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Ethical Makeup Brands

Nicole Couch

Walking through the aisles of drug stores, department stores, and beauty stores while shopping for makeup can be utterly overwhelming--the bright lights, endless brands, and uncountable products can turn a quick trip to buy a lipstick into a confusing and frustrating process. Deciding between brands, products, and colors is hard enough, but recently one more layer of consideration has become important to many shoppers--ethics.

"Cruelty-free" cosmetics are becoming more and more popular, yet some brands are still falling behind. Here are five drugstore brands that you can be sure do not test on animals and create products that you can always purchase completely guilt-free.

1. NYX

" NYX Professional Makeup is certified and acknowledged by PETA as a cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing cruelty-free cosmetics. We do not test any of our products on animals.

"NYX Professional Makeup is certified and acknowledged by PETA as a cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing cruelty-free cosmetics. We do not test any of our products on animals.

2. wet n wild

"Wet  n  wild® NEVER tests on animals, and we are super proud of this. We never have, and we never will. We believe in beauty without cruelty first! None of our furry, feathery, or scaly friends were harmed in the making of our products. Whether you’re a card-carrying vegetarian who is committed to animal rights (and good for you!), or you just love puppies and bunnies and want them to smile (and who doesn’t?), we are with you! We want that too! In fact, most of our products are not only cruelty-free, but vegan as well."

"Wet n wild® NEVER tests on animals, and we are super proud of this. We never have, and we never will. We believe in beauty without cruelty first! None of our furry, feathery, or scaly friends were harmed in the making of our products. Whether you’re a card-carrying vegetarian who is committed to animal rights (and good for you!), or you just love puppies and bunnies and want them to smile (and who doesn’t?), we are with you! We want that too! In fact, most of our products are not only cruelty-free, but vegan as well."

3. Pixi Beauty

" Pixi does  not  test on animals, nor do we have any other parties, such as suppliers, conduct any animal testing on our behalf. Pixi uses only the highest quality ingredients which have a proven safety record and are widely used in the cosmetics industry."

"Pixi does not test on animals, nor do we have any other parties, such as suppliers, conduct any animal testing on our behalf. Pixi uses only the highest quality ingredients which have a proven safety record and are widely used in the cosmetics industry."

4. e.l.f. Beauty

"We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project."

"We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project."

5. Essence

"Essence cosmetics is owned by Cosnova Beauty from Germany where animal testing for cosmetic products has not been permitted since 1998. All of essence products comply with the European and American ingredient, manufacturing, and testing standards. Our suppliers are also held to these same standards and we only partner with the ones that do not test on animals."

"Essence cosmetics is owned by Cosnova Beauty from Germany where animal testing for cosmetic products has not been permitted since 1998. All of essence products comply with the European and American ingredient, manufacturing, and testing standards. Our suppliers are also held to these same standards and we only partner with the ones that do not test on animals."

Six Nail Art Ideas to Give Your Fingers a Little Pizzazz

Nicole Couch

Happy Memorial Day, and happy summer! As the hottest and most invigorating season kicks off, fashion really comes alive with bright, bold colors and festive prints. Why not add a little pizzazz to one more small but mighty part of your look: your nails! Solid colors are sweet and simple, but here are six ideas to try this summer to give your busy fingers a little boost.

1. Picasso Faces

Let these oh-so-glam gals take your imagination to another place—maybe Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Barcelona? Stick with this chic black & white duo, or spice it up with some brighter shades.  Tip: Try using a nail art pen for manageable lines.  (Art & photo by Hang Nguyen, @thehangedit)

Let these oh-so-glam gals take your imagination to another place—maybe Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Barcelona? Stick with this chic black & white duo, or spice it up with some brighter shades.

Tip: Try using a nail art pen for manageable lines.

(Art & photo by Hang Nguyen, @thehangedit)

2. Groovy Flowers

Bring some vintage flare into your look with these 60s & 70s-inspired flower motifs! Use any solid color as a base (clear looks great) and have fun with colors and designs.  Tip: Let each layer dry  completely  before moving onto the next!

Bring some vintage flare into your look with these 60s & 70s-inspired flower motifs! Use any solid color as a base (clear looks great) and have fun with colors and designs.

Tip: Let each layer dry completely before moving onto the next!

3. Real Flowers

Carry teeny pieces of nature with you wherever you go and use real flowers! Place petals of dried flowers over a dewy coat of clear polish in a design that suits you, and simply add another coat of clear overtop to polish everything off.  Tip: While some flowers may be too big to use, take smaller petals and fragments of flowers to create a floral shape and design.

Carry teeny pieces of nature with you wherever you go and use real flowers! Place petals of dried flowers over a dewy coat of clear polish in a design that suits you, and simply add another coat of clear overtop to polish everything off.

Tip: While some flowers may be too big to use, take smaller petals and fragments of flowers to create a floral shape and design.

4. Geometric Free Draw

For a playful and dashing look, start with a base color of your choosing and have fun with some lines and shapes. There are no rules to this look! Use your favorite colored nail art pens or fine-tip brushes and let your imagination free.  Tip: Use tape or flat edges to get straight lines. Trace a sequin, paperclip end, or anything else small and round for circular shapes and lines!

For a playful and dashing look, start with a base color of your choosing and have fun with some lines and shapes. There are no rules to this look! Use your favorite colored nail art pens or fine-tip brushes and let your imagination free.

Tip: Use tape or flat edges to get straight lines. Trace a sequin, paperclip end, or anything else small and round for circular shapes and lines!

5. Glitter Galore

While glitter-based nail polishes are easy and fun, try your hand at designing your own glittery look. Using a nail tool, pen, or any other pointed utensil laying around, add star (or other shaped) sequins to a still-sticky coat of nail polish. Cover with a layer of clear polish for shine and a solid hold.  Tip: Place the sequins all around the nail, or try just one at the top center of the nail for a minimal and chic look!

While glitter-based nail polishes are easy and fun, try your hand at designing your own glittery look. Using a nail tool, pen, or any other pointed utensil laying around, add star (or other shaped) sequins to a still-sticky coat of nail polish. Cover with a layer of clear polish for shine and a solid hold.

Tip: Place the sequins all around the nail, or try just one at the top center of the nail for a minimal and chic look!

6. Dainty Diagonals

Put a twist on a standard coat of nail polish and create diagonal lines! Place a piece of tape diagonally across each fingernail (Scotch tape works just fine) and paint with any color right over top! Start with either a clear coat as a base, or use a second color for a fun two-toned look. This design is so summer in such a simple way!  Tip: Wait extra, extra long for each coat to dry over the tape before peeling it off. Removing it too early will result in jagged lines. Clean-cut is everything for this look!  Tip 2: Create the diagonal lines anywhere on your nails! A line lower down could give a modern spin to a classic French manicure.

Put a twist on a standard coat of nail polish and create diagonal lines! Place a piece of tape diagonally across each fingernail (Scotch tape works just fine) and paint with any color right over top! Start with either a clear coat as a base, or use a second color for a fun two-toned look. This design is so summer in such a simple way!

Tip: Wait extra, extra long for each coat to dry over the tape before peeling it off. Removing it too early will result in jagged lines. Clean-cut is everything for this look!

Tip 2: Create the diagonal lines anywhere on your nails! A line lower down could give a modern spin to a classic French manicure.

Who else is a makeup lover? Get ready for the holiday season with these gorgeous collections!

Nicole Couch

This holiday season, prestige makeup companies are going all out on their seasonal packaging! From brows to palettes, companies such as Too Faced and Benefit Beauty have taken product design to the next level.

 

Because of our love of the holiday season and the upcoming sales in the near future, here are 5 amazingly designed holiday sets perfect for the fashionista’s Christmas List!

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5. Too Faced Planner Set

Whether you are buying this eyeshadow palette for yourself or splitting it among friends, this holiday set will get your New Year’s Resolution in check before 2018 even starts!

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4.  NYX Lippie Advent Calendar

25 days until Christmas in December, 25 fabulously lip shades just waiting to be opened and enjoyed! Can you wait for your makeup surprise each day or will you open them all at once?

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3. Tarte Magic Star Collector's Set

Complete with 25 eyeshadows, two lip colors, a mascara, and an eyeliner, this magical box of holiday cheer is the perfect gift for someone who can do it all from one palette!

 

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2. Benefit Beauty Snowglobe Sets

Benefit Beauty has created gift packaging that is leaving other prestige brands in the dust...Snow Globes! Benefit has released a few options for the makeup addict to purchase that comes complete with 3-4 Benefit beauty products such as their Sun Beam highlighter and brow pencils.

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1.Mac Cosmetics Holiday Collection

What should you look forward too from Mac Cosmetics? Glitter and tons of it! Mac released a set of snow-themed holiday products such as makeup bags, brushed, lippies, and eyeshadows that are perfectly pretty in their gold and silver glitter sets.

 

 

5 Best Drugstore Beauty Dupes for High End Products

Nicole Couch

Some of your favorite high end beauty products have dupes that are just as good for half the price!

Splurge: Nars Blush in Orgasm, $30 at Sephora 

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Dupe: Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso, $8.29 at Walgreens

Both blushes are infused with flecks of gold and bronze, giving the same look for a fraction of the price!

Both blushes are infused with flecks of gold and bronze, giving the same look for a fraction of the price!

 

Splurge: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64 at Sephora 

Dupe: L'Oréal ParisTrue Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, $8.99; at L'Oréal Paris

Both of these are super hydrating, this lightweight liquid foundation is made with 40-percent water, meaning it will lock in hydration for the same smooth, dewy finish as the Giorgio Armani foundation! 

Both of these are super hydrating, this lightweight liquid foundation is made with 40-percent water, meaning it will lock in hydration for the same smooth, dewy finish as the Giorgio Armani foundation! 

Splurge: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23 at Sephora

Dupe: Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retroglam Mascara, $5.99 at Walgreens

Just like Too Faced's best-seller, this carbon-black mascara has an hourglass-shaped wand that grips literally every single lash for volume and length.

Just like Too Faced's best-seller, this carbon-black mascara has an hourglass-shaped wand that grips literally every single lash for volume and length.

Splurge: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20 at Sephora

Dupe: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99 at Maybelline

These liners both have ultra-skinny, felt-tip brushes, making it easy to swipe a bold line across your lash lines. Not only is it the best drugstore dupe for Kat Von D's liner, but it also truly doesn't budge or flake.

These liners both have ultra-skinny, felt-tip brushes, making it easy to swipe a bold line across your lash lines. Not only is it the best drugstore dupe for Kat Von D's liner, but it also truly doesn't budge or flake.

Splurge: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21 at Sephora

Dupe: L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer, $7.99; at L'Oréal Paris

This dual-ended brow definer has a super-skinny tip that mimics Anastasia's Brow Wiz's, making it super easy to bulk up sparse brows by drawing hair-like lines!

This dual-ended brow definer has a super-skinny tip that mimics Anastasia's Brow Wiz's, making it super easy to bulk up sparse brows by drawing hair-like lines!

5 Exercises To Do During a Commercial Break

Nicole Couch

Commercial Breaks, on average, last about 2-3 minutes. This is the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a little workout! Here's some ideas on how to do it:

 

 

1.) Push Ups

http://hundredpushups.com/

http://hundredpushups.com/

I like to start off with push ups because it warms up my arms and abs. Do this move with your knees touching the ground or not, whichever you prefer. Just remember to stay aligned and keep the proper form. Try to complete about 15-30 reps slowly.

 

 

2.) Mountain Climbers

https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Equipment-Necessary-Mountain-Climbers-733062

https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Equipment-Necessary-Mountain-Climbers-733062

Since you're already in the push up position, transition into mountain climbers. If done correctly, this move can really increase your heart rate and burn calories. Do this move for about 1 minute.

 

 

3.) Crunches

https://www.livin3.com/sit-ups-vs-crunches

https://www.livin3.com/sit-ups-vs-crunches

Transition to your back for crunches. Proper form is very important for crunches so that you don't strain your neck! Make sure not to pull on your head but rather rely on your abs to do all the work. Try to complete 25-50 reps.

 

 

4.) Starfish Crunch

http://womanista.com/wellness/2015/09/18/starfish-abs/

http://womanista.com/wellness/2015/09/18/starfish-abs/

Next is the starfish crunch. To do this start out by lying on your back in the shape of an "X". As if crunching regularly, use your abs to reach one arm to your opposite toe. Repeat with opposite arm & toe. Do a total of 15-30 reps counting each reach as an individual rep.

 

 

5.) Leg Raises

https://playyoursport.com/raise-legs-list-leg-raises/

https://playyoursport.com/raise-legs-list-leg-raises/

Still lying on your back, transition into leg raises. Remember to lie flat and keep your head on the ground. You can keep your hands by your side or under your lower back. Don't let your legs touch the ground and try to complete 10 reps.

 

 

Depending on how many reps of each you did you may have more commercial break time. Start from the beginning until your show starts up again.

Good Luck & Happy Exercising!