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Get Red Carpet Radiant Skin in Time for the Emmys

By  August 19, 2014

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TV’s biggest celebrities are spending this week primping and prepping for Monday’s Emmy Awards. While the dress can wait until the weekend and hair and makeup are done day-of, many are making appointments with their dermatologists early to ensure their skin is perfect before and particle of powder touches it. We touched base with skincare expert Dr. Brian Zelickson to get the scoop on what skincare regimens will help our favorite small screen stars rock the red carpet.

Start Early – Many of our favorite celebs have probably had their derm appointments booked as soon as the nominations went out. But most are likely to stop in two weeks prior to the big event, depending on what they’re looking to achieve. “For Botox [and similar treatments] and fillers I would recommend at least 2 weeks,” Dr. Zelickson explained. “For an unwanted acne cyst or skin rash they could be seen the day before or even the day of. 

Keep Skincare Simple – Regardless of what time of year these VIPs snap up their statues, they follow strict skincare rules with the most potent potions. “I like to keep it simple – use a sunscreen with an anti–oxidant such as MD Complete Youthful Skin Sun Shield SPF 50 in the morning and a retinoid/retinol product in the PM,” Dr. Zelickson advised. “The degree of [moisture for each season] varies – generally more moisturization in the winter and less in the summer. Also, it’s good to use a lighter retinoid or retinol in the winter as compared to the summer.”

Pop In for a Peel — Most stars will procure a peel, such as his MD Complete Anti-Aging Non-Irritating Pro Peel 5-Day Treatmentat least a week in advance to ensure they maintain their youthful glow amongst the many camera flashes. “The five-day peel boasts a combination of skin-brightening AHAs, vitamins and nutrients that stimulate and exfoliate skin to eliminate dead, dulling surface cells,” he said.

Be Prepared – Sometimes a blemish can rear its ugly head at the worse time, and you just can’t leave it to the professionals. If a pimple does pop up – no pun intended – Dr. Zelickson recommends using the MD Complete Breakout Spot Treatment to ensure it disappears ASAP without making things worse. He said, “Unlike traditional Benzoyl Peroxide treatments, it soothes and hydrates skin, while eliminating the bacteria that cause breakouts.”

Beauty Buzz: Nail Wraps at the Tap of an App, Narciso’s Newest Scent, and DKNY Wants You to Heart NY

By  August 19, 2014

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If you can get Ryan Gosling on your nails (yes, it exists), then why can’t a snap from your Instagram feed? NCLA has just launched the first completely customizable app to turn any picture into a set of nail wraps, all it takes is a tap to choose a template like half moon or stripes, pick and size your pic, and, boom, instant nail art for $19! Are you ready for your #ManiMonday close-up? [Refinery 29]

Narciso Rodriguez is back on the fragrance counter with a sensual aroma to contrast the recent sweep of sweet scents. Called Narciso, the simple yet chic bottle houses a combination of white gardenia, rise, musk, vetiver, and black and white cedar. The designer brought in Brazilian beauty Raquel Zimmermann for the campaign. “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head,” he recently described in a statement, “The sensuality becomes a little bit more sexy, a little bit more intoxicating.” [Fashion Gone Rogue]

DKNY wants you to share your Big Apple story! The brand has launched its My NY micro-site in celebration of its newest scent. The hub allows you pull images from your Facebook that have you tagged in the big city and forms them into a heart shaped collage of collected memories.  [MYNY.DKNY.com]

There’s a new locale on Secret Deodorant’s every growing list of destinations. The brand’s newest addition to its Destinations Collection is Bora Bora, joining Hawaii, Paris, and Brazil. Like the others it packs powerful punch of protection for up to 48 hours, plus, it boasts a blend of rose, exotic white jasmine, lily of the valley, soft mush, and sandalwood for a sweet escape! [Glam Inbox]

We’re all about giving back, but Shiseido is taking it in another direction. Omotenashi, the Japanese term for hospitality, respect, and the anticipation of other’s needs, serves as one of the brands biggest principles and inspired its newest initiative to pay it forward. Shiseido is inviting beauty buffs to share their #Omotenashi moments on Instagam to spread a little love and lend a helping hand. [Glam Inbox]

How to Prep Skin for Short-Skirt Season

By  August 19, 2014

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Short skirts and showing some skin are synonymous with summer. Thanks to the sun, surf, and sand, your skin might not be as silky as you’d like it to be. Aesthetician to the stars and owner of LaBelle Day Spas Bella Schnieder  is here to save the day and your skin with a few easy tips to make sure every inch of you is soft and supple.

Slough Your Skin Regularly
Scaly skin isn’t cute any time of year. So why have it on display when you want to slip into something shorter or sheer? Exfoliating helps assure healthy skin turnover as we age and allows your inner radiance to shine through, no matter what you’re wearing. “As a rule of thumb, it’s good to exfoliate your entire body every five days,” Schnieder said. Consider Sunday your unofficial spa day in your shower.

Shave to Smooth
Shaving does double duty when it comes to ensuring silky skin, as long as you have a good razor that’s sensitive to your needs. The Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor has five closely spaced blades to ensure a close shave and exfoliate as it glides along the skin, with help from its Protective Ribbon of Moisture. “The best way to show off your skin in the summer is to have well-shaved, well-hydrated skin,” she said. “One should shave one to three days based on regrowth.”

Maximize Moisture
Our skin-care routine requires us to lighten up in the summer, but the rest of our body needs to keep up with more wear and tear. As such, it makes it easier to layer our favorite formulas to give our skin the rich, healthy sheen it needs to last throughout the day. “To sustain long-lasting moisturized skin, stay out of the sun, use sunscreen, and apply lots of oil, followed by a body lotion containing shea butter,” Schnieder said.

Stock Up on Sunscreen
It’s not just your face that needs a daily dose of sunscreen, but the rest of you as well! Schnieder knows it’s a year-round skin-care staple, especially in the warmer months, when we’re out and about in the sun. It should be layered on top of your moisturizing mixture of choice. “Sunscreen, no doubt!” she said when asked about her number one beauty must.

Skip the Skin Hang-Ups
Previous shaving snafus, falls, and scrapes can leave their mark on your skin, but they shouldn’t hold back your wardrobe. We should embrace everything that makes us unique, flaws and all. But if you’re still worried about how your skin looks in a short skirt, Schnieder has a few ideas. “You can also implant fat, or receive microdermabrasion treatments based on the severity of the scar,” she said. “I recommend you ignore them and enjoy your body.”

Katy Perry Has New Nose Bling

By  August 19, 2014

One of Katy Perry’s teenage dreams has just come true: a rose ring. The “Birthday” singer shared a video of the process on her Instagram over the weekend where her followers watched as the piercer pushed the needle through before fitting her with the new bit of bling. Just like any rebellious kid, she captioned the clip with a lament to her mom. “Last time I did this I was on my own with a safety pin & cube of ice at 13.” she captioned. “This time I thought it was best I left it to the pros. Sorry, Mom (again).” Though body piercings have a bit of a throwback vibe, it looks like nose jewelry is making triumphant return. Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, and a few select celebs have one of their own. Plus, Perry’s bestie Rihanna faked a recent septum piercing for her September W cover, which caused a major stir. Even The New York Times has noted that piercings have progressed back into the limelight, just a bit more refined. Don’t worry Katy, your mom will get over the shock…eventually.

Editor’s Pick: Michael Kors Nail Polish

By  August 18, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

EditorsPickMKPolishObsession” might be an understatement when it comes to describing my stance on nail polish. It’s a relationship that runs deep: it traces back to my first manicure at age five (thanks, Mom!) to now, as I reside in a room that mimics a nail salon, thanks to the (very full) Lucite shelves my roommate gifted me for my 22nd birthday. So, yes, my obsession might be somewhat of a problem…but it’s only growing.

When Michael Kors’ complete polish collection landed on my desk, I was overwhelmed. Like it was holiday in August, I opened those little boxes faster than it takes for a base coat to dry. Promptly, I was transported to nail polish heaven as I tried to decide on which hue to use on in my next at-home manicure. They’re iridescent, they’re bold, they’re chic, they’re vampy, they’re bright—they’re everything.

I admit, panic ensued when I realized that I simply don’t have enough room for all 18 bottles on my already overflowing nail polish rack. I had to pare down my favorites. As a slave to anything neutral, simple and (sigh) basic, I couldn’t resist the lure of these five bare beauties. Plus, nude nails are totally trending right now. Ingénue, Crowd-Pleaser, Coquette, Posh and Spotlight are the most gorgeous nudes that my comprehensive collection could ask for. As a group, they’re totally layer-able, and individually, they’re elegant barely-there pigments. You better believe I will find each of these bottles some turf on my polish rack—as they say, “out with the old, in with the new.” Or then again, maybe I’ll just get another rack. –Lauren Kaplan

Michael Kors Collection Nail Polish, $18 ea.

Beauty Buzz: Rita Ora’s Pretty In Pearls, Lena Dunham Lightens Her Locks, and Ted Gibson Ties the Knot

By  August 18, 2014

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Coif chameleon Rita Ora has switched up her style once again by channeling a blend of Chanel’s Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 looks! The “Black Widow” songstress stepped out on stage at V Festival over the weekend in a pearl encrusted ensemble up to her tresses. Ora credited stylist Chris Appleton with the hair handiwork, who weaved dozens of the mini minerals of in a series of braids throughout her pumped up pony. [Instagram]

While we’re eagerly awaiting any news from the Girls set, it looks like Hannah Horvath has a new look! Lena Dunham debuted a platinum blonde bowl cut via Instagram on Friday, leaving everyone to speculate whether it was a wig or not for the new season. Turns out, it’s real, thanks to Dunham’s participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [Glam Blush]

 Congrats are in order for Ted Gibson and his hubby Jason Backe! Though the pair held a symbolic ceremony back in 1996, they officially tied the knot last week in a low-key ceremony at Hudson Rover Park in New York with Gibson girl Lupita Nyong’o in attendance. “It was important, for us to get married,” Mr. Gibson said. “First for love, second for money, third because we can. It’s monumental to me that we can marry, and it would be stupid if we didn’t.” [New York Times]

Estee Lauder is not content to take over the beauty counter – they’re heading to your kitchen, too! The beauty brand partnered with Momofuku to create a cookie inspired by Estée Lauder’s iconic scent, Private Collection. The cookie concoction contains the heart of Bulgarian rose from Lauder’s personal blend (using rose extract), dried strawberries, and vanilla. While you can’t snap up one up, the cosmetic company has the full recipe online to stir up for your next beauty bash! [Refinery 29]

We love a bold lip look, but certain formulas can last much longer than expected–like through a makeup wipe, a shower, and well into the next day kind of long. Bite Beauty has a simple solution: swipe and go with their upcoming Lush Lip Wipes. Hitting Sephora on August 21, the wipes are packed with melon fruit extract, manuka honey, resveratrol, and more to purge the pigment and leave your lips feeling lush. Adding these to my NYFW shopping list ASAP! [Glam Inbox]

Current Obsession: Essential Oils

By  August 18, 2014

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Nurturing your body and soul are two of the most important things you can do for yourself and those around you. Taking care of your physical and mental health doesn’t stop with eating right, exercising and relaxation. It’s always important to know what you are putting in and on your body as well. We live in a society that pushes pills for just about every ailment or tick you can possibly have. Luckily, there is a more holistic approach that can help you with everything from concentrating to clearing migraines, and remedy a million other issues in between. This month, and indefinitely, I am obsessed with essential oils.

The use of essential oils dates back to 4500 B.C. when they were used in rituals and to remedy ailments similar to today. Essential oils are made from distilled plants, flowers and seeds that are cold pressed into a concentrated aromatic oil. They can then be mixed, or used alone, and they are completely natural! No chemicals or impurities that will affect your sensitive skin or cause internal harm. Some oils can be ingested and others are meant for topical use only. I’m a fan of scents like lavender, peppermint, and jasmine. These soul-soothing extracts calm nerves and balance feminine energy (instant self confidence) when dabbed on your temples, diffused for an hour or when an aromatic candle is lit.

Due to how effective essential oils have been for curing body aches, clearing skin (yes, they have beauty uses too), aiding digestion and strengthening your immune system, it is no wonder that there are so many companies that offer oils. Young Living and doTerra are amongst the most popular companies, as YL has their very own farms in Utah, France, Peru and more. My greatest advice is do your research before you buy. The most beneficial essential oils will be those that are 100 percent pure. Once you find scents that will put you in pure bliss you won’t want to use anything thing else. I’m absolutely hooked!

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MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.

Editor's Pick: Make Up For Ever's 30 Year Anniversary Palette

By  August 15, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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Lipstick may have been my first makeup love, but eye shadows quickly shot up the chart as I grew up. Inspired by movies like Cabaret and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, I regularly rocked blue garage door eyelids when playing dress up.  My lust for colored lids hasn’t subsided with age, but now leans towards smoldering shades.

That’s why my heart started skipping beats as soon as I got my hands on Make Up For Ever’s upcoming 30th Anniversary collector’s palette. Inside the three-tiered box are 26 shadows and four blushes curated by some of the top makeup artists in the industry, including the brand’s creator and artistic director Dany Sanz, Ve Neil, Pati Dubroff, Melanie Inglessis, Anthony Merante, and Kabuki, amongst other all-stars.

The palette itself features a broad range of shades from easy-to-wear neutrals, to smokey shades to the vibrant hues the brand is most known for. Plus, the pans of each are big to ensure you can create an endless array of looks. This is one collector’s item that isn’t staying in the box! – Valis Vicenty

Available September 2 at Sephora.com, $250

Beauty Buzz: Bond No. 9 Hits the BQE, Dolce & Gabbana Get Up and Glow, Shu Uemura Has It In the Bag

By  August 15, 2014

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Bond No. 9 s out to bottle an entire borough with the latest addition to its New York collection. One sniff of the unisex scent aptly called Queens contains notes of bergamot, cardamom, blackberry, tuberose, champaca flower, osmanthus, sandalwood, benzoin resin, musk, and amber. Recent press about the World’s Fair gave founder  Laurice Rahmé the idea to create the fragrance. She also used Queen Catherine of Bragranza, which the borough is named after, as added inspiration for the unisex scent. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Dolce & Gabbana is expanding its beauty empire with a luxurious new skincare line that has hit the U.K. The range boasts ingredients like Sicilian olive oil, vitaminB3, and Gold Flava-Silk Tricomplexto to smooth, plump, and hydrate skin for a radiant finish. The brand tapped mega models like Kate King, Fei Fei Sun, Anais Mali, Ginta Lapina, and Andreea Diaconu for the ads snapped by Sølve Sundsbø. Ethereal beauty is name of the game with the range’s tagline, “Beautiful skin is a reflection of a woman’s aura” [Fashion Gone Rouge]

Shu Uemura is stepping up its style game with a partnership with Jonathan Cohen. The designer has customized a set of limited edition cosmetic cases for the bold, rebellious beauty buff. One of which contains travel sized bottles of Shu Uemura’s Full Shimmer Shampoo and conditioner as well as the Essence Absolue. The cases come wrapped in a vibrant neoprene print from Cohen archives, making it a must have for glam globetrotters. [Glam Inbox]

Bulgari’s latest bling won’t weigh down you neck, wrist or finger. The brand has developed a new line of luxe fragrances called Le Gemme, each representing different semi precious stones. Drawing from the “natural association between colors and scents,” Ashlemah, the amethyst, has notes of lavender, iris, violet, and heliotrope while Lilaia, the peridot, is a fruit floral with notes of sensual tuberose and powdery rose are weaved in, just to name a couple. Looks like all it will take is a spritz to sparkle! [Women’s Wear Daily]

In other Fragrance Friday news, Guess is daring millennials to try out its newest sultry scent, Dare. With notes of crisp kumquat, pear blossom, lime flower, Living Palm Spring Cactus Flower, jasmine, wild rose, blonde woods, musk, and Living Key West Coconut, the green and fruity floral channels a slew of sexy Seventies idols. Who’s ready to slip on their-sky-high dancing shoes? [Women’s Wear Daily]

Michelle Obama’s Stylist Shares Hair Secrets from the White House

By  August 15, 2014

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We’ve always paid attention to what First Lady Michelle Obama wears when out and about, but her tresses are a different matter entirely. Her hair stylist Johnny Wright, the artistic style director of Softsheen-Carson, has brought a few of her best tressed secrets to light during a chat with the Huffington Post with Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa Bush. Here are some of the highlights we just had to share:

Her Hair’s Natural – That right – no chemicals touch that coif! “It’s all 100 percent natural,” he revealed as he relished how long her hair has grown during their time working together. “It’s all about using great products.” That speaks volume for those who maintain their natural texture and could influence those looking to transition.

Who’s Behind Her Highlights? – We died of happiness when Obama debuted her honey-hued highlights during BET’s Leading Women Defined Summit, but we had no idea who was behind it. Wright noted that Frederic Fekkai Salon’s Daniel Villano, who’s shifted the strand shades of Toni Collette and Sandrine Holt, created the look and has worked with the FLOTUS for years.

She Ponies Up to Beat the Heat – Blowouts won’t survive the summer heat, so the First Lady doesn’t stress about her strands. As the Obamas are vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, she’s just slicking back her strands into a chic pony. “She just puts in some conditioner and pulls her hair back into a ponytail,” he said.  “It’s no fuss in August. She doesn’t want to glam up.”