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How to Apply (and Remove) False Eyelashes Safely - Updated

How to Apply (and Remove) False Eyelashes Safely - Updated

Eyelashes make one of the biggest impacts on our overall look, hence all the cosmetics and serums that are made to lengthen, plump, and volumize our lashes. False lashes make our eyes look bigger, more flirtatious and command a lot of attention! Though cosmetics are effective at accentuating lashes, they still fall short in comparison to the dramatic effect that false lashes can offer. Once you experience the vivid effect of that extra length and volume, it'll be difficult to be satisfied with your typical makeup routine.

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How Safe is Your Halloween Makeup?

How Safe is Your Halloween Makeup?
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Did you know your Halloween makeup supplies could be dangerous? Most of us don't think twice about getting the cheap makeup and fake blood from where we got our costumes - but you might want to think twice. Harmful ingredients in these off-brand products are awful for your skin; especially be on the lookout for these: 

Face Paint
This category contains some of the worst offenders - a recent study showed that 10 out of 10 face paints tested contained lead. Six of them contained nickel, cobalt and chromium; irritating metals you do not want on your skin!

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7 Things That Can Happen if You Don't Clean Your Makeup Brushes

7 Things That Can Happen if You Don't Clean Your Makeup Brushes

We know, we know. Taking the time out to individually clean your makeup brushes is one of the easiest tasks to procrastinate actually doing. After all, each brush seems to take forever to lather, rinse and repeat until the water runs clear.

Washing your makeup brushes might be a total drag, but it is so incredibly necessary. Don't believe us? Here are seven insanely icky things that can happen if you don't clean your makeup brushes. We guarantee that by the time you finish reading this list, you'll be rushing to the bathroom with your makeup brushes and your favorite brush cleanser in hand.

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Know What's in Your Makeup: Top Ingredients to Avoid

Know What's in Your Makeup: Top Ingredients to Avoid

 

When you're putting something on your face every day, you want to be careful. Here are the top ingredients to avoid when it comes to your makeup: 

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Are you buying fake cosmetics?

Are you buying fake cosmetics?

As a health conscious beauty lover, you tend to care about what goes into making the products you wear on your face. You probably pay close attention to the different chemicals in cosmetics. Cosmetics companies typically spend a lot of time researching the right formulas that deliver the wearability and blendability that consumers want, while focused on using mixtures that promote healthy skin. Counterfeit products that come from random Chinese factories, though...no. Just no. Super no.

In 2015, London police intercepted a shipment of almost 5,000 counterfeit MAC Cosmetics products inbound from China. They were likely headed to small street markets or bazaars, where it's easy to sell and tough to track. Other places where these are popping up like mad are websites like eBay and Amazon. We've found instances of counterfeit Ben Nye Banana Powder being sold for 2x retail prices there. Say whut?

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Makeup Expiration Dates and Why They are Important

Makeup Expiration Dates and Why They are Important

 

How Do I Know If My Products Are Safe?

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You get what you pay for...

You get what you pay for...

As artists, you of all should know that a client will get what they pay for. And when a prospective client approaches you and has the inevitable, "well so and so down the street said she would do my entire wedding party for eleven dollars..." discussion with you, you're prepared with the perfect rebuttal. You are going to educate the prospective client on all the finer points of why your superior service is worth the higher cost on their most special day.

So that is what I need to do with you today. You, the prospective client, have a lot of choices to make when you shop. When you do choose to shop with Frends Beauty (and thank you very much, by the way)...one of the more important choices that you need to make before you submit your order, is how you will receive it. In response to customers desires, we recently rolled out new, less expensive or free shipping options via USPS.

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Are you buying the real deal?

Are you buying the real deal?

Our industry is plagued by thievery. There, I said it. No one in our community is safe. Not makeup artists, not makeup companies. And the perpetrators are masters of disguise and deception. They steal original work, ideas, blood, sweat, tears, and passion of artists who put in work to create a beautiful finished product – whether it is a fabulous makeup job, or a makeup product.

Creating a product that people love is not easy. It can take years of time and huge sums of money to create the perfect product. Unfortunately, it only takes a few minutes for someone else to purchase that product, ship it off to China, and have copies made. Aesthetically, the copies typically look the same leading the end user to believe they are either purchasing an original item, or something comparable in quality. All too often however, they are not. And this is the obvious problem.

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