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9 Easy Ways to Summer-Proof Your Beauty Routine

       
Monday, May 30th, 2016

Long beach weekends and all-night mojito parties in summers are something we can get on board with. But the rising temperatures and the accompanying sweat (eeeww) definitely put a damper on things!

Slipping eye liner and bleeding lipstick, anyone?

That doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous all summer long. Start using these 9 EASY, fool-proof ways to summer-proof your beauty routine. Because, we all know you aren’t saying no to that weekend party invite.

Go Frizz Free

If it were only that easy.

Kill frizz by limiting the use of heat tools. Embrace the natural beachy waves!

Switch up your shampoo to a more moisturizing one to avoid drying out your hair and frizzing them up. Try Fekkai – Essential Shea Shampoo, which contains Shea Butter for some intense hydration or Fekkai – Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, which is formulated with olive oil to give your hair enviable shine!

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Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo like Fekkai – Apple Cider Shampoo to get rid of all impurities and the grime you brought back from the beach.

Oil Up

In the most gorgeous sense.

Before you take your daily dip in the pool, remember to wet your hair with water and then seal your strands with a nourishing oil serum. This way since your hair strands are already wet (hair pores filled with the ‘clean’ water) and sealed, the chlorinated water from the pool won’t damage your hair as much.

Try a nourishing blend of oils like Hamadi – Healing Serum which contains Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Ylang-Ylang, Moroccan Vanilla, Bergamot and Palmarosa Essential Oils!

Mask It On

You know you want to.

While a good conditioner like Fekkai – Essential Shea Conditioner will help keep the frizzies at bay, a deep-conditioning mask will give your hair the necessary hydration boost.

Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and salon owner, recommends applying a deep conditioner on damp hair after a dip in the ocean or pool. This way while you lie around and get yourself a good, bronzy tan, the sun will act as a heat treatment on your masked hair and give it double the hydration boost.

Condition-and-Care

We recommend you trying a nourishing mask like Fekkai – Essential Shea Riche Moisture Masque which contains no sulfates and is formulated with hydrating, frizz-fighting ingredients like Shea Butter and Olive Oil.

To Exfoliate or NOT to Exfoliate

A big no-no for tanning fans.

While exfoliation helps reveal gorgeous complexion, it essentially does so by removing the top layer of the skin. So if you are into major tanning (sorry, pale buddies), you need to step away from the exfoliator.

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Not only will excessive exfoliation remove your hard-earned tan but will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

The best way is to limit exfoliation to once or at most, twice a week and follow up with a good sunscreen.

Greasy Face No More

Remember the fine line between glowing skin and grease ball?

The dry skinned gals might be okay with their regular moisturizers but unfortunate, oily skinned girls need to change their moisturizers from creamy, indulgent ones to gel, water-based ones in the summer.

Gel moisturizers are usually water based and very light-weight to help deliver the right amount of hydration without making you look like a grease factory. A light-weight moisturizer like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar is the way to go!

Remember, DO NOT skip moisturizer all together. Your skin can be oily and still be dehydrated at the same time. And, who wants dull, lack-luster skin, right?

Prime Time Special

Don’t let your makeup melt into your mojito!

A good primer is extremely important not only to create a smooth base for facial makeup but also to help increase its longevity especially in the humid months.

There are different primers targeted for different skin concerns like minimizing the appearance of pores, controlling oil, correcting skin tone, hydrating, etc (the list goes on; trust us, it does). So what does a girl on a budget do?

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Buy a kick-ass primer that targets ALL these concerns while controlling oil in scorching heat and soaring humidity: BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector.

A primer to end all primers, BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector will not only minimize the appearance of your pores and give you a super smooth base for your foundation but it will also help keep your skin matte for a good 6 hours!

Spray It On

Oily-skinned gals, we feel for you.

If even the Becca primer can’t save your makeup for melting off, we recommend adding an extra step and setting your makeup with a setting spray like Dermablend – Set + Refresh Long-lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

While these steps will ensure that your makeup lasts through the longest of the dance parties, do look into your skincare regimen to see why your skin is so oily. Are you stripping off the natural oils of your face? Are you skipping the moisturizer? Are you using Alcohol-based products in your skincare routine?

In any case, target your skin concerns first before splurging in the makeup products.

Trade In for Gels

Say no to pencils!

Pencil eyeliners are more likely to sweat off in the summer heat and hence, it is a good idea to swap them up for gel eye liners. Youngblood – Incredible Wear Gel Liner has some gorgeous color options to try out this summer.

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These gel liners glide on beautifully and stay out through day/night!

Tips and Tricks

Investing into these beauty products will sure enough melt-proof your beauty routine but some general tips and tricks can go an extra mile to really summer-proof it all!

Chilling your lipstick in the fridge can help your lippie from melting off in the heat. Conditioning your hair before cleansing your body can help prevent bacne. Using salicylic acid based products can help prevent excessive oil and treat acne in one go. Using sulphate-free shampoos can help prevent over-dried hair due to regular washing.

Do you have some reliable summer-proofing beauty secrets? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Top Self-Tanning Tips

       
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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.

Spring Sunscreen 101

       
Friday, April 10th, 2015

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.

Let’s Get Sun Ready

       
Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Let's Get Sun Ready

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Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

       
Monday, July 8th, 2013

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, summer is officially in full swing – and that often means showing off your sun-kissed skin. While you may be protecting yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays with the help of sunscreen, that doesn't mean you can't have some bronze color. In fact, all-over bronze makeup is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enhance your natural skin tone. 

Using all-over bronze makeup is easy. With the help of tools like tinted moisturizer, bronze powder and the right color cheek shimmer, you can have yourself appearing sun-kissed any time of year. This trend is perfect for summer, however, as you'll be looking like you just came from the beach without causing any damage to your skin. 

Once you've purchased the right bronzer and learn how to apply it like a pro, you'll be ready to give yourself a healthy glow. Try to pair this makeup with styles like a smokey eye and nude lip gloss, as the brown tones will work well together while still leaving your face looking summery and fresh. 

If you're concerned about your bronzed face matching the rest of your body, consider turning to self-tanners, which offer a safer way to give yourself glowing skin. 

Don’t forget summer travel essentials when you pack for weekend getaways

       
Friday, July 5th, 2013

Summer Travel Essentials

Packing for a weekend getaway requires you to do more than simply pick out the best outfits for your given destination. You’ll also got to bring along a few makeup and skincare essentials that will keep you looking natural and fresh as you work on a healthy glow.

Your normal summer routine probably includes tinted moisturizer and a loose mineral foundation, so they are definitely must-have products you’ll want to pack when you’re planning a getaway. These items are perfect for the warmer months. A tinted moisturizer provides much-needed SPF along with some glowing color, so try theBalm’s Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 18 for the ideal base that will have your skin looking and feeling great.

A powder foundation offers light, silky coverage over your face, making it a great choice for hot days or times when you know you’ll be spending hours under the sun. Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation glides on smoothly and can give your face a fresh, dewy look that screams summer. To make your tan look even better, try to apply darker shades that will enhance your bronze skin tone.

You can always rely on Beautyblender to easily (and evenly) apply your make-up. It barely takes any space in your bag and it’s far more effective than a brush.

These products are ideal for getting your day started off right, but when the sun goes down you’ll want to clean your skin with a make-up remover. Of course, you can’t always bring large bottles of face wash along in your bag, but pre-moistened cleansing wipes are great options for travelers. Removers like Rilastil’s Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are just as effective as washing your face but can be thrown into a travel bag for your convenience.

Of course, you would be remiss to travel without packing sunscreen. Protecting your whole body from harmful rays – not to mention a potential embarrassing sunburn – is essential. Products like G.M. Collin’s Sun High Protection Cream offer a comprehensive body sunscreen at varying levels of SPF.

While your skin is rightfully receiving the bulk of your attention, you shouldn’t forget your lips. Bringing along lip gloss is a must, and some of the best options for wear during your getaway would have SPF included to protect your lips from the sun’s harsh rays. Consider a product like Colorescience Pro’s Sunforgettable Lip Shine Gloss with SPF 35.

At the end of the day, you’ll want to replenish your skin with the nutrients and hydration it needs. Try an After-Sun Hydrator like Phytomer’s Sun Soother After-Sun Milk for a smooth lotion that will moisturize your skin after hours outdoors.

3 ways to tackle summer acne

       
Friday, June 28th, 2013

3 ways to tackle summer acne

When the temperatures rise and you get ready to hit the beach, you might be uncomfortable in your own skin as soon as you look in the mirror. As a result of the warm weather, you may have developed acne on certain areas of your body, making you dread the thought of putting on a swimsuit. However, there are a few ways you can control your summer acne and get back to enjoying the seashore.

1. Use a light sunscreen
Elle magazine recommended using a light sunscreen that won't clog your pores to stay protected from the sun and avoid worsening your acne.

2. Exfoliate
Using an exfoliant containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids can help you get your acne under control and reduce your breakouts. Don't focus on scrubbing your body too hard – this can cause damage to already-sensitive skin that needs TLC!

3. Try a product with salicylic acid
As Cosmopolitan magazine reported, products including salicylic acid seem to be effective on acne that's particularly difficult to eliminate. To tackle your entire problem this summer, be sure to invest in an item that can treat both body and facial acne.

Key tips for staying safe under the sun in 2013

       
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Key tips for staying safe under the sun in 2013

With summer just around the corner, you’re likely stocking up on Exuviance skincare products and other cosmetics to ensure that you look your best once it’s time to hit the beach. However, you might also want to brush up on your summer makeup and skincare maintenance routines before the seasons change. After all, there are always new advancements being made in sun protection and products that can help you stay safe from ultraviolet rays.

First, Allure magazine recommends stocking up on sunscreen and applying it liberally each day, especially if you have a beach trip planned for the near future. This can help your skin build up a layer of protection against the sun when it comes time to lay on the sand and curl up with a romance novel.

Next, Discovery Health encourages you to know what you’re buying before just purchasing any suntan lotion at the store. Ideally, your moisturizer should protect against both UVA and UVB rays in addition to being SPF 15 or higher.

Finally, think about investing in makeup for the new season that includes sun protection. Many lines now incorporate ingredients that can keep skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun.

Sunless tans can keep you healthy and gorgeous

       
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Sunless tans can keep you healthy and gorgeous

Spring isn't here just yet, but you may already be breaking out your summer makeup collection and hoping for sunnier days. Many people look forward to warm weather and believe it gives them the chance to wear fun colors on their clothing and skin. Specifically, beach bodies can't wait to hit the sand and catch some rays. However, it's no secret that the sun can do an ample amount of damage to your skin.

Sure, you'll look stunning with a little bit of color in your skin, but is it worth raising your risk of cancer? That being said, sunless tans are becoming a more popular alternative to baking yourself under the sun. As the Mayo Clinic states, sunless tanning products are effective and safe as long as they're used according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Additionally, they give users some advantages over traditional tanning. Daily Glow claims that these products can be a viable way to achieve an even tan – no rolling or turning over under the sun! Furthermore, it's more convenient to use this option if you live in a region that doesn't get much sun. Just remember that you still need to use sunscreen to keep your skin protected after faux tanning!

What are your bare summer essentials?

       
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

What are your bare summer essentials?Every girl experiences the need to downsize every once in a while, and there's no time like the summer to skimp down on your daily essentials and get in touch with a simpler way of being. Whether you're traveling this season or simply looking to make your life a bit easier, here's a list of your bare summer makeup essentials.

A simplified face makeup process. We say this in general terms because every girl's needs are different. If you have near-perfect skin, we suggest you go bare save for a bit or regular or tinted moisturizer. If you've got more pressing needs requiring a bit of coverage, it's best to skimp on the foundation and replace it with a primer and tinted moisturizer combination instead. The primer helps your makeup stay on your face while evening out the skin's texture, and meanwhile, the moisturizer will balance your skin and provided extra coverage. For all skin types, concealer should be used minimally and on an as-needed basis.

A one-step cheek and lip tint. Opt for a creamy formula you can dab on your cheeks and pout as you see fit.

Translucent powder (or blotting sheets if your skin is a bit easier to tame).

Waterproof mascara – a couple swipes of this stuff, and you shouldn't have to worry about running or smudging in humid weather.