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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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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