Beauty Basics: Bold Matte Lips

Spring is here and we're sprung off these sun lovin' shades! Pack the pow with a pop of color for your pout because bold colors are all the craze. Pinks, oranges, violets, and red are all in bloom this season. Just a straight shot of color with a mod matte finish. This retro look is flattering, fun and you'll love mixing it up! Shop our favorites below!

5 Beauty Resolutions You Can Keep!

Every year as the ball drops, we dream for a better future and make a list of resolutions that will bring out the best in us. New year, new me... am I right? It's easy to plan for these things, but when it comes to actually making it happen and following through, some of us have a tendency to fall off the bandwagon. It might be the middle of January, but there's always something you can do and it doesn't have to be the 1st, in order for you to put your best foot forward. To make it a little easier to stick to good habits, how about we make it fun? And there's nothing more fun and more feel-good than beauty! It takes 21 days to form a habit, so follow these 5 resolutions that will change your beauty game for the better!

1. Focus on skin care

Let's embrace the bare-faced beauty! There are so many makeup products to love, but what makes them special is that they go on our face. We give them that power to do their thing! That means you should give yourself a little more credit and make sure you are doing what you can to get the most from your complexion. Whether you want to look better without makeup or you want your makeup to look photoshop flawless, a fool-proof skin care plan will help you reach your #facegoals. 

2. Take it off

Everyone says they do it. Everyone should do it. But do you really? There's always some nights where you turn into a walking zombie and sleep is your only solace. Ain't nobody got time to take your makeup off, wash your face, tone, exfoliate, and moisturize before bed! The wish is that our bedtime routines would have all of the above + candles and a cup of soothing tea before we hit the sheets at a timely hour after some light reading. But life happens and most nights you're lucky enough to take your pants off. But with all the makeup we apply, we need our skin to breathe! And it takes one simple step of using a makeup wipe or a cleanser with a quick pat dry to make all the difference. Hold yourself accountable and wash your face! You're skin will be happy and you might feel like you won't need as much makeup the next day.

3. Age to perfection

It's never to early to combat signs of aging. Unless you are drinking from the fountain of youth or are a vampire or any other immortal being, you're going to have to face the facts. People lament over wrinkles and fine lines, but it's part of the grace of growing up! You shouldn't be ashamed of a life well lived, but you can always do what you can to feel better about yourself and take care of that money-maker. Invest in products that will keep skin firm and supple now and you won't ever think twice about botox in the future! (Unless you're totally into it and in that case, to each their own!)

4. Less is more

2015 was the year of the highlight, contour, and everything in between. We packed it all on and rocked it! There's nothing wrong with applying every item in your collection on your face from time to time but I say this year, we embrace the "less is more" mantra. Who has the time anyway? I'm not saying go makeup-free (you totally can if you want to!), but try nixing a product or two in your routine and you'll realize that you really don't need it. If you can't bear to break free, try some multi-use products and you'll find awesome new ways to play up your face while saving even more time. This will make your morning routine a breeze and you'll get to accent certain features of fab everyday instead of piling it all on at once.

5. Experiment!

Experimenting goes hand in hand with "less is more" in a sense that you focus your fierce. Rock that bright purple lip you've always wanted and don't turn back! Go crazy with the glitter! Bronze it up! You're face is your canvas! The cool thing about is experimenting is you get to try out different things all the time and find your signature style. My advice with experimenting is accenting one feature at a time. This will improve your overall makeup game and you'll learn to highlight different parts of your face while save time and money!

Pantone Color of 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity

Add some whimsy to your world with Pantone's Color of the Year! Rose Quartz AND Serenity have been chosen as a blend of beauty to bring balance to 2016. It's an interesting twist to choose two colors, but two is always better than one! Don these chic shades and allow yourself to be empowered with imagination and creativity. Encompass compassion and composure and go forward to make your dreams come true! (I don't know about you, but I'm totally inspired!) Click any product to shop!

Beauty Basics: Olive Me, Loves Olive You!

Bored of brown and black smokey eyes? Tired of neutrals? Why not try olive green? This earthy shade is perfect for fall and will give you just the right amount of color without being over the top. Green never looked so good! Wearable yet trendy, this natural hue warms up your look in a subtle yet bold way, and is sporty and sultry all at the same time — what a win! Want to rock an olive tone? Check out some of our top picks, and get inspired to test out the trend yourself with these beauty gurus! Click any product to shop it!

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MELISSA SAMWAYS

6 Setting Sprays that are A-Okay!

You've just applied the most fierce contour and perfect winged liner (that took one try!), now it's time to set this masterpiece in place! Using a setting spray should be the last step in your beauty routine if you are trying to lock-in your makeup and achieve a seamless, beautiful finish. Not only will your makeup last all day (and all night!), the setting spray will create an invisible barrier that will eliminate any retched, runny makeup disasters, so can enjoy your glam look regardless of sweat-inducing environments. So brave the heat, hit the dance floor and don't sweat it! And if you're just feeling a little blah, there's nothing like a little mist of magic to help you look and feel your best for hours and hours! We've chosen our favorites — does yours make the list? Click any product to shop it! 

URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY, $30

UD has done their research! Partnered with Skindinavia, they formulated a 16-hour wear finishing spray for all skin types that boasts patented Temperature Control Technology. You won't fret the weather (whether it's hot and humid or brisk and windy) because this setting spray will make sure your makeup withstands all sorts of conditions. This is a must have for any makeup kit! Plus, it's vegan-friendly! 

NYX COSMETICS MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY, $8

NYX products are always a go-to when you are trying to get the most bang for your buck and this setting spray is no different. With two options for a matte or dewy finish, your makeup will hold its own and leave you feeling fresh, fab, and flawless even by the end of the night! 

CLARINS FIX' MAKE-UP, $27 

Spritz this refreshing mist all over your face and you'll be one happy camper. Vitamin C and grapefruit extracts ensure a radiant finish while reviving and prolonging your makeup. Silica microspheres reduce shine while a protective 3D film-forming polymer creates an sheer barrier that gives you the ultimate long-lasting hold. Get your Fix'!  

L.A. GIRL PRO SETTING SPRAY, $7

A long-lasting, natural matte finish for a fraction of the cost of other products? Sign me up! L.A. Girl knows value and this lightweight mist is all you need to feel better about your makeup, your money, and the world! (It's cruelty-free!)

MAC PREP + PRIME FIX+, $22

Hydrate, soothe, and finish with one spray of this miracle product. This misting water is infused with green tea, chamomile, and cucumber which makes for a spa-like experience in every spritz! You're left with happy skin and a flawless, refreshed face... Thanks MAC!

 COOLA SPF 30 MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY, $36

There's so much to love about Coola's setting spray. It's jam-packed with goodness! An SPF of 30 protects your skin against harmful UV rays, Hyaluronic Acid helps to soften, hydrate, and tone every skin type, and Cucumber and Aloe Vera extracts leave you feeling refreshed every step of the way. All-in-one and awesome!

Easy, Everyday Glam!

Who doesn't love messing around with makeup and trying new colors and techniques?! I know I burst at every opportunity to chuck on a full face of fabulous, but that doesn't always fly for everyday wear. I need something simple and polished that will work for a busy lifestyle, which I'm sure most Glamazons can relate to! Your everyday makeup routine should be a pick-me-up moment in the morning where you enhance your natural beauty and feel ready to take on the day. One of my fave looks is Tati's natural, everyday routine. Click play to watch and click any product below to shop! 

TATI WESTBROOK (GLAMLIFEGURU)

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Fall, In Love, With These 3 Autumn-Inspired Looks

Fall is my favorite. Piping hot cups of coffee and cider. Pumpkin-spiced everything. Chunky, cozy sweaters. Stepping on crunchy leaves in my favorite boots. And the colors! Oh, the colors! Fall is like the most beautiful brushstroke of sun and earth with its warm and decadent tones. Chocolaty Browns, vampy violets, killer coppers, glorious golds, and awesome olive shades from head-to-toe. I just can't get enough. Anyone can pull off a fierce fall vibe, whether you want a little sparkle like Carli, a little edge like Roxii, or want to keep it classy like Amanda. These are some of my favorite looks for this season! Press play to watch the tutorials and click any product to shop it! 

Carli Bybel

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Roxii (Roxxsaurus)

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Beauty Basics: Don't Sweat It! Edition

We are smack dab in the middle of summer and there is no turning back, so if we can't kick the heat how 'bout embracing it? That's tough to conquer being from the Golden State and all but I think the trick to staying cool is looking like you aren't sweating it one bit. (That's right, us Glamazons don't sweat, we glisten!) Summer means soaking up the sun at the beach (slathered with SPF, of course!), outdoor weddings, backyard BBQs and pool parties, and so many other fun events that you won't want to miss out on. With so much excitement, makeup is the last thing you want to worry about. Who wants to feel like their face is melting off? Not me! (Not even the Wicked Witch of the West was a fan of that!) Regardless of the activity, you always want to look your best so sweat-proof makeup is a must. Add these six products to your collection and you won't be fazed by hot summer days. Click any product to shop it!

How Brow It?

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your brows are your window frames — and you definitely want to keep the coverings on yours looking on point. I, myself, am basically bald in the brow department, so I've played around a lot over the years with all kinds of shapers and fillers, and I'm here to share my top picks with you. I, probably like most, have tried everything from powders to pomades, and a combination of all kinds, and my brow game continues to evolve as I discover new products. Check out what products get a thumbs up so far!

POMADES & MOUSSES

It took a while for me to build up the courage to try filling in my brows with any kind of product that required I use a brush, but after so much buzz about products like Anastasia Beverly Hills' DipBrow Pomade kept making their way around the vloggersphere, I had to suck it up and give it a go. I started with the DipBrow, and have tried a few others, but the ones I've found to have the best staying power and most realistic look are the DipBrow (the reviewers weren't lying), Tarte's EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse and NYX Cosmetics' Tame & Frame. Click any product to shop it!

POWDERS

I almost always have a brow powder in my makeup bag for quick and easy touch ups. They work great as a filler, if you do it right. I've found that using a powder, especially if you don't pick the right shade for you, can yield cartoon-y looking brows, and unless you're into that, then you have to be pretty cautious about the amount you're putting on your brush or whatever tool you're using, and how evenly you're distributing it. It's a bit more tricky to smooth out and even a powder than it is with other brow products like gels or pencils. The three powders I love most are The Balm Cosmetics' BrowPow, which blends very nicely with hairs and looks pretty natural, Guerlain's Eyebrow Kit also delivers a close-to-flawless brow powder experience. What I love about the Guerlain Eyebrow Kit is that it comes with four separate shades for blending, making it much easier to match your natural hair color and  create highlights. Lastly, e.l.f. Studio's Eyebrow Kit is a great, budget-friendly, option that gives more expensive products a serious run for their money. It comes with a pigmented wax and a powder to shape and fill brows to your liking, which is basically a nice 2-for-1! Click any product to shop it!

PENCILS & CRAYONS

My first ever foray into filling in my brows was with a pencil. I felt like it was the least intimidating vehicle for a novice like myself. Over the years, I've tried so many different pencils and crayons and pencil/crayon/spoolie combinations. What I've discovered along my journey for fuller brows is that I love basically anything brow-related from Benefit Cosmetics— especially their Instant Brow Pencil. It's almost, dare I say, fail-proof? It's super easy to apply and lasts pretty much all day long. Most importantly, it looks natural as can be. Another great pencil that delivers natural-looking brows and has staying power is Maybelline's Brow Precise, and at a whopping $8, it doesn't break the bank. It comes in a few different shades and is so worth trying if you're new to the brow game and want to test out a good pencil option. Charlotte Tilbury's Brow Lift is a super amazing, 3-in-1 tool that shapes brows, lifts them and helps to define. It's the perfect lazy glam girl product for flawless framing. Click any product to shop it!

CREAMS & GELS

I've found that creams and gels, and their mascara wand-like delivery systems, are great for a thicker, luscious brow experience. These kinds of products a perfect when trying to achieve a fuller frame for your eyes and are easy enough to work with. First up for review is Bobbi Brown's Natural Brow Shaper. This combination cream/gel controls and shapes unruly brows, all while filling them in and defining them. It dries into a powder-like finish and doesn't leave your brows looking stiff, and according to the the folks at Bobbi Brown, this product can be used for temporary root touch-ups! Benefit Cosmetics' Gimme Brow is a definite industry favorite in this category, and all those expert MUAs can't be wrong. I've tried it. I love it. It's long-lasting formula is water-resistant and smudge-proof, and most importantly, it delivers natural-looking, thicker brows. Finally, Chosungah 22's Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker rounds off this batch of creams and gels, and probably has the funnest packaging out of all three. Bright exterior aside, the product within it is pretty amazing. With just a few simple strokes, this creamy brow mascara provides fullness and definition. It's water and sweat-resistant, and lasts an incredible 24 hours! Click any product to shop it!

SCULPTING & SHAPING

If you're not using a multi-purpose product that will help to shape and sculpt your brows, you'll most likely be looking into something like MAC Cosmetics' Brow Finisher or Anastasia Beverly Hills' Clear Brow Gel. Both these products work wonders when in comes to taming those rogue hairs and helping them stay in place. I prefer to use MAC's Brow Finisher before putting on any defining powders or pomades, or going over my brow with a pencil. The Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills is meant to be applied after you've already filled in your brows to help hold the hair and filler in place. Joey Healy's Brow Structure Clear Set works similarly to the Clear Brow Gel, but I've found that if I have too much product on the wand, it tends to lift off some of the product on my brow, so don't overdo it or you'll remove everything you're trying to set. When used in the right amount, and applied with a delicate hand, it works like a charm. Click any product to shop it!