How to create Soap Brows

We all love the look of thick and youthful brows. Unfortunately, due to over waxing and over plucking, many of us have lost the fullness our brows used to have. To those facing a lack of density, there is a great solution! Soap Brows. Soap Brows is a long standing trend in the fashion industry. For years makeup artists have been utilizing soap and other tacky materials to create the illusion of thicker and fuller arches.

Creating this amazing and truly gorgeous look is quite simple. All it takes is a bar of Castile soap or even the use of molding gel or glue for hair. The idea behind soap brows is to enhance the fibers of your brows and create thickness and fill in any gaps. The outcome is quite striking and truly so easy to achieve.

There are countless how to videos on the internet to help you see how to achieve the soap brows effect. One of our favorites is Real Technique’s Soap Brow Tutorial. Its easy to follow and simple. remember this is not a difficult process. therefore you should be able to watch a video once and get the idea.

Al you need to create soap brows is a mascara spoolie, clear soap and water. To create the perfect soap brows start by making sure that your eyebrows are nice and clean. I like to add use eyebrow gel before hand to add color and fill in any gaps with my eyebrow pencil. then I proceed to add the soap. The soap also keeps the color in place. Wet your mascara spoolie and then run it on the soap creating a little bit of suds. Now. brush upwards. Continue adding soap to the spoolie as needed.

If you do not have clear soap at home, you can also use a clear hair molding paste such as TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Texture Paste. Again the idea is to use something that will create thicker fibers. I have even heard you can use mascara primer to create a thicker look. The soap brows effect is the best only because it does keep your brows in place.

For those who want great arches and want to do it themselves at home, you must try soap brows! Its easy, fast and can be achieved with materials you have at home. Happy arches!!!!

How to use Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules

Now that winter is upon us, most of us are preparing our winter skin routine. For me the main difference between my summer and winter routines is extra moisture. During the colder months I always feel that my skin needs a little extra boost of moisture.

Moisture is one of the most important factors for radiant and youthful skin. This is why we always hear dermatologists and anti aging experts telling us to drink water. If your skin is dehydrated, not only will it appear dull, it will also look aged.

Apart from making sure I am drinking extra water in the winter months, I also like to add a little magic serum to my skin routine. I have found that the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules are a great way to boost my skin’s hydration without causing excess oiliness or shine. The best part is that they can be used all over, not just on your face. Yes, you are reading correctly! These little capsules contain a great formula that basically adds moisture and softness to any part of your body.

Let’s start by understanding what exactly ceramide is. Ceramides are lipids, or naturals fats, that are found within your epidermal layer. Over half of the epidermis is made of ceramides. They play an integral role in anti aging! Ceramide assure that your skin maintains its natural moisture and elasticity. They maintain your skin’s natural smoothness, glow and help to prevent fine lines.

As we age, we start to loose the amount of ceramides within our epidermis. This causes dullness of skin, rough spots and lines to start to show. Cermides are fundamental for healthy and youthful skin.

Now that you better understand the what and why to ceramides, lets get to the how to!

Lets start with the face and neck. I like to apply the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules to my face and neck at night. I think of it as an extra boost of moisture for my skin. The ceramide is like a serum; therefore apply after cleansing and before your night moisturizer. I also like to use these capsules as a cuticle moisturizer. I love how it feels on my hands and nails. It helps to prevent dry cuticles and easily absorbs into my skin.

However these are not the only uses! I also like to take them on trips and use them as my all over moisturizer. They are easy to pack, can go into your carry on and are a no mess solution to brining your must have skin lotion. They can be used on your feet as well. You can massage the ceramide into your cuticles and feet and then sleep with socks for an overnight foot mask. Lastly, I also like t use them on my hair. Ceramides help to add sine and softness to your style.

there are so many uses for these amazing capsules! Think of them as your go to for al over beauty.

How to Apply Dr Dennis Gross Brightening Solution

One of my new favorite anti aging products is the Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Brightening Solution. This is my new antioxidant rich day and night serum for bright, smooth and flawless skin. Let’s start by understanding exactly what Ferulic is and means for our skin!

Ferulic Acid Serums contain a combination of antioxidants. In the Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Brightening Solution it consists of 15% pure vitamin C, 1% vitamin E and 0.5% Ferulic Acid. Ferulic Acid helps to protect your skin from free radicals in the environment that cause aging. Ferulic Acid is plant based. Mostly found in bran, wheat and rice products.It aids your skin in more effectively absorbing vitamin C and E.

Ferulic Acid serums therefore are a great anti aging product to add to your daily skincare routine. I love the brightening solution because it helps to truly create a smoother, more radiant complexion. Continue reading

A Natural Blush

The two makeup staples I simply cannot do without are mascara and blush. These are must have items in my daily makeup routine. Mind you, I do not have a true “makeup routine” as in a whole routine of makeup added daily. I absolutely hate using foundation. It makes me hot and simply not necessary in my book. I also do not see a dire need to use concealer. I am a firm believer in the idea that if you keep your skin healthy and hydrate, concealer is simply not needed. My makeup routine consists of a couple simple things. I always use mascara primer, mascara, blush, brow gel and lip color. I like to keep it simple. Continue reading

How to Grow Out Your Brows

So many of us struggle with growing out our brows. After years of plucking and waxing, we find ourselves looking at gaps within our brows and thinning hair. The in vogue brow look is a full and bushy brow. We see it all over magazines and runways. However, how do we get this full look after years and years of over plucking? Continue reading

Oscar’s Hair Review

If you watched the Oscar’s last night, then you noticed the one haistyle the stood out. The blunt bob was the true star at last nights awards show. We saw it on Charlize Theron, Irina Shayk, Emilia Clark and our favorite funny girl Maya Rudolph. It seems the true style star was hair last night.

Seeing all these beautiful women with short, dark blunt bobs truly made us so want to cut it all off. This hairstyle is young, it is fun and it is sexy. It is the ultimate makeover hairstyle. As seen last night the key is to keep it blunt and full of shine. For those who already have this Oscar winning style, we applaud your style sense. For those who are thinking of taking the plunge, we say go for it!

Keeping you blunt bob healthy and full of shine is truly easy. All you need is a couple of great products to assure that your hair is hydrated and silky smooth.

Start with a great moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. Try R+Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner Set. We love the small of these two products. We also love that they leave our hair soft, fun of shine and truly moisture rich.

Follow up with a great blow dry cream that adds shine and protects your hair from heat styling. Continue reading

Spring Makeup Trends

Spring makeup trends are all about bright color. Bright colors are all we have seen for the latest makeup trends. This means we can be as creative as we wish with our makeup pallets this season! Pinks, yellows, blues and greens are the latest craze and they certainly brighten up any outfit. From Dior, to Huda Beauty makeup is bright and colorful. Aqua blues, mint greens, bright yellows and pastels are creating the most romantic looks we have seen in a long time.

You may wonder, can I actually pull off this look? The answer is absolutely yes! Anyone can play with color. No matter what age, skin tone or occasion. Color not only brings out your eyes, but is creates a more youthful look. Just remember the rule of thumb! If you go bright with your eyes, go subtle with your lips. Too much is certainly too much, and you do not want to over do it.

Some of our favorite Spring makeup picks include Dior Addict Mirror Shine Gloss 643 in Diablotine. This is a beautiful iridescent coral. The perfect way to add color to lips without over powering your eye makeup.

We also love Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in Cruising. This is a limited edition lip balm with a beautiful sheer pink tone. Great for Spring and summer. Keeps your lips moisturized and adds the perfect subtle hint of color. Continue reading

Best Vitamins for Hair, Skin, and Nails

Why are Hair and Skin vitamins so important? Maintaining healthy skin and hair is not just about the products you use on the outside. You also have to provide the right vitamins and nutrients on the inside to assure optimal health of hair, skin and nails. For this reason we are extremely excited to have added Perricone MD Vitamins to our inventory. Perricone MD products are one of the top selling anti aging products on the market.

Perricone MD Skin & Total Body Supplements 30 Pack offers you a 3 tier nutritional advantage towards beautiful, healthy and youthful hair, skin and nails. Continue reading

Product Review: The Ordinary Peeling Solution

Always on the lookout for a great at home peel, I decided to try one of the more affordable skincare brands on the market. For those who do not know The Ordinary Skincare yet, you will definitely start to pay attention. This skincare brand offers really great products for super affordable prices. One of their top selling items is their peeling solution. Created with 30% AHA and 2 % BHA this is a great anti aging at home treatment.

Let’s face it, we do not all have the time or the money to go to the spa and get a peel. I personally do not have the time. Therefore, when I find a great at home solution I am ecstatic! This week I went out and purchased a couple of the products that I have been wanting to try for the past few months. Among them was The Ordinary 30% AHA 2 % BHA Peeling Solution. This little bottle retails for $7.20. Lets be real girls and boys, you cannot beat that price! I mean even if you do not like it, it’s not like you broke the bank. It costs less than a Starbucks coffee.

The Ordinary 30% AHA 2 % BHA Peeling Solution promises brighter and more even toned skin. This is a quick ten minute exfoliating peel that helps to eliminate pore congestion and diminish the appearance of blemishes. The directions say to apply onto dry skin after cleansing. So wash your face. then allow your skin to dry and apply the peel with your finger tips. Avoid your eyes! leave on for 10 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Follow up with your moisturizer or moisturizing face oil. It is suggested to be used at night. No more than twice a week. Continue reading

Skincare Tips for Those 30 Plus

We all know the one commandment to young skin is get an early start. Start taking care of your skin early. The earlier you start a great skincare routine the more likely you are to maintain healthy and youthful skin into your 30’s, 40’s and beyond. Creating the habit of a healthy skincare routine helps to reduce the need for later, very costly more evasive procedures. It’s truly a win win situation.

Most of us start paying close attention to our skincare routine in our 30’s. Something about this time creates awareness of our need to pay closer attention to our skin. Maybe its the fine lines that become more noticeable. Maybe its the sunspots that have become darker. Whatever the reason, skincare in your 30’s seems to be a truly big deal! We absolutely agree of course, but we also believe skincare at any age is a big deal. The sooner you start, the sooner your skin will show results and the easier it will be to prevent later harder to solve skin problems.

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First and foremost, a great skincare routine includes products that hydrate your skin. One of the top reasons we develop fine lines, dark circles and rough skin is lack of hydration. This means making sure your cleanser is not drying out your skin. It also means making sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Moisturizers and serums that have vitamin E in them are an excellent source of hydration. Two of our top favorites for hydrated and ultra healthy skin are Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules 30 Count and Guerlain Success Age Splendid Deep Action Day Care Cream SPF 10. Both these products pack in moisture into your skincare routine. We especially love the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules. The serum is ultra smooth and super absorbent. We like to use it all over! Continue reading

Skincare Obsessions

If I were to name the two things I am obsessed about, the first would be my son and the second would be skincare. I am a self proclaimed skincare junkie. I have countelss serums, oils, creams, toners at all times available. You may think I cannot realistically use them all! The truth is, I do. I interchange between the products I have. There is a use and a time for every single oil, serum, toner and cream.

For those who can relate to my skincare obsession, you understand that skincare is critical. We spend thousands on Botox, Fillers and so many other cosmetic procedures. My thinking is…were we to simply take better care of our skin from the beginning we would not need to spend as much on cosmetic procedures!

My first skincare obsession is skin oil. I love how skin oils feel. I love how they leave my skin glowing and I truly love the difference I have seen in my skin since using skin oil both during the day and at night. My all time favorite skin oil is a cult favorite. Vinter’s Daughter is the Holy Grail of skin oils. Anyone that is skincare obsessed knows about this oil. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is as amazing as it is pricey.

If the Vinter’s Daughter Oil is a bit too pricey, you want to try a great alternative. I have been using the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules on alternating days. These capsules are full of the smoothest and silkiest oil ever. leaves your skin so soft, glowing and super moisturized. I even like to use them on my cuticles! The price is very reasonable, therefore you won’t need to break the bank with each purchase. The ceramide formula is a super anti aging mix that truly enhances your skins overall feel and glow.

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I am also obsessed with serums. For those wondering, yes there is a difference between a face oil and a face serum. Serums are packed with antioxidants. They are more lightweight. They are applied after your skin oil and also help increase radiance. Serums are a big help with regards to anti aging. They help to diminish fine lines, sun spots and truly help to keep your skin looking youthful. Continue reading

Best Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes and Skin

For those with sensitive eyes, skin or wear contacts finding a gentle makeup remover is challenging. Most makeup removers irritate and dry out your eyes. They can also leave your skin oily and create breakouts. Even those which say they are for sensitive skin can be harsh. Most makeup removers use oils to dilute your eye makeup. these oils create irritations for both your eyes and your skin.

One of our favorite makeup removers for those with sensitive eyes, skin or who wear contacts is Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action makeup Remover. Lancome Bi-Facil makeup remover is an oil free cleanser and makeup remover. This means it helps to both remove even the most stubborn eye makeup as well as lave your skin clean and clear. The special water formula helps to hydrate your skin and leaves your eyes free of all irritation. Best of all, it can also be used in the morning to refresh your skin and prep it for your day’s routine. Continue reading

Benefits of Topical Vitamin C

Those of us concerned with anti aging know that one of the must haves for youthful skin is vitamin C. We are constantly hearing about how vitamin C helps increase radiance, as well as reduce discoloration. It seems anyone that knows anything about skincare own’s at least one or two products with this amazing anti aging vitamin in it. Continue reading

Fanola Nutri Care Restructuring Shampoo Review

Maintaining healthy hair is quite easy when you have the right tools. For those looking for an easy and proven healthy hair routine, simply follow the below steps.

The first step in our healthy hair routine is shampoo. For those who have normal to dry and damaged hair, moisture is a key ingredient. Our hair looses moisture through sun exposure, drying and chemical processing. Moisture is critical to your hair, as it helps to increase you hairs elasticity, shine and silkiness. Nourished hair is beautiful hair. Fanola Nutri Care Restructuring Shampoo is the perfect reconstructive, moisture rich daily use shampoo. Not only does it create a rich lather that leaves your hair clean, yet soft. It also smells like honey! We absolutely love this shampoo. Created for those with normal, dry and damaged hair Fanola Nutri Care Shampoo is the perfect cleanser to deposit moisture into your hair and maintain it full of shine and silky.

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After washing you hair, your next step in our healthy hair routine is conditioner. Fanola Nutri Care Restructuring Conditioner is a luxurious moisture rich conditioner. Created with essential oils, this daily use formula leaves your hair smooth, tangle free and protected from dryness. It also smells like honey and easily washes out to prevent build up and flat hair. Apply your conditioner to amp hair, not soaking wet hair. remember that when your hair is soaking wet it repels your conditioner. therefore make sure you do remove excess water to make sure the conditioner is absorbed. Apply from roots to ends and leave on your hair for 3 minutes. We also like to suggest you comb it through your hair using a wide toothed comb. Continue reading