Beauty…Hollywood Style: My first visit home to New York

The body’s ability to become accustomed to temperature is quite astonishing.  It’s been four months since I moved to LA from New York and, now, I think 50 degrees is freezing!

As you can imagine, packing was a complete joy (sarcasm is my second language)–and trying to decide which sweaters and pants to pack for my 10 day trip back East was so stressful that I actually broke out in hives at one point!  Mind you, I haven’t worn any of my winter clothes in nearly a year, and so naturally I decided that I need brand new winter clothes, even if I do now live in LA.  But I digress.

Let’s just say it was a loooong 10 day sta y (home, sweet home!).  What surprised me the most was how my skin reacted to the climate change.  Between the dry, cold air and the chlorine-infused shower water, my normally already-dry skin was almost Sahara-like.

LA…I didn’t even realize how much I love you.  Empire State: see you soon.  (In the summer, I hope!)

Here’s a list of my New York trip beauty staples:

  • Aquaphor Healing Ointment: I always carry this stuff with me- it’s the only thing that prevents chapped noses and on this trip, I applied it on my lips, which have never been more dry.
  • Jurlique Love Balm: This is my latest obsession.  It astounds me that one product can be so useful…on this trip, I used the Love Balm on my fingernails, which became super dry and actually really hurt as a result of me not wearing gloves while walking around Manhattan.  I should know better, I know.
  • Mystic Tan: Seriously.  I think part of me wanted to show up to New York with the most glorious California tan imaginable but in all honesty, that could never happen.  I don’t tan.  I turn red.  And even if I could tan, I wouldn’t since I’d rather not get skin cancer.  As a result, I joined my cousin went to she went to Beach Bum Tan to distort her DNA a bit…I mocked all the Jersey Shore-looking ladies in the salon and then, for giggles, decided to just bite the bullet and re-live the days when I too, was also a Long Island resident.  They still had my name and college address in the computer.
  • Jane Iredale Dot the i: It seems so silly but I’ve become completely dependent on these.  I stayed at a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve and when I realized that I forgot to bring some with me, I almost had a melt down.  HOW was I expected to remove the 20lbs. of eye makeup that I had on?!  My friend’s answer: Toilet paper.  They will never understand.
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear Eye Makeup Remover Pads: See above because, yes, I said toilet paper.  I don’t think I’ve ever wished for my product closet more in my entire life.  I completely took for granted how amazing (and natural!) this product is.  You don’t have to worry about putting any chemicals in your eyes and they’re BIG so you really only need to use one or two pads to get everything off.

January 7, 2010 at 5:00 am 7 comments

Francesco Clark of Clark’s Botanicals on PBS

Three years after being paralyzed in a pool diving accident, Francesco Clark–founder of skincare line Clark’s Botanicals–was in an emotional fog, traumatized and feeling adrift.  When Christopher Reeve suddenly passed away, Francesco was spurred into action, realizing that he wanted to make a difference, and founding Clark’s Botanicals.  (The line is made from essential oils, botanicals and vitamins, is highly effective, and smells wonderful.  Sensitive and drier skins will love the Deep Moisture Mask.)

Francesco is now the new ambassador for The Christopher Reeve Foundation, and is publishing his first book, Walking Papers, on June 1, 2010–the anniversary of his accident.

Learn more about Francesco’s amazing, inspiring story tomorrow, Wednesday January 6th, when he appears on the PBS series “This Emotional Life” at 9pm.

Clark’s Botanicals is currently on sale at The Fairest.

January 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm 2 comments

Amber’s Obsession: Love + Toast Sugar Grapefruit Hand Cream

Love+Toast Sugar Grapefruit Hand Cream has changed my lifestyle. I know: It’s a bold claim.

This portable, gorgeously-designed tube of fabulosity smells of fairies and divinity with sparkling citrus notes without veering into sickly sweet territory. Candied grapefruit if you will, but subtly sophisticated. I don’t like sickly sweet; I was raised in a no-sugar household. I’m planning to buy the brand’s Sugar Grapefruit Eau de Parfum (only $9!) as well.  And it absorbs instantly and leaves no greasy, wet feel, so you can go back to living your life (just a little more moisturized) in mere seconds.  (more…)

January 4, 2010 at 5:00 am 12 comments

Happy Holidays from The Fairest!

That week is finally here: the fleeting time between Christmas and New Year when the schedule is completely thrown off, long-lost friends and family come back into town, and every day ticks closer to the big calendar change.

We’re busy taking stock of 2009 and making endless resolutions for 2010 (We will go to the gym!  We will clean our makeup brushes!), and as we look back on the year, we think it’s been a pretty good one.

From all of us at The Fairest, we wish you happy holidays and hope you’re having a beautiful, enjoyable time, wherever you might be!

December 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Blake Lively’s luscious curls

Photo Credit: J. McCarthy for Wire Image

We love Blake Lively‘s bouncy hair at the recent New York premiere of Sherlock Holmes.  (Seriously, how many premieres are they going to have for this film?  We’ve already counted at least 4.  As long as the stars show up looking so gorgeous, we’ll continue to be on board!)

Replicate the look with a little elbow grease, and the right tools: volumizing styling cream or mousse, plus a wide-barreled curling iron 1″ or larger.  Expect the entire process to take 30 – 45 minutes.

– Apply volumizing cream or mousse to damp, towel-dried hair
– Blow dry hair with a large round brush
– Part hair deeply, above one eye
– Clip up the top half of hair, from the ear up to the crown
– Curl the bottom half of hair in 1″ – 1.5″ sections
– Unclip the top half of hair
– Curl in 1″ sections, alternating curls away from the face, and toward the face
– Spritz curls with a flexible-hold hairspray–et voila!

December 23, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

The Fairest sale: Enzo Milano

When asked how to replicate gorgeous beachy waves or loose, corkscrew curls, celebrity hair stylists always advise wrapping hair around the outside of a closed barrel.  If you’ve ever heeded their advice and tried it at home, it’s not easy.  Your hair crimps around the barrel clamp…the ends look wonky…clumsier types (um, quite possibly like yours truly) run the risk of burning errant fingers…

We’re therefore delighted by the Enzo Milano Conico curling iron, which features a patented cone shaped barrel and no clamp, making the aforementioned barrel-wrapping a breeze.  It’s also very fancy-pants, with a ceramic core, and featuring something called “Tribostatic” technology that uses negative ions to evenly seal the hair cuticle, creating a longer-lasting curl.

Check out the video here, from the Enzo Milano website, showing how to use the Conico, which comes with a lifetime warranty, instructional DVD, and heat-resistant safety glove, for klutzes like moi.

Enzo Milano goes on sale Tuesday at The Fairest.  It normally retails for $149.99, but is 40% off for $90.

December 22, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Growing Back Overplucked Eyebrows

John Shearer/Getty Images (Megan Fox), Peter Kramer/Associated Press (Beyoncé Knowles)

According to The New York Times, we’ve all become so tweezer-happy that no longer are too-full, Brooke Shields-style brows a beauty problem.  Now, apparently, the issue is overplucking–and inspired by strong brows on sexy celebrities like Megan Fox, women are turning to brow experts and high-tech solutions to help coax their vanished, skinny-minnie arches back to life.

Brow guru Anastasia Soare cautions against following celebrity brow trends, instead aiming for an ideal shape based on bone structure and offering kits designed to help achieve the perfect arch right for your own face.

The article quotes Sephora makeup artist Sherlyn Mousaurieta, who says, “I would say 7 out 10 clients that come in have either overplucked or simply don’t have as much brow hair as they’d like…They desire to fill the brow in.”  Saviors come in the form of brow powders and pencils, lash conditioners, growth products like Latisse, and even hair transplant surgery.  (Confession: we fall in the anorexic brow category, and use Latisse nightly to help fill in our own wispy brows.  So far, so good!)

What do you think?  Have you struggled with your own too thin arches…and would you turn to something as drastic as hair transplant surgery to fix them?

December 22, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

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