A Pomegranat​e a Day Keeps the Toxins Away

With each changing season come new challenges for any skin care routine. This year, make some smart changes to your daily regimen using one of nature’s fruit- pomegranate. This superfood does more than boost your health; it can boost your beauty, too!

Nicknamed the “Chinese Apple,” the Pomegranate has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries because of its antioxidant and antiseptic power to deeply clear the skin’s Micro channels so energy can flow freely.

WEI Beauty’s Pomegranate Buffing Beads ($20) bring out the best of detoxification and exfoliation to your skin in one convenient packet. The combination of finely milled pomegranate peels and round delicate beads buff away dead skin to encourage the growth of fresh new cells and reveal the brighter, younger looking skin trapped underneath. Mix grains and a small amount of any non-abrasive cleanser in the palms of your hand and massage onto face. Rinse with warm water.

beautyblen​der Makeup Hacks

This summer, who isn’t looking for ways to simplify their beauty routine? With these easy makeup hacks and the new beautyblender sur.face pro, anyone can get by in a pinch. Here are our best beauty shortcuts and money-saving cheats!

Top 5 Makeup Hacks with beautyblender & sur.face pro

1. Need to touch up your cheeks? Using your sur.face pro ($40), mix any lipstick with a drop of your favorite foundation for a custom cream blush. Apply with the original beautyblender for a flawless finish.

2. In a rush? Mix your primer and foundation together for one-step application that will last all day.

3. Not sure what to do with all those loose pigments? Put some Vegaline (a 100% natural vegan alternative to petroleum jelly) on your sur.face pro, sprinkle any shade into the Vegaline to create and store a custom lip tint or cream eye shadow.

4. Want light coverage with SPF protection for a day in the sun? Blend using a stick foundation with your daily moisturizer and any SPF using the sur.face pro spatula to create your own BB/CC cream.

5. Looking for a fuller pout? Mix your favorite lip gloss with a drop of peppermint oil to give it a plumping effect. Apply with the new micro.mini.

6. Don’t know what to do with your old beautyblender? Cut the sponge in half lengthwise. Apply three of your favorite nail polish colors to the tip and apply onto your nails for one-step ombre nail art. Use a Q-Tip with nail polish remover to clean the edges.

One Love Organics: The Summer Collection

The Summer Skin Collection is here! So is summer and we are headed to the beach, the lake, the pool…anywhere there is a body of water to play in. We love summer! However, summer is a veritable onslaught of heat, pollution, chlorine, water, sun and salt — all of which can damage skin and cause unsightly problems. One Love Organics' developed their Summer Skin Limited Edition Collection to address the most common summer skin concerns to keep skin clear and radiant all summer long.

Gardenia Daily Body Serum, $39

Lazy summer days at the beach, by the pool or in the garden can lead to parched, dull skin. Apply Gardenia Daily Body Serum immediately after each shower or bath to help to keep skin smooth, hydrated and beautifully scented all summer long.This convenient spray on body oil dissolves into skin within mere seconds thanks to its fine mist spray applicator and lightweight, non-sticky/greasy formula. Bonus: the beautiful gardenia aroma is all natural, amazing and is simply not to be missed!

Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder, $12

If there’s ever a time for shiny, vibrant, luscious hair, it’s summer. But precious locks may actually take a serious hit during the summer months. Sun, water, heat and chlorine can be damaging, leading to faded color, split ends and a brittle, dry texture. Hair color is such an investment; they recommend that you wet your hair before sunning or swimming and coat hair with a small amount of oil or balm to create an emollient barrier to help protect strands. Finally, they recommend washing as infrequently as possible during the summer months, using Healthy Locks Powder to freshen hair between shampoos. Their unique formula featuring silica rich bamboo extract leaves hair feeling soft, refreshed and beautifully scented and promotes hair and scalp health.

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, $28

100% pure fruit water extracted from the heart of organic pink grapefruits, Pretty Pores Mist is purifying, naturally astringent and offers the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to energize skin for a healthy summer glow. This material was made fresh for One Love Organics and they cannot get another batch until next summer! The mist has a very faint aroma of fresh grapefruit and it infuses the skin with valuable plant nutrients such as bioavailable vitamins, antioxidants, trace elements and mineral salts found naturally in the fruit. With a natural pH of 4.9, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist is perfect for spritzing the skin post cleansing to help skin return to its natural acidic state and to infuse the skin with nutrients before moisture application. It is best for oily, blemish-prone and combination skin.

Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, $29

Typically, hot summer weather means that the skin may produce excess oil that can leave the skin shiny and prone to breakouts. This cleanser is an in-house OLO favorite! It has a beautiful and all natural aroma of freshly cut green apples and a fluffy foaming lather. To help prevent excess oil and breakouts, they recommend a cleanser with a gentle blend of acids to help break down oil and impurities, leaving pores clean and unclogged. Using a cleanser with aggressive acids, particularly in the summer, can contribute to accelerated sun damage, so be sure and use a cleanser that has a low, not high, concentration of acids. Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser has a pH of 5.3 and contains a low percentage of malic, glycolic and lactic acids for a product that is effective over time but is not too harsh or drying.

Norabloom Evening Primrose Eye Cream

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I thought I'd be the last one to ever get dark circles since I get the required amount of sleep, yet I have been experiencing them ever since the birth of my daughter. That has been almost 2 years now. Believe me, I have tried several eye creams to help diminish the appearance of dark circles. Some somewhat helped, but not enough to make them completely disappear. I have also tried tried the tried and true cucumber method to no avail. The only thing that seems to temporarily "help" is swipe some concealer underneath my eyes.

Lately, I have been using Norabloom's Evening Primrose Eye Cream ($42). The key ingredient (evening primrose) softens and soothes. It also contains coenzyme q10, which is an antioxidant that boosts cellular activity. I haven't noticed any significant changes, but I have at least noticed some slight changes. One thing I really like about it that it smells divine, yet it doesn't cause any irritation in the least. Since I have very sensitive skin, it is important for me to use an eye cream that is soothing and gentle. Even though it is well hydrating, it quickly absorbs due to being lightweight. Another plus!

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Tips to Revitalize Your Skin after a Night Out from Josie Feria

With Memorial Day behind us, it’s time to gear up for summer. The warm weather can tempt us to stay out longer and have a few more drinks than usual. Unfortunately, late nights combined with alcohol can take a toll on your skin and leave some obvious indicators. Josie Feria, Director of Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is all-too familiar with customers who are drawn to Miami for its fabulous nightlife with parties that don’t end until the sun rises. See below for some tips that Josie practices at Lapis Spa and recommends you do at home to revitalize your skin after a night out.

1. Dry Brush – Make long, sweeping brush strokes towards the heart to buff away dry and dead skin as well as to increase circulation and rid your body of toxins.

2. Take a Bath – Add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda to warm bath water to detoxify. Alternatively, add 10 drops of ginger essential oil to warm bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Post bath, wrap your body in a blanket and your head in a towel so as to induce further perspiration to aid in detoxification.

3. Exfoliate – Achieve the same great results from dry brushing on your face using an exfoliating cleanser. Buff away dry and dead skin while enhancing blood flow, leaving your face smooth and radiant. For an easy DIY overall body exfoliant, combine coconut oil with sea or rock salt and gently rub over body in circular strokes. For sensitive skin, mix with sugar instead.

4. Moisturize – One of the most noticeable side effects of alcohol is dehydration, so make sure to replenish your skin with nourishing lotion. To make your own refreshing and hydrating face moisturizer, melt 3 tablespoons of mango butter and mix with 1 tablespoon of almond oil or jojoba oil. Blend thoroughly and refrigerate until it sets and apply to skin while still cool.

5. Green Tea Bags – Puffy eyes are a dead giveaway of a late night, so use green tea bags to reduce them:

A. Steep 2 green tea bags in boiling water

B. Remove and place in freezer for a few minutes

C. Apply to eyes to diminish swelling and dark circles

6. Hydrate – Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day to counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces of water per day. Additionally, squeeze an entire lemon into 8 ounces of tepid water to create a strong diuretic that will aid in flushing out alcohol from your system.