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I was introduced to Laura Mercier make up in U.S.A seven years ago and fell in love with the primer and tinted moisturiser with SPF20.
Laura Mercier: Hydrating Foundation Primer
Consider the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer as your first line of defence. Designed for use under foundation or tinted moisturiser, the invisible layer creates an even surface for your makeup to go on smoothly. A buffer against external aggressors, the gel contains vitamins A, C and E that act as antioxidants to protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment. This primer is ideal for normal and combination skin types and will never clog your pores.
Creates a smooth, invisible layer that acts as a buffer between the skin and other makeup. Specialized for oily, sensitive and acne prone skin types.
Contains high water content to address surface dehydration around active blemishes. Oil controlling ingredients ensure long wear and flawless application.
Vitamins A, C and E act as antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment.
Laura Mercier creates a new multi-tasking foundation primer with SPF 30 protection. The lightweight, gel-crème texture creates the perfect canvas for makeup application with the added benefit of broad spectrum uvb/uva protection. This oil free formula forms an even, invisible layer that acts as a buffer to outside elements and expertly holds foundation, keeping makeup fresh and colour true for hours. Visibly skin smoothing, non-chalky and vitamin enriched.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a little miracle in a tube! It gives you an instantly brighter complexion, firming, toning and erasing any traces of dull, lifeless skin and fine lines.
Immediate radiance: it brightens the face, tightens features. Olive extract and Witch Hazel tighten while Bisabolol softens, Algae extract revitalises
An exceptional beauty booster which immediately eliminates all signs of fatigue: facial features appear rested and smooth. It promotes a radiant complexion and long lasting, incredibly luminous makeup. The ideal treatment before a busy day or an evening out.
How to Use
Morning or evening, after thorough cleansing and toning, apply (without massaging) a very thin layer over the face, neck and eye area. Apply makeup immediately, if desired. Beauty Flash Balm can also be used as a facial mask 2 or 3 times a week. Best used for that special night out and not daily!
Introducing the next revolution in nail lacquer. Imagine color that requires no touch ups all week. Fall in love with intense, gel-like shine that lasts until you take it off. The Infinite Shine system is available now at professional salons.“Infinite Shine was developed to meet consumer demand for a nail lacquer with a gel-like finish that also boasts the exceptional formula, on-trend colors and iconic names for which OPI is best known,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Infinite Shine shades are applied and removed like traditional lacquer, but they provide the high-shine and long-wear typically reserved for gel formulas, for shine that lasts until you take it off!”
Infinite Shine includes a full range of fashion-forward shades ranging from neutrals to bright reds, oranges and pinks to dark gray, blue and black hues. It is applied via a three-step system; first, apply Infinite Shine Primer (Step 1) to prevent staining and increase lacquer durability. Next, select one of 30 shades (Step 2) and paint two thin, even coats for richly-pigmented, vivid color. Finally, finish with Infinite Shine Gloss (Step 3), which features a state-of-the-art gel polymer formula that cures in natural light. Product can be removed easily with Expert Touch Nail Lacquer Remover; no soaking is required.
I am sure I must have been mermaid in another life as I simply love a nice long bath. There is nothing more relaxing before bed; make an event out of it: Pour yourself a glass of wine or a diet coke, turn some music on, light just enough candles so that you’ve got ample mood lighting but not a fire hazard…and before hopping in, all but empty one of those bargain bags of Epsom salts.
Moisturise: Epsom Salt + Coconut Oil
Along with an entire box of Epsom salts, add a cup of coconut oil. It melts in the bath, and then when you get out, it’s all over your body. No need to use a moisturer then
To Relax: Epsom Salt + Lavender Oil
For a more aromatherapeutic experience, add a couple of drops of lavender oil to your Epsom salt bath. Lavender not your thing? Sage is another good one. The combination detoxifies your body via Epsom salts and your mind with calming sleepy-time scents. It’s so relaxing and healthy.
To Detox: Epsom Salt + Baking Soda
Another favourite is the combination of Epsom salt and baking soda. I take a couple of baths a week where I use a whole box of Epsom salts and a packet of baking soda. It makes you sweat all of the toxins out and all of the bad stuff.
Blowdrying your hair. It’s one of those things you probably do (and do often), but not The Right Way, and you know it. If you’re anything like me, you’re more of a blast-it-indiscriminately-until-it’s-not-wet-anymore kind of gal…which, let’s face it, isn’t really cutting it.
So what is the proper way to blowdry your hair?
Here’s what you’re doing wrong:
Mistake1: Your Hair Is Too Wet
A lot of women start with sopping wet hair, your hair should be 60-to-65 percent dry before you even start to blowdry with a brush. This is less damaging to your hair if you pre-dry. Towel dry, then blow dry using only your hands for a bit, then use a brush—starting at the roots.
Mistake 2: You’re Not Giving Enough Lift
Did you read that? The roots! If you want some lift and volume (AKA the hair you have leaving the salon), use your hands to comb your roots up and blow-dry. (Since the diameter of a brush won’t allow you to get too close to the roots, this is an important step to give your hair some oomph)
Mistake 3: You’re Starting in the Wrong Place
Many women who use a brush end up wrapping the hair around it and blasting it with heat. Which is apparently not only a no, but it actually takes so much longer than doing it the right way. Put your round brush in at the roots, roll the brush down to the ends then take it back up to the roots, concentrating your blowdryer on that area and your hairline first. By the time your roots and your hair midway down is dry, your ends should be pretty close. Then start to roll the ends on the brush and finish drying.
Mistake 4: You’re Not Using Your Products Correctly
When it comes to applying product, we can be like kindergartners in finger-painting class. The idea is to use them sparingly, the right way, and in the right place. If you’re going for volume, you want to concentrate product at the roots—since putting the products on your ends will pull your hair down. (Ahem, noted.) And if you’re a hairspray fanatic? When women get the style they want, they think it’s time to hammer it with hairspray. First, you need to spray it from a distance which will allow for even distribution and keep it to a light spray—a close, heavy spray means that it actually builds up in one area, and your look will collapse.
Mistake 5: You’re Not Using the Right Brush
The bigger the brush, the smoother the hair. If you have a round brush that features metal in the middle, or a metal core, it can certainly provide a smoother look—but it also heats up like an iron, so remember to keep drying time to a minimum since it is more damaging. And if you have coarse hair or are prone to fly aways? It’s better to skip those altogether for a traditional boar or nylon bristle brush, as the ones with metal tend to not have as many bristles and therefore don’t provide as much tension for a smooth “pull.”
Mistake 6: You’re Not Letting Your Hair “Set”
Brush, dry, run? Stop! Letting your hair cool down on the brush before moving on to the next section will make your style longer lasting,It will actually set it. Translation? Unless you want to do this process again tomorrow, just chill and let your hair cool down on that brush. It’s that one thing that makes your post-salon hair so much better.
Mistake 7: You’re Not Using a Nozzle
That attachment that came with your blow dryer when you bought it—and that you conveniently tucked under your bathroom sink never to be seen again? Yeah, you need that sucker. If you don’t use it, it just sprays the hair with heat all over. It won’t be concentrated on the cuticle and you won’t get that smooth look.