Monday, October 24, 2016

Makeup & Skincare Tips from Meryl when going through Cancer Treatment

Cancer is a devastating disease that affects every part of your life; it interferes with your job, tests your relationships and takes a huge toll on your body. One of the hardest parts of this experience is getting used to the new and unrecognizable person you see in the mirror every day. Especially as you are going through harsher forms of treatment. The skin may be super sensitive, parched, flaky, covered in spots. Your luscious hair, arched brows and long eyelashes may have fallen off. On the good days, you might actually feel quite good, but sometimes, the way you look doesn’t keep up. 

While we are not doctors ourselves and every story is unique with their own set of concerns and needs, our founder Meryl Marshall do know first-hand the traumatic impact that these external changes can have on a woman's self-esteem. She experienced them herself after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A fighter and a beauty lover through and through, one of Meryl’s battles was coming up with a makeup and skincare routine that helped her look and moreover, feel beautiful as often as she could when she faced the mirror. 

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Meryl shares with us how cancer has prompted her to give her beauty routine a green makeover, a challenge that would later inspire and motivate her to create Hynt Beauty, and the tricks she learned to pamper herself so she could look and, in turn feel, her best while fighting cancer.

1. Switch to organic and fragrance-free moisturizers 

Treatment often slows down the skin's ability to renew itself and reduces the production of sebum, the skin's own natural moisturizer. As a result, your skin becomes dry and parched and, in the worst cases, can flake and itch. 

Keeping your skin as hydrated as possible during this time is essential. Unfortunately, too many moisturizers on the market contain undesirable ingredients that can at worst, interfere with your treatments and worsen your skin’s condition. 

Meryl opted for organic formulas that nourish and pamper the skin and made sure they are fragrance-free, too. Your sense of smell becomes very acute during treatment and even the subtlest scent can make you feel nauseous. Meryl's go-to brand that fits all these requirements is Acure, especially their Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion, Bare Baby Lotion, Moroccan Argan Oil and Sensitive Facial Cream! 

2. Deep condition your hands and feet 

Your face isn't the only part of your body that needs an extra dose of tender loving care during this difficult time. Up your moisturizing game by giving your hands and feet a pampering deep conditioning treatment before you go to sleep. Slather on rich and moisturizing oil-based natural balms and then put on a pair of cotton gloves or socks. In the morning, your extremities will be much softer and smoother.

3. Wear physical sunscreen every day 

Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is always a good idea, but it becomes of paramount importance during cancer treatment when your skin is extremely vulnerable and sensitive. Ideally, you should avoid the sun as much as possible but that's not always feasible. 

To give your skin the extra protection it needs, use a physical sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Unlike their chemical counterparts that are easily absorbed by the skin, these natural minerals remain safely on its surface where they create a protective shield that reflects UV rays away from it. 

4. Neutralize facial redness 

Steroids are often prescribed as part of treatments to help reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, they have several side effects, including flushing, redness and rashes. If your skin is affected by steroid redness, the best course of action is to mask it with makeup. 

A yellow-toned powder, such as our FINALE Finished Powder in Neutral Yellow can neutralize the redness, rendering it near invisible to the naked eye. It is also formulated with organic arrowroot, which serves as a natural remedy to deeply hydrate and soothe irritated, tired skin. For best results, apply it with a brush with synthetic bristles. Animal hair brushes tend to be coarse and, therefore, more irritating. 

Also, skin discoloration is common during treatment so apply and blend our hydrating, luxuriously creamy and full coverage DUET Perfecting Concealer over the affected areas.  Most times, these discolorations fade with time. 

5. Smell good with natural deodorants 

Some cancer treatments can force a woman into early menopause, which can result in frequent perspiration during hot flushes. If this is happening to you, it may be very tempting to use heavy-duty antiperspirants containing aluminium. 

What you may not be aware of is that antiperspirants cause more problems than they solve. To start with, they act like a plug, sealing shut the entrance to your sweat ducts, thereby stopping the flow of sweat. As desirable as this may appear during a hot flush, this is far from healthy. 

In addition, aluminum can easily be absorbed by the skin and has been linked to breast cancer. A safer alternative is a natural deodorant that contains baking soda and/or kaolin clay. However, due to the skin's heightened sensitivity at this time, some patients report a mild irritation even to these gentler ingredients. A better option that Meryl used and wholeheartedly recommends is natural corn starch powder like Honest Company's Organic Baby Powder. 

6. A polished manicure 

Many cancer patients experience nail deterioration and even loss, so traditional manicures and nail polishes are strictly forbidden at this time. To help your nails stay in the best possible condition, keep your nail care routine simple and basic. Keep your hands clean, trim your nails and make them shine with a soft nail buffer. Finally, work in a bit of olive or jojoba oil to stave off brittle nails. 

7. Go green with your lipstick 

A creamy lipstick or shiny gloss is always a great mood-lifter. But, once again, it is important to pay careful attention to the labels and what they contain. Opt for unscented and organic formulas that are free of harsh and potentially toxic chemicals. Lip products can be easily ingested so why risk even the slightest chance of causing more havoc on your health now or in the future, when there are purer, equally beautiful colors and great natural brands to choose from!

Meryl and the rest of the Hynt Beauty team sincerely hope that these little bits of advice will somehow give you or your loved one, some relief from the side effects but moreover, give the confidence boost to fight against cancer – in style! If you have any additional tips, please do send us an email, comment on our social platforms or comment on this blog post! We are sure others will find it helpful as well.

FLASH Q+A with Founder Meryl on her Favorite Things ...if she had to just choose one!

Integrity Botanicals, a greenly curated online boutique for natural and organic beauty products, recently started carrying our collection and with Hynt's launch, hosted a Q&A session with Meryl as well as created a How To video with one of our favorite YouTubers, Ashley of The Green Bunny! 

Unlike longer interviews, we thought this format was oh-so-fun that we wanted to share it with you, with a video to boot (click on above!) 

If I had to use one foundation… It would be minimalistic. I do not care for heavy makeup. I am fortunate that I have good skin and I like it to look natural in daylight. On top of well hydrated skin, I apply my Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting concealer exactly where I need a bit of coverage and then depending on the day, I will then apply our Velluto foundation with our Finale Finishing Powder on the very top. Most days, I skip the Velluto. I always get compliments on my skin. At my age, I think that’s a gift. 

Wear one lipstick… It would be a hydrating one. I dislike lipstick that tugs during application. Drier lipstick is longer wearing but it is often too drying and causes chapping and cracking. I don’t mind reapplying a bit more often. Of course my lipstick has to have a high organic content and be vegan. The thought of using carmine on my lips is a big turnoff. 

Wear one shade of nail polish… It would be a soft opaque very light pink. I am still looking for a ‘five free’ version of Essie’s Fiji. 

Apply one skincare product… It would be Hynt Beauty’s Sun Prep SPF30. It is a moisturizer, makeup primer, as well as provides UVB/UVA sun protection. My aesthetician and dermatologist always remind me to protect myself from the sun and never, ever to rely on just makeup for sun protection. 

Pick one perfume… It would be one that is not synthetic. I tossed all of my old toxic fragrances and found my new signature scent that is certified 100% natural. 

Vacation in one spot… I love to explore and sightsee. I enjoy to sit by a pool or on the beach for just a short time. It doesn’t take long for me to get antsy. I like to experience the culture of a different place, especially on foot. 

Carry one bag… I most often carry a crossbody bag. I find that it is easier on the body. I have learned to carry less so that a heavy bag does not take a toll on my back. I stopped carrying a heavy wallet as well. 

Give one hostess gift… I generally bring fruit as I feel that we all eat way too much sugar. After my cancer treatment, I went to a nutritionist that specializes in better eating regimes post cancer treatment. One of the things that stuck with me was the connection of sugar consumption and how cancer cells love it. Refined carbs like white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup etc. are extremely dangerous for anyone trying to prevent or reverse cancer. I was also told to keep my weight down as well. The more carbs you consume, the more you crave. 

Eat one beauty food… I love almost all fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, omega-3 rich fish, and also spices. I believe that a balanced diet that consists of a wide range of whole foods in small portions are the best for beauty inside and out! 

Indulge in one treat… What else is there? CHOCOLATE! 

Drink one wine… I love red wine and went on my first wine tasting with my cousins during a visit to California this year. I try to buy wines made in the USA. I especially love Shiraz (the name of our popular wine shade of lipstick), Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Stick with one form of exercise… It is difficult to choose just one as I so love the variety in exercise. I enjoy going to the gym. I do free weights, machines, and various methods of cardio. I take classes there, too as well as work out in the warm water pool and swim. If I had to choose one type of exercise though, it would be a hike outdoors, surrounded by nature on a beautiful day. 

Pick a favorite flower… I love the lotus flower. We have a koi pond in our backyard. I get to enjoy the lily pads and watch the lotus open when the sun comes out and closes upon sunset. Just stunning. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Get Hynt's Autumn Look with new Sweet Nectar palette

This fall, we are changing up our daily makeup look to a fresh, Autumn-ready face that's a little softer and warmer in tone. The look is simple, yet sophisticated enough, flatters all types of skin tones and eye colors, and can easily go from work to dinner to weekend fun! 

And what more? As the weather starts to change and the air gets cooler and dryer, you really don't want drying or irritating ingredients in your makeup to aggravate your more sensitive skin! So, the gentle purity of Hynt's makeup and the skin-balancing ingredients combined, make it a good go-to this season (...and every season!) 

Designed by our lead Makeup Artist & Creative Director, Leann Somes, the look features our new SUITE Eyeshadow Palette in the color Sweet Nectar that's launching with this story! 

This palette consists of a beautiful matte, softened cantaloupe tone, a lighter color in a creamy ivory for highlighting and a deeper rich chocolate brown with subtle shimmer for definition. 

Here is the breakdown of how to get this look!


As the season changes, it's really important to keep your skin well hydrated and protected from the changing temps and drier air. The better your complexion, the longer your makeup will stay on beautifully!

  1. To cover up major discolorations like blemishes and darker spots Leann used the DUET Concealer on its own first.  
  2. For foundation, she mixed the same DUET Concealer with the organics-based SUNPREP Broad Spectrum SPF30  to create a lightweight but good-coverage foundation. 
  3. To contour and warm up the face, she applied the VELLUTO Powder Foundation in Rich Chestnut with the light-handed Air Blender Brush.
  4. To add some luminosity, Leanne dusted the LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (which has a beautiful subtle golden glow that's perfect for any skin tone!) on the tops of the cheek bones, down the nose, and on the cupid's bow to make lips appear more pouty!
  5. She used the FINALE in Translucent Pearl to set the skin.


The eyes take center stage without going overboard with the warm, cozy shades nestled in the new Nectar eyeshadow palette.  The colors have a touch of matte creaminess and subtle golden shimmer that reminds us of autumn leaves being bathed in autumnal light.
  1. Prime the lids with the same concealer to make sure the colors stays put all day
  2. Use the PERFETTO Pressed Eye Shadows in Linen Kiss to even out the skin tone over the lids
  3. Leanne first used the lightest shade in the Nectar palette on the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes
  4. She then applied the darkest gold-specked chocolate shade in the crease area to define and add depth 
  5. Lastly, she used the center, soft matte nectar shade to blend and create a natural smokey eye that looks effortlessly pretty 


To keep the look natural and effortlessly beautiful, Leanne kept lips at bay with a neutral simplicity. After conditioning Sam's lips, Leanne applied a light coat of our LIBRE Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink and done!

I hope that I was able to help you to try something new this fall! Don’t forget to keep a look out for our new product launches coming this season including the palette used to create this look, SUITE Eye Shadow Palette in Nectar.

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Contributed by Samantha Rae @smilestyleslay_