How to Properly Dry Brush Your Skin

If you experienced an endless winter (and a sunless spring), chances are your skin hasn’t seen the light of day in a while.

While most of us are preoccupied with dodging puddles and waterproofing our makeup routine against another torrential downpour, we might be ignoring the skin we have trapped beneath layers of fleece and PVC.

The harsh reality is cold weather severely reduces blood circulation and inhibits sebum production, resulting in dry, dull skin that makes it a little hard to shed come summertime.

Luckily dry brushing helps revive sallow skin, so you don’t look like a zombie from The Walking Dead in your bikini. All you need is a hand held body brush and six minutes of your time!

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing involves sweeping a densely bristled brush over your body to slough off dead skin cells, boost blood circulation, and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Simply apply slight pressure and use stroking motions to exfoliate build up and unclog pores uncovering smooth, clear and awakened skin.

Similar to the effects of a cardio workout, the sturdy bristles help stimulate blood circulation, break up fat deposits, and reduce the appearance of cellulite over time. Due to its circulation-boosting properties, we noticed that dry brushing also gives our bodies a natural burst of energy to help kick start the day.

Aside from its many aesthetic benefits, many compare dry brushing to a massage that goes beyond the skin’s surface to stimulate lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting the white blood cell-infused fluid called lymph, which is responsible for removing toxins, waste and other harmful substances from the body. Brushing your skin encourages lymph flow to enliven your body’s natural detoxification processes.

How to Properly Dry Brush Your Skin:

Dry brushing can be completed daily depending on skin tolerance. It’s completely normal for your skin to be slightly flush after a brushing session. However, if it becomes inflamed, consult our tips for proper technique.

  1. While brushing can be completed at anytime of day, we recommend skin brushing in the morning to invigorate your body for the day ahead. Make sure that your skin and brush are completely dry before beginning.
  2. Prior to showering, sweep the brush over your body starting at your feet and stroking upwards toward your heart to activate lymphatic drainage and completely exfoliate from head to toe. Brushing should be performed in long, firm strokes. Apply increased pressure to the bottom of your feet, elbows, and trouble spots to help smooth out tough skin, lumps, and bumps. Soften pressure on more sensitive areas like your abdomen, chest, and neck.
  3. After 3-6 minutes of brushing, shower to rinse off dead skin cells with a hydrating shower oil and then apply a restorative body lotion.

Be sure to follow these three steps everyday for soft, healthy, and glowing skin this summer!

Guide to Dry Brushing Your Skin | Beautylish


How to do a sock bun

We already showed you how to create big, beautiful buns. While the DIY sock bun may seem intimidating, it’s actually one of the easiest—and quickest!—techniques to boost the volume of your topknot. Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce have all rocked the polished wrap for big events, and the elegant style works everywhere from the red carpet to the weekend. Why not try this sock bun tutorial for yourself!

  • 1 sock
  • A pair of scissors
  • Bobby pins

Any sock made from a thinner fabric will work. Opt for a brown or taupe shade (something that resembles your hair color, although it doesn’t have to be an exact match) as a white or a bright-colored sock might peek through your strands and give away your bun’s secret.


How To Do A Sock Bun - Create Sock Doughnut And Ponytail

Cut off the toe area of the sock, and roll the fabric tube from the inside out into a doughnut shape. Pull hair back into a high ponytail and secure with elastic at the crown.


How To Do A Sock Bun - Put Doughnut On Pony

Place the sock doughnut around the base of the ponytail and pull all of your hair through the hole. Then, pull the doughnut from the base of the head all the way to the ends of your pony.

How To Do A Sock Bun - Tuck And Roll

Starting from the end of your pony, begin tucking and rolling the ends around sock doughnut. You should use the same motion you used to roll up the sock in the first step—flip the bottom side of the doughnut upward from the inside out with both hands. While you tuck and roll, try to disperse hair evenly all the way around the doughnut, but don’t worry about completely covering it. Your hair will naturally spread out as you work.


How To Do A Sock Bun - Roll Sock Down To Base

Continue to slowly roll the sock (along with your hair) down the ponytail until you reach the base. As you roll, tuck loose strands underneath the doughnut. When you reach the base, fill in gaps in the bun’s structure by gently spreading hair out.


How To Do A Sock Bun - Secure Hair With Bobby Pins

Tidy up loose ends and strands by pinning them around the base. To make the bun fuller, gently tug and tease strands from the center portion of the bun outward.

How To Do A Sock Bun - Tug And Tease Strands

You’re ready to go!

How To Do A Sock Bun - Ready To Go


Do Bath Salts Damage Your Pipes?

To most of us, sinking into a hot bath after a stressful day or an intense workout is a slice of heaven. The warmth of the water, the soothing scent of bath salts—we feel more relaxed just thinking about it. Unfortunately, when it comes to your plumbing, your bathing ritual might be doing more harm than good. According to plumbing pros at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, bath bombs, salts, and oils can cause issues if you’re not careful.

When partially dissolved bath salts collect in your drain, they can mix with hair and other debris and cause major clogs. The same goes for the flower petals, glitter, and confetti in your bath bomb. In addition to potentially trapping you in the bathtub, bath oils can also clog pipes by congealing when they cool. In fact, household oils that you pour down your sink can bind with the minerals in sewers, forming massive clogs called “fatbergs.” (New York City has an actual campaign to prevent them!)

Luckily there are ways you can prevent your bath obsession from causing damage to your plumping. Plumbers recommend cleaning your drain with vinegar and water (just pour vinegar down the drain, let it sit for several minutes, and then flush with hot water from your faucet) regularly. You can also pour a mixture of baking soda and boiling water down your drain once a month to help clear away any buildup. If your tub starts to drain slowly or not at all, it’s time to call in a professional (plumber, that is).


How to Add Vitamin C Powder to Your Skincare Routine

Vitamin C has a range of skincare benefits from firmer skin to fewer wrinkles and dark spots—but the ingredient is notoriously finicky. As an antioxidant, it’s prone to oxidizing, meaning that it breaks down when it’s exposed to air, light and heat. If you’ve ever had a vitamin C serum that turned orange or brown in color, you’re familiar with this concept. There are vitamin C derivatives out there that are more stable than others, but research shows that they’re not as powerful as pure vitamin C, or l-ascorbic acid.

Enter vitamin C powder. L-ascorbic acid powder is highly stable and can be mixed into your skincare products for an antioxidant boost. Because you mix the powder into a dollop of a serum or moisturizer before applying, it’s like mixing up a fresh (and guaranteed potent) dose every time. If you decide to try a vitamin C booster powder, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

  1. Look for a vitamin C powder formulated for skin (like Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder). The powder has to be processed properly in order to penetrate into the skin, so indigestible vitamin C powder (the kind you find in the vitamin aisle) isn’t ideal.
  2. Add the powder to water-based products like serums, essences, and lotions. Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it works best when mixed with light, watery textures until the powder dissolves.
  3. Aim for 20% concentration or less, or about 1 part powder to 4 parts product or less. If your skin is sensitive, start with less powder. It’s always smart to patch test on your arm before trying it on your face.
  4. You may experience some tingling, stinging or irritation while your skin adjusts to vitamin C. It’s best to use less vitamin C powder in the beginning and increase the amount as your skin develops a tolerance.


Ace Your Next Interview with These 3 Easy Makeup and Hair Looks

It’s the day before your job interview. You’ve researched the company, printed out your resumes, and prepped answers to tricky questions—so now let’s decide what to do with your hair and makeup.

Showing up looking confident and put together makes for a lasting first impression, so it’s best to plan your look ahead of time. You don’t want to feel frazzled creating complicated hairstyles or makeup on the day of your interview—this is not the time to try out that intricate braided updo you saw on Pinterest!

Even if you’re reading this just hours before the big moment, these three stress-free looks will have you ready in no time so you can put your best face forward.

Look #1: Sleek Pony, Glossy Lips


A slicked back ponytail will eliminate the chance of runaway strands distracting your interviewer (and yourself!). Just part your hair, brush it back and secure with the band of your choice—feel free to show a little pizzazz with a bow or scarf-like ponytail holder. Add a little hair oil to seal your ends and a spritz of hairspray to keep flyaways in place for effortlessly classy hair.


It’s best to err on the side of minimal when it comes to interview makeup. For this look, pair your pony with lightweight foundationrosy-hued blush and a coat of volumizing mascara for 360° definition. Finish off with a mauve-pink gloss for a pop of color that pulls the look together.

Look #2: Cute Chignon & Crisp Cat Eye


This quick and easy chignon will have you looking chic without taking up the extra time you need to review your notes. Part your hair, leaving out bangs or short tendrils, and gather the remaining hair into a ponytail at the center back of your head. Twist your strands into a circular bun around your elastic and secure with bobby pins. Fluff out your bun for a more voluminous look. Finish by wrapping your bangs around a curling wand to create loose spirals great for softly framing your face.


Let your peepers do the talking with a confident cat eye that says, “I can handle anything.” Line your top lid with brown liquid liner, and wing out slightly for delicate yet determined eyes. Add a lash lifting mascarapeachy-pink blush and a neutral matte lipstick for a makeup look that means business.

Look #3: Silky Waves, Strong Brow


Make your hair shine as bright as your glowing recommendations with this simple, silky style. First, create defined ringlets with your trusty curling wand, and then comb out to loosen the tight tendrils. Finish off with a shine-inducing spray, preferably formulated with argan oil for a glossy touch that illuminates your strands.


By “strong brows,” I don’t mean the painted on kind that make you look surprised throughout the whole interview. Instead, go for clean arches that frame your eyes without shocking the hiring manager. Keep your face makeup natural with just a touch of bronzerbarely-there mascara and tinted lip balm. For your brows, turn up the volume with a tinted gel for instantly fuller strands that stay in place. Want added definition? Lightly trace your arches with a brow wax and angled brush for shapely brows that’ll give you the extra confidence you need to nail your interview.



How To Choose The Best Nail Shape For You

Nail Shapes: How To Shape Your Nails

Do you know the ideal nail shape for your manicure? Discover five different nail shapes and how to file them.


The tapered side walls of the oval create an elegant shape for women. Oval shapes flatter both wide and narrow nail beds, and add length with a graceful tip. To achieve the perfect oval shape, file side walls straight to make sure they’re even. Then, shape the side walls into a rounded oval, making sure the angles are even on each side.


With strong side walls and sharp or rounded tips, this shape is classic French. The square is ideal for a bigger nail bed (it tends to make smaller nail beds look shorter and wider). To create this timeless shape, file the side walls straight and make sure they’re perpendicular to the free edge of the nail. Once you’ve got the perfect square, angle your emery board and bevel the nail.

Square Oval (Squoval)

Combining the elegance of the oval with the strength of the square, the squoval is a popular nail shape for most fingers. First begin with a square with straight and even side walls. File the corners until your free edge is rounded and beveled. Remember, you still want strong side supports—don’t go too file-happy.


As one of the most conservative shapes of the bunch, the round shape is ideal for men and those who like to maintain short nails. This shape is flattering for wide nails, and gives the illusion of a thinner nail bed. File the side walls straight like a square, then round the free edge into that perfect swooping circle.


The pointed nail is a popular style for acrylic and nail art designs, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia. This avant-garde shape is popular among celebrities—Fergie and Lady Gaga are always rocking it! And while it’s not favored for the everyday look, this extreme shape can actually slenderize and lengthen the fingers. File the side walls evenly and taper until you’ve reached the desired tip.

Deciding Your Shape

How do you decide which nail shape is right for you? If your nail beds are wide, try a squoval shape. If they’re narrow, try a sharp square shape to widen and strengthen. If you keep short nails, a rounded shape is your best bet for low-maintenance style. You can also look at the lunula (the half-moon shape on your nail bed) for nail-shaping guidance. If it’s more curved, try oval or rounded shapes. If it’s flat, you’re better off shaping your nails square or squoval.


Get Softer Hands with These 5 Easy Steps

We take our hands for granted. It may not always be top of mind, but without those phalanges we couldn’t achieve our daily goals. So give hard working hands a little TLC. Here are 5 ways you can keep your hands happy while they help others and yourself!

1. Wash with a gentle soap

If you constantly wash your hands with harsh antibacterial soaps (or worse, moisture-stripping dish soap) your skin might feel a little like sandpaper. Do your fingers a major favor by switching over to lipid-based soap for restorative cleansing. Known for its ultra-nourishing, anti-irritation, and antibacterial properties, Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Oil revitalizes the skin barrier by stimulating lipid synthesis.

2. Exfoliate

When it comes to exfoliation, we often think of scrubbing every other part of our body besides the hands. It turns out that’s where we need it the most! Dry skin can build on overworked hands and cause roughness, tautness, even bleeding. Grab a body scrub and give your fingers a little love, as you slough off dead cells for your softest hands yet. I love how Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub gently polishes with a moisturizing coconut and jojoba oil formula that leaves skin feeling smoother without feeling tight.

3. Incorporate a conditioning treatment

Treat overworked hands to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Infused with a skin-quenching combination of rose butter, wax and oil, BY TERRY Baume de Rose Hand Cream makes a perfect overnight treatment for silky hands come morning. Create your very own DIY hand-restoring mask by slathering this hydrating cream all over your fingers and palms, putting on cotton gloves, and leaving on while you sleep. After waking, remove the gloves, blot then massage the excess product in for soft, repaired skin.

4. Moisturize daily

To maintain silky skin throughout the day, make sure you keep moisturizer on hand wherever you go. Small but mighty, Eau Thermale Avéne Concentrated Hand Cream comes in a travel-friendly bottle containing a skin-saving solution packed with super star ingredients like healing Avène Thermal Spring Water and restorative Sucralfate. My favorite part about this intensely nourishing cream is that it provides hydration that lasts up to five hand washings—so you don’t have to constantly reapply.

5. Add SPF

We may not always notice, but the skin on your hands is also exposed to sunlight—so make sure you keep it protected from UV damage on the daily. Go for a portable SPF stick and concentrate application on the backs of your hands and in between fingers. I love how COOLA’s Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick offers broad spectrum SPF 50 protection and is packed with healing ingredients that hydrate skin with 80 minutes of water resistance.


Erase Those Eyebrows: Brow Coverage 101

If you are an avid fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you’ve surely learned some secrets on how to beat a face. For instance, you may know the secret to eye-catching, creative faux brows begins with no brows, although taking a razor to your face is enough to spook even the fiercest queen. So what’s a bold beauty lover to do? You may be surprised to learn that one of the most useful brow-coverage tools is hiding not in your makeup bag, but in your craft closet! We’re talking your everyday Elmer’s glue stick.

We picked up a few lessons in working with the paste backstage at the Chromat fashion show last month in NYC. Makeup artist Lizzie Arneson led a team of creatives that included Gina Frey and Ashley Victoria to cover a slew of models (many with very full brows) with the grade school glue sticks before adorning them with appliques.

Gina Frey gave us a briefing on the glue brow and even offers up some personal words of wisdom, “I like to use the purple glue sticks,” she told us, “They dry clear so you can tell when the glue is set in the eyebrow.” Here’s an easy step by step that Gina walked us through.

Comb brows in a downward direction using a brush or clean mascara wand.

Apply a layer of Elmer’s Glue Stick (yes, that non-toxic craft glue) using a metal spatula, and smooth over.

Before glue is set, comb brows back up into the proper position and smooth over with another layer of glue to create a flat surface.

Once glue is dry, dust with powder and coat with a final layer of glue to keep fly-aways at bay.

With a sturdy brush, dab concealer over the brows and blend out.

Finish with foundation over the entire face and powder. 

You are now ready for your new eyebrows!



How to Tightline Eyes

Tightlining your eyes (also known as “invisible eye liner”) is a great way to add subtle definition to your peepers. Most people think that the point of tightlining is to make your eyes look bigger, but according to Los Angeles-based makeup artist, Jason Sanchez “it’s to make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller.” Instead of lining the skin above your lashes, you line the inside of the upper lash line and in between the roots of the lashes. As you can see in the picture below, filling in the inside of the lash line really creates an illusion of fuller lashes, more so than just with a mascara. This technique can be used for any casual or formal occasion, and is pretty easy to master. “For best results,” says Sanchez, “use a kohl eyeliner because it’s specifically formulated to hold in the wet area of the eye.” Sanchez walked us through each step, so grab an eyeliner and follow along!

Before You Start

Make sure any product you use near your eye is clean. Not sure how to sanitize your eye liners? Check out this article

Step 1
Step 1:

Using clean fingers, gently lift your lashes upward. You’ll see tiny gaps between your lash hairs, which you’ll be filling in with eyeliner.

Step 2
Step 2:

Using your eyeliner (we used Inglot Cosmetics Kohl Pencil), lightly dab it in between each individual lash and get as close to the root as possible.

Step 3
Step 3:

Technically you’re done, but if you’d like to intensify the look even more, you can tightline your bottom lash line, too. Gently lift lower lashes downwards, and fill in the gaps between each lash.

Regular lining

Could You Be Shedding Too Much?

Most of us have inspected the drain after a shower (or the bathroom floor after a blowout) and thought, Wow, that’s a lot of hair. Everyone experiences hair shedding, after all. Research shows that the average person sheds somewhere between fifty and one hundred strands of hair (!) every day. So when is hair loss normal, and when does it signify an underlying health problem?

Rest assured that shedding is a natural part of your hair’s growth cycle. Every hair on your head goes through phases of growth and rest before eventually falling out. Hair loss becomes problematic if you notice a lot more falling out than usual, if your hair comes out in clumps, or if you experience thinning hair or patches of baldness on your scalp. Some causes of hair loss or thinning include:

  • Genetics. Female- and male-pattern baldness are hereditary conditions that run in your family (thanks, Mom and Dad).
  • Hormones. Hormonal changes or hormonal disorders (like polycystic ovary syndrome) can cause hair loss. Many folks notice hair loss after giving birth or during menopause.
  • Stress. Extreme physical or emotional stress can lead to temporary hair loss. This can be caused by traumatic events like divorce, death of a loved one, surgery, or even dramatic weight loss.
  • Nutritional deficiency. Hair loss can also occur if you’re not getting enough of a certain nutrient, like protein, iron, or vitamin B12.
  • Illness. Some illnesses like diabetes, lupus, hypothyroidism, and certain autoimmune disorders can make you lose more hair than normal.
  • Medication. Sometimes hair loss is a side effect of medication or a medical treatment such as chemotherapy.
  • Styling damage. Certain hairstyles that pull at the scalp like tight braids or updos can damage hair follicles and cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.

If you feel like you’re noticing more hair than usual in the shower, on your hairbrush, or on your pillow, don’t freak out. According to Harvard Medical School, about one in three women experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Temporary excessive shedding (or telogen effluvium) is brought on by an underlying trigger such as an illness or imbalance. It’s also worth noting that due to your hair’s growth cycle, shedding peaks about four months after the incident that caused it, so work with your doctor to identify and treat the root cause.

While you wait for your appointment with your doctor, here are a few tips for dealing with less-than-voluminous locks.

  • Eat more protein. Getting enough protein in your diet is essential for hair growth.
  • Take your vitamins. A diet rich in iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, copper, zinc, and selenium can set you (and your hair) up for success.
  • Reduce styling damage. Avoid tight hairstyles, using hot tools too often, bleaching your hair, and getting frequent chemical perms or hair- relaxing treatments. If your hair has been overprocessed, invest in a good conditioning mask.
  • Sleep with a silk pillowcase. Silk is smoother than cotton, so it’s less likely to snag and pull at your hair while you sleep.
  • Keep your scalp happy. An itchy, flaky, inflamed scalp can lead to more shedding than usual. Try a scalp treatment to keep dandruff and inflammation at bay.