Many of us use one or more prescription medications on a daily basis. But the road to getting that prescription in hand is often long and arduous. First there’s the doctor’s visit, then dropping off the prescription at the pharmacy, and then waiting to pick it up. For non-vital prescriptions, extra visits to the pharmacy become an inconvenience. That’s why some people choose over-the-counter medications when they can, because there’s no waiting or calling in—all they have to do is just pick up and go.
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.
The latest beauty weather report shows a chance of light (very light) showers in your bathroom. For the sake of skin, hold the umbrellas. Beauty brands want you to wet your way to wonderful by spritzing, spraying, misting and watering your face. At the eye of this product storm is Smashbox’s Primer Water, a liquid update to Smashbox’s iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Lori Taylor Davis, global pro lead makeup artist at Smashbox, uses Primer Water as a sheer base upon which to apply makeup, a setting spray to keep makeup in place and a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day. “I don’t know how I lived without this primer. It’s a triple threat,” she exclaims.
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has finally introduced herself to the world. The first images of Jenner were taken by famed photographer Annie Leibowitz in Jenner’s Malibu home for the cover of Vanity Fair, and they’re nothing short of amazing. Social media has rallied behind Jenner’s brave actions, with the hashtag #CallMeCaitlyn gaining popularity within minutes of her debut. The Jenner and Kardashian families weighed in immediately, as expected. Dozens of other celebrities have greeted Jenner with praise, many taking to their Twitter accounts with words of support. Jenner herself joined in on the media frenzy with her new Twitter account – and to no one’s surprise she broke a Guinness World Record by reaching 1 million followers in 4 hours and 3 minutes. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one was worth a million.
You know those Instagram accounts that have perfectly filtered pictures of the sunrise and an inspirational quote about seizing the day? I’m always really jealous of those because a picture like that will likely never grace my feed. I’ve been trying to cross over to the land of bright eyed and bushy tailed morning people for years now, and I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’m blaming it on genetics because there’s really nothing I can do to change my love for a late night over an early morning. While I may never be a full blown morning person, I’ve picked up some pretty good tips over the years to make it look like I’m running on nothing less than the doctor recommended 8 hours of sleep. Advice on how to look your best after a long night is nothing new, and I’m not claiming to reinvent the wheel here but I do consider myself a bit of an expert in the field.
If you’re into beauty products at all I’m sure you’ve seen tons of lists naming the makeup artist staples, cult favorites, and Holy Grail must haves. With so many buzzed about products out there it’s hard to tell what’s really worth splurging for and what’s a drugstore bargain that actually measures up. Regardless of how amazing some products are, it can be hard to justify spending half your paycheck on makeup when things like rent and eating are also sort of important. While there are some products that are truly worth a splurge and being stuck eating Ramen for a week, I’ve found plenty of drugstore swaps that work just as well, or better, than their high-end doppelgangers.
Dr. R. Sonia Batra, a cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatologist in Santa Monica, CA, and frequent guest on the hit show, The Doctors, needs to stay up to date on all developments in the skin care business. Read what she has to say about a new skin care device, called JeNu, that she’s now using “every day.”
Most dermatologists and estheticians agree that a solid regimen—one you follow religiously, day in and day out—is the single most effective way to maintain the health and beauty of your complexion. But no matter what products you’re using—expensive and exclusive or from the drugstore—you could be getting a greater return on your investment than you do now.