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- The head of the brow should begin at the bridge of your nose. “This point can be easily found by vertically holding a pencil up to either side of your nose bone.”
- The arch of your eyebrows should be about two-thirds of the way out, Healy says. “One of the biggest mistakes I see day-to-day is a centered arch. This gives the dreaded ‘rainbow’ shape!”
- Don’t cut your brows short. “The tail should at the very least end on an imaginary line from the corner of the nose to the corner of the eye,” Healy says. “You can allow it to extend slightly further as long as that tail doesn’t end lower than where the head begins (this can make the eyes look droopy). Make sure your tails always taper to a crisp point to best lift the eye.”
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Sure, prepping to answer tough questions is the hardest part of an interview — but trying to figure out what clothing and color you should wear to a job interview freaks us out too. Landing a job interview usually leads to the closet war of all closet wars and totally stresses us out when we should be aiming to feel calm, cool and collected.
You’ve heard the standard advice. Dress for the industry in which you’re interviewing (there’s a big difference between a job at a white-shoe law firm and a tech startup, and your clothes should reflect that). Don’t wear anything too fashion-forward (you want to be the star of the interview, not your handbag), and above all else, don’t you dare wear something sloppy or better suited for a night of cocktails with your friends than a serious job interview. But what about color?
CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive conducted a study, polling hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes, asking the simple question, "What’s the best color to wear to a job interview?" Blue was the most recommended color, while orange came in dead last.
Deciding what shade to wear is slightly more complex than just picking blue and forgoing orange, though, as employers reported that various colors send various messages during the interview process. Do you want to come across as organized, for instance? Or creative?
“That first impression on an interview counts so much, and you don’t want to be out of the race before the interview even begins,” said Sherry Maysonave, head of Empowerment Enterprises, an image-consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. “That [impression] happens in less than 30 seconds, and it’s based entirely upon your attire.”
Here's a breakdown of the messages various colors can send during an interview so you can land the job you deserve.
Blue is the ultimate safe choice
Blue was the most recommended color by hiring professionals surveyed by CareerBuilder, with 23 percent responding they actually preferred the hue. Shades of blue send the message that you’re credible and trustworthy according to experts. Lisa Johnson Mandell of AOL Jobs writes, “Studies show that navy blue is the best color for a suit to wear to a job interview because it inspires confidence.” Be wary, though, of choosing navy for more creative job interviews, where you could come off looking too conservative.
Avoid brown altogether
Brown doesn’t have negative connotations — you’ll send the message of being comforting and reliable — but it can also convey the image that you are simple and old-fashioned, qualities that aren’t exactly positive in job interviews when you want to convey the message of being forward-thinking and modern. So you don’t run the risk of coming off as staid, just avoid brown altogether.
Black conveys leadership — so save it for interviews for management positions
Besides blue, experts also favor black for job interviews, with 15 percent of respondents from the CareerBuilder survey saying it was their top pick. Still, be careful when selecting black for an interview. Color experts rank black the highest on the authority scale, which means it’s a great color to wear for an interview for a management position, but be wary of the risk of overpowering the person you’re interviewing with if you are applying to be an assistant, for instance.
Kat Griffin of Corporette’s advice on wearing black? Whatever you do, don’t mix and match different blacks. “Please do not try to match different black fabrics to ‘make’ a suit,” she says.
Red sends a message of power, but not in a good way
You’ll definitely convey that you’re both bold and assertive if you wear red to a job interview, but in most cases, hiring professionals think the color can come off as domineering, and even worse, rebellious. There’s an exception to every rule, and red can be a great color in fields like sales and the law, where being aggressive is considered a positive.
Gray is another safe choice
If you want to send the message to your (hopefully) future employer that you are both logical and analytical, then gray is the way to go. The understated shade works well for interviews in just about every field. Applying for a job where you want to show a bit of your personality? Dress up your gray outfit with colorful accessories like a scarf or a handbag.
Just say no to wearing orange
Orange topped CareerBuilder’s list for the absolute worst color to wear to a job interview, with 25 percent of respondents saying they associated the color with someone who’s unprofessional. What’s that? You’re dying to finally wear that new tangerine blouse? Save it for the weekend.
“Interview day is not the day to get creative or show your prospective employer your ‘fun’ personality,” said Mary Orton of Memorandum.
White sends the message that you’re organized & detail-oriented
Send the message that you’re organized, impartial and looking to make a clean start wearing white. While wearing a white suit is probably too big a statement for a job interview, opt for a white blazer over a black shift dress, or a white button-down paired with a pencil skirt to get the benefits of wearing the shade.
Save purple & yellow for interviews in creative fields
For the most part, experts suggest playing it safe with neutrals for job interviews in most fields, but if you’re interviewing for a job in a creative field, don’t be afraid to wear certain colors. Purple sends the message of being artistic and unique, while yellow projects optimism and creativity.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.
It seems like everywhere you turn on Instagram nowadays, a reality star is slangin’ one beauty supplement or another. They all make the products seem so enticing, but here’s the big question: Do any of these hair, skin and nails vitamins actually work?
With a slew of them on the market touting benefits from detoxifying skin to straight-up erasing wrinkles, sometimes it leaves us wondering if just applying our vitamin serum at night isn’t enough — must we ingest it too? We spoke with Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital and Josephine Tutrani, a clinical nutritionist who specializes in customizing diets for antiaging, weight loss, hair loss, acne and other skin conditions, to get the lowdown on what’s on the market, what works and what’s just a bunch of hokum.
The top three vitamins:
“I recommend supplements to patients who are looking to address certain skin, nail or hair issues,” says Dr. Peredo. In particular, she suggests three supplements that have proven to be extremely effective in addressing certain skin issues.
“Biotin encourages the production of protein for nail growth when absorbed in the core of the nail bed, where the cells are generated,” says Peredo. “In addition, it also stimulates new hair growth and promotes healthier texture by protecting against dryness, scalp flaking and increasing elasticity of the hair’s cortex to prevent breakage. I recommend it to my patients who have any concerns with thinning hair or brittle nails.”
“I usually advise my patients who have acne to take a vitamin B complex to help clear them up,” says Peredo. “Vitamin B acts as an antioxidant for the skin, which can assist in removing bacteria. It helps to balance one’s testosterone levels, which keeps acne at bay. Vitamin B deficiency is also a major cause of acne, so making sure your body receives enough will help prevent and treat the condition. And if that’s not enough, vitamin B also helps to reduce stress and address the adrenal glands, so it’s beneficial to those who break out when stressed.”
Marine fatty acids
“When ingested, marine fatty acids such as omega-3 work to combat dry and damaged hair, hair loss and a flaky scalp. The DHA and EPA found in omega-3 adds luster, elasticity and shine to dull strands, promoting the restart of hair growth,” says Peredo. “Furthermore, the dietary fat found in omega-3 fatty acids helps protect and repair skin cells, moisturizing the skin from the inside out. Omega-3 can even protect skin from burning and overexposure to UV rays, so I suggest to my patients to have at least one to two capsules of the supplement a day.”
Vitamins with (some) beauty benefits:
What about the rest of them? They’re not harmful, says Peredo, but to see dramatic skin benefits, one would have to ingest megadoses of the vitamins, much more than what is actually in the supplements. Though one shouldn’t expect dramatic results, clinical nutritionist Josephine Tutrani says that getting enough of vitamins A, C and E is very important for healthy skin — and surprise, surprise — many beauty supplements on the market usually feature a combination of those ingredients.
Vitamin A helps keep skin smooth and rejuvenated, says Tutrani, and is especially recommended for preventative purposes and those with acne-prone skin. However, to see dramatic skin results, one would have to take a synthetic derivative of vitamin A, such as Accutane. The good old natural vitamin pills won’t hurt, but also won’t cause significant changes.
Vitamin C is important for the formation of collagen; however, it would really require a very high dosage to see results, advises Peredo. And since this vitamin is water soluble, taking more of it orally would just result in it being dispelled through urination. So make sure you have enough in your diet, but don’t expect it to perform miracles as a supplement.
Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory. In patients with eczema or psoriasis, Peredo has seen vitamin E supplements help soothe inflammation in some cases, but there is not enough medical evidence to state conclusively that it will always work.
The final verdict? Nothing wrong in popping these pills, we say, but be realistic about their product claims and don’t expect to see dramatic results.
Beauty supplements to skip:
Recently, we’ve also come across new supplements that increase human growth hormones — and with it, promise to get rid of wrinkles and make you look years younger. According to Peredo, this is one category you can skip. While human growth hormone therapy is helpful if you have pituitary gland concerns, there is no proof that it will do anything for antiaging.
One last thing to remember: Although most beauty supplements and vitamins on the market are harmless, it’s important to consult with your doctor or nutritionist before starting on any kind of regimen, especially if you’re taking other medications, as some additives in supplements can interact adversely.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.
In case the beads of sweat dripping down your forehead on your morning commute weren’t telling enough, it’s officially summer! And as much as your incredibly dry skin loved the flaking and peeling that was winter, just wait until it meets the moisture-sucking, air-conditioned office that you’ll have to sit in for the next three months. But wait. It gets even better, because you’re also required (yup, required — sorry, we don’t make the rules) to slather an SPF across your angry skin every damn day. And because we refuse to let you suffer through cracked skin and clogged pores, we sifted through the surplus of sunscreens on the market right now to find the seven best, most hydrating formulas that will moisturize, soothe and protect your dry AF skin.
Seriously, we found seven no-bullshit sunscreens that your skin will love so much, you’ll forget you're wearing it to fight off wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancers like melanoma (which one person dies of every 54 minutes). And nope, these aren’t the formulas that once broke you out or left your face with a bright-white cast — we’re talking top-notch SPFs, like Drunk Elephant’s creamy, sheer coverage and EltaMD’s gentle hydration. So join us on our journey to lessen the many atrocities that summer commits each year (we’re serious haters if you haven’t noticed), and shop all seven sunscreens ahead, including a drugstore favorite for under $10.
Bioelements SPF 50 FaceScreen
Bioelements SPF 50 FaceScreen (Bioelements, $53.50)
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF 30 (The Body Shop, $23)
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 (Drunk Elephant, $34)
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Facial SPF 30
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Facial SPF 30 (Walmart, $9.29)
SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ (SkinMedica, $68)
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF 45
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF 45 (Origins, $41)
EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 (Dermstore, $26.50)
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When it comes to what to expect when you’re expecting, most women are prepared to experience morning sickness, having to pee every five minutes and some nicely tender and swollen breasts. Sorry, but they’re practically part of the pregnancy contract (although, despite the severe exaggeration in Hollywood films, not all pregnant women experience these symptoms, so don’t freak).
But one pesky pregnancy symptom we’re not given the heads up about: pregnancy acne. If you’re growing a baby bump and battling breakouts, you’re probably wondering where the hell that pregnancy glow is and why you’re not basking in it. The answer lies in your pregnancy hormones, which will do some crazy and unexpected things as you grow a tiny human for nine months. “A surge in androgens — a group of hormones responsible for ‘male’ features — can trigger acne flares in pregnant women,” explains Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse.
This acne is not a special form of acne, though — it’s just more plentiful. And if you’re already prone to breakouts or have adult acne, you may have a tougher time managing it when pregnant, especially if you’ve been taking an oral acne medication like Accutane or spironolactone and now need to stop your meds (these medications can cause significant harm to your unborn baby, so your doc will likely advise you to stop oral acne meds as soon as you start trying for a baby). In fact, most of the popular ingredients used in acne treatments, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, are not FDA-approved for regular use during pregnancy, making your hormonal acne one tough (though not impossible!) condition to treat.
And because you might not have time to visit your derm in between all your prenatal appointments and obligatory trips to the mall for the cutest baby clothes possible, we brought the experts to you for advice on how to safely get rid of acne while pregnant. Scroll through to find the best acne-zapping products below, and get ready for relief from your zits.
Giovanni Cosmetics D:tox System Purifying Facial Cleanser
“Over-the-counter acne washes and creams containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are actually a pregnancy class C in the U.S., meaning they’re not recommended in pregnancy,” says Shainhouse. If your skin tends to be on the greasier side, she recommends looking for charcoal washes or foaming washes instead, which can gently mattify oily skin while clearing pore-clogging skin cells. "Avoid harsh scrubs and overly-drying cleansers, which can irritate already inflamed, acne-prone skin," she notes.
Giovanni Cosmetics D:tox System Purifying Facial Cleanser (Giovanni Cosmetics, $9.95)
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment
"Intermittent use of on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide gel or salicylic acid 1 or 2 percent gel should be safe in pregnancy," says Shainhouse. "One study suggested that most benzoyl peroxide gets destroyed within the skin, leaving only 3 percent absorbed." Thus, a dab on a pimple every once in awhile should be totally safe — just don’t go overboard.
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment (Sephora, $19)
Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads
“I used these as a ‘treatment toner’ two to three times a week when I was pregnant,” says Dendy Engelman, dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. “Unlike beta hydroxy acids like salicylic acid, which can be damaging during pregnancy, glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that’s safe to use.” Not only can glycolic acid clear blocked pores, but it's also great at fading the hyperpigmentation (aka chloasma) that can occur from the hormonal surges in pregnancy.
Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads (Elizabeth Arden, $56)
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel
With a mix of 10 percent pure vitamin C and acne scar-fading ferulic acid and phloretin, this antioxidant-rich gel is "great at fighting signs of aging caused by free radicals," says Engelman. Plus, the vitamin C can keep blackheads at bay while combating acne marks.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel (SkinCeuticals, $165)
Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash
“For irritated, red, sensitive, acne-prone skin, choose a gentle face wash like Cetaphil,” says Shainhouse. “This light and gentle face wash soaks up some of your skin's excess oils while leaving it looking matte throughout the day.” Plus, it’s fragrance-free, which is a bonus for easily nauseated mommas.
Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash for Redness Prone Skin (CVS, $10.49)
Differin Gel Acne Treatment
This lightweight gel is the first prescription-strength synthetic retinoid that's now available over the counter. “The active ingredient is the retinoid adapalene, which is safe to use moderately during pregnancy for severe acne,” says Santa Monica-based OB-GYN Sherry Ross. Consider it the closest you can get to Rx power without needing to worry about possible negative effects to your baby. Still, Ross adds that the gel should be applied like a spot treatment and used sparingly rather than in daily full-face layers. If you feel the need to use it more frequently, chat with your doctor to ensure it’s safe.
Differin Gel Acne Treatment (Walgreens, $29.99)
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Prescription medication is the last line of defense for pregnancy acne, though totally an option if your skin is really bothering you. “Azelaic acid, erythromycin and clindamycin are antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, making them the drugs of choice for pregnancy acne,” says Ross. But if the idea of taking pills worries you, try layering on a topical azelaic acid instead, like The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension. Just make sure to keep your OB-GYN in the loop while weighing the benefits and risks of various treatment options, and always consult with your doctor before starting any acne products. And remember: Your acne is temporary, so try to take deep breaths... for nine months.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (The Ordinary, $7.90)
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Let’s just face it — when it comes to style, the French do it better. Hell, they pretty much do everything better. They eat better, they drink better, and they definitely dress better. Find yourself staring at photos of Parisian it-girls like singer Lou Doillon or actor Clémence Poésy and wondering how they look so utterly perfect all of the time? You aren’t alone.
Break down the wardrobes of these women, and the style rules they live begin to crystalize. Forgo a trendy embellished sweatshirt for a perfectly fitted LBD you’ll wear for years, for one. Invest in a few classic luxury items, like a Hermès Kelly, knowing it will ultimately be a value spread over time. And above all, work to perfect a unique style all your own, because half the battle when it comes to dressing well is feeling good in what you are wearing.
To that end, we’ve compiled the 12 fashion rules that the most stylish Parisian women live by. Just because you aren’t French doesn’t mean you can’t dress like you are.
1. Say no to most trends, and develop a signature look
“Please don’t ask me about trends,” style-setter Julia Roitfeld told Vogue. “I’m into buying clothes that make me feel pretty, that flatter me, but I have never cared about having the latest thing.” Parisian fashionistas develop a signature look and stick with it. They might update their wardrobe with a few trends, but they always stick to a similar aesthetic. This also makes shopping a heck of a lot easier.
2. Perfect the tousled, sexy bedhead look
Ever notice how French women never seem to have hair that looks fussy? When fashion editor Carine Roitfeld shows up on the red carpet in an evening gown, she always wears her hair down, it barely seems brushed, yet it looks utterly perfect and sexy. Get the look yourself with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, which will add a sexy wind-blown look to your hair or try your luck simply waking up and not going to the trouble of styling your hair. If Roitfeld can do it, why can’t you?
3. You can’t go wrong with a Breton striped shirt
A French woman in a Breton striped shirt is a bit of a stereotype, but for good reason — nothing looks quite as effortlessly cool. Pair one with a pair of skinny dark-washed jeans and a pair of flats for a weekend of errands or with a print skirt for a more dressed-up bohemian look. The classic Breton striped shirt is the Saint James Galathée, but less expensive options abound at places like H&M, Gap and Zara.
4. Live in a wear-with-anything trench coat
Parisian women have made the trench coat into their BFF. Wear it on the weekends with jeans, over gowns to formal events, layered with a fur stole when the weather gets colder, over your shoulders during the spring — the possibilities are endless. It’s no wonder that French style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy were rarely photographed out of a trench.
5. It’s all about the fit
“French women wear clothes that flatter their bodies, regardless of trends,” designer Sophie Theallet told Oprah.com. Step one is buying clothes that fit your body well. Step two is finding a great tailor to make sure that everything in your closet fits to a T — from your everyday black pants to your go-to black-tie gown.
6. Think in a neutral palette
For the most part, French women dress in a grown-up neutral palette of black, white, beige and brown and add pops of color to their look with accessories — say a red handbag or a brightly patterned scarf. It makes mixing and matching from within your closet pretty effortless, not to mention sticking within this palette makes it hard to make a fashion mistake.
7. Have a signature pair of shoes
Actress Catherine Deneuve wore a single pair of Roger Vivier buckled low-heeled pumps throughout her 1967 classic Belle de Jour, which got us thinking — you don’t need a thousand pairs of shoes to look fabulous. You just need one or two really great pairs to get the job done. Karl Lagerfeld muse Inès de La Fressange is carrying on the tradition today, regularly wearing Roger Vivier Gommette patent-leather ballerinas with just about everything. In the words of Coco Chanel, “A woman with good shoes is never ugly!” It’s a sentiment that’s hard to argue with.
8. Investment shop when building your closet
A big part of why French women get it so right so often is that they tend to investment shop rather than buying into trends. Lou Doillon told T magazine, “I have a huge scarf from Hermès that I bought the day I signed my record deal.” Save up for the pieces that you know you’ll have for life — that Hermès scarf, a Chanel bouclé jacket or a string of Mikimoto pearls if that’s your style. It might seem like a big investment, but divided over a lifetime of wear, a big-ticket purchase that you love can actually turn out to be a value when compared with an endless string of disposable purchases.
9. Wear a menswear-inspired tuxedo for evening
In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent invented his famous Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women. It is a style that has been in fashion ever since. So do as Parisian girls like Lou Doillon continue to do and swap your gown for a tuxedo for your next evening event. Sexy and sleek, you’ll definitely stand out in a crowd of over-the-top evening-wear.
10. Go from day to evening with the perfect red lip
A quick update that French women have mastered to take their look from day to evening is the perfect red lip. No need to bring a change of clothes to work. Lipstick is all it takes to add a little evening glamour to your outfit. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rouge Neon is a shade you can’t go wrong with, but we advise spending some serious time at the makeup counter finding the perfect shade of red and then stocking up.
11. When in doubt, ask yourself what a modern Coco Chanel would wear
She redefined the way that women dressed in the early 20th century, but the look that Coco Chanel created is just as significant today. No wonder some of the most stylish Parisian women like Clémence Poésy have made jeans and a Chanel jacket their uniform. Other Chanel standards you can’t go wrong with? A perfect little black dress and black and white cocktail attire.
12. Dress for yourself and yourself only
It’s a rule that not just stylish French women, but pretty much all stylish women have mastered — great style is about dressing for yourself and yourself only. “You should dress to feel good, not show off,” Inès de la Fressange says. “It takes life to learn that.”
Originally posted on StyleCaster.
Our poor, dear bodies. We're all so totally obsessed with keeping our faces looking smooth and wrinkle-free that sometimes we totally forget about the rest of us.
Body care is probably not something you think about on a regular basis — but it definitely should be. Aside from shaving, exfoliating and maybe self-tanning, chances are you're ignoring what's going on below your chin.
Once you start really giving all of your skin the attention it deserves, however, you'll discover an otherwordly glow can extend past your neckline. We've got easy actionable tips to help you up your beauty game from head to toe.
1. Rebalance your scalp
It’s tempting to attack an itchy, flaky scalp with dandruff shampoos at the first hint of irritation. But oftentimes, you can solve scalp issues with a simple rinse to rebalance the pH of the skin.
We layer the sensitive skin under our locks with piles of product so our scalps need a serious refresher now and then. Try organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to soothe your scalp. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons with 8 ounces of warm water, pour the mixture over your hair in the shower after shampooing. Let it sit for one minute, then rinse. You can repeat this treatment once per week until things get back to normal. Bonus: It makes your hair super-shiny and strengthens the cuticle, which means healthier hair overall.
2. Smooth your neck
We’re all so focused on smoothing our facial skin that the neck area just south is often neglected. Beyond the obvious sunscreen and antiaging creams, consider exploring lasers for a truly soft, wrinkle-free neck.
Before you give this one a hard pass, not all laser therapy will leave you seriously in debt. You can invest in your own antiaging device. The Conture System is a much buzzed-about little machine that uses compression and vibration to tone and firm neck skin.
3. Take toning to new levels
Aside from a slathering of lotion here and there, our poor arms often go sadly untreated — a crime, really, since they take the brunt of the UV rays and pollution we experience on a daily basis. To tone the skin on your arms (and just generally get ultra relaxed), slip into a hot green tea bath. Green tea is believed to tone and detox the skin — and all you need is hot water and about five tea bags. Add some Epsom salts to fight inflammation and some vitamin E oil if you’re looking to soften skin.
4. Keep glowing
Studies have shown that turmeric fights inflammation and eradicates bacteria, making it perfect for igniting a glow in your skin and managing breakouts (see ya, backne!).
Make a turmeric mask for your whole body by combining equal parts turmeric (which you can find at most health food stores or buy in bulk here), honey and full-fat yogurt or coconut oil. If you are masking just your face, do 1 teaspoon of each.
Warning: This stuff stains! Be careful when you are applying. It will ruin clothes and towels with a quickness, so be extremely cautious.
5. Bumps in the road
The tops and backs of our thighs are another spot we neglect way too often.
One common complaint in this area of the body is rough little bumps called keratosis pilaris. KP is a condition that develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block hair follicles and cause bumps to develop. It can make the skin on the legs look rough, uneven and dull.
The key to minimizing the appearance of KP and smoothing the skin is our good old buddy exfoliation. But put down your loofah! Manual exfoliation is too intense for this delicate skin. Instead, use a product with BHA or AHA to chemically exfoliate areas with KP and get a smoother look and feel. We love Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment with 2 percent BHA or 10 percent AHA.
6. Collagen supplements
You've probably heard of collagen by now — it's become a huge buzzword in the beauty world. But collagen is not hype; it's the real deal, and it can help get you healthier skin on your face and body.
It’s the most abundant protein in our bodies and is responsible for healthy skin, hair and nails that have a youthful, plump look. As we get older, collagen fibers break or clump together and the signs of aging begin to show. You can fight back, however, with a slew of new collagen supplements on the market. We love Vital Proteins! They have a whole line of collagen powders that are easy to incorporate into your diet.
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It’s safe to say that we all want to master the no-makeup makeup look, especially during the summer. You know, the one that leaves your skin looking slightly dewy and slightly matte, yet natural-looking enough that your freckles still shine through? Annoyingly, though, by the time you slather on your moisturizer, sunscreen, tinted moisturizer and setting powder, you quickly lose the natural finish you were aiming for. That's why we’re so obsessed with SPF-filled tinted moisturizers, the unsung summer heroes that make hot-weather makeup a helluva lot easier to manage.
We understand that there are tons of tinted moisturizers on the market that claim to be the absolute best at covering blemishes, hydrating skin, evening out your skin tone and protecting your face from the sun’s evil rays, but surprise! It’s not true. In fact, most SPF-filled formulas out there actually lack the correct amount of UVA and UVB protection required to shield your skin from sun damage and cancer. Yup, the bare SPF minimum your moisturizer or makeup needs is SPF 30 according to the American Academy of Dermatology, which means all those SPF 15 and 20 products just won’t cut it if you want to stave off wrinkles, dark marks and, you know, cancer.
Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30
Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 (Algenist, $42)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 (Walgreens, $13.99)
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 (Sephora, $36)
MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster
MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster (MAC, $35)
W3ll People Bio Tint moisturizing foundation
W3ll People Bio Tint moisturizing foundation (Target, $28.99)
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Sephora, $45)
Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector for Face SPF 43
Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector for Face SPF 43 (Shiseido, $33)
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When any normal human realized it was July, they probably started thinking about their barbecue plans or took a quick inventory of their red, white and blue clothing. But for us, there was only one thing we could think about: Sephora’s. New. Arrivals.
Yup, at the beginning of each and every month, Sephora unloads a massive selection of beauty products to its new arrivals section — and despite the fact that it happens every four weeks, we’re still pumped about it every single time. And Sephora’s brand-spanking-new products, like a super-hydrating sheet mask and a rose-gold lip gloss, are so freaking good that we think they deserve a day in their honor. But since your plans for the week probably didn’t include spending $8 billion on new makeup and skin care products, we decided to do you a solid and narrow down the entire section to seven under-$20 products you absolutely need. Shop all seven ahead, and be sure to check back next month for our August picks.
Klorane Nourishing Conditioner with Mango Butter
Klorane Nourishing Conditioner with Mango Butter (Sephora, $20)
Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Boujee
Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Boujee (Sephora, $18)
Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask Sleeping Mask
Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask Sleeping Mask (Sephora, $6)
Sephora Collection Blush to Go Blush Stick
Sephora Collection Blush to Go Blush Stick (Sephora, $8)
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials One Night Only Wash Off Body Bronzing Mist
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials One Night Only Wash Off Body Bronzing Mist (Sephora, $20)
Too Cool For School Coconut Milky Body Scrub
Too Cool For School Coconut Milky Body Scrub (Sephora, $20)
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If you’re 5 foot 4 or under, you know by now that finding the best petite clothes is not easy. Between too-long pant hems, too-big armholes and skirts and jackets that make you look like you’re a kid playing dress-up in your mom’s clothes, being petite can certainly present some challenges on the fashion front — which is why we’re shocked that more retailers haven’t jumped on the issue and hustled to create clothing to suit small women.
“I’m 4 foot 9, so shopping has always been this total nightmare for me,” said Caroline Misan Alvo, a petite fashionista and founder of Alvo Wellness. “I grew up thinking it was only because I’m exceptionally short that I had these issues, but I was having enough conversations with my petite friends who were a little taller than me — but still under 5 feet 4 inches — and they were all complaining about the same thing.”
Misan Alvo said she’s done her homework and has worked hard to figure out exactly how to dress as a petite woman.
“Petite women can pull of anything as long as they pay attention to proportion and fit. You can definitely wear a loose-fitting blouse as long as it’s, like, tailored in the right way.”
That said, Misan Alvo offered up eight petite shopping tips — and we made a Pinterest-ready checklist to make sure you’re always buying pieces that suit your small frame. Read on, and be sure to pin the chart below.
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Ah, there’s nothing quite like summer — the air is warm, the flowers are blooming and your mornings are spent meticulously applying makeup only to show up to work with all of it dripping down your sweaty face. Basically, summer for anyone with insanely oily skin can be a full-on nightmare. But we refuse to let the beauty-obsessed of the world spend a full season living in fear of wearing makeup during warmer months, which is why we searched far and wide to find the seven best oil-free foundations that not only mattify shiny skin, but truly stay put no matter how hot it gets outside.
And before you call us crazy (we get it, slathering on an entire face of foundation seems like the last thing you want to do right now), we’re telling you firsthand that a smooth, matte canvas that won’t smear or smudge is the solution to wearing any makeup this summer. Don’t worry. We’re not talking about pore-clogging, zit-causing formulas, because we’ve found game-changers that won’t cake or crack, like a lightweight yet full-coverage foundation stick from Lancôme and a sweat-proof liquid foundation from Revlon. Shop all seven of our picks ahead, and prepare for a summer where the living is actually easy.
Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin
Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin (Target, $9.69)
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup (Clinique, $24)
Garnier 5-in-1 Miracle Perfector oil-free BB cream
Garnier 5-in-1 Miracle Perfector oil-free BB cream (Garnier, $12.99)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Studio Fix Fluid (MAC, $28)
Lancôme Paris Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick
Lancôme Paris Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick (Lancôme Paris, $42)
Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free + Balance stick foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free + Balance stick foundation (Maybelline, $8.99)
Lorac Porefection Foundation
Lorac Porefection Foundation (Lorac, $38)
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Like haircuts, eyebrow shapes aren’t one-size-fits-all. Getting perfect brows really depends on the dimensions of your face — and knowing how to shape eyebrows based on your specific face shape can not only emphasize your eyes and make you look younger, but it can even let you get away with wearing less makeup.
“The right brow will help open up the entire eye area and work to improve the face’s overall symmetry,” says celebrity eyebrow stylist Joey Healy (Kyra Sedgwick is a client). “The perfect brow will make you look fresh, rested, young, healthy and overall more attractive.” Do we have your attention yet?
So how do you go about learning how to shape eyebrows? For starters, your face shape plays a role in determining which eyebrow shape works best for you. We asked Healy to break down the best brows for a range of different face shapes so you can find your own golden arches.
A square jaw accents the angularity of your face, so softly rounded brows are the way to go. “Make sure your brows are not too angular,” says Healy. “But beware of making brows appear too round; you don’t want to over pluck and create rainbow-shaped brows!”
“If your face is round, you want to make sure your brows are very angular,” Healy advises. “Because there is a lack of definition in a rounder face, the perfect angled brow can bring out and define facial bone structure that is lacking or not present.” For round faces, a higher arch is flattering.
“A long face is characterized by features that are vertically stretched out,” Healy explains. “In this case, it is important to extend the tails of your brows east to west to really play up horizontal features.
“I always suggest 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. It is important to beware when sculpting the tail, however, as allowing it out too far will drag the eye down and make it appear droopy.”
Sorry, aspiring Cara Delevingnes. “Although bold brows are in this season, a heart-shaped face will definitely want to steer shy of this trend,” Healy says. “ 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. That being said, a thin brow is never in! The idea here is to create a shape that is controlled and never bushy. This tight brow on the top hemisphere of the face will serve to balance the smaller chin and jawline of the bottom half.”
A classic, balanced brow is perfect for this well-proportioned face shape. Just make sure you follow Healy’s three rules for all face shapes (see below).
All face shapes
No matter what face shape you have, there are three golden rules to follow when it comes to your brows according to Healy.
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True story: The very second July hit, our beauty senses started tingling. And no, it wasn’t because we had officially reached the hottest, most miserable month of summer and felt the need to get our warm-weather makeup in check. Instead, it was our innate product-hoarding intuition alerting us that Ulta’s newest arrivals had finally dropped.
And damn, were we spot on, because Ulta’s brand-new July products are absolutely here, folks — and as expected, they’re freakishly good. Sure, we’re starting to sound like the little girl that cried wolf, but each and every month, Ulta unloads a massive selection of products that are so cool, we’d feel incredibly selfish not to share them with the world. That's why we decided to dig through the entire section to pick out the absolute seven best products from July’s crop — all of which are under $10. With top-notch new releases like a cucumber clay mask and a metallic liquid eyeliner, it’s going to be a high-key struggle to minimize that tab without all seven items in your cart. Shop all seven ahead, and don’t forget to stop by next month for our August picks.
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber & Pink Salt Clay Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber & Pink Salt Clay Mask (Ulta, $4.29)
Maybelline Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Liner
Maybelline Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Liner (Ulta, $8.99)
Frank Body Lip Balm
Frank Body Lip Balm (Ulta, $9.95)
Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! Oil Tint
Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! Oil Tint (Ulta, $5.99)
Noughty to the Rescue Moisture Boost Conditioner
Noughty to the Rescue Moisture Boost Conditioner (Ulta, $9.99)
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Body Bar
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Body Bar (Ulta, $8.50)
CoverGirl Colorlicious Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick
CoverGirl Colorlicious Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick (Ulta, $7.99)
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Warmer weather means less clothing, which means more skin on display — and for some people, that means a healthy tan is in order so as to avoid shining like a pale beacon when exposed to the light of day. But it’s 2017, folks, and we all know that baking our skin for real is out and a fake tan is in — and we’ve got plenty of spray tan tips.
There are a few other means of getting some color — easy at-home self-tanner, for one — which can be effective, but runs the risk of turning your skin (and sheets) orange. Spray tanning is definitely where it is at.
Here, 10 spray tan tips you must know before you hop in that spray tan booth. (No. 11 goes unsaid, but for the love of God, don’t forget to put on the goggles.)
Spray tans last about a week, give or take
This can vary from person to person, but they typically last about 5 to 7 days from one application.
Shower & exfoliate before you tan
Use a body scrub head to toe to slough away any dry, flaky skin before you get a spray tan so the pigment will adhere smoothly for the most even results (as in, least streaky).
The color won’t just wash off
The pigment that spray tans leave behind is meant to slowly fade as your top layer of skin regenerates, so it’s not the kind of thing you can just scrub off. That’s why it’s able to last up to a week — and why you should approach with caution to make sure you won’t be stuck looking unnaturally tan for a full seven days.
Apply lotion every day
Keeping your newly tanned skin hydrated is the best way to make the color last longer because it won’t dry out and need to be exfoliated prematurely.
It’ll get darker after application
Similarly to standard self-tanner, spray tans will get darker from the time they’re applied and as the day progresses. The color takes a little while to fully develop, so don’t be alarmed if you leave feeling like it’s too light — it won’t be for long.
Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry
To preserve your tan, pat yourself dry rather than scouring with a towel after getting out of the shower. The idea is not to exfoliate for as long as possible so you don’t slough off the tan. Avoid using loofahs or coarse washcloths for the same reason.
Wear nail polish
Even if it’s nothing more than a clear coat, wearing polish into the booth will help to protect your nails from the spray tan. If you do have a full manicure, don’t worry about it getting ruined — your nails will be wiped off afterward.
Think about your bathing suit
While many people decide to get a spray tan while wearing nothing (no tan lines!), if you do wear a bathing suit, wear an old one you don’t mind ruining since the tan can stain the fabric.
Apply barrier cream
Naturally drier areas of the skin, like the elbows, ankles, and knees, will absorb more pigment, so always apply a protective barrier cream before the tan so they don’t go too dark. Most spray tan salons will provide the cream for use, so make sure you don’t skip it.
Look for a discount deal
Spray tanning can be expensive, but plenty of salons will offer deals on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial — if you’re apprehensive about the process but still want to give it a shot, at least make sure you’re not paying out the nose for your first time.
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Since the dawn of men and women staring at their own asses in the mirror, cellulite’s been the target of rampant hatred. And with all the cellulite-reducing creams, potions and devices blasted at us on a daily basis, I’m not surprised that the one thing my body-positive brain has trouble accepting is the group of dimples and dents on my butt and thighs. So when I got the chance to try Cellfina, the only FDA-approved treatment proven to reduce the look of cellulite for at least three years — in a supposedly painless and minimally invasive way — I was all about it, especially since I’ve had exactly zero luck getting rid of my cellulite on my own despite working my way through Kayla Itsines’s insane Bikini Body Guide workout. (For the record, burpees can go to hell.)
Full disclosure: Thanks to the wonders of the beauty world, writers and editors often get to test out innovative treatments and procedures at heavily discounted or totally free costs, which is how I was able try Cellfina without totally destroying my bank account. The procedure generally costs anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 — and the results only last up to three years — so if you’re hoping to get rid of your cellulite fast, know that this treatment isn’t a cheap fix. It is, however, a supposedly quick and relatively pain-free fix, or at least that’s what I was told when I attended a big informational event about Cellfina and listened to precisely 1 billion rave reviews from real patients as well as the ins and outs of the treatment from a team of doctors. By the end of the event, I was sold.
But before I could get the procedure, a doctor needed to assess my cellulite situation to see if I was a candidate. Although Cellfina works on all cellulite, it’s only approved for use in certain areas of the body, like the thighs and butt, and its results are best seen in patients whose cellulite isn’t also coupled with excess fat. Otherwise, doctors recommend either losing weight first or coupling Cellfina with other weight-loss treatments like liposuction. But if your cellulite is caused by genetics, hormones or other non-weight-related factors, like mine, then you might just be the perfect candidate. “You can do everything right, including working out and eating healthy, and still have cellulite,” says Dr. Jeremy Brauer, a dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, which explains why no amount of jump squats has helped me shed my dimples and dents.
It also explains why all of those “magical” drugstore creams and serums are complete crap, because as Brauer explains, genetic cellulite isn’t a superficial surface issue — it’s caused by fat pushing through the tight, fibrous bands beneath your skin to create a puckered, dimpled effect. So Cellfina works by “releasing” the bands (like when you loosen a tight rubber band) through small injections with a needle-size device. Once the fibrous bands are released, the skin bounces back and ideally smooths itself out for at least three years. Sounds easy, right?
Luckily, after a quick consultation, Brauer deemed my butt and thigh dimples (which I’m totally aware are not even that severe, but hey, we all have our hang-ups) as perfect candidates for the procedure, which would only take about an hour from start to finish, including before and after photos, prepping for the procedure and the treatment itself. Normally, I’m completely terrified of needles, and the thought of poking holes in my body truly nauseates me, but after attending an event for Cellfina the previous week and listening to dozens of reviews from real patients raving about the ease and painlessness of the procedure, I figured it was no big deal. But now, three months later, I have no idea what I was thinking.
Everyone’s happy, low-key attitude toward Cellfina at the event gave me this false sense of security; I truly believed I would hop up on the table, get my thighs suction-cupped and be left cellulite-free forever. Basically, I didn’t even entertain the possibility of Cellfina being a real medical procedure with painful or intense side effects, which in hindsight was definitely irresponsible of me. Cellfina actually involves a doctor first numbing the areas with injections of local anesthesia (which for me was by far the most painful part of the procedure) before sliding a micro-blade under the skin and cutting the connective tissue to release the bands. Not exactly a quickie, one-and-done procedure.
Of course, Brauer had warned me to expect some discomfort and bruising during and after the procedure, but I figured I’d walk in and out and move on with my day with only slight soreness. But somewhere between the hospital gown and booties; the super-sterile, serious-looking procedure table; and the four — yes, four — antibiotic pills I was required to swallow before beginning, my anxiety started creeping in, and I realized the magnitude of this treatment. This wasn’t just a few pin pricks or a tiny cupping massage, it was a legitimate medical procedure, and that scared the crap out of me.
Thankfully, Brauer and the nurses were super-calming, and I didn’t have a panic attack on the table, which is a win in my book. After sterilizing the backs of my thighs and butt and injecting the areas with anesthesia (which was probably the most painful thing I have ever voluntarily put myself through), Brauer pulled out Cellfina, a handheld device that looks like a giant magnifying glass with a tiny needle attached to it. Despite being so small, the actual machine emits an extremely loud noise, so Brauer suggested I listen to music to avoid panicking. So I cranked up “Whisky Fever” by Dorothy, closed my eyes and waited for it to all be over.
Surprisingly, the actual procedure took practically no time at all — seriously, I could only get through a few songs before it was done — and was by far the easiest and least painful part of the whole experience. After Brauer finished, a nurse rolled me onto my stomach and after saying, “This part gets weird,” began squeezing out excess anesthesia from my butt and thighs so I wouldn’t leak fluids from my backside all day. Yup. She then taped on sheets of gauze, helped me put on the compression tights I was instructed to bring to keep the swelling down and sent me on my way.
When I got home, I mentally patted myself on the back for getting through the treatment without freaking out too much. And then the anesthesia began to wear off. To call my ass and thighs “tender” wouldn’t do the pain justice — going to the bathroom caused shooting pain across my backside, and it was impossible for me to sit on my butt, even on the couch or on my bed. So for the next 36 hours, I had to strategically lie on my stomach while watching TV and sleeping and avoid moving as much as possible.
Finally, after three full days, I started to feel somewhat normal again. My ass was no longer in pain, though I still had hardcore swelling, which took weeks to go away. And when the swelling did go down, it was instantly replaced with incredibly huge purple bruises that looked like someone had pelted me with a bunch of golf balls at 60 miles per hour, all of which made it impossible for me to tell whether or not the treatment had even worked. I’m now three months post-procedure, and the bruising is almost totally gone, but I still have a few tiny yet visible marks from the incisions and injections as well as a bunch of small, pebble-sized knots caused by my muscles tensing up during the injections, which only recently disappeared. Needless to say, my ass was definitely not smooth or cute during the first few months after Cellfina.
And here is where I tell you that it was all worth it, because my butt and thighs now look like they did when I was 16, and I feel totally happy and secure in my body again. But my results weren’t actually that mind-blowingly amazing (though that’s likely because I didn’t have severe cellulite to begin with). When I’m totally naked, you can hardly notice a difference: My naked ass looks and feels almost the same as it did before treatment. But when I slip on my yoga tights or a pair of white skinny jeans — something I would have never worn before Cellfina — that’s when I notice a huge change. The backs of my legs are now super-smooth and dent-free, and my butt looks smoother, firmer and even a bit perkier. Definitely not what I was expecting from a cellulite-fixing treatment, but, hey, I’ll take the bonus side effects.
But even with the smoother skin, I can’t say that I would go through Cellfina all over again if given the chance. Not because of the treatment itself, but because I realized that emotionally, I’m just not the right candidate for an appearance-altering treatment. Although the treatment really did smooth out my dents, and my experience with Brauer and his team was excellent, I feel like I almost miss the way my body looked before the procedure because it felt like the “real” me in a way. I think I partially hoped that Cellfina would magically “fix” all of my imperfections and give me complete body confidence, which is obviously unrealistic and impossible, though an easy mindset to fall into when you’re getting cosmetic surgery. In the end, though, it’s still you — just a slightly different and maybe smoother you.
Of course, in a perfect world we’d all love our every nook and cranny, but when that love isn’t there — which is totally fine and normal — cosmetic procedures are. Still, if you’re considering going in for a treatment like Cellfina, make sure you understand that it is a legitimate medical procedure that should be taken seriously since it does have side effects, like soreness, tenderness and crazy-looking bruises, and for some people, the results might not even be that noticeable. Plus, the treatment can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000, so definitely chat with your doctor or dermatologist first to decide if Cellfina is really worth it for you. And if it is, my parting piece of advice for you is to schedule the procedure for the winter unless you’re cool with flashing the beach your black-and-blue ass for three months straight.
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Have you ever looked at the label on some of your beauty products? It's a veritable rabbit hole of words that make absolutely no sense, right? Don't you think you should know what you're putting on your skin? Here are some of the more widely used beauty ingredients, what they do and where you can find them. Read up and be a little more informed the next time you slather on a new product.
If you've spent much time looking at beauty products, you've heard of retinol — it's basically the star of the antiaging show. This vitamin A derivative is known for reversing the signs of aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots and speeding up skin renewal. Need a retinol fix, pronto? You'll find it in a wide variety of creams, moisturizers and serums — especially those that tout antiaging abilities.
Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3 that's found in many foods, but it's also added to some beauty products thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It's an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation and acne and is favored by manufacturers because it doesn't have a long list of unfortunate side effects. Niacinamide is widely used in serums and anti-acne creams, but can also be found in some oral supplements.
Your beauty regime could get a boost from a biotin-rich multivitamin. A daily dose containing biotin, collagen, and other vitamins and minerals may help support healthy hair, strong nails, and rejuvenated skin.
AHA, also known as alpha hydroxy acids, are naturally occurring acids used in a ton of beauty products. They remove the top layer of skin cells, making them pretty effective at treating a wide range of conditions like acne and acne scars, dry skin and skin darkening. They also help to firm and smooth skin. Since it addresses a variety of conditions, you'll find it in a variety of products, including lotions, creams, serums and toners.
You know how we keep hearing that wine might actually be good for you? That's because of an antioxidant from the red grapes called resveratrol — and it turns out it's also good for your face. Not only does it block free radicals and UV rays, it also stimulates collagen production and speeds up healing thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. So it effectively keeps damage out and repairs damage you've already done. Yes, please! If you're not getting enough resveratrol from your wine intake, try grabbing a moisturizer that contains this wonder ingredient.
BHA is also known as beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid. It's an anti-inflammatory, which is no big surprise since it's a derivative of aspirin. It works both on the surface of the skin and within the pores, making a great gentle exfoliant and acne treatment. Not only does it treat existing acne, but it does its real magic deep within the pores. BHA can neutralize bacteria before it has a chance to develop into zits, meaning it's actually pretty effective at preventing acne too. Since it can be drying, it's best for those with oily skin. You'll find it in many masks and cleansers and even some medicated hydrating creams.
Hydraulic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in our body, and it does wonderful things — like holding onto moisture — making your skin look smoother, brighter, healthier and even younger. It's also gentle on all skin types (since it's already naturally occurring in our bodies), meaning just about anyone can use it. As we get older, our skin loses some of it's natural ability to hold onto moisture (hello, dry skin after 30!), so adding extra hydraulic acid into your beauty routine is a must. Hydraulic acid can be used as an injectable filler, but those looking for a less drastic solution can find it in serums and solutions.
Ceramides are another naturally occurring chemical in our bodies, this time as a lipid (or fat) that helps make up the outer layer of the skin. That outer layer forms a barrier that locks moisture in, but can become damaged from sun, age or irritation. Once it's damaged, moisture escapes — leaving you looking a bit on the dry side. Applying products with ceramides can help replenish and repair that barrier, giving you softer, hydrated, younger looking skin. Sound like something you need right away? Find it a wide variety of moisturizers.
Now that you know what some of the more common ingredients are in your beauty products, decide which ones you need and seek them out in the beauty aisle. All those high-dollar products aren't going to do you a bit of good if you're not buying what you need, so shop smart — and look great.
This post was sponsored by Nature's Way Alive!®.
We’re going to drop a surprising fact on you: Pimples suck. Not only do they itch like crazy and hurt when touched, but add in the intense summer heat plus a few layers of sweaty, crease-y makeup, and you’ve got a recipe for super-irritated, broken-out skin. But contrary to what you might think, aggressively treating your blemishes with a zillion spot treatments and acne creams can actually lead to more zits. Yup, the more you dry out and irritate your skin, the more your skin overproduces oil to compensate, leading to clogged pores, blackheads and pimples. Fun, right?
We know; you might not feel like playing nice with your acne, but trust us when we say that being as gentle with your face as possible will help heal your skin and reduce further breakouts. So we rounded up the best face masks to calm angry, irritated, acne-prone skin, all of which contain soothing ingredients like chamomile, cucumber and aloe vera to gently fight inflammation and redness. Scroll through to see our favorites, and get ready to hear your skin literally sigh with relief tonight.
Cremorlab Herb Tea Pure Calming Mask
Cremorlab Herb Tea Pure Calming Mask (Peach & Lily, $6)
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, the super-hydrating soothing sheet mask
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, the super-hydrating soothing sheet mask (Garnier, $2.99)
Missha Herb in Nude Sheet Mask Soothing Care
Missha Herb in Nude Sheet Mask Soothing Care (Missha, $1.50)
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask (Peach & Lily, $3.50)
My Beauty Diary Calming and Soothing Aloe Vera Mask
My Beauty Diary Calming and Soothing Aloe Vera Mask (Target, $12.99)
Nügg soothing face mask
Nügg soothing face mask (Nügg, $3.99)
Re:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb
Re:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb (Soko Glam, $41)
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Hey y'all, we're happy to say it is 2017 and there are so many antiquated fashion rules you need to be breaking, like, yesterday. Your shoes don't have to match your belt, mixing prints and patterns is a total "yes," and black and navy totally look good together. And, for the love of God, you can — and should — wear white after Labor Day.
Still skeptical? We've come up with over half a dozen ways to make white look good all year long, and in any fashion season. If the celebs can do it, so can we.
1. Pair white with leather
There's nothing that screams fall more than leather. So why not do as Kim Kardashian did and rock a white turtleneck tank (also very autumn appropriate) with a pair of black leather pants? This outfit is perfect for late September or early October, when the weather's just starting to cool off and you don't quite need a jacket.
2. Sport some faux fur
There's no denying the fact that white is one of Olivia Palermo's favorite colors. The socialite and style icon wears it very well here, tossing a brown fur vest over the top of her wintry white suit. Not a fan of pantsuits? Try a white faux fur vest styled with a plain black long-sleeved top (à la Palermo), a pair of skinny jeans and some pointy-toe heels or suede boots.
Next up: Slip into white skinnies
Originally published September 2015. Updated August 2017.
3. Slip into white skinnies
No need to tuck your white skinny jeans away for the winter. Instead, break them out on a cold day, and style them with a snuggly sweater like Eva Longoria's. To look a little less summery, opt for a sweater in a dark, jewel-toned color (think purple or navy).
4. Wear white accessories
We love how Kylie Minogue accessorized her light brown leather jacket and casual skinnies with a simple white scarf and matching white handbag. It's a fresh, fun take on an otherwise typical fall look. Plus, it brightens up her entire ensemble in a novel way, which we heart.
5. Pick heavier fabrics
Despite its undeniable association with summer, white, when worn in heavier fabrics such as wool, is an extremely winter-friendly hue. Take Jessica Alba, for instance. She's sporting a gorgeous, oversize white coat with white dress pants and a coordinating white top. Forget the flimsy silk shirts and cotton tees. This outfit isn't just warm — it's comfy and totally suitable for the season.
Next up: Rock a white graphic sweater
6. Rock a white graphic sweater
In case you haven't noticed, graphic sweaters are seriously in for fall! Don't go with a cute knit in an expected color, though — choose something that's light and fun and out of the box. We're digging Lauren Conrad's casual “Ho! Ho! Ho!” sweater. Dress it up with heels, or keep it chill with flats.
7. Try off-white
Still a little bit wary of donning full-on white? Experiment with creams and other off-white shades to give you the same effect but not as bright. Kate Middleton looks stunning in this coat, right?
A morning beauty routine can range anywhere from a 10-step skin care regimen to throwing one's hair up in a messy bun and calling it a day. What's most important isn't the number of minutes spent or the amount of leave-in conditioner used, but how your routine prepares you for your day so you can be your most comfortable, confident (and perhaps moisturized) self. From a basic soap and water face-washing ritual to several applications of brow gel, here's how five SheKnows editors tackle morning beauty.
"My skin care routine is a morning ritual. I wake myself up with a foaming cleanser followed by a gentle scrub. Once out of the shower, I lightly pat on an essence and a brightening moisturizer. Depending on the day of the week, my makeup routine changes, but if it’s a workday, I’m trading in my liquid foundation for a powder formula. I love thick eyebrows and bold lips, so I can’t live without my brow gel in black and a matte-finish lipstick for a pop of color. Depending on how much time I have, I’ll also throw on mascara, a bit of blush, and some highlighter. My hair routine is less complicated and consists of parting my hair into 4 to 6 sections and curling it with a 1-1/4-inch wand for a loose, messy look. To add shine, I run whatever hair serum I have laying around through it." — Laura Valecia, assistant producer
"I have the beauty routine of my late grandmother. I shower, put a moisturizing cream on my face and use Vaseline or lip gloss on my lips. Then I straighten my hair. Unless I’ve given up on life for the day. Then I just go full-on bed-head curls and people think, 'Oh maybe she’s having a nervous breakdown or just came from the beach or can’t afford a hairbrush. I don’t regularly wear make up other than gloss, but when I have to go out, I’ll attempt eyeliner." — Reshma Gopaldas, vice president, video
"My morning beauty routine takes no more than five minutes. I wash my face with a gentle cleanser then apply an SPF 20 hydrating cream. My makeup is minimal — just nude BB cream, waterproof mascara and brow gel. I work from home, but if I'm heading out, I'll add some highlighter on my cheeks and a red lip color. Morning hair is definitely low-maintenance — if I do anything at all, I'll scrape it back in a ponytail." — Claire Gillespie, parenting editor
"I live in Arizona, and the climate completely dries out my skin, so staying moisturized is priority No. 1 for me. I start with a luxe $90 cleansing foam. I wouldn't normally drop that much money on cleanser, but it was gifted to me and it's amazing. As soon as I hop out of the shower, I balance my skin's pH with a toner and then reach for a hydrating serum. While my serum dries, I dab on some eye cream. Next, I use a cruelty-free antiaging moisturizer that's free of sulfates and parabens. I don't wear a lot for makeup because it really makes my skin break out. (If I wear any foundation, I can guarantee you I'll have at least two pimples the next day — seriously). I usually brush on a little bronzer and blush, apply a nice, thick coat of mascara on my lashes and head out the door."— Kenzie Mastroe, community editor
"First disclaimer: I have been obsessed with skin care since my late teens and obsess over it probably more than is healthy. Second disclaimer: I have insanely dry skin, so the products I use and tout are ones that have helped me see an actual difference. I usually wash my face with a gentle exfoliator — occasionally using a buffing/exfoliating sponge to remove dry skin (I'm telling you — it's so bad). Three days a week, I wash my face using a pro-collagen cleansing balm followed by facial oil. I can't live without facial oil now. It's changed my life and that's not an exaggeration. After I massage the oil into my face (counterclockwise circles around my eyes), I top it off with pro-collagen cream." — Lauren Kelly, entertainment editor
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As much as I’d like to call myself a skin care addict, I literally can’t remember the last time I got a facial. Sure, facials are an excellent way of sloughing off dead skin, destroying blackheads and combating acne, but there’s something about paying a ton of money for a treatment you need at least every month that I’m just not about. So believe me when I say my little beauty-product obsessed heart sang when I discovered a new game-changing solution: at-home facials.
Nope, these aren’t DIY masks filled with the contents of your refrigerator or hardcore chemical peels that leave your skin red and sensitive for three weeks after. Instead, at-home facials are powerful yet surprisingly gentle formulas loaded with skin-fixing ingredients like brightening and smoothing fruit acids, acne-fighting beta hydroxy acids and dark-spot- and discoloration-fading alpha hydroxy acids. Yes, it all sounds kind of intense, but we promise these acids are nothing like, well, whatever comes to mind when you hear the word “acid.”
Instead, fruit acids (like papaya and lemon) tend to be the gentlest and most well-tolerated of the acids followed closely by low-percentage BHAs (commonly known as salicylic acid, aka the ingredient you’ve been slathering on your zits since puberty) followed by low-percentage AHAs like lactic acid (the gentlest) and glycolic acid (the most potent). Of course, this is just a super-basic guide, because when it comes down to it, choosing the right acid totally depends not only on your skin type, but what you’re trying to target, the concentration of the acid that you’re using and how you’re using it. (Sound totally overwhelming? Check out our skin care guide to figuring out the exact products to use for your skin type).
But don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting you become an at-home chemist. Instead, we made it as easy as possible for you by rounding up the seven best at-home facials, including Drunk Elephant’s cult-favorite Babyfacial and Beauty Pie’s brand-spanking-new fruit peel, broken down into categories that fit each and every one of your skin care needs. Just layer one on your face at night for a few minutes (make sure to read the instructions — some work in as little as five minutes, while others can chill on your skin for 20 minutes), and let these straight-up miracle workers leave you with a softer, brighter and clearer face by bedtime. See our favorites below.
To fade dark spots & smooth bumps...
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (Drunk Elephant, $80)
To unclog pores & curb blackheads...
Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial (Beauty Pie, $60)
To smooth roughness & brighten skin...
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel (Ulta, $40)
To get a dewy, super-hydrated glow...
Derma E Overnight Peel (Derma E, $18.75)
To soften rough patches & prevent breakouts...
Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel with volcanic sand (Boscia, $34)
To brighten dullness & fight zits on super-sensitive skin...
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2 Percent BHA Liquid (Paula's Choice, $29)
To brighten dark spots & minimize fine lines...
Ole Henriksen Instant Transformation Lemon Facial Peel (Ole Henriksen, $48)
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When you know how to properly use highlighter, it’s kind of God’s gift. There’s nothing we love more than a beauty product that can pull double duty — except for a product that can work even harder than that. Highlighter is one of those wonderful gems, there for us when we need it in practically every capacity.
Working to give you a glow and make you look more awake, highlighter is a wonderful way to infuse a little bit of life into your look. To get the most of this beauty must-have, we’re walking you through exactly where to use it.
Under the brow bone
Apply highlighter just under your brow bone, but above the crease in your eyelid, to give the illusion of larger eyes.
Apple of the cheek
If you’re going for glowing skin — as opposed to a slightly more contoured look — apply a small dot of highlighter in the center of the apple of your cheek over blush.
Bridge of the nose
This works especially well if you’re working to contour your nose a bit. Apply highlighter along the bridge of your nose, and gently blend foundation a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone on the sides to make your nose appear to be slimmer.
Inner corner of the eye
The oldest trick in the book for looking awake when you’re working on three hours of sleep? Add just a pinch of highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes to brighten up otherwise dark areas.
Diagonal along the cheekbone
For a bit of definition in your cheekbones, apply highlighter in a diagonal line from just beneath the center of your eye socket up toward your hairline and blend.
Give your lipstick a really clean look by applying highlighter on your Cupid’s bow using a concealer brush.
Center of your eyelid
Just a touch of highlighter in the center of your eyelid will simultaneously make your eyes look bigger and more awake. Win-win!
Mix it with your moisturizer
Mix a liquid highlighter with your moisturizer for an all over glow across your entire face.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.