April 29, 2015

Contouring Tips For the Clueless

How To Contour and Highlight

One of the biggest beauty trends in the past year has been contouring, but I find that it’s a technique that still mystifies a lot of women.  You don’t have to be a makeup pro or a Kardashian to make contouring & highlighting work for you!  You can use contouring to define your cheekbones, slim your nose and sculpt your jawbone, which especially helps your facial features standout in photos.

Contouring can be a great technique to add definition to your face and warm up your complexion. Not sure if you can master contouring?  Follow these four easy steps to get a natural, bronzed contoured look:

1.       Pick a Shade
For contouring, you’ll want to choose a face powder —cream or even foundation if you prefer; I stick to powders as they are easiest to blend— or a bronzer about two shades darker than your natural skin tone. When I’m taking  photos, I opt for non-shimmery bronzers such as MAC Bronzing Powder, and sometimes I’ll even use two different bronze shades. If using multiple shades,  I recommend using a kit such as Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit (also comes with a highlight and brush!). On the budget side, I really like to contour with Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Bronzer (four shades in one palette!) and e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder duo.

2.       Brush Up
For the easiest application and best results, I recommend using an angled brush as it will greatly help to precisely apply the product in specific areas for definition  with the most even application. I recommend IT Brushes for Ulta Live Beauty Fully Flawless Blush Brush #227, MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, or Sonia Kashuk Angled Contour Brush.

3.       The E-3 Technique
Now that you have the right product and the right brush, it’s time to get contouring! The basic rules for contouring are that you want light in the center of your face and shade at the edges to frame your face. Think about where light will naturally hit your face and what you want to emphasize and define.

By far, the easiest technique is to use the E-3 (sometimes just known as 3’s). No, this is not some weird Star Wars reference. Start by sweeping the bronzer at your temples, along your hairline, lightly down by your ears and then under your cheekbones (it helps to make a fish face!). To define your jawline, sweep bronzer under your chin along your jaw. Repeat on the opposite side. To slim your nose, you can apply bronzer down the sides of the nose.

How to Contour

Contouring Tips

How-to Contour

Contour and highlighting

Be sure to blend, blend, blend! Here's a general guide to help you determine where bronzer (brown), blush (pink) and highlight (beige) should be applied:

How to Contour

4.       Lighten Up
I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a highlight nut but I’ll try to tone it down for this post. With contouring, we added the shade but now we need to add the light. Use a powder (or again, cream or foundation) that is a shade or two lighter than your normal complexion. Matte tends to be best for photos, such as Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder but for my cheeks, I am a sucker for shimmery highlighters such as Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent (all-time favorite!) or IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Illuminizer and even MAC Beauty Powder—I could go on... and on.

 You’ll want to apply the highlighter on cheeks above your blush (which should be on the apples of your cheeks) or on apples on top of blush. Sweep the highlighter on tops of cheekbones up around edges of eyes. You can also highlight your brow bone to help open your eyes, add highlight to your chin, middle of forehead, as well as your “cupids bow’ above lips, as well as on top length of nose, although I don’t recommend shimmer highlighter for the nose or forehead.

Makeup contouring

Think you got it?  Let me know how  your contoured look turns out!

April 28, 2015

Good HUES-Day: Pastel Nails For Spring 2015

Happy Tuesday! I've been a little behind in posts since I was traveling for the past week and trying to play catch up. This Good HUES-Day it's all about pretty, pastel spring nails-- which are typically my favorites for spring! How about you, do you tend to go for the soft pastels in spring, or for the bolds?

April 24, 2015

Anthropologie $250 GIVEAWAY!

Happy Friday! I've been busy traveling this week so posts have been lagging-- I'm sorry! Lucky you though, I have teamed up with a group of fab bloggers to offer an exciting giveaway for a $250 gift card to Anthropologie! Check out the details on how to enter below:

Prize: $250 Anthropologie Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/14 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

April 20, 2015

Striped Out

Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters | Blazer: Forever 21 | Striped Shirt: H&M | Heels: Steve Madden | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls | Necklace: BaubleBar | Bracelet: House of Harlow via Rocksbox | Rings: Gorjana & House of Harlow via Rocksbox

Okay, how awesome are these little pod chairs?? I spent the weekend in San Diego and these were at the hotel-- they were comfy too! This month's Bloggers Who Budget focus is on stripes-- who doesn't love stripes? I picked up this tank months ago from H&M for around $6-- it's such a classic look that can be dressed up, down or somewhere in between and can definitely be done so on a budget.

Do you have a favorite stripes look?

April 18, 2015

Weekend Trip Essentials

Sunglasses: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (on sale!) | Hat: (similar) | Bikini Top: Target | Bikini Bottoms: Target | Bag: Tory Burch

This weekend I'm off to San Diego for our company sales meeting-- we get a couple days before the meeting to ourselves so I'm definitely going to take the opportunity for some poolside R&R. I can't wait to wear this new swim suit I picked up from Target-- love the style and the stripes!

What are you up to this weekend?

April 16, 2015

Festival Ready with Target

Target Spring Style

Target Romper

Festival Fashion

Coachella Fashion

Target Style
 Romper: Target | Backpack: Target | Sandals: Sam & Libby for Target | Sunglasses: Target | Necklace: BaubleBar | Hat (similar)

Okay, so I may not have been at Coachella this past weekend but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the adorable boho "festival' style, right? I never really got on board the romper trend until very recently and after finding this cool black & white printed romper at Target, I am totally a fan.

One trend I am glad to see in again are the mini backpacks, and apparently they are all over the festival scene. Did you have one of these in the '90s? I sure did! I was really impressed with the offering available at Target-- a variety of colors, fringe, lace details, they have it all!

Are you planning to attend any upcoming music festivals, tell me!

A big thank you to my boyfriend Steve for tearing himself away from his fishing pole to take these pictures :)

April 14, 2015

Target $300 Gift Card Giveaway

Do you ever walk out of Target wondering how you spend so much?? Seriously, I don't think I've ever left that place spending less than $20.... and not in a bad way. From stylish clothes, cute accessories, home goods, beauty and more. Lucky for you, here's your chance to win a $300 Target gift card, see details below:

Prize: $300 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Check the Rafflecopter for the link to our other Target gift card to double your chances of winning! Giveaway ends 5/12 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!
Good luck!

Good HUES-Day: Stella & Dot Statements

In honor of tonight's Stella & Dot Summer Style Soiree that I will be hosting on Facebook, I have rounded up some gorgeous statement necklaces (including a couple from the new summer collection!) that I have been drooling over-- I am loving gold, bright pops of color, and as always, layers!

This evening, I hope you'll grab your smartphone, flip up your laptop or take a seat in front of your computer to join us on Facebook for tonight's online Stella & Dot Summer Style Soiree. We'll be checking out the latest summer styles from Stella & Dot + giving away great prizes!  Be sure to RSVP in order to be eligible for prizes-- hope to 'see' you there! :)

WHEN: Tonight, Tuesday April 14
TIME: 7 p.m. PST 
WHERE: Facebook

For even more giveaway fun, you can also enter to win a $50 Stella & Dot gift card! For entry details, visit here

April 12, 2015

DO or DON'T: Slide Sandals

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! I didn't have any plans this weekend, which is a good thing because my next few weekends are going to be SUPER busy. I ended up at Target yesterday (how does that always seem to happen??) and picked up a super cute swim suit and bag that you'll be seeing on here soon :P

As I walked through the shoe section, slide sandals caught eye and I realized how these have become a pretty big trend since last summer. There's definitely a few questionable styles I wouldn't wear (such as #1 above- not my style!) but for the most part I think they're a cute alternate from the boring ol' flip flop.  Even the Birkenstocks (#2) are really cute! What do you think-- DO or DON'T?

April 10, 2015

Stella & Dot Summer Soiree + GIVEAWAY!

Stella & Dot Summer Style Soiree
Happy Friday all! I'm so excited to announce that I will be hosting a Stella & Dot Summer Style Soiree next week on Tues. April 14th at 7 p.m. Where, might you ask? On Facebook! It's super easy for ANYONE to join this online party and you can do so from the comfort of your couch, on your smartphone, wherever. 

My stylist, Buckley, will be sharing the newest, gorgeous pieces from Stella & Dot's summer collection, we'll be sharing styling tips and advice, PLUS we'll be giving away FREE jewelry! Just be sure to RSVP to the event 'yes' or 'maybe' so you'll be entered to win and to take part in the online party.

Can't wait to shop or can't make the 'party'? Visit http://www.stelladot.com/ts/9n966 to get your shop on now-- your orders will still be counted towards the party prizes!

I'm a huge fan of delicate pieces, they can be layered and they go with basically everything. The bracelets are fab on their own or are fun to stack and mix 'n' match. Keep scrolling for a few of my favorite Stella & Dot pieces (can you tell I'm obsessed with arrows??) and see how I've worn them here on A Good Hue:

On Your Mark Necklace | Renegade Cluster Bracelet | Remy Wrap | Wishing Bracelet- Arrow

Cool Fact: The On Your Mark arrow necklace is a design collaboration from the amazing jewelry designer Maya Brenner, who was once one of my clients! Her designs are incredible and I love that she has a collection with S&D. 

Like what you see? Be sure to RSVP to my Stella & Dot Summer Style Soiree on Tues. April 14th on Facebook! Plus, here's your chance to score some more Stella & Dot bling of your very own-- your choice with a $50 gift card! Here's the 411:

Prize: $50 Stella & Dot Gift Card
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 4/14, US only. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

April 9, 2015

Tulle + Chambray For Spring

Chambray Shirt: Mudd for Kohls (old, similar) | Tulle Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (similar) | Heels: Candies for Kohls | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Necklace: Wanderlust & Co.

It's no secret that Kohl's is one of my favorite stores to shop for good deals. Combine clearance items with sales and coupons and you can come up on so many amazing pieces and still stay under budget. On my last big Kohl's run, after picking up a few cute tees, I came across this adorable tulle skirt in the clearance section under $20... and luckily it was in my size! Totally meant to be. With my arms loaded I just had to make a stop at the shoe section and came across these blush lovelies. Sadly they were out of my size (nooo!) but my mom saved the day by picking me up a pair at her local store. Thank goodness for moms!

April 8, 2015

3 Steps to Soft, Kissable Lips

I probably should have posted this in the dead of winter when dry skin and icky chapped lips are at a high, but for me it's a year-round issue. Lucky for my poor, sad dry lips I've been taking some steps & precautions keep them soft and hydrated. For super soft, kissable lips, follow these steps below:

1.       Scrub Away With Me
Regular exfoliating of your lips helps to scrub away dry, icky skin and helps to soften your lips. You can apply a homemade sugar lip scrub, or try Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub that I have currently been using and loving.

2.       Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
As with your skin, regular moisturizing helps leave skin hydrated and silky soft… the same goes for your lips! Dry, chapped lips are definitely no fun as they can start cracking and can even start bleeding. Use balms throughout the day (I go between EOS Lip Balm and Carmex) and if you wear gloss or lipstick, use formulas with lip conditioning properties. Don’t forget to apply lip balm before you head to bed each night as well. Trust me, your lips (and your honey!) will thank you.

3.       Habitual Tendencies
DON’T bite or lick your lips! I’ll admit it, one of my worst (if not the worst!) beauty habits is biting my lips and like any habit is hard to break. When my lips get super dry I start biting them and then usually end up with a cold sore. Yuck! As weird as this sounds, even lip licking can dehydrate your lips. Take my advice and keep your lips well moisturized and un-bitten.

DO drink lots of water and eat your fruits & veggies! Did you know that dry lips are a sign of dehydration? Now you know, so drink that H2O up! Also, fruits and veggies will help balance your body’s pH, which can cause chapped lips if it’s off. The most easiest (and my personal favorite!) way to get my fruit & veggie fill is with a daily smoothie, such as this yummy tropical green smoothie

How do you keep your lips soft? Share your tips!

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