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July 2014

Want a Makeover from Yours Truly?

Written on July 25, 2014 at 9:17 am , by

My favorite part about being a beauty director is helping women feel better about themselves (playing with products is a close second). None of us are perfect but I’ve learned a few insider beauty tricks over the years that I love to share. Those of you who live in the tristate area can come get them first hand. On Thursday, August 7th, I’ll be at the Clarins’ counter at Saks Fifth Avenue from 12pm-7pm chatting with women just like you! For the past few years, I’ve participated in Beauty Editor Day and it’s always an amazing experience. Whether you want a new makeup look (I’m the master at smoky eyes!), need skin care advice (on zits to wrinkles) or just want to ask me your burning beauty questions, book a 20-minute appointment here. Participants get a cool free gift but even more exciting, the proceeds from your $30 session go toward Look Good Feel Better, a charity that helps cancer patients regain confidence during and after treatment. Post-consultation, you’ll look gorgeous and feel great, I promise. Hope to see you there!

Favorite Find Friday: SwimSpray

Written on July 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm , by

 

The past few weeks, I’ve been training for the New York City Triathlon, which means a lot more time spent in the pool than I’m used to. And though training has reminded me that swimming is one of the best total body workouts, it’s also pretty tough on your hair and skin. Not only am I extra dry, I’ve been walking around smelling like a pool all day—ick. So I tested out SwimSpray ($15, swimspray.com), an 100% natural vitamin C spray that neutralizes the odor of chlorine on your hair, skin and suit. After swimming, simply rinse off, spritz the solution on the chlorine-smelling areas (I spray it in my hair and over my skin before jumping in the shower and on my bathing suit before washing it) and then shampoo or wash as usual. Since the formula is all natural (made up of just vitamin C and water) it’s great for kids and the convenient spray bottle packaging allows you to spritz the little ones even when they’re squirming all over in their suits. I would thank the makers for helping me deal with that unmistakable chlorine stank, but honestly—I think my cube neighbors are more grateful!

Big News for Breakouts: Dial Launches New Acne-Fighting Line

Written on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 am , by

We all know Dial as a classic hand soap brand, accompanying sinks for years. Personally, we love their body washes and lotions (like the Frozen Yogurt Body Wash and 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion), but now—they’re breaking into the acne business with three new products clinically proven to give you clearer-looking skin in just three days. The new Acne Control line features a dermatologist-developed formula with two-percent salicylic acid, which helps slough away excess oil and dead skin to prevent breakouts. It’s available in three forms: a face wash, body wash and body and face bar, so whether you’re seeing pimples pop up on your face or struggling with bacne, there’s an option for you. The best part–everything is under $7 and available at mass retailers so you can get your hands on it (and get clearer skin) fast! We’re going to toss one in our gym bag to help prevent breakouts from tough sweat-sessions at the gym!

Favorite Find Friday: Band-Aid Our Veteran Heroes

Written on July 4, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

Independence day is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate our freedom and enjoy time spent with family and friends. But we would never have that freedom if it weren’t for the brave men and women who serve in our military. When this holiday rolls around, I’m always looking for ways to sport some red, white and blue and I was excited when the Band-Aid Our Veteran Heroes Adhesive Bandages ($3, drugstore.com) came across my desk. These fun band-aids feature patriotic stars and stripes and military-inspired designs like camo (so fun for kids!). But the best part is: Band-Aid is partnering with Team Red, White & Blue, an organization that helps enrich the lives of American’s veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activities and will donate 5% of the purchase price to a charity supporting vets. When you pick up a box of these, you can feel good knowing you’re contributing to a great cause.  So for any scratch, scrape or cut that happens over this holiday weekend, slap on one of these to show your support and have a safe July 4th!

Download This: A New App Lets You Try On Makeup Before You Buy!

Written on July 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm , by

Bold lip and eye looks can intimidate even us makeup junkies. How do you know if that fuchsia lipstick you saw your coworker applying in the bathroom will look as chic on you? L’Oréal Paris is finally putting an end to the makeup-purchasing guessing game! Introducing the first-ever virtual makeup tester app Makeup Genius (available to download for free here). This app allows you to test out L’Oréal Paris products before you buy them and experiment with full-faced beauty looks you’ve been dying to try. Makeup Genius transforms your smartphone’s front-facing camera into a virtual mirror that allows you to see what the products would look like on. But this is not like the virtual makeup tools of the past where things look wonky and don’t quite line up. This is a first-of-its-kind augmented reality tool that captures head movements, tracks facial points and examines skin texture for exact feature display in order to get a perfectly accurate read of your face. (Honestly, you have to see it to believe it!) The steps are simple: just scan your face, choose a product or a look offered in the catalogue (you can scan L’Oréal products while at the store, too!) and begin testing out your personalized makeup look. I was able to sit on my couch in sweats and try on dozens of lipsticks, eye shadow palettes and foundations without having to venture into the overwhelming beauty aisles at the drugstore or the somewhat terrifying makeup counters for some new finds. Amazingly, all of the makeup applied virtually moved with my face, in real time as if it had been expertly applied and I was looking in a mirror. I was able see how the colors looked with various facial expressions and in different lighting. After finding a look you love, you can buy your desired product directly through the app, making your beauty shopping hassle-free. So for all you crazy busy beauty addicts out there, your new look can now be tried, tested and purchased all from the comfort of your couch! Now that’s genius!

Check out these fun pics of me playing with the app:

- Julie Ricevuto, beauty intern