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February 2011

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 4

Written on February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

In the next installment behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shares tips on how to get radiant, glowing skin. Her speedy secrets:

Favorite Find Friday: Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel

Written on February 25, 2011 at 10:51 am , by

We’re suckers for a big bottle of drugstore body wash, but every once in a while we treat ourselves to a post-workout rinse with Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel. The honey-like formula and warm, rich floral scent make a humdrum shower feel like a luxurious spa experience. Plus, the softening suds contain a laundry list of skin-coddling natural extracts, like chamomile, grapefruit and rosemary. What’s your favorite beauty indulgence?

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Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 3

Written on February 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm , by

Next up in our behind-the-scenes video series of the March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff makes green eye makeup easy—and wearable. Here’s how:

Kiss of Approval

Written on February 23, 2011 at 7:53 am , by

In preparation for Valentine’s Day last week, I scoured the beauty closet for the best products for my kisser. I’ve glossed, blotted, stained and have finally found the few that gave me the perfect pout.

Stain it:

I admit it: I was afraid of  lip stain, but now I want to shout my devotion from the rooftops! My favorite was the Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstain in Wink of Pink. It gives the perfect hint of color that actually lasts the several hours that other lipsticks and glosses boast.  Since this product is a stain (so yes, it stains your lips), you need to make sure you pick the right color for your skin tone. Start off with neutrals to be safe, and if you choose something too bright, try layering gloss or tinted balm on top to mute or change the color.

Smear it:

While I went with a stain for a bold punch of color, I loved MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Bare Again for its understated and easy-to-wear tone. It goes on like a lipstick, looks like a gloss and hydrates like lip balm: The lip product jackpot!

Hydrate it:

Silky Korres Lip Butter is my pick to hydrate winter-worn pouts while providing a brightening kick of color. And the flavors are so yummy that you’ll never got back to ordinary balm again. My favorite: jasmine. Pucker up!

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 2

Written on February 22, 2011 at 11:31 am , by

In part two of our behind-the-scenes videos series on the set of our March 2011 “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to sport a bold red lip. Watch and learn!

Favorite Find Friday: Smooth ‘n Shine Therapy Leave-In Treatment Conditioner

Written on February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am , by

It’s been a tad too long since we’ve had a haircut, and our ends are showing it! In between appointments, we treat our overextended strands to Smooth ‘n Shine Therapy Scalp & Breakage Miracle Leave-In Treatment Conditioner: Most days, it’s the only product we leave in our hair. It nourishes and repairs with jojoba oil and wheat protein without feeling heavy or greasy. It’s a bargain at $4—and the faint take-me-away coconut aroma doesn’t hurt, either. What’s your favorite leave-in hair product?


Wow Brows!

Written on February 17, 2011 at 11:41 am , by

Famed makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury once called eyebrows “the pillars of the face.” And the Fashion Week gods agree: We’ve been seeing full, thick arches all over the fall runways. Here, a few tips for getting your best brows:

  • Always get a professional brow shaping and be specific with the technician about what shape you want (bring a photo of your favorite brow look if that helps), then use a tweezer like Tweezerman Slant Tweezer to grab strays in between visits. Money-saving bonus: Tweezerman offers free sharpening for life when you purchase their tweezers.
  • Then, use a powder or soft pencil (such as Anastasia Go Brow Universal Brow Pencil or Benefit Brow Zings Kit) in light, feathery motions to fill in any sparse spots for a full, perfectly-shaped look.
  • Slick a bit of brow gel over hairs keep them in line—both tinted and clear versions do the trick.
  • Finish with a dab of highlighter, like Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener, under browbones to conceal any strays and give arches a flattering lift.

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Behind-the-Scenes: March Spa Shoot

Written on February 16, 2011 at 7:10 am , by

Take a peak at this behind-the-scenes footage of our March “Bliss Out” feature photo shoot that took place at a gorgeous, antique-filled brownstone in New York City. And be sure to read the story on page 50 of our March issue, out this week!

Getaway Gorgeous

Written on February 15, 2011 at 6:41 am , by

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I don’t know about you, but all of this snow has me daydreaming about my spring vacation—which is now only a month away! Beach fantasizing has quickly evolved into planning out my beauty essentials for the perfect beachy look: Think small, packable items that pack a big beauty punch. Read on for the products I’m lusting after for the big trip, and steal some ideas for your vacation—or staycation!

Avoid a hairy situation. After a day at the beach, my nicely straightened hair usually expands in size—hello, frizz!—until I’m virtually unrecognizable to my friends. If you’re like me and the sun/sand/salt water mixture leaves your hair in a knot, a hair moisturizer is the only option. I’ll be packing Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil to keep my hair hydrated (and fuzz at bay), repair damage and shield my strands from UV rays.

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Get your bronze on. Fake a believable getaway glow with this shimmery little gem:  Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion lends sun-kissed radiance while keeping my face moisturized. It’s not full-on bronze, so it works on winter-pale skin.

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Get eye-catching color. For a pop of color on top of my newly glowing skin, I’ll be packing  Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. This magic crayon gives an effortless, fun vacation look while also keeping lips soft with mango and shea butters.

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Avoid runoff. This trip, I won’t let annoying raccoon eyes put a damper on my ocean dips. I’ll be sticking with super-volumizing Yves Saint Laurent Everlong Waterproof Mascara to prevent the runoff. Bon voyage!

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—By Lindsay Richardson, Beauty Intern

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 1

Written on February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am , by

Our March 2011 issue is on newsstands this week—and to mark the occasion, we’re beginning a series of behind-the-scenes videos on the set of our “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot (check it out starting on page 43!) Here’s part one, where Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to do a soft, smoky eye. Enjoy!