My Gel Nightmare

Gel Nail Polish is probably one of my favorite inventions after contact lenses! Don’t you hate waiting for your nails to dry after an hour of getting a manicure? Once you get home you are bound to somehow mess up your nails. Enter gel manicures! No drying, no chipping and fabulous nails for two weeks! Sounds like a dream, until you decide to fully remove your gels. Since I was packing to move to a new house, I knew my nails were going to get quite the beating so I decided to remove my gels and not wear any polish at all. During this process, I was horrified of how thin and unhealthy my nails felt. The best way to describe this was as if there was a pain in my nail beds like my nails were falling off. Sounds a bit dramatic, but it felt very weird. After a week or so I went in for a manicure and decided to only do regular polish. My nails were getting better but I knew I needed a break from the gel. Needless to say a couple of days later my polish started to chip. Although I was proud to give my nails a break from gel, I knew I had to get my fix of perfectly manicured gel nails and went back to the salon. My advice to you is to take a break here and there perhaps between seasons. Ideally, only get gels for special occasions.  


Article Written by Aline Agopian

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How to Fully Benefit from Your Face Mask

Face masks are simply the marvel of the beauty world. However, to benefit the most of them, you should use them the right way and that’s what we’re going to help you with this time. With this in mind, here are the golden rules that you should follow after choosing the right mask for your face according to your dermatologist’s recommendations – of course.

1 – Before using a mask, make sure to prep your skin first. Yes, a mask treatment is not as easy and fast as you think it is! In order to get the full benefit, you should clean and gently exfoliate your skin. Start off by applying a thin coat of exfoliating peel and leave for 3 to 10 minutes in order to dissolve all dry skin cells. After rinsing well and patting your face dry, apply the face mask that is appropriate for your skin type.

2 – If you have specific problem spots, multi-tasking – or shall we say, multi-masking – is extremely safe as long as you pay attention not to layer the masks on top of each other. With this notion in mind, do not hesitate to apply a mask that treats your forehead from breakouts while applying a moisturizing one that protects your cheeks from drying out.

3 – Avoid using a mask that dries out your skin. How can you know that it does? After it dries, try to smile and if it cracks into a million pieces, avoid using it once again.

4 – If your skin burns after applying the mask, it must contain something that irritates your skin. Therefore, remove it immediately using warm water and a gentle cleanser, then move to applying a soothing moisturizer. If any rash appears, ask your dermatologist for a specific treatment and try to find out what caused these symptoms in order to avoid using other masks that contain the same ingredient.

5 – After removing your mask, apply a moisturizer that leaves your skin radiant and well hydrated.

6 – Applying your mask after a shower is quite nice because the hot water will cause steam, which helps open your pores and makes the mask more beneficial than ever.

7 – Avoid leaving your mask on longer than directed because it may end up irritating your skin rather than providing it with extra benefits. 20 minutes are just enough!

8 – Make sure to wash your hands well before applying the mask.

9 – According to experts, using a mask once a week is ideal. However, this may vary from one skin type to another.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Benefits of Soft Water

Ever since I can remember my hair and skin have always been dry. We all know that we have to hydrate from the inside and out, and yes, drinking plenty of water and moisturizing is so important, but did you know that the water you shower and wash your hands with could also make a huge difference? Most of the water we use is called “hard” water. Hard water contains different types of minerals which usually throws off the PH balance. We always stress the importance of using a toner to even out the PH Balance in your skin, but what if your water could do that for you. Basically, there is a treatment that is added to your water which contains sodium. Think of when it rains or you swim in the sea, nature’s water is not suitable for drinking, but is soft to the touch. Not only is “soft” water good for your skin, but you will notice a difference in your laundry and even when wiping down your shower doors, there will no longer be residue from minerals in hard water. After switching to “soft” water for only a week I already see a huge difference in my skin. I barely get any more breakouts and my skin has this natural glow that is was missing for years! I even see a difference in my daughter’s hair. She has a softer wave and very shiny hair. Before you install this in your home, do ask your doctor first. Those on a low sodium diet or high risk of cardiovascular disease should not be using this.  


Article Written by Aline Agopian

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Retouch Your Makeup like a Pro

As you leave your home in the morning, we’re sure what you love the most about your look is your fresh makeup and your glowing skin. But sadly, this refreshing look doesn’t last all day long. Think about putting your hand on your face without paying attention or resting your phone against your cheek to answer a call. So, half way through the day, you realize that your makeup needs some touch-ups, and here are a few tips to do so like a pro!

1 – Removing the excess oil for those with oily skin is essential to keep your beauty look on point and luckily for us, the beauty world has provided us with a lot of oil-blotting tissue choices. As for those with a very dry skin, make sure to be very careful while applying a tiny bit of moisturizer on the areas that start to look dry.

2 – Remove your lipstick because that’s the only thing that cannot be retouched.

3 – Smooth out your old foundation and blush using a makeup brush or sponge, then reapply foundation on the areas that started showing your skin’s imperfections.

4 – Reapply a little bit of concealer under your eyes to brighten up your skin.

5 – Set your new makeup with a really light layer of powder to give your skin a flawless finish.

6 – Does your blush need a little touch-up as well? Now that your makeup has been on your face for a while, make sure to apply just the needed amount of blush.

7 – Your eyes need some touch-ups as well, so apply another coat of mascara to freshen them up.

8 – Now that your entire look is refreshed, it’s time to apply your lipstick.


Mirella Haddad

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My Hair Story: Going Dark

Admit it! We all want what we can’t have. I was born with curly dark, almost black hair. My hair has been straight and almost blonde for many years. Every summer I go and get a balayage which turns into a grown out ombre. I’ve gone from caramel to bleach blonde and have basically fried my hair. As I approach the big 4-0 I have made a major promise to myself which, I’ll be the first to admit, I may or may not keep. I will never go blonde again. This last time I went blonde, it was not by choice. Bad things do happen when you cheat on your hairdresser. I went in asking for a few thin highlights, but I left with almost blonde hair. Every good hairdresser knows that you don’t go blonde overnight and that it’s a gradual process. Not only was my hair severely damaged but I also didn’t want such a light color going into Fall and Winter. I lived with it for a month or so because I didn’t want to damage my hair even more. Finally, I called my old hairdresser and he squeezed me in. He touched up my roots and gave me a much darker tone. I looked in the mirror with a sigh of relief. I was me again! I embraced my brunette locks. Although I am still changing the texture of my hair by straightening it, but I am staying true to the real me, a brunette! So far, I love it and I know getting shiny healthy hair is a process. I try to only blowdry it on the weekends, and in between washes I slather on some coconut oil to help with the dryness. 


Article Written by Aline Agopian

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January Favorites

After the festive season rush, January is my favorite time to reset, and it’s all about self-love and pampering. It takes some time to get back into the regular routine, but there are a few products that I simply can’t live without this month. First off, an eye cream. No joke I have been using eye creams since I was a teenager, and chances are I didn’t need them then but they made me feel like I was taking good care of myself. Now it is in absolute must. When it comes to splurging, I’m all about skincare and I am so excited to tell you about SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Eye Cream. With dry and sensitive skin, I knew this would be a good match for me but it promises to give you younger skin in just 3 days! Talk about instant gratification. Most products take a while to actually show you results but with a nice little eye massage you can be transformed literally over the weekend!

Moving on to the cheeks, I have to be honest I’m a little bored with what I have. Not sure if it’s my dry skin in the cooler months but I just need something new, and MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze is exactly what I need. It’s just so soft and fine and the perfect shade of Rose Gold that I needed to give life to my very pale face.

If you want more of my take on blushers and bronzers, check out my favorites in our article “Battle of the Bronze: Top 5 Bronzers”.


Article Written by Aline Agopian

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