The Best Jeans for Your Body Type

       
September 1st, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Best Jeans for Your Body Type Whatever your body type, there is style of jeans that is flattering on you. It’s just a matter of finding what cut and style will look the best on your body. Generally women’s bodies have been put into four categories – Pear, Apple, Hourglass, and Column. However, recently more specific categories under each of these have been introduced, so you can get fashion advice that’s even more specific to your body type.

Pear
Pear-shaped body types can come in standard pear shaped, bell, or bowling pin shapes.
Pear-shaped bodies have a wider lower half with a smaller upper half. High rise jeans will balance out your figure, while large pockets without too much detail will minimize your butt.
Bell body types have long legs and large butts. You should look for long inseams and wide leg pants. Jeans with a contoured waist and a lower rise in front will lengthen your torso.
Bodies shaped like bowling pins carry most of their weight around the thighs. Bootcut and straight leg jeans with a slightly higher rise work best.

Apple
Apple body types fall into the brick, the goblet, and the classic apple categories.
The apple shape is characterized by a wider belly with thin legs. Trouser cut jeans and skinny jeans work best to show off your thin legs.
The brick body type is muscular with broad shoulders, narrow hips, and generous thighs. Stretch fabric will go over your muscles better, while twisted seams will add curves.
The goblet shape has a well-endowed upper half and a thinner lower half. Skinny jeans will help your hips appear to balance your top half.

Hourglass
Hourglass bodies can be vase shaped, cello shaped, or hourglass shaped.
Hourglass body types have curvy butts and long legs. Wide leg pants will balance out your calves with your butt. Cuts that are bigger in the hips than the waist will prevent gap waist.
The vase shape is just slightly curvy than the hourglass shape. Most leg cuts are flattering, while a moderate rise is best around the waist.
Cello body types are very curvy with a longer waist. Wide leg jeans are best, especially with dark washes and stretch fabric.

Column
The column category can be divided into column, cornet, and lollipop.
The column shape is tall and thin with minimal curves. Skinny jeans are good and so are flared leg jeans that are fitted above the knee.
Cornet-shaped bodies are tall and thin with wider shoulders. You should look for long inseams and skinny cuts around the legs.
Lollipop body types are thin with larger breasts. Skinny jeans are a good choice and you should go with mid to low rises at the waist.

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Astrological Signs and Beauty

       
August 30th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Astrological Signs and Beauty

Astrology and Personality

If you follow astrology, you’re probably familiar with all of the typical personality traits that are associated with all of the various signs. If you’re an Aries, for example, you’re likely aware of your spirited and fiery reputation. If you’re a Libra, on the other hand, you’re likely familiar with your sign’s intuitive, sensitive and careful characteristics.

Astrology and Beauty

The characteristics of astrological signs aren’t just limited to personality traits, however. They’re also frequently associated with beauty, surprisingly enough. If you’re a Pisces, a look that works well for you might not necessarily be so flattering on a Cancer, and vice versa. As a result, learning about what styles are most suitable for your specific astrological sign can go a long way in enhancing and improving your overall look and fashion.

Fire Signs and Beauty

If you’re a fire sign such as a Sagittarius, Leo or Aries, you might want to have a makeup look that’s as intense and unforgettable as your personality. Bright red lipstick and nail polish can help you accomplish that.

Air Signs and Beauty

If you’re an air sign such as an Aquarius, Libra or Gemini, then a more minimalistic and fresh approach to cosmetics might do a world of wonder for you. A light BB cream or tinted moisturizer that will make your complexion look vibrant, even and luminous can help you achieve that.

Water Signs and Beauty

If you’re a water sign such as a Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer, then you might look wondrous in cosmetics that are geared toward cool complexion tones. Sheer, light makeup usually is effective for water signs. Light cream-based eyeshadows are a great example of tasteful makeup that can give your look a slight “pop” that’s both attractive and mesmerizing.

Earth Signs and Beauty

Last but certainly not least, if you’re an earth sign such as a Capricorn, Virgo or Taurus, then you might want to investigate somewhat modest and earthy makeup options. Soft bronze colors on your lips and eyes might be excellent. If you apply a light coating of bronze eyeshadow, then you might be able to accomplish the low-key beauty that is so characteristic of classic earth signs.

Astrological Signs and Shopping For Beauty

When you shop around for makeup, it’s crucial to be as diligent and patient as possible. Never simply buy the first makeup item you see on the counter, no matter how popular it seems or how pretty the packaging is. If you try to purchase makeup items that are appropriate for your specific astrological sign, however, you could be doing yourself a great favor. Astrological signs are often excellent indications of personality in people. As a result, it’s not a big surprise that they can often indicate what beauty styles are effective for people. Your personality and your personal style frequently go hand in hand, after all. Be sure to check out Beauty Bridge for more exciting makeup options that are geared toward your sign.

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Using Retinol 101

       
August 29th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Using Retinol 101You’ve heard of retinol as a skin care revolution, but is it right for your skin? This compound, also known as Vitamin A, is added to skin creams and potions as an anti-aging miracle, with beauty-boosting properties that range from unclogging pores to boosting collagen and reducing fine lines to evening discoloring and smoothing skin. Read on to learn more about whether you should use retinol and how to find the right product for you.

Experts say that retinol is the single most important skin care ingredient to combat the effects of aging. However, although it really works, it may take time for you to see a dramatic effect. Retinol is best used as a long-term method to protect the youthful look and feel of your skin, not as a fast fix measure to hide damage that has already occurred. Most dermatologists recommend that women start using retinol in their 30s, and definitely by the time they hit 40, for maximum protection against the effects of aging.

While the strongest forms of retinol are available only with a prescription, you should first test out an over-the-counter version to see if you like the results. Look for brands that specifically list retinol high in the ingredient list, as related compounds may be less effective.

Start off by using a small amount of retinol at night in conjunction with a moisturizer to see how your skin responds. Because retinol increases skin cell turnover, some users may experience redness and stinging, particularly with frequent use. If you have sensitive skin, start out slow and discontinue use of this product if you experience irritation or discomfort. These symptoms are more likely to occur with the prescription form of retinol.

An important caution, particularly for those who begin using retinol products in their 20s, is that the compound can actually thin skin over time. This makes you more susceptible to the effects of sun damage, which is not only dangerous but will counteract any anti-aging effects you’ve gained from use of the product. Make sure to always wear SPF on your face, especially if you’re using retinol products.

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Dermalogica Training

       
August 28th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

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De-Stress with Beauty Products

       
August 27th, 2014 | Contributed by:

De-Stress with Beauty ProductsLet’s be honest. When you feel beautiful and pampered, you naturally feel less stressed. So, why not do a little extra pampering to reduce your stress levels even more. Your new go-to routine for reducing your stress levels should be centered on a few simple beauty products and practices (plus a few pieces of chocolate). Try a simple 3 step beauty process paired with our favorite stress-relieving beauty products the next time your feel your anxiety levels rising.

The 3 Step Process for De-Stressing

There are 3 major components to a de-stressing routine. You’ll feel much better if you are able to relax your body, rejuvenate your face, and pamper your hands and feet.

1. Relax Your Body

Your first step toward reducing stress has to be to relax your body. Think a relaxing bath followed by a gentle massage. While you might not be able to accomplish the massage on your own, you can definitely take advantage of a calming bath and apply a little lotion to leave your feeling more relaxed.

2. Rejuvenate Your Face

There are few things more relaxing than the perfect massage and facial. Why not offer yourself the same level of care at home and at least give yourself a few moments of peace with a rejuvenating facial at home.

3. Pamper Your Hands and Feet

Once you’ve relaxed your body and rejuvenated your face, you need to target two other key areas for ultimate stress relief – your hands and feet. Because you likely spend a great deal of time on your feet and working with your hands throughout the day, these areas are tension sites. A mani-pedi is great for relieving stress, but sometimes you just don’t want to go anywhere but home. Try soaking your hands and feet and applying a little lotion at home instead.

Best Beauty Products to Use to Lower Your Stress Levels

The key to any de-stressing routine, though, is the right products. If you are trying to achieve ultimate relaxation at home, try these products.

Lavender Herbal Bath

Few scents are more relaxing than lavender. The calming aroma as well as the complex herbal composition of lavender make it the perfect options after a long day at work. Try Kneipp – Lavender Balancing Herbal Bath to relax your entire body.

Facial Mask

Taking time out of your busy schedule to apply a facial mask is one of the best treats you can give yourself. Masks help refine your skin and offer you a little time out to reset and relax. Try Philosophy – Purity Made Simple Deep-Clean Mask or AHAVA – Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask.

Hand Cream

Even the simple application of hand or foot cream can help you detox and de-stress. Take a few minutes to massage some lotion into your hands and on your feet and you’ll feel your anxiety dropping in no time. Try Caswell-Massey – English Lavender Hand Cream or AHAVA – Leave-on Deadsea Mud Dermund Intensive Hand Cream for ultimate relaxation.

Whatever you have going on, take a few minutes for you. Taking a time out to relax and applying a few simple beauty products will leave you feeling calm, refreshed, and beautiful.

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All-Over Beauty: A Practical Guide To Bust and Decollete Care

       
August 23rd, 2014 | Contributed by:

All-Over Beauty: A Practical Guide To Bust and Decollete CareMany of us have detailed and complicated skincare regimens, full of targeted creams and serums meant to treat our biggest skin concerns. However, for as much love as we give the skin on our faces and necks, we often neglect the delicate skin on our busts and decolletes. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using products meant to target concerns in this area. To help you get a more lovely bust, here is a practical guide to bust and decollete care.

Protect Against The Sun

Too many women who take painstaking care to protect their faces and necks from sun damage fail to provide the same level of attention to their decollete. Sun damage on the decollete area can cause permanent scarring and discoloration, which can thereby ruin your appearance whenever you want to rock a low-cut dress. Protect your decollete skin by applying sunscreen to the area whenever you go outside. We love the DCL Super Sheer Sunscreen in SPF 50+ for this area.

Buff Away Impurities

If you struggle with an uneven skin tone on your decollete, buff away those impurities and irregularities by using an exfoliating treatment in the shower. However, be careful with what product you choose. Fine facial scrubs might be too gentle to do any real resurfacing, but coarse body scrubs can be too irritating. Try a finely milled exfoliating wash that is designed for the body but free of any rough, sugar-like granules, such as the Philosophy Microdelivery Micro-Massage Exfoliating Wash.

Treat With The Right Products

You use the appropriate serums and moisturizers for your face. So why not give your bust and decollete the same love? There are a myriad of products specifically designed to treat and target problems in the decollete area. If you’re trying to combat signs of aging, try an anti-aging bust serum, such as the BABOR Skinovage PX Intensifier Firming Neck and Decollete Cream. If you long for a fuller bust, try a plumping and firming serum like the Talika Bust Phytoserum.

As with any skincare concern, the best way to get a beautiful finish is by combining the right beauty regimen with the right lifestyle choices. As always, get enough water, sleep and nutrients, and you will be all the more closer to a beautiful bust and decollete.

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Fun Ways to Organize Your Makeup

       
August 20th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fun Ways to Organize Your MakeupBuilding a beauty station of your own with the use of makeup and accessories is an easy way to access the items you need on-the-go or when getting prepared for any event. Getting a bit inventive and creative when organizing your makeup is not only a way to maintain organization, but it is also a way to create a fun space and atmosphere any time you are using new makeup and beauty tools.

Brushes

Organizing your makeup brushes can be done by utilizing glass mason jars, plastic tooth brush holders and other vertical jars or bins. Using colorful craft boxes and bins that allow for upright standing is another way to store your brushes without laying them down flat and horizontally. Keeping your makeup brushes standing at all times is a way to give them oxygen, helping to preserve your tools for longer periods of time.

Nail Polish

When you want to get creative with organizing your nail polish collection, doing so is possible by investing in clear glass boxes, bottles or bins. It is also possible to organize nail polishes by creating your own customized shelf, suitable just for the size of nail polish bottles. When organizing your nail polish, doing so by color and shade is the quickest way to get the polish you need whenever you are ready for a fresh manicure or pedicure of your own.

Foundation and Concealer

Organizing your foundation and concealer is best done by tone and shade, whether you use mostly pale colors or if you have bronze foundations and concealers. When organizing concealer sticks, do so by lining them up from lightest to darkest to get the concealer you need anytime you have a pimple, blemish or red mark on your skin. Organizing foundation by shade is the fastest way to complete any makeup job.

Eye Shadow

Eye shadow is one of the most exciting types of makeup to organize, especially if you have a collection with a wide range of color palettes and schemes. Organizing eye shadow can be done for evening and day wear in addition to organizing the eye shadows you own by color and shade. It is also possible to organize eye shadows by liquid and powder materials, making it simple to get the color you need for the look you envision for yourself at any time.

Implementing a few fun ways to organize your makeup is a way for you to quickly access any color palette or type of makeup you need within seconds. Keeping your makeup organized at all times is essential whether you’re an avid nail polish collector or if you have a variety of eye shadow shades that are fitting for just about any occasion.

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Choosing Your Signature Scent

       
August 17th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Choosing Your Signature ScentWhether an array of florals or a musky vanilla catches the attention of your nose, you have recently become more interested in perfumes. While you like to dabble with different scents from time-to-time, you would like to know how to pick out a scent that is your very own.

What Appeals to You
No one can tell you what the best scent for you to wear is except yourself. The scent has to be one that you are attracted to. Some people find certain smells horrific, and others laud the same scents at the most pleasing to the olfactory sense. Start with getting a basic idea of what smells you like. For example, a deep lavender fragrance is much different from a light strawberry mist.

Consider Its Appeal
While you want to love the scent, you also do not want to smell offensive to everyone around you. People who work in a small office with many others probably want to avoid opting for anything that is too potent. Take a family member or friend with you. The person does not need to love the scent, but make sure he or she does not seem entirely repulsed by it.

Light and Heavy
You also need to think about how heavy the perfume is. If you are looking to buy something that you can wear every day no matter where you go, then you likely need to choose something a bit lighter. However, for those who wear perfume only to special events, the options are at least a bit wider.

Consider Allergies
Let’s say that you found the perfect scent for your senses. However, you should not buy it without checking the list of ingredients. Failure to do so could mean that you are purchasing a product to which you are allergy, and the consequences could vary from mild to extremely serious.

Order Some Samples
Purchasing some small samples can help you to determine if you really like a perfume and how long it lasts on your body. Individuals who frequently buy makeup or other such products from one particular store might even be entitled to some free samples. Then, you do not need to spend any money determining which perfume should act as your signature scent.

Knowing what you like, but also what is realistic to wear all of the time, will help you to decide upon the perfume to purchase.

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Fall Beauty Trends

       
August 13th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall 2014 Beauty TrendsMetallics, thick lashes and bold liners along with statement-hair are some of the magnificent beauty trends waiting for us just around the corner for fall. Dramatically layering it all on has never been more practical or acceptable until this season. Going hand-in-hand with pulling out the comfy over-sized sweaters, sexy boots and trendy scarves, this year’s fall beauty trends allow for complete indulgence. Combining awe-inspiring colors with the bling of metallic-sparkle is what’s in-store. In addition to framing out the entire eye-dazzling application of a bold, dramatic eye in black, cosmetics will compliment one another by taking a traditional focal point and amplifying it.

Quirky fall cosmetic colors

This fall we will see bright colors like aqua blues, brilliant oranges and yellows alongside gunmetal and mineral tones to anchor them. Make-up trends will be both adventurous and unapologetic. Interestingly, it is now more acceptable than ever to utilize bold pops of color on more than one feature. For instance, a bold lip paired with heavy eye-make up somehow works this fall since the eye make-up still trumps the bright lip through featuring thicker-than-thick lashes and generous liner application.

Lush lashes

Evening-style lashes have now become the wildly popular style of the day. Keeping in-tune with the Summer’s falsie-style lashes, the blackest black mascaras combined with popular lash serums like Peter Thomas Roth’s lashes to die for make lashes bolder and more lush than ever before. Dark, thick eyeliner styles emphasize the deliberate use of bold shadow-color gorgeously this fall.

Statement hair

Frizz-free styles like intricate braids, blunt bangs and deep hues like black-blues and vibrant reds will dominate. Longer tresses that can be both worn blown-out, full and wavy or pulled into purposeful pony-tails will be seen throughout the fall season. Keeping up with fall beauty trends will be tremendously workable with the assortment of fall hair accessories like small embellished clips and thin, detailed headbands as well.

Fall beauty trends are fashion forward, bold and combine a daring mix of great products. A contoured complexion is the basis for achieving the perfect fall look this year. Shimmer and glitter that was once more appropriate for the hotter months, has transitioned brilliantly into this year’s fall beauty trends arsenal. From brightening make-ups to illuminating radiance powders, these rich, fall beauty trends will keep us glowing and as beautiful as the season ahead.

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How to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall!

       
August 10th, 2014 | Contributed by:

How to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall!Although summer still has plenty of days filled with beauty left, many minds are starting to shift toward the fall. As much as you love your summer style, you also want to make sure your skin is ready for the fall. After all, you can get some windy days where your face could become chapped.

Start Using Sunscreen

Even if you have not used a dab of sunscreen once this summer, it’s never too late to get healthier skin. When you apply sunscreen, you are protecting your skin in both the short and long term. You won’t have to deal with burns and peeling skin, and you are also working to protect yourself against skin cancer. If you have any questionable moles or marks on your face, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to find out if they are indicative of a more serious condition.

Address Your Skin Troubles

Most people have some sort of issue with their skin. Whether you struggle with skin that flakes no matter what or you are constantly breaking out with acne, let this be the season that you finally address these problems and correct them. Speak with your dermatologist about ointments you can use or changes you can make to your diet to help. It’s not all about having this initial conversation though; you also need to ensure that you are following through with this routine.

Nice Exfoliation

Check with your dermatologist before exfoliating your skin because certain conditions could mean more damage after this process. You could exfoliate your skin at home, or you could go for a facial at the local salon. In any case, exfoliating will help you remove the dead skin cells from your body, which gives you a fresh canvas from which to work. Make this step a part of your routine.

Moisturize

As the colder temperatures start to come into existence, you might notice that your skin becomes drier. Start to combat this problem now by using a moisturizer all over your body every day. Be sure to choose the appropriate facial moisturizer or else you could end up with overly oily skin. Always check the ingredients labels so that you do not expose yourself to elements that cause allergies for you.

Preparing for the fall involves taking out the warmer clothes and picking up your favorite coffee, but it also means that the time has come to revamp your skin care routine.

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