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Weird-But-Works-Wednesday: The Not-So-Dry Shave

Written on July 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

Underarm stubble is no match for breezy summer tanks and sundresses.

As masters of procrastination, we’re often rushing out the door with just seconds to catch the bus to work or meet our friends. Unfortunately, beauty irks like unsightly underarm stubble tend to rear their heads at these inopportune times and make us late(r).

When there’s no time to shower, or even crouch over the bathroom sink, here’s what to do: Grab a stick of deodorant—creamy ones like Dove Go Sleeveless Nourished Beauty Deodorant work best—and slick on a generous coating. Then, grab your razor and shave away. The deo takes the place of shaving cream and water, and allows you to drag the blade down your pits without worrying about razor irritation that usually results from dry shaving. Give your razor a good rinse to get rid of any residue.

Tell us: What unusual beauty shortcuts save you in dire situations?

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Easy Hair Secrets to Fight Summer Frizz

Written on August 10, 2011 at 10:52 am , by

Summer’s humidity, sweaty workouts and windy beach days can all wreck a hot-hair day and give your style the dreaded F-word: FRIZZ. Here are some of the best tips and strategies that top stylists have given me to prevent pouf and foil frizzies.

“To keep flyaways from forming around your hairline, start blow-drying your roots and around your crown first. Because these areas are most prone to frizz, it’s best to eliminate any humidity as soon as possible.” –Noemie, Hairstylist at Prive Salon in New York City

“Spritz a bronzer brush with a shine spray and smooth it over flyaways. Because the bristles are lightweight, they won’t pancake your strands, the way your hairbrush would.” –David Evangelista, a celebrity stylist in New York City

“Before you work out, spray your hair from roots to ends with a dry shampoo to absorb water. Next, brush strands flat around your head, then cover them with a silk scarf before you sweat. Afterward, blast roots for a few minutes with a blow-dryer on cool.” –Jet Rhys, owner of the two eponymous salons in San Diego

A Smarter Shampoo

Written on April 20, 2011 at 10:02 am , by

Pretty female standing back and washing her long hair

In our May 2011 “A Smarter Shampoo” Get Gorgeous section opener, hairstylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda Salon in New York City explains that the chlorine and chemicals in your shower water may be hurting your hair—but that a shower filter can remedy the problem. Here, three tell-tale signs that your shower water may be damaging your strands:

1. Your hair “steams” when it’s heated under a blowdryer.

2. When it’s damp, your hair has a slight “wet-dog” smell to it.

3. Even after a proper blowout, your hair still feels tangled.

Do any of these sound familiar? If so, you may want to consider attaching a shower filter to your showerhead: They remove up to 91 percent of chlorine, leaving your strands softer, smoother, and more manageable, and keeping your color truer longer, Lloyd says.

Nails Go Galactic

Written on January 19, 2011 at 8:08 am , by

Vamp up your nails with a color that’s of a whole new dimension. Duochrome nail polish brings something different to the basic manicure. Infused with several different complimentary shades and a slight shimmer, the polish changes color as you move thanks to reflecting light. The trendiest tints come in a darker range—a slightly psychedelic mix of purples, blues, greens and gunmetals all in one bottle! Would you try a duochrome manicure?

Our space-age suggestions, below from left: Orly Nail Color in Space Cadet and Duri Nail Polish in Kingdom of Shadows.

-By Michelle Ernest, beauty intern

Home Stretch

Written on December 8, 2010 at 7:34 am , by

Can’t make it to the spa for a sports massage? “Give yourself a break from everyday stresses with stretches that target overworked or tight muscles in the body,” says Cassandra LeDonne, lead therapist at the Spa at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach, Florida. “They’re simple and can be done in bed without equipment.” Her regimen:

  • Lie comfortably on your back and pull your knee to your chest, stretching the hamstrings.
  • Drop your knee at a right angle to the side and rest in that position to loosen the hips.
  • With knees bent and feet flat, place your left foot at a right angle on top of the opposite knee, pushing the right knee into the chest.
  • Extend your arm above your head and slightly out, relaxing it and adjusting to target the tight spots in your chest and shoulder.
  • Repeat on both sides, breathing deeply as you go and settling into each for at least one minute. Follow with a calming sea or Epsom salt bath. “The salts help to relieve sore muscles,” she says. Our pick: Super-soothing LaNatura Feel-Well Organic Lavender Mineral Bath Salts—they come with seashells for scooping!

Pumpkin, Spice and Everything Nice

Written on October 6, 2010 at 6:37 am , by

With fall well under way, haunted hayrides and homemade apple pies aren’t the only things to look forward to this season. Pumpkin-infused beauty products have made their way back into stores, and this time, they’re taking over the beauty scene. Not only do pumpkins make for delicious autumn desserts and side-dishes, but they are also ideal for skincare. Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, and also contain enzymes with exfoliating properties. And because they are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin-infused beauty products are a superb choice for those with sensitive skin.

I’ve compiled a list of the Fall 2010 pumpkin-infused beauty must-haves, which are available at Sephora, except where noted:

1) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

2) Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel

3) Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Lip Shine

4) Zia Treatments Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask (found at Zia Natural Skincare)

Too many trips to the pumpkin patches? Don’t throw out those leftover jack-o-lanterns! Try an easy at-home mask by combining 2 tbsp mashed pumpkins, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp honey, and 1/2 tsp milk, and applying to your face for 15 minutes. Will you try pumpkin-infused products this fall?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

Weird Find Wednesday: Are You Ready For Some…Football-Themed Beauty Products?

Written on September 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm , by

Women make up 44 percent of football fans, so it’s no surprise that the NFL is launching more and more products geared toward us. The latest? Team-branded body lotion, bath salts, body scrub and even coordinating nail polish (see the Pittsburgh Steelers gift set below), launching on nflshop.com in mid-October.

What’s your favorite football team? Would you wear their logo body lotion or nail polishor does a jersey do just fine?

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Get Undone

Written on September 22, 2010 at 9:33 am , by

Changing of seasons brings a changing of trends. My favorite for fall? The 90s grunge look shown by designers like Alexander Wang (Fall 2010) and worn by celebrities including Emma Roberts and Drew Barrymore. The undone-on-purpose look is classic and edgy; that’s exactly what I love about it! Unlike most extravagant styles done on the runway, this one is doable at home (and is super-easy to execute after a workout).  To get this look you’ll need a brown eye shadow with orangey tones, like Urban Decay Deluxe Eye Shadow in Heat, and an eyeliner that smudges easy, like Maybelline Line Express Eyeliner in Ebony Black, which comes with a built in smudging end. Dust a bit of tawny bronzer on cheekbones and finish with a matte lip balm. Bonus: This is a perfect opportunity to give your hair a break and let it dry naturally. Would you try the messy-chic look?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

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