With fifteen GRAMMY wins under her belt, a recurring spot on TV’s hottest talent show and a trending #NoMakeup movement, Alicia Keys is at the top of her game. We were thrilled to discover Éminence is the key to keeping Alicia’s skin sparkling – and even more excited to hear she has added another one of our results-driven products to her coveted skin care routine.

When Alicia first revealed her fresh-faced complexion, we weren’t alone in clamoring for her skin care secrets. Into The Gloss, ELLE, W Magazine, PopSugar and SELF are just a few high profile publications that have featured the natural beauty’s favorite products. Most recently, Allure got the scoop on what Alicia’s makeup artist, Dotti, uses to give the star her radiant glow, saying “They make us soft. They make us glow. They promise beauty, and boy, do they deliver. But what our favorite products (or, in this case, Keys’) do best: They make us smile.”

After cleansing Alicia’s skin and applying a mask (our refining Clear Skin Probiotic Masque is one of The Voice judge’s favorites), Dotti applies our Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm to “up the dewiness of Keys’s skin” (Allure). This ultra-rich balm is infused with rosehip oil to improve the skin’s moisture, tone and texture, as well as lemongrass (a natural astringent) to minimize the appearance of pores, revealing a picture perfect complexion. To complete Alicia’s look, Dotti turns her attention to the star’s lip area, dabbing on a clear balm to keep her pucker perfectly moisturized. She tells Into The Gloss that our three-step Lip Trio Kit does wonders for Alicia’s lips, keeping them deeply hydrated and camera-ready.

Alicia says of embracing her barefaced complexion: “One thing I’ve heard more than ever is this glow that people refer to that I have. I kind of recognize that glow because I’ve begun to listen to myself inside. And I think there’s something really powerful that happens when you start to listen to yourself. It makes you feel more aware. In touch. More confident. …And that’s taken a little minute to arrive at that place. But there’s definitely something powerful about the way your inner feels that reflects on the outer, on your skin. That, to me, is real beauty.” We couldn’t agree more.

We are incredibly proud that Alicia uses Éminence to celebrate her natural beauty. Which Éminence products are part of your makeup-free routine? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by Alisha Whitley from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Shield your strands with a heat protectant spray made with Clary Sage and Geranium essential oils. Easy to make, this DIY spray will have your hair feeling full and healthy.
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons doTERRA® Salon Essential Smoothing Conditioner
1 cup water
5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
5 drops Geranium essential oil
Small spray bottle
Directions:

  1. Pour half of water into spray bottle.
  2. Add Fractionated Coconut Oil, sweet almond oil, conditioner, and essential oils into bottle.
  3. Add remaining water and shake well.
  4. To use, apply one spritz to hair and work it through until hair is lightly coated. Style as normal.

– See more at: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-heat-protecting-spray#sthash.xvIvG55V.dpuf

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

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Your wedding day beauty look may be the most important makeup of your life, and many brides don’t know where to start when searching for the right makeup artist. So, we turned to our team of Global Makeup Educators for help. Keep reading for their tips on what to ask, what to bring, and what things you should always remember.

6-12 Months before Your Wedding

Collect images of bridal makeup you love.

Pictures models and celebrities are often retouched, but they are to use as inspiration and will help guide your initial makeup artist interview.

Find three images of yourself that you absolutely love.

Bring these images with you, as well, and be sure to explain what you love about the pictures (e.g. I love how the eye shadow brings out the color of my eyes).

Schedule preliminary interviews with multiple makeup artists.

Show them the inspiration photos of models, celebrities and yourself, and ask the below questions:

  • How long have you been doing bridal makeup?
  • What do you love about doing bridal makeup?
  • Can I see your portfolio or images of makeup you’ve done? (Look at their images and ask yourself if this is how you want to look.)
  • How do you go about choosing your look for each bride?
  • What brands of makeup do you use? (Check a brand if you’re not familiar with it to make sure it’s something you want to use.)
  • Do you have a capability of doing my entire wedding party?
  • Do you do off-site weddings? If I hire you, will you stay all day? How much will this cost me?
  • Can I see your brushes? (If their brushes are gross, chances are your skin will be too.)

3-5 Months before Your Wedding

Schedule your bridal makeup test.

After you decide on a makeup artist, schedule your makeup test 3-5 months prior to your wedding. At the appointment, our educators recommend:

  • Testing multiple beauty looks (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). If your makeup artist cannot stay all day for your wedding, ask what you will need to complete your reception look without him/her.
  • Arriving with your bridal hair done or with an idea of what your wedding day hairstyle will look like.
  • Wearing a white top or one that is the same shade as your wedding dress so you can see how your makeup will appear when paired with your dress color.
  • Taking pictures with a camera that has a bright flash. This will help you determine what your makeup will look like under a professional camera flash, which tends to wash you out.

3 Things to Remember

Bridal makeup should be timeless. 20 years from now you should be able to look back at the pictures and still feel like your look is beautiful and classic.

Groom the groom. Often, the groom gets overlooked during the makeup preparations, but he wants to look good in pictures too. Ask your makeup artist to even his complexion or tone down the shine so he looks and feels great in your pictures.

Ask for what you want. Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life, so don’t hesitate to ask your makeup artist for the exact look you want, and if you don’t like part of the look, make sure to speak up.

Tell us about your bridal makeup tips and share pictures of your wedding look with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale , @thegreenspa and #bridalbeauty .

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

The Luxe Line has finally arrived! Keep reading for more details on your next beauty must-haves.

Winter Makeup Essential: Mystikol Eyeliners

winter makeup collection, mystikol cream to powder eyeliner

We know, “next beauty must-have” is a bold claim, but Mystikol eyeliners are our latest obsession. Below are five reasons to lust over this winter makeup essential:

  1. Mystikol eyeliners are available in four long-wearing, intense shades: Onyx (jet black), Dark Topaz (metallic chocolate brown), Amethyst (royal purple) and Smoky Quartz (smoky grey).
  2. Two words— water resistant. With these eyeliners, you don’t have to worry about smears.
  3. The brush is built into the cap. Let me repeat that… THE BRUSH IS BUILT INTO THE CAP! This handy feature makes it a total breeze to create the perfect rich line at home or on-the-go.
  4. Coco glycerides in the formula help it go on smooth across your lids and lash line.
  5. Last, but certainly not least, Mystikol eyeliners have the staying power of a liquid, but are completely blendable like a powder or pencil. Check out how to transform your eyeliner look from clean to smudged to smokey in seconds:

But , wait…there’s more!

When sporting a sultry, smokey eye, we suggest keeping the rest of your look clean and natural. With our Pure & Simple Kits, it’s never been easier to do so. This all-inclusive palette contains two shades of PurePressed Base, two shades of PurePressed Eye Shadow, one PurePressed Blush and a Just Kissed Cheek and Lip Stain. What else does a girl need for an effortless no-makeup makeup look?

winter makeup collection, Pure & Simple Kit mineral makeup palette


Practice Makes Perfect

We want to see your luxe looks! Show us how you use our Mystikol eyeliners and Pure & Simple Kits for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page. Make sure to tag @janeiredale and #GreenSpaCares #LuxeUpYourLook.

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

Warming neck wraps are a terrific gift to give during the holidays. They can help soothe sore muscles and enhance relaxation. When used with essential oils, they can provide additional relief and aromatherapy benefits. Below are three tutorials on how you can make your own warming neck wraps that vary by skill level. Even if you don’t consider yourself a crafty person, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make your own. No matter your skill level, you will be able to find a tutorial that’s right for you. Have fun!

ADVANCED LEVEL
Materials Needed:
½ yard flannel or cotton cut into two 8 x 20 inch pieces.
6 cups flaxseed or rice
Sewing machine
doTERRA essential oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Cut fabric into two 8 x 20 inch pieces.
  2. Place right sides (pretty sides) together and pin along edges.
  3. With right sides together, sew ¼” seam all the way around the fabric leaving a three-inch opening on a short end and turn right sides out.
  4. Divide the length of the fabric into four equal sections and mark with a fabric marker.
  5. Loosely fill the first quarter with two cups of rice or flax seeds.
  6. Sew on marked line. Repeat until all four sections are filled.
  7. Sew opening closed and you’re done.
  8. To use, microwave for two to three minutes and add 2 drops of essential oil on the outer fabric.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Materials Needed:
Kitchen Towel
6 cups flaxseed or rice
Sewing Machine
doTERRA  Essential Oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Fold towel in half longways (hot-dog style).
  2. Sew around the edges leaving a three-inch opening. Turn right side out.
  3. Loosely fill with flax seeds or rice.
  4. Sew opening closed and you’re done.
  5. To use, microwave for two to three minutes and add 2 drops of essential oil on the outer fabric.
BEGINNER LEVEL
Materials Needed:
Tube or dress sock
3 cups flaxseed or rice
doTERRA essential oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Pour flaxseed or rice into sock.
  2. Tie a knot and you’re done.
  3. To use, place in microwave for 2-3 minutes and then add 2 drops essential oil.
Tips:
  • If you smell burning while microwaving your heating pad, you are microwaving it too long. Try cutting down the heating time or lowering the power setting to 50%.
  • Use the leftover fabric to make hand warmers.
  • Homemade heating pads make great gifts. Give a heating pad with a bottle of your favorite doTERRA essential oil to friends and loved ones for a practical gift they are sure to love!
Editors Note: If you don’t have a microwave, you can heat your heating pad by putting it in an oven-safe dish and heating it in the oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes. Remember to set a timer and to frequently check your heating pad to make sure it doesn’t get too hot and become a fire hazard.
CAUTION: The heating pad will be very warm and can burn you if you heat it for too long. Start by putting your heating bag in the microwave for 1 minute, and then increase by 30 second increments until you have achieved your desired temperature. If you accidentally heat it for too long, let it rest until it becomes cooler. You might also want to place a wash cloth or towel against your skin to act as a barrier and to ensure you don’t get burned in case you heat it more than you intended.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

This winter’s makeup trends are all about bold, sophistication. They take one facial feature and emphasize it to the max. From blue eye shadow to sultry plum lips, these looks will help your unique personality shine through. If you can’t decide which one to try first, let the stars (and your astrological sign) guide you in the right direction. Read your Winter 2017 beauty horoscope for a little makeup trend inspiration.

Air Signs

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Characteristics: Air signs, you’re known for being clever and inventive. You love to analyze situations and come up with the best results, so your friends always come to you for solid advice. You’re known for your ingenuity and are always at the forefront of beauty and style trends, and you aren’t afraid to be a little daring with your look.

winter beauty horoscope for air signs, aquarius, gemini, libra

Winter Beauty Horoscope: Set the trend and show everyone how to wear blue eye shadow in the most sophisticated way possible. Warm up a Midnight blue shadow on your lid with a deep wine shade in your crease and outer corner. This look is sure to have people asking how you created it.

Winter Must-Have Product: Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow

Water Sign

Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Characteristics: Water signs are intuitive and sensitive. You’re caring and understanding, making you the person your friends usually confide in. You also have an artistic side. Some Water signs express themselves through music, writing or painting, others show off their creativity through their sense of style.

winter beauty horoscope for water signs, scorpio, cancer, pisces

Winter Beauty Horoscope: Show off your artistic side with graphic eyeliner. Play up this look for a night on the town with a reverse winged-eyeliner look. Or, tone it down for day with a modern twist on a cat eye, as seen at the Oscar de la Renta runway show.

Winter Must-Have Product: Black Liquid Eyeliner

Earth Signs

Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Characteristics: Earth signs, you’re practical and grounded. You’re the most dependable person your friends know, and many of them consider you their rock. You remain true to classics, but always add a hint of nature in everything you do.

winter beauty horoscope for earth signs, taurus, virgo, capricorn

Winter Beauty Horoscope: Get inspired by the Versace runway and put a rose gold spin on a smokey eye by using hints of coppers rather than deep jewel tones or chocolate shades. You can also add a little extra flare by layering a smudgey winged liner on top of the look.

Winter Must-Have Product: Double Dazzle Highlighter Pencil

Fire Signs

Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Characteristics: Fire Signs, you are the life of the party! You’re self-sufficient, spontaneous and have that je ne sais quoi. It’s your free spirit that attract new friends, and your passion for life makes them want to stick around. Fire is one of the most alluring elements, and you express that seductive quality through bold outfits and sultry makeup.

winter beauty horoscope for fire signs, aries, leo, sagittarius

Winter Beauty Horoscope: This winter, embrace your vampy, vixen and try out a dark plum lip. Pair this look with natural eye makeup and a sleek chignon; you’ll look like the perfect combination of a silver-screen siren and a seductive femme fatale.

 

 

Here are three alternative ways to use our Apricot Body Oil that you might not have expected:
Not just for backrubs, the Apricot Body Oil is also fantastic for dry, rough body parts including elbows and knees. As good as the best body lotion for dry skin, this rich body oil sinks moisture into your dry, winter-ravaged skin and smooths out rough problem areas.

CONDITION DRY HAIR ENDS
Don’t restrict this oil to just skin care! If you suffer from thirsty, damaged hair ends, our Apricot Body Oil can step in as your emergency intensive hair conditioner. Just dab a few drops of the oil on hair ends to rehydrate and repair.

TREAT RAGGED CUTICLES
Nails and cuticles tend to suffer during harsh winter months, developing a ragged and unkempt look. If you find your cuticles desperate for a little TLC, rub in a drop of Apricot Body Oil to smooth them out and nourish your nail beds. Your nails (and hands!) will look sleek again in no time.

With so many uses for our versatile Apricot Body Oil, now’s the time to experience it for yourself. Just for Valentine’s Day, our award-winning oil is available in limited edition rose gold, lace foil packaging. Perfect for a gift – or to spoil yourself.

How will you be using your Apricot Body Oil? Let us know in the comments below.This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and two colors are on our mind – pink and red. Pink is our favorite lipstick color when we want to create an effortless, natural makeup look. But, red is the shade we choose when we want to stand out and feel confident. You may think a red lip is only for movie stars and women who drink everything out of straws. But we’re here to show you how easy it is to create a red pout that works with your style. Keep reading for simple tips from our Global Makeup Educators on how to wear red lipstick.

Beginner’s Guide: How to Wear Red Lipstick

If you rarely wear red lipstick, here are a few pointers from Global Makeup Educators Edgar Dominguez and Hannah Hatcher. With these four steps, you’ll have a soft, kiss-friendly pout all night.

Exfoliate First – “Red lipstick looks best on smooth, hydrated, plumped lips,” says Edgar. He recommends exfoliating and hydrating your lips with our Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator & Plumper before you even pick out your lipstick shade.

Define Your Lips – Use a lip liner that is a similar color to your lipstick (try Crimson Lip Pencil). This will give your lips natural definition. Hannah Suggests lining and filling in your lips with the same shade to help create a kiss-proof finish.

Use a Lip Brush – For the most precise look, Edgar recommends using our Retractable Lip Brush to apply the lipstick. The brush will make it easier to color inside your lip pencil line.

Set It, and Go! – For a matte stay-put pucker, Hannah likes to finish her red lipped look with a little Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder. You can use your finger to gently dab it on over your lipstick.

Choosing the Right Red Lip for You

Red lip products come in many different shades and formulations. From the classic red lipstick à la Marilyn Monroe to a more natural red lip tint, we have you covered. Here are our favorite red lip products to use for a natural, classic or long-lasting look.

Natural Reds

  • “My favorite red shade that is youthful and flattering on all skin tones is Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain,’ says Edgar. “It has the perfect balance of coral and red, leaving you with a smooth personalized signature red that stays.”
  • Want to add a little shimmer to your candy apple lip? Product Trainer Christine Orcutt Savolis suggests topping your favorite lip product with Crabapple or Red Current PureGloss Lip Gloss.

The Classic Red

  • If you are looking for the classic red lipstick, Hannah’s pick is Cindy PureMoist Lipstick.

Long-lasting Reds

  • To ensure your lip color lasts through your romantic dinner, Global Makeup Educator Shawn Towne recommends using Lip Fixation. He says, “apply the stain from Passion Lip Fixation to your lips, then top it with Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain. The color it creates is really rich and beautiful.”
  • Christine’s secret to a matte red is Hot PlayOn Lip Crayon. She also likes to layer it with Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain for added staying power. “I always say when you want a red lip, you want it to last, ” she says. “Forever Red really stays and is easy to touch up later in the day.”

#RedHotLips

Glossy, matte and everything in between, we want to see how you rock a red lip. Post pictures of your #RedHotLips on Instagram. Use the hashtag and tag us @janeiredale and #GreenSpaCares

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

If your mind and body are struggling with the winter blues and chilly weather, turn to our Apricot Body Oil to invigorate your senses and soothe your skin. A Vogue, ELLE and Marie Claire favorite, this award-winning body oil blends fragrant apricot, moisturizing grape seed and hydrating jojoba oils for skin that is irresistibly smooth and supple from head to toe. Boxed in gorgeous, limited edition Valentine’s Day packaging, it’s the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

Warm this luxurious oil in your hands for a deeply hydrating, sensory massage – and if your blissful state leaves you craving more, try these unexpected ways to incorporate Apricot Body Oil into your body care routine.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we can think of nothing more romantic (and downright relaxing) than a massage with our award-winning Apricot Body Oil. But when you’re done loosening up those tight shoulder muscles, you’ll find that this luscious body oil isn’t just miraculous for rubdowns and can be used in other surprising ways.

GIVE YOUR BODY LOTION A BOOST

Mix 1-3 drops of Apricot Body Oil with your favorite body lotion for an ultra-rich treat. We recommend pairing it with our Coconut Firming Body Lotion – another ELLE favorite – to deliver intense hydration to aging skin. The coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil in the Coconut Firming Body Lotion leave skin looking tighter and firmer, while the apricot kernel oil and jojoba oil in our Apricot Body Oil leave it feeling exquisitely soft and smooth. Massage into dry hands and elbows for an extra dose of long-lasting moisture.

RELAX IN AN AROMATIC BATH

For an all-over skin conditioning treatment, add 1-2 capfuls of Apricot Body Oil to your bath. Dim the lights and close your eyes for an indulgent aromatic experience. Muscles tired and aching after a rigorous workout? Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to your apricot-infused bath for ultimate relaxation. Once emerging from your heavenly soak (if you can!), smooth a few drops of Apricot Body Oil onto slightly damp skin for deeper penetration of this luscious oil’s feel-good ingredients.

SLOUGH OFF DRY WINTER SKIN

Say goodbye to dry and flaky winter skin by mixing a few drops of Apricot Body Oil with two shakes of Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Rub your hands together to create a creamy paste and apply it to dry areas as a gentle all-over body scrub. The rice powder and lactic acid in the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant slough off dead skin cells and buff skin texture to leave it looking perfectly polished, while the Apricot Body Oil adds a dose of deep hydration for gorgeous, velvety skin.

How do you use our Apricot Body Oil? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by Alisha Whitley from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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According to a number of studies, over 50% of adults categorize their skin as sensitive ¹, but the term “sensitive skin” means different things for everyone. In an article from the Expert Review of Dermatology, sensitive or reactive skin is defined as: “the occurrence of abnormal stinging, burning, pain, [itching] and tingling sensations in response to multiple factors, which may be physical, chemical, psychological or hormonal.”²

Skin sensitivity can be an isolated occurrence or an ongoing issue caused by conditions such as rosacea or eczema. Regardless of the root cause, we all have sensitive skin at one point or another; many of us may even find winter weather to be the main case of this issue. Whether you suffer from chronic skin sensitivity or experience infrequent or seasonal irritation, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the likelihood of an abnormal skin reaction. 

Sun Protection

Almost every dermatologist will tell you the best thing you can do for your skin is to apply sunscreen. This is even more true for those with sensitive skin, which may react more to external triggers like sun and heat. Additionally, Titanium Dioxide, used in physical sunscreens, helps calm inflammation and is listed in the FDA monograph as one of the purest and most effective active ingredients for sun protection.

Shop Wisely

When shopping for new skin care and cosmetics, the back of the box is your best friend. You want to avoid ingredients that will make your skin react like artificial perfumes, dyes, harsh chemicals and parabens.

Cleanse with Care

Regardless of your skin type, over-exfoliating and over-cleansing can cause skin irritation. You want to treat your skin with kindness as you would the rest of your body, so here are some cleansing tips to remember:

  • Wash your face and body with lukewarm water, as opposed to steaming hot, which can dry out your skin and create redness that is difficult to calm.
  • Use gentle exfoliators and cleansers. Your face wash  should be effective enough to remove makeup and dirt, without stripping the oils from your skin or forcing you to scrub hard.
  • Exfoliate, at most, three days per week.
  • When you’re done washing your face, blot the skin dry (don’t rub) and immediately apply moisturizer for maximum absorption.

Test It Out

When considering new skin care products, always do a patch test before diving in head first. This precautionary test should be done at least 24 hours prior to full application. If your skin is very reactive, you may want to patch test it for as long as a week. To do so, apply a small amount of product to an area around the size of a dime. The location of the test depends on what you are testing for; do it behind the ear to test for an allergic reaction or on your most sensitive area to test for irritation.

Feed Your Skin

They say “you are what you eat” for a reason. Skin sensitivity is not only about what goes on your skin; it’s also about what you put in your body. Depending on your sensitivity triggers, there are certain foods your doctor may recommend you avoid. But, overall, you should treat your food like you would your skin care. Try to stay away from overly processed foods with a lot of artificial ingredients. You can also help you skin stay hydrated by drinking water; if you feel thirsty, your skin feels the same way.

RESOURCES

¹ Ständer, S., Schneider, S. W., Weishaupt, C., Luger, T. A., & Misery, L. (2009). Putative neuronal mechanisms of sensitive skin. Experimental Dermatology,18(5), 417-423.
² Misery, L. (2013). Sensitive Skin. Expert Review of Dermatology, 8(6), 631-637.

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

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