Archive for November, 2011

Tips for keeping your hands moisturized this winter

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Keep your hands soft this winter!Winter weather takes a toll on a lot of things, including your hands. The harsh temperatures can cause your digits to become dry, chapped and red, which isn't exactly ideal. Here are a few tips suggested by Allure magazine to help your hands stay hydrated and soft this season.

1. Apply lotion after every hand washing. Washing your hands with soap and water can often strip your skin of moisture, so it's important to slather on a lotion afterward. Keep something like Caswell-Massey – Dr. Hunter Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme near the sink.

2. Use cuticle cream to prevent brittle nails. The cold weather can wreak havoc on your nails and cuticles, so it's important to use a product like June Jacobs – Cellular Intensive Cuticle Recovery Cream on a daily basis.

3. Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves. This means pulling on the mittens when you're outside and investing in a pair of rubber gloves to don while you're cleaning around the house. Chemicals in cleaning products are just as bad as the winter weather, if not worse.

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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Anti-aging skincare for all ages

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Anti-aging skincare is appropriate for all ages!You’ve probably realized by now that the best way to prevent aging is to start changing your everyday habits and use anti-aging skincare products early – even before you start seeing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. While not all ages need every anti-aging product on the market, there are certain things you should be providing your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Here’s a list of the things everyone should do, followed by advice for each stage of your mid-life, according to SimplyAntiAging.com and Allure magazine.

Anti-aging advice for all ages
These tips are meant to be started immediately for all ages.
1. Stop smoking. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a number of years, it’s never too late to stop further damage from happening. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging of your skin because it encourages the destruction of collagen, which helps your skin remain plump and smooth. Smoking can make your skin dull, dry and wrinkled, so do yourself a favor and quit!
2. Wear sunscreen. Applying sunblock not only protects your skin from getting burned, but it protects your skin from aging. Prolonged sun exposure can create advanced age spots, wrinkles and give your skin a leathery texture. Use a product like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which covers up existing marks and protects your skin.
3. Eat well. As long as your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your skin should be getting the antioxidants and vitamins you need to fight the signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important, so be sure to include nuts and fish like salmon into your diet. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
4. Exercise. Working out and moving is great for all parts of your body – even your skin. It increases the delivery of oxygen to your skin cells, as well as important vitamins so your skin looks younger longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water as you exercise to keep hydrated.
5. Sleep. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s real. Your body releases hormones while you’re sleeping to stimulate cell turnover and refresh your skin. Too much stress and lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and speed up aging, so get plenty of rest each night.

What to do when you’re:
• In your 20s. During this hectic age, you should be protecting and repairing your skin. Stress can increase the amount of damaging free radicals in your body, which show up as dark circles, puffiness and dullness. Use plenty of sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer with plenty of antioxidant ingredients, like Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15.
• In your 30s. When you begin to see signs of aging, it’s time to exfoliate and regenerate your skin. Declining levels of collagen and elastin can create fine lines and wrinkles, while the rate of skin regeneration begins to slow down. Use products with peptides or retinols, which help to elevate your collagen and elastin, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead cells and increase cell turnover on the surface of your skin.
• In your 40s. During this period you may notice that your skin seems thinner and less hydrated, which is why it’s important to plump and soothe. Use a product with hyaluronic acid, which hold water to plump your skin from within. SkinMedica – Hydrating Complex is a good choice.
• In your 50s. Changes in your hormones can cause dryness at this age, so it’s crucial to hydrate and nurture your skin. Glycerin and ceramides can help to repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so use a product like SkinMedica – TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.

It’s okay to break the makeup rules

       
Monday, November 28th, 2011

It's okay to break beauty rules once in a while!Like it or not, there are rules when it comes to makeup. From lipstick to eyeliner, there are certain ways you should apply, mix and choose your products. Fortunately, not every rule needs to be followed 100 percent of the time – especially the one that says you should pick just one feature of your visage to play up.

If you're wearing a bright lip color, it's usually a good idea to stick with a neutral eye makeup look and a natural blush. Colorful eyeshadow calls for subdued lips. However, if you want to be daring for a specific event coming up this holiday season, it's perfectly okay to play up two of your features.

Consider wearing a bold lip color, like one of the reds from Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18. Pair your bright lips with equally dark eyes, using a black eyeliner like Blinc – Eyeliner. For a retro look, wing the tips of the line outwards to form a cat-eye. The effect will be glamorous and perfectly festive for whatever the occasion may be.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2011

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How to choose a winter perfume

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Fragrances smell different when the seasons change!Many women have realized that switching their perfumes between season helps to ensure that they're giving off the right impression. While a flirty floral scent may smell great in the summer, it may not translate as well in the winter, since cold air doesn't make perfume lift off your skin the way hot weather does. Here are some tips to help you pick the right new scent this winter, according to BellaSugar.com.

1. Find a stronger formula. Eau de toilettes are perfect for summer, but they can get lost in the winter. Pick an eu de parfum instead, which is stronger. Try GIORGIO ARMANI – Armani Code For Women Eau de Parfum Spray.

2. Pick a perfume with strong base notes. Fragrances tend to have three levels, including top notes, heart notes and base notes. Base notes are the strongest elements that lie underneath, like woody scents or musks. Top notes won't be as noticeable in cold weather, so pick something like Calvin Klein – OBSESSION For Women Eau de Parfum Spray.

Sticky lip glosses are no fun for anyone

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Un-sticky lip gloss is a must!Both girls and guys have fallen victim to the sticky lip gloss. Whether it's trapped your hair, made your guy cringe or just feels really yucky when you put your lips together, there's nothing more annoying. Unfortunately, many of the best-looking glosses have a less-than-favorable formula that doesn't do the texture of your natural lips justice.

Luckily, there is a secret for making your favorite sticky gloss less tacky. BellaSugar.com recommends running an ice cube over your glosses lips to smooth out the application and get rid of some of the goop. It's worth trying out.

If you'd rather not go there, there are plenty of lip gloss options that won't gross you out with their texture. Jane Iredale – PureGloss has a non-sticky formula that conditions your lips and looks great to boot. Paula Dorf – Lip Slides are another great option, which features a lightweight formula with plenty of nourishing avocado and jojoba oils. You'll never have to worry about a sticky pout again!

Don’t go with berries – opt for peaches

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Peach is a fall color too!This season, many women are reaching into their makeup bags for their go-to autumn lipstick shades: plum, wine, raspberry and brick red, just to name a few. However, Hollywood fashionistas have been showing up at events lately wearing an unexpected color that seems like it would fit better in the summer.

That captivating hue is peach, which could also be referred to as light coral or apricot, according to Glamour magazine's beauty blog. Celebrities like Nicole Richie, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez have been rocking the trend, which would look great on nearly every skin tone.

If you're eager to try it out, look for a slightly orange lip color, like Paula Dorf – Lip Color in Gatsby. Pair it with a gray smokey eye and plenty of black eyeliner and mascara to make your pout really pop. For a hint of added dimension, use Paula Dorf – Lipsicle in Van-Gogh just in the center of your bottom lip. It'll make them appear fuller and shiner, drawing a bit more attention. You'll be reeling in the compliments in no time.

Make purple your go-to shade for the holidays

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Purple is everywhere this season!While metallic eyeshadows and red lips are holiday season staples, there's nothing fresher or more flattering than purple.

As a bonus, jewel-tones are hot this season, and purple goes with pretty much any of them. Mix a couple of different rich shades throughout your makeup and outfit choices and you'll have a stunning ensemble.

If you're going for sophisticated purple nails, Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers in Dark Side of the Moon is the perfect choice. For added festive flair, paint on a glittery topcoat.

Plum eyeshadow is always a good choice, and Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow has the perfect shade – Wine & Roses. Use a light pink shimmer all over your lids and the purple in the creases for added dimension, then finish off with plenty of mascara.

Even purple lipstick is becoming a trend lately, and you don't have to go dark and vampy. There are plenty of purpley-pink shades out there that will complement any skin tone – you just need a bit of confidence to rock it!