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Share Your Beauty Secrets for a Chance to Win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards

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What’s Your #BeautySecret? CVS Beauty Club wants to know, so they are hosting a fun campaign throughout the month of February. Share your #BeautySecret on Twitter this month (tag @CVSBeautyClub) to pay forward your best-kept beauty tips or the secret products you love, and automatically be entered to win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s beauty tips!

Nolcha Fashion Week Runway Recap

Last night’s artic temperatures didn’t keep away NYC’s fashion elites who converged at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers for the 8:30pm Nolcha Fashion Week runway presentation. Prieston, a Hungarian designer, kicked of the show with an amazing collection featuring crystal embellishments, flowing dresses and geometric cutouts. The fall-winter 2015 collection was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” which could be seen with the feather design elements adorning some of the pieces, as well as with the colorful, chunky sweaters.

Following Prieston, Ann Himsel, an NYC-based designer debuted her first collection completely inspired by menswear colors, style, fabrics, and silhouettes. Strong, structured pieces emerged one by one with a sophisticated feminine flare sneaking through the masculine undertones.
Finally, Danny Nguyen Couture closed out the evening with stunning evening gowns that mesmerized the audience, with soft, luxurious fabrics, lace and detailed craftsmanship seen in the intricate use of fabric floral and crystals. It was also the only collection of the night to insert bright pops of color, with reds and magenta.

Check out some of the photos below to see pieces from each of the designers.

Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection

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What type of soap is in your future? Head over to Fresh and find out! The beauty brand has launched a limited-edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller. The brand, already known for its iconic oval soaps, has made available 12 individual soaps for each of the Zodiac signs, all of which were inspired by the field of astrology and the four elements. The soaps are hand-wrapped in artisanal paper and illustrated with the corresponding symbol of each sign. Additionally, each Zodiac Oval Sop features a sign-specific booklet filled with horoscope and beauty tips by Susan Miller.

The soaps are available for $15 each at Sephora at Fresh stores.

Product Review: Konjac Sponge

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Konjac sponges are one of the hottest trends in skincare and lauded as one as the best ways to cleanse your face, so I decided to try one out so see what all the fuss is about. But, first a history lesson:

Konjac is a root-based vegetable that grows in warm climates in Asia, and can be used in cuisine or as a dietary supplement to cure a whole list of aliments from high cholesterol to weigh toss. It’s also super rich is vitamins, minerals and fiber.

The perennial root plant, mostly composed of starch, is used to make a super-soft sponge that acts as an all-natural exfoliater to remove impurities, and leave you with cleaner, smother skin. I tested ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Deep Cleansing recently, which is handmade with 100% natural ingredients, including Konjac vegetable fiber and bamboo charcoal.

Initially, when I took the sponge out of the box it was rock-hard solid, and I could not imagine washing my face with it. But, after I rinsed the sponge in water, it quickly became soft and felt like nothing I have ever touched before. It was mushy, but solid and felt like a weird mind game considering the way it looked versus the sensation I was feeling in my hands.

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Adding water to the sponge makes it soft.

 

I loaded the sponge with my face wash and watched as it absorbed the gel and formed a rich lather. Next, was the ultimate test – I had to wash my face with it. I lightly glided it across my face was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it caressed my skin as it washed away my makeup and exfoliated. It even gently glided around my delicate eye area. I’ve been using the sponge a few times a week now, and really do like it.

The sponge after Ii added face wash to it.

The sponge after Ii added face wash to it.

It’s a great alternative for anyone who has sensitive skin, or is just looking for a light exfoliator. Right now, during the winter months, my skin is extra dray and I’ve been breaking out a lot, so this is a great option for me until the summer months return and I can bring my lovely Clarisonic.

The ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge retails for just $5.99.

How to: SAG Award’s Most Inspiring Hair Styles

The hair at last night’s 21st SAG Awards was sleek and inspiring. Here, Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist, shares her favorite styles of the night and how you can get the look.

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Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

SAG Award Winner Emma Stone’s simple, sleek ponytail complimented her tuxedo-inspired Dior gown. “This style has become a red carpet favorite and even though this look appears very simple, the attention to detail is what makes Emma look so striking with this side part low ponytail. This style gives a polished edge to any look as it keeps you looking streamlined.” – Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist

* Start by creating a low side part, focusing on keeping the part very straight.
* Blow dry hair very smooth and straight and then use a straightening iron throughout to give the ultimate sleek finish.
* Sweep into a low ponytail at the nape.
* The attention to detail with the part and the sleek finish really transforms a simple ponytail into a chic style.
* Finish by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over to create the ultimate shine.


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Actress Julianne Moore attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

Actress Julianne Moore attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

“SAG Award winner Julianne Moore’s effortless polished wave is perfect to take the edge of a very dressed up look while still complimenting it beautifully. There are many versions of a wavy look, but to create this effortless, polished wave you need create a good foundation first to achieve an effortless finish.” – Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist

* Start by blow drying her smooth to remove any frizz and promote shine.
* Create a clean middle part.
* Use a light weight hairspray, such as Redken fashion work 12 versatile hairspray, to mist each section before using the curling iron. This will give the right amount of hold and flexibility your need.
* Use a 1″ 1/2 curling iron and use vertically starting from the mid-length to the ends throughout the whole head.
* Using a Mason Pearson type brush, brush through the waves to create this polished finish.
* Finish by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist to create exceptional shine.

Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

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Let’s face it, most females start planning their weddings really young. While many dream about the perfect dress, shoes and even groom, I’ve only ever thought of the perfect makeup. That’s why I was excited to create a look inspired by a gorgeous wedding dress I found on Lover.ly, a  wedding planning binder that lives in the cloud.

For this look I chose Modern Trousseau’s autum, a drop-dead strapless Italian duchess gown, that features French alenon lace, a fit-to-flare silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is both daring and elegant, and the sultriness of it is refined with a delicate silk flower belt worn at the waist.

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Because of the dress’ bold sexy style, I thought a soft, smokey eye would complement it perfectly. I used accents of silver and dark grey to create a whimsical, romantic eye look that adds some sparkle and nicely complements the light grey silk seen at the neckline and around the waist. The sparkles in the eye shadow are meant to jazz up the overall bridal makeup look, while a soft pink cheek color creates a natural blushing bride flush.

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I topped off the look with a subdued lip color, so that the focus isn’t taken away from the dramatic eye makeup. Here are the products used:

Face:
POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, Medium

Eyes:
Revlon Colorstay, Sultry Smoke
Urban Decay, Moonsppon
Barer Minerals in Sterling Silver
Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner

Cheeks:
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Pink Rose

Lips:
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss: Café Au Lai

Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

See the products I used here and re-create your own makeup look.

To seem more gowns, visit Lover.ly.

Product Review: PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque

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Because I have thick, curly hair, I’m always on the lookout for a hair mask that will condition my unruly frizz and leave it not only feeling healthy, but looking healthy. For the last three weeks I have been using Frederic Fekkai’s PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque, and absolutely love it. The mask is infused with Argan extract, and aims to restore hair’s smoothness and shine when used once a week. It also helps protect hair from future damage.

The product has a yummy vanilla scent, that isn’t overwhelming and softly lingers in your hair, leaving behind a nice, sweet scent throughout the day. The consistency itself is rich and creamy and coats the hair very nicely.

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I usually leave it on for 10-15 minutes and when I feel I need more intense conditioning, I put a plastic cap around my hair and sit under a hair bonnet. The result since I’ve been using it is super silky, plump, bouncy curls. My dry hair always feels re-hydrated after I use it and is frizz-free.

The mask retails for $25 online. Visit fekkai.com to learn more.

Anti-Aging Tips from Kate Somerville

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Kate Somerville sees and treats a variety of skin in her Skin Health Experts Clinic, based in Los Angeles, but the main concern her clients have is finding ways to look younger. Below are some of Kate’s favorite tips and products for revealing a more youthful looking complexion.

Cleansing – Many of my clients rush through the cleansing step. At my Skin Health Experts Clinic, we actually perform a dual-cleansing method. First, skin is cleansed with a milky cleanser to remove dirt, oils and makeup, and then we follow with a cleanser that is best suited for the client’s skin. At home, I also love using a clean washcloth to steam and soften skin. Always remember to cleanse correctly, especially at night! Your skin needs to be cleansed properly in order to repair and for your products to work effectively.
Products:
KateCeuticals Moisture Milk Cleanser
Gentle Daily Wash

Exfoliation – After cleansing, every treatment at my Clinic starts with ExfoliKate! Why? The dry, dead layer that sits on the skin’s surface not only dulls the complexion, it also prevents products from absorbing effectively and can make the texture of skin look uneven. Exfoliation will help skin look brighter, smoother and more even. It also sets the stage for flawless makeup application. I recommend exfoliating twice a week. Look for products with Fruit Enzymes and round, smooth beads. That way, you experience the benefits from both physical and chemical exfoliation.
Product:
ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Hydration – Hydrated skin is healthy skin. When skin is hydrated, it bounces back! When skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent. Expression lines, like the elevens in between your eyebrows can also be exaggerated. Serums containing Hyaluronic Acid will add much-needed hydration into your regimen – plumping skin and restoring that youthful bounce. My personal favorite is DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment, and I never leave home without it! This unique, oil-free, foaming booster delivers an infusion of hydration and oxygen for both immediate and long-term results.
Products:
DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment
KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum

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Eye Creams – Your eyes reveal lack of sleep, too much sodium and a host of other poor habits. Rejuvenate your eye area by using an eye cream to nourish the eye area and help with puffiness, dryness and fine lines and wrinkles. I recommend using a product with illuminating properties so the light softly highlights the under eye area and the upper cheekbone.
Product:
Age Arrest Eye Cream

SPF – Not all sunscreens are created equal, but year-round SPF is a necessary part of any skincare regimen, especially if you are battling discoloration. I was never a believer in combining an anti-aging moisturizer with an SPF because the anti-aging actives need to be delivered deeper into the skin to be effective while Sunscreen works best on the skin’s surface. I was able to create lightweight sunscreen formulas with a revolutionary reservoir system which keeps key ingredients separated so they stay where they work best!
Products:
Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen
Daily Deflector Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++

Retinols – Retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients in an anti-aging regimen. I’ve seen clients who’ve used Retinol products for years and their skin looks healthy, youthful and glowing! The key is cell turnover and the stimulation of collagen. You may also use Retinol products all over your chest, neck and on the back of your hands. Be sure to apply sunscreen wherever you are applying your retinol products.
Product:
RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream

Pollution Protection – Pollution can increase damage to the skin. Contaminants and carcinogens can cause issues ranging from sensitivity to premature aging. Incorporate Antioxidants to help combat environmental pollution. Other aspects of your regimen such as proper cleansing and SPF also factor in to protecting skin against harmful environmental aggressors.
Product:
Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask

Product Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil

If you’ve viewed my Instagram page lately (@delia_licious) you saw a quick snapshot I did using colors from Estée Lauder’s new Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil collection.

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Available in 16 gorgeous shades, the 12-hour wear eye pencils are not just long-lasting, but waterproof, so you can define your eyes and not have to work about the product disappearing or smudging. I wear the colors from day-to-night and found that they are in fact long-wearing and do not fade at all. I have the teal, gold and sapphire blue, and the colors are bright and vibrant; moreover, they really do apply true to the way they look on the outside of the pencil.

When I applied the product, it glided on smoothly and effortlessly. I also liked that the pencil features a smudger on the other end for to facilitate creating a smokey eye look. I actually used the smudger to create the winged eyeliner look seen in the picture above.

The eye pencils retail for about $23.

DIY At-Home Spa Treatments with nugg Beauty

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During this winter season keep your skin and hair looking healthy with these DYI treatments, courtesy of nügg Beauty Face Masks. For more tips, visit nugg Beauty’s blog here.

Warming Ginger Body Scrub

We love a good body scrub and this warming body scrub is perfect for those chilly nights.
This recipe makes just enough to use on those rough bits on your legs and arms.

In one bowl mix together the following:

1 cup light brown sugar
3⁄4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
Gently buff into damp skin in the areas that are dry or rough.

Pre-pedicure Foot Soak

This DIY may sound a little weird but boy does it work! If your feet are in need of some much needed TLC, just give this Listerine foot-soak a try before painting your toes. They’ll look and feel brand new!

In a large bowl mix the following and let your feet soak for 10 minutes:

1⁄2 cup Listerine
1⁄2 cup white vinegar
5 cups warm water

Honey Yogurt Hair Mask

If your hair is looking a bit drab and could use a boost of shine, this is the hair treatment for you.

Whisk together the following and let sit in your hair for 30 minutes:

1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup plain yogurt

To prevent dripping and add some heat, carefully wrap your hair (only your hair!) with saran wrap after applying.