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 Properly Layer Your Hair Products

Sure, you may have a dedicated hair care routine. But are you using your products properly? If you aren’t layering them in the right order, then you may not be maximizing their value so that they can do the most for your mane. Here’s what you should know.

  1. Get Started in the Shower

The bulk of your routine happens in the shower, and it all comes down to the type of shampoo and conditioner that you use. Make sure that they’re suitable for your unique hair type, because anything that happens after that is all dependent on how well you cleanse and treat your strands in the shower. Don’t skimp on conditioner, for example, just because you think it’s going to leave it greasy and heavy. Opt for a lightweight formula like Joico Smooth Cure Sulfate-Free Conditioner to soften and nourish.

  1. Add Extra Moisture as Needed

If your hair is dry or frizzy, a little extra moisture is essential for keeping the brittleness at bay. Try something that softens on contact, like TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray , to elevate shine and reduce the frizz that threatens your style. Use it after you’ve towel dried for best results.

  1. Use Your Heat Protectant

It’s hair care 101: always use a heat protectant if you plan to use a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron. It essentially creates a shield that prevents damage that might otherwise occur due to high temperatures—and if you’ve ever scalded a finger on your styling tools, you know just how hot it can get! Try Hot Sexy Hair Support Me 450ºF Heat Protection Setting Hairspray.

  1. Pump Up the Volume

If your hair tends to fall flat, it’s important to build volume at the roots with a product that plumps and holds. For best results, flip your head upside down and apply directly to the roots. Something like Obliphica Professional Seaberry Quick-Dry Volume Spray  works well because it’s so lightweight—you won’t have to worry about stickiness causing unneeded weight.

  1. Apply a Styling Product

Depending on your hair type, you may need to skip the volumizing booster and opt for a styling cream, instead. A product like Rahua Control Cream Curl Styler is designed to control unruly manes, for example, and make your strands more manageable. Using your styling product as the final step is a great way to lock in your style and ensure a fresh look throughout the day.

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+.

Get the Look: Academy Awards 2019

It was the first host-free Academy Awards, but that’s not the only thing that had people buzzing in the aftermath of the glitzy event. Steamy musical numbers and historic wins aside, it was the beauty looks that brightened up the red carpet and gave us all something to covet. Here are a few of our favorites—and how to make them your own.

Amy Adams

Few actresses convey classic, old-world Hollywood beauty and charm like Amy Adams. Makeup artist Stephen Sollitto created a downright breathtaking makeup look that is as approachable as Adams herself. To achieve the look, begin with a brightening product, such as Dr. Brandt Pores No More Lumizer Primer. After applying your foundation of choice, dust on Tigi Cosmetics Bronzer ($33.99) to sculpt cheekbones and achieve a fresh, lit-from-within glow. To emulate her natural, matte pink lips, slick on bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Crave .

Image courtesy @stephensollitto

Julia Roberts

As the final presenter of the night, Julia Roberts had one job—and she did it masterfully while looking like millions. Artist Genevieve Herr enhanced the star’s natural beauty with a hydrating primer, such as bareMinerals Good Hydrations . After applying foundation, follow with a dusting of radiant pink Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Flowerchild . Use the shades in the bareMinerals Stargazer Cream Eyeshadow Trio  to bring a sparkly finish to your smoky eye. Complete your look by adding a vibrant berry-toned gloss, such as Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Candied Rose .

Image courtesy @genevieveherr 

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz unleashed her fiery side when she hit the event in a red latex gown from Givenchy. The unusual yet highly fierce number not just turned heads, but set tongues wagging with its come-hither approach to red-carpet style. To rock a dress so bold requires some moxie and a great beauty look from Kay Montano to match. Use the dramatic shades in the PÜR Cosmetics PRO x Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette  to create the ultimate smoky eye. Rub Glo Minerals Cream Blush in Guava onto cheekbones and finish with a coat of deep pink YoungBlood Lipgloss in Rhapsody .

Image courtesy
@kaymontano

Krysten Ritter

Presenter and actress Krysten Ritter made a bold statement in her stunning crimson lace maternity gown. The look was punctuated by cascading black waves that tumbled down her shoulders, along with a polished look that defined dramatic thanks to artist Amy Nadine. Start with Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Make-Up Less Tinted Moisturizer , apply a blush of choice to your cheekbones, and contour the hollows with a shade from the Glo Minerals Contour Kit . Play up your smoky eye with Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner, then complete the look with the ultimate finishing touch: a slick of PÜR Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Dutty Wine .

Image courtesy @amynadinemakeup

 

5 Key NYFW Beauty Trends We Love

The runways at New York Fashion Week were jam-packed with brow-raising, head-turning looks destined to transform our collective wardrobes. For all the amazing clothes and accessories, though, it was the beauty looks that truly took our breath away. From mesmerizing eyes to brilliant lips, here are a few of our favorites—and how you can make them work for you in the real world.

Pearlescent Finishes

In a week during which pearls were pressed into manicures, it seemed only fitting that the same pearlescent radiance appeared on model after model after model. In fact, the sheer, angelic illumination was often the star of the show, providing an uplifting and almost cosmic look to otherwise bare skin. The overarching theme is clean, simple, and softly elegant. You can make it your own by strategically applying bareMinerals BarePro Glow Highlighter  to brighten your complexion.

Glossy Eyelids

Nothing says runway-ready like a gleaming eyelid—but you don’t have to saunter down the catwalk to make this look work for you. As models at Tom Ford showed, it’s a saucy, seductive, often sexy look that may take some practice to pull off if you’re just headed out with friends. Make it easy with the PÜR Cosmetics 5-Piece Eye Polish Kit , which contains five vials of shadow infused with shimmery flecks. Try the navy hue tinged with a bit of the golden shade to emulate the sizzling smoky eyes spotted on the runway.

Ethereal Curls

Like something out of a fairy tale, the curls spotted at NYFW were enough to inspire even those with pin-straight locks. As always, it’s a matter of working with your own hair type—and faking it with the right tools and styling products if you don’t have waves or curls already. Amplify your tumbling mane with a product designed to define and add shine, like Curly Sexy Hair Curl Power Curl Bounce Mousse.

Electrifying Neon

Neon was one of the most dominant themes to emerge from NYFW. Seen on everything from clothes to beauty products, it charges your looks with a shock of brilliance—and it’s surprisingly easy to wear if you select the right shade. While there are highlighter-yellow and cyan eye shadows galore, you might have an easier time slicking on a pop of Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss  in Red Currant. It’s a juicy coral-red that energizes your look with serious color and shine.

Pretty Plums

Possibly the most-seen color on the runways was purple. The beauty of the trend is that it isn’t limited to a single variation of the shade. Whether you favor lilac, eggplant, or lavender, there’s a hue for you in the mix. For fall and winter, nothing elevates the drama and adds richness to your complexion more effectively than a deep shade of blush. We love Youngblood Crème Blush in Plum Satin  to achieve a shade that’s rich and elegant.

Images courtesy Vogue

Speed Up Your Beauty Routine With These Time-Saving Picks

If it seems you’re always running a little behind schedule and wishing you could magically add a few extra hours to your day, you aren’t alone. The general chaos of life leaves us all a little overwhelmed. Usually those feelings arise early in the day, when we’re rushing to handle everything from getting ready to grabbing a bite to shuttling off to work. The problem? You want to do all of those things without sacrificing your much-beloved beauty routine. Fortunately, you don’t have to thanks to the advent of dozens of time-saving products designed to slash your beauty routine in half. Here are a few we love.

Foundation

On average, it probably takes you a few minutes to properly apply concealer and foundation, especially if you’re focused on covering imperfections. The PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Foundation Stick changes that in an instant by putting everything you need into one sleek, swivel-up package. The creamy formula melds to a matte finish once it makes contact with your skin, providing a flawless finish that conceals dark spots, redness, and uneven tone. The formula is enhanced by anti-aging ingredients that promote a smoother complexion with regular use.

Eye Shadow

Are you sensing a trend here? Stick formulas make it easy to get ready on the go if you can’t avoid it, and they make it easy to apply your makeup with precision. Eye makeup can be tricky when you’re in a hurry, but the Glo Minerals Cream Stay Shadow Stick simplifies the process. It’s available in a multitude of hues that range from light to bold. We suggest washing the pale shade over your eyelids to wake up tired eyes, then adding a darker color to elevate the drama if you’re headed out after work

Highlighter

A healthy complexion looks bright, fresh, and radiant all day long. The beauty of makeup is that you can easily fake it if need be—and that’s what makes the Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter so essential to everyone’s arsenal. This easy tool twists up to reveal a light, soft tone that lends the skin that enviable lit-from-within glow you covet. It’s perfect for waking up a sallow face, illuminating cheekbones, and accenting areas that you feel need a little life. It’s infused with nourishing moringa seed oil for a hydrating touch.

Lip Gloss

If only there were a product that made your lips look just a little healthier than their natural state. The famed quest for a “your lips but better” shade may just come to a halt once you give bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor a try. Available in 20 colors, the collection proves that there’s a nude for everyone. The beauty of this gloss is in its ability to completely pull together your look in an instant. It glides on smoothly and dries to a natural, pretty finish that never feels drying.


Hair

Sometimes it’s the seemingly endless battle with our hair that takes up the most time. Shampooing, conditioning, drying, and styling all seem to take forever, and you don’t want to leave the house with what amounts to your own personal nest right on top of your head. What you need is an amplifying dry shampoo, such as Big Sexy Hair Volumizing, to plump up your roots while eliminating excess oil, dirt, and debris that amassed since your last shampoo. Bonus points for the refreshing scent!

 

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!

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.

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

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.

 

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