This summer condition your hair while adding a temporary spark of color. Water Color Hydrating Hair Masque has come out with a fabulous line of pretty pigmented conditioners. Go bright or mix and match the pigments to create your very own hue. They last about 2-5 washes and they run off onto your closes. The pigments will show much brighter on light colored hair but don’t fear brunettes you can still give them a try too! The masque retails for about $25.
Peter Thomas Roth’s line is a comprehensive collection of products designed to treat everything from breakouts and brown spots to wrinkles and redness. Today we are focusing on the new FIRMx™ Peeling Gel ($48). It is a peeling gel that visibly rolls, lifts, and sweeps away dead skin cells when massaged onto skin. Multiaction enzymes (pineapple, pomegranate, and keratinase) along with cellulose effectively peel and help uncover a smooth, fresh, new complexion without drying, irritating, or causing undue stress to skin. It removes impurities and decongests clogged pores for a youthful, radiant look.
Our thoughts: This product leaves your skin feeling fresh and wonderful. Perfect for a skin pick me up as we head into spring!
When it comes to the sun the best offense is a good defense. Follow these three steps to ensure that you are protecting your skin
Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
Wear protective clothing. Long sleeves, wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
Use sunscreen. Liberal use of sunscreen is a key part of any program to protect yourself from the sun. Apply every day even if it is overcast. DONT FORGET TO REAPPLY.
The Sunscreens We Love:
Laroche Possay Anthelios SPF40 Sunscreen Cream: The key ingredient in this product is Mexoryl SX, this fragrance-free lotion protects longer than other broad-spectrum sunscreens that break down in the sun. The formula is also fast-absorbing, which allows you to put makeup on top without a heavy feel.
Coola Face SPF 30 Matte Finish We love this brand because they offer a “certified organic” and matte sunscreen. The product will naturally shield and nourish skin everyday with this antioxidant-infused, mineral matte SPF 30 sunscreen. Offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB plus environmental protection, this light, natural cucumber scented formula gives skin an immediate line-smoothing finish.
Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals Easy to use, apply and carry anywhere, these natural minerals provide water-resistant SPF 30 sun protection to women and men alike. Hypoallergenic, non-clogging and excellent to use post-treatment, especially on red or blotchy skin. Darker shades can be used as a bronzer.
Emerald is the color of the year for SEPHORA. SEPHORA and PANTONE UNIVERSE have joined together to introduce a new captivating Emerald collection designed to energize your beauty and intensify your eyes. The collection is inspired by PANTONE’s 17-5641 Emerald – based on the gem that is rarer than diamonds. All eyes are focused on this delicious hue. This PANTONE color falls on the spectrum exactly between true blue and true green. Chanel this limited edition collection on St Pats day to show your green spirit. You can shop the collection here
No pain no gain is how the motto goes. However this may be taking it one step to far. The Huǒ liáo treatment, otherwise known as the “fire facial”, involves draping problem areas of the body or face with a towel soaked in alcohol and a specially prepared “secret elixer”. Once everything is set up, the area is lit on fire for a few seconds before the flame is put out.
The therapy, which is based on ancient Chinese medicine, is claimed to relax muscles, address sagging, wrinkles and even treat colds and obesity. This may be a bit much….
I was going to go with the standard red for my annual valentines manicure but I was feeling very meh about it and took to the interwebs for inspiration. Pinterest is a mecca for all things beauty and a simple search for valentines manicure came up with hundreds of items of visual inspiration.
My fav is this modern black look from Hysteria of Decay. This sleek look is simple to achieve. Essence Back to black, Matte topcoat, some clear polish and a dotting tool for hearts and dots.
Chapped lips. We’ve all had them. Winter is the worst season for my lips. Heating and dry air combine for a moisture nightmare. I’ve given up on fancy lip balms and am super psyched about the new 25oz Vaseline lip therapy. It’s a perfect size for your purse and at less than a $1.50 a container extremely affordable! No more $25 lip balms!
Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop and Butter LONDON collaborate for a great line of polishes. These exclusive colors by butter LONDON for goop are the perfect stocking stuffer or crowd-pleasing holiday gift. Abso-bloody-lutley is the ultimate deep cherry opaque red, Bread & Butter pudding comes in sheer ivory cream while Hampstead Heath offers a mossy, green and gold shine, great for a holiday occasion. Find out more here
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. Are you feeling a bit left out this month? Are all the men in your life are growing mustaches for Movember and there is no way for you to participate? Well now you can join in on the fun with this great nail tutorial.
Then it has to be Urban Decay Smoked. With this one pallet you can go from day to night in an instant. Zipped inside this sleek, mirrored case are ten decadent shades (five are exclusive), including neutral mattes and shimmering jewel tones for a range of smoky looks. For a elegant day look stick to the neutral mattes and when you are ready to hit the town pull out the pallet and add some smouldering smokiness. You can create traditional grey/black smokey eyes or add a touch of color with the beautiful jewel tones. Along with the 10 shades the pallet includes a black matte pencil and travel sized primer. The best part is that there is a beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide to 12 smoky eye looks, written by Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir included in the package. Perfect for those shadow newbies out there.