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WEEKEND BEAUTY TIP: 3 Simple hacks to fake a gorgeous glow!

We all want a perfect, dewy facial complexion. And sometimes we achieve it. But everyone has those “off-weeks” when their face is freaking out due to stress, too much chocolate, hormones, or weather change.

So what do you do if you just entered in an off-week? You read this post, that’s what you do.

Here are 3 simple tricks to faking a gorgeous glow when your skin has decided to turn on you:

1. FOR YOUR FACE: “Mix one part tinted foundation with one part liquid illuminator,” says Tracy Brennan, owner of Kalologie, a beauty boutique in Los Angeles.  We, of course, suggest using Mirabella since it’s the best in the business! We carry it at Posh, but when you’re in a pinch, any mixture of brands will do! Use freshly-washed fingertips to massage the mixture on your face. Brennan also says to “top it off with a dusting of a light-reflecting shimmer powder” as a finisher. The best kind? Try this Mirabella face highlighter/bronzer.

2. FOR YOUR LIPS + EYE BROWS: Make your lipgloss multitask for you! “Keep a pearly white lip gloss in your desk drawer to slick not only on your lips, but also on your brow bones and cheekbones as a quick-fix highlighter,” says Pati Dubroff, an L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist.

3. FOR YOUR BODY: “Look like a golden goddess by mixing liquid bronzer with a firming body cream, then massage it into your arms [and legs and whatever else!]. It’ll temporarily tighten your skin and give it a glow,” says Scarlett Messina, a Pennsylvania-based makeup artist. We would add that the firming body lotion is a must, since applying liquid bronzer all over would be a bit overpowering. The lotion will dilute the bronzer so it creates a subtle, sun-kissed glow instead of in-your-face orange! (There are small-sized and large-sized liquid bronzers available, depending on how often you use it). And if you’re not into the heavy-feel, just use a fatter makeup brush and lightly bronze with Mirabella’s mineral bronzer.

There you go–you’ll be glowier than a pregnant woman even when your skin is secretly angry. Now head out this weekend and be your dewiest self!

Merry weekend everybody! And stop by anytime to learn how to use these awesome Mirabella products we have in-house!

Ashley:)

*Kudos, love, and credit go to cosmopolitan.com for these awesome glowy tips. For full article, go here. Photo credit goes to beautystylelove.blogspot.com.

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THE TOP FIVE FOODS TO FEED YOUR SKIN: Bonnie on the Blog!

When it comes to skin health, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your skin. Topical vitamins and antioxidants will work miracles on your skin, but there are a myriad of health benefits (including gorgeous skin!) gained from eating them too!

So what are some nutrients you can eat to give your skin a healthy glow? Here’s the Top Five:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  These essential fatty acids (EFA) are a must have if your skin or scalp is dry, flaky, or scaly. EFA oils help to regulate skin repair, oil production, and moisture content. EFAs also help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and may be helpful for acne. The top five foods are flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, salmon and soybeans, or you can take a supplement in the form of fish oil capsules or evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil has the added benefit of easing pre-menstrual breast pain if you experience this.

Vitamin C: Not only is Vitamin C an immune system booster, it’s a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce free radical damage from pollution and sun damage, and may even reverse DNA damage. Free radicals damage collagen and elastin—important structures of the skin that make it firm and “bouncy”—causing wrinkles and sagging. The top five foods are yellow peppers, guava, kale, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. Synthetic Vitamin C found in supplements is not as beneficial for your skin, so if you don’t like these foods, load up on citrus fruits, tomatoes and strawberries! A homemade smoothie in the morning is a great way to incorporate a wide variety of these ingredients.

Vitamin E: Is there nothing this powerhouse nutrient can’t do? As an antioxidant, Vitamin E will help repair sun damage, fight those nasty free radicals we’re bombarded with on a daily basis, and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The top five foods are tofu, spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, and avocados. Avocados are also rich in essential fatty acids so you’re getting more bang for your buck! Supplements are a great way to get this nutrient and pure vitamin E can also be applied topically to your skin.

Vitamin A: We hear a lot of applying derivatives of Vitamin A topically, but what will ingesting it do for your skin? As an antioxidant, Vitamin A helps repair skin, keep it moist, and produce the enzymes that stabilize the production of collagen. If you’re deficient in Vitamin A, you may have dry, flaky or dull looking skin. Because an excess of Vitamin A can be dangerous, it’s best to avoid supplements and get this nutrient from your diet. The top five foods are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, and beef.

Lycopene: Lycopene is a pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color and is a powerful antioxidant to help reduce sun damage. Some studies have even shown that it is beneficial in preventing sunburn (but you still need your sunscreen!). The top five foods are tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, asparagus and chicken. Since lycopene is most abundant in tomatoes that have been cooked, a great way to incorporate this into your diet is to add tomato paste to sauces, gravies, and other savory foods.

So spend a little extra time in the produce section of the grocery store next time you’re shopping and stock up on these wonderful fruits and vegetables. You’ll not only reap the rewards with beautiful healthy skin, your whole body will thank you!

Join me next week to learn how weather changes can influence your skin, and what to do about it!

 

XOXO,

Bonnie

#bonnieknowsbest

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To Brush or not to Brush? 3 Benefits & Cautions of Daily Brushing

Some say too much brushing will break off your hair. And then there’s the old wives tale that you should brush 100 times a day. So what’s a person to believe? We stare in the mirror once our nightly beauty routine has come to an end, brush in hand, wondering: to brush or not to brush?

Fear not, friends. I’ve done some web-scouring and found some unexpected benefits and cautions in regards to hair-brushing to help you navigate your brushing routine!

Benefit 1: Hair brushing is cleansing…

Natural hair-lover and writer Erin O’Leary at Morocco Method International tell us this: “Brushing is a form of dry shampooing! Brushing your hair eliminates waste materials, including deposits of uric acid crystals, catarrh and other acids and impurities that build up and become encrusted on the scalp.”

Caution 1: …As long as your brush is clean!

What’s the point of running a brush through your hair for cleansing purposes with it’s covered in old hair? The residue from the old hair in your brush will cling to your locks if you don’t clean your brush out regularly. [I use a simple hair-brush cleaner every few days to remove old hair and particles. A few swipes down the brush, and viola, easy clean up!].

Benefit 2: Hair brushing is conditioning and strengthening…

O’Leary tells us that “scalp stimulation from hair brushing distributes natural sebum  (produced by the sebaceous glands) evenly throughout the hair, contributing to hair health and resilience. Coating the hair with sebum restores moisture, adds sheen, smooths and increases manageability. [Hair-brushing] also strengthens your hair!”

Caution 2: ….if done in moderation!

Now, it should be obvious, but I’ll expound. If you brush too often (let’s say, 100 times a day), you’ll be over-distributing all that sebum and natural oil, making your hair in need of a wash much faster. You want sheen and moisture, not over-oily roots. Make sure you brush in moderation.

Benefit 3: Hairbrushing prevents hair loss…

“Brushing stimulates the capillaries, increasing blood circulation in the scalp and transporting oxygen and nutrients to the hair stem, root and bulb. It also helps to balance the sebaceous glands by stimulating them and allowing them to breath while retaining natural oils. Sebaceous gland imbalance is often to blame for hair loss, as overproduction and underproduction of sebum cause weakening and undernourishment of the scalp,” O’Leary informs us.

I’d also add that you should not be afraid if your brush ends up with strands on it after you have finished brushing. The average head of hair naturally releases about 100 strands a day. It’s okay if they end up on your brush. Bonus: brushing before your bathe also cuts down on the hair that gathers on your shower drain!

Caution 3: …Only if using the right brush and the right frequency!

There are also cautions when it comes to using brushing as a hair loss technique. This only works depending on the type of brush you use. We are warned by O’Leary (and our Posh stylists agree!) that below-grade plastic and artificial brushes can damage the hair and scalp. The best type of brush? Boar bristles. However, if the price of boar bristles isn’t something you’re willing to splurge on, there’s a solution. To save on cost, you can get away with high-grade plastic, but make sure to consult your stylist and look through salon inventory. No drug store brushes, y’all! Also, brushing can prevent hair loss as long as you manage the frequency. If you brush your hair 100 times a day, you’re bound to pull some unnecessary strands out or break weaker strands (so the nay-sayers are right on this one: don’t brush your hair 100 times a day). Like I said before, moderation is key!

That sums up our brushing discussion. Posh hopes this helps you with your daily brushing game!

Merry brushing from your weekend web-gal,

Ashley:)

*much love, thanks, and kudos to moroccanmethod.com for some of this material, as well as stylists at Posh who have helped me understand the benefits/cautions of brushing! Feature image credit: www.thejournal.ie.

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No time to wash? 4 Hairstyles for Dirty Hair!

Your in-laws just announced they are coming in town tonight and you had to choose between washing down your hair or your house. You’re running late after work and you only have 20 minutes to get ready for your big date. You just got back from the gym and you finally got a text from you-know-who that says he is spontaneously stopping by to see you. Or you just got lazy this week and haven’t washed your hair.

Whatever your circumstance, one thing is clear: your hair is dirty and needs to look fabulous with no time to wash it. Take a deep breath, grab your dry shampoo (and if you don’t have any handy, use our dry shampoo quick-tip here) and use one of our favorite dirty-hair hairstyles we researched for you last night while you were sleeping.

HERE’S OUR TOP 4 DIY DIRTY HAIRSTYLES:

The pretreatment for all of these hair styles: dry shampoo your roots and scalp, flip your head upside down while shaking out your roots, flip back over and then back-comb the fool of out of it. This will give the roots some instant volume.

1. THE BEACHY PONY TAIL 

  • Dirty hair holds curl really well, so separate loose pieces and use a 1-inch curling iron to curl random sections of your hair to add some more texture. Don’t make the heat setting too hot, since it won’t take much heat to create loose, beachy waves.
  • Next, gather all of your hair to one side without using a brush, and secure it into a low ponytail under the nape of your neck, says Alejandra.
  • Pull out a few face-framing pieces, and tug on the ponytail to loosen it up even more.

2. THE THICK-TASTIC BRAID 

  • Gather all of your hair to one side and hold it loosely in your hands.
  • Separate your hair into three sections. Starting from your collarbone, braid your hair all the way down until you reach the ends. Make sure you keep the braid loose near the top and tighten it as you go.
  • Secure the braid with a thin elastic, and use your hand or a soft brush to pull at the braid and soften it for a carefree finish.

3. THE MAMA/BABY BUN: Great for shorter hair!

  • After applying some Pureology Colour Stylist Strengthening Control Hairspray, section off the bottom third of your hair from ear to ear using your fingers, and put the top section of your hair into a high ponytail for now.
  • Take the bottom section and twist it tightly. Once you’ve twisted the entire section, wind it around itself. It should naturally begin to form a bun. Secure the bun with two bobby pins that crisscross each other underneath the bun.
  • Now take out the ponytail you’ve set aside, and split it into two horizontal halves, from temple to temple. Put the very top section aside, and twist the middle section into a bun. Secure it down at back of your head with bobby pins.
  • For the top section, twist it downward and wrap it around the middle bun. Secure the ends of the twist with two bobby pins that crisscross each other.

4. THE RUSTIC, WOODSY TWISTBACK 

  • First, backcomb your hair at the crown of your head to give it more texture. This will make it easier to work with and more likely to hold when loosely secured with pins.
  • Starting on one side, lightly twist your hair back and away from your face in a rolling motion, adding from the hairline as you go down each side. Every time you add a section, mist the area with hairspray and anchor it down with a bobby pin. Stop twisting when you reach your ear, and secure it down with a bobby pin. Do this on the other side.
  • Once your side twists are in place, pin up the rest of your hair, section by section, to create a low, messy bunch of hair near the nape of your neck. Use bobby pins to secure down any loose pieces of hair.
  • Mist your updo generously with strong-hold hairspray to keep it in place.

Merry weekend everyone, and never let unwashed locks hold you back from looking fresh and fabulous!

Your weekend web girl,

Ashley:)

*Kudos, love, credit, and thanks go to beautyriot.com for these dirty hair tricks. To see full article and more hairstyles, go here.

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September 16, 2013 - 9:14 am

anu - great tips thanks for sharing ……………

Transitioning your Beauty Routine from Winter to Spring

As spring rolls into town, we all start noticing how winter has left a lot of hair and skin damage in its wake. Dry skin, brittle nails, and static-prone hair need a little TLC to healthily transition into spring! Here are some tips from Posh and other beauty web-gurus that will help your beauty routine change for the better!

Toss out old products.

This applies to cosmetics as well as skin creams and hair products! Expired products can do more damage than good, so make sure to toss them after a full season has passed! A good rule of thumb is to throw out any items you haven’t used in the past 3 months. Allyou.com tell us, “powders like eye shadows and blushes can stick around for upwards of a year, and lip glosses can also transition from season to season, but be sure to check that your formula hasn’t dried out or changed consistency.”

….And don’t buy old products on purpose.

Another thing we at Posh would add to #1 is to make sure you avoid buying expired products at the get-go. That designer product you found at your favorite discount fashion store is cheaper than salon products for a reason: it has usually already expired. Buying your products in-salon ensures that your product is fresh and safe for your body. If you wouldn’t ingest expired food on purpose, why would you slather it on your skin or hair?

Moisturize dry hair.

Winter dryness comes in two forms: the chilly outdoor winds and the dry heat of indoor heating. This means that your hair has no real respite from the dryness during the winter, so replenishing it for spring is a must! You can opt for an in-salon conditioning treatment or use one of Redken’s many at home masques. [To find which mask is right for your hair-type, head here.]

Exfoliate.

During winter months, we all slather on creams and serums to help our skin through the dryness. While that’s great and needed in the moment, we usually end up with a lot of buildup at the end of the season that needs to be lifted! Exfoliating is the perfect way to lift the dead skin cells that have accumulated over the winter and give your skin a glow for spring! You can come in for a salon-grade exfoliating facial or use skin-safe Dermalogica products at home! [To learn which facial is right for your skin-type, head here.]

Lighten up the moisturizer.

Winter requires heavy hydrating to keep our skin healthy, but warmer months bring humidity that helps skin stay hydrated naturally. So switch to a light moisturizer and let your skin enjoy the much-needed natural hydration in the air.

Load up on the SPF.

At Posh, we don’t play when it comes to sun exposure. That’s why we carry lines like Dermalogica and SunBum– they are both incredible forms of SPF. We also offer celebrity-grade spray tanning as a means to give you that warm glow without the damage!

Start from within. 

It’s amazing how much our skin and hair benefits from simple things like eating healthy and drinking water. Hydrating during summer months should be a crucial part of your beauty and health routine. Healthy veggies, fruits, and lean meats are great for skin, hair, and nails, so load the grill up this spring!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our #weekendbeautytip, and best of luck transitioning into spring!

Your weekend web-gal,

Ashley

*love, credit, and kudos go to the original version of this post on allyou.com. Paraphrases and additions have been added. Feature image credit: people.desktopnexus.com.

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