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Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report: Welcome to Fall 2017!

Every season, Pantone puts out a list of the 10 most popular colors seen on the runway at New York Fashion Week. You can expect to see these hues prevalent in 2017 fall fashion. Below is a guide to coordinating your Sheer Minerals shades to these gorgeous trending fall colors.

Red/Plum/Pink

fall2017-grenadine.jpg “Power Red” is the biggest trend on track for fall. Get ready to brighten your wardrobe and makeup palette with a true, powerful red. Siren Organic Crème Lipstick and Red Hot Organic Lip Gloss will be your go to lip colors for sipping on your favorite pumpkin spice beverage. For a color comparison see Pantone color Grenadine.

Also topping the trends is a color Pantone calls fall2017-tawnyport.jpgTawny Port, a deep brownish berry tone. For lips, Plum Spice and Sugar Plum Organic Lip Gloss would coordinate well with this warm, mulled wine color. If you wear a blouse in this color, a good combination for the eyes would be a contrasting Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow on the lid with a neutral warm Suede Eye Shadow on the crease.

 fall2017-balletslipper.jpg Ballet Slipper is Pantones lone pastel for the season. This delicate blush pink is identical to Sheer Minerals Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow. For a refreshing bit of spring romance in the fall, sweep your eyelids in Ballerina Pink, add a little Sweet Cheeks Blush to the apples of your cheeks and a kiss of Pink Satin Organic Lip Gloss or Princess Pearl Organic Lip Gloss on your lips. If you are wearing a pink sweater or blouse, browns and earth tones coordinate beautifully. Graphite Eye Shadow and Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick would pair nicely with this fall pastel.

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This Just In: Sheer Minerals Goes Full On Glam!!

The Lemongrass Spa Products fall launch included a makeover for Sheer Minerals Makeup. We’ve gone full on glam!

Introducing our gorgeous, low profile, logo embossed, sleek and chic mineral makeup jars!

Top of the line makeup deserves top of the line packaging. The new rotating sifters make it easier to dip your brush, pour, shake and most importantly, seal our amazing mineral makeup to prevent waste and spillage. You can still tap a bit into your cap for application or pour from the larger opening into your coordinating Mineral Mate Mixing and Application Tray without having to pry the sifter off. The wider, low profile jars keep the minerals from getting packed in too tightly which made them difficult and messy to dispense. The amount of product (trial and full) is still the same, but you will find it far easier to get the precise amount for application. Fresh, CLEAN, Natural and beautiful!!

There is seriously nothing more glam than a sultry smoky eye. Our new Graphite Eye Shadow makes the classic smoky eye look even more achievable. This stunning matte color has the ability to enhance every eye color. Smokey grey with hints of taupe, this shadow is equally neutral and dramatic.

For a classic smoky eye using Graphite:

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Focus on the Positive! How-to Contour and Highlight

We have all seen the highlight contour tutorials. If you are intrigued and curious but hesitant and a little confused about the newest Sheer Minerals contouring and highlighting products and tools, we are here to help. It is really not as intimidating as some of the paint by numbers-looking videos and pictures make it appear.SheerMinerals_HowToContour_FB_no_text.jpg

The general rule of thumb with contouring and highlighting is to create or emphasize light and shadow. As I often reference in my blogs, it is face art. Light will bring things forth and dark will minimize or recess them. The eye will always go to the light. Think of highlighting as the “positive” and remember the eye will always “focus on the positive”.

If you have a round face and want to create cheekbones apply Contour Powder to the hollows of your cheeks (under your cheekbone) and Strobe Stick to the actual cheekbone and “apples” of your cheeks, thus creating the illusion that the hollows recede and the cheekbones pop out. If you have a round face and want it to appear more oval, imagine placing a paper oval cut out in front of your face. Any areas that would extend beyond the cut out, you would want to recede with shading. Focus the Strobe Stick on places light naturally shines like the center of your forehead, nose and chin. The result is a slimmer longer face. If your face is long and slim, focus your contour on the chin and forehead, which will in essence “shorten” the face.

For me, I would like my nose to appear longer and narrower, so I apply Contour Powder on either side of my nose and then put the focus (light) in a line down the bridge of my nose to the tip. This creates the illusion that the broader portions of my nose recede and the bridge and tip of my nose are more prominent.

The best contouring and strobing tip is: experiment. Apply your Contour Powder with the Foundation Concealer Brush, and then, use the Blending Sponge to apply and blend the Strobe Stick.

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A Case for Makeup

Many celebrities and “well-knowns” are ditching the makeup for an all-natural, no makeup look and being quite public about it. Defying what they call a skewed “public standard of beauty”. There is even a hashtag created for this movement: #nomakeup

I have encountered women who say, “I don’t wear makeup, I’m beautiful just the way I am!“ and to that I say, “Yes, you are!” But for me, and so many others I know, we love our makeup! Its fun, its transformative and in a way, a very personal art form! I like the concept of contours and highlights; putting light-catching shimmer here and there, playing with eye shadow that makes the color of my eyes look more intense and endlessly practicing, and to date, failing with winged eyeliner. Rather than being a conformist act of masking who I really am, or an insecurity with my naked face, I regard it as a personal expression, like a tattoo, only washable. I am totally intrigued by women who can chisel a cheekbone out of nothing but the color brown. That’s an ART! But many in the #nomakeup movement would translate this as not loving what you were given. I respectfully beg to differ. I confess I do appreciate hiding behind a little concealer when I have a break out (usually before family pictures or some sort of social soiree). Is this because I do not love myself? Is it because I am trying to aspire to an unattainable standard of beauty? No, it is because I am not fond of the angry, red third eye in the middle of my forehead. That is all.

Culturally and historically, men and women have done makeup or face painting for centuries for beauty, celebration, war, religion, to ward off diseases and protect from the sun. By the time Queen Cleopatra came to power in the 1st century BC, Egyptian women had at their disposal a whole array of cosmetics, all of which were made from rocks, minerals and plants in the region. Cleopatra used bright green and a deep blue eye shadow with gold-colored pyrite flecks. She darkened her eyebrows and lengthened her eyelashes. She used red ochre, a type of clay colored red by iron oxide for blush and lipstick.

The #nomakeup naturalist may claim the toxic brew of chemicals women put on their face as reasoning for their stance. Legitimate! But with Sheer Minerals by Lemongrass Spa, you need not worry.

I hardly think the use of makeup or lack thereof is worthy of a “movement”. My idea of a movement would be to accept all translations of beauty. If your look is a swipe of lip balm and a ponytail, you go girl! If you pile on eyeliner, practice on your wings or paint on a precise 40’s era red lip, fabulous!! Most of what brings out beauty comes from the inside out. With Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals, you can paint your gorgeous palette safely and naturally to your hearts content or, if you prefer, simply moisturize and go! As I like to say, makeup doesn’t make a woman beautiful, the woman makes the makeup beautiful. #Idefinemybeauty #SheermineralsbyLG

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Fresh, Pure and Natural Holiday Glamour

Whether you are hosting or invited to a neighborhood holiday gathering, a family event or a glamorous corporate soiree, in the same way you plan what you will wear, equally consider your makeup.

Guests will initially admire your dress, shoe choice, or ugly sweater, but holiday parties are a time for engaging with friends, family or people you may only see in an office atmosphere….face to face! Occasionally you will run into others who chose the same outfit as you, however, your face will always be a designer original!

To best determine what to wear on your face, lets start with the type of event you’re going to followed by a few fun options.

Casual event, family gathering or daytime party

Glow for it! If your preference is Au Naturel, you can dress it up slightly with a little bronzer applied to the prominent features of your face to catch the light, a touch of Organic Mascara and just a kiss of Peach Dream Organic Lip Gloss makes your natural beauty shine!

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Lions and Tigers and…. Lead?…Oh My! Using Sheer Minerals Makeup For a Safe and Healthy Halloween

Ghosts and Goblins are not the only frightening things lurking around this Halloween. Many of the commercial face-painting products on the market today contain petroleum, lead, artificial dyes and fragrances, as well as skin allergens such as cobalt, chromium and nickel. Not to mention the scream-worthy ingredients in adhesives and glues, the red dye in fake blood and synthetic chemicals in spray-on hair color. Halloween can be a veritable witches brew of toxic ingredients!!

Fortunately, with Lemongrass Spa, there’s an alternative. You can achieve almost any look you want with our collection of Sheer Minerals makeup! Any of the Sheer Minerals powders can be mixed with water or Healing Elements Balm to glide on effortlessly. Our Black and Brown Natural Eyeliners can be used for outlines, cat eyes, black noses and freckles. The Organic Crème Lipstick in Siren is a perfect blood-red for a Count (or Countess) Dracula. Add a little sparkle to your favorite Fairy Princess with White Diamond Eye Shadow. The possibilities are as big as your imagination!

To demonstrate the versatility and ease of application of Sheer Minerals as Halloween makeup, Lemongrass Spa hosted a Halloween Face-Off contest with our Consultants and their families and friends. We asked them to submit photos and application instructions of their best Halloween makeovers for a chance to win $100 as well as be featured in this blog. Wow! What an amazing response we got! The submissions were incredible! There was such a huge response that we had a hard time choosing the winners! Thank you to all who took the time to showcase their creative, adorable, scary and sometimes hilarious works of art on themselves and their favorite people.

Without further ado, the winners of our Halloween Face-Off are:

Creatures

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Eye Candy:  SWEET Color Matching Tips for Your Eyes

Many times when choosing eye shadow colors, we choose what is appealing TO our eyes, but not necessarily ON our eyes. Finding the right colors to make your peepers POP can make all of the difference in putting your best face forward. Follow these color matching tips for eye-catching results!

If Your Eyes are BLUE…

Neutral colors set off blue eyes. Sheer Minerals shades like Sea Shell, Sand Pearl, Dazzle, Ballerina Pink, Matte Mocha and even our Coral Blush are beautiful with your baby blues for a daytime look. Blue-eyed beauties look best when wearing earthy tones, but if you want a brighter look, you can also wear rose-colored or pink shadows like Sassy Pink or our Sweet Cheeks Blush. Deeply pigmented colors like Suede and Amaretto are more dramatic and intense, offsetting lighter colors for a stunning evening eye. Blue is a cool color and warm colors are the best contrast with your eyes. In this case, opposites attract!!

If Your Eyes are GREY…

Like shades and tones actually intensify the rare grey eye. Smokey shades, like Silver Sky, Frosted Taupe and Blue Quartz, for a daytime look compliment and play up grey eyes. A smokey eye technique done in grey and blue shades such as Silver Sky and Smokey Eye are especially alluring and sultry for an evening look. If subtle colors are more your style, stay cool. Ballerina Pink or cool Serenity Blue will be the ICE-ing on the cake for grey-eyed babes.

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Sheer Minerals Spotlight: Serenity Eye Shadow

Serenity…Don’t you just love the sound of it. It emotes visions of light blue clear skies, softly lapping ocean waves, a light blue cotton sundress blowing in a light breeze and all things gentle, calm, soft and soothing. It is befitting our newest shade of Sheer Minerals eye shadow. It is a lovely color on blondes, brunettes and redheads and complimentary to all skin tones as well as all ages.

Some may look at it and think of the 70’s and polyester. While it is a pretty “groovy” color, I encourage those afraid of the hippie/disco/grandma stigma, to try it. It is crisp, clean and everything summer in one shade. Plus, if you felt like feathering your hair and throwing on your white polyester bell bottoms…there’s nothing wrong with a little throwback!

One of the two Pantone Color of the Year, Serenity is a must-have for your summer eye shadow collection.

A few techniques for different looks with Serenity:

Line with it: If you are a little intimidated by sweeping the color dramatically across your lids, pair Serenity Blue with a complimentary color, such as Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow, and simply use Serenity Blue as a liner. Wet your brush for more intense color and precision. 

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Sheer Minerals Makeup: The Eyes Have It!

When it comes to makeup, the area we can have the most fun, and be the most creative with, are our eyes. We can simply apply a little mascara to sport a natural look, or go for the drop dead diva smokey eye, the trendy winged look or create a look all our own. There are so many ways to highlight, frame, enhance, shape and bring out the windows to our soul. Below are just a few!!

 The Natural Look

Sweep the entire eyelid in a nude colored eye shadow such as Sand Pearl or Matte Mocha and apply Brown or Black Organic Mascara to the upper lashes only, concentrating on the outer lashes to uplift the eye. Using your Eyeliner Brush, use the same nude shadow to line the lower lash line to both corners to open the eye.

Smokey Eye

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Something to WINE About: Merlot and Marsala

Well, Fall Launch was an enormous success and the response to our fabulous new products has been amazing. We knew you’d love them!

For those of you that were not able to attend convention and our fall launch, allow me to recap:

It was our BEST LAUNCH EVER!!

I’ve been with Lemongrass Spa over 8 years, and we have never been so cutting edge, fashion forward and lifestyle-oriented as we were this year!

Speaking of fashion forward and fall, let’s wine a bit, shall we?

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Let's Mix It Up A Little!!!

Hello Natural Beauties!

Have you ever been reading a magazine and spotted a color of eye shadow you wish we carried? Me too! So here’s what I did…I mixed it up!

Loose minerals are so versatile!  Unlike pressed eye shadows and blushes, with loose Sheer Minerals makeup you can add a little of this to a little of that and create your own custom palette. A bronzer with foundation, an eye shadow mixed with a blush, whatever you want. One of my favorite springtime combinations is the Ballerina Pink and Gold Rush mixed together. It creates an ethereal iridescent peach. Don’t be shy about mixing minerals from different categories: veils, foundations, blushes, bronzers and eye shadows.  Sheer Minerals are all made of essentially the same ingredients.  You can even create a custom lip color by combining your Lemongrass Spa Lip Butter with any color of the Sheer Minerals Rainbow.

Don’t worry about the mess. Purchase a Minerals Mates Mixing & Application Tray and create to your heart’s content. Mineral powders blend together best when shaken, so tap or scoop a small amount into one of the reservoirs of your Minerals Mates palette, put the lid on and shake back and forth gently.  As Sheer Mineral users know, a little goes a long way, so if you are mixing up a new fabulous shade of eye shadow, a little dab will do.

Some of my favorite combinations are:

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This Just "In"….Spring!

What is “in” for Spring 2015? Well, if you are walking the runways of New York or LA, it appears that bleaching your eyebrows and applying foil to your earlobes is all the rage! No, really, it is! But, for the sake of appealing to all of you natural beauties, let’s go a little more mainstream, shall we?

The fashion trends seem to be leaning towards clean, classic and feminine. Right up Lemongrass Lane! If you are spring cleaning your closet, don’t give away those 80’s and even some of those 70’s treasures. Break out those “one in every color” polo shirts, one-shouldered blouses, dresses and tank tops, khaki and olive drab pants, and even culottes, which are all cutting edge for springtime.

The shoes of the season are flat mules and gladiator sandals. Accessorize with tassel earrings, backpack purses, obi (kimono style) belts, and round, John Lennon style sunglasses. Farm-fresh Ginghams and plaids, as well as crisp whites paired with navy or black for a nautical feel, are favorites for spring. The color palette is straight from the garden: sunny yellows, mint greens and sky blues. Again, like Lemongrass, fresh, clean and natural.

Loose curls, braids, beachy waves, center parts and, once again, straight from the 80’s, crimping are the trendsetters for hair. For beachy waves, use Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner, spray lightly with your favorite scent of Hydrating Spritz and scrunch with your fingers until dry. Finish with all-natural hairspray.

And finally, most importantly, makeup! The anti aging BB Crème hits the bulls-eye for what is trending for 2015. Clean and sheen is what it’s all about: sheer coverage with a little glow. Let the freckles shine through! In keeping with this fresh sun-kissed look, skip the blush and apply your illuminating Sheer Mineral’s Bronzer to the prominent portions of your face: forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. For the eyes, pastel purples are in bloom. Lightly sweep Orchid Frost or Plum eye shadow across your lid for a fresh, romantic, springtime look.

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THE COLOR OF THE YEAR IS......

MMMMMM- Marsala; A rich, warm, terra-cotta wine hue that is both bold and neutral at the same time. It is the Pantone Color of 2015 and I am in LOVE with how striking and versatile it is. It’s outdoor/fall leaves/apple cider and boudoir/evening gown/boardroom all wrapped up in one. Watch for this beautiful color to be splashed all over the pages of your favorite beauty and fashion magazines from eye shadow to footwear.

So many of our Sheer Minerals colors fall in the Marsala family or play so very nicely with it. Lemongrass Sheer Minerals Products in the Marsala family to add to your 2015 beauty routine include:

Compliment this deep, rich hue with one of these lovely Lemongrass Sheer Minerals eye shadow colors:

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