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Refresh Your Beauty Routine For Spring


Winter weather can notoriously wreak havoc on skin and hair. While waiting for spring to arrive, a few easy adjustments to your beauty routine can help you look fabulous.

Moisturize -

Warmer weather warrants new skin care. Swap out heavy moisturizers for lighter options that will keep you shine-free.

Exfoliate –

We hope you’ve been exfoliating throughout the winter months, but don’t stop once the end of March rolls around! To keep your skin in tip-top shape, exfoliate at least once a week to get rid of unwanted dead skin cells. You’ll help keep your pores clean while also brightening your skin.

Don’t Forget Your Body -

When it comes to treating your bod – hello flaky legs, rough elbows and bumpy arms – Exfoliate in the shower or bath with a body polish and a stiff-bristle body brush.

Sunscreen –

It seems obvious (and it is) that the summer months aren’t the only time you should be applying sunscreen. Since your skin has basically been in hibernation, it’s imperative that you protect it from both UVA and UVB rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Clean Your Brushes -

Most of us have fallen victim to skipping this important step. Not only do unclean brushes cause breakouts, but they can inhibit makeup application, too. So the next time you’re test-driving the perfect smoky eye, wash your brushes in a gentle shampoo or cleanser before grabbing your eye shadow.


Put Down the Bronzer -

Yes, it’s getting warmer! But before you layer on the bronzer, consider using a CC cream to brighten skin and provide a more natural look at the start of the season. If you’re desperately in need of allover color, try a tanning serum to allow for more even application without the risk of sun damage.

Protect Your Hair -

When you soak your hair with water and conditioner before entering the pool or the ocean, it significantly reduces the damage that the harsh chlorine and salt can do to your hair.

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Emergency Repair For Split Ends

Combat Split Ends

Have a hot date and no time for a cut?

There’s no hair enemy as fierce and unyielding as the much-dreaded split end. No I’m not suggesting you hide behind a pair of sunglasses!

While the only way to truly rid yourself of split ends is to cut them, there are several things you can do between salon appointments to improve your look.

Here are some of our suggestions below:

Load Up on Protein
Whenever my hair is damaged, I reach for a treatment that has protein and moisture. The protein molecules in products like Number 4’s Reconstructing Masque act like spackle, filling in the holes in your split ends’ brittle cuticles. They should look less rough after just one application.

Your Blow-Dryer is Your Friend
Using a nozzle will help minimize the harm hot air causes to split ends. Dry pointing downwards and finish the process off with the coolest temperature possible—a shot of cold air will make hair super shiny, and flatten the cuticle so your ends looks less raised and brittle. Try using a product like Bumble and Bumble’s Repair Blow Dry. This serum-in-creme elixir for dry or damaged hair helps seal split ends and protects against heat, breakage and UV damage, too.

Pump Up the Volume
Nothing scientific here! Curling or tousling your hair is an excellent distraction from unsightly ends. Use your trusty wand and a spritz of finishing spray like RUSK’s Texture Spray, which acts as a texturizer and hairspray to add volume that’ll stay in place for the long haul.

A Romantic Sloppy Bun to the Rescue
A braid or bun is a no brainer, but the faux bob gives the illusion of a full-on chop and completely hides split ends. In a rush? Try the Princess Roll instead (it takes five minutes flat!). Treat hair with a leave-in conditioner like It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product before styling to prevent future damage.

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Best Self Tanners

St Tropez Whipped

What’s the best sunless tanner? Which one is the most sought-after by celebrities?

Discovering a good self tanner can be a challenge — it’s overwhelming how many different self-tanning products you can come across. Some are smelly, some turn you orange and some often fade or become spotty.

Say goodbye to winter’s pasty-looking skin and officially kick off the beginning of summer by sporting a golden glow. Here’s our list of some of the best –

Banana Boat
For an inexpensive self-tanner, Banana Boat’s Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion doesn’t streak, dries quickly and allows for a deep tan without the damaging effects of the sun. You can use it on your body or face. Pictured here is the deep dark color, but there are lighter options for people with fairer skin.

Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, $8.50

Australian Gold
You get so much in one loud package: self-tanning cream, bronzer and sunscreen (SPF 45). Don’t let the obnoxious packaging fool you, this stuff is highly rated for providing instant glow while keeping skin from burning. Added bonus: it’s water-resistant, so you can swim and sweat with no worry. Plus, users report it smells divinely tropical.

Australian Gold Faces Sheer Coverage Kona Infused, SPF 45, $8.99

This one is absolutely perfect for people with fair skin. The effect is more gradual, which also limits streaks.

Jergens Natural Glow, $9

In 1984, Guerlain of Paris created the first bronzing powder they called “Terracotta.” At $35 – $50 it’s still one of the best spray tanners on the market. Nice brown color without the hint of orange. Only downfall is it is a bit pricey.

Guerlain’s Terracotta Self-Tanning Spray for the Body, $64

Nature’s Gate
I love this self-tanner because it’s one that works well and gets rave reviews but also has no parabens, phthalates or petrolatum. It’s also super moisturizing because it contains 7 moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, apricot kernel oil, soybean oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil.

Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion, Medium Skin Tones, $13.99

Laura Mercier
Unlike other self-tanners, Laura Mercier’s bronzing gel is meant to be used to enhance the tan on the face. The company suggests dabbing a bit on AFTER tinted moisturizer and BEFORE powders. A bit pricier than M.A.C. and other bronzers on the market, testers found it’s well worth the price. This bronzer provides a “just tanned” look with a touch of rose. Warms the skin and adds a spark of shimmer.

Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel for the Face, $32

St. Tropez
This salon brand is beloved by celebs including Elle MacPherson. You apply this and within a few hours you’ll have a deep, naturally-looking tan. This is not a gradual self-tanner. St. Tropez’s Website features applications videos, which I highly recommend watching. Testers found that Whipped Bronze had a more pleasant fragrance than other self-tanners they tried. Ideal for the entire body, including the face.

St. Tropez Whipped Bronze Self-Tanning Mousse for Face and Body, $32

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L’OCCITANE Celebrates International Women’s Day


All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

L’OCCITANE‘s new apricot fragranced solidarity balm will finance NGOs to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso, with the support of the L’OCCITANE Foundation.

Made with shea butter, this multi-purpose moisturizer helps nourish, soften and protect the lips, body and hair. I was lucky enough to be be given a sample and it smells AMAZING! This will be the perfect addition to my beach tote!

100%* of the profits will be donated. 100%!

L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Apricot Solidarity Balm – $6

*Sales price in store minus taxes, transport and production costs

disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to The Beauty Stop. No compensation was received and all opinions are that of the author.

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Must-Have Beauty Products


Beauty doesn’t have to be complicated.

To me, beauty begins with what you put inside your body. What you put on the outside simply smooths it out and gives it a graceful polish.

As much as you may love playing with eye shadow and lip gloss, those aspects of your beauty routine are secondary to basic skin and hair care.

Leave the house with confidence with these beauty basics.

Blow Dryer –
Unless you let your hair air dry every day or you get weekly blow outs from a salon, you’re going to use a hair dryer. We suggest an ionic one. They cut your drying time in half and won’t damage your hair like blow dryers of previous generations. If you’ve been using the same dryer for 20 years, it’s time to throw it out and invest in a decent ionic dryer.

Boar’s Hair Brush –
If you’ve been brushing your hair with a drugstore plastic hairbrush, it’s time to throw it out and invest in a boar’s hair brush because you haven’t done your hair any favors. Every stylist knows the best hairbrushes have boar bristles. But for the best results, you’ll want a brush that has BOTH synthetic (nylon) bristles AND boar bristles. The mix creates the perfect brush: The boar bristles are gentle, while the synthetic bristles help hair dry faster.

A Good Concealer or Tinted Moisturizer –
Not every woman needs foundation, but almost every woman could use a good concealer in her beauty bag. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to a woman and noticed she could use a concealer around her eyes to cover up dark circles or spot cover a blemish or just even out her uneven skin tone.

Sunscreen –
every single day and use a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 40. Why? Sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature aging of the skin (along with smoking, stress and weight loss).

Mascara –
Nothing opens up the eyes and makes you look more awake than mascara. You can find a decent mascara that won’t give you Kardashian lashes.

A Good Cleanser –
Chances are, you aren’t cleansing your face correctly. Either you’re using the wrong cleanser or you are scrubbing too much, or you aren’t washing your face before bedtime, leaving all the day’s dirt and makeup to sit there on the skin, clogging up your pores. The secret to cleansing your skin is this: Buy a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type.

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Improve Your Beauty Routine


There are some things that should just be a way of life if you’re looking to improve your health and happiness (and yes, might even make you feel a little prettier than you already are).

We’re here to help you prioritize some beauty rules that should always be on your annual checklist.

~ Always remove your makeup
Sick of hearing this one? Tough. If the goal is to look pretty in public, your responsibility doesn’t end once you get home. Ideally, you should have a P.M. skin care regimen that includes a good cleanse (to rid your skin of makeup, oil, and other impurities), and application of a rich moisturizer. However, you’re human and sometimes you slip up. Yes, we’ve all got a little lazy girl in us. Try tucking a pack of cleansing wipes under your pillow. The sound of the package crumpling when your head hits the pillow will remind you what time it is (makeup removal time!). You might want to also keep a trash can near your bed for those used towelettes…

~ See a dermatologist
Whether you’re acne-prone or consider your skin fairly normal, a visit to an all-knowing derm is worth it. You’d be surprised by what you can learn about your skin, and what’s causing those pesky breakouts or that blemish that’s practically parked itself on your chin for the past few weeks. Part nutritionist, your dermatologist can tell you the types of food that may be affecting your skin-and not to scare you, but a derm can even detect the first signs of skin cancer just by noticing a stray facial hair that you may have been poking fun of lately. (True story) Go ahead and book that appointment now!

~ Treat yourself to (at least) one beauty splurge
No questions asked, we know that you deserve some retail therapy every once in a while. Whether you’re a full-time student or a working girl, we say you’re allowed one beauty investment a year if it’ll keep that spirit (and confidence) high. Go ahead and ring up that facial cleansing brush or a brand new heat styling tool if you so choose.

~ Keep Wearing Shimmer!
For some reason, society says that glitz and glitter is reserved for special occasions like New Year’s and birthdays. But we say, keep on shining! Go for a glammed-up mani or shimmery liner any day of the year.

~ Try at least one runway trend
We get it. Sometimes catwalk makeup just doesn’t seem realistic for everyday use. But give your usual ponytail-lip gloss-repeat routine a rest and go for something that’ll get heads turning. You’ll be the trendsetter for once and we’ll be so proud!

~ Give your hot tools a rest
Easier said than done, but with a world of hairstyle options out there (hello, braids and buns!), we’re confident you can manage without your blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron for a few days a week. Seriously, give it a try and you’ll notice a big difference in your hair. It’ll likely get longer, stronger, and all-around healthier in no time.

~ Commit to regular trims
If you find yourself complaining about split ends often, it probably means you’re not following the doctor’s orders and getting your hair cut regularly. It might be an old wives’ tale that your hair will grow faster if you go for regular trims, but it is true that a good snip every six to eight weeks will improve your hair’s health, keeping it as sleek and even as it should be.

~ Commit to regular conditioning treatments
You guessed it. The key to healthy hair is loyalty. As you should get into the habit of trimming your hair regularly, you should also set a good conditioning routine in place. Take one day a week to apply a moisture mask and run a steamy shower to let the formula really penetrate your strands. If your hair is really parched or damaged, make that moisture mask a bi-weekly treatment and alternate with a cholesterol conditioner to strengthen fragile pieces.

~ Go makeup-free once a week
We’re firm believers in letting your skin breathe as often as possible. Take one day to skip the makeup and give your pores a chance to inhale some oxygen instead of being clogged with piled-on foundation, blush, and concealer. A clearer complexion will lead to smoother makeup application for the rest of your days, we swear.

~ Wear A Mask!
We can’t stress the benefits of regularly using face masks enough.

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The Romantic Bun For Valentine’s Day


Planning a date night for Valentine’s Day?

Whether you’re having a meal with friends, going out on a hot date, or staying in with a movie, this hairstyle will get you in the mood for love in no time flat.

Get the Look:

♥ Separate hair into five vertical sections and curl the bottom pieces with a 1 ½-inch barrel iron or wand for 3 to 5 seconds to give hair volume.

♥ Spray hair with the dry shampoo to give it texture. Rake fingers through hair to separate curls and rub the elixir into the ends to add shine.

♥ Separate the section around your part that you consider your bangs and pull hair straight out. Blow dry flat for 30 seconds (this will give bangs volume and a natural swoop), then mist hair all over with the hairspray.

♥ Comb through bangs (if you have them) or shorter layers to let front pieces fall naturally, then pull the remaining hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with a hair tie.

♥ Separate your pony into a top and bottom section. Pull and tighten only the bottom section so the top is loose and full of volume.

♥ Take a one-inch piece of hair from the bottom of your ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie to conceal it, using a bobby pin to secure in place.

♥ Then twist the ponytail clockwise, using a clear elastic to secure it at the ends. Spray the twisted ponytail with the dry shampoo and, using your thumb and pointer finger, rub your fingers together on the twist to give hair texture.

♥ Wrap your texturized ponytail around the hairband at the nape of your neck and use your remaining bobby pins to secure the bun in place.

♥ Finish the look with a spritz of hairspray.

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Fight Dry ‘Winter’ Skin


Dry, itchy skin can be unbearable. It can happen any time during the year, but is most prevalent in winter (hence the term, “winter itch”).

Biting winds, steamy showers, dipping temps, and drying indoor heat — all can suck the life right out of your skin and hair. Here’s some solutions to help you combat winter.

Avocado Face Mask

This classic recipe for dry skin involves only 2 ingredients: avocados and honey which are particularly moisturizing. This mask works well on mature, wrinkled and dry skin. It’s best to use a ripe, fresh, organic avocado. Make sure to mash it up into a creamy pulp. Avocados are also great for deep conditioning dry hair.

Maximize Your Moisturizer

Apply it the right way by clearing away dead skin cells first. They keep moisturizer from sinking in. Buff your face gently twice a week with a jojoba-bead scrub or a mild exfoliant with fruit enzymes. Always smooth lotion on damp skin. You’ve heard it before, but did you know you have a three-minute window for best results? Wait any longer and moisture starts to disappear from skin before you can lock it in.

Use Hand Cream

Soap, water and hand sanitizer are really drying — and people overdose on them during cold and flu season. You need to apply hand cream every time you wash your hands. The most important thing about hand cream is to keep it handy so that you actually use it. Buy a few small tubes to carry in your purse or use at your desk.

Be Mindful Of Your Lips

With all the stuff we put on our lips, lip balm is a moisturizing must that preps the pout for a smooth, even application of lip color. Luckily, lip balm has come a long way from good ol’ Vaseline. From ones that impart gorgeous berry colors to those that offer a whopping SPF 35, there’s no shortage when it comes to the variety of lip balms available.

Drink More Water!

You might not be as thirsty in the winter as you are in the summer months when you’re hot and sweaty. However, you lose water through your skin every day, in any season — even when it’s cold and even if you don’t feel like you’re sweating. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time in dry indoor heat.

Start these good habits today, and keep them going long after winter’s gone to maintain healthy skin all year long.

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