MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation
Ever wish you could camouflage imperfections on the body the same way we do our face? Featuring an ultra-hydrating blend of 80 percent water and pro-vitamin B5, this lightweight, water-gel formula provides sheer to buildable coverage and a natural-looking glow—to both the face and body. The long-lasting, innovative foundation absorbs quickly, sets in place, and won’t transfer throughout the day. Available in a whopping 20 shades, simply prep, press, and roll to create a dewy, flawless finish wherever applied. –Tracy J.
Have you ever tried a body foundation? Show & Tell!
If you haven't already, be sure to enter the Instasummer #Sweepstakes on The Beauty Board before it ends on July 20th at 11:59pm PDT. Entering is easy, all you have to do is post your summer look to The Beauty Board (on the Sephora app or at http://gallery.sephora.com/ ) and include "#Sweepstakes" for your entry to count. You must also tag at least one product you used or could have used to create the look. You're allowed to enter once daily until July 20, 2016 in increase your odds on winning one of four awesome prizes. The winner will be randomly selected on July 27, 2016.
Here's what we're giving away:
One grand prize winner will receive a bundle of BECCA X Jaclyn Hill products (including a face palette signed by Jaclyn) and a $500 Sephora Gift Card, and even more BECCA products.
Three runner-ups will receive $200 worth of summer beauty products!*
Good luck to all who enter! We can't wait to see your gorgeous looks
*No purchase or payment necessary to enter sweepstakes. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Open to U.S. residents (including Puerto Rico, excluding Rhode Island and Guam). Must be 18 or older, and have a Sephora.com login and nickname to enter. Enter by July 20, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. PT. One entry per person per day. Sponsored by Sephora USA, Inc. Potential winners will be selected from all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period in a random drawing conducted by Sponsor on July 27, 2016 and will notified by email. See official rules: http://seph.me/29fgpw9
Happy Friday, BeautyTalkers!
Live chat day is back (finally!) and it's been a long time since we've have a live chat with a hair expert. Today w e will be chatting with celebrity hairstylist and Ouai founder, Jen Atkin LIVE on BeautyTalk! Jen will log in from 12-1pm PDT and answer all of your questions. Ask anything from how to nourish damaged hair to how to achieve perfectly undone curls.
As usual, I'm opening the chat early so BTers can get their questions in before everyone else. Ask a question! http://seph.me/2a5tvzf
Please go to the link above to ask a question, if you post it in the thread below Jen won't see it!
On breakout days, we set our sights on Sunday Riley’s U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil to soothe our acne woes. This fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated, dry oil helps clear up acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores. Formulated with 1.5 percent salicylic acid to promote blemish-free skin, it’s also powered by tea tree and black cumin seed oils to support clear skin. It’s infused with hexylresorcinol and licorice to naturally brighten the look of dark spots for a more even-toned appearance. As an added bonus, it contains milk thistle and cucumber seed oils, which work together to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles and prevent your skin from drying out—without leaving behind a greasy residue. It’s the solution to clearer skin that you’ve been searching for. –Lauren P.
Oil for acne? What do you think?!
We know you've got serious skills when it comes to makeup application. We also have a feeling you've got some glitter, liner and lashes floating around so we're hoping you'll put them to good use by participation in this challenge*
It's easy to participate, here's how:
1. Create a look that aligns with the weekly challenge schedule (see below)
2. Snap a picture of your masterpiece and upload to the rebel eye thread here: http://seph.me/2ay96iz
3. Let us know how you achieved the look by naming the products used and any technique you'd like to share
4. Post your look and check out other BTers looks
I cannot wait to see everyone's creativity and skill mesh into rebellious masterpieces! Below is a description of the looks but feel free to add your own personal touch.
Week 1: Smudging deep shadows and dark, blendable liners to create a new kind of smoldering look
Week 2: Layering false lashes and using simple mascara techniques to create Intense Lashes
Week 3: Popping on glitter for an unexpected, shimmering effect
Week 4: Playing with metallic eyeshadows for a multi-dimensional finish
Your friendly Associate Community Manager,
Spoiler (Highlight to read) Week 1: 7/21 - 7/27 Week 2: 7/28 - 8/3 Week 3: 7/4 - 8/10 Week 4: 8/11 - 8/17 Week 1: 7/21 - 7/27Week 2: 7/28 - 8/3Week 3: 7/4 - 8/10Week 4: 8/11 - 8/17
*To participate in this challenge please post your look to the Rebel Eye thread here: http://seph.me/2ay96iz
If you post it here we won't see it!
Who doesn’t want softer, younger-looking skin? This set of favorites from the London-based natural skincare brand, REN, offers three products that work together to hydrate, smooth, and plump the look of skin.
REN Smooth Operators Set
Start with the gentle cleansing milk that clears away makeup and all that yucky grime from your day without stripping your skin of moisture. The next step is a serum with a shot of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and help give skin a younger, smoother look. Finally, the day cream locks in all that botanical goodness to keep you hydrated all day long. All REN’s products are made without any harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, or GMOs. They are great for folks with sensitive skin, too! –Kris G.
What’s your go-to natural skin care regimen? Chime in and let us know!
Too Faced Sketch Marker
Line, define, and create head-turning eye looks for both day and night. This original, long-lasting liquid eyeliner is inspired by Japanese calligraphy pens—allowing you to easily create paintbrush-like strokes that don’t fade or feather. From Espresso to Steel Blue to Candy Pink, it comes in 12 vivid hues that you can wear alone or layer together for a beautiful work of art. And, it’s waterproof to prevent raccoon eyes during your summertime adventures! -Tracy J.
How do you achieve the perfect line? Show & Tell!
Fresh Vitamin Nectar
Want a radiant glow and revitalizing boost? Why, of course! Fruit isn’t just good for the body, it’s also a natural, effective treatment for the skin. This revolutionary mask is enriched with 50 percent real crushed citrus fruits—which includes a powerful blend of oranges, lemons, and clementines naturally packed with AHA fruit acids to clarify, soften, and smooth skin. A vitamin fruit complex featuring vitamins C, E, and B5, lemon and orange fruit extracts, and minerals revitalize a dull complexion for a healthy-looking, vibrant glow. Your skin will never be happier. –Tacy J.
What’s your favorite way to give your skin a boost? Show & Tell!
Loubilaque Lip Lacquer
For the ultimate in elegant sophistication, check out this bold new lacquer from Christian Louboutin. Nobody combines intense color and bold shine like the master designer. Louboutin’s iconic shoes with their trademark lacquered soles inspired the brand’s incredible nail polish, and now the brilliant shine of patent leather raises lip lacquer to a work of art.
In keeping with the designer’s vision of beauty as art, the component itself is as striking as the effect it creates. The bottle is designed to resemble a crystalline mermaid tail pattern. The design highlights the intense hue of the contents and is topped with a crowned cap reminiscent of Middle Eastern antiquities and the Art Deco movement. All shades come with a gold cap except for the classic signature shade, Rouge Louboutin, which is topped in silver and gold.
The formula itself comes in eight shades from nude to bright. Even the nude shades offer daring results thanks to the incredible pigment concentration and high shine of the formula. For the ultimate in chic and breathtaking beauty, check out these fabulous lacquers that can only be Louboutin. –Kris G.
Do you even Loubilaque? Show & Tell!
For dreamy, stylish makeup tools, look no further than these products from this exclusive, Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection collab. Known for her playful, original prints, New York-based designer Mara Hoffman’s work is inspired by nature, mythology, and her own travels. Tuck away your beauty favorites in the The Kaleidescape Overnighter, and apply your makeup seamlessly with the five-piece, Kaleidescape Charcoal Brush Set. Oh, and you won’t be able to resist the playful, colorful designs on each one—featuring the designer’s original prints. –Lauren P.
Kaleidescape Charcoal Brush Set
The five, face and eye brushes in this set make it a snap to apply a slew of makeup formulas. Each brush has cruelty-free, synthetic fibers that are infused with antibacterial bamboo charcoal for easy application, and their eco-friendly, FSC-certified, sustainable wooden handles spotlight an exclusive Mara Hoffman design. The set is loaded with a cheek, shadow, complexion, eye crease, and multitasking brush so you can sweep on your go-to blush, foundations, powders, eye color, bronzers, highlighters, and contour products.
The Kaleidescape Overnighter
Tidy up your makeup counter, or take your beauty products to go with this portable makeup bag. Its medium sized for easy access and showcases Mara Hoffman’s designs, printed on eco-friendly, organic canvas. Compact but roomy enough to hold all of your makeup essentials, it’s also reversible to reveal two paradise-inspired prints.
What do you think of this collab? Show & Tell!
When it comes to taking care of your skin, let the ingredients do the hard work for you. These skincare must-haves are loaded with essentials to help detox, calm, reduce the look of pores, and to support antiaging in skin. Meet the skincare treatments that we lean on for support. –Lauren P.
Inspired by detox juicing cleanses, the Origins By All Greens™ Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask is enriched with green superfood powerhouses like green tea, spirulina, and spinach to gently give your skin a deep clean—without drying you out. This mask is also powered by kaolin clay to detox and unclog your pores, while the coconut-derived cleanser effectively cleanses your skin. What’s not to love?
Need a fresh start? The black and white charcoal in boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment draw out dirt and impurities while they balance your skin. Kaolin clay helps absorb oil and impurities from pores by eliminating dead cells, dirt, and excess sebum from the surface of the skin. Your skin gets hydrated, cleansed, balanced, and ready to face the day.
We’ve all been there. Some days your skin just needs a pick-me-up. Turn to the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream —packed with anti-inflammatory Japanese indigo and soothing botanicals to calm sensitive skin and reduce the look premature aging. Long-used in Chinese medicine, Japanese indigo treats redness and pain. This cream’s infusion of three percent colloidal oatmeal ensures that skin appears comforted, supple, and revived. It also contains a hadasei-3 bioactive complex, a proprietary antioxidant, antiaging complex of green tea, Okinawa red algae, and Japanese rice bran extracts. Soothe away!
What are your top skincare ingredients? Show & Tell!
The trend of silky and lightweight fragrance oils is taking the beauty world by storm as the weather heats up and sexy bare skin takes center stage. These oils create a more lasting scent on the skin as opposed to alcohol-based fragrances, which are less concentrated, don’t “stick” as well, and tend to dissipate. The oil format is also beneficial to those who experience dryness or irritation, as they soak in to keep skin nourished and soft. Droppers allow for more precise application on the pulse points, and some fragrance oils even offer a hint of shimmer for a glowy summertime look. -Kris G .
Application is simple. Just use the dropper to apply one or two drops directly onto wrists, neck, back of knees, elbows or any pulse point. They can also be layered with regular fragrances for an even longer-lasting impression.
Here are some of our hottest perfume oils for summer:
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Dry Oil moisturizes with the intoxicating fragrance of coffee mixed with orange blossom, cedarwood, and dark patchouli. This award-winning fragrance is unlike anything else.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Precious Oil is a new take on the beloved classic. This joyful, bestselling floral features notes of jasmine, rose, orchid, and freesia for a sumptuous and addictive mix.
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil offers a spicy and refined scent with a hint of shimmer to capture the sensual effect of sunkissed skin. With notes of cardamom, benzoin, coco de mer, and pistachio, it is a sensual and unapologetically luxurious fragrance.
If you like grand, classic florals, try Dior J’adore Dry Silky Body Oil . This exquisitely elegant fragrance oil moisturizes and relaxes with ylang-ylang essential oils. The iconic fragrance also features notes of damascena rose and sambac jasmine for a lasting floral impression.
What's your favorite fragrance oil? Show & Tell!
It's live chat day, BeautyTalkers! I am SUPER DUPER excited about today because for the first time we are welcoming makeup artist, YouTube she-ro, and Lancome Makeup Global Creative Director Lisa Eldridge to BeautyTalk! It's kind of a big deal .
As usual, I'm opening the chat at bit early so BTers can get their questions in before everyone else. So go ask a question! > http://seph.me/1ITBCWA
Please go to the link above to ask a question, if you post it in the thread below Lisa won't see it!
We are beyond thrilled to welcome beauty expert Lisa Eldridge back for her second live chat on BeautyTalk! In case you didn't catch her last time, this is your chance to ask Lancôme's Makeup Creative Director any and all beauty questions. Lisa will take a break from her busy London life to chat so be sure to mark your calendars for 12-1 pm PDT TODAY, June 15th!
We will open the link at 11:30 am PDT for anyone who wants to sneak their question in early. Here's the link to the live chat! http://seph.me/1TWIQC8
Please follow the link above to ask a question in the live chat thread. If you post it here, Lisa won't see it.
Struggling with severely dry skin? Dr. Jart+ comes to the rescue with these ultra-hydrating ceramide-infused products. They’re lightweight and non-sticky, and they deeply moisturize to keep your skin hydrated and smooth. –Lauren P.
Ceramidin™ Body Oil
Maximize your skin’s hydration with this deep, non-sticky moisturizing oil. Packed with naturally derived oils, including olive, avocado, safflower seed, green tea seed, and primrose, it instantly delivers nourishing ingredients to your skin. It leaves behind a thin moisture barrier to lock in moisture and leave your skin you feeling smooth—from head to toe.
Ceramidin™ Body Lotion
Get hydrated and feel refreshed with Ceramidin™ Body Lotion. It’s infused with liquid emulsion technology, and it has the structure to healthy skin lipids so that active ingredients can help restore healthy skin. The ceramide in this lotion prevents moisture from evaporating and increases absorption. After showering, apply a generous amount and massage all over for ultimate softness.
What's your favorite all-over moisturizer? Show & Tell!
Origins Plantscription™ SPF 25 Power Anti-Aging Cream
Searching for an all-in-one product that protects from the sun and maintains a youthful appearance? This antiaging cream is enriched with a ton of highly effective ingredients that work together to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, keep skin looking plump, and visibly enhance skin’s elasticity. Use it daily as part of your morning ritual to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with SPF 25, and to refresh the senses with a delightful blend of pink rose, mandarin orange, and star anise essential oils. –Tracy J.
What's your favorite skincare multitasker? Show & Tell!
Throw down Thursday is back and this time, we’re talking about Sunday Riley , a BT-favorite in skincare! This high-performance brand is full of innovative ingredients known to deliver results fast. Their oils are something I hear about all the time on BeautyTalk…
Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a blue retinoid oil with a calming scent perfect for bedtime. It helps with antiaging, dullness and exfoliation so can help you achieve a radiant complexion free of lines and hyperpigmentation… Yes please!
Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil offers a lemon scent and helps to balance your skin. Check the link for the list of ingredients which help with inflammation and detoxification.
Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil is your go-to if you’re concerned about aging or dehydrated skin. Mix this with your foundation for some luminosity or apply directly to allow the oil to deeply penetrate your skin and start working it’s magic.
Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil is a non-greasy dry oil that will hydrate and protect you skin from free radicals with antioxidants. Added bonus! Vitamins A and C help to brighten and support collagen production.
So, BeautyTalk, I’ve gotta know… What’s your HG Sunday Riley Oil? Throw Down!
(Throw Down Thursday Disclaimer: There are no “winners” or “losers,” only courteous opinions based on your preference.)
Nothing shows off eyes like bold, dark lashes. Check out this new mascara that’s packed full of innovations to extend, separate, lift, and curl in a single step.
ARDENCY INN MODSTER BIG Instant Lash Enhancing Mascara
It’s formulated with hemp proteins to add dramatic volume by forming a smooth and flexible coating. The wax-based delivery system is designed to glide on smoothly without clumps, and then stay flexible without hardening or flaking. The true breakthrough, though, is the brush that combines two kinds of bristles (Like those hair brushes that have hard plastic bristles mixed with boar bristles). This allows it to smooth and separate lashes as it applies the formula in a single stroke. Genius!
How do you keep your lashes looking fabulous? Let us know!
The Ultimate Travel Bag
Planning a family camping trip, a cross-country road trip, or a luxurious getaway to the Bahamas? It’s time to think beyond waterproof mascara and sunscreen this summer. This travel-friendly bag is full of 14 sought-after essentials for face, body, and hair to help you stay perfectly groomed on the go. From Bumble and bumble’s all-in-one hair powder to Jurlique’s hydrating Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Sunday Riley’s next-generation retinoid oil to L'Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil for silky-smooth skin, The Ultimate Travel Bag has you covered—from head to toe.
What are your travel bag essentials? Show & Tell!
It's live chat day and I hope you are all as excited as I am because we are going to be talking skincare with two incredible brand founders! Victoria Tsai from Tatcha and Tiffany Masterson from Drunk Elephant will be live between 12-2 pm PDT answering your questions right here on BeautyTalk! Each brand will spend an hour answering your questions so be sure to click the link below for a chance to get expert skincare advice.
Tatcha: 12-1 pm PDT
Drunk Elephant: 1-2 pm PDT
As usual we will open the link early (at 11:30 PDT) so everyone is able to ask a question. Here's the link, ask away! http://seph.me/1VHkXhK
Please follow the link above to ask a question in the live chat thread. If you post it here, Victoria and Tiffany won't see it.
On a quest for a new way to treat dry, lackluster skin? Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer actually transforms into tiny water droplets when it comes into contact with your skin, which absorb for all-day hydration. This super-hydrating moisturizer brightens while relieving and revitalizing dry, sensitive skin. It prevents the visible signs of aging with its concentrated antioxidants for a healthy-looking complexion. Just rub the moisturizer onto your skin, patting the remaining liquid droplets into skin to absorb. It’s the modern way to achieve lightweight hydration and a healthy-looking complexion. –Lauren P.
Any tips on keeping your skin healthy and hydrated? Show & Tell!
Inspired by beauty mavens and makeup junkies everywhere, full lips are the go-to look for spring. Sephora offers a great assortment of plumpers and nude shades to get the most out of your pout while maintaining a subtle but sexy look. For a more toned-down look, use a plumper only, or go to the extreme by plumping, wiping clean, and then filling in with a liner and your favorite lipstick. –Kris G.
Check out some of our top products for full lips:
GrandeLips Hydrating Lip Plumper is a great way to get started on your full lip look. This product is infused with the soothing proprietary complex, Volulip™, and Hyaluronic acid for hydration and intense, soft volume.
Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow provides the perfect yet eye-catching shade to create a beautiful, full lip look with lasting wear and a true matte finish.
Huda Lip Contour offers a new way to contour—giving lips a fuller, more kissable look. Huda is known for lashes, but the brand is bursting on to the color scene with this hot trend.
What do you use to create your perfect pout? Show & Tell!
Ready for a pure new take on natural cosmetics? Rose-Marie Swift brings her passion for effectiveness and unprocessed, natural ingredients to Sephora with her brand, rms beauty . A world-renowned makeup artist for more than 35 years, Swift incorporates pure, certified organic ingredients and avoids over-processing for products that are as good for your skin as they at showcasing your natural beauty.
Containing only the finest and lightest oils and rare herbal extract, this balancing oil helps to moisturize skin for heightened radiance while providing antioxidant protection and a non-greasy feel.
Un Cover-up Concealer/Foundation
This lightweight and hydrating concealer and foundation minimizes the appearance of pores, redness, and imperfections for a radiant, no-makeup look. It melts into the skin and never looks heavy or dry and boasts a high concentration of natural and certified organic ingredients.
What do you think of rms beauty? Show & Tell!
I wear SPF every day and love the innovation I am seeing behind the skin-protecting, antiaging beauty ritual. I wanted to highlight few awesome products that I find provide SPF in unconventional and unexpected ways that function on-the-go. No fuss necessary. From sport sticks to setting sprays, there’s no excuse to skimp on sun protection with these skin savers!
Your foundation has been set, your wings are finally symmetrical, your lashes are perfectly separated and your brows are officially on fleek. You’re admiring your craftsmanship and then BOOM it hits you… You forgot to apply SPF! (Ugh!) Rather than redoing your makeup or going without SPF, just spritz this Coola Makeup Setting Spray to protect, set, mattify, and hydrate your skin (yes, seriously!). If you aren’t already sold it’s also great for reapplying on the go, cruelty-free, 70 percent organic and free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates! We all know that there are plenty of foundations with SPF, but when you combine this level of quality ingredients and skincare benefits, I’m going to have to try it!
This compact from AmorePacific provides buildable coverage, SPF 50 protection, hydration and it even brightens the skin with green tea! The quality ingredients are not tested on animals and do not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Sounds like my serum, moisturizing SPF, foundation and foundation brush combined into one wonder product… This needs to get in my vegan leather bag now!
When I’m enjoying the outdoors the last thing I need to fuss over is a complicated beauty routine. I want long-lasting, waterproof sun protection for my face, lips and eyes which is why the Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen is perfect for any active or outdoorsy lifestyle! The all-in-one formula allows you to quickly apply while you’re out and about so you can get to catching that perfect wave, shredding your favorite mountain or lounging on that warm sand
Now that you’re covered, you can go ahead and plan that stress-free, outdoor adventure! How are you protecting your skin from the sun? Let us know!
Hello hello! It’s time for another Throw Down Thursday and this week we’re talking about Marc Jacobs Fragrances ! I must admit that I am a huge Marc Jacobs Fragrance fan for a couple of reasons. Not only are the scents incredible but the bottles make for gorgeous vanity candy and who needs “real” decorations anyways? I own so many perfumes but am always reaching for my favorite Marc Jacobs fragrances so I want to hear your favorites from the brand!
Decadence comes in a gorgeous, green bottle that resembles a tiny handbag bursting with notes of plum, iris and saffron. Hello Mother’s Day gift!
Marc Jacobs Perfume will make you feel like you’re lying in a sunny field of fresh gardenias. The bottle is simple and elegant so it won't take away from the other bottles in your perfume collection.
Daisy is an enchanting scent that’s floral and lightly fruity with a twist of violet. This is one of those scents I wear and notice every person I hug will awkwardly prolong the greeting to smell my perfume. If you don't like humans or compliments I do not recommend this one.
Mod Noir is a new take on the original Marc Jacobs Fragrance in a chic striped bottle. This smells like freshly cut gardenias with a hint of creamy musk. I am not sure what creamy musk is but it sounds wonderful doesn't it?!
So what do you say, BeautyTalk? Which MJ fragrance is your go to?! Throw down!
(Throw Down Thursday Disclaimer: There are no “winners” or “losers,” only courteous opinions based on your preference. Let’s stay civil!)
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge To Go Gift Set
Still not sure what to get for Mother’s Day? We’ve got you covered. Fragrance lovers won’t be able to resist the glamorous appeal of the Modern Muse Le Rouge To Go Gift Set. It features the Modern Muse Le Rouge fragrance in travel and full sizes and a shimmery lotion for a captivating glow. The scent’s alluring contrast of rich roses are awakened by ripe fruit and a seductive velvet cream accord with a stimulating, dual impression. The lucky recipient of this giftset will want to wear this inspiring scent everywhere they go. -Lauren P.
What do you plan on gifting for Mother’s Day? Show & Tell!
Benefit Cheekathon Palette
A box full of beautiful blushes and bronzers from Benefit? Yes, please! This incredibly cute palette includes five bestselling, universally flattering powders for the perfect flush of color to help you “kick up your cheeks.” The cult-favorite Hoola matte bronzer lets you contour, sculpt, and define, while the baby pink Dandelion hue helps you highlight your best features. Use just a dash of rockateur in rose gold, dallas in dusty rose, or CORALista blush in coral pink to deliver natural-looking radiance to the apples of your cheeks. The soft, natural-bristle brush allows for easy application, the mirror ensures flawlessness, and the adorable cover makes this perfect for gifting. –Tracy J.
What's your go-to for a flush or bronzed glow? Show & Tell!
Braids are back! From festivals to high fashion, people are continually finding new twists on the classic hairstyle. They incorporate well into almost any look and give off a great, free-spirited vibe for outdoor events. They word with first-day blowouts or second-day hair, and can take minimal effort or next-level styling.
Here are some of our favorite braid-friendly products:
Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray combines the benefits of a hairspray and a dry shampoo in one to keep hair clean and provide hold in one step.
Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 provides volume, texture, and works as a dry shampoo to give your braid a bit more volume.
Briogeo Rosarco Oil™ adds sheen and tames flyaways so your braid looks effortlessly flawless.
Got a festival-ready braid look? What are your favorite must-have braid products? Show & Tell!
Surprise! I’m not a scientist. (I know, I know, you’re shocked.) But I am a beauty junkie. And a skincare enthusiast. So I was totally excited to go behind the scenes with Tammy Yaiser, VP of Product at Algenist, to get the lowdown on their groundbreaking skincare technology and their new 10 day challenge.
Okay, so what exactly is Alguronic Acid? What makes it so effective for anti-aging? Alguronic Acid is a compound produced by microalgae that our Biotechnology scientists in San Francisco unexpectedly discovered while developing new renewable energy solutions and biofuels. Having never seen this fascinating new compound before, we began studying Alguronic Acid, and found that Alguronic Acid is the key that helps the microalgae not only to survive, but thrive, in the harshest of environmental conditions. As we further scientifically tested Alguronic Acid, we found that it has incredibly potent cell regeneration and cell protection capabilities – exactly the things we need to target and visibly correct the look of aging in our skin.
How did you discover its anti-aging properties? After the exciting discovery, our biotechnology scientists intensively researched and studied Alguronic Acid and learned that it is Alguronic Acid that is responsible for regenerating and protecting the microalgae cell. It then occurred to us that this is precisely what is needed to effectively address the signs of aging in the skin, so we began in vitro tests of Alguronic Acid in the laboratory, comparing it to other very well know anti-aging skincare ingredients. We were amazed at Alguronic Acid’s cell regeneration, elastin synthesis, melanin inhibition, and cell damage protection capabilities. This inspired us to conduct further clinical trials, which validated Alguronic Acid’s exceptional anti-aging properties, showing amazing anti-aging results in just 10 days.
Biotechnology and Beauty? How did that happen? Totally by accident! Our biotechnology scientists literally stumbled upon Alguronic Acid while developing renewable energy and biofuels – in fact, we never intended to get into beauty or skincare! But once we discovered the benefits of Alguronic Acid, we began formulating and Algenist was born. Algenist means “The Genius of Algae.”
What is the “Algenist 10 Day Challenge”? I want in! The 10-Day Challenge is a 10-day supply of our new Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum, packaged into 10 single-use packettes – one packette to use every day, for ten consecutive days. The 10-Day Challenge is launching for Beauty Insiders on Sephora.com later this month. It is a wonderful way of experiencing the new face of retinol – thanks to the power of Alguronic Acid.
Would you recommend using the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum every day? Should I use it twice a day? Just in the morning? Just at night? I recommend using the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum every single day. If you have never used a retinol product before, begin by using the Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum once a day in the evening. Then progress to applying more frequently, up to twice per day, until you find the best routine for your skin. Note a little goes a long way, you need only one pump and always remember to use a sunscreen during the day.
At what step in my skincare regimen should I use the serum? What other Algenist products should I use it with for it to be the most effective? Apply the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum to dry skin, after cleansing. For even more firming and lifting, follow with our Firming and Lifting Cream, and Firming and Lifting Eye Gel – the perfect three-step regimen to boost production of skin's key structural proteins - elastin, collagen, and proteoglycans – to visibly redefine facial contours, and leave skin looking smooth, sculpted, and lifted! And always remember to use a sunscreen - the Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 is an ultra-sheer formula that goes on smoothly for weightless daily protection against broad-spectrum UVA/UVB damage.
Can I use both the Concentrated Reconstructing Serum & the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum? Yes, the Concentrated Reconstructing Serum is compatible with the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum. In the morning, apply the Concentrated Reconstructing Serum to clean, dry skin. In the evening, apply the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum to dry skin, after cleansing. Just be sure to use a sunscreen every day.
What % of Retinol is there in the formulation? Though we do not share the exact percentage of retinol in the formulation, the concentration of retinol in the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum is proven to produce significant anti-aging properties. Further, the retinol ingredient in our formulation is microencapsulated and time-released for maximum benefits with no downside.
Why am I unable to open up the inside of the Retinol F&L Serum pump? Even though we formulated the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum with a stabilized time-released retinol, we specifically chose an airless and airtight aluminum pump to protect the formula from light and heat. This special packaging therefore further ensures the stability of the formula to deliver the maximum effectiveness and benefits for your skin.
I heard a rumor that you make algae ice cream at your lab? True story? What does it taste like? Yes – it is a true story. You don’t taste algae - you just taste pure A-MAZ-ING creamy, decadent deliciousness. My favorite is the chocolate – of course!
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Back in 2014, SEPHORA COLLECTION introduced a line of sheet masks and a legend was born. Now the brand is expanding its collection with a brand-new line of sheet masks for lips available in Rose and Shea. In just 15 minutes, you can reap the benefits of kissably soft lips!
SEPHORA COLLECTION Lip Mask
The line features two formulas: Rose moisturizes and softens lips for a younger look and an irresistible texture, while Shea protects and soothes lips that have been dry or chapped. Both formulations feature a bio-cellulose fiber mask that hugs the contours of the lips for deep penetration of the active ingredients. – Kris G.