Blog Posts by RealBeauty.com

  • DIY Facial Recipes from the Farmers' Market

    There's nothing like reaching for fresh fall produce during the autumn months. While you're baking pumpkin pies and butternut squash, try setting aside some of the ingredients for homemade beauty treats like facials and hair masks. We asked three natural-beauty gurus to steer us toward their favorite recipes.

    Brightening Butternut Squash Enzyme Mask

    SOURCE: Eric Sakas, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Vapour Cosmetics.

    This great mask works like a scrub to exfoliate without being abrasive to your skin. Butternut squash is high in vitamins A and C and zinc, and can brighten, heal, and protect your skin from free radicals, all while gently dissolving dead skin cells.


    INGREDIENTS
    1 egg
    1 cup cooked butternut squash
    Optional Ingredients
    PapayaHoneyApple cider or cranberry juice (whichever you have handy)

    METHOD
    Adding an egg to the mask helps bind the ingredients together, as well as nourishing and lifting the skin. Whisk together about 1/2 cup of the squash and the egg (feel

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  • 4 Fall Fashion Week Trends You Can Actually Wear Now

    You can run and you can hide, but it will hunt you down in your suede pumps anyway. We're talking about New York Fashion Week, which kicks off the Spring/Summer 2011 collections tomorrow at Lincoln Center. While we are giddy with excitement over the makeup tricks and tips we're about to have bestowed upon us in the upcoming days, we can't help but wonder...what are we supposed to be wearing now?

    Take a look at four of the best fall beauty trends from Fall 2010 Fashion Week that should be worn immediately, if not sooner. Happy Fashion Weeking!

    Related: Fall Beauty Trends for Every Age

    Beauty Trend #1: Double-Winged Cat Eye

    We can't get enough of this double-winged cat eye at Chado Ralph Rucci. It's simple, and the dual wings make you stop to take a second glance. To get this look, line the lower and upper rims on your lid with charcoal eyeliner. Next, start in the middle of your upper lid and create a second wing slightly above the lid, going just a touch farther out than the first

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  • 7 Fall Nail Polishes to Wear Now

    Just because the summer has ended doesn't mean your nails have to take an immediate turn to the darker side. Check out these hot-for-fall nail polishes that you can wear now. Related: How to Pull Off This Season's Best Beauty Trends

    Deep Red
    This season, classic cherry-red nails are stepping aside to make room for their darker counterparts. Turn to this crimson creme polish on days you want to bring out your inner vixen. (Essie Limited Addiction, $8, essieshop.com) Related: Red-Lip Tips for Every Age



    Lots of Glitter

    Pop culture is a huge influence on beauty trends, and we like to think that Deborah Lippmann harnessed that affinity in these two hues. Across the Universe (pictured left) pays homage to the 2007 award-nominated movie-musical. The navy polish has flashy blue and green specks, which take on the form of nail art. Lippmann went Gaga over Bad Romance (right), a smoky black hue infused with purple glitter. They go on sheer, so you'll need to layer for maximum color. ($18

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  • 7 Sleep-Stealing Foods to Stay Away From

    If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, your dinner could be to blame. Our esteemed panel of nutritionists and dieticians list out seven foods that keep you up past your bedtime. For the ones that put you to sleep, click here. Related: Do You Need a Sleep Makeover?

    Caffeine
    You've known this guy for years. He's gotten you through countless all-nighters and pepped you up for that 8 a.m. Monday morning presentation. But did you know that caffeine isn't actually giving your body any energy? "Though caffeine does provide us with that feeling of alertness, it's just a stimulant," says Michelle Dudash, registered dietician, chef, and freelancer writer. Related: 10 Products to Bring You to a Happy Place

    Aged Cheese

    If a nap is in your future, steer clear of Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, and other hard cheeses (basically, all the yummy smelly ones!). The high levels of the amino acid tyramine are known to keep you up. Related: 33 Healthy Foods to Fight Off Aging

    Spicy Foods
    Hot

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  • Beauty Fail, Beauty Score: How to Pull Off the Swept-Back Look

    Lately, we've been seeing celebrities shy away from a pin-straight hairstyle in favor of one with lots of volume for their red-carpet events - a swept-back look, with a softly teased crown. Take a look which celeb pulled it off and which one missed the mark. Plus, get expert tips so you don't make the same mistake when trying this style.

    Related: Top Celebrity Hair-Color Tips

    Heidi Klum's Wet, Slicked-Back Look: FAIL

    It takes a lot to make Heidi Klum look bad, but this hairstyle isn't doing much for the supermodel. "Heidi has the 'just got out of the shower' look," says Riccardo Maggiore, celebrity stylist and owner of the Riccardo Maggiore Salon in New York City. "It's very wet and crunchy. This type of look is only good at the beach."

    To avoid looking like you ran out of time to blow-dry your hair, Maggiore suggests using a small amount of texturizer or hair balm on dry hair to add definition. Continue by smoothing and styling the hair straight back with a comb. Add more texture to

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  • 5 Tips for Making Room in Your Makeup Bag

    Most of us have a drawer filled with half-used lip glosses, cracked blushes, and mascaras from who even knows when. That's why we solicited the help of an expert to find out what products you need to ditch (like, now) and what's worth holding onto.

    Divide and Conquer

    Start by dumping all of your makeup onto a table or the floor, says Raychel Wade, a makeup artist who offers a service called Makeup Bag Rx, in which she cleans out her clients' makeup, discarding prehistoric products and unearthing hidden gems. Next, arrange the makeup into the following categories: lips, cheeks, eyes, miscellaneous. Once everything is separated into groups, you'll probably notice that you own several products in the same shade, says Wade. "No one needs a dozen pink blushes or six red lipsticks."

    Check for Quality
    When it comes to the quality of your powder shadows, blushes, and bronzers, a fancy brand name or how much you paid for it shouldn't be a factor, says Wade. Here's a better way to gauge what

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  • 6 Foods to Keep You Young: The Best Anti-Aging Nibbles

    Age may just be a number, but it's not one we like to give out willingly. Knock a few years off by tweaking your diet with these foods proven to be full of anti-aging properties. Plus, they'll help you reap the benefits of a smaller waist, too.

    Nibble on...Berries

    Stocked with antioxidants, these yummy snacks neutralize damaging free radicals, says Paula Simpson, BASc, RNCP. They also help the body manufacture collagen, leaving your skin firm and smooth.

    And though all berries have some anti-aging perks, blueberries are soaring in popularity because of the amount of vitamin C and E they contain, says Lisa Drayer MA, RD. These vitamins fight aging by ridding the body of harmful chemicals that have long-term, damaging effects on our organs. We'll be making a blueberry pie this weekend, stat.

    Related: Foods That Make You Glow from Head to Toe

    Nibble on...Water-Rich Foods

    Foods high in water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, apples, peaches, melons, and celery, are some of the

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  • Back-to-Beauty: When to Throw Out Your Makeup

    Admit it: If you took a peek into your cosmetic bag, you might find a tube of your favorite lip gloss from 7th grade. We all hang on to makeup longer than we should, but with fall almost in full swing, make a vow to start fresh for your face's sake. Follow this timeline to see if you should keep or ditch your everyday hair and makeup products. Your skin will thank you!

    Lipsticks

    Lip glosses and lipsticks can last anywhere from 18 months to two years. Keep a watchful eye on your favorite hues - if you notice an off smell or taste, toss them in the trash and treat yourself to a new tube! Also be wary of who you let stick their fingers in your favorite pot 'o gloss. Friends with a cold who swipe your gloss with their fingers have now just made your favorite lip gloss a breeding ground for bacteria.

    Related: 33 Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction?


    Foundation

    Liquid foundations and concealers should be replaced every six months. To make your foundation last as long as possible, be sure to store

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  • Have More Sex, Lose More Weight

    Sorry, milk. It looks like sex actually does a body good. Your nighttime romp is a proven factor in burning calories, keeping you limber, and even blasting cellulite. Take a look at how and why having sex can keep you fit and healthy.

    Related: How to Get Sex Hair

    Sex is an Energy Booster

    Exercise boosts not only your energy, but also your stamina. The more you have sex, the more you increase your stamina - not only in the bedroom, but also to handle the long workdays, family mountain-climbing trips, and anything else life throws your way.


    Related: The Benefits of Sex for Your Mind and Body



    Sex is a Form of Cardio


    "If you are having sex, it is a form of exercise, both aerobic and cardiovascular," Dr. Gloria G. Bramer, a Georgia-based licensed clinical sexologist, says. "It works multiple muscles in your body (especially if you are trying something new!) and keeps you flexible."

    Related: 15 Ways to Channel Your Inner Seductress



    Sex Helps Him Out Too

    Bramer says that when you have sex,

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  • Your Time-Saving Skin and Makeup Regimen

    Whether you're packing your kids' lunches or preparing to hit the books yourself, the new school year is fast approaching, and it's easy to let your skin-care and makeup routines fall short amid all the back-to-school chaos. Dr. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in New York City, and celebrity makeup artist Eric Sakas explain how to stay on top of your routines in three minutes or less. Their trick? Use multi-use products

    Cleanse and exfoliate: 60 seconds.
    It's important to treat sun damage accumulated over the summer months before you head into autumn. Your sunny glow may have turned into patchy pigmentation, so the first important step is exfoliation. Look for a gentle exfoliating wash, such as DDF Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash ($35, ddfskincare.com) or the exfoliating Purifying Cleanser by Petite Marie Organics ($25, petitemarieorganics.com), and use it in the morning. This exfoliation will help get rid of dead skin, which has been shown in clinical studies to stimulate new collagen

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