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Sunday, July 29th, 2018

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Glycerin is a natural component of healthy skin. It’s also known as glycerine and glycerol, the latter being the term most often seen in studies about this ingredient.  Glycerol is a humectant which helps to retain moisture in creams and cosmetics.  Whether derived from vegetable or animal sources, or made synthetically, glycerin is hygroscopic. It plays an important role in improving skin texture and hydration.  Binding with water, it not only keeps the moisture in products, but improves skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Research has shown that glycerin mimics what’s known as skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which is why it’s compatible with all skin types, of all ages. Replenishing skin’s NMF is important because it becomes depleted as we age, are subject to environmental exposure, and use irritating ingredients like denatured alcohol.

Glycerin can be applied directly as a moisturizer.  It especially effective when combined with other products such as water-based cleaners and creams. Some question the safety of glycerin in cosmetics.  Whether it is useful or harmful is probably dependent on the concentration used. If it is too high (≥ 30%), it will deprive the skin of moisture; however, if properly dosed (≤ 10%), it will keep the moisture in the skin supplied with the cream.



Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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No matter, if you are an edgy girl or classy lady, there are easy ways to make ethereal light hues work for you. This season they make their comeback, and just like crayons on white paper, they leave their cheerful mark in the make-up and beauty products. From mint greens to yellow sorbet, here’s how to make color work this season…

Candy Crush  We associate colors, smells and imagery with past experiences. What do pastels remind you of? From scoffing sherbet sweets to doodling in coloring in books, your childhood memories can be recreated (albeit a little more sophisticated!) by playing with the tools in our makeup bag. To put a spin on the everyday eye makeup, what about using a pastel colored eyeliner?  Milky pastels are best paired with a neutral foundation base, soft pinky cheeks and rosy lips. The colors of eyeliner choice are endless – vary from pale yellow, green, light pink to baby blue. Draw it is in the crease of the lid to convey a more whimsical look or opt for a chic cat eye.  To accentuate the eyes and make the color pop, apply an eyelash extension serumand a black mascara (or even a contrasting color to your pastel eyeliner if you’refeeling quirky). If you can’t get enough of the pastels, add some holographictopper to your eyelids…you’ll look out of this world!

How To Nail The Pastel Look?  And the pastel party doesn’t stop there – the candy cotton trend is perfect for every lover of matte, milky shades of nail varnish – and it suits everyone frompale to darker skin types, meaning there’s no excuses for your mani not to look marvelous!  Asides from painting your nails with just one block color, there are tons of nail designs that implement pastels. For instance, the classic French mani has undergone a slight twist this season – instead of a white tip, paint your nails with a pastel toned varnish. Better yet, on a clean base or neutral nail polish, draw on pastel stripes using a thinner brush or a specific nail kit for the perfect, precise designs on your nail canvas.  The colorful mosaic of creamy hues is a great way to round off summer and make the transition to darker matt colors in fall.



Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

From luminescent faces to dramatic updos and ruler-straight middle parts, our friends at BeautyPress helps us take a look at the beauty and hair trends which have, thus far, ruled the red carpets at the 2018 Festival de Cannes:

FRESH FACES + ACCENTUATED EYES + PINK LIPS  Spotted On: Kristen Stewart, Romee Strijd and Lea Seydoux  Forget overdone matte makeup looks — fresh faces are very much back on trend if Cannes is anything to go by! Stars ranging from Kristen Stewart to Penelope Cruz to Cate Blanchett have all been sporting luminescent “naked” skin paired with accentuated eyes and shimmery pink lips.

To achieve the look, you need to start with a good skincare regime: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize to remove dead skin cells and reveal your skin’s natural glow. Then opt for a natural-finish, light-coverage foundation as your base (you’ll want to avoid anything matte or full-coverage). Tap a few dots of concealer on problem spots to even out your skin tone, then fix the look with a light pressed powder that will diffuse shine without mattifying your skin.  To complete the look, choose either shimmery eye shadow paired with nude pink lips or opt for pink lipstick paired with a smoky eye.

STRONG MIDDLE PARTS   Spotted On: Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett, Chloe Sevigny and Georgia May Jagger   A strong middle part can seem intimidating to many who think that they only work for certain face shapes or hair lengths. Yet, since the festival’s opening day, stars have been taking to the carpet in droves to show us how this classic parting can suit pretty much everyone!  The middle part is also incredibly forgiving when you’ve not had time to touch up your roots as well. Celebrity stylists agree that showing your roots has actually been “in” for some seasons now and can modernize this classical look — as demonstrated by Chloe Sevigny and Georgia May Jagger at the Cannes Opening Ceremony.