Backstage Beauty: Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show

Fashion Week shows are not just about the fashion trends walking down the runway, we also anxiously await to see what makeup and hair trends will take center stage next season as well. This season, we journeyed with the Glamsquad beauty team as they did makeup, hair, and nails for a select few runway shows. First up was Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show where Kelli J. Bartlett created the fresh-faced beauty looks, Giovanni Vaccaro celebrated easy hairstyles, and Christina Quercia has nails looking super elegant in a barely-there hue.

GET THE LOOK: MAKEUP

For the Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 makeup, the team prepped the skin with a refreshing spray and Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum, followed by hydrating the lips with a nourishing lip balm. To add brightness, apply Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer concentrating the product under the eyes and on the center of the face. Next, neutralize the eyelid with the concealer by applying lightly with your finger. Add structure to the face by applying a cool-toned contour from the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette in the hollow of the brow bone and cheekbone. Curl the lashes and create definition by bumping L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in the base without pulling through to the ends. Create a perfect ruby-stained lip by using a mixture of crushed plum and red velvet in the Bobbi Brown Lip Palette. Mix the lip colors on your hand, and then press on to the lip with your fingers for a natural look. Highlight the cheekbone with a glossy translucent highlight followed by applying Kevin Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow Blush to seal the look.

GET THE LOOK: HAIR – Natural Texture

Apply Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam to the roots of the hair and blowout towards the face using your hands
Next, spray Kerastase VIP Volume in Powder throughout the hair from mid-shaft to ends in order to create an airy, lived-in texture. Create a natural look by tucking some hair behind the ear with a few pieces left out around the face.
Finish with L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray and Ouai Hair Oil if needed on the ends.

GET THE LOOK: HAIR – Braids

Create a strong center part all the way from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. Apply Ouai Hair Oil combined with French Girl Sea Spray from roots to ends. Brush the hair flat and tuck behind the ears on both sides securing with an elastic. Pull a 1-inch thick piece of hair out of the ponytail and wrap around the elastic. Create a three-strand braid on both sides, secure with an elastic and spray with L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray.

GET THE LOOK: NAILS (not pictured)

File the nails into a natural round shape with soft edges. Next, hydrate the cuticle with oil followed by a quick hand massage using Essie ‘Many Many Mani’ lotion to soften. Apply one coat of Essie Base Coat, ‘First Base‘,  followed by two coats of Essie ‘Brides To Be’. Finish the look with Essie Topcoat, ‘Good To Go’ and quick dry drops.

What are your thoughts on the beauty looks from the Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show?

Dermalogica’s NEW Ultra Calming Launches Are Perfect For Winter Skin

This winter has been a non-stop series of skin drying days with bone-chilling, freezing temperatures. We all most likely concentrate on bundling up to stay warm, we, which means we don’t really pay attention to protecting our face from the cold temperatures. Let’s face it, does your daily moisturizer really protect your skin from the blustery winds and icy temperatures that deplete your skin’s natural defenses? Does it combat the cold’s reduction of moisture levels, leading to red, dry and irritated skin? Whether your skin is sensitive or not, you still need the right products to it from winter skin. Luckily, Dermalogica, makers of award-winning skincare products, welcomes two new skincare products that are perfect for winter skin – Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster and Dermalogica Calm Water Gel.

While your skin might not suffer from chronic sensitivity, everyone can experience sensitized skin during the harsh winter months. Stress, pollution, poor diet are some contributing factors to sensitized skin, add in harsh winter weather and you really have a skin battle on your hands….ehh face. Dermalogica’s Barrier Defense Booster and Calm Water Gel are the must-have winter skin solutions to treat the irritation, redness, and dehydration you will experience this winter. Both new products combine the best of nature’s botanical extracts with innovation from The International Dermal Institute to not only powerfully soothe skin, but defend against future flare-ups, so no matter how often skin sensitivity is experienced, you can proactively protect your skin.

NEW! Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster

A powerfully-gentle oil-based booster that calms, nourishes and helps restore sensitive skin. Nourishing Triple Defense Complex works to rapidly restore the skin barrier when compromised, relieve dryness for up to 24 hours, and maintain barrier integrity against future irritation. Use prior to or mix in with your moisturizer for UltraCalming benefits.

NEW! Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

A weightless, gel-water moisturizer that hydrates, soothes and calms skin. Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology works above and below the skin’s surface to increase and lock in moisture. Apple Fruit Extract and Glycerin hydrate and soften skin while defending it against dryness. Cactus Flower Extract soothes sensitivity and imparts exceptional water-binding properties to help support healthy moisture balance.

The Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster retails for $75.00, the Dermalogica Calm Water Gel for $48.00. Both are available at leading Dermalogica Spas and Salons, Ulta Beauty, Bluemercury, and Dermalogica.com.

What are your thoughts on these perfect for winter skin solutions? Could your face use a little ultra calming from Dermalogica? Share your thoughts with us.

Sleeping Beauty: Innisfree Beauty Welcomes New NYC Flagship Store

Take it from someone who knows first hand, we do not get enough sleep. Unfortunately, we are at a time when self-care has taken a back seat to working and getting things done. We’re not even talking about treating yourself to a vacation or spa treatment, we’re talking about simply getting enough sleep. Raise your hand if you get a full eight hours of sleep; how about five or six? We have personally been getting by on five or less and it’s been taking its toll on our skin and bodies. We recently had the pleasure of learning all about the benefits of getting enough “beauty sleep” from Sleep Expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins. Our beauty sleep masterclass was held at the new flagship location of Innisfree Beauty, the K Beauty brand offering innovative beauty products. We also had the pleasure of being introduced to the must-have overnight beauty products from Innisfree Beauty.

We ventured up to the mini oasis that is the second floor to hear Dr. Robbins spoke about the benefits and importance of sleep and its impact on your skin and overall health. We learned about the various levels of sleep, the ideal amount of sleep we should all get, and of course, how the right amount of sleep and the right skincare products can keep you looking your best.

We highly recommend you pop into this K Beauty haven to get acquainted with all six of their overnight beauty products. Whether you need help with anti-oxidants, moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, or anti-aging, these overnight skincare solutions are amazing…..we’re currently obsessed. As we don’t get enough beauty sleep, we’ll happily take all the extra help we can get to improve our skin health.

Innisfree Beauty products like the Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey are targeted to work and improve skin while you sleep. They, along with all Innisfree Beauty products, are made from the finest natural ingredients responsibly sourced from Korea’s pristine Jeju Island.

Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask – Rest easy as you indulge in this deeply nourishing night cream, infused with Jeju Tangerine Peel Extract, Jeju Green Tea Extract and rich Shea Butter. The zesty peel of Jeju Tangerines has four times the amount of anti-oxidant-rich Vitamin C than the juicy flesh. That’s the secret of this overnight cream that’s formulated to help even skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots. Wake up to skin that looks and feels astonishingly moist, supple and bright.

Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey – Pamper your pout while you sleep with this deeply moisturizing evening lip balm formulated to care for and nourish your lips with Jeju Canola Honey and Oil. Smooth it on before you hit the sack and wake up to smoother, more hydrated lips.

Innisfree also offers a series of free 30 minute classes at their flagship, including Skincare Series {Age Delay – Keep it Strong!}, Girls’ Guide “Day to Night” Looks, Intro to K Beauty Skin Care Routine, and Make-up Series {Complexion – My Cushion 101}. We know you want to know more, so head over to Innisfree’s NYC flagship location in Union Square at 862 Broadway. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

One-Step Wonder: Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths

Are you a beauty product junkie like we are? Do you find your beauty closet has turned into a “beauty room?” Well, ladies, you’ve come to the right place for more must-have beauty products. Say hello to what is definitely going to be your new favorite makeup removing cloths, the Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths. This one-step wonder beauty product nourishes your skin and melts away even the most stubborn long wear makeup. These alcohol-free, biodegradable individually packaged cloth conditions lashes and brows so they look and feel healthier and softer.

The Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths effectively cleanses the skin and gently removes makeup, provides powerful antioxidant protection, and leaves skin smooth and soft thanks to its key ingredients, 100% plant-derived Squalane, Hemisqualane, and an antioxidant blend. Biossance allows you to be a skin-saver by removing everything from waterproof mascara to 12-hour wear lips, all while moisturizing skin and conditioning the lashes and brows. Because second worst to an unwashed face is a freshly washed, dry and tight one.

What exactly is Squalane? Squalane is a mega-moisturizing molecule that instantly hydrates while locking in essential moisture. Our body produces its own version of Squalane, but unfortunately, it decreases over time. The Biossance Squalane helps return some of that lost molecule to our skin with their 100% plant-derived squalane, sustainably from sugarcane.  The cleansing cloths are a quick and effective cleansing option, no matter where you are.

Celebrity makeup artist and green-beauty expert Katey Denno praises these individually packaged cleansing cloths for “moisturizing while removing impurities, is a must and a pleasure. The act of beginning your moisturization WHILE cleansing is brilliant!”

Twenty-five individually wrapped Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths come in a box for only $18.00. Why not join the #moisturerevolution and commit to never going to sleep without a clean face.

Winter Skin Issues? Give Your Winter Skin the Moisture it’s Craving

Did you know that January 8th was National Winter Skin Care Day? While the day of celebrating is long gone, we’re still in the middle of the harsh skin-drying season. Has the cold days of winter ever made your skin so dry, you can clearly and quite visibly write your name on it? That’s our test on how bad our winter skin is, and while we find it humorous, it means one thing “our lotion ain’t working!” Mother Nature can be an evil witch to our skin and she sure if “trying it” this season, but luckily while she may win some battles, she doesn’t have to win the winter skin war. We are here to share one of our favorite skin butters, oil, and lotions to help you tell Mother Nature, Jack Frost, or whoever is making this winter ridiculously harsh, to kick rocks. So let’s get to lathering up and give your winter skin the moisture it’s craving from Queen Helene and Live Clean.

Queen Helene

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion: This luxuriously rich, non-greasy lotion blends cocoa butter and pure lanolin to quench and relieve moisture-starved skin. Protects against the drying effects of sun and wind; helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles; and soothes the discomforts associated with stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Soothes and softens extremely dry skin. Available for $1.97 (32oz) at Walmart/.com, $3.99 (32oz) at SallyBeauty/.com, and $4.69 (32oz) at Rite Aid.

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme: This luxuriously rich, non-greasy crème blends cocoa butter and lanolin to quench and relieve moisture-starved skin. Protects from dryness caused by over-exposure; helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles; and soothes discomforts of stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Available for $2.48 (4.8oz), and $4.47 (15 oz) at Walmart/.com, and $5.99 (15oz) at SallyBeauty/.com.

Queen Helene 100% Cocoa Butter Stick: This pure cocoa butter soothes and nourishes dry, chapped skin. Delivers on-the-spot nourishment for dry, irritated patches. Helps relieve the discomforts of stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Also works well to soothe and moisturize dry, chapped lips. Available for $1.24 at Walmart/.com.

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Scrub: This soothing facial scrub for extremely dry skin helps draw out impurities and remove dead, dry skin cells, while natural Cocoa Butter helps replenish lost moisture. After use, skin is soft and smooth with a supple appearance. It gently exfoliates skin for nourished smoothness. Available for $4.29 at SallyBeauty/.com.

Queen Helene Coconut Oil 100%: Naturally rich in antioxidants that are highly beneficial for your hair, lips, nails, and skin. Apply just a small amount at a time and watch it melt at the first touch. Work it into your hair to control fly-aways and help prevent split ends. Use it as a natural balm for super-soft lips. Work it into your cuticles and nails to keep them looking healthy. On your skin, it leaves a pleasing scent and a silky feeling. This hair coconut oil, 10.75 fl oz is gentle enough to use every day. Available for $4.48 at Walmart/.com.

Queen Helene Avocado & Grapefruit Masque: This unique, gel-clay masque for normal to dry skin gently lifts away impurities and nurtures the skin with winter skin smoothing Avocado and antioxidant Grapefruit extract. After use, skin is refreshed and energized with a healthy radiance. It rejuvenates and revitalizes your winter skin to reveal touchably soft, baby skin. Available for $5.49 at SallyBeauty/.com.

Live Clean

Fresh Water Hydrating Body Lotion: Live Clean® Fresh Water Hydrating Body Lotion is formulated with Hyaluronate, nature’s most powerful moisturizing agent with a fresh and clean signature scent. Available at Amazon.co and Harmon for $5.99.

Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion: Live Clean® Argan Oil Replenishing Body Lotion features Argan oil to protect the skin’s moisture barrier in an exotic nectar scent. Available at Rite Aid, Kroger, Amazon.com, Harmons, Safeway/Albert, and Meijer for $5.99.

Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion: Live Clean® Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Lotion features luscious coconut milk from the tropics that will restore hydration to your skin with a modern and clean coconut milk scent. Available at Rite Aid, Kroger, Amazon.com, Harmons, Safeway/Albert and Meijer for $5.99.

Bali Oil Nourishing Body Lotion: Features rich Coconut Oil to moisturize and hydrate extra dry skin leaving it smooth and resilient. Delicate island scent. Available at Amazon.com, Harmon and Safeway/Albert for $5.99.

All Live Clean products are free of Parabens, Sulfates, Petroleum, Phthalate, and Phosphates.

Could these skincare products from Queen Helene and Live Clean help resolve your winter skin issues?

Collosol Eau de Lait: A French Secret for Parched, Wind-Whipped Skin

This winter’s bone-chilling temperatures have been wreaking havoc on our skin, stripping its moisture, disrupting the barrier function and leaving our faces dry, red and raw. We’ve been looking for anything that could help and came upon a wonderful French skincare secret. Cleansing our skin at the end of the long cold day with Collosol Eau de Lait.

Using Collosol Eau de Lait invokes the feeling of the milk baths that long ago royals indulged in. We imagined our skin felt exactly as theirs did, enjoying the beautifying benefits of the historically acclaimed milk bath. Not only did Collosol Eau de Lait take off all our makeup, our skin was left wonderfully soft. There was none of the tightness we’ve been experiencing during the harsh winter days we’ve been having. Using Collosol Eau de Lait during the blustery Bomb Cyclone was a true test of how amazing this product is. We promise you, it’s a must treat for your skin.

So what exactly is Collosol Eau de Lait? It is a moisturizing milk/micellar water hybrid. A thorough but gentle cleanser that can be applied with a cotton pad to remove makeup, moisturize, and soothe stinging skin. No rinsing with water is required, a good thing since the limestone in tap water can be irritating to parched, wind-shipped skin. The universal formula is also suited to all skin types, from sensitive to dry to oily/acne-prone. You will also love the subtle fragrance it leaves behind. It’s sure to take your mind off those cold winter days.

Here’s a cool tip: Lace a warm bath with Collosol Eau de Lait to cleanse, hydrate and luxuriate in the milk’s sweet, musky scent…and forget all about the frigid cold weather outside.

Collosol Eau de Lait is a French skincare classic created in Paris in the 1950s, which is now thankfully available in the U.S. at www.smallflower.com.

The 75th Annual Golden Globes Beauty: Red Carpet Glow Up

We all know iconic red carpet looks starts with perfectly prepped skin and hair. We’re sharing three stunning Golden Globes beauty looks from the 75th Annual Golden Globes red carpet that are sure to turn heads. From This Is Us’s Susan Kelechi Watson fabulous natural and curly bob, drama series Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe’s slick back low bun, and Downton Abbey and Cinderella’s Lily James’s glowing skin, these Golden Globes red carpet beauty glow ups are effortless, chic, and totally attainable. Read on for the tips and tricks to replicate the three Golden Globes beauty looks.

Susan Kelechi Watson’s “bobfro” by Vernon François 

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: To recreate Susan’s “bobfro”, start by prepping the scalp with the Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Loc Spray followed by the Leave~In Conditioner from root to ends for a dose of hydration and protection. Part and section the hair and create two strand twists and then set under a diffuser or hood dryer. Next, split & separate the twists, concentrating on the bottom to reveal carefree body and volume. To complete the look, pin the sides to hold the hair in place & top off with the Dazz~Ling Spritz Shine Spray for a touch of shimmer.

The Vernon François products used on Susan Kelechi Watson, available on www.Sephora.com and select Sephora retailers, include Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Loc Spray ($24.00), Leave~In Conditioner ($28.00), and Dazz~Ling Spritz Shine Spray ($24.00).

Caitriona Balfe hair by Harry Josh for Joico 

Inspiration: “We wanted to keep hair on the modest side, as there’s an important message being portrayed by the women on the carpet tonight. That’s why we decided to go with a tight, slicked-back bun and kept it simple, sleek and chic.” – Harry Josh

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “Prep is super important to a finished look – the battle of healthy looking hair begins in the shower. To ensure moisturized and healthy hair, Harry Josh started Caitriona’s hair by using the Joico K-Pak Luster Lock as he washed the hair. This deep-penetrating system was left on her hair for minutes before washing out and is a great 3-minute miracle for dehydrated hair, as it gave the high-wattage shine needed for tonight’s red carpet or is even great for day-to-day life.

Harry Josh decided on a very sleek bun for Caitriona’s red-carpet look. First, he started blow drying the hair, making sure to apply the Joico Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème to her still wet hair – this helped to diminish frizz or any heat damage, which was important for the sleekness of the look. It was also vital to blow dry the hair downwards using a flat brush, this made sure hair was illuminated and lent to the shininess we were trying to achieve. Once her hair was dried, Harry made sure to apply the smallest drop of the Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum to the ends of Caitriona’s hair to create an ultra-healthy finished look.

To start the styling, Harry created a zig-zag part at the top of her head, then secured all her hair into an extremely tight ponytail in the back using an elastic band. He then started to twist the ponytail around the elastic band until he felt it buckle. Once he felt that buckle, he secured the hair with bobby pins to keep the bun in place. To finish off the look and make sure it appeared extra-glossy, Harry used the Joico Power Spray which not only ensured the hair would stay in place, but also give a high-gloss, almost wet-look finish. Finally, for an extra hint of flair, he decided to use chain-metal panels on the side of the head to create a fun, a-symmetrical look.

PRODUCTS: Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock ($19.99), Joico Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème 03 ($14.99), Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum ($17.49), and Joico Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray ($16.99). Get them all at www.LoxaBeauty.com, Ulta, and www.Ulta.com.

Lily James Makeup by Katey Denno for Biossance

Green beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno worked with Biossance to give British beauty Lily James a golden glow for tonight’s awards. Before creating her effortless makeup look, Katey prepped Lily’s skin by pressing in 5-6 drops of Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil to brighten and even out her skin tone. On the areas where Lily needed an extra boost of hydration, Katey massaged a few drops of Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. For an all-over glow, Katey added a few additional drops of the Gel Moisturizer to her decolletage, back and arms.

All of Biossance’s products are made with the brand’s 100% plant-based and sustainable Squalene Oil, a weightless oil that hydrates and locks in essential moisture.

What do you think of these Golden Globes beauty looks? What were your favorite Golden Globes beauty red carpet moments?

Give Your Skin A Holiday With These Must-Have Renewing Masks

The holiday season can always be a stressful and hectic time. The stress can take its toll on your body and of course show on your face. Just as we all need a holiday from work and the stresses of life, your skin deserves a holiday as well. The quickest way to de-stress your skin is pampering it with renewing masks like these from international skincare brands, Eleni & Chris and Sand & Sky.

Say hello to enjoying a Scandinavian, and Australian glow with the revitalizing and energizing facial masks from Eleni & Chris and the detoxifying and brightening Sand and Sky. These renewing masks treat your skin to a much-needed escape from the stress and harsh temperatures of the holiday season.

Eleni & Chris Sincell Face Mask: Detox $9.00

Revive and replenish your face with this cream-like soft touch mask that intensely hydrates the skin and balances your complexion. The ultra-fine long fiber Eleni & Chris Sincell Face Mask: Detox leaves your skin healthier with the help of Grapefruit Licorice Root and Oat Extract. It revives, energizes, and protects your skin from toxins and free-radicals without removing your skin’s essential natural oils. Get a single for $9.00 each or a set of six for $49.00 at www.eleniandchris.com.

Eleni & Chris Bio-Cellulose Age Renewal Eye Mask $8.00

Treat your eyes to a new kind of indulgence with CAVIAR. This eye sheet mask delivers unique Scandinavian ingredients in a bio-cellulose technology, which treats the skin around the eye to a new kind of indulgence. It leaves you with firmer, radiant skin with velvety soft and smooth touch. The Eleni & Chris Bio-Cellulose Age Renewal Eye Mask is proven to reduce and prevent wrinkles with the help of Cloudberry, Sea Fennel, and Japanese Cherry. Get a single for $8.00 each or a set of six for $44.00 at www.eleniandchris.com.

Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask $49.00

This 4-in-1 Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask brightens your skin in just 10 minutes. This botanical treatment mask works by combating pollution and minimizing excess oil while refining pores, regulating sebum and reducing pigmentation to reveal smooth skin with a glow with the first use. It can be used as an instant detox mask to draw out impurities, toxins, and pollutants from the skin. It comes with an application brush for mess-free application. The Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask is available for $49.00 at www.sandandsky.com.

What are your thoughts on these renewing masks? Does your skin deserve a little holiday break?