A Team Effort: How Skin Whitening Soap is an Integral Part of the Skin Brightening Process

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A Team Effort: How Skin Whitening Soap is an Integral Part of the Skin Brightening Process

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Teamwork: it’s a beautiful thing. Why employ the aid of just one individual when you can have a handful of collaborators in your corner?

The same applies to whitening products. On its own, a skin whitening soap can produce lovely results. But in tandem with other beautifiers, lightening agents can help you achieve a stunning, luminous complexion!

We know what you’re thinking: isn’t that more expensive? Sure, it definitely can be. However, investing in several products that work together can save you time, energy, and most importantly, discoloration! Today we’re going to talk about why it’s a good idea to invest in several products from a line. Plus, we have some recommendations for our personal favorites.

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Avoid Tricky Complications

You know how pharmaceutical commercials always recommend consulting a doctor before trying a new medicine? A lot of that has to do with avoiding problems that arise from mixing incompatible chemical agents. When you invest in multiple products from in a skincare line, you know the manufacturers have taken great care to ensure individual products work in harmony. It saves you a lot of time and guesswork, not to mention your skin.

A Team Effort: How Skin Whitening Soap is an Integral Part of the Skin Brightening Process

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It’s The “Accessory” You Keep for Life!

You don’t blink an eye at splurging on a designer bag, a must-have pair of pumps, or some other item you “can’t live without.” Sure, they’ll have you feeling supa fly, but if your statement pieces get enough use, they’ll wear out, leaving you with a depreciating investment.Then you’re back to the drawing board. Trends come and go, but your skin clings onto you forever! We tend to think great skin is a timeless asset.

Save Money in the Long Run

If skincare issue arises, you have one company to contact. If you’re using a lot of different brands’ brighteners, you might have to dish out a pretty penny to a dermatologist to diagnose the issue. Furthermore, preventative measures now help you avoid expensive treatments and doctors’ fees in the future.

Why Soap?

If you really want your brightening routine to be effective, you’re going to need a shower element. There’s no better time to exfoliate chemically and naturally than when your sudsing up and getting ready to face your day (or when you’re unwinding after a hard day’s work).

Key Ingredients

So what should you look for in your bathtime whitening element? Parse the label and focus on soaps containing rice germ oil, almond oil, tamarind extract, gingko, jojoba oil, and other natural radiance-boosting ingredients. They will help balance the brightening agents and improve skin’s quality and softness. Avoid lines that use lots of synthetic agents, and be sure to do your research.

Talk to a Consultant and/or Dermatologist

Many high-end lines have customer service representatives and skincare consultants that can answer lingering questions, suggest products based on skin type, and offer tips for what order you should apply your beauty regimen. Dermatologists can also recommend their favorite brands and give helpful advice based on your unique skin care needs.

So what do you think?

What’s your favorite beauty line? Discuss your favorites in the comments!

Top-Secret Skincare Hacks: Beauty and Make-Up Tricks and Tips

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Life hacks aren’t just for cooking dinner or fixing things around the house. They can also apply to your beauty regimen. We’re here to bring you some simple solutions that will have you saving time, money, and sanity… plus, they’ll make you look GORGEOUS!

Ready? Let’s get started.

Save Your Makeup Removing Wipes

You should definitely try to use a more powerful, liquid cleanser whenever possible. (Fun Fact: Many makeup artists swear by this “no wipes” ideology and attribute their glowing skin to their diligent makeup-removal routines.) We concur.  Makeup wipes don’t provide the same kind of clean. However, sometimes you’re either exhausted or in a pinch, and it’s good to have an easy alternative handy.

Real Simple has a great tip for Makeup Wipes: once you are done using one, flip the package over and store the pouch upside down. That way, all the liquid gets distributed from the bottom up, keeping them from drying out. Do this every time and you’ll never have to worry replacing a pack before its time.

Beauty Travel: Packing Your Makeup

If we had a dollar for every time our makeup exploded in our suitcases, we’d probably have five dollars. We were lamenting our travel woes one day when a friend told us her travel tip.  It’s marvelous and simple! Why hadn’t we thought of that? Before putting your liquids in your plastic bag, take clear plastic wrap and cover the bottle opening. Then twist the cap back on and store! Voila! No more spilling expensive product on your favorite sweater!

Apply Body Oil When You’re Still Wet

It sounds weird, but try applying jojoba, almond, or your favorite natural oil right after your shower. (Double Bonus Pro Tip: exfoliate in the shower and this ritual is even more effective.) It will seal in the moisture, leaving you supple and smooth. Experiment with different kinds of body oil to see which one suits your particular skincare needs.

Top-Secret Skincare Hacks: Beauty and Make-Up Tricks and Tips

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Never Ever Ever Go to Sleep With Your Makeup On! (But if you forget, here’s what to do…)

So you passed out wearing a full face of makeup and now you’ve woken to find clogged pores and a laundry list of skin misfortunes? The best thing to do is use a chemical exfoliate. Try a product with lactic acid! It will do the trick by encouraging your face to exfoliate and causing rapid cell regeneration. Not too bad, eh? (Next time, though, use wipes and revisit our first tip!)

Secret Uses of Eyeliner

Sometimes it’s a pain to haul your whole makeup kit around! Some of us carry small purses and can’t be bothered with all that bulk, okay? But what does one do in the event a beauty touch up is in order? Easy… use a liner!  Define your eyes with a brown-black, blendable pencil. Next, use your finger and smudge the pigment from your eyelashes into your crease and lid. It will give the look of a subtle eye shadow and make your peepers pop.  If you prefer liquid eyeliner, it can double as mascara! Swipe the liquid over your lashes for individual definition and gorgeous doe eyes! Effortless beauty!

Summer-Proof Your Foundation

Does the weather have your heavy-duty formula melting off your face? Mix equal parts foundation with an SPF-containing moisturizer for a seasonal update of your favorite brand. It gives you less coverage, but it’s also less likely to leave you looking like a gooey oil slick.

So that’s it for our tips! Hope they helped. We want to know… what are some of your sneaky beauty hacks? Leave your top-secret time-savers in the comments.

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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While everyone else is submitting their skin to sun damage this July, you’ll stand out by being light, bright, and health conscious. Seriously, can we all just agree that the fake, fried look has gone out of fashion? Protect and love the your skin. After all, it’s your biggest organ!

Let’s look at some of the products you should have in your purse (or bathroom cabinet) this season. Read, set… lighten!

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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I Scream You Scream… We All Scream for Sunscreen!

We can’t emphasize this enough. All the fancy lighteners, whiteners, and products in the world won’t be effective in the long term if you don’t start wearing sunscreen. Sure, some amazing products exist on the market that can reverse previous damage, but we want to do more than just heal old scarring and hyperpigmentation. We also want to be proactive consumers, you know?

So how do you find the perfect formula for your skin type? Honestly, there is no better way than trial and error. However, if you don’t feel like investing in several brands and making a personal assessment, seek out product reviews and advice from the palest member of your family. (They likely share at least a few of your genes and must be doing something right!) Many great brands like Cetaphil and CeraVa have hypoallergenic sunscreens for sensitive skin. Experiment with both physical and chemical blockers, and find your perfect sun-management match!

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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Hydration with Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil

Want to know a great way to seal in moisture after your shower? Apply coconut or Jojoba oil to still-wet legs, stomach, and arms.  It will keep Summertime Scaliness at bay! Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive. You can find organic oils at most health food supermarkets.

And if you have issues with dry hair, take a dab of oil and smooth it over your ends.

However, if your hair has become Summertime Straw, consider making a mask at home! Combine the meat of one avocado with an oil of your choice (Almond, Coconut, Jojoba, Sunflower Seed).  Whip it up in a bowl, slather it over your hair, and top it off with a shower cap. Once you’ve had the mask on for a substantial amount of time, wash it thoroughly in the sink or shower! The results can be pretty phenomenal.

Other great uses for oils?

Look at you, being super hydrated and flawless! Alright, there’s one last product we’d be remiss to forget!

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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Lip Balm (with… wait for it… SUNSCREEN!)

Have we become predictable? Oh well. At least you’ll look great. But seriously… don’t forget to shelter your lovely lips from the sun’s harmful rays! Your pretty pout needs protection, too! Keep some in your purse for multiple applications!

That’s not the only area that could use a specialized blocker! Beauty manufacturers have also started selling undereye sunscreen. You can dab it on and combat UVA and UVB-induced wrinkles!

Don’t forget to drink lots of water and stay in the shade whenever you can! If you’ve already been “bad” and picked recently soaked up too much pigmentation, check out a corrective gel and get your brightness back!

What are some of your Summer staples? Leave us your tips in the comments!

What goes into the Best Face Whitening-Cream Available?

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“Mirror, mirror on the wall! Who’s the fairest of them all?” Well ladies (and gents), there’s absolutely no reason why the ‘fairest of them all’ can’t be you! And trust us, you don’t need any poisonous apples or evil spells to achieve fast and flawless results. However, a shiny crown is encouraged! (Everyone looks great in a tiara!)

Today we’re talking about the best-kept secret in the kingdom: face-whitening cream. And one of the top systems on the market today is Skintrium’s Fair and Flawless Facial Collection.

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Enhanced Facial Lightening Cream

If you’re impatient like us and hate waiting months for a product to work, fear not! You’re in luck, fair maidens and brave sirs! We’ve found a cream that promises to produce results in the first week! Let’s take a peek at this “Prince Charming of Skin Care” and break down its all-star ingredients, shall we?

If you’re searching for a dream-come-true cream that uses only luxe ingredients, look no further than this Enhanced Facial Lightening Cream. It’s packed with tons of natural antioxidants and exfoliators. First on the list?…

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Black Caviar

It doesn’t get much fancier than that! Caviar has a high density of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. When applied all over the face, lipids in the delicacy retain moisture, firm the skin, and stop aging in its wicked tracks. Not too bad for a bunch of little fish eggs! Plus, rumor has it that Angelina Jolie is a big fan of the stuff. And. She. Is. Flawless. This cream will transform you into a prince or princess (or perhaps a gorgeous, evil Queen like Maleficent!)

White Truffle

This list is starting to resemble an hors d’oeuvres table at a fancy bistro, isn’t it?  White truffle makes us hungry for dessert! And it is a dessert… for your face! The delicate truffle is composed of water, potassium and magnesium, and it’s magic cocktail of beautifiers works to quench your skin’s thirst without leaving you oily. Banish dry skin once and for all!

Almond Seed Extract

The protein in almond extract firms as it seals in moisture. Almond Seed Extract’s antioxidants assist in rebuilding and repairing damage. Plus, it contains soothing properties that reduce inflammation. And as we all know, inflammation equals very bad news.

It Happens to All of Us

In Skintrium’s words: “We’re all born with smooth, even skin. But with age or hormonal changes due to sun, pregnancy, contraception or menopause, skin often takes on blotches and marks we’d rather not have. But you can turn the clock back.” Can we get a round of applause?!

Take Control,Your Highness!

It’s true, one minute you’re peering into a looking glass, admiring your glorious facade, and the next minute an army of evil hormones have reared their ugly heads. Suddenly, your face is unrecognizable. We know. We’ve been there. Luckily, skin care has advanced in the last few decades. You can regain control over your hormones and your life. After all, you are starring in your own story. Time to look the part!

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Why Invest in the Best?

Well, you deserve the best and more! In a perfect world, external elements and stress wouldn’t get in the way of your natural-born beauty. However, life isn’t always fairytale perfect. Sometimes, we need to find a miracle elixer and be diligent. But trust us, pampering your unique, stunning skin will give you the unshakeable confidence you need to be the best version of yourself. Now, go out there and slay some dragons!

 

Summer Skincare: Pale and Pretty is the New Tan and Sun Damaged

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Once upon a time, the Summer months meant slathering yourself in baby oil and baking in the sun. Sure, the effect was slimming and many sun worshippers achieved a “California Beach Vibe,” but it wasn’t without a price. Now, we know better. SPF, natural ingredients, and rocking your paleness has replaced all that unhealthy bronzing.

Think this…

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Instead of this…

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How bad is tanning, really?

Well, among the myriad negative consequences of tanning, you’ll find precancerous and cancerous skin lesions, benign tumors, fine and coarse wrinkles, freckles, unattractive pigmentation, sagging, and painful burns. Yikes! That sounds awful!

Don’t despair! There are ways to get a healthy glow that don’t involve basking in the sun. Consider a self-tanning body or face lotion. That way, you can still look sun kissed without all the harmful side effects.

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But I used to tan! Is it too late?

It’s never too late to start protecting your skin. Experiment with both physical and chemical sunscreens to find which variation is right for you. More important than finding the perfect sunscreen, however, is finding a formula you can wear everyday.

Do you already have some damage? Don’t worry. It’s possible to reverse and/or improve sun damage. Skintrium has great products that help lighten and brighten skin. They use all sorts of natural ingredients that nourish, exfoliate, and repair damage. Plus, it’s more affordable than the price of hospital bills and multiple trips to the dermatologist.

Where do I begin?

It depends on your personal skin care needs. If you suffer from spots and pigmentation, consider a pigmentation-reducing tonic. Such products restore skin to its original state, reduce spots, and prevent the future production of melanin. If your problem is suntan reduction, try a cream (or this one) and a prevention emulsion.

But how do I get my Vitamin D?

You can actually get your recommended Vitamin D from a vitamin supplement. Consult your doctor and/or dermatologist about your options, and find a plan that works for you!

What ingredients should I look for in skin care products?

It’s important to seek out a skin care regimen that includes lots of natural exfoliants, beneficial oils, and antioxidants. Look for ingredients such as avocado, almond oil, carrot, ginseng, aloe, and more! Don’t be afraid to ask for samples and air your questions or concerns about everything listed on the label. Remember, good skin is an investment. Make sure you research before you buy!

What are some other ways to prevent sun damage?

If you know you’ll be out all day, consider wearing a cute hat or a flowy, long-sleeve blouse. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on often forgotten places, like the top of your feet if you’re wearing sandals or the back of your neck. Above all, use common sense and make sun protection a part of your daily routine. Once it’s habit, it will feel second nature.  Now, go find a patch of shade, crack open a book, and rock out with your pale self.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen or sun-damage reversing product? We’d love to get your reader suggestions in the comments below!

Streamlined Morning Beauty: Products That Hold Up/ Won’t Hold You Up

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Okay, so it’s that time of year. You’ve finally pulled your skirts and sundresses from the back of your closet, and you’ve exfoliated and moisturized those scaly winter stems. However, there’s nothing more disheartening than applying your usual makeup routine, only to have it slide off the moment you step out into the elements.  Solution? Keep it basic! Here are three go-to products—a bold lip, summer blush, and a long-wearing sunscreen that will save you time and pull heavy duty in the sweltering heat.

A Bold Lip and Sun-Kissed Blush!

Nature-inspired hues are all the rage this season, and for good reason. (Hey, that rhymed!) A fresh take on the bold lip–a berry-colored pucker–is fun, funky, and more laid back than a classic red lipstick. Plus, it looks perfect paired with this season’s bright neons and dramatic jewel tones. Feeling more adventurous? Opt for a coral or orange pout and be on trend. Add a soft cream blush and you’ll look classic, pulled together, and fabulous! Let’s get to it!

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How to Find the Right Color

So how do you decide which summer lip suits you? Easy! Determine your personal color season! (“Wait, what do you mean my season? It’s Summer, silly!”) No, no, not the season of the year! We’re talking about what colors compliment your skin tone, hair, and eyes. Let’s break it down.

You’re a Winter if…

You have medium to dark brown or black hair with blue or ashy tints, your eyes are jewel toned, dark brown, or black, and your skin has cool undertones. Examples of celebrities with Winter coloring are Courtney Cox, Elizabeth Taylor, and Zoe Saldana. A blue-red lip, bright red, or mauve color will look great on you! And because your look is so striking, you can get away with more dramatic hues than other seasons! But go easy on the rose blush. When applied with a heavy hand, the dark pigment can look startling.

You’re a Summer if…

You have blue, green, or grey eyes, ash blonde or brown hair, and light pink undertones. Your celebrity Summer stunners include Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston, and Emily Deschanel. Look for a raspberry or deep burgundy lip and a berry blush! (If you’re a bit sunkissed, you can even use a bronzer as a blusher!)

You’re an Autumn if…

You have golden brown or blonde hair with red highlights.  You also have brown, green, or hazel eyes, and olive skin. Your autumn icons include Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, and Jennifer Lopez. Look for a lipstick that has hints of orange, salmon, coral, or fuchsia, and pair it with a peachy blush. (You can afford to go a little heavier than most, thanks to your pigmentation.) You’ll look like the summertime earth goddess you are!

Just Add Sunscreen!   

We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again. SPF! Seriously, sun damage ages you, causes skin cancer, and can result in unsightly spots and wrinkles. Try and find a sunscreen of SPF 30 or above, and reapply throughout the day. If you have pre-existing damage, consider a suntan removal cream. And don’t be afraid to add a glamorous, wide-brimmed summer hat.

What are some of your beat-the-heat products? Let us know in the comments below!

Rihanna: Five Looks From a Flawless Fashion Icon

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She wasn’t kidding when she crooned, “Shine bright like a diamond.” The pop singer made headlines Monday evening for the daring, crystal-studded dress she debuted at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Need your Rihanna fix? Here’s a look back at some of her famous frocks, complete with tips on recreating her provocative styles.   Screen shot 2014-06-06 at 12.45.44 PM.png

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In Adam Selman at the CFDA Fashion Awards

*Collective Gasps of Awe!* Rihanna bares all, and yet it’s sophisticated! The dress and the singer are a work of art, an homage to Josephine Baker, a shimmery vision in a sea of “Play it Safe.” Eat your heart out, Daisy Buchanon! Everyone else can go home!  

Get the Look

 Okay, let’s be real.  There is no way you can reach this level of gossamer perfection without a staff of crystal-wielding seamstresses. However, you CAN mimic Rihanna’s luminous skin with the help of a brightening elixir, highlighter, and shimmer powder. Oh, and costume jewelry… shiny things! Think ‘20’s flapper but with internet access.

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In Armani at the 2012 Grammy Awards

According to her stylist, this look was the second option for the awards show. (Can you imagine this being your backup dress? Insane!) In the end, Rihanna kept it chic and minimal, turning heads in slinky, black couture. She maintained the understated look by accessorizing with simple, gold jewelry and a matching clutch. The elegant lines and perfect draping ensure her physique is the real attention grabber.

Get the Look

As always, Rihanna’s skin is even, moisturized and radiant. To achieve a glowing complexion, make sure your skincare regimen contains powerful antioxidants and lots of exfoliation. Products that utilize lactic acid (an organic Alpha Hydroxy-Acid compound derived from milk sugars) will hydrate and rejuvenate skin naturally causing cells to turn over at a faster rate. And bonus! Our favorite sour-milk acid also promotes collagen growth in deep layers of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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In Azzedine Alaïa at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Rihanna stunned in a sheer, red gown that managed to be both romantic AND innovative, bold AND ethereal. Style chameleon? Sultry Starlet? Absolutely.

Get the Look

Ladies, this is why red lipstick was invented. Be sure to find a shade that compliments your skin tone and carry it in your clutch for touch ups. Rihanna picked a universally-flattering cherry that matches the dress and the carpet.  Paired with matte, hydrated skin and loose, romantic curls, her styling shouts, “I’m ready for my close up.” Don’t forget to flash a megawatt smile!

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In Olivier Rousteing at Paris Fashion Week 2014

Rihanna made a splash at this year’s Fashion Week with a parade of unique looks. (How can we pick just one?) But a definite favorite was this olive, military-inspired Olivier Rousteing number. With her structured bob, wrap skirt, oversized jacket, and gold-knuckled rings, the superstar truly achieved femme-fatale status.

Get the Look

This ensemble is a study of opposites and unexpected touches. The bold, lavender lip keeps the styling modern, while the sleek hair and cat eye evokes Old Hollywood.  Focus on either lips or eyes for a fresh interpretation. Think “couture” not “costume.” Reader Beware: Recreating Look May Result in Broken Hearts and Phone Numbers. Screen shot 2014-06-06 at 1.28.08 PM.png

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In Stella McCartney at the 2014 Met Gala

Is there a silhouette this lady CAN’T pull off? Rihanna reached Advanced Goddess Level in this striking Stella McCartney number. She personalized the look with edgy jewelry, an artfully disheveled updo, and confidence to spare. Someone chisel this into marble, please!

Get the Look

Bedroom eyes, a pale lip, and luminous skin create an effortlessly feminine affair. Start with a solid base by thoroughly cleansing with a product that contains natural brighteners and moisturizing properties (think honey, almond oil, and jojoba seed oil). Follow with a tinted moisturizer, concealer, and powder. Finally, smudge kohl liner around your waterline and blend blend blend! The smudgier, the better! If you’re feeling extra adventurous, add a couple coats of black mascara, earthy eyeshadow and a soft pink lip. Voilà! Gorgeous! Now you’re ready to write an album and walk the red carpet… or at the very least, turn heads running errands!                 What’s your favorite Rihanna look? Sound off in the comments!

CFDA Awards: Fashion Honors Itself

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Rihanna made headlines earlier this month, shocking fans and reporters alike with her see-through David Selman ensemble. But she wasn’t the only highlight at the CFDA Awards!

Film director and screenwriter John Waters hosted the night’s festivities. In his opening, he mused, “As all fashion sophisticates know, every night is Halloween.” Some of the stars’ sartorial choices certainly supported the sentiment.

Swarovski Crystal funded the lavish bash. Their June 2nd event— thrown in Alice Tully Hall at The Lincoln Center—marked the luxury brand’s 13th consecutive year hosting the awards ceremony.

And the Winners Are…

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The Womenswear Designer Award was presented by Lupita Nyong’o and went to Joseph Altuzarra.  Always one to turn heads, Lupita stepped out in a bold and youthful two-piece shorts ensemble. She chose to wear Suno for the event, explaining the designer supported her before this year’s Oscar success. Her skin looked flawless, and she paired the design with fun, cobalt eye shadow and understated hair. Rock on, lady!

 

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Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow won Menswear Designer of the Year for Public School. James Marsden presented them with their award. Keri Russell was also in attendance to give Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (for The Row) the award for Accessories Designer of the Year. Both wearing black wrap dresses by the label. the fashion duo looked classic and sophisticated.

Rihanna took home the Fashion Icon Award. Anna Wintour presented the singer with the achievement saying, “I’m here tonight to talk about how Rihanna communicates through fashion because that, of course, is what style icons do…thepoint is to be audacious, even jaw-dropping, or button-pushing — and, yes, she likes to push buttons.”

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Blake Lively channeled the Swinging Sixties in a mini Michael Kors dress, complete with period-appropriate hair and jewelry. The actress got creative, fashioning a simple pink ribbon into a headband. She told reporters, “Whenever I pick an outfit, I always pick the whole look, because that helps me know which outfit I want.”

Coco Rocho looked like a retro Vogue cover in a breathtaking black and white gown. The Canadian model showed off a gorgeous design, complete with jaunty hat by Christian Siriano.

 

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Emmy Rossum posed wearing an olive, J. Mendel design with pleat detailing and simple black pumps. The star polished the look with a messy updo, fresh makeup, and minimal jewelry. Rossum seems to have an uncanny knack for pulling off difficult designs and offbeat colors. Tricky fabrics and unusual lines never overshadow her stunning complexion and striking features.

Overall, it was a colorful and emotional ceremony with many winners expressing tearful gratitude at the support of their peers. What was your favorite CFDA look? And what styles should be left on the rack? Leave your two-cents (or more) in the comments below!

A Summer Skin Treatment for Those Looking to Lighten Their Skin

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It’s summer! Time to bust out your sandals and scour the bookstores for your next beach read. You’ve been cooped up indoors long enough! Get some fresh air, dangit!

Of course, the sweltering heat means you’re ready to peel off your winter layers and expose some of that lovely skin! But just a minute, darlings! Before you head out to catch some R&R, there are a few Summer tips you need to keep in mind.

Sit back, relax, and grab an adorable, umbrella cocktail. Here are your summer commandments of sunshine and skincare.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen!

I know it’s tempting. You are so starved for Vitamin D, you’re inclined to skip the sun protection and plop yourself down on the nearest folding chair. Watch out! It’s a trap! Those UVA and UVB rays and free radicals will reverse all the skincare progress you’ve made. No burns means no summertime sadness!

“Alright,” you might be saying. “What sunscreen should I use? There are so many choices! I’m overwhelmed!” Take a deep breath, goddess divine! We’re about to take a journey into the wonderful world of sun protection.

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Chemical v. Mineral

Physical or “mineral” sunscreens work by deflecting the sun’s rays. It’s sort of like wearing a mineral shield on your face. Chemical sunscreens absorb and diffuse the sun’s rays. Which one is better? Decision, decisions.

Generally, physical sunscreens are suitable for all skin types. This is because chemical solutions often contain irritating filters that can cause allergic reactions. However, some studies have shown that physical varieties can be more difficult to apply and aren’t as effective at protecting against UVA rays.

If you’re lazy, we’d be inclined to recommend a chemical sunscreen. You’re more likely to wear it in the first place and it’s more time effective. Some tinted moisturizers and foundations even include an SPF. If you have super sensitive skin, give a mineral sunscreen a chance.  Really, it’s up to you to find a formula that suits your skin type and sunscreen needs. The higher the SPF, the better. But keep in mind, some experts suggest that anything over SPF 60 is just marketing! If it’s already too late, and you’ve got a burn or tan that won’t quit, consider a Sun Damage Reducing Cream.

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Exfoliate and Celebrate

Your legs have been confined to pants, jeans, and tights all winter. They might be a little shy about reemerging after their hibernation. Be sure to exfoliate before you slip on that sundress or don those short shorts! Look for products that contain lactic acid, Vitamin A, salicylic acid, and exfoliating extracts. You want to slough off the dead skin and show the world what it’s been missing all these months.

If you aren’t inclined to exfoliate chemically, consider using a damp washcloth or loofah in the shower. Then, right after you get out and are still wet, apply a few drops of an organic body oil. Voila! Fresh skin and maximum hydration.

So there you have it!

Exfoliate, use sunscreen, and drink plenty of water! What are your Summer plans? Are you headed anywhere exotic? Are you mixing a mojito or drinking a tall iced tea as we speak? Tell us how you plan to beat the heat while looking fabulous!

A Different Kind of Skin Treatment: Skin Brightening in 2014

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Oh yes, we’re not back in the Elizabethan era anymore, so no more white powder on your faces, ladies. In 2014, brightening is skin deep. And that’s a good thing.

 

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Finding the right skin treatment to brighten your face requires some reading. But with all the creams, serums, gels and lotions, what do you choose? How do you know what’s good and what’s blah? And, most importantly, how do you know what’s really really bad and should never get close to your face?

The answer is fit for 2014 — you research the heck out of it.

Before high-speed internet, there was no big skin whitening community online. Sure, you had tons of people bleaching all across the globe, but there wasn’t to much information you could use to make sense of it all. No Whitening Quarterly, no online magazines and not too many forums.

You’re basically learning about whitening in the best moment there is. And, to make everything even better, we’ll just fast-forward you to what you need to know.

Nothing Beats Natural

 

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Hydroquinone is a thing of the past. Whitening is done naturally and efficiently in 2014 and the future looks even better.

As with everything beauty-related, whitening was off to a shaky start. Synthetic agents were used and, don’t get us wrong, they worked just fine. But they weren’t good for the skin, on the long run. They caused a lot of problems, including a form of hyperpigmentation (ironic, huh?) and, finally, got banned in many countries.

Sounds good, huh?

Well, the good part is the research never stopped. Alternative options were investigated and this is how better, cleaner options came to be.

2014 is the year when we make a statement — we don’t need artificial when nature already has the answer. And that answer is Kojic Acid, Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Cucumber, Citrus Extract, Carrot or Avocado Oil and Rice Extract.

The Voice Coming from the Lab

 

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Ok, naysayers, let’s hear it. Our detractors will probably say that all of these ingredients are less efficient in whitening than their synthetic buddies.

To that our answer is: but not together. Because that’s the trick. Finding a way to make all of these natural extracts interact.

Take Aloe Vera, for once. It lightens the skin gently, sure, but it’s also amazing for the skin in general. Cucumber, the same. Citrus Extract, the same.

Which means you’re getting more out of naturally whitening your skin than running for a quick fix. Remember: most people focus on the face when whitening. And that’s the last place on your body you want premature aging, uneven discoloration or dryness. That’s the reason the natural way is so popular!

A Few Ideas

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Now that celebrities are opening up about their skin whitening regimen, you should too, girl.

Oh, you don’t have one? Don’t know where to start?

That’s ok. You’ve got to start somewhere. So why not start with a simple skin whitening soap? Yeah, soap. There is such a thing and it’s good for the whole body. Don’t put it on your face, though. We’re saying it because we really care about your face. We’re super careful about the face. And we’ll talk about it later on.

The name’s Skin Soho Soya White Cleansing Solid, but that’s just a fancy name for skin whitening soap. What’s in it: Tamarind extract, a natural exfoliator, rice germ oil that hydrates and protects, Mushroom Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Licorice Extract and Sepiwhite MSH helps to Lighten. You know what else? A bunch of cool enzymes which target the bacteria that cause odor. So it’s definitely “all-body” (wink-wink!).

Now that you’re out of the shower and super dry, all you need to do is harness the powers of the almost too luscious for words Skin Soho Body Lightening Souffle, a body lightener that’s everything we ever wished for. It evens out your skin tone, while moisturizing your thirsty skin.

What’s in it, you ask? Well, you can check for yourself. We’ll just give you the highlights: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Mulberry Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and more.

The Face of Skin Whitening

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We weren’t kidding when we said the face is super important.

With all the controversy around whitening, don’t you think that every woman who brightens her skin should be the face of whitening? That’s what we really think and that’s why you need to be extra careful about what goes on your face.

Always go for a cream that works for you. Mature skin? Try a complex which whitens, while also addressing those wrinkles. Sensitive skin? Find that gentle whitening foam and stick with it. Lucky owner of great skin? Go for efficiency.

Esthetic Blend Skin Whiten Gelato has a place in our hearts for being this amazing whitener as well as moisturizer. It’s the premium cream you want to bring home.

The Bottom Line

 

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Ok, let’s recap. What’s 2014 all about?

First, it’s natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals, right? Then, it’s mixing all those natural ingredients into one super-duper efficient cream/soap bar or lotion.

And finally, it’s being open and true about your beauty regimen. In the end, that’s all there is to it. Some people tan, others bleach their hair. So many of us pluck our eyebrows and get plastic surgery.

Yeah, we sometimes whiten our skin too. It’s 2014 and we’re doing it better than a few years ago. Cool, huh?