Matcha Green Tea- An Antioxidant Powerhouse!

       
April 2nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Matcha Green Tea- An Antioxidant Powerhouse!One of the most fascinating things about modern medicine is how scientists are discovering that old folk remedies are actually effective. The recent interest in matcha green tea is a great illustration.
What is matcha green tea
Matcha is green tea leaves that have been milled down to a fine powder. This process was first seen in the Chinese Tang Dynasty, with leaves steamed and formed into bricks for shipment. The method was brought to Japan in the 12th century and the drinking of matcha became a central part of the traditional tea ceremony.
What is matcha used for?
In addition to drinking, the fine powder of matcha is used for flavoring noodles, ice cream and a variety of other edible products. It lends a vegetal flavor followed by a sweet aftertaste. In addition, matcha has started to find a foothold in the cosmetics industry.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
The bright green color of tea leaves comes from a particularly high concentration of chlorophyll, the pigmentation that allows plants to process sunlight. Chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant, helping your body purge toxins and dampen inflammation. In addition, matcha is high in the amino acid L-theanine, a natural mood enhancer.
What kind of cosmetics products use matcha?
Right now, there are only a few products that incorporate matcha into their formulation, mostly face masks and cleansers. Pangea Organics’ Facial Mask is a popular choice, as it also includes goji berry and acai berry for extra effectiveness. The Dr. Weill for Origins Matcha Bath Soak is another good way to expose all of your skin to the restorative power of matcha.
Can I make my own matcha products
An easy way to create your own matcha face mask is to mix equal parts high-grade matcha powder with honey and yogurt, then apply. It will clear out your pores and remove unsightly inflammation. And, of course, don’t forget about the time-honored custom of drinking a hot cup of matcha tea. One serving a day can have a number of positive effects on your circulation and health.

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Guide to At Home Electrotherapy Devices

       
March 31st, 2015 | Contributed by:

Guide to At Home Electrotherapy DevicesWhen searching for a device that will help you regain your youthful appearance of the face, eliminating wrinkles and tightening skin, you may want to consider purchasing an electrotherapy device such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner device. While electrotherapy devices may be seen at doctors’ offices and high end spas, the Stri-Vectin and other at-home devices offer the same quality facial toning in the comfort of your own home.

How do electrotherapy devices work?

Just as the muscles in your arms and legs may lose definition as you age, the same can be said about your face. Unlike other muscles of the body, however, you can’t simply start a workout routine to help tone and tighten these lax muscles. This is where electrotherapy devices come into the picture. By applying gentle electrical impulses into your facial muscles, your body starts to respond by exercising the targeted muscles. This results in the tightening of facial muscles as well as a reduction in wrinkles.

Do at home electrotherapy devices work?

You might be skeptical in regard to whether electrotherapy devices such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner will work at home. This particular machine is USDA approved and offers the same electrotherapy found in doctors’ offices and spas throughout the world. Therefore the Stri-VectinLABS toner is a safe and effective device to use in your home.

What are the benefits of the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner?

The Stri-VectinLABS toner helps remove the hollows and wrinkles from your face while you’re at home. Operated with batteries, you will place a headset on which will serve to deliver electrical impulses to the targeted muscles. This device offers a full range of impulses from 0-99 and can be dialed back or increased for your personal comfort. While the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner is targeting the main muscles of the face which tend to atrophy after the age of 30, you can even choose to catch up on your favorite television shows as the device is soothingly quiet when in operation.

How soon will I see results?

Using an at-home electrotherapy device at least five days a week for 20 minutes a session, you should expect to see results within 12 weeks of operation. You may however notice a smoothing and tightening of the skin sooner, but generally the best results are noticed after 12 weeks of usage.

What do at home electrotherapy devices generally include?

If you decide to bring an electrotherapy device home, you will generally receive a headset-like facial toner, a handheld controller, medical grade gel pads, an instruction manual and a quick start guide. The gel pads should be replaced on a weekly basis due to their propensity to dry out and pick up minuscule particles from your skin during use.

If you’ve been considering a doctor’s visit in order to remove fine lines and wrinkles from your face, you may want to invest in an at-home electrotherapy device. These devices are convenient, easy to use and can help you regain your youthful appearance with a minimal investment.

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Top #bbBabes’ of the Month – March 2015!

       
March 30th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top #bbBabe's of the Month - March 2015!We are jumping into Spring makeup looks featuring these 3 March #bbBabes!

Caprisssmakeup used the Too Faced – Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick – Melted Sugar: Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula.
xtianaland used the Dermablend – Loose Setting Powder: Looking for a powder that will accent your skin while offering you that matte complexion that you desire? Loose Setting Powder by Dermablend is the solution for you because it has a light texture that offers a universal color.
beautylikewhoa used the Lipstick Queen – Sinner Lipstick – Pinky Nude: Poppy designed Sinners to be the ultimate full-coverage matte lipsticks with 90% pigment. The Sinner formula takes creaminess to a whole new level. The formulation glides on, lasts beautifully and feels great on the lips.
Do you want a chance to be featured as a #bbBabe? Make sure to hashtag #bbBabe in your Instagram makeup looks!

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Treatment Foundations

       
March 29th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Treatment FoundationsWhen it comes to your beauty regimen, nothing is more important than your skin. As the most visible part of your face, your skin is your beauty “base”; nothing lets your health and beauty shine through like smooth, glowing skin. However, even the most stunning, well-maintained complexions have flaws that need to be covered. But with so many products on the market–moisturizers, anti-aging serums, foundations, concealers–getting a dewy, flawless look with healthy skin underneath can involve some very long shopping trips!

Luckily, many of the biggest names in beauty have devised a solution to this problem. Treatment foundations–a new generation of foundations that improve your skin’s condition as well as its appearance–debuted on the beauty scene this past summer. As you go about your day, these multi-tasking foundations reverse the passage of time with anti-aging ingredients, such as candle bush extract, an active ingredient in Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation. With continued use, treatment foundations plump up fine lines and soften wrinkles. They also protect skin from free radicals (harmful chemicals in the environment) with ingredients like vitamin E, as seen in Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Foundation, and often contain SPF, further minimizing the number of bottles on your bureau.

They may work hard to make your skin look better in the future, but treatment foundations also do wonders for 8 AM meetings and nights on the town. Sothys Teint Satine Age-Defying Foundation uses a wide range of Omega acids to revitalize and moisturize skin, leaving behind a youthful, sculpted appearance. As you’d expect from a foundation, these products also provide color coverage in a variety of tones. Their liquid formula is ideal for layering, and the coverage is lightweight and natural–a perfect embodiment of the “no-makeup makeup” look that has been sweeping both Hollywood and the runways, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal.

As the first rays of Spring sunshine trickle through our windows, expect to see some new treatment foundation converts. After all, with the sun beckoning and temperatures rising, who wants to spend precious minutes routing through the medicine cabinet? Just smooth on a treatment foundation, swipe on some mascara, and head out the door!

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New Too Faced Products for Spring!

       
March 28th, 2015 | Contributed by:

New Too Faced Products for Spring!All Winter long you’ve been waiting for the cold to thaw out so you can put your hair up, slip on a short dress, and sit on the patio with your gal pals. You’ve also been longing for the day when your skin isn’t dry and your face looks young and fresh again. But all you need to get there, just a little bit sooner, are three little products.

First, you’ll want to smooth your skin over with Too Faced’s new Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. Think of your face as a canvas, for a piece of art you’re going to show the world. Every good artist knows you have to use a primer. But Too Faced’s new primer does more than act as a primer. It hydrates and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy-looking finish, so you can wear it alone like a moisturizer. The formula combines coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers, which work together to perk up your face for a wide-awake look. No one will ever wonder if you got enough sleep the night before, even if you were out all night on the town or up all night preparing for finals.

The next step is to brush on a pretty bronzer-blush duo like Too Faced’s Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in “Ross and Rachel”. This product works double duty to create a natural look with a pop of color. Start by using a brush to apply a light layer of bronzer to your face, avoiding the cheeks, the center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose. This will give you a natural contour and warmth. For your cheeks, you’ll brush on the bright pink blush for a flushing, sun-kissed glow.

The third step, which you won’t want to skip, is to give yourself a soft, kissable lip with one application. Too Faced’s new Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in “Melted Chihuahua has a funny name but offers serious results. If you want the staying power of a stain without the dryness, this lipstick will give your lips a smooth, healthy appearance all day. Don’t bother starting with a liner because you don’t need it. The stain comes packed in a precision-tip applicator to give you that clean line you need. The neutral shade offers a glossy contrast to your bold cheeks and looks natural without looking drab.

Add just a touch of mascara and tie your hair into a simple low ponytail, and you’re ready to face the new season.

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Spring Hair Color Trends

       
March 27th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spring Hair Color TrendsAs the doldrums of winter fade and Spring heats up, new hair color trends abound to compliment the season. Several shades and styles are gaining popularity, such as white-blonde shades, copper and the intermingling styles of ombre and ecaille.

Platinum Blonde

Dyeing hair platinum blonde is the perfect trend for Spring, as a brighter color can correspond to the brighter, longer days. If a trendsetter has the skin tone to be able to rock this super-light blonde, it is gorgeous. People with fair, cool skin tones look lovely with the platinum blonde hue. Dark skin tones should generally steer clear, although certain warm and olive tones can pull of this style beautifully. Check with a beauty and hair consultant before making your final decision, as going platinum blonde can be a drastic change regardless of skin type or previous experimentations with color.

Platinum blonde hair also has a tendency toward dryness, so those donning this type of coif will want to keep their tresses extra moisturized with conditioners and oil-based styling products.

Copper Red

Once considered a rarity amongst celebrities and in salons, this fiery hue has been making its way onto the scalps of many consumers and A-listers. Coppery reds are especially popular right now, although there are several different shades and ranges of intensity within the red color family. Consult with a stylist to find out which shade is best for your skin stone.

Gorgeous and vibrant, red color dyes are–sadly–the fastest hue to fade and/or wash out. To preserve the color as long as possible, choose some quality color protective shampoos and products.

Ombre

The nation mourned when Jared Leto chopped off his signature ombre cascade. This Spring, many will want to continue the trend, which features darker hair at the roots fading into lighter hues at the ends. When selecting a stylist, be sure it is someone who has experience with this type of dye job and leaf through some different photos of your preferred ombre look beforehand. When done correctly, ombre is a beautiful, natural look that offers body and dimension to color. If done wrong, the look can simply appear as an exaggerated display of one neglecting root touch-ups.

Ecaille

Similar to ombre, ecaille is a style that originated in France and features various intermingling tones throughout the hair. This look normally features colors within the different family of different shades. A caramel brown can be laced with golden blondes in order to create natural dimension. Talk to a stylist about best colors to match your skin tone before deciding which hues to request in order to achieve the look.

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How to Incorporate Gingham into Your Spring Wardrobe

       
March 24th, 2015 | Contributed by:

How to Incorporate Gingham into Your Spring WardrobeSeen heavily on the runways during Spring 2015 fashion week, gingham is hotter than ever for the upcoming season. Many of the most well known fashion designers in the industry incorporated this pattern into their Spring 2015 line. While you may not necessarily be interested in a head to toe gingham ensemble, this fun pattern can add a refreshing touch to just about any outfit.

The simplest way to add a little gingham into your life is by purchasing a classic, button up shirt in the pattern. A gingham button up pairs easily with your favorite jeans. Tuck it in, roll the sleeves up, add a cute belt, and you are set. However, if winter is over staying its welcome in your area, gingham shirts look stylish layered beneath pullover sweaters and chic blazers. Statement necklaces are the perfect accessory to pull this layered look together.

On the pulse of trending styles is the full swing skirt, especially if it is of the gingham variety. The flared skirt that hits typically just below the knees also tends to flatter most body shapes, which adds to its universal appeal. In a classic gingham pattern, a swing skirt looks amazing paired with a vintage tee or chambray button up shirt. As for footwear, a gingham midi skirt is typically at its most flattering with a pair of high-heeled sandals or pumps.

If incorporating gingham seems a bit overwhelming, you can always add a small splash of the pattern with accessory pieces. A large purse in the pattern would add interest to any ensemble without overdoing it. Additionally, a gingham belt would set off a solid dress nicely, and a headband in the checked pattern could complement many different outfits. For an interesting bit of a flare for your feet, gingham ballet flats are fun and whimsical.

It’s important to note that there is a broad range of colors and sizes that can be classified as a gingham check, and the sky is the limit when it comes to pairings. Black and white or red larger scaled ginghams are just as gorgeous as tiny checks in pastel pinks and blues. The gingham pattern can also be printed or woven into numerous textiles, adding to its versatility.

Incorporating gingham into your wardrobe this spring should be a snap, whether you are wanting to add just a touch with accessories, or you want to go bold with a gingham dress or matching top and shorts set. With so many different options available, you can add this fun, classic pattern into your spring wardrobe and easily put your own personal spin on this hot, new trend.

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Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To Toe

       
March 20th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To ToeIf you’re gearing up for prom, then you probably want to look your absolute best on the big night. While hair and makeup will certainly help you to look like your very best you, the best way to truly be glowing on prom night is by preparing ahead of time. Here is a guide on how to prep for prom from head to toe.

Hair Prep
If you want your hair to look stunning in its prom night style, then you need to give it some TLC in the weeks leading up to your salon appointment. Great hair is hair that is healthy and moisturized. In the weeks leading up to prom, use a deeply repairing hydrating mask twice a week. The Hamadi Shea Hair Mask will help to put moisture back into hair and to seal split ends.

Face Prep
No one wants to go to prom with a face full of blemishes. It’s important to stick to a good skincare regimen in the months leading up to prom. However, be sure not to overdo it, as adding too many new skincare products at once can lead to breakouts. For a simple nightly routine, remove all makeup and cleanse with a gentle cleanser like the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Cleanser. Follow up with a treatment that contains salicylic acid, such as the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Acne Treatment Pads. Always follow up an anti-acne treatment with a great hydrating moisturizer to beat dryness. Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a great nighttime moisturizer for all skin types.

Body Prep
If your dress shows a little skin, then you need to banish winter dryness and flakiness. The best way to do this is by using an exfoliating scrub in the shower, like the Get Fresh SPA Sugar Body Scrub. Rub in circular motions all over the skin, including the hands and feet. When you get out of the shower, use a super heavy body butter to truly seal in moisture. The JAQUA Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter is not only super moisturizing, but smells absolutely heavenly.

Pick The Perfect Fragrance
Prom is the perfect excuse to splurge on a new perfume. If you’re a body spray kind of girl, it’s time to give perfume a try on prom night. Pick something youthful but sophisticated. Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture is a perfect young, floral scent.

Prom is one of the biggest nights of any young woman’s life. If you follow these tips in the months leading up to the big day, you’ll be absolutely glowing and beautiful at prom. As a final tip, make sure to book your hair and makeup appointments early. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll glow on that big night.

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Indie Brands We Love

       
March 17th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Indie Brands We LoveThe internet has changed the way we shop for all sorts of products, including skincare. Thanks to online shopping, high-quality independent skincare brands can now compete with more well-known brands that have larger advertising budgets. This means that savvy beauty consumers now have more product choices than ever before, including excellent but perhaps lesser-known independent skincare lines from around the world. But how do you know which ones might work best for you? We sell some indie brands that we love, and we want to introduce them to you.

Skin and Co Roma

This advanced skincare line from Italy features products infused with rich antioxidants from the melanosporum truffle. Native to southern Europe, this rare truffle has natural compounds that safely and effectively feed and protect your skin. Skin and Co Roma formulations combine these natural antioxidants with other beneficial plant-based ingredients such as olive oil, rosemary, Sicilian orange, and shea butter for a complete skin treatment. Skin and Co Roma has been a favorite among skincare enthusiasts around the world, including Hollywood celebrities, since 1950.

Karora

For a naturally beautiful bronzed look, turn to Karora. This award-winning brand offers bronzing products that actually benefit your skin, all while looking fresh and natural and smelling great. Karora’s innovative products have safe, natural formulas that give you a streak-free bronzed appearance, every time. These products are our favorite way to touch up a fading natural tan or add a healthy-looking glow to any skin tone.

SimySkin

SimySkin products are formulated with Vitamin B12. This signature ingredient is naturally regenerating. SimySkin products treat and relieve inflammation, effectively hydrate dry skin, and deeply moisturize to help prevent wrinkles. SimySkin’s products are age-specific and targeted to the skin’s needs during every life phase. But even though these skincare products, made in France and the United States, feature advanced formulas with high-quality ingredients, they are still affordable.

Here at Beauty Bridge, we have the privilege of exploring many brands of top-notch skincare from around the world. These brands range from generally well-known beauty products to lesser-known independent lines. A skincare brand’s overall popularity is not proof that it is your only–and best–option. That’s why we’re pleased to be able to introduce you to our favorite indie brands of skincare. Sourced from natural, beneficial ingredients from around the world, the skincare lines of Skin and Co Roma, Karora, and SimySkin are definitely worth looking at–and exploring.

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Spring Accessory Trends

       
March 6th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spring Accessory TrendsLadies, spring is almost upon us, and it’s time to update your accessories. It’s time to mix it up with the latest trends for 2015. This spring’s accessories are all about detail.

Jewelry

The word for this spring’s big earring trend is unbalanced. Matching is out and mixing is definitely in. Mix it up with different shapes, sizes, and lengths. It’s about standing out in a different way; it’s about irregularity.

Metals come and go from hot to not. This spring’s hot look is the rich look of brash brass done up bold and eye catching on all types of accessories, from chunky necklaces, quirky rings, striking earrings to dainty, stackable rings.

Chokers make a fashionable comeback with bold styles in metals, mosaics, chunky links, faux gems, and single or braided cords. This is a look that is easy to experiment with. Be on the lookout for old friends to new loves.

Another earring trend is the sometimes understated, gem encrusted heirloom pieces, classic dangle gems, large geometric shapes in gold, cameos, and delicate flowers in gemstones. Based loosely on the grand dames of yesteryear and the “ladies who lunch,” these hot accessories look like you picked them up at an estate auction.

Handbags

Spring handbags are taking shape, a new shape that is. The runways are seeing round clutches, round cross-body bags resembling the cowboy canteen, and decorated with metal studs and tassels. Other styles of cross-body/shoulder bags include tiny, metal decorated bags, and funky metal grommets with a delicate shade of peach alligator.

Clutches come into the daylight with the addition of fashionable and functional handles and straps. Expect to see eye-catching metallics, fringes, feathers, snakeskin, geometric shapes in leather, sporty travel case look-alikes, and bright spring 3-D flowers.

Big bags are back. Totes adorned the runway in the spring preview, much to the delight of many. Look for these roomy bags in holographic metallics, brightly colored leather, cute, quirky patterns, colorful plaids, two tone, art inspired, and the ever popular brightly colored alligator.

The bucket bag is still a style option – roomy and stylish. Look for big, splashy prints, more alligator, bright, multi-colored, metallics, cutout, and luggage inspired.

Shoes

Ankle straps and pointed toes are this spring’s trend in flats straight from the runway with a mix of patterns, colors, and textures thrown in for fun. Another hot item you can expect to see is gladiator inspired flats and heels, so lace up and let the games begin.

Platforms are still in play and getting higher paired, with a higher heel to help you reach new fashion heights. Look for patent leather, fun prints, metallics, animal prints, metal studs, buckles, and plexiglass.

Now is the time to update your wardrobe with some hot new accessories for spring.

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