Beauty Q&A: Skincare Issues

I’m getting more and more emails from my sparkly readers! *happy dance*

Y’all are sending such fabulous (and challenging!) beauty Qs to me, so I thought I’d set aside a post each month to answer them.

What do you think I should name my new segment? Cast your vote in the comments section below!

What do you think I should name my new section? I’m kinda leaning towards “Ask Nicole” or “Beauty Q&A” since it’s straightforward, but cast your vote in the comments below!

So let’s get this Q&A party started with this sweet email that I received from one of my readers over the weekend. She really had a lot of questions for me!

So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, Ana! But do try to sleep earlier—it's better for your skin! :)

So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, Ana! But do try to sleep earlier—it’s better for your skin! :)

I looooove talking about skincare, so I really took my time and thought about the best answers for Ana’s specific beauty dilemmas. Check out my answers the jump! Continue reading

Beauty Dilemma: My Cream Liner Dried Up!

Unfortunately, I always forget to put the lid back on my cream (or gel) liner. It’s waaaay too painful for me to throw out my pots, so I always try to salvage them with the help of this nifty tool.

It's not just for your hair! Blasting the cream liner with a little heat can definitely make it glide over your lids a lot better.

It’s not just for your hair! Blasting the cream liner with a little heat (just for a few secs to melt it!) can definitely make it glide over your lids a lot better.

For more tips on how I do it, check out the full article here on BDJBox.com!

Has this beauty dilemma ever happened to you? Leave a comment and let me know!♥

Q&A: Do I Need To Wear Sunscreen Even If It’s Rainy Season?

YES! Si! Oui! Oo! 

Get the picture?

You absolutely, positively do have to wear sunscreen every day—even if it’s cloudy outside. Heck, even if you’re just at home. Your computer screen, fluorescent lights, and just every little UV ray coming through the windows still penetrate your skin. And that will accumulate over time and skin damage!

Found this cool infographic from Badger. It's a simple way of explaining how sunscreen protects your skin. I really suggest SPF30 as the new minimum. SPF15 really isn't enough anymore.

Do you want wrinkles, sagging, age spots? Okidoki, then don’t apply sunscreen. But in case you’re interested in protecting your skin (yay!), here’s a cool infographic from Badger that explains how sunscreen works. As you can see, SPF30 is best for optimum protection.

Are you still not convinced? Are you thinking, “Ya, I already know this…but I’ll probably skip it anyway. Doesn’t really make a difference.” Well, well, well, my friend. Watch this video and prepare to feel the fear.

 
Okaaaay, so I don’t really want you to feel the fear. That was just me being overdramatic. But I do want you to take your sunscreen  application seriously. Commit to it. You’ll be glad you did 10 years from now. Trust me—I’m 33 and I owe it all to two things: (1) good genes and (2) my constant reapplying.

Do you apply sunscreen daily? What’s your SPF of choice? ♥

Beauty Q&A: How Do I Prevent Caking?

Happy Monday, ladies! I got an interesting makeup question from one of my readers recently…Check it:

Whenever I put on my powder or set my liquid foundation with powder, I notice that it always cakes—especially around the nose area. Am I doing it the wrong way? Should I wait for my foundation to dry before applying powder? Please share tips on how to do this properly. —Joy

Such an interesting question, Joy! I have so many answers because a lot of elements come into play:

1. First, you should definitely wait for your liquid makeup to settle into your skin. Just do your brows while you wait.
2. Once you’ve powdered, don’t even think about going over your face with more creams or liquids—it’ll definitely cake if you do.
3. When setting your liquid foundation, I recommend using translucent powder. You’ll score a more flawless finish because the particles are finer and you won’t be piling on more color.

Now I have a question for you: How do you actually apply the powder? Do you rub or pat it on? I discovered an AWESOME powder application trick (I call it the press-and-roll) and it’s been my secret to scoring a smoother, cake-free finish every time—and all you need is a powder puff!

Press and roll! I like saying it just like Reese Witherspoon says "Bend and Snap!" in Legally Blonde :P

Press and roll! I like saying it in the same tone as Reese Witherspoon’s “Bend and Snap!” in Legally Blonde :p Tee-hee!

For more anti-caking tips, click to check out the full tutorial I made for BDJBox.com. Continue reading

Beauty Q&A: How Do I Wear A Dark Lip?

Dark, vampy lip colors are trending right now and personally, I was a little iffy about how I could pull off the look (I didn’t want to look too goth or like I belonged on the set of The Walking Dead). And wouldn’t you know it? One of my readers, Bea, just emailed me asking how to do the same thing! Good think I was able to corner Dalal Mansour, MAC Australia’s resident trainer, at their holiday collection launch last week.

Dalal says that soft eye makeup that you can mix with a bold, berry lip is the look of the season—just like what the models are wearing.

Ms. Monsour says that soft eye makeup that you can mix with a bold, berry lip is the look of the season—just like what the models are wearing. Doesn’t she look a bit like Angelina Jolie?

I quickly asked Dalal what the secret was to making a dark lip work for Asian skin and she gave me such a cool trick! I tried it just last night and…it worked! Check out my makeup look after the jump! Continue reading

12