August 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
How do I love rollerball perfumes? Let me count the ways…
- They’re perfect for travel. I love taking these little slivers of scent with me anytime.
- They don’t spray everywhere. I can be discreet when I need a scent touch-up. Instead of filling the air with an odorous cloud, I simply rub the wand on my skin and leave the scent only on me.
- They’re much cheaper. I can buy at least two rollerballs for the price of one perfume bottle. And even though I’ll gladly shell out for a bottle of my favorite scents, these let me experiment.
- They’re made for mixing. Bored with your current scent? Layer one of these scents over your everyday favorite to add a little something extra.
Ready to try? Bliss’ Eau De Toilette, $18 for the rollerball, feels like you’re at their spa, wearing the cucumber-infused water, but in a good way. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up.
I can’t stop dousing myself in Pacifica’s Calfornia Star Jasmine, $12 for the rollerball. Of course, it’s anchored by a sweet jasmine scent, but has a fresh, grassy note so it’s not a knock-your-socks-off floral.
And Lisa Hoffman’s Madagascar Orchid Day and Evening Fragrance Oils, $39.50, are completely genius. Inside a little pouch she gives you a lighter oil for when the sun is up and a second, sultry blend that’s perfect for nighttime.
Want to learn more about Lisa Hoffman’s creations? Tune into QVC August 27th at 9 am EST to hear from the creator.
August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
Have you seen the new September issue? It’s full of fun beauty tricks, especially our Beauty Lessons story. (Think of it as a back-to-school primer for grown-ups.) To get beauty director, Erica Metzger, and myself ready for the shoot, we enlisted the help of the fabulous Tim Quinn, Armani Beauty’s celebrity makeup artist, whose handiwork you can watch, above.
Lucky for you, Erica and I didn’t hog all the advice Tim gave us that day.
Tim’s Tip: Before applying foundation start with eye makeup, since it tends to be messy. This saves you from applying–and reapplying–foundation, concealer, etc.
I love, love, love navy eyeshadows for fall. Try L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Color Smokes Eyeshadow in Cobalt Smokes.
Tim’s tip: Mix eye cream in with your concealer to keep the area really hydrated.
There’s nothing richer than Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream, but it also sinks right in. (Important when using moisturizing products near your eyes for daytime; you don’t want your mascara to smear!
Tim’s tip: When using a lip pencil, stick to one shade that matches your lips instead of buying multiple pencils to match each lipstick.
Fill your entire lips with pencil, then top with lipstick. I think the plummy Rouge d’Armani shade #603 is the most to-die-for lip color this fall.
June 18, 2010 at 9:47 am , by Mandy Hendrix
A few years ago, I picked up the most gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent makeup palette. It was perfect for a New Year’s Eve party I was about to attend; inside were pink and berry lipglosses, shimmery white and eggplant eyeshadows dusted in gold. (Yes, big gold glitter. This was New Year’s Eve!) I used it that night and stashed it away, using it only once since the big party. I know the pretty items inside are past their expiration dates and the gold glitter doesn’t quite fit my lifestyle, but I can’t seem to get rid of it. Do you have a makeup bag full of products you can’t toss out, that don’t work for you? I want to know!
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April 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
It’s easy to look good when you have a team of hair stylists and makeup artists planning for any weather catastrophe and lighting situation, but how do supermodels get ready when left to their own devices? I recently met Victoria’s Secret Angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr at the launch of the new Heavenly Flowers fragrance. The trio gave me their day-off tips for looking good with minimal effort.
Alessandra said she can get out the door in five minutes with a little concealer, blush and mascara. Her favorite trick, though, doesn’t involve makeup at all, but an eyelash curler for a wide-awake look.
Candice pulls her hair back into a cute pony tail or bun because she doesn’t like to mess with her hair when she’s not working. She laments the abuse her hair receives while she’s on-duty and prefers to go au naturel on her free time.
Miranda’s favorite out-the-door-in-seconds trick is using a scented body lotion to make her skin glowy and leave a faint trail of fragrance. Her new springtime favorite? Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Flowers Softening Body Lotion, $20, of course.
Find your new springy, sweet fragrance here.
April 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
My beauty routine could use a little green overhaul. So, in honor of Earth Day next week (April 22nd) I decided to clean up my act. Here are my top picks for a green makeover.
I’m surprisingly picky about hand soap (I’ve found natural formulas can be awkwardly sudsy or non-lathering) but I love this just-right formula from Pure & Natural Liquid Hand Soap, $4.50. The rosemary and mint scent is great, too.
Lately I’ve become a face mist junkie. It adds moisture into my eternally dry skin and makes my thick moisturizers spread like butter. Kiehl’s Acai Damage Protecting Toning Mist, $27, also adds antioxidant protection. Bonus points for it’s Cradle to Cradle certification, meaning that it’s made with the least amount of waste from start to finish.
The transitional weather of spring really does a number on my lips and I’m forever bouncing between a lip balm and lip scrub. Because I end up nearly eating the granules, I wanted to find something ingestible. Lush’s Buble Gum Lip Scrub, $9, is vegan!
I love the way a bath pouf really makes a soap nice and bubbly, but am forever replacing them. EcoTools EcoPouf, $2, uses recycled plastic and is cheap enough to toss (into the recycling bin) when it gets grimy.
Aveda’s Light The Way candle, $12, is my new favorite house accessory. I not only get to enjoy the French-y lavender and clary sage scent (all organic) but once it’s done, I can use the glass vessel to drink from. These reclaimed holders started as a wine cooler bottles. So cool!
April 2, 2010 at 11:09 am , by Mandy Hendrix
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Sure, I’ve tried them, but can’t seem to stick with them for too long. What really gets me going is the idea of spring cleaning. The whole refresh and renew bit really gets me revved up, and not just when spiffing up the house, but in all areas of my life. I’m especially excited by anything that promises easy reinvention.
This spring, I’m betting on the Tone Up Challenge developed by Dickinson’s Witch Hazel and the Women’s Sports Foundation. What’s so cool about it? It’s a quick program (14 days), a small time commitment every day, and not only on a workout routine, but skin care routine, too. It’s the whole package.
So, I’m starting today. Here’s the agenda…
Tone Up!: Beginner pushups, 8-15 reps, 2-3 sets.
Get Active!: Remind myself to walk an extra 15 minutes 5 days per week.
Look Great!: After working out, clean off sweat with witch hazel toner.
Whew, I feel better already.
Photo via bhg.com
March 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
I’m behind the scenes of our Fresh New You makeovers, asking questions and taking notes of all the interesting tips and tricks that we pass along to you each month. Typically, this is for the benefit of our lucky makeover women, but along the way, I’ve learned some valuable lessons for myself.
Lesson Learned: Set aside time one day per week to work on your hair. You’ll look and feel fabulous. The rest of the week, find ways to refresh your style. My suggestions? Dry shampoo (I usually prefer aerosol sprays but lately I’m into Faux Dry, a squeeze and shake version from Blow), adding texture with a curling iron and of course, a ponytail.
Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to tell people where you stand and what you’re comfortable with. Mindy wanted to keep her glasses but update them with a rimless style and could only devote enough time to upkeep for barely-there highlights. She stayed true to herself and I think she looks great.
Lesson learned: Jayne had a young child but still loved an occasional date night with her husband or meeting up with her girlfriends. It was obvious that she enjoyed taking care of herself but wasn’t sure how to pull her look together after a few years spent in baggy jeans and a ponytail. Since meeting Jane, I’ve made a vow to my self to always set aside a some quality “me” time, even when it might seem impossible.
Lesson learned: Becky showed up with gorgeous, thick, blond hair but her m.o. was a headband and clip. She was game for going back to her roots, literally, and went darker so that she didn’t have to spend so much time in the salon. (Something I understand; highlights can be a time suck.) It’s scary to make such a drastic change, but I need to remember that blond is only a hair color and not a state of mind.
Don’t forget to check out Becky’s full makeover in our April issue, on newsstands now.
Think your ready for your own makeover? Email your name, age, city, occupation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include a full body and headshot and tell us why you need a change.