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A great nude lip is a every girl’s best friend, if you do it right! And while this more laid back lip-look seems simple, it’s very easy to go overboard by completely erasing the natural color of your lips. If you want know how to rock this look without resembling one of the undead, then keep reading!

1. Start with a nude liner

A good nude liner will really go a long way with many different lip colors, but it’s essential for a neutral lip since lighter colors don’t always have the greatest lasting power. Start by lining the outside of our lips with light, gentle stroke. For extra oomph, line them slightly outside your natural lip line and then fill completely in. This will the illusion of a fuller pucker without any need for more expensive procedures 😉

2. Pick the right shade

There’s two types of nude lip colors out there – the ones that completely erase your natural lip color and leaves your lips the same shade as your face, or a more pinkish nude that’s just like your lip color (only better!) The perfect nude lip should work to draw attention to your eyes, away from the lip area so if a nude color makes your lips look too stark white or makes you look like a zombie, you may want to opt for the more pinkish lip stick color. A good trick to seeing if you can pull off an erase-your-lips type of shade is just to put foundation on, cover your entire face including your lips and see how it looks on you. If you look like one of the undead, opt for a my-lips-but-better tone!

3. Powder between layers

In order to make that nude lip last, add a bit of your face powder on top to lock it in place! This is a great way to not only give your lips a more matte finish, which is super on trend right now, but it will ensure that you can take plenty of hot-cocoa sips without worrying about touching up. If matte really isn’t your thing, follow the power step with a bit of gloss for a nice, understated sheen.

We hope these tips help you to achieve your best nude-lip ever!  And if lipstick isn’t your cup of tea, no worries! An easy way to achieve this same look is just to dab on some lip balm and head out the doors- no touch-ups required there 😉 Let us know your favorite nude lip combos, and as always, live divinely!

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How a daily exercise routine can make your skin glow!

We all know that exercise is amazing for our body for so many reasons, but it seems that not many of us realize how great it is for our skin too!  Makeup works wonders for concealing and enhancing our natural beauty, but nothing is better than naturally clear skin.  One good sweat every day truly makes a difference in our complexion.  Here’s how:

  • Exercising makes us sweat.  And sweating helps the body clear toxins that can clog pores and pester our skin with pimples and other types of blemishes.  Less pimples means less reason to pick at our face, which could possibly cause scarring, thereby leaving it nice and flawless. (Yay!)

  • When we exercise, our muscles get toned, which in turn helps the skin look tighter. This is also helpful for those looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  • It gets the blood flowing!  And increased blood flow brings more oxygen to the skin.  Along with a boost in blood flow and oxygen to the skin come other sources of nourishment that enhance the skin’s health.  When our skin is healthy it releases natural oils that won’t require the use of as much  moisturizer. (Winter is coming, and for most of us winter is also bringing dry skin season with it!)

So the next time you’re wondering what it is that can help your skin clear up, or wondering why all those expensive facials aren’t quite helping, try putting on those tennis shoes and going about it the natural way – exercise!


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Top 10 Fruits to Add to Your Beauty Routine!

If you love fruit as much as we do, put some on your face! That’s right, nature’s dessert can double as fantastic treats for your skin! Check out our list of the top ten fruits that work wonders inside and out:

1. Lemon – Full of Vitamin C, B, and Phosphorus, lemon has a number of benefits for skin of all types. Rub some on elbows to get rid of discoloration, or use lemon juice in a mask to treat acne and blemishes, as well as to add a youthful glow to the skin.

2. Avocado – The Vitamin A in this magic fruit (that’s right – avocado is a tropical fruit!) helps clear skin of dead cells, while antioxidants make it a great weapon against wrinkles and dullness. Making a mask from this tasty treat is a cinch – just mash it up and apply directly to your face!

3. Bananas – Everyone’s favorite yellow friends are more than just a source of potassium, they’re packed full of Vitamins A, B, and E making them a great anti-aging mask. Smash one up and use it as a mask for fresh, glowy skin.

4. Apple – They don’t just keep the doctor away but fine lines and wrinkles too! Packed with collagen, elastin, and Vitamin C, an apple-peel mask is a quick and easy way to perk up the skin.

5. Papaya – The Vitamin A and Papin (a type of protein) in Papaya make it super effective at treating blemishes by removing dead cells. It’s perfect for hydrating dry, cracked skin – whether it’s on your face, elbows or heels!

6. Kiwi – This power fruit is the leading source of Vitamin C and also contains a ton of Vitamin E – both fantastic anti-aging vitamins. Cut into slices and place over  eyes to reduce puffiness and darkness.

7. Peaches – This summer fruit is loaded with Vitamin A, C, K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, and selenium, so it may protect skin from UV rays while healing sunburn and hydrating dry, dull skin. Add some mashed peaches to plain yogurt for a yummy peaches-n-cream face mask.

8. Pineapple – Not only is pineapple full of Vitamin A and C (both great for anti-aging benefits) but the enzymes in this tasty fruit improve skin elasticity and hydration, while removing dead cells. Use a big slice in the shower as a loofa for skin that’s soft, glowy and sweet.

9. Tomato – That’s right folks- tomatoes are a fruit, and one chock-full of Vitamin C, A and anti-oxidants. And because it’s high in acidity, it’s perfect for balancing oily, acne prone skin. Just cut in half and rub on on your face for a cooling and toning mask. So easy!

10. Cucumber – No list of beauty boosters would be complete without this super star, crammed full of Vitamins  B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Calcium, Iron, and Folic Acid, you can quickly grate a fresh cucumber and mix with water for an all-over face mask that hydrates dull, dry skin leaving behind a youthful glow.

Phew! When it comes to beauty, nature doesn’t mess around 😉 Who would have thought that all the best beauty secrets are hiding in your fridge? Let us what beauty superstars hide in YOUR fridge in the comments below, and as always, live divinely.


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NOYA – Now available on over 150 stores in New York, New Jersey, and Chicago!

It’s been a long, exciting path to this huge milestone in NOYA’s journey to store shelves. We are proud to announce that the big day is finally here and NOYA can now be purchased throughout select stores in NY, with more to come in Florida and California over the next several months. You can access the following link for an updated list of stores that carry NOYA lip balms: Store Locator

In order to share in the celebration, we thought we would take you on a quick trip along the steps it takes to create a simple, all-natural and kosher product such as our yummy lip balms.

 

Step 1: Finding nature’s secrets

The concept of adding a protective layer to the lips has been around for 100 of years, yet in recent times we have begun to complicate this very simple need. Before creating NOYA, we found that most balms had a long list of ingredients in them, each requiring hours of laborious research just to find out a) what they are and b) what they do. Finally we thought to ourselves: there must be a simpler, more natural way to nourish and protect the lips, and that is when the idea behind NOYA lip balms was born. It wasn’t easy to find just the right textures and ingredients to work with, but finally we settled on the three main components of NOYA balms: extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. (Check out our NOYA Lip Balm Series for a description on why we selected each of the ingredients we use!)

  1. NOYA Lip Balm Series – Beeswax
  2. NOYA Lip Balm Series – Coconut Oil
  3. NOYA Lip Balm Series – EVOO

 

Step 2:  Finding a balance

Once the ingredients were settled on, it took extensive work just to finalize the right balance and combination to create a formula that’s light yet extremely hydrating and non-greasy but substantial enough to last through hot coffee sips and late night kisses 😉 Plus, we wanted the balms to be a little more fun than your standard lip product and have a taste that’s irresistible! We chose to use all-natural Stevia to add some yumminess to two of our balms, the Cherry and Vanilla along with all-natural flavoring. After multiple trial and errors, we came up with a Vanilla flavor to rival the sweetest of cupcakes, and a cherry that’s a tangy dance on your taste buds. The Mint was a bit tricky, but we think we balanced our spearmint balm to be a perfect, cooling minty sweet goodness that perks you up while moistening your lips. Lastly our Classic lip balm is a simple, no nonsense flavorless lip balm meant for the purists among you! It has only three ingredients and as far as we know is literally the simplest, purest lip balm there is on the market! If nature itself were to create a lip balm, this might be it. 🙂

 

Step 3:  Perfecting the packaging

The original NOYA lip balm tubes were bright and colorful! Hard to believe, but we had a completely different, crayon box inspired look in mind for our NOYA brand. The packing itself was going to be bright and full of colors as well, but after hours of back-breaking work by a design team, (and some sleepless, caffeine-infused nights for us) the colors slowly melted off. We felt that a more modern edge to our packaging conveyed our brand’s mission of a simple and natural lip care line more than the bright, vivid packaging ever could.  Even our signature splash of water design went from being a monsoon-sized graphic eating up the packaging to a more demure, eye-friendly wave.

What’s up next for NOYA’s creative team? Perhaps a line of completely biodegradable packaging? Hmm… 🙂

These are just three of the unexpected and fun aspects of creating a lip care line. A lot of time, we had to work off the cuff and experiment with new flavors or create completely novel ways of packaging our lip balms. And we aren’t done yet! Our team is already researching ingredients for new products, and we promise to keep you posted.  Stay tuned! And as always, live divinely.