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!

Ah-mazing Under-Eye Concealers

Let's face it, cold weather makes you want to press snooze more often than you'd like. Your bed is the only place you want to be those chilly winter mornings. Maybe you stayed up a little too late watching holiday movies, or maybe you spent hours shopping online for the perfect gift. Whatever the reason, you've woken up to some designer bags. And I'm not talking about Louis, Celine, or Chanel... I'm talking serious dark circles. This is the "Do not disturb, coffee first" aesthetic. Busting out a pair of shades might be a quick fix, but if you're looking to make more of a bright eyed and bushy tailed impression, those bags need to go buh-bye. Under eye concealer is the magic elixir that wards off against the dreaded, "You look tired today." How 'bout we pull an Elsa and "conceal, [try not to] feel" like we're running on empty? Peruse through our favorites and find your savior for sleepy eyes! And then maybe some coffee? Click any product to shop it!

It! COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER CONCEALER, $24

This is "it!" This is the concealer you've been searching for. Waterproof, full coverage, AND long-wearing! Isn't that all you could ever ask for? It! knows that beauty is a serious biz so they teamed with leading plastic surgeons, added Anti-Aging technology and put all the best bits into this tube of wonder. Dark circles are no match for this bad boy! Click here to shop this product! 

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND CONCEALER, $9.99

This product is a favorite among many, especially in the Youtube Beauty Community. It's affordable, easy to use with it's Micro Corrector Applicator built right in, and reduces puffiness all while brightening your under eyes. Kim K. will have nothing on you! Click here to shop this product!

URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN WEIGHTLESS COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER, $28

What dark circles? UD's Naked Concealer is your skin's best friend. This lightweight formula gives you full coverage, is completely build-able without ever settling into fine lines, and it's bursting with ingredients like Matrixyl 3000 for anti-aging benefits and green tea for its revitalization properties. It also combats against dehydration and retains moisture for a glowing, youthful complexion! This stuff packs a punch! Click here to shop this product!

LANCÔME EFFACERNCES WATERPROOF LONG-LASTING UNDEREYE CONCEALER, $31

Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect shade to match your skin tone. And sometimes Lancôme knows exactly what you need with 13 shades to choose from! This concealer is long-wearing, waterproof, and provides natural looking coverage to even out skin tone and upkeep those under eyes! Click here to shop this product!

NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER, $29

A cult favorite here. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is super hydrating, lightweight, and brightening while combating against dark circles and creating a luminous finish. Build up to your desired level of coverage without worrying about creasing. All you need are a few dots of product and you're good to go! Click here to shop this product!

L'ORÉAL TRUE MATCH SUPER-BLENDABLE CONCEALER, $8.95

Another affordable option that is a cut above! This concealer is "your skin but better" in a tube. With a variety of shades, you'll find you're perfect finish. Build and blend to blur imperfections and hide those pesky bags for a clear, natural complexion.  Click here to shop this product!

Give Me Some Lip!

With Autumn comes deep, vampy lip shades and seamless application calls for some major lip service. The changing of seasons takes a toll on your skin including the sensitive skin on your precious pout. From warm summer days to chilly fall evenings, you're going to want to revamp your beauty routine, and changing up your lip care can be the quickest fix to achieve kiss-ably soft lips. This means moisturizing and hydrating to soothe chapped, dry skin and unleash a perfect pucker! Regardless of what bold color you choose, or even if you're going au natural, throw one of our essentials on and you'll be smiling pretty! Click any product to shop it!

DIOR CRÈME DE ROSE SMOOTHING PLUMPING LIP BALM, $28

You know how luxurious rose petals feel with their soft texture and delicate aroma? Imagine your lips feeling like that. Dior gets serious with this smoothing lip balm. Damask Rose essential oils, Shea Butter, and anti-aging complexes unite to promote a nourished, soothed, and plumped pout. You'll be amazed at how good your lips can feel! Click here to shop this product!

FRESH SUGAR NUDE TINTED LIP TREATMENT, $22.50

Fresh knows lip care with it's best-selling formula but when you're looking for a little more than a balm, this tinted treatment is where it's at! With 14 shades to choose from, there's something for everyone. My pick is "Nude" for that slight flush of color that you can swipe on in a breeze. Sugar helps lock-in moisture while a botanical blend of oils including meadowfoam, currant seed, and grapeseed smooth, soften, and hydrate. And with SPF 15, you'll be protected from the sun! Click here to shop this product!

MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS® DR. RESCUE™, $4.49

There was a lot of hype around Baby Lips when they debuted and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was all true. This new formula provides medicated care to lips that are in much need of comfort. There are 6 nourishing shades including the color-less, "Too Cool," that soothe and calm with Eucalyptus extracts, provide 12+ hours of hydration, and combat soreness and dryness. Affordable and effective! Click here to shop his product!

TATCHA CAMELLIA NOURISHING LIP BALM, $36

For those that don't want to skimp on the luxury when purchasing a lip balm, we've got your covered. Intense hydration and quick absorption leave your lips feeling soft, smooth, and silky. The 24-karat gold leaf dissolves on contact adding to the decadent experience and giving you a subtle, shimmery glow. Classy packaging that will sit pretty on your nightstand? Go ahead and indulge! Click here to shop this product!

ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR® CREAM NOURISHING LIP BALM, $21

Eight essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals plus eight hours of moisture equals one perfect pout! Elizabeth Arden touches all the bases when it comes to lip care. This stuff softens, smooths, and protects against damaging UVA/UVB rays. Glide some on and say goodbye to dry, flaky lips! Click here to shop this product.

KORRES LIP BUTTER, $12

Korres's philosophy of authentic Greek apothecary unites a buttery, smooth finish with a touch of color that condition your lips to perfection. Ingredients including Rice Wax and Shea Butter provide lasting softness and hydration while natural oils and extracts soothe lips in need of some TLC. (And it's petroleum-free!) Click here to shop this product!

JACK BLACK INTENSE THERAPY LIP BALM, $7.50

When you pick up one of these bad boys, you are getting the full package. Found in the men's section, this soothing lip balm adds instant relief to lips in need. Shea Butter and avocado oils soothe and soften while fresh mint refreshes breath (what a bonus!) leaving you feeling cool and conditioned. Click here to shop this product!

VASELINE® LIP THERAPY® ROSY, $2

An old classic. They say if it ain't broke, don't fix it and they are right with Vaseline's moisture-locking formula. With a slight rose fragrance and sheer pink tint, it's a little more than just a tub of jelly. It's a savior for your lips! If you're a lover of all things mini you'll want to get your hands on this stuff; it comes in the cutest container and of course a little goes a long way. Cracked lips don't stand a chance! Click here to shop this product!

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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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!

How We Remove Our Face

Okay, Glamazons. This video of "How to Remove Your Face" has been making its rounds all over the interwebs lately, and we decided instead of joining in on the throngs of happy and unhappy viewers who all have something to say about it, we would use it as an opportunity to explore some of the best makeup removers on the market! Check out our current faves!

Givenchy Beauty Clean to Sublime, $39

This luxurious serum is all that it claims to be. It is, simply put, sublime. It removes even the heaviest, cakiest makeup effortlessly and has a soothing and pleasant texture. It's not sticky and it's not too watery. To top things off, this skin-replenishing remover is full of nourishing and hydrating properties that help to keep your mug happy and healthy-looking, and it leaves skin absolutely glowing! Shop this product here!

Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48

It's no secret. We are huge fans of Tatcha at GLAMHAPPY. Their One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is the most divine, most amazing makeup-removing oil - ever. This is what I personally use at home every day. It's lightweight, something you don't expect from an oil, smells amazing and does the job beautifully. 1 to 2 pumps is all I ever really need. It leaves skin supple and fresh-feeling. Tatcha has tapped into the magic properties of rice bran, which if you haven't tried yet, you should. Shop this product here!

Bliss Spa Fabulous Makeup Melt, $28

This transformative formula is mega impressive. It goes on as a gel, and turns into a lightweight oil that packs a pretty punch. Even the best waterproof products surrender. It imparts a natural, silky feel and is perfect for removing excess oil and impurities before you get into the remainder of your cleansing routine. Shop for this product here

 

 

Caudelíe Cleansing Water, $28

If you're looking for something super lightweight for sensitive skin, this is our top pick. Caudelíe's Cleansing Water works well with all skin types, but is formulated to be gentle on even the most delicate of epidermises. It has a fresh citrus scent and cleanses without having to vigorously rub off an eye. Shop this product here!

Maybelline Flash Clean Makeup Removing Lotion, $6

Maybelline successfully delivered this 3-in-1 formula, and we are super digging it. It removes makeup, cleanses your skin AND the lotion moisturizes! If there ever was the perfect product for the lazy girl makeup routine, then this is it! It's super effective at getting off everything from mascara to foundation, and does a standup job at leaving skin feeling fresh and flawless. Shop this product here