Beauty

How to Make the Most of Your Skincare Shopping Experience

Making the upgrade from drugstore skincare to high-end skincare can be an equally exciting and daunting experience if you’re not totally skincare savvy. While scanning reviews online is a good way to start, it shouldn’t be your lone guide to purchasing a new skincare regimen. Luckily, there are plenty of knowledgeable and helpful beauty advisors at Planet Beauty that can help you find products that will work best for your skin. If you’re thinking about investing in high-quality skincare, here are some helpful tips to make the most of your experience.

1. Address your needs: Before you even shop, think about what areas of concern you want to work on. Since so many skincare lines have customized lines, you can get overwhelmed quickly with the amount of choices you have. Jot down what concerns you the most about your skin and what areas you would like to improve. If there is a particular skincare line you’ve wanted to try, keep that in mind. If you’re curious about certain ingredients or if there is an ingredient you might be allergic to, write those down, as well.

2. Ask for samples: The ultimate goal of every beauty advisor is to help you find products you’re going to love using. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. One thing to keep in mind is that you won’t see results overnight from trying a sample, but you can at least get the feel of a product and test for allergic reactions if you have sensitive skin.

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Say Goodbye to Breakout-Causing Habits

Dealing with constant breakouts is never fun and can really put a damper on your daily mood. If you have naturally oily skin, the battle with breakouts can seem never-ending. If you’re always feeling like your skin can’t catch a break, you may be unknowingly practicing some breakout-causing habits. Before you panic over your next breakout, see if you’re guilty of these daily habits.

Rushing your nightly routine: After a long day, it’s so tempting to just hit the hay without taking your makeup off. However, it’s just not a good idea for anyone. Relying on solely makeup wipes or only cleansing once is a surefire to welcome bacteria on your skin. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should thoroughly cleanse and hydrate your face at night. Take your time cleansing your skin and if you have acne-prone skin, be gentle. Rubbing harshly can also cause irritation and spread bacteria.

Shop: Dermalogica Precleanse

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Keeping dirty makeup brushes: You would never grab dirt off the ground and pat your face with it, so don’t let your makeup brushes go unwashed. Cleaning them regularly will help keep your skin free from unnecessary bacteria that can cause breakouts.

Shop: 2x Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

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Smashbox's Newest Collection Has Arrived

Smashbox has launched new products that are going to elevate your cheek, lash and eye game. Just in time for spring and perfect for summer, you may need to free up some space in your makeup bag for this newest collection of must-haves.

This season, Smashbox has improved the way you apply mascara. The new Photo Finish Lash Primer is everything you need for perfectly volumized lashes. It not only primes and volumizes your lashes before mascara, but conditions them with each use to prevent unwanted smudging and flaking. A newly improved brush comes with two sides so you can separate and coat each lash.

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When it comes to mascara, one wand does not fit all. If you’re a mascara junkie, then you’re going to love the newest options from Smashbox. While Full Exposure might be your go-to mascara, you have to check out the new X-Rated and Indecent Exposure mascara wands. For unstoppable, buildable volume, you’ll want to try out the X-Rated Mascara. Tripod Fibers in the formula wrap around each individual lash for unfiltered, sexy volume. Just a few quick applications and you’ll get fuller lashes instantly.

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If you’re looking to lengthen and define your lashes, the Indecent Exposure mascara is exactly what you need. Wavelength Fibers in the formula grab on to your lashes to add length with each stroke of mascara. The brush is designed with micro bristles to define the inner and bottom lashes, as well.

Healthy Reminders for Skin Care Awareness Month

Part of what keeps our skin looking beautiful is protecting it against environmental dangers. This May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great reminder to take care of your skin from head to toe. It’s easy to remember to slather on the sunscreen as the summer months near, but getting that SPF into your beauty routine should be a year-round habit. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin healthy from harmful UV rays.

Wear SPF every day: Even if you don’t think you’ll be outdoors very long, make sure you’re wearing your sunscreen on a daily basis. It’s a good daily habit to practice and doing it every day will keep you from forgetting.

Limit overexposure to the sun: The strongest UV rays are present between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so it’s best to limit your time in the sun during those times.

Protect your ears, neck, hands and eyes: It’s easy to forget about these areas on your body when you’re applying sunscreen, but make sure to slather that sunscreen on your ears and the back of your neck. Choose sunglasses that offer UV protection as well, especially if you spend time outdoors. Look at sun hats that protect your ears and back of your neck.

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Photo courtesy of Colorscience via Facebook

Don’t forget about your lips: If you’ve ever been sunburned on your lips, then you’ll know how crucial this piece of advice is. Making sure your lip balm has an SPF will save you from sunburned, dry chapped lips.

We Can't Wait To Show You Our May Beauty Picks

Our chosen products for May are here and I guarantee both of them are never going to leave your makeup bag. Whether you’re a little more on the practical side when it comes to beauty or you’re looking for the next hottest product to try, you’ll love our featured products of the month.

When it comes to our sunscreen, we’re always being told to re-apply it for the best possible protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Since so many sunscreens come in lotion form, this isn’t really ideal for anyone who wears face makeup on a daily basis. Luckily, some beauty brands have caught on to this dilemma and have created sunscreen in a powder form, making it easier to re-apply. One of these brands is Colorscience and this month, we’re featuring their best-selling Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 50.  An In Style Beauty Winner, this chemical- free sunscreen contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, offering you broad spectrum protection. This lightweight powder sunscreen comes in a universal medium shade that flatters everyone.  Makeup wearers can simply use this over their foundation and touch up throughout the day as needed. Anyone who’s athletic will love how sheer this feels, leaving a matte finish that looks natural on the skin. Waterproof for up to 80 minutes, you’ll be good to go for over an hour when you’re outdoors. Packaged in a convenient, travel-friendly tube, you can easily carry one in your makeup bag and leave one in your car to brush over your hands when you’re driving.

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Spoil Mom With These Top-Rated Beauty Tools

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so if you’re strapped for gift ideas, we’re here to help! If your mom is always spoiling everyone in the family, why not take this day to spoil her? Sure, you could go the flowers and fruit baskets route, but why not go the extra mile this year and give her a gift she’ll be able to use year-round? If you want to make your mom feel extra special this year, check out some of the best beauty tools she’ll love.

T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers: These aren’t the hot rollers you might have used in the 80’s. These new and enhanced hot rollers were named a winner in Allure’s Best of Beauty and there are plenty of reasons for it. Made with T3’s powerful Tourmaline Technology, each roller is created with its own ceramic heater to give hair all-day volume, lift and shine. A velvet flocking gently grips hair and leaves behind beautiful shine.  This set of 8 large rollers comes in a luxurious compact case for easy traveling, too.

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Clarisonic Opal Sonic: If mom already owns a Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Brush, then take her beauty routine to the next level with the Opal Sonic, specifically designed for the delicate under eye area. The gentle applicator on the Opal device allows you to work the Anti-Aging Sea Serum under and around your eyes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using the opal daily will allow her other eye products to absorb better and give her satisfactory results.

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Master the No-Makeup Look With These Tips

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to perfect the no-makeup look. This isn’t always easy to do, as it requires the right product, a super light hand and plenty of blending. If you can’t imagine walking out the door makeup-free, but still want to look more on the natural side, then check out some tips for achieving a beautiful, no-makeup look.

Prepping your skin: I believe in being dedicated when it comes to your daily skincare routine, but this is particularly important during the spring and summer months. Since the weather is warmer and you tend to perspire a little more, the last thing you want to do is neglect your skin and get lazy with removing your makeup at the end of the night. Since no-makeup looks work best with sheer makeup, you want to make sure exfoliate and hydrate your skin on a regular basis. The better your skin looks, the less you’ll feel the need to cover up.

Use a BB cream or cocktail your products: BB creams are great for getting that no-makeup look, but if you have a foundation already on hand, simply cocktail a tiny bit with your daytime moisturizer. Doing this will give you lighter coverage with a natural, dewy finish.

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Lightly groom your brows:  If the majority of your time is spent grooming and shading in your brows, then you’ll love the no-makeup look. Simply brush your eyebrows upwards with an eyebrow gel and lightly shade or pencil in any sparse areas. Going light-handed with whatever brow product you choose is really important.

Six Beauty Tools That Will Change Your Makeup Game

With the ever-growing popularity of social media, the world of makeup artistry has seen a huge amount of interest blossom in the last couple of years.  Trends are being shared left and right, from different looks to artist techniques and even makeup tools. For someone just beginning to dive into the colorful world of makeup, finding the right tools can really make a difference in your level of confidence. We’ve narrowed down our favorite makeup tools that are not only easy to use, but will really improve your everyday makeup game. These fool-proof beauty tools are must-haves for anyone who loves makeup.

1. beauty.blender liner designer:  By now, you’ve hopefully discovered the beauty.blender original blender sponge. If not, you must own one immediately! The liner designer is the newest tool from this amazing brand and it’s going to change the way you approach the cat eye. If you’ve been struggling with getting that perfect winged eyeliner, then you need this wonderful little sponge. Made to softly contour along your skin, the unique guitar-pick shape allows you to draw a perfect wing on the first try. Three different edges (curvy, straight and short round) give you versatility to create a variety of looks.

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Got Curls? This is a Must-Read!

Anyone with curls knows the struggle of achieving a good hair day. Between battling frizz, managing dryness and maintaining healthy-looking shine, some days, it’s just easier to call it a day and toss it up in a bun. If your biggest daily challenge is controlling your curls, then check out some tried and true tips to get your best hair day yet.

Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely: Curls require a little extra love and attention, so make sure you look for shampoos and conditioners that will help bring out the best of your curls. Plenty of great brands now make specific shampoos and conditioners catered to curls, but there are also entire lines dedicated to curly-haired babes like Ouidad and Deva Curl Concepts. Since curly hair tends to be drier than other hair types, a solid moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can also do the trick.

Trim often and trim it dry: We curly-haired gals know how quickly our ends can look stringy and dry. Maintain healthy-looking ends by visiting your salon every 6 weeks for a trim. Since curly hair can be deceivingly long when it’s wet, make sure you’re asking for dry trims and cuts so that you don’t walk out of the salon looking like Little Orphan Annie.

Detangle wisely: Yes, curly hair can get quite tangled, therefore, you should always make sure you detangle as much of it as possible while you have conditioner in your hair. Invest in a wide tooth comb or use your fingers to run your conditioner through your hair. If your hair is particularly prone to tangling, make sure you don’t skip out on leave-in conditioner. Applying your leave-in before you come out of the shower will help keep your curls soft and manageable.

4 Nochella Beauty Party Ideas To Try This Weekend

If you’re feeling bummed about missing out on Coachella, then invite your friends over this weekend for a Nochella Pamper Party! Sure, watching live bands out in the desert is fun, but you can still stream some of the shows from the comfort of your couch while you party with your friends. This weekend, call your girls, drink some wine and indulge in some of our favorite pampering ideas!

Create a facial station: Set your table up with a few bowls, small towels, disposable spatulas or facial brushes and your favorite mask. Have a few handheld mirrors handy, too. Give your girls the treat of a multi-purpose mask like GLAMGLOW’S Youthmud. You’ll get all the benefits of a mask and the power of a little exfoliation, as well. If you’re looking for less mess and stress, you can also opt for sheet masks. Tony Moly has a wonderful variety of masks to choose from and they’re budget-friendly, too.

Put together a nail station: You’ll want a few small bowls, nail polish remover, Q-tips, cotton pads, cuticle oil, hand cream and of course, an assortment of nail polish to choose from. You can also make this a bring-your-own-polish party if your friends are particular about their shades. If you really want to shake things up, make it a nail art party and get a little artsy with your manicures. For some inspiration, visit Essie’s nail looks page.

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