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 Easiest Celebrity Morning Routines

It is no secret that the most successful people in the world, celebrities included, are early risers—some even wake up as early as 5:00 AM like Jennifer Aniston! Getting out of bed while it is still dark out is definitely the challenge, but it allows people to get ready at their own pace and also get a quick workout session in before the day starts. While a lot of celebrities say that meditation and coffee is an essential start to their day, skincare products are what they really cannot live without. To get inspired, we have found the top celebrity morning routines that are surprisingly simple and therapeutic so you can also take on the day like a star.

 

Cleanse with an herbal face wash

Before starting her makeup routine in the morning, Kate Bosworth cleanses her face with an herbal cleanser because it is gentle and natural. We recommend using Neova’s Herbal Wash ($21.99) as it is a soap-free, gentle wash that works well at removing any oil and debris from the night before. Formulated with chamomile extract to help decongest clogged pores and peppermint oil to soothe the skin, this cleanser is especially great for sensitive, acne-prone skin types.

Put on a cold sheet mask

If your skin is looking particularly dull when you wake up, do what Mindy Kaling does and use a sheet mask in the morning! Decleor’s Aroma White C+ Intensive Brightening Sheet Mask ($41.99) instantly rejuvenates the skin by adding luminosity and decreasing hyperpigmentation. For an added bonus, chill the mask in the fridge like Mindy before applying. Using a cold product on your face will tighten the skin and brighten the complexion by boosting circulation so it is a win-win.

 

Use a different mask each morning

When you are more crunched for time, sheet masks may not fit into your schedule so opt for a regular face mask like Martha Stewart. Even though she accomplishes a lot in the morning, she always has time for a face mask. Martha told the New York Times that she puts one on every morning for five days a week, but she never repeats the same mask two days in a row. She uses a variety of face masks, from firming to gel to collagen, so we recommend trying out Peter Thomas Roth’s Meet Your Mask Kit ($19.99) since it offers six different masks in total. It includes a purifying mud mask, a detoxifying cucumber gel mask, a rose stem cell repair mask, a pumpkin dermal resurfacing mask, a 24k gold firming mask, and an algae hydrating mask so can tackle any skin problems throughout the week.

Roll out those puffy eyes

Even though it seems like celebrities wake up flawless, do not be fooled. They deal with puffy eyes like the rest of us do, which is why they have a fool-proof weapon: a Jade Roller ($37.99). Lea Michele, among many other celebrities, uses this tiny tool religiously to get rid of puffy eyes, as it reduces inflammation via lymphatic drainage. Use it cold to reduce swelling even quicker. It will make you look and feel more alert in the morning, helping you to put your best foot forward.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Hair Loss

Dealing with the sudden onset of hair loss can be both alarming and stressful. You may worry about whether it’s related to a health condition, or spend all of your time researching the benefits of shampoos and treatments designed to reverse the problem. First things first: Stressing won’t help, and may make you feel worse. Remember that it’s not an uncommon problem, either—the American Hair Loss Association estimates that women account for approximately 40% of sufferers in the United States.

So what can you do about the problem? It’s important to understand the root cause of the problem. Temporary loss may be due to illness or medication, and might resolve with time. Excessive loss of hair, however, could be due to a specific medical condition known as alopecia. Only a doctor can properly diagnose this and provide you with a solution. That said, there are things that you can do—and avoid—to help the situation. Here’s what you should know.

DO:

Treat your hair gently using products that are formulated to stimulate hair growth. A sulfate-free formula, such as Toppik Hair Building Shampoo, not only enhances volume but also protects color-treated strands from fading. Use it regularly to see results. To build on your results, try Toppik Hair Fattener , a leave-in conditioner that is formulated to plump the hair shaft and leave your mane softer and more manageable.

 

Adjust your diet as needed. There’s a reason behind the old “you are what you eat” adage, after all. Protein-rich foods are essential, because they promote strength and encourage keratin production. Salmon and avocado are both excellent additions that add a nutritious boost to any diet. Low levels of iron and vitamin D2 may also be to blame for your hair loss. A blood test can confirm that, but in the meantime you can bulk up on spinach, eggs, and cheese to see a difference. Try: Bosley Supplement for Women – 60 count

DON’T:

 

 

Spending all your time stressing out can be truly detrimental to your physical and emotional health. In fact, it could be part of the reason your hair is suddenly shedding. Of course, it’s hard to simply cut your anxiety—but you can embrace a few self-care habits to reduce those feelings. Try meditating at night before bed, for example, or go for a peaceful walk to clear your mind. It’s the little things that count, and they all add up to a happier and healthier you.

 

Overstyling your hair can also be problematic in the long run. While it’s tempting to experiment with styles in an effort to minimize the appearance of hair loss, all that fussing might actually weaken your strands further. Keep it simple by using Wet Brush Detangle Professional to smooth out your strands in the shower and avoid the unnecessary tugging and tangling that usually happens when you’re styling.

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 ($30.89) 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 ($13.99) 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 ($29.99) 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 ($40.99). 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 ($17.89). 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 ($34.99). 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!).

These are the travel-size beauty products you *have* to pack for a trip away

When it comes to packing your holiday beauty essentials, no matter how many times you write a checklist, you always forget something. Having all your favourites in under 100ml for the plane, and remembering what you’ll need while you’re there, can be a bit of a headache. So, to lighten your load, we’ve worked out the fail-safe travel-sized beauty product must-haves that’ll ensure you feel summertime fine from take off to touch down…

The Skin Kit

Wish you could travel with a facialist on hand for your best-ever skin on holiday? It’s now one step closer, thanks to The Ultimate Renew Beauty Kit, £65, devised by the the beauty experts at NET-A-PORTER. With a selection of 12 skin cleansers, oils, peels, serums and eye brighteners, from cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Lancer and Dr Dennis Gross to name just a few – it covers every skincare base for glowy holiday skin. And best of all it’s cleverly packed into a transparent pack so there’s no decanting or squishing into a clear plastic bag. We’re all up for treating ourself to first class beauty, even if we do turn right on the plane.

       Try these:

iS Clinical Brightening Travel Kit

● Image Skincare Ageless Travel/Trial Kit

Peter Thomas Roth Cult Classics Kit

The Plane

Ear plugs, tooth kit, eye mask: Yes, some airlines offer them, but surprisingly some don’t and it’s a bleeding nightmare if you’re stuck next to someone who insists on keeping their reading light and you want a kip. Better to be safe than sorry.

Try these:

Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste 4.2 oz

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Sheet Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

SiO Eye & Smile Lift – 4 pads

Nasal spray, painkillers: The single best travelling trick I know is to use a chemist-bought nasal spray such as Vicks First Defence (£6) when flying. Using it when you first get on the plane will significantly reduce the threat of developing bugs from inhaling the air conditioning. If, though, you tend to get a headache from the air-con, bring painkillers. It’s a killer not to have them.

Moisturiser, pillow spray and muscle cream: Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. Admittedly, pillow spray is an added luxury but, a little lavender mist (Susanne Kaufmann pillow spray (£18) can really help to relax you during the flight and don’t forget the muscle cream. It’s not something many people think of but if you wake up with a stiff neck, it’ll be your saving grace. We love This Works In Transit Muscle Therapy (£18) – it really does tingle the right spots.

Facewash and deodorant: When you get the “breakfast wake-up” having been hunched in the same position for seven hours, there really is no better word than “rough” for how you’re probably feeling. The best quick-fix is a good facewash, a slick of deodorant (we love Aesop’s(£23)) and a scrub of the old nashers. Take Kiehl’s travel-sized Ultra Facial Wash (£7.50) for the best kind of in-flight wake-up. Its gel formula lathers the skin in a creamy foam, leaving it moisturised and refreshed.

Try these:

Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes – 20 Count

PCA Skin Total Wash Face & Body Cleanser 1 oz

The hotel

Yes, the hotel will provide the shampoo, conditioner and shower-gel frills but there really are some key items missing on their stock order…

Sun cream: If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun and we highly recommend using no lower SPF than factor 30. You need to bring a body sun cream and a face SPF.

Try these:

Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen 0.62 oz

NIA24 Sun Damage 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 2.5 oz

Skinmedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 35 1.85 oz

After sun, body lotion, body oil: It may seem excessive to pack all three moisturising products, but if your suitcase allows, do it. Use the after sun straight after the beach. For evenings, choose a lovely scented, deeply moisturising butter and use an oil on your legs. You can reapply just before you go to bed to allow your body to absorb the maximum moisture it can overnight. This will help to prolong your tan and keep your skin nice and plump.

Try these:

Bliss Grapefruit + Aloe Body Butter 6.7 oz

John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk 8 oz

Avene Body Oil 6.76 oz

Face mask: For many people, a holiday is a chance to go au-natural, allow the skin to breathe and avoid having to wear make-up for a couple of weeks, which we totally get. But, whether you fall into this camp or still maintain your normal beauty regime, the extra time you have whilst away is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and a face mask is the way to do so. Face masks such as SK-II’s legendary Facial Treatment Masks (£86 for a pack of 10) will help to restore moisture alongside your normal night cream and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.

Try these:

bareMinerals Dirty Detox Skin Glowing and Refining Mud Mask 2.04 oz

Bliss Multi Faceted Mask

Straightners or curlers and salt spray: Just because the hotel will have the hair cleaning products and a hairdryer, it doesn’t have the finishing touches to take your hair from day to night. Bring a set of stylers and a product such as a salt spray to get the ultimate beach waves, tousled look. We love Bosch’s mini straighteners-come-curlers (£23.99), perfect for squeezing in a suitcase and Davines’ Sea Mist (£15) for voluminous texture.

Try these:

Bio Ionic OnePass Iron 1.5″

TIGI Session Series Salt Spray 9.13oz

Make-up essentials

Concealer, tinted moisturiser, highlighter: Skin tends to clear up and look a whole lot healthier after being a little sun-kissed so leave all your thicker foundations and cover-ups at home. Take a concealer to use if your bags won’t budge and those dark spots and fine lines keep clinging. We love Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer (£23) for instant improvement. When it comes to a tinted moisturiser, select a shade one darker than what you normally wear if you tan. The best we have found is Estee Lauder’s Sheer Tint Release (£38), which adapts to your skintone, whatever it is. Lastly, the power of a good highlighter to enhance your holiday glow shouldn’t be underestimated. Try Nars’ Illuminator (£23) on your cheekbones, cupid’s arrow, brow bones and temples.

Try these:

bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Eyebrow products: Don’t forget to fill those brows in, the sun will naturally make your hairs lighter. Benefit’s Brow Zings (£24.50) is a winner with its powder and wax options.

Try these:

Glo Minerals Brow Collection

Mascara: Take a waterproof mascara such as Clinique’s High Impact(£17.50). That way, you’ll look fresh in the water as well as out. Don’t underestimate the power of humidity and sweat to smudge your look even if you are on dry land.

Try these:

Glo Minerals Brow Collection

Tigi Cosmetics Eyes Love It Mascara

Lipstick: Yes, you’ve been told to always keep a red lippy on you at all times, but it’s for a reason. It’s the quickest, easiest, most effective way to glam up your look and is the symbol of classic beauty. You can’t go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo (£15.50). With its blue neon undertone, it’s got a really fun edge, which translates well to a holiday vibe. Also make sure to pack a nude lipstick so you can achieve different looks on alternate nights without having to bring a trunk full of colours. We recommend Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke (£37) for a sparkly, sheeny finish.

Try these:

Tigi Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick

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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 Complete Eyebrow Guide

Just like haircuts, eyebrow shapes aren’t one-size-fits-all. Getting the perfect brows really depends on the shape of your face. Remember, knowing your face shape is the first step to creating your most beautiful look! And keeping them on point between appointments can be a challenge, but the experts at TheBeautyPlace have you covered.

 

For Square Shape Face: A square jaw and defined angles accents the angularity of your face, so softly rounded brows are the way to go! Make sure your brows are not too angular. But beware of making brows appear too round; you don’t want to over pluck and create rainbow-shaped brows!
 

For Round Shape Face: If your face is round you want to make sure your brows are very angular. Contrast a soft, rounded face with sharp brows, the perfect angled brow can bring out and define a facial bone structure that is lacking or not present.

 

For Long Shape Face: Features that are vertically stretched out characterize a long face shape. In this case, it is important to extend the tails of your brows east-to-west to really play up horizontal features. We always read that the tails of brows extend beyond the corner of the eye, but a long face should make it a point for tails to extend a bit longer.

 

For Heart Shape Face: Although bold brows are in this season, a heart-shaped face will definitely want to steer shy of this trend. Because of the petite jaw line and emphasis on the upper portion of the face, it is important to keep brows well manicured and exceptionally groomed.

 

Now that you know how to perfectly style your eyebrows following your face shape, it is time to know how to keep them always on point!

Step 1: Brush your eyebrows to better reveal your natural shape and expose any gaps and bare spots in need of filling. The Jane Iredale Brow Brush/Comb ($8.99) is ideal for brows and lashes. Perfect for brushing, grooming and separating lashes and eyebrows

Step 2: Draw in any missing hair. Dip just the tip of the angled brush into the pomade. Then draw in individual hairs with light, upward strokes. For this, you can use the Tigi Cosmetics Brow Pencil Blonde ($12.99) this is an easy application eyebrow definer and eyebrow groomer.

 

Step 3: Now fill them up! Start in the center and blend out toward the tail. Then without adding more products to your brush, run the brush through the inner corners.  The Glo Minerals Brow Powder Duo ($15.99) are powders that were specially made to match all brow colors. They were designed to fill in any areas of less hair of the eyebrow you would like to fill in!

Step 4: Give a final touch to your brows with a clear gel! The Glo Minerals Brow Gel – Clear ($12.99) is a water-based formula that provides brow-sculpting control.

If you’re looking to have everything you need in one place than the ideal kit to have is the Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit ($22.29). It’s a travel-friendly kit made to keep your brows refined, it includes three brushes, transparent botanical brow wax, and pigmented brow powder. It’s a quick and easy way to add color and depth to brows no matter where you are.

 

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.

 

Have you heard? We’re having a hair care sale! Browse through the selection to find your favorite products for color-treated hair.

Make your lipstick last longer with these 5 tips

Whether you’re wearing a nude shade or you’re braving a fuchsia color, there’s nothing more frustrating than leaving your house with a perfect pout and needing to adjust and reapply an hour later after two sips of coffee. The secret to setting your lipstick isn’t really a secret. It’s a combination of prep, application, and product choices. Check out these tips for a long-lasting lip.

Prepare your lips. Exfoliate them

The first rule of lipstick is to have smooth lips, and the best way to ensure a perfect canvas is to gently exfoliate lips to remove flaky, dry spots. You can employ the help of an unused toothbrush (seriously, don’t touch the one you use in your mouth) or a lip scrub. One of our favorite exfoliants is the PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant ($21.99) This product exfoliates while cleansing for a soft and smooth complexion. With a creamy texture, it is formulated with hydrating ingredients.

 

Add some concealer to your lips!

Pat a little foundation or concealer over lips. Don’t entirely erase your mouth, but cancel out your lip’s natural pink so that your lip color’s true hue comes through. This also gives it a little something extra to adhere to. Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer ($22.99) can be the perfect option!

 

Use the Reverse Lining

You may think to reach straight for the liner that matches your lipstick of choice, but using a technique known as the reverse lining is actually the better way to go. Using a flesh- or clear-hued lip liner, like bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Liner ($14.99) this helps prolong wear and prevent feathering, or for post-lining to clean up the edges and finish off your nude lip look.

 

Go for a liquid formula

Liquid lipsticks are definitely the trend of the moment, but they’re also here to stay for good reason: Their staying power is unparalleled. And no liquid stays put longer than Glo Minerals Gloss ($12.99) which protect and nourish your lips while conditioning and coloring them.  Let your lips sparkle and shimmer with this spectacular gloss.

 

 

Put some powder on it!

Take a tissue and separate it into two halves. Place one sheet on your lips and dust a translucent powder like Dermablend Setting Powder ($22.99) over the lips, through the tissue. This is a trick you’ll see makeup artists doing backstage at fashion shows. This sets the color and helps set makeup and enhances wearability.

The Power of Scent

Essential oils and herbs add a hint of fragrance to your beauty products, but there’s more to them than that. Did you know that they actually serve a functional purpose, too? At TheBeautyPlace.com, we’re serious purveyors of scent—and the powerful effects they have on our skin and spirits. Here’s, a selection of our favorite products:

 

John Masters Organics Lavender & Palmarosa Body Scrub ($15.99): Summer is skin-baring season, which means you’re probably shaving daily and (hopefully) moisturizing regularly. One way to ensure that your skin stays smooth is to use a body scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. This scrub contains organic sugar, hydrating palmarosa leaf, and calming lavender.

 

Did you know? Lavender helps relax the body and mind. Studies show that it may help reduce blood pressure and promote better sleep. To reap the benefits of this scrub, enjoy a shower before bedtime (well worth it if you’ve spent the entire day at the beach!) and breathe in its aromatic scent. You’ll notice a remarkable change in how well you sleep.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Chamomile Cleansing Lotion ($25.99): Sensitive skin types demand a gentle cleanser that will effectively remove oil and makeup without stripping the skin. This formula is non-drying and designed to soothe skin and leave it smoother and softer. It contains natural herbal extracts, as well as gentle chamomile to help calm redness and irritation.

 

Did you know? Chamomile is a natural healing agent. The plant’s leaves contain a variety of therapeutic oils and potent, free radical-busting antioxidants. For skin that inflamed or otherwise irritated, it may help reduce the symptoms and promote quicker healing.

 

Jane Iredale Smell The Roses Hydration Spray ($25.99): Few scents capture romance, peace, and elegance as well as hypnotic rose. This spray is more than a traditional perfume—it’s designed to drench your complexion with hydration and reduce redness and irritation that may develop after a long day of sun exposure. Use it to brighten your skin throughout the day, set your makeup, or as a fragrance when you want something light and pleasant.

 

Did you know? Rose is considered one of the most powerful essential oils in the world. It’s known as an antiseptic, and it can help control excess oil production and balance your skin’s pH levels.

 

Rusk Sensories Clarify Rosemary & Quillaja Detoxifying Shampoo ($10.99): Do you ever look in the mirror and wish there was a personal stylist behind you working her magic? Consider this shampoo a substitute. It’s enriched with quillaja (a natural soap) and rosemary, which may help stimulate your hair’s growth. At the very least, it will give your hair a little boost at the root and help revive it.

 

Did you know? Rosemary is thought to nourish and treat damaged scalps, which is why it’s often found in various hair care formulas. In addition to stimulating growth, it might even delay hair loss, treat dandruff, or reduce graying. If your scalp is typically dry or flaky, rosemary makes an excellent addition to your routine.

 

Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Oil Serum ($37.79): Nourishing facial oils can have an incredible effect on the skin, particularly this one that is designed to reduce oil buildup and balance your complexion. As an addition to your regular routine, add two drops twice a day to your skin and gently massage it into the skin to reap its rewards.

 

Did you know? Ylang ylang boosts circulation and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It may help reduce inflammation, treat skin infections, and even normalize skin that suffers from eczema or seborrhea. Both conditions are the result of irregular oil production, which in turn creates the conditions’ telltale itchy, peeling patches.

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