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Weird Product Alert: Salmon Egg Cream for your Face

Word on the street is that eggs are as good for your skin as they are your body. Not just any eggs, but fish eggs, to be exact. We did a little homework and came across a ground-breaking (and totally weird) cream from the South Korean brand Besolbo that beauty fanatics across the globe are buzzing over. Can we interest you in a little salmon egg 101? Allow us to introduce you to the Besolbo Royal Salmon Egg Return Cream.

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The scoop: With salmon egg as a key component, the Besolbo cream is rich in nutrients. It essentially regulates the skin’s moisture and nutrition production to enhance the skin’s color, texture, and overall condition. It’s ideal for hypersensitive and sagging skin. The cream ultimately helps to eliminate the skin’s imperfections.

How to use it: After washing and toning, take two to three pieces of the cream and mix into your palm until it feels like gelatin. Apply evenly over your face and leave it overnight. Rinse it with water in the morning.

Price: $26 on Amazon.com

 

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You Now Will Have a New Sheet Mask to Obsess Over

ICYMI—sheet masks are still going strong. And there’s a new one that I’m guessing is about to take center stage. Meet Slice Masks. Slice Masks hail from Korean beauty brand Kocostar and are actually a part of the sheet mask family. These unique little masks are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

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Slice Masks are pretty much what they sound like—tiny disk-like masks cut into shapes of fruit or flowers that indicate what their targeted use should be. (Cucumber is hydrating, lemon is brightening, tomato is calming, etc.)

To use, cleanse and tone as normal then place the slices onto your face and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Then peel off and rub in the serum to fully sink in. You can use all 12 masks at once for a totally Snappable moment or use just a few to target a certain area—just be warned to use the other masks quickly or share with a friend!

Right now the only place to snatch up this new mask in the US is at ASOS or SokoGlam, but I’ll be on the look out to see if these new K-beauty obsessions make their way to other beauty aisles.

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Unusual Face Masks for Your Next Spa Night

Face masks are basically a spa night necessity these days. The Korean beauty trend of sheet masks have now become a staple in many beauty bags. If you’re like us, you love a good down time with your fave sheet mask. In case you’re looking to add a little spice to your sheet mask rotation, allow us to introduce you to five masks with unique—OK, odd—ingredients.

Wine

Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet, $3.75, at Ulta

Your spa night can include vino in more ways than one. Right after pouring yourself a hearty glass of rosé, apply I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask and settle in. Formulated with red wine extract, which reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, this mask not only has adorable packaging, but it actually gets to work to fight dreaded pores.

Snail mucin

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask, $6 at Target

Before you discount snail mucin and call it gross, hear us out: It’s incredibly beneficial to skin. With brightening and firming benefits as well as hydrating and healing ones, this snail mask is an all-around wonder for skin. (We’ve tested it ourselves and find we’re snail converts!)

Dragon’s blood

Wei Dragon’s Blood Instant Lift Eye Mask, $60 for 10, at weibeauty.com

Although this might sound like something you’d find in Game of Thrones, this dragon’s blood eye mask is actually an anti-age super fighter. Formulated with red sap—aka Dragon’s Blood—from the Dragon Tree, pomegranate extract, and red seaweed, skin is dosed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that help firm up skin and boost collagen.

Watermelon

When 10:00 PM Sheet Mask, $7 at Sephora

Not only does this facial mask tell you right in the title when to use it (10 p.m. is the perfect time to wear a face mask and switch on some Netflix, are we right?), but it also contains a whole slew of ingredients including our personal favorite, watermelon extracts, which are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, lycopene, and amino acids.

Black algae and golden sap

Givenchy Le Soin Noir Face Mask, $330 at Sephora

If you’re really looking for a mask upgrade, this lace one from Givenchy takes the cake. With a $330 price tag, there’s no denying this is a luxe buy. And thanks to black algae sap concentrate and golden sap, cells restore and renew and collagen rebuilds.

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5 Alternatives to Shaving

The summer months are nearing and that means showing more skin and basking in bikinis on the beach and sometimes that annoying stubble can get in the way! Oh body hair, we love it we hate it some of us just embrace it, but for those of you who are sick of constantly shaving or spending what seems to be endless amounts of money on razors and shaving cream..were looking for alternatives. Women will spend an estimated and cringe worthy $10,000 in their lifetime on shaving related products according to Glamour. If you’re ready to say “bye-bye” to the razor read out 5 alternatives to shaving below.

Waxing

Some women swear by waxing for its quick results! From your head to your toes (literally), waxing can be the route for you. Waxing is different from shaving because instead of cutting the hair off at the skin with a razor, you are removing the hair from the root while exfoliating the skin, leaving you soft smooth and hairless. You can choose to go to a salon or do the waxing yourself.

How long it lasts: Anywhere from 3-4 weeks

How much: The cost depends on what you would be getting waxed Typical fees for salons and spas: underarm ($15-$25), arm ($25-$40), half leg ($35-$40), full leg ($60-70) according to health.costhelper. If you are doing the waxing yourself you can get kits anywhere from $5-$80.

 

Our Picks:

Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit

Ranked #6 overall in Waxing Kits this is definitely a product that has been given some love on Influenster. One Influenster said “Great waxing strips – and even better that they come in a couple of different sizes and can be cut down for whatever area you’re doing!”

 

Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit

Influensters are giving this product two thumbs up, with a full 5-star rating! One Influenster even said “I really like being able to wax at home to save money, and this is the best kit I’ve used so far (I’ve tried many!).

Epilators

Epilators have come a long way since they first were invited. Today epilators have a multiple tweezer-like mechanism remove hair at the follicle and are designed for full body use! With an epilator you don’t have to wait for your hair to grow to a certain length for you to use it again.

How long it lasts: Anywhere from 4-6 weeks

How much: $30.00- $200.00

 

Our Picks:

Emjoi Divine Battery Operated Epilator

With a 4.5-star rating and over 80 reviews, this epilator is ranked #3 overall in electric razors on Influenster! One happy Influenster has said, “Holy buckets – been using this for 4-5 years and I still love it!”

 

Braun Silk-epil SkinSpa Epilation & Sonic Exfoliation System

Influensters are head over heels for this product. In fact, they love it so much, they’ve given it a PERFECT 5-star rating! One Influenster said, “I love love love this product! It’s so great, I I’ve to exfoliate with this and this only. Leaves my skin smooth and flawless.”

 

Depilatory Creams

We have all seen the commercial, put it on and wipe it off! Depilatory cream became pretty mainstream in the early 2000’s. Depilatory creams are strong alkaline based products that break down hair. Although this product does not remove the hair at the follicle it is quick method to getting smooth, hairless skin.

How long it lasts: 3-5 days

How much: About $6.00- $12.00

 

Our Picks:

Nair Shower Power Max with Moroccan Argan Oil, Cream for Legs & Body

Influensters are love this shaving alternative, giving it a great 4.5-star rating. One says “Much better than shaving and so much easier to remove hair.”

 

Veet Fast Acting Hair Remover Gel Cream for Legs and Body

This product is a ten in our book – and ranked #1 in yours! With a 4-star rating and the #1 spot in the depilatory creams section of Influenster, it’s pretty clear Veet is the way to go! One Influenster said “I love it! it works great on my skin because I have thin hair on my legs and the formula is for sensitive skin.

 

Electrolysis

This method of removing hairs is more intense than those above and can also be permanent. According to realself, when using electrolysis devices a probe is inserted into the hair follicle destroyed and removed. You can use this method on most areas of your body and can be used on anyone no matter your skin or hair color! You do have to go back for a number of sessions, depending on the area and your hair, each treatment lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

How long it lasts: According to doctors at advmedelec, electrolysis is the only proven form of permanent hair removal. Once the hair has been destroyed it will not grow back. SIGN US UP!

How much: Cost is different for each person depending on hair type and desired area

 

Laser Hair Removal

Kim Kardashian rants and raves about this hair removal process. Laser hair removal is the go to in Hollywood right now. According to fitnessmagazine, the process of laser hair removal is aiming a concentrated light at the hair, letting the light absorb the pigment in turn damaging the follicle slowing down future regrowth. You usually need about 4-6 treatment depend on your hair and the area you are getting lasered.

How long it lasts: Laser hair removal can provide long lasting results. Individuals can see up to 100% reduction in hair growth, but most people see anywhere from 70-90% hair reduction.

How much: About $200-$900 per a session

 

What is your preferred method of hair removal? Would you try any of the above options? Let us know in the comments below!

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Blackhead Mask Review

Everyone has heard of the blackhead masks by now, they remove all the blackheads you have on your face. This is a picture with the effect you should have when using the masks.

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The ones we bought were about 6 euros a piece, which is not that expensive.

The first time I tried it, it hurt a lot! I felt like waxing my face, which is exactly what it was. The mask just ripped out the small hair on my face. Only on my nose it might have removed some blackheads.

When I tried it another time, I had some clear blackheads on my chin. So i hoped the mask would remove those, but it didn’t. The second time it didn’t hurt as much but it still had almost no effect.

Honestly, I do not like these masks at all. My sister tried them aswell but she isn’t a fan either.

You can decide for yourself if you like these and please do let me know if you have tried them before and what your expirience with it is.

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Incoming: New Beauty Launches to Check Out This December

December might be the month of secret Santa gifts, party palettes, and big-ticket splurges galore, but don’t let the holiday season fool you: there are still some amazing launches hitting the beauty shelves before the year is over. Click on to see the best new launches popping up just before 2017!

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara Black 0.29 oz

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Eyeko is teaming up with Parisian boutique, Colette, for a revamp of their fan-favorite mascara. Although the curved wand we all know and love is the same, the formula in the Eyeko x Collete mascara contains amino acid and peptides to help condition and care for lashes. Plus, the white and blue tube is as sleek as they come.

Flashes Lash Applicator 

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We already told you about FLIRT Cosmetics’ amazing Flashes lash applicator, but this holiday season they’re bringing us a special red and green edition of the false lashes kit!

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes

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Smashbox dropped some major palette news: Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell just joined forces with the brandfor seven—count that SEVEN—new Covershot palettes.

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Dreaming of some place warm? Channel your inner island queen with this latest collab from tanning fave St. Tropezand the queen of the sun herself, Lilly Pulitzer.

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Mythbusters: Why Your Lips Are Actually Chapped

Just because it’s frigid outside doesn’t mean we have to let our pout game suffer. How can we fight chapped lips in the midst of the crisp fall weather scene?  We turned to the experts for advice.

Why lip balm might not be working for you at the moment: Dr. Shevanti Jegasothy, Cosmetic Dermatologist at Miami Skin Institute, says that if you become toodependent on waxed-based lip products, your lips may start to lose all their dead cell layers. This ultimately makes your lips more prone to irritation and chapping. So, like everything else, moderation is key!

Lip balms recommended by the pros: For dry winter months, Dr. Jegasothy advocates waxy lip barriers such as ChapStick Classic, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, and waxy colored lip pencils–her favorite is MAC Chestnut! “These waxed-based products provide an extra barrier to the skin of the lips, which does not have as much stratum corneum (dead cell layers) as the rest of the skin, which provides our customary (highly-effective) skin barrier against water loss and holds our body’s moisture in,” says Dr. Jegasothy.

products to avoid chapped lips

Similar to Dr. Jegasothy, Dr. Hadley King, dermatologist at NYC’s SKINNEY Medspaalso recommends Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, plus Aquaphor Healing Ointment.

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The best way to treat dry lips: Since environmental pollutants, excess sun, and wind can cause a mild chronic eczema on the lips, Dr, Jegasothy recommends soaking your lips with warm water and gently brushing with a clean, soft-bristle toothbrush in a circular motion for two minutes on each lip twice a week. Then, apply Polysporin to any of the fissured areas, followed by Cortizone 10. Think of it as little lip facial you can enjoy five minutes before applying lipstick!

What products do you turn to for chapped lip relief? Tell us in the comments below!

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