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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!

The Only Tool You Need for Gorgeous Sexy Hair

       
Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Only Tool You Need for Gorgeous Sexy HairWith the markets overwhelmed with hair products and tools that claim to really work, it can be intimidating to know where to begin in a shopping experience. Around every corner is a new product promising frizz minimization or volume induction, yet never one that seems to tackle all areas of styling needs. Wouldn’t it be nice to get that gorgeous and sexy hair with just one tool? Fortunately, there is a tool out there that makes it possible. With the Four Piece Clip Free Curling System by PYT, gorgeous and healthy hair is just a few curls away.

What It Is?

This inventive and efficient styling tool is optimized to provide a limitless amount of styling options. The results are professional and even salon approved. This flexible styling tool is multifaceted in its design, giving the user a variety of choices to explore. The 4P Clip Free Curling System comes with four interchangeable barrels that are easy to use and simple in design. The variety of barrel sizes include the 13−9 mm, 19 mm, 25−18 mm and 32 mm.

The cord is a handy nine feet long, while it’s also enabled to swivel at a convenient three hundred and sixty degrees. It’s equipped with dual voltage and comes with a heat resistant glove, as well as a one year limited warranty.

Why it’s Great?

Not only is it easy to use, this is a product unique to its market. The variety of styling options that come along with the curling system are only made possible by its interchangeable barrels. Traditional curling irons often induce breakage, creases, and uncomely lines within the hair, but this is prevented when using the PYT FP Clip Free Curling System. Its efficient use cuts down the time it takes to style hair by nearly half the time of its competitors. In ten seconds the curling system is heated and ready to use. It is capable of reaching four hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but the temperature is customizable depending on the user or stylist.

The Tourmaline barrel works as an excellent heat conductor while staying at a steady, consistent temperature. Because of this, curls can last for days without the damaging use of excessive product. Tourmaline also gives off a natural source of infrared heat and negative ions, which help to lock in moisture while creating smooth, shiny curls—frizz free!

The 4P Clip Free Curling System uses negative ions to heat the hair the from the inside out, which exposes the hair to less heat, but also styles the hair in the most efficient way possible. This keeps hair healthy and shiny while minimizing frizz and damage.

Hair is part of a women’s identity, but it shouldn’t take up all her time and money. Find your best hair yet with the 4P Clip Free Curling System and you’ll discover that you too can have red carpet worthy and Hollywood inspired hair. In mere minutes, you’ll have hair that mirrors the work of the professionals. This salon quality styling tool comes to you in the convenience of your own home and your own time, giving you fantastic finish to your lovely locks.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Perfect Hair

       
Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - Perfect HairEvery woman, whether she’s going on a romantic date or just having a girls’ night out with her friends, wants to look flawless on Valentine’s Day. By now, you’ve probably already picked out your ensemble and decided how you want to wear your hair on the special day. Whether you’re going with a feminine up-do or planning on wearing some voluminous, big sexy curls, the key to making your hair look its best on Valentine’s Day is giving it some TLC in the days leading up to the holiday. Here are some techniques that you can use to prepare your hair for your Valentine’s Day style.

Don’t Over-Shampoo

Healthy hair doesn’t come from daily shampooing. While a lot of us used to think that shampooing your hair until it felt “squeaky clean” was the key to gorgeous locks, the truth is that shampooing your hair too often strips it of natural oils that keep it looking shiny and healthy. Cut back on daily shampooing to get great hair. In the weeks leading up to an event, use a volumizing shampoo like Fekkai Full Blown Volume shampoo to add some body to your roots.

Condition and Treat

It’s a good idea to use a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment a day or so before an event. It will put some moisture back into your hair and diminish the appearance of dried or fried ends. If you want to go the extra inch, use a moisturizing serum or oil on damp hair when you get out of the shower, like the Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. This will help to lock moisture into your hair, giving it luster and shine.

Don’t Stress About Style

If you can’t settle on the right style for Valentine’s Day, don’t stress. Browse the internet for pictures of celebs wearing similar ensembles to the one you have planned to get some inspiration on how you should wear your hair. If you really can’t settle, then remember that big bouncy curls are a perfectly romantic and classic look that always works on Valentine’s Day. All you’ll need is a curling iron with a large barrel and some light hold hairspray. Curl your hair in one-inch sections. When you’ve finished your whole head, rake your fingers through the curls to break them up and give them a soft look. Finish with a misting of the hair spray for a finished product that is gorgeous and romantic.

It can be hard to find the right look for Valentine’s Day. However, if you take the time to prep your hair to ensure that it’s healthy, moisturized and full of body, any look you choose will look beautiful.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Makeup

       
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - MakeupValentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like many girls, you might find yourself daydreaming about your romantic evening with someone special! While we can’t help you pick out your date, we can steer you in the right direction to look divine.

Put your best face forward starting with a gentle moisturizer. This will soften your skin and help it ‘glow’ instead of looking caked with makeup. Use a sponge applicator to glide powder or liquid foundation across your cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Remember to blend toward your neck so you don’t look two-toned!

Now, it’s always fun to make your look ‘pop’ with a bold splash of lipstick. But lipstick also tends to create its own mess by leaving a trail on dishware. It can accidentally smear across your face, or onto your date’s shirt! Even if it behaves by staying on your lips, the color tends to fade and require frequent reapplication.

This year, ditch the lipstick anxiety and try a healing, minty lip balm layered with clear gloss. Instead of using bold color on your lips, try an attention-grabbing fuchsia nail polish. Paint your nails ahead of time to protect your outfit. Quick nail trick: Paint your nails with clear gloss first, allow to dry, then add color. This will prevent the color from staining your nails!

Your Valentine’s night plans probably involve a decent amount of eye contact. Hold you date’s attention with smoldering smoky-eyes. Allow yourself to be inspired by the holiday’s favorite treat: chocolate. Some eye shadows are infused with real cocoa-powder to help you achieve the look. Highlight the entire eyelid area with light tan, then use a thin brush to blend darker shades of chocolate brown into the creases and outer corners of your eyes. Top it off with some mascara, eyeliner, or both.

Use a large, soft brush to sweep sheer shimmer powder across your cheeks. This will be a great new alternative to blush. Besides, depending on how shy you feel during your date, you may be adding some natural blush of your own! Shimmer powder can also be applied to the collarbone area. The subtle sparkle will make you more alluring— dreamy, even— in dim lighting!

Remember to leave yourself a comfortable amount of time to get dolled up. You may need a few extra minutes to sing along to your favorite music, or practice your ‘come-hither’ look in the mirror. No matter what, have fun and remember to smile. We can already picture you looking gorgeous!

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Body

       
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - BodyValentine’s Day may bring to mind images of delicious sweets, decadent dinners and romantic nights spent on the town, but before you get dressed up to meet your sweetheart, take the time to pamper yourself!

Enjoy a guilt free sweet treat the next time you lather up with Philosophy’s moisturizing Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Shower Gel and Bubble Bath.

Take the time to lather up your favorite bath sponge or loofah, or even treat yourself to an extra long bubble bath before getting dressed. One of the best things about Philosophy’s body washes and shower gels is the way their scents are subtle,yet long lasting. Your Valentine may have to get close to enjoy the sweet marshmallow glow you will exude, but it will be yours all day, and all night! Trying to get your wintry skin in shape before Valentine’s Day despite the harsh dry weather? No matter how dry the wintry February air may be outside, your skin will be soft and smooth all night long this Valentine’s Day! Just make sure to be generous with the bubbles and your favorite loofah, and take as long as you like to luxuriate in your bubbles before heading out for date night. Seal in the moisture with your favorite cream or lotion, dress up in a killer outfit and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day that you and your loved one are sure to remember for years and years to come!

Looking for a treat that you can share with friends and family all month long? Whish’s Sink Side Set is a fun way to share your love of moisturizing hand cream and sulfate-free hand soap with everyone who stops by your home. The adorable retro caddy is a great way to add a little pizzazz to your bathroom sink while keeping it neat, while the animal friendly company’s commitment to all natural ingredients will impress even the most committed organic vegan amongst your friends and family this winter.

Of course, the real winner is whoever gets to hold your hands now that they are so nice and soft and smooth thanks to your new skincare regimen!

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Facial Care

       
Monday, February 9th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series- Facial CareValentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Whether you have big romantic plans or you’re just going out with your girlfriends, do yourself a favor and give your skin some extra loving. There’s guaranteed to be pictures, so why not look your best for you?

Exfoliate!

You’d be surprised at the difference in your complexion when you’re scrubbing away those dead, useless layers of skin. You don’t have to get really fancy and go to a spa; sometimes an acid toner is all you need to remove the dull layers. Regular exfoliation will reveal the younger, healthier skin cells for a brighter overall complexion. If you’re looking for an excuse for a spa day, a professional facial will give you a deeper exfoliation using a variety of masks, serums, and tools.

Hydrate!

You’re probably already being good about getting enough water every day, but are you putting enough moisture into your skin in other ways? Winter is harsh on your skin, especially your face, and can lead to redness, peeling, and a dull complexion. Introduce intense moisture in the form of oil. You might think oil means acne, but oil based serums that are specially formulated for skincare won’t lead to breakouts. Proper moisturizing keeps your skin firm, supple, and more resilient.

Nourish While You Sleep

You can take care of your skin while you slumber? You sure can! The first step is removing all of your makeup and the day’s dirt from your face. Start with a good makeup remover to get all traces of makeup from your face. Follow it up with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to get rid of any dirt or other residue. Exfoliate with something like gycolic acid to remove the dead skin that’s built up throughout the day. If you need an extra beauty boost, try a sleep mask. Skin experts agree that your skin goes through a lot of regeneration as you sleep so your skin is quite receptive to products introduced during this period. You’ll wake up with softer and smoother skin just from sleeping!

Acne Prone Skin?

If your skin is prone to acne, you’re probably used to waking up the morning of a big event with a few blemishes. If your acne isn’t hormonal or diet related, you’re probably used to juggling different skin care routines. Try a new skin care routine that a lot of people swear by. Try to be dedicated to a morning routine of cleansing, exfoliation (with an acid toner), and a moisturizer. At night, double cleanse! Wash your face twice with a non-foaming cleanser, follow it with your toner, and then moisturize. You might see a huge difference in your breakouts!

Your face is the first thing people notice, so why not add a few skin care tweaks to give yourself the utmost confidence? Whether you’re staring at your beloved over candlelight or you’re sipping wine with your best friend this Valentine’s Day, you’re guaranteed to glow both inside and out.