New Makeup Trend: Strobing – Vine Vera Reviews

Contouring is a widely used and fantastic way to get the defined, elegant, radiant look you want by carefully accenting specific areas of the face to draw attention to the features you’re proud of, hide or alter the features you’d prefer the world didn’t see, and just create an overall sharper and fiercer look.

However, the one big problem with contouring is that it’s difficult and time-consuming. Contouring is an art, and a tricky one to learn, easy to mess up, and can take a frustratingly long time to finish with.

So, what’s a girl to do if you don’t want to or can’t afford to put the requisite time and effort into learning how to contour, or if you don’t want to be stuck in front of the mirror for ages longer than you already spend before every night out? Vine Vera introduces the new makeup trend – strobing – as one of the top solutions.

Woman contouring her face.

Enter Strobing
While the name of this trending makeup technique may sound a bit odd and call to mind images of disco balls or flashing lights at raves, strobing is simply a shortened version of contouring which allows you to achieve a look of natural radiance. It’s called strobing because of the way light plays off your skin when you’re all done, and because the set of techniques involved in strobing aims to accomplish more or less the same thing as contouring—elegant, defined features—using light alone, thanks to careful, specific placement of highlighting products that play with light in different ways.

Woman cleansing her face.

Start with Good, Clean Skin
For strobing to work its wonders in the most effective way, you need to start with clean, moisturized skin. Make sure you’re using a good cleanser, and really massage it in when you wash your face before makeup application. Don’t be too rough, but carefully massage all over your face while you wash it to plump up the skin.

Woman applying foundation on her cheeks.

Advanced Layering Techniques
The essence of strobing is carefully layering specifically chosen products in a specifically chosen order. There are a few ways you can go about this, but Vine Vera will outline the basic strategy below.

  1. If we have said it once, we will say it a million times: great looks start with great skin. So to start your strobing technique we recommend combining your skincare with your makeup. Mix your moisturizer with your foundation, or use a product that combines the two, this gives you a base layer of healthy looking skin to work with.
  2. When selecting a foundation, look for one with a dewy or luminous finish like Yves Saint Laurent’s LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT Illuminating Foundation. Since strobing is all about illumination, starting with a luminous foundation is the perfect first step for this look. 
  3. Apply some type of highlighter to the high points of the face – think brow bone, tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, down the bridge of the nose, or any other place you want to enhance. You can use different types of products for this, whether they are made specifically as highlighters or a opalescent eye shadow appropriated for this use or even some lip gloss, as long as you choose a color that is right for your skin tone. We recommend using a product with cream or liquid consistency for best results. Try a Nars The Multiple stick in a lighter shade or Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Illuminzer. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder are also very popular options. Don’t worry overmuch about it being too shiny, as you’ll be putting a bit of matte powder in the next step to even things out and create the perfect combination of matte and shine.
  4. Finish with a finely milled, luminescent setting powder, this type of powder won’t ruin all the hard work you have put into illumination your skin but rather will enhance it while also helping give your look staying power. Lightly dust over the top, and enjoy your new simple but radiant look.

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All About Sunscreens – Vine Vera Reviews

Sunscreen: it’s a must have for anyone who likes being in the sun and doesn’t like getting burned, wrinkling early in life, or risking skin cancer. It’s something you probably use all the time (and if you don’t, you should!), but very few of us actually know all that much about it.

Vine Vera has gone over the history of sunscreen and how it developed since the ancient Greeks first started putting olive oil on their skin to keep from getting burnt (but remember, they didn’t know as much about Ultraviolet radiation as we do now, so make sure you use actual sunscreen when you go out), but here we will be taking an in-depth look at how modern-day sunscreens work, and what you need to know to get the most out of them.

Diagram showing how UVA and UVB rays damage the skin.

Ultraviolet Radiation
To examine how sunscreen works and what it does to protect us, we first have to examine what it is about the sun that threatens our skin in the first place. The sun is necessary for life to exist on our planet, and provides warmth, light, and a source of energy to plants, the lowest and arguably most important part of the food chain.

But as necessary and beneficial as the sun is, there is a dark side to the energy it provides us. Sunlight contains a wide spectrum of light waves, most of them totally harmless, but a particular completely invisible type of light known as Ultraviolet (UV for short, split into two types: UVA and UVB), which can actually penetrate skin cells and damage their DNA, triggering severe defensive mechanisms by the cell. The redness of a sunburn isn’t actually directly caused by the UV radiation itself, but is a result of increased blood flow to the area while cells try to fix the damaged DNA, and peeling is a result of the body’s attempt to get rid of skin cells too badly damaged to fix. Regardless, this DNA damage, while usually repairable by your body’s immune system, is not always repaired perfectly, and can occasionally lead to the development of skin tumors, which is why sun exposure increases your risk of melanoma.

Woman taking out sunscreen from the bottle.

Enter Sunscreen
So, how do sunscreens stop harmful UV rays from entering your cells and messing with your DNA? There are a few ways, but—as Vine Vera has explained before—they can all be roughly divided into chemical and physical sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreens contain compounds that produce a chemical reaction when UV light hits them. This reaction turns UV light into other types of energy, which are harmless to your skin, so your skin is saved by your sunscreen giving the UV light something else to react with instead of your DNA.

Physical blockers are a little more straightforward. They’re minerals ground into a soft powder that UV light is simply unable to penetrate, so if you coat your skin with physical-blocker sunscreen, UV light just bounces right off of you.

Woman sunbathing in a beach.

Basic Sun-Care
All of this may be interesting and help you better understand why and how to use sunscreen, but what essential details do you need to know to protect your skin?

That’s actually pretty simple. Sunscreens are graded on a scale called “SPF” for “Sun protection factor,” and all you need to know is that you need SPF 30 or higher to really be protected, you should reapply every couple hours, make sure your sunscreen protects from both UVA and UVB, and if you’re unable to reapply every couple hours (although you really should) for whatever reason, get a sunscreen with physical blockers, since these are more durable. Look for the ingredients “titanium dioxide” and “zinc oxide” and you’ll know you’ve got a physical-blocker sunscreen.

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How To Cover Up Sunburns With Makeup – Vine Vera Reviews

You know the drill, anytime you go out in the sun even if it’s for a little bit, slather yourself in creen to protect your skin. Sun damage in the form of sunburns, will leave you with dry leathery skin that is prone to premature aging, not to mention various types of skin cancer. Not a pretty picture. Yet, what happens if you do get a nasty burn? Can you cover it up with makeup? Absolutely you can. It’s a bad idea to get a sunburn in the first place, you should know better, but if you do you are going to want to cover it up effectively if you have a nice function to go to work or a special event. You don’t want to be the only beat red tomato face in a group of pictures that you know are going to go up on everyone’s Facebook account. Vine Vera Cosmetics presents a few tips to cover up sunburns on your face and body with various types of makeup.

Woman looking into the mirror.

Prep Your Skin
If you get a sunburn it’s important to hydrate skin with a healing lotion that contains aloe. Make sure you read the label to make sure that the product actually contains aloe as the first ingredient since many times lotions say they contain pure aloe, but they don’t. Having some Lidocaine present in the lotion will also help sooth skin by dulling the painful sting of sunburn. Layer it on before you get ready to cover up your burn with makeup. Wait a few minutes to allow a thick layer to soak in completely.

Cover Sunburns with Dermablend

Use a Full Coverage Makeup
The number one choice in makeup to cover up burns, scars or tattoos is Dermablend. This company has been producing their thick body makeup for years, and it’s by far the best out there to cover up any imperfections. Brides especially love it to cover dark tattoos anywhere on their body since it delivers total coverage. It’s a great one to try if you need to camouflage a bad sunburn. Their “Leg and Body Cover” is available at many high end department stores and Sephora usually carries it as well. Have a beauty advisor at one of the stores match you with the correct shade. They have tons of shades to choose from so you are guaranteed a very close match.

Closeup of a large foundation brush.

The best way to apply your body makeup smoothly is to use a large foundation brush. This way you can layer it on in thin coats to build up the coverage to full, totally covering your sunburn up. You wouldn’t paint your walls without a brush, so why should you do your face and body with anything but the right tools? When you use your fingers the products tends to get wiped away, and can appear streaky. You don’t want to use a sponge either since it tends to absorb and soak up a lot of the foundation causing a lot of product waste. The foundation brush is a must have tool in anyone’s cosmetic arsenal. You won’t ever want to go back to using anything else.

Translucent Loose Powder for covering sunburns.

Setting It For Longer Wear
To ensure lasting results you need to set your face, or body makeup with some translucent loose powder. The powder will keep your makeup on all day long until you go home at night and take it off with a gentle cleanser. Even if you only need a short wear time, don’t skip the setting step, or you run the risk of having your makeup get all over your clothes.

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History of Sunscreen – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman applying sunscreen in a beach.

Sunscreen plays a vitally important role in keeping your skin from developing an unattractive red hue, blistering, peeling, wrinkling early, and even developing skin cancer. It works by stopping Ultraviolet—or UV for short—rays from reaching your skin. The sun can be generally beneficial, providing warmth, light, and helping the body synthesize vitamin D, but ultraviolet radiation is the one downside, and it’s a big one.

You can find sunscreen that stops UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing them through a chemical reaction, or sunscreen that blocks the UV rays entirely, causing it to bounce off harmlessly. You can find sunscreen mixed in to your favorite skincare and beauty products, in lotion, facial moisturizer, foundation and more. But how much do you know about where it came from and how it developed over the years?

Vine Vera discovered that the history of sunscreen actually goes back thousands of years. A lot of plant-based oils and extracts contain compounds that help prevent sunburn, and ancient civilizations discovered this and utilized it as far back as 8th century BCE.

Woman holding a bottle of olive oil.

Ancient methods
Ancient greeks actually coated themselves with olive oil to keep from getting burned, though don’t try this one at home! Olive oil can be great when used as a “face oil” for moisturizing if you don’t break out too easily, but it alone will not protect you from all the sun’s perils, so layer it with actual sunscreen (ideally SPF 30 or higher) if you’re going to apply it.

Ancient Egyptians used various plant extracts to aid in the fight against sun damage, including lupine plants, rice, and jasmine. Interestingly enough, you will find many of these compounds in some of today’s skin care products, so apparently the egyptians were onto something. That said, as with olive oil, we now understand that these compounds by themselves are not enough to prevent the more subtle and long-term damages of UV rays, like wrinkles and increased risk of skin cancer.

Early synthetic sunscreens
In 1928, synthetic sunscreens began to see the light of day, although they were not yet well-known or widely available. They were probably a lot more effective than just coating yourself in oil, but manufacturers weren’t quite as informed on how UV rays worked at that point.

The first widely available commercially-produced sunscreen hit the shelves in 1936 (1932 for Australia), synthesized by the French chemist Eugène Schueller, famous for being the founder of the L’Oreal company. It took time before people really bought in, and the first sunscreen that resembled anything like we see today wasn’t made until several years later, but it was becoming clear that sun damage was an entirely preventable problem, and chemists were working on the solution.

Woman applying sunscreen lotion.

Modern day sunscreens
In 1944, more effective sun-protection products were made for the U.S. Military, to fill a need for protection from sun hazards soldiers in active duty in the tropics faced in World War 2. It worked as a physical sunscreen, but wasn’t very fun to apply; it was sticky and colored red, and probably didn’t feel too nice on the skin.

As scientists and the public at large became more and more aware of the risks of the sun and how preventable they are, commercial products were gradually improved into what we see today, and graded by “SPF,” or “sun protection factor. Today, you can find a great many options in the sun-care aisle to suit your personal needs and keep you out of harm’s way of those pesky UVs.

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Style Switch Ups to Consider – Vine Vera Reviews

If you are stuck in a beauty or style rut, than you might find it very complicated to switch it up. You might enlist in the aid of someone you trust like your favorite beauty advisor at your local upscale makeup counter, or a trusted hair stylist that you’ve been going to for years, to help guide you in a different direction. Change isn’t easy. If it were then we would be constantly experimenting with our daily style, and some people do, but across the board most people stick to the same routine day after day, because it’s easy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have consistent style, but there are some easy ways to tweak your look that won’t be so drastic while still offering some needed change. Vine Vera presents a few easy style switch ups you might want to consider.

Regular Hairstyle Vs Bangs

Your Look: Same Old Hair – So you have been rocking the same hairstyle for a while now, and it just lays there lifeless.

Style Switch Up: Bangs!–Try some longish side-swept bangs cut on an angle away from your face, by your stylist to make the switch in no time flat. A longer side-swept style will be easy to style and if you end up not liking it, easy to hide.

Black Eyeliner Vs Plum Eyeliner

Your Look: Black Eyeliner–You been wearing the same black eyeliner every day since you were 15-years-old.

Style Switch: Go for Bright –They make other eyeliner colors, we especially love plum, soft bronze, and even a forest green can be lovely on many different eye colors. Experiment with which colors look best for you, we recommend choosing a liner color opposite to your eye color on the color wheel to make your eye color pop.

Pink lips Vs Red Lips

Your Look: Same Old Neutral Lipcolor–You jumped on the pearly pink bandwagon, and never looked back.

Style Switch: Classic Red–Try a red that is flattering on your skin tone. A cool red is nice on fair skinned people, and a warm red is best on medium to deep skin tones. Our recommendations: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl for pale, pink-toned ladies, Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick Classic Cream Lipstick in Devil for warm-toned women, Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Cherry Lush for olive skinned beauties, and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo for anyone, it’s a universal shade.

High Maintenance Vs Air Drying

Your Look: High Maintenance Hair– It takes you an hour and a half to do your hair every morning; you wash it, blow it out, and then attack it with the flat iron or curling rod. Too much stress on your hair.

Style Switch: Natural Texture– Air drying hair is in style, take the opportunity to simplify your beauty routine! Try to wash it, scrunch some leave in conditioner into it damp, and then a styling product to combat frizz and boost your natural texture. You’ll be amazed at the compliments you’ll get.

Tanning Machine Vs Self-Tanner

Your Look: Tanorexia–If you are a tanning bed junkie, stop now, cold turkey. Tanning beds cause significant premature aging to your skin, and the absolute worst part is you could get skin cancer in the future. Scary stuff, not pretty or fun.

Style Switch: Give Your Skin a Break– Your natural skin tone cannot be that bad, try a good self-tanner or a little powdered bronzer if you must have that tan looking glow.

Heavy Foundation Vs BB Cream

Your Look: Heavy Foundation– You pile on the foundation every day. Is your skin really that bad?

Style Switch: BB Cream– The new wave of BB creams not only even out the skin tone but also provide skin care benefits and a decent amount of coverage. Add a little loose powder to set your BB cream, and you’re ready to face the day without all that heavy mask like foundation. Enhance your beauty, don’t hide it!

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Beauty Trends We Wish Would Go Away – Vine Vera Reviews

Every season we see different beauty trends come and go. You see people bravely trying to rock certain looks on the street, sometimes successfully, and sometimes not so successfully. Do you enjoy trying new beauty trends? Are there some trends that you wish would go away? Remember in the 90’s the look of a nude lip with a dark brown lip liner? That was not a good look on anyone, yet people wore it proudly for many years. Here are some other trends in beauty that need to take a hike for good.

Woman plucking her eyebrows.

Over plucked Brows
Here’s the deal, over plucking your brows makes you look older. Plus, when you over pluck or wax them too much, eventually they will stop grow back. Then you have to pencil them in everyday for the rest of your life or risk looking brow less.

Heroin chic style.

Heroin Chic
This look is the excessively smoky eyes, with bare skin and even barer lips usually on extremely thin women, made famous by Kate Moss. It’s not attractive. There is nothing attractive about people who do heroin. We are appalled that an entire beauty trend was named after their look.

Woman with ridiculous looking nails.

Nail Ridiculousness
Do we really need to have 3-D decals, and sparkly glitter with rhinestones upon rhinestones all over our nails? Especially for an adult? How much of a statement do you need to make with your nails? It’s just too much. Let’s go back to classic reds, pinks, mauves or even a nice “griege”. Or just buff your nails to a healthy high shine, and move on. Nails that are long enough for that much embellishment must get in the way of daily life!

Woman with heavy makeup and strong contouring.

Strong Contouring
This doesn’t work in real life. You can absolutely see where people attempt to contour with the variety of ready-made palettes on the market. Strong contour is meant for people getting their photograph professionally taken or for night time events where lighting is dimmer. Unless you are walking the red carpet, or getting some editorial work done we suggest easing up on the contouring.

Woman with pink hair in a park.

Pink, Purple, or Turquoise Hair Color
Bright, rainbow or other unnatural colored hair won’t work in the corporate world. This is not a look that says professional or well put together so unless you are looking for a lot of attention it is probably best to avoid the bright, crazy hair colors.

Woman with sallow looking skin due to overuse of spray tans.

Over Spray Tanned
You feel thinner when tan, right? That’s the idea, but many people aren’t getting spray tanned with the right tones and often end up looking “orangey” or too sallow. It’s not complimentary, a more natural skin tone will look better with your makeup, clothing, and hair color. If you are a fair, then own it and stop the overdone spray tanning.

Woman with a cat eye look.

Overdone Cat Eye 
Sure a cat eye can be fun for a nighttime look. A small, delicate flick looks cute for daytime also. However, a thick line of black liquid liner is very heavy for day and can look aging. We recommend a more soft color like a nice shimmery brown, with a tiny flick for day. Leave the seriously feline eye for a night out.

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How to Avoid Mom Style Problems – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman trying to choose clothes.

When you become a mom, your life changes in a lot of big ways. Most of the changes are wonderful, if stressful, and no matter how much your kids make you want to pull your own hair out (or theirs), you keep going and dealing with it all because you love them to death and would do anything for them.

That said, there’s a lot of common style problems moms run into that are totally avoidable, so here, we’re going to lay them all out and exactly what you can do to sidestep these issues without sacrificing the attention your kids need OR the comfort you need.

Woman wearing stylish ballet flats with her man.

Sneakers: comfortable yet inelegant
There’s nothing wrong with wearing sneakers or tennis shoes if you’re going out for a run or to the gym, and sometimes, for a stylish-casual look, they can work okay for everyday wear, especially if you opt for something like converse instead of trainers. That said, it’s tempting and easy to fall into the habit of wearing nothing but your favorite pair of way-too-worn-out, trashy looking sneakers every single day because they’re just so, so comfortable.

To avoid this without hurting your tired, worn-out feet too much, opt for a pair of stylish ballet flats instead. If you like the height of heels but don’t want to tear your feet up overmuch, try platform shoes with a solid, continuous platform along the whole shoe. If you like boots, keep wearing them, but get ones with flat bottoms instead of heels, or—as mentioned above—with platform heels.

Mothers in maternity clothes choosing cots.

Wearing maternity clothes too long
Maternity clothes may be extremely comfortable, with their elastic waistbands and roomy nature, but let’s face it, they are usually not the most stylish options in your wardrobe. If you’ve already given birth and are feeling like your style is taking a hit because you’ve been wearing those maternity clothes too long after the fact, consider updating your look.

If you’re understandably self-conscious about your midsection and hesitant to try to look fashionable again, there’s a few tricks and rules of thumb you can go by. Ultimately, do whatever works for you and your body, and makes you feel good about yourself, but if you’re not sure where to begin, try to avoid tops with gatherings, and check out higher-waisted pants or skirts as well as tops and dresses that wrap around, to minimize areas you may feel self-conscious of and accentuate the areas you are proud of.

Stylish woman with a tote.

Don’t forget accessories!
Accessories and handbags can complete an outfit that otherwise might look okay, but lacks a certain flair or individuality. Further, the wrong handbag can either be very short on room for things that are required when you have small children – diapers, wipes, bottles, etc – or on the other hand, be big, frumpy, and unseemly.

For a better handbag option, try a large purse like a patent tote that can hold everything you need and while still looking polished and put together. You have more options than you think you do, if you browse with both style and functionality in mind at the same time.

For accessories, stay away from multi-layer, dangly, or delicate necklaces, and avoid dangly earrings for now if you have a baby. Don’t worry, if you love these styles of accessory, you will be able to wear them again when your infant is old enough to stop grabbing everything in sight. Meanwhile, gravitate toward bracelets over necklaces and earrings, and try adding things like scarves and stylish sunglasses to add a chic edge to your look without adding a liability for grabby baby-hands.

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