Dry, dull, itchy skin got you down? Maybe it’s time to give your skincare routine a revamp. With plenty of cutting-edge options infused with blends of organic and biodynamic essential oils out there, there is much to discover. Try some of these ultra-healing solutions to replenish lost moisture from water and to moisturize over-exposed skin.
Skin Nourishment 101 - Look at the Ingredients:
Look at the labels for key ingredients such as Glycerin, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E and Sodium Hyaluronate. A natural humectant, glycerin attracts and retains moisture in the skin, making it softer while sodium hyaluronate - also a humectant - helps to smooth rough skin and reduce fine lines. Vitamins, such as B12 and natural anti-oxidant Vitamin E, help to smooth rough or damaged skin, aid in its healing and reduce scarring. (There are two forms of beneficial Vitamin E - Tocopheryl Linoleate and Tocopheryl Acetate. Both free radical scavengers help to hold moisture.)
AEOS (Active Energised Organic Skincare) offers a bevy of nourishing skin products that we love. We love the blue line of products such as the Gentle Cleansing Lotion, $83 , the Refreshing Hydrating Mist, $91 , Realive Serum, $174 and the Enriching Moisturiser, $98. Particularly benefitting environmentally damaged, tired skin, this highly concentrated line of products packs a hefty punch. The product range harnesses the energies of gems and crystals and utilizes key organic ingredients such as spelt oil, lavender extract, sweet orange oil and rosewater. To learn more, or to purchase, log on to aeos.net.
Japan’s best-selling beauty remedy, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, $16-$25, is a glycerin-based moisturizer that works on the face, hands and feet. Free of sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances, the treatment works to heal split cuticles and to effectively soften and reduce tough calluses, including hard, cracked heels. Our tried-and-true tip? Apply right after getting out of the shower for the best results. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream is available at select Sephora stores, Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, Space NK and online at yu-be.com.
Providing a combo of copper peptide, antioxidants and vitamins, vibrancy is restored thanks to Apothederm’s new Nourishing Serum, $75. Not only does the hydrating face and décolleté treatment protect against free radicals, it also helps to firm skin, increase elasticity and collagen production, reduce the appearance of aging and improve texture. For more information, log on to apothederm.com.
Kuyam, a local online scheduling platform, will host the first ever Beautify LA event from May 3 to 10. For one week only, locals can book their favorite beauty or fitness appointments at participating salons and studios throughout Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood,Brentwood, Century City, West LA and Pacific Palisades.
Participating local salons and yoga studios will offer select services at a discounted price on the specified dates. Users can sign up at beautify-la.com and book appointments starting April 29 in just a few clicks.
Participating salons include: SPA at Sunset Marquis, Ocean Spa & Fitness in Loews Santa Monica, Marco Pelusi Hair Salon and many more. The official media partner for Beautify LA is Angeleno Magazine.
How To Sign Up for Beautify LA:
1. Visit beautify-la.com and enter your email.
2. Wait for an email with your Beautify LA invitation to book your appointments.
3. Choose your favorite service and book your beauty appointment in a few easy clicks!
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ELLE’s May issue is devoted to women in music, so who better than the Bangerz girl herself for the cover? Miley looked very natural and absolutely stunning while shooting the issue, one could say she is quite comfortable in her own skin.
Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Andy LeCompte created a texturized style for Miley’s platinum pixie. It looked remarkable with the minimal makeup and her sparkly Marc Jacobs jumpsuit. Feeling motivated to join in the Hollywood pixie trend? Here are some tips on how Andy achieved the severely chic short-haired style.
LeCompte created lightweight style by starting with a strong base for hair using Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair. He primed Miley’s wet hair with Wella Professionals Oil Reflections to increase shine to overall end look. Then, blowing hair dry in all directions, he roughly used his hands and a small ceramic brush to tousle locks. Andy finished by spraying leave in conditioner onto his hands and ran through Miley’s hair, giving moisture as well as that much desired texture seen on the cover.
Stylist: Andy LeCompte, Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist
They may be miniature, but these pint-sized tools are all you need to perfect your brows, even in a pinch. Don’t let last-minute or on-the-go circumstances keep you from framing your gaze perfectly. Tweezerman’s famous brow set now comes in a hot new hue - the Purple Reign Petite Tweeze Set, $30 is a beauty tool duo that features the brand’s famous stainless steel Slant and Point tweezers in a smaller size, featuring the same perfectly aligned hand-filed tips as their full size versions. With its matching metallic leather case the set is perfect for both purse and travel.
The stainless steel, 3-piece set is fashionably dressed in regal, luxurious purple with a chic leather snakeskin case to match. To purchase, log on to sephora.com.
One spring title every fashionable gal needs on her bookshelf? Jesse Marth’s latest from Schiffer Books is The SFP Lookbook: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections, $45. With over 3,200 color images of runway looks from 85+ designers, it’s the ultimate style guide for high-end ready to wear, sportswear, menswear, swimwear, resort and evening wear.
The hard cover book follows on the acclaimed success of its inaugural SFP LookBook, Marth’s latest is ideal for identifying trends in color, fabric, embellishment, styling and silhouette. Peruse through looks styled by Carolina Herrera, Mara Hoffman, Nicole Miller, Noon by Noor, Rebecca Minkoff and more. But, more than just fashion presentations - the glossy pages feature key beauty and hair styling trends in one volume of high-quality images.
The SFP Lookbook: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections, $45 (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4651-4) is available now from Schiffer Fashion Press and can be found online at schifferbooks.com.
Every modern-day girl must be prepared for those “O-M-G I can’t believe this is happening to me at the (enter location here)” moments. We love Flight 001’s new, cute F1 Emergency Makeup Pouch, $18. The little flat case can hold a plethora of supplies for nearly every last minute or unexpected occasion - think: cosmetics, toiletries, chargers, jewelry and other odds and ends. Made from a heavy duty cotton canvas with metal zipper. To purchase, or to learn more, log on to flight001.com.
So, now that you have the pouch, what exactly do you need for the inside? From coffee stains to sudden breakouts, the key is to be well-equipped with an emergency kit to combat any fashion or beauty crisis with a quick fix. Here are some ideas for on-the-go solutions…
Concealer - You can never go wrong with some concealer - point blank.
Compact Mirror - Don’t go the entire day without checking your little mirror at least once. Don’t have one? Purchase an inexpensive one at your local drugstore.
Roll on Perfume - Sometimes an extra dab of your signature scent is necessary, especially on your way out for after-work cocktails. Score a roll-on version of your favorite fragrance that’s easy to tote around.
Stain Remover - Your day got off to a rough start when you spilled your morning coffee all over your ensemble. Having stain remover wipes on hand will help tone down the damage.
Oil Blotting Paper - Refresh your skin without re-applying your makeup. Minimize oil by gently patting your face with one of these sheets that can be found at most drug stores. Easy peasy!
Vaseline - This versatile, functional and necessary product is super multi-functional. It can be used for just about anything -scoop up a travel size to use to control baby hairs, cure chapped lips, smooth out stray eyebrows or sooth agitated cuticles.
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