Natural Beauty, Laura Lamperti

How to Rock the Natural Look (With A Little Help!) This Summer

The natural look – what does that even mean? Summer is officially here and all we want to do is deep dive into our fav summer activities that include endless amounts of rosè, brunch with our friends, lounging by the beach, and getting our summer tan on. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about being tan and sun kissed that makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Is it that every part of our body looks more toned when we’re tan? Or maybe because we feel like we need less makeup when we’re tan because our skin seems to naturally glow and cover up blemishes??

But let’s be real. We love our skin too much and read too many articles about the negative effects of baking in the sun. So, how can we make a compromise? We want this effortless, summer chic look but where do we start? We’ve heard it everywhere…”natural beauty”, “makeup free”, “look flawless always”, “easy as 1,2, 3” but stepping into summer in our most confidence skin sounds way easier than it actually is!

 

Sometimes it’s way harder than just rolling out bed, running a brush through our hair and strutting into the day with minimal effort…but still looking like a runway model.

 

Let’s focus on our skin for now and take a look at our current situation.

 

Expectation for Summer: Flawless clear complexion, sculpted brows, luscious eyelashes, smooth skin, even tan all over  

Reality For Summer:  Frizzy hair due to unbearable humidity, makeup melting off our face as we run to make the subway (again!), tiny pimples popping up every day from constantly being sweaty, shorts tan

 

So, how do we rock this natural look with the most minimal effort while still feeling good?!

 

Firstly,  I feel like we should also take into account that it will absolutely take makeup for some of us to  to rock the natural “no makeup” look. It’s not hypocritical, it’s just fact.

 

For that sun kissed, even skin tone…

Instead of slapping on your thick foundation this summer, opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Our fav, the Philosophy’s Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint with 20 SPF that’ll leave you protected & looking fresh.

 

To combat your humid frizzy hair…

Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase. We love it because it works to smooth our skin and calm our crazy morning hair.

 

To get the glossy lips and sculpted brows…

We have two major favs that won’t break the bank but will make you the envy of natural beauties everywhere. Aquaphor Lip Repair can be purchased at your local pharmacy and gives just enough gloss + shine to get you noticed.  Glossier Boy Brow comes in 4 different shades, including clear. PSA: Ladies, if you weren’t sculpting your brows before, you better get on it ASAP as you’ll be blown away by how much more put together you look. Even better, this doesn’t sweat off your brows so you can have those stylin’ brows in the gym too!

 

For those annoying pimples that pop up overnight….

We love this acne system that not only cleanses our skin, but uses a gentle blue light to literally kill off the acne causing bacteria. And it’s compact so we take it with us on all our summer adventures.

 

For smooth armpits and bikini lines…

We really forget how quickly our hair grows until we are lounging poolside and have that “Oh no” moment when you realize you forgot your weekly lady upkeep. For this, look no further than at-home hair removal. All you do is treat the desired area for a few weeks and your hair follicles will be disabled and you’ll never have to worry again about forgetting to shave pre-pool party.

 

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An Exciting Addition to At-Home Hair Removal

What makes this technology different? How does iluminage capture this energy for effective hair removal?! This technology is safe for usage on all skin tones and the widest range of hair colors because it brings together Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) energies. These groundbreaking technologies use the intense pulsed light (IPL) to target and warm the melanin in hair follicles. Once follicles are warmed up, it applies radio frequency pulses (RF). RF seeks out these warmed follicles and delivers a second round of growth reducing energy. The combination of IPL and RF can deliver permanent hair removal for the widest variety of hair colors and skin tones – with impressive results in as little as 7 weeks.

What Makes IPL Better with the Addition of RF?

Together, the two technologies work in concert to produce highly effective hair removal results safe for users of all skin tones.

The benefits of combined IPL + RF hair removal technology include:

Trustworthy results: Combination of IPL and RF energy make hair removal both effective and safe – FDA cleared; clinically proven.

-Quick results: Results are fast and lasting – get smooth skin in as little as 7 weeks.

-Universally effective results: It is safe for use on all skin tones and the widest range of hair colors.

-Pain-free results: Combined IPL+RF hair removal technology is pain-free (users experience a gentle warming sensation).-Widely applicable results: Clinically proven to be safe and effective for sensitive face and body areas.

We saved the best for last…

For the first time ever, now that Iluminage is part of the Tria Brand Family, we are thrilled to offer two at-home hair removal technologies, Tria Laser and Iluminage DUAL WAVE (IPL+RF). Different technologies. Equally effective. Both for you when you need them. With this welcome addition to at-home hair removal, we can all be sure to step out with our softest, smoothest skin this summer. What are you waiting for?! Take our online quiz to figure out what device will work for you!! 

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Silk vs. Copper Infused Pillowcases: Why We Love One More Than The Other

Fact: Everyone needs to sleep

Whether you get 8+ hours of beauty rest or 6 hours of tossing and turning, it is part of your life and part of your body’s natural rejuvenation process. And as evolved, blessed humans we have the luxury of resting our precious heads on the cloud-like fluffs known as pillows. You spend a large majority of your life with your face planted into your pillow… so why have we never talked about the importance of your pillowcase?

If you are like a majority of the population, you’ve probably been sleeping on a regular cotton pillowcase because it matches your cotton sheets. No problem with that, but did you know there are pillowcases that make you MORE beautiful as you sleep?

Literally, pillowcases that smooth hair, soften skin, fight acne, keep oil at bay, and even prevent those little face creases you have when you wake up. As if beauty sleep itself wasn’t already so worth it, now you have the option to wake up radiant just by switching out your pillowcase.

Yes, this is exciting news I know. Feel free to squeal with happiness!! While there are many pillowcases existing today, we want to highlight two of the most popular kind: silk vs. copper.

Silk Pillowcases

The benefits of sleeping on silk are numerous. For one, silk is…silky. It is without a doubt a luxurious sensation that you’re able to sleep on each night. It’s pretty and looks great on your bed too!

Besides feel and aesthetic, silk works to retain moisture in your skin and is naturally hypoallergenic. The most noticeable benefit however is the way it makes you look. The softness of the silk helps your skin stay smooth and healthy, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines!

Think this all sounds great?  Just wait until you read about the copper infused cases.

Copper Infused Pillowcases

Let’s think of copper infused pillowcases as silk pillowcases, but with clinically proven technology. Clinically. Proven. Technology. Have you ever even considered such a phenomenon? While the pillowcases are made of a rich, unique silky smooth blend, the delicately infused copper threads work overtime to deliver results. When the skin is in contact with the copper fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture found in the skin’s upper layers.  These released copper ions support the skin’s natural self-renewal process and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote healthier-looking, glowing skin. Sleep on these for 4 weeks and you’ll be sure to see results.

Silk vs. Copper Infused: So, We Love Copper More

Overall, we prefer copper because it works overtime to make you look your best while still feeling great. It has the feeling and benefits of silk PLUS the added benefits of copper.

The feeling of crawling into your cozy bed after a long day to get your quality beauty sleep is an experience unlike anything else! Make sure your pillowcase is benefiting you as you rest your beautiful face on it each night.

Pick copper. Choose copper. Love copper.

#notjustasilkpillowcase

 

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Summer Skincare Swaps For Glowing, Healthy Skin

Summer Skincare Swaps For Glowing, Healthy Skin

Summer is here and we are feeling the heat! The sweaters have all been packed away and slowly replaced by sandals and sundresses, pedicures are once again a monthly—nay weekly—necessity. But there are other important, yet often overlooked changes that should occur, but don’t. We’re talking about your skincare. Think your creamy, ultra-hydrating night cream is a necessity in the summer? Think again. And how do you plan to deal with the inevitable moisture and makeup buildup that accumulates on your face on those particularly hot, sticky summer days? We’ve got you covered—read on to find out which skincare swaps you need to make as we head our way into summer!

Consider Breaking Up With Your Razor Forever

You are never, ever, ever getting back together with your razor after this summer. Try at home hair removal this season to guarantee smooth, silky skin all year round without the hassle of shaving, waxing or epilating ever again. Not sure where to start? Check out our Hair Removal to see what device works best for you.

Swap Your Moisturizer For Something Lighter

Unless you live in a literal year-round beach paradise, we’re guessing that you use a thicker, creamier moisturizer to give your skin an extra dose of hydration in the cold winter months. But with climbing temperatures and intense humidity, your skin will start retaining more moisture, meaning that your favorite wintertime moisturizer will leave you feeling swampy—not chic. Instead, opt for a lightweight hyaluronic acid based moisturizer, which will absorb into the skin without leaving an oily sheen.

Say Goodbye To Your Foundation

Remember that bit about your skin retaining more moisture in the summer? The same thing applies with your foundation. Come June and July, your go-to cream and liquid foundations will buildup and cause breakouts. Tinted moisturizer or a lightweight powder foundation will feel much fresher—your skin will thank you.

Step Out With Clear, Confident Skin

Yes, we want you to get rid of your foundation but we know it’s sometimes hard if you are not feeling confident in your skin. Good news, we have a 3-step system that will have your skin glowing. Try the Tria 3-Step Acne Clearing System that uses gentle blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria and natural botanical topicals for cleansing and spot treatment.

Stock Up On SPF

Would this be a summer skincare blog without a single mention of sunscreen? A critical step to any skincare routine year-round, sunscreen is particularly important during the summer months when the sun is at its peak strength. Apply generously to your face, neck, hands and any other area of skin that will be exposed during the day.

Give Yourself A Harm-Free Glow

There is nothing more coveted than that “I-Just-Got-Back-From-Vacation” sun-kissed glow, but sunbathing comes at a price. Rather than risk skin cancer and accelerated aging, treat yourself to a gorgeous glow using one of the many self-tanning products on the market. Apply lightly and regularly for a gradual—and natural!—transition that will make you the envy of the office.

 

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Hair Removal for Dark Skin: Why It Works

Hair Removal for Dark Skin: Why It Works

Up until now, the advances of at-home hair removal technology have failed to deliver on lasting hair removal for dark skin. Although some devices have been approved for light and medium skin tones, those with darker skin have not had access to a safe and effective form of at-home hair removal. Until now. Introducing at-home hair removal for dark skin: Dual Wave Technology (or IPL + RF). The new reality.

How Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) + Radio Frequency (RF) Technology Works

What makes this technology different? How does iluminage capture this energy for effective hair removal for dark skinned beauties?! This technology is safe for usage on dark skin because it brings together Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) energies. These groundbreaking technologies use the intense pulsed light (IPL) to target and warm the melanin in hair follicles. Once follicles are warmed up, it applies radio frequency pulses (RF). RF seeks out these warmed follicles and delivers a second round of growth reducing energy. The combination of IPL and RF can deliver permanent hair removal for the widest variety of hair colors and skin tones – with impressive results in as little as 7 weeks.

Long Lasting Hair Removal for Dark Skin

Lasting hair removal for dark skin is simple! After just a bit of prep, the iluminage system goes to work and can deliver smooth skin and gentle hair removal results in as little as 7 weeks. Here’s how the process works:

  1. Select an energy level
  2. Press the activation button
  3. Hold the applicator against your skin
  4. Slide the device to a new area after each visible flash of light
  5. Continue treatment for 2 to 10 minutes depending on the area of the body that you’re focusing on

The treatments are simple, and the results are safe and clinically confirmed. The nice thing about using the iluminage is that you only treat once a week for the first 7 weeks; then, typically switch to monthly maintenance after that. Plus, treatments may take as little as 2 minutes to complete! Even if you’re removing hair from multiple areas of your body, the overall time commitment is far less than shaving every couple of days – and the results last much longer.

 

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