Saturday, June 27, 2015

Give Your Nails A Break From Gel Manicures!

Gel manicures...they look so good but they come at a cost to your natural nails. If you’re a devoted gel-manicure enthusiast, there’s probably very little we can say to dissuade you from your bi-monthly appointments. But have you ever wondered why even a single treatment can leave your tips feeling scraggly and paper-thin?

Well, scientists aren’t exactly sure why gel manis wreck nails more than regular polishes do. Here’s what they do know: With the help of UV light, gel lacquers adhere to the nail beds stronger than traditional versions. This likely isn’t a problem in and of itself. But a gel mani requires a 10-minute — no more, no less — acetone soak to loosen that bond. “Acetone desiccates nails, leaving them brittle and prone to peeling,” says Chris Adigun, MD, a dermatologist and nail specialist in North Carolina. (A 2012 study used ultrasound to conclude that gel manicures did, in fact, cause thinning. It just didn’t figure out exactly why.)

What’s more is that sometimes, nail technicians — or, um, customers who idly peel off their polish — don’t give the acetone a full 10 minutes, and use gritty files or sanders to scrape off the product. “These methods cause tremendous, and sometimes irreversible, damage to the nail bed and cuticle matrix,” says Dana Stern, MD, a dermatologist and nail specialist in New York City. And if your nails are thin to begin with, they’re that much more vulnerable. Gel polish should come off easily after soaking — at most, your manicurist should use the gentle prodding of an orange-wood stick. 

Both doctors recommend taking weeklong breaks from gel-manicures, at least once every eight weeks. This serves two purposes: “First, you can make sure there are no signs of infection, onycholysis (separation of the nail from the nail bed), or brown or red bands, which are precursors to tumors,” says Dr. Adigun. Secondly, you get a chance to rehydrate and repair nails, says Dr. Stern. Smooth on a creamy moisturizer loaded with hydrators like Diva's Secret Nail Cream, and drench cuticles with quenching oils, like ReNew Nail Therapy Oil. A nutrient-rich basecoat, like Tuff-Tips Nail Strengthener, can also help rebuild any of the compromised structure of your nail bed. 

Bottom line: Gel manicures are convenient, long-lasting, and chic. But they can also dry and damage the hell out of your nails. And because pretty nails are also healthy nails, taking a break once in a while is definitely worth considering. If nothing else will convince you, consider this: No-polish nails happen to be very on-trend right now. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to get that healthy sun kissed glow!

All You Ever Need To Know About Applying Bronzer!

Woman Applying BronzerThe goal is to look bronzed, not muddy. In theory, bronzers are a great invention. They’re perfect if you’re looking to add some color to your pale complexion, but don’t want to try fake tan and end up looking like an orange Oompa Loompa. Plus, if you make a mistake, you can just wash bronzer off. Unfortunately, bronzing mishaps can be a common occurrence. Too much product, or a dab in the wrong spot, and you can wind up looking like you rolled around in the dirt–which is no better than being stained pumpkin orange from self tan. Luckily, with a few easy tips, you’ll be able to master bronzer and fake a sun-kissed glow all year long.
Tap off that bronzing brush, and take a look at these hacks on how to apply bronzer correctly:
Model on blue background.Before you can go all fancy with contouring, start simple, and just focus on your cheeks.
Where To Apply BronzerThis is a great infographic for where to apply bronzer to your entire face–and neck. Who else has completely forgotten their neck? Oops.
Pick The Right BrushSelecting the right makeup brush, is crucial for a flawless application. Hint: The one the bronzer came with is NOT the right one.
How To Apply BronzerThis is how you sweep on your bronzing powder using your correct brush.
Bronzer For Different Face ShapesHave you ever considered your face shape when applying bronzer? Apparently you should. Unless you have an oval face, in which case I guess you don’t need bronzer at all.
Blush vs. BronzerA rookie mistake is thinking you apply bronzer to the same spots you would wear your blush. Don’t fall for it.
Mixing Bronzer FinishesChoosing the right texture is as important as choosing the right shade. Then you have to make sure you apply it in the right spot. Don’t forget about your collarbones too.
Bronzer ContouringHere’s contouring 101. Start off with mastering one feature and remember to blend, blend, blend.
Blush, Bronzer And HighlightYou know that blush and bronzer don’t go in the same spots, so here’s how to wear them together–with highlighter.
Use It As An EyeshadowWho doesn’t love a money-saving idea? Plus, a bronzer might be the best brown eyeshadow for the no makeup look.
11. Easy Glow
Easy GlowIf you’re terrified of self tanners for your face, this is a commitment-free option. And if it looks terrible, you can just wash it off.
How To Fix A Broken BronzerYou’ll never have to throw out that bronzer you smashed on the floor again. Here’s how to repair it.
ContourYou’ve mastered the basics, now it’s time to use liquid bronzer and highlighter to contour. Start chiselling those cheekbones.
Kim Kardashian ContourIf there’s one thing I want of Kim Kardashian’ss, other than her billions, it’s how to get her contoured complexion. Now I know the secret, to her perfect complexion at least.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10 Red-lip tricks you have to try!

Mastering a great red lip look can be challenging and most women don't even try it. But the good news is that red lips come is all shapes and shades so experimenting is the key to finding the right match... here are some clever options to try.... curtesy of Let us know how they work for you. 
Powder Up
"One of the main reasons people stay away from red lips is because they bleed into the skin," says makeup artist Clarissa Luna. "To prevent bleeding, powder the lips prior to applying lipstick. This gives the lipstick something to adhere to, allowing the color to stay on all day." Luna adds that she prefers to use NARS' pressed powder "because it lays smoothly on the lips."
Lip Mix
Makeup artist Anthony Tulve says, "If your favorite red is a little too bright for work or a daytime outing, put a gold, or even green, lip product over the lipstick. These tones tame the brightness of the red and give it an unexpected, modern twist."

All About The Balm
We've been taught to prep dry lips with a balm before putting on the red, but makeup artist Janessa ParĂ© says otherwise: "Put lip balm over, not under, your lip color, so the pigment has a chance to absorb in the skin." She adds that this is especially helpful for products that give a stained look. ParĂ© recommends using a balm that's more waxy than oily.

Getting Crafty
Don't throw out that fake blood you bought for your Halloween costume just yet. Makeup artistJames Vincent says: "Fake blood is an ideal color for lips and cheeks, on any face. Sheer a drop of it onto your lips, and blend it on your cheeks for the most beautiful, natural red."

Color Combo
If you can't decide between a warm red and a cool one, makeup artist Lauren O'Jea says to use both. "Apply the cool red to the lips fully, and then add the warm red to the center," she says. "This rounds out the lips and makes them look extra full."

Layer It On
Makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci says that if you want your lipstick to last all night, don't be afraid to pile on products and textures. "Fill in your entire lip with a waterproof lip pencil. Next, apply a matte lipstick. Smush your lips onto a tissue, and apply another layer of lipstick. Top off with long-wearing lip cream."
Gloss Effect
If you love the full, plumped effect of a lip gloss (but hate the glossy part), Tulve says it's easy to recreate. "Fill in your lip with red, and then take a light shade — think a pastel or even a nude — and tap the color into the center of your bottom lip and along your Cupid's bow. Tap your lips together to blend, and you'll have the illusion of light hitting your pout, but without the stickiness of gloss."
Berry Stain
Going for that just-ate-a-cherry look? Makeup artist Tina Turnbow says: "For a more pigmented center, I like to use my fingertip while making a kissy face, and apply the lipstick to the center of my lips."
Going out and don't want to schlep your whole makeup bag? Ciucci says you don't have to: "For a night out on the town with a tiny clutch, load up a retractable lip brush with your lipstick of choice. This way, your have precision reapplication with minimal bulk."
Food Grade
"Cherry Jell-O also acts as an amazing lip stain," Vincent says. "Mix a dash of powdered cherry gelatin into your favorite lip balm, and it will make a bright lipstick color." He also suggests mixing it in with your moisturizer for a DIY cream blush.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bombs Away! 6pc Gift Set

New 6pc Bath Bomb Gift Set From SpaGlo®  
All Natural Ingredients with Essential Oils. 

-100% Natural, Fun, Fragrant And Soothing
-Leaves Your Skin Ultra-Moisturized
-Made With Essential Oils Blends
-No Colors or Dies to leave Tub Stained
-Made to Order
A wonderful assortment of scents from lavender to citrus and jasmine. All free of any stains or artificial coloring, parabens, SLS. All you get is pure pleasure and relaxation. Infused with moisturizing Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter plus anti-oxidant benefits of Grape Seed & Olive Oil. Enjoy a luxurious, moisturizing and pampering bath. Perfect holiday gift for anyone. 6 different types to enjoy: Instant Destress, Body Detox, Love Garden, Best Decongest, Energy Boost, Be Delicious. Each Bath Bomb is 3 oz. individually wraped and presented in a decorative gift box. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall Skin Recovery Guide

Get Your Skin Back Into Soft Healthy Condition

Chances are pretty good that summer's fun in the sun has taken a toll on the look and feel of your skin.  Fall is a great time of year to start a new beauty routine or refine the one you have to be kinder and gentler to skin. Take the time this Fall to reverse some of the sun's damage and prepare skin for the cold winter days to come.

Exfoliate and keep your skin hydrated
Does your skin look and feel like leather by the end of summer? Exfoliating skin gets rid of the dry flaky layers from summer tans and helps to generate new fresher, plump skin cells. It also stimulates the blood flow to your face bringing important oxygen to the skin, giving it a fresh, soft, healthier look. There are many ways to exfoliate skin from cleansers with micro beads to AHA serums and fruit enzyme peels. But be careful not to overdue it and pick a product geared to your skin type. Read more...

Monday, September 22, 2014

All About Body Wraps...

Some of the ingredients used in spa treatments -- rosemary, honey, butter, clay, chocolate,
eucalyptus -- sound like they belong in a kitchen or garden rather than in a spa. But these ingredients are used in various types of body wraps, a popular spa treatment. Getting a body wrap can feel good. Some spas promote body wraps as a relaxing, moisturizing treat. Others, though, tout specific body wraps as a way to detoxify, slim down, or deal with cellulite -- claims that may go too far.

What Is a Body Wrap?
When body wraps were first offered decades ago, linen sheets were used, says Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc., an industry group based in New York. The wraps were then mostly called herbal wraps. "'Body wraps' is a term that came to mean more than herbal wraps," she says, adding that they became popular in the 1980s and '90s. Eventually, plastic or thermal blankets replaced the linen sheets.
Although the service varies from spa to spa,