Finding the perfect skincare routine doesn’t come easy— especially when it comes to testing out beauty products. It can take ages of dabbling around with different brands before you find your perfect match. Nowadays, there are so many options available, how do you choose?
What’s most important is that you find a product that hydrates your skin and not damages it. That’s why I like Selena Gomez’s newly released makeup line, Rare Beauty. I was first in line to try it out at Sephora, and sure enough, my intuition was correct.
I have never had a better experience with any makeup brand than I’ve had with Rare Beauty. Having dry skin can stand in the way of finding true beauty-love, but Selena’s dermatologist tested and sensitive skin approved formulas have given me hope for a better brand. Each product is silky smooth, lightweight, and it stays on all day. If you’re someone who is looking for a change in your beauty routine, let me be the first to recommend Rare Beauty. Take a look to see what makes these products ultra-hydrating and extra soothing.
Over the course of her beauty launch, two new eyeshadow palettes have been released and fingers crossed, more is in the works. As excited I am for more products to launch, I have always been driven back to one of her original top-seller products, the Dewy Lip Balm. Say goodbye to dry, chapped lips because inside the Dewy Lip Balm is a botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, and white water lily that ensures maximum moisture and soothed, nourished lips. For just $16, you can choose from a variety of seven shades that will achieve a sheer, soft shine.
I’ve tried many setting sprays in my lifetime, but this Always An Optimist 4-In-1 Mist combines all things necessaryto a healthy, hydrated skincare routine. It includes; Niacinamide, a complexion brightener and pore diminisher,Sodium Hyaluronate, natural skin plumper and hydration layer, a Botanical Blend of lotus, gardenia, and white water lily which soothes, calms, and nourishes the skin, and lastly, Panthenol, a skin strengthening barrier. If you ask me, spending $24 on the 4-In-1 mist will save you from buying loads of other skincare products that help treat dryness, irritation, and other blemishes.
If you still need some convincing on whether Rare Beauty is right for you, the brand has a sustainability plan to gradually introduce post- consumer recycled materials into their packaging in 2021. A beauty line that cares about your skin and the planet? That sounds like the perfect routine. Get yours now online at www.rarebeauty.com, or at your local Sephora store.
Have you ever wondered how much do women spend on beauty each month? With self-care being such a key topic in the world right now along with the prevalence of social media in society, many women are spending large amounts of money on beauty each month which can help them to both look and feel better. So, how much are women spending on average on beauty products?
A study which surveyed 1000 women in the UK found that the average amount spent on beauty products over the course of a year was £482.51. This works out as wearing £2.39 worth of facial products each day which is certainly a lot but is not that surprising when you consider how much social media and advertising people are faced with each day.
The UK health and beauty market is set to be worth around £26.7 million in 2022 which makes it one of the fastest-growing sectors in the retail industry. There is an importance placed on looking your best and staying youthful so it is not surprising that so many women are spending large amounts of money on beauty products (although some much more than others).
As mentioned earlier, there will be those that spend far less on beauty each year as well as those that spend far more. There are often ways in which someone can make big savings on beauty spending, but for many people it is also an important part of their identity and they are happy to spend the money.
Benefits of Spending
While the average certainly is high, you cannot put a price on the mental health benefits that looking and feeling your best can bring so this can be money well spent (provided that the individual can afford it). The key is not to spend money on beauty products because of advertisements, social media and pressure from your peers and instead spend the money on products because you enjoy it and it makes you happy.
The beauty industry is one which is skyrocketing in the UK and this is not a surprise in a world of advertising, social media, influencers and celebrity culture. The average amount spent by women on beauty products each year is high but if this spend makes people feel happy and good then it should be seen as a positive.
As an expectant mother, you will no doubt get tons of advice about activities and foods to avoid during your pregnancy. Your highest priority is to maintain your best health and the health of your child . The limitations of pregnancy can include things like avoiding alcohol, seafood and overly processed foods. It’s not just things that you put in your body that you need to avoid. Some chemicals that are put on your skin can be absorbed and potentially harmful to your child.
Products you may not think are harmful can lead to pregnancy complications and even birth defects. Before you take or use any product containing any type of chemical that isn’t purely natural, it’s important to check with your doctor. Let’s go over a list of beauty products to avoid when you are pregnant.
You may have been trying for many years to realize your dream of having a child or even dealt with an egg donor agency to become pregnant, so why take any chances once you conceive?
Commonly referred to as Retin-A, you will find this complex chemical most often in anti-aging products. These types of creams that you use topically can actually be absorbed into the bloodstream and leech into the placenta, reaching your child. Make sure to check all of your lotions and creams for Retin-A before using them while pregnant.
Retinoids are also commonly found in prescription acne treatments. Although you may have difficulty with acne breakouts during your pregnancy, it’s best to avoid anything that contains retinoids. They have been proven to cause birth defects. If you take any type of prescription containing retinoids, it’s best to discontinue use before you start trying to conceive.
Beauty product companies have been dropping formaldehyde from their ingredients list for many years. Certain studies have shown that formaldehyde can be a carcinogen and is linked to cancer. Although there has been a great reduction in the use of this harmful chemical, you can still find it in some products.
While you are pregnant, you should avoid using any nail polish containing formaldehyde as it can be absorbed or inhaled. Eyelash glue and hair straightening products should also be checked for this ingredient.
Ammonia is definitely one of the beauty products to avoid when you are pregnant.You may have heard that it’s not healthy to dye your hair while you are pregnant. The reason behind this is that many hair dye formulas contain ammonia. Ammonia can be inhaled, causing irritation to your lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. This active gas can cause uncomfortable irritation and make it difficult to breathe, limiting proper oxygen intake which can affect your baby.
A common ingredient in many antibiotics is tetracycline, most commonly found in acne medications both prescribed and over the counter. Although it may be tough to give up your acne treatments during your pregnancy you will have to adopt a non-chemical skin routine for the duration. Antibiotics can cause liver damage to mothers who are expecting and should be avoided. Drugs are absorbed differently into your system while you are pregnant and can result in unwanted dangers to your unborn child.
We hope you have learned a little bit more about what beauty products to avoid when you are pregnant. If you are dealing with an infection or illness during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about alternative options and never take the risk of taking unprescribed antibiotics.
Beauty Expert Daniel Martin, who was responsible for Meghan Markle’s gorgeous wedding look, has revealed an easy beauty secret. It’s something that you can find in just about any drug or grocery store. And it’s certainly not what you expected. Usually, we imagine the worst in cost when it comes to celeb beauty gurus. But that’s not the case. In a recent interview with E! News, Daniel Martin explained a cheap cheat to dewy, glowing skin.
How Does Daniel Martin Achieve a Natural-Looking Glow on His Clients?
“A lot of my highlighting is done with skincare,” Martin explained during last week’s Tatcha Fall Preview. Despite highlighting products being the rage, sometimes you just want a more natural look. So how do you achieve a bright and fresh glow like Markle’s? Martin says to keep it simple. “Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor. [It] will give you that same texture, especially in a photo [when applied] on the high points of the face.” This is pretty good news for those of us looking for affordable ways to get that glow. You can find Aquaphor just about anywhere, including Amazon and other online retailers. It’s typically less than ten bucks, which makes it an even better go-to face product for your beauty regimen.
Drew Barrymore’s makeup line, Flower Beauty, was founded in 2012. In the beginning it was exclusively sold online and at Walmart. However, the expansion of sales didn’t halt there. Back in February of this year, Flower Beauty products appeared in Ulta stores across the U.S. Barrymore herself is a fan of cosmetics and beauty products, including hair care, and rather a guru of beauty. Though Flower Beauty has been around for a few years, perhaps some of you haven’t heard of the affordable brand. Flower Beauty has just about every basic product you need. The line also sells hair styling tools and fragrances, so Barrymore doesn’t just stop at makeup.
Drew Barrymore’s Makeup Line Flower Beauty is Great for Girls on the Go
Flower Beauty’s products are easily portable, so if you’re constantly lugging makeup around with you to freshen up in the office, or if you’re running late and have to resort to doing your makeup in the parking lot, no sweat. The best part about this product line is the surprising quality at such a low price. All of Flower Beauty’s products (aside from the hair styling tools) are under $20. If you’re a self-proclaimed makeup addict looking for products that perform well and aren’t very expensive, then Flower Beauty is going to be your new best friend.
Best Values from Flower Beauty
Flower Beauty sells a moisturizing primer called In Your Prime that conditions the skin while priming for around $13 at Ulta. It’s incredibly difficult to find a good primer at a low price, especially one that does what it promises.
Petal Pout Lip Color is a great choice if you’re looking for a lipstick that’s smooth and condition while giving you a nice all-day-wear. It’s available in over twenty shades, including matte options and cream finishes. Plus Petal Pout runs anywhere from $6-9, which is a low enough price to stock up on multiple shades.
The Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette from Flower Beauty is available at Ulta for $16. Like the other products in Flower’s line, it doesn’t disappoint. The formula is surprisingly creamy and lightweight, and it blends like a dream.
Drew Barrymore on the Success of Flower Beauty
Photo Credit: Flower Beauty, The Hollywood Reporter
Back in 2015, Drew Barrymore sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an interview and gushed about the success of her line.
I’m most proud of the price point we have managed to achieve with the formulas and materials we work with. It’s an almost impossible endeavor and it’s not something that people might know or understand or think about as a consumer. Our customer reviews are like, flawless — it’s amazing. Across the board people are very happy and I’m so relieved about that because you are surprised and amazed at the level of quality when you try the products.
It’s true. These products will surprise you both in price and quality. They’re a great everyday go-to for twenty-somethings who need to watch what they spend, but know what good quality makeup is all about.
Skincare can be confusing, and with the amount of products being shoved in our faces daily, just choosing the right cleanser can be overwhelming at times. And then there’s all of those foreign-sounding ingredients that we’re expected to sort through. I mean, what even is squalane? When you don’t have time to do the research, just go straight to the experts, aka beauty editors, and take a snoop through their medicine cabinets. With the amount of products that they test out and are exposed to, they’re an amazing source to gage what products are worth purchasing and which ones you should pass on. Since skincare is super personal and has to be tailor-made to each individual, no person’s top shelf is going to look the same, however, there are definitely some fan favorites that editors continue to praise.
Image Credit: @biologique_recherche_use on Instagram
Beauty editors are just as guilty of coveting the nonchalant yet thoughtful approach towards beauty that the French have. What better way to emulate them than to use their products? Both of these brands had their start in France and both have some of the highest rated products I’ve ever come across. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is one of the most coveted exfoliators in the entire beauty community.
This serum is packed with vitamin C, which will help boost your skin’s luminosity by plumping it up and reducing dark spots. Who knows, maybe your DMs will be overflowing with compliments on your skin after using it like this woman’s was.
Tatcha’s mask is so luxurious that even facialists use it during sessions with their clients. The good news is that it’s available at your local Sephora, so you have easy access to all of that moisturizing goodness.
I can’t seem to get away from Supergoop! Every blog mentions this brand’s sunscreen at least once a month. Who knows, maybe the summer heat will be enough to convince me to cave and finally buy into the hype.
La Mer’s moisturizers are as rich as you have to be to buy them. Crème de la Mer and The Moisturizing Soft Cream are the fan favorites in this line if you feel like splurging. Even with the hefty price tag, I bet you won’t regret your purchase.
In the wake of the Women’s March, A Day Without A Woman, and International Women’s Day, there’s no time like the present to profile some of the female-run big names in beauty. These major players in the beauty industry are headed up by some badass women and make products that I love. They emphasize and complement natural beauty, and you definitely need to know about them! From skincare to makeup to hair care, these brilliant babes have you covered.
Photo Courtesy of Glossier
Photo Courtesy of Glossier
Founded (as a result of the uber-successful beauty blog Into The Gloss) by CEO Emily Weiss, this beauty brand emphasizes the natural beauty every woman possesses (hell yeah) and steers customers toward a natural, dewy look. They’re self-professed beauty geeks who have developed their line as a result of tireless sampling, experimenting, and interviewing everyone and anyone about beauty products, and they’ve nailed creating products that work for all women in all shades and colors. One word? LOVE.
Highlights: Their Cloud Paint ($18, available in 4 colors) and Boy Brow ($16, available in 4 colors)
Photo Courtesy of Ouai
Photo Courtesy of Into the Gloss
Hair stylist to the stars Jen Atkin started this haircare brand with real women in mind. Her products range from shampoos and conditioners to hair sprays to repairing masks and oils. All of the products are sulfate-free and include ingredients that will repair, strengthen, and beautify your tresses. And, honestly, if Chrissy Teigen trusts her, so do I.
Highlights: Her hair oil and repairing masks can do wonders for damaged, dried-out locks. If you’ve foiled up one too many times or deal with out-of-control baby hairs, these are for you.
3. Honest Beauty
Photo Courtesy of Instagram @Honest_Beauty
It’s no secret that super-beauty Jessica Alba is a co-founder of The Honest Company, a company that emphasizes the importance of non-toxic products, and home of Honest Beauty. “Clean. Conscious. Confident.” is the brand’s mantra, and their all-natural beauty products fall right in line. If using these products will get us Jessica Alba’s glowing olive skin and youthful glow, we’ll take one of everything.
Highlights: Their “Enhance” skincare products. From primers to facial oils to de-puffing gels, their line of skincare products leaves your skin looking and feeling incredible, and works well on all different skin types and colors!
4. Soko Glam
Photo Courtesy of Soko Glam
Photo Courtesy of Soko Glam
Founded by Charlotte Cho, Soko Glam is your one-stop Korean beauty shop housing all of the best and newest in South Korean beauty. This Cali-native moved to South Korea when she graduated from college and observed and grew to love the South Korean approach to beauty: skin first! She launched Soko Glam to bring these beauty principles to the Western world, and we all owe her endless thanks.
Highlights: South Korean skincare products, particularly moisturizers and masks.
5. Juice Beauty
Photo Courtesy of Juice Beauty
Photo Courtesy of Juice Beauty
Founded by wellness entrepreneur Karen Behnke, a California native who noticed major changes in her skin as a result of hormonal changes after becoming pregnant with her first child at 40, Juice Beauty creates organic beauty products that perform as well as industry-standard products. Behnke’s line of Juice skin care is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and are praised by a slew of magazines and celebrity skin-gurus like Gwyneth Paltrow (who literally hasn’t aged in 20 years, so let’s follow her lead).
Highlights: The Phyto-Pigments Makeup Collection, a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow herself, is a makeup line made with all certified-organic ingredients.
6. RMS Beauty
Created by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift (a major player in the industry for over 35 years!), RMS Beauty delivers natural beauty products made with all-organic ingredients. After experiencing health issues that were a result of toxic chemicals in cosmetics she’d been using as a makeup artist she wanted to help other women find healthy beauty products, and alas, RMS was born.
Highlights: Her creamy luminizers and bronzers look super natural and super beautiful. Having that youthful, dewy glow without looking shiny or overly-contoured is a careful balance, and these products can get you there!
Photo Courtesy of Fortune Magazine
Birchbox has changed the way we approach new products. Instead of standing at a counter at the mall testing product after product and having a pushy saleslady try and sell you things you don’t want, you get a curated box of beauty products each month and the option to buy them at a discount if you like them. This massive convenience is owed to co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, who founded the company after meeting at Harvard Business School when they realized how difficult it was for women to try new beauty products without committing to expensive products they weren’t sure they loved. Beauty and brains? We love it.
Highlight: Getting decent-sized samples of products. Unlike samples that come in magazines, samples from Birchbox are actually big enough to last for a few tries, giving you a much more accurate read on them! Read more Beauty articles at ClicheMag.com.
During the recent spring 2015 runway collections, beauty trends featured refreshing looks with flashes of color and the au naturale. The free spirit was definitely present and an inspiration in many of these looks from modern-day hippie with romantic vibes to biker chick with an edge. It is all about experimenting with your inner self this spring and stepping into a style you never have tried before. Add a touch of color to your eyes. Stand out with plum-tinted lips. Kick up your wing liner with the perfect line. Show us that natural beauty you have with only hints of blush or polish. Less is more and spring is a sure signifier of that through all of its natural beauty, just like you. Are you ready for this gorgeous season? I know I am! Try something a bit different with these stunning beauty trends that are all about flaunting what you already have.
Sugar Plum We’re stepping outside of the classic box this season with an introduction to the plum shade—one that will definitely become your classic in spring. This attractive shade can easily be built up or down. Plum this season was even featured on the eyes by smudging lip products softly across the lids as eyeshadows. Who would’ve thought?! The shade is a soft, yet bold color that will last perfectly throughout the day without taking up too much attention.
(Tom Ford in Bruised Plum $50, shop.nordstrom.com)
That Red Lip Of course the red lip isn’t going anywhere this season, but its array of shades has definitely widened our beauty horizons. With orange undertones, the red lip has toned it down a notch into a color that can be worn all day and night. Talk about an easy transition! For that classic red lip that we love on Taylor Swift, line your lips first before filling them in with your favorite shade of red. Everything will be built into that perfect red statement that is bold everywhere you go.
(Tom Ford in Flame $50, shop.nordstrom.com)
Textured Touch Put those hot hair tools away during this spring season and rock what your momma gave you! Let your natural hair go with the wind—literally. Say no more to curling and straightening, at least for this season. Apply hair products from Redken or Tresemmé that will emphasize the natural texture in your hair. For a quick ‘do without the hassle in the morning, get a head start at night; add your favorite texturizing product, split your hair into two braids, and then let free in the morning. You’ll be left with soft waves that will last even days later!
The Perfect Black Lines Black liner is a definite go-to for all of us, ladies. Am I right? It’s time to really put our lining skills to the test throughout the spring season—let’s aim for that perfect black line. Now we know there is no such thing as perfect, but with the darkest shade of black eyeliner, it comes close. Try one from the brands Butter London or Shiseido and apply in a thick manner instead of a thin line. You’ll create a dramatic and dark look just right for a night out.
Bare Natural Show some bare-faced skin and nails in these blooming months. Let your natural self shine through with hints of rose blush and parts of your nails painted. Instead of getting done up fully, use less than usual—a light brush of bronzer, a pat of cream blush, and a hint of highlighter or concealer. You’ll create a fresh-faced look that will not only look good, but feel good as well. It’s all about becoming extremely comfortable in your own skin, gals. What better way to love yourself? For your nails, opt for painting them in half moons with a soft shade or accenting them with a stripe of color. Let the rest of your nail be bare to create a blank space—yes, like the Taylor Swift song. Except literally.
(Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple $8.50, shop.nordstrom.com)
The idea of putting oil on your face may seemed a tad strange, but it’s the latest beauty craze that’s sweeping the nation. These oils can be used to moisturize any part of the body, but they are mainly made for the face. Many women fear that oils will cause breakouts or make their face greasy, but none of that will happen as long as you select the right type of oil for your face. Oils can also help conquer a lot of facial problems, such as signs of aging, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.
Not only are these oils great for your face, they can also work wonders for your hair! Oil can be used as a hair treatment to help with split ends and damaged hair. You can also use oils to tame flyaways or help with static.
The best part of these oils is that one exists for every skin type. If your skin is oily, then the best facial oil for you would be Josie Maran’s 100% Argan Oil Light. This oil is ultra light and will not lead to breakouts. If you have combination skin that is also dull, then Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil is your best bet. This oil contains Vitamin C that will help to brighten skin and leave it glowing. Lastly, if your skin is dry and you require a lot of moisture, then the best product for you would be Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil. This oil helps keep skin moisturized all day long. All of these oils are available at your local Sephora store.