Beauty and Healthy Living

Five on Friday: Our Favorite Beauty Apps

After dabbling around in multiple apps, these five finds came out on top: 1. Make Up Genius: Pros: This app has incredible facial recognition technology. After taking a quick selfie, I could apply makeup to myself in real time—not just onto the photo, but onto my moving reflection. I had the option of trying on individual products, or I could […]

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Three Steps to Youthful Hands

They’re one of the first spots to show age. Stop the clock with these tips. STEP 1: TREAT To counteract age and environmental damage, dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, uses a fat-soluble vitamin C ester, found in his Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15 ($120/40 milliliters, perriconemd.com). Yes, it’s pricey, but you only need a thin layer to help plump thinning […]

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Shampoos That Make Sense

Don’t send money down the drain–budget buys are fine. 1 SUAVE NATURAL INFUSION MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO Macadamia oil softens and smooths hair in this budget-friendly buy. $3, suave.com 2 L’ORÉAL PARIS VOLUME FILLER THICKENING SHAMPOO Thin hair feels instantly thicker, thanks to the brand’s patent-pending ingredient, filloxane. $5, lorealparisusa.com 3 AVEENO NOURISH + DANDRUFF CONTROL SHAMPOO This mild formula is strong enough to banish […]

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First Blush of Apricot

Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask Apricot kernel oil works along with avocado overnight to help replenish moisture and prevent future signs of aging. $17 Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Coriander and apricot oils lend silicone-free shine and moisture to hair without weighing it down. $40 Josie Maran Vanilla Apricot Hand Cream Argan oil (which provides nourishing vitamin E) is whipped […]

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Put a Fresh Face Forward

Budget-friendly exfoliators can give you a brighter outlook. 1 Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Scrub Microbeads gently clear blemishes while raspberry and cranberry help boost collagen and reduce the appearance of pores. $6.50 2 NIP + FAB Glycolic Scrub Fix This exfoliator combines microfine scrubbers with glycolic and salicylic acids to increase cell turnover and minimize fine lines. $10 3 St. Ives […]

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Three Steps to a Better Blow-Dry

Frizz can turn your summer ‘do from fab to frazzled. Here’s help. STEP 1: SQUEEZE, NOT RUB “After you shampoo and condition, don’t rub your hair with a towel—this causes frizz,” says Jenny Balding, hairstylist at New York’s Cutler salon. “Instead, squeeze-dry gently to lessen drying time.” Hair should be at least 30% dry before you whip out the dryer. […]

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Strawberry Short Takes

Summery skin care and cosmetics do double duty, providing smooth skin and sweet fragrance.   NARS 413 Blkr Blush This bright, berry-inspired burst of color is a limited edition shade named for the brand’s flagship New York City address. $30 Essence of Beauty Forever Paris Fine Fragrance Body Mist A light spritz of this strawberry-scented spray provides lasting fragrance and freshness throughout […]

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Help Your Kids Be Sun Smart During Summer’s Hottest Days

The sun is out, and it’s that glorious season of dripping cherry popsicles and watermelon wedges by the lake. One of our favorite sunscreen companies, Coppertone, is making it safer to become a summer fun champion, especially for the little ones. They recently launched a campaign to encourage parents to apply sunscreen more frequently. Tips for Becoming a Sun-Savvy Role […]

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Three Steps to Summer Makeup That Lasts

Here’s how to beat makeup melt when the heat is on. Step 1: Start Light. Heat, humidity, and outdoor activities can mean foundation quickly smears or slides. “The less layers, the better,” says Maybelline New York makeup artist Melissa Silver. “Try a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream so you get SPF and light coverage in one product.” Step 2: […]

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Three Steps to: Better Sun Protection

UV light can wreak havoc. Here’s how to shield skin this summer. STEP 1: GO BROAD Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. I like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick with SPF 70 ($10). But remember: “The only ‘safe’ tan is faux from a bottle,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. STEP 2: […]

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