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How to Incorporate Gingham into Your Spring Wardrobe

       
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

How to Incorporate Gingham into Your Spring WardrobeSeen heavily on the runways during Spring 2015 fashion week, gingham is hotter than ever for the upcoming season. Many of the most well known fashion designers in the industry incorporated this pattern into their Spring 2015 line. While you may not necessarily be interested in a head to toe gingham ensemble, this fun pattern can add a refreshing touch to just about any outfit.

The simplest way to add a little gingham into your life is by purchasing a classic, button up shirt in the pattern. A gingham button up pairs easily with your favorite jeans. Tuck it in, roll the sleeves up, add a cute belt, and you are set. However, if winter is over staying its welcome in your area, gingham shirts look stylish layered beneath pullover sweaters and chic blazers. Statement necklaces are the perfect accessory to pull this layered look together.

On the pulse of trending styles is the full swing skirt, especially if it is of the gingham variety. The flared skirt that hits typically just below the knees also tends to flatter most body shapes, which adds to its universal appeal. In a classic gingham pattern, a swing skirt looks amazing paired with a vintage tee or chambray button up shirt. As for footwear, a gingham midi skirt is typically at its most flattering with a pair of high-heeled sandals or pumps.

If incorporating gingham seems a bit overwhelming, you can always add a small splash of the pattern with accessory pieces. A large purse in the pattern would add interest to any ensemble without overdoing it. Additionally, a gingham belt would set off a solid dress nicely, and a headband in the checked pattern could complement many different outfits. For an interesting bit of a flare for your feet, gingham ballet flats are fun and whimsical.

It’s important to note that there is a broad range of colors and sizes that can be classified as a gingham check, and the sky is the limit when it comes to pairings. Black and white or red larger scaled ginghams are just as gorgeous as tiny checks in pastel pinks and blues. The gingham pattern can also be printed or woven into numerous textiles, adding to its versatility.

Incorporating gingham into your wardrobe this spring should be a snap, whether you are wanting to add just a touch with accessories, or you want to go bold with a gingham dress or matching top and shorts set. With so many different options available, you can add this fun, classic pattern into your spring wardrobe and easily put your own personal spin on this hot, new trend.

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To Toe

       
Friday, March 20th, 2015

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To ToeIf you’re gearing up for prom, then you probably want to look your absolute best on the big night. While hair and makeup will certainly help you to look like your very best you, the best way to truly be glowing on prom night is by preparing ahead of time. Here is a guide on how to prep for prom from head to toe.

Hair Prep
If you want your hair to look stunning in its prom night style, then you need to give it some TLC in the weeks leading up to your salon appointment. Great hair is hair that is healthy and moisturized. In the weeks leading up to prom, use a deeply repairing hydrating mask twice a week. The Hamadi Shea Hair Mask will help to put moisture back into hair and to seal split ends.

Face Prep
No one wants to go to prom with a face full of blemishes. It’s important to stick to a good skincare regimen in the months leading up to prom. However, be sure not to overdo it, as adding too many new skincare products at once can lead to breakouts. For a simple nightly routine, remove all makeup and cleanse with a gentle cleanser like the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Cleanser. Follow up with a treatment that contains salicylic acid, such as the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Acne Treatment Pads. Always follow up an anti-acne treatment with a great hydrating moisturizer to beat dryness. Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a great nighttime moisturizer for all skin types.

Body Prep
If your dress shows a little skin, then you need to banish winter dryness and flakiness. The best way to do this is by using an exfoliating scrub in the shower, like the Get Fresh SPA Sugar Body Scrub. Rub in circular motions all over the skin, including the hands and feet. When you get out of the shower, use a super heavy body butter to truly seal in moisture. The JAQUA Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter is not only super moisturizing, but smells absolutely heavenly.

Pick The Perfect Fragrance
Prom is the perfect excuse to splurge on a new perfume. If you’re a body spray kind of girl, it’s time to give perfume a try on prom night. Pick something youthful but sophisticated. Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture is a perfect young, floral scent.

Prom is one of the biggest nights of any young woman’s life. If you follow these tips in the months leading up to the big day, you’ll be absolutely glowing and beautiful at prom. As a final tip, make sure to book your hair and makeup appointments early. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll glow on that big night.

Indie Brands We Love

       
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Indie Brands We LoveThe internet has changed the way we shop for all sorts of products, including skincare. Thanks to online shopping, high-quality independent skincare brands can now compete with more well-known brands that have larger advertising budgets. This means that savvy beauty consumers now have more product choices than ever before, including excellent but perhaps lesser-known independent skincare lines from around the world. But how do you know which ones might work best for you? We sell some indie brands that we love, and we want to introduce them to you.

Skin and Co Roma

This advanced skincare line from Italy features products infused with rich antioxidants from the melanosporum truffle. Native to southern Europe, this rare truffle has natural compounds that safely and effectively feed and protect your skin. Skin and Co Roma formulations combine these natural antioxidants with other beneficial plant-based ingredients such as olive oil, rosemary, Sicilian orange, and shea butter for a complete skin treatment. Skin and Co Roma has been a favorite among skincare enthusiasts around the world, including Hollywood celebrities, since 1950.

Karora

For a naturally beautiful bronzed look, turn to Karora. This award-winning brand offers bronzing products that actually benefit your skin, all while looking fresh and natural and smelling great. Karora’s innovative products have safe, natural formulas that give you a streak-free bronzed appearance, every time. These products are our favorite way to touch up a fading natural tan or add a healthy-looking glow to any skin tone.

SimySkin

SimySkin products are formulated with Vitamin B12. This signature ingredient is naturally regenerating. SimySkin products treat and relieve inflammation, effectively hydrate dry skin, and deeply moisturize to help prevent wrinkles. SimySkin’s products are age-specific and targeted to the skin’s needs during every life phase. But even though these skincare products, made in France and the United States, feature advanced formulas with high-quality ingredients, they are still affordable.

Here at Beauty Bridge, we have the privilege of exploring many brands of top-notch skincare from around the world. These brands range from generally well-known beauty products to lesser-known independent lines. A skincare brand’s overall popularity is not proof that it is your only–and best–option. That’s why we’re pleased to be able to introduce you to our favorite indie brands of skincare. Sourced from natural, beneficial ingredients from around the world, the skincare lines of Skin and Co Roma, Karora, and SimySkin are definitely worth looking at–and exploring.

Spring Accessory Trends

       
Friday, March 6th, 2015

Spring Accessory TrendsLadies, spring is almost upon us, and it’s time to update your accessories. It’s time to mix it up with the latest trends for 2015. This spring’s accessories are all about detail.

Jewelry

The word for this spring’s big earring trend is unbalanced. Matching is out and mixing is definitely in. Mix it up with different shapes, sizes, and lengths. It’s about standing out in a different way; it’s about irregularity.

Metals come and go from hot to not. This spring’s hot look is the rich look of brash brass done up bold and eye catching on all types of accessories, from chunky necklaces, quirky rings, striking earrings to dainty, stackable rings.

Chokers make a fashionable comeback with bold styles in metals, mosaics, chunky links, faux gems, and single or braided cords. This is a look that is easy to experiment with. Be on the lookout for old friends to new loves.

Another earring trend is the sometimes understated, gem encrusted heirloom pieces, classic dangle gems, large geometric shapes in gold, cameos, and delicate flowers in gemstones. Based loosely on the grand dames of yesteryear and the “ladies who lunch,” these hot accessories look like you picked them up at an estate auction.

Handbags

Spring handbags are taking shape, a new shape that is. The runways are seeing round clutches, round cross-body bags resembling the cowboy canteen, and decorated with metal studs and tassels. Other styles of cross-body/shoulder bags include tiny, metal decorated bags, and funky metal grommets with a delicate shade of peach alligator.

Clutches come into the daylight with the addition of fashionable and functional handles and straps. Expect to see eye-catching metallics, fringes, feathers, snakeskin, geometric shapes in leather, sporty travel case look-alikes, and bright spring 3-D flowers.

Big bags are back. Totes adorned the runway in the spring preview, much to the delight of many. Look for these roomy bags in holographic metallics, brightly colored leather, cute, quirky patterns, colorful plaids, two tone, art inspired, and the ever popular brightly colored alligator.

The bucket bag is still a style option – roomy and stylish. Look for big, splashy prints, more alligator, bright, multi-colored, metallics, cutout, and luggage inspired.

Shoes

Ankle straps and pointed toes are this spring’s trend in flats straight from the runway with a mix of patterns, colors, and textures thrown in for fun. Another hot item you can expect to see is gladiator inspired flats and heels, so lace up and let the games begin.

Platforms are still in play and getting higher paired, with a higher heel to help you reach new fashion heights. Look for patent leather, fun prints, metallics, animal prints, metal studs, buckles, and plexiglass.

Now is the time to update your wardrobe with some hot new accessories for spring.

The Top Five Hair Hacks

       
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Top Five Hair HacksWhen your hair isn’t cooperating, it’s hard to feel your best. Your stylist might try to sell you on tons of treatments, but there are tons of hair hacks that you can do in your own home for a wide array of basic hair problems. Here are five hair concerns and five hacks that will help you to banish these problems for good.

Problem One: Dry, Split Ends

The Hack: If you have dry and split ends but don’t have time to see your stylist, you can mask the solution by using oil. Just a few drops of oil, rubbed into your hands and then pressed against your ends, will create the illusion of a sealed cuticle. Nothing can fix split ends, but using oil on your ends can mask their appearance. If the idea of putting oil in your hair seems a bit too freaky, try a cream with oil mixed in, like the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme.

Problem Two: A Scalp That Feels Dry, But Looks Greasy

The Hack: If frequent shampooing has left your scalp feeling dry, then it might be time to cut back to once or twice a week. However, sometimes even if your scalp feels dry, it might look greasy. This is why every woman should have a can of dry shampoo in her arsenal. Dry shampoo soaks up oil at the scalp, but isn’t as drying as actual shampoo. Try the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo.

Problem Three: Visible Roots

The Hack: If your roots are showing but you still have weeks before your next color session, try a concealing hair powder like the Oscar Blandi Pronto Hair Shadow Root Concealing Kit. This concealing powder is applied with a brush, just like you would apply powdered makeup to your face. No one will be able to tell that you’re overdue for an appointment with your colorist.

Problem Four: You’ve Been Shampooing Less, And Your Hair Smells Like Sweat

The Hack: More and more women are shampooing less in order to keep their hair naturally hydrated and vibrant. However, even with shampoo, sometimes our hair can start to smell a little off if we haven’t shampooed in a while. Luckily, there are plenty of new hair-specific perfumes on the market. Try a hair fragrance mist like this one from Fekkai.

Problem Five: No Product or Treatment Seems To Help Your Hair

The Hack: If your hair doesn’t seem to respond to any product or styling treatment, then it might be time to consider treating it from the inside. Add a hair, skin and nail supplement like the Russell Organics Power Repair For Skin, Nails and Hair to your daily regimen. Over time, you’ll start to see improved growth and volume.

Keeping your hair gorgeous can be tricky. However, if you incorporate these hair hacks into your routine, you’ll have better, shinier hair in no time.

Medical Grade vs. Regular Skincare

       
Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Medical Grade vs. Regular SkincareEveryone wants the youthful glow of beautiful skin; however, achieving that smooth, healthy look can be hard to do. As skin care develops, the market is overloaded with products promising to provide the answers. Many are wading through the excess looking for the right product, while some are turning to skincare products developed by dermatologists. But what’s the difference?

Regular, or over the counter, skincare products are available to everyone. The concentrations of their effective ingredients are relatively low and fairly gentle. Over the counter skincare aids have the benefit of being both inexpensive and widely varied. Most major companies have products which can be found in any drugstore and cater to all skin types. Some regular skincare products are even able to treat mild cases of skin conditions such as eczema and acne. The downside of a regular skincare aid is the guesswork. Establishing an effective regimen may require months of trial and error, while you mix and match products in order to create a process that works for you. If you are not careful, you could aggravate your skin and exacerbate any problems you may have.

Some people who find that regular skincare just can’t cope with their needs report success with their medical grade prescription. Medical grade skincare products are developed by dermatologists and have stronger formulas than OTC skincare. They can be purchased online, but it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist before you buy; misuse can be damaging to your skin. For those with extreme cases of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, and even those simply looking to reverse the signs of aging, these products can be a lifesaver. However, they can also be expensive and are sometimes harsh on the delicate skin of your face.

The most important element of skincare is knowing what your skin needs to be healthy. Diet, exercise, and hormone levels can be just as critical as biological factors when it comes to your skin’s health. Try increasing your water intake, or getting more sleep before you change your skincare regimen. To avoid frustration when choosing an over the counter skincare aid, do research before purchasing – know your skin type, read product reviews, and have an idea of what you are looking for before you shop. If you are still unsure, or are interested in designer brands, visit your local department store and ask a consultant; they may be able to assemble the right products for you, or at least give good advice. If you are truly concerned about your skin, meet with a dermatologist to determine if medical grade products can be the next step.

The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!

       
Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!Pastels are always great for spring wardrobes. However, pastels are more popular than ever this year. Not only are women gravitating towards pastel hues for their clothing, but pastels are popping up in makeup and nail trends as well. Furthermore, many women are adding pastel streaks or ombre accents to their hair. Some pastels work better on some skin tones than others. Here’s a guide on how you can determine the right pastel hue for your skin tone.

Dark Skin Tones
Those with very dark skin tones are lucky, because they can pull off pastels that are downright unflattering on fairer women. While yellow nail polishes and eyeshadow hues can make fair women look borderline sickly, yellow pops in an absolutely stunning way on women with dark skin. Women with darker skin tones should avoid pale lavender eyeshadow shades and lipsticks, as they can look glaring on darker skin tones.

Medium Skin Tones
Women with medium skin tones are fortunate. They can pull off almost all pastel hues. If you want to be fashion forward for spring, try a bold new makeup look. Olive and medium skinned women can pull off bold purple and baby pink lipsticks absolutely beautifully.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with fair skin tones are a bit limited, as a lot of pastels can easily wash them out. When choosing pastel shades, avoid pale yellows and greens. Baby blue and rich pinks pop beautifully on fair skin. If you’re incorporating pastel hues into your hair, try light shades like lavender. Dark streaks can be a little overwhelming on fair women.

Pastels aren’t just gorgeous, but they are cheery and utterly perfect for spring. When wearing pastels, no matter what you skin tone, be sure not to overdo it. If you’re wearing a bold pastel makeup look, pick a more neutral outfit. If you’re wearing pastel clothing, choose basic makeup in earth tones. If you wear pastel from head-to-toe, you can easily start to look like a walking Easter egg. Instead, balance out your look in order to do the pastel trend right.

Must Try Spring Nail Art!

       
Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Must Try Spring Nail Art!Spring is right around the corner and after a long winter, it is so exciting to see new spring styles and nail art appearing on everyone’s nails! Here are some of the latest spring colors, trends, and nail art that you can expect to see on and off the runway this spring!

Whiteout
Beautiful whites are back this spring and they come in many different shades of white to get your nails noticed. The white nail takes a new look this year with a stripe of gold across the nail that makes it look young, classy, and sophisticated. Anyone can wear white nails and it is a great color to wear during those summer months with a beautiful tan.

Cuticle only style
A unique look this spring is Salley Hanson’s cuticle only look. This look is formed by using a beautiful bold color like a strong teal or blue painted on the entire nail and then removing the paint everywhere but the cuticle area. It gives nails a simple yet colorful approach to wearing polish.

The non-traditional french manicure
This year, nail art can be used with any spring colors by creating the traditional french manicure but using untraditional bold and bright spring colors. For instance, using a light blue on the tips and then a deep, darker electric blue for the bottom of the nail. Two-toned colors look beautiful on a non-traditional french manicure.

Double french-tipped-manicure
Another amazing trend happening this spring is the double french-tipped-manicure. This manicure looks like your basic manicure with the natural white tips and peachy nails. But it does not stop there, the white tips are dipped again in another spring pastel color that compliments the rest of the manicure making it pop. It will look bright and unique, like no other french manicure around. This look is easy to achieve by just adding another shade above the white tip line making this a big hit for spring 2015.

Half moon corals
Bright oranges and soft corals will make an appearance this April. Full painted orange hues similar to Marilyn Monroe’s style will be popular along with half moon corals. Half moon corals are simple to achieve by painting a small crescent shape at the bottom of the nail near your cuticle, leaving the rest bare or a neutral shade. This is a pretty style to wear throughout the spring and summer seasons and looks pretty next to any skin color.

Tricks for Using Your Beauty Blender!

       
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Tricks for Using Your Beauty Blender!
The Beauty Blender is an essential tool for all makeup wearers. It makes makeup application easier while also creating a perfect, flawless finish without the possible streaks that other brushes and fingers can leave behind on the skin. Instead of dirtying up multiple brushes for foundation, concealer, contour, and blush, this tool can do it all, making cleanup even easier with just one tool instead of a handful.

When applying foundation, use the bottom of the Beauty Blender or its side to increase the surface area covered on the skin. Use the tip to blend around the eye and nose area and roll the sponge on its side for perfect blending all over the face. Use the Micro.mini Blender easily for concealer and other precise applications of makeup. These are some of the basic methods for using this sponge, but there are many other tricks that can be performed with it as well.

Applying blush becomes a dream with this sponge. Dip the bottom into a cream or liquid blush and bounce it on the back of the hand to evenly distribute the product on the surface of the sponge. Then go ahead and start applying to the cheeks with soft bouncing motions, the same method used to apply foundation, only in a concentrated area on the cheeks. This creates the perfect airbrushed finish, giving the skin a “lit from within” glow. This tool can also blend out cream bronzer or contour colors, giving immediate dimension to the face without the dry, powdery appearance of layers of powder products.

Not only can it be used to apply multiple cream and liquid products, this sponge is also great for powder products such as powder foundation and setting powders. Simply press the sponge into the powder and roll the sponge onto the skin for a gorgeous finish. The sponge can also be used both wet and dry for this method.

Compared to fingers or brushes, the Beauty Blender gives a flawless finish that can be impossible and much more time consuming to attain with other application methods. The moisture within the sponge helps hydrate the skin as well, allowing for products to melt into the skin better, giving the appearance of perfect skin naturally. The Beauty Blender is also hygienic and easy to clean with the specially formulated cleansers or many other household soaps and facial cleansers. The simplicity of this sponge and all of the tasks it can accomplish makes it a unique method for an airbrushed makeup application look.

Going Gluten Free

       
Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Going Gluten Free
The benefits of going gluten free are vast. The foods you eat and the beauty products you use can be seen immediately in your skin health. Read on to see what possibilities await you.

Lets start with the basics; your diet. The foods you put in your body will definitely show on your skin. Unhealthy foods will result in an unhealthy skin appearance which comes as no surprise, right? And we know that healthy foods generally produce a nicer complexion to the skin. There is a way to take it one step further and see even better results. Or maybe you haven’t seen results at all with this technique. The answer very well may be to go gluten free. Gluten is the substance that holds food together, somewhat like a glue, and a surprising amount of individuals are either allergic to this ingredient, or sensitive to it. Unfortunately, gluten is in almost everything, and it will take a bit of effort to avoid it. It’s in almost all breads and also in so many other things from candy to sauces. Really get into the practice of reading your food labels. One of the serious issues gluten can cause is a problem with digestion. When your body can’t effectively digest the foods you’re putting in it, the excess may appear on your skin in the form of breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, or plain irritation. When you remove this substance, your body will not have to work so hard to break down the foods, and your entire digestive systems will get a break. Beautiful skin starts there on the inside.

Once you’ve gotten your diet under control and gluten free, move on to your topical skincare and beauty products. Finding products that exclude this ingredient will assist in further keeping your skin clear, smooth, and beautiful. Start with the EOS Lipbalm since that is one of the products we apply the most during the cold winter months. Even trace amounts of gluten in topical products can be absorbed into the skin and cause problems with someone sensitive to it. Think about lotions, hair products, cosmetics, even nail polish.

Keep in mind that gluten hides in so many unlikely places, and you’ll need to be quite the detective to find it. Start slowly if you have to, but gradually make the switch to being completely gluten free and your body will rush to thank you. Health will abound on the inside and out!