3 Tips to Upgrade Your Spring Self-Care Routine

Are you doing everything possible to take care of yourself? If not, you could be putting your own wellbeing at risk. It’s not just about drinking enough water, eating right, and exercising regularly—although these are all key components of a well-rounded lifestyle that nurtures your body. It’s just as important to nourish your soul, though, by partaking in regular self-care practices that promote a greater sense of peace and mindfulness. You can accomplish that by reevaluating just what you do for yourself on a regular basis. If you find that it’s not enough—that you can give more of yourself to others, for example—then it’s time to refresh your routine this spring. Here’s what you need to do.

 

  1. Block Out Some You Time

It’s easy to get carried away by the responsibilities of family and work. Squeezing in even a moment of peace can be difficult if you’re always on the go. It may even come as a shock to your system to discover just how much your mind and body crave a little dedicated “you” time. That’s not to say you need to give up your responsibilities or forgo doing what you do on a regular basis. Those are the building blocks of your life, and they’re what bring you joy. But in order to provide the most for others, you need to set aside a little time for yourself to enjoy whatever it is that you love—a good book, a hot bath, a long walk, a rejuvenating nap. You’ll feel the difference right away, and when that happens you’ll recognize its value more than ever.

  1. Discover the Power of Scent

Fragrances have the power to transport you to another part of your life entirely. Maybe it’s a tropical note that takes you back to those cherished family vacations, or the heady floral that reminds you of the perfume you wore on your first date with someone special. Scents are transformative in many ways, and not just because they’re often associated with memorable occasions. Consider making them a more integral part of your lifestyle, whether you’re spritzing a gentle fragrance onto your pillow at night to help lull you to sleep or lighting a candle to invigorate your senses and brighten your home during springtime. We love NEST Fragrances Classic Candle in Grapefruit ($40.99) for both its beautiful packaging and its ability to boost spirits in an instant.

  1. Create a Dedicated Morning Ritual

Devising a morning routine can be life-changing. The key isn’t just to wake up earlier, but to perform activities of value during that period. This means you aren’t blearily making your way to the coffee machine for your first java jolt, but cultivating a ritual that sets the tone for the day. Avoid checking your email and social media first thing—these aren’t conducive to the calmness that you need to relax during those early hours. Stretch gently, sip a glass of warm water with lemon to detoxify, and turn on some music as you enjoy a nourishing breakfast. This is a great time to add something revitalizing to your day, too, or maybe a patch to keep you awake all day long. The Good Patch- B12 Awake Patch

Images courtesy of Vogue

How to Transition Your Skin from Winter to Spring

It’s that time of the year again. As you begin to swap your cozy coats and over-the-knee boots for lightweight cardigans and cute wedges, it’s time to rethink your skin care products. Daylight savings is this week (finally), and unless a last-minute winter surprise hits the forecast you can probably safely stow away the heavy-duty moisturizers and familiarize yourself with your warmer-weather favorites. Here’s how to make a seamless transition from winter to spring


Spring Clean Your Pores

Preparing your skin for warmer weather begins with a fresh canvas. Once or twice a week, swap your daily cleanser for a penetrating product formulated to purge oil, dirt, debris, and other impurities from the skin. Ingredients such as mud and clay are ideal for purifying the skin and dissolving oil that could otherwise leave your skin shiny for hours. We love Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser.

Exfoliate Twice a Week

If you have dry skin, you may exfoliate regularly already in an effort to reduce those telltale flakes. Otherwise it’s worth adding a quality facial scrub to your routine to renew your complexion just in time for spring. Skin may appear a bit lackluster after months spend indoors in dry heat. A scrub revives your skin, boosts circulation, and leaves it softer, too. Try Glo Skin Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub  for a smoothing treat that smells great, too.

Try a Lighter Moisturizer

Unless your skin is extremely dry on a regular basis, you don’t need to stick with the same heavy-duty moisturizer that saw you through fall and winter. A lighter emulsion is just right for hydrating skin without leaving skin greasy. You can also easily wear makeup over these formulas. Try bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion  for instant softness without the weight.

Never Forget Your SPF

No matter what the time of year, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the ravages of potent ultraviolet rays. Be sure to select a broad-spectrum formula that combats both UVA and UVB rays to prevent both skin cancer and signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. Remember to do this last—and make it a point not to skimp. If you’re short on time, try a moisturizing SPF product infused with a hint of color. We like Avene Complexion Correction Shield SPF 50+.

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!

 

3 Easy Tips to Prevent Winter Hair Damage

If it feels like winter is constantly wreaking some sort of havoc with your hair care routine, it’s not your imagination. The combination of falling temperatures and brisk air can totally undermine even the most sensible of regimens, leaving you struggling to find the right products to protect your mane from damage. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to prevent the season from ravaging your strands. Here’s how to handle it with ease.

Step 1: Shampoo Less Often

It’s often not actually your hair that suffers during winter, but your scalp. The skin can easily become sensitive, uncomfortable, and itchy when exposed to continuous cold air. If you already have dandruff or dermatitis, you might notice the conditions are worse at this time of the year. So what’s the solution? It starts in the shower. Instead of lathering up every time, reduce shampoo time to two or three washes a week depending on the condition of your hair. When you do cleanse your scalp, use a soothing product, like Oribe Ultra Gentle Shampoo , to produce softness without weighing down your hair.

Step 2: Use a Rich Conditioner

Warm, dry air may feel great when you come in from the cold, but it’s not the best ingredient for your hair. The only thing you can do to resolve the problem is to up your mane’s moisture intake. Using a conditioner infused with nourishing oils and butters is an easy way to accomplish this—it will help combat weakness, which can cause seasonal problems like breakage, brittleness, and split ends. Agadir’s Argan Oil Daily Volumizing Conditioner is like a vacation for your tired strands, thanks to its intensely hydrating combination of panthenol and argan oil. The blend leaves hair soft and beautifully scented.

Step 3: Minimize Heat Styling

Adding more heat to your hair care routine isn’t necessarily the best idea at any time of the year, but it can be particularly damaging during winter. If you already combat frizz and dryness, you’ll only aggravate the problem. To combat these concerns, do your best to minimize heat styling tools during winter. When possible, allow your hair to air dry, or use the coolest setting to hurry the drying process. If you do need to heat style, be sure to apply a protective product, such as a leave-in conditioner or a smoothing serum, to prevent burns. One to try: Marrakesh Oil High Tide.

Images courtesy Conde Nast

New year, new hair! This Saturday, January 19th, we’re holding our first hair care sale of the year. Now is the time to stock up on the shampoos, conditioners, and styling treatments you need to achieve the gorgeous mane of your dreams.

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.

Images courtesy Allure.com

5 Body Products Everyone Needs in the Winter

Winter has a tendency to take its toll on the skin. Even if you aren’t typically dry or sensitive, the harsh, cold air can create uncomfortable tightness, itchiness, and scaliness. To combat these problems, you’ll need to swap your usual products for a few emulsions formulated with specific nourishing ingredients that soothe and protect the skin. Here are five we love for the season.

Fix Your Hands

With excessive hand washing—something many of us do throughout cold and flu season—comes the
tendency for rough, dry hands. In more severe cases, your knuckles may crack and even bleed. The trick is to find a product that does more than simply coat it with a little moisture that comes off when you next wash your hands. Avene Cicalfate Hand  is designed to create a protective barrier that locks out the aggravating effects of winter without leaving your hands sticky or greasy. Used regularly, it will make a visible difference in the condition of your skin.

Scrub It Up

Even if you don’t typically exfoliate your skin, winter is an opportune time to start. In order to reap the rewards of any moisturizing products that you use, your skin needs to be free of flakes and dryness. Use a product like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Blood Orange Body Scrub  at least three or four times a week to enjoy a smoother, softer canvas that’s more accepting of your body creams and lotions. This formula is made with sugar and raspberry seeds, which make it gentle enough for most skin types. Bonus points for the gorgeous scent!

Add Rich Moisture

A generic body lotion that you tap into your skin during spring and summer won’t do much if you’re suffering in the winter. Upgrade your moisture game with something richer, creamier, and more protective, like Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion . It’s packed with nourishing vitamins B5, C, and E, all of which work together to heal irritation. The nourishing formula sinks right into the skin without leaving you sticky, so you can get dressed quickly.

Treat Your Baths

There’s more to winter skin care than simply hydrating your skin. If you take regular baths, make the most of that time by treating the water with a conditioning product, like Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts. The combination of soothing mineral salts and seaweed gently slough off dead skin cells to reveal the softer skin beneath. And because of its enzymatic content, you may even notice a slight glow when you’re done with your soak. It also boasts a fragrant spice scent.

Use Some Oil

Some body oils are capable of doing anything, from smoothing frizz to soothing dryness to healing irritated cuticles. A product such as John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil  is as versatile a taskmaster as anything you could imagine—it’s able to handle all of the above and so much more. Use it to soothe freshly shaved skin, or put it on before you apply lotion to lock in some extra moisture.

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.

How To: Ace The Red Smoky Eye Look!

It’s official! — red/pink eye shadow is the new neutral. With stars like Ruth Negga, Lily Collins, and even Queen Bey turning up in pink eyeshadow, pink blush and bright red lips, the combo is proving to be a real stunner — and a refreshing departure from the typical red lips and black, winged liner pairing we see this time of year.

Though it’s a risky shade, it can be surprisingly easy to pull off with the proper placement and blending skills. Choosing the right shade depends on your skin tone, and experimenting with the color base will help make sure you choose the right shade of red for you. However, to create this look, the Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eyeshadow  has the perfect red tone that goes with almost every skin tone, they also go on smooth and ensure long-lasting wearability!

Also, don’t forget you’ll need to add some orange to the corners to make it a little softer and less dramatic. The Glo Minerals Elemental Eyes Collection  this palette includes eight eyeshadows that will help you to perfectly get the smoky red look.

After you applied and blended the eye shadows, define the entire eye with a brown eye pencil, lining the upper and lower lash line so no skin is showing. Actually, we have the perfect product for that! Check out the Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner  this pencil easily glides onto the eyelid without stretching the delicate skin around the eye.

To get this perfect look, apply a few coats of volumizing mascara. The more, the better! bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black creates larger-than-life lashes. This mascara helps lengthen, thicken, and separate lashes for volume you can see.

 
Last but not least, an outstanding red smoky eye look needs to come along with tons of highlighter! Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter illuminates skin and adds a glow to any look. Shine bright babe!

The Perfect Labor Day Look

Labor Day provides the perfect excuse to go all out with your makeup because, after all, nothing screams patriotism quite like red and blue makeup. Whether you plan to head to a family barbeque or dance the night away with your gals, we’ve got you covered with this super easy yet glamorous look.

First, start off with the most essential product: moisturizer! Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream  is formulated with thermal spring water, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin types. More importantly though, the antioxidant-enriched cream contains SPF 25 so you’ll be protected against harsh UVA and UVB rays if you’re outside.

Once you’ve got a smooth base, glide on BareMinerals’ Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer  to even out skin texture and conceal pores. Apply BareMinerals’ BarePro Liquid Foundation  for breathable, full coverage that will last in even the most unfavorable conditions as it’s resistant to sweat, water, and heat. Like the moisturizer, it also contains SPF so you’re getting an extra layer of sun protection.

Keep your foundation flawless by setting it with Dermablend’s Compact Solid Setting Powder . One light layer of this transparent powder will prevent your makeup from smudging and transfering. Plus, you can take the compact on the go if you need to mattify your T-zone.

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Time for the fun part—whip out some blue eyeliner! Tigi Cosmetics’ Perfect Eyeliner  in “Blue” glides onto the eyelid effortlessly thanks to moisturizing ingredients like Jojoba oil. You can either apply it to your waterline for a subtle flash of color, or make your eyes really pop by lining both your upper and bottom lash lines. The liner also doubles as an eyeshadow since it comes with a smudger so you can soften the look. To finish the eyes, swipe on Glo Minerals’ Water Resistant Mascara  for smudgeproof lashes.

When it comes to lips, a matte formulation is essential for long events so go for Glo Minerals’ Suede Matte Crayon  in “Sorbet.” The chunky pencil lasts for eight hours but won’t dry out your lips as it’s enriched with shea butter and powerful antioxidants. Complement the lipstick by swirling Glo Minerals Blush  in “Begonia” on the apples of your cheeks.

Now that the makeup look is complete, your hair needs some TLC. The look works well with either straight or curly hair so it’s entirely up to you to decide which you want. For this look though, we’re going to tell you how to achieve gorgeous bouncy waves with Bio Ionic’s GoldPro Smoothing & Styling Iron.

 

But before even picking up the iron, prep with Hot Sexy Hair’s Protect Me 450ºF Hot Tool Protection Hairspray  to defend hair from harsh temperatures. After coating your hair with the spray, you’re ready to curl. The technique is simple—grab a thin lock of hair that’s about an inch wide, clamp the iron down, then twist the iron away from your face while running it down the entire lock. Leave the ends a bit straight for a more modern look and then you’re good to go!

The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Hair Loss

Dealing with the sudden onset of hair loss can be both alarming and stressful. You may worry about whether it’s related to a health condition, or spend all of your time researching the benefits of shampoos and treatments designed to reverse the problem. First things first: Stressing won’t help, and may make you feel worse. Remember that it’s not an uncommon problem, either—the American Hair Loss Association estimates that women account for approximately 40% of sufferers in the United States.

So what can you do about the problem? It’s important to understand the root cause of the problem. Temporary loss may be due to illness or medication, and might resolve with time. Excessive loss of hair, however, could be due to a specific medical condition known as alopecia. Only a doctor can properly diagnose this and provide you with a solution. That said, there are things that you can do—and avoid—to help the situation. Here’s what you should know.

DO:

Treat your hair gently using products that are formulated to stimulate hair growth. A sulfate-free formula, such as Toppik Hair Building Shampoo, not only enhances volume but also protects color-treated strands from fading. Use it regularly to see results. To build on your results, try Toppik Hair Fattener , a leave-in conditioner that is formulated to plump the hair shaft and leave your mane softer and more manageable.

 

Adjust your diet as needed. There’s a reason behind the old “you are what you eat” adage, after all. Protein-rich foods are essential, because they promote strength and encourage keratin production. Salmon and avocado are both excellent additions that add a nutritious boost to any diet. Low levels of iron and vitamin D2 may also be to blame for your hair loss. A blood test can confirm that, but in the meantime you can bulk up on spinach, eggs, and cheese to see a difference. Try: Bosley Supplement for Women – 60 count

DON’T:

 

 

Spending all your time stressing out can be truly detrimental to your physical and emotional health. In fact, it could be part of the reason your hair is suddenly shedding. Of course, it’s hard to simply cut your anxiety—but you can embrace a few self-care habits to reduce those feelings. Try meditating at night before bed, for example, or go for a peaceful walk to clear your mind. It’s the little things that count, and they all add up to a happier and healthier you.

 

Overstyling your hair can also be problematic in the long run. While it’s tempting to experiment with styles in an effort to minimize the appearance of hair loss, all that fussing might actually weaken your strands further. Keep it simple by using Wet Brush Detangle Professional to smooth out your strands in the shower and avoid the unnecessary tugging and tangling that usually happens when you’re styling.

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