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6 Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands You Need to Try

       
Monday, June 27th, 2016

Who doesn’t love a bunny?

Apparently, hundreds of beauty brands who test our beloved beauty products on the poor, helpless animals before they ask us to shell hundreds of dollars for a little fake up. And, China.

For those who don’t know, any foreign cosmetic products sold in mainland China are required to be tested on animals before being pushed out to the market.

Having being asked to pay hefty amounts for these beauty products, as consumers, we all have the right to at least demand some level of tolerance for these poor animals. However, if beauty brands continue to refuse to show any compassion, we always have the choice to opt for cruelty-free beauty brands who absolutely refuse to torture poor animals for the sake of beauty.

How To Find Out Which Beauty Brands Are Cruelty-Free?

Ask.

Yeah, its as simple as that. Most major companies go out of their way to respond to potential customer queries to convert them to regular ones, especially in such controversial and sensitive cases.

However, if you are not up for the whole emailing and querying route, there are always certain cruelty-free logos you can look out for on the brand’s website or it’s product packages.

There are currently three trustworthy organizations across the world that help identify brands who do not test on animals. However, the absence of any cruelty-free logo does not mean that the brand is not cruelty-free since the license to use logos costs.

But if you are on a lookout, check out for these three logos on your favorite beauty brands:

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Here are our 6 favorite cruelty-free beauty brands to shop and try!

BECCA Cosmetics

Well known for its gorgeous highlighters, BECCA Cosmetics is an out and out cruelty-free brand. It’s website clearly states that the brand does not test any cosmetic products or even any cosmetic ingredients on animals. The products are all tested on paid volunteers during human clinical trials.

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Apart from being one of the leading brands for base products, BECCA Cosmetics also delivers amazing pigmentation in its color products too.

Some of its best-selling products include Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Backlight Priming Filter and Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed.

While the brand does not claim to be vegan, many of its products are vegan-friendly including the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Mineral Blushes and Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation.

Caswell-Massey

What started as an apothecary shop over 2 centuries ago is now one of America’s most renowned personal care beauty brand, Caswell-Massey. While the brand’s ownership and product range has changed over the course of a whooping 258 year time period, its commitment to its environment has stayed unwavered. The brand has never its products on animals or had gotten animal testing done on their behalf.

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While there are a tonne of gorgeous fragrances to choose from the Caswell-Massey collections, their Signature line features three of their best-selling scents that add a modern twist to the otherwise traditional but elegant fragrances.

The Signature line features Almond and Aloe flavor, known for its ultra-hydrating yet mild conditioning properties, Lavender for it’s soothing and relaxing notes and Verbena for a radiant, fresh, clean feeling with hints of lemon herbal blends.

theBalm Cosmetics

Who hasn’t heard about theBalm cosmetics?

Known for their retro, vintage packaging and ofcourse their ah-mazing products, theBalm is yet another animal-friendly beauty brand that we absolutely love! And, for those who love a little quirkiness in their beauty stash without being cruel to the animals, an excellent alternative to animal testing brand, Benefit Cosmetics.

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We have already raved and dedicated an entire blog post to theBalm cosmetics, but we will still give an honorable mention to the brand’s best-selling products for being humane to the animal world.

Some of theBalm’s absolute must-haves include theManizer Sisters, Nude’tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette, Instain Long-Wearing Powder Stain Blushes, Cabana Boy Blush and Bahama Mama. For swatches and more details about the best-selling theBalm products, read Cult-Favorite theBalm Products Worth Trying.

Lipstick Queen

With an aim to help find all us girls our perfect lipstick, Lipstick Queen offers a tonne of gorgeous shades of lipsticks. The best part? All of them are not only never tested on animals but also do not use any animal derived ingredients other than Beeswax, which involves absolutely no harm to the bees.

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Last year, the brand surprised the beauty world by introducing the Frog Prince Lipstick which on appearance was an emerald green color; however, on application, turned to a shade of rosebud pink color according to the user’s lip pH! This means everyone had their own shade of rosebud pink with the same tube of lipstick! Magical, huh?

The product sold out like wild fire last year only to have its sister launches, Frog Prince Lip Gloss and Frog Prince Cream Blush to be an instant hit too recently. Grab your magical beauty products here!

Dermalogica

The skincare brand choice of professionals and specialists around the world, Dermalogica has always been a cruelty-free brand, proudly boasting of the Leaping Bunny logo. However, the brand landed in hot waters when the organizations found out that the brand was selling in China and thereby, going against the set laws of animal testing.

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Dermalogica pulled out of the Chinese market in the year 2012, only to have their animal testing status debatable again after its acquisition by Unilever last year. However, as of the recent news, the brand is still bunny friendly!

To hop on the brand-wagon, try some of their best-selling products like Daily Microfoliant, mediBac Oil Control Lotion and Active Moist.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Created by pro-aesthetician, Pauline Youngblood, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics was initially created for her patients suffering from traumatized skin, looking for products to cover it up without the harmful side effects of the usual cosmetics.

15 years down the line, Youngblood Cosmetics is a world renowned company and a part of PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) cruelty-free program. The line offers a range of products safe to use on an already suffering skin, along with options for those looking for vegan and gluten-free products.

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For those looking to try out the brand for the first time, here are some of their best-sellers definitely worth the splurge: Mineral Rice Setting PowderNatural Mineral FoundationEye Impact Quick Recovery Eye CreamYoungblood – Lipsticks and Incredible Wear Gel Liner.

Do cruelty-free beauty matters to you? Do you go out of your way to look for brands who do not test on animals? Let us know in comments below!

Indulgent Essentials For An At-Home Spa Day

       
Monday, June 13th, 2016

There is nothing more relaxing and blissful than a day spent at the Spa, pampering yourself with the most indulgent of the services, having every beauty whim attended to and coming out feeling rejuvenated head to toe.

The drawbacks?

The weeping wallet at the exorbitant spa costs and the fact that work requires us to be at office 6 days a week and not at some remote spa.

Luckily for you, we have listed down all the at-home spa day essentials for you to recreate the effect at home without having to shell out a mortgage payment and enjoy the beauty bliss without leaving the comfort of your home.

Ambiance Essentials

Start off by lighting a few candles to create a relaxing, soothing environment. BORGHESE – Tuscan Home Candle Collection (Arezzo, Pisa & Siena)  is a perfect set for the purpose with its intoxicating blends of Italian-inspired aromatic fragrances in three flavors with notes ranging from fruity and floral to tart and citrusy to sweet and subtle.

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Skincare Essentials

Next up, begin your pamper session by removing your makeup with REN – Rosa Centifolia Express Make-Up Remover and give it a good cleanse with REN – Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser.

Once your skin is thoroughly cleansed, pop off your favorite, indulgent mask to give your skin some deep nourishment.

Depending on your skin type and age, choose a mask that best fits your requirements from GLAMGLOW – Flashmud Brightening Treatment  (A Hollywood cult favorite), PETER THOMAS ROTH – 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask (formulated with activated gold, Caffeine, Peridot, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin) or PETER THOMAS ROTH – Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask (a gorgeous aquamarine blue colored mask for a healthy dose of hydration).

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Hair care Essentials

Cleanse your hair with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the grime, dirt and product build-up and apply a deep conditioning mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque to give your hair extreme nourishment and intense moisture.

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Bath Essentials

While your indulgent masks work to hydrate and nourish your skin for that gorgeous, dewy glow and your hair for the silky, glossy look, prepare a relaxing bath for your body.

You can use a variety of options for your bath including bath oils, bubble baths and bath salts to transform your tub into a haven of splendor.

Fill your tub with warm water and add your favorite scent and formula of for some body indulgence. Our favorites include Kneipp – Thermal Spring Bath Salts (Lavender) (the lavender scent is perfect to combat mental and physical fatigue)  REN – Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil (for relieving stress and soothing the skin, also reducing inflammation), Le Couvent des Minimes – Lavender & Acacia Relaxing Foaming Bath (for deep cleansing while your mind and body relax with its soothing scents) and Philosophy – Melon Daiquiri or French Vanilla Bean Bubble Bath (simply, because it smells delicious!).

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After giving yourself a good soak in the hot water bath, buff away dull, dry skin with a body scrub to leave your skin silky smooth and lastingly nourished.

Some refreshingly soothing and effective options include JUARA – Candlenut Body Polish, Whish – Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub (available in other flavors too), Bliss – Hot Salt Scrub and Archipelago Botanicals – Black Honey Sugar Scrub.

After Bath Essentials

Once you are all good soaked and squeaky clean, it’s time for some after-bath indulgence.  Wash away the facial and hair masks to reveal a more gorgeous you and move on to pamper your body a little more.

While your skin is still damp, give your face a good massage with PETER THOMAS ROTH – Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cream. Formulated with cutting-edge plant biotechnology, t he proprietary blend of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts helps repair, regenerate and rejuvenate skin. Next up, massage your orbital region (the bone around your eyes) with Exuviance – Brightening Bionic Eye Creme to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.

Once the moisturizer has sunken in for a good five minutes, apply a layer of PETER THOMAS ROTH – Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask – an intensive nighttime treatment that not only brightens but moisturizes skin while you sleep.

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Don’t forget to pay attention to your neck and décolleté: massage a firming cream like Whish – Rice Milk Decollete Firming Complex, formulated with five powerful, clinically proven anti-aging compounds and peptides, to deliver a powerhouse performance to improve your neck’s elasticity and tone.

Moving further, opt for a rich, luxurious body crème like JUARA – Candlenut Body Creme with the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, known for its high content of essential fatty acids, for body massage. Massage well a generous amount of the heavenly scented luxe crème for silky, smooth skin with a comfortable, velvet finish.

Finish off your pamper routine by applying Exuviance – Heel Repair formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help revive dry, cracked heels overnight.

There you go, the ultimate spa experience right within the comforts of your home and without the extortionate spa costs!

Get Glowing with Vita Liberata!

       
Friday, August 21st, 2015

Get Glowing with Vita Liberata!Vita Liberata is a brand of luxury tan products that can help users attain natural and even looking glows. People who are looking for professional and home tanning options alike may want to investigate their choices with Vita Liberata. The brand exclusively uses pure ingredients to make their tanning products. Not only are the brand’s ingredients pure, but they’re also certified organic and natural.

People who want to tan yet at the same time maintain healthy and glowing complexions may appreciate Vita Liberata’s numerous choices in products. Their formulas seal moisture in the skin, enabling it to hydrate it for 3 days at a time. This moisture sealing helps tans fade evenly and naturally. Vita Liberata’s tan products also aim to nurture and condition the complexion.

One prominent Vita Liberata product is the Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse. This product is available both in medium and dark color options. The formula dries rapidly and is suited for individuals who have normal, oily and combination skin. Application of the Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse is simple even for people who are totally new to the tanning world. The formula produces color immediately which allows people the chance to quickly see their brand new glows.

People who are reluctant to deal with the often strong smells of self tanning products may appreciate the fact that the Fabulous Self Tanning Mousse includes “Odor Remove” and therefore lacks any type of scent. Notable ingredients in this product include ginkgo biloba leaf extract, melon extract, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.

The Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion is yet another prominent Vita Liberata tanning product. This formula also comes in medium and dark varieties. The goal of this product is to condition the complexion and at the same time also tan and moisturize it. The Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion is appropriate for people who have mature, sensitive or dry skin. Like the aforementioned product, this mousse is 100 percent devoid of any odors. The finish of the lotion is sheer. It takes anywhere between 4 and 8 hours total to develop into a natural and even tan that looks smooth and soft. Since the lotion produces instant color, application of it is generally simple and straightforward.

The Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse from Vita Liberata comes in fair, medium and dark color options. People who want tans that have longevity often depend on this formula. This product works well on people who have skin that’s oily, combination or normal. The Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse has the distinction of being able to stay intact for upward of 4 times as long as typical tans. Since the formula dries incredibly speedily, people who use it can put their clothes back on soon after application. The mousse also lacks any type of conspicuous smell.

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

       
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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.

10 Tips for New or Soon to Be Moms

       
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

10 Tips for New or Soon to Be MomsIf you are a new or soon to be mom, everyone, it seems, has advice for you. It seems like everyone knows what’s best for you and your little one, and you may or may not seem to be what others expect at this point. Here’s some good advice that I’ve culled from my own experience.

1. It’s okay to use formula instead of breast milk if you need to. It’s not possible for everyone to breast feed. If you’re having trouble breast feeding, it can be very frustrating for you and your little one. But even if you use formula, it’s still possible for your little one to thrive and to bond with you. It will be okay.

2. You can stay in the hospital longer than you think. When you’re in the hospital, everyone is at your service, and at home, things will be very different. Don’t be afraid to stay in the hospital and enjoy being waited on by nurses and having clean linens you don’t have to wash. You have time for other things later.

3. You have a baby, not a creature from another planet. You probably don’t need all the expensive unique baby stuff you think you do. What if you don’t need that extra changing table? What if you can just change your baby on the bed, or on the counter? Life will happen even if you don’t plan it out by spending money on it.

4. If people offer to babysit, take them up on it! So many people love newborns, so enjoy the time you have to shower, change, or cook a meal for yourself. When your little one is slightly older, the offers won’t be as forthcoming, so use what you can of your friends’ time while they offer to hold your bundle of joy.

5. If you have a boy, point his penis down. This will prevent leaky boy diapers. This may seem like a small thing, but it will be a wondrous change from having to change diapers every hour or so if you have a little boy on your hands. This is pretty obvious, actually.

6. You probably don’t need infant clothes. If you buy a few pieces, okay, but you don’t need too many. People will probably offer to give you a ton of these. And remember to keep the tags on. Your baby may not wear half of what you get at your shower, so you’ll want to be able to return items for good.

7. Clothes with tons of snaps or buttons are out, permanently. This is pretty much a waste of your time. You’ll try to use them over and over and continually be frustrated! Just stick with elastic, and you will be fine and able to change and feed more easily.

8. Be sure you keep spare diaper items with you always. You always want to have diapers, and wipes, and a change of baby clothes with you. You never know when your baby will have an accident, and though it takes getting used to, it’s a good practice to get into.

9. You are entitled to help. You’re now a mom, and there’s a mom club. If you need a few spare wipes when you’re at the park or daycare line, ask! If you share your child’s snack at the park, then you’ll be rewarded in good karma later. So don’t be afraid to vocalize your need. We’re all in this together anyway.

10. Have fun! It does go by so fast when you have a new one, and it is very tiring. If you ever have another one, you’ll wonder why you thought one was a lot. But don’t forget to appreciate the little things, and try to stay grounded with loved ones and neighbors to help out. Enjoy every precious minute of raising your little one.

Brand Spotlight – Lavanila

       
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Brand Spotlight - LavanilaPrepare to be body-pampered and skin-nourished! Lavanila produces effective luxury beauty products based on plants and other natural ingredients that support what skin truly needs. The company’s name “Lavanila” comes from the word for vanilla on the island of Madagascar, where much of the world’s vanilla is produced. Vanilla is used in many of Lavanila’s products because it is a powerful antioxidant as well as an aromatherapy ingredient that comforts and soothes.

Not only are these formulations ideal for people with sensitive skin, but the products have a delightful fragrance without being cloying or overpowering. They work by allowing skin to breathe and utilize the benefits of their natural ingredients, as opposed to those that smother the skin. The company also has fragrance-free versions of its deodorant and body butter.

Lavanila does no animal testing and labels items that are gluten-free. Some of the chemicals they do not use include silicon, phthalates, aluminum, parabens, synthetic dyes, and propylene glycol — all of which are listed in most beauty products sold through retail outlets ranging from drug stores to high-end exclusive department stores.

The founder of Lavanila, Danielle Raynor, made a career of trying beauty products from every type of retail store. She wanted toxin-free items for her daughters and realized that even high-priced luxury brands contained ingredients to be avoided. Danielle was also allergic to traditionally-formulated perfumes, so she worked with chemists to develop fragrances that did not include ingredients that exacerbated allergy symptoms.

Lavanila began selling its products in 2007 when it offered the first organic fragrance in the industry. The company developed a sugar-based alcohol for its perfumes, and savvy women everywhere welcomed the skin-friendliness of the formulations and the exclusive combinations of essential oils for a truly personal signature fragrance. Packaging included regular sizes and a mini roll-on to tuck into an evening bag.

Other items intentionally designed to nourish and protect skin include aluminum-free deodorants with essential oils — also available in mini sizes for travel — and sunscreen that keeps harsh chemicals away from sensitive areas. Consider the possibility of actually enjoying using sunscreen because it has an amazing smell and nourishes skin with its vitamins!

Discerning women around the world are taking control of what they put on their skin, and the products from Lavanila are helping them revitalize their bodies through the best of nature.

10 Ways to Detox Your Body

       
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

10 Ways to Detox Your BodyWhy Should We Detox?

Today’s lifestyle and the eating of fatty foods, excess sugar, and chemical-ridden foods make the body full of harmful toxins. We also live in a highly polluted environment where free radicals that accelerate aging are released into the atmosphere daily.
The harmful toxins from bad toxins and the polluted environment can damage the skin (our largest organ). The blood circulatory system is affected too. As a result of absorbing harmful toxins, the skin looks aged and stressed.

10 Ways to Detox your Body…

The human body naturally detoxes itself via the skin, but the process is faster when we use helpful detoxing products. The stressed body needs all the extra support available to remove the harmful toxins efficiently.

I have a list of 10 effective habits that can help to detox your body.

1. Shower or bath with skin cleansers that open up blocked skin pores. The opened pores help your skin to breathe which in turn oxygenates the body and reduces aging.

2. Use skin lotion to remove dead skin cells. There are many skin care products that protect the human skin from environmental stressors such as exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, and smog.

3. Stimulate the growth of new skin cells using detoxifying creams that contain vitamins A, C and E; the vital vitamins will improve the skin’s immune system. You need to look for products with moisturizing agents so that your skin is adequately protected from dangerous UV radiation.

4. Apply detox lotions that can help your skin to regenerate and correct the signs of aging. Massage your body with creams that contain detox enzymes and anti-oxidants in a circular motion so as to improve cellulite growth.

5. Apply face cleansers in mornings and evenings. The removal of toxins lying deep in the skin is accelerated by the application of cleansing lotions on the face, neck and hands.

6. Transform the tired and stressed skin by using immune boosters. With time, your skin will start to glow, look healthier, younger, and attain an attractive complexion.

7. Improve the vascular and lymphatic system with detoxifying products preferably those that contain eucalyptus and rosemary ingredients. Improved microcirculation plays a vital role in the removal of dark rings and bags in the eye area.

8. You can jump-start the body’s immune system with the daily application of clinically proven skin renewal products. The most useful detoxifying products might probably contain alpha hydroxy acids, fruit extracts and hyaluronate that are crucial in body hydration process.

9. You can detoxify by using skin tones so as to hydrate and brighten the skin. Products whose ingredients are usually mulberry, bearberry, gigawhite, symwhite, licorice mango butter, and anti-oxidant may be of much help in detoxifying.

10. Form the habit to use skin cleansers products after bathing.

With these ideas, you will not only detoxify efficiently but also lead a healthier life and boost your image.

5 Top Self-Tanning Tips

       
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

5 Top Self-Tanning TipsSelf-tanning is a nice way to get a warm glow, but, to do it right, requires a little time and preparation. Fortunately, the process isn’t difficult, just read up on the instructions ahead of time, and plan your self-tanning for a time when you are not rushed.

Don’t Neglect a Test Patch

Allergic reactions to self-tanning products are rare, but not unheard of. Considering how uncomfortable a rash or other allergic reaction could be over your entire body, however, it makes sense to perform a patch test 24 to 48 hours before you self-tan. You can make sure you don’t have a reaction, and get an idea on how the color looks on your skin.

Prep First

Don’t self-tan irritated skin, so wax at least 24 hours before self-tanning, and shave at least 12 hours in advance. Stay away from deodorant, essential oils and perfumes as well during this time, as all of these items can interfere with the self-tanners ability to process evenly. Use an exfoliating product before you self-tan, to remove dry skin, which will absorb the tanning product unevenly. Follow up with a water based moisturizer to hydrate skin so it will absorb the product nicely.

Have The Right Supplies

In addition to the self-tanner of your choice, have tight fitting, disposable gloves, a water based moisturizer and cotton swabs on hand. You don’t want to go searching for these items once you get started. Ideally, once you start self-tanning, you will have several uninterrupted hours. Once you apply the tanner, the longer you can allow it to process before doing anything else, the better your results will be.

Start at the Bottom

Apply your preferred tanner, starting at your feet and working your way up. This keeps you from smudging still damp tanner by leaning over. If you are not using disposable gloves, wash your hands frequently during the application process. If you wait until the very end, your palms will probably be stained orange. Once you have applied self-tanner to your entire body, go back and use a towel to lightly buff the areas such as your knees and ankles, that may accumulate self-tanner.

Give it Time

Most people find self-tanning best as a evening time event. After you apply the self- tanner, you want to let it dry completely before getting dressed. Even then, some transfer is likely, so loose fitting, dark colored clothes are best. You also don’t want to sweat, swim, shower or bathe for at least six hours after applying self-tanner. Tanning at night allows you to sit around for a bit to dry, then go to bed, minimizing the chances of smudging your tan.

Body Products to Help Firm and Tone

       
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Body Products to Help Firm and ToneLet’s face it. Most of us aren’t as slim, fit, and toned as we would like to be. Even is you’re hitting the gym 7 days a week, it can still be a little unnerving when you start to go swimsuit shopping. Thankfully, there are some great beauty products out there that can help you to look and feel your best no matter what your current size. Here are some products you should try out:

1. Fatgirlscrub

Many of us have some lumps and bumps in places we really wish we didn’t. This scrub is designed to reduce the appearance of these lumps. Fatgirlscrub is designed to improve circulation, remove dead skin, and keep fluid from accumulating in your body. You’ll definitely feel more confident the next time you try on your skinny jeans.

2. Fatgirlslim

This is a specially formulated lotion that will wake up your skin and help with new skin cell growth for maximum firmness. It will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and who wouldn’t enjoy that? This lotion is also very hydrating and silky, which makes it feel like pampering, not toning.

3. Fatgirlsleep

Another wonderfully formulated lotion just for the nighttime. Relaxing lavender will help you have a restful night’s sleep while the active ingredients in this cream work to tighten and tone your skin. Sleep is essential to your health as well as your looks. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Get the most out of these eight hours by resting and rejuvenating with Fatgirlsleep.

4. MURAD Firm and Tone Serum

Those of us who have gained a little weight, had a baby, or even grew a little to quickly at one point can testify to having some stretch marks. Stretch marks can be pretty embarrassing, especially if you want to wear a bikini, some short shorts, or simply feel good about yourself. Firm and tone serum will reduce the appearance of stretch marks and will also help fight that pesky cellulite some of us can’t seem to shake. With regular use those unsightly lines and bumps could virtually disappear.

5. DOCTOR BABOR Body Cellular Ultimate Forming Body Cream

If you’re really looking for almost surgical or professional results without the cost or the pain, then this cream is a good alternative. The cream both firms and smooths away stretch marks and scars. It is especially recommended for skin going through a postoperative period. It is made for daily use and is great for rejuvenating tired and worn out skin.

Best Gifts for The Beauty Lover

       
Friday, December 12th, 2014

Best Gifts for The Beauty LoverHoliday gift ideas may not come easily, especially for those who are not fond of shopping. There are several online stores and eCommerce options that specialize in a number of different industries and genres. These solutions make it simple to shop for the man or woman who seems to have everything. When a gift recipient has a special interest or hobby, the search for the perfect gift becomes narrower and directed toward a specific product or service. Anyone who is into beauty regiments and skincare treatments will be pleased with the great new holiday collections by some of the most trusted names in the business.

Consider Gift Sets
Attempting to make a purchase of multiple beauty products or skincare enhancements is typically much smoother when the products are bought in tandem. Gift sets are not only more economically priced, but they are also conveniently and beautifully wrapped. This single step approach saves the giver both time and resources. The Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Trio makes a fun gift because it encompasses many different facets of a daily beauty routine. Gift sets like this one include a bath or shower gel, scented lotion, and a bonus item for good measure. In this case, a moisturizing lip shine adds the finishing touch to morning preparations.

Remember The Men
Gift sets are not just for the ladies, and many popular brands are specifically catering to the male audience. Today most men are keenly aware of the benefits of proper skincare. Certain occupations, especially those that include outdoor work, can result in dry or rough skin. Men can now protect their hands and face from chapping and cracking, which can be extremely painful. One of the easiest gifts to choose for a man is a shaving product or gift set. The Art of Shaving Skin Care Kit features a host of products meant to prepare skin for shaving and then provide lasting protection.

Add Some Glamour
Every woman wants to feel beautiful and desirable. Sometimes they spend so much time as caregivers that they fail to take time to adequately care for themselves. Cosmetics are a great gift for the girl who wants to look and feel her very best. A gift that allows a woman to pamper herself through a massage, manicure, or pedicure will be much appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed. Bold and flashy cosmetics are great ideas for the woman who wants to make a statement. The flirtatious Sexyback Lip and Nail Duet from the Deborah Lippmann collection is the perfect accent gift or stocking stuffer from ladies who love to have fun with their makeup and accessories. Ladies who prefer a more practical approach to life but still have a great sense of humor will get a kick out of the Bliss Crown Jewels or Buttah Bling gift sets.

Regardless of the number of tasks at hand for the season, shoppers are sure to find the perfect choices for all the men and women on their gift list. Leading brands have made their most coveted products available in convenient packaging to make the shopping experience seamless and productive. Many shoppers are bound to be so impressed with their skills that they will decide to pick up a few key products for themselves during their shopping excursions.