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October 2011

Hot Rocks

Written on October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm , by

Makeup shaped into pretty pebbles and pearls has been popping up everywhere recently—and it’s easy to see why. Not only do these faintly shimmery bronzer, blush, and highlighting powders give cheeks a gorgeous glow when applied with a brush swirled over the multi-tonal pigments, but they can also multitask. We’ve experimented with using individual beads as eye shadow, lip color (topped with gloss or balm), and luminizer on the inner corners of eyes, under the brows, and on the cupid’s bow. They’re just plain fun to use, like makeup should be! Here, a selection of showstopping spheres:

Pür Minerals Pür Rocks

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Correcting Pebbles

The Body Shop Brush-On Beads

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls

 Tell us: Have you played with pebble-shaped makeup? If so, how did you use them and what did you think?

Favorite Find Friday: MAC Cosmetics Optical Bronzer

Written on October 14, 2011 at 10:03 am , by

Perhaps it’s because NYC has had a string of sunny, 70-degree weather this past week, but right now I’m obsessed with beauty products that help extend your summer glow. My newest fave: MAC Cosmetics Optical Bronzer. By pairing a golden bronzer with sheer fuchsia blush, this compact makes your skin look healthy, warm and glowing. With an angled blush brush, simply sweep the powder on the apples of your cheeks, then dust it down into the hollows for an I-just-did-cardio radiance. An added bonus: The ultracool zig-zag pattern is artsy and just plain fun to have in your makeup bag!

Tell us: Do you prefer bronzer, blush or both?

California Bans Indoor Tanning Under Age 18

Written on October 11, 2011 at 7:37 am , by

This past weekend, the state of California passed the first-ever law banning indoor tanning for people under age 18. Because tanning beds were recently moved into the highest cancer risk category by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (along with the likes of tobacco, arsenic and asbestos), and indoor tanners have a 74% higher risk of developing melanoma, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, we believe the ban is justified and hope that it takes hold across the country.

Tell us: What do you think of California’s ban on indoor tanning for those under 18? Should other states follow suit?

Supermodel Veronica Webb Talks Marathons & Makeup

Written on October 10, 2011 at 9:58 am , by

Last week, we had the privilege of chatting fitness and beauty with gorgeous supermodel Veronica Webb, who’s currently training for the New York City Marathon next month, running on behalf of AIDS-focused healthcare non-profit Harlem United. We also discussed her role as fashion director in the U.S. launch of Sector Watches. Take a peek at our conversation:

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: B. Witching Bath Co. Natural Honey Facial Cleansing Bar

Written on October 7, 2011 at 6:55 am , by

We were never keen on using bar soap to cleanse our face— until we came across B. Witching Bath Co. Natural Honey Facial Cleansing Bar. This mild, sweet-smelling solid feels like silk and leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated, not tight and dry like soaps tend to. And the adorable bee design molded onto the honey and glycerin-based bar makes using it just plain fun.

Tell us: Do you use bar soap to wash your face? If so, what’s your favorite formula?

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fashion Assistant Marla Horenbein

Written on October 6, 2011 at 11:16 am , by

This week, Fashion Assistant Marla Horenbein spills her no-fail beauty finds and secrets.

Describe your beauty style in three words or less? Easy breezy!
What are three beauty products you can’t live without? I am totally addicted to my CHI Flat Iron without it, my hair would be one frizzy, curly mess! I also can’t live without my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. I love how clean they make my face feel, even before I wash it.  And to keep my summer glow year round, I rely on my Too Faced California In A Compact Bronzer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, then apply a face and body moisturizer to keep my skin feeling soft and smooth. I usually spray some dry shampoo onto my hair to give it a fresh boost and then run my flat iron over any stray strands. After I’ve touched up my hair, I usually get dressed and then apply my makeup. Bronzer and blush first, eyeliner and mascara second, and lip balm or gloss third. Nothing crazy, just simple and easy!
At night? Before going to bed, I take off my makeup and hop in the shower (I hate getting into bed feeling dirty!). After my shower I moisturize, then I apply a curl relaxing cream to my wet hair, and twist it into a knot on top of my head so that it doesn’t dry super-frizzy.
Post-workout? It depends on the time of day that I hit the gym. I either shower (if I go early before work), just wash my face (if I go when I get out of work), or wash my face and spritz some dry shampoo onto my hair (if I go on the weekend before running errands).
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Can I name two? I love getting my bi-weekly manis/pedis because they make me feel fresh and polished. I also LOVE getting my hair colored. My family and friends have a joke that I have identity crisis because I am constantly changing the look of my hair!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have always thought that a smile is one of the most attractive features on a person. That being said, you can’t have a great smile without amazing pearly whites, so I always make sure to brush my teeth twice a day. My grandfather was a dentist, so he used to yell at us if we didn’t brush our teeth. I used to hate it when I was little, but now I totally appreciate him for that!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Kérastase’s New Tailored-to-You Salon Treatments

Written on October 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm , by

At a recent event for Kérastase Paris, we previewed their new Fusio-Dose In-Salon Treatments at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City (click the first link to find a salon near you). The stylist starts the high-tech treatment by taking a 600 times magnified digital photo of your hair— scary, I know!— and uses the image to take a close look at your hair’s health, identifying problem areas (when hair is healthy, strands will appear uniform in shade and diameter). Then, the stylist uses the information from the photo to mix a bespoke Fusio-Dose treatment, using a large dose of one concentrate to address your primary need and a smaller dose of another to address your secondary need: either Concentré Pixelist for colored hairConcentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, Concentré Vita-Ciment for damaged hair, or Concentré Substantif for thinning hair. Below are the digital photos taken of my hair at the salon; pre-treatment (left) about half of my strands are dry (the dull brown areas), and post-treatment with the Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, they are almost uniformly hydrated and shiny.







Tell us: Have you ever tried an in-salon hair treatment? If so, what was it and what did you think of the results?

What Wearing Makeup Says About You

Written on October 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm , by

Bad news for bare-faced beauties: Women who wear makeup are viewed as more competent, likeable and trustworthy, according to new research from Procter & Gamble and Harvard University. In two studies, separate groups of people were shown images of 25 women four ways: without makeup, and wearing three different makeup looks (professional, natural, and glamorous), then asked to judge their competence, likability, trustworthiness and attractiveness after looking at them for 250 milliseconds and for an unlimited amount of time. After looking at the faces for 250 milliseconds, viewers gave women made up in all three styles higher marks for competence, likability, trustworthiness and attractiveness than those without makeup.

In the second study, when volunteers got to linger over the pictures for as long as they wanted, they gave the same higher ratings to women with the professional and natural makeup looks. But, interestingly, they perceived the women wearing the glamorous makeup look to be more attractive and competent than the bare-faced ladies, but equally as likeable and actually less trustworthy.

Tell us: If you wear makeup, do you wear it for yourself or to convey a certain image to others— or both?

Should Teens Wear Makeup to School?

Written on October 3, 2011 at 10:31 am , by

A high school in Britain, Shelley College in Huddersfield, recently made headlines for banning its 14-to-16 year old female students from wearing makeup to school— and even went a step further, removing all mirrors from bathrooms and providing teachers with makeup removal kits. The ban was invoked when school officials noticed that students were wearing heavy eyeliner and mascara to school, and congregating around the bathroom mirrors during breaks to touch up, exchange makeup, and gossip.

Tell us: Do you think the makeup ban and removal of mirrors is justified? Does it help keep the focus in school on academics, as opposed to looks, or does it infringe upon the rights of the girls and harm their self-confidence?