ANTI-WRINKLE PILLOWS

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Wrinkles are a part of life and there are ones we can’t prevent but others that we can. Smile lines around our eyes and mouth are from being happy and enjoying life. You can’t do anything about those unless you go around with a blank stare on your face at all times. (Ok, yes botox and fillers help but that’s another post for another time). And personally, I think smile lines around the eyes are pretty and I wear mine like a badge of honor! But there are also 8 hours a day, 56 hours a week, 2,912 hours a year that we spend sleeping. Those hours really add up! So don’t spend them making sleep lines too! When we put pressure against a pillow, we are pressing the skin forward, creating a crease or a “line” anywhere there is pressure forward. Luckily, there are anti-wrinkle pillows (or at least sleeping techniques and positions) that can help prevent sleep lines. And they’re surprisingly really comfortable!! For real! Once you start sleeping without smashing your face against your pillow, you’ll never want to go back.

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WHICH BRUSH DOES WHAT?

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

A long time ago, we did a post called Brush Class, remember? Well, it’s time to update the post with The Ultimate Hair Brush Guide. We’re keeping it simple with the explanations next to each brush above. Here are the links to each brush…

  1. Purse Sized Paddle Brush
  2. Regular Paddle Brush
  3. Small, Natural Bristle Brush
  4. Vented Metal Round Brush
  5. Extension Brush
  6. Blowdry Brush
  7. Medium Diagonal Bristle Brush
  8. Large Mixed Bristle Brush
  9. Smoothing Brush
  10. Natural Bristle Paddle Brush
  11. Straigtening Tool Brush
  12. Vent Brush
  13. Teasing Brush
  14. Detangling Brush

Do you have a favorite that we didn’t list? If so we’d love to hear about it in the comments below, if you’d like to share. xo

THE BEAUTY APARTMENT

Whether you’re moving into a new place or simply looking for some vanity inspiration, taking your love for all things beauty to the walls is the way to go. I just moved into the home of my dreams and I’ve been searching high and low for beauty prints for the vanity area. I’ve looked through hundreds and realized there were some great ones in there that reminded me of you guys so I thought I would share them. It’s amazing how your surroundings can inspire your everyday getting-ready-regime. Here are some of my current favorites…

post by Kristin Ess, graphic design by Norah Curlee

Oh Paper Fashion, in a perfect world we’d own every piece Katie Rodgers has ever created, but specifically we can’t stop looking at Backstage + the Lipstick Study. Total stunners and perfect for inspiring classic beauty.

Rifle Paper Co. is home to so many amazing hand illustrated prints that you probably already know– like the stationery, notebooks + phone cases of your dreams! We particularly love this quad of perfectly played hair tools: Bobby Pins print, Hairbrush print, Scissor print, + Comb print. You better believe these are on my walls.

Currently obsessed with these two bold/super fun lip prints on canvas. The Lola’s Lips piece is bright and pink on pink on pink with a major gap which I love!  The Golden Kiss print is just cool metallic chicness. Yes, I said chicness.

There is something about vintage photography that most everyone can wrap their liking around…but vintage beauty photos? Sold. These lovely ladies applying some rouge and up in curlers, hung up in a vintage frame would look stunning near the vanity or in your bathroom. This site is literally FULL of them.

Do you have any beauty art in your space? We want to seeeeeee! Send us an Insta @thebeautydept

{gorgeous title photo is from right here}

SHEET MASKS 101

Originating in Korea and used by beauty babes globally, the sheet mask is an individually wrapped luxury facial that’s super convenient and for the most part, majorly budget friendly. In 15 minutes you can have quick results targeting skin issues like tone, hydration, firmness and clarity. What makes these bad boys so special is the serum soaked paper contours to your face locking in the treatment ensuring maximum effectiveness. Sure, you may take one look in the mirror and confuse yourself for a D-list actress in a low-budge horror flick, but all the weirdness is totally worth the skin you’ll have after!

You can use these portable packets of goodness for so many things…

TO BRIGHTEN: You know when your skin is looking (and feeling) dull and tired? Sheet masks with skin brightening properties are a quick fix to this all too often complexion woe. Look for masks that contain vitamin C, usually in the form of citrus extracts. With use over time they can help with hyper pigmentation and dark spots giving you that gorgeous even tone we all are pining for. So far our faves are Decleor Intense Brightening Sheet MaskTheFaceShop Vitamin C Mask + Amore Pacific Brightening Masque.

TO FIRM: It’s never too early to start fighting the good fight against mother nature! Adding collagen infused products into your skincare regime is a great way to do just that. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity and constant renewal of skin cells…a.k.a the fountain of youth. Lucky for us, the market is packed with sheet masks containing concentrated amounts of this little miracle ingredient. We love these: Hanskin Gold Caviar TheFaceShop CollagenMasque Bar Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask.

TO HYDRATE: Out of all the the good things we can do for our skin…keeping it hydrated is the most important and probably the most failed step among women. Tisk risk! Even you ultra oily beauties need extra hydration to balance your skin, and dry/combo gals this is a no brainer. Look for masks containing hyalouronic acid, which is pretty much THE ingredient for hydration. Not only does it deliver water to the skin, but it holds it there and stays near the surface where it moisturizes the surface layer. Result? Supple stunner. We love these: Shu Uemura Hydrating Sheet Mask (Kristin loves to put this one in the fridge before applying to shrink her pores.  She says “It’s a good pre-game before Sunday brunch after a long Saturday night!”) , TheFaceShop Hyalouronic AcidSK-II Facial Sheet Mask SKII pumps your face full of vitamins, delivers baby soft  skin and is a favorite of ours for longgggg flights. Who cares how terrified the people sitting next to you look. You’ll arrive looking the freshest.

TO PURIFY: As beauty junkies we know daily powders, foundations and blushes are beyond amazing…but they can cause some congestion on the pore front. Which is why it is important to have a good detox sesh every now + then. Enter the purifying sheet mask. Ingredients like seaweed, star fruit, lavender, tea tree and witch hazel can help detox troubled and congested skin. Whew! We love these: My Face Works: I Need To HealSephora Ultra Soothing Fiber MaskFreeman’s Purifying Paper Mask