If you're in pain at the very thought of wearing heels, you'll want to see this.
Recently, I declared that I would never again spend money on high heels. I've hit heel fatigue and I know the feeling of limping home with achy arches after a night of balancing my weight on the balls of my feet all too well. But there's something about a pair of artful Dries Van Noten feather-embellished heels that gets my heart racing. Suddenly, those thoughts of pain are replaced with those of all the fabulous holiday parties my new shoes and I will attend. And I'm not alone. Fashion e-comm platform Lyst reports a 117% increase in heel sales in November and December (aka holiday season). Here's a fun fact: The most popular heel on the site is Stuart Wietzman Nudist Sandal, which boasts a vertiginous 4.7-inch heel that's the embodiment of the old adage, "suffer for fashion." So what's a shoe addict to do?
Lyst partnered with Andrea Hurst, a reflexology expert whose client list includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Crawford, Emilia Clarke and Emily Blunt to consolidate her celeb-tested tips on reducing and preventing pain caused by high heels into a handy infographic that breaks down exercises, tips and tricks in an A-Z Hight Heel Health Bible. Just hover over the images to read the tips –your feet will thank you.
Thanks to Lyst for providing the heel stats!
Nicki Minaj applies lipgloss in the "Feeling Myself" music video.
If you’ve ever added a beauty blogger on Snapchat or Instagram, chances are you have seen a video or two of liquid lipstick being applied to perfectly hydrated lips. (And if you are a Kylie Jenner fan, you’ve probably seen thousands.) These videos literally keep me up at night, as I spend hours laying in bed watching 60 second clips of seriously talented artists applying gorgeous matte shades. The strategy that goes into the difficult-to-master application technique is truly the most impressive: from prepping lips with hydrating oils to adding highlight to the Cupid's bow, these beauty bloggers have tons of tricks up their sleeves for all of your liquid lipstick woes.
But fair warning, you may never apply your lipstick the same way again.
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As we age, plushy collagen and taut elastin fibres break down and skin loses it's elasticity. These ingredients can help bring back the glory days of youth.
Peptides are the naturally occurring building blocks of protein in skin. We don’t necessarily become deficient in them as we age, but introducing more into our routine is beneficial because of a specific receptor in the cell. “They stimulate collagen in a very unique way,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist based in New York. “The more receptors you put to work, the more firming you’ll see. If your concern is wrinkles or laxity, then it’s an important ingredient to look for in your products.” With consistent use, expect to see changes after one month.
Dr. Dennis Gross Firming Peptide Milk ($78), at sephora.com.
The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80), at ordinaries.com.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found in connective tissues that supports skin due to its ability to bind water, says Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist. “Creams that contain hyaluronic acid can improve hydration of the outer layer of skin and give a softer, smoother appearance,” she says. “When skin is well hydrated, the look of fine lines and wrinkles may also be improved.” Look for hyaluronic acid and/or sodium hyaluronic on an ingredient list.
Lierac Paris Hydragenist Moisturizing Rescue Balm ($70), at lierac.ca.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($25), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Ceramides are waxy lipids in the top layer of skin that act as a protective barrier and help retain water. The production of ceramides declines with age, compromising the skin barrier. “This can let in harmful environmental components and lead to inflammation,” says Gross. “An intact barrier is also essential for the delivery of other anti-aging ingredients.” On a label, look for ceramide NG, AP or EOP, ceramide 2/ceramide NS, ceramide 3/ceramide NP, sphingolipids or phospholipids.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 ($140), skinceuticals.com.
Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion ($52), sephora.ca.
B vitamins have an essential role in the body. “Topically applied, niacinamide [a type of B vitamin] perfects the skin, strengthens the cell membrane, combats acne and controls hyperpigmentation,” says Gross. Retinol and niacinamide work exceptionally well together. Look for names like riboflavin (B2), niacinamide (B3), panthenol (B5) and biotin (B7).
Kat Burki Complete B Bio-Correcting Face Crème ($430), at murale.ca.
AlumierMD AluminEye ($80), at alumiermd.com.
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