Hello Summer!

New bikini? Check! Stylish sunglasses? Check! Glowing skin and beach-ready hair? Well, not really.

Whether you’re about to head on a beach vacation or just hanging around the park or a pool nearby, check out these summer beauty essentials to make the most of this summer season.

NATURAL GLOW & EVEN SKIN

Now that the weather is heating up, we pull out those skirts and dresses we’ve been waiting all winter to wear. What if your skin is not quite ready for the summer season?  There are a few steps for a better beauty regimen to prep your skin for summer in no time. As everyone longs for extra smooth skin, start prepping your skin by using a body scrub to remove dead skin cells and to get rid of any ingrown hairs on legs and the bikini area. Now your skin is ready for some hair removal. It’s up to you whether you prefer a classic shave or if you’d rather go for long-lasting waxing or sugaring. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin afterwards, especially when it tends to be irritated and dry after the hair removal.

Totally natural with its luscious scent, coconut oil acts as a great skin (and hair!) moisturizer. Just massage into the skin while still damp and enjoy the Caribbean smell all around you. A tinted moisturizer – with SPF – will give you full coverage without feeling heavy like a foundation. Before hitting the beach, don’t forget to apply a large amount of sunscreen – your skin and hair will definitely appreciate it. If your skin begins to feel tight or appears red after spending the day outside, soothe it with a rich body cream that contains ingredients such as argan oil, vitamins E and A, and menthol derivate (which has a cooling effect and is great at preventing skin damage. Adding a lip balm with SPF will complete your sun care regimen.

BEACH HAIR

You don’t have to hit the beach to get sexy beach waves! Just spritz a sea salt spray onto damp hair and scrunch a bit. Applying a smoothing hair serum tames frizzy hair while protecting it from the burning sun. When temperatures rise, wearing braids or a top knot is the easiest and best way to keep hair out of the face while looking gorgeous all day long. When heading to the beach bar in the evening, just open the braid(s) to get some loose mermaid waves. After spending the day at the pool or beach, repair your mane with a nourishing and hydrating hair mask. You can also leave it on overnight for maximum benefits.

NAILS & EYES

Summer is officially sandal and flip-flop season so don’t be afraid to show off your toes! Make sure to keep your fee and hands looking flawless with regular manicures and pedicures. You don’t have to go to a salon – many brands offer complete manicure-pedicure kits that will do the job pretty well.

Stand out at the next pool party by wearing a striking eyeliner. Make sure the eyeliner is waterproof so you won’t have to worry about getting splashed If you’re going for a more natural look, a neutral eye shadow palette that comes with the perfect mix of barely-visible shadows will look beautiful with your summer glow.

Rebel In Rising

The film is a poetic, emotional response to the new American administration, told through a beauty-centric lens. The film’s fashion highlights Summer 2017 collections by Gucci, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rubin Singer, Julia Clancey, Naeem Khan and more. #RESIST

Director: Braden Summers
Starring: Francesca Eastwood
Production by ZEDAfilms
Original Story: Braden Summers
Creative Director & Producer: Filiz Rezvan
Associate Producer: Roman Prudkin
Director of Photography: Joseph Seif
Casting for Francesca Eastwood: Stephen Kamifuji
1st AC: Rory Brennen
Grip, Tech & Lighting: Mike Bryne & Adrian Hallauer
Drone: ZedaFilms
Prop Stylist: Audrey Taylor
Prop Raft: Roman Prudkin
Stylist: Natalie Saidi – Celestine Agency
Stylist Assistant: Hidalgo Fermina
Hair and Makeup for Francesca Eastwood: Sherrie Long (Gucci Cosmetics & Redken hair products)

OPI: New Orleans Collection

From the filigreed iron of its balconies to the jazz and jambalaya that permeate its air, New Orleans personifies grace, gumption and joie de vivre. The city’s indomitable spirit is the inspiration for OPI’s New Orleans collection.

New Orleans Collection by OPI features 12 gorgeous new nail lacquers and matching GelColors that take nails and toes from beignets at Café du Monde all the way to nightcaps on Bourbon Street in style.

Sweet, spicy, soulful and vibrant, the palette is perfect for a town where parades pop up everywhere, and dancing in the streets is de rigueur. Every day is Mardi Gras with shades like “I Manicure for Beads” and “I’m Sooo Swamped.” It’s always fair (albeit steamy) weather, with “Humidi-tea” or “Let Me Bayou a Drink.” Other hues – “Got Myself into a Jam-balaya,” “Rich Girls & Po-Boys” and “Crawfishin’ for a Compliment” – pay homage to the Big Easy’s world-famous cuisine.

“The colors of New Orleans are more vibrant than ever, and we celebrate them wholeheartedly with our New Orleans collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “New Orleans is a place to recharge and revel. One where the atmosphere is delightfully diverse, where the food is epic and where music feeds the soul. We have bottled up a little of that special NOLA culture, all while supporting the city’s remarkable renaissance.”

New Orleans Collection by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:

Let Me Bayou a Drink
This refreshing blush pink is my treat.
Humidi-Tea
Beat the heat in this nude shimmer.Suzi Nails New Orleans
This light, bright pink hits the spot for chic.I Manicure for Beads
Throw me nothing but this luscious purple crème!

Spare Me a French Quarter?
Say oui-oui to this mellowed raspberry crème.

She’s a Bad Muffuletta!
Don’t mess with this hot red crème!

Got Myself into a Jam-balaya
A yummy mélange of spice and creamy peach.

Crawfishin’ for a Compliment
This light, creamy orange is perfect on me, isn’t it?

Take a Right on Bourbon
An intoxicatingly, warm metallic pewter.

I’m Sooo Swamped!
This verdant, creamy green is drenched in style.

Rich Girls & Po-Boys
Make a date with this china blue crème.

Show Us Your Tips!
Let’s see how this periwinkle shimmer looks on you.

New Orleans Collection by OPI is available in both nail lacquer and GelColor. Nail lacquers retail for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN).  GelColor is an in-salon, professional service only.

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New Year to a New You

Revive and Brighten Tired Skin

Hello New Year! With the grey, dark months coming to pass, the time of idleness is beginning to unwind. Whereas everyone loved spending the winter days at their cozy homes with some hot punch and pastries, now the upcoming sunbeams are tempting us to go outside again. But what if someone seems to have sewed some of last year’s summer clothes tighter? Besides, it is not only the clothes that we get more than one bargained for; our complexion, too, needs a refresher! We have some tips to offer on how to get the nourished, smooth skin and the sexy silhouette back.

Peach, please!
Oranges are an indispensable part of the entire cold weather season. When it comes to our skin, however, we rather want it to be soft and even as a peach. To make the skin spring-ready, a relaxing salt bath is ideal to get the beauty routine started: It revitalizes and calms the skin and helps reducing wateriness by encouraging the skin’s metabolism. After taking a bath, anti-cellulite creams, lifting body lotions and firming gels can be applied to take full effect. Massaging the skin with special brushes additionally promotes the effect, encouraging blood circulation, helping wick away excess tissue water and reduce fat tissue.

Pure and glowing skin
Without a thorough cleansing routine, the agents in skin care products cannot properly absorb into the skin; hence, they stay on the skin’s surface, together with makeup residues, dirt particles and dander that leads to clogged pores. To prevent that from happening, it’s important to make sure that a proper cleansing is given so that the active ingredients can regenerate the skin overnight. The skin should not be reddened or feel tight. For the morning routine, it is sufficient to cleanse the face with a cotton pad that is soaked with some facial tonic. Harsh weather conditions and dry heater air make it hard for our skin to maintain its moisture level during the winter. To keep the skin glowing, make sure to have moisturizing facial care and a nourishing body lotion or butter at home.

Peel away the winter gray!
As excess dander makes the skin look old and the cold wind of the past months has stressed the skin, too, our new motto for spring reads: “Peel away the winter gray!” Peelings for the face and body can easily rub off the dead skin. The best time for a peeling is after taking a shower or a bath since the skin is still soft. The product can be applied in a circular movement and afterwards removed with lukewarm water. Modern electrical cleansing brushes combine multiple cleansing steps: They massage, remove dander and promote skin regeneration.

Last but not least: Don’t forget the feet! In order to get the happy feet back, excess callus can be removed gently with a foot file. Pamper the feet with some moisturizing foot care, making skin smooth and soft again.

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