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February 2012

Customize Your Skincare

Written on February 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm , by

You can customize sneakers, frozen yogurt, kitchens—and now skincare: The new bespoke line Truth Art Beauty allows you to co-create your own natural skin products in three simple steps. Choose your base (for example, sea salt or brown sugar for a body scrub), boosters (like antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients) and essential oils (grapefruit, spearmint, orange, lavender, etc.), then your product is custom-blended, so you’re able to see what goes into it from start to finish. Our favorites: The Body Buff, infused with fresh coconut, super-rich Eye Balm (below) and silky, luxurious Body Salve (above).

5 Ways to Protect Your Hair Color From Workout Wear & Tear

Written on February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm , by

A rigorous exercise or sports routine can wreak havoc on your hair color. We asked two color queens, Marie Robinson, Clairol color director and owner of Marie Robinson Salon in New York City and Teca Lewellyn, Procter & Gamble beauty scientist in Cincinnati, to share their tricks for keeping your hue in as great shape as your physique.

  1. Time wisely. Schedule your workouts for the time of day you like to showerwhether it’s morning or eveningso you don’t have to wash your hair twice in one day, which can degrade color over time.
  2. Be protective. Before diving into the pool, wet your hair. Getting it wet with regular water will help prevent some of the chlorine from getting into your hair. Studies have shown that color-treated hair is more susceptible to cuticle damage from chlorine, probably because it’s more porous. Also try applying a coat of conditioner to your wet strands before putting on your swim cap for extra defense.
  3. Made in the shade. If you aren’t able to avoid running during peak hours or stay in the shade, grab a hat or bandana to keep locks under cover. SPF-type protection for hair is still a work in progress, since strands function very differently from skin.
  4. Feel the heat. If you reach for a blowdryer, flat iron or curling iron after your workouts, spritz on a heat-protecting mist before styling, as high temps can sap hair color as well. Colored hair is already at a disadvantage against hot tools because the invisible protective F-layer is removed in the coloring process.
  5. Get a boost. If your hue starts to look “blah” between appointments or colorings, pick up a box of demi-permanent color like Natural Instincts in a shade that matches your current one: It will act like a pro gloss treatment to refresh and adjust the tone of your hair color and the antioxidants in the formula will help keep your hue true.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Intern Brittany Vickers

Written on February 27, 2012 at 11:53 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Editorial Intern Brittany Vickers shares her keep-it-simple beauty routine and secrets for an effortless look:

Describe your style in three words or less: Natural, fun and comfortable!
What are the three products you can’t live without? CoverGirl Lash Blast MascaraGarnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray and a moisturizer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, then apply a tinted moisturizer and mascara. Next I’ll dry my hair, use my flat iron to style it and I’m good to go!
At night? I wash my face, hair, and use a carrot-infused face lotion to moisturize. Occasionally I’ll use a face mask to exfoliate my skin.
Post-workout? Depending on how much time I have, I either shower or I just give my face a quick rinse and head to the next thing on my to-do list!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Getting my hair cut! I always feel brand new and exciting.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve received (or thought of yourself)? My hairstylist taught me to spray my brush with hairspray and then run it through my strands to keep frizz and flyaways at bay.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil

Written on February 24, 2012 at 11:47 am , by

We’d recently gone a tad too long between trims— OK, more like a month too long!— and had shamefully scraggly ends to show for it. Our strand-saving grace: Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil, a subtly sweet-scented formula that’s more viscous than regular oils, so it’s not runny and messy. We apply a dollop on damp hair after a shower: The argan-packed elixir makes our brittle, frayed ends feel soft and look healthy. It can be used on dry hair as well to tame, smooth and add shine in between washings, or as a rinse-out nourishing treatment.

Tell us: What’s the best product you’ve found for concealing and healing dead ends?

How Actress Thandie Newton Gets Glowing Skin, Stays Fit & Says No To Snacks

Written on February 23, 2012 at 11:28 am , by

It’s no wonder that actress and Good Deeds star Thandie Newton is the new face of the Olay Total Effects skincare line: When we sat down with her yesterday morning, the first thing that struck us was the incandescence of her flawless skin— even at 9AM! We asked the sweet, down-to-earth star to share the secrets to that enviable glow, as well as her must-have foods and workouts for on-the-go.

FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag?
Thandie Newton: When I was a little girl, my mother, who’s from Zimbabwe but has lived in England for a long time, had to deal with the change from the warm climate to the very cold coast of England, so would never wear makeup. We were working-class and didn’t have money for frivolous stuff, so the only thing she used to used was Oil of Olay, as it was called then. I just remember the little pink bottle up on the shelf of the bathroom. You watch your mom as you grow older, and that really became the symbol of the most glamorous woman. So I’ve used Olay for a long time and I was still using the original one when they got in touch with me. I think I mentioned it in an article or something, and then when they approached me I was incredibly personally touched by it because it was really authentic. I don’t carry it in my bag all the time partly because it’s such an affordable product, so no matter where I travel, I can just go to a pharmacy and it’s there. I do always carry a great lip balm, though: My favorite is from Neal’s Yard Remedies— it’s practically edible!

FITNESS: You’re so busy traveling for work. Is there a routine you try to keep in terms of your makeup, skincare and your hair? Or does it change depending on where you are?
Thandie: I try not to wear makeup if I don’t need to. Just undereye concealer, a little bit of rouge and lip balm. I’ll use those moisturizers with a little color in them, like Olay Total Effects Tone-Correcting UV Moisturizer SPF 15, then I’ll add a few drops of turmeric powder, which is naturally anti-inflammatory and gives a slight sun-kissed look. I have really curly hair so I need a good moisturizer for it. I like John Masters Organics, because it has no harmful chemicals.

FITNESS: You’re always getting your picture taken and jetting from place to place. What are your secrets for looking great on the go?
Thandie: I always make sure I have at least a tinted moisturizer on. There are really great pot rouges by Julie Hewett that come in amazing colors, which I can literally dab on with my eyes closed. Or I’ll pinch my cheeks: l love those old-fashioned little tricks. Apart from that, I just try to remember to smile!

FITNESS: How do to stay active and in shape no matter where you are?
Thandie: Jivamukti Yoga is my absolute go-to temple of wellness. Not only is it a wonderful, energetic, active workout, but it’s also incredibly soothing and relaxing.  I’ve tried a lot of different yoga practices and that one was a bit of a life-changer for me.

FITNESS: What types of foods and snacks do you gravitate toward to stay healthy?
Thandie: I just try to eat well. Anything that makes you feel bad is actually aging for your body. I also love juicing. Because I have a very busy schedule, I’ll have a juice with ginger and lemon in the morning and a green juice in the afternoon. Within 20 minutes you feel the difference; it has a direct impact on your system. I’m not a snacker— I just don’t graze. I think three meals a day is plenty, and then I have the juices in between.

FITNESS: In terms of beauty indulgences, is there anything you splurge on?
Thandie: I think a good massage is really beneficial. I really like a hot stone massage, but as with anything it has to be in combination with other things, like if I’ve done a yoga class and I want to feel soothed afterward. I feel like every little thing that I do, whether it’s taking care of my skin or eating well, is a gift to myself.

FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from a makeup artist, skincare expert or a hairstylist? 
Thandie: I was complaining about my hair being really dry and the ends were ratty because I’ve been relaxing it since I was a teenager, when a friend suggested I grow the relaxer out. It occurred to me that these are incredibly harmful chemicals, so I grew my hair out, and I’m so thrilled that I have. It’s healthier and more lustrous than it’s ever been.

5 Unexpected Uses For Makeup You Already Own

Written on February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

Time to streamline! These genius double uses for the makeup staples you already own make your cosmetics go the extra mile, saving much-needed space in your gym bag—and money in your wallet.

  • BLUSH = EYE SHADOW  Use an eye shadow brush to sweep blush over your eyelids for a pretty, monochromatic look.
  • CONCEALER = EYE & LIP PRIMER Neutralize the ruddy pink tones of eyelids and lips with a light layer of your regular concealer: The colors you apply on top with appear truer and last longer.
  • EYE SHADOW = HIGHLIGHTER Blend a light-colored neutral cream eye shadow (think champagne or gold), such as CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze, on the tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, inner corners of the eyes and under the brows for a believable glow.
  • LIP BALM OR LIPSTICK  = CHEEK & EYE ENHANCER In a pinch, dab tinted lip balm or lipstick on cheeks and eyes—they can double as a cream blush and eye shadow. Use a clear balm to add a touch of healthy sheen.

Source: Pat McGrath, creative design director for Procter & Gamble Beauty

And my own creation: Layer lip balm, a rose, pinky-nude or mauve-hued eye shadow, and top with clear lip gloss for a custom-created lip color.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Ajne Vintage Glass Candle

Written on February 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm , by


When we first encountered the Ajne Vintage Glass Candle, it was love at first sight. Its gorgeous cracked silver and gold-textured finish adds the perfect antique-y glamorous accent to any room and gleams when illuminated. And the fresh-cut gardenia perfume infused into the soy wax only enhances the old-word beauty of the candle. When ours burned out after almost 20 hours of use, we prolonged its life by putting a regular votive inside. The candles, which come in three sizes, make a unique, personal housewarming, birthday or wedding party presentor gift to yourself.

Tell us: What’s your favorite candle?

Peek On The Set Of Our Upcoming Hairstyling Feature

Written on February 15, 2012 at 11:38 am , by

We spent yesterday in a spacious New York City photo studio (tough, we know!) shooting a hairstyling feature for an upcoming issue. Our star stylist produced nine fresh looks you can achieve easily at home. Here’s a peek at what’s to come later this spring:

 

Is Your Name On A Beauty Product?

Written on February 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm , by

When the Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in April arrived at my desk a few months back, I couldn’t help but be delighted: A nail polish with my name on it— literally! I instantly fell in love with the rich rose hue, but have used it only once so I can preserve the limited-edition lacquer.

Tell us: Have you found a beauty product with your name on it? If so, what was it, and did you save it?

Carrie Underwood’s Secrets To Great Skin, Smart Snacking & Workouts On The Go

Written on February 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm , by

Country star and Olay celebrity ambassador Carrie Underwood is famous for her catchy, go-girl songs—plus her glowing skin, perfect shape, flowing hair and miles-long legs. We asked her to spill her secrets for getting— and maintaining— all of the above on the set of her new ad campaign shoot. Take a peek:

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