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.

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Holiday Preview Sale 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, more than just Christmas. It’s the week after Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now a distant memory. What that means for all of us is that we’re scrambling to lock down the best gifts possible for all of the special people on our collective lists. We’ve rounded up everything that your VIPs could possibly want—and they’re all especially appealing for their great values. Here’s what we’re loving this holiday season.

For Her 

Proof that she doesn’t have to spend an entire day at the spa to reap the benefits of a luxurious skin treatment: the bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection. It’s filled with four try-me sizes of the brand’s best treatments: Be Pure to draw out dirt and debris; Be Dewy to enhance hydration; Be Bright to leave skin radiant; and Be Firm to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s a classic for a great reason. The Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic Cleansing System  packs a punch despite its demure size. The handheld cleansing brush is designed to do it all—remove makeup, minimize impurities, deep clean pores, and leave skin looking and feeling smoother and more supple. The package includes a USB charger, which means she can charge it anytime, anywhere!

For Him

If you’re already planning for your annual spring getaway, you can count on one thing: he probably won’t pack until the last minute. Get a head start on his behalf by surprising him with the Anthony Logistics Tool Kit . It’s a magnificent example of practical organization, with all of the essentials that he needs tucked into a sleek zippered case. Inside, he’ll find a pair of tweezers, nail clippers, grooming scissors, and a nail file.

No doubt he takes great pride in his facial hair. There’s something about that groomed work of art that he really loves—but without a little moisture, things can get a little rough. That’s where the Tigi Bed Head for Men Fuel Around Beard Oil comes in handy. Tuck this petite bottle into his stocking so that he can fuel his prized creation with nourishing vitamin E and protective antioxidants. 

For Teens

Makeup enthusiasm starts at a young age—really young, if you’re like most of us. But if your teen is just getting her feet wet and wants to experiment with a touch of pretty color, the bareMinerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye & Cheek Palette  is a gorgeous starting point. Inside are two shadows and a blush, designed to give her eyes and complexion a natural, healthy glow.

It’s also never too early to experiment with quality skin care products. The PÜR Cosmetics Sweet 16 Get This Party Started Prep Collection contains every thing your teen needs to achieve smooth, fresh skin: a trendy gilded mask, a primer to wear alone or beneath makeup, a light oil that keeps dry winter skin at bay, and an airy mist to set her makeup or cool down.

For Mom

Could mom’s beauty routine use an upgrade? Surprise her with a big-ticket item that she’s unlikely to splurge on herself, like the Jade Roller Beauty Rose Quartz . This stunning tool is as beautiful as it is effective—something she’ll quickly learn the first time she uses it. Simply gliding it over the complexion is a relaxing experience (what mom doesn’t want more R&R?), but popping it into the fridge to cool it down makes for an even more spa-like, therapeutic indulgence.

Beautiful candles nestled in a gorgeous box are not only impressive for their presentation, but also their desirable scents. That’s the case with the delightful NEST Fragrances 10th Anniversary Discovery Votive Set, which is packed with 10 mini votives in a variety of indulgent scents. Perfect for illuminating the bathroom on spa night or adding a warm glow to the living room, the set contains something for every mom, no matter what type of fragrance she favors.

For Dad

Dad may not quite be the type to indulge in high-end shampoo and conditioner. In fact, he may routinely wonder why you have 10 different bottles going at a time. No doubt it’s a mystery to all, but this Tigi B for Men Clean Up Shampoo and Conditioner Set  may help set matters straight just a little bit. The formulas are nourishing and elegant, with a healthy blend of lemongrass and menthol that lends his mane a fresh scent, plus a dash of peppermint to stimulate hair growth.

Hair loss can trigger feelings of dismay no matter a person’s age. Help dad face the challenge with a Bosley Defense Starter Pack. Inside this innovative set are full-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and defense treatment. When used regularly and in tandem, they may contribute to halting hair loss and minimizing the appearance of thinness.

The Definitive Guide to Face Masks

If you’ve even set foot inside a drugstore in the past year, you’ve probably come across a face mask. The world of skincare is forever dynamic, but this is one useful, effective trend that is here to stay. What may confuse even the savviest beauty enthusiasts, however, are the endless formulas. Are you a cream or a gel gal? Should you try a sheet or maybe some clay? Maybe all? We’re proponents of experimenting until you find the product that works best for your skin, especially since they all promise to do everything from deeply hydrate dry spots to treat acne to combat aging. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

Using Them Properly

Face masks are an amazing addition to any skincare routine—provided you’re using them the right way so that they have time to actually work their magic. Keep these handy tips in mind:

  • Cleanse Skin First: Masks should only be applied to clean faces. If you’re using a rinse-off formula, apply it right after cleansing. If it’s an overnight mask, put it on as the final step of your routine.
  • Know the Product: Take into account the purpose of your face mask. If it’s a deeply hydrating nighttime product, you can probably skip your usual evening moisturizer so that the mask’s ingredients have a chance to penetrate. Have super dry skin? Use both for efficacy.
  • Understand Sheet Masks: The beauty of a sheet mask is that it imparts intensive ingredients that sink into your skin on contact. When you lift it up, don’t rinse! Massage the remainder into your skin for lasting effects.

While You Were Sleeping

You may wind down at the end of a long day, but your skin is just getting started. It’s during the overnight hours that your skin works its hardest—your cells repair and regenerate, which means it’s an excellent time to use a potent product that won’t be disturbed by environmental aggravators and everyday stress. Your skin is simply more receptive at night, and more inclined to reap the benefits of effective ingredients like anti-aging vitamin C. The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask  is formulated to moisturize while you sleep while combating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll wake up to a fresher, brighter complexion, and with regular use you may notice a difference in visible signs of aging.

 

Play With the Clay

You haven’t touched clay in years—but you finally have a good excuse to toy with the stuff thanks to the hundreds of products crowding the shelves today. The beauty of clay is that it’s versatile enough to suit all skin types. I
t’s ideal for oily types who want to soak up the excess sebum, but even dry and sensitive skins can benefit. That’s because clay is formulated to draw out the many impurities that build up, from dirt to oil. This is a baseline for all types of clay masks, but you can narrow down your selection to one designed specifically for your skin type. The bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection  is packed with four tubs of clay designed to deep clean, hydrate, exfoliate, and firm. Take your pick!

 

The Next-Level Sheet

You’ve probably heard all about sheet masks, and even if you haven’t tried one it’s probably turned up on your Instagram feed more than once by now. Besides making for a great social media photo opp, though, sheet masks are some of the most effective skin products available. They were everywhere on Korean drugstore shelves before they made the transition abroad, and today they’re a global phenomenon for very good reason. The beauty of this fabric mask is that it douses the skin with beneficial ingredients, like hydrators and nutrients. That’s key if your goal is to see visible results. The Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Recovery Mask  contains 10 essential vitamins and GABA, a topical relaxing agent.

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How to: Get the Best Halloween Look with Just Makeup

With Halloween mere days away, it’s time to finalize your costume plans. The only problem? You aren’t quite sure what you want to wear. Thank goodness for makeup—that almighty tool that’s capable of transforming your look from plain Jane to plain fabulous in just minutes. If you’re thinking sweet and simple, there are plenty of options for you. But if you’re envisioning something artful that would make Picasso envious, you’re destined to find hundreds of ideas, too. Here are just a few ways to get the Halloween look that you want—only with makeup!

Ice Queen

You don’t have to be a five-year-old to appreciate the ethereal looks spotted in Frozen years ago. You can easily make that magical look your own by icing up your lids, lashes, and brows with shimmery white hues. Make it work by running the Tweezerman Folding iLashcomb through your lashes first, setting the stage for a plush white mascara and allows your peepers to stand out. Add a generous dusting of Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow  in white to your lids and over your eyebrows. The result? Brrr! You look hot for someone so cold.

Easy Giraffe

Yep, we’ve moved from cheetahs to giraffes. And we’re absolutely here for it—it’s a fun, playful look that anyone can pull off using just a few key items. First, bring your eyes to life using copious amounts of black liner. Try a liquid formula so that it remains budge-proof throughout the night—we’re particularly loving the Youngblood Liquid Liner Pen . Then curl, curl, curl! Your lashes need to stand out because, well, you’ll never meet a giraffe without a serious lash game. Clamp down with Tweezerman’s Super Curl Eyelash Curler , and finish with multiple coats of bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara . Get those telltale spots using your choice of bronzer or body makeup. Don’t forget to add a pair of ears!

Zombie Girl

When else can you really rock bloody lips and dead eyes but Halloween? Make the most of the occasion by vamping up your makeup. Try a deep, rich lip color that saturates your pout with something brazen—think Youngblood Kranberry or Bistro lipstick . Get those dark, dramatic eyes by lining with TIGI Cosmetics Precision Black Eyeliner. Apply some false lashes to really elevate your look, then apply multiple coats of Glo Skin Beauty Lash Lengthening Mascara for extra oomph. Precisely applied pale makeup is the key to a seriously effective zombie look. We’re wild about Dermablend Flawless Creator  for its staying power. Finish with strategically applied reddish, dark, and gray color around your eyes, and a few drops of “blood” trailing from your lips down your neck.

Feeling adventurous? Let your imagination take control this Halloween! You’ll find an amazing selection of color cosmetics to help you achieve a look that’s sure to win “best costume” awards and turn heads all night. Whether you’re going for wild, wacky, or wondrous, you’re sure to find what you need at TheBeautyPlace.com.

 

What Image Skincare Product Is Right for You?

Treating your skin to quality products that are as effective as they are nurturing is essential to its long-term condition. Value and efficiency lie in the scientifically backed collection formulated by IMAGE Skincare. The brand is designed to make a visible difference—and it’s no surprise, given that it was developed by an aesthetician whose keen awareness and understanding of varying skin types is evident in every product in the line.

You’ll discover products that are tailored to different needs, from acne and aging to sun damage and rosacea. So how exactly can you navigate the line and select the ones that will do the most favors for your skin? Here’s what you need to know.

Acne

Dealing with acne can be a beast. You may go through product after product, eventually feeling like a guinea pig for every single blemish brand in existence. Bring those woes to a halt by adding the brand’s Clear Cell Salicylic Clarifying Pads  to your medicine cabinet. It’s infused with glycolic and salicylic acids, both of which tackle excess oil and help control the production of sebum in the long run. That’s key to preventing more acne from forming. The pads also reduce the incidence of clogged pores, leaving your skin brighter, fresher, and clearer with every use.

Dryness

Dry skin is tough to tackle, especially when you feel like you’ve gone through every heavy-duty moisturizer available. Once you smooth Vital C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer  onto your visage, however, you’ll notice the difference you’ve been hoping to see. It boasts a light, silky consistency that melts into the skin, leaving it buttery smooth and touchably soft. That’s key for anyone who deals regularly with rough patches that feel practically immune to hydration. This is the key to reversing the problem, and creating a smoother canvas.

Eyes 

How you treat your eyes today will impact how they look in the future. That’s never been more true than today, when excessive exposure to sunlight contributes to those advanced signs of aging. The key is to add a potent product to your routine, such as The MAX Stem Cell Eye . It’s designed to use day or night, and contains nourishing ingredients like plant stem cells, plus alpine edelweiss, which is thought to absorb the sun’s potent ultraviolet rays before they have a chance to do harm to your skin. It’s a major task for this little bottle of genius!

Aging

You’ve got your anti-aging routine down pat—or so you think. Maybe you’re invested in your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, but chances are you aren’t properly exfoliating that skin as well as you thought. To the rescue comes the Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder . It contains micro exfoliants that gently yet effectively slough away dead skin, revealing the smooth and bright surface beneath. It’s enriched with antioxidants, which combat those pesky free radicals that can contribute to the visible signs of aging.

Meet the Newest Brands to Hit TheBeautyPlace.com

As the year slowly winds down, your social calendar begins to fill up and you go in even greater search of products that will keep your skin looking its best. You’ve got to keep up appearances, after all—and TheBeautyPlace.com is making it exceedingly simple to do exactly that. The company is excited to introduce a slew of the hottest and most engaging beauty brands to its ever-burgeoning collection of fabulous finds.

Embryolisse

The darling of the beauty world, Embryolisse was born in 1950. In its earliest days, it was sold on French pharmacy shelves and proudly scooped up by women the world over who considered it their little beauty secret. Fast forward to 2018, and the brand is practically synonymous with perfect skin. The line’s best selling Lait Crème Concentre is a lightweight emulsion enriched with shea butter to instantly drench skin with moisture. Formulated to soften on contact, it leaves skin feeling buttery soft.

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SiO Beauty

If you’ve tried just about everything in existence in your efforts to smooth the fine lines and wrinkles developing beneath your eyes, it’s possible you haven’t yet met SiO Beauty. The collection is packed with potent patches designed to minimize those pesky, visible signs of aging overnight—and giving you the youthful visage of your dreams. You’ll find treatments for smile lines, under eyes, the neck, and the face.

Neova

If your dream is to achieve a healthier complexion using intuitive products that truly get your skin, you’ll find the answer in Neova. The line is designed to deliver serious results, no matter what your need—smoother skin, a softer finish, or firmed up fine lines and wrinkles. The advanced products are enriched with potent ingredients, like copper peptides, plankton extract, and glycolic acid.

Jade Roller Beauty

You may have noticed a sudden interest in beautiful gemstones lately—however, none of them are being used in the traditional way. Jade Roller Beauty introduces a collection of stunning beauty tools made with authentic jade stones. They’re designed to stimulate blood flow, improve the skin’s tone, diminish the look of fine lines, and detoxify over time. Beyond these benefits, gliding jade over the skin is a pampering, soul-soothing experience.

Empower your beauty routine with these intensive products formulated to transform your skin—and renew your spirits.

 

Seasonal Skincare Swap

Real talk: we’re freaking out about fall. Although summer heat isn’t ideal for a full face of makeup, cooler weather can present a slew of skin concerns—especially for those who struggle with acne. For an easy, blemish-free transition, you’ll need to change up your skincare routine the same way you swap out your wardrobe. Here’s how:

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Correct your cleanser: In the summer, we like reaching for heavy-duty cleansers that ensure salt & sand stay on the beach and out of our pores. In the fall, you’ll want to switch to something gentler like this PCA Skin Creamy Cleanser . Packed with beneficial oils like rosehip (a Kate Middleton favorite) and omega-6 essential fatty acids, this formula will remove dirt without stripping skin.

Peel away: Forget diamonds—chemical peels are your new best friend. While you should be careful not to over-exfoliate during colder months, you should add this Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel  to your lineup once a week. This gel uses a combination of pineapple & pomegranate enzymes that lifts away dry, dead skin to prevent clogged pores. Just be careful not to scrub too hard!

Tone and balance: After months of sun exposure, this Obagi Nu-Derm Toner  will help restore your skin’s natural pH level. Unlike most toners, this product features a natural astringent instead of alcohol, which can overdry skin. Aloe and calendula soothe & smooth skin as witch hazel tightens pores without over-drying your complexion.

Add a serum: Most people try to avoid extra oil in the summer, but it’s about to make a comeback. To build up your skin’s natural defense against the elements, we suggest using bareMinerals Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum. The calcium-rich concoction enhances your moisture barrier and fights signs of aging with nourishing botanical oils. Be sure to take this product down your neck, as well.

Thicken your moisturizer: Though it’s hotly contested, moisturizers should follow after serums! At night, show your skin some love with a generous coat of this  Peter Thomas Roth Camu Power CX30 Brightening Moisturizer . This product is loaded with a superfruit called the Camu Camu berry, which packs 30 times more vitamin C than your average orange. This is crucial during sun-deficient seasons to maintain collagen production and iron absorption.

Throw on a mask: If you’re in need of emergency hydration, it’s time for the GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment
. Having dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable, so this mask was formulated to provide instant relief. Leave on for 10-20 minutes before going out, keep it on overnight, or slick on during a long flight to arrive glowy & soft!

Saying goodbye to summer is already hard enough—we hope this guide helps you winterize your routine with ease!

 

Chest Wrinkles: How to Reduce & Avoid Them

You already know about face wrinkles and how to prevent them. You’re probably even aware of neck wrinkles, too. But have you ever heard of chest wrinkles? It turns out that the upper chest area is susceptible to signs of aging because the skin is extremely thin. The two biggest causes are volume loss and repeated folding of the skin, as told to Byrdie by Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. Just like your face, your chest needs protection from the sun since collagen is degraded by sunlight. Don’t worry though—we found the most effective products to help prevent and reduce chest wrinkles.

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SPF

What’s the easiest way to prevent wrinkles? “Sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen,” Audrey Kunin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist told Byrdie. “Preventing sunburns in this area earlier in life will go a very long way to prevention.” Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or higher, like Elta MD UV Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 . This oil-free sunscreen works well for people on the go since it’s both water-resistant and noncomedogenic, making it especially ideal for those with sensitive skin types.

 

Retinol

If you’ve already had sun damage and notice premature aging, your best bet for plumping up the skin is retinol. Nazarian recommended the vitamin A derivative as it induces collagen production in the skin. “Once the deep lines form, more aggressive treatment may be necessary,” Kunin said. If you’ve never used retinol before, try out SkinMedica Retinol Complex . Made for first-time users of all skin types, the retinol-based night lotion renews the skin’s tone and texture without any irritation. Start by using it twice a week to build tolerance to the formula.

Antioxidants

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In addition to applying retinol, Nazarian recommended including antioxidants such as vitamin C and E into your skincare routine. Serums are extremely effective as they penetrate deeply into the skin, delivering a high concentraction of active ingredients. We recommend using iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance  as it’s formulated with vitamins C, E, and A. Plus, it also contains olive leaf extract, which increases antioxidant protection and healing.

Once you’ve smoothed the serum on your chest, follow up with Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion  for optimal results. This skin-brightening lotion contains a high concentraction of vitamin C, making fine lines and wrinkles minimize over time. For an extra boost, use a firming mask every week like Skinceuticals Vitamin C Firming Masque . This product tightens and exfoliates the skin, revealing a firmer appearance instantly with added radiance.

Chemical Peel

Nazarian said she loves procedures that trigger the production of collagen and elastin like micro-needling and Fraxel laser. However, if you don’t have the time (or the money), we have a solution: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads . This alcohol-free chemical treatment delivers results just like a professional peel would as it stimulates cell renewal, ultimately minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and evening out skin tone. Plus, using these peel pads also allows following treatments to be better absorbed into the skin.

 

Additional Treatments

Avoid using strong cleansers as they strip natural oils and irritate skin tissue, Nazarian said. You can also use adhesive chest sheets like the SiO Decollete SkinPad, which “can smooth our lines that are caused by creasing while you sleep, especially if you’re a dedicated stomach-sleeper.” Kunin added that wearing a lightweight bra may also be helpful as it keeps breasts from being pushed together if you are a side sleeper.  With all of these tricks and products, your chest will be smoother than ever in no time.

 

How to Transition Your Summer Beauty Routine to Fall

Making the transition from summer to fall is tough for so many reasons. There’s the inevitable drop in temperatures, the sad relegation of your cute dresses to the back of the closet, and the unwelcome reintroduction of chunky sweaters and booties to your wardrobe. One little change you can look forward to is your beauty routine! From skin care products to makeup, there are several items you may want to swap at the turn of the season. Here’s how to embrace cooler weather in style.

Start with Moisturizer

You likely crank the heat up during the last few months of the year, which means your skin will undoubtedly suffer the consequences in the form of dryness and rough spots. While you could probably get away with lightweight lotions and gel moisturizers in the summer, your skin requires something more substantial and nourishing during fall. Dr. Gross Hydra Pure Intense Moisture Cream  is a hyper-hydrating addition to your routine that will enrich your skin with protective ingredients. Common cool-weather problems, including redness and irritation, are slowly alleviated with regular use.

Treat Your Hair

Cooler weather can also take its toll on the hair. Strands might become drier, and you may notice an increase in frizz and static. One way to combat this is to add a more intensive moisturizer to your hair care routine. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner  is enriched with strengthening B vitamins and health-boosting vitamins C and E. The result is a shinier mane that is less prone to breakage even with regular heat styling.

Swap Your Foundation

If you’ve been getting by with tinted moisturizer or a BB cream during summer, now is a good time to experiment with more full coverage foundation. There are a couple of reasons for this. Your skin might appear redder in the fall, so you’ll appreciate a little extra color to conceal imperfections. And if you have dry skin that becomes worse when it cools down, you’ll want to use a more potent product that adds significant moisture to your routine. Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation is a mineralized formula that leaves skin fresh and healthy looking. A little bit goes a long way!

Protect Your Lips

Don’t forget about the condition of your lips. It’s not unusual to notice an increase in dryness when fall arrives. A nourishing lip balm is the answer. You can tuck Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm  into your pocket, desk drawer, purse, and glove compartment so you’ll always have one on hand for those dry-lip emergencies. It’s designed to quench your pout’s thirst instantly, leaving skin softer and healthier looking thanks to its hypoallergenic formula and vitamins E and F.

 

Add a Glow

A pop of color is a great way to combat the dullness that sometimes afflicts the complexion at the turn of the season. You can easily brighten up your visage and breathe new life into your look with a rich shade, such as Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush in Luxe . While it’s especially dark in the pot, you can soften its intensity by warming it up between your fingers and then patting it onto your cheekbones. You can even use it on your lips for a kiss of color in a pinch

The Weirdest Celebrity Skincare Hacks

Celebrities do not always use high-end products. In fact, sometimes they use DIY hacks that cost less than a Starbucks drink. And sometimes those hacks are clever…or just straight up bizarre. Here is a list of the weirdest skincare hacks out there in case you are curious—try them at your own risk.

Washing your face with olive oil

If you have ever wondered if cooking oil can be used as face wash, wonder no more. Chloë Grace Moretz says that washing her face with olive oil does wonders for her cystic acne. “I swear my skin is so much clearer because of it,” she told Allure. However, we would not recommend using it as everyone has different skin types, so what works for her might actually break you out. Instead, try Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil , as it is formulated to use during skin’s flare-ups due to eczema and dermatitis.

Dunking your face in cold water

To set her makeup, supermodel Bella Hadid dunks her face in cold water for 10 seconds. This Korean beauty hack involves submerging your fully made-up face in a bowl of cold water to “seal it.” While it looks effective, that seems like a lot of work to do every day, so we recommend using Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray  as a way more effective alternative. This setting spray not only hydrates the skin, but also calms down acne-prone skin since it is formulated with green tea extract.

Exfoliating with cat litter

This one is probably the weirdest hack on this list, but Snooki likes to mix cat litter with water to get rid of dead skin cells. The self-proclaimed “cheapo” does not like to spend a lot of money on spa treatments so she found on Google that cat litter does the trick. However, Rebecca O’Sullivan, an esthetician at Chicago’s Sine Qua Non Salon, does not advice putting cat litter on the face because it is a known neurotoxin for humans and can tear the skin. Save yourself the trouble and opt for Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant  instead. This skin polisher sloughs off dead skin instantly without damaging your skin thanks to its advanced technology ingredients.

Applying hemorrhoid cream under your eyes

The secret to Kim Kardashian’s bright undereye is not an expensive eye cream, but actually a hemorrhoid cream! Her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, says he uses Preparation H. to reduce the appearance of wrinkles underneath her eyes. The ingredients in the cream really do help to tighten the skin temporarily by constricting the blood vessels, but if used too often can dry out the skin. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream  is a safer, and way more powerful product, as it contains a potent concentration of retinol complex that visibly tightens skin and dimishes signs of aging.

Moisturzing your lips with a nipple repair cream

Margot Robbie believes lip balm contains additives that dry out your lips, so instead she uses Bepanthen, a nipple repair cream for breastfeeding mothers. Some lip balms actually do contain dehydrating ingredients like phenol and menthol, but Avene’s Cold Cream Lip Balm does not. It is an ultra-hydrating lip balm formulated with vitamins E and F to help relieve chapped lips in an instant.

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