New Lashes with Neulash

February 25th, 2013

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One of the most attention grabbing features of any person is their eyes. Long eyelashes have become a fascination for many women. The desire to achieve fuller, longer, envy-worthy lashes is a strong one. Heavily accentuated eyes were very popular back in the 60’s, with Twiggy leading the way. She wore a dark thick fringe of false lashes and lots of eyeliner. In many cultures, long, beautiful eyelashes are considered a sign of elegance and femininity. The dilemma is, not everyone is blessed with the gift of long lashes. Especially as we age, our lashes become finer and thinner, making the task of maintaining and achieving beautiful long lashes even more difficult.
Yes there are lash extensions, false lashes, mascara, etc. but what about our overall lash health? A lash can last about 3 months before falling out and can take two months or more to completely grow back.

 

 

 

Here are a few tips on how to achieve and maintain healthy lashes which will result in a fuller, thicker appearance.

  • Make sure you are eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and proteins in order to promote lash growth. Seems like a no-brainer, but surprisingly many people don’t think of nutrients when it comes to growing lashes.
  • Less is more, when it comes to makeup, give your eyes a break every now and then and skip the mascara. You can use a liner instead to add some definition and give your peepers a little pop.
  • Toss old mascara and get a new tube every 3-6 months.
  • Don’t tug or pull at your lashes and don’t rub your eyes.
  • When curling your lashes, don’t pull on your eyelids
  • Apply Vaseline to the eyelashes. Vaseline is an excellent moisturizer and conditioner that can work wonders on brittle, dry lashes. It is both cheap and easily available.
  • Invest in a non-irritating lash enhancement product such as Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum. This serum nourishes, protects, moisturizes and strengthens your lashes to reveal a healthier, conditioned and lustrous look.

Now tell us, who are some of your eyelash icons?

Secrets for the Swimsuit Edition!

February 21st, 2013

Its time, yet again, for me to geek out over gorgeous super models. The annual Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition just hit newsstands and, like every year, I rushed out to buy it (well, I guess this year, I rushed to my e-reader to download it… we are so advanced in the 21st century, huh?). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Victoria’s Secret Angels, but I also love the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition. The SI swimsuit models seem to have such a casual and effortless beauty to them, more natural and beach-chic than the glamazons on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. I’m apparently not the only swim-suit edition obsessed female out there either- the publisher estimates that there are 18 million female readers, all looking for aspirational, yet attainable beauty! Lucky for us, they SI swimsuit models and the pros behind their looks have spilled some top beauty secrets.

  1. Hairstylist Peter Butler prepares for the inevitable water element that is destined to mess with perfectly coiffed locks with mousse. “I’ll blow dry the hair with mousse, which adds a little extra volume. Even when it gets wet, the hair will still hold that texture and shape for a bit longer,” he explains. I love the Nick Chavez Caviar Moisturizing Styling Mousse, which adds the perfect amount of body without weighing the hair down. By far, may favorite mousse!
  2. Obviously, bronze skin is a no-brainer when it comes to beachy beauty- just make sure you achieve it the safe way (aka- self tanner).
  3. Lots and lots of waterproof mascara! Makeup artist Tracy Martin coats the models lashes with 3 different types of waterproof mascara- lengthening, volumizing and thickening formulas to achieve the doe-eyed effect. While, I would never suggest wearing three different mascara to go play beach volleyball, a good waterproof mascara can go a long way!

Bye Bye Acne

February 15th, 2013

Night time skin care rituals can leave you going to bed with spots of creams and lotions, but they’re so worth the benefits! I’m happy to have survived my awkward teenage years, but my occasional acne breakouts haven’t gone away! I was recently introduced to acne skin product DDF Acne Control Treatment, formulated for acne-prone skin. This night use treatment definitely got rid of acne I tend to get around my chin area. Formulated with salicylic acid, it’s the magic potion that helps combat those annoying zits. A beta hydroxy acid, which is derived from the bark of a willow tree, salicylic acid enables the skin to shed dead skin cells, preventing pores from getting clogged up and removing debris such as dirt and oil. After using it for one night, I noticed that the redness and inflammation had gone down on a particular zit I had on the side of my chin. The lightweight treatment goes on thin and even moisturizes the skin, too. The bonus? Ginger root extract. This amazing ingredient not only protects our skin from harmful free-radicals but also promotes a more smooth and even complexion. It’s been a week since I started using the product, and it’s quickly become my go-to acne spot treatment.

The Answer to My Nail-Biting Habit

February 12th, 2013

I confess: I have a bad habit that I’ve been trying to kick to the curb for about…15 years now. No, it’s not smoking, but I consider it just as bad. My nails, cuticles and the surrounding skin tend to be picked and bitten until they are red, swollen and bloody. Yes, it’s terrible, but the worst part? I don’t even realize I’m doing it until I look at my nails and see the damages I’ve done! Talk about a high (and weird) pain tolerance.

Anyway, before I make myself feel guilty about it, or find a way to make it stop, I figured I needed to know the root of the problem first. I realized that I only bite or pick my nails when they become too dry, brittle or too long (“too long” for me is still considered very short by a non-biter’s standard). Enter Nailtiques Hand Conditioner. Right off the bat I knew this product was going to show some killer results. When I was younger my mom bought Nailtiques polish to harden the heck out of my nails to make biting nearly IMPOSSIBLE! Their products worked exceptionally well then, so I knew that this hand conditioner was going to bring me beautiful hands and natural nail beauty.

I religiously used Nailtiques Hand Conditioner three times a day for about two weeks. I applied it as if it were any other hand lotion – all over my fingers, cuticles, nail beds and hands. Whenever I do an at-home manicure session, I would massage this onto my cuticles just like the salon pros! The smell was kind of interesting – not my favorite, but not unbearable either. It almost smelled like sour plumeria (I’m not sure how I know what sour plumeria smells like) but it went away fairly fast without lingering on my hands all afternoon. The lotion was pretty thick, but it was absorbed after about 10 minutes, and left my hand thoroughly moisturized without being excessively greasy, thanks to aloe and jojoba oil, the product’s main ingredients. The jojoba oil actually acts as a fungicide too, which is fantastic since hands and nails are susceptible to infections!

Within just 4 days, I saw dramatic results. Two people actually complimented my nails (I don’t believe this has EVER occurred in my 24 years) and were genuinely impressed with how healthy and strong they looked. After 2 weeks, my hands felt really hydrated and smooth and looked really good with my fresh, strong nails.

I would like to think my habit has been kicked – but I don’t want to jump the gun as it’s only been 2 weeks. However, I am going to continue using Nailtiques Hand Conditioner to keep my hands soft and my nails healthy-looking and bite marks-free. Hopefully, in time I’ll be able to kick this habit for good! Wish me luck!

4 Ways to Include Antioxidants Into Your Beauty Diet

February 5th, 2013

With the flu season off to an earlier-than-usual start this year—and with the best vaccine available far from perfect—it’s only wise to turn to antioxidants to boost your immune system and strengthen your defense against viral infections. But did you know that the benefits of antioxidants on skin are tremendous as well? Applied topically, antioxidants don’t just protect against cell-damaging free radicals, they also boost collagen production, lighten hyperpigmentation and enhance the effectiveness of your other skin care products.

Fortunately, with today’s advanced formulations, you don’t need to buy one separate product to satisfy your skin’s antioxidant needs. After all, antioxidants come in all shapes and sizes, and you would want to maintain a balance intake of vitamins and minerals to get the most out of them. Here are 4 ways to incorporate antioxidants into your beauty diet.


Cleanser + Antioxidants

Healthy skin starts with a clean skin, so I always start and end my day by washing my face with Eminence Lemon Cleanser. This was recommended to me by my esthetician when I asked her about including antioxidants into my regimen. She likes this cleanser because it offers a nourishing blend of vitamins A, C and E, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid—all of which are powerful antioxidants that help eliminate potentially harmful substances from the body. Of course we know how important vitamins A, C and E are, but did you know that alpha lipoic acid, a fatty acid naturally found inside every cell in the body, has the unique ability to recycle vitamins after they’ve been used up? CoQ10 on the other hand—aside from being an antioxidant—helps produce the energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance.


Moisturizer + Antioxidants

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of moisturizer-cum-antioxidant products in the market, but the one product that even my editor swears by is Sanitas Skin Care Vitamin C Moisturizer. Aside from vitamin C, this oil-free formula contains beta-glucans, or sugars found in cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and algae. Beta-glucans have powerful free radical-scavenging properties, and are even used to boost the immune system in people whose body defenses have been weakened by fatigue, stress and chemotherapy.


Sunscreen + Antioxidants

Here’s a shocking revelation: Studies say that even the best broad-spectrum sunscreens can only block up to 55% of UV-induced free radicals, leaving the skin still susceptible to environmental damage. Luckily, there are plenty of sunscreen products out there that offer antioxidant protection as well, such as Replenix Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 55. I first tried this product as a sample here at Beautyfix, and it has been my go-to sunscreen ever since. I really like the texture and consistency of this product. It’s oil-, fragrance- and paraben-free, which makes it safe for sensitive skin. But more importantly, this product features green tea, one of the best food sources of flavanoids or phytochemical compounds said to be more powerful than vitamins C and E in thwarting oxidative damage to cells.  This product also contains reservatrol, found in the skin of red grapes, peanuts and berries and known for its anti-aging and disease-fighting properties.


Anti-Aging Serum + Antioxidants

According to Women’s Health Magazine, antioxidants “patrol every part of our body, repairing damaged molecules that if allowed to run rampant would accelerate aging and disease.” So if you’re hoping to treat wrinkles, uneven skin tone and other visible signs of aging, look for anti-aging products that offer superior antioxidant properties, like Glytone Anti-Oxidant Anti-Aging Facial Serum. This product features time-released vitamins C and E, red tea flavonoids and glycolic acid—the chief ingredient Glytone is known for. Derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid is one of the best at sloughing off dead and dull skin cells, smoothing out wrinkles and evening skin tone. By combining antioxidants with glycolic acid, Glytone offers a two-tiered approach to rejuvenating your skin.

Move Over Emerald, Amethyst Has Arrived

February 1st, 2013

Let’s face it, a lot of shimmery eyeliner pencils can only be a mess. The color fades or smears down your eye, the glitter can be too harsh and you end up being disappointed overall and more money has gone to waste. That pencil will then be shelved away only to make an appearance 3 years later when you’re cleaning out your excess makeup bag inventory. Not this time beauty junkies, not with Pencil Me In Cosmetics’ Eye Accent Pencil. It’s the perfect eye pencil when you’re in need of a little pop.

I loved how smoothly this pencil glides on with just the right amount of color and shimmer. Not too drag queen and not heavy, the shimmer wasn’t too much to make my eyes bug out. We’ve all seen that unfortunate look right? This soft plum is pigmented enough to create a dramatic makeup look or something subtle just to make your eyes stand out. Instead of opting for my trendy emerald green eye pencil, I’ve been using this on my lower lash line for that extra touch to bring out the green in my eyes. Along with lasting throughout the day, purple passion is versatile enough to complement any eye color.

As much as I love this pencil, I do need to forewarn my fellow Beautyfix lovers. After opening the plastic on this one, make sure that you sharpen the pencil once more to shave away any hardness. The pencil will be smooth thereafter and you’re ready for use! By the way, how amazing is the cap/sharpener that comes with it?

Beautyfix tested tried and true, it’s absolutely perfect for an unexpected dash of eye color without screaming desperate for attention. How could you go wrong?

My Fashion Week Beauty Essentials

January 31st, 2013

One week from today around this time, I’ll be arriving in New York City to take part in the epic celebration of beauty and creativity that is Fashion Week! Seven days in the city during the winter DOES necessitate a lot of outfit planning, yes. It also calls for a carefully curated kit of beauty essentials to keep me hydrated, smoothed, polished and prettified amid FRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEZING temps.

Pants. I'll also be bringing pants to fashion week. (Photo: Marc Jacobs S/S 2013, PRphotos.com)

ESSENTIAL # 1: DHC DEEP CLEANSING OIL

This is a life-changing, can’t-live-without-it sort of product—especially when you’ve got a full face of makeup to remove. I am running low on this and just ordered some more. There are other cleansers I absolutely adore, sure, but with limited space, this is the one I’ll be hauling with me.

ESSENTIAL # 2: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

This is serious sunblock with serious skin-perfecting properties. I usually mix it with my liquid foundation for daytime skin that looks like … skin! Sometimes on the weekends, I wear it alone, too. It offers such an amazing finish.

ESSENTIAL # 3: skyn ICELAND Firming Eye Gels

These are so great upon exiting the plane. Or like, why not just be the weirdo wearing eye patches in flight? These really work to refresh and soothe and diminish those dry-eye fine lines that happen.

ESSENTIAL #4: Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Naked

Don’t hate, but I’m kinda over the whole nail art thing and am loving neutral hues like this one—which so happened to dominate the spring runway shows last fall. (Fashion’s confusing, ain’t it?) I’m barely going to have time to sleep ‘til I get back to LA, so it’s not like I’m going to have time to be touching up my nails. Thanks to this amazing quality product, no need. I’ll get my nails done with this magic potion right before I leave and I’ll be good for 2 weeks!

Essential #5: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo

I may or may not have time to get a professional blowout before I leave for NYC—but regardless, I won’t be washing my hair much while I’m there. Why would I when there’s this?

Winter Skin Survival

January 24th, 2013

Growing up as a Florida girl, I’m not exactly a fan of cold weather (I know what you’re thinking but I promise it gets COLD in Los Angeles (at least compared to Florida)). Sure winter has its perks- holiday parties, family gathering, NFL playoffs, cute sweaters and fun boots but it also has its drawbacks- no beach days, no BBQ, shorter days and most importantly (and most aggravating) dry winter skin! Luckily, there are a couple skin saving tips and tricks you can use to get you through the chilly months sans dry, irritated skin.

3 Tips for Winter Skin Survival

  1. First and foremost a good moisturizer is a necessity. My current obsession is Sonya Dakar’s Hydrasoft Lotion- Maintenece. This oil-free moisturizer is ah-mazing. It absorbs so quickly without feeling even the slightest bit greasy. The texture is light and luxurious without being but still ultra-hydrating. The lotion contains moisture-rich ceramides, antioxidant vitamin E to protect from environmental pollutants and free radical damage, and frankincense extract to fight inflammation which can be caused by the cold. Not to mention the smell of the Sonya Dakar product is so clean that it makes me feel as though I just had a perfect spa day.
  2. Steaming hot showers are a no-no. I know that sometimes nothing sounds better than a nice hot shower on a cold day but unfortunately, that is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Similarly to watching a dish, showering can remove oils from our skin and unlike the dish, we actually need those oils to stay moisturized. Try and limit your showers to five minutes and keep the water as cool as you can stand.
  3. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells, which do no absorb moisture. In order for that amazing Sonya Dakar Hydrasoft Lotion to work, it needs to make it into the skin cells! You can either exfoliate with scrub and cleanser or use a chemical exfoliant, such as a product with glycolic acid, to help your winter skin stay soft.

Dry Skin Blues in Sunny California!

January 17th, 2013

flickr source: passiveincomedream

Southern California, the land of sunshine has been experiencing what the news has referred to as a “cold snap” or “bone-chilling” temperatures with lows reaching to 30 degrees.  Even the central coast of California reached daytime temperatures almost 20 degrees below Boston’s!  Being a native of L.A., I’ve been spoiled my whole life with great, sunny weather. My skin has managed to survive sunburns and acne. What I can’t get away from is the dry skin around my eyes and irritation I’ve been experiencing these last few days that’s making my skin feel a little like sandpaper.

The skin around the eyes is actually much thinner and can become easily aggravated by environmental exposure especially in cold, dry conditions, which can zap moisture right out of the skin. The skin in this area also has fewer oil glands, so it lacks natural moisture that other parts of the body produce more of.  Hot showers and baths feel amazing after a cold day but can actually dry your skin even more so it’s best to use lukewarm water. So what to do to bring relief to parched skin? A great eye moisturizer full of antioxidants nourishes and also blocks free-radicals from causing damage to skin cells. Although it may not be sunny during cold weather, you are still being exposed to UV sun light so it’s also great to apply a formula with SPF protection too. Sodium hyaluronate is your dry skin savior. Not only does it have a plumping effect that fills in fine lines and crow’s feet, it is a very effective humectant that helps bind water to the skin to bring comfort and smooth out the skin. So as the weather slowly begins to pick up with highs into the 70’s by this weekend, my skin will surely be grateful it survived!

How to Wear Rose Gold

January 15th, 2013

In metallurgy, rose gold is a mixture of gold, copper and a little bit of silver. In fashion, it’s the kind of bling that you can wear any way, from dressy to casual. It’s feminine, romantic and sophisticated. It’s more relaxed than diamonds, more refined than silver and more discreet than yellow gold. It transforms the laidback into elegant. Not to mention, it flatters all skin tones.  In fact, it’s this versatile quality that makes it a huge hit even in beauty. The blend of warm gold tones with cool pink ones makes rose gold makeup a one-shade-fits-all hue.

Not sure how to rock this shade? Take your cue from Vera Wang’s Spring 2013 show. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni achieved that beautiful rosy glow by sweeping gold shadow over the lid, brown shadow on the crease and smudging bronze under the eye. Even better—you too can replicate the results using only one product: jane iredale 24 Karat Gold Dust in Rose Gold. This powder, which contains real, food grade 24-Karat gold flakes, is already the perfect rose gold shade, so you don’t have to mix different shades of gold and copper to get the color you want. What’s more, this product can be applied literally anywhere on your body! Here are some ideas:

1. On Eyes: Sweep over your lids alone or with your favorite neutral eyeshadow to glamorize a nude look.

2. On Cheeks: Sweep on top of your bronzer onto the apples of your cheeks and your temples to add warmth to your complexion during fall and winter.

 3. On Cheeks: Brush as a standalone blush on the apples of your cheeks to add color and highlight your cheekbones in one go. This shade works well with summer whites and dainty spring florals.

4.  On Lips: Sweep over your lip gloss for a subtle color and sparkle.

 5. On Your Face: Apply as a highlighter or finishing powder over your foundation on your cheeks, forehead and chin to brighten your skin and lend your face a beautiful glow.

 6. On the body: Apply on your neck, décolletage, back and arms for a sexy shimmer.

 

Photo Credit: Harper’s Bazaar