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2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands – Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

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2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

Summer is almost here! And although we take great care in protecting our skin from the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays all year round, the warmer months call for even more sun protection. Here at BeautyStat we’ve compiled a mega list of the best sunscreens for your face, body, lips and hands!

Formulas for dry, oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin, and also ones with anti-aging benefits, those made exclusively for children and some mineral-based with calming properties make the list. Whatever skin condition or type you have, there is bound to be a sunscreen here for you. Read on to see if any of your favorites (along with some brand-new additions) made the Top 30 Best Sunscreens list, or if you’ll be trying a new one this summer season!

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

The sunscreen brand NO-AD is synonymous with summer! I remember my aunt always having this in the yard, under towels and lawn chairs. It survived all summer (and sometimes multiple summers) in the backyard, amongst the seasonal conditions, in its durable, brightly colored colossal bottle.

Introduced in 1962, NO-AD is one of the oldest sun care companies in the United States. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, NO-AD Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 ($8.47) makes the list! Containing avobenzone, aloe and vitamin E, this Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)-recommended sunscreen is a non-greasy, fast drying and lightweight lotion that contains natural skin conditioners.

I was ready for this to be more on the heavy side, but, I was completely surprised at how light it was! There is no typical sunscreen smell that lingers on the skin either; it doesn’t leave a residue on the skin at all. I would use this on the body rather than my face though, since it does not claim to be oil-free.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

If you are worried about sunscreens breaking you out this summer, then John Masters Suncare SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen ($32.00) may be the one for you!

This mineral-based sunscreen is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Ideal for all skin types, certified organic ingredients such as aloe vera , jojoba oil (moisturizes and restores natural pH balance to the skin), shea butter (hydrates) and green tea (antioxidant with anti-bacterial properties) make up this gentle and free of nano-particles sunscreen.

The hefty glass bottle houses a lot of product (2 fl. oz). Only a pea-sized amount will cover your entire face. It does feel like you have sunscreen on your face, producing a semi-matte finish. I would suggest using this as a moisturizer, though, for more oily skin. So, no need to get separate products, as the jojoba oil and shea butter will keep skin plump and hydrated.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

The king of summertime fun and easy-breezy living, Jimmy Buffet, has inspired a new line of sun care. As Buffet’s fans are endearingly called, “Parrot Heads” Sun & Skincare Research, LLC has come out with the Margaritaville Parrot Head Advanced Sun Care line.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

All Parrot Head products are enriched with a Aloe Hydrating Complex — the foundation for one of the most technically advanced moisturizing sun care lines available — that is ten times concentrated. Eco-certified and plant-derived Pentavitin and Zemea are added to the Aloe Hydrating Complex to deliver a smooth and deeply hydrating feel to skin. All Parrot Head products are also PABA-, paraban- and oxybenzone-free!

Parrot Head Fins Up! Sport SPF 30 Dry Feel Sunscreen Lotion ($11.99) — This sunscreen has WetSkin Tech technology that will allow you to be protected against all sport-affiliated odds: sweat, humidity and water. It is very moisturizing and didn’t feel like sunscreen. This is also great to use for city dwellers who want sun protection without the heavy feel. It also dries fast, bonding into skin which will not allow to run into eyes.

Parrot Head FinsUp! Sport SPF 30 Instant Dry Sunscreen Spray ($11.99) — Much like its lotion counterpart, this spray sunscreen holds the same WetSkin Tech technology. Fragrance-free, the formula bonds to skin leaving a non-greasy, matte finish. Although it did feel quite light on my skin, I still felt a sticky residue. If a gummy feel doesn’t bother, and you admire  spray sunscreens solely for their convenience and fast-acting application, then this will be a good choice.

Parrot Head “Floridays” Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50 & 30 Ultra Light ($11.99) — Moisturizing, ultra-light and non-greasy sum up this sunscreen perfectly. Meant for everday sun protection, deeply moisturizing olive squalane and vitamins A & E combat free radical damage. Gluten- and petroleum-free, it doesn’t leave a heavy coating on the skin, and, of course, can double as your daytime body moisturizer. This one had a much more tropical scent to it, and really got me jonsing for summer, baby!

Parrot Head “Floridays” Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 50 ($2.79) — Jojoba and avocado lip energizers make this lip balm hydrating. Cooling menthol and cocoa butter allows this sunscreen lip balm to moisturize my lips, while protecting the delicate skin from burning. It’s scentless and feels very comfortable (not too thick) on the lips.

Parrot Head “Floridays” Face SPF 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen ($13.99) — Just like the body sunscreen, the “Floridays” formula meant for the face is oil-free, hypoallergenic and contains H2O Melon Skin Aging Defense. Not meant to be worn under makeup, but an ideal sunscreen for the beach, where you need the ultimate in sun protection. It goes on really white, but you need to blend it out well enough to have it sink in.

Parrot Head “License to Chill” Sunburn Relief ($8.99) — If you forgot or didn’t apply enough SPF (which is a big no-no!), then your best bet is applying some of this cooling aloe-enriched gel. The Aloe Hydrating Complex™ 1500 and Lidocaine offer instant pain relief from summertime burns. Now, let’s make sure to apply some sunscreen next time!

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

If chemical sunscreens aren’t your thing, then Sunology is the brand for you. Sunology is an FDA-approved, scientifically-advanced line combining three powerful skin-rejuvenating formulations including VitaOleféra™ Complex, which has natural vitamins A,C & E, antioxidants and omega 6 and Omega 9 oils; FSG Complex™, which is derived from nourishing soybean oil and acts to soften and smooth the skin and UV Micro Reflexion™ Technology, which creates a protective barrier on the skin; more than 10,000 “micro mirrors” are contained within a quarter-sized amount of any Sunology sunscreen.

SUNOLOGY® Sunscreen Lotion for Body SPF 50 ($14.99) — This body sunscreen also acts as a moisturizer (75% of the formulation is built wiht skin-softening emollients). There is virtually no smell and the cream melts right into skin. There is a little residue left on your skin, but if you like that moisturizing feeling, then this is for you.

SUNOLOGY® Sunscreen Crème for Face SPF 50 ($14.99) — A dime-size amount of this sunscreen for the face and neck is all it takes to protect yourself from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Fragrance-free, I found this one dlightly more dense it texture. It will be a great sunscreen for the fall and even the early spring months, but once summer hits and our skin is all oil, this wouldn’t be ideal. Great for those with year-round dry skin though!

SUNOLOGY® Sunscreen Lotion for Kids SPF 50 ($14.99) — This sunscreen formula is intended for the more active child, and absorbs better into their delicate skin than other chemical sunscreens. Water resistant for up to eighty minutes, a nickel-size amount will cover the face, neck and arms. It’s very moisturizing and emollient, but, when it comes to a child’s skin, it needs all the protection it can take.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

SUNOLOGY® Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 35 ($14.99) — Enriched with Ferulic Acid/Soy Complex to help improve the look and feel of skin, this stick form is ideal for protecting the face, ears, lips and forehead. I also like to apply it on my hands to avoid any premature signs of sun spots or aging. It comes out a little white, but once it is blended in it remains undetectable; it’s not too greasy either.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

 

Neutrogena has come out with its New Beach Defense Water + Sun Barrier Sprays and Lotions for the summer. Containing its popular Helioplex Technology, these brightly packaged sunscreens will have you reaching for the bottle/spray every eighty minutes! It defends against signs of water damage with beach strength UVA/UVB protection.

Beach Defense Water + Sun Barrier Lotion SPF 30 & 70 ($8.49 – $9.49) — The lotions are very light and non-greasy. I love the scent, too! It smells just like the beach, but is a little more understated: fresh and clean. It really doesn’t smell like sunscreen, just a light fragrance. They are also oil- and PABA-free.

Beach Defense Water + Sun Barrier Spray SPF 30 & 70 ($8.49 – $9.49)  — I can’t believe how fast-absorbing and non-greasy these spray sunscreens are! Neutrogena continues to produce some of the best sunscreens on the market today. You don’t even feel it on your skin. I can’t wait to use this at the beach this summer! And, again, the scent is to die for.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

Bona Clara is an age-specific skincare line with formulations that target the biological changes that happen to women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s+. Bona Clara has introduced a sunscreen that every age can use, and probably one of my favorite facial sunscreens this season!

Hello, Sunshine! Universal Fluid SPF 29 ($40.00) — This extremely liquid foundation is extracted using a dropper. 10-12 drops applied evenly to the face will protect against sunburn, discoloration, cell damage, dryness and premature signs of aging. I have acne-prone skin, so this is the PERFECT sunscreen for me. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, GMOs or pthalates, its virtually weightless consistency  is very watery; it sinks right into the skin while creating an invisible shield. No stickiness or a strong fragrance. Love it!

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

Ocean Potion offers dry-feel formulas that are fortified with vitamin D3, nourishing skin with every application. Topically applied vitamin D3 delivers benefits directly to the skin, preserving a youthful appearance.

Ocean Potion Instant Dry 30 Mist Water Sport Sunscreen ($6.67) — Also containing WetSkin Technology, this sunscreen had me at its scent: orange-vanilla! It smelled like a creamsicle. I could feel a little tackiness on my skin, but this will be ideal for the beach.

Ocean Potion Instant Dry 50 + Mist Anti Skin Aging Sunscreen ($8.99) — Same as the Water Sport Dry Mist, I could feel that I had on sunscreen, but it wasn’t greasy at all. The scent is amazing and the fact that a 1 oz application delivers 200 IUs of vitamin D3 makes me very happy!

Ocean Potion WetSkin Tech Water Sport 50+ Sunscreen ($8.99) — Ocean Potions’ WetSkin technology is a super-repellent polymer providing the ultimate in water resistance and lasting sun protection. It is a light lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin. Paraben- and oxybenzone-free, this sunscreen doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, which will make you want to reapply after eighty minutes of intense water activity.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

Ocean Potion Instant Dry 50+ Dab-On SpotStick ($4.99) — Now this is probably one of the most exciting items from Ocean Potion. The Dab-On SpotStick is a portable way of protecting hard-to-reach areas like nose, ears and scalp. It is clear, fragrance-free, non-greasy and can be worn under makeup. I did detect a slight alcohol smell, but it dissipates very quickly. This is great to carry in your beach or handbag!

Ocean Potion Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion Sunscreen SPF 45 ($4.99) — I thought I was going to have a stark white face when I applied this zinc oxide-fortified sunscreen. I couldn’t be more wrong! It applies white, at first, but blends into skin smoothly (and absolutely clear!). Hypoallergenic and oil-free, this won’t clog pores… so slap some on now!

Ocean Potion Moisturizing Lip Potion SPF 45 ($1.99) — Never forget those lips! Infused with aloe vera, this lip balm has that yummy orange-vanilla scent. It has a typical thick, balmy consistency that most lip balms have that contain a high level of SPF, but, its saving grace is the fact that avobenzone is in the formula for great year-round use.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

Bull Frog sunscreens were invented for surfers back in 1985, so, you know you are going to get some great sun protection! It was also the first suncare brand to provide durable, water resistant protection.

Bull Frog Water Armor Sport 50 + InstaCool Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($9.99) — Soothing menthyl lactate cools skin right on contact. Its super-fine mist evenly distributes the sunscreen and doesn’t need to be rubbed in! Vitamin E and aloe nourish the skin while providing a high level of sun protection. My brother used this sunscreen while he was doing some yard work. He loved the fact that he didn’t have to waster time rubbing it in, and loved the instant cool feeling. No burns at all!

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

 

B. Kamins is a comprehensive product line for both women and men focusing on a range of skin conditions including aging, sensitive, menopause, acne, eczema, problematic, extra dry, and every day skin types. But there are two products you’ll be wanting to try this summer!

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 (formerly sold as Sunbar SPF30; $36.00) — This fragrance- and oil-free sunscreen is intended for both face and body. Ideal for sensitive skin, this non-greasy, water-resistant, antioxidant formula feels fresh and clean. Its light pink coloring blends into skin to provide adequate sun protection. It’s oil-free, so this will be great for even acne-prone skin.

B. Kamins Lip Balm SPF 20 ($19.00) — Maple and softening essential oils help to repair chapped, sore lips, and  helps to prevent the breakout of lip sores. I loved the moisturizing texture of this balm (which can also be used on the eye area) — thick, but not clumpy. This would be great to wear underneath or over lipstick/gloss this summer season.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

You know the doctors over at Rodan + Fields are going to offer some great sun care products, regardless of the season. Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have developed a line of sun care products that not only provide broad spectrum protection from UV rays, but are targeted to provide solutions to specific skincare concerns.

“Our patients often report that they don’t use sunscreen because it ether makes their skin feel hot and itchy, interferes with their makeup, runs into their eyes, feels too thick and chalky to apply or is just plain uncomfortable on their skin,” said Dr. Rodan

“The problem is that many people are just using the wrong sunscreen for their needs,” continued Dr. Fields. “With the increasing incidence of skin cancer we are seeing each year, it is crucial that everyone find a product she will use every day of the year. Compliance is key, because sunscreens only work if you wear them.”

Essentials SPF 30  Body Sunscreen ($24.00) — This non-sticky, non-whitening, water-resistant sunscreen is ideal for your entire body. It is very light and has a clean smell (not your typically sunscreen scent). It is rather thick in consistency, but, once you apply it and rub it on your skin, it sinks right in. It actually feels like a body moisturizer!

Redefine Age Shield Hand Balm SPF 30 ($43.00) — This is a great item to protect the back of our hands from sun and environmental damage; it locks in moisture while reducing discoloration. It feels very emollient on the skin. I just applied it directly on the backs of my hands and rubbed it in a little — that’s it! I would also wear this before you get a gel manicure, in between fingers too, to protect your skin from the UV lighting.

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30 ($80.00) — This is a sunscreen for the multi-tasker! Not only does it provide broad spectrum SPF 30, it doubles as your moisturizer as well. Visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and prevent new ones from coming with a clinically-proven dose of corrective peptides. It has a very light scent and dries to a near-matte finish.

Soothe Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($41.00) — I really love this one! If you have sensitive skin, then this is the sunscreen for you. The only mineral-based sunscreen in the Rodan+Fields line, it keeps the skin’s surface cooler, minimizing the appearance of facial redness. This formula really did calm my acne-prone skin in the morning, and did not cause any irritation whatsoever. It also gave me a healthy, hydrated glow!

Essentials Lip Shield SPF 25 ($16.00) — Containing two full-size lip balms, jojoba seed and tea tree oil soothe and moisturize skin with a high dose of SPF 25 to keep lips protected. It is very creamy and moisturizing — a little goes a long way on your lips. I could almost feel the essential oils penetrate into my lips, making them smoother and more supple.

2013 Review: Top 30 Best SPF Sunscreens For Face, Body, Lips, Hands - Neutrogena, Rodan + Fields, Aveeno, Bull Frog, Ocean Potion

Ah, Aveeno! Can they do no wrong? This summer Aveeno has launched their New Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens ($9.99). With a broad spectrum SPF of 30 and 50, this sunscreen lotion helps reverse skin dehydration caused by sun, chlorine, sweat and salt water while offering broad spectrum coverage exceeding FDA standards. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate has been shown to reduce water loss by providing 50% more hydration than the leading competitive sunscreen, keeping skin soft, smooth and healthy looking.

ENVIROGUARD™ technology provides photo-stable, broad-spectrum coverage to protect skin  against the sun’s damaging effects, while ACTIVE NATURALS(R) OAT works to replenish the skin barrier compromised by dehydration. With skin-soothing ACTIVE NATURALS(R) Oat, this sunscreen is also sweat- and water-resistant; it is also oil-free, fast-absorbing and non-comedogenic.

I loved how quickly it absorbed into my skin,  feeling like more of a body moisturizer than a sunscreen. It has such a sweet and light scent — I won’t mind putting this on my skin every morning and afternoon. It isn’t sticky at all, leaving a thin layer of the sunscreen that won’t cause any irritation to the skin.

BONUS

Sun Bum Face Stick

Trust the bum! Sun Bum was created in 2010 in Cocoa Beach, Florida to provide a line of sun care to those who, well, love to worship the sun. Approved and recommended by the SCF, Sun Bum has released a mineral-based sunscreen face stick and their addicting (and incredibly delicious-smelling) line of Lip Balms! Can you really resist that smug monkey mug found on all of their products? I can’t!

Sun Bum PRO SPF 30 Face Stick Premium Endurance Sunscreen ($14.99) — This face stick is guaranteed to never bleed into your eyes, make hands slippery and won’t come off your skin even in the blazing hot sun, voracious winds or water. Hypoallergenic, vitamin E-enriched, oil- and paraben-free, this face stick applies adequate amounts of sun protection to your entire face. It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy either, so applying sun screen has never been easier.

I would advise using this first thing in the morning, and, if you want to reapply, wash your face first so you don’t contaminate the stick with dirt and oil from the day.

I really love this and can’t wait to bust it out on the beach!

Sun Bum lip sunscreen

Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm ($3.99 each) — Protecting your lips from UVA/UVB rays has never tasted so good!(?) I am not a fan of flavor-infused lip products, but these are an exception. Sometimes, lip balms with high levels of sun protection are too heavy or goopy, but, these Sun Bum Lip Balms are light and emollient!

Containing coca butter, aloe vera and petrochemical-free, lips are nourished with beneficial ingredients and are available in six lickable and summery flavors: Banana, Coconut, Key Lime, Mango, Pink Guava and Pomegranate. Pink Guava is my favorite — it tastes really sweet and the scent lingers on your lips all day!

Which sunscreen(s) will you be trying this summer? Which one would work for you and your skin type? Let us know by commenting below (you just might win a free sample)! Make sure to check out our Pinterest page by clicking HERE! And don’t forget to get the latest beauty and skincare news by following us on Twitter @BeautyStat!

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Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

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Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

The year 2013 is here! It’s an exciting time full of fresh fashions, healthy resolutions and… fabulous new ways to style your nails! Many nail trends of 2012 will fade and soon disappear from the hands of lovely ladies everywhere, such as our once beloved crackle polishes. This may make you and other fashionistas wonder… What will be the hottest nail trends of 2013?

There is no need to fret over how you will style your nails for the New Year! Nail expert and Custom Nail Solutions President Katie Saxton has the scoop on an array of fun and fabulous new nail styles that will soon be seen on all over the streets and runways.

According to Katie, the below styles will keep your nails in tip-top shape and ensure that they are ready to steal the spotlight wherever you go!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

1. Two-Tone French Manicure: This nail style exudes sophistication and classiness. To do this design, paint your nails any color and let dry, then add a French tip with a contrasting polish.

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

2. Sideways French Mani: Painting your nails with a coat of polish and adding a different-colored vertical stripe on either the right or left side of each nail will be huge in 2013! This fashionable and unique nail style will make you the talk of the town.

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

3. One-Of-A-Kind French Tips: Changing out the traditional white tips for animal print accents, colored tips, funky wrapped tips, polka-dot tips, bejeweled tips, etc. will be huge in the year 2013. This is a fantastic way to express yourself and show off your unique personality!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

4. Colored Metallic Nails: Jazzing up your nails with metallic polishes in colors like blue, red, and purple will be huge in the year 2013. This nail style is sassy and beautiful!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

5. Vibrant Orange: Painting your nails in shades of orange, like tangerine and orange-red, will be a major trend in the year 2013. Wear polish in vibrant orange hues to ensure that your nails turn heads wherever you go!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

6. Holographic Nails: Shimmery polishes with a 3-D effect will be the go-to nail design in 2013. This gorgeous look is perfect for a night out at your fave downtown hotspot!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

7. Real Gold Top Coats: Adding a real gold-infused topcoat to a colorful manicure will ensure that your nails are ready for the paparazzi wherever you go! Although more expensive than a typical clear topcoat, the gold flake topcoat is so glitzy and glamorous that it is well worth it!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

8. Half Moon Manicure: This classy manicure is perfect for a high fashion event or a fancy cocktail party! To do this style, paint your nails a certain color, let dry and then cover the bottom halves of each nail with a hole reinforcer or a half-circle of tape, making certain that a semi-circle of paper/tape protrudes from the bottom of each nail. Add a coat of a different-colored polish over the paper/tape covering and the rest of the nail, and then take off the paper/tape covering and let dry. Voilà! You have a beautiful half moon mani to show off to the world!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

9. Edgy Accents: Manicures featuring “bloody” tips, jagged tips, suspicious shadowy tips and mysterious dark and dripping tips will be huge in the year 2013. Adding a chancy and dark theme to your nails shows your daring and adventurous side!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

10. Pale Nails: Adding a coat of pale pink or neutral polish will be a popular look in the year 2013. It is a subtle and simple way to keep your nails primped and pretty!

Top 10 Nail Polish Trends 2013, Swatches: Two-Tone French Manicures, Metallics, Half-Moon, Holographic

In addition to these top nail trends for the upcoming year, below is also information on the most innovative and talked-about nail product of the New Year: Custom Nail Solutions. It will keep your nails in tip-top shape for the year 2013 and beyond!

The Custom Nail Solutions Nail System is a revolutionary artificial nail product that offers custom nails that uniquely fit only your nail beds, and are reusable and chemical-free. The nails are thinner, stronger, and virtually indestructible and they provide a perfect canvas for the above nail trends. You can have lovely, natural looking salon-style nails on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home. Find out more information at www.customnailsolutions.com.

Katie Saxton is the founder of Custom Nail Solutions, a renowned blogger and regular contributor to TV, radio, print  and online media on topics of nail beauty, nail care and trends. Custom Nail Solutions is a revolutionary artificial nail product offering custom nails that uniquely fit only your nail beds, are reusable, chemical-free and are guaranteed to last a lifetime. You can have lovely, natural looking salon-style nails on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home.

Which nail trend of 2013 are you most excited to try? Let us know by commenting below, which will automatically be posted to our Community Forum (click here to check it out!) where you can find other beauty related discussions! Don’t forget to also submit a photo to our Photo Of The Day (click here!) feature, where a new photo will be picked daily. Your photo just might be selected, so get going!

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BeautyStat.com Readers’ Top 5 Best Mascaras – 2013 Makeup Review Of Tarte, Dior, Urban Decay

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The beauty editors here at BeautyStat swiped, curled and lengthened their lashes with the ultimate list of their favorite mascaras. Now, as promised, it’s the BeautyStat readers’ turn to let us know their favorite mascaras. From volumizing to lengthening formulas, BeautyStat was able to reign in on the BeautyStat Readers’ Top 5 Best Mascaras Ever list. Make sure to see if your favorite was picked, and if your quote was chosen! Also, there are plenty of honorable mentions to check out and see if they could be your new favorite mascara.

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BeautyStat.com Readers' Top 5 Best Mascaras Ever - 2013 Makeup Review Of Tarte, Dior, Urban Decay

Diorshow Mascara ($25.00)

Readers love this mascara! Karine said, “Love this mascara! Makes my eyes pop and the length[ening] is amazing.” AstonishingStyle said, Diorshow all the way! Love Love Love! I won’t use anything else! xo”

The #2 Spot Goes To…

BeautyStat.com Readers' Top 5 Best Mascaras Ever - 2013 Makeup Review Of Tarte, Dior, Urban Decay

Urban Decay Big Fatty ($20.00)

Myra said about Big Fatty that, “It gives volume and length[ens] my lashes! It’s fabulous even though I got short eyelashes.” Gina Catino says this mascara makes her “eye lashes look full and amazing!”

At #3 Is…

BeautyStat.com Readers' Top 5 Best Mascaras Ever - 2013 Makeup Review Of Tarte, Dior, Urban Decay

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! ($19.00)

Mary N. was so impressed with our before/after photos, “LOVE to win Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! The lengthening in the photo looks amazing!

Coming in at #4 is…

BeautyStat.com Readers' Top 5 Best Mascaras Ever - 2013 Makeup Review Of Tarte, Dior, Urban Decay

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes ($8.99)

Tenita loves this mascara because her “lashes are very thin and [she] can’t stand wearing false ones.” Angela Stacy says, “Love, love, love how the L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes turned out!  Smooth, full, long… great look! I’m very picky about my mascara, [I've] even [been] known to use tweezers to separate [my] lashes.”

And the #5 Pick Goes To…

BeautyStat.com Readers' Top 5 Best Mascaras Ever - 2013 Makeup Review Of Tarte, Dior, Urban Decay

Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara  ($35.00)

Lantana said, “It’s so gorgeous and really defines the lashes, and makes them look really natural.”

So many of you let us know your favorites, and we couldn’t put all of them in the Top 5, but we are excited to announce the Honorable Mention List of BeautyStat Readers’ Best Mascaras Ever:

Bare Escentuals Buxom Mascara ($19.00)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($22.00)

Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara ($15.00)

Chanel Inimitable Intense ($30.00)

Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush

Per-Fekt Beauty’s Lash Perfection Gel ($28.50)

Blinc Mascara ($26.00)

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara ($19.00)

By Terry Mascara Terrybly Growth Booster Mascara 

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Cargo LashActivator ($35.00)

Clinque High Impact Mascara ($16.00)

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara ($19.00)

Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara ($26.00)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara ($23.00)

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How To Treat Under Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles: Dermatologist & Makeup Tips To Look Less Tired, More Wide Awake

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How To Treat Under Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles: Dermatologist & Makeup Tips To Look Less Tired, More Wide Awake

With the right tips, tricks and treatments turning back the clock can be as easy as opening your makeup bag, or a visit to your dermatologist for the latest skincare treatment – and it all starts with your eyes. They say the eyes have it, but is the skin around your eyes revealing something more, like your age? Most people at some point start to age, (it’s inevitable) and unfortunately, for some, it comes sooner than hoped. Crow’s feet, dark circles and under eye puffiness show up to let us know we are not getting any younger.  We deal with stress, environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollutants; even our lifestyle and diet can contribute to poor skin as we age. Read on to find out ways to keeping the skin around your eyes looking younger, whether it be a trip to the dermatologist or perfecting the right makeup techniques.

“More than any other facial feature, your eyes reveal the most about how you feel,” says Dr. Gregory Nikolaidis, a board certified dermatologist in Austin. “My patients complain of puffy, swollen eyes all the time. We have the thinnest skin around our eyes, so it’s the area that’s most influenced by the in-and-out flow of fluids,” notes Dr. Nikolaidis. “A salty diet or excessive crying can also cause morning-after puffiness. According to Dr. Nikolaidis, the reason is osmosis: water always travels from areas in the body where there’s low salt concentration to tissues where there’s more salt.

Causes of Puffiness Around Your Eyes


Most people find that there’s more than one cause for their puffy or tired looking eyes. Here are some of the most common:

Aging –  According to Dr. Nikolaidis, “As you get older, the skin and muscles around your eyes begin to weaken, making it easier for the fatty tissue beneath the skin to redistribute and for the skin to sag.”

Allergies – Itchy, swollen eyes are a common allergic reaction.

Fluid retention – Hormonal shifts, lack of sleep or even just eating salty foods can cause you to retain fluid, leading to puffy eyes.

Heredity – “If your parents had puffiness under their eyes, you may be more prone to developing the same condition,” says Dr. Nikolaidis.

How To Treat Under Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles: Dermatologist & Makeup Tips To Look Less Tired, More Wide Awake

Dr. Nikolaidis recommends SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair ($95.00) as a great product option for patients looking to reduce puffiness around their eyes and hydrate the fragile skin.  With a combination of growth factors, peptides and antioxidants, it also provides great antioxidant protection. “iS Clinical Eye Complex is also ideal for smoothing and hydrating the fragile skin around the eye,” says Dr. Nikolaidis. “Prone to dryness, the iS Clinical Eye Complex is infused with peptides and proteins.”

How To Treat Under Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles: Dermatologist & Makeup Tips To Look Less Tired, More Wide Awake

What better way to make eyes look more youthful than with a luxury spa experience? The HydraFacial™ is a very effective treatment for clearing up surface skin issues, as it removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while bathing new skin with cleansing, hydrating solutions. This leaves the area around the eyes supple and soft.

Don’t Let Brows Age You

If you’ve never given much thought to your arches beyond the occasional tweezing, now is probably a good time to start. “Like your skin and hair, your brows can start to show their age,” says eyebrow guru and founder of Billion Dollar Brows, Natalie Plain. “They can thin out, become coarse and unruly, or turn gray. And just as a new hairstyle can trim away the years, a well-groomed, well-defined brow can lend your face a years-younger look.”

How To Treat Under Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles: Dermatologist & Makeup Tips To Look Less Tired, More Wide Awake

3 Steps to Beautiful Brows Kit ($85.00)

For those who are looking for a more permanent solution, surgery may be the way to go.  “A brow lift procedure is another option to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes,” says Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a triple board certified plastic surgeon in San Diego.“By lifting the eyebrows, the eyes achieve a lightening effect. The brows are less likely to cast a shadow on the eye and in turn brighten their appearance. Also, through a brow lifting procedure, some of the extra skin in the upper eyelids can be pull[ed] upwards and away from the eyes. This can further achieve enhancement of the eye aesthetics as well.”

Easy Eye Makeup Tricks to Look Younger Instantly

There are many ways to slow down the aging process such as wearing sunscreen religiously, eating lots of veggies, drinking a ton of water, using effective skincare products and sticking to a beauty daily regiment. But the hard truth is we will age. So, if you’re like most women who don’t want to dish out tons of cash getting cosmetic surgery, your next best option is to fake it.  How? With great makeup, of course.

However, if you’re not careful with your application, makeup can actually make you look even older. Makeup artist and beauty director of Anisa International, Shana King says “You’ve got to make sure you have the right products and know-how so your makeup works for you and not against you.”

According to Shana, always use an eye cream first. “No eye makeup or concealer will go on the eye area effectively if they are not properly moisturized. So find a cream within your budget and make sure to use it daily.” Another tip: Make sure you do not choose concealer that is too light or too dark. “The best shade for the under eye area is one shade lighter than your skin tone.  Only apply to the inner corner of the eye and make sure to blend,” advises Shana.  Rule of thumb: Concealer should always conceal and not draw attention to your eyes.  Make sure to blend with a concealer brush to reduce any streakiness.

How To Treat Under Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles: Dermatologist & Makeup Tips To Look Less Tired, More Wide Awake

When choosing the right eyeshadow, select natural colors that blend in with your skin and hair tones to create youthful looking eyes. “The more dramatic the look, the more attention it will draw. Opt for shades that have a less shimmer as they tend to draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles.”

Dark Circles, Crow’s Feet… Oh My!

Dermatologists agree on the importance of protecting the delicate area around the eye. The goal to having younger, more vibrant looking eyes is diminishing the appearance of deep lines; lightening dark circles and repairing the damage time has left behind. Houston board certified dermatologist Dr. Paul Friedman reveals the latest beauty treatments to combat aging eyes.

Dr. Friedman recommends the Pulsed Dye Laser for dark circles that are caused by broken blood vessels. For dark circles caused by excess pigment, Dr. Friedman recommends the Fraxel Laser for his patients. “I utilize botulinium toxins to relax muscle movement, fillers to restore volume loss, and laser peels such as the Fraxel Laser for resurfacing the skin and stimulating collagen. We also use radiofrequency and ultrasound devices such as Ultherapy and Thermage for skin tightening in this area,” says Dr. Friedman.

Your Eyelashes Can Make You Look Old

We know wrinkles and dark circles can make you look old, but there are other, more surprising ways your appearance can age you… like your eyelashes. “We associate full, thick eyelashes with youth,” says Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a board certified dermatologist with offices in New Jersey and New York City.  “Long, thick lashes give you an instant eye-lift without surgery.” Dr. Baxt has seen great results on her patients after using Latisse, the FDA-approved lash grower.  “It’s safe and helps grow lashes longer, lusher and fuller so you don’t even need mascara.”

What do you lovely ladies think of these how-to-get-younger-looking-eyes tips? Which techniques/treatments would you try? Let us know by commenting below, which will automatically be posted to our Community Forum (click here to check it out!) where you can find other beauty related discussions! Don’t forget to also submit a photo to our Photo Of The Day (click here!) feature, where a new photo will be picked daily. Your photo just might be selected, so get going!

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