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Tips for Healthy Hair This Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2015

summer-hairSummer can be a hard season on your hair, what with swimming in chlorine and salt water, and not to mention the heat! Frizz, split ends, and dry damaged hair and only a few of the results that summer can have on your hair. Make sure to do everything you can to protect your hair during the hottest time of year. Here are some tips on ways to make sure your locks stay luscious this summer.

fekkai1. Get a Trim
Keep your ends healthy by starting summer off right with a trim. Or opt for a short summer cut to keep cool in the heat. Remember, hair grows faster in the summer than in the winter, so you may need another cut before fall.

2. Protect Your Hair From the Sun
Apply a UV protection product to your hair prior to spending time in the sun. There are many products available that come in a spray, gel, or cream. Try Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil or Biosilk Thermal Shield.

3. Keep Your Hair Hydrated
Make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment often to keep your locks hydrated. Try Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair After Sun Daily Mask, great for repairing damage caused by heat.

hair_243x406_0002_dm-sh71-3901004. Use Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Change your shower routine to include a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Since summer tends to mean showering and shampooing more often, it’s important to make sure your strands stay moisturized. Try Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove buildup from extra products.

5. Ditch the Heat Tools

Take advantage of the warmer weather and let your hair air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. Skip or reduce the frequency of using curling irons and straighteners, as heat tools will cause excess damage to your hair. When using them, just be sure to apply a thermal shield to your hair before hand.

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Winter Beauty Tips: Don’t Start the New Year With Dry Skin

Friday, January 30th, 2015

By the end of the year, your skin might feel puffy, dry and old before your years. But you can nip this in the bud by tackling common skin problems that have the tendency to occur during winter and the festive season.

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Winter Portrait by Christofer Andersson / CC BY

Unpack Hydrated Skin
If tackling dry skin is your new year’s resolution, then you’re in luck because it’s an easy one to keep. Dry skin is common when the weather goes south, so you want to amplify your moisturizer. Choose one that is oil-based instead of water-based – the oil will help to protect the skin’s layer, trapping moisture inside so that your skin achieves greater hydration.
Use a skin scrub regularly to exfoliate your skin. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells that can lead to dry or dull skin. Your skin will look renewed and healthier!

Another good tip for getting rid of dry skin is to use a humidifier. Air conditioning systems, although tempting in the colder months, emit hot air that can have a drying effect on skin.

Don’t Feel Like a Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Red skin can strike during cooler weather because it’s usually linked to dryness. Sensitive skin is especially at risk of getting flushed or displaying red patches.

Take a look at your diet: certain foods help to decrease redness because they hydrate the skin from the inside out. They also put in extra work to protect skin from environmental damage. So, top up on foods such as broccoli and carrots that contain antioxidants which keep skin moisturized and protected. Avoid spicy foods that can lead to inflammation.

Remember to watch your alcohol consumption: alcohol is a trigger for red skin, including Rosacea which can cause even more severe redness.

Cool Stressed Under-Eyes
The festive season might sound like fun, but often it is characterised by stress. This could include attending lots of parties, heading to the busy shopping malls to buy gifts, and spending time in the kitchen to cook up a delicious feast or two. The stress might start to show under your eyes, in the form of dark circles.

When you need to hide under-eye circles in a hurry, reach for concealer that’s tailored to the delicate skin in this area. Always make sure you pick a concealer that is lighter than your foundation by two shades.

But to treat dark circles a bit more permanently, you want to ensure that you get enough sleep, cut out cigarettes and alcohol, and follow some home remedies such as sticking a cold pack in the freezer for about five minutes then resting it over your eyes. Cold temperature can help to minimize dark circles. If you want a bit more of a pampering experience, take a few slices of cucumber after they’ve chilled in the fridge and rest them on your eyes. This will also decrease puffiness.

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Photo by Helen Olney / CC BY

Beat the Breakouts
It can be tempting to fall asleep with your makeup on when you’ve pulled an all-nighter at a fantastic party, but resist the temptation. This can block your pores and lead to breakouts. Ensure that you clean off all traces of makeup before you head to bed, no exceptions!

Sometimes breakouts can result from excess oil in the skin, but you can treat this with a homemade face mask that makes use of egg white and lemon. Beat the white part of an egg and mix it in with a teaspoon of lemon. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it dry for approximately fifteen minutes. Then wash it off with a bit of warm water.

When applying products to skin, always do so in a downward motion. The reason for this is that it improves lymphatic drainage. By opening up your lymph nodes and cleaning them, your skin will clear right up.

The cold and drying effects of winter combined with the festive season might seem like the perfect way to stress out your skin, but with the above tips you’ll achieve more beautiful skin and start the new year off right!

Written by Cassie Brewer
Check out her blog here!

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Update Your Wardrobe on a Budget

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We could all use some extra cash to buy things we need, but somehow all we ever do is balancing our budgets and trying to figure out ways to save money. However, life goes on and we occasionally find ourselves in a situation where we want to buy a nice piece of clothes, but we tell ourselves that we can’t afford it. Don’t worry, there are ways to save money on clothes regardless of the season. 526454690_ee12e4c427_z

Summer Collection by Muhammad Ghouri / CC BY


Don’t follow fashion trends blindly

Fashion is inspired by everyday life, and one interesting research has shown that French women do not really care about what is shown on TV or in a fashion magazine, but choose clothes based on what suites them and makes them look good. Besides, don’t you just hate it when you see someone else wearing the exact same outfit as you? With a lot of people buying what is considered ‘fashionable’ we end up with a lot of people wearing the exact same things like uniforms. Refuse to be blinded by trends and show how different you are.

Re-use your old clothes

We all have tons of old T-shirts we never wear and are sick of. Re-use your old clothes to make something new. There are dozens of different ways you can use an old T-shirt, and not to mention other parts of your wardrobe. Make stylish scarves, fashionable necklaces, trendy headbands, unique bags or even a sexy bikini using nothing but your old clothes. Have fun, be an artist for a day and save some money along the way. You will surely be one of a kind among your friends.

Out-of-season shopping pays off
Getting some new clothes and still staying on a budget is easy if you know when to go shopping. Postseason sales and clearance racks are simply the best times for you to spend less on new clothes. You have to be systematic and make a list of what exactly do you need for the upcoming year.

After you do this, make changes in your budget around seasonal purchases. Buy winter clothes such as coats and boots in late February, and remember that you can find a bikini online in the fall or in the winter and save a lot of money.

‘Spice up’ your outfit

One particular outfit can look elegant or casual depending on the accessories you decide to wear that day. If you have one particular blazer that looks good on you and you really like wearing, you can add a new statement necklace or a nicely coloured scarf, thus completely changing the way you look. Add colourful hats, statement necklaces and trendy bags to your wardrobe and wear different accessories every day to create different looks and stay elegant.

Buying gorgeous clothes on impulse just because they’re on sale doesn’t mean that you’ll save money. On the other hand, if you are about to buy a pricey item, try to save money by doing the following: get your money’s worth by investing in a classic shape and color. This way you can get more than a season’s wear out of it.

Written by Sophie Andersen
She is a author at High Style Life

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How to Get Longer, Sexy Lashes Naturally

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Who doesn’t want eyelashes like the ones featured in mascara ads? The models always have “come-hither” ones that are long, lush, glossy and voluminous. And even though we know that those lashes are the result of a makeup artist’s expertise or Photoshop, we still flock to drugstores and cosmetic counters anticipating the thicker, fuller lashes that makeup brands promise.
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Los ojos de mi vida by Michael Sandoval / CC BY

If you’ve been blessed with a good amount of eyelashes, mascara can be a quick and simple fix if you want to give your lashes a little oomph. But what do you do if you don’t have much to work with? False lashes are an option, but who has time to apply them every day? And lash extensions can set you back up to $400 per session. If you want more dramatic lashes and don’t want to go to extremes, here are a few things that you can do to help promote eyelash growth.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Just like the hair on your head, your lashes can thrive if you nourish them from the inside out. By eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, you can help ensure growth. You can also try adding a daily multivitamin if you don’t think you’re getting enough nutrients. A supplement that contains vitamins B, D and E is ideal. These vitamins are key for boosting growth and keeping lashes strong. Biotin is also another option. You can try a supplement or eat biotin-rich foods like bananas, pecans and sardines. Be sure to check with your doctor to make sure that supplements are right for you.

Groom Your Lashes

You take care of your hair every day. So start tending to those lashes. Try brushing your lashes twice a day with an eyelash brush. Brushing on a regular basis can help encourage growth. Add a little vitamin E oil to the process as well. Vitamin E oil is great because it prevents shedding. You can find vitamin E oil at a drugstore or health food store. Other options to try are castor oil and emu oil. Just lightly apply the oil of your choice to your lashes before bedtime, and avoid getting in in your eyes.

Always Be Gentle
When you’re taking off your eye makeup at night, don’t tug or rub your lashes. Use gentle strokes when using makeup remover or cold cream. And if you use lash curlers daily, you might want to take a break from them. Over time, they can weaken lashes and cause breakage. Try combing them instead for a neater look. If you’re looking for a more permanent lash growth solution that won’t break the bank, try everLASHing Lash Growth Serum from Verseo Beauty & Wellness. With this special blend of cell-regenerating peptides, botanical ingredients and lash conditioning elements, you can see healthier and fuller lashes in just four weeks.

Article written by Chris Miller; photo credit collegetimes.com

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Tips to Prepare Your Skin for Winter Weather

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

As the first official day of fall is just behind us, this is the perfect time to start thinking about the changes to your skincare routine to keep your skin protected in the cooler months of the year.

Neutrogena-Moisture 1. Use a Good Face Moisturizer
One of the most important steps is to add a good facial moisturizer to your daily routine (if you aren’t already use one). Assuming you’ve already been using one, now is the time to switch to a deeper moisturizer. A great product for the coldest winter months is Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day Cream with SPF 20. Even though it’s cold outside, the sun’s damaging rays can still harm skin so don’t forget to wear sun protection!

2.Condition Before You Wash
Condition dry hair with a deep conditioner before washing. Use a shower cap and coat your hair with an intensive conditioner like Dove’s Intensive Repair Conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for 30 minutes to an hour to help retain moisture. Adding this to your routine once a week can help prevent dryness. Also make sure to use a moisturizing body wash such as Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, to keep your skin hydrated.
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3. Reduce Your Shower Time
Taking long hot showers may be tempting in the winter months, but the heat can strip your skin of the moisture that it needs most during this time of year. Try to keep your shower length to ten minutes and don’t put the water at it’s peak temperature.

4. Keep Your Skin Conditioned
Get a good moisturizer for your hands and body such as Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. The moisturizer helps protect from drying effects of wind and cold weather. Make sure to keep a travel size product with you for when you are on-the-go.

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