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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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Avoiding Spooky Skin!

What’s scarier than zombies and ghosts? Waking up to find your skin’s been cursed – from blemishes to dryness, no one likes dealing with unexpected surprises on their face (or anywhere else, for that matter). There are so many things that can affect the body’s largest organ, from hormones to stress to cold weather, and here at noya we like to think ahead. So here are some tips that will help keep your skin in shape through any of life’s little tricks and treats!

 

1.  Keep hydrated – The key to great skin starts on the inside so drink up! The cooler months tend to make us less inclined to drink the recommended 8 glasses but your skin’s happiness depends on it. A tip to staying hydrated – invest in a reusable water bottle and bring it everywhere with you.

2. Stay clean – Make sure to wash your face twice a day, one in the morning and once at night. If you wear makeup, make sure that you are actually getting it all off in the evening. Clogged pores are the easiest way to find yourself battling those face demons!

3. Tone it down – Nowadays, most people skip this vital step in cleaning their face but toner helps to insure that every last trace of dirt is off swiped off your skin and tightens pores to boot! Make sure your toner’s alcohol free so it doesn’t create any unwanted dryness!

4. Moisturize twice – Most people use lotions and moisturizers after showering in the morning, but doing so a second time in the evening will insure against pesky dry patches on your face and all over your body. If you are feeling lazy, hit the spots that need it the most – lips, elbows, and knees.

5. Oil yourself – The newest trend in skin care is using natural, essential oils to moisturize rather than your typical lotions and creams. They restore your skins natural oils and absorb deep into the skin rather than sit on top of it. Some good options are Argan Oil, Coconut Oil (a power ingredient in our noya balms!)  and Tea Tree Oil (for spot treatment of blemishes).

6. Rest and relaxation – Stress can be a major cause of all types of skin issues, from zits to redness or blotchiness, and once your skin’s all out of whack, your anxiety levels only get worse, so our last suggestion is to get 8 hours of sleep. After all, they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing 😉

These are our top 6 suggestions for maintaining healthy and happy skin through any of life’s little ghouls. Whether it’s a seasonal cold haunting you or the hair-raising cooling temps, keep your defenses high by sticking to these few suggestions. Have any secret skin-care weapons you wanna share? Leave them in a comment below, and as always, live divinely!


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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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Going au-natural!

“It’s too hard to go natural!” This is the response we hear most often around the beauty community when the talk turns to natural cosmetics. This is a sentiment we ourselves once held (and why we created our own natural, tasty balms to begin with!) In response to this desperate cry for help, we decided to throw together a few tips on going au-natural:

 

–  Read the label: Ingredient names should not be tongue twisters.

–  Keep it Simple:  Natural cosmetic brands tend to be transparent about the ingredients they use, and use as little artificial components as possible (our Classic Balm boasts just four ingredients!)

–  Cram Session: The best way to be informed is to do  quick search on all-natural ingredients. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic’s Database has information on over 79,000 ingredients, while the daily green blog includes some great, informative articles on the topic of all-natural cosmetics.

–  Unexpected Places: Check out health stores and holistic pharmacies for new makeup finds. There are some cool, natural brands that are only sold in these types of outlets, and the selection can be pretty extensive, for those of us who love options.

–  Research it: If an ingredient on a label is unfamiliar, look inside the parentheses! Cosmetics must list the ingredients in their scientific format, but usually include the more-recognized name too. Sometimes seemingly frightening words like Olea Europaea turn out to be nothing more than olive oil  😉

 

Hopefully the above tips will help you get started on your search for brands and products that are derived from mother nature herself!

What other tips can you think of for spotting good, all-natural makeup alternatives? Let us know below, and as always, live divinely.


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On our lips: Mulberry

When we first heard about Fall 2012’s trend lip color we thought, rather sarcastically, Oh how innovative, a deep burgundy for Fall. Snooze! But after some further research we realized that the mulberry lip isn’t just another boring burgundy lip, it’s a multi-dimensional, lush purple tinted brown…or brown tinted purple? Either way, the trick to pulling off this look is blending two or three different shades of brown, plum, or even purple together for a shade that’s not only on trend, but perfect for you. Here are some of our favorite way to wear this look:

1. Super graphic

Graphic lips are all about a sharp, defined lip; it’s bold, in your face and not for the faint of heart. To start off, line your lips with a dark plum, burgundy or dark brown liner. Make sure to go slightly above your actual lip line for added volume and intensity. Want an even more daring edge? (duh!) When you reach your cupids bow, extend the line up a bit and draw defined, angled peaks. Although the effect won’t look natural, the sharp lines will give your mouth a pouty, 3-D effect that you see covering the spreads of fashion editorials. Fill your lips in completely with liner and then apply a matte lipstick in a matching shade of plum or burgundy. Make sure to pick a lipstick that has a hint of purple to it, and if you can’t find the exact shade you’re looking for, simply mix a wine colored lip stick with a dark purple one to create your perfect custom shade of Mulberry. For extra staying power, dab a translucent powder over the lipstick, blot and apply a second coat. Not a matte finish fan? No worries, layer with some high shine clear gloss for a slick, wet finish. The effect is a stunning three dimensional lip with strong definition and an edgy, modern feel.

2. The everyday look

While the graphic lip is great for a night out, it just won’t do at the office or even at a casual dinner date with friends, however this look can be adjusted to work during daylight hours too. Simply leave out the lip liner and opt for a lighter shade of lipstick or simply a tinted balm. In order to perfect this look, rub the lipstick onto a clean finger and gently dab the color onto your lips. This technique achieves a less saturated, “just-bitten” look, meaning that you can get two different lipstick colors out of one tube simply by controlling how much of it goes on your lips. If you’re not into using your hands, apply the lipstick straight from the tube and then blot your lips on a napkin a few times. Layer with a quick swipe of a light reflective gloss in a complementary shade and you are good to go! It’s an old trick that will never go out of style 😉

3. Barely there

Sometimes we just want to look effortlessly beautiful and wear just enough makeup to look like we’re not wearing any at all. On days like that, it can feel like incorporating trends into our looks just isn’t possible, but we don’t believe this has to be the case. For example if you wanted to achieve this look in a more natural way, rather than using a full on lipstick, or even a tinted balm, opt for a lovely burgundy or wine colored stain which can be applied lightly for a flushed hint of color or layered for a more saturated, kissable look. Don’t have a stain? No problem! Simply apply a lip liner in the mulberry family (again, dark red, brown, even a plummy purple will do) all over the lip, blend well with your finger and then blot most of it off on a clean napkin. Top it off with a moisturizing lip balm (NOYA anyone?) and you’re all set for a light, lasting trendy lip without the fuss and worry of an over-the-top look.

We hope one of these looks works it’s way into your Fall make-up routines, but if none of these ideas seem appealing to you, why not try out your own Mulberry-inspired creation? The beauty of makeup is that it’s all about experimentation, and what once seemed over the top and clownish (see the neon pink lip of this past summer) eventually becomes the new must have look splashed across the covers of every magazine. Can you think of any cool ways to wear the Mulberry mouth? Make sure to leave a comment below letting us know how. And as always, live divinely 🙂


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NOYA Lip Balm Series – Coconut Oil

As promised, we are continuing our NOYA series, discussing each of the three main ingredients found in our nourishing lip balms. Last time we covered the health and beauty benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and today we move on to a personal favorite – Coconut Oil!

Coconut Oil is extracted from the meat and kernels of coconuts. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (also know as EVCO) is developed from the fresh kernel of the coconut by natural means and without undergoing chemical refining. This leads to EVCO being an extremely healthy oil to consume. It works with your metabolism to increase your energy level and burn more calories, thus contributing to weight loss. It is also known to lower cholesterol, helping to decrease chances of heart disease. The saturated fats in EVCO have antibacterial properties which help to protect our bodies from illnesses such as the flu and common colds.

EVCO is not only a great product to add to your next meal for health benefits, but it also can be used externally to aid with the healing process of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. So be sure to keep some in your medicine cabinet for those clumsy days.

Now for the fun benefits of any product – how they help our beauty regimen! EVCO has been said to be the most penetrating of all oils, making it a hair necessity for lots of naturalistas. You can add it to your hair as a pre-shampoo treatment, saturating your hair and leaving it on with a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes before washing. This will help moisturize your hair and protect it from the harsh sulfates found in some shampoos. When you’re done cleasing, add some to your favorite conditioner for a cheap, yet rich DIY deep conditioning treatment. Your hair will love it and thank you with days of luscious strands.

With EVCO not only being an extremely moisturizing, but also an anti-aging oil (thanks to its natural UV protection), this makes for the perfect face and body moisturizer for all skin types. It will leave you looking refreshed and smelling heavenly throughout the entire day.

Recently, we’ve established some of our favorite ways to use EVCO – as a cuticle treatment. Just like the rest of our body, our nails need frequent moisture. By using EVCO as a weekly cuticle treatment (massaging it into the nail bed) and also applying it as the first coat (before your base coat) when polishing your nails, you are moisturizing your nails, decreasing chances of yellowing of the nails, and protecting them from harsh chemicals in some nail polish. Within a few months you will have those long healthy nails you’ve been working forever to achieve.

The best part about EVCO is that a little goes a long way, making it an affordable natural beauty product with properties that can benefit each of us in different ways.

Leave us a comment telling us how you have benefitted from EVCO!