Just in time for summer, Sephora and The Skin Cancer Foundation recently unveiled the ninth edition of their Sun Safety Kit. The collection features a variety of beauty products for tanning, bronzing, and protection for glowing summer skin, all in a bright pink travel bag. And, you can feel good about protecting your skin and making it look its best all summer long, because $20 from the sale of each kit will benefit The Skin Cancer Foundation, the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.
• Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen – This multitasking moisturizer hydrates, energizes and protects skin with SPF 15 and a refreshing zing of antioxidant-rich mangosteen.
• Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium – This oil-free, color-correcting, perfecting formula creates a natural glow while hydrating and protecting the skin with SPF 30.
• Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – Hydrating, fast-absorbing, and non-greasy, this Argan Oil-infused daily moisturizer features all natural sunscreens, green tea, and innovative SunBoost ATB™, a unique blend of antioxidants, skin-soothers, and hydrators.
• Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ – This innovative new sunscreen for the face and body is extremely water resistant and actually becomes more effective when it comes into contact with water to deliver the best coverage under the sun.
• Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen – This non-tinted lotion has a silky texture that glides on smoothly and provides maximum UV protection without a heavy, sticky feel.
• Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 – Discover the cult-favorite hydrating lip treatment that nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips with SPF 15.
• Ole Henriksen Total Truth™ Vitamin C Eye Crème SPF 15 – Combining nourishing, age-defying eye crème with SPF 15 sun protection, this light textured cream renews and protects the eyes.
Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ – This innovative multifunctional formula provides the benefits of an antiaging treatment, makeup primer, and SPF 30 sun protection in every pump.
• Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen – Protect skin from UV damage while reducing the chance of developing dark spots with this broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with SPF 50.
• Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30 – Rich in antioxidants and SPF 30 to protect skin from free radical damage, this oil-free formula keeps your complexion safe and healthy.
• Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 – This one-step balm perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors with antioxidants and SPF 45.
• Supergoop! SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum With Uniprotect PT-3 – This multitasking broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily repair serum contains Uniprotect PT-3, a complex that assists with repairing the skin from existing sun damage while reducing UV-induced oxidation.
• Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – This non-greasy, nourishing dry oil formula contains added passionflower and argan oil for broad-spectrum sun protection and skin treatment benefits.
• AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30 – This lightweight, hydrating formula guards skin against sun damage and environmental aggressors, while improving moisture balance, and absorbing excess oil and sebum, so your face always looks fresh and flawless.
• Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This ultra-sheer yet nourishing fluid is enhanced with the amazing benefits of yoghurt to provide daily broad-spectrum UV coverage that wears beautifully under makeup.
• St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium – This lightweight cream gives an instant, even, beautifully golden tan that will wash off whenever you choose.
The SEPHORA Sun Safety Kit $32 ($155 value) will be available while supplies last in all Sephora U.S. stores, or by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to Sephora.com via computer or smartphone.
I recently bought Iman’s Second To None Cover Cream to compliment the Iman foundation in Sand 3 that I have been using and absolutely love. However, I found the Sand concealer a little too dark for me, but fortunately it matched my sister so I gave it to her to use and the results were amazing. Check out the picture below. On the left is the concealer and on the right we didn’t use anything As you can see, the concealer cream really hid her dark, under-eye circles and redness with a significant amount of coverage. It went on smoothly and was long-lasting. I will definitely try other shades until I find one that matches me, but this stuff is incredibly. The only con is that it did go on cakey and throughout the day she had to pat under her eye as the product settled in fine lines, so I recommend using it with a moisturizer; other than that, it’s great.
MAKEUP BY: Mario Dedivanovic for MARC JACOBS BEAUTY
INSPIRATION: To match the nude elegance of the Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli dress, Mario wanted Kim’s skin to mimic the glowing and simplistic palette of the dress and keep it monochromatic. “We wanted to stay true to Kim’s classic look and enhance her natural beauty and golden, glowy skin.”
First, Mario created a perfect canvas and achieved a dewy glow on Kim’s face by mixing a medium and dark shade of the Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil-Free Foundation all over the face.
Since Kim’s hair was tightly pulled back, Mario wanted enhance her natural features without too much color.
Under the eyes, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer was applied to, while the Shameless Bold Blush in Shameless was applied to the apple of the cheeks to give a slightly peachy hue.
To achieve a contoured look, Mario used the #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Hi Fi Filter 60 in the hollows of the cheeks, around the hair and jawlines and on the sides of the nose.
On the eyes, Mario maintained the nude and crystal color palette by applying a wash across the entire lid of the silvery Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Frannie, followed by layers of the matte and shimmery peach tones in the Style Eye Con No. 7 Palette in The Dreamer to set it and give it a more nude-based tone. In the creases of her eye, Mario used a dark brown shade from the palette very lightly, and then took the golden Twinkle Eye Pop Color Stick in Au Revoir to the brow bone and lower lash line of the eyes to add some sultry sparkle. To finish of the eyes, Mario applied the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer in a very thin line on the upper lash line, followed by a very slight wing to stay aligned with the MET Ball theme, and added a final hint of the golden sparkle to the inner corners of the eyes using the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Mari(Gold) to enhance the natural gold in her eyes.
And finally, on the lips, Mario achieved Kim’s go-to nude lip look with a warm nude tone of the New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais.
PRODUCTS: Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil-Free Foundation, Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Au Revoir 406 and Frannie 408, Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais 146, Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Hi Fi Filter 60, Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Mari(Gold) 70, and Blacquer 42, Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 – Plush Shadow in The Dreamer, Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in 220 Shameless
DRESS: Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli
Last week beauty brand OGX launched an interesting campaign called “Bad Ass Hair Day” – excuse the language, but this is what it’s called and I have to say the concept of it is ehem, pretty bad ass. The campaign doesn’t believe that there are bad hair days, and instead is aiming to give women permission and encouragement to think of their hair as “bad ass” no matter how it looks, because your hair is what makes you one-of-a-kind beautiful. As part of the campaign users can enter a “Hair or Dare,” contest on Instagram by selecting @ogx_HAIR OR @ogx_DARE and using. If you select “Hair,” you’ll be prompted to show a hair moment and if you chose “Dare,” you’ll have to do something and share it out.
Hair or Dare will be live until Tuesday, May 26th. Each week, a new prize is up for grabs worth $1,250, which will include a Bad Ass OGX Prize (worth $250) and a $1,000 Visa Gift Card.
For more information about Bad Ass Hair Days and to learn how to play Hair or Dare at BadAssHairDay.com.
I recently reinvented my diet. Nothing crazy, I’m not trying to lose weight, but I am trying to eat healthier by eliminating sugars and reducing the amount of carbs in my diet. During this time, I have fallen in love with avocados, the soft green fruit loaded with fiber that is best known for its cardiovascular benefits. But, in addition to being amazing for your health, avocados are great to incorporate into your beauty regimen as the yummy superfood aids in anti-aging, nourishes skin and revitalizes dry, frizzy hair.
If you’re like me and don’t have time to create a DYI avocado treatment, try one of these avocado-infused beauty products.
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Bella Vado Avocado Bar (Unscented) – $8.00
Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment – $9.00
Olay 2-in-1 Essential Oils Ribbons Moisturizing Body Wash – Soothing Cucumber & Avocado – $5.99
Last week I attended the 10th Anniversary arty of New Beauty magazine where a variety of different beauty companies were on hand to celebrate the magazine, as well as show off their products to the room filled with beauty experts. Some of the items on display were products that we all may be familiar with, while others are newcomers eager to make their presence known on the beauty scene. Here are a few my top picks for products to watch out for this year.
Real Techniques Bold Metallics Collection – Developed by Youtube sensation Pixiwoo’s Sam and Nic, this new collection of brushes were inspired by luxury. The soft bristles featured tapered tips and are engineered for perfect weight distribution when tipped toward the face while being used. The brushes are available at ulta.com and boots.com.
BeautyDNA – This new subscription box service will deliver a full-sized product to your door every moth customized to your skin needs. Subscribers fill out a detailed Beauty Profile, the system makes a product match, and then the product is shipped directly to you with a detailed report explaining why it was selected specifically for you.
SuperSmile – This professional at-home teeth whitening line has been around since 1987. The system removes tooth stains without bleaches or abrasives, when users follow the 6-minute regimen developed by the company that includes Activating Rods applied to the teeth, brushing with the Whitening Toothpaste and rinsing with its Whitening Pre-Rinse.
Intellishade – This anti-aging tinted moisturizer is available in Original Radiant and a new matte formula and features spf 45 and features one shade that blends in with every skin tone. It’s a multi-tasking product, perfect for women on the go as it is a sunscreen, moisturizer, makeup and ant-aging product in one.
It may not feel like spring, but the season is here, so even if the weather isn’t bright and cheery doesn’t mean you can’t begin decking out your nails in all sorts of colorful shades to celebrate the transition from winter to warmer temperatures. Affordable nail brand Pure Ice has got your nails covered…literally, with its new Sparking Seas collection, feature 3 sparkling new shades to give you the perfect manicure. The new shades include Sea Glass (green), Mer-Magical (pink), and Sparking Seas (blue).
Pure Ice’s Sparkling Seas Collection is available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide this spring, and retails for $1.99 each.
e.l.f. Cosmetics, well-known for their affordable makeup line of products that are priced for as little as just $1, recently launched a skin care line. Similar to the products in the color cosmetics line, the skin care collection features items at an affordable price point – the most expensive thing in the line is $12! The products are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and aim to deliver a health glow for all skin types.
The e.l.f. Skin Care Collection includes:
e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8): Achieve a radiant, healthy complexion with this ultra-hydrating daily moisturizer infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber. The ingredient blend works to soothe, hydrate and protect skin. With lightweight, water-based formula, this moisturizer provides gentle yet effective hydration for even the most sensitive skin, and vanishes into skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. The result is soft, smooth, moisturized skin.
e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream ($10): Open your eyes to a new, breakthrough brightening eye cream that hydrates and soothes the eye area while minimizing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.
e.l.f. Soothing Serum ($12): This lightweight, silky, and hydrating serum helps skin retain moisture for a dewy, radiant glow. Infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, and Vitamin E. Use under moisturizer in the morning and evening after cleansing.
e.l.f. Nourishing Night Cream ($12): Enhance your beauty sleep with this hydrating night cream and wake up to glowing, healthy skin! Infused with skin nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber to soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Use in the evening after cleansing.
You can scoop up one, or all of the products on www.elfcosmetics.com now.
For a long time, I had a fear of false lashes. My lashes are naturally quite long, but a set of falsies can make my entire look pop. Just check out this photo of me when I went to the Grammy and used falsies for my eye look. One of my best tricks to apply false eyelashes is to use tweezers to maneuver the lash strip quickly to the base of the lid. But, UBU, a beauty tool brand, has a clever little secret weapon, that helps you apply lashes like a pro called the Lash App. It has tiny tongs that easily help glide false lashes in place. Below are their frustration free tips on how you can apply your lashes like a pro:
Step 1: Start by prepping your natural lashes with the Boom Boom Blink, a five star curler that works for all eye shapes and gives an amazing amount of curl.
Step 2: Grab the lashes of your choice and size them according to your eye. We recommend keeping a pair of cosmetic scissors handy like the Snipz to trim away any excess.
Step 3: Next comes the secret weapon – the Lash App! Insert lashes between these tiny tongs with the lash line facing outward, add glue & simply apply to your eye.
These handy tools are available on Amazon.com.
Experts from Olivia Garden, makers of high quality styling tools, kept a close eye on the hair trends making the way down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and in their expert opinion, the major hair trend for Fall 2015 is effortlessly chic. From slicked back ponies to textured hints of wave, Fall 2015 is all about easy, no fuss styling for a natural, carefree look.
Here, the experts from the company share tips and products to achieve the most sought after looks from the runway.
To get that slightly disheveled texture with a bit of bend use the Olivia Garden FingerBrush. The fingers of the brush move independently from each other, unlike other brushes, to hug every part of the scalp creating a very natural “lived-in” result. Let hair air dry or blow dry with brush.
For a simple, yet sleek, ponytail start by using Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush with a blow dryer to dry hair flat to the scalp. Once hair is dry, use the tail of the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush to create a part down the middle. Then use its mixed bristle brush to smooth hair down and place in pony at the base of the neck. Secure with hair elastic.
Undone Beauty as seen at BCBG and Michael Kors
Chic and easy with a bit of an edge, creating an undone ponytail or bun is all the rage for Fall 2015. Use the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush on dry hair to create volume and pull back into a low pony or bun. Then using the tail end of the brush pull out pieces of hair to frame the face. You can go back and tease the loose pieces or bottom of ponytail for a more textured look.
For a sophisticated style with shine and bounce, start by drying hair with a large paddle brush like the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush. Then use a curling iron on the ends of the hair to create a loose curl. Brush out the curls with the same paddle brush to create soft waves. Lastly, use a 100% boar brush, Olivia Garden Divine Care & Style, to smooth out the crown of the head and fly-aways around the face.