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Streamline Your Beauty Routine

If you keep apprised on beauty news, you’ve probably been intrigued by the 10-step beauty routine. While it is hard to deny the apparent agelessness of Korean skin, keep in mind that Koreans prepare for this from an early age. While Western children are learning how to consolidate their earnings and 401Ks, Korean children are busy learning how and when to apply their essences and ampoules and the benefits of the double cleanse.

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True, modern Western women do need to be concerned about their skin, but they also need to be concerned about being superheroes, and sometimes that doesn’t leave time for a ten-step beauty program. If we’re going to multitask, why shouldn’t we ask the same of our beauty products? Here are some ways of streamlining your beauty routine for maximum beauty with minimum energy.

All In One Cleanser
Eliminate the need for multiple products by purchasing and all in one cleanser. Find a whole family friendly soap in a neutral scent to act as a shampoo, bubble bath and body wash.

Dry Shampoo
Need to clean, but have no time to wash and style. Spray some dry shampoo into your roots to absorb excess oil. You can also boost volume by massaging dry shampoo into your roots with your fingers to add a little texture to fine, thin hair.

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Jumbo Eye Pencil
Avoid the hassle of separate shadows, liners, and highlighter. Use a bronze or nude jumbo eyeliner crayon to do triple duty. Use it as an eyeshadow by coloring lids from crease to lash line and then contour cheeks by drawing a light line just below your cheekbones and blending back toward your hairline.

Triple Nutrition Oil
A blend of natural oils. like olive, almond, and avocado, can work on your dry skin and your flaky scalp. Use it head to toe for great skin and lustrous hair.

Tinted Lip Balm
Just one tube of tinted lip balm can bring color to your cheeks and lips. Just dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for a natural, rosy tone.

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Complexion Correction Perfection
Surpass your basic lightweight foundation by using one which incorporates an anti-aging complex with a broad spectrum SPF to protect from sun exposure.

Glow on the Go
For instant radiance, try a blotter paper booklet filled with pages pressed with blush and highlighting powder. Simply tear out a page and rub on areas where the light naturally hits. Use the reverse side to blot excess oil.

What do you use to streamline your routine? Tell us your favorite time savers!

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Skin Care Tips For Skiers

Woman skiing

Mountain sports and ski vacations are an excellent way of enjoying the fresh air, catching up on physical exercise and having fun with friends while sipping on hot cocoa.  You’re probably booking your chalet and packing your fave winter accessories, but don’t forget to adjust your skin care routine. We’re dishing out a few solutions to help you hit the slopes with a luminous glow without having to worry about things like sunburns, dehydration and frostbites.

Prep Your Skin
If you are looking for the best canvas for applying your face, makeup artist Elle Leary advises switching to cream cleanser for low temperatures skin care. “They are richer in hydration and in general don’t have as many harsh detergents that make skin dryer.” In addition, to prevent patchiness, Leary suggests that her clients exfoliate three to four times weekly with a gentle facial scrub.

Use BB and CC Creams
Leary notes that getting that perfect makeup look can be harder in humid areas. “Makeup doesn’t really work the way you are used to- it has a tendency to stick to dry spots and not blend into the skin very well.” She suggests swapping out your regular foundation for “BB” and “CC” creams. These tinted moisturizers not only contain SPF, but are full of ingredients to ensure radiant skin and allowing the dermis to breathe, enhancing the natural glow of your skin. Another rule of thumb for skiing? Skip the blush, your cheeks will have a natural flush from the low temps.

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Bold Eyes, Nude Lips
We hope barbie did her makeup right! If your ski date includes a Ken, you might want to play up the eyes and leave lips on the bare side. Lips tend to get chapped, dehydrated, and dry causing lipstick to settle into cracks and lines, not your best look. Also, remember to go with waterproof mascara and eyeliner to avoid raccoon eyes.

Fight Windburn
Dr. Howard Sobel, director of the New York Institute of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery, has a way to head off the red, overly dry feeling your skin gets in windy locations. He attributes it to “a combination of very cold temperatures and low humidity causing a decrease in the natural oils found in the skin resulting in a dry, red irritated texture.” For exposed skin, the good doctor advises a generous layer of moisturizer with SPF 30 reapplied every two hours to keep skin soft and sun proof.

Use Blotting Papers
Skin can get oily, even in the coldest conditions. If you find yourself sporting a midday shine, Dr. Leary says blotting papers are a better idea than powders because they leave your skin with enough natural oil to protect from the elements.

Do tell us all about your skiing adventures. We love to hear it.

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Secret Uses for Lip Balm – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman applying lip balm on her lips.

Lip balm is a life-saver in the cold, dry winter, for anyone with naturally dry skin and lips, or if you live in an arid area. Lips are a sensitive part of the body, prone to getting dried out and chapped if you’re not careful, so lip balm can be nothing short of amazing thanks to its ability to keep your lips velvety soft, smooth, and hydrated.

But did you know there’s a lot of other things you can do with lip balm? Keep reading this post from Vine Vera, and you’ll see that the same stuff that keeps one of the most prominent parts of your face moisturized can do much, much more than just that.

Closeup of a woman with beautiful elbows.

For one thing, you can give dry, scratchy bits of skin like your elbows, cuticles and knees a bit of much-needed hydration. It might feel a little weird at first, but lip balm, which is thicker than most lotions, can better hydrate the really rough, impossibly dry parts that lotion alone just can’t seem to quench. In the same vein, you can moisturize the very tips of your hair with a bit of lip balm if they start to get dry and look damaged.

If you have a cold and end up with a dry, gross, crusty area around the bottom of your nose, try using lip balm on it to keep it moisturized. Just make sure you mark the stick you use so that you remember not to use that one on your lips again!

Closeup of a woman applying nail polish.

When you’re painting your nails, carefully apply a bit on the skin around each nail right before you lay the polish on. When you’re done, if you messed up and got any on your skin, you should be able to easily rub or peel it off since it can’t bond well to the slick surface the lip balm creates. Keep a stick of lip balm with your nail-care supplies for a perfect home-manicure every time!

A lot like the idea above, rub some of the stuff around your hairline before home-dying your hair. It will make it much less likely you ever accidentally dye your skin in the process.

Can’t tame your unruly eyebrows? Work in a small amount of lip balm to use like a hair wax, making them much easier to groom.

If the zipper on your pants, purse, dress, etc. is stuck again for the hundredth time, try lubricating it with lip balm. It’s much gentler and safer to work with than actual industrial lubricants, and usually solves the problem quickly and easily.

Closeup of a  woman's lips.

Lip balm also works, surprisingly enough, as a pretty decent makeup remover. Put a tiny dab on your pinky finger or a q-tip and carefully rub away mistakes like crooked eyeliner without having to start all over again.

Finally, this one might not be too unexpected because it involves putting it on the lips as usual, but try combining lip balm with either baby powder or a good translucent finishing powder makeup to make the perfect base for lipstick. Just apply lots of lip balm to the lips, dab the powder on sparingly, and then apply lipstick as you usually would. The lip balm at the bottom layer keeps your lips from drying out while you wear your favorite color of lipstick on top, and the powder layer in the middle binds everything together so your lipstick doesn’t come off every time you take a sip of coffee.

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