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Best makeup remover for natural beauty lovers
Natural beauty products are just as effectiveas their conventional counterparts—can get off more makeup than most people wear in a lifetime. Think: Broadway makeup, but it does it with incredible ease, and leaves your skin soft and supple. Echinacea GreenEnvy helps even tone, papaya extract is a natural exfoliator, and moringa tree extract is super purifying.
Best makeup remover for waterproof mascara fans
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water hit the market years in advance of the current micellar water craze. It's formulated with mineral rich Japanese hot spring water and soothing herbs to hydrate and balance skin. And when put on a cotton pad, it effectively removes every last shred of makeup—including waterproof mascara—no need to wash off." Make sure to avoid the mascara mistakes that make lashes look clumpy.
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Best makeup remover for banning foggy vision
I Count Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil among my must-haves. I've been using this for years and truly couldn't live without it. Camellia and rice bran oils and green tea extract work together to cleanse and soothe the skin. It gets rid of absolutely everything—even the most stubborn makeup! So many cleansing oils can make your eyes foggy—this one won't. It's magic!
Best makeup remover for contact lens wearers
I'm a contact lens wearer and Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes effectively remove any trace of makeup in the most gentle way possible. Plus, the natural soy extract helps improve and even skin tone over time.
Best makeup remover for sensitive skin
When clients come to the set covered in makeup I grab a bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O. This no-rinse formula is light, refreshing, and works fast to cleanse and remove makeup—including water-resistant stuff—from the face and eyes. Plus, it doesn't sting and is non-irritating, even on really sensitive skin. (If your complexion is prone to irritation and inflammation, read up on the 11 rules for people with sensitive skin.) So, what's the science behind this formula? Its fatty acid esters, the constituent elements of micelles, are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes and naturally help rebuild the skin's hydrolipidic film. Simply put: It washes away dirt, grime, and makeup without stripping skin of its natural oils. Is your cleanser drying out your skin? Find out the common face washing mistakes you might not even realize you're making.
Best makeup remover for extra moisturizing
Every dermatologist on the planet will tell you that removing makeup before bed is must! In the evening,I reach for Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. Because this is a cleansing balm, it really melts into the skin and does an excellent job of removing all makeup—especially waterproof mascara and liner—without being heavy or leaving any residue. The essential oils draw out impurities, while cocoa butter nourishes skin. More than a liquid cleanser, it moisturizes and replenishes my complexion after a long day, making it perfect to use before bed.
Best makeup remover for tight budgets
Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser is hands down my favorite on a budget. Ingredients such mineral oil and ceresin makes it an effective makeup remover and moisturizer. Not only is it affordable, but a little goes a long way, so it lasts forever. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the ingredient that continues to divide the cosmetics industry: Mineral oil. There are basically two opposing schools of thought. In my opinion, it has acquired an undeserved bad rap. Contrary to popular belief, it does not clog pores, as it's molecularly too large to penetrate the skin. Most dermatologists recommend steering clear of mineral oil if you have acne or rosacea.
Best makeup remover for on-the-go
This Works In Transit No Traces. Designed for women who are always on-the-go, and formulated with rose water and sunflower seed oil, these cleansing pads remove makeup in one swipe, while simultaneously soothing and moisturizing skin.
Best makeup remover for older skin
I love Lancôme BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. It takes off any formula—longwear, waterproof or otherwise—so effortlessly, which is important since you never want to rub harshly, especially with more mature skin. To use: Shake bottle, apply to cotton pad, leave on for a few seconds and wipe off. This emollient formula is great for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, which is another reason why I like to recommend it. PS. Lancôme recently launched a travel size—perfect for weekend getaways.
Best makeup remover for combatting pollution
REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm. When activated with water, this rose-infused formula turns into a rich milk that calms as it cleanses. Sweet almond oil, which tops its ingredient list, is one of my favorites for removing makeup because it's moisturizing yet light. Prebiotics and shea butter help fortify the skin's natural barrier against environmental pollutants, while the chamomile soothes even the most sensitive skin types.
Best makeup remover for your whole face
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm to cleanse and condition her skin. It melts in your hands, becoming an amazing makeup remover for your entire face (and eyes), and leaves behind a moisturizing serum to help fight aging and improve your skin's hydration level. And I love the tropical fruit scent!
Best makeup remover for people with rosacea
I Suggest Cetaphil Gentle Waterproof Makeup Remover, touting its soothing, skin-friendly benefits: This super gentle formula contains aloe vera, green tea, and ginseng, so it hydrates while removing makeup.
From the desk of Jhenelle Neon.
I’ll be completely upfront with you: I’m the type of person who will get under-eye circles and bags almost immediately if I’m not caught up on my Zzz’s. Whether I’ve had a late night out with girlfriends or have been burning the midnight oil for work deadlines, my eyes are always a dead giveaway for how much sleep I’ve been getting (or lack thereof, for that matter). I recently started noticing how tired my eyes were looking in photos, and wasn’t happy about it… So, I decided to do something about it. A beauty experiment, if you will! After all, they say your eyes are the windows to your soul, and no one wants such an important facial feature looking run down, fatigued and dull.
After a bit of research and a week of trying out five different tips and tricks, I’m pleased to say that my experiment worked and my under-eye bags had mostly vanished. I’ve been receiving compliments everywhere I go on how rested I look (probably because I am!), and those who know me best (like my mother) have told me I should just keep doing whatever I’m doing because it’s making my eyes look brighter. Pretty cool, right? Little did I know how much of a difference a few extra hours of sleep each night, upping my h20 intake, and a natural beauty remedy or two could make in my appearance. Here are the five easy things I did to get rid of my under-eye bags and dark circles…
What I Did…
1. Changed My Bedtime.
I know this sounds obvious and it’s because it is… But this first tip is the most important if you really want to change how well rested your eyes and skin look. Ready? Here it is: Get. More. Sleep. In retrospect, I now realize I was racing through life with an average of about six hours a night. Take a look at the “before” photo above to see the effect this had on my eyes and skin. I would busy myself each night with emails, events or unimportant to-dos around the house until about midnight when I would force myself to get in bed. And I would then wake up at 6am to make sure I got my workout in, and would stay extremely busy all day until midnight. Then the cycle would repeat. I was doing this to feel productive, and on the one hand it worked, but at the end of the day I ended up feeling more fatigued because I wasn’t prioritizing sleep. Nobody’s body can perform to its best ability if it’s run down all the time. So, I made a huge effort to be in bed between 8:30 and 9:30pm every night. You read that right—every night. I was fighting off a cold at first, so I found I really needed that extra sleep, but even after recovering, I continued to get in bed around 9:30.
At first I found myself feeling antsy being in bed so early, but by the third night of doing so, my circadian rhythm had changed. I found myself naturally waking up with the sunrise and getting tired after sunset. My bedtime became natural. I also had more stable energy throughout the day and didn’t feel like I needed caffeine to keep myself awake. Which brings me to my next point…
2. Replaced Coffee with Green Tea.
Ever heard of adrenal fatigue? I was basically a walking example of it. This condition is common in us millennials—it’s a state of lethargy and stress brought on by overexertion and overworking. And, as I’m sure you can imagine, caffeine consumption does not help here. So many of us rely and even depend on our morning cup of coffee to perk us up after a night of little sleep, when, in reality, getting the extra sleep is all we really need to feel energized. In order to stick with my goal of getting more shuteye each night, I vowed to swap out coffee for green tea during my experimental week. Green tea has a bit of natural caffeine, but it’s much lower than coffee and left me with a more stable, less buzzy energy boost after drinking it. This was a hard one for me to do, but I noticed that it helped tremendously with my goal of sticking to a bedtime and sleeping all the way through the night.
3. Upped My H20.
Not only was I sipping on green tea during my week, I was also chugging water. We’re talking 3 liters a day. (I’m a very active person, so this amount was right for me but it might not necessarily be right for you. Click here to find out how much water you should be drinking daily). I stole this little tip from Lauren herself: The way I “tricked” myself into drinking enough water each day was by making myself drink one liter before each meal. So, I would drink a liter of water before breakfast, a liter before lunch and a liter before dinner. Easy-peasy. By day three of doing this, not only were my under-eye circles way lighter, but my skin looked fabulous and my pores even looked a little smaller, too.
4. Cooled Off with Cucumber Slices.
This trick seems like an age-old cliché… The kind that brings to mind 1960s magazine photos of glamorous ladies lounging poolside with cucumber slices on their eyes. But let me tell you—it works. These tricks stick around for decades for a reason! Cold, freshly cut cucumber slices not only feel amazing on tired eyes at the end of the day, but they also act as a cold and hydrating compress, decreasing inflammation in the puffy or tired skin around eyes. During the seven days of my experiment, I put cold cucumber slices on my eyes every single night about an hour before crawling into bed. It only took 10 minutes of my day, and I found it to be such a lovely little self-care treat that I’ve been doing it ever since. I have been so happy with the effect it has had on me mentally and physically, that I’ve made it a regular staple in my nightly beauty routine.
5. Cut Out Refined Sugar.
Now, this one was more to help my skin overall, but it is worth mentioning. Cutting out refined sugar is something I did when I went on my two-week skin cleanse (read more about that here), and I loved the results I got from it. This little dietary tweak helps to decrease inflammation in the entire body including the skin, which happens to be our largest organ. In short, sugar basically makes our skin age faster because it promotes an environment where collagen (the stuff that makes our skin dewy and plump) is more likely to break down, our immune systems don’t perform as well, and we aren’t as capable of fighting off bacteria (NY Mag). Knowing all of this, I cut out candy, sweets, sugary drinks, even “healthy” sugary foods like granola and coffee sweeteners for a week. It’s incredible how quickly this seemingly small change can have on one’s skin. While my under-eye bags were lightening up by the day, my complexion started clearing up simultaneously too!
P.S. I also started using a new facial oil during my week that I have become completely obsessed with. It’s called Shea Terra Organics Rwandan Maracuja Facial Oil and you can buy it here. I highly recommend it as I believe it helped contribute to my clearer, brighter skin.
Why It Worked…
It’s pretty amazing to look at my before and after photo and see the magic that these tips worked on my under-eye circles, not to mention my overall skin. I was even surprised by it myself when I saw the two photos together! If you look closely, the muscles in my face even look a little more relaxed in the second photo, and the whites of my eyes are way whiter. I didn’t realize that I was walking around with semi-bloodshot eyes all the time, and now I know I can blame it on the aforementioned lack of sleep and adrenal fatigue I was subjecting myself to. Now that you see the results, let’s dive into why this worked so well…
The sleep part of my experiment was pretty self-explanatory, but it was still amazing to see how quickly it changed my appearance. Basically, when we don’t get sleep, our body “traps” fluids under our eyes because the muscles have been overused by being awake for too long without resting. It’s our body reacting in an anti-inflammatory way, but it results in puffy eyes. So, to put things simply, getting more sleep cures this! I know it’s obvious, but this factor was the most effective during the week of my experiment. And I’ve been so much more motivated to get more hours of sleep each night ever since. Hey, they don’t call it beauty rest for nothing.
Upping my intake of water (and green tea, which I replaced for coffee) was the second most effective factor in noticing these changes. When the body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention that can cause our under-eye areas to swell or get puffy (Top 10). Avoiding dehydrating caffeine drinks and drinking more water combats this under-eye puffiness, and I sure noticed it.
As for the cucumber slices, this water-rich veggie has enzymes and astringent properties that help reduce inflammation, tighten the skin, and hydrate—which is why this at-home mini spa treatment helps get rid of wrinkles and dark under-eye circles. I also truly believe that adding cucumber slices to my nightly beauty routine helped me to relax and unplug before bed, which therefore resulted in my getting a better night’s sleep (And therefore, brighter eyes! It’s a domino effect, you see…). As I mentioned above, I loved this part of my routine and have been doing it ever since.
Overall, my weeklong experiment was a huge success, and the main lesson I learned was how important sleep is for not only my appearance but also how well I function in my day-to-day life. This was a wakeup call of sorts… Pun intended. There were so many other positive ways getting more sleep affected me in my work and personal life after this week, but I’ll save those for my next Beauty Diary post…
Do you have any tried-and-true tips for getting rid of under-eye bags and circles?
If you do, please share them in the comments below. I’d love to read them and try them out myself.
From a healthy distance, makeup can be scary. Not like "Hey, babysitter alone in the house, don't go in the basement" scary. More like Apollo 13scary: Not actually a horror film, but something to avoid if you're wary of that whole outerspace thing. And Tom Hanks almost dies! It's terrifying. Anyway, I really hate movies about space.
Back to makeup—scary for some, like a fish to water for others. But that's why ITG is here, right? To make it easy for all so you can go on with your day. If, up until this very instant, putting together a bare bones makeup routine has eluded to you, stop worrying. It's not hard, and it's not going to take very long. You need maybe five products and no discernable technique to master this challenge. Read about it for the next few mintues, get your hands on some products, and literally never think about it again. Here goes:
Really easy foundation
If you don't already use foundation, now might not be the time to start. There are roughly a bajillion, really good products that will even out your skin tone without excessive blending, stipling, brushing, or anything like that. Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer gets a lot of lip service—and for good reason—but my money is on the L'Oréal Lumi Cushion. So easy, so buildable, so many shades. And very affordable. I'll be shilling for this product until the end of time.
Concealer with a wand
Chances are, this makeup bag we're building together is going to travel around from place to place with you as you live your life. One thing you're not going to want to do is stick your finger in a pot while you're out and about. Germs! Of course, you could solve that by using a brush. Or you could skip a step and go straight for something like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which has a lovely little doe foot applicator attached to the cap. The best way to apply is to smear a little from the doe foot onto the natural palette of your hand (that fleshy space on the back between your thumb and pointer finger) and then dab where needed with your fingers. Wash your hands first, of course. But you knew that.
A bronzer that's also a highlighter
Both bronzer and highlighter become less frivolous when you combine them. But nobody, nobody, does better than Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Bronze or Beige. The one downside is that it's a powder compact—so you'll need to add a brush. I'd suggest some sort of collapsible kabuki brush because it stays hygenic with its own little enclosure. Alternatively, take the brushless route and pick something like Glossier Haloscope in Topaz or Nars The Multiple in Napali Coast.
One color for cheeks and lips
This could be your typical RMS Lip2Cheek-type product, or just a lipstick that you like for both parts of your face. I've found that the Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipsticks are the best when mixed with a little lip balm. Mix it up and make it more of a stain for casual days, then transition into more of a true lipstick look if you're looking to make that statement. Or alternate every day for the hell of it. Or just pinch your cheeks and drink a glass of wine. It's 2017 and you have options.
Yes, I work at Glossier so there's obviously a little implicit bias here, but Boy Brow is the only thing I use on my brows, and the only thing I recommend to people who are trying to build out their makeup routine. After three years, I still don't know how to properly fill in my brows with pencil or shadow. So get you a product that does it for you—fills, fluffs, holds. Or pick something else entirely! But know that brows are non-negotiable.
As for liner and mascara (I almost never do liner; I almost always do mascara), that's up to you. Depends on the kind of day you're having and the kind of look you're going for, but I don't think they're as non-negotiable as the rest. I'll just say this: Lancôme has some pretty baller liners—of both the pencil and liquid persuasion—and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is the most versatile formula and brush I've ever come across. Do what you will with that information and let me know how it goes.
Congratulations Again to the new President of @diddy Combs Enterprises the GorgeousDia Simms ! Makeup by @jhenelleneon #neonfix #Repost @diasimms
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Being a Ballerific Woman isn't always an easy position to occupy. It's about expressing yourself whether you're loud or soft spoken. Now don't be fooled, this doesn't make you a feminist but a woman who refuses to fit the "mold" of being a female. It's about you as a woman finding your niche in even some of the most male dominant industries and staking your spot.
Let's take a look at ballerific woman, Dia Simms (Executive VP of Blue Flame Marketing/President of Sean Combs Enterprises). Corporate executive, entrepreneur, public speaker, mother are just a few of the titles that comes to mind when it comes to Dia Simms. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University, a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and is Level- II Certified by the Defense Acquisition University. Starting early in her career working for the Department of Defenseand then advertising sales and the pharmaceutical industry, Dia's path took a sudden turn when she was approached to work for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. She worked her way up the corporate ladder from personal assistant to executive vice president. Due to her relentless commitment to excel, Dia was promoted 4 times, eventually securing her current role. Currently she is the Executive Vice President for the Blue Flame Agency which includes brands such as Revolt TV, Aquahydrate, and Sean John. She also oversees the marketing and advertising strategies for Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka. With her ambition and ease to balance both her personal and professional life, it is no wonder Dia is praised by her employees and colleagues. In 2011, she was named a Leader of the New School by Essence Magazine. BA would like to recognize and congratulate Dia Simms for all her hard work and dedication to not only her job but also to youth and women
Last month, New York magazine's The Cutpublished an article titled "Instagram’s Teen Idol on What It’s Like to Be ‘Perfect,’" which catalogued the heavily documented (read: public) life of 19-year-old model Alexis Ren. Her social media feed, though followed by more than 7 million people, looks less like a fashion insider's and more like that of a lifestyle blogger. In the past few months, however, Ren has decided she's ready to change that.
"In the future, Alexis hopes to transition her bikini success into more high-fashion jobs," Allie Jones writes, adding that the model has some big-name ambitions. "I look up to Gigi Hadid," she said. "I love where she’s taken herself, I love what brands she’s working on. I respect her because I understand… I mean, girls like her open the doors for girls like me. So all I can do is thank her.” Gigi’s entrée into the fashion world was also nontraditional; she started racking up Instagram followers after appearing with her mother on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Now she and fellow reality star Kendall Jenner are two of the top models in the world. Alexis could be one TV appearance away from that mainstream success."
Sure, she may not have a dedicated Models.com page just yet, but what Ren does have is a growing list of industry commitments; she made the rounds at New York Fashion Week in September, sitting front row instead of walking, she's attended a slew of parties and events, and she's earned one major seal of approval from photography maestro Mario Testino himself. If you ask us, she's following the Hadid/Jenner route (minus the famous family) to success — and we're going to guess it's only a matter of time until we see her face in a L'Oreal campaign, or on the Victoria's Secret runway.
Since we're bound to start seeing Ren everywhere, we suggest getting to know the It Girl du jour. Click through for 10 reasons why she might just be the next big thing.