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June 12, 2014
by Kimberly Yang

Father’s Day Beauty Lessons

For about as long as I can remember, my dad was, for lack of a better description, “Mr. Mom.” Let me explain: he bought me my first Barbie doll; he sometimes braided my hair; and he bought me my first pair of patent high heels. I loved those shoes; they were shiny, they were chic, and they were most certainly my first glimpse of lady-hood. It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, so I thought I’d talk a bit about how my dad influenced my beauty style!
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Enough about shoes. Beyond stressing the significance of a great pair of shoes, my dad taught me more about beauty than anyone else. He grew up watching his own mother primp and pamper at her vanity night and day, and what seemed to be idle observation turned out to be useful stuff in the long-run.

Who knew that I would be born to a mother who didn’t know the different between mascara and eye liner, much less use the two?

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Thank you, Dad. (I most certainly did not have YouTube during the formative years of my life. To you video-savvy younglings: you’re a lucky, lucky bunch.)

Here’s what I learned from my father:

  • Steam, steam, steam. My dad would facilitate my morning routine. Shower, check. Hair wrapped in a towel turban that never fell (this trick I’ve never mastered), check. Teeth brushed, check. Face washed, done and dusted. It was very specific, his methodology: wash with warm water, always. Soak a hand towel in hot water, wring out excess water, and lay it over your face until the towel cools for some steaming action, before finishing with a splash of cold water to tighten those pores.
  • Same goes for the shower. I was always told that the steam was good for my skin, and I believed it as little kids do when adults tell them things. (It’s a good thing, then, that my dad was always right.)
  • Papaya: good for you, good for your skin. And hair, too. My father would regularly whip up a huge glass of papaya smoothie (skim milk or soy milk blended with chunks of fresh papaya, nothing more and nothing less) and insist it was one of the best things I could ever do for myself. Again, I took his word for it because Adult Logic is usually Right Logic in the mind of a seven-year-old and I drank that stuff religiously. (It was good, for the record, so no child was harmed in service of The Greater Good.) Twenty-two year-old me now knows the benefits of papaya are plentiful. For starters, it has more Carotene than most fruits, and when used directly on the skin as a DIY treatment, boasts hydrating, smoothing, softening, and exfoliating properties. Unfortunately, papaya isn’t always in season – that’s where the Papaya Body Lotion comes in handy.
  • Avocado’s another one of the good ones. Avocado smoothies were also commonplace in my home. Any scraps left in the shell would be promptly scooped up and smooshed in my hair or my face. As a neat-freak child this never failed to drive me crazy, but I do remember not being able to stop petting my hair post-mess.

June 10, 2014
by Sara Kosmyna
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Acne Spot Treatments: How To Get Clear Skin

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects men, women, and teens in staggering numbers. It’s estimated that up to 50 million people in the United States alone experience breakouts on both the face and/or body. It can be difficult to know how to get clear skin or where to start. 

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Fortunately, whether you’re someone in middle school or a full-fledged adult, there are products that can help control acne, regardless of the type you’re experiencing. The following products can help with spot treating breakouts:

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Anti-Acne Serum

When it comes to acne, prevention is key. This serum is the perfect treatment for combination oily skin types. Fortunately, it’s gentle enough to work on sensitive skin too. Applied in a thin layer, it helps prevent acne eruptions before they can start. This light serum contains Thyme Extract as well as Salicylic Acid to help renew the complexion by gently exfoliating.

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Drying Lotion

Target whiteheads with one drop. Featuring Salicylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Colloidal Sulfur and Calamine, this celebrity status spot treatment helps to shrink whiteheads overnight revealing a calmer complexion by morning. To use: Do not shake. Dip a cotton swab to the bottom of the jar into the pink sediment. Apply directly to whitehead.

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Silver Powder

Those with blackheads call this a miracle product. Applied like a ten minute mask to problem areas only, the Kaolin in this powder quickly absorbs oil in the pores. To remove, dampen a cotton pad with toner and wipe off. The result: fresher and cleaner looking pores.

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Buffering Lotion

Nip painful cystic blemishes in the bud with this deeply penetrating and fast absorbing formula. Enhanced with a host of healing and anti-inflammatory ingredients like Biotin, Zinc Oxide and Vitamin B, this treatment helps to hone in on under-the-surface cystic acne.

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Drying Cream

Pimples, be gone! This mildly concealing cream works wonders by drying up small pimples under the skin’s surface. Loaded with natural ingredients like Aloe, Beeswax, Lemon Extract, and Colloidal Sulfur this is a must-have for anyone experiencing pimples. To apply, simply dab a small amount onto the area and blend with fingertip. May be applied after moisturizer and before makeup.

 What types of acne do you experience?

June 9, 2014
by Lee Ann

Zap Whiteheads…Fast!

Whiteheads are no picnic. It’s time to take action and zap those closed comedones for good. Check out these 4 easy steps:

1.  Start off by washing your face with our Acne Facial Cleanser. It contains Salicylic Acid, which aids in reducing blemishes.

2.  Use a toner to help prevent and disinfect breakouts. With a cotton ball or pad, swipe our Special Cucumber Lotion on face and neck. 

3.   Apply Anti-Acne Serum in the morning to help prevent acne eruptions. It contains acne-fighting Salicylic Acid and soothing Thyme Extract.

4.   At night, apply a warm compress on the blemish followed by spot treating with our Drying Lotion; this powerful spot treatment is used (and renowned) the world over by makeup artists and celebrities for its effectiveness. 

Wipe out whiteheads with these four simple steps!

June 7, 2014
by Jill

How To Get Perfect Skin

What is Perfect Skin, anyway? Is it poreless? Dewy but not shiny? Free of acne? Does perfect skin look like something out of an advertisement?
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The idea of ‘good’ skin or ‘perfect skin’ will be different for everybody. For me, it’s keeping my skin clear and protected from the sun. After a few unfortunate years of tanning-bed worship in my twenties (before I became a skin care expert) keeping my hyperpigmentation in check is key to looking and feeling good.

[Read: Acne and Self-Esteem]

If your skin is oily, your idea of perfect skin may have more to do with shine control than anything else. Dry skin? Your best complexion is probably really well-hydrated.

The point is, you might want to define for yourself how you’d like to your skin to look—and not let anyone else do it for you. Because life isn’t photo-shopped and neither are you, it’s crucial to take care of yourself and your skin and be sure to set your own goals.

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What does having perfect skin mean to you?

June 5, 2014
by Jill

Did You Know? Eyes Edition

Did you know that Elizabeth Taylor’s beauty is (partially) based on a genetic abnormality? Or that we’re more likely to make eye contact when we’re lying? Discover this- and how to choose the best eye cream- today on the MB Blog!
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1. On average, we blink around 12 times per minute, with each blink lasting 1/10th of a second.

2. Heterochromia iridis is a condition in which the eyes are two different colors. Famous faces with Heterochromia iridis include Kate Bosworth and Superman actor Henry Cavill.

3. Similiarly, Elizabeth Taylor’s super-lush eyelashes were the result of a condition known as distichiasis, in which a double row of lashes grow on the outside edge of the eyelid.

4. The skin around your eyes is about ten times thinner than it is on the rest of your face. As collagen breaks down with time, this skin becomes even thinner, a process that can be accelerated by smoking, sun exposure, and other environmental factors. Be sure to use an eye cream that’s right for your skin to slow premature aging and keep the eye area hydrated.

[Read: How to choose the best eye cream]

5. Blue eyes are more sensitive to the sun due to a lack of protective pigment. In fact, repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can later contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration.

6. Eye contact can accomplish a lot. In fact, looking someone directly in the eyes can cause the body to product a chemical known as phenylethylamine, which is responsible for feelings of love. (In other words, if you want someone to love you, make lots of eye contact!)

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7. In our (western) culture, those who make eye contact are viewed are more confident and intelligent as well as stronger than those who avoid your gaze.

8. Studies show that liars are more likely to make eye contact.

9. ‘Crow’s feet’ are the fine lines and wrinkles that form at the outside corners of your eyes. They are an inevitable part of aging (although good skin care can help slow the process) and are basically caused by repetitive laughing, frowning, and smiling. Using certain skin care ingredients on this area—including Glycolic Acid and Olive Oil—can be extremely helpful in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet.
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