Pacemakers, Insulin Pumps Could Be Hacking Targets: FDA

By Steven Reinberg

TUESDAY, Oct. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Medical devices that can connect to the internet might be at risk for hacking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

"While advanced devices can offer safer, more convenient and timely health care delivery, a medical device connected to a communications network could have cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could be exploited resulting in patient harm," said Dr. Amy Abernethy, the FDA's principal deputy commissioner.

"The FDA urges manufacturers everywhere to remain vigilant about their medical products to monitor and assess cybersecurity vulnerability risks, and to be proactive about disclosing vulnerabilities and mitigations to address them," Abernethy said in an agency news release.

This warning concerns several operating systems that could affect medical devices connected to a network like Wi-Fi and public or home internet, and equipment such as routers, phones and other communications gear, the agency said.

It's possible that an attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities and take control of a medical device, change its function, cause denial of service, or cause information leaks. Logical flaws can also be introduced that could cause the device not to work properly or at all.

So far, the FDA hasn't received any report of a device being hacked.

"While we are not aware of patients who may have been harmed by this particular cybersecurity vulnerability, the risk of patient harm if such a vulnerability were left unaddressed could be significant," said Dr. Suzanne Schwartz, deputy director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

"The safety communication issued today contains recommendations for what actions patients, health care providers and manufacturers should take to reduce the risk this vulnerability could pose," Schwartz said in the release. "It's important for manufacturers to be aware that the nature of these vulnerabilities allows the attack to occur undetected and without user interaction."

These vulnerabilities are in software called IPnet that computers use to talk to each other over networks.

Systems that include IPnet are:

  • VxWorks (by Wind River)
  • Operating System Embedded (OSE) (by ENEA)
  • INTEGRITY (by Green Hills)
  • ThreadX (by Microsoft)
  • ITRON (by TRON)
  • ZebOS (by IP Infusion).

The FDA urges patients to talk to their doctors to see if their device could be affected and to get help right away if they notice that the functioning of their device has changed.

The agency is also working with manufacturers to identify products that could be vulnerable and come up with plans to thwart any potential breaches.

Bernie Sanders Treated for Blocked Artery

Oct. 2, 2019 -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recovering after being treated for a blocked artery, according to a campaign official.

“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Senator Sanders experienced some chest discomfort,” Jeff Weaver, an adviser to Sanders, said in a statement Wednesday. “Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Senator Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

Sanders, 78 -- the oldest candidate on the campaign trail -- felt chest discomfort during a rally Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. He is now recovering in a Las Vegas hospital, the campaign said.

Despite having to cancel his upcoming events, the Vermont senator’s condition is a common one and easily treatable, says Annapoorna S. Kini, MD, director of the Mount Sinai Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

"Essentially, the heart is not getting enough oxygen, so the blockage is opened and a scaffold is inserted," she said. "Then the blood will get into that area of the heart, and the pain will go away."

A coronary stent is a small, expandable mesh tube, Kini says. It is made out of stainless steel or cobalt alloy metal.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC. Coronary heart disease is the most common form, killing more than 370,000 people each year.

Once a patient is diagnosed with a blocked artery and treated with stents, they are given blood thinners and often, cholesterol medication, and are regularly monitored.

For patients who have stents, there is a 3% to 5% chance of heart problems each year after the procedure, Kini says.

“It used to be more serious, but not in the current era,” she said of the condition. “It’s very common.”

Ideally, patients will remain in relatively low-stress situations. But that may be hard to swing for Sanders. He has been hitting multiple cities each day -- just last weekend, he held events at various colleges in New Hampshire, and he was expected in Iowa this weekend, according to The New York Times.

“If it happens to someone at a high-profile level, you cannot change the person's job,” Kini said.

Top 10 Best Hair Smoothening Creams 2019 In India

Girls with unruly hair understand the pain of attaining sleek, frizz-free tresses. Obviously the struggle is real when heating tools offer ultimate sleekness but leave greater damage. The problem aggravates in the warmer weather with the humidity drying out the hair further. So the trick is to find a product that gives special care. Smoothening creams for instance can keep your strand softer without adding any steps into your beauty routine. Keep scrolling for the top hair smoothening creams available in India to help you achieve sleek, soft strands as you always wished for.

Top Smoothening Creams To Keep Your Hair Smooth And Straight:

Here, the perfect list of the 10 best smoothening cream products to solve your hair problems.

1 Kiehl’s Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream:

Looking for a hair crème formula that doesn’t weigh your hair down? Enter: Kiehl’s smoothing product that is equal parts straightening and protecting. Ingredients like sunflower seed extract and sesame keeps hair nourished. A little amount of the non-greasy texture goes a long way.

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2. Marc Anthony Argan Oil 3 Day Smoothing Cream:

People are raving about this smoothing cream as it leaves hair silky smooth-exactly the type of hair you wish to run through your fingers. Unlike other product, this one can be applied starting upwards, mid-length, to ends. To style, comb hair into sections, blow-dry, then finish off with the smoothing cream for a desirable pin-straight hair.

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3. L’Oreal Paris Professional Techni Art Liss Control Smooth Gel Cream:

The smoothing gel cream by L’Oreal Paris Professional prep and protect hair to a great extend. Sounds like the type of hair formula you’d like for your hair too, isn’t it? Well, this product is just right as it does all the above. The non-greasy formula coats each hair to smoothen out cuticles. It is highly efficient in restoring strand’s natural texture.

4. TRESemme Anti-Frizz Secret smoothing Creme:

This product promises sleek, smooth hair for 48 hours straight. Its rich ingredients dive deeply onto your strand to keep that polished finish going on and on-which means lesser time spend on styling hair. It leaves a natural bouncy feeling so hair feels revived.

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5. Matrix Style Link Smooth Setter Smoothing Cream:

The smoothing cream by Matrix eliminates frizzy signs, even in extreme humid days. Apply all over damp hair from root to tip. The formula seals cuticle with its rich infusion of ingredients-making it an ideal cream for those who like styling their hair. It hydrates thirsty hair and deeply moisturizes it.

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6. Alterna Haircare Anti-Friz Overnight Smoothing Treatment:

Now you can smoothen your locks using this Holy Grail formula and with good reason. The effective product repairs the cuticles of your hair-that have been damaged by heating appliances. It penetrates through each strand to repair your hair from within.

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7. Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Infusion:

The lightweight therapy infusion formula repairs frizz and preps hair for styling. Created with a unique technology, the product is super versatile, allowing you to control hair straightening preference. The heat-protecting helps to fight off damage from hair styling products.

8. TIGI Bed Head After PARTY Smoothing Cream:

Apply this TIGI Bed Head smoothing formula into your strand before you break out the styling tools. A mixture of castor seed oil envelop each hair, fighting out frizz, and keeping hair smooth for longer hours. Looks like you’ll be wearing your way in carefree attitude in ways more than you think.

9. Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream:

Tame frizz whenever (seriously) by smoothing on a quarter-size amount of the nourishing styling cream on hair. You’ll experience smoother strands anytime you feel like it.

Source: livingproof.com

10. Organix Moroccan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream:

Give your hair an extra boost with a blow out cream treatment that strengthens cuticle and boosts shine. It maintains that shiny and healthy look all day.

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Hope our picks for best hair smoothening creams in India ease your search. If you wish to read a review on a product that you’ve been eyeing on then let us know in the comment section below.

How To Treat A Sunburn

Despite all we’re told about sun protection, more than one-third of adults admit to getting sunburned in the past year. While the immediate symptoms of a sunburn are only temporary, the long-term damage is permanent and can emerge years later. Read on for our guide to caring for sunburned skin - and how you can prevent it from occurring in the first place.

What Causes A Sunburn?

A sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, it releases a pigment called melanin to protect itself. Melanin acts as a natural sunscreen by absorbing the energy from UV rays and redistributing it. However, it can only provide so much protection - if you are spending too much time in the sun, your tan can quickly become a sunburn. 

When you sunburn, your body produces chemicals called inflammatory mediators which increase blood flow in the affected area(s). This action produces a sunburn’s characteristic redness, warmth and swelling. While you may immediately notice a pink hue and rise in temperature, it takes up to 24 hours for a sunburn’s full effects to set in. In other words, don’t be surprised if your slight burn becomes lobster-like by day two.

UVA Vs. UVB Rays

When it comes to UV radiation, there are two types of rays that cause skin damage: UVA and UVB. Here’s how they differ:

UVA Rays

UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the Earth’s surface. They are present with equal intensity throughout the day and penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays. This type of radiation plays a key role in photoaging: It alters the DNA of cells in the dermis, causing damage to structural proteins like collagen and elastin. With a weakened structure, the skin begins to sag and develop fine lines and wrinkles.

UVB Rays

UVB rays cause damage in the skin’s more superficial layers and are responsible for skin reddening and sunburn. They are also more closely linked with the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays varies by season, location and time of day. These rays are at peak intensity between 10AM and 4PM PST from April to October but have the potential to damage skin year-round. Unlike UVA rays, they cannot pass through glass and will reflect back towards the skin, hitting it twice - and causing more damage.

Why Are Sunburns Bad?

So, why are sunburns so bad? Aside from their immediate pain and discomfort, sunburns also cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Sunburns contribute to premature aging in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and sun spots. They also play a major role in the development of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the risk for melanoma doubles if you have had more than five sunburns, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70.

Sunburn Severity

Sunburns can range in severity, from mild burns that fade quickly to more severe burns that can require a trip to the hospital:

Mild

Mild sunburns typically last between three and five days. They are accompanied by redness, tenderness and slight pain. 

Moderate

Moderate sunburns tend to be more painful and can take up to two weeks to heal completely. They are characterized by vibrant redness, swelling, heat and small blisters.

Severe

Severe sunburns require a visit to a doctor. These burns are accompanied by red to purplish discoloration, large painful blisters and symptoms such as chills, nausea and dehydration.

Symptoms Of Sunburned Skin

The symptoms of sunburned skin include:

  • Redness
  • Pain and/or tenderness
  • Heat
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Small blisters
  • If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is recommended that you visit a doctor:

  • Fever
  • Faintness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Large, painful blisters
  • Risk Factors

    Everyone reacts differently to sun exposure. There are several risk factors that can impact your susceptibility to sunburn:

  • A fair complexion
  • Freckles and/or red hair
  • UV exposure between 10AM and 4PM PST
  • High altitudes
  • Proximity to the equator
  • Tanning beds
  • Medications that cause photosensitivity 
  • Stages Of A Sunburn

    A typical sunburn follows three stages:

    Stage 1: First 1-3 Hours

    In the first few hours after sun exposure, your body reacts by increasing blood flow to the affected area(s). This inflammatory response causes the skin to become pink, swollen and warm to the touch. 

    Stage 2: First 24 Hours

    It takes around 24 hours for the full effects of a sunburn to set in. As the skin continues to hold onto heat and discomfort, redness and pain peak and small blisters may begin to pop up on the skin’s surface.

    Stage 3: 3-14 Days

    The healing process can last from three days to two weeks. During this time, the skin begins to “normalize”: Redness, swelling and pain decline and the skin may become itchy as it starts to peel and flake. 

    Fun fact: Why does sunburned skin peel? Sun damage accelerates skin cell turnover, shortening the amount of time young cells usually have to mature and separate. As a result, they stick together like sheets of tissue paper that peel off over the course of healing.

    How To Protect Your Skin

    Luckily, there are several ways that you can protect your skin before, during and after sun exposure.

    Before Sun Exposure

    Rule number one of sun protection: Always apply a chemical or physical sunscreen. But, which one? Equally effective, they simply differ in their active ingredients and how they protect the skin. Chemical sunscreens are “absorbers” that convert UV rays into heat before releasing them from the skin. Physical sunscreens create a protective barrier that blocks and reflects UV rays before they make contact with the skin’s surface. No matter which you choose, we recommend reaching for a broad-spectrum formula that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

    What about SPF? SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and measures how long your skin will be protected from UVB rays (and by extension, sunburn). For extended sun exposure, The Skin Cancer Foundation advises an SPF of 30, a protective factor which filters out 97 percent of the sun’s UV radiation. Apply at least one teaspoon of sunscreen for each area of your body to keep it sufficiently protected - and don’t skip over easily forgotten areas like the tops of the ears, the back of the neck and the hands.

    During Sun Exposure

    Sun care doesn’t stop once you’ve applied sunscreen. To avoid sun damage, it’s crucial that you continue to protect your skin throughout the day. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind:

  • Seek shade between the hours of 10AM and 4PM PST, when UV rays are at their most intense.
  • Beware reflective surfaces: Water, snow and sand reflect UV rays and increase the risk of sunburn.
  • Cover up with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protective Factor) 40 or more.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or after 40 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • Head indoors at the first sign of sunburn.
  • After Sun Exposure: What Helps Sunburn?

    We’ve all been there: You nod off at the beach, spend two minutes too long in the sun or forget to keep track of your sunscreen application. Moral of the story is, even if you follow the steps above, there’s no guarantee you’ll end the day sunburn-free. Here’s what to do when you get a sunburn.

    Stay Hydrated: Inside & Out

    Whitney Bowe, MD tells HuffPost: “Bad sunburns cause a process called vasodilation, where your blood vessels dilate and you lose water from your skin very quickly.” To counteract the drying effects of a sunburn, you should drink plenty of water and load up on hydrating fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon and cantaloupe. Topically, you can apply a deeply hydrating serum like Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum to replenish dehydrated skin.

    Cool Your Skin Down

    After a sunburn, it’s important to cool your skin down. You can take a cool bath or shower to soothe redness and dryness - but skip the soap, which can irritate scorched skin. If cool water isn’t cutting it, apply a cold compress to the burn. Pour water and ice into a bowl, soak a cloth in the liquid and hold it over the burn. Each of these methods will help absorb heat from your skin and minimize swelling.

    Soothe & Repair Red, Dry Skin

    Sunburn can leave your skin red, dry and raw. To repair dryness, reach for moisturizing oils and lotions that include soothing ingredients such as rosemary, arnica, rosehip and stone crop. And, steer clear of products containing petroleum, an ingredient that can lock in heat and exacerbate your symptoms. 

    Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar recommends pairing our Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator and Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm to relieve red, dry skin. Apply the lightweight hydrator from head to toe, then layer the balm to zero in on areas needing extra attention, like the nose and cheeks. Both products include a Natural Repair Complex derived from rosehip and rosemary which is formulated to repair and protect dry skin that has been exposed to the elements.

    Don’t Pick 

    Hands off! It may be tempting, but don’t pull at, pick or exfoliate your sunburned skin. Why? It’s already shedding on its own. As your skin heals, healthy skin cells rise to the surface and the sun-damaged cells naturally flake and peel off. These new cells are delicate and susceptible to irritation: Picking and prodding will only make your sunburn look - and feel - worse. 

    Apply A Vitamin C Serum

    One of the key culprits of premature aging is - you guessed it - sun exposure. UV rays promote the production of free radicals, unstable and highly reactive molecules that cause damage to structural proteins like collagen and elastin. Without a stable structure, skin loses the volume, density and bounce associated with a youthful complexion.

    You can minimize the visible signs of sun exposure by adding a Vitamin C serum to your skin care routine. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radical damage. It also promotes collagen production in the skin, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Natalie recommends our Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum which enhances the benefits of Vitamin C with antioxidant-rich leafy greens like kale, spinach and broccoli sprouts.

    Get A Full Body Treatment

    If slathering your skin in aloe vera isn’t doing the trick, book a professional body treatment at your favorite spa. Many spas offer after-sun services designed to cool and calm red, dry skin. Natalie suggests booking a treatment that includes our Stone Crop Restorative Body Wrap. This wrap contains a soothing blend of stone crop, aloe and powerful actives that hydrate and relieve dryness. 

    Tip: When you book your appointment, be sure to mention that you are suffering from sunburn so your esthetician can customize your treatment accordingly.

    Looking for even more tips for sunburned skin? Watch Natalie’s guide to minimizing the look of sunburn: 

     

    How do you protect your skin from the sun? Share your thoughts with us in the comments and join the conversation on social media.

    Fillers: Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Injected

    We wouldn’t be surprised if you knew someone who openly talked about getting filler. And we wouldn’t be surprised if you knew and interacted with people who had filler without even realizing they’d “had work done.” In 2017 alone, there were 2.69 million soft tissue filler procedures, which is a 3% jump from 2016. And here’s the thing: the filler forecast only calls for more. Medispas are a $4 billion dollar industry, and they’re expected to grow 8% annually.

    Despite filler’s popularity, there’s still some confusion surrounding it. Like, what are fillers even made from? Does it stay stuck under your skin forever? Where can you inject the stuff? And how much does filler cost? With help from a dermatologist and physician assistant, we’re answering all those Q’s and more.

    What is Filler?

    The majority of fillers – including the two most popular brands, Juvederm and Restylane – are made out of hyaluronic acid, which is a gel-like substance that’s naturally found in the body.

    Filler Material, Aka What Are Fillers Made Of

    “There are many different hyaluronic acid fillers, and different products are ideal for different locations of the face,” says Dr. Hadley King, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. “For example, a thicker filler like Juvederm Voluma is ideal for the cheekbone area, while a thinner filler like Restylane Silk is great for natural-looking enhancement of the lips.” In addition, medium viscosity fillers are ideal for nasolabial folds (lines from the side of the nose to the outer corners of lips) and marionette lines (those lines that run from the corner of the lips vertically down the chin).

    The difference between these products is the molecular weight, and how the hyaluronic acid molecules are cross-linked. The tighter the “cross-linking,” the higher the percentage of molecules and the thicker the gel. A reputable injector will know exactly what type of filler to place and where.

    Other Types of Dermal Fillers

    While hyaluronic acid filler is the most common type, there are a couple of other forms used on the reg:

    Radiesse

    This type of filler is made from a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a mineral-like compound naturally found in human bones. (It’s synthetically produced for Radiesse, which means zero animal products are used.) “The benefit to this filler is that it can address immediate volume depletion and will stimulate collagen production in the area of injection,” says Dana Kirk, a physician assistant working under Dr. Jessica Wright at Rejuvenate Austin

    Sculptra

    This form is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic, non-toxic, biodegradable substance. “Sculptra is unique in that it is a particulate filler, meaning that it consists of particles of poly-L-lactic acid suspended in water. It’s also unique because it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen. For that reason, this type of dermal filler is known as a stimulator,” says Dr. King. “Note that Sculptra is unlike the other fillers in that it does not produce immediate results. Instead, it stimulates your own body’s production of collagen, so results appear gradually over a period of a few months. This makes the results very natural looking and longer-lasting.

    Where Can You Inject Filler?

    Filler is primarily used to smooth wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and brows, to lift and enhance cheeks, to plump lips, and to soften nasolabial folds. It can also be used to smooth chin wrinkles, rejuvenate hands, and even fill in deep acne scars. Some injectors also use filler to change the shape of a patient’s face, including filler nose jobs and chin augmentation. 

    Check out the process of having cheek fillers to plump the cheeks with hyaluronic acid:

    Is Filler Going to Give Me an Instant Boost?

    Unlike Botox, which takes about a week to two weeks to start working, the visual effect of fillers can be seen immediately (except for Sculptra, as noted above). “This is why so many people get addicted to fillers,” says Kirk.

    How Long Does Filler Last?

    How long filler lasts depends on what type you’re getting and where it’s going, but in general, you can expect it to last anywhere from six months to two years.

    “Radiesse provides instant results and stimulates collagen production in the months following injection, so results last for quite a while, and Juvederm Voluma has a special cross-linking that allows it to last up to two years,” says Kirk. “Lip fillers typically last six or so months, and Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk last about six to nine months in fine lines.”

    Two additional factors that affect how long the filler lasts is how frequently the injected area moves and your unique metabolism. For instance, your mouth moves a lot so the filler doesn’t last as long here compared to other areas. And your body may absorb the filler more slowly or more quickly compared to other people.

    How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

    The answer to this also depends on where you’re getting filler, what type of filler you’re using, and how much your injector recommends.

    Prices generally range between $500 and $1500 per syringe, with one to three syringes recommended for your first visit. Touch-up visits are less expensive since you don’t need as much. Dr. King says, “On average, you might want to repeat filler injections every six to 12 months for shorter-duration fillers, and every one to two years for longer-duration fillers.”

    Can Fillers Make People Look “Done”?

    Kirk says this is the filler myth that frustrates her most. “I hate that people feel like any amount of filler will make you look fake. The best injections are not even detectable,” she says. “My goal is for my clients to look rested and refreshed. You should look younger – but never ‘done.’”

    The key to avoiding an over-filled “fake” look is to seek an injector that’s on top of their A-game. Read up on all their customer reviews, check out their before and afters, and never go to someone who doesn’t seem 100% legit. Kirk says, “The truth is that improper depth of injection, improper choice of filler, and improper dosages can all lead to an overfilled look.”

    Face Filler Side Effects

    Filler is obvi a popular way to enhance your appearance, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously. Fillers are a medical procedure and ought to be treated as such.

    “They offer a great non-surgical option for volumizing the face, but they are not without serious possible adverse effects, including infection and vascular occlusion that can lead to skin necrosis, stroke or permanent blindness,” says Dr. King. “This is why it is critical for patients to see a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is well-trained and experienced in these procedures.”

    Again, do your research and go to someone who knows their stuff and you’ll be in good hands. If you’re not sure about fillers, check out these amazing lifting and tightening treatments that are the perfect alternative to Botox and fillers.

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    More U.S. Teens Vaping Nicotine

    Sept. 19, 2019 -- Among high school seniors across America about 25% are vaping nicotine e-cigarettes this year, a jump from 21% last year, the reports.

    For the report, the University of Michigan researchers surveyed more than 42,000 kids in grades 8, 10 and 12.

    Researchers also found that fewer high school seniors were smoking regular cigarettes, a drop from 8% to 6%.

    No data were available on how many students are vaping marijuana, the said.

    The study was published online Sept. 18 in the .

    The same trends were reported in a government survey last week.

    Highs and Lows, Vol. 1 - Makeup and Beauty Blog

    Highs and lows. I got the idea for this post from a moms group meeting I went to this week. At the end of the meeting, everyone went around the table sharing their highs and lows for the week, and I liked the idea so much that I’m “borrowing” it for MBB — except this one has a beauty-related section.

    My beauty highs

    On the “high” front, I tried two braided hairstyles this week (tutorials linked below), and I like how they turned out. I think they looked more complicated than they actually were. In fact, thanks to the tutorials, they were pretty easy. No tricky or intense braiding, and I didn’t have to contort myself into weird positions, LOL!

    This looks hard, but it’s surprisingly easy.

    I did the first hairstyle in this series of three ‘dos.

    Also, I re-discovered an oldie but goodie, NARS Lovejoy blush…

    I picked up this rosy, plummy bronze while digging through a drawer of neglected products in my office, and I tried it with the MAC Woodwinked/Satin Taupe eyeshadow combo I’ve been into lately. Lovejoy looks really good IMO with purplish golden taupe eyeshadow.

    My beauty lows…

    UGH. I had a couple. Like, earlier this week, I poked my right eyeball with the tip of a mascara wand (Chanel Dimensions de Chanel, in case you were wondering), and that was NOT fun.

    Yeah…it hurt for a day or so.

    Also, I desperately need a haircut. The reason I’ve been wearing hair up and in braids is because it’s really uncomfortable to wear it down now. It’s past that point of no return where I should get it cut, but I’ve been too cheap and too lazy!

    I have it on my calendar to get one in October, so we’ll see if it actually happens. You’ll know based on whether my hair is still in braids come Halloween, LOL!

    Non-beauty highs…

    I signed up for my first Spartan race!

    What’s a Spartan race, you may ask? Well, it’s basically an intense obstacle course with lots of running, and from what I understand…they’re difficult.

    The one I’m doing is a sprint, and it’s a shorter version of the longer courses. More importantly, there’s no mud involved.

    Normally, with these obstacle course things, there’s mud involved, and I’m not having that. I don’t like mud in my bodily crevices or in my socks or in my shoes, but the one I’m doing is mud-free.

    I’m doing it with a group of people from my HIIT class. They’ve been bugging me to join them on one of these for ages, so I’m joining their team.

    Should be fun… I’m kind of at a point where I feel like I have a little extra oomph in the tank to train for something, so I’m excited about that.

    And non-beauty lows…

    The point of these “lows” sections isn’t to wallow in misery or obsess over the not-so-great things that have happened, but I think it’s helpful to look at recent events that were…less than ideal, to perhaps seem them through a different lens and maybe think of ways to confront challenges or work around them.

    For me, my low this week involves my daily work life/career. Basically, I don’t know where I want to be in five years, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot.

    It’s not about MBB, which I still love. It’s more about…working by myself at home and feeling lonely. I’ve been doing what I do the same way for a really long time, and I don’t know if it’s time for a change.

    In five years, I will have been blogging on MBB for — wait for it — 17 years! That’s crazy town.

    Anyway, frustration over my work comes out sideways in other ways. Like, I have less patience for myself and less patience for my family members.

    Take a moment to think about your highs and lows this week

    Please share them if you feel like it.

    Happy Friday, by the way!

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    P.S. TGIF!

    Forget Botox, Try This Quick Anti-Aging Face Mask

    As wonderful as Botox is, as a preventative measure it isn’t always cost-effective or wholly necessary, particularly if you’re still young and your skin is supple. There are other less invasive ways of combatting fine lines – like our own DIY Yoghurt and Banana Botox Mask!

    This homemade recipe is natural, easy to make, cheap, and works wonders on tired skin that needs a little boost. Now we’re not saying your wrinkles will disappear, but over time, it can help to improve their appearance while short-term it will get rid of dull skin and nourish and moisturize your face.

    One of the cornerstones of this beauty mask is the lactic acid found in yogurt. AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) like lactic, citric of glycolic acid, have natural acidic properties that help exfoliate and strip away dead skin cells while boosting skin turnover and rejuvenation as it’s absorbed by your epidermis. Not to be outdone, bananas are powerhouses of nutrients and vitamins that are essential for vibrant, healthy skin. Potassium, which hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin, B-vitamins, which defend against damaging free radicals, and vitamin A, which also exfoliates and smooths out tired skin.

    Together, these two ingredients have the power to improve signs of aging by stocking your skin with all the nutrients it needs to heal and rejuvenate itself.

    DIY Yoghurt and Banana Botox Mask:

    Mix together: 2tbsps of yogurt 1 mashed ripe banana 1 teaspoon of honey (not essential but super hydrating and has anti-inflammatory properties).

    Leave the mix in the fridge to chill – the cool temperature will feel fresh and also help temporarily tighten your skin when it’s applied. Spread the mix all over your face with a brush and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Continue with your serums, and moisturizers and you’re good to go. We like to do this mask once a week.

    Do you guys love DIYs as much as we do? Let us know what DIY you want us to do next in the comments below.

    Finally! Nude Eyeshadow Palettes For Every Skin Tone

    When it comes to nude eyeshadow, there’s no real trend – it’s about what nude means to you. Everyone needs a good basic nude palette, but my nude isn’t yours, and we wanted to finally create a collection of nude eyeshadows that would cater to every skin tone. So, we created three nude palettes – Light, Medium, and Rich – each one designed to look amazing on all skin tones, while giving everyone the opportunity to define their own nude.

    The Inspiration

    When we created our New Nude palette, we wanted to recreate what nude is. During this process, we realized how different the perfect nude eyeshadow is for every skin tone; a ‘nude’ lipstick for a fairer skin tone wouldn’t look nude on me, and the same goes for eyeshadow and other makeup products. It shouldn’t just be limited to complexion products, and we were surprised we’d never seen it done before!

    So, using our vast knowledge of undertones and tones from our complexion products, we created three palettes each with the perfect nude collection for each skin tone, plus something a little bit different. Of course, you can choose whichever palette speaks to you, and you can mix and match them too. This is your nude, so you can wear it your way.

    The Nude Obsessions Palettes:

    Light NUDE Obsessions

    A beautiful balance of light and creamy praline hues with both warm and cool tones. From peachy and champagne shades that look stunning on the lid to richer brown and mauve hues that are perfect for the crease. Unexpected pops of lavender and shimmers allow you to create dimension with every look.

    Medium NUDE Obsessions

    My absolute favorite palette, this is a rich mix of spicy tones combining chestnuts, deep browns, and warm mauves. Metallic shimmers in rose gold, rustic copper, dusty pink, and terracottas pop on the skin and lid.

    Rich NUDE Obsessions

    A dreamy collection of rich, creamy matte shades in dusty roses, crimson reds, rich berry, and sandy fawn with pink undertones. Burnished gold, blushed bronze, dusty rose, and deep brown metallics add dimension and drama.

    The Formulas

    Just like the other Obsessions palettes, each palette has nine super-pigmented, creamy and ultra blendable shades that give maximum color payoff. Each Nude Obsessions palette has five buttery matte shades and four complementary shimmer metallic shadows that work together in perfect harmony or as stand-alone shadows.

    How to Wear the Nude Obsessions: 

  • For a classic nude eye, use the lighter mattes to create a base, then blend the deeper shadows into the crease.
  • Use your ring finger or a little setting spray on an eyeshadow brush, to apply the shimmer and metallic shades to the center of your eyelid or the inner corner.
  • Use a smudge or liner brush, to create liner looks either on the upper lid or along the lower lash line with the richest shades.
  • The Nude Obsessions palettes, $29 (USD) launch on ShopHudaBeauty.com on Oct 9th and in-store and online on October 15th at Sephora, Sephora at JC Penney, Harrods, Selfridges, Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Cultbeauty.co.uk, Naimie’s Beauty Center, Harvey Nichols, FeelUnique, Net-a-Porter, The Beauty Editor, Boutiqatt, Alshaya, Harvey Nichols (KSA), Debenhams (KSA), Yan & One and NYKAA ($29 USD / £24 / €27 / 110 AED / $43 AU / 2,490 INR / 9.50 KWD).

    Which Nude Obsessions palette are you lusting after? Let me know in the comments below.

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