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Products to Help Your Hair in the Sun

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When the weather starts getting nicer and the sun starts coming out more and more, protecting your hair is just as important as protecting your skin. Strong, harmful sun rays can do serious damage, leaving your hair weak, dull, and dehydrated. While you’re busy trading in your winter lipsticks for bright color Spring shades, here are some hair products to help your hair in the sun.

Portable, efficient, and powerful: all the things Marc Anthony True Professional’s Miracle Treatments are! Inspired by k-cups, these pint size haircare treatments restore, repair, and smooths hair of all types with ease. To use, simply apply from roots to ends for 1-3 minutes after shampooing and rinse.

 

Bye.Bye Frizz Damage Repair Miracle Treatment ($2.99) repairs and moisturizes damaged hair with the help of argan oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil and adds back the shine you lost during those cold winter months. Apply this oil-cream weekly to see best results.

Strictly Curls Perfect Curl Miracle Treatment intensely moisturizes, smooths, and defrizzes frizzy, brittle curls. Your curls will love the shea butter, soybean oil, and vitamin E that make it easier to control and style.

Strengthening Grow Long Super Fast Miracle Treatment is a concentrated deep treatment that nourishes and rebuilds frail, hair for healthy, longer hair. Take back your strands with the help of caffeine and ginseng extract in this beneficial hair product!

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($29) is the perfect on-the-go treatment to protect your precious locks from the harmful sun rays. Spritz on damp or dry hair before and during sun exposure and let this water-resistant UV defense do its work.

 

Sun Bum Revitalizing Conditioning Masque ($20) restores hydration back to parched strands and softens dry locks with bamboo extract, banana peel and pulp, sunflower seed oil, and more. For best results, apply to hair focusing on your ends and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing. Trust us, your hair will thank you!

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Lipstick Shades for a Perfect Spring Look

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Spring has sprung and we’ve never been more ready to say goodbye to this year’s unbearably cold winter! While our skin and hair are begging to be warmed up by the sun’s rays and blown out by our hairdresser, we can’t help but daydream about all the colorful lipstick shades to wear. We know there’s a ton of lippies out there, so we’ve listed our favorites for you. It’s time to trade your dark lipsticks for these neutral and bright lipstick shades, perfect for a Spring look.

NYX’s Extra Creamy Round Lipstick ($4) is velvety, long-lasting, moisturizing, and affordable all in one. Can it get any better? This Narcissus clean blue-toned pink cream shade is perfect for the first day of warmer weather.

Celebrate PANTONE’s Color of the Year with Butter London’s Lippy Liquid Lipstick (we dare you to say that 10 times fast) in Ultra Violet ($18)! With a pigment of a lipstick and a shine of a lip gloss, your lips will look and feel like a million bucks. It’s not your typical lipstick color, but that’s why we love it.

You can never go wrong with a classic red lip, no matter what season! Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick ($8.49) provides moisture, comfort, and shine while adding a pop of color to your laid-back or dressy outfit.

Neutral shades are every girl’s best friend, am I right? Smashbox’s Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick ($24) lasts for a solid 8 hours, is lightweight, and conditions your lips while delivering a flawless finish! You won’t want to go the Spring without this gorgeous lippy, trust us!

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Lipstick Shades for a Perfect Spring Look: Photos Courtesy of nyx.com, butterlondon.com, ulta.com, smashbox.com

Bring Life Back To Your Hair with These Products

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After a long, cold winter, your skin certainly isn’t the only part of you that needs some TLC. Just as our skin is exposed to frigid temperatures, forceful winds, and snow, our hair is too. Luckily, we have access to the Internet, where there is constantly new research and products proven to restore our beloved locks. Bring your hair back to life with these products, tried and trusted so you can have beautiful hair just in time for Spring!

 

 

 

 

Oil

There’s a reason why coconut oil is constantly being buzzed about. While it can be used for blemishes, skin, nails, alternative makeup remover, and more, COCO&CO.’s 100% beauty grade coconut oil leaves you with silky, healthy hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mask

While you’re catching up on your favorite TV shows with a face mask, don’t forget to do the same for your hair. Bosley Professional Strength Strengthening Hair Masque is a moisturizing deep conditioning masque that provides intense moisture and shine for dull, dry, brittle hair. Containing shea butters, avocado oils, and mangos, this hair mask is guaranteed to improve locks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shampoo

Switch out your old shampoo with Bosley Professional Strength Nourishing Shampoo. This gentle, sulfate free shampoo removes excess oil and dirt while reconditioning and rejuvenating the scalp, leaving you with smooth, healthy hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave-In Treatment

Seal the deal with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in product. This magical treatment repairs dry damaged hair, controls frizz, prevents split ends, and more. After one use, you’ll be sure to notice how soft your hair looks and feels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Makeup That Enhances Natural Beauty

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Winter is coming to an end and we cannot contain our excitement here at Cliché. We’ve already begun to make a list of movies we can’t wait to see in Spring and are starting to daydream about the outfits we’ve been itching to wear! While movie releases and wardrobe changes are exciting, we can’t help but to hop onto the natural beauty train that’s been chugging along for quite some time now. Caked on makeup is a thing of the past and looking as natural as possible has taken its place. We’ve gathered a list of makeup that enhances natural beauty and leaves you glowing from within with half the time and effort.

 

Prep

After a long winter of protecting our skin, it’s time to rejuvenate with an invigorating exfoliator. Actress, model, and businesswoman, Christie Brinkley has worked with scientists to deliver her own line of beauty products that use ingredients that minimize the look of wrinkles and dark spots. Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare’s Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish ($35) clears pores, removes dull dead skin, and leaves skin looking refreshed and feeling purified.

After exfoliating and cleansing, brighten and protect skin from sun damage with INLIGHTEN Spot Corrector & Brightening Serum + IR Defense ($69). This serum diminishes the look of hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and sun damage while correcting signs of aging and leaving a bright, naturally luminous radiance.

Face

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ ($38) does exactly what it says. With skin-loving ingredients like peptides and vitamins A, B, C, and E, this color-correcting cream enhances skin brightness, hides imperfections, and gives you a radiant, dewy complexion. Bonus: built in SPF 50+ to protect your skin from the harsh sunrays outside!

The product name says it all: Perricone MD’s No Foundation Foundation ($55) brings out your natural beauty with alpha-lipoic acid that rids the appearance of pores and wrinkles. This lightweight, velvety finish foundation also contains SPF 30 and comes in a pump to help you avoid unnecessary germs and spills.

Once you’ve applied the foundation of your choice, finish using a soft, rosy blush. Afterglow’s velvety smooth, feather-light Infused Mineral Blush ($26) is the perfect choice to enhance your cheek’s natural color. Available in a variety of natural pigments and containing certified organic ingredients, embracing your natural beauty has never felt so good.

 

Eyes

Don’t underestimate the wonders a light coat of mascara can do. Not only does 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented® Ultra Lengthening Mascara ($24) lengthen and separate lashes, but aids to keep lashes healthy with natural ingredients like black tea, cocoa, and berries.

Lips

Complete your look with a shiny, fresh coat of lip gloss using Glossier’s Lip Gloss ($14). Long lasting, nourishing, and enhancing, your lips will stay hydrated and look as natural as they are.

 

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Makeup That Enhances Natural Beauty: Photos Courtesy of christiebrinkleyauthenticskincare.com, sephora.com, itcosmetics.com, glossier.com, 100percentpure.com

Our Favorite Affordable Makeup Options

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Anyone who uses makeup knows how costly a trip to Sephora or Ulta can be. While we love makeup and how it helps us bring out the inner beauty and confidence in us, not every product that your favorite beauty Youtuber adores agrees with our wallets. Whether or not you consider yourself a makeup “newbie” or “pro,” saving money is what everyone prefers. Check out our favorite affordable makeup brands and products that will have you running to the nearest store in no time! Have your wallets thank us later.

 

NYX

Quickly gaining popularity within the makeup community, NYX has become a staple in almost everyone’s beauty routine. With attractive packaging and attractive prices, it’s hard to go wrong with NYX products. While you’re filling up your cart, be sure to try their buttery-soft Butter Gloss, highly-pigmented Soft Matte Cream Lipstick, and durable Makeup Setting Spray.

Catrice Cosmetics

Motivated to prove that makeup can be both luxurious and affordable, fearless women and founder Christina Oster-Daum created Catrice Cosmetics. Offering everything you need for a simple day look or a night out, all Catrice Cosmetics are cruelty-free and made with value and quality. A couple of our favorites here at Cliché are the HD Liquid Coverage Foundation and Liquid Metal Longlasting Cream Eyeshadow, both making Catrice Cosmetics one of our favorite brands.

Wet N’ Wild

Named the #1 value brand in America, Wet N’ Wild has come a long way since launching in 1979. Their cruelty-free products have gained a huge cult-following because of their long-lasting formulas, endless color range selections, and of course affordable prices! If we named our favorites we would be here for a very long time, but don’t miss out on the MegaGlo Highlighting Powder and new, highly-talked about Pro Brush Line brushes.

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Our Favorite Affordable Makeup Options: Photos Courtesy of nyxcosmetics.com, catricecosmetics.com, wetnwildbeauty.com

Products to Protect Your Skin This Winter

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When we think of winter, we think big, puffy coats, gloves, scarves, and boots that withstand snow, rain, and freezing temperatures. While we remember to switch out our wardrobes, we tend to neglect our skin which is also exposed to these conditions and temperatures. It’s only until we touch our cracked skin, chapped lips, and dry face that we notice how much the wind outside and heat indoors has affected us. Luckily, we’ve gathered a list of products to protect your skin this winter, so stock up and brace yourselves: winter is here.

Lips

We typically connect colder weather and cloudy skies with dark lipsticks, but with cracked, chapped lips, lipstick may not stay on as long as it normally would and can tend to look unpleasant. Treat your lips with lip balm and chapstick, leaving them hydrated and ready for a night out!

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $7

This lip balm has been around for ages and for a good reason. With claims of protecting against wind and cold weather, this Vitamin E, aloe infused balm is a fan favorite.

Face Atelier’s Lip Rx, $24

Face Atelier, a makeup brand that celebrates you, has the perfect remedy for your winter woes. Lip Rx soothes, protects, and repairs your lips with organic ultra-violet protection, essential oils, and anti-oxidants. As a bonus, this ultra-moisturizing lip treatment comes in 3 different shades, giving you a natural tint for those cloudy days ahead.

Moisturizers

We all know how important it is to moisturize our skin, yet many of us tend to use the wrong products. Because of different skin types, it’s important to use the right product to achieve the results we long to see.

A common misconception that those who have oily skin tend to believe is that applying moisturizer only makes the skin oilier. Without moisturizing, oily skin tries to make up for it and in return produces congested pores which then leads to breakouts.

 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, $27.50

With Antarcticine and Vitamin E, both hydrating ingredients, your skin will receive the moisture it needs.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $27

There’s a reason why this is a cult favorite. This gel is formulated to deliver moisture and balance, while strengthening skin and providing a healthy glow.

Those with dry skin know how much winter can wreak havoc on the face. Thankfully, these products do the job for you.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, $24

Known for leaving a velvety-smooth finish, First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is a favored product amongst the dry skin club. Your skin will thank you once it drinks up the Ceramides, shea butter, and avocado oil in this product.

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst, $27

The title says it all! Quench your skin’s thirst with Origins Intensive Overnight Mask and see results faster than you can blink. With apricot kernel oil and Japanese seaweed, you’ll feel replenished and look younger than you ever have before.

Setting Spray

Face Atelier’s Face Finish, $30

After applying makeup for the day, apply Face Atelier’s Face Finish setting spray to lock in your look. This alcohol-free, cucumber-scented mist not only holds your makeup in place, but also provides hydrating benefits while soothing puffiness and redness you may have.

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Products to Protect Your Skin This Winter: Photos Courtesy of FaceAtelier.com, Sephora.com, Kiehls.com, Nordstrom.com, Maria Shriver Flickr @nicestyles

Learn How to Get the Coolest Hairstyles From Davines

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Just because we are in the colder months doesn’t mean we can’t daydream about the hairstyles we’re yearning to rock once the flowers start blooming once again. Hair expert Joseph DiMaggio for Davines partnered with KUHO and KITH for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 and it has inspired us to try something unique here at Cliché. Read on for hair inspiration and tips on how to achieve these looks directly from the master himself.

 

GET THE LOOK: KITH SS18

Inspiration: Multifunctional lifestyle brand and progressive retail establishment KITH is bringing sleek to a whole new level. KITH thinks outside the box for both men and women by providing streetwear style with influences from soccer, skiing, basketball, and various high-impact sports. Looking both cool and stylish has never been easier..

Look 1: Sleek Through the Streets

  1. Starting with dry hair, apply vigorous amounts of Davines Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer to the roots, and then swipe and feather out from the midshaft to ends. The swipe and feather technique means not spraying in a concentrated area, but making sure to swipe from right to left or from roots to end, spraying to ensure the product is distributed evenly.
  2. Blow dry hair straight off the center part and finish with Davines Your Hair Assistant Definition Mist.

Look 2: Sport Braid

  1. Repeat steps in Look 1.
  2. Pull hair straight back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic.
  3. Apply vigorous amounts of Davines Your Hair Assistant Definition Mist and a little bit of Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer through the lengths of the ponytail.
  4. Create a tight three-strand low braid, leaving out a 1” section of hair, and secure with an elastic on the end.
  5. Wrap the 1” section around the ponytail base to cover elastic and pin in place.
  6. Finish using Davines This Is a Medium Hairspray to lock look in.

Get The Look: KUHO SS18

Inspiration: In a fast-paced and hectic world, we need a moment or two to pause, relax, and enjoy life. That’s where KUHO comes in. KUHO’s Spring/Summer 2018 line derives meaning from the art of slowing down, a perfect match for this hair look consisting of various textures such as an edged crimp and relaxed waves giving off care-free vibes.

Look 3: Lived-in Leisure

  1. Prep clean, wet hair by lightly misting with Davines Your Hair Assistant Blow Dry Primer. Blow dry smooth with a round brush; it doesn’t need to be perfectly straight or even.
  2. In 1-2” sections, apply Davines This Is A Medium Hairspray throughout the length to add body.
  3. Use interchangeable techniques with a flat-iron and assorted curling irons to add in texture. Various techniques include:
  4. Vertical twisted barrel curl (option to flat iron out or not)
  5. A flat “S” wave that is created by weaving the hair section through a flat iron in an “S” pattern and moving/twisting the length as the flat iron moves down
  6. Crimping, using the hard edge of a flat iron, in alternating motions
  7. Wrapping the mid-section of the length around a curling wand and combing out
  8. Finger-comb all hair and finish with a light misting of Davines Your Hair Assistant Definition Mist, followed by Davines This Is A Dry Texturizer.


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Learn How to Get the Coolest Hairstyles From Davines: Photos courtesy of the Davines

The Holiday Nail Polish Collections You Must Have

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Hot chocolate, fuzzy socks, the smell of pine trees, and gift shopping are a few of our favorite things during the holidays here at Cliché. With so many things on our to-do list, we tend to neglect our nails, leaving them bare without a colorful coat of polish. But do not fret; Essie and Zoya nail polish have changed the game with their Winter 2017 collections, inspiring us to end the year the only way we know how: glamorous and classy. While you’re picking up a shade or two for yourself, don’t forget to stuff your besties’ stockings, too! Snack on Santa’s favorite cookies and read on for trendy holiday nail looks.

 

Essie Winter 2017 Collection
Whether you’re celebrating a holiday or the end of the year, Essie has the perfect six shades to match any festivity and mood. Pucker up for a midnight kiss with ‘On Your Mistletoes’ and ring in the new year with ‘Ring in the Bling.’ Even better, all shades will be available in both gel and enamel.

Shade Names: Ring in the Bling; Be Cherry!; Suit & Tied; Social-Lights; On Your Mistletoes; New Year, New Hue.
Available for $9/ea at essie.com.

Zoya Winter 2017 Collection
Being moody has never been so stylish! With the Party Girls collection, you can be both mysterious and electric, guaranteeing a second glance from friends and family. Pick from 12 unique tones and be the star of any holiday party this season.

Shade Names: Blake, Isadora, Landon, Delaney, Danielle, Kelsey, Sheri, Fallon, Ming, Tawny,
Solstice, Nadia. Available for $10/ea at zoya.com.

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The Holiday Nail Polish Collections You Must Have: Photos courtesy of Essie.com and Zoya.com

Tips For Combating Adult Acne

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Raise your hand if you’re glad that those high school puberty pimple days are gone. Now raise your hand if you’re an adult dealing with acne. With heavy work weeks, going out on the weekends with friends, and everything in between, breakouts aren’t so surprising. As if dealing with acne isn’t stressful enough, the constant stream of new products hitting the shelves every few weeks tends to make the situation even more aggravating for many. So how do we eliminate adult acne? Dr. Margarita Lolis, a Board-Certified Dermatologist in northern New Jersey who takes a holistic approach to treating skincare issues, offers advice on what and how to use the key products that help with clearing your skin issues.

 

Go simple on cleanser. When it comes to cleansers, the simpler the better. “People who are prone to breakouts may use a cleanser with salicylic acid triggering excessive dryness which only increases oil production leading to a breakout cycle. Gentler products that are appealing to all skin types such as Cetaphil or CeraVe are great options because they don’t strip away moisture and soothe the face,” explains Dr. Lolis.

Exfoliate weekly. Leave extra dirt and dead skin removal to exfoliating. “The key here is not to be too harsh. You want to gently rub product into your face in circular motion then rinse with lukewarm water. There are new products available with charcoal, an ingredient which does a great job controlling oil in acne prone skin. People with sensitive skin should opt for an exfoliating mask which is less irritating,” Dr. Lolis suggests.

Soothe with serums. We often search for soothing tunes to fall asleep to, so why wouldn’t  you soothe your skin while you dream away too? “Acne prone skin needs moisture not oil. Serums that address acne without compromising moisture are a great bet. Serums penetrate the skin quickly making them a great option for nighttime healing as you sleep,” explains Dr. Lolis.

Try skin oils. Rubbing in oil on oily skin may sound risky, but doing so can lead to amazing results. Dr. Lolis suggests, “You can add drops of vitamin C oil, argan oil, or vitamin e oil to your serum or directly onto your face after cleansing which is like a vitamin boost to skin. This will address acne scarring helping them heal quicker.”

Don’t skip moisturizer. The golden rule I wish I knew earlier: moisturize your skin, even if it’s oily. “Many people who are prone to breakouts want to skip moisturizer because they think their skin is oily enough. The reason skin is producing oil is because it is lacking moisture. Moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid draws water from the atmosphere and keeps skin hydrated. This is great for all skin types. You cannot go wrong with more water in the skin,” Dr. Lolis encourages.

Consider a peel with a pro. Pimples are one thing, but being left with scars and hyperpigmentation is another. Look into chemical peels done by a professional to avoid harming your skin even further. “Chemical peels are a great option for skin that has scarring and hyperpigmentation. While there are at home, do it yourself options available, I have seen many people harm their own skin with peels. You really want to work with a professional as not to make matters worse. People often think a burning sensation means it’s working so they mistakenly leave peels on for too long and hurt themselves,” Dr. Lolis cautions.

Balance skin with a toner. We all love the feeling after washing our face, but toning is the definitely the cherry on top. Toners make sure all the makeup you washed off is truly off, while tightening the skin so your pores are less prone to clogging up with dirt and bacteria. Dr. Lolis explains, “I like toners because they do a nice job of clearing away dirt and makeup, shrinking pores, and restoring skin to its natural pH balance. Witch Hazel is a simple no fuss astringent found at any drug store which works wonders on acne or breakout prone skin.”

Do a mask every week. Face Mask Fridays are a weekly ritual for us here at Cliché. For troubled skin, look for detoxifying marks that have ingredients like have sulfur, charcoal, and clay.  “You may want to alternate between a more soothing mask one week and a treatment mask when a breakout first occurs. Another option is using a soothing mask on the cheeks and then a clarifying mask on the chin and jawline,” Dr. Lolis advises.

Spot treat and refrain from picking. If we had a penny for every time we heard the advice “Don’t pop your pimples!” we sure would be rich. As difficult as it may be to refrain from popping and picking, it’s one of the best ways for the skin to heal and reduce the chance of other pimples from forming. “Getting a prescription level topical spot treatment is key because many are designed to work immediately which lessens the need to pick,” Dr. Lolis advises. “Ultimately, when in doubt, see your dermatologist who will assess your skin and the many factors that may be causing acne. Oftentimes dermatologists will outline a treatment regimen that is more customized to you considering age, skin type, and lifestyle.”

About the Doctor

Dr. Margarita Lolis, M.D. is a board-certified cosmetic, medical dermatologist and a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon with over 20 years of experience. In her practice, she addresses common skin concerns such as acne prevention and treatment in both teens and adults, sun-damage, skin discoloration, wrinkles, changes to skin texture and loss of volume. On the medical side, she is a trusted expert in melanoma and overall skin health. Dr. Lolis prides herself in honoring facial symmetry to deliver a natural look to her clients. She always recommends a healthy skin care regimen plus lifestyle habits that are aligned with her holistic approach to beauty. Dr. Lolis is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society of Anti-aging. Her practice, Skin, Laser, and Surgery Specialists is in New York City and Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Tips For Combating Adult Acne: Photos Courtesy of Ariella, Roma Studio [romastudio] on Flickr, HealthTips Tic [healthtipstic] on Flickr, & Tom Wang

How to Avoid the Winter Blues

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While the idea of clocks “falling back” an hour and gaining an hour of sleep sounds beneficial, many of us tend to see this as the start of a stressful next few months. Between working, traveling, and shopping, adding in cold weather and darkness increases anxiety and stress for many. Dr. Saman Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, explains how setting the clocks back can negatively affect people and offers advice on how to avoid the winter blues.

 

Set a sleep regimen.
Gaining an hour of sleep does no harm, but losing an hour of daylight can.
Dr. Hafeez explains that around 3 million people are affected by some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, where it’s more common in women and can stick around throughout the holidays. To combat this, Dr. Hafeez suggests hopping into bed an hour earlier than normal and dedicating time to wind down in a way that relaxes the mind. “Don’t watch the news before sleep; read a book, write in a journal, or meditate. Do something that eases you into a restful state,” she says.

Change up your exercise schedule.
We know it’s the end of the day when we look outside and see the stars. But during Daylight Saving Time, darkness comes early and can alter our routines. Because of this, we tend to feel unmotivated when it comes to exercising. Although this is normal, getting out of this funk is important, both physically and mentally. Dr. Hafeez advises, “It’s important that you give your brain new stimulation. Try working out after work instead of in the morning or, if possible join a workout app that brings at home exercise routines right to your phone.”

Social withdrawal is common in the winter when temperatures drop. Take turns hosting dinner events and get around people.

Book your calendar.
While it’s human nature to want to hibernate all winter, spending time with family and friends can help ditch those winter blues. Fill up your empty days with movie nights, dinner dates, and fun winter activities. The more you have to look forward to the better your mood will be! “Social withdrawal is common in the winter when temperatures drop. Take turns hosting dinner events and get around people,” Hafeez encourages.

Study up!
Tired of watching Netflix? Sharpen the skills you have now and commit to learning new ones instead. “When you engage the part of your brain responsible for learning you’re more inspired and alert. Even listening to podcasts and participating in interesting webinars on a topic you’re interested in will increase energy,” Hafeez says.

Experiment with new recipes.
Reaching for comfort foods during this time becomes extremely tempting. Instead of eating out at restaurants, experiment and learn new recipes in the comfort of your own kitchen. And with so many fresh food delivery options available, there’s no excuse! “I really like this idea because it engages the senses which stimulates the brain. You’re releasing positive brain chemicals triggered by excitement, adventure, task execution and enjoyment, plus you’re eating healthy,” Hafeez says.

About the doctor:
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens.

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and The Doctors.

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Celebrity Skincare Expert Angela Caglia Talks Her Skincare Brand

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When seasons and wardrobes change, there’s one thing that stays the same: the longing for clear, healthy skin. Even with so many different products and instructions on how to get the skin your favorite celebrity has, it’s not easy to accomplish. We chatted with Angela Caglia, a leading celebrity esthetician, skincare trailblazer, and anti-aging pioneer, to give us some tips on achieving healthy skin for the cold months ahead. Here, Caglia, also known as the “Hollywood Glow Girl” to many celebrities, helps us achieve younger-looking and lively skin.

 

Cliché: What inspired you to help others achieve healthy, luminous skin?
Angela Caglia: I became inspired 20 or so years ago while living in Paris and attending the Sorbonne. I was drawn to how the average French girl cares for her skin; this includes monthly facials starting in her teens and dedication to showing off her great skin, not trying to hide it with makeup. I am continually inspired every day at my skin spa where I work on women and listen to their skincare concerns and find remedies and treatments to help them feel younger and more beautiful. It’s very satisfying.

What makes your products different from the rest out there?
My line is very tight, efficacious, pH-balanced, comes in small batches, and made with the best natural and certified organic ingredients, including my signature ingredient meadowfoam seed oil. It has a similar structure as your skin sebum, so it’s able to penetrate deeply and deliver essential fatty acids without being too heavy. I wanted the whole experience to feel like a professional facial at a luxurious spa. I chose the most elegant black violet UV protected glass that keeps the product stable for longer, and I chose precious gold printed on the glass jars; I wanted it to feel like an elegant perfume bottle type vibe on your shelf. I made every fragrance and color natural and uplifting, and I made sure through testing in my treatment room and giving to my top celebrity clients that they saw the immediate results of the line.

What is your goal you hope others can reach by using your products?
It’s simple: that they use them consistently so they can age better and have beautiful skin.

How should we maintain skincare when weather gets colder?
Perhaps adding a face oil in your routine and a heavier moisturizer. It’s also a time when a humidifier in your room as you sleep is a great idea. Take care of chapped lips with nourishing lip balms while you sleep, too.

What can we expect from the Angela Caglia Skincare line?
You can expect a nourishing, effective line with the best ingredients that don’t strip your skin or sensitize it. It will be a useful line that will treat many skin types, including acne, in a natural way without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycols, artificial coloring, or fragrance and will always be cruelty-free. And it’s addicting! The textures, smells, and immediate results are already gaining quite the cult following among supermodels, actors, and musicians in Hollywood and NYC. After so many years treating skin and selling other popular skincare lines to my facial clients, it feels really good knowing that I have created a line that delivers the best results in the healthiest way possible.

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Celebrity Skincare Expert Angela Caglia Talks Her Skincare Brand: Photos courtesy of Angela Caglia

Here’s Why Everyone is Talking About Sand & Sky

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Here at Cliché, we are constantly looking for new products that help us achieve the Beyoncé glow we all desire to have. With so many products introduced to us almost every day, it becomes tricky knowing what’s best. After promising to give an honest review, Sand & Sky sent over their Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask for us to try. After a week’s use, I couldn’t believe how radiant and detoxified my skin looked and felt! Not only did my pores appear smaller, but my skin felt cleaner than it’s ever felt. We chatted with co-founders Sarah and Emily Hamilton to find out more about their product and what’s to come.

 

Cliché: Where did your inspiration come from to create Sand & Sky?
Sarah and Emily Hamilton: At bellabox, we saw that so many Australian members wanted products produced internationally. However, our collective experience in living in New York, London, Berlin, and Basel told us that the international audience wanted natural products produced in pristine environments specific to Australia. We also wanted to show the world that Australian skincare can be serious and deliver all of the benefits of the big international brands.

The Purifying Pink Clay Mask is a hit! What makes it unique versus other masks on the market right now?
The Sand & Sky Purifying Mask delivers results from the first use. While highly active and effective, it’s suitable for most skin types. Our hero ingredients are from Australia. We source and manufacture in Australia. Everything is 100% made in Australia! Australian’s unpolluted environment, warm climate, and rich soil produce pure botanicals that have been used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years to heal and protect. A lot of Australian brands use natural and organic ingredients that are grown in pristine environments to enhance their efficacy. The harshness of the Australian weather means that skincare has to be high performance, designed not only to enhance the skin but protect from extreme weather conditions. Many brands make sustainability part of their ethos and only work with raw materials that are ethically sourced. Good manufacturing practices and clear labelling laws mean that consumers can see exactly what is in their products and make an informed purchase.

Everyone is always looking for clear skin. From experience, can you offer any advice on how to achieve clear skin?
A skincare routine is the most important part. Cleansing your face and removing makeup every day is compulsory. Detoxifying your skin in-depth regularly helps to remove all impurities and especially pollution dust, which very commonly gets stuck on your skin when you live in an urban environment. A healthy lifestyle including food, hydration, and a good night’s sleep is also key.

When the weather changes, so does our skincare routine. What is the best way to maintain skin care during the colder months, and is the Pink Clay Mask a year-round product to use?
Yes! In the winter, you may find you need to use a richer moisturizer after the mask. Our skin needs moisture in the winter due to moving between the heat inside and the cold outdoors/outside. In summer, we are sweatier and use sunscreen, which can cause congestion, so masking will help keep the skin clear.

What new products can we expect from Sand & Sky?
We are working on extending our Australian Pink Clay range in order to provide a complete routine to address the most common issues our customers shared with us, including enlarged pores, dull complexion, oily skin, and imperfections.

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Here’s Why Everyone is Talking About Sand & Sky: Photos courtesy of Sand & Sky