Natural look for summer

With the summer heat blaring down on us, it is time that change our look to accommodate as we do every year. But, have you given a thought to changing your makeup routine for the summer? There are some great ways to get a natural look that will fare better with the hot weather and allow you to still look absolutely fabulous.

A spot of shine on the high points of the face exaggerates bone structure to make all your features pop in an elegant way.

Reigning makeup artists, perhaps both in response to and rebellion against the pervasiveness of matte – did a supersaturated, opaque red lip (itself a reaction to the saccharine overdose of gloss that preceded it) not feel like the official beauty emblem of polished, strong femininity over the past few years? – are now tempering the look strategically placing high-shine effects on lids and cheeks. Says Boehmer, “When it’s in used in little touches, it’s a great way to accentuate and add light to a feature. When it’s everywhere, it looks like you’re sweaty.” Maybelline New York global makeup artist Yadim says the impact of good gloss is all in how, and where, you wield it: “A hint of dewiness on the cheeks is youthful, but punch it up and it reads more athletic. A spot of shine on high points of the face exaggerates bone structure to make all your features pop in an elegant way. Shine on the lids is playful. 

On the fall 2016 runways of Valentino, DKNY, and Marchesa, skin itself went high shine; the look, Boehmer says, was “like the skin had heat to it and was a little steamy, like you’ve just come out of a sauna.” Makeup pros are very good at MacGyvering that effect using old-school backstage staples such as Vaseline (the glow it gives when smoothed over skin is terrific; its petroleum base on your pores, not so terrific) and Aquaphor; Yadim repurposed Maybelline New York Baby Lips gloss on models’ lids at DKNY. yes, Kate Moss is said to sometimes sweep Vaseline over her lids in lieu of eye shadow, but I’ll stick to the recent batch of eye-specific glosses, which are way more comfortable and zero percent goopy. A new crop of shine-bestowing products make it less daunting for mere mortals to get next-level luster home: Pat McGrath Labs Golden Shiny Stick Highlighter + Balm Duo, a duel-ended luminizer and allover balm that McGrath debuted at Valentino, imparts otherworldly radiance; Paul & Joe Beaute Eye Gloss & Lip Gloss Duo stick gives a double dose of sheen. 

Ultimate glossy-lip muses are Grace Jones and, of course, Jerry Hall

By far the easiest place to wear gloss is also the most obvious – and has the sexiest connotations, if you ask McGrath, whose “ultimate glossy-lip muses are Grace Jones and, of course, Jerry Hall.” As for me, the free-association result of hearing the words lip gloss goes something like this: summer camp, first French kiss, Mandy Moore, breathless, heat, and, finally, M.A.C. Lipglass – the most valuable thing a girl in my middle school could own. For Peter Philips, the creative and image director of Dior Makeup (his shel- lacked-lip look at the maison‘s spring show verged on blinding), lip gloss conjures “the gesture of applying it all day long when you’re young, and the licking of your lips-it’s that teasing sexiness.”He adds that com-pared to, say, a matte red, lip gloss is “more playful. It changes; it’s this constant play of reflection of light that makes your lips look rounder and more voluptuous.”

If your own lip gloss reverie gets derailed right around “Ack, ponytail stuck to my face again,” fear not: Thanks to new formulas, it’s now possible to glisten with Jerry Hall intensity sans stickiness. Among the best is Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss, a collection of 18 dazzlingly glassy, hyaluronic acid-spiked infusions that come in clear, shimmer-flecked, and iridescent tints. “The great thing is the formula has a bit of stretch in it,” Philips says. “When you apply it, you don’t need a thick glaze. It’s very elastic and nourishing.” And then there’s lip oil! It’s a whole new thing, emerging as the latest breed of gloss-with-benefits. Julep Your Addiction Tinted Lip Oil has a base of camellia, rose hip, and avocado oils – versus glosses, which typically contain a mix of oils and other emollients – and sinks in as a face oil would, rather than coating lips, to impart low-watt gleam. 

For those who like a subtler tastefulness of matte, bear in mind that gloss, too, can have a certain minimalist appeal. “I think it’s so cool if you’re doing a big eye statement, like a dirty, chunky, fucked-up mascara look, and then you do a clear lip gloss with that, because something with color could look cheesy,” says Boehmer, who favors Nars Triple X Lip Gloss for its staying power and resplendent sheen. “Clear lip gloss and black eyeliner are the perfect companions.”

Before piling it on, some lipgloss guidance: “Use gloss in the center of your lips so it stays on better, makes your lips look fuller, and creates textural depth,” Boehmer says. “You don’t need gloss migrating over the lip line, like you ate fried chicken.” If you have thin lips and you’re set on making them look fuller, Philips says to avoid dark, pigmented glosses; the color overpowers the lightreflecting quality that gives the impression of fullness. “Your lips will look like this little, thin stripe of color.” For bold color plus shine, as seen at Louis Vuitton and Kenzo, McGrath, who created the former look, painted models’ mouths a matte cranberry, then daubed a thick layer of gloss on top.


New Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is a relatively common skin disease that most people have heard of but in reality it is more than that. The problem begins beneath the skin and appears on the outer layer of epidermis. It is a chronic immune system deficiency that presents with red, blotchy patches on various parts of skin. There have been many attempts to beat this condition but few have ever been as successful as this new study.

About 80 percent of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis saw their disease completely or almost completely cleared with a new drug called ixekizumab, according to three large, long-term clinical trials.


The Halo Process from Start to Finish

What a great post from on the benefits and results of Halo Treatments.  We hear similar feedback from our customers all the time.  The Halo laser treatment offers incredible results and are on of the treatments our customers prefer the most!  Take a minute and read the below post to get more information on how the process works and what it’s like from beginning to end!

How I Got My Best Skin Ever in Just an Hour

I really like laser treatments. I’ve only had less than a handful (or whatever amount is accurately described as less than that, considering I’ve only had three in the course of five years and my last one was three years ago), but I can honestly say they’ve done amazing things for my skin—they’ve faded my acne scars, really helped with chronic redness and seemed to erase spots I didn’t even know I had.

Besides that, the before-and-after images I’ve seen of pretty much every type of laser out there are seriously impressive.

The only downside: They can hurt. Other people I’ve spoken to who have had them done say they just thought they were mildly uncomfortable, using the often thrown-around descriptor of “they feel like a rubber band snap.” Call me a coward (full disclosure: I have a low threshold of pain), but I think a rubber band snap really, really hurts—especially when it’s a hot one being snapped over and over again on your face.

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That tiny factor is the only reason I don’t get them more often. So when Halo contacted me to test it out, I sort of put them off (sorry, Halo!). The results on the site looked great, the whole process sounded great and the doctors backing it up seemed like they really thought it was a solid treatment. I wanted to try it, but just didn’t want the laser to actually touch my face—clearly a plan that was flawed.

But my complexion wasn’t looking so hot, so in the name of better skin (“no pain, no gain” is still a thing, right?), I booked my appointment with New York plastic surgeon Mark Schwartz, MD, and hoped for the best. I really lucked out with his whole practice, as they called me a few days before, told me what to expect, answered my questions and laid out a crystal-clear skin care plan for what I should plan to do both before (start skipping the “stronger stuff” like retinoids and acids a few days before) and after (more on that later).

When I arrived for my treatment, I was taken back into examination room and Dr. Schwartz was kind enough to run me through everything again, show me photos and answer even more of my questions. He knew I was nervous—partially because he’s very perceptive and partially because I probably told him no less than 10 times—and said I could customize the laser depending on what I wanted and told me what I could realistically expect from whatever level I decided on. I told him I didn’t want to max but I wanted to see results, so we decided to go at 75 percent.

Next, we took pictures of my face in sort of a box-type contraption that helps the doctor see where all the sun damage is so he can hone in on spots and discoloration. And then I sat in the room for 30 minutes with a Lidocaine cream on my face. I’m clearly not a doctor, but I think this step is what makes a difference in what the laser feels like (I’ve talked to coworkers and friends who have also had laser treatments and they weren’t patient with this step and said it hurt a lot more). Thirty minutes seems like a long time, but it does get your face nice and numb and ready.

Then, we got the big show started: The actual treatment. Dr. Schwartz started on my forehead and immediately asked me what level of pain I was feeling. Honestly, it wasn’t any worse than a “four” and much, much better than I expected—my anticipated fear and overthinking was a lot more painful. The forehead was the worst part and once we got past that, it was smooth sailing; by the time the laser hit my cheeks, I was almost asleep.

No, it doesn’t feel like a facial massage, but it doesn’t feel much worse than a sensation that I can only describe as a heated rake going across your face, and there’s a cooling mechanism involved, so the heat barely feels like an elevated temp. When we were all done, my face definitely felt hot, like a bad sunburn, but I was given the option of sitting there for a bit longer with cool packs on my face, which definitely helped.

So the result? Right after I got Halo, I went back to work and no one was the wiser where I was or what I was doing. The next day, I was red but I also didn’t put anything other than Avene’s Cicalfete Repair Cream ($28) (the brand’s cream cleanser was also the only thing I trusted to wash my face with for two weeks) and Revision Sunscreen on my face; I think if I actually made an attempt with some foundation, I would have looked normal. By day three, I was definitely peeling a bit, but again, nothing I couldn’t cover with makeup. All in all, I would say it took about six days for all the dead skin to flake away, but the end result was really great.

Now, I’m about a month out, and I already have it on my To-Do list to book a second Halo treatment. It honestly has made my large pores look so much better, removed spots and discoloration I never even knew I had and helped with my skin tone tenfold. And the best part? It didn’t hurt so I don’t have to stress the next round.

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