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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