Beauty Buzz: 5 Steps to Balancing Underarm pH

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Underarm health and maintenance certainly isn’t the most glamorous of beauty topics but being dry and comfortable is a priority for all of us and a standard part of overall good hygiene. I can’t say I pay much attention to my underarms other than making sure they’re clean, shaven, and deodorized but as with most sensitive areas of the body, there’s more too it than just that. If you tend to sweat a lot from your underarms or not, you might be interested in understanding pH and how it affects your skin.

pH stands for power of hydrogen, a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. Without getting overly technical, the pH scale is 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, while a pH lower than 7 is acidic. According to MindBodyGreen, which has helped me understand pH better, proper pH varies throughout our bodies but ideally it should be slightly more alkaline (7.35 – 7.45). Our bodies work hard to maintain its pH balance amid our poor lifestyle choices and toxic environmental factors.

Being conscious of these 5 steps to balancing underarm pH will not only keep us more comfortable but is important for our skin’s well-being, this our overall health:

STEP 1: Gently wash with a soap-free wash. Using your hands or a gentle microfiber cloth, cleanse the underarms with an ultra-mild wash. Soap-free formulas can still deep clean while naturally conditioning and restoring skin to the ideal pH. Using your hands or a soft cloth instead of a loofah helps protect skin’s delicate barrier. Some of my personal favorites are Dove Body Washes, Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, and AVEENO.

STEP 2: Consciously rinse and pat try. Most of us forget to completely rinse and dry the underarm area causing water and cleansing residue to linger under the arms for unwanted itchiness. Instead of rubbing harshly with a towel, gently pat skin dry, which is much less abrasive.

Step 3: Swipe on sensitive skin deodorant. Many deodorants contain harsh chemicals that can negatively affect the skin. Try a natural deodorant or look for one made with balsam, a common hydrating oil that’s plant derived and soothing on sensitive skin.

STEP 4: No need to over-apply. Apply a thin, even layer of deodorant to the full area of the armpit (about a three-inch circle) using a gentle, single up-and-down swipe.

STEP 5: Eat a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, juices, green smoothies, soups) rather than an acidic one (animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, alcohol, coffee). As with most beauty recipes and remedies, a healthy diet packed with fruits, veggies, and lots of water is ideal for skin health. Not surprisingly, the same goes for underarm health.  

Colgate Optic White #BrilliantBrush Banter Twitter Party 4/22

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Beauty Buzz | 2014 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards Finalists

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Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) announces the finalists for the 2014 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards, one of the beauty industry’s highest honor. Celebrating its 20th year, the CEW Beauty Awards recognize the most innovative new products of the year. The 193 finalists across 32 categories, including the new Iconic Beauty Award category, were chosen from more than 760 product entries.

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Beauty Buzz | NIVEA A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Collection {Giveaway}

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I’m a self-proclaimed lip balm addict. You will never ever find me without it, which is why I cover so many lip launches! I’m also fond of good multi-tasker and love the tinted lip moisturizer trend.

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5 Tips for Healthy Spring Hair

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Spring is finally here and while the temperature may not yet have gotten the memo, warm weather is on its way!

There are a ton of fun, mom-friendly spring beauty trends fresh off the runways that I’m working on sharing but what’s always in style, is healthy hair.

Whether you wear it up or down, long or short, here are 5 tips for healthy hair that will help revitalize your tresses for spring and summer:

1. Seal and Repair Hair Cuticles: Are you overdosing on shampoo? Over shampooing strips hair’s natural oils, drying and weakening hair cuticles. Your hair cuticles are the outermost layer of the hair shaft, and are responsible for locking in moisture. Avoid shampooing every day, don’t use too much shampoo at each washing (a small quarter-sized amount will do), and be choosy about your products and their ingredients. If you’re noticing dryness, try a pH balanced shampoo (I like Sebamed Everyday) to help revive, close and seal the cuticles.

2. Choose a “Flake-Free” Diet: Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and protein are the best for a healthy scalp. Since about 3% of the hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids, they’re vital to keeping you scalp hydrated. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods like walnuts, almonds, tuna, and salmon.

3. Tame Frizz: Instead of loading your hair with oily serums and fly-away tamers, try styling with hair tools that produce ionic heat, which is a proven frizz fighter. I use the Rowenta Inspiration Pro Auto Sensor Hair Dryer. It locks in moisture, keeping my hair hydrated and resistant to breakage, which also gives it that salon-quality shine.

4. Promote New Growth, Naturally: When trying to grow out your hair its important to have split ends trimmed. I’m terrible about getting to the salon but every time I do, it’s so worth it. It puts the shape back and livens up my tresses. Also, giving yourself a gentle scalp massage for 10 minutes 2-3 times a week in the shower can loosen skin flakes, product residue, and natural oils, and increase blood flow to the scalp to help promote new hair growth. I know, I know, getting a 10 minute shower is a challenge but if you do, work that scalp!

5. Restore Life to Your Hair: Do you color your hair, straighten it a few times a week or use a lot of hair spray? Adding chemicals, applying heat and/or using a lot of products are habits that we all fall into and get hooked on. Unfortunately, like any addiction, they can come with some unwanted side effects. The best way to combat damage from coloring and styling is with hair masks. They work to restore and nourish the scalp which in turn makes hair smoother and appear more youthful. Try Repêchage Hydra-Amino 18 Hair Spa Seaweed Mask or Moisture Healing Mask from Nelson j Beverly Hills (so delicious smelling, I could eat it!). Apply your mask in the shower 1-2 times weekly or leave in longer for a deep treatment. I have oily hair (a good thing I suppose), so I use my masks like a conditioner.

Hope you find these tips helpful and they go a long way to helping you feel more glamorous this spring! If you have any tips that have helped keep your hair healthy and looking its best, please share with us in the comments below!

{Dislosure: I received the Rowenta Hair Dryer and Nelson j Beverly Hills Mask for review purposes.}

Beauty Buzz | Prescriptives Beauty Print Facebook Game {& Giveaway}

Prescriptives Beauty Print Matching Game

Prescriptives is having a fun contest on its Facebook page now through March 30th giving away Custom Blend Foundation to 21 winners!

You may recall I participated in a Custom Blend Live Video Chat last year with a prescriptive Beauty Genius to determine my foundation recipe (“Beauty Print”). It’s a perfect match and I’ve been using it ever since. I wrote about the cool digital process on Babble.

Prescriptives Beauty Print Facebook Game

I’m honored to be one of the beauty bloggers featured in the Prescriptives Beauty Print Matching Facebook contest. Simply match the bloggers to the Beauty Prints as quickly as you can. When time is up you can enter to win. Play as often as you’d like.

WIN IT: I also have a Custom Blend Foundation ($65) to give to one Glamamom reader.

TO ENTER: Visit Prescriptives on Facebook and play the Beauty Print Matching Game. Leave a comment below that you did. One extra entry if you follow Prescriptives on Twitter. Please leave a separate comment for each.

US only and you must be 18 years or older. I’ll choose a winner via random.org in one week. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats #14 Deb!

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How To Wear Red Lips Fearlessly {& a Mary Kay Giveaway}

Forget March Madness, this month is all about Makeover Madness with Mary Kay Makeover Day this Saturday, March 8th!

Anytime is a good time for a new look but this Saturday also happens to be International Women’s Day, the perfect opportunity to take some time for yourself, learn pro makeup application techniques, get a gorgeous new look, and have fun with color!

To celebrate Makeover Dey and showcase Mary Kay’s vast array of color products, celebrity makeup artist Virginia Linzee created “Delicate Details” – one of two looks that will be showcased on Saturday. Inspired by 2014 runway fashion, the look brings “runway to “reality” and shows us how to wear red lips. I love a bold lip for any occasion but it does require that the rest the face be more subtle to not look overdone.

Here are Virginia’s easy application instructions for a fearless and flawless red lip:

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STEP 1: Apply Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Hazelnut to the creases and on the eyelids. Layer on Moonstone, taking it up to the brows. Apply Sparkling White as a pop of color in the middle of the eyelids.
STEP 2: Line upper and lower lash lines with Mary Kay® Deep Brown Eyeliner.
STEP 3: Apply Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in I ♥ black.
STEP 4: Define brows with Mary Kay® Brow Definer Pencil in Brunette or Mineral Eye Color in Espresso.
STEP 5: Brush on Mary Kay®  Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush.
STEP 6: Apply Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in Red. Blot, then reapply at the center of the lips.

With the goal of beating its record of 44,000 makeovers in a day, Mary Kay Makeover Day gives women everywhere the opportunity to get a free makeover.  To find a local makeover event, click here for a party near you.

WIN IT: If you’d like to try out the look for yourself, I’m happy to offer one Glamamom reader the $180-worth of Mary Kay products you’ll need for your own mini makeover including:

  • Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Hazelnut, Moonstone, Espresso and Sparkling White
  • Mary Kay® Eyeliner in Deep Brown
  • Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in black.
  • Mary Kay® Brow Definer Pencil in Brunette
  • Mary Kay®  Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
  • Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in Red
  • Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder
  • Mary Kay®  Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  • Mary Kay®  TimeWise® Luminous-Wear® Foundation
  • Mary Kay®  Translucent Loose Powder
  • Mary Kay®  Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia

TO ENTER: Please use the Rafflecopter entry form below, which will prompt you to leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway and provide extra entries for following Glamamom and Mary Kay on various social media platforms:

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The giveaway begins at on 3/6/2014 and runs until midnight on 3/14/2014.  Winner must reside in the US and be 18 years or older.  No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. I’ll choose a winner in one week via random.org.  Good luck!

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Beauty Buzz | Pretty in Pink

Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection

Estée Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign this year features the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection: a two-tone pink clutch filled with Estée Lauder’s full-size Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite and limited-edition Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink.

I’m obsessed with this duo. Rubellite is the perfect universal pink and the gloss adds just the right amount of shine without being sticky. I layered them here and have a feeling they’ll be on even heavier rotation come spring.

Also cool: twenty percent of sales of the Dream Lip Collection go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® through June.

{I was not compensated for this post. I received a sample for purposes of this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Nail File | The Perfect Valentine’s Day Mani

Zoya Carmen

I couldn’t resist this Zoya Nail Polish in Carmen at the Caravan Stylist Studio pop-up lounge at Century 21 Lincoln Center. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? Zoya is also toxin free and doesn’t contain formaldehyde and all the other bad stuff typically found in polishes. Hopefully it lasts through Friday! I usually apply another top coat after a day or two. Any secrets to extending the life of a mani?