A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

       
June 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

Summer fun means lots of time in the sun.  Make sure you pull out the SPF and get ready to protect your skin from the potentially harmful rays! Choosing the right sunscreen can be tricky so we are here to help with some great tips!

The first thing you need to consider is the SPF that you’re going to want to use. When you hit the aisles of any drugstore and look for sunscreen you’ll see that there are SPFs ranging from 8 to over 100. The SPF is usually a decent indicator of how well the product you’re getting is supposed to work against protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. However, do not be too quick to purchase the super highe SPFs just because of marketing. Studies have shown that SPFs beyond 55 don’t actually have any better results than those between 45 and 55. Companies love to market their 75 to 100 SPFs for much higher prices, claiming that they provide “ultimate” protection from the sun. Wwhen applied right and reapplied correctly, the more affordable SPF 45 will do the job just as well.

There are, of course, many other elements to consider when buying sunscreen. One important aspect is what the sunscreen will do for your skin outside of protecting it from the sun. While UV protection is important, moisturizing and keeping your skin clear of unnecessary chemicals and contaminants  is also important. Some sunscreen and SPF brands, such as those by Coola Suncare and Supergoop!, feature reasonably high SPF products which moisturize the skin, are unscented and have ingredients that repair past sun damage. No matter what type of product you are buying, reading the label to know what you are putting on your skin and body is very important.

When it comes to sunscreen application, most people tend to make mistakes. One big mistake many people make is waiting until they are outside to apply the sunscreen. To properly do its job, the sunscreen needs 20 to 30 minutes to sit and soak into the skin.  Another mistake many people make is not applying enough. Unlike some products, less is NOT more with sunscreen. You want to make sure you read the label and use the amount it says to use and completely cover all areas.

There are also a lot of areas that people tend to miss when trying to apply the sunscreen themselves, such as the middle of their back. Other areas people tend to forget about are their ears, the backs of their knees/legs, and the tops of their feet.

Reapplying sunscreen properly is just as important as the initial application. You want to make sure you re-apply every 2 hours and if you’re in the water at all – at a swimming pool or the beach – you’ll want to reapply when you get out. Make sure you thoroughly dry off or the sunscreen will not be able to soak into your skin the way it should. Some people prefer to reapply to areas such as their face and shoulders more frequently.

So, now you are armed with the knowledge you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s damaging rays once and for all. With these tips you’ll be able to make lasting memories all summer long without worrying about sunburn ruining the day.

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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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Rilastil Training

       
June 6th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Guide to Beauty SupplementsThis past week the Beauty Bridge team was lucky enough to undergo product training with Rilastil. Rilastil is an Italian brand that is a household name across Europe. We were all thrilled to learn more about a brand we love using and that is reputable around the globe. Our trainer was extremely well versed on everything Rilastil; we learned everything from the brand’s roots to their upcoming products! Some general Rilastil knowledge – their namesake comes from the company’s commitment to increasing the skin’s elasticity. The brand’s first product was their famous Stretch Marks Cream; this product, and the entire brand, is centered on elasticity concerns.

Rilastil takes its products seriously. With their roots in the pharmaceutical industry, all the products are developed, tested and packaged in state-of-the-art facility. Team member Maggie is “impressed with the amount, duration and quality of the testing they do on their products to ensure that they are completely safe for everybody. It really shows how much they value their customers.”

We began our product training with skincare. As many companies do, Rilastil has many products for different complexions. I, for one, loved the way the products were organized.  Rilastil has a skincare line for every skin type, each with its own name and line description. This makes it so easy for customers to find the product that is right for them. To make things easier, team member Zoukhra compiled a quick reference guide for all the different product lines.

Daily Care: Daily care products such as cleanser, toner and makeup remover types.

Aqua: Designed for those with dehydrated skin.

Micro: To combat the first signs of aging. Ideal for those with the skin of someone in their twenties

Hydrotenseur: For aging that has progressed. Ideal for those with the skin of someone in their thirties.

Progression HD: Ideal for those with advanced signs of aging (deep wrinkles, extreme loss of collagen and elasticity). These signs usually appear after fifty.

A-Lipik: Designed for sensitive, weakened skin. This line doesn’t contain any fragrance.

Deliskin: Designed for skin that has redness and irritation.

Multirepair: For very dry and aged skin.

Of course, we got to play with all of the products! Everything smelled fresh and felt incredibly luxurious on the skin. My personal favorite products were from the Aqua line. They were extremely soothing, and my skin immediately felt nourished. I can’t go without mentioning Rilastil’s Micellar Solution. This makeup remover is a must for every beauty-maven. Our trainer demonstrated this product; she put some lipstick on her hand and entirely removed it with one swipe of the remover! We were all awestruck. Gone are the days of pulling at tugging at the skin to remove all traces of makeup – this product is the biggest time saver.

The company has a makeup line as well. In fact, the Make Up Volume Mascara is one of Rilastil’s bestsellers. It provides intense volume without any clumping or smudging; we were told that it’s a favorite amongst celebrities! Another product we loved was the bronzer (Make Up Color Corrector). We’re always looking to maintain summery glows here at Beauty Bridge; this product gives complexion the perfect glow! Team member Olcay (and bronzer connoisseur) loves how it looks very natural.

We had so much fun with our trainer that we were disappointed when our time came to an end! However, we were lucky enough to get a few samples! It is extremely helpful for us to try the products, since we can now give accurate recommendations to customers. Zoukhra “can certainly suggest the products costumers and give [her] personal feedback. She now will be able to say with confidence that Rilastil Mascara and High Definition Eye Pencil are great quality and stay on without smudging for a very long time.”

All in all, the Beauty Bridge team loved everything about our product training, and is well-equipped to answer any questions you may have!

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The Road to Baby Soft Feet

       
May 25th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Road to Baby Soft FeetSummer is approaching, and it’ll be time to slip on your sandals before you know it. If you’ve ignored your hard-working feet during the cold-weather months, it’s time to give them the attention they deserve, and we’re here to make your journey down the road to baby soft feet a fast one in three easy steps:

1. Start Off with a Relaxing Soak

Pull out a tub, slip into your most comfortable robe and prepare to pamper yourself. To make it extra special, light a few candles and turn on some soft music. When you have the room just right, fill your tub with warm water and add an aromatic solution like Babor’s Feetness Refreshing Bath. Designed especially for your feet, this product also fights bacteria and foot odor . The soothing scent of eucalyptus will relax your mind and your body while the foot bath cleanses and moisturizes your rough skin.

2. A Good Exfoliation Works Wonders

Why should your face have all the fun? Follow your foot bath with a good scrub like Get Fresh’s Down ‘n Dirty Foot Scrub. Use a pumice stone on any stubborn calluses or rough spots. This removes the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the smooth, soft skin below. Most foot scrubs use salt, sugar or apricot to buff your skin or mild acids that peel the dead skin away. Always choose an exfoliation product such as Baby Foot Callus Remover that includes a moisturizing agent that conditions the new skin as the old skin is removed.

3. Finish with a Moisturizer Designed Especially for Feet

As active women, our feet take a beating on a daily basis. That means they have special needs that typical hand and body lotions just can’t satisfy. Atopalm Moisturizing Foot and Heal Balm is a particularly good choice. It’s rich but light so that you can drench your feet in this cream without spending what feels like hours waiting for it to dry. In clinical trials, this balm corrected even the most severely dry, cracked skin in just five to 10 days of regular use.

Save a little money for those pretty new sandals and a new bottle of toenail polish by choosing the Lucky Chick Perfectly Pedicured Sampler from BeautyBridge.com. The people at Lucky Chick thought of everything with this sample pack. It includes a full range of foot care products formulated with peppermint and eucalyptus oils plus a combination pumice stone and file to complete the package. You’ll be ready to show off your newly smooth feet in no time!

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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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Slimming Secrets from Around the World

       
May 22nd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Slimming Secrets from Around the WorldAll over the world, men and women have a vested interest in remaining slim and fit. Whether it’s to meet societal beauty standards or just a way to keep up with a physically demanding lifestyle, people across the globe have their own tried and true methods of slimming down–and staying that way. Let’s explore the secrets of three countries: Italy, Brazil and Japan.

Slimming Secrets from Italy

Residents of Mediterranean locations, like Italy, are not afraid of fat. In fact, healthy fats–such as those found in olive oils–are the very basis of this region’s secret. The thing is, these healthy fats are not animal based, so they’re low in saturated fat. Better yet, they’re extremely satisfying and filling, so when you eat them both your brain and stomach can stop looking for more sources of food.

The Lowdown on Brazil’s Super Food

Brazilians don’t generally consider a portion of meat to be the main focus of their meals. In fact, what you might call a side dish they literally consider “the foundation” of their diet. Wondering what that could possibly be? It’s beans and rice. Beautifully simple, extremely hardy, lacking in preservatives, and filled with amino acids, fiber and antioxidants. Better still, beans are low in calories and can even help to regulate blood sugar, which can help prevent glucose from storing fat in the body.

Japan’s Secret Weapon of Fat Destruction

What colors are the foods that usually decorate your plate? If you generally have only one or two colors, and mostly browns and whites, then you’re not gaining the benefit of a healthy, low-calorie tasty mix of vegetables like the Japanese would recommend. While you may have thought that the tendency for beautiful food art exhibited on sushi plates and bento boxes was purely coincidental, the truth is that it’s the basis of their number-one stay-slim secret of incorporating at least five different colors in every meal. As an added low-cal punch they also tend to start meals with a filling but low calorie broth. They even eat broth at breakfast!

One thing’s for sure, if you study slimming secrets around the world, you’ll see many different takes on the proper diet with one interesting commonality: avoidance of processed foods. It’s certainly something to consider when creating your own slimming diet.

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How to Get Louboutin Nails!

       
May 21st, 2014 | Contributed by:

How to Get Louboutin Nails!Everyone knows the shoes made famous by designer Christian Louboutin. A woman can view the unique red soles from a mile away. Now, it is possible to create the same signature look on the fingernails. Nothing will appear more elegant or upscale than a Louboutin manicure. The only supplies necessary are red nail polish, black nail polish, quality top coat, and nail pen to clean away mistakes. A helpful tip to remember when giving a home manicure is to start at the pinky nails and proceed to the thumbs. This will prevent unnecessary smudges.

Go Red

The first step of any manicure is wiping the nails with a polish remover. This will remove residue from lotions or soap. After the nails are properly cleaned, the underside of the nails can be painted a red color. It is wise to paint two thin coats on each finger. If nails are not long enough, it is possible to use clear press-on nails and paint the bottoms before application. When finished, it is important to wipe the skin around the nails to retain a clean appearance.

Go Black

After the red polish dries, it is time to paint the front of the nails black. Two coats should be enough to obtain a rich and deep color. To get the red to be as visible as possible, it may be wise to apply a white base coat before brushing on the black. If a woman feels that the black is too daring, it is possible to substitute a nude beige nail color in place of the harsh black tone. After all, Louboutin also offers trendy nude pumps as well.

Complete the Look

To give the official “patent” look to the nails, the manicure should be finished with a glossy top coat. This will lock in the color, prevent chipping, and add shine. It is advised to avoid heat for at least 12 hours following a manicure. Although nail polish may be dry to the touch, it takes hours to fully cure.

Women are always searching for unique ways to decorate nails. The Louboutin manicure is one of the most unique and stylish ways to accomplish a sophisticated look. The best part is that it can be easily completed at home.

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How Different Colors Affect Mood

       
May 20th, 2014 | Contributed by:

How Different Colors Affect MoodColor Psychology

When infuriated, we see red. When sickened, we feel blue. When jealous, we are green with envy. Clearly, different colors evoke different emotions; they also send different messages to different people.

Associations and Assumptions

Like the vernacular we speak, the meanings behind colors vary enormously from culture to culture, person to person. We have been programmed, on a symbolical level and on an emotional level, to see more than just colors. This explains why we tend to place labels, like sexy and daring, on women we see wearing red lipstick; we naturally deem them to be the confident, seductive type. Similarly, it is easy for us to make the assumption that women tend to wear dark lipsticks when they want to reveal their mysterious and rebellious side.

With colors carrying a sea of both positive and negative connotations, it makes sense that the color of the lipstick, or makeup, you wear can influence your mood, behavior and emotions. Let’s take the American flag for example: Just seeing the colors red, white and blue alone is enough to make some individuals feel extremely proud and hopeful. The color of makeup evokes emotions within us in the same way.

We wear what we wear because of how we feel and because of how we want others to perceive us. When we feel sexy and desirous of attention, we often put on red lipstick to complement our look.

No color is excluded as even the most subtle tones can elicit an emotional response from us and change our mood instantly. Lipstick — whether dark, plain or bright — will point out your personality, so choosing hot pink over a soft red flavor will call attention to your playful side. It will also show that you are in a flirty, spunky mood. There is no end to the number of emotions a single color can make us feel, so every color can potentially alter the mood in a room in some way.

With that said, be aware that your choice of lipstick can send all the right or all the wrong signals. Fun, cute colors — like pink, mild purple or green — will make you appear more friendly and approachable. Conversely, dark shades of lipsticks can give the impression that you are unfriendly, unapproachable and serious. Take this into consideration when you are out shopping for lip makeup.

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