by Rory Evans
1. SHAVE AFTER WASHING
Showering or bathing in warm water for at least two or three minutes prior to shaving "will prevent dirt and dead skin from jamming up a razor or causing ingrowns," says Claire Girdler, a research scientist at Gillette.
2. DRY OFF YOUR RAZOR
"I knew a girl who shaved her bikini area with a razor she always left in the shower, and she ended up with a staph infection," says Jodi Shays, owner of Queen Bee Salon and Spa in Los Angeles. Granted, that's an extreme example, but wiping your razor clean and storing it someplace dry can ward off bacteria.
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3. USE A FRESH, SHARP BLADE (OR FIVE) If it's a disposable razor, chuck it after two or three uses. If it has a replaceable blade, switch to a new one before it gets dull. Most American women replace after about a dozen uses, according to Gillette research, but you should change it at the first sign of dullness or discomfort, says Girdler. "For most women, this
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by Lexi NovakRead More »from Has Disney Taken the "Sex Sells" Principle Too Far?
It seems another young starlet has fallen victim to the movie industry machine that chews up pigtail-wearing little girls and spits them out as sexpots. Merida, the fiercely independent computer-animated Scottish heroine of Disney's Brave, has become the company's eleventh princess, and, in the process, she's undergone a controversial makeover.
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A few key details to note: Her already bright blue doe eyes now appear even brighter, even bluer, even doe-ier. And is that black eyeliner we detect rimming her upper lash line? Her trim waist is now so narrow that she must have broken a few ribs or be seriously sucking it in, and her kick-ass bow and arrow have been replaced with an innocuous belted sash. To top it off, Merida's awesomely untamed, frizzy mane has suspiciously been transformed into glossy Victoria's Secret hair. As someone with a head of red curls, I take particular offense at that last change.
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I have a terrible time organizing my makeup and beauty products. Here's a peak inside my master bathroom. As you can see, I don't have a medicine cabinet so I'm always on the lookout for cute ways to centralize and display my go-to products. On the flip side, it's hard for me to accumulate too much stuff, which is definitely a positive. The lack of drawers and cabinets helps me stay on top when my makeup is past its expiration date (check out this video How Long Does Makeup Last? for more on that) and what I need to buy. If you too are looking for creative storage solutions, you'll love these 7 clever ways to display your beauty products. - By Jill Seiman
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Beauty boosts for busy moms
We are all busy mamas, whether we have a newborn, toddler, preschooler, one of each - it doesn't matter. The fact is we are always "on the go" and time is certainly of the essence. However, it's important to take a few (or more!) minutes for ourselves. Not only will we look better, but we will feel more confident and happy to take on the day with our little ones. Not always easy, I know, but certainly doable!
I know when I feel blah, the kids feel blah. So I try to incorporate a little beauty boost each morning to inject a some oomph to my day. Here are ten steps and makeup products that are quick and easy to use and leave you looking and feeling good!Read More »from Top 10 Beauty Boosts for Moms Who Only Have 5 Minutes
Top 10 Beauty Boosts For Busy Moms
1. Body Cream:
No one has much time to moisturize, but having an all over lotion like the TEN Hydration Body Cream makes it easier to get into the habit. The gentle smell is baby friendly and kind on your skin which can still be sensitive after giving birth - or you can make your own
M.A.C. Punk Couture Collection M.A.C welcomes the dark side with a limited-edition Punk Couture collection of eyeliners, lipsticks, and nail lacquer. Just in time for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's ongoing "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibit, and after all those headline-making, edgy outfits at the Met Gala, the beauty brand's online-only line features on-trend vampy shades.
The blackish-purple lipstick ($15) shown, in Cyber, is accompanied by another lipstick in Dark Side-a rich, burgundy color that is also featured in the shinier Pro Longwear Lipglass ($20). Both a Liquid Liner ($19.50) and the Fluidline ($16) gel formula will be sold in black. A dark lilac nail lacquer titled Dark Angel ($16) rounds out the of-the-moment collection.
The M.A.C. Punk Couture collection is currently available online in North America, with prices ranging from $15 to $23.
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Modern Bride/Thomas IannacconeSo let's say you wake up this morning, spontaneously buy a lottery ticket and win several thousand dollars. How ever will you spend it all? On a resort vacation? The perfect spring wardrobe? Or, perhaps, on a giant bottle of Chanel N°5?
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If you think the last option sounds a little crazy, you're not alone: ever since the brand released the 30-ounce "Grand Extrait" size of its iconic fragrance, people have been debating its value. From a logical standpoint, there isn't much. Smell fades from perfume after a few years; that's just long enough for one person to use up a standard one-ounce bottle. So even those with Marilyn Monroe-like devotion to the scent would be hard pressed to use up all that gold-colored liquid in such a short span of time. Forget about just wearing it to bed--one would have to bathe in the stuff to get through it.
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Everything is so much easier in the summer (hello, tousled hair!). But, with warm weather's effortless insouciance comes a trade off: melting. No, we're not talking about that leather pencil skirt that you should have saved for an overcast day, but rather, your eye makeup.
No matter how precise we are in front of the mirror on a humid morning (they're coming!), we always seem to get to work with some seriously smudged eye makeup - well beyond the point of a casually undone smoky eye and more like "rabid raccoon on a bender." Not a good look.
Let's face it: Not any old waterproof liner will do the trick. That's why we're bringing you eight of our go-to picks - we're talking everything from a lilac-hued cream that's perfect for green-eyed lasses to a cat-eye-ready, black-as-night liquid liner - that won't just make your eyes pop, but will stay in place all day long. Now, all you have left to do isRead More »from The Best Stay-Put Liners for Summer's Humid Temps
Now that it's time to trade in your pants and maxis for flirty shorts and minis, we've rounded up expert tips to keep your stems super sexy. So go ahead, show some leg!
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Beauty on Shine – Tue, May 14, 2013 3:36 PM EDT
by Grace ClarkeRead More »from Learning to Love Helmet Hair: How to Save Your Style While Biking
Grace ClarkeIt's National Bike Month, and I've begun cycling to work--a mammoth feat for many reasons--and although my gigantic orange helmet won't solicit any wolf whistles, the hairdo it helps create is catcall-worthy. That's right: my hair looks better post-commute than when I leave my apartment.
Not only is my hairline smoother, but if I pin my hair into three mini twists at the nape of my neck, I wind up with smooth, graceful curls. Why? The pressure of a helmet works to decrease frizz, and helmets also lock in heat, acting like one of those giant salon dryers, so your hair will hold a bit of whatever shape you've twisted, braided or rolled.
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Hairstylist Luke Chamberlain gave me a few more ways to helmet-stye my hair--for each of them, mist dry hair all over with an anti-humidity finishing spray (he likes Oribe Imperméable Spray), follow the tips, and remove any elastics and pins after taking off your helmet:
1. Windblown waves:
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