Beauty and Healthy Living

SPFs that help you face the day more healthfully

Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days Lighter-feeling coverage and SPF 30 that performs well under makeup. $9, coppertone.com Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer This SPF 15 lacks the dyes and perfumes that can irritate sensitive skin. $12, simpleskincare.com Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Soy complex and light diffusers brighten dull spots while SPF 30 protects. $17, aveeno.com Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer This SPF 20 […]

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The Drugstore Cowgirl: Blushes with Greatness

From subtle to shimmery, there’s a shade for everyone. Covergirl Clean Glow Blush A good option for those with sensitive skin, this matte blush blends 3 shades into one natural look. $7, covergirl.com Milani Baked Blush Nuanced color that illuminates skin. Comes in 8 shimmery shades and 2 new matte options. $8, milanicosmetics.com Revlon Cream Blush They appear vivid in […]

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Three Steps to Covering Dark Circles

Just a smidge of concealer under eyes helps brighten your outlook. Step 1: CONCEAL. Look for a brightening concealer with a slight melon tone to correct the purplish hue of dark circles. My favorite is Benefit Erase Paste ($26), which comes in three skin-matching shades. I asked Benefit’s Annie Ford Danielson for her top application tips. Step 2: JUST A DAB. Your […]

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The Eyes Have It: Eye Creams for Every Age

The latest drugstore eye creams offer advanced technology for a clearly beautiful price.

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Drugstore Cowgirl: Go Deep with Conditioners

Spend three minutes a week, and you’ll get softer, shinier, healthier hair.

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5 on Friday: These are a few of my favorite things of 2013…

As Cooking Light’s beauty editor, I’m lucky in that I get to “play” with a lot of beauty products. Most are great, but a few really stand out. These products aren’t all new, but they are items I genuinely loved using in 2013. What were your favorites? What products are you looking forward to trying in 2014?

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Drugstore Cowgirl: BBs Can Be Your BFF

Beauty balms (aka BB creams) are all-in-one magical potions that help you skip several prep steps and go straight to beautiful skin. TO KEEP COVERAGE ON THE SHEER SIDE Maybelline Dream Fresh BB ($9, maybelline.com) An oil-free, lightweight gel formula (it’s actually 70% water!) makes for easy application and sheer coverage. Available in five glow-enhancing shades, each with SPF 30. […]

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Drugstore Cowgirl: Fun with Nails

Polishes and stickers are easy, affordable ways to play with your look. FOR THE BUDGET-MINDED Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in I Need a Refresh-Mint ($2, wnwbeauty.com) If you’re nervous about trying a bold shade, experiment with a superaffordable brand. This trendy, minty-blue hue looks great on summer fingers and toes. FOR SUMMER TRENDSETTERS Sally Hansen Complete Salon […]

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Quick hits: Three great beauty products I’m loving these days

This is kind of a random conglomeration of items—some new, some not so much—but I occasionally like to share what’s been in heavy rotation in my beauty closet. My hope is that you’ll find something you love, too. 1) A PRIMER: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($52, hourglasscomestics.com). I’ve delved into the world of primers before and found a few good standouts, but […]

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Drugstore Cowgirl: Sunscreen Savvy

It’s less important which you use: Find a fave, use always, and use lots. FOR KEEPING YOUR COOL Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone ($10, 6 ounces, bananaboat.com) This creamy formula’s instant cooling effect encourages more frequent application in the hot summer sun. (All of the choices here are sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.) FOR SENSITIVE TYPES Aveeno […]

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