Even though I’ve been in the South for almost three years, I’m still not used to the heat. Summers in Charlotte seem to last forever. Minnesota had snow in May, while it was already in the 80’s here, and Summer will still be going strong by early October. All this heat means, I need something to keep my skin moisturized and cool. Which leads me to my favorite Kitchen Counter Beauty as of yet, The Aloe and Honey Moisturizer. The aloe cools the skin, while the honey acts as a super moisturizer, all while being safe enough for your face. My favorite time to apply the aloe and Honey Moisturizer is after a long hot day. I take a quick shower and then I indulge in this cooling mix. Quick tip for those of you trying this out, after it sits in the fridge overnight it can start to separate. Don’t freak, just give a good mix, before applying it.
I'm one of those lucky people who gets dry skin all year round. Drinking plenty of water and using a good moisturizer is just one of the many ways I combat my notoriously dry skin. Once a week I also pamper myself with a moisturizing mask. I use the mask on more than just my face, I put it on key dry spots like my elbows, upper arms and feet. As will all kitchen counter beauty, the fresher the products the better, I also opt for organic when I can. Note that organic often leads to a much shorter shelf life. As always test a small amount of the product before rubbing it all over your skin.
Lately I’ve been trying out a lot of the make it yourself beauty products. Some have worked out amazingly, so much in fact they have replaced some of my medicine cabinet favorites. Others not so much. For the next few weeks I’m going to bring you my favorite Kitchen Counter Beauty Products. Kicking things off is the Orange Zest Tonic. The combination of the orange zest and apple cider vinegar help increase circulation.
Awards season is in full tilt, which means there are more red carpets than you can shake a stick at.
You've got the casual winter looks coming in from Sundance, play party looks from the Grammys, and gorgeous Hollywood glamour from the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
This awards season you are getting to see even more of Adele. Normally you would only see her at the Grammys or Billboard Music Awards, but thanks to her killer pipes and James Bond, she is making appearances at the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
While her look is pretty tame compared to the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, Adele knows how to knock 'em dead with a few little details. A lot of the fashionistas out there feel that she is playing it "too safe," but I like to look at as her knowing what works for her, and what doesn't.
Adele is known for her array of little black dresses, fresh-faced makeup, killer eyes, playful ponytails, retro bouffants, and loose bedroom curls. She has even managed to turn the Stiletto Nail into a classic.
The best part about Adele's look is that you don't have to be a makeup artist, or use a lot of tools to recreate it. Another bonus of the Adele look is how easily it goes from day to night, in the blink of an eye. It's perfect for those of you looking for something that can get you through your 9 to 5, then on to a romantic evening out.
The first thing you need is a great foundation. Most people shop for makeup while wearing makeup, and that is the last thing you want to do. Your best bet is to head to the store fresh-faced. Once you are there, you are going to want to test at least three shades on your jawline or cheek. Once you've got the shade out, grab a mirror and head to the spot with the most natural light. Don't be afraid to leave the department store to get the right lighting. The shade best for you will blend into your skin. Once you get home, try out the shade again. If you don't like it don't be afraid to return it. Almost every drugstore and department store has a liberal return policy when it comes to makeup.
Start with a mineral-based primer. It will help your foundation go on smoothly and last longer.
Since most discoloration is found in the center of the face, you want to focus your attention there. Swipe your forehead, area around your nose, and chin. Use your fingers or makeup sponge to blend the color evenly.
If you're like me and have dark circles under your eyes, grab your concealer and blend under your eyes. Keep in mind that your concealer should only be one shade lighter than your foundation.
Now that you've got a great base, grab a bronzer with a little bit of shimmer and sweep it over your nose, forehead and cheeks. If you are showing your neck and chest, add a little there for an even look. Set your face with a light powder.
Find something sheer with a hint of color. Pop a big smile, kiss the apples of your cheeks, and sweep up towards your hairline.
Grab a champagne shade, and apply gently to the entire eyelid. Add a deeper shade to the outer corner, and blend into the crease. If you really want your eyes to pop, opt for a highlighter under the brow bone.
Use an ultra-fine liner, draw a thin line along your top lash line, and extend up and out. The farther out you go, the more dramatic the look. If you've got shaky hands, try doing this at a table, where you can steady yourself and rest your elbows. Once you get the wing out, use tiny strokes to work your liner back toward your eye. The closer you get to your inner eye, the thinner the line should be. If you miss a spot, don't worry, you can go back and fill it in. Beware that this takes a little practice, so you might want to try this a few times before your big night out. For 9 to 5, just go with a thin line across the lash line, and smudge with a q-tip for a softer look.
Curl your lashes and add at least two coats of lengthening black mascara. Don't be afraid to add a coat to your bottom lashes as well. If you want to add a little more wow, add trimmed faux lashes.
Adele usually sticks to a nude lip or something with a hint of peach, but if you are looking for a pop of color, try a pink or red lipstick. Pink is playful, fun, and will make your smile a little brighter. If you've got pale skin, go for something in a true pink with no hints of blue, or try something with a coral base that will warm up your skin tone. For those of you with olive skin, go for a darker pink with a ruby or cranberry base. Darker complexions are flattered by a pink with a touch of red and purple. Classic Red is sexy, elegant, and if blue-based, it will make your teeth look whiter. If you have pale skin, you will want a pinker shade of red. Olive skin tones should work with a ruby red, or one with a hint of a cranberry hue, while darker complexions are flattered by deep, almost purple red.
Grab a pair of glue-on nails. Flip the nails, and paint the tips with two coats of red polish. Once dry, follow the instructions on the box and apply a set of glue-on nails to freshly manicured, polish free nails. Grab nail scissors and snip the ends at an angle. File each nail to smooth down the edges. Once the nails have set, paint them any shade you see fit.
Like I said before, this classic look, aka The Adele, is wonderful because it is just basic enough that your skill level can be low, not a lot of equipment is needed, and it has plenty of room for you to add your very own "wow factor."
The one thing you never have to worry about is your look going out of style.
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Last week we talked about dry skin, a major winter worry. Now that I’m in a much warmer climate, I’ve noticed a major change in my winter skin. It’s not nearly as dry, but since my skin has desert like tendencies, I’m nowhere near being free of dry, flaky skin. It’s been well documented that I’m on the hunt for things to give me soft and supple skin, and I think I’ve finally stumbled on the perfect formula. Before we get to some of my favorite products lets recap a few cases of dry skin and the things to combat you winter skin worry.
What Is Causing Your Dry Skin
- Misusing Moisturizer - Moisturizer should be applied when your skin is still damp. This helps your moisturizer to trap the moisture still on your skin.
- Dry Air - If you can handle it, keep your thermostat in the mid 70's to 80's.
- Long, Hot Showers & Baths - To keep your skin from drying out ditched the perfumed body washes, turn down the heat, and limit the shower time.
- Soap - Frequent hand washing can lead to excessive dry skin that can lead to cracks, bleeding and infections. While in the shower remember that your whole body doesn't need to be doused in soap, the key parts are; the face, feet, private areas, hands and underarms.
- Itchy/Tight Clothing - Rule of thumb, if it feels itchy take it off, it's probably irritating your skin. Tight clothes make it hard for your skin to breathe, thus sucking out all of the moist
A luxurious healing formulation created just for the hands. A unique blend of vitamins, shea butter and aloe vera absorbs effortlessly into the hands leaving them soft and smooth. Newly packaged in a convenient size travel tube that will easily fit in your purse, car or gym bag. The Hand Creme comes is the delicious mango flavor. It almost reminds of tanning lotion, so every time I put it on I feel like I'm at the beach. It leaves my hands soft and smooth, even after I wash them. This means I don't have to constantly reapply. Buy more than one so you can have this lotion everywhere.
A naturally infused lip treatment that moisturizes the driest lips with a minty fresh flavor. The Peppermint Lip Treatment and It has a very natural peppermint smell and flavor. The Berry Balm hint of berry without being overwhelming. Soft and smooth, plus it doesn't feel greasy like so many glosses often do. It does provide a light shine, without venturing into the Lipglass territory. One application will last you a few hours, even while drinking. Give your lips a nice sugar scrub with your tooth brush to really give your lips the red carpet treatment. Also put on a generous helping before bed and wake up to the smoothest lips of your life. If you don't want to don't want to go the DIY route check out Bella Il Fiore Lip Treatment Set for the full spa treatment.
Bella's Happily Ever After Whipped Body Crème heals tired and stressed skin using natural oils and pure aloe vera. Enriched with Vitamins E and A and extracts of chamomile, ginseng and calendula, this indulging body lotion leaves skin silky and smooth. It kept my skin soft and smooth all day. Even on my elbows which are notorious for being dry and cracky. $21.99 will get you a big jar. After about two weeks of daily use I bare made a dent.
DONA By JO is a beauty created with natural and naturally derived ingredients, obtained from renewable resources and is eco-friendly. As well as infused with one of six aphrodisiacs. Feel safe and sensual knowing DONA products contain no mineral oil, petrolatum, lanolin, and other petroleum derivatives; no parabens, sulfates, harsh chemicals, or preservatives. If you click on over to Eden Fantasys you can build your own DONA kit and receive 20% off. A DONA kit consists of any three DONA by JO items, in any of their scents. With the plethora of products and scents the possibilities as well as the combinations are endless. And since there isn't a single product over 12 dollar your don't have to break the bank. The average DONA kit comes out to just around 23 dollars while saving you 6.
Eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth. The cute design and amazing flavors make this a lip balm something I always keep within an arms reach. I’m not kidding I’ve got one in almost every room of my house. Lemon is my favorite, it’s like biting into a freshly baked lemon bar.
I was actually quite surprised by this product. I was really on the fence about it especially when I saw it was touting it's Pheromone qualities. But once I tried it, I was happy that I did. It instantly reminded me of the now discontinued Neutrogena Body Oil Spray series for the 90's. FYI, I was obsessed with that stuff when I was in middle school. So when spritzed a little on, I was instantly transported back to my youth. I can't wait to try the other scents out. I purchased the Make Me Blush scent which is sweet pea, blue violet, with white cedar. While it may sound like a sensory overload, the scent is actually quite subtle. I must admit this is perfect after a shower, and just a few spritzes go a very long way. Plus with the subtle scent you don't have to worry about overdoing it. My skin feels softer and has nice glow to it after every use. Specially formulated with rich oil blends infused with Vitamins A and E. Locks in precious hydration, essential to soft skin care. At $8.99 you get a hefty bottle that will last well beyond the one month mark. I went and picked up each scent because I’m obsessed with it. Make sure your thoroughly work the oil into your skin. If you don't you mind get an oil stain on your clothes and/or bedding. While this is great on your skin post shower, it's even better when you put a few spritzes in the bathtub.
Helps prevent embarrassing shave bumps & ingrown hairs left behind by other shave products. Protects skin during shaving & provides a smooth, moisturizing shave to any part of the body. Coochy Shave Crème softens even the coarsest body hair. Perfect for intimate shaving as well as all areas of the body, including legs & underarms. Formulated with jojoba plus skin & hair conditioning agents for an extra smooth shave! This is by the same company that makes the Body Dew, so the scents are amazing and subtle.
Tightens pores and inhibits ingrown hairs. Botanical ingredients moisturize and create a fresh, delicate fragrance. Provides ultra-soft skin protection. May be used daily for continuous protection and you can use it anywhere on your body including your face. Special Multi-Directional Sprayer on 4 fl. oz. bottle is designed to mist skin anywhere… even sprays upside down for some of those hard to reach places. Pair this with the Body Dew Silky Body Oil and Coochy Shave Crème for the perfect smooth skin set.
In the winter months you need about 3 liters of water to stay properly hydrated. Now, before you run out and guzzle down a full three liters remember that you need that amount spread throughout the day. If you’re forgetful put it on your daily to do list or schedule it like you would a meeting. For those of you girls who love cocktail hour, add 8 to 16 ounces of water for every alcoholic drink you take.
This is a great way to buff your body and face. The sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Removing more dirt and oil from your pores and helps all the products above work more effectively.
This may seem like a pretty hefty list, but even if you just pick up a few products you won’t be sorry.
To combat all that winter throws at you, I've come up with a few Pretty Points with your #WinterWorries in mind and for your skin to soak up. Today's winter worry is all about dry skin, because flaky, dry skin is unhappy skin!
What Is Causing Your Dry Skin
Misusing Moisturizer - According to Barney Kenet author of How to Wash Your Face, most people misuse their moisturizer, by applying it to dry skin. Moisturizer should be applied when your skin is still damp. This helps your moisturizer to trap the moisture still on your skin.
Dry Air - Even in the summer, dry air is still something you should worry about. Turns out the air churned out by most air conditioning units is dry, and has a similar effect that the harsh winter air does. If you can handle it, keep your thermostat in the mid 70's to 80's.
Long, Hot Showers & Baths - For me a long hot shower or bubble bath after a crazy week is the best way to unwind, though it's bad for my skin. To keep your skin from drying out ditched the perfumed body washes, turn down the heat, and limit the shower time. I might also save you a few pennies on the water bill and it's also great for the environment!
Soap - Stop washing your hands so much. I know this sounds really disgusting, but frequent hand washing can lead to excessive dry skin that can lead to cracks, bleeding and infections. While in the shower remember that your whole body doesn't need to be doused in soap, the key parts are; the face, feet, private areas, hands and underarms.
Itchy/Tight Clothing - Rule of thumb, if it feels itchy take it off, it's probably irritating your skin. Tight clothes make it hard for your skin to breathe, thus sucking out all of the moisture.
The Formula For A Great Moisturizer
When it comes to moisturizer, it's all about the formula. A great moisturize can do a lot more than just keep your skin looking healthy, it can keep the signs of aging at bay.
Antioxidants - Fight off those pesky free radicals which contribute to skin aging. Antioxidants also help protect your skin from the sun.
Retinol - Is the technical term for Vitamin A. Retinol can increase cell turnover and collagen production, which improves skin tone and elasticity. It’s very sun sensitive, which is why it’s commonly found in night creams.
Sunscreen - Never leave the house without sunscreen, it protects for you skin for damaging UV rays. Fun fact, even when you're indoors you can get hit with pesky UV rays.
Hyaluronic Acid - Aging skin loses its ability to retain moisture. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water and is great for you Skin.
Now that you’ve curbed your love for long hot showers and finally stopped wearing those too skinny, skinny jeans, and have an amazing moisturizer. You can kiss your winter worries goodbye!
- 11 Causes of Dry Skin Problems | WebMD
- 10 Embarrassing Winter Beauty Questions... Answered! | Cosmopolitan
- 6 Balmy Skin Products for Freezing Cold Weather | Allure