| Beauty: September 2012 Archives | Beauty: September 2012 Archives

September 2012 Archives

Vanessa Hudgens’ has always been a cutie-pie, but in the past several years I’ve seen her take her look up a notch. Once known as the ‘High School Musical’ starlet, this young Hollywood actress is doing her part to continue to be talked about … and for all the right reasons! At Variety’s Power 6th Annual of Youth Presented event she looked equal parts fresh and young mixed with mature style and old Hollywood glamour. It was her darkly lined eyes that really caught my attention. Their precision lining, extending from one corner of the eye to the other, was impeccably done. 

To copy this look you’ll need a thin-tipped eyeliner brush and a gel eyeliner, like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. Dip the very tip of the brush into the eyeliner and, using light pressure, apply liner all around the lower and upper lid line. Start light and once you feel you have the perfect base coat, apply a couple more traces to get the shading just right. The trick to this level of lining is in the inner eye fold (nearest the nose) make sure you connect the lower and the upper lids right at the end point and don’t extend the line too far, to avoid a cat eye look.

Get Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner for $22 at
Cat-Deeley-Milkmaid-Braid.jpgIs Cat Deeley one of the most gorgeous women on the planet, or what? The So You Think You Can Dance host stepped out for the Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party with the coolest milkmaid braid. We love the super-thick construction of the braids that are wrapped around her head—it’s so Heidi, isn’t it?

If you’re skilled with braiding hair yourself, this is actually not too tough of a look to master. Simply part your hair down the middle, create a ponytail with each section and braid it up and over the crown, securing at the back of the head with bobby pins.

If, on the other hand, braiding doesn’t come as naturally to you, there’s another way! If you live in New York, head to the super-luxe John Barrett Braid Bar, located inside Bergdorf Goodman. For $50, a skilled stylist will create a milkmaid braid for you in a matter of minutes. (Or, if you want your hair washed, dried and braided, it will set you back $125.)

In any case, Cat’s milkmaid braid is youthful, fun and fresh—and absolutely gorgeous to boot!
I’ve spent a boatload of money on makeup brushes over the years. In general this is because they aren’t cheap and they don’t last forever! I’ve had brushes that cost more than some of my shoes and ones that cost me next to nothing. So, I was relieved when I discovered Sonia Kashuk brushes, they well made with quality materials and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Her latest line, the Kashuk Tools Brushes, are made of soft, premium hair for a flawless finish, and their handles have neat contours that make holding them really easy. This starter set comes with three brushes, a blusher, a small eye shadow brush and a large domed eye shadow brush and is a steal at $25.

Buy the Sonia Kashuk Kashuk Tools Limited Edition Starter Set for $24.99 at


BB Creams (“beauty balms” or “blemish balms”) are without a doubt this year’s most buzzed about cosmetic trend. Though properties of the various creams differ, they all promise one thing: multiple benefits in a single formula. These incredible multi-taskers combine several products into one, allowing women to simplify their skincare and makeup routines. Brilliant, right?

The great news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a luxury department store brand now that drugstore brands are getting into the BB game — and with winning results! L’Oreal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator ($16.99) is one of the newest to enter the market, making it super-easy for anyone to get glowy, flawless skin.

Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator combines 5 benefits into a single step: it instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes and protects with built-in SPF 15. Even better, the product promises to improve your skin with continued use, offering better tone, texture and a healthier overall appearance.

Already getting rave reviews, we’re looking forward to testing out this miracle cream first hand. Keep an eye on this column and we’ll post our results in a few weeks!

L'Oreal Paris Logo.jpg

Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes, and protects skin. In one week, tone and texture are improved and skin is healthier looking.


This season is all about the red lip. Whether you go for a bright siren red as seen on the Michael Kors (above), Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham runways, or a gothic, vampy red as seen at Bottega Veneta and Viktor & Rolf, there’s a flattering red hue for virtually any skin tone. Show off your classic red pout by making it the focus of your face, leaving your eyes neutral and your skin fresh. Here are some red lipsticks to help you get the look:

Since red lipstick draws attention to your mouth, make sure your teeth look as bright as possible. There’s nothing worse than red lips and dull, discolored teeth. Help create a bright white smile with REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® Stain Dissolving Strips, we reviewed them a few months ago and were thrilled with the results. (Check out their new Facebook page for more scoop.)

REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® Stain Dissolving Strips dissolve on your teeth in minutes to easily remove tough stains caused by coffee and wine. Get a whiter smile in 2 weeks. Visit to learn more or purchase REMBRANDT® products.

REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® Stain Dissolving Strips & REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® toothpaste together:

REMBRANDT® INTENSE STAIN® platform uses 3x Triple Action ActiShield™ technology to:
• Remove: helps gently remove tough stains like coffee, red wine and tea
• Repel: works like an invisible shield to help repel future stains
• Restore: strengthens the enamel to help prevent daily acid wear

Visit to learn more or purchase REMBRANDT® products.

get the scoop

subscribe to our free weekly email! rss feed follow us on Twitter! Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Pinterest!

like us on facebook!

subscribe + win


Around the Web: