November Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites || Runway Chef #beauty I’ve been a major slacker lately, at least in the beauty department. But with dropping temps, ain’t nobody got time to be slacking on their skincare (as I was so pleasantly reminded by my rough, dry skin).  I’m currently focusing on upping my routine for the winter months and hunting down a good retinol cream. Please tell me you have retinol cream suggestions, because my skin is dyyyyyying without it (I can no longer use my old one due to my ever-difficult skin allergies). Also, I’d love to know what you’re doing to prepare your skin for winter, if you switch out products, etc and what beauty things you’re currently loving.

Thanks for reading and hope you guys have a great weekend!

November Beauty Favorites {@jergensus BB Body Cream}  || Runway Chef  #beauty Jergens BB Body Cream c/o // I’ve long been a fan of Jergens Glow lotion to keep my “glow” going throughout the winter months, so I was anxious to try their BB Body cream. My skin has gone through every torture imaginable with my skin allergies so anything that promises “flawless skin” I’m game for trying. After just a few uses, I definitely started noticing a more even skin tone and that alone is a miracle.

November Beauty Favorites {@drbronner soap}  || Runway Chef  #beauty Dr. Bronner’s Soap // It’s not called “magic soap” for nothing. This soap may be the simplest soap on the market but it truly is magical. My Mom used this for everything growing up (yup, the dog even got bathed in it), so when my skin allergies started up I knew I needed to revert to my soapy roots. I have the unscented one for babies (because my skin is a temperamental baby that can’t handle any scents) and I use it for everything- face wash, makeup removal, body wash, makeup brush cleaning, even apartment cleaning.

November Beauty Favorites {@elizabetharden Lipstick}  || Runway Chef  #beauty Elizabeth Arden “Red Door Red” Lipstick c/o// I’m always on the hunt for the perfect shade of red. This one is my latest favorite. It goes on light so you can have a more natural lip, or you can keep applying it for a darker shade. Some of the red lipsticks I have go on so dark that I look more clown and less human. By the time I’m done blotting off enough lipstick to give me a “normal” shade, I’ve got more color on my face than I do my lips making me look like the victim of a clown murder. Hence, you can see why I appreciate a shade that goes on a bit lighter.

Morning Skin Care Boost

Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool For me, my morning routine starts with getting a full 8 hours of sleep, or at least in my dream world it does. Unfortunately, the reality is that I have a wandering mind, noisy neighbors, and a New York City apartment, so I consider myself lucky when I get 6-7 hours of sleep. To make up for my lack of sleep, I try to live a very healthy lifestyle. I take vitamins, drink lots of water, workout every day, start my day with fresh fruit and hot tea, and fill my plate with as many organic, whole foods as I can. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough. To get an extra boost I rely on skin care products. I’m sure you all remember me talking about my crazy skin allergies, so the search to find products that are both safe for my skin AND beneficial isn’t always easy. However, I was recently introduced to a product that does not upset my skin, but it is also perfect for rejuvenating after nights with little sleep. Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen is beauty sleep in a bottle (minus the sleep part). It’s infused with the essence of honeysuckle and white tea, which helps your skin to look refreshed and ready to face the day. It also has SPF 15 in it. I feel good using this product knowing that I am nourishing my skin and helping it to stay beautifully protected.

What is your morning routine like and how do you make up for a lack of sleep? Do you use the Olay Fresh Effects products?

Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Growing up I absolutely hated my bushy eyebrows. It didn’t matter how many times someone told me that Brook Shields had thick gorgeous eyebrows “just like me”, the only thing I saw when I looked in the mirror was Oscar the Grouch. So naturally I plucked my eyebrows into oblivion. Literally. At one point I think you might have even needed a magnifying glass to see them. It was scary. Like Halloween scary, except 24/7 (#notok). Fast forward a few years and I’ve now come to realize that thick eyebrows really are gorgeous. Instead of wishing my brows looked like anything but Brook Shield’s, I now want them to look as much like hers as possible. Well-groomed and well-shaped eyebrows not only help to define your face, they also make your eyes look bigger and brighter and it’s one thing that should never be skipped in your daily routine. Even if your tight on time, doing just your eyebrows (along with a coat of mascara and adding a touch of concealer) will make such a huge difference. To achieve the perfect eyebrows, here are my tips-

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto A before shot of my eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tools of the Trade: Eyebrow brush, clear mascara, tweezers, eyebrow brush/comb, small scissors 

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto First, you’ll want to figure out what the proper shape of your eyebrows should be. Using your eyebrow brush handle as a guide, line the brush straight up against your nose (like the first picture). The end of your eyebrow should line up with the handle so anything to the  side opposite your brow should be plucked. To figure out where the highest part of your brow should be, hold the brush diagonally from your nose to your eyebrow across the farthest side of your retina. Your arch should be wherever the brush hits (see the second picture). To determine where the end of your eyebrow should extend to, keep your brush lined up with your nose but this time move your brush to the farthest corner of your eye. Your eyebrow should extend out to the point at which the brush hits (as in the third picture).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After you determine the shape your eyebrows should be, use the eyebrow brush to gently brush them from the center towards the outer corner.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Pluck any stray hairs using your tweezers.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Next, use the comb side of the brush to comb your eyebrows up and out.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Use the scissors to trim any hairs that extend pass the brow line. I usually only do a trimming once a week, unless it is needed.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After the brows have been cleaned up, you’ll want to fill them in with an eyeshadow or brow color that is one shade darker than your natural brow color. I use the dark brown from the Les 4 Ombres Chanel eyeshadow palette. (I like to use eyeshadow as opposed to a pencil as I think the color is less harsh and it blends in more easily creating a more natural looking eyebrow.)

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Add on a coat of clear mascara (or brow gel) to lock in the color and keep your brows in place.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To finish the look, I like to add a swipe of a shimmery eye shadow right underneath my brow to highlight the area and really make my eyes and brows pop. Here I’m using Chantecaille in “Marigold“.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto In this picture you can see the dramatic difference between the eyebrow that has been done (left) and the one that has not (right).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To maintain my eyebrows, I usually follow the plucking and trimming routine once a week, of course plucking out stray hairs as need be. I fill my brows in with the color and gel any time I do my makeup.

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3 Ways to Update a Ponytail

3 easy ways to update a ponytail The list of things us ladies have to do before we get out the door every morning is basically the longest, most exhausting list known to mankind (or should I say ‘womankind’?). Pluck eyebrows, color roots, paint nails, apply makeup, lather up with lotion, style hair…..can I go back to just being a tomboy?! Obviously with so much to do it can be easy to get into a (boring) routine, especially when it comes to hair. My morning hair routine dialogue usually goes a little something like “Ugh I hate my hair! Why is my hair not doing anything I want it to do? $67%$$*&t&5& (lots of expletives)!!!! No one invited you to this hair party frizz! Whatever! I’ll just put it up into a messy bun like I do!” Clearly, I need help. Enter these 3 ways to update a ponytail. They are by no means anything new or extraordinary but they are a great reminder that hair doesn’t have to be boring or complicated and it most certainly doesn’t have to be in a rut.

Ponytail with Hair Twist // Style your hair into a ponytail as you normally would. From one side, section off a small (about 1/4″ to 1/2″) piece of hair. Wrap it around your ponytail elastic. When you get to the hair ends secure them underneath your ponytail with a bobby pin.

ponytail how-to hair twist ponytail

Ponytail Braid // Style your hair into a ponytail as you normally would. Gently braid your hair, then secure the end with a hair elastic.

ponytail braid how-to braided ponytail braided ponytail hairstyle

Jasmine Ponytail // Style your hair into a ponytail as you normally would. Then, about every 2-3″ add another hair elastic. Continue adding hair elastics until you have only 2-3″ left at the end (for my hair I use 2-3 hair ties, depending on how I want them spaced).

jasmine-style ponytail Jasmine Ponytail

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

how to clean makeup brushes I must confess that when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes I’ve been committing two major sins. For starters, I’ve been cleaning them with dish soap….as in the soap you wash dishes with….as in something that shouldn’t be put on your face…as in what-was-this-girl-with-sensitive-skin-thinking. There’s just so many issues with that that I’m just going to keep moving right along to sin number two. I almost never wash my brushes. And all that I have to say about that is…..*cringe*. Needless to say, this recent bout of skin issues gave me a little reminder that maybe cleaning my brushes, NOT with dish soap, would be a good idea. So I revamped my routine (not that you can call dish soap every 6 months a routine) to one that would be better suited for my sensitive and highly allergic skin (no harsh soaps needed) and for my brushes (the oil is good for moisturizing and helping your brushes last longer). Here’s how to clean makeup brushes naturally and safely-

Olive oil (You can also use hemp seed oil)
A mild, chemical-free fragrance-free castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s baby soap)
Small bowls
A towel

1. Prep a work area in which to clean your brushes. Lay out your towel, fill a small bowl with a few drops of olive oil, and fill another bowl with warm water and a few drops of soap. (This picture below is of some of the brushes before they are cleaned.)

How To Clean Makeup Brushes (natural + good for sensitive & allergy prone skin) || Runway Chef 2. Take your first brush and start swishing it around in the olive oil, slightly pressing down on the brush as you go. Do this for a few seconds, or until the color stops coming out of the bristles. 

how to naturally clean makeup brushes 3. Next, swirl the brush around in the soapy water. Because oil and water don’t mix (just in case you forgot) the makeup should come off in little bubbles (although this won’t be as noticeable for things like eye shadow and blush).

how to clean makeup brushes if you have sensitive skin 4. Give the brush a final rinse under plain warm water, then pat it dry with the towel. If it seems like more makeup is still on the bristles, repeat the rinsing process again. If not, leave it laying out for at least 6 hours so it can fully dry.

how to clean makeup brushes 5. Repeat until all of your brushes are clean, changing out the oil and soapy water every few brushes. For the best results, I find that I can do all my eyeliner/eyeshadow/powder brushes with one batch of oil and water, but for foundation brushes I need to switch out the oil and the water each time. The foundation brushes also require a little more oil and soap as well as more pressure on the brush and really using your hands to get all the makeup off. (This picture below is an after shot of the brushes from the first picture now that they are all clean.)

how to clean makeup brushes naturally If you need to brush up on your makeup brush basics (i.e. which ones you need and which brushes to use for what), see here.