We all wash our hair, but did you know there's a right way to cleanse your strands in the shower? Learning how to properly wash your hair will have a tremendous impact on the bounce and brilliance of your locks. While most hairdressers recommend about a five-minute wash three to four times a week, we're willing to bet that most of you do something more like a one-minute wash, if that! Frederic Fekkai, Ted Gibson, and Leonor Greyl all believe that healthy hair requires proper maintenance and begins with a healthy scalp. They are all also huge believers in the cool rinse. Learn the proper steps to hair washing when you keep reading.
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are both excellent acne fighters, and definitely the most affordable treatments on the market. Almost any drugstore acne treatment is going to have one or the other. But it's impossible to tell from the bottle which product is going to help clear up your specific acne. If you end up with the wrong one, it can actually make things worse. To help you determine which product you actually need, I've put together a quick comparison. Ready to know which one you need once and for all? Then just keep reading.
For those of you who are suffering from a sunburn, here's a fast and easy at-home honey milk bath remedy, courtesy of esthetician Raechel Cunningham-Lowe. The bath will help control redness and irritation, taking the sting out of your burn. Fact: sunburns happen, but when armed with the right SPF know-how, along with some of our top sunscreen picks, you'll be better prepared for your next outdoor adventure. For instructions on soothing your skin naturally and easily, just read more.
Question: how long should your hairbrush last? Answer: years! With the proper cleaning routine, you can keep your favorite tool looking its best for a very long time (which saves you money, we might add). Hairbrushes can collect dirt, dust, and product buildup from your strands. While you probably rid the bristles of hair often, you should also consider doing a deeper clean once a week. We cringe just thinking of all the icky stuff that gets trapped and put back into your hair.
- Step 1: Before you begin washing your brush, remove as many trapped and tangled strands of hair as possible. The best tool you can use for assistance is a wide-toothed comb. Hold the brush over a trash can, and slide the comb through the bristles.
- Step 2: Fill up your sink with warm water, and add a couple of drops of shampoo to the water so that it's nice and sudsy. Place your brush in the water, and swish it around for about two or three minutes.
- Step 3: Washing should loosen any remaining hairs and the dirt on your brush. Now, take the comb and slide it through the bristles one more time.
- Step 4: Give the brush one final rinse with lukewarm water. Lastly, tap off the excess water, dry the handle and the back of the brush, and lay it bristle side down hanging over the edge of your sink so that the moisture won't get trapped in the base/pad. And here's a tip: it's wise to periodically check your brush for any split bristles, which can catch on your hair and damage the strands. If you see "split ends" on your brush, then it's time for a new one.
We've heard of medicinal plants in skin care, like ginseng or witch hazel, but did you know that applying aspirin to your skin can also have beauty benefits? That's because the effective ingredient in aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate skin. You can whip up your own aspirin mask with three simple ingredients for a skin-softening, acne-fighting treatment that's simple, cheap, and effective. Use it as an exfoliating paste, or leave it on your skin for about five minutes as a mask. Either way, you should see brighter, softer skin with less dullness. For the supersimple aspirin mask recipe, just read more.
We're in the middle of swimsuit season, and that can mean red bumps around the bikini line after waxing or shaving. Before you head to the store for relief, take a look inside your medicine cabinet and kitchen pantry. We've gathered some of the more unconventional remedies that can be applied post-hair removal. Find out these DIY treatments after the jump.
Behind the doors at Shellie Goldstein Acupuncture in New York City's Flatiron District is world-renowned facialist Georgia Louise (pictured lower left). Hailing from London, where you can find her part time in her own spa in Knightsbridge, Georgia is known for her holistic healing, bespoke treatments that famous faces such as Linda Evangelista, Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, and Shalom Harlow can attest to. What's more, she's just developed a line of skin care products originally made in her very own kitchen — up until the demand for them became too great.
Her signature facials range from $360 to $500, with a variety of other treatment options on the menu, including the CACI nonsurgical face-lift, Dermaroller collagen therapy, fruit enzyme treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and LED light therapy.
Georgia's homemade products, which range in price from $70 to $90, are predominantly organic and are currently available online in the US and are carried in Goldstein's office.
Editor's note: Shellie Goldstein is a relative of POPSUGAR Beauty UK Editorial Director Jamie Roy.
Stylish celebrities attended the Glastonbury Festival in full force, with Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung, and more in attendance. From braids to floppy hats, their beauty looks covered the traditional music-festival-ensemble gamut. Check out all the laid-back looks from Britain, and get inspired for the next concert on your own calendar.
When you're plagued with a persistent pimple and need to clear it up fast, never fear. Here's an easy, two-ingredient spot treatment that comes together in no time. All you need is a small bowl of crushed mint leaves and oats.
- Take a handful of fresh mint leaves and pulverize them with a pestle in a bowl.
- Next, add moistened oats to the mixture and mix until it forms a paste.
- Apply evenly to your face, or just to your affected areas, and wait 20 minutes.
Relax and take deep breaths during your waiting time; allow time for the oats and the oils to absorb. Apply twice a day as needed, storing the remaining mixture in a sealed container in the fridge.
Remember: Just like with any new product you're applying to your skin, it's advisable to do a patch test to make sure you're not allergic or overly sensitive to it.
For Fall 2013, designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra drew their inspiration from the future. Using a color palette filled with purples, blues, pinks, and greens, the beauty style was a reflection of an uptight woman who is finally trying to have some fun. The makeup look was created by Maki for MAC, hair was developed by lead stylist Nelson Vercher for the Rita Hazan Salon and nails were polished by Michelle Saunders for Essie.
The look: Highly texturized hair fastened in a low ponytail, metallic purple nails, and bright, matte fuchsia lips
The inspiration: Psycho glamour, but also pretty and slightly sensual
Who would wear it: Anyone with swagger. Think of someone like Natalie Portman, who is intelligent about her beauty
Photos: Jamie Roy
One of London Fashion Week's most anticipated shows, Burberry Prorsum, drew stars like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung to the front row — along with actress Poppy Delevigne, who snapped photos of her younger sister, Cara, as she walked the runway. Read on to find out more about Burberry's darker view of beauty for Fall 2012, along with some photographs from backstage.
The Autumn/Winter Topshop Unique show was held earlier today at the Old Billingsgate Market in the City of London. With the sunshine peering through the windows (for a change), the backdrop was beautiful, and finally, there was ample space both behind the scenes and inside the actual venue to move around, mingle, and munch on the delectable treats that were offered preshow. Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof, Poppy Delevigne, and Leigh Lezark all sat in the front row to watch in anticipation.
For this military-inspired collection filled with burgundy, olive, navy, chunky knits, leather, and velvet pieces (my favorite being the leather overalls), the look this season for the clothing, accessories, and beauty was all a bit more grown-up than what we typically see from the brand. Check out all of the exciting looks from backstage in my slideshow here!
Falling pregnant is a beautiful thing, but it requires you to pay extra attention to everything, especially what you eat and how you take care of yourself. Everyone knows that it's important to get enough sleep, get enough exercise, and pamper your growing body. But it's also imperative to keep an eye on the ingredients in the beauty products you use. It may seem silly to worry about your night cream or fake tan, but believe it or not, certain toxins are strong enough to make their way through your skin and into your bloodstream to affect your developing fetus. Find out what you should be looking out for now.
One of the first shows of London Fashion Week was Maria Grachvogel. Downstairs in the Savoy Hotel, we saw all of the amazing styles and preshow beauty prep. The collection was sensational: full of color and depth that recalled the 1920s, but with a bit of art-deco androgyny mixed in among the artwork prints. Take a peek at the detailed hair and makeup from behind the scenes.
London Fashion Week has kicked off, and Felder Felder — designed by sisters Dani and Annette Felder — has created an entire collection based on the '90s era when Kate Moss was dating Johnny Depp. With added influences like the Mayan calendar and their love of the blond color palette, the look was glamorous yet cool in chic neutral tones. Take a peek at the pictures straight from London Town.
You don't need to endure painful injections to have the look of bigger lips. You don't necessarily need a lip plumping product, either. Makeup artists rely on tried and true tips to help their clients pump up the volume, and I've got a few of them to share.
Applier beware. Plump lips are one of those mysterious subconscious biological signs of youthfulness and fertility.
(Editor's note: I cannot take responsibility for any additional attention (or children) that may follow as a result of these tips below.)
- Avoid dark lipsticks or glosses. They can make your lips look smaller. Instead, choose a lighter shade to give the illusion of fullness. Also, pick lipsticks with shinier finishes. Shiny reflects light, making lips look even bigger.
- Brush lips with a baby toothbrush and some lip balm, like the classic ChapStick ($1.90). It's a gentle way to exfoliate and it promotes circulation in the lips, causing a temporary plump.
- Sweep a tiny dab of light colored gloss only in the middle of your lips, both top and bottom. Try Benefit Her Glossiness in Didn't Hear It From Me ($18). You can also use a lighter glittery gloss such as Wet N Wild MegaBrilliance Lip Gloss in Shimmy Shimmer ($2) or a whitish shimmery powder like Benefit Lust Duster in Snow Bunny ($18) to achieve the same effect.
To move on to the more advanced techniques, read more
There's a bang shape that works for everybody, but when it's time to grow them out, they're more of a burden than a beauty boon. To find out how to deal with bangs when they're in that awkward stage, read more
Some "three-free" polishes include: Avon, China Glaze, Rescue Beauty Lounge, Elizabeth Arden, Revlon, L'Oreal, Rimmel, Lippmann Collection, Sally Hansen, Maybelline Salon Expert, Nars (newer formula), Spa Ritual, OPI (newer polishes are safe, but some hardeners use formaldehyde), and Zoya.
For a few of my favorite safe-polish picks, read more