Beauty

Not Your Average Pedi

I recently discovered something new at the nail salon. I’m usually a gel mani and regular pedi kind of girl. It works out perfectly because after two weeks when my gel starts to grow out I get a relaxing pedicure as well. I’m not big on change, but I recently went to the salon and forgot to bring my flip flops, so the nail technician offered to do a gel pedicure. I said no at first, but then I thought why not? I couldn’t believe how perfect my pedi looked and lasted three weeks. To be honest it might even be longer than that because I haven’t been back to remove them yet. Granted it is winter and I’m not really wearing open toe shoes, so a pedicure is not as much of a priority now, but I am shocked at how good my toesies still look. What I love even more is that I literally threw my socks and tennis shoes back on without the fear of smudging my polish! I am a changed woman! Not only will this save me time and money but my polish will look shiny for weeks! Also, this solves the issue of matching your gel nail color to your toes. It’s just a win-win situation.

 

Aline Agopian

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Switching to Cream Blush

I’ve always been a no powder foundation kind of girl, except when it came to blush. If you look in my makeup collection there are plenty of powder blushes that I have experimented with. Somehow, lately, I felt like I just wasn’t finding the right shade. I realized it was time to make the switch, not from coral to pink or light to dark but from powder to cream. I always thought of cream blushes as a more of a mature thing. I remember my mom telling me about how my grandmother would apply her lipstick on her cheeks, what a great hack right? I do have dry skin which is another great reason to switch over. Cream blushes have come a long way. Many are a bit lighter like a blush tint rather than a cream. I loved the NARS Orgasm powder blush in High School but now I feel like it kind of sits in my pores. I was happy to discover that they had the same shade in a stick called NARS The Multiple. Tarte Cheek Stain in Exposed is also a good one over no-makeup skin for the perfect glow. If you have oily skin I don’t recommend a cream blush, but for us dry-skinned gals, it’s definitely a game changer. 

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Some Hacks to Make Your Perfume Last Longer

Photo Courtesy of Jo Malone

We all love perfume, but what we don’t love so much is carrying the bottle around so we can spray on some more once we feel like the scent faded. But fret not, we’re going to let you in on a few secrets that will allow you to enjoy your yummy smell a little longer. 

  • Avoid storing your perfumes in a humid, warm place like your bathroom, as this atmosphere can break down the fragrance and lessen its quality. Speaking of storage, do not get rid of your perfume’s box once you open it because this will help keep it away from daylight.
  • Vaseline or petroleum jelly has so many benefits and believe it or not, it can contribute to making your perfume last longer. So apply it to your pulse points before spraying your perfume in order to make the scent last longer.
  • If your skin is damp, it tends to lock in the scent more, so spray your perfume right after you get out of the shower, before your body dries out.
  • If your skin is oily, you are lucky because oily skin makes perfume last longer naturally. If not, don’t forget to moisturize it with an unscented body lotion before spraying perfumes.
  • When spraying perfume, target your pulse point and warm areas of your body such as you wrist, neck, inside of your elbows, below your midriff, behind your knees and on your ankles and calves.
  • When you spray fragrance on your wrist, avoid rubbing them together because this will cause the top notes of your perfume to fade faster and consequently, your perfume won’t last too long.
  • Last but not least, the type of fragrance plays an important role in this matter as well. While body spray, eau de cologne and eau de toilette have a low concentration in fragrance oils, eau de parfum and extrait de parfum are much stronger and last much longer.

Would you like to update your fragrance? Check out our edit of the newest fragrances out there.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Decluttering Makeup for 2019

I have a love hate relationship with decluttering. I love the result, but the process of getting rid of things I have bought makes me a little nervous. I literally use ten percent of my makeup, but every time I get ready, I have such a hard time finding everything I need. With this New Year I am trying to practice the art of minimalism. I do love trying new products, but as soon as I find that it’s not one of my favorites, why do I feel the need to hold on to it? This is why I have decided to either toss or donate all items that I no longer need. Here is what my goal is.

Foundation- Only keep one for winter and one for summer. For winter I will keep a hydrating lighter shade and for summer I will have an oil free darker shade.

Blush- I have so many blush colors that don’t look right on me. Toss or give to a friend all the wrong shades! Only keep favorites.

Eyeshadow-Yes, it’s nice to have many eyeshadow choices, but let’s be real, you aren’t using every single color in all those palettes you have. Actually, a palette is a simple way of telling you which colors you are into and which ones you are not. That sparkly green shade may have looked super cool in the store, but chances are you will never dip into it.

Last but not least, lip colors. I feel like the older we get the better we are at realizing what looks good on us and what doesn’t. If you put it on and you think “oh no this is not right for me,” don’t put it back in the drawer. Get rid of it right away! 

 

Article Written By Aline Agopian

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How to Fully Benefit from Your Face Mask

Face masks are simply the marvel of the beauty world. However, to benefit the most of them, you should use them the right way and that’s what we’re going to help you with this time. With this in mind, here are the golden rules that you should follow after choosing the right mask for your face according to your dermatologist’s recommendations – of course.

1 – Before using a mask, make sure to prep your skin first. Yes, a mask treatment is not as easy and fast as you think it is! In order to get the full benefit, you should clean and gently exfoliate your skin. Start off by applying a thin coat of exfoliating peel and leave for 3 to 10 minutes in order to dissolve all dry skin cells. After rinsing well and patting your face dry, apply the face mask that is appropriate for your skin type.

2 – If you have specific problem spots, multi-tasking – or shall we say, multi-masking – is extremely safe as long as you pay attention not to layer the masks on top of each other. With this notion in mind, do not hesitate to apply a mask that treats your forehead from breakouts while applying a moisturizing one that protects your cheeks from drying out.

3 – Avoid using a mask that dries out your skin. How can you know that it does? After it dries, try to smile and if it cracks into a million pieces, avoid using it once again.

4 – If your skin burns after applying the mask, it must contain something that irritates your skin. Therefore, remove it immediately using warm water and a gentle cleanser, then move to applying a soothing moisturizer. If any rash appears, ask your dermatologist for a specific treatment and try to find out what caused these symptoms in order to avoid using other masks that contain the same ingredient.

5 – After removing your mask, apply a moisturizer that leaves your skin radiant and well hydrated.

6 – Applying your mask after a shower is quite nice because the hot water will cause steam, which helps open your pores and makes the mask more beneficial than ever.

7 – Avoid leaving your mask on longer than directed because it may end up irritating your skin rather than providing it with extra benefits. 20 minutes are just enough!

8 – Make sure to wash your hands well before applying the mask.

9 – According to experts, using a mask once a week is ideal. However, this may vary from one skin type to another.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Benefits of Soft Water

Ever since I can remember my hair and skin have always been dry. We all know that we have to hydrate from the inside and out, and yes, drinking plenty of water and moisturizing is so important, but did you know that the water you shower and wash your hands with could also make a huge difference? Most of the water we use is called “hard” water. Hard water contains different types of minerals which usually throws off the PH balance. We always stress the importance of using a toner to even out the PH Balance in your skin, but what if your water could do that for you. Basically, there is a treatment that is added to your water which contains sodium. Think of when it rains or you swim in the sea, nature’s water is not suitable for drinking, but is soft to the touch. Not only is “soft” water good for your skin, but you will notice a difference in your laundry and even when wiping down your shower doors, there will no longer be residue from minerals in hard water. After switching to “soft” water for only a week I already see a huge difference in my skin. I barely get any more breakouts and my skin has this natural glow that is was missing for years! I even see a difference in my daughter’s hair. She has a softer wave and very shiny hair. Before you install this in your home, do ask your doctor first. Those on a low sodium diet or high risk of cardiovascular disease should not be using this.  

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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My Gel Nightmare

Gel Nail Polish is probably one of my favorite inventions after contact lenses! Don’t you hate waiting for your nails to dry after an hour of getting a manicure? Once you get home you are bound to somehow mess up your nails. Enter gel manicures! No drying, no chipping and fabulous nails for two weeks! Sounds like a dream, until you decide to fully remove your gels. Since I was packing to move to a new house, I knew my nails were going to get quite the beating so I decided to remove my gels and not wear any polish at all. During this process, I was horrified of how thin and unhealthy my nails felt. The best way to describe this was as if there was a pain in my nail beds like my nails were falling off. Sounds a bit dramatic, but it felt very weird. After a week or so I went in for a manicure and decided to only do regular polish. My nails were getting better but I knew I needed a break from the gel. Needless to say a couple of days later my polish started to chip. Although I was proud to give my nails a break from gel, I knew I had to get my fix of perfectly manicured gel nails and went back to the salon. My advice to you is to take a break here and there perhaps between seasons. Ideally, only get gels for special occasions.  

 

Article Written by Aline Agopian

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