Does Wearing Makeup Make Your Skin Age Faster?!

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If you are into skincare and makeup, you’ve probably heard the old wives tale that wearing lots of makeup can make your skin age faster – but is there any truth to that?

It turns out that as long as you’re applying and removing makeup properly, you can minimize the risk of it hurting your skin. Here are the top things to watch out for to help keep skin looking youthful even if you wear makeup daily.

Application Matters

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How you apply your makeup will make a huge difference it how it interacts with your skin and affects aging. First of all, you need to start by protecting your skin with a hydrating moisturizer that allows the skin to keep its hydration even when drying makeup is applied on top.

Always start your makeup routine by applying a cream like our Repair & Release Cream which keeps skin moisturized and also delivers anti-aging ingredients to your skin before makeup hits your pores. It will protect your skin and provide extra benefits all at the same time.

Be Gentle!

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What is it about applying your makeup that makes us want to tug at our skin in every direction? From blending foundation and concealer to getting the perfect smokey eye, it seems that we pull at our skin all the time without realizing how much damage it is causing.

When you pull at the skin, you stretch it out expecting it to bounce back and that’s not what happens when we get older. Because you have less collagen and elastin that you did before 30, the skin lacks elasticity. The more gentle you are applying your makeup the less of a chance you’ll see wrinkles, line and sagging in the future. The most sensitive skin on your face is your eyes so make sure you never pull at that delicate skin as it will leave you with crows feet and wrinkles that can only be fixed by an eye serum.

Removal Is Vital

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What will make the biggest difference in how makeup affects your skin? Turns out, how you take it off is what dermatologists say is the most important. Sleeping with makeup on won’t just make skin age faster but can cause infections, breakouts, and sensitivities to your skin.

To remove makeup, you need more than just soap. Experts agree that an oil cleanser like our Lavender Oil Cleanser can remove dirt, pollution, and even waterproof makeup better than any traditional cleanser. Oil cleansers dig deeper into pores to remove any traces of dirt and oil and will deliver nutrients to your skin as it cleanses.

The Biggest Fall Nail Trends That Anyone Can Pull Off!

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The first week of October is here and that means ditching your bright summer nail shades for something a little more fall appropriate. Thankfully this year, there are so many different nail trends that it will be easy to find something chic that you feel beautiful in.

Here are just a few of the top trending colors you should test out on your manicure this fall!

Dark Teal

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This cool blue hue will work wonderfully with most of your wardrobe and is great if you’re looking for something that will stand out around the office without attracting too much attention. This shade will pair well with your fall neutrals like beige or brown and as well with your black, white and colored clothes!

Light Blue

fall nails 2019, nail colors, fall nail colors, baby blue nails, baby blue nails for fallIf you’re still craving summer nails, this trending hue for fall may just tick every box for you! This soft baby blue is popping up on runways and fashion magazines everywhere as one of the hottest colors for fall! It’s soft, bright, and will match with virtually anything!

What we love most about this trending blue for fall is that its the perfect shade if you live in a place with warm weather, or you’re just not ready to ditch your sandals for boots and get into fall mode. Squeezing those last moments of summer might be hard, but this stunning nail color will have you looking bring and sunny right into the holidays!

Soft Red

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This will also be an amazing shade for you if you like matching your nails to your lip color. This red will match with more earth tone red shades of lipstick and will be the perfect complement to your makeup routine. Best of all, this color looks great on nails of all length and will look more elegant on longer nails than your classic cherry red!

What are your fall favorites when it comes to nail color? Share it with us in the comments below!

Dirty Makeup Brushes Are Doing Serious Harm To Your Skin!

Not cleaning your makeup brushes is considered one of the biggest sins in skincare. Not only does the cleanliness of your makeup brush affect the way your makeup is being applied to your face, but it also has some serious impact on the way your skin looks and feels.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure you’re cleaning your brushes at least once a month. If it’s a brush you use to apply liquid makeup then we suggest at least twice a month as those products can carry more dirt and bacteria than powders. What happens if you don’t wash your brushes often enough? You can expect some unwanted side effects like:

Clogged Pores

clogged pores, not washing makeup brushes, makeup brushesEvery time you apply a product to your brush, there is buildup. Over time, that buildup can result in some serious bacteria and germs that will live on your brush and that will clog your pores when applying the makeup to your face.

Clogged pores can lead to breakouts and as long as your brushes aren’t clean, you’re simply just spreading those germs back and forth between your face, your makeup, and your brush.


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If your brushes aren’t being cleaned properly and often enough, chances are, they’re going to contribute to some serious pimples and impurities. Even if your skin is “clean,” your brushes are still collecting oil, dust, dead skin, and the fallout from greasy hair products you spray around your mirror that is sure to cause breakouts.


wrinkles, makeup brushes, cleaning make up brushesJust like us, skin can become stressed out. When you’re using dirty makeup brushes packed with bacteria and dirt and touching them to your face, your skin is getting put under tons of stress and the way it deals with that is to wrinkle.

The effects of stressed out skin are often a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Those are the two components your skin produces to fight wrinkles, sagging and aging.

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!



These Three Makeup Hacks Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

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They say the eyes are the window into the soul and they’re often the first feature someone notices about you. While eyes are a delicate area of skin and can often age quite quickly, they also have the opportunity to take years off your age and highlight one of the most naturally beautiful parts of your face! With a few simple makeup hacks, you can compliment your anti-aging eye routine with a few tricks to keep your eyes looking rested and young even when they aren’t.

White Eyeliner

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White eyeliner can brighten your eyes, make you look more rested and even make your eyes appear bigger. Apply the liner to the corner of your eye area and follow along under the lower waterline of your eye. The results are instant and you can still wear your beloved dark eyeliner on the top of your eyes.

Use A Concealer

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You’ll want to choose a concealer that is heavy with pink or yellow undertones will actually help cover dark circles and brighten the color of the whole under eye area. You only need a small amount but make sure you blend it well with a small beauty blender or just your ring or middle finger. Be sure to stay away from heavy coverage as it can backfire and make your concealer look cakey and dull.

Strategically Highlight

Highlighters are having a moment right now with the current trend of fresh, dewy skin but they can actually do wonders to improve the look of your eyes.

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksKnowing where to apply your highlighter is especially important when it comes to accentuating the eyes. Make sure to only apply it in 3 strategic places, your cheekbone, in the corners of your eyes and along the brow line. Avoid using it elsewhere to draw attention away from your eye area. Always start with a smaller amount so you don’t end up looking shiny (it’s easier to add more than to remove some). The highlighter will catch the light and provide a shimmer to brighten up your entire eye area!

Have any amazing makeup tips for brightening the eye area? Leave your favorites in the comments below!


This Is Why Cleansing Wipes Are Not A Friend To Your Skin Care Routine

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love self care and those who find it to be a chore. Self care is not just about what you eat or put on your skin, it’s about taking a moment in your hectic day to focus on yourself for one instead of your boss, your kids or your chores. You are worth the few minutes you spend in front of the mirror each day and don’t ever forget it!

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Do Cosmetic Products Ever Expire? The Answer May Surprise You!

When we head to the grocery store we generally check a best before date on everything we buy. It makes sense for what you eat but it also makes sense for what you put on your skin and your face.

The reality is that all cosmetics have a best before date even if it’s not plastered along the side of the bottle like you’d expect. That’s why we did the research for you to help make sure you know exactly how long your products can last you and maybe even help clean off some space in your bathroom vanity.

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