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May 2011 Archives

Clarins-Beauty-Flash-Balm.jpgLooking for a way to perk up your sallow, tired skin? Well, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is the answer.

This miracle product makes even the dullest skin look fresh, rejuvenated and totally glowy. We’ve worn it when we had 9 hours of sleep and when we only had 4 and a half, and either way, our skin looked amazing! It’s especially perfect for dark under-eye circles and cheeks that need a little extra something special.

The balm smells amazing and feels fantastic upon the skin. It’s rich and creamy but sinks into skin immediately, just leaving behind a freshened up glow and super softness in its wake. Best of all, you only need about a dime-sized amount for your entire face.

And did we mention it makes your skin glow?

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm retails for $45 at
stellatravel_smh.jpgThere it is staring up at you while you wait in line at Sephora. The Stella Eau de Parfum Roll-On ($20 at is one of a few dozen small items tempting you at the check out. Do you indulge? The answer is yes, unless you already have a travel size perfume (or you go to Sephora and ask for a sample of your fave scent in one of those free little atomizers every time you go out of town). If you don’t, Stella is not only TSA-friendly, but a really nice floral scent that can work as an everyday fragrance and also an alluring date night scent.

P.S., make sure you screw the cap on tightly after each use. My last bottle leaked all over my car. On the bright side, my car smelled lovely for weeks.
If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that Bryce Dallas Howard has gorgeous hair. The color, the texture, the length … we’re in love. And at the Cannes Film Festival last week, hairstylist Marcus Francis created two totally different but equally beautiful hairstyles for her as she promoted the movie Restless. Check out the two styles and Marcus’s tips for recreating the looks!

Bryce-Dallas-Howard-Restless-Premiere-Cannes.jpgA gorgeous braided updo
“Bryce can look very youthful and yet classic at different times,” Marcus said. “Because her blouse had such pretty lace detail, we opted for a modern and flirty twist to her look.” Marcus started with Bryce’s hair being unwashed for one day, as he said there’s more texture and the style stays secure longer. He sprayed Phyto Volume Actif Spray throughout dry hair and scrunched with his hand as he used a blowdryer. He then teased 4 1/2” sections and smoothed them with a Mason Pearson brush for height at the crown before creating loose French braids from the temples and finishing them in pigtails. After tying them with elastics, he took each one and wrapped them back and forth before securing with large hair pins. The finishing touch was a few face-framing strands that Marcus curled with a 1/2” curling iron. “Perfect for that do-it-yourself look!” he said of the finished updo.

Bryce-Dallas-Howard-Restless-Premiere-Cannes-2.jpgLoose, flowing waves
“With the intricate detail of Bryce’s dress, and how she still wanted a youthful feel to the hair, I took an organic approach to the style,” Marcus said of the wavy tresses Bryce wore to another premiere of Restless at the festival. “I wanted to really show off Bryce’s thick and gorgeous red hair by her wearing it down, like she was right out of a Shakespeare story!”

As with the braided updo above, Marcus began by spraying Phyto Volume Actif Spray on the roots, rough drying her hair with his hands. He then applied Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse to sections and blew them dry with a round brush before spritzing Fekkai Tousled Wave Spray throughout the hair six times “for added texture to last,” he said. Marcus then used a 1” curling iron and wrapped strands from roots to ends in a figure eight shape, using both the rod and the clamp, which created irregular-shaped “S waves” instead of curls. He finished by spraying L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray lightly throughout the hair and then shaking out large sections.
Glitter-Makeup-Image.jpgSince our preteen years, we’ve been fairly obsessed with glitter. Eyeshadow, lipgloss, body shimmer … you name it, we sport it. So the eye makeup at the Vena Cava Fall 2011 fashion show definitely struck a chord with us. Check out some of the glittery beauty products we can’t live without.

Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me Top Coat
Golden glitter suspended in a clear top coat adds such a glamorous finish to your nails.
$9.50 at

Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer Spray
Shimmer, glimmer and shine all day and night with just a few spritzes of this glam dry oil.
$34 at

Tweezerman Petite Tweezer Set in Glitter Pink
Our all-time favorite tweezers, now in the prettiest pink shimmer.
$25 at

Make Up For Ever Glitters
Purple, pink, red, blue … these gorgeous glitters come in every color under the sun and add such a fun touch to any makeup look.
$13 each at

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Nail Polish
This turquoise polish, replete with multiple sizes of glitter, is at once alluring, sophisticated and totally cool.
$18 at

Bath & Body Works Silver Glitter Pocket Bac Holder
What a fun way to hold your hand sanitizer, close, right?
$.50 at
Carrying your liner out past the eye is no longer reserved for nights in the club and Halloween. It’s making its way onto more and more red carpets and, when done correctly, is sultry and beautiful without being too sexy. We like.

Behold Ginnifer Goodwin, Kat Graham and Dianna Agron all rocking cat eyes.

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