Why we Should Change our Skincare During the Warmer months

Days get longer, weather gets warmer, and there are so many outdoor activities to do. Oh yes, the summer season is finally here! With the excitement of beach trips, barbecues, and music festivals crowding your headspace, your skin — and taking care of it — cannot take a backseat on your list of to-dos. Our skin has different needs with the change of seasons. Temperature, humidity, and sun exposure play a role in how skin behaves, so pay attention to the following tips and learn how to keep your skin on fleek during this summer.

Use a lighter moisturizer

We wear lighter clothes when it gets warm out, so naturally, we should be doing the same for our skin. One of our favorite recommendations is the bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion ($31.99), it replenishes combination to normal skin types with oil-free hydration to leave it feeling incredibly soft and ultra-smooth.

Don’t forget the sunscreen, please don’t!

We all know sun exposure and sunburns increase in the summer months. We also know that the sun can be the worst enemy of our skin. Sunscreen application (and re-application) shouldn’t just be relegated to the pool or beach areas. Wear sunscreen daily – even if you’re just driving or riding in the car. Try La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Sunscreen Fluid ($23.39), it is recommended for sensitive skin and atopic skin and it will give you a beautiful matte finish!

Keep it clean

Washing your face is probably something that you’re already doing on a regular basis, but clean skin during the long summer months is extremely important. During the summer heat, skin gets oilier and becomes more exposed to the elements, especially the sun. Having some Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes ($9.99) with you all the time will be very helpful to keep your skin clean throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate at least twice a week; the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($27.99) can be the perfect because unlike rougher scrubs, this one won’t damages the skin or cause surface lacerations.

Try Clay Masks

Sweat and just more oil production, in general, tends to clog pores and make our skin feel dirty. We all know that this season is the prime time for breakouts, so try using clay masks to help absorb excess oil, deep clean your pores and prevent breakouts. John Masters Organics Moroccan Clay Purifying Mask 2 ($22.89) encourages collagen production and increased cellular turnover while natural antioxidants neutralize free radical damage.  It’s the perfect product for the summer!

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).

Our Best Selling Products of 2016

It’s been a fabulous year of style and beauty, and we’re excited to present you with a list of the products that enjoyed the most buzz and star power. From makeup to skincare to body products, the best-selling products of the year offer something for everyone.

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One of the best ways to combat stubborn fine lines and wrinkles is with a product that not only attacks those visible signs of aging, but also improves skin tone and texture. NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex ($54.99) offers the solution: it’s a creamy treatment enriched with antioxidants like green tea and rosemary, while vitamin A helps improve skin’s elasticity. With regular use, skin feels firmer and smoother, looks clearer and brighter, and appears more youthful.

Dry, aging skin requires a double whammy—a potent product that does more than merely moisturize or reduce lines. Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($108.99) has the answer. This lightweight serum contains hyaluronic acid, which is formulated to reduce visible signs of aging while drenching parched skin with much-needed hydration.

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The modern woman demands convenience of her cosmetics—no challenging applicators, unwieldy bottles, or difficult contraptions with which to mess around. Enter Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation ($27.99). The lightweight mineral product combines the coverage of foundation with the airy feel of powder and the heavy-duty prowess of concealer to result in the ultimate skin-coverage tool. It also contains SPF 20 to product your complexion from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Also in line with the most convenient products in the universe, the Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99) is perfect for women on the go. But whether you toss it in your makeup bag, your travel case, or your desk drawer, you can count on it to brighten up a sallow complexion in mere seconds. It’s available in several flattering colors, boasts a lovely, buttery finish, and even smells amazing.

Sometimes what your skin really needs is a tinted moisturizer in lieu of a foundation. Elta MD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 ($19.99) provides a genius solution to a number of skin concerns. It’s enriched with hyaluronic acid to combat fine lines and wrinkles while improving hydration, and contains free radical-busting antioxidants. A light tint provides just the right amount of coverage.blog_image

When it comes to cult beauty products, Egyptian Magic Natural All Purpose Skin Cream ($26.99) outperforms them all. This multipurpose product lives up to its name—it’s truly the wonder tool in any woman’s beauty kit. It’s made with a hyper-moisturizing blend of beeswax, olive oil, honey, royal jelly, and bee pollen, all of which leave skin feeling softer and smoother than ever. It can even be used on flyaway hairs or as an aftershave, and it feels incredible on sensitive skin.

Let’s hear it for the boys, who catapulted Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair & Body ($21.99) to the top of this year’s best-selling men’s products list. The reviving blend includes notes of eucalyptus, rosemary, and juniper berry—it’s a refreshing scent that’s guaranteed to wake anyone up in a hurry! The formula is also softening, to leave skin feeling as great as it smells.

The BeautyBlender Two BB Clean set ($37.99) provides the perfect introduction to this now-iconic product. It includes two sponges and a cleanser, and it’s guaranteed to transform makeup application into the easiest process ever. That’s because the teardrop-shaped sponge navigates those tricky areas—like the corners of the nose and the inner eyes—like a pro. Forget about uneven foundation. This product does it all, and it’s earned all of the accolades for a good reason

Tutorial Tuesday – Gel Eyeliner

You will be shocked at how easy it is to create your own gel eyeliner without shelling out the extra cash. Hold any lighter to a typical pencil eyeliner for 2 seconds. Be careful not to exceed this time as eyeliner melts fast! Let the liner cool a bit and then apply. It will glide on extra smooth! TT-Gel-Liner

Quick Beauty Tip – Say No To Raccoon Eyes!

quicktip-avoid-racoon-eyesYou may leave the house looking like a goddess, but give it a few hours in front of a computer screen or on the dance floor and you start to resemble rocky the raccoon. The simplest way to avoid becoming this furry little friend is to prime! Use a primer on your bottom lids. Typically, we prime our top lid before applying eye makeup, but a little bottom lid love will help keep your liner where it belongs.

Fall Makeup Trends

  • The virtual opposite of the orange-y eye look is this purplish, brown style. Combine eyeshadows to create a perfect shadow on your lid to pull this one off. This will go with any fall outfit and can be dressed up or down.

Get Her Look – Aria Montgomery, Pretty Little Liars

Aria-Montgomery-StyleThe Pretty Liars may not be beautiful on the inside but they sure look good on the outside! We found an outfit we just know little Aria Montgomery would wear. We paired a skin tight Gingam dress with an electric yellow crossbody bag and understated wedges. This number just screams her understated, classy meets sexy style.

Get her beautiful hairstyle with a curling iron and a spritz of lightweight hairspray to hold the curl. Or, use your flat iron to curl the ends with a quick flick of the wrist where you want the curl to start. Full Tutorial Here.

For her angelic makeup, the main focus is on her eyes. Use a matte powder foundation to get a smooth all over look. Apply the three lightest colors in a neutral eyeshadow palette. Full Tutorial Here. Fill in brows with a pencil, and apply eyeliner to the top lid. She has accentuated eyes and baby soft skin making her look sweet, but powerful. Apply under eye liner and blend upwards with a smudgie. Then brush mascara onto curled lashes to make the look even more smoldering. Top the look off with some light pink lip gloss. It’s just a small hint of pink to play up the innocence!

GTL-Aria-Montgomery

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Summer 2013 Makeup Trends!

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Quick Beauty Tip – Fake Freckles To Look Younger

quicktip-frecklesEveryone associates a freckly face with innocent youngster. Faux frecks are achieved by applying normal foundation over the bridge and nose and on the tops of the cheeks. Then, draw large, light, and closely packed freckles with eyeshadow. You can place additional dots on your T-zone with a pencil brush and shadow powder. Of course, to make the freckles look as natural as possible, you should aim for a scattered effect. We can’t take all the credit for this though, we originally saw the idea on one of my favs: bit.ly/10EocVl

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