Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Body

       
February 10th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - BodyValentine’s Day may bring to mind images of delicious sweets, decadent dinners and romantic nights spent on the town, but before you get dressed up to meet your sweetheart, take the time to pamper yourself!

Enjoy a guilt free sweet treat the next time you lather up with Philosophy’s moisturizing Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Shower Gel and Bubble Bath.

Take the time to lather up your favorite bath sponge or loofah, or even treat yourself to an extra long bubble bath before getting dressed. One of the best things about Philosophy’s body washes and shower gels is the way their scents are subtle,yet long lasting. Your Valentine may have to get close to enjoy the sweet marshmallow glow you will exude, but it will be yours all day, and all night! Trying to get your wintry skin in shape before Valentine’s Day despite the harsh dry weather? No matter how dry the wintry February air may be outside, your skin will be soft and smooth all night long this Valentine’s Day! Just make sure to be generous with the bubbles and your favorite loofah, and take as long as you like to luxuriate in your bubbles before heading out for date night. Seal in the moisture with your favorite cream or lotion, dress up in a killer outfit and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day that you and your loved one are sure to remember for years and years to come!

Looking for a treat that you can share with friends and family all month long? Whish’s Sink Side Set is a fun way to share your love of moisturizing hand cream and sulfate-free hand soap with everyone who stops by your home. The adorable retro caddy is a great way to add a little pizzazz to your bathroom sink while keeping it neat, while the animal friendly company’s commitment to all natural ingredients will impress even the most committed organic vegan amongst your friends and family this winter.

Of course, the real winner is whoever gets to hold your hands now that they are so nice and soft and smooth thanks to your new skincare regimen!

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Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Facial Care

       
February 9th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series- Facial CareValentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Whether you have big romantic plans or you’re just going out with your girlfriends, do yourself a favor and give your skin some extra loving. There’s guaranteed to be pictures, so why not look your best for you?

Exfoliate!

You’d be surprised at the difference in your complexion when you’re scrubbing away those dead, useless layers of skin. You don’t have to get really fancy and go to a spa; sometimes an acid toner is all you need to remove the dull layers. Regular exfoliation will reveal the younger, healthier skin cells for a brighter overall complexion. If you’re looking for an excuse for a spa day, a professional facial will give you a deeper exfoliation using a variety of masks, serums, and tools.

Hydrate!

You’re probably already being good about getting enough water every day, but are you putting enough moisture into your skin in other ways? Winter is harsh on your skin, especially your face, and can lead to redness, peeling, and a dull complexion. Introduce intense moisture in the form of oil. You might think oil means acne, but oil based serums that are specially formulated for skincare won’t lead to breakouts. Proper moisturizing keeps your skin firm, supple, and more resilient.

Nourish While You Sleep

You can take care of your skin while you slumber? You sure can! The first step is removing all of your makeup and the day’s dirt from your face. Start with a good makeup remover to get all traces of makeup from your face. Follow it up with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to get rid of any dirt or other residue. Exfoliate with something like gycolic acid to remove the dead skin that’s built up throughout the day. If you need an extra beauty boost, try a sleep mask. Skin experts agree that your skin goes through a lot of regeneration as you sleep so your skin is quite receptive to products introduced during this period. You’ll wake up with softer and smoother skin just from sleeping!

Acne Prone Skin?

If your skin is prone to acne, you’re probably used to waking up the morning of a big event with a few blemishes. If your acne isn’t hormonal or diet related, you’re probably used to juggling different skin care routines. Try a new skin care routine that a lot of people swear by. Try to be dedicated to a morning routine of cleansing, exfoliation (with an acid toner), and a moisturizer. At night, double cleanse! Wash your face twice with a non-foaming cleanser, follow it with your toner, and then moisturize. You might see a huge difference in your breakouts!

Your face is the first thing people notice, so why not add a few skin care tweaks to give yourself the utmost confidence? Whether you’re staring at your beloved over candlelight or you’re sipping wine with your best friend this Valentine’s Day, you’re guaranteed to glow both inside and out.

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Wintertime Skin Repair

       
January 23rd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Wintertime Skin Repair

Repair Your Skin When It’s Cold Out

The colder winter months make an excellent opportunity to repair and revitalize your skin every year. This is because excessive sun exposure during the wintertime is generally minimized. While the sun is undeniably beautiful and pleasant at times, exposure to it can often be extremely problematic to skin, especially as far as the aging process goes. Thankfully, the winter months give people the chance to repair and restore the skin, whether they have problems with stretchmarks, uneven tone, acne scars or anything else.

Skin Restoration

If you want to restore your skin in the winter, you might be interested in a product Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream from Neocutis. This cream aims to make the skin on the body look and appear firmer, more supple and more resilient. It also aims to give the body a brighter and healthier look. If your skin tends to look dull and lackluster, then you might want to look into a restorative cream such as this one. This type of product can also be highly effective for hydrating dry skin, as it contains soothing ceramides that replenish the body’s moisture barrier. While the winter months can be excellent for skin repair, the frigid temperatures can often introduce unsightly skin dryness. If you suffer from dehydrated skin in the wintertime, this type of cream can be helpful as it contains salicylic acid that exfoliates. The salicylic acid does away with dead skin cells that give the skin an uneven, flaky and rough appearance.

Gorgeous Skin Free of Dullness and Flakes

If you want to promote youthful looking skin on your body in the wintertime, the 5 Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel from StriVectinLABS is one option to consider. This glycolic peel works to energize the skin via exfoliation. If you want to breathe new life into tired and dry skin in the wintertime, this product might be able to help you out. Not only can glycolic peels be beneficial for keeping the skin smooth and devoid of pesky dry patches and spots, but they can also be beneficial for making the pores look smaller and for decreasing the appearance of unwelcome wrinkles and fine lines.

Goodbye to Signs of Aging on the Skin

Products with retinol like Neocutis’ Nouvelle + Retinol Correction Cream can also be useful for keeping the skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free all year long, as it decreases fine lines and keeps the complexion looking soft and even. Many people appreciate products like this one because they don’t tend to cause irritation.

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Body Products to Help Firm and Tone

       
January 20th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Body Products to Help Firm and ToneLet’s face it. Most of us aren’t as slim, fit, and toned as we would like to be. Even is you’re hitting the gym 7 days a week, it can still be a little unnerving when you start to go swimsuit shopping. Thankfully, there are some great beauty products out there that can help you to look and feel your best no matter what your current size. Here are some products you should try out:

1. Fatgirlscrub

Many of us have some lumps and bumps in places we really wish we didn’t. This scrub is designed to reduce the appearance of these lumps. Fatgirlscrub is designed to improve circulation, remove dead skin, and keep fluid from accumulating in your body. You’ll definitely feel more confident the next time you try on your skinny jeans.

2. Fatgirlslim

This is a specially formulated lotion that will wake up your skin and help with new skin cell growth for maximum firmness. It will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and who wouldn’t enjoy that? This lotion is also very hydrating and silky, which makes it feel like pampering, not toning.

3. Fatgirlsleep

Another wonderfully formulated lotion just for the nighttime. Relaxing lavender will help you have a restful night’s sleep while the active ingredients in this cream work to tighten and tone your skin. Sleep is essential to your health as well as your looks. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Get the most out of these eight hours by resting and rejuvenating with Fatgirlsleep.

4. MURAD Firm and Tone Serum

Those of us who have gained a little weight, had a baby, or even grew a little to quickly at one point can testify to having some stretch marks. Stretch marks can be pretty embarrassing, especially if you want to wear a bikini, some short shorts, or simply feel good about yourself. Firm and tone serum will reduce the appearance of stretch marks and will also help fight that pesky cellulite some of us can’t seem to shake. With regular use those unsightly lines and bumps could virtually disappear.

5. DOCTOR BABOR Body Cellular Ultimate Forming Body Cream

If you’re really looking for almost surgical or professional results without the cost or the pain, then this cream is a good alternative. The cream both firms and smooths away stretch marks and scars. It is especially recommended for skin going through a postoperative period. It is made for daily use and is great for rejuvenating tired and worn out skin.

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Caviar- An Anti-Aging Jewel of the Sea

       
January 16th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Caviar- An Anti-Aging Jewel of the SeaCaviar is famous as a gourmet food that has been long treasured by wealthy people around the world. Not everyone knows, however, that this food also has some significant health and anti-aging benefits. Caviar is made from fish eggs, also known as sturgeon roe, that are salt-cured. As a food, it has an extremely salty and fishy flavor that some people like better than others. What is it about caviar that could hold the secrets to a more youthful appearance?

Nutritional Benefits of Caviar

When consumed as a food, caviar has quite a few vitamins and other nutrients. One of the best things about this food is that it’s a good source of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which support heart health. Caviar also supply Vitamins A, C and E, which are all antioxidants and beneficial for maintaining a healthy immune system. It’s also rich in zinc, which is another immune system booster. On the other hand, caviar is a fairly high calorie food, so it’s not the best choice for people on a diet. Fortunately, there are additional benefits to caviar, that don’t require you to eat it regularly.

Caviar as a Skin Care Agent

Caviar has recently become known as a valuable ingredient in skin care products. It is now used in many high end spas. Hollywood celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Mick Jagger and Gwyneth Paltrow have publicly touted its benefits as a way to detoxify and revitalize the skin. Caviar can be made into an extremely beneficial facial. The same healthy fatty acids that make caviar healthy to eat also provide benefits to the skin. How does this help the average person, though, who doesn’t have access to Beverly Hills spas? Fortunately, there are products on the market that allow anyone to enjoy the anti-aging qualities of caviar and other anti-aging ingredients.

Finding Effective Anti-Aging Products

If you are seeking anti-aging products containing caviar, you may have to do a little research, as this is something that is only starting to become popular. There are a few products on the market, such as BABOR Sea Creation, which contains caviar as well as other beneficial marine ingredients such as algae and seaweed. Algae has been shown to support cell regeneration and the production of elastin, which helps reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Seaweed has natural anti-inflammatory properties that make it a natural exfoliant. Seaweed is also a good acne remedy.

When choosing anti-aging products, you shouldn’t simply look for one ingredient, but consider the reputation of the brand and product. Maintaining a youthful appearance involves many factors, including your diet and lifestyle. The right anti-aging products, however, can be very helpful at keeping your skin radiant and young looking.

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Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!

       
January 13th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!We all know there out there: those beauty myths we all wish were true. In reality, most beauty myths are a scam to get us to spend more money on products and regimens we don’t need. The following are the top five beauty myths – DEBUNKED! Let’s not get fooled again.

Myth 1: Avoid Oils If You Have Oily Skin

We’ve all heard them say it: “You have oily skin? Putting more oil-based products on your body will only make it oilier!” MYTH. On the contrary, using oils on skin that is naturally oily can actually help your skin to slow down its oil production, thus evening out your skin tone in the long run. Rather than using products intended for oily skin, promising to reduce the amount of oil production your body naturally produces, use products that are meant for “dry skin.” The oils in them will help your body to regulate itself.

Myth 2: Always Use the Same Line of Cosmetics

Um, no? Always use the cosmetics that work for you. If one brand works as your foundation but another works better for your cleanser, you do you, girl! All reputable cosmetic lines have professional scientists working to develop their products. Ignore what others tell you and use what you like!

Myth 3: Cutting Your Hair Makes It Grow Longer

Sorry, short haired babes, but it’s just not true. Cutting your hair does not actually make it grow faster. It makes you notice the growth faster. The key to making your hair grow longer faster is all about maintenance. The more you process your hair, the slower it will repair itself and grow. If you take care of your hair (and take those vitamins!), it will grow over time. Time.

Myth 4: Shaving Makes the Hair Come Back Thicker

Shaving, like cutting your hair, makes you notice the growth. It will not make your hair come back thicker, nor will it make it come back darker. It does not decrease the size of the follicle, as waxing does, nor does it increase growth. It just temporarily removes the hair on the surface. Temporarily. Such as sad word.

Myth 5: You Can Make Cellulite Disappear

We wish, right? Although there are creams that will diminish their appearance for a short period of time, once cellulite is visible, it’s visible. As of right now, there is no way to completely eliminate cellulite. So, love yourselves, ladies! There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s genetic. On the plus side? Tanning – albeit unsafe for the skin – does camouflage cellulite very well.

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Top #bbBabe’s of the Month – January 2015!

       
January 11th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top #bbBabe's of the Month - January 2015!
We are so impressed with the amazing makeup looks that we see across social media and want to showcase the best looks each month. Here are the top 3 #bbBabe of January!

Rose used the Pixi Eyeliner Pencil in Smokey Brown. This eyeliner pencil provides an eyeshadow, liner and smudger all in one!

Daniella used the Glotherapeutics moisturizing tint in dark. This moisturizing tint is a lightweight, oil free formula that provides moisture to combat dehydration and dryness, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to guard against the sun’s damaging rays and a sheer hint of color to softly even tone and enhance skin’s radiance.

Nina used Youngblood “Siren” gloss. Formulated with Youngblood’s long-lasting, non-sticky, non-color bleeding formula along with Candelila Wax, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Vitamin E to protect lips from moisture loss!

Make sure to hashtag #bbBabe in your post so we can check them out =)

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Products to Help with Those New Years Resolutions

       
January 9th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Products to Help with Those New Years ResolutionsAs the year 2015 gains momentum, more and more people are ready to start realizing their beauty-based New Years Resolutions. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that there are several products available that can help you look and feel absolutely amazing. To learn more about which products can help you accomplish specific beauty objectives, be sure to review the brief outline that appears below:

1. SeroVital-hgh

Women and men who are interested in reducing wrinkles, firming their skin, increasing their lean muscle mass, developing stronger bones, and decreasing body fat should note that they can accomplish their objective with SeroVital-hgh. This product works through the use of a scientifically proven hGH booster that increases hormone levels.

2. Karin Herzog – The 7 Creams of The Week

Individuals who are ready to give their skin the ultimate beauty treatment should note that Karin Herzog – The 7 Creams of The Week is right up their alley! This seven-day treatment contains a distinct set of absolutely amazing products that will address each and every skin-based need you have. The products function as a holistic skin treatment, including goods that assist you with hydration, exfoliation, energizing, firming, nourishment, oxygenation, and rejuvenation.

3. Kneipp – Bath Benefit Kit

If you know that external beauty is all about internal peace, it’s time to recognize that Kneipp’s Bath Benefit Kit can help induce the state of relaxation which heightens your aesthetic appeal. It’s no secret that stress and anxiety can detract from our physical appearance, so make sure you’re unwinding with a wonderful product that helps you maintain the internal calm that will facilitate external beauty.

4. EVE LOM – Travel Essentials Collection

Oftentimes, people are able to maintain their beauty routine until it’s time to travel. If this is your predicament, know that the solution can be found in EVE LOM – Travel Essentials Collection. This amazing product provides you with a top notch cleanser, radiance cream, and rescue mask that will keep your skin in amazing condition. With this product, you can be sure that you’ll look your best during your next vacation or business trip.

Conclusion

If you’re serious about looking and feeling your absolute best in 2015, note that finding the right products to help you keep your New Years Resolutions is a must. By using the wonderful products highlighted here, you will likely find that you grow confident in your appearance and begin to lead a healthier, happier life. Good luck!

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Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- Marsala

       
January 6th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- MarsalaUpdate your 2015 look with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, a rich earthy red that shares a name with fortified wine and Indian spice. A much warmer hue than 2014’s Vibrant Orchid, Marsala appeared in 2015 runway collections, one of many reasons the influential company chose it. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul” explained Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. Here are some tips to make Marsala work for you in every aspect of beauty and fashion.

Eyes
Darker-skinned ladies can wear a more metallic or pearlized Marsala eyeshadow. On lighter skin, consider it for a smoky-eye treatment, with black winged liner. Pair it with shades of taupe for a more natural look.

Lips
Long used as a lip color, matte brings out the richness of the wine color. A glossy lip in Marsala emphasizes sophistication. The lips should be primed and lined to prevent the color from spreading.

Face
Marsala makes a pretty blush for those with darker skin but can look nice on a lighter skin tone if applied with a light hand in a contour technique.

Hair
Katy Perry debuted a purple Marsala hair color recently but even those who aren’t rock stars can wear the tint. Marsala highlights warm brown hair; consider it an alternative to a blonde highlight.

Nails
The Color of the Year works in any finish. Slick a darker tone on for winter apparel. A sheer dusty color is especially nice for spring. For a party look, wear Marsala and gold as a glitter or accents.

Fashion
Marsala lends itself to plush fabrics like velvet or suede. It is easy to wear in a monotone or layered more harmoniously with complimentary earth tones. The tone also works well with Bohemian looks. For spring and summer fabrics, look for it in raw silk or linen.

This color is used as an accent in men’s fashion: ties, dress shirts or socks. Marsala harmonizes with other warm shades such as bronze or umber brown. Navy emphasizes the sophisticated mood of the color. Pair it with emerald green for a more exotic verve. Trying to wear it in an all-black wardrobe? Add a handbag like Taylor Swift’s and Pashmina scarf in Marsala.

As a final possibility, treat yourself to tech accessories in Marsala. Pantone sells a zip drive and manufacturers jumped on the trend with cell phone cases in the 2015 Color of the Year.

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Not Giving Up On Those New Years Resolutions!

       
January 2nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Not Giving Up On Those New Years Resolutions!November and December are months full of joyous celebrations, family gatherings, and lots of tasty treats for many. January, however, is the month of the dreaded new years resolution. Many people make some sort of new years resolution and a huge number of those resolutions fail within days, weeks, or months. Whether you resolve to have better time management, save more money, improve your health and beauty, learn a new skill, or develop a hobby, resolutions can be challenging. Just because they can be a challenge does not mean they have to be a chore. New years resolutions can be a fun way to start something new or get back on track, and there are some tips and tricks to help ensure your dedication to the task.

Be Optimistic While Also Realistic
Often people start out with extremely ambitious goals. While this is not a bad thing, if an end goal seems unattainable it is more likely that you will give up in defeat. For example, if the most exercise you’ve had in the last 5 years is walking to the end of the driveway to get your mail it is probably too ambitious to resolve to climb Mount Everest. A more realistic goal would be to exercise at least 3 hours per week and participate in a local 5 kilometer race.

Hold Yourself Accountable
Find a buddy or a group that you can count on to help hold you accountable to your goal. Sometimes it is easy to disappoint yourself, but hard to let someone else down. Choose someone you trust to help keep you on track. It’s easy to give up a resolution to read more if no one is asking you about what you are reading. Maybe join a book club or just find a friend that also enjoys reading and discuss the books over lunch once a month.

Set Small Goals to Help Reach the Big Goal
Sometimes a resolution can be so broad it is difficult to know where to start. A common new years resolution, made and broken by many, is to lose weight. If immediate results are not seen, it can be easy to give up very quickly. If you aim to lose weight and get in better shape, come up with a game plan. Perhaps resolve to walk at least 5 miles a week and give up sugary drinks. This may seem small in the grand scheme of things, and once this small goal becomes part of everyday life it is a great idea to add in additional changes.

Write It Down
If we make a resolution in our head and don’t say it out loud or write it down, it is easy to let it slip out of mind. Take the added step and write it down. Just seeing it in print can help if enthusiasm toward your goal starts to dwindle.

Happy New Years Resolution making!

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