How to Revive Dull Hair in Cold Weather

Winter can take its toll on more than just your skin and overall comfort. The combination of dry air and falling temperatures can also affect the condition of your hair. As the season wears on, you may find that it appears dull and lackluster and feels dry to the touch. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to restore its condition and give it a soft, touchable feel that puts a stop to anything winter throws its way.

Step 1: Swap Your Basics

Most of us are committed to a handful of shampoos and conditioners. But during winter, it’s important to switch out your core basics for products that quench limp strands with intensive moisture. Marrakesh Dreamsicle Shampoo  is formulated with oils derived from hemp and argan, and is safe for all hair types. In addition to imparting heavy-duty hydration, it also leaves strands scented with a refreshing tangerine/plum fragrance. Add a rich finishing product, like TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Conditioner , taking care to apply only from the ears to the ends.

Step 2: Add Dry Shampoo

Whether you’re rushing to work or preparing for a new year’s party, you owe it to your hair to add a dry shampoo to your arsenal. Using one is an easy way to revive tired locks, plump up your roots, and refresh yesterday’s style without going through the whole wash-dry-style routine. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo  quickly perks up your look without adding buildup or that unpleasant white cast we all loathe so much. It also boasts the brand’s lovely signature fragrance, and is ideal for all types of hair.

Step 3: Deep Condition Regularly

It’s an unfortunate reality of winter: static flyaways that won’t stay down no matter what you do. You’ll need to take extra measures during the season—starting with a pillowcase swap. Silk is ideal because it reduces the friction that can lead to frizz and damage (bonus: it also prevents those unsightly lines you might notice first thing in the morning). Using a deep conditioner at least twice a week is also a must; reparative formulas infuse your hair with the nourishing ingredients it needs to heal. Try Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450 Deep Fortifying Conditioner  for an instant boost.

Step 4: Leave-in Conditioner

Are you sensing a trend here? If your hair is especially dry year round, you may notice that it feels even more coarse during the coldest time of the year. Adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine will make a big difference in its texture and manageability. One to try: Rusk Sensories Brilliance Grapefruit and Honey Color Protecting Leave-In Cream Conditioner, which not only detangles stubborn strands, but also leaves behind an especially luxurious soft citrus fragrance.

New Year, New You: What You Need to Achieve Your 2019 Resolutions

A new year is once again mere days away. In addition to wondering exactly how a year flies by so fast, we’re also thinking about those sometimes dreaded new year’s resolutions making their way into our collective mindsets. It’s one thing to think about them, but putting them into action occasionally calls for a power greater than we can fathom. It’s never a problem, though, if your greatest resolution is merely to improve upon your own greatness. In the interest of establishing a better version of your already fabulous self in 2019, we’ve rounded up a few products that will help you stick to your resolution—for once.

Resolution 1: Relax More Often

Relaxation can occasionally seem like a distant term used to describe some foreign concept that you once knew well. In an age when everything moves at a constant pace, life doesn’t seem like it ever slows down—and when you get home at the end of the day, there’s barely enough time to blink before you settle down to sleep. Establishing some real “me time” is genuinely important for your emotional wellbeing, and 2019 is a great time to put that plan into action. Think about what that means for you, whether it’s reading more, taking luxurious baths, or scheduling a day at the spa every few weeks. You can enhance your home’s comfort by adding a soothing candle to the mix, like the aromatic vanilla orchid and almond scent from Nest Fragrances. A gentle fragrance can ease an exhausted mind in no time.
Resolution 2: Remove Makeup Daily

It’s not unusual to feel so tired at the end of the day that you simply tumble into bed without thinking about your makeup. Or maybe you do think about it—as you’re falling asleep. The only way to resolve this habit is to snap yourself out of it. You might need to remind yourself that leaving your makeup on overnight can do your skin some harm, especially if you’re acne-prone. But even if your skin is in great shape, you can protect it simply removing your makeup and applying a treatment at night. Remember that those overnight hours are when your skin works its hardest, and anything you apply will really make a difference. We love Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover  for its mild, soap-free formula.

Resolution 3: Treat Skin Better

In the interest of improving your skin, it’s time to focus on the products that are formulated especially for your complexion. Think about what your skin really needs. Are you concerned about excessive dryness, lines, sebum production, or acne? All of these issues require targeted formulas designed to work actively and aggressively. Sometimes it’s not enough to merely guess what your skin needs. If you have an active worry about something that’s bothering your skin, pay a visit to your dermatologist first. They can provide you with detailed information to help you select the right products for your needs.

 Resolution 4: Revive Your Hair

Do you often look in the mirror and wish your hair was…different? Whether you’re tired of your long, flat hair or want to grow it out, there are endless ways to give your mane a new look in the new year. And what better time to really make it happen? Naturally, a great head of hair is largely dependent on what you use at home. Make sure that you’re using a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for your hair type. Even the right hairbrush can make all the difference! We’re big proponents of the Bio Ionic Silver Classic Paddle Brush  for its ability to make real changes: it fights static, minimizes breakage, reduces split ends, and is gentler overall on your scalp.

 Resolution 5: Try Something New

You don’t have to do anything drastic, but if you want to shake up your routine just a little bit you can add a new color to your everyday look. Consider where you could make the biggest change. If you never go without your pink lip gloss, for example, you might swap it for red just to experiment with a new signature color—we love BareMinerals Moxie Plumping Gloss in Diva. If you’re obsessed with black eyeliner, even replacing it with brown could soften the overall effect and give you a different look that’s just as flattering. If you have always wanted to play up your cheekbones, adding some radiant blush to the apples of your cheeks could be a complete game-changer. Have fun with it!

Get the Look: Jennifer Lopez

For the premier of her latest movie, A Second Act, Jennifer Lopez held nothing back—except onlookers who had to make way for the back of her enormous Giambattista Valli dress. The bright pink number turned heads for good reason, but what we’re really loving is the way her pretty in pink makeup complements her gown so beautifully. It’s the ultimate ode to one of our favorite ladylike hues, and, in true Jlo style, it looks perfectly natural. Here’s how to make it your own.

Start With a Flawless Canvas

Her longtime makeup artist, Scott Barnes, began this beautiful look with fresh skin. Begin with a brightening foundation that allows your natural beauty to shine, like Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation . Available in seven shades, this emulsion is designed to bring out the best of your complexion and produce a lit-from-within glow

Next Step, Eyes

Only Jlo could pull off what appears to be a pink smokey eye with such incredible ease. Of course, with Barnes wielding a makeup brush, anything is possible. For this look, grab a Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eye Shadow in Love Affair . Dust the lightest shade all over your brow bone and the inside corners of your eyes. Then dip a brush into the pink shade and apply it from the inner corners all the way across your lids and up to the creases. Use a flat brush to apply the same hue to your lower lash lines. Then add the deep brown shade to the outer corners, packing it into the outer creases.

Opt for a dark brown or charcoal liner to provide some contrast to the pink, like one from the Glo Minerals Precise Micro Eyeliner  collection. Apply it to the outer corners of the eyes, across the upper lash lines, and along the outer edges of the lower lash lines. Smudge it out with a cotton swab if the lines are too fine. Finish with multiple coats of Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara  in Brown Black.

Play Up Your Cheekbones

The gorgeous flush displayed here is what really makes the look so charming and ladylike. It’s that delicate flush that looks healthy, bright, and festive all at once—and the fact that it matches the dress is just icing. The PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book  makes it simple to narrow down your ideal shade of pink. Use a thick blush brush, smile into the mirror, and apply color directly to the apples of your cheeks. This look is about soft, delicate placement instead of harsh, heavily contoured lines!

Add a Kiss of Color

Nothing but a perfectly pink lip would be appropriate for this eye-catching look. Start with Youngblood Lip Liner Pencil  in Rose. Fill in the entire lip so that they’re primed for the finishing layers. The Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon  acts like a lipstick thanks to nourishing shea butter and mango oil, both of which hydrate your lips. There are a handful of pink shades in the group, but we love Dahlia for this look. Finish with generous coats of Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Pink Smoothie.

Images courtesy Cosmopolitan

A Guide to Wearing Matte During the Holidays

Although typically associated with shimmer and glimmer, winter is also a great time to break out your most adventurous matte hues. Richly saturated lips and deeply colorful eyelids set the stage for a beautiful cold-weather look that’s appropriate for everything from holiday season parties to The Nutcracker showings at your local theatre. Thinking of experimenting with matte for the first time? Here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Make a Statement With Your Eyes

It’s usually the aforementioned shimmery shadows that make the boldest statement. But when applied properly, even matte eye makeup can transform your look into one that is stunning and seductive. Think in terms of your agenda. If you’re headed out, it’s more than appropriate to rock a deep, smoky eye and complement the look with bold eyelashes. Start by priming your lids with bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Primer . Smooth the cream on and watch it transform into a matte powder before your eyes.

Then it’s time to dip into your favorite colors from the Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Kit  in Naturally Matte. Dust the medium shade onto your lids, using a light hand so that you can build color gradually. Then add some dimension by working the darkest color into the crease. Extend that color to the inner third of your eye and blend it just slightly upward. Apply the lightest shade to your brow bone for an eye-popping look. Don’t forget to add a few generous coats of mascara!

Give Your Skin a Little Boost

The right matte products can make a world of difference in how your complexion looks. The key is to select formulas that are designed specifically for your skin type. If you have dry tendencies, for example, seek out items that are enriched with hydrating ingredients to bring out the best in your complexion. The Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45 is an excellent starting point. The moisturizing product dries down to a flattering matte finish and leaves just a hint of color on the skin.

If you don’t want to bother with foundation or like using a setting product as a final touch, consider Glo Minerals Loose Matte Finishing Powder . The translucent product is easy to dust on with a fluffy brush, and is expertly formulated to combat oily skin and prevent pesky shine from breaking through in the middle of the day. The best part is how flawless your skin will look after application—and for hours after.

Add a Pop to Your Lips

If the holidays aren’t the right time to add a dash of crimson to your lips, then there will never be a right time. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, add a matte version of the color to your repertoire. The hues provided in the bareMinerals Go Bold or Go Bare Trio Matte Lip Kit  are especially fitting for this time of year. You’ll have your choice of a pale mauve-pink that’s ideal for the work day, a bold violet to punctuate your night-out looks, and a seductive oxblood red that breaks all notions of timidity and gives you a perfect excuse to finally rock red lips before the year ends.

Images courtesy Vogue

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