3 Reasons You Should Use Toner

3 Reasons You Should Use Toner

by Todra Payne February 20, 2017 0 Comments

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Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions on Makeup After 40

Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions on Makeup After 40

by Todra Payne January 31, 2017 0 Comments

Because applying makeup is my superpower, and because I’m solidly into my forties now, I get a lot of requests for makeup tips from women in my age group. Women who, like me, want to have the same fun they had with makeup a decade or two ago, but find that their application needs to “evolve”. 

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Quick Makeup Fixes That Work Every Time

Quick Makeup Fixes That Work Every Time

by Todra Payne January 28, 2017 0 Comments

We’ve all had those days when we need to be out the door in ten, but we’re having a bad makeup day. These are similar to bad hair days, only you can’t put a hat on your face and pretend you’re being stylish. Here are six hacks to help you look pulled together even when your makeup isn’t cooperating.

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5 Tips to Prevent Clogged Pores

5 Tips to Prevent Clogged Pores

by Todra Payne January 12, 2017 0 Comments

Gross warning: This post is all about pores and the gook that blocks them. But don’t bounce because of the “yuck” factor. This stuff is going to come in handy; I promise. So let’s dive right in. 

It’s easy to stare at your face in the mirror and form all sorts of criticisms; one that crops up often (for men and women) is the size of facial pores.

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3 Crazy Easy Ways to Brighten and Moisturize Dry, Winter Skin

3 Crazy Easy Ways to Brighten and Moisturize Dry, Winter Skin

by Todra Payne January 06, 2017 0 Comments

What I’ve discovered is my lightweight summer skincare isn’t cutting it in December and January - even in Southern California. If you live some place that’s seriously cold and dry, I know you’re battling this, too. Here are three easy tips to get your skin baby-cheeks soft again.

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Embracing Self Care in 2017

Embracing Self Care in 2017

by Todra Payne December 31, 2016 0 Comments

For a lot of women, self-care is fraught with mental images of selfish or self-indulgent behavior that forgets about everyone else. That’s far from what I mean when I use the term. I imagine women who are balanced and strong with a solid understanding of what it means to be authentic, healthy (inside and out) and happy. The exact details of what makes us “authentic, healthy and happy” are going to be different for each of us, but it is there for the taking, if we prioritize it.

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A Recap of Eve Organics Beauty's 2016 and a Preview of Things to Come in 2017

A Recap of Eve Organics Beauty's 2016 and a Preview of Things to Come in 2017

by Todra Payne December 18, 2016 0 Comments

Is Christmas really a week away? It seems like it sneaks up on us every year and these last few weeks of the year are just a blur of work; but of course, we love it. Lots of work means all of you are loving what we’re making and that’s why we do it, right?

With the end of the year so close, I think it’s a good time to recap what we worked on in 2016 and what we’re excited about in 2017.

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How to Get Rid of Puffy Under Eyes

How to Get Rid of Puffy Under Eyes

by Todra Payne December 13, 2016 0 Comments

How the heck do you get rid of puffy under eyes? That’s the magic question, isn’t it? There are nights when I swear I’ve gotten plenty of sleep, and I’ve not worked myself in the ground like I have a tendency to do, but I still wake up looking like a puffer fish burrowed underneath my eyes. What is going on???

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Sugar Scrub to Make the Holiday Bright

Sugar Scrub to Make the Holiday Bright

by Todra Payne December 06, 2016 0 Comments

Taking time out to nurture personal sanity during this time is paramount to enjoying the season. That can obviously come in a series of ways, from yoga to hiding out in your apartment and refusing to leave for several days. My personal favorite way to stay grounded and stress-free involves vanilla soy candles, a bathtub filled to the brink with steamy warm water and a homemade sugar scrub.

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How to Apply a Holiday Smoky Eye

How to Apply a Holiday Smoky Eye

by Todra Payne November 29, 2016 0 Comments

With party invites streaming in, the holidays are the perfect time to find your inner glam girl. The clothing stores are pushing glitter and vibrant red everything, from sweaters to panties. I’ll admit, I love pulling out the shimmery dresses and donning my deepest, reddest lips imageable. If you enjoy getting glammed up for the holidays with gorgeous dresses and full on makeup, but you’re worried your smoky eye will look like you were punched in the eye, here’s a guideline to help you step out like a celeb.

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Eve Organics Beauty Gift Giving Guide 2016

Eve Organics Beauty Gift Giving Guide 2016

by Todra Payne November 21, 2016 0 Comments

You may not want to hear this, but, Christmas is roughly four weeks away. I know! How did that happen? If you’ve not even thought about your holiday shopping, you better get cracking. There’s nothing more stressful than battling through a mall parking lot the week before Christmas thinking, there’s nothing jolly about this madness.

I’m smarter than that. I know not to go to the mall at any point in December. I’m going to hang out in my apartment, warm and cozy, cuddling my laptop and ordering online.

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Kiss Dry Lips Goodbye

Kiss Dry Lips Goodbye

by Todra Payne November 11, 2016 0 Comments

I have a friend who is always complaining about dry, chapped lips, but she never does anything about it beyond putting on waxy, chemical-laden lip balms. Many of those formulas have irritants in them that actually make lips drier. That’s why you can go through a tube in a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Combat Dry, Winter Skin

How to Combat Dry, Winter Skin

by Todra Payne November 07, 2016 0 Comments

I do miss trudging up New York’s Fifth Avenue in six inches of snow. And when the holidays come, I ache for cold weather because it just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me without fireplaces and chunky sweaters. What I don’t miss about the cold is how incredibly dry my skin would get every winter.

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Is Your Expensive Skin Care Mostly Water?

Is Your Expensive Skin Care Mostly Water?

by Todra Payne October 31, 2016 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed how you’ll pay premium prices for skin care at a department store only to get it home and realize the first ingredient is water? Seriously? They just charged me $100 for a face cream with a pseudo French name and I’m getting mostly water?

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The Best Over 40 Makeup and Skin Care Tips

The Best Over 40 Makeup and Skin Care Tips

by Todra Payne October 24, 2016 0 Comments

Now, as a woman of a certain age, I’ve definitely figured out what makes me look my best without looking too made up or garish. My goal at this age isn’t to mimic everyone else and follow every new trend. I want to look like myself, polished and subtle with great skin.

Here are my swear-by beauty tips that will accentuate the lovely original that you are.

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6 Tips for Youthful Hands

6 Tips for Youthful Hands

by Todra Payne October 15, 2016 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed how lotion ads focus on “dry, cracked winter hands,” and sunscreen ads tell you sun protection is paramount in the summer? Don’t take your skin care advice from seasonal advertising campaigns. You need sun protection and moisturizer all year long, no matter what climate you live in. And I don’t just mean on your face.

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What is Bismuth Oxychloride in Mineral Makeup? :/

What is Bismuth Oxychloride in Mineral Makeup? :/

by Todra Payne October 10, 2016 0 Comments

You’ve even dropped by the mall and picked up a new mineral eye shadow. You are going to look amazing! You dip your eye shadow brush in your cute new shade and glide it over your eyes. They twinkle! And then...they itch...followed by burning. What’s going on?

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3 Fantastic Natural Skin Brightening Ingredients

3 Fantastic Natural Skin Brightening Ingredients

by Todra Payne October 03, 2016 0 Comments

A new facial spa just opened in my neighborhood (heaven!) and one of their top treatments is skin brightening. No surprise there since beauty editors and bloggers are touting brighteners as the answer to world peace. I’m not convinced global bickering will abruptly end if we all have perfect skin. But I can say we’ll at least feel better about ourselves. Can I get a fist bump?

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Is Pumpkin Healthy for Your Skin?

Is Pumpkin Healthy for Your Skin?

by Todra Payne September 22, 2016 0 Comments

Nothing makes me happier than honey roasted pumpkin ravioli accompanied by a Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale followed by pumpkin pie. Yeah, I’m a little bit extreme. The only time I’m not excited about pumpkin is when it’s that fake, chemical-scented pumpkin goo that makes its way into “pumpkin spice” candles and toxic air fresheners. Nah, you can keep that mess.

But real pumpkin puree, in addition to being seriously tasty, has a lot of health benefits.

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Does Alicia Keys' Bare Face Upset You?

Does Alicia Keys' Bare Face Upset You?

by Todra Payne September 20, 2016 0 Comments

Girl, have you heard the heated debates surrounding Alicia Key’s no makeup stance? Of course you have. As someone who has made a living pimping makeup artistry to celebs, I’m surprised by a R&B/pop star taking this stance. Every celebrity client I’ve ever worked with has put me on speed dial so they can be sure to never leave the house without their face on. Of course, a big part of that is to avoid being the covergirl for some grocery store rag with the headline Look How Scary She Is Without Makeup!!!, so I get it. And then there’s Alicia Keys.

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Is Pumpkin Spice Harming Your Health?

Is Pumpkin Spice Harming Your Health?

by Todra Payne September 16, 2016 0 Comments

With fall right around the corner, I’m bracing myself for the onslaught of my biggest seasonal pet peeve - pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like real pumpkin. I object to the way my senses are accosted with fake pumpkin flavors and toxic artificial pumpkin scents. From lip balms to candles, I can’t get away from pumpkin!

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Makeup Brushes:  Natural VS Synthetic

Makeup Brushes: Natural VS Synthetic

by Todra Payne September 02, 2016 0 Comments

Anyone who follows my personal page on Facebook knows I’m obsessed with squirrels. Instead of being embarrassed about this, I’m baffled as to why everyone else isn’t obsessed with squirrels. They’re cute, fuzzy and soft. And they’re pretty darn aerodynamic. I’m so crazed over the cute critters that a friend sent me a (stuffed) squirrel in the mail for my birthday a few weeks ago. This is Xavier (named after Charles Xavier from the X-men. Wasn’t that obvious?)

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How to Get the Perfect Red Lip Color Every Time

How to Get the Perfect Red Lip Color Every Time

by Todra Payne August 29, 2016 0 Comments

At different points in history, red lipstick has been viewed as adornment for queens, or a seductive evil used by witches to lure innocent men. I have to admit, I’ve used red lip color in both ways. So many women don’t fully grasp the power of a perfectly chosen crimson lip. Others erroneously believe red is a magical shade that only the chosen can wear. “I don’t look good in reds” is something I’ve heard numerous times as a makeup artist. I love it. It’s the ultimate challenge.

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The Benefits of Face Exercise

The Benefits of Face Exercise

by Todra Payne August 19, 2016 0 Comments

Some evenings I’m bouncing out the door to my dance class to shake off some pounds to the latest beats. But there are days when I have considerably less bounce, which means I stay at home, drink rosé and watch Game of Thrones. Don’t judge.

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