We've all seen it, and we've all been victims of it: dry, cracked lips. Between cold air and the moisture-sucking effects of indoor heating, the delicate skin of your lips can get chapped fast in the Winter. You can keep your lips hydrated and supple all season with these helpful tips.
Last night's KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2013 brought some of the biggest names in music to LA's Staples Center, and Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande all took to the stage to perform. Decked out in festive attire, the songstresses brought out some equally eye-catching holiday beauty looks, too. Selena opted for a surprisingly gothic look, donning the same blunt wig she wore for another holiday concert in Texas. Her makeup consisted of bold black lipstick, which was only enhanced by a black, smoky eye. Miley performed in a sparkling Chanel outfit, which she complemented with her signature red lips and bold brow combo. Ariana had the sweetest look of all with her long hair flowing in soft waves and a neutral makeup palette that featured soft pink lips. They all brought their beauty A-game, but whose look did you like best?
A nasty case of windburn is not something you want to come home with after a day of playing in the snow. While it may feel like it, a windburn is not a Winter sunburn — it's not caused by the sun's harmful rays. Windburn is actually a result of cold temperatures and low humidity. These conditions deplete the natural oils in your skin causing dryness, irritation, and redness. "Your skin gets red and starts peeling because the blood vessels in the outer layer of skin are dilating," explains Dr. Debra Jaliman board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. "It makes it very irritated and very sensitive to products." It most commonly occurs on the face, but windburn can happen any place on your body where skin is exposed to the elements. Before heading out in the cold, do these things to prevent windburn.
- Keep your skin covered. Wear mittens to protect your hands, a scarf or neck warmer to protect your neck and chin, a hat or headband to protect your ears, and on super chilly days, sport a face mask for your nose, cheeks, and forehead.
- When you're going to be out for a long time, lather on some moisturizing sunblock. This will protect your skin from both sun- and windburn. Don't forget to lube up your lips, too, with an SPF lip moisturizer. Apply sunscreen to your skin and lips every two hours.
- Check the weather report and know the wind-chill factor before heading out. If the weather is extremely cold (under 20°F) plan to stay out for a short period of time. Also stick to activities that are slower moving. Racing down the mountain on skis when it's absurdly cold won't feel very good on your cheeks.
Windburned skin craves moisture, so if you do happen to get a windburn, apply lotion (ones without fragrances or acidic ingredients will be less irritating) about three to four times a day. "People overuse acids on top of the windburn, and then they don't moisturize it," says Dr. Jaliman. "Abusing products only makes it redder." You can also apply aloe gel from the plant or a bottle to cool and heal windburned skin.
If your skin begins to peel, it's just part of the healing process — resist the urge to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. Choose a mild non-sudsing cleanser with glycerin to clean the affected areas since you want to keep as much of the natural oils on your skin as possible. If you're overly uncomfortable, take an OTC anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen to help with pain, puffiness, and to promote healing. If your skin begins to blister or looks really swollen, it's always a good idea to get checked by a doctor.
While there will be plenty of shadow palettes, preboxed lotion sets, and everything in between available to give this holiday season, why not personalize some (if not all) of your presents this year? Monogrammed gifts are always a best bet, and your recipient will feel all warm and cozy inside, knowing that you took a little extra time to make him or her feel loved. So let's kick things off with personalized beauty gifts. If it can be stamped, embossed, or stitched, you'll find it here.
I'd been on the hunt for a good BB cream for a while when I came across Philosophy's Hope in a Jar A to Z Cream ($38). As opposed to some of the other greasier formulas I've come across, this just feels clean. I apply it on a clean face using my fingertips, but I sometimes use a makeup brush under the eyes. And for a tinted moisturizer, it blends shockingly well, which is important, considering it only comes in three shades. The light tint may not be my exact tone, but once it's spread out on my face, you can't tell because my complexion looks totally awesome. It really evens my skin tone and covers up those small discolorations. I've used it alone (good) and under a bit of powder (better), and it's remarkably functional. I'm adding this to my routine for the rest of time.
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Last week, Julianne Hough stepped out with a new head of extensions, giving her a whole new look. While most of you like her best with a long bob, Julianne was spotted again this weekend with freshly trimmed extensions. The look is still longer than her above-the-shoulder cut, but definitely a few inches shorter than the original extensions. Is this new length the winning look? Let us know what you think!
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Miley Cyrus is mixing up her look once again! The singer covered up her edgy pixie cut with a wig at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas event in LA on Saturday. The short blond bob features midlength bangs and stops short of her jawline, making it look like she grew her hair out overnight. Miley shared her fresh look on Twitter, saying she was "bored" and playing with wigs, and she also shared a snap on Instagram, posing with a friend.
Miley's signature pixie was on display on Friday when she got up close and personal with Santa Claus on stage at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball in LA. Her wig change-up isn't too surprising, though, as unexpected makeovers have become the norm with Miley. Just last month, she bleached her eyebrows to match her platinum blond 'do, only to debut thick, drawn brown eyebrows days later.
Frizz seems to be the one hair woe that affects all women regardless of hair type, mainly because it sprouts up for a number of different reasons. While some women have figured out ways of keeping their fuzz down day to day, there are times when those pesky hairs pop up regardless of what you do to avoid them. When you're stuck in a hairy situation like this, there are easy ways to disguise the pouf that seems to be taking over your head:
- Try some hair oil: Hair oils are a more natural serum when it comes to zapping frizz. Work something like Kiehl's Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate ($25) into your hair to depuff instantly.
- Slick on some moisture: Start by sweeping some lotion onto your arms and legs. When you're done, run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots. The thin layer of moisturizer will smooth down your frizz. Just make sure to use a light touch or you could find yourself with a greasy situation.
- Spritz some hair spray: Spraying some directly onto your hair won't do much, so try this handy trick — mist a lightweight hair spray, like Oribe Superfine Hairspray ($19) onto the palms of both of your hands. Before it has time to dry, swipe your hands over your hair, focusing on the frizziest spots. The spray will keep the fuzz at bay without weighing it down.
- Snag a dryer sheet: If you're running out the door and don't have any product on hand, reach for a dryer sheet. Smooth it over your hair for a quick way to remove your frizz. Bonus: this technique also works if you're hair is full of static, another major hair woe in the Winter.