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How stress is sabotaging your beauty

       
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

There are obvious reasons to avoid stress, as it can do some serious damage to your body. Did you know that it affects your appearance as well?

Between work deadlines, social obligations, paying bills and taking care of other responsibilities, sometimes it’s inevitable to feel overwhelmed. However, you might want to consider ways to keep your calm once you realize the potential impact on your complexion. Here are just a few ways that stress is sabotaging your skin, hair and nails:

Wrinkles
It’s no secret that stress can affect mood and energy levels, but it also makes you look olde. Daily Makeover explained that when you’re under a lot of pressure, your body continually churns out cortisol, a hormone that can break down collagen – not to mention also make you gain weight. When your cortisol levels are high, it’s more difficult for the skin to reproduce elastin and repair damage, leading to faster formation of wrinkles. Dr. Doris Day told Woman’s Day that it can be helpful during a particularly stressful day to stop and take a deep breath, thereby relaxing the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines.

Puffy eyes
One of the major negative effects of stress is that it can disrupt your sleep, and as a result, you end up with tired, puffy eyes. Daily Makeover noted that when you don’t get the deep sleep you need, your body is unable to rid itself of excess liquids. Therefore, that fluid ends up settling in the undereye tissue, causing dark circles and bags. It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of shuteye, but when you still need some extra help, use a moisturizing eye cream and a yellow-based concealer to fake an awake look.

Breakouts
Unfortunately, you’re also more likely to get pesky blemishes and breakouts when you’re tense, which can be frustrating and exacerbate the problem. According to She Knows, one of the other effects of a spike in cortisol is increased oil production and an inability to control inflammation. Therefore, you’re a lot more likely to see redness and clogged pores. Skincare expert Lavinia Borcau recommended looking for cleansers and toners that are formulated with green tea or chamomile, both natural anti-inflammatories.

Dry skin
If your skin is looking flaky and feeling dry, stress might be the cause. Borcau told She Knows that when you’re especially strained, your skin can’t hold moisture as effectively. She suggested using a rich cream that contains shea butter and avocado oil. Not only will your complexion feel softer, but these ingredients can also act as a barrier from irritants, free radicals and bacteria in the environment.

Damaged nails
Your digits are also dealing with negative impacts when you’re under pressure – and not just because you might be nervously biting your fingernails. Dr. Flor Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., said that many people make a habit of pressing their fingers over their thumb nail, leading to a raised ridge in the center. On top of that, your nails may become weaker, peel or even begin to show white horizontal lines. When they’re looking particularly brittle, nix the lacquer for a week and brush on a strengthening treatment.

Hair loss
Is your hair starting to shed? Daily makeover explained that hair loss is another issue that can be caused by anxiety. Your hair follicles immediately go from a growth phase to a resting one. Dr. Mayoral noted that the “fall-out” phase that follows typically lasts for up to three months after a stressful time, and it can take six to nine months for the hair to re-grow. In the meantime, switch to a shampoo that can energize your scalp and a nourishing, thickening conditioner.

Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

       
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

Your beachy waves were just fine for summer, but you might be getting bored with your hair now that autumn is here.

Something about the changing leaves, cozy sweaters and richer colors in your wardrobe may have you itching for a change in your coif. If you don't have the funds – or the guts – for a dramatic transformation, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to shake up your hairstyle without a ton of time or effort. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new 'do:

Fetching fringe
Even if you've been too timid to try bangs, sideswept fringe is flattering on a variety of face shapes, and can be relatively easy to maintain. Feeling bold? Elle magazine noted that blunt bangs are a major trend this season. The source recommended using a heat protective spray on damp hair before blowdrying them. A shine serum can help to eliminate frizz, and a spritz of hairspray ensures they stay in place.

Still, you might not be ready to take the plunge. Fortunately, Harper's Bazaar reported that the side faux bang is an ideal alternative when you can't commit to the real thing. Redken creative consultant Guido told the magazine that all you have to do is part your hair farther to the side and sweep it across your forehead to give the illusion of bangs. You can use a bobby pin to secure the section in place.

Deconstructed bun
While a neat bun always looks elegant, a messier version is on trend this autumn. Fortunately, it not only looks chic but also takes considerably less time. Refinery 29 explained that the first step is spraying your strands with a thickening product that will boost the volume. The key is not to overbrush your hair to keep the tousled texture. After rough drying your hair, pull your tresses up the top of your head and tie in a ponytail with an elastic. Fold your hair through the band to create a loop, and then twist the ends that are sticking out around the base of the pony to build the bun. Keep playing around with it until you're happy with the undone look, then pin the ends in place.

Wet and wild strands
You might be surprised, but hair that looks soaking wet is actually a major trend this season. Harper's Bazaar explained that models for Prada, Oscar de La Renta and Roberto Cavalli all sported this sleek look on the runway. Don't leave the house just after showering, though, especially as the temperatures are starting to drop. Instead, get the same effect with hair oil, which creates a high shine finish.

Surprising beauty secrets from the stars

       
Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Surprising beauty secrets from the stars

There are certain beauty tactics you already know are foolproof: Using lash primer before your mascara, moisturizing before bedtime and leaving your conditioner in for an extra few minutes, for example. Yet you still might be trying to figure out how celebrities look flawless all the time, whether they're stepping off an airplane or strolling down the red carpet.

Some of their go-to products and strategies may seem like common sense, but others might catch you by surprise. Regardless, they seem to be working, so they might be worth a try. Here's a few of their secrets for a stunning look:

Hair
Ever wondered why starlets never seem to have flat hair? The trick lies in the temperature of the blowdryer. Harper's Bazaar revealed that actresses like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel maintain a voluminous mane because they switch back and forth between the hot and cold setting. Professional stylist Oscar Blandi noted that while it seems counter-intuitive to blast your strands with cold air, it helps promote lifted roots that last for up to nine hours, while also adding staying power to the style.

You might already be aware that avocado is good for your body, but did you know that it's excellent for your hair as well? According to Women's Health magazine, Denise Richards mashes the creamy fruit and smoothes it onto her strands with one tablespoon of olive oil for an ultra-rich conditioning masque. Stay away from rubbing the substance onto your scalp, though, to avoid greasiness.

If you're a product junkie, it's important to deep clean your hair to remove buildup once in a while. A clarifying shampoo will do that, but Catherine Zeta-Jones has another tactic: she washes it in beer. Women's Health explained that the alcohol gets rid of any substances that have accumulated on your tresses, which can make them look dull. After working in the solution, just cover your head with plastic wrap for five minutes and then rinse it out.

Skin
A-listers always appear to have clear, glowing complexions. According to Daily Makeover, Cate Blanchett concocts her own scrub with olive oil, macadamia oil, grapefruit juice and sea salt for a revitalized, radiant face. Meanwhile, Emma Stone, who has hyper-sensitive skin, swears by natural grapeseed oil as a moisturizer.

Other stars make their own skincare products at home. Us magazine reported that Kristin Cavallari's DIY solution requires tossing half a papaya in the blender and leaving it on your face for five minutes. She told the source, "It's really hydrating!"

According to the magazine, Olivia Wilde gets rid of puffiness around her peepers by steeping tea bags in warm water and laying them over her closed eyelids.

Makeup
You may have tried a multitude of lip products to get a plumped-up pucker, but you may be surprised to find that the secret is in your pantry. Women's Health noted that Lisa Rinna puts a few drops of cinnamon oil in her lipgloss for a plumping effect. Makeup artist Patrice Evangeline told the source that it's important to test the oil on your skin first to get the sought-after bee-stung look instead of a negative reaction.

If you can't seem to get glitter off your lids, take a cue from Lady Gaga, who's always rocking dramatic eye makeup. According to Women's Health, she uses fabric tape to remove any stubborn stray pieces. However, the source pointed out that it's best to resort to traditional makeup remover if your skin is at all sensitive.

Starlets always seem to look bright-eyed and alert, even if they've been on set shooting all night. Women's Health revealed that Miranda Kerr just uses shimmery lip balm as a highlighter on her browbone and around her eyes to perk them up. For ladies who are prone to breakouts, makeup artist Stefanie Syat advised using a natural product and avoiding gloss, which could clog pores.

How to get a magnificently messy mane

       
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

How to get a magnificently messy mane

While a perfectly polished blowout can be inarguably alluring, there’s something about an unkempt ‘do that’s effortlessly sultry. Ever since Brigitte Bardot sported a mussed up hairstyle, women everywhere have sought to get bedhead that’s somehow chic instead of grungy.

In fact, a hairstyle that’s not flawless can add some edge to a prim and proper ensemble. By sporting a wild mane with a ladylike dress, for example, you’ll never look too fussy. Still, achieving this look takes more than jumping out of bed in the morning. Ready to take the plunge? Follow these steps and you’ll look divinely disheveled.

Bun
This not your typical tidy ballerina bun. The hairstylist behind the always flawlessly unkempt Alexa Chung, George Northwood, told Refinery 29 that the key to getting her look is roughly drying the hair, but leaving it 10 percent damp. Next mist some hairspray onto your roots and comb from the back of the head forward. Pull your locks into a loose ponytail that sits haphazardly on top of your head and comb forward toward the hairline again. Northwood noted that this back combing technique is key to creating a messy effect. Finally, coil the ponytail around to create a bun and use bobby pins to secure it. Another shot of hairspray will lock the style into place.

Ponytail
This pony is far more punk rock than preppy. StyleBistro explained that in terms of styling products, it’s important to opt for solutions that mimic your hair’s natural texture. For example, a defining cream is ideal for curls, while pomade can do wonders for waves. Start by twirling your strands into four tightly wound top knots to enhance body. Next, flip your head upside down and use your fingers to comb hair up into a ponytail either low or high, depending on your preferences. If you’d like more lift, you can tease your hair at the crown.

Braid
Braids have been everywhere this year, with an overwhelming amount of starlets rocking them both casually and on the red carpet. For this mussed up version, apply a texturizing cream and weave your hair into a braid that starts low on your head, close to the nape of the neck. After tying with an elastic, pull horizontally at the braid from top to bottom, widening it and loosening it up. Finish by pulling out a few stray pieces of hair in the front.

Caring for curly hair: Essential tips

       
Friday, August 16th, 2013

Caring for curly hair: Essential tips

While you may have battled with your curly coif your whole life, you’re likely the envy of most of your friends. In fact, some straight-haired women spend hours trying to get the same bouncy, voluminous tresses. The question is – how do you discipline your ‘do? With these tips and a powerful combination of products, you’ll be able to keep curls under control.

Comb carefully
The more you brush curly hair, the greater the frizz factor. So before you step in the shower, use a boar-bristle brush to make sure the natural oil from your scalp is evenly distributed throughout your hair. Tommy Buckett, celebrity hairstylist for Garnier Fructis, noted to Glamour magazine that curls tend to get tangled and knotted. In the shower, use a wide-toothed comb to brush your conditioner through your strands from roots to ends. Buckett explained that color-treated curls are extra thirsty and require a deeper conditioner. Opt for a weekly treatment like the Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask, which enhances hair’s strength and manageability. Once you’ve rinsed out the conditioner, avoid wringing your hair, rubbing it with a towel or putting it in a turban. Instead, lightly squeeze the moisture out with a clean towel, encouraging your curls’ natural shape.

Style smarts
This is a key step in your regimen, whether you have kinky ringlets or looser ones. While hair is still damp, work a reasonable sized amount of de-frizz serum or styling cream into your locks, scrunching as you go. Finer hair can benefit from the lightweight Leonor Greyl Algues Et Fleurs Curl Enhancer, which uses seaweed and other film-forming proteins to restructure the curls so they maintain their shape. Thicker, coarser curls should opt for a heavy-duty product that can tame and relax the hair, like the rich Hamadi Shea Hair Cream.

Whatever product you use, don’t go overboard as too much can make your hair greasy and weigh it down. Air drying is your best bet for avoiding poofiness, but if you’re jetting out the door, blowdry your bangs and roots. It’s helpful to pop a diffuser on your hairdryer, which can distribute the heat more evenly.

Sleeping beauty
Waking up with flattened or frizzed out locks? The way you style your hair before you go to sleep can have a big impact on how it looks in the morning. For a better bed-head, pile your hair high on top of your head in a  neat knot. You’re less likely to have a tangled mess in the morning, and more importantly, you’ll avoid the risk of breakage. Buckett also recommended in Glamour purchasing a silk pillowcase, as it won’t cause as much friction on the hair fibers as a cotton one.

How to style short hair

       
Thursday, August 15th, 2013

How to style short hair

Beyoncé recently chopped off her famously long locks in favor of a piecey pixie, and ever since many girls have been eager to snip their own strands. Whether you’re already rocking a shorter length or are tempted to make the cut, you’ll need to consider these particular products and styling tricks first:

Straight up
Halle Berry is the poster child for the pixie cut, which she has maintained throughout most of her career. Celebrity stylist Neeko, who did Berry’s ‘do for the “Cloud Atlas” premiere, told PopSugar that the style is pretty simple to recreate. Start by blasting your blowdryer on your hair while using your fingers to create a disheveled look. Neeko stressed that it’s essential to use products that will thicken the hair so there’s no need to tease it. Work in a small amount of Jack Black’s Sleek Finish Texture Cream, which is infused with Vitamin B5, to make hair appear fuller, as well as Lanolin and Beeswax to control frizz. Next, he advised using a flat iron on small sections to straighten them in different directions for a mussed up effect. Lock in your look and add extra definition with the Baxter of California Hard Water Pomade.

Va-va-volume
If you’re looking to amp up the drama with a shorter cut, take a cue from Lena Dunham. Redbook magazine noted that achieving her style requires a texturizing hairspray. Try spritzing Fekkai’s COIFF Bouffant Lifting And Texturizing Spray Gel all over hair to lift the roots and give the rest of your mane some character.

Still want higher impact? Go for Pink’s signature pompadour. According to Redbook, celeb hairstylist Marcia Hamilton achieves it by curling large pieces at the top of the head with a big barrel iron and then using bobby pins to secure every individual section. After smoothing pomade over the top and sides, unpin the hair, tease it and coat with Structure Naturelle Strong-hold hair spray by Leonor Greyl to protect the pouf all day long.

Cropped curls
With a little finesse, curly girls can wear short hair, too. Mischa Lisikiewicz, a stylist at Sine Qua Non in Chicago, explained to Redbook that it’s advisable to only shampoo hair once or twice a week so that natural oils have a chance to hydrate strands, combating any coarseness. In between washes, you can keep your coif fresh with theBalm En Route Dry Shampoo. Work in a de-frizzing cream and blowdry with a diffuser for a flawless, frizz-free finish.

DIY beauty solutions

       
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

DIY beauty solutions

While do-it-yourself projects typically involve hot glue guns and MacGyver-like skills, you can also DIY when it comes to your beauty products.

In fact, there are likely a multitude of items in your drawers, cabinets and pantry that could be used in beauty treatments (powdered milk, anyone?). The best part about DIY beauty is that because you're concocting the solutions yourself, you can customize the formula to address your specific hair concerns, skincare needs or makeup preferences. Here are just a few DIY ideas for some products you can make with simple ingredients.

Haircare
If you're dealing with dry, dull strands, this mask will instantly make locks more lustrous. All you need, according to Self magazine, are two or three thoroughly mashed bananas, 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Mix the concoction together and apply evenly to your hair, letting it sit for 15 minutes before you wash it out. Bananas are high in potassium, which can infuse strength into strands weakened by the sun, heat styling and other stressors. Self noted that the apple cider vinegar acts as a clarifying agent to get rid of product buildup, while the olive oil's fatty acids hydrate strands.

Skincare
Dry skin is a downer, but Adina Grigore, founder and chief formulator for S.W. Basics, told Refinery 29 that you can mix a moisturizer so rich that parched, damaged skin becomes softer, smoother and fully hydrated. Just mix together 1/2 cup of shea butter, 1/4 cup cocoa butter and a drizzle of coconut oil into a glass bowl. Make sure the bowl can withstand heat, as you'll be putting it over a a double boiler on low heat for several minutes. Once the consistency is fluid, use an oven mitt to take the bowl off the burner and let it cool. Then put a lid or plastic wrap over the bowl and refrigerate the homemade moisturizer. An hour later you can apply the cream to your face and body – and take a deep breath, because the scent is heavenly.

Makeup
Looking for a great glow? Sometimes it's hard to find the right shade of bronzer – if it's too light it's ineffective, and if it's too dark it looks entirely fake. The idea is to achieve the kind of radiance you'd naturally get from a day basking on the beaches of St. Tropez, and there's no better way to get the color just right than to mix it yourself. Self magazine recommends mixing together 1/2 cup cinnamon powder, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and three tablespoons of baby powder and sifting it into a bowl before mixing in four to five drops of coconut oil. By adding body lotion, you can personalize the shade: More lotion will make the bronzer more subtle while less will make a richer, deeper pigment.

Braid breakthrough: How to rock 4 new styles

       
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Braid breakthrough: How to rock 4 new styles

Braids have come a long way from their prairie days. In recent years, celebrities from Sienna Miller to Vanessa Hudgens have been rocking these hair styles in a multitude of new ways, showing that it's possible to make them elegant, edgy and even sexy. In fact, The Huffington Post reported that "braid bars" are opening up in cities around the country as a result of the trend.

Try these styles for a look that's anything but immature.

Go fish
A fishtail braid is perfectly playful for the beach, but starlets like Blake Lively have demonstrated that this style is just as appropriate for more formal affairs. For a sleeker look, braid sections tightly together. However, if you're hoping for a less polished, more piecey effect, PopSugar recommended tugging on the braid to loosen it up, as Jennifer Morrison has done. Spritz on Structure Naturelle by Leonor Greyl to finish for touchable, all-day hold.

Bun with a twist
A fusion of a braid and a bun is both sophisticated and eccentric. Try a low chignon with just a braided piece, which is chic for the evening. Alternatively, braiding all of your hair and wrapping it into a bun high atop your head can really show off the texture. Before braiding, apply a bit of Sleek Finish Texture Cream by Jack Black to keep strands slick and and flyaway-free.

Crowning glory
Who needs a headband? A braid that weaves across your hairline looks regal while framing your face. Opt for a slender version for a subtle style or use chunkier sections to amp up the drama. PopSugar noted that Hayden Panettiere rocked a totally different angelic take simply by pushing the braid farther back on her head. You could even try weaving in some ornate pins for a whimsical look. If you want a messier, more bohemian effect, try pulling out small pieces of hair around your face after you've finished the braid. Spraying En Root Flexible Hold Hair Spray by theBalm will keep your crown in place, even with exposure to extreme humidity.

Understatement 
The undercut braid has been an increasingly popular style for celebs who want a grungier alternative, according to Refinery 29. The source reported that Cara Delevigne sported this rock-and-roll style at the Met Gala, but she wasn't the only one: Model Chanel Iman displayed the same daring look at the event, according to PopSugar. Work in Gel a La Keratine by Leonor Greyl at the roots, which hardens when it dries, keeping the braid locked in.

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

       
Monday, August 5th, 2013

Blowout bliss: A step-by-step guide to perfection

There's really nothing that boosts your confidence like a fresh salon blowout. However, achieving the same look at home can be a struggle without the right tools and products. Whether for date night, a summer soiree or an important job interview, use these tips for a coif that looks like it was handled by the professionals.

Prep with products
A good blowout starts with the shampoo. If you expose your hair to heat frequently, the Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo by Fekkai not only helps to nourish strands, but the soy and milk protein also strengthens them to prevent future breakage. If your hair tends to fall flat, opt for the Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo, which amps up thin tresses for a fuller finished look. An ultra-moisturizing conditioner is also key for a shiny blowout, as excessive heat can leave hair looking like straw. Treat hair to the Ristorativo Di Vita Conditioning Treatment by Borghese, which hydrates brittle strands while transforming the texture for softer styles. Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist at Blow in New York City, told Women's Health magazine that it's important to thoroughly rise out any conditioner for a long-lasting look.

Fight frizz by spritzing in lightweight Serum de Soie Sublimateur by Leonor Greyl, which smoothes the hair shaft without weighing it down for a poof-proof appearance. If your hair is highly unmanageable, opt for Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl, which contains protective proteins and seaweed extracts for shine and buoyancy.

Time to dry 
Now you're ready to pick up the hairdryer. Real Simple magazine recommended starting with the bangs when they're still wet. For more volume, hold hair in a round brush vertically above the head, but for a sleek, pin-straight look you'll want to pull hair downward. Next, Real Simple suggested moving to the back sections, which can be harder to perfect, and working forward toward the face. Always keep the blowdryer constantly moving – directing heat in one spot for too long can scorch your hair and cause serious damage.

Preserve and protect
After all that work, you'll likely want to make your blowout last. In Women's Health, Patterson recommended using dry shampoo, which can absorb oil and keep your style looking fresh. He also advised using a clip or a headband instead of an elastic because they won't leave a pesky crimp.

Follow these steps and your hair is bound to blow everyone away.

How to make thinning hair look thicker

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

How to make thinning hair look thicker

Starting to notice a widening part or a more visible scalp? You're not alone: More than 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or loss. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed with the right dietary choices and supplements, hair products and styling tricks.

The first step to thicker hair starts at the scalp. Try Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo, which is formulated with expansion technology and delivers body-building wheat protein and creatine into the hair shaft to give each strand a fuller appearance. Basil and tea tree oil help to keep the scalp flake free and stimulate the hair follicles for healthy growth, thus minimizing any potential hair loss. Meanwhile, soy protein provides structure for thinning hair, and white lupine revitalizes and strengthens new hair growth.

Next, work in En Root Give Me Volume Conditioner by theBalm, which is infused with bamboo, rice protein and vitamins A, C and E for soft, full, voluminous hair. Work a mousse like the Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip through damp hair. The solution packs a powerful plumping complex which can help to boost the fullness of every strand from roots to ends while providing lightweight, all day hold. If you need to fake it till you make it, ESalon recommends opting for a multi-layered haircut or face-framing bangs and getting regular trims to keep hair from looking flat.

By following these steps, you can achieve a fuller, healthier and more voluminous looking mane.