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From Sunscreens to Bronzing Oils: Summer Vacation Beauty Must-Haves

 

After the chilly winter and spring season, we can’t wait for the summer holiday season! Besides relaxing and enjoying the new environment on your holiday, there are a few beauty essentials that will make your holiday even more fun and refreshing. We collected our top beauty must-haves, which will definitely come in handy for any travel – from busy cities such as Barcelona and Lisbon to secret getaway destinations such as Crete.

Skincare Essentials:

Sunscreen

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We know, it’s not a particularly interesting item on the beauty list … but it’s definitely one of the most important ones. Sunscreen can not only protect you from the sun (and the horrible feeling of sunburns), they can also make your tan look more intense and natural.

Body Scrub

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Keep your skin energized, soft and smooth with a natural body scrub. If you wouldn’t like to splurge on it too much, you can make your own from sugar, rosemary, lemon and olive oil or coconut oil. While the sugar will exfoliate your body, the different oils will nourish your skin and keep it hydrated.

Bronzing Beauty Oil

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To add a bit of extra shimmer and glow to your skin and keep your tan looking beautiful, bring a small bottle of bronzing oil with you! It will look amazing for a night out, or a breakfast on the beach. If you are having troubles with getting a tan naturally, choose a tanning beauty oil to get that beautiful, bronzed look.

Toner Water

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A toner water (especially in a spray bottle) will help you in refreshing your skin and whole body during the hottest days. For an antibacterial and refreshing effect, choose a toner with tea tree oil extract and rose oil in it.

Makeup:

Water Based Hydrating Primer

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Because of the warm weather, say goodbye to heavy textures and balm primers that can clog your pores – a gel or water based, hydrating primer will get your skin ready while hydrating your face. If you are looking for a drugstore option, we recommend trying out the Nivea Hydrating Primer, which has a very light, gel formulation that absorbs into the skin in seconds, preparing it for foundation.

Light Coverage Foundation

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A tinted moisturizer would probably be the most skin-friendly option, but if you are having struggles with acne or redness, go for a light coverage liquid foundation or concealer. Try to leave any heavy cream or powder foundation at home (with the warm weather, heavy formulas will only crease on your skin and make it look more oily). To reach a flawless finish, gently tap the product to your spots and red areas and fix it with a face mist.

Tinted Lip Balm

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It’s the perfect time for coral, berry and pink lip balms! Summer is the season for glossy and creamy finishes, so instead of a regular matte finish lipstick, experiment with glosses and even glitter lip toppers!

Waterproof Mascara

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A curling and lengthening black mascara can bring the biggest change to no-makeup makeup looks, so don’t forget to pack your favourite mascara with you! Choose a waterproof version that will work well, even if you are going to a waterpark or have a long, hot day of discovering a new place.

Gel & Cream Blushes


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Sometimes powders don’t really work well during summer and hot weather, so instead of caking a powder blush to the cheeks of your apples, try out a gel or liquid blush and gently tap it into your skin. Find a shade that matches your lipstick, or to spare some space in your luggage, bring a 2 in 1 blush and lip tint (such as Bobbi Brown’s Rouge Pot), and don’t be afraid to try out something vivid, such as a deep pink or terracotta shade.

Hair Care:

Dry Shampoo

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A travel size bottle of dry shampoo will be your savior when you just don’t have time to wash your hair before a night out or dinner. We love dry shampoos because they have a light, refreshing texture to them that can spare you a quick hair wash.

Miscellaneous:

Teeth Whitening Pen

Taking a full teeth whitening kit on your journey might be a bit difficult (especially if you are travelling with smaller luggage), the perfect option to save yourself time and room in your luggage is a small teeth whitening pen if you want to keep your pearly white smile!

Cleansing Wipes

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A pack of universal skin cleansing wipes will be your best friend during travelling if you’d like to refresh your face or keep your hands sanitized.

All these essentials will ensure you are camera ready for the memories you’ll create this summer on your vacation.  If you’re looking for help to ensure your smile is camera ready look no further than the 10 benefits of teeth whitening (physical and psychological).  Now, enjoy your summer!

 

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Beauty Bootcamp For the Bridal Party

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We all know from experience that exercise doesn’t produce results overnight, that our faces rage red for days after a facial, that a dream haircut sometimes turns into a disaster that needs to be grown out and restyled, that fresh nail polish chips, and pimples surface the day of an important event which cannot be concealed by even the thickest coverup. But we’re all about positivity here. Instead of dwelling on the negative, we ask ourselves what bridesmaids-to-be can learn from horror stories of well-intentioned beauty procedures gone wrong. Here’s our answer. There is but one rule to always keep in mind: timing is everything, especially when plotting out your pre-wedding beauty bootcamp. A flawless wedding requires a lot of advance planning, not just for the bride but for members of the bridal party as well. So here we have a timeline of everything you should do to prepare for the wedding and exactly when you should do it.

6 Months Before the Wedding

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Start getting healthy. Begin a workout regimen, and by a workout regimen, we don’t mean just putting in 30 minutes on the elliptical a few times per week. Devise a plan that tightens and tones your lower half as well as your core and your upper body. This type of plan has you hitting the gym 3-4 days a week, working different muscles every day. Don’t fall for the oft-repeated mantra that since you’re working out you can eat like a pig: keep your diet the same or make a few healthy changes, if you so desire. And don’t forget to take your vitamins! They take time to work, which is why they’re often forgotten. But after a few months of daily vitamin intake, you’ll notice your hair, skin, and nails look better than ever.

3 Months Before the Big Day

Devise your hair and makeup plan. Before you make any irreversible decisions like chopping off your locks to get that super cute pixie cut you’ve always wanted to try out, start by consulting the bride. She may want the bridesmaids wearing similar hairstyles and makeup, so keep her vision in mind when deciding on your individual look.

Get your dress fitted, but schedule another fitting a few weeks before the big day. You don’t want to be that one bridesmaid whose dress won’t stay up because she skipped her fitting, and if you’re continuously working out, your dress will require some extra pins and tucks. Also, make sure you know what shoes and accessories you’re wearing: if you are planning on ordering these pieces online, order them sooner than later. We all know that despite all its convenience and glory, online orders can take forever to ship, you might receive the wrong size, or your package might get lost, so order in advance and have a plan to straighten out any problems that might arise.

Begin whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening isn’t a one-time kind of gig. It takes days or weeks to show results and requires weekly or monthly upkeep. You can whiten your teeth from home using a do-it-yourself LED whitening system or whitening strips. Follow the instructions that come with your product to get the full teeth whitening benefits.

6 Weeks before the Wedding Day

Schedule all your pre-wedding beauty appointments. You should fit in a facial no less than two weeks before the wedding, or you may have the dreaded red face scenario. Around this time, you should also schedule a trim to lop all the split ends off your hair, as well as a touchup to your color or highlights. Make a mani-pedi appointment as close to the day of the wedding as possible, but not on the day itself or your wet nails might ruin your lovely bridesmaid dress.

The Week of the Wedding

The week of the wedding is upkeep week. You’ll be busy with plenty of bridesmaid duties, so this isn’t a time to be traipsing off to the salon leaving the bride and the other bridesmaids to deal with the wedding arrangements all by themselves, unless you want to be swiftly removed from her friends list and disinvited to the ceremony. Instead, make sure you’re doing face masks at home, moisturizing daily, drinking plenty of water and not partying too much. Your workout schedule will probably be put on pause this week, so be especially careful about eating clean so as not to undo all your months of hard work. Your body will thank you the day of the wedding.

The Day of the Wedding

 

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As part of the bridesmaid squad it’s your job to ensure the bride has everything she needs on hand. Check your list of responsibilities to ensure you know exactly what, when and how everything needs to be done. Hopefully you will have had the required amount of beauty sleep the night before and will have your own dress, bag, makeup and accessories ready to go so you can get straight to those bridesmaid duties while looking effortlessly chic and beautiful yourself!

Meanwhile, if you're helping the bride plan the wedding pick up some great hints and tips with the bride's one year guide to planning a wedding!

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Guide to At Home Teeth Whitening

Want amazing, white teeth? You might think you need a celebrity dentist or tons of professional treatments to whiten your teeth. Guess what? You don’t even have to leave your home to whiten your teeth. Follow this quick guide for ways to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home and you will have a brilliant smile in no time!

Your diet has a lot to do with how white your teeth look

 

  • Acidic foods can be bad for teeth - that morning glass of orange juice might be delicious, however, the acid in it might wear away the enamel on your teeth which can dull them. Acidic foods of all kinds take away the protective coating on your teeth, which is naturally a shade of off-white or white depending on the person. The more acidic foods you eat and drink, the faster the enamel will wear away.
  • Dark drinks can leave behind stains – coffee and tea are great ways to get a bit of caffeine or relax and unwind. Sadly, they are not great ways to keep your teeth white. Dark drinks can leave behind some pretty bad stains on your teeth. Some teas are naturally lighter, like white tea which is harvested earlier in the growing season and dried before the leaves get the chance to oxidize. Drinking a lighter colored tea can help reduce the chance you will want to hide your smile. Otherwise, grab a straw or switch to water when you need something to quench your thirst. Otherwise, you’ll risk discoloring your teeth.
  • Heavily pigmented foods can discolor your teeth – some foods have the same staining properties as drinks. Have you ever checked out your smile after eating a piece of blueberry pie? Those blueberry stains are pretty prominent, right? They probably take a while for you to brush away as well. Even after they seem less noticeable, dark foods with lots of pigments can leave their mark. Eating these over time will create stains and discoloration that will dull your smile.

You can get some whitening help

Whitening your teeth at home is pretty easy these days. There are tons of whitening products out there that you can use to get the smile you want. Some whitening methods are even natural, giving you the option of using items you might already have at home to whiten your teeth. Here are some great whitening methods you can do in your own home:

  • Use whitening strips – peel these little strips off of their plastic backing and place them snugly over your teeth. The side that goes against your teeth has safe but powerful bleaching agents that will remove the stains sitting on top of your teeth. Once the time is up (each whitening strip package tells you how long to leave them on) just peel the strips off of your upper and lower teeth and throw them away.
  • Get a whitening kit – people love these kits because the whitening gel is placed in trays that fit over your teeth ensuring that the formula reaches all of your teeth. Some gel kits also come with a mini lamp that helps to activate the whitening ingredients in the formula. Once the time is up, take off the trays and follow the kit’s instructions for how long you need to wait until your next treatment.
  • Try coconut oil pulling – pulling is a fancy way of saying you move the oil around your mouth so that it coats your teeth. Since coconut oil is natural, you will not be using any bleaching agents to whiten your teeth. Move the oil across and around your teeth for a few minutes. Once you are done, spit the oil out. A lot of people use coconut oil to get healthier mouths and whiter teeth.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste – whiten your teeth while you brush! A lot of toothpaste brands are adding extra whitening power to their normal formulas. That way, customers can get a brighter smile while they get healthier teeth. You do not need to do anything special to get the benefits of whitening toothpaste. Just grab your toothbrush and put on the whitening toothpaste. Brush normally, and spit out the excess toothpaste. A lot of people use whitening toothpastes every day to make sure they have a stunning smile without needing to do any extra work.

It is so simple to get a whiter smile without needing to leave home. Once you start paying more attention to your diet and incorporating a whitening method into your routine, you should start to see results. Check with your dentist and get their advice on your home whitening routine. They will probably have a favorite method or advice to help boost the power of your pearly whites. No matter which method you choose, these are the top 10 benefits of having whiter teeth.  No more excuses, whitening your teeth is as easy as 1,2,3!

 

 

 

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Oral Hygiene Tips to Keep Your Teeth Whiter

Getting that whiter smile isn’t as difficult as you might think. There are so many whitening options and dental care tricks you can use to make sure your teeth are stunningly white. Some of the options are a bit more time intensive, while others you can do during your normal everyday routine. The option you choose will probably have a lot to do with how stained your teeth actually are at this point. If they are only a little bit dull, they won’t need an intense whitener. However, if your teeth are really yellow and stained, you could need a bit more whitening power to get them looking dazzling. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to some of the best ways to get and keep your teeth white.

Talk to Your Dentist

First, you should chat with your dentist about your concerns. They can help you figure out the source of your discolored teeth and also let you know if your teeth are in good shape for whitening. With teeth that are super stained (for instance if you smoke) your dentist might recommend professional whitening. This is typically done in just one visit to the dentist’s office. They’ll apply the bleaching formula that will get your teeth white, and will supervise your progress. This is also a great option if you are worried about getting even results, have sensitivity issues or underlying oral health problems, or if you worry about using teeth whitening products without a dentist’s supervision.

Try Something Natural

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Some people prefer to look for a more natural way to get their teeth a bit whiter. There are a few popular ways to do this, and some bloggers absolutely swear by them. One method is called coconut oil pulling. We all know coconut is a popular health food. From the water to the oil, health experts are always telling us just how great it is. You probably didn’t know that coconut oil is great for more than just cooking. It is widely used for its dental care benefits too, and has been for a long time. Pulling just means you are moving it around in your mouth, getting it around all the tight spaces and covering every surface of your teeth. You are going to want to do this for several minutes a day, some people recommend up to twenty minutes of coconut oil pulling. Then you should spit out the oil.

Another natural option that has gotten a lot of attention recently is brushing your teeth with activated charcoal. It’s not just normal charcoal, activated charcoal is oxidized. For this process you will need a separate toothbrush since it does darken your brush and your teeth. Brushing with activated charcoal is natural and many people love the white results they see from brushing with this dark powder.

Get an At-Home Whitener

The term “at-home whitener” can mean many things. Once again, this will depend on how badly your teeth are stained as well as how much you want to spend. You can spend just a few dollars to close to a hundred (or more) depending on the method. If you are looking for an inexpensive and simple way to get your teeth whiter, try a whitening toothpaste. Lots of big oral care brands are adding whitening to the list of benefits from brushing with their toothpastes. Instead of adding yet another step to your morning and nightly routine, get your teeth whiter doing something you need to do anyway – brushing your teeth! Some brands even make whitening mouthwashes too, giving you another inexpensive way to keep those teeth stunning.

If you want a bit more of a dramatic whitening result in less time, you should look into "at-home teeth whitening kits". These kits come with a powerful whitening gel that will help most users to see visible results in a short period of time. The gel is put into trays that are shaped to fit your teeth. You slide the tray snugly over your upper and lower teeth, and wait for the allotted amount of time.

Another popular tooth whitening option is whitening strips. These are little plastic strips that pack a whitening punch because they have a bleaching formula on one side. Simply place the formula coated side snugly around your teeth (you will get a strip that fits on your upper and lower teeth) and wait a bit. Once you have completed the treatment time, just take off the strips and throw them away.

Start Smiling!

Getting whiter teeth has never been simpler. You have tons of options to choose from, and you are sure to find one that is best for you, and your budget! No matter what you choose, you will likely be pleased to see a brighter smile that you love showing off to everyone. Whiter teeth and a more confident smile? Sign us up!

Whether you choose to whiten your teeth naturally at home, head to the dentist for a more supervised and faster treatment or whiten with strips or a kit in the comfort of your own home, it’s important to have great oral hygiene.  Read more on the Good Teeth Guide and How To Get Into a Positive Health Care Routine.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is the special occasion of the year when you can celebrate the wonderful woman who raised you, supported you and helped you get through the hardest days. To show how much your relationship with your mother means to you, we collected the most personal, unique gift ideas that will make both of you relax and enjoy the day!

Gift Her The Experience

There is probably nothing better than to take a day off and spend it with your loved one – and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to do that. Make her forget all her issues and stresses and surprise her with a special program that will make her feel loved and cherished.

Mother-Daughter Dinner

This has to be one of our favorite gift ideas that can be easily personalized. Every mother deserves a night off, and with a dinner and a bottle of wine, you will help her relax and enjoy the night while chatting through the evening. To make the experience more personal, take her to her favorite place or do your research and find a hidden little restaurant that she will adore.

Don’t forget to reserve a table well in advance and don’t rush things. Forget about time and spend the whole evening chatting with her. It will be a huge difference from the regular 20-30 minute phone calls, and she will definitely appreciate it.

Spa Day

Another mother-daughter favorite besides the traditional “dinner dates” are Spa Days, which are great if your mother is a fan of massages, face masks and pamper days. Taking her to a spa, where you two can enjoy a Jacuzzi, a body scrub and a facial will definitely be a memorable day for her, especially if she is going through a stressful time.

Museum Tour

If your mother is into fine art, literature and architecture, she will adore the idea of a personal museum tour around the city with a takeaway coffee or lunch in a chic cafe. This program will not only give her the opportunity to relax and visit all the new exhibitions she was missing out on, but will also let you connect on another level as you discuss the pieces and your responses to them.

The Gift of a Whiter Smile

Your mother would prefer to stay at home rather than going out? Surprise her with an at-home pamper day together with a teeth whitening session. With the best friends pearly white teeth whitening kit, you can both enjoy a home spa day while making sure each have a luxurious, stunning white smile, perfect for those mother-daughter photos.

Last Minute Trip

We all deserve a bit of luxury in our lives, and if your mother has been incredibly busy recently and has had no time to relax at all, a last minute surprise trip will be the perfect gift for her. You don’t have to book a super expensive hotel and plan a fancy getaway trip – it’s all about going out of town for a few days and relaxing, basically anywhere.

DIY Surprise

Inviting her over and cooking a brunch or dinner is a very traditional and personal Mother’s Day gift, which gives you the opportunity to talk during the day in a personal atmosphere. Being just the two of you at home will help you discuss everything and forget about the world for a second, which is the perfect Mother Day’s program.

If you can’t be with your mother in person…

Don’t stress too much about it! There are still some classic ways to splurge her on Mother’s Day.

If she is a collector of any specific makeup brand or clothing item, she would surely love another piece in her collection, but instead of just randomly choosing a bag or lipstick, search for the perfect one, such as a limited collection makeup set or an evening dress that she can wear for special occasion. Another great way to surprise her on Mother’s Day is to give her something personalized, such as a small, silver charm bracelet. The most important thing to you mom will be that you remember and appreciate all those little (and big) things she has done for you throughout your life.

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