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Instagram’s Hottest Beauty Trends

I stopped by Good Day Philadelphia with the scoop on the latest beauty trends shaking up Instagram. From #bubblemasks to #peelofflipstick, this is your guide to the latest makeup and skincare trends for summer ’16. 


DETAIL-COCOON-STAIN--1_NB This trend is making the rounds on social – just in time for a scorcher of a summer. The peel off lip tattoo is a K-beauty export that’s racking up views on Instagram for that oh-so-satisfying climax of the lip peel. This “tattoo”  delivers a punch of color that doesn’t wear off and lasts all day, you simply apply a thick, evenly spread layer with a lip brush and let it dry for 10 minutes before you peel it off to reveal a matte finish.
Cailyn Cocoon Lip Stain, $22 at


900_collage_1 You’ve probably seen faces that look like a foam cappuccino on Instagram, and no, they are not interviewing for a gig as a barista, this is actually another innovation from – you guessed it, Korea! The ‘bubble mask’ has inspired its own hashtag (#bubblemask) and typically starts as a gel that transforms and ‘grows’ on the surface of the skin.

You can actually hear the effervescent bubbles and feel them pop, much like bubble wrap, right on your skin. It’s a bit gimmicky, but it does help deep cleanse pores and some formulas brighten and clarify with Vitamin C.
e.l.f. Bubble Mask, $14 at

Liquid blotting papers

Primer and powder may not cut excess oil production under the hot summer sun. You. Need. Help. Thankfully the newest skincare category remedies that oily T-zone lickety split – liquid blotting papers lets you to mattify your face, over makeup!

Just a few drops of Cover FX Custom Blot Drops eliminates shine at any step of the beauty routine and adds a mattifying effect to liquid skincare or cosmetic products – think: serum, moisturizer, primer, and foundation. The non-drying, oil-absorbing drops can also be applied directly to skin before or after makeup. Best for oily/acne-prone skin.
Cover FX Custom Blot Drops, $42 at Sephora


Hydrating Nail Care

Nails Inc has just launched two innovations that promise to  keep nails healthy and hydrated!

Their Overnight Detox Mask is a revolutionary repair and regenerative treatment, developed as an intensive overnight mask to treat nails that are damaged or prone to weakening. A combination of powerful antioxidant actives include Green Tea, Acai Berry and Spirulina, that boasts a high chlorophyll content, stimulating healthy nail growth – indeed ideal for recuperation between gel manicures. It’s so easy to apply, just polish it on with the doe foot applicator and massage into the nail bed. The mask washes off in the morning with water, leaving you with hydrated, healthy nails. I couldn’t believe when I woke up to cuticles and nails that were soft and healthier-looking, this stuff is made with voodoo powder!
Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask, $15 at Net-A-Porter

Next, their gel effect polish is enriched with coconut water for added hydration in the heart of summer.  The plumping, high-gloss effect has been developed to achieve a gel look and flawless finish without the need for a UV lamp or salon treatment.
Nails Inc Coconut Brights Gel Effect Nail Polish, $15 at

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