Best Overnight Beauty Tricks

sleeping girlAdequate sleep is essential to achieving beauty from the inside out, and lucky for you, it’s possible to catch some z’s while getting in some beauty treatments simultaneously. The following overnight beauty fixes will help you wake up more gorgeous than ever.

Treat Your Tresses
Hair taking a beating from environmental factors and constant wear and tear from the flat iron? At night, dampen your hair before bed and apply a nourishing leave-in conditioner, mask or hot oil treatment to the length of you mane (avoiding the roots) and leave on overnight. Rinse out in the morning and say hello to silky, glowing tresses.

No More Callus
Just as we focus on frequently moisturizing our hands, we should give our feet a little TLC as well. Apply the body of scrub of your choice during your nightly shower focusing on your feet. Thoroughly massage your damp feet with a concoction of Vaseline and lotion (or body oil). Wrap them in thick cozy socks while your sleep. You’ll awaken to luxuriously smooth soft feet.

More Tea Tree Please
After your daily night skin care regimen of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, apply a small amount of 100% pure tea tree oil directly to your blemishes using a cotton swab. By the morning the swelling and redness will be greatly reduced, and in some cases the blemish will disappear!

Well, Hello Bright Eyes!
Once 30 hits, eye cream suddenly becomes your BFF. However did you know that storing it in the fridge not only prolongs its shelf-life but its cooling effect helps to de-puff and soothe the eye area? Apply your deliciously cool eye cream, along with ripened avocado to your eyes before bed, and awaken bright-eyed and ready to take on the day!

These are some of our favorite nightly beauty secrets. How about you? Share with us using #LashemNights

Perfect Dark Lips for Your Skin This Winter

Multiple Berry lipsticks

Dark Vampy Lips are all the rage for Fall & Winter with the look becoming a staple for fabulous ladies of all ages and complexions. The trick is to find the perfect shade that compliments your personal coloring, and once you determine your perfect blend, you’ll be addicted to the sultry sexy look.

Fair Skin – Ladies with fair complexions, opt for a subtle berry by selecting dark but sheer lip colors.
•Topshop Lipstick in Beguiled
•Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Crush
•Topshop Lipstick in Inhibition

Olive Skin – These complexions can pull off most berry shades. Rich berry hues in matte or glossy finishes are extremely flattering.
•Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipcolor in “Unlimited Mulberry”
•L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Mica
•Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick Raspberry Rush

Darker Skin – Intense Wines, Plums & Browns in creamy matter finishes suit darker complexions well.
•Dior Rouge Lipstick in Hypnotic
•Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in Deep Plum Wine
•Ilia Lipstick in Femme Fatale

Remember to always use a liner with any dark lip. Deep colors have a tendency to run due to their high pigmentation. Matte finishes are fabulous for fashion forward ladies. If you’re looking for a more playful, fun look, gloss up your lip.

What is your all-time favorite lipstick color? Let us know by using #LashemLips.

All Natural Beauty Secrets

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In today’s society, many of us are refusing to accept we are growing older, and all of the inevitable effects of gravity that come along with aging. Unnecessary non-invasive, and invasive surgical procedures are slowly becoming the norm for women of all ages. And while you can’t stop the clock, there are a number of preventative practices we can embrace to aid us in growing older gracefully and more beautifully, without having to endure dermatological procedures and/or plastic surgery.

Tea Time
Both white and green teas are rich in antioxidant EGCG, which helps battle wrinkles while increasing cell turnover. Other antioxidants found in both teas boost cardiovascular health and enhance weight loss. During your next trip to Starbucks opt for a green tea, rather than a latte. Your skin, and heart will thank you.

More Papaya, Please
In its natural state, papaya is an excellent natural exfoliant and moisturizer. High in vitamins A & C, essential minerals and the enzyme papain, regular use can help lighten skin minimizing the appearance of age spots. To apply, simply swipe a strip of the papaya directly onto your face.

Get Juiced Up
Juice cleanses are all the rage, especially with A-List celebrities swearing by their awesomeness. Guzzling down pounds of organic fruits and vegetables daily will flood your skin with nutrients necessary to boot cell turnover. This will leave your skin softer and more luminous than before.

Got Milk?
The proteins found in cow’s milk are ideal in neutralizing inflamed skin, while restoring normal pH levels and calming your complexion. Milk also contains lactic acid, which dissolves dry, dead skin cells for a fresh face. This treatment is helpful with aging, acne, eczema & psoriasis, proving milk does your body good.

Remember, skin care is the secret to natural beauty! That way, you can enhance what you already have. Tell us your favorite beauty secret by using #LashemBeautySecret.

Perfect Christmas Stocking Stuffers

Stuffed Stocking

Rather than spending unnecessary time searching for the absolute perfect gift for the ladies in your life, design them custom stockings full of fabulous beauty stuffers.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Trio $28 (for a limited time)
It’s no wonder that one is sold every three seconds around the world! I for one never leave home without one of these tubes of heaven. L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream luxuriously moisturizes your hands without any greasy residue remaining. Available in a plethora of lovely fragrances that leave the skin delicately perfumed, never overbearing or offensive, the perfect stuffer for any lady on your list.

Kiehl’s LIP BALM #1 $7.00
Your pout is thinner than any other area of the face and takes a beating from environmental factors primarily during the winter months. Infused with Squalanea, Lanolin, Wheat Germ Oil & Vitamin E, Kiehl’s LIP BALM #1 provides your lips with much needed TLC. Available in a 0.5 fl oz tube perfect for stocking stuffing!

LUSH Bath Bombs $6.25
Ready, Set, Fizzle. Give the gift of relaxation with LUSH Bath Bombs. Simply drop a bomb into running water and voila, bath time becomes a truly indulgent experience. Heavily infused with lavender oil and sweet tonka absolute, the TWILIGHT bomb guarantees your best night sleep ever.

MAC Demi Wipes $20 (for pack of 45)
Make removing makeup, smudges, dirt & grime simple and quick with these effective wipes. Super saturated with MAC cleanser and moisturizing vitamin E these oversized towlettes get the job done. Keep a pack in the car and/or on the nightstand for easy access. A fab stocking must-have!

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $30
Help the ladies in your life stay fabulous for up to 16 hours with this miracle spray. Suitable for all skin types, this groundbreaking formula actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eye shadow, blush and concealer in place. No creasing, cracking, smudging, etc. Talk about amazing!

What is your favorite gift to give? Let us know by using #LashemXmas

Fabulous Holiday Gifts for 2014

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Having a difficult time selecting gifts for the fabulous women in your life, or do you simply need inspiration? Well fret no more, here are a list of a few of my faves! Happy Holiday Shopping!

Magazine Subscriptions – For the Magazine Gal in Your Life!
One of my co-workers recently surprised me with a Redbook magazine subscription. She is a bit of a Frugal Franny and became sickened at the sight of me spending obscene amounts of money on purchasing magazines (daily) from the local Target. This is the perfect gift for your girlfriends who are avid readers and have a constant thirst for knowledge. Tailor your magazine selection(s) based on their personality and interests. My co-worker opted for Redbook because she felt that since I’m a mom I needed to become more domesticated, and boy was she right! I look forward to receiving my Redbook monthly and attentively read it from cover to cover when it arrives. For the fashionista opt for Glamour or Vogue. If she’s into technology and gadgets, Popular Science may be the perfect fit. Visit http://www.magazines.com and browse their vast selection of affordable publications. The possibilities are endless!

Gucci Eau de Parfum II by Gucci – The Scent Of Classic Feminity
As I’ve previously shared, I am the Girl who adores clean feminine fragrances, which is why I still wear Clinique’s Happy at least 4 days a week since 1998. However, Gucci Eau de Parfum II has become my signature scent of the moment. Never overbearing or offensive, this soft, fruity floral fragrance mixes perfectly with your body’s chemistry to exude a scent that is timeless, playful and feminine. Described as a “A sparkling, fresh transparent fragrance containing notes of mandarin, black currant, violet and blackberry warmed with base notes of jasmine, heliotrope and cedarwood”, this perfume is perfect for the feminine chic ladies in your life. Gucci Eau de Parfum II can be purchased at virtually any department store (online or standing) from Nordstrom to Macy’s. I normally purchase mine at Perfumania or one of the kiosks in the mall that offer competitive pricing.

Name Plate Necklace – The Gift That Never Goes Out Of Style
I have always been a fan of adornment from a very young age and requested my first pair of 14kt Gold bamboo earrings with my name on them at the tender age of 10. I am also a huge fan of the Sex And The City series character Carrie Bradshaw and have a strong appreciation for her courageous fashion sense and love of adornment. One of my favorite pieces of hers is her “Carrie” nameplate necklace. It is classic permanent jewelry (pieces that are appropriate for everyday wear) that is stylish and fabulous. I too have an “April” 14kt Gold nameplate necklace, as well as a nameplate necklace that reads “Love” in dainty script. This necklace is a perfect gift selection for the young ladies in your life, as it will never go out of style. If you live in a city such as Los Angeles or New York visit the jewelry stands at reputable local outdoor flea markets for these necklaces. You’ll be amazed at what treasures you can find.

So what are you hoping to receive this Christmas? Let us know by using #LashemXmas

Fall Scents

Fall Perfumes

Like the majority of us ladies, I own a sacred collection of signature go-to fragrances that I’ve become obsessed with over the years. Clean, feminine scents that aren’t overbearing or offensive such as Gucci Eau de Parfum II, are what I tend to be drawn to and always opt for fragrances with a similar mixture of notes. However, just as you mix up your lipstick colors and hairstyles with the change of seasons, your signature scent(s) must be updated as well. The following collection of Fall 2014 fashion forward scents are sure to be the grand finale for any ensemble.

1. Model Behavior
Michael Kors Sexy Amber is the perfect mixture of sultry sexy vixen intertwined with America’s sweetheart. This is ideal for that lady who wants to let their inner Giselle roar!

2. Girl About Town
Yves Saint Laurent Paris Rebel Collector’s energy and vibrancy brings just a hint of Spring to Fall. This classic floral scent is absolutely perfect for any girl on the go.

3. Love Spell
Valentino Oud Assoluto will make them fall in love again and again. Classy and mysterious, this (sweet) leather fragrance was designed for the quintessential Maneater!

4. Sophisticated Lady
Estee Lauder Modern Muse’s chic combination of lush floral and sleek woods gently lingers in the air as you sashay on by. Imagine Victoria Beckham bottled up!

These are our top picks for the fall. What’s yours? Let us know what your favorite fall scent is by using #LashemFallScents!

2014 Fall Makeup Trends

Fall Makeup 2014

The change of each season brings a change in beauty trends. And Fall never disappoints us by always presenting the most fabulous and fashion-forward makeup looks. This year, trends range from glittery brown lips to metallic touches to flawless glowing skin. Check out some of my favorite fall looks that are suitable for the everyday woman.

Fresh Faced Minimalist Look
Au natural is a beauty trend that we can all appreciate. However, it sometimes seems as though achieving this look is much more difficult that glamming it up. The three secret weapons to perfecting the skin for this look are Primer, Concealer & Finishing Powder. First properly cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin, and then apply LASHEM’s Picture Perfect serum. This fills and smooth out wrinkles, and minimizes pores while nourishing the skin leaving it silky. Next, apply the lightweight medium coverage concealer of your choice (in dots) under your eyes and on any uneven spots or blemishes. Tap and buff the product in until it blends to perfection. Finally, finish the skin with a mineralizing powder using a large fully rounded powder brush. And voila! Hello flawless fresh face.

Full Brows & Berry Lips
This fashion forward look is perfect for the Glam Girl at heart. Long gone are days of perfectly arched clean brows. It girl Beyonce is famous for perfecting this combination and rocking it during everyday activities. To achieve this look flawlessly, it is essential to select the correct makeup products. Colour Strokes Brow Tint & Lift by LASHEM provides thicker bold brows with the stroke of the applicator. Rich berry lip stains make a statement and are versatile as they compliment nearly every complexion. MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Lush Life is the shade of the season, with its constant presence on runway shows for Fall 2014.

The Exaggerated Cat-Eye
My favorite beauty trend of all time is this sexy super sultry cat-eye. Though seemingly difficult to master, once you perfect the look you will be addicted. This season the cat-eye is being taken to new heights with added flare for a dramatized look. Easy glide, precision liquid eyeliners such as Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner by LASHEM work best in achieving this look. When creating the winged-out edge create a few small dots outward and upward to the bony part of your eye, next drag the applicator along the dots to finish the look.

What’s your favorite fall makeup trend? Tag us with your favorite look by using #LashemFallMakeup!

Classic Red Lipstick

Red Lips

Who doesn’t love a Red Lip? It’s sexy, bold, and it makes a statement all its own. With the fall and winter months upon us, this classic look becomes a beauty staple with many women incorporating a red pout into their makeup applications. Finding the perfect red lipstick that complements your skin tone and personality is as personal as finding your perfect fragrance. Just as there is a science to determining your perfect foundation, selecting your most flattering red lip can require a (fun) process of trial and error, but the reward is oh so fabulous.

Fair Skin Tones
Vibrant blue-based cherry reds work amazingly well against fair complexions. They contrast perfectly with pink undertones for a youthful and vibrant look that brightens your smile. In need of a sophisticated lip to take you from day to night? Opt for a rich cranberry shade that slightly warms fair skin complexions providing the perfect amount of seduction.
Suggested Lipsticks – NARS Lipstick in Red Lizard, Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Sassy Spice, and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Medium Skin Tones
You lucky ladies! Virtually any shade of red compliments your coloring exquisitely. True reds, cranberry shades, and pink-based reds flatter your complexion the best.
Suggested Lipsticks – Clarins Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine Lipstick in Blackberry, Illamasqua Lipstick in Blace, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

Dark Skin Tones
Rich blue undertones are extremely flattering against dark complexions. Rich and elegant maroon shades offer a sophisticated look. If a fun and youthful look is what you’re after, select a raspberry hue. The playful pink pops perfectly against dark skin tones.
Suggested Lipsticks – Nars in Tanganyka, Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Cherry Picking, and Lancome Rouge in Love “Rouge Valentine” SPF 15

What’s your favorite red lipstick? Let us know by using #LashemRedLips!

Star Style: Jennifer Lawrence

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As her career continues to catapult her into super stardom, It Girl Jennifer Lawrence’s style evolution into a fashion icon continues to rise as well. From her stunning red carpet looks to her effortlessly chic every day ensembles, she is easily one of the best dressed (and looking) women in Hollywood today. If you’re one of the many who look to J. Law for style inspiration, the following tips will change your life!

Skin: Her picture perfect skin (sans makeup) is similar to that of a porcelain doll. Cleansing oils and only wearing makeup when “absolutely necessary” are J. Law’s flawless face secrets. She also attributes her healthy glowing skin to bathing in organic bath salts. An extremely beneficial detox for the skin, they help open up your pores and eradicate the hard to get dirt, grime, sweat, and toxins. Not to mention you emerge de-bloated.

Hair: “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” – Coco Chanel. When J. Law chopped of her enviable luscious locks in exchange for a fresh and edgy pixie, everyone took heed. The “Jennifer Lawrence” pixie became one of the most sought after looks of the season. The beauty of the sassy pixie is that there are variations of the hairstyle that will compliment every head shape. This means you too can look as fabulous as Ms. Lawrence.

Flawless Face: To achieve Jennifer’s natural, yet flawless finish, her makeup artists’ go to foundation is Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation, an oil-free medium coverage liquid foundation (available in over 35 shades, so there is a hue that is perfect for your complexion.) To exaggerate beautiful cheekbones, apply MAC Sculpting Powder, followed by Make Up For Ever liquid cheek colors. To re-create her fresh 2013 People’s Choice Awards glam, combine well-blended grey iridescent shadow with a youthful pink pout. Complete the look with two coats of LASHEM Double Trouble Mascara.

Signature Style: Jennifer Lawrence’s uncanny ability to fabulously pull off any look makes her every designer’s dream. Her stunning red-carpet looks range from haute couture gowns and sultry silhouettes, to classic lace looks and eclectic prints. On her “days off”, J. Law’s ensembles can be described as effortless chic casual & cool. Throw on mid-rise skinny jeans, a cropped knit sweater, wide brimmed fedora (all in neutrals), and aviators to complete your J. Law on-the-go look.

Do you have any looks inspired by Jennifer Lawrence? We’d love to see them! Tag us on social media using #LashemFashion.

Fall 2014′s Best Nail Trends

Nails for Fall

Nails are a woman’s finest accessory. Recently, we’ve become more manicure-obsessed than ever with red carpets featuring “mani-cams”, which showcases the celebs’ nail fashion just as much as their ensembles. Nail trends today cover looks ranging from subtle glam manis to over the top glitter and rhinestones; so whatever nail look you fancy, you’re covered. Fall 2014 features the following fabulous nail polish shades:

1. Rich Berry Reds- Gorgeous ruby jewel tones provide the perfect dose of glamour. They’re also appropriate for women of all ages and skin tones.
Recommended Color – OPI Nordic Nail Lacquer Collection In Thank Glogg It’s Friday

2. Dark Chocolates – Beautiful brown shades are BACK with a vengeance this fall. These rich neutral hues are perfect for any skin tone.
Recommended Color – Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Coco Suede

3. Royal Purples – Give your nails a little Purple Reign this season. Deep plums, sparkle-infused amethysts, and vibrant violets are on the menu.
Recommended Color – RGB Plum

4. Shiny Metallics – Chromed-out silvers, golds and coppers are fun & glamorous, and make a fashion statement all their own.
Recommended Color – Essie ‘Mirror Metallics – No Place Like Chrome’ Nail Polish

5. Moody Navy – Blue is the New Black with these classic hues that give the perfect hint of drama. Opt for a darker version to sex up your mani.
Recommended color – Zoya Entice Collection In Ryan

These are our favorite nail colors this fall. What’s your fall favorite nail color? Let us know by using #LashemNails!

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