How To Look Good In High Humidity

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Humidity, it’s a dirty word.  You feel miserable, and sticky.  Most of us will just opt for that casual “it’s hot” look, figuring that everyone else is doing it too.  Here’s a few tricks I learned from living in an area that had seasonal monsoons, to help you look your best and stand out in the crowd.  These tricks will work when it’s muggy, rainy, or in a monsoon.

Take Care Of Your Skin

You’re probably tired of hearing us say it repeatedly, but as always, it’s important to take care of your skin.  Not only should be washing it, and exfoliating, but take care of your pores as well.  If you have issues with pores, or acne, try using ice, or a cool pack, to minimize your pores.  Lightly rub the ice on you race, then pat dry with a towel.  In the summer, I prefer to use a foaming cleanser, something that will tackle oil quickly, but leave me feeling refreshed.

Waterproof Mascara

It seems obvious, but use a waterproof mascara instead of your regular one.  Waterproof mascara won’t smudge as easily, especially in muggy weather.  A little bit of baby shampoo can be used to remove it later, without irritating your eyes.  Pair this with a waterproof, or gel based eyeliner.  A little wing can give you a daring look, and you’ll have the confidence to know it will still be there an hour later.  I even use a waterproof under eye concealer, instead of my usual one.

Avoid Oil Based Make Up

Oil will not only clog your pores, making the humidity feel worse, but it can look greasy.  Use mineral based foundations, and powder for everything else.  This will allow your face to breathe better, and overall just feel better.  I avoid shimmery bronzers and blushes, preferring mattes.  Lining your lips first can help avoid bleeding and smudging, and I’ll moisturize and prime first, to avoid applying lip gloss on top.  I also prime my eyes, to ensure my eyeshadow stays put, without having to apply a ton of it. Keep some blotting paper handy, a quick blot will help if you have a shiny T zone.

Light Breezy Clothes

Preferably cotton, so they’ll not only dry faster, but won’t leave you overheating.  The last thing you want is to walk around with sweat stains.  Loose, breathable clothes will also help you beat the heat, so you won’t have to worry as much about sweating off your make up.  There’s a reason why summer is the season for sundresses and sandals.  

Another quick tip so to apply your antiperspirant at night, before bed.  This gives it time to soak in, helping to avoid sweat during the day.  There you have it, a few simple tricks that will help you look your best, no matter how nasty the weather.

 

Beauty Tricks You Won’t See On This Blog

There’s a lot of stuff floating around the internet, with the rise of social media anyone can be an “expert”.  I see my friends sharing some weird stuff on multiple platforms.  When you actually get paid to write on the subject, people will forward stuff to you constantly.  Without naming names, here’s a few bad “beauty hacks” that have made the rounds on social media.

COUNTOURING With Shoes

I’ve also seen plungers, and knives, but by far, the silliest was an Instagram photo using Louboutin stilettos.  This is seemingly a trend, I’d say it’s more about showing off your shoes than actual make up advice.  If you really need help with your contouring, use a make-up brush. Why anyone would seriously use a yucky plunger, or their shoes, is beyond me.  I’m not sure who thinks it’s really a good idea to hold a sharp knife against their face.

DEODORANT  Tricks

Please don’t use deodorant as a way to prevent face shine.  I’ve seen this one a couple of times, it’s just not a good idea.  Not only will it clog your pores, it won’t do anything about actual oil producing cells.  Instead just use an oil absorbing primer, or carefully blot.  I recently read some advice to use limes instead of deodorant, and that’s bad advice as well.  The acidity in limes can cause irritation and redness.  If you see someone with a red face, and they smell like a margarita, please feel free to share this blog with them.

SMUDGED Lipstick

I’m not sure how this became a thing.  It seems like the latest Instagram craze is intentionally making your lipstick look like it was applied by a nine year-old.  Personally, I prime my lips, so I won’t have to reapply after I’ve been drinking.  Walk of shame inspired looks are best for models and celebrities, people who obviously pay a lot to look like they’ve been out all night.  For the rest of us, it’s best to stick to classic perfection.

WEARING Your Salad, Instead Of Eating It

I love cucumbers, I won’t lie.  They can make any salad better, they’re great in sushi, and yes, you can put them under your eyes to treat bags.  Lately I’ve been seeing a food craze in “natural” beauty.  Garlic is wonderful, unless you’re a vampire, or treating acne.  It’s true, garlic has anti-inflammatory properties, but there’s no evidence it will reduce the size of a pimple, or treat the clogged pore.  I’ve been seeing quite a bit about using onions to make your brows grow back.  The sulfur in onions might help with bacteria on the skin, but you’re better off eating better (which we’re going to discuss later this week) to encourage hair growth.  If you really want to harness a natural beauty product, try this facial scrub.

How To Properly Air Dry Your Hair

We’ve discussed how to properly blow dry your hair, let’s talk about air dying.  I know, it’s scary, you’ve tried it before when you were running late, and had a frizzy, ratty mess.  Much like blow drying, it’s all about technique, whether you have fine, thin hair, or thick, strong hair.  Quite often, especially in Summer, I just don’t want to bother blowing hot air on my head and face, these are the tricks you need to get a beautiful look, with a carefree elegance.

USE A Good Towel

It’s true, the better the towel, the more absorbent it will be.  Like always, pat your hair down.  Avoid the turban, not only will your hair dry unevenly, but twisting and knotting can cause breakage.  Normally you would correct for this when blow drying, but we’re trying to avoid the blow dryer.  I’ll use a microfiber towel most of the time, to cut down on the amount of time spent rubbing a towel through my hair, which in turn means less frizziness.

COMB And Detangle

Do this before it has a chance to dry, otherwise you’ll just destroy your hair trying to remove the knots.  A good spray in detangler, and a wide tooth comb works best.  As always, start from the ends, and comb a few inches at a time.   Patience is important here, since you won’t be running a brush through it for a while, you want it completely combed out.

START Styling Before It Dries

This seems obvious, but so many of my friends get into a lazy mode when letting their hair air dry.  Part it, curl it, pull your bangs to the side, anything you would do with a blow dryer you’re going to do now.  Don’t forget to add any product, I like to use light hold styling products when air drying.  The whole point is to have that low key, casual look.  Texturizers and dry shampoos are also good.

LET It Dry

This is actually the hardest part.  Resisting the urge to touch it, or check on it can be really difficult.  I often find myself looking at the mirror, wondering if I did it exactly right.  Relax, it will be fine, the whole point of this is to have a low effort, casual look.  You can also let it dry overnight.  Not only will this help you not play with it, but if you don’t mind putting in some prep work, you can attempt more complex styles.  Overnight is my favorite way to air dry, as this gives my hair some time to replenish necessary oils, and I won’t have to use as much product.

There you have it, an easy look without a lot of effort.  Perfect for the beach, sailing, or just sitting on your couch.  If your hair starts to get heavy, or lose it’s bounce, a quick spritz of dry shampoo and you’re ready again.

Tricks To Make Your Manicure Last Longer

If you’re anything like me, your pedicures last forever, but you need at least two manicures a week to keep your nails looking good.  Summer is the perfect time to get your toes done, since you can actually show them off, but these tips will keep your fingernails looking good year round.

Don’t Soak Your Nails

Sure, your manicurist loves to do this, it softens your cuticles.  Use a cuticle oil instead, you can even ask them to do this as well.  Your nails will retain water and swell.  When they shrink back down the polish won’t fit correctly, and it will damage the polish. Make sure you don’t get any polish on your cuticles, it will lift the polish away from the nail.  Use a pusher tool or stick, never cut the cuticles.

Buff Your Nails Before Painting

Smoothing the nail will help the polish stay put, any dent or chip will warp the polish, and encourage it to crack.  After you’re done, wipe the nail with polish remover, or water and vinegar.  Even if there’s no polish, this will remove any excess oil that will be detrimental.  If you don’t have the cotton balls to spare, a quick dip is okay, just don’t let them soak.

The Tip Of Your Nail Takes The Most Damage

Filing your nail to a good round shape will add strength, preventing the nail from breaking, and making the edge more chip resistant.  If you’re unsure of the correct shape, look at your cuticle, and try to imitate it’s shape.  Keeping your nails no longer than your fingertips will also help, since they’ll less likely to take a beating.  For extra strength, use two coats of basecoat at the tip.  The first coat just at the tip, then apply the second coat over the entire nail.  If the tips start to chip, you can file the edge and reseal it, or cover it up with a French tip.

Speaking Of Coats

Make sure you’re using a topcoat.  Don’t wait until your polish dries, you want the polish to be slightly wet, so the topcoat will seep through.  Run the brush along the tip, this will seal the edge.  Apply a thin layer of topcoat every couple of days to protect your polish and extend the life.  If you’ve decided that matte polish is for you, you might not be aware that it’s more brittle than crème and tends to chip.  A matte topcoat is an option to consider.

Take Care Of Your Nails Between Manicures

Your nails and cuticles dry out, which damages the polish.  Wash your hands with a mild soap, and avoid hand sanitizer.  It’s mostly alcohol and will strip your hands of essential oils.  Don’t forget to wear gloves when doing the dishes, this will also protect the skin on your hands from drying out.  Don’t forget to use a nail oil to hydrate your nails and cuticles.
There you have it, with these tips you can have good looking nails everyday.

It’s Summertime, Are You Taking Care Of Your Skin?

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My friend’s experience at a recent weekend event made me realize, there are little things people don’t think about.  As we’ve stated before, prevention is better than a cure.  Here’s a few healthy living tips to get the most out of the sunshine.

YOU Applied Sunscreen

But how much SPF is in your lip balm?  In all fairness to my friend, she works indoors, and isn’t the outdoors or music festival type.  Most of us take this for granted, but make sure your lip balm has some sun protection if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors.  As always, make sure you’re exfoliating your lips.  Not only will they look better, the balm will work better on fresh, healthy skin.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can skip SPF protection on your lips or skin just because it’s cloudy or overcast.  UV rays will still get through, and you can still get a sunburn.

ARE You Taking Care Of Your Feet?

Always wear clean socks.  Just because your shoes have such a cute way of showing off your ankles doesn’t mean you can skip socks.  Your feet will smell, and look better, if you invest in appropriate socks for all your shoes.  Make sure you’re washing your feet too, so they’re not drenched in perspiration.  If you decide to go with sandals or flip flops, you’ll still want to wash the dirt from your feet, so your skin doesn’t look dull.  Don’t forget to wash your sandals, as well.  Don’t make the mistake my friend made, either.  Your feet also need sunscreen when wearing sandals.

PROTECT Your Eyes

Not only are sunglasses a great accessory to show your individual style, they also protect your eyes.  Not only can constant glare damage your eyes (This is especially a concern if you’ll be sailing, or hitting the dunes), constant squinting will help wrinkles form early.  Be careful to avoid the raccoon mask.  It doesn’t take long for your eyes to adapt to bright conditions, so you can take the shades off periodically.  Just make sure to put them back on before spending long periods in bright light.  Yellow lenses are especially helpful for overcast days.

MAKE Up Sucks When It’s Hot

Nothing will ruin your make up faster than sweat, and no one wants to wear a full face to the beach.  Summer is when your skin care routine gets to shine.  Make sure you’re following our blog, and using good skincare products to minimize your need for make up when active.  There’s nothing better than going to dinner straight from the beach.  You’ll have more time to relax over appetizers and drinks while waiting for your friends.

There you go, now enjoy the sunshine and great weather.  Don’t forget to check our other entries for more tips to get the most out of your summer routine.