Skincare 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Choosing the right skincare products can be a tricky thing. Once you’ve settled on a regimen, you have to make sure you’re using your products in the right order, applying them at the right time of day, and treating your concerns effectively. It can be mind boggling simply navigating the skincare aisle at the drugstore! That’s why we’ve broken down the fine art of caring for your skin. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

Q: In what order should I use my skincare products?

It’s no good having a great collection of products if you aren’t applying them in the proper order. The first step is to remove all traces of dirt and debris with an effective cleanser formulated for your skin type. The goal is simply to start with a clean canvas. Make a commitment to exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. Focus on those areas where clogged pores are most prominent, like your cheeks and nose.

Follow with a serum that’s packed with ingredients that target your skin’s unique needs. Formulas enriched with retinol’s and hyaluronic acids are designed to target aging, while nourishing oils lock in moisture for dry skin. Remember to pat your serum on—don’t rub. Next, pat eye cream on gently, taking care not to rub or tug the delicate skin in this area. Work your way from the outer corners of your eyes and down along the orbital bone. Then apply moisturizer. Your final step is sunscreen, which is essential if you’re headed outdoors.

 

Q: Can I use a face oil if I have oily skin? 

It may sound counterintuitive, but face oils are remarkably effective even on oily skin. They key is not to go overboard in your usage, and to stick with nourishing ingredients that help balance your skin. We like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalene ($23.99) for its gentle, non-comedogenic formula. If you find that most oils feel too heavy, look for a product specifically formulated as lightweight. You might also want to add just a drop to your nighttime moisturizer instead of slicking it onto your skin full throttle. Nighttime is definitely an important qualifier, too: your skin is less oily at night, so it’s best to apply your face oil right before you hit the sack.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

Thought the terms are often used interchangeably, hydration and moisturization are two different concepts. Hydrators are designed to increase your skin’s water content, while moisturizers lock in moisture to prevent that water content from being lost. This is why it’s advisable to apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin—it’s the water that keeps skin hydrated, while the moisturizer seals that hydration and keeps skin soft and supple. For extra dry skin, we love Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($329.89) to really ramp up your skin’s ability to combat fine lines while maintaining a smoother, healthier complexion.

 

Q: How long should I wait before applying sunscreen?

 

You’ve slathered sunscreen all over your face and body about 20 minutes before heading outside. You’re good to go—for now, at least. Pay attention to your sunscreen’s SPF rating. That number indicates how much time you can safely spend in the sun before your skin starts to show signs of damage (like pinkness or redness). As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen after two hours. If you’re using a water-resistant formula, note that their efficacy times may differ. So if you’re swimming or surfing, be sure to reapply as often as the packaging instructs. One of our favorite head-to-toe formulas is Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body ($24.99).

5 Hacks To Start 2017 With Your Best Hair Yet!

Happy New Year everyone! Lets talk about our goals –or let’s be more specific- hair goals! We all have something we’ve been trying far too long to fix with our manes — such as frizz, a tedious morning blow-dry routine, or locks that won’t hold curls. Lets make 2017 the year we have or best hair yet; it will boost your confidence and make you feel better than ever!

Use Make Up Primer to Combat Fizz: We’re pretty sure you never heard this one before, but it really works! Primer contains silicone, an ingredient commonly used in hair products to create a smooth surface. The Glo∙Minerals Face Primer ($16.99) could be a great option to fight against humidity to keep your hair looking fresh and fab.style-your-hairDid you know that masks are not only for the face: Because hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old, which means we definitely need to take real care of it. We suggest using moisture-based masks and oils weekly. The Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque ($0.59) contains Keratin Protein and provides a sulfate-free anti color fade treatment for long lasting hair color. This moisturizing product provides deep repair to smooth, strengthen, protect for hair that shines. Repairs badly damaged hair from the effect of hot tools and chemical services in just a few treatments.

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Meet your new best friend, dry shampoo: Is like magic on a small bottle. Trust us, one of the best ways to extend the blowout without letting your hair turn greasy is to apply dry shampoo to the roots, around the ears, and at the nape of the neck. Then massage it in, brush it down, or blast it with a blow-dryer. Your hair is perfect again. We recommend The Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($14.99) since it is perfect for those days where hair is greasy, it also adds instant volume and protects hair against damaging sun rays.

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Salt Spray for the perfect beach waves: Stop damaging your hair with tons of hairspray to make your waves stay fab, the secret to getting beach-worthy waves all year round is on the Salt Spray. TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($13.99) gives a light pliable hold to your hair with this texturizing spray while sea salt adds body and definition to the hair to create the most amazing looks. This is the kind of products you need to have on your bathroom cabinets this 2017.

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Prepare your hair the night before: Texturing products always help and they can become your best friends when it comes to save time. The Blow Pro Beach Blow Texturizing Mist ($7.99) adds fullness and volume thickening the hairs cuticle to get a long-lasting, beachy waves hairstyle. Whether you decide to sleep in braids, or using a texturizing product, styling the night before saves you the morning hassle. Plus the next-day look is always better.

By following some of the tips, you can get the hair you have always dreamed of. Remember that this is a process that can take some time, but it’s going to be very worth it! P.S. We’re having a Haircare Saleto help you achieve your #HAIRGOALS

 

 

Tutorial Tuesday- Angled French Manicure

The first Tutorial Tuesday of the New Year and we have a special treat for you! For those of us who love black and gold, make your black french tips the perfect accessory.

This Angled French Manicure is classy, chic and a great way to start 2014!

Want to try your own color combination? We love purple and gold as well! Use OPI Honk If You Love OPI to switch it up!

Thank you to blognailedit.tumblr.com for the image and inspiration!
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Quick Beauty Tip – From Lipstick to Lip Gloss!

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Have you ever bought a lipstick color that you thought would suit you better as a lip gloss? Well you’re in luck! We have the solution for you.

What you will need is:

  1. Lipstick
  2. Toothpick
  3. Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly
  4. Double Boiler (or 2 pots that fit into each other)
  5. Stove  (NOTE: If you are under age please have a parent help or supervise you 🙂 )
  6. Contact lens case or an empty gel liner case.

First, fill your double boiler with water in the bottom container or fill the bigger pot with some water.  Bring the water to a simmer. Then, get your lipstick and twist it until the whole thing shows. Use your toothpick to cut the lipstick into the other pan. Grab some Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly and put it in the same pot. The more you use, the sheerer it will be. Put the pot into the boiling water and watch it melt. When it has completely melted, pour out the contents into the contact lens case (great to travel with) or in the empty gel liner case. Put it in the freezer so it can cool off and voila! you have your new lip gloss 🙂

Quick Beauty Tip – DIY Lip & Body Scrub

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With the ending months of winter and the incoming months of spring, you don’t want to be the girl who has a fabulous manicure accompanied by dry, cracked hands. Here in Florida, winter seems to be nonexistent but no matter where you are or what season it is, we all should take 5 minutes to make this scrub at home with stuff you probably already have.

Scrubs give you the opportunity to increase the circulation in your body, have glowing skin, sensuous lips, and are great exfoliants! A two-for-one recipe, this DIY works wonders for your entire body and pout!

Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Get 1/4 cup of coarse sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use brown sugar or salt
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1/8 cup of Olive oil
  5. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until the coconut oil chunks have disappeared. Once it’s done,  it should be a creamy consistency.
  6. Scrub your hands with this for 2 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Do not use soap! This allows the remaining oils to stay on your body and soak in.
  7. Pat dry with a towel

I love, love, love this scrub! It leaves my skin baby soft! But if you do not have time for that just use the Bliss Lemon + Sage body Scrub & the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. You’ll love the results!

Quick Beauty Tip – DIY Cellulite Scrub

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If you’re a coffee drinker like I am, you’ll benefit from this easy DIY scrub that gives you the biggest bang for your buck! Women everywhere battle with the appearance of cellulite on their bodies and are constantly searching for alternatives to reduce dramatically the appearance of it.With the coffee grounds from your coffee, you can create a moisturizing cellulite scrub that is both cheap and effective.

Here are the facts:

The majority of women have it.
Cellulite affects 90% of women, no matter their body size. Whatever misconceptions there are about cellulite being something to be ashamed of are wrong!

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Tutorial Tuesday – Quick Updo

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Have an event or holiday party coming up? Do you already have the perfect outfit? Is your hairstyle still up in the air?

Then try this quick updo that looks fun and elegant at the same time! In just a few easy steps you’ll be ready to strut your stuff with a hairstyle that looks like it took hours to perfect.

  • Pin back your bangs, or the front section of your hair and add a little volume for some oomph.
  • Take a section from each side of your hairline and bring together into a twist at the back of your head.
  • Twist the section around your finger and pin into a small bun. Pin and hold your  hair in place with bobby pins.
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all your hair is twisted and pinned into a line down the back of your head.
  • Shown are five small buns but you can adjust this to suit your hair thickness and length.

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Tutorial Tuesday – Use a Curling Wand

The use of curling wands can be tricky. Depending where you hold it, vertical or horizontal position or how tightly you wrap your hair around the barrel and so on can change the look and feel of your curls at the end. To end this battle with yourself, follow our tutorial to get easy curls perfect for any occasion!

You will need:

 

  1. Before you begin curling, make sure your hair is clean and dry.
  2. Prepare your hair by gently detangling it with a paddle brush or wide tooth comb.
  3. Horizontally part your hair starting at the temple and clip it out of place.
  4. Start with a vertical section of hair around an inch thick (the smaller the section the more curls you’ll have).
  5. Start wrapping your hair at the base of the barrel, and keeping a firm grip on your hair, wrap the entire section around the barrel without overlapping.
  6. Hold the tip of the section tightly around the barrel for a few seconds and release. The longer you keep your hair on the barrel the more defined your curls will be.

P.S. When you’re done with your whole head, don’t forget to run your fingers through your hair! This will give your curls a more natural look.

Spritz a shine mist to leave your hair smooth frizz-free.

Stay beautiful!

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Quick Beauty Tip – Homemade Treatments for Damaged Hair

treatments-for-damaged-hairI’m obviously obsessed with beauty products and I’m not ashamed to say it – but I am also a fitness buff and fully understand and recognize the power of the natural ingredients we all have access to. So many of the delicious & nutritious things we include in our diet can also be used to make us more beautiful too! Here are a few of my favorite hair masks using all natural ingredients you can get at any grocery store!

1. Banana & Avocado: YES we are obsessed with avocados! Mash a ripe avocado and ripe banana and mix well. Apply an even layer to clean, dry hair and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and condition as usual. Your locks will be moist & shiny when you’re done! Plus, this mixture smells delicious!

2. Honey & Olive Oil: Sounds like the beginning of a salad dressing recipe – but this combo does wonders for your tresses! Combine equal parts of the two and apply from roots to tips. Secure hair in a shower cap and let it sit for 45 minutes. Shampoo lightly and condition normally afterwards. Your hair will be silky & shiny when you’re done!

3. Thyme Treatment: If you suffer from dandruff, try this – boil 8 sprigs of fresh thyme in 2 cups of water. Once rapidly boiling remove from heat and let cool. Strain and massage the leaves into your scalp. Rinse and repeat with leftover mixture in a couple days. This is a natural way to fight flakes!

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