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April 2013 Archives

Do not even think about showing off your cutest sandals unless you’ve prepared your feet for public viewing — this applies to flip flops, too. But don’t think that you have to run to the salon and part with your hard earned dollars to get your feet ready. 
To start with you’ll  need some basic tools:
  • Nail Clipper
  • Pumice Stone
  • Nail Brush
Step one is soaking feet in the tub or in a large bowl of warm water. You don’t need to use any special type of soap, just something to get the skin clean. After letting them soak for a couple minutes it’s time to scrub them, The Body Shop has a great scrub called Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub. I usually follow up after the scrub with a rub down from the pumice stone, but The Body Shop scrub does have pumice in it, so you might find it worked its magic on all those rough spots. After you’ve rinsed off all the scrub stuff you should pat feet dry and finish up with a deep, soothing lotion. L’Occitane just added a foot lotion called Foot Care to their Amande (almond) line — it smells and feels amazing, and has a powdery finish that dries instantly on feet.

Photo Credit: Anna Carol (Flickr) 

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As a woman with curly hair, I have long been a fan of John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease product line. Taming frizz requires a multi-pronged approach that includes the products you use on your hair, a good haircut, and styling techniques that help reduce the amount of frizz often present in naturally curly hair. Of course, the haircut and styling techniques differ for every person and type of hair, but there are products that work for a wide variety of hair types, and Frizz-Ease is certainly one of them.

Fighting frizz starts with what you use to wash your hair, and I’m currently loving Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner. These salon quality products aim to mend damaged hair and block frizz in the shower for smooth, easy styling. A Frizz-Mending Complex and silk protein help seal split ends and restore hair’s natural frizz defense. Not only does it have that “salon smell” that I love in a shampoo and conditioner, but it truly leaves my hair looking soft and smooth.

On days when frizz isn’t as much of a concern, I like to concentrate on giving my fine hair some volume. This is where Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner comes in. Specially formulated to transform fine, flat hair into “salon-caliber, natural-looking volume,” it is a weightless formula that prevents hair from looking limp and lifeless. My current hair regime alternates between these two products and the Frizz-Ease products to help keep my hair looking its best.

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It feels like we’ve been waiting our whole lives for The Great Gatsby to come to life on film. Or at least a good part of the year. What’s not to love about the upcoming big screen adaptation: the actors, the music, and most importantly — the fashion. The 1920s represent a time when women were empowered to take control of their clothing, hair, and makeup, leading to styles that became timeless, like the bob, bright red lips, and detailed hair accessories.  

With the film premiering on May 10, you can finally indulge in your 20s era obsessions with a geometric, feathered or beaded headband. Turban headbands are an easier way to try the turban trend without spending hours on YouTube trying to figure out how to tie one. The hair accessories are an easy way to pull a little Gatsby into your wardrobe without going full on flapper or breaking the bank, since they are all under $20.  
Landing in a Sephora near you on April 30th, British beauty brand Illamasqua explores the supernatural side of beauty in their summer Paranormal collection. The collection includes a vibrant water resistant Paranormal eyeshadow palette ($46.50) featuring four colors ranging from Vivid Cerise (reddish pink) to Cool Green, Warm Copper and Soft Violet. The Paranormal collection also includes a lightweight highlighter ($26) that “creates a glow of extraordinary light wherever applied” and the Precision Ink water-proof liquid liner ($27.50) that goes on with a sheen and stays put all day, and then a little longer. Rumor has it that the liquid liner can also double as a nail art pen. 

The real stand out in Illamasqua’s Paranormal beauty world is their limited edition collection of UV nail varnishes ($17). To the world your nails will be bright and colorful with a slight metallic finish, but to those in the know (with the assistance of a black light) all of your nail art secrets can be revealed. That’s right… these colors glow under black light. Even just saying the colors will freak people out, with names like Omen (bright green), Séance (bright violet), and Ouija (bright pink). One of the most impressive products is the UV top coat Geist, which turns every nail polish you own into a color that will glow under black lights. Next up on the agenda: plan your weekend around places that use black lights.
Actresses are making bold hair changes right and left these days. First we had Sofia Vergara debuting a freshly highlighted and lightened up mane. That was followed by Reese Witherspoon showing off her new brunette hue. But Tinsel Town’s ladies were making more hair-raising headlines this week. Jennifer Lawrence showed up at the GLAAD Media Awards with a newly cropped ‘do that hit right at her shoulders while Minka Kelly revealed a softer, lighter version of her signature long locks. I think both looks are totally of the moment and show off each girl’s fashionably fearless side. What do you think? Whose makeover do you think works better?

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