We're all for the DIY craze (have you seen our Pinterest boards lately?), but a recent survey by Harris Interactive found that half of women are disappointed with their at-home beauty attempts. We get it. There's nothing worse than spending hours on a nail art design only to end up with a splattered mess. In fact, eight out of 10 respondents admitted they get better results from the professionals than when they take the time to try it at home. But there are still those out there who prefer to spend their time mixing up beauty recipes in the kitchen, from DIY facials to beauty recipes. We know some of you are a closet mixologists, so tell us: do you crave the satisfaction that comes with a do-it-yourself triumph, or do you have a regularly scheduled appointment at the salon?
Who doesn't want smooth and supple skin? We stopped by Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills to learn what it takes to prevent wrinkles and banish fine lines. Plus, we even got a sneak peak at a Gwyneth Paltrow-approved treatment and an easy DIY eye mask.
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Breakouts are the worst, and if it seems like a constant battle between you and your face, it's time to feed your skin from the inside out.
This creamy smoothie recipe is made from Vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado and sweetened with grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. You'll love the taste of the strawberries that also help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow. Almond butter offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin, and a sprinkle of flaxmeal contains omega-3s that help reduce inflammation.
Keep reading for this simple 309-calorie smoothie recipe.
We've all seen it, and we've all been victims of it: dry, cracked lips. Between cold air and the moisture-sucking effects of indoor heating, the delicate skin of your lips can get chapped fast in the Winter. You can keep your lips hydrated and supple all season with these helpful tips.
The goodness of olive oil has been documented in countless ways and using it to cleanse your face is just one of them. While there have been many versions over the years, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28) is a standout. It's olive-oil-based, making it not only excellent at melting makeup away, but also perfect for delivering natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and omega-3 nutrients to your skin. Apply it directly to dry skin while your makeup is still on, massage over your complexion, and rinse away with warm water. You'll be surprised at how clean your skin will be — without that taut, dried-out feeling.
The cold air of Winter might leave you feeling more dry than usual. To make sure your hair, skin, and nails stay radiant all season long, it's time to consider adding in some moisturizing treatments to your beauty routine. Here are some simple ways to enjoy some pampering, while also infusing yourself with added hydration.
For Hair and Face
1. Suki Hair / Scalp Conditioning Oil ($33): An itchy scalp is not only uncomfortable, it can also lead to dandruff. Nourish you hair and scalp with this blend of organic lavender, rosemary, and neem oils to calm and hydrate your scalp, while also adding shine and protection to dried-out strands.
2. Sensai Intensive Hair Mask ($57): Wake up a lackluster mane with this deep conditioning treatment that boasts Asian botanicals to help hydrate and repair dry, damaged hair. It will leave your hair soft and smooth with a fresh floral scent to boot.
3. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90): This cult classic mask is a makeup artist favorite for instant hydration and that covetable dewy complexion. Leave this on your face and let the skin-brightening ingredients soak right on in.
See more moisturizing treatments for the neck down when you keep reading.
As beauty editors, we are constantly trying out new products, but even we have our all-time favorites. Call these our holy grail buys, and surprisingly, they're not all splurges. The prices run the gamut from $2 to $200. Read on to discover the five classics that everyone talks about and that we adore, too.
- Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream ($155): Celebrities hoard it, estheticians recommend it, and our editors agree. This well-known cream is worth every penny because it sends wrinkles running and keeps skin, soft, smooth, and hydrated.
- Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker ($2): When it comes to a neutral lipstick nothing does the job better than this classic Dr. Pepper lip balm. The hint of red is just right for that everyday flush.
- Essie Ballet Slippers ($8): Every once in a while, we sidestep the anxiety that comes with selecting a polish a the salon and just bring our go-to nude along. This Essie shade is just the right mix of pink and white to blend with any skin tone. Plus, the sheer coverage always makes it work appropriate.
- CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara ($9): While some are Maybelline Great Lash addicts, our editors are partial to this volumizing mascara because the plastic bristles keep clumps at bay, so all you see are fluttery lashes.
- Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser ($9): If it's good enough for grandma, then it's good enough for us. This cleansing cream is still a vanity must have because there is nothing better at removing stubborn eye makeup.
It seems as if a festive cocktail is as synonymous with the holidays as, say, gifts or shopping. So it can be easy to overindulge in a few alcoholic beverages! But taking one too many sips at your next holiday gathering can end up doing a number on your skin. Too much alcohol can cause breakouts, dryness, and puffiness and even affect your skin's clarity.
Which drinks do the heavy damage? Learn what to avoid (when at all possible) and how to take care of your skin after a long night out.
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Lip balm is one of those skin care and makeup essentials that you can easily find at the drugstore. The problem is there are often too many varieties from which to choose at the drugstore. Whether it's for hydration, serious skin repair, or a touch of color, hands down there's a tube out there made for you. Read on for a list of 10 top lip balm picks, each one under $10.
There is nothing more soothing than a spa facial complete with a steam treatment. But if you're looking to keep a couple hundred dollars in your pocket this season, you can get a similar effect at home with the Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam ($17, originally $24). The scent alone will immediately transport you to a more relaxed place. The dry-skin formula, my personal favorite, has dried rose petals to give it a strong floral smell, and there are also rosemary and peppermint to help soothe inflammation. After just five minutes of hovering over a bowl of steaming water mixed with this potpourri, my skin had a healthy glow and soft texture I usually have to wait until Summer to achieve. It's also the perfect way to clear out pores before putting on a mud mask. Just make sure to keep your jar safely concealed in the bathroom vanity, or some unsuspecting guest might mistake it for tea.