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Bee Venom Beauty

Abeeco Bee Venom Mask combines premium New Zealand bee venom and manuka honey, two all-natural, skin care ingredients, to help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. Regular users of bee venom therapy beauty products like eye cream, venom masks, ointment and serum can notice a number of benefits including improved skin texture and firmness, the reduction of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and reduced pigmentation and sun damage. We are always on the lookout for products that can help us to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines or to rejuvenate our skin to its original youthful glow, and this is where bee venom creams and masks seem to play a major role in restoring elasticity and radiance to your skin. The blood rushes to the area where it has been fooled into being “stung” and stimulates the naturally occurring production of collagen causing the skin to repair itself and overall appear firmer, more plump, and with fine lines and wrinkles reduced.

Bee venom beauty products like eye cream, moisturiser, venom mask and venom ointment contain a low-dose variant of bee venom, which means a user can still enjoy the skincare benefits it provides without actually being stung. This mask combines the formulation of bee venom, New Zealand honey and other natural essential oils to promote the performance of collagen and elastin cells which fight dead cells, open up the skin pores and remove wrinkles. Launching today, Living Nature’s new Bee Venom Mask combines active bee venom with the natural botanicals of organic Manuka honey and certified organic coconut oil to create a mask that plumps, tightens, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin a healthy and youthful glow.

The buzziest new ingredients in skin care: Bee and snail venom, or “Botox in a bottle.” These ingredients are said to reduce lines and wrinkles by pulling a fast one on your skin by fooling it into thinking it’s been stung, which increases collagen and blood circulation to the area where it’s applied. Beetox manuka honey and bee Venom face mask is a luxurious face cream that reverses the signs of ageing, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and tightens the skin. In addition to the bee venom and manuka honey contained within Abeeco bee venom mask , it also contains a number of other active ingredients including shea butter, and lavender, jojoba seed and manuka oils, helping to leave both you and your skin looking their very best.

Bee venom, also known as apitoxin, is a bitter colourless liquid extracted from honey bees Read TIA’s article Bee Venom Beauty: The Truth Behind the Hype and Best Products to Try Read TIA’s article Nature’s Best Ingredients Read TIA’s article Apitoxin and the Duchess of Cornwall’s Anti-Aging Treatment Read TIA’s article The Best of 2012 – Best Buzzed About Beauty Product. With the presence of powerful ingredients, such as Manuka Honey, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, the Abeeco Pure New Zealand Bee Venom Mask can be used by old people to fight wrinkles, restore vitamin C, moisturize and firm their skin, making it young and strong.Therapeutic bee venom products, such as eye creams, moisturizers, venom masks and ointments contain low dose variants of bee venom which means that you can enjoy the skincare benefits of these cosmetic products without necessarily being stung.

The combination of natural ingredients, including bee venom and manuka honey from New Zealand, work to keep your skin looking more youthful. In addition to its bee venom content, the face mask also contains UMF 18+ (Unique Manuka Factor) Manuka Honey and Royal Jelly, two ingredients known to be packed full of nutrients, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that are vital to keep skin looking young and healthy. 100% Gentle and made from the following naturally derived ingredients: Purified Water, Sunflower oil (Herlianthus annuus,) Vegetable Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Capric/Capylic Triglyceide, ALMOND Sweet Oil (Prrunus Dulcis), Manuka Honey, Shea Butter, (Butyrospermum parkii), Macadamia Oil (Macadamia intrgifolia), Marine Collagen, Vitamin E acetate, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice Powder, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Ceteareth 20, Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Manderin Essential Oil Fankincense Essential Oil, Bee Venom, Sodium Hydroxide.

We use Manuka Honey from New Zealand in our skincare products, harnessing its natural topical beneficial properties as well as its moisturising abilities. Bee venom moisturizer natures natural Botox” is beauty’s secret to younger looking skin, used in anti-ageing products and most products that help your skin look younger. You’d be forgiven for being a little cautious about voluntarily letting a bee sting you, let alone smearing scoops of its venom on your face, but the addition of bee venom to one’s collection of beauty products is a growing skincare trend that’s causing a bit of a buzz globally.

It also adds a rush of blood to the area and stimulates the production of natural collagen and elastin,” explains Maria Hatzistefanis , founder of skin care line Rodial, whose own Bee Venom Moisturizer is amongst one of the brand’s best-sellers.

The Return of Colored Mascara

As they say, history tends to repeat itself.

Case in point: Colored mascara and eyeliner, our new favorite of the moment beauty trend, sends us down a memory lane filled with lace chokers and a Salt ‘N Pepa soundtrack.

It seems like just yesterday that we were spending all of our hard-earned dough (a.k.a. our allowance) on blue mascara and experimenting with purple eyeliner a la that whole grunge makeup thing. Now here we are, some twenty years later, sorting through eyeliners trying to find the perfect shade of plum and lusting after violet lash tint.

Right along with all of the other 90’s trends we see hitting the red carpets and runways (Lupita, we see you and that frosty blue eyeshadow ), the return of the subtle lash color seems like an inevitable add. Especially when you consider Clinique’s new Chubby Mascara colors – purple and burgundy are our favorites – which give those turquoise 90’s lashes a more subtle look and make them feel new again.

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We Found the Best Concealer, Period

You stayed out a little late last night (read: very late) and your eyes look like you’re the starting quarterback for a pee-wee football team. Of course you have a big meeting/date/trip (choose your adventure) today and don’t have the time or money to hire a professional to come make it look like you’ve actually slept in the last thirty days. So you throw on a little color corrector, a concealer that claims to fix those dark circles and then spend the rest of the day combating cakey under-eye makeup and lines. You win some, you lose some.

This scenario sound familiar? It’s basically our morning ritual.

Given the above, finding a good concealer is like finding the fountain of youth. Call Ponce de Leon, we found the real fountain and it’s in this stick.

We had heard rumors about the magic that was Cle de Peau’s concealer , but at $70 a pop we decided that coffee was a better investment. But then we tried it.

You guys, it’s good. Like really good. Like you don’t have to have an airbrush or a degree in the art of making people beautiful to use it. It truthfully is the best concealer we have ever tried. Period.

It is creamy, absorbent and has the perfect coverage without being heavy. We don’t know how they did it, but it’s worth giving up a few extra Starbucks runs this month to keep it on our top shelf.

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No Fuss Eyeshadow

If you’ve ever been around me then you pretty much know I am not a big makeup person.

Let me rephrase: I LOVE makeup, but I hate being made up. I am lazy when it comes to learning how to use products. I fall in love with the idea of makeup and all of the amazing things it can do (I really do love knowing about it), but I can’t seem to make the connection between the idea of makeup and implementing it into my daily life. The truth of the matter is, I have so many things going on in any given day that painting my face seems a little low on the importance totem pole.

So when I come across a routine or a product that makes getting ready in the morning effortless and easy for me, I commit tenfold and stick to it.

Which brings me to eyeshadow. There’s really nothing no-fuss about eyeshadow. Choosing colors, contouring the eye, fixing the guaranteed mishap I am going to have with my mascara… It’s work.

Recently, a friend introduced me to the concept of the eyeshadow pallete. For some reason, the idea that all of those colors in that magic little compact were intended to be used together had completely gone over my head. (I know, I told you I am lazy) The guesswork was suddenly taken out of the game. The darkest color on the outside of the eye, the lightest color below the brow and that middle color on the inside. That’s it. Simple. Who knew? All right there for you in that little box.

I felt enlightened.

And as is my MO, I went all in. I have since started a collection of brown based compacts. I already had the Naked2 Pallette (because obviously), but really like the Edward Bess one and find the Marc Jacobs version a little easier to tote around while I am travelling.

So I’ve done the research. I’ve collected the goods. Now let’s just see if I can make myself use them.

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Lip Service

Chapped lips are one of my biggest pet peeves. They make wearing lipstick impossible and are doubly horrific if you, like me, refuse to wear makeup in the summer. (What would be the point when temps are so high your face is melting off?)

So when the weather gets warm and my lips get a little too much sun, you can find me in the makeup aisle trying to find just about anything to take the edge off (literally).

The best things I’ve found so far – if only because it is an on-the-go solution – are Clinique’s Sweet Pots Available in six shades (think red velvet, orange blossom, sweet rose, and citron bleu, among others), the little pocket-sized pots are actually a two-in-one. With a sugar smoothing scrub on one side and a moisturizing lip balm on the other, no matter the situation you’ll be left with velvety lips perfect for applying lipstick (or not).

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Three Ways to Contour in the Summer

When it comes to contour in the summer, less is most definitely more. As a general rule we advocate for as little on the face as possible come July and August (sunscreen, concealer and mascara is just about as much as we can handle), but if you can’t go a day without making your face look as chiseled as America’s Next Top Model, here are three ways to add a little definition without adding a lot of makeup.

  1. Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer & High Beam Highlight – Dust on Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer across the chin, cheeks, and forehead for a healthy, natural-looking tan (no overworked shine or shimmer here). Combine it with Benefit’s High Beam satiny pink liquid highlighter under complexion products to accent cheek & brow bones for a dewy, radiant glow.
  2. Clinique’s Sculpting Highlight & Contour Chubby SticksClinique’s Chubby Stick formula is long-wearing and oil-free, meaning it can be used on bare skin (see you in the Fall foundation!) to contour your face throughout the summer. Use the sculpting highlight to accentuate the top of your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose and the sculpting contour to add contour to the hollow of your cheeks and along your jawline.
  3. Mai Couture Papiers – These are not only easy to apply (check out the photo instructions on the front cover) and light on your face, the biggest plus is that they are great for summer traveling. When your bronzer, blush and highlight are all disposable and unbreakable (who has time for broken powder?!), there’s no limit to where you can go.

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Lipstick for the Girl Who Doesn’t Wear Lipstick

Last night, I found myself at a beauty event yet again defending (alright, explaining) my no-nonsense approach to makeup.

Years ago I used to be somewhat embarrassed about the fact that I rarely chose to apply the stuff. Growing up in the South, making sure you had your lipstick and mascara on before you left the house was a way of life. So my whole, I don’t have time for this” attitude about making myself presentable” (my moms word, not mine) seemed counter-culture (at least to me).

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I just didn’t mind the way I looked without makeup. Sure, I had bags under my eyes 90% of the time, my skin was anything but perfect, and truthfully I looked better with it on than without, but the hours in my day felt so full that I just never found the time. I was more focused on getting rest, being punctual and being present than looking perfect. (Nothing irked me like waiting for a friend to finish getting ready” while someone waited 20+ minutes for us to arrive at a meeting place.)

And so evolved my way of life and the never-ending search for beauty products that were easy to apply on the go. Because if they weren’t, I wouldn’t.

While mascara and concealer are the first things I apply when I find the time, sometimes I like to trade them all in for a good lip color (especially when jeans and a t-shirt are involved). And while Chubby Sticks have been my low maintenance color of choice since I discovered them, I recently ran across Lancome’s Matte Lip Crayon’s and added them to the arsenal in bulk.

The pigment is a little more rich than your day-to-day Chubby Stick , making it perfect for evening or moments that call for a little more drama. But it is just as lightweight and easy to apply. The crayon effortlessly contours and perfects your lips, making the need for a lip liner or a gloss a thing of the past. Which basically means you can apply it in the car before heading into your meeting and only need to carry around one thing in your purse – i.e., easy and portable, the two criteria I look for when purchasing makeup.

Needless to say, if lipstick is too complicated for you, chances are this isn’t.

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Here’s How to Use That Mismatched Foundation You Overpaid For

Sure, you’ve been able to get away with that foundation you bought this Summer all Fall thanks to the unseasonably warm temps and those two weekends you spent in LA. But now that winter has finally reared its frosty head and the chances of you seeing the light of day are about as good as gone, what’s your plan?

Not ones to jump into buying new foundation every month (we have to save for this poncho …), we set out on a search to find the best shade adjusting drops on the market. Not familiar with shade adjusting drops? Lightening drops lighten and neutralize yellowness in your foundation and darkening drops darken while keeping natural depth, easily transforming an almost there” shade into the perfect one.

While a little scary at first (we’re not the best at DIY’s), it turns out these babies are incredibly easy to use and worth their weight in gold, particularly because you only need a drop or two to work some major color magic. There are several on the market that are worth trying (check the sidebar), but our final recommendation is The Body Shop’s version , not only because the coloring was perfect but because their little droppers make them pretty foolproof to use.

How to Use:

  1. Shake product well before use. The last thing you want is an over or under saturated drop.
  2. Apply the almost there” foundation (a.k.a., the foundation you wore this summer when you actually saw the light of day) shade to the back of your hand.
  3. Apply one drop of your chosen Shade Adjusting Drops and blend together. NOTE: The lightening drops can only be used to lighten light to medium foundation shades. The darkening drops can only be used to darken dark to deep foundation shades. Just something to keep in mind.
  4. Always test the color before covering your face in it. A general rule you should always follow even when you aren’t playing chemist in your bathroom.
  5. Once you’ve confirmed you didn’t accidentally concoct something made for an Oompa Loompa, apply the mix on your face as usual for a natural make-up look.

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Do Mineral Powder Foundations Actually Work?

As self-proclaimed suckers for the easy way out, we’ve long wondered whether powder foundation was a life hack we’ve been missing out on. Sure, it sounds like the best of all worlds (light, weightless coverage without the mess), but most things that sound too good to be true usually are. So we’ve stayed away, loyally covering our face in creamy (and moisturizing!) liquid since good ‘ol mom bought us that first bottle of Clinique .

Until now.

We recently broke down and skeptically gave bareMinerals new barePro Powder Foundation a whirl because it took their loose mineral foundation and pressed it into a compact. The infamous bareMinerals coverage without the mess? This we had to try.

What it claims to do: barePro is 12-hour long-wearing, breathable powder foundation that gives your skin a photo-ready matte finish without a caked-on feel. Formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals, its smooth, silky texture glides on effortlessly for superior customizable coverage without clogging pores or causing breakouts. It’s clinically shown to improve skin clarity, reduce pore size appearance and control shine, and its high-impact, skin-matching mineral pigments are designed for all ethnicities and skin tones.”

What it did: Because we needed full coverage, we used the Core Coverage Brush (sold separately) to apply. Buffing the foundation onto skin was simple and the opposite of messy (so far, so good). Overall, it gives the skin a soft, velvet finish and feels pretty weightless – ideal for summer and warmer months. However, if you’re trying to hide some serious blemishes or have skin that is on the drier side, this might not be enough coverage or moisture for you.

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