Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Go ahead! Ask your questions–now’s the time to get product recommendations, comparisons, or just find out what my favorite moisturizer is. You can ask whatever your heart desires, and I’ll do my best to answer!

I’ll be keeping an eye out on this post so I can answer questions quickly– as in, today! :) Feel free to chime in with your answer to someone else’s question, too! The more the merrier!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Celebrate Earth Day with At-Home Natural Hair Tricks of the Trade

Leonardo Manetti of ION Studio says:

Almond oil helps to nourish hair from the inside and add shine to the outside. Try an all natural hair masque by massaging almond oil into wet hair, from the roots to the ends. Cover with a shower cap for 15-30 minutes. Shampoo twice with a clarifying shampoo and do not condition. Finish with a blow dry and the result? Gorgeous shiny and smooth hair. Repeat this process once every two weeks to work with hair’s natural oils to add health and shine.

Brewed chamomile buds are a great natural tone booster for warm blondes. Brew about 3-4 chamomile tea bags in your tea kettle, let seep for twenty minutes, and let cool down. Pour into a water bottle (recycled of course!) and keep in the shower. After shampooing and conditioning, rinse clean hair with a few squirts of the chamomile bath to add warm tones and shine to warm blonde hair. Repeat once a week for an at- home natural color remedy!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

10 Ways to Help the Environment Through Beauty

Expert in green beauty, Carole Tessier, shares her top ten tips to support positive environmental change.

1. Seek out products with minimal packaging or biodegradable and botanical packaging such as boxes embedded with seeds which you can plant in your garden, as well as lipstick tubes made out of polyactic acid (a corn-based material).

2. Put your best face forward with organic, chemical-free, synthetic-free products. Avoid synthetic or petroleum derived ingredients, artificial fragrances, parabens, dyes, flavors, petrolatum, phtalates and preservatives.

3. Support companies with green business practices such as printing with eco-friendly soy-based ink or using renewable energy sources.

4. Before purchasing your beauty products, look for the USDA label. In order to be labeled “organic,” all valid certifying agencies must comply with USDA standards.

5. Utilize multi-use products such as color that can go on eyes, cheeks and lips.

Get five more tips on making your beauty routine more environmentally friendly! Continue reading →

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

With the recession still in full swing, some of us have to make our budgets stretch a little bit more. I know I’ve gotten quite a few more comments and e-mails asking for recommendations for lower priced products.

A few of you know drugstores aren’t as close as I’d like, but I did discover a way to give you better insight about those kinds of beauty products. Walmart is just five minutes away, and I think their beauty aisles are even fuller than some of the drugstores I’ve been in. It’s actually quite easy to forget just how long you’ve been perusing the aisles!

Here are five products most of us can skimp on without feeling deprived:

Body Lotion
Some of my favorite body lotions are still reliable, mass retailer brands like Aveeno, Cetaphil, and Nivea. CeraVe is a huge favorite for sensitive and scaly skin (well, so is Aveeno and Cetaphil). Cetaphil is also my go-to brand for when it feels like my skin is breaking out from everything else in my beauty cabinet.

Nail Polish
Even though I love brands like China Glaze, Essie, Orly, Zoya, etc., which are usually found at beauty supply stores and salons, some of the most popular nail polish brands are found at mass retailers. Brands like OPI and Sally Hansen are tops, and you can often score these on good sales (buy one, get one free). I don’t really justify why I buy a Chanel polish–I don’t think any polish could be worth $23 unless it was filled with diamonds, you know? For me, it’s an indulgence and not a necessity.

Find out three more products you can skimp on if you’re on a budget! Continue reading →

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Summer Bridal Makeup Looks by Rick DiCecca

Estée Lauder has created a look for every bride. Whether your outdoor wedding calls for a natural look, or your nighttime celebration insists on dramatic eyes and bold lips, you can achieve your perfect bridal makeup using one of Rick’s four Bridal Styles: Natural, Classic, Dramatic, or Romantic.

To begin each look, prep your skin with your favorite Estée Lauder skincare products. Use a foundation brush to apply your shade of Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 or Nutritious Vita-Mineral SPF 15 Makeup to even out skin tone for a flawless base. No matter what look you choose, be sure to apply Double Wear Eyeshadow Base from your lashline to the brow to ensure that your eyes stay fresh and glowing throughout the celebration.

Then try one of the four looks Rick DiCecca created! Continue reading →