MEET THE BRAND: MIO SKINCARE

mamamio_blogNew to TheBeautyPlace.com 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

TRENDING SKINCARE: MICELLAR WATER

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!

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS WE LOVE

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 TheBeautyPlace.com 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

AT-HOME FACE PEELS & WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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.

THEBEAUTYPLACE.COM PRESENTS: GLOW GIVEAWAY

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We want to make sure that you’re getting that beautiful glow the healthy way.

Enter to win our Glow Giveaway!

HOW TO ENTER

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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.

THE PRIZE

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

RULES 

Winner is responsible for contacting TheBeautyPlace.com 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.

Good Luck!

 

POPULAR DUO: GLASSES & MAKEUP

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.

Lashes

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!

Editor Picks:

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

CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: BET AWARDS – RIHANNA

At the 2015 BET Award, Rihanna stood out for many reasons, one being her upholding the bad girl reputation and previewing a taste of her “B**** Better Have My Money” music video. Ri Ri won us over with her perfectly glowing, bronzed look and sleek ponytail.  Her look was subtle and classy and we have the breakdown on how to #GETTHELOOK!

Slicked Back Ponytail:

Straighten your hair with a flat iron for super, sleek hair. Brush straightened hair back and tie into a ponytail with elastic. Use a small section of hair to wrap around the elastic. Finish off with an oil treatment to give the sleek look and to tame frizz and flyaways. We suggest Bio Ionic’s Agave Healing Oil Treatment. With its non-greasy, lightweight formula, it is ideal for all hair types.

Glowing, Bronzed Makeup Look:

Rihanna’s glowing skin looks #FLAWLESS. The secret? Mix in a few drops of a liquid bronzer with your foundation. It’s suggested to use a sponge applicator to apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to dry and create a subtle contour with just the bronzer. Apply it to your hairline, hallows of cheeks, jawline and on both sides of the nose. Set the face with translucent finishing powder. Can’t locate a liquid bronzer? Try Youngblood’s Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint. It glides on smoothly for a dewy finish leaving you with a glowing look.  Our favorite translucent powder at the moment is Glo Minerals Protecting Powder SPF 30. With double functionality, it can be worn with or without foundation.

For the nude lips, trace and fill in lips with a nude lip liner. Pick one with a matte finish. Then use a slightly lighter shade of nude lipstick to dab on center of the lips and feather outward. This will help lips appear fuller.

Rihanna’s brows were perfect. To fill them in properly, try brushing eyebrow hairs down to see where you need to fill in with a brow pencil. After filling in the gaps, even out the product by brushing hair back into place. Set brows with a clear brow gel so that it lasts all night.

Sultry eyes. There’s no other way to describe hers! She used bronze eyeshadow on the lids and shaped it with a liquid eyeliner. After applying the eye shadow, trace the upper lash line. Draw a straight line across and create a wing at the outer corner to avoid an almond-shaped curve.

Were there any other celebrity looks you wanted us to spotlight? #WeWantToKnow

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

AVOID TOXIC SUNSCREENS

sunscreenAs the summer sun continues to heat things up, UVA and UVB protection should be a priority. As the leading cause in skin cancer, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, UVA/UVB rays are extremely harmful.

According to Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun protection factor, or SPF, indicates the length of time it takes for UV rays to redden skin. For example, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will take 30 minutes longer to redden the skin. Sunscreens with SPF 15 protection screen 93% of the sun’s UVB rays; SPF 30 screens 97%; SPF 50 screens 98%.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, identified some of the most harmful ingredients found in sunscreens in department store brands and drug store brands.

By sorting through the level of toxicity of FDA-approved ingredients commonly found in sunscreens, the EWG’s sunscreen guide noted Oxybenzone as one of the most toxic ingredients. With a skin penetration level of 1% to 9%, Oxybenzone interferes with the body’s hormone system.

The most important part of the guide? EWG’s approved brands that scored well in regards to chemical penetration from ingredients, skin allergies and other toxicity concerns.

Jan Marini, La Roche-Posay, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare (formerly MD Skincare), NIA24 and Skinceuticals are all available on TheBeautyPlace.com at competitive prices.

Below are some of the best SPF picks that are EWG approved and TBP Editor approved:

La Roche Posay Anthelios 30 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen

La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50

NIA24 Sun Damage 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 30

Have a question about your sunscreen? Let us know!

SUMMER SKIN CARE

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Can you feel the heat? In sunny south Florida, summer is going strong. Your summer skin care routine should be low maintenance.

Check out these summer skin care faves:

1. Bliss Fabulous Makeup Mel Gel-to-Oil Cleanser is a one-step cleanser. Use a small amount so it dissolves to oil once you begin massaging it in. Beauty Tip: Twice or three times a week, use this cleanser and then your regular face wash to hydrate and soften skin.

2. Murad Pore Reform Balancing Moisturizer SPF 15 is lightweight and helps control oil production. Apply onto clean, dry skin.

3. For days where extra SPF protection is needed, apply La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid after moisturizing. With its light tint, you may even be able to skip foundation altogether!

4. Use foundations that double as SPF protection. Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Foundations have SPF 20 for protection while leaving a flawless, natural finish. P.S. It also helps fight signs of aging!

5. New to TheBeautyPlace.com is Glo Minerals Protecting Powder with SPF 30. Instead of redoing your makeup for sunscreen protection, this translucent powder helps reapply SPF protection with a sheer color leaving a youthful glow.

6. Since we can’t walk around with a portable misting fan, thermal spring water mists will have to do. We are loving Avene’s Thermal Spring Water mist.

Are there any products you can’t leave out of your summer skin care routine? Let us know!

ALL ABOARD: FLY SPA SESSIONS

facebookcover_allaboardWho says a spa can’t happen in the air?

Flying can be stressful, long and restless. It also isn’t an optimal environment for healthy skin.

  • No humidity
  • Recycled air
  • Fluctuating temperatures

The editors at TheBeautyPlace.com have found some of the ways to help your skin stay in optimal health, especially during the long haul flights. People won’t be able to tell you just landed!

Short Flight: 1 to 3 hours long

Early or late flight? Take this time to re-energize your eyes. When you’re settled in your seat, put on the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask.  Let the hydrating magic begin and leave it on for about 15 minutes before removing. Put on a cloth eye mask to cover them up as you wait.

Use a serum. Dr. Gross’ Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster will leave your smooth and radiant and is great to combine with makeup!

Medium Flight: 4 to 8 hours long

Cleanse your skin when you’re able to move around the cabin. Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Kit has the perfect travel sizes. The UltraCalming Cleanser doesn’t require water to washed off and is gentle on skin. Massage on and wipe away with cotton pads or tissue paper.

Apply a moisturizing mask for the remainder of the flight. Coming soon to TheBeautyPlace.com is Avene’s Soothing Moisture Mask. It’s translucent and will be offering your skin nutrients for the remainder of your flight.

Red Eye Flight

Apply an overnight sleeping mask. We love Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Anti-Aging Sleeping Mask. You can tissue it off or apply a thin layer to leave on and rinse off when you land. You’ll look like you never missed a beat!

Have any in-flight tips? #WeWantToKnow

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