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We’ve Gotten Some Work Done

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Yes, we’ve gotten some work done. To celebrate our 10-year anniversary (this past August), Beauty Banter has decided to have a mini face lift, no knives necessary but lots of needles.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the loyal BB readers who have been with us from the beginning — and the new ones who come back daily to check out our posts. This site wouldn’t exist without your support… so thank you!

I hope you enjoy Beauty Banter’s new look, and I urge you to stay connected on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Twitter) and to like, comment, and share your favorite posts.

Take a look at our new shopping section of our favorite beauty products, tried, tested, and BB-approved!

Have an idea for an article? Let us know in the comment section below. As always, we’re here for all of your beautifying needs.

xo,
Sarah and the Beauty Banter team

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GIVEAWAY: Recreate Your Own Merged Braid And Win!

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I’ve teamed up with Refinery 29 and Regency Beauty Institute for a weekly beauty challenge with some pretty amazing prizes. This week’s challenge is the merged braid.

Here’s how I created my look:

Note: If you’re a braiding novice, don’t worry, this style can be achieved easily without ever french braiding!
1. Working from a center of side part, take your bangs area, pull them to the right and braid. Secure the bottom with a rubber band.
2. Split your hair into pigtails. Take the left section of hair and braid. Secure with a rubber band.
3. Pull the braided left pigtail behind your head and over to the braided bang section and the unbraided right side of the pigtail.
4. Braid it all together into a side braid.
5. About mid braid you will notice that the rubber band from the left pigtail braid will budge through. Feel free to remover the rubber band and continue braiding.
6. Secure the merged braid and voila! – Easy as that, you have a gorgeous 3 braided ‘do.

Now it’s your turn!

DETAILS FOR ENTRY:
1. Recreate your own version of the above “Merged Braid” look
2. Take an Instagram photo of your hair look
3. Hashtag the photo with #ShareBeautyContest

WHAT YOU’LL WIN:
– $1,000 Sephora gift card
– Beauty Makeover – makeup (location of services dependent on winner’s home address)
– Blow out (location of services dependent on winner’s home address)
– Mani/pedi (location of services dependent on winner’s home address)
– Facial treatment (location of services dependent on winner’s home address)
– Spa Treatment (location of services dependent on winner’s home address)

To follow the #ShareBeautyContest, click here. For more on the merged braid contest, click here.

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Rosacea Skincare Tips + Enter For a Chance to Win a Trip to the Emmys!

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Taking care of your skin is so important, especially in the summer when you’ve got the sun, heat and outdoor activities. About 16 million Americans suffer from a skin condition called rosacea, which causes persistent facial redness among many other symptoms.  New York City dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Langone Medical Center, Dr. Doris Day, gave us these skincare tips.  While the tips are geared toward those with rosacea, we can all benefit from them:

Calm the Skin: Skin with rosacea is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products, so talk to your dermatologist about what options are best for you. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and can improve the skin barrier, which is often compromised in people with this condition.

Be Picky about Sun Protection: It’s a fact that daily sunscreen is a must, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Not only are some better than others, but many contain ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin with rosacea. The best bets if you are prone to rosacea, are sunscreens that contain transparent zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, like niacinamide, and are fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

Eat and Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated: It may sound basic but not getting enough sleep can make you look older because sleep is when your body repairs itself. Alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods can affect the skin’s ability to repair itself and cause premature skin aging, so try to eat a balanced diet and indulge rarely. For the occasional late night out, alternate a glass of water or carbonated water with every alcoholic beverage.

I’m working with Galderma, the makers of Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%*, on a program to educate people about treatment options for rosacea. Mirvaso is the only FDA-approved treatment for the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Check out the below to learn more about Mirvaso and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Emmys!

Important Safety Information
Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.  Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.  Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.
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Giveaway: Win A Trip To The Emmys!

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This Award Season, you too can walk the red carpet. ENTER BELOW for your chance to win a trip to the Emmys, including airfare and 2 nights and 3 days in Los Angeles for you and a guest.

Sweepstakes brought to you by Galderma, makers of Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%*, the only FDA-approved treatment for the persistent facial redness of rosacea.

Important Safety Information
Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.  Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.  Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.
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GIVEAWAY: Proactiv+ 3 Step System

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My Proactiv + month challenge is nearing a close (recap here) and I’m so, so, so happy with the state of my skin! After almost a month, my complexion is less splotchy yet more hydrated – in that dewy, glowing way. My pores seem to have decreased and I’ve noticed that I’m breaking out less frequently. Overall, my skin looks ions healthier!

Anyone who has suffered from acne can attest that a clear complexion can literally change your life (or, at the very least, your day!). For starters, you just feel cleaner. And happier. And you don’t need as much face makeup, definitely not as much cover up which is always a bonus, especially in the sweaty summer months.

So, I wanted to offer one lucky reader the chance to win these stellar products… a 30-day supply that will get you on your way to clearer skin!

THE GIVEAWAY: Proactiv+ 3 Step System
The winner will receive full size bottles of the new Proactiv+ treatment system:
Step 1: Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, a 4-in-1 daily face wash.
Step 2: Pore Targeting Treatment, a light-weight, leave-on gel formulated to release benzoyl peroxide directly into the pore to effectively clear up acne blemishes while helping to improve skin tone and texture
Step 3: Complexion Perfecting Hydrator, a lightweight moisturizer with salicylic acid to hydrate while clearing up blemishes and diminishing pores.
VALUE: $30!

HOW TO ENTER:
Leave a comment below with your name and email. Also, TWEET to @beautybanter using the hashtag #NoFilterProactiv. We’ll choose 1 winner on Tuesday July 8 at 12pm EST and notify you via email and twitter.

*Only those who follow @beautybanter will be eligible to win. You must be a US resident to enter.

Good luck!

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Rosacea – The Good, The Bad & The Red

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Summer is here and the heat can flair up a number of skin concerns… including rosacea. We asked Dr. Doris Day, dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor, New York University Langone Medical Center, for details on this condition that affects about 16 million Americans. Are you one of them? Find out below…

Beauty Banter: What is Rosacea?
Dr. Doris Day: “Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin condition that usually starts in your 20’s or 30’s. It’s often confused with acne but is a completely different condition. Persistent facial redness is the most common symptom of rosacea.”

BB: How do you know if you have rosacea?
Dr.DD: “Rosacea can vary from person to person. It is classified into four subtypes according to signs and symptoms that often occur together. It is possible to experience characteristics of more than one subtype. 
Common symptoms include: facial redness, bumps and pimples, skin thickening and eye irritation.”

BB: How can you treat rosacea?
Dr.DD: “If you think you have rosacea, it’s important to consult your dermatologist. If left untreated, rosacea may get worse, and it also has the ability to psychologically and emotionally impact your life. While there is no cure for rosacea, your dermatologist can help you control rosacea, by helping you to understand the triggers and providing you with prescription or in-office treatment for the symptoms. Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* can work in as little as 30 minutes, providing same-day results that last up to 12 hours before the persistent facial redness returns. It is the only FDA-approved treatment specifically designed and indicated for the persistent facial redness of rosacea.”

You can learn more about rosacea, read about treatment options and view skincare tips from Dr. Doris Day below. Be sure to enter for a chance to get red-carpet ready and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Emmys!

Important Safety Information
Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.  Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.  Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.
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Pro Talk: Facialist Susan Ciminelli

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“I started doing my skin when I was really little because I was prone to rashes and irritations at a very young age so I was obsessed with my skin. This started at about 5 years old. I was very active, very outdoorsy, a tomboy so I was always affected by the elements and my skin would get raw. Growing up, it was my job to do the dishes and I would feel how food touching my skin would change the texture and this got me thinking. One time I remember seeing a cousin of mine get stung by a bee and my grandmother dug deep into the ground to get to the clay level and she put it on him. At the time, it freaked me out but it took the swelling down and he stopped crying. I made that connection again. Around the same age, my feet would ache, really hurt me badly. I would dig into my foot to do reflexology, not knowing that I was actually doing reflexology on myself.

By the time I was 15, I could spot problems in people’s skin and just know how to help them and encourage them with food and lifestyle changes: how to clean their skin, how to give themselves facials at home. All because I was obsessed with learning how to take care of my own problems. It taught me so, so much. When I would go to the mall with my friends as a teenager, I would duck out and go to the health food store and sit on the floor and read all of the books. I was like a sponge for all of the information. My nickname growing up was Florence Nightingale. If you had a boo-boo, I was all over you. I would put my hands on people and they liked my energy. It would feel good to them and it was soothing. So, between teaching people how to take care of themselves and then soothing people with my touch, I had that golden combo.

At 15, my parents sent me to live in Italy. I lived with a Florentine doctor who was an acupuncturist on the side. He was able to tell me why when I touch my foot in a certain place, I would feel energy coming up my body and it would make my stomach ache go away, etc. So, he confirmed what I knew instinctively. It started me on this trajectory. This has really been my career my entire life, I was born into it.

I got my esthetician’s license when I was 19. I was living in Buffalo, New York and I started working locally. I started attracting a crowd. I’ve always been into all natural. Back then, for my massage cream, I would pick off a big, juicy aloe plant, open it up, scoop it out and use it. People would stop me on the street and touch my skin because they didn’t believe that it was real. I’ve always used essential oils, aloe, seaweed — basically, my same obsessions as now.

In 1980 I moved to New York City. When I first started doing facials, I would make my creams in the kitchen while my clients were sitting on the couch. I would go in and make stuff with my blender, melt beeswax and add stuff to it. I started on my line of products in 1983. I’m never done, I always add one or two products a year. My line is a wellness brand; it’s a natural, organic, holistic approach to aging.

Because I turned around so many people’s skin in the fashion industry, and hairdressers, who were working with the supermodels of the 90s, my clients were people like Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Karen Mulder. I was doing Jerry Hall at Mick Jagger’s house, Giorgio Armani, Iman.

I do shiatsu, reflexology, lymphatic drainage massage, reiki, crystal healing, and facials. I don’t only help my clients get to the root of the problem with energy flow and increasing circulation and balancing hormones naturally, I try to create homeostasis, which is a balancing in the body. When you have a problem with your skin, your skin is telling you to look inside. My approach to facials is a holistic one – mind, body, spirit balancing. It’s not only important what you eat, it’s important what time of day you eat – for example, breakfast to jump start your metabolism, and you shouldn’t eat after 8 o’clock at night because your digestive organs are on their own clock and they shut down. When you mess with the balance, you get skin problems, cellulite, water retention, low metabolism.

When I’m with a client and I’m touching them, I see how they respond to each product in my line that I’m using on them for their skin type. Every facial I do is custom because the skin is an ever-changing organ. It’s always influenced by what you do internally, even how you think and on an emotional level, which is why I use crystals. If you’re somebody who can’t take in love or can’t take a compliment, you build walls around your heart, and this actually effects circulation and makes it harder to absorb nutrients from your food and moisture from the creams that you are using. This is why I bring guided meditations into the treatment – to clear out the emotional stuff. It doesn’t really matter whose products you use or what foods you eat if you don’t have the root of the problem under control.”

— Celebrity facialist Susan Ciminelli

 

 

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Face Value: Golden Globes 2014

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The Golden Globes wowed with its celebration of beautiful gowns, stunning makeup and intricate hair styles. Would we expect anything less? Not in the least. Here, we break down the winners and the losers… when it comes to the Globes beauty.

1. Amber Heard – She looked stunning! While the hair was a bit over-the-top for my liking, it actually worked with her sultry chocolate eyes, defined skin and nude lips. But those eyes are seriously seductive.

2. Cate Blanchett – Can she be anymore perfect? The hair, like spun gold resting nicely behind her ear, that skin (oh my, oh my the flawless complexion), gorgeous and glowing, and the minimal makeup (a nice berry/ red stain for the lips) really allows Cate’s natural features to shine through.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow – Love, love, love this lady and her exceptional chicness. The hair was flawless in a low knot, as was the makeup, simple yet elegant. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Gwynie. Although it would have been nice if she actually walked the red carpet….. but….

4. Jennifer Lawrence – What a knock out! The lightly dusted lilac-grey eyes, brick-hued lips and platinum hair all gave the feeling that this girl was in it to win it. Award show mojo, for sure.

5. Julia Roberts – She looks impeccable for her years, and her signature smokey eye/ nude lip are right on track but, in all honesty, I am not a fan of this hair. Like a Texas bouffant, although somehow she still manages to pull it off.

6. Kate Beckinsale – Gorgeous and classy. Love this messy chignon (now THIS is how you do an updo) and her makeup is flawless. Perfect all around.

7. Kerry Washington – She’s one of my favorites and that pregnancy glow is dominating the photo! Love her sexy dark eye, nude lip and exaggerated side part with flowing  waves. Gorge!

8. Rashida Jones – This dark lip color and perfectly lined cat eye look stellar or Jones. And the top knot is cute and a bit quirky, right on point for Jones.

9. Reese Witherspoon – Does Reese ever look bad? She’s adorable, but predictable. While her lob is most certainly the cut of 2014, the entire look was a bit bland. I wish she would have, at the very least, applied a red lipstick!

10. Taylor Schilling – Eeks. Too much of everything, especially eye makeup. She’s a beautiful girl, but this makeup ages her.

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