5 Sunscreens to Try This Spring

It’s essential to wear sunscreen daily, but when you spend hours soaking up the sunshine during spring and summer it’s particularly important not to skimp on this important step. Just as crucial is finding a formula that is effective. Here are five great choices we’re loving just in time for the start of the season!

  1. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Body Milk Sunscreen,

As one of the world’s most beloved sunscreens, this product stands tall above anything else you might have in mind. Not only is a broad-spectrum product designed to combat both UVA and UVB rays, this light, non-greasy emulsion absorbs quickly and features an SPF of 60. It’s also formulated with antioxidants to protect your skin from harmful free radicals. The beauty of this product? It leaves skin feeling incredibly soft.

  1. Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30,

When you need something that’s convenient enough to suit your busy, on-the-go schedule, this product is ideal. It slips right into your purse or desk drawer and is sleek enough to slip out and dust on without a second thought. The mineral formula is translucent, so anyone—even guys and kids!—can wear it without worry. Simply brush it on and go!

  1. Skinmedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 Tinted,

If you’re in the market for a product that evens your skin tone, perfects your complexion, and protects your skin all at once, you’ll find just the right formula in this sleek bottle. The product features a light tint that helps conceal those minor imperfections. You can absolutely skip the heavy foundation and rely on this heavy-duty, broad-spectrum product to do all of the work for you on the hottest days of the year.


4. NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen
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A great basic sunscreen is the perfect addition to any warm-weather beauty collection. This formula is perfect for applying to your complexion before you head out. It features SPF 30 and is designed to absorb quickly without leaving skin greasy or sticky. Ideal for those days when you’d rather go makeup-free, this sunscreen may be light, but it’s just hydrating enough to leave skin soft and supple.

 

5.bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30,

Available in four natural shades, this is the perfect choice if your primary concern is evening your skin tone without wearing anything too heavy or uncomfortable on those steamy days. It’s formulated with SPF 30 and is perfect for giving your skin a naturally fresh, glowing look without the need for actual foundation.

4 Spring Beauty Trends & How to Get the Look

It’s a new season, and that means there are a slew of new beauty trends to watch. If you’re ready to make the most of spring, consider these fabulous looks that we scouted on the spring/summer runways.

The Bold & Beautiful Lip

From radiant pinks to show-stopping reds, there was no way to miss the brilliant shades of lipstick that turned heads on every catwalk. The key, though, was in their less meticulous application. It wasn’t the precision that made these looks special, but the soft, almost blurred effect that lent the face a more casual, soft appearance. You can make that look your own by investing in a sheerer product, like Glo Minerals Sheer Lipstick, to elevate your pout without that heavily drawn-on effect.The Hint of Sparkle

Glitter, shimmer, everywhere! The sparkles lent models ethereal looks that felt soft, natural, and elegant instead of unapproachable. You don’t have to coat your eyelids with glitter to make sense of this trend, either—even a subtle take on the look can elevate your beauty routine in the best possible way. Try something that is easy to include in your daily regimen, like bareMinerals Highlighter Stick . Swipe it onto cheekbones for an instant glow that nicely complements your skin all season long.

 
The Romantic Hairstyle

While sharp bobs and quirky braids are two highly popular looks this spring, the other end of the spectrum shows the beauty of pure romance. It was tough to avoid the delicate curls, the wound-up braids, and the Victorian-era stylings that created balance for the otherwise edgy, modern ensembles on the runways. A great hairbrush is key to getting each style right—try Bio Ionic BoarShine Paddle Smoother Brush  to smooth strands and elevate your shine.

 
The Pretty Pastels

If you’re not about to slick on a coral lipstick and don’t want to coat your eyelids in electrifying hues, you’re in luck—pretty pastel shades were just as present, if not more so, on the runways. These shades touch on the lighter side of the spectrum and provide you with a spring-fresh way to capitalize on some of the season’s sweetest products and most unexpected shades. Now is the time to experiment with the greens and roses you might not otherwise wear. Pick up a couple of Tigi Cosmetics HD Eye Shadows  to perk up your eyelids.

Images courtesy of Vogue

3 Tips to Upgrade Your Spring Self-Care Routine

Are you doing everything possible to take care of yourself? If not, you could be putting your own wellbeing at risk. It’s not just about drinking enough water, eating right, and exercising regularly—although these are all key components of a well-rounded lifestyle that nurtures your body. It’s just as important to nourish your soul, though, by partaking in regular self-care practices that promote a greater sense of peace and mindfulness. You can accomplish that by reevaluating just what you do for yourself on a regular basis. If you find that it’s not enough—that you can give more of yourself to others, for example—then it’s time to refresh your routine this spring. Here’s what you need to do.

 

  1. Block Out Some You Time

It’s easy to get carried away by the responsibilities of family and work. Squeezing in even a moment of peace can be difficult if you’re always on the go. It may even come as a shock to your system to discover just how much your mind and body crave a little dedicated “you” time. That’s not to say you need to give up your responsibilities or forgo doing what you do on a regular basis. Those are the building blocks of your life, and they’re what bring you joy. But in order to provide the most for others, you need to set aside a little time for yourself to enjoy whatever it is that you love—a good book, a hot bath, a long walk, a rejuvenating nap. You’ll feel the difference right away, and when that happens you’ll recognize its value more than ever.

  1. Discover the Power of Scent

Fragrances have the power to transport you to another part of your life entirely. Maybe it’s a tropical note that takes you back to those cherished family vacations, or the heady floral that reminds you of the perfume you wore on your first date with someone special. Scents are transformative in many ways, and not just because they’re often associated with memorable occasions. Consider making them a more integral part of your lifestyle, whether you’re spritzing a gentle fragrance onto your pillow at night to help lull you to sleep or lighting a candle to invigorate your senses and brighten your home during springtime. We love NEST Fragrances Classic Candle in Grapefruit ($40.99) for both its beautiful packaging and its ability to boost spirits in an instant.

  1. Create a Dedicated Morning Ritual

Devising a morning routine can be life-changing. The key isn’t just to wake up earlier, but to perform activities of value during that period. This means you aren’t blearily making your way to the coffee machine for your first java jolt, but cultivating a ritual that sets the tone for the day. Avoid checking your email and social media first thing—these aren’t conducive to the calmness that you need to relax during those early hours. Stretch gently, sip a glass of warm water with lemon to detoxify, and turn on some music as you enjoy a nourishing breakfast. This is a great time to add something revitalizing to your day, too, or maybe a patch to keep you awake all day long. The Good Patch- B12 Awake Patch

Images courtesy of Vogue

How to Properly Layer Your Hair Products

Sure, you may have a dedicated hair care routine. But are you using your products properly? If you aren’t layering them in the right order, then you may not be maximizing their value so that they can do the most for your mane. Here’s what you should know.

  1. Get Started in the Shower

The bulk of your routine happens in the shower, and it all comes down to the type of shampoo and conditioner that you use. Make sure that they’re suitable for your unique hair type, because anything that happens after that is all dependent on how well you cleanse and treat your strands in the shower. Don’t skimp on conditioner, for example, just because you think it’s going to leave it greasy and heavy. Opt for a lightweight formula like Joico Smooth Cure Sulfate-Free Conditioner to soften and nourish.

  1. Add Extra Moisture as Needed

If your hair is dry or frizzy, a little extra moisture is essential for keeping the brittleness at bay. Try something that softens on contact, like TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray , to elevate shine and reduce the frizz that threatens your style. Use it after you’ve towel dried for best results.

  1. Use Your Heat Protectant

It’s hair care 101: always use a heat protectant if you plan to use a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron. It essentially creates a shield that prevents damage that might otherwise occur due to high temperatures—and if you’ve ever scalded a finger on your styling tools, you know just how hot it can get! Try Hot Sexy Hair Support Me 450ºF Heat Protection Setting Hairspray.

  1. Pump Up the Volume

If your hair tends to fall flat, it’s important to build volume at the roots with a product that plumps and holds. For best results, flip your head upside down and apply directly to the roots. Something like Obliphica Professional Seaberry Quick-Dry Volume Spray  works well because it’s so lightweight—you won’t have to worry about stickiness causing unneeded weight.

  1. Apply a Styling Product

Depending on your hair type, you may need to skip the volumizing booster and opt for a styling cream, instead. A product like Rahua Control Cream Curl Styler is designed to control unruly manes, for example, and make your strands more manageable. Using your styling product as the final step is a great way to lock in your style and ensure a fresh look throughout the day.

How to Transition Your Skin from Winter to Spring

It’s that time of the year again. As you begin to swap your cozy coats and over-the-knee boots for lightweight cardigans and cute wedges, it’s time to rethink your skin care products. Daylight savings is this week (finally), and unless a last-minute winter surprise hits the forecast you can probably safely stow away the heavy-duty moisturizers and familiarize yourself with your warmer-weather favorites. Here’s how to make a seamless transition from winter to spring


Spring Clean Your Pores

Preparing your skin for warmer weather begins with a fresh canvas. Once or twice a week, swap your daily cleanser for a penetrating product formulated to purge oil, dirt, debris, and other impurities from the skin. Ingredients such as mud and clay are ideal for purifying the skin and dissolving oil that could otherwise leave your skin shiny for hours. We love Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser.

Exfoliate Twice a Week

If you have dry skin, you may exfoliate regularly already in an effort to reduce those telltale flakes. Otherwise it’s worth adding a quality facial scrub to your routine to renew your complexion just in time for spring. Skin may appear a bit lackluster after months spend indoors in dry heat. A scrub revives your skin, boosts circulation, and leaves it softer, too. Try Glo Skin Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub  for a smoothing treat that smells great, too.

Try a Lighter Moisturizer

Unless your skin is extremely dry on a regular basis, you don’t need to stick with the same heavy-duty moisturizer that saw you through fall and winter. A lighter emulsion is just right for hydrating skin without leaving skin greasy. You can also easily wear makeup over these formulas. Try bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion  for instant softness without the weight.

Never Forget Your SPF

No matter what the time of year, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the ravages of potent ultraviolet rays. Be sure to select a broad-spectrum formula that combats both UVA and UVB rays to prevent both skin cancer and signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. Remember to do this last—and make it a point not to skimp. If you’re short on time, try a moisturizing SPF product infused with a hint of color. We like Avene Complexion Correction Shield SPF 50+.

Get the Look: Academy Awards 2019

It was the first host-free Academy Awards, but that’s not the only thing that had people buzzing in the aftermath of the glitzy event. Steamy musical numbers and historic wins aside, it was the beauty looks that brightened up the red carpet and gave us all something to covet. Here are a few of our favorites—and how to make them your own.

Amy Adams

Few actresses convey classic, old-world Hollywood beauty and charm like Amy Adams. Makeup artist Stephen Sollitto created a downright breathtaking makeup look that is as approachable as Adams herself. To achieve the look, begin with a brightening product, such as Dr. Brandt Pores No More Lumizer Primer. After applying your foundation of choice, dust on Tigi Cosmetics Bronzer ($33.99) to sculpt cheekbones and achieve a fresh, lit-from-within glow. To emulate her natural, matte pink lips, slick on bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Crave .

Image courtesy @stephensollitto

Julia Roberts

As the final presenter of the night, Julia Roberts had one job—and she did it masterfully while looking like millions. Artist Genevieve Herr enhanced the star’s natural beauty with a hydrating primer, such as bareMinerals Good Hydrations . After applying foundation, follow with a dusting of radiant pink Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Flowerchild . Use the shades in the bareMinerals Stargazer Cream Eyeshadow Trio  to bring a sparkly finish to your smoky eye. Complete your look by adding a vibrant berry-toned gloss, such as Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Candied Rose .

Image courtesy @genevieveherr 

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz unleashed her fiery side when she hit the event in a red latex gown from Givenchy. The unusual yet highly fierce number not just turned heads, but set tongues wagging with its come-hither approach to red-carpet style. To rock a dress so bold requires some moxie and a great beauty look from Kay Montano to match. Use the dramatic shades in the PÜR Cosmetics PRO x Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette  to create the ultimate smoky eye. Rub Glo Minerals Cream Blush in Guava onto cheekbones and finish with a coat of deep pink YoungBlood Lipgloss in Rhapsody .

Image courtesy
@kaymontano

Krysten Ritter

Presenter and actress Krysten Ritter made a bold statement in her stunning crimson lace maternity gown. The look was punctuated by cascading black waves that tumbled down her shoulders, along with a polished look that defined dramatic thanks to artist Amy Nadine. Start with Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Make-Up Less Tinted Moisturizer , apply a blush of choice to your cheekbones, and contour the hollows with a shade from the Glo Minerals Contour Kit . Play up your smoky eye with Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner, then complete the look with the ultimate finishing touch: a slick of PÜR Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Dutty Wine .

Image courtesy @amynadinemakeup

 

4 Steps to Take After You Get a Facial

There’s nothing like that fresh-from-the-spa feeling that washes over you when you get a facial. The ultimate self-care ritual for your face is as indulgent as it is nourishing—and you would do anything to keep your skin looking and feeling just as amazing for as long as possible. Take your cue from these tips to help you maintain that red carpet-worthy glow and enjoy beautifully soft skin for days to come.

1. Commit to Regular Hydration

Your primary goal is to help your skin relax. Avoid washing your face the night of your facial—you don’t need to undo the valuable benefits of your treatment by splashing something else onto your skin. But you do need to moisturize as much as possible. Drink plenty of water to stay internally hydrated and use an emollient to help lock in moisture, prevent flakes, and promote a radiant glow. One to try: PÜR Cosmetics Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer.

2. Start to Exfoliate Regularly

Although you don’t want to exfoliate in the immediate days following your facial, it’s smart to add this step to your skincare routine if you don’t already do it. Regular exfoliation is key to sloughing off those dead skin cells that leave your complexion rough to the touch. It also reduces buildup and promotes a brighter, healthier appearance. About three or four days after your treatment, try a product like CosMedix Purity Detox Scrub to buff away any imperfections. Repeat weekly for best results.

3.Increase Vitamin C Intake

Although vitamin C supplements can certainly boost your immune health, your skin benefits from topical applications. Vitamin C does for your skin what few other nutrients can, so it’s worth your while to add it to your regimen after a facial. The simple addition of this powerhouse ingredient builds on the positive results of your facial and works to prevent sun damage, enhance firmness, and promote healthier skin in the long term. Try SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex. With regular use, you’ll notice visible results.

  1. Treat Any Redness Slowly

If you have dry or sensitive skin, you may notice that your complexion appears redder than normal. Even those with oily or normal skin might notice a distinct change in your face’s tone. That’s completely normal and will subside within a few hours. But if it persists and you want to neutralize the situation, turn to a product like Avene Antirougeurs Day Redness Relief Soothing Cream. Not only is it a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, but it also boasts a light green tint that cancels out the redness.

  1. Maintain a Facial Regimen

Now that you recognize the benefits of getting facials, it’s worth making it a part of your regular skincare routine for consistently soft, healthy skin. Skilled aestheticians know how to treat specific skin types and use only products and tools that enhance—without hurting your complexion. Do some research before you commit to a professional. Your skin will thank you for your dedication!

Images courtesy Vogue.com, Allure.com

5 Key NYFW Beauty Trends We Love

The runways at New York Fashion Week were jam-packed with brow-raising, head-turning looks destined to transform our collective wardrobes. For all the amazing clothes and accessories, though, it was the beauty looks that truly took our breath away. From mesmerizing eyes to brilliant lips, here are a few of our favorites—and how you can make them work for you in the real world.

Pearlescent Finishes

In a week during which pearls were pressed into manicures, it seemed only fitting that the same pearlescent radiance appeared on model after model after model. In fact, the sheer, angelic illumination was often the star of the show, providing an uplifting and almost cosmic look to otherwise bare skin. The overarching theme is clean, simple, and softly elegant. You can make it your own by strategically applying bareMinerals BarePro Glow Highlighter  to brighten your complexion.

Glossy Eyelids

Nothing says runway-ready like a gleaming eyelid—but you don’t have to saunter down the catwalk to make this look work for you. As models at Tom Ford showed, it’s a saucy, seductive, often sexy look that may take some practice to pull off if you’re just headed out with friends. Make it easy with the PÜR Cosmetics 5-Piece Eye Polish Kit , which contains five vials of shadow infused with shimmery flecks. Try the navy hue tinged with a bit of the golden shade to emulate the sizzling smoky eyes spotted on the runway.

Ethereal Curls

Like something out of a fairy tale, the curls spotted at NYFW were enough to inspire even those with pin-straight locks. As always, it’s a matter of working with your own hair type—and faking it with the right tools and styling products if you don’t have waves or curls already. Amplify your tumbling mane with a product designed to define and add shine, like Curly Sexy Hair Curl Power Curl Bounce Mousse.

Electrifying Neon

Neon was one of the most dominant themes to emerge from NYFW. Seen on everything from clothes to beauty products, it charges your looks with a shock of brilliance—and it’s surprisingly easy to wear if you select the right shade. While there are highlighter-yellow and cyan eye shadows galore, you might have an easier time slicking on a pop of Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss  in Red Currant. It’s a juicy coral-red that energizes your look with serious color and shine.

Pretty Plums

Possibly the most-seen color on the runways was purple. The beauty of the trend is that it isn’t limited to a single variation of the shade. Whether you favor lilac, eggplant, or lavender, there’s a hue for you in the mix. For fall and winter, nothing elevates the drama and adds richness to your complexion more effectively than a deep shade of blush. We love Youngblood Crème Blush in Plum Satin  to achieve a shade that’s rich and elegant.

Images courtesy Vogue

Speed Up Your Beauty Routine With These Time-Saving Picks

If it seems you’re always running a little behind schedule and wishing you could magically add a few extra hours to your day, you aren’t alone. The general chaos of life leaves us all a little overwhelmed. Usually those feelings arise early in the day, when we’re rushing to handle everything from getting ready to grabbing a bite to shuttling off to work. The problem? You want to do all of those things without sacrificing your much-beloved beauty routine. Fortunately, you don’t have to thanks to the advent of dozens of time-saving products designed to slash your beauty routine in half. Here are a few we love.

Foundation

On average, it probably takes you a few minutes to properly apply concealer and foundation, especially if you’re focused on covering imperfections. The PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Foundation Stick changes that in an instant by putting everything you need into one sleek, swivel-up package. The creamy formula melds to a matte finish once it makes contact with your skin, providing a flawless finish that conceals dark spots, redness, and uneven tone. The formula is enhanced by anti-aging ingredients that promote a smoother complexion with regular use.

Eye Shadow

Are you sensing a trend here? Stick formulas make it easy to get ready on the go if you can’t avoid it, and they make it easy to apply your makeup with precision. Eye makeup can be tricky when you’re in a hurry, but the Glo Minerals Cream Stay Shadow Stick simplifies the process. It’s available in a multitude of hues that range from light to bold. We suggest washing the pale shade over your eyelids to wake up tired eyes, then adding a darker color to elevate the drama if you’re headed out after work

Highlighter

A healthy complexion looks bright, fresh, and radiant all day long. The beauty of makeup is that you can easily fake it if need be—and that’s what makes the Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter so essential to everyone’s arsenal. This easy tool twists up to reveal a light, soft tone that lends the skin that enviable lit-from-within glow you covet. It’s perfect for waking up a sallow face, illuminating cheekbones, and accenting areas that you feel need a little life. It’s infused with nourishing moringa seed oil for a hydrating touch.

Lip Gloss

If only there were a product that made your lips look just a little healthier than their natural state. The famed quest for a “your lips but better” shade may just come to a halt once you give bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor a try. Available in 20 colors, the collection proves that there’s a nude for everyone. The beauty of this gloss is in its ability to completely pull together your look in an instant. It glides on smoothly and dries to a natural, pretty finish that never feels drying.


Hair

Sometimes it’s the seemingly endless battle with our hair that takes up the most time. Shampooing, conditioning, drying, and styling all seem to take forever, and you don’t want to leave the house with what amounts to your own personal nest right on top of your head. What you need is an amplifying dry shampoo, such as Big Sexy Hair Volumizing, to plump up your roots while eliminating excess oil, dirt, and debris that amassed since your last shampoo. Bonus points for the refreshing scent!

 

5 Gifts to Give Your Love This Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day only days away, it’s time to get moving if you haven’t already planned something special for your someone special. Maybe it’s dinner at her favorite restaurant, flowers, and a box of chocolates. There’s always room in the equation for a gift that helps her feel as great as she looks, too! Here are five fantastic Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to warm her heart.

NEST Fragrances Candle Spring Petite Trio Set

Not only is Valentine’s Day on the horizon…so is spring! This beautifully packaged box contains three candles in Grapefruit, Linen, and Cedar Leaf & Lavender scents. Each is meticulously poured into a gorgeous decorative glass sourced from Murano. Once the candles have melted away, the glass can be used to add a little springy-fresh goodness to her bedside table or kitchen.

PÜR Cosmetics Creator Face Palette

Because a woman can never have too many beautiful colors in her makeup collection! This sleek palette contains 12 stunning eye shadows in shades that range from sweet and demure to bold and dramatic. Whether for a day or evening, it provides plenty of options to make her favorite looks come to life. The kit also includes a shimmery highlighter and a flattering bronzer to complete her look perfectly.

Peter Thomas Roth Black and Gold Kit

A little gold never hurts. This set contains a few of the brand’s most effective skin care products, including a 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream and a 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask. There’s also an Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask and an Irish Moor Mud Purifying Cleansing Gel—all in full size packages, of course. Her quest for perfect skin just got a whole lot simpler.

TanTowel Express Tan Kit

Want to help her kick start her springtime glow? This kit contains everything that she needs to achieve a pretty, natural tan—without the usual mess or harsh odor typically associated with traditional self-tanning products. Inside is a can of self-tan mist and five TanTowels, which are safe to use anywhere from the face to the body. They’re easy for anyone to use—even tanning newbies!

bareMinerals Something to Talk Apout Kit

Beauty lovers who have a thing for lip gloss recognize a good thing when they see it. This four-piece package definitely qualifies as a great thing. Inside are four sleek tubes of the brand’s Moxie Plumping Lip Glosses. The sheer finish is fresh and natural, and they’re infused with hydrating shea and avocado butters for a nourishing boost. Shades include golden champagne, blackberry, soft pink, and nude champagne.

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