Top #bbBabes’ of the Month – April 2015!

       
April 27th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top #bbBabes' of the Month - April 2015!Check out your April #bbBabes of the month! Which of these products have you used??

@fashion.cocktail loves the AHAVA Time to Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer which will protect against environmental damage with Vitamin E and soothes with Aloe Vera Amino Acids are rich in humectants. It will give the skin that youthful look that helps you navigate the stay with confidence.

@jadeywadey180 used the Beautyblender PRO Blender Single to do some amazing contouring! The Ultimate Make Up Sponge Applicator from Beautyblender is top of the line and can offer you a remarkable appearance without looking like you have any makeup on in the first place. Give this sponge a try as the elliptical shape makes application guaranteed by allowing access to hard-to-reach areas. The sensual and soft touch of this excellent makeup tool on your face is enough to make you want to use it everyday!

@giannafiorenze lashes are so fabulous! She used the Better than Sex Mascara. One coat of the carbon black, collagen-fueled mascara formula and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled and dramatic. Three coats and achieve the most intense black, oversized, multidimensional lashes possible! A mascara so amazing…it’s Better Than Sex!

Do you want a chance to be featured as a #bbBabe? Make sure to hashtag #bbBabe in your Instagram makeup looks and join our community.

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Top 5 Makeup Organizers to Keep Your Vanity Neat and Tidy

       
April 24th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top 5 Makeup Organizers to Keep Your Vanity Neat and TidyWhen it comes to putting on your makeup, we want it to be just as easy as you want it to be. That means keeping everything organized, so you can find it when you need it instead of having to search around everywhere. Clutter on your vanity or bathroom counter will discourage you from putting on your makeup because the makeup is likely hidden in that clutter somewhere, or your makeup brushes are now covered with hairspray and numerous other products from everything you keep on your counter. To keep you better organized, here are the top five makeup organizers.

1. NILECORP Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer

This two-piece set includes drawers and a top organizer piece for holding brushes and your to-go makeup bag. Organize the drawers by area of the face – eyes, lips, cheeks – or by the order you put everything in. All of your brushes will fit in the small little compartments in the top piece, and you can place larger makeup kits in the larger compartment or use it to store the makeup bag you use when on the go.

2. InterDesign 3-Drawer Storage Organizer

Available in a variety of colors, this adorable 3-drawer set is perfect if you have a small amount of makeup. Your brushes can easily be stored in the top drawer, and your makeup can be stored in the last two drawers.

3. US Acrylic Audrey Cosmetic Vanity Organizer

If you already have somewhere that you store most of your makeup and just need something to hold the basics on your vanity, this is the perfect organizer for you. It comes with enough room for those essential brushes for eyes and cheeks, and it has enough space for foundation, eye shadow, and even a blush or two. Store your lipsticks in the smaller compartments, and you can even store your bottle of makeup remover in the larger, tall compartment.

4. Whitmore 5-Tier Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer

For the woman who enjoys having a lot of color options, consider this 5-tier organizer. It comes with four easy-pull drawers made of a clear acrylic, so you can easily see all of your color options. Organize it the way you want, and use the top compartment with opening lid to store brushes or large makeup kits.

5. Coromose Foldable Makeup Container

This adorable little floral box comes in a variety of colors. The center of the box is perfect for storing your eyshadow, foundation, and other kits, and you can use the outside pockets and slip-through rings to hold your brushes, mascaras, and eyeliners.

Finding the right organizer depends on your makeup needs. Each of these organizers is different, but they all have one thing in common – they will store your makeup and create a more organized space for your beauty routine.

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How to Look Good Without Makeup

       
April 21st, 2015 | Contributed by:

How to Look Good Without MakeupWe all want to look our best, but, let’s face it. There are times when we have to face others before putting on our makeup for the day. Whether you are trying to cut back on your use of makeup or simply ensure you feel confident when caught off-guard, there are three techniques that can used to look good without makeup anyone can benefit from.

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

This old adage doesn’t just apply to our general personalities. It is also relevant when it comes to our appearance. You are what you eat, and making poor choices when it comes to your diet can reflect for the world to see. Aside from eating foods high in vitamins and essential nutrients, skincare supplements can be purchased to encourage a youthful, beautiful appearance. At Beauty Bridge, you can access a variety of professional-quality skincare supplements to create your own personal regimen.

Take Time for Toning

You likely have a system in place dedicated toward care for your skin and appearance. While it likely involves exfoliation and the use of beauty supply products geared toward acne prevention or wrinkle protection, all too many overlook the importance of a good toner. When the skin’s pH balance is disrupted, it can cause dark spots and other aesthetic issues many suffer with. With toner, you can target your specific skin type to maximize your results. Determining if your skin is dry or oily, for example, can help you choose the most appropriate product. When seeking a toner, avoid those with alcohol as they can dry out the skin.

Lurking Dangers

Enjoying time outdoors is one of the most enjoyable parts of the human experience, and most of us appreciate a sunny day. However, before you venture outdoors, even for just a short time, it is crucial that you wear appropriate sunscreen. It is preferable to find a product with SPF 30 or higher. Sun damage increases the aging process. Keep in mind, even if it’s cloudy out, you are still subject to the sun’s harmful rays.

Always Looking Good

We all deserve confidence in our own skin, and you should not fear embarrassment for anyone to see the real you. By following these three tips, you can both maintain your appearance and help slow down the aging process, allowing you to look your best everyday.

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5 Amazing Makeup Tutorials for Blue Eyes

       
April 17th, 2015 | Contributed by:

5 Amazing Makeup Tutorials for Blue EyesFinding the right color pallet for blue eyes can be a challenge. Blue eyes are a very unique physical trait and not all products cater to them. With these helpful tips, you will be able to show off your baby-blues and enhance their beauty the way they deserve.

Use the Au Natural Look to Your Advantage

“The Natural Look” is making waves in the cosmetics scene for a good reason. It is the best way to enhance your natural features that make you unique. Using subtle colors will hide small imperfections and draw more attention to your eyes. Use colors that blend well with your skin tone. You can use a very small amount of white eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes to highlight them. This will help your eyes catch more light and to make them look even brighter.

Eyeliner Is Your BFF

Eyeliner is arguably the most important tool in eye make-up. Just as important as the shape is the color of eyeliner you use. Eyeliner should be used as a frame for your natural eye shape, the same way you would frame a piece of artwork. The color should complement your eyes. Black eyeliner can be used as a dark contrast to your light eye color. You can also use a dark blue or purple for the same effect. A dark brown eye-liner can be used for your natural look.

Be Picky About Your Mascara

You should be picky about good make-up products in general, but choosing the mascara that works best for you can work wonders. Black mascara on already dark lashes can help better frame your eyes along with the right eye-liner. Be careful with bright colored mascara. Too much color around your eyes can be overwhelming.

Bright Colors for Special Occasions

Avoid colors that do not complement blue very well, such as red or orange. If you want to add color to your pallet without drowning out your eye color, go for colors that will act as a part of the canvas of your face. Greens, lighter blues, white, silver, and just hints of yellow can be blended together to create a surreal look around your eyes.

Be Careful with Darker Shades

You can go for darker shades of purple, blue, or brown blended with white or silver for a smoky-eye look. If you have a paler pigment, use darker shades of eye shadow sparingly. When done properly, your eyelid should look like the night sky with your blue iris as the moon. You can even use cosmetic rhinestones as stars, if you want to go all out for a special event.

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5 Top Self-Tanning Tips

       
April 14th, 2015 | Contributed by:

5 Top Self-Tanning TipsSelf-tanning is a nice way to get a warm glow, but, to do it right, requires a little time and preparation. Fortunately, the process isn’t difficult, just read up on the instructions ahead of time, and plan your self-tanning for a time when you are not rushed.

Don’t Neglect a Test Patch

Allergic reactions to self-tanning products are rare, but not unheard of. Considering how uncomfortable a rash or other allergic reaction could be over your entire body, however, it makes sense to perform a patch test 24 to 48 hours before you self-tan. You can make sure you don’t have a reaction, and get an idea on how the color looks on your skin.

Prep First

Don’t self-tan irritated skin, so wax at least 24 hours before self-tanning, and shave at least 12 hours in advance. Stay away from deodorant, essential oils and perfumes as well during this time, as all of these items can interfere with the self-tanners ability to process evenly. Use an exfoliating product before you self-tan, to remove dry skin, which will absorb the tanning product unevenly. Follow up with a water based moisturizer to hydrate skin so it will absorb the product nicely.

Have The Right Supplies

In addition to the self-tanner of your choice, have tight fitting, disposable gloves, a water based moisturizer and cotton swabs on hand. You don’t want to go searching for these items once you get started. Ideally, once you start self-tanning, you will have several uninterrupted hours. Once you apply the tanner, the longer you can allow it to process before doing anything else, the better your results will be.

Start at the Bottom

Apply your preferred tanner, starting at your feet and working your way up. This keeps you from smudging still damp tanner by leaning over. If you are not using disposable gloves, wash your hands frequently during the application process. If you wait until the very end, your palms will probably be stained orange. Once you have applied self-tanner to your entire body, go back and use a towel to lightly buff the areas such as your knees and ankles, that may accumulate self-tanner.

Give it Time

Most people find self-tanning best as a evening time event. After you apply the self- tanner, you want to let it dry completely before getting dressed. Even then, some transfer is likely, so loose fitting, dark colored clothes are best. You also don’t want to sweat, swim, shower or bathe for at least six hours after applying self-tanner. Tanning at night allows you to sit around for a bit to dry, then go to bed, minimizing the chances of smudging your tan.

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Spring Sunscreen 101

       
April 10th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spring Sunscreen 101In spring the danger of sun damage may be unexpected if the weather is still cool. While the rays of the sun are not as powerful as they are during the summer months, prolonged exposure will nonetheless harm unprotected skin. To avoid a spring sunburn, keep this information in mind:

There Is No Such Thing As A Waterproof Sunscreen

So-called “Waterproof” sunscreens are deceptive because sweat, water, and most other types of moisture will cause them to wash off. Instead of falling for this marketing ploy, consider sunscreens that use the more realistic descriptive “Water Resistant”. A good water resistant one like this sunscreen from PCA Skin will help keep the protection on longer than ordinary sunscreens.

SPF Can Be Deceiving

Though the SPF numbers come in a wide variety of ranges, the higher numbers do not actually block rays longer. The SPF number only refers to the percentage of rays blocked. This means an SPF 30 sunscreen will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin. It does not mean that it will last 30 times longer than SPF one, so it will need to be reapplied as directed on the container.

Even Cloudy Spring Days Can Cause Sun Damage

A common assumption is that when it is cloudy, there is no danger of sun damage. Much of the solar intensity on cloudy days has to do with the type of clouds involved. The sun’s rays can pass through thinner clouds, while it is mostly blocked by thicker clouds. Even in the spring when the rays are not as damaging, it is a good idea to just apply sunscreen instead of trying to figure out if the clouds above are thick enough to block solar damage.

Sunscreen Is All That Is Necessary To Avoid Sun Damage

Of course sunscreens are good idea when spring rolls around, but it should not substitute for common sense. When wearing swim apparel outdoors, it is a good idea to cover up or find shade when not in the water. It is always wise to use clothing to help prevent sun damage along with a sunscreen.

The spring is a great time of year with all the budding plants, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Just be sure to use a good sunscreen to avoid hidden sun damage.

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New Products From SeroVital

       
April 7th, 2015 | Contributed by:

New Products From SeroVital

Clinical Strength Dark Spot Corrector

SeroVital Skin Care has introduced a number of diverse products recently, all with the aim of keeping the skin youthful and revitalized. People who are tired of looking exhausted can use the Clinical Strength Dark Spot Corrector from SeroVital. This formula, which is centered around amino acids, is packed with chromatic enhancers that make the complexion appear brighter and more glowing. It’s designed to do away with dark spots and discoloration of the skin. Twice daily application is optimal. Users must place tiny blots of the corrector to the desired sections of their faces. They then must rub it into their skin with gentle circular movements.

Total Facial Rejuvenation Day Cream

The Total Facial Rejuvenation Day Cream from SeroVital is an amino acid formula that boasts a light feel. It absorbs into the skin rapidly and with ease. The goal of this skincare product is to halt the emergence of indications of aging, namely wrinkles and fine lines. It also aims to do away with existing indications. Users must apply tiny blots of this day cream onto their complexions each morning. They must rub it into their skin with soft circular movements.

Total Facial Revejunation Night Cream

The Total Facial Rejuvenation Night Cream is similar to the day cream, although it’s intended for nighttime use, as the name indicates. This amino acid formula is extremely concentrated. People can apply this night cream before they sleep to rejuvenate the skin overnight. The objective of this night cream is also to eliminate existing aging signs and stop new ones from popping up. People who are beginning to see fine lines, wrinkles and sagging on their complexions might want to consider using this SeroVital product. Application of this formula is similar to that of the aforementioned day cream.

Ultra-Concentrate Hydrothermal Deep Wrinkle Serum

The Ultra-Concentrate Hydrothermal Deep Wrinkle Serum from SeroVital is yet another product that’s chock-full of amino acids. This thermophilic serum is specifically designed to tone and lift skin. It’s beneficial for skin that is displaying clear indications of the aging process. This serum is also useful for skin that needs toning. People who are frustrated by intense creases, wrinkles and conspicuous pores might benefit from using the Ultra-Concentrate Hydrothermal Deep Wrinkle Serum. People must apply between six and eight drops of this serum directly to the parts of their faces that require it the most, specifically the smile lines, neck, jowls and forehead, to name a couple key examples.

Complete Eye Area Renewal Complex

The Complete Eye Area Renewal Complex from SeroVital emulsion consists of amino acids and is made to significantly minimize the look of dark circles under the eyes. It’s also made to make the eye area markedly brighter and more resilient. Users must apply this eye cream twice per day, rubbing it in with soft circular movements.

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Spring Clean Your Skin

       
April 3rd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spring Clean Your SkinLooking good gives you the confidence to best ensure you are able to succeed in both your business and personal life. While you can try new cosmetics and different hairstyles, getting to the base of your appearance is the best way to ensure you always look your best. This season, take the time to spring clean your skin following these helpful tips.

Electrotherapy

With technology expanding, we are constantly witnessing the introduction of new and exciting innovation, and this stands true in the area of personal aesthetics. We all crave an smooth, even tone, and you can now achieve that goal with the use of electrotherapy. Products such as the Innovative Facial Toner have been approved by the FDA and are open for consumer purchase. These devices are able to target facial muscles susceptible to atrophy after age 30, and they help slow down the development of wrinkles. For less than $200, you can purchase one at Beauty Bridge.

Fun Without the Sun

Whether you have exceptionally pale skin or just wish to add a sun-kissed glow to your appearance, it can be tempting to go use a tanning bed or hit the beach for a session. While this may temporarily increase your aesthetic appeal, the long-term effects are not worth it. Aside from skin cancer, excessive exposure to the sun can also cause wrinkles, freckles, fine lines, and discoloration. However, this does not mean you can’t enjoy the boost a tan provides. Purchase a bronzer. It is applied like foundation and gives you that sun-kissed look without the dangers.

Treat Yourself

A little attention can do a lot for your appearance, and treating your skin to a spa-day at home can provide nourishment that will leave you feeling refreshed. First, identify what type of skin you have, and then purchase a mask that is appropriate for you. For example, if you have normal skin, a botanical mask would be suitable. Other skin types include:

  • Oily skin: opt for a mud mask
  • Dry skin: choose an avocado mask

Despite your skin type, there is a mask anyone can make at home and use. Simply combine one cup of oatmeal and two tablespoons of honey and stir in warm water. Apply and allow mixture to sit for ten minutes for a noticeable boost.

Refresher

While our regular beauty regimen is beneficial, taking the time to employ further techniques is a great way to both look and feel great. An effective way to refresh your skin after a busy day is to mix one part alcohol with six parts water and place it in a spray bottle. A quick spritz will leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated.

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Matcha Green Tea- An Antioxidant Powerhouse!

       
April 2nd, 2015 | Contributed by:

Matcha Green Tea- An Antioxidant Powerhouse!One of the most fascinating things about modern medicine is how scientists are discovering that old folk remedies are actually effective. The recent interest in matcha green tea is a great illustration.
What is matcha green tea
Matcha is green tea leaves that have been milled down to a fine powder. This process was first seen in the Chinese Tang Dynasty, with leaves steamed and formed into bricks for shipment. The method was brought to Japan in the 12th century and the drinking of matcha became a central part of the traditional tea ceremony.
What is matcha used for?
In addition to drinking, the fine powder of matcha is used for flavoring noodles, ice cream and a variety of other edible products. It lends a vegetal flavor followed by a sweet aftertaste. In addition, matcha has started to find a foothold in the cosmetics industry.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
The bright green color of tea leaves comes from a particularly high concentration of chlorophyll, the pigmentation that allows plants to process sunlight. Chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant, helping your body purge toxins and dampen inflammation. In addition, matcha is high in the amino acid L-theanine, a natural mood enhancer.
What kind of cosmetics products use matcha?
Right now, there are only a few products that incorporate matcha into their formulation, mostly face masks and cleansers. Pangea Organics’ Facial Mask is a popular choice, as it also includes goji berry and acai berry for extra effectiveness. The Dr. Weill for Origins Matcha Bath Soak is another good way to expose all of your skin to the restorative power of matcha.
Can I make my own matcha products
An easy way to create your own matcha face mask is to mix equal parts high-grade matcha powder with honey and yogurt, then apply. It will clear out your pores and remove unsightly inflammation. And, of course, don’t forget about the time-honored custom of drinking a hot cup of matcha tea. One serving a day can have a number of positive effects on your circulation and health.

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Guide to At Home Electrotherapy Devices

       
March 31st, 2015 | Contributed by:

Guide to At Home Electrotherapy DevicesWhen searching for a device that will help you regain your youthful appearance of the face, eliminating wrinkles and tightening skin, you may want to consider purchasing an electrotherapy device such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner device. While electrotherapy devices may be seen at doctors’ offices and high end spas, the Stri-Vectin and other at-home devices offer the same quality facial toning in the comfort of your own home.

How do electrotherapy devices work?

Just as the muscles in your arms and legs may lose definition as you age, the same can be said about your face. Unlike other muscles of the body, however, you can’t simply start a workout routine to help tone and tighten these lax muscles. This is where electrotherapy devices come into the picture. By applying gentle electrical impulses into your facial muscles, your body starts to respond by exercising the targeted muscles. This results in the tightening of facial muscles as well as a reduction in wrinkles.

Do at home electrotherapy devices work?

You might be skeptical in regard to whether electrotherapy devices such as the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner will work at home. This particular machine is USDA approved and offers the same electrotherapy found in doctors’ offices and spas throughout the world. Therefore the Stri-VectinLABS toner is a safe and effective device to use in your home.

What are the benefits of the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner?

The Stri-VectinLABS toner helps remove the hollows and wrinkles from your face while you’re at home. Operated with batteries, you will place a headset on which will serve to deliver electrical impulses to the targeted muscles. This device offers a full range of impulses from 0-99 and can be dialed back or increased for your personal comfort. While the Stri-VectinLABS Facial Toner is targeting the main muscles of the face which tend to atrophy after the age of 30, you can even choose to catch up on your favorite television shows as the device is soothingly quiet when in operation.

How soon will I see results?

Using an at-home electrotherapy device at least five days a week for 20 minutes a session, you should expect to see results within 12 weeks of operation. You may however notice a smoothing and tightening of the skin sooner, but generally the best results are noticed after 12 weeks of usage.

What do at home electrotherapy devices generally include?

If you decide to bring an electrotherapy device home, you will generally receive a headset-like facial toner, a handheld controller, medical grade gel pads, an instruction manual and a quick start guide. The gel pads should be replaced on a weekly basis due to their propensity to dry out and pick up minuscule particles from your skin during use.

If you’ve been considering a doctor’s visit in order to remove fine lines and wrinkles from your face, you may want to invest in an at-home electrotherapy device. These devices are convenient, easy to use and can help you regain your youthful appearance with a minimal investment.

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