NOTE: It's important to see a bra fitting consultant particularly after breast surgeries for a better fit and to aid healing.A LITTLE CONTROL..Over the years, women (and men) have gotten bigger while our clothing has become skimpier, tighter, and sheerer. Shapewear undergarments are designed to lift, smooth, contour, and minimize undesirable bulges. This is not the panty girdle of yesteryear. These items create the illusion of a tighter torso, lift the booty, and slim the thighs. Looking beyond Spanx, Assets' Sensational Shaper ($20), provides tummy control and eliminates bulges while Maidenform's Control It! Waistnipper Brief ($26) promises to cinch the waist. When shopping for body shapers, have in mind level of comfort as well as convenience...we do not want to have an issue when nature calls!
OPTIONS INCLUDE: Camisoles: Camis or shapewear bras such as the SassyBax Torso Trim ($68) comes with a built-in bra. It smooths back fat and trims the waist under thin fabric with compression. Try Maidenform's Ultimate Instant Slimmer Torsette ($42) "with 360 degree shaping." Full & Half Slips: Shapewear slips pull in the tummy and rear to keep clothes in place under sheer dresses and skirts. High-waisted versions eliminate the dreaded muffin top. New technology promises to keep the hem from riding up as well. Try Calvin Klein's Half-Slip with Lycra. The Shaper Thong: Similar to a standard thong with a high-rise control panel which is ideal for low-rise pants and jeans. Check out Maidenform's Control-it Thong ($20). For an instant hourglass figure, try Luleh's Retro Chic Waist Nipper @ Macy's for $34/sized up to 2XL. For sexier stylish intimates, view the look book @ Haute Contour by Spanx @ http://www.spanx.com/ where fashion, technology and shapewear unite.
BEST KEPT SECRET: Yes, men wear them too! Male shapewear includes "mirdles" or man girdles, also known as support boxers. Go Softwear's Waist Eliminator brief ($26) @ http://www.gosoftwear.com/ has a waistband that extends up the midsection to minimize love handles. Also check out Calvin Klein's Pro Stretch shapewear available at Bloomingdales for a sexy take on "tighty whities." Ript Fusion's Firm Control Shapewear V-Neck T-Shirt has a firming control panel in the midsection to sculpt and smooth from chest to hips. The moisture-wicking fabric stays cool and dry and it's perfect for layering at http://www.barenecessities.com/ for $58!
Even if you don't have the perfect figure, shapewear has the perfect solution for every body. Remember, it all begins with what lies beneath. For tips on purchasing shapewear or an in-house fitting with a shapewear consultant, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
(photos from HipsandCurves.com)
Take it all off with in one sweep with NEUTROGENA Deep Clean Oil-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes/$8.
Long-wearing (up to 8-hours) velvety soft shadows that look like pressed loose pigments. A new addition to the Infallible collection from L'OREAL PARIS. My first introduction to the Infallible Eye Shadow was at a L'OREAL Sublime Sun Care launch last year. We created the perfect sun kissed looks with Sahara Treasure and Bronzed Divine (pictured left). It's an amazing piece of product for only $7.95.
A detoxing mask infused with orange and bergamot that draws out impurities and absorbs excess oil. Cleans and clears skin for a brighter complexion. FORMULA 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask/$6. Left my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. I really like it!
SHEA MOISTURE Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. Hydrates, smooths and repairs dry hair with minerals, Rosemary extract, Sea Kelp and Shea butter. Upon contact with wet hair, you feel the difference...immediately softens hair/$9.99 at Walgreens, Target and Duane Reade.
Makes lips softer, improves texture and color of our lips within seven days in six pretty colors. Even protects with SPF 20 -- NEUTROGENA Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20. Can be used as often as you like/$8.99 at drugstores.
I fell in love with the opaque creamy finishes of MAC Cosmetics Tour de Fabulous Tinted Lip Glass in Style Packed (a vibrant hot pink) and of course, Knockout (bold glossy orange)/$14.50.
LAVANILLA Healthy Body Butter To Go -- ultra rich body butter that's naturally formulated with Shea and cocoa butters, anti-oxidants from the Gogi berry and other minerals that are delicious for the skin. At Sephora/$10.
Oil-free body scrub with salicylic acid and green tea extract treat breakouts on your back, shoulders, and chest. Gently exfoliates and reduces redness. ST. IVES Naturally Clear Body Scrub Green Tea/$6.19 at drugstore.com.
ORGANIC ROOT Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner Deep penetrating conditioner rebuilds damaged hair and restores moisture. Up to $9.99 at beauty supply stores.
MAYBELLINE Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow Smudge proof cream shadows that can be worn alone or act as base for powders...think MUFE Aqua Creams or MAC Paint Pots. Any shadow that won't crease works for me. Ten shades at $6.99 each.
Falsies add instant glam to your look. ARDELL Lashes have a lash for every occasion. Lightweight, reusable and easy to apply (even comes with a "starter kit"). I like the #110/Demi Lash./$4.99 at CVS.
OPI nails it every time with the gorgeous collaborations they create. Check out the Nicki Minaj Nail Lacquer 2012 Collection. Pink Friday and the Super Bass Shatter are my favs/$8.50.
Take away the shine with PALLADIO Rice Paper Tissues with Rice Powder. For approximately $4, double-sided oil-absorbing tissues made with natural rice gently attack your shiny T-zone. Available at Ulta locations.
Oral hygiene products get recycled -- PRESERVE Toothbrush handles are made from recycled yogurt cups (cool, right?)! Sign up for their subscription program and every three months, a new toothbrush is delivered to your doorstep/$15 annually. A partnered company grinds it into plastic lumber for picnic tables and park benches. I like the tiered bristles (yes, they're new) and the easy-to-grip shape. Plus their BPA free!
SCHICK QUATTRO for Women Disposable Razor is $7.50 for a pack of three. Ultra-thin blades easily glide over skin for a close smooth shave. With two conditioning strips and a sweet raspberry scented handle. What's not to love?
If you have a bargain beauty find under $15, please share it in the comments section below.
1. Hydrate and Hydrate Some More. Adding a few extra minutes to your grooming routine this winter will really pay off. A few minutes once a week is all it takes. CLARINS HydraQuench Cream Mask/$35 simply restores moisture to your face. The name says it all...it quenches thirsty skin.
2. Switch Up Your Shaving Stuff. Dried out after shaving? You need a rich shaving cream, sans the alcohol, to soften hairs for a close comfortable shave and protect the skin from dryness and razor burn. The ART OF SHAVING Cream/$22 --Unscented is your go to...perfect for sensitive skin too.
3. Get Rid of Dead Skin. Dead skin cells may have your face looking a bit dull. Get into the habit of exfoliating at least twice a week with a gentle scrub. CLARINSMEN Active Face Scrub/$19.50 sloughs away lifeless skin cells that can dull skin. TIP: Mix it with your cleanser for a two and one clean!
4. Give Eyes Some Attention. Guys sometimes ignore the eye area. It's a must for EVERYbody to treat the delicate skin around your eyes. Temporarily depuff and decrinkle with PETER THOMAS ROTH Instant FirmX Eye/$38 . Pat away excess residue with fingertips or a damp cloth.
5. Soften Up Your Hands. Hand washing, sanitizers and cold weather can dry out your hands. Slather on a rich hand cream to winter-proof and protect your skin. LAB SERIES Get Recharged Active Hand Cream/$15 soothes dryness with mineral rich electrolytes that replenish moisture.
6. Try a Fancy Shower Gel/$22. A luxe shower gel that smells good will perk up your image and ego. A confident man is always sexy...enough said!
Thanks to beauty editor, Baze Mpinja for MACY's, who shared this tidbit via Twitter.
Coming to Ulta next month, the range mimics her signature style. Four looks from sweet to sexy:
- Oh, My/(purple box): A layered lash look that's daring yet flattering.
- Cool Kitty/(blue box): Can be worn day or night.
- Oh, Honey/(yellow box): A full lash with a natural finish. Takes your lashes from from fine to fab!
- Sweetie Pie/(pink box): A dainty lash that discreetly adds length and volume.
Luxurious lashes at an affordable price...only $6.99 each.
(photo from Ulta)
Create stunning looks with the limited edition collection which includes the Ultra Nude Eye Palette ($45) -- six shades of shadow that we're accustomed to seeing from the makeup maven. The best part is they are universally flattering on everyone. The shadows compliment the bright sheer glosses. Super shiny color in Citrus, Cosmic Pink, and Ultra Violet ($23). There's also a choice of stay-put lipsticks in Atomic Orange, Neon Pink and Uber Beige ($23)that treat your lips to rich color with a soft-matte finish. A hydrating blend of Vitamins C and E keep lips supple along with Beeswax for a comfortable wear.
Two other eye-popping shadows are included, Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash and Bluebell, ($21) an Ink Liner in Really Black ($24) for the precise look of liquid liner and two soft blushes in Nude Peach and Nude Pink ($24). Carry it all in a black cosmetic bag with (what else?) neon pink accents.
I haven't tried any product from the collection yet but I'm curious to know about the color payoff for the bright shadows. Please share if you've tried them already...Thanks dolls!
Retro-inspired acetate specs with dark amber gradient lenses. No need to wait for spring in my opinion. These are a must have at Nordstrom/$150.
To see if this frame fits your face, click here.
Ultimate Eye Serum
1 tablespoon of Grape Seed Oil
1 teaspoon of Carrot Oil
1 teaspoon Pomegranate Seed Oil
1 teaspoon Cranberry Seed Oil
Combine ingredients in a clean dry glass bottle. Apply one drop to each eye. Grape seed oil is antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory and easily absorbs into the skin. Pomegranate oil fights free radicals and promotes skin regeneration. Cranberry seed oil is rich in Vitamin E, Omega 3s, 6s and 9s.
Anti-Aging Eye Serum
1 oz of Jojoba Oil
5 drops of Rose Oil
5 drops of Chamomile Oil
5 drops of Apricot-Kernel Oil
Mix oils in glass jar and apply below your eyes and on the brow bone. This serum has restorative qualities to help keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Jojoba oil penetrates the three layers of skin and the Vitamin E in jojoba oil softens skin. Rose oil and Chamomile oil speed in skin cell turnover while Apricot-Kernel oil protects the sensitive skin around the eye from the cold and dryness (read: wrinkle-free).
Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum
15 drops of Jojoba Oil
2 tablespoons of Hazelnut Oil
3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops of Rosewood Essential Oil
2 Capsules of Vitamin E
Combine and store oils in glass jar. Use this as part of your nighttime routine for a refreshed face in the morning. Rosewood seed oil is rich in Vitamin A which delays aging and assists in cell regeneration. It also increases collagen and restores elasticity and firmness around the eye. Hazelnut oil is emollient, strengthens capillaries and is great for all skin types.
Although these DIY treatments are super moisturizing, traditionally, eye serums are not hydrating but work well with a moisturizer. It's recommended that your moisturizer is layered on top to seal in active ingredients around the delicate eye area. Natural ingredients may be less irritating but be sure to test the area first to avoid allergic reactions. Using eye serums is a personal choice so decide if it fits into your beauty routine.
(Recipes via myskin.com. Photo from googleimages.com)