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The Winter Itch

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

people enjoying snow

Photo Taken By: Ian Aberle

Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.

Caring for curly hair: Essential tips

       
Friday, August 16th, 2013

Caring for curly hair: Essential tips

While you may have battled with your curly coif your whole life, you’re likely the envy of most of your friends. In fact, some straight-haired women spend hours trying to get the same bouncy, voluminous tresses. The question is – how do you discipline your ‘do? With these tips and a powerful combination of products, you’ll be able to keep curls under control.

Comb carefully
The more you brush curly hair, the greater the frizz factor. So before you step in the shower, use a boar-bristle brush to make sure the natural oil from your scalp is evenly distributed throughout your hair. Tommy Buckett, celebrity hairstylist for Garnier Fructis, noted to Glamour magazine that curls tend to get tangled and knotted. In the shower, use a wide-toothed comb to brush your conditioner through your strands from roots to ends. Buckett explained that color-treated curls are extra thirsty and require a deeper conditioner. Opt for a weekly treatment like the Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask, which enhances hair’s strength and manageability. Once you’ve rinsed out the conditioner, avoid wringing your hair, rubbing it with a towel or putting it in a turban. Instead, lightly squeeze the moisture out with a clean towel, encouraging your curls’ natural shape.

Style smarts
This is a key step in your regimen, whether you have kinky ringlets or looser ones. While hair is still damp, work a reasonable sized amount of de-frizz serum or styling cream into your locks, scrunching as you go. Finer hair can benefit from the lightweight Leonor Greyl Algues Et Fleurs Curl Enhancer, which uses seaweed and other film-forming proteins to restructure the curls so they maintain their shape. Thicker, coarser curls should opt for a heavy-duty product that can tame and relax the hair, like the rich Hamadi Shea Hair Cream.

Whatever product you use, don’t go overboard as too much can make your hair greasy and weigh it down. Air drying is your best bet for avoiding poofiness, but if you’re jetting out the door, blowdry your bangs and roots. It’s helpful to pop a diffuser on your hairdryer, which can distribute the heat more evenly.

Sleeping beauty
Waking up with flattened or frizzed out locks? The way you style your hair before you go to sleep can have a big impact on how it looks in the morning. For a better bed-head, pile your hair high on top of your head in a  neat knot. You’re less likely to have a tangled mess in the morning, and more importantly, you’ll avoid the risk of breakage. Buckett also recommended in Glamour purchasing a silk pillowcase, as it won’t cause as much friction on the hair fibers as a cotton one.

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

There's really nothing that boosts your confidence like a fresh salon blowout. However, achieving the same look at home can be a struggle without the right tools and products. Whether for date night, a summer soiree or an important job interview, use these tips for a coif that looks like it was handled by the professionals.

Prep with products
A good blowout starts with the shampoo. If you expose your hair to heat frequently, the Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo by Fekkai not only helps to nourish strands, but the soy and milk protein also strengthens them to prevent future breakage. If your hair tends to fall flat, opt for the Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo, which amps up thin tresses for a fuller finished look. An ultra-moisturizing conditioner is also key for a shiny blowout, as excessive heat can leave hair looking like straw. Treat hair to the Ristorativo Di Vita Conditioning Treatment by Borghese, which hydrates brittle strands while transforming the texture for softer styles. Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist at Blow in New York City, told Women's Health magazine that it's important to thoroughly rise out any conditioner for a long-lasting look.

Fight frizz by spritzing in lightweight Serum de Soie Sublimateur by Leonor Greyl, which smoothes the hair shaft without weighing it down for a poof-proof appearance. If your hair is highly unmanageable, opt for Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl, which contains protective proteins and seaweed extracts for shine and buoyancy.

Time to dry 
Now you're ready to pick up the hairdryer. Real Simple magazine recommended starting with the bangs when they're still wet. For more volume, hold hair in a round brush vertically above the head, but for a sleek, pin-straight look you'll want to pull hair downward. Next, Real Simple suggested moving to the back sections, which can be harder to perfect, and working forward toward the face. Always keep the blowdryer constantly moving – directing heat in one spot for too long can scorch your hair and cause serious damage.

Preserve and protect
After all that work, you'll likely want to make your blowout last. In Women's Health, Patterson recommended using dry shampoo, which can absorb oil and keep your style looking fresh. He also advised using a clip or a headband instead of an elastic because they won't leave a pesky crimp.

Follow these steps and your hair is bound to blow everyone away.

How to fight summer frizz

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

How to fight summer frizz

Between heat, humidity and unpredictable weather conditions, it can seem impossible to keep hair smooth during summer. Fortunately, there are plenty of products that can seal the hair, combating frizz and making sure it stays sleek whether you're on the beach or in the office, and regardless of the climate.

The first step to any frizz-fighting regiment is the right shampoo and conditioner. The Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo and conditioner is optimal for kinky or wavy hair, while the protein complex in the same brand's Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo and conditioner is just what brittle, damaged strands need for manageability. After washing and conditioning, rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and pat hair dry, as rubbing can promote unwanted frizz.

Next, a serum is crucial for blocking out humidity. Leonor Greyl's Serum de Soie Sublimateur not only detangles and enhances shine, but also provides a UV filter to protect the hair's color and texture.

Having the right styling tools in your arsenal is key. Using an iconic dryer is less damaging, meaning hair will retain more moisture and be less prone to breakage. Putting a finger extension, like T3's Soft Touch, on the dryer can help to distribute heat more evenly, which defines curls and eliminates frizz for a more polished finished style.

With the right products and practices, your hair will look healthier and calmer, even in the dog days of summer.

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

       
Monday, June 24th, 2013

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

You might already know how to keep your face looking fresh with True makeup throughout the summer, but what about your luscious locks? If you have dyed hair, you're prone to losing the vibrancy of your tresses over the course of the season. Ultraviolet rays can cause your hair to fade with time, and this can occur well before the end of the summer if you love spending time under the sun at the beach. Here are some tips for keeping your hair looking beautiful all season long.

1. Make sure it stays hydrated
Hollywood Life stated that it's critical to keep your hair hydrated. Invest in a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed to strengthen your hair and provide protection against harmful UV rays. 

2. Try an oil treatment
Argan oil is one of many oils you can use on your hair this summer to help you lock in moisture and ensure that your tresses always have a healthy glow under the sun.

3. Cover up
The Huffington Post recommended keeping your hair covered up under a hat or bandana if you're going to be spending an ample amount of time in direct sunlight.

Secret ways to perk your hair up for spring

       
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Secret ways to perk your hair up for spring

After a long winter full of dry air, your hair could likely use a little TLC. That being said, there are a few ways you can get your locks back to looking as beautiful as they did before the cold weather rolled in. Whether you have curly or straight hair, there are easy fixes for you.

First, it’s important to start by bringing moisture back into your ‘do. You can do this by treating your hair with a mask and conditioning each time you shower. Additionally, Harper’s Bazaar magazine recommends using a repairing shampoo to fix any split ends or unsightly damage that may have developed last winter.

Next, the Philadelphia Inquirer recommends going natural with your tresses, even if you’re used to powering up a blow dryer every morning. After using conditioner, your hair should be in a perfect, frizz-free state, so why not let it flow freely? Natural hair is going to be popular throughout the season.

Finally, do yourself a favor and get a cut from a professional. Even if you just got your hair done before the end of winter, giving it a little touch-up with scissors can refine your look.

Do you know how to combat frizz from humidity?

       
Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Do you know how to combat frizz from humidity?

Now that spring is just around the corner, the weather is about to change. While some may argue that it's for the better, your hair might say otherwise! With warm temperatures often comes humidity, which can lead to unsightly frizz. Not sure how to control this all-too-common problem? Here are a few ways to tackle the issue.

First, make sure you're using a conditioner every time you shower. A conditioner made for your particular hair type can eliminate frizz and make your locks easier to tame, whether you want to wear them up or down.

Next, consider investing in a leave-in conditioner for your hair. These products are designed to not only soften your 'do, but eliminate frizz that you might have to contend with on a humid spring day. A serum can also provide similar results.

Finally, Allure magazine recommends avoiding towel-drying your hair. Instead, think about using a microfiber towel to squeeze and absorb the moisture out of your tresses. Towel-drying can enhance frizz and make it even tougher to eliminate. By taking these tricks into account, you won't have to deem humidity an enemy!

Carly Rae Jepsen stuns audience at MTV EMAs with stylish bangs

       
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen stuns audience at MTV EMAs with stylish bangsA beautiful mane may come naturally to some women, but for others, it takes products like Dermalogica – Shine Therapy Shampoo to really get locks in brilliant condition. Yet once hair is looking full of life and volume, it can be difficult to settle on the perfect style.

If you've been on the fence about the right hairstyle for you, consider looking for a little inspiration from the stars!

At the MTV European Music Awards, singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen arrived at the photocall in a stellar metallic gold ensemble that accentuated the star's pale complexion and luscious dark locks. The stylish brunette rocks blunt bangs with attitude, and paired with her bold use of black eyeliner and shadow, Jepsen cleverly chose to make her hair the focal point of her look.

If you want to channel Jepsen's magnetic energy by recreating her ultra-sleek 'do, you'll need something like Fekkai – Advanced Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum. This potent serum can keep your strands from going frizzy from exposure to heat, humidity or moisture, and help you achieve the super-straight look you crave.

With your tresses well-nourished and looking sensational at long last, that special guy is sure to call you, definitely.

 

How to look the part for an important interview

       
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

With these tips, you should have no problem scoring that job!If you have experience, knowledge and a great work ethic, you shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to nailing an interview, but how can you seal the deal? While your qualifications are important, first impressions are also up there on a hiring manager’s checklist. The state of your clothes, hygiene, hair and makeup can make or break your chances of landing the job, so preparation is crucial. Here’s how to primp yourself for an interview and hopefully snag that position!

Fashion
What you wear to an interview largely depends on the type of industry you’re hoping to enter. Some companies require super-formalwear, while others have a casual vibe and still more offer plenty of fashion creativity to its employees. If you visited the business before your interview, you probably saw what everyone was wearing, so try to copy their style. When in doubt, overdressing never hurts – it shows that you’re professional no matter what.

Make sure your clothes are clean and unwrinkled first and foremost. They should also fit properly – anything too baggy or too tight will look sloppy. Opt for a tailored pantsuit or a skirt and blouse, choosing colors and shapes that flatter your complexion and speak volumes about your personality. Keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum to avoid seeming too flashy.

Hair
The style you choose to rock for your interview can be whatever you think looks best on you, whether it’s a chignon, ponytail, blowout or a pixie cut. The most important thing is that the style looks polished, which means that there shouldn’t be any flyaways. You can tame those frizzies with a product like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur (Anti-frizz).

Nails
Most likely, you’ll be shaking the interviewer’s hand at some point, so he or she will get a good glimpse of the state of your nails. If you’re not one for nail polish, at least make sure that your tips are filed into a neat shape and that they’re as clean as possible. It might also be a good idea to use a hand cream like AHAVA – Leave-on Deadsea Mud Dermud Intensive Hand Cream so your hands are soft to the touch.

If you’re a gal who loves a good manicure, keep your polish choices simple. While bright colors and cool designs are trendy, they’re usually not appropriate for a job interview, especially for a position in a serious industry. Stick to nudes or pastel pinks from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers, which will flatter and elongate your fingers.

Makeup
Even if you just discovered the perfect smoky eye palette or a bright new shade of lipstick, it’s best to keep your makeup understated for an interview. You want to complement your features, not overwhelm them. To ensure that you start off with a good base, get a good night’s sleep before the big day, which can minimize dark circles and puffiness under your eyes, as well as redness or dull skin.

Begin your makeup application with a great primer like Too Faced – Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin, which will even out your complexion and make your look last throughout the day. Then apply a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Contour your cheekbones with a rosy blush and a natural-looking bronzer without shimmer, like Too Faced – Peach Leopard Brightening & Perfecting Bronzer. A dab of highlighter on your cheekbones will give you a healthy glow.

Use a black or brown eyeliner pencil to define the shape of your eyes and darken your lash lines, then follow up with a neutral eyeshadow combination – brown is a safe bet. Use a medium shade across your entire lid, a dark shade in the crease and along your lash lines and a light shade on your brow bones. Add a coat of a brown or black mascara like Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara.

Finish with a coat of a neutral pink lip gloss or lipstick, and you’re ready to rock that interview!

Bring in 2012 with a few beauty resolutions

       
Monday, December 19th, 2011

Make a few of these New Year's beauty resolutions!There’s nothing quite like New Years to bring out the best in people. Everyone wants to start off the new year afresh, whether it means amping up your workout routine, vowing to cut down on your chocolate intake or even to take a few more risks in life. If you’re already creating a list of resolutions for 2012, you might want to include a few beauty-related tasks to ensure that your skin, nails, hair and body get the treatment they deserve. Here are some ideas to consider, inspired by The Beauty Department.

1. Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. Although many women have been bombarded by the media when it comes to how damaging the sun’s rays are, that hasn’t stopped some from skipping the sunscreen. Ensure the protection of your skin by slathering it on in the morning as part of your routine – not just before you’re going to the beach. Makeup like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 will ensure that you’re getting coverage in more ways than one.

2. Fake it, don’t bake it. If you’re still heading to the tanning bed to get your glow on, cut it out already! Tanning beds are no safer than the sun, and some experts argue that they can do even more damage since you’re receiving direct exposure. Get a faux bronze look by using self-tanners like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. These make the application process a breeze and they won’t leave any tell-tale streaks.

3. Exfoliate at least once a week. Getting rid of dead skin cells is the key to a glowing complexion that’s not dull or flaky. Use an exfoliating scrub for your face once or twice a week, and a rich scrub for your body in the shower. Get Fresh – SPA Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat.

4. Find your signature scent. There’s nothing like a fresh fragrance to remind people of you even when you’re not around, but it’s not possible if you’re always switching up your perfume. Take the time to find out what smells best on you, then invest in a few different products in the scent to ensure that you’re always exuding the aroma.

5. Don’t go to sleep without taking off your makeup. Leaving makeup on while you’re in bed at night is never a good idea. Your pores can become clogged, leading to acne, irritation and an overall messy complexion. Even if you’re too tired to wash it all off, keep a stash of wipes near your bed and use it to gently remove any product. Rilastil – Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are the perfect thing.

6. Clean out your collection. Now’s the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet, makeup bag and toiletry stash and get rid of anything old. Most products have an expiration date on them, but if you can’t remember when you got it, it’s definitely worth tossing. Expired products won’t work as well and could cause problems for your skin if you continue to use them.

7. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. Your strands could use a break from heat tools every now and then, so you should become comfortable with your hair’s natural state. That doesn’t mean you have to skip products altogether – a great anti-frizz serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur can do wonders.

8. Stop biting your nails. Every now and then, we all slip up and go to town nibbling that pesky jagged edge or hangnail – but you have to stop! Carry a nail file in your bag for on-the-go fixes and keep your nails polished and cute so you won’t feel the urge to bite them.

As long as you incorporate some or all of these beauty resolutions, 2012 should be your most beautiful year yet!