Finally, coconut oil is getting the attention it deserves for promoting a healthy metabolism (and other health benefits) and for standing in as an amazing beauty multi-tasker.
Here are three of the best ways to use coconut oil.
Let’s face it. If you’re a makeup junkie (like me), you need a gentle, but effective way to take off your shadow, liner, and mascara. Rub coconut oil gently on your eyelids and lashes and you not only easily remove makeup, you also condition lashes. Seriously, if you’ve been abusing your lashes, you will see an improvement pretty quickly.
Cooking & Baking Substitute
Coconut oil is a great replacement for less healthy baking options like butter and shortening, which may contain Trans fats. Replace coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and use it at room temperature for flaky baked goodies.
So far, I’ve understood what beauty balms (BB) and complexion correctors (CC) creams represent. But I haven’t been so clear about DD creams. Until I saw Pür Minerals Rescue Squad Broad Spectrum SPF 25 DD Creme on TSC last weekend.
This day cream/sunscreen not only rescues your skin from the visible signs of aging with intense moisture, it also provides a broad-spectrum barrier (SPF 25) that helps prevent age-accelerating UV damage.
One of your best beauty weapons for the summer is cheek stain.
If you’re looking for melt-proof makeup that lasts, cheek stains provide just the right amount of color to add a lasting glow. Just smile and pop cheek stain on the apples of your cheeks, and you’re good to go!
Here are three cheek stains worth exploring.
After 15 years, this award-winning cheek stain has just had a packaging makeover to reduce your carbon footprint. The water based, push-up gel still has the same long-wearing formula enriched with t5 super fruit complex.
I picked up this cheek stain in iconic Flush recently (after reading that SJP used it while filming SATC) and love the gorgeous berry shade. The stain feels a bit sticky when you apply it, but blends well into your skin.
The shades include:
Unless you’ve been blessed by the skin gods, you’ll probably experience a shiny complexion as the weather heats up.
If you’re away from home and need a fix for oily summer skin, the bareMinerals Touch Up To-Go kit is the way to go.
The kit comes in a small zippered bag and includes:
- A mini compact of bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent
- A baby buki bush
- A compact pad (TIP: use the pad for a tapping motion if you don’t want to smudge your foundation).
I was lucky enough to check out the Shiseido Ultimune tour which landed in downtown Vancouver last week.
The Shiseido Canada team recently hit the road to introduce their new product, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, which is about to raise the bar for the entire skincare industry.
After 20 years of scientific research into the skin’s immune system, Shiseido has found a way to re-ignite your skin’s ability to defend against environmental threats, emotional stress, and plain old aging.
Here’s the interesting part. Shiseido scientists focused on cells called Langerhans which control the skin’s immunity. They found that external threats and aging undermine the function of these cells, so they developed an exclusive complex to boost the defensive functions of these cells which decline as the years go by.
Face contouring isn’t really a new makeup practice, but it’s been receiving a revival lately due to some great bloggers (Cara at MaskCara is one of the best) and easy-to-use products.
One of the latest ways to give your face a quick lift and tuck is The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer from Tarte Cosmetics.
This double-duty contouring and sculpting stick creates the illusion of well-defined cheekbones with a lightweight, non-sticky formula that easily blends into your skin. The stick applicator comes in Tarte’s signature Park Ave Princess shade designed to complement all skin tones.
Use the stick wherever you want to slim down whether it’s your neck, jaw line, cheeks, or nose. Check out a before and after photo here which shows how effective the stick really is at contouring your face in seconds.
The Body Shop is launching their version of blurring cream called the All-In-One™ Instablur 5-Action Perfector (check out their online sneak peek here).
This all-new face perfector is designed to give you photo-perfect skin with a few extras:
- shine control
- pore smoothing
- blemish hiding
- complexion unify
- makeup extending
The key ingredient in the formula is marula oil which comes from the Eudafano Women’s Co-operative in northern Namibia. Not only do you get effective coverage of your flaws, you get to help out as well.
How to Use Instablur
Have you been avoiding face oils because you’re afraid they’ll clog your pores or feel too greasy?
Today’s facial oils have come a long way and actually provide a quick and effective way to get antioxidants and nutrients into your skin.
Since oils absorb quickly, they soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leave a healthy glow on your face. Face oils also provide a barrier to harsh environmental conditions like pollution and sun damage.
Here are three face oils that contain major anti-aging ingredients worth exploring.
This soothing face oil is packed with omegas and seabuckthorn oil designed to leave your complexion soft, smooth, and refreshed. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and protects your skin from aging free radicals.
This budget-friendly oil is a must-have to help prevent and diminish the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry damaged skin, and fine lines and wrinkles. It contains a blend of powerful botanical oils such as Rosehip, Sesame and Canola Oil plus pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. Check out the clinical trials here which show good results after 8 weeks.
We’ve all had one: a major pimple that takes over part of our face and looks like it’s settling in forever.
Topical acne lotions may help heal the pimple over time, but once it’s on your face, you need some serious damage control.
Nexcare™ Acne Absorbing Covers work like sponges to absorb all the nasty oil (and pus) in your pimple. They also act as protective covers, keeping dirt out and reducing the urge to squeeze.
güd from Burt’s Bees is a playful line that features irresistible fragrances and real ingredients. There are no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals in this line of products. And, of course, there is no testing on animals.
The product line includes shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and body lotion in three different scents:
- Orange Petalooza is bright, fun, and feminine and features the scent of blood orange and hyacinth flower:
Top Notes: Blood Orange, Pomelo, Green Tea
Mid Notes: Orange Flower, Rose, Hyacinth
Dry Notes: Musk, Sandalwood
- Floral Cherrynova is flirtatious, romantic and sweet and features a zingy blend of cherry blossom and almond milk:
Top Notes: Juicy Bing Cherries, Fresh Green
Mid Notes: Rosewood, White Floral Bouquet
Dry Notes; Warm Milk Acccord, Creamy Musk
- Pearanormal Activity is fizzy, fresh, and fruity and features pear and Açai berry to revive your senses:
Top Notes: Bartlett Pear, Dewberry, Raspberry
Mid Notes: Rhubarb, Acai Accord, White Flowers
Dry Notes: Apricot, Musk
The nourishing shampoos naturally cleanse your hair, while the natural softening conditioners with moisturizing botanicals leave your hair feeling super-soft and smelling delicious. The natural body washes gently clean your skin and leave it lightly scented.
Follow these up with the natural body lotion to ensure your skin is silky soft all day long and you’re güd to go!
Slip into spring with a luscious new body care collection from The Body Shop. The deeply moisturizing Raspberry Body Care Collection contains berries picked early in the season to preserve their freshness.
There are six indulgent products in the Raspberry Body Care Collection.
Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub
This exfoliating scrub, which is inspired by the texture of real raspberry jam, will leave skin feeling softer and smoother.
Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Butter
This rich and creamy body butter has a buttery texture that leaves skin smooth and moisturized.
Early-Harvest Raspberry Eau de Toilette
This light and wearable Eau de Toilette is refreshing scent you can spritz on your neck or pulse points.
Preventing sagging skin may be as proactive as incorporating a certain type of oil into your daily diet.
Results of a French study involving both sexes identified a lower risk of severe photoaging (sun damage) with higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil. Photoaging, including blotchy pigmentation, wrinkling, and skin sagging, is a response to sun exposure.
Here are a couple of hot new beauty products you can find at Sephora to help take care of your hair, skin, and lips this spring.
If you’re looking for a “street-style” look, this finishing spray can get you there. The lightweight spray lets you add texture, but you still get a glossy finish.
This trio of concentrated formulas has everything your skin needs for optimal health and beauty:
- The Radiance booster transforms dull skin into brighter skin.
- The Hydration booster infuses deep moisture for smoother-looking skin.
- The Purifying booster clears and tightens pores for increased clarity.
I thought I had heard about most of the uses for baking soda, but a recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show covered some new and creative ways to take advantage of this household staple.
DIY Dry Shampoo Powder
If you regularly use dry shampoo, the costs can add up. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get clean hair on the fly.
Just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on your roots and work into your hair. I leave it on for a while to absorb any oil before combing or brushing it through.
Let’s face, we all use a lot of products on our hair from conditioner to mousse to hair spray. Over time, these products leave buildup which weighs your hair down.
To add volume to your hair, add a quarter size of baking soda to a handful of your shampoo. Baking soda helps to remove impurities in the hair, which leaves it lighter and bouncier with more volume.
Some people find that the chemicals in some acne treatments are too harsh for the skin. For a gentle but effective approach, mix up a mask of baking soda and honey to help clear up any spots on your skin. Apply the mixture for around 15 minutes to your face, then rinse.
If you suffer from acne, you’re not alone. Over 50 million North Americans experience acne breakouts, including up to 85% of teens and young adults and 20% of adults.
Causes of Acne
There are many reasons you may be experiencing acne. Environmental pollutants, bacteria, excess oil, and improper cleansing have all been linked to acne. So has stress, hormonal changes (tell me about it), and fatigue.
Beyond that, acne can also create emotional issues. Research shows that it can lead to self-consciousness, embarrassment, lack of confidence, and poor self-esteem. In addition, women also try to cover their blemishes with concealer or foundation which make the problem even worse.
At Home Solution
Newly launched Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel can help treat your acne at home (boy, could I have used this gel last week).
Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is clinically proven to treat blemishes with results as good as a leading topical acne drug.
The clearing gel implements a 4-in-1 Clearing Complex which contains exfoliating and anti-blemish agents (Salicylic Acid) and sebum-controlling and anti-irritant agents (Sea Whip Extract). Also, the unique alcohol and water base provides quick absorption while witch hazel water helps minimize excess surface oil.