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Summer Beauty Products

  • posted July 11th, 2014
  • Beauty

Summer requires a beauty routine fit for hot weather. We’ve looked to Elle for some of their favorite summer beauty products listed below:

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Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque: Summer takes a toll on your hair, so giving it extra attention during these hot months is important. The Aveda Sun Care Hair Masque is an intensive, antioxidant-rich cream mask that brings back much needed moisture to your sun-damaged hair.

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer: Keep your skin shine-free with Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer. The moisturizer is ultra-light and provides a smooth and weightless finish that is ideal for summer heat.

Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser: Remove chlorine, salt and any other residue that is inevitable during summer with the Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser. The color-safe formula is made with organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E and can be used on both your body and hair.

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Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50: Protecting your skin from damaging sun exposure is crucial. The matte formula in the Avène High Protection Tinted Compact is made with 100 percent mineral sunscreen and pre-tocopheryl (photo-stable vitamin E) with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and powerful antioxidants.

LiftLab Lift & Fix High Potency Solution: Hot weather can be rough on your skin. Give it some TLC with the LiftLab Lift & Fix Solution, perfect for soothing redness or sensitivity. The formula strengthens the skin barrier while calming irritation.

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Bronzer: Bronzer is a summer makeup staple. The Susan Posnick Bronzer gives your skin a natural looking glow while also protecting it against UVA/UVB rays and absorbing the excess oil on your face.

Summer Wedding Beauty Tips & Products

  • posted June 13th, 2014
  • Beauty


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While your wedding dress is obviously an important part of your bridal look, it is not the only component. Check out these beauty tips and products we spotted on Cosmopolitan to help you finish off your bridal style:

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–       Primer: After you apply your moisturizer and before you apply the foundation, there is a crucial step: Primer. Makeup primer is important because it will help your makeup go on smoother and last much longer. We recommend the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer.

–       Sponge or Brush: While quality foundation is important, it is essential to apply it with an appropriate applicator such as a sponge or brush—never use your fingers. If you use a sponge, apply the foundation by stippling the sponge, rather than swiping it across the skin for a more natural look. We recommend the CoverGirl Make-Up Masters Sponge Puffs.

–       Cream Blush: A natural, healthy look is ideal for summer weddings—especially it you’re outdoors. Cream blush such as the Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride has a sheer appearance and gives you a fresh look. If you want a bit more staying power, try layering a powder blush on top.

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–       Eyebrow Pencil: Coloring in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil is a big step that many women forget – and one you’ll definitely want to remember on your wedding day.  Go for a color that is a shade or two lighter than your natural eyebrow color. We recommend the Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil.

–       Cake Eyeliner: Replace your pencil eyeliner with a Cake liner that will last all day. While a pencil liner can easily disappear, the cake liner’s texture will last and requires only a little bit of water to activate. When you apply it, be sure to fill in the roots of the lashes to create the appearance of thicker lashes that will make your eyes pop. We recommend the Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner.

–       WaterProof Makeup: Since you’ll likely be crying tears of happiness on your special day, waterproof makeup is a must. The Benefit She Laq helps you seal everything. Use the four different brushes to apply it to your lid to seal in shadow and eyeliner, preventing it from running.

Fake It till You Make It: 5 Eye Brightening Products to Battle Tired Eyes

  • posted September 17th, 2013
  • Beauty

Whether or not you’re still a student, we’ve all been there – a long night of studying (or, ahem, socializing) may have seemed necessary at the time, but by the time you wake up in the morning (if you managed to sleep at all), you realize your lack of zZz’s is written all over your face. No matter how productive your night was, let’s face it – dullness, grayness, puffiness, and under-eye bags are not a good look… but luckily, hiding behind an oversized pair of sunglasses isn’t the only pseudo-solution. Since the first day of school is upon us – and the all-nighters are just about to begin – there’s no better time to stock up on a seriously effective eye brightener. Sure, these handy eye-boosting products won’t make you feel any more well-rested, but they will help you look the part… and that’s more than half the battle, right? Check out my favorites in the links below.

Pictured above: Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening and Setting Powder, bareMinerals Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener, Benefit Eye Bright Pencil, and Stila Brighten & Correct Concealer.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Red Carpet Worthy Skin With GlamGlow Mud Mask

  • posted April 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

At-home beauty pampering may easier on your wallet than repeated salon visits, but it’s not exactly easy or time-efficient to turn your bathroom into a makeshift spa on a regular basis, either. So if you are one of those people who figure they have more time than they do money, you might as well make your at-home beauty treatments extra worthwhile to justify the effort, right? Meet GlamGlow Mud Mask, a Hollywood not-so-secret favorite product that’s blowing up in popularity by the minute. Already lauded by Spa Magazine editors, red carpet regulars like Nina Dobrev, and even bad boys like Tommy Lee, this facial mask truly is for just about everyone who needs quick yet dramatic results in making their skin look and feel its healthiest, even on a tight schedule. Incorporating volcanic rock, French sea clay, and green tea leaves, this mask not only helps exfoliate skin, but feels refreshing with a cool tingling effect upon application, and only has to be left on for 15 minutes, once or twice a week, to yield noticeable results! Sure, it’s a bit pricier than your average drugstore facial mask at about $69 a jar, but this one’s Hollywood approved!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Are You Smitten With Stila’s Valentine’s Themed Makeup Offerings?

  • posted February 10th, 2012
  • Beauty

Even if you don’t officially celebrate Valentine’s Day, either with a significant other or a gaggle of gal pals, it’s hard not to get caught up in the commercially-driven holiday. All the candy being handed out, the flowers being delivered and gushed over, the abundance of fabulous red and pink shades – there’s no harm in taking part, even. So if you need an excuse to head to the nearest beauty counter and do some minor splurging in the name of “love,” look no further than Stila’s adorable themed offerings! The Love at First Blush Palette ($14) boasts an embossed pressed powder with multiple festive shades that brush on for a subtly shimmery, pearly-pink glow! Mix and match shades depending on your preference, or custom-blend your perfect flush! If you prefer a cream-based formula, the limited-edition Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24) multitasks, giving you a blendable shade that works for both lips and cheeks for a sweet-yet-natural pearly glow. Need help justifying your V-Day purchase? These products may be festive, but the shades are universally flattering and gorgeous year-round, so they’re still a practical purchase!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Locks Stay Lush Between Treatments Thanks to Minardi Luxury Color Care

  • posted February 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Unless you’ve been compulsively refreshing your email inbox waiting for the perfect hair salon deal to arrive (like I have!), salon visits for professional hair coloring can get really pricey. And there’s nothing worse than paying top dollar for a quality treatment, only to have your fabulously expensive new shade fade after a few washes. Haircolor expert to the stars Beth Minardi may not feel your pain herself, but she certainly sympathizes, which is why she’s created her own line of color treatment products – Minardi Luxury Color Care. This way, you can spare yourself the salon visits every 6 weeks and just take better care of your color – making the most of each application by nourishing your locks with the right products. Whether your ‘do is thirsty and requires plenty of moisture, or has the tendency to get easily weighed down by too much product, Beth has the product for you with a series of conditioning wash and after-wash treatments that range from lightweight to ultra-conditioning. The result is lush, color-rich hair that stays that way much longer! Plus, taking care of your hair in your own home certainly beats spending hours on your rear in the salon chair!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Helps Us Get an Even, “Mega-Bright” Skin Tone!

  • posted February 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

You don’t have to be acne-ridden, addicted to indoor tanning, or someone who’s aging ungracefully in order to suffer from a less-than-stellar complexion. Almost all of us deal with some form of unsightly redness or blotchiness, dark spots, or dullness, and Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins has a must-have fix-it product that just may spare you from drastic (and expensive) professional treatment. Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum may not be magic, but it’s got to be the next best thing – just apply onto clean skin in the morning and evening before bed to visibly reduce skin imperfections after just 4 weeks! Its natural ingredients help make skin brighter, more even, and more luminous, and even helps protect against future irritation and discoloration. Plus the gentle, lightweight formula applies smoothly so it’s never heavy or sticky, and it’s safe for all skin types, providing potent results without irritating sensitive skin!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Get a Head Start on Your Spring Break Glow With a Luminizing Body Lotion

  • posted February 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

As much as some of us would like to, we can’t all be blessed with a tan year-round – and it isn’t necessarily always in season to rock a just-back-from-the-beach glow. But that shouldn’t discourage you from benefitting from the more natural options of beautifying your complexion! Cop a spring version of the perfect faux glow in the most flattering way possible, with a luminizing body lotion. Unlike self-tanners, it won’t leave you streaky, discolored or unseasonably orange, and there’s no need for any tricky trial-and-error to find your ideal skin tone match. Luminizers work for all skin tones and types, moisturizing skin while leaving just the slightest shimmery sheen that will catch the light in all the right places, making you appear just a tad bit slimmer and bringing out the best of your natural tone without tampering with it. You’ll get a more natural-looking spring glow that camouflages skin imperfections and leaves you naturally radiant!

Pictured above: L’Occitane Crème de Roses Perlée, Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body ButterDaisy Eau So Fresh Marc Jacobs Luminous Body Lotion, and Borghese Brightening Body Glow.

– Alex Gambardella

Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter is Here to Brighten Up Your Beauty Routine

  • posted January 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Is it too early to start compiling 2012’s Christmas wish list? Just kidding – lucky for my wallet and me, the latest makeup must-have I’ve got my sights set on is hardly a splurge and worth every penny! Benefit’s brand-new addition to their modest collection of facial highlighters, Watt’s Up, serves up a pretty cream-to-powder champagne-hued sheen that’s multi-flattering and softly gorgeous for any occasion. I’ve never been much of a blush girl, but I’ve developed a recent obsession with their more subtle cousin, as highlighters still work to sculpt and flatter without the added pressure of finding your perfect shade. Blend with fingers, a stippling brush, or the handy sponge applicator that comes with it depending on your desired effect and coverage. Oily complexions beware – be sure to use sparingly to accent cheekbones and work the light to your advantage. You may be surprised by how far a little touch of highlighter can go when it comes to boosting your overall glow!

Get Your Caffeine Fix With Barista Bath & Body’s Coffee-Infused Skin & Haircare

  • posted January 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

If you’ve resolved to cut back on your caffeine intake for 2012 like some of the crazy people I know, you’re likely seriously jonesin’ for a cup of joe by now! If you don’t mind, I’m going to go ahead and keep sippin’ away at my 6 cups a day (don’t hate), but I do have a lil somethin’ that might help you get your caffeine fix, no double-shot non-fat no-foam latte required! Barista Bath and Body is all about creating natural skin and hair products that promote our bodies’ natural ability to rejuvenate, and to infuse that same joe-induced joy into their products that we coffee fiends get from sippin’ our macchiatos, jitter-free! But wait – coffee for your skin? Barista incorporates organic coffee, coffee extract, essential oils and herbal extracts to take advantage of the beautifying benefits of coffee, like reducing the appearance of cellulite and promoting hair strength, elasticity and shininess. The products themselves are also adorably packaged and cleverly named, from the One Lump or Two exfoliating scrub to the Perk It Up energizing shampoo, so they’re not only a great way to get your fix and beautify yourself, but also make perfect gifts too!

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