I woke up this morning with two bug bites on my face. Yeah, my face. Not to be a negative Nelly, but c’mon—as if I don’t have enough other “challenges” to getting a zit-free face, now I’ve got two big, red mosquito bites that look like hellacious pimples to contend with? Great. (Also, it’s almost winter; how are mosquitos still alive? And why are they still buzzing around?) Here’s my dilemma: One of the bites is right next to my nose looking like an angry pimple, so I want to get it tamed ASAP. How do I do that? My first thought, no picking at it or scratching—I could end up with a scar. A few of my other mosquito bite tactics? After the jump …. Keep reading »
I have the kind of cuticles that look dry and ragged a day or two after a manicure, and my cracked knuckles sometimes look as if I walk like a gorilla. Despite my best efforts to re-apply lotion after washing my hands and sleeping with my hands slathered in Vaseline and covered with moisturizing gloves, my hands never quite achieve hand model-level beauty. Every winter I’m on a quest to find a miracle in a bottle or tube that will give me soft, weather- and life-proof hands, but spring usually rolls around before that ever happens.
This year, though, I’ve gotten a head start and I think I might have even won the race. For a week now, I’ve been using the Ellen Sirot Hand Perfection Nail and Cuticle Treatment. It contains omega-3 fatty acids to lessen moisture loss, vitamins A and E to neutralize damage from free radicals, caprylic (derived from coconuts) to moisturize, and rosemary and lavender extracts as an antiseptic. I noticed smoother and more supple cuticles after the first application, and the results only improved as I applied the Nail and Cuticle Treatment at least three times a day or whenever I thought about it. I didn’t even follow-up religiously with the Night Solution for Hands, but can report that my hands now feel nourished and toned, too. While I’m happy with the results of the cuticle treatment, I’m not sure if I’d spend $22 on it and forget the $75 for the Night Solution. What do you do for dry hands? Keep reading »
We’ve been pretty fall fashion crazy around here lately, and while nothing beats slipping into some thick wool tights and soft, chubby cardigans, it’s also the time of year when it might be a good idea to switch up your beauty regimen a smidge, too. A few ideas, after the jump! Keep reading »
Stila cosmetics has married beauty and technology with the Makeup Player, a high-tech makeup case that also doubles as an MP3 docking station. For less than $70, you not only get the player and a Stila beautytube DVD but also a few of Stila’s tried and true cosmetics — the One Step Foundation, an eyeshadow trio and brush, a Lip Stain, and a Convertible Color for lips and cheeks so you can rock out to music while applying your makeup. And if you want to upgrade your application skills, you can also download instructional videos from beautytube. The Makeup Player will be available Nov. 1. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? [Stila]
For other ways to add more technology to your beauty routine check out these 12 high-tech beauty tools, too. Keep reading »
Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up and some pampering, but who has the dough to run to the spa every time the stress dial is cranked up? Well, it’s time to look for life’s little indulgences at The Body Shop. Typing endless reports could be a lot easier if your hands were luxuriating under a silky film of a special moisturizer. And staring continuously at a computer screen could be more bearable with a special potion to energize your pulse points. Get my drift? OK, then check out our favorite affordable elixirs, emollients and tools from The Body Shop after the jump. Keep reading »
We’re way past boys pretending they don’t use beauty products. Women all over are sharing bathroom vanities with their boyfriends. These days, trips to the beauty counter aren’t complete without a pass by the men’s section. Now dudes are faced with the same problem we girls have – just what to buy with all the hundreds of options? A new Sephora study reveals that there are specific favorites, depending on your location.
Here in the United States, men overwhelmingly care about their teeth, skin, and the way they smell. Top sellers? BriteSmile To Go Accelerator, Tend Skin, as well as Acqua di Parma, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, and Armani’s Acqua di Gio. Keep reading »
Ever heard of Biotin? It’s a B-complex vitamin that you probably already have in your system as it’s found in lots of foods including milk, tomatoes, soybeans, carrots … the list goes on. To get all scientific on you for a second, Biotin helps to metabolize amino acids and is also necessary for cell growth. And according to skin guru Mario Badescu’s blog, it also “increases the size of the hair’s cortex to prevent breakage, thickens the cuticle, increases the size of the hair shaft and promotes growth.” It’s believed by some that taking oral supplements can give you fuller hair and stronger nails. Is there truth to the claims?
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As the Daily Mail so nicely pointed out, Blake Lively‘s got some concealer on her chest (check it out above)—and what, pray tell, is she covering up? No idea, but when I try to throw cover-up on my chest it’s for one reason—chestne. (Acne on your chest for those not occasionally plagued by it.) It’s the annoying little skin secret you don’t hear about much, but loads of people suffer from it. Fortunately, I’ve got a few tricks and preventative measures you can try out to get rid of it. Blake, listen up! Keep reading »
It might not be for everyone, but it’s worth a try to dab a bit of Neosporin on a pimple before bedtime. It’s best to use for whiteheads that have already broken the surface and possibly ruptured the skin. Because it’s an antibiotic ointment, it will help prevent infection, and might also help to minimize scarring (nobody likes an acne scar on their face). Easy, and best of all, it’s cheap. [$7.99, Drugstore.com] Keep reading »
For all the totally useful beauty pearls of wisdom out there, there are also plenty of foolish pieces of advice. For example, no matter how many people swear by it, we’ll never put urine on our zits (!?), and matching our toe and finger nail polish shades isn’t something we’ve ever been remotely interested in. Beauty expert Courtney Dunlop alerted us to some of the so-called beauty “rules” she thinks are particularly ridic, after the jump! Keep reading »