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Ed Letter: June/July 2014


Photo Jun 18, 9 23 18 AMExactly two years ago when I first became the new Editor in Chief of this magazine, I was putting this thing together at my kitchen table, collecting photographs from talented, generous photographers, and writing articles with a small group of friends at my university. Although I still sometimes work from my kitchen table, now I have a whole team backing me, lending their support, thoughts, and passions—and I couldn’t be more grateful. The day I launched my first issue, I had a small celebration at home—with a few drinks and a delicious cake—and I wished that, someday, this magazine would be where it is today.
To celebrate Cliché’s 5th birthday and the long-awaited arrival of summer, I wanted this issue to be about fun—because what is fun anyway, if not doing something you love, something that makes you happy? I’d be the first person to defend the idea that you can have fun all by yourself—by reading an exciting book, putting together new outfits, practicing new hairstyles and makeup tricks, and the list goes on! And for those who crave the warmth of company and laughter, head to the beach this summer, go traveling, and share some of your favorite music with someone special. I encourage everyone to just do what they love this summer, and just have fun.
The people I know will be having fun this summer include Ethan Thompson, former American Idol contestant, while he tours California to promote his debut EP (read my interview with him on pg. 134), our beautiful cover girls Serinda Swan (pg. 106) and Nicky Whelan (pg. 114) as they further their careers, and the ton of other musicians, actors, and artists we interviewed this issue. And we can’t forget our writers, who will reporting on their favorite summer findings and activities—both in this issue and on our blog—as well as soaking up some sun. More than anything, I hope this issue inspires you all to let loose and enjoy the summer.
And as far as anniversaries go… here’s to many more.
Megan Portorreal
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Ed Letter: June/July 2014 was originally published in the June/July issue of Cliché Magazine

Six Sneaky Summer Skin Myths: Debunked!



It’s about time we squash the most common summer skin myths. While it might be our favorite season of the year, the harsh effects of summer sun on your delicate skin are real, so it’s important that you don’t let a silly misconception jeopardize the health of your most precious organ. We’ve come up with some of the most well-known summer skin myths, and made it our mission to get to the bottom of these sneaky, not to mention dangerous, misunderstandings. This summer, there’s no excuse for a nasty burn or a stale skincare regimen leftover from the frigid winter months. Read on for the top six summer skin myths: DEBUNKED! 

“I’m dark-skinned, I don’t need to worry about sunburn or skin cancer.”

WRONG. This is a very common skin misconception that gets a lot of people in trouble. Yes, fair-skinned people are more susceptible to getting bad burns that can lead to skin cancer; but that doesn’t mean people with dark or olive skin aren’t at risk. While fair-skinned people burn faster, people with darker skin are less likely to burn as quickly and, therefore, sometimes aren’t as likely to protect themselves or notice the damage being done. It’s important for people of all skin types to lather up with SPF and visit their dermatologist on a yearly basis to check for any unusual moles or growths.

“The sun works wonders for my acne.”
Although it might seem like the sun can improve your blemish battles, it usually doesn’t do much except aggravate your existing problems. Initially, it might appear as though your acne is improving when you have a nice base tan or slight sunburn, but the color is only temporarily camouflaging your existing acne. In actuality, soaking up the sun can lead to buildup of dry skin, which is proven to cause blemishes. Wearing heavy makeup in the heat can also seriously clog your pores, leading to even bigger problems. Your best bet? Keep makeup light in the summer, always use a non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen, and MOISTURIZE every chance you get.

“If I have on makeup, I don’t need to worry about using sunscreen.”

Wouldn’t that be nice? Unfortunately, makeup doesn’t offer a shield from the harmful rays of the sun, unless it has built-in SPF. Luckily, many face makeups, including powder and liquid foundations, offer not only seamless coverage, but also solid sun protection with SPF. Many daily moisturizers also contain SPF, if you’re not worried about blemishes and want to keep things light and fresh on a steamy, summer day.
 “My skin is naturally oily in the summer, so I don’t need to stress about moisturizing morning and night.”
This is another common misconception during the summer months. While it might seem like your skin is producing more oil than ever (HELLO, grease!), the opposite is usually occurring. The sun naturally sucks the moisture out of your skin, which leads to the buildup of dry, dead skin cells. The fix? Use an exfoliating face wash (gently) once a day or every other day, and always follow up cleansing with an oil-free moisturizer to keep skin silky smooth and sufficiently hydrated.

“There’s no need to reapply waterproof sunscreen after swimming or sweating.”

We know, it says “waterproof,” but that doesn’t mean you don’t ever need to reapply. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that these sunscreens are more water-resistant, and not totally waterproof. There’s no doubt they hold up better than you’re average sunscreen, but not much can withstand a sweaty, 45-minute run outside or a long swim in the rough currents of the ocean. That’s why it’s crucial to always reapply after sweating or taking a dip in the pool. Taking the time to do so will ensure the type of SPF protection your skin is craving, no matter what rigorous (or not so rigorous) activities you plan on doing.

“It’s okay to have the same exact skin regimen from season to season.”

We are creatures of habit; therefore it’s not surprising that most of us feel married to our daily skin routines. But just as skin differs from one person to the next, our individual skin needs also change from one season to the other. When the temperature and humidity rises, our skin craves lightweight, oil-free, and moisturizing products that won’t clog pores with dirt and sun-dried dead skin. Of course, there’s no need to make drastic changes in your routine, especially if a product is working well for you. But it’s important to be aware and stay in tune with your skin’s changing needs, whether you need some extra SPF or a powerful boost of quenching moisture.
Feature and Post Image Courtesy of www.beautyplussalon.org

The Magic of Pixar



The magic of Pixar is that it never gets old.

 Sure, there might have been some questionable ideas like Cars 2, but all of Pixar’s films are commercially successful.

As a whole, the company holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89%.

 Since the company released Toy Story, its first feature film, in 1995, it has won 27 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, eleven Grammy Awards and an assortment of other awards.

Pixar knows how to appeal to children, but they know what will make an adult enjoy the film. Re-watching all of my old favorites has given me a fresh appreciation for the comedy they incorporate in the films.

The company has also played with my emotions because I’ve grown with it. I was three when Toy Story came out, and I was in my senior year of high school when Andy went to college 2010. I was eight when Mike Wazowski, Sully and Boo became a part of my life, and I finished my sophomore year of college when Pixar traveled back in time to show Mike and Sully at Monster University.

Pixar gets me. They get everybody.

I only know three of the next seven Pixar films in production, but I guarantee I’ll see all of them, whether it’s because I want to or my future kids want to. But who am I kidding? It’s for us and always will be. That’s the magic of Pixar.

Feature and Post Image Courtesy of http://collider.com/pixar-sequels-every-other-year/

The Buzz About BB Cream


41Gnt6d3Y1LLately, everyone has been talking about BB Creams. Some have even been calling it a “miracle in a tube.” In response to this increasing demand, both high-end cosmetic lines and drugstore skincare brands have recently released a slew of BB Creams, all claiming to minimize your beauty routine and maximize skincare benefits. In essence, BB creams, short for “beauty balms,” are meant to take care of all of your essential skincare needs in the convenience of one product. BB creams are formulated to not only moisturize, but also protect your skin from harmful UV/UVB rays, as well as decrease the appearance of blemishes and improve uneven skin tone. In many ways, BB creams function similarly to tinted moisturizers with SPF, which we know have been around for a while. What sets BB creams apart from your average tinted moisturizer is the addition of anti-aging components such as Vitamin A, C, and E, along with silicon based ingredients that have the same smoothing effects of a primer.

Is this newest skin sensation the “wonder cream” some claim it to be? The jury is still out. Being the beauty devotee I am, I of course had to try it out for myself. Since this was only a trial, I opted for a more price-friendly option and picked up Olay’s Fresh Effects BB Cream from my local drugstore for a meager $14.99. I have to admit, I was skeptical from the start. It probably doesn’t help that I am a bit of brand “brat,” and usually select pricier, high-end beauty products that pack a powerful punch (and leave a hole in my wallet). After giving the product a try, I wasn’t wholly impressed, neither entirely disappointed. Although it did improve some uneven skin tone and blotchiness, it didn’t do much in terms of hiding my blemishes. Honestly, it didn’t conceal them at all. That being said, the scent of the cream was indeed “refreshing” as the product promises, and it was also much lighter than most tinted moisturizers that I’ve tried. I ended up using foundation and concealer over top of the BB Cream, which I guess defeats the purpose entirely, but I was happy with the final product. It definitely delivers in terms of moisturizing and priming your skin.

The final verdict? I’m not about to clear my bathroom counter of all my other beloved beauty products, but the BB cream is a nice addition. Since the coverage is minimal, this product is probably best for people who are blessed with few or no blemishes (obviously not me) or those looking for light but dependable coverage in the steamy summer months. I’m tempted to try a high-end version of the BB cream, but I’m thinking I’ll probably get similar results. Have you recently tried a BB cream? What’s your opinion on the most recent skin sensation? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you!

Feature Image and Photo Courtesy of Ulta Beauty.