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How To Clean Makeup Brushes With Household Items

April 8, 2016
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Spring has long been thought of the perfect time for cleaning, tiding, organizing and sprucing up our space. In addition to clearing out the closets and cupboards of unwanted and unused cloths, linens and appliances this is also a great time to go through your beauty products, toss out any thing old and expired and give a good deep clean to your tools!!!

(Origionally posted on Huffington Post by Dana Oliver)

Brush 1Makeup brushes aren’t cheap, and when you’ve invested in a quality set, you want to make sure that they remain in pristine condition. There are lots of makeup brush cleansers on the market that help to get the job done, but you can also take good care of your tools using household items.

In the video above, PopSugar Beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson shows us three not-so-fancy ways to clean our makeup brushes. First up: Bar soap. Massaging your dirty blush or foundation brushes against a sturdy bar of soap will work the cleanser deep into the bristles. Rinse with lukewarm water and wipe your brush against a paper towel. Tip: Be careful not to get the brush barrel wet, as it will loosen the bristles and cause them to fall out.

Another way to scrub makeup brushes clean is to use liquid dish soap and a clean sponge. Pour a little of the dish soap on top of the sponge and then rub your brush against the surface. And again, rinse with lukewarm water, wipe with a towel to remove any leftover debris and lay your brushes flat to dry.

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Olive oil is a great way to not only clean smaller brushes, but also to condition the bristles. In this case, it’s okay to submerge your makeup brushes into the oil. Rub them against a sponge and you’ll start to see all those caked-up pieces of product come off.

Watch this video to see the step-by-step tutorial to clean your makeup brushes, including a recipe for a DIY makeup brush cleanser that you can store and use later.

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Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce- The Wedding Capital of The World!!

April 6, 2016
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LVWCC 1  A few weeks ago we were honored to be present at the very first meeting of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce at the Bootlegger Restaurant. As was expected it was a smashing party with live music and delicious food in the company of some of our very favorite Las Vegas wedding vendor friends, but we were all there for serious business.

The Las Vegas wedding industry has changed tremendiously over the last few decades. What was once thought to be the wild west, famous for elopements and drive through Elvis weddings, has morphed into a premier, world class wedding destination.  The Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce has been formed to create a vibrant and evolving environment to best serve couples and grow our industry.

We are so excited to be one of the Charter Members of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce. Below is a bit of information from them as to what that means and what roll they will play in the Las Vegas wedding industry-

 

 

 

Las Vegas’ array of accommodations and amenities offer something for nearly every taste, including visitors seeking a luxurious experience, both in and out of the casino. In fact, in the last several years, Las Vegas has established its place among the ranks of the world’s most plush destinations.

 

Las Vegas is known as much for its weddings as it is for its casinos. With an average of nearly 100,000 marriage licenses issued annually, Las Vegas is recognized as the world’s wedding capital. Whether it’s eloping on a secret rendezvous, or planning an elaborate ceremony for hundreds of your family and friends, there is no place quite like Vegas to make it official.

 

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“Our mission is to help guide businesses in best practices and to help create a new brand for weddings in Las Vegas as the wedding experts of the world. To show couples all over the world that Las Vegas is their source for quality weddings and affordable luxury.”

 

The Las Vegas wedding industry flourished in part because of Nevada’s less restrictive marriage laws that require no blood tests and no waiting period.

 

 “Wedding tourism is a core industry in Las Vegas. It’s part of our international brand,”

                                  State Sen. Ruben Kihuen

 

Wedding tourism in the “wedding capital of the world” is down.  Marketing efforts  for our city are focused on gambling, conventions and dining.  For decades it has been taken for granted that the wedding industry would remain with out the support of marketing efforts directed at attracting planning couples to our city.

 

Today, we have formed the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce as a collective voice to work with our officials to strengthen our industry and the international brand known as Las Vegas.

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LUSH Massage Bars are Sprouting in Users Showers! Copy

April 1, 2016
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Any one who has gotten a gift or thank-you from the Makeup In The 702 team in the last 5 years has probably gotten a LUSH bath bomb, scrub or other yummy product because we LOVE LUSH!!!!!!!!

It smells AMAZING!!! The scrubs get the job done- for real!! And they use natural and responsibly sourced ingredients in their products- What’s not to love?!?

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In the past few weeks I’ve seen some suspect posts on Instagram FaceBook of plants growing our of peoples showers and sinks and didn’t know what to think, so I did a bit of my own online digging and this was the best I found.Lush 2

 

Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar  contains aduki beans for its superb nourishing and exfoliating purposes. But those users that are lathering up with the bar are finding that if the beans drip into your drain, and gets just the right amount of moisture and humidity (and come on- its the shower…..moisture and humidity is PERFECT) they could sprout their very own little plants. A shower garden!!

 

Lush Diva Extraordinaire, co-founder and product inventor Helen Ambrosen told BuzzFeed: “We use organic aduki beans to create a texture in the massage bar, so that you’ve got small bead like shapes to massage the muscles. In order for the beans to germinate they must of been left in the shower for a few days. The results you get just go to show how fresh the ingredients really are.”

We are with Helen!!! Knowing the damage that plastic micro beads are wrecking on the environment, I am far more comfortable with the potential of sprouts in my drain than pollution in my water ways.

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(Info from –PopSugar)

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Amanda and Michael Say “I Do” with a Vintage Vegas Inspired Wedding Copy

March 24, 2016
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One magical May afternoon nestled in the charming grounds at A Secret Garden, Amanda and Michael became husband and wife surrounded by all of their family and friends. The rain had cleared up just in time for the couple to say their “I Dos,” which helped make their wedding day that much more beautiful!

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To help plan their perfect wedding, Amanda and Michael attended one of our great Bridal Spectacular shows to get them started. After all of their research, they chose to get married at A Secret Garden on May 22, 2015 and selected High Class Studios to capture all of their beautiful moments.

 

 

As featured in the spring issue of Spectacular Bride Magazine, Amanda and Michael’s wedding started with a gorgeous garden ceremony followed by an al fresco reception underneath the night sky and sparkling stars. Vintage inspired, their theme was sheer perfection. From the glistening festoon lighting and lanterns suspended above, to the charming sunflower bouquets and beautiful antique details, Amanda and Michael’s wedding was utterly breathtaking.

 

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The couple said everything was perfect — completely stress and error free. Amanda added that some people say that if it rains on your wedding day, you will have good luck. Not only did it rain a little before their ceremony, but there was also an earthquake!

 

The couple added, “if you are considering getting married in Las Vegas, turn to High Class Studios for all of your entertainment, lighting, photography, and video needs.” Amanda and Michael also said A Secret Garden is the best venue in Las Vegas. “It lives up to the name “secret garden.” It is an oasis in the desert. All of the people at the venue work tirelessly to ensure your day is magical.”

 

We could not agree more! We hope you enjoy these stunning photos of Amanda and Michael’s magical day at A Secret Garden as captured through the lens of High Class Studios.

About High Class Studios

Originally created by award-winning photographer, Ella Gagiano and her husband Jason, who has been in the entertainment and video production industry for 20 years, High Class Studios is your dream team for wedding photography and videography. Ella and Jason say life is so short and they are honored to help couples make their special wedding day even more special — and to also keep those memories alive for many years to come with their beautiful story telling, breathtaking photography and amazing cinema-style videography. At High Class Studios, they handle every aspect of your wedding and pride themselves on unparalleled quality at competitive rates.

Thank you to all of the talented wedding professionals who helped make Amanda and Michael’s beautiful wedding possible:

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100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S. and Canada for 2016

March 18, 2016
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Last month SLR Lounge announced the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S and Canada for 2016, the Makeup In The 702 team was so excited to see some familiar names and friends honored on the list.
“SLR Lounge’s mission and goal is to create a community where the best working photographers are teaching, educating, and elevating the entire industry” – it was with that mission in mind that the below list was compiled.
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Makeup In The 702 has had the privileged of working with the incredibly talented John Michael Cooper of Las Vegas’ Alt F Photography. Not only is John a truly kind and gifted artist, with an eye for capturing the most beautiful images, he is also a passionate educator. He participates in conferences, conventions, work shops and is always one to say “YES” when asked for input and advise.
I once asked John why he is willing to share so much of his knowledge in the photography community by hosting workshops. John responded – “I feel like sharing knowledge is the best way to gain knowledge. By sharing with your community what you know you raise the bar for everybody.”
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Those honored are listed in alphabetical order.
  1. Aaron Morris – New York, NY
  2. Abby Plus Dave – Calgary, AB
  3. Amanda Basteen – Des Moines, IA
  4. Anna Kuperberg – San Francisco, CA
  5. Ashley And Jeremy Parsons – Kansas City, MO
  6. Ashley Fisher – St Louis, MO
  7. Bambi Cantrell – San Francisco, CA
  8. Bradford Martens – Dallas, TX
  9. Brett Butterstein – San Diego, CA
  10. Brian And Allison Callaway – Los Angeles, CA
  11. Brian Maheux – Fort Collins, CO
  12. Camille & Chadwick Bensler – Vancouver, BC
  13. *Caroline Tran – Los Angeles, CA
  14. Charleton Churchill – Sacramento, CA
  15. Chrisman Studios (Ben, Erin and Mauricio Arias) – San Francisco, CA
  16. *Christina Blanarovich – New York, NY
  17. Cliff Mautner – Philadelphia, PA
  18. Crystal Stokes – Charlotte, NC
  19. Curtis Moore – Winnipeg, MB
  20. Dallas & Sabrina Kolotylo – Vancouver, BC
  21. Danny and Julia Dong – San Francisco, CA
  22. Dave Paek – New York, NY
  23. David Murray – Kennebunkport, ME
  24. Davina and Daniel – Montreal, QC
  25. Derren Raser – Arcata, CA
  26. Divine Method – Toronto. ON
  27. Dylan And Sara – Portland, OR
  28. Ed Pingol – San Francisco, CA
  29. Elizabeth Messina – Santa Monica, CA
  30. Emin Kuliyev – New York, NY
  31. Erich Mcvey – Salem, OR
  32. Eugene Michel – Spokane, WA
  33. A Fist Full of Bolts – Seattle, WA
  34. Gabe Mcclintock – Alberta, Canada
  35. Green Tea Photography – Ottawa, ON
  36. Hiram Trillo – Dallas, TX
  37. Impressions by Annuj – Toronto. ON
  38. Jacklyn Greenberg – New Haven, CT
  39. Jasmine Star – Orange County, CA
  40. Jeff Newsom – San Luis Obispo, CA
  41. Jenna and Tristan – Vancouver, BC
  42. Jennifer Moher – Peterborough, ON
  43. Jeremy Chou – Orange County, CA
  44. John Michael Cooper – Las Vegas, NV
  45. Jordan Voth – Seattle, WA
  46. Jose Villa – Solvang, CA
  47. Joshua Dwain – New York, NY
  48. Julie Paisley – Nashville, TN
  49. Justin And Mary Marantz – New Haven, CT
  50. Justine Ungaro – Studio City, CA
  51. Kathryn Krueger – Waco, TX
  52. Kelly and Sergio – Tucson, AZ
  53. Ken Pak – Centreville, VA
  54. Kenny Kim – Chicago, Il
  55. Kristi Odom – Reston, VA
  56. Kristina and Dee Robinson – Sacramento, CA
  57. *Lin and Jirsa – Orange County, CA
  58. Luke Edmonson – Plano, TX
  59. *Lurey Photography – Cherry Hill, NJ
  60. Mantas Kubilinskas – Washington, DC
  61. Matt Roberts – Santa Barbara, CA
  62. Matt Miller – Atlanta, GA
  63. Matthew Sowa – New York, NY
  64. Melissa Jill – Phoenix, AZ
  65. Michelle Gardella – Wethersfield, CT
  66. Mike Allebach – Norristown, PA
  67. Morgan Lynn Razi – Houston, TX
  68. Nessa K – Washington DC
  69. Nicole Chan – Boston, MA
  70. Pat Furey – Toms River, NJ
  71. Raymond and Jessie – Vancouver, BC
  72. Reese Allen – Charleston, SC
  73. Rob Greer – Los Angeles, CA
  74. Roberto Valenzuela – Los Angeles, CA
  75. Ryan Brenizer – New York, NY
  76. Ryan Joseph – Tampa Bay, FL
  77. Sam Hurd – Washington, DC
  78. Samm Blake – Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  79. Scott & Melissa Hopkins – Savannah, GA
  80. Sean Leblanc – Calgary, AB
  81. Susan Stripling – New York, NY
  82. Taylor Lord – Austin, TX
  83. Timothy Eyrich – Alliance, NE
  84. Todd Laffler – New Jersey, CA
  85. Tony Gambino – Bend, OR
  86. Tony Hoffer – Downingtown, PA
  87. *Trevor Dayley – Phoenix, AZ
  88. *Twisted Oaks – Hammonton, NJ
  89. Two Mann – Canmore, AB
  90. Tyler Wirken – Kansas City, MO

For more information on the selection process and to see the complete list with links to the winners sites and portfolios check out the SLR Lounge site.

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Alicia stuns at her desert maternity shoot with Orange Soda Photography

March 4, 2016
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From Orange Soda Photography

 

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It is always such a pleasure to be asked to help with hair and makeup for the special events in our friends and families lives!! The fun is amplified even more when they tell you that they have such a unique idea for their shoot.3.4 Blog 2

Chris and Alicia are fellow wedding vendors out here in Las Vegas and the owners of Orange Soda Photography, a few weeks ago they welcomed a new baby boy to the family!!

When they got married in 2011 they had their engagement shoot done out on the ever-mysterious Zzyzx Road that lies between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. They thought it would be a fun way to bring things full circle and shoot the lovely Alicia out there for a maternity session.

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5 Common Pre-Wedding Hair Mistakes

March 1, 2016
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You know you really shouldn’t chop off ten inches or dye your hair purple right before the big day, but did you know that dirty locks and leave-in conditioner are huge no-nos as well? Chances are, you didn’t. We hit up a bunch of bridal hairstylists to get the scoop on the not so obvious pre-wedding hair mistakes too many brides make. Be honest, are you guilty of any of the below?
1. Picking the wrong hair accessory…
For your style of dress, wedding and/or hairdo! The right accessory will glam up your whole look, while the wrong one can be gaudy, misplaced and ruin everything, says wedding beauty expert and founder of A Bridal Piece, Keka Heron. “Take the time to shop around, and consult with your stylist for the best piece for your desired look.”
2. Using a leave-in conditioner or doing a deep conditioning treatment right before
Soft hair, do care! Depending on how often you wash your mane, the bridal stylists at Eva Scrivo Salon suggest doing a deep conditioning treatment no sooner than one to two shampoos prior to your wedding date. “Otherwise, your hair will be too soft to work with, which will affect the longevity of the style,” they explain. As for leave-in conditioner, steer clear of it the wedding week. “Leave-in conditioner tends to leave your locks looking oily and dirty for a few days afterward so if you’re planning on giving your hair a last minute rejuvenation, make sure you do it at least a week in advance,” warns bridal hair and makeup artist Jordan Mae.
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Get them for your trial, not just the day of! As Brittany Lo, Founder of Manhattan-based beauty service company Beautini, points out, many brides fall in love with a hairstyle on Pinterest only to discover that it looks totally different on them at their trial. So they purchase hair extensions last minute to fix it. The problem with this? Extensions often need to be cut and color matched, cautions Lo. “We’ve had brides show up with hair extensions they want to use that are a completely different color and poor quality.” If you decide to use hair extensions, she highly recommends splurging for 100% human (Remy) hair and avoiding the synthetic kinds.4. Not washing your hair
Turns out, dirtier isn’t better! A lot of brides show up with dirty hair because someone once told them it’s better for their style, notes NYC hairstylist Amy Moscowitz of Cutler Salon. “On the contrary, if the hair is too oily it can be very hard to manage. Instead, arrive with clean, dry hair so that your stylist can prep it with the proper products.”

5. Skipping cuts and trims for the sake of long locks
Big mistake, brides! Most girls want their hair to be as long as possible so they avoid haircuts and trims until after the wedding, tells Moscowitz. “This is a bad idea because the ends will split and continue to split until they look horribly damaged. This will definitely show if you’re wearing your hair down,” she warns. I recommend a small half-inch trim every 12 weeks for a bride that is growing her hair. This will keep it long but healthy.”

 

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Black Dress Bridal- A Creative Collaboration

February 26, 2016
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We LOVE Brides!!!!! We LOVE Weddings!!! We LOVE Love!!!!!

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Buuuuuuuut when one of the many incredibly talented and innovative folks around the Las Vegas valley asks us to be part of a project for purely fun and creative purposes we ALWAYS jump at the opportunity!!

When the amazing Kristin Joy told us about her vision of a black wedding dress on the dry lake beds and told us all the creative people that were going to participating we knew we just had to be part of it!

 

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From delicate calligraphy work from Open Ink Stand, to whimsical flowers from Opal Floral, no detail was spared and the results were completely beautiful!!!

 

To see the whole collection of images check out Kristin Joys site.

 

 

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The Complete Guide to Where to Put Your Eye Makeup

February 23, 2016
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Eyeliner, eyeshadow, blending brushes — oh my! Learning to use eye makeup is no easy task, even for seasoned beauty buffs. If you have a tough time decoding all those tricky makeup tutorials, we have an easy guide to each part of the eye so you know where all those eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows, etc. should go:
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​​​BROW BONE/HIGHLIGHT
If you want your brows to “pop” and open up your eye area, you can add a matte or shimmery pale eye shadow directly under the brow.
LID
Typically, your main shade or shades of eye shadow go on your eyelid, but you can get creative with your eyeliner here, as well. Some people have a lot of space here, while others have very little — it varies from person to person.
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Between your brow bone and eyelid, applying a darker shade of eyeshadow here, right along your eye socket, adds dimension to your eye. Tip: If you have hooded eyes, play with different placements for crease shadow, opening your eyes after each test to see which placement makes your crease shadow visible.
​OUTER V
The outermost corner of the eye where eyeliner or deeper shades of eye shadow are typically applied in a “V” shape, though you can blend your makeup into a “C” shape for a softer effect.
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​UPPER LASHLINE
Right along and above the edges of your upper eyelid where your eyelashes begin, you can define your eye with eyeliner or eyeshadow, or even simply mascara.​
WATERLINE
The inner rim of the eye, the waterline can be host to dark eyeliner to add a smokey look or pale nude eyeliner to make the eye look wider and more awake.
LOWER LASHLINE
Just below the waterline, your lower lash line is where liner and shadow can be applied to define the eyes.
TEAR DUCT
This is the inner corner of the eye, and where you can add a little pale or shimmery shadow here to open things up.
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What You’re Eating May Be Ruining Your Face.

February 19, 2016
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Before your reach for that second cookie (a pour another glass of wine), consider this: Your diet may be affecting more than your weight and health, it could be ruining your skin, too. How? It’s all detailed in a new book, Younger Skin Starts in the Gut, out in March 2016, from Dr. Nigma Talib, a London-based naturopathic doctor and skincare specialist.
Not only does she claim she can distinguish which foods someone overeats based on their complexion, but she’s even come with names for each not-so-healthy look, including “wine face,” “dairy face,” and so on.
Curious if you have one of these “faces”? Dr. Talib has created handy visual aids to help you figure it out. We also chatted with her to find out ways to combat these annoying skin problems — and get a healthier complexion.
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WINE FACE
There are plenty of benefits of drinking red wine — in moderation, that is. Just as red wine can stain your teeth and mess with your mouth, it can lead to your skin looking ruddy and lined.
​The Symptoms
Pronounced lines or blemishes between the eyebrows, droopy eyelids, pronounced fine lines and wrinkles underneath the eyes, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across the cheeks, enlarged pores, a reddish skin tone, and deep nasolabial folds.
​What It Means
“On top of the fact that it’s full of sugar — as well as potentially pesticides and sulphites — wine causes dehydration,” Dr. Talib told ​Good Housekeeping​. She adds: Your body loses water, your liver is overworked, and your digestion can go “haywire” the day after indulging, leading your skin to look wrinkly, ruddy, and saggy.
Even worse than the short term effects: If you drink excessively on a regular basis, Dr. Talib warns that you can disrupt your gut’s bacteria, leading it to be potentially pathogenic, meaning it can cause diseases. In short, drinking a fourth glass of wine multiple times per week just isn’t worth it.
So, how much wine ​is​ safe for your skin — and how can you get rid of these symptoms?
“I recommend taking a break from alcohol for three weeks,” she advises. After that, Dr. Talib suggests living an “80:20 life,” where you have a glass or two of wine 20% of the time, but totally abstain from booze the other 80%
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​The Symptoms
Swollen eyelids, under eye bags, darkness under the eyes, widespread acne and blemishes, pale cheeks, and concentrated pimples on the chin.
​What It Means
Putting an extra splash of milk in your coffee or adding just one more scoop of ice cream to your sundae may be tempting, but Dr. Talib warns that it can seriously upset your complexion — even if you’re not lactose intolerant. “As you get older, you lose the enzymes that let you properly digest lactose,” says Talib. This leads to inflammation all over your body, including your face, which can appear tired and red.
If your face is starting to appear swollen and sleepy, and your skin looks dull and bumpy, Talib recommends taking a break from dairy all together for a few weeks to see how different your complexion can look.
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​The Symptoms
Lines and wrinkles on the upper forehead, sagging under the eyes, widespread blemishes and pustular or cystic acne, gaunt appearance, thinning of the skin, dark gray or pasty white hue to the complexion.
What It Means
​It’s no secret that consuming a bunch of sugar on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your weight, energy, and overall health, but it can also mess with your skin. Sugar leads to glycation, a process in which excess glucose molecules cling to your collagen, distorting it and leading it to be stiff.
If you really want amazing skin and you’re sick of seeing all those spots and fine lines, we’ve got bad news for you. “I recommend avoiding sugar as much as possible — there’s nothing nutritious about it,” says Talib, but adds that it’s okay “every now and then, in moderation.” Key word: moderation.
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