Posts Tagged Spring Beauty

Galactic Rose Gold, Pastel Amethyst, and 10 More Nail Shades You'll Want This Spring

Whether or not your feet are ready, sandal weather is imminent. And much like the cute little groundhog that signals Spring, your toesies are about to emerge from their sock hovels to celebrate warmer temperatures. But before you bust out your favorite pair of slide sandals, consider picking up a new nail polish.

Sure, you could opt for a basic ballerina pink , but why not invest in a new statement color? Rose gold remains a favorite , but this season it’s gone galactic, with many brands injecting the millennial-approved hue with flecks of shimmer. We’d also happily hail a taxicab-yellow colored manicure, as we’ve seen the traffic-stopping shade grace the nails of many an Instagram It girl. If you gravitate to more natural hues, you’ll swoon over an earthy bronze or muted mushroom.

Keep reading to see the shades you won’t want to take off all Spring.

Get Ready – These Are the 11 Hottest Lipsticks Every Makeup Addict Needs For Spring

A new season means it’s time for a beauty overhaul ! If you’re as obsessed with lipstick as us, your bank account is about to get a little emptier. We curated a list of the most coveted options for Spring. These lipsticks come in every color from poppy red to peony pink. We also chose them at a variety of price points so that there’s something for every budget. Shop through these buzzy options, and add a few to your vanity. It’s totally necessary!

15 Millennial Pink Nail Polish Options to Consider This Spring

Gone are the days when pink was viewed as a cheesy color reserved for little girls. As it turns out, adult women are swooning over a very specific shade of the cheerful hue right now – “millennial pink” – and marketers have taken note. Think about the color of that bubblegum you popped for hours on end as a child and then add a dose of coral. That’s the best way to describe this popular hue.

We’re thrilled that the sophisticated peachy-blush tone has cropped up in the beauty world , especially in one of our favorite product categories: nail polish. According to Essie celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders , it’s no surprise millennial pink is hot right now.

“We first saw ‘millennial pink’ walk down the runway at the F/W 2016 Alexander Wang NYFW show,” Saunders told POPSUGAR. “It was the first time the designer deviated from his go-to sandy matte beige nail. That’s when I knew it was here to stay . . . and that Fiji by Essie would sell out that season.”

Millennial pink is special because it complements a variety of complexions. “Our eye is naturally attracted to pink, because it’s a color that feels modern and feminine,” Saunders adds. “It’s soft but powerful. Millennial pink is flattering on all skin tones, because it’s a mix of red and white. Depending on the depth and tone of pink, the variation looks good on everyone.”

With that said, get inspired to up your beauty game by putting the trend to the test with our favorite millennial pink nail polish finds. We promise your digits will look way prettier with this neutral in your manicure routine. Keep clicking to dive in.

11 Awesome Amenity Kits to Snag on Your Next Flight

Getting a break from the daily grind is reason enough alone to book a flight, but it’s the beauty benefits of air travel that have us racking up frequent-flier miles. Did you know that when you fly in first or business class , you can grab a luxe amenity kit stuffed with not only the standard eye-mask-and-earplug combo but also your favorite skin care brands? We found some of the best airline beauty bags across the globe for your viewing pleasure. Just don’t blame us if you spend a pretty penny on airfare!

5 Refreshingly Easy Ways to Detox Your Skin Before Summer

Your skin is your largest organ, so in order to properly detox it (i.e., get all of that gunk out of your pores), you need to start from within . You’ll notice clearer, cleaner-looking skin just from eating better, avoiding sugar, and drinking plenty of water . Once you have that part under control, then you can begin to really tackle the surface.

We spoke with a dermatologist, Dr. Mona Gohara , to find out how the latest “It” ingredients in skin care can help keep your face free of toxins and pollutants. And as gross as it all sounds, thanks to salt baths and charcoal masks, the skin detox is actually pretty pampering. Hello, Sunday night wind-down – aka Netflix and mask.

16 Gifts to Upgrade Mom's Beauty Game

Even if your mom is a beauty fanatic, there’s a good chance she won’t loosen up the death grip she has on some of her favorite products . She’s probably been using a handful of items for decades. Take Mother’s Day as the opportunity to thank her for all that she taught you about beauty (inside and out)! Instead of just buying a new tube of her go-to moisturizer or lipstick, introduce her to the latest and greatest formulations . You’re guaranteed to be declared the coolest among your siblings.

This Rosewater Face Mist Is the Genius New Way to Self Tan

It’s perfectly natural to be wary of self-tanner – especially if you’re pale . One false move and you could transform from porcelain goddess to uncomfortably Oompa-Loompa. Even worse, faux tans last for days, so once you’re orange, you’re stuck that way.

Luckily, bronzing products have seriously evolved in the past few years. Today’s instant self-tanners are much more natural-looking on the skin, and gradual formulas (which you apply daily for up to a week to build up your sun-kissed appearance) are better than ever before.

Personally, my only gripe with self-tanners is that they can be something of a hassle to use. Many require you to shower, apply, then shower it off. Lotions are less time-consuming, but are often streaky and challenging to put on evenly. Now, James Read, founder of his eponymous bronzing line, has created a genius, gradual facial tanner that is impossibly easy to use with no risk of tiger stripes or staining clothing. But my favorite part is that it’s something I think a model would use – and considering that Read has tanned Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, it’s entirely possible that models do use it.

James Read H2O Tan Mist ($31) is the first rosewater facial spray that is actually infused with DHA, the active bronzing ingredient in self-tanners. The liquid in the bottle is completely clear and is loaded with powerful ingredients like acne-fighting zinc, nourishing coconut oil, and (of course) refreshing, hydrating rosewater.

When testing it, I found that it had a clean floral scent, but I couldn’t smell any trace of DHA (which can often give off a “sweaty” aroma). It was designed to be used over or under makeup, so I spritzed it on my made-up face. The superfine mist felt supersoothing, and I could feel a bit of the coconut oil after touching my skin.

It’s very gradual, so you don’t have to fear overusing it. I’ve been keeping my bottle on my desk and applying it intermittently throughout the day to give my complexion a boost, as I would any facial mist. All I see is a light, subtle hint of color that looks perfectly realistic on my pale skin.

According to Read, it can be used as a makeup primer and setter, too, making this product a true multitasker. And as I’m always interested in adding some life to my tired face without the risk of looking dirty, this is essential for my makeup bag. If you’re a fellow pale girl, you’ll want to try this one out!

10 Aluminum-Free Deodorants That Actually Keep You Stink Free

You can’t talk about natural deodorants without a quick lesson in B.O. 101 . First you need to know the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. An antiperspirant has chemicals like aluminum to stop sweating altogether. The aluminum salts plug the sweat glands, preventing perspiration. On the other hand, a deodorant masks and neutralizes odor. But where does the stink come from in the first place? When the glands in your armpits emit sweat, the liquid interacts with the bacteria in the area to emit unsavory smells.

Natural deodorants use essential oils like tea tree and witch hazel to curb the bacteria. Some also have other less harmful minerals like zinc ricinoleate and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to keep the underarm area dry without stopping sweat altogether. In addition to getting rid of aluminum, most are also paraben free and safe for sensitive skin. If you’re thinking about giving up antiperspirant for Earth Month, start with these 10 formulas that actually keep the stink at bay.

Everything You Need to Know Before You Get a Wedding Spray Tan

You’ve planned every detail of your wedding : found your something blue , mastered your makeup look , and even nailed down all of your bridesmaids’ hairstyles . Type A ? It’s OK – it’s your day. And the last thing you want is for something like a spray-tan mishap – such as a bronze formula smeared on your dream white dress – distracting you from the magic of your big day.

We know wearing white can be daunting, so you’re probably going to want to get some sort of faux glow (you’ve been wearing plenty of SPF, right? ). So we created this special spray-tan guide just for brides. Once you’ve brushed up on the ABCs of tanning and how to exfoliate , read on to score tips from Jessica Bringas, the self-tanning pro at Oasis Day Spa in New York City.

POPSUGAR: When is the perfect time to get your spray tan?

Jessica Bringas: I would definitely suggest doing it two days before your wedding so you will have already washed off the first layer of the tan, it will have settled into your skin, and you can add your own moisturizer. You also have the ability to see how it turned out and make sure that it’s perfect. And if, god forbid, it isn’t [right], you have some time to get it fixed or touched up.

PS: Is there any chance it will get on your white dress?

JB: No, because it already has sunk into your skin. Once you shower and rinse off that [extra formula] – which is just bronzer, not the actual tan itself – you’ll be left with just the color on your skin.

PS: White is an extreme color to wear with a tan. How should you pick what bronze shade to do?

JB: Go by what your base color already is. So if it’s in the middle of the Summer and you’ve been at the beach this whole time, obviously you are going to be darker than you would be during the wintertime. So then you can go a shade darker. I don’t suggest doing anything more than a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, because that tends to look more artificial. You also want to choose a shade according to your features – your hair and eye color. So if you have dark hair and eyes, then you can get away with a darker tan. If you are blond with blue eyes and freckles, you want a hue that’s a bit lighter.

PS: What’s the best way to convey the color you want to be to the person doing your spray tan?

JB: I always try to get a good idea by mentioning a celebrity whom a lot of people know. For example, I often suggest Jennifer Lopez ‘s bronze, because she looks amazing, but at the same time, she’s not superdark or artificial-looking. She has that caramel sun-kissed color.

PS: What should you look for in a tanning salon?

JB: Choose a place that doesn’t use the same shade for everyone – that’s a bad sign, a really bad sign. And find out what kind of spray-tan formula they use. At Oasis Day Spa, we use SunFX, which is organic and hardly has a smell. Plus, it has a nice green undertone, which cancels out any chance of looking orange.

10 Tips to Make Your Next Bikini Wax Nearly Painless

We’re convinced only masochists look forward to a bikini wax, but you may need to take care of business before your next Summer weekend beach trip. But it doesn’t have to hurt quite so badly. There are ways you can reduce the pain. If you’re new to waxing, start out with a professional to see how it’s done. After a few times, you might want to try doing it at home to save a few bucks. Either way, to learn how to keep pain at bay, keep reading.

  1. Plan to wax after your period. Your pain threshold is higher in the week after your period than beforehand. Think of it like this: if sappy commercials make you cry when you’re premenstrual, having wax applied to your dainty bits certainly will.
  2. Lose your self-consciousness. Yes, a stranger is going to see you wearing, at most, a paper thong. Don’t worry about offending her or feeling embarrassed. It’s nothing she hasn’t seen before. The less anxious you are, the less you’ll worry about pain.
  3. Start off slowly. Your first bikini wax is not the time to try a Brazilian. If you’re new to waxing, go with a basic bikini wax. If you want to remove more, there’s always next time.
  4. Exfoliate. The day before you decide to wax, exfoliate in the shower. This will remove dead skin, allowing the wax to grip shorter hairs.
  5. Speak up. A good esthetician will work with you to make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be. Don’t be too shy to say something if you have a low pain tolerance – it’s better to speak up than to suffer in silence.
  6. Use hard wax. Hard wax is gentler than soft wax, so visit a spa that uses it.
  7. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. About an hour before your appointment, take an Advil, Tylenol, or other pain reliever.
  8. Breathe. It can be tempting to hold your breath, but breathing in and out helps reduce the pain. Take a deep breath in when the wax goes on, then breathe out when your esthetician gives it a yank.
  9. Know which parts are most sensitive. You wouldn’t expect it, but having hair pulled from the lower abdomen area is more painful than it is around the vaginal opening.
  10. Turn your head and cough. An esthetician at Bliss taught us this trick: when the wax is about to be ripped off, cough. Sounds weird, but it distracts from the pain.

The Cure For Dark Underarms and Bikini Spots Is in the Acne Aisle

Bikini season implies that all your sensitive areas will be on display. We often talk about dark spots on your face , but what about discoloration of the armpits and around the bikini line? It will all be exposed on the beach, too! Jodi Shays, Cottonelle’s grooming guru and founder of Queen Bee Salon and Spa , has the simple solution. These particular dark spots are caused by constant friction. “If you’re shaving every day, your skin says to your brain – I need protection – so it darkens up,” she explains. “Or maybe you’re waxing and the wax is too hot. Any kind of controlled injury to your skin will either keloid or create a stain.”

The solution: salicylic or glycolic acid . Use the same pads that are prescribed for acne to lighten up your underarms and bikini line. Just make sure not to go too close to your lady bits (burning is bad). Kojic acid, which was a geisha favorite, is also a natural approach that Shays loves. You can repurpose your favorite at-home peel as a brightening bikini treatment, too. Swipe it on, then jump in the shower and let the steam sink in for two minutes before rinsing it away.

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7 Dangerous Sunscreen Mistakes Not to Make This Spring Break

You know about sunscreen, of course. You walk down the aisles full of them in the supermarket. You see the commercials. You read about new formulas when they launch. Maybe you’re still making excuses not to wear it every day or maybe you’re following the rules and slathering on SPF without fail. But are you confident you’re doing the best you can to protect your skin?

With an increase of 20 percent in melanoma cases among Hispanics in the past two decades, it sounds like Latinas might be making more mistakes that we think we are. Keep scrolling to find out what the most common blunders are and how to avoid them from Flor Mayoral, MD, a dermatologist and L’Oréal Paris ambassador.

Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation Will Make Your Skin Problems Dissapear

Once upon a time in the Summer of 2014, I went to a press event for the launch of a new British brand called Charlotte Tilbury . To be honest – aside from some Instagram buzz – I wasn’t extremely familiar with Charlotte and her brand . That one was on me, because had I known, I would have gotten my hands on these makeup and skin care products (which are the equivalent of beauty crack) much sooner (everything launched in the UK first).

So back to our tale of true love: I arrived early to the chic event. Tables were covered in Charlotte’s rose-gold-packaged goodies – bronzers, lash curlers, metallic eye shadow quads, creamy lipsticks, and smudge-proof eyeliners. It was nirvana. The vibe was boho goddess meets Hollywood glam.

I jumped into a makeup artist’s chair, and as she began applying the products on me, I knew I was falling. My eyes transformed into a smoky gold ombré, skin was sculpted with bronzer, and lips were enhanced with a fashion-forward nude. Then, Charlotte Skyped in with the group to talk us through the line. The savvy, charming girl boss had recently given birth or she would’ve come to the event in person. She explained the genius tricks she uses on her celebrity clients (Kate Moss , Amal Clooney , and more) and how they inspired many of her colors. Since then, she’s added more to her offering, including contouring sticks , matte lipsticks , and an under-eye cream .

Though I have countless can’t-live-without favorites (Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette , Liquid Eyeliner Pencil , and Pillow Talk Lip Liner ), her original Light Wonder Foundation is my main squeeze. When it comes to foundation, I’m really, really picky. My theory on skin is: take amazing care of it by eating a green diet, getting consistent facials, and using natural, potent products. If you do these things, you won’t need cosmetic surgeries (such as filler and Botox) or rely heavily on foundation for coverage. Skin should glow on its own, and makeup can just enhance what you have.

So, Light Wonder and I were an instant match made in heaven. Its sheer, luminous finish meets all of my requirements by giving me a dewy, smooth base that still allows my complexion to peek through. While I have no plans to break up with Light Wonder, Charlotte’s latest baby – Magic Foundation ($44) – has been luring me away . . . especially during these colder months.

Light Wonder is my go-to during early Fall, Spring, and Summer since my skin tends to be in better shape during that time. I often have a natural glow from weekend getaways and exposure to vitamin D. But during the Winter, I often get red patches and sallowness. Every pimple and pore seems to stand out against my pale skin tone. This all caused me to cheat on Light Wonder with some of the heavier foundations out there. But none were quite right.

I got my hands on Magic Foundation about a month before it launched in February and have been using it almost every day since. It is truly the cousin of Light Wonder in that it is not too heavy, but it definitely provides a more matte finish. The formula is meant to offer more antiaging benefits by smoothing fine lines and reducing spots. It conceals acne, rosacea, melasma, and general redness. There is a blend of antioxidants that includes mushroom extract (for tightness), “genius” hyaluronic filling spheres (to plump wrinkles), and supercharged vitamin C (to help build new, youthful skin cells) that works together to make your epidermis look better while you’re wearing makeup. Plus, there are 15 shades and SPF 15 that meet an array of needs.

When you first pump the formula into your hand, it seems glossy. But once you warm it up between your fingers or blend it out with a sponge (I like the Beautyblender ), it envelopes your mug like a soft layer of neutral velvet. I’ve also found I need less concealer under my eyes thanks to the brightening effects. My favorite way to use it is cocktailed with Wonderglow , a shimmery primer that gives my face an extra luminous boost. The results have made me addicted, and I find my makeup lasts longer thanks to this base.

Currently, Magic Foundation and I are living happily every after.

Welcome Spring Beauty With These March Must-Have Products

March means one thing for beauties: time for a makeup, skin, and hair overhaul! After you KonMari and organize your vanity , shower caddy, and makeup bag, you’ll have room for new beauty goodies. We’re here to help you navigate through all of the amazing new Spring launches to discover the ones you absolutely need in your stash. From bronzing serums that melt into you skin to Kate Moss-inspired lipsticks and intoxicating perfumes, we have curated new launches that will make this your prettiest season yet.

If You're Addicted to Beach Vacations, You Need L'Oréal's New Product

I am very fair – like on the level of “are you related to any vampires?” paleness – so my Summer sunscreen applications always end up being an exercise in futility. No matter how many times I reapply or check to see if I am turning red, I transform from alabaster to lobster practically in the blink of an eye. It’s a fact that one sunburn is dangerous enough to put you at risk for skin cancer, so it’s quite important to stay aware of UV levels and how much exposure you’ve received. Now, there’s a device that allows you to do just that.

According to Women’s Wear Daily , L’Oréal brand La Roche-Posay announced its partnership with global tech company PCH at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the brand demonstrated a new form of wearable technology called My UV Patch. Instead of a bracelet, watch, or pendant, the item is a superslim, stretchable silicon sticker that adheres directly to the skin.

It features a color-changing image of a heart on its surface. When you use an iPhone or Android app to take a photo of the patch, the heart provides the software with information on how much UV exposure you’ve been subjected to, based on the changes in hue.

This product is completely revolutionary. Consider: most people constantly keep their phones by them, even at the beach. By scanning this sticker, you’ll be able to know whether or not you should reapply your SPF or just head inside for the day, all thanks to the UV-level-sensing technology.

My UV Patch will be available at the end of this year and is reported to be free of charge, as an act of educating consumers about skin health. Like most people, I love free stuff, but this is especially exciting; once I get my hands on it, the sticker will act as my personal skin savior. And while I often joke that my favorite brow products are “lifesavers,” this patch actually could be.

2015 Needs to End So We Can Finally Snag These New Beauty Products

We’re looking forward to 2016 for a few reasons, such as popping Champagne and the opportunity to take on resolutions . But we’re especially excited for a whole new year of fresh beauty products! As editors, we get a sneak peek at what’s coming before anybody else, and we’re sharing the love with you. From a conditioner that won’t flatten fine hair to a life-changing lip balm, these are all the innovative items you need to start saving for – stat!