How To: Dry Body Brushing

GregKadelHealth experts are always extolling the virtues of dry body brushing – and for good reason. It is an amazing way to exfoliate your skin and leave it glowing. Dry brushing jumpstarts your circulation which has a host of internal benefits. We chatted with one of the technique’s biggest fans, esthetician Jocelyn Petroni, to get her tips on how to get the best out of your brush.

  1. DO IT ON DRY SKIN – AFTER A SHOWER

It isn’t called dry body brushing for nothing. It’s important the skin is dry as this increases the exfoliation process. We recommend doing it after your shower so you’ve washed away any sort of surface dirt or oil or body moisturizer that may otherwise adhere to the brush. Plus, if you’ve just had a shower your skin’s going to be soft and it is more likely that the brush will stimulate the sloughing off of skin cells.

  1. KNOW YOUR STROKE

Start at your feet and work your way up. It’s important to brush in the direction of lymphatic flow, which is from the limbs to the heart. Use light, long brush strokes.

  1. BE FIRM, BUT GENTLE

As for pressure, it should feel firm but not painful. Lymphatic drainage is stimulated by a light pressure. Your skin should not bee too too pink or red. Avoid delicate areas like the face, neck, décolletage and breasts.  Doing it once or twice a week will give great benefit.

  1. HYDRATE STRAIGHT AFTER

If you’ve exfoliated a lot of skin cells off you may want to jump back in the shower for a quick rinse down, then dry off and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Apply an oil or moisturizer and it will soak in beautifully because you sloughed away the barrier of dry skin.

  1. KEEP IT CLEAN

Because the brush is being used to slough dead skin it’s a good idea to keep it hygienic. Spray it with a mixture of water and tea tree oil after each use. If you’re using it a couple times a week you may want to replace your brush every few months.

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How to give yourself a Vinylux Manicure

Our Resident mani-queen’s top pick for perfect nails that last? Vinylux. This “weekly polish” is by CND, the creators of Shellac and gives many of the benefits of a gel mani, without the need for UV lights and long, arduous removal techniques. Here she gives us the run down on how to give yourself a flawless, last-the-distance mani. Just in time for the weekend. 1

Step 1: After removing any existing polish, file nails down to desired length and shape. (Opt for a short soft-square shape for stronger nails and longer lasting polish) follow with cuticle remover cream massaged into to the nail bed.

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Step 2: Soak fingers in lukewarm water for one minute to soften cuticles. You can add a drop of peppermint or tea tree oil to the water to purify and refresh. Use a cuticle pusher or orange stick to gently push your cuticles down.

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Step 3: Massage a cuticle balm  or oil into your each of your nails, let it soak in for few minutes to hydrate nails before you begin. Then wash hands with soap and water and dry well.

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Step 4: Wipe the nail plate super clean with acetone nail polish remover to remove the oil, as well as natural oil from the nail plate. Using a cotton pad soaked in acetone nail polish remover actually ‘scrub’ the nail and push it right around to the cuticles and under the free edge. This is really important as it will help the polish to anchor better to your nail.

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Step 5: Skip the base coat. Yep! Skip it. Vinylux contains adhesion promoters in the colour coat so you can go straight to colour. For the perfect pale pale pastel pink, we did a base coat of Studio White and followed with Romantique. Paint it on with long strokes, starting at the left edge of the nail and keeping a millimeter away from the cuticles so it doesn’t flood. Do another stroke on the right of the nail then finish in the middle to smooth it all over. Use your thumbnail to clean up any smudges around the cuticles.

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Step 6: Apply a second layer of same col0r or to create a different shade like we did, layer on a second col0r. Once we’ve added Romantique it becomes the perfect creamy colour (think OPI’s original Bubble Bath). The white base gives it a little more depth and opacity. With Vinylux always paint in thin layers and spread the polish fast.

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Step 7: Apply the Vinylux Weekly Top Coat to set it. It will dry pretty quickly and apparently it actually toughens when exposed to natural light (no need for a UV light). We don’t know about that but it definitely did last longer than normal polish.

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How to do Undone Beachy Waves

Tousled beach waves are one of the season’s most in-demand hair looks. While you want them to look as if you just rolled out of the ocean, they do require a bit of nifty work. Here’s what you do…

Step 1: Blow-dry with volume1

“Smooth the natural texture out of the hair to just get a nice, clean consistency,” says our stylist. “I’ve just used a little bit of root volume spray, a mousse, for a little bit of grip into the hair and then we’re just smoothing it out. The trick to a smooth shiny blow-dry is to direct the nozzle of the hair dryer down the shaft of the hair with a big round barrel brush.”

Step 2: Create waves with an iron2

“Use either a straightening iron like I did here, twisting the hair back on itself,” says our stylist.

Take sections about 4 cm x 4cm and from the mid length wrap the hair away from the face run the iron or curling wand up and down the hair like a bungee jump this gives hair “movement” be sure over curl the ends , its OK if they are left straight.

Do this pattern around the head till all the hair is styled. We like Bumble and Bumbles Primer plus Surf Infusion that locks in the movement while protecting from heat.

Important to let the hair cool down completely this gives you a longer lasting curl/movement

Step 3: Create grit and texture with hair powder3

“Sprinkle some Bumble and Bumble Pret’ A Powder within the hair this will give you the Beach texture,” says our stylist. “Use your fingers to massage it into the roots, creating volume and ‘oomph’.

Step 4: Shake it out4

Next you want to loosen the curls. “I like to use a large tooth comb or fingers to rake out the set and break the hair up giving a relaxed finish.” Says our stylist.

Done!done

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9 Bridal Styles to say “I do” to

The general rule of thumb come nuptials is that a bride should always look like the best version of herself. In other words, if you would ordinarily steer clear of super-hold hair spray, satin shawls and a terrible tangerine tan, we suggest you do so on your big day. Between the peonies and the place settings, the last thing you should be fiddling with is your flyaway’s.

  1. The Boho Bride        1

Muse: Jane Birkin

We expect nothing less from the ultimate casual-cool girl. Birkin’s effortless undone approach showcased her floral garland perfectly and is a nod to her subtlety of style.

Marchesa channeled a very bohemian head of hair this season, adorning undone styles with petite floral garlands. To achieve the same effortless appeal, be sure to spray damp hair with a texturizer like Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray.

  1. The Vintage Bride2

Muse: Jackie Kennedy

An icon both down the aisle and in all sartorial situations, Jackie Kennedy’s jaw-dropping lace veil (a family heirloom which belonged to her grandmother) sparked a trend of Chantilly lace for countless blushing brides to follow.

If the veil is the statement, be sure to keep your hairstyle simple. A softened and pulled back style will allow the lace to steal the show, yet maintain volume and body in the front, as seen at Giorgio Armani Prive. Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder to lift hair at the roots without appearing over-set or outdated.

  1. The Minimalist Bride3

Muse: Caroline Bessette-Kennedy

The quintessential Nineties bride beamed from ear to ear, with a simple and sleek low-slung bun that perfectly complemented her minimalist Narciso Rodriguez number.

Few styles are as timeless as a simple, sleek bun. Altazurra made a statement with the bun backstage, equipped with a fine hair net for any potential hair fall. A gloss and shine hair spray like Kevin Murphy’s Session Spray with, Extra Strong Memory Hold will keep your look refined and leave all jaws on the floor, guaranteed.

  1. The Rock n’ Roll Bride4

Muse: Bianca Jagger

Donning a custom-made Yves Saint Laurent suit, Bianca Jagger gave us courthouse-quickie chic like nobody’s business. That oversized YSL hat hid a head of bouncy brunette curls that have been the envy of us all, ever since.

Brushed out barrel curls, seventies side parts and statement hats, put the diva back in beauty on the Georgine runway this season. Back combing even the most structured curl will enhance that seventies va-va-voom volume. First, curl the hair with hot curling tools like the Pro Tools 1″ Curling Iron.

  1. The Hollywood Bride5

Muse: Meryl Streep

Meryl can do no wrong and her wedding day was no exception. Looking as cute as a button, from the side part to the high chiffon neckline, we can’t imagine these are the kind of wedding snaps you’d look back and cringe at.

A softened curl like those on show at Ellie Saab Haute Couture is bound to suit any gown and hold for the majority of the night. This style looks gorgeous on mid-length hair and is a welcomed change to ordinarily poker straight hair. Wash hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Shampoo to boost body and lift roots prior to blow-drying.

  1. The Classic Bride6

Muse: Grace Kelly

There was just something about Princess Grace. From the cinched waist to the long lace sleeves, Kelly’s signature style was perfectly adapted for her wedding day.

For those opting for an old-world elegance, an up-do is the way to go. Dior SS12 channeled Old-Hollywood with elegantly tucked curls and an ultra-feminine style. Armour up with invisible pins to keep your style in tow.

  1. The Colorful Bride7

Muse: Elizabeth Taylor

A veteran in the bridal game, Elizabeth Taylor was no stranger to taking the plunge, both in love and style. Taylor’s citron yellow baby-doll dress was a showstopper, with the oriental wreath of Lily of the Valley flowers a winner.

The walk down the isle needn’t be all ivory and alabaster; many brides choose to veer down the pop-color route instead. Take to the hair with flora and fauna, as showcased at Reem Acra.

  1. The Bouffant Bride8

Muse: Priscilla Presley

When Priscilla married Elvis Presley in 1967, the bouffant was high-impact and super-sized sixties. Don’t be afraid of a little back combing to boost a pinned up or more relaxed style.

The bouffant is back in full force and it’s never looked quite so romantic. The Kimye wedding showcased a little sixties backcombing while Nina Ricci opted for a more subdued approach. Finish with a light yet sturdy hairspray like Bumble and Bumble’s Does It All Hair Spray, completely devoid of any dreaded crunch.

  1. The Game Changing Bride9

Muse: Olivia Palermo

Not only did The City’s favorite trendsetter sport shorts on her big day, she nailed the ponytail of the season. Tousled and carefree, Palermo was as pretty as a picture and game enough to take a risk. While traditionalists may not opt for the shorts, the ponytail will prove a modern update to any bridal style.

There are few styles too informal to dub bridal. Case in point, Jason Wu’s tousled ponytail. To pull this one off, ensure your hair is first blow waved and backcombed with a bristle Boar Brush like the Bumble and Bumble’s Round Brush before pulling back. Textured ponytails work best on day old hair.

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The Only 3 Products you Need for Major Volume

adele-touseled-hair-with-volumeWhen it comes to voluminous hair, the sheer number of options can make you feel overwhelmed and confused. This is where we come in. Below, we put together a breakdown of the three key products you need for serious volume, if you could only choose Three!

We talked to our experts about creating texture, body, volume, and movement — because nothing’s worse than attempting to achieve Victoria’s Secret waves and ending up with flat dull hair.

Thickening Spray bumble-bumble-thickening-hairspray– According to our experts, sprays that claim to thicken hair are “great for women with fine to medium-textured hair (or even thicker hair if you really need the extra hold). The spray is applied to the hair pre-blowdry to help amp up a blowout and help the style achieve extra shape. It basically allows you to develop extra definition, so the hair reacts better to holding the shape.” They recommend Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray.

Dry Shampoo KevinMurphyFreshHair – It’s no stylist’s secret that dry shampoo has been taking the hair-care world by storm. We think it’s “amazing on all hair types.” When it’s applied to dry hair, it sucks up oil and extends life to hair that was washed and styled yesterday or the day before…or the day before that. download (1)

It also helps add lift, specifically at the roots. we specifically recommends itfor “women with finer hair, as other styling products sometimes can leave a residue which can make hair look greasy.” Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair is a good option, or Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-A-Powder.

Dry Texturizing Spray – B1MT01_250x430Another product that’s applied to dry hair, texturing sprays help hair achieve body and a messy, lived-in texture. our expert says: “Think models-off-duty or that sexy bed head. It’s a great tool, again, for women with finer hair to get body and texture for hair that otherwise looks limp, straight and boring. My favorite is Dry Spun from Bumble and Bumble”

Want to create body in your hair without that sticky feeling? Want to ensure your style will last all day AND all night? Arm yourself with one or more of the products listed above from Changes and you’ll be well on your way to achieving voluminous, gorgeous, textured hair.

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Our love affair with a tan…

If you are like me, you’ve had a long-time love affair with the fake tan. What’s not to love? StTropez2 It makes you look slimmer, fitter, gives you glowing white teeth and it won’t give you wrinkles, sun spots or skin cancer, like spending too much time in the sun can.

After our first foray into self-bronzing, we graduated onto the harder stuff and made our way through some of the best fake-tanners around. Of course, over the years we’ve had many a tanning mishap. I once had orange stripes so pronounced someone asked if I was going to audition for a part in ‘Cats’.

Kate-Moss-St-Trope_2559117aA tan is the beauty industry’s secret weapon; tan conceals fatigue, evens out skin complexion and lifts hue. It makes our teeth look whiter and our eyes brighter, not to mention the instant lift in confidence and feel good factor. Using self-tan is the safest way to achieve a natural looking glow – avoiding the ageing UVA, UVB and Infrared Rays from the sun.’

Our top tips on how to get the most out of your self-tanning products.

  1. Forgetting to exfoliate

With tan it’s all about prep, the more effort you put in the better your tan will be. Exfoliating creates an even skin surface for the tan to be applied onto, thus resulting in a more uniform color and in turn a steady fade.

  1. Not closing your pores

Splash your face with cold water or keep make up wipes in the fridge and run over your face just before you apply tan. This will close pores and thus stop tanning from blocking them.

  1. Losing track of timetan3

If you’re using clever tans with quick developing technology, like the new, set a timer on your phone so you know to shower your product off after the right time – the longer you leave it the darker you’ll be.

  1. Neglecting your dry bits

Moisturize your dry areas (hands, elbows, knees, feet, any areas with eczema or psoriasis)  using an Aloe Vera based body lotion. Aloe Vera is the magic ingredient when tanning and it acts as a blending agent in the most absorbent places.

  1. Not using a mitt

A mitt to tan is like a hairbrush to hair – ESSENTIAL. The foamy mitts are our favorite and aid in a streak frees application – as well as protection the palms of your hands from getting tanned. Machine washable on cold and easy to do the back when flipped back to front so the foamy side sits on the knuckle.

  1. Using oils

Unless you’re using a specified tanning oil avoid using anything oil based as oil breaks down self-tan.

  1. Getting frustrated

The first time you did a smokey eye or attempted a halo braid – it wasn’t perfect and it’s the same with tanning. Keep going, keep tanning and I promise you, you will succeed.

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