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  • Makeup for Mature Skin – Part 20

    In part 1, we explored different types and brands of foundation for mature and aging skin. Here in part 2, we’ll run through how best to apply and wear makeup on the over-40 face for a natural and glowing finish. To make foundation look natural, start with a thin layer of makeup and build it

  • Makeup for Mature Skin Part 10

    I’ve been wearing daily makeup since I was 15, but the beauty routine I had as a teenager is far different from my current regimen at 43. As we age, our skincare practices have to change to address different concerns, from acne to clogged pores to fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a natural progression as

  • Weird Words No. 31: A Little “Zhuzh” for Your Week0

    As I work on the weekly “World of Weird Words,” it’s always tough to sort through the 2300 terms on my oddball vocab list, figuring out which ones to offer this time. Last week marked our 30th installment, so I decided to factor that figure: two sets of 15, both restricted solely to five- and

  • Tinted Sunscreen0

    School may have started, but summer is not over just yet. Weather-wise, we can be looking at high temps, bright sunshine, and humid days well into October. So, while you may be ready to bust out your autumnal beauty routine, we still have several weeks to eke out the last of our summertime cosmetics. The

  • Fall Finds & Outfit Planning0

    I find with most things in life, it’s best to be prepared. But, for reasons seemingly beyond my control, I’m always shocked by how quickly the next to-do item, activity, event, project, season, or school year looms before me. With Labor Day fast approaching and autumn about to make itself known, I’ve finally started my

  • Six Secrets for Your Best Complexion0

    Beauty trends, like fashion trends, tend to be cyclic, waning in and out, then resurging every few years. For the past several years, beauty trended toward the multi-step, multi-product, maximalist approach. You may have heard of the 10-step Korean Skincare Systems or having a variety of single-use products for specific parts of the face. Well,

  • Common Allergy Triggers

    Common Allergy Triggers0

    The human body is a well-oiled machine that is a wonder of biological efficiency when working properly. The body’s immune system is integral to keeping a person healthy, and it does that by recognizing foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, and then launching an attack to eradicate them. Sometimes, however, the body treats outside

  • Minimalist Makeup0

    Beauty trends come and go, but accentuating your authentic, natural features, aka looking like your best self, never goes out of style — which is precisely where minimalist makeup comes in. Minimalist makeup is a mix of skincare, no-makeup makeup, as well as using fewer products in a smarter way. Think skin-perfecting tinted moisturizers, foolproof

  • 2023 Color of the Year0

    As we close out 2022 and look toward a new year, one thing I am excited about is Pantone’s color of the year for 2023. If you are unfamiliar with Pantone, it’s a company that works with the graphic design, fashion, and product design industries to manufacture and support the rendering of color in raw

  • Undereye0

    I recently experienced an allergic reaction to an eye shadow stick that left my eyelids red, raw, and flakey — which is just the look I want for upcoming holiday events. And for some reason, the irritation traveled around and under my eyes. Needless to say, that stick found its way to the trashcan posthaste,

  • Poison Prevention Tips0

    • September 21, 2022

    Poisons are all around us, and notably in our homes. The Health Resources and Services Administration says that more than 90 percent of poisonings happen at home — with many occurring in the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that the 55 poison control centers across the United States

  • SPF Makeup0

    As we head into the last weeks of summer before school starts, the heat and humidity are certainly not letting up. Nor is the sunshine. I’m a big advocate for sunscreen and SPF all year long, but especially during summer. I’ve had family members suffer from skin cancer, and while it’s been treatable and everyone’s

  • Travel Beauty0

    No matter what type of trip I’m going on, the hardest part of packing for me is toiletries. You have your basic hygiene items like toothpaste, deodorant, and soap. No big deal. Once you get into skincare, hair products, and cosmetics, it can be tricky figuring out your beauty regime “on the road.” In general,

  • Memorial Day Sale Guide0

    Memorial Day is right around the corner, and with this national holiday (as with most here in America) comes a flurry of sales. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself going a bit crazy over all of the deals and steals. However, with a bit of planning and focus, you can come out the

  • Body Serum0

    As seasons change and we think about the warmer weather to come, we also may be taking stock of our skin and skincare. From November through March, you may have lotioned up after every shower, slathered on the moisturizer before bed every night, or just taken care of your skin when it crossed your mind.

  • Foundation0

    Few things are more infuriating to shop for than foundation. The wrong shade can read too light, or dark, or orangey. It can slip and slide, create annoying streaks, it can magnify shine, or exacerbate dryness, and you usually don’t figure out these defects until after you’ve paid for it and worn it for a

  • UPMC Doctor: Tips to Prevent Cold Weather Skin Issues0

    Our skin is one of our hardest working organs. It not only protects all the other organs in our bodies, and can repair itself, but it also regulates body temperature and detects and fights off infection. Healthy skin is an essential part of your overall health and wellness, yet most of us take our skin

  • How To Clean Makeup Brushes0

    These days we are all (or at least should be) taking extra cleaning precautions, wiping down door handles and sanitizing frequently touched services. In the midst of your amped up cleaning, now is a good time to address your makeup brushes. I recently organized my cosmetics and took inventory of my makeup accessories, because what

  • Self-Quarantine Beauty Tips

    Self-Quarantine Beauty Tips0

    Wouldn’t you know it, one of my goals for March was to schedule a hair appointment and get my nails done to celebrate the start of Spring. Then schools closed, working from home became mandatory, and non-essential businesses, like salons, shut down. I saw this meme on social media that read “Feels like we’re 3-4

  • Makeup Tips for Women in Their 40s

    Makeup Tips for Women in Their 40s0

    In 1513, explorers from Spain stumbled upon The Fountain of Youth, an iconic spring in what would later become Florida, that promised eternal juvenescence for anyone who dared to bathe in or sip from it. Five centuries later, those same promises now come in the form of beauty products, many of which swear they offer similar,

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month0

    As the fall colors start to shine across the valley, another color will start making its yearly appearance as the calendar flips to October — Pink. Soon you will find pink everywhere. From athletes at every level, to the wait staff at your favorite restaurants, everyone will be sporting pink in honor, celebration, and to

  • Gym Beauty0

    One of the most challenging things about going to the gym and exercising is finding the time and motivation to do it. The second biggest challenge is how not to look or smell like a total mess after your workout. Ideally, you’d be able to take a full shower, style hair, and apply makeup after

  • Vacation Beauty0

    Summer is in full swing, and road trips abound as we head toward these last golden days before school starts. While you may have your itinerary down pat and everyone’s hiking shoes all prepped for this year’s vacation, is your beauty routine ready to hit the road? No matter the type of getaway you have

  • Spring Beauty0

    The trees are budding, the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining, so yes, it’s safe to say spring is here! What I love about this season, besides the obvious warmer weather and being outside more, is that it is a great time to reassess your beauty routines and freshen up your face, hair,

  • Holiday Makeup0

    This holiday season as parties, activities, and events start filling the calendar, you may have your festive outfits all planned, purchased, and pressed, but what about your makeup? Too often, a great look will fizzle or sizzle depending on the head-styling (i.e. hair and makeup). While you may have your day-to-day beauty routine down pat,

  • The Fortnite Craze0

    There’s a new sheriff in town, and it is literally taking the world by storm. Kids are no longer interacting on the playgrounds, and they would rather converse online on their headsets. It’s almost embarrassing, but yet I fear this trend and obsession will only continue. I won’t tell you how much money I’ve spent

  • Healthy Habits for Great Skin0

    The majority of people are not born with naturally flawless skin and even those that are still need to put in a bit of work to maintain their complexions. Whether you have a 10-step skincare routine or you’re just interested in improving on your daily maintenance, here are a few tips and tricks for healthy

  • Makeup Mistakes0

    This past winter, my skin took a beating. It was dry, flaky, dull, and all around uneven. My regular skincare go-tos just weren’t cutting it, and the makeup I put on to hide it all ended up exacerbating the problems. Turns out, I wasn’t “prepping” my skin properly for cosmetics, AND I was using the

  • Foundation for Every Age0

    As we get older, our skin, like everything else on our bodies, changes. The complexion you have in your 20s is not the same one you have in your 30s, 40s, and beyond. As our skin changes, so do our beauty needs, and we may find ourselves switching up the products we use and how

  • Making the Most of Your Skin Care Routine0

    Whether you have a diehard ten-step beauty regimen, or you’re a wash-‘n-go type, chances are your skin care products could be working against you if you’re not putting them on in the correct order. On the flip side, having the proper application sequence can make them more effective. Generally, the best order in which to

  • Cleaning Out Your Toiletries0

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    • October 11, 2017

    Fall is not only a good time to clean out your closet, as you transition your wardrobe from summer to winter wear, it is also an opportunity to inventory your toiletries. As flu season approaches, taking stock of your medicine cabinet, makeup bag, and other personal care sundries will give you a chance to get


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