Though trips to the salon have decreased with the depressing economic situation, there are plenty of home remedies to keep your skin, nails, and body feeling pampered and refreshed. And now Elizabeth Arden is making it super simple to create your very own spa vacation … at home. Any amount of DIY home scrubs and personal manicures can feel luscious and refreshing, but what’s really missing are those soft towels, plush robes, and cushy slippers. To add those elements to at-home pampering, outfit your bathroom-turned-salon with the Elizabeth Arden The Spa Collection, exclusively for Bed Bath & Beyond. Throw away your dowdy, formerly white towels in favor of these Turkish creations in 12 hues, update your robe with the white spa waffle cotton design, and throw on a pair of 100 percent white cotton slippers. While the decadent and plush items look luxurious, in reality, the slippers only cost $12.99, while the robe will set you back $59.99 — and you can lounge as long as you want in the comfort of your own home. [WWD] Keep reading »
A lot of trial and error goes into purchasing a new lip gloss color online, because those little color swatches aren’t always accurate. Avon has made this task easier. The Glazewear app on Facebook lets you try on Glazewear Lip Glosses before buying. These high-shine glosses never go on tacky or gooey, and leave lips moist, smooth, and luscious. Among the 16 glosses available, five glosses deliver high-impact color, five give a sparkly shine, five have a megawatt luster, and one clear gloss provides high-shine and SPF protection. There’s a reason Glazewear Lip Glosses are a favorite among Avon customers, and it’s time for you to be in the know. [$1.99 for a limited time, Avon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a complete collection of Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss (16 lip glosses in total), but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us how your lip gloss addiction began by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, June 4. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules.) Good luck!
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Though we may be sick of seeing the Kardashian sisters flaunting their bikini bodies on countless magazine covers, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe aren’t tired of showing off their toned figures, perfect tans, and flawless makeup. We’re not at all shocked that the sisters are launching a Kardashian Beauty line, and the very first Kardashian-branded beauty product will be Kardashian Glamour Tan, retailing for $34 at Sephora. As with all self-tanners, this one promises a streak-free look without making you appear orange or splotchy. Interestingly, the Kardashian bronze will be the first self-tanner to include Imudulin, which is essentially an anti-aging product. Maybe Kim can use her new fake tanner to ward off wrinkle lines instead of getting Botox? [Stylelist] Keep reading »
Beauty-wise, there are two really great things about winter: 1) you don’t really have to shave, and 2) the state of your toes is largely irrelevant because they’re so often encased in boots and other toe-hiding shoes. Come summer, both of these become weird and disgusting, so you have to start, you know, taking care of yourself. It’s lame, but we generally go along with it, if only to avoid that talk about the importance of “always looking your best!” from our mothers. Shaving is easy enough, but pedicures can be a pain. Either they’re prohibitively expensive or badly bungled when you attempt a DIY job. Now is the time to screw spending $25 every other week or slathering polish all over your feet like a toddler with no motor skills. Keep reading for our tips on how to get the perfect at-home pedicure. Keep reading »
Prepare to be traumatized. Earlier this week on “The Doctors,” a panel of experts discussed the use of—gag—urine in skin care. “Urea,” explains one doctor, “on the skin potentially has some benefits,” before then applying pee-soaked cotton balls to each other’s faces as “urine facials.” There’s a lot we’d go through to get great skin … but putting piss on our faces surely isn’t one of them. [Gawker TV] Keep reading »
Personally, I loathe the little hand dryers at nail salons because I see them as a breeding area for germs. But most of the time, I’ll suck it up in an effort to keep my brand-new manicure chip-free. If I’m going to spend upwards of $10 for polish, then I’d like it to be perfect. Now, however, I’m going to think twice about my post-manicure plans, because those little hand dryers are actually full of UV rays! Dermatologist Neal Schultz wants women (and men) to be aware of the damage they’re doing to their fingers by sitting under the salon dryers for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. “Reports of unusual numbers of skin cancers on the fingers of frequent users are compelling reasons to avoid them until controlled studies can demonstrate safe parameters for their use (if they even exist),” he said. So, I’ll be staying away from those little tanning beds for your hands from now on. Solution? Fan dryers are a safe option, or if those aren’t available at your local salon, simply sit sans dryer until your wet polish turns hard, like they did in the good ol’ days. [Glamour] Keep reading »