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The beauty look we’re loving for Spring 2016 is THE GLOW. An illuminated, flawless-looking complexion radiates the look of health, vitality and fresh energy – everything that Spring represents essentially. The secret to achieving a gorgeous, golden-touched glow starts with the right skincare. A consistent regimen of exfoliation, protection and hydration will create a smooth, even-toned canvas perfect for light, breathable natural-looking makeup.Gee-Beauty-Tinted-P#14D49B1

In warmer temperatures, we like to swap out our foundation for a tinted primer. Gee Beauty’s Prime Skin Tinted Power Primer is the perfect light, breathable, oil-free, hydrating and brightening base that gives great coverage without weighing down or ‘covering’ the skin. The complexion instantly looks fresh, flawless and polished, with a semi-matte finish. Next we like to press a cream blush into cheekbones to create definition and give a pop of nectar-pink color. Using a cream formulation lends well to an illuminated, soft, dewy look. Our best-selling shade Afterglow can even double as color for eyes and lips.

Finish the look with a dusting of bronzer which you can contour the top of the forehead, the temples and under the cheekbone for added definition. The Gee Beauty Fan Brush is a must-have makeup tool to create natural-looking contour because it gently transfers makeup without looking heavy, plus its wide enough you can dust along the jawline, collarbone and shoulders – its essential to blend everything into the hairline and neckline for a flawless finish.Gee_Beauty_Fan_Brush2

Brush brows upward and fill in with our Precision Brow Pencil to create added fullness and to really frame the face (full looking brows give a modern, youthful look and can take years off your appearance).

The look for lips is all about fullness with nude, pink, blush and bright shades. For lips that last, line the outer edges of the lips with pencil and fill in completely, then apply a creamy luxury formula with opaque color to create dimension. A Gee Thing and Hello Gorgeous are the perfect blush-nude and medium-pink hydrating, softening lipsticks with major staying power.

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For a little added shimmer, apply a light dusting of illuminating powder along the

tops of the cheekbones, down the center of the nose, and just above the center of the lip (the cupid’s bow) to complete the Gee Gorgeous Golden Glow.

Winter weather always wreaks havoc on our skin no matter how many oils, creams, lotions and potions are applied. Dry and flaky skin is simply inevitable given the harsh conditions in most areas of the country (and world). With Spring now officially here to stay, we wanted to share a few staples that we work into our regimen to keep the flakiness at bay while our skin is transitioning with the Spring season.

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Prep your skin (right): Arguably the most important first step is exfoliating (with something gentle) to remove the surface layers of dead skin and follow with a super hydrating moisturizer or oil. We love Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel, an effective but very gentle Lactic Acid enzyme peel or Tatcha’s Deep Rice Enzyme exfoliator followed by Fleuressence “Native Botanical Cell Oil”. If you’re feeling extra dry, you can seal with your preferred heavy cream moisturizer to ensure that all moisture is locked in.

*Tip: For extreme dry areas, pat an extra dab of oil onto the targeted spot and let soak in.

Say goodbye to powder: Powders tend to lay on top of dry surfaces, build up, clog pores, and make it appear that your make up looks “caky”. Instead of grabbing your compact foundation, opt for a blush stain (we love Tarte, Benefit and ByTerry), as it will give you an elevated natural flush glow and stay on all day long.

Introduce a skin highlighter (game-changer): We have talked about skin highlighters before (because we LOVE them) and they are perfect for adding in that extra POP to your skins glow. Best to be used to accentuate the bone structures – cheek bones, nose brim, eye brow OR mix in a tiny drop with your foundation.

We love: Nars Copacabana, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Illuminator and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter.

Drink water: As much as people talk about this, it’s true. Drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day not only keeps you hydrated, but it also helps to flush out all of the toxins and impurities that lead to pore-clogging mishaps. Keeping your skin hydrated is the least expensive way to take 5 years off of your age and eliminate dark circles and splotchy skin.

 

 

See ya winter, it’s (almost) smoothie season!
With winter nearly behind us, it’s starting to feel a whole lot more like smoothie season. In case you haven’t already hopped on the smoothie bandwagon, it’ll certainly be worth your while. In addition to being delicious, smoothies are a super easy way to get a ton of high quality nutrition in a single glass. This spiced pineapple coconut blend is not only high in protein, but it’s also infused with cinnamon, ginger and turmeric – all 3 of which are powerful anti-inflammatories. Give it a try after your next workout!

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Spiced Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla Vega Performance Protein (Vega One will work too – it just won’t be as yellow)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp maca root powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1″ piece fresh peeled ginger
  • ice

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients in the blender and puree until completely smooth.
  • Add a little more ice if needed to thicken
  • Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

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Angela is an avid runner, fitness instructor, foodie, healthy living blogger, and owner of her business, Spin 360 Health Coaching. Having been overweight, unhappy and insecure as a teenager, Angela took control, changed her unhealthy habits, and adopted a clean eating lifestyle that she continues to maintain today. Her goal is to support, inspire, and motivate others to improve their health and be their best. You can learn more about her on her blog,
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