Skintastic: Get Super Soft Skin Now!

Who doesn’t want super-soft glowing skin? With the Winter months almost behind us, it’s time to get your dull, dry scaly skin ready for Spring! Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true products that will have your skin glowing and touchably soft in no time!

DDF Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Oil Control Gel is a treatment serum with 10% Glycolic Acid  and 2% Salicylic Acid to help minimize the look of fine lines while refining skin’s texture, clear and prevent acne blemishes, and visibly reduce pores. After one use of this product at night before my moisturizer, my skin was noticeably softer and smoother and over time, my breakouts were far less frequent. Best for combination to oily skin types., $55.00 Desert Essence Natural Facial Cleansing Pads have been formulated with a combination of pure essential oils and herbal extracts to leave your face free from oil and dirt residues. Each moist pad contains Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil, an inherent antiseptic plant extract from Australia, combined with Lavender, Chamomile and Calendula. …

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Rent the Runway Comes to Georgetown

Rent the Runway, a revolutionary fashion institution, has arrived in Washington D.C! Fashionistas, bloggers, journalists, and fans flocked to the chic grand opening event last night at it’s new Georgetown store on M Street. For those of you living under a rock, Rent the Runway is an online store where women can rent gorgeous designer dresses and accessories. Founded in 2009 by CEO Jennifer Hyman and Head of Business Development Jennifer Fleiss, Rent the Runway began building retail locations in 2013 with Georgetown being their fourth store in the U.S.

The boutique is gorgeous, modern, and of course the dresses and accessories are to die for! Merchandised by the color of garment, the space is a visual odyssey of stunning gowns and has an intimate feeling of being in someone’s very fabulous walk-in closet and dressing room. Shimmering chandeliers, lush flowers, and lux velvet furnishings make Rent the Runway’s Georgetown boutique the perfect space for fashionistas to call home.

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Bridal Beauty | 9 Tips to Shine on Your Special Day

As a newly-wed myself, I know firsthand the stress leading up to wedding day preparations. This is it! If there is a day that you are going to look and feel like a princess, today is the day! But then that huge pimple erupts, you get your period, that new facial mask you tried left a rash on your face, you burned your arm with your curling rod, you tripped while walking the dog and have a massive bruise on your leg…(these are actual things that happened to me)….All of the sudden those dreams of looking like Cinderella are replaced with feelings of the ugly step-sisters.

1) First & foremost, try and stay stress-free. This may be easier said then done, but find an outlet to relieve stress. Whether it’s jogging, getting a massage, yoga, etc, do it! You skin and body will thank you!

2) Even the best makeup artist will have challenges if you don’t properly take care of your skin. Eight weeks leading up to your wedding day, drink plenty of water, eat your fruits and veggies, …

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How to Get the Best Service at the Cosmetics Counter

* Photo by: Michelle Jacoby

Ever left the cosmetics counter feeling deflated, annoyed, or just plain underwhelmed? It is intimidating to say the least to approach the cosmetics department for fear of the usual clichés. You know who they are, the unaffected girl applying her seventeenth coat of lip gloss in the mirror, the older dragon-lady trying to spray you with some horrible perfume or rub some cream on your hand, the overly aggressive salesperson that just won’t take no for an answer, or the dreaded clique of cosmetic girls cackling away at the last customer who dared to interrupt their conversation. Despite these stereotypes there are some very knowledgeable, friendly and professional sales people out there. Most major cosmetic departments carry the same brands, like Clinique, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Chanel, MAC, and Bobbi Brown and are the same prices, so spend some time shopping for your salesperson instead. Follow these brutally honest rules of the road, and you will be a cosmetic connoisseur in no time!

Look for someone polished, neat and professional. In this profession especially, outward …

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Beauty Counter uncovers the truth behind “safe” cosmetic ingredients

Did you know that the US currently only bans or restricts 11 chemical ingredients for cosmetic companies to use in their products while there are 1,300 chemicals banned in the European Union? Did you know that the laws governing safe ingredients have not changed in the US since 1938? Scary stuff right?

Beauty Counter founder, Gregg Renfrew, is not only a successful entrepreneur, but now a pioneer in the cosmetics industry. Beauty Counter is a skin care and cosmetics company that believes in complete transparency. They only use the highest quality, safe ingredients that have been properly screened through a strict evaluation process. After crossing off the 1,300 chemical ingredients in the European Union and the 11 in the US that many well-known cosmetic brands use, the Beauty Counter team evaluates each ingredient to make sure they are not linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and cell damage.

Think about this….the average American woman uses between 12-20 chemicals a day, 365 days a year. How many beauty products do you use in one day? Yes, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash all …

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Look Better in the Buff

Quick Tips to Look Better in the Buff

Exfoliate: Out with the dead, and in with the that is! Regular exfoliation not only gets rid of that dull, flaky skin, but allows your moisturizer to be more effective. Any cream or lotion will absorb faster and penetrate deeper with a good scrub down first. Fresh, glowing skin is the best summer accessory!

Fake a flat stomach: Spraying the sides of your abs a little darker when you spray tan will give a more contoured look and the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Cover up imperfections: If you have a bruise or scar, cut the dark purple color first with the opposite tone like an orange or apricot lipstick. Then, blend a concealer in your exact skin tone with a brush and blot any excess with a sponge. Set in place with a translucent powder.

Lengthen your legs: Wearing nude strappy sandals instantly elongates the legs as well as flesh tone polish. Opt for a nude pedicure that matches your skin tone and your leg line will lengthen instantly!

See-you-no-more cellulite: The best and quickest solution is self-tanner. …

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Ten Best Foods for Super Summer Skin

You know what they say about you are what you eat, but what effect does the foods we eat have on our skin? Its no longer an old wives tale that your diet doesn’t affect your complexion.

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that people who replaced processed carbs with high-protein foods and whole grains broke out less. The reason? “High-glycemic foods cause your blood sugar to rise, triggering a surge of insulin. The insulin stimulates oil-producing hormones called androgens, leaving you with pimples,” says Leslie Baumann, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami and author of The Skin Type Solution. Stick to the basics like drink lots of water, wash your face at night, limit your alcohol intake, and stock up on these super foods for your skin and your complexion will thank you!

Avocados Packed with essential oils and loaded with B-complex vitamins like Niacin, vitamin B3, avocados nourish your skin inside and out. Niacin is vital for healthy skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent especially for red, blotchy skin.

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Top 5 Beauty Tips to Beat the Heat

Summer has arrived and so has the humidity! From the office to cocktails on the rooftop at The Graham Hotel, these beauty tips will be sure to keep you looking fresh all day and night.

Consolidate products in your morning regimen. Try using a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This will give light coverage and hydration plus protection from the sun. Even taking a quick coffee break outside can be enough exposure in the hot summer sun to cause damage. Protect yourself with at least SPF 15. Try a mineral foundation. These feel weightless on the skin and are naturally oil-free. Apply with a brush for buildable coverage and an amazingly natural finish for any type of skin. Switch your shampoo and conditioner. With all the extra moisture in the air, most hair types will benefit from a lighter shampoo and conditioner for the summer. For fine, straight, or oily hair types, try a voluminizing shampoo which won’t weigh hair down in the humidity. Only apply a lightweight conditioner to the ends of hair. For thicker, course, or curly hair look …

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