Let's face it: your feet aren't the most glamorous part of your beauty routine, but they deserve just as much attention as the rest of your body (and we're talking more than your standing pedicure appointment). Clarisonic recently released a new brush kit, the Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System ($199), just for your feet. (Editor's note: the pedicure brush set was sent to us by Clarisonic for review.) The brand's star product, its rotating facial cleansing brush, is already a must have among celebrities and beauty editors, so see why you'll want to get your hands on this pedicure-perfecting tool.
Shower gels and foaming face cleansers often come in liquid or creamy form, but there's something special about finding a bar soap you just absolutely love. But like all good things, you eventually reach the end, but you can learn some tricks to actually make your bar last longer.
- High and dry: Keep soap out of water, away from the direct shower stream to avoid "melting." Soap-saving products come in all shapes and sizes to drain water out and keep your bar soap protected. Try a Wooden Slatted Soap Dish ($4) or a Suction Soap Dish ($8) that you can hang in your shower.
- The harder the better: We mean soap, people. Look for the French milled or triple milled variety, which is made at high pressure, resulting in a harder, dense soap that has less air and lasts much longer.
- Use a washcloth: Limit the amount of soap usage by busting out a washcloth, instead of just using your hands. A shower sponge or mesh sponge will also do the trick.
- Nothing but net: The Container Store's Netted Soap Saver ($2) allows you to drop small scraps of soap into the netted pouch for an exfoliating effect. Just make sure to hang it in your shower where the water won't hit.
- DIY: Unwrap new soaps and place them in a drawer or between layers of linens. This helps "cure" the soap (dry it out), making for a harder, longer-lasting bar.
Fall scents often smell like pumpkin pie, caramel, and lattes, but for someone like me who doesn't like gourmand scents, it can be hard to find something seasonal that appeals to my nose. Enter: Thymes Clary Sage Tea Sink Set ($32). This aromatic blend of assam black tea, sage, rosemary, and sandalwood creates that perfect warm scent you look for in the crisper months, but doesn't smell too rich or sweet. I love that it comes with the hand wash and hand cream, so I can nourish my palms and enjoy a Fall scent that still feels clean and light.
The following post was written by Christy, who blogs at Sparkles & Spinach, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
When most people think of eco-friendly (and people-friendly) beauty, they probably picture shopping at Whole Foods and picking up a bar of patchouli soap. Not that there's anything wrong with either; Whole Foods is one of my favorite stops for amazing beauty deals. But green beauty has come quite a long way, and is far beyond shopping the aisles at your local health store. I personally have been chemical-free for the last two-plus years and will not use any products that contain toxic components. I consider myself a green beauty maven with purist tendencies! I try to find the cleanest — and by cleanest, I mean nontoxic — beauty items that fit a middle budget. If they multitask, that's even better. So here are my top five beauty buys that are not only safe, but amazing as well. Get the full selection when you read more.
If you love marzipan, amaretto, and just about everything else that's concocted with the deliciously sweet and nutty scent of almonds, then you'll love Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap in Almond ($17). It might not be the cheapest among the body-care category, but it has a rich, pure aroma that'll make you want to linger in the shower probably a bit longer than you should. But you won't, because you're earth-conscious like that.
Besides the fact that this liquid soap is organic, it's not too gag-me sweet. Since the scent is natural, it doesn't linger around or smell fake on the skin, unlike certain overly perfumed products. It may take a while to get used to the watery texture of this castile soap (it's made purely from vegetable origin). Once dampened, though, it produces a nice, foamy lather that's both film-free and moisturizing. If you're looking for hours of entertainment, we recommend reading the fine print on the bottle, where you can catch the philosophical rantings straight from the late Dr. Bronner himself.
When it comes to does-it-all beauty, Lina Hanson's Global Body Serum ($63) is a force to be reckoned with. While it's perfect for its intended purpose (to hydrate skin), you can also use it to remove makeup, eliminate frizz, and give your razor some slip while shaving. It even doubles as a light fragrance; its subtle vanilla citrus scent is more warm and uplifting than overly cloying. This heavy-duty moisturizer, which is 100 percent natural, packs a powerful punch thanks to a blend of rice bran, avocado, apricot, argan, brazil nut, pumpkin seed, and camellia oils. Drop it in your purse, and take it with you everywhere. Wear it everywhere, too.
Thanks to skin-exposing short shorts and strappy tanks, self-tanning goes hand in hand with Summer, but it can still be a useful tool going into Fall. But beware: turning out orange is even more unnatural this time of year. Keep your Summer glow from turning to sallow skin with these cool-weather self-tanner tips.
Full disclosure: I am not a girl who likes floral body washes. Anything that has even has the slightest hint of hydrangea, pop of peony, or lick of lily makes my stomach turn. That was, at least, until Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash in Wild Peony and Red Plum ($5) fell into my lap. Peony and plum? Two of my nemeses. But after one use, I am a complete convert.
The pretty pink gel works itself into a delicious lather that was the opposite of saccharine. In fact, the scent was rather delicate; the plum neutralized the peony and created a harmonious fragrance that was surprisingly subdued. And instead of leaving behind an overwhelming scent once I dried off, I only caught small whiffs of Caress's body wash throughout the day, which were sweet, not sickening — kind of like the perfect perfume. Flower cynics, prepare to be converted into flower children.
Back in the day, Gap had a cult following in its Grass eau de toilette, a scent that smelled like, well, freshly cut grass. And while the favorite scent may no longer be in circulation, various iterations of that lush green fragrance line beauty shelves and specialty shops all over the world. Scented with lavender, lemon, lime, and ylang-ylang, McEvoy Ranch's 80 Acres Body Oil in Verde ($32) provides a natural way to add elements of light scent and intense hydration to your beauty routine. Rife with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba and sweet almond oils, it's the ranch's signature organic extra-virgin olive oil, which comes straight from California's picturesque Sonoma County, that takes this fast-absorbing body oil to another level. Add the verdant fragrance into the mix, and you have yourself some truly sumptuous body care.
Miranda Kerr knows beauty, and her Kora Organics line proves just that. If you're looking for the perfect skin care regimen to get you through Summer, then look no further than the Kora Organics Body Pack ($220), available exclusively on NET-A-PORTER.com. With an exfoliant, body oil, body lotion, and mist, it has everything you need to look your best in the warmer months. On Maria: Sandro shirt.