Herewith, the solutions to the beauty dilemmas shared only between one’s closest friends, all approved by The Violet Code.
A Gift Guide
The Gift: Growing out one’s hair requires more than time; it calls for an arsenal of products to ensure minimal damage and ultimate nourishment. This is the key to putting off cuts and gaining healthy length that will stand the test of time.
The Gift: Rooted in nourishing oils and vitamins, the esteemed makeup artist’s multi-use balm removes makeup and impurities when it’s massaged into dry skin and rinsed, induces a lit-from-within glow when applied as a mask, and soothes chapped or dehydrated skin when used as an overnight balm.
The Gift: For those yearning for a foolproof technique to create flawless skin, look no further. This is the sponge that takes residence in almost every celebrity makeup artist's kit. Simply advise her to apply foundation with her fingers, dampen the sponge, then roll and dab over the heaviest of product to reveal a mesmerizingly even and natural-looking finish.
The Gift: All the benefits of a beach spray — texture and volume – plus a touch of shine, in a formula designed to be applied to dry hair. (No warm weather required.)
The Gift: Matching one’s lips to their nails — especially in a vibrant, look-at-me red — is the kind of beauty trick that packs maximum punch with minimal work. A weekend manicure of classic, candy-apple red delivers all-week polish and, when coordinated with a quick swipe of the same lip color, creates instant charm.
The Gift: Makeup brushes, as any artist will attest, should be tucked into a brush roll for safe traveling. When not possible, consider Hourglass’ clever brush. Dueling sides are suited for concealer, foundation, powder or blush and can be haphazardly tossed into a bag.
The Gift: A luxuriously rich cream in a tube that stows in one’s cosmetics bag without spilling, nourishes even the driest skin in the coldest climate, and comes in simple, beautiful packaging.
The Gift: Small, simple and insanely clever, these blotting sheets are a game changer for those with an oily complexion. Simply press a single sheet into the skin to remove oil and cut down on shine, all without disturbing makeup.
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