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August 2009 Archives

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As the summer months wind down, there’s no need to give up your glow. L’Oreal’s New Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion is your key to a sun-kissed looks even when the sun shines less. Creamy, light, and fast-absorbing, Luminous Glow works instantly, so you can see where you’ve applied it as well as choose the depth of your “tan”. With light-reflecting micro-pearls and a delicious scent, summer never has to end. $10.49, ulta.com

By Jennifer Davidson and Monique Hankins

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From using Preparation H on puffy eyes, toothpaste on pimples and Crisco on super dry skin, we’ve heard our share of unusual beauty tricks over the years. But not all secret remedies are wacky, here are a few of our favorites that really work:

1. Avocados not only make a delicious dip for your favorite chips, they also make a nourishing treat for your skin. For a deep moisturizing treatment, take two whole, ripe avocados and mash them in a bowl, then slather all over your body. Let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing for buttery smooth skin.

beautysecrets1.jpeg2. Rub solid antiperspirant/deodorant (the kind that goes on clear) on feet to prevent blisters, and of course, stinky feet.

3. If you experience irritation after waxing or shaving, whole fat milk works great for treating skin. Since milk protein is an anti-inflammatory, it’s perfect for soothing affected areas. Add a few cubes of ice to one cup of (whole) milk, saturate a washcloth or cotton ball and apply to area. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Repeat until skin feels better, then rinse.

4. Create an “aspirin mask” to help treat breakouts. The components of aspirin are similar to salicylic acid which helps exfoliate and unclog pores. Crush a few aspirin, mix with drops of water to form a paste, then apply to face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse. (If your skin is dry, add some honey into the mixture)

5. Dryer sheets are great for taming frizzies and fly-aways. Just lightly run one across your hair and your tresses will be tamed.

6. Vaseline mixed with sugar makes a great exfoliant for your lips, leaving them soft, smooth and sweet.

7. Olive oil makes a great moisturizer for lips, cuticles, rough elbows and more.

8. Apple cider vinegar is a great way to combat dandruff without all the chemicals found in most dandruff shampoos. One cup of the vinegar plus one cup of cold water on the scalp after shampooing and conditioning, left on for one minute, then rinsed with cool water will balance the pH of your scalp and also help relieve any itching.

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9. Mascara works to temporarily hide grey hairs in between color appointments. Choose a shade that matches your hair at the root and cover, cover, cover!

10. Need to powder your nose but don’t have blotting tissue? Toilet seat covers in public restrooms will absorb excess oil from your face without disturbing your makeup.

11. For moms with babies, baby wipes are a great makeup remover if you’re tired and in a rush. The cloths are soft and the formulas are mild enough for delicate skin. They’re also great for removing stains from clothing in a pinch.

12. For natural teeth whitening, rub a fresh strawberry over your teeth. The fruit contains natural whitening agents and the seeds work great for cleaning. Since they also contain sugar and acids, it’s important to brush immediately afterwards with a fluoride toothpaste. Catherine Zeta Jones swears by this trick!

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The last time we heard anyone say they didn’t want shiny hair was…never. Shiny hair equals healthy hair, it makes us look better, thus we feel better. Unfortunately, with everyday stress, poor eating habits, illness, heat styling and hair coloring, lack-luster tresses can be the result. We have tested many shine-enhancing products and put together a list of our favorites. Get ready to get your shine on…

 

 

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Citre Shine Shine Miracle Highly Laminating Shampoo

For hair that looks shiny and glossy, start in the shower. this shampoo contains citrus extracts, essential vitamins and minerals to instill a healthy looking shine without stripping away the essential oils from your hair. We love the fresh lemon scent that is more fresh squeezed lemons and less Pine-Sol. $3.99, drugstore.com

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Frederic Fekkai Glossing Conditioner

Our staple for adding luster and shine is one of Fekkai’s best-selling products. We love the light consistency that still manages to give even the thirstiest hair the drink it so desires. From $23, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

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Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray

For Shine that resists frizz, we reach for this. Fruit micro-waxes seal in shine without feeling greasy or leaving hair feeling weighed down. No wonder it’s a favorite of celeb stylist David Evangelista, who mists this on his clients’ hair before they head out the door. $4.29, drugstore.com

 

 

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Curls deserve to get their shine on, too. Ouidad is devoted to creating products for curly hair to best enhance natural shape and texture. For styling, this serum coats hair to add a hint of shimmer (don’t worry, it washes out easily) that reflects light, adding radiance to curls, controls frizz and keeps flyaways at bay. For straight styles, use as a last step to give tresses a gorgeous sheen. $20, sephora.com

 

 

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Kiehl’s Climate-Proof Shine-Enhancing Non-Aerosol Spray

Whether we choose to use this product during the styling, or simply spray it on as a finishing touch, this strong-yet flexible-hold formula helps keep our hair where we put it regardless of climate or weather conditions. Natural conditioning extracts derived from Sesame seeds and Soy beans give this formula moisturizing benefits while Sunflower seeds enhance shine. For all hair types. from $7, kiehls.com

 

 

ojon-shine-kit.jpgOjon Shine and Protect Hair Ritual Kit

Color-treated hair can look great when it’s first done, but begin to look dull and lifeless after a few weeks. That isn’t acceptable in our book. Thankfully, we found this kit to keep our color-treated hair looking healthy and vibrant. By nourishing it with a blend of natural, plant-based active ingredients, including wildcrafted Ojon oil, and protecting it with a natural UV-inhibiting antioxidant complex, we find that even weeks after having our hair processed, we still look like we just stepped out of the salon. $50, sephora.com

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Bobbi Brown introduces her gorgeous new Nudes Eye Shadow Palette, an everything- but-boring set of neutrals that are flattering on everyone. These gorgeous shades will give your eyes a modern and sophisticated look, not to mention add a fabulous complement to the colorful prints and accessories you’ll be wearing this Fall season. Limited-edition. $60, nordstrom.com

isla-fisher.jpgLooking for inspiration for a fun, yet classic look to wear for your next night out? We always love Isla Fisher’s look, and were especially captivated when she attended the L.A. premiere of ‘Bruno’— we had to get the scoop on the Shopaholic star’s flirty, retro look.

Makeup artist Mai Quynh wanted Isla’s the makeup to complement her ’60s-inspired Stella McCartney dress and bold accessories. To do so, she went heavy on the eye and left the rest of the face soft and glowing.

Get her look using products by mark:

 

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“For Isla’s eyes, I started by using mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Corset, a rich charcoal color ($4.50, avon.com), applying it with an eyeliner brush,” says Mai. She then smudged the same color along Isla’s top and bottom lash lines, following it with mark Get in Line Hook Up Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner ($5.50, avon.com) along the upper lash line. She finished this with two coats of black mascara.

 

 

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For the face, Mai used bronzing powder on the cheeks, forehead and chin; face shimmer above the cheekbones; and pink powder blush to the apples of her cheeks. mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Swell, a sheer peach shade ($5.50, avon.com), finished the look.

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