Let’s face it, we all aspire to have radiant skin with no help needed from makeup. Unfortunately, one of the most common skin concerns globally is hyperpigmentation.
Bring on the skin lightening trend. A trend that started more than two decades ago in Asia with “whitening” products, known today as “brightening” products to carry a less controversial stigma. These creams, serums and treatments aim to lighten dark spots, acne scarring, and improve texture and tone.
Lucky for us there are several over the counter options that do the trick!
An easy way to transition your beauty routine into Spring is with fragrance. As temps start to warm up, consider one of these fresh new scents to match your mood. Just as I swap the clothes in my closet, I love displaying seasonal perfumes on my vanity… not to mention I’m a sucker for pretty glass bottles.
Going girly? Nothing says feminine more than the oh so pretty-in-pink, Juicy Couture La La. Light, white floral notes blend seamlessly with hints of mandarin.
Feeling cheerful? Opt for See by Chloé which stirs up notes of apple blossom and crisp flowers – the perfect fresh scent.
For that hint of romance? Spritz on Coach Love. A floral blend of gardenia, violet and magnolia mesh with vanilla notes for that dash of sensuality.
Looking for adventure? Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y will bring you a bold blend of black truffle, lily, and pink pepper fitting for that inner dashing diva.
As if you haven’t already heard, the 2013 Pantone color of the year is (drum roll please) Emerald. It looks like we’ll be channeling our inner Elizabeth Taylor and city of Oz for inspiration.
While it’s simple to work into clothing and accessories, such a sultry green isn’t as versatile in the world of makeup as last year’s Tangerine Tango. Emerald isn’t a color you’d realistically rock on your pout or flushed across the cheek, but a sheer wash across the lid, an intense pop of color lining the eyes, or a shiny lacquer on the fingertips is en pointe. Emerald makes green eyes pop, but it intensifies the green undertones in hazel eyes, compliments those baby blues and deepens up teddy browns. For a well rounded look, pair it with a peach or pink lip.
My top beauty picks include liners, lacquers, and shadows – oh my!
C & I are currently in Florida and have had quite the relaxing weekend. It seems one thing that I always catch myself doing while relaxing is finding new inspiration on Pinterest. This time around I realized just how many beauty pins I had and thought perhaps I was on to something. I’m always open to trying new trends, so this week I plan to try one of these:
With the change of seasons comes exciting style changes, whether it’s your love of layering, or ditching your coat come spring. However, for me, one unwelcome change from summer to fall/winter is my dry scalp. My stylist let me in on a little secret, using coconut oil, which helped alleviate my dry and itchy scalp. I purchased Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil for $10 at my grocery store and tried it that night.
Heat the oil (it’s solid in the jar) by placing the jar in a bowl of hot water and let it sit until pliable. Apply (not too much!) to your scalp. Let it sit for at least an hour, or overnight. Wash out with shampoo and style as normal.
I’ve used it as a treatment 1-2 times a week and haven’t seen the dry scalp return! Other tips that are helpful have been to not wash my hair as often, as well as not using super hot water when I do wash it. Avoid hairspray on the scalp as it contains alcohol.
Coconut oil can also be applied directly to your hair as a conditioner. The fatty acids work great. Just work it in, concentrating on the ends. The smell isn’t too sun-tan like, so you can even wrap it up for a few hours and let down for beachy waves.