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From the Blog

Dolphin skin: Skin dives beyond "dewy" and straight into wet.

A recent trend that's been making waves all over Instagram is "dolphin skin". 

Dolphin skin is  how you’d imagine your face looking after rising out of the water.  Unlike the aptly named glass skin, which is all about acheiving a smooth, poreless, luminous complexion via an elaborate skin-care routine, dolphin skin is the effect of highlighter....and more highlighter....and even more highlighter. It looks shiny and vaguely slippery. 

Although it can look cool in photos, this look does not translate particularly well to real-life. Still, if you'd like to try it, we'd recommend using a high quality highlighter that can elevate your look when you're not trying to look like you walked out of the sea. We love Rituel de Fille's Rare Light Luminizer. It's sheer and radiant and shifts in color from every angle. Simply put, we think it's magical and we're betting you will too. 


Skin Prep For Exceptional Make-Up Applications


Whether you're aiming to embrace a low-maintenance summer look or practicing glamorous and on-trend looks for a special event, there is one step that is essential for a beautiful, finished look: SKIN PREP.

Skin Prep is different from your daily regimen in that it infuses a quick boost of hydration to the skin, allowing for a dewy, healthy glow. Due to this infusion of moisture, dry patches are remedied allowing for a smoother surface for your skin, without adding the redness one might get from a pre-application exfoliation.

One easy way to accomplish this is via products containing hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that naturally occurs in the body. It can hold 1000x its molecular weight in water, binding moisture to the skin. It results in an instantly refreshed and plumped appearance.

My favorite way to fast-blast skin with hyaluronic acid is via Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic. Spritz skin liberally and pat to help the product penetrate the surface layer. Wait about a minute before continuing with your make-up application. I love this product so much that, between now and Halloween, we are giving you 30% off! The price is already reflected on the website. 

Preparing your skin for your cosmetic application will result in a smoother, longer lasting wear and is an absolute must for every season, but particularly the drier fall and winter months.

Happy Hydrating!

Make-Up When You're Masked-Up

Make-Up While Masked Up

Wearing a mask in public doesn't mean that you can't have fun with make-up at the same time! Sure, maybe anything but a good lip balm is extraneous on the lower half of your face. But why not play up your most compelling, expressive feature - your eyes?

We recently discussed making up while masking up with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lifestyle and Fashion Editor, Sara Bauknecht.

We loved the conversation so much, that we wanted to share even more ideas for you. Here are our picks for the best cosmetics to help keep you on trend and feeling great this spring and summer.

Eyeshadow:
Why We Love It:  It's the most versatile of all face products. Any color can be applied as a muted wash (use a small fluffy brush and give a delicate swipe), a bolder, opaque look (use a bullet tipped brush, dipped in water, and then dipped in the product), or a super pigmented, packed look (apply with a sponge applicator, pressing the color into your lid).
        
Our picks: Winky Lux Kitten Palette  - The perfect palette for every look you want to achieve. The Kitten Palette features highly-pigmented shadows in four finishes: holographic, matte, satin and glitter.

Winky Lux Kitten Powder Individual Eyeshadow - In the market for one or two shadows? We HIGHLY recommend the Winky Lux individual shadows. Micro-milled for a smooth finish and perfectly pigmented to give you the look you like.

Mascara:
Why We Love It: Can anything be more beautiful, sexier, and easier than getting a perfect fringe? Two swipes and you look like you're ready to take on the world (or at least like you got a full night's sleep). Mascara is essential for every look and is a must for everyone.

Our Pick: Rodial Glamolash XXL Mascara - You've heard us extol its virtues many times before, but we really, really love this product. Simply put, it is the best mascara on the market. It provides thick, full lashes without clumpiness. It is formulated with beeswax, carnauba wax, and soluable collagen to keep the lashes soft, which means that you can apply a light coat in the morning and then, upon deciding to go out in the evening, you can apply MORE mascara without it turning into a clumpy nightmare.

Eyeliner:
Why We Love It: Eyeliner provides definition that neither eyeshadow, nor mascara, can. It can reshape your eye and can really make the color of your eyes pop. From pencils to liquids. there is a liner out there for everyone.
                   
Our Picks: Be A Bombshell Metallic Eyeliner  -   This is a bold liner, with just enough shimmer to make your eyes really stand out. What we really love, however, is the stiff applicator, which makes applying liquid liner a breeze. 

Glo Skin Beauty Precise Micro Eyeliner - This creamy eyeliner glides across the lash line with ease and precision. Use the ultra fine point tip to create that fine line along the lashes for a daytime look or easily smoke out the eyes with a smudge brush for a more dramatic nighttime look.

Brow Kit:
Why We Love It: Nothing, and we mean nothing, can make you look complete like well-shaped, healthy brows. They frame the face and can pull your entire look together. Kits give you every tool you need to get picture perfect brows, without having to see an arch expert.

Our Pick: Glo Skin Beauty Brow Collection -  This portable kit comes in two colors, contains four differently shaped brow stencils, and the tools and powders you need to succeed. This kit will transform your brows from boring to beautiful in seconds.

Sparkle:
Why We Love It
  -  What's not to love about sparkle? It can instantly brighten your day (not to mention your eyes). Shimmer and glitter aren't just for the club anymore. There are great products that add a subtle sparkle to your daytime look.

Our PickRituel de Fille Celestial Eye Soot - This creamy, gelee formulation puts the glow where you want it, and not where you don't. Use it alone, over a more pigmented shadow, or even as a highlighter up by your brow bone. 


Hope you are all staying healthy and well and I hope that you're having as much fun creating eye looks as we are!

As always, if you have any questions about your skin or make-up, shoot Liz a message.

We miss you and hope to see you all soon!
xoxo,
The Gilded Girl

Caring For Your Hands

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, we all find ourselves washing our hands and using sanitizer more than ever. While this is necessary and important to do, it can also leave our hands vulnerable to damage and contact dermatitis.

When we overwash our hands and use alcohol based sanitizers (Again - something we MUST do right now for the good of public health), our hands become stripped of essential oils and its barrier function becomes compromised. What does that mean?

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