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4 Things We Can All Learn From Tan Mom

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Big beauty news today, everyone! If you haven’t heard already, Tan Momthat kooky woman from New Jersey who was accused several months ago of taking her 6-year-old daughter to the tanning salon and letting her use one of the beds (she denied the allegations)—has taken a month-long break from sunning, artificial and otherwise.  And look at her now!

tan mom

photo courtesy of InTouch Magazine


 

You all remember how scary she looked before, right? I mean, how could you forget?

photo courtesy of The Gloss

Now, I know that none of you gorgeous Beautyfix fans—even those of you who shun the undeniable scientific evidence that tanning beds are terrible and continue to bask in the warmth of the electric beach with nary a care in the world—would ever dream of taking your artificial bronze to the depths of darkness this woman did. (At least, I hope you wouldn’t.)  But I also know that nobody’s perfect. Hey, I’d be lying if I told you I never did the whole tanning bed thing when I was younger! We all make mistakes. And without mistakes, how would most of us ever learn anything?

By now—and particularly with Tan Mom in mind—I hope we’ve all learned a few truths when it comes to tanning. If not … please allow me to break it down.

  1. Tanning causes premature aging. I mean, just look at Tan Mom “after.” An improvement? Oh, no question. But does that look like the face of a 44-year-old to you?
  2. Tanning can become a severe compulsion. Believe me, I’m not poking fun with this one. The psychology that governs our ideas on beauty is complex, to say the least—and Tan Mom is another extreme specimen, like, say, Jocelyn Wildenstein.  I’m all about doing whatever you want to your face, hair and body that makes you feel better about yourself. But if someone I knew and cared about was taking it to this level or openly aspiring to look like a feline, I’d urge that person to seek professional help, and I hope you’d do the same.
  3. Tanning doesn’t always look good. Any questions?
  4. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you’re wrong. I’d imagine it took a lot of guts for Tan Mom to put down the accelerator lotion and say to herself “maybe I have a problem.” While she’s done irreparable damage to her skin, it’s awesome that she found it in herself to break the cycle. She admitted she feels “pale” now and I believe it! I’m no shrink, but if I were a gambling woman I’d bet that something in her brain tells her she NEEDS to be tan. Not merely that she must be tan in order to look better in a bathing suit,  but that she will DIE if she doesn't tan enough. This sort of thing doesn’t go away in a month, I don’t think. So good for Tan Mom. She just did something that surely must have terrified her.

I’ll leave you all with a wild idea to chew on—and remember, this is coming from one of the pastiest people in the land. One who has, in the past,  tried out every conceivable means of becoming a bronzed babe.  Why not just be the color you were born? Why spend so much time and money modifying and damaging your skin in the process?  I know, I know, I know. Being tan makes us look skinnier, younger, prettier and blah blah blah. Use a Tan Towel. That's what I do when I change my mind about everything I just said (I am, after all, a woman) and decide being pale is the pits. Or, get a spray tan … just be sure to channel your inner Bill Clinton, and don’t inhale.

5 Fruits That Will Pamper Your Skin

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Fruits are a cost effective and natural treatment for your skin. Some of the same fruits you enjoy eating with breakfast or as a healthy snack also have added benefits for your skin. Protect your skin from UV rays with sun screen and these 5 Fruits.  Keep your skin rejuvenated and hydrated with these useful tips.

Banana is a rich source of magnesium, potassium and iron. Get flawless skin by mashing up a banana and apply it on the skin the avoid dryness. It also contains vitamins A,B, and E, it can act as a good anti-aging agent.

Papaya contains a special enzyme called Papain. It helps kill dead skin cells. Apply papaya on sun exposed areas of the skin to get rid of dullness; Papaya contains antioxidants that help clear the skin of impurities.

Keep your skin looking young with apples. Apples contain collagen and elastin fibers. Mash up the apple and mix it with rose water, apply it to your skin for a beautiful summer glow. Apples also have antioxidants, helping prevent cell damage.

Add a few drops of lemon to a glass of hot water and drink it in the morning. This will help cleanse the skin. You can also rub lemon halves on the sun exposed areas to help remove dark spots. Lemon juice also has the power to help diminish acne scars.

Get a healthy dose of vitamin C with oranges. Oranges help improve the texture of your skin; they contain collagen which helps slow down the aging process.

Lady Luck

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The work week is almost over and I’m eagerly awaiting my annual girls’ trip to Vegas this weekend. 110 degrees…what better time to go to a hot desert and sit out by the pool in the scorching sun? Might not be the best idea, but what the heck, I’ll go with it. To prepare for this adventure I have been going down my Beauty checklist.

Aside from eating right and hitting the gym extra hard, there are a few beauty essentials that are a must when preparing to be in a bikini by a crowded pool for the weekend: Mani/Pedi, spray tan, cry baby mascara and packing the right essentials to easily transition from a day to night look.

To start, I did a DIY mani/pedi, due to lack of time and the fact that I’m saving money for the Black Jack tables (hopefully lady luck is on my side). SpaRitual has a wonderful collection and my color of choice for this trip is Poppy Crème. This will come along for the ride in case I need to do any touchups. As for the other beauty products, sunscreen is a MUST and I will be slathering it on several times throughout the day to ensure maximum coverage and protection. In case my friends or I do get a burn, the Hydrating Aloe Continuous Mist Spray by Hampton Sun is a great way to soothe, hydrate and cool the skin. This will help transition our sun-kissed (or burned) skin to the night time fun!

After a long day of…“lounging” by the pool the last thing I want to do is take a long time to get ready for the night, so I try to make this process as easy as possible. With the crybaby mascara, I can check lashes off my list, as I have no need to even worry about applying additional mascara for at least two weeks! I got this process done yesterday and I’m good to go. The only other essentials I will need to bring is a good tinted moisturizer and/or BB cream as both are extremely convenient, eyeliner, a good lipstick and last but definitely not least, my No More Shine Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray. There it is the day/night transition-Vegas here we come!

What are some of your beauty tips for an easy day/night transition?

Acne Awareness Month: Are you taking the right steps?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

June is Acne Awareness Month and as Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States it is important to give this matter some attention.  If left untreated, acne can create further complications such as scarring, hyperpigmentation and can lead to low self-esteem and often times, depression.

Here are some ways to help treat this condition if you find it to be an issue.

Educate Yourself: Try to figure out your acne triggers and determine if it is stress/diet/etc. Once you can determine the cause of your acne, the quicker you can find the best treatments.

Diet: Make sure you are eating a healthy diet as this can have a big effect on the appearance and condition of your skin. “You are what you eat” and your skin will prove it. If you need some guidance on what foods to cut out, check out this acne diet for better skin. Also, make sure you wash your hands after eating to avoid touching your face with greasy or oily fingers.

Acknowledge Your Skin Type: Make sure you are using the right kinds of products for your type of skin. You may need to switch to oil-free or non-comedegenic makeup and moisturizers that won’t clog pores.  If your skin is super oily, try using blotting papers throughout the day to absorb the oil, remove impurities and balance skin tone.

Hygiene: Create a beauty routine and stick to it. Wash your face both morning and night and apply the appropriate products for both. Most likely you should be using different products at night than you do for your morning routine, and of course NO MAKEUP should be used at night time. Clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis. Along with brushes, you need to consider all of the other things that touch your face and make sure you are keeping a clean environment. Wash your pillow cases/sheets weekly and clean your phone regularly with anti-bacterial wipes.

Do you have any tips/tricks on how you treat acne symptoms? Share them with us!

Summer Makeup: 10 Simple Steps for Staying Power

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

1. Prime

PRIMER! A lot of women skip this step but it is the key to long lasting color. A pea size amount of an oil free formula will last all day and keep you looking fresh in the summer heat. Make sure to moisturize your skin before applying primer, concealer and foundation.

2. Silicone

For those of you who still want the coverage of a full foundation. Use a lightweight silicone-based formula. The silicone coats your skin, working as a film between your skin and the humidity. It prevents foundation from seeping into your pores or melting, dribbling down your chin.

3. Creamy shadow shades

 

Sweat and powder do not mix. Sheer cream shadows cake up less in hot weather; they also glisten in the sun. Cream shadows will stand the test of time on a hot day without smudging.

4. Lighten up

 

The less foundation you put on the less formula there is to slide off. Put a few drops on a foam sponge, swipe from the middle of your face, outward in small short strokes. Also, give it a minute to set before you apply any other makeup.

 

5. Liquid

Liquid eyeliner takes practice and patience but once it’s applied it won’t move in the heat like an eyeliner pencil will. Practice your liquid lining skills.

 

6. Waterproof/ water resistant mascara

Waterproof mascara will last in the pool, bar office and gym without fading. Check out CARGO’s Better-Than- Waterproof-Mascara 

 

7. Flushed Cheeks

Rub a bright pink or coral cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend. Use cream instead of a powder blush to avoid issues with perspiration.

 

8. Tint your lips

Tint your lips with a tinted lip balm. Tinted lip balms with high wax content won’t turn to mush on your mouth or in your purse! Other good lip options are sheer lipsticks and stains.

 

9. Stop the shine

Take a large fluffy brush and dust translucent loose powder over your T-zone to reduce shine and set your makeup.  Make sure to use a light hand when applying translucent powder, because its colorless there’s less of a chance it will cause problems in the heat.  Mattify your look without leaving your skin feeling dry.

 

10. Blot!

Extra layers of powder can cause cakey product build up in warmer weather. Use oil absorbing sheets throughout the day to soak up excess oil without messing up your make up.

 

Unexpected Beauty Lessons from Dad

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

By Jenna

I didn’t exactly get my beauty obsession from my father. As the typical blue collar, brawny, American man, I’d say he tried to mold his only daughter into the opposite carting me from sporting event to sporting event to 4-wheeling trip, to fishing… and you get the point. For most of us girls, our best beauty tips didn’t come from dad, however I know that there was some takeaway from his funny quips and short smartass sentences about grooming. From the same man that refers to makeup as ‘war paint’, I give you valuable beauty lessons from dad just in time for Father’s Day.

  • Shaving = exfoliating.” A man’s facial skin is usually pretty soft. Why? Because shaving actually is a form of exfoliation. With regular exfoliating comes smoother, softer skin. Ladies remember that Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe reportedly shaved their face to get rid of peach fuzz and to keep their skin baby soft. Don’t be razor shy.
  • “Never leave the house without old spice.” Translation, don’t forget your perfume or your deodorant, stinky.
  • “Time is of the essence my dear.” I’m pretty positive my dad wasn’t the only frustrated parent when it took me 2 hours to get ready for anything. For a good 2-3 years, I always kept him waiting. After finally learning how to do my hair and makeup right, it started taking less time. From this (and his frustration) I did learn never to make a guy wait more than 10 minutes because it’s clearly rude.
  • “Vaseline is all you need.” Never mind things like moisturizers, expensive creams and all that junk in the beauty aisle. Vaseline on your face is just as good. Just like Windex for the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • “Less is more.” My dad was always the first to tell me if I was wearing too much makeup. Even though he may have not used the sweetest words to tell me, it was the most valuable beauty lesson anyone could teach me. He emphasized that any man who loves you, is going to love you for you-and later in life you’re going to have to wake up to them eventually. You don’t want to look like a raccoon doing it.

Dad may have taught me how to shoot a shotgun, yet he still spoiled me. That little Cover Girl eye shadow in the market or that Lip Smacker chapstick in strawberry somehow still ended up on my dresser. Years later, beauty is my life and I can’t say dad didn’t contribute. So cheers to all the dads who gave amazingly grizzly beauty advice. Happy Father’s Day!

My pops and me on my wedding day

What’s the best beauty advice your dad gave you?

Kick Start Your Summer Beauty Routine!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The long awaited, three day weekend is almost here!  It’s time to switch up your beauty routine to prepare for those hot Summer days and warm summer nights!  As the seasons change, so should your beauty products and beauty routine. It’s time to think about smooth legs for those short shorts, moisturized elbows and knees for those sleeveless tops and summer dresses and the list goes on.

Check out this Summer beauty checklist so you are fully prepared for what the new season brings:

Hair Removal- Summer time means swimsuits, swimming pools and beaches, so prep that Summer bod by taking some time to remove that unwanted hair. Whether it is on your legs, underarms or lady parts make sure you select the right kind of products to keep yourself properly groomed for the summer. Shave or wax the legs and underarms and for those sensitive bikini areas try BareEase & Cream for an ouchless experience. They even make Numb Nuts for any Manscaping that needs to take place…and yes, I’m serious :)

Tanning- I hate the feeling of getting in a bathing suit for the very first time in the start of Summer. Mostly because I feel like my pale skin would blind everyone around me if they were not wearing their shades. To make this process a little more welcoming, I like the idea of getting a spray tan prior to stripping down to that little bikini. Don’t want to go get a spray tan? Give yourself a little color, safely at home with some self-tanner. Colour Couture has some great tanning products and lucky for you they are giving some away!

Mani/Pedi- Bright colors are in this Summer and here are some favorites to try:  SpaRitual’s Pigment Lacquer Mini Kit this offers a variety of fun and bright colors in a multi-colored bag, perfect for taking to the beach!  Lara’s Theme by Deborah Lippman makes your nails a bright summer-time accessory and Essie Lights  is the perfect shade of pink.

Aside from that, don’t forget the basics like wear your sunscreen at all times, moisturize and lighten up on the makeup. If you have to wear makeup, try a tinted moisturizer rather than a heavy foundation. Also, don’t skimp out on the elbows and knees, make sure they get enough moisturizer so you won’t have those ‘rough’ patches. Stay smooth and colorful! Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to take some time to reflect and honor those brave men and women who served to protect us.

Leave us a comment and tell us how you plan to celebrate this weekend!

Hey, Blue Eyes!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Got blue eyes? Want to make them look electric without looking as though you’re trying super hard to do so? Take a cue from Jessica Stam who lit up the FiFi awards in New York City last night with her radiant, out of control foxiness. I mean, just look at her! I’m more than a little jealous of her near-perfect features, but fortunately, I’ve got some eye makeup tips for blue eyes up my sleeve that can help the rest of us light-eyed ladies paint ourselves in the most flattering, um, light!

In my opinion, this is a perfect eye makeup look for this time of year and beyond. It’s polished and ladylike. More than that, it’s deceptively natural. Make no mistake about it—there’s a lot of maquillage happening here. Which makes it perfect for an event at which you’re going to be photographed. (Which is pretty much every event nowadays, right?) It’s just that the makeup looks so carefree and light. And it’s utterly PERFECT for blue-eyed gals like Miss Stam. Those warm peachy pinks provide the perfect contract—and that’s why her peepers pop!

Want to recreate this look? You’ll need to start with flawless skin that’s not masked with too heavy a base. A tinted moisturizer would be ideal—just use some concealer on areas where you need extra help. And if you’re going to be getting your photo taken, heed the golden rule: no shiny face! Translucent powder will help with that. So will blotting papers—carry ‘em with you!

Now, for the color. I’ll try to keep this as simple as possible:

1. Some warm, peach-toned blush swept right underneath your cheekbones will create the subtly warm flush you see here. Cargo BeachBlush is a great choice.

3. Eyes! Some black eyeliner (upper lid only) and saucy fake lashes are a must. For that gorgeous color, sweep on jane iredale Eye Gloss in Peach Silk and Brown Silk. As for those gorgeous brows, we weren’t all blessed with arches like Jessica’s. But an overly darkened brow will make this look appear too “done.” So don’t be too heavy-handed when you’re filling them in.

4. Highlighter. We also don’t all have these ethereally perfect cheekbones that catch the light so wonderfully. That’s why we highlight. Put it on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, underneath your brow bones, and right above your cupid’s bow.

What are you waiting for? Go out and rock this look. Better yet, go out and rock this look and take photos of it! Then share them with us on our Facebook page.

Beauty Tips for Brides-to-Be

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Last night, as part of our pre-wedding anniversary celebration, my husband and I saw The Five-Year Engagement. First, let me compliment Emily Blunt’s perfect ringlets, which stayed shiny, bouncy and immaculate throughout the film (even when she was preparing to go to bed!). Second, although the movie got me cracking up for the most part, I must admit I got misty-eyed when Violet (Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segal) finally got married after everything they had been through. I remembered my own wedding, which also took 5 years to plan.

So to all brides-to-be out there, let me just say that I do understand the ordeals you’re all going through—the physical, mental and emotional strain you all had to endure to make this 4-hour celebration an affair to remember forever—and that’s on top of the pent-up anxiety all engaged couples go through. So to make sure you look your utmost best on the most important day of your life, I’d like to share with you a few bridal beauty tips I’ve learned from my own wedding experience.

 

1. Six months to a year before: Avoid Wedding Crashers!

You have to start your beauty and workout plan as soon as you get engaged. Crash diets never work—especially with all the food tasting and pre-wedding parties you’re bound to attend. The same goes with skin care, as your skin needs time to adjust to a new regimen. So as you book your wedding suppliers, remember to book a series of regular facial appointments and hair treatments as well, with your last appointment set no later than 2 weeks before the big day. If a chemical peel is on the agenda, get it done no later than a month before. If you’re planning to try out a new beauty product or experiment on a new hair color you’ve read from a bridal magazine, this is the best time to do that.

 

2. A month before: Leave No Room for Trial and Error

Once you’ve decided on which makeup artist and hair stylist to get, schedule a hair and makeup trial session at least a month before the wedding. This way, you’d know right away if the kind of hair and makeup you envisioned suits you. This will also give you the opportunity to get comfortable with the two most important persons who can make or break your wedding day look.

 

3. A Week Before: Here Comes the Groom

All facial and body waxing, including getting that perfect eyebrow shape, should be done at least a week before. That should give your skin enough time to recuperate from the redness and swelling that usually come after the procedure. This week is the most crucial. No matter how stressed out you get, try to steer clear of sweets, salty foods, soda and alcohol.

 

4. A Day Before: There’s a Reason You Have Maids

The things you’re only allowed to attend to at the last minute are your nails. Get a massage and sleep. Should last-minute problems arise, if you don’t have a wedding planner, let your maid of honor and bridesmaids handle this. This is the reason you have them in the first place.

 

5. On the Day: Waterproof Everything

By now you’re skin has already adapted to your current beauty regimen, don’t change anything! Also, photographers and videographers love capturing those tearful moments. So to make sure you’re picture-perfect even during your most vulnerable moments, you need to waterproof as much makeup as you can. Finally, relax, breathe and trust that you did everything you can to make this wedding a success.

 

6. Lastly, don’t forget to pack your Day-of Emergency Kit, which should include facial tissue and baby wipes, small mirror, bobby pins, Tide-to-Go, fashion tape, facial mist and oil blotting paper.

 

Beautyfix Spotlight: Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Exfoliating the skin is one of the most important things you can do to even out skin tone and achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. As we age, our skin’s natural ability to generate and shed skin cells slows down, but regular exfoliation can help to overcome this challenge.

There are two types of exfoliants to consider, chemical and manual. A chemical or acid exfoliant does the work for you as opposed to a manual exfoliant such as using a brush, sponge or facial scrub, however the combination of both will give your skin the best results. Manual exfoliation should be done on a regular basis (once or twice/week), and the chemical exfoliations should be reserved for more intermittent use. If you do go the chemical route, choose a product that contains alpha or beta hydroxyl acids for deeper exfoliation, such as Alpha Hydrox, AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

This velvety, textured cream contains 12% Glycolic AHA which provides a deep exfoliation and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, smile lines and forehead creases (no need to cut bangs just yet). Simply apply, leave it on and it works by itself to dissolve dry, flaky skin. Peptides work to plump up the skin and Green Tea antioxidants help fight against premature aging, leaving you with an even, smooth, healthy complexion. The best part is the price is right! This is very affordable making it a great item to incorporate into your skin care routine.

The frequency of exfoliation will vary for every individual pending on skin type, seasons, environmental factors, etc. Over exfoliation can cause your skin to be dry, irritated and damaged so be sure to consult with an Esthetician or Dermatologist to see what exfoliating method/routine would work best for you.

Oh and lastly, since you are basically exposing fresh ‘baby’ skin when you exfoliate regularly be sure not to skimp on the sunscreen. Be safe and take care of your fresh, new skin!