Archive for July, 2012

Are you putting on sunscreen but still getting burned on your nose?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Your nose needs plenty of coverage to keep it protected from the sun!Your nose is one of the most prominent features on your face, and because of this, it often gets plenty of attention from the sun. The tip of the nose is one of the most likely areas to get sunburned because it's exposed and vulnerable, meaning it's also one of the most common areas for nonmelanoma skin cancer, reports Allure Magazine. So how can you make sure it's totally protected?

First, make it a point to wear a wide-brimmed hat when you're outside for long periods. A cute hat is not only a great accessory, but it'll keep your nose in the shade. You'll also need a good sunscreen for the face that will offer you plenty of SPF for both UVA and UVB rays.

Keep in mind that because the skin on your nose is often oilier than the rest of your face, sunscreen will break down faster there. That means you should be reapplying it to your nose (and everywhere else, too) every two hours, after a swim or if you've been sweating.

What happens if you still managed to get a burn? Start out by covering the redness with a green-tinted concealer, then follow up with foundation as usual. This should be enough to get rid of that Rudolph look!

How to fix skin that’s blotchy from the hot weather

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Your skin doesn't have to look red and blotchy from the heat anymore!Are you one of those people who starts getting red and blotchy whenever you’re hot and flustered? Many men and women have skin that reacts to hot weather, which can cause embarrassment in the summer. The good news is, you don’t have to suffer from a splotchy complexion any longer.

According to Allure Magazine, your best bet is to use a product that has evening primrose oil included in the ingredients list.

“It’s very high in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, which restores the moisture barrier and reduces the redness in a few hours,” one dermatologist told the source.

To get the benefits of evening primrose oil, smooth on a rich cream like BABOR – Advanced Biogen Night Cream every night after washing with a gentle cleanser that’s targeted for sensitive skin.

During the day, you can mask blotchy skin with natural mineral makeup, which offers outstanding lightweight coverage without further irritating your complexion. You’ll be able to face the heat confidently knowing that no one will be able to tell that your skin’s acting up.

How to smudge-proof your foundation in the heat

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Your foundation shouldn't budge in the heat when you use this method!Many women rely on foundation for creating a smooth, even surface for the rest of their makeup to sit on, but what happens when that foundation melts off? Summer heat can quickly transform your face into a messy oil slick, and oftentimes your foundation can’t hold up to high temperatures. However, there is one type of foundation that can combat sweat, humidity and oil.

According to Allure Magazine, silicone-based foundations are perfect for summer because they don’t give up when it’s hot out. They’re also lightweight, which means you won’t feel like you have an extra layer on your skin, and they create a barrier that prevents the makeup from melting into your face or sliding right off.

For the best smudge-proof foundation application, start with a silicone-based primer like Pixi – Brightening Primer – No.1 Pearl Essence. It’ll add extra illumination to boot, so you’ll have a pretty glow underneath. Then smooth on a foundation like Too Faced – Amazing Face Oil-Free Close-Up Coverage Foundation, which gives the illusion of airbrushed skin as soon as you put it on. Set with a bit of powder for extra shine-zapping power and you’re good to go!

What are those bumps on the backs of your arms?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Have you noticed tiny bumps on the backs of your arms?Have you ever noticed tiny little bumps on the backs of your arms? They look like goosebumps but feel more like sandpaper, and they might even be blotchy and red. What gives? According to Allure Magazine, these bumps are called keratosis pilaris, and they're a common condition that you don't have to suffer with.

These annoying lumps form when keratin, a protein in your skin, collects in your hair follicles and forms hard little plugs. While it might seem like exfoliation would clear the problem right up, it can actually make the situation worse, reddening your skin and causing inflammation. So what can you do?

First, start treatment in the shower by using a body wash with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like NeoStrata – Foaming Glycolic Wash AHA 20. This will help slough away the build-up, revealing fresher skin. A lotion that also contains AHAs, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Skin Renewal AHA Peeling, should be used afterward. You could also follow this up with a hydrocortisone cream to get rid of the redness. You should notice results in about three weeks.

One surprising product that can help you cover a bruise

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Believe it or not, lipstick can help you cover that right up!Bruises happen all the time – maybe you bumped into the coffee table in your living room or whacked your elbow on a door frame – but they're not very attractive. Especially in summer, when you're probably rocking outfits that bare your arms and legs. Luckily, there's one surprising product that can help you cover it right up.

What is it? Red lipstick! According to Allure Magazine, the red of the lipstick helps to neutralize the blue and purple of the bruise, so it's great for layering underneath a regular foundation.

To get perfect coverage, dab red lipstick like Bare Escentuals – Classic Red Lipstick onto the bruise, then set it with a thin layer of translucent face powder. Now use a concealer like Dermablend – Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15 to cover the area, using a makeup sponge or brush to blend the formula seamlessly into the skin around the bruise. Set it once more with the powder, and no one will know that there used to be a big splotchy mark there!

Is it safe to use last year’s SPF products?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Last year's SPF products aren't safe - you'll need to restock!If you're hitting the beach for vacation this summer (or just getting away one Saturday), you're going to need some serious SPF to prevent sunburns. But before you reach for that bottle of sunblock from last summer, you might want to consider the facts – old sunscreen isn't safe.

"Using an expired sunscreen can lead to reduced protection from UV rays due to diminished SPF," Holly Thaggard, founder and CEO of Supergoop!, told Birchbox. Not to mention – old products often harbor bacteria and fungus because they've been sitting around for so long after being used.

The active ingredients in sunscreen also break down in high temperatures, so even if your stash is new, it might lose its effectiveness if you keep it in the car or leave it in the sun at the beach.

The solution? Keep something like COOLA – SPF 30 Face Classic Moisturizing Sunscreen Cucumber in your purse for daily use, then take a fresh bottle of PETER THOMAS ROTH – Uber-Dry Sunscreen SPF 30 to the beach in an opaque beach bag.

Poolside Primping

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Too Faced - Poolside Primping Sexy Summer Makeup Collection

Too Faced – Poolside Primping Sexy Summer Makeup Collection

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Everything you need to make that sunburn disappear

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Here's everything you need to heal that burn!Using sunscreen and being careful about your UV exposure outside is a must for everyone, but slip-ups do happen. Maybe slathering on the sunblock slipped your mind, or perhaps you weren't planning to be outside at all. Whatever the reason for your sunburn, chances are you want it to stop hurting and looking so red – FAST! Here's what you need to soothe the burn.

First, drink plenty of water to make sure that you're hydrated. Nothing makes you thirstier than a nasty burn. If it's extra painful, consider taking an aspirin to lessen the hurt and make living with it a bit more bearable. You might also want to slather on some aloe vera or use tea bags to soothe and get rid of the sting, recommends The Beauty Department.

Taking cold showers will feel good, but you want to avoid using harsh soaps and exfoliants that can make the burn feel worse. Lather up with something like AHAVA – Mineral Botanic Water Lily & Guarana Body Wash, using your hands so the application is gentle. Then follow up with a rich moisturizer like Archipelago Botanicals – Milk Body Butter – Oat Milk, which allows for cell regeneration and ultra hydration. If you keep up this routine for a few days, your burn should improve in no time!

Four steps for making your lipstick last practically forever

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Use these four steps to make your lipstick last forever.With so much talking, moving, licking, eating and drinking going on, it's no wonder your lipstick is often the first of your makeup products to disappear. But reapplying it over and over again throughout the course of a night can be a pain, and there's not always a mirror handy to ensure a precise application. Luckily, all it takes is four steps to make your lipstick last way longer than you ever thought possible.

1. Prep your lips with a gentle scrub like Philosophy – Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub and Facial. This will get rid of any flakes and provide a smooth surface for your lipstick to stick to. Wipe it off, then apply your lipstick as usual.

2. Use a tissue to blot your lipstick, folding it in half and pressing it in between your lips. This creates a strong layer of pigment that will act as a base.

3. Apply a translucent face powder like Too Faced – Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder over your entire lips. A fluffy eyeshadow brush will do the trick.

4. Slick on another coat of your lipstick. If you want to, add a dollop of lip gloss on the center of your bottom lip for added dimension. That's it!

How to copy Freida Pinto’s makeup from the Los Angeles Trishna premiere

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Freida Pinto looked amazing at the LA Trishna premiere!Freida Pinto is a gorgeous girl who's not likely to show up on any worst-dressed or "don't" lists, which is why she's always a great fashion and beauty inspiration. Recently, she made an appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of her new film, Trishna, rocking an understated yet elegant makeup look that's super easy to copy yourself.

After applying your foundation, use a mauve blush on the apples of your cheeks, then pick out a matching lipstick from the Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 collection. This will liven up your color a bit and enhance your features without looking overdone.

Now choose a sparkly taupe eyeshadow and sweep it across your entire eyelids, then blend a darker shade of brown into your creases to create more depth. Finish with a pale, shimmery shade of light brown or gold and sweep it along your lower lash lines.

Complete the look by lining your inner rims with black eyeliner, then apply two coats of a black mascara like Jane Iredale – Longest Lash Mascara. With these products, you'll be able to channel Freida's stunning visage!