Home Improvement: What are the Best At-Home Beauty Treatments?

Keeping skin looking fresh and radiant can come with a hefty price tag. We’ve got the inside scoop on simple tricks and treatments you can do at home to recreate that professional finish at a DIY price.

Prime Your Base: Alba Botanica® Very Emollient™ Mineral Spray Sunscreens (SPF 35)
Healthy skin starts at home. By applying sunscreen each morning you will prevent premature aging, wrinkles and skin damage. This season we’re smittin with Alba Botanica because of their eco friendly products. Their new minial spray allows for easy application due to a single-touch, aerosol-free sprays with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Perfect for sunny, summer days, their milky formulas have earned the coveted Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. They are water resistant for up to 80 minutes, biodegradable and reef safe.
Price: $15.99 each, Available at in May

Cosmetic Renovation: ItCosmetics You Sculpted!
Transform your face without a facelift. Contouring can be intimidating, but this universally flatting palette comes with a how-to guide to make sculpting your most beautiful you easier than ever. The kit was developed with plastic surgeons, the leading experts in contouring and aesthetics, each powder shade is formulated with proprietary Perfect Lighting™ Technology to mimic real facial contouring and provide a foolproof alternative to fillers. While the four contour shades absorb light and minimize the areas to which you apply them, the two highlighters enhance features you want to pull forward, creating the appearance of more volume. Talc-free, and perfect for all skin types and skin tones, these shades are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and peptides to blend effortlessly and deliver smooth, natural-looking coverage that lasts all day.
Price: $40, Available at

Eco-Treatment: JĀSÖN® Gentle Basics Facial Collection
Give yourself an eco-facial without hitting up the spa. We’re crushing on this new collection because it is formulated with a minimal number of essential ingredients, to deliver powerful results without harsh ingredients. The hypoallergenic formulas care for ultra-sensitive, dry skin. Start with the cleansing towelettes to remove dirt and oil, and then wash deep into pores with the facial cleanser for that intensive facial feeling. Use the daily lotion and night cream to protect skin and keep it nourished and firm.  After just a week, we noticed a brighter, calmer complexion.
Price: $7+, Available at

Ridding the Garden of Weeds: Yes To Shaving Cream
Getting waxed leaves sensitive areas vulnerable to ingrown hairs, irritation and, of course, pain! We recommend weeding your garden using this eco-shaving cream and a traditional razor.  Its game-changing formulation contains calming aloe and protective vitamin E for maximum comfort and super-close results.
Price: $9, Available at


The Best Skin-Savers for Spring

Rain, rain go away – we can’t stop the finicky springtime weather, but we can help you stock your beauty bag with instantly revitalizing products. We have the core essentials to combat transitional skin issues, and streamline your beauty routine. 

Stay Fresh
The key to spring fashion is layering, but the first layer must be a strong but sexy deodorant. Our must-have is Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant ($5). This classic skin protector was just released in two new scents. The first, Restore, provides a burst of freshness with a crisp, blue fig and orange-blossom inspired fragrance, while the second, Soothing Chamomile, is an elegant floral scent with notes of orange blossom, chamomile and delicate lily of the valley. These powerful products fight off wetness and odor for 48 hours, while the NutriumMoisture formula leaves skin soft and smooth. Stick a stick in every bag so you can schlep around without giving off an ugly smell.
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Get Glowing 
While we’d never advocate tanning, we do think a little a sunkissed glow can transform your look. We are giving our skin a burst of sunshine with It Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer. It adds warmth and radiance without settling into lines and wrinkles, giving you a flawlessly healthy glow. 
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Minimize Finger Flaws 
Super Saver: dry hands and nails can result in easily chipped manicures. It’s so frustration to spend time and dollars on a fresh paint job, then have it suddenly chip away. We recommend purchasing a bottle of OPI Soft Shades, $10 (lilac, yellow, green, peach and blue), and asking the salon crew to use it to paint you up. Keep it in your beauty bag and touch up as cracks or chips pop up on your paws. It will extend the life of your mani by 2-3 weeks and keep you looking fresh. 
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Pop of Color 
Slip a go-anywhere palette into your pack for instant glamour on the go. We love the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette. It features six flattering shades formulated with lid-loving ingredients for younger-looking, beautifully brightened eyes. You can transition from day to night with the swipe of your brush.
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How to Spring-Clean your Beauty Routine

Each March we welcome spring by purging our possessions and parting with our emotional baggage. As you cull down your closets, don’t forget about your beauty drawers. Instead of hoarding half-used skincare products, toss your tired old bottles and compacts and replace them with an innovative multi-tasking beauty routine. 

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color - $25 at
Don’t waste your time with powder eye shadows, when a rich cream will last all day long. We cannot get enough of this Shiseido collection with its bold, decadent pigments and lightweight formula – your peepers will pop and you’ll never experience creasing. The result is a flawless, lustrous finish that maintains a just-applied fresh look for 16 hours without smudging or budging. Plus you can easily apply it with the tip of your finger saving and feel confident it will look good all day long. 

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ - $42 at
We rely on shiseido for their luxurious skincare, so we were thrilled to share their latest sun care launch. This SPF lotion is delicate enough for the most sensitive skin and contains aloe extract to soothe and boasts a hypoallergenic formula. This superior mineral-based, high protection sunscreen is free from chemical sunscreen agents, fragrance, alcohol, parabens and has a texture gentle enough for the most delicate skin. The low-irritant formula also features Shiseido's exclusive WetForce technology, so it becomes even more powerful when the applied area is exposed to water or perspiration for 15 minutes. 

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-In-1 Nail Treatment - $13 at
Whether your nail problem is dryness, ridges, dullness, breakage, peeling, or all of the above, Sally Hansen presents the solution: new Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment. This product helps restore dry, brittle nails making them visibly healthier and beautiful. After just 3 days, nails look shinier, stronger, mega-moisturized and brighter with ridges filled. The product features a new brush for an even application and dries quickly to a smooth, hard finish. Simply apply two coats to clean, dry, bare nails. Use it to refresh a manicure by brushing on one thin coat to nails. It goes on smoothly and evenly, for a streak-free application. 

Grade Lips by Grande Lash MD - $27 at
Give your old glosses the kiss off. This new functional lip gloss collection not only blasts away the appearance of fine lines but delivers high wattage color and an impressively plumper pout. It instantly pumps up your kisser and with seven shades of glam, so rest easy that there is a perfect hue for your. Show off Kylie-like lips in just 3-5 minutes, for a fraction of the cost.

What are the Best Skincare Products that Actually Care for Your Skin?

What’s in skincare is as important as how it cares for your skin. So much of what we place on our face is absorbed into our pores and carried through our bloodstream exposing the body to chemicals and harsh ingredients. We’ve rounded up our favorite eco-products that boast healthy ingredients so you can feel confident lathering up and knowing your reducing your exposure to harsh chemicals.

Alba Botanica® Even Advanced Sea Lipids Daily Cream
Free of Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors and Phthalates
Sea lipids stimulate and hydrate skin cells and replenish dull, tired skin. In a clinical study, 100% of those tested showed reduced appearance of skin blotchiness and improved skin clarity in just two weeks, and 94% of respondents had skin tone that appeared more even. 
Price: $16.99 at

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer
This daily lotion replenishes essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier, younger looking skin. You can scoop it up in drugstores, which takes some of the stress out of your routine. It’s fortified with vitamins B, C, E and antioxidant omega bionutrients, and is clinically proven to boost skin's defense against dullness and roughness. Plus it is free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes or phthalates.
Price: $15 at 

NEUTROGENA Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Keep a package of these towelettes next to your bed and make a foolproof routine to remove your makeup each night without exposing skin to greater dangers. These ultra-soft wipes are clinically proven to remove makeup including waterproof mascara. You’ll instantly see that your skin is left purified, fresh and healthy-looking with no greasy residue, so there's no need to rinse.
Price: $8 at 

100% Pure Organic Rose Water Skincare collection – available soon 
During winter, everyone’s skin becomes a little more sensitive, which is why no chemicals or harsh detergents become even more important. Roses have been used for centuries for their anti-inflammatory ingredients like calendula and chrysanthemum, all of the ingredients come together to make sure that sensitive skin receives the moisture, hydration, and essential nutrients it needs, while still being gentle enough to address any inflammation.
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What are the Best Sunscreens?

Last week Hugh Jackman revealed his 5th bout of skin cancer. Despite all his fame and fortune, without his health this action hero is powerless. This got us thinking about the best sunscreens on the market and the importance of using a daily defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays. We’ve collected a range of face and body SPFs that not only combat sun exposure and protect you from harmful UV rays, but are formulated with innovative ingredients, so your skin actually becomes healthier with regular use. 

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
A new and improved hydrating, fast-absorbing, non-greasy, Argan Oil-infused daily moisturizer featuring all natural sunscreens, green tea, and innovative SunBoost ATB™. This all-natural, chemical-free, lightweight sunscreen moisturizes the skin with a non-greasy texture. It features skin-loving ingredients such as green tea, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and innovative SunBoost ATB, resulting in powerful sun protection. This product includes all the benefits you'd expect from an Argan Oil-infused daily moisturizer: skin-nourishing, texture-smoothing, and radiance-boosting. Ultimate protection plus beautifying benefits—true bliss. 
Price: $32 at 

SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 
High-protection SPF can be challenging for combination and oily complexions, often creating a heavy look on the skin and clogging pores. Physical Matte UV Defense has a proven dual function against sun and shine, providing SPF 50 broadspectrum coverage in a weightless mousse texture. The aerated silica technology is able to absorb up to 15x its weight in oil, and the optimized smoothing base and translucent color spheres refine and perfect the appearance of skin tone and texture. The formula is noncomedogenic, and proven to maintain a matte finish even in hot, humid conditions.
Price: $34 at 

If you’re a multigenerational fan of Olay, then you’ll love their new daily moisturizer fortified with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This moisturizer with SPF has an advanced Amino-Peptide Complex to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The luxurious-feeling moisturizer immediately leaves skin hydrated and softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while simultaneously protecting your skin from the sun with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It also restores skin’s elasticity with plumping hydration. Get a dramatic transformation without drastic measures with this moisturizer with SPF 30. 
Price: $24 at drugstores nationwide 

NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
We love this SPF stick, because you can toss it in your bag and apply without a mirror knowing you won’t be painted with white streaks. The formula glides on easily for a hands-free, no-mess application, plus it has a weightless feel and non-shiny finish, it provides beach strength broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection
Price: $11 at 


SunBum SPF 70 Original Sunscreen Lotion
We love this SPF as much as lifeguards and beach bums combine. This moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.
Price: $16 at 

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 
This CoolDry Sport Sunscreen lotion provides superior protection during even the most intense conditions. With new MICROMESH™ technology, this sunscreen allows sweat to pass through and evaporate away while clinically proven, durable protection stays right where it should. So your skin stays naturally cool, comfortable and protected.
Price: $11 at 

Peter Thomas Roth Max UV Milk All Day Protection SPF 50 
Take sun protection to the max. Max UV Milk All Day Protection combines a luxurious, silky, lightweight texture with high-level SPF 50 sunscreen technology that’s ideal for layering over your moisturizer. It’s a mineral sunscreen with anti-oxidant Vitamins A, C and E to help shield skin from the aging (UVA) and burning (UVB) effects of the sun.
Price: $42, at

Alba Botanica® Very Emollient™ Sunscreen Sport Mineral SPF 45 
The number one selling sunscreen brand in the natural and grocery channels, is pleased to add a NEW sunscreen to their collection, featuring the highest level of mineral protection yet. The Very Emollient™ Sunscreen Sport Mineral SPF 45 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. What’s more, as a commitment to being eco-friendly, the formula is 100% vegetarian, biodegradable, reef-safe and never tested on animals. It has earned the coveted Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation, a first for any brand in the natural channel. 
Price: $11.49 at

Alba Botanica® Hawaiian Sunscreen Revitalizing Green Tea Broad Spectrum SPF 45 
A botanically moisturizing natural sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection as defined by the FDA. Perfect for daily wear, this revitalizing lotion is non-greasy, quick-absorbing and water resistant for 80 minutes. Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Sunflower Seed Oil absorb quickly to nourish sun-exposed skin. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. 
Price: $11 at

JĀSÖN® Sport Natural Sunscreen SPF 45 
This water resistant formula is ideal for hours of rugged activity even in the water. With broad spectrum, long-lasting protection, it helps prevent premature aging due to prolonged sun exposure and utilizes antioxidant Acai Extract to protect skin against free radicals. 

How to Cold-Proof your Beauty Routine

During the blustery cold, you need to channel your inner supergirl to even venture out for coffee. The biggest problem with getting glam in this weather is that hats and scarves can smudge away your makeup before you set foot in the office. 

Our hearts were warmed by our introduction to three new game-changing innovations from It Cosmetics. The three launches in their Je Ne Sais Quoi collection break boundaries by delivering high performance beauty in a single swipe. 

Before you read any further, please toss your existing mascara in the garbage – seriously, you’ll never look back after you try this magical mascara. After ONE single coat, your lashes look, darker, longer and richer. The proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening and ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color, for your strongest, longest, thickest and most defined lashes. Just one swipe creates an eye-conic look, perfect to combat that involuntary winter eye watering. Plus it stays in place so your peepers will pop matter now low you pull your hat. 

Winter’s the worst for aggravating rosacea and hyperpigmentation, so smooth away irration with a brightening blush. This formula is infused with anti-aging ingredients and proprietary Drops of Light Technology to hydrate, color correct and diffuse the look of imperfections while giving you a youthful, lit- from-within glow. Designed for all skin tones, it brightens your entire complexion with a gorgeous flush and lasts even behind a wool scarf. 

When faced with bitter winds, or overdry office heaters, it’s expected that lips will peel and crack. We love this multi-tasking lip pigment, because it is packed with anti-aging ingredients, hyaluronic filling spheres, collagen, peptides, jojoba, green tea, aloe vera and shea butter, for a healthy, super smooth smile. Plus it is topped with a revolutionary color-infused lip treatment leaves your lips visibly hydrated, cushiony and smooth. Tell winter weather to kiss off and feel confident exposing your healthy, beautiful lips. 

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Back Stage Beauty: MILLY

The style experts behind the minimalist chic look at the Fall 2016 MILLY fashion show sought a naturally raw base enhanced with pastels and confidence. If you’re looking for some beauty inspiration, check out this behind the scenes coverage to recreate the look at home:

  • Blow out the hair using The Beachwaver Co. Pro Dry (coming soon to 
  • Part the hair down the center, saturating from root to ends
  • Wet the hair using PHYTO Professional Intense Volume Mousse
  • Pull hair into a ponytail, leaving out two pieces in the front and two at the nape of the neck 
  • Wrap the loose pieces around the elastic of the ponytail creating an elevated look and secure with PHYTO Workable Holding Spray
  • Spray PHYTO Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional Cream (coming soon to for added texture 
  • Finish the look with a light spray of PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Finishing Spray followed by a touch of PHYTO Professional Wet Gel
  • Apply Kevyn Aucoin Luminous Foundation (coming soon to to the center of the face and anywhere redness occurs as needed 
  • Mix Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Single in #103 with berry shades from Kevyn Aucoin Elegant Lip Kit(coming soon to to create a pale pink look for the eyes 
  • Using Kevyn Aucoin Small Eyeshadow Soft Round Tip Brush blend the product up towards the brows 
  • Brush up the brows and add Kevyn Aucoin Eye Gloss (coming soon to to the inner corners of the eyes and orbital crescent of the cheek bones 
  • Finish the look by dabbing Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Balm to the lips 
For more info or to scoop up these products, visit

: Recine for using PHYTO and The Beachwaver Co. 
Makeup: Romy Soleimani for using Kevyn Aucoin and WEI 
Nails: Katie Hughes for using Butter London 


Easily Transform Yourself into a Sexy Seductress on Valentine’s Day (night)

It’s easy to get caught up fantasizing about a romantic Valentine’s Day. This time of year you can hardly walk into a drugstore without being barraged with hearts, cupids and pink & red chocolates. If you really want to make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable then skip that commercial merchandise and prepare for a night of real memory making.

All you need for a night of passion is a willing partner, some full-bodied wine, and a sultry, sensual style. While we can’t help you with the first two, we have tried-and-true tips to ensure maximum impact on your image.

Tantalizing Tresses
Transform your hair into a Victoria’s Secret style by adding a touch of sexy to your look with added length and fullness. RPZL Clip-in Extensions offer a natural, fuller, longer and healthier hair looks with the flick of a clip. These easy to use extensions bolster your naturally glam style and instantly deliver dramatic results.
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Perfect Pucker
When it comes to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, it’s your lips that seal the deal. We are majorly crushing on 100% Pure Lip Caramel. This gloss delivers intense, deep color without the toxins or chemicals found in other lip products. It glides on the without leaving any sticky residue and actually nourishes your kisser with lip softening pomegranate oil and cocoa butter. Looking like a siren without taxing your health, sign us up!
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Get Nailed 
Treat yourself to the perfect mani before Valentine’s Day with Hello Kitty by OPI. Hello Kitty® is a pop icon with fans ranging from four to forever, and she is OPI’s newest muse. Hello Kitty by OPI celebrates all things happy, cute, colorful and sweet with these limited-edition nail lacquers and matching GelColor shades.
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Ignite Bliss
Set the mood with a sexy candle. We love relaxing scents that help us shed the stress from the day so we can focus on Valentine’s Day night. That’s why we are hung up on bliss’ new line of spa-inspired candles with a soy-based wax and satin finish. This long-burning light is offered in a variety of mood enhancing scents that include Eucalyptus Mint, Ginger Flower, Grapefruit & Currant, Vanilla Lavender, Cucumber Water, and Lemon Verbena. Ignite some bliss and turn the lights down low, then get ready for whatever happens next.
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Wintertime SOS (Save Our Skin!)

For a long time there’s this difficult wintertime dilemma – hydrate skin with questionably healthy products or suffer through the season. We’ve finally found a salutation to this problematic predicament and the answer is 100% Pure. For those who need a reminder, this entire brand is healthy, pure, organic and all natural. Keep in mind our skin absorbs every little thing we put into it, so keep that in mind when you apply your favorite big brand moisturizer that’s loaded with harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances and damaging toxins.

As an especially happy bonus, they’ve now expanded into cosmetics, beauty products and skincare. 

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite products from the brand that help our chapped skin recover from the bitter cold or overdrying office heat that plague this season. 

Lip Caramel - $25 
Chapped, peeling lips do not have to be an automatic side effect of the season. Take back your mouth, and add some glam with this gentle, yet richly colored collection. These glosses were created for intense, deep saturation of gorgeous colors colored from fruit, root and achiote seed pigments in a base of lip softening pomegranate oil and cocoa butter. Swipe on some caramel and stand up to the cold. 

Ginseng is a highly anti-aging, skin revitalizing root packed full of phyto-nutrients. Ginsengs increases collagen production for firmer, more elastic skin. The mask material ""hydrogel"" is composed from 95% organic aloe water) and 5% plant cellulose made to intensely hydrate. The longer you leave the mask on your skin, the thinner the hydrogel mask becomes because the water gets absorbed. The hydrogel assists in delivering active ingredients onto your skin. 

Sheer, healthy, hydrating makeup evens skin tone and conceals imperfections. Gives you a flawless complexion while making you look like you're not wearing any makeup at all. Concentrated with anti-aging red wine resveratrol and alpha lipoic acid. Infused with skin soothing calendula, aloe and green tea. 100% Pure formula contains no synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives or any other toxins. 

Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee improves the appearance of puffy under-eyes, and brightens dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area appear more awake and more youthful. Truly, 100% Pure. 

Organic Rose Water Skincare collection – available soon 
During winter, everyone’s skin becomes a little more sensitive, which is why no chemicals or harsh detergents become even more important. Roses have been used for centuries for their anti-inflammatory ingredients like calendula and chrysanthemum, all of the ingredients come together to make sure that sensitive skin receives the moisture, hydration, and essential nutrients it needs, while still being gentle enough to address any inflammation.

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What to Get the Guy Who Has Everything?

Looking for a last minute holiday gift for a guy that demonstrates thought, intimacy, and an opportunity to create decadent memories? Get ready to be transported with Arquiste perfumer. 

Just in time for the holidays, this fragrance brand launched a new candle collection that was curated by an architect specializing in historic preservation, welcoming scents that evoke moments in history. Your olfactory will be awakened to places like Mexico City 1695 or St. Petersburg or Russia 1837. It is the perfect gift for a sophisticated man in your life who seems to have everything. 

These luxurious candles can be experienced at the adorable new perfumery location at 7 Greenwich Ave. This luxurious shop is a welcoming spot to warm up from the cold (or cool down from this weird warm haze), and snap up some beautiful holiday gifts.

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