Posts Tagged ‘the beauty department’

JUST ADD WATER

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We tend to have braids on the brain 24/7 during these hot summer months in California. Best part is that braiding can often save us from excess heat styling with blowdryers + curling irons, which is very helpful when dealing with dryness or trying to nurse damaged hair back to a softer state. Recently we were introduced to Pantene Pro-V’s Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner and because it’s so moisture-packed we immediately thought of using it as a braid aid! This is a really simple way to braid + moisturize at one time so you’re getting a double dose of healthy hair (conditioning + saving on heat styling) while sporting your favorite braided look. We’re essentially creating our own leave-in conditioner and turning it into a styling product! Here’s how we did it…

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  • Shake well.

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  • Apply to wet or dry hair.
  • Braid as desired!

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TIP: I love using this trick before heading to the gym in the morning. I shower, shave, wash my hair, get out, apply this spray and braid. Then when I’m done at the gym I can just do a quick rinse in the shower and go instead of a taking a full “normal” shower.

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You can do this on dry hair too, of course! I tend to focus more from middle to ends and only use a tiny bit toward the root. Focus on dryness and places where your hair gets the least amount of natural oils: middle to ends.

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Once you apply spray and braid your hair, wait about 10 minutes for it to absorb and dry a little, then gently pull at your braid to loosen it up. The conditioner serves as a great texturizer because as it dries it feels a little more like a styling cream.

When you go to rinse the conditioner out, you’ll feel the benefits and as your hair dries, you’ll see them! Now we really wonder how many “conditioner hacks” there are out there. Do you have one? If so we’d love to hear it in the comments below!

(this post was created in partnership with our friends at Pantene)

MULTI MASKING 101

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

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

Most of us have combination skin. Our T-zone needs deep pore cleaning, our undereyes need instant oxygen and our cheeks need brightening or energizing! Or you chin could be chronically dry but your forehead is oily and tends to break out. There are endless combinations! Which is why multi-masking is so genius! Access your current skin situation (mine changes each season) and apply masks accordingly. Here’s how I broke it up for Rachel above:

T-ZONE:

Rachel’s T-Zone is naturally more oily than the rest of her face so the pores in that area get congested and clogged more easily.

CHEEK:

Like most of us, her cheek area has some dark spots and dry spots. So I switched to a multi-tasking mask that really energizes the area.

CHIN:

The chin is a very fickle area that needs its own separate assessment too! One day it becomes dry and scaly and lasts that way for a month, then it breaks out with dermatitis and little small bumps like a rash! So I took a moment to look and feel Rachel’s and determined it was a little on the oilier side, so I applied the same purifying mask that I used on her T-zone.

UNDEREYE:

The under-eye area is the thinnest and most fragile skin on your face so you have to treat it delicately. It’s also the tattle tale that shows the most signs of being tired (dark circles and bags). So I personally like using adding O2 to the area for an instant pick me up. Then I typically cover any uncovered areas with it as well.

You don’t have to do three different masks like I did… you can just do 2 or you can do 4! Just feel around with your fingers and determine which areas are dry, which are dull, which are oily and apply accordingly. I think you’ll be much happier with the results than just using one mask.

THE NEW FACE TECHNOLOGY

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

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

Because makeup looks much better on a smooth and clear surface, I spend a lot of time researching anything and everything that I can get my hands on in the world of skincare. And I mean everything! After trying it all, the biggest advances I’ve found so far are these. Why? Because how many times have you had an amazing facial and wished you could do the same at home? When you do something weekly instead of monthly in the case of microdermabrasion, or nightly instead of monthly in the case of blue or red LED light therapy, the results are exponentially bigger! Not to mention the money you save. Let’s walk through each one:

AT-HOME MICRODERMABRASION

  • This handheld device ($138, used on Rachel above) is my favorite because it comes with four interchangeable diamond tips (delicate, standard, firm and bold) that really tackle fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliate off dead skin cells. I’ve also heard good things about this one ($199) but haven’t personally tried it.
  • To use it, gently pull the skin so it’s taut then trace the device over it in lines and patterns illustrated in the booklet.
  • I use mine once a week and can really see the cell turnover and feel the baby soft skin.
  • I notice my serums and creams absorb better when the skin has been exfoliated.
  • If you aren’t ready to invest in the real thing yet, try this at-home system ($15.99) that really helps boost circulation while it exfoliates.
  • If you aren’t feeling handhelds and want a really powerful microscrub that won’t damage your skin, this one ($$) and this one ($) are my favorites.

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ANTI-ACNE LED LIGHTS

  • Since LED lights have been used on skin (blue lights for anti-acne and red lights for anti-aging) for over a decade now, there have been enough studies done that show they really do work. Earlier this year I created tutorials on blue-light handhelds and red-light handhelds, and now I’m excited to share my latest discovery, LED masks! So you don’t have to hold something up to your skin. I’ve had both kind of facials, one where the facialist placed a red light mask over my face and left the room for 20 minutes and another where she traced a red light handheld all over my skin for twenty minutes. Both times I left with amazing results!
  • I used this anti-acne light therapy mask ($29.99) on Rachel above because it’s affordable (comes with a 30-use cartridge) and I love there’s a slit for your eyes to stay open and stay connected on your phone the whole time! If acne isn’t an issue for you but you want to fight fine lines and wrinkles, try the anti-aging light therapy mask ($29.99). This one doesn’t have the eye slit so that you can use that time to disconnect from the world instead.
  • Either with a handheld LED device or a mask, trace it over skin or wear it until they automatically shut off.
  • I’ve used my anti-acne mask nightly for 30 days to give it a fair chance and my skin started clearing up after 3 days! I feel like it really calmed everything down so much. Now I wear it every other night or so but it’s up to you!
  • Before you ask about the lips sticker above, I put it there (it came with lots of fun stickers to decorate it with) but you don’t have to!

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BEAUTY POWDER

  • Remember our series with Dr. Jessica Wu about how much what we eat affects our skin, hair and nails? It’s half of the battle! But unfortunately I have the taste buds of a six year old (don’t ask!) and don’t like a lot of vegetables and can always taste them when I try to disguise them in juices! So beauty powders are a must for me and have come a long way.
  • This iconic one ($$$) shown above is my personal favorite because it has peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid and lipids in it that are proven to make hair shinier, nails stronger and skin more hydrated. I noticed a difference in my skin in three weeks when people started complimenting me how glowy it was. This is a more budget-friendly option ($) but I can’t vouch for the results (let me know if you try it and see a difference).
  • I mix the powder with 4-8 ounces of Whole 5 Puree anti-oxidant juice but you can use whichever is your favorite.
  • I drink a glass daily and actually look forward to it!

HOW TO GET THICKER LASHES

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

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

This is one of the oldest tricks in the books but it’s often skipped because of time (I totally get it). If you do have an extra minute and want the most output from mascara that you can get, try this! Applying powder before mascara really helps thicken each lash hair which, in turn, really defines the lashes. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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STEPS:

  1. Roll the disposable mascara wand in the loose powder to load it up.
  2. Tap it against the side of the container to release the excess.
  3. Sweep the powdered wand through your lashes horizontally.
  4. Repeat holding the wand vertically.
  5. Switch to mascara and apply a couple coats as usual.
  6. Switch to a thin wand for the bottom lashes (optional).