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Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

A cult favorite for decades, the Japanese beauty brand’s gentle cleansing oil gets a bright new look with limited-edition “Tokyo Kamon Girls” bottles designed in collaboration with manga artist Moyoca Anno, from $65.

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Sephora Fame Glosses

The long-awaited remake of the ’80s classic might not be hitting theaters until Sept. 25 – but Sephora lets you feed your need for Fame with limited-edition glosses in five rising star-worthy shades, $10 each.

This Summer Dare to Bare!

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With steamy weather finally upon us, and lots of skin on the fashion forefront,
Master Barber for King of Shaves, Diane Wood offers women tricks to achieving
their smoothest shave ever!

Shave at Night: Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of the epidermis reducing skin’s defenses. Try shaving in the evening to avoid exposing weakened skin to external elements.

Do it in the Shower: Warm, wet hair is three times easier to shave than dry. Therefore, try to shave during a shower, thoroughly wetting hair with warm water for at least three minutes. Also try to exfoliate skin before shaving to prevent in-grown hairs.

Use a Low Foam Formula Shaving Gel: Opt for a low foam gel such as King of Shaves Woman rather than foamy gels or plain soap and water which can rob skin of moisture, leaving it dry and irritated.

For the Smoothest Stems: Start at the ankles and shave upwards. Shave from the bottom of the ankle, gently gliding the blade up the leg, in one smooth stroke. Take extra care and shave slowly when shaving areas where bone is close to the skin surface, such as ankles and knees.

Be Flexible: Remember to flex the heel to stretch the skin while shaving to avoid nicks and cuts that often occur behind the ankle.

Bikini Babe: Follow the natural direction of hair growth to prevent irritation, particularly in the bikini area. Do not press too hard; let the blade do the work.

Up in Arms: Underarm hair grows in different directions; thus one must shave up, down and across. To prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs, pull skin tight with one hand, while shaving with the other. Re-apply shaving gel regularly.

Post-Shave: Thoroughly rinse any remaining gel from skin. Avoid exposing skin to any potential irritants (i.e. lotions, fragrance or salt water) for an hour to allow skin’s pores to close.

All King of Shaves Woman products are available at retailers nationwide, including selected Target stores.  To learn more about King of Shaves Woman, visit www.shave.com.

Celebrate Summer with NEW! Tillia Grapefruit products‏

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I love the new Pink Grapefruit scent from Tillia Beauty, an authentic Pink Grapefruit smell it has the perfect balance of sweet and citrus. The body lotion is super emollient and absorbs quickly leaving my skin smooth and smelling delicious.

The Pink Grapefruit sugar scrub is just in time for dry summer skin. It painlessly exfoliates my skin leaving it buffed and beautiful!

A little sour and a little sweet, this fruit has the perfect combination of yin and yang that will titillate your senses and wake up your mind! Formulated with the luscious aroma of pink grapefruit the NEW! Tillia Pink Grapefruit collection is the perfect summer time bath collection.

The aroma of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit combined with Italian lime and warm woods creates this engaging scent.

 

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Relax after a day in sun with the Tillia Bubble Bath ($20); Exfoliate dry skin with the Tillia Sugar Scrub ($18); Deeply hydrate parched summer skin with Tillia Body Butter ($16) or Tillia Body Lotion ($14); Cleanse and moisturize delicate hands with the Tillia Hand Wash ($12)

Tillia products are available at Tilliabeauty.com

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Beauty Tip: Sweating It

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My perspiration during summer is out of control. Any stay-dry tips?

Whether you’re experiencing makeup meltdown, underarm wetness, foot odor—or all three, overactive sweat glands can definitely cramp your summer style. The good news is there are ways to combat hyperhidrosis (i.e. excessive perspiration) and cope better with it.

Stay Cool on the Go
While it’s commonly believed that sweating helps detoxify your body, the truth is that sweat contains few toxins. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, the liver and kidneys—not the sweat glands—are what filter toxins from the blood; sweat simply serves to cool you down when you overheat. With this in mind, be prepared the next time you’re invited to an outdoor fete: Pack your purse with gentle facial cleansing wipes (the compact ones by Simple are easy to tuck away), cool-to-the-touch cream (Lumene’s miniature Time Freeze Instant Cooling Eye Stick is ultrarefreshing), and travel sized Evian Brumisateur Mineral Water Spray (bonus: It makes your makeup stay on longer). Another tip: Before popping open your ice-cold can of soda, hold it to the back of your neck for a quick cool-down.

Sweatproof Your Makeup
While supermatte ’90s-inspired skin is in for fall, during summer a little shine is actually chic. (So don’t blot away with oil-absorbing sheets the second you feel moisture poking through!) That said, Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens are a godsend. You should also never underestimate the power of a good makeup base. To keep brow sweat at bay, use makeup that allows your skin to breathe while keeping it shine-free: Start by using a water-based oil-absorbing primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Light and follow with a similarly absorbent powder foundation such as Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. And when it comes to your eyes, opt for powder shadow and waterproof mascara and liner. Plan on being outside during prime sweat time (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)? Nothing beats liquid liner.

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Watch Your Diet
Caffeine and nicotine have both been linked to excessive sweating so instead of reaching for coffee or cigarettes, your best bet is to grab a glass of water and carrot sticks. While water helps hydrate and regulate body temperature, fruits and veggies are healthier alternatives to processed foods (particularly those with lots of sugar) which, incidentally, have also been shown to stimulate sweat glands.

Amp Up Your Antiperspirant
Many drugstore brands—Dove, Secret, Degree—have released “clinical strength” antiperspirant formulas, but if these don’t work for you, consider talking to your doctor about a prescription version. Over-the-counter options like Drysol, Saldrize, and Certain Dry may help and can be used on the soles of feet as well if products such as Avon Footworks Deodorizing Foot Powder don’t do the trick. Prescription oral medications such as oxybutynin and glycopyrrolate are another option but are typically considered a last resort, as they can be accompanied by serious side effects that include drowsiness, visual impairment, and dryness of the mouth.

Try Red Carpet Treatment
If you’ve exhausted over-the-counter antiperspirants to no avail, you may consider doing what many Hollywood starlets are rumored to do: Get Botox injections in your underarms and/or feet. In July 2004, the FDA approved Botox for hyperhidrosis that can’t be resolved with topical treatments; by blocking the release of a chemical in the nervous system responsible for triggering the sweat glands, Botox can temporarily reduce perspiration in the area that’s been injected. Results usually last for up to six months.

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