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 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+.

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

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!

5 Body Products Everyone Needs in the Winter

Winter has a tendency to take its toll on the skin. Even if you aren’t typically dry or sensitive, the harsh, cold air can create uncomfortable tightness, itchiness, and scaliness. To combat these problems, you’ll need to swap your usual products for a few emulsions formulated with specific nourishing ingredients that soothe and protect the skin. Here are five we love for the season.

Fix Your Hands

With excessive hand washing—something many of us do throughout cold and flu season—comes the
tendency for rough, dry hands. In more severe cases, your knuckles may crack and even bleed. The trick is to find a product that does more than simply coat it with a little moisture that comes off when you next wash your hands. Avene Cicalfate Hand  is designed to create a protective barrier that locks out the aggravating effects of winter without leaving your hands sticky or greasy. Used regularly, it will make a visible difference in the condition of your skin.

Scrub It Up

Even if you don’t typically exfoliate your skin, winter is an opportune time to start. In order to reap the rewards of any moisturizing products that you use, your skin needs to be free of flakes and dryness. Use a product like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Blood Orange Body Scrub  at least three or four times a week to enjoy a smoother, softer canvas that’s more accepting of your body creams and lotions. This formula is made with sugar and raspberry seeds, which make it gentle enough for most skin types. Bonus points for the gorgeous scent!

Add Rich Moisture

A generic body lotion that you tap into your skin during spring and summer won’t do much if you’re suffering in the winter. Upgrade your moisture game with something richer, creamier, and more protective, like Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion . It’s packed with nourishing vitamins B5, C, and E, all of which work together to heal irritation. The nourishing formula sinks right into the skin without leaving you sticky, so you can get dressed quickly.

Treat Your Baths

There’s more to winter skin care than simply hydrating your skin. If you take regular baths, make the most of that time by treating the water with a conditioning product, like Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts. The combination of soothing mineral salts and seaweed gently slough off dead skin cells to reveal the softer skin beneath. And because of its enzymatic content, you may even notice a slight glow when you’re done with your soak. It also boasts a fragrant spice scent.

Use Some Oil

Some body oils are capable of doing anything, from smoothing frizz to soothing dryness to healing irritated cuticles. A product such as John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil  is as versatile a taskmaster as anything you could imagine—it’s able to handle all of the above and so much more. Use it to soothe freshly shaved skin, or put it on before you apply lotion to lock in some extra moisture.

A Guide to Wearing Matte During the Holidays

Although typically associated with shimmer and glimmer, winter is also a great time to break out your most adventurous matte hues. Richly saturated lips and deeply colorful eyelids set the stage for a beautiful cold-weather look that’s appropriate for everything from holiday season parties to The Nutcracker showings at your local theatre. Thinking of experimenting with matte for the first time? Here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Make a Statement With Your Eyes

It’s usually the aforementioned shimmery shadows that make the boldest statement. But when applied properly, even matte eye makeup can transform your look into one that is stunning and seductive. Think in terms of your agenda. If you’re headed out, it’s more than appropriate to rock a deep, smoky eye and complement the look with bold eyelashes. Start by priming your lids with bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Primer . Smooth the cream on and watch it transform into a matte powder before your eyes.

Then it’s time to dip into your favorite colors from the Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Kit  in Naturally Matte. Dust the medium shade onto your lids, using a light hand so that you can build color gradually. Then add some dimension by working the darkest color into the crease. Extend that color to the inner third of your eye and blend it just slightly upward. Apply the lightest shade to your brow bone for an eye-popping look. Don’t forget to add a few generous coats of mascara!

Give Your Skin a Little Boost

The right matte products can make a world of difference in how your complexion looks. The key is to select formulas that are designed specifically for your skin type. If you have dry tendencies, for example, seek out items that are enriched with hydrating ingredients to bring out the best in your complexion. The Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45 is an excellent starting point. The moisturizing product dries down to a flattering matte finish and leaves just a hint of color on the skin.

If you don’t want to bother with foundation or like using a setting product as a final touch, consider Glo Minerals Loose Matte Finishing Powder . The translucent product is easy to dust on with a fluffy brush, and is expertly formulated to combat oily skin and prevent pesky shine from breaking through in the middle of the day. The best part is how flawless your skin will look after application—and for hours after.

Add a Pop to Your Lips

If the holidays aren’t the right time to add a dash of crimson to your lips, then there will never be a right time. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, add a matte version of the color to your repertoire. The hues provided in the bareMinerals Go Bold or Go Bare Trio Matte Lip Kit  are especially fitting for this time of year. You’ll have your choice of a pale mauve-pink that’s ideal for the work day, a bold violet to punctuate your night-out looks, and a seductive oxblood red that breaks all notions of timidity and gives you a perfect excuse to finally rock red lips before the year ends.

Images courtesy Vogue

Holiday Preview Sale 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, more than just Christmas. It’s the week after Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now a distant memory. What that means for all of us is that we’re scrambling to lock down the best gifts possible for all of the special people on our collective lists. We’ve rounded up everything that your VIPs could possibly want—and they’re all especially appealing for their great values. Here’s what we’re loving this holiday season.

For Her 

Proof that she doesn’t have to spend an entire day at the spa to reap the benefits of a luxurious skin treatment: the bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection. It’s filled with four try-me sizes of the brand’s best treatments: Be Pure to draw out dirt and debris; Be Dewy to enhance hydration; Be Bright to leave skin radiant; and Be Firm to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s a classic for a great reason. The Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic Cleansing System  packs a punch despite its demure size. The handheld cleansing brush is designed to do it all—remove makeup, minimize impurities, deep clean pores, and leave skin looking and feeling smoother and more supple. The package includes a USB charger, which means she can charge it anytime, anywhere!

For Him

If you’re already planning for your annual spring getaway, you can count on one thing: he probably won’t pack until the last minute. Get a head start on his behalf by surprising him with the Anthony Logistics Tool Kit . It’s a magnificent example of practical organization, with all of the essentials that he needs tucked into a sleek zippered case. Inside, he’ll find a pair of tweezers, nail clippers, grooming scissors, and a nail file.

No doubt he takes great pride in his facial hair. There’s something about that groomed work of art that he really loves—but without a little moisture, things can get a little rough. That’s where the Tigi Bed Head for Men Fuel Around Beard Oil comes in handy. Tuck this petite bottle into his stocking so that he can fuel his prized creation with nourishing vitamin E and protective antioxidants. 

For Teens

Makeup enthusiasm starts at a young age—really young, if you’re like most of us. But if your teen is just getting her feet wet and wants to experiment with a touch of pretty color, the bareMinerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye & Cheek Palette  is a gorgeous starting point. Inside are two shadows and a blush, designed to give her eyes and complexion a natural, healthy glow.

It’s also never too early to experiment with quality skin care products. The PÜR Cosmetics Sweet 16 Get This Party Started Prep Collection contains every thing your teen needs to achieve smooth, fresh skin: a trendy gilded mask, a primer to wear alone or beneath makeup, a light oil that keeps dry winter skin at bay, and an airy mist to set her makeup or cool down.

For Mom

Could mom’s beauty routine use an upgrade? Surprise her with a big-ticket item that she’s unlikely to splurge on herself, like the Jade Roller Beauty Rose Quartz . This stunning tool is as beautiful as it is effective—something she’ll quickly learn the first time she uses it. Simply gliding it over the complexion is a relaxing experience (what mom doesn’t want more R&R?), but popping it into the fridge to cool it down makes for an even more spa-like, therapeutic indulgence.

Beautiful candles nestled in a gorgeous box are not only impressive for their presentation, but also their desirable scents. That’s the case with the delightful NEST Fragrances 10th Anniversary Discovery Votive Set, which is packed with 10 mini votives in a variety of indulgent scents. Perfect for illuminating the bathroom on spa night or adding a warm glow to the living room, the set contains something for every mom, no matter what type of fragrance she favors.

For Dad

Dad may not quite be the type to indulge in high-end shampoo and conditioner. In fact, he may routinely wonder why you have 10 different bottles going at a time. No doubt it’s a mystery to all, but this Tigi B for Men Clean Up Shampoo and Conditioner Set  may help set matters straight just a little bit. The formulas are nourishing and elegant, with a healthy blend of lemongrass and menthol that lends his mane a fresh scent, plus a dash of peppermint to stimulate hair growth.

Hair loss can trigger feelings of dismay no matter a person’s age. Help dad face the challenge with a Bosley Defense Starter Pack. Inside this innovative set are full-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and defense treatment. When used regularly and in tandem, they may contribute to halting hair loss and minimizing the appearance of thinness.

Get the Look: Keira Knightley

Whether she’s portraying a pirate, a soccer player, a handmaiden, or an aristocrat, Keira Knightley has the innate ability to pull each role off with grace. Her unique combination of undeniable elegance and dramatic talent brings a certain regality to her on-screen roles—and it’s a quality that translates into her real life, too. When she took to the red carpet on September 15 for the Los Angeles premiere of Colette, she wowed us with her showstopping beauty look.

Was it the delicate smoky eye, or the warmly flushed cheekbones, or the beautifully feathered brows, or the perfect cherry pout? It’s safe to say that all of these striking elements play a strong role in making this one of the year’s best celebrity looks. We’re inspired—and we hope you will be, too. Here’s how you can make the look your own using just a few of our favorite key products


Face

Begin with a clean canvas topped with the moisturizer of your choice. Knightley’s skin is noteworthy because it somehow just glows—and that’s a look that’s easy to achieve by smoothing on Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation . Add a drop of bareMinerals BarePro Glow Highlighter  to your face and use a foundation brush to buff it into your skin. You’ll enjoy a lit-from-within look that’s perfect for the holiday season. Don’t forget your cheeks! Emulate Knightley’s flushed look by dusting a shade from the PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book  onto your face

Eyes

It might seem a little tricky to pull off such a light, airy, and almost innocent smoky eye, but you can make it work with the right colors in your arsenal. Begin with bareMinerals Aurora Lights Eye Shadow Palette . It contains a broad combination of hues that range from ethereal to dramatic. For this look, you’ll stay on the paler end of the spectrum by using Interstellar, Venus, and Romp to mimic Knightley’s lilac-fresh look. You’ll play up the drama with coat upon coat of PÜR Cosmetics Triple Threat Mascara , which features an innovative brush that makes it easy to apply color to even the innermost corners. Use Youngblood Brow Artiste Wax  to bring your brows to life.

Lips

How addictive is an amazing red lip? It’s hard to resist the beauty of something that looks so fierce, fearless, and surprisingly natural all at once. Knightley pulls it off easily—in large part because the lip is the star of the show. Start boldly by slicking Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick onto your lips. Finish the look by smoothing on PÜR Cosmetics Chrome Glaze Lip Gloss  for an intense kiss of brilliant shine.

Image courtesy Frederick M. Brown/Stringer

What Image Skincare Product Is Right for You?

Treating your skin to quality products that are as effective as they are nurturing is essential to its long-term condition. Value and efficiency lie in the scientifically backed collection formulated by IMAGE Skincare. The brand is designed to make a visible difference—and it’s no surprise, given that it was developed by an aesthetician whose keen awareness and understanding of varying skin types is evident in every product in the line.

You’ll discover products that are tailored to different needs, from acne and aging to sun damage and rosacea. So how exactly can you navigate the line and select the ones that will do the most favors for your skin? Here’s what you need to know.

Acne

Dealing with acne can be a beast. You may go through product after product, eventually feeling like a guinea pig for every single blemish brand in existence. Bring those woes to a halt by adding the brand’s Clear Cell Salicylic Clarifying Pads  to your medicine cabinet. It’s infused with glycolic and salicylic acids, both of which tackle excess oil and help control the production of sebum in the long run. That’s key to preventing more acne from forming. The pads also reduce the incidence of clogged pores, leaving your skin brighter, fresher, and clearer with every use.

Dryness

Dry skin is tough to tackle, especially when you feel like you’ve gone through every heavy-duty moisturizer available. Once you smooth Vital C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer  onto your visage, however, you’ll notice the difference you’ve been hoping to see. It boasts a light, silky consistency that melts into the skin, leaving it buttery smooth and touchably soft. That’s key for anyone who deals regularly with rough patches that feel practically immune to hydration. This is the key to reversing the problem, and creating a smoother canvas.

Eyes 

How you treat your eyes today will impact how they look in the future. That’s never been more true than today, when excessive exposure to sunlight contributes to those advanced signs of aging. The key is to add a potent product to your routine, such as The MAX Stem Cell Eye . It’s designed to use day or night, and contains nourishing ingredients like plant stem cells, plus alpine edelweiss, which is thought to absorb the sun’s potent ultraviolet rays before they have a chance to do harm to your skin. It’s a major task for this little bottle of genius!

Aging

You’ve got your anti-aging routine down pat—or so you think. Maybe you’re invested in your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, but chances are you aren’t properly exfoliating that skin as well as you thought. To the rescue comes the Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder . It contains micro exfoliants that gently yet effectively slough away dead skin, revealing the smooth and bright surface beneath. It’s enriched with antioxidants, which combat those pesky free radicals that can contribute to the visible signs of aging.

How To: Ace The Red Smoky Eye Look!

It’s official! — red/pink eye shadow is the new neutral. With stars like Ruth Negga, Lily Collins, and even Queen Bey turning up in pink eyeshadow, pink blush and bright red lips, the combo is proving to be a real stunner — and a refreshing departure from the typical red lips and black, winged liner pairing we see this time of year.

Though it’s a risky shade, it can be surprisingly easy to pull off with the proper placement and blending skills. Choosing the right shade depends on your skin tone, and experimenting with the color base will help make sure you choose the right shade of red for you. However, to create this look, the Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eyeshadow  has the perfect red tone that goes with almost every skin tone, they also go on smooth and ensure long-lasting wearability!

Also, don’t forget you’ll need to add some orange to the corners to make it a little softer and less dramatic. The Glo Minerals Elemental Eyes Collection  this palette includes eight eyeshadows that will help you to perfectly get the smoky red look.

After you applied and blended the eye shadows, define the entire eye with a brown eye pencil, lining the upper and lower lash line so no skin is showing. Actually, we have the perfect product for that! Check out the Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner  this pencil easily glides onto the eyelid without stretching the delicate skin around the eye.

To get this perfect look, apply a few coats of volumizing mascara. The more, the better! bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black creates larger-than-life lashes. This mascara helps lengthen, thicken, and separate lashes for volume you can see.

 
Last but not least, an outstanding red smoky eye look needs to come along with tons of highlighter! Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter illuminates skin and adds a glow to any look. Shine bright babe!

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