Archive for the ‘Hands and Nails’ Category

Can lip balms actually dry out your pucker?

       
Monday, November 12th, 2012

Can lip balms actually dry out your pucker?It's kind of an urban beauty myth, but one we can't help but shudder to think about – can wearing too much lip balm during the winter months actually dry out your pucker?

While balms like Dermalogica – Climate Control Lip Treatment can nourish your smacker and provide relief to chapped lips throughout the chilliest days of the year, some people suggest that the cooling ingredients found in certain glosses and balms can actually trigger a full-blown dependency!

As legend has it, women who stop using balms after consistently wearing them can begin to suffer from terrible dry and parched lips, but according to Allure's Beauty Blog, this couldn't be farther from the truth!

"ChapSticks and lip hydrators have waxes or emollients in them to create a barrier to keep lips hydrated," Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C., told the news source. This, in turn, makes it next to impossible for lips to dry out after using balms.

If you're concerned about your skin staying hydrated throughout the cold season, try packing along L'Occitane – Shea Orchard Daily Duo Vineyard Rose, which is a great, on-the-go resource that can leave your hands and lips feeling replenished. 

Prepare for the holidays – with hand soap

       
Friday, November 9th, 2012

Prepare for the holidays - with hand soapThe holidays are a great time for reconnecting with family members, especially those that live far away. While some may be planning to camp out in a luxurious hotel or resort for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, others may be headed straight for your guest room.

You may be rushing to fluff up the pillows in your guest room and dust off your finest china for the holidays, but if you really want to make a lasting impression on your guests and make them feel cozy in the process, there's only one great way to do it – by stocking up on hand soap.

Depending on how many bathrooms you have in your home, you can explore a variety of fantastic soaps that are sure to captivate your guests.

Looking for a subtle yet intoxicating scent that will linger on your hands for the rest of the day? With Caswell-Massey – English Lavender Liquid Soap and Hand Lotion Caddy you can capture the freshness of blooming lavender fields and provide vital, antibacterial protection to your hands.

Known for its amazing shea butter lotion, L'Occitane also offers an amazing array of moisturizing soaps that are perfect for everyday use. L'Occitane – Fleur Cherie Flowers Soap (Set of 2) is fragrant with sweet and soft floral notes that can leave hands replenished and clean. 

Put fright into your night with Halloween-inspired nails

       
Monday, October 29th, 2012

Put fright into your night with Halloween-inspired nailsFrom eerie cobwebs to creating your own Frankenstein, what better time to get creative with your nails than Halloween? Consider a few of these tips to put the fright into your night come All Hallow's Eve!

Spinning a web of style
Cobwebs are super-trendy look for Halloween and can complement a variety of different costumes, which is perfect if you plan on switching it up over the course of several days! Just grab a black, nylon-based nail polish that won't chip easily and use this as a base coat. Once you're done, use a white or metallic polish to etch spooky cobwebs onto your digits.

It's alive – on your nails!
Want to bring new life to your party? You don't have to be the Bride of Frankenstein to rock one of the best nail looks of the season – your very own Frankenstein. Just grab a bottle of bright green nail polish and coat this over your nails. Once your base polish has dried, use your black polish to paint the bottoms of your digits. This will help you round out the face of Frankenstein and give an exciting burst of color to your fingertips.

Gently use the polish brush to make out eyes and a mouth. You won't believe how dynamic this style is until you're done!

How well do you care for your hands?

       
Monday, October 29th, 2012

How well do you care for your hands?Hands are essential to our daily lives and can be a great place to show off the latest jewelry and beauty trends, yet when was the last time you devoted your attention to your digits? From dry skin to inflamed cuticles, the signs of wear and tear on hands are obvious. Consider these tips to rejuvenate your palms and keep them feeling soft!

Did you know that almonds are one of the best things in the world for your skin? In addition to being a great source of vitamin E, almonds can help slough away toxins and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other blemishes. While you may be thinking that your mitts aren’t susceptible to age marks, you couldn’t be more wrong! However, with Caswell-Massey – Almond and Aloe Hand Cream with Silk, you can leave your hands feeling silky smooth and wrinkle-free.

Cuticles are another major concern, and if neglected, can potentially ruin the look of your manicure and freshly painted nails. You should avoid cutting your cuticles at all costs, as this can damage the sensitive skin around your nails, and instead opt for a hassle-free cuticle remover that will allow you to push back cuticles without hassle.

Are you abusing your nails?

       
Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Are you abusing your nails?When it comes to anti-aging skincare, savvy women know to devote as much attention to their hands as they do their complexions. How come? It's simple, really. Hands can reveal a lot about a person's overall health and wellness. But even if hands are the pinnacle of your priorities, you may find that your nails aren't as sharp-looking as you'd like.

The problem with your talons may come down to something as simple as bad habits. Your mom probably shook her head whenever she saw you munching away on your nails as a kid, and if this is a quirk you've carried over from childhood, chances are it's one of the main reasons your nails aren't in great shape. If you've also been neglecting to care for your cuticles, your nail beds could be overrun in the worst kind of way possible by cuts and inflammation.

By applying an ultra-hydrating cuticle oil treatment to the base of your nails on a regular basis, all the nutrients you'll need will be right at your fingertips.

One of the other major problems that nails contend with is yellowing. Smoker's beware – this vexing dilemma is often directly correlated to nicotine usage. However, frequent nail polish use can also lend a yellowish tint to your talons. To overcome this, be sure to grab a multi-functional enamel polish that acts as a base and fixing coat to correct any discolorations. Not only will you see a difference in the way polish looks when applied, but you'll also be sporting stronger, healthier nails!

Lotil Cream is back!

       
Monday, October 15th, 2012

Lotil Cream is back at Beauty Bridge!Fall and winter come with plenty of awesome activities, from apple picking to pumpkin carving to baking cookies. But one thing that surely isn't putting you in the holiday spirit is dry skin – particularly on your hands, which are exposed to the elements on a regular basis. But, just in time for the cold weather season, Lotil Cream is back at Beauty Bridge!

Also known as "The Miracle Worker," Lotil Cream, which is imported from England, is regarded as the finest product on the market for soothing chapped hands and feet and preventing dry skin from returning. Rough, flaking, red and cracked soles and palms will get the protection and treatment they need after one application, and repeated use will ensure that your digits and toes stay soft throughout the season.

Try the Lotil Cream Jar for daily use, which goes on rich and creamy and absorbs quickly into your skin. Then pick up the Lotil Cream Tube for on-the-go treatment. It's the perfect thing to toss into your bag on ski trips or other cold-weather outings. Finally, try the Lotil Foot Cream, which uses rosemary extract and aloe vera to protect, soften and soothe hard, dry heels. You won't have to be embarrassed about chapped hands and feet this winter if you're armed with these moisturizers!

Are you treating your neck and hands the same as your face?

       
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Your neck and hands should be treated the same way as your face!From glycolic acid peels to exfoliators and lightening products, you may have everything situated when it comes to skincare treatments for your face. But are you giving your hands and neck the same attention? If not, you could find yourself sporting a radiant visage yet a drastically older-looking neck and pair of hands.

Just like with your face, you need to take care of these areas with a similar beauty regimen. On a daily basis, be sure to cleanse your neck and hands and apply moisturizer. You can use your regular facial moisturizers on your neck, but for hands, try a product like Lippmann Collection – Rich Girl Hand Cream SPF 25.

You should also be regularly applying sunscreen to each area, exfoliating them every couple of days and even applying the same retinol serums that you use for your face. Something like G.M. COLLIN – Phytowhite Cream can help prevent age spots from developing, especially on the backs of your hands.

When it comes down to it, your neck and hands can reveal signs of age, making you look older than you really are. Treating them the same as your face can ensure that they’re not betraying you.

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!

Brittle nails? Here’s your fix

       
Friday, February 3rd, 2012

You don't have to fret about dry, brittle nails anymore!For many women, dry, brittle nails are a huge problem. It might seem like there's nothing you can do to grow healthy, long nails, but that's actually not true. With the right care and attention, your nails can be smooth and gorgeous.

For starters, use a treatment like Talika – Nail Regenerator Serum. It will nourish and rehydrate your nails while softening your cuticles and helping them to grow. Just use the product daily for about a month, then apply twice a week for best results. The pen ensures easy application – even when you're out and about!

Next, be sure to carry a lotion around with you. COOLA – Hand Lotion Bar – Cucumber Melon can be stashed in your purse, and only requires a bit of rubbing to melt the bar into a lotion that will keep your hands and cuticles hydrated.

Finally, keep an emery board on hand at all times, just in case you need to fix any jagged edges. While your nails are healing, it's best to keep them at a shorter length, so use the board to keep them shaped.

Tips for keeping your hands moisturized this winter

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Keep your hands soft this winter!Winter weather takes a toll on a lot of things, including your hands. The harsh temperatures can cause your digits to become dry, chapped and red, which isn't exactly ideal. Here are a few tips suggested by Allure magazine to help your hands stay hydrated and soft this season.

1. Apply lotion after every hand washing. Washing your hands with soap and water can often strip your skin of moisture, so it's important to slather on a lotion afterward. Keep something like Caswell-Massey – Dr. Hunter Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme near the sink.

2. Use cuticle cream to prevent brittle nails. The cold weather can wreak havoc on your nails and cuticles, so it's important to use a product like June Jacobs – Cellular Intensive Cuticle Recovery Cream on a daily basis.

3. Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves. This means pulling on the mittens when you're outside and investing in a pair of rubber gloves to don while you're cleaning around the house. Chemicals in cleaning products are just as bad as the winter weather, if not worse.