Beauty and Healthy Living

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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Best Bargain Body Washes

The latest drugstore offerings won’t bust your budget. Caress Emerald Rush Body Wash A sophisticated scent with notes of gardenia, white tea, and citrus. $3.50 Suave Creamy Almond & Verbena Body Wash Moisturizing milk proteins make skin soft, while verbena and almond keep you smelling lovely. $2 Method Orange Sorbet Body Wash Summer distilled in a scent, with bright orange […]

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Alison Sweeney’s Strategy for Creating a Healthy Balance Amidst a Hectic Schedule

As an actress and mother of two, Alison Sweeney has never had a problem with keeping exciting endeavors on the table. After 21 years performing in NBC’s popular TV drama Days of Our Lives, Sweeney now dedicates her focus to her family, hosting NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and working on her new novel set to be released in June. Without a […]

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The Beauty Habit: Magically Affordable Wands

These four mascaras provide lift for all types of lashes. 1. Boots No 7 Exquisite Curl A curved wand and a curl-setting polymer means lashes can be curled up to 90 degrees. $8, target.com 2. Flower Zoom-in Ultimate Seeing is believe with this cool wand that has three setting: Twist once for lengthening, twice for volumizing, and thrice for curling […]

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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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