Back to School: The Beauty Essentials College Students & Teachers Need

It’s that time of year again! As summer slowly winds down, college students and teachers begin planning for the months ahead. In addition to those ever-important school supplies, you may also need to consider a few new additions to your makeup bag. After all, how can you expect to get through a long day on campus or in class without your favorite lip balm or hand cream? We’ve rounded up the essentials you absolutely need to ease back into the busy school year.

Moisturize well. As it gets cooler outside, you’ll find that your skin requires far more attention that it did during summer. Stash a few hydrating essentials in your desk drawer or bag. bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($13.99) not only drenches lips in deeply nourishing passion fruit seed oil, but also protects with vitamin E and leaves behind just a hint of color. It’s perfect for on-the-go and between-class touchups.

Grab a mirror. You’ll be grateful you thought to tuck a pocket-sized version into your arsenal, even if it’s just to check on the state of your foundation in the middle of the day or touch up your lip gloss. The London Bath & Beauty Compact Mirror ($5.95) is a fun choice available in several patterns.

Hydrate often. Don’t dismiss the importance of a high-quality moisturizer that you can use everywhere from your face to your hands. DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion ($3.99) protects skin with a rich combination of Moroccan argan extract, lipids, and vitamins C and E. The healing combination is completely free of fragrances, so it’s great for sensitive skin.

Tame your hair. Don’t allow a frizzy mane to take away from your polished look, whether you’re teaching or attending class. A s
mall bottle of a healing hair product, such as Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum ($9.99) can work wonders in an instant. Not only does it calm flyaways, but it also adds shine, preserves color, and leaves your mane softer.

Brighten up. It’s never been easier to fake a wide-eyed appearance, thanks to products formulated specifically to reflect light and illuminate your skin. bareMinerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener ($17.99) works like magic to enhance the appearance of a tired complexion. Apply it directly to dark spots, under the eyes, and on imperfections to reveal brighter, more luminous skin.

Add some color. Just twist, swipe, and blend! That’s all you need to do to add some quick color to the apples of your cheeks, thanks to the convenience of Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99). Available in four colors, it boasts a smoothing cream formula that glides into the skin and blends beautifully. You can even use it on your eyelids and lips if you need to pull your look together just a touch.

The Beauty Tools You Need In Your Life (and How to Use Them)

Where would be without beauty tools? Of course we need our various powders and potions, but without the right equipment it would be pretty challenging to accomplish some of our favorite looks. Whether it’s applying foundation more precisely, smoothing out your skin more effectively, or graduating to a tweezing pro, you’ll need a few of these top-tier tools to make it happen. Here are our favorites of the moment.

Jade Roller Beauty Pro, $42.99

Did you ever imagine that you’d end up rolling your way to amazing skin? The beauty world has essentially fallen head over heels for the incredible jade roller, a sleek, double-ended tool featuring jade stones on each end. Their popularity is due to a number of facts: they’re extremely portable and easy to use, they may help boost drainage and strengthen facial muscles, and they simply feel amazing against the skin. If you’re in the mood for a little extra summertime treat, pop yours into the fridge and roll it over your complexion for a brilliant massage.

Tweezerman Wide Grip Slant Tweezers, $15.99

Get a grip—on a great pair of tweezers that’s destined to change your beauty routine for good. This sleek pair is designed by one of the best in the industry, and it features an intricate design with a wide grip that makes it easy to hold on while you pluck away at those pesky strays. The slant design is ideal even if you’re a tweezing newbie—it’s just that simple to grab at each single hair and pull out without pinching your skin. A stainless steel construction ensures it will last a lifetime.

Glo Minerals LUXE Foundation Brush, $26.99

If you typically apply foundation manually, you’ll wonder what took you so long after you get your hands on this brush. Featuring a thick handle, a flat top, and feathery soft bristles that pick up just the right amount of product, the brush is designed to apply your makeup precisely and blend it to perfection. Blending is the key—buff, buff, and buff some more until you achieve that glam, magazine cover-worthy appearance that you love.

BioSwiss 5 Piece Pedicure Set, $7.95

You may not be getting those weekly pedicures you swore you’d get at the beginning of summer, but you can definitely do your part to keep them looking fabulous all season long with this kit. It contains all of the essentials to achieve a salon-like look at home: nail clippers, a nail file, a nail brush, a pumice stone, and toe separators. All you need is an eye-popping color to complete your look!

 

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How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

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The Best Foundations for Every Skin Type

You don’t have to be a makeup maven to know that some products are better suited to your skin than others. In fact, you don’t need even an ounce of beauty know-how to recognize that what works for one may not work for you—and that’s good news, because at TheBeautyPlace.com, we carry a foundation for every type of skin, no matter your allegiance to beauty. Whether you’re just looking for a quick and effortless cover-up or want something that’s complex enough to bolster your skin care routine, you’ll find it here. Here, our suggestions.

For Normal Skin

Blessed with amazing skin that barely needs a drop of makeup? You’re oh so lucky—but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some of the amazing products out there. We love Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation ($55.99) because it simply amplifies your complexion and adds a little extra radiance. Who wouldn’t benefit from that?

For Dry Skin

Dealing with dehydrated skin is a common springtime woe that usually comes after months of exposure to dry, cold air. You can minimize the discomfort by packing on the moisturizing products, such as Glo Minerals LUXE Liquid Foundation ($39.99). This light, mineral-based formula won’t sink into dry areas, instead
smoothing gently on to reveal a bright complexion that appears healthy and radiant in any light.

For Sensitive Skin

Skin that is sensitive, damaged, irritated, or otherwise compromised may benefit from a potent product that works overtime to provide high-octane coverage. We’re big fans of Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation ($25.99), which is available in several colors. The medium-coverage product helps minimize the look of scars, dark marks, redness, and other imperfections, while toning down sensitivity and allowing skin to breathe.

For Oily Skin

It’s important to stick with lightweight formulas if you have oily skin. TIGI Cosmetics Whipped Foundation ($18.99) is an oil-free product enriched with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants to protect skin. The light coverage ensures that your skin won’t be weighed down with unnecessary product, yet you’ll still get the benefits of a high-performance foundation that covers any imperfections you want to hide.

 

Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

How To Pamper Yourself for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to give yourself some much-needed TLC. Regardless if you’re in a relationship or not, we could all use a designated day—or maybe a week—to kick back and relax. Aside from treating yourself to a box of chocolates, there are plenty of small things you can do to celebrate the holiday of love this year that is way more satisfying than watching a cheesy rom com.

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Take a bath

After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as a warm bath to soak your stress away. Not only does submerging yourself in water help you sleep better, but also it helps loosen any tight muscles, especially if you toss in Mama Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak ($32.99). As the name indicates, this soak eases your body like yoga would by using a blend of calming essential oils like lavender and citrus lemon peel. To create an even dreamier ambience, light a soothing candle like NEST Fragrances Classic Candle in Vanilla Orchid & Almond ($38.99). We warn you though—you may never want to leave your bathtub.

Do yoga outside

If you don’t have time for a bath, we recommend a quick outdoor yoga session in the morning. Practicing yoga is great for your overall health as it clears your mind and gets you ready for the day. Not sure how to do it? No worries—there are a gazillion videos on YouTube to help you out. Just make sure to set your mat on a shaded spot either in your backyard or a nearby park. Don’t forget to also bring a good SPF. Image Skincare Prevention+Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 ($27.89) works wonders as it offers both UVA and UVB protection, ensuring that your face is covered from the elements. Always namaste away from sun damage!

Get your glow on

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We’re told to drink about half a gallon of water each day, but let’s be realistic: That goal can be pretty hard to reach most of the time. Fortunately, you can achieve hydrated skin while you sleep by quenching it with GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($50.99). A single use of this mask is all it takes to give your skin an instant boost and make it look like you’re glowing from within. Apply it the night before Valentine’s Day to ensure silky, smooth skin that will enhance any date makeup look.

Put your best face on
Skip the spa—you can give yourself an at-home mini facial by using Peter Thomas Roth Facial On The Go ($18.99). This set allows you to recreate the professional experience in the comfort of your room with just four gel products. Before getting started though, take a hot shower to open up the pores for maximum effectiveness. Ingredients such as glycolic acid will brighten your skin while hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts gives your skin the moisture it needs. Our personal favorite is the peeling gel, which visibly rolls away dead skin cells. Great for normal skin types, it’s an easy way to bring life back into your skin without putting a dent in your wallet.

The Art of Gorgeous Hands

Winter equates to dry skin for many of us, which means it’s more important than ever to take care of those cracked knuckles before the problem becomes worse. Here’s how to make sure your hands stay gorgeous and soft even in single-digit temps.

First things first…you need to moisturize. It’s fairly easy to get into this habit as temperatures drop because your hands severely suffer if you don’t. Dry air has a tendency to really wreak havoc on the skin, and if left alone your hands will start to feel dehydrated and itchy. They may even start to crack or peel. Avoid that whole scenario by investing in a high-quality product like Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream ($10.99), a rich moisturizer that sinks right in without leaving skin greasy or oily. It works continuously even after you wash your hands, and is designed to stand up to even the most brutally cold weather. Now that’s a superstar.

In addition to your hands, you might notice that your fingernails tend to dry out in the cold, too. Lack of moisture in the air aggravates the problem if your nails are already brittle, but even people with normally smooth nails may notice a change if they don’t show them some TLC during winter. Buffing Tweezerman’s Dual Nail Brush ($6.89) over nails helps slough away those dry bits and reveals cleaner, smoother nails. And thanks to the ergonomic handle and oval shape, it’s easy to use and never gets tiresome.

Sometimes rough skin needs a little extra attention. A nourishing body scrub infused with natural sugars is a great way to slough away dead skin and reveal the fresh, new skin underneath. We love John Masters Organics Raspberry and Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), which gently eliminates dry spots while infusing skin with hydrating and healing oils that both brighten the skin (a must when your hands start to look a little dull in the winter) and leave them softer for longer.

After scrubbing, use a gentle hand soap that isn’t loaded with harsh detergents—those are a surefire way to dry out your skin even more. Check out NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Liquid Soap ($20.99), a light and nourishing product that leaves hands soft and smooth. It also infuses delicate hand skin with healing antioxidants that combat the harsh effects of nature’s free radicals, which can contribute to the early signs of aging. The scent is perfectly bright and uplifting for the season, too!

If your hands are in truly dire condition, you’ll need to kick your hand care game up a notch. A pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves ($32.99) works overtime to deliver intensive moisture to your hands. They’re made with grapeseed and ceramide gel, which deliver instant hydration. Although you can wear them for the recommended 20 minutes, you’ll reap greater rewards if you leave them on for longer—maybe while binge watching your favorite TV show or even while taking a nap. They’re perfect for maintaining your skin during the winter.

Skincare 101: Why You Need to Add Collagen to Your Routine

of collagen as the glue that keeps your skin strong and elastic. As we age, our natural collagen production slows, which results in those pesky fine lines and wrinkles that are so stubborn and often difficult to control. Lack of collagen can also cause skin to sag, which is another key sign of aging. You may also experience a reduction of this vital protein if you smoke, ingest lots of sugar, or spend excessive time in the sun.

The good news is that you can still revitalize your skin by increasing its exposure to products that are infused with collagen. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we’re big believers in the power of collagen and its ability to transform your skin. Here are our favorite products, all formulated to give aging skin the necessary boost it needs to achieve a more youthful, fresher complexion.

The Murad Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion ($59.99) is ideal for use on the face and neck, two key areas where signs of aging are most prominent. This product is known for its ability to work faster than average, which means that within a couple of hours of smoothing the lotion on, your skin will feel smoother and look marvelously better. The lightweight lotion is designed to plump up thinned out skin and restore a radiant look. It’s packed with antioxidants, which help combat harmful free radicals that contribute to ongoing signs of aging. It’s also a powerful moisturizer—and remember, the softer your skin, the younger it looks.

Don’t forget about your lips, which are equally susceptible to aging due to collagen loss. The Murad Age Reform Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips ($22.99) is designed for easy use and promises big results. Fine lines on the lips will be a memory after you smooth on this gloss-like balm that is infused with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and plumping mustard sprouts, which improve circulation so that your lips look fuller and healthier. If your lips are naturally dry, you’ll appreciate the addition of shea butter—it’s extremely potent and leaves lips pillow-soft to the touch.

It’s clear to see why collagen is such an essential part of the skin’s overall health. At TheBeautyPlace.com, you’ll find a wide variety of products infused with this very necessary ingredient. Shop them all here!

Mid-Day Refresh: How to Touch Up Your Makeup in a Rush

You’ve got places to go, things to do, and people to see. Where does your makeup routine factor into the schedule? If you’re anything like us, you usually need to refresh your look a bit by midday. We’re here to share several helpful tips to minimize the time it takes you to usually revamp your complexion. Here, how we pull it all together even in the midst of a crazy day.

Invest in a Crazy Good Concealer

If your goal is to minimize imperfections and perfect your skin, your best bet is to invest in a concealer that is designed to hide everything from dark circles to ruddiness. We love bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($18.99). Available in four versatile shades, it features a lightweight consistency. When applied, it smoothes and drenches skin with moisture, conceals precisely what you want to hide, and nourishes to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion with regular use.

 

Brighten Up with Tinted Moisturizer

By midday, your entire complexion could look a little sallow. Forget about starting afresh with every single product in your beauty routine. Just whip out a product like Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($30.99). Not only is it infused with protective SPF 15, but it also moisturizes skin and leaves behind a hint of color that helps banish imperfections with a natural finish.

 

Put On a Kiss of Color

Sometimes all you really need is a pop of color on your lips to shake things up after a busy morning. In fact, that’s often all you need to feel more pulled together before a big meeting or gathering with friends for lunch. Slick on Tigi Cosmetics Diamond Lipstick ($17.99), available in eight shades and perfect for livening up your look when you need something peppy to perk things up.

 

Warm Up Your Complexion

Particularly helpful during the cooler months, Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush ($20.99) will quickly warm up apale complexion. Just smudge it onto your cheekbones and blend, blend, blend to achieve a natural glow that brightens your face and gives winter paleness a little nudge.

 

Liven Up Your Lids with Cream

If you’re focused on playing up your eyes, you don’t want to spend half of your lunch hour applying primer, shadow, liner, and mascara. Keep the routine simple by touching up your lids with Tigi Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow ($13.99). Thanks to its crease-free formula, it slicks right on and stays put without budging—and it leaves behind a gorgeous shimmer, too.

What to Do When Your Skin Freaks Out

We’ve all been there. One day your skin is completely fine, and the next morning it looks like something out of a horror movie. Whether it’s an unfortunate allergic reaction to something mysterious, a surprise breakout on your chin, or some ruddiness that doesn’t seem to want to budge, there’s no easy way around the fact that your skin is simply freaking out. The good news is that we have some solutions for your serious skin woes. Here’s what to do when…

 

Your Lips Are Chapped  

You try your best to handle your lip game. And usually it’s pretty easy to keep them moist, but during the colder months of the year your skin—including your lips—has a mind of its own. To the rescue comes Glo Skin Beauty Lip Revival ($25.99). This high-impact treatment is formulated to drench lips with moisture and improve moisture levels so that your lips stay softer for longer. Use it at night to obtain lasting results.

Your Acne Scars Are In Effect

Acne scars don’t just develop overnight, but if you’ve just recovered from a serious breakout there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some lingering pigmentation issues. Bid farewell to that dark spot by applying SkinCeuticals Phyto+ ($78.99), a highly effective lightening gel enriched with natural ingredients designed to gently lighten skin in the areas that need it most. It’s free of hydroquinone, too, which means it’s great even for the most sensitive skin types.

Your Dryness Is Unstoppable

Winter has a habit of wreaking havoc on the skin, and it often seems like no matter how much you treat it you can’t quite stay on top of all of the dryness. The Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum ($55.99) makes an amazing addition to any dry-skin routine. Don’t be fooled by its lightweight consistency; it’s loaded with moisturizing ingredients that flood your skin with hydration and give it a plump, healthy finish. Use it before bed to combat dryness and signs of premature aging.

 

Your Skin Is Bright Red

There’s nothing like waking up, refreshed from a great night’s sleep, only to discover that your complexion resembles Rudolph’s nose. While it’s tempting to just slather on several layers of makeup and go about your day, that won’t exactly solve the problem in the long run. Treat your ruddiness with La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 ($11.99). It’s formulated to gently heal even the most sensitive skins, even those recovering from procedures or suffering from dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis.

Your Acne Is Out of Control

Stubborn acne is an annoying skin woe that can often seem insurmountable. Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($21.99) are infused with salicylic acid and tea tree oil and are designed to target only the skin that’s affected. This helps reduce the telltale dryness that many acne medications cause, while effectively treating even the most difficult blemishes. Wear them throughout the night, or during the day if you don’t plan to leave the house.

 

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