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June 2011

Beauty Tips

7 Surprising ways to use Baking Soda

June 6, 2011

Let us be clear: Baking soda is not going to permanently cure your acne or turn back the cruel hand of time. But if you’re looking to detoxify your body and your household, this multitasking ingredient will make your life easier (and more beautiful) without denting your coffers. Mom may have taught you that baking soda will make your bread rise and your fridge smell better, but did you know of its many cosmetic applications?

Even the ancient Egyptians—and what beauty post would be complete without them?—used a compound similar to baking soda as soap. The stuff is antiseptic, antifungal, and lightly exfoliating. It will take the stains off your coffee mug and your not-so-pearly whites, and can be consumed internally to ease your tummy ache. And fridge odors aren’t the only smells it absorbs so don’t turn your nose up, and bring on the baking soda!

Brush Your Teeth With It Most conventional toothpastes use sodium lauryl sulfate as their primary ingredient. You may remember this verboten surfactant from previous posts explaining its harsh effects and possible contamination with a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane. If you don’t want peroxide in your mouth, whitening strips are out too. Go natural instead with some bad-breath-killing-tooth-whitening baking soda on your brush (tastes like the ocean, salty but bearable), or add it to your SLS-free Tom’s for extra-whitening powers.

Wash Your Face With It As a rule, we think that harsh scrubs and exfoliants do not belong on your face—not least of all because you need that top layer of skin to keep bad stuff out and moisture in. Most exfoliating scrubs also contain other sketchy ingredients—like plastic balls. If you’re hellbent on scrubbring, though, at least switch to baking soda. It works great on elbows and feet too, and combined with some raw honey, this DIY face wash is refreshing and soothing—and anti-acne, too.

Create a DIY Deodorant This recipe from our book makes for a pretty effective homemade deodorant. Here’s what we suggest: Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with about ten drops of your favorite essential oil and apply to underarms. Guys, this sounds girly, but there are plenty masculine smells too—like Texas cedar wood. Ladies looking to reapply throughout the day can carry it in their purses: Just fill an empty mineral makeup container with it and use one of those stubby Kabuki brushes for no-mess application.

Spot-Treat Acne Our favorite natural acne remedy is clay. But in a bind, making a little paste from baking soda and water and applying it to an unwelcomed visitor will help dry it out. We don’t recommend this for deep cysts, but for more surface afflictions, it works like a charm.

Cleanse Your Hair If you’re looking to join the ranks of non-shampooers,  to reduce how often shampoo, or simply to get rid of some product build-up on your roots, look no further than baking soda. Just fill a glass with warm water and dissolve about a tablespoon of baking soda into it. Take that to the shower, and after wetting your hair pour the mixture through. Comb it well before rinsing—your hair will feel a little coated and slippery until it’s fully rinsed out.

Soothe Your Stomach Acid stomach, heartburn, gas, and other tummy issues are quickly relieved by baking soda because its slight alkalinity can neutralize the acid causing the problem. Just mix a teaspoon into a glass of warm water and drink it down. We swear by this trick.

Soak Your Skin That’s right, dissolve some into your bath for a soothing and skin-softening experience. The added bonus? You won’t need soap

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Ms. Au Naturel

June 6, 2011

A trial I did for Ms. Allison, she is now married and I did her wedding a couple weeks ago :)

Bride to be Ms. Allison Kornberg pitched this brilliant idea to follow her in her wedding planning and have people vote on how she would plan her special day to the Los Angeles Times.  Los Angeles Times obviously loved the idea and it began her journey. She now has been Engaged for 185 Days and was ready for her 1st makeup trial, I was honored when she asked me to come and do her makeup. When I asked what she wanted, she said that she loved makeup but wants to look natural when her soon to be husband sees her walk down that aisle.  So I did her makeup and used colors that brought out her bright green eyes, see what I did here. Please follow her in her Journey and check out her blog for the Los Angeles Times at www.planmywedding.latimesmagazine.com .

xoxo,

Alana Dawn

DIY

Get Megan Fox’s Perfect Eyebrows

June 6, 2011

Ive been getting a few emails asking me how to shade in your eyebrows, eyebrows are my favorite thing to do when doing a makeup application because it changes the whole look of your face, it frames it. Look at how different Megan Fox’s eyebrows are from 2003 to today.

Today Megans Fox’s eyebrows are thicker and shaped to frame her beautiful face which brings out her blue eyes even more. Her thinner brows left so much space making her face look wider than it really is. I think her thicker brows make her look a lot sexier too.

Here is the guide to getting the perfect brow shape for your face.

STEPS

1. You want to take a pencil and line it up from the side of your nose straight up to your eyebrow, this is were your eyebrow should start.

2. Then take the pencil from the tip of your nose across your pupil, this is were your arch should be.

3. Last take your pencil from the side of your nose again across the outer corner of your eye and this is where your eyebrow should end.

I made it easy for you guys and showed the steps of how to shade in your brows are shaping them.

This is what you are going to need. From left to right, brow pencil, brown eye shadow, 263 angle brush, select cover up concealer, 212 flat brush.


This is how your brow may look without shading.


First you wanna shape your brows by using a brow liner. I used spiked brow liner from MAC,
-line the bottom of your brow, however you want your brows to be shaped.

Next, you shade in your brow using an angle brush and brown shadow to get a natural brow. If you use a pencil for the whole brow, your brow will look drawn on.

Then you use concealer and a flat brush to clean up your shading. This will perfect the shape you are looking for. Using the flat brush clean up the bottom and top of your brows. Then blend the concealer to where you wouldn’t be able to see it anymore.

This is the final look.

This pic is a little blurry but this is how my brows look with some makeup on.
(earrings be Melody Ehsani)

Beauty Tips

Get Feet Sandal Ready

June 5, 2011

Are your winter worn feet sandal-friendly? There are several ways to clean up dry skin on you feet and get them sandal ready!  Try using a pedicure file ( the metal ones) in the shower to remove dry skin, then use foot cream, lotion or petroleum jelly before bed to prevent those dry patches from reappearing.

source: dailyglow.com

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Favorite

June 5, 2011

LA

Rosebud Salve,  you can use this product to moisturize anything from dry elbows and knees to moisturizing your lips. You can purchase this product at Sephora for only $6.

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Joi Starr

June 4, 2011

I got to do Joi Starr’s hair and makeup last week please click here to see more pics etc…


We are in the process of updating our website with brand new posts and content!

so for now click on my personal blog for some beauty, fashion, and life posts. www.alanadawn.tumblr.com

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JOANNA SCHLIP

June 4, 2011
Professional Makeup Artist Joanna Schlip has worked with some of the most celebrated people in the entertainment industry. Her work has graced the covers of the most prestigious magazines worldwide. With her tremendous talent and outgoing personality she is consistently booked for beauty commercials, print campaigns, and A-List trendsetters for red carpet events. In addition, she contributes her artistic skill set to cutting edge editorials, runways, and fashion advertising from coast to coast.



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How to Make Brown Eyes POP!

June 4, 2011

Its no secret that my eyes are brown and tho I wish I had colored eyes sometimes, I love my eye color. This is a little tip! If you use Green liner it will help your brown eyes POP. Look at the photos below

My brown eyes look like they are glowing :) All I did was use green liner on my water line.