1. Cleanse your face every day. We all get busy and it’s easy to skip washing your face to get in an extra wink of sleep. Washing in the morning takes off all of the gunk that your face pumped out during its repair cycle while you slept. It will help your makeup go on smoother too. Wash before you go to bed so all the make-up and toxins from the day don’t congest your skin and cause unsightly blemishes.
2. Use a moisturizer. Every skin type needs hydration, even oily. Hydration keeps skin from drying out and looking blah. We can all use a little help with the heaters blowing full blast this time of year. Soft, supple skin is well-moisturized skin.
3. Drink Water. You’ve heard it a million times but it’s still true. Water rejuvenates and hydrates all the tissues in your body. Think of a plant that hasn’t been watered. Shriveled. Not healthy! It’s the same thing that happens to our bodies and skin when we don’t get enough H20. Bottoms Up!
4. Exfoliate. Here’s another one that’s easy to forget when you’re on the go. Exfoliation sluffs off those dead skin cells that lay on top of your skin causing dullness. Get the younger, fresher skin on top!
5. Wear an SPF. Unfortunately, we are not immune to harmful UVA (ultra-violet aging) or UVB (ultra-violet burning) rays even when the sun isn’t shining. We can still be prone to sun damage while driving in the car or even in our offices under UV lights. Sunscreen is not just for the fair-skinned. Everyone benefits from protecting their skin year-round!
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The words “Drought” and “Pout” may rhyme but they certainly shouldn’t go together.
With winter taking its toll as it comes to an end and the harsh summer sun right around the corner, it’s time to give our pretty puckers some much needed pampering. And we have just the pocket-sized protectors for you!
Kiss Me Tonight by Philosophy offers an intense lip therapy treatment that keeps lips soft and in perfect kissable condition. Its creamy formula works on contact to soften roughness, relieve dryness and soothe seriously dry lips. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, adds shape and definition, and restores a healthy rosy appearance. What more could you ask for than a trip to the fountain of youth for your lips!
NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm – Whipped luxury in a jar is what we call this decadent lip treasure. Extremely nourishing, it drenches damaged lips in hydration with plant oils and Shea butter. Free of harmful ingredients, this product melts into your lips –in- need proving that it is truly the crème de la crème of lip nourishment.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Lemon and Chamomile SPF 25- Need a little mid-season refreshment? Then try this antioxidant packed lip balm specially formulated to instantly sooth and relieve dry, chapped, irritated lips. Lemon and Chamomile help you feel calm and fresh as your guarded against windburn and temperature extremes with a powerful SPF 25. In no time you’ll be telling your chapped lips to “Hit the Road Jack.”
Menscience Advanced Lip Protection- If you’re more the roll on, throw in your pocket, on the go type of gal or guy then this lip conditioner is the perfect travel partner for you. Not your ordinarily chap stick, Menscience gets serious with this multifunctional lip guardian protecting your lips against sun, sea, sand or snow. All seasons , all locations, all the time.
*Don’t forget to follow these steps to combat dry/chapped lips:
The secret to any holiday look lies in the details. Go beyond the basics to create bold, sophisticated brows with an extra pop of brightness for all of your seasonal events. Every girl knows that a pencil is the fastest, easiest way to create perfectly defined brows daily. But, when putting together the perfect holiday look, making sure your brows are as perfect as your outfit. Here are some quick tips to glam up your normal brow routine.
Bold is Beautiful. Try layering Brow Powder Duo with your favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills Pencil to create a sophisticated, dramatic look that leaves a natural finish. Anastasia loves to outline the brows with Brow Wiz, and fill in the rest of the Brows with Brow Powder Duo.
Lighten Up. Set your brows with Tinted Brow Gel to add lightness and dimension to your brows. Adding a shade that is one shade lighter than your brows will bring subtle sheen and focus to the eye area while setting the rest of your brow color in place.
Highlight, highlight, highlight! The holidays are all about fun and sparkle. Use Brow Duality’s matte and shimmer side to easily highlight your brow bones and entire face. Simply add a little of the matte side from Brow Duality to the brow bone and blend for an instantly bright and lifted look. Add the shimmer side to the corners of the eyes and your highlighted look is complete.
Remember, the most important part of creating holiday brows is to make it special. Do something bolder and more glam than your everyday brow routine. This is where you get to have a little fun and play up your features with color, glitter, and shimmer. Happy Holidays!
MYTH #1: The FDA ensures that all cosmetics statements are factual before you buy them.
A: FALSE! The FDA or Food & Drug Administration does not require approval of cosmetics before their manufacture and sale since the products are neither labeled for dietary consumption or as a medial supplement. The FDA only regulated the claims made and the labeling provided on each product. Cosmetics can ONLY claim to change the appearance of the body or skin, not the function.
MYTH #2: Sunscreen can actually increase the risk of skin cancer.
A: FALSE! Octinoxate is a chemical sunscreen that is preferred by sensitive skin types. Most physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide which can cause irritation. NO sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays (UVB, UVA or otherwise). You will notice a large change in the way sunscreens are marketed in the United States. The Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, labels the strength of the sunscreen but does no matter how the strong sunscreen, they lose their potency after about two hours and need to be reapplied.
MYTH #3: Exfoliating scrubs can be used as an explosive.
A: FALSE! Most exfoliants or “scrubs” contain a variety of grainy materials ranging from fruit pits to seeds to diatomaceous earth, which help slough of dead skin cells from the surface. Diatomaceous earth (DE), marine sediment or fossil algae, is used in many other products not limited to the skincare industry. DE can also be combined with nitroglycerin to classify as dynamite, which is never found in skin care products.
MYTH #4: Your waterproof mascara coats your lashes in plastic.
A: TRUE! Plastic derivatives have been used in a variation of products for many years. Plastic derivatives or polymers are crucial in the production of hairspray, hair gel, liquid bandages and even perfumes. Polymers, when viewed under a microscope, are perfectly round spheres and do not damage the surface of the skin or irritate sensitive areas like the eyes, ears, or nose.
MYTH #5: Lipsticks contains a lethal amount of lead.
A: FALSE! In 2009, the FDA developed a method of testing to determine the amount of lead in products. It was then the FDA confirmed that the amount of lead found in lipstick was detected in 20 lipstick products but very low and did not pose any safety or health concerns. The lead levels are attributed to color additives and other ingredients that are acceptable by the FDA.
Kneipp Valerian and Hops Sleep Well Herbal Bath is the answer to those of us looking for a good night’s rest. This bath soak helps relax the body and mind so you drift into a nice deep sleep at the day’s end. It is the ideal natural alternative to sleeping pills as the valerian herb acts as a sedative on the brain and nervous system and the hops relieves anxiety and tenseness. Together these herbs promote a healthy sleep pattern and help those who suffer from insomnia. At the end of a hectic day this fragrant blue bath is extremely inviting and promises a restful night’s rest. You can find this great product on SkinStore.com.
What defines your face more than your eyebrows?! Eyebrows not only frame our eyes they also display emotion on our face. The length, color and width all play a huge role in definition of your face.
If you’re in need of a little brow guidance there are products to help! Stencils are a great tool that help give shape to very thin or sparse eyebrows. It’s easiest to line the eyebrows first and then fill in with the product of your choice. If you have thick brows, then you may be able to just fill in any areas needed without lining the brow shape. I recommend looking at the Anastasia product line for different brow tools depending on your specific needs. If you are going to use a brow pen or pencil you will want to use it in light handed, short wispy motions. If you are using a gel, mousse, or powder you can use it more liberally as it applies lighter, but still in the same short wispy motions. The following video using Anastasia products will better display how to bring those eyebrows to life! Enjoy! Click here to view.
Bold, perfectly defined brows are simple and easy if you have the right tools. Even when you don’t have time to put any other makeup on, perfectly defined brows will pull any look together in an instant.
Here’s how to achieve bold brows in five minutes (or less) and transform the look of your entire face, complete with some tips from brow expert, Anastasia Soare.
Use Brow Wiz to gently outline your ideal brow shape. Then, fill in your brow with tiny, hair like strokes with its ultra-slim mechanical tip. Blend with the attached spooley brush for a natural finish.
“Make sure to create clean lines on the top and bottom of the brows when outlining your ideal brow shape with Brow Wiz. This is my favorite pencil because you can create a perfectly precise brow that still looks natural once you blend.”
Use Brow Duality to highlight the brow bone and corners of the eyes. Anastasia’s favorite trick to use on celebrities is to apply the shimmer side of Brow Duality to the brow bone from the middle of the brow to the end of the tail and blend. Then, she applies the matte side of the Brow Duality over the same spot and blends for a soft, luminous look that gives the eye an instant lift.
Finish up by using the shimmer side on the corners of the eyes for a gorgeous finish.
Set your brows and brow color in place all day with Clear Brow Gel in short upward strokes. It will set and condition your bold brows all day without flaking.
Skincare can be so confusing and at times downright overwhelming. With cleansers, serums, creams, exfoliants and treatments how is anyone supposed to keep their head from spinning? And let’s be honest the older we get the more products we need. Here is an easy to follow evening regimen so you can get the most from your skincare products and best results for your skin.
Step 1. First Cleanse
Your initial cleanse is to remove dirt and makeup from your skin. If you have multiple cleansers, I would choose a milky or oil cleanser for this first step. These remove makeup and debris best.
Step 2. Second Cleanse
Yes, two cleanses! Think about when you get a facial how they always take the time to thoroughly clean your skin, you should do the same at home. The first cleanse is to remove the day, the second cleanse is to clean your skin. This is the time you would use your Clairsonic cleansing brush if you have one.
Step 3. Tone
After cleansing apply your toner. Some skincare lines do not require a toner since their products are already pH balanced. However, toners are a great way to refresh and add some extra nutrients into the skin.
Step 4. Exfoliate
Depending on the exfoliator you use you will either do this step every night or as little as once per week. Check the directions on the recommended use. If you are not currently using an exfoliant this is not a step to be overlooked. Even if you have dry skin, all of your skincare products will work more effectively if you don’t have a dry layer of skin blocking them from penetrating. Exfoliating improves cell turn over, reduces pore appearance and promotes healthy looking skin.
Step 5. Serums
This is the most confusing step for most. The rule of thumb is to apply your serums thinnest first working your way up to the thickest. With most skincare lines they ask that you allow the serum to dry, about 30 seconds, before layering the next serum.
Step 6. Moisturizer/Treatment
Most night creams are also treatments. Night creams now do more than just moisturize, many have anti-aging treatments to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Step 7. Eye Cream
This is your final step. If you are like me and use multiple eye products use the same rule of thumb by applying thinnest to thickest.
10 minutes later you are finally ready for bed. Now let all that goodness soak into your skin and wakeup beautiful!
Summer is finally here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys of summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine skin. What is a beach beauty to do?
Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.
Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!
Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Dark tanning gel. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.
Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!
We can all agree that tanned skin gives you a healthy glow. In fact it makes you look a little more lean and toned too. Whether you are a tanning connoisseur or have resigned yourself to being on the fairer side, there is a self-tanning product for you!
The easiest are tan towels. They look like large wet naps. They come in different sizes. They have ones just for the face, a half body towel, and a full size body towel. Facial tan towels are great for a pick-me-up to look smashing for an event. Half body towels are great maintenance towels to keep up your tan. Full body towels are great to start with to get the all-over glow. Just rub these babies in circular motions all over your body. Have someone help you with your back. You will see an instant shine that will deepen in a few hours. The brand called Tan Towel makes a 3-in1 towel that exfoliates, tans and moisturizes in one. These are designed to give you a deep tan, but you can control it. If you want to just get rid of the blinding white light coming from your skin, like me, just use it a few times. My favorite tan towels are Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes they come in a 2-pack or an 8-pack. Quick and easy. Just takes a few minutes to dry and won’t transfer on your clothes.
Tanning Gel, Mousse, or Cream are all no-drip options that will help you tap into your inner bronze goddess. These all work basically the same. Massage in until completely absorbed. Layer another coat every few hours until you are the shade you desire. Some come with a mitt, which is helpful to avoid tanned palms. Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel is rated 5 stars out of 5 by our customers. This will leave your skin smooth with no lingering scent. Want a dark, long-lasting tan?
And last but not least, for an instant, just came from the beach appearance, you want Tan Spray! These are best applied while you are outside or in a dry shower. Simply shake and spray in small circles to get even, all-over coverage. Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush is sure to make you over in a seconds,
Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying tanning products. This will help your tan go on better and last longer.
Use sparingly on elbows, knees (front and back) and ankles. It takes less product to shade these areas.
Don’t forget to tan the areas that will make your tan look natural. If you tan your face, don’t forget your ears. If you tan your legs, don’t forget your feet and especially that easy-to-miss achilles heel.