Don’t let the glamorous title fool you, being a beauty editor is no easy title. Aside from testing and writing about different products 24/7 (hello crowded bathroom!), you also have to look the part too. For flawless and blemish-free skin, try this comprehensive, step-by-step guide for a beauty-editor approved complexion.
No it’s not cliche, it’s mandatory to start any beauty routine by taking off your makeup. Leaving on mascara and foundation from the night before can cause future breakouts and early signs of aging, so wash away any traces of makeup with this gentle and refreshing cleanser.
After you’ve successfully slayed those racoon eyes, wash away dead skin cells and other impurities with this soothing botanical face wash. Plus, with it’s fast-acting exfoliating beads, sneak in some essential exfoliation (and a gorgeous glow) without buying an expensive scrub.
Once your face is squeaky clean, look to a mask to remove deep-seated dirt and impurities. This fantastic calming mask zaps away oil and blackheads instantly all with a aromatic herbal scent. Use two to three times a week for a healthy-looking complexion.
If oily and acne-prone skin has got you down, keep the breakouts at bay by spritzing some of this toner onto your face after washing. Enriched with witch-hazel, echinacea and calendula, watch the blemishes and blackheads disappear after continuous use.
Go above and beyond your regular anti-aging cream by adding a heavy-duty serum into the fold. Serums help your creams work better as they are usually rich in skin-loving antioxidants and peptides. For younger, firmer-looking skin, try this anti-aging facial serum for a blast of Vitamins C and E. Use after toning right before you moisturize.
The skin around your eyes needs some TLC too, so baby it up with this formulated eye cream diminishing puffiness and dark circles fast. Before you lock in hydration with your handy dandy moisturizer, dab on some eye cream for tighter and brighter eyes. Need another beauty tip? Put your eye cream in the fridge for a cold relief after a long day at the office.
If your skin is drier than a saltine, treat it well with this face finishing moisturizer jam packed with corrective nutrients. This should always be the last step after cleansing thoroughly, as a good moisturizer will help lock in the benefits from your serum and eye cream while helping keep the skin supple and smooth.
Every now and then you just want to snack on something salty. Everyone has those moments where they just NEED a pretzel or a potato chip or something else nice and salty. How can you satisfy that craving without throwing yourself entirely off track on your healthy eating plan?
Here is a few of my favorite salty snacks you can keep on-hand to get you through the day and keep you away from the drive-thru or vending machine:
1. Cucumber Chips: When I am craving the salty crunch of a potato chip, I reach for a cucumber instead. Slice it up and sprinkle the slices with some kosher or sea salt. You get the salt and the crunch without the fat and oils!
2. Hummus: use celery, cucumber, zucchini or carrots to scoop about ¼ cup of hummus. It’s a nice thick salty treat that will keep you feeling fuller longer and won’t end with you feeling guilty the way you do after raiding a bag of chips.
3. Popcorn: You read that correctly. Popcorn is actually VERY healthy if you manage to avoid the oils and butters that people normally drown it in. It is high in fiber, heart-smart and can have even more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. Keep it air-popped and sprinkle with kosher or sea salt and enjoy!
4. Olives: Grab a small handful of olives and go for it! They have been shown to help prevent heart disease, some kinds of cancer, reduce inflammation from arthritis and even help with asthma!
5. Edamame: Relax if you can’t pronounce it – it’s really just a fancy way of saying green soybeans that have been boiled. These are a wonderful source of protein, iron, calcium, fiber and some amazing anti-oxidants!
6. Mozzarella and tomatoes: The naturally occurring salt in an ounce of buffalo mozzarella is normally enough to satisfy even the deepest salt cravings. Pair it with the sweetness of a few cherry tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a healthy salty-sweet snack that feels wonderfully decadent.
7. Prosciutto: I wouldn’t recommend this one if you are pregnant or have a sensitive stomach. This ham is salt-cured and served uncooked. A slice or two will whip that craving without a problem. It’s also wonderful wrapped around your favorite fruit or veggie!
8. Almonds: Consumers have new reasons to enjoy almonds as researchers have recently announced that nuts not only taste good, but they're also good for you. Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may lower cancer, help protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce heart attack risk and even cancer. About 20-25 almonds (approximately one ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk! Yum!
There is no real need to feel guilty, salt is healthy and necessary for our bodies to function properly. The key is self-control. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are enjoying too much salt, you can dehydrate our bodies. Make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz. of purified water - every day, to flush out and hydrate our systems and to keep your body working just the way it should.
Remember – small changes are what make a real difference in your life over time. Replacing a bag of potato chips with one of these healthier tasty options can be an easy step towards a healthier, leaner you!
There isn’t much that can top a red lip in terms of sex appeal, but it’s always such a pain to keep up with throughout the night. Long-wear lipstick gets too dry, gloss bleeds everywhere, and lipstick fades away – so what’s a girl to do? Follow these four simple steps and the perfect red pout can be yours!
1) In order to prevent bleeding and fading around the center of lips, apply a lip liner in a shade similar to your lipstick. We like Paula Dorf’s Lip Liner in Sultry. Make sure to fill in the entire lip, not just the perimeter.
2) Using a brush, such as the Eye/Lip Brush from Youngblood, carefully apply a base layer of lipstick. Chanel’s Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Gabrielle is a gorgeous classic red.
3) Very gently apply a layer of a translucent powder. This works really well if you lightly place a tissue over your lips and then tap the powder on, creating a sheet of protection.
4) For the final step, apply another coat of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Gabrielle using the Eye/Lip Brush from Youngblood.
By filling the entire lip in with liner, the first layer of lipstick has something to hold onto, the powder seals it in, and you’re left with the perfect red pout that lasts all night!