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Dry Brushing For Overall Wellness

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It’s always nice when you buy a new cosmetic product and it comes with a brush. Brushes are great for applying products for a professional finish, but we all know it’s really the product we care about, right? After all, we usually don’t buy that $20 dollar eyeliner because we have to have the brush. But what about if the brush is the product? Dry brushing may be the newest thing in skin exfoliation, detoxification, stress relief, and reduction of cellulite, and just think, you’ll never have to worry about running out of product again. Take a look at some of the benefits of dry brushing, how to do it, and what to look for in a good dry brush. You may never go back to lotion!

Good For Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is the part of your body in charge of eliminating cellular waste. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, waste and toxins build up causing inflammation and disease. Dry skin brushing decongests your lymphatic system, helping the skin release harmful toxins.

Exfoliation without the micro beads? Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, opening clogged pores, and improving skin’s appearance for product- free exfoliation.

Promote Blood Circulation
If you’re looking to restore that healthy glow, the dry brushing of skin increases blood circulation to your skin, aiding in the elimination of metabolic waste.

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Reduces Cellulite
Summer is beach time, and you don’t need pesky cellulite deposits getting in the way of your perfect bikini body. Dry brushing may soften hard deposits of fat causing them to become more evenly distributed while removing toxins that break down connective tissue. While some believe the cellulite removing effect to be temporary, as a result of the skin’s immediate plumping reaction to the brushing, The Huffington Post reported dry brushing to be, “one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than -perfect spots on your legs.”

Stress Relief
Dry brush away your stress! Dry brushing has been reported to be meditative, calming the mind and relieving stress. Some even compare it to a whole body massage!

How To Do It
Choose a high-quality brush with natural bristles and a long handle to get those hard to reach spots. Aim to dry brush onto two times a day, gradually working it into your daily routine. Always brush toward your heart, which is most effective for your lymphatic system and circulation. Start at your feet and work your way up, avoiding the delicate skin on your face, or any easily irritated areas. Keep the pressure you apply firm but gentle. Your skin may be pink afterward, but not red or irritated. An average session of dry brushing should last between two and 20 minutes.

Have you tried dry brushing? Let us know what you think? Is this the next big thing in skincare?


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Makeup Tips to Help You Look Bright And Healthy

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Perhaps the movie, “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” is one of the best examples of how not to apply makeup. The legendary film tells the story of a pathological former child star (Jane, played by Bette Davis) who imprisons her wheelchair bound sister (Blanche, played by Joan Crawford) in their upstairs bedroom, after which Jane gradually descends into madness. Rock star Alice Cooper credits Davis’ Baby Jane look as inspiration for his ghoulish visage saying, “In the movie, Bette wears disgusting caked makeup smeared on her face with deep, dark eyeliner. She look horrific and creepy because she put on traditional makeup thickly and badly.”

While it worked for Alice, the Baby Jane look is probably not what most of us are going for, especially if you are on the right side of 40. If you are aiming for the more rejuvenated appearance you may want to take some advice from Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist Emilio Benedetti.

The Face

  1. Once a woman hits middle age, she may want to tone down your makeup and save more experimental and daring looks for special occasions. The first and most important step is ensuring the skin’s texture is primed for makeup. Be sure your skin is plumped and moisturized to give yourself the most workable surface.
  2. Avoid powders. Powder foundations can cake and make wrinkles and lines appear even deeper. Dewy looks reflect light off your face and bring a more healthful appearance than an ultra matte look. However, if you are deadset on a slightly matte affect, it can be achieved by lightly sweeping powder across your chin, forehead and nose.
  3. When it comes to color palettes, look for nudes or colors that are close to your own skin tone. Pinkish beige and golden hues can provide rosiness to make skin look younger.
  4. Use a light- colored blush. Go for a subtle pink shade for bright, healthy look.

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The Eyes

  1. When it comes to shadows, think champagne. A blush or pink champagne will make your peepers pop without adding too much color. Try to stay away from eyeliners that smudge, as they tend to make eyes look tired. Go for liquid liner instead of kohl.
  2. Every woman knows the importance of good eyebrows. Benedetti advises us to channel Cara Delevingne when we are thinking brows. He reminds us that, although it may require work, the time spent maintaining structured eyebrows is never ill-spent and reminds us that thin eyebrows can add years to your appearance.

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The Mouth
Benedetti advises abandoning the lip liner and warns against a highly defined mouth as looking too severe. A little color and a hint of gloss should do the trick. Avoid frosted, shimmery lipstick which reflects light and can make you look older. Sheer lipstick will keep your lips looking youthful and plump. Also, when applying gloss, start at the center of your lips to avoid feathering.

Let us know what you think! Is toning down the way to go? We love to hear from you!

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Choosing Your Autumn Make-up Palette

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Let’s face it, it’s time to break up with summer makeup. You’ve had some good times together, running along the beach, eating ice cream while the sunset, driving in the convertible, but it’s time to move on. You need makeup for your more serious side, makeup ready to commit. You need to move from careless pastels to deep jewel tones. From fleeting powder pinks to long term rich mocha browns. From pale, light, and shallow to dark, strong, and sexy. It’s been fun, but you’re done. Good-bye, summer makeup, hello autumn! If you’re focused on putting together a fierce makeup palette for autumn, here are some trends you may want to consider incorporating into your fall weather look.

Violet Eye Shadow
What girl doesn’t need a good purple in her make up collections? Says Renato Almeida, Shiseido makeup artist, ” The trick is to avoid going too light – find one that pops.” Just prep your lids with some concealer to give the shadow a base and brush a sweep of violet from your crease to your lash line. Define with gray eyeliner and serious mascara and -voila perfect fall beauty.

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Natural lips
While almost colorless lips were last years drama, this autumn, bring a hint of color. Petra Strand, creator of Pixi Beauty suggests, “A blend of pink and brown, so its subtle but not too flat.” Line your lips with some light pink pencil and then add color. Finish with some clear gloss at the bow of your mouth and the center of your bottom lip to create a fuller look.

Flushed Cheeks
What better to go with those natural lips than some flushed cheeks? Stila make up artist Sarah Lucero advises, “You want to match pink cheeks to your natural flush so you don’t look too doll-like.” A good way to get the hue for you is to pinch your cheek and find a blush that matches the color your skin turns.” How do you get the right look? Use one of your fingers to draw a line down from the center of the eye and another one to draw a line out from the tip of your nose. Apply blush in an X-shaped motion where your fingers meet.

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Autumnal Glow
Brett Freedman, founder of Vanitymark Cosmetic says that this year, “Instead of the usual fall-inspired powdery matte look, we’re seeing satin foundation finishes that are somewhat dewy. Just place dots of product on your chin, nose, and cheekbones and use a damp makeup sponge to blend. Add a high shine gloss not the lips and a little mascara and you’ve got your look.

Two-toned shadow
The mix is in! For this year try combining color on top with smoky black shadow on your lower lash line. Or try a sunset look by combining orange, hello and red shadow. What else is hot? Metallics with mattes, we all love the glitter, but it can be overwhelming. Tone it down by doing your upper lid matte and save the shimmer for your bottom lash line.

What does your fall palette look like? Do you go for the glow or the glam? Let us know. We love to dish.

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Mastering the Bare Faced Make-up Look

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Things have certainly changed a lot from the 1950’s. Post World War II had chicks with time on their hands and their hands on their makeup, fixed on getting Monroe’s lips and Taylor’s eyes. Nowadays, you can barely look at social media without seeing an au natural celebrity selfie. It seems that everyone from Gwyneth to Gaga to the sisters Hadid cannot strip their faces fast enough to boldly show us what no man has seen before, revealing what lurks under the concealer, foundation, lipstick and mascara that have colored the faces we have grown to know and love during the formative years of our lives. However, one thing hasn’t changed; girls still want to emulate the celebrities and, if they’re stripping down, we’re stripping down. Here are a few ways you can get that no make up look while still managing to conceal those little imperfections.

Prep Your Skin
Wash, tone. moisturize. Let fresh skin be your palette. And, keep in mind, less makeup should not mean less sunscreen. Keep the SPF to at least 30.

Apply a Sheer Base
Go for BB cream or a tinted moisturizer rather than heavy foundation. New York esthetician Mary Schook says, “applying makeup with your fingers of makeup brushes will also create a more natural look.” Follow up with a light dusting of translucent powder around your forehead chin and nose. If you want to touch up a few red or dark areas, a light reflecting concealer pen can hide small imperfections without caking.

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For the best results, try to find a blush that matches your skin tone after you exercise. Your lip tone is also a good guideline. As a rule, powdery pinks are best for fair skin, peachy colors are good for a medium tone and brownish pink is great for darker skin. Just blend dots onto the areas where the sun would hit your face, like the round parts of your cheeks and on your forehead, chin and the bridge of your nose for a sun -kissed natural look.

The Eyes
Curl lashes for a sans makeup eye popper and then coat them with some barely there brown mascara. To shadow or not to shadow? Shook says, “You can still use a shadow and look natural. Just use cream shadows in skin-tone-friendly shades instead of powders that can sit on the skin and make it look like you are wearing make-up.” If you simply can’t resist the bad girl look, you can smudge some liner around the corners of your eyes for a little drama.

The Lips
Swipe on some lip gloss that’s one shade brighter than your lip color sans lipstick and, if you want to up your game, try some of that new color -adjusting gloss with shades that change to suit your skin. Loads of fun and functional as well! Mist skin with weightless setting spray and off you go nature girls!

Let us know how you did with the ‘no makeup’ look. Is it here to stay or do girls love their makeup too much to use it so sparingly? We love to hear your comments!

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Makeup That’s Natural and Romantic

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Makeup can let us express so many different facets of our personalities. A vamped up vixen look is great for nights on the town, but a soft, romantic look works well for those spring or summer days, a first date, or it can even make a great everyday look. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways to make that natural, romantic look work for you.

The first step is to start with a clean palette. You want to start with foundation and cover up. Start off with a light coverage foundation to even out skin tone and cover up pesky blemishes. Beauty writer Lori Conte recommends skipping heavy foundations. Opt instead for a sheer liquid foundation. Dab with a concealer only where necessary and set with translucent powder. Blot with a facial tissue to remove excess product.

To get a soft, dewy look for the skin, apply moisturizer before and after applying makeup. This will set your look and add a little glow. For maximum effect, pat a drop of moisturizer on your cheekbones, T-zone and chin.

Next, you want to go to the eye. The beauty experts at Every Girl recommends a smoky eye, adding drama but not going overboard with dark hues. They recommend starting with a neutral palette of golds, light browns and nudes. Even out lid color with a light shade and then add some intensity with some metallics. Blend with a Q-tip or your finger. Beauty vlogger Zang Autumn recommends blushed nude tones complemented by a softer brown liquid liner.

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When applying liner, keep it simple and clean. Apply a thin layer in short strokes at the base of the lashes until you achieve the desired look. You can even extend a bit for a cat eye. Finish off with a few layers of mascara.

Next comes blush, and for that soft, romantic look, it’s all about a rosy flush. Beauty vlogger Melisa Beleli goes for a ginger blush, while Every Girl recommends a rosy pink. Either way, it’s all about adding just a hint of color in a circular motion on the apples of your cheeks. Apply with a brush or fingertips, depending on the type of blush you’re using.

Finally, it’s time for the lips. Autumn uses a lip concealer to cover the lips, then adds a bright raspberry tone that she simply dabs on the inside of her lips to keep that bright tone in moderation. A bit of spreading with her fingertips, and viola! Every Girl recommends subtlety with their smoky eyed look, opting for a paler pink lipstick with just a hint of gloss.

To complement your look, style your hair in loose bohemian waves. Work volumizing mousse into hair and blow dry. Then wrap small sections of your hair in a curling iron, work towards the middle of the hair avoiding the roots. Then brush out and set with hairspray.

What do you do to get the soft, romantic look? Let us know in the comments section blow.

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When to Throw Your Beauty Products Away

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It’s just about time for spring cleaning to commence and while you probably do a thorough job of cleaning out your closet, you may be neglecting one area completely: your beauty products. Beauty products do have a shelf life, but most of us keep all of our items because you never know when you might need that turquoise liner or neon orange lipstick. A good general rule to go by is if you don’t use a product at least once a month, and it isn’t designated for special occasions only, you should probably part with it. However, if you have a hard time discarding anything or knowing exactly when it’s time to clean out your cosmetics bag, check out the guidelines below to keep your makeup safe and your face clear.

Foundation and Face Products
Both liquid and powder foundations tend to have a shelf life of anywhere between one and two years. Powder foundations, whether loose or pressed, tend to last on the longer side and are often good for two years while liquid foundations may only last one depending on the formulation of the product. It can be so hard to part with the absolute perfect foundation because it can take forever to find it, but it’s important to let go of old products. If you start to notice an odd smell or the “tiger” like stripes that can occur on the inside of the bottle, chuck the foundation. “If the pigments are no longer uniform in a bottle, they’re certainly not going to be uniform when you put it on your skin,” says Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist. She continues saying that if you continue to use these foundations, “…you’re going to look patchy and blotchy, so the color just won’t be even.”

Your powder bronzers, blushes and highlighters, like powder foundations, last for about two years so you don’t have to worry about tossing these all the time. Cream or liquid blushes, bronzers or highlighters have a shelf life of about one year, but if you notice any smell or changes in the texture of the product, it’s best to throw it away and start a new product.

Powder eyeshadow

Eye Products
Powder eyeshadows in either loose or pressed form have a pretty long shelf life. Wilson says you can use these products pretty much until they crumble, but there are some caveats. If you’ve ever dipped a wet brush, finger or other applicators into a powder eyeshadow for a more intense pigment on the lid, you’ll want to get rid of these before they disappear. “While powdered eyeshadows do have preservatives, they’re not meant to be wet. The preservative system may not be strong enough to actually withstand that kind of a treatment,” advises Wilson. You can keep those palettes you invested in longer than some of your other makeup. Liquid, gel and cream eye products along with mascara should be used for about six months and then disposed of. After about the three-month mark, liquid eye products begin to gather bacteria that can cause eye irritation or infection.

Lip Products
Opened lip products, even if you just opened it to switch the color, shouldn’t stay in your collection for more than a year. This 12-month rule applies to any liners, lipsticks, glosses or lip treatments.

You may have glanced at your beauty products and seen a small image of a container and a number, but not realized what it meant. Many products come with this image and it indicates how long the product can safely be used. Paying attention to these can help keep your beauty products safe and effective. When it comes to spring cleaning, it can be hard to part with old favorites, but throwing away bad makeup makes space in your cosmetics collection for newer colors, formulas and products. Know when to throw your beauty products away to keep your skin, and body, healthy and happy.

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Best Makeup for Sensitive Skin

Cosmetics are meant to enhance your beauty, express your creativity and they can give you a major confidence boost. However, if you have sensitive skin, cosmetics can also be a major source of frustration and disappointment. Investing time and money into products only to have them irritate your skin is a major bummer, so we’ve rounded up some makeup products for sensitive skin that will leave your skin gorgeous and calm.

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Foundation is one of the most misunderstood and misused beauty products. It’s tempting to use the fullest coverage foundation you can find to cover any and all areas of redness or imperfection, but doing so often results in a very heavy, cakey looking face. In addition, using tons and tons of product can aggravate sensitive skin so take advice from the professionals and just use foundation to even out your complexion. Mineral foundations are often recommended for those with sensitive skin and one of the absolute best is bareMinerals original formula foundation. This foundation is easy to apply and is free from any preservatives, fragrances and other known irritants. If you are not a fan of mineral makeup, look to liquid formulations by Clinique or Physician’s Formula. Both companies focus on providing only the highest quality allergen and irritant free makeup that is both gentle and effective. When it comes to the application of liquids and sensitive skin, a makeup sponge like the BeautyBlender tends to be your best bet to avoid irritation or inflammation.

Blush and Bronzer
If you suffer from sensitive and dry skin, you may find that your complexion is a bit dull and flat. To fix this, use a blush for a natural glow and bronzer to warm up your face. Some experts suggest using cream blushes and bronzers on sensitive skin, but if you find that you are tugging at the skin when applying these products, stick to powder. Josie Maran makes a hybrid of a cheek stain and a cream blush with her nourishing Coconut Water Cheek Gelee made without parabens, sulfates or irritants and with coconut water and vitamin E. These blushes are great for beginners to cream products because they are super easy to blend and you can begin with a sheer application of color then build to more opaque color.

Bronzer may seem intimidating at first, but it’s really nothing to be scared of. If you’re new to bronzer, skip the intense contouring and just sweep bronzer across your face in areas where the sun would hit naturally like your forehead, cheeks and lightly on your nose. This helps add warmth to your face and give it more dimension. Physician’s Formula is most famous for their bronzers and they come in an endless variety from shimmer to matte to bronzers with skin-boosting benefits.

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Sensitive skin doesn’t end on your cheeks or forehead, you can also have sensitive skin on your lips. It’s especially important to care for sensitive lips because the skin on your lips is already thinner and more delicate than elsewhere. Before applying your lip products, especially if you love a matte lip, be sure that you hydrate and protect your lips. Blistex makes a lip treatment made exclusively for sensitive skin that contains only six ingredients one of which is ultra moisturizing vitamin E.

Makeup for sensitive skin doesn’t have to be frustrating and confusing. Many cosmetic brands today are looking towards more natural and more gentle ingredients for their products so they can be enjoyed by people with all types of skin. Brands that are particularly beneficial for sensitive skin include bareMinerals, Clinique, Physician’s Formula and Josie Maran. Look and feel your best with these makeup products and tips for sensitive skin.

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