Look Your Best with Little Time: 10 Minute Hairstyle Hacks

September 25th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Look Your Best with Little Time: 10 Minute Hairstyle HacksDuring the busy work week, there’s often little time for regular hair care. Despite this, you likely still want to look your best! Fortunately, there are several different methods and hairstyles that can keep you looking fresh and pretty, even when your time is limited. Below are three hairstyles and two hairstyle hacks to get your hair together in ten minutes or less!

10 Minute Beach Waves

Beach waves in ten minutes? It doesn’t sound possible, but fortunately, it is!

To get beach-worthy tresses in ten minutes, simply wet your hair (or use this method immediately after your shower). Next, flip your hair upside down and pat-dry so that it is not drenched, but damp. Apply a shape-boosting mousse, scrunching the hair upwards while your head is still tipped. Once the mousse is applied, flip your head back over. Attach a diffuser to your blow-dryer and then use low-heat to shake and scrunch as you dry for about five minutes.

Tease your hair, give it a good shake, and complete those beautiful waves with a flower or a headband.

Dressed Up Side Braid

The side braid is a go-to style for those of us who don’t have enough time to go all out, but dressing it up makes it even more cute and classy!

After pulling all of your hair to one side, braid it from the back to the ends. Secure the bottom with a ribbon and then on the opposite side of where the braid lies, pin in a pretty flower that matches the ribbon.

Sock Bun Spin-Off

The sock bun is very sleek and sophisticated, but you can make it more casual using these quick tips.

First, try the easier twist on the sock bun. Brush all of the tangles out of your hair, then put it in a high or low pony (the higher the pony, the higher your bun).

Next, cut the tip (toe area) off of an old, clean sock. Roll the sock up so that it looks like a doughnut. Pull the “doughnut” over your pony, like you’re putting a scrunchie on.

Then, flip your head upside down and let your hair fall over the sock to create a doughnut shape. Secure the hair in place with an additional rubber band.

Braid the hair that is remaining and then wrap it around the bun and secure with bobby pins.

To make the look a little less “clean,” pull some face-framing strands around the edges and around the back of the bun. You can also tease the hair at the scalp to add a little more volume.

Quick Tips for Dry or Greasy Hair

Greasy hair? No problem!
Add a small amount of baby powder or dry shampoo to your roots to soak up that extra oil. Then, put your hair in a high pony or a messy bun to further conceal the oils.

Dry hair? Add some moisture!
Spray or drop a small amount of moisture serum on your palm and rub them together. Smooth the serum over your hair and then flat iron only the ends to bring your dry hair back to life.

No matter what’s going on in your life or how much time you have to get ready, these simple hairstyle hacks are an excellent way to look your best with little time!

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Fall Hair Care Routine: What To Change

September 22nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Fall Hair Care Routine: What To ChangeWe all know that with fall comes bonfires, hoodies, and pumpkin-everything, but did you know it’s also the best time to switch up your hair care routine? What kept your hair looking flawless all summer may not work for the cooler, dryer months, so it’s wise to implement new techniques and products.

This fall, keep your hair looking gorgeous and healthy with the following tips.

Invest in a Quality Conditioner

As the weather becomes colder, the humidity levels in the air tend to drop. This typically leads to dry tresses and brittle ends. To keep your hair moisturized, you’ll want to invest in a high-quality moisturizing conditioner. Hold in the shine and moisture by also investing in a leave-in conditioner on your hair’s driest days.

Seal in Moisture

While conditioning may keep your hair moisturized for a short time, you’ll want to seal it in, especially during the colder months. Without sealing in moisture, quality conditioners are next to useless in the fall. Shea butter hair masques or products containing grapeseed, argan, or coconut oil are ideal.

Wear Protective Hairstyles

Every now and then, you’ll want to protect your hair from the harsh elements of fall. Loose buns, low ponytails, and braids are styles that keep your hair away from the cold, dry air and harsh winds during the fall. On especially windy days, these come in handy, as they prevent breakage and keep your hair healthy.

Pick Up a Good Anti-Frizz Serum

Dryness often equals static, and static equals frizz. Needless to say, you’ll want to invest in a quality bottle of anti-frizz serum to prevent those flyaways from making themselves known. Also, stay away from wool scarves and coats, as this produces friction which equals static and breakage.

Don’t Wash So Often

Washing your hair everyday strips it of its natural oils. These natural oils act as a protective sealant and provide moisture to your hair. When you wash them out, you end up with dry, brittle hair that is prone to breakage. During the cool, dryer months, this problem could become triple-fold. Instead of shampooing your hair every night, skip a day or two. If your hair is too greasy after one night of not washing it, consider investing in a dry shampoo. Alternatively, you could try various styles to see which is best at hiding your oily locks.

This fall, enjoy those cool nights by the fire with a beautiful head of hair. By the time spring rolls around again, your hair will be looking its best.

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All About Peter Thomas Roth Skincare

September 18th, 2015 | Contributed by:

All About Peter Thomas Roth Skincare

Peter Thomas Roth Basics

Peter Thomas Roth is a prominent skincare brand that has a highly clinical focus. Namesake Roth founded the line as a means of helping address skin problems that were affecting his own life. He at first focused on acne, but anti-aging soon became another major priority for him, as well. The objective at Peter Thomas Roth currently is to use effective ingredients and innovative technological advances to keep skin in optimal condition and prevent indications of the aging process. Defending complexions from the harmful ultraviolet rays given off by the sun is yet another significant priority for the brand. UV rays are often responsible for the acceleration of the aging process. They can encourage the emergence of wrinkles, fine lines and dark age spots alike.

Types of Peter Thomas Roth Skincare Products

The Peter Thomas Roth brand provides consumers with many diverse choices in skincare products. Some of the brand’s various skincare product divisions are moisturizers, peels, masks, tonics, scrubs, facial cleansers, sun care, treatment serums, acne management and wrinkle management. Many of Peter Thomas Roth’s products focus specifically on the eyes, too. The brand even offers customers several choices in body and hair products.

Peter Thomas Roth Skincare Collections

When people shop for skincare products made by Peter Thomas Roth, they can begin by exploring numerous production collections if they’d like. One notable collection that’s available from the brand is called “Un-Wrinkle.” The primary objective of this collection is to help customers diminish wrinkles and fine lines on their faces. It’s also to help customers prevent these signs of aging from ever even appearing. Products that are part of the collection are toning lotions, wrinkle serums, sheet masks, night creams, lip treatments and peel pads, to mention several examples. These skincare products include noteworthy ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, green tea extract, chamomile, shea butter, jojoba, sweet almond extract, glycolic acid and aloe vera. Some of them even contain the acclaimed active ingredient retinol, which is a type of vitamin A.

Other well-known skincare collections that are offered by Peter Thomas Roth include both the Laser-Free and Camu Camu collections. The Laser-Free collection aims to help people who are frustrated by skin that appears rough and lifeless. It consists of products such as moisturizing gel creams, resurfacing eye serums and retexturizing formulas. The Camu Camu collection, on the other hand, is a line that aims to help people brighten their complexions and appear more radiant and glowing. Types of skincare products that are part of this collection include sleeping masks, brightening serums (with vitamin C), brightening powder cleansers and brightening moisturizers. The collection also offers a CC cream and correcting concealer.

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Why Masking Is Crucial

August 18th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Why Masking Is CrucialWe all love a fresh face, right? Smooth skin, small pores, no oily sheen- all of the desirable features edited onto model faces in magazines. Everyone knows those looks rarely come without a price, and that price is good products.

Maintaining the appearance of facial skin has been a part of the feminine beauty standard for hundreds of years, and it continues today as thousands of products flood the market promising perfect skin in a jar. Of course, you shouldn’t believe every ad you see online. Always test a product before committing, or just stick to the well-known and proven skincare brands.

The truth is, there is no universal treatment for skin; this is because many types of skin exist. Some people naturally produce an excessive amount of oil, while others produce too little and are left with dry, flaky skin. Many others have issues with oil in some places, commonly the forehead and nose area known as the t-zone, while other areas are dry.

Sensitive skin, pale skin and darker skin tones all have unique needs. Fortunately, one type of treatment that comes in many different formulas is universally loved and used by beauty addicts- masks!

Masking is the process of applying a paste or gel substance to your clean, dry face with clean hands. Before applying a mask, one should tie their hair back into a ponytail if necessary and use a headband to push their hair completely off of their face.

Masks should always be applied gently in circles, avoiding the eye, nostril and lip areas. As a general rule, the masks are then left on for ten to fifteen minutes as they dry or solidify. Depending on the purpose of the mask and the material it is made of, it is then gently washed off using warm water and a clean washcloth or peeled off the face, beginning by rolling the edges by the jawline carefully toward the nose.

It is important to note that a good mask needs to be used only about once per week in order to avoid over-drying or irritating skin. Many types of masks exist for those of all skin types, but the best to use regardless of skin sensitivity are those made with natural elements rather than chemicals and artificial fragrances.

Those with oily skin and large pores often benefit from the use of masks made of dead sea clay. For people with t-zone issues, white clay masks with algae extracts provide an excellent dose of non-comedogenic moisture while also pulling sebaceous secretions from unruly pores. Dry skinned individuals will be thrilled with peel off masks loaded with healthy oils and fruit extracts which strip away flakes and leave skin feeling soft and supple. These are just some of the many awesome types of masks available to beauty addicts to brighten up our faces and perfect our overall look.

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Five Must Have Beauty Indulgences

August 11th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Five Must Have Beauty IndulgencesWe’ve all seen the ads for the newest, latest products. Every day, there’s a new miracle cream or perfect serum. The truth is, tried and true must haves of the beauty world have stuck around because they work well. They are not a miracle in a jar, but they are products that are both indulgent and effective. It is worth it to buy top-shelf brands of these items, as they require less product and as such last longer and have maximum efficacy. These five indulgences are a must have for die hard beauty fans.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter has been used for many years to moisturize skin from head to toe. The natural antioxidant properties of the cacao bean derivative are excellent at hydrating skin, healing scars and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks. When your skin is healthy and hydrated, it is more likely to look healthy and beautiful. Regularly moisturizing with cocoa butter after a shower does wonders for the face and body.

Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating is certainly nothing new, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a really good sugar scrub. Often mixed with jojoba oils and other natural plant extracts, sugar scrubs are pleasantly scented exfoliating treatment, which, when applied to the skin in a circular motion, help slough away dead skin cells. This leaves skin brighter, softens body hair for shaving and prepares it for moisturizing.

Hydrating Shave Cream

For anyone who prefers shaving over waxing, the nightmare of tiny cuts on the knees and ankles is something highly unpleasant to endure. There are some great shave creams on the markets, however, which use natural extracts to hydrate the skin and provide an extremely close shave. Anyone going from shaving with bar soap or shower gel to one of these creams will note a marked difference in the closeness of their shave and how their skin feels. These creams are most effective when preceded with an exfoliant, like the sugar scrub mentioned above.

Face Primer

One cosmetic product that is relatively new but has revolutionized the way people wear full coverage makeup is face primer. Whether silicon or water based, primers help to minimize the appearance of pores and facial imperfections when applied before foundation or powder. They are available in many varieties, including those which correct redness and combat oily skin.

Good Black Mascara

Black mascara is the little black dress of the makeup world. Just throw it on, and it can pep up even a totally fresh-faced look. The key, however, is to find a mascara that is not prone to clumping. The best mascaras have brushes that are slightly curved without an overabundance of bristles. These allow for the smoothest and cleanest application. Please note that mascara, no matter how much you love it, needs to be replaced every six months.

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Summer Fragrance Guide

July 17th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Summer Fragrance GuideEveryone’s social life revs up in the summer. You want to look and feel your best, and that includes wearing a fragrance that’s perfect for the heat and fun — light and flirty, with a summery feel.

Go fresh and natural — natural scents, that is

Your best summer fragrance bet: something fresh and natural. Think sparkling, tart citrus and fresh berries. Think cool ocean waves and shady forest groves. Try a very soft floral note like freesia, magnolia, or honeysuckle. If you like spicy fragrances, you might love a scent that contains ginger or mint.

Save the heavy florals, patchouli, and syrupy vanillas for colder months — heat can actually make perfumes smell stronger, and you don’t want your fragrance to enter the room before you do.

Look for different formulas

Just can’t part with your usual perfume? Designers and retailers sometimes make lighter, limited edition “eau” versions of popular scents for summer. These fragrances have more of the fresh “top notes” and fewer of the heavier scents that develop last as you wear the fragrance.

Make it last with layers

Now’s the time to use beauty products — body washes, body lotions, and even shampoos — scented with your favorite perfume. These can help layer the fragrance and work with the way your body heat rises and falls to lessen the need to reapply your perfume during the day or evening.

Be aware of the fragrances of all your beauty products, though, and look for unscented products or versions so your perfume smells its best and isn’t competing with other scents.

Be ready to reapply

Summer’s light scents contain lighter and more volatile molecules, which means the scents will wear off faster. Alcohol- and water-based fragrances also don’t last long in high temperatures. Be sure to carry a supply of your fragrance in your purse for touch ups.

Try it in different places

Fragrance doesn’t work just on your skin. Spritz some on an inner hem (keep it away from the outside of your clothing; some perfumes can stain) or mist it on your hair for a longer-lasting scent.

A touch of scent works at your pulse points — behind your knees and inside your elbows — or in your cleavage, where perspiration can release the fragrance.

Help! I’ve used too much

If you’ve overdone the scent on your skin, use an alcohol-based sanitizer or individually wrapped alcohol wipes to remove it. Witch hazel can work, too, and so can a cotton ball dipped in unflavored vodka. These work best if used as quickly as possible after you’ve applied the scent.

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Spotlight on Sophie la Girafe: Made by Concerned Moms for Caring Mothers

July 14th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spotlight on Sophie la GirafeAlthough we tend to give our skin the most attention later in life when wrinkles begin to emerge and the effects of sun damage become noticeable, our skin is actually at its most vulnerable when we are at our youngest. The skin of babies and toddlers are particularly sensitive to ultraviolet rays, environmental toxins, and other dangers that we often fail to consider. Mothers should take every necessary precaution to protect their children on every front, including guarding their freshly-formed skin. However, most parents run into plenty of trouble locating products that use only natural ingredients while still providing real protection for a child’s skin. Moms can rest easy once they begin to explore the protective products that we will describe here. Sophie la Girafe is a company that is actually tackling this problem from the perspective of a mom. They are putting skincare products out there that toddlers actually need and will benefit from with every application.

They are hard at work developing certified-natural and organic products that are safe for children at any age. No ingredient that Sophie la Girafe includes in their products is questionable or in need of further testing. Not a single one of the products includes scents or allergens either. Children are only exposed to supportive and healthy ingredients that work with their bodies in order to enhance their natural mechanisms for protection against the outside world.

Another huge advantage of exploring what Sophie la Girafe has to offer is that they are totally focused on the education of the parent, giving them packages that include everything they need to get started pampering their child’s skin. These kits include a face cream, body lotion, gentle cleansers, and multipurpose oils that can be used on newborns. They have also taken the time to develop products that are ideal for keeping your child as clean and fresh as possible without exposing them to chemicals that are harmful to the slightest degree. The Baby Hair and Body Wash that they offer uses cleansing ingredients that are naturally-sourced from plant products that includes coconut. They are completely odorless while remaining totally effective and gentle.

Their products even make the ideal alternative for cleaning and complete protection for allergy-prone skin as well. Oat milk and lavender water allow for cleaning and moisturizing to occur at deep levels without the risk of any kind of inflammation. The textures in the products used for cleansing rely on ingredients such as cotton and other gentle fibers. For antioxidant protection, children gain the advantage of white tea as a primary ingredient. This active substance works to guard a child’s skin and hair over time. The face cream has the same natural foundations as all the other products, including ingredients such as Shea butter and Nordic blueberry oils.

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Eyebrow Extensions 101

July 7th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Eyebrow Extensions 101Do you ever get tired of filling your eyebrows in during your daily makeup routine? Are you more of a natural/no-makeup kind of girl, but your eyebrows are sparse? Eyebrow extensions could be just the solution for you!

Things to Know before Getting Extensions

There are three things you need to know before getting eyebrow extensions.
1. When you are researching technicians, be sure to ask whether they are licensed. This will insure that they are using the proper materials on your skin and that they were trained to put on the extensions.
2. Cost varies depending on who does the extensions, but they are usually upwards of $100.
3. Prepare to block out a couple hours of your day for the application. They can take anywhere from one and a half to two hours depending on the sparsity of your brows.

Extension Placement

After the technician cleans up your eyebrows with tweezers to remove any unwanted hair, he/she decides on the shape of the new eyebrow by taking into account the symmetry of your face. Then comes choosing the color of the brow hairs and finally, application.

There is no pain involved in the procedure of applying the hair to the eyebrow area. Each hair is applied with surgical glue one-by-one until the desired thickness is achieved. The technician’s ultimate goal is to make your eyebrows look as natural as possible from the moment you leave their chair to when you come back in for a fill (more on that below).

How to Maintain Extensions

If you are gentle with the hairs and do not tug at them or scrub them vigorously with a washcloth, they will last up to three weeks. As the hairs start to fall out, a fill will be needed where the technician goes back in and fills the areas where hair has fallen out of the eyebrow. The process of shedding the hairs is slow, as they do not each fall out at the same time, which allows the process to look more natural. If you decide you no longer want the extensions and do not want to wait for the falling out process, the technician call apply an oil that will remove them quickly and easily.

Overall, if you have the money to spare and a few hours, eyebrow extensions are a great addition to a bare or makeup-enhanced face. They may take a bit to get used to, but you’ll soon have the Kylie Jenner eyebrows you’ve always wanted.

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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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