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Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric

There are SO many reasons we’re obsessed with turmeric! It’s a powerful spice that has been used in many Chinese and Ayurvedic recipes for its beautifying and healing properties.
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Turmeric is an antiaging and antibacterial powerhouse. Mostly due to its curcumin, which gives it its distinct yellow color, it helps combat some of our biggest skincare woes: acne, aging, and dullness. Make your own DIY scrub and mask using it, and you’re well on your way to brighter, more supple skin. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

  • A honey, coconut oil mask
  • In a face mask
  • In a lip scrub
  • In our skincare obsession: Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Elixir
  • How do you like to use turmeric? Leave a comment and maybe we’ll use your tip in our next video!

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    This Twist Up Charcoal Cleanser is Everything

    We admit it, we were a little confused at what the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick was exactly upon first sight. With its gold cap and accents, it looked too pretty to just be a cleanser. Plus, with a similar packaging as Tarte’s Lip & Cheek Tints, we thought it could be makeup. That is, until you twist the cap open to find a black solid.

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    It’s described as an “exfoliating gel” — all of which you’ll mostly understand when you use it for the first time. Good luck going back after you do.

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    What it is: An exfoliating sea algae and charcoal cleanser in the form of a solid stick that is activated to a gel when applied to wet skin.

    What it does: Uses charcoal powder and microexfoliants for a light scrub and cleanser that helps draw out impurities in the skin. To use, wet face, then rub on face directly until evenly applied. Use fingertips to massage on face then rinse off.

    What we liked: It was easy to apply, and even though it melts to a gel upon use, there’s fairly no mess. The microexfoliants scrub without being harsh and the charcoal helps to absorb oils and other impurities (charcoal is known to absorb about 200 times its weight in impurities). The cleanser has no strong discernable scent and also doubles as a mask if you leave it for a couple minutes. The result is a shine-free, dirt-free finish. The cleanser is also compact and solid which makes it good for travel and those on the go. Plus it looks pretty on our bathroom counter.

    What we didn’t like: The balm can’t get into the inner corners or around the nostrils upon contact but you can also use your fingers to wipe around those areas. And although it’s gentle enough to use everyday, we don’t recommend using any granule product more than 2-3 times a week!

    Who it’s best for: Good for all skin types, and people who usually carry around their life in their bag (we see you, Jetsetters).

    Price: $22

    Availability: tartecosmetics.com

    Fun fact: Tarte is launching in the Middle East on October 27th! Get excited 🙂

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    Beauty Glossary: Stipple

    Stipple /stip·pel/
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    To apply foundation using a dotting motion which helps you get a more airbrushed, diffused finish. A stippling brush usually has a dense base and feathery, lighter tips that can be used to dip into your foundation then lightly dot on face in quick motions. Afterwards, light circular motions are used to diffuse foundation out. This helps give adequate coverage with the least amount of makeup.

    Known side effects: Wanting to be referred to as a makeup “artiste.”

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    Hrush Achemyan of @styledbyhrush Talks Brows and How to Slay

    You might recognize her on IG as @styledbyhrush, a regular at red carpet events, or maybe even Kim Kardashian West’s glam guru/jet skiing buddy. Whichever way you may have come across her, one thing we can all agree on is Hrush Achemyan gives good brow. Which is why we’re not at all surprised when Make Up For Ever chose to collaborate with the makeup artist for their latest brow collection. While in Dubai to celebrate the launch, we caught up with Hrush about some of her makeup tips and the surprising things you might find in her purse. Read on!

    Why was it so important for you to collaborate with a brand like Make Up For Ever?

    It’s exciting! I was extremely honored that a brand which, when I started off as a makeup artist would have died to have the whole collection, actually asked me to collaborate with them on something I’m obsessed with. I have such bushy brows myself and I used to be made fun of for them for so long, and now it’s the it-trend. It’s like, look at me now! I’m just so obsessed with eyebrows. It was really a no-brainer for me to get on board.

    What are your tips for making brows look fuller?

    A new product that Make Up For Ever launched is the Brow Liquid Liner. You can fake extra hair if you use it properly. It adds the look of texture. The Aqua Brow for me though is what really attracted me to brand in the first place. I like to use it to lighten my eyebrows because they’re so aggressive looking. It’s actually what got me on to first using brow products.

    Who in your opinion has the nicest brows right now?
    Cara Delevingne!

    If we look in your purse right now, what are three things we’d find?

    You’re going to find a mini Sriracha bottle on a keychain…I’m not joking! You’ll probably find Chapstick, and I always carry a brush for my brows because if someone touches or rubs my face, one eyebrow goes down, so I have to brush it up again.

    Being based in LA and visiting the Middle East, what do you think is the biggest difference between beauty in both places?

    The Middle East loves black and I love that a woman feels so confident with her face. Girls in the U.S. like to glam, don’t get me wrong, even if they’re a little more low-key about it. I just believe wherever you are in the world whether from the U.S. or Middle East, with anything you wear if you wear it with confidence, you’re going to slay.

    in Beauty Glossary

    Beauty Glossary: Bae-trayal

    Bae-trayal /bay·tray·al/

    When a friend, sibling, or loved-one snaps you without the use of a filter or at a bad angle; a violation of trust. A major offense especially when not wearing any makeup.

    Note: Proper Snapchat etiquette would specifically require the use of one of the pretty lenses (anything with flowers, stars, or a brightening, otherworldly glow are safe bets).

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    in Perfume, product review

    All About the Global Launch of the New Christian Louboutin Fragrances!

    Today marks the launch of Christian Louboutin’s very first foray into perfumes—three to be exact–and we were lucky enough to get them in our office to try them first! Spoiler: They’re incredible.
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    Time and money were no object to Louboutin, who had these scents brewing for three years until now. He went to four best perfume houses in the world and what they came up with is seriously incredible! It was so hard to pick favorites!

    The first one, Bikini Questa Sera (“Bikini Tonight” in Italian) is supposed to evoke an intimate, beachy feeling. The notes of jasmine, tuberose, and sandalwood. The second, Tornade Blonde aka “Blonde Tornado” is about a women who leaves a trail of golden light behind her. Picture you’re at a bar and see a gorgeous women who disappears in moments, leaving you wondering, “who was she?” (as the Louboutin team explained). It has a mix of violet, roses, and cassis. Finally, Trouble in Heaven is about a woman who is at ease with being sexy – provokes and doesn’t mind being provocative. The scent is the strongest of the three, with notes of bergamot, amber, patchouli, and iris.

    The bottle itself is a work of art – the clam shell is supposed to emulate a Caesar or Oscar award (and honestly, we want to display it on our shelves like one!). Louboutin actually enlisted an architect, Thomas Heatherwick (who also recently designed the new London double decker buses) to come up with a classic, strong design that really gives these scents a commanding identity. There’s a mix of complexity and simplicity in the design that we’d only expect from Louboutin.

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    The perfumes are decadent, sexy, and quite honestly, to die for. They are all launched today at 1320 dhs in the UAE and $275 each in the US. Which perfume describes you? Anyone out to buy one for themselves? Like all Louboutin beauty products, we think this is something you’ll use AND collect to display like works of art. The scents are so distinct, they’re perfect for layering as well. We’re seriously obsessed! Check them out at Louboutin stores, on Louboutin’s site, or online retailers like selfridges.com!

    To see a sneak peek of the perfumes as well as the newest Louboutin matte lipstick, follow realhudabeauty on Snapchat!!!

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