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Easy 10 Minute Fall Makeup

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Now that we’re transitioning from Fall into Winter, I wanted to create an easy, everyday look that any woman can do in 10 minutes or less. I partnered with Revlon to create this look using their New ColorStay™ Eye Collection and new Revlon Kiss™ Balms.

 

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

 

Brows: This is the first thing I check off my list when doing my eye makeup. Using Revlon’s ColorStay™ Brow Pencil in Soft Brown I start at the base of my brows and work my way out. This brow pencil has an angled tip, which helps for quicker, smoother application. The formula is waterproof and lasts up to 24 hours, which is a major bonus for me. There’s nothing I hate more than my brows wearing off throughout the day. Once I’m done filling in and defining, I use the attached spoolie brush to work the product through my brows. This allows for a more natural, even look.

 

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

 

Eye Shadow: I started off by applying the Praline Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow with the built-in, tri-tip brush on my lid and worked the shade up into my crease. Then I applied the Vanilla Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow to my brow bone to add a gorgeous highlight. These cream shadows are waterproof, glide on super smooth and are long lasting, up to 24 hours. They can be used as an eye shadow base or worn alone, like I did in this look, as they provide gorgeous color payoff.  Each ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow includes a built-in brush which makes application a breeze for women like me, who are always on the go.

PS- These cream shadows also double as a stunning highlighter for under the brow, especially the Vanilla shade.

 

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Eyeliner: Using the Revlon ColorStay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal™ Liner in Graphite. I created a soft yet sultry cat eye. This eyeliner is amazing because it takes the stress out of application. How? Because this liner has an angled tip, which allows for straighter, smoother application. It also has an attached smudger brush to easily create a smoky eye. I simply applied the liner beginning at the inside corner of my eyelid and worked my way out, creating a wing. I kept my liner thin on the inside then built the thickness gradually moving outward. Then I used the smudger brush to smoke out the liner for a sexy cat eye. This formula is waterproof, which makes it double as a long-lasting liner that goes on smoother than traditional liner. Last, I applied two coats of Revlon’s Ultimate All-In-One mascara.

 

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Since this is a daytime look, I paired my soft cat eye with a red tinted lip. I applied the Revlon Kiss™ Balm in Crisp Apple. In Fall and Winter, my lips tend to dry out, so this super hydrating formula is exactly what I need. The natural fruit oils make this the best smelling lip crayon I’ve ever used… I’m not even exaggerating. The juicy colors provide a gorgeous tint to your lips that will pair with so many different makeup looks, or a no-makeup makeup look. Plus they have SPF 20! I want to collect all 6 shades just to smell delicious and make my husband want to kiss me all day long… Now I get why they’re named Kiss Balms, lol!

 

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

Revlon Colorstay eye collection review tutorial || Fashion styles for women || angela lanter hello gorgeous

 

 

The finished look is perfect for daytime: work, school, whatever! Kick it up a notch (and turn some heads!) for nighttime by smoking out your lower lash line with the ColorStay™ Kajal Liner in Fig or Evergreen.

Leave a comment below and let me know if this is a look you would wear for daytime!

This post is sponsored by Revlon through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write about Revlon, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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8 Reasons to Use Hair Oils

8 Reasons to Use Hair Oils

8 Reasons to Use Hair Oils Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous sephora

One question I am asked most frequently is how do I keep my long, color-treated hair looking healthy.  I have several answers: vitamins, not over-washing, not over-styling and hair oils.  Today, I want to focus on heat styling and hair oils.

In the summer months, I tend to allow my hair to air dry almost every time I wash it.  Now that I’m in Vancouver, I blow dry my hair every wash or else I freeze to death with my wet head.  Hair oils are essential to my routine whether air drying or blow drying.  I’ve been using different oils for over three years now and I love the results I get from them.

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Before we dive into the benefits of using hair oil, I want to discuss blow dryers.  I used to use whatever hair dryer I could find, the cheaper the better.  Then I realized that my cheapy dryers were not only taking forever to dry my hair, but somehow always managed to get my hair caught in them every single use.  I found myself damaging my strands because they would be caught up in the fan in nasty knots.  Quite honestly, that’s when I really started letting my hair air dry…  I couldn’t take the frustration of my hair being caught up in those stupid blades!

When I realized that the nicer hair dryers: A) dried my hair faster and B) didn’t eat my hair, I couldn’t believe what I was missing out on for so many years.  I would go through the cheap hair dryers constantly because they’d either burn out in a big cloud of smoke or just not turn on altogether after only a few months of use.

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I recently got my hands on the 10X Ultralight Speed Dryer by Bio Ionic from Sephora and was blown away (see what I did there?  LOL!) with the results.  My hair dried so much faster than it did with my old dryers.  It is a higher price tag, but the pay off is obvious.  You save time every single use and the blow dryer quality is incredible.

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Whenever I talk about hair oils with someone, they’re always like, “Isn’t the point of washing your hair to remove oil?  Why would I want to put oil back into my clean hair?”  Oh girl.  Yes, what you’re saying seems logical, but in reality, our hair needs oil.  Let’s look at my favorite benefits of using hair oils.

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8 Benefits of Hair Oils:

  1. Detangles Damp Strands.  Applying a couple of pumps of an oil such as Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser Invisible Oil to damp hair, then combing it through before styling will help to detangle knots.
  2. Softens Your Tresses.  Every woman wants soft hair, right?  Hair oils helps to soften and silken your mane.
  3. Protects Against UV Rays and Heat.  Our hair takes a daily beating from the sun and styling tools.  Oils helps to protect against heat damage and also prevent our hair from drying out.

PS- This oil is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil and alcohol.

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4. Seals Split Ends.  Heaven knows, I’m the worst split-end picker in the world.  I need help, y’all.  The way to give up this nasty habit?  Stop the split ends from appearing.  Using an oil such as OUAI Hair Oil helps to seal those split ends.  This oil can be used on all hair types.

5. Protects Hair Color from Fading.  Fading is always a concern for me.  I hate the idea of spending so much money to color my hair to only have said color fade a few short weeks later.  This oil will help to prevent that darn fading from occurring.

6. Hydrating Overnight Hair Mask.  This oil doubles as a hair mask.  Work the oil into your strands at bedtime, put your hair in a bun, then head to catch some shut eye.  Wash and style as usual in the AM and you’ll have incredibly softer, silkier hair.

PS- This oil is free of parabens and phthalates.

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7. Stops the Frizzies.  I find that a couple of drops of hair oil smoothed through dry hair combats my frizz.  Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Oil is awesome at de-frizzing and hydrating, leaving your hair feeling smoother and healthier.

8. Adds Healthy Shine.  Perhaps my #1 reason for even testing out oils in the first place was the desire for shinier hair.  Shiny hair = healthy hair, at least in my opinion.  I want my tresses to look and feel silky smooth and the best way to achieve that was by including oils into my beauty routine.

PS- This oil is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates

So what do you think?  Are you convinced to now give hair oils a try?  Or do you already use them?  Leave a comment below and let me hear your thoughts!

Thank you to Sephora for partnering with Hello Gorgeous to create this post.

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How to Look Great in Every Photo

How to look great in every photo

Off the shoulder cream Nordstrom sweater distressed skinny jeans and sam edelman Bradley booties angela lanter hello gorgeous

Off the shoulder cream Nordstrom sweater distressed skinny jeans and sam edelman Bradley booties angela lanter hello gorgeous

Off the shoulder cream Nordstrom sweater distressed skinny jeans and sam edelman Bradley booties angela lanter hello gorgeous

Off the shoulder cream Nordstrom sweater distressed skinny jeans and sam edelman Bradley booties angela lanter hello gorgeous

Off the shoulder cream Nordstrom sweater distressed skinny jeans and sam edelman Bradley booties angela lanter hello gorgeous

Thank you to Colgate ® Optic White® for partnering with Hello Gorgeous to sponsor this post.

Fall is officially in the air!  This time of year brings Fall family portrait sessions, wedding photos, Homecoming photos and Christmas card photos.  Basically, it’s a major photo opp season!

Some high school seniors prefer to shoot their senior portraits during Autumn to capture the gorgeous changing colors of the season.  A lot of senior girls like the ability to wear all the cute Fall sweaters, scarves, plaid flannel shirts and boots…  And I don’t blame them!  If I could go back in time, I would absolutely shoot Autumn themed Senior photos instead of my glamour shots-esque photos lying on the floor with my hair spread out around my face.  I laugh every time I see that photo in my mom’s living room, LOL!

A question I get asked a lot, especially by my girlfriends, is how to look your best in photos.  I wish that there was one magic tip that would make us all turn into a supermodel the second a camera is on us, but that’s not real life.  Throughout the thousands (literally, THOUSANDS) of photos I’ve taken over the years, especially with Hello Gorgeous, I’ve learned a thing or two about looking my best in photos.  I’m about to spill the beans, ladies!  Get out your notebooks and let’s get this class underway!

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Colgate Optic White whitening toothbrush and pen angela lanter hello gorgeous

Colgate Optic White whitening toothbrush and pen angela lanter hello gorgeous

How to Look Great in Photos:

  1. Do a practice run of your makeup.  This is obviously a wedding day tip, but it should also be used for other important photo days such as Homecoming, senior portraits, driver’s license photos and family portraits of any kind.  Steer away from super trendy beauty techniques.  The key is to look like the best version of yourself.  Play up your best features.  Skip the hot pinks and use colors that you’ll look back on in 25 years and feel like are still classic choices.  Do practice your highlighting and contouring techniques in advance.  Be strategic to help accentuate your features.  This will help to bring out the high plains of your face and conceal the areas you’d like to downplay.
  2. A bright, white smile.  This one is such a no-brainer, right?  Wrong.  How many of us snap an important life event, then look at the photos and cringe because our teeth aren’t as white as we thought they were?  I’m definitely guilty!  I’ve evolved into quite a white teeth fan.  Let’s be honest, white teeth help to make you appear younger.  With all the coffee drinks and bold lip colors that come with Fall, I like to make sure I have a bright, white smile.  Honestly, white teeth should always be a part of your beauty routine!  The Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen  is the perfect way to whiten your teeth in a snap.  This Colgate® Optic White® duo starts working in just one day, to get your smile whiter. Your teeth will be up to 5 shades whiter in three weeks with no hassle and, best of all, no mess. The whitening pen fits right into your toothbrush so you won’t forget to brush, whiten, then get out the door!
  3. Steer away from horizontal stripes.  Stripes will only create the appearance of wider everything.  Choose classic, solid colors.  I’m specifically talking about clothing, scarves don’t fall under this rule.  When picking out your wardrobe, again, steer clear of trend pieces.  Stick with the classic styles and classic colors when possible. PS- if you want to create the illusion of a smaller waist, use a thin belt to accentuate your waist.
  4. Don’t forget your photo kit.  What’s a photo kit, you may ask?  It’s all the products you need to keep your look fresh for photos.  Bring a powder to blot away shininess, hairspray to tame any fly-aways, makeup wipes to remove any boo-boos, baby wipes to remove deodorant marks from clothing and a mirror to check yourself before the camera flashes.
  5. Elongate your neck.  This tip is a girl’s best friend.  Push out your chin when posing to elongate your neck and hide the appearance of a double chin.
  6. Point your toes inwards.  Sounds silly, right?  If your doing any standing poses, pointing your toes inwards and sticking out your butt will help create a gap between your thighs.  Ever wonder how bloggers manage to get that coveted thigh gap in every photo?  Well, now you know.  PS- Posture is everything.  Pull back, but drop, your shoulders.  Twist your torso for the appearance of a smaller waist.
  7. Leave the chicken wings at home.  We’re all guilty of it.  The hand on hip(s) pose.  Leave it at home, ladies.  It’s almost as bad as the duck face to me.  I know, I know…  You feel awkward and don’t know what to do with your hands.  Do what feels natural.  Maybe that’s a hand in your pocket or maybe just down by your side.
  8. Relax.  Easier said than done, I know.  Get in front of the mirror and find your best angles and side.  Figure out how you look best.  If you feel good about the way you look, you’ll automatically be more comfortable.  If you’re comfortable in front of the camera, it honestly shows.
  9. Breathe.  No, really!  I once had a photographer I work with tell me to relax my face, open my mouth and let out a slow breath while faintly smiling.  This allowed the stress in my face to melt away and the result was an easy, relaxed smile.
  10. Ditch the cheese.  Smizing is a real thing.  Let your smile reach your eyes, but don’t smile so big and so hard that you’re squinting and my face is scrunched up.  You want to show emotion with your eyes and show happiness with your smile.  If you cheese it too hard, trust me, you won’t be happy with the results.  Just give your best, natural smile.
  11. Watch what you eat and drink.  Steer away from alcohol and sodium filled foods the night before a big photo day.  They’ll only make you look puffy and tired.
  12. Magic Hour.  Meet my best friend, golden hour.  Every one of my favorite photos we’ve taken is during magic hour.  Because, it’s just honestly magical.

What tips do you have for getting your best photos?  Leave them in the comments section!

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