Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gorgeous, Luminous Skin...Follow these six steps.

Cleanse gently, once a day.
Unless you have oily skin, you only need to wash your face in the evening, with a creamy cleanser and lukewarm water. Give the cleanser time to work. Instead of scrubbing your face, let the cleanser sit on your skin for several seconds and break down the makeup, dirt, and oil.  In the morning, simply splash your face with lukewarm water. (If you're oily, use a gentle foaming cleanser morning and evening.)
Reapply sunscreen.
You know that the number one way to prevent skin aging is to apply sunscreen, so of course you already use a morning moisturizer with an SPF of (at least) 30. What women with gorgeous skin also do: Reapply sunscreen every few hours. Sun-shielding ingredients are only effective for about two hours—long enough to protect your skin on a morning walk or commute but not throughout the afternoon.
Use a retinoid cream every night.
The first time I meet someone, I immediately know if she's using a retinoid because her skin is glowy and smooth. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that have been proven to boost collagen, which reduces fine lines, and to speed cell turnover, which evens out discoloration. Because retinoids can cause some irritation at first, we recommend applying a gentle moisturizer, letting it soak in for at least 30 minutes, then applying your retinoid cream.
Eat salmon, and consume lots of antioxidants.
Salmon's high omega-3 content helps hydrate skin from the inside out and reduce the inflammation that can cause skin redness. Antioxidant-rich foods and drinks—blueberries, dark greens, green tea and coffee—help fight free radicals that can damage the cellular structures of the skin, accelerating skin aging.
Break a sweat.
Raising your heart rate once a day makes your skin glow. Because exercise improves your circulation and oxygen capacity, it improves your complexion. The skin has endorphin receptors, which may also explain why it is positively impacted by aerobic exercise.
Sleep at least 7 hours a night.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, ages the skin and can cause acne. Sleep reduces the cortisol level in your body. So it's a simple equation: Sleep = younger, clearer skin.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Colors of the Season - Fall 2017

These trending fall colors have been inspired by the looks seen in the New York fashion week. Inspired by anything from balayage to sugar plums there is a perfect color for every style and skin tone. Which color will you rock this Fall?

Explore your softer side with this season's most desired color. Fall isn't always about cool, dark colors. Adding this blush pink to your look creates sweet warmth to counteract the cooling weather. We love adding it to hair with Schwarzkopf's BlondeMe Instant Blush Tint to create a bold yet soft look. Check out all of our favorite blushing pink products now!

 Experience the color of the fall harvest with burnt orange. This warm and inviting color sparks memories of leaves falling and fireplaces warming up. The quintessential color is lovely for a little bit of pop on your nails, lips or hair. We especially love it in geometric shapes on your nails with other great fall colors. See all the best lipsticks, nail polishes and hair tints in burnt orange.

 Deep navy is classic and dependable. The dark blue embraces the cold weather brewing. This color is a perfect switch from your basic black. It provides your look with a stable splash of excitement, to go from just like everyone else to a step above. We really love deep navy on our eyes! Make an exotic smokey eye or use it for a liner to really make brown eyes stand out! Find your favorite deep navy product now.

 Next up in our fall pallet is a tawny plum. This gorgeous plum takes over the red family by bringing red to a new level of dark and sultry. It's a strong and independent statement of elegance and sophistication. Bold plum lips were all over fashion week and it was fantastic. We completely suggest trying it for your look this fall. View our plum-tastic products.

 The balayage has been the most sought after hair trend of 2017, and the pale blonde color it features is trending this fall big time. This pale color is the perfect amount of beige and white. It's the best color this season to wrap up some of the bigger pop colors to provide your look with grace and elegance. Our favorite place to see this color is in the balayage though. To keep the pale going in your hair you will definitely want to check out some of our toning masks. Uncover your perfect pale product here.

  Stone Gray is a fall season favorite. This neutral color is an anchoring base in this year's fall color pallet. Use it as a base color for a bold statement or as a pop color with some of this year's softer colors. We really enjoy using stone gray on our nails. It's the perfect balance of pop and classy. Look at our favorite stone gray products and see if you become as inspired as us.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Strengthen your brittle, dry nails!

If your nails are constantly breaking and brittle, here's a regimen you can follow to repair and strengthen your nails.  Give it about 8 weeks to see great results, but you will start noticing the difference pretty quickly!  Brittle nails need a combination of hydration, protection and strengthening. 

Hydration comes from the regular use of a good cuticle oil.  Be faithful to this step.  Do it at least three times per day.  Nailtiques has Cuticle Care Oil with a rollerball applicator so it can be rolled on quickly and then use your finger tips to massage into the nail, cuticle and surrounding skin. OPI AvoPlex Oil To-Go Pen is also makes it easy to do this step frequently and on the go. Cuticle oil penetrates through the nail plate which helps to create flexibility within the nail, making it less likely they will break.

Protection is as simple as wearing gloves when your hands are busy with cleaning chemicals or doing dishes or interacting with water. 

Strength comes from regular application of a fortifying, strengthening nail treatment.  It should be applied with your weekly manicure.  Whether you have them done in a salon or do it yourself, a weekly file and shape (try Flowery) is essential.  Then apply the treatment before applying the polish or wear it alone.  SpaRitual Protein Boost Strengthening Treatment or NailTek Hydration #3 are both great choices!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Find you very best brush!

Investing in a good brush or two can be worth the money, especially if you like to change up your style often.  We've discussed before the types of brushes (round barrel, paddle, teasing, etc.) and the shape of the brush(es) you need depends on your style.  The bristles on the brush are just as important. 

Bristle type: Boar
True boar bristle brushes are made from 100% natural (humanely cultivated) wild boar hair. They should be tightly packed together and feel stiff, but with some flexibility. These bristles distribute oils evenly throughout strands and are great for achieving a smooth, shiny blowout. If you have thick course hair that requires tug to achieve fullness, boar bristle brushes are worth the investment. They make styling easier and promote shine and smoothness—benefits almost everyone wants. If you have fine hair and own one of these brushes, your investment isn’t lost; boar bristles can add volume to fine and normal hair types—as long as your brush has a nice natural give.

Bristle type: Nylon
Nylon bristles are less expensive than boar brushes, but still effective. The bristles are usually spaced farther apart than boar and achieve a medium to strong grip on all hair types, especially those with medium density or finer strands. The better the grip, the smoother and straighter your style will be.  If brushes tend to get stuck in your hair mid-twirl or you suffer from serious static issues try a brush that combines nylon and boar bristles.

Bristle type: Plastic
Plastic and synthetic bristles are your general, all-purpose brushes. The bristles are incredibly strong, made for working through larger areas of medium to thick hair.  These are a “first step” kind of brush, best for detangling and preliminary blow-drying. When you’ve removed most of the excess water, switch to a round boar or nylon brush for styling, smoothing, and adding shine.

Shop for your perfect brush(es) - click here!  Brushes in every style and type from Olivia Garden, Spornette, Cricket, BioIonic, Wet Brush, Denman, iTech, SalonTech & more!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Nails...and get ready for Fall!

OPI has some gorgeous new nail polish shades in their Fall/Winter "Iceland" 2017 collection.  They've also prepared an easy to do look...perfect for the final days of summer from their Spring/Summer 2017 "Figi" collection.  Take a look!

"Iceland" - OPI's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Skin Benefits of Vitamin C

It's been centuries since British sailors discovered the key to avoiding scurvy: vitamin C. You probably grew up being told that getting enough vitamin C would ward off colds and other ailments, but now the word is out that vitamin C may not play a big part in staving off the sniffles. However, it does have a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage. While ingesting vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

Look for Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in your skin care products to help combat the signs of aging.  Brands such as Cellex C, Clinical Care and Yonka all have creams, serums & lotions that contain C.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Alcohol Free Hairspray

Kenra Professional has just introduced it's Shaping Hairspray 21...the first professional  NO ALCOHOL working hairspray.  This is a big deal for those who use hairspray frequently.  Why? 

First, we need to define a couple of words.
  • A finishing hairspray dries quickly.  It is meant to be used when hair is completely styled.
  • A working hairspray dries less quickly.  It is meant to be used to shape and style hair. 
We all know alcohol can dry out your hair.    Alcohol is very effective at removing oils and anything oil-like from hair. This is a major down-side of alcohol in any formula. Alcohol is also a solvent which does cause hair to swell, so if hair is too well-cleaned and not protected by emollients (silicones, oils, some conditioning ingredients) , the hairspray can encourage dehydration, dullness and loss of elasticity.  However, a finishing spray containing alcohol doesn't really harm the hair if applied properly - hold can 8-12 inches from the head as you spray.

Alcohol in a working hairspray will stay on the hair longer.  If you are using your working spray to style, you likely may also being using heat styling tools.  Since the working spray is not meant to dry quickly, the alcohol has more chance to dry and dull the hair.

So...a working hairspray with no alcohol means you have more working time available to style and still be effective.  It also means you have maximum moisture retention.  Kenra's Shaping Spray 21 is extra firm hold and high shine.  We love it!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Full blown volume even with thin hair!

Ever wondered how to achieve that beautiful, full-volume look when your hair is thin and limp.  Kenra shows you in the video below.  It's really pretty easy with the right products!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Why Mineral Make-up?

The History:
Mineral makeup got its commercial start in the 1970's but its history is as ancient as the human desire to enhance one's looks. Mineral makeup is a return to technologies that have been in use since ancient times. Many ancient cultures used ground-up natural minerals as a means of applying color to the skin for decoration, camouflage, war paints, etc. Cleopatra's kohl-rimmed eyes are an example. The history of mineral makeup goes back much farther, even to early cave-dwellers.
In 1976, cosmetics firms were required to list ingredients on their products for the first time many consumers were shocked at what they were putting on their skin. The growing desire for natural cosmetics coincided with the increasing number of women who identified themselves as having sensitive skin. Add in marketing and media awareness, and an aging baby boomer and the mineral make-up industry blossomed.

What is in it?
Minerals such as iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide are micronized, or ground and milled, into tiny particles to create makeup. Different products micronize to different levels. A product micronized to six times leaves minerals larger so they go on the skin with light to medium coverage. Products micronized 12 times create fine-sized particles that sit closer together and offer more coverage.
A key difference from conventional makeup is what's not in mineral makeup. It generally does not contain the emollient oils and waxes, fragrance, and preservative ingredients found in conventional formulations.
To ensure you're buying a quality mineral makeup product, read the label. If it says "mineral-enriched" or if the formulation is liquid or mousse, these products may contain ingredients such as paraben preservatives or dimethicone added for a smooth texture. Items that aren't powders might also contain moisturizers, antioxidant vitamins, or other good for your skin ingredients, so it's your choice.
Is it worth it?
When it comes to mineral makeup's skin-soothing properties it is anti-inflammatory, noting that the calamine lotion you use to calm a rash is basically zinc oxide colored with iron oxide, both of which are in mineral makeup. But there's no proof of this claim or indication of how much product you need for that result. What about the claim that it's so gentle you can sleep in it? Mineral makeup's light-as-air feel is part of what makes it so popular, and tempting to sleep in. Still, experts advise against sleeping in makeup of any kind to prevent clogs and irritation.
Mineral makeup might not last as long on your face or be as durable as conventional makeup because it doesn't contain standard cosmetic ingredients such as binders, waterproof polymers, and other "stick-to-your-skin" agents. You may still need to add an SPF to your face as well. True mineral makeup is limited in its natural range of shades, so it may be difficult to find a perfect skin tone match. Today, however, there are so many brands and variations, you have unlimited choices: try Jane Iredale, GloProfessional or Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics if you are ready to make the change.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Easy Make-up Routine for hot days!

Keep it Simple!

During the hot summer months, spending time outdoors can have a disastrous effect on make-up, especially when you're doing any type of exercise.  While you can go make-up free, here's a simple make-up routine that will have you looking good....even when you're sweating!
  • The easiest way to look finished in seconds is you define your brows. Select a water resistant one.  
  • Try a liquid eye shadow like, Jane Iredale's Eye Shere, the perfect water resistant formula to wear if you know you’re going to sweat. Try the shade Champagne Silk for the perfect no-makeup makeup look.
  • Our favorite way to glam up our melt-proof makeup look is to add a hint of shine with  Lip Gloss. It’s moisturizing and gives the perfect sheer color for a simple yet stunning finish.
  • Keep a hydration spray handy.  When you're wiping away sweat, never rub...just gently pat and then spritz.  Hydration sprays will re-set your make-up and give your skin a fresh look!  Click here to find the perfect hydration spray for you.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Your feet are showing! Show them off!

Break out the sandals and flip-flops!  STOP  Look at those feet.  If you're feeling that way, we have some suggestions to get them toes to twinkling and the feet velvety smooth!  Painted toenails and flashy footwear cannot disguise rough calluses.  So let's get started.

The first thing you are going to want to do is exfoliate.  Scrub and file those calluses.  There are several really good products that you can use.  One of the best is Baby Foot.  It comes as two booties.  You put one on each foot and leave it on for an hour, then rinse off.  Peeling will begin within 3-7 days. 

An essential for keeping feet in sandal shape is a foot file.  Microplane's Paddle Style Foot File is a good one, only $10 and it's paddle shape makes it comfortable to use.  Use it with Callus Action Quick Gel if your calluses are thick and cracked.  Another good one is OPI's Feet Callus Therapy.

Keep your feet looking their best with a good foot moisturizer.  Products made specifically for the foot are better at penetrating the soles of your feet than a normal body lotion. Try Nailtiques Avocado Foot Cream or if you're on your feet all day and want both moisturizing and relief, then Spa Ritual's Sole Mate Foot Balm is perfect!

See all of our foot care here!