This is no one’s favorite topic, but like other unavoidable things in life, pimples and acne happen. And when they do, being able to name that spot will clue you in on the best option for treatment. Where to begin? You likely already know that the pimple begins its life in a pore that becomes clogged due to a combination of dead skin cells, ingrown hairs, excess oil, or bacteria. I’ll spare you the pictures of other people’s pimples. You’ve seen plenty of your own to know what I’m talking about here. With that out of the way, let’s dig...

For girls who are in a serious relationship with their mascara and who would never dream of leaving the house without a quick eyelash boost, eyelash extensions might be your dream come true. But before diving in, there are a couple things you should know before getting your first set of eyelash extensions. Know what shape and lash type to ask for. Before you head off to your first appointment, get familiar with the choices that are available, as well as what to request based on your eye shape. For example, with eyes that are close-set, opt for lashes that...

Murphy’s law decrees that whatever can go wrong will. And nowhere does this happen more often than with one’s skin. In fact, it’s so common to be dealing with multiple skin problems at once, that if you only have one skin issue you are dealing with at present, count yourself lucky. For the rest of us gals, we’ve got some work to be done… The tricky thing with dealing with various skin woes is that one type of product could be exacerbating another condition. For example, if you are using abrasive, foaming scrubs to deal with your acne, then you could...

Skincare while pregnant is similar to all the other aspects of pregnancy that you will need to contend with: (1) Everyone has an opinion and (2) getting to the truth of the matter means wadding (or waddling) through a bunch of myths, assumptions, and baloney. And while others in your tribe might be experiencing a pregnancy glow, your skin is breaking and a mess—yet another reason to feel cranky and like you can’t catch a break. So on top of dealing with pregnancy hyperpigmentation (melasma), feeling befuddled, a little cross, and perpetually tired, you’re left feeling scared to use some...

Memories of Summer may seem distant, but many of us are still reeling from the aftermath of too much fun in the sun. Girls who have an especially hard time? Blondes—real, colored, or bleached. (We’re talking the full spectrum of light hair color here, which includes grey, white, platinum, and even very light brown.) If for any reason your light-colored hair has begun to look ashen, grey, or a bit brassy-orange, your saviour comes in the form of purple shampoo. Ladies, it’s not as crazy as it sounds, and it can be done from the safety of your home, at your...

You start off the day with a perfect finish to your skin, but as the day wears on and you laugh and eat and your nose develops a shine—you start to see lines around the eyes or excess oil around the nose... Girls, it happens to allof us. Thankfully, the wheels of invention spin pretty fast, so a makeup problem today is only waiting for an innovative solution. And boy, do I have one you’ll be happy with… You may be unfamiliar with the term, but you’ve likely come across that pore-less, flawless foundation finish that seems to achieve unreal...

Unless you are committed to living like a vampire—shunning all daylight hours and only coming out at night—you’re going to have some degree of pigmentation issues. Call it a sign of life, if you will. The melanocytes in your skin, which is what gives skin its color, is responsible for your summer tan. But when melanocytes over-production happens, you get your post-summer patchiness. Enter melasma. Those pesky dark patches of pigmentation that appear on foreheads, on cheekbones, jaw lines, and over the top lip. While they might not be the end of the world, they definitely aren’t the most joy-inducing thing...

Some days, I roll out of bed, take a look in the mirror, and want to write the whole day off. Bad hair days could also be known as “shoulda-stayed-home” days because when the hair is flat, dull, and lifeless-looking, no amount of cosmetic prowess can keep my eyes from wandering to the top of my head.   The astonishing thing about bad hair days is that they are 97.5 percent avoidable! But the process to get there requires many steps. And—let’s be real—achieving shiny, glorious hair takes a little more effort than sighing and wishing it were so. So...

Have you tried and discarded all the non-filler methods (aka makeup tips and beauty products) of getting juicy-looking lips? Perhaps you’re wondering if lip fillers are for you? Plumped out lips are this year’s hot beauty treatment. But even though the procedure is considered a lunchtime treatment, here are the essentials of what you should know before making that appointment.  The effects are reversible. Right off the bat: lip fillers are not a permanent procedure. If you choose hyaluronic acid-based injections, you can have the procedure reversed with hyaluronidase that dissolves the hyaluronic acid quickly. Additionally, lip fillers only last...

Things I love about fall weather: a month of cool, dry weather after an always-too-humid summer; comfy, bulky sweaters; endless cups of tea; and long walks down country roads. But for those of us in the northern hemisphere, where autumn means pulling out woolens, scarves, and booties—we would do well to update our skincare routine along with our wardrobes. Why?  Because the change from summer to autumn weather can wreak havoc with your skin type. What used to work for your skin during the summer, may no longer cut it in the coming months. Case in point: I have oily...

Decision overload is real, and no more so than when faced with too many options for how to create a stunning lip look. If you are feeling fatigued in your search for the next perfect lip color, why not take a closer look at what is already in your makeup kit? Because chances are, pairing the right beauty products could give you a whole new signature look that you did not know you always wanted. Here are a couple lipstick beauty tips for you to try out right now, with some key items found in most anyone’s cosmetics bag. A...

There is nothing quite like walking out of a salon feeling like a million bucks. On the other hand, a bad salon experience, say, where you did not get the haircut you wanted, etc., can deflate your confidence and may cause you to put off haircuts for a long time after. So what’s the secret to a salon experience that has you joyfully writing a 5-star review? We break it down! Ask for recommendations Know of someone who shows up to work with her hair always the right length and elegantly styled? Or a friend or sibling with gorgeous nails...

Let’s get real. Acne ruins the fresh-faced look in a hurry. Red, angry spots care little for your big beauty plans and often delight in showing up when they are least wanted. But knowing a little about how they got there and some skincare tips for prevention will put you in a better position to ward them off before they even think about forming. Here’s what you should know. Common acne causes to watch for Bacteria is likely the acne culprit you are the most familiar with. Propionibacterium acnes, commonly shortened to P. acnes, only needs the right environment—such as bacteria...

Do your eyes cross when reading beauty product labels? I’m going to be honest here and say that I used to call it quits after the first 10-syllable ingredient I’d encounter. But a little while ago, I determined to figure this stuff out because it was time I knew what the heck that 32-character-long vaguely Latin-looking word was doing to my face. Once you know what the various acids do, I swear, it will demystify 93 percent of products that you are considering for your skincare routine. You’ll know exactly what you’re looking for, and whether what’s listed on that...

A good hair day and you feel ready to slay dragons. A bad hair day has the opposite effect (running away from sad dragon!). Your makeup can be on-point, your outfit stellar, but if the hair is not cooperating, you might feel like calling it a day. Unfortunately, most bosses don’t consider a bad hair day as a good excuse to skip work. So how do you keep your job and handle hair that won’t cooperate? Bad hair days are a bunch of bad hair habits compiled together. Get rid of those bad habits and follow these super simple tips for healthy...

Ever scroll through Instagram and feel eyelash envy? Wonder what’s going on? Well, aside from those who are wearing fake lashes, those ladies might know a trick or two about pairing the right kind of mascara to their eye shape. Here is what you need to know about this beauty tip that could take your eye game to the next level, no matter your eye shape. Best choice for hooded eyes Eyes that are hooded have a crease that is hidden. You’re in good company here. Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Lawrence all have this eye shape. But there...

Lipsticks and lip colors have taken a glorious turn over the last couple of years. We now have more than enough shades and types of lip products and not enough time (or money) to experiment with them all... Want to know cult secrets to up your lipstick game? Guess what? It isn’t the endless shopping for more… It’s knowing how to extract the maximum benefit from what you’ve got. Ready? For lip color that lasts until you get home… Your favorite lip color has faded by midday... Here’s what to do: Reapply your lipstick or lip gloss and then add...

I work out in the morning because if it’s not the first thing I do in the day, I just don’t get to it. I’ve previously tried afternoon workouts, but noooooo. At that point, my energy is completely kaput, and all I’m good for are cute animal videos and maybe doing a facemask. (Some days I’m not even up for that.) The one thing I’ve found difficult to manage with my early morning workouts is the bit where I’m under a time crunch to shower, make myself look presentable, and be at my desk on time.  I like to bring my best...

Hello, ladies! It’s that time where we talk about acne scars and how much we hate them and feel like our lives would be 100 percent better without their existence. With that out of the way, let’s double check that we’re on the same page here, because what you think could be a scar might actually be something else… Ready? Let’s go. What acne scars look like Acne scarring is not hyper pigmentation—the dark spots that are left after a breakout. That discoloration is just your body’s response to acne or other abrasions to the skin. Note: your skin gets...

Does it ever seem to you that—out of the blue—a certain ingredient will be in all the latest beauty products from your favorite skincare brands? Tea tree oil is one such ingredient… But is it a passing fad? Or is it here to stay / worth paying attention to? We break it down. Origins of Tea Tree Oil Tea tree oil has been used as a medicinal treatment for hundreds of years by Aborigines in Australia. So, no, in that sense, it’s not a fad. This was the traditional treatment prescribed for those with coughs, colds, or for wounds that...

Ever wonder why you break out right at the times you want your beauty game to be on point? E.g., the day before a friend’s wedding? A job interview? A reunion? A much-anticipated date? No, the gods aren’t toying with you. It’s quite a bit simpler than that. Enter your body’s reaction to stress. Your body treats worrisome events as threats to your body—which results in a release of cortisol—AKA the stress hormone—throughout your system. Cortisol in your bloodstream helps your body respond to danger by increasing brain function and the availability of certain substances your body might need in...

It used to be that the ponytail was only saved for bad-hair days and gym visits. Thank goodness, that tradition is officially being broken by Hollywood celebs who are wearing ponytails for black tie events and pretty much every other occasion where paparazzi can catch them. And it makes a world of sense. During the months of July and August, no one wants to show up to a party or a dinner looking and feeling like a hot, sweaty mess (aka, what happens when girls wear their hair down during humid summer days). But the ponytail has undergone a revamp...

Can your moisture game take a break during summer weather? Maybe, yes. Maybe, no. It depends on if you shun all water activity and avoid jumping into the shower multiple times in a day. But more-than-usual exposure to water will affect your skin. Since it’s likely you’re going to want to splash about a bit, your skincare game should not lag either. Read on for how to keep your skin happy, despite water fights, pool time, and countless cold showers to cool you off when the heat and humidity gets to be too much! Oily skin Breakouts can happen when...

My first attempts at a passable smokey eye looked like a mix between Cleopatra, played by Elizabeth Taylor, and KISS’s Gene Simmons. It was not a pretty sight. Since then, I like to think I’ve learned a couple tricks, or more, that have helped me on achieve this iconic makeup look that every girl should master. The real money tip is that the whole thing is best broken down in stages. Think of it like building a tower. The top won’t sit well – and can’t even be placed! – without the foundation and the middle bits. I’m not the...

Is there a way to avoid feeling and looking strung out after a long haul flight? I’ve had my fair share of long trips, so when this question was posed to me, I thought back on how I felt after staggering out of an 8-hour-plus flight. Happy and grateful to get off—yes. Looking my best—not likely. After a few moments of reminiscing, I came to the conclusion that if anyone exaggerates claims that if you do such-and-such you’ll look your best after 8 hours on a plane, they deserve some serious side-eye and your skepticism. You—sitting in a pretzel shape...

Whether you have extensive travel plans or prefer a staycation with lots of indoor air conditioning and Netflix—one thing is for sure: Summer weather can have your regular makeup or skincare routine in a bind. But, thankfully, we have a fix for you. Here are our favorite beauty products that belong in your makeup kit because they will keep you looking fresh and breezy and ready for the beach, even if you’re planning on staying indoors. Mask The humidity of some climates during the summer can leave your pores looking unsightly. So we’ve picked out Caolin’s Premium Pore Original Pack...

Hey, peeps! We rounded up our star products that we don’t want you to miss (because we know you’re busy with Pinterest and making sense of your Netflix recommendations). The next time you restock on expired products, or when something isn’t working as effectively for you anymore (it happens—whatcha gonna do?), or if you just wanna have fun… you’ll know where to turn. Without further ado… Mizon’s Good Night White Sleeping Mask Looking for all night hydration? Want to wake up in the morning ready to take on the world? Same. Thankfully, Mizon has heard our prayers and provided us...

Want a shortcut to improving your appearance? (Is there anyone out there who doesn’t?) Ever consider the role what you eat plays on how you look? It’s a very basic principle, yet one that we don’t pay enough attention to. We might watch what we eat in terms of not wanting to gain weight. But the cold, hard truth is that eating the right kinds of foods go much farther than keeping off the pounds. Proper nutrition does the type of repair work on a cellular level that no amount of beauty products alone can achieve. If you want to...

Korean skin care is known for many things, but perhaps what consumers like best is the marriage between high-quality skincare and affordability, which is why you’re going to love Mizon products. Famous for shining a spotlight on offbeat but powerful ingredients, Mizon is also known for their generous bottle sizes and appealing prices. They have a straightforward approach to skincare that is refreshing to see. Interested in the best of what they have to offer? Here is a curated list of the top 5 Mizon products for your skin care routine, plus the skin concerns they target. All-in-one Snail Repair...

So, before you think that all you need is make up for that beautiful glow, take a moment to read up on these 5 common acids that play an important function in a skincare routine, what they do, and the skin types that benefit from them.

Image of @garypeppergirl by @melaniegrantskin Are you vaguely sure of your skin type? Want to reconfirm what you already know before making a purchase? Maybe you know that people with dry skin have different skincare needs than those with oily skin. But perhaps you didn’t know that understanding your skin type is the step that should come before all skincare and makeup purchases, including casual purchases of makeup brushes and eye makeup. Ready to figure out your skin type once and for all? Let’s get started. Normal skin Normal skin does not have problems with excessive oiliness or dryness. It can...

Skincare should be fun. But often it can turn into a downward and inward spiral of despair. You begin to recite all the ways you’re failing yourself and your face…  But hold up. One of the biggest beauty products of the last five years is the massive popularity of the facemask. It’s a spa-day at home, and it gives you the feeling of being on top of your skincare routine game, even when you’ve been a bit negligent. What’s more, the variety is endless. Wanna know what I’ve started doing? Pairing masks to fit my mood, evenings, mornings, or whichever...

Image by @neginmirsalehi I have struggled all my life with thin hair. For years, I wore it long, and only recently did I figure out that cutting it to about shoulder length alleviated some of the oil accumulation (something that happens much, much too quickly for girls with thin hair). But still, no matter how much I prayed and sprayed, nothing helped it become “fluffy” or “volumized.” If you have hair like mine, you likely feel so ready for a game changer. These days, I’ve found a peaceful way to coexist with my hair. At least it doesn’t aggravate me...

Nothing says summertime like sun-kissed golden skin. Namely, Blake Lively in Gossip Girls with that perpetual summertime look. But betcha anything she didn’t stay out long hours in the sun to achieve it. Even though all love a summer glow, the sun is skin enemy number one. And not even a perfect skincare routine can fight against hours of tanning. So if we still want to appear our best summer selves, it’s time to dig into beauty products that will do the trick… It’s bronzing time!Here are five bestselling bronzers that will give you what you need while allowing you...

Photo by David Malan / Getty Images The right prescription of antibiotics given to the right person can be life-saving, but there’s good reason to practice caution when considering it for an acne outbreak. Don’t address the other underlying causes of your breakout? You won’t get a long-lasting solution.Having a painful case of acne may hurry you into a panic, but even so, choose your cures carefully.There’s been a rise in the use of antibiotics to treat acne. But not all acne is due to bacterial growth, and a recent UK study has shown that the bacteria associated with acne...

Image by dailymakeover.com/ Like most girls in the twenty-first century, my personality is a wide and broad range of emotions, moods, and unicorn magic (no, really). On Mondays, I might feel a little more gothic than the rest of the week, and by Friday I might be about that positive life, that I can’t help but to smile all day long. One of the benefits of being a girl with these multiple moods? Getting the opportunity to express them through my makeup! After all, makeup is a powerful way to effectively reveal something unique about your inner self. To celebrate your...

Image by gotchocolate.com If you were to say the words “healthy eating” to me, I’d probably look at you like you were a crazy person expecting me to shovel buckets of kale into my mouth. Most healthy foods get a bad reputation for being disgusting and tasteless and hard to swallow. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I guess) these healthy foods are insanely good for your body, all the way from your long and strong hair down to your perfectly polished toes. Eating healthy and unprocessed most of the time can help you maintain your gorgeous inner beauty, which will help you...

Image by PM Images/(c) PM Images Spring has barely begun, yet many of us are already fantasizing about lounging in the sun with a fruity drink in one hand, and a beach-read in the other. If you’re like me, and you feel summer can’t come quickly enough for you, why not pass the time by getting your summer makeup kit ready to pass inspection? The makeup you wear during summer should be different from what you wear during other seasons because humidity wreaks havoc on powder-based anything. Want some beauty tips from the pros on how to have a better summer...

Image by @leletnyc Want the sleek and straight ponytail worn by Sofia Carson at the 2018 Academy Awards? Or the wavy one that Anne Hathaway wore down the same red carpet? Because not all of us has hair long enough to tie back into a stunning ponytail, here’s how to achieve the same look, using one of the following methods. Method 1: No extensions? No problem! If your hair reaches past your shoulder blades, putting it up into a ponytail can have a shortening effect. Still, want long tresses? Try the stacked ponytail. Separate the hair on your head into...

Image by www.onegai-kaeru.jp If you’ve ever stared at a geisha with wonder and admiration in your eyes, you’re not alone. I’ve been enamored with the delicate look of geishas for years, and I’m even more impressed with their diligent and strict beauty regimens. Though geishas use heavy stage makeup to create their familiar look, keeping their skin in perfect shape all day long is vital, and that means using classic Japanese beauty secrets that don’t disappoint. We had the opportunity to chat with a geisha and find out some of these beauty secrets for ourselves! Use Gentle Oils To Remove Makeup...

A good blowout is worth your weight in gold. Unfortunately, unless you have $2,122,171.87 lying in a corner? Each time you that you go to your stylist to blow-dry your hair, will put you in the poor house. So for those of us who want affordable beauty tips when it comes to haircare, we have to learn how to blow-dry our hair ourselves. Good news: Even celebrity hairstylists were beginners at one point in their magical lives. Fortunately, a few simple tricks will upgrade your blowout technique from mediocre to outstanding on any given day. Wait for 80 percent dryness....

GIF by sahicosmetics.com Is it just me, or do you love the peaceful process of applying foundation to your skin? There’s something so artistic and calming about it, and it’s one of the reasons I love wearing makeup so much. A high-quality makeup brush can enhance this process and make your foundation look ten times better. But, how do you know which type of makeup brush to use for the kind of base you’re going? Read on to find out! For Low Coverage: An Angled Foundation Brush To achieve a low coverage "almost bare-face look," an angled foundation brush will...

We all know the struggle. You love your beautiful, unique locks, but you wish they were stronger, longer, and had more of an “I just shot a Pantene commercial” thickness to them. Growing out your mane to be it’s healthiest, best self can be a bit of a process, but thankfully we put together a few of our favorite tips to help you get those perfect tresses you’ve been dreaming about in no time.  Time Is Your (Best) Friend Growing out your hair is no small feat. Even the healthiest of scalps can take months to grow a long, luxurious...

Image by @hungvanngo Scrolling through Instagram can be a mindless brain drain, but using it to productively hunt for the latest makeup art and inspiration is a whole other story. If you’re looking to add some fresh faces and looks to your Instagram feed, we’ve got you covered with our list of a few of the hottest makeup artists to keep your eyes (and your lips, and your cheeks, and your, oh, you get the point!) on this year. Thomas du Kluyver Looking for a New York Fashion Week pro to follow for some high-powered makeup inspiration? Look no further...

When it comes to fabulous misconceptions, there’s nothing quite like beauty fads to get them going hot and strong. As soon as some ingredient gets slapped with a “superfood” label, many of us (me!) are guilty of believing it to be the next best thing since sliced bread. After nutritionists began touting coconut oil as being a superfood, it was only a matter of time before it made the leap from the health food aisle to the makeup display/beauty products corner. But, when it comes to coconut oil, skincare and beauty experts want you to know a couple of things…...

Ever seen all the brushes in a makeup artist’s arsenal? Do they make that much of a difference? And what place do they have in your everyday gal’s makeup kit? Among the pantheon of makeup brushes, there are certain ones that will make you a believer in using brushes versus applying with your fingers. These are the heavy hitters in the beauty industry you should become acquainted with. The powder brush Most likely to already be a part of your makeup tools lineup, the powder brush is for applying loose powder on one’s face. This is often the largest of...

Image from amodelreccomends.com / check out her blog! An overnighter at a friend’s? Taking well-deserved days off at a little hideaway? Dashing off for an impromptu trip to see family or friends abroad? Whatever the reason, a well-packed makeup kit will keep you from looking travel-worn and weary. We know you want to pack up your entire kit, but flights have baggage restrictions. And bringing all your beauty products might require a suitcase or two. A tip? Cut back to only the best makeup essentials you can’t do without. Here are the must-have items that will combat your worst traveling...