Microdermabrasion has come a long way since its debut in dermatologists’ offices. What was once regarded as a high end treatment for celebrities and the wealthy is now extremely accessible – you can stop by your doctor’s office on your lunch break or do an at home treatment after work. Microdermabrasion continues to gain popularity as a non-invasive, quick way to improve the appearance of your skin. So how does such a simple procedure work so well? In layman’s terms, it sands away the dead skin cells that have accumulated and cause a dull complexion. When microdermabrasion is done at a professional’s office, a hand-held device streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin.
A little musical festival called Coachella kicked off last weekend, as anyone with a social media account knows. The desert town of Indio, CA quickly turned home to the largest population of girls donning crop tops and ankle boots at any given point in time. There were plenty of new takes on festival style this year and of course the perennial looks staking their claim as wardrobe staples (cut off jean shorts and floppy hats aren’t going anywhere it looks like). While some of these looks still reign supreme, it’s time for others to take a back seat and gracefully make way for the next wave of trends. With the help of social media it’s pretty apparent what was trending this year, so let’s break a few of them down:
When your friend says she’s going to the salon to get hair extensions or eyelash extensions, you probably don’t think much of it except for maybe a quick bout of jealousy that you’re not the one treating yourself. When she says she’s getting eyebrow extensions you might question her judgement a bit more. With the ongoing quest for eyebrows to be on ‘fleek’ (whatever that means) salons have started to up their brow capabilities. Tinting, threading, waxing, and tweezing are taking a backseat to eyebrow extensions – the latest craze in the beauty biz that’s on its way to mainstream America.
We here at BBTA aren’t usually inclined to wear makeup looks ripped straight off the runway. We don’t like to shock our bosses, boos and supermarket baggers too much. But, when glitter became a major beauty trend during the recent fashion weeks in New York and Paris, our sparkle-loving hearts went pitter-patter. Bling is an eyelid accent we can embrace as long as it’s not too extreme or too girly. Unless we end up face down in glitter, chances are we’ll avoid dousing our eyebrows with it à la the arch glitz at Giambattista Valli. With apologies to Emanuel Ungaro, we generally reserve glistening hot pink for our lips or cheeks. However, the chic gild makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath placed above the lashes at Tommy Hilfiger is a refined take on shimmer we’d be delighted to test drive. Part of an undone/done vibe the makeup was cultivating, McGrath said, “The play with gold palettes [a.k.a. glitter] over the eyelids (starting in the corner of the eye) persists with the idea of the woman who wants to embellish herself and dress up.” Although the inspiration was a free-spirited downtown girl, we think the illuminating flecks were quite adult. To help us conquer sparkle in a similarly elegant manner, we turned to Galit Strugano-Wigdor, founder of Girlactik, a beauty brand that started offering subtle shine in 2000 when going big with glitter was de rigueur, to fill us in on a five commandments to follow to keep our glimmer grown-up.
When beauty brands sense a trend is rising, they can really pounce. Two years ago, we might have thought sheet masks were parts of ghostly Halloween costumes. Today, we can’t browse a beauty store without crossing them. There are no fewer than 20 varieties at Sephora, Ulta and Glow Recipe, an online destination bursting with thin beauty gauzes from Korean brands. And more American brands everyday are riding the sheet mask tsunami that started abroad: Estee Lauder, Colbert MD and Peter Thomas Roth are among the latest to release versions of the skin care sheaths. Not that we’re protesting. We’re fans of the instantaneous tautness sheet masks deliver as well as their promises of long-term radiance. But the proliferation of sheet masks has left us confused about how to best distinguish between them and apply them appropriately. To unmask sheet masks, we sought guidance from the sheet mask intelligentsia in the form of Glow Recipe founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee. Here are four of their top sheet mask suggestions:
If you think selfies are just for social media posts, think again. Curology, a service offering customized acne and anti-aging prescriptions, uses your selfies to help you shoot even better selfies by evaluating your skin care problems based on them and issuing treatments designed to address those problems. Formerly called PocketDerm, Curology is at the forefront of telehealth, a wave of advancements in medical care that’s linking patients with doctors through computers, iPads and smartphones. Curology’s technology allows dermatologist David Lortscher, its cofounder and chief executive officer, to be a modern-day version of the old school family doctor, who made house calls and knew his or her patients personally. Lortscher cares for patients across the country without putting miles on his car. He took time out of his packed schedule of seeing them to talk to us about Curology and the benefits of virtual dermatology. While we had an acne expert on the phone, we seized upon the opportunity to lob a few questions at Lortscher about adult acne, and he gamely supplied informative answers.
Say what you want about the Kardashian/Jenner girls but there’s no denying they know how to create a media presence. They’re not bad at making money either; the family’s net worth is estimated at $101 million and as the reigning queens of reality TV and social media it’s safe to say they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Kylie is the latest family member to add to their rapidly expanding empire. Following in the entrepreneurial steps of her sisters, the youngest star of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” clan announced on her Instagram (to a cool 30 million followers) that she’s launching her own beauty website, aptly named KylieJenner.com. The 17-year old may not necessarily be qualified to dish out beauty advice considering her lack of professional training, but the girl has grown up surrounded by her “glam squad” – a crew of makeup and beauty experts that seem to know a thing or two about what they’re doing.
Now that we’ve kicked off June, it’s all sun and sand from here. It may not technically be summer for another 17 days but as far as I’m concerned it’s already here. Regardless of where you’re headed to soak up the sun, you can’t show up empty handed. Finding the perfect suit is always important, but a properly packed beach bag is key to making the most of your well-deserved time in the sun. Here are some of my personal necessities:
It’s beauty happy hour, and I’m whipping up a makeup cocktail. My tonic of choice is Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops. The Drops can be blended with moisturizers, oils, serums, foundations and more to transform the coverage brew into just the right shade for you. The first step in the recipe is pinning down that shade. The Drops are available in a whopping 24 shades. Cover FX has a handy five-question shade finder on its website to help weed through the shade thicket to determine the best option. The only question that stumped me asked whether my skin’s undertone is pink, neutral or golden. I guessed pink, and I think that is accurate because the shade I was recommended – P20 – fits my white as Casper pallor. The shade works across Cover FX’s repertoire of foundations, concealers, powders and primers.
Now that you’re able to enjoy the sunlight of spring after sitting fireside all winter while the polar vortex made its grand appearance, you’ve probably noticed your foundation isn’t such a great match anymore. With summer and even more time frolicking in the sun right around the corner, it’s officially time for a foundation update. The budget conscious will be happy to hear that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out and buy a new bottle of foundation to match your sun kissed glow. Makeup pro Bobbi Brown shares how to make your current routine work with your tan by adding some simple tweaks. Her advice is especially helpful to those of us that love a good self-tan, as we’re all too familiar with how quickly it can fade. Buying a new foundation every time that coat of St. Tropez (my personal favorite) starts to leave you just isn’t realistic. Byride has their own suggestion on how to avoid purchasing a stockpile of foundations: gel bronzer. So take some of these simple tips and keep soaking up the sunshine and self-tanners.