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Skincare doesn’t have to cost a fortune

       
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Skincare doesn't have to cost a fortune

Do you want to have skin that looks as flawless as your favorite celebrity's without the hefty price tag? Many do, but few know about the tricks that make skincare easy and affordable. Emmy-winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett recently opened up about some of his skincare and makeup tips that can have you looking youthful while making smart investments. 

First, you should consider purchasing exfoliants and moisture masques. Getting into the habit of exfoliating daily and hydrating your skin can go a long way in preventing wrinkles and restoring that youthful glow. Once that's complete, you can get started on your makeup – taking advantage of a special tip that will have your foundation lasting for hours and looking natural. 

"Get a good makeup fixative spray," Bennett told Radar Online. "… Dab a moderate to full coverage foundation on your skin, but don't blend it in. Next, lightly spritz a clean, dry synthetic foundation brush with the fixative. Use the damp brush to blend and buff the foundation into the most smooth and beautiful finish you've ever seen."

Even if you use all these steps, stay cognizant of your actions to ensure you're not unintentionally damaging skinBABOR skin care products can help you replenish your skin's vital nutrients. 

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

       
Monday, July 8th, 2013

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, summer is officially in full swing – and that often means showing off your sun-kissed skin. While you may be protecting yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays with the help of sunscreen, that doesn't mean you can't have some bronze color. In fact, all-over bronze makeup is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enhance your natural skin tone. 

Using all-over bronze makeup is easy. With the help of tools like tinted moisturizer, bronze powder and the right color cheek shimmer, you can have yourself appearing sun-kissed any time of year. This trend is perfect for summer, however, as you'll be looking like you just came from the beach without causing any damage to your skin. 

Once you've purchased the right bronzer and learn how to apply it like a pro, you'll be ready to give yourself a healthy glow. Try to pair this makeup with styles like a smokey eye and nude lip gloss, as the brown tones will work well together while still leaving your face looking summery and fresh. 

If you're concerned about your bronzed face matching the rest of your body, consider turning to self-tanners, which offer a safer way to give yourself glowing skin. 

Try eye-popping neon colors on your lips

       
Monday, July 8th, 2013

Try eye-popping neon colors on your lips

One of the most attention-grabbing trends taking hold this summer is the presence of neon colors. While hot pinks, lime greens, aqua blues and bright yellows are making strides in the fashion world, they're also becoming more prevalent in makeup – especially for lips. 

The trend of bright lipstick may have started earlier this year, but it's beginning to gain popularity with celebrities and the general public. You can easily try out this fad by investing in a neon lipstick. After you treat your lips to your favorite lip serum or repairing balm, outline them with a lip liner and smudge the pencil marks. Then you can fill in the rest with your chosen neon color for a look that is sure to turn heads. 

Opting for long-lasting lipsticks or ones with a matte finish can go a long way in creating a polished end result. 

A good tip to keep in mind is that these neon lip colors generally work best with nude makeup, so as not to overpower the face. You may also want to carefully pick out an outfit to go along with the neon color, with neutrals being the best option for creating balance in a look. 

Don’t forget summer travel essentials when you pack for weekend getaways

       
Friday, July 5th, 2013
Summer Travel Essentials

Packing for a weekend getaway requires you to do more than simply pick out the best outfits for your given destination. You’ll also got to bring along a few makeup and skincare essentials that will keep you looking natural and fresh as you work on a healthy glow.

Your normal summer routine probably includes tinted moisturizer and a loose mineral foundation, so they are definitely must-have products you’ll want to pack when you’re planning a getaway. These items are perfect for the warmer months. A tinted moisturizer provides much-needed SPF along with some glowing color, so try theBalm’s Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 18 for the ideal base that will have your skin looking and feeling great.

A powder foundation offers light, silky coverage over your face, making it a great choice for hot days or times when you know you’ll be spending hours under the sun. Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation glides on smoothly and can give your face a fresh, dewy look that screams summer. To make your tan look even better, try to apply darker shades that will enhance your bronze skin tone.

These products are ideal for getting your day started off right, but when the sun goes down you’ll want to clean your skin with a make-up remover. Of course, you can’t always bring large bottles of face wash along in your bag, but pre-moistened cleansing wipes are great options for travelers. Removers like Rilastil’s Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are just as effective as washing your face but can be thrown into a travel bag for your convenience.

Of course, you would be remiss to travel without packing sunscreen. Protecting your whole body from harmful rays – not to mention a potential embarrassing sunburn – is essential. Products like G.M. Collin’s Sun High Protection Cream offer a comprehensive body sunscreen at varying levels of SPF.

While your skin is rightfully receiving the bulk of your attention, you shouldn’t forget your lips. Bringing along lip gloss is a must, and some of the best options for wear during your getaway would have SPF included to protect your lips from the sun’s harsh rays. Consider a product like Colorescience Pro’s Sunforgettable Lip Shine Gloss with SPF 35.

At the end of the day, you’ll want to replenish your skin with the nutrients and hydration it needs. Try an After-Sun Hydrator like Phytomer’s Sun Soother After-Sun Milk for a smooth lotion that will moisturize your skin after hours outdoors.

Khloe Kardashian Odom rocks red lips

       
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Khloe Kardashian Odom rocks red lips

Khloe Kardashian Odom knows how to show off her lips. Whether it’s with bright colors or more subdued tones, the member of the Kardashian clan has always done her best to embrace the hottest makeup trends. The television personality and reality star has previously made waves for her nude lipstick choices, but she recently rocked a bold red shade at a launch of one of her family’s business ventures. Her red lipstick was perfectly applied to show off her plump pout.

To accent her bold lip choice, Kardashian Odom created a smokey eye with the help of brown eyeliner and just the right amount of brown eyeshadow. The effect set off her big brown eyes without mixing too much contrasting color into her makeup, and she was sure to maintain a natural look throughout the rest of her face, balancing out her makeup and emulating a classic, old-Hollywood elegance.

This vintage style was carried through to Kardashian Odom’s hairstyle, which featured soft waves swept to one side of her face. To incorporate a modern edge into the look, she wore it all with the popular ombre coloring.

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

Many common hair problems can be traced back to the scalp. Even if you think your hair has been damaged by the sun or is the victim of damage from outside chemicals, the source of the issue may actually lie at the roots.

Hair and scalp treatment products can help fight hair loss or replenish locks that have been damaged by coloring, heat and other procedures. A common ingredient in these serums is collagen, which promotes the regeneration of hair while soothing the scalp. Although these products may not be a miracle cure, they can help you enhance the appearance of the hair you have while also encouraging the growth of more healthy strands.

If scalp dryness and flaking are your main problems, consider trying hair masques for a soothing treatment. These creams can lock moisture into your scalp, relieving annoying itching while also benefiting your tresses. Use a mild shampoo that hydrates the scalp and follow up with a leave-in conditioner to maximize effectiveness.

On the flip side, those with oily scalps will want to use conditioners sparingly, turning instead to a deep cleansing shampoo. After washing your hair, you should bypass a lot of heavy brushing, as overworking your hair can lead to more oil production.

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

There’s no surefire way to fight signs of aging, but you can certainly embrace a few best practices that  could help you look and feel your best. A number of anti-aging and wrinkle care products can provide support for all kinds of skin, but even the best products can’t work magic without help. You have to take some on your own to ensure you’re caring for your skin, and incorporating them into your daily routine can boost their effectiveness.

Here are a few things you should doing every day to keep your skin healthy and youthful:

Start fresh each day
It’s important to start the day off on the right foot. Before you do anything to your skin in the morning, cleanse and wash your face. Cleansers get rid of any oils or buildup that accrued during the night, but most are not harsh enough to irritate your skin. Follow that up by wiping your whole face with a cotton ball soaked in toner to remove any excess residue.

Wear sunscreen
If there’s one thing you should never leave home without, it’s facial sunscreen. Apply a layer of the lotion about 15 minutes before you go outdoors, regardless of your planned activities or weather. In the long term, wearing sunscreen can be a significant factor in preventing wrinkles and sun spots, as well as dry or leathery skin, and it is never too late to start protecting yourself from harsh UV light.

Moisturize 
No matter what your skin is naturally like – dry, oily or any odd combination – you are going to need to use a moisturizer to replenish your skin and lock in nutrients. The right face moisturizer keeps the epidermis hydrated and better reflects light, giving you a glowing look that hides the appearance of lines or wrinkles. Look for a moisturizer with vitamin C, as the ingredient provides a boost to your skin and can help you look and feel youthful.

It’s a good idea to avoid putting everyday moisturizer around your eyes. The skin around this area is thinner and more fragile – making it more prone to wrinkles – so special eye gels are better equipped to keep crows’ feet at bay. You’ll be able to maintain smooth skin around the eyes while also preventing puffiness and other negative side effects of aging.

Mineral makeup
Much like moisturizers can help to retain the natural chemicals that are good for your skin, mineral makeup brings many of these elements to your face. Mineral makeup can kill bacteria while rejuvenating your skin, so choosing a mineral makeup kit is a wise choice for people who want to freshen up their face while also sticking close to their normal makeup routine.

As a bonus, these minerals often reflect sunlight, acting as a natural SPF. The ingredients are also usually easier to wear regardless of the type of skin you have, which decreases the risk of bad reactions or acne coming about as a result of the product.

End the day right 
A long day of wearing makeup, being exposed to the sun and subjecting your skin to a variety of outside factors is less than ideal for your face. Luckily, there are a number of products that can cleanse your skin and replenish it with the nutrients it needs. Cleansing gels from G.M. COLLIN can go a long way toward keeping your face fresh. Not only can it remove leftover makeup and sebum, but it also tightens pores and purifies your skin, letting you look younger and preventing wrinkles.

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

       
Monday, July 1st, 2013

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

Amber Rose was a beacon of bright color when she hit the red carpet at the BET Awards Sunday, June 30. While she isn't the first celebrity to rock the bold hues in front of photographers, the model and personality did it in a way that was all her own. 

All eyes were immediately drawn to Rose's bright fuchsia lipstick when she stepped out on the red carpet. The matte coloring complemented her light pink blush without overpowering her face, and it worked perfectly with an otherwise demure yellow and black outfit. With so many famous faces incorporating the bright pink and violet colors into their lip makeup, this trend is definitely one that is gaining popularity – and could even be seamlessly integrated into your next look. 

Rose also managed to use eye makeup in a way that made her look refreshes without being too over the top – quite the feat for the young mom. By applying white eyeliner to her lower waterline, she allowed her eyes too pop while still maintaining a fresh and summery look. The effect also made her eyelashes look big, framing her light brown eyes perfectly. 

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

       
Monday, July 1st, 2013

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means many revelers around the U.S. are putting together their best red, white and blue outfits to wear to celebrations. Why stop at your clothes? Hair and makeup need just as much attention during this summer holiday. 

You already know you've got to protect colored hair from the sun, but you should also be on the lookout for ways to show off some makeup tricks when you're attending a family barbecue or enjoying a day off at the beach. 

Many party goers want to look natural for their Independence Day celebrations. You may want to gravitate toward nude makeup for a subdued look, but you can add a dash of fun with bright red lipstick or nail polish in a patriotic color. 

If you're planning on jumping in the water during your party, be sure to prep your skin with body scrubs and exfoliates. These treatments will have your skin feeling clean and refreshed, not to mention primed for tanning time under the sun. Of course, you should always be wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays and painful sunburns. Even if this lessens the tan you end the day with, you can always turn to tinted moisturizers to give you a healthy glow. 

3 ways to tackle summer acne

       
Friday, June 28th, 2013

3 ways to tackle summer acne

When the temperatures rise and you get ready to hit the beach, you might be uncomfortable in your own skin as soon as you look in the mirror. As a result of the warm weather, you may have developed acne on certain areas of your body, making you dread the thought of putting on a swimsuit. However, there are a few ways you can control your summer acne and get back to enjoying the seashore.

1. Use a light sunscreen
Elle magazine recommended using a light sunscreen that won't clog your pores to stay protected from the sun and avoid worsening your acne.

2. Exfoliate
Using an exfoliant containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids can help you get your acne under control and reduce your breakouts. Don't focus on scrubbing your body too hard – this can cause damage to already-sensitive skin that needs TLC!

3. Try a product with salicylic acid
As Cosmopolitan magazine reported, products including salicylic acid seem to be effective on acne that's particularly difficult to eliminate. To tackle your entire problem this summer, be sure to invest in an item that can treat both body and facial acne.