The tune of "If I was a rich girl..." runs through our heads as we read about the following super-luxurious beauty gifts that are out there this holiday season. (Sometimes we can't believe people other than Angelina Jolie and Madonna actually buy this stuff.) Read through for yourself, and if like us you can't afford them, then consider it "beauty porn." Related: 33 Best Beauty Products Ever
La Prairie Precious Platinum Collection
$950 at La Prairie counters
You already know how fabulous platinum jewelry is, but what you might not realize is that the precious metal is also an effective anti-aging ingredient thanks to its stellar antioxidant properties. Of course, this level of skin-care luxury isn't cheap (1.7 ounces of La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare will cost you $1,000), but if you really want to do it up, check out the brand's holiday collection, which contains a 30 ml jar of the posh cream and a full-size Cellular Eye Cream Platinum Rare, as well as a necklace composed of
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- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Wed, Nov 17, 2010 1:01 AM EST
The tune of "If I was a rich girl..." runs through our heads as we read about the following super-luxurious beauty gifts that are out there this holiday season. (Sometimes we can't believe people other than Angelina Jolie and Madonna actually buy this stuff.) Read through for yourself, and if like us you can't afford them, then consider it "beauty porn." Related: 33 Best Beauty Products EverRead More »from 5 Ridiculously Expensive Beauty Gifts We Can Only Dream About
These stocking stuffers might be small, but they have a ton to offer. At $10 and under, you can stay within your holiday budget but still hit everyone on your shopping list. Buy one of these this season for your office gift swap, that friend you feel obligated to get a present for, or a little winter pick-me-up for yourself!Read More »from Stocking Stuffer Deals: 5 Beauty Gifts Under $10
Sephora Boo-Boo Bling
The last accessory you want to add to your matching cocktail dress and clutch combo is a nude Band-Aid. Thankfully, you can bling out your boo-boos with these adhesive bedazzled overlays that are so much fun, you'll almost be wishing to get a razor nick. (Almost.)
Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's
Don't let the little name fool you - these hand and lip picker-uppers provide a lot of relief for sore skin by tackling winter's two most prevalent beauty issues: chapped lips and dry knuckles.
$4.99 each, target.com
e.l.f. 100 Piece Eyeshadow Palette
Receiving this 100-shade palette is like owning the 64-crayon Crayola box with the
Even though all the at-home hair color advances make it less complicated to dye your locks at home, mistakes still happen. For example, you wanted a chocolate brown shade but what you got is an almost-black one. First, keep in mind that hair looks a lot darker when it's wet, so don't panic when you initially step out of the shower. If you're still shocked once your hair is completely dry, try one of these solutions.Read More »from Hair Help: 3 Tricks to Fixing Your Color
Pick up a box of Color Oops hair-color remover. It helps lift semi-permanent and permanent dye from your strands.
Related: Easy Ways to Preserve Your Color
Hot Oil Treatment
Use a hot oil treatment like Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Weekly Intense Conditioning Treatment. "Oil treatments can lift out some of the excess pigment left over from the initial coloring," says Nexxus color director Sharon Dorram-Krause. "Apply the oil treatment on your hair for 15 minutes and cover your head with a shower cap since heat intensifies the process." Once you wash it out, your
Ah, the basics of skin care. Wash, rinse, and repeat later-right? Not so fast...here are five common habits that will end up ruining your skin. (Read the Other Four Here)Read More »from 5 Bad Skin Habits That You Need to Quit
1. Choosing the Wrong Cleanser
Jennifer Fifer, owner of Tru Skin Clinical Spa in Manhattan, says women often buy high-end exfoliating products and moisturizers, but don't pay attention to what's actually in them. Choose products with few chemicals, she advises. Avoid those containing SD-40, isopropyl alcohol, a common ingredient that can be an irritant for acne-prone and sensitive skin types, leading to redness, dryness, and in some cases, brown spots and premature aging. Related: What the Heck Causes Adult Acne?
Many products today have alpha hydroxy acids to combat wrinkles and fine lines, but if you mix-and-match too often - for example, an acid-based moisturizer in the morning and an exfoliating cream at night - you run the risk of inflaming your skin. Related: The Top 5 Body Scrubs
Here's a scenario that we're all too familiar with: It's Friday night and we're slipping on our skinny jeans and they feel a little too...skinny. Don't freak out: It doesn't mean you've gained so many pounds that your jeans aren't shutting anymore. It could be because of what you ate during the day, which is causing you to bloat. Since no one wants to carry around extra inches on their waistlines, here are four ways to beat it. Related: Body-Slimming Tips for the HolidaysRead More »from 5 Ways to Deflate a Bloated Belly
Pick Potassium-Rich Foods
This mineral helps regulate the fluid balance in your body, keeping bloat at bay. High-potassium foods include bananas, cantaloupe, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes, nuts, and asparagus - which contains an amino acid called asparagine that (bonus!) acts as a diuretic to flush excess liquid out of your system.
Keep Your Mouth Shut
Beware of habits that cause you to swallow excess air - like chewing gum, drinking through a straw, smoking, and talking while you're eating, says Patricia Raymond,
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Nov 11, 2010 8:51 PM EST
Prepping, curling, volumizing, styling products - we've got 'em all! Check out the best of the best when it comes to hair care, no matter what your hair type is. Don't forget to take a peek at the best beauty products for makeup while you're at it.Read More »from 7 Hair Products and Tools to Swoon Over: Old Favorites and New Obsessions
Mason Pearson Hairbrush
These hand-crafted brushes use boar bristle and nylon tufts depending on how thick or thin your hair is (those with thicker locks should opt for the nylon bristles, while those with thinner hair should choose the boar bristles). Each brush massages your scalp with every stroke. We like things that multitask.
Moroccan Oil Treatment
This lightweight formula softens thick hair without tons of product buildup. Got some frizzes? It will cure those, too. Get more tips to tame your frizzy mane.
Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up 10 Minute Root Makeover
This applicator for touch-ups is so easy to use, it would actually be hard to mess up! Fix your roots and liven up your color in
- RealBeauty.com | Holiday Guide – Thu, Nov 11, 2010 8:18 PM EST
Gone are the days of putting together tiny plastic living rooms. These days, we're more about tucking away in the bathroom for a few hours, testing different eye shadow hues and lip colors. From all-inclusive skin-care sets to supersized makeup palettes, these gift sets will satisfy any beauty buff on your gift list.Read More »from 5 Beauty Gift Sets We Want Under Our Tree This Season
Bliss Take-Away Spa Day
Any beauty editor can tell you: Becoming acquainted with the amazing skin powers of Bliss is definitely a worthwhile experience. This set includes top-selling formulas that will rejuvenate her from head to toe. After all, everyone needs a spa day, whether she's on the go or staying at home.
Related: 12 At-Home Spa Secrets: Things You Can Do Together to Relax in Your Own Bathroom
Sephora Collection Endless Color Blockbuster
This is most definitely the blockbuster to end all blockbusters. Like the Energizer Bunny, the palette keeps going and going...to reveal 98 eye shadow colors and 70 lip hues, among other makeup must-haves,
Great skin care is more than topical creams, lotions, and serums-it starts from within and can be affected by environmental factors. See three culprits that you might not suspect, and check out more skin-care tips for fall here.Read More »from 3 Unexpected Causes of Your Skin Issues
1. Your shower may be causing dry skin.
Experiencing dry, itchy skin? The cause could be lurking right in your own bathroom. Proctor & Gamble beauty scientists conducted a survey and found that taking frequent hot showers and baths is the leading factor in dry skin. On top of that, the very products you use to cleanse your skin could contain harsh chemicals that actually cause skin dryness.
So, what are the best dry-skin remedies in the shower? Reach for moisture-enriched body washes and beauty bars. These can help you battle dry skin as you cleanse. Related: How to Judge a Moisturizer
2. Menopause affects more than your monthly cycle.
During menopause, women experience a decrease in estrogen that can lead to changes in the skin.
Examples of menopausal skin
- RealBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 10, 2010 6:02 PM EST
You already know what the holidays can do to your waistline (that's what elastic waistbands are for this time of year, right?), but they can also wreck serious havoc on your appearance. We asked Real Beauty expert, Dr. Bank what the most common holiday food offenders are and how to stop them from harming your complexion this season.Read More »from Beware of the Buffet: What Your Favorite Holiday Foods Can Do to Your Complexion
Salty Snacks: Everyone's eyes look a little swollen in the morning, but chowing down on salty foods (like mini hotdogs and Swedish meatballs) can cause water retention, which, in turn, leaves you with bigger bags than normal. If you know you're going to be going on a salt binge, make sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water to prevent puffy eyes and bloating.
A Fatty Dinner: If you pile your plate with prime rib, buttery mashed potatoes, and stuffing (and enjoy several nights of leftovers), you're asking for acne. According to Dr. Bank, eating a lot of fatty (and sugary) food can trigger an increase in insulin production, which ramps up your
We only got to spend a brief moment in time with the insanely busy and incredibly talented Billy Lowe (hairstylist to the stars and expert on all things beauty), but we learned a ton about how to get your perfect look. Read below to get his tips, what the hottest trends will be this season, and what you shouldn't try at home.Read More »from Beauty Talk with Celebrity Stylist Billy Lowe
Real Beauty: Let's talk trends - what will the hottest trends be for fall/winter this year?
Billy Lowe: We're going to see a lot of bold color with hair. Blonde is either going to be very a extreme blonde, or there will be a lot of dark brunettes.
Another thing we're going to be seeing for fall is ponytails - a lot of ponytails, they're hot, hot, hot, and it's a quick and easy look that can be done in as little as two minutes! This season, the ponytails are higher up than they have been in the past. We're used to seeing a low, classy pony, but this season they're fun and playful and high up at the occipital bone. Note to your readers: To find your occipital bone,