Tap Water and Skin Don’t Go Well Together

Basic-Skin-CareWith everything saying that H2O is the healthiest natural element to put into our bodies, imagine our surprise when we heard it that tap water can actually be bad on your body.

We are talking skin care. Studies have shown that the high mineral content in tap water can actually be too harsh for sensitive skin types and over-sensitized skin.

Actually, all skin types, regardless of sensitivity, would benefit from removing tap water from their daily skin care routine.

Though we don’t have an alternative solution for body and hair – using water bottles are out of the question, we care about the environment – you can make changes in your facial skin care routine to avoid using tap water.

The Details

Tap water is also known as hard water in certain areas. Water with high mineral content like higher amounts of magnesium, calcium, and iron tend to irritate skin by being too abrasive and drying.

Have you ever noticed the residue left around faucets before you scrub it clean? Now imagine those same deposits on your face.

The Solution

It’s been said before, but we will say it again – micellar water.

With the French leading the “say no to tap water” movement, the trend has reached the United States. Using micellar water does not require rinsing. Just apply to a cotton ball or or cotton pad and wipe. It is gentle for all types of skin and helps remove stubborn makeup as well.

Those that prefer milk cleansers can just wipe it off with toner and follow with a spritz of thermal water. (Make sure to pat the water into your skin or pat a tissue to absorb the excess water to prevent dehydration.)

If removing tap water from your skin care routine, you will need to definitely add exfoliating as a step to help remove any impurities that may stay clogged in your pores. Do a chemical peel or a facial as needed to help remove dead skin buildup – and anything else that’s trapped.

Another suggestion – filter your water at home. This may help to remove the harsher minerals from disrupting your skin’s pH balance.

Find a Balance

Cleansing with water is still one of the best ways to thoroughly cleanse skin gently and to remove oil. If you do continue with tap water, add in a thermal water spray into your routine or even spritz on micellar water to help hydrate skin.

Will you continue to use tap water or will you remove it completely? #WeWantToKnow

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: Lorde’s Beauty Transformation

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Beauty transformations are just that – a thing of beauty. We love seeing celebrities evolve in their style – whether it be hair or makeup or attire.

Known for her signature style of long curls and dark lips, Lorde surprised everyone on the red carpet for CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.

We love the 18-year-old’s big curls, and she rocks it so well, but it’s great to see her experiment with new looks.

The “Royals” singer looked uber-sophisticated. Not only was her hair sleeker, but she had cut her long locks! A glossy hairstyle matched with demure makeup, the young star nailed the red carpet.

So how do you get this sleek do when you have voluminous curls?

  1. Begin with a treatment mask. Curls mask any hair damage really well so a hair mask will help get your hair in better shape. We suggest TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Mask to give your locks moisture and help repair any damage.
  2. Towel dry hair gently. Follow with a heat protectant to shield hair from damage.
  3. Section off hair and blow dry with a round brush. We love Bio Ionic’s newest hair dryer!
  4. After blow drying comes flat ironing. If your hair soaks up product quickly, we suggest adding another does of heat protection or using another hair oil. Joico’s Protect and Shine Serum can be used during ironing and as a final step to leave it sleek and shiny.

What are your thoughts on Lorde’s new look? #WeWantToKnow!


(Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)

Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images

A hot topic of conversation this past summer, the “makeup tax” is something that has affected women, from teenagers to adults, since as far as anyone can remember.

What is it?

The time and money spent to apply makeup.

In an article by Olga Khazan in The Atlantic, she describes how the average woman can spend $15,000 or more in her lifetime on cosmetics. Making $60 billion on average every year, the cosmetics industry is not waning.

That is just in the finances department. The second matter of question is the time invested by women.

In 2014, The Today Show conducted a survey demonstrating that women spend on average 2 weeks out of the year on their appearance. What’s the breakdown? 55 minutes every day or 335 hours every year.

With magazine covers flashing shiny lips and dewy skin wherever men and women turn, wearing makeup has become the socially acceptable norm.

In studies conducted, women that wear makeup experience a confidence boost, garner respect and affection from friends and co-workers, and fare better in job interviews.

While men and women can agree on shopping for the basics – shaving cream, shampoo, etc. – men typically do not worry about purchasing cosmetics or the time spent every day applying it.

So how do we feel about it?

Whether you prefer going Au natural, low-maintenance, or full-on glamorous, all women are beautiful. We love the feeling we get when we are done up, we can’t lie, but going natural has beauty and a confidence booster in itself as well.

However you feel comfortable, empowered, and beautiful is how you should be.

We would love to hear from our readers – is the makeup tax an issue for you? #WeWantToKnow

CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 London Premiere – Jennifer Lawrence

Photo Credit: Variety

Photo Credit: Variety

It’s Hunger Games season and we couldn’t be happier.

To promote the last movie of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Jennifer Lawrence and her co-stars have been traveling around the world for the premieres and we are loving the beauty looks.

The revealing Dior dress was paired with a modest but glamorous makeup look at the London premiere.

Celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey made her lips the focus. With a mauve-like, taupe shade for Lawrence’s lips, it helped play up the color specks on the Dior dress. Not to mention that the dusty, rosy shade is one of this fall season’s best trends. Beauty Tip: If you want to make the color more intense, layer it on.

Lawrence also had a flawless face – concealer for the eye area and a pressed powder did the job.

Dempsey made her eye makeup subtle to not lose focus from the lips. Using a mixture of gold, bronze, and purple shadows and finishing with dramatic lashes.

What did you think of J. Law’s look? #WeWantToKnow!

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e4c1e95614e72952bc7ff4a5a908ca9eConcealers are like erasers in a container. Blemishes, dark circles, pigmentation – this product does it all.

Even the staff that is low maintenance on makeup during the week use concealer religiously.

But which color should you use? The editors at TheBeautyPlace.com have categorized the issues by color – we got you covered!

Match Your Skin Tone

Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to conceal blemishes.


Green concealers are great for those that battle dermatitis, rosacea or even a mild sunburn. By using it after priming and before applying foundation, it helps conceal redness triggered by any of these skin conditions.

Lavender, Lilac

Also to be applied after priming skin and before foundation, lavender concealers helps neutralize sallow, yellow tones to brighten skin’s appearance.


Another complexion brightener, yellow concealers helps soften signs of redness while adding warmth to the skin.

Salmon, Pink

Ideal for dark circles – hands down. (We also have heard about a red lipstick trick to conceal dark circles, so this totally makes sense!) Use it especially to remove blue or gray undertones. We wouldn’t use it anywhere else on the face though so keep it to the area to avoid any skin blotchiness.

Do you have any other suggestions for concealers? #WeWantToKnow

Beauty Tip: Double your matching skin tone concealer as a primer for eyelids and lips if needed.

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Photo Credit: Heidi Hamoud

Photo Credit: Heidi Hamoud

Contouring then strobing, now baking?

The makeup world is continuously evolving and we are absolutely amazed at this revived trend.

Yes – revived. The drag queen community has been using the baking technique to help set heavy stage makeup and it works – makeup is always flawless.

Baking involves using your body heat to help set makeup resulting in a smooth, crease-less finish. Even Kim Kardashian-West’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic uses this technique!

The trick involves layering setting powder thickly and allowing it to “cook”  into your foundation and concealer. As shown in the photo from Heidi Hamoud’s YouTube tutorial, it helps highlight the covered areas – underneath eyes, forehead and chin. The result is a flawless finish with contoured cheeks.

So how do we begin?

1. Apply moisturizer, primer, and foundation. This method can be drying so the moisturizer is extremely important. You may also want to include an eye moisturizer to help hydrate the area as this method does focus on the eye area.

2. Apply concealer under the eyes. Dab on from the apples of your cheeks towards your temples. Keep going towards the hairline for some serious contour. Blend in with a damp makeup sponge.

3. Use translucent powder to set the base of the makeup.

4. To “bake” or “cook your makeup, use a wedge sponge and dampen it with a setting spray or facial mist. Then dip the sponge into the translucent powder used in Step 3 and apply it generously under eyes, chin, jawline and middle of forehead. Let it bake anywhere from 5-30 minutes. We suggest 10 minutes for great results but if you have time, go for all 30!

5. Dust off the powder with a fluffy brush. If you want to blend any rough edges, apply pressed powder on the brush and use that to dust off the translucent powder.

We love how this makeup look leaves our makeup look flawless.

Have you tried baking? #WeWantToKnow!



ee3f7ad3834eb7fbd3e636bb987c441eIt’s that time of year again and while we absolutely LOVE these Halloween makeup looks, we also would love to avoid blemishes appearing after the hallow festivities are over.

Save your skin from blemishes the morning after a great night of tricks and treats with these tips.

If you already have blemishes, make sure to treat them with an acne spot treatment before applying any other products. This should help reduce the chances of Halloween makeup aggravating your skin. If we had to pick, Murad’s Acne Spot Fast Fix does wonders!

Keeping in mind that clogged pores is one of the main causes of breakouts, use non-comedogenic makeup and avoid any oil based makeup or paint. We also suggest avoiding any facial treatments  this week like skin peels, heavy exfoliants, or steam treatments. These tend to leave your pores open. Leave it for after Halloween.

We already swear by the rule of primer before concealer and foundation but in this case, let’s make it a priority. Primers help to seal pores before makeup application reducing the likelihood of pores becoming clogged or congested. Two of our current favorites are Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer and Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refiner.

And let’s emphasize this point – avoid any products not safe for skin. Glue being one of them. If you need to make sure something stays on, bring out the clear lip gloss.

The best way to ensure your killer Halloween makeup doesn’t lead to a catastrophic breakout? Remove all of it once your night ends. Many of our friends in the beauty business suggest removing first with a cold cream cleanser, then following up with a makeup remover, and cleansing your face. The morning after, exfoliate and use a mask to help remove any leftover residue. We would even suggest an additional step – using micellar water after using a makeup remover. Ideal for sensitive skin it won’t dry skin even if following with a facial cleanser.
Are you following this regime this Halloween? #WeWantToKnow!





This all natural skin cream is hand made with 100% pure natural ingredients. The formula is said to have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and we agree – it’s magical. A cure-all, it can be used for face, body, and hair.

100% Natural

Let’s start with the ingredients. It does not contain any additives, preservatives, parabens, or GMO ingredients. Instead, this balm contains ingredients found in nature:

  • Olive Oil
  • Bees Wax
  • Honey
  • Bee Pollen
  • Royal Jelly
  • Bee Propolis


We mean it when we say you can use this balm for ANYTHING.

  • Moisturizer: You can use it on your face and body. We love it for our hands, cuticles, and elbows.
  • Healing Burns: Egyptian Magic can also be used to relieve the stinging/burning sensation of minor burns and sunburn. Be sure to apply gently to the affected areas.
  • Relieves Skin Conditions: For those with eczema and psoriasis, many have found that this helps relieve some of the symptoms and use it as a natural alternative to other skin treatments.
  • Hair Conditioner: Restore luster and replenish your hair’s natural oils by using Egyptian Magic on a regular basis or as a hot conditioning treatment.
  • Lip Balm: Switch this in your lip care routine and enjoy the results!
  • After Shave: For those that suffer from irritation after shaving, Egyptian Magic soothes and moisturizes skin with its natural ingredients.

How To Use

A little goes a long way. In order to activate this balm’s benefits, rub hands together and apply gently to any area desired.

Have you tried Egyptian Magic before? #WeWantToKnow

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BeautyBlender: How Do We Choose?

beautyblender2Known as makeup’s best friend, the BeautyBlender has won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award 6 times including this year and the award is earned. Providing 360 degrees of flawless makeup application, it helps give it’s loyal users the appearance of perfect skin.

The original BeautyBlender is a hot pink egg-shaped sponge that guarantees blending in small and large surface areas. It’s open-cell structure helps minimize water retention and reduces product waste. The material of this sponge keeps makeup sitting at the surface for smoother application and blending.

Over the years this line has developed different colors and sizes so that you can have one for each step in your skincare and makeup routine!

Original: The hot pink color is the iconic look of this sponge. Use it for foundations, powders, BB and CC creams, cream and powder blushes.

Pure: Ideal for sensitive skin, the Pure BeautyBlender is dye-free. Use it to apply primers, serums, moisturizers, eye creams and even with foaming cleansers.

Pro: Black is never out of style and this BeautyBlender color is preferred by professional makeup artists. (No visible staining after using products? Yes please!) If you would like to add this to your collection of blenders, use it for long-wear makeup, bronzers, self-tanners, and even male grooming products.

Micro.Mini: This is the newcomer to the BeautyBlender scene and we absolutely love it! Ideal for those areas that you want the most focus on. Use it to highlight, contour, and conceal. It’s even ideal for acne spot coverage. If you ever want to skip the eye shadow brushes, try this mini blender to apply powder or cream shadows.

Do you own a BeautyBlender? #WeWantToKnow what you love about it!




















We can thank Fendi’s runway show for inspiring this no-commitment do for the 2016 spring collection.

Looking fabulously undone, models’ hair was simply tucked under to create the illusion of bobs.

Stylist Sam McKnight gave the step-by-step to #GETTHELOOK

1. Use a hair wax and a spritz of texturizing spray to ensure hair strands are kept off the face. But be sure to leave a few wisps of hair for that undone feel.

2. Braid the ends of the hair – you want to approximate how short you want your bob.

3. Tuck in the braid under at the nape of the neck to pin in place with bobby pins.

Would you try this look? #WeWantToKnow!


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