Posts Tagged ‘2013’

BEST WORKOUT HAIR TRICK

photos/post: Kristin Ess

Today I want to share one of my favorite pony tricks with you guys. This is not only great for keeping your hair off your neck but also for making your workout ponytail look fuller and way more stylish. You’re obviously going to be focused more on your workout than your hair but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look great while doing it. If you notice, the photo up top shows a much more pumped up pony. That’s because there are 3 ponytail holders stacked up. You might think that sounds painful but it’s not. Only the first gets pulled tight (which is what you would normally do). Then you use 2 more ponytail holders by stacking them behind that one. The best part about doing this is it keeps your hair off your neck! I don’t know about you but there’s nothing worse than sweaty wet hair laying against your neck. I also feel like it makes your neck look longer and accentuates your jaw line. Try this the next time you go to the gym or train for your marathon. You might find that it helps to keep you feeling and looking cooler!

APPLYING DAY CREAM & EYE CREAM

Today we’re bringing you a tutorial you’ve been asking for over the last several months. We read all of your emails and we heard the request! We partnered with our favorite magical fountain of youth, Restorsea. As you may know, we’ve become a little obsessed. We love a good 2-in-1. Restorsea exfoliates as well as moisturizes so you get a youthful healthy glow that you can’t necessarily get with just a regular moisturizer. If you have a favorite already, you can definitely use that for this tutorial because the steps would be the same. If you want to check out Restorsea for yourself you can find their Starter Kit here. Use “startkit” to basically get the eye cream for free. Okay, here we go!

TOOLS:

Day time moisturizer, eye cream, clean hands, mirror.

STEPS:

1. After shower or cleansing, start with an analysis by looking closely and touching your skin. Do some areas feel drier or more tout than others? Is there more redness, irritation or flakiness around your nose or chin? Remember, you don’t have to treat your entire face the same way.

2. Start by warming up a quarter-sized dollop in between your fingers. This step is really important to activate the ingredients with the heat of your body temperature so it melts into your skin more.

3. Target the driest areas with the most amount of cream by applying it directly to the area with your fingertips in patting and swirling motions.

4. Now that we’ve given extra TLC to those areas, we can take care of the whole face and neck. Warm up more cream between your fingers and start with your cheeks using upward patting and sweeping motions. You want to gently massage but never pull your skin or use downward motions.

5. Continue with circular motions across the forehead.

6. Finish with upward strokes all over the neck and don’t forget your chest! If you’re a side sleeper, the creases you wake up with in the morning down your chest will eventually become wrinkles if you don’t treat that area too!

7. For the delicate eye area, we switch to an ultra-concentrated eye cream because the skin around our eyes is thinner and battling a lot of movement from smiling and squinting. With your ring finger (the least strong finger on your hand), dip into the cream.

8. Gently tap the cream about a half-inch below the eyes, starting at the inner corners and working your way across just outside of the outer corner. Eye cream travels so you shouldn’t go too close to the lashline so it doesn’t travel inside of your eye and cause irritation and swelling.

9. Gently massage the cream into the skin by again tapping (not rubbing) it over and over until it’s soaked in. The dots in photo 9 represent the pattern we used to tap the eye cream in.

NATURAL MAKEUP HAS COME A LONG WAY!

POST BY AMY NADINE, PHOTOS BY STEVE GRANITZ + AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Just five years ago, I couldn’t have done makeup on the red carpet using only natural products. The ingredients were great, but they either didn’t hold up or offer enough of a range. But so not the case now! Last night I had the total pleasure of doing Emily Deschanel’s makeup for the Golden Globes and knew when prepping my kit that I could only bring natural products as she is vegan and very conscious of what she puts in and on her body. As far as I’m concerned, nothing was sacrificed in doing so and no one would ever know the difference! When I got home I laid out the products and snapped a picture to show you exactly what I used: (more…)