Ask a Make-Up Artist: Summer Beauty

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What’s the best way to keep my makeup from melting in the heat? — Cathy A: One key to keeping a sweaty face from ruining your makeup is to prime with a mattifier that is specifically formulated to control oil production … Continue reading

New Year, New You

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2013 is right around the corner. This is the perfect time to make sure you are using the best products. Our skin changes from season to season, with age, hormone levels, and stress. You should make sure you are using the right products for your skin type and check your sun screen to see if it’s expired.

Every new year I open my make up bag, dump it out and start over with fresh makeup and skin care. It’s easy to start with the basics.

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The perfect basic make up bag:

Eyeliner Make sure you have a black liner for dramatic looks and depending on your eye color one for every day.

Mascara- Have you tried Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Mascara? This light formula lifts, separates, and adds drama to your lashes and doesn’t smudge.

Bronzer- If you can find a bronzer/highlighter duo this is perfect for contouring and highlighting for a perfect look.

Blush- Try a peachy pink shade. This will add warmth to the skin during these last few cooler months and it blends well with bronzer.

Lip Gloss- For the new year I recommend trying something new. A great berry shade looks good on all skin tones.

Lipstick- Go for a bold color. I love red. It’s classic and always turns heads.

Beauty Review: Borghese B Lip Gloss

I love lip gloss. I have a serious problem. I am always looking for a new gloss. I know many of you have the same issue. It’s so easy to get carried away and not realize how many you have. Once I emptied my purse and found that I had 12 glosses in there!

There are so many different formulas. Every line has a gloss. How do you know which one to buy? A lot of companies claim to be more moisturizing, have more vitamins, more pigment, less pigment, anti-aging ingredients, sunscreen. The claims never end. I am going to try a new gloss every week and narrow it down to the best gloss!

First up is Borghese B Lip Gloss in Fiore. The color is great. A beautiful shimmery nude. Too much sparkle so the more mature ladies doesn’t have to worry about the sparkles. This is a very sophisticated shimmer. The formula is a bit sticky and when I rub my lips together I can feel the thick formula because it is a long wear formula. There is no sunscreen in this formula. This is a deal breaker for me. Protect your lips!

So, beautiful color, sticky and thick formula, no sunscreen. However it does keep the lips hydrated with Aloe, Jojoba Oil, and Avocado Oil. I give this lip gloss two stars.

Beauty Review: Ahava Purifying Mud Mask

This mask claims to beautify and restore skin to reveal brighter, more even toned, radiant skin. It contains purifying and softening properties that clears the skin of excess oil, grime, and blackheads, and prevents blemishes. Jojoba oil nourishes and moisturizes and Horsetail extract works as an anti-septic and anti-inflammatory.

The Ahava Purifying Mud Mask is merely just a basic clay mud mask. For dry skin this is not recommended. There are not enough emollients to soothe skin. This will irritate and dry out the skin even more. This mask may benefit oily skin types but as far as uprooting blackheads it will only remove the visible parts. This formula cannot get into the pore lining nd dissolve the blackheads.  This mask is best used along with an exfoliant serum that is capable of dissolving dirt, grime, and oil.

5 Beauty Lies Most of Us Believe (And the Truth behind the Lies)

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The world of beauty can indeed be beautiful, but all too often the information you get is anything but beautiful—actually, it can be downright ugly! Sometimes the advertising and sales pitches you read and hear are minor distortions of facts or borderline deceptive; in other cases, they are out-and-out lies. Whether this information comes from a physician or from a well-intentioned website, the Paula’s Choice Research Team spends a lot of time untangling the insanity to help you get to the truth.

Below we present five beauty lies that many people believe. Perhaps you have come across this information in a magazine or online, or heard it from your doctor, a friend, or a family member. No matter how you got this misinformation or where you heard these lies, we’re here to set the record straight—to give you the most up-to-date, reliable information so you can take the best possible care of your skin! Knowledge is beautiful!

Lie #1: Dry skin? Drink more water! The truth: We see this tip all the time, and wish it were true; after all, it doesn’t get much easier than just drinking water! But, have you ever met someone who said that their dry skin went away from drinking lots of water? It doesn’t happen. The truth is dry skin isn’t about water consumption. If all it took to get rid of dry skin was drinking more water, then no one would have dry skin, and companies would stop selling moisturizers—and we all know that’s not the case! The causes of and treatments for dry skin are far more complicated than just drinking water; plus, drinking more water than your body needs will only result in more trips to the bathroom. Read more about how to treat dry skin.

Lie #2: You can repair damaged hair. The truth: Countless hair-care products, including hair masks and so-called “deep” conditioners, make claims of repairing hair, as if all the damaging things we do to it (coloring, straightening, brushing, sun exposure) can be mended by using these types of products. The truth is hair is dead. Period. It’s dead, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you get your hair cut. Given that it’s dead, it cannot be repaired or permanently revert to its normal state. You can no more mend a hair strand than you can mend a dead leaf or soften a rock. What does happen when you use good conditioners and good styling products is that your damaged hair can feel smoother and softer and it can look shinier and more healthy, but it’s not repaired. These products provide only a temporary fix—if you don’t keep using them, you hair will go back to looking and feeling damaged. If a hair-care product could truly repair your hair, you’d need to use it only a few times and then you’d be done, but clearly that isn’t what happens!

Lie #3: There’s a product that can get rid of cellulite. The truth: The 85% of women who have cellulite would love it if this were true (all of us here at Paula’s Choice would, too), but, alas, it’s just one more falsehood. The cosmetics industry, and lots of doctors and aestheticians, want to sell you products and/or provide treatments (especially expensive ones) claiming to slim, trim, tone, and de-bump your thighs, but if any of those worked, who would have cellulite?

Trying to navigate and separate cellulite facts from fiction isn’t easy, but there is a bit of positive news. There are a few options, such as some lasers and retinoids, that may make a difference, but even these treatments, which do have some potential for working (and we mean only the “potential” for working; it’s not a sure thing) rarely live up to the claims asserted. Still, a bit of improvement, as opposed to merely wasting your money, is definitely a turn for the better! Read  moreabout what you can do to improve (but, sadly, not get rid of) cellulite.

Lie #4: One special ingredient (like vitamin C or peptides) is all aging skin needs. The truth: Given the advertising, it would seem that most cosmetics companies believe this is true—that one ingredient alone can do it all—because they perpetually launch products with one showcased ingredient, be it plant stem cells, a special melon extract from the south of France, or a plant oil from Morocco. Although there are lots of special ingredients that are great for skin (and hair), the truth is that giving your skin what it needs to act younger and be more healthy is far more complex than providing it with one ingredient, no matter how good it is.
Skin is the body’s largest organ and it needs an array of beneficial ingredients to protect and repair itself from environmental assaults and the effects of aging. Looking for skin-care products with one superstar ingredient cheats your skin of the range of ingredients it needs to significantly improve. Think of it like your diet: Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, but if you eat only vegetables, you soon will be malnourished because veggies alone don’t provide everything the body needs to maintain itself and stay healthy. Check out some of our  favorite products with a range of beneficial ingredients proven to help skin look and act younger. More favorites can be found on Beautypedia.

Lie #5: Parabens are bad for you, so avoid products that contain them. The truth: The “parabens = bad” myth is so pervasive that many people have opted to take a better-safe-than-sorry approach. We can’t say we blame you for being cautious, but make sure your decision is based on facts, not on media-fueled misinformation. As it turns out, parabens are actually some of the gentlest preservatives used in cosmetics.

Parabens may come in the form of butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben. They’ve been linked distantly (meaning in limited studies on only a handful of subjects or in animal studies) to breast cancer due to their weak estrogenic activity and their presence in a tiny number of breast cancer tissue samples. That cancer connection, however remote, has some people worried. The truth is: There is no research proving parabens should be avoided when shopping for personal-care products, for yourself or for your family, at least no more so than avoiding plants that have estrogenic activity.

According to published research and global cosmetics regulatory organizations, from the United States and Canada to Europe and Asia, parabens, especially in the small amounts present in personal-care products, are not a problem. According to these studies (and assuming the parabens get into the body), parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the blood stream,” which is more than can be said for some plant extracts with estrogenic activity, but no one is trying to scare you into avoiding plants.
In a review of the research into the estrogenic activity of parabens, the study’s author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.” Although more cosmetics companies have opted to avoid parabens, those who continue to preserve their products with them are not making a mistake. Parabens are among the most effective (and safest) preservatives around. Indeed, their undeserved reputation has left many cosmetics chemists scrambling to find equally effective options. Read  more about the paraben controversy here!

The next time you come across a beauty tip or a claim that sounds too simple, too good to be true, or downright scary, you can almost always count on it being a beauty lie—and you can count on us to help you understand why!

 

 

How to keep your summer glow into fall

When the weather is starting to cool down your skin gets more dehydrated. I recommend exfoliating more often. BareMinerals intensive Glow Pads are a great option. They bring back your natural radiance, improve skin tone and texture for a complexion that really glows. These pads are infused with vitamins and minerals to increase cell turnover and create luminous skin.

If your skin is prone to dark spots or is more on the sensitive side try a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or lactic acid.  These cleansers are a more gentle exfoliant. I recommend Pore Refining Cleanser by Neutrogena. This is a cleaner/scrub combination. It’s more gentle for sensitive skin types. No matter what skin type you are you should always be using a moisturizer to help retain normal, healthy, youthful moisture levels. Your moisturizer needs Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients. I recommend Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 by Olay for a daytime moisturizer because UVA protection is sufficient and the texture of this cream is truly luxurious and works well under makeup. It has a healthy dose of helpful ingredients to prevent premature aging. For Night I love Clinique’s Super Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer. This cream contains tons or antioxidants which protect the skin from free radical damage and build stronger skin. Last but not least if your complexion still looks a little blah use a cleansing brush such at the Clarisonic once a week. It deep cleans your skin and the texture appears smooth and reflects light.

Why do women assume they shouldn’t use self tanner after summer? It’s the best way to keep that summer glow and perk up your skin. If you are fair try Jergens natural glow Express in  Fair to Medium Tones.

For olive or medium skin tones use a regular self tanner that will deepen your skin about two shades. works great. Apply the formula right after you shower or wash your face and skip your moisturizer. Apply the self tanner directly to clean skin.

For a sheer glow that is over doing it for the fall  I use a tinted moisturizer to add a subtle glow to my skin. I like Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer. The colors are exceptional and include options for porcelain to dark skin tones. To complete your look apply a peachy pink cream blush to the cheeks like Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush. Finish it off with a warm neutral gloss.

 

Shopping List:

BareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads

Pore Refining Cleanser by Neutrogena

Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 by Olay

Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer in Fair to Medium Tones

Clinique Self Sun Daily Body Moisturizer in Medium to Deep

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush

 

$10 and Under: Hair

My pick this week for $10 and under is Oscar Blandi di Jasmine Proteine Mist for Restyling Hair. Almost everyone I know does not wash their hair every single day. If your hair is like mine it can be a little dry and get a little frizzy. I like this product because I can restyle and infuse soy and wheat proteins into my hair. This styling aid seals the cuticle so your hair can withstand the heat from your curling iron, flat-iron, or blow dryer and you can achieve the same look you had from the day before!

 

 

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$10 and Under Beauty Buy!

My favorite product under $10 this week is the NYX radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, the creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Some call her chubby. We say voluptuous. Available in 28 shades.

I love this product because you can apply easily and quickly. For those of you that are looking to save time in the morning this product is for you! It also adds a shimmer tone to any eyeshadow. Use this product as a base so your shadows last all day. For only $4.50 why not buy them all?

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Beauty Review: NeriumAD

I recently started using a new night cream, NeriumAD. I have found this cream to be the most amazing thing I have ever put on my skin. This skin cream was accidentally developed by scientists and doctors.  This cream targets fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, and aging and damaged skin.  The Nerium Oleander extract is the secret this powerful accidental discovery that the Nerium oleander plant bring amazing age defying results to the skin. Scientists found a breakthrough process to extract the oleander extract that preserve its amazing properties.

The packaging on the product is perfect. When you are using an anti aging skin care product with plant extracts you have to be careful with storage. The tube packaging ensures the active ingredients last until you are finished with each bottle and the darker packaging won’t allow sun to penetrate the bottle.

The results from this fabulous night cream are based on hard evidence. They use a ST&T facial scanner that scans deep into the skin and measures the actual change in the skin. Most skin care tests are based on just opinions of participants or visual grading of the doctors. Nerium AD scientist take the extra step to prove this product is working. I hope to see more products from this company. They are taking the beauty industry by storm. This means the efficacy of their products are determined by what subjects think or what a doctor observes instead of what a computer dictates. Although NeriumAD’s results can easily be seen by the naked eye, the percentages from our clinical trials are based solely on unbiased scientific data.

 

Nerium AD™ Treatment Ingredients:
NAE-8™ Proprietary Blend (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Liquid, Nerium Oleander Leaf), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Liquid, Proprietary Protein (Collagen, Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans), Glycerin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Borate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Proprietary Blend (Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol), Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

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