Ingrown Hair SOS!

June 30th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Ingrown Hair SOS!There’s nothing more irritating — not to mention painful — than discovering an unsightly ingrown hair has set up shop underneath your skin. Ingrown hairs are raised, pus-filled red bumps that occur when dead skin becomes trapped inside the hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow underneath the skin. Though sometimes, ingrown hairs, just like zits, can go away in their own time, if left to their own devices for too long there is a chance they could become infected and lead to scarring. So remember: hands off! We’ll show you the steps and products you’ll need to banish ingrown hairs for good.

Often, the best way to treat ingrown hairs is to prevent them from showing up in the first place. This means taking your time when shaving, and using a high-quality shaving cream. For ladies, I like the Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor, which is perfect for sensitive skin and is formulated to ensure it won’t dry out skin. For the gentlemen, I’d recommend anything from The Art of Shaving, especially their luxurious Sandalwood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. If you really want to indulge, treat yourself to a complete shaving overhaul by picking up their Starter Kit, which includes a shaving brush, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even apply Dermalogica’s Pre-Shave Guard before you get started. It’s marketed towards men, but women can certainly benefit from it as well. Of course, certain types of hair, especially coarse and curly locks, are more prone to ingrown hairs than finer strands.

After shaving, immediately apply a balm to the area. I have two favorites to ensure post-shaving bliss. The first is Dermalogica’s Post-Shave Balm, which is formulated to specifically prevent ingrown hairs and is fragrance-free. If I’m in the mood for something a bit scented, I slather on Shaveworks’ Cool Fix, which helps to free trapped hair as well as to kill any bacteria underneath the skin.

Still, sometimes you can do everything right and still get an ingrown hair, especially if you have sensitive skin. If one shows up, we recommend not trying to dig it out yourself. If you just can’t resist, be sure to place a hot towel on the affected area to open the pores and soothe the skin, then remove the hair with tweezers like the ones in this Anthony grooming tool kit. Still, it’s really better to see a doctor, who may recommend antibiotics or other medication to reduce swelling and prevent infection.

Don’t let an ingrown hair get in the way of a day at the beach this summer!

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Best Tips for Groomed Brows

June 26th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Best Tips for Groomed BrowsA beautifully groomed set of eyebrows can make such a huge difference in a person’s overall appearance. They can complement any hairstyle, and they can add depth to any person’s facial structure. Some of the easiest fashion tips have to do with people’s eyebrows. The following are some simple tips for groomed eyebrows:

Visit an Eyebrow Specialist

A person can groom his or her eyebrows either at home or inside of a beautician’s office. Most nail shops offer eyebrow waxing services. Some shops still conduct old-fashioned razor shaving or plucking. The method that a consumer chooses will depend on the length of time that person wants to spend in between visits. Razor-cut eyebrows are gorgeous, but they only last approximately three to five days before the hair starts growing back. Plucked eyebrows last a bit longer. They may stay trim for several weeks. Waxing is a process that will keep the eyebrows from growing back for the longest amount of time. Plucked eyebrows can take 30-45 days before the person starts seeing new strands of eyebrow hair growing back.

A consumer will want to visit a specialist for the time eyebrow waxing or shaving session. He or she can choose to maintain the eyebrows by revisiting the same specialists or trying some at-home procedures.

Choices for Maintaining Eyebrows at Home

Several stores sell eyebrow waxing kits. The kits cost $5 to $20, and they include the wax and the strips that the consumer will have to apply to his or her face. Another option for at-home eyebrow maintenance is to purchase a chemical that burns off the facial hair. Manufacturers sell products that come in gel or paste form. The use is very simple, as the person will only have to keep the paste on for a certain amount of time. Finally, another option for self-grooming is the self-performed razor cut. The razor-cut method could work well for a person who has a steady hand. The person could put shaving cream on the parts of the eyebrows where the hair is starting to regrow and follow that path until the eyebrows have a smooth appearance.

Grooming the eyebrows is less stressful when the person takes care of them consistently. Shavers will want to put a razor to them at least once every three days. Waxes and chemical users will have to work on them every few weeks.

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Spotlight on Fekkai Soleil Collection

June 23rd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spotlight on Fekkai Soleil CollectionThe sun can be as brutal to your hair as it is to your skin — dulling its radiance and even fading its color. Keep your looking its best by indulging it before and after sun exposure with Frederic Fekkai’s Soliel Collection. The well-known celebrity stylist uses his experience to blend before- and after-sun products that offer extra hydration and shine to hair that’s been exposed to the sun and help you keep those straight-from-the-beach waves. Bonus: All Soliel products carry the citrusy fragrance of St. Barths in the Caribbean.

Pre-Soliel Hair Mist

Whether you’re on your usual daily rounds or getting in some well-deserved beach time, sun can damage your hair on any day, dehydrating it and fading the color. Before you step outside, use this lightweight mist — made with a UV filter — to keep the sun’s rays at bay. Infused with sunflower oil, Per-Soliel Hair Mist will leave your hair radiant and shiny. Be sure to take some with you wherever you go — it works best if you reapply it several times during your activity in the sun.

Apres Soliel Hair Creme

Already have sun damage? Quench it by working Apres Soliel Hair Creme’s multitasking creme into dull or dry locks. Your hair will go from blah to beautiful as the creme’s sunflower-oil base smoothes frizz, hydrates dry hair, and replenishes shine. The light citrus scent and luxuriant, radiant results will have you thinking you’ve just been to Frederic Fekkai’s ritzy St. Barths salon, even if you’ve never left home.

Soliel Beach Waves Spray

Get that tousled, straight-from-the-beach look beloved by celebrities any time with this invisible spray that adds texture, volume, and that elusive, citrusy St. Barths scent while controlling frizz. Stylist Frederic Fekkai created the “done undone” look of sea-breeze-tousled locks, so it stands to reason his Soliel Beach Waves Spray should be a favorite with beauty editors, stylists, and others in the know about great, attention-getting hair.

Soleil Hair Fragrance Mist L’Air de St. Barths

Stylist Frederic Fekkai may have done the impossible with this spray — he may have captured the essence of the Caribbean sun in a bottle. Citrusy and redolent of Caribbean sun, sea, and sand, Soleil Hair Fragrance Mist L’Air de St. Barths can freshen your hair between washings or just evoke happy beach memories. A spritz will tame frizz and refresh your do as well as restore its shine, giving you the bright, bouncy, noticeable, fresh-smelling hair you crave.

There’s an old saying that your hair is your crowning glory. With Frederic Fekkai’s Soliel Collection, your hair will look and smell its sun-kissed best every day, rain or shine.

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5 Ways to Use Honey as a Beauty Product

June 19th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Not only does honey taste great, but it also has a wide range of skin and hair benefits. Honey, which is a natural humectant, so it has the ability to attract and retain moisture, making it the perfect addition to your beauty regimen. It is packed with antioxidants, nutrients and healing compounds which help to moisturize, fight bacteria and fight the signs of aging. Here are 5 “head to toe” ways to utilize the benefits of honey.

5 Ways to Use Honey as a Beauty ProductBath Soak
There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a hot bath, but when you add honey to the warm water, you will also reap the rewards of softer, healthier skin. For skin that is as smooth and soft as Cleopatra’s, mix 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of honey and a few drops of essential lavender oil. Add to a hot bath and soak for as long as you wish.

Hydrate Dry Cuticles
If your hands are starting to show a few signs of aging, reach for the honey to transform your dry hands into softer, more youthful looking and feeling hands. To hydrate dry cuticles, mix 1 teaspoon each of honey, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Massage the mixture over each cuticle, let it sit for about ten minutes and rinse in lukewarm water. For added softness on your hands, gently massage an even mixture of honey and coconut oil into your hands and let it soak in while soaking your cuticles, rinse well and pat hands dry.

Skin Clarifying
Raw honey is packed with enzymes that will help clean and clear pores and the antioxidants are excellent for preventing a buildup of bacteria that may cause breakouts and skin imbalance. To deep clean pores, mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil and stir to a smooth consistency. Apply the mixture to clean, dry skin by gently massaging in a circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Acne Treatment
Acne is not only embarrassing, but it can also be extremely difficult to get rid of. Many people attempt to get rid of acne by using products that dry their skin out, but in reality, this only makes the problem worse. Honey contains natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help to reduce the inflammation, irritation and redness, without drying your skin out. Make a honey mask with a mixture of 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 tablespoon of milk. Mix ingredients until smooth, apply to face and relax for about 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. The coconut oil helps draw the impurities out of your skin, while the honey and milk smooths your skin and kills the bacteria.

Shampoo and Conditioner Booster
The nutrients and natural enzymes in raw honey will give your hair shine and bounce, without weighing it down. To strengthen your hair, while adding fullness and shine; mix 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey to your usual shampoo and rinse well. Add one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil to your usual conditioner, applying thoroughly to the bottom half of damp hair, starting with the ends and working up. Let the mixture remain in your hair for about 20 minutes and rinse well.

There are several types and brands of honey to choose from, but the best honey for your health and to use as beauty products is raw honey. Raw honey has not been treated, so it contains more natural enzymes and antibacterial properties.

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Five Makeup Tips for an Instant Mood Boost!

June 9th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Five Makeup Tips for an Instant Mood Boost!Nothing is sure to pick up your day and turn around your mood like an instant, mini-makeover. Have you ever noticed how when you leave the hair salon, you always seem to be in a good mood? Well, not everyone can go wash and style their hair in the middle of the day, but one thing you usually can step away to do, is touch up your make up. Somehow, taking on the world with a fresh face gives you the boost in confidence you need to turn your attitude around and feel much better immediately.

Here are 5 Quick Makeup Go-To’s to Boost your Mood:
First, never underestimate the power of a great set of lashes. Whether it’s dealing with a frustrating boss, a difficult peer, or just a rude man at the post office, people are sure to respond to you differently when you look at them with a set of big, doe-eyes. Never forget your favorite mascara. One of my personal favorites is Young Blood’s Mineral Lengthening Mascara

Next, for a little extra charm, be sure to curl your lashes! This step can make all the difference in the world – a curled set of lashes frames your eye perfectly and makes it impossible to look away. Try Paula Dorf’s CURL-UP Eyelash Curler

If mascara and an eyelash curler are too much trouble to keep in your purse, you can always try out a curling mascara, such as Size Queen by Too Faced

Third, never neglect your lips. Lip gloss only takes a second to apply, and it gives your make-up a polished look that makes you look put-together, even if you feel frazzled. My personal favorites are in natural, nude shades, and always add a lip-plumping boost. While I would usually opt for a product like Too Faced Lip Injection to use on a regular basis, something like Joey New York Collagen Boosting Duo, that comes with two colors on either end – I love the Sheer Pink/Natural Nude combo – gives you options in the moment, even if you’re on the go!

Fourth, make sure to have your favorite blush or bronzer with you, and a brush to apply it with. Knowing you have a beautiful glow will make you feel as refreshed as you’ll look. Something like Youngblood Natural Radiance (Sunshine) will do the trick perfectly and is subtle enough to look natural. Sometimes, just taking the brush you normally use with your bronzer gives you the subtle enough boost to your color that you’re looking for, without even applying more of the product.

Last, but definitely not least, check to see if you need to grab a Facial Blotting Paper. This will help take away any shine on your face and will make your make-up look brand new. If you have it on you, you can always add on a bit of light foundation powder. Try Jane Iredale – Facial Blotting Papers.

After whatever has been bothering you, taking the time to follow these five, quick steps, is sure to give you the mental space needed to take on your day with a fresh outlook. Sometimes it helps to keep a little cosmetics case in your purse, with these go-to items and any others you think might help you take back your day. Including sample sizes of any of your favorite products – especially fragrances – is a great way to keep cosmetics on you, even if you prefer to leave your bag at home.

Sometimes, a bad day is exactly the excuse we need to take a few minutes to pamper ourselves!

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Have an office job? Here are a few ways to relieve tension in your shoulder and neck area!

June 2nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Have an office job? Here are a few ways to relieve tension in your shoulder and neck area!Ongoing neck and shoulder pain is not only going to distract you while at work, but it could also cause serious medical issues if you are not careful. While some neck and back pain takes place due to acute trauma or another medical condition, the vast majority of people can relieve tension or prevent discomfort altogether with a few simple changes to their daily habits.

Correctly Position Your Computer Screen

An improperly positioned computer screen can quickly lead to neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and problems with one’s vision. Displays should be directly at eye level when sitting comfortably in a chair. They should also be between 18 and 22 inches from one’s face. This important step will help you sit with the correct posture and avoid one of the most common causes of discomfort.

Have Some Water

Proper hydration plays an important part in our health, and this includes how the spine, neck, and shoulders operate. The discs that separate the vertebrate in the spine as well as the soft tissue that cushions joints are made up of quite a bit of water. Keeping water on-hand and sipping it throughout the day will allow your body to properly protect itself.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a method that can be used to stimulate the facet joints and relieve pain caused by inflamed or irritated soft tissue. This type of therapy can be carried out in a number of different fashions, but the primary goal is to apply pressure to the tissue between the shoulder blades and the spine. Trigger point therapy can be done with foam rollers, racquetballs, or almost any other pliable object that can be easily manipulated.

Get Out of the Chair

It is suggested that all employees working in an office get out of their chair at least once an hour to move around. By taking a break for just five or ten minutes, you will be able to consciously stretch your muscles by forcing them into a new position. During this break, the more activity you can do the better with options such as climbing a few flights of stairs or getting out for a quick stretch in the sun.

Consciously Relax Muscles

If it is not possible to take a break at least once an hour or you are feeling especially sore, then you can tense and relax your muscles in succession to stimulate blood flow to the area. This can be done by closing your eyes, choosing a muscle group, and then tensing it for 10 to 15 seconds. After this is done, consciously allow that muscle to relax completely and then repeat the process with a nearby muscle group.

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Seven Must-Have Accessories to Elevate Your Look

May 22nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Seven Must-Have Accessories to Elevate Your LookHow do you take your look from meh to yay? Simple, accessorize. “Ok, great,” you say (rolling your eyes), “but how do I accessorize?” Well, my dear, there comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs to learn about The Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven can make even a simple outfit like jeans and a t-shirt into the most glamorous look ever. So what are The Magnificent Seven? Read on.

7) A Killer Handbag: Invest in one fantastic statement bag and carry it with you everywhere. Yours could be a neon orange Hermés Birkin bag, or a quilted Chanel handbag, or even a funky denim backpack from Urban Outfitters, it doesn’t matter! Just pick a bag with character that sets you out from the rest and love it for life.

6) A Bib Necklace: Bib necklaces are the “It” accessory of the moment, but the truth is, they’ve always been in style. What makes a bib necklace a unique investment is the fact that you can dress it up or dress it down. BaubleBar sells them in every kind of style available, from painted enamel to ones with leather tassles.

5) One Good Scarf: Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly swore by scarves, and it’s easy to see why. Scarves can be worn in anyway imaginable and always add a certain je ne sais quoi to your look. Wear one loosely around your neck, or up in your hair, regardless it’s a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe.

4) Patent Leather Neon Pumps: Guaranteed to kick up any outfit, patent leather neon pumps add an element of danger to your look. If you think you can’t wear them to the office, think again: that beige suit in your closet from Ann Taylor will look ten times better with neon blue pumps and a bib necklace.

3) Enamel Bangles: Jackie O. was obsessed with gold and enamel bangles from Schlumberger’s, and it’s easy to see why. A good bangle adds attitude and elegance to any ensemble, while also drawing attention to the delicate and feminine bones of your wrist. Give your S.O. something to look at the next time he takes you out for a martini.

2) Chandelier Earrings: Nothing says “glamour” quite like a pair of chandelier earrings. They can be worn with your hair in mermaid style waves, or dripping down your neck while your hair is worn austerely back in a chignon. They draw attention to your neck, making you the most interesting woman in the room.

1) An Edgy Ring Set: Be it delicate or funky, a good ring set is a great way to add edge to your look. Midi rings are a great way to bring attention to your gel manicure, or a delicate brass knuckles set can make you the talk of the club.

There you have it, The Magnificent Seven Accessories to bring an element of high-end chic to any look. Happy shopping!

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Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

May 19th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

When it comes to choosing sunglasses, the options are endless, but that doesn’t mean they’re always right. Choosing sunglasses based on your face shape will help you know which style is the most flattering for you.

First things first: how do you identify your face shape?

Stand in front of your mirror and using lipstick (or any non-permanent marker), draw the outline of your face, leaving out your ears. This will help you determine whether your face is heart shaped, oval, oblong, round or square.

Heart-shaped faces are known for their wide foreheads, sculpted cheekbones and pointy chins. Oblong-shaped faces are known for their linear curve from jawline to long chin. Round-shaped have foreheads that fall in line with their jawline and a slightly smaller chin, and oval faces are known for their perfectly balanced forehead and jawlines.

Now that you’ve determined your face shape, let’s get down to business!

Heart: How do you draw attention away from your wide forehead and to your gorgeous cheekbones instead? Sassy cat-eye frames! Not many people can carry off exaggerated tips that cat-eye frames offer, but you can! Try pairing this look with a fun and loose French twist and red lipstick, you’ll get everybody talking!

Oval: Make the best of your easily complemented face shape and invest in a pair of this season’s trendiest eye-frame shape: the over-sized wayfarer. This frame doesn’t really work on heart-shaped or oblong faces because of their proportions, but you can carry off this style the best of all. Make them envy you at the next pool party with your hip wayfarers paired with a beachy, fishtail braid and nude lipstick.

Oblong: Exaggerated, square shaped frames work best on you, so go ahead and pull a Jackie O. and invest in some chic, glossy black square shaped frames. Style your hair in loose, glossy waves and wear a coral lipstick, everyone will wonder who the celebrity is at your next soirée.

Round: Your delicate proportions will look fantastic in a stunning pair of small, square shaped frames. The square frames will help break away the monotony of your face shape and add a unique element to your look. These frames would look great with your hair in a short bob with wispy bangs.

Square: Not a lot of people can pull of aviator shades, but you can! Make everyone know you mean business by investing in a pair of wire-framed aviator sunglasses with round lenses. Pair this style with long wavy hair and a busted denim jacket for added effect.

There you have it, a simple guide to buying glasses that fit your face shape. Go get ‘em tiger!

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Best Breakfast Foods To Jumpstart Your Metabolism

May 15th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Healthy Recipe For Healthy HairEveryone has heard the expression, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” There is a lot of truth to this expression, and much of the truth comes from the fact that a healthy breakfast will ignite your metabolism for the rest of the day. People who skip breakfast will often find that losing weight is much harder than it is if they eat breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast of metabolism-boosting foods is one of the best ways to kickstart your weight loss. To that end, here is a look at the best breakfast foods to jumpstart your metabolism.

Eggs

Without a doubt, eggs are one of the best foods you can eat at breakfast to boost your metabolism. Eggs are full of iron, which your body needs plenty of in order to metabolize your food at peak efficiency. In addition, eggs contain loads of chromium. Chromium has been shown to be an important mineral to regulate blood sugar levels. The chromium in the eggs will help you to feel fuller when you eat, and it will help you to stay feeling full longer.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been considered to be one of the best breakfast foods, research has proven that eating oats for breakfast is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism. Oats contain high levels of fiber, which will help to regulate your blood sugar. Oats have a very low glycemic index, which means that they will not cause the insulin spikes that wreck your metabolism.

Green Smoothies

One of the biggest rages in nutrition right now is the smoothie. Drinking smoothies is a great way to boost the amounts of fruits and vegetables you consume, which most people do not eat nearly enough of. The best smoothies for your breakfast are green smoothies. The green, leafy vegetables in a green smoothie contain high levels of chromium and fiber that will help boost your metabolism. The alkaline nature of green smoothies also helps to keep your metabolism rate high. In addition, the chlorophyll in green vegetables helps to keep the cells in your body nourished, which will help to boost your metabolism. Two of the best green vegetables you can use in your breakfast smoothies are kale and spinach.

Berries

Another great source of fiber is berries. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are all good choices. The high levels of fiber in berries stabilize the blood sugar and help to prevent insulin levels from spiking. In addition, the high levels of antioxidants found in berries are just the thing your body needs to keep its metabolism running at the highest level. Try adding some berries to your morning oatmeal, cereal or smoothies to help jumpstart your metabolism.

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Best Beauty Looks at Coachella 2015

May 12th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Healthy Recipe For Healthy HairThe Coachella festival may only be two weekends in April, but the trends it showcases will be showing up on celebrities and ordinary people alike for the rest of the year. Here’s a look at the best beauty looks you can take straight from Coachella and apply to your look this year.

Soft Goth

Singer Lykke Li went for an all-black, bell-sleeved outfit for her Coachella set, but it was her makeup that sold the look. To get this for yourself, focus on eyes defined by dark eyebrows that are shaped, not over-plucked, continuing the trend for fuller eyebrows of the last three years. For the best shape and strongest statement, fill in with eyebrow pencil. Dramatic eyes are balanced by a soft pink lip instead of a dark color or a glossy red, which would take emphasis away from the eyes. The look is completed by a flawlessly smooth foundation that matches your natural skin tone rather than washing you out. This is a look that says goth style doesn’t have to mean you look like you spent the night in a coffin.

Braids and Waves

Hair at Coachella this year was either carefully braided or left to flow in loose, beachy waves. Single braids were rare – hair was more commonly worn in styles with two or more braids. A braided look doesn’t just have to be a formal one. Many were embellished with bright streaks of blue hair or with cute fabric braided in. Want a looser look? Then braid hair at night and tousle it loose in the morning for the other common Coachella look: loose, shoulder-length waves.

Temporary Embellishments

While body paint is always popular at Coachella, this year both celebrities like Kylie Jenner and regular concert attendees alike were wearing small amounts of body paint in specific areas to highlight rather than cover a feature. While this won’t be an everyday look (unless you happen to be a Kardashian) it serves the same purpose for special occasions or going out that a piece of statement jewelry would. Try a row of tiny cream or pastel pink dots swirled around your left wrist or tracing a line down your throat. Too bold? Go for a softer version with some shimmer powder.

Coachella is a showcase for music, but new beauty trends shine there, too.

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