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Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel Won’t Strip You Of Your Hard-Earned Cash

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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?

A Five-Step Program For Sweaty Summer Skin

The first step to getting over a problem is admitting that you have one. Now that we’ve divulged our summer beauty routines, I figured it was time to give up the goods on the five-step program that keeps my naturally oily skin looking summertime fly, and by that I mean dry. If you’re having grease problems, I feel bad for you, son, but I can almost guarantee that mine are worse than yours, especially during the hottest months of the year when sweat exacerbates the issue. My face practically screams, “Drill me.”

With years of market research (sometimes referred to as “shopping at Sephora”), I’ve found that the best way to treat my reactive, combination-to-oily skin and keep it under control is by supplementing my sensitive skin wash-and-tone routine with sebum-fighting powerhouses that simultaneously work to clear up blemishes. Most of them will get you matte in a pinch, and others help with oil production and congestion in the long run. Use one or all of these five tried-and-true slick-solvers, blot throughout the day as necessary, and revel in your miraculously matte complexion. Now isn’t that a relief?

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By “Don’t Do Drugs” I Really Meant “Just Don’t Emblazon Them On Tote Bags”

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There’s a strong chance that I’m speaking (a couple of years) too soon, but I think we may have finally reached a point in society wherein smoking, ingesting, or otherwise making use of the good leaf doesn’t carry nearly the same stigma as, say, snorting a line of cocaine. As far as substances go, pot is relatively harmless, and by relatively I mean almost entirely. It may not exactly be conducive to productivity and acting as a contributing member of society, but you never — never! — hear of anyone dying or becoming ill from marijuana use or overuse (provided that it is, in fact, marijuana and not that K2 “spice” shit Demi Moore was caught smoking on). Besides the obvious detriment of smoking anything, weed used in a sensible manner has no side effects aside from OD’ing on snacks and “Workaholics” marathons (source: a series of credible clinical trials). Keep reading »

Birthday Beauty Inspiration: Andy Warhol And His Factory

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Andy Warhol, the artist and luminary responsible for the postmodern visual movement known as pop, would have been 84 yesterday. Though his death at 58 was woefully premature, I have a feeling he wouldn’t have wanted to be around today — or, on the contrary, maybe he would, if only to see that America has transmogrified completely into the vulgar, consumer-driven culture he envisioned more than fifty years ago. Nothing I say could ever do Andy proper justice, so I’ll pay him homage this way: beauty inspiration culled from the man himself, a self-proclaimed “deeply superficial person” who believed in “low lights and trick mirrors,” and from the glow-in-the-dark people he surrounded himself with. (Yes, that includes Edie.) Put on a bit of required listening brought to you by Lou, click through, and remember: “If everyone isn’t beautiful, then no one is.” Keep reading »

Beauty Files: Bare-Faced Beauty

In the world of runway and celebrity beauty, the term “bare-faced” doesn’t actually mean a face that’s, well, bare. In fact, its real definition is much to the contrary — it’s a face full of makeup that imitates the look of flawless naked skin, the reality of which very few people can lay claim to. Luckily, perfect skin is a surprisingly simple look to achieve, requiring little more than a few hardworking products and the right tools to apply them. Once you know how to fake a naturally smooth, glowing complexion, it’ll become your canvas — you can accentuate your perfect base with a bright matte lipstick or smoky eye, or make like Stella and pile on the blue mascara for a mod take on vivid color. The opportunities are endless. Get the details, after the jump … Keep reading »

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Will Spare You $200+ And A Lot Of Shame

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Taking proper care of your skin can be costly, that’s for sure, but there’s no reason you should have to empty your pockets for it. If you’re tempted by the restorative perfecting promises of overnight treatments like La Mer The Regenerating Serum, $260, but find the price not quite as crush-worthy, look no further than Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $44. Anyone familiar with Kiehl’s products will know that their comparatively lower price tag doesn’t mean they’re any less effective than the big-ticket stuff; in fact, unlike La Mer’s formula, the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is clinically proven to restore radiance, reduce oil production, and improve fine lines as well as uneven texture. This paraben-free, 99.8% naturally-derived treatment also contains healing squalane, soothing lavender oil, and glow-imparting evening primrose — sounds far more credible than La Mer’s fabled Miracle Broth™, which in actuality I suspect is probably just a cocktail of chemicals with fancy packaging and celebrity endorsements.

Grocery Store Launches “Man Aisle” In Dopey Publicity Stunt

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Great publicity stunt, Westside Market NYC! You’ve launched a thousand feminist blogs into a tizzy about the “man aisle” in your grovery store, which is stocked with everything a dudely dude would need on a grocery trip. All the food groups: booze, barbecue sauce, chips, and razors. The store’s CEO George Joskowitz told New York Post he was inspired to create a “man aisle” after reading an ESPN study that found 31 percent of men are grocery shopping for their families, up from 14 percent in the 1980s. (Thirty-one percent? That’s all? I dunno, those numbers sound really off.) And you know what families need: booze, barbecue sauce, chips, and razors. Joskowitz bragged that “you can pretty much stand here [and] not move two feet” to get all your shopping done. Unless you need things like milk, eggs and cereal. Or diapers. Or go on a tampon run for your hormonal girlfriend who is back at the house sobbing into her stuffed animals. Because let’s face it, guys. That’s the only reason you’d be a woman’s domain in the first place, amirite? [New York Post]

Target Brings Us The Designer Collaboration To End All Designer Collaborations

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I’ve publicly voiced my lukewarm feelings on designer department store collaborations in the past, but this latest one may have just the right elements to make a convert out of a non-believer like me. As far as fast fashion goes, Target isn’t the first superstore that springs to mind, despite Missoni and Jason Wu to their name: H&M unforgettably landed a high-fashion trifecta of Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld, and Versace (not to mention Stella McCartney and the impending Maison Martin Margiela), and Macy’s has stepped it up recently with cameos by Alberta Ferretti and Doo.Ri. Make no mistake, Target took note, and though only time will tell for certain, my instincts say there’s a good chance that they’ve nailed the formula with their fresh new take on luxury-meets-affordability. Keep reading »

The Best And Worst Of Affordable Designer Diffusion Lines

When our favorite designers of intangibly expensive high fashion announce their plans to expand into more reasonable diffusion lines, we can’t help but go a little weak in the knees at the prospect… then we regain composure and remember not to get our hopes up. A lower-priced designer collection is awesome in theory, but in fruition they usually leave us cold — more often than not they end up being a weak, dissatisfying echo of the designs we love on the stars and on the runway. But it’s not all bad (really)! When they’re good, they’re really good, even if they aren’t exactly our definition of “cheap.” Check out our picks for the best and worst of affordable designer fashion fare, and let us know your favorites in the comments.

Style Cues: Miranda Kerr

We’ve stolen Miranda’s style on countless occasions, so it’s high time we start taking notes on the components that comprise her best looks and go from there. When the model mom is photoshoot-ready, she definitely looks the part, but on her off days she has the most uncanny way of dressing just like your super-stylish, willowy-limbed best friend. I theorize that the secret to Miranda’s sartorial success is all about jeans, jeans, jeans and, believe it or not, a very specific formula of sorts. Skinny denim and a loose top are often the most prominent ingredients in her style recipe — fitted, ankle-cut jeans create a streamlined silhouette, while a looser top plays with proportions to make you look long and lean. Many of Miranda’s most covetable outfits come directly from this mold, and additions like a cardigan, chic jacket, and flats, sandals, or booties enable this basic equation to go the extra mile. After the jump, tips and tricks for making the look work, and a peek at looks inspired by (but not copied from!) Miranda’s model style. Keep reading »

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