl Behenate, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Benzoate, Cellulose Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Phosphoric Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77499). Lash Primer Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cellulose, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Phosphoric Acid Liquid Eyeliner: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Pullulan, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Hectorite, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). Continue reading "Summer Faves and Raves: Skin Care and Makeup From Honest Beauty" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 638

  • Monday 10th August 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Claw clip or scrunchie? Scrunchies-4-life, lady! 2. Speaking of scrunchies, do you actually wash yours? I have about a handful of them and will throw them in the washer every couple weeks (or so), but back in the day when scrunchies were ubiquitous — when they were at the height of their scrunchie-ness — I did not. This was gross, now that I think about it… I bet all of mine were crusted over with hairspray and L’Oréal Pumping Curls. 3. Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid? Benzoyl peroxide. It’s not revolutionary, but BP works for my skin! 4. Should your manicure match your pedicure? Hmm… I prefer having different colors on my nails than I have on my toes, but cohesiveness is cool too! Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 638" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 619

  • Monday 10th August 2020
I know it’s hard to believe now, but before Tabs, very few cats actually gardened. Feline gardening wasn’t really “a thing” yet. Like he did with so many things, from cat athletics (a.k.a catisthenics) to modeling to feline philanthropy, he pioneered landscape design for cats and cat enthusiasts. And he also shared his knowledge with other cats through his many nature camps. Tabs believed that the secret to inner kitty modeling purrfection was only attainable through achieving balance with nature. Rosie has also displayed an aptitude for feline gardening. She’s done some amazing things this summer with lettuce on the deck and is extremely talented with tomatoes. I think she’s the reason we’ve experienced such a bounty. She takes her gardening very seriously, too, and begins every morning with 15 minutes of stretching. I’m glad Rosie has decided to continue Tabby’s legacy of feline gardening greatness. 😺🥬🍅 Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict, Karen Continue reading "Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 619" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Saturday Surfing, Aug. 8, 2020

  • Saturday 8th August 2020
I was shocked — ABSOLUTELY FLABBERGASTED! — when I found out future Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Tom Brady doesn’t eat tomatoes, because I cannot comprehend life without tomatoes. 🍅 Why!? Apparently, they can cause joint inflammation. Who knew?! Well, too bad, Tom, because you are no longer invited to my house for lunch today, because I’m having homemade bruschetta. I’ve been eating so. Many. Tomatoes. Lately. Like, obnoxious amounts of ’em because we have a couple of very productive tomato plants on the back deck. El Hub, otherwise known as “The Keeper of the Tomato Plants,” must’ve pleased the tomato gods this year, because they’ve blessed us with a profound amount of the fruit. And yup, tomatoes are fruit! (I’m full of fun facts this morning.) We’re doing bruschetta, caprese salad, tomato basil pasta… Basically, if a dish contains tomatoes, chances are we’re eating it, and it’s been glorious! One thing I’ve yet to try, though, is a tomato pie. A friend of mine on Facebook posted one she made, and I’m extremely curious about it. If you happen to have a recipe, please let me know. Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Aug. 8, 2020" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Glam on the Go: A Creamy, Dreamy Purple and Gold Look With Big, Bushy Brows

  • Friday 7th August 2020
Note to self: stop overcomplicating things, both in life and in makeup! Because sometimes taking the easy route is actually, well…easier. And sometimes it turns out better than you expect! I did the *least* complicated eyeshadow placement in this eye look, and I ended up liking the final result so much that I can’t wait to wear it again (I might do it again today, ha!). How to do creamy, dreamy purple and golden bronze lids with a smattering of sparkle Here’s what I did: I started with a layer of matte purple cream liner as a base with a satiny bronzy gold blended directly on top. Then, I rimmed my water lines with a creamy warm brown eye pencil and buffed a little bit of it from the lash line to my crease, and on the outer third, for a subtle hint of depth. Next, I pushed a bit of glittery cream shadow onto the upper lash line, whacked some mascara on my lashes, and that’s it. DONE! UD Brow Blade is the best If you’re into bold brows, my brows are epically bushy — again, with minimal effort! Continue reading "Glam on the Go: A Creamy, Dreamy Purple and Gold Look With Big, Bushy Brows" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Product Spotlight: Stila Peony Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
Are there actually peonies on Stila’s $25 Peony Convertible Color cream blush? Hmm… Don’t those flowers on the lid kind of look like succulents? Inquiring minds want to know! 😂 This brownish pink cream blush has a matte finish that is faboo for video calls. When I sweep it on the apples of my cheeks, which I just do, BTW, with my fingers, it instantly warms up my face with a delicate, translucent rosy brown flush. If you like a natural cheek look, both on camera and in person, I think you’ll like it as much as I do. It feels like a non-sticky (unlike some cream blushes), practically weightless cream concealer, except it comes in a pan (think Laura Mercier Secret Concealer or MAC Studio Finish concealer), so it’s thin and creamy. I love that it isn’t incredibly obvious on my skin either. It just adds a little color to liven things up without looking like I went through makeup heavy lifting. Added bonus: Peony doubles as a lipstick (and, I suspect, could also work as an eyeshadow). In this pic I’m wearing it blended on my cheeks and tapped lightly on my lips. Continue reading "Product Spotlight: Stila Peony Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

How to Tell if You’re Overwashing Your Skin

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
Over-cleansing can strip your skin of natural oils, impairing your skin barrier and leaving it dry and tight. A few tweaks to your routine can help. The post How to Tell if You’re Overwashing Your Skin appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Saturday Surfing, Aug. 15, 2020

  • Saturday 15th August 2020
Oh, you guys. Parenting during a pandemic: it is not for the faint of heart. Like many people, El Hub and I have had to make some tough decisions about sending our kid back to school, so it’s been a rough week… So rough that even lipstick could barely get me through it. But you know. We’re brave. And we’re tough. And we can do things we never thought we could do, right? At least that’s what I keep telling myself 10 million times a day. I’ve started doing this thing where I set reminders on my phone with my affirmations, so they pop up throughout the day, and I can just read them over and over again. You know what they say — fake it ’til you make it. You know what they also say? When the going get tough, the tough eat pasta, which is why you’re looking at that pasta picture at the top. (I should’ve probably intro’d with that, whoops!) If any picture were able to convey that Connor is 100% her mother’s daughter, it would be this one… Which reminds me, I made this lemon tagliatelle pasta from Laura in the Kitchen a few days ago… I gave Connor her plate, stepped out of the room to go check something, and when I came back this was how she was eating her food. Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Aug. 15, 2020" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

FOTD: Low-Key Bronzed, Glowing Skin With Bright Pink Lips

  • Friday 14th August 2020
Good morning and TGIF! Extra TGIF, right? 😀 So…you know your world has taken an unexpected turn when you choose to wear a wrinkled shirt and low-key bronzed J Lo.-inspired skin to go get your blood drawn at the hospital and it’s like you’re about to walk the red carpet at the Met Gala. All is well, by the way. I just had my annual checkup to make sure everything’s working correctly, and it is (*knock on wood*). So yeah, I was wearing this look under my mask when I went to the lab, and I felt happier and more outgoing than I have in ages. I cracked jokes with the lab tech who drew like 10 vials of blood from my arm (it was actually three, but who’s counting?), and I more than enthusiastically told everyone I ran into to “HAVE A GREAT REST OF YOUR DAY!” There’s definitely something to be said for pushing yourself to do the things you know make you feel better, even when you aren’t really feeling it at first! By the way, the blush/bronzer and eyeshadow are all from the same palette, a multi-use powder palette called the Pixi Summer Glow Palette. Continue reading "FOTD: Low-Key Bronzed, Glowing Skin With Bright Pink Lips" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Have You Been Wearing More or Less Makeup Lately?

  • Thursday 13th August 2020
Ya know, I go through phases. Sometimes, I’ll diligently wear makeup every day, and I’ll remember how much better I feel when my brows are combed and my lashes are curled and coated with mascara (at a minimum), but then for any number of reasons nowadays I’ll slip into a pit of semi-despair (sounds dramatic, but it feels that way sometimes) and forget to put any makeup for several days… During those phases I’ll tend to also let other things slide, like I won’t do my hair, and I’ll rock wrinkly clothes that could easily double as pajamas. Eventually, I snap out of it and realize, yet again, that when I put in a little effort and “show up for myself,” I feel better all around. So it’s cyclical, I guess. One thing that helps me is reminding myself that I don’t have to don everything and the kitchen sink. Even a little bit of self-care counts and makes a big difference in my mood. Sometimes I feel like I have to do “spicy” or “exciting” looks, partly out of habit, and sometimes just so I can talk about them here on MBB. Continue reading "Have You Been Wearing More or Less Makeup Lately?" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 620

  • Monday 17th August 2020
Tabs was a big personality. He was like a movie star in his own life, and he was always surprising us. I swear, every single day he did something that made me shake my head in amazement. He was truly larger than life. But, you know, that cat also had quirks. Like most cats do. I mean, he did some things that were just…unexplainable. For instance, he always — and I’m talking about years here — always hopped up on on the bed from the same side. It was always the right. Never the left. I guess you could say he was many things, including incredibly consistent about his bedtime ritual. Why? You tell me… I have no idea. It was just one of the mysteries of the world, and I think once I tried to get him to climb up from the opposite side, and he nearly short circuited. He grumbled, hopped down and raced out of the room. Some may say it was good old-fashioned cat neurosis, but I attribute it to his incredible discipline. After all, you can’t build a global kitty modeling empire without consistency, and he took his beauty sleep as seriously as he took posing. Continue reading "Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 620" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Boss Babes: Celina Rodriguez

  • Monday 17th August 2020
Meet Celina Rodriguez, the definition of a multi-hyphenate creative and one of the stars of our Lip Pop campaign! The post Boss Babes: Celina Rodriguez appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Practical Stuff I Like: The New Baylis & Harding Hand Washes at Target, a Budget Beauty’s Version of Molton Brown

  • Friday 21st August 2020
What song do you sing when you’re washing your hands? Normally, I sing “Happy Birthday” to Keanu Reeves two or three times to keep it simple (because Keanu 😍), but sometimes I veer into Prince territory (“She wore a raspberry beret, the kind you get at a secondhand store. Raspberry beret, and if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more. Raspberry beret. I think I love her.”) I would wear his blue suit with clouds in a heartbeat to Trader Joe’s. ’tis a sign of the (pandemic) times when one gets their thrills from testing different hand soaps… Seriously, the bar for my amusement is set so low now! So…I like to try new hand soaps, and right now I’m into Baylis & Harding, a new line of vegan liquid hand soaps at Target. They smell fancy! The scents have notes, base notes, middle notes — the whole shebang — and they lather up into big, luscious bubbles. Think Molton Brown, but at a drugstore price. They’re made in the UK and don’t contain parabens, silicones and dyes, and a huge 16.9-oz. bottle is just $7.39. Continue reading "Practical Stuff I Like: The New Baylis & Harding Hand Washes at Target, a Budget Beauty’s Version of Molton Brown" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

FOTD: Glowing and Natural Makeup With Coppery Lids and Nude Lips

  • Thursday 20th August 2020
When the going gets tough, the tough wear MAC (at least they do in my world, ha!). MAC is my makeup comfort food… It’s like an In-n-Out Double Double with grilled onions, fries and a vanilla shake (of course). When I need a little TLC, Saddle and Soft Brown usually work for me. 👍 I’m wearing both of them in this look here, along with some coppery action on my lids via two In Extra Dimension Eyeshadow faves — Amorous Alloy and Havana. Girlfriend, have you gotten on the In Extra Dimension train yet? They’re a sub-family of eyeshadows in the permanent line, and they’re so, so good. They feel light and airy, almost like a cream, but blend like a powder, and all of them have a very distinct shiny finish, which is a little bit more intense than a satin but less intense than a frost. They’re also super long lasting, too, and incredibly easy to blend. Talk about unsung makeup heroes. Back to the copper shades…Havana is a warm chocolate brown with that has a secret hidden coppery glint (grab it if you want a mostly brown with a touch of copper), and Amorous Alloy is a reddish orangey copper (it’s the one for you if you love how orangey or reddish browns look on your lids). Continue reading "FOTD: Glowing and Natural Makeup With Coppery Lids and Nude Lips" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Recipe: Summer Corn Tomato and Basil Salad

  • Wednesday 19th August 2020
This is the crunchy corn salad, also known as the “Summer Party in Your Mouth!” I mentioned a few days ago. It’s just a few simple ingredients. As you might expect, there’s corn…and there’s also tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. I’ve been making it at least once a week for a month, and every time the fam-bam gobbles it all up. It’s good! Of course you can tweak it to your liking. The way I describe it here, it comes together in about 15 minutes. So far, I’ve served it with hot dogs, with parmesan chicken, with basil parmesan salmon, with caprese salad, and lemon pasta, and…well, it rocks with just about any protein and side. I also HIGHLY recommend it on its own with a side of crusty, fresh bread. YUM! Fresh corn is preferred, but I’m not above using frozen or canned corn if that’s all I have in the house. If you’re using fresh corn, you’ll have to remove the kernels from the cobs first… So that’s something to consider. It probably takes the most time. I do it by taking two bowls — one big, one small — and start by inverting the smaller bowl inside the bigger one so that the edge of the smaller bowl sits flat inside the bigger bowl. Continue reading "Recipe: Summer Corn Tomato and Basil Salad" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

FOTD: A Clean and (Almost) Effortless Makeup Look Using Mostly MAC Classics

  • Tuesday 18th August 2020
I PUT ON EARRINGS TODAY! *And* a full-face of makeup. Take that, pandemic blues! 🤗 I was going for clean and effortless with simple matte browns to define the lids and an elegant dark brown winged liner. And, yes, girlfriend, you read that correctly: Dark. Brown. Winged. Liner. Back in the day (uh, two years ago?), winged liner was hallowed ground reserved solely for either black or jewel tones. I liked — and still like — the intense drama of the contrast of a solid black or a brightly colored line against my lids, but I’ve reached the point where I’ll try anything to get myself out of the makeup funk I’ve been experiencing over the last couple months, which currently involves playing with makeup in ways that aren’t overwhelming. Like, there’s no way homegirl is about to knock out a look with five colors in the crease right now, but I’m certainly down to try a dark chocolaty wing. And, ya know, I really like it! It’s like the kinder, gentler version of winged liner without the stark black edges. I mean, you still see the crisp lines, but I think there’s something less severe about the brown. Continue reading "FOTD: A Clean and (Almost) Effortless Makeup Look Using Mostly MAC Classics" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 639

  • Monday 17th August 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Brush or Beauty Blender? Hmm… Beauty Blenders are quite handy…but I’ll take the brush because I could do more with it. 2. Apples or oranges? I like them both a lot, but I’ll go with apples BECAUSE APPLE PASTRY. And apple turnovers. And apple fritters! Plus, there are so many varieties of apples. (I’m a honeycrisp girl, myself.) This week at our house we’re enjoying the Granny Smith. 3. An old-school makeup product you’ve used for-ev-er? MAC Powersurge eyeliner. Been using it for well over a decade! 4. A fancy beauty product you love? Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is magic (albeit expensive magic, hahaha). 5. River, lake or ocean? Frankly, any of the above. I wouldn’t mind a tranquil, warm lake right now, but I’m a beach baby at heart. Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 639" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Practical Stuff I Like: The New Baylis & Harding Goodness Natural Hand Washes at Target, a Budget Beauty’s Version of Molton Brown

  • Friday 21st August 2020
What song do you sing when you’re washing your hands? Normally, I sing “Happy Birthday” to Keanu Reeves two or three times to keep it simple (because Keanu 😍), but sometimes I veer into Prince territory (“She wore a raspberry beret, the kind you get at a secondhand store. Raspberry beret, and if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more. Raspberry beret. I think I love her.”) I would wear his blue suit with clouds in a heartbeat to Trader Joe’s. ’tis a sign of the (pandemic) times when one gets their thrills from testing different hand soaps… Seriously, the bar for my amusement is set so low now! So…I like to try new hand soaps, and right now I’m into Baylis & Harding Goodness Natural Handwashes, a new line of vegan liquid hand soaps at Target. They smell fancy! The scents have notes, base notes, middle notes — the whole shebang — and they lather up into big, luscious bubbles. Think Molton Brown, but at a drugstore price. They’re made in the UK and don’t contain parabens, silicones and dyes. The suggested retail price for a huge 16.9-oz. Continue reading "Practical Stuff I Like: The New Baylis & Harding Goodness Natural Hand Washes at Target, a Budget Beauty’s Version of Molton Brown" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Skin Inflammation: The Good, the Bad, & Everything In Between

  • Tuesday 15th September 2020
Inflammation serves an essential purpose both on skin and throughout the body. So, why are we trying to fight that? The post Skin Inflammation: The Good, the Bad, & Everything In Between appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Face Serum: What It Is & How to Choose One

  • Tuesday 8th September 2020
Face serums are one of the most important steps in a skincare routine. The right tricks can help you max out its benefits. The post Face Serum: What It Is & How to Choose One appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Answering Your Plum Plump Serum Questions

  • Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Here, we any any questions you might have about our new serum, how it works, and how to use it in your routine! The post Answering Your Plum Plump Serum Questions appeared first on Glow Recipe.

We Just Launched This Plumping Serum

  • Tuesday 1st September 2020
Our newest product just dropped, and believe us: it's juicy! The post We Just Launched This Plumping Serum appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Product Spotlight: MAC More the Mehr-ier Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour

  • Thursday 17th September 2020
In a current beauty world where color is seemingly dominated by warm reddish and orangey brown tones, it’s refreshing to see a cool-toned lippie every once in a while, don’t you think? Enter More the Mehr-ier, from the new MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour collection! MAC was very cheeky with the name — Mehr-ier, for “merrier.” It’s a reference to one of their most iconic nude lipsticks, Mehr, which, fun fact, first appeared in the 2010 MAC Mickey Contractor collection. It’s since become a member of MAC’s permanent lipstick collection, and is now here in the new Powder Kiss Liquid Lipstick formula. The color is very similar to the original Mehr, just a tinge darker. It’s a nude mauve, and this is going to sound weird, but it’s the same color as my gums (LOL!). For that reason, it reads like a nude lipstick on my NC42 skin, which is why I love it. I’ve also seen the original Mehr lipstick on lighter and darker skin tones (fast forward to 2:11 in the video), and it’s a bestseller because it really does work well on everyone. The original Mehr comes in the MAC Matte lipstick formula, which some people find challenging to wear, especially if they have lip lines and/or flakes. Continue reading "Product Spotlight: MAC More the Mehr-ier Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

FOTD: Elegant Rose Quartz Gemstone Lids With a Smokey Bronze Lower Lash Line

  • Wednesday 16th September 2020
I wore this look to drop Connor off at her dance class (she’s taking outdoor classes two days a week now, and yay for seeing other kids her age!), and then to go to Trader Joe’s, because doing that kind of regular everyday stuff is the adult equivalent of going to your high school senior prom now. (Dance studio drop-off IS AN EVENT. Ya gotta do it up!) I took the new Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Palette for a spin for the first time in this look. It’s a new palette with 12 powder eyeshadows, the majority of them with this chonky-looking glitter formula that has a bit of squish to it. They look like they could potentially look like you’re wearing big flakes of glitter on your skin, but there was hardly any floof, fallout or flakes when I got Tiger’s Eye on my lids. The formula applies smoother than I expected it to, but you get WHOA, WHOA, WHOOOOOA levels of shimmer. So…Urban Decay isn’t shy about their 420 references, but in this case I think “Stoned Vibes” actually refers to, ya know…gemstones, although Tiger’s Eye looks nothing like a stone on my eyelids. Continue reading "FOTD: Elegant Rose Quartz Gemstone Lids With a Smokey Bronze Lower Lash Line" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Product Spotlight: MAC Powder Kiss Eye Shadow

  • Tuesday 15th September 2020
MAC should just make these Powder Kiss Matte Eyeshadows permanent already. Come on, MAC! Dooo it! Make our lives a little easier. 😂 If you like ultra-blended, blurred and blown-out eyeshadow as much as I do, the Powder Kisses will get you there without drama. They’re highly pigmented, for one thing. Two, they apply in the thinnest, smoothest layers imaginable, so they look and feel featherweight on your lids. At the same time, they’re super saturated, which is kinda crazy! Even though you don’t have to use very much, if you do, they still won’t look chunky. It’s FASCINATING. MAC must’ve assigned the “A” team to these when they cooked them up in the lab. Many matte powder shadows look thick and cakey on my lids (got some fine line action!), especially when I build up layers, but not these. The Powder Kisses definitely don’t emphasize my fine lines. There are some crazy colors, of course, because it’s MAC, after all, but as far as everyday workhorse colors, I’ve been loving What Clout, a matte mid-toned warm brown that looks like a cross between Soft Brown and Soba with maybe a hint of Kid. Continue reading "Product Spotlight: MAC Powder Kiss Eye Shadow" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 643

  • Monday 14th September 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Last show you binged and loved? Ted Lasso on Apple TV. It stars Jason Sudeikis, who — fun fact — is a solid basketball player in his own right. The show is about an acclaimed collegiate American football coach who moves to England when he’s given the chance to coach a professional football (as in soccer!) team there. It’s got a lot of what we like to call in our house “potty talk,” a.k.a. “lazy language,” a.k.a. “four-letter words,” but I really like the characters, and I love the overall optimistic feel of the show. The main characters, shockingly (for a show in this day and age), continuously choose to be kind. It’s very refreshing. 2. Last thing you drank? I just took a sip of Nestle Pure Life Protect in Blackberry, which I got as a sample with my usual monthly water bottle delivery. Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 643" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 624

  • Monday 14th September 2020
Even though our old front yard was a bit of a mess, overgrown and very “lived in,” Tabs loved it more than anyone. To him, it was a gateway to adventure. So many sassy birds, lively lizards, interesting insects and fragrant flowers to smell. It was also the tapestry of his feline fashion designs. It’s where he got many of his best ideas. But with Tabs living his best afterlife now over the Rainbow Bridge, the time has come for a front yard revamp. It’s not quite done, but it’s getting there, and I feel like Tabs would approve of the design decisions. It’s sort of Mediterranean with a touch of Southern Belle…just like Tabs. Rosie’s landscape influence It also reflects Rosie’s more minimalist design aesthetic, with more negative space than there was before. She’s just beginning to get comfortable going for walks on her leash and exploring the neighborhood. She’s learning fast! Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict, Karen Continue reading "Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 624" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

What Clean Beauty Means to Us

  • Monday 28th September 2020
What’s your definition of clean beauty? At Glow Recipe, we have our own guide for how we formulate our products — and what we’ve chosen not to put in our formulas. The post What Clean Beauty Means to Us appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Meet Our Diversity Advisory Board

  • Saturday 26th September 2020
Dear Glow Gang, In June, we made a commitment to better support Black and BIPOC communities. For us, this work starts from within. We’re committed to making lasting change, and we realize that it’s important to include those with a wide range of experience and perspective in this conversation. Please meet the members of our Diversity… The post Meet Our Diversity Advisory Board appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Boss Babes: Maeva Heim, founder of Bread

  • Friday 25th September 2020
As a company created by two women, we know how important it is to celebrate women who are trailblazers in their respective fields. That’s why we’ve started our Boss Babes series. Each month we’ll highlight one woman who’s leading the way and is absolutely crushing it, in business and in life. Here, they’ll answer questions… The post Boss Babes: Maeva Heim, founder of Bread appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 645

  • Monday 28th September 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate? Dark chocolate tastes like punishment to me…and white chocolate doesn’t really taste like much at all, so I’ll take some really good milk chocolate for the win, please! See’s preferably! 🍫😁 2. Would you like winged liner with a matte finish, or a shiny finish today? I’ll go for shiny today. ✨ 3. Something you’re putting off at the moment? Cleaning my bathroom… I’ve got to do it soon (hopefully this week) because it’s on the brink of true grossness! Not quite full-on disgusting yet, but it’s getting there. 4. A weird beauty-related pet peeve of yours? I absolutely cannot stand when my hair smells like barbecue. YUCK! Also, when my toenails or fingernails are even just a tad too long, I’m basically non-functional. Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 645" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 626

  • Monday 28th September 2020
Tabs got along with almost everyone. Almost, with the exception of a few people and cats, including his corporate nemesis Harris, who staged a hostile takeover attempt of Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC a few years ago. It failed, of course. Tabs adeptly defended his ownership of the company by purchasing all of the outstanding shares from the other members of the board of cat directors (didn’t hurt that he also sent them care packages of canned tuna in gravy). Even though he’d been defeated, Harris never let up. He continued to torment Tabs for years, often attempting to sneak onto company property. Luckily, Tabs was always here to protect it. When Tabs passed away last year, we thought Harris would give up and set his sights on a new corporate conquest. But apparently that was wishful thinking… Rosie to Harris, “Get off our property!” Rosie and I have been going for walks on Sunday mornings now, like Tabs and I used to. Continue reading "Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 626" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Saturday Surfing, Sep. 26, 2020

  • Saturday 26th September 2020
Rise and shine, morning glory! Good morning! I may or may not have just ingested what may, technically, be described as a dessert for breakfast, and while part of me feels like I shouldn’t tell you about this cake from Trader Joe’s because its health benefits are…beyond questionable, another part of me does because it’s SO DANG DELICIOUS. I don’t know what’s going on with this brownie pumpkin blondie confection, but it’s crazy addictive. It’s so good that you have to close your eyes when you take a bite. It’s that serious! If a pumpkin cake met a carrot cake that met a white chocolate/slash pecan fantasy, this would be their progeny. Like…I’m not normally into white chocolate chips, but I’m all over them in this. Normally, I’m not a fan of chocolate and pumpkin together, but they are WORKIN’ here. Mmm… The crumb is so light it just melts in your mouth. Perfect with a cup of hot coffee. So, yeah! You’ll either love me or hate me because I told you about this. 😁 Or, maybe you’ll love AND hate me, hahaha! Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Sep. 26, 2020" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Brand Spotlight: Bossy Cosmetics

  • Friday 25th September 2020
Bossy Cosmetics is a new cruelty-free Black-owned indie makeup line of lip products that caters to all skin tones. I’m a fan, especially of the lipgloss! Do you know the Kelis tune, “I’m Bossy?” It’s practically my theme song, ha ha ha! If you’ve ever been called bossy by your friends and family, you’ll probably get a kick out of this. Hues for bossy gals of all shades Bossy Cosmetics cruelty-free, vegan line of lip products launched in 2019, so they’re pretty new. The founder, Aisha, is a mom of three and a self-proclaimed “lipstick junkie” who worked in investment banking before starting the brand with the intent to 1) help women feel beautiful, and 2) pay it forward, as part of the proceeds go toward charities that support women and girls. Inclusivity is one of their main pillars, so you’ll find colors for all skin tones and ethnicities. Prices range from $16.99 for a liquid lipstick, to $13.99 for a lip liner, to $14.99 for a gloss and $18.99 for a lip/eye/cheek glitter, so they’re pricier than Revlon or Neutrogena, but slightly less than MAC. Continue reading "Brand Spotlight: Bossy Cosmetics" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

FOTD: Another Single-Product Eye Look With a MAC Classic

  • Thursday 24th September 2020
If you want to be truly terrified, don’t fire up a horror movie on Netflix. Instead, put on your makeup in full sunlight. HAHAHA! Dude. It’s kinda scary seeing a lot of product on your skin in such unforgiving light. Or maybe that’s just me because I haven’t been doing a lot of full-on makeup over the past few months (#pandemiclife). So, I did this look yesterday morning because I made a promise to myself to put on some makeup. (I realize that my mask covers almost everything, but still, sometimes putting on makeup still makes me feel better.) Connor had an outdoor playdate with a friend, and we were going to be outside for most of the afternoon, so in the morning I decided to use the natural sunlight streaming in through my window to help guide me through this one-product eye look with MAC Powersurge pencil. I used it as an eyeshadow and a liner all on my lids! Connor’s playdate was for outdoor “cake painting,” an idea I got from Busy Toddler on Instagram. I taped a bunch of big boxes together to look like an oversized cake, and Connor and her buddy painted the layers with washable tempura paint. Continue reading "FOTD: Another Single-Product Eye Look With a MAC Classic" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Why Makeup Artist Mimi Choi Is the Ultimate Halloween Inspo

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020
Known for her trippy, surrealist work, the makeup artist shares how she got into makeup and where she finds inspiration. The post Why Makeup Artist Mimi Choi Is the Ultimate Halloween Inspo appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Sensitive Skin & Sensitized Skin: What’s the Difference?

  • Tuesday 29th September 2020
Sensitive skin is like the gluten allergy of the skincare world: Everyone thinks they have it. But your sensitive skin might actually be sensitized skin. The post Sensitive Skin & Sensitized Skin: What’s the Difference? appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Saturday Surfing, Oct. 10, 2020

  • Saturday 10th October 2020
Hiya, beautiful! Ah, deep breath in… Deep breath out… We made it to the weekend! (And I’m assuming you’re still in one piece?! I really hope so.) I’m in the mood for coffee and a chocolate croissant this morning because I just finished binge watching this show on Netflix… It’s from Darren Star, the guy who also did Sex and the City, and if you and your brain desperately need to be transported to a light and fluffy, frothy universe for a few hours…it’s the way to go. It’s about an American girl who works in marketing and moves to Paris — without knowing a lick of French, SAY WHAT?! — for a new job. It’s a little soapy, a little corny, and not remotely close to realistic at all, but it’s lots of fun! I warn you…by the end of the season, you may find yourself craving a baguette, a hunk of cheese and a glass of bubbly. 🥂 If I get any alone time by myself this weekend, I just might rewatch a few episodes. Anywho, grab your breakfast wine coffee or tea, and settle down for a bit with this week’s reading… Thick black eyeliner and matte smokey eyes are ’90s eye makeup trends that are supposed to be major next year. Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Oct. 10, 2020" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Easy, Elegant Fall Eye Makeup With Sapphire Lids and Liner

  • Friday 9th October 2020
Just a friendly reminder (UM, MOSTLY TO MYSELF, LOL!) that one doesn’t need to constantly reinvent the wheel when it comes to eye makeup. For this look with sapphire blue lids and a warm brown matte crease, I used the same base, crease and lower lash line eye products from yesterday’s fall green look. All I did was swap out the greens on the lids for blue! Keep talkin’ to me If you tend to make things harder than they need to be (hello, welcome to my world), then this sort of “makeup template” will make your life 100% easier because you can keep your key neutral elements. All you do is switch out the colorful shades. Et voila! — you have something fresh and new. Two BIG thangs I love about this look 1. It’s a little flashy, but not overly so. One thing I love about wearing browns in the crease and colorful jewel tones on the lid and lash lines is that it doesn’t look overdone in real life. Like, when you see this look from the side or straight on, you mostly see the browns, so it looks like a standard-issue neutral look. Continue reading "Easy, Elegant Fall Eye Makeup With Sapphire Lids and Liner" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Easy, Elegant Fall Eye Makeup With Green Lids and Liner

  • Thursday 8th October 2020
Is green eye makeup more of a fall or a spring look for you? ASKING FOR A FRIEND. I think if you’ve got a dark green up in the mix, like a jewel-toned green or an emerald green, then yeah, whatever’s happening on your lids is totally a fall look, especially if you add a matte nude or matte brown lippie to the mix. That’s what I did the other day. I wore this green lid-and-liner combo using a shimmery light medium green shadow on my lids and a dark green opalescent pencil liner (with a touch of a darker grayish green on the outer corner) to get groceries and pick up Coywolf from preschool, and I got the nicest compliments from her teachers. I think the matte browns in the crease and the beige base help to keep the greens wearable for daytime because the neutrals ground the brighter lid and lash line. Of course, this same placement would also work with other jewel-toned shades, and hmm… Now that I think about it, I may have to try sapphire liner and lids next! For the eye makeup I used… Beige matte shadow base: NARS Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in Light Beige shadow: MAC Mylar Light warm matte brown shadow: MAC Soft Brown Mid-toned warm matte brown shadow: MAC Saddle Dark mate brown shadow: MAC Brun Dark green pencil: Urban Decay Loaded Light green eyeshadow: Urban Decay Mildew Dark grayish green shadow: MAC Club Bronze pencil: MAC Teddy A few more quick winged tips, in case you decide to try this look! Continue reading "Easy, Elegant Fall Eye Makeup With Green Lids and Liner" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Q & A: Have You Ever Dated Anyone With a Perm?

  • Wednesday 7th October 2020
I feel like if we were in the thick of ’80s, the chances of most of us answering “yes” to this question would be extremely high! HAHAHAHA! By the time I was of dating age, most dudes I knew didn’t have perms (mullets are another story, though), so no, I’ve never dated anyone with a perm. Hmm… Well, now that I think about it, I can’t say that with 100% certainty because I did go out on a date with a dude with ramen noodle-esque curly hair that looked like Justin Timberlake during the N’Sync era! His hair was coated in very hard-looking gel, and the curls were shiny and ultra sculpted. His entire mane was one solid unit; not one lick of it moved. I spent the entire date wondering if his hair was naturally curly or if it was permed. Anyway, now I’m thinking about how El Hub with a perm, and it’s cracking me up! Knowing him, though, he’d still find a way to pull it off. LOL! So how about you? Have you ever dated anyone with a perm? AND, OH MY GOSH…I cannot wait to find out if anyone actually answers “yes” to this! Continue reading "Q & A: Have You Ever Dated Anyone With a Perm?" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Product Spotlight: Pantene Miracle Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner With Rosewater

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020
I absolutely love this stuff! If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for smoothing frizzy hair, this drugstore duo is a star. The most tragic thing about Pantene Rosewater Shampoo and Conditioner is that they aren’t sold in wine barrel-sized vats! Yes, they’re both that good. I went to Target yesterday and picked up my fourth bottle of each! This sulfate-free drugstore shampoo and conditioner is made to moisturize dry strands and tame frizzy hair, and it’s been a minor miracle for my grays, which I’ve been growing out for over a year now. My grays, especially the ones around my bangs and hairline, are totally and completely unruly, and this set helps to smooth down the noodle strands that stick up at all kinds of weird angles. Here’s the kicker: both the shampoo and conditioner tame the crazies without weighing my strands down. I don’t like most hair products designed to defrizz and smooth because they usually leave a noticeable residue, and I don’t like it when my hair looks and feels like it’s covered in “stuff.” Not a fan of flat helmet head, ya know? Even though these work well, they don’t leave a thick residue behind. Continue reading "Product Spotlight: Pantene Miracle Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner With Rosewater" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

How to Moisturize Dry Skin

  • Tuesday 13th October 2020
Target skin dryness or dullness by incorporating key moisturizing ingredients, including the best moisturizer for dry skin, into your skin routine with Glow Recipe skin-care. The post How to Moisturize Dry Skin appeared first on Glow Recipe.

How to Moisturize Oily Skin

  • Tuesday 13th October 2020
Discover the best moisturizer for oily skin, how to create an oily skin routine, and learn why all skin types can get oily with Glow Recipe skincare. The post How to Moisturize Oily Skin appeared first on Glow Recipe.

How to Boost Your Skin Immunity

  • Monday 12th October 2020
Your skin is an important part of your immune system, so it's essential to keep it healthy and strong. The post How to Boost Your Skin Immunity appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Saturday Surfing, Oct. 17, 2020

  • Saturday 17th October 2020
OK, totally shook. I had the weirdest dream last night… Well, technically, early this morning, because the ones I have just before I wake up are for some reason the strange ones. (Good morning, by the way. Please feel free to help yourself to some chocolate chip cake for breakfast because that’s how we roll around here.) Anyway, the dream included this dude… Otherwise known as my boyfriend, otherwise known as Keanu Reeves. In my dream he was the present-day bearded and long-haired John Wick-version of Keanu. We were at a wine bar on a date, and it started off all cute and sweet, but things went south when Keanu proceeded to get totally and completely sh*t-faced, sloppy drunk. I was not in the mood at all for nonsense and had no patience for his toddler-esque tomfoolery, but I still wanted to stay on the date and not go home quite yet, so in the stern “Mom Tone” usually reserved for bratty children, I said to our server, “I CANNOT DEAL WITH THIS MAN RIGHT NOW!” And then I parked his drunk @ss at a table with some random nerdy looking comic book dudes and went about my business of having a good time. Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Oct. 17, 2020" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

This or That: Nail Polish Edition

  • Thursday 15th October 2020
How to play Pick one or the other for each of the questions below, and copy/paste with your answers in the comments. Can’t wait to see your picks! Mine are listed below. 💋 Copy and paste Treat yo’ self! Do you get a fancy-schmancy spa manicure or a pedicure? Short or long fingernails? Base coat or top coat? Regularly scheduled manicure maintenance: at-home or salon? Glitter or cream finish? Cuticles: cut ‘em or leave ‘em alone? Faux press-on nails or nail polish stickers? Nude nail polish or dark nail polish? Over the top nail art: Y or N? Treat yo’ self! Do you get a fancy-schmancy spa manicure or a pedicure? Well, in the dream scenario, if I were really treating myself, I’d get both done, hahaha! And I’d be in a robe, and Keanu Reeves would be feeding me warm chocolate chip cookies…but if I had to pick just one, I’d go with pedicure, since it would last longer. Short or long fingernails? Short please! I cannot deal with the sound (or the feel) of my fingertips clack-clack-clacking on a keyboard. Continue reading "This or That: Nail Polish Edition" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

  • Wednesday 14th October 2020
1. Bold-ish brows OK, after months of wearing a chill, super relaxed brow look (and sometimes just skipping brow products entirely!), I’m back in the habit of doing a full brow again, and I had one of those “Why did I ever stop doing this?” moments. When I put a little effort into my brows — extending the tail on my right brow and filling out the skinny spots (I’m talking to you, Raul!) — it’s kind of fantastic, and I feel like I can get away with less makeup. Remember when Jeremy Renner said “Brows, Lashes, lips frame the face”? He really was the makeup prophet of our times… By the way, I’ve been into an old-school UD product as of late, their Brow Beater pencil in Neutral Brown. SO. GOOD. It’s the one with a twist-up pencil on one side and a brow brush on the other. It’s harder than many pencils, and it stays put (the softer ones seem to disappear faster). It also looks natural because it has a perfect balance of pigment. 2. Chocolate sprinkles on toast Thank you for educating me about Dutch hagelslag, otherwise known as “chocolate sprinkles on buttered toast,” otherwise known as “a delightful breakfast treat!” I bought a box of chocolate sprinkles at World Market a while back because the picture on the box was just so weird, and curiosity got the best of me. Continue reading "5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Product Spotlight: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

  • Tuesday 13th October 2020
This is GREAT stuff! I haven’t been this excited about a base product in eons. If you’re into a natural matte look and want a foundation that covers juuust enough, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare is so on the money. OK, I get it. Everyone’s masked up, we’re in a pandemic, hardly anyone’s been wanting to wear makeup, myself included, but I’ve been falling back into my face painting groove lately, and part of the reason is because of this new foundation from It Cosmetics. It handles basically every lighting and photography situation I’ve throw it. It makes my skin look dayum good, if I do say so myself, AND IT FEELS LIKE NOTHING ON MY FACE! Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare is a medium-coverage liquid foundation with a very natural looking matte finish. If you want enough coverage to even out areas of pigmentation and redness, along with some minor pore blurring, but you don’t need to hide everything and the kitchen sink, it’s perfect. Lazy ladies who still lurve wearing makeup now, this one’s for you, because there’s no trickery required to get it to look nice. Continue reading "Product Spotlight: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

The Right Time to Start Using a Retinol

  • Wednesday 21st October 2020
Get the details on how retinol works, when you should start using retinol, and why encapsulated retinol is different with this guide from Glow Recipe Skincare. The post The Right Time to Start Using a Retinol appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Why You Won’t Want To Miss Our Glow Together Virtual Summit

  • Monday 19th October 2020
Tune in to learn from brand founders and experts on everything from self-care tips to manis and how to build a beauty business! The post Why You Won’t Want To Miss Our Glow Together Virtual Summit appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Recipes for a Tropical-Inspired Plate Lunch: Hawaiian Chicken, Hawaiian Mac Salad, Coconut Rice, and Cucumber and Carrot Salad

  • Thursday 22nd October 2020
Hi, friend! If you’ve been hanging with me here at MBB for a while, you might already know that my husband (the infamous El Hub!) is from Oahu in Hawaii, and we try to visit when we can to see our family. We had trips planned for this year to celebrate some big birthdays for the grandparents, but, as you know, “The ‘Rona” was like “HAHAHAAAAAA,” so we haven’t been able to make it back in a while. Hopefully, sooner than later though (fingers and toes crossed). We’ve been missing Hawaii a great deal lately, so I’ve been making this Hawaiian lunch plate-inspired meal to help us feel a little more connected to the islands. A Hawaiian lunch plate typically has a scoop of rice, a scoop of sweet and tangy macaroni salad, a protein of some kind (like spam or teriyaki chicken) and a side of veggies. El Hub grew up eating them, and I’m all about ’em now too. Granted, the plate lunches that I, an SF Bay Area girl, make here probably won’t be considered “authentic” (air quotes) by Hawaiian lunch plate culinary die-hard standards, my family really likes them. Continue reading "Recipes for a Tropical-Inspired Plate Lunch: Hawaiian Chicken, Hawaiian Mac Salad, Coconut Rice, and Cucumber and Carrot Salad" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Q & A: Have You Ever Done Your Highlights Successfully at Home?

  • Wednesday 21st October 2020
Girl…HELL, NO, and the funny thing is, I’ve tried quite a few times, but it turned out terrible EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. You might’ve thought I would’ve learned my lesson after the first attempt, but nope! I just kept coming back for more. I vividly remember using one of those boxed chunky highlight kits in the mid-’90s with my cousin…who wasn’t really my cousin. If you’re Filipino, you probably already assumed this because when someone is referred to as your “cousin,” you don’t even have to be marginally related to them. As long as your moms or dads knew each other even tangentially, then they were immediately dubbed “cousins.” But I digress! This girl (my cousin who wasn’t really my cousin) and I both had jet black hair, and we decided it was a good idea to use a highlighting boxed kit made for blondes (yes, you read that correctly). One of us had heard from a friend of a friend that if you wanted black hair to lighten, you had to use what the blonde gals used. The kit came with a plastic cap, which you placed on top of your hair. Continue reading "Q & A: Have You Ever Done Your Highlights Successfully at Home?" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Checking In: A Chanel Blush Brush Haunting, and a Jewel-Toned FOTD With Purple Lids!

  • Tuesday 20th October 2020
I will totally get to these purple lids in a second (BECAUSE PURPLE), but first, can we pleeeeease talk about the latest mystery to unfold on this end of the keyboard — a mystery also known as “The Haunting of Casa MBB”? Don’t worry, there’s nothing terribly sinister afoot (I’m not splashing buckets of holy water on things left and right, in case you’re wondering!). I’ve been gently “haunted” for the past few weeks by my favorite Chanel blush brush, which has been disappearing and reappearing all over the house in the most random places. I’ve found it on my bed, in the hallway, on the middle of the stairs, on the kitchen floor. Last week I found it smack dab in the middle of living room, just sitting there on the carpet right in front of the couch. Hmm… 🤔 I just assumed that Connor had grabbed it and played with it and forgot to put it back, but when I asked her about it later she said, “No, mama, I have my own brushes.” (Hahaha! She totally does!) Now, this brush just so happens to be one of my favorite blush brushes because it’s super soft, and the brush head fits perfectly on top of the apples of my cheeks and underneath the hollow of my cheekbones, so I can use it for blush and bronzer. Continue reading "Checking In: A Chanel Blush Brush Haunting, and a Jewel-Toned FOTD With Purple Lids!" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 648

  • Monday 19th October 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Describe yourself in a hash tag. I mean, where do I even begin? Right now I’m… #toughbuthellatired #stillhangingintherebutjustbarely #kindaoverit 2. One ingredient you put in almost everything? To mis-quote Queen Bey, “If you liked it then you should’ve put some parmesan on it.” 3. Window or aisle seat? I’ll take the aisle seat please, especially if the person sitting next to me is a stranger (I don’t like feeling too boxed in). But if it’s me and El Hub and Connor, then I’m cool with the window. 4. Favorite place to view art? The Musée d’Orsay in Paris, because the light inside is otherworldly. I’ve only been there once, but that’s all I needed to fall in love! Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 648" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Boss Babes: Thais Aquino, Photographer

  • Friday 30th October 2020
Introducing Thais Aquino, you may recognize her photography! The post Boss Babes: Thais Aquino, Photographer appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 631

  • Monday 2nd November 2020
Of all the things Tabs was, he was definitely not a minimalist. He’d go big on every occasion, but especially Halloween, and the day after his epic Halloween blowouts I would spend the day drinking green juices and detoxing while he would indulge in even more excess. I’m talking smoked fish flown in from Nova Scotia and caviar, and even though I would insist on eating a salad, I would find boxes upon boxes of Snickers all over the house. If there were such a thing as an anti-“less is more,” it would have been him. Yesterday I briefly wondered if he was doing it up at the Rainbow Bridge. I wonder what his costume was this year… I don’t know, I can see him being a golden mermaid. I offered to throw Rosie a Halloween party multiple times, but she straight-up refused. She just wanted to stay home and quietly study chess. She just finished watching Queen’s Gambit, and now she wants to be a Grandmaster of cat chess. Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict, Karen Continue reading "Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 631" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Saturday Surfing, Oct. 31, 2020! Happy Halloween!

  • Saturday 31st October 2020
Good morning and Happy Halloween from this panda. (Yes, my affinity for smokey eyes was the driving factor for this costume.) We’re just about to head to the pumpkin patch I mentioned up in Petaluma, but before we go, I have to tell you about a great show I stumbled on this week called Women of Impact. You gotta watch this episode with Evy Poumpouras. She’s an author and former Secret Service Agent (she’s protected three presidents!), and she received the U.S. Secret Service Valor Award for her heroism on 9/11. IT’S SO GOOD! One of the things Evy talks about in the episode is the communication skills she used on the job and how to develop them in practical ways for everyday life. I’ve been thinking a lot about the techniques in the video… I’ve tried them in a few of my interactions with people this week, and by gosh! — it definitely got me thinking about the different ways we connect with people. Last night I used a few of the tips Evy mentions while I was getting Connor ready for bed. Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Oct. 31, 2020! Happy Halloween!" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

An Autumnal FOTD With Orange, Warm Brown, Red and Copper (Mostly MAC Makeup)

  • Friday 30th October 2020
If you require makeup inspiration, might I suggest looking at your doorway? Wait — hear me out. That’s where I’ve been finding “inspo” for looks all week long. First, Samantha the ghost bride was my muse. Now it’s the fall leaf garland that hangs on my doorway. I wore this subtle smokey eye with a warm orangey reddish brown lip to preschool pickup yesterday (I took the lipstick off before I put on my mask though) because I was feelin’ fall. The leaves are starting to fall in my neighborhood, and although it’s been climbing into the 70s for a few days, there’s a chill in the air first thing in the morning. Been thinking a lot about ’90s makeup and so I went with a subtle version of a ’90s-style unblended lip liner in this by pairing a dark burgundy liner with matte orangey reddish brown lipstick. I wanted the liner to be present but not overly obvious… You can kinda see it from some angles more than others, but it’s there! By the way, this lipstick, MAC Marrakesh, is one of those orangey reddish brown that deserves more love! Continue reading "An Autumnal FOTD With Orange, Warm Brown, Red and Copper (Mostly MAC Makeup)" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Urban Decay Empire Eyeliner Is an Enchanting Jewel-Toned Gem

  • Thursday 29th October 2020
If you like the KAPOW! of black eyeliner but usually gravitate toward subtler shades like charcoal gray and brown, first of all, HELLO, ARE WE MAKEUP TWINS? Second, check out Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Empire ($22), a jeweled eggplant purple. Allegedly, it is not magical…but I’m not so sure about that. Whenever I want some serious smoke, Empire softens into a hazy, gorgeous gradient…that’s also smudge-proof when it sets and stays put on lash and water lines. You can also use the super-smooth formula to draw razor-sharp wings or trace your lash lines with skinny-mini streaks. Depending on the lighting, sometimes it looks matte, and sometimes there’s a hint of shimmer. Magic, I tell ya! Empire is a permanent fixture in UD’s lineup. Could it be your new favorite eyeliner for fall? 🤔 Ballerina daughters Because Rosie is my youngest child. 😊 Anyway, Connor takes a live Zoom ballet class on Wednesdays, and apparently Rosie has decided she’s a ballerina too. She parks her torbie booty in the middle of the floor and watches Connor jump over her and twirl around. Continue reading "Urban Decay Empire Eyeliner Is an Enchanting Jewel-Toned Gem" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

A Ghost Bride Vibe: Sooty Smokey Lids With Matte Black Lips

  • Wednesday 28th October 2020
Is this look wearable? I guess it depends on who you’re talking to. If you’re chatting with El Hub, he’d probably say, “Um, not really,” and he would encourage you to *not* wear this sooty smokey purplish blue smokey eye to pick up a small child at her preschool. (Side note: I seriously considered it, but then I chickened out at the last minute, and now I deeply regret not cementing my legacy as the crazy-@ss mom who showed up at pickup in black lipstick.) If you ask Samantha, though — she’s the Halloween ghost who haunts my doorway — she would first say, “B*tch stole me look!” LOL. Then she’d she’d say, “One hundred percent, YES, channel your inner goth Billy Idol White Wedding bride.” This is my “take two” at Samantha-inspired makeup! I wanted to push it a little further this time and tried to go more “edgy,” as opposed to wearable, but ultimately I think it ended up looking kinda casual cool, and yes, totally wearable. If we were back in the ’90s when I went through my (very brief) baby goth phase, I would’ve legit worn these lips and eyes everywhere. Continue reading "A Ghost Bride Vibe: Sooty Smokey Lids With Matte Black Lips" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

How to Read an Ingredient List Properly

  • Monday 9th November 2020
Learn about the ingredients in skincare products and what they do, such as alcohol, preservatives, and fragrance. Shop Glow Recipe Skincare products. The post How to Read an Ingredient List Properly appeared first on Glow Recipe.

4 Quick Ways to Feel Calmer Right Now

  • Wednesday 4th November 2020
Feeling overwhelmed? Take a breather and destress with these 4 tips. The post 4 Quick Ways to Feel Calmer Right Now appeared first on Glow Recipe.

Product Spotlight: You’ll Be Drawn to Maybelline Color Strike Cream-to-Powder Shadow Pens If You Love One-And-Done Eye Makeup

  • Tuesday 10th November 2020
Your amusing factoid of the day! The part of a pen responsible for the click-click-clickity sound is called “a thrust device.” 🖊️ You’re welcome! 😁 There’s no thrust device in these new $7 Maybelline Color Strike Cream-to-Shadow Pens, and aside from their cylindrical packaging, they aren’t very much like pens at all… When you twist them open, there’s a sponge tip inside, which is basically a fairly traditional preloaded eyeshadow applicator. In fact, there isn’t a felt tip or a ball-point pen applicator or a thrust device anywhere in sight. Semantics, schemantics. These cream shadows are great for a single, purposefully messy sweep of color on the lids because they’re only moderately pigmented, so they’re perfect for washes of quick, easy color. The formula is on the thinner side, but I wouldn’t call it watery. It’s almost like someone melted a MAC Paint Pot and thinned it out a bit. It’s slick and slippery when it moves across your skin, and it takes some time to set, so you have a good 10-15 minutes to blend. I would caution against using too many “pens” (“air quotes”) on your eyes in one sitting, though, because there seems to be a tipping point after which too much shadow results in the colors mushing into a muddy mess. Continue reading "Product Spotlight: You’ll Be Drawn to Maybelline Color Strike Cream-to-Powder Shadow Pens If You Love One-And-Done Eye Makeup" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 651

  • Monday 9th November 2020
So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 🌻 1. Last person you held hands with? The Coywolf, while walking up the stairs. 2. Yoga or Baby Yoda? Baby Yoda in a heartbeat! 3. Do you ever get scared in the middle of the night? Oh, hell yeah. Most of the time it’s something silly and irrational, like wondering if I’ll see the Bloody Mary ghost in the mirror when I go the bathroom in the middle of the night. 😨 But sometimes it’s real-deal fear rooted in worry about finances, the future, our health… All those big scary things that keep adults up at night. 4. Did you grow up playing video games? I did! 🕹️ We had an Atari AND a Nintendo in our house, and my brother and I played games together (Super Mario Brothers was our favorite), but we weren’t playing 24/7. Continue reading "Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 651" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 632

  • Monday 9th November 2020
I did not want to get out of bed this morning! It was cold! Well…cold for us. It was about 50 outside this morning, but Rosie still wanted to go for her walk, just like Tabs would have. He was like the Post Office when it came to the weather. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow could stop him from going on Sunday patrol. Yup, he took cat corporate security of Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC very seriously. The chill is here! Fall has officially arrived, which also means falling leaves to chase and windy weather fun. Some of Tabs’ favorite days were windy days in fall. It fired up his cat senses and boosted his energy to almost kitten levels. On windy days like today, Tabs was like his best cat self. He climbed trees, chased birds and regularly struck award-winning poses. And now I also know that Rosie loves fall as much as Tabs did. Rosie It totally caught me off guard, but she leapt almost 10 feet up the trunk of a big oak tree today…while on her leash! Continue reading "Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 632" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Saturday Surfing, Nov. 7, 2020

  • Saturday 7th November 2020
WOO-HOO! It’s the weekend, my friend. Greetings from a keyboard in Novato, California. It dips below 60 degrees here in Marin County now, which basically means that everyone is wearing 20 million layers of down, HA HA HA! Welcome to California. I hope you’re feeling well. I busted out my favorite cozy down vest yesterday, and look what I found in the pocket… Apparently, I put one of Connor’s newborn socks in the pocket for some reason years ago, and it’s been there ever since. Now I can’t bear to take it out, so I’ve actually washed it with the vest several times. 🤣 Anywho, you know what I realized recently? We’ve been asking a lot of our ears in 2020. Between the masks and the glasses and the earrings, I feel like there’s just one too many things going on, and that’s in addition to, you know, using my ears for their intended purpose (i.e. listening). Ears are the unsung heroes of 2020! 👂 On that note, here’s today’s reading… Just in case you were on the market for a lipstick gun that was previously used by a spy… 🕵️‍♀️ WHAT THE WHAT!? Continue reading "Saturday Surfing, Nov. 7, 2020" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

This or That: Mascara Edition

  • Friday 6th November 2020
How to play Pick one or the other for each of the questions below, and copy/paste your answers in the comments. Can’t wait to see your picks! Mine are listed below. 💋 Copy and paste Would you rather have a mascara that gives you massive length or intense thickness? Lash primer: a must-have or an unnecessary step? Mascara on lower lashes: love it or leave it? Brown mascara or black mascara? Purple mascara or blue mascara? Department store or drugstore mascara? Skinny wand or oversized wand? Tapered wand or curved wand? Do you prefer mascaras with a natural effect or dramatic effect? Soft or stiff lashes? Tubing mascara or fiber mascara? Clear mascara: love it or leave it? Would you rather have a mascara that gives you massive length or intense thickness? Don’t laugh but I spent an inordinate amount of time contemplating this. One the one hand, length is great because I feel like it mimics the look of falsies, but thickness offers a lot of bang for your buck visually. Continue reading "This or That: Mascara Edition" on Makeup and Beauty Blog.

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