How to Keep Your Skin Glowing Through the Cold Weather Transition

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Well, here in New England we’re certainly feeling that fall weather now! The seasonal change sure is exciting, but the cooler, drier weather can easily do a number on your skin. You may find yourself already reaching for lotion more often or itching some dry skin. While it’s a somewhat easy fix for your body, what about for your face? You want to keep it moisturized without completely blocking your pores. Plus, we’re in the in-between weather where it’s freezing in the morning and at night, but gets pretty warm mid-day and occasionally brings on that little bit of face shine no one wants. Girl, we’ve got you covered.

Three words: Moisturizing Matte Primer.

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Image Source: Ulta

If you don’t usually use a primer in your daily makeup routine, we suggest trying one out now. Our pick is the CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer. Why do we love this primer? For one, it’s great at doing what a primer is intended to do -- hold your makeup in place all day long. It’s a great matte option so that even if you have oily skin, your face should stay shine-free throughout the day. But the key for this transitioning weather is picking a primer like this one that will keep you moisturized, too!



Our Top 5 Summer Face Sunscreen/Moisturizer Combos You Need in Your Life

As much as we love soaking up the glorious sun rays in the summer, it’s incredibly important to protect your skin. Here’s our top five picks for face moisturizers and sunscreens!

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex

This moisturizer is lightweight and is packed with SPF. It won’t make your skin greasy, and it’s super affordable!


Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 35

Another Neutrogena product (What can we say? They make great stuff!). Although this one doesn’t have as much SPF as the first one, it will still keep your skin healthy and safe! It’s also oil free and affordable like the other product. 


Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin

As someone with sensitive skin, I can say that this product is a gift! The moisturizer is fragrance free and contains vitamin E and aloe to help soothe the skin. Also lightweight and non-greasy!


DERMALOGICA Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15

This moisturizer has a matte finish, which is a life saver in the summer! Even though it’s a matte finish the formula is super hydrating, so don’t worry about your skin drying out!


Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer SPF 40

This moisturizer has a high SPF of 40 and it's water/sweat proof! Because it has a light tint, this product is perfect for the days where you don’t want to apply foundation but still want a little coverage without it feeling heavy. As an added bonus, it’s also hypoallergenic and gluten free!



 

Sunless Tans: Top Picks and Tricks to Get Your Glow On!

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After a long, cold winter in New England and the weather finally starting to heat up, we’re looking to get that perfect summer glow rolling! With all the research done, we know that skin cancer is not to be taken lightly and laying out in the sun baking really isn’t a safe option. Instead, we’ve gathered some of the top sunless tanners to help you get your glow on this season, without those harmful rays and on an everyday girl budget!

Our Key Tips to the Perfect Tan:

Make sure you exfoliate beforehand! And after you get out of the shower, keep you skin clean, meaning no lotion, deodorant, or perfumes before applying your self-tanner. If you have an applicator mitt, great! Definitely use it. If not, moisturize only the palms of your hands and between your fingers right before applying your tan to avoid unwanted color from sticking! This will keep a more natural look as those parts of your body don’t usually tan, but are needed to apply your tanner without a mitt. Once you’ve reached your optimal color, use a more gradual tanner like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for subtle maintenance glow.

Essential Beauty Tips for the Everyday Girl

There’s an overwhelming amount of information available in regard to skincare and beauty routines. What kind of skin do you have? Do you wear a lot of makeup? What’s your budget? You name it, there’s an article for it. While that’s great, it makes it really difficult to find a simple and straightforward guide that is applicable to the everyday girl masses. Today, we’re boiling it down to the most essential beauty tips each and every girl should be putting into practice to keep that skin healthy and glowing!

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Moisturize AM and PM

Keeping your skin well moisturized is a must. While some have a day and a night moisturizer, that’s not really in the everyday girl’s budget! Really, you just need one great moisturizer that you can use in the AM and PM. Make sure you’re using a moisturizer with at least 30 SPF. While you don’t need this overnight, SPF is a must for the daytime! Even if you think it’s an overcast day, you would be surprised what rays actually break through the clouds. Keep that skin well protected to avoid wrinkles and sunspots later in life.

Wash Your Face

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I know, I know, you hear this all the time. But it’s key! Even if you’re prone to dry skin, washing your face is key. Find a good face wash that agrees with your skin and stick with it. Ideally, we’d like to see you washing your face morning and night, but know that sometimes we’re feeling a bit lazy or just completely forget before bed. At a minimum, start your day with a good clean wash followed by the application of your daily moisturizer as mentioned above!

ALWAYS Take Your Makeup off Before Bed

While you may not always remember or feel like giving your face a full wash before bed, at least take your makeup off! This keeps your pillow much cleaner and is also a necessity to keeping your pores clear. If you fall into the group of ladies who just always forgets until she’s already in bed, here’s a pro tip for you: keep a container of makeup remover wipes on your bedside table. Easy access and hard to miss. It’s a great way to remind yourself to wipe down real quick before catching some zzz’s.

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Use Primer

If you are someone who uses makeup, make sure you’re starting with a good base primer. Primer is a great tool as it helps to create a nice even base for your face as well as creating a surface that will hold your makeup better than your natural skin will. While you can obviously wear makeup without primer, your makeup will wear better and last longer if you start with some primer!

Obsession Alert: Neal’s Yard Remedies

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Neal’s Yard Remedies was founded in London in 1981 with one goal in mind: to make the health and beauty industry “more natural, and less synthetic.” NYR’s blue bottles have become a famous staple in UK beauty aisles, and through consultant-based work, the US is getting its fair share of the blue bottle love, too. With everything from skincare to haircare, aromatherapy to herbal supplements, you could completely revolutionize your beauty routine to become all-natural! Since its start, NYR has become a leading contributor to the organic beauty industry. Its mission - “to improve the quality of people’s lives by sharing our expertise and encouraging a more natural, holistic way of health, beauty, and well-being” - is one that’s paved the way for change.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies uses the maximum amount of organic and natural ingredients in every blue bottle. The effectiveness of every product is unmistakable, and the results are all achieved with another core value in mind: the environment. Every NYR product is bottled with the environment in mind. Packaging is limited (each blue bottle is 100% recyclable, and they only come in a small number of sizes to reduce unnecessary packaging), nasty chemicals are swapped for natural ingredients, and product testing is done solely on human volunteers and never on animals. NYR doesn’t leave its customers guessing about what’s in every product, and its upfront philosophy has cultivated into the third core value: empowerment. By educating its customers and its consultants, NYR has continuously pushed for a more organic health and beauty industry.

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NYR completely foregoes the fake ingredients that so many companies rely on today. Their philosophy on ingredients is that it’s not just what you put in that counts. What you choose to leave out is just as important! Microbeads, which are small plastic beads used in exfoliants, have been a huge issue with skincare products in recent years, and NYR has consistently vowed to offer better options for their customers. Instead of polluting the ocean with beads that don’t really do much for the skin anyways, they opt to use ingredients like rice powder that give a better exfoliation, all without hurting the environment. NYR’S Honey & Orange Facial Scrub is a popular favorite for repairing dry winter skin, and it doesn’t need a single microbead to get great results. Ditch the microbeads, ditch the silicone, and help change the world one blue bottle at a time!

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The Skincare Bible

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We’ve all been there - one little pimple pops up, uninvited, right before you’re headed out. You try to cover it with layer upon layer of packed on powder and concealer and hastily wipe it off at the end of the night with a makeup wipe. The next morning, everything is even worse, and there’s no covering it now.

A spot treatment could come to the rescue, but the best way to deal with these unwelcome blemishes is by knowing exactly what to do to prevent them. And caring for your skin is more than just trying to zap every pimple that pops up; it’s also about learning what works for your skin type (and just figuring out what exactly your skin type is!) and cutting out any unnecessary products that are worsening whatever issue it is you’re dealing with, be it an oily t-zone, wrinkles, or dry winter skin. We’re here to break down every product and habit you should (or shouldn’t!) be incorporating into your skincare routine, so you can rock the glowy, fresh face trend confidently!

Pick your facial cleanser wisely!

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Choosing your cleanser is arguably the most central part of your skincare routine, especially if you typically wear a full face of makeup. Whatever your skin type, it’s important to pick the right kind of cleanser to get rid of any left over product that might clog up your pores. Picking a cleanser isn’t necessarily about finding one for morning and one for nighttime. Instead, it’s about finding what works for you. People who suffer from oily skin should opt for a foaming cleanser, but dry skin needs a little more moisture from something like a lotion or cream wash. No7’s Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser is an affordable option to use day and night if you’re dealing with oily skin you can’t seem to get under control!

If you’re struggling with dry, flakey skin, be careful that you aren’t over-exfoliating. It’s an essential part of the skincare process, but it’s too easy to go overboard and scrub away necessary oils, leaving you with dull looking skin. It’s recommended that you only exfoliate your face about 2-3 times a week. Using a natural product like Lush’s Ocean Salt is a great idea if you have sensitive skin but still need a gritty exfoliant, and the lime-infused vodka in it smells great and brightens!

Toner’s great - but only when it’s necessary!

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Toner is one of those skincare products you kind of ignored in high school because you weren’t really sure what it did, and as you grew up, more and more of your friends started using it, but without any real direction. Toner can be tricky, especially if you have dry skin, but it can also be really beneficial in brightening, balancing, and evening your skin tone. One of the most important parts of skincare that people seem to ignore is that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing - there’s no rulebook that says you have to use a toner, but it could also be exactly what your skin is missing!

If you decide that you are looking to add a step to brighten your skin, a great drugstore toner is Pixi’s Glow Tonic. It’s perfect for adding a little extra glow to a fresh face, and there’s no alcohol in it that’ll dry you out, which makes it a great universal option for all skin types.

Don’t mistake serums for moisturizers!

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Serums can add a lot of moisture to your skin, but they’re actually quite different. Think of them as a supplement that provides a little extra help, while moisturizer is more of a regular, basic need. If your skin is on the oily side, seek out a serum with glycolic acid to incorporate every night. Don’t forget to add products on in order of their consistency, too - serum comes before moisturizer, not after!

If you’re not a serum kind of gal but still want to add a bonus step to your routine, test out some face masks every other night that target exactly what issues you’re looking to solve. Clay masks are great for oily skin because of how absorbent they are, but make sure to only put them where necessary (for instance, in only the T-zone if you have combination skin) or you can dry out your skin. Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Masks are perfect for targeting specific needs, like firming and brightening, and they add some fun and excitement to what can be a monotonous routine!

… And pick the right moisturizer for you.

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No matter the skin type, if there’s any one guideline that you should follow, it’s to make sure you have SPF in your moisturizer! SPF is necessary to protect your face against the sun, and using it daily drastically reduces the possibility of wrinkles. If you have dry skin, it’s a nice idea to grab a heavier weighted moisturizer for the nighttime (and a nice, hydrating eye cream), especially in the harsh winter months. But if you want to use the same product day and night, go for it - just make sure it’s around SPF 30!

 

Be mindful of your skincare habits!

Skincare isn’t solely about what products to use and when. It can be tempting to use a tanning bed so you get that bronzed glow fast, but the harsh reality is that they dry your skin out drastically and expose you to harmful rays that’ll lead to wrinkles. Try a self-tanner that moisturizes instead! A lot of habits actually link directly back to our skin, whether we realize it or not. Something as simple as drinking more water can lead to brighter, healthier looking skin - if your skin is looking thirsty, you should be too! Changing your diet and cutting out dairy and junk food can minimize breakouts, too. Just being mindful enough to go through your whole skincare routine instead of lazily choosing a makeup wipe can contribute to a beautiful, natural glow!

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Image Source: Herbivore Botanicals

Charcoal Beauty Products

Charcoal is commonly used in everyday beauty products these days! There are so many benefits to using charcoal based beauty products. Your pores will be smaller and cleaner, your oily skin will be gone, and it deep treats acne! Take a look at our top charcoal beauty products this year!

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Looking for a great cleanser for people with acne-prone skin? Look no further! Bioré offers multiple charcoal products that help to clear your skin, especially their charcoal bar and pore strips! Enjoy the minty aroma and refreshing feeling!

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Gives your skin a super deep clean while only using natural ingredients! Blackmuck’s Detox Charcoal Face Mask will give you all the benefits as the other charcoal based face masks with the added bonus of being all natural!

Cocos Organics’ Dirty Mouth Tooth Polish

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Get the teeth whitening without the damage! With this product, you’ll get easy teeth whitening at a great price! It’s time to show off those pearly whites!

How to Contour

Contouring and highlighting your face are tasks that every girl wishes to master. Although we are not all equipped with a glam squad to flawlessly apply our makeup like Kim Kardashian, we have found an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to get those cheekbones chiseled and those eyes bright with just a few simple steps using different shades of your favorite foundation! All you will need are three different shades of foundation: your skin tone, one that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone, and one that is one or two shades lighter. 

1. Prepare your skin and apply your normal skin shade foundation as you typically would.

2. Use the darker foundation and start “tracing” your face: your temples near your hairline, the hollows of your cheekbones, and your jaw line. For a starter tutorial, it is easy to make a giant “3” on each side of your face, with the top of the “3” tracing your temple, the middle your cheek, and the bottom your jaw. 

3. Use the lighter foundation to highlight underneath your eyes, the bridge of your nose, forehead and chin.

4. Blend the created lines smoothly with a makeup sponge or beauty blender. 

5. To finish, lightly apply loose powder on the entire face.

Tada! You now have that flawless facial structure and glow without needing that glamor squad! Go out, try different shades, and happy contouring! 

Winter Skin Hacks

Colder weather in these winter months calls for some extra TLC for your skin! Dry, flaky, irritated skin is not fun to deal with, especially while dealing with low temperatures as well. To solve all of our winter skin problems, we have found some effective and inexpensive ways to give your skin the attention it deserves!

Use thicker and heavier creams and moisturizers 

Unlike ordinary lotions, creams and moisturizers include more oil than water, and are more hydrating than lotions alone. Moisturizing your skin in the cold winter months is a great way to get that hydration and glow back! Try brands such as Aveeno and Olay to get that glowing skin back without breaking the bank.


Coconut oil and Argan oil

Coconut oil is essentially the solution to all of life’s problems (not really—but we can pretend). In addition to repairing split ends and damaged hair, coconut oil is great for your skin as well! If your skin stays oily in the winter months, try a lighter oil, such as Argan oil.  You can apply the oil directly to your skin or mix it with your regular daily moisturizer!


Hydrating Skin Mask to Wear Before Bed 

After a long day, nothing is more rewarding for your skin than treating it to a deep moisturizing and hydrating mask. It is recommended to wear a mask shortly before going to bed, as your skin works throughout the night exfoliating itself. 


Exfoliate!

Exfoliating is a great way to remove dry and flaky skin! Try to use circular motions rather than a back-and-forth motion while exfoliating to reduce harsh movements on your skin, which could lead to further irritation.