BellaSugarSource: Facial Oil Is Actually Good For Oily Skin - Yes, It's True!
If you have oily skin, the last thing you want to put on your face is more oil, right? Think again. Using the right oils can actually help moisturize acne-prone skin and balance your sebum production. "Plant and nut oils are ideal for moisturizing an oily skin type," explains Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica. "Essential oils from plants, roots, and flowers also have the added benefits of calming and soothing skin, while maintaining antibacterial and aromatherapy properties." In turn, botanically derived oils help to replenish barrier lipids that get stripped away during the Winter. And because they're lighter in texture, these antioxidant-packed types of oils won't clog follicles. See more tips on using facial oils on oily skin when you read more.
Cleansing is also an important part of any skin care routine, particularly for acne-prone types. While most breakout sufferers want to use
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- BellaSugar | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:09 PM EST
BellaSugarSource: Facial Oil Is Actually Good For Oily Skin - Yes, It's True!Read More »from Facial Oil is Actually Good for Oily Skin — Yes, It's True!
BellaSugarSource: Never Forget to Wash Your Face Before Bed AgainRead More »from Never Forget to Wash Your Face Before Bed Again
Admit it: sometimes you roll over in bed without removing your makeup (oops!). It happens to the best of us. But in 2013, resolve to wash your face every night to have healthier, clearer skin. Get a few simple tricks to make remembering easy when you read on.
1. Make it accessible: Cleansing doesn't always have to be at the sink. Keep products in multiple locations so it always fits in your busy schedule. Place a liquid wash in the shower, so it's easy to wash your face when you're already scrubbing down. If you have the tendency to fall asleep before cleansing, try packing makeup removing wipes in your nightstand for a quick fix.
2. Make it simple: Are you using a makeup remover followed by a face wash? Shorten the process with a double-duty product. Cleansing oils like Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Cleansing Oil ($28) melt makeup (even waterproof formulas) while leaving your face free of dirt, too. You can also reach for a
Source: 8 Reasons You'll Love Clear Mascara
Clear mascara is one of those makeup products you might not use all that often, but it offers a little bit of something for everyone. At its basic level, clear mascara defines and separates the lashes, adding volume, the illusion of length, and a touch of brightening sparkle to the eyes. It also works to moisturize and condition eyelashes. But did you know that there are other ways you can utilize this multitasking wonder? It will all be crystal clear when you read more.
You'll love clear mascara because it . . .
- Tames eyebrows for an instantly polished look.
- Helps put flyaways in their place.
- Locks in curl and sets your lash look.
- Can be used as a primer before applying your regular mascara to give your lashes extra volume.
- Can be used as a top coat to intensify shine and keep your mascara from smudging.
- Can be used on the bottom lashes for a lighter, daytime look that won't run.
- Is perfect for creating a
Source: What We're Sweet On: A Lip Balm For Ski BunniesRead More »from What We're Sweet On: A Lip Balm for Ski Bunnies
Lip balm may be the most-used beauty product during the Winter months, as dry, chapped, peeling, flaky (and even bleeding) lips are a trademark of the season. Enter Rodial Glam Balm Lip ($25), which will protect your mouth from whipping winds, plummeting temperatures, and then some. You might ask, though, why you would spend extra money on this particular lip product when others can be easily procured at the local grocery store for practically pennies.
Usually it requires multiple, strategically placed products to keep lips supple (one at work, one in every handbag, another on the vanity). But the creamy consistency of this glam balm will break your dependence on other greasy sticks and pots. Rose wax and shea butter gets under the cracks for a smoothed-out appearance, and vitamin E provides long-lasting moisture. Plus, the high-shine finish eliminates the need for gloss. Ski bunnies and slope enthusiasts everywhere will
- BellaSugar | Beauty on Shine – Fri, Dec 28, 2012 10:23 AM EST
BellaSugarSource: 7 Everyday Beauty Products You Could Be Using WrongRead More »from 7 Everyday Beauty Products You Could Be Using Wrong
Not to get on anyone's case, but there are a few beauty blunders you could be making every day. Some of these no-nos are well-known, like pumping your mascara. But there are others that fly under the radar. Get the quick fixes to the flubs you didn't even know you were committing when you read on.
1. Blow Dryer: Holding the hair dryer closer to your strand or directly on the brush isn't getting your hair drier faster. It could actually be scorching your strands, causing damage and more frizz. Keep the heat at least one inch away from the hair - and keep the dryer in motion to avoid uneven heating.
2. Nail Polish: Although most products come with instructions to shake before use, nail polish isn't one of them. Avoid treating your lacquer like maracas, lest you want an air-bubble mani. Instead, roll the bottle in your hands to warm and mix the color.
3. Mascara: By pumping mascara, you're putting oxygen (and therefore
- BellaSugar | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Dec 27, 2012 12:28 AM EST
BellaSugarSource: Find the Perfect Mascara, Whatever Your Needs May Be
Not all mascaras are created equal. Some wands might lengthen but not plump, and some formulas might leave your lashes dried out. Whatever your mascara woes may be, finding a product that fits your needs can be tough. To make life a little easier - and your lashes a lot more lush - we've rounded up the best mascaras for every issue imaginable. Click through to find one that will work for you.
- Are They or Aren't They?: If you're looking for lashes that have people wondering if you're faking it, then Benefit's got just the mascara for you. They're Real! Mascara ($23) adds volume and length, plus the brush has a rounded tip for pulling all those baby lashes out of hiding.
- Pump Up the Volume: With a huge neon-green brush, NYC's Big Bold Mascara ($5 at drugstores) makes your lashes look a whole lot fuller. And there isn't a clump in site; the little teeth in the brush separate each individual lash, so every single
- BellaSugar | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Dec 27, 2012 12:16 AM EST
BellaSugarSource: How to Keep Polish Remover From Drying Out Your NailsRead More »from How to Keep Polish Remover from Drying Out Your Nails
Well-polished fingers can enhance your hands, but the removal process (whether it's with an acetone or acetone-free formula) can quickly dry out your nails and cuticles. The easiest way to lessen the damage is to coat your fingertips with cuticle oil before you even open a bottle of polish remover. Yes, before.
CND's Solar Oil ($3) provides a hydrating blend of vitamin E and almond oils to instantly nourish. Just swipe on and rub in, and then take your polish off. Once you've cleaned up your nails with polish remover, add another dose of cuticle oil to your nails and skin. If you're planning on doing a fresh coat of polish, then just use nail polish remover or alcohol to swipe the nail clean before applying your base coat. And once your polish is in place, give your nails one more shot of cuticle oil for the ultimate in dry-nail prevention.
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FitSugarSource: 8 Clever Makeup Tips You Haven't Heard Before
Makeup artists know all the secrets to looking great - those little tricks that can be picked up only by living in the beauty world 24/7 as they do. Fortunately, they're often as generous as they are knowledgeable. We talked with some of the best makeup artists in the business to get their best out-of-the-ordinary tips. (And no, we're not using the old "white eyeliner makes your eyes look bigger" thing. You've read it a hundred times.) Read on to see some of the best tips you haven't heard before.
- Ditch the oil slick To keep shine in check, Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman always keeps blotting papers on hand. But in a pinch, she has an unusual way to keep oil at bay. "Believe it or not," she says, "I sometimes put deodorant on my finger and dab under my eyes and t-zone to help create a matte look."
- Try a colored eyeliner Changing your eyeliner can make eyes look bigger and brighter, says makeup artist
Source: What We're Sweet On: A Primer With ExtrasRead More »from What We're Sweet On: A Primer with Extras
When it comes to makeup, we're always looking for products that do their job and then some. The latest collaboration between Sephora and Pantone Universe delivers a bevy of beauty products, but we're loving the Illuminating Face Primer ($13). A little bit of the gel-mousse formula turns our face into a perfect, smooth canvas for a flawless makeup application. But it goes a step further: it is light as air and contains illuminating particles to give your skin a healthy, dewy glow. And true to form, it keeps makeup put, so we don't have to touch up our New Year's Eve makeup midparty - one less thing to worry about. We'll take two.
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BellaSugarSource: 4 Quick Ways to Protect Your Hair From the ColdRead More »from 4 Quick Ways to Protect Your Hair from the Cold
Any sort of extreme weather can cause serious beauty dilemmas, and the cold weather that wreaks havoc on your skin also puts your hair at risk. The dry, cold air saps the moisture out of your strands, which can make your hair dry, frizzy, lackluster, and weak. Make sure to keep your mane healthy with these tips on how to protect your hair from the cold.
Deep condition: Battling the elements only to step into a dry, heated environment means your hair is constantly struggling to stay healthfully hydrated. Amp up your regular conditioning routine with moisture-rich hair treatments.
Use ionic and ceramic hair tools: Heat-styling tools with ceramic plates work to penetrate the hair shaft more evenly and quickly. Therefore, you don't have to expose your hair to unnecessary heat. Also, ionically charged styling tools neutralize the electric charge of damaged hair, which in turn helps prevent any future damage.
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