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October 2010

Time to break up with split ends!

Written on October 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm , by

You probably have frayed ends year-round; it’s impossible to avoid them. But as the months get chillier, they’re more obvious because they look fuzzy when your hair is dry. “A trim will tame flyaway pieces,” says Dickey, founder of Hair Rules Salon in New York City. Ask your stylist to snip off a quarter inch, which will eliminate broken ends without significantly shortening your style. Can’t squeeze in a salon visit? Apply a few drops of a silicone- or oil-based styling product to ends. It won’t repair them, but it can smooth them temporarily. My favorite style smoother that’s still lightweight and smells incredible: Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil.

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Favorite Find Friday: Juicy Plum

Written on October 29, 2010 at 9:21 am , by

Deep, perfect-for-fall plum and berry lipsticks look delicious in the tube—but can be drying and difficult to carry off. Which is why we love H.Wood Beauty Lip Shine Stick in Plum ($16): This lipstick tints lips a luscious sheer blackberry hue, but truly feels like a balm, thanks to moisturizers like mango butter and camellia oil. Bonus: The vintage-looking gold tube is super-glam and fun to pull out of your bag. What’s your favorite lip color for fall?

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Strokes of Genius

Written on October 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm , by

Makeup artist Fumi Nagai recently gave us a natural going-out look at Privé Salon in New York City. Watch as she works her makeup magic:

Her products of choice? Becca Cosmetics. Do you get your makeup done by a pro for special occasions?

Scrub Your Way to Soft Skin

Written on October 27, 2010 at 6:56 am , by

Along with the crisp air and colored leaves, autumn brings dry skin. While it’s easy to moisturize your body with creamy and freshly-fragranced lotions, it’s not so simple when it comes to your face. My sister Sabrina noticed her skin getting drier as the weather has become colder, leaving her face dull and her foundation flaky. She asked me what she could do to keep her face smooth throughout the season, and I told her my secret to keeping skin soft all year round: exfoliating.

Using a soft scrub in the shower removes excess dead cells and keeps flakiness at bay. For chronic dryness, it’s best to use scrubs with physical exfoliators like the beads in L’Oréal Paris Go 360˚ Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub or Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Also look for scrubs with fruit enzymes, like Wei East Pomegranate Buffing Beads Exfoliator.

For acne-prone skin, choose scrubs with salicylic acid, such as St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub. The salicylic acid clears breakouts, while the refreshing green tea component tackles redness and irritation.

Scrubs are not recommended for sensitive skin types, but don’t worry, we’ve still got you covered! Try an exfoliating pad instead, like Philosophy Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, which slough skin, tone and brighten without the harshness.

The final key to combating dry skin is to use a moisturizer with SPF. This will keep your face hydrated, makeup smooth and skin protected! What scrubs do you use to keep skin soft during the chilly months?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Hauntingly Beautiful Makeup

Written on October 26, 2010 at 10:08 am , by

This weekend, while searching for the perfect Halloween costume, I stumbled upon something spectacular: Sephora Beauty In A Box kits. These sets provide all the tools to achieve whatever look you are going for this Halloween, including appropriate makeup products and a step-by-step guide. Take your pick from: Vampire, Devil, Vegas Showgirl, Peacock, Sexy Kitten and Genie. The Beauty In A Box kits are available at Sephora stores nationwide and online at Sephora.com ($26-$65).

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Want a pro to do your Halloween makeup for you? Get a Sephora Special Occasion Halloween Makeover, available at any Sephora store. The session includes a professional makeup artist application, allowing you to try out any of the six hauntingly beautiful looks to complete your costume. Makeovers are by appointment only, and include a minimum purchase of $50.

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Update Your Makeup for Fall

Written on October 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm , by

Michelle Phan is the most-watched makeup artist on YouTube, as well as Lancôme’s video makeup artist. I love her how-tos and easy-to-follow tutorials, so you guys should check out this clip on easy autumn makeup. I’m definitely going to try the trick where she uses a concealer brush to stabilize her eyelid when she puts on liner and mascara. So genius!

Favorite Find Friday: Palmer’s Body Butter

Written on October 22, 2010 at 10:15 am , by

Halloween is just around the corner, which means tempting sweets are everywhere. But you can get your chocolate fix—calorie-free—with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Butter. We slather the vitamin E-rich cream all over our dry spots before bed: It’s like dessert for our senses and our skin! Do you like sweetly-scented beauty treats?414328_Body Butter-00126_v2.psd

Thrifty Thursday: Clear Mascara

Written on October 21, 2010 at 10:38 am , by

I switch out beauty products like I switch out shoes—way too often. But the one product that has managed to stick around in my makeup bag is Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara. It goes on smooth, and never gets dry and flaky. I use it to tame my eyebrows, and under mascara as a base coat to make my lashes pop. My lashes are naturally curly and can go a little crazy on their own, so I use it alone during workouts to keep them groomed but natural. The best part: It’s under $5! What’s your favorite thrifty find?

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-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Post-Workout Strand Secrets

Written on October 20, 2010 at 9:47 am , by

Here at FITNESS, we’re always looking for new ways to beautify our workout routine. If the dreaded ponytail crease is preventing you from hitting the gym before a night on the town, try these simple tips to keep your smooth strands intact:

locker-roomCrease Release Fill an empty spray bottle with water and spritz lightly onto the ponytail crease, moving all the way around the crown. Take a flat brush and place it under the crease. Brush the hair downward and blast the crease with a blow dryer until smooth. Bonus: Using a  fabric-covered elastic can reduce indentation.

Clip It Instead of pulling your hair into a ponytail, try clipping it up. Lightly twist locks up and secure with a clip that will stay in place. We like Goody StayPut Slide-Proof Hold Claw Clips, which are specially designed to grip your hair and not slip off.

What are your post-workout beauty tricks?

—By Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Your Perfect Purple

Written on October 19, 2010 at 7:25 am , by

Beauty trends come and go, but one seems to pop up over and over: purple eye shadow. Lilac lids were all the buzz on the beauty scene this summer, and have gracefully made their way into fall. Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Kate Hudson have all sported purple shades, and this is one celeb trend you’ll want to follow.

But before you go out and grab as many  shadows as you can get your hands on, follow our guide to choosing the best hue for your skin tone.

Fair Skin: Pick shades with silver pigments and shimmery undertones to compliment your light complexion. For a daytime look, go with lilacs and other soft purples, like glimmer-flecked  Youngblood Pressed Eyeshadow in Prism . For evening, CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow in Purple Pop lends a more dressed-up look.

Olive Skin: This is the category I fall into. To compliment my skin, I use matte shades that don’t clash with my olive tones. To really make my brown eyes pop, I like pastel purples, which also work great on green eyes! Some of my personal favorite shadows are Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow in Night Plum and M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Fig. 1.

Dark Skin: The combination of purple shadow and dark skin can be an intense one. It’s important to compliment that intensity by using deep plums that blend well with dark tones, or shimmery shades to contrast them. Try Revlon Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow in Lilac Shimmer for day, and Lancôme Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in Trendy for a night out.

When wearing purple shadows, remember to keep the color below your eyelid crease. Pair your shadow with a sheer blush and a pinky-nude lip to complete the look (and keep all the attention on your eyes)!

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern