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!

How to Transition Your Summer Beauty Routine to Fall

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

Start with Moisturizer

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

Treat Your Hair

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

Swap Your Foundation

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

Protect Your Lips

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

 

Add a Glow

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

The Easiest Ways to Include SPF Into Your Routine

July and August are the hottest months of the year, which means that sun exposure is pretty much unavoidable. With the heat cranked up, it’s important to keep your skin covered from UV rays, even if you only step outside for a few minutes. SPF is essential in helping to prevent premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and of course, skin cancer. However, you don’t have to use a sunscreen to be covered! Here are a few skincare and beauty products that are formulated with SPF so you can enjoy your summer days without worrying about sun damage.

Sunscreen

The problem with most sunscreens is that they feel way too greasy or heavy on the skin, but Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50  remedies that issue with its ultra-lightweight formulation. This chemical-filter free sunscreen protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays while leaving your skin with a matte finish. Perfect for all skin types, including sensitive and post-procedure skin.


Lip Balm

Don’t forget your lips need protection from the sun, too! The skin on our lips is extremely thin, which makes them even more prone to sun damage. Using a SPF lip balm like Jane Iredale’s LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm  seals moisture in your lips and shields them from the elements. Either wear it on top of a lip color or by itself in one of the four sheer colors it comes in.

Primer

If you’re not too keen on wearing sunscreen, consider opting for Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50  instead. This two-in-one product acts like a sunscreen but is actually great to use as a primer beneath makeup. Reduce the appearance of pores and absorb oil by smoothing a light layer over the skin. It will leave you with a matte finish that doesn’t slip even when it feels like a sauna outside.

Foundation

Knock out sun protection and makeup application in one swipe with Glo Minerals LUXE Liquid Foundation SPF 15 . Infused with ultra-fine minerals and light-diffusing diamond powder, this foundation gives the skin a radiant finish that deeply nourishes at the same time. If you’re a fan of a dewy glow, then this sheer-to-medium coverage foundation will be your new summer staple.

Concealer

Create more of a barrier from the sun with a concealer that offers SPF like BareMinerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. We love how creamy it is and how it doesn’t crease up. It’s so good, in fact, that it was awarded the “Best Concealer for Blemishes” by Allure a few years back. Apply it onto any imperfections to conceal them. Over time, the appearance of dark spots and discolorations wll actually reduce over time, thanks to the lemon peel extract.

Powder

Finish off your makeup with Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours so this lets you do it without disrupting your makeup. Not only does it keep your skin protected, but also it helps provide sheer coverage and calm down inflammation (even if you’re already sunburned!).

How to Protect Your Hair During the Summer

Just as you slather on the sunscreen during summer, you need to be sure that your hair is protected, too. There are several ways to ensure that your strands stay in shape no matter how much heat and humidity comes their way. Here’s how to accomplish that while ensuring that every day is a great hair day.

Cover It Up

Occasionally a heat wave rolls through and makes it impossible to manage your hair. Use this opportunity to add a few chic hats to your wardrobe. They’ll protect your mane from dryness—and as a bonus, you’ll also shield your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays.

Use UV Protection

It’s just as important to protect your hair from ultraviolet rays as it is your skin. Overexposure to the sun can lead to dryness, brittle strands, and even fading color. A product such as TIGI Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray ($12.99) contains a potent UV complex that is formulated to filter out those potentially harmful rays that might cause your hair to look less than healthy. It also includes seaweed extract, which is enriched with protein to strengthen and prevent dryness.

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Prevent Chlorine Overexposure

You can spend as much time in the pool as you desire—that’s the beauty of summer, after all. But all that time splashing around comes at a price for your mane. Take the time to protect it from chlorine, which can cause extreme dryness and, in some cases, even cause your strands to turn green. A little bit of conditioner is all you need. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair, comb through, and throw your hair in a bun. Try Bain de Terre Meadow Balancing Conditioner ($11.99)—it’s safe for daily use, smells great, and is suitable for all hair types.

Protect from Overheating

If you’re a slave to your hairdryer and flat iron throughout the year, it’s important to do one of two things. Either take a break f
rom using those tools completely—usually easier said than done—or protect your hair from the effects of heat styling. Try Hot Sexy Hair Prep Me 450° Heat Protection Blow Dry Primer ($12.99), which helps reduce breakage and minimize brittle strands. Bonus: It leaves hair ultra smooth and silky!

Get Your Wave On

Although it’s tempting to throw your hair up in a topknot or ponytail every day of the week, there are styles that you can achieve without heat. By adding Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($29.99) to your routine, you can rock an amazing look that channels a tropical vibe. A little spritz from top to bottom on wet hair is all you need to style your mane. Finger comb it through for best results and try not to touch—you’ll love the natural, super-soft wave that results.

 

 

3 Weird Beauty Hacks That Work

Convenience is everything these days—and that means we’re all jumping aboard the bandwagon when it comes to crazy-but-true beauty hacks that may not exactly be typical, but definitely work. It’s not so much that they’re impossible to try, but they just aren’t solutions you’d think to try at first. From using anti-chafe gel as a makeup primer (yes, really) to rubbing potatoes for fading scars, there are many bizarre beauty tips out there that actually work. Here are three of them—plus three products you can use instead if you’re a little too squeamish for the weirdness.

 

1. Anti-Chafing Makeup Primer

We’re still not sure about this one—but there are tons of women who swear on their beauty collections that it works. Many swear by Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel for its priming purposes. One of its primary ingredients is dimethicone, which is included in many makeup primers. At a fraction of the price of big-name brands, it helps makeup stay put all day long. If you’re a little uneasy about using it, though, you can always snag a bottle of bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer ($20.99). It contains vitamins C and E, both of which help leave skin radiant and soft.

2. Potato Scar Treatment

Odd but true: potatoes might help clear up unsightly skin imperfections, such as acne scars and dark spots. If you use it, be sure to slice the potato thinly and apply it to your skin in small sections to be sure that you don’t suffer a negative reaction. The potato’s natural moisture is thought to have natural mild bleaching properties. Of course, not everyone wants to rub a vegetable on their face. In that case, give SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel ($26.99) a try—it’s infused with exfoliating lactic acid and wound-fighting centella asiatica.

 

3. Beer Rinse

Not quite a new concept, rinsing hair with beer is one of those age-old tricks to which many women attribute their shiny manes. Along with the glistening finish, you might even notice that the beer helps repair damage and rebuild hair that’s been weakened due to heat or environmental stress. But if you don’t want malt and hops in the shower, try nuts instead. Applying Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse ($16.99) to your strands for at least a minute helps moisturize, detangle, shine, and nourish even the most delicate, dehydrated hair. And it smells great, too.

How to Nourish Color-Treated Hair

If your hair is color treated, you’re probably familiar with the many frustrations that accompany the fine art of maintaining that color for as long as possible. If you’re like the majority, it probably starts to fade far more quickly than you’d like. Maybe it just doesn’t look as fresh as you’d like it to be. In either case, there are ways to remedy the situation. We’ve got all of the products you need to revamp your locks and give your color-treated hair the attention it deserves.

Use the Right Shampoo

Shampoos formulated for color-treated hair are gentle enough to cleanse without stripping your locks of the hue. We love Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Shampoo ($10.99), an industry standard that many appreciate for its mild lather and shine-boosting properties. Remember, too, that not everyone needs to shampoo every single day. If you can stretch those days out, you can help prolong your color even more.

Use a Color Depositing Product

Some genius brands have added color-depositing shampoos and enriching conditioners to their lines. These are designed to keep your hair bright and lively longer than if you would have used basic shampoos and conditioners. John Masters Organics Color Enriching Conditioner ($20.99) is available in shades for black, brown, and blonde hair and they are all designed to refresh color while restoring shine to lackluster manes.

 

Use a Targeted Treatment

We don’t all have the same hair type, and in today’s versatile beauty world there’s a product for everyone. Bosley Defense Treatment for Color ($22.99) is one such example; it’s designed to give thinning hair a livelier appearance while protecting hair color. What better way to knock two problems out in one step? You’ll enjoy more voluminous hair with better-looking color.

 

Use a Curl Enhancer

Curly hair alone requires some extra TLC that normal strands don’t need. Curly Sexy Hair Color Safe Defining Conditioner ($9.99) is a smart choice if your hair is both wildly curly and color treated. It not only protects your color from fading early but also helps tame frizz and uncontrolled strands. The result is a sleeker finish that won’t weigh down your hair, so your curls will still look fresh and bouncy.

 

Use a Deep Treatment

There are treatments available for every possible type of hair situation, including fading color. At least once a week, massage CHI Ionic Color Protector Leave-In Treatment Masque ($13.99) into your hair and let it do its thing. Infused with a nourishing complex that soaks strands with moisture while locking in color, it will leave your hair smoother and softer without leaving behind any telltale buildup.

 

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How to Have the Best Hair During Steamy Weather

Baby, it’s hot outside. While we can’t help but have a full-fledged love affair with rising temperatures and sunny skies, we also can’t stop thinking about the little side effects that conveniently come with being a warm-weather aficionado. Unfortunately, the more time you spend outside, the more likely it is that your hair will soak up the humidity, resulting in a frizzy, fuzzy mess. How best to cope? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite products that are guaranteed to tame your hair throughout spring and summer.

Cleanse with…

Exposure to sunlight, chlorine, and salt water can do a number on your hair. A deeply hydrating cleanser, such as Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo ($13.99), drenches hair with nourishing and smoothing ingredients to restore strength and moisture. It’s just as important to use a product that effectively removes product and mineral buildup, like Bio Ionic Agave Clarifying Shampoo ($25). Using it gives your hair a fresh start by cleansing your scalp and strands and preparing it for anything from styling treatments to salt water.

 

Condition with…

 Warm weather calls for a conditioner that blocks out humidity while protecting parched strands from further damage. Rusk Deep Shine Smooth Keratin Care Smoothing Conditioner ($11.99) leaves your hair soft, shiny, and more capable of standing up to even the harshest elements. That’s important if you plan to spend lots of time at the beach or the pool! Once or twice a week, treat your hair to Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque ($18.99). It’s a heavy-duty treatment enriched with a strengthening combination of argan oil, vitamin E, keratin protein, and antioxidants.

Control with…

Frizz is one of warm weather’s main hair woes. A product like John Masters Organics Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer ($18.99) is ideal. It’s made with 100 percent organic plant and essential oils, including moisturizing jojoba, healing lavender, and shine-boosting rosemary, all of which work together to smooth out stubborn frizz. You can also use it to prevent split ends. If you’re headed out and need to maintain that sexy updo, spritz on some Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray ($16.99) to lock in your style and prevent coarseness and frizz.

 

Protect with…

 One of the best things you can do for your locks when it’s hot outside is simply to protect it. TIGI Bed Head Beach Bound Protection Spray ($12.99) works wonders if you plan to get soaked in salt water. It’s made with sunflower seed oil and grapefruit extract to protect your hair from heat (both sun and styling), and even contains a UV protectant to combat those harsh and harmful rays. Use it throughout the season to enjoy stronger, more resilient hair. For everyday use, nothing tops John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender ($15.99). It smells fabulous, soothes the scalp, adds volume, and lends your hair that enviable beach-babe look we all covet.

 

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day will be here soon enough! Because you love your mom, and your mom loves cool presents. We want to help you find the perfect gift to commemorate her! Whether your Mom is super stylish or is the woman who already has everything, we’ve got just the right Mother’s Day gift ideas to put a smile on her face!

 

Tantowel Endless Tan Classic Kit

If mom’s a fan of having this sun-kissed tan, but she’s also very skin-conscious, the Tantowel Endless Tan Classic Kit ($16.99) can be the perfect option! This combination of the TanTowel Classic self-tanning towelettes and the clear liquid Tanning Mist will add that extra sexy touch that every mom loves to have! Trust me, she’ll thank you this one!

Jane Iredale Starter Kit

If you’re a beauty guru and you really want to share with your mom your beauty obsession, start by giving her this Jane Iredale Starter Kit ($39.99) it has the essentials needed for everyday makeup and comes with a handy cosmetics travel case too. Also, it includes a beautiful cosmetic bag with a mirror!

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Precious Cream

We all know “Don’t get me anything” and “I don’t need anything” really mean “It’s going to be extremely difficult for you to find something I’ll like.” But the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Precious Cream ($52.99) is something she’ll love! This is a twenty-four hour moisturizing and age repair cream featuring a full bouquet of a dozen roses. The proprietary blend of six rose stem cells and six rose extracts helps repair, regenerate and rejuvenate skin.

Decleor Hydrating Starter kit

We love Decleor for its high ingredient standards, natural formulations, and the fact that the products totally deliver. This combo Decleor Hydrating Starter kit ($26.99) will pamper the woman who deserves it most—even if she claims that all she really wants is for you and your siblings to get along.

Clarisonic Mia FIT Sonic Cleansing System

There are the years where getting a card and a bouquet of flowers is the perfect Mother’s Day present. And then there are the years where you want to treat your mom to something extra special. Clarisonic Mia FIT Sonic cleansing device ($154.99) is compact, lightweight and waterproof for on-the-go sonic cleansing for smooth, more radiant skin. This product is ideal for removing impurities, sunscreen, and makeup.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask 

Treat your mom to the anti-aging mask beloved by beauty editors, dermatologists, and former supermodels alike. In fact, it’s the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask ($54.99) This product helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. Plus, the 24K gold imparts an opulent, radiant glow and locks in moisture for the ultra-hydrated skin.

Youngblood Red Lips Kit

Every woman is a lipstick lover, and your mom it’s also on the list! Trust me, lipsticks are like shoes; we’ll never have enough! The Youngblood Red Lips Kit ($47.99) includes everything she needs to complete her makeup and make her simply fabulous!

 

 

Highlighter is here to stay!

Makeup trends seem to come and go faster than we can hit our favorite Makeup store. It seems like a new product comes out every day and it’s hard to keep up sometimes! One product that seems to be taking over everyone’s makeup routine is highlighter. It seems like every makeup artist and fashion magazine is always mentioning and swearing by this magical, glowing beautifier.

But what exactly is highlighter and why is it so important when it comes to looking your best? Basically, highlighter is face makeup that attracts light, creating the illusion of brightness and height. It can completely change your look in a subtle way that can’t exactly be placed but makes all the difference. For instance, the Glo Minerals Highlighter ($20.99) can add a hint of radiant light to your makeup. Apply this pink luminizer anywhere you want a subtle, natural glo that can instantly brighten your complexion. It is the perfect finishing touch!

There are three main areas you should apply highlighter: the cheekbones and temples, the eyes, and the Cupid’s bow. Applying highlighter in a diagonal line from just beneath the center of your eye socket up towards your hairline gives your cheekbones some extra definition. If you need to look awake when you’re working on three hours of sleep just a pinch of highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes can brighten up those dark circles. For these areas, Jane Iredale Eye Highlighter Pencil – White/Pink ($11.99) is literally perfection! This product instantly wakes up tired eyes and give eyes a lift with this white and pink pencil. Use the white side to line inside the eye ledge to make eyes appear bigger and brighter. Use the pink side to give a soft, radiant appearance. Use to highlight the brow bone or cheek bone. On the other hand, highlighter can also benefit your lipstick by giving it a really clean look with one swipe of the product.

Highlighter has become so popular that a new makeup trend called “strobing” is taking over the internet. Instead of using a darker color and a lighter color to chisel the face through contouring, all you do is use highlighter. Another great option that we suggest is the Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter – Complete ($20.99) this creamy lightweight formula can be applied to the tops of cheekbones, brow bones, and nose bridge.  The result is more natural-looking, dewy skin that glimmers in all the right places.

Easy & Fast Eye Makeup Look For Everyday

Long gone are those days of spending hours getting ready in the morning. We’ve taken our favorite eye products and have made a few short videos showing you just how easy it is to get this perfect everyday eye look.

The items use in the video are: Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Eyes ; Glo Minerals Jeweled Eye Pencil in Bejeweled Bronzed; Jane Iredale Purepressed Eyeshadow in Taupe; Glo Minerals Graphic Eyeliner in Black/Brown; and Jane Iredale Purelash Mascara in Black Onyx

Let us know what you think of this look and what other looks you would love to see?

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