Beauty

We’re Kind of Obsessed With This DIY Charcoal Hand Soap

My husband and I go through a lot of hand soap. Especially in winter with cold and flu bugs around every corner, we’re always lathering up. While I used to spend crazy amounts of money keeping the house stocked, this winter I branched out from my world of DIY lotions, potions and shampoos into hand soap. And this charcoal hand wash has become a quick favorite. It’s not technically antibacterial (better for our microbiomes), but since plain soap and water have [...]

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The untold truth of lip injections

The untold truth of lip injections

Blame it on the Kardashians or the constant Instagram selfies, but lip injections are all the rage and don’t appear to be going anywhere soon. This outpatient procedure performed by a plastic surgeon is becoming more common, but that doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. From temporary bruising to permanent tissue death, there is a lot more to lip injections than meet the eye. Before you consider going for a pouty pucker, make sure you have all the facts. They could cause [...]

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Hairstyle hacks to make your hair look fuller

The golden rule of healthy hair is regular trims, which boosts fullness. However, Sarah Rappolt, stylist and Director of Education at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor, stresses that while a good cut is essential, the maintenance of said cut is even more important. “People tend to stretch time between haircuts because of their busy schedules and lifestyles,” Rappolt told me. “When layers grow out and ends get split and limp, we sacrifice body and fullness.” Mio Sota of Trio Salon in [...]

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The untold truth of lipstick

The untold truth of lipstick

Rocking a bold, red lip can take your night from boring to epic. There is something about lipstick that changes us, makes us feel more brave and beautiful. When we put on lipstick, it’s for a reason — either we’re going out, or we want to achieve a certain look. There are actually scientific studies proving that lipstick changes us and makes us feel more confident. However, there are also studies that show its potential dangers. Before you reach into [...]

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Our Esthetician Shares Her Best Tips for Dry Winter Skin

Wintertime can wreak havoc on all skin types, but especially for skin that’s naturally on the dry side. Extremes in outdoor and indoor temperatures, wind, and lack of humidity in the air all take a toll, resulting in irritated, sometimes red, flaky and lackluster skin. Fortunately, a few adjustments can make all the difference, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get hydrated, glowing skin this time of year. My Best Tips for Dry Winter [...]

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A DIY Facial Steam for Every Skin Type

Steam has been long been recognized as the key to helping open pores, soften skin, increase circulation and allow better penetration of various serums and moisturizers. As an esthetician, I find that steam is essential in each and every facial I perform for my clients. I’ll give you a little trick of the trade – you don’t have to visit your local spa to enjoy the benefits of a good facial steam. In fact, you can do your own [...]

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Banish Cellulite With These DIY Caffè Mocha Soap Bars

Coffee + Chocolate = One of the absolute best combinations. If you agree with me, you are going to love these indulgent caffè mocha soap bars! Starting with a moisturizing shea butter base, this melt and pour recipe is great for your skin and will make your next bath feel like a luxury. Plus, you’ll be surprised at how simple they are to make! Mmmm…I’m not kidding when I say these caffè mocha soaps look and smell so good you will want [...]

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Detox Your Hair With This Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub

January is one of those months that just begs for a detox. While most of us think of a detox as a great way to reset our bodies and maybe even lose a couple pounds (and it totally is!), your insides aren’t the only thing in need of a cleanse this winter. Your scalp is practically begging for a little TLC as well. Much like the pores on your skin, hair follicles can become clogged with oil, dirt and product [...]

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12 Best Essential Oils for Skin

For centuries, people have been using essential oils to maintain health and treat various ailments and conditions. These botanical extracts can be used in a variety of ways, but because they’re so concentrated and powerful, they’ll always need to be diluted in a carrier oil or by adding other ingredients like clay, charcoal or shea butter. As an esthetician, I’ve spent a lot of time researching the most beneficial essential oils for skin and these are the ones I [...]

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Keep Your Post-Workout Skin Clear with DIY Face Wipes

This time of year we all get motivated to crank up the exercise. Working up a sweat is good for many things, including getting your skin glowing, increasing energy and reducing stress. But it can also lead to a bit of acne when trapped sweat clogs pores (thanks, sports bra!). When you don’t have time to shower, these DIY face wipes are perfect for a post-exercise wipe down for your face and chest. You don’t have to wait for a sweat session to get the [...]

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