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5 Minute Bold Brows

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Bold BrowBold, 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.

At Anastasia Beverly Hills, our beauty must-haves include 3 best-sellers that we couldn’t live without.  Brow Wiz, Brow Duality, and Clear Brow Gel.

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.

Step One:

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.

Anastsia’s Tip:

“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.”

Step Two:

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.

Step Three:

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.


Quick Tip: No More Shine!

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Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Blotting PapersIn these warmer months you may feel like the oil production in your skin is increasing at a rapid rate.  If you’re constantly having to remove excess oil throughout the day with a napkin, paper towel, toilet paper etc. you may be disturbing your makeup and taking hydration from the skin that it needs.  I highly recommend throwing a pack of the TATCHA Japanese Beauty Blotting Papers in your purse and no more unneeded trips to the bathroom!

These handmade papers were used by gold craftsman to protect the precious metal they hammered to enrobe the majestic pavilions in Imperial Japan. Their gold-leaf artistry transformed the paper into aburatorigami, a very soft, strong and absorbent leaflet.

Today, this technology has been used in these papers and has created an amazing blotting product that will remove excess oil without removing makeup, stripping the skin or causing irritation. The formula is free of fragrance, powders, pulp and can be used by any skin type. For a petal fresh complexion, gently pat a single leaflet of TATCHA Aburatorigami on the face anywhere there is excess oil.  Use both sides of each sheet and discard afterwards.


Summer Makeup Tips

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LippyLadies … its summer time so put away all of those winter make up trends. Yes, we all loved our dark red oxblood lips and our heavy contour, but now it’s time to have some fun. This summer is all about “the natural glowing bronzy skin”, the florescent lipsticks, and the pastels.

Before we go any further I want you to change your thinking, we hear women say all the time “Oh! I can’t wear bright lipsticks with my skin tone” or “Lipstick makes my teeth look yellow.” Ladies I assure you everyone can rock a colored lip, the key is to finding the color that suits you the best! Don’t be afraid to try on many colors until you find the one that you fall in love with. Pastels and fluorescents are so on trend right now! Step outside of your comfort zone and pick up the pinks, oranges, and the purples!

We suggest butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipstick-Primrose Hill Picnic or Stila After Glow Lip Color-Party Pink.

Swap out your typical foundation routine for a bronzer and a colorful blush. I want your skin glowing ladies, you’ll be surprised how much younger you’ll look and feel! Summer is a time to be free and have fun, so why not look good while doing it? Next time you’re shopping pick up these summer necessities that will add a pop of color to your life! You’ll thank me later.

 


Glow on the Go with DIY Beauty Tips

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Glow on the Go this Summer with DIY beauty recipes and travel tips from Jennifer Yen.

Tis the Season for travel and bright and beautiful skin!  These recipes and tips will keep your skin gorgeous in skin-exposing sun-dresses and open toe shoes and glow on arrival!

Before traveling, eliminate dead skin cells with:

Coconut and Rice Body Smoother:

½ cup of ground rice (can be ground in blender)

½ cup of coconut milk

¼ cup of brown sugar

1 ½ tbsp of ginger

Mix together for a paste

Polish entire body and feet/soles by using circular motion

Rinse and moisturize.

Make a toner to carry on flight with:

Soothing White Tea Toner

1 tsp peppermint leaves

4 tsp white tea leaves

4 ounces distilled water

2 drops lavender oil

4 ounce spray bottle atomizer

1.  Combine the tea leaves in a French press.

2.  Pour boiled water into the press.

3.  Add lavender oil and steep for 10 munutes.

4.  Pour into glass container and let cool.

5.  Pour aloe vera gel into the atomizer, then pour the tea infusion.

Can also be refrigerated for more soothing benefits.  Spray and notice how refreshed your skin is.

*Use a atomizer that is under 2.5 ounces and carry on flight while you travel to refresh and hydrate skin.

*White Tea, powerful antioxidant

*aloe vera, helps draw in moisture

*lavender oil, soothing anti-inflammatory, carrier oil

Being on a flight takes toll on skin, varied temperatures and airplane environment, depletes moisture, leaving skin dehydrated and dull.  Pack a travel-friendly kit such as pur~lisse jet~set starter kit.

Try not to wear makeup on flight which can make drier skin even drier and turn oily skin oilier because skin is producing excess oil.

 Keep skin hydrated and clear throughout your flight: Drinking water with lemon has amazing health and beauty benefits: hydrate and beautify skin from within, detoxifies body, aids digestion, purifies blood and relieves bloating.

Continue to moisturize throughout flight to keep skin hydrated and balanced.

Keep lips luscious by applying pur~lip comfort or a lip balm throughout flight.  This is especially since lips doesn’t have any oil glands.

Brightening Facial Scrub at your hotel

1 ½ tbs brown sugar

½ tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tsp of your favorite cleanser

Upon arrival at hotel, ask room service for above ingredients.

mix together, lightly wet skin, and exfoliate with gentle circular motion (no tugging) for 45 to 60 seconds.

Rinse then cleanse with Pur~lisse Delicate gentle soymilk cleanser.  Then moisturize.

Always protect your skin SPF is always important, regardless of skin type. Keep in mind the higher the SPF, the more irritating it can be for sensitive skin. SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%

Boost your internal sunscreen and reinforce sun protection by by consuming blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, red pepper, White Tea, Green Tea.

There is a wise Chinese saying, “a woman’s second face is in her hands” so don’t forget sunscreen on your hands while you’re driving and when you’re outdoors.

Turn Fashion into function:  with a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection on face, neck and décolletage.

Remember your chest and neck is a part of your face, treat it the same.  Wear a light scarf around neck area to protect and look stylish too.

Turn glamour into protection by wearing large sunglasses that cover more of your face and eyes to prevent squinting, which causes more wrinkles!

Boost your internal sunscreen and reinforce sun protection by by consuming blueberries, tomatoes which has lycopene, broccoli, cabbage, red pepper, White Tea, Green Tea.


Tips For Stress Relief

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Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies and on our skin. When you’re stressed out, your skin may break out in painful cysts, your body may experience ailments like headaches, joint pains, stomach aches, ulcers, and numerous other disorders that are typically the cause of inflammation caused by hormonal imbalance. When we’re under stress we produce a number of hormones, like epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. Cortisol stimulates metabolism to produce energy which in turn stimulates insulin, which then in turn results in an increased appetite. A surge of cortisol is necessary in life-or-death situations; it’s our ‘primate hormone’ that helps us function under the most extremely nerve-racking situations, but when we put our bodies under constant stress the production of cortisol is continuous and demands for us to supply the body with fuel. Chronic release of cortisol causes us to feel hungry all the time, causing us to overeat and gain excess weight.

Take measures to reduce stress in your life. Wind down with chamomile tea, take deep breaths, practice yoga. Incorporate exercise (which helps to produce endorphins- aka happy hormones). Do things that make you happy and put you at ease. Eat a balanced diet, and incorporate stress-relieving foods into your meal plan. Carbohydrates help the body to produce serotonin, a calming hormone that helps to fight anxiety (this is why we crave pasta and pizza when we’re stressing!) Give in to the craving but choose healthier alternatives (complex carbs instead of simple carbs) like oatmeal, which will provide fiber and balance your blood sugar. Antioxidant rich foods help to ward off oxidative stress and free radicals (the cause of inflammation) so to prevent aches and pains that are caused by stress incorporate plenty of veggies, fruits and nuts into your meal plan. Get plenty of essential fatty acids from omega-rich food sources like salmon, nuts, and flax. Omega 3, 6 and 9 reduce inflammation and promote healthy cardiovascular function.

Find de-stressing products at here.


Winter Lip Care

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Quick Tip: Winter Lip CareWinter… It comes around every year and brings us those windy, cold, and rainy days. As your skin type is affected by these weather changes, so are your lips. Your lips can easily become dry, cracked and even more sensitive during this time. It is important to remember to tend to them just as you would your normal skin care regimen around these seasonal changes.

You can easily prevent your lips from drying by following a simple set of steps. First exfoliate your lips about one to two times a week. This will remove the dry, rough skin sitting on the surface of your lips and make room for soft lips. A lip scrub that is great for the lips is Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub. Then make sure everyday to apply some kind of a treatment or conditioner. It doesn’t matter if it is just a hydrating lip balm, lip gloss or actual lip treatment product. Most of these items will have ingredients in them to not only prevent damage but to maintain lip health and nourish them. For already damaged lips we suggest NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm; made from natural ingredients with a delicious taste of honey and grapefruit. With that said, everyone should be able to find a product specific to keeping your lips smooth, moisturized and lively!


Stress and Skin

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Beauty starts from the inside. How we handle stress varies from person to person. Some of us eat more, others eat less, and some of us binge on sweets while another might turn to caffeine or alcohol. Both stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system. So the next time you reach for a quick fix to combat stress, remember, now is not the time to short change your diet.

In addition to sleep, exercise and drinking water, nutrition is critically important to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin.   I get asked so often ‘what can I eat to help relieve stress and improve my beautiful skin? The answer is A LOT…here are some quick tips:

“The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating When You’re Stressed”:

Don’t reach for carbohydrates when you’re stressed.   They release serotonin in the brain and literally make us feel better.  Instead, reach for healthy comfort foods like air popped popcorn (with a bit of canola oil spray, salt and spices), raw almonds or cashews, multi-grain snacks, green tea lemonade (my personal favorite!) and berries (high in antioxidants.  Great for breakfast too!)

Do eat foods high in Essential Fatty Acids to reduce internal inflammation (this is increased by stress and leads to disease and aging).   You can take Omega supplements (Nordic Naturals is the best choice, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body does not make), or incorporate foods into your diet such as salmon, trout, raw nuts and flaxseed.

Do cut back on white bread, refined sugar and pasta. This will help lower the secretion of Cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and is the hormone we release when we’re stressed.    Plus, you can add beans/legumes to the diet, which are high in Zinc to further decrease the inflammation, which contributes to inflamed acne.

Do channel a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine (in moderation) because it is high in antioxidants, which help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage in skin.  (We have to think about environmental stress on our skin, too).  This can help prevent melanoma.

Don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water to detox the body and keep skin hydrated!

Do eat a diet high in antioxidants and minerals.  A deficiency in vitamins or antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C makes us more susceptible to disease. Without enough essential minerals, like magnesium and zinc, our immune system is compromised. Reports show vitamin and mineral levels dropping up to 33% during a stressful week, despite an adequate diet.

After you have taken care of the inside, don’t forget to care for the outside with skin care products to relieve the visible signs of stress on your skin (aging, acne, sensitivities).   Did you know that when you are stressed your body temperature increases?  Skyn ICELAND products go on with a cooling sensation to bring skin back into balance and to bring back the youthful glow you left behind!  Great for summer are:

- Glacial Cleansing Cloths (take them to the beach!)
- Arctic Face Mist (replenishes skin with those vitamins depleted by stress)
- Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (to reduce puffiness in TEN minutes)
- Antidote (a cooling lotion that decongests, detoxifies and calms stressed skin)
- Pure Cloud Cream (great for replenishing, healing and soothing sun burned skin)

When we look better, we feel better.  Have a healthy, stress-free summer.


Helping Hands

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With all our hands do on daily basis it is so important to give your hands a hand. Washing dishes, gardening, typing, and any other prehensile manipulation can leave the hands feeling rough and dry. Hands can suffer from a loss of volume, the skin becomes thin and loose. The brightness can disappear and discolorations set in.

Products with Shea butter and Sodium Hyaluronate can infuse moisture and give hands a soft supple appeal. StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Treatment is a super-charged formula that fights 5 signs of aging in hands. Also NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands is also a nutrient-rich cream that visibly diminishes age spots and discolorations.

Using a hand treatment that renews and resurfaces can be a lack luster fingers new found friend. DermaQuest Skin Therapy SkinBrite Hand and Body will achieve luminous skin on your hands and body with this pigment-reducing cream.  Another option is Dermelect Timeless Anti-Aging Hand Treatment to restore the youthful appearance to your hands.


Speedy Makeup Tips

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Always running late? Keep these time-saving makeup tips in mind and you’ll be beautiful in no time!

Simply dust blush on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow. Pick a pretty pink for flirty appeal. We love Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek Ultra Flush Blush Sweet Pink.

Taupe shadow makes eyes brighter and is a universal flattering shade. You’ll look put together without all the fuss. Try bareMinerals Glimmer Eyeshadow- Queen Tiffany.

Be bronzed and beautiful. A few strokes of bronzer works wonders! Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder is the perfect shade of tan for all seasons.

Lastly, lip stain is an easy apply and forget about it product. It withstands a full day at the office and even extends into happy hour! We like Stila Cherry Crush for beautiful berry stained lips.


How to Get Stronger Nails

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If you are anything like me, you love your nails to look good but those trips to the nail salon get quite expensive!  After hearing such great reviews about the Trind Natural Nail Repair, I had to try it for myself. Within a couple of weeks I was in love! Talk about clear, strong nails. This formula tightens the protein-molecules while leaving space for the natural moisturizers, which makes the nails stronger and healthier. Anyone with brittle or dull nails can definitely appreciate a product like this. Very easy to use, for the first 2 weeks apply one coat daily directly to the nails. The following day, remove the former coat with nail polish remover. For maintenance you only need to use it once a week. Once you see how great your nails look with just this one item, try incorporating in some of the other Trind products for magazine worthy nails!



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