With winter fading away and spring just around the corner, you may find yourself struggling to put a spring in your step. Whether it is because of a class, new sibling, or a fight with your best friend, these circumstances do not have to define you. The months of spring are not only for flowers blooming or birds chirping, it also is typically know for a rebirth of all kinds.
Always try and remember you are in control of how you react to each new situation. You can choose to be upset or take action and decide to view it as an opportunity for inner growth. Take the examples above and read on to see how a “lemon” situation can be turned into lemonade and what is more refreshing than that on a spring day!
Also ask your parents how you can help whether by babysitting or driving to the store to get more diapers. It might even lead to an increase in your allowance!
Another important aspect of the season, mentioned above, is the re-birth of various things in nature. You can take a cue from Mother Nature and let your inner beauty shine. Some ways of doing this are listed below.
The above are a few ideas to start the season right. Whether you trying a new hobby or helping the new kid in school, you can take a step in the right direction. Spring is times for growth so why not try to grow into the best version of you possible?
By Erin Sweeney
The first step to a moxified new look is to take stock of your current beauty arsenal and get rid of old products. Skin, hair and body care formulas can lose their potency after about one year. Organic products may have an even shorter, six-month shelf life. Some products might have printed expiration dates, but most will not. It will be up to you to decide if it’s time to toss. Look for changes in color, consistency and fragrance to determine if a product is outdated.
Cosmetics and makeup brushes can harbor bacteria after continued use. For eyeliners and mascara, anything older than three months needs to go. Eye Shadow, powders, blush, concealer and foundation can last about six months. Look for clear cues that a product should be discarded, such as broken containers, separation, thickening, or discoloration. Makeup brushes should be discarded if bristles are frayed or if makeup residue cannot be removed by washing with soap and water or a brush sanitizer.
If you’ve picked up an abundance of products throughout the year, now is the time to pair down. Having too many products can lead to stimulation overload, making your morning routine anything but simple. Believe it or not, you don’t need five different eye creams. Pick the best one and forego the rest. Simplify your stash to make your new routine a breeze.
Now it’s time for a total beauty redesign. From the beauty must-haves that made the cut, decide which ones you will actually use on a daily basis. Your beauty routine should fit your lifestyle. Consider the amount of time you have to get ready in the morning. To simplify your morning routine, keep your faves out where you can see them. Products that are tucked away in bathroom drawers or medicine closets won’t get used.
Now, for the fun part! If you are missing any of the essentials, shop for items that you need, but don’t go makeup-counter-crazy. Avoid purchasing duplicates of what you already have. Set a beauty goal for the New Year. Maybe you want to try going organic this year. Or maybe you’re after a daring new look? A new year of possibilities is ahead of you! Check out our top beauty picks.
Shampoo/Conditioner- Pureology Hydrate
Lightweight and Hydrating
Body Wash- Dove Cream Oil Body Wash
Super moisturizing and cleansing
Hairspray- Nexxus Comb Through
Natural, organic formulation
Moisturizer- Neutrogena Oil-Free SPF 15
Perfect everyday moisturizer
Eye Cream- Borba Orbital Eye Renewal
All you need, all-in-one eye cream
Foundation- Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation
Gives a healthy glow
Smooth application, bold color
Colors galore and great staying power
Mascara- Blinc Tube Mascara
Lip Balm- Benefit Lip Balm SPF 15
Pucker up with sun protection
Nail Polish- Zoya
Long lasting in sassy shades
- By Nicole Chapman
Miss Moxie is proud to announce our cover girl for the upcoming Holiday 2012 issue is rising singer Kiana Brown. The talented 15 year old Kiana hails from Pheonix AZ but went on to conquer NYC by winning The 2011 Kidz Star USA Talent Contest – receiving over 2 Million votes!
Kiana’s debut single ‘Hey Chica’ promotes a clear message of self empowerment and encourages young women to feel beautiful in their own skin.
Sure, the runways are always going to be full of bold colors, must-have silhouettes and fun prints, but they have nothing on the treasures that lie within your own closet. Now, before you say we’re crazy, hear us out. We aren’t saying that you can’t add some accessories or extras to the already-chic ensembles you own (in fact, there are a few areas devoted to that), but rather than do an “out with the old, in with the new”, focus on how to rework those pieces you already have to make them totally fashion forward.
Back to the Basics: Some pieces never go out of style. The little black dress, the classic white men’s shirt and denim are a few things every girl should have in her closet. Timeless, these pieces can be reworked with the season’s must have trends and accessories. When neon goes out of style or people are no longer wearing tangerine, you can still rock that LBD with a new “color of the moment” accessory.
Redo Your Denim: If there is one piece every girl owns a lot of, its denim. While certain jean styles may go in and out of fashion, holding on to the classic styles (bootcut, boyfriend, straight leg) will leave your options open. Especially if some of the jeans you own are designer label or expensive. Denim should be an investment and investments should be used wisely. Think outside of the box and make your denim work for you. Those skinny jeans you wore in summer can now function as tights under a NYE dress or when paired with a great set of knee high boots.
More is More: Over-stylizing is a hot trend and will remain a chic accessory look. Use this to your advantage. Instead of investing in an entirely new wardrobe to stay up to the minutes, let the accessories speak for you. That classic white button down will turn heads when paired with a ton of mixed necklaces. You can dress up those old boyfriend jeans and basic blazer with a stunning cocktail ring or eye-grabbing costume jewelry. Fun, bold accessories can be easier on the wallet and are much easier to replace when trends change than an entire closet of hardly worn clothing.
Color Me Smart: Just as the semester change and crushes come and go, so does the must-have color of the moment. While some statement colors last forever (aka timeless red), other colors are in one minute and out the next. For this reason, when you do color, do it in small (less expensive) increments. Bring color to your classic wardrobe staples with handbags, ballet flats, pumps or cardigans. These things call typically be found on the cheap and will keep you on trend without overstepping fashion boundaries or breaking the bank.
We know there is always going to be that “gotta have it” look of the season and we are a-okay with that. Heck, we are anxiously anticipating it. But in the meantime, taking the pieces that work from your closet and pairing them with daring shoes, fun accessories or even a new hairstyle can take last year’s look into the new year and beyond.
Chic girls are trendy. Smartly chic girls are timeless.
- Nicole Gordon
Just like in the Summer, when the weather starts to cool it’s time for a new makeup look. These looks will be perfect for any fall activity, from parties to playing outside with friends. Break out the bright colors, it’s time to wake up those gray fall days!
Whether you’re skiing, having snowball fights, or just strolling around, this style will hold up to the bright winter sun and the harsh winds.
SPF tinted moisturizer
Tinted lip balm
1. After your normal skin-cleansing routine, apply a moisturizer that contains SPF. Most moisturizers only contain SPF 15, but you can apply sunblock instead. If you choose to do this, make sure to find one that’s oil free so it won’t cause your skin to break out. Using skin products with SPF in it is especially important during the winter because while the skies may be gray and cloudy, the sun can still be harsh.
2. Apply a tinted moisturizer that also has SPF in it. Winter is the time to make sure your skin is hydrated, as well as protected from the sun and wind.
3. Use a waterproof mascara to ensure that your mascara won’t run or flake off in the windy, wet weather.
4. Finish off with a healthy coat of tinted lip balm. Burt’s Bees just came out with a line of great tinted lip balms with colors ranging from nude to dark red. They not only keep your lips hydrated and healthy, but also bright and colorful.
Attending a party as the weather cools? No matter how many you plan to attend, this look can be easily changed up and will last the whole night long.
Shimmery beige eyeshadow
Glittery white eyeshadow
Brown eye liner
Pink or red lipgloss
1. Start with a foundation in the shade that matches your skin tone. Foundations like L’Oreal TruMatch have a great system for matching your skin to the right foundation by taking into consideration your hair color, eye color and what colors look best on your skin. Use a makeup sponge to dot the foundation all over your face and blend well, especially around the nose and jawline.
2. Using a big, fluffy brush, sweep on powder in a similar color as your foundation. Make big circles all over your face to distribute the powder evenly, paying attention to the nose and forehead where most oil gathers.
3. Cream blushes last on your skin longer than powder, so buy a shade that compliments your skin tone. Maybelline has a great one called “Dream Mousse Blush” that’s an airy texture that still sticks to your skin.
4. Take an eyeshadow base and sweep it over your whole lid. Let it dry for a minute before putting eyeshadow on. This will make sure that your eyeshadow won’t slip off. If you go to drugstores, Salley Hansen’s “Carmindy” line of makeup products has a great eyeshadow base. Or if you want to save some money and time, just apply foundation and powder to your eyelids as well, which also works as a good base.
5. Choose a sparkly beige or champagne colored eyeshadow and sweep it over your whole eye lid. Follow this with a glimmering white eyeshadow, but use this only over your brow bone and in the inside corner of your eyes. This is a neat trick to make your eyes look big and awake, and can be used for any makeup look.
6. Choose a soft brown eyeliner pencil and line your eyes with it. If you want more drama, draw a line along your lash line as well as the water line underneath your eye. To make your eyes appear bigger, only line the top of your eye.
7. Finish off your eyes with a coat or two of black mascara. My current favorite is Almay’s “Get up and Grow” which coats my lashes nicely, but also makes them look thicker and longer.
8. Complete your look with a coat of bright pink or red tinted lipgloss that will work well with your subtle eye makeup.
Ringing in the Holiday Season
It may be a few months away but as the weather cools, the Holiday season starts to move in. Here’s a look that will work for all your upcoming Holiday events.
Eyeshadow in jewel tones of deep green, purple or blue
Pale pink lipstick or clear lipgloss
1. Apply foundation, powder, blush and eyeshadow base in the same way as the look above.
2. Pick a jewel tone eyeshadow shade that works best for you. Green brings out brown eyes, purple brings out green eyes and blue brings out brown eyes. Gently sweep the color over the top half of your lid, underneath your brown bone until the crease of your eyelid. Only go over this area once since the color is really deep and bright. On the lower half of your eyelid, sweep the color two or even three times to make the color richer.
3. Take a black pencil eyeliner and draw a line across your lash line. Rim your water line as well to make your eyes stand out more.
4. Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes before applying mascara. Squeeze once at the base of your lashes and once at the end to get a nice, even curl. Apply two coats of black mascara.
5. Apply a pale pink lipstick to your lips, or a sheer lipgloss depending on how dark your eye makeup is. The golden rule of applying makeup is play up only one feature at a time! You can also apply clear gloss on top of pink lipstick to add a bit of shine to your lips.
- Nicole Wolt