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.

3 Winter Beauty Products You Need to Survive the Season

If you live in a particularly chilly part of the country, no doubt you’re missing the comfort that only springtime sunshine and cozy summer can bring. The way winter wreaks its unique brand of havoc on everything from lips to skin can be traumatic, especially if you’re prone to irritation, have sensitive skin, or deal with frizzy hair on a regular basis. Here are three key products that are designed just for those winter beauty emergencies—the situations that require a little something extra to see you through the rest of the season without a hitch.

For Irritated Skin

It’s not unusual to develop a dry complexion even if your skin is normal. You may notice an increase in patchy, irritated spots anywhere from your cheeks to your undereye area to your nose. That sort of discomfort usually
can’t be mitigated by your usual moisturizer—the one you put on beneath your makeup. Instead, you’ll want to load up on a product like Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Balm , which is an advanced formula designed to target those problematic spots and deliver just what you need for consistent relief. It’s even safe to use on skin exacerbated by eczema and atopic dermatitis, two conditions that can become aggravated by falling temperatures.

For Irritated Eye Areas

You may be surprised to feel small bumps beneath your eyes. While your normal concern is probably puffiness or dark circles, this is an added issue that isn’t normally on your radar. The SkinCeuticals Eye Balm  is designed to combat the worries that plague your undereye skin particularly during this time of year. It’s ideal for aging skin, which is thinner and therefore more susceptible to irritation. As it is, your undereye skin is particularly delicate—so it can only benefit from a product enriched with emollients that leave the area softer and continuously hydrated.

For Chapped Lips

It’s sad but true: our lips are usually the first to show signs of winter’s ravages, along with our hands. That’s why it’s important to upgrade your moisturizing game at the turn of the season. If you haven’t already started using something hyper-hydrating, turn to ToGoSpa Organic Lip Balm in Organic Love . This is a lush, feels-amazing-to-the-touch product enriched with organic virgin coconut oil and African shea butter. Together, the duo work to nourish on contact. The moisture lasts, lasts, and lasts—and that’s the key to persistent comfort throughout the season.

It’s that time of the year again! Whether you need to bulk up on your cold weather beauty loot or just want to add something extra to your routine to take care of that pesky dryness, you’ve got a great opportunity during out Winter Beauty Sale. It kicks off this Saturday, January 26, 2019. Snag a few items for yourself and prepare to face the rest of the season in comfort!

Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

Washing your face seems easy enough. Just massage on some cleanser, splash with water, and dry off…right? Not quite. While that’s a very generalized approach that would probably have some effect, there’s actually a method to the routine that can have a serious impact on your skin’s condition. Not sure if you’ve been going about it the wrong way this entire time? Here’s how to clean up your act—and your skin!

  1. Choose the Right Products

Nothing is more vital to your skin than using the right products to cleanse. Even solutions that receive high praise from the masses—whether touted by a celebrity on a television commercial or raved about nonstop by your BFF—may not be right for you. Take into account your skin’s unique type first. If you’re dry, a creamy or milky emulsion will soothe your complexion without stripping away moisture. Oily types do best with foaming and gel-based cleansers that cool while eliminating oil and dirt. Sensitive skins may require some trial-and-error experimentation, but in general it’s best to avoid products with fragrances, parabens, and other possible allergens. 

 

  1. Use Lukewarm Water

Hot water might feel great, especially on a chilly winter’s day, but it’s not going to do your skin any favors. In fact, using hot water to cleanse is a great way to strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate existing dryness. The switch here is simple—use lukewarm water during your routine so that you don’t have to worry about these additional concerns.

  1. Find a Real Cleanser

The quick fix is often the most appealing, and that’s especially true if you’re in a rush to wash your face at the end of the day. Makeup wipes are practical in a pinch and offer a sufficient way to remove makeup from your skin—we’re obsessed with NuFace Prep-N-Glow Cleansing Cloths  for that purpose. It’s smart to follow that up with a mild cleanser designed to gently remove any remaining oil, dirt, and debris, such as SkinMedica Facial Cleanser . 

  1. Treat Skin After Washing

Skin treatments, such as serums, face masks, and moisturizers, are enriched with penetrative ingredients that do their best work after you’ve cleansed your skin. This is when it’s barest and most receptive to any key ingredients that your complexion can use to its best advantage. So if you’re ready to try that new sheet mask set you got for Christmas—or want to treat yourself to the bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection for a little at-home TLC—make sure that you do that after your skin is freshly washed.

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Skin Care Ingredients to Add to Your Winter Routine

It’s that time of the year again—and there’s no better way to protect your skin from winter’s wrath than by filling up your beauty arsenal with key protective ingredients. The season’s usual side effects, ranging from ultra-dry skin to chapped lips to red skin, are annoying, sure, but they aren’t set in stone. There are several steps that you can take to ensure your skin doesn’t freak out just because the weather is having a tantrum. Here’s what you should add if you haven’t already included it in your regimen.

Squalane

You’ve probably heard of squalene, which comes from shark liver oil. But squalene is the plant-based alternative that your skin will love during winter. It’s designed to soothe irritated, reddened skin when you’ve just come in from the cold, and it can prevent your skin from the effects of potentially damaging free radicals. It’s a powerful antioxidant that nourishes on contact and works over time to protect your skin. Try Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane , which is a non-comedogenic formula that enhances your complexion and may even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the key to the baby-soft skin we all crave. Although we’re all born with it, it fades away as we grow older. It’s especially important to use during winter because it locks in moisture and leaves skin more supple and healthy looking. We’re loving Karin Herzog E&R Hyaluronic Acid Serum —not only does it deeply hydrate, but it also fills your fine lines to leave skin looking its smoothest.

Moringa Oil

Non-comedogenic, gentle, and suitable for all skin types, moringa oil has quickly earned a reputation as one of the most beneficial ingredients available. More than just a potent hydrator, it’s also known for its anti-aging properties and ability to enhance your complexion’s glow. If your skin is prone to rashes and burns when it’s cold outside, you’ll love the way moringa oil soothes on contact. Try Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil  for quick results.

Ceramides

If you suffer from especially dry skin, you may already be familiar with this hyper-moisturizing ingredient that empowers your skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps lock in more water. That’s essential when temperatures drop, because your skin is far more susceptible to moisture loss when the air is so dry. Using a ceramide-rich product can leave even the driest skins healthier and softer. We love SkinMedia TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream . It can be used on even the most sensitive skin types.

Evening Primrose Oil

You may hear all about all types of oils year round, but few are as effective during winter as evening primrose oil. It’s enriched with essential fatty acids that help lock in the moisture you’re more inclined to lose as temperatures fall. This not only keeps your skin softer for longer periods, but also helps reduce the discomfort you might feel due to rough patches and inflamed areas. bareMinerals Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum is a skin-loving addition that softens on contact and helps make your skin more resilient with regular use.

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.

Images courtesy Vogue

Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

New Year, New You: 5 Beauty Resolutions to Keep

We know: It’s easy to make a New Year’s resolution. The hard part is actually keeping it. How many times have you sworn you’ll go to bed earlier, lose five pounds, stop buying a latte every morning, and work out regularly? We’ve definitely all been there. In the interest of punching up 2018 and making it the absolute best year ever (positive thoughts breed positive results!), we’re ready to kick things into high gear with our five top beauty resolutions for the year—that you can actually keep. Here we go.

 

Less Heat Styling

This one doesn’t sound all that exciting, we know. Where would be without our flat irons and blowdryers? The problem is that all of those heat-blasting tools do a number on your hair over time. So while it’s completely fine to use them occasionally, you’ll do your hair a huge favor by cutting usage just a bit and adding TIGI S Factor Body Booster Plumping Spray ($13.29) to your routine. It works by amplifying lackluster locks at the roots, so you can enjoy a fresh, just-washed look even if you really shampooed yesterday. No heat styling tools needed!

Basic Neck Care

It’s one of the most overlooked areas of the body, but it’s also one of the most telling. The neck is often a dead giveaway of aging skin, primarily because the skin is so thin. Fine lines and wrinkles seem to develop almost overnight, and skin seems to loosen and lose its luster. Make it a point to add a smoothing product to your routine, such as Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Moisturizing Neck Cream ($36.89). Enriched with sugar cane-derived glycolic acid, this natural alpha hydroxyl cream drenches skin with moisture while improving the appearance of aging skin.

Break the Habit

It’s one thing to have a favorite lip color, but it’s quite another to marry it because you’re too afraid to branch out and experiment with your look. If you fantasize about shaking up your makeup routine every now and then, invest in a tube or two of boldly colored lipsticks that dare to take you in an entirely different direction. We love Youngblood Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick ($14.99) for this reason—it delivers the kind of no-fuss, check-me-out color that you can’t help but admire on someone else. The only difference is that this year, you’re the one rocking this fearless hue.

Enjoy Me Time

If there’s one resolution you should absolutely keep in 2018, it’s to take better care of your emotional health. Whether that means giving yourself the occasional mental health day to unwind or immersing yourself in a tub full of Mama Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak ($32.99), you’ll feel the difference in both the short- and long-term when you allow yourself to relax in the comfort of soothing oils and healing salts. It’s that combination that’s both rejuvenating and uplifting, and it’s ideal even if you just want to reduce your stress or shake off the day’s difficulties. Bonus: Your skin feels amazing when you’re done.

Practice Foot Care

All too often, we neglect our feet simply because they’re encased in socks and shoes. But what if you gave them the same attention you did, say, your face or your hands? You’d be walking on sunshine! Start now and your feet will look pretty much perfect in weeks—and certainly in time for your springtime pedicure. If excessive dryness is a concern, as it is for many during winter, try Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation for Feet Peel ($18.99). In just about seven days, you’ll enjoy softer, truly baby soft feet—without a hint of that old dryness in sight. It’s worth it even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone.

New Year, New You! We’re celebrating 2018 with a fabulous sale on your favorite brands and products. Save big on some of the year’s hottest beauty loot, and prepare to make all of your resolutions a reality. 

Images courtesy Vogue.com

Quick Beauty Tip – Prevent Lipstick On Your Teeth!

quicktip-makeup-on-teeth Have you ever chatted someone up and realized hours later that you had bright red lipstick all over your teeth? That is mega embarrassing and screams “hot mess”. Next time applying, or reapplying lipstick stick your finger in your mouth and pull it right out. This will swipe the excess lipstick from under your lips and prevent lipstick teeth. Remember this!

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