Find out if they make a visible difference
Pro makeup artist Molly Stern says primers are meant to serve as a layer between skin and foundation to create a more even surface. But not everyone needs them. "The best candidate for them would be someone who is very oily or has a lot of scarring from acne," she says. But do primers actually make a difference? We had two women of different ages each test a top foundation primer geared toward their skin type. Find out if their makeup looked better ... and if anyone noticed.
Vitamin-E and purified grape polyphenols combat damaging free radicals while capriloyl salicylic acid induces efficient exfoliation of dead skin cells to give skin a smoother texture. As if the Duke University scientists behind Skin Ceuticals weren't already showing off, flavonols derived from jasmine limit inflammation caused by UV exposure. Dookies are such smarty pants. Anyhow it makes my skin look FAB.
The Estee Lauder Sensuous Widget can be downloaded onto your desktop or shared on your Facebook or MySpace! (Sorry is anyone still using myspace?) Anywho,when you download the Estee Lauder Sensuous Widget, a world of ‘Sensuous’ information is at your fingertips! The widget gives you exclusive access to the Sensuous style newsfeed with content provided by Style.com, Concierge.com and Epicurious.com, for the latest in fashion, travel and food. Could this day get any better? Yes it could...the widget also allows you to find your Sensuous style – Take the quiz to find out if you are Casually Chic, Glitz and Glamour, Back to Nature or Oh So Romantic. Also don't forget to watch Sensuous model videos – Elizabeth Hurley, Carolyn Murphy and Hilary Rhoda talk about what ‘Sensuous’ means to them, and see behind-the-scenes footage from the ad campaign. Humm looks like Gwenny was to busy eating her way through Italy to make her own video. I've added it permanently to the bottom of Beauty's SPOT's front page. Enjoy!
10 years and countless hair and makeup looks later, they're still smokin'
We loved the show, but it wasn't just the relationship drama that kept us tuning in -- it was their unique style, gorgeous hair and flawless makeup. See how each of the ladies evolved from the first season in 1998 all the way to the movie's much-anticipated May 2008 premiere. (Scene spoiler alert!: We managed to snag some shots of the girls on the movie set.)
It does not show up on film but in the afghan-draped sofa chair by the fire place, there is a hollow shell of my old self. This month has been a constant journey for me. In the last 30 days, with destinations as widespread as New York City, San Felipe Mexico, Los Angeles and Dewey Beach, Delaware, I've travelled through much of the North American Continent. In the middle of it all, both geographically and sequentially speaking, I spent a day in heaven.
Voted the #1 destination spa by Conde Nast Traveller's readers' choice awards (the Oscars of the spa industry) Lake Austin Spa Resort is a slightly larger version of the ideal ancestral family home. I first heard about this must see spa from a friend who visits for a week each time her children are in utero. (Note to my future husband, a week at Lake Austin Spa Resort is to be included in any supposed pregnancy budget.) Rather than devour the resort ravenously through pre-visit research as is my usual routine, I decided (out of fashion week vagabond necessity as much as marketing-jaded skepticism) to walk in blindly. I wanted my experience, and my ability to relate it to you, unfettered by expectations.
During the conscious moments of my stay I repeatedly thought 'this is exactly what I would want my family vacation home to be.' Hammocks dotting the shore line of a lake so green the line between it and the foliage surrounding it was consistently undefined, hot tubs and pools in most sitting areas, an unmaginable list of decadent, effective spa treatments, outdoor treatments rooms and showers, hydro bikes, kayaks, an outdoor yoga deck a top the lake, an organic garden that supplies the chef's cupboards, a gym where all of my obsessively athletic relatives are confined. In sum 19 acres where it's completely acceptable to wear nothing but a bathrobe and unlimited fat free frozen yogurt is offered frequently and often by people whom I have never met before. I could go on, forever. The point is, like one of the five tenants of Islam, if you are ever of the earthy means to do so you have a personal and spiritual obligation to journey, (here's where it differs - a lot - from the Q'uran) to the middle of Texas. If you never get there, you can't say I didn't tell you. Please just trust me and go.
On my day there after being rubbed down, hot tub soaked, swimming in the most enchanting pool barn (I know, not even Martha Stewart can imagine a pool so pleasant it is housed in refurbished, garden-moated, barn) and lolling in a lake side hammock, I finally, overcome with delirious relaxation, sat down to nap. A moment after my exhausted body collapsed into the comfy embrace of the over sized sofa chair I fell into a deep cathartic slumber. This nap was the kind that invites a deep meditative conversation with the universe. I think during this nap I made an agreement with the universe about treating myself more gently and promising to let go of any notion that I am not deserving of the absolute best of everything the world has to offer. And isn't that the purpose of a Spa? To heal and rejuvenate? Honestly, it is easy to make such an agreement at Lake Austin Spa Resort as it is a literal slice of heaven. (In all the years I have imagined heaven, I never dreamed a 19 acre parcel of highland lake country in Austin, Texas is actually what lays behind the pearly gates - but it is. Texas? Really? huh. )
The effect, one week later, has not worn off. I left behind, in the blue room, the quickly fading adolescent idea that I am somehow undeserving of living this life to fullest with the best possible friends, companions, and business associates. I can't explain it except to say that when I woke up, a hologram of myself stayed - perhaps to continue breathing in the healing waters and treatments - while the rest of me goes forth, a little stronger from having been in a place so safe so restful so unpretentious that I am certain it was meant for nothing else than to wrap myself in love and a healing consciousness so authentic that it is mine to carry with me wherever I may roam.
Once optimal moisture levels have been achieved, Hydrating Sea Ferments provide additional sustenance for the skin. Nutrient-filled sea plants from Japan, Indonesia, France and the United States go through an elaborate bio-fermentation process to help these ingredients realize their fullest potential and create a moisturizing ferment. The Hydrating Infusion also incorporates a ferment made from mariponic algae that are grown in a carefully controlled salt-water environment at the Marine Biological Labs in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Efficiently delivered, the Hydrating Sea Ferments infuse the skin with untold energy, awakening a healthy, resilient appearance. La Mer’s exclusive Deconstructed Waters™ – a targeted delivery system – further enhance this already extraordinary activity.
The Hydrating Infusion also incorporates naturally occurring minerals from the sea floor such as iron, manganese and copper to help skin stimulate collagen synthesis and keep it looking vibrant. Vitamins C, B5, B12 and Magnesium provide further replenishment as they fortify the skin’s outer layer. Magnetized tourmaline gives an added boost to all of these powerful ingredients. Skin is strengthened, helping insulate it against future moisture loss.
TotalBeauty.com's awards for the celebrities who showed off winning hairstyles and makeup looks
Here we count down our favorite hair and makeup looks of the 2008 Emmy Awards, from best ponytail and updo to best eye makeup. Find out which TV star showed the most improvement from her look in 2007 and which starlet stole our best all-around look award. And the best part? It won't take you hours to get to the payoff.
Enter to win Y.E.S. skincare products valued at $98 from Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog.
Beauty411 shares the best online beauty shopping websites from the NovemberShopSmart by Consumer Reports magazine! Did your favorite site make the list?
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has tried Kinerase Under Eye Rescue, and is surprised at what she discovers. Find out what she thinks
The Jet Set Girls are giving away Crest Weekly Clean. Stop by and register to win!
MissWhoever YouAre reviews the forgotten Rich & Ripe lipgloss from MAC's Cult of Cherry collection for her Pucker Up Wednesday series!
The Makeup Divas reviews Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and tells you why they love it.
Boutique Flair's fab finds will help you get fall's decadent dark lips. Is the power pout beautifully romantic or tragically goth? You decide!
Butterfly Diary wonders why the heck Sarah Palin is promoting a lipstick for an environmentally friendly company. Heard of the word "oxymoron"?
What anti-aging skincare brand does Beauty Blogging Junkie swear by these days? Find out here!
Latest Hair Trends Seen at the 2008 Emmy Awards-by Talking Makeup!
Meg Ryan is looking better than ever in the new movie, The Women! Find out what hair products help her create those gorgeous waves on A Mom in Red High Heels!
Jenn from Beauty in Real Life has found a new moisturizer perfect for Fall. Click here to find out what it is.
Glossypink has a hot new look and has an awesome Dita Von Teese photo gallery!
Guest review by TotalBeauty.com editorial team
If you like the smell of mojitos, this fat, angled tub could be your favorite new wake-up call. When smoothed on wet skin, Giovanni Cool Mint Lemonade Salt Scrub invigorates your senses with mint, lemongrass and grapefruit oils.
After stopping in Black Cat Books and Coffee for the best cup of organic, home-roasted decaff coffee I have ever had, I grabbed a councilman-baked pecan coffee roll, an Easy Rider commemorative map of Taos signed by Peter Fonda, and headed over to the farmers' market on the banks of the Rio Grande. Organically-grown local pomegranates (sold for 75 cents a piece) and home made soaps laid like lounging cabana ladies on every table. Fruit, coffee, and pastry in hand I walked past the outdoor massage chairs and inflated gas price weary farmers taking solace in the constant flow of the river and set out to tour every available hot spring facility in one day. This is an extremely manageable task as the ten facilities housing the natural hot springs are within a four block stretch along the banks of that Grande river. (My top three picks are listed in the posts below.)
I almost didn't bother stopping here because one guidebook said the rooms were dormitory style. Why would you go all the way to New Mexico and stay in a dorm? It was however directly next to the Farmers Market and directly on the shores of the Rio Grande and had an oddly welcoming Tee-pee out front. I am so thrilled I stopped by.
First, the trailer houses are only one option for budget travellers and the guest rooms are adorable. Secondly, I will never go to Truth or Consequences again with out a spare $15 to gain entrance to the private riverside baths at Riverbend Hot Springs and a boyfriend in tow to make said visit suitably utopian. For the mere trouble of bringing $15 and a boyfriend to New Mexico, you can have the most romantic, secluded, river front hot spring bath beneath the watchful eye of the robust Mimbres Mountains. The larger pools are also stunning and exceptionally clean. A must visit.
Secret Garden Spa, Prince of Wales Hotel, Ontario Secret Garden Spa has just undergone a transformation into an ultra-contemporary space with Asian overtones. Its clean design and chocolaty colour palette, complemented by the natural elements of earth, fire and water, are perfect for soothing the soul. An intimate lounge area with comfy furniture, a 120 gallon aquarium and a cozy fireplace welcomes guests to stay awhile and totally unwind.
Ancient Cedars Spa, Wickaninnish Inn, British Columbia Travel & Leisure's #1 Hotel Spa in the World 2008 hugs the edge of an old-growth rainforest, on Vancouver Island's wild west coast. The Ancient Cedars Spa, Wickaninnish Inn combines tranquility with the finest spa therapies. Staff committed to the relaxation and rejuvenation of guests utilize proven wellness techniques and the most healing compounds that can be divined from earth and sea.
Spas of America Reviews ~ The Harmony Hotel & Spa, Costa Rica "Luxury meets laid back at Harmony Hotel, a low-key yet glamorous eco resort in Costa Rica, cradled on the ocean's edge in the sleepy Pacific Coast village of Nosara, where you may spot Susan Sarandon sipping a raw green smoothie beside you at the coconut palm-roofed raw-bar, just a few steps away from the chlorine-free, salt water pool."
Spas of Spain Spain is an ideal destination to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy throughout the year. Whether you're enjoying a quiet stroll along the beach, a relaxing swim, or receiving a specific spa treatment, Spain offers a variety of wellness experiences. Not to forget the excellent accommodations, leisure and services infrastructure to be found here. Come and discover the well-being that awaits you in Spain.