Beauty By Jacey: Everything Self Tanning

Self tanning is something that is definitely more tricky than it seems.  The idea of getting dark quickly without going near the sun is appealing to anyone.  As someone with naturally fair skin, I have tried a variety of products over the years to achieve a summer glow.  With that, I have had my fair share of mishaps.  I can offer plenty of advice on exactly what products I reccomend and how I get a streak free tan that lasts as long as possible.

Finding the Right Product

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There are thousands of self tanning products out there.  I recommend doing your own research on YouTube or online to find what is best for your own skin type and color.  There are plenty of videos and articles with progress pictures about self tanners both drug store and brand name.  Currently, my favorite is Banana Boat’s self tanner.

Exfoliate

First, you need to exfoliate before you put your tanner on!  Self tanning works by bonding to your skin cells.  Exfoliating cleans off dead skin cells.  So if you don’t exfoliate, self tanner will bond to the dead skin that will probably fall off a lot easier, and in a matter of days.  However, if you do shower before you put self tanner on and exfoliate properly, the product will bond to the new skin and will be less streaky and will last longer.

Apply it Correctly

Follow the directions on your specific product!  However, most self tanners should be applied similar to a lotion.  However, be sure to avoid your ankles, elbows and knees.  Also make sure to wash your hands and blend the water into the product on your wrist so that there isn’t a stark line where you washed it off.

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Beauty By Jacey: The Best Beauty YouTubers

One of the best ways to learn new make up techniques and to learn about the best products out there is YouTube.  There are thousands of “Beauty Gurus” out there, but with so many it’s hard to know who exactly is the best to watch.  Here are some of my favorites!

Jaclyn Hill

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Jaclyn Hill is a go to Beauty Guru whether you are just starting out with makeup or if you have been doing it for awhile and are looking for new tricks and techniques.  She always has something new and brilliant to bring to the table.  She’s also easy to follow and understand.  Definitely check out her channel, you will learn a lot from just one video!  She has been on YouTube and in the makeup industry for awhile so she knows a lot and even has some of her very own makeup!

NikkieTutorials

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Nikkie has been on YouTube for years and is so incredibly talented.  She does a wide variety of looks that feature everything from crazy Halloween make up to simple everyday looks.  She is also hilarious and quirky which make her videos extremely entertaining!

Bethany Moda

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Bethany is younger than the first two and her videos are less centered around make up and more about beauty in general.  She is so fun loving and bubbly which makes her videos endlessly entertaining!  She makes videos about her favorite beauty products of each month and about her daily rountines!

 

 

 

 

Beauty By Jacey: Best Eyeshadow Palettes

In my opinion, eyeshadow is one of the most fun aspects of makeup.  Especially with the quickly evolving eyeshadow trends, it leaves a lot of room for creativity.  Eyeshadow and lipstick are really the only parts on the face that allow for a lot of color and creativity without being considered too crazy or “out there”.  That being said, I want to introduce you to some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes.

Morphe

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photo: morphe.com

First and foremost comes Morphe eyeshadow palettes.  Morphe palettes easily take home the first place prize.  They never fail to be pigmented and beautiful colors but get this- each one is only $22!  You get the same quality that you would get with most $50 eyeshadow palettes but for half the price.  Ever since I got my first Morphe palette I have been hooked.  I HIGHLY recommend these especially for those of you that are just starting out your own makeup collections.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

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photo: sephora.com

So this palette is a little more pricey, but it certainly is for a reason.  Make up retailers like Ulta and Sephora really can’t seem to keep this eyeshadow palette in stock!  I can tell you first hand that it is worth the hype.  I finally got my hands on one after months of searching.  Each of the colors in the palette are BEAUTIFUL.  They are so richly pigmented and creamy.  This palette is truly worth every dollar!