Monday

How to give January the Cold Shoulder (without antidepressants)

Notice that you are feeling especially down in the dumps these days?  You aren’t alone – January can be one of the most depressing times of the year. 

The holidays are over, your New Years resolutions are fledgling, and did you know that according to the New York Post, during January there is a one-third increase in divorce filings?

So before you freak out on your bitchy barista who bungled your easy order, take some solace in the fact that January is a frigid bitch.

Go ahead and give January the cold shoulder by being proactive about your sense of internal satisfaction. Separate the facts from the feelings – you have an entire year to achieve your goals, you can seize opportunity at any time and you must prioritize yourself above others to establish a self-care precedent.

If you are looking for some immediate ways to blast away the winter blues, then check out our beauty booty picks to rejuvenate the skin while perking up your self-confidence.

Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser – Warm up your skin with an inner glow that radiates health and nourishment.  We can’t stop raving about this gentle cleanser that cleanses the skin without stripping it of moisture.  During this time of year, it is essential to keep exposed skin nourished, while concealed skin needs extra soothing and purifying (otherwise you’ll end up with pimples).  Solve both problems with this gentle, non-foaming cleansing milk.  It removes impurities while soothing and comforting sensitive skin.
Price: $25 at Clarisonic.com

Bright and Moisturizing Sun Bum Lip Balm with SPF 30 – Who says SPF can’t look cute? Just because its effin’ freezing, doesn’t mean you can ignore those harmful UVA and UVB rays.  Lips are one appendage that will certainly be exposed to the winter elements.  Keep them hydrated and protected with this lip balm that works in all temperatures (and doesn’t get too sticky under scarves).
Price: $4 at Trustthebum.com

Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Night Cream – A recent study reconfirmed the importance of sleep, well we are here to tout the benefits of night creams while you get those Zzzzs.  This nighttime moisturizer gives a boost of intense hydration - promoting softer, smoother and healthier skin.   It’s around the price of our daily juice from Liquiteria, but delivers juicy hydration the whole night through. I can literally turn down my humidifier and not wake up with parched cheeks.
Price: $13 at Yestocarrots.com

Lumene Complete Recovery Intensive Beauty Oil – Beauty oils are not that same oil that clog pores and cause acne.  We use beauty oil for all day hydration that doesn’t budge.  Lumene helps to rejuvenate skin and visibly reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, acne marks, moisture loss and other skin imperfections. 
Price: $30 Lumene.com 

For more info, email us at beautyexpert2006@gmail.com.






Wednesday

How to Celebrate 15 years of RALPH by Ralph Lauren

For those of us who went to high school in the 90s, your transformative years were marked by Backstreet Boys, 10 Things I Hate About You and of course, RALPH by Ralph Lauren.  We were so excited (and a little shocked), to learn this beloved fragrance was turning 15. 
 
To commemorate 15 years of inspiring women to dream big, this month the brand is introducing a deluxe, limited edition bottle that is crystal clear with a cool band of brilliant turquoise.

Some things never change, but when they are as delish as this scent – you don’t need them to.

RALPH by Ralph Lauren Fragrances
New year, new fragrance. For the woman who approaches life with confidence, style and complete optimism there is RALPH…and 2015 is your year to be that girl. Celebrating 15 years of inspiring women to dream big, the brand introduces RALPH in a deluxe, limited edition bottle that is brighter and grander than before. The colorful, floral fruity fragrance captures the innocence and personality of a young woman with notes of sparkling green apple, pink magnolia, and purple freesia.
Price: $82 for 150ml (a $115 value), at RalphLauren.com

Monday

Skin Saving Products to Give Winter the Cold Shoulder


When the beauty pages talk about freezing your face, they aren’t referring to unbearable eyeball numbing weather.  In fact, this polor vortex wreaks havoc on your skin, which is why it’s extra important to prep and prevent irritated, chapped, dry skin and hair.

We’ve scoured the shelves and pulled together a list of gentle cleansers that won’t strip your skin, hydration boosters that supercharge your moisturizer and protective emollients to shield your skin and hair, you’re ready to meet winter head-on.

Give winter the middle finger and don’t spend the rest of the season hibernating.

FOR GENTLE CLEANSING:

bliss fabulous makeup melt gel-to-oil cleanser
Don’t let your evening routine dry out your skin. When you massage this innovative gel cleanser into your skin, it transforms into a lightweight but powerful cleansing oil that leaves skin clean, soft and perfectly balanced, never dry or stripped, and easily removes all makeup. Formulated with our spa-velous blend of seven spa essential oils, which work synergistically to deep clean without drying.
Price: $28, Available at bliss spas, blissworld.com, Sephora and Sephora.com

Clarisonic Luxe Brush Heads
Perfect for gently cleansing irritable, winter-dry skin, the Clarisonic Luxe Brush Head Collection delivers uncompromised cleansing efficacy with enhanced hydration. Developed for face, eye, and body, the dynamic dual-layer design features a soft, massaging top layer over a firmer, efficacious lower layer. Filaments are almost double the length, creating a greater sweeping action with increased fluid forces, gently massaging skin to cleanse and simultaneously increase natural hydration levels.
Price: $30 each, Available at Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Clarisonic.com

TO SUPER-CHARGE HYDRATION:

Caudalie Premier Cru L’Elixir
This part serum-part oil amps up your moisturizing routine in the winter months; helping to greatly increase the efficacy and absorption of your favorite face creams. Formulated with cutting edge anti-aging ingredients – Stabilized Vine Resveratrol, Viniferine, and Grape-Seed Polyphenol, it includes five anti-aging oils that also have incredible hydrating properties. The lightweight texture immediately absorbs into the skin for a smoother, firmer, plumper, and more radiant complexion.
Price: $99, Available at Caudalie Boutiques, and on US.Caudalie.com and Sephora in February 2015

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil
This advanced facial oil is formulated to combine proven skin surface renewing ingredient, Lipo Hydroxy Acid, with the hydrating, nourishing power of light essential oils. As a result, wrinkles are visibly reduced, and in the cold season, skin feels smoother, softer, firmer, and more resilient.
Price: $24.99, Available at lorealparisusa.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting & Filling Treatment
In your palest, driest winter weather moments, this NEW dual-action serum comes to the rescue to hydrate and prime the face. Designed to lift sagging, aging skin and fill and plump fine lines and wrinkles, it’s infused with a rare, exclusive orchid extract to support healthy collagen and elastin production. Key ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, vitamin C and the brand’s Encapsulated Melon Extract hydrate the skin.
Price: $49.95 for regular shipment members and $72 for non-members, Available at MeaningfulBeauty.com

FOR EMOLLIENT PROTECTION:

By Terry Cellularose Baume D’Eau
When skin is hurting from the harsh cold, this fresh balm combines the hydrating properties of an intense skincare with the luscious softness of a hydra-quenching gel. Its original and delicately rose-scented "aqua-fluffy" texture moisturizes, revitalizes and energizes even the thirstiest, most asphyxiated skin, thanks to [MR+ S]* active ingredients that ensure continuous three-layer hydration.
Price: $99, Available at Beauty.com

JĀSÖN® Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil
The perfect, all-purpose moisturizer - rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, this melts-at-first-touch oil delivers unprecedented care to your skin and hair. It nourishes extremely dry, chapped skin, tames frizz and fly-aways, minimizes hair breakage and split ends and smooths chapped lips.
Price:  $10.99 (15oz), Available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and jason-personalcare.com/

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Anti-Aging Sleeping Mask
Cold air means dry skin. Get a necessary added layer of moisture and protection with this intensive overnight treatment, which helps to replenish moisture, soothe and calm skin, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Nourishing Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe help moisturize and repair the look of dry, damaged skin while Sepi-Calm™ S* helps reduce irritation for all skin types, especially very dry and sensitive skin.
Price: $68, Available at PeterThomasRoth.com

StriVectinLABS Extreme Cream
A deeply nourishing hydration cream formulated with patented NIA-114 technology and moisture seeking molecules, known for their ability to maintain water reserves and prevent dehydration. Energizing Oxygen Complex breathes new life into skin to activate cell renewal and stimulate collagen formation, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Price: $89, Available at StriVectin.com

FOR SOFT, HYDRATED HAIR:

Alterna Haircare Caviar Moisture: Replenishing Moisture Milk
Winter does not have to mean dry, static-ridden, knotty hair. A few spritzes of this ultra-hydrating spray will drench your locks in weightless moisture for maximum softness and shine. Clinically proven to absorb instantly and deep condition for 20x more hydration and a 90% improvement in detangling, its formula also adds elasticity to reduce breakage.
Price: $30, Available at AlternaHaircare.com, Sephora/Sephora.com, and Ulta/Ulta.com

DESSANGE Paris Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil
Give your hair the hydration it craves during winter with Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil. The reparative oil works to help trans­form hair suffering from thermal, chemical and environmental damage for a visibly softer, healthier look. Offering intense nourishment, the formula is in­fused with three key natural oils: Argan Oil, Camelia Oil and Pracaxi Oil, leaving hair smooth, bouncy and manageable.
Price: $11.99, Available at Target.com and Target stores nationwide

KÉRASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME SERUM SOLIDE
Combat winter’s harsh weather and restore dry, damaged hair. Enriched with 15 precious healing oils to restore split ends, revive highlights, control frizz and more, Serum Solide is the FIRST-EVER versatile oil serum in a solid form. Ideal for dry, damaged, thick or frizzy hair, use by warming a dime-size amount of the serum between fingers. The solid serum instantly melts and can be applied to targeted areas of hair.
Price: $45, Available at kerastase-usa.com and Kérastase Salons

L’Oréal Paris EverPure 8-in-1 Color Miracle Color Revitalizing Treatment
As winter continues to damage hair, this color-revitalizing treatment instantly delivers eight essential benefits for color-treated hair: protect color from fading, even out hair’s texture, boost radiance, shield against heat damage, quench dry hair, detangle instantly, control frizz & flyaways and silken hair from root to tip. Simply spray once or twice on wet hair and comb through prior to styling.
Price: $8.99, Available at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

FOR REPAIRING DAMAGE AND IRRITATION:

Alba Botanica® Very Emollient™ Coconut Rescue Body Lotion
This ultra-moisturizing lotion instantly delivers potent hydration with a unique blend of unrefined Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, and Shea Butter. This lotion uses only unrefined, virgin coconut oil that is cold pressed from fresh coconut meat. This process allows it to maintain more skin nourishing phytochemicals, vitamins and antioxidants that provide immediate relief to even the driest skin.
Price: $14.99 (32 oz), Available at Whole Foods Market, Target, natural food stores, grocery stores, and AlbaBotanica.com

bliss glamour gloves
Pamper parched paws with our mitt moisturizing glamour gloves. In 20 minutes flat, dehydrated dukes are transformed into something so soft and smooth you'll be absolutely smitten over your new mittens!
Price: $52, Available at bliss spas and blissworld.com

Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream
Hydrate your skin during the harsh winter months with Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream, equipped with eight potent ingredients to help skin rebound. These ingredients help support skin during its sleep cycle, when skin’s repair ability peaks, supporting natural skin cell regeneration. Murumuru Butter and Linoleic Acid work to prevent dehydration and maintain an optimum balance of moisturization leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and comfortable.
Price: $65, Available at Clinique counters nationwide and Clinique.com

Proactiv+ Redness Relief Serum
The cold wind can chafe your skin, leaving it red and irritated. Relax the skin with this cooling serum designed to instantly reduce acne-induced inflammation. Featuring calming botanical extracts that help relieve swelling and irritation and improve the overall appearance of the complexion, the formula glides directly onto the skin via a built-in stainless steel roller. Store in the refrigerator as needed.
Price: $44.95 for regular shipment members and $52 for non-members, Available at DiscoverProactiv.com

SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair
Perfect for skin sensitized by harsh environmental aggressors, this therapeutic treatment combines beta glucan and centella asiatica to provide a protective veil for traumatized skin while facilitating the processes necessary to accelerate restoration of the skin’s barrier. Epidermal Repair is clinically shown to greatly diminish redness and soothe irritated skin.
Price: $69, Available at SkinCeuticals.com
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