June 30, 2014

How to Bust Out of Your Beauty Rut

Ruts. They come in all shapes and sizes. Fashion ruts, food ruts, activity ruts and the very common beauty rut. It seems we're all pros at pointing the finger at other women who appear to be in a beauty rut. Some are glaringly obvious to spot: the woman you work with sporting a lovely femme-mullet you know she's had since the 80s. The woman at the grocery store wearing blue eyeshadow clear up to her eyebrows. Stevie Wonder could identify these ruts. It's the ruts that (gasp) we...yes MYSELF included, get into that are hard to break because they are hard to pinpoint. 

There is nothing wrong with finding what works for you and sticking with it. It's what we call a "signature look" and it's part of what makes us..well, us. But you know what takes skill? Learning how to give your classic look a tweak here and there. It keeps things fresh and forces us to break out of our beauty comfort zones. You never know, you may learn that what you thought was working best for you really isn't the most flattering. Just like our mothers used to say when we were little brats "how will you know unless you TRY?" 

Now, before you start getting all clammy and nervous that I'm going to suggest you color your hair indigo, get feathered eyelash extensions and start experimenting with body piercings (don't worry, those won't be on the list) I have broken these up into "threat level categories". You know, a color-coded threat advisory scale, so to speak, that will help you determine exactly what you're in the market to try. We'll start at the bottom and work our way up. Here are our categories so you know what we'll be working with:

Red (Severe): severe risk
Orange (High): high risk
Yellow (Elevated): significant risk
Blue (Guarded): general risk
Green (Low): low risk

I think it's important to point out that what I have listed as "low risk" may be in the "high risk" category to someone else and visa versa. This is the beauty of subjectivity. Everyone has their own opinion and comfort level. Keeping in the spirit of open-mindedness, try to see these ideas as suggestions and don't get too caught up on where they fall on MY scale. Have fun with it and see if you can come up with any more ideas that you might be ready and willing to try out! Maybe some of these will get your creative juices flowing...

- Switch up your part from one side to the other. Not only does this give you just enough of a change to feel refreshed and different, it can give limp and lifeless hair the "oomph" and volume it may be needing.
- Have your stylist style your hair differently at your next appointment. If you're not ready for a completely new cut or color, just ask your hair stylist to style you differently than they normally do. Usually go for sleek and straight? Have them give you beachy waves. Usually curly? Have them give you a sleek blow-out. Worst case scenario? You don't like it and you can go home and fix it. No harm, no foul.
- Try a different makeup formula. If you normally wear a pencil eyeliner, try a liquid or gel. If you only wear lipgloss, try an actual tube lipstick with a cream or satin finish. If you normally wear powder blush, try a cream or stick formula. Tiny tweaks like this can be a fun way to keep your signature "look" but give you a range of options on how to achieve it.

- Switch your "focal point" on your face. If you usually go with a bold lip and a clean and basic eye, try a nude lipstick or sheer gloss and go big with your eyes. Try a dramatic liquid liner and a full set of lashes. Or go visit a cosmetic counter (or Sephora) and ask them to show you how to do a smokey eye. If you normally like to play up your eyes, try switching to a defining mascara and a clean, simple liner and a bold, punchy lip! There are so many fun lip products out there, you'd be insane not to give them a try! Stains, glosses, jumbo crayons, gloss stains, lacquers...the possibilities are endless!
- Have your eyebrows professionally "done". Go visit a brow specialist. I'm not talking about getting your brows waxed at a chop-shop nail salon DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT do this. That is NOT a brow specialist. There are so many places that offer incredible brow services such as Anastasia Beverly Hills brow bars at Nordstrom stores, Benefit Brow Bars at Macy's and select Ulta locations as well as highly skilled estheticians that work in salons and spas in your area. They can help you determine the best shape and arch as well as cleaning up any strays around your face. It makes such a difference and can really make you look so much more pulled together and polished.
- Get bangs or fringe. Having your stylist snip bangs can be a great way to update your look. There are so many options: full, thick straight across bangs, long side-swept bangs, wispy fringe, baby bangs, etc. Hop online ahead of time and grab some of your favorites for reference so you don't have to rely on your memory or verbal skills in case you panic last minute.

- Give your makeup bag a serious makeover. And I mean it. Start with a new bag, sometimes that can be just as exciting as what's inside! Throw out all your junky, broken, old, smelly makeup (make a list of what you tossed so you know what to refresh) and take yourself shopping! Here's your one rule: you are not allowed to buy the same things you tossed out. If you absolutely can't live without your black pencil eyeliner, try a different brand! If you don't think you can breathe without your mauve lipstick, choose the same color, but try a different finish. If you've been using the same pressed powder since high school, see if it comes in a loose powder formula, who knows...you may LOVE it! Branch out! Play around! Makeup isn't permanent so really push yourself to evolve and try new things!
- Visit a cosmetic counter and tell them to do whatever they want on you. Tell them to demonstrate some of the latest trends in beauty products. This can be scary, but remember, it can be removed if you hate it.
- Get your lashes tinted or try eyelash extensions. Make sure you do your research and even ask your friends for suggestions on who they visit if they get them done. This is not a service you want to "wing it" with.
- Get a new hair cut. If you've only ever had trims or have had your stylist do the exact same thing every single time, think about a new do. Not just a new style, but a new CUT. Talk to your stylist about your face shape, lifestyle (how much time you have to style your hair), personal style, etc. and find a new look that will flatter your face! 
- Get a new hair color. If you've always wanted to be a redhead, go for it! What's holding you back? If you're tired of the same old blonde foil, think about trying an all-over color or some rich low-lights. If you're feeling bored with your all-over color, ask your stylist about a balayage or some block coloring to add some depth in!

- Have a head-to-toe makeover at a reputable salon. Tell the front desk you want a completely new look including a makeup application. Make sure you communicate with your hair stylist and makeup artist and tell them that you want a complete update, but make sure they hear your concerns and desires as well. Just because you want a new look doesn't give them carte blanche to do whatever they want. However, try to be open minded and trust their skill. Just make sure you are all on the same page BEFORE anyone starts their work so you don't panic halfway through. 
- Get a texturizing service for your hair. Notice how we don't use the word "perm" anymore? I think it evokes memories of over-processed, frizzy, spiral, poodle-esque styles we got so used to seeing in the 90s. Texture services these days have improved greatly. You can achieve anything from soft, beachy waves to full, bouncy curls using all sorts of non-conventional tools. Make sure you find a salon/stylist that specializes in texturizing services and ask to see some of their work if you are nervous. Here are a few examples of amazing textured hairstyles that can be achieved through perming services:
I don't really consider anything "severe risk" territory unless it's permanent and can't be reversed. Things like permanent makeup, plastic surgery, veneers, etc. I might also consider shaving your head a severe risk (even though it can be grown back out). Besides what I have listed here, what would you consider a RED LEVEL or "severe risk" change? I'm curious to know what other people consider the scariest level of change!

June 23, 2014

How to Get Perfect Skin with Color Correcting Products

Color Correcting Beauty Products

I know you've seen them out there. Green concealers, purple primers, kaleidoscope-esque finishing powders. Most people know that green concealers and primers can counteract redness and hide pimples, but if the other colors are confusing as to what to be used for or how to mask and correct, let me break it down for you, mmmkay? I'm personally a big fan of green concealer for around my nose and mouth and yellows and pinks for under my eye area. Check out the below "skin concerns" and how to combat them!

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Bright red zit || Rosacea || Red cheeks || Redness around nose/mouth
If you didn't learn the basic color wheel in school, allow me to very simply explain that identifying the opposite color on the wheel can counteract the color or "tone" you are wanting to address. Green is the opposite of red, so it works wonders for covering obnoxious pimples, red or inflamed skin around the nose and mouth and bright red cheeks. If you have a pinkish or red tone all over, green primers (like this and this ) are a fantastic option to perfect your base before you apply foundation, other wise, use a green cream concealer for smaller areas and a green stick concealer for pimples.

Sallow Complexion
If you aren't familiar with the term "sallow", it basically means sickly and yellow looking. For example, when I'm sick with the flu or feeling nauseated, I usually get a yellowish and generally "ill" look to my skin. This is where lilac shades come into play. They can really perk up a sad skin tone. Favorites: Clinique, Smashbox, NYX Concealer in a Jar, NYX Concealer in a Stick, NYX Concealer Wand.

Lifeless, Pale Skin
Dull, lifeless skin can look very different on different skin tones. Lackluster, pale skin needs different attention than dull olive or deep complexions. If you're very pale (or porcelain) and need some "oomph", a blue undertoned primer like the Koh Gen Do primer or the Make Up For Ever HD primer in blue, can add a beautiful radiance and give a "porcelain" finish to pale complexions.

Dull, Medium to Deep Skin
If you have medium to deep skin and you feel like your complexion is dull, you'll want to go the peach route. Peach can really brighten, illuminate and combat hyper-pigmentation (sun spots, etc.) These two primers are fabulous options for you: Smashbox 'Photo Finish' Luminizing Primer and Clinique Superprimer to correct dullness in deeper skins.

Dull, Pale to Light Skin
Pink primers and pink undertoned creamy concealers can really zap dullness and add brightness to the lighter skinned ladies. I have pale skin but lean more towards "light" (as opposed to porcelain) so pink works better for me instead of the blue mentioned above. Some favorites: Koh Gen Do primer, Clinique Superprimer, Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen in "0 Bright Idea) and Make Up For Ever HD Primer in "07 Pink".

Purplish, Blueish or Plum Toned Under Eye Circles
I don't know a whole lot of women who don't suffer from this one. If you don't, then la-dee-dah for you! Just kidding, I'm actually very jealous. I typically don't notice bad circles under my peepers unless I was up too late (so....every night practically) or if I'm not feeling well. I always make sure I have some type of creamy yellow concealer on hand as it addresses a MULTITUDE of problems (I also find that I like yellow better for my red areas sometimes instead of green which can be a little too harsh when I only need a little help.) A few years ago, YSL introduced new shades into their classic Touche Eclat family that included a ".5" to the end of their existing colors. Any shade you see in this range with a ".5" after it has more of a yellow or gold undertone to it as opposed to pink or peach under tone. It was a GREAT idea on their behalf and now every skin tone is represented. A few more favorites: Clinique Superprimer, Benefit LemonAid (fabulous for eyelids and setting concealer under the eye area) and NYX Concealer in a Stick.

Universal || For All Skin Tones
Lastly, a multi-colored finishing powder or multi-colored CC cream can be used to correct multiple skin issues at once. Grab yourself a big, fluffy powder brush, swirl all the colors together and set your foundation. Other favorite multi-colored finishing powders: Stila Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio (LOVE this stuff!) and NYX Radiant Finishing Powder.

June 18, 2014

The Absolute BEST Places to Buy Makeup Online

I get asked pretty frequently where I do my online shopping for makeup. I have a handful of go-to places but I typically check around for things like price (duh), shipping, freebies, gifts-with-purchase, etc. to get the most bang for my buck. Below I've broken down my favorite places to shop for cosmetics along with a short snippet of why they're great.

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1 | Ulta I shop at Ulta a lot. They usually always have what I'm looking for, their prices are great, they always have either a $3.50 off coupon or a 20% off coupon (that can be used online or in store) and I love that I can get both (some) luxury lines along with drugstore brands all in one place. They have makeup, haircare, skincare, hair accessories, nail care, a salon, the list goes on and on. Also, their rewards program is really awesome! All sorts of different perks AND you get a full-sized luxury product on your birthday! Sign up if you haven't already! If you don't have an Ulta near you, check them out online! Don't forget to choose your 3 free samples at checkout!

2 | Sephora I honestly don't know of a woman who doesn't know about Sephora. They have all my favorite brands and their Beauty Insider program is fabulous. They also do the 3 free samples at checkout, so don't forget to do that!

3 | Nordstrom Obviously you can shop in-store for personalized service, however, shopping for cosmetics online at Nordstrom is also a great resource. Nordstrom does a great job at giving you all the latest trends in makeup on their website with things like their Beauty Concierge, New Arrivals, and Recommendations. Just like Ulta and Sephora, you also can choose 3 free samples at checkout. Lastly, if you weren't aware, Nordstrom recently adopted a free-shipping and free-return policy. They ship (almost) anything on their site for free to anywhere in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii). This is a great option if you buy something and don't love it and need to return it. Once again, Nordstrom coming in clutch with amazing service!

4 | Target Seriously...I love this store. I'm there about 3 times a week. However, when I can't make it in or can't find something in the store, I look online. I have a Target RedCard so I get free shipping on anything (no minimum) and 5% off all my purchases. It makes it a great option if I'm running low on a product and don't want to drive in, since I don't have to pay for shipping! Also exciting, Target recently added premium skincare lines Borghese, Vichy Laboratories, Laneige, La-Roche Posay, MD Complete, 29, and Own Beauty. All of a sudden shopping at Target just got a lot more high-brow!

5 | Beauty.com If you've heard of Drugstore.com, then you've probably seen the extra "tab" along the top of their website for Beauty.com. They have TONS of great brands and since they are a shared site, you can grab your higher end cosmetics, put them in your shopping cart, and then click the Drugstore.com tab and add whatever drugstore products you need and they go to the same shopping cart! SO convenient! Free shipping over $35, free returns, free samples. Things like "save your list" and "auto-reorder and save" and advice and trends. Also make sure to check out their Gifts with Purchase options to see if you can nab any cool deluxe samples with items you already need to swoop up!

6 | Directly at the cosmetic websites. You may be wondering why you'd do this as opposed to finding them at Sephora or Nordstrom. Well sometimes the websites have special offers, freebies and sales that the department stores don't have. Sometimes they have exclusive products that you can't find anywhere but from them. Lastly, most of them offer some type of percentage off your first order if it's the first time you've shopped with them! Some of my favorites are: Urban Decay, MAC, NARS, Benefit, YSL Beauty, NYX Cosmetics, Smashbox and Tarte.

And please don't forget, if you are going to be doing some online shopping, check to see if they are a participating retailer on Ebates so you can get some of your money back. It's free and so easy to sign up. I get money back constantly for taking a couple seconds beforehand to check them out and find my retailer first.

If you become familiar with all the different options for shopping for cosmetics online, you'll be amazed at how much you can save (and score in freebies)! Think outside the box and do some research before you commit to the first thing that comes to mind! Happy shopping!
June 9, 2014

Slim Your Legs in 5 Minutes or Less

So, um, hi. Nice to meet you. These are my bare legs. Geez. If you're just joining us here at Let's Talk About Lipstick, not every post I make looks like some type of XXX billboard. I just wanted to show you how absolutely AMAZING this stuff is. I mentioned it in my last post on Friday for my "Favorites" but I wanted you to see firsthand just how incredible it is. My left leg is my pasty, pale, pinkish Irish skin. Complete with knicks, spider veins, varicose veins (thanks, pregnancy) uneven skin tone and blotchiness. Ham hock on the right is literally immediately after I finished rubbing the Sally Hansen "Airbrush Legs" into my...well, my leg. Look how smooth! Look how tan without looking like Snookie! Look how even! Look how Summer ready! I have to tell you this because it made me laugh, but a couple weeks ago my mom was saying how nice this stuff looks on my legs and then she follows it up with "wow, you have a lot of moles!" Thanks, Mom. I'm aware. *Makes mental note to have my annual mole check at my dermatologist*

I just can't say enough good things about this little can of wonder. It is NOT a self-tanner (it rinses off with soap and water). It is non-transferable which means it won't rub off on clothes. It will not streak when you sweat (I've worn this on my legs in over 100 degree temperatures and it stays PUT). And the last awesome thing about it? It dries INSTANTLY. No waiting for the tackiness to go away before you get dressed like with sunless tanner. This is such a great option if you need some color and uniformity to your skin but you only have 5 minutes. Seriously, that's all you need. I actually had someone comment that it looked like I had nylons on!

I use color "Medium Glow" and I love it. It's just dark enough without looking unnatural, but not so subtle that I feel like it's not showing.

Here's how I use mine:
  1. Shave legs (husbands and boyfriends rejoice!)
  2. I spray mine directly into the palm of my hand (usually 6-8 sprays until I get a nice little "pool" of product) and apply directly to my legs using both hands to blend. Don't let it freak you out, the color will come out looking like Oprah's makeup. It blends, I promise.
  3. Start rubbing into legs starting at the calf and rub up and down and in circular motions until it is completely blended. You may have to add a few more "spurts" of product and repeat this step until you get it totally even. 
  4. Repeat with thigh. Make sure you turn around in the mirror and look at the backs of your legs. This is VERY important.
  5. Look at your feet. They may need a little lovin' of their own so they look blended with the rest of your leg.
A few important things to note:
  • Some people prefer using latex (or latex free if you have an allergy) gloves to keep their hands from getting all murky. Again, it washes off hands with soap and water, but if you want to skip that part, use gloves. Some people think it blends in better with gloves on. I've never had a problem using my bare hands but just know this is an option.
  • I usually apply to completely dry legs without lotion. I feel it blends better. However, if you have very dry skin and must apply lotion first, just make sure you give it time to really sink in before you apply the Sally Hansen "Airbrush Legs".
June 6, 2014

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

It's F R I D A Y!! Is it weird for me to still get excited for Friday even though I'm a stay-at-home-mom? I mean...it's not like I get the weekend "off" or anything. But I still remember how excited I used to get for Friday when I was a working gal (and I still think people are just generally more happy on Fridays). I thought I would share with you some of the things I've been really loving lately. About half of these things I've been using or wearing every.single.day. The other few I've just recently discovered and I'm just in loooove with. 

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1 | Okay, if you don't know about Sally Hansen's "Airbrush Legs" you MUST get acquainted. I just don't know where to start with this stuff. It's not self-tanner, it's more like foundation...for your legs. It instantly adds color and conceals veins, bruises, etc. The really cool thing is it's water resistant and "transfer proof" which means it won't rub off on your clothes. I've had this stuff on my legs in HOT weather where I've been sweating like a freak and it didn't budge AT ALL. It really looks like you have nylons on. It washes off with soap and water in the shower. I don't spray mine directly onto my legs, I spray it onto the palm of my hand and use my hands to rub it in until it's well blended. I've heard of people spraying it onto their legs first and then using their hands to rub and blend it in. I've also had great luck if I put latex gloves on first and then spray it into my gloved hand and rubbed it into my legs (it spreads really easily this way). I use color "medium" and I believe it comes in 4 colors. You can also use it on arms, chest, etc.
2 | This is one cool mascara. It's a great "everyday" mascara because it doesn't give me HUGE, over the top lashes. It never ever clumps or gives me spider lashes and it's virtually impossible to get it to clump even with multiple coats. The pic above is kind of misleading because it comes with just one wand, but the pic is trying to display the fact that the brush handle twists to make the bristles go from long and skinny to a shorter fat one with just one "click". I use the long, skinny option for my bottom lashes where I mostly just want some color and definition and then I twist the top of the cap to get it to switch to the fatter bristles so I can get a bit more volume on my upper lashes. This is a perfect mascara for those who hate spider-lashes.
3 | I picked this moisturizer up kind of on a whim during my last Ulta shop and I'm SO glad I did. It's for dry skin but the texture is almost a mix between a moisturizer and a serum. It's incredibly light-weight and it sinks into my skin super fast but it isn't heavy at all. It also has great SPF which we all know I'm GaGa over.
4 | I just got back from Lake Chelan with my mom and I grabbed this new bikini at Target for the occasion. It wasn't the one I went in for, but it was so adorable and flattering on! The picture doesn't do it justice as the color in real life is like a very light (but neon) peachy coral color and the top is studded without being Ed Hardy obnoxious. Plus the top is "push up" style which is a girl's best friend after spending almost a year breast-feeding a child.
5 | I workout 5 to 6 times a week and when I'm not at the gym doing a cardio class, I'm out walking my son in his stroller. My husband bought me this heart rate monitor watch so I could track my calories burned and I freaking LOVE it! It comes with a very comfy elastic strap that you wear around your chest (it just feels like you're wearing a sports bra) and it monitors your exact heart rate so it can give you an accurate account for calories burned. It really helps me push myself as hard as I can and it's a great motivator when you're out for a run and need an extra push to keep going!
6 | I love me some China Glaze nail polish. This is just my new favorite color called "Peri-wink-le". Back when my husband and I were first dating, he took me out to dinner one night and we parked up against a curb on the street of the restaurant. When he asked me if I was too close to the shrubs and if I'd be able to get out of the car, I just looked at him, held up my foot and said "these are PERIWINKLE SUEDE!" which he very intuitively understood as him needing to pull up a bit so that I wouldn't ruin the best shoes to ever be worn. He has never forgotten how strongly I feel about the color.
7 | I live in Zella leggings. I usually get them during Anniversary Sale time at Nordstrom because I can better justify spending the money. But even if I didn't get them on sale, they really are just the best. They are super thick and stretchy and they stay up while I'm running and doing Zumba. I wash mine in the washer but then pull them out and let them air dry so they keep their shape and color. Great investment if you're looking for awesome quality leggings. The "space dye" print above is my fave and I wear them alllllll the time.
8 | We all know how I feel about this BB cream. If you don't know, read THIS.
9 | I have just about every lip product put out by YSL. This one I've been using a TON lately. Not only is the formula super sheer (almost like gloss in a stick form), but the color "Pink in Paris" is so wearable for everyday. It's pretty and natural and not obnoxiously pink. Plus, everytime I pull the tube out to use it, I feel like my lipstick is wearing jewelry, it's so pretty!
10 | One of my best friends bought me this Tory Burch rollerball fragrance for my birthday after reading my May "Lust List". She's awesome! It smells so crisp and feminine with a hint of floral. I am just obsessed with rollerballs for fragrance lately. They're around $25 a tube and they are so easy to stash in your purse without being afraid they're break or spill all over your stuff. Plus, it's a great way to experiment with different or new scents instead of being stuck with whole bottles on your vanity that go bad because you don't wear them very often.
11 | This is kind of random, but on a recent trip to Kohl's for something for the baby nugget, I thought I'd pop over to see if I could find a plain black tank top. While I was looking, I found this skirt in the olive green color and really liked the material so I decided to try it on. I'm so glad I did. I'm a big fan of pencil skirts (so flattering!) and this one is the greatest silky yet stretchy material and it's LINED! It fits like a dream and I think I'll be going back for the black and white striped one. Perfect with a tucked-in fitted tank with flat sandals during the day and heels at night!

June 3, 2014

Rosacea Relief That WORKS | Break Up With Your Makeup

The older I get, the more comfortable I am with my skin. I am blessed with mostly clear skin (aside from the occasional pimple) and very few lines (thanks to a healthy diet, lots of water and sunscreen in just about everything I put on my face). However, I never feel completely comfortable going 100% makeup free due to an uneven skin tone and facial redness around my nose, cheeks and mouth. Luckily, my redness is just a combination of my Irish genes and some slight sensitivity, but there are SO many women out there suffering from skin conditions such as rosacea. There have been some topical treatments out there to treat persistent facial redness, but nothing has been approved by the FDA that is specifically developed and indicated for rosacea...until now. Wouldn't you love to be able to ditch your heavy face makeup for a day and let your naturally beautiful skin show through without being embarrassed about your skin? Not only does it just feel great to let your skin BREATHE every once in a while, (or more than once in a while in my case...) it's important for the health of your complexion to get some oxygen! Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to go to the 2014 Emmy Awards! Cha-Ching!

If you've been hiding your rosacea under heavy foundations and facial makeup, there is a better solution for you. It is called MIRVASO® (Galderma Laboratories, L.P.) and it is the first and only FDA-approved medication developed and indicated to treat persistent facial redness of rosacea. MIRVASO doesn’t cover up the red; it treats it. If you suffer from rosacea, you may not be aware that there are other things other than using topical treatments that can help keep the skin redness under control. Here are some things you should be aware of if not already:

Avoid Potential Irritants 
  • Cosmetics, creams, and cleansers with added fragrances
  • Harsh scrubs, toners, or astringents
  • Waterproof products that require scrubbing to remove
  • Products with alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, or eucalyptus oil
If you’re not sure if an ingredient may set off your symptoms, test a little bit of the product on a small area on your neck first.

Know Your Triggers
  • Sun Exposure: A National Rosacea Society survey identified sun as the #1 rosacea trigger. Minimizing exposure to sun by wearing protective clothing or applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher may help.
  • Heat: Hot showers, hot weather, hot beverages...try to keep it cool to avoid redness flare-ups. 
  • Cold: Winter wind and cold air are big triggers for many people. Protect your face when you have to spend time in the cold.
  • Exercise: Workouts are great for the body, but they’re also great at heating up your facial redness. When you're exercising—indoors or out—try to stay cool.
  • Food: Red wine, spicy foods, hot beverages, and foods such as soy sauce, vinegar, and cheese could set off redness. To identify your trouble foods, pay attention to how your skin reacts after you eat a suspected trigger.
  • Stress: Worry and tension can bring on rosacea redness, which can bring on more stress! Find ways to manage your stress and make sure you’re getting proper rest and eating right. 
Here are some additional skincare tips for those suffering from rosacea as well as a Mirvaso Fact Sheet.

Now that we've gotten a solution for your skin under control, wouldn't you love to show it off at this year's Emmy Awards?! Yeah, I thought so. Maybe you'll even attract the attention of Jon Hamm or Damian Lewis, in which case, you HAVE to invite me to the wedding so I can give a speech about how I basically introduced you, mmkay?? Click HERE to enter!

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 Sj√∂gren’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.
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