Sunday, December 8, 2013

Beauty Squared Round-Up - December 8, 2013

Hello lovelies and a happy December Sunday to you!

The Beauty Squared gals have been busybusybusy lately, so we're behind on our posting. We've got lots to share with you though, and will be getting posts up soon. In the meantime, there's a lot to round-up this week so without haste, let's dig in!

  • It's the shopping season! Here's a round-up of some of the best beauty value sets for those beauty fans on your shopping list, or maybe, as a gift for yourself!
  • And if you're more on the homemade gift side or want to save some cash, here are some fantastic ideas for DIY Beauty Gifts - Vanilla Body Cream and Crayon Lipsticks!
  • Are you bored with your red lipstick? Here are some statement lip looks you should check out as alternatives.
  • Have you seen the new MAC make-up brushes? They're...different. MUA Dustin Hunter has an in-depth review of them here.
  • Check out this gorgeous, sexy and subtly colourful smoky eye on Olivia Wilde. It uses grey, blue, brown and mint green.
  • Does eyeliner confuse you? Are you unsure what eyeliner look would suit you best? MUA Wayne Goss has some great tips that may help.
  • This is a fantastic, simple way to do a retro make-up look without it looking costumey. Classic black eyeliner flicks and red lips won't ever go out of style.
  • Look at this Louboutin-inspired manicure I came across on Twitter.
  • And check out these unbelievably creative optical illusions using only faces and makeup.
  • 'Tis the season for sparkle and parties and dressing up. 'Tis also the season for cold, dry weather and dry skin. New Beauty Magazine has a selection of the best illuminators that will give your skin a healthy, lit-from-within glow.
  • A (depressing) poll done in the UK has found that 15% of women aged 16-85 aren't aware of how prevalent Photoshop is and believe that models and actresses look the same when they're walking down the street as they do in magazines. More info as well as findings regarding body consciousness among the women surveyed can be found here.
  • Store mannequins are designed as a human ideal, a blank canvas on which clothing can be displayed to make us want to buy it. But what if they were more realistic? What if they actually looked like the people on the street looking in the store windows at them? Check out this project done by Pro Infirmis, in which people with physical disabilities have mannequins created in their likenesses. 

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