When Olay invited us to get a front-row seat as they unveiled their first celebrity brand ambassador, we speculated for hours on which celeb face it would be. Much to our delight, (although, our super-sleuthing skills had us assuming it was a country-singing belle!), it was multiplatinum singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood. We got the chance to sit down with the newlywed and former American Idol to snag her favorite beauty tips, products, and money-saving tricks.
Real Beauty: As Olay's brand ambassador, what do you think the trick is to amazing skin?
Carrie Underwood: I think it is really important to teach women and girls that good skin care doesn't have to be a case of, "If only I just had more money I could buy the good expensive stuff," and it doesn't have to be complicated. Preventative care is really important, especially in teaching girls early on so good practices will follow them into adulthood. You can do right by your skin without any drastic measures or spending a lot of
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- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Sep 23, 2010 6:52 PM EDT
When Olay invited us to get a front-row seat as they unveiled their first celebrity brand ambassador, we speculated for hours on which celeb face it would be. Much to our delight, (although, our super-sleuthing skills had us assuming it was a country-singing belle!), it was multiplatinum singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood. We got the chance to sit down with the newlywed and former American Idol to snag her favorite beauty tips, products, and money-saving tricks.Read More »from Carrie Underwood's Money-Saving Beauty Tricks and Tips to a Flawless Face
Knowing what you want and how to get it doesn't apply just to your career and in the bedroom. Whether you're shelling out $20 or $200, you should always leave the salon feeling like you're in a shampoo commercial. Read these tips before your next visit. Related: Watch our fall hair makeover videos.Read More »from 9 Must-Know Tips for Your Next Salon Visit
1. Sit for a Consultation
"Let your stylist know what you have liked and have not liked about haircuts in the past," says Ryan Trygstad, Hollywood hairstylist. Elaborate on as many details as you can - for example, how much time you realistically have to spend on your hair, where you part your hair, if you have a cowlick, etc. The more information you give, the better idea your stylist will have. Related: 33 Things We Learned from Our Hairstylist
2. Bring Visuals
"I tell clients that pictures are very helpful when understanding a client's personal style and taste," says Trygstad. This tactic will guarantee that both of you are on the same page. Get inspired in our Virtual Celebrity
Tired of looking in the mirror and noticing new lines and saggy spots? Certain yoga poses - any pose that gets your feet or hips higher than your heart - can actually help you look younger and more vital.
You may associate yoga inversions with challenging and even scary poses such as handstands or a headstand. But you don't need to go to such great lengths to get the benefits of yoga. Try doing one of these easy poses for a few minutes each day and see if you don't notice a glow and vitality in your face that wasn't there before.
What it does: Gives a big boost to your lymphatic fluid, stretches tight neck muscles, tones the legs, and reduces fatigue.
How to do it: Start by lying on the floor on your back. Curl your knees into your chest, lift your hips up off the floor and rock back on to your shoulders, quickly bending your elbows and bringing your hands to your hips. Extend your legs up in to the air - so only the back of your head, neck, shoulders,Read More »from Yoga Poses That Turn Back the Clock
Before you know it, winter will be here (eww) and your moisturizer will be as essential to your daily routine as drinking water on a hot summer's day. But applying it is only half of the battle. New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel explains how to reap all the healthy skin benefits of your face lotion, so you can start to prep for colder weather and dry skin now.Read More »from 3 Ways to Get More Out of Your Moisturizer
Apply Your Lotion at the Right Time
"The key to moisturizing is when you apply it," says Sobel. The best time to do it is right after you shower or wash your face, when your skin is still damp so you can seal in the moisture that's already there. FYI: You only have about a three-minute window before your skin is completely dry. It's also a good idea to moisturize twice daily, once in the morning and again before bed.
Related: Four Ways to Defend Against Dry Skin
Choose the Best Formula
"Each skin type responds best to different moisturizer formulas," says Sobel. "If you have dry skin, try an oil-based cream with major
Sometimes your friends, or should we say followers have the best beauty advice for you - all you have to do is ask! We reached out to the pros, self-proclaimed and official experts on Twitter to get their best anti-aging beauty tips. Got one you want to share? Post yours below or tweet us @realbeauties!Read More »from The Best Anti-Aging Tidbits from Twitter
Keep Eye Cream Handy
-"I keep a small dram of my favorite eye cream in my purse and over the course of the day dab a small amount onto my eye area, especially on the crow's-feet. By dabbing it (not rubbing) I can apply it over makeup. And as an extra bonus it gives the area a sheen, much like a illuminating product, but with anti-aging benefits!" -@raychelwade
Related: 33 Foods to Stay Young
Protect Your Hands
-"Your hands are a telltale sign of your age. Keep them well-moisturized! Use gloves when doing dishes or household work, and put SPF on them!" -@DERMELECT
Up Your Antioxidants
-"Use foods with antioxidants and good fats as beauty products (e.g., blueberries, avocados). You can
- RealBeauty.com | Fall Style – Mon, Sep 20, 2010 10:05 PM EDT
It can be difficult to gauge what the next step for long hair should be: a few inches will keep it looking healthy, but style-wise brings you back to square one. (Plus, with long strands, you're more likely to take on the overgrown-hedge look.) And with hair color, it's about a major shade change, as opposed to working and enhancing what you already have. Here are a few transformations that the stylists at Salon AKS in New York City worked on as part of our Fall Beauty Guide. Watch the Videos HereRead More »from Long Hair Tips: How to Update Your Cut and Color for Fall
Keep it Current
With a mane like Mollie's, (before pictured left, after pictured right), you have to make sure there's balance. "You don't want your hair to be wearing you," said Salon AKS partner and stylist Susanna Romano. "The key is accentuating your eyes and your face." Related: Find the Best Haircut for Your Face Shape
Don't Be Monotonous
"Her brunette color was already beautiful," said senior colorist Kathleen Flynn Hui, "and I loved the natural toffee colors at the ends of her hair.
Your 50s may be your most fabulous decade yet! Here are three essential tips from makeup artists and stylists from the renowned Marie Robinson Salon and the trend-setting clothing store Intermix in New York City on how to look your best in your 50s. Related: Amazing Fall Hair and Makeup MakeoversRead More »from 3 Must-Live-By Style Tips for Your 50s
"Years of dye jobs and overstyling with heated hair appliances means that your hair shafts get more porous and tend to break more easily in your 50s than they did when you were in your 20s," says colorist Eric Muroski. "This also means that your hair doesn't necessarily hold onto color as well as it used to. Keep your color bright and radiant with gloss treatments and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, and keep your hair overall healthy and supple with deep-conditioning treatments." Related: How to Care for Your Hair at Every Age
We recommend: Clairol Nice n' Easy Weekly Color Seal Conditioning Gloss ($2.99, drugstore.com), L'Oréal Everstrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System
Many of us have to commute to work, which means there's a chance of getting stuck in traffic. Or, if you're one of the lucky ones who has an easy, congestion-free commute, work-related stressors are most likely having an impact on you, even when you clock out for the night. Here's four tips on letting it all go, whether you're on your way to work or heading home. Related: 52 Creative Ways to Get Rid of StressRead More »from 4 Ways to De-Stress While Driving
1. Out, Out, Damn Tension
As you're sitting at a red light, grip the steering wheel tightly, hunch your shoulders up toward your ears, and scrunch up your face to exaggerate the feeling of tension in your body. Even curl your toes in and tighten your calves-squeeze everything you can possibly squeeze. Then with a big exhale and/or sigh, let every ounce of that effort go and feel the tension being whisked out of your body. Then, like the shampoo bottle says, rinse and repeat. Related: 1 Week to a Happier You
2. Green Means Breathe
Use some mundane part of driving as a reminder
There's just something about the cooler months that gets us in the mood for a deeper, more dramatic hair color. And we're not the only ones craving a darker shade: Professional colorists say they always notice an increase in the number of clients switching over to the dark side when autumn rolls around. So whether you've been highlighting your hair for years and are ready to embrace your natural hue, or you just want to kick your brown up a notch, here are the tips you need to pull it off. Related: The Best Hair Products for BrunettesRead More »from How to Get Richer, Deeper Hair Color At Home
Experiment with a Temporary Formula
If you're going the DIY route, brown is the most mistake-proof hue to do (as long as you're not starting out with naturally very blonde hair). But, if you're still apprehensive about going darker, pick a semi- or demi-permanent formula like Clairol Natural Instincts. "It's low-commitment since the color only lasts through 28 shampoos," says Marcy Cona, Clairol Creative Director of Color and Style. If you like the shade,
Weekends are well-earned, and the last thing most of us want to do is pound the pavement or hit the gym. But what if exercise was actually fun? Check out these five unexpected activities that'll have you working up a sweat - and grab your significant other, since just about anything is enjoyable when it involves friendly competition.Read More »from 5 Fun and Easy Weekend Exercises to Do Together
Related: Have More Sex, Lose More Weight
Take It to the Store
Food shopping isn't the most exciting chore in our routines, so amp up the fun factor by challenging your guy to a supermarket-sweep race. Divide the shopping list in half and see who can collect their share of the groceries first. The loser has to cook dinner.
Related: Celebrity-Inspired Leg Exercises
Get Your Game On
Air hockey and Ping-Pong are two activities that are fun and don't require a lot of physical aptitude but really work up a sweat. Head to an arcade or a bar with either of these games and challenge each other to a match.
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Feel the Rhythm