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Updated: May 30, 2019

Have you been looking for a change in your everyday beauty routine? Things that will make a noticable difference, but does not add a huge amount of time to your day? Try these simple steps to change up your daily makeup routine.

Tip #1:

For a night out, try adding a dramatic smokey eye to give your everyday look a bit more pop. Instead of sticking to the typical browns and black palettes, typically used in smokey eyes, try adding a pop of plum, navy, or even green -each shade goes well with every eye colour too! Using alternative colours can still create the same look, while adding more depth to the eyes.


smokey eye look

Tip #2:

Glossy lips are in! Instead of a traditional lipstick, try adding a lip gloss to your makeup routine. Line your lips with a red, pink, or even a darker tone such as a nude brown. Swipe across clear, or shimmering gloss and see the change! A simple way to adjust your daily routine.


glossy lips

Tip #3:

Adding a pop of lip colour can really change your appearance. 2019 is the year of coral, and well why not try adding it to your lips! A simple shade of coral can draw attention to your lips and is a great way to bring in colour for spring. Including a pop of colour will bring a change to your makeup, while still keeping a consistent, easy, flawless look.


final look, with coral lip

Of course, there are many ways to spice up your daily makeup routine other than just changing up the shades of makeup you apply. The specific products you use can also make a big difference in your beauty routine!

Did you know that all makeup and skincare products have an expiration date? If you have been using the same mascara wand for 3 to 4 months, it's time to buy a new one! Old makeup brushes and mascara wands often harbour bacteria, which can cause eye infections and other health problems.

Instead of buying and tossing a new mascara wand out every couple months, here's a way to put these old makeup applicators to use! Once your mascara wand has had its run, clean the access makeup off, sanitize the wand, and send it off to a company who uses them for the better! Wands for Wildlife uses old mascara wands to remove fly larva from the fur of animals! Due to how small, and close knit the bristles of mascara wands are, this is a great tool for animal care and is put to much better use than tossing your mascara when finished.For more information on how to donate your old mascara wands, visit: https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html

Another way to enhance your beauty routine without changing your makeup application, is ensuring to clean and take care of your skin properly so that it is prepped for makeup. Properly removing your makeup from the day and cleansing your face before bed is essential to maintain clear skin. Leaving makeup on overnight can build up bacteria on the face causing breakouts, eye infections and more. Using a gentle but deep cleaning facial wash can really improve the way your makeup lays across your face when you apply it the next morning.

Try these few ideas to spice up your makeup routine just in time for spring, while ensuring to take good care of your skin!

If you’re ever doubting your makeup skills, GLOW Beauty Bar is here to help! Book a makeup application for a flawless makeup look, or come in for a facial and properly wash away the makeup you can’t see!

Updated: May 30, 2019

With the beauty industry becoming more aware and proactive about using more natural products, it’s time for us to understand what we’re avoiding, what we should be using more of, and most importantly why. Ingredients we should avoid can get tricky when it’s a long chemical name so just remember these common ones to begin with: · Formaldehyde: a preservative. It’s bad for you because it’s a known carcinogen (substance capable of causing cancer) that can be found in hair-straightening products and nail polish.


· PEGS: polyethylene glycol compounds which come from petroleum and contains a synthetic chemical that’s most likely a carcinogen, as well as ethylene oxide which is definitely a carcinogen. This can be found in many products such as: deodorant, shampoo, sunscreen, mascara, and hair products.


· Parabens: a preservative that mimics estrogen that has been linked to breast cancer, reproductive problems, as well as developmental issues. This can be found in any type of cosmetics or skincare. · Phthalates: a group of chemicals that are harmful to both male and female reproductive systems which can be found in nail polish, hair spray, and fragrances.


· Fragrance: are scents that are made from unknown chemical blends since companies aren’t required to disclose them. If synthetic, they often contain endocrine disruptors (which can interfere with hormone systems).



The effect of these ingredients may seem insignificant when we think about the small amount that we’re using as well as the fact that we’re using them externally. How much harm can they really do? Skin can absorb up to 60% of products that are externally applied that then sinks into your blood stream and into your body. It may be in small amounts, but you’re using them every day so it’s important to invest in products that have the least amount of the bad ingredients and at least some good ones.


Another thing to look for on the label is a cruelty-free symbol that usually comes in the form of a bunny. PETA’s “beauty without bunnies” symbol is to signify that they don’t conduct animal tests for ingredients, formulations, or finished products. GLOW proudly carries products that are mainly natural and free of most of these chemicals. Although it’s difficult to find 100% natural, a good blend of science and nature usually gives the best results. Sorella Apothecary is cruelty free, paraben and sulfate free, and mostly vegan and gluten free! Glo Skin Beauty's Calm Line is paraben, gluten, soy, fragrance, nut, and dye free. We not only want to carry products that work, but also products that won’t affect you in the long run. Connect with us to learn what would best for your skin at your complimentary skin assessment. 


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