beauty coach

Beauty Coach: 5 Minute Foot Massage

October 15, 2009 at 11:30 am , by

ss_101379395Does anyone actually read the instructions that come with newly purchased creams, cleansers and the like? Confession time: I usually don’t. When the product is pretty straightforward, I just recycle the directions with my junk mail.

Don’t get me wrong, I do follow directions, but they are almost always printed on the back of the bottle and I’ve never been one for filing. If the product is more complicated, i.e. needs to be plugged in or operates on batteries, I will tuck it into my “random documents” folder. It’s crammed with take-out menus, my ricer cooker warranty and dry cleaning receipts, so it may take me a while to actually find it.

footcream_packaging_openThe only set of directions I can truly produce on command is a little card that came with my Orna Foot Cream. The card has illustrated directions on how to massage your ankles, heels, soles, arches, balls and toes in five minutes. (The cream itself is an amazing formula which absorbs quickly, so your feet don’t feel greasy). I keep them both on my nightstand next to my favorite lip balm and hand cream. I recommend doing the massage after a long day of stomping around in heels or boots. Now that boot season is back, that’s just about every night for me. (And just because your sandals are in storage, it’s no excuse to let your toes go! Keep your feet looking great with these easy pedicure tips.)

Have you ever saved any beauty instructions or do you have a favorite tip you learned from a product’s packaging? I’d love to know!

Beauty Coach: Shower Power

October 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm , by

ShowerForTheCureSG16ozI’m a huge fan of Philosophy bath and body products, especially the shower gels. They come in delicious scents (Cinnamon Buns and Strawberry Milkshake, anyone?), have a nice, foamy lather and can even stand in as bubble bath or shampoo. (I’ve personally never washed my hair with shower gel, but I appreciate having the option). Plus, the sets make fabulous gifts. Friends and family always squeal over the charming packaging and ooh and ahh over the yummy fragrances. They feel good, I feel good: It’s a win-win.

Philosophy’s newest body wash, Shower for the Cure, $20, will make you feel good, too. Yes, the delicate floral scent and creamy formula is lovely, but even more noteworthy is that 100% of the net proceeds from each 16 ounce bottle will be donated to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

Felicity_Huffman_Headshot-Jack_GuyWant to feel even better? Join Felicity Huffman, Rita Wilson and Lisa Kudrow, and add a line to Philosophy’s “unforgettable” poem, which starts with the phrase “she is…” and represents a woman who has experienced cancer in some way. You can also donate a $1 to WCRF with your poetry submission.

Don’t know any breast cancer survivors? Read about these inspiring women from our October “Life After Breast Cancer” story and dedicate a line to one of them! (That’s what I did.)

Beauty Coach: Special Occasion Eye Shadow

September 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm , by


Hi all. I’m Erica. Officially, I’m the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty director. Unofficially, I’m a kinda-sorta-sometimes-maybe makeup artist. My resume includes: Doing prom makeup for my friends in high school, providing occasional end-of-the-day touch-ups for co-workers, taping a makeup segment for E! News, and most recently, giving four friends smokey eyes for a black tie wedding.

Here’s the most important lesson I’ve learned so far: Hide your makeup stash immediately upon completing a job. Your clients—or in my case, friends who don’t pay you—will fall madly in love with the best shade or formula in your kit and then will cajole, plead, barter and eventually try to steal it from you. Their most recent object of lust: Stila’s new Smudge Pot in Kitten. (For those of you not familiar with the original Kitten, it is a gorgeous, shimmery, pinky-champagne eye shadow with a cult-like following among beauty fans because it looks great on everyone. My love affair with the shade started years ago after I read that it was Cameron Diaz’s signature shade.) Anyhow, this cream version is even better than the original. You can wear it as a primer, shadow, liner, and highlighter, and it does not move. For the wedding, I blended a thin layer on the lids before creating each smokey eye. My friends basically went mad for it. You will too, just please don’t try to steal mine.

For more great beauty tips and insider picks, check out our gorgeous makeup trends for fall.