We’ve moved!

karinaglitterSo we’ve been a bit MIA & we’re sorry for that – BUT, we’ve moved! Our new lifestyle blog can now be found at kcyouthereblog.com. We hope you’ll continue to follow along. We promise to provide new entertaining tips along with lifestyle features on decor, fashion, beauty & more!

XOXO

Team KC

 

Skin Brightening: What’s It All About?

Let’s face it, we all aspire to have radiant skin with no help needed from makeup. Unfortunately, one of the most common skin concerns globally is hyperpigmentation.

Bring on the skin lightening trend. A trend that started more than two decades ago in Asia with “whitening” products, known today as “brightening” products to carry a less controversial stigma. These creams, serums and treatments aim to lighten dark spots, acne scarring, and improve texture and tone.

Lucky for us there are several over the counter options that do the trick!

Top picks for a fresher complexion:

  1. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream, $59.50

  2. Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Treatment, $15

  3. Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Creme, $58

  4. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion, $46.50

  5. Nuance Salma Hayek Renewing & Brightening Facial Serum, $15.99

Issue and remedy guide:

Acne scarring? Opt for soy-based products.

Overall brightness? Bring on the vitamin-C.

Dark spots? Enzymes are your thing, so look out for ingredients like melanozyme.

Texture and tone? Botanicals and other plant-based ingredients like omogi and angelica root extracts will do the trick.

Prevention? Look for licorice – yum!

So go ahead, lighten up.

-Lauralai

The Sweet Smell of Spring: 5 New Perfumes for 2013

An easy way to transition your beauty routine into Spring is with fragrance. As temps start to warm up, consider one of these fresh new scents to match your mood. Just as I swap the clothes in my closet, I love displaying seasonal perfumes on my vanity… not to mention I’m a sucker for pretty glass bottles.
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  1. Going girly? Nothing says feminine more than the oh so pretty-in-pink, Juicy Couture La La. Light, white floral notes blend seamlessly with hints of mandarin.
  2. Feeling cheerful? Opt for See by Chloé which stirs up notes of apple blossom and crisp flowers – the perfect fresh scent.
  3. For that hint of romance? Spritz on Coach Love. A floral blend of gardenia, violet and magnolia mesh with vanilla notes for that dash of sensuality.
  4. Looking for adventure? Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y will bring you a bold blend of black truffle, lily, and pink pepper fitting for that inner dashing diva.
  5. Are the love birds chirping? Opt for the floral and sweet fruity      aroma that Kenzo Amour I Love You offers.

Spritz, spritz,

Lauralai

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Beauty Picks

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As if you haven’t already heard, the 2013 Pantone color of the year is (drum roll please) Emerald. It looks like we’ll be channeling our inner Elizabeth Taylor and city of Oz for inspiration.

While it’s simple to work into clothing and accessories, such a sultry green isn’t as versatile in the world of makeup as last year’s Tangerine Tango. Emerald isn’t a color you’d realistically rock on your pout or flushed across the cheek, but a sheer wash across the lid, an intense pop of color lining the eyes, or a shiny lacquer on the fingertips is en pointe. Emerald makes green eyes pop, but it intensifies the green undertones in hazel eyes, compliments those baby blues and deepens up teddy browns. For a well rounded look, pair it with a peach or pink lip.

My top beauty picks include liners, lacquers, and shadows – oh my!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner, Covet MUFE Aqua Liner, 4 Diamond Lagoon Green Nars Duo Eyeshadow, Misfit L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow, Endless Sea Julep Nail Color, Emilie Butter London Nail Lacquer, Racing Green

Check out my more of my favorite Emerald Beauty Picks on Pinterest for more ways to work this trending color into your beauty regiment.

Go green!

MsLauralai

Week of Pinspiration {Beauty Trends}

C & I are currently in Florida and have had quite the relaxing weekend. It seems one thing that I always catch myself doing while relaxing is finding new inspiration on Pinterest. This time around I realized just how many beauty pins I had and thought perhaps I was on to something. I’m always open to trying new trends, so this week I plan to try one of these:

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I can’t wait to try both of these nail styles. Between the gold metallic and the jewel tone nails, my nails will be super primped.

beautypinspiration

I’ve always been obsessed with thick and beautiful eyebrows. Her brows match her face and hair color well, I doubt I could go this thick with my color hair, but I hope to get close to it.

hairpinspiration

Although I’m not quite sure I could pull off this pink pony, in my next life I definitely plan to.

hairpinspiration

I love everything about this shot. Although black and white, you can tell her makeup was flawless, the deep lip color matches her deep hair part, everything just works.

topknotpinspiration

I’m not sure I’ll be getting over the top knot any time soon. I especially love how it looks here on the beautiful fashion blogger behind www.wearawishbone.com.

Will you try any of these beauty trends? Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for continuous Pinspiration.

Stay inspired,

Karina