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At the rate this month is going by, it will be New Year's before we know it! Make sure you are prepared to wind-down after all of the festivities with these relaxing spa-treatments.
NEW YEAR’S EVE RECOVERY MUST-HAVES
Have a relaxing spa day in by giving your skin the hydration it needs after your New Year’s Eve celebrations with these refreshing masks from Erborian and MegRhythm.
Erborian BB Shot Mask ($8, Sephora.com)
Bring your skin to life with this instant beauty-boosting sheet mask that acts like a true concentrate for a flawless complexion. Delivering results comparable to those of a serum, it immediately helps to plump skin with moisture, smooth and refine skin’s texture and illuminate the complexion, leaving you and your skin ready to take on the new year.
Erborian Ginseng Shot Mask ($7.50, Erborian.com)
Start 2019 off right by enriching your skin with this refreshing Ginseng Shot Mask. This mask helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhance the complexion’s radiance, smooth the skin, and leaves the skin with a firmer and fresher feel.
Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask ($43, Sephora.com)
Refresh your skin after a long night of celebrations with this hydrating mask. It utilizes a complex of Bamboo Sap and Fibers to help moisturize and plump the skin with water, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. This mask can be used in two ways - either as a daily mask or as a moisturizing leave-on treatment.
MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask ($10.99, Amazon.com)
Decompress and de-stress with this innovative, 10 minute, self-heating mask. It helps to heighten relaxation, hydrate surrounding skin and relieve tired eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Available in three scents: Lavender, Citrus and Unscented
In between fashion shows, touch up your look with the essential products below. Easy to carry around in your bag, you’ll look flawless all day long!
For all-day long lasting lips, the SWIMMABLES™ Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick is completely budge-proof, delivering intense long wear color that won’t smudge or transfer! Just one small touch up and you’ll be good to go!
SHADES: Newport, Montauk, Brighton, Portofino, Cape Town, Sorrento
For a quick hair touch-up, the Polish Glossing Crème controls frizz and tames any flyaways. Delivering weightless shine, this is the ultimate multi-tasking product for all hair types for a glossy, brilliant finish!
PRICE: $12 | 1.7 oz.
To keep your make up intact all day long, the translucent Yellow Neutralizing Pressed Powder defuses redness, diminishes the appearance of pores and blemishes, absorbs oil and sets foundation and concealer- creating a velvety-sheer, radiant finish for skin that looks naturally flawless!
Comodynes Make-Up Remover Towelettes - At just $6.25 for a resealable package of 20 towelettes, these pretties pack a big punch. Whether removing stubborn water-proof mascara or providing a touch-up after a long day, these hypo-allergenic and paraben-free towelettes are available for Normal Skin, Sensitive & Dry, Extra Sensitive, and for Oily & Combination Skin. Available at select retailers nationwide or by visiting Comodynes.Net. Celeb fans include Retta and Rachel Bilson.
Hotheads' Mini G Hairbrush - Good things really do come in small packages! The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag. Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks. It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun. Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair. Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail. Only $9.38 at Hotheads Hairbrush.com.
Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist - The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.A few simple spritzs to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. Just $14 for a 2 ounce size at Hawaiian BodyProducts.com.
Take Control of Your Beauty Products in 2018 – Top Beauty Products You Can Make at Home
Have you ever stopped and thought about what ingredients are in your beauty products? Are you spending a small fortune on the items but seeing little to no results? If so, then why not let 2018 be the year you take control of your beauty products and start to make some at home. By making your beauty products at home, you’ll be in control of the ingredients, you can customize the product, and you’ll be spending much less money.
Here’s a look at some of the top beauty products you can make at home:
Indulge Your Skin with Homemade Face Masks
Perhaps one of the most popular products to make at home is face masks. There are so many different variations out there meant to address a variety of skincare issues. For example, a honey lemon facial mask, as found on the diyformula.com website, contains natural antibacterial agents ideal for treating acne. There is also the avocado and honey mask, which is perfect for those who need some extra moisture and care.
DIY masks tend to use normal household ingredients that you probably already have on hand. They are quick and easy to throw together, which means you are more likely to use them on a regular basis. You can always mix and match ingredients from various masks to create your own personalized formula.
Give Your Hair a Good Cleaning with Natural Shampoo
Shampoo is another beauty product that people tend to spend a lot of money on throughout the year. Why not make your own natural shampoo that won't be harmful to your hair or scalp and uses all natural ingredients? A great recipe features coconut milk, castile liquid soap, vitamin E oil, fenugreek powder, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and a bottle to store it in. This recipe is so gentle and effective that it can be used on everyone in the family.
If you find that you need a shampoo that offers more of a deep clean, add tea tree oil to the mixture. Tea tree oil does an excellent job fighting itchy scalp and dandruff, helps to thicken hair and encourage it to grow, and provides deep cleaning of the scalp. You can easily find these and other shampoo recipes online.
Gentle and Effective Makeup Remover
Removing your makeup at the end of the day can be quite the task without the proper product. Did you know you can make your very own makeup remover that is safe, gentle, and effective? All you need is extra virgin olive oil, aloe vera water, and a resealable bottle. Simply pour 1/2 cup of the aloe vera water and the same amount of olive oil in the bottle, put the cap on nice and tight, and then give it a shake. You can then use cotton pads to remove your makeup.
Get On-Board with Homemade Beauty Products
So, why not take control of your beauty products and your wallet and start making your own homemade beauty products? You won’t regret it!
For those of you who are scent sensitive or just don’t like the fragrance in your products, these bath and body essentials are the answers to your prayers. Kneipp, MegRhythm, Ban, Josie Maran and Skinfix make it easy for you to cleanse, moisturize, and soothe your skin without worry.
Kneipp Ancient Sea Salt Mineral Bath Salt – “Sensitive Derm” ($8, Kneipp.com)
For thousands of years, salt has been known as a source of health and beauty. For those with sensitive skin, this bath salt is for you. With the combination of trace elements and mineral salts, it will bring the skin back into balance, have a skin-calming effect and provide moisture to the skin.
MegRhythm Eye Mask ($10.99 for a pack of 7, amazon.com)
This self-heating eye mask is the perfect way to de-stress, relax and hydrate surrounding skin after a long day. MegRhythm utilizes advanced self-heating technology to heighten relaxation and relieve hard working eyes with the warm and soothing sensation of steam heat.
Ban Roll-On Deodorant ($4.99, drug and mass retailers nationwide)
With Ban’s breakthrough technology, this formula specifically targets and virtually eliminates stress odor that other antiperspirants and deodorants may leave behind. Grab the unscented and start rolling on for a guaranteed sweat-free and wetness-free 24 hours.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35, Josiemarancosmetics.com)
A silky, velvety and ultra-hydrating body butter that’s packed with more than 10 plant oils and extracts whipped to a feather-light texture. Combined with Pure Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and White Tea Extract, this body butter will nourish, repair, moisturize, repair damaged and dry skin and infuses your skin with antioxidants. What else do you need?!
Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads ($29, Skinfix.com)
Banish dullness and reveal smoother, more radiant and healthy skin with Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads. Each textured pad is formulated with a blend of natural glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to gently lift away embedded impurities and spent skin cells. Sugar Cane, Willow Bark and Australian Lime Pearl Extracts deliver natural AHAs to accelerate skin’s own renewal process. Gentle enough for daily use or when skin is tired or dull looking.
Boost Your Look this Fall
Fall is officially here, and with that, so is a re-stock on your beauty must-haves to help keep your hair and skin healthy and radiant this season.
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Shampoo ($9.99, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide)
Deepen and enrich your brunette color right from home. Formulated with cocoa and evening primrose oil, this shampoo infuses rich, dark tones so you can deepen the spectrum of your brunette color. Walk right out of the shower with an immediate, visible flattering shade of brunette that’s anything but dull.
Kneipp Argan & Marula Body Oil – “Beauty Secret” ($22, Kneipp.com)
Containing four essential natural oils, this body oil helps regenerate and strengthen the skin’s barrier . Kneipp Beauty Secret Body Oil is a hidden gem that will leave your skin soft, nourished and smooth – thanks to the argan, marula, castor and olive oils in its formula.
Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Aimable Body Butter ($20.84, Amazon.com)
Combined with a rich formula and nourishing shea butter, this body butter helps protect and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple and lightly scented. Touches of Bergamot and Mandarin gives a scent of serenity, while Nasturtium reveals the skin’s natural radiance.
Summer is coming to an end, (I am so sad!) and it’s time to do a season revamp for your beauty routine. Celebrate Fall with Alba1913, WEN Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean, Bare Republic and The Hollywood Silk Solution.
Get rid of dry skin with Alba1913’s Galenic Leave-On Mask this fall. Made with Shea Butter, BioActive Vitamin A and Parsley Extract, this product is designed to restore healthy looking skin and radiance overnight. Its formula nourishes and brightens the skin tone.
As the first seasonal collection launched by WEN by Chaz Dean, the Fall Ginger Pumpkin line kicked off the creation of many seasonal lines to come. Formulated with the WEN exclusive amino acid complex and peptides, making the collection best for all hair types. This seasonal collection includes a Cleansing Conditioner, Treatment Oil and Replenishing Treatment Mist.
Though the weather is starting to get cooler, it’s still important to protect your hair from UV rays. Bare Republic’s UV Protecting 5-in-1 Mist combines daily UV protection with anti-frizz shine, conditioning and detangling benefits. Made with mango butter, its formula moisturizes hair after exposure to sun and other harsh elements.
Made with the highest grade of long fiber mulberry silk and high grade cotton, the Hollywood Silk Solution is made to reduce bedhead, decrease tugging on delicate facial skin and extend your blowout. Now, you can truly get your beauty sleep this year.
Available in: Pink, Caramel and White
Where to Buy: www.thehollywoodsilksolution.com
The summer months are all about quick weekend getaways, so it’s best to stock up on the perfect travel essentials! Make sure you pack your bags full of Sun Bum and John Frieda and listen to experts like Umbreen Sheikh and Sophia Gushee on how to make the most of you short vacation!
Sun Bum Original Sunscreen
Bigger isn’t always better, so breeze through security with serious sun protection stowed away in your carry on. Just like the full-sized versions, these cute little sunscreens deliver the same premium, ultra-lightweight formula and irresistible beachy smell.
John Frieda Hot Air Brush
Dry and style your hair in just one step with this multi-tasking hot air brush, newly redesigned with a sleeker, 1” ceramic titanium-coated barrel .
Ask the Experts:
Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
When grooming at home, it’s alright to tweeze a couple of hairs from the middle of the brow but do not touch any hairs that are in line with the nose. If you take a pen or a stick and put it vertically up against the side of your nose you can see where the brow should start on both sides.
Sophia Gushee , detox and wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing
- Broad-spectrum, which will guard against both UVA and UVB rays
- Safer key ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, preferably without nanoparticles. If they are not available, then select avobenzone at 3 percent.
When it is summertime, it seems like I am always packing for a quick weekend trip to visit my sisters, or I am off camping the next week. I am not complaining, but it can get a little overwhelming. Sometimes I get so tired of packing that I want to have the luxury of just grabbing a bag and getting on the road. I don't have any patience for packing.
I decided to compile a list of beauty essentials that make life-on-the-go a snap! Here are my top picks:
Conair Root Booster Paddle Brush
I love my paddle brush. This brush is my go-to hairbrush. I love the way that it detangles my messy bed-head hair, and makes my strands look silky and shiny again without causing any breakage to my ends.
Scunci Multi-Colored Mixed Elastics
With my thick and often unruly hair, I cannot leave home without my Scunci elastics. I keep them in my purse, in my car, and definitely in my overnight bag. I also keep one on my wrist so that it is ready for whenever I want to put my hair up. On nights that I don't wash my hair before bed, I ALWAYS sleep with my hair up. I love it because when I take down my hair in the morning, it always has nice waves and volume thanks to my Scunci elastics.
DDF Skincare Brightening Cleanser
My DDF brightening cleanser is the only cleanser I need for traveling. It is perfect for washing my face and getting rid of all of the oil and swet that I accumulate in my travels. Whether washing my face in a hotel bathroom, or in the camper when we are camping, I can always count on my DDF cleanser for flawless, healthy skin.
I never realized how much makeup I was wasting and throwing away before I started applying it with my new Makeup Drop applicator. Not only does this amazing makeup applicator help you to use much less product, it also helps blend EVERYTHING into a flawless finish, so you don't have to mess around a lot and waste your precious makeup or vacation time trying to look good.
MALIN+GOETZ eucalyptus deodorant
I used to think that the only deodorant that would work for me was the chemically-laden brand that I once swore by. I am a heavy 'sweater' and I never realized the seriousness of the chemicals I was using on my underarms. I recently read that those chemicals can cause breast cancer! That is very scary! My MALIN+GOETZ eucalyptus deodorant keeps me dry, fresh and smelling great with zero chemicals involved. I never leave home without this deodorant in my bag.
Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo
I love this compact tub of shampoo. It is easy to stick in your bag and go. I love it for it's design and especially because of how wonderfully clean it leaves my hair. It also smells so good. I feel fresh and clean after washing my hair.
From hot yoga to spin class, it’s important to fill your gym bag with the best beauty essentials to keep you looking and feeling 9fresh, natural and effortless after a workout. With these beauty essentials, you’ll look like you never worked a sweat and ready to conquer the day.
Goldwell Kerasilk Volume Re-Power Dry Shampoo ($29.99)~
Get rid of sweaty hair with Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Dry Shampoo. It instantly revitalizes hair, leaving your locks luxuriously, silky and shiny just in time for your after next appointment.
Where to Buy: www.goldwell.us
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener ($7.50)~ Add moisture and a touch of shine to your lips after a workout with C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener. Its formula is mint-infused to provide a glossy shine with a refreshing cooling sensation. Your lips will stay moist while the peppermint oil gives your breath a dose of long lasting freshness
Where to Buy: www.bigelowchemists.com
Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream ($15.00)~ The cold fitness studios can ruin your hands. Condition your hands with Molton Brown’s Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream, a moisturizing product with fresh notes of honeyed comice pears, gardeniaand sweet biscuit. It’s an indulgent addition to your hand care routine this spring.
Where to Buy: www.moltonbrown.com
Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer ($30)~
Take out post-workout redness with Mally Beauty’s Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Its formula works as both a primer and a color-corrector. Not only does it seal in makeup, it is designed to eradicatesun spots, redness and visible veins. You can wear it alone for a flawless fresh face or under make up to lock in your look.
Where to Buy: www.QVC.com