'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.
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
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- 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
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
The holidays are so not the time to rely on the same old boring beauty moves (we're talking to you, black smoky eye). Step it up for the season's festivities with a hot new hair and makeup look. Need inspiration? Check out these celebs for a few sexy holiday hair and makeup ideas.Read More »from 4 Sexy Holiday Hair and Makeup Ideas to Try
Hair How-To: For Union's shiny, bouncy curls deep condition your hair the night before so it's extra glossy. Blow-dry your with a round brush then use a large curling iron, rolling hair around the barrel in one direction and then again in the other direction. Once you're done, mist everything with a lightweight shine spray.
Makeup Tip: Give your regular smoky eye a sultry holiday upgrade by using metallic shadows. Use a dark blue or purple for shading and lining and highlight your brow bones and inner corners with a champagne color. Check out the Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow collection ($20 each) for a slew of stunning options.
Hair How-To: Party hair doesn't have to be
Every few months the nail polish brands outdo themselves by launching a new collection of must-have colors. And with so many stunning shades out there, it's way too tough for us to choose just a handful of lacquers we love. So instead we focused on the top polish trends and hautest hues that polish fanatics went crazy over of the last year, broken down by season.Read More »from The Best Nail Trends of 2010
Best of Fall/Winter 2009
Trend: Shades of Grey
When putty-colored polishes first popped up, we were a bit perplexed. What's so cool about a color that looks like the sky on a dreary winter day? Everything, it turns out. Lady Gaga sported a grey hue on the September 2010 cover of Vanity Fair and practically every celeb in Hollywood has tried out a version of the tint (including Alyson Hannigan, who's nails are pictured here). The muted nail color trend is still going strong, with several new iterations like greige and grurple (a.k.a "hybrid hues"). Most-requested lacquers: Essie Chinchilly, a cool granite grey, and Sally
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can go around smelling like an evergreen tree or a wood-burning stove. So we enlisted the help of fragrance ambassador Michael Edwards to choose the seven sweetest and spiciest scents to try tonight. Then, take a walk down memory lane with these scents, and take our quiz to find out what your signature perfume is.Read More »from 7 Perfect-for-Winter Sugar and Spice Perfumes
Burberry, Burberry Brit
Scent Family: Floral Oriental
Smells Like: A fruity, green oriental that features a surprising mix of sugar and spice. (Learn even more about this scent here.)
Christian Dior, Poison
Scent Family: Floral Oriental
Smells Like: Sensual musk, exotic spices and delicious berries. (Learn even more about this scent here.)
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Lovely Collection: Twilight
Scent Family: Soft Oriental
Smells Like: "Day kisses night with a romantic scent that's pure sensuality," says Edwards. (Learn even more about this scent here.)
Aquolina, Pink Sugar
Scent Family: Woody Oriental
Smells Like: Cotton
- RealBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Sat, Dec 11, 2010 2:11 AM EST
Our pleasure expert Dame Lori tells you how to heat things back up in the bedroom.
Q: I love my husband, but after several years together the passion just isn't there. How can I heat things up again?
A: Complacency creates more complacency, doesn't it? And it sounds like your fireworks are experiencing a very short fuse. Let's start with some new little sparklers and celebrate your marriage. The key word is "new," since nothing is more of a drag on a stale relationship than going backwards and using old tricks. Why deposit more in your bank account of compare and despair when you can invest in a new account of pleasure-centered desires? You might just become an instantly sexy, passionate woman. (Related: How to Choose a Vibrator)
Here are six easy ways to reignite your attraction starting now:
- Send him sexy text message. Can't think of something seductive to write? Try "C U 2nite. Pants optional" or treat him to a naughty photo. Related: The 10 Subtle Things Men Love About Women
Men love gifts that are practical (gasp!), so get them something that will remind them of you every time they use it. We found the perfect gift for all the men in your life (everyone from your dad to the guy you just started dating) all under $100.Read More »from 5 Grooming Gift Ideas for Every Guy in Your Life
Whether he's an expert camper or deft in the art of hammock snoozing, these candles will channel one of those survival shows on Discovery for him, while leaving any room smelling like the cool crisp scent of a forest for you. Related: Body & Mind Gifts
Reindeer Candle, $37; soapandpaperfactory.com
Roland Pine, $28; soapandpaperfactory.com
If your guy is always getting the latest gadget, grab him the new Gillette Fusion Power ProGlide with enough razors for a year. He'll love the clean close shave perfect for extra-close encounters. And just think, if you break up, you can always pray for nicks. Related: Grooming Tips for Men: Manscaping
Gillette Fusion Power ProGlide, $10.99; athisbest.com