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6 Summer Beauty Trends We Are Looking Forward To

       
Monday, June 20th, 2016

It might not feel like summer what with all the showers, but the occasional sunny days are definitely setting the summer mood for us. And, while we are loving the Spring beauty trends, we are more than looking forward to transitioning to the Summer ones!

Check out 6 Summer Beauty Trends we are looking forward to:

Non-Touring

Contouring was huge last year. More than huge. It was literally “cutting edge” at Instagram so much so that people forgot how to go au-naturel. Well, natural is back with non-touring this year.

What is Non-touring, you ask? It’s the lighter, more natural sister version of contouring. It’s there but it’s not there. Its enough to show off your defined cheek bones but its subtle enough to fool others to think you are naturally sculpted.

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Since summer is all about dewy, glowy skin, non-touring ensures that there is nothing matte about your makeup and thereby, uses products like tinted moisturizers, highlighters and luminous shimmers only.

Yes, none of those matte contour powders. Put the Kim stash away for next season!

The D Word

The D Word is here to stay it seems.

Everyone’s rocking the Dewy, glowy look in spite of the rising temperatures and it seems like they will continue to do so in the coming months.

If you are into minimal makeup and have oily skin (sigh!), you can achieve the look by simply mixing up your favorite moisturizer or facial oil (only a drop!) with your foundation and apply as you usually do. This will give your face an ethereal, from-within glow without looking like you tried too hard.

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If you are fortunate enough to have a normal skin type, unlike us oillies, you can go full blown with highlighters, illuminators and dewy foundations. Highlight, strobe, illuminate or do all of it, just remember to glow this season!

90s Grunge Eyeliner

90s retro trends are huge this year. Denim skirts and chokers, anyone?

Along with the retro fashion trends, a 90s makeup trend that is making a strong comeback this year is the graphic eye liner.

It’s all about drawing sleek, precise lines as you see fit according to your eye shape and your own personal preference. It can be as simple as defining the outer corner of the eyes only in the shape of a traditional cat eye or it can be something experimental like negative space liner where you draw lines in the outer crease of your eye lids.

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The key to the trend is to ensure that the liner stays as precise as you first put it on. Since summers are going to take a toll on our makeup and melt it right down our faces, do remember to use an eye shadow primer and budge proof liner.

The Blue Eye

It seems like the blue shade isn’t going anywhere this year.

The trend for the blue eye shadows was huge this Spring. From blue eye shadow applied bluntly across the upper eye lid to a subtle lower lash line pop of blue, the trend was major and it is here to stay.

Choose any shade of blue that you like and apply it as you love. It can be a sweep of eyeliner across your upper lid, a full flush of blue color across the lid or a popping blue swipe across the lower lids. Just remember to keep it bright!

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Another major trend to incorporate along with this trend is colored lashes!

Yup, they are back and with a bang! Opt for brightly colored mascaras and keep your other eye makeup minimal for a cool, retro look that is equally wearable for the office and for after-drinks!

Wet Shine Lips

Seems like the beauty world is ditching the matte trend for good.

With the lips too, its all about the wet, glossy look rather than the winter-old matte/velvet finish look.

You can achieve the wet pout look with a good lip gloss but the ramp worthy look is more achievable with the newly trending lip oils. Just be sure to choose a non-sticky lip oil to avoid the gooey, sticky mess (not a flattering look with an already melting summer look).

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The new lip oils are formulated with essential oils which means that these lippies double up as pigments and nourishment goodies. While you rock a gorgeous, bright, wet slick pout during the season, the oils hydrate and nourish your lips all day long!

Watermelon Hair, Lobs and Braided Do’s

We got your attention with watermelon hair, didn’t we?

The trend is crazy but it is definitely taking over Instagram enough to catch everyone’s attention. And no, it doesn’t involve donning a watermelon on your head. Not literally, at least.

Picture Credit: Instagram merpiremusic

Picture Credit: Instagram merpiremusic

Watermelon hair is a dyeing trend that involves coloring the top of your hair green (the outer part of the watermelon, just a little bright) and the bottom of your hair pink (the inner part of the watermelon).

Not your style? Opt for a bronde (a balayage kinda combination of brown and blonde) and ash (pale colors with gray undertones).

For haircuts, we can drone on and on about the new styles but we all know Kendall Jenner’s snapchat of her latest lob has already have us booking our appointments with our hairdressers.

Picture Credit: Kendall Jenner Snapchat

Picture Credit: Kendall Jenner Snapchat

If you are not one of us crazy celebrity followers and are still rocking your long gorgeous hair, browse through Instagram for beautiful braided styles; be it fishtail braids, half-ponytail braids or those intricate yet messy braided up-dos, all of those are simply perfect for the sunny weather to come!

Picture Credit: Pinterest

Picture Credit: Pinterest

With all of these gorgeous trends, do not forget to embrace the brightly colored, beach manicures. Be it the gorgeous aquamarines or multi-colored pops of different colors on each nail, go bright, go beachy!

9 Easy Ways to Summer-Proof Your Beauty Routine

       
Monday, May 30th, 2016

Long beach weekends and all-night mojito parties in summers are something we can get on board with. But the rising temperatures and the accompanying sweat (eeeww) definitely put a damper on things!

Slipping eye liner and bleeding lipstick, anyone?

That doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous all summer long. Start using these 9 EASY, fool-proof ways to summer-proof your beauty routine. Because, we all know you aren’t saying no to that weekend party invite.

Go Frizz Free

If it were only that easy.

Kill frizz by limiting the use of heat tools. Embrace the natural beachy waves!

Switch up your shampoo to a more moisturizing one to avoid drying out your hair and frizzing them up. Try Fekkai – Essential Shea Shampoo, which contains Shea Butter for some intense hydration or Fekkai – Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, which is formulated with olive oil to give your hair enviable shine!

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Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo like Fekkai – Apple Cider Shampoo to get rid of all impurities and the grime you brought back from the beach.

Oil Up

In the most gorgeous sense.

Before you take your daily dip in the pool, remember to wet your hair with water and then seal your strands with a nourishing oil serum. This way since your hair strands are already wet (hair pores filled with the ‘clean’ water) and sealed, the chlorinated water from the pool won’t damage your hair as much.

Try a nourishing blend of oils like Hamadi – Healing Serum which contains Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Ylang-Ylang, Moroccan Vanilla, Bergamot and Palmarosa Essential Oils!

Mask It On

You know you want to.

While a good conditioner like Fekkai – Essential Shea Conditioner will help keep the frizzies at bay, a deep-conditioning mask will give your hair the necessary hydration boost.

Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and salon owner, recommends applying a deep conditioner on damp hair after a dip in the ocean or pool. This way while you lie around and get yourself a good, bronzy tan, the sun will act as a heat treatment on your masked hair and give it double the hydration boost.

Condition-and-Care

We recommend you trying a nourishing mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque which contains no sulfates and is formulated with hydrating, frizz-fighting ingredients like Shea Butter and Olive Oil.

To Exfoliate or NOT to Exfoliate

A big no-no for tanning fans.

While exfoliation helps reveal gorgeous complexion, it essentially does so by removing the top layer of the skin. So if you are into major tanning (sorry, pale buddies), you need to step away from the exfoliator.

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Not only will excessive exfoliation remove your hard-earned tan but will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

The best way is to limit exfoliation to once or at most, twice a week and follow up with a good sunscreen.

Greasy Face No More

Remember the fine line between glowing skin and grease ball?

The dry skinned gals might be okay with their regular moisturizers but unfortunate, oily skinned girls need to change their moisturizers from creamy, indulgent ones to gel, water-based ones in the summer.

Gel moisturizers are usually water based and very light-weight to help deliver the right amount of hydration without making you look like a grease factory. A light-weight moisturizer like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar is the way to go!

Remember, DO NOT skip moisturizer all together. Your skin can be oily and still be dehydrated at the same time. And, who wants dull, lack-luster skin, right?

Prime Time Special

Don’t let your makeup melt into your mojito!

A good primer is extremely important not only to create a smooth base for facial makeup but also to help increase its longevity especially in the humid months.

There are different primers targeted for different skin concerns like minimizing the appearance of pores, controlling oil, correcting skin tone, hydrating, etc (the list goes on; trust us, it does). So what does a girl on a budget do?

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Buy a kick-ass primer that targets ALL these concerns while controlling oil in scorching heat and soaring humidity: BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.

A primer to end all primers, BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector will not only minimize the appearance of your pores and give you a super smooth base for your foundation but it will also help keep your skin matte for a good 6 hours!

Spray It On

Oily-skinned gals, we feel for you.

If even the Becca primer can’t save your makeup for melting off, we recommend adding an extra step and setting your makeup with a setting spray like Dermablend – Set + Refresh Long-lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

While these steps will ensure that your makeup lasts through the longest of the dance parties, do look into your skincare regimen to see why your skin is so oily. Are you stripping off the natural oils of your face? Are you skipping the moisturizer? Are you using Alcohol-based products in your skincare routine?

In any case, target your skin concerns first before splurging in the makeup products.

Trade In for Gels

Say no to pencils!

Pencil eyeliners are more likely to sweat off in the summer heat and hence, it is a good idea to swap them up for gel eye liners. Youngblood – Incredible Wear Gel Liner has some gorgeous color options to try out this summer.

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These gel liners glide on beautifully and stay out through day/night!

Tips and Tricks

Investing into these beauty products will sure enough melt-proof your beauty routine but some general tips and tricks can go an extra mile to really summer-proof it all!

Chilling your lipstick in the fridge can help your lippie from melting off in the heat. Conditioning your hair before cleansing your body can help prevent bacne. Using salicylic acid based products can help prevent excessive oil and treat acne in one go. Using sulphate-free shampoos can help prevent over-dried hair due to regular washing.

Do you have some reliable summer-proofing beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments below!

20 Unbiased Beauty Blender Reviews

       
Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Beauty Blender Reviews

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There are a number of beauty products on the market. Some are applied with a finger, brush, or makeup sponge. The Beauty Blender is one of the newest applicators to be introduced, and it has taken the cosmetic industry by storm. Developed by Rea Ann Silva, the Beauty Blender sponge is an egg-shaped product that offers the ability to create a flawless finish for makeup application.

Silva is a high-profile makeup artist who has worked on countless celebrity clients. Although many consumers may view her invention with skepticism, she has won praise from the public. Here is a sampling of some positive Beauty Blender reviews.

YouTube Reviews

YouTube is a excellent way for a person to review a particular product and explain all relevant details. More and more people are using this medium to recommend everyday products and show how they work.

YouTuber Compares Original Beauty Blender with the Sonja Kashuk Beauty Blender

Lainamarie91 unveils the best beauty blender available. She compares Silva’s product with a similar sponge created by Sonja Kashuk. Kashuk’s product was purchased for approximately $10 at a local chain store. It appears stiff and can’t be easily rolled against the face. Also, it is difficult to clean.

Silva’s pink makeup sponge is double the price but much easier use. It feels softer and more squishy. Cleaning is simply as well. This YouTuber concludes Silva’s product was superior.

Rebecca Rodriguez Makes YouTube Video About Beauty Sponge

Rebecca Rodriguez expresses her opinion about the Beauty Blender. Despite her initial hesitations, she loves the product and feels it worked better than brushes to apply her foundation. Her end results are flawless.

Beauty Blender vs the Soho Beauty Sponge

This video compares two popular facial products. The Soho Sponge has a football shape. This makes it difficult to completely blend makeup products. It appears flimsy and hard to hold.

On the other hand, the Original Beauty Blender Sponge can easily cover large surface areas of the face. It’s perfectly suited for almost all parts of the face than the Soho Sponge, which also makes it easier to use. The reviewer clearly prefers the Beauty Blender Sponge, despite its higher price.

Blog Post Reviews

Blogging is a great way to express individual thoughts. Although a blog post includes opinions of its author, the offered information may help people get through similar situations or make purchasing decisions.

Blogger Samantha Joy Discusses the Best Beauty Blender

Samantha Joy enjoys blogging about beauty and lifestyle topics. After testing out the famous pink blender, she’s written a very detailed review of the product.  She understands the key to creating a perfect face is using a product that blends well. The patent-pending shape and texture of this product conforms to tight spaces around the nose and eyes, which makes it simple to finish all areas of the face in less time. Since it is latex-free and non-allergenic, everyone can use this product. Samantha recommends the Beauty Blender to anyone who wants flawless makeup application without any frustration.

Weekend Ramblings Reviews the Beauty Blender

This blog post explains the Beauty Blender is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable facial applicator. With traditional sponges, heavy application becomes a problem. The pink sponge provides control and gives an airbrushed effect. Although it is priced higher than a disposable item, this sponge can be cleaned and reused for a long time, so it is highly recommended.

Beauty Blender Colors

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Victor Amos and His Pro Beauty Blog

Amos is a blogger that faithfully uses the Original Beauty Blender. His blogs commonly review various beauty products. In this post, he explains the benefits of the pink blender sponge. He loves the longevity of the product and recommends it to all his clients.

The Beauty Junkee Talks Blending Techniques

This blog explains how simple it is to use the Beauty Blender. The tapered side reaches all the crevices of the face and leaves an airbrush-quality without the expense. Even after multiple uses, it does not crumble like traditional makeup sponges.

Ellie’s Pretty Little Lessons

This blog spot teaches users how to use the Beauty Blender and receive incredible results. The bouncy texture makes it simple to pat foundation across the face. It provides the same or better results as a set of quality brushes.

Makeup and Beauty Blog

The Beauty Blender is ideal for beginners. It seamlessly blends concealer and foundation and fits perfectly in the hand. It arrives small, but it grows to a good size after it is placed in water.

Makeup Artist Reviews the Beauty Sponge

A makeup artist is the perfect person to review the Beauty Blender. This professional deals with all types of cosmetic products and can give an honest opinion about the best and the worst items.

Beauty Sponge Amazon Reviews

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Ailbhe Lynch’s Review

Ailbhe Lynch had the opportunity to try the Beauty Blender. She is a makeup artist who is always on the lookout for a product that makes her job easier. Since she commonly uses brushes to apply foundation, she was skeptical about the sponge. However, she uncovered it worked well to build coverage and stamp makeup onto the skin so that it lasts throughout the day.

Troy Surratt’s Review

Troy Surratt is known as beauty “otaku,” which means beauty obsessive. He is a makeup artist who has worked on Jeniffer Lopez and Charlize Theron. He describes the Beauty Blender as “a basic tool that accomplishes so much.” It picks the perfect amount of foundation and lifts excess product away from the face so that optimal coverage is achieved.

Fiona Stiles’ Review

Fiona Stiles has applied makeup to celebrities, including Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain. She explains this sponge is made to provide flawless coverage. It keeps foundation thin in areas where little product is needed and layers it thicker where more coverage is necessary. It “camouflages” problem areas.

Mai Quynh Uses the Beauty Blender

Mai Quynh is well known in Hollywood and has worked on celebrities like Reese Witherspoon. After using the blender, she noticed how the product removes extra makeup for a soft and dewy finish. Since the item is round in design, it leaves no streaks behind.

Reviews By Influencers

Huda Heidi Kattan Examines the Beauty Blender

Huda Heidi Kattan is well known for her Huda Beauty website. While reviewing the product, she uncovered the pink makeup sponge works well with both powder and liquid cosmetics. Although she has used similar products in the past, this item’s unique shape and material does not compare to anything. She would not trade her Beauty Blender for anything in the world.

Magazine Reviews

Magazines are a great medium to discuss various products. They reach wide audiences and have trusted authors who readers turn to for accurate information.

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Persephone Magazine Discusses Various Facial Products

Michelle Miller of Persephone Magazinerecently compared a number of skincare products, including the Beauty Blender. She found this item brought excellent results, especially on super fair and dry skin. The product was quite durable. She will not return to disposable sponge applicators again.

InStyle Magazine Reviews Cosmetic Applicators

Jeniffer Velez of Instyle Magazine had the chance to review the Beauty Blender. At first, she viewed this as an “unnecessary product.” However, she discovered it is a “secret weapon” in the makeup industry. Its unique shape and soft texture make it ideal for applying primer, foundation, powder, and eye shadow.

Amazon Beauty Blender Reviews

Amazon is the premier online retailer for all types of products. It is known for offering low prices and selling to large numbers of customers. All buyers have the opportunity to review their purchases.

Rhoo (of Dayton) Reviews the Blender Sponge

This Amazon customer explained the blender was easy to use and clean. It provided professional application at home and worked much better than “copycat” products.

Lindsey Brooke Reviews the Blender on Amazon

After using the Beauty Blender Sponge, Lindsey will never go back to her original applicators. She is “obsessed” with the results that appear airbrushed. In the beginning, she was skeptical about the price. However, she has found the results were worth the cost.

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Joyce 88 Reviews the Beauty Applicator

After receiving this beauty applicator, this Amazon customer was amazed by the “flawless results.” She normally used brushes to blend her foundation, but they left streaks. This is not a problem with the Beauty Blender. Even after months of use, it has remained in perfect condition.

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This customer is a licensed cosmetologist who is “amazed” by the Blender Duo. She has never used anything as effective as this product to achieve realistic coverage.

After reading Beauty Blender reviews from across the Internet, it is easy to see the high amount of positive feedback. This product works to blend all types of makeup and provides a flawless appearance. Despite the higher price, it appears to be worth the money.

The One Piece of Clothing You Need for Fall!

       
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The One Piece of Clothing You Need for Fall!When you’re prepping your wardrobe for the fall season, it’s important to have warm clothes to wear to ensure that you stay comfortable as the temperatures begin to drop. Although it’s crucial to stay snuggled after the summer season comes to an end, it’s also important to look your best with fashionable attire. Military jackets are still a current piece to own for a grunge look that will allow you to stand out with your impressive street wear.

Pair with Booties

Military jackets are the perfect attire to wear during the fall season due to the variety of warm shoes that can be worn with the item. Most people prefer to wear combat boots or booties when it’s cold outside for a heavy shoe that is plenty snug. Military jackets are on point when paired with clunky boots for a masculine style that is still plenty feminine.

Use Tights

Military jackets can be paired with jean shorts and ripped tights to further enhance the grunge look that you may be going for. Tights will allow you to still wear shorts or skirts without opting for pants just to stay warm in the fall. You can also choose different colors that complement the season, which include burgundy, black, gray, and dark green.

Add Heavy Jewelry

Instead of feeling too masculine with your military jacket, you can dress it up by accessorizing it with heavy jewelry around your neck. Opt for wearing tribal necklaces or multiple chains to balance out the attire. You can also roll up the sleeves of the jacket and wear a gold chain-link watch with plenty of bangles or bracelets. This will add plenty of arm candy that allows the military jacket to look fashionable.

Add a Pop of Color

To enhance the camouflaged print on the military jacket, opt for pairing it with a pop of red lip color with lipstick. This will prevent the jacket from looking too overwhelming with the rest of the attire for proper balance with your ensemble. You can even add a cat-eye liner to your lids or a bit of bronzer for a moody makeup style that is perfect for the gloomy weather that comes with fall.

Although it can be difficult to find a staple piece to rock during the fall season, the military jacket will offer plenty of versatility for an urban look that is plenty youthful. You can create a number of different outfits that work around the jacket to ensure that you’ll stay trendy while strolling the streets or sitting in a coffee shop as the weather becomes cold outside.

Five Must Have Beauty Indulgences

       
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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

Cocoa Butter

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

Sugar Scrub

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

Hydrating Shave Cream

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

Face Primer

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

Good Black Mascara

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

Any High Heel (yes, heels!) Can Be Comfy!

       
Friday, August 7th, 2015

Any High Heel (yes, heels!) Can Be Comfy!Most of us want to look good, pulled together and sophisticated when we step into a pair of high heels. There is something about a pair of heels that make us feel sexy and good about ourselves, but our toes can also feel good and comfy. Here are 5 ways to pamper your feet and legs, and make your high heels your most comfortable pair of shoes.

Moleskin
Moleskin is one of the best kept secrets for preventing blisters. This silky, super soft adhesive can be cut and applied anywhere you normally endure blisters. Blister-prone spots benefit from this cotton “skin” by keeping your shoes from rubbing against them as you walk, but does not make your shoes feel too tight. You can also line any part of your shoe with moleskin. This blister buster will become your new best friend!

Taping Your Toes
There is a nerve that splits between your third and fourth toes which can cause pain in the balls of your feet. By taping the third and fourth toes together with some surgical tape, pain can be alleviated putting less strain on the nerve. It might feel awkward at first, but your feet will thank you.

Sock Stuffing
Sock stuffing isn’t just for bra and underwear companies anymore. It is great for stretching shoes, too! You found a to die for pair of heels, but they were only available in a size too small, you could benefit from stretching your shoes. A cheap way to do this is by the sock stuffing method. Pack your shoes fully and tightly with socks, and leave in over night. You can also hit the shoes with a blow dryer for quicker results, but do so with caution. Be careful to move the blow dryer all over continuously in order to prevent heat damage to the shoe.

Toe Inserts
It is crucial to take special care of the balls of your feet, as they suffer the most abuse in heels. Using ball and toe inserts can be essential to keeping your feet comfy. Ball and toe inserts won’t make your shoes tighter like a full insert does, so added ball support won’t make your shoes too small and tight. Toe inserts are inexpensive, effective and will make a huge difference to your tattered toes.

Anti-slip Heel Inserts
If you have especially narrow feet or your shoes are slightly too big, you may be having trouble with heel slipping. Heel slips are not only annoying, but can cause painful and bloody blisters. Anti-slip heel inserts will save your life! These clever adhesive strips will keep the heel of your shoe in place, eliminating the painful heel slips.

Beauty Benefits Of Acupuncture

       
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Beauty Benefits Of AcupunctureThese days, many people are interested in gaining confidence by optimizing their physical appearance. If you’re currently attempting to enhance your aesthetic appeal in order to improve your self-esteem, it’s important to note that acupuncture can help. Here are three beauty benefits of acupuncture:

1. Clears Acne

Oftentimes, people turn to acne treatments such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to clear up unwanted breakouts. However, many beauty experts have noted that these remedies only deal with the external reality rather than also tackling internal problems. And as many acupuncturists have stated, acne is typically an outward manifestation of internal imbalances. Thus when you fix the internal problem, you can prevent breakouts from recurring. Luckily, acupuncture addresses several issues that could be the root of acne breakouts, including a slow-moving lymphatic system or digestive imbalances. To determine the cause, the acupuncturist will examine the pulse and tongue to determine the optimal treatment mode.

2. Promotes Glowing Skin

Acupuncture creates microtrauma in the patient’s skin. This microtrauma is quite like the tears that occur in the muscles during an exercise session. The microtrauma is believed to increase collagen production while also stimulating fibroblasts. The result of this process is decreased sagging in skin, a youthful glow, diminished fine lines, and an improved skin tone. Additionally, acupuncturists state that the procedure addresses body imbalances that result from chronically dry skin and puffiness. These results can be obtained through a procedure like acupuncture facial rejuvenation, in which small needles are placed at certain regions of the patient’s body, face, and head. In conclusion, acupuncture is a nice alternative to anti-aging skin care products.

3. Generates Weight Loss

Undergoing a series of acupuncture treatments can help regulate water metabolism for the patient’s entire body. This helps with appetite suppression. There are two regions of the ear that can be stimulated, including the “stomach point” and the “hunger point.” Stimulating these sections of the ear is linked to eliminating cravings and controlling hunger. Regions of the body such as the inside of the leg and the sphere just above the ankle bone can also undergo stimulation for the purpose of enhancing metabolism.

(It’s important to note that acupuncture is not weight loss magic. Individuals who are seeking to lose weight should focus on optimizing their diets and exercising regularly. However, it’s important to note that acupuncture is effective in helping with the weight loss process. If your goal is to use acupuncture to help accelerate your weight loss process, the recommended number of sessions is 12.)

Conclusion

As made plain by the information listed above, there are several beauty benefits associated with acupuncture. Some of them include clear, glowing skin and weight management. Thus if you’re trying to optimize your appearance in order to feel more comfortable and confident in your body, acupuncture may be the perfect solution for you!

Spotlight on REN Skincare

       
Friday, July 24th, 2015

4 Melt Proof Makeup TipsREN beauty products are your new prescription for happy skin. REN produces favorites among celebrities and beauty editors alike. They use only 100% plant and mineral derivatives and products are free from skin harming synthetic ingredients. The experience of using REN, including texture, fragrance and results, can make you feel healthier and happier, and make the world a little nicer, too. Check out why these are a few all-time favorites:

Keep Young and Beautiful Skin Instant Firming Beauty Shot
Yes, there is a shot for more beautiful skin! This is a gel-serum that instantly firms, lifts and plumps the skin, leaving it velvety soft. It will leave skin noticeably smoother and younger looking. A liquid matrix of hyaluronan loads the skin with moisture and encourages elastin synthesis, firming and regenerating the skin over time.

Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
New and wow! This transforming treatment instantly revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin. Packed with potent water-activated Vitamin C, it will refresh your skin in a flash. While reducing the signs of fatigue, aging and imperfections, this will give skin a radiant glow.

Moroccan Rose Otto Gold Glow Perfecting Oil
Get your glow on. This Moroccan rose dry oil leaves skin glowingly soft and nourished. It leaves skin exquisitely healthy. Formulated with precious plant oils and actives, it also hydrates and protects.

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
This is the rock star of skin care. This potent bio active peel mask dramatically improves skin tone by removing dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines, revealing a brighter, healthier and more radiant complexion.

EverCalm Anti-Redness Serum
REN’s EverCalm Anti-Redness Serum combats redness and irritation, boosting skin’s tolerance of environmental irritants. Protecting against causes of premature aging such as UV rays, inflammation, redness, pollution and free radicals, milk polypeptides calm and strengthen skin.

Rosa Centifolia Foaming Cleanser
This detergent free foaming cleanser is infused with rose extracts to gently remove grime and make-up in one simple stroke. This cleanser balances, tones, soothes, and tightens pores.

Vita Mineral™ Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream
How about a true multi-vitamin day cream that replenishes the skin with moisture, essential nutrients and antioxidants to keep it healthy, glowing and youthful? Phytosterols and essential fatty acids increase skin’s protective lipid barrier to retain moisture and encourage cell renewal. Flavonoids and Vitamin E properties decongest and soothe. Copper, Magnesium and Zinc encourage radiance and energy, while antioxidants shield the skin from oxidative stress.

You can try one of REN’s products for yourself. Check out these essentials and many more products. REN is available in department stores, pharmacies and spas around the world and online from such companies as Beauty Bridge.

Best Summer Spa Treatments

       
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Best Summer Spa TreatmentsThe best summer spa treatments will help you refresh your face and body for the swimsuit and tanning season. Spa treatments are a great help in the summer when humidity and the rays of the sun attack your skin. Try the summer spa treatments listed here to help your face and body get ready for swimsuits and summer sun.

#1: Facial Peels

Facial peels are an excellent way to rejuvenate your skin when the summer sun comes out. Summer sun can damage your skin further without a peel, but a simple facial peel helps your skin recover from the long and harsh winter. You may go in for a facial peel at any time, but the facial peel should not be the only thing you do at the spa.

#2: Massage

Going in for a massage at the beginning of the summer will help you relax before you start your wonderful summer adventures. The massage will help get rid of all the stress from the winter, and you may use the massage as a way of extending your appointment at the spa.

#3: Nails

Have a full manicure and pedicure while you are in the spa. A manicure will help get your nails ready for the swimsuit season, and you may choose a playful color that looks perfect with all your summer clothing. The pedicure you receive will help you get ready for the summer sandal season. You will likely wear open toe shoes for most of the summer, and you must ask for a foot scrub that will help get the soles of your feet ready for walking barefoot at the pool or beach. Dead skin will build up on your feet in the winter, and you can get rid of all that dead skin using just one foot scrub during your spa treatment.

#4: Full Body Moisturizing

Having a full body oil or lotion treatment will prepare your skin to be exposed during the summer months. Many ladies go into the summer season without treating their skin, and it is difficult to wear a bathing suit with confidence if your skin has not been treated properly. An oil or lotion rub will soften your skin in the spa, and you will leave the spa feeling like a new person. All the dry patches will go away, and you will be left with soft skin that looks good in a swimsuit.

Try all the spa treatments listed here to look your best during the summer, and you may have each treatment done in the same appointment. Pamper yourself with treatments that will change the way you feel about your body when you slip into your swimsuit.

Eyebrow Extensions 101

       
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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

Things to Know before Getting Extensions

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

Extension Placement

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

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

How to Maintain Extensions

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

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