Source: What We're Sweet On: A Scent That's Perfect For Everyday Wear
Picking a perfume is almost like picking a partner: you want it to be the perfect blend of sweet, sultry, and long-lasting, without the overpowering effects. Kiehl's Aromatic Mist in Vanilla and Cedarwood ($75) is a match made in heaven. The scent is light and creamy with hints of musk from the cedarwood, making it an ideal mix of the masculine and feminine.
Kiehl's has somehow concocted a perfume that's detectable to the nose, but that isn't obtrusive at all. A couple of spritzes before you walk out the door are really all you need, and it's complex enough to build into a fragrance that works for a night out, too. And the bottle looks like one of those old-fashioned medicine vials - perfect for display on your vanity counter.
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- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Wed, Aug 22, 2012 4:25 PM EDT
Source: What We're Sweet On: A Scent That's Perfect For Everyday WearRead More »from What We're Sweet On: A Scent That's Perfect for Everyday Wear
Source: Beauty Refresher: How to Smooth Rough Soles
As Summer comes to a close, it's time to give your feet some end-of-sandal-season love and care. So before you bust out those boots and wool socks, follow these simple steps to say sayonara to cracked, aching feet for good.
Pull off Flawless Feed:
- The skin on your soles is thicker than the rest of your body due to heavy use (it has to stand up to your heel-wearing and foot-stomping ways, after all). That's why you'll want to soak your feet in a warm bath for at least five minutes to soften them thoroughly. You can even add an oil or milk to your soaking tub to increase the softness. In addition, an antiseptic essential oil (like tea tree or peppermint) can help to combat minor infections.
- Next, scrub the feet with a grainy exfoliator, such as a DIY mix of honey, olive oil, and coarse salt (or brown sugar).
- Rinse the feet and follow by using a wet pumice stone to smooth over rough heels and calluses. Don't apply too much
Source: Why Acid Is Good For Your SkinRead More »from Why Acid is Good for Your Skin
In general, people equate the word acid with burning, screaming pain. But did you know the pH of your skin is an acidic 4.5? "When you look at a lot of skin care products, they are acids because they help restore that normal acidic pH to the skin," explains Dr. Lawrence Samuels, chief of dermatology at St. Luke's Hospital in Missouri. "A pH lower than 2 tends to be somewhat irritating to the skin, but most products are going to be between 2.5 and 6.0."
There are exceptions, however. Chemical peels, which get rid of the top layer of skin, have a pH of less than 2. (As a comparison, moisturizers typically have a pH between 5.5 and 6.5). Also, when layering products, be sure to keep in mind that a high pH can cancel out the effects of a product with a lower pH. But the next time you turn up your nose at a vinegar hair rinse, think again: that acetic acid might just be what your scalp craves.
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- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 5:26 PM EDT
Source: What We're Sweet On: Dewy Blush You'll Wear All Year RoundRead More »from What We're Sweet On: Dewy Blush You'll Wear All Year Round
We may be in the dog days of Summer, but Fall makeup is on the horizon. While that typically means darker colors and matte textures, Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick ($22), found as part of QVC's Pure & Simple 4-piece Argan Skincare Ritual ($66, originally $75) is the perfect product to take you into the cooler season ahead.
Dewy but not shiny, this creamy stick allows you to swipe on highly pigmented color with ease. You'll love how sheer and natural-looking it is as a blush, but that it can be layered to create more intense effects. It doesn't pool or clump, either. So you'll get that lit-from-within glow sans the greasiness. Besides, it smells like a dream, hydrates the complexion, and can even be dabbed onto the lips. How's that for a transition?
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Source: Get Jessica Chastain's Totally Touchable WavesRead More »from Get Jessica Chastain's Totally Touchable Waves
Jessica Chastain's smile wasn't the only thing wowing the crowd at a screening for the film Lawless in New York City last night. The actress's vibrant red hair was styled in lightly tousled, sideswept curls, showing off her natural color and texture beautifully. "It was important for [the waves] to not look over done or too formal," said celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson. "Loose, sexy, touchable waves are very modern and super young."
After prepping her hair with a cuticle-smoother, his brand's Build It Blow Drying Agent ($20), Gibson blow-dried Jessica's hair with a large round brush. He then created a deep side part to open her face, and went to work curling her entire head with a small curling iron. To finish the look, Gibson misted a holding hair spray over Jessica's strands, using his fingers to break up the waves and soften them.
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Source: 5 Uses For Dry ShampooRead More »from 5 Uses for Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo may still be a mystery to some, but for stylists (and beauty editors) this product is a hair essential. Women battling oily hair, limp strands, and just plain low on time could find relief. Don't miss out on all this superstar product has to offer. Learn five ways to bring dry shampoo into your daily styling routine now!
1. To make a blowout last . . . and last. Stretching a style between appointments is the most common use for dry shampoo. Why? The powder in the formula absorbs oil from the scalp and hair. To stretch your hairstyle well into the week, apply product the night before day three. Using it before bed allows the formula to seep in as you sleep, and you'll be able to extend the life of the blowout.
2. To hide roots. Dry shampoo can be used to disguise roots between touch-ups. Blondes can try Batiste dry shampoo ($9), and for darker hair colors, there's Bumble and bumble's tinted hair powder ($35).
3. To prevent gym rat hair. If
Source: A Skin Care Guide For Generations X and YRead More »from A Skin Care Guide for Generations X and Y
Just as skin care needs change by season, they differ depending on your age, as well. "While SPFs are a universal must have for all groups, there are definitely unique biological processes happening that require us to tailor our routines to a larger degree," explains Jasmina Aganovic, founder of age-specific skin care brand Stages of Beauty. That means that even though you may be dealing with the breakouts you had as a teenager, your thirtysomething self might also be thinking of ways to soften fine lines and smooth out uneven tones. So whether you were born Generation X or Y, discover the best skin care regimen for your current decade.
For your 20s . . . Prevention is crucial. "This is the time in our life where we get the most free radical damage - up to 80 percent," says Aganovic. This is often a result of irregular diets, too much beach time, and general lifestyle; the rub is that this type of damage typically doesn't even show up
- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 5:12 PM EDT
Source: What We're Sweet On: A Hair Mask From Under the SeaRead More »from What We're Sweet On: A Hair Mask from Under the Sea
With heat styling and changes in weather, hair can take a beating, so it deserves a little TLC every now and then. A hair mask is an easy way to resuscitate your tresses once a week, but the Repêchage Hair Spa Seaweed Mask ($55) goes the extra mile. This mask, made from seaweed plants, restores hair's elasticity and strengthens damaged ends. It's almost like turning back the clock on your hair health and bringing it back to square one. The seaweed mask also helps seals up the cuticles, effectively eliminating frizz.
Repêchage's mask can be used one of two ways: as a short-term treatment you use in the shower, or one you keep in your hair overnight. And while the mask may seem a little pricey, you'll definitely get a lot of bang for your buck, as a little goes a long way. Grab this mask, slather it on, and take your hair deep-sea diving.
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- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 4:52 PM EDT
Source: Your Go-to Guide For When (and Where) to Apply Beauty OilsRead More »from Your Go-to Guide for when (and Where) to Apply Beauty Oils
If you haven't tried beauty oils yet, get thee to your nearest cosmetics aisle. The benefits of oils are endless. Not only do they hydrate and add sheen to skin and hair, but they also create a natural protecting barrier. From your scalp to your heels, see the many reasons why you'll love beauty oils.
For the body
Immediately after showering or bathing, apply a few drops of body oil to damp skin to lock in moisture. Reapply as needed throughout the day on dry skin. You can also use body oils to create slip during a massage, or as part of a moisturizing, relaxing bath soak.
For the complexion
Remember that like attracts like. So when using cleansing oil on the face, apply it to dry skin so that it more easily wipes away the oils and waxes from your makeup. Massage thoroughly, and rinse away with water. To use oils as facial moisturizers, dab a drop or two onto damp skin, rubbing in gently. Then, say goodbye to fine
- POPSUGAR Beauty | Summer Beauty – Thu, Aug 9, 2012 6:47 PM EDT
Source: Getaway Guide: Take On the Big City With These Essentials
Thinking of ditching the sand dunes for the urban jungle? Summer is the perfect time to take in the sites of a city you've never seen before - or haven't visited in a while. Don't forget to bring these necessities along to keep you looking your best no matter what metropolis you're jetting off to.
- Oil blotting pads: Half the fun of touring a new city is wandering around for hours and taking everything in. Carry some oil absorbing pads in your purse, like Neutrogena Long-Last Shine-Control Blotting Sheets ($6.50), to avoid shine in your photos.
- Bright lipstick: Urban living lends itself to experimenting with trends. Bring along a bold lipstick you've been too timid to try at home. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcream in Love Forever! ($17) is a fluorescent pink that can transition from day to night.
- Specially formulated sunscreen: The sun isn't the only thing your skin need protecting from while you're hopping from tour