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Dermalogica Training

       
Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!

       
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!
Seeing another piece of your nail chip off or watching your polish wipe away after just a little while is disappointing. While proper nail care has always been a priority for you to some extent, you just haven’t put the necessary time and effort into it. You can still get strong and healthy nails by changing some of your habits.

Don’t Pick at Your Nails

If you want your nails to grow strong and healthy, you can’t constantly be picking at them. When a tiny hangnail is there, get rid of it properly, but do not continue to pull your nails apart. In the same vein, do not chew on your nails. This habit is a bad one that you should get rid of right away. People who want their nails to grow and thrive cannot do things that intentionally weaken them and stunt their possibilities of glamour.

Use Top Products

Imagine that you constantly used the worst shampoo on the market to wash your hair. You’d probably be left with some pretty greasy strands. The same holds true for nail polish and products. While you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have beautiful nails, you should look into quality products such as KUR and Deborah Lippmann brands. If you feel that your nails are revitalized after a trip to the salon, take a look at the products the professionals are using.

Avoid Harsh Elements

Not only do you want to purchase the best products for your nails, but you also want to avoid certain factors that could cause your nails to break and splinter. For example, acetone-based polish removers are known to weaken your nails. Also, you should be aware of what cleaning products you are using because they could cause harm to your nails. Consider wearing plastic gloves when you’re doing your work around the house.

Talk to Your Doctor

While this step might seem extreme to you, it can actually be a very important one. Sometimes, when your nails just don’t seem right, it can be indicative of a more serious health issue. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out if anything is wrong, and then, you can work to treat the underlying cause.

Nails can get out of shape for a variety of reasons, but these tips will help to put you back on track.

This Thanksgiving, Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments!

       
Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments

The foods you eat nourish your body, so naturally you try to incorporate the healthiest fare. When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s all about indulging in the comforts of the season – those tried and true traditional dishes that have a nostalgic quality and make you feel happy. Autumnal ingredients like yams, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg aren’t just delicious, they’re also good for you, when prepared properly. Did you know that they’re also spectacular for your skin?

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to feed your skin with some sustenance. Here are three DIY treatments made from the tastiest festive ingredients:

Mashed Potato Mask
It seems as if mashed potatoes can cure anything, and they’re a comforting remedy for your complexion, too. If you’re pursuing a solution for your puffy eyes, battling frequent breakouts, or attempting to diminish dark circles or fine lines, try making a mask infused with this classic dish. All you need are some prepared mashed potatoes – it doesn’t matter how they’re seasoned.

Opt for organic potatoes so you can avoid harmful pesticides. If you have especially dry skin, consider adding a bit of olive oil to your potatoes for extra moisture. However, those that are looking to alleviate acne should mix up a batch with minimal ingredients.

Smooth the potatoes over clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After rinsing off, follow up with a moisturizer.

Squash foot soak
Are you feet feeling parched? With the temperatures dropping and the air getting dryer, it’s common to see some flakes. Fortunately, butternut squash boasts a high vitamin E content, which when combined with the lactic acid in milk and nourishing properties of oil, can slough off dead skin and repair cracks.

Simply mash up one large cooked squash and combine it with 3 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of either safflower or vegetable oil. Put the mixture in a tub that can comfortably fit your feet, and submerge them in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse them off, then slip on some cozy socks to trap in moisture.

Sweet potato conditioner
Your hair needs a detox once in a while, too. Switch out your normal conditioner for this sweet potato concoction, which can get rid of product buildup and help to prevent pesky flyaways from the dry static-filled air.

Start by cutting a cooked sweet potato in half and mashing it up. Then, add 3 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. Massage it onto clean, damp hair and don a shower cap to seal in the solution, allowing it to absorb more effectively. After 20 minutes, rinse out the conditioner and voilá: smoother strands.

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

Just because you aren't spending all your summer days lounging at the beach doesn't mean you can't pretend. Bring the fun, sand and sun to your nails with a beach-inspired manicure, which with the right nail colors, can make you feel just a little bit closer to the waves.

Dreaming of the ocean? Try a glittered aqua hue, like the Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer in Seafoam Splendor by the Lippman Collection. This brilliant hue is the perfect eye-popping shade against a bright white bikini, but looks just as great with denim during the day. As an added benefit, Lippman's formulas are great for nails – leaving them stronger and more nourished than ever before.

Eager to soak up some rays? Put some sunshine on your fingertips with the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Yellow Brick Road. This dandelion yellow is sure to brighten your day, even if you're stuck in traffic or at the office. 

And if you're longing to sink your toes into the sand, opt for the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Believe. A shimmering taupe, this stunning shade is more than your basic, go-with-everything neutral. The metallic hue looks especially eye-catching against a tan, and adds glitz to a simple black dress. Apply an extra coat for an even more intense finish.

The best part? These lacquers are quick-drying and long-lasting, meaning your manicure will be chip-free for days – even if you make it to the beach after all.

3 easy tips for fixing chipped nail polish

       
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

3 easy ways to fix chipped nail polish

We've all had it happen before – after receiving a magnificent manicure and paint job on your nails, an unsightly chip rears its ugly head. This can quickly put a damper on your day, but it doesn't have to be the end of your pretty nails! There are a few steps you can take to repair the chip and keep it from happening again in the future.

1. Bust out the nail polish
Whether you have the nail polish originally used or one in a similar color, now is the time to whip it out. Delicately add a drop of it to your chip, then re-apply a second coat to make this area level with the rest of the polish on your nail.

2. Grab a top coat
Once the spot has dried, apply a drop of clear top coat to the chipped area to keep it from returning. If you're extra concerned, go ahead and add a second coat for reassurance.

3. Exercise caution
If your nails aren't standing up to the test of time, Daily Glow recommends avoiding activities that can make the situation worse. Don't open cans or use zippers without caution!

Do you know how to prevent split nails?

       
Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Do you know how to prevent split nails?

Depending on the health of your nails, you may experience split nails more often than not. If you constantly wear fake ones or you simply always have polish on them, you may be preventing your nails from gaining strength. If this is a frequent problem for you, there are a couple of ways that you can instantly repair the damage and keep it from happening again in the future.

First, remove any nail polish you're wearing prior to treating the split nail. Then, clip your nail as close to the base as possible to remove the piece that has broken. This may eliminate the length you've worked hard to grow, but it's necessary to effectively treat the issue.

Beautylish recommends applying a clear top coat onto the crack if you want to prevent it from becoming worse. However, simply applying a bandage on top of it can also keep it from being affected by other elements.

To prevent this issue from happening later down the line, the Mayo Clinic stresses the importance of good nail hygiene. This means using a moisturizer on your cuticles and the other skin around your nails daily. You should also make it a point to avoid using harsh chemicals on your nails frequently, such as glue and acetone.

Are your fake nails ruining your real ones?

       
Monday, February 25th, 2013

Are your fake nails ruining your real ones?

If you love wearing fake nails and you sport them frequently, you know how brittle they can make your natural nails over time. Your fakes are preventing them from breathing, and the adhesive as well as the removal process can be harsh on your nails. That being said, it's never too late to rehab them with supplements and a little TLC.

First, think about giving your natural nails a break by steering clear of fakes for at least a week. During this period, treat them with a strengthening polish to ensure that they're getting the necessary nutrients.

Next, Oprah.com recommends protecting your hands with gloves during household chores and moisturizing them frequently, especially at the cuticles. In addition, be sure to exercise grooming tactics such as nail clipping and filing to keep them in shape.

Finally, the Mayo Clinic claims that it's crucial to avoid picking at your nails or the skin surrounding them as they recover. Use hand cream to smooth over your skin and prevent irritating hangnails from forming.

After you restore your natural nails to their beautiful state, you may never want to wear fake ones again!

Key tips for softening and moisturizing your hands

       
Friday, February 8th, 2013

Key tips for softening and moisturizing your hands

How many times have you found yourself wishing your hands had soft, supple skin? Even after applying a beautiful nail polish, your hands might not look or feel as luxurious as you’d like. The problem may simply lie within your cuticles. If you fail to give them the TLC they need on a regular basis, you could be doing your hands an injustice. However, it’s never too late to restore them and give them the attention they deserve.

One way you can begin treating your cuticles and your hands as a whole is by using a cuticle oil or moisturizer regularly. This can ensure that the skin around your nails is receiving the nutrients it needs. Furthermore, taking care of your cuticles can promote stronger nails, which means less breakage in the future.

Another tactic you can use to improve the look and feel of your hands in general is to apply a hand cream or moisturizer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Try to use a lotion right after washing your hands to increase the chances of moisture being absorbed into your skin.

By taking these tips into account, you can have more confidence in your soft, smooth hands.

Cupid Crazy Cosmetics

       
Friday, February 1st, 2013

Cupid Crazy Cosmetics for Valentine's Day

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Cupid Crazy Cosmetics for the Valentine’s Day

  • Sexy Skin: To be irresistible for Valentine’s Day, all you need is soft, glowing skin.
    • soft: Use shea butter lotion for touchable skin.
    • glow: Try tanning a few days before to get a healthy glow.
  • Kissin’ Lips: What’s your shine level?
    • glass: Daytime Lunch
    • sheen: Dinner & a Movie
    • matte: Dancing & Drinks
    • stain: Five Course Meal
  • Sultry Scents:
    • rose: Elegant, Classic, Floral
    • jasmine: Smoldering, Exotic, Romantic
    • ylang ylang: Seductive, Erotic, Alluring
    • vanilla: Warm, Homey, Calming

Hot tips for keeping your manicure intact

       
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Hot tips for keeping your manicure intact

There’s nothing more disappointing than putting on a beautiful nail polish only to see it chip away after just two days on your nails. If you love giving yourself at-home manicures but you can’t stand to see them fade, there are a couple of ways you can maintain their look. In the end, you won’t be afraid to show off your nails halfway through the week. Apply a top coat daily.

CollegeFashion.net reports that a top coat is necessary to help your manicure endure daily wear and tear. While it may be a pain to sit through the process and let your nails dry all over again, it’s worth keeping them looking great. Keep your cuticles out of the way.

It’s important to maintain your cuticles in order to give your nail polish the best opportunity to stick around. To ensure that they’re soft and make them easier to keep out of the way, use a product such as BORGHESE Spendide Mani Smoothing Hand Creme SPF 8. Groom your nails before polishing.

Cut and shape your nails accordingly before applying any polish for the best results. Shaped, short nails can help you achieve a clean, flawless look.