Posts Tagged ‘beauty tips’

Summer Essentials – 3 Products You Never Knew You Needed

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

By Jenna

Memorial Day weekend has already come and gone which doesn’t just remind us not to squander time but to also start enjoying the summer. Like right now. In the next few months we will be going on vacations and flocking to bodies of water. With the upcoming excursions and lazy, leisurely days we need to be sure that we’re protected from the rays of the sun and for anything that life throws at us whilst indulging. We all know the basics to bring to any summer soiree: SPF, lip balm, waterproof mascara and body oil, however the bare bones pack job may not cover us for more than a day. Wherever I go, I want to not only look my best but feel my best around the clock and I have a feeling you’ll want to pick up a few of my secrets too.

Being on vacation or at a party should be glamorous right? If there’s one thing to turn to it’s a face palette. My favorite face go-to is the Instant Face kit from Claudio Riaz. 4 amazing products in 1 – BOOM. Pool party, BBQ, boat trip, beach day, no problem. You have everything in this gorgeous kit to apply or touch up. Guess what? It’s refillable! After using up what you love, stage a makeup mutiny and switch with ANY of the rest of Claudio’s line so you can build your own perfect palette over time. No hot mess face over here thank you.

No matter your weight, everyone gets a little critical about themself while in a swimsuit. Relax girls, you can get a leg up on the competition. I have quite a few weekend trips planned where bikinis are a must but I don’t want to worry about any puckering going on with my legs or behind if you get my drift.  My secret to a better look from behind is Bliss’ FatGirlSlim. I don’t want anyone actually knowing exactly what I’m doing, so I put some of the lotion in a travel container and label it just ‘lotion’. Genius, I know. While I’m hydrating, I’m reinforcing and if applied every day it’s smooth sailing.

With a trip already booked to an eco-friendly boutique hotel in a 3rd world country, I’m really careful to pack only what I need. To help conserve and conscious of my carbon footprint, I’m packing up LA Fresh’s Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes. These 100% biodegradable wipes can be used on your face or body for a quick refresh at any time of the day. With ingredients like aloe, chamomile, vitamin E, cucumber and papaya, they remove makeup while soothing and cleansing your skin. I cannot stress enough about how amazing these wipes are for anywhere. I have a pack in my gym bag, beach bag, and suitcase and they come in handy every single day.

Have any summer beauty essentials that you can’t live without? Share!

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?

New Year, New You: Beauty Resolutions

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

2012 has arrived! It’s a new year which means we get a fresh start. This is an opportunity to make some Beauty resolutions and stick with them for a new and improved you! Here are some tips to help you turn over a new leaf and create a new beauty routine with beautiful skin.

Experiment with your look

Now is a great time to introduce a new look you’ve wanted to explore. Perhaps it is a subtle change, like finding a new fragrance as your signature scent, or trying a new hair-do/style/color.  Trying new beauty products can help spruce up your routine as well. There are so many great new products that can help simplify your beauty routine and enhance the look you are working to create.

You’re sexy and you know it

Treat your body right this year and remember what goes inside shows on the outside. Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, this will give your skin a healthy glow. Eat healthy foods, take a multi-vitamin every day and exercise at least 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes each time. All of these things will help improve your circulation/overall health and the benefits will show in your beautiful skin. Lastly, be confident, walk with good posture and smile, these things are so easy to do and extremely beneficial.

Don’t skimp on skin care

Your skin can make or break your look and overall confidence. Work hard on doing things that will benefit your skin, leaving it radiant and youthful.  Exfoliate your skin at least 1-2 times a week, moisturize daily and include an SPF for protection. Spoil yourself with a face mask once a week. This not only helps with relaxation, it’s like giving your skin a present! You will be relaxed, refreshed and your skin will be radiant. 

 Quit nasty habits

It’s never too late to stop a bad habit. Smoking, biting your nails, pulling eyelashes, over excessively twirling your hair these are all things that you should file in the past with 2011. Try finding something new and healthy to substitute this act. Perhaps it’s chewing gum, or going to yoga or doing something different with your hair. Small changes in your routine can make a big difference.  

What are some of your beauty resolutions for 2012?

Getting To Know A Beautyfix Panelist – Elizabeth Franz

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

By Jenna

Working at DermStore, I’m lucky enough to come into contact with a plethora of amazingly intelligent and gorgeous women every day. Since we are very acquainted with our peers and our readers aren’t, I’d like to dig a little deeper into the world of our panelists and bloggers. One I happen to work alongside with and of course one that I admire, just so happens to be the editor of DermStore, a writer for our blog, and also graces us as a Beautyfix panelist. Elizabeth Franz isn’t just a beauty junkie, she’s passionate about finding the most effective anti-aging solutions and most importantly, she’s always ready to share her experiences with everyone. What’s great about Liz, is that she’ll try anything. If it’s all the rage, she’ll be the first in line to be the guinea pig. What you don’t know is that while she’s witty, she’s actually incredibly goofy and obnoxiously silly-self described of course. ( Another awesome reason why we like her.)

What do you love about the beauty industry?

“There isn’t much not to love about being in beauty—but I’d have to say that the privilege of trying out countless new products is my favorite aspect of it.”

What are your top 3 beauty products?

“My top three favorite products … hmm. Such a tough question! Even though I advise people to stick with what works, my beauty cabinet is a veritable revolving door of cleansers, lotions, serums and creams. Favorites I always go back to are La Roche Posay sunscreen, YonKa Eye Cream and the Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Power Recovery Masque. The LRP sunscreens shield my pale skin better than any other products out there, the YonKa stuff smells great and de-puffs, and the power recovery masque gives my skin a pick-me-up when it’s looking dull and drab.”

What’s your best skin care advice?

“My best skin care advice is to “listen” to your skin! Hardly anyone has a definitive skin type that falls under one specific category, let alone “normal” skin, whatever that even means. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa. Pay attention to ingredients labels, learn what works best for you, and when you find something you and your skin absolutely love, stick to it! Oh, and wear sunscreen every day.”

Have a skin care question? Visit our Ask the Esthetician page at DermStore’s Skin Resource Center for expert advice from real estheticians.

Jennifer Lopez- People Magazine’s Most Beautiful. What’s Her Beauty Secret?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

People Magazine just released their annual Peoples Most Beautiful issue and the star grabbing the top honor is none other than Jenny from the Block. Mrs. Jennifer Lopez, aka JLo, graces the cover and divulges her beauty secrets, philosophies and woes to the magazine.

Claiming that beauty is not something that always comes easy, J Lo freely admits that outer beauty is part of her job and something that she has to work at to achieve- from her intense sweat sessions, to diets and a strict beauty routine. “I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy. It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend,” claims Mrs. Marc Anthony.

As we all know, it takes the help of skilled stylist and great product to maintain those gorgeous looks. Some of the former Fly Girl’s favorite products include SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense, a powerful broad-spectrum moisturizing sunscreen, and Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.  Says the star: “I love that Rose Cream by Dr. Hauschka. I buy it at Whole Foods!”

Although, even someone as genetically blessed as JLo realizes that outer beauty is only skin deep:

“The physical would fade, but it was always was something that was born from the inside out. You can have a person with perfect features and if they are not a nice person or a loving person or a person with a big heart they just don’t seem as beautiful as someone else with features that are not as perfect.”

As clichéd as it might be, it’s comforting to hear such revelations from the reigning Peoples Most Beautiful Person.

Easy Tips to Prevent Breakouts

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The majority of the planet has suffered from some type of acne breakout. Whether it’s one pimple or a dozen, it will happen to everyone at some point. While some are prone to acne more than others, there are a few things that we can do to prevent acne breakouts. To help prevent acne in the long run, try incorporating these easy acne tips into your everyday life.

Wear the correct face makeup for your skin type

I see so many people especially teens complaining about acne breakouts, yet they have a full face of heavy makeup. Choosing a foundation or powder for your skin type is very important. If you have oily, acne prone skin, using a heavier, comedogenic foundation like MAC is going to wreak havoc on your skin! Wanting to cover up your blemishes before going out in public is understandable, but going out with cake-face is going to cause you to break out more.  Try to find a powder or foundation that’s going to help the condition of your skin, not hurt it.

Another thing to consider is what packaging your face makeup comes in. Is it a liquid? Is it a powder? Do you use a compact with a sponge? Many girls don’t know that using a powder with a puff sitting on top of it for months is awful for acne. When you’re applying powder over a breakout spot with that puff, you’re picking up bacteria from your face, putting it right back into the powder then transferring right back to your skin the next time you use it. Try using a puff or sponge that is inert, or a brush that you wash every few days.

FYI – Think those samples at Sephora or safe to use? Think again they’re a haven for contagious bacteria! Use a disposable applicator if you have to try a certain shade on.

Source: flickr user Sara.Nel

Keep your hands off your face!

This is a habit we are all guilty of. While I’m sitting at my computer, I tend to rest my chin on my hand. If I have a pimple coming in, I am constantly feeling it to see if it magically disappeared.  Here’s a fact: Bacteria is the culprit for a lot of acne breakouts. When hands aren’t clean, that bacteria is transferring to your skin which can cause breakouts. As hard as it is, try to train yourself to keep your hands away from your gorgeous face. If needed, a bright sticky reminder note at your desk will do the trick.

Keep your personal stress levels down

Stress has a huge impact on how your body functions. Worrying all the time or having a very stressful life is not just bad for your body, but it affects your skin. I’ve always said; your skin is the window to your overall health and it couldn’t be truer. Stress contributes to acne! If you’re extremely stressed out, you are more apt to getting breakouts. Let’s say you’ve been under a lot of stress lately, and you happen to use that dirty powder puff, or touch that underground pimple with your dirty hands. Since you’re already under a tremendous amount of stress, your brain will auto-respond to any trauma and send signals to react with your inflammatory response. That spot will swell up, puss up and result in a nasty breakout. Point being, trying out that care-free attitude won’t hurt. Take that chip off your shoulder and be a little more positive. It’ll be better emotionally and help your complexion.

Hair Dye Explained: What is the Difference Between Hair Bleach, Permanent, and Temporary Hair Dye?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

By Liz W

hair dye

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Hair dye has been around for centuries, and there are so many different types, techniques and colors to choose from that it can be hard to stick to one shade of style for longer than a few months. Unfortunately, those of us who have repeated hair-color-induced identity crises tend to overdo it, and can be left with brittle damaged hair. There are ways to avoid this inevitable damage and still stay spontaneous with your hair color if you use the right products. Understanding the different processing levels is key to keeping your precious locks in tact while they go through regular color transformations.

Temporary Hair Dye

For those of you looking for a way to spice up your look with a shade that is a few shades darker or similar to your natural hair color, temporary hair dye is a great way to add shine and luster without penetrating the delicate hair shaft, keeping it safe and intact. When choosing a temporary color, make sure you are using a “no lift” formula that contains verily low or no peroxide. (Peroxide is what enters the hair shaft; and is a must for shades that require an initial lifting of the base color, but for a temporary color deposit jobs, will just cause unnecessary damage.) Unfortunately, this is only an option if you want to dye your hair with brown hair dye, and is pretty limiting to the adventurous beauty queens. These products only coat the hair with pigment and boost radiance without the side effects of permanent hair dye or bleach.

Permanent Hair Dye

Permanent and Semi-permanent hair color works one level deeper within the hair strand and therefore have a wider range of shades both lighter and darker from your natural color. These work with a higher level of peroxide with opens the hair cuticle to allow the dye inside the cortex. Once inside the cortex the two-step process of removing color (also called lifting) and then depositing the new color on top. This process bonds with the hair much more strongly than a no lift color deposit, and there for provides longer lasting, yet slightly more damaging results.

Hair Bleach

If you have dark hair and want to go 3 or more shades lighter than your natural color, there is no way around it, you have to use hair bleach. The bleach reacts with the melanin in hair, and permanently removes all of its pigment. Bleaching black hair blond can be a tricky and often disastrous process if the person is not familiar with the chemistry of the hair, but these problems can be avoided with a little knowledge.

Normally the goal with bleach is to achieve the pale yellow hue that is actually the natural color of plain keratin (the building block of hair). But way too many people end up with one of those fiery shades of radioactive orange that I am all too familiar with. This happens due to the bleach being removed too early in the lightening process. It’s all a matter or science, and understanding the different nature of color molecules. When bleach starts reacting with the melanin in your hair, it first removes the smallest and easiest blue molecules, and then enters the longer stage of taking out those larger, more resilient red molecules. This takes multiple treatments in some cases, as the bleach will lose its potency after about an hour. It must be reapplied to cut through all that stubborn red and reveal that oh so beautiful pale blond below.

If you are doing an at-home bleach job, be very careful to not over process, as bleach doesn’t stop when it has reached the desired shade, it will keep on eating away at your hair, and could dissolve it completely.

If you don’t trust yourself or fully understand what you are doing, I would highly recommend shelling out the cash to have it professionally done. I have fallen victim to about every hair dying disaster, and believe me when I say, emergency color correction is VERY expensive.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for You and Your Man

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

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When February rolls around, women start thinking about romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day with or without a significant other in the picture. Whatever you status, coming up with the perfect Valentine’s Day ideas can be frustrating. Here’s a quick Valentine’s Day gift guide, plus tips on pampering yourself, to make life a little easier.

In pure me-first fashion, let’s start with the pampering—Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to give yourself a good skin treatment. This year, it falls on a Monday, so take a little “me time” after work. Start with a nice, warm bath and let your worries float away with a bath bomb like Me! Bath’s Lychee Blossom or Night Falls on Neroli—these sweet treats are soothing and uber-moisturizing for your skin. While you’re taking that precious me time, use a rich scrub like Tocca’s Rich Body Scrub in Stella to help slough off dead skin cells, get that turnover rate going and moisturize your delicate skin. This scrub is extremely luxurious, and will leave you with a gorgeous glow. Don’t forget to light some candles, and, if you’re really up for it, apply a good mask while you’re soaking. Try Eminence’s Pink Grapefruit Vitality Mask for a boost of vitamins, antioxidants and moisture. Best of all, it’s great for any skin types! Follow your bath time up with a body butter or body oil. One of my favorites for dry skin is Juara’s Candlenut Body Crème.

Valentine’s Day for him can get a little tricky. Most men aren’t into flowers, gifts in little heart boxes or Valentine’s Day in general. To show that you care, venture out and get a little something for him, even if it may be a blind experience. Here’s a trick: go with what you know. If your man likes sports, get him sporting event tickets, or his favorite team’s hat, and tie in a little V-Day twist in the packaging. If you’re not short on cash, go the distance and take him to do something he’s always wanted to do. For example, you could get him flying lessons, a hot air balloon or blimp ride or take him on that racing experience he just saw on The Bachelor. Most of the country is struggling, so going a simpler route is also appreciated. Set up a romantic movie night with your favorite drinks and make him dinner. The boys will always appreciate a good cook so study up and work that kitchen. Showing him a little extra love is one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts, so a back rub or a foot rub is the icing on the cake. Most importantly, be yourself and have fun!

Whether you’re alone or with someone this Valentine’s Day, there’s always something for everyone. Being creative is not only fun, but can be more fulfilling than any expensive gift.

What do you have planned for this Valentine’s Day?

Red Carpet Ready Calendar

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Awards Season is here and Hollywood is abuzz with diets, dresses and detoxes.  However, a perfect complexion is just as important as the right hairstyle and jewels. We are all aware that celebrity skin secrets and stars beauty tricks are slightly more complex than a great makeup artist.  Below, is a timeline for getting red carpet ready and achieving star-worthy skin… even in HD!

2 Months Before the Red Carpet

  • Chemical Peels-  A medium-strength chemical peel, such as a  TCA peel, can produce pretty dramatic results. These procedures can renew collagen and elastin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce large pores, soften acne scars, and combat hyperpigmentation, evening the skin tone. However, the actual peeling of the skin can last a couple weeks. Celebrities have these procedures performed at least a month before their big event.

2 Weeks Before the Red Carpet

  • Injectable Fillers- Celebrities often turn to fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and sculptra to treat deep lines and wrinkles. The various options of fillers now available to the public provide patients with several options when it comes to texture and desired results. Depending on the type of filler, the results can last as little as 2-6 months or as long as 1-2 years. It is generally recommended that treatments should be performed about two week before a major event.

5-7 Days Before the Red Carpet

  • Botox- Botox treatments are one of the most commonly used and accepted cosmetic dermatology procedures on the market. While the list of celebrities with botox (and denying it) is never ending, many star such as Jennie Garth, Lori Loughlin, Vanessa Williams and Jenny McCarthy have come clean about receiving Botox treatments. Since the FDA approved the procedure in 2002, there has been a continual demand for the product. In fact, when used correctly and in moderation Botox treatments are a great preventative measure. Recovery time is minimal, but it is recommended Botox 5-7 days before an event just in case there is a reaction or bruising.
  • Microdermabrasion- Microdermabrasion is great to have done a few days before a red carpet appearance. It makes skin look and feel smoother almost immediately and the results can last for several weeks after the treatment. There are even a few DYI kits that let you perform microdermabrasion treatments at home, I suggest the kit from Personal Microderm.

48 Hours Before the Red Carpet

  • Facials- Celebrities are known to indulge in extravagant facial before big events, including Mila Kunis’ recent $7,000 Golden Globes facial utilizing rubies and diamonds. While the scientific evidence is inconclusive when it comes to using exotic stones, facials are renowned for relaxing and rejuvenating client’s right before events. Facials are great because they are specifically designed and targeted to each person’s skin concerns. Facials include extractions, cleansings and appropriate masks, which revives the dull skin and is a great quick pick-me-up.

How to get Perfect Eyebrows

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Liz W

Eyebrow shaping has been around for centuries, and in the modern day quest for perfect eyebrows, too many of us have experienced some (often hilariously) bad brow-days.

perfect eyebrows

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If you are like me, then looking back at old pictures can be an eye opening experience. High school portraits and family photos bring back flooding memories of brow disasters. Like that summer when you decided to try the (almost always unacceptable) shave-off-and-draw-in method; Or the next summer when you made up for it by developing a phobia of all hair removal devices, and allowed your eyebrows to not only unite as one, but also let the other ends reacquaint themselves with your hair line.
With so many ways to go wrong with this delicate facial feature, it is no surprise that women worldwide have given up on trusting others with tweezers, wax, and dye near their face.

The best eyebrows are the ones that look naturally groomed, shape the face without overwhelming the eye area, and look so good, they go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Celebrity eyebrows that fall into the awesome category are those of Hayden Panettiere and Megan Fox, and ones that may need a little lesson in color theory, and perhaps tweezer intervention, are available for your viewing pleasure at this bad brow blog.

If you are searching for a product that will fill in the little spaces between your hairs without making you look like Princess Jasmine, either see an expert, or search for a brow filler that is the same tone and a few shades lighter than your natural brows. We all share the fear of looking like that heavy-handed makeup artist sporting Dracula brows, but with the right tips and tools, filling in your eyebrows doesn’t have to be so scary.

  • For dark brown hair, a medium grey-brown shade is usually better than charcoal black (which is how you achieve the Elvira effect) or a chestnut brown (which can look way too red on most complexions).
  • If you are blessed with scarlet locks, chances are your eyebrows are a less intense version of your hair’s red hue, so opt for a slightly golden brown, instead of a crimson shade fit for the circus.
  • For blonde hair, there are 2 obstacles you must overcome
  1. If you are VERY blonde and have white eyebrows, take them down a few notches by dying your eyebrows a light ash-blonde.
  2. Blondes tend to have very sparse hair all over their body, so when it comes to eyebrow shaping, never over-tweeze, just work with what you have and only remove the completely unruly hairs that have no contact with the bulk of your brows.
  • For truly black hair, a dark grey pencil/powder is a great option, and for darker complexions, the charcoal black looks natural.

If you are currently trying to re-grow your brows from an overzealous plucking session, the only advice I have is to wait; and for heaven’s sake STAY AWAY FROM MAGNIFIED MIRRORS. They make every hair appear as if it is miles away from the one next to it, and you could end up with a microscopic row of wisps when you are finished tweezing.

All in all, the best thing to do is to see a professional every other week, but if you must divulge yourself in at-home maintenance, try an eyebrow stencil to achieve the perfect shape every time.