I may tend to my face religiously, but I’m no saint: I commit a cardinal beauty sin every day by neglecting my skin from the neck down. I’ll cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize my mug until anyone in the vicinity is like, “Why is she still in the bathroom?,” but when it comes to the rest of me, I do a body wash once-over and leave it at that. But now it’s winter, a season practically synonymous with dry, dulling build-up, and I’ve been forced (forced!) to make some changes to my routine. Enter Melvita’s Yellow Fruit Shower Scrub, a soothing body wash that doubles as a gentle smoothing exfoliator, eliminating the need for the extra step… not to mention the extra container taking up precious shower space (and by the way, why do body scrubs always seem to come in big, impractical tubs?). Not only is its light, faintly creamy fragrance of fresh apple and quince one of the most pleasant I’ve ever stumbled upon, but the crushed hazelnut powder sloughs away dead skin without being abrasive or irritating (two words: salt scrub), and because it’s formulated with 99% certified natural and organic ingredients, you can feel 100% good about what you’re putting on your body. Now you’ll have no excuse for not having the softest, most gloriously-scented skin around this season. [$14, Melvita]
It’s always around this time of year that we notice our skin has taken a turn for the lackluster. We don’t know where to point fingers: the colder temperatures, the food, the drinks, the activities, or (most likely) some combination thereof? As it happens, it’s also around this time of year that our shimmery bronzers tend to seem a bit, well, out of place… so we’re taking a cue from the weather this season and abandoning the golden glitz in favor of icy touches and pearly glimmers. We’ve got the details on how to get that glow back: gentle exfoliation, heavy-duty moisture, and a few key products will help you look every bit the ice queen this winter. Keep reading »
Oh, yes, that time of year is approaching again, when all you really want to do is lay in the bathtub all day and night. When the weather gets cold and the days get short (like, so short) there’s nothing better to ease your Seasonal Affective Disorder-addled mind than to peel off the wool tights and draw yourself a hot bath. (We like showers, too, especially if the tub is a little sketchy.) But what is a leisurely bath without the right atmosphere? These are our picks to set the stage for a mind-meltingly relaxing bathtime experience, with the perfect subdued scents to make you feel a little better about spending your entire Friday night submerged in water. There is nothing wrong with that.
You know what they always say ― The Best Things In Life Are Three. Soap & Glory, Britain’s hottest beauty brand, has packed up three of their most popular bath & body formulas into a fun, zip-top tall tote. The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Clean On Me Body Wash, and Hand Food Hand Cream are the perfect size to take anywhere this holiday… or for staying at home, if that’s more your speed.
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Sometime in the next few months, you may want to consider exchanging your current (cold, dark, wintry) location for something just a bit more tropical. (Hawaii? The Caribbean? Just some ideas…) Whenever and wherever you decide to take flight, make it a Soap & Glory Shower Trip. Don’t fret about siphoning your favorite bath products into tiny plastic bottles ― all you need are these five flight-sized beautifiers, plus a sudsy puff, all packaged in a pretty zip panel tote. And before you ask, yes, they’re all under 100ML, meaning you can toss this set in your suitcase and take it anywhere, no bag-checking necessary. With Soap & Glory’s beloved Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, The Scrub Of Your Life Smoothing Body Scrub, and Hand Food Hand Cream, you’ll never feel dirty or dry… and with their bestselling Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker in limited edition shade Punch Bowl, you’ll never look worse for the wear.
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I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the cupcake-y dress Keira Knightley wore to the “Anna Karenina” UK premiere, but one thing is for absolute certain: her makeup was gorgeous. Keira is, you know, one of the most naturally beautiful people alive, but makeup artist Lisa Eldridge made the very best of the actress’s features for the occasion. She said of her decision to focus mainly on a feline smoky eye, “I wanted to create a soft, pale, and pretty makeup that had a romantic feel but was careful to add strength around the eyes so the overall look wasn’t washed out against the dress.” Lisa, who spoke to Grazia Daily just after the event, used Chanel products to create the look (Keira is the brand’s beauty ambassador). Get the full scoop after the jump, but don’t be put off by the potential costliness of recreating it — I’ve also included my top product picks for taking Keira’s cues at a more affordable price range. Keep reading »
So we’ve covered both the top trends to watch this fall and the five must-haves you need to get them, but there’s one particular look that’s been safely concealed beneath the radar until now. Burgundy eyeshadow — or, well, any eyeshadow with warm reddish tones — doesn’t exactly sound like the most flattering of colors, but you’d be pleasantly surprised by how wearable the vampy shade becomes when applied sheer and smoky like a haze around the eye. Keep reading »
When it comes to products that I feel very strongly that I NEEEEEED, they generally cost more than my ConEd bill for any given month. I love luxury beauty because it makes me feel that I, by owning and using it, become luxurious by osmosis. It’s a little mind game that I like to play with myself: if I buy this $150 serum, it will make me the kind of fabulous girl who warrants a $150 serum in the first place! Yay marketing! Keep reading »
Individual makeup routines, and reasons for wearing makeup, vary. I wear makeup because, well, I don’t like the way my face looks without it.Gwen Stefani wears makeup so that her husband likes her more. Some women are even devoted enough to wear makeup at the gym. But regardless of why or when you choose to wear the stuff, there’s nothing worse than spending half of your day putting it on and the other half concerned about what it’s doing on your face. Bright lipstick, shimmery shadow, and sweeping black liner may look fabulous, but they can take ages to apply properly, and then you have to worry about what it all looks while you’re sitting hunched over at your desk or running for the train — things can get messy!
Most of us could use a little bit of a low-maintenance makeup overhaul, a welcome departure from the primer-foundation-concealer-powder-eyeshadow-eyeliner-mascara tedium, and there’s no better time than summer to minimize your routine. These products serve double (or triple, or quadruple) duty to cut a chunk of time and energy out of the process so that you can expend it somewhere else.
Exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, but the approach has changed immensely over the past couple of years. Whereas a simple scrub once sufficed, we now have endless options that range from chemical exfoliators (like acids and peels) to intense, deep-cleansing physical tools (like the ever-popular Clarisonic). Yes, “chemical peel” is a terrifying name and concept, but its bark is far worse than its bite: while peels were once strictly relegated to the offices of cosmetic specialists, today’s at-home formulas use fruit-derived enzymes and plant extracts to smooth, clarify, and encourage cell turnover to dramatically reduce signs of aging.
Swiss luxury skincare brand La Prairie offers innovative “professional level” (their quotes, not mine) exfoliating technology with their Cellular Resurfacing 3-Minute Peel, but at $210 for a small jar, the price alone might induce more fine lines than it promises to erase (and skincare naturalists like myself will be put off by the fact that a full list of ingredients can be found … nowhere). This is where Murad Intensive-C® Radiance Peel comes in: at $49.50, it’s less than 1/4 the price of La Prairie’s version, and you can actually feel the active enzymes as they work their brightening, hydrating, pore-shrinking witchcraft. La who, now?