The Magical Beauty Must Have + Rose Water

The last few month’s I have been noticing a lot of talk about Rose Water. From Youtubers like Nicole Guerriero ,to Vogue’s article French -Girls Beauty Rules.  So of course, I had to look into it…and now I’m obsessed. One of the best parts, it’s affordable. You can make your own, find it at a natural food store or your favorite beauty store like SEPHORA & ULTA.

There are so many benefits to this amazing bottle of floral goodness! 

  • Toner: Helps cleanse and illuminate  the face from the dirt and pollution of the day. Often recommend for acne- and rosacea-prone skin  because “it reduces bacteria on skin, decreases inflammation, and simultaneously hydrates and soothes the skin,” says Jessica Weiser, MD, a dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group in New York City. After cleaning your face either spray the rose water on a cotton ball or you can be a lazy babe like me and just spray it right on your face. Boom…. cleansed, less red, and glowing.
  • Makeup Remover— all in one
  • Freshin up & Glow – That moment in the middle of the day and you look in a mirror and think “oh,shit… I have been looking like this!” Rose Water is a great pick me up for dry, winter dull skin. Or for those hot days, spray away and cool off and look great!
  • Oily Skin – Not to worry – Rose Water helps balance the oil and tighten the pores.
  • Sunburn Treatment: Spritz the Rose Water on your Sunburn for instant relief. Check out my other post on my favorite natural ways to cure a sunburn.
  •  Hair softener: Mix rose water in your regular shampoo to get softer and fresher hair. Massaging your hair with rose water promotes hair-growth.  Spray it on your dry hair to bring it back to life and soften it up.
  • Dark circle & Puffy Eyes: Simply pat  a little rose water around your eyes to reduce both dark circles and puffy eyes.
If I even cry a little, the next day I look like Quasimodo, so this is needed.
*Find a Rosewater that has limited ingredients, to ensure you receive the best benefits from your Rose Water.
 What is your favorite must-have beauty secret?
X – A
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Fall Body Refresh

One of my favorite places is the Korean Bath House! Since it is a bit pricey and I don’t always have the time for a day spa experience. I decided to share my alternative for all you spa lovers  or those too nervous to strip down butt ass naked and get scrubbed down by a stranger. If you decide to go to the Korean bath house with another person, make sure you are really close. You will being seeing ALL  of each other and others…if you catch my drift.

The Korean Bath House at Home.

STEP 1: Step into hot shower. Start with washing your face while your body relaxes and skin softens.

STEP 2: Step away from the water. Time to exfoliate… this is not little bitch exfoliation…this is deep down, sometimes ouch exfoliating.

The gloves are the best,laziest and easiest way to scrub down. They are also just like the Korean Bath house gloves. This step should take at least 15 minutes. Its’ gross but you will see balls of dead skin rolling off and in a sick way it’s satisfying. After a summer of soaking up the sun it is time for our skin to shed and soak up some moisture. Once you are scrubbed raw, its time to really relax.

STEP 3: Start bath and create mix in the fabulous Honey Milk Bath. Soak in the bath for 20-40 minutes. Rise,dry and moisturize with your favorite lotion or oil. I am a personal fan of old school baby oil.

STEP 4: Drink a lot of water!

 Hope you all enjoy your mini spa day!

xo- A

It’s a Must! 

This summer has been action packed and when I found myself without any foundation before my wedding and mini moon I had to wing it. I went to Ulta looking to get a different foundation and they were out. I … Continue reading

Dry vs. Dehydrated and The hydration magic of Hydroluric Acid!

 

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Who knew there was a major difference  of  Dry vs Dehydrated skin?!!?   I have always thought my skin was oily and that’s why my foundation never lasted. Years and years going to different makeup artist and just being told to use a primer… well I have and it still doesn’t work.   Lately, I have noticed my foundation has become patchy after an hour or so. Which is not a cute look. I started looking into patchy foundation and the causes. I stumbled upon lumiashe’s  Youtube Channel and she went over what she learned from her research and mostly from Caroline Hirons’ blog

Caroline made a fantastic cheat sheet on Dry vs Dehydrated skin and how you can have oily skin that is dehydrating. New news to me!

Here is what Caroline explained about the differences in skin types and conditions !

“Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying reasons.

Dry Skin – normally a skin type but can be a temporary skin condition

  • caused by lack of oil in the skin
  • small pores
  • ‘tight’ feeling
  • may be flaky
  • milia, blackheads and spots may still be present
  • skin looks dull
  • skin is not plump
  • doesn’t absorb products easily
  • easily irritated – more likely to suffer reactions to products
  • aggravated by poor skincare

Dehydrated Skin – is a skin condition affecting any skin type – including DRY

  • caused by lack of water in the skin
  • pores can be large or small
  • skin feels tight and dry although it can confusingly sometimes look oily and have breakouts
  • absorbs moisturizers really quickly
  • blackheads and spots are still visible
  • makeup disappears (and goes patchy) throughout the day as the skin is absorbing any water in your foundation
  • skin looks ‘ashen’
  • aggravated by lifestyle circumstances – may suffer from a lot of headaches

Skin is made up of 70% water – around  20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.

The following can cause dehydration –

  1. Environment – wind, cold air, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning, central heating
  2. Diet – the wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods, not drinking enough
  3. Lifestyle – stress , poor skincare routine, using the wrong products, medication – including birth control, smoking
  4. Genetics – monthly cycle, pregnancy

It is quite common to be both dry and dehydrated but if by looking at the above you have ascertained that you are one or the other – these do’s and don’t might help.

Do and Do Not:

  • Do upgrade your moisturizer to something suitable for dry skin if you recognize the signs – go for products using the words ‘nourishing’
  • Do change your moisturizer to something labelled ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
  • Do steer clear of foaming anything  – keep the bubbles for your dishes
  • Do use balms, oils and serums for dry skin.
  • Do use milks, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated
  • Do stay away from mineral oils, silicone (in skincare – not makeup), lanolins and synthetic fragrance which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.”

So, what is the magic to getting hydration back to your face? Hydroluric Acid!!  It holds up to 100 times it’s own weight in water.

Doctor Oz covered the who, what and why of  Hydroluric Acid!

He explains, that it is a powerful humectant which is a  moisture-binder. This  keeps skin plump and hydrated and looking young!

Biology geekout:  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

As a baby you are born with extra H.A but over time you no longer have the fresh dewy baby skin and need a little help.  While you’re never going to get back that perfectly dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and get a  fresher, more supple look.

There are serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous  results , you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Applied topically, it will increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage.

Bonus: Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.

It is all about prevention of wrinkles and making sure  your skin is kept  fresh and hydrated.

Hope you babes learned something helpful!

xo- A.

 

 

 

 

What is the Cupping Craze?

PHOTO: Celebrity CuppingPHOTO: Celebrity Cupping

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For the past year or so, I have been seeing celebrities with big red rings on their back, from Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet to Lena Dunham posting her cupped back on instagram. Celebrities are flocking to this Ancient Chinese tradition and showing off their marks…so what is causing these marks?
Cupping!!! 

 So what is cupping? Well since I am not a doctor,  I went to my friend WebMD, to get you well-rounded understanding.

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, such as : Glass, Bamboo, Earthenware.

Cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups can mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

  Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Acne
Facial paralysis
Cervical spondylosis
Blood Circulation
and more!

Types of Cupping Therapy

There are various types of cupping therapy, like dry cupping which is suction only or Wet cupping which is a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage like effect.

During wet cupping, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions. Then he or she performs a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin’s appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.

Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing.

Is this something you are rushing to go get?

Some Nay-sayers: 

According to WebMD ” In general, Western medical societies are skeptical of the health claims made by cupping therapy supporters. “Available scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease,” states the American Cancer Society. “Reports of successful treatment with cupping are mainly anecdotal rather than from research studies.”

But a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions.”

Check out more from WebMD

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Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown takes over Yahoo’s beauty section!

Bobbi Brown, makeup artist to the stars
I had to share major news! Yahoo Beauty steps up their game with new Editor-in-Chief Bobbi Brown.
Bobbi Brown, the new editor-in-chief of Yahoo’s beauty section and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Photograph: Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics will keep her role at makeup company while fulfilling new role as section editor-in-chief.

In a rare jump by a retail executive onto the masthead of a media outlet that covers her industry, Bobbi Brown, the makeup mogul, will take over Yahoo’s beauty section later this month, the company announced on Wednesday.

As editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty, Brown “will lead editorial direction, original content and the expansion and re-imagination” of the section, Yahoo said in a statement. Brown was quoted as saying that she would keep her role at her cosmetics company and that she was “confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other”.

Brown is the founder and leader of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, which is estimated to bring in more than 10% of the annual sales of parent company Estée Lauder. The average of estimates of annual sales at Estée Lauder through June 2014 is $10.7bn. Yahoo itself is less than half that size in terms of sales.

It was unclear whether any editorial restrictions would be put in place on Brown’s coverage, as Yahoo editor, of Bobbi Brown products – or on her coverage of competing cosmetic companies’ products.

“The thing that’s surprising about this is it creates an absolutely obvious conflict of interest,” said Kelly McBride, co-author of The New Ethics of Journalism and senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute. “The reason that people would turn to Yahoo Beauty is for independent news and analysis on a specialty topic. If you have an editor who has a vested financial interest in a product line, news consumers are automatically going to assume that that product line gets preferential treatment. And so it doesn’t even matter if it actually does get preferential treatment, the perception alone will damage Yahoo’s credibility.”

Yahoo might try to address the situation by explaining its editorial process in a transparent way, McBride said, and by consistently delivering “what the audience needs when the audience needs it”.

Asked to comment on the matter, a Yahoo spokesman released this statement: “Yahoo has very strict editorial guidelines and Yahoo Beauty will adhere to these standards just like all of our sites.”

Brown’s career began in the 1980s, when she worked successfully as a makeup artist in New York City, but her brand began in the early 1990s, when she launched her eponymous makeup line and quickly established a range that catered for an ethnically diverse customer base.

At a time when mainstream makeup ranges were dominated by bright colours aimed at white women, Brown showed an awareness of black and Asian skin tones years before her competitors by basing her ranges of a wide range of understated neutral colours.

Brown’s ethos has always been about making the professional seem accessible for women everywhere. Years before YouTube tutorials became the norm, Brown appeared on TV showing women how to apply eyeliner and pick the perfect shade of foundation. The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual became something of bible for makeup lovers.

“As [editor-in-chief], I’ll work to curate smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best selves,” Brown said in a statement released by Yahoo. “Of course, it goes without saying that this new role will never take me away from my first love – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I’ll continue as Chief Creative Officer of the company, and am confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other.”

It is not unprecedented in the world of media for economic stakes to overlap uncomfortably with editorial interests. In a widely followed 2011 case, Michael Arrington, a founding editor of the influential technology site TechCrunch, came under fire for launching a $20m venture capital fund to invest in tech companies. Arrington was subsequently ousted from his editorial perch by parent company AOL. “It is very, very clear that they are distinct entities and Michael will have no influence on coverage,” AOL editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington told the New York Times’ David Carr at the time.

The announcement of Brown’s hiring came a week after reports that Yahoo would undertake a major overhaul of its women-focused lifestyle section, currently known as Shine.

Under CEO Marissa Mayer, who took over in July 2012, Yahoo has gone on something of a shopping spree for big-name talent to lead its various media sections. Last November the company hired Katie Couric, the ubiquitous television news personality, as “global anchor,” reportedly for a $6m salary. Yahoo also has hired David Pogue, formerly of the New York Times, as a technology columnist, and Josh Wolk, formerly of Vulture, as entertainment editor.

Original thegaurdian.com article

Gwyneth Paltrow’s DIY teeth whitening tip : Oil Pulling

I keep seeing “oil pulling” pop up and my curiosity got me. I looked into it and found out that one of America’s favorite actresses practices this healthy trick. Check out her Interview with E! via Glamour Mag below.

Find out Gwyneth Paltrow's DIY teeth whitening tip
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Gwyneth Paltrow has a great set of pearly whites – and now she’s fessed up to how she gets them to stay so sparkly. In an interview with E! the creator of Goop has revealed it’s all down to oil pulling.

‘What is oil pulling?’ we hear you cry.

Well, over to Gwyn…

When asked if she has any favourite DIY skin treatments, Gwyneth replied bigging up coconut oil: “I use coconut oil a lot. I do on my face, on my skin and in my cooking. And I just started oil pulling, which is when you swish coconut oil around [in your mouth] for 20 minutes, and it’s supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white. It’s supposed to clear up your skin, as well.”

BLIMEY! Before we all rush off to Waitrose, let’s hear more about it, Gwyneth said: “It’s really interesting; it’s an ancient, ancient technique. I read about it on the Internet.”

So forget Listerine, it’s all about coconut oil! But sorry Gwyn, we have to admit, it sounds a little gross.

Since oil pulling is relatively new to the Western world, its health benefits have been vague, but a few published studies have confirmed that swishing oil does have value – especially for oral health.

In 2009, one study found that people who practiced oil pulling for 10 days showed a reduction in dental plaque comparable to plaque reductions seen in people who used chlorhexidine mouthwash during the same time period.  And in 2008, another study found that oil pulling effectively reduced mouth bacteria in the plaque and saliva samples of study participants.

So there you have it. Will you be trying oil pulling? Or have you tried it? Tweet us@GlamourMagUK.

Also in the interview, Gwyneth was raving about natural skincare line, Restorsea, and she told the presenter: “I get a lot of things sent but this one stood out. I loved the smell; it wasn’t floral, which I find off putting. I started using it and noticed a difference quickly in my skin tone. When looking into the company more, I learned it was started by a woman…I loved that it was a woman! I am all about that, ways to empower women. We call it the ‘Fempire’ here in the Goop office. I won’t ever endorse anything I don’t fully believe in.”

SOURCE: E! 

Original Glamour Article

Recipe: 

.5 to 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil and swish for 20 minutes then spit it all in the trash. The oil should be a thinner milky  liquid. Other oil options are sesame or olive oil. 

DIY Face & Body Scrub!

Scrubs are one the best at home treatments for your skin. They are affordable and very beneficial. If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week.

Babe Glow!

A major perk to body scrubs, particularly the salt scrub, it leaves your skin glowing and soft. Sea salt is the best option for a salt glow. A coffee scrub has antioxidants that neutralize the effects of free radicals, which can damage the inner layer of skin which can lead to dreaded age spots and wrinkles. When a coffee body scrub is applied, the skin absorbs the antioxidant and can help prevent premature aging and brings a little life back into your skin. Just like it wakes you up in the morning, it can also wake up your skin!

Shed it!

It might seem like an obvious benefit to mention, but body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells.Exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged (damn pores always trying to get gross) and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling. Scrubbing makes room for fresh shiny new cells to be produced and ultimately and leaving your skin looking and feeling like a total babe.

Just let it flow:

When you get a body scrub or give one to yourself, you are encouraging the natural flow of circulation and bodily fluids within. Some people use coffee body scrubs to combat the unwanted of varicose veins (spider veins). The caffeine found in coffee scrubs typically increases blood flow.

Be Gone Cellulite and Aging:

Some claim that coffee body scrubs can actually improve the appearance of aging and dimpled skin from cellulite. Lets be clear here, this is no miracle.  But every bit helps, so try the coffee scrub. It may reduce the appearance of cellulite and even the motion  of applying the coffee scrub can help by squeezing and massaging the body, this helps release and breakdown the toxins and fats held in the skin. Caffeine is also a vasodilator, (going back to biology days) which means it constricts blood vessels in the skin. This makes the blood vessels tighter and firmer quickly, which is shown in your skin texture

Bronzed Babe:  Try a non oily  or light oil base body scrub before applying any tanning lotion to guarantee an even application. By removing the dead skin cells, you’ll avoid splotches and dark spots, especially around your knees and elbows. Body scrubs are also great for removing self-tanner from your body

Relax and Enjoy!

Indulge in body scrubs, they are relaxing and purely beneficial. Having a body scrub done by a professional allows you to receive the benefit without the mess or stress. Getting a body scrub done at a spa regularly can be expensive, but there are many options to making your own scrubs at home.

Some of my favorite Scrub ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Sugar, Sea Salt, Coffee Grounds, Honey, Lemon, Baking Soda

Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.

Body Recipe:

1 Cup of already used coffee grounds or fresh dry grounds. So I don’t waste coffee, I just take the grounds from the morning I used.

1/2 or to your liking of Olive Oil or Coconut oil.

Mix all together until you get your ideal texture and hop in the shower and start scrubbing.

Don’t be afraid to add essential oils or some sugar. Be your own body scrub mixologist!

Face Scrub:

  • 2 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water.
  • For moisture instead of water use coconut oil or honey.
  •  A few squeezes of lemon to your face scrub will help pull out the gunk in your pores and lighten (over time) any acne marks.
  • You could sprinkle some sugar on half a lemon and rub it all over your face for a quick and easy scrub

xo A

DIY Sunburn Home Remedy Recipes !

Since it is officially spring and people are off on their spring break adventures and summer will be here soon, I thought I would share my favorite sunburn  DIY home remedies !

My sunburn healing essential is Black Tea! My mom has been using this trick since she was a teen. Tannic acid in the tea is a key component in beating a sunburn. Black tea is also full of antioxidants and herbs that can prevent your burn from blistering.  To soothe your burn follow the recipe:

  •  Place 3-5 black tea bags in a pitcher of warm water and let them steep  After the tea has cooled, simply dip a soft washcloth or cotton ball into the tea and start softly rubbing it over your burns. and then the healing begin! Be bronzed babe without the burn and  don’t forget to moisturize,moisturize,moisturize!

A messier DIY Home Remedy for your burns: Eggs whites

  • Egg white have collagen helps heal the skin and is a wonderful natural burn remedy.If you have some spare farm-fresh egg, you can separate the yolk from the white. whip the whites to a foam and then  rub the egg white over the affected skin, and allow it to dry completely. Do not rinse. If possible, allow the egg white to remain on the skin overnight. Enjoy the immediate relief and cooling sensation and reapply after bathing or as necessary if pain returns.Enjoy the sun but always use sunscreen to help prevent sun damage and wrinkles. 🙂
  • xo A

Best friends to the rescue.

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“Heatherrrr….MAKE ME PRETTY! 🙂 ” This is often what is said on an evening going out together. I am over getting ready myself and having a best friend that is a hair and makeup artist, is very helpful! Heather knows how to make my cheeks look perfect ( I have always had cheeks…so I am obsessed with appearing to having cheek bones) She also highlights my eyebrows and creases my eyelids to give me the Heather touch.

Heathers Touch.

1. Make up- She highlights the bottom of my eyebrow with a light concealer and blends. IT’S AMAZING!

2. Always crease your lid even with a very light color but always crease your lid!!

3. Hair- I am nuts when it comes to my hair. Day to day, I am the easiest no fuss hair but when it comes to getting it cut or dyed, it’s a whole other story. She knows how to deal with me, or just knows to always have a stiff cocktail when discussing my hair.* Must have Wispy ends, Paul Mitchell PM shine. I order mine on Amazon. I rarely use hair product… which annoys most hairstylist.

3. Nails- . Always use TWO top coats.  I always make sure of it when I am at the nail salon. It makes it last so much longer!

My other best friend Nina is an esthetician and makeup artist. She has been doing my eyebrows since she was 16. When her brother moved out to college, her mom turned his room into a full on beauty room. IT WAS AMAZING! She had all the professional products and we loved using them.  She is very strict, she will just start glaring at my brows and then blurt out ” you have man brows” or “Didn’t I teach you better” “COME HERE” That is when I know, I have gone to long. Then she makes me get all perfected. I sometimes  stop and say ” they look great, we are done” She glares and tells me to stay still and follows with ” don’t you want perfect brows, now stop being a baby”. All in the most loving of ways lol. She has no tolerance for bad brows.She waxes,threads and dyes my brows, when we are together. We are in a long distance relationship from Sf-SD.

What I have learned from Nina- When filling in your brows,start at your arch and follow down to the end. Do not over pluck or wax, fuller brows is better then no brows. Try to always make sure your hair and brows some what match. Black brows with bleached out hair is not the best look. Do not wax,if you use any Rentin-A products. Or stop using them for four days and then wax.

Nothing better than great girlfriends…especially ones with beautifying talent!

Now I need a massage therapist friend!!