Posts Tagged ‘body care’

The Perfect Post-Holiday Nail Lacquer

Friday, July 5th, 2013

These days, prepping your nails for the 4th of July is more of an ordeal than prepping them for your own wedding – thanks to Pinterest posts, glitter stars and the oh-so-trendy firework nail wraps. However, the brutal pain I endured from scrubbing off my festive red, white and blue sparkles left me wanting a simple, summer shade to kick off the post-holiday weekend! SpaRitual has a gorgeous lacquer called I Am The Light which is just what I was looking for… and luckily I found it in this season of BeautyFix!

The bottle looked like a soft baby pink shade with a hint of blue undertones, but when it dried on my nails (in no time at all, might I add) the shade actually deepened to more of a lilac and lavender hue. It painted smooth in each controlled sweep as the patented Plum Cap™ has a non-slip grip to allow for the best mani/pedi possible. One coat wasn’t too transparent; however, I used two since I like my lacquer to be a little more obvious. I almost forgot to finish with a clear top coat due to the polish’s own shine and luster!

I always find myself doing some homework on a brand after deciding how much I really like one of its products, in hopes of falling in love with its mantra and more products from its collection. To my surprise, I learned that SpaRitual is actually a vegan-based brand with nail lacquer bottles made from Italian-crafted and recycled glass. Healthy and green? My attention had been caught! Free of synthetic dyes, parabens, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor and DBP, (and probably other nasty ingredients I can’t pronounce) the entire SpaRitual line is the epitome of a top-grade beauty brand.

I’m sure I’ll be adding some more SpaRitual items to my cart sometime soon! Did you add SpaRitual’s Nail Lacquer to your summer BeautyFix bag?!

Telltale Signs of Plastic Surgery

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

By Jenna

A recent conversation between me and a co-worker prompted the question of: How can you tell if someone has had plastic surgery? Are there dead ringer signs of plastic surgery? I’m definitely convinced that going under the knife MUST lead to at least one scar or sign that you’ve been there. So out of all of the plastic surgery options available, we wanted to find the ones that are most noticeable and the ones you could virtually get away with. Aside from the bad plastic surgeries that have become notorious, (Ahem Cat Lady and Priscilla Presley) there are the ones that slide by unnoticed. Just when you thought your mother in law ‘looked different’ and thought her nose is actually shrinking, here are 5 ways to spot if someone has had plastic surgery.

  1. Bad Scars – It’s true that people heal differently and the same person with the same procedure may get worse scarring than the other. However, tummy tucks and breast lifts usually leave some pretty gnarly scars. Depending on your genetics, skin type and skill of the surgeon, a lot of plastic surgeries result in some scarring.  Oh and don’t forget, if you are a smoker it hinders your healing process can make scarring worse. Look for these at the waist line, under the armpit, in front of or behind the ears for facelifts or ear pinning’s and below the chin.
  2. New fat appears in different places. Hello liposuction! The myth about liposuction is that it will remove fat for good, so people flock to this procedure instead of hitting the gym or changing their lifestyle. The truth is that yes, if a plastic surgeon removes fat cells from your thighs, the cells aren’t reproduced in other areas of the body. However, if a person’s lifestyle stays unhealthy after getting lipo and gains 10 pounds, they’ll gain fat in a place they didn’t have fat before-it has to go somewhere. If Yolanda came in to work with a super flat stomach all of a sudden and 3 weeks later has gained chubber arms, there’s a good chance our friend lipo has been there.
  3. The ‘stink eye’ happens when you go to an inexperienced or distracted plastic surgeon for Botox. If a doctor injects into the wrong place in between or above your eyes, your eye tends to droop. Botox can cause the droopy eye or the Botox brow which unfortunately, both make you look a little angry. The good thing is that both of these are not permanent and should clear up in a few months.
  4. The trout pout is pretty common around southern California and if you can’t spot it you probably aren’t from ‘round these parts’. Usually, your bottom lip is about 50% larger than the upper one so most of the ladies out there with the fish lips have had silicone injections or a lip augmentation.
  5. Someone is filling out their jeans a lot better… and higher? Butt implants can totally make your booty beautiful, but sometimes the rest of the body just sags. Look for the butt that rides high all of a sudden, it takes a while for the implants to settle and drop naturally. While you can’t really see a scar unless you’re checking out their fanny close enough, this one can be a little more obvious than the rest.

 

Happy hunting friends! What signs have you seen?

Summer-Ready Feet

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Summer is in full swing, the days are longer and the temperatures are perfect for wearing that cute pair of sandals and fun dress any time of day. Finally, it feels like I’m out of hibernation and get to show some bare skin! My beauty ritual during the summer tends to be a little different where I have to make sure my skin is always protected from the sun with a really good SPF lotion, and that my legs feel silky smooth all the time! Foot maintenance is also a must. Off course there’s also the occasional tanning at the beach to keep a nice golden glow.

 

The one thing I obsess over as soon as summer arrives is keeping my feet in tip-top-shape. I really make an effort to care for my feet just the way I would my face with great skin care products. For some, our feet can be a part of our body that we sometimes tend to neglect because we don’t want to show how our heels, nails or soles are not in the best condition. Caring for your feet anytime not just during summer can really benefit our overall foot health since this is what supports us when we are standing, walking or running. Here are a few tips to keep your feet happy and pretty!

 

  1. If your feet perspire throughout the day, spray on an anti-perspirant foot spray to keep them fresh and dry. This kind of spray works just like a deodorant but for your feet!
  2. If you have sore feet and they are tired and achy too, dip them in a foot bath and add some foot soak to soothe and revive them. A good foot soak formulated with tea tree oil contains antiseptic benefits and even stimulates circulation.
  3. Moisturize your feet to prevent dry heels. A good foot moisturizer with shea butter softens, revitalizes and even soothes irritation.
  4. Use a foot scrub in the shower to maintain smooth feet. Scrubs with mineral salts are great for softening rough callouses.
  5. Finally, a trip to the nail salon to pamper your feet and maintain your pedicure looking great is always fun!

 

 

flickr source: audiovisualjunkie

Beauty Spring Cleaning Time

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

It’s time to store those sweaters, boots and coats away, spring is almost here! But before you throw on your shorts and sandals to enjoy the longer days and nicer temperatures, let’s remember how long our bodies have been in hibernation due to the winter season. Our skin may not be the smoothest, some body hair may not have been removed and our dry feet can probably use a little pampering to get rid of the rough skin that has accumulated. Here are a few tips for a beauty spring body cleaning makeover to prepare you for spring time!

  1. Treating your skin to a full body exfoliation treatment 2-3 days before a waxing appointment is a great way to remove dead skin cells and prevent any ingrown hairs that may occur after hair removal. The trick is to gently rub on a body scrub in circular motions to loosen the skin.
  2. Moisturize everywhere like there is no tomorrow. I recently discovered argan oil as a great face moisturizer that hydrates and even controls oily skin. For the rough skin on elbows, knees and heels, massaging good old petroleum jelly works just as well as it replenishes moisture loss.
  3. Pamper hands and feet with a much needed spa treatment and have fun picking bright spring colors for your nails like pinks and corals.
  4. Go on a shopping spree to treat yourself with new makeup. The spring season always offers new makeup collections with bright and bold colors for all skin tones.

    flickr source: Enrico Webers

A Healthy Cinco de Mayo (comparatively speaking)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

flickr user smohundro

If you’re like me (i.e.- routinely and somewhat defensively admitting that a margarita does actually count as your favorite food), you probably rank Cinco de Mayo right up there with your birthday as a favorite holiday. And what isn’t to love about a day that encourages margaritas and endless chips and guac all while commemorating the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla?  (What, you didn’t know that’s the cause of the occasion?) Sadly, the calorie count in all that Cinco de Mayo food is through the roof! Not to mention, the bloat and the under-eye bags that generally appear on May 6th. Never fear- I have some insider health tips for my Cinco de Mayo loving amigos!

 

  1. Skinny Margaritas- Whether or not you are Real Housewives fan, it’s hard to argue with the amazing contribution that Bethenny Frankel gave to the world- the official Skinny Girl Margarita. Ok, maybe I am being a tiny bit dramatic, but nonetheless a low cal margarita is a pretty awesome invention.  All you need are 2 ounces of clear tequila, a splash of orange liquor and 4 fresh lime wedges and voila! A 100 calorie margarita! Amazing, considering a normal margarita can have up to 500 calories and an unimaginable amount of sugar.
  2. Fun, Festive (and healthy!) Foods- I know, there is something so satisfying about digging into a limitless bowl of chips and queso but try an incorporate a few veggies and healthier options into your party.  Crisp, sliced squash make amazing chips and taste delicious with salsa, which happens to be very low calorie. Another mouthwatering substitution is a dip my mom perfected and calls Cowboy Caviar. Mix a can of black beans, black eyed peas, diced tomatoes, 2 cups of corn, ½ an onion,  ½ green bell pepper, ½ cup pickled jalapeño peppers, ½ teaspoon garlic salt, 1 cup light Italian dressing, ¾ cup of cilantro and you have a healthy, yummy dip. I even think it tastes better than queso!
  3. Hangover Helper- Those skinny margaritas and cinco de mayo food can really creep up! Bloat and puffiness are telltale signs of over imbibing and overeating. For fast- fix hangover help on May 6th, reach for Skyn Iceland’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.  The under eye gel pads firm, de-puff, reduce fine lines, and thus remove all traces of the evening before.

Beautyfix Spotlight: Philip B.’s Chocolate Milk Body Wash and Body Crème

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Chocolate body wash

Source: Flickr user el patojo

OK, time for a weird fact about me:  I really don’t like chocolate. Not one bit, not even during that time of the month. I know, it’s unheard of if you’re female. Naturally, I tend to stay away from anything that has to do with chocolate. So it’s never crossed my mind to pick up a beauty product that smells like it or has chocolate in it. I was a little reluctant to try Philip B.’s Chocolate Milk Body Wash and Body Crème (thank goodness for Beautyfix and the deluxe travel sizes.) Expecting neither product to be anything I’d ever like, I was pleasantly surprised with both.

A lot of body washes dry out my skin, and I often turn to my best friend named Dr. Bronner, which does the exact opposite. So using this in the shower was quite different than what I’m used to. The smell of chocolate milk is sweetly present and will take you back to the good ol’ days when you were on a swing set asking mom for a YooHoo. Philip B.’s body wash gently dissolved dirt and debris and left my skin super soft out of the shower. The best part about this body wash is that it doubles as a bubble bath for an extra tasty treat. After using, my fiancé couldn’t help but notice the delicious scent and for once, loved the smell of my new body wash.

I’m all about body crèmes, so I was anxious to try this one after using the body wash. With ingredients like cocoa butter, safflower seed oil and extracts of chocolate and vanilla it was sure to be a winner. The luxurious and delectable body lotion was milk chocolate-y smooth and creamy with application. My skin was left soft and nourished from the body crème and the lingering sweet smell was one to enjoy. Could it be, could it actually have happened? I think I’ve found a few chocolate beauty products that I like. Best of all, no calories. Beautyfix approved and almost good enough to eat!

A Few Beautiful Resolutions and How to Keep them for 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

As we all know, along with the New Year comes  New Year resolutions. There are the ever popular lose weight, save money, stop smoking, try new things and to learn a different language. However, working at a beauty company, my coworkers have a few more specific goals for 2011 and as you can guess they are all beauty and health related.  When polled, the members of my office listed everything from styling their hair every morning to running a half marathon to eating more antioxidants to performing weekly at home manicures (ok, that last one is mine, and sad to say, 5 days in and I have already failed…chips galore).  Not surprisingly, statistics show that around 90% of New Year resolutions fail. While New Year resolutions can be tough, here are a few tips to attain your beauty and health goals for 2011.

One of my co-workers vowed to blow-dry her hair every day, not to haphazardly apply her makeup in the car and to not pick at her nails. If your resolutions mirror hers and revolve around a more put together appearance, try incorporating one new element at a time.  Grand beauty ideas are fantastic but even just the smallest tweak to your beauty ritual can make your confidence soar. Get a great blow out in the beginning of the week, try a manicure with shellac nail polish (they last for weeks and don’t chip!), or set aside an extra 5 minutes for your makeup and indulge in a new eye shadow palette (I adore Becca Cosmetics palette).

A handful of other coworkers made resolutions along the lines of a healthy detox, working out and living a booze free 2011. In fact, one of them boldly declared that she “will only eat fruits and vegetables, workout an hour every day and not drink alcohol at all!” While this is an extremely commendable new year resolution, experts insist that making extreme goals and absolute resolutions (think words like always, never and every day) is just another way to set yourself up for failure.

While incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet is amazing (think of all the antioxidants you will get!) it’s not very likely that someone that ate cheeseburgers twice a week will be able to solely exist off the fruit of the land (literally speaking).  If a healthy lifestyle is your resolution this year, try setting attainable and manageable health goals. Challenge yourself to eat 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, drink more water, attempt Meatless Mondays (its only one day, not forever, you can do it!) and hold off on the booze until a well deserved weekend cocktail. Instead of working out for one hour, seven days a week and loosing 10 lbs in 10 days, try a non-weight related goal. Aim for 5 hours of cardio a week (that way if you miss a day or two, there are still five or six days left to make up for it) or train for a race. You won’t be worried about the number on the scale, just the accomplishment of reaching your goal.

Moral of the story? When it comes to new year resolutions, moderation is key. Cheers to 2011!

Healthy Tips for the Holidays

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Flickr user blucolt

‘Tis the season! The holidays, aka my favorite time of year, are just around the corner. Can you really think of a better reason to enjoy some hot chocolate by the fire place, spend quality time with loved ones, bake pumpkin pie, and indulge in a little eggnog and mulled cider? Not to mention all the fantastic holiday parties and sparkly outfits that go hand and hand with the upcoming months. The downside of all these festive treats and activities? The slew of calories that generally accompanies them. Not to worry, below are a few healthy holiday tips and tricks to make it through December and still fit into your New Year’s Eve dress. (Bonus- you can still have your pumpkin pie and eat it too!)

How to tackle the holiday party scene:

  1. Never arrive hungry. This is the number one healthy holiday tip! Always make sure you have a healthy snack before you go to a party. Take the edge off your hunger by eating a few slices of turkey breast, some veggies or fruit before you go. That way, you won’t be tempted to pig out on the cheese platter and dessert tray.
  2. Bargain with yourself. Make up little deals, such as allowing yourself 1 cookie after eating 5 healthy things.
  3. Count calories. I know, it’s annoying, but if you are aware of how many you’re consuming throughout the day, you will know how many you may eat at the party. If your friend makes the world’s best apple pie or you are planning on having a few cocktails, substitute your usual sandwich at lunch for a low-cal salad.
  4. Chew gum. Several studies have concluded that chewing gum before snacking can reduce your cravings and hunger. Plus, it keeps you occupied.
  5. Remember that the purpose of a party is to socialize, not to eat! Try making the rounds and talking to people first, instead of heading to the buffet table. You might find that you aren’t even hungry.

Other tips for a healthy holiday:

  1. Don’t skimp on your workout! In fact, try to increase them during the week. Add just a little bit more cardio to your general routine so that you can have an extra glass of wine or a second helping without the guilt.
  2. Sign up for a race. Lots of towns host races around the holidays, such as a 5k or 10k Turkey Trot. Participating in a race is a great way to stay active, get in the holiday spirit, motivate yourself to stay healthy in the coming days and even lose holiday weight.
  3. Remember to drink water! Water is one of the best things we can put in our bodies—it flushes out all the toxins (one too many holiday-tinis? Chug some agua!), hydrates skin in the dry winter months and keeps us hydrated, which minimizes hunger pains.

These aren’t just great tips for a healthy holiday, try and remember them year round as well!

Fact vs. Fiction : Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Flickr user Blueconitza

Did you know that women who detect their Breast Cancer in the earliest stages have a 98% survival rate? Science has made incredible breakthroughs in breast cancer research and women are now more proactive than ever when it comes to being aware of their health and breast cancer facts. That being said, there are still a few misconceptions and breast cancer myths floating around that we need to debunk.

  1. The only sign of breast cancer is a lump. So not true! Although lumps in the breast can be signs (but not always) of breast cancer, symptoms may come in many other forms as well. Keep an eye out for dimples, swelling, irritation or rashes, nipple retraction (turning inward), thickening of the breast skin, or a discharge. Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.
  2. Women with fibrocystic breast are more at risk. There is absolutely no link whatsoever to fibrocystic (lumpy) breast! However, it is very difficult to perform self exams when you have this condition. Women with fibrocystic breast should educate themselves on the correct way to perform an at home breast exam and conduct them often so they can distinguish between what is normal and out of the ordinary lumps.
  3. Antiperspirants increase your risk of breast cancer. Regardless of the American Cancer Society’s reassurance that this rumor is false, it has been around for years and years. There are no studies that show antiperspirants as a risk factor. However, it can’t hurt (yourself or the environment) to go paraben-free!
  4. If you’re at risk for breast cancer, there is nothing you can do. False! There is so much you can do to lower your risk of breast cancer.  Regular exercise, limited or no alcohol consumption, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight are all easy life adjustments that can lower your risk. Other drastic but effective measures include preventive chemo and having a prophylactic mastectomy.
  5. Radiation in mammograms can be harmful. According to the American College of Radiology the risk of radiation is practically non-existent- the equivalent to two or three months of natural environmental exposure. Besides, the benefits and preventative measures clearly outweigh the tiny miniscule risk.  Mammograms are not going to give you cancer- quite the contrary; they could save your life!

Think Pink with DermStore.com

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Indulge in some retail charity. This October, DermStore.com will launch a Breast Cancer Awareness Boutique, which will feature specialty breast cancer awareness products from beauty brands such as Becca Cosmetics, Decleor, Colorescience, SpaRitual, gloMinerals, jane iredale, Sonya Dakar and Alterna, among many others. This one stop shop is the premier destination for getting gorgeous and giving back. All the products sold in the boutique will contribute a portion of their proceeds to various breast cancer charities (iS Clinical is donating 100% of the Poly-Vitamin Serum to the National Breast Cancer Coalition!) . In addition to the donations made from the individual brands, DermStore.com will donate 5% of the proceeds from each unit sold in the boutique to CEW Foundation’s Cancer and Careers program, whose mission is to educate and empower people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

With over 25 brands and almost 50 products to choose from, this online boutique is not only a fantastic destination for limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness products but also a unique concept from DermStore.com, as it allows for additional funds to support this well deserving cause.  In 2009, there were over 190,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in American women. With each passing year, science makes life-saving advancements and brings new hope to everyone affected by this disease. With the aid of charitable donations, much like DermStore.com’s and its participating brands’, we are a step closer to a cure.

One shop, one purchase, two donations, thousands of lives affected.