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When I attended a press event held by Zumba, the last thing I expected was to learn about beauty products.

I was there to take a Strong by Zumba class, the brand’s new music-led interval-training workout. At the end of the awesome HIIT-based session, I received a small sampling of some Zumba Beauty items. Until that moment, I was completely clueless that the company offered makeup. But I’m so glad that I know about the formulas now, because they’re some of the best I’ve ever tried.

You see, I have a penchant for longwear makeup, so I was quite intrigued by the fact that the entire range of products was designed to be worn through a workout without budging. While I have yet to rock them to Zumba, I believe they’ll live up to this claim. I applied Zumba Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Red-y For Class at 9 a.m. At 8 p.m. – after two meals and three coffees – it still looked fresh and flawless. Once the fluid, supershimmery Glitter Eye Shadow in I Love Gold dried, I couldn’t rub off any of the sparkle. And the liquid eyeliner lasted through a shower (and created intensely precise lines!).

It may not occur to you to wear makeup to a fitness class, but try it for your next Zumba session. Wearing a dramatic eye or a vibrant lip will help you fully embody the carefree, festive spirit of the workout . . . or just make you feel prettier as you sweat buckets to Pitbull’s greatest hits.

If you’re not impressed yet, the staying power isn’t even the greatest quality of these products. That honor goes to the price point. Every single Zumba Beauty item is $8 or less, making the range a total steal. And the more money I can save – or put toward fitness instead of my makeup addiction – the better. Read on to shop the entire collection.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Zumba-Beauty-Products-Review-42447828

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When I tell you how I finally cleared up my hormonal acne, it is going to sound so painstakingly obvious that it might even seem . . . annoying. To make a long story short: I met with a doctor who helped me balance my hormones and improve my gut health, and my skin has never looked better.

At the start of Spring, I booked an appointment with Dr. Keith Berkowitz, an MD (internist) located in NYC who worked with Dr. Robert C. Atkins (as in the Atkins diet) for six years and now specializes in how eating affects health. He gave me a glucose test, took my blood, analyzed the lab results, and diagnosed me with reactive hypoglycemia. The latter means I process sugar unusually quickly, so I can’t eat much of it (even fruit!). I learned I had high testosterone levels and was iodine deficient.

According to the American Thyroid Association, iodine is an element (not made by the body) needed for the production of the thyroid hormone. You get iodine from your diet and various foods, and if you do not have enough of it, you can’t make the thyroid hormone, which regulates your metabolism as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, and bone maintenance.

I have not changed my skin care routine or received any new spa treatments.

“Women today are struggling with increased hormonal imbalance causing estrogen dominance, low levels of progesterone, and high levels of testosterone and DHEA [an endogenous steroid hormone],” Dr. Berkowitz told me via email. “This is complicated by the overall decrease in hormone levels as we age. It leads to women having dull, dry skin; a rush of wrinkles; increased pigmentation; and increased acne.”

So I began on a journey to balance out what was going on internally by changing my diet and taking supplements. When it came to eating, I had previously spent a year living off of morning smoothies and eliminating gluten and dairy. Though it was technically “healthy,” I was eating way too much fruit and spiking my blood sugar.

Dr. Berkowitz tweaked my diet so that I was eating more balanced, portion-controlled meals and snacks that include carbohydrates (including vegetables and fruits) with high-fiber foods and lean protein or healthy fats (like avocado). “It is important that you eat three meals and one snack every day,” he explained of his general diet philosophy. “Eating balanced meals will minimize fluctuations in blood sugar and increases in insulin levels.”

He immediately added bread back into my regime, but only low-carb (Alvarado Street Bakery Sprouted Flax Seed Bread), and I can have just one piece at a time to ensure I am not carb-loading. I was permitted low-lactose dairy, such as goat cheese, since it is a great source of protein. In addition, I eat a lot of organic chicken and salmon, eggs, salads dressed with olive oil and lemon (rather than sugary dressing), and low-carb Wasa crackers topped with hummus and avocado. My smoothies were tweaked: instead of blending in four fruits, I can have one (usually low-sugar, antioxidant-rich berries). Any time I do eat fruit, I can have half the amount (such as half a pear) and mix it with protein, such as a spoon of almond butter. Eating this way has stabilized my blood sugar (I no longer get 3 p.m. sugar cravings), and I feel less restless overall.

On the supplements front, I started taking kelp supplements to help with my iodine deficiency, DIM Plus to give me an estrogen boost, and theanine, which just helps me relax at night.

I expected to debloat (I did!) and lose a few pounds (check!), but what I did not see coming was how these tweaks would significantly affect my skin. Pre-Dr. Berkowitz, I had combination skin, meaning I would occasionally get pimples in places I am greasier (usually my cheeks and chin). And every month a few days before my period, I got a few “lurkers” (below-the-skin pimples) around my chin. These are typically caused by hormones and can’t be cured by creams – they have to go away on their own.

After a Summer spent traveling as far as Greece and Prague, wearing tons of gooey sunscreen, and straight-up sweating, I expected to see my usual cluster of whiteheads on my cheeks. I have also waited each month for the arrival of those chin lurkers. But for the past three months, my skin has been completely and totally clear. I have no dryness and no oiliness. The lines on my forehead are naturally smoothing out and the redness around my nose fading. I have not changed my skin care routine or received any new spa treatments.

What had changed was my gut health. “Tiny bacteria in the gut are one of the major control systems in the body,” Dr. Berkowitz explained. “These bacteria have a direct role in helping maintain the health of the skin. They help your absorb nutrients needed to protect and repair itself. They protect the integrity of the gut lining. The gut lining helps protect against inflammation (which ages skin), and it protects the skin environmental toxin damage.”

He also told me that gut in the bacteria can cause acne, because that area produces something called substance P. This affects sebum production (the cause of oily skin).

My gut bacteria wasn’t all that had been regulated after three months of sticking to Dr. Berkowitz’s plan: my hormones tested more balanced, my iodine levels were better, and my glucose more stable.

“The gut lining helps protect against inflammation (which ages skin), and it protects the skin environmental toxin damage.”

“Your eating plan led to your hormones being better balanced – lowering DHEA and testosterone – and having better balance with progesterone and estrogen,” Dr. Berkowitz told me when I asked how this could have affected my skin. “The lifestyle also leads to lower levels of cortisol [a hormone that regulates stress, metabolism, and inflammation] and insulin [the hormone that regulates metabolism and gives your cells energy].” He noted that when these hormones are high, it can cause drier skin and premature aging. This is because there is a connection between stress and the deterioration of cells, and skin is made up of cells.

A hormone imbalance can also cause discoloration of the skin. “Estrogen and progesterone can trigger the melasma, which are brown or light gray patches of pigmentation that most commonly appear on the face,” he said. “It usually appears between the ages of 20-50 and is most common in pregnant women or those on an oral contraceptive pill.”

In addition, he shared that low estrogen can lead to decreased collagen production and more wrinkling of the skin. Low levels of progesterone are associated with decreased skin elasticity. And a deficiency in DHEA is problematic, because it helps control oil production. DHEA also increases collagen production, which you want for youthful-looking skin.

When it comes to testosterone, having too much can lead to acne through an increased sebum production. So that explains why decreasing my testosterone levels eliminated my breakouts.

Though my situation was very specific, others can benefit from getting their blood tested and tweaking in specific ways that make sense for them (as instructed by a professional MD). While we are in no way telling you to run out and try a bunch of supplements to balance all of this out (please talk to your doctor first!), regulating your hormones and improving your gut health can directly give you clearer skin with better tone and texture. It happened to me!

If you get the OK from your doctor, here is a list of supplements (from Dr. Berkowitz) and what they do:

  • Alpha lipoic acid: helps stop the stiffening of collagen fibers.
  • Antioxidants: stop free radical production. For example, vitamins A, C, and E help to better hydrate the skin.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen: reduces wrinkles.
  • Hyaluronic acid: hydrates skin. (Yes, you can take the popular skin care ingredient as a supplement, as well!)
  • Astaxanthin: fights free radicals and prevents damage from the sun and other environmental toxins.

Here are specific supplements for acne:

  • Zinc: helps accelerate the development of new clear skin cells and reduce the inflammatory response to bacteria.
  • Probiotic: promotes healthy or good bacteria and thus decreases the inflammatory response that damages skin.
  • Coconut oil: helps replace the protective acid layer that keeps skin healthy and reduces inflammation.

He also shared an anti-inflammatory eating plan:

  • Avoid refined carbohydrates, which increase insulin and inflammation.
  • Avoid gluten, cow’s milk dairy, processed foods, and excessive amounts of omega-6, which are all pro-inflammatory.
  • Increase use of spices: turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, and parsley all have anti-inflammatory effects to help keep the skin healthy and slow down the aging process.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/How-Get-Clear-Skin-Through-Diet-42446517

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Your trusty ole liquid eyeliner is about to get a starring role in your Halloween costume. When tasked with the goal of creating makeup-centric costumes based around black liner, MAC senior artist Regan Rabanal rose to the occasion. Here, he shows how to DIY easy (and cheap!) looks using products you probably already own.

While there are ideas for all skill levels – from a detailed masquerade mask to Harry Potter’s simple scar – the common thread is that these ensembles were made for lazy girls. So keep reading to discover the perfect last-minute Halloween costume.

Special thanks to Ricky’s NYC and Cult Gaia for supplying the accessories.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Easy-Halloween-Costume-Ideas-Eyeliner-42306542

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Your cat-eye selfie is about to get a lot more creative thanks to 2016′s hottest Instagram makeup trend right now: ribbon eyeliner. The look, which features a snake-like ribbon wrapped around an exaggerated winged liner, is also being dubbed spiral eyeliner or “spiralliner.”

Women of all complexions are trying it with varieties of colors from rainbow to cobalt blue and even sunset red. Some are extending it up to their brows, while others are adding it to the inner corners. You can even try it with a double-winged cat eye for a truly unique style.

We’re also seeing the ribbon liner look atop the basic “Instagram eye”: bold, filled-in brows with a smoky contoured eye and matte skin. Add on a Kylie Jenner overlined lip if you’re a true trendsetter.

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Whoa! Kristen Stewart Is Officially a Platinum Blonde

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Though many women opt to color their hair darker as weather gets cooler, Kristen Stewart has bucked that trend. While attending a dinner for Chanel in West Hollywood, the star stepped out with a cropped platinum coif. Stylist Adir Abergel was responsible for creating the edgy new look.

Paired with that dramatic cat eye and fresh skin, Kristen’s new hair makes her look like an edgy bombshell. (Loving that red liner? It’s likely Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Eros ($33).) Read on to see more shots of the cut, then learn how to maintain your own blond color here.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Kristen-Stewart-Platinum-Blonde-Hair-September-2016-42448980

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Kendall Jenner recently shared a selfie with her sister, Kylie Jenner, that is mesmerizing the internet with its juxtaposing vibes. The picture depicts Kendall and Kylie outside of one of the Kardashian-Jenner family’s many mansions, both of them giving a smoldering stare. What’s interesting, however, is how both of them seem to embody two very different tastes when it comes to makeup.

In the photo, Kendall wears a minimalistic and modelesque look. Though her face is lightly contoured and her eyebrows appear to be accentuated, the rest of her makeup is kept simple so as to emphasize her red lipstick. Kylie, meanwhile, exhibits a very glamorous makeup look. She appears to be wearing bronzed eye makeup, false lashes, and is likely wearing one of her signature Kylie Cosmetics lip products.

While they may have different tastes, one thing is certain: they both look stunning. To replicate Kendall’s look, try the Mary Jo K Lip Kit ($29) from Kylie Cosmetics and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21). If Kylie’s look is more your style, try her Lip Kit in Dolce K ($29) and Kevyn Aucoin’s shimmery Eye Shadow Duo ($42).

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Kendall-Kylie-Jenner-Selfie-September-2016-42448113

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It sounds dramatic, but gel nail polish is truly life changing. Once-weekly manicures (that get marred by frustrating chips and dents in mere days) have basically become obsolete. You can now wear a shiny, practically invincible manicure for two straight weeks . . . or even longer.

But there’s one aspect of gel polish that makes us wary of swearing off standard lacquer for good: the gel removal process. Not only do those acetone-soaked pads seem harsh on the nail, they can sometimes take over 30 minutes to be effective. What started as a time-saver quickly becomes a serious hassle.

According to Linette Ruffino, an independent artist who works at Paintbox in New York City, the fact that you stretch your manicure longer than two weeks is likely to blame.

“Gels chemically formulated for a 14-day wear – which we categorize as ‘soft’ – shouldn’t be worn for three to four weeks,” she said. The reason for this is simple: UV light. “The same way gel cures under a UV light, it also cures with exposure to natural UV rays from the sun,” Ruffino explained.

So the longer you wear a manicure (and thus, the more daylight it’s exposed to), the more the polish hardens onto your nail. This makes the gel more challenging to remove.

But if you have consistent bimonthly appointments at your local salon, then your stubborn manicure could be due to your nail technician’s methods.

“Not all [gel] brands are meant to be used in conjunction with each other,” Ruffino warned. “‘Sandwiching’ formulas, by using base and top coats from one brand and color from another manufacturer, can make the removal process an absolute nightmare.”

She noted that each company uses different bonding agents in their lacquers, so they are designed to be used as a system, not mixed and matched. Talk to your manicurist about which brand’s products are best for the look you want to achieve.

Discover more gel manicure mistakes you might be making.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Why-Wont-My-Gel-Manicure-Come-Off-42404741

When artist Qinni, known on Instagram as @Qinniart, posted this image of a young girl with a (literal) constellation of freckles on her feed, she couldn’t have known how much her watercolor sketch would inspire makeup artists across social media. But a few months later, Qinni’s original piece has led to one of the most popular makeup trends of the season, known across Instagramm, YouTube, and Pinterest as “galactic freckles.”

The look took off a couple months ago, when makeup artists began to share their off-the-page interpretations – most often created from eye shadows and white eyeliner. Learn how to do it in this tutorial from Miranda Hedman. It quickly became so popular that Snapchat even created a filter that seemed to be inspired by the trend.

With Halloween approaching, we’re looking forward to seeing how Orion’s Belt and Ursa Minor – along with Qinni’s trendsetting artwork – will be manifested by artists getting creative with this galactic makeup trend. For now, we’re keeping our eyes on Instagram, where pros and amateurs alike are experimenting with constellations, stars, and galaxies as an avante-garde twist on a classic smattering of freckles. We’ve included some of the best takes on the galactic freckles trend from Instagram here. Be inspired by this out-of-this-world look!

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Galactic-Freckles-Trend-Halloween-42390735

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