Entries from August 26th, 2010

EMMY Nominated Starlettes’ 5 Must-Have Beauty Products To Get Red-Carpet Ready

26.8.10

Looking flawless while walking the red carpet is no easy task. Celebrities don’t just wake up with a dewy glow and perfectly coiffed hair, they all have little tricks up their sleeves to look their absolute best on their big night! You don’t have to be a celebrity to get these products- the price tag on every one fits any beauty babe’s budget!

How Nominees Get Red Carpet Ready for the Emmys!

1. Relaxation is Key
Before you even get started preparing and primping, relax and calm your pre-Emmy jitters with Ecoya ($50.00, www.ecoya.com) soy candles. Light a gorgeous Sorrento candle, close your eyes and breathe in the all-natural scent. Nominees such as Toni Collette and Glenn Close take a moment to let their Ecoya scent calm their minds- and nerves-before a big event!

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2. Perfect Complexion
Glee’s leading lady and nominee, Lea Michele takes tips from the Kardashian sisters and uses their skin clearing system, PerfectSkin, ($29.95, www.perfectskinnow.com/ ) can make you look just that-perfect at the Emmys! There is no use having a gorgeous hair style and perfect make up if skin blemishes creep through and ruin your look! All it takes is the right skin regimen to make your skin clear, radiant and ready for the spot light.

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Step 1: PerfectSkin Cleanse, Equalizing All-In-One Cleanser gently cleanses, refreshes, softens and brightens the skin as it whisks away impurities and removes makeup.

Step 2: PerfectSkin Tone, Balancing and Refreshing Toner penetrates deep into pores to remove dirt and sweep away dead skin cells without stripping skin of its natural moisture.
Step 3: PerfectSkin Repair and Protect, Intense Moisture BioRepair Complex delivers intense hydration to the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Glowing Skin
A dress that shows some skin requires a flattering tan to show it off. Get a spray tan two days prior to the Emmys. Rushed for time? Try Kristin Chenoweth’s trick and look like you just returned from a tropical vacation with a self-tanner like Jergens natural glow EXPRESS Body Moisturizer ($8.99, walgreens.com). In just one day you’ll get a subtle glow and within three days, you’ll have a glorious (and skin-healthy) tan, without looking orange or streaky.

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4. A Bright Smile
With a healthy glow, nothing complements your skin more than a bright white smile! A smile is the best accessory to every outfit. To make her smile bright, Jane Krakowski uses a teeth-whitening kit, Crest Whitestrips Pro Effects, ($29.99, drugstore.com) 10 days before the Emmys.

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5. Polished Nails
A mani/pedi is a great way to make you feel all dolled up for a special occasion. But sitting in a salon may require time that you don’t have. To get beautiful nails quickly, Nominee January Jones paints on one of the fast-drying colors from Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri nail color collection like Rapid Red ($5, sears.com) and in 60 seconds she has beautiful dry nails minutes before hitting the Emmy Red Carpet!

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Tips For Finding the Perfect Foundation from Paula Begoun

18.8.10

The Cosmetics Cop’s Tips for Finding Your Perfect Foundation for Fall

Foundation is a fundamental step for women to gain confidence and satisfaction with their overall appearance. With literally thousands of products to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you? The Cosmetics Cop to the rescue! Paula Begoun, skin care expert and bestselling author of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, reveals her tips for picking the perfect foundation.

  • For Extremely Dry or Wrinkled Skin
    Women who need medium to full coverage and are looking for moisturizing texture should try an oil-based foundation. The emollient in the ingredients helps the skin look very dewy and moist, which can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and give the skin a healthy glow.
    Products Worth Trying: Clinique Supermoisture Makeup ($23) and Dior DiorSkin Ecalt Satin ($42).
  • For Dull or Dry Skin
    Following the latest makeup trends that boasts a shimmer and glow to your overall look, try foundations with shine. These products provide a subtle glow and are best used when trying to achieve an evening look.
    Products Worth Trying: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($58), Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse Airbrush Finish ($8.79), and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($42).
  • Slightly Dry or Combination Skin
    To achieve a slightly matte and powdery appearance, women should try a cream-to powder foundations. They provide a greater range of coverage than pressed powder–based foundations and blend easily.
    Products Worth Trying: Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation ($38), Clinique City Base Compact Foundation SPF 15 ($23), and M.A.C. Studio Tech Foundation ($29.50).
  • For Normal to Dry Skin
    For women who are looking for light to medium coverage, water-based and standard liquid foundations are the best option. The fluid nature of these foundations provides easy blending and, once set with powder, blush and eyeshadow will smooth on effortlessly.
    Products Worth Trying: L’Oreal Visible Lift Line-Minimizing & Tone-Enhancing Makeup SPF 17 ($11.95), Paula’s Choice All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 15 ($14.95), and Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($38).
  • For Normal to Dry or Slightly Oily Skin
    If you are looking for a tough of color along with minimal coverage, sheer foundations and tinted moisturizers are the ideal option.  They provide a sheer almost transparent appearance and are great for casual weekend makeup.
    Products Worth Trying: Neutrogena Health Skin Enhancer SPF 20 ($11.99), Paula’s Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 20 ($14.95), and Laura Geller Barely There Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($30).
  • Normal to Oily or Combination Skin
    For convenience and on-the-go application, a pressed powder–based foundation is a great choice for women who are looking for a polished appearance. These foundations come in a compact and perform much like any pressed powder (though with more coverage) and work great when applied over sunscreen.
    Products Worth Trying: BeautiControl Perfecting Wet/Dry Finish Foundation ($21), Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup ($23), and Laura Mercier Foundation Powder ($40).
  • For Moderately Oily Skin
    An oil-free or liquid foundation with a matte finish is the optimal choice. It provides a smooth, refined finish with no shine or dewy appearance with sheer to medium coverage. These foundations are the best choice for women who want balanced coverage with minimal to no shine, and who need shine control and pore-minimizing.
    Products Worth Trying: Avon Perfect Wear Extralasting Liquid Foundation ($12), Clarins Truly Matte Foundation SPF 15 ($38), and Paula’s Choice Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 15 ($14.95).
  • For Extremely Oily Skin
    Women who have trouble with makeup slipping, who live in a humid climate, or have seriously oily skin must try an ultra-matte foundation. These provide medium to full coverage and offer truly impressive staying power.
    Products Worth Trying: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF 10 ($33.50), Revlon ColorStay Active Light Makeup SPF 25 ($12.99), and Boots No7 Stay Perfect Foundation SPF 15 ($13.99).

For additional skincare and makeup tips from Paula Begoun, please visit www.cosmeticscop.com orwww.beautybunch.com.

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Saks Fifth Avenue and Frederic Fekkai Announce the Fekkai Style Trial Event

17.8.10

Hair is your best accessory and Frederic Fekkai wants everyone to unlock the key to great style! Frederic Fekkai invites customers to Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide on Thursday, August 26 to receive a personalized hair consultation and complimentary full sized Fekkai Advanced styling product, up to a $25value, while supplies last.

Receiving your free product is as easy as 1-2-3!

  • Visit FekkaiStyleTrial.com and print out the Fekkai Style Trial Registration page.
  • Fill in the required information and check the box of your preferred Fekkai Styling product.
  • Bring the printed and completed registration page to your local Saks Fifth Avenue on August 26 to redeem your complimentary full-size styling product.

The Fekkai Style Trial event is part of the exciting “Wear Your Hair” campaign from Fekkai and includes the chance to take home a best selling styling product. A Fekkai team representative will be on-hand to offer a personalized consultation complete with a corresponding complimentary product to help them achieve their ultimate style!  Product options include:  Advanced Full Blown Volume Lifting Hairspray, Advanced Brilliant Glossing Creme, Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Anti-Fade Topcoat & Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm.

Fekkai invites current devotees as well as new consumers to Saks Fifth Avenue for their personalized consultation. The Style Trial will run nationwide throughout the day at Saks Fifth Avenue Fekkai counters!  Try Fekkai today and experience salon proven results.

The Fekkai Style Trial is limited to one styling product per customer and is only available while supplies last.

For additional information about the Fekkai Style Trial please visit www.fekkaistyletrial.com.

Fall 2010 Trend Alert: Blue Eyeshadow

11.8.10

Mention blue eyeshadow and most women cringe. Images of hot pants, frosted hair, and gold fish platforms are conjured up  when thinking about the blue eyeshadow—a staple in the 70s.

Designers like Cholé  featured a modern blue smokey eye during Fall 2010 fashion week. Today’s blue eyeshadow is deep and rich in color as opposed to the frosty blue of the past. The shade compliments all skin tones and eye colors…just be sure to keep the rest of your face neutral.

Here are some fall’s newest blue shades:

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