Archive for July, 2011

How to make an ‘organic braid’

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Try an organic braid.You might think you know how to braid your hair, but you really have no idea. Ready to learn? Let celebrity hairstylist Michael Shaun, inventor of the "organic braid," teach you a thing or two about making the perfect plait. And best of all, there's no elastic needed to make this flawless style stay put all day long!

According to Cosmopolitan magazine, Shaun made waves earlier this year when he demonstrated this unique, rubber-band-free braiding style. To replicate it yourself, loosely separate your hair into three sections, but don't pull them apart at the bottom. Begin to braid the strands, but don't pull any of your hair through. It'll feel weird at first – like you're creating a giant knot – but we promise, it'll quickly start to resemble an actual braid. A few inches below the bottom of your locks, stop braiding and pull the intact part of your hair up through the center of the braid. It'll stay put all day, no elastic necessary, even if you want to go for a ride in your friend's convertible.

Of course, a braid looks best when your tresses are soft and shiny – and making sure your locks glow all summer long starts with using the right shampoos and conditioners. For thick, strong hair that can withstand the rigors of frequent braiding, try June Jacobs' Green Tea and Cucumber Conditioning Shampoo.

How to apply concealer

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Apply concealer the right way.If you suffer from occasional breakouts and blemishes, you know how tempting it is to cover them up with a little concealer. But if you apply too much, you might actually be worsening the problem. Not only could you be spreading bacteria and inflaming your breakout, you could also be giving yourself a caked-on look that's even less appealing than blemished skin. Here's how to apply your makeup perfectly, so no one will even notice that irritating spot.

First, remember to use a light touch. So you have a zit – everyone's had one at some point or another. It may be all you can see when you look in the mirror, but other people are probably focusing on your eyes, hair and outfit as much as they are on that barely-noticeable blemish. Instead of slathering on tons of thick, matte concealer, start with a sheer layer and gradually build to opacity.

When it comes to making your concealer look natural, blend it in using the pad of your middle finger. Always tap – never blend! Tapping in your concealer will keep it looking natural and won't rub it off the spot you're trying to conceal.

Once you've covered up the offending blemish, apply a sheer layer of foundation to your entire face and finish off with a translucent powder.

Skin sins you might not even know you’re committing

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Are you committing these skin sins?You know to wash your face, exfoliate, stay out of the sun and use plenty of moisturizer, but do you know about all the other tips and tricks that can save (or ruin) your skin? If you're in search of a flawless face, here are a few secrets that you should know.

First, don't shy away from oil. We know, we know – the mere word might make you feel like you're on the verge of a breakout. But actually, using a face oil can help prevent breakouts by nourishing your skin, calming overactive sebum glands and even killing acne-causing bacteria. Instead of scrubbing your face raw, wash with a gentle soap and apply plenty of facial oil to keep your skin supple and clear.

Additionally, your diet matters. Stay away from dairy. Cow's milk is loaded with hormones, some of which can cause breakouts – especially in women. A nibble of cheese or a bowl of cereal is fine here and there, but stop loading up on nachos, ice cream and cheesy dips if you want your skin to clear up fast. In fact, the more fruits and veggies you can eat, the better your skin will look. Snacking on munchies that are high in water content, like watermelon and cucumber, is especially great for you.

If your follow these skin secrets, you, too, can soon enjoy a perfect complexion.

There’s more to hair care than shampoo and conditioner – try a masque

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Try a hair masque.Sure, you know about shampoo and conditioner – but if thought that's all there was to hair care, think again. Whether your looks are oily and greasy or dry and frizzy, there's a product out there that can help. If you need a hair rescue fast, one of your best bets is a hair masque that'll help restore the natural balance of your locks to give you perfect, shiny tresses, even when the weather's not cooperating.

If you've got curls that won't behave, you may have resigned yourself to a lifetime of frizz. But these days, no hair punishment is a life sentence – so break out that blowdryer once again, because we've got just the solution for you. Many moisturizing masques, like the Leonor Greyl Masque a Orchidee, are designed with frizzy hair specifically in mind. These products help coat and calm your locks, locking in shine and banishing dry, damaged ends forever.

If grease is your problem, apply a masque can help restore hair's natural balance of oils – giving you healthy shine that won't weigh your tresses down.

For the gal on the go, Leonor Greyl also makes a Palme, Bambou & Jasmin Travel Set that'll have you looking your best, even out of state – or abroad!

How to get flawless skin – instantly!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

How to fake perfect skin.Everybody’s prone to a pimple here, a wrinkle there and a bit of uneven skin tone every once in a while. So how do the celebs make it look as though they go through every day with flawlessly smooth skin? The secret is their makeup – and the good news is, it’s a secret you can steal. Follow these tips to achieve a blemish-free complexion just like the stars.

First, start with primer. Primer helps fill in pores and wrinkles, so your foundation has a smooth canvas on which to lie. Plus, primer will keep your makeup from melting off your face in the hot sun, so no matter how long you’re going to be out, you can be sure you’ll look fresh-faced all day long.

When it comes to the actual foundation, it’s important not to be too heavy-handed. This can seem counterintuitive to many women, but in fact, applying too much foundation will give you a caked-on look that settles into wrinkles, actually emphasizing them. Instead, use a semi-sheer foundation and apply it sparingly to the areas you want to correct.

To finish off your look, try a translucent powder or a setting spray that will make sure your cosmetics stay put all day long. Add a touch of bronzer and blush for a sunkissed summer glow, and you’re ready to go!

When is the right time to apply lotion?

Friday, July 15th, 2011

When is the right time to moisturize?Whether you moisturize after every shower or don't even own a bottle of lotion, you might be noticing that your skin needs a little extra care in the summertime. With the sun shining and the temperature rising, a bit of sunburn is pretty much inevitable – and when that happens, the benefits of quenched skin are undeniable. Dry skin can look dull, wrinkled and flaky, but moisturized skin is dewy, glowing and healthy – and if you want to look beautiful every day, it's time to start lotioning up. But when's the best time to moisturize for maximum benefit?

Officially, there is no time of day that's better for moisturizing, but it is a good idea to apply lotion after getting out of the shower to look in that freshly-washed feel. If you don't want to put your clothes on over greasy skin, however, you can wait until evening to moisturize, which will give your skin time to rest and absorb all of the thirst-quenching benefits of the cream. For sunburns, skip traditional lotions and use aloe vera gel to calm irritated spots. And don't forget those lips! A nice balm will help keep them from getting chapped all summer long.

As for your face, it's best to apply moisturizer after your pores have been prepped. Make sure you select a lotion that's non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores and cause acne blemishes. With a moisturized face and body, you can have that summertime glow well past August.

Treating a sunburn

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Aloe vera can ease the pain of a sunburn.A day at the beach is all about fun in the sun, but once you get home, you might discover that the sunburned aftermath of your afternoon is anything but pleasant. Ouch! What can you do to stop sunburn in its tracks – or help heal that painful burn fast?

First, it's all about prevention. Before you hit the beach, it's crucial to slather yourself in sunscreen from head to foot – literally. Don't forget the tips of your ears and the tops of your toes, which can turn bright red in no time if you're fair-skinned. Pick an SPF about 25 for the best protection, and don't forget to reapply if you hit the waves.

If you're especially fair, don't be shamed to add a hat or a top to your beach ensemble. A cute coverup will look great over your bikini – and prevent burns! A floppy sun hat is always fashionable, so pair one with giant sunglasses to look like an incognito celeb.

If you're already burned, it's time for a little damage control. Ease your pain with lots of aloe vera lotion. This naturally soothing ingredient will calm your burns and help return your skin to a more normal color. For added refreshment, keep it in the fridge – you'll be shocked at how relieved you are when it touches your singed skin.

The best eyeshadow trends of the summer

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Natural colors work well for summer.A smoky eye can work wonders at the nightclub, but it looks totally overdone on a beachy summer day. If you're heading to the shore and want to look beautiful without looking too made-up, a subtle, shimmery shadow is just the ticket.

Summer is all about embracing the beauty of nature – and that goes for your summertime makeup, too. Daytime looks for summer should be all about enhancing your natural features with a sheer bronzer, soft pink cheeks and nude lips that show off just how pretty you really are. Don't fog up those summer freckles with too much foundation – let the real you shine through. And when it comes to eyeshadow, it's all about keeping things subtle.

Take your cues from the sunset and opt for pink, gold and peach for a beautiful summer look. Pick out some shimmery shadows that will lend just a hint of sparkle to your ensemble, and dot a bright champagne color right above your pupil to make those peepers pop. Skip the heavy eyeliner and top off your style with just a couple brushes of mascara. You'll be looking fresh-faced all day long.

How to save your skin post-shaving

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Shaving can irritate your skin.Shaving every day can really irritate your skin – especially if you need to run that razor over some of the most sensitive areas of your skin. Ladies know that shaving their legs, armpits and bikini lines can leave them with itchy stubble, dry skin and ingrown hairs, while men often struggle to keep their faces clear of the five o'clock shadow without giving them a vicious razor burn. So how can you save your skin?

While letting your leg hair grow free and wild may be an option in the wintertime, shaving becomes a daily occurrence when the weather turns warm and you break out all those skirts, shorts and dresses. If your legs are screaming for a little comfort, try applying lotion right after you get out of the shower. For an added benefit, try a moisturizer that contains a sunless tanner, so you can achieve that summer glow even if you never get a chance to leave the office. For armpits, pick a deodorant that contains a moisturizer so you can keep your skin quenched.

As for the fellas, shaving your face can leave you with a raw feeling that lasts all morning. Apply some moisturizing aftershave to prevent unsightly razor burn around those kissable cheeks and lips – your face (and girlfriend!) will thank you.

Less is more

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Less is more.If there's one rule of cosmetics you should never forget, it's this: Less is more. For a look that stands out without making you look too done-up, pick one feature to focus on and highlight it, while leaving everything else relatively natural.

Youthful gals with bright baby blues or soft brown doe-eyes might want to play up their peepers. To do so, pick a shimmery eyeshadow in a color that complements your eye color – warm purples, pinks and golds for brown and green eyes, or cool blues, pinks and silvers for blue eyes. Line your eye with black liquid liner, then fill in lashes with a generous coating of mascara.

If your crow's-feet are starting to betray your age, try playing up your lips instead of your eyes. For a classic sexpot look, sport a bright-red pout and keep eye makeup simple with mascara and liner. If you're feeling a little more trendy, sweet berry-colored and magenta colors are all the rage this summer, so look for a fuchsia lipstick that's just bold enough to turn a few heads.

Finally, a great way to look natural and summery is to focus on your cheeks with bronzer, blush and a touch of shimmer. Smile and dot a bright pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, then sweep a bit of bronzer over it for a sunkissed glow. Top off with a shimmery setting powder and you're ready to go!