Last week, we wrapped up the Beauty Resolutions contest with Sephora. Now for the winners! Click through this slideshow to see who won a $25 Sephora gift card—along with a few shopping suggestions for under-$25 items to help with the winning resolutions. And come back Monday—the daily giveaways will return!
Posts for January 4th 2008
If "summer" is a verb for you—as in, "I summer in the Hamptons," you might already know about Dr. Kenneth Mark. The dermatologist works with some of New York's and Aspen's fanciest faces, focusing on cosmetic treatments such as Botox and chemical peels. I'm not interested in those things, but one of his creations definitely caught my eye.
Kenneth Mark Antioxidant Hydrating Cream ($95) is a pricey cream, for sure. But here's what's cool about it: it contains astaxanthin, which is up to 10 times more potent than other antioxidants. Since antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause aging, this cream is a power punch of good-skin stuff. By the way, its rarity helps explain the product's high price; synthetic astaxanthin fetches $2000 a kilogram on the market, while the natural stuff (which is harvested from sea organisms) goes for more than $7000 a kilogram.
I've sampled this cream, and although it's a lightweight cream, it's surprisingly hydrating. Plus, it's used in the Ritz-Carlton spa in Aspen, which makes me feel kinda fancy myself.
Laura Geller's new eye brow-enhancing product is called Long-Lasting Color Brow Marker ($19.97). Not only do I love the fact that this is another easy-to-apply, fool-proof makeup pen, but this brow fixer-upper is different from some of the others on the market because once it dries, it won't smudge or budge throughout the day.
This is a great solution for those of you who've overplucked and need a hand filling in thin or bare spots. The pen has a soft tip and from what I understand, the result is a natural, not overdrawn look. In addition, for every product that is sold, Laura Geller will donate $1 to Joan's Legacy, a lung-cancer research foundation.
To use it, shake the pen and apply a light layer to the natural shape of your brows. Wait about 20 seconds for it to dry, or use the time to blend the color. If it looks light, add another layer for a darker effect. It's available in taupe and brown; to read about which color is right for you, read more
You may have remembered the earlier perfume by Chloé called Chloé, but the company joined forces with Michel Almairac (the creator of Farenheit for Dior, Gucci Rush and Kiton) to create a new version of the discontinued fragrance. The redesigned bottle has similar lines to the hugely successful Heloise bag.
The floral scent has a rose base, with notes of peony, lychee, freesia, magnolia, and lily of the valley. Amber and cedar wood might temper those florals, but that's a lot of competing floral scents. An early review gives Chloé a big thumbs down, describing it as an "an uninteresting, clichéd floral that smells like a perfume masquerading as a fabric softener." Yikes.
You can smell for yourself in February, when Chloé ($110) lands in Saks Fifth Avenue. I'm interested in smelling this solely because I like the bags, shoes and clothes—so I'm hoping it's not as awful as it sounds. Are you excited about Chloé? (And Harry Potter fans, check out who's in the ads!)
Last year I posted a series called wiping the slate clean, which was all about clarifying facial cleansers. This year, I thought we could talk a little more frankly about detox — detoxing our skin that is. I've been on planes, trains, and cars throughout the holiday season and let's just say that I've had a few too many late nights (New Year's Eve included) trying to make up for lost time with friends and family.
But now that the party's over, my skin's seen better days. If you're still suffering the effects of overdoing it during the holidays, here are some helpful hints from skincare expert Liz Earle to get your once radiant skin back in check. And this detox program is so easy, you can do it over the course of a weekend.
- Did you know that eating a fruit-only diet for 24 hours can lead to increased energy and glowing skin and can help fight off free radicals? In particular, fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and cabbage are high in antioxidants.
- Exfoliate your skin to stimulate your circulatory and lymphatic systems. This helps to significantly reduce the toxins in your body. Each day in the shower, massage a scrub over your face and body to help rejuvenate your skin.
For three more helpful skin detox tips, read more
Celebrities without makeup A lot of women have the mistaken belief that glamorous celebs roll out of bed looking like they do on magazine covers. So they scrutinize every pore and wrinkle, get plastic surgery, or just hate their looks. This video shows that yes, celebrities really are just like the rest of us.
My heart is aching after watching this most recent episode of Gossip Girl. Oh, the tangled web of love is so complicated in the lives of the wealthy and fabulous. Besides the dramatic plot in episode 12, there were lots of beauty looks to keep me entertained.
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I've just found out about a Danish brand of makeup, skin care, fragrance, and bath and body products called Gosh Cosmetics. It's new to me, but it's been available for 25 years, with products now retailing in more than 60 countries. While the family-owned business began in 1945 as a pharmaceutical company, in the late '70s it shifted production into toiletries.
Full of bright, trendy, and fresh new color selections, Gosh is going for the youth market. The range of cosmetics contains high shine, shimmer, and even glitter — some of which are available through the 10 Minute Manicure express nail-salon chain.
Part of the fun of shopping for makeup is checking out some of the creative, sexy and funny names that companies come up with for new products. While something like Thrrrob is outwardly sexy, some names are more discreetly suggestive. These in particular made me laugh, so I thought you might enjoy them too.
The Balm Plum Your Pucker Lip Gloss in Squeeze My Lemons ($14) is a translucent and gentle lip plumper made from folic acid, menthol, vitamin C and just a slight touch of Maxi-Lip plumper to help increase blood flow to the mouth.
All of the glosses from The Balm are cutesy, but I happen to think the name of this one in particular is adorable. We totally get what it means and can laugh about it without it feeling gross whatsoever.
For two more suggestive makeup names, read more