Friday

How to get good camp hair

Anyone that ever went to sleep away camp knows the mark of a genuinely magnificent mane: good camp hair. If your locks can withstand chlorinated pool water, extreme sun exposure and campfire smoke, then consider yourself blessed. For those of us who needed to work a little harder, get ready for a new secret weapon, the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q.  

Technology has underwent some serious upgrades since your camp days when you relied on a 2 in 1 brush / hairdryer combo. We were blown away by the Infinity Pro by Conair 3Q, because it harnesses advanced brushless motor technology to provide an ultra-fast airflow that reduce drying time by 70%. This means less time for your hair to be under the dryer and minimize the chances of fried ends. Less time in your at-home salon means more time to cook up a perfectly concocted summer cocktail. Plus it is insanely powerful but won’t wake up your sleeping bunkmates – er, roommates – because of a 40% less noise technology benefit.  

Going away for the weekend? Toss this lightweight tool in your bag – it’s easy to travel with. You can share it with your whole share house, and customize the heat and speed settings for each girl (plus it’s got a cold shot button for when you are sweating and need an instant blast of artificial air conditioner – eh, not the real purpose for that button, but I digress…) Need me to seal the deal? At $119, it’s less than the price of 3 blowouts at DryBar.  

Scoop up the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q at drugstores nationwide beginning September 2014

Wednesday

5 Products You Gotta Have For a Weekend Get-Away

Summer vaca means weekend jaunts to the beach, mountains or your country house (aka your parent’s home in suburbia).  Unfortunately, when you are a guest, your beauty needs are at the whim of your host, which may not always jive with your style (or worse…they might buy generic)!  So before you embark on your break, check out these 5 products to keep you looking your best without adding bulk to your bag.

1.  HIGH WATTAGE SPF
When you’re a guest in someone’s home you have no idea if they’ll keep you protected – sure they’ll make sure you don’t go home with that hot bartender who dropped out of high school, but are you sure they’ll keep your skin safe from the sun?  Stock your own SPF to ward off harmful UVA/UVB rays.  We love Sun Bum SPF 70 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion ($16 at trustthebum.com) because it has top protection factors, while enriching skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals.  We go as far to use it on our face and body, which allows you to consolidate your regimen into one portable bottle.

2. MAKEUP REMOVING WIPES
During the week you can be compulsive about your skincare routine, but during a weekend getaway you have to forget about your fixations.  Unpack your toiletry bag and instead, toss in a pack of makeup removing wipes.  We are really into Proactiv Solution Makeup Removing Cloths ($17 at DiscoverProactiv.com) because they are pre-moistened and whisk away dirt, grime, and makeup from your face. They are gentle on your skin and offer an effective way to freshen up your complexion. Added bonus: they are alcohol and fragrance free, and enriched with lavender and allantoin to soothe and condition skin after a day in the elements.

3.  SANDY HAIR SAVIOR
The quick fix for beach hair is pretending the look was intentional, but we all know that at the end of the night your one-time tempting tresses have turned into dread locks.  Reverse the effect by brushing through your hot mess while nourishing your hair.  We are really into Conair Infinity Pro Argan Oil Treatment Strip Finishing Brush ($13 at Conair.com).  It’s the perfect brush for to get through the tough stuff, while adding some needed extra shine.

4. CALM DOWN POST-SUN SKIN
So you forgot to trust our advice, and you ended up sunburnt.  Feel free to keep beating yourself up over it, but don’t let your stinging skin drag you down further.  Help revitalize and hydrate skin with Sun Bum's 'Cool Down' Continuous Spray Aloe Vera ($12 at Trustthebum.com).  We tested it out this weekend and loved the cooling effect, and invigorating scent.  It is enriched with soothing Aloe, Cucumber Extract and Vitamin E, which provides an intense hydration to gently restore the skin's natural moisture balance.

5. TIE IT UP
There’s nothing worse than being without a hair tie, so stash a few in your bag to avoid this rookie mistake.  Then you can look like a hero when your hostess asks if she can “just borrow one of yours” – even though you know she’ll never remember to give it back. We are crushing on Scunci Everyday & Active 3X Stronger Braided Hair Ties ($3.99 at Walmart.com) because we found out our fit-spiration guru, Tracy Anderson relies on them for her workouts.  They are colorful and fun and fit any mood while maintaining a tight grip on your hair without damage or snagging.

How to Beat the Unexpected Summer Heat

All of this unexpected weather makes it difficult to stay chic. It's hard to avoid overdressing for sunshine and under dressing for torrential downpours. Don’t sweat it! Check out our go to guide to protect your sunny wardrobe no matter the weather.

Start with the Skin
No matter if you're sitting out in the park or bundled under sweaters and air-conditioning conference room, make sure you are protected with a reliable deodorant. As your body adjusts to the dramatic temperature shifts, you don't want to suffered a sweaty slipup.  A glamorous go-to is Dove Advanced Care with Nutriummoisture™ Clear Tone™ Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant Deodorant.  It has a clean, fresh scent and nourishes skin – helping it recover from the irritation of regular summer shaves.

Spritz Away the Shvitz
The best way to conceal your overheated internal thermometer is with a delicate perfume.  It needs to be a gentle fragrance that won’t clue those around you that there’s a funk in the air – rather a delicate aromatic blend that delivers a sparkling, refreshing scent.  We can’t stop sniffing the latest launch Anna Sui La Nuit de Bohème.  This fragrance – hitting shelves in the fall – contains notes of sparkling citruses and thick blackberry zest, lotus and gentle, feminine petals of rose with an oriental twist to woody notes of warm and opulent oud.  

Erase the Evidence
Stepping out into the sunlight is a recipe for shine – and not the cute kind.  We recommend applying a mattifying primer before you leave for the day to prevent a makeup meltdown.  Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skintone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear.  The goal is to shrink pores and turn off their leakage of excess oil and dirt, for a flawless, smooth surface.

Make Sure You are Protected
Incidental sunlight can be a major cause of skin damage.  Waiting for that cab – which never seems to come – in the middle of the day, can make all the for a sunburn.  Fortify your morning beauty regimen with a face moisturizer that has a SPF factor of 20 or higher.  Check out Meaningful Beauty Antioxidant Day Crème SPF 20 Broad Spectrum help rejuvenate, firm and protect skin. Suitable for all skin types, the lightweight yet effective moisturizer is fortified with the Exclusive Microencapsulated Melon Complex and dual action Vitamin C.

How to Become a Swimsuit Savant

The #1 accessory for a bikini is self-confidence, but we had a tough winter, and if you aren’t there yet, then you aren’t alone.  If you are having trouble mustering up some courage to quit your cover-up, then follow our recommendations to enhance your self-empowerment and proudly flaunt your figure:

CLEANSE YOUR CANVAS: revitalize post-winter skin with nourishing products that hydrate and cleanse away impurities and yucky skin.  By effectively prepping your skin, you can create a healthy foundation for sun protection and fortify skin’s defenses for youthful, radiance head to toe.

H2O Plus Sea Results Anti-Aging Body Micro-Polish ($28 at h2oplus.com)
Revitalize the skin for a summer-ready body while sweeping away dull impurities. Fast-acting, this polish will immediately brighten and smooth, resulting in younger looking skin. Velvet Seaweed Extract, a natural exfoliant, gently smoothes, refines, and brightens dull skin while micro-fine Coral Powder, derived from Bora Bora white sand, sweeps away dead skin cells for complete pre-tan exfoliation.

Proactiv+ Cleansing Body Bar ($40 at Proactiv.com)
This lather-rich cleansing bar fights body acne, giving you confidence to show more skin this summer. Deep-cleansing, exfoliating, and medicated, the ergonomic bar thoroughly washes away dirt, impurities, and excess oil. Salicylic acid helps unclog and keep pores clear while exfoliating beads remove dead skin that can clog pores and fuel breakouts.

SWIMSUIT SLIMMING SECRET:  so your gym routine fell by the wayside and now your love handles are looking a little extra lumpy.  Fret not – just seek out smoothing and tightening products for a fast fix.

Caudalie Contouring Concentrate ($35 at Caudalie.com)
This plant-based elixir treats stubborn areas such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks, diminishing the appearance of cellulite and smoothing curves.  This preservative-free 100% plant-based dry body oil firms and smoothes the skin. It also gives the skin a slight sheen.

bliss fatgirlslim arm candy ($34 at Blissworld.com)
Who among us hasn’t suffered from a fear of going sleeveless?  Well, consider yourself ‘armed’ and ready with our fabulous formula: it’s the only arm-perfecting cream, complete with a massaging applicator, proven to clinically reduce redness while providing a firmer, smoother and more toned appearance. Formulated with a complex of lactic acid, caffeine, white sapphire and moisture beads, it provides optimal results and beautiful, flaunt-worthy arms.

AHAVA Firming Body Cream ($39 at AHAVAUS.com)
Firm up for the beach with AHAVA’s Firming Body Cream that combines unique plant extracts and skin-healthy Dead Sea minerals to prevent, repair and strengthen mature body skin. This silk-textured formula helps reverse the process of aging with a unique combo of active ingredients (Vitamin E, Caffeine, Peptides) and plant extracts (Palm Date, Artichoke, Green Tea Extracts) to recover firmness and improve tonicity of the skin while refreshing and nourishing.

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate ($75 at skinceuticals.com)
Formulated for body zones including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, and upper arms, this cooling fluid re-inflates skin, resulting in a smooth, tight surface. Unlike immediate superficial tightening treatments, this product targets sagging loose skin from within for long-lasting lifting, firming and resilience.
Price: $75, Available at www.skinceuticals.com and physician offices nationwide
 
HAIR REMOVAL: Silky smooth legs look even sexier without razor burn and ingrown hairs.  Make sure to look razor sharp by grooming away any doubt that you look and feel your best.

Shaveworks Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream ($22 at Anthony.com)
Get the perfect bikini-ready shave with this lusciously rich shave cream. With Capislow to minimize hair growth, Phytic/Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs (especially in the bikini area), and Mediacalm complex for superb moisturizing and calming benefits, this shaving cream does it all.
Price: $22, Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Anthony.com

FAUX GLOW: Need a little touch up on that 6-pack?  The body looks better with a golden glow, but since we are anti-suntanning, we have some fun sunless tanners to transform your into a bronze bombshell. 

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Mousse ($11 at lorealparisusa.com)
Achieve a beautiful, believably bronze glow with the first-to-mass self-tanner in mousse form.  Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Mousse features a prestige-inspired formula that is easy to apply, dries quickly and leaves a natural streak-free bronze tint without sticky residue. The ultra-lightweight mousse contains subtle light-reflecting pearls that give skin an instant glow, and its scent is enhanced with a light, citrus fragrance.

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Body Beauty Balm ($32 at Urbandecay.com)
Like a beauty balm for your whole bod, this luxe, moisturizing formula instantly tightens skin (yes, TIGHTENS!) and blurs flaws. The result? Smoother, firmer, more perfected skin every time you use it – with a luminous, all-over NAKED glow. Lightweight and non-greasy, this sheer, illuminating formula works on every skin tone (from pale to deep-dark), giving skin a subtle sheen with light-diffusing spheres that make you look professionally retouched.

Monday

What are the must have summer beauty staples?

This summer, celebrate your moment in the sun with beauty staples that revitalize, illuminate, protect and enhance your skin.  Ramp up your beauty regimen with problem solving products that you can toss in your beach bag, and don’t sweat it – you know your skin will be flawless.

INCIDENTAL SUN EXPOSURE: Iluminage Youth Cell Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen ($70 at iluminagebeauty.com)
Protect yourself from incidental sun exposure with an anti-aging product that’s fortified with SPF.  This potent 24-hr hydrating cream contains patented Survixyl™ and CLA to help enhance skin’s natural cell renewal and diminish the visible signs of aging. Formulated with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and vitamin E to help shield skin from environmental aggressors such as sun and free radicals.

JET SETTING GETAWAY GOODIES: LORAC Back to Bronze Collection ($36 at Loraccosmetics.com)
This perfect beach-ready bag includes LORAC goodies such as: 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry, Cobra Mascara, travel-size TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door and Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Peach Lustre.

FAUX GLOW: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($43 at Lauramercier.com)
Skip the tanning this summer and stick to a healthy sunless glow. Laura Mercier created this perfect blend of skincare and makeup that hydrates skin and softens fine lines, gives skin a healthy ‘”no-makeup” look with a soft hint of colour, and protects the skin from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen.

TAKE IT ALL OFF: Proactiv + Skin Smoothing Exfoliator ($29.95 at Proactiv.com)
Sweat, sunscreen and seawater can irritate your delicate skin.  To minimize breakouts and irritation, we love this medicated cleansing treatment.  It kills acne-causing bacteria while also acting as a daily face wash, toner and exfoliator. With 2.5% micro-crystal, prescription-grade Benzoyl Peroxide, glycolic acid and an emollient rich moisture complex, it is luxuriously creamy but exfoliates to remove dirt, impurities and dead cells from the skin’s surface for a brighter, smoother, healthier complexion.

STOP THE SHINE: Anthony Instant Fix Oil Control ($28 at Anthony.com)
Instant Fix Oil Control absorbs excess grease on contact and keeps shine at bay all day. Instant Fix is formulated to help tighten pores for a youthful, shine-free finish and reduce breakouts caused by excess oil. Dab on an oily T-zone or apply evenly over the face for a clean-looking, matte effect. Anthony donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research.
 
MELTED LIPSTICK: Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21 at Toofaced.com)
Ever have your lipstick melt in your purse?  No it’s no longer a problem with this long wear liquid lipstick. Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss with Melted.  These bold lip colors stay in place long after the salt-water dries in your hair.

Wednesday

How to Make a Night with Hugh Jackman More Glamorous

As any Broadway aficionado knows, the Tony Awards celebrate excellence in the theater.  While we cannot get enough of some of the nominees, including Beautiful – the Carole King Musical, A Raisin in the Sun and Hedwig and the Angry Inch – this year, a major highlight will be a night on the couch with Hugh Jackman.  Well, you know, me on the couch, him hosting the ceremony, which broadcasts June 8th on CBS.

To make the night even more enticing, we are teaming up with Nexxus – the official Beauty Partner of the Tony Awards – for a show-stopping giveaway.

ONE GRAND PRIZE winner will win a Tony Awards gift pack stuffed with:

iTunes gift card with 30 songs from this year's and past nominated shows
Tony Awards gift bag
Nexxus new Color Assure line

TO ENTER

To enter, simply follow these two steps:
  • 1) Follow us on twitter @MRSBEAUTYEXPERT
  • 2) Tweet us your favorite Broadway show, and why it’s your favorite – using hashtag #NEXXUSBROADWAY


THE PRODUCTS

This rich, sulfate-free formula provides a luxurious lather that gently cleanses and nourishes hair for long lasting color vibrancy.

Our exotic orchid-oil infused formula moisturizes hair while preserving color vibrancy. For hair that’s soft, smooth and nourished.

Our first pre-cleanse treatment creates a shield that helps protect color by repelling water. Simply apply 1-2 drops into your palm, and smooth it onto hair before you shampoo. Add more if necessary for thicker hair or longer lengths.  Begin and focus on the tips and massage up towards the roots.   Hair should feel soft and silky, not saturated, with optimal amount of product applied. Infused with white orchid extract, this revolutionary formula keeps color vibrant 2X longer.

This weightless exotic orchid-oil infused formula provides a fine mist that dries quickly and instantly brings out color’s luminosity. It’s the perfect finishing touch for reflective shine.


THE FINE PRINT: The contest will be live from 5.28.14 and ends at midnight (EST) on 6.8.14. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants.  The winners will be notified by a direct message via Twitter.  Contest is only open to U.S. residents. 

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