Once And For All, This Is The Exact SPF You Should Be Wearing On Your Face
I love being tan, plain and simple. I wait 9 months during the year just to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin, and watch myself get that glow that, let's be honest ladies, we all crave. But the sun comes with the danger of skin cancer... How can we achieve our optimal tans without damaging our skin? We found out exactly what SPF you should really be wearing on your face in order to enjoy the sunshine, but also protect your skin! First, do we all actually know what SPF means? Just as a reminder: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology recommend that we wear sunscreen of SPF 15 all year long, and use water-resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher during prolonged sun exposure. Technically this means that it would take 30 times longer to burn while wearing SPF 30, rather than not wearing any sunscreen. The AAD concludes that SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 97% of the sun's rays, and using a crazy high SPF block (like 90+) doesn't actually make a difference. They also say that creams and sunscreen sticks are great to use on your face! So, find some SPF 30 block, make sure to re-apply every 2 hours, and you're good to go! Definitely check out this sunscreen stick by Fresh, it's super easy to apply again and again and again: Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25) Check out the AAD for some more tips and tricks about how to stay safe from the sun this season. Be sure to check out The One Thing You Should Never Do To Your Jeans and 5 At-Home Remedies to Treat Razor Burn! [Photo: Shea Marie/PeaceLoveShea.com]
How To Curl Your Hair In Half The Time
I love beach waves and perfect ringlets as much as the next gal, but there's no denying that actually getting them takes an INSANE amount of time. But what if I told you that there's a trick to creating quick curls on the fly that will make you think, "I can't believe I didn't think of that?" The quick fix: pulling your hair into a pony before taking a curling iron to it. Start by brushing your hair and putting it into a high pony. (A height of just above your ears should do the trick.) Be sure to apply heat protectant throughout your ponytail - no damaged ends here! For a budget-friendly heat protectant option, try Aussie Hair Insurance Heat Protecting Shine Spray ($2.99). Take a curling iron and wrap small sections from your pony around the barrel. For maximum speed, a curling wand without a clip works best here - we love the Conair You Big Waves ($34.99), which has a slanted shape that allows you to get a wide range of curl sizes. Once you've finished and have let your hair cool, take your hair down - it's that easy! No more need to stress - finally, fab curls can easily be attained in a flash. Don't forget to check out: facts you didn't know about Jessica Simpson Collection and Kylie Jenner is opening store for her cosmetics line [Photo: Shutterstock]
5 At-Home Remedies To Treat Razor Burn
Baring it all during bikini season often means breaking out the razor a little more frequently - and while we love the look of smooth legs and a perfectly groomed bikini line, we usually don't make it through a summer without encountering painful razor burn at least once. Normally, we'd just deal with the redness and bumps, but it turns out there's plenty of ridiculously easy home remedies that keep razor burn at bay, meaning your summer just got a little more struggle-free. 1. Aloe vera Aloe vera is famously good at soothing a sunburn, and it's equally amazing when it comes to razor burn too. Try applying an aloe vera gel like Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel ($5.99) to your problem areas for relief. 2. Honey and apple cider vinegar Let's just say what we were all thinking: apple cider vinegar is basically a beauty miracle product - and it's not just a great rinse for your hair. First, apply honey to the razor burn, and leave it on for five minutes. Rinse it with cold water and dry your skin. Next, rinse the area with apple cider vinegar and let it air dry, making for an easy two steps to being razor burn-free. 3. Black tea If you're a tea drinker and happen to have any extra black tea bags around, this one's for you - black tea reduces inflammation. Dip as many as you need to cover the affected area in warm (not hot!) water, and place them on the burn until it subsides. 4. Baking soda Because baking soda is such an amazing exfoliant, it's great for getting rid of those little red shaving bumps. Create a solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of water, and soak a cotton ball in it. Use the cotton ball to apply the mixture to any razor burned areas for five minutes and then rinse. 5. Coconut oil Repeat after me, "When in doubt, coconut oil." There are few things this magic beauty ingredient can't solve. Getting rid of razor burn is as easy as applying a small amount to the shaven area post-shave. Easy enough! For more beauty tricks, check out: 10 At-Home Remedies To Try When Zits Pop Out Of Nowhere and The Single Best Eyeliner For Women Who Can't Draw A Straight Line [Photo: Shutterstock]
How To Check Your Moles Before Going To A Dermatologist
Moles. We've all got them, and we've got to be careful. Sometimes, it's just annoying to wait for a dermatologist appointment to check if your moles are dangerous or not. We dug up some at-home tips to help you determine if your mole is cause for concern. Here are five red flags to look out for: The ABCDE's of Moles: If you notice any one of these distinctions, you should head over to your dermatologist for an official opinion. Asymmetry: If one half of your mole does not match its other half Border: If the border or edges of the mole are jagged or blurred Color: If your mole is a color that is much different than the average medium-to-dark brown shade Diameter: If the diameter of the mole is larger than that of a pencil Evolving: If your mole looks different from others, and is possibly changing color, shape or size How should you most efficiently check for moles? Take off all of your clothes, and check your entire body - don't forget your back and those hidden areas like in-between your fingers and toes. You will probably need a (very close) friend to help you with this job! Also, be sure to continually photograph your skin to be certain of any changes. Read more here to learn more about checking your moles at-home. Share Care recommends seeing a dermatologist once a year for a skin exam, regardless of whether you have moles or not. Be sure to read about 12 Gorgeous Stars Who Suffered From Acne and How To Wear Cheap Earrings Without Irritating Your Ear Holes [Photo: Shutterstock]
The One Thing You Should Always Do Before Straightening You Hair
When my 13-year-old self got her hands on a flat iron for the first time, she knew we would have a long relationship. My life changed - I went from having 100% poofy hair to sleek, shiny and straight hair. I remember sitting in my mom's bathroom, having her go through my curly locks, section by section, until my hair was ready for the birthday party I had that day. Since then, I've become a pro at flat ironing. I've perfected how to section my hair off, apply the right products and even curl my ends. BUT - there is still one HUGE mistake that many women make when using a flat iron, and I do too (guilty). Your hair needs to be completely dry before you begin with an iron. Hearing that sizzle is your biggest enemy! Ironing even partially-wet hair can cause damage, possibly creating even more dead ends and burnt hair (no!) You shouldn't put hair products in either, unless they are specifically meant for heat protection. Running the iron over anything else just burns the product into your follicle. We recommend the It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner ($18.99) It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner ($18.99) So next time you want to hit-up the flat iron, make sure your hair is bone-dry, because honestly, no one needs any more split ends! Check out 10 At-Home Remedies to Try When Zits Pop Out of Nowhere and Essie's New Polish Line [Photo: Imaxtree]
This Is The Single Best Eyeliner For Women Who Can’t Draw A Straight Line
I have what you'd call a shaky hand. It's a trait I never noticed until I began trying--and failing miserably--to perfect cat eye eyeliner. Judging by the latest runway and editorial trends, winged eyeliner and its close cousin, the sleek, thin line drawn on right above the upper lashes, or what I like to call "impossible eye," show no signs of quitting. Here's what that means for me and anyone else who shares my inability to master eyeliner: lots and lots of tissues, makeup remover, and cries of, "I almost got the line straight this time! Oh well, maybe tomorrow!" Luckily, it doesn't have to be so difficult. While your ordinary kohl eyeliner pencil is not going to do an unsteady hand any favors, makeup brands are starting to get hip to the fact that some of us need more technological guidance in order to achieve eyeliner greatness. Ladies, I'm thrilled to announce that I've found the number one best eyeliner for people with zero skills: Ciaté's Double Lines. Double Lines is actually a dual purpose stick. One side features a precision tip eyeliner that is so beautifully thin even hooded eyes like mine are spared a centimeter of eye-opening lid after attempting a wing. The other side gives you a super-dark black kohl Kajal liner that is meant to be used on the waterline. I always start off my eye makeup routine applying a primer from Urban Decay (a must for hooded eyes to keep color from sliding into creases where it does not belong). Unlike some other precision liners I've tried, this one doesn't require a heavy hand--the lightest touch provides a flick of dark color. A precision tip means you have greater control over where color is placed and how thick or thin you want your line. As for the kohl pencil, it's soft and highly pigmented, which means you won't have to irritate your waterline with numerous applications (don't you hate that)? It's also thick enough to serve as a great base eyeliner for your top lid, one that you can smudge so you look like Jennifer Lawrence killing it at every award show ever. At the moment, Double Lines is only available in the darkest black on planet Earth. Please make these in green and rose-gold, Ciaté, so that all of my eyeliner dreams can finally come true. SHOP CIATE DOUBLE LINES NOW For more beauty tips and news, check out the one thing you should never do when applying eyeliner and what your eyeliner type says about you. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter
The One Thing You Should Never Do Before Going To Sleep
We know, we know, it's so tempting to lay in bed and stare at your phone. You just need to catch up on your Instagram feed and must check any new Snapchat stories... But, you could be harming yourself more than you know! According to Business Insider, research shows that looking at a blue-and-white light can harm your sleep, and also your level of alertness the next day. The light emitted from smartphones, tablets, e-readers and our other favorite electronics impact the amount of melatonin our brain releases when we go to sleep. Losing sleep is the last thing we want--we need our beauty rest! Some experts suggest that not using our devices for just an hour before going to bed could help us fall asleep faster and regulate our internal body clocks. So next time you're going to bed, try it out! Who doesn't love a little extra sleep? Be sure to check out the best no-line underwear and why you should be sleeping with your hair in a braid [Photo: Shutterstock]
How To Wear Cheap Earrings Without Irritating Your Ear Holes
Now that tiny stud earrings are so trendy, more and more women are buying cheap pairs at places like Forever 21 and wearing them everyday. There's nothing wrong with this--I mean, just because they're cheap doesn't mean they're not incredibly cool! And this way you don't have to invest in a pricey pair, only to be *over* the trend in a few months or years. The only problem is the irritation they can cause--especially for women with sensitive skin. In fact, some women can't even wear 14K gold or yellow gold. If earrings *of any kind* make your ear holes red and itchy--you've got to try these super simple tricks for making them wearable now: How to make cheap earrings wearable for sensitive skin Paint 2 layers of clear nail polish on the posts. I have to admit I was wary of this tip when I first read it--wouldn't nail polish also be irritating? It turns out, it isn't and this is the most effective trick for making cheap earrings less irritating. In fact, they sell a product called "Jewelry Shield" on Amazon that is basically just a bottle of clear nail polish. The trick is to apply two coats, wait for it to completely dry and reapply it every couple of weeks (because it wears off). You can also use it on other types of jewelry to make them less irritating (bracelets, necklaces, etc.). READ MORE: How To Fix Fake Jewelry: Green Rings, Tarnish, Discoloration, More Smear Vaseline or Neosporin on them before wearing. If you're too freaked out by the nail polish trick (or just don't own any), use petroleum jelly or even Neosporin to create a protective barrier between the metal and your skin. Plus, the Neosporin is a proactive way of dealing with the allergic reaction. READ MORE: How To Get The Green From Fake Jewelry Off Your Skin Don't wear them constantly. Take a break from cheap jewelry--even if you've applied the clear polish or Vaseline. Let your earring holes breath by going earring-free at least half the time. Buy nickel-free jewelry. Nickel seems to be the culprit of the irritated ears--earrings of any kind (cheap or expensive) can contain nickel and that's what many women are allergic to. If the clear polish and Vaseline tricks don't work for you--consider switching to only nickel-free jewelry as a more permanent solutions. Be advised that if you buy earrings that are coated in a material that's nickel-free, but the coating wears off you might still be exposed. READ MORE: How To Fix A Broken Zipper Good luck! [Photo: PeaceLoveShea]
Definitely Watch This Woman Apply Foundation With A Sock (Yes, Really)
File this one under weird but shockingly good beauty hacks. Beauty vlogger Mayra Touch of Glam used socks, yes, the things that go on your feet, as a makeshift tool for applying foundation. While you might think this is kind of ridiculous at first, watching her tutorial will completely change your mind. One day while digging through her sock drawer, Mayra noticed that the texture of the heels and toes was soft and fluffy, like a sponge. So, Mayra bought a fresh three-pack (thank goodness) of ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds Low-Cut Socks ($6) and tested them out with her makeup routine. Mayra used the sock to apply her foundation as well as blend, and the results were kind of amazing! She looked like she had her makeup professionally done, which, she kind of did since this IS her job and all, but the fact that it was almost all done with a sock is mindblowing. Watch for yourself below: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29J5JPZJnWs[/youtube] And the best part is, you can just throw the socks in the wash and use them again! "This might be the next BeautyBlender, just saying," Mayra told her viewers, and we have a feeling she's spot-on with this one. Don't forget to check out: things brides forget to do before walking down the aisle and should you wash new clothes before wearing them? [Photo: Youtube]
Why You Should Be Swimming With Your Hair In A Braid
I have really tangle-prone hair. I was one of those little girls that would cry and scream and demand more No More Tears spray when my mom would brush my hair. Now, as an adult I have color-treated hair which makes the situation so much worse. Pretty much any time my hair gets wet--after a shower, after swimming--I have to deal with mucho tangles. I don't cry about it *as much* anymore, and I have picked up a few tricks for dealing with the issue: One trick is to use a square paddle brush. This is especially great if you have long hair. This wooden one from Aveda is good, or you can get one like a $4 Conair one at the pharmacy. You're good either way. When it comes to swimming in a pool or an ocean--the trick is to wear your hair in a braid. Learning to do this was a complete game changer for me. I used to literally bring a hair brush to the beach--now what I do is just quickly braid my hair before jumping in, usually in a side braid like this because I'm a really bad braider (and yes, tangly hair runs in my family!): https://www.instagram.com/p/BFJliiJNJi8/?taken-by=nycnewlywed&hl=en It really does the trick. That way, when you get out of the water, you just take out the braid and run your fingers through your hair. You won't have any tangles and your hair will have perfect beach waves by the time it dries. Or you can do boxer braids or french braids or pigtail braids--whichever you prefer/are able to do fairly quickly: https://www.instagram.com/p/BG4oL2VyT09/?tagged=braids&hl=en https://www.instagram.com/p/BG4pmCHIVba/?tagged=braids&hl=en These girls know what I'm talking about: https://www.instagram.com/p/BG4mzbbFoyY/?tagged=braids&hl=en Even Kylie Jenner knows: https://www.instagram.com/p/BG4plx1tLiI/?tagged=braids&hl=en https://www.instagram.com/p/BG4k0htHUKI/?tagged=braids&hl=en
This Super Cute Makeup Bag Set Comes Stocked With $153 Worth Of Free Beauty Products
Need a Monday pick-me-up in a major way? We've got you covered... with a little help from our friends at Joyus. For a limited time, they're selling this super cute cork and neon makeup bag trio (that's right, not one makeup bag--three!) for just $38. The even better news? The makeup bags comes filled with must-have samples from some of the best brands in beauty including: - James Read - Ren - Briogeo - Lord & Berry - Vita Liberata - Color Wow - MD SolarSciences - Patchology - Trestique - Aromaflage Our best advice? Order yours ASAP! These bags always sell out and every woman knows there's nothing worse than missing out on free beauty products. Don't miss Net-A-Porter's huge swim sale and Hollister's new summer collection. [Photo: Joyus] Follow me on Insta!
You Should Be Sleeping With Your Hair In A Braid–Here’s Why
We told you why you should be sleeping with your hair in a bun, but now we have another tip to help you wake up ***flawless.*** Remember Mia Thermopolis' hair pre-makeover in The Princess Diaries? Doing this will help you avoid ever looking like that. Got your attention now? So here's what you should do: try sleeping with your hair in a braid. When you wake up, you will have bouncy curls with minimal effort--it seriously takes just 1 minute to throw your hair in a braid. Don't make the braid too tight to avoid putting any strain on your hair, and braid all the way to the bottom so you don't have a non-curly section at the end. Also, make sure to use a no-crease hair tie or scrunchy so you don't break your ends. Try out this hair hack for gorgeous and easy waves! Be sure to also check out Essie's New Polish Line and The Most Flattering Bikini Bottom [Photo: Imaxtree]
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Buying Makeup Online
We've all been there: you're almost out of your must-have mascara and just don't have time to hit up Sephora to grab a new one. The solution? Getting your beauty fix online. Buying makeup online is a godsend after all--no need to go to five different Sephoras looking for your exact foundation shade, and with services like Sephora Flash and Amazon Prime, your products can be at your door in 48 hours. But where should you be using caution when purchasing makeup online? No matter what kind of a deal you think you're getting, you shouldn't be buying beauty products on eBay. In the same way that the website tends to have issues with faux designer handbags, it's also a goldmine for fake luxury beauty products, which often can contain some dangerous ingredients. (We're talking lead and arsenic here, ladies.) We know, we know, it's always tempting to treat yourself to a deal--but unfortunately, this is one situation where if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to stick to websites like brand pages, department stores, Sephora and Ulta where you know you'll be getting the real deal. For more beauty tips and tricks check out: Celebrities Swear By These Cheap Beauty Products and The One Thing You Shouldn't Do When Putting Up A Ponytail [Photo: Free Stock]
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Putting Up A Ponytail
If you're having a bad hair day, if it's just too hot out, if you need your hair off of your neck and out of your face, we all resort to the ponytail. It's simple, reliable, and looks great on everyone. But there's something that you need to know about your trusty ponytail... you shouldn't be wearing one every day! We know, it's so easy to just take a hair tie and put your hair up, but doing this can actually be damaging to your hair. By putting your hair up in the same spot, day after day, you are putting pressure on the same hair follicles, which can weaken your hair and possibly prevent hair growth (no!!!!!). So, try using clips or bobby pins to keep your hair out of your face, or put your hair up in different spots on your head to try and ease the tension. Be sure to check out these 7 Things You Didn't Know About Herbal Essences and What is Benching [Photo: Shutterstock]
The One Brand You’re Not Shopping At Sephora–But Totally Should
Sephora is known for carrying almost every makeup brand under the sun. However, most people overlook Sephora's own brand, Sephora Collection, in favor of name brands. Big mistake. Sephora Collection offers some heavy hitters that are a must-have in any beauty girl's makeup bag. Not only are these products amazing, but they are almost half the price of other similar products in the store. Here's my breakdown the best products from Sephora Collection: Citrus Brush Cleaner ($11.50): I cannot live without this brush cleaner. I order multiple bottles at a time. It's a quick drying spray that swiftly removes product from your brushes. All you need to do is spritz the product a few times on the bristles and wipe the brush off on a tissue. Triple Action Cleansing Water ($12): This is another one of my all-time favorites. This cleansing water is comparable to more expensive brands and it is just as good. I use it every night to take off my makeup Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50): Never spend money on expensive lipsticks again. Sephora's Rouge Cream Lipstick has a creamy, soft texture that's extremely comfortable on the lips. It also comes in every color you can imagine. Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12): This is a solid eyeliner. It gets the job done and doesn't cost a fortune. It's easy to apply and doesn't budge. Bonus: it has a built in sharpener. Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($11): This makeup remover breaks down everything, even waterproof makeup. The texture is oily so I suggest using a cleanser afterwards. It's also great for people with sensitive eyes. Cream Lip Stain ($14): This lip stain kicks butt. It has major staying power without being too drying. When you apply it, it has a creamy texture. But then it turns into a silky stain. The Weekender Makeup Case ($38): This versatile makeup case is perfect for traveling (especially if you're a beauty hoarder). It holds a ton of product and as a special section for your makeup brushes. Sheet Masks ($6): Sephora offers a variety of cheap, individual sheet masks that should not be over looked. Each mask is infused with a different active ingredient intended to give your skin a boost. My personal favorite is Great Tea Mask ($6) which soothes the skin and reduces the appearance of breakouts. Any Sephora Favorites Set: These are the BEST deal at Sephora. Each Sephora Favorites Set features of combination of sample and full-sized products from all different brands. It's a great way to try new products. I suggest scooping up their new Chic It Easy ($49) set which features a full-sized Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (which costs $42 regularly). Love Sephora? Check out these 10 perks you didn't know about.
How To Whiten Your Teeth At Home So You Don’t Have To Go To The Dentist
How to whiten your teeth at home I am one of those weird people that actually likes to go to the dentist, but I understand that this is totally weird and that most of you *hate* going--like, with a passion. I agree it is super uncomfortable and awkward to have your teeth scratched and your gums sucked and of course the lingering taste of fluoride and the feeling of sore gums that comes after. Wait--why do I like it, again? It's because of how clean my mouth feels after, and most importantly, how friggin' white my teeth look for a couple of weeks. So--how can you whiten your teeth and get the benefits of going to the dentist without actually having to make an appointment and sit in a waiting room and open wiiiiide for the doc? Here's how (aka, my in depth look into at-home teeth whitening tactics): There are *hundreds* if not thousands of teeth whitening hacks on Pinterest. I just looked at about 50 or so of the most popular ones, and it looks like baking soda is in pretty much all of them. So, definitely buy yourself some baking soda and start there. Some recipes call for adding lemon juice, others call for adding hydrogen peroxide and water. Whichever technique you prefer/ingredients you have on hand, the next step is to mix them together and apply them to the teeth (one site called for applying them with a Q-tip, but I tried this and it's really hard to use a Q-tip--just use a toothbrush, the bristles hold the ingredients better). Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes and then rinse. I did not see like whoa-total-makeover results right away--you'll have to do it a couple of times. But I would say it did make my teeth feel less yellow after a couple of tries. Another, more expensive but very effective, route to go is Crest Whitestrips. I have used them for years and they are insanely good. Even my dentist remarks how white my teeth look and asks me what I've been doing to get them that way (lol). When I tell her the Whitestrips she can never believe it (sorry if Crest is putting her out of business!). Anyways they are very effective if you follow the entire or even some of the regime (sometimes I'll do only three or four days of them to get the results I want). They make your teeth a little sensitive, but if you're not a wuss they are definitely the way to go. And then of course you have those whitening kits that every celebrity and their mother plugs on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/4pJlTyBRmS/ I have not tried them, but they seem to be pretty popular. I would try ordering one and contact the company if you don't get the results you want. If you are a really unhappy customer, it's possible they'll let you return or swap out the product. So--which at-home whitening technique will you try?
If You Want #Flawless Skin, But Foundation Just Isn’t For You, Try Glossier’s Skin Perfecting Tint Stat
I'm 32 years old and have never used foundation. Not even once. And it's not because my skin is so perfect--I just don't know how and I'm terrified it would be too heavy and cakey and unnatural looking. But recently, I've been minorly obsessed with evening out my skintone. And the one product my millions of Google searches have led me to? Glossier's Skin Perfecting Tint ($26). Not only is it lighter than foundation; it's also lighter than tinted moisturizer. But miraculously, it still blurs discoloration and also leaves my skin hydrated and bright. Even better, for freckle-faced girls like me, this formula won't cover them up! I'm especially in love with the super lightweight formula for summer because I can sweat without fear that my face/makeup will slide off. Not shockingly, I'm not the only woman in love with Glossier's skin perfecting tint. Two of the five shades have been sold out for weeks now, but Glossier is promising to restock them this summer. My advice? Get on the waitlist for the colors that are already sold out or place your order for the colors that are still in stock before they're gone too. BUY GLOSSIER'S SKIN PERFECTING TINT NOW Don't miss the new Sarah Potempa beachwavers and what your lipstick shape says about you. [Photo: Glossier] Follow me on Insta!
4 Genius Tricks To Fake Super Long Hair
While heading to the salon to get a chop when we want shorter hair is pretty simple and straightforward, going from short to long isn't so easy. Of course, there's the option of hair extensions, but it's a process that's both pricey and time-consuming. Thankfully, there's plenty of ways to fake longer hair while you wait for your locks to lengthen IRL. Lots of Layers Next time you hit the salon, avoid blunt cuts and ask for a more layered look instead. While a cut that's all one length makes the exact length of your hair obvious, a layered look will make the ends of your hair less defined. Pick a Center Part Much like when wearing horizontal or vertical stripes, a side part adds width, while a center part will visually lengthen vertically. Translation: For hair that instantly looks longer, simply switch up your part. Straighten Things Out The quickest way to add length to wavy or curly hair without a trip to the salon is by straightening it. No need to flat iron it to death either - the key here is to do a DIY blowout with a round brush to avoid losing bounciness and volume. For the perfect bombshell blowout, run a little bit of Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry ($31) throughout your hair before beginning. Hack Your Ponytail If it's feeling like an updo kind of day, this easy ponytail trick will seriously blow your mind. Start by pulling hair into a half-up style, and pull half of your hair into a high pony on top of your head. Underneath, pull the rest of your hair into a second, lower ponytail. Pull the hair from the higher ponytail over the lower one to hide it, and you'll visually double the length of your tresses - it's that easy! For more hair tips, make sure to check out: Sarah Potempa Just Dropped Two New Beachwavers and The One Thing You Should Do If You Want Longer Hair [Photo: Imaxtree]
The Huge Mistake Almost Every Woman Makes When Straightening Her Hair
Silky, straight hair doesn't happen in a flash. If you've ever stepped out of the shower in the morning, dried your hair for five seconds and then thought--I'll just let my flat iron kill two birds with one stone--you're committing one of the worst hair sins possible. The biggest mistake women make when straightening their hair is assuming the heat from their flat iron can work overtime and help dry their hair while styling it. But not drying your hair completely before submitting it to the extreme temperatures of a flat iron is a surefire way to damage and even destroy your strands. "If your hair has even a bit of residual moisture after blow-drying, you will see some steam/vapor arise as you flat iron," says Carla Carter, co-owner of Headstrong Hair Salon. "Even this little bit can create a steam burn on the hair (and maybe even on your face or neck). You'll soon discover brittle areas throughout your head. Not good, but you may not even notice it. If, however, the hair is damp, you will actually burn the hair. Much like if you leaned too close to your grill when barbecuing, you'll see that your hair is singed. At that point your hair will break off. Maybe not right away, but every turn of your head and every touch of your hair will create a cascade of tiny hair fibers that dust your shoulders. There is no way to repair this. Only scissors can help at this point." Once you get split ends from flat ironing wet or damp hair, the damage will only go higher and higher up the hair shaft, says Michelle Lee, co-owner and master designer of Salon Eva Michelle in Boston. "Heat damage will also affect how your hair takes color and curl," Lee says. "Ends and around the face get the most damage because of the multiple passes from an iron, so be especially careful when flat ironing those areas. Hair should be 100% dry and you should be using a heat protectant before you blow dry and a thermal protectant before you iron. A great thermal protectant is Sebastian Professional Trilliant Spray." Even though steam irons will work on slightly damp hair (but never wet!), Flygirl Beauty Brand founder Lisa Abbey says she doesn't recommend these because when wet, hair is elastic and more prone to stretching and snapping when tension is applied. "Always coat the hair (when wet) with a protective leave-in conditioner (we use Instant Beauty Balm), moisture serum or thermal protectant and blow dry thoroughly before ironing," Abbey says. "Use the blow dryer to do the work drying the hair and only use heat irons as a 'finisher' because of the intense heat they generate. The less time irons touch the hair, the healthier the hair will remain." And, if you are devoted to your flat iron, Abbey has one last suggestion about how much time you spend with your beloved device: "Keep it healthier by keeping it short and sweet," she says. "Only flat iron each section of your hair once or twice at most, keeping the iron moving quickly (and downward so as not to ruffle the cuticle) at all times." For more beauty news and tips, check out the one thing you should never do when braiding your hair and the one thing you should never do when washing curly hair. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.
This $7 Eyeliner Is The Most Amazing Beauty Product I’ve Tried In A Really, Really Long Time
Given that I work at SHEfinds, I get the opportunity to put a ton of beauty products to the test. And I can always tell a good one when after my sample runs out, I spend my hard-earned money to replace it. Well that's exactly what happened with FLOWER's Forever Wear Liner Long-wear Eyeliner. I received it at the beginning of the year, but didn't get around to trying out until a few months ago. Fast forward to me using almost every day (because it's that amazing) and I just couldn't imagine my makeup bag without it, so I purchased another one. Actually, another two because a girl needs options, right? There are two real reasons I decided to go back and buy this eyeliner on my own. First, the application is phenomenal. It goes on so smooth and precise, even with my notoriously unsteady hand, and truly lasts all day long. Second, is the price. An under $10 eyeliner that's easy to use, doesn't slide off over the course of the day and looks like a makeup artist applied it? I honestly don't know how I went as long as I did without this eyeliner in my life. SHOP FLOWER LONG-WEAR EYELINER NOW Be sure to check out the best beauty buys at H&M and 6 useful tips for anyone who uses a curling wand. [Photo: Walmart] Follow me on Insta!
How I Lost 5 Pounds In One Week By Just Giving Up One Thing
I'm usually not very concerned with my weight. Truth be told, I don't even own a scale. But I was on vacation last week and decided to step on the scale in the hotel room. Eek. Was definitely not expecting that number. Add to that that I'm in a wedding next month and the dress was a bit snugger in the stomach area than I expected and I knew I had to do something. I absolutely wasn't prepared to do anything drastic. Giving up everything I loved simply wasn't an option, so I decided to give up just one thing I love: any beverage that wasn't water. No Coke, no fruit juice, no coffee... nada! This may seem easy for some, but it's been quite a challenge for me. I'm fine to drink water in between meals, but when I'm sitting down to a yummy dinner the last thing I want is water. I want Coke! Over the last week, I've kept my water-only resolve and there's good news: I'm already down five pounds! I haven't started working out any more than I used to or stopped eating anything else that I love (including chocolate chip cookies!), so eliminating all that sugar in soda and juice really made an impact. As an added bonus, drinking so much more water has worked wonders on my skin, too. I haven't had any of those little painful under-the-skin pimples I used to get and it's way softer, too. Do I miss drinking literally anything besides water? Hell yes. Do I like my slightly less pugdy tummy even more? You bet. Be sure to check out the right time to apply deodorant and how to use a curling wand. Follow me on Insta!
What Is Non-Touring? The New Way To Contour That Only Involves 3 Products
At this point, we're all familiar with contouring. I love how angled and defined contouring can make my face look as much as the next woman, but sometimes I get tired of it. It takes forever to do and you need so many products to pull it off. Worst of all, contouring is crazy heavy and as we get closer to summer heat, I get even more scared that my makeup is just going to slide right off. Also, with all of those crazy clown contouring videos on YouTube, I'm not totally convinced that contouring isn't just a joke that makeup gurus are playing on all of us normal people. Luckily, this season's new makeup trend promises to change all that. Non-touring is pretty much the antithesis of contouring. The idea of non-touring is to highlight the bone and facial structure that you already have, instead of trying to erase it all and then create a new one. This means that it's much easier, and much lighter, than contouring. Best of all, your face still looks like you after all your makeup is done. When you non-tour, the goal is to look fresh faced, bright and refreshed; think Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who are both big fans. Because this is a more daytime friendly look and it only requires 3 products, non-touring is a super fast process. All you need to non-tour is primer, tinted moisturizer and highlighter. Here's what to do next: 1. Prime. Create a smooth base on your face with a primer. It's important to focus coverage on the roughest areas of your face, like the forehead and nose, where pores are biggest. The best primers for this kind of makeup look are dewy and have a little bit of a shimmer. 2. Moisturize. Cover your face with a tinted moisturizer, BB cream or sheer to medium brightening and luminizing foundation to create smooth, even, healthy looking skin. You want a light layer of product that looks totally natural and that isn't too heavy. 3. Highlight. Finally, apply highlighter. When you're highlighting, dust the highest areas of your face, like your cheekbones, cupid's bow, brow bone and the center of your nose--all the places that light would naturally hit. Make sure to choose a natural looking highlighter that flatters your skin tone and isn't chock-full of glitter; it should look natural. You can finish off the look with some light eye makeup and sheer lip color for a natural, barely there appearance. So if you're ready for an I-woke-up-like-this summer glow, non-touring is for you. Your makeup budget--and your morning routine--will certainly thank you. Be sure to check out the right way to apply deodorant and the one thing you should never do when braiding your hair.
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Applying Deodorant
Your deodorant routine probably goes something like this: wake up, shower, get dressed, then put on deodorant. Right? Well we hate to break it to you, but you're doing it all wrong. The one thing you should never do when applying deodorant is put it on in the morning. There are a couple reasons why this is so important. First, it takes time for deodorant and antiperspirant to absorb into your skin. In order for the product to plug your pores and close sweat ducts, you'll have to wait a while. The evening is ideal because your body cools down as you sleep. Worried your morning shower will rinse off the deodorant you put on the night before? Don't! It will all be absorbed and won't wash off. Another important tip: your body actively sweats the most in the morning, which means that when you apply deodorant in the morning it's probably just sliding right off before it gets a chance to absorb and do its job. Stick to applying your deodorant at night, and it'll probably last more than 24 hours--a big benefit in the middle of summer. For more beauty tips, be sure to check out 8 useful tricks for anyone who uses a Clarisonic and how to prevent those dots on your legs after shaving.
How To Prevent Those Annoying Dark Dots On Your Legs After Shaving
Women with pale skin and dark hair may be familiar with this scenario: you shave your legs in the shower and they look smooth and beautiful under your bathroom lights. You pat yourself on the back for an at-home hair removal job done well. Then, you step out into the cruel light of dawn and are halfway to work when you look down and see them: hundreds of dark hair follicles--that basically look like red or black dots--that even your five-blade razor couldn't eliminate. What's the deal with these? "The black dots are actually the part of the hair shaft that remains behind in the follicle," says Dr. David E. Bank, founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. And, yes, women with lighter skin will have a greater color contrast to the darker hair. There's also another shaving phenomenon called "strawberry legs," which refers to the pink-purple dots that show up on light-colored skin and seem to be even more obvious after shaving, says Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills. "Sensitive skin can get irritated from any hair removal practice," Shainhouse says. "The repetitive inflammation and enlargement and subsequent constriction of the surrounding tiny vessels in the peri-follicular skin can lead to chronic vessel dilatation and even scarring." To help prevent the development of these spots, Shainhouse recommends preventing and reducing inflammation by being gentle with your skin and hair follicles. "Exfoliate with an AHA-based lotion, then soak your legs in warm water for 5 minutes (think, warm, relaxing shower) before shaving in the direction of growth with a sharp, multi-blade razor and a moisturizing, soothing shaving cream," she says. "Try not to re-shave the same patch of skin more than once. Moisturize after shaving with a soothing lotion. Try one with aloe, chamomile or rosehip oil. If you get pink, try hydrocortisone lotion as an 'aftershave.'" Both experts agree, though: because the base of the hair follicle is deep in the skin, the best preventative measure to take if you are prone to dark dots on your legs or underarms is to invest in a more permanent hair removal method. "Even if you figure out how to get the closest shave, the blades can only smooth the surface of the skin," Shainhouse says. "If you have dark hair and light skin, the base of the hair follicle and hair shaft can be visible through the skin and appear as permanent dark dots." Two options that work include waxing, which will pull the hairs right out of the follicle, Shainhouse says, and laser hair removal. "One good thing about having dark leg hair and super pale skin is that you are the perfect candidate for hair removal laser (HRL)," she says. "HRL targets pigment, so when used on pale skin, it penetrates down to the hair follicle beneath the skin and zaps it, eventually killing it and preventing re-growth. Expect to need at least 6-10 treatments to achieve about 70% permanent hair reduction. You may require touch-ups once in a while, if any new hairs pop up. This is expensive, but worthwhile in the long run, if you really hate seeing the black dots." For more beauty tips and news, check out what is dry brushing and does it really work? and the one thing you should never do when shaving your legs. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.
Once And For All, This Is How To Fix Dry, Bumpy Knees (Because Skirt Season Is Officially Here!)
Nothing ruins a gorgeous new skirt or dress quite like dry, bumpy knees. Unfortunately, they're all too common because it's so easy for knees to get rough and dark due to the buildup of dead skin cells on their surface. There aren't many oil glands on your knees, and constant bending, pressure and friction (yoga, anyone?) can make your knees look, well, not so pretty. Luckily, there are some pretty easy ways to get your knees in shape for skirt season. First--and most importantly--exfoliating is essential. Use a salt scrub or exfoliating body wash to help slough off dead skin a few times per week. This will leave your knees looking--and feeling--a lot softer and smoother. When exfoliating, just make sure you aren't causing any pain or stinging; those unpleasant sensations could mean that you're actually scrubbing off healthy skin cells. After you exfoliate, always follow up by applying a healthy layer of lotion over your knees. You may even want to consider using a lotion, cream or ointment that contains lactic acid or urea like DERMAdoctor's KP Duty® Lotion. These ingredients help to break down dead skin cells, removing dry skin and bumps. By removing dead skin cells, you're also making it easier for lotion to absorb into your skin. Now, who's ready for skirt season?! Be sure to check out the one thing you should never do when braiding your hair and 6 lip colors that are going to be huge this summer. [Photo: Always Judging]
The Olsen Twins Use The Most Random Type Of Brush On Their Hair–What Is It?
Fact: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have the best hair. There's just something about the twins' messy, beach waves that looks so laid back and effortless. Keyword being "looks." There are countless articles on the Interwebs about how to get their hair because it's actually not at all easy to DIY. Well, we finally know their secret trick for getting "Olsen hair." Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who's been working with the girls since New York Minute (whoa, throwback!), revealed to PEOPLE that he swears by using a toothbrush on MK & A's tresses. Say what?! Yep, just spray some extra-hold hairspray (like this one by Tresemme) on a boar bristle toothbrush and you're an Olsen! Townsend says, “What separates an Olsen from a woman leaving the gym is the details." Here are the details: Swissco Tooth Brush Tortoise Natural Bristle Hard, 3-Count Pack ($11.39) TRESemme TRES Two Extra Hold Aerosol Hairspray ($4.79, down from $5.99) Don't forget to check out: fun facts you never knew about Birchbox and these are the biggest lip colors for summer [Photo: Splash News]
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Braiding Your Hair
There's no end in sight to our national obsession with braids; Fall 2016 runways were proof of that. The braid trend has been running hot for several years now, which is perfect because time has allowed many of us to finally get our braiding skills down to a science (well, sort of). Since there's always room for improvement, Kristin Sky Olsen, event hair specialist for Seagull Hair Salon in New York City, let us in on the one thing you should never do when braiding your hair--and two more no-no's, for good measure. "Braiding on clean hair is an absolute don't," Olsen says. "Clean hairs are too smooth to grip each other and stay together. There are plenty of things that can break up and fall apart at a party--your braid shouldn't be one of them. If you do have freshly shampooed, silky locks, get them a little dirty with a sea spray like Hair Resort by Kevin Murphy or a Davines' medium hold pliable paste." Another important braiding tip for fans of the fishtail? Be consistent when it comes to sectioning the hair. "Never take uneven sections when fishtail braiding," Olsen says. "It will look unpolished and lumpy. The point of a fishtail is to give a sense of graceful agility. Inconsistent sections will look more like a heard of camels." Olsen's last tip? Even if you're going for a super relaxed, casual braid, it's important not to slack off and start your braid too low. "Start out clean and tight at the scalp or pony for maximum fullness or it's gonna fall as flat as day old champagne," Olsen says. "If you want a looser look, get the structure in first. You can always go back and break it up with your fingers or if you want a more lived-in look. Lightly backcombing the surface of the braid will give an otherwise plain braid a bit of enviable chic." For more beauty tips, check out the one thing you should do if you want longer hair and why you should be working out with your hair in a braid. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter. [Photo: Barefoot Blonde]
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Applying Undereye Concealer
Undereye concealer is my holy grail makeup product; it always has the power to make me look fresh and energetic, even after a late night. But as it turns out, I've been making a pretty crucial mistake when applying undereye concealer: applying it with my fingers. Apparently, using your fingers is just about the worst way to apply concealer. When applying makeup, your hands touch a ton of different products which means they're pretty dirty by the time you get to that delicate skin underneath your eyes. Depending on the order in which you apply your makeup, you make even have eyeshadow or mascara on your fingers when it comes time to apply concealer, which can often lead to extra shadows, smudges or flaws in the coverage- things you're trying to avoid. Smudges aside, your also hands carry lots of bacteria, which could make your skin break out. Even worse? Getting any of that yucky bacteria that's on your hands into your eyes! So instead of using your fingers to apply concealer, you absolutely, positively should invest in a concealer brush, or at the very least, use the applicator that came with your concealer. Another added benefit of using a concealer brush is that it makes it a lot easier to pick up the right amount of product. Concealer contains a lot of pigment, and when you put it on with your fingers, you're probably being a little too heavy handed. Plus, brushes are easy to use in a tapping motion, which will give your concealer a smoother, more airbrushed finish. For more beauty tips, check out this genius way to lighten you hair for summer and 11 fun facts about Birchbox.
This Genius Sun Lightening Spray Delivers Damage-Free Highlights–No Trip To The Salon Required!
If you're one of the millions of women who wants lighter hair in the summer, here's a tip. Before you book a pricey visit to the salon--or reach for some damaging lightening agent in a cabinet in your home--you have to try this amazing new Klorane sun lightening spray. Not only does it work with the sun to gently lighten your hair, but it does so without the damage of things like ammonia, peroxide, parabens or silicone. Chances are you already know Klorane for their cult dry shampoo, so you can trust they know a thing or two about hair. Even better, this sun lightening spray is less than $20! Watch it work its magic in the video below, then buy a few bottles for summer! Don't miss the lip colors that will be super popular for summer and the best drugstore foundations. [Photo: Joyus]
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Applying Sunscreen
Most of us have accepted the fact that you have to wear sunscreen (right?), if not everyday then at least when you go on vacation or out in the sun. But even the most careful sunscreen wearers among us are probably making a *crucial* mistake when applying it: not getting it under and around the eye area! I recently talked summertime beauty tips with E! host Giuliana Rancic, and she made a great point about sunscreen application: "So many of us we put sunscreen on but we forget about certain places like our feet and our toes and our ears. Also, right around the eye area. It's amazing when I was on vacation last week, and you just kind of throw it on [your face] but you forget about this super sensitive eye area that really needs it the most." It's so true! Think about when you are applying sunscreen on your face, you slather it on both hands, and then quickly gesture from your forehead around your temples to the tops of your cheeks and then around your mouth and chin. That's the natural, quickest way to apply sunscreen to your face. But what you're missing is basically the eye area that would be covered by sunglasses--the under eye, lids and brow. Don't forget it next time! The skin around your eye is incredibly sensitive and definitely in need of SPF protection.
What is Dry Brushing And Does It Really Work? Find Out.
The ancient practice of dry brushing has found a new fan base among modern wellness practitioners and everyday beauty enthusiasts. All of a sudden, spas are offering the treatment, which is said to exfoliate skin, support the lymphatic system and much more. Women from Los Angeles to Lahore are stocking up on natural bristle brushes that get the job done (and can target those hard-to-reach areas on your back). Curious about dry brushing, but not sure where to start--or whether it even really works? Annet King, senior director of global education at Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, says dry brushing is recognized for numerous health benefits including detoxification, skin exfoliation, increased lymphatic flow, and increased energy. "Not only does body brushing help with the exfoliation process, it also aids in the detoxification process. Blood plasma containing waste is transported into the lymph vessels where it is carried to lymph nodes. Here, macrophages and lymphocytes deal with unwanted bacteria and toxins. The cleansed fluid is then returned to the blood supply. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood and yet the lymph is dependent upon outside forces for its circulation around the body; the lymph has no heart to pump it. Therefore, it is prone to being sluggish. Stagnant lymph needs to be moved. Dry body brushing prompts the cells to release its toxic deposits into the lymph, while simultaneously cleansing the lymph itself," King explains. When looking for a dry brush, King recommends purchasing one with hard bristles, not soft nylon, cactus or vegetable derived bristles. "Care for it by spraying the brush with pure tea tree oil before using and soak in an antibacterial wash and hot water to keep it hygienically clean," she says. "Find a brush with a detachable handle for reaching your back and a strap to keep it comfortably in the palm of your hand." As for technique, King advises brushing in long upward strokes followed by the palm of your hand to soothe the skin. It should take no longer than a few minutes and is best done in the morning as it wakes and warms you up. She provides seven steps to dry brushing with success: 1. Starting at the toes, work up the foot in light, sweeping, one-directional movements and follow the brush with your free hand, to the popliteal lymphatic node behind the knee. 2. Move up to the back of the thigh, working in long strokes out towards the buttocks. 3. Repeat on the other leg. 4. Brush lightly on your stomach from waist to navel on alternate sides. Then brush across the chest and around the breasts. 5. Brush the front of the arms in long strokes towards the axillary lymphatic node situated under the arm. 6. Jump in the shower. 7. Apply your favorite essential oil massage blend, treatment products or body moisturizer post-shower. The many advocates for dry brushing wouldn't dream of going a day without stimulating their skin, but it should be noted that there are skeptics who agree it feels great and can benefit the skin, but that there is no proof it can do more than that. "Dry brushing the skin can have some subtle, mild benefits," says Dr. David E. Bank, founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. "At a minimum, it can help improve skin exfoliation which can lead to smoother, softer skin. It may also be 'invigorating' for the skin. I am not aware, however, of any published, peer-reviewed literature to document claims that dry brushing can go beyond exfoliating the skin such as to stimulate lymphatics, improve circulation or eliminate metabolic waste. Unless one is overly aggressive leading to skin trauma, it would seem to be an innocuous procedure. So, if it feels good on the skin, enjoy it, but have realistic expectations as to how much it is truly doing for your overall health." For more beauty news and tips, check out how to fix dry, cracked feet and are makeup remover wipes bad for your skin? Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter. [Photo: vivaluxury.blogspot.com]
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Applying Self Tanner
What's not to love about self tanner? A beautiful bronze glow sans harmful UVA and UVB rays? Sign us up! But as anyone who has ever emerged from their bathroom with streaky orange skin knows all too well, self tanning products can be tricky to use. Luckily, the more often you apply self tanner, the better your application skills become. But here's the golden rule when it comes to self tanner--don't use your fingers! Not only does a self-tanning mitt prevent awful orange palms, but it also ensures more even (i.e. not streaky) coverage. Once you've invested in a trusty mitt, it's important to remember that self tanning success actually begins in the shower--a few hours before you apply your bronzing product. If you self tan without exfoliating your skin, shaving and moisturizing beforehand, you leave the door wide open for your product to stick in all the wrong places and to look blotchy and uneven. Grab a moisturizing body scrub like Bella Schneider Beauty Pot of Gold Scrub, gently exfoliate your entire body and shave. Shaving right after using self tanner will wreak havoc on your glow. After your shower, moisturize your body with lotion and be sure to pay close attention to notoriously dry areas like your elbows, knees, feet and wrists. The next important rule of thumb women usually forget? Wait! Be patient while your skin absorbs the moisture from your lotion and make sure your skin is dry before you apply your first application of self tanner. And, yes, first application--because layering your color (and waiting at least 15 minutes between layers) is key to achieving the hue for you. For more beauty news and tips, check out 8 beauty trends that are going to be huge this summer and the 7 best drugstore self tanners. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter. [Photo: Imaxtree]
The One Thing You Should Do If You Want Longer Hair
We all want shiny, healthy, lustrous hair, but in order to achieve hair greatness, we need to pay more attention to a part of our bodies that isn't as sexy to read about: our scalp. "Healthy hair begins at the scalp and it's important to nourish and take care of it," says Matrix SoColor stylist George Papanikolas. "All the hair products that we use eventually leave buildup and oil on our scalps, which can hinder growth." Two of the telltale signs that indicate you've been neglecting your scalp and could be preventing your hair from growing? Scaly skin and excessive oiliness. In order to ensure your scalp is as healthy as possible, it's important to remember that your scalp is skin and proper cleansing is necessary to maintain an optimal scalp environment for beautiful hair to grow and flourish, says Dr. Francesca Fusco, a CLEAR dermatologist and scalp expert who recommends using a shampoo and conditioner regimen with zinc pyrithione. "You should always pair your anti-dandruff shampoo with an anti-dandruff conditioner," Fusco says. "Unilever has actually done studies on this, and they found that when people use dandruff shampoo, specifically ones with zinc pyrithione, and they use a beauty conditioner afterwards, which can rinse away up to 50 percent of the flake-fighting effects of the medicated shampoo." Fusco recommends CLEAR Complete Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner, which she says contain a medicated formula that controls dandruff, yet smells nice and addresses other hair needs. "A good scalp massage will also help stimulate the scalp and improve circulation, which is known to help hair growth," Fusco says. Other tips for scalp health include adding a drop of lavender oil to your humidifier, which Fusco says provides a double hit: overnight, scalp and hair won't lose moisture to the environment and the lavender oil has been documented to be aromatherapy for hair growth. It's also possible to eat your way to a healthier scalp. "Try increasing your protein intake with protein-rich foods such as fish, beans, nuts, and whole grains," Fusco says. "I see many women who drastically reduce their meat intake or become vegan and experienced more shedding because of inadequate protein intake. If you are not getting excellent nutrition through daily meals, a supplement can make a world of difference. Look for a multivitamin that is formulated and labeled 'for Hair, Skin and Nails.' They contain a variety of vitamins including the B's, Biotin, Vitamin C, and other ingredients that support hair health." Lastly, it's important to break bad habits that could be damaging your scalp more than you know. Avoid scalding hot showers, something Fusco says will dehydrate your scalp, don't pull your hair back tight with rubber bands and scrunchies. For more beauty news and tips, check out the one thing you should never do when straightening your hair and the one thing you should never do when washing curly hair. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.
How To Tightline Your Eyes… Without Poking One Out, That Is
Let’s face it--false eyelashes are a total pain. But if you aren't blessed with Kardashian lashes, it can be hard to get the look of abundant, dark lashes without serious effort. That's where tightlining comes in. When you tightline, the goal is to darken the skin at the base of your top eyelashes to make them appear thicker and fuller. This technique will also make your eyes appear bigger. Sound like just what you need? Here's how to tightline like a pro: 1. Choose the right pencil. When you tightline, you should use a waterproof pencil eyeliner like tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes close-up liner or a damp eyeshadow on a thin brush like Laura Mercier's Flat Eye Liner Brush. Gel liners aren’t a good idea, because they often smear, or worse, end up in your eye. 2. Select the right color. The eyeliner or eyeshadow you choose should be several shades darker than your lashes, if not black. 3. Curl first. Start by curling your eyelashes with an eyelash curler. This will lift the roots of your eyelashes and make the base more accessible. 4. Line your eyes. Now you're ready to start tightlining. Use a Q-tip, the back of a makeup brush or your finger to lift your eyelid up so that the skin underneath the lashes is accessible. Fill in the gaps in your lash line by running the eyeliner over the base of your lashes and the skin beneath them. If you're using eyeshadow, dab your brush at the base of your lashes. You should fill in the entire upper lash line, ending where your lashes taper off in the inner corner of your eyes. As for when to tightline, you can either do this before or after doing your eyeshadow and mascara, depending on your personal preference. For more beauty tips, check out how to fix dry feet and the perfect cat eye for different eye shapes. [Photo: Imaxtree]
Once And For All, This Is How To Fix Dry, Cracked Feet
Summer is coming, and with it, sandal season. We all want pretty feet to accentuate our pedicures, but it can be hard to get rid of dry skin and or cracked heels. Wanna hear something scary? That dry skin might actually be the fungus that thrives in dark, damp places--like your feet in shoes. So how can you quickly fix this fungus, or better yet, prevent it in the first place? Read on to find out. If you're like most women, your first thought when you see dry, cracked heels is pedicure! But as it turns out, that's only a temporary fix. Products like moisturizers and heel creams are "only covering up the skin, not treating the cause of the problem," says Dr. Dana Canuso, a podiatric surgeon who was voted one of America's Best Podiatrists 2015. That means that your dry skin might look better for a few days after a pedicure, but it will still come back. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to get rid of any fungus or dry skin--and prevent it in the first place. The best way to get rid of fungus is to use an anti-fungal foot serum like Foot Repair Serum by Dr. Canuso Skincare. This serum "penetrates the deep layers of the skin where fungus lives and it dries instantly, so you won't have to worry about greasy, slippery feet,” says Dr. Canuso. Simply apply before you go to bed and you'll wake up with instantly better feet. To prevent fungus and dry feet, it's also important to let your feet and shoes breathe. Dig out your favorite pairs of shoes and rotate through them, making sure to give each pair time to air out (which will also help prevent odor!). You can also consider switching to better sweat-wicking socks, which get rid of up to three times more moisture than basic cotton socks, and prevent the damp environment that fungus thrives in. Another important tip: stop filing your feet! "A little exfoliation is nice, but a rough file can make microscopic tears in the skin and give the fungus a nice place to take root," says Dr. Canuso. Finally, try using a product that contains bleach when cleaning your shower. This will prevent any fungus where it's most likely to spread. Be sure to check out how to not ruin a fresh pedicure and how to make your pedicure last longer.
The One Thing You Should Never Do When Washing Curly Hair
For many years, I used every heat styling tool imaginable to straighten my super curly hair. The fact of the matter is--straight hair is just easier. But then one day my 7-year-old daughter innocently asked me, "Why don't you like your hair the way it is" and I was crushed. It never occurred to me that by straightening my hair I was sending her the message that hated my natural hair--the same hair, it turns out, that she has. After that point, I made it my goal to wear my hair in its naturally curly state as often as possible. Of course, as any women with curly hair know, that's not always an easy feat, especially when you're not used to dealing with unruly curls on the regular. So in an effort to best preserve the hair on my head, I went to a salon that specializes in curly hair to get the full download on how to best care for my hair. After the two hour appointment, I'd learned so much but the single most important tip I received? Women with curly hair should never--ever!--wash their hair with a sudsy shampoo. Turns out those suds that make you feel like you're giving your hair a deep clean actually strip it of moisture and sebum that curly hair so desperately needs to fend off frizz and not look totally dried out. Instead, my stylist recommended using a cream shampoo or even better, a cleansing conditioner. These will ensure all that product build-up is washed away so your curls aren't weighed down without ridding your hair of the good oils it actually needs. Here are a few other no-nos when it comes to washing curly hair: 1. Don't towel dry. Much like sudsy shampoo, most terry cloth towels strip hair of much-need moisture. Even worse, they create frizz. If you simply can't deal with sopping wet hair, invest in the DevaCurl Microfiber towel which was specially designed for curly hair. 2. Apply product at the right time. If you wait until after you step out of the shower to apply your moisturizing products, you're doing it all wrong. In order to promote optimal absorption--and really get the most out of your hair products--you need to apply them when your hair is soaking wet so they dry right into your strands. 3. Keep your hands off. I'm guilty of this--scrunching my hair to see if it's dry or twirling a ringlet while I wait for the train. Sadly, hands and curly hair only make for a frizzy mess, so after you've applied your styling products, don't touch! 4. Sleep right. If you find that your curls are super dry when you wake up, that cotton pillow case you're sleeping on probably has a lot to do with it. Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase, which causes much less friction on your hair. (Added benefit? They're also good for your skin!) Be sure to check out the worst things for curly hair and should you brush curly hair. [Photo: Imaxtree]
Benefit’s Lollitint Cheek Stain Just Might Be The Best Blush I’ve Ever Used
I am a blush addict! On those days when I have no time and can only spare a few seconds to put on the bare minimum makeup, I always put on blush. It honestly transforms my face. It makes my skin look brighter and more awake and really, every woman should own a good go-to rouge. Given my love affair with blush, it should come as no surprise that I own quite a few. I love L'Oreal's Visible Lift Blur Blush and tarte's Maracuja Blush, but my new jam is Benefit's Lollitint. Unlike my other faves, Lollitint is actually a cheek stain which makes it a little tricky to use, but is definitely worth mastering because the color it delivers is divine. First things first, this blush has a consistency that most resembles lip gloss. It's not sticky, but it's definitely liquid-y, which isn't actually all that surprising given that it doubles as a lip stain. My go-to application strategy is to smile, schmear a swipe on the apple (aka chubbiest part) of one cheek then blend and pat with my fingers. It's important to do only one cheek at a time because this stuff dries quickly and if you try to blend it once it's already started to dry it can look streaky. Once you've perfected the first cheek, then repeat on the other. Important note: resist the urge to apply more right away. This stuff definitely intensifies as it dries and sets into your skin, so give it some time to marinate. After a few minutes, you'll start to get that amazing rosy flush and this is the best part--it really lasts all day long! And your cheeks don't get shiny or oily because unlike cream formulas, this is a super lightweight stain. If you get at all oily in the summer, you have to try this blush! SHOP BENEFIT'S LOLLITINT NOW Check out how to find the best shade of foundation online and this wild video of peel-off lip stain. [Photo: Benefit]
The 1-Minute Trick To Buying The Perfect Shade Of Foundation Online
SHEfinds receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. If there's one makeup product you can't afford to get wrong, it's foundation. The wrong shade of foundation can make you look like a ghost or as if you were attempting to trick everyone into believing you spent the weekend in Miami. Flawless-looking skin requires a perfect foundation match, but how can you ensure that happens when you're ordering cosmetics online? Gone are the days when we blindly chose a hue online, crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. Instead, there's now amazingly innovative technology that makes finding a foundation that matches your skin not only fast, but also crazy accurate. Veleza is a brand new mobile app for beauty lovers that offers tons of beauty tips and advice. Our favorite feature, however, is their foundation finder. To find your ideal foundation shade, all you have to do is upload photos of the makeup products you currently use to your virtual shelf and answer a few questions about your skin. Veleza works its magic and then voila!--you get your best matching foundations, plus unbiased reviews so you can make an informed purchasing decision. The best part of it all? You can your rec in under a minute! We love Veleza because it isn't tied to one specific cosmetics company, but here are three additional beauty brands that allow you to custom match foundation to your skin tone right on their site. Once you've found your match, you just add their foundation to your cart and boom--buying foundation is off your to-do list. Cover FX. Let's say you're new to foundation and feel lost when it comes to figuring out which formulas and shades work best for your skin type. Do yourself a favor and visit Cover FX, a five-free makeup brand developed under the supervision of dermatologists that offers more than 40 foundation shades. The brand's online Makeup Shade Finder quiz is fantastic because it doesn't simply lead you to a great color, it also teaches you. For example, it will tell you that liquid foundations are best for dry skin and you can opt for more or less coverage, depending on your everyday preference or the event you'll be attending. At the end of the quiz, you'll even get to see how your recommended product looks on a model who shares your skin tone. Glossier. We love Glossier's "skin first, makeup second" approach to beauty and truly appreciate that even as a relatively new brand, they have a pretty diverse spectrum of coverage options. Their skin perfecting tint is significantly less heavy than traditional foundation, but nailing the perfect shade can still be tricky. That's why Glossier introduced the Shade Finder. All you do is upload a well-lit picture of yourself and they'll match recommend which of their five colors will best match your skin tone. Sephora. Thanks to Sephora's partnership with Pantone, you can visit a Sephora store and use its handheld IQ color device to capture an image of your skin that allows its computer system to generate a Color IQ number for you. Save this number forever because it's going to allow you to shop online at Sephora for foundation, concealer, and even lipstick shades that complement your skin. Another amazing addition to Sephora's website? Even if you don't have your Color IQ yet, you can shop for foundation shades that will work on your based on the foundation you already use. How effortless is that? For more beauty advice and news, check out 5 foundation mistakes that are aging you and the one thing you should never do when applying foundation. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter. [Photo: Imaxtree]
We Tried Peel-Off Lip Stain (As Insane As It Sounds) And Here’s What Happened
We know peel-off lip stain sounds absolutely bonkers (like, is it candy or makeup?) but trust us, this Cocoon Lip Stain ($22) from Cailyn Cosmetics actually works incredibly well. Here is our Marketing Coordinator (and part-time hair model) Amanda Bauer trying it out: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68enEsDV_jE[/youtube] So it's pretty easy. You just apply the lip stain, as you normally would, and let the thick gloss dry for 10 minutes. Then, peel it off for a matte finish! It leaves you with a color-stained lip that's light and subtle. How pretty! Cocoon Lip Stain in Pink Desire ($22) Don't forget to check out more videos: how to straighten your hair like a pro (featuring Amanda, obvs) and the right way to shape your eyebrows (with ya girl who wrote this post) [Photo/Video: Shelby Rodriguez]
Mark Your Calendar! Pixi’s Highly-Anticipated Lower Lash Mascara Launches On June 26
SHEfinds receives commissions for purchases made through the links in this post. Calling all mascara devotees! Here's a beauty launch you'll want to mark on your calendar ASAP. Pixi by Petra is releasing the one mascara your makeup bag is missing: a formula especially created for lower lashes! Pixi Lower Lash Mascara ($11) will be available at Target stores and on target.com beginning June 26, so save the date. The specialized short bristle brush grabs and coats those hard to reach lower lash hairs like no regular mascara can and the waterproof formula really and truly stays put all day. I was lucky enough to get a sample of this goodness before it hits stores and it's so freakin' good I use it on both my top and bottom lashes. The brush is seriously so amazing at defining lashes. While you wait for Pixi's lower lash mascara to arrive, be sure to shop the brand's cult Glow Tonic and Eye Elixir. Be sure to check out the best beauty at Forever 21 and 8 Korean beauty products you need in your makeup bag.
You Should Be Working Out With Your Hair In A Braid–Here’s Why
If you're like most women, chances are you pull your hair back into a ponytail before every workout. You want it controlled and out of your face for that sweat sesh, after all. Sound familiar? We've got two words for you: big mistake. Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, a dermatologist at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills, warns that the current trend of tight ponytails women wear while exercising and working out can not only lead to hair thinning, but also hair loss. "Continual pulling or traction of the hair roots results in changes known as 'follicular degeneration syndrome,' which can eventually scar and cause permanent hair loss," Shainhouse says. "With tight hair styling, the hairs get pulled, the follicles get traumatized and eventually the hair shafts become deformed and can be pulled out. If this occurs once in a while, the hairs will grow back. With persistent tension and trauma to the follicles, however, the follicle can be destroyed because fibrous scar tissue can develop around and within the old hair follicle. Hair cannot grow back." Now before you nix regular workouts from your weekly routine for fear that you'll pull your hair out, there's another option. After all, ponytails and pilates don't have to go hand in hand. Enter the good ol' braid. Turns out a loose braid is actually the perfect hairstyle for working out. "Before you hit the gym, resist the urge to quickly throw your hair into a reliable tight ponytail," says Erika Wasser, founder and CEO of Glam&Go express styling bar. "A loose braid is one of the best hairstyles to wear during a workout. It will leave you with tousled waves and no big dents, while still keeping your hair out of your face on the elliptical." One note of caution: not just any braid will do. Super tight braids, especially those that cause serious tension between the hair and the scalp, can be just as damaging a tight ponytails. When it comes to working out, low and loose--like this fishtail braid--is the way to go. Don't miss why you should be sleeping with your hair in a bun and the best eyebrow product yet.
The 8 Korean Beauty Products You Need In Your Makeup Bag Now
SHEfinds receives commissions for purchases made through the links in this post. When it comes to skincare, Korean beauty products are seriously killing the game right now. From sheet masks to crazy innovative creams and cleansers, they're definitely ahead of the curve. There probably isn't a woman out there who doesn't want all the beauty benefits that Korean beauty products produce--namely, soft, glowy, flawless skin. But sifting your way through all the K-Beauty products available in the U.S. can be pretty daunting. That's where our friends at Joyus come in. They did the heavy lifting of testing all the wild and crazy Korean beauty products out there and narrowed down the 8 best, the 8 products you absolutely positively need in your makeup bag. Check out the magic they work in the video below, then buy them all ASAP. These goodies sell out super fast! Be sure to check out the best beauty buys from Forever 21 and what are hooded eyes. [Photo: Joyus]
Everything You Need To Know About Hooded Eyes, Starting With What The Heck Are They
Hooded eyes--bedroom eyes as those of us who have them like to affectionately call them--are mysterious and sexy. Turns out, they're also an eye shape that doesn't benefit from many popular eye makeup tutorials. They are characterized by a "prominent brow bone that causes the crease of the eye, and often part of the eyelid, to be covered," says Dr. Alain Michon, medical director of Ottawa Skin Clinic. Young celebs like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift were born with pretty hooded eyes, but Dr. Brett Kotlus, a New York City cosmetic and reconstructive oculoplastic surgeon and the author of Pause and Reverse: How to Look Younger Than Your Age With or Without Cosmetic Surgery, says less-than-flattering hooded eyelids can begin to appear in your late 30s and early 40s. "The eyelids are the first parts of the face to show aging," Kotlus says. "There are two main causes: the upper eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body so it is prone to stretching [and] the brows descent and deflate, causing crowding and hooding below." You can tell if your eyelids are hooding if you used to see more eyelid platform (the space above the eyelashes and below the eyelid fold), but now your platform is disappearing, Kotlus says. "You'll also notice there is less place to put your eyeliner," he adds. Treatments like Botox can help raise the eyebrows and in turn, reveal more eyelid platform and minimize early, mild hooding, Kotlus says. More severe hooding can benefit from an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty for a long-lasting correction. But for those women who actually want play up their hooded eyes and make the most of them, Sarah Conley, founder of beauty vlog MKUP with Sarah, offers these great tips. 1. Rethink where you apply eyeshadow. "The best thing you can do when applying eyeshadow to hooded eyes is to go up on to the edge of your brow bone," Conley says. "People with upward or almond eyes generally will apply a dark eyeshadow shade in their crease to add depth to their eyes, but for people with hooded eyes, their crease will disappear when their eyes are open. By applying shadow up on to the brow bone, it gives the illusion that the eye is more open and larger." 2. Get creative with your tools. "One tip for applying shadow up on the brow bone is to place scotch tape (stick it on the back of your hand a few of times before putting it on your face) from the corner of your eye up to the outer edge of your eyebrow," Conley says. "Then apply shadow from the center of your lid outward in a straight horizontal line. Remove the tape and reveal a fierce smokey eye." 3. Know thy enemy. All makeup tricks and products simply don't work for all eye shapes. Conley reminds us of four no-no's when it comes to applying makeup to hooded eyes: - Stay away from shimmer. Matte shadows are your best friend. - Always prime your eyes with an eye primer or concealer and set it with a powder before applying shadow. This will make sure the shadow stays in place and doesn't transfer. - Avoid applying eye liner and not setting it with a powder (same color as the liner) because most likely it will transfer to your brow bone when your eyes are open. - Lining the upper water line of the eyes is perfect for people with hooded eyes because the liner will define the eyes and will not disappear when your eyes are open. For more beauty news and tips, check out the one thing you should never do if you have small eyes and how to not get watery eyes when putting on mascara. Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter. [Photo: Splash News]
Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win A Free Lancôme Lipstick! #SampleSaturday
The editors at SHEfinds wrote this blog post on behalf of Lancôme and received compensation as part of our participation. If there's one beauty product that has the power to transform your look with one single swipe, it's lipstick, ladies. Powder and foundation can be tricky to match, mascara clumps and smudges, and eyeshadow, quite frankly, it's too advanced for my set of basic makeup skills. But lipstick? It's pretty easy to apply and voila! you'll instantly look #flawless even if you just rolled out of bed. Now, you're thinking it's time for some new lipstick, right? Don't go out and spend your money just yet because we've teamed up with Lancôme to give 100 winners the chance to win a free lipstick! We're talking 100 Color Design lipsticks in two different shades: Red Addiction and The New Pink. This lipstick is amazing--with a creamy consistency, rich pigments, and saturated yet weightless coverage, it will give you a fresh, bold look for any occasion. So what are you waiting for? Enter below for your chance to win!
Finally, A Cellulite Cure That Really Works (And Just In Time For Summer!)
SHEfinds receives commissions for purchases made through the links in this post. I've been pretty good about maintaining my workout routine through the cold winter months, but that doesn't mean I'm not still a little self conscious about busting out the shorts and mini skirts once the weather gets warm. The fight against cellulite is real! And that's precisely why I'm so jazzed about this product from Dr. Brandt. In case you're unfamiliar, Dr. Brandt is one of the most innovative beauty brands out there. Their anti-aging products are always cutting edge and beauty addicts swear by their serums, masks, cleansers and creams. The one Dr. Brandt every woman should stock up on now that summer is around the corner? Cellusculpt. It is honestly the best product I've ever come across when it comes to really addressing cellulite, especially on the thighs and hips. It was inspired by the CoolSculpting craze, which delivers a double-dose of caffeine to boost circulation and help drain fat storage. Sound pretty far out, but who cares? It works! Watch it in action below, then order yours ASAP. Summer's almost here! Don't miss everything you need to know about your Clarisonic and at-home acne remedies. [Photo: Joyus]
I Usually Prefer Gel Liners, But This Bare Minerals One Just Made Me A Liquid Convert
I've tried *many* liquid eyeliners over the years of working at SHEfinds (what good is a beauty closet if you can't raid it?). Usually I prefer gel liners over liquid ones because it's just easier to get a thin line with them--BUT Bare Mineral's Ink Liner just changed everything. I am now officially a card-carrying member of the liquid liner club. Why? The Bare Minerals one is easier to apply than any other liquid eyeliner that I've tried. It doesn't peel off and you are able to draw a very fine line with it. That's me (above) with an actual cat eye I created. BOOM! Get one: Bare Mineral Lash Domination Ink Liner ($19) https://www.instagram.com/p/BFC5vFSQLNr/?taken-by=bareminerals
VIDEO: See How Much Nail Trends Have Changed In The Past 100 Years
Nail art is everywhere these days, but you might be surprised by when this trend actually started. Mode's latest video in its 100 Years of Fashion series shows how much nail styles have changed over the past 100-plus years. It's pretty dope to see how far we've come from the short, bare nails of the 1900's and everything in between. Watch below and let us know your favorite decade of nail styles! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4U9p7cSYg[/youtube] Don't forget to check out: facts you didn't know about Ulta and the prettiest summer dresses at T.J. Maxx under $50 [Photo: Youtube]
Should You Put On Antiperspirant Before You Work Out Or Is It Good To Sweat? The Answer May Surprise You…
Most women think of antiperspirant as a gym bag essential--something right up there with sneakers and a sports bra. Because really, who wants to be "the smelly one" at the gym? And the idea of ruining a Lululemon shirt with sweat stains? No thank you! Believe it or not, however, there are some people who are actually against the idea of wearing antiperspirant to the gym. Not only do they suggest it's actually beneficial to the body to sweat since that's how our bodies keep cool, but also that sweating is the body's way of eliminating toxins. Add to this the horror stories about how the aluminum in antiperspirant may be linked to breast cancer and you're probably wondering whether you really should leave antiperspirant out of your gym bag. "Sweating is a mechanism to keep the body cool and it's a natural part of working out," says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, an assistant Clinical Professor in the department of dermatology at the George Washington University. When we get hot, our bodies release moisture in the form of sweat to cool us down. Armpits alone have over 25,000 pores each, so you can imagine they produce a lot of sweat. Fortunately, we have thousands more sweat glands across our bodies, so it's definitely okay to use an antiperspirant while exercising. "Your underarms are a small area and there are plenty of other sweat glands available to release heat," says Dove dermatologist Dr. Alice Barba. "Our bodies can easily cool us through sweat on the neck, back and head, so blocking the pores under your arms doesn't have much consequence." What's more is that underarm moisture can lead to odor-causing bacteria, so it's actually wise to use antiperspirant to help fight the bacteria buildup that can cause odor. The other arguments against wearing antiperspirant--that it blocks the body from releasing toxins and may be linked to breast cancer--also don't hold much weight. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute agree that there isn't any evidence that breast cancer can be caused by the ingredients in antiperspirant. And since it turns out that you can't actually sweat toxins out of your body, there's no reason to worry about that either. So rest assured: your antiperspirant should stay right at the top of your gym bag. Be sure to check out foundation mistakes that are aging you and how to fake fuller lips.
You Need To See This Video Of A Beauty Blogger Curling Her Hair With Balloons
I'm all about that easy-to-do hair life, as I'm sure most women are, but even this trick is too absurd for me. Beauty vlogger Tina Lee of the YouTube channel MakeupWearables Hairstyles just posted a video on how to curl your hair with inflated balloons, which is completely bananas... right? Am I missing something?! In the tutorial, Lee says to blow up the balloons halfway, secure them around sections of hair using bobby pins and then SLEEP WITH THEM OVERNIGHT. Yep, that sounds logical. She even demonstrates "sleeping"and looks very uncomfortable, because no one sleeps like that. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ndZ4XvvKw[/youtube] Even though her hair does look phenomenal at the end, I'm not convinced. But this is the woman who also found success using maxi-pads and toilet paper to achieve curls, so she is clearly an expert at using the most random stuff from CVS as hair tools. Would you try this heatless hair hack? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to check out: sock to wear with heels and Kristen Bell's $29 Zara top [Photo: Youtube]
4 Simple Lipstick Tricks To Fake Fuller Lips
If you've always longed for Angelina Jolie-like full lips, but can't quite wrap your mind around injections, makeup is the perfect middle ground. Simply choosing the right products and applying them in exactly the right way can make that pout you've always dreamed of a reality. Below, pro makeup artist and beauty expert Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup reveals how to fake fuller lips using only cosmetics. Pick The Right Color. Peachy pinks, soft pinks, medium berries mimic natural lip shades, which helps lips appear fuller. Flattering nudes are also a great option, Trotter says. Say "No" To Shimmer And Matte. "Choose creamy and glossy formulas because they create the illusion of fuller lips," Trotter says. "Glosses can help fake volume." Formulas to avoid? Skip shimmer and sparkle because they can have an aging effect. Matte and liquid lipsticks also aren't very flattering on thin lips. "The flatness of matte formulas doesn't create any dimension and can also make you look older," Trotter says. Learn How To Apply Lip Liner. "Liner is a good choice for women with thin lips," Trotter says. "Choose liner in tones similar to your lipstick or lip gloss shade. You can go slightly outside the lines to create a slightly larger shape, but the key is slightly. Don't overdo it. Instead of looking full, it'll look sloppy." Use Highlighter. "Use a soft, champagne-toned highlighter dusted lightly on your cupid's bow and a little bit under the fullest part of your bottom lip," Trotter says. "Blend edges well for a soft and flattering look." For more beauty tricks, check out how to cover a zit in half the time and the best drugstore BB creams.