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When it comes to your makeup routine, one of the most intimidating steps can be applying blush. Too little and you look washed out; too much and you look like Ronald McDonald after he’s run a marathon. Thankfully, blush has ventured from beyond powder to new, easier to use formulas. For those who have struggled with blush anxiety, allow me to introduce you to three products that will change the way you feel about your cheeks. 

Cream Blush: Cream based blushes tend to leave a sheen on the cheek on top of the color, so they are perfect for creating that dewy skin look. The creamy consistency makes applying with your fingertips one of the easiest ways to put on your blush. My pick: Jouer Cosmetics Cheek Tint, $20

Gel Blush: Gel blushes are lightweight formulas that go on the skin smoothly and can be applied with your finger tips. This type of blush is best used over silicone based products, like your favorite BB cream. My pick: Per-fekt Beauty Cheek Perfecting Gel, $28  

Cheek Stains: Cheek stains are liquid based and applied with a small brush or rollerball directly to your cheek and rubbed in with your fingertips. Stains are more highly pigmented, so you’ll want to take things nice and slow when applying and layer on for more color. My pick: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30  



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It’s obviously not fun being sick, as anyone who has hacked and sneezed her way through winter can attest. Yet there are a number of surprisingly enjoyable ways to seek relief and slowly recuperate even from what can often feel like the very depths of misery.

Since dry air tends to exacerbate sickness, it stands to reason that my skin usually follows suit when those telltale signs start to make their unwelcome appearance. So while my nose may be red and stuffed up and my eyes so bloodshot they render me unrecognizable, I can at least do something to deal with my parched skin. That’s why, along with aloe-infused tissues and cough syrup, I usually grab a tube of hydrocortisone at the drugstore and make sure to dab it on my nose throughout my sickness. That usually is enough to keep the redness at bay. Of course, the rest of me also tends to get a little dry, so I use my sick time to indulge in my heaviest moisturizers — think lavish creams infused with shea butter and hydrating oils — and apply them liberally.

Another sickness side effect is limp, oily hair. Chances are high that if you’re sick, you probably aren’t hopping up to take a shower at the crack of dawn — or any time of day, if you’re really miserable. Solution: Dry shampoo, which soaks up oil at the roots and even leaves hair with a fresh, clean scent — and that, in turn, will help you feel a little more pulled together if you’ve got a caring friend coming over with chicken soup and fashion magazines.

If I absolutely have to go out, though, a little makeup keeps my face from looking too sallow and tired. I prefer to layer a BB cream over my moisturizer, this leaves my skin doubly soft and evens out the color, so it looks healthy even if I’m not in the best shape. I forgo the rest of my complicated routine, finishing instead with a simple slick of tinted lip balm. Again, it’s moisturizing and adds a little life to an otherwise dull complexion.

On the flip side, staying in is sometimes all you can do. I try to retain some element of style in my life even if I’m not stepping outside the door. When I’m sick, a pair of ultra-soft, comfortable and pretty pajamas does the trick, and in the winter I love wrapping a plush shawl around myself for an extra layer of warmth and coziness. The whole combination feels luxurious and indulgent — and deservedly so, wouldn’t you agree?

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Beauty-Tips-Image.jpgLast week, we brought you our 11 best fashion tips ever. And, of course, it got us thinking about our best beauty tips ever, too! Over the years, we’ve given tons of beauty advice and tips to help women look (and feel) their best. Here are 11 of our best beauty tips of all time.

1) Have fun with your nail polish.
If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that nails are the new accessory. Whether you’re choosing a bold color you’ve never worn before, experimenting with nail art or just trying out new and different formulas (like rubber or leather), it’s a relatively inexpensive way to express yourself. Plus, it’s easy to change on a whim!

2) Just have fun in general.
Really, makeup is just such a great way to express yourself. Want to try purple eyeshadow? Go for it. Interested in the Pantone color of the year? Have a ball. Intrigued by the looks seen on the runways during Fashion Week? Try them out! Multiple makeup artists and hairstylists have given us this one sound piece of advice: Beauty is supposed to be fun.

3) Get inspired by celebrity beauty looks.
The onslaught of paparazzi photos and red carpet looks can at times be overwhelming, but it can also lead to new ideas for hairstyles, makeup looks, nail art and more! We’ve been known to take a picture of a celebrity in when we’re getting a haircut—and you can even take one to a makeup counter if you’re looking for something specific!

4) Some of the best beauty products don’t cost a fortune.
The idea that all of the best products out there cost a ton of money? Not true. Some of our favorite cleansers, mascaras and more come straight from the drugstore—and cost under $10! And while we recommend trying different products to figure out which one is right for you, if you’re on a budget, chances are you can still look and feel gorgeous 100 percent of the time.

5) Skincare is everything. EVERYTHING.
Great beauty starts with great skin. Your face is a canvas, and don’t you want it to be as soft, smooth and perfect as possible? Make sure you treat it right, whether that’s getting facials, wearing night cream, choosing an eye cream … you get the picture.

6) Sometimes, mascara is all you need.
If you only have two extra minutes in the morning, apply a coat of mascara. Every makeup brand has at least one, if not several formulas, to choose from—and they do everything from curl to lengthen to volumize. Our favorites range from Maybelline to Dior, and we can’t recommend the idea of coating your lashes strongly enough!

7) Always take off your makeup. Even if you just use cleansing wipes.
We know, we know—sometimes, taking off your makeup at the end of a long day just seems interminable. Well, it’s just so much better for your skin if it can breathe while you sleep—not to mention it cuts down on eye infections and pimples! If you’re strapped for time, or you just can’t face standing in front of the sink, at least reach for a package of cleansing wipes. Your skin will thank you.

8) Traveling with your beauty products doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
We’ve covered this topic fairly extensively (check here and here for some of our favorite travel-ready products). From the aforementioned cleansing wipes (not only great when you’re lazy but great when you don’t want to pack a full-sized cleanser!) to dry shampoo and even nail polish remover, so many brands have products that are just perfect for that quart-sized plastic bag.

9) Sunscreen is NOT overrated.
Another topic that really gets us going is sun protection. (Just a couple of examples: here and here.) You should always, always make sure you’re wearing SPF when you’re outside, regardless of whether you’re hitting the beach or just walking to work. We’ve rounded up tons of fabulous SPF products over the years, from moisturizers and BB creams to facial sunscreens and even lip balms.

10) Some of your favorite beauty products do double duty.
Run in your tights? Check. Stain in your clothing? Double check. You’d be surprised at how many of your beauty products do more than just what you think they do!

11) Get your beauty sleep. Always.
Good skin health starts with a good night of sleep. So before you settle down for those eight hours, make sure you’re doing everything you can to ensure you’ll look and feel your best in the morning!

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Like most women hovering around age 40, we begin to see noticeable changes in our skin. Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, loss of tone, sun damage or dry skin, it’s a fact that our skin just isn’t the same as it was when we were 20. Accordingly, it makes perfect sense that our skincare regime should evolve as we age — what works for a 20-year-old may not be enough for a 40-year-old. Here are some tips on how to tailor your skincare routine to your age.


Age 20

Sun Protection — The most important thing you can do for your skin at any age is to use sun protection. Any tanning or burning you do now will affect your skin later in life. So while a tan may make you look good for the moment, you’ll regret the sun exposure later in life, I promise you. Stick to sunless tanners and wear SPF 30 or more every single day — yes, even in the winter. Be sure to protect not only your face, but your neck, chest and hands.

Individualized Skincare — Depending on the needs of your skin, use products that address any issues you may face including acne and dry or oily skin. Cleansers, moisturizers, and acne treatments should be part of your daily routine.


Age 30

Continue to use your daily sun protection and acne products if needed. In addition, add the following:

Exfoliate & Cleanse — Choose an exfoliating cleanser or use a cleansing brush to exfoliate regularly. Be sure to use a gentle, non-drying cleanser.

Moisturizer — If you’re not already using a daytime and nighttime moisturizer, start now as skin begins to lose some of its natural moisture.

Eye Cream — Fine lines begin to form in our 30s, so begin adding an anti-aging eye cream to your morning and evening routine.

Anti-Aging Serums/Creams — It’s never too early to start tackling the aging process. Look for products that contain retinoids to improve skin’s texture and tone, and Vitamin C to fight free radicals.

Skin Brighteners — Pregnancy and sun damage can cause melasma, discoloration, or pigmentation issues, so look for a skin brightener if needed.


Age 40

Continue to use your daily sun protection and acne products or skin brighteners if needed, along with your exfoliator and gentle cleanser.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer — Women in their 40s will begin to see a loss of skin tone, increased dryness, and fine lines and/or wrinkles, so an anti-aging moisturizer is essential for day and night. Look for ingredients that build collagen (like peptides and retinoids) and retain moisture (like hyaluronic acid).

Anti-Aging Regime — In addition to moisturizers, anti-aging eye creams and serums are important.


Age 50+

Continue to use your daily sun protection, anti-aging regime, eye creams, and serums, and acne products or skin brighteners if needed, along with your exfoliator and gentle cleanser.

Moisturizers — Dry skin and sagging are our biggest concerns at this age. Avoid any products that tend to dry out skin and keep skin well hydrated day and night. A richer moisturizer and ingredients like hyaluronic acid can help.

Retinoids — Whether as a separate treatment or as an ingredient in moisturizers or serums, a retinoid like retinol will help stimulate collagen and improve skin’s tone and texture to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.



NewOlayLogo_BlackOnWhite.jpg.jpg.jpgAs a leader in skincare with an eye for emerging trends, Olay is bringing the first-ever mass market CC line of products to the United States {Canada} beginning in October 2012. CC, or Color & Correct, Creams have started to emerge in Asia as a new category and are designed for women who love BB Creams for their ability to provide a quick, flawless finish but are seeking skincare solutions that deliver long-term benefits.

The Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizers fight seven signs of aging, while also providing immediate color correction with tinted formulas that include UV protection and tone correction over time. The multiple, must-have instant and long-term benefits leave skin luminous and even-toned with the reduced appearance of discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles.


Holiday-Stocking-Stuffers-2012-Image.jpgThe holidays are coming! Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and it’s just a few short weeks until Christmas. So whether you’re shopping for yourself (naughty, naughty!) or for all the beauty lovers on your list, these are the six stocking stuffers (or just cute little extras) everyone will love.

Philosophy Peppermint Bark Ornament
Even if you don’t have a Christmas tree, what’s not to love about this miniature shower gel that smells exactly like mouth-watering peppermint bark?
$6 at philosophy.com

Sephora Nail Wand in Silver
The four miniature nail polish bottles are equally as gorgeous separately or snapped together. It’s like Legos for beauty lovers!
$12 at sephora.com

Bliss Mistletoe Musts Gift Set
Treat your lips and your hands right with this nifty little set, which includes a full-sized Fabulips Lip Balm and miniature High Intensity Hand Cream (two of our all-time faves).
$12 at blissworld.com

Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache Body Butter
This is our very favorite Laura Mercier scent in every form, but this body butter is incredibly rich and teeny enough to take everywhere.
$35 at saks.com

Bath & Body Works Holiday Traditions Vanilla Bean Noel Mini Candle
We normally like huge candles with really long burn times, but the BBW minis are just too cute to pass up! This one is scented with notes of vanilla bean, caramel and cream—so luscious.
$3.50 at bathandbodyworks.com

The Body Shop Born Lippy Lollipop
Not only is this just the most adorable packaging we’ve ever seen, but it includes five delectable lip balms that moisturize and soften lips! You get to enjoy Strawberry, Raspberry, Satsuma Shimmer, Watermelon and Passionberry.
$20 at thebodyshop.com

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