Archive for August, 2013

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

There's really nothing that boosts your confidence like a fresh salon blowout. However, achieving the same look at home can be a struggle without the right tools and products. Whether for date night, a summer soiree or an important job interview, use these tips for a coif that looks like it was handled by the professionals.

Prep with products
A good blowout starts with the shampoo. If you expose your hair to heat frequently, the Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo by Fekkai not only helps to nourish strands, but the soy and milk protein also strengthens them to prevent future breakage. If your hair tends to fall flat, opt for the Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo, which amps up thin tresses for a fuller finished look. An ultra-moisturizing conditioner is also key for a shiny blowout, as excessive heat can leave hair looking like straw. Treat hair to the Ristorativo Di Vita Conditioning Treatment by Borghese, which hydrates brittle strands while transforming the texture for softer styles. Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist at Blow in New York City, told Women's Health magazine that it's important to thoroughly rise out any conditioner for a long-lasting look.

Fight frizz by spritzing in lightweight Serum de Soie Sublimateur by Leonor Greyl, which smoothes the hair shaft without weighing it down for a poof-proof appearance. If your hair is highly unmanageable, opt for Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl, which contains protective proteins and seaweed extracts for shine and buoyancy.

Time to dry 
Now you're ready to pick up the hairdryer. Real Simple magazine recommended starting with the bangs when they're still wet. For more volume, hold hair in a round brush vertically above the head, but for a sleek, pin-straight look you'll want to pull hair downward. Next, Real Simple suggested moving to the back sections, which can be harder to perfect, and working forward toward the face. Always keep the blowdryer constantly moving – directing heat in one spot for too long can scorch your hair and cause serious damage.

Preserve and protect
After all that work, you'll likely want to make your blowout last. In Women's Health, Patterson recommended using dry shampoo, which can absorb oil and keep your style looking fresh. He also advised using a clip or a headband instead of an elastic because they won't leave a pesky crimp.

Follow these steps and your hair is bound to blow everyone away.

What to drink for healthier, brighter skin

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Healthier, brighter skin now: What to drink

We all know it's important to drink enough water and consume nutrient-dense superfoods for radiant skin. However, experts say that there are other beverages that can provide a bevy of benefits, from fewer fine lines to enhanced elasticity. Here are some drinks you'll want to sip on for a glowing complexion.

Green tea
For maximum skin-boosting advantages, this tea is best consumed hot. Women's Health magazine reported that heat causes the tea to release an antioxidant which not only acts as an anti-inflammatory but can also ward off cancer. The source noted that a study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry determined that drinking between two and six cups a day may help prevent malignancies that result from too much sun exposure.

Oat milk
Some say that eliminating dairy products can improve the skin's appearance. Glamour magazine recommended switching out traditional cow's milk for oat milk, which is available at most supermarkets. The source explained that this alternative has a significant amount of vitamin E and folic acid, both of which are key for healthy skin regeneration.

Nettle tea
Does your skin tend to flare up? Nettle tea might be just the remedy if you are prone to breakouts or eczema, according to Glamour. High levels antioxidants mean the tea may also help rid the skin and body of toxins and free radicals, which tend to speed up the aging process.

Fruit and veggie juice
When you're not in the mood to eat your vegetables, drinking them can provide the same essential nutrients that help brighten and protect skin. Noelle Swatland of GreenLemonade.com told Shape magazine that the right concoctions can help to rid the body of impurities and restore balance to the skin, thus evening out its tone. Cucumbers are her top choice, as they are packed with skin-boosting potassium, magnesium and silica. Not only that, but cucumbers are a whopping 90 percent water, so they're ultra-hydrating. Tomato juice is also an ideal selection, as Glamour pointed out that these fruits contain skin-tightening vitamin C and lycopene, which helps circulation.

Peppermint tea
Stress is a major skin villain. When things are getting tense, unwind with a cup of peppermint tea, which Glamour magazine pointed out has innate soothing effects. There are other benefits as well: The herb can help to clear out the sinuses, relieve a headache and facilitate digestion.

Do-it-Yourself Nail Art

       
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Do-it-Yourself Nail Art

You don’t need a professional manicurist to turn your fingernails into a masterpiece.

Do-it-yourself nail designs are shockingly simple to achieve – and what’s more gratifying than knowing you were the artist behind them? The best part is you have complete control over the finished look, meaning you can adjust the patterns and prints however you desire.

Dots for Days
Seeing spots? The only tools required for this design are a toothpick and Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers in Lara’s Theme and Amazing Grace. Start with Amazing Grace for a pure white base coat, and allow to dry before applying a diagonal orange stripe. Use the toothpick to press orange dots over the white background and finish with a top coat.

Sweet Bows
For prim and proper paws, you’ll need a fine-point paintbrush and Lippmann Collection lacquers in I Know What Boys Like, a playful periwinkle, Fade to Black and Amazing Grace. After applying a coat of blue, paint on two large white circles at the tip of the nail. Then dip the paintbrush in black to create a skinny black bow. A clear topcoat gives the perfect glossy finish.

Oh-my Ombre
Ombre isn’t just a hair trend anymore. Take a simple makeup sponge and apply Lippmann Collection polishes in Call Me Irresponsible, Between The Sheets and Constant Craving in horizontal stripes. Next, lightly dab the sponge on a paper towel for a soft gradient effect. Tack on silver striping tape for extra pow and file the edges to fit perfectly over the nail. A clear topcoat is key for sealing in the design.

These are just a few ideas for your DIY nail art endeavors. Let your creativity run wild with any of the Lippmann Collection‘s vibrant hues – the opportunities for brilliance are endless.

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

       
Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

Much like artists prepare their canvas with a coat of primer, doing so for your face is crucial to enhancing the benefits of your products and making them last. Want to make sure concealer is sweat-proof? Worried that your eyeshadow will crease in heat and humidity? Trying to fight fine lines for smooth foundation application? The answer to all of these problems ismakeup primer.

According to The New York Times, more women have been reaching for these products in recent years as the benefits have become more apparent. In fact, the news outlet reported that Euromonitor International tracked primers and related makeup purchases and found that sales rose a whopping 73 percent between 2006 and 2011. Polly Blitzer, founder of Beauty Blitz Media, told the Times that primers are the “Spanx of cosmetics.”

Face the hype
Want to see for yourself what all the fuss is about? Before you apply foundation, dab on a dime-sized drop of primer, emphasizing the spots where your skin tends to get the most oily, such as the T-zone. These areas will need a little extra to ensure that your concealer, blush and other products don’t dissolve throughout the day. After blending thoroughly, let the primer set for a minute. Then brush on a layer of finishing powder, which helps to hide imperfections while keeping oil at bay.

While many primers are clear, a tinted formula is a better option for those with a lackluster complexion. Allure magazine suggested green shades to combat redness and lilac hues for sallow skin. A pink formula provides a subtle glow that’s suitable for any skin tone.

But the perks don’t stop there – Allure also recommended using primer, like Jane Iredale’s Lid Primer, around the eyes for vibrant eyeshadow that stays. Using your fingers, apply this balm to your eyelids to make sure pigment sticks. You can also dab some in the crease or on the browbone as a highlighter.

Not just for the skin
Lasting lashes require a primer as well. Sweep on Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood, which strengthens and softens the eyelashes while combating any clumps.

Your lips are sealed with the Lip Insurance Smoothing, Anti-Feathering Lip Primer by Too Faced, which prevents cracking, bleeding or fading whether you’re using a stain or a gloss.

Finally, the Lippmann Collection 2 Second Nail Primer is the key to a chip-free manicure. Lippmann told The New York Times that applying this product before the base coat gets rid of any oil and grime on the nail bed, allows polish to go on more smoothly, in addition to ensuring faster drying.

Now you’re primed for anything.

Embrace imperfection: Quick tips for smudged eyeliner

       
Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Embrace imperfection: Quick tips for smudged eyeliner

Guess what? It’s OK to color outside the lines when it comes to your eye makeup. According to Harper’s Bazaar, this trend is the new cat eye alterative, with models at BCBG, Roberto Cavalli and Lanvin shows rocking it on the runway. Embrace the unkempt yet alluring look yourself by following these simple steps.

First, you’ll need an even canvas to work on. The Virtuale Flawless Foundation by Borghese masks any imperfections that could distract from the eyes, while vitamins and minerals ensure an all-day radiant complexion. Just distribute the product with a sponge or your fingertips in gentle circular movements, starting at the nose and blending outward to the edges of the face.

As with a smoky eye, the key tool is a perfect pencil. The Maxi Definition Eye Contour Pencil by BABOR stays on all day and night, and even comes with a helpful sponge tip for smudging. Just glide it on from the inner corner of the upper lashline in an outward motion, and follow with the bottom lashes. No need to be ultra-careful as you’ll just be flipping the pencil around and pressing the sponge over the line to soften it for that just-rolled-out-of-bed appearance. OurVanity suggested opting for a hue that complements your eye color for a different take on the trend entirely. BABOR’s Eye Contour Pencil in Night Blue makes brown peepers stand out, while Iris can make green ones pop.

Want a more dramatic effect? Pixi’s Lid & Line is a convenient multi-tasker, with a coordinating eye shadow, liner and smudge sponge in one. The neutral Smoky Mink is softer than black and flattering for all eye colors. Just use the pencil to draw short strokes across the lashline and apply the powder on top of it. Finally, blend the pigment together with the handy smudger.

Finish with a sweep of mascara and you’ve achieved a look that’s every bit as rebellious as it is refined.