We love our heat – blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons – the works.

With so many features to consider and different types. it can be a daunting item to have on your shopping list.

We gathered the important deets you need to know before choosing one of these items to be your partner for years to come.

Hair Dryers – Master of Blowouts

There’s nothing like the feeling of an AMAZING blowout. Well, almost nothing. Hair dryers are probably one of the more complicated hair tools to consider given the different ones on the market (of both good and bad quality).

First consider the power of the hair dryer. 1800 watts is ideal for fine to normal hair types. 1800 – 2500 watts would be better for thicker, coarser hair. These numbers determine how efficient your hair dryer is and the right watts for your hair type can cut your drying time significantly.

High quality dryers will be on the pricey side  but they have the ability to improve the appearance of your hair and allow it to look healthy. Low quality dryers typically have low wattage and intense heat that damages hair, leaving it dull and frayed.

You also need the cool shot. It’s necessary and many don’t understand its function. Use the cool shot to help seal in your style, bring out your hair’s shine and reduce frizz.

We prefer hair dryers with adjustable heat settings. This helps avoid heat damage during styling and makes it ideal for styling hair one day and restyling the next without using too much high heat. Attachments concentrates the airflow of the dryer.

There are also different types. Ceramic/Titanium dryers are ideal for curly hair, keratin-treated hair, frizzy hair and hair prone to heat damage. Ionic dryers are ideal for dry, damaged hair, frizzy hair and coarse, thick hair types.

For the wanderlust hair stylers, blow dryers with dual voltage are ideal for overseas trips.

Flat Irons – Sleek and Always Chic

Let’s just start off with the cardinal rule – always use heat protection products with tools coming into direct contact with heated plates.

Flat irons have different plate types. Similar to hair dryers, straighteners have ceramic plates, ceramic and teflon plates, tourmaline/ceramic plates, and even ceramic diamond plates. Ceramic plates helps add shine and doesn’t cause friction between the hair strands and plates. Ceramic plates with non-stick teflon coating prevents snagging. Tourmaline/ceramic plates contain ionic and infrared technology that helps hair appear healthier and makes it manageable leaving it frizz-free. Ceramic diamond plates are of high-performing quality in less strokes with a much smoother glide.

You also want to make note of the width of the straightener. For short hair lengths, 1/2 inch flat irons are ideal. Short to medium hair lengths benefit best from a 1 inch while longer hair lengths will be handled best by 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch plates.

While thicker hair can handle high heat, those of us with fine hair would benefit from a flat iron that has adjustable temperature settings to reduce the amount of heat damage.

Curling Irons/Wands – Curls Run The World

Curling iron or curling wand? How will we ever decide! At, editors are definitely partial to the curling wands due to the versatility of curly styles we can create. Curling irons have hair clamps to keep her secure while the heat works its magic. Curling wands are clamp-free but can be trickier to use for the beginner curler and can be used with a protective glove.

There are also spiral irons that help guide the beginner on where to place the hair.

Similar to dryers and flat irons, these are made of different materials.

Ceramic irons/wands helps heat hair evenly  and smooths frizz. Tourmaline helps the wand heat quickly for quicker styling while titanium smoothes hair but can also have high heat. Be sure Try to avoid any metal barrels, metal heats up quickly but does the most heat damage to hair.

Fine hair types should pick an iron/wand that has adjustable heat settings to prevent high heat from frying hair.

Happy shopping beauties! We listed some of the top sellers for hair tools below. #WeWantToKnow about your favorite hair tool – let us know!

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kristen stewartFierce. That’s what we would use to describe Kristen Stewart’s beauty look at the premiere of her movie American Ultra.

She look effortlessly cool and exuded a punk rock vibe. The main event?

Her cat eye.

Inspired by Edie Sedgewick and the playsuit by Zuhair Murad that Stewart wore, makeup artist Jillian Dempsey made the usual cat eye bold and graphic.

The rest of the look was kept demure – nudes and mattes – to keep the focus on the eyes and the great playsuit.

Her hairstyle was touchable and tousled sealing this look together.


Extend the flick by bringing it further out towards the brow. Use bold lines and blend for a thicker look. (Beauty Tip: If you’re looking for high pigmentation, use a black shadow to intensify it.)

Add a swipe of eyeliner along the waterline to help frame the eyes.

Apply a subtle amount of blush and keep your lips nude.

We love this look for a party since there’s no worry about having it smudge!

#WeWantToKnow if you would try this look. Tag us and let us know!


Are You Sabotaging Your Beauty Products?

We all are concerned. Once we open that serum, whenever we look for the 12M or 18M symbol – how long do I have before this product expires?

There are many factors in our everyday lives that affect the efficacy of your cosmetics and skin care products. For our beautiful readers, we have narrowed it down to these three tips:

Sun, Sun Go Away

Okay so that rhyme is not as smoothly-flowing as “rain, rain go away” but you get the point. UV rays have many negative effects on your beauty products and for those shopping high-end brands like SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals this is a tip to consider.

Keep ALL products away from direct sunlight. No questions asked.

There is always transference of bacteria whenever you touch products with your fingertips or skin. Sunlight will actually feed this bacteria.

UV rays will also reduce the effectiveness of active ingredients in your products. Worst case scenario, active ingredients become null. Generally if the product directions specify night time application, they should not be exposed to sunlight.

Products with antioxidants and retin-a are even more sensitive to sunlight.

Even your favorite fragrances can turn sour, or change in color. (Tip: if color has changed, UV rays has altered its chemical makeup and it’s probably time to say goodbye.)

So what’s the solution? Like the song by Dev, keep it in the dark. Store products in your drawers or cabinets will ensure that they stay at room temperature and are not exposed to light rays.


Amp Up the Shelf Life

Maintaining products in cool temperature not only makes products more refreshing (a MUST with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque!) but also helps them last longer. Consider this your very own extension. Product expires in March 2016? This will keep it working great for a couple more weeks after that!

Below are products you should definitely store:

  • Anything with retinol
  • Anything with antioxidants (i.e. Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, etc.)
  • Eye creams
  • After-sun care products
  • Anti-itch creams
  • All natural beauty products
  • Nail Polish (Tip: Make sure to shake extra hard before use as it may have separated)

Keep an out for storing directions when using topical prescriptions. Some may require storing it at cool temperatures.

Although this helps everyone get the most bang for their buck, don’t be surprised if the consistency and look has changed. Oil and water will probably separate and oily products will harden a bit. The effectiveness of the product will be the same regardless so don’t fret!

Cool is better, but don’t let your products freeze. Just like sunlight and heat, the action of freezing and thawing may actually make your products unstable.

It’s Not For Bathroom Use

We love steamy showers but the condensation of water on certain products can generate mold – specifically makeup and beauty tools like brushes and sponges. When cleaning brushes, set it to dry somewhere else where there isn’t constant moisture.

Just keeping in mind these three things will ensure that your products remain effective longer.

Any other beauty preservation tips you swear by? #WeWantToKnow


beyonce met gala 2014In celebration of throwback Thursday, we went back to find a fave celeb beauty look that we would love to recreate.

With fall around the corner, the dark lip colors  are back in style and we couldn’t be any happier.

Beyonce wore a 20s-style headdress which led her and her makeup artist, Francesca Tolot, to go for a beauty look that was retro, modern, and bold all in one.

STEP 1: Begin with a primer. It’s important to create a smooth, blank canvas for a flawless finish.

STEP 2: Follow with concealer and foundation. For those in more humid areas, you can use a BB Creme instead to achieve that even skin tone while allowing your skin to breathe if concealer and foundation is too heavy for the climate that you live in.

STEP 3: Apply an illuminating powder.

STEP 4: Because we want the main focus to be the dark lip, keep the eyes light. Beyonce had a golden shadow. It was applied to the eye area beneath her lashes and above it all the way to her brows. Blend outwards.

STEP 5: Add light color to your cheeks. Opt for a bronzer that has a bit of shimmer  on the apples of your cheeks, forehead and bridge of your nose.

STEP 6: Apply black mascara and curl your lashes.

STEP 7: The beauty look closer – the dark lip. Use a lip primer or prep with a lip balm. In order to prevent your lip color from feathering or bleeding, line lips with a clear lip liner. Apply the wine colored lipstick.

Perfect for a night on the townor dinner party, it is a low maintenance look that would look great paired with neutral colored outfits (nude dress anyone?).

#WeWantToKnow Would you try this look? Tag us if you do!

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mamamio_blogNew to is another innovative skin care line – Mama Mio and Mio skincare.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it varies in thickness. A large population of women experience itching, pigment changes, and most develop striae gravidarum otherwise known as stretch marks on their skin during those beautiful 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Sian, Tanya, Kathy and Jill are the founders of the Mama Mio and Mio skincare lines. With 9 kids between the four of them, they know just how much your body changes, how hard it is to recover, and how underwhelming it was to find skin care for expecting mothers. With that in mind these four women were determined to change that and so they developed a skin care range just for expecting mothers.

Mama Mio is a safe and effective skin care brand for expecting mothers. The brand is very passionate about their ingredients. The products they develop do not contain parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, SLS, and the list goes on. Instead their products are packed with safe ingredients such as Omegas 3, 6, and 9 that help with the elasticity of skin to prevent stretch marks and other discomforts.

Products range from The Tummy Rub Butter to the Pregnancy Boob Tube, a bust protection cream. It has been 8 years since the brand launched. It can now be found in 14 countries and is highly praised by everyday mothers, celebrities and royals.

With the increasing success of Mama Mio the brand wanted to develop a skin care range that would help the skin look and feel as good as their body felt. Mio Fit Skin for Life was born with just that mission in mind.

Looking to tighten, lift, firm skin or smooth out that pesky cellulite? They have products for that too. Their products range from the Workout Wonder, an energizing, stimulating gel for muscles,  to The A Cream,  a body firming cream.

With two unique skin care ranges, the Mio skincare brand is revolutionizing skin care in their own way. With a list of safe ingredients, Mama Mio wants women to feel confident and love their skin.

Have you tried any of the Mio products? #WeWantToKnow


whatyourmedicinecabinet-is-missingThe French discovered greatness in a bottle. Of course they did.

This centuries old 3-in-1 solution can replace your cleanser, toner and moisturizer all in one use. It was popular in France because the water supply was too harsh on skin. This type of water offered a gentler alternative and great results.

What is micellar water?

Micelles suspended in soft water. Micelles are tiny oil molecules that help draw out makeup, sebum, grime and other impurities from skin’s pores. Consider them magnets that absorb all the gunk stuck in your pores.

This is why you can find this in any model’s makeup bag, in a makeup artist’s arsenal of beauty products, at photo shoots, backstage – everywhere.

A no-rinse formula, it leaves behind glowing, hydrated skin.

It doesn’t feel oily and there is no sting.

A caveat though – for the super stubborn waterproof makeup, you may need to first use makeup remover and then follow with micellar water to ensure a thorough cleanse.

Simply apply to a cotton pad and wipe away the day’s impurities.

For those worried about it clogging pores or not, it doesn’t. Even the most sensitive skin types can take advantage of this product.

Editor Suggestion:

La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution

Have you tried micellar water? Did you love it? #WeWantToKnow!


afccc6eff613efafea0edb0cf21284efWhile we may not be able to find the literal fountain of youth, there are so many great anti-aging products available today that it’s almost as good!

We compiled our best list of available products at from some of the best, high-end brands that give your skin that boost it needs to look as young as you feel.

Cleanser Top Pick – Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Creme Cleanser

Ideal for dry skin types, this creme cleanser hydrates and conditions while washing away daily impurities. Formulated for moisturizers like Shea butter and Jojoba Oil, it keeps skin hydrated to help maintain skin’s elasticity prolonging the the appearance of wrinkles.

Moisturizer Top Pick – Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex

Behold the skin care magic wand. Ideal for skin with existing photodamage, it delivers a huge dose of vitamin C to help protect and repair skin. See a reduction in the appearance of fine lines as well as brighter and even skin.

SPF Top Pick – La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer With Sunscreen

Talk about dual action! 2-in-1 products are perfect with our busy schedule. This primer & sunscreen provides an instant blurring effect on signs of aging and has a matte finish making your skin an ideal canvas for makeup application.

Night Serum Top Pick – Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum

Formulated with retinol, this serum helps promote radiance from within. By supporting your skin’s cell turnover rate, it helps improve skin texture and tone while the appearance of the pesky lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores are softened.  After 4 weeks, the visible results of your skin’s improved health will show.

Night Eye Cream Top Pick – SkinCeutials A.G.E. Eye Complex

A nourishing eye cream, this treatment helps target severe signs of aging in the eye area. With blueberry extract and and flavanoids, this cream works overtime to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. By helping to improve the skin’s elasticity, it helps prevent the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.

Have any top picks we should add to the list? #WeWantToKnow


athomefacepeelsRadiant skin is in!

For this trend, we have the inside scoop on what you need to know regarding facial peels. Many think of raw, red skin when thinking facial peels but there are many products available in skin care world that are gentle enough to use without extreme burning or discomfort.

Let’s start with the benefits.

Face peels help remove top layers of dead skin by exfoliating. As a result, it helps speed up the cell turnover rate creating a new layer of skin that is fresh, smooth, and luminous. With regular use, or sometimes even after one use with the best ones, it helps improve skin texture, tone while minimizing fine lines. Large pores appear tighter and it can even assist with acne because it helps unclog pores. On top of that, it helps optimize skin to absorb other products to see better results. By exfoliating skin, your complexion appears to be brighter and healthier.

What you need to know:

1. pH Levels

We all recognize strength level of a peel by the percentage of a particular type of acid like 15% glycolic acid  peel versus a 10% glycolic acid peel. According to various dermatologists, we should also consider pH levels. Our skin’s pH level is usually between 4.5 and 5.5. The lower the pH level then the more acidic and aggressive the peel will be. If it is higher, it will be more alkaline and provide a breeding ground for bacteria.  Finding the right pH level for your skin in a peel will determine how acidic a peel can be to provide the desired results.

2. When to start using face peels

Like antioxidant serums, you don’t need to wait until you’re in your 40s. Your 20s are a good time to start. Those dealing with acne can even be as young as teenagers to begin treatments to treat acne and reduce acne scarring.

3. To peel or not to peel

Remember how we mentioned raw, red, peeling skin? Yeah, that’s not always the case with face peels. You can reap the benefits of a face peel even if your skin does not peel. Visible peeling is a side effect of these types of face treatments but the effect of the peel is occurring at the cellular level. Depending on the peel’s strength, you may see none to some peeling but will see results regardless.

4. What to do after

After using a face peel, there’s a couple of things you should consider. For our gym fanatics, avoid it for 24 hours. After a face peel, you need to try and remain cool. This will help avoid the risk of hyperpigmentation. You also need to amp up your sun protection and avoid exposure to the sun. Those using retinols and products with vitamin A should wait a couple of days after treatment to allow the skin to recover. (Tip: for harsh peel treatments, it is also suggested to postpone retinols, retinoids and retin-A products a few days before the peel to reduce skin’s sensitivity to it.) With daily peels, which are gentler, you can use products  with peptides and vitamin C followed by a good moisturizer.

Editor Favorites:

Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ – A glycolic acid peel, it is formulated with the antioxidant vitamin E. It can be used every night after cleansing and before applying moisturizer.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula – Known for his innovative daily facial peels, Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Peels are ideal for sensitive skin and helps clear imperfections to give a glowing complexion

Peter Thomas Roth Peel & Reveal Resurfacer – A peel, exfoliator, and polish this helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while pumpkin enzymes help remove dead skin cells.

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel – Formulated with various fruit enzymes, this product helps uncover a smooth complexion without drying or irritating skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads – Boost skin’s moisture and exfoliate skin with this alpha, beta and gamma hydroxy acid peel. Enjoy smoother and firmer skin.



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Contestants must enter by August 16th, 2015 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.
The winner will be announced after 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on August 18th, 2015.


Win 1 TanTowel Endless Tan Kit (Classic for fair/light skin tones or Plus for medium/dark skin tones)


Winner is responsible for contacting with the shipping address to obtain the prize. Must redeem by August 21st,  2015 3 PM Eastern Standard Time. No purchase is necessary to win. Valid for U.S. entries only.

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makeup for glassesTidy and perfect.

Wearing glasses makes eye and brow makeup application an art of science. With glasses bringing attention to the windows of your soul, it has also become a must-have accessory. So what do you do?

Follow these tips and tricks and try them out!

Correct, Correct, Correct

Glasses bring attention to the imperfections that are under eye circles and discolorations. Use corrector and concealer underneath the eye and in the creases before applying primer and eye makeup.


Focus on the lashes. People will usually notice your lashes first. Use a waterproof formula to prevent smudging on the lens and curl them nicely.

Match the Liner

Line your eyes accentuating the shape of your glasses and make sure the frame doesn’t hide your beautiful creation.


How Bold?

When using eye shadow and makeup, we are torn between being bold or keeping it simple. Play off the frames. With thin or nude frames, pick the simple look. Matte shadows look better as well as neutral, earthy tones. With bold frames, test the limits.

Prevent Slips

Eye shadow primers are perfect for long lasting pigmentation on the lids, but apply it to the bridge of your nose followed with a finishing powder and you will find that it also prevents your glasses from slipping.

Perfect the Brow

Eyebrows frame your face and if you wear glasses, that as well. Groom them, fill them in and set with brow gel and notice the difference.

Skip the Eyes

Go for the lip. A bold lip is a great idea to accent glasses. Set the face with primer, foundation, lightly applied blush or bronzer, mascara, accentuate the brows and apply the bold lip color of your choice. You’ll love the finished look.

Do A Selfie

Before leaving your abode, check your makeup look with your glasses on to make sure both flow well together. Take a selfie as well!

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Do you have any suggestions for your chic, glasses wearing peers? #WeWantToKnow

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