Waxing Do’s and Don’ts

August 3rd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Waxing Do's and Don'tsTired of the constant expense of disposable razors, the pain of knicks and cuts, and the constant acrobatic display of flexibility while shaving in a tiny shower? Then it’s time you venture into the smooth world of waxing. If you’re a waxing newbie, here are a few things you need to know to get the most out of your waxing appointment.

Don’t Apply Ice Before Waxing

Having a frozen and numb area sounds appealing, especially if you’re getting a bikini wax. But having ice applied to your skin is actually one of the worst things you can do because the ice is going to constrict your pores. Constriction=tightening, and you don’t want your skin clinging to those hairs any more than they already are. If you’re getting a bikini wax, the last thing you want to see is your technician pull out the tweezers to get out any “difficult” hairs. We’re crossing our legs just thinking about it.

Do Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Trust us on this one: no matter where you’re being waxed, you don’t want tight clothes rubbing on angry skin. This is especially true if you are getting a bikini wax. Skip the cute undies and go for billowing granny panties. Even better is to go commando under a generously sized skirt. You’ll thank yourself when you’re waddling out of the office. Tight clothes chafe skin raw and can lead to ingrown hairs. If you find yourself getting ingrowns, try an ingrown hair product.

Don’t Shave Between Sessions

If you’re wanting to be a full time waxer, you’re going to have to ditch the razor for good. Your hair will probably come back in thicker after a wax, and if your hair is short and stubbly, the wax isn’t going to be able to remove as much of it, making for a messy and patchy wax job. Keep your waxing appointments consistently, and you won’t feel the need to get a quick shave in between sessions.

Do Take Some Pain Relief

Nobody likes a hero, and you’re not getting any medals by bearing an intense waxing without any medicinal relief. Pop some ibuprofen or acetaminophen 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment. This will help with swelling and discomfort afterwards. You can do this no matter where you’re getting waxed, but seasoned waxees agree this works best when you’re getting body waxed.

Don’t let your first waxing session turn into that “Kelly Clarkson!” moment (you know what we’re talking about). With some proper pre-care and careful care after waxing, you can have a smooth, hair free body without the tears.

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The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty Craze

July 28th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty CrazeThe paleo diet is a new kind of diet that is gaining followers all over the world. It is based around consuming what followers believe their ancient ancestors consumed in the same proportions. So the paleo diet makes use of more red meat and less whole grains than modern diets, for example. The paleo diet has some specific beauty benefits.

One of the most important beauty benefits is that the additional red meat in the paleo diet is a great source of zinc. Zinc plays a key role in the health of nails and hair, two of the most important elements in the beauty arsenal. More zinc will make nail polish go a lot further and reduce the need for special hair care products.

The paleo diet also can improve the skin, by removing processed grains and sweetened products from the list of allowed foods and cutting down on industrial fatty oils from seeds. Both of those categories contribute to acne and other skin problems. That frees you up to stop buy less skin treatments and start investing in some nice face makeup to bring out your natural beauty.

In terms of overall health benefits, the results of the paleo diet speak for themselves. Cutting out new, industrialized foods and replacing them with protein-heavy and nutrient-rich meats is a good way to find a diet that will be both healthy and enjoyable to eat. The paleo diet has recently become the most popular diet on Instagram, due to the fact that happy dieters are sharing their results with the world. It’s a good diet both for the basic health benefits and for the beauty side effects as well. The benefits of the paleo diet mean you can stop using makeup to cover up flaws and start using it to emphasize your best features. Another benefit is that having beautiful and clear skin with no need to cover flaws will free up some money so you can purchase higher-end products.

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How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World

July 11th, 2014 | Contributed by:

How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World
Beauty is more accessible than ever before. The mystique of glamor is banished with step-by-step video tutorials produced and posted on YouTube by people just like you but with more time on their hands, apparently.

Are you looking for a specific hair style for a special occasion? Always wondered how to get that make-up look that is in all the magazines and on TV but have no idea where to start? Want that hot nail polish trick? Don’t worry you can probably find an instructional video on YouTube. Everyday people do the work for you of figuring out how to get a specific look and then show you how to duplicate the look.

Heard about a beauty product, but want to make sure if it works before shelling out the cash? No problem, there is more than likely a review on YouTube complete with demo.
Pretty much any look you want to achieve or any problem you need to know how to deal with, there is someone who has made a video about it. And some have become virtually famous from their videos and some have even been invited to appear on daily talk shows as correspondents or in reality shows. Five year old Madison Hohrine’s video tutorials made her an online star and led to her appearing on America’s Next Top Model. Make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s first impromptu tutorial videos that instructed viewers on how to perk up skin using make-up went viral.

YouTube’s accessibility and reach has so influenced the beauty industry that it has also become a portal for beauty companies to reach their customers. Sites like Beauty Bridge use videos created by their professionals and by users to educate and review products with their own channel on YouTube.

While the ability of anyone to learn the tips and tricks of make-up artists and other beauty professionals is appealing, it’s the amateur tutorials that allow everyday people to share their knowledge and own tricks for getting ‘the look’ that make YouTube tutorials so popular. The beauty product reviews by real people who are often really trying the products in the video or really showing the effects, good or bad, allow consumers to get impartial and real information on a product before they buy. Celebrities may endorse a product, but the YouTube videos let you know if it really works.

The beauty world is forever changed by the influence of YouTube users and viewers.

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Summer Trend – Hair Fragrance

July 2nd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Summer Trend - Hair Fragrance
When somebody passes by you, it’s possible that you’ll get a whiff of what they’re wearing – usually, that’s perfume or body spray, coupled with their lotion, hair products and other beauty products. However, there are few scents that cling so tightly as those in the hair, which is why hair perfume is the perfect addition to your morning routine. Hair perfume, like Fekkai Hair Fragrance, is one of the latest beauty products on the market. One-part hairspray, one-part perfume, hair perfumes are the next big thing for women of all ages.

Perfume and Hair: A Match Made in Fragrance Heaven
Hair is an excellent diffuser for fragrances. It holds the fragrance in while wafting it around as the hair is tossed and tousled. If you’re looking to make an impression with your sweet scent, spritz your mane with hair perfume. Some people assume that regular perfume can simply be used on the hair, but that’s not true. Hair perfume is specially made for you locks – it contains a tiny bit of oil to help keep a healthy shine, it’s low on alcohol so that it won’t dry out your ‘do and it’s lighter than normal perfumes.
Alcohol and Hair Perfumes
You’ll notice that alcohol is an ingredient in most hair perfumes, but not to worry – there’s such a small amount of alcohol in hair fragrances that it evaporates in the air before it even reaches your lovely hair. Plus, since there’s a bit of oil in hair fragrances, drying out your locks is even less of a consideration.
A Word of Wisdom 
You may have to break the habit of spritzing on your regular perfume as you get dressed for the day. Hair fragrances are strong enough to use on their own – two fragrances may be overwhelming for others. Plus, you could find that your perfume and hair fragrance are clashing, which won’t exactly give you the intended effect. During warm weather, you’ll be happy that you don’t have to add something else to your skin – slather on the SPF, spritz your hair with fragrance and be on your way!

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A Guide to Facial Peels

June 13th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Guide to Facial PeelsIf you’ve had skin problems or feel like you look older than you feel, a facial peel might be just the thing to bring back your smooth and youthful glow. Weather, sun exposure, smoking, acne, age and more can all affect facial skin, and sometimes you just want a little help. This isn’t radical plastic surgery; a peel helps freshen your skin and brings out the real you.

Where to Get Facial Peels

Dermatologists can perform facial peels, but it depends on how deeply into the skin’s layers you need to go to achieve the look you want. For light treatments, you can apply over-the-counter products by yourself. For deeper treatments, you’ll need a trip to the doctor.

What Facial Peels Do

There are many conditions that can make your skin appear dull, uneven or blotchy. A facial peel renews your skin faster than nature can and also corrects certain conditions that nature lets go. Some of the ways a facial peel can help include:

  • Reducing the appearance of small lines around your eyes and mouth as well as wrinkles due to age and sun damage.
  • Lightening freckles, age spots and darker areas that sometimes occur with pregnancy or use of birth control pills.
  • Treating light scars and some forms of acne.
  • Helping pre-cancerous facial growths with deeper peels.

How Peels Work

Facial peels use acidic solutions to remove your skin’s outer layers and reveal fresher ones underneath. Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), which include glycolic and lactic acids, are common mild forms; carbolic (phenol) and trichloroacetic (TCA) acids work deeper into the skin.

These solutions may sting and cause redness as they remove skin layers. Mild peels typically look and feel like bad sunburn. Deeper peels might cause blistering and require bandages during healing. All of them create sun sensitivity, and it’s important to protect yourself by avoiding exposure as you heal.

Success with Facial Peels

Everyone’s skin is different and your results might be completely different from someone else’s. Testing solutions or lotions on a small patch of skin before applying them to your entire face is always a good idea.

People who have fair skin and light-colored hair generally receive better results from medical peels than those with darker complexions. A facial peel sometimes causes permanent skin lightening, which is naturally more noticeable on darker tones. Treatments can still be successful, but it depends on what you want to achieve. At-home treatments probably won’t cause such problems, and you can discuss your concerns with doctors regarding deeper peels.

Treating Yourself

If you’re interested in light treatments that you can do at home, there are lots of good products. Some exfoliating treatments use rough granules to remove dead skin cells. BABOR Cleansing CP contains ground peach pits, and ClariSEA Green Tea Sea Salt Cleanser uses microbeads and salicylic acid to clarify skin. Both also contain moisturizers to sooth and repair skin.

For a slightly deeper treatment, there’s Purifying Glycolic Gel for daily cleansing, and That’s Incredi-Peel Glycolic Resurfacing Pads offer spa-strength results at home. Note: These products contain AHAs and may sting, create redness or increase sun sensitivity. Faithfully follow the instructions, and soon you’ll be glowing with fresh, young skin.

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The Best Coachella Fashions

June 9th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Best Coachella Fashions
Although Coachella is an arts and music event, it is considered a festival of fashion as well. It is one time when young Hollywood gets together to flaunt bohemian chic style. It is a great time to get some inspiration for summer. Here is a closer look at the best Coachella fashions of 2014.

Bella Thorne’s Look

One of the best fashion looks at Coachella was worn by Bella Thorne. Her boho essence was one of the best and got the most attention. She wore a fringe bikini top paired with printed shorts. It was an effortless way to show off her thin frame. Since she had so much skin exposed, she probably needed to stock up on sunscreen.

Vanessa Hudgens Rocks the Desert

Vanessa Hudgens is a youthful beauty who also embraced the warm weather and casual atmosphere of Coachella. She proudly displayed a tribal bathing suit top. Although her new pink hair was a standout feature, the tone of the event was minimalistic. To fit the scene, Hudgens wore a sheer lip tint and other light skin products.

Katy Perry Cool

No music/fashion event would be complete without Katy Perry. Her appearance is always fresh and cool. Her understated wardrobe choices made her one of the best at Coachella. She wore a crochet midriff tank with cut-off shorts. Besides her cateye sunglasses and green-tipped hair, her white nails worked perfectly with the outfit.

The Simplicity of Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger is always on the cutting edge of style. She showed off a more simplistic side at Coachella with a plain black mini dress with white accent belt and sandals. To protect her face, she wore a tan hat that matched her whimsical backpack. It appears like she also used a bronzing product to give her skin a more sun-kissed glow.

Kendall Jenner

Always at the height of fashion are the Kardashians. Their little sister Kendall is never far behind. She took a bold approach at Coachella with her tribal bell bottoms and feminine off-the-shoulder peasant top, which revealed her stomach. Once again, she went natural on the makeup and kept her hair down and flowing.

It appears that loose fitting styles were the rage at Coachella for 2014. All of the above fashions rocked the event and displayed a fun and casual chic essence. As with other years, makeup and accessories were understated and natural. Overall, the fashion examples are easy recreate and wear throughout the summer.

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The Best Met Gala Beauty

June 7th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Best Met Gala Beauty
The Met Gala is one of the most popular fashion events that is celebrated each year. Celebrities are always walking the red carpet while flaunting gorgeous gowns. It is the official kick-off of the Costume Institute’s exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Besides the dresses, all eyes are on hair and makeup. Here is a look at the best Met Gala beauty for 2014.

Live Like Blake Lively

Blake Lively displayed her retro fashion sense with her nude colored Gucci gown and elegant long, wavy hairstyle. She accentuated her eyes with long and lush lashes but also included a nice pink lipstick. She truly looked as if she was part of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Flawless Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the most beautiful people on the planet. At this year’s Met Gala, she displayed a dramatic look. She slicked her hair back and topped it with a birdcage veil. Her chandelier earrings were just as extreme as her dark red lipstick. Her eyes shimmered in gold shadow as well. Her black Givenchy dress was equally as exquisite with its plunging neckline and see-through covering.

Classic Selena Gomez

Gomez wore a dark berry colored dress with matching lipstick to the 2014 Met Gala. To appear more sophisticated, she wore her hair in an elegant updo. To fill in her face, she wore large diamond dangle earrings. The look was not complete without her signature smoldering eyes that were made up with silver and white liner.

Nicole Richie and the Color Purple

Nicole Richie always manages to mix fun with elegance. To the 2014 Met Gala, she wore a lavender Donna Karan dress. To balance the asymmetrical creation, she wore diamond encrusted ear cuffs to accentuate her purple hairdo. The look was completed with an application of a glittery eyeshadow.

Olivia Munn

Munn oozed sexuality at the 2014 Met Gala in her Diane Von Furstenberg daffodil colored dress. The long sleeve gown covered her arms but exposed her cleavage. It matched beautifully with her dark hair and winged hair pin. To offset the freckles on her face she wore bright orange lipstick, which tied the whole look together.

Unlike 2013, this year’s Met Gala was filled with much less edgy fashion choices. The theme for 2014 centered around beautiful couture dresses with refined and elegant hair and makeup. Obviously, this trend will continue and spill over into everyday style as well.

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A Guide to Beauty Supplements

May 24th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Guide to Beauty Supplements
The best beauty supplements are clean water and healthful food. Get plenty of those and you will be on your way to having clean, clear, well hydrated skin. Still, there will be times when a beauty supplement from the Beauty Bridge catalog is just the thing you need. We offer a sweet selection of natural supplements that may improve your skin, strengthen your hair and boost your immunity.

Russell Organics Raspberry Ketone Complex

One of our best sellers! Raspberries are one of the best natural sources of a remarkable substance that regulates metabolic hormones. Russell Organics Raspberry Ketone Complex helps fat cells break up in a way that makes them more effectively eliminated from the body. This easy-to-take supplement is blended with natural ingredients including apple cider vinegar, green tea extract, Acai fruit, grapefruit, African mango, and resveratrol.

Sprayology AllergEase

This FDA-approved homeopathic supplement contains ingredients like purple coneflower, red onion, eyebright flower, and honeybee venom. Sprayology blends 14 all-natural ingredients to create AllergEase. It’s proven to relieve allergy symptoms. Tuck a 38ml bottle in your backpack or purse and never spend another summer day feeling miserable.

African Mango

You’ve surely heard the buzz about stunning weight loss people have achieved with African mango. We offer a nicely priced African Mango supplement from Russell Organics. Each capsule contains 1200mg Irvingia Gabonensis and 200mg green tea extract. Each of these ingredients has been shown to reduce fat stores; together they work hard to make those stubborn pounds melt away.

City Life Detoxer from Sprayology

If you live in an urban area, you’re assaulted every day by pollutants you may not even see. City Life Detoxer is a specially formulated supplement from our friends at Sprayology. It contains St. Mary’s thistle and other homeopathic ingredients blended to counteract the effects of car exhaust, secondhand smoke and environmental pollutants.

Beauty Bridge is pleased to present a range of carefully selected supplemental products that will improve your skin and hair, brighten your mood and increase your sense of well being. Browse our online catalog to read detailed descriptions of each and every supplement we sell. If you have any questions, feel free to call Beauty Bridge at 1-866-830-6161

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How Springtime Blossoms Affect Beauty Trends

April 30th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Isn’t it wonderful that winter’s finally over and springtime blossoms have reappeared? Don’t get me wrong. I like the cold seasons as much as anyone, but it sure is refreshing to see bright blue skies and flower gardens again. One of the most amazing things about the changing season is the way new spring blooms affect beauty. Yes, fields of fresh wildflowers are lovely to look at, but I’m talking about the way the flowers of May have a direct impact on our color choices in fashion and in makeup, too.

7 Tips on How to Have Thicker HairI don’t know about you, but I was done with winter about a month ago. Boot weather is nice, but enough is enough. Now that spring is here, it’s time to put the heavy winter woolens into storage and time to unpack our favorite cotton sun dresses and strappiest sandals. Springtime is all about renewal and fresh beginnings, right? May is the perfect month to take a break from heavy winter cosmetics. Now’s a great time to do a bit of spring cleaning, both in our closets and in our cosmetic cases, too.

As Mother Nature shares her most vibrant hues, we can strike a more colorful pose. Adopt a pastel palette and toss off the muted earth tones of your winter makeup routine. Springtime is the right time to change it up with Easter egg colors and seashell tints on fingertips, eyes and lips. Ditch your heavy creme foundation and switch to a lightweight silky powder. My favorite this year? Natural Mineral Foundation by Youngblood.

Before they told us how dangerous solar radiation can be, we girls used to spend the month of May working on our suntans. Not such a good idea anymore, but that’s no reason we can’t have a bit of sun kissed springtime bloom on our faces. Super lightweight Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel gives us a sweet blush without the hazards of UV light or the bulk of heavy blushing creams.

If you have any questions about Beauty Bridge products, send us an email or give our customer service number a jingle. We’re always delighted to speak with our customers. In the meantime, I have a springtime flower garden I need to go see about.

Ciao for now!

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5 New Lust Worthy Beauty Products to Try

April 23rd, 2014 | Contributed by:

5 New Lust Worthy Beauty Products to Try
Spring is in the air, and along with warm weather and flowers in bloom, it also means new collections and makeup from top beauty labels. This year in particular has already seen an impressive new selection of products with an emphasis on bright; bright eyes, bright nails and even bright skin. Here are some of the most sought after products right now:

Deborah Lippmann Spring Reveries Nail Lacquer Collection

The formula used by in Deborah Lippmann nail polishes is known for being chip resistant and providing a durable manicure, so they are well worth the price of admission. The Spring Reveries collection is made up of muted pastels, providing a bright and fresh pop of color. There are a total of five new shades:

theBalm – Cindy-Lou Manizer Bronzing Luminizer

The latest in the Manizer line, which also includes Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer, this product promises to brighten your skin and give you a sun kissed glow. The rose gold shade is so versatile it works with practically every complexion and can even be used as an eye shadow. Thanks to being incredibly finely milled, it makes skin appear luminous without being shiny or glittery.

Too Faced – A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette

After their success with the Cholate Bar Palette, Too Faced continues the theme with the A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette, featuring warm-toned shadows with a shimmer finish. This eye shadow palette comes with a selection of nine complementary shades that enable you do either create a neutral day or eye-catching night look. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, blend well and are crease resistant, even without primer.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments Palette

If you are interested in a day-glow look, the newest offering from Urban Decay should be at the top of your most wanted list. Urban Decay is known for their buttery soft and incredibly pigmented colors, and this palette is no exception. Colors are true to pan, and they wear well, refusing to fade or crease even after hours of wear. The 10 pigment collection features a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes.

Philosophy – Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Your face is your canvas for makeup, so you want the most clear and perfect skin possible. Whether you are noticing signs of aging or want to delay their onset, Philosophy’s latest moisturizer is a must for your beauty regimen. It is designed for all skin types, and it is able to gently but effectively soften skin while protecting skin and repairing damage.

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