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

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

ALL ABOARD: FLY SPA SESSIONS

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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

ANTIOXIDANT POWER: FERULIC ACID

Found in one of TheBeautyPlace.com’s best sellers, ferulic acid is an antioxidant with many anti-aging benefits that makes it a necessity in your skincare regimen.

Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant found naturally in the seeds of fruits like apples and oranges, vegetables, grains and nuts.  It is commonly formulated with products containing vitamins C and E to stabilize it, optimize the performance of these vitamins and provide protection against free-radical damage.

By introducing products with ferulic acid to your anti-aging skincare regiment, you will protect skin for UV-induced skin discolorations and photoaging.

The following are products that are formulated with ferulic acid that can be found at TheBeautyPlace.com:

 

883140004356-aox-eye-gelSkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel is a serum-in-a-gel with a punch of antioxidants that corrects photodamage and fights free radicals to reduce visible signs of aging.

635494215007-serum-15SkinCeuticals Serum 15 AOX+ helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The inclusion of ferulic acid allows the skin to absorb the antioxidant benefits of vitamin C.

CEF_web_imagesThe best seller, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is an antioxidant superpower in the anti-aging skincare realm. Lasting 72 hours, this serum provides protection against environmental damage, free radials, infrared radiation while increasing skin’s firmness and replenishing lipids.

 

 

 

HOW TO APPLY MAKEUP WITH DRY SKIN

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When you have dry skin on your face, it can be difficult to wear the makeup that you want. Take these skincare tips and apply them to your makeup routine when your dry skin refuses to behave. Here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free complexion.

Trying to apply makeup to your dry skin is no easy task. The dreaded no peeling, foundation flaking, concealer cracking, well good news! It’s all preventable. Here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free, perfect complexion.

It’s All in the Preparation

1. Begin your routine by using a creamy exfoliating cleanser like Skinmedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleaner with gentle beads to sweep away any dead cells sitting on the skin’s surface.

2. Use a fast-absorbing SkinCeuticals serum in place of your moisturizer, so that the product can quickly work its way into your skin, delivering immediate relief and hydration.

3. An essential step in prepping your skin for a flawless makeup application is primer. The creamy texture will keep skin moisturized and act as a “blur,” smoothing out pores and any imperfections. We love Youngblood Miner Primer.

The RIGHT Formula
Dry skin is practically begging for nourishment (with flakes acting as tears!), which is why liquid or textured makeup is the only way to go. Anything heavy or cakey will almost instantly cause irritation and botch your beautiful makeup job.

Opt for lightweight foundation and apply it with a synthetic foundation brush since it’s gentle enough to keep your skin from flaking. The same goes for blush! Use a creamy compact or liquid stain instead of powder for added hydration that won’t crack.

xxK.L

NYFW FALL 2015 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY

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There are a lot of reasons we love backstage at New York Fashion Week: the models, the celebrities, the nails and of course the gorgeous beauty looks. But perhaps the most appealing aspect is that we get access to the top-tier makeup, hair, and nail pros in the world. These experts fly in for one week only to make sure every model is done up to perfection. And we beauty reporters are by their side, recorders out, soaking in all their knowledge. But we’re not greedy! So, here we’ve rounded some of the genius tips and tricks we’ve overheard backstage at the Fall 2015 tents. Keep reading to learn everything from how to turn your favorite shimmery lipstick into a velvety matte one to a new way to texturizing your hair.

Mattify Your Favorite Lipstick

Problem: you love a certain lipstick shade but wish it were matte. Backstage at Tibi, makeup artist Cassandra Garcia pressed a Pink lip shade on the pout and then dusted the mouth with a Porcelain Pearl blush to create an original matte hue. As with any matte lip color, make sure to let the lips marinate in lip balm first to rectify any dryness. This trick will also transition your favorite bright Summer lip hue to a more velvety, Fall-appropriate finish.

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Play With Your Tools
Precise, geometric nail art isn’t just for the accurate hands of a manicurist — all you need to do is upgrade your everyday striper brush with a quick modification. Jin Soon Choi suggests cutting the tip off the brush. Instead of the standard pointed tip (like a v shape), hold your scissor perpendicular to the brush handle and snip the tip straight across to create a flat, squared-off edge. Forget those feathery designs — now your work will look blockier and crisper, like the Prabal Gurung runway nails.

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Apply Cream Blush With Your Fingers
Remember the ’80s, when blush took over your entire cheek from lip to brow? Thank goodness trends are fleeting! Backstage at Misha Nonoo,makeup artist Marc Reagan taught us the more modern way to apply cream rouge — with your fingers. First smile and place product on the shelf of the cheek. Then, dab the color all the way back toward the hairline. Finally, use a separate clean finger to blend it downward. “[This technique] keeps the blush high on the cheek, which is lifting, and it covers the right area of the cheek where you naturally flush,” he said.

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Mascara Free Eyes 
Much like the seductive sophistication found in Altuzarra’s Fall 2015 collection, the makeup also was sublet yet alluring. For this collection no mascara was applied, the eyes were smoked with great eye shadow in the inner corner of the eyes and copper on the bottom lid. Shading and blending the colors together for sheen.

Keep following our Blog for more beauty tips & tricks!

xxK.L

 

9 CONCEALER TRICKS EVERY WOMEN SHOULD KNOW

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1) If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer.
If you apply your foundation first, you’ll find that you don’t need to use as much concealer. If you apply concealer first, however, you’ll remove most of it while applying your foundation.

2) The most flattering way to apply concealer is to draw a triangle with the base under your eye and the point toward your cheek.
This shape not only conceals dark circles, but it also instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted. Think of it as holding a flashlight against your cheek, shining the light right underneath your eye, and drawing the focus upward.
3) To prevent your eye shadow from falling off your lid and settling in the creases, prime your eyelids first with a dab of concealer.

4) When concealing a pimple, first use a green concealer, then cover the area with a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly.
Cancel out a pimple’s redness by applying green concealer with a clean brush to only the pimple (not the skin around it) to avoid spreading the bacteria. Then, use a cotton swab to dab on a high-coverage liquid concealer that matches your skin tone to camouflage the pimple. Blend it into the surrounding skin and finish with setting powder

5) If you have a pimple on your chest or back that you need to conceal, cover the trouble spots with a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly, and then top it with a translucent powder.
Continue to alternate concealer and setting powder until the blemish is undetectable. The concealer will hide the blemish and the setting powder will prevent it from wearing off.

6) If you find yourself without concealer, place a small dot of liquid foundation on the area, wait a few minutes for the formula to set, and then lightly blend it out.
The trick is to wait until the foundation dries and thickens a bit (it will eventually reach the consistency of concealer) before trying to blend it. If you blend it too soon, the foundation will be sheer and rub off, leaving you with very little coverage.

7) Use a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone to line three tiny sections of your eyes: the inner “V,” the middle section of your eyelid, and just below your brow bone.
Lightly blend for instantly well-rested eyes and a highlight that looks natural.

9) Know what issues different colors of concealer fix.
Peach shades cancel out blue circles or bruising, green hide red blemishes, and yellow-toned concealers correct almost all uneven skin tones.

xxK.L

SATURDAY SKINCARE – ANTI AGING

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The term “anti-aging” seems pretty straightforward, but it’s really anything but …. Anti-aging products are preventative; they can’t turn back the clock, so most don’t actually treat aging skin. With that said, the fact that most women don’t start using these skin tone-evening, wrinkle-inhibiting products until after their fine lines have formed is certainly not the optimal approach. Your anti-aging regimen should start as young as your twenties and gradually become more thorough as you age. Here’s the lowdown on what ingredients should be incorporated into your routine as your skin matures through the years.

In Your 20s:
Once you reach your mid-twenties, your skin begins to produce less collagen, the protein that keeps the skin firm. The result is soft lines and spots—we call this “pre-aging.” Although these signs will be minimal in your 20s, it’s important to practice proper prevention to keep them that way.

Antioxidants
They help to repair any damage that was caused by the sun, pollution, or stress by neutralizing these damaging free radicals and also promote skin cell growth. Because the effects of sun damage become more pronounced later in life, it’s imperative to treat and prevent sun damage as it occurs.

In Your 30s:

Your skin’s moisture level has dropped, making formed fine lines even more noticeable. This dryness also contributes to a duller complexion, so it’s time to up the ante of your anti-aging routine to make it a little more powerful.

Vitamins A and C
When choosing antioxidants, opt for vitamins A and C: Not only do they repair damage, but they work to brighten the skin, too.

Peptides

Peptides are small proteins that help promote skin cell growth and help to make your skin look younger. Collagen is held together by peptide bonds—thus, the more peptides, the more collagen.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide helps to protect and repair skin from damage by preventing the formation of dark spots, boosts collagen growth, and improves your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Not only are they natural exfoliators, so your skin looks brighter and healthier instantly, but alpha hydroxy acids also boost your skin’s cell turnover rate. This helps to fade dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent them.

In Your 40s:

This is the era in your life when you really want to start boosting collagen production, so it’s time to turn to the big guns.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid boosts collagen production and helps your skin to maintain a healthy hydration level.

Topical Retinoids

Retin-A has been proven to boost collagen production more than any other ingredient out there, so it’s wise to consult your dermatologist for a high-strength prescription version.

xxK.L

SATURDAY SKINCARE – GET GLOWING WITH MURAD

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No matter your skin type or concern, the key to glowing skin is easy as 1,2,3.

1. CLEANSE | TONE

Wash your face twice daily to remove dirt, debris, makeup, dead skin cells and accumulated oils. Use toner—no more than twice a day—to restore skin’s pH and prepare it for the next step.

#PRODUCTSPOTLIGHT: MURAD Renewing Cleanser

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Formulated with botanical ingredients, this renewing oil cleanser maintain’s the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Perfect for face, eyes and lips, removing impurities, irritants and even makeup. Star magazine’s beauty team also rated this The BEST Facial Cleanser of 2014!

2. TARGET | REPAIR

This is the most important step of every skincare regimen. Use as instructed to repair existing damage and optimize the health of your skin so it can defend itself against further injury.

#PRODUCTSPOTLIGHT: MURAD Essential-C Daily Renewing Complex

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Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex to protect and repair photodamaged skin. The potent anti aging formula strengthens skin with a large dose of Vitamin C to help protect against future damage. The anti aging skincare effects of Vitamin C are enhanced by Murad’s Skin Repair System. Together, they improve the skin’s elasticity, clear the skin, encourage collagen production and provide powerful antioxidant protection. Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex restores and reverses premature skin aging. Clinical studies have shown a 17% decrease of fine lines and skin wrinkles after just one use of the anti aging skin treatment, and a 46% decrease in signs of photodamage in just 4 weeks.

3. HYDRATE | PROTECT

Apply a moisturizer to replenish and restore your skin. Be sure to use a sunscreen every day, regardless of your activities or the weather.

#PRODUCTSPOTLIGHT MURAD Essential-C Night Moisture

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Restore hydration to your skin overnight with Murad Essential-C Night Moisture, a rich, anti wrinkle night cream. The antioxidant-packed anti aging night cream renews your skin’s youthful texture and increases elasticity and firmness with the help of Murad’s Skin Repair System. Murad Essential-C Night Moisturizer works overnight to promote healthy cell turnover, revealing bright, younger-looking skin where environmentally stressed skin used to be. Shea Butter delivers lasting, instant hydration while vitamin C counteracts damaging free radicals.

xxK.L

 

 

NATURAL OILS – GET GLOWING

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From argan to coconut, natural oils are having a moment. So which trendy, all-powerful oil is right for your skin type? Beyond their hydrating abilities, each one of the standout oils below targets a specific skincare concern. With a little help from our friends at GLAMOUR magazine, we’re breaking down the top natural oils for your skin type.

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Argan

This Moroccan all-star just might be the MVP of the oil world. It’s a lightweight hydrator that softens face, body, and even hair. Rich in natural vitamin E, argan also works to lighten acne scars and other forms of discoloration.

Coconut

Caribbean women swear by coconut oil to ward off sun-parched skin, and we love using it on chapped lips and dry hands. Look for cold-pressed virgin oils, which have higher levels of skin-beneficial nutrients than the heat-refined variety. Tip: ingesting coconut oil helps heal skin from the inside out—try using food-grade versions in salads and baked goods.

Jojoba

Sourced from the seeds of a shrub native to the Sonoran Desert, this heavy-duty oil can be used year-round to prevent moisture loss and soothe red, irritated skin. It’s especially great for dry and mature complexions, since these two skin types tend to have underactive sebum glands.

Marula

This newcomer to the oil world is trending in a big way. High in essential fatty acids, it’s been used by Kenyan women for centuries to keep their skin protected against dehydration. Plus, it deflects free radicals and helps reverse the signs of sun damage.

Pomegranate

This super fruit’s oil has sky-high levels of antioxidants, which help to fade fine lines and wrinkles while brightening overall skin tone. Plus, it won’t clog your pores, so it’s ideal for blemish-prone types.

xxK.L

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