When pimples and blackheads made high school miserable, how many times did you hear:
- “Stop worrying … you’ll grow out of it”
- “Stop worrying … only teenagers get pimples and blackheads”
- “Stop worrying … wait a few years and your skin will be beautiful again. You’ll see.”
So here you are, a few years (or more) later and you’re still worrying about acne!
For years, I bought food at Whole Foods and beauty products at Sephora, Target and CVS. I simply pushed my cart past the supermarket’s personal care aisles on the way to pick up milk and eggs. They were filled with brands I didn’t know (no CoverGirl, Pantene or Maybelline in the bunch) and products I didn’t think were effective. Then, like any dutiful beauty editor with a stash of goodies to sift through, I started testing items that happened to be stocked by Whole Foods.
First, what is at-home micro needling? Anything touting the use of needles at home, in my opinion, is an immediate red flag, but with so many people talking about it, I decided to educate myself on it before passing judgement.
At-Home Micro Needling tools (and there seems to be many available now) use lots of tiny (usually metal) needles to puncture the skin and cause temporary wounds. In case that didn’t freak you out, let me put it another way – rolling or stamping (?!) these tools with tons of tiny needles over your face – as directed – literally creates small holes in your skin. As a woman, I realize you pay a price for beauty, but this sounds like torture.
No pressure or anything, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re like us, you haven’t quite sorted out a surprise for your sweetie. But we’re not panicking, and neither should you. We’ve put our beauty thinking caps on and are contemplating picking out a first-rate fragrance to celebrate the lovers’ holiday. When correctly selected, perfume is an ideal Valentine’s Day present because it’s thoughtful, personal and intimate. It can definitely miss the mark, though. Usher, Sean Jean or David Beckham colognes could be too conventional for your unique someone and make it seem as if you didn’t put a ton of consideration into the purchase. “By taking time to explore outside the mainstream, you’re sending a romantic message that this special person deserves a special scent,” says Antonia Kohl, owner of San Francisco scent haven Tigerlily Perfumery. Exploring multitudes of unfamiliar fragrances, however, can be challenging. To land on the best choice for your companion, we asked Kohl and Rachel Ten Brink, cofounder and chief marketing officer of fragrance subscription service and online retailer Scentbird, to help us narrow down the fragrance field. Here are their sage suggestions:
Between kisses and sips of champagne this past New Year’s, we bid farewell to several beauty trends that were everywhere in 2105 and opened the door to a bunch of new makeup, hair, nail and skin care developments that will shape our faces, hair, hands, bodies and social media feeds over the next year. I have a ideas for trends that should get the heave-ho (see: the Kylie lip challenge and rampant ageism) and ones we’d be better for if they were big in 2016 (body positivity and the brown lip shades that bring back junior high memories of dancing to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany). To add expertise to BBTA’s beauty prognostication, I asked a few of our favorite beauty authorities to share their thoughts on the beauty crazes that should have expired on Dec. 31 and those that began their ascent on Jan. 1. If their predictions are correct, be prepared for a fascinating year ahead on the beauty front.
This past year was filled with mega beauty trends in a mega way. If you aren’t familiar with contouring, strobing, eyebrows on fleek, the rebirth of Nineties-era brown lip shades, Korean beauty products or rainbow-hued hair, you’ve probably been stuck in a cave somewhere. Of all the trends, colorful coifs were the most universal. From the youngest among us to the oldest, it seems like bold and bright were the prevalent picks for tresses in 2015. If history is any indication, a trend is followed by an equally powerful countertrend. That means 2016 could shape up to be the year natural colored locks reappear in force. To get you squarely on the next beauty bandwagon, we asked Amber Maynard Bolt, a hairstylist at West Hollywood salon Nine Zero One who’s celebrity clients include Hilary Duff, Helen Hunt, Carly Chaikin and Demi Lovato, for tips to skillfully reverse your polychrome hair. Here’s her top four:
At this time a year, it feels like there’s a holiday party every other day. Not that we’re complaining (we’ve never met a bowl of eggnog we didn’t dive into), but it’s difficult to come up with fresh makeup looks for each and every shindig. Luckily for us at BBTA, we have access to numerous professional beauty wizards excelling in the beauty biz because they’re makeup imaginations aren’t as tapped out as ours. We asked Jane Park, founder and CEO of Julep; Michelle, Katherine and Caroline Ramos, the sisters behind Rituel de Fille; and celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg, who collaborated with ColourPop on the #SQUAD Collection of lip colors, eyeliner pencils and more, to share some festive and fun ideas for lip shades – easy makeup elements to switch up from party to party for extra pizzazz – that will undoubtedly lift your holiday spirits.
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.
Here at BBTA, we’re beyond excited for fall. Bring on the cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween costumes and, most importantly, loads of beauty product launches. One of the biggest launches of the season is Bliss’ entry into cosmetics. That’s right, the spa that put Triple Oxygen Facials and Fatgirlslim toning treatments on the beauty map has veered into makeup with a ginormous collection of over 300 products packed with good-for-you skin care ingredients like hyaluronic acid, encapsulated algae, green tea, and lavender and avocado oils to make your face glow. “If you are a Bliss girl, you have a busy social calendar, and you might be piling on makeup on your way out of the spa that’s detrimental to your facial. So, we’ve created a makeup line that’s the last step in your facial,” says Edwin Batista, global director of education and events at Bliss. Fortunately, you don’t have to get a Bliss facial to feel the facial effects of its makeup. Priced from $14 to $36, Bliss products are widely available at Kohl’s.
Lovely, foamy, lathery suds! No longer a sign of cleanliness?
Americans love to shampoo. According to a recent public radio news story, we lather up an average of 4.59 times a week – twice as much as Italians and Spaniards. But to understand our current obsession with suds, we need to find out where it all started.