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Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

On mornings when you're not well rested, all it takes is a few tweaks to your makeup routine to look less tired. While putting on concealer is helpful, it's not enough to cover up the exhaustion – but these tips can help you fake a good night's sleep.

The first step to livening up the face is applying an illuminating foundation to even out the complexion. It's crucial to use the right hue for your skin​ tone, as a too-pale shade could look dull and wash you out. A pop of rosy blush brightens the entire face, which distracts from any shadows under the eyes. Look for a color that has a hint of gold, which will also counteract the blue tones in undereye circles. A shimmering bronzer can also do wonders for adding dimension to the face and making you looking more lively.

Lighten up on eyeshadow application, as a heavy, dramatic or smoky look can actually make eyes look smaller and wearier. Lining the upper lashes with two different hues, such as a deep brown and a vibrant emerald green, can make the whites of your eyes look even brighter.

A softly arched brow lifts the eyelids, drawing attention away from dark circles and puffiness. Brush eyebrows upward and fill them in with a pencil or powder that is two shades lighter than the natural color to appear even more alert.

How to make thinning hair look thicker

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

How to make thinning hair look thicker

Starting to notice a widening part or a more visible scalp? You're not alone: More than 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or loss. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed with the right dietary choices and supplements, hair products and styling tricks.

The first step to thicker hair starts at the scalp. Try Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo, which is formulated with expansion technology and delivers body-building wheat protein and creatine into the hair shaft to give each strand a fuller appearance. Basil and tea tree oil help to keep the scalp flake free and stimulate the hair follicles for healthy growth, thus minimizing any potential hair loss. Meanwhile, soy protein provides structure for thinning hair, and white lupine revitalizes and strengthens new hair growth.

Next, work in En Root Give Me Volume Conditioner by theBalm, which is infused with bamboo, rice protein and vitamins A, C and E for soft, full, voluminous hair. Work a mousse like the Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip through damp hair. The solution packs a powerful plumping complex which can help to boost the fullness of every strand from roots to ends while providing lightweight, all day hold. If you need to fake it till you make it, ESalon recommends opting for a multi-layered haircut or face-framing bangs and getting regular trims to keep hair from looking flat.

By following these steps, you can achieve a fuller, healthier and more voluminous looking mane.

Superfoods for radiant skin

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Superfoods for radiant skin

You are what you eat, and this adage is no less true for your skin. Whatever your concerns – whether it's a dry complexion, signs of aging, or damage from the sun, your diet can actually make a huge difference. Include these superfoods along with the right skincare products to boost hydration, fuel faster cell turnover and make skin appear younger for the long-term.

Frank Lipman, founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, told Allure that the healthy fats in wild salmon can help to pad skin tissue and cell membranes, leaving skin looking plumper. He suggested aiming for two to three servings per week. The monounsaturated fats in avocados can also help skin to retain moisture as well as replenish its own natural oils.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – and they can also reduce the production of free radicals. Redbook reported that raw kale is especially rich in carotenoids, which according to research by the University of Nottingham, gives skin a glow that's even more attractive than a sun tan. Meanwhile, the lycopene in tomatoes is essentially nature's SPF, offering extra protection against the sun's harmful UV rays.

Fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, can help hydrate and nourish skin, which is especially important in the dry summer heat. Papaya contains two to three times your daily vitamin C needs – which is key, as Redbook noted that women with diets higher in the vitamin had less wrinkles and younger looking skin.

Keeping blemishes undercover

       
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Keeping blemishes undercover

Just one pesky blemish can have the power to bring down your entire face's appearance. But with a powerful concealer and the proper application, these imperfections don't have to ruin your complexion.

A good concealer can provide the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup, so it's crucial to pick the right one for your skin type. Camouflage Cream by BABOR is packed with vitamins and nutrients to not only hide blemishes and dark under-eye circles, but also correct any discolorations. The formula is also smudge and waterproof, making it an ideal solution for all-day coverage, even in sweltering summer heat.

If aging is a concern, apply theBalm's timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer before you go to sleep. With this product, you can simultaneously cover up any darkness or redness while also reducing fine lines. Formulated with soybean oil and linoleic acid, timeBalm also protects the delicate skin around the eyes from any environmental stresses.

For ultimate customization, Protective Illuminating Concealer by being TRUE cosmetics offers a tri-component compact. Two different hues can be blended for a personalized shade that matches your exact skin tone, and a micro illuminating neutralizer deflects light away from any lines or flaws. The TRUE antioxidant complex and brighteners help to mask discoloration while also boosting the skin's natural youthful glow.

No one has entirely perfect skin – but you can pretend with any of these flaw-fighting formulas.

Make orange lips yours this season

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Make orange lips yours this season

While not a traditional lip shade, orange lips have been emerging everywhere from the red carpet to the runway – and the look is more versatile than you might think. Makeup artist Gucci Westman told Allure Magazine that bright orange gives a "warm, sunny effect." She advised sticking with matte shades, as the color is already bold enough without a sparkle or shimmer. Particularly with a summer tan, this hue can infuse the right amount of color with everything from denim during the day to a cocktail dress in the evening. 

If you're sporting the trend for the first time, try sheer lipstick like Paula Dorf's Lip Color Sheer Tint in Rhythm. The formula has SPF15 and hydrates and conditions lips so the color stays smooth and shiny. It's the perfect amount of pigment without being too overpowering.

And if you're eager to join the tangerine craze but are looking to treat lips at the same time, Borghese's B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Misto Mandarino is ideal. These orange lipsticks contain beta vera, vitamin E and the Acqua di Vita Complex which keep lips moisturized for more long-lasting color. As an added benefit, the product strengthens lips and encourages the production of collagen for a plumping effect.

No matter your skin tone or personal style, orange lips can be yours this summer with the right product and shade.

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.

Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

       
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

You may be eager to take advantage the warm summer weather to work on your tan, but by no means does that mean you can ignore sunscreen. It's relatively common knowledge that lotions not only prevent painful sunburns, but can also help limit wrinkles and skin damage later in life. But how much of an effect can the right skin care actually have on the visible signs of aging? 

According to a recent study conducted by Australian researchers and published in Annals of Internal Medicine journal, using sunscreen frequently can reduce signs of aging by about 24 percent, Forbes reports. As facial sun care products evolve and grow more effective, the benefits could be even greater. 

Exuviance skin care products are a popular choice for people looking to replenish their skin while also gaining the benefits of SPF. These creams and foundations are proven to improve your skin's appearance while offering some much-needed protection from the sun's harmful rays. 

If you're worried about looking pale this summer because of your extra sun protection – don't be. There are plenty of ways you can use all-over bronze makeup or even self-tanners to enhance your natural glow without causing damage to your skin. 

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 ways to tackle summer acne

       
Friday, June 28th, 2013

3 ways to tackle summer acne

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

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

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

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

What can vitamin C do for your skin?

       
Friday, June 28th, 2013

If you're concerned about developing wrinkles, you're not alone. Many women have this fear, and they'll go to extremes to make sure that they don't affect their appearance.

If you're concerned about developing wrinkles, you're not alone. Many women have this fear, and they'll go to extremes to make sure that they don't affect their appearance. As Cosmopolitan magazine reported, vitamin C is becoming the go-to ingredient for people interested in keeping themselves looking youthful, and it comes in several different forms.

For instance, there are microdermabrasion formulas that can exfoliate the skin, stimulate cell renewal and combat the signs of aging. The vitamin C in these products can encourage the production of collagen, as well as improve the elasticity of the skin. More bounce and resistance means less fine lines!

Discovery Health and Fitness stated that vitamin C is sought out by women because of its ability to fight free radicals as well. Moisturizers and serums that include this nutrient can reduce the effects of radicals, which are renowned for causing wrinkles. While there's only so much that can be done about the amount of free radicals in the environment, anti-aging products with vitamin C can go a long way when reversing their effects.

Whether you've already noticed a few fine lines or you want to get ahead in the game of aging, using vitamin C can be an efficient way to maintain your youthful looks.