Must Have Makeup Products

Doing your makeup is a really fun part of the day. It is a great confidence booster and a cool way to express yourself. There are some products that are much better than others and this is the complete list of the best products of 2015 that you must try. These products will help you get the look you’ve been searching for.

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Credit: Lisa Shin

By Holly Dawsey

Want to get your hands on the lushest mascara? What about the lipstick that plumps your pout, or the silky-smooth powder that makes your skin glow? Check out the best makeup of 2015, as chosen by Health editors, celebrity makeup artists, and dermatologists.

The Experts:
Ilana Blitzer, Health beauty director; Paul Cucinello, celebrity hair stylist in Los Angeles and New York City; Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Suzy Gerstein, New York City celebrity makeup artist; Julie Kandalec, celebrity manicurist and creative director of Paintbox in New York City; Joanna Simkin, New York City celebrity makeup artist; Alexis Wolfer, founder of; Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Souther California School of Medicine in Los Angeles


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Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation ($45;

It blurs imperfections and adds radiance, says celebrity makeup artist Suzy Gerstein: “Like real skin, just perfected.”


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NYC Big Bold & Precise Liquid Liner ($6;

“This liner can do it all!” Wolfer raves. Create precise lines with the slim edge, or a winged look with the wide side.


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Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil ($42;

“You can draw hairlike strokes,” Gerstein says, “making sparse spots discreetly disappear.”


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Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation ($36;

“This goes on silkysmooth for a naked finish,” promises celebrity makeup artist Joanna Simkin.



Sexual Arousal Disorder

Even though it is something that many people get uncomfortable talking about, it is healthy to talk about sex as it is a very natural part of life. There is one disorder however associated with sexual arousal that affects an alarmingly high number of men women. Very few people discuss it but at Protea, it is our goal to help alleviate the symptoms of this disorder and get you back on the road to sexual health. 

Sexual arousal disorder is an aberration during any stage of the sexual response cycle (desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) that prevents the experience of satisfaction through sexual activity. A person with this disorder may be interested in sexual intercourse but has difficulty becoming stimulated enough to go through with it.

Sexual arousal disorders were previously known as frigidity in women and impotence in men, though these have now been replaced with less judgmental terms. Impotence is now known as erectile dysfunction, and frigidity is now described as any of several specific problems with desire, arousal, or anxiety.

For both men and women, these conditions may appear as an aversion to, and avoidance of, sexual contact with a partner. In men, there may be partial or complete failure to attain or maintain an erection, or a lack of sexual excitement and pleasure in sexual activity. In women, there may be an inability to lubricate enough to complete the sex act.


Occasional impotence occurs in approximately 50 percent of American adult men, and chronic impotence affects about 1 in 8 American men, with the chances increasing as a person ages. Between 2 and 30 million men in the United States are affected by impotence problems, according to recent estimates. About 52 percent of men between 40 and 70-years-old have some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Impotence can be classified as primary or secondary. A man with primary impotence has never had an erection sufficient for intercourse. Secondary impotence involves loss of erectile function after a period of normal function. This tends to occur gradually, except in cases caused by injury or sudden illness.

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Things You Should Stop Believing About E.D.

Erectile dysfunction is something that many people suffer from and there is a lot of misinformation out there about how to deal with and cure it. 50% of men over the age of 40 are effected by ED (erectile dysfunction).

The most common cause of ED is “vasculopathy”, which is damage to the blood vessels in the penis. This vasculopathy is often associated with age but strongly related to atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Another common cause is low testosterone. Research shows that when we treat the original cause, often erectile function returns.

At Protea we approach each case individually. We know each patient requires a unique approach. Our treatment of erectile dysfunction includes a full work-up looking at- blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and hormone balance.

When a man starts to say things in the bedroom along the lines of, “I’m stressed out,” “just too tired tonight, I guess,” or “I’m too old for a sex life,” they are wrong on all accounts, says the medical director of  Physicians Erectile Dysfunction Centers. 

While the problem of impotence is very real, Dr. Michael Trombley, Medical Director of the Physicians E.D. Centers, says the common reasons why men believe they have erectile dysfunction are simply myths.

Here are five of them:

1. Erectile Dysfunction is part of the normal aging process.

Erectile dysfunction is not normal and even more than that, it could suggest serious underlying medical concerns, said Trombley. ED has a strong association to cardiovascular disease.  A recent study found that ED may precede a patient’s heart attack by five years — so consider it a possible warning sign and get checked out. Diabetes and high blood pressure have also been linked to ED. 

2. You are the only person suffering from it.

ED is more common than people realize. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5 percent of men age 40 and between 15 percent and 25 percent of men age 65 experience ED on a long-term basis.

3. Once it starts, you can’t reverse it.

With tailored medical treatments, a return of function certainly occurs in many cases. Improving heart health by losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking generally enhance erectile performance as well as improve overall health. Sex therapy counseling can also help if the underlying cause is pyschological.

The first step is being examined by a doctor.

4. It’s all in your head.

No, actually it may be in other parts of your bodily system. The Mayo Clinic notes that male sexual arousal is a “complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these.” Don’t underestimate stress and mental health concerns causing or worsening erectile dysfunction.

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Laser Hair Removal

Protea is now offering the LightSheer® Duet, Flinch-Free Laser Hair Removal. Now you can eliminate unwanted hair comfortably and in much less time. Our new Light Sheer DUET laser brings the hair follicle closer to the treatment head with new vacuum assist technology. The benefits are significant and include: up to 75% faster treatment time, no topical anesthetic cream, cooling gels or cooling devices needed, virtually painless with no downtime, safer than traditional laser hair removal systems. It’s great for large treatment areas, especially the stomach, arms, back, shoulders and neck for men.

There are many paths to a hair-free body, but none with effects as lasting as laser hair removal. Anyone who has been shaving, waxing, or threading for very long can see the perks of this particular method. Shaving is quick and painless (barring the occasionally nick), but leaves unattractive stubble in less than a day. Waxing can be uncomfortable and expensive, if you consider the cost over time. Laser hair removal provides an alternative for those seeking longer-lasting results. Thinking about trying it for yourself? Read on to learn more about the process.

In order for laser hair removal to be truly effective, it has to be performed in a series. This is because hair grows in a staggered pattern, referred to as the Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen phases. Basically, some hairs are actively growing in, others are falling out (or in the process of falling out), and others are grown in and sitting in the follicle. This process shifts every 2 to 4 months, which is why one treatment won’t get rid of all of the hairs.

Most hair removal lasers work best on light skin with darker hair. However, the technology keeps getting more sophisticated, and today it is possible to treat darker hair on darker skin types. This also applies to fair-skinned persons with light hair. It is the contrast that is necessary for the laser to target correctly. If you have darker skin, or fair skin and light hair, it is important to ask if the facility has the right laser for your specific skin tone and hair color.

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