Posts Tagged ‘smooth skin’

Can sour cream be an effective way to treat razor burn?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Can sour cream be an effective way to treat razor burn?Bikini season is still upon us, and if you’re obsessed with maintaining a beach-ready body throughout the summer, removing unwanted body hair has likely taken up a lot of your time. While it might seem a little strange, did you know that you may be able to reduce razor burn along your bikini line with something as simple as sour cream?

According to, applying sour cream or a poultice made of oatmeal to your newly-shaved areas may help diminish pain and ease inflammation. This unexpected remedy may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a unique way to quell your discomfort, either one of these cool remedies may do the trick.

For a more traditional way to treat unsightly redness, try a product like Baxter of California – Razor Bump Relief, which is formulated with salicylic acid and witch hazel to reduce itching and irritation.

If you’re continually plagued by problems with razor burn, you may also want to consider revamping your shaving methods. Dermalogica – Soothing Shave Cream can help you get noticeably softer, smoother skin and may help prevent damage.

Three great ways to use your primer

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Three great ways to use your primerAre you the kind of woman who’s always on the prowl for fresh new ways to utilize your beauty products? Primer can help ensure even and lasting coverage for cosmetics, which is a definite must during the scorching hot days of summer. But did you know that this versatile skin-softening product is great for use in a variety of other ways?

1. Mineral foundations can provide light, airy coverage during heat waves, but for cooler nights, you may want to give your look a dramatic edge. Blend your base with something like Youngblood Mineral Primer for a flawless matte finish that is sure to last through the evening.

2. Are wrinkles a source of frustration? Smooth out those fine lines by mixing your primer with a creamy smudge-proof concealer like BABOR – Camouflage Cream that may be able to cloak embarrassing signs of aging from your face.

3. Some of the most defining aspects of your face make up the T-zone (your nose and chin), which is why it’s so vital that you keep this area free of dirt and oil. While this can be a constant struggle for those with acne-prone skin, try blotting with a bit of primer. This may be able to prevent future breakouts and leave your face looking radiant!

Style expert Bobbie Thomas shares her top 3 beauty secrets

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Need a few makeup tips? Use these from expert Bobbie Thomas!At a recent gathering to celebrate gloProfessional’s latest mineral products, style expert Bobbie Thomas shared some of her best tips for achieving a perfect complexion. Not everyone has smooth, clear skin, but with the right makeup tricks, it’s possible to create a flawless visage. Here’s how.

1. Stock up on the right accessories. While it might seem like an afterthought at times, investing in a good set of applicators and brushes is vital. GloMinerals – gloBrush Roll Kit with Brushes in Black has everything you need to get maximum control over your beauty products.

2. Coverage is key. To make your blemishes invisible, Bobbie recommends choosing a concealer that’s a shade lighter than the rest of your complexion, then blending it seamlessly into the surrounding area. being TRUE – Protective Illuminating Concealer has three shades for a perfect match.

3. Bronzer and blush should go underneath a powder foundation. Powder formulas will give you lightweight, even coverage – unlike a liquid – and putting it on after your blush and bronzer will ensure a seamless transition of color.

What gift will you get Dad this Father’s Day?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

What will you get your dad this Father's Day?Even though Mother’s Day tends to overshadow the holiday devoted to dads everywhere, celebrating Father’s Day this June 17 with a thoughtful gift is still a good way to show your father that you’re grateful for all he’s done for you. But what will you get him? Some dads seem to have everything they could possibly want! Here are several ideas to help you decide on the perfect present this Father’s Day.

1. Tickets to see his favorite sports team. Whether it’s for a baseball game this summer or a football game next season, chances are your dad will love the opportunity to watch his favorite team play. Get two tickets so you, Mom or a friend can accompany him for the perfect day out.

2. A deluxe shaving kit like eShave – Start Up Kit. It comes with a genuine badger brush, which exfoliates, softens and raises the hair for a shave that’s as close as possible. The set also includes a pre-shave oil, shave cream and after shave cream, all in a convenient black travel bag. Stubble will be a thing of the past for your dapper dad!

3. A home brewing kit. Does your father have a taste for cold, delicious brews? Instead of taking him out for a night at the local brewery, get your dad everything he needs to create his own ale. A couple of beer mugs to go with the set will ensure that he’ll be able to taste his masterpiece in style.

4. Anti-aging skincare products like Jack Black – Line Smoother Face Moisturizer. If your dad has started to complain about the fact that he’s getting older, a few choice skincare products to combat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots might be just the thing to lift his spirits. Lightweight and oil-free, your dad will barely notice that he’s wearing this moisturizer – until he starts seeing results!

5. The latest gadget. If you have siblings who can help you buy a splurge-worthy item for Dad, why not get him up-to-date on the latest technologies? Whether he’s into computers, eBooks, cameras, smartphones, mp3 players or television, there’s likely a new product out that he’d love to get his hands on.

6. A classic yet cool tie. If you think your father could use a bit of direction when it comes to his fashion tastes, you might be doing him a favor by providing him with a go-to tie to wear for special occasions. Choose one that complements his personality and favorite color scheme so he’ll always look dashing.

7. A new fragrance, like RALPH LAUREN – Polo For Men Eau de Toilette Spray. If your dad doesn’t have a signature scent to call his own, he’d likely jump at the chance to impress your mom with a manly new cologne.

8. Tools to help him get his grill on. If your dad considers himself the master of the grill, a few new accessories designed to help him make the most of his skills might be the perfect present. Spatulas, serving plates, aprons, marinades and spices are all fair game.

9. A beach kit. If your dad enjoys nothing more than a relaxing day by the shore, a beach kit might be a great idea. A brand new cooler, a plush towel, a new swimsuit and a sunblock like Dermalogica – Daily Defense Block SPF15 are all good choices that he’ll get a lot of use out of.

10. A poker set. Does your father like to get together with his guy friends every now and then for a game of poker? If he doesn’t already have his own set of chips and a table to play on, you can bring the party to his house by supplying him with all the goods.

Three tips to help you nix body acne

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Body acne doesn't have to be a concern this summer!Now that the weather is starting to warm up, you’ll probably be sweating more than you were in the past few months. According to Allure Magazine, the higher temperatures mean you’ll be producing not only more sweat, but more oil, which increases the chance that your pores will become clogged – resulting in body acne. Here are a few ways you can combat the issue.

1. Use a body wash with salicylic acid. Look for one with at least 1.5 percent, like Murad – Acne Body Wash.

2. Exfoliate on a regular basis. Getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin will prevent them from clogging up your pores and trapping in bacteria, oil and sweat. Every other day or so, use an exfoliant like Dermalogica – Exfoliating Body Scrub.

3. Use a benzoyl peroxide cream. Just like you would on your face, smooth on a thin layer of an acne treatment cream to stop zits in their tracks.

With these tips, you should notice clearer skin in a couple of weeks – and if you start now, you’ll be ready to rock that bathing suit once summer hits!

How to feel more confident in less clothes

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There's no reason to feel self-conscious when you're wearing a bikini this summer!With summer almost here, you might be staring at your seasonal wardrobe wondering how you’re going to feel pulling off barely-there bikinis, short shorts and skirts. While frequent exercise is a surefire way to feel more confident, there are ways you can boost your mood when you’re wearing skimpy clothes with skincare products. Here are some ideas.

1. Get on the self-tanning train. A hint of color can help hide imperfections and make you look more toned, reports Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, so pick up a self-tanner like Too Faced – Tanning Bed In A Tube and get to work!

2. Go for shimmer. A hint of sparkle from a body lotion like GloMinerals – Body Glisten will highlight your favorite areas and leave your skin touchably soft. You won’t even remember why you were feeling hesitant about that bathing suit.

3. Stop cellulite in its tracks. Use a body brush before the shower to smooth out your skin and plump up areas with cellulite to reduce the appearance of the dimples. Then, use a firming cream with caffeine all over. Instant tightness!

Beauty tip: mix a drop of oil with your liquid foundation

Friday, March 16th, 2012

A drop of oil is all you need to add to your liquid foundation for more hydration!If you use liquid foundation, it might be because your skin is a bit on the drier side. Liquid foundation can offer your skin the hydration it needs to make it through the day, without highlighting any flakes or patchy areas. It’s also great for giving you a natural, glowing finish.

However, while liquid foundations like Sothys – Lift Defense Foundation work to smooth your skin, hide blemishes and firm up your complexion, they don’t always provide the high level of moisture that you need. That’s why Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog recommends mixing a drop of oil in with your foundation to give you the specific benefits and lasting hydration that different varieties offer.

While you could use natural oils like grapeseed, argan or jojoba, treatment serums like BABOR – Perfect Combination Concentrate would also work just as well. A ratio of one drop to every three drops of liquid foundation is all you need for a radiant complexion. You’ll find that your skin’s texture will be improved and the oil will help provide a more natural finish. If you’d like to be absolutely sure that both your foundation and make up will be evenly applied, try out the beauty sponge from Beautyblender.

Keep in mind that you might not want to try this if you have oily skin, as it might cause breakouts or make your face really shiny. Stick to powder foundations instead.

Tips for flawless foundation coverage

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

A good foundation application will ensure a flawless complexion!Foundation is meant to cover up all of your blemishes and provide a clean slate for the rest of your makeup, so it’s important to get the application process right. If you’ve been simply dabbing liquid foundation on your face right out of the bottle, you might be missing out on the benefits, according to Allure magazine.

Start out with a primer like Jane Iredale – Absence (SPF 15) Oil Control Primer, which will smooth out your skin and keep your makeup on all day. Next, use a damp sponge to apply liquid foundation like Youngblood – Liquid Mineral Foundation. This will help ensure that the pigment gets pushed into your skin while lifting up any excess.

When you’re applying, it’s best to start at your nose and work your way outward toward the edges of your face. This will help the foundation blend evenly and you won’t get that tell-tale foundation line where your jaw is. Finish up with a finishing powder, which should be buffed on in gentle, circular motions.

Make Up For Ever ready to launch groundbreaking ad campaign

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The right makeup products are all you need to look flawless!Although makeup is designed to create flawless complexions and photogenic faces, the cosmetic industry rarely shows models in photographs that aren’t digitally altered. However, one company is changing that.

Make Up For Ever created an ad campaign recently which featured an unretouched model wearing its line of makeup. It was verified for authenticity to make sure that the image was real, and consumers were impressed with the honesty. Now, the company is holding open casting calls to find women who will star in the new phase of the campaign. As with the previous ads, these won’t be digitally retouched.

If you want a makeup look that’s perfect enough to eliminate the need for Photoshop, it’s crucial to find the right beauty and skincare products for your complexion. Murad – Acne Complex Kit can get your face looking flawless and free of blemishes, giving you a smooth canvas to work with. Then, Pixi – Natural Mineral Kit will give you everything you need to create a natural, glowing face that doesn’t need touching up.

New Year’s resolution: take more baths

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Baths should always be on your to-do list.When’s the last time you were able to take the time to indulge in a bath? Most women get by with just the shower, but it can be so relaxing and rejuvenating to slip into a warm bath and unwind after a long day of work.

If you’re looking for ways to treat yourself in the upcoming year, you may want to consider scheduling a bath time. Whether it’s once a month, once a week or every other day, a bath can recharge your mind and refresh your body.

Make your bathroom really inviting by setting up a display of scented candles, dimming the lights and stocking up on a few fragrant essentials. Get Fresh – Bath Trio has everything you need to get started, including a soy candle, moisturizing bath salts and a rich body butter to keep your skin smooth and soft afterward.

Once you’re all set up, you may want to add some relaxing music or grab a magazine or book to enjoy while you lounge in the water. Also, be sure to give your skin plenty of TLC during the duration of your bath. Get Fresh – Look Better Naked Body Treatment Set will provide a mask, a cream and a scrub that will keep your body looking its best.