My Maintenance: A top nutritionist’s (eco) beauty essentials

A three year odyssey backpacking around the world (the trip included several shamans, not to mention seven months of living out of her car in Africa) gave New York/L.A. – based nutritionist and yoga instructor Kimberly Snyder a fresh perspective on health and beauty. “These women would look so amazing – and everything they used was natural, and it changed my philosophy”. Here, Snyder’s personal all-natural must haves: Hair Smoother: SHAMPOO – “My all time favorite, 100 percent plant based [...]

How to clean your makeup brushes

1. Remove excess color from the brush with a tissue. 2. Run brush under water just long enough to dampen the hairs. 3. Place a small amount of gentle shampoo onto the palm of your hand and swirl the dampened brush in your palm for a few moments. 4. Place the brush under warm running water with brush hairs facing down. Gently squeeze the hairs until the water runs clear. 5. Squeeze the clean brush hairs to remove any excess [...]

Tools of Attraction

“Makeup brushes bring makeup to life,” says Ross Burton of Lancome.  Indeed, without the right brush to apply your blush, it’s just a square of pretty pink powder sitting in a compact. Not only do makeup brushes provide a professional and more natural-looking finish on your face, but they’ll also save you time and money in the long run. Brushes pick up and distribute product without absorbing it – hence making your makeup last a lot longer than if you [...]

Skin Smarts

Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with Biospheric Complex This light as air eye cream delivers major impact to the stressed-out eye area. Rice peptides help counteract the aging effects of stress, optical diffusers soften fine lines and circulation to lighten dark circles, and Icelandic kelp helps fight inflammation. [$45, skyniceland.com] Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream Your eyes are one of the first areas to show age. Keep them guessing yours with potent eye cream. It contains 0.125 percent Kinetin, the highest level [...]

Stressing Out

Stress is part of everyday life. From traffic jams and deadlines to breakups and problems at work, we all feel stressed out sometimes. Stress can manifest itself by giving us tense muscles, headaches, and anxiety, but you may not realize the toll it takes on complexion. Stress increases oil production on the skin, which is why we break out sometimes when we get stressed. It also impairs the lipid barrier function, so when you’re stressed, skin loses that healthy, youthful [...]