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Even men need a little extra help when it comes to choosing grooming products that are right for them. Luckily for us, they're slowly realizing their 'metrosexuality' and with that comes an interest in great skincare and shaving products. I happen to feel a great sense of pride when my husband lets me know he's out of his exfoliant, and it's just darn cute. Our latest addition to the men's category is a brand out of NYC, The Blind Barber.
The Blind Barber redefines modern manhood with their return to the 'roaring twenties' and the era of the modern gentleman. With shave as well as hair products in the range this is a brand that is inspired by fashion, music and lifestyle. The chic black and white packaging and signature scissors has an air of old school feeling to it and a time when every man went to the barber to get his clean, close shave. Although the range is small, that is the genius in it because men don't need a ton of options, just a few products that work for every guy. Some of the standouts are:
Blind Barber 90 Proof Hair Pomade is infused with hops (yes, like beer) that is protein rich for effortless styling and leaves hair with a workable matte finish. No need to reapply throughout the day the pomade has a very strong hold!
Blind Barber 60 Proof Hair Wax is also infused with hops and has a nutrient rich formulation to keep hair in place without weighing it down. In comparisons to the 90 proof, this has a medium hold for semi control. Hair might possibly have a bit of movement rather being unbudgeable.
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A lot of people underestimate how hard it is to find a foundation. It's like a second skin so you want it to feel like a part of you and finding that perfect facial companion is trickier than it seems. Although choosing a foundation is totally based on personal preference I've gathered a few of my favorite standouts to help you navigate through the endless choices of a woman's go to cosmetic product:
Ellis Faas Skin Veil Pen has made it through my checklist for numerous reasons. For one, the silky smooth, barely there formulation covers up flaws and leaves skin looking incredibly radiant. Secondly, for those who don't want to use fingers or a sponge, the application of this product is made so efficient due to it's applicator brush that allows you to get in between nostril curves and facial contours. Minerals diffuse light across the skin's surface reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
Although I'm not technically able to call it a foundation, Jouer's Luminizing Moisture Tint is more like a tinted moisturizer but gives great coverage if you have unproblematic skin. It evens out uneven skin tone and also camouflages fine lines with light diffusing ingredients while also protecting from harmful UV rays with SPF 20!
Christened the makeup foundation for dummies, By Terry's Light Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush is an anti-blemish, anti-shadow and anti-dullness formulation that instantly illuminates the face. It's featherweight texture can be deceiving because it actually gives deceptive coverage and hyaluronic acid microspheres work to plump up wrinkles for an instant lifting effect.
For those who like a thicker coverage, a staff favorite as well as Kim Kardashian's is Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer. Housed in a tiny jar, we prefer to apply this product with fingertips rather than a sponge due to it's thicker consistency and ability to warm it up by massaging it through your fingertips for better application. It can be used as a concealer or for the perfect highlighter as well! One thing you can rely on is complete coverage at all times. Our suggestion is that less is more with the Sensual Skin Enhancer. Apply to a freshly moisturized and primed skin and apply more as desired.
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Festival season is here so it's time to bring out your kaftans, american flag inspired shirt dress, motorcycle boots and indian headdresses! So, that's a few helpful hints for fashion but we need to be coordinating this amazing head to toe look with an easy breezy makeup look that screams natural beauty. The last thing you want to be wearing to an all day, let alone all weekend music festival is a face full of foundation and weighted down mascara that will sweat, run and leave you not looking so hot in time for your favorite band ever. Leave the experts to this as we share some of our favorite picks to leave you looking simply gorgeous for a weekend of fun in the sun.
The secret to summer music festival beauty is in large part due to an amazing tinted moisturizer and natural looking bronzer. This is by far the most important base and after you have found this, the rest is easy. One of my personal favorites due to it's radiant nature is Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector. Whatever color you choose will give a natural finish and lightweight feel that makes your skin look like it's glowing. It also contains SPF 20 so you're protected while you're under the hot sun listening to your favorite bands. Enhance your luminous skin with a hint of bronzer courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil, a unique bronzer that matches every skin tone and gives skin a natural glow from the inside out. Lightly brush a bit on cheekbones and forehead for a perfectly sun kissed placement.
Next, take a sun kissed peachy coral shade like By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in Beach Bomb and sweep underneath where you lay the bronzer and lightly over the apples of the cheeks to warm up your face and compliment your golden tan.
For bit of dewiness apply EF | STUDIO's Eye Gloss Transparent to the lower lids. It leaves a sensual finish to the eyes and instantly warms up a dull skin tone. This is my new secret and love the way it makes my eyes look! It's so simple but looks amazing!
Finish the look off with Jouer Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Sunset. Just a hint of color is needed to draw attention to your puckeroos.
Whether you decide to go with these or your own variations try to keep it soft and subtle. Festivals are about a relaxed vibe so try to mimic that feeling in your fashion and beauty looks!
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This is definitely Marilyn Monroe's year. Even in death her signature style and glamorous flair warms our hearts and leaves us with many unanswered questions. Although she was definitely gone to soon the girl had a timeless taste in fashion and beauty that we still aspire to today. Marilyn entrusted her beauty regime to a select few brands who maintained her silver screen worthy skin. The August issue of Allure magazine pays tribute to this amazing woman through gorgeous photographs through memory lane and an inside scoop on what products transormed Norma Jean into Marilyn. A couple of her go to favorites were by Erno Laszlo, one even found on her nightstand at the time of her death.
Dr. Erno Laszlo treated Marilyn's skin throughout her career, even going to the lengths of creating a custom made product, Phormula 3-9, to fade a scar on her stomach. Filled with tamaru and marine collagen extract, this intensive nourishing balm reduces redness, puffiness and smoothes away wounds and burns.
Erno Laszlo's Active Phelityl Cream is an intensive moisturizer that protects and nourishes the skin for a full 24 hours. It's no wonder Marilyn would put this cream on before she went to bed and left it as a reminder on her nightstand. Safflower seed oil improves skin's elasticity and a unique moisturizing complex with a PH nearly identical to the skin helps to maintain the fatty acids for essential skin function.
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Fresh from the sea beach hair is hard to recreate when you're at home juggling between hair sprays, volumizers and dry shampoos. In the end it can end up in a rat's nest type of disaster when really you only have to keep in mind that less is more. And when I say less, I mean one product and that would be Sachajuan's Ocean Mist. I happen to love any product that guarantees to give me that salty but sexy dirtiness that typically can only be accomplished by a dip in some tropical sea water and letting hair naturally dry in the breeze. Spritz some Ocean Spray on to wet or dry hair and your hair is left with a natural twist and volume that will have you looking amazing for a post beach cocktail! Vogue Summer Beauty Guide voted it as the best product to get beachy hair without the beach!
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Activewear is going gangbusters in the fashion world which is why we need to compliment our fancy schmantzy matching gym ensembles with and even more amazing fragrance. And this scent isn't in perfume form but deodorant! For those who haven't heard of Kai, let me shed some light or feel free to check out the latest edition of US Weekly where this much talked about underarm freshener got lots of love. Kai is known for their fragrance and bath and body range that all contain the signature vacation inspired aromas of tuberose and lily. The Kai Deodorant is aluminum, paraben and phthalate free so you can apply it 24/7 without worry. It's translucent formula will control moisture and keep you feeling sporty botanical fresh throughout the day.
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Only the best of the best make the 'Beauty Desk' section in Marie Claire magazine and we're pleased to carry two of the items featured! Starting we have a best seller and staff favorite, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector! Anyone who tries this amazing tinted moisturizer is immediately won over due it's glowing formulation that illuminates your face with a radiant sheen and makes the skin look youthful and healthy. SPF 20 protects skin from UVA/UVB rays while shimmering properties camouflage darkened patches and evens out skin tone. The second item featured was Philip B's Oud Royal Gravity Defying Gel, an alcohol free formulation that is infused with glycerin to hydrate hair as it holds. Slick your hair back for an architectural style without feeling any crunchiness or flaking.
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We have a new addition to our organic cosmetics category in RMS Beauty! This pure, organic cosmetic line has been wowing beauty editors overnight with many magazines praising it's amazing application and dual purpose products. In my opinion, RMS Beauty products are ideal for a woman on the go because their creamy formulations allow for quick and precise application. Started by makeup artist Rose Marie Swift after she started experiencing health problems due to exposure to toxic levels of heavy metals and pesticides, she decided she wanted to create a range that could never contribute to health risks. And she has as RMS Beauty is the first truly organic cosmetics brand anywhere in the world!
The RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream is one of my favorites in the range due to the fact that you can pretty much use it anywhere. Remove eye makeup, cleanse your face and then moisturize your face and body after! Because it remains in it's raw and unrefined state, every living enzyme and nutrient is left intact to cleanse and nourish in need skin. If you really want, you can use it as a deodorant too!
The RMS Beauty Oil is a product you want to constantly find an excuse to use. Containing the highest quality of vitamin rich exotic oils, you simply need to apply 2-4 drops to freshly cleansed skin and press in with your palms. Very lightweight in feel, this is the way beauty oil should be.
I love a great multi purpose product and RMS Beauty's Lip2Cheek ensures I'm out of the house in a jiffy and still looking nicely made up. This unique creamy formula comes in six different wearable shades that coat the lips and cheeks with a soft flush of color. Mineral color and nourishing organic ingredients hydrate and protect the skin and leave a soft and subtle shimmer in it's wake.
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For those who don't have the extra income of treating yourself and your skin to a professional cleanse, hope is on the way in the form of a Clarisonic! This beauty editor and dermatologist favorite will mimic the same deep and thorough cleanse you would get in a professional chair and best of all, this amazing hand held device is at your beck and call to use whenever you need it. Featured in the August edition of Allure magazine as one of the 'tips' to fake a facial because it can be used everyday to 'get the brightening and smoothing results seen in a regular facial,' you will soon realize upon using why it's totally worth the investment.
Clarisonic Cleansing Systems utilizes sonic technology and a soft gentle brush head that rotates 300 times per second, thoroughly cleaning pores and smoothing skin's surface. Used every day, the amazing results speak for themselves such as a more refined skin texture due to the daily gentle exfoliation, reduction in pore size, zero makeup residue left on the skin, and an all over brightened complexion. You will even notice your makeup looks better than ever because it has the perfect surface to settle upon. Now you just have to make the fun decision of which type of Clarisonic device you think is best for you. If you travel a lot then perhaps the smaller sized Clarisonic Mia or Mia2. If you'd like to use on your body as well as face then you will probably enjoy the Clarisonic Plus. Whichever device you choose you can rest assured that noticing a change in your skin is only a few cleansing sessions away!
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Achieving a fake tan flawlessly is trickier than it may appear. Extra steps taken pre-treatment can greatly improve the way a spray-on tan rests upon the skin. Remember those annoying dark patches that appear on knees and elbows? If you were to exfoliate prior to self tanning and apply a dab of moisturizer afterwards to those areas where we tend to get a buildup of dry skin then chances are lessened that color will cling to those areas and darken. These kind of tips were the subject in Allure magazine's feature on getting a flawless professional spray tan.
For those who want to forego a salon visit, there are many great at home products to choose from like St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse. The leader in sunless tanning, St Tropez's Mousse glides on effortlessly and conditions the skin with aloe vera while providing a natural gorgeous bronze. No need to worry about the horrible smell that typically comes with sunless tanning because of their trademarked Aromaguard technology that eliminates smell by 70% and instead gives a refreshing and subtle fragrance. Hope these tips help you achieve the most effective and beautiful sunless tan all year round!
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