Top 10 Most Asked Beauty Questions Answered

1. Why do some lipsticks make my teeth look extremely yellow?

Lipsticks like any other make-up product has colored hues. If the hues aren’t great for your skin tone a lot of times you end up with yellow looking teeth even if they’re normally white! Warm-tones cast a yellow based hue onto you’re teeth while a blue hued lipstick will cast cool-tones making your teeth look whiter!

2. How often should I wash my make-up brushes?

You should wash your make-up brushes AT THE LEAST once every month to ensure you are using clean brushes and not distributing dirt and bacteria. If you are using your brushes more often they get a lot of build up, wash them every 2 weeks!

3. Do face primer’s actually work?

Most primers are made with silicone which acts as an adhesive to hold your make-up in place and make it less likely to smear or smudge. Just like painting your walls you need a base coat to help your make-up stay. It can also fill in fine lines and absorb oils! If you feel like yours isn’t doing anything, do some research and try a new one.

4. How do I contour my face?

I know it seems like a scary task to learn, but it’s actually pretty simple if you imagine a light above your face. The places that are shadowed you contour while the places that shine you highlight. Most people already have a bronzer or a color that is slightly too dark for their skin. I start at the top of my ear and brush in towards my mouth and nose angling slightly down going just below my cheek bones. Remember to use only a little product at first and build up, once you have too much product it’s hard to get rid of it, but you can always add. I then brush the top of my forehead along my hairline. Make sure everything is well blended harsh lines are not your friend.

5. How should I layer my skincare products?

Lucky for you I created a post specially for this question. In a quick summary cleanser, exfoliator, toner, spot treatments, serums, eye creams, moisturizer, SPF.

6. I only have 5 minutes to get ready, what can I do that will make the biggest difference?

My biggest problem is my dark circles. Concealer is everyones best friend and my number one favorite that I cannot go without. Next is a quick touch up on the brows. I brush and fill them in quickly (not perfect sharp edges). Mascara can completely change your look and cannot be forgotten! Finally is the perfect pout. That pop of color gives you the finishing touch.

7. Eyes or Face First?

Most people will tell you to do your eyes first and then do your face because of fall out, but I have a very specific routine. I don’t do my eyes first because I like to brush a little foundation onto my eyelid because mine are extremely red and I love the edges of my shadow to look really blended. First I do my foundation, then my eyes. If any fall out happens this is where you can brush it off and finish with concealer, contour, and setting powder.

8. How do I make my hair grow faster?

  • The first thing is your DIET! Your diet reflects in your hair, skin, and energy levels. It is so important to feed your body nutritious food.
  • Do less with your hair (styling, products, shampooing, and coloring).
  • Massage your scalp to stimulate blood circulation.
  • Loosen tight hairbands.
  • Get regular trims.
  • Supplements can be a huge help something with biotin and anti-oxidants.

9. How to do a dutch braid?

Here is the video I used to learn! It’s actually quite easy and very similar to a french braid.

10. How to remove gel nails?

I soak my nails in acetone to remove them, I prefer not to file them off because it ends up filing my natural nail and makes it thin and brittle.

Xx, Kennah

 

Muah or Blah? The Beachwaver S1

I received the Beachwaver S1 as a gift and I have loved using it to get those perfect loose waves. Before the beach waver I tried every salt spray and wand technique, but nothing gave me what I was looking for! To be honest I was a bit afraid of the Beachwaver at first because I was scared I would somehow burn myself by pushing the arrow button that controls the rotation too far, but I actually get burned way less often using this than my others. It comes with a glove that I do not use, but if you’re accident prone it is a great idea. I have a few curling wands that I use daily and the Beachwaver is by far the quickest to get the job done. It takes me about 10-12 minutes to do my whole head and I have really long hair so that says a lot! It did have a learning curve with it because of the arrows and getting the direction right, but it didn’t take me long before I could turn the speed up! I section my hair off and curl in small sections clamping my hair 1-2 inches from the end to get the perfect beachy look. My hair doesn’t like to hold a curl so I have to hold it for about 8-10 seconds on a medium heat setting. After releasing the curl I lightly spray it with Control Addict 28 High-Hold Hairspray. Once the curls have cooled I brush through my hair and it gives you the most amazing surfer girl waves (if you don’t do this step you will end up looking like Shirley Temple.) This tool is a definite MUAH!

Here’s a link to a tutorial on the Beachwaver by the stylist who does the Victoria’s Secret Angels hair for the show! If you didn’t know the Beachwaver is what all the VS angels use backstage!

Xx, Kennah

Acne Tips

I’ve had a few people reach out asking about what I use and do for my skin to keep it clear, so I decided create a post for everyone to read! I have always had really good skin, but we all go through phases where our skin can get really bad and I’m in one of those right now! It can be hard to pinpoint what is making you breakout. I like to go through every single thing I do throughout the day to help figure out what could be going on. Ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Is your pillowcase clean? Always be sure you have clean pillowcases, wash them every other week! Don’t use heavy softeners or detergents.
  2. Are you touching your face a lot or talking on the phone? Be sure to sanitize your phone once a week (at least) and try not to touch your face and keep them clean if you do.
  3. Do you wash your face after working out and getting sweaty?
  4. Are your hands clean when applying products to your face?
  5. Do you eat poorly? (fried foods, high sugar, high fat, unhealthy foods) What you put into your body will reflect in your skin.
  6. Is your face-wash too drying? Test it out, if after washing your skin is so tight and dry it feels like it could crack, find a new one it could be causing your to overproduce oil and clog your pores!

Of course there are things that you cannot control like stress and hormones, that is why I’ve also created list of tips and products I use to help!

1. Neutrogena – Acne Treatment Pads

The Rapid Clear Daily Acne Treatment Pads are something I like to use on a regular basis when my skin is breaking out. It’s gentle enough to use every day and significantly reduces my breakouts and prevents any new ones from coming.

2. Mario Badescu – Drying Lotion

This acne spot treatment has had a lot of buzz around it lately. Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars, Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl and Huda Kattan founder of HUDA Beauty love this brand! It’s a fast acting acne treatment that can shrink pimples overnight. What’s nice about this product is that it’s good enough for the celebs, but it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. A little bit goes a long ways.

3. Clarisonice – Skin Cleansing System

Let me just start out by saying this brush cleans your face SIX TIMES better than washing your face with your hands or with a wash cloth. It gets rid of all the oil and dirt and clears out your pores. There are different interchangeable brush heads for deep cleaning, sensitive skin, acne cleansing, radiance ect. This is a preventative step although it can help clear up problem acne.

4. Eat healthy & drink lots of water!

Carrots, nuts, leafy greens, flaxseed, whole grains, fatty acids (avocados), fruit (berries, lemons, bananas), and water! All of these things are very important for your skin to help get the necessary nutrients to keep your skin healthy, radiant, and glowing.

Remember I’m no dermatologist these are just tips and tricks I’ve picked up a long the way that have worked for me.

Xx, Kennah

 

 

 

What’s in my Make-up Bag? : Morphe Brushes

A good make-up brush is just as important as the quality of make-up you’re using to create the perfect blended look. I noticed my shadows were looking a bit muddy not because of the make-up but because of the brushes I was using to apply. I’ve heard amazing things about Sigma and Morphe Brushes. I decided to order a Morphe Brush Set to give me a little bit of everything to try out. I picked a natural hair set and it has made the biggest difference especially with my shadows. The brushes I was using before were synthetic and very flimsy. Morphe’s brushes are soft enough to blend and firm enough to keep my colors separated and clean. They’re high quality especially for how inexpensive they are and super cute! The set came with a travel snap case which has been great for traveling and keeping them clean! I was a little worried that the bristles were all white, but they’ve cleaned up easily and look brand new after washing!

The set I ordered was the 10 Piece Deluxe Set with Ostrich Skin Snap Case and below is a list of the brushes it included.

Flat Bronzer Brush 6 1/2″
Angle Blush Brush 7 1/4″
Soft Fan Brush 6 3/4″
Eye Shadow Fluff Brush 6 1/2″
Precision Eye Shadow Brush 6 1/2″
Blending Brush 6 1/2″
Crease Blender Brush 6 1/2″
Smudge Brush 6″
Crease Brush 6″
Bullet Crease Brush 5 1/2″

The Eye Shadow Fluff Brush, Precision Eye Shadow Brush, blending brush, crease blender brush, and crease brush have been my favorite and most used for sure but all are amazing!

Xx, Kennah

 

What’s in my make-up Bag? : Amazonian Clay Foundation

I’ve been looking for a new Foundation for a while and I have finally found one that I am hooked on! I’ve loved every beauty product I’ve tried from Tarte, so I decided to give their Amazonian Clay Foundation a try. It’s full coverage which I feel is a must, but it isn’t heavy and it’s oil-free! Something a lot of people don’t know is that some foundations contain oil and that’s what is actually causing your face to become so greasy throughout the day. If you didn’t already know I’m extremely pale and I’ve had a really hard time finding foundations that match my skin, but Tarte has multiple colors that can work for my skin coloring. They even have a shade matcher where you can select the girl with the closest skin-tone to yours and it gives you 3 color options! Amazonian Clay has 25 total color options. Tarte has done such a good job at creating a perfect color and formula that works for everyone. If you don’t believe me read the reviews on this product, every single person loves it! It is SPF 15 adding a good extra layer of protection for your precious skin. Another plus is that is this foundation goes on and blends easily, it leaves you with a very naturally beautiful look.

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Xx, Kennah

The Secret to Color Correcting!

Have you wanted to test out color correcting, but don’t even know where to start? This blog post is for you! I’ve always had the darkest circles under my eyes and nothing covers them, even the thickest of concealers. Like everyone I get bright red zits though I didn’t know what colors covered which problems, so I researched and here’s what I’ve found!

LAVENDER – sallowness. Cancels out yellow tones (possibly when you’re sick).

GREEN – neutralizes redness, breakouts, sunburns, and rosacea.

PINK – dark circles on fair toned skin. Works to lift the skin and reduce the appearance of sun spots.

YELLOW – dark circles & dullness. Eliminates purple-hued dark circles and works to brighten your skin tone.

PEACH – dark circles & spots. Neutralizes blue-hues in medium-dark skin tones. Covers hyper-pigmentation and helps to brighten fair skin.

ORANGE – Perfect for blue-hued dark circles or bruises, especially in medium-dark skin tones.

RED – reduces green appearance. Great for dark stubborn circles, hollow eyes, and even tattoos!

I purchased the NYX Color Correcting palette from Ulta to test it out and I LOVE IT! I use it all the time now. When I was first applying the green I was terrified because I thought there was no way you weren’t going to see the hulk disaster through, but you couldn’t tell at all! I applied primer, then color correcting, then foundation, and finally concealer! I was amazed to say the least. They blend out really well (I use a concealer brush to apply).

 

Xx, Kennah

Dying Hair at Home

Being a girl can get pretty expensive with all the beauty treatments and services we pay for each month. I’ve found a way to check one of these off the list and save you some money! This is for girls who dye their hair all one color like me! (Something like balayage or highlights or a drastic color change I would suggest going to a professional for). I’ve divided it into sections to help you understand the whole process!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  1. Hair Dye
  2. Mixing Bowl
  3. Coloring Brush
  4. Gloves

Optional:

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DYE:

First you have to select your color. DO NOT BUY DRUGSTORE HAIR DYE! I buy professional grade hair products and use them at home. If you do not have a cosmetology license or a friend with one who is willing to help you out there are websites you can order it from (it is a few dollars more, but worth it for the quality!) Trust me I’ve tried every drugstore hair dye they make and all of them wash out and if you like your hair neutral or cool toned it always pulls red tones. If your hair is longer than your shoulders and pretty thick you’re going to need 2 boxes of hair dye. The dye I use is ISO icolor in the color 3N. This is super dark and most people say it looks like a 2, but it is actually a 3. icolor dye doesn’t pull red tones and it doesn’t look blue. It doesn’t damage my hair too much (obviously all dye does some damage) and makes it look so shiny and healthy.

DEVELOPER:

If you didn’t already know there are different volumes of developer. 10, 20, 30 (they make 40 level developer, but it is VERY damaging to your hair so only let a pro use this on your hair). The number or level on the bottle of developer represents the amount of hydrogen peroxide it contains. The more peroxide, the more your hair follicle will open during the coloring process. 10 volume developer is the one you would want use if you are going darker than your natural color and don’t need to lift the color at all (this is what I use). 20 developer is great for grey coverage and for coloring 1-2 shades from your current level. 30 volume is used for lightening your hair 3+ shades from your natural hair color.

PREP:

Make sure to move anything you don’t want getting dirty or stained (if you have one, use a cape to protect your clothes). Put vaseline on your skin near your hair line and on your ears so you don’t dye your skin. Once you’ve done it a few times you will get better and you won’t have to do this step. Have face wipes on hand in case you spill any. Start by mixing your color in the bowl using your brush. The hair dye box will give you the color to developer ratio that you should mix to create your color. The dye I use is 1 to 1 1/2 so for every 1 oz of color I use 1.5 oz of developer. Get your parting comb, clip, or a shower cap ready if you have one.

HOW TO:

Start from the roots at the top of your head brushing downwards and move in small sections down. I do one side of my head at a time and then finish with the back. This is where the parting comb comes in handy if you have one. I use mine to section off pieces about 1 inch apart. I brush both sides of each strand of hair (top and bottom) with a good glob of hair dye and massage it in a little with my gloves to make sure it’s evenly spread. Then I flip it over to the opposite side and clip it, then continue down. When doing the back of your head it can be tricky, but if you use 2 mirrors across from each other you can see the back of your head and it makes it a ton easier! Once you have it completely covered clip it up and put on the shower cap to make sure you don’t get it on anything while you wait for it to finish (usually 40 minutes ish).

CLEAN UP: 

I hand scrub the bowl and brush and then wash my hands with the gloves still on using regular hand soap. Then I lay them out to dry. Rise the dye out before you start shampooing, I like to lay in the tub with my head under the faucet for this step.

EXTRA TIPS AND INFO:

  • You cannot dye hair while it is wet, it must be dry but it is the best to dye 2nd day hair that has all your natural oils.
  • Use a color therapy shampoo and conditioner afterwards. I use joico brand k-pak color therapy.
  • Use a hair mask to repair the hair (about once a week). I use the joico k-pak one as well.

Xx, Kennah

What’s in my Make-up Bag? : Tartelette Palette

My all-time favorite go to palette is Tarte’s Tartelette Amazonian Clay matte palette. I love this palette because all the colors are usable and it’s not one you buy just for a few of the colors because they’re all amazing! This palette is perfect for brown eyes because it has subtle hues of purple, but is beautiful on anyone (just look at Tammy Hembrow). These colors stay all day and you don’t need a primer because it is amazonian clay. With the variety of colors you can create a chic daytime champagne colored day time look or a sultry night time look. 607-alt-3

Available for Purchase: www.tartecosmetics.com/tartelette

Xx, Kennah

Muah or Blah : Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I recently tried the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (wow, that’s a mouthful) and I loved the results, plus it was fun to use! The mask has a jelly like consistency and spreads easily with the spatula that comes in the container. A little bit goes a long way, so be sure to spread it pretty thin. The mask will almost instantly start to bubble. I start with my forehead and work my way down to avoid getting it everywhere. You leave the mask on for about 3-5 minutes while it bubbles, then massage it into your skin followed by rinsing it off with warm water. Be sure not to leave it on longer or until the bubbles start popping because then it becomes much harder to get off your face (I made this mistake the first time!). The Bubble Clay Mask will leave your skin feeling tight, clean, and incredibly smooth! I noticed this mask even helped minimize my pores and it made my skin glow (no joke, like Kardashian glow). I would say this product is a muah!

Available for Purchase: www.amazon.com/carbonatedbubbleclaymask

Xx, Kennah

Beauty Tip: How to Clean Make-Up Brushes

Cleaning your make-up brushes is everyone’s least favorite part about make-up. I’ve tried a few different methods and this is the one I’ve found to get even my dirtiest brushes the cleanest. It’s also the easiest way I’ve found to keep your brushes like-new. I use the SIGMA SPA® BRUSH CLEANING MAT along with Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. The mat sticks right to the bottom of your sink and has 7 patented textures perfect for cleaning eye and face brushes. I start by wetting my brushes with warm water and putting the baby soap directly on the mat. I swirl and wipe my brushes back and forth, rinsing and repeating until my bubbles are white. I lay my brushes on a wash cloth to dry after I’ve fixed their forming and hang the mat over my towel bar to dry. Could this seriously get any easier? I LOVE this mat.

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Available for Purchase: www.sigmabeauty.com

Xx, Kennah