Beauty and Healthy Living

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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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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