New Impressive Face Masks

We are all about new products that will boost your beauty and the appearance of your skin. Face masks are a great option to give your skin a much needed break and reset. According to Elle Magazine the products listed below are some of the best mask you can get your hands on these days. Check them out and give them a try!

Our editors share their favorite moisture-packing, pore-shrinking, humanity-restoring face masks that get their skin as close to perfection as possible (or as one editor describes, Cate Blanchett).

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

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“I stan pretty hard for Tatcha. From their cleansing oils to their ACTUAL gold-spun products, they can do no wrong in my eyes. This goes for their masks too, and their latest is a doozy. I love anything with Vitamin C, and this formula brightens up my skin as soon as I do that dramatic yet useless face-splash-over-the-sink thing actresses in commercials always do. This also comes in the most delightful shade of lavender, making it difficult to not post to your stories.”? Justine Carreon, ELLE.com Associate Market Editor

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $68; sephora.com


SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

“I can disembark a 12-hour flight with a face like an old hot dog (as I often do), then slap one of these miracle-workers on for 20 minutes and presto?my humanity is restored. Not only does this mask, which is drenched in the brand’s signature pitera, impart a certain lit-from-within radiance (see: Cate Blanchett), it also moisturizes and firms, making it the ultimate complexion-revitalizing trifecta?and one of my top 5 most-hoardable beauty products ever.”? April Long, Executive Beauty Editor

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $135; nordstrom.com


Tonymoly Master Lab Sheet Mask

“This mask is uber hydrating?and since my skin can act like a sad, neglected sponge in the winter, absorbing my daily moisturizer so fast it’s like I never even applied it, uber hydrating is exactly what I need.”? Sally Holmes, ELLE.com Executive Editor

Tonymoly Master Lab Sheet Mask (Set of 2), $9; tonymoly.us


GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

“When it comes to masking, I’m all about instant gratification. This tingly, menthol-scented charcoal mask targets breakouts and shrinks pores (albeit temporarily) in just 15 minutes with a mix of mandelic, glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids.”? Julie Schott, ELLE.com Beauty Director

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $22; sephora.com


The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Masque

“This mask is pretty, firstly, and smells good. If you saw it out of the jar, I’m pretty sure I could convince you it’s homemade. So many masks I’ve tried have barely noticeable effects (and maybe it’s just a placebo thing), but this one leaves my skin glowing as soon as I rinse it off.”? Leah Melby-Clinton, ELLE.com Senior Editor in Branded Content

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Masque, $28; thebodyshop-usa.com


Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask

“For skin that’s starting to look as drab as February feels, nothing works for me like Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask. I smear it on, usually widely blow the 15 minute mark, and let the silky, sticky mask do its thing (it’s thing being, according to the company, increasing oxygen to skin cells and giving a little cellular boost with marine glycogen and vitamin C for glow). Not only does my skin feel uber hydrated, the mask is also gentle enough on my face to use more than once a week.”? Cotton Codinha, Associate Beauty and Fitness Editor

Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask, $175; zelens.com


Fresh Rose Face Mask

“New York City’s elements are harsh year round, but this mask helps fight whatever it throws my way. In the dead of winter when my skin is looking more tired and dull then ever, the rose infused gel gives it a moisture boost, and reminds me of warmer days. It also has a cooling and calming effect – making it perfect to use after a day at the beach – or Central Park.” ? Mariel Tyler, Photo Editor

Fresh Rose Face Mask, $62; fresh.com


Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a25480/best-drug-store-face-masks/

3 Things That Can Help You Live Longer

Researchers are constantly looking for ways to boost health and improve overall quality of life. Increased longevity is something that people often think is intangible, however new a study shows that doing 3 things might help you live longer. We love sharing research like this because the overall health and well being of our clients is important!

Want to add years to your life expectancy and delay the onset of disability? New research suggests doing so may come down to drinking in moderation, not smoking, and maintaining a non-obese weight.

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan just published a study in the journal Health Affairs that looked at how specific lifestyle choices impacted people’s life expectancy and overall health over time. The researchers analyzed data from over 14,000 people age 50 and older that had been collected since 1992. It turned out that adults who hit age 50 with a BMI never having smoked, who had BMIs under 30 (which is considered the threshold for obesity), and who didn’t currently drink heavily lived seven years longer than their counterparts, six of which years were disability-free. (Heavy drinking is defined as more than 14 drinks per week for men and more than seven drinks per week for women.)

In life expectancy terms, men and women who followed these guidelines increased their life expectancy to 85 and 89 respectively, as opposed to the current life expectancies of 78 for men and 82 for women.

Alongside these findings, the study highlighted an alarming statistic: Some 80 percent of Americans have smoked, been obese, or both by their fifties. Researchers say this shows the importance of creating policies and programs that tackle these issues sooner. “Our study speaks to the importance of prevention at whatever level that can occur in community health or in public policy,” study co-author Neil Mehta, an assistant professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan, said in a press release.

Mehta also pointed out that investing in prevention could eventually lower the cost of treating disabilities. And on an individual level, while genetics and environment play large roles in your life expectancy and quality of life, it’s helpful to know that behavioral changes can make a difference.


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Source: https://www.allure.com/story/you-could-live-longer-by-avoiding-these-things

Don’t Fall Victim to Buying Fake Products

There are more beauty products on the market than one can count. We know that there are skin care products created by different brands that are extremely similar to each other as well as makeup products that mimic one another. However, the dark side of this is that there are brands creating counterfeit products that could potentially give you a reaction and end up costing you more than the price of the product. Learn how to differentiate between counterfeit and real in the article below.

There?s a reason there?s a cottage industry growing up around makeup dupes: the knockoffs of your favorite products can be really and actually good. When you snag a faux version of a high-end highlighter from the drugstore or online, you know (and are cool with the fact) that you?re not getting the real deal?but imagine you thought you were buying the OG product, only to discover something about your purchase was off. Not cool. According to a new consumer report, more people than you’d think are unknowingly buying counterfeit makeup and skincare.

MarkMonitor, a brand protection agency that keeps companies in the know about falsies floating around on the internet, just released survey data from 4,400 respondents across 10 countries that found some pretty disturbing things about our online buying habits. First off, over a quarter of people are unknowingly buying counterfeit goods ? including makeup, skincare, supplements, and even (shudder) medication ?when they buy online. Of the fakes, makeup was cited as the most commonly purchased knockoff item, and the majority of falsies came from online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon where individual sellers have access to the platform.

The scariest part is how consumers reported they finally found out about their counterfeit goods. Receiving a knockoff isn?t just annoying, it can be dangerous ? 34 percent reported they figured out the products in question were fake after experiencing a bad reaction. Yikes.

To be clear, there?s a difference between makeup dupes ? the more affordable versions of popular products we knowingly buy ? and counterfeits ? knockoffs you don?t realize aren?t the real deal until it?s too late. It?s the latter that are way more insidious. A report from Bloomberg Businessweek released earlier this year reported that fake makeup is on the rise and is becoming a major problem, a la fake news.

Considering the sheer amount of goods we get online ($394 billion worth each year, to be exact) it?s scary to think the bottle of shampoo or tube of lip balm you snagged online might actually be from a sketchy warehouse located who knows where. While shopping for your staples and splurges online can save you time and cash, you don?t get to check out the products IRL before you buy. With every online purchase, you?re trusting that you’re getting the real deal unless explicitly being told it?s a dupe. It’s kind of a gamble.

Respondents blame the brands they thought they were purchasing, according to the report ? 34 percent stated it was the brand’s responsibility to keep counterfeits off the market.

Surprisingly, despite the ubiquity of dupes, 83 percent of survey respondents said they wouldn?t knowingly hit purchase on non-genuine products. To be fair, that number lumped makeup, skincare and medications together, and picking up a knockoff lipstick is a lot different than a knockoff pain reliever.

If you don?t want to risk not getting the real deal, buy directly from the brand?s website or a trusted retailer like Sephora or Ulta. And if you do wind up with a dishonest dupe, be prepared to leave a truthful review.


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Source: https://www.allure.com/story/how-to-avoid-buying-counterfeit-beauty-products