September 20, 2011 at 12:50 am , by Nykia Spradley
Okay so we haven’t entered fall yet (officially), but we took a trip back stage during New York Fashion Week to get a sneak peek at what beauty trends are on the horizon for spring.
September 12, 2011 at 11:42 am , by Nykia Spradley
Stocking up on new school supplies—from shiny pens and mechanical pencils to completely revamped wardrobes—has become a Fall right of passage for children. But, why should the kiddies have all of the back-to-school fun? While you’re working on overhauling your own autumn wardrobe (FYI: peplum blazers, mustard hues, and polka dots are all the rage), don’t forget about your hair. Here is a grown-up ponytail style from celeb stylist David Lopez (his clients include the Glee cast—Heather Morris, Lea Michelle, and Diana Agron) to add to your autumn repertoire.
STEP 1: Prep your strands beforehand by applying a texture spray or mousse to the hair line and blowdry completely. ”Don’t forget to blow dry the hair around the nape of your neck upwards towards the base,” says Lopez.
STEP 2: Gather all of your hair into a ponytail with a large paddle brush. Use the top of your cheekbones as a guide to line the ponytail up and follow diagonally towards the crown. ”I like to use a ‘wrap’ style ponytail holder but a snag free holder works just as well,” adds Lopez. After securing your ponytail take a one inch section of hair and firmly wrap it around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic. This trick makes an otherwise sporty style look a bit more glam.
STEP 3: Use a large barrel curling iron and wrap large one inch sections to give the pony some bounce. A ponytail showcases the ends of your hair so smooth them with a light oil like Amika Obliphica Pure Oil too boost shine and definition.
August 1, 2011 at 11:34 am , by Nykia Spradley
Whether we’d openly admit it or not, many of us watched last week’s episode of Keeping up with the Karadashians, and learned—along with Kim—that she has psoriasis. Her seemingly earth-shattering diagnosis is shared by as many as 7.5 million Americans. With KK’s nuptials fast approaching (August 20th to be exact)—we asked Dr. Marta I. Rendon, founder and medical director of the Rendon Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, to clear up some questions about psoriasis—and to share some insight on what Kim can do if a flareup afflicts her on the big day.
LHJ: What is psoriasis?
Dr. Rendon: Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system and is NOT infectious. It is characterized by red scaly plaques—mostly on the elbows, knees and scalp, but any area could be affected.
LHJ: Is there a way to tell if you’re prone to psoriasis, or if you have the psoriasis “gene”?
Dr. Rendon: Psoriasis is a hereditary condition. To determine if you have the genetic predisposition, you would need a very specialized blood test that’s not done routinely.
LHJ: What are the symptoms and warning signs of this condition?
Dr. Rendon: Lesions appear on the skin and a dermatologist can diagnose the disease. Symptoms are dry, scaly areas on arms or legs. It can affect any part of the body including face and scalp. Some people have severe itching. OTC hydrocortisone creams can provide minimal relief at first. The next step is to see your dermatologist.
LHJ: Are there any preventative measures that help prevent flare-ups?
Dr. Rendon: There are several exacerbating factors such as alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, sun tanning and stress, so try to avoid any of these things as much as possible. Also, don’t scratch, rub, or pick at the lesions. It helps to apply an ointment after showering. Try Cetaphil, Cerave, Aveeno, even Vaseline. Apply to very rough areas such as elbows and knees. Ointments are more occlusive than lotions or creams and are usually more potent. Cold compresses can help, too. Stress-prevention measures such as exercise can help stabilize the disease.
LHJ: What can Kim Kardashian (or anyone with a really crazy-busy life) do to control her flare-ups?
Dr. Rendon: Topical prescription creams are available. There are also laser and phototherapy treatments that can accelerate healing.
LHJ: What’s the best way to quickly control or cover up psoriasis?
Dr. Rendon: I recommend applying an ointment after showering, cold compresses, and a mineral-based makeup to conceal any patches.
LHJ: Will her red patches ever completely go away?
Dr. Rendon: Absolutely!! Yes, with a good treatment plan determined by a dermatologist.
July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm , by chandrajohnson
Anyone who knows me—or sees me a few times a week—knows my obsession with nail polish. There’s simply no hiding my lacquer love. (I nearly passed out the first time I saw shatter nail polish!) And though I make sure my toes are meticulously painted even when they’re tucked away in winter boots, now that we’re smack in the middle of sandal season, my fixation is at an all time high. Here, my summer color theories:
You can’t go wrong with any bright ROYGBIV shade, but pastels and nudes are just as fun. And toss those old-school rules out the window: Fingers and toes do not have to match. Instead, pair colors that complement each other. Say, a sunny yellow and a vivid pinkish coral.
Right now, I am drooling over Sally Hansen Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips in Girl Flower (these last super-long and you don’t have to wait for them to dry!); the entire Pirates of the Caribbean OPI collection (great pastel colors); and of course, OPI’s Shatter in navy and black. I plan on expanding my Shatter collection with the newer turquoise and red shades.
Of course, your feet need a little prep work before you swipe on your color of choice. A few easy steps: First exfoliate (try Thymes Essentials Foot Scrub) , to soften heels and soles, and get rid of dead skin. Once you’re sloughed and rinsed, slather on a foot moisturizer (AHAVA’s Dermud Intensive Foot Cream is great), file your nails to your preferred shape and lightly buff out the most egregious ridges. Next, be sure to remove any traces of old nail polish (and newly applied lotion) with a non-acetone remover and cotton pad. Finish with a base coat, two coats of color and a topcoat. Et voilà! Go show off those pretty tootsies!
Shades from left to right:
Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Tutti Frutti
Barielle Shades in Gotta Have Fate
TopShop Nails in Bee’s Knees
Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color in Lickety-Split Lime
OPI Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Tears
Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Glitter in the Air
SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Surreal
Duri Cosmetics nail polish in Pocketful of Rainbows
June 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm , by chandrajohnson
True Blood fans have less than a week to go before the June 26th premiere of season four, and in honor of the event, Tarte Cosmetics will be launching a limited-edition collection that was (very obviously) inspired by the show.
Brigette Myre-Ellis, head of makeup for the show and Anna Paquin’s personal makeup artist, teamed up with Tarte to help create a series of vampy, character-evoking looks. The packaging alone is, um, to die for—there’s a lace-up corset-adorned palette, for starters—as are the contents:
Tarte for True Blood Collector’s Palette, $52
This eye palette packs 17 delicious shades, a primer, a mascara, and an eyeliner. Myre-Ellis also helped create four signature looks to try, each of which comes with instructions. For Sookie Stackhouse’s sparkling doe eye, try the Not Your Average Waitress colors. Or throw caution to the wind and try the Vamp Glam colors.
Natural Cheek Stain, $30
You know that flush you get from watching Sookie and Bill (or Eric? Or Alcide?) Recreate it with this natural, blood flow-mimicking stain.
LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint, $24
Though it can’t quite grant you a thousand-year lifespan, this reddish tint is spiked with anti-agers. Lip-plumpers, too. That—plus the mint infusion—leaves you ready for your Bill Compton close-up, which is no doubt coming any minute.
Available June 22, 2011 at Sephora.
May 16, 2011 at 11:35 am , by Nykia Spradley
We just can’t seem to get enough of Sofia Vergara, and there are plenty of reasons why. For starters, the Latin bombshell knows how to consistently make us bust-a-gut each week in her role as Gloria on Modern Family. She’s also effortlessly become a new beauty icon. From flattering makeup choices (few people can pull off wearing coral lipstick as well as she does) to her glossy lush locks, sassy style, and authentic accent (yes, it’s real)—even on her off days, she’s on.
In our May issue Vergara’s colorist, Debby Kaplan of the Nick Chavez salon in Beverly Hills, dished on how the Columbian beauty keeps her brunette hair color vibrant. The trick is choosing a brown shade with a warm base and copper tones. The red from the copper flatters most complexions.
While you’re checking out our May issue for more DIY color tips, we’ll be on the lookout for more beauty inspiration from Sofia. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her when she makes her debut as the new face of Covergirl cosmetics next January.
In case you’re still not convinced, it looks like we’re not the only ones getting hooked on Sofia, The New York Times named her one of 2010’s Faces to Watch, and she was also featured in People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” issue. Yep, she’s definitely heating things up.
April 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm , by Nykia Spradley
Happy Monday, ladies! I’m the new associate beauty editor here at Ladies’ Home Journal and the newbie here in The Ladies’ Lounge. I’m really looking forward to sharing some of my beauty obsessions and expert recommended tips—and most importantly, hearing from you! I have a weakness for pretty packaging, skin secrets for perpetually clear skin, and any product that will help get me out of the door faster in the morning. For my first post I’d like to focus on something that I can’t seem to get off my mind…vacation. Enjoy!
After a pretty brutal winter, and a summer that won’t seem to come fast enough, I’m beyond ready for a getaway. Although warm days are right around the corner, I can’t stop thinking about blissful spring breaks. These days, a quick trip will more than suffice. It’s also a good time to put my streamlining packing skills to the test.
If a weekend escape from temperamental temperatures is on the horizon for you, you’ll want to pack light without forgetting your most important beauty essentials. Here are some of my favorite travel companions.
Sedu Revolution Pro Shortie Mini Styler Iron ($60, folica.com)
If my time away doesn’t include afternoon pool dips, I prefer to keep my strands straight. A mini flat iron takes up minimal space, but doles out enough heat to keep frizz at bay.
H. Gillerman Organics Natural Rest Travel Remedy ($48, hgillermanorganics.com)
Road trips and time zone shifts are a little less uncomfortable with this roll on blend of oils that help ease jet lag and travel uneasiness.
Japonesque Beauty Fixations Tinted Lip Conditioner ($5, beautybar.com)
It’s no secret that poor air circulations on airplanes can wreak havoc on our skin (yes, even in two hours). These dab and toss swabs are pretty genius—just snap, swipe, and trash the tips.
Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes ($30, yesstocarrots.com)
Blueberries and Coconut helps wipe away the day’s stresses, for a quick refresh with age reversing benefits to boot.
Chris Notti Chain Reaction Sleep Mask ($20, bonanotti.com)
Let the world around you literally disappear by slipping on a sleep mask. Go ahead, treat yourself to some much-needed Z’s.
What are your beauty travel essentials?