Halloween-Happy Beauty: Products to Celebrate the Spooky Season

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Channel your inner Bella Cullen from “Twilight” (aren’t those vampires stunningly beautiful?), or go for a more goth look this month with Halloween-hued nail polishes, lipsticks, eye shadows, and more.

We’re seeing enough Halloween-themed beauty products to fill an entire candy bag, but here are six spooky favorites for the nails and face. With them, you can celebrate Halloween, even if you aren’t in full costume.

ORLY’s Spellbound Trio of glittery polishes come in Monster Mash (green) and R.I.P. and Right Amount of Evil, with orange hues ($10 each). Or go for dramatic black nails using ORLY’s Goth, Naughty, or Liquid Vinyl polishes ($8.50 each).

WBe sweet and devilish with NYC’s limited edition lipsticks, eye shadows, nail polishes, eyeliners, false lashes, and more. Among our favorites for a vampire-ish look: Tempted, a red/black lipstick duo; Devilish, a red/black eyeshadow duo; and Nightmare, a black/reddish plum eyeliner.

China Glaze’s Wicked Collection for Halloween 2012 is all about the glitter and shimmer, with six polishes, named Cast a Spell, Bizarre Blurple, Glitter Goblin, Make A Spectacle, Roguish Red, and Immortal, a gorgeous gray.

Wet n Wild’s Fantasy Makers Halloween collection includes affordable black and red lipsticks, false lashes, tattoos, glitter eyeliners, hair color, and face and body glitter. Even the nail polish containers have a creepy look, with the handles in the shape of tombstones.

OPI’s So So Skullicious mini pack ($12.50) has four nail colors – black (Mourning Glory), orange (Hi, Pumpkin!), yellow (Candlelight) and pink (A-Rose from the Dead), plus nail decals, all based on the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, skull.

Avon’s Halloween collection includes cute Halloween mini emery boards (89 cents), Spooky and Sparkly Nail Art – with orange, silver, and black nail gems ($6).

Have fun this Halloween with these and other wicked products!

–Carolyn Crist contributed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Become a Special Effects Makeup Artist

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Fall has arrived and every makeup artist’s favorite holiday is fast approaching… HALLOWEEN! All the ghouls and goblins will be coming out. Time to break out the liquid latex and spirit gum!

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What does Hypo Allergenic mean?

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We’ve heard the term hypoallergenic used to refer from puppies to lipstick, but what does it mean anyway?

Hypoallergenic is used when a product causes fewer allergic reactions because of its chemical makeup. Using hypoallergenic cosmetics is the best way to avoid allergies that cause breakouts. Many cosmetics companies say their brands are Dermatologist and opthamologist tested to ensure they are allergy-free, but because there are no FDA regulations on hypoallergenic cosmetics, it’s easy to exaggerate these claims.  The best way to find out what works for your skin is to simply test out new products carefully. Makeup counters at your favorite department store often offer samples to try out. Doing a patch test would work best on those with severe allergic reactions so as to not cause a flare up.

My favorite hypoallergenic cosmetics brand is Clinique. I have psoriasis, so I have to be cautious with foundations with lots of oils and fragrances. I also love their makeup remover because of its gentle properties.

Do you use hypoallergenic cosmetics? Which ones are your favorite?

-Vernize Rios

What Is Organic Makeup?

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Organic products started hitting the scene in the mid-2000s and the craze has made its way to into the beauty world. Women are making the switch from conventional makeup to organic because of its benefits.

Like most products, it is crucial to read the ingredients to make sure the funky stuff is done away with. You should be avoiding anything with talc, parabens and Phthalates in the ingredients because they have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and more. Because of the lack of standards in this new industry, many companies can claim that their products are “natural” or “organic” when that is simply just not the case. So remember to look carefully.

Many of the ingredients can be causing an allergic reaction the whole time. Breakouts, sensitive skin, and dry skin can all be side effects to ingredients you are allergic to instead of a regular skin condition.

A quick and through search online through different brands can help you determine which organic line is right for you.

Do you use mineral makeup? Which brand is your favorite? Let us know below!

-Vernize Rios

 

How Young Is Too Young to Wear Makeup?

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The age-old question beckons… “How young is too young to wear makeup?” Lately I’ve seen plenty of young girls not only use makeup, but shave, tweeze, dye their hair and even paint their nails obsessively. This makes me think back to my days as a preteen. To this day, I still feel the urge to ask my mom if it’s ok to paint my nails red!I began slowly using samples that my mom received from Clinique, and that was only for special occasions. I’ll never forget my first paycheck at 17 went to getting my eyebrows done, and I was still nervous! Although that was not that long ago, ( I am 23). Times have changed, drastically.

Thirteen seems to be the consensus on this debate. Possibly younger on the tweezing and shaving front for those young ladies who are a little hairer than others. It all depends on the maturity level of the girl too. Dying hair at a young age can be damaging. If done incorrectly can damage young hair terribly. Applying makeup too early can also cause premature wrinkles  if not washed off correctly. Even clog pores and create acne that might not have been an issue if makeup wasn’t used.

It certainly is a tough topic and no matter how many huffs and puffs you get, whatever Mom says goes! Although what might seem fun and glamourus could create harmful effects in the long run which are important factors to think about.

At what age did you start wearing makeup? Leave us a comment and let us know!

-Vernize Rios