Mandy Hendrix

Mother-Daughter Beauty Lessons

January 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm , by

We had so much fun doing the mother-daughter makeovers with Bobbi Brown that we wanted to show you one more. Meet Carla and Eve Egbert:

Carla Egbert has a less-is-more philosophy about makeup. “I try everything but stick to the basics,” she says. Master makeup artist Bobbi Brown shows Carla and her daughter, Eve, how to make the most of their looks with a quick and easy routine.

Both mom and daughter can even out their skintone with liquid foundation and concealer. To add a healthy-looking glow, Brown gently taps bronzer onto cheeks.

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Finding Your Perfect Red Lipstick

January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am , by

Think that bold red lipstick is too daring? Today’s guest blog is from Karla Sugar who solves the mystery of the right red by showing how different intensities and textures affect color by swatching a few lipsticks on herself. Check out more fun makeup swatching that she’s done at

Venturing into the world of red lipstick can be daunting. There are so many options. How do you find the shade that’s right for you?

Don’t feel overwhelmed. You can find a lipstick you love by answering a few easy questions.

First: do you look better in gold necklaces or silver? If you look better in gold, try a warm red lipstick. Warm reds have peach, orange, or coral tones, and are complimentary to certain skintones.

MAC Brave Red, $14.50. Smashbox Legendary, $22. NYX Eros, $4. Bobbi Brown Vintage Red, $22. Dior 999 Ara Red, $30. Estee Lauder Spanish Red, $21.

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Found! The Cure For Dry Skin

January 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm , by

CeraveIt’s not often that I obsess over a face cream. You see, my breakout-prone skin is dry, which defies the easy and typical skincare categorizations: oily, dry, mature, normal. To complicate matters, I also use a retinoid at night (prescription vitamin A) to stop said breakouts and boost collagen (bonus!) The downside of such an amazing treatment is that it makes my skin uber-dry.

Readers, I must share the most wonderful night cream that has made my skin act “normal.” CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $16, is a huge jar of goodness that I apply to my face every night to ward off dry, flaky skin. I also love that it’s available at the drugstore  and will easily last me through next winter. (Unless I start using it on my body, which it’s approved for, too.)

Need more dry skin advice? Check out Winter-Proof Your Skin, from our December issue.

Guest Blogger: Easy, Beachy Waves

December 8, 2010 at 10:00 am , by

Editor’s note: Karen is a California-based beauty blogger. Check her out at

So maybe Mother Nature, aka The Queen of Coif, was a little stingy in the beachy waves department. No worries. You can still take that stick straight mane into the wavy zone with the Revlon Perfect Heat 3 Barrel Deep Waver Styling Curling Iron ($25).

With 30 heat settings, you’re sure to find at least one that works for you, and when you do you won’t have to wait long. The device, which looks like three jumbo curling irons attached together at the sides and works kinda like one of those big crimping irons from the ’80s (remember those?), heats up in less than a minute.

And it’s a breeze to use. Just place a chunk of hair into the Deep Waver, and let the heat go to work. After about 30 seconds, slide the device about two inches further down the same chunk of hair, and repeat the process of waiting and sliding until you reach the ends. Tada! Easy beachy waves.

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Spooky Halloween Nails

October 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm , by

Are you dressing up for Halloween? Do you know what you’ll be? I love these press-on nails from Kiss, in festive, creepy colors. And unlike most most pieces of your over-priced costume, these nifty little guys are only $4, at drugstores.

I’ve actually worn Kiss glue-on nails before, and even though these are press-on nails (so they’re easier to take off), they are just as easy to apply. Here, a few application tips:

  • Start by laying all the nails out on a flat surface
  • Find the correct size of the press-on that fits your nail and put in order from pinky to thumb
  • Pull paper backing off of glue tab, place glue tab on natural nail with rounded edge toward cuticle
  • Peel off paper backing and firmly adhere artificial nail
  • Repeat for all ten nails

Even if you’re not dressing up on Halloween, how cool would these look when you’re passing out candy?

Have You Entered Our Spa Getaway Contest Yet?

September 30, 2010 at 11:19 am , by

punta spaNo? You better hurry! We’re giving away seven amazing prizes, including trips to U.S. and international spa resorts so you can relax and be pampered. Here’s the catch: You must enter by midnight tonight, E.S.T. in order to win.

Fall is one of my favorite times to make a spa appointment, as holiday excitement–and streams of guests–always seems to kick up right after Labor Day. (I assure you that scheduled R&R is the cure.) Here’s some tips from Mayra Ramirez at the YHI Spa in Paradisus Punta Cana, to help ease the summer to fall transition, in case that spa appointment gets bumped for yet another family gathering.

  • Get rid of parched summer skin with a sugar body scrub. Follow with a rich moisturizing cream so that skin stays supple.
  • Forget the shower and take a warm bath instead. Add a few drops of olive or coconut oil, which helps skin retain moisture.
  • Aloe vera isn’t only for sunburns. Use it raw on your face or body or look for it in creams to help reinforce the skin’s natural protective barrier.
  • Dry outside air can wreak havoc for your skin. Make sure to cover any exposed body parts when the temperature drops.

Still dreaming about a luxury spa vacation? Check out each of the prizes in the Spa Getaway. And don’t forget to enter!

A Truly Good Reason For A Massage

September 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm , by

I rarely need a reason to book a massage, but in case you do, here’s a good one. On Tuesday, September 14th, Massage Envy will be donating $15 from every massage to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The best part? A 60-minute massage will only set you back $49. (In the oft-overpriced spa world, that’s practically free.) Book now, as appointments fill up quickly.