The Beauty of Tinted Moisturizer

A little color goes a long way. Having a golden complexion or simply getting a little color can always be achieved with the help of bronzer and tinted body lotions. Being a fan of 2-in-one products, it comes to no surprise that a tinted moisturizer would be one of them. They’re great at evening out skin tones and providing natural looking coverage. AVEENO’s Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($15) is a good choice. It protects against UVA/UVB with an SPF of 30. Positively Radiant is oil-free and hyper allergenic. It’s beneficial for all skin types, sensitive enough to use everyday, and not overbearingly shiny.

AVEENO’S has shown me great results and proved to work just how it says it will. The packaging is perfect to throw in your purse and comes with a top that lock by twisting; preventing it from opening up on its own. The color goes on sheer and the light smell isn’t overpowering at all. Tinted moisturizer can take the place foundation. Most, if not all, of your imperfections get hidden discretely with the tint.

If you’re looking for a moisturizer with more coverage try Hourglass Illusion ($55). It’s liquid based like a foundation making it great for drier skin. With more shades to choose from, you’re able to get one closest to your skin tone. The Hourglass formula is oil-free and has an SPF 15.

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Ann Taylor Over-Photoshops Model

The women’s clothing line Ann Taylor has been in hot water these past couple of days. Everyone is speaking about their negative portrayal of women on their website. In the past they’ve been called out for photo shopping models, and even so they thought they could still pull a fast one on us. On their website you can see normal pictures of the models. Yet once you click on it to get a close look, the model’s waist smooths out dramatically.

As if the model wasn’t skinny enough already. Who is Ann Taylor trying to sell to? Maybe they should take a note from Marc Jacobs and stores like Saks who are embracing women’s figures.

Take Care of Your Lady Parts

Ladies, there’s another part of your body you should be grooming other than just the hair on your head. No, I don’t mean the hair on your legs; I’m talking about the hair down there.

Before you start the grooming process, you might want to get to know yourself better in that area. Use a hand mirror if needed, so that you’re familiar with it and aware if something seems unnatural to you.

The vagina cleans itself naturally. Other than some mild soap and water, not much else is needed to keep it clean. Grooming it, on the other hand, takes a little more work. Do some prepping before hair removal. One popular method is exfoliating. Try using a body wash with exfoliating beads in the shower like Burt’s Bees Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash Removing the dead skin around that area will prevent ingrown hairs from getting trapped.

To wax or not to wax? That’s always the painful question you have to ask yourself. If you decide on waxing, choose a clean and reputable salon/spa. You’re exposing yourself to unknown bacteria and there’s another person getting just as up close and personal as your gynecologist. There are many pros to waxing such as a smooth area for weeks at a time and the hair growing back thinner and softer. When you choose to go with a wax, you are now left with two personal styles: the partial Brazilian wax and the full Brazilian. With a partial Brazilian, you’ll be left with what’s called a landing strip, or a vertical line of hair running down the middle. A full Brazilian gets rid of ALL hair including any on your buttocks.

However, waxing might be a little too much to handle for some, and shaving will do just fine. It’s a less painful option, but caution should be taken as well. Always use a disposable razor to help avoid irritation and bacteria from building. Shave in the direction your hair grows, otherwise you’ll end up with ingrown hair and razor bumps. In just one or two days be prepared to see the hair growing back. The quick hair growth is a pain, but it’s a much tolerable one compared to that of waxing.

Some women choose not to remove all of their hair from down there and that’s perfectly fine and safe too. Nair’s bikini cream can be used to remove the hair from your bikini area only. Apply the cream onto the area that you would like to remove for about three minutes then rinse off. This option will leave you smooth for about four to seven days. 

Which ever method you decide will work best for you; make sure to apply a cream or ointment for ingrown hair and razor bump prevention. Try a product like Tend Skin. It’s a liquid solution that’s recommended to be applied before and after the hair removal process. It helps heal the skin.

There’s nothing wrong with a little experimenting. Try more than one method to decide which works best for your lifestyle.

Products Worth the Splurge

Have you ever gotten your paycheck and had to go out and restock your makeup bag? When you are finished, are you shocked to realize that you have almost nothing left until next paycheck? There are so many great products out and they don’t always have to cost you your entire paycheck and then some. Sometimes you can find the perfect lip-gloss for just a dollar. That being said; there are some products that are worth the splurge. Here are the products, treatments, and makeup that are worth a little more and go a long way:

Save your skin the trouble and don’t lay out too much in the sun. Bare Minerals, Warmth ($24), is the perfect bronzer to help you achieve a glowy complexion. Add as little or as much color as you want to appear to have that perfect tan.

If you’re more of a blush girl then you’ll love Nars, Desire ($26). It’s the perfect shade of pink and the color lasts all day. The best part is that you don’t have to constantly re-apply. A little goes a long way with this blush.

For quick drying, vibrant nail polish any from the Essie collection will work. With the single smooth coat that just glides on your nail, it won’t irritate you too much having to spend $8 a bottle.

Lip-gloss is fun and adds personality to your outfit. Bare Escentuals collection of Buxom ($18), glosses are to die for. It feels refreshing on your lips and the color lasts hours without the really sticky formula. Try Kanani for a girly summer look or Dolly on a sexy date.

The skin needs to be exfoliated weekly in order help remove the dead skin. Although the skin naturally sheds itself, sometimes it gets stuck clogging our pores. This leads to break outs in the skin. Sabon’s Body Scrub not only smells delicious but works wonders. You’ve never felt your skin as soft as this scrub leaves it. This is one scenario where the old saying “as smooth as a baby’s bottom falls true. Its perfect in Tropic ($30), for these hot summer days.

Origins, Clear Improvement Mask ($21) is a must have if you suffer from breakouts or oily skin. The mask has activated charcoal that works as a magnet. It gets rid of all dirt, clogged pores and other toxins. 

Spending a little extra on these products are worth it in the long run.

Reverse the Damage from the Sun

You might not be able to get rid of sun damage completely, but there are definitely things you can start doing today to get better skin. The UVA and UVB rays from the sun damage your skin in many ways. Constant overexposure to the sun leads to leathery skin now and wrinkles in the future. Even worse, you are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

The damaging rays affect your skin by harming it in a way that affects you long term. UVA is the ray you notice when you lay out tanning. You might think that dark glow you got looks gorgeous, but getting a tan means harm has been done to your skin. The UVB is what causes reddening and is the biggest cause of skin cancer. There are times where we just can’t avoid being over exposed to both types of rays. That’s when sunscreen becomes your best friend. Picking the proper sunscreen goes a long way. Start by choosing the right SPF for you. The minimum you should be using is SPF 30. Something higher is reccomended by doctors, especially if you burn easily.

Also, wearing a daily moisturizer with SPF is necessary even if you aren’t planning on being in the sun long. Aveeno has an SPF 30 daily moisturizer foronly $15. Sunscreens have come a long way. There are all kinds and even ones made specifically for different skin types. Also keep in mind what you’ll be doing throughout the day and make it a fun task choosing the right one. If you’re planning a trip to the beach, waterproof sun screen will work to your advantage. A great one to try for daily use is a spray on sunscreen.  It’s a light airy protection and keeps you from getting your hands dirty. Just because you’ve applied sun screen doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Re-applying every other hour is just as important, even if it’s water proof.

Now, say you’ve applied protection and somehow couldn’t avoid the sun and ended up with a sun burn. Some people believe that a sun burn will eventually blend into a nice tan, but the opposite actually happens. Being burned damages the skin and increases your chances of it happening again. If this happens to you, don’t freak out. Soothe your skin immediately by applying aloe to the skin. It cools the skin down and heals it. There are lotions that include aloe in their formula like Keri Basic Essentials ($7.00). Not only does it contain Aloe, but it is also hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

The sun unfortunately leads to uneven skin tone and dark spots. Our skin produces melanin pigment, but constant exposure to the sun make the melanin produce abnormally. The abnormal production of this pigment is what leads to freckles and dark spots.  There are so many easy to use bronzers to help with tan lines and uneven skin tone. Jergens has different types to choose from. You can use their daily bronzing lotion or mouse for gradual color (8.49). Or if you’re looking for speedier results, try their three day bronzer Jergens Express Glow ($8.49). By the second day your skin will be glowing. For the face, applying a tinted moisturizer will not only give you a bronzed complexion but will also blend the uneven skin. Try Clinique’s Moisture Sheer Tint ($27). Exposing your face to the sun can create dark spots. Try limiting and really protecting the spots from getting sun because it will only make them bigger. Running a little low on cash? Before buying a product, try an at-home-remedy. Lemon juice has the power of bleaching out dark spots. Apply it twice a day and you’ll start to notice your spots getting lighter. For quicker results, try a lightening gel or lotion. Murad’s Age Spot and Pigmentation Lightening Gel works wonders ($60).

The sun’s rays have the power of harming not only your skin, but also your hair. It dries it out and quickly fades any color you may have added to it. Throughout the sunny season, trade in your regular shampoo for one that offers protection from the sun like Aveda’s Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser ($20).  Protecting yourself today will keep you healthy tomorrow and reverse the current damages from the sun.

Support For Your Boobs

With all the outrages products out there, I rarely get surprised with what will come out next. I came across an ad for a product called Kush. It’s sort of like a boob pillow/supporter. Instead of wearing a bra while you sleep, you place Kush in between your breasts. Kush is supposed to separate your breasts and give support. The creator and designer behind the product, Cathinka Chandler said she developed the product after noticing wrinkles on her breasts.

This is available in different sizes to accommodate all breast sizes.

Sounds kind of ridiculous if you ask us. Would you use Kush?

Another Body Art Trend- Va-tooing

As if the Vajazzling trend wasn’t enough, you can now decorate your vajayjay a whole different way.  At Completely Bare after getting you Brazilian, you may opt for a little decoration for the now bare space called va-tooing.

Using stencils, airbrushed tattoos can be added in different shades. You can choose from designs like calligraphy letters, a flower, butterfly and others.

Sounds like a fun way to add some flair down there. If you like this idea, you’ll probably like the vajazzling too. What are your thoughts?

2 Steps to Clearer Skin

The heat causes us to sweat more and all that dirt clogs our skin. No one wants to deal with breakouts ever; but even less during the summer. The Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser paired with Biore’s Triple Action Astringent ($7.99) is a duo that won’t disappoint. Unlike other astringents, Biore’s doesn’t dry your face out. It has less alcohol than others, but is just as effective. You’ll notice a difference in you face in days, and blemishes will starts to go away.

Refresh Your Face and Clear Your Skin

Temperatures are rising and if you’re not in a pool or in an air-conditioned room; it’s getting to you. After you get home from a long hot day try washing your face to cool off. Biore’s Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser ($7.00) leaves your face feeling incredibly refreshed afterwards. Using this daily will keep you cool and your skin clear. This facial wash is oil-free and Salicylic Acid is the main ingredient.

Click here for more information on Salicylic Acid and how it helps with blemishes.

Tanning Tax is in Effect

The tanning tax is officially in effect since July 1st, 2010. Anyone getting an indoor tan will pay an extra 10% tax for the services. Many tanning salon owners and customers are outraged and feel like they’re being punished. 

“It’s terrible,” said Jan Meshon, owner of City Sun Tanning in New York City.

Meshon goes on to tell cnnmoney.com, “We’ll do everything to keep our customers, but they are very upset by this, he said. “When they first hear about the tax, their reaction is, ‘What? How did that get in there? Why are they attacking me?”.

The constant articles and information out there on the amount skin damage and cancer caused by indoor tanning doesn’t seem to affect the millions that tan each day. Don’t people realize that they aren’t being attacked for tanning. They’re being looked after, their health and well-being is being kept in mind. Maybe if it hurts their pockets they’ll reconsider it.

The tax will not affect self tanners and spray-tans. For safe ways to get the same glow from tanning beds check out, Glow Kardashian Style and Jergens Will Make You Glow.