This Drugstore Light Device Will Reduce Breakouts In Days

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In the past week, our comments box has been flooded with one question… “What’s the name of that light device?” If you have no idea what we’re talking about, well, recently we shared a skincare tutorial and among all of the products used, you guys only asked about one thing: the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $19. Designed to take down pimples, the device basically brings a dermatologist level-treatment to your home so you can care for your skin from the comfort of your couch. Here’s everything you need to know.

The Light Device

The handheld device utilizes the power of both blue and red light therapy to target breakouts while improving skin tone and texture. Red light therapy penetrates 630 nanometers into the skin, which microscopically hits the bloodstream, increasing the elasticity of collagen fibers. This will help reduce any existing scars or indentations while lessening the likelihood of future scarring. Red light is anti-inflammatory, so it’ll help tackle any swelling in the skin and reduce inflamed pimples. Blue light is also anti-bacterial, so it’ll kill any acne-bacteria that’s lingering in the skin to make your pimple disappear faster. Oh, and there’s no need to worry about the safety of the device either, as it’s 100% UV-free and FDA approved.

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As soon as we feel a pimple coming, we break out our Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, and we can see a visible change: It reduces inflammation and also reduces the post-inflammatory pigmentation (red marks) that most pimples leave behind. Even if we’re not tackling a pimple, we use it on post-pimple areas and problem areas to keep acne bacteria at bay and help with scarring. Work it into you nighttime regime as the ultimate finishing touch – it only takes two minutes, but will make such a difference to your skin.

We’re not the only ones who love this device. The reviews online are literally insane. One reviewer wrote: “The light therapy pen works directly on stubborn acne. Heals the acne from the inside and doesn’t leave any scarring. Acne’s is gone within the week.”

In short, this device works and if you’re finding that nothing else helps, this is definitely worth trying! Check out this post for more tips and products to soothe and calm acne-prone skin.

Natural Organic Face Masks For Glowing Skin - Botani

A natural, vegan face mask can unleash your gorgeous inner glow at home. There’s no need for expensive spa treatments when you have access to gorgeous products designed for home use. We hear from so many lovely ladies who aren’t quite sure how to use a mask so we’ve covered it all in our latest piece. From how to use one, to what it does, how you can apply it and importantly, when you should exfoliate – pre or post mask? 

Choosing a face mask can be daunting, there’s so many on the market. For us, you can’t go past natural, nourishing, plant-based skincare. Harsh chemicals such as silicone, parabens and fragrance are toxic to your health and skin. Instead, opt for natural, vegan, organic ingredients which will work with your skin, not against it.

Our Radiant Rose Mask is a relaxing, pampering salon treatment in a jar! It is made of nourishing botanicals which combine to give you a rose geranium scented vegan face mask. It works to revive dry, lifeless skin and reveal a soft and luminous complexion. Using this gorgeous mask a few times a week has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size and strengthen your skin from the inside out.

What Does A Rose Face Mask Do?

The naturally derived ingredients in our Radiant Rose Mask have been formulated specifically to promote healing and skin renewal. Betaine, Crambe Abyssinica and Olive Oil locks in moisture and strengthens the skin’s barrier. We use concentrated rose geranium oil which is one of nature’s super ingredients.

Our Radiant Rose Face Mask is:

  • Antibacterial: the natural ingredients found in rose essential oils can help treat acne-prone skin. 
  • Anti-inflammatory: Rose oil can help treat rosacea, calm redness and soothe swelling in the skin. 
  • Hydrating: The combination of Shea Butter, Rose Oil and Olive Leaf Extract make this formula a powerful hydrating agent. 
  • Toning: Rose Oil helps to minimise pores and smooth the skin’s complexion, naturally. 
  • Relaxing: The beautiful aroma of rose oil calms the mind and helps centre your busy mind. While this isn’t a direct treatment for your skin, relieving stress is. Beauty starts from the inside out after all.
  • Our Radiant Rose Mask will:

  • Calm your skin
  • Cleanse your pores 
  • Improve skin tone 
  • Hydrate your skin 
  • Brighten dull skin 
  • Remove excess dirt and oil 
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines 
  • Improve skin appearance 
  • Treat acne
  • Our natural face mask is a gorgeous product and we’re truly proud of the benefits it offers our beautiful customers.

    How Often Should You Put A Fresh Face Mask On?

    The beauty of our Radiant Rose Mask is in its formulation. The natural ingredients don’t strip your skin of its natural oils (sebum) meaning you can use this product more frequently than you would say a heavy clay mask.

    The delicate nature of rose geranium will replenish your skin rather than fight against it. For this reason, we suggest using our natural face mask 3 times a week or as desired. Any more than 3 times weekly will minimise the effectiveness and irritate your pores. 

    “The Radiant Rose Mask is my favourite product from Botani. I leave the mask on overnight 3 nights a week and the other nights I use the olive serum. In the morning my skin is soft and glowing. The fragrance is delightful. Thank you Botani for making such beautiful products.” – Helen63 – 26/02/2019

    Do You Exfoliate Before Or After A Mask?

    Exfoliation is a crucial step that should never be skipped. Exfoliating your skin works to remove excess oil, increase blood flow and circulation and it improves the absorption of skincare. Think of it this way, older skin blocks pores and makes it difficult for skincare products to penetrate your pores. Exfoliating leaves you with clean, new skin ready to be treated effectively.

    You may also like: Here’s Why You Need To Exfoliate

    How Do You Use A Fresh Face Mask?

    Firstly, you should analyse your skin type to ensure you’ve chosen the right product. We love the Radiant Rose Mask because it suits the majority of skin complications. It works to treat normal to combination skin, revive dry and mature skin and control oily skin. Our versatile rose mask is a must-have in your beauty kit.

    Before applying the mask, we suggest cleansing your skin to remove any make-up and grime.

    When choosing a cleanser, ensure it’s tailored to your unique needs. If you have normal, oily or acne-prone skin, our Purify Facial Cleanser is sulphate-free, pH balanced and poised to remove any impurities in your skin without stripping away your natural oils.

    For dry, mature or ultra sensitive skin, you can’t go past our Olive Soothing Cream Cleanser. This nourishing, creamy formula has been designed to calm irritated skin without compromising hydration. The olive element activates while cleansing to leave the skin feeling soft and supple.

    Once you’ve cleansed, prepare your skin for our natural face mask. Exfoliate to ensure all old skin cells and grime are removed. Follow up with our Soothing Facial Mist which acts as a toner and provides instant hydration to tired dull skin. By applying this first, you are opening your pores and preparing them for treatment. The rosewater and chamomile ingredients smell delicious but also work as a calming agent for your skin.

    Now you’ve prepared your skin thoroughly, it’s time to apply your mask. You can use clean fingertips, a paintbrush or an unused cotton cloth if you desire. Apply a thin layer evenly, ensuring you’ve reached under the chin. Avoid the eye area.

    Next, relax while the organic ingredients work their magic. Brew a lovely herbal tea, listen to some calming music and take a moment for yourself. Remove after 10 to 15 minutes using a warm washcloth or new cotton pad.

    To complete your treatment, finish off with a gorgeous face serum which will hydrate and treat your skin from the inside out. Our Olive Skin Serum contains olive squalene which is an essential hydrating liquid designed to mirror your skin’s natural oils. Our Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum will speed up your skin’s natural repair systems by promoting cellular regeneration, leading to brighter, more even-toned skin.

    The Radiant Rose Mask is part of our rejuvenate range which is protective, hydrating and restorative. Boosted with antioxidants, cell-renewing and ultra-hydrating botanicals, this range prevents and treats signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and dehydration.

    Botani Skincare is formulated using premium active botanicals, food grade and superfood ingredients to deliver real skin results. We say no to artificial colours, animal testing and animal derived ingredients, synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals. Utilising a clever blend of healing, anti-inflammatory botanicals, our products soothe and nourish the skin.

    Read more about Rose Essential Oil Benefits:

    Aspirin, Antihistamines: Kids Often Use OTC Drugs in Suicide Attempts

    MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More teens are attempting suicide by overdosing on drugs, and new research suggests they are often turning to over-the-counter (OTC) medications like ibuprofen and aspirin in their efforts.

    Antidepressants, antipsychotics and antihistamines were also common choices, the researchers added.

    "What we were seeing was youth increasing suicide attempts using medications readily available in the home," said study author John Ackerman, suicide prevention coordinator at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    "People think that youth are thinking deeply about which medicine to take, but when someone is in crisis, it's what's in the medicine cabinet. These drugs are having very serious medical outcomes for young people," Ackerman added.

    Girls were much more likely than boys to attempt suicide by what is known as "self-poisoning," and suicide attempts by self-poisoning in children and teens were higher in rural communities. These types of suicide attempts occurred more often during the school year, the study found.

    When people survive a self-poisoning suicide attempt, they may have heart problems or seizures afterwards. Ackerman said that the drugs may have an impact on brain function as well.

    "This paper is a call to action for parents to increase their safe storage practices and talk to kids about their mental health concerns," he added. "Ask your kids how they're doing."

    Parents may think it's impossible to keep kids away from all medicines. "But, if you're adding barriers -- like a lock box or safe, and counting medication -- those seemingly simple tasks can help. They can be a bridge to a child or teen seeing other options," Ackerman explained.

    From 2000 to 2018, more than 1.6 million young people between the ages of 10 and 25 attempted suicide by self-poisoning. The rates of these suicide attempts in young people aged 10 to 18 started to increase in 2011, the study found.

    Almost one-quarter of those attempts resulted in a serious medical outcome. The drugs most used in these attempts were OTC pain relievers, antidepressants, antihistamines and antipsychotics. Opioids were only involved in 7% of cases with a serious medical outcome.

    Foot Pain for Runners - Tips & Resources for Training Injuries - Run Eat Repeat

    I hurt my foot!! And when I asked Dr. Googs what my symptoms might be it provided a list of potential diagnosis that didn’t apply to my symptoms or health history. It did scare me with a few potential causes of the pain that are serious medical conditions. (So in addition to foot pain I had a mild panic attack, no big.)

    The reality is runners get little aches and pains and sometimes BIG ones or injuries. But your training situation and health are relevant to help figure out what’s going on with your body.


    So while I was looking for information on my foot pain I bookmarked some websites to share.

    And I posted some updates on @RunEatRepeat instagram and received some great thoughts and feedback from other runners who have experienced similar pain. Thanks!

    Tips and Resources for Runner Foot Pain

    Search smarter to find the best information. 

    When researching your symptoms – Include the activity that may have contributed to the pain. Even if the injury didn’t happen while running – it may be caused by running, your running gear OR show up while not running. Overuse injuries, pain or fatigue can pop up at any point during training.

    Example: Don’t just search – – ‘Pain on top of foot ‘

    Instead search = ‘ Pain on top of foot after running ‘  <- include running or the activity you were doing in the search if applicable.

    Talk to other runners.

    Ask your runner friends (IRL or on social media) if they’re familiar with your particular injury or pain. If so, how did they deal with it? Do they have any local doctors or resources to suggest??

    I don’t have a friend that’s had this exact foot pain, but one friend has had a stress fracture and said it started similar to my current pain… it was just a little achy and then went to too painful to walk during a run.

    Check your Running Log / Journal & take it to any appointments.

    Ideally you use a Running Log and have been noting any challenges, fatigue or messages your body is sending. See if you can identify some helpful information:

    How/When did it start?

    Has it gotten worse? How so?

    Have you changed your training?

    Have you changed your gear?

    Are you running on different terrain? 

    And any other info that can be helpful to diagnosis the issue. 

    Don’t Run on an Injury. 

    Don’t do it. Running on an injury will not fix it and probably make it worse.

    The pain in my foot was on the top of my foot near the base of my toes. It hurts when I step and try to push off the ground.

    It seems like the more common foot injuries are achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. So when I was searching for information on what my foot pain might be and how to help it – I kept getting search results that weren’t applicable. So I bookmarked some of the best websites with information on the two most likely injuries I have – extensor tendonitis OR a stress fracture.

    It’s hard to diagnose a stress fracture in the front area of your foot and often it won’t show up in an x-ray (or may show up in a few weeks once it starts to heal). The symptoms are similar…

    Pain in the foot, Swelling, Pain with activity – lessens when rested, Tender to the touch…

    Best sites with info on Pain on the top / front of foot:

    Foot Pain Explored : Top of Foot Pain List of Possible Causes & Symptoms – List of all the common top of foot pain issues with links to more info. Covers bone, soft tissue, athletic causes, health, etc.

    Sports Injury Clinic – Extensor Tendonitis : Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Exercises

    Sports Injury Clinic – Metatarsal Stress Fracture : Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Exercises

    Very Well Fit : How Runners Can Prevent Top of Foot Pain

    Health Line : Everything You Need to Know About Extensor Tendonitis 

    Foot Pain Explored : Stress Fracture causes, symptoms, treatment 

    *Also this @RunEatRepeat Instagram Post has several comments from runners who’ve experienced foot pain with their thoughts and experience.

    Check out the 2 previous posts on my foot pain here:

    Run Eat Repeat : I Hurt My Foot

    Run Eat Repeat : Pain on Top of Foot Update

    Question: Have you had foot pain or a similar issue?

    How did you help heal it? 


    Note: Information on Run Eat Repeat & it’s related social media accounts are not intended to serve as medical or health advice. Please see your physician for all your health, fitness and injury questions and concerns. Always consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan. 

    Multiple Myeloma Treatment: What’s New?

    Treatment options for multiple myeloma have grown a great deal in the past few years. Newly approved drugs help people with this blood cancer now live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

    “Over the last 10 to 15 years, we have made tremendous advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, which had limited treatment options in the ’90s. Overall, survival has doubled due to the introduction of new drugs,” says Hans C. Lee, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. New classes of cancer drugs, including immunotherapy drugs and monoclonal antibodies, have changed the outlook for many people with this disease.

    People with relapsed (comes back after treatment) or refractory (doesn’t respond to the first-line treatment) multiple myeloma are still a challenge to treat even with new options, and their disease tends to be more aggressive, says Lee. “But for patients with standard-risk multiple myeloma, that’s where we have made substantial progress.”

    Several new drugs have been approved to treat multiple myeloma since 2015, including relapsed and refractory forms of the disease, says Lee.

    Selinexor (Xpovio) is a new type of multiple myeloma drug called a selective inhibitor of nuclear export (SINE). The FDA approved it for treatment of relapsed or refractory disease in July 2019. It’s combined with dexamethasone and is used to treat people who've tried at least four previous therapies. It works by blocking XPO1, a protein that allows cancer cells to thrive.

    Elotuzumab (Empliciti) is a type of drug known as a monoclonal antibody. It revs up your own immune system to help you fight the cancer. It seeks out a molecule on cancer cells called SLAMF7. It’s combined with other myeloma drugs: either with lenalidomide (Revlimid) and dexamethasone or with dexamethasone and a newer drug called pomalidomide. It's effective in people with more aggressive forms of myeloma.

    Daratumumab (Darzalex) is another monoclonal antibody. You can take it either alone or combined with dexamethasone and either lenalidomide or bortezomib (Velcade). Daratumumab targets a protein on the surface of myeloma cells called CD38. It seeks out the protein and then kills the cancer cells it’s attached to.

    Like Kids and Dogs, Your Cat Really Does Need You

    By Steven Reinberg

    MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your cat may often act indifferent, but deep down, Fluffy is as attached to you as your child or your dog, new research shows.

    The finding suggests bonding goes beyond species, the researchers said.

    "In both dogs and cats, attachment to humans may represent an adaptation of the offspring-caretaker bond," said Kristyn Vitale. She's a researcher in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

    "Attachment is a biologically relevant behavior. Our study indicates that when cats live in a state of dependency with a human, that attachment behavior is flexible and the majority of cats use humans as a source of comfort," Vitale explained in a university news release.

    To gauge cat and human bonding, Vitale's team gave cats a test similar to one used to study attachment behaviors in babies and dogs. In the test, the cat spent two minutes in a new environment with their caregiver, followed by two minutes alone and, finally, a two-minute reunion.

    When the caregiver returned, cats who had formed a secure bond were less stressed and continued to explore the space. Those whose relationship with their human wasn't as tight showed signs of stress, such as twitching their tail and licking their lips. They either avoided their caregiver or got clingy.

    The takeaway: Cats bond to their people like babies do to parents. Among people, 65% of infants are securely attached to their caregiver.

    "Domestic cats mirrored this very closely," Vitale said. About 65% of both cats and kittens were securely bonded to their people; about 35% had insecure bonds.

    And that didn't change after six weeks of socialization training, the researchers found. It all goes to show your cat really does you.

    Insecure cats "can be likely to run and hide or seem to act aloof," Vitale said. "There's long been a biased way of thinking that all cats behave this way. But the majority of cats use their owner as a source of security. Your cat is depending on you to feel secure when they are stressed out."

    Vitale and her colleagues are exploring how their findings might relate to cats in shelters.

    "We're currently looking at several aspects of cat attachment behavior, including whether socialization and fostering opportunities impact attachment security in shelter cats," Vitale said.

    The report was published Sept. 23 in the journal .

    Extreme Exercise Might Dull the Brain, Study Says

    By Steven Reinberg

    THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive exercise can tire out your brain to the point that you have trouble making decisions, a new study claims.

    The findings show that despite the benefits of endurance sports, an excessive training load can have ill effects on your brain, French researchers said.

    "Our findings draw attention to the fact that neural states matter: You don't make the same decisions when your brain is in a fatigued state," said study author Mathias Pessiglione of Hopital de la Pitie-Salpitriere in Paris.

    For the study, the researchers had 37 male endurance athletes either continue normal training or increase training 40% a session over three weeks.

    Functional MRIs showed the overloaded athletes had a slower response in the lateral prefrontal cortex.

    Athletes who exerted themselves to the point of exhaustion showed reduced activity in an area of the brain important for making decisions. And they appeared more impulsive in tests that evaluated financial decision-making, going for immediate rewards instead of larger ones that would take more time to achieve, the researchers found.

    The results are in the Sept. 26 .

    "The lateral prefrontal region that was affected by sport-training overload was exactly the same that had been shown vulnerable to excessive cognitive work in our previous studies," Pessiglione said in a journal news release.

    This area of the brain was a weak spot when it came to cognitive control -- the ability to process information and control behavior, he said.

    Pessiglione's work suggests that mental and physical effort both need cognitive control.

    It may be important to monitor fatigue levels to prevent bad decisions outside the athletic arena, in areas as varied as politics, law and finance, the researchers said.

    18 Nail Trends That Are About to Blow Up Your Feed This Fall

    New season, new nails. With sweater weather and the PSL craze, comes a plethora of eclectic manicure looks for fall. From moody florals and burning flames to lava lamp shapes and marbled rose quartz designs, these trending tips are serving serious style. We asked a few of our favorite manicurists to weigh in on the mani moments that are #sofall.

    1. Odd Shapes

    Paintbox is known for their avant-garde nail designs that change just like the seasons, so here to weigh in on what’s hot for fall, is their chief creative officer, Eleanor Langston, to spill the tea. “Our Wild Thing and Joy Ride designs will be two hits for fall. We’re all about a curvy, windy shape that’s almost like a modern lava lamp and both have negative space for a sexy, sophisticated effect.”

    2. Metallic Strokes

    “Both our Heaven + Earth and Sun Daze designs have soft sweeps of fine metallics for a subtly iridescent effect,” says Langston. “We love Sun Daze atop a sheer base since it basically turns your fingertips into jewelry.”

    3. Tonal Studs

    Another nail trend Langston is feeling at the moment is colored studs with a tonal polish. “Our Have a Ball manicure has a subtle effect, but still turns heads,” she adds.

    4. Amber Stone

    Up-and-coming nail artist with Nailing Hollywood Queenie Nguyen tends to the tips of A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Carey Mulligan, and Mandy Moore and her favorite nail trend for fall is amber stone. “The key to achieving the amber stone look is to mix a sheer tinted yellow with a sheer tinted brown,” she explains. “First, apply a sheer rustic yellow, then while the first layer is still wet, apply a sheer rustic brown. Don’t mix them together perfectly so you can create texture that mimics the stone. Subtle streaks make it more natural. Once dried, apply a coat of sheer yellow for depth. Add a gold metallic to the rim of the nail for a luxurious accent. You can sheer out regular shades by mixing it with a clear topcoat.

    5. Pumpkin Spice Neutrals

    What would fall be without pumpkin spice everything? According to Exhale Spa lead nail technician, Theani Pena, fall hues will be all over nails this season and PSL fingertips will be crowding up your ‘gram.

    6. Glitter Accents

    “We have a lot of clients starting to ask for glitter in a major way again, even when it’s not for NYE,” says Pena. When you just want to have a bit of fun with your nails, glitter is the way to go and it helps that there are about a bazillion glitter colors and speck sizes to choose from.

    7. Monochromatic Nails

    “This season we are seeing a lot more freedom when it comes to new takes on classic nails, adds Pena. “We’re also loving the idea of mixing and matching nails, with black and white combos, or even a different color on each nail.”

    8. Tortoise Shell

    According to Rita Pinto, founder of Vanity Projects, tortoise is a big global trend for fall. “It’s a move away from the jelly colors of the summer but still translucent and layered and reminiscent of fall tones. We are seeing a lot of mix and match with this look – half nail tortoise and the other a block color.”

    9. Fall Florals

    Pinto also points out that floral tips with fall colors continues to be another trend, including a lot of French looks with florals on top. “We love how minimal or crazy this look can be,” she adds.

    11. Flames

    “Flames keep burning strong and the looks vary in vibe, with different color choices or gradations inside the flames,” explains Pinto. “We also love a holographic flame – the look is strong and graphic and looks great on all nail shapes.”

    12. Chipped Black

    Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon claims that black is the “it color” this season, but instead of perfectly polished digits, make them chipped. “The chipped or abstract nail trend – like this one seen at the Marc Jacobs show – is a simple nail art trend on clean nails or using negative space with nail art.

    13. Abstract Painting

    “Abstract painting can be very artsy and cool if you use the right color combinations,” says Soon. “We were inspired by Rothko and we really nailed it with our choice of colors. Spreading nail polish to look like watercolor is difficult with a base color underneath, so it’s best to do it on a natural nail.”

    14. Dotted Nails

    Art meets tech, Jin Soon style. To get the look, apple black dots on sheer nails with JINsoon Absolute Black, $18, then finish with JINsoon Top Gloss Top Coat, $18.

    14. The French Manicure

    Celebrity nail artist and founder of Mazz Hanna Beauty, Mazz Hana, paints stars like Halsey, Julia Roberts, and Selma Blair on the reg and lately she’s been bringing back the original French manicure with white tips and sheer pink-nude shades. “It went from IG grids of Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin to the runways of Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung and what’s great about the French manicure is that it’s open to interpretation. You can play with the thickness of the white tips, the accent, and the color. You can also accent the lunula (the half-moon on the bottom of your nail) with different shades,” says Hanna. “I really like a skinny French tip for the fall.”

    15. Rose Quartz Marbled

    According to Hanna, the beginning of fall falls on libra season, which means it’s the season of love. “A pink marble nail inspired by rose quartz, the quintessential crystal of love helps you practice all forms of love, including self-love,” she says. To get this manicure, apply a single coat of a sheer pink polish, like ORLY Je T’aime, $10, then use a thin nail art brush and an opaque white nail polish to paint 2-3 imperfect squiggly lines on each nail. Take a dry flat nail art brush and clear nail polish to blend out each squiggly line to give it a blurred effect. Apply another layer of the sheer pink shade, and add glitter accents if you’d like. Finish with a topcoat. You can channel different crystals by simply changing the base color, like lavender for amethyst or golden yellow for citrine.

    16. Chrome Nails

    According to Eliana Gaviria, nail technician and artist at Haven Spa in New York City, the chrome technique is completed by using a powder that’s rubbed onto the nail. “It comes in many colors and the result depends on the color base you use,” she explains. The only catch? The base color must be a solid color (no shimmers, no sheer, or glitter). Another tricky factor is that you have to use a non-rub topcoat to finish the manicure. While these might not be the type of tips you want to try at home – messy + powder + gel = a bad mix – they do look fierce AF when you get them done by a pro.

    17. Negative Space

    This nail trend has been around for a while now and it’s still going strong, through the fall. Negative space nails are exactly what they seem like – patches of naked nail. “You can try this at home by doing a simple look with less lines,” says Gaviria. “Just get a thin brush to paint the thin lines on and have fun with your color combo!”

    18. Neon Nails

    “It’s all about neon colors right now, which can be played with by having a multi-colored neon manicure, or using a matte topcoat which will give nails a rubber look,” says Gaviria. “A popular twist to the classic french is now neon tips.”

    Now you have the trend, find which nail shape will flatter your hands the most.

    Highs and Lows, Vol. 1 - Makeup and Beauty Blog

    Highs and lows. I got the idea for this post from a moms group meeting I went to this week. At the end of the meeting, everyone went around the table sharing their highs and lows for the week, and I liked the idea so much that I’m “borrowing” it for MBB — except this one has a beauty-related section.

    My beauty highs

    On the “high” front, I tried two braided hairstyles this week (tutorials linked below), and I like how they turned out. I think they looked more complicated than they actually were. In fact, thanks to the tutorials, they were pretty easy. No tricky or intense braiding, and I didn’t have to contort myself into weird positions, LOL!

    This looks hard, but it’s surprisingly easy.

    I did the first hairstyle in this series of three ‘dos.

    Also, I re-discovered an oldie but goodie, NARS Lovejoy blush…

    I picked up this rosy, plummy bronze while digging through a drawer of neglected products in my office, and I tried it with the MAC Woodwinked/Satin Taupe eyeshadow combo I’ve been into lately. Lovejoy looks really good IMO with purplish golden taupe eyeshadow.

    My beauty lows…

    UGH. I had a couple. Like, earlier this week, I poked my right eyeball with the tip of a mascara wand (Chanel Dimensions de Chanel, in case you were wondering), and that was NOT fun.

    Yeah…it hurt for a day or so.

    Also, I desperately need a haircut. The reason I’ve been wearing hair up and in braids is because it’s really uncomfortable to wear it down now. It’s past that point of no return where I should get it cut, but I’ve been too cheap and too lazy!

    I have it on my calendar to get one in October, so we’ll see if it actually happens. You’ll know based on whether my hair is still in braids come Halloween, LOL!

    Non-beauty highs…

    I signed up for my first Spartan race!

    What’s a Spartan race, you may ask? Well, it’s basically an intense obstacle course with lots of running, and from what I understand…they’re difficult.

    The one I’m doing is a sprint, and it’s a shorter version of the longer courses. More importantly, there’s no mud involved.

    Normally, with these obstacle course things, there’s mud involved, and I’m not having that. I don’t like mud in my bodily crevices or in my socks or in my shoes, but the one I’m doing is mud-free.

    I’m doing it with a group of people from my HIIT class. They’ve been bugging me to join them on one of these for ages, so I’m joining their team.

    Should be fun… I’m kind of at a point where I feel like I have a little extra oomph in the tank to train for something, so I’m excited about that.

    And non-beauty lows…

    The point of these “lows” sections isn’t to wallow in misery or obsess over the not-so-great things that have happened, but I think it’s helpful to look at recent events that were…less than ideal, to perhaps seem them through a different lens and maybe think of ways to confront challenges or work around them.

    For me, my low this week involves my daily work life/career. Basically, I don’t know where I want to be in five years, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot.

    It’s not about MBB, which I still love. It’s more about…working by myself at home and feeling lonely. I’ve been doing what I do the same way for a really long time, and I don’t know if it’s time for a change.

    In five years, I will have been blogging on MBB for — wait for it — 17 years! That’s crazy town.

    Anyway, frustration over my work comes out sideways in other ways. Like, I have less patience for myself and less patience for my family members.

    Take a moment to think about your highs and lows this week

    Please share them if you feel like it.

    Happy Friday, by the way!

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


    P.S. TGIF!

    Why I ALWAYS Bake My Brows!

    In honor of National Brow Day, I wanted to share with you guys one of my ALL-TIME favorite makeup hacks… baking my brows – it’s my holy grail! Without baking my brows, they can be a sweaty mess by the time it hits 5 pm, whereas when I bake, they look flawless no matter what I’m doing. I also love that baking them makes them look a little more natural and softens your look – so it’s great if you like to fully fill your brows but don’t want it to look too harsh. Baking your brows can take one minute or you can let your bake set while you do your makeup, the end result is the same: soft, full brows that last ALL day long!

    How To Bake Your Brows

    Step 1: Once you’ve filled in and sculpted your brows, take a dense stiff brush like the Smoke & Smudge Brush, $18, and pack a loose setting powder onto your brows. You can apply it just at the front of that’s the area you want to soften, or if you tend to get oily brows, you can use it all over. Don’t worry that your brows look a bit crazy, they’ll look great when you brush away the powder.

    You can use a translucent or colored loose powder, I use our Easy Bake Setting Powder in Banana Bread, $34, as that’s what I use every day to brighten under my eyes.

    Step 2: Wait one minute or longer for the baking powder to work its magic.

    Step 3: Using a spooley, brush through your brows to remove the remaining powder. We like to brush our brows upwards at the front of the brows, then follow the shape from the arch to the tail.

    Et voila! Insta-ready brows that’ll stay in place all day long. For more brow tips, check out the brow shaping rule you need to know.


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