Blog Posts by Beauty High

  • By Aly Walansky, Beauty High
    A girl with messy hairWe have all experienced breakage at one point or another, but there are definitely ways to avoid it and to minimize it as much as possible. "Breakage usually occurs from overly processed hair and from excessive coloring, and heat. I believe as long as you do everything in moderation, you and your hair will be just fine," says Drybar Founder, Alli Webb.

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    "The ultimate tip to avoiding breakage is to simply learn to accept your hair in its natural state. Changing your hair by constantly dyeing, curling, or straightening leads to damage," says Carlos Flores, creator of NYC Curls by Carlos Flores.

    MORE: 10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Growing Out Your Hair

    If you do have some breakage and are trying to repair your hair, here are some things you can and should be able to do to get your hair back in shape:

    1. Invest in a nourishing, reparative mask for your hair and apply 1-2 times per week.

    2. Only wash your hair two

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  • 7 Tricks for Not Getting Blisters on Your Feet

    By Augusta Falletta, Beauty High
    A girl in high heelsWe can probably all agree that the only downside to buying new shoes is needing to break them in. Whether they're stilettos or ballet flats, every new pair of shoes that joins our closets needs to be worn for a few weeks before they're completely comfortable. The worst part of breaking new shoes in is the inevitable blisters that come along with that, but we're determined to prevent blisters - and to help you prevent them, too. Read the tips below to have the least pain possible when you're wearing new shoes!

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    Break in your shoes: New shoes are the biggest cause of blisters, and especially if they're shoes that aren't meant to be worn with socks. If your new shoes are a little bit too tight, try this trick: Blow dry a pair of socks for about two minutes before you put them on. Once they're hot, put on the socks, then put on your shoes and walk around your house for a bit. The heat will help to warm up the shoes and

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  • 5 Reasons to Start Using Retinoids Right Now

    By Kristin Booker, Beauty High

    Girl applying night creamOne of the terms you hear thrown about constantly in the beauty world is Retinol. That term, along with other forms of the noun - retinoid, Retin-A, etc. - are a popular and highly-effective component of most night creams, smoothing the skin's surface and preventing signs of aging on the skin. "But, I'm so young, I don't need to think about that yet," you say to yourself. Well, actually, that's not true: NOW is when you should start using a night cream, when you're young and cute and nothing's freaking out on you.

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    We turned to one of our favorite dermatologists, Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, for the top five reasons you should start slathering your face in the good stuff before you go to bed at night. Here are her rather compelling arguments:

    MORE: Best Oil-Free Moisturizers For Acne-Prone Skin

    1. Your skin really needs it. "Retinol

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  • 20 Makeup Hacks that Will Make Your Life Easier

    By Augusta Falletta and Molly Carroll, Beauty High
    Model applying red lipstickThe only thing that gets us more excited than good makeup is an awesome new way to use that good makeup. Whether it's figuring out that hairspray can work to set your makeup or that you should be applying lipstick with a concealer brush, makeup hacks are more than just fun - they're also incredibly helpful. Below, we've put together 20 amazing makeup hacks to make your life easier.

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    1. Heat up your eyelash curler with a blow dryer for a few seconds before curling your lashes to give them extra holding power.

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    2. Apply your lipstick with a concealer brush for a more precise application.

    3. Hold a plastic spoon or business card to your eyelid while applying mascara to avoid stray marks on your lid.

    4. Using white eyeliner as an eyelid base will make your bright eyeshadow stand out and last longer.

    5. Turn your regular kohl eyeliner into gel

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  • Are You Wearing the Wrong Lip Shade?

    By Aly Walansky, Beauty High
    Woman applying red lipstickFinding the best lip color for your face depends on your objective - do you want a bold, out-there look or a natural, polished finish? You want to find the best shade for your face, whether rocking a bold red lip or a light lip and natural shade, the key is to find something that looks great and that you're comfortable wearing.

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    We talked to experts to find out which shades not only work best for your skin tone, but also how to find them in stores - as well as some easy application tricks.

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    Safe bets: "As a rule, sheer colors are more universally flattering because they allow your own coloring to shine through and so will work on the widest spectrum of different skin tones and faces," says celebrity beauty expert and founder of Ramy Cosmetics, Ramy Gafni.

    Warmer shades (think yellow or brown based) will blend in better and therefore

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  • Quick Tricks to Figuring Out Your Face Shape

    By Augusta Falletta, Beauty High
    Girl looking at her face in mirrorWhether you're trying to determine which hairstyle is best for your face shape or you're simply curious about your own face, figuring out your face shape seems to be one of the toughest things to do. It sounds simple enough (Come on! It's just shapes, guys!), but looking at your face objectively to decide which shape you have is tricky. Below, we've put together a few tricks for determining your face shape at home.

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    Trace your face in the mirror: Using either a lipstick, a dry erase marker or the corner of a bar of soap, trace your face in the mirror. Stand about a foot away from your mirror and put your hair up in a ponytail. Step back and take a look at the shape.

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    Take a quiz online: Because everyone is so concerned with figuring out their face shapes, there are a number of quizzes you can take online to figure it out. Head over

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  • 10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Hair Masks

    By Rachel Adler, Beauty High
    Girl washing her hairIt's rare to find someone who doesn't strive for a great hair day, every day. But we all know that in order to get that fabulous hair day (you know the one - where you want to just sit there twirling it, or whipping it back and forth so everyone can see your gorgeous strands) you have to put some time and effort and good old fashioned TLC into your hair. Considering the fact that we torture our hair on a daily basis with heat styling, teasing, and oftentimes coloring, it's crucial to remember to put moisture back into our hair - which in layman's terms means we need to be using hair masks.

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    But, masks can be used in a few different ways and bring on a whole new host of fears (will it make my hair greasy? do I need to sit there for five hours with the mask on?) so we broke down the top ten things that no one ever tells you about hair masks - and should - in order for you to use them properly.

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  • 8 Mistakes You've Been Making with Your Flat Iron

    By Augusta Falletta, Beauty High
    Model with straight hairLet's be honest: Perfect blowouts typically only happen in the salon, and if you want super straight hair at home, a flat iron is the way to go. Once you've found the best flat iron for you and you've got the styling down pat, there are a few other things to keep in mind while straightening your hair. For the best style possible, make sure you're avoiding the eight mistakes below.

    MORE: The Best Flat Irons For Your Hair

    Not Using Heat Protectant Spray: This goes for any heat styling tool, but if you're not putting a heat protectant spray on your hair before using your flat iron, it's like asking for damage. On clean, damp hair, spray in a heat protectant to keep your hair from the harm that hot tools can cause.

    MORE: How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron

    How you adjust the temperature: The natural thought may be, "If heat damages my hair, I'll keep my flat iron on the lowest heat setting possible!" Counterintuitive as it may seem, a medium

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  • How to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

    By Aly Walansky, Beauty High
    Makeup vanityWith the new season comes new makeup trends and the craving to buy all sorts of new products. While how much you invest in is between you and your credit card, you may also want to embrace a bit of "out with the old, in with the new" this spring. Make room for new loves by tossing the broken, old, and tired products sitting around since last season.

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    Throw out anything broken or old.
    This is especially true with mascaras and lipsticks as these will go bad (and spread dangerous bacteria) the quickest. "I love the sectional separator inserts from Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store. When your makeup is divided in to sections, you can organize better and it saves time, because you can see everything and grab what you need," says celebrity makeup artist Amanda Shackleton. While sorting out old from new, follow the general rule that mascara and liquid eye products once opened should only be kept 2-3 months,

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  • Learn How to Eat Your Way to Great Skin – Yes, Really

    By Aly Walansky, Beauty High
    Healthy food"You are what you eat" - we've been hearing that for years. While what you put into your body is super important for your overall health and well-being, it's also vital for your skin. The right or wrong foods can make a world of difference in the health, brightness, and clarity of your skin.

    MORE: 5 Foods That Will Keep Your Skin Hydrated

    Hydration
    There are many reasons drinking lots of water is good for your body, but brighter skin is one of them. Drinking more water increases the blood flow to your skin, creating pinker cheeks and an overall healthy glow. Get a vitamin boost by adding a touch of lemon to your water. It'll help keep your skin clear and is also great for digestion.

    MORE: 8 Foods That Are Making You Bloated

    "Starting your day with warm water with lemon flushes out your system and increases your vitamin C, which is a great way to build the collagen in your skin," says natural food chef and holistic nutritionist Tara Sowlaty.

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