By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina
We know you love her. Show her you love her every day: Don't let her wash dishes. Give her foot massages. Make her lunch and take her to the movies for a #girldate.
But on Mother's Day, give your mami something extra-special.
My mom goes crazy over perfumes. Nordstrom Beauty tends to be my fragrance destination, as it sells practically every perfume I could want to try, and the awesome customer service doesn't hurt.
Thierry Mugler's sweet set, the Alien by Thierry Mugler Gift Set, $184, includes the Alien perfume as well as a shower gel and body lotion, all housed in an super-cute cupcake container. Alien is a seductive scent with notes of jasmine, cardamom, orange blossom, cumin, cashmeran, amber, and heliotrope flower. Also, a cool feature of Nordstrom is that the Alien bottle can be refilled at any store location.
Another great choice is the Bond No. 9 I Love New York for Mothers, $175. This potent floral fragrance features top
- Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Spoil Your Ma with Mother's Day Beauty Gifts
When it comes to makeup, are you at #hoarderstatus? Don't be ashamed. That just means you are a product connoisseur. But the clutter will get messy if you don't organize now and then. Here's how I do it, using office supplies and beauty organizers.
The places I've found with the best storage items for my makeup is The Container Store, and oddly enough, Staples and Walmart. I found an awesome acrylic lipstick organizer at The Container Store that perfectly stores and displays my lipstick, for around $7. So much easier than digging around through a bag to find my favorite lippie!
For brushes, I have two options that work great, and the first is a DIY brush holder. Just get a large container -- I used a small glass vase from Michael's -- and fill it with acrylic beads to keep the brushes standing up. If you prefer to buy, get a rotating brush organizer to store all of your brushes and maybe some other makeup items.
For items such as eye shadows,
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Care Tips for Ombré Hair
Sulfate-free and safe for treated hair
It's still important to use a shampoo safe for color-treated hair even though you only have the lower layer colored. And since you're going to have a good portion of your hair bleached, it's a good idea to use a sulfate-free shampoo to keep your hair's natural moisture.
I love the Balm En Root Shampoo & Conditioner, $15 each. Also, using a leave-in conditioner will help the health of your hair over time and keep your ends from splitting. Try a keratin-infused formula like It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin treatment spray, $11, which will restore the moisture and keratin that was compromised during the bleaching process.
At-home ombré kit
Don't want to spend the big bucks to get the ombré style? The L'Oreal Paris Feria Wild Ombré at-home kit will attain the same effect at a fraction of the salon price.
It's easy to use. All you have to do is mix the dye and developer together and apply a squirt of
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Incorporate SPF into Your Makeup Routine
So many makeup companies are blending sunscreen into their products, so it's easier than ever to integrate SPF into your makeup routine. Because wrinkles are largely caused by sun exposure, and too much vitamin D can cause skin cancer on top of that, you need to protect your skin whenever you go outdoors.
Here are some products that will keep you guarded during the day:
The best practice is to apply a layer of sunscreen under your foundation everyday. My favorite is Clinique's Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF, $22. It's a weightless formula that includes broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, as well as antioxidant ingredients, which protect against environmental damage.
Apply to your face and neck and use as a primer foundation or by itself. I love that the formula works well with my oily skin type and doesn't make me look greasy.
Something to keep in mind: If you're going to be
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: Look Gorgeous This Wedding Season
If most of your friends are getting married this summer, you'll want to nail down an easy-yet-beautiful look to make your primping less laborious. Follow these five steps to an elegant, DIY bridal look.
Start with foundation for a flawless canvas. I chose Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Weightless Foundation. Make sure you hide any under-eye circles by adding concealer, like the Cargo Jet Lag Concealer. And to make sure all that base doesn't budge, add a setting spray like Urban Decay De-Slick.
Apply eyeshadow primer to ensure the longevity of your eyeshadow. I like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Eden. For the next step, I used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, but you can choose whatever brand you prefer.
Apply a shimmering, white shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. Then take a light taupe and blend it along the crease of the eyes. Find a matte, medium-brown color and apply it to the outer corners of the eyes, and
- Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 1:13 PM EDT
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: How to Perfectly Match Foundation to Your Shade
I think it's happened to the best of us: A new line of foundation catches our eye, the salesperson is friendly and convincing, and you go home with some new makeup. It looked great on you at the counter, but the next morning, before work, you find yourself colorful and splotchy in the mirror.
Consider that your past. Here are some tips to help you get the correct shade of foundation every time.
Start with three shades
First, choose three foundation shades that you think are closest to your foundation shade. Then swipe each shade on your jawline. There is a common misconception that you can swatch for your foundation shade on your wrist. This is an incorrect way to match for your shade because your wrist is generally lighter than your face. Then after you have applied the foundation shades to your jawline look to see which one disappears into your skin tone; that is the correct shade for you.
Check in sunlight
Now even though the color might
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: When to Throw Out Your Makeup
Cosmetics are not meant to last forever, and using them beyond their shelf life can lead to breakouts and eye infections. Longevity varies among different products, but items like mascaras and lip glosses should be thrown out every few months. I know it might seem like throwing out money, but would you eat cheese that's been expired for month? Let alone put on your face something that has been expired for a year?
Here's the scoop.
I know many women who have been using the same mascara for years. Their reasoning is that it still works, so why throw it out?
The reason to throw out your mascara when it expires is because it's the one item you are putting directly near your eyes, and the bacteria built up in the mascara wand can give you an eye infection. The general rule is that mascara expires three months after you first open the tube. However, most makeup companies claim that their mascara expires in six months.
They way to tell is to
By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine LatinaRead More »from VIDEO: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Regularly cleaning your makeup brushes will help prevent breakouts and make the application process easier and more-refined. Cleaning them is easy, and you'll only need household products. Follow these steps and you'll be shine-free:
Start by wetting the brush hair with slightly warm water. You don't want the water to be hot because it can ruin the brush hairs. Make sure to only wet the bristles of the brush and not the ferrule holding the hairs into the handle of the brush. Getting water into the ferrule will dissolve the adhesives and ruin your brush
Next, grab a dab of shampoo and massage it into the bristles. Rinse and repeat the process until the water runs clear. The last step is to lay the brushes flat on a paper towel. Never allow the brushes to dry upright in a container as the leftover water will seep into the ferrule and un-glue it.
It takes around 12 hours for the bristles to dry completely, so it's best to do this process at night.
- Elle | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Not born with razor sharp cheekbones? No problem. Aussie makeup master Napoleon Perdis breaks it down.
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By Barbara ReichRead More »from How to Have the Best Halloween Party and Costumes on Your Block
Author of Secrets of an Organized Mom
For children, the whole concept of Halloween seems too good to be true. They get to wear a costume, knock on strangers' doors, and ask them for free candy. Then they pretty much eat as much candy as their heart desires for an entire night. But for a parent, Halloween can be downright scary.
Your pre-schooler changes his mind four times about his costume, your tween wants to trick or treat with friends (and no parent), and your teenager's costume seems to be exposing an awful lot of skin. You haven't even started thinking about the costume you're wearing to your friend's annual Monster Mash. How can you enjoy the holiday while making sure it's fun? Here's sweet relief in the form of Halloween-helping tips.
Take out your Halloween decorations two to three weeks before the holiday. If you've gone to the trouble of buying and storing the decorations, enjoy them for a few weeks as excitement for the holiday builds.
If you're going
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