Fall Beauty Trends List from Beauty and Style Expert Donna Kim 09.02.14

Fall beauty trends from Beauty Encounter. Find the products you need to get the look.

Fall beauty is all about braids, bright eyes and big lashes.
*Photo courtesy of Elle.com.

A new season means new styles and colors to embrace in our beauty routine. We asked beauty ambassador Donna Kim to share her top trends for fall 2014. Find out what looks are her favorite and what products we suggest to get you gorgeous for fall.

Donna’s Fall Trend List
1.) For fall, it’s all about deconstructed and unique braiding of the hair. This particularly excites me because I always love a loose and messy textured side braid- it’s the easiest way to look pulled together. Check out these products to help tame your hair to get the perfect braid:

KMS Hairstay Medium Hold Hairspray
Goldwell Brilliance Shine Spray
Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion

2.) Another hair tend I’m loving is the deep side part. It frames the face nicely and adds a touch of class to any look. Here’s the tools you’ll need to get a sleek and smooth side part:

Oasis + Magic Anti-Frizz Serum
Belson Gold N’ Hot Smart Heat Straightener 
Luxor Professional Natural Boar Bristle Brush

3.) Colors are embraced for fall! Which means, it’s time to whip out those blues, violets and green shadow palettes! So much fun. Here are a few of my favorite shadow palettes that you’ll love to play with and will not extend your budget:

NYX Cosmetics Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
Clinique High Impact Eye Shadow Duo
Prestige Beauty Bar Eye Palette

4.) And this of course is my favorite fall trend of all. LASHES! The bigger, the better. Everything about fall embodies exactly who I am. I was born in November, so it makes sense. I always love a full and dramatic lash. My #1 tip when it comes to applying false lashes is always put mascara on first, and then place the lash on top and then apply a few more coats of mascara after to marry them both together. These lashes are quick and easy to apply and will leave you looking amazing:

Ardell InvisiBands Lashes Glamour
Elyure Super Full Lashes
Japonesque Basic Black Lashes
Lancome Hypnose Drama Full Body Mascara

Now you are “in the know” with the top beauty trends and products for fall! Check back for more tips and tricks from Donna, and let us know if you have any topics you want her to tackle. Until next time…stay beautiful!

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SPA AT HOME: The Kerstin Florian Luxury Spa Experience 08.22.14

Kerstin Florian Skincare
At Kerstin Florian , “we always say that spa is not a treatment—but a lifestyle. Every woman desires to keep and ensure that her silky smooth skin, vibrant skin tone, and her slimming figure will transcend the aging years. It’s not too much to ask (really), but when it comes to effective and lasting skincare treatments, luxury proves to be the best. That’s when you have to experience, even once in your life, the innovative touch of Kerstin Florian. Kerstin Florian products and treatments are designed to be introduced professionally with a simple-to-follow home lifestyle.

Kerstin Florian is a European-inspired luxury skincare company that focuses on results.—utilising natural resources with formulas that are rich in algae, thermal mineral water, mud, herbal extracts, essential oils and high in antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins. The brand does not only sell luxury products, but even promotes proper diet and nutrition, regular workout and exercise, peace of mind to sooth your soul, and utmost care of the face and body. Kerstin Florian’s commitment to inner and outer beauty builds on these four cornerstones by addressing the face and body component of this ageless approach to natural health care and beauty. Plus, the brand’s products are founded in advanced phytotherapy, aromatherapy, thermal mineral, herbal and marine technology and are free from heavy preservatives and perfumes.

Surely you’ve encountered so many products that just went straight to the bin because they’re not effective at all. Their complete range of treatments and products are specifically designed for effective applications for both immediate and long-term results. Kerstin Florian products are available in over 39 countries around the world and are trusted by many renowned luxury spas around the world. Here are a few professional spa favorites to try at home:

Kerstin Florian Sun Sunless Tan. Enjoy the glow of sun-kissed skin with Kerstin Florian Sun Sunless Tan. Staying under the sun and absorbing all damaging components can now be avoided. Simply apply on exfoliated and freshly washed face and body and wait for three hours to see a natural, glowing skin. What makes this product really special is that it contains rich antioxidants that make the skin smooth and hydrated.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water. In times when air travel impedes you from having a freshly washed face, use this Rehydrating Neroli Water to give just the right amount of freshness. You’ll go through first hand aromatherapy session just by making a few sprays on your face and body.

Kerstin Florian Intensive Slimming Serum. If there’s a product that can make any cellulite disappear like magic, it’s got to be this Intensive Slimming Serum. The powerful components minimize cellulites, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Be confident in wearing sleeveless tops and short skirts as this intensive body serum penetrates deep within. Be ready for a boost of skin elasticity!

Kerstin Florian Sun Sun Protection SPF 30. Don’t just rely on anti-aging serums to preserve or improve your skin’s condition. Instead, fight the initial signs of maturing skin by applying Sun Protection with SPF 30. This maximum protection sunscreen has broad spectrum UVA/UVB to block harmful rays that damage the skin. What differentiates this one from other sunscreen products is that it combines cucumber and chamomile extracts to soothe the skin, especially when coming from sun exposure.

Kerstin Florian Ginger Bath & Body Oil. Invigorate your senses with the most delicate yet powerful components of ginger in this refreshing bath and body oil. Experience how this organic body oil relaxes your joints and muscles, giving warmth to every part of your body. While it provides a nourishing bath experience, this luxury product also doubles as an analgesic to reduce body pain from arthritis.

Kerstin Florian Thermal Mineral Exfoliating Body Scrub. Slough off dead skin cells and welcome young and fresh skin with this Thermal Mineral Exfoliating body scrub. It may be tough on rough and dull skin but it’s truly a skin-loving creation by combining thermal water and aromatherapy oils. Buff your way to refined skin with just the right amount of toughness.

Embrace your inner and outer beauty with a spa lifestyle brand that focuses on balancing your well being – healthy nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind and care of the face and body. Add a touch of Kerstin Florian in your skincare regimen and you’ll discover why you need a little luxury when caring for your beautiful face and body.

Beauty Encounter Ambassador Donna Kim’s Review of Kerstin Florian Skincare

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Meet Our First-Ever Beauty Ambassador Donna Kim! 07.17.14


Beauty Ambassador for Beauty Encounter - Donna Daily

Say hello to Donna Kim! She is just as obsessed about beauty as all of us. Donna is our first-ever brand ambassador and we are so excited to have her on-board. Who is Donna you ask? She is a beauty and style expert and the mastermind behind Donna Daily, a well-known beauty and inspiration blog that was named one of the “Best Beauty Blogs” by BeautyHigh.com. Based in New York City, Donna is an editor at top beauty website xoVain.com, a lifestyle journalist, digital media strategist and makeup artist whose work has been featured on major television networks and in national consumer publications such as NBC’s Today Show, NBC’s New York Live, ABC’s Live Well Network, Huffington Post Live, Racked.com, Brides Magazine and QVC. Donna’s philosophy is “making style and beauty simple and accessible for the everyday woman.” “I can’t wait to share my philosophy with all of you,” says Donna. “Staying current with trends and navigating all of the products out there can be overwhelming. I am going to help you find what makes you feel good inside and out, easily and affordably, thanks to Beauty Encounter’s vast product selection.” We are trilled to collaborate with Donna, who will be sharing her expertise through product picks, beauty tips and the latest trends in all things beauty and style here on our blog, Facebook and YouTube pages, and our behind-the-scenes beauty scoop page, At the Counter. She will be producing a series of videos on some of our top brands and just what makes their products so great. You can read all about Donna here and check out her first brand video with hot, new Hollywood skincare line Doll Face. Do you have a question for Donna or a feature you would like to see? Tell us! Email pr@beautyencounter.com. Stay tuned for more great stuff from Donna!

Skincare Tips with Doll Face and Beauty Encounter


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The Gift Guide for Every Dad 06.09.14

Father's Day Gift Guide 2013

Find the perfect Father’s Day gift for all the men in your life from Beauty Encounter

Father’s Day is swiftly approaching and we are here to help you with last-minute gift ideas that will surprise and delight dad. Not only do we have the gifts he wants, you will also get a good deal and make dad so proud! We’ll break down our Father’s Day gift guide to help you find the perfect present for your dad, grandpa or hubby. Make sure you check out our shipping deadlines here so your gift arrives in-time for dad’s special day. Here’s the scoop on our Gift Guide for Every Dad

Gift Sets: These are the perfect all-inclusive gift. They give you the most bang-for your-buck and usually offer a variety of a cologne, shower gel and/or shave gel. Dad will smell great all day and feel pampered with all of the extras included in the set.

Check out our top gift sets here.

Cologne: You can’t go wrong with a new cologne for dad. Whether it’s his staple scent or you want to try something new, its so much more personal than a power tool. Find everything from bold scents to light and fresh fragrances at great prices. Dad always taught you to get the best deal right? Our advanced filter will even allow you to find the right scent based on dad’s personality and style.

Find dad’s scent here.

Grooming Gifts: We all know dad hardly takes time for himself, especially when it comes to grooming. Giving him something personal such as an after-shave or luxury shave set is unexpected and will be very appreciated. Here you will find all the tools that dad needs to look his very best.

See our grooming gifts here.

Shopping on a budget?: Not sure where to start? We have broken down our top gifts by your budget. Shop with ease and find something just right for dad without extending your budget. Here you will find our top picks of colognes, skin care and grooming essentials broken down by price.

Find dad a deal here.

Now you are in the know for all things dad! Have fun shopping and surprising your favorite guy with something personal to say thanks for everything! Don’t forget to join our beSavvy coupon club for extra savings on your purchase and exclusive access to member’s only sales and deals. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!

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Get Swimsuit-Ready with DIY Waxing Tips and Products 06.03.14

DIY Bikini Waxing Tips by Beauty Encounter


Swimsuit season is calling your name, and you know what that means, right? Time to get your bikini line looking smooth and flawless! A bikini wax can be expensive, but we all know it gives some of the best, lasting results. So what about trying to do it yourself? At-home waxing can be easy and affordable, but it has to be done right. So pay attention, below we’ve shared our best DIY waxing tips to help you get a smooth look that lasts. Good luck!

Pick your wax. Find the right wax for you. We have listed our best sellers below!

Exfoliate. The day before you plan to wax take the time to exfoliate the entire area. This will get rid of any dead skin cells so that the wax can better grip the hair, and it helps to avoid unwanted ingrown hairs that are caused by clogged pores.

Check your hair length. Make sure that the hair is not any shorter than a quarter of an inch or longer than half of an inch. If needed, use grooming scissors to trim your hair. The right length is important to achieve maximum results.

Numb the pain. If you are a little nervous about the pain try a numbing cream to calm your fears. The topical anesthetic reduces and eases pain but does not interfere with the wax. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to waxing.

Smooth the skin. Dust a bit of talcum powder over the area to help the wax grab more hair and not your skin. Just a pinch is needed- don’t drown your hair in powder.

Heat it up and apply. Carefully follow the directions on the package for properly heating your wax. Once it’s ready, apply the wax in the same direction of hair growth in one-inch sections from top to bottom. Apply the cloth strip and smooth down in the direction of hair growth and wait about 30 seconds for the wax to dry. Now comes the fun, take a deep breathe and pull up quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth.

Tweeze the stragglers. Once you have successfully removed the hair you want gone, there are going to be a few stragglers. Don’t attempt to wax again, this will hurt and irritate your skin. Grab a pair of tweezers and remove the hairs.

You’re done. Whew! Congrats the worst is over and you now have a sexy, smooth bikini line. Remove any excess wax with a cotton ball and oil. Wait a while to apply any lotion or clothing to allow the skin time to breath.

Ready to give it a go? Here’s our top sellers and must-haves when it come to at-home waxing:
Surgi-Wax Brazilian Waxing Kit

Andrea Brazilian Hard Wax

Andrea Naturals Brazilian Bikini Wax System

GiGi Brazilian Wax Removal System

GiGi All Purpose Honee Wax Formula

Tweezerman Slat Tweezer

Relax and Wax No-Scream Cream


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DIY Self-Tanning Tips and Top Product Picks 04.23.14

Summer is coming quickly! Now that the sun is starting to make a more regular appearance it’s time to address your pale skin that has not seen the light of day in months! Don’t worry we have gathered our most popular DIY self-tanning products for every budget to share with you.

Never tried a sunless tanner? Check out these insider tips from industry expert Whitney who is the Director of Operations for the Bronzed Bunny, an organic airbrush tanning salon and spa in Southern California.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a self-tanner?
If you want to boost your glow or add some color to your skin, but acknowledge that tanning in the sun can be dangerous!

How should I choose a self-tanner?
There are many different kinds of self-tanners, start by picking one that’s easiest for you to apply and get the color you are trying to achieve. Most have a light to medium or medium to dark option, so pick yours according to your natural tone and how dark you want to be in the end.

How should I prep my body for application?
It’s very important that you exfoliate your body thoroughly, and don’t have on any lotion, perfume, makeup or deodorant that may create a barrier between the product and your skin.

Any application tips?
Spend enough time making sure you apply evenly all over, and circular motions seem to be the most effective in spreading it evenly.

What is the most common self-tanning mistake?
Applying the product unevenly is common, as well as streaking and forgetting to wash your hands to avoid orange palms.

Once I am bronzed and beautiful, how do I keep my glow?
Moisturize really well every day, try not to scrub too harshly in the shower and reapply the product on a regular basis to keep the color you want!

Now that you know how to properly prepare and apply your self-tanner, here are our top picks to achieve a healthy glow without the exposure of harsh and damaging UV rays. If you happen to try one out, let us know how it goes. We want to hear your experience! Happy tanning.

Top Self-Tanning Picks To Try

Body Drench Quick Tan Bronzing Spray Medium Dark | BeautyEncounter.com

Body Drench Quick Tan Bronzing Spray, $12.69
“Love it!” – Natalie2211 from Nashville, TN

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning | BeautyEncounter.com

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, $39.95
A refreshing, lightweight milky self-tanning lotion that’s easy to use.

NYX Cosmetics Matte Body Bronzer | BeautyEncounter.com

NYX Cosmetics Mate Body Bronzer, $9.00
anoint your body with a natural glow

Dermaglow Sunless Facial Tanning System | BeautyEncounter.com

Dermaglow Sunless Facial Tanning, $15.82
Get visible results in three hours.

Bliss: A Tan For All Seasons Self Tanning Mist with Quick Drying Sun Set Bronzer | BeautyEncounter.com

Bliss A Tan for All Seasons Self Tanning Mist, $32.29
‘sun’-believable, head-to-toe tan

> more best-selling self-tanners

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Body Boutique – Celebrate Your Body! 03.31.14

Top Essentials for Your Beautiful Body

Keeping your body clean, protected and in tip-top shape leaves us with a beautiful body we can boast. Oil and dirt and rough and dry skin are our mortal enemies and we want them out of our system fast. Being beautiful isn’t just about wearing the perfect makeup, but cleaning, polishing and protecting your body from head to toe. Take a look at these essentials to achieve and maintain a body that’s beautiful and healthy.

So Fresh So Clean

Soap undeniably cleans your body covered in sweat and grime, which you acquired from the day’s activities. However, most generic soaps can leave your skin dry and flaky, removing the natural moisture of your skin. The best way to keep your skin squeaky clean while adding moisture to your body is by using body wash everytime you shower. Body wash removes oil, dirt, sweat, odor and even makeup. It cleans your skin gently, leaving your skin smooth, soft and plump without the greasy feel. Body wash products are water soluble which means they can be easily mixed with water to lather up on your skin.

Suggested Products: AHAVA Mineral Botanic Honeysuckle & Lavender Velvet Cream Wash, Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait Foaming Shower Mousse, L’Occitane Shower Gel Pour Homme

Polished and Pretty

Help rejuvenate the skin through regular exfoliation. When done two to three times a week, you’ll see your skin getting fairer, bringing life to your dull and dry skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells so that new ones can quickly begin the renewal process. By using body scrubs and exfoliators, you’re not only removing dead and dry skin but you’re also helping reduce appearance of big pores. Dirt and oil dig deep in your pores and when removed, these pores are able to minimize. After all, we all want hydrated, younger looking, and softer skin so make sure you’re using gentle scrub particles that won’t be tough and rough on your body.

Suggested Products: Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin, Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash, Anthony Logistics for Men Body Cleansing Gel – Citrus

Silky Smooth

Remember how our mother tells us to moisturize after washing our face? While moisturizers keep our face plump and hydrated, we need body butters, creams and lotions to keep our body smooth and soft. After showering or exfoliating, make it a habit to generously apply any of these products. Not only do body butters, creams and lotions keep the skin smooth, but the blended ingredients strengthen the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss. Spread over on dry hands, cracked heels and even use as an after shave balm on your legs. Lotions even act as great cuticle softeners and makeup removers.

Suggested Products: Noevir Tokara Body Lotion, Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait Body Butter in a Jar

Perfect Protection

Create your skin’s defensive blockage from harmful UV rays by regularly applying sun block and sun screen. Body lotion is enough to lock in moisture, but you need added protection from the sun. Regular exposure to the sun without protection only leads to skin damage and fast skin aging. Use products with at least SPF 15 – the higher SPF, the better. Sun screens usually contain antioxidants as well as UVA – protecting active ingredients to prevent redness and irritation.

Suggested Products: La Prairie Sun Protection Lotion for Body with SPF 30, Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray Very High Protection with SPF 50

Make it a habit to listen to your body and be aware of your its needs when it comes to cleaning, polishing, smoothening, and protecting the skin. Fill your bathroom counter with products that will unleash your youthful beauty from head to toe.

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Bolder and Brighter: 5 Top Makeup Trends for Spring 2014 03.31.14

New York. London. Paris. Milan. Every catwalk in the fashion capitals of the world revealed the hottest makeup trend for spring 2014 during fashion week. From bright colors, bold brows and even nude makeup, spring is the season to reveal gorgeous skin and fresh faces. Practice how to apply each look with products that enhance your pretty face for warmer days.

Purple Hues

Radiant Orchid is named as Pantone’s color of the year. From clothing and accessories channelling this year’s color, it’s no surprise that purple hues quickly made a statement in makeup as well. From berry lips, to radiant eyes and glowing cheeks, purple tends to blend in whatever complexion you have. For dark skin tones, try this radiant hue on your eyelids. Light purple lips look dreamy and astonishing in light to fair complexion.

Image from SiddySays.com

Lips: Guerlain KissKiss Pure Comfort Lipstick in Eau de Rose, NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Power

Eyes: Styli-Style Flat Pencil for Eyes in 421 LA, NYX Cosmetics Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette in Life Is A Cha Cha

Nails: Max Factor Nailfinity Nail Polish in 873 Vivid Violet

Hair: Streaks N Tips Temporary Color Highlight Spray in Neon Purple, Goldwell Colorance Demi Color Coloration in 10V Pastel Violet Blonde

Bold Brows

Say goodbye to thin, arch brows which seemed to be filled with only a single streak of eyebrow pencil. For spring, go for bold and full ones. The idea here is to make the brows look natural but keep stray hairs away. Perfectly groomed and full brows can even define the shape of your face and they make you look ages younger.

Image from BeautyEditor.ca

Brows: Borghese Brow Milano Brow Emphasizer in 03 Neutrale, NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/Brown, Cameo Perfect Brow Makeup in Natural

Retro Lines

Why stick with fine lines in black or brown when you can experiment in vivid and bright colors like aqua, green, purple, gold and silver? Think of the vibrant colors in the 70’s and 80’s and you’ll find the shapes and patterns making a comeback in makeup. With just a sweep of blue or green over your lids, a pop of color is enough to create a show stopping scene. For those who are hesitant in making the bold move to colorful makeup, think of graphic lines, angular corners, extended cat eye and dramatic flicks at the outer corners of your eyes. Try liquid and gel liners and make sure they are smudge-proof to create those retro lines.

Image from Luuux.com

Eyes: Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Gel Eyeliner with Brush in Black, Prestige Liquid Glitter Precision Eyeliner in GLE04 Cosmic, Guerlain Khol Me Kajal The Original Creamy Liner in 01 Noir Volcanique, Studio Makeup Lasting Color Eye Liner in Silver Metal

Go Naked

Probably the biggest makeup trend this spring, having the natural, barefaced beauty is what you want to achieve. Women with flawless skin highly benefit from this trend, but for those with uneven skin tone, focus on applying cream or foundation for better coverage. Even Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian promote this look. Models in the runway for spring 2014 dare to go bare as seen in Narciso Rodriguez, Max Mara and Valentino fashion shows. In the UK, nude lipstick now outsells red shades. As the saying goes “Less is more,” so make use of concealers, eye creams and lip balms.

Image from Ealuxe.com

Face: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A to Z BB Cream Broad Spectrum with SPF 20 in Tan to Deep, Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum with SPF 35 in 02 Light, Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 25 in 01 Light, Caudalie Fresh Complexion Tinted Moisturizer in Medium/Dark

Twinkle Eyes

Aside from colorful eye makeup, adding shimmer and sparkle on your eyes create that fun and flirty nature of spring. Add a touch of glimmer at the water line or even apply some shine on your lashes. This works well when you have fake lashes or extensions both at the top and bottom. Think of sex-kitten with a slight purr and you’ll be sashaying down the avenue like it’s your own catwalk.

Image from Maybelline.com

Eyes: Styli-Style Shimmer Me-Glitters Face and Body Glitter in Marble Rose, Girlactik Beauty Sparkle Singles in Aqua, Nouba Rainbow Eyeliner in 62, Too Faced Starry Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Silver Lining

Practice getting these 5 trends perfected for the whole season of spring.

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Here Comes The Guide Part 1: 6 Essential Beauty Tips for the Stunning Bride 12.31.13

Getting married is every girl’s dream. The thought of walking down the aisle wearing that white dress you’ve been dreaming of all your life seems breathtaking and magical all at the same time. Thinking about where to hold the wedding ceremony, what cosmetics and fragrances to wear, or what to write in your vows is just the tip of the iceberg on what to expect when planning your wedding.

While your hands may be full juggling ideas and meeting wedding suppliers, you shouldn’t forget that everyone’s eyes will be looking upon the lovely bride. That’s why we’ve come up with 6 essentials to keep you looking and feeling the best on your wedding day.

1. Start living a healthy lifestyle.

The best way to keep yourself fit months before your wedding day is to start living healthy. Getting back on your feet for an early morning run and watching what you eat are just some ways to begin a positive attitude on your lifestyle.

While some brides-to-be have no time to hit the gym or plan a regular exercise regime, find the commitment to take fiber-rich food, some greens and fruits to keep those added pounds away. Take less caffeine and take natural fruit juice and water of about 8-10 glasses a day. Increased water intake flushes out toxins and purifies your skin. Do this until the big day and you’ll see improved results on your skin.

2. Stack up some home beauty treatments.

Home beauty treatments for your skin and body save you the unnecessary trip to the dermatologist due to skin breakout. It also saves you from tremendous costs in spas and beauty centers.

To keep you beautifully treated without spending too much, stack up some inexpensive beauty treatments you can do at home such as face masks, foot spa salts and body scrubs. Even a steam bath or a bubble bath complete with aromatherapy candles can do the trick. After all, a natural, blemish-free and glowing skin is the most luxurious canvass you’d like to paint on your big day.

3. Maintain your gorgeous hair.

At least three months before your wedding, make it a habit to visit the salon for a regular hot oil or hair spa. Ask your hair stylist to do some minor trimmings on your hair tips, but not drastically change your hair style. Grow out your hair as much as possible because it’ll be easier to style your hair when it’s longer.

If you’re three months away from that big day, skip the hair color for now since you might want a freshly colored hair a week before your wedding. You don’t need a drastic change on your look yet – that’s going to happen on your special day. And while you’re keeping your hair healthy and shiny, consult with your stylist and wedding planner on what hairstyle will look good on you: updo, down, or half updos.

4. Plan your make-up artistry.

Decide whether you’ll hire a make-up professional or you’ll do your make-up yourself. Doing your own make-up can save you some wedding costs. However, make-up artists know what cosmetics to use – what shades to use on your skin tone and what special products to apply that would look good on photos or videos.

When you hire a make-up professional, ask for a trial make-up so you’ll know what type of look will go well with a morning wedding or an evening one. What’s also great about a trial run on your make-up is that you’ll figure out which cosmetics would be gentle on your skin and would not lead to breakouts after. Brides would also need a waterproof mascara. After all, a once in a lifetime event like this becomes very emotional.

Stash some emergency make-up products like powder, lipstick, and spot on correctors or concealer inside your bridal purse. You have to be prepared for a retouch for that shine and blemish-free face.

5. Wear a suitable fragrance.

On your wedding day, you will be spending the entire day for preparation, the ceremonies, the reception and even the after party. With so little time and so many things to accomplish, you only have snippets of your time to work on retouches. You will mingle with people all day that it’s paramount to always look presentable.

As a bride, you not only want to look good but to smell good as well. Pick a fragrance that would not only suit you but also the occasion. Lighter scents such as citrus or fruity ones are best worn during morning weddings. These fragrances will add a cool touch on your skin. Musky perfumes with warm touches can be used during the evening. If you are unsure of what will suit you, you can’t go wrong with floral fragrances. You can even use a perfume your groom thinks smells good on you – a way of remembering what he likes about you.

6. Pamper your hands and nails.

You’ve worked so hard for months that it’s only appropriate to get your hands pampered at least a month before your wedding. You may think that your hands wouldn’t get that much attention but your hands will be photographed with your wedding ring – for at least a hundred times. Aside from that, you will be signing papers, cutting the cake, shaking hands with guests and receiving presents.

Start getting regular manicures and hand spas to ease out that tension and avoid those veins from popping out. Nail treatments can reduce having yellow fingernails due to constant use of nail polish. When choosing a nail color for your wedding day, avoid bold colors and resist the temptation to favor nail art despite its current craze. Choose classic or natural colors. Light pink or even the classic French tip would be perfect because they never run out of style.

Now that you have these 6 essentials, you don’t have to worry too much about your big day. Lessen the stress by prepping early and focus on becoming the most beautiful lady walking down the aisle, dreaming of forever with her handsome groom.

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Halloween Pretty in my Pocket: 7 Creative Looks Under $25 10.04.13

Halloween is fast approaching and it’s the perfect season to get those creative juices flowing. With Halloween making its way in the party scene, it’s hard to think about exceptional looks that you could epitomize from one event to another. On top of that, you’re probably thinking about how much you’ll spend on your costume and makeup just to give justice to your character.

Here at Beauty Encounter, we’re not only giving you ideas with your Halloween-inspired characters, but we’re also teaching you what makeup to use. Best part of all, each look will only cost you under $25.

Light Blue Cat Eyes

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: Applying Cat-Eye Makeup

Makeup Tips: Applying Cat-Eye Makeup

Turn those ordinary day makeup cat eyes into something wild for the night. Focus the shimmer and bold color in your eyes by applying a shimmer shadow such as NYX Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Illuminating Topaz ($4.50). Make sure to cover your entire eyelid up to the inner corner of your eye. Top another color of eye shadow, this time with NYX Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Luminous Crystal ($4.50), but only work on half of your eyelid extending a bit near the nose bridge and then make a slight slant upward at the outer corner of your eye. This will be your guide on where to put the eyeliner.

Using Prestige Professional Eyeliner in XNE-04 Brown ($3.95), apply eyeliner near your lash line and extend the cat eye tail in an upward motion, almost reaching the outer end of your brows. Make the eyeliner makeup as visible as possible. Make use of the shadow stick Illuminating Topaz again and work on the inner corner of your eye and extend the eye shadow under your eyes. The outer corner should form a downward stroke at the end. Using the shadow stick in Luminous Crystal, draw a line under the shimmer under eye shadow but starting at the middle towards the outer corner. Make sure to extend this light blue eye shadow as well.

Next, apply Elegant False Eye Lashes 505 Black ($2.99) on your upper lashes and 49 Black ($2.99) on your lower lashes. For your finishing touch, apply a coat of Max Factor Lipfinity (Lip Paint & Moisturizing Top Coat) in 010 Whisper ($10.50) to create that subtle pouty look.

Poison Ivy

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: Poison Ivy Vixen Makeup

Makeup Tips: How to get the Poison Ivy Vixen look for Halloween

Creating the Poison Ivy look needs shades of blue and green – lots of them. To achieve this, take Claudia Stevens Makeup Before The Makeup Lid and Lip Primer Base ($4.50) and apply primer on your eyelids and lips for a longer-lasting makeup and to reduce creases. You might also want to extend the eyelid primer from your nose bridge to your eyebrows (and a little above them) and also towards the edge of your face. Apply Styli-Style Dramatic Dip Loose Eye Shadow in Morning Dew ($4.99) by forming a sort of eye mask.

Once the green shade is settled, use Miljo Terra Shadow Duo in 2509 Water/Green ($10.95) by applying blue shade at the upper eyelid spreading the color towards the side of the eyes and temples. As a last touch, apply a coat of Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipgloss SPF 15 in 116 Comfortably Nude ($3.99) for just the right amount of lip color and shine.

Arabian Princess

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: Arabian Princess

Bring on the Arabian nights as the Arabian Princess

Arabian women are beautiful and they are known for their bold, deep-set eyes. For the Arabian princess inspired look, emphasize the eyes mostly with natural colors using Cameo Perfect Brow Makeup in Dark Brown ($6.99). First, shape your eyebrows by plucking stray hairs. Then you may use an eyebrow stencil for a professional shaped brow. Choose a brown shade closest to your hair color and apply over the stencil.

Using another set of natural colors, apply Prestige Beauty Bar Eye Palette in FCE-05 Surrey ($5.99) by using the darker color mostly at the outer edge of the eyes, creating a soft cat eye effect. For bigger eyes like Arabian women, trace the shape of the eyes with NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Glossy Black Liner ($6.00) by creating a cat eye makeup, extending the tails up near the eyebrows. Line the lower eyelids with the same eyeliner and create another cat eye tail extending upward as well. Be careful not to cross the line created for the upper eyelids up to the tail. Finally for volumized lashes, use Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara with Bonus Liner in 05 Soft Black ($4.99). Use that seductive stare and bat your eyelashes during the best Halloween party in town.

Mad Hatter

Makeup Look:  The Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland

Halloween-Inspired Makeup: The Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland

Not all women can pull off a whimsical Halloween costume normally designed for men. But for a unique take on eye makeup, Mad Hatter is a unique idea. With a top hat, a bow, and just two makeup pieces, you’ll be ready for that Halloween party in no time. To create an eye mask, trace the shape using Max Factor Erace Cover-Up Stick in 07 Ivory ($6.10). It’s usually used to cover up imperfections but with its creamy blend and soft application, shaping an eye mask is easy. Once the shape is clear, make sure to cover up the entire area with the cover-up stick. The eyebrows should be covered as well. Afterwards, use NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Glossy Black Liner ($6.00) and create black squares alternating with white ones. Squares should not have perfect lines, but the eyemask should resemble a chess board in black and white. Outline the eye makeup with the same black liner.

The Dead Lady Vampire

Halloween Makeup Look: The Queen of The Night - Vampiress

Halloween-Inspired Look: The Queen of The Night – Vampiress

The lady vampire is the seductress of the underworld. The face is usually characterized by a pale skin, dark smokey eyes and full lips. For that inner vampire in you, pull the look off by using Max Factor Pan Stick Foundation in 96 Bisque Ivory ($12.24) as a makeup base. This will give you that pale effect as well as cover skin imperfections. Using Studio Makeup Soft Blend Eye Shadow in Very Black ($12.90), apply the black eye shadow in your eyelid as you would a normal eye shadow. Apply the same makeup in the lower lids.

Next, put some color by using Napoleon Perdis Color Disc for Eyes & Cheeks in 98 Grape ($22.00) around the black eye shadow. Applying the grape colored eyeshadow doesn’t need to be perfectly shaped. The messy effect will have the eyes look like they’re bleeding. If you want a darker shade for the eyes, you can also use glominerals gloCream Eye Liner in Eggplant ($19.50). Lastly, even the dead will look gorgeous in red lipstick that’s why Studio Makeup Rich Hydration Lipstick in Vibrant Red ($15.00) will make it look like you’ve just been scouting for your next victim. The lipstick is creamy, hydrating, and will leave your lips moisturized always.

Bleeding Eyes

Halloween Makeup Looks:  The Wicked Witch

Halloween-Inspired Looks: The Wicked Witch will curse the night

How about a scary looking witch much like snow white’s cruel step mother? Wearing a pair of bleeding eyes will let everyone know you’re not someone to cross. After outlining your eyes with black eyeliner, get your NYX Cosmetics Retractable Lip Liner in Red ($4.50) and draw some dripping blood starting from the middle of your lower lash line up to the outer corners. Make these drips uneven for a more natural look. Next, follow the shape of the dripping blood with Prestige Vinyl wear Extreme Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in VWE-09 Mocha Frenzy ($5.99). Using its applicator, you can make those blood drips look vibrant and fresh even under direct light. Kiss death like it’s your friend and turn those lips blood red with Revlon Outrageous Lipcolor in 76 Stunning Red ($5.99). Don’t forget to add those false eyelashes for that subtle bit of sexiness.


Halloween-Inspired Look:  Cat or Feline Makeup Tips

Purrrrr…to Halloween’s Full Moon Night with Cat Envy Look

With a steady hand and a creative mind, you only need Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in 07 Really Black ($6.99) to achieve that feline eye makeup. Great makeup to pair with a nude, body hugging suit or a bare shoulder to boast, make bold lines around your eyes as if you are drawing the strong features of a cat’s face. Long elongated strokes and upward motioned lines around the eyes make a feline look fierce and stunning at the same time.

Be creative and enjoy these fabulous, creative looks for Halloween. With makeup just under $25, getting all dolled up is easy peasy.

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