The holidays are looming, and that means the party invitations will be nonstop from now through New Years. Take your look from day to night with these incredibly easy one-step hair and makeup moves so you don't have to schlep your entire makeup bag to work with you from Philip Pelusi stylist and owner of Tela Design Studio by Philip Pelusi. Plus, check out party makeup to match your dress, once you've got your hairstyle perfected.
Easy and Elegant Chignon
Skip the shower in the morning and instead, mist hair with a dry shampoo (one that won't leave behind a white residue like Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, $11; sephora.com). Part hair down the center, on the side, or pull straight back and wear in a low ponytail. At the end of the day mist your ponytail again with dry shampoo and dry scrunch with the palms of your hands to create some movement and texture. Twist your ponytail loosely down to and around the base of your neck and pin into place. Don't stress
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- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Mon, Dec 20, 2010 5:42 PM EST
The holidays are looming, and that means the party invitations will be nonstop from now through New Years. Take your look from day to night with these incredibly easy one-step hair and makeup moves so you don't have to schlep your entire makeup bag to work with you from Philip Pelusi stylist and owner of Tela Design Studio by Philip Pelusi. Plus, check out party makeup to match your dress, once you've got your hairstyle perfected.Read More »from 3 1-Step Quickie Hair Moves to Go from Your Cubicle to Cocktails
If you've increased your cocktail consumption this season (how else can you get through the holiday office party?), your liver and waistline aren't the only things that will suffer. According to Dr. David E. Bank, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York, excessive drinking can mess with your skin in a variety of unattractive ways, including:
- Dullness: Excessive drinking leads to dehydration and depletes skin of vital nutrients, leaving you with a "blah" complexion. Related: 33 Tips for Amazing Skin
- Dryness: Alcohol zaps the body of vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant that is necessary for maintenance and repair of skin tissue. When vitamin A levels drop below normal, your skin will look dry and flaky. Related: Award-Winning Products for Your Skin
- Premature Aging: As mentioned above, increased alcohol intake can leave skin looking drier and less youthful. Plus, the loss of necessary vitamins and nutrients needed
It's one thing to exercise five times a week and watch everything you eat while you're trying to shed those pounds, but what's your game plan when you finally reach your goal weight? Here are six nutrition and exercise tips to help you simply stay in shape. Related: 10 Fitness New Year's Resolutions
- Change up your workout as often as possible. Just as your mind gets bored, so does your body. And when your body gets bored, it stops working as hard, and you stop seeing results. So, if you want to stay in shape, don't let your workout routine become stagnant!
- Try not to go more than two days in a row without a workout. Stay committed to the time you have put into creating your new body. If you let too many days go by without working out, you may slip back into old habits.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water first whenever you think you are hungry. Often times, hunger is mistaken for dehydration.
- Always have healthy snacks on hand. You will be less likely to buy
A friend who has been trying to lose five pounds recently visited Colorado for vacation. As most do when on vacation, she ate out every night, drank too much, and noshed on decadent desserts and snacks. When she got home, she hopped right on the scale to assess the damage. To her disbelief she lost two pounds! She immediately chalked it up to the few times she went skiing that week and assumed she'd see the weight back on in a couple weeks. She still hasn't put that two pounds back on almost three weeks later.[Heading somewhere warm over the holidays? Check our our fun water exercises to help you tone up before you come back!]
According to a 2010 Wired.com article, "Just a week at high altitudes can cause sustained weight loss, suggesting that a mountain retreat could be a viable strategy for slimming down."[Need to travel light? 18 Beauty Picks to Lighten Your Load]
In a study performed by researchers in Germany, 20 obese men were taken to a high elevation area (of 8700Read More »from Struggling to Lose Weight? Go on Vacation!
From Kate Gosselin's 20-hour makeover to Lindsay Lohan's R-rated manicure, this year was jam-packed with tweet-worthy beauty news. Here, some of the totally baffling trends that had us buzzing in 2010. Get the full list here.Read More »from 5 Major Beauty Moments from 2010
Lindsay Lohan's F-Word Nails at Court
What better way to prove to a judge that you're taking all of this legal stuff super seriously, than by writing "f**k u" on your middle fingernail? Yet, even with that unbelievable show of remorse for her actions, the mean old judge still sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail, a punishment that made our favorite felon burst into tears (three months without a flatiron and we'd be crying too). Maybe next time LiLo should something more like, "I heart you and what a lovely shade of lipstick you're wearing." Find some more appropriate nail trends here.
Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgery Addiction
There are bad decisions, like marrying Spencer Pratt, and there are bad decisions, like undergoing ten plastic surgeries in one day.
- RealBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 16, 2010 5:38 PM EST
'Tis the season to schlep, haul, and carry your heavy Christmas Eve groceries, gifts, and basically everything needed for Santa's sleigh to run successfully. All that weight can do a number on your neck, back, and shoulders, making you one sore shopper come the holidays. Below, Real Beauty expert Physical Therapy Director of New York Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy shares three easy exercises to ward off shopping-induced shoulder pain.Read More »from 3 Easy Exercises to Solve Your Shopping-Induced Aches and Pains
Related: Expert Q&A: Relieve Neck Pain Fast
Try Your ABCs
Think ABC (abs, blades, curl): Engage your core/abs, push your shoulder blades together while holding your bags in both hands, and curl your fists up to your shoulders. Sexy abs and no shoulder pain? Looks like you can have your (low-fat) cake and eat it too.
Related: 10 Shortcuts to Strong, Sexy Abs
Switch It Up
Switch hands every block to distribute the weight of the shopping bags. Also, if you know you're due for a serious day of shopping, keep your purse load light. Bring only the
A: When one decides to purchase any machine to elevate the fun in life, from a blender to a car, vigilant attention, research, and study is required. The first thing I recommend is to read up on the best of the best, and I have two favorite sexuality advocates:
The first is Dell Williams, author of Revolution in the Garden and owner of Eve's Garden, the groundbreaking boutique designed for the unique needs of women that she opened in New York City in 1974. Williams, who once said, "vibrators are a girls best friend," is now in her late 80s and still advocates for women's rights and offers a great selection of pleasure playthings, including her top pick: The Rabbit, which remains a best-seller at her store.
My other personal favorites are Claire Cavanaugh and Rachel Venning, founders of Babeland in New York City. CheckRead More »from Tips for Choosing a Vibrator That's Right for You
As beauty editors, we love our eighth super-hydrating, smoothing, sulfate-free shampoo as much as our first, but even we find ourselves saying, "Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt," regarding some hair-care, skin-care, and makeup launches. But once in a blue moon, a product release so innovative and genius has us singing its praises from the rooftops (and as a result, hoarding duplicates under our bathroom sinks).Read More »from 5 Best Beauty Breakthroughs of 2010
Take a look below to see the just some of the cutting-edge cosmetics that have boldly gone where no formulas have gone before. Get the full list here.
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System
Clarisonic already had a big win with their Skincare Brush, so it was only a matter of time that they'd release another complexion-changing tool loved by women everywhere. Opal comes with a dispenser cap containing anti-aging serum that infuses right into the skin with its gentle vibrations that feel a lot like a mini massage on your face. Use it for one minute, two times a day,
- RealBeauty.com | Work + Money – Tue, Dec 14, 2010 10:06 PM EST
Shampoo and conditioner may seem like a no brainer-until you have a hair type that needs some extra TLC. See our winners below from our 1st Annual Gold Star Beauty Awards in the shampoo and conditioner categories, then head here to see the rest of the winners. Looking for the best products for color-treated hair? Click here.Read More »from The Best Shampoo and Conditioner Picks for Dry, Fine, and Thick Hair
Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair
Winner: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger
We knew this stuff was good when one tester breathlessly reported that after using it just once, she received several compliments on her new "haircut" because her strands looked so healthy. (See the secrets to getting an amazing haircut here.) The line contains an exclusive Keratin blend (which the brand says is virtually identically to the keratin in human hair) that helps reduce breakage, improve shine, prevent fading, and boost moisture. The shampoo received praise for its rich, creamy lather and the conditioner got high marks for leaving hair soft but not weighed down. Paul
Fragrance is one of the most subjective beauty products. For example: A perfume can smell delicious on a friend but like a car air freshener on you. That said, it's nearly impossible to find a universally appealing aroma. So instead, we rounded up the most exciting fragrances of the past year. We guarantee you'll fall in love with at least one of these unique scents. Still stuck? Take our personalized fragrance quiz to find your perfect perfume.Read More »from The 5 Best Perfume Launches of 2010
Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods
At first we assumed that this perfume was getting so much buzz because people thought it was associated with the Twilight saga (it's not). But after a few spritzes, we quickly realized that the scent's popularity has nothing to do with vampires or the actors who play them in a movie. It's because the perfume has a unique spicy sweet aroma, (it took four top perfumers to create the exotic blend), that's totally intoxicating. $29.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and bathandbodyworks.com