Olivia Palermo Beauty Tips

       
May 12th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Olivia Palermo Beauty Tips
What could a woman who appeared in the Smurfs movie possibly know about beauty? When that woman is Olivia Palermo, the answer is “Plenty!” Olivia is more than an actress and young American socialite; Olivia Palermo knows more about 21st century fashion, style, makeup and design than most people twice her age.

As a young girl of Italian decent, Olivia learned a lot of old world beauty secrets from the women in her family. One of the most important lessons she learned was that female beauty should not be dependent upon gobs of makeup. Instead, great care should be taken to improve and maintain the quality of one’s skin. In other words, wash your face every morning and every night. Use gentle cleansers and moisturizing products, drink lots of clean water every day and whatever you do, stay away from suntanning.

It’s a pretty simple, three-point plan.

Wash, Wash, Wash

Nothing wakes a girl up in the morning like a nice splash of cool water. If you’re a person who likes to bathe in the morning, go ahead and take a nice one-step facial cleanser into the shower. Spend a few minutes to exfoliate once a week, as well. Your skin will be clean, clear and super refreshed.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Even the gentlest cleansers strip facial skin of some of its natural moisture. It’s worth a little moisture loss in order to ensure clean, debris-free skin, but it’s imperative that lost moisture be replaced. Skip the greasy oils and fluids and opt instead for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. Apply enough to bring a dewy youth to your face by day, and slather some on before going to bed. Be sure to drink at least six big glasses of water every day, because a great deal of your facial moisture comes from within.

Skip the Suntan

A few short decades ago, a deep dark suntan was thought quite lovely. Unfortunately, a lot of ladies who stayed coconut brown in the 80s are now contending with early onset wrinkles. It’s alright to get fifteen or twenty minutes of sunshine on your face. Any more than that, and you really ought to apply a PABA-free sunscreen and wear a big brim hat. If you want a lightly sunkissed look, go for a light blush or tinted SPF 15 moisturizer from Beauty Bridge.

So there you have it. Follow these three basic beauty steps and you’ll soon be sporting a blemish free, natural face. Olivia Palermo would be proud.

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Top Cellulite Busters for Serious, Targeted Treatment

       
May 5th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Top Cellulite Busters for Serious, Targeted Treatment
If you’re a female, and you have areas on your thighs, buttocks or stomach that remind you of orange peels or cottage cheese, take heart. You’re not alone. Cellulite is an embarrassing and extremely common problem among women. It occurs when fat deposits build up just below the skin’s surface. Unlike other forms of body fat, cellulite doesn’t respond to dieting. However, a diet high in carbs and low in fiber is thought to encourage cellulite development. Estrogen levels, genetics and circulation problems can also contribute. Fortunately, you don’t have to sit idly by, and let cottage cheese thighs ruin your confidence and limit your summer wardrobe. Cellulite busters can help by dissolving fat cells under the skin’s surface, toning and detoxifying skin and improving elasticity. Here are some of our top product recommendations for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Bliss Cellulite Products

Bliss Fatgirlsleep restores your skin while you get your beauty sleep. The ultra-rich cream formula targets the underlying causes of cellulite like fat storage, water retention and loss of skin elasticity. Used with other Bliss skin-firming products such as Fatgirlslim and The Love Handler, it can help minimize the appearance of cellulite and give you back your bikini-worthy confidence. For an extra boost, add Bliss Serious Seaweed Cellulite Soap to your regimen.

Babor Stop Cellulite Set

Babor’s Stop Cellulite Set includes two products that work together to fight cellulite at its source. The Morning Activator Cellulite Gel breaks down fat cells during the day by increasing microcirculation and encouraging the elimination of toxins and waste matter from skin tissues; this action helps the active ingredients penetrate deep into skin layers. The Evening Eliminator further flushes out toxins, breaks down fatty acids and makes skin smoother and firmer.

Murad– The Cellulite Solution

If you have a serious cellulite problem and need in-depth advice, it’s time to do your research. Murad– The Cellulite Solution, written by acclaimed dermatologist and author Dr. Howard Murad, explains the science behind cellulite and offers a simple, three-pronged approach to combating and preventing it. Murad’s approach combines nutritional changes, lifestyle modifications and topical treatments to help repair skin and restore a healthy, smooth appearance.

Don’t Give Up

Winning the war against cellulite takes time and dedication, and products that work for one person may not work as well for another. With determination and consistent treatment routines, you can smooth out the cottage cheese, and look and feel better in even the most revealing fashions.

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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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7 Beauty Treatments to Give Yourself Every Week

       
April 21st, 2014 | Contributed by:

7 Beauty Treatments to Give Yourself Every WeekWomen love to spend quality time in the bathroom doing the things that make us beautiful. To ensure that this time is well-spent, we need to be doing things that have a real impact on the way we look and how we feel about ourselves. The seven following beauty treatments fit into those categories, and you can do them on a weekly basis.

1. Face Masques

With so many different types of masques in existence, you will be able to find a product that can reduce any particular problem. For example, if you have acne, a clay masque has the effect of reducing the amount of oil and grease in the skin. One excellent example is Exuviance Purifying Clay Masque. By using a clay masque, your skin will receive essential anti-oxidants as well as a moisturizer that gives your skin a soft and smooth look and feel.

2. Hair Treatments

Some people recommend that you do a hair treatment every month. In order to have the best results, a weekly treatment is going to be necessary. You may wish to try theBalm Enroot Conditioning Treatment Mask that brings anti-oxidants, rice proteins and bamboo extracts to your hair. Bamboo extracts have the effect of strengthening your hair while it restores moisture and increases the hair’s volume.

3. Microdermabrasion

As an anti-aging product, microdermabrasion is placed near the top. However, if used to often, microdermabrasion can have harsh side effects. When used on a weekly basis, it is extremely effective as an exfoliator and is even known as an alternative to the face lift. Sothy’s Renewal Microdermabrasion Mask is one example that will brighten your skin after every use.

4. Body Scrubs

The rest of your body needs to be exfoliated as much as your face does. For this purpose, people travel all the way to the Dead Sea to experience its therapeutic effects. You only need AHAVA Deadsea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub that contains Dead Sea salt to have similar results. Dead Sea salt has the effect of reducing deep wrinkles and making your skin feel nourished, clean and soft.

5. Whiten Your Teeth

As we age, our teeth become stained with the food we eat and the beverages that we drink. To combat this reality, a weekly teeth whitening routine that restores your smile to its former brilliance is warranted. However, teeth whitening doesn’t have to be a difficult procedure. The GoSmile On the Go Teeth Whitening Pen makes whitening your teeth simple with an easy-to-use pen that you can apply and go or take with you.

6. Brow Grooming

Sometimes, we neglect our eyebrows, but this will be less likely to occur if you have something like Youngblood’s Brow ARTISTE Kit. You will be able to ensure that your eyebrows are perfectly groomed every week with this product’s botanical brow wax that does not contain any parabens. The kit also comes with pigmented brow powder. This makes it possible for you to groom your eyebrows and end with a natural look.

7. Upper Lip Wax

The hair on the upper lip is a constant thorn in the sides of women especially if they color their hair. A weekly upper lip wax will eliminate this problem. It can be a simple matter of applying a wax strip to the area and quickly removing the unwanted hair. To achieve this goal, Bliss Poetic Waxing Wax Strips Face is an excellent choice because it is hypoallergenic and contains aloe vera. Aloe vera is a substance that has been known to ease the pain of wounds and also aids in healing.

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7 Tips on How to Have Thicker Hair

       
April 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

1. Use The Right Shampoo and Conditioner
The first step to having thick and luxurious looking hair is to use the right products in the shower. Many shampoos and conditioners focus on hydrating hair, which is a good thing, but thin hair can be weighed down and made to look limp. Replacing your current cleanser with either Hamadi – Honey Soymilk Hair Wash or Leonor Greyl – Bain Volumateur Aux Algues, both of which offer lightweight moisture and a volume boost, may make a huge difference in how full your hair appears.

7 Tips on How to Have Thicker Hair2. Don’t Let Long Hair Weight You Down
When it comes to making your hair look thicker, less can be more. The longer your hair is, the more weight it has, which can make it appear flat. Not only are shorter looks easier to manage, they also tend to look fuller. Getting a blunt cut with bangs or going for artfully arranged layers makes can make even baby fine hair appear full of volume.

3. Blow Dry Your Hair With The Right Tools
For many people with thin hair, blow drying is a must. However, you want to be sure that you are using the right tools and products when doing so. You should be using a product that will both protect your hair as well as add volume, such as Fekkai – COIFF Defense Pre-Style Thermal/UV Protectant. These types of products will help you get volume without also making hair appear brittle or lifeless due to heat damage.

4. Use Curlers and Rollers
Curls are a great way to pump up the volume in your hair, and you can easily achieve this using a curling iron or hot rollers. If you don’t want to go with ringlets, you can also add extra oomph to your hair by using large rollers that create a more wavy or tousled look.

5. Add Volume With Extensions
One way that a lot of models and actresses get extra volume is by using falls or extensions in their hair. There are both synthetic and natural hair pieces available, and most can be dyed to match your exact hair color. Additionally, you can choose your level of commitment; salons can put in extensions that last for months or you can purchase clip-ins for daily use.

6. Maintain Your Hair’s Health
If you’ve already got hair that is fine, it’s important to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Hair with numerous split ends and that looks dull will appear even flatter, and you are looking for volume, not frizz. Treatments like Leonor Greyl – Creme Regeneratrice can undo the effects of damage from heat and styling as well as adding volume to naturally thin hair.

7. Consider Your Diet
Getting fuller hair is more than about what you put on your head, it’s also about what you put in your body. Adding certain items to your diet or taking supplements can improve the building blocks your body has to work with when it comes to growing hair. Biotin, Zinc and B-Vitamins are all essential to healthy and full hair, so adding them to a diet that is lacking can speed up the growth of hair as well as improving its overall appearance.

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Dry Brushing for Health

       
April 12th, 2014 | Contributed by:

As technology advances, there are a variety of options to choose from when investing in one’s health and beauty, but sometimes the simplest methods are the most efficient. If silky smooth skin is the goal, and it usually is, one of the best ways to achieve it is through dry brushing. This technique is used at spas throughout the world to brighten and tighten skin, leaving it with a healthy glow, but this practice is perfect for those who prefer to treat themselves at home. Investing just a few minutes a day can help improve circulation, toxin elimination and exfoliation.
Dry Brushing for Health
Exfoliation
The most obvious benefit of dry brushing is the sloughing away of dead skin cells. By eliminating the rough, dry patches, the skin’s overall appearance will show noticeable improvement. It also preps the epidermis for any further treatment, such as moisturizers or body masks, by removing a barrier and allowing skin care products to penetrate.

Lymphatic Drainage and Cell Renewal
While the body has systems in place that naturally filter and detoxify, dry brushing helps to speed up the process. The pressure of the brush, when moved in the proper direction, pushes the lymph through the body to aid in waste elimination.

Cellulite
Many spas use dry brushing as a part of cellulite treatment. Opinions are varied as to the usefulness of the procedure and whether or not eliminating toxins actually reduces the appearance of cellulite. Some critics claim that the results are only a temporary plumping, but for some clients, even that may be enough.

When dry brushing at home, always start at the feet and work up, using long upward motions towards the heart. A stiff brush with natural bristles is the best choice, but watch that the skin does not become irritated or inflamed and be sure to avoid areas with abrasions or cuts. While it is important that the brush is slightly rough, very little pressure is needed for positive results.

To clean the brush, simply use mild shampoo and warm water, then let it air dry completely to avoid a gathering of bacteria. Dry brushing can make a dramatic difference in any skincare routine and still remain simple and cost effective.

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Spring Manicure Trends

       
April 8th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Spring Manicure TrendsSpring is the traditional time for rebirth and renewal, which makes spring the perfect season for trying out new styles. Along with donning shorter skirts and outfits in brighter hues, trendsetters may want to experiment with unique colors and nail art techniques this spring. The word for Spring 2014 nails is “subtlety,” so step outside the box and elicit compliments wherever you go with the following understated spring manicure styles that are easy to do at home.

Tortoiseshell

The ombré nail trend is still going strong, but the coming of spring gives you the opportunity to play with it a little and make it your own. Try the tortoiseshell, or ecaille, technique as an alternative. Recently demonstrated as a hair technique by celebrity fashionistas including Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, tortoiseshell fading also looks great on your nails. With this technique, two nail colors, usually complementary, fade into each other much more subtly than with traditional two-tone ombré contrasting.

Pearled

Who knew that the timeless elegance of pearls could come to life on your nails? For a simple touch of luxury that works perfectly with your favorite little black dress, coat your nails with two layers of a sweet-colored polish, like bubblegum pink or sky blue. Using tweezers, carefully add pearl rhinestones at the base of each nail, covering about one-third of the surface.

Textured

Textured nails were on display at New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 runways, and adding a bit of texture is a great way to have fun with your nails without being too gaudy or over-the-top. Start with a light pastel or Earth-toned polish. On a paper plate, mix the polish with a few teaspoons of coffee grounds or coarsely-ground sugar, then apply. Make your three-dimensional nails shine by finishing with a topcoat.

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid, 2014’s color of the year is bold and striking, and it’s perfect for those who like to stand out. On your nails, use the tortoiseshell technique with Radiant Orchid and a lighter violet or lavender hue, or accent a neutral-toned outfit with Radiant Orchid polish and lipstick. Because nothing about Radiant Orchid is subtle, a small touch is all it takes to turn heads.

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Fragrance Do’s and Don’ts

       
March 27th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fragrance done right evokes the subtle reminiscence of an alluring, sensual, sweet or romantic dream than lingers gently in the nose; however, fragrance done wrong places people around you in a nightmarish nasal assault. If you want your signature scent to be noticed without knocking people’s noses off their faces, follow these fragrance do’s and don’ts.

Know Your Strengths

Do familiarize yourself with the five fragrance strengths, which contain varying concentrations of perfume oil mixed with alcohol or another solvent.
Fragrance Do's and Don'ts

Perfume

    • 20 to 30 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts six to eight hours.

Eau de Parfum or EDP

    • 15 to 20 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts four to five hours.

Eau de Toilette or EDT

    • 5 to 15 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts two to three hours.

Eau de Cologne or EDC

    • 2 to 4 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Eau Fraiche

    • 1 to 3 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Do wear the appropriate concentration: Strong concentrations can overwhelm in an enclosed space, but weak concentrations can become lost in a crowd.

Try Before You Buy

  • Do test on your skin. Spray fragrance onto your wrist, wait 10 minutes and take a sniff to see how the scent interacts with your unique body chemistry.
  • Don’t test on paper. Spraying fragrance on paper tells you what the fragrance smells like but doesn’t tell you what it smells like on you. Body chemistry does affect the fragrance’s aroma.
  • Do test only one fragrance at a time. If you wear more than one test fragrance, the scents will collide in a decidedly horrid battle, and your nose will rebel.

Wear Fragrance with Flair

  • Do remember a balance exists between too much and not enough. Only people within a one- to two-foot radius of you should catch a whiff; if people outside that little circle can smell it, you’re wearing too much. Generally, three spritzes will suffice.
  • Do spray on pulse points. Pulse points generate slightly more heat than the rest of your body, and this heat gently activates your fragrance’s scent.
  • Don’t apply after a workout. Fragrance and sweat don’t mingle well.
  • Don’t apply more often than the concentration suggests. Remember that your nose might become so familiar with the aroma that it can’t detect it, but that doesn’t mean the fragrance isn’t still lingering.
  • Do apply to hydrated skin. Hydrated skin better absorbs scent than dry skin does.
  • Don’t mix with scented soaps and lotions. If you do, you risk clashing odors and confused noses.

Storing

  • Do store your perfume in a cool, dry, dark place. Light, heat and humidity destroy fragrance’s chemical bonds and change your fragrance’s delightful bouquet into a nasty pong.
  • Don’t store your fragrance in the refrigerator. While heat isn’t good for fragrance, the temperature fluctuation of cold fridge to warm room and back to fridge again also destroys scent. Avoid stressing your perfume by keeping it in an area that’s cool but not drastically cooler than room temperature.

By following these fragrance do’s and don’ts, you will leave behind you the wisp of a delightful reverie and subliminal pleasant memory.

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Benefits Of Beauty Oils

       
March 15th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Benefits Of Beauty Oils
Take a look at any beauty shelf, and you’ll see an array of popular products dedicated to controlling your body’s oil production. If so much attention is warranted to this apparent problem, why would you ever want to add more oil to your skin care routine? As it happens, external oils can produce immense benefits in both those with shiny skin and those who can scratch words into their arms. Beauty oils have been used since the beginning of civilization to great effect. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types and their individual benefits.

Marula Oil

Native to southern Africa and Madagascar, the marula tree plays a significant role in the local economy by providing food, disease treatments, and natural pain relievers. The oil derived from the marula’s seed kernel is also a widely-used component in skin care products such as Nuxe’s Creme Merveillance. With a high concentration of antioxidants, marula oil plays an important role in the fight against aging.

Olive Oil

Nutritionists have long sung the praises of olive oil for cooking, but did you know that this versatile product is equally beneficial in the beauty department? This affordable oil can help users soften their skin by locking the body’s natural moisture in, leaving the epidermis smooth and supple. Products such as Philosophy’s Amazing Grace incorporate olive oil to maximize their moisturizing properties.

Jojoba Oil

It’s the effective oil with the silly name. Jojoba oil is the perfect external beauty oil for women who want to steer clear of prematurely aging hands. Found in desert plants, jojoba oil is naturally designed to hold moisture in the skin. The benefits to plants in an arid climate are obvious, but these same properties can produce effective results for your skin. Products like Lippmann Collection’s Rich Girl Hand Cream utilize jojoba oil as part of a holistic approach to hydration.

Argan Oil

If you’re tired of having dry, irritated skin, argan oil may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Incorporated in products like Kneipp’s Jasmine & Argan Oil Body Lotion, argan oil gives your skin a healthy dose of vitamin E. It also contains a wallop of omega-6 fatty acid, which protects your skin from the dangers of free radicals. Best of all, most users find the non-greasy finish of the oil the perfect complement to a comprehensive skincare regimen.

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