A Family, Beauty, Health and Lifestyle Blog
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it's time we start thinking about the perfect gift for her. Thank god ColorMetrics, Smashbox, Sophia Gushee and Wink Brow Bar has us covered with options for any type of Mom out there.
For the busy mom: Get real hair color in one swipe with TouchBack Marker
Unlike mascara, crayons, gels, and powders, TouchBack won’t flake or rub off with brushing. TouchBack bonds to the hair and stays true until shampooed out.
For the healthy mom: Learn how to detox your home (and your life) with A to Z of D-Toxing, written by Sophia Gushee
“I share the lay of the land that I wish I had sooner--a road map of a family's potentially toxic exposures, especially those that are avoidable--so that you can formulate a game plan that suits your family's unique environment, lifestyle, and budget."
For the bold mom:Give her brows that wow at Wink Brow Bar
“Defined brows make you look in control and portray your mental outlook on life. From an aesthetic perspective, they structure your face, so that the eye rests on a person’s upper area, make your jawline lift and cheekbones higher.” – Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
For the glam mom: Help her get the glow with Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer
This satin-smooth formula illuminates, perfects and enhances radiance while hydrating for better makeup application.
We’re getting closer to festival season, and it’s time to stock up on all of your favorite essentials! Whether you’re adding a pop of color with Streekers, a little volume with John Frieda, or going for the textured natural look with Sun Bum, hair perfection is a must! Also, check in with an expert on how to get the best brows ever in time for the festivities to begin!
Unlike other temporary hair colors like gels and sprays, Streekers hair color bonds to the hair, so you can brush your hair without dulling the color or flaking it off.
John Frieda Loose Curls
Get healthy, voluminous curls in an instant with 30 second heat-up and 11 digital heat settings with temperatures reaching 400°F/205°C.
Sun Bum Sea Salt Spray
Our Beach Formula Sea Spray protects hair from harsh elements while giving it extra body, waves, and texture for that beachy windswept look. Our lightweight formula enhances strand separation and definition, and instantly blocks out frizz-causing humidity. It'll give your hair just the right amount of volume with a matte finish hold.
Ask the Expert
Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
Q: What's the key to preventing your brows from looking fake? Is it choosing the right shade or having the right shape? Blending in the color?
A: “Go for a color that matches your brow color or is a shade lighter. Also when applying product “feather” the product in as opposed to “drawing” it in. Use very little product and build up so you can see the transformation and lastly practice!”
A person’s eyes can no doubt say a lot about themselves. That is why it’s crucial to keep them looking just as fabulous and you are. Colormetrics, Wink Brow Bar and Burt’s Bees can help you keep your eyes the only prize in sight. Please reach out if you are interested in more information!
Colormetrics TouchBack Brow Marker $19.95
A soft-tip marker designed to enhance your arches. Say goodbye to sparse and skinny, this season it’s all about full, healthy looking brows . Get the most talked about trend for spring with help from the TouchBack BrowMarker .
AVAILABLE SHADES: Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn
Wink Brow Bar
Landing in Tribeca with a husband and a new baby in 2003, Umbreen searched for her fix, but local threading spots were unhygienic and uninviting. Worse, their technique was sloppy and painful. Trained to avoid skin-ripping waxes and tweezing like the plague, she started putting together own network of talented artisans. Passing down the secrets her mother taught her, Wink Brow Bar was born.
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream $18.00
Infused with Clary Sage, Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration Eye Cream is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Enhanced with Probiotic Technology and formulated with nourishing Cupuacu, Tacuma, and Mafura Butters, this lightweight cream and pinpoint applicator work together to gently condition the delicate eye area, for a bright, healthy look on life.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With “New Year, New You” makeovers in full swing I wanted to show you 7 beauty and hair items/treatments you might want to incorporate into your 2016 beauty routine to update your look. It's never too late to switch things up a bit!
Get the hair trend everyone is talking about HAIR ICICLES. Easily achieve this look with a simple clip with RPZL Hair Icicles extensions! Now available for purchase online at RPZL.com for just $25!
Upgrade your hair color in the shower with this great color system by TouchBack! Best $19.95 you’ll spend this year! Available at CVS stores.
Incorporate a multi-tasker to your hair routine with John Frieda Tools! JFHA6 Salon Shape Hot Air Brush ($39.99) lets you dry and style your hair in just one step with this newly redesigned hot air brush that delivers professional quality results.
Upgrade your brow gel! Westmore Beauty Brow Gel applies hair-like fibers that latch onto brows, filling in sparse areas and covering grays. Transfer-proof, water-proof, and budge-proof, the ultra-long wearing Permafix formula is the first of its kind, locking in natural color for flawlessly groomed brows that will last for days.
Keep your lips deliciously smooth with these 6 tropically flavored lip balms by Sun Bum... just try not to lick it off.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Coconut Lip Balm
Experiment with BROW EXTENSIONS! Umbreen Sheikh, CEO and Founder of Wink Brow Bar recommends using eyebrow extensions to update your look or to simply stay atop trending brow shapes.
“When trying brow extensions for the first time you can expect full, lush and shaped brows, but most importantly, natural results that are customized to your facial and brow shape. At Wink, we pride ourselves with being able to adjust the treatments per person, as no one should have copy/paste brows!”
–Umbreen Sheikh, CEO and Founder of Wink Brow Bar
Nothing says “starting fresh” more than microdermabrasion. It restores a youthful appearance at any age by repairing damage at the skin’s surface. Instead of scheduling a session with your dermatologist, treat your skin at home with DDF Micro Derma Crystals ($50).
Disclaimer: I will be sent products to review. Any opinions are my own.
As Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar, predicted, the tapered brow trend is in full swing this season. This look has a strong, bold appeal and can be seen on celebs like Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Olivia Culpo.
See below for tips to achieve this look with Smashbox Brow Tech to Go.
“We will definitely be seeing a continuation of the fuller brow this fall, but with a tapering at the end and a slight arch. This brow will be youthful but fearless. Those that cannot have these brows naturally will be able to have brow extensions to create them,”
– Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
Here’s a good rule to follow when re-growing your brows into a proper shape
“Leave them alone! For one, that’s the most important step. Brushing them back with a spoolie/clean mascara wand with brow gel is a great way of keeping them tame. Applying concealer on new hair growth also works for that in-between growth stage!”
– Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
It’s important to have your brow shape complement your face shape
“Face shape completely matters – to start, if you’ve got a heart-shaped face, a softer arch will soften the point of your chin. A well-defined, angular arch can help draw attention up and away from your jaw if you’ve got a square face and a strong brow looks best on an oval face.”
– Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
Try Smashbox’s Brow Tech to Go for all your brow needs!
This portable, travel-friendly product contains a double-ended component which includes an angled waterproof pencil for precise filling and defining and a soft hold gel with a brow brush applicator to groom brows perfectly into place. Also with vitamin C & E for added healthy-skin benefits.
I'm sure you have heard it all before, but there’s definitely a connection between health + beauty. Want to stay on top of it without sacrificing time and energy? Here’s how!
SKIN HEALTH….means SPF and Anti-Aging!
Protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays…it’s really so easy to slap on some SPF before heading out, just make sure to keep reapplying throughout the day depending on how long you’re outside! Here’s my faves for face + lips + body + scalp all with at least SPF 15
My thoughts: I personally love the Lumene Time Freeze Firming Day Cream. It is one of my newest favorite products! It makes my skin silky smooth and is not at all greasy. I am so glad that is contains SPF 15, because I can't stand using regular sunscreen on my face. This amazing cream keeps my skin hydrated and firm!
Owner of Wink Brow Bar Umbreen Sheikh also has amazing tips on how to maintain the health and prevent wrinkles of the delicate eye area over time with threading! Yes – THREADING.
Every woman knows how delicate the skin is around the eyes, we’re even told to simply tap on eye products with the ring finger to avoid any tugging or rubbing.
I’ve noticed that women who have waxed all their lives are more likely to have some hooding around the lid and thinner or more sun-damaged skin on the forehead and brow area, whereas women who’ve grown up threading stay younger longer. That said, of course, diet, smoking, stress levels and sun exposure play a big part – actually, more than genetics – but why add one more thing to list of stuff that ages you?
BODY HEALTH….means getting back on track with tips from Selvera!
Nutritionist Amanda Foti details how to maximize your health to improve your beauty routine with a trend forecast of what’s to come in health + beauty!
Today consumers are gravitating towards “natural” beauty remedies rather than the chemical formulas they may have used in the past to achieve the desired younger, brighter looking skin. The recent “inside out” beauty approach is taking off and for good reason! Research is showing consuming a few key nutrients is just as effective as some cosmetics, not to mention cheaper!
One of the most sought after nutrients promising glowing beauty, amongst other health benefits, is DHA found in fish oil. This nutrient, found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, works great to battle blemishes and eczema. Primrose oil, has also been found to enhance skin health. If you’re looking to protect against sun damage, the hottest grab includes beta carotene and lycopene, found in red and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, and beets!
Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Earth Day is on April 22nd. Why not celebrate it with eco-friendly beauty products and treatments? Below are a few of my favorite Earth Day beauty ideas.
ECO-FRIENDLY BEAUTY TREATMENT – WINK BROW BAR/TINTING/THREADING
Vegetable-based tint dye is the only way to go – Umbreen Sheikh, owner of Wink Brow Bar heralds this treatment, best for those with sensitive skin which also offers tips and tricks on Organic threading!
ECO-FRIENDLY SKINCARE – LUMENE, FINNISH PRODUCTS WITH ARCTIC INGREDIENTS
Combining technological expertise with Arctic nature’s perfection, Lumene looks for the latest innovations in developing skincare that truly makes a difference. Lumene’s scientists carefully extract the core natural ingredients, such as Arctic Lingonberry and Sea Buckthorn, and enhance it to become even stronger!
ECO-FRIENDLY HAIR PRODUCTS – CONAIR HAIR BRUSHES* AND TOUCHBACK SYSTEM COLOR
The eco-friendly Contemporaries Brushes, crafted of sustainably harvested Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, is a great brush that you can feel good about. These wooden hairbrushes have a beautiful finish and comes in four fashion-forward colors – dragon red, ocean blue, papaya, and mustard!
TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Color Depositing Conditioner can be used once a week, to add back vibrant color and shine lost from all of your summer fun. Designed to be used together -- the pair of temporary hair color repairs damage and smoothes hair, while UVA/UVB sunscreens help protect hair from sun damage and nourishing moisturizers providedeep hydration…Natural botanical ingredients include extracts of sunflower, chamomile flower, rose hips, green tea leaf and lemon peel!
ECO-FRIENDLY SPF – SUN BUM AND NIOS SHIELD
Nios Shield SPF 15 SPF 15 for SCALP – available in Leave in Conditioner AND Whipped Hair Gel! Nios is serving an unmet need in hair styling by offering all the benefits of haircare with ECO-FRIENDLY Argan oil, wheat protein, Vitamins B & E, and SPF 15 protection all in one product!
SPF 50 CLEAR Zinc Oxide – Sun Bum’s very popular Zinc Oxide Formula with added Aloe and Vitamin E adds a protective CLEAR barrier between your face (or other sensitive areas) and the sun.
Disclaimer: I will be sent product in exchange for this post.