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Bad Beauty Tools

It may seem like a cost saver to replace your esthetician or manicurist by going the DIY route, but know that there are some jobs best left to the pros. If you have any of the following beauty tools in your home arsenal, show them the door. Here’s why:
 
Blackhead extractors. These metal loop tools are meant to apply even pressure around blemishes to pop them. Use these on whiteheads or pimples, or even on blackheads as intended, they can end up pushing the cellular debris and infection deeper into the skin, leading to more widespread inflammation and even scarring. Leave extractions to estheticians or dermatologists.
 
Complexion brushes. The original skin brushes look like miniature bath brushes, complete with nylon or animal bristles. Just like with toothbrushes, manufacturers eventually got the idea of electrifying them. But what works well on your teeth can be too harsh for your face.
 
Bristled complexion brushes can cause dryness and irritation, especially when combined with other exfoliators. Instead, use an ultrasonic cleanser with a silicone (not bristle) head or opt for a low-tech Konjac sponge, which are gentler, but still cleanse the skin thoroughly.
 
Cuticle tools. Both cuticle scissors and metal cuticle pushers can damage nail beds and injure the cuticle, especially when used too enthusiastically. If you need to snip off a hangnail, opt for a nail clipper, so you don’t accidentally take off too much skin or cuticle. Use your own nails or a silicone tool to push back cuticles gently, rather than a sharp metal or wood model. That way, you’re less likely to tear the cuticle, which can lead to more hangnails, thickening of the cuticle and even infection.
 
Pore strips. Sure, they can be kind of addictive because it feels good to see “dirt” yanked out of your pores. But adhesive pore strips are too harsh for use on delicate facial skin and can cause irritation and even dark spots where they are applied, especially if left on too long. There are safer ways to cleanse and exfoliate.
 
Two other caveats: Invest in quality. Cheap or worn out tweezers are frustrating to use because they don’t grasp hairs with precision and you will waste time and end up with messy brows. Likewise, it’s worth the money to get a safe, well-made ultrasonic cleanser, rather than a brush model.
 
Keep beauty tools immaculately clean! Wash makeup brushes with mild dishwashing soap once a week and make sure you rinse and dry sponges thoroughly. Wipe metal tools like tweezers and nail clippers with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball frequently. And don’t ever share tools with anyone!
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I Make More Money Than Him

Many women find themselves in the sometimes uncomfortable position of being the majority breadwinner in the household, which raises the question, “Should I be worried?” The key to navigating this touchy subject is awareness, not worry.
 
Fact: Women outearn their husbands in nearly a quarter of households with spouses between 18 and 65 years old according to data from the American Community Survey. Also discovered in Gender Identity and Relative Income within Households, researcher Marianne Bertrand and colleagues at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that many women with high potential to outearn their spouses – consciously or not - hold themselves back by staying home, taking lesser jobs or working part-time, choosing to not to put that strain on their relationship. In fact, the divorce rate is higher for couples where a woman outearns her husband.
 
Now that you’re one of those brave women who said yes to the career of her dreams, here are some tips to handling your new found knowledge:
 
Talk about the fact that you’re blazing a new-ish trail.
No matter who outearns whom, the healthiest goal is for both partners to have equal say in family matters, expenditures, social events, etc. Being co-bosses of the family is a lofty goal, but one that can be achieved with frequent “status of the family” check-ins.
 
Recognize that household workload will be a problem.
Hate to break the news, but wives who outearn often end up doing much more of the household chores, not less, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey . This survey shows that while husbands spend an average of 20.8 hours a week on household chores and childcare, wives spend 33.5 hours weekly on these activities, which researchers believe that wives who outearn do so to quell their partner’s fears by doing more household work, but picking up more than your fair share of dirty socks will only lead to unhappiness, resentment and burn out. A better idea is to divvy up household chores fairly.
 
Discuss financial decision-making
The default mode of marriage has been that the primary money maker dictates big financial decisions, but that should change. The partnership in your marriage should extend beyond the marriage license and into financial decisions made by both parties, not based on who makes what money. Talk about your expectations and how money was handled in your family of origin. Create family policies surrounding money spending and ask each other questions like: Is it a big deal if one spouse wants to spend $150 on concert tickets or new shoes? Do you feel that a certain asset like the house or condo you’re living in belongs to one person more than the other? Should that person then make the refinancing or even the decorating decisions? Answer honestly. Then draft a money decision making plan that works for your family.
 
Consult a therapist  
If you’re getting into repeated and heated arguments about money, financial power, and chores, it’s time to see an objective counselor to help you find innovative solutions.

 
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Jet-Setting Beauty Care

Warm weather is in full force, which means summer travel is here! However, we all know that being on an airplane, especially during a long flight can mean dry, worn-out skin. To top it off, airplane regulations limit the liquids and products that we can carry on with us, so here are some tips to make sure you arrive looking healthy, happy and pretty with limited use of lotions and potions.

Prep your carry-on
Since we are restricted to how much we can carry onto the plane and be stored in our suitcases, buy some small containers and transfer your favorite beauty products into them. On the airplane itself, be sure to have your favorite facial moisturizer, serum and hand cream on hand for easy reach.

Take it all off
Once you board the airplane it is time to take off any makeup during flight. The easiest, most portable solution are baby wipes; sweep one across your face for clean skin that is ready to be beauty treated! To swipe away stubborn eye-makeup, you can also “pre-dip” cotton swabs in makeup remover and take them with you in your quart size plastic bag.

Moisture mask
Now is the time to infuse moisture into your skin. Apply a thick layer of a rich moisturizer to your face (this way you will not have the look of a true face mask which may scare some people!). Follow with an eye cream and a hydrating lip balm to cover all bases. The last step is to moisturize your hands – something you will continue to do throughout the flight.

May I have some water please?
During the flight drink as much water as possible; take every chance you can to hydrate your body from the inside out. Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine since these can dehydrate you even more.

Arrival time
About 1 hour before landing, use another baby wipe to clean your face. Apply an antioxidant serum to recharge your skin; now you are ready for makeup. Keep your makeup simple - a CC cream with an SPF like JAFRA's CC Creme is your best bet; you can even out your skin tone, moisturize and protect at the same time. Use a creamy concealer to cover up any dark circles and now you have a polished face.

Color me pretty
Complete your face with a cream blush applied to your cheeks to attain a healthy glow. Touch up your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and sweep on a few coats of black mascara to open up your eyes. Your final step is to apply a neutral pink lip balm; look for pencil lip balms since these are TSA friendly! 
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Top It Off

Sunscreen as we all know is a must-have, especially during the harshness of summer when the rays from the sun can cause wrinkles, premature aging, hyperpigmentation and even skin burns. It is also during summer when your hair dries out and hair color fades out. Solve two issues at once by protecting your face and hair with another layer of protection…a hat! Here are some chic chapeaus to keep on hand this summer:

Straw fedora
Fedoras are traditionally a masculine hat, but they look fabulous on women. Traditional fedoras are usually made from felt or wool, so in the summertime, look for straw fedoras in light colors. This style can make any outfit look instantly hip!

Floppy wide-brim hat
One of the most beautiful and stylish fashion icons ever is Brigitte Bardot and her signature was a floppy hat. She would wear them to the beach, out and about and even at night. This is one hat that every woman should have in her warm weather (and winter too!) wardrobe; not only will you look effortlessly chic, but the wide-brim will give you amazing protection from the sun. 

Military cap or newsboy
Most women wear baseball hats when they workout or are running errands in their yoga clothes (we have all done this!). It is time to modernize your daily uniform by switching to a military or newsboy cap. While the brim is slightly smaller, the look gives you a fashionista flair and is perfect for your warm weather workout!

Cloche hat
The cloche hat (which means “bell” in French) is another haute choice for summer. You can get tons of varieties to throw on before you head outside - from plain to adorned. The cloche is also designed to sit low on your forehead, so it makes you look flirty while protecting you from the sun’s rays. 
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Celeb Talk

As the serious butt-kicking “Karai” in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie now in theaters, we wanted to get to know the softer side of small and big screen actress, and chic beauty, Brittany Ishibashi. This bonafide ‘product junkie’ clued us in on the one beauty trick she will never live without, and why Elmer’s Glue should never be a part of your makeup bag.
 
Q: You play the character Karai in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie in theaters now. Please describe what you think Karai's beauty philosophy is compared to your own in real life.
A: Karai has one look and she sticks with it. Her beauty philosophy is that it has to look threatening and be easy to maintain. She can't be doing touch-ups when she's trying to take over the world! I can relate to her need to have a beauty routine that is easy to maintain. As the mother of a toddler, I spend more time sweating and running around than I did pre-kids. I like a clean, chic look and prefer natural beauty products.  
 
Q: Your IMDB lists multiple credits as a TV screen actress, and now you've hit the big screen this year with 'Teenage.' Why the transition? If you had to choose, which medium do you prefer?
A: I love both film and television, I just happen to have worked a lot more in TV. I like mixing it up and doing episodic work and film- they both offer their own unique challenges. Be it TV, film, or theater, I just like getting to know a new character- it's a lot like making a new friend. 
 
Q: You've been acting since 1999 on many a set around the world. Tell us about a beauty mishap that happened either on set or in your real life and how it was fixed.
A: Oh man, the first thing that jumps to mind was during a community theater production I was doing in my late teens. I was getting ready backstage and couldn't find my eyelash glue. Our theater dressing room served as a daycare during the day, so they had a whole bin of art supplies... I thought Elmer's Glue would be a good substitute and used that to apply my false eyelashes. Whoops. I spent the better part of that night sitting with a warm towel on my eyes and slowly rubbing baby oil on my eyelashes (several of which I lost during the process)!
 
Q. What, if any beauty advice have you ever received on set or off that stays with you to this day? 
A: A makeup artist on a show I was working on lined my upper water line and changed the way I did my eyes forever! I always thought that lining the inside of your eyes made them appear smaller, but for me, if I line just the top waterline it opens everything up. Great trick for when I'm feeling super tired too! 
 
Q: If we asked you what three beauty products are in your purse right now, you'd say? What makes them special? 
A: I use an argan oil  product with SPF 45 - I'm very careful with my skin and reapply this throughout the day. I love how light (but luxurious!) it feels and how quickly it absorbs into my skin. It gives it a nice glow while also protecting it from the sun's rays! I use a sugar lip balm because it tastes delicious and feels great while conditioning my lips. I also use marajuca oil on my skin, really all over my body - on my hands, cuticles, face, toddler, everywhere!
 
Q: How do you handle film projects and being a new mom? Any plans to add more "family members?"
A: Haha, we've been getting this question a lot recently. We would definitely like to expand the family but the question is "when?" It's been tricky trying to balance the first two years of a child's life (and all of the hormonal changes) with a film/TV schedule. I was back to work a month to the day after Kai was born and luckily the creative team was very respectful and helpful throughout the whole process. I think one of the hardest parts for me has been traveling for work and negotiating the amount of time spent away from my son. I don't want to miss a thing!
 
Q: With limited time on your hands as a new mom, how have you adjusted your skin care routine so your skin remains in pristine condition?
A: The main thing I changed with my skincare routine wasn't so much time, but the products I was using. I am admittedly a "product junkie" in that I LOVE everything about beauty and skincare-- I love the way it feels, I love how it can transform, I love the packaging, haha everything! I streamlined the amount of products I use while also switching over entirely to products free from parabens, Phthalates, PEGs, and other "no-no's." 
 
Q: What tips would you share with women with and without children about how to look and feel their best when time is in short order?
A: Life is unpredictable and I've been practicing "just rolling with it." When I stress out because an unexpected appointment or demands of a toddler throw off my day, I can feel my shoulders rising, a furrow in my brow (go away wrinkles!) and my fuse is a lot shorter. That's not attractive at all. If I can take a deep breath and accept that this is how this moment is going, I soon realize that it's not the end of the world that I have no makeup on and reset my priorities. I also always make sure to carry an SPF and a CC cream in my bag, so even if I'm running around I can take a second to give myself a little protection and glow! I also always have a huge canteen of water with me and trail Mix- because no one's looking or feeling their best if they're hungry and dehydrated. 
 
Q: What kind of role are you dying to play in your next film or tv project?  
A: I would love to play another villain. Karai is the first "bad gal" I've been able to play and I've got to say- being bad is a lot of fun!
 
Q: What's next for you? 
A: I am writing a show with my sisters inspired by our childhood growing up in an Asian-American showbiz family. I'm also about to start on a new television show, but can't give it away just yet!
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