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January 2012

Fresh Fruit— For Your Face

Written on January 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm , by

The beauty brand Lush is known for their freshly-mixed products using natural ingredients, but even we were surprised when they revealed just how many fruits and veggies go into making their skin and hair helpers each year. The juicy scoop:

  • 415 pounds of cantaloupe, with strand-nourishing enzymes
  • 550 pineapples, for their brightening alpha hydroxy acids
  • 11,000 bananas, to soften skin
  • 17,000 limes, which have complexion-toning effects
  • 20,000 avocados, for their moisturizing properties
  • 27,000 oranges, rich in vitamin C and a natural astringent

Tell us: Have you tried making any fresh fruit or veggie-based beauty treatments at home?

Should You Shape Your Own Brows?

Written on January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm , by

Straight, curved, angled: Arches come in all different shapes. I’ve always had thick eyebrows with hardly any hair on the ends. It just doesn’t grow there (weird, I know!) After years of waxing, my crazy brows have inevitably thinned out, so I recently began filling them in for the a fuller look— and the illusion of having hair where there isn’t any. The results? Amazing!

Eyebrows frame your eyes and grooming them can make such a difference. My technique:

  • Brush the hairs upward and trim any that extend beyond your natural arch.
  • Take out the tweezers and pluck any unwanted stray hairs.
  • Use a brow pencil as close to your natural color as possible to lightly draw in individual hairs.
  • Top with a coat of eyebrow gel to set and polish off your look. Try Revlon Fantasy Pencil and Gel, which comes with both products in one package.

Tell us: Do you shape and fill in your brows, go au naturel, or visit a pro?

-By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Wanda Rosa

Written on January 26, 2012 at 10:10 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, new spring beauty intern Wanda Rosa spills the must-haves and secrets that keep her looking great through work, classes and workouts:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, bold and glamorous!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without?  My CROC Flat Iron, Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and lipgloss— I have too many to count!
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After a quick shower, I moisturize my face and apply primer. Then I put on foundation (mentioned above) which I love because of its flawless coverage, Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer, a bit of eyeliner and lipgloss. I smooth a heat protectant over my hair, straighten it, and then I’m out the door.
At night? I remove my makeup with a towelette, moisturize and I’m ready to sleep!
Post-workout? After I workout I have to shower— no surprise there! I can’t continue my day if I don’t feel fresh.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Getting my eyebrows done: I feel like a new person once my arches are trimmed, shapely and beautiful.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Always remove your makeup before going to bed! Leaving it on can result in clogged pores, breakouts and dryness. It takes just a minute and your skin will thank you!

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Do The “Write” Thing With The Body Shop

Written on January 25, 2012 at 11:58 am , by

Spread the love! From now through mid-February, visit The Body Shop stores to write a message of support to survivors of sex trafficking living at Somaly Mam Foundation shelters in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos through the beauty brand’s “Words of Hope” postcard campaign. It’s simple: Buy a card like the one shown for $1 (the full purchase price will also be donated to the charity), record an inspiring note, and the beauty brand will forward them to the victims when the campaign concludes.

The Makeup Must-Haves in My Gym Bag

Written on January 24, 2012 at 11:26 am , by

Going home after the gym to get ready for a night out isn’t always an option, but looking good after your sweat session doesn’t require a complete makeover! For those quick changes, I keep these essentials stashed in my gym bag.

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer blurs any imperfections and redness while lending a touch of glow. It’s lightweight, so I don’t look too “made up” after a workout.

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm smudged on eyes, cheeks and lips gives a flattering, flushed look. Monochromatic makeup (using the same shade on each feature) is a no-brainer: It looks chic, fresh and pulled-together in seconds.

I finish off my look with a few coats of  L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Naturale Mascara to make my gaze look wide-eyed and natural. These three little items take me from postworkout to a night out fast!

Tell us: What are your gym bag makeup essentials?

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern

Beauty Intern Leah Gets Her First-Ever Facial!

Written on January 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm , by

Our first manicure, hair color, time wearing makeup: There are many beauty firsts that we never forget. One of mine is my first facial ever at the Mario Badescu Spa this past weekend! I’ve always struggled to find the right skin care regimen, and after talking to my facialist, I realized it was because I didn’t know my skin type. I thought my skin type was oily, which was incorrect! My t-zone is always very oily and my cheeks are usually a little dry. My skin type diagnosis: combination. After solving that puzzle, I asked about my pores. I’ve always had enlarged pores and longed for a matte complexion. My facialist said that I have medium-sized pores, and suggested a glycolic acid peel to help them appear smaller. My pores are noticeably less visible! I asked if there was a product I could use at home to help reduce the size of my pores and she suggested Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, with the same active exfoliating acid as the peel. The cleanser reduces discoloration, minimizes scars and leaves skin radiant and smooth. After an informative consultation and relaxing facial, I left the spa with tousled hair, twinkly eyes, and best of all, glowing skin!

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: FLIRT! Big Flirt Sheer and Shiny Lipgloss

Written on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 am , by

When I was organizing the beauty closet recently, I discovered that bigger is better when it comes to lip gloss. FLIRT! Big Flirt Sheer and Shiny Lipgloss in Big Time Nude has found a home in my already overstuffed handbag. The soft, moisturizing formula is packaged in a chubby tube that holds more lip gloss than your average wand. I love the supersized applicator because it provides a shiny, lasting finish in just one stroke. I wear it alone to create a subtle polished look, or layer it over my lipstick for a bold and lush pout.

Tell us: What lip gloss never leaves your bag?

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern

Beauty Closet Discovery: Cold Relievers

Written on January 19, 2012 at 9:56 am , by

Not a winter goes by that we don’t find ourselves sniffling and sneezing, so we scoured the beauty closet for head-clearing solutions. Our first find: Burt’s Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals, bursting with eucalyptus oil. A steamy hot bath with these citrusy salts relieved our stuffy nose, but the aroma is concentrated, so sprinkle sparingly. Bonus: The eucalyptus will also help relax sore muscles.

After a soak in the tub, we slathered on our second discovery: C.O. Bigelow Lotion Mentholus NO. 002 , laced with skin-soothing oat extracts and scented with a bracing mix of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Apply directly after your bath for the best results—the steam lingering in your bathroom will give you a final sinus-decongesting boost.

Tell us: What beauty products do you use to help relieve cold symptoms?

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern

Vanessa Lachey Talks Beauty Embarrassments, Junk Food & Staying Fit

Written on January 18, 2012 at 7:23 am , by

Last week, we had the chance to sit down with TV personality Vanessa Lachey, the first ever celebrity ambassador for the haircare brand Nioxin. The gorgeous, down-to-earth brunette (yes, that’s really her hair!) shared everything from her junk food weakness to her biggest beauty bummer to the skin cream she can’t live without. Take a look:

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Favorite Find Friday: Bumble & bumble. Sunday Shampoo

Written on January 13, 2012 at 10:35 am , by

Splurging on beauty products is rare when you live on a college student’s budget, but after trying Bumble & bumble. Sunday Shampoo, I had to make an exception! It’s a great once-a-week clarifying wash that rids your hair of residue, hard water minerals and pollutants.  My hair felt instantly softer and cleaner after using it, and it even allowed me to skip a day of washing. This weekly hair detox will definitely become a beauty ritual for me!

Tell us: Have you tried a clarifying shampoo? If so, what’s your favorite?

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern