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Eye Gel vs. Eye Cream: Differences and Benefits

The thin, delicate skin surrounding the eyes demands a little extra attention. While the skin care market is saturated with products that promise to completely revamp the appearance of the skin surrounding your eyes, it’s important to understand the key differences between their two most common products: eye gels and eye creams. An eye cream is a rich emulsion that cushions the skin with deep hydration. These formulas are typically dense and enriched with oil and other nourishing ingredients th

Face Care Guide: Free Yourself of Blackheads and Blemishes

Everyone would love a flawless complexion, but many of us are often marred by such imperfections as blackheads and pimples. Both of these common problems can afflict people at any age and with any type of skin. If you’ve tried to use traditional blackhead removers and pimple poppers without much success, it could be that you need to reevaluate your facial skin care routine. In other words, you might need to find a remedy that will revit

Doctors Discuss Reports of Breast Cancer Being Linked to Breast Implants

Breast implant surgery is a common procedure. Naturally, patients who are undergoing the surgery will have a litany of questions and concerns that they wish to address beforehand. One of the more common questions we have received in the recent months is a link between breast implants and breast cancer. Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a very rare form of T-cell lymphoma that may develop around breast implants. This is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that a

Weird Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Nothing makes getting ready simpler than having a couple of quirky tricks up your sleeve. You never know when you might need one of these creative beauty hacks! It turns out red lipstick pulls double duty as a concealer primer. Try this to combat those stubborn dark circles. Lightly apply red lipstick to your undereye area and the inner corners of your eye. Blend thoroughly with a makeup brush. Finish with dusting powder in your skin tone. Farewell, dark circles! Those cotton balls sitting on

Save Time in the AM with These Quick Beauty Fixes

These days, convenience is everything. We’re so pressed for time that we eat breakfast on the go (or skip it altogether) and attempt to apply a full face of makeup in the car. Is it any wonder we’re all a little overwhelmed by the time we plant ourselves at our desks? With these time-saving beauty products, you can finally get back into your old routine—and feel more beautiful than ever. We’ve rounded up some multifaceted beauty products from Brick & Mirror, all designed to make life easier on

Beauty Tips: 10 Makeup Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Look

If you're guilty of wearing too much blush, you'll know it — and so will the rest of the world. Fix the TMB problem by dusting your preferred face powder directly over the areas hardest hit by OTT blush. This will kill the intensity, resulting in a much lighter, more natural glow. What's That on Your Teeth? Is there anything worse than not even knowing you're wearing lipstick on your teeth during a date or meeting? Avoid this makeup faux pas by doing the ol' finger trick — just place a finger in

The 10 Best Concealers That Hide Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

My son loves nothing more than waking up at the crack of dawn and jumping in our bed, Superman style…only to pass out 3 minutes later. Isn’t he so lucky to be able to wake up and go back to sleep at the drop of a hat? For me, that’s not the case. Once I’m up, I’m up. Needless to say, sleep is a luxury I’ve learned to live largely without, and I felt like you could really see the effects of sleeplessness on my face. For so long, I blamed the dark circles under my eyes on my kids. But did you kno

Five Minute Makeup Tutorials Every Mom Should Watch

My morning rush is nothing short of epic—even on those days when I think I’ve got a lock on the whole I-look-awesome-nothing-can-stop-me-now thing. Actually, I barely have time to comb my hair and throw together breakfast, let alone do my makeup. Let’s face it: The modern woman isn’t exactly sitting around with nothing to do. (Free time? What’s that?) It’s this shared conundrum that makes me oh so grateful for the plethora of YouTube videos devoted to pulling off fabulous makeup in just a few m

Cheap Beauty Products to Buy Now

I’ll admit that I sometimes fall victim to the hype of the newest beauty booty on the market that promises to revolutionize the way I look/feel/apply my makeup. $28 lip gloss? Tried it. Mascara that cost 4x the drugstore price? I was fathful to it for a couple years before finally realizing that the results weren’t actually 4x better than its cheaper counterpart. Whether you’re like me and have fallen into the habit of buying a few overpriced beauty products just because you’re used to them, or

6 Reasons Why Lip Crayons Should Replace All Your Lip Products

My makeup bag used to be filled with lip products—glosses, lipsticks, balms, liners, plumpers…the list went on. It was a total waste of space, and yet, I loved each one for its ability to achieve a specific look. Once I bought my first lip crayon, the whole game changed. I was able to pare down my lip collection to the point where at any give time I have 3 — 4 lip crayons in my bag and they work for every situation under the sun—from daytime to night, casual to dressy. If you aren’t quite into

Stress-Relieving Non-Toxic Bath Bombs You Need To Try Now

A woefully long day usually leads to a sort of sorry, stumbling-through-the-door scenario every evening, one in which I’m barely able to cobble together the kids’ lunches before collapsing into bed for what feels suspiciously like a nap and less like a relaxed slumber. Enter the bath bomb, the unlikeliest of heroes—a demure-looking little sphere that, once submerged in my bath water, transforms it into the most indulgent experience of my life. Okay, so “life” may be a bit of an overstatement, b

How to Dye Your Roots (& Best Gray Hair Cover Up Solutions)

I’ll admit it: Those pesky grays are starting to become a reality in my life. The gray-hair game is somewhat new to me, and keeping up with my fading roots is just another one of those annoying “new normals” in my life. I don’t have enough grays to really warrant bi-weekly trips to the salon (even if I did, I certainly don’t have the time, energy, or cash for that?), but they’re still an ever-increasing problem. I’ve been determined to keep my grays at bay though, and have tried and tested a sl

11 Brilliant Concealer Hacks You Probably Haven't Heard Of

For me, concealer is to the makeup bag what the black dress is to the closet. It’s the genius that conceals my shamefully dark circles caused by a night catching up with my friends (or dealing with a baby who just WILL NOT sleep), and it’s the antidote to a pesky acne scar that just won’t budge. It’s also quite the multitasking tool. From lip-plumper to brow-popper, here are some pretty brilliant concealer hacks I’ve discovered that you may not have thought of (plus some great brand recommendat

Beauty Crimes You're Probably Committing (& How To Quit)

First of all, don’t stress. We are all guilty of committing at least one of these criminal beauty acts at some point or another. From plain bad habits to questionable color choices, count up how many of these no-nos you’re committing—are you in the clear or is it finally time for you to nip these bad beauty choices in the bud? Check out all the beauty crimes you’re probably committing (and how to fix them, instantly!) in the slideshow.

7 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Brazilian Bikini Wax

Summertime is beach time—which also means it’s hair removal season for many of us. For a long time I had been hesitant to get waxed at a salon, so the thought of not only going in for a professional wax, but then going completely bare, just seemed crazy. But I finally did it, and I love it. Getting a Brazilian bikini wax is a great way to put your mind completely at ease when wearing any bikini or swimsuit. It’s different from a traditional American bikini wax because it removes all the hair fr

Controversial Anti-Aging Stem Cell Cream: Is It Right for You?

More and more beauty companies are harnessing the power of stem cells to elevate their products to the next level. But how do these products work? And which ones do you absolutely have to have? The controversy surrounding stem cells dates back to 1998, when scientists first revealed that they could extract the cells from human embryos. Amid great excitement, there was also plenty of contention over the theory that stem cells might prove helpful in treating debilitating conditions—at the cost of

The Lazy Woman's Guide To Great Skin

You don't have to spend hours creating a supermodel-worthy skin care routine in order to achieve a flawless complexion. And while "flawless" may seem a bit of a tall order, what with the myriad acne, dryness, oil slicks, and other woes that betide your visage, it's not impossible. At the bare minimum, you should remove your makeup at night. Even if all you have on hand is a baby wipe, you're better off removing the remains of the day with that than simply collapsing i
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