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Estie tips: Eyeliner Tricks

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JI442-mystikol-darktopazI love eyeliner—I don’t feel like I look awake without it. Some women have trouble applying it so they avoid it altogether, but hopefully these tricks will help you learn to make your eyes your most noticeable feature. Pencil liner is the easiest to use and the best to start with if you are new to applying eyeliner.

If achieving the perfect line is too challenging, draw a rough line as close to the lash line as possible and use a Q-tip with a water-based makeup remover to clean up mistakes. Creating dots along the lash line, then connecting them is an easy way to create a guide for your liner if you have trouble creating a straight line.

If you want fuller-looking lashes at the base and feel like applying liner to the lids closes off your eyes, tight lining or applying liner under your lash line will create a natural look.

If a cat eye is the look you’re going for, use a business card as a guide to create the perfect flick (some women also use scotch tape). A lot of makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts recommend using a white liner along the lower rim of the eye, but I feel that makes you look almost sickly, so I instead go for a skin-toned liner that will still open up my eyes while making them look brighter and more natural.

If you have monolids, use a gel liner to line almost your whole lid so when your eyes are open your liner will be the perfect size. If your liner is too dry or tugs your eye area, rub it between your hands for a minute, or use a lighter to warm it up (just don’t place the liner directly into the flame). For a quick, easy liner application, put the liner on your eyelash curler then curl lashes, this also helps the lashes hold a curl. If all else fails, primer and concealer work well at fixing mistakes or smudges.

More Than Just SPF!

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TP064-topix-replenix-sheer-physical-sunscreen-cream-spf-50Our skin needs UV protection, now more than ever. We’re constantly exposed to UV light—even indoors—due to computers, smartphones, and lights in offices and stores. Even if we’re not out in the sun, we still need to shield our skin from potential danger. And now with higher SPF products that do more than just one thing, it’s even easier. Here’s some of our faves:

Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 is an amazing treatment sunscreen. It’s chock full of antioxidant protection and contains Emblica fruit extract, which helps smooth your skin’s texture. The creamy formula is also hydrating, so just by putting on your sun protection, you get smoother, softer skin. We also love what’s not in it: artificial fragrance, oil and parabens. This weightless formula dries translucent with no unsightly white cast. Yes, please!

We often hear from people with oily skin that they are just not fans of SPF. They don’t like the heavy, greasy feel. We think you might change your mind with this one. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 provides 3-in-1 benefits.  It will set makeup, control oil and provide antioxidant-rich sun armor. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the day, and it also comes in a purse size which is ideal for re-application.

Summer means we will just naturally be in the sun more often. For some of us that means hyperpigmentation surfacing. La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Tone Correcting Primer is a tinted primer with their trademark CELL-OX Shield technology which has sun filters and antioxidants. But it also conceals a myriad of skin conditions such as redness, acne marks and scarring, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even melasma! All while creating a smooth foundation for makeup. This must-have is also suitable for sensitive skin. How can it get any better?



Don’t Make that Blush Blunder!

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JI046-jane-iredale-purepressed-blush-barely-roseBlush is one of my favorite products to liven up my face. A lot of women tend to steer clear of blush because they don’t know how to properly apply it, or don’t know how to select the right shade for their skin tone. Following are a few tips and suggestions to help you achieve the perfect cheek. You never want to apply your blush too high or too low; start on the apples of the cheeks and use a very light hand to blend it back toward your temples. If you can’t find the apples of your cheeks, feel along your cheek bones and apply blush where the bone ends and you can feel the fleshiest part of the cheek. Not blending is one of the biggest mistakes women tend to make. The last thing you want is doll-like cheeks with circles in the middle of your face.

Dab the blush onto the apples and blend back softly. If you feel your blush still looks too heavy or not blended, use a sponge to blend the edges and get a seamless and natural-looking flush. Powder blush is the most common, but don’t be afraid to try a cream or stain if you have dry or aged skin. When I’m in a hurry, I use a cream blush and blend it with my fingers. Selecting the right shade for your skin can be tricky and take some trial and error. Here are some general guidelines as to which shades flatter each skin tone: Fair skin tends to look best in pale or baby pink shades. Peaches and corals look great on medium skin tones, and dark skin looks gorgeous in berries and deep rosy hues. Hopefully this information helps you never make another blush blunder again!

Our Faves: Top 5 Cleansers

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OB003-Gentle-CleanserThoroughly cleansing your skin at least once daily is extremely important for proper skin care and maintenance. Your face becomes covered with bacteria, pollutants, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells throughout the day. Skipping a good facial cleanse leaves skin with built-up dirt, grime and residue, making it difficult for beauty products to penetrate the skin. Proper cleansing also helps to maintain facial hydration, pore size and oil production. Here is a list of some of our favorite cleansers that will help to balance your skin and leave you feeling radiant.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser

This gentle cleanser is ideal for dull, uneven skin tones, helping to remove impurities and brighten skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and radiant. We love the light, foaming texture this gel cleanser creates when mixed with water.

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser

With 12% pure glycolic acid, you can expect this creamy, exfoliating cleanser to pack a punch and leave you feeling refined and thoroughly exfoliated without the harsh texture of scrubbing beads.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

This foaming, all-natural cleanser is great for aging skin, because it is packed full of botanicals and antioxidant-rich ingredients. It is great for all skin types and smells wonderful too!

iS Clincial Cleansing Complex

Filled with antioxidants, gentle resurfacing agents and bio-nutrients, this cleanser is great before and after any harsh exfoliating treatments or pre/post procedure, because it prepares the skin for treatment and also aids in repair.

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

This classic cleanser is great for giving your skin a powerful yet gentle cleanse, removing any impurities, makeup or oil. This is great for any skin type and is soap- free.


STAFF FAVORITE: iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus

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For those of us concerned with reducing redness, inflammation, and even rosacea, there is a wonderful serum that will bring relief! We‘ve tried other anti-redness products and even medical treatments that simply made things worse. Not to worry with this gem. Cosmeceuticals with quality ingredients tend to be better tolerated by rosacea sufferers, and Is Clinical makes excellent, high-quality cosmeceuticals.

This soothing Vitamin C serum offers so much more than just the amazing collagen-building benefits of isVitamin C. Vitamins A and E provide antioxidant protection which actually fights off harmful environmental pollution that can damage healthy skin cells. It makes your sunscreen more effective by providing photo protection, and also brightens the skin, which is helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation. We know that hyperpigmentation comes from sun damage, so these ingredients really provide a one-two punch to external aging factors. All of that makes for a really awesome product, but it also calms signs of skin irritation and is even effective in managing cystic acne.

But here’s the real deal: you see results! After my first use, I noticed an increased radiance. The first week, my skin was firmer and I also noticed it just felt more comfortable and didn’t sting as it sometimes does. Many times our customers say “I don’t mind spending the money if the product REALLY works”. This serum, and frankly the whole brand, is worth every penny!

Look Polished in a Pinch

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JI323-connection-blushIf, like me, you aren’t a morning person, but you still want to look polished and awake for work, or even just to run a few errands, here are a few products I recommend to look put-together in a pinch.

BB Cream. BB creams actually originated in Germany in the 1960s, and then dominated the Asian markets in the 80s. They just became popular in the U.S. in the past few years. BB stands for blemish balm, or beauty balm. This multi-tasking product is meant to take the place of your serum, primer, moisturizer, foundation, and SPF. I like the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 because it’s easy to apply and blend, and doesn’t feel greasy.

Cream Blush. I gently dab this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it backward with my fingers. It can also be used on the lips. I like the Jane Iredale in Touch Cream Blush – Connection, as it provides a nice peachy glow.

For days you’d rather not go bold, but get out the door fast, go with a rosy lip stain. Pat it on with your fingers, pair it with just a little liner and mascara, and you’ll quickly look pulled together. I recommend DuWop Pure Venom Pure Berry Lip Stain; it’s the perfect color for every skin stone.

Want to look wide eyed and awake in a pinch? A champagne-colored eyeshadow swept over the lid and under the brow instantly lifts and opens the eyes. Stila Eye Shadow in Oasis is the perfect shade for this, and you can even add a little to the tops of your cheek bones for a quick highlight.

Our Faves: Top 5 Makeup Removers

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VH001-calming-cleansing-solSleeping in makeup can be detrimental to skin health, primarily because your skin repairs itself overnight while you sleep. Clogged pores, the skin being unable to breathe and the possibility of increased free radical exposure caused by sleeping in makeup can hinder the skin’s repair process.

The following products are quick and easy to use to remove makeup and impurities before bed or your nightly routine.

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleansing and Make-up Remover:

This no-rinse, fragrance-free cleansing water will help to cleanse and tone skin, removing makeup and impurities while leaving skin refreshed and moisturized.

Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane’s makeup remover is great for removing the most stubborn and waterproof makeup, without any oily residue left over. Using your favorite nightly cleanser is recommended after using this product.

Kate Somerville True Lash – Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover

This lash-strengthening formula makes this makeup remover a great 2-in-1 product. Lengthen, strengthen and add volume to your lashes while removing makeup and impurities before bed.

TALIKA Oil-Free Lash Conditioning Cleanser

Talkia has a similar lash-enhancing, oil-free makeup remover. This product will help remove all traces of makeup while toning your skin and improving and conditioning the structure of your lashes.

Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution

Using micellar water to remove your makeup will help you to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin without any irritations, leaving your skin with a velvety finish.

Cleanse with a Splash!

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ernoDr. Erno Laszlo was a Hungarian dermatologist who began formulating products to heal Hungarian Princess Stephanie’s acne. Due to his success, he went on to open an institute of scientific cosmetology. Later his clients would include Hollywood’s A-List actresses, including Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. In the 1960s his treatments were highly sought after.

Today, you can take part in the regimens that were responsible for the most glamorous complexions.  This line offers several cleansing bars. The most popular is the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. There is a distinct way to maximize your results with these cleansers. Start by filling your basin with comfortably hot water. Dip the cleansing bar into the hot water and gently massage wet bar over the face, and then repeat. Set bar aside and then massage the face and neck with fingertips. Splash your face 20 times with the water from the basin to cleanse and stimulate the skin. Splash your face again 10 times with comfortably hot running water to rinse the skin. Blot the skin dry. Follow with the Erno Laszlo toners, treatments and moisturizer prescribed specifically for your skin.

Dr.  Laszlo was known to have said, “I taught America’s high society ladies to wash their faces.” Now we know how to as well.

Estie Find: Vichy Idealia BB Cream

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Looking for a quick and easy foundation application? Vichy’s Idealia BB Cream would be the perfect find VH087-vichy-idealia-bb-mediumfor you. This hydrating, illuminating formula helps pores look refined, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and contains an SPF 25. This BB cream is on the thinner side in consistency, and for those with dry skin, I would recommend adding a bit of your favorite moisturizer before application. It does blend nicely however, if you need to use concealer or more foundation coverage.  The BB also has a pearly, rose-gold pigment, so if your complexation has red tones, this may make you look too pink or red. This cream does come in two color options, Light and Medium, however, both color options are on the lighter side of the color spectrum. It does blend nicely with skin tones within 1-2 shades of the cream. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a light-feeling cream, with a wonderful clean smell, that is lightly floral but not overpowering.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

Esti Tip: Use a primer, skin perfector, or hyaluronic acid before the application of your BB cream to give your skin a plumped, moisturized base for this BB cream, if adding a moisturizer would be too rich for your skin tone.

Protein for the Hair

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Even though hair is strong, it can also get very brittle at times and need some extra care. We all know our hair is better off when we take it easy with heat-styling, use sulfate-free products, avoid over-washing, and use cool water when we do wash. If you feel as though you are already doing your best but still aren’t seeing any improvement, it could be that your hair is lacking the protein it needs. Staying in good general health is always going to help your hair, but sometimes we need more.

Hair damage is the degradation of the keratin proteins that make up the hair strand; the cuticle, which is the protective outer layer, and the inner core. The cuticle is made up of cells that fit together like scales on a fish, and damage occurs when something causes the scales to lift and separate. The inner core of the hair contains the proteins that give it structure and strength. If the cuticle is compromised, damage can occur on both the inside and outside of the hair shaft. Because the protein (keratin) is damaged, keratin is really the only thing that can repair it.

KF169-kerstin-florian-intensive-hair-repairMy favorite keratin product is the Kerstin Florian Intensive Hair Repair. We know that skin care masking is important, and the same goes for hair! This mask is very easy to apply and remove.  After shampooing, apply the product, concentrating on the ends. Wrap hair in a towel or shower cap for 5-10 minutes. For extra penetration benefits, use a blow dryer to heat the product. Let the mask cool and then rinse. The biggest change I noticed after using this mask was how little breakage I now have. The keratin strengthened my hair, eliminated split ends and smoothed out the texture. This product has allowed me to continue the use of my heated tools and ever-changing hair color without the damage.

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