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September 2010

Eye Candy

Written on September 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm , by

Makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian‘s new book, Style Eyes, explains how to achieve almost any eye look, from contouring to crazy colors. A few of her pearls of wisdom:

-Add brow powder on top of brow cream or pencil for longer staying power.

-Apply a highlighter or eyeshadow color lighter than your natural skin tone to accentuate the arch in your brows.

-When tweezing brows, if some hairs are questionable, move them around using the tweezers (don’t pluck) to see how removing them would look, then tweeze as necessary.

-Use beige or off-white liner inside the lower rims of the eyes to cut redness and brighten. This opens up the eyes and makes them appear less fatigued.


A Twist on a Classic

Written on September 7, 2010 at 9:12 am , by

156724001French braids aren’t just for summer camp anymore.

I love the look of French braids, but sometimes I want a style that’s a little more relaxed. When I was pulling my hair up into a braid today, I decided to try something new. Rather than start near the front of my head, I parted my hair to the side and combed out a two-inch section from the middle of my part. I began to braid, adding small pieces from the front and back of my part. I weaved the pieces under each other (rather than over) to achieve the inside-out effect. Once I reached my neck, I gathered all my hair together to form a regular braid. It still had the loose, relaxed feel I was aiming for with a little extra flair. And the French braid helped keep fly-aways out of my face during my workout. It’s my new go-to! Would you wear it?

– Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern

Try Physique 57—for Free!

Written on September 3, 2010 at 11:03 am , by

To celebrate the launch of Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes, the brand is offering free classes of the new workout system Physique 57 (a favorite of celebs like Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker) in 10 cities throughout the country this month and next. Participants will also receive a sample size of the towelettes and a coupon towards a future purchase. The locations/dates:

NEW YORK – Monday, September 20 at Physique 57 Soho, 161 Avenue of the Americas
MIAMI – Thursday, September 23 at Green Monkey, 1827 Purdy Avenue
SEATTLE – Tuesday, September 28 at Be Luminous, 900 Lenora Street, Suite 128
PORTLAND – Thursday, September 30 at Urban Pilates, 1737 NE Alberta Street, Suite 102
CHICAGO – Tuesday, October 5 at Dance Spa, 1890 North Milwaukee Avenue
AUSTIN – Thursday, October 7 at Dharma Yoga, 3110 Guadalupe
PHILADELPHIA – Wednesday, October 13 at Sankhya Yoga, 725 North 4th Street, 2nd Floor
WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, October 14 at Stroga, 1808 Adams Mill Road, NW
SAN FRANCISCO – Tuesday, October 19 at The Pad Studios, 1690 Union Street
SAN DIEGO – Thursday, October 21 at Yoga One, 1150 7th Avenue

Space is limited, so visit www.biore.com/usa/physique57tour to reserve your spot today!


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Labor (And Every) Day Skin Savers

Written on September 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm , by

Whether you’re headed to the beach, pool, a picnic or just your backyard this weekend, don’t forget to pack SPF protection for body, face and lips. Our site-specific picks (all have broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection):

BODY Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 70+ ($9.99) Using a spray makes me more likely to reapply often, since it’s so easy; this one leaves a sheen on skin and won’t sweat off.

FACE Aveeno Positively Ageless Sunblock Face Lotion SPF 70 ($11.99) is a substantial cream that’s great for dry skin like mine; Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock SPF 70 ($11.99) is a lightweight, shine-free formula that’s perfect for normal to oily skin.

LIPS Hawaiian Tropic Lip Balm Sunscreen Stick SPF 45+ ($2.49) This wears nicely on its own or under lip color, and contains moisturizers like cocoa butter and aloe vera.

Reapply each at least every two hours and seek shade whenever possible. What are your favorite sunscreens and what do you love about them? Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

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Fresh-Faced Beauty

Written on September 1, 2010 at 10:30 am , by

Most celebs pile on the makeup for awards shows, but E! News anchor and DDF Skincare Spokesperson Giuliana Rancic bravely went foundation-free at Sunday’s Emmy Awards. We asked her how she gets her skin red carpet-ready:

FITNESS: How do you keep your skin gorgeous enough to go without foundation—even at the Emmys?
Giuliana Rancic: “As an entertainment reporter and television personality, it’s important that I maintain a glow on camera (and off camera too!) – I do this by caring for my skin from the inside out. I drink lots of water, exercise, and try to get at least eight hours of sleep. And of course there are my at-home beauty tools…”

FITNESS: Speaking of which, what is your skincare routine and what products do you use?
GR: “My skincare routine is simple. In addition to a daily SPF moisturizer and eye cream, twice a week I exfoliate with the DDF Revolve 400x Micro-Polishing System. In between treatments, I cleanse my skin daily with the same tool, but switch the head from the foam exfoliator to the brush. I also eat nutritious foods throughout the day to give my skin the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy.”

FITNESS: Since you don’t need foundation, what makeup products do you use?                                                                                                                                                                 GR: “I keep my makeup minimal – with a bit of concealer, eyeshadow/liner, lip gloss and bronzer, I can get ready in a flash.”

FITNESS: How do you keep your skin looking great on the go?
GR: “Many of my favorite skincare products are available in travel sizes, so I’ve got myself covered! I also look for multi-purpose skincare/makeup essentials, so I don’t have to pack too much.”

Would you walk the red carpet foundation-free?