Chelsea Rae Simmons

The 1-2-3s of Shaving

April 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm , by

After a winter of hibernation (and squats), my legs are ready for some exposure. Though, the unpredictable spring weather is keeping my freshly shorn legs hidden beneath a layer of denim, this is the perfect time to practice the 1-2-3s of shaving to prep for summer.

The first step to getting the perfect shave is picking the right razor. Whether you’re a 3-blade or 5-blade kind-of-gal, make sure your razor is sharp. Many suggest changing your razor bade at least once a week, but the thought of buying yet another expensive pack of razor cartridges makes me cringe. Luckily, there are ways to extend the life of the blades: make sure the hair is wet and softened before your start shaving, dry off your razor when you’re finished, and make sure to store it in a dry area, not your shower.

The next step is lubrication. We’ve all experienced the itching-burn of an impromptu dry-shave, and it isn’t fun. So, break out your favorite shaving cream/gel so your razor has no problem gliding over your skin— make sure to rinse the blade after every stroke! For an extra-smooth shave we love to use the Venus Embrace Razor ($11) and Skintimate Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel ($3).

Last, but certainly not least, is preserving the just-out-of-the-shower smoothness— baby-soft legs are the goal. So, keep your skin supple with your favorite body lotion and/or ward off stubble with hair-growth inhibiting products like Whish Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel ($26) or Completely Bare Completely Smooth Body Lotion ($42).

Want more shaving tricks? Here are some ‘Bump-Free Shaving Techniques’.


Hair Drama without the Trauma

April 4, 2011 at 7:30 am , by

We can't get enough of Michelle Williams' timeless blonde pixie cut and Rihanna's red curls.

HAIR LUSTS: Michelle Williams' classic pixie and Rihanna's curly, red locks.

Are you ready to make a dramatic hairstyle change like Kate Winslet’s bleach blonde pixie haircut? Deciding to cut and/or dye your locks is often scary— especially when you don’t have a personal glam squad to re-create your old style— but sometimes a short pixie cut or ruby-hued hair is exactly the beauty pick-me-up you need. Before you take the plunge, here are some tips to help you make the right decision:

Consult with your hairstylist. A hair consultation isn’t simply showing your stylist a photo of the hairstyle or color you want. You should ask the tough questions:

  • What is the best look for my face shape?
  • How will my hair care routine change with this cut or color change?
  • Will you have to frequent the salon more often?
  • Will this hairstyle fit with my busy schedule?

Get makeup tips. “A drastic hair color change will often necessitate some makeup tweaks,” says New York City stylist and salon owner Sam Brocato. Before you commit, schedule an appointment with a makeup artist to find out how the rest of your beauty routine will change.

Go with your gut. If one person says the daring new haircut or color change, which you love, won’t work with your eye color, skin tone, face shape, etc, then get a second opinion. When you truly love your hairstyle, you’ll look beautiful no matter what.

Wear a wig. If you’re really unsure of your decision, why not give it a test drive? “Find a […] wig that will give you a sense of how you will look… This is as close to a crystal ball as you can get!” says Brocato. We love the Raquel Welch wig line.

If you’ve followed all these steps and you’re still unsure if you want to do a complete hairstyle overhaul, then wait awhile to decide. In a month, if you still want to make the change, then go for it!

Use our Try-A-Hairstyle tool to instantly test-run your next dramatic look.


Makeup Brush Shape-Up

March 28, 2011 at 7:30 am , by

Sephora Antibacterial Brush Set

Sephora Antibacterial Brush Set, $60

I have a dirty secret, and it’s about my makeup brushes. Actually, it is my makeup brushes. Like many women, I don’t take the best care of them, but I’ve vowed to change. Here are 3 tips to whip your makeup brushes in shape:

Avoid damaging build-up. With each use, your brushes accumulate makeup particles— wipe them off with tissue or soft clothe after application. Make sure not to pull the bristles too roughly, lest they fall out. Did you know: Makeup build-up can clog pores and damage the bristles making your brush less effective.

Store brushes properly. The way you store makeup brushes is important. Always keep them in a dry case and lay them flat or standing upright to avoid misshapen bristle syndrome. Did you know: Dust is another factor in brush build-up. If you don’t have a proper case, use an old eyeglass case to store your brushes.

Clean. Clean. Clean. Most importantly, clean your brushes at least once per month. To wash them, use a gentle shampoo of face soap, rinse until the water runs clear, squeeze out excess water, and dry them flat on a clean towel. Did you know: Many brands have cleaning solution that you can use for a quick clean, and Sephora has a special Antibacterial Brush Set, $60, to ensure cleaner brushes between washes.

Maintaining your makeup brushes is as easy as 1-2-3. Find out other ways to “Kick Your Worst beauty Habits” in the March 2011 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.


5 Beauty Tips for Spring 2011

March 21, 2011 at 7:30 am , by

Spring 2011 BeautySpring has officially sprung, and it’s time to start adjusting your beauty routines for the changes in the weather. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your through Spring 2011:

EYES
Eyes are the windows to the soul. This spring, start using waterproof eye makeup— nothing’s worse than melted, raccoon eyes on a beautiful spring day— and tidy up your brows to make your eyes appear bright and open.
TIP: Benefit now offers BROWbar customers a free brow arch service on their birthday (visit benefitcosmetics.com for a location near you).

CHEEKS
Spring is a time to look effortlessly natural, and cream blush is both effortless and natural-looking. It’s applies easily with your fingers, and it absorbs into your skin giving you a sheer tint.
TIP: Always apply cream shadow after foundation and concealer, but before any powders.

LIPS
A bright lip is one of the biggest trends this season. Hot pinks, oranges and reds took over the spring runways— the bolder the better.
TIP: To try this trend without going overboard, dab on your lipstick in layers leaving a subtler, stained effect.

NAILS
Spring’s nail polish trends range from barely there to over-the-top. For a chic neutral look, wear polishes in peach or nude hues, or be adventurous by sporting lavender, robin’s egg blue or gunmetal.
TIP: If you can’t get away with wild hues at work, polish your toes with your favorite bold spring shade.

HAIR
You can get away with almost any style this spring. One common trend is the ponytail, no matter how you wear it, high and teased, braided and woven, or sleek and smooth, you’re bound to look as if you jus stepped off the runway.
TIP: When you pull your hair back, make sure to use hair-friendly elastics that won’t tangle or break your hair.


New Year, New You: Beauty Resolutions

January 3, 2011 at 8:30 am , by

Fernando Milani

Every year you make New Year’s resolutions you can never sick to. Here are five beauty resolutions you can make and keep:

I will keep my hair healthy and strong. Switch to sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners­— they’re gentler yet just as efficient as their counterparts. Always use heat-protecting products when styling to prevent damage and split ends. Invest in a showerhead filter, like Aquasana Shower Filter, to prevent the stripping effects of chlorinated tap water. “Your hair will be noticeably softer and shinier, your scalp will be healthier and your color will stay true and last longer,” says celebrity hairstylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda salon in NYC.

I will get enough sleep. Adults are recommended approximately eight hours of sleep each night. Not only does getting enough rest help fight those pesky dark under-eye circles, but sleep helps increase blood circulation meaning your skin will look radiant as well as rested.

I will whiten my teeth. We’ve purchased the pack of whitening strips and half –way through gave up on the routine for one reason or another. This year, it’s time to follow through. Remember, the same treatment doesn’t work for everyone— dietary, drinking and smoking habits can determine how fast the process works and how often you’ll need a touch-up. Also, only gel whiteners, like Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme, work below the surface and have longer lasting effects.

I will always apply moisturizer with SPF before leaving the house. I know how easily moisturizing can slip your mind in the morning while you’re checking your email, picking out an outfit, and grabbing coffee (in that order). So, take a minute out of the morning rush to dab on some facial moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Not only will it protect your skin from sun damage, but also moisturizer keeps your skin’s outer layers hydrated, plumping your face and fading fine lines.

I will master the perfect, long-lasting cat-eye. I’ve probably attempted to recreate the perfect Sophia Loren cat-eye hundreds of times, and I doubt I’m alone. Here’s a trick from the pros: first, trace along the upper lash line with a nude pencil to create a base coat and guideline. Follow this step by topping with black liquid liner in small strokes. If all else fails, watch this video from Fashionista.com & MAC.


Simple Holiday Hair & Makeup Tutorials

December 20, 2010 at 8:30 am , by

During the holidays, finding the perfect gifts and being a top-notch mom, wife, daughter, sister or hostess, take top priority. While making sure everything and everybody else is ready for a holiday party, we barely have time to concentrate on getting ourselves prepped to go out. Here are four quick-and-easy hair and makeup tutorials to help you through the holiday season:

1) Dressed-Up Ponytail by B. Jones Style
Stylist and blogger Beth Jones shows you how to create a fun version of the ponytail for any holiday party. This quick, tousled updo is the perfect dressy hairstyle for a lady-on-the-go.

2) Elegant Hair by Johnny Lavoy
Ford Model hairsylist Johnny Lavoy, adds an elegant, holiday twist to the simple braided chignon. To create this look, all you need is a couple of hair elastics, some large hair pins, a couple yards of ribbon and no more than 10 minutes. The entire holiday party is guaranteed to shower you with compliments.

3) Bluefly/Beauty.com Holiday Looks w/ Tina Turnbow & Ted Gibson
Bluefly and Beauty.com have teamed up to bring you expert advice to create the perfect holiday look. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Tina Turnbow show you easy techniques to successfully create two different holiday styles, one curly and gold, the other sleek dramatic.

4) HOT HOLIDAY ECO MAKEUP: Bold, Red Lips – Be the Red Carpet Starlet!
If you want to wear a pop of color this holiday season, red lips will never do you wrong. Try Ethical Bella’s ‘Bold, Red Lips’ video tutorial inspired by the Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2010 runway with makeup artist Tara Pallante. Plus, there are step-by-step written instructions on the EthicalBella.com.


Help Keep America Warm with One Warm Coat

December 7, 2010 at 8:30 am , by

StuddedPillow_dWhen the temperature starts to dip and the winter winds blow, there are two things I don’t leave home without, my warm winter coat and a tube of my favorite moisturizing hand cream. This winter, the Curél Skincare team and One Warm Coat, a charity dedicated to keeping America warm, are celebrating these two cold-weather essentials by teaming up with reality TV star Kris Jenner and Searle to create the toasty, limited edition Barrier Coat.

The aptly named coat, priced at $198, is a nod to Curél’s reformulated skincare line, now with ceramides, which fortify your skin’s protective moisture barrier, keeping it hydrated and crack-free during harsh winters.

“Our mission is to provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge,” says Sherri Lewis Wood, President of One Warm Coat, and Curél, with the help of the Kris Jenner and Searle designed coat, is donating $25,000 to aid in the effort to keep as many people as possible warm this winter.

Visit Curel.com to find out more information about their effort to Keep America Warm, and if you want to add the Barrier Coat to your winter routine, you can purchase it at SearleNYC.com.


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