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Give me some Vitamin D!

Why would you ask for vitamin D? Just hang out in the sun, and you’re good, right? Wrong!

Chances are you are lacking Vitamin D (unless you are a lifeguard or poolman). Unfortunately, since we spend so much time indoors nowadays, people of all ages and yes even our babies, all need an extra dose of Vitamin D. Now don’t go out and buy it unless you have done a blood test confirming it, but don’t be shocked at the results when you actually get a test done.
So, what does Vitamin D do and why do we need it? Let me start off by saying I am not one to pop vitamins left and right, but this is one I take every single day and took throughout my pregnancy as well. I also give it in liquid form to my daughter every day. I can get all scientific on you, but in a nutshell it’s good for your bones. It also helps with cell growth, your immune system and reduces inflammation. I know what you are thinking, can’t I just eat it? Well there are only a few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D; fatty fish, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks and some mushrooms. While yes, these are things which are probably found in our diet, especially the cheese, chances are we still aren’t getting enough. So, go get that blood test, and let your nutritionist or doctor give you the Vitamin D you need. Added bonus of Vitamin D? It reduces depression and helps you lose weight. 

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Moisturizing Tips and Tricks

Moisture is the best treat you can give your skin, and choosing the right moisturizer is the most efficient step of the moisturizing process. But there are some golden rules to follow to kick things up a notch. Here are a few tips and tricks that will leave your skin moisturized and youthful looking:

  • Limit your shower to 10 minutes maximum, and try to keep the water as cold as you can handle in order to keep hot water from stripping your skin from its natural oils.
  • The best time to moisturize your skin is after your shower. As we previously mentioned, hot water renders it dry. So moisturize your entire body within 3 minutes of finishing your bath as it will still be damp – which allows your moisturizer to lock the moisture within your skin.
  • Pick the right moisturizer for the season. Your skin needs change with the change of the weather. With this in mind, go for a heavier moisturizer during colder times and stick to a light one during the hot days of summer.
  • Every moisturizer has its own features, so never neglect the importance of choosing a product that really answers your skin needs.
  • For your hands and feet, the best moisturizing time is before going to bed, as you will not have to wash your hands or wear shoes anymore. This way, the product will have enough time to be absorbed by the skin and leave you with the desired results.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Skincare While Traveling

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/shiseido

When packing for a trip, I try to take the least amount of stuff possible except when it comes to skincare. For some reason, the hotel vibe just makes me want to put on masks and just take my sweet time getting ready and unready. Here is what I pack on every trip.

Basics of course, like cotton pads and Q-tips.
An oil cleanser is my favorite, but it can get messy. So I like to take something gentle and also one that will take off all my make-up like the Glamglow Supercleanse™ Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser. No matter how great my cleansers are, I always need an eye makeup remover and I like the SHISEIDO Essentials Instant Eye And Lip Makeup Remover in case I wear a bright lip.

If I have any minis of something I want to try, like serums and moisturizers, this is the perfect time to use them.
Sun protection is also a must while traveling because chances are we are walking around under the sun way more than we would at home.
Although I have been learning that face wipes are not great for your skin, I do like to take them along. I just saw some Neutrogena single packs which I thought were genius. Last but not least, the Fresh Rose Face Mask is awesome for that dry hotel room air. 

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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The Beauty Secret behind Using a Face Mist

So you think that face mists are unnecessary? Well, I did too until I started using one out of curiosity! And now I can tell you that I was positively surprised, as I thought that it’s just water bottled in a can that you can spray to feel refreshed on a hot summer’s day, but it actually turned out to be much more than this. Besides refreshing your skin, face mists have so many benefits that I personally wasn’t aware of. Here are some of them!

  • A face mist hydrates your face on the go, especially if you treat yourself to one based on a formula that includes extra hydrating ingredients such as essential oils. To keep dry skin at bay, use it many times during the day if needed and the best part is that it won’t mess up your makeup!
  • Face mists also lock the moisture in if applied in between your skincare and makeup products. They also act as a primer for your makeup look. Well, let’s admit it; nothing makes your face more perfect for makeup than a smoother and more hydrated complexion.
  • Face mists make foundation blending easier than ever, while giving your look a more natural finish and making it last longer.
  • Sometimes you feel that your makeup has faded during the day and all you need – if you use a face mist – is one splash of spray to revive it, as the latter will help you re-blend your foundation without having to wash your face and start all over again.
  • And for those who have oily skin, there are face mists available to control oil production while lightly hydrating your skin.

Now, are you ready to join the face mist team?

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Why is everyone drinking Collagen?

I recently went to lunch with a friend and watched her grab a powder from her purse and add it to her coffee: “I can’t even taste it” she said.
I know I had seen it on the internet, but what does drinking collagen powder actually do for you?
First off what is collagen? We all know it as the thing that we lose as we get older, right? Well, it’s the most abundant protein in our bodies, and also another name for it is gelatin. So just eat jello? Well supplements are a healthier way of doing that. I personally just drink a bone broth and mix it into my soups in the winter for the same effect.
Back to the powder, it’s basically like a supplement and you can even take it in pill form. The cool thing about drinking these collagen powders is that it affects your entire face and body not just one area. Not only will you get a glow, but this might even help with cellulite. It’s also great for your hair, skin and nails, and most importantly your joints.

Can collagen really make a difference? It sure does, and it’s totally worth a try, but nothing really beats a healthy diet. That said, there are some side effects such as heartburn or the sensation of feeling full.

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Dior Uncovers Its First Ultra-Wear and Care Lipstick

A beauty guru definitely knows how iconic the Rouge Dior lipstick is in the beauty world and ladies we’ve got some news for you, as the French house blends this already swooning combination of color and creativity with care – resulting in what a woman would call “the perfect deal”. With care being a strong trend in the cosmetics scene today, Dior, with its share of extensive research, came up with a formula that not only provides your lips with hydration, but also uses flowers – which were ever-present in Monsieur Dior’s sources of inspiration in all fields.

“The Care has become an essential step in the creative process,” confirms Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup. “It is the very beauty of makeup that gains from this extra touch, since when you feel good, you look good.”

Rouge Dior Ultra Care colors your pout with a selection of hues ranging from raw shades to true reds, provides it with care and lasts for 12 hours. What else could make this new beauty marvel so special? In fact, its formula features 100% natural cameline oil that deeply nourishes your lips thanks to its richness in fatty acids and a derivative of jojoba oil extract in a double quantity comparing to Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge to help limit the loss of water and keep your lips perfectly hydrated.

For this new Rouge Dior chapter, the French house chose Natalie Portman, who reveals a softer and more sensual side of her character in a red sweater that recalls the softness of petals.

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Summer Haircare – How to Keep Your Golden Highlights Healthy

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/ctilburymakeuparabia

Sun can be really damaging to your hair, especially if it’s dyed or contains golden highlights. That said, we only feel like exploring lighter hair colors during the summer; it’s quite the conundrum. But don’t fret, as here are some tips that will help you keep your hair in tip top shape by including additional hair care rituals to your normal routine.

  • Use deep conditioner regularly, as this product helps keep your hair healthy and shiny, especially after a hair dying session. Hair masks are also a great way to give your hair that gorgeous healthy glow. Personally, I find that coconut oil can do wonders to your hair if you keep it on overnight.
  • When at the pool, apply a protectant hair spray with SPF to avoid any damages that might be caused by the sun or chloride. 
  • Wearing a hat is also important when hanging out in the sun. So, here’s a chance to let your creativity run wild and explore different styles!
  • Avoid, at any cost, dying your hair at home. Professional hair stylists have the required expertise to change your hair color.
  • Don’t keep switching hair colors. Choose the one that you like the most and stick to it. Dying your hair regularly might be so damaging!
  • If your natural hair is dark, and you’re opting for a lighter tone, our last tip would be to work on your hair color gradually. Going light at once can cause great damage to your hair and you certainly don’t want this!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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