Archive: Face

Introducing SK-II!

I was sent a couple samples by the brand SK-II, which to be honest, I had never heard of before. But now that I know who they are – and have tried their products, I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for future products! I tried a couple face masks over the last week or so, and I absolutely LOVED them. They are so wonderful! With the mask on, you can immediately feel the difference! It’s just so relaxing, and calming! My skin thanked me afterwards!

Sun, sand and surf can be harsh on skin, but SK-II has a couple perfect products to help you prep your skin for summertime fun.

The NEW SK-II Facial Treatment UV SPF 25 is the advanced daily moisturizer that helps to shield the skin from everyday exposure of UV rays, while simultaneously pampering the complexion with Pitera, the exclusive ingredient found in all SK-II products, and moisturizers.

UV rays are responsible for more than 80% of premature skin aging. Facial Treatment UV Protection SPF 25 helps to protect the skin against these harmful rays and is essential to any ritual to maintain youthful looking, glowing skin.

Facial Treatment UV Protection SPF 25 is a fresh, lightweight cream that leaves the skin moisturized supple and most importantly, protected.

SK-II Skin Signature Mask is a two-piece stretchable mask with an innovative design to target critical sagging areas. In addition to the line’s key ingredient Pitera, the mask includes Oli-Vityl, the mask contains ingredients that encourage a relaxing, sensory experience, combined with other smoothing moisturizers.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is a relaxing, pampering, full facial cloth mask that provides an immediate moisture boosting treatment that brings a radiant and youthful glow tothe skin. It leaves skin feeling supple and smooth.

Everything is available at SAKS Fifth Avenue and on www.skii.com.

($90.00 – $125.00)

Sun, sand and surf can be harsh on skin, but SK-II has a couple perfect products to help you prep your skin for summertime fun.

The NEW SK-II Facial Treatment UV SPF 25 is the advanced daily moisturizer that helps to shield the skin from everyday exposure of UV rays, while simultaneously pampering the complexion with Pitera, the exclusive ingredient found in all SK-II products, and moisturizers.

UV rays are responsible for more than 80% of premature skin aging. Facial Treatment UV Protection SPF 25 helps to protect the skin against these harmful rays and is essential to any ritual to maintain youthful looking, glowing skin.

Facial Treatment UV Protection SPF 25 is a fresh, lightweight cream that leaves the skin moisturized supple and most importantly, protected.

SK-II Skin Signature Mask is a two-piece stretchable mask with an innovative design to target critical sagging areas. In addition to the line’s key ingredient Pitera, the mask includes Oli-Vityl, the mask contains ingredients that encourage a relaxing, sensory experience, combined with other smoothing moisturizers.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is a relaxing, pampering, full facial cloth mask that provides an immediate moisture boosting treatment that brings a radiant and youthful glow tothe skin. It leaves skin feeling supple and smooth.

Everything is available at SAKS Fifth Avenue and on www.skii.com.

Emma Roberts MET BALL Get The Look! Neutrogena

Celebrity make-up artist Dawn Broussard created this flawless look for young fashionista Emma Roberts. The inspiration for Emma’s look was derived from classic Audrey Hepburn mixed in with a fashion runway Parisian edge. Tips from Dawn below with Neutrogena products used to create her look:

FACE:

Neutrogena 3 in 1 Concealer in Fair

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup in Nude

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Loose Powder in Classic Ivory with a dab of Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder (provides beautiful airy coverage that mattifies shiny areas, to build an all-over, natural and flawless finish while treating blemishes and prevent future breakouts)

Blush:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer Duo in Natural Glow

Tip: I first used the bronzer as a contour for the cheekbones and the frame of her face, creating dimension and subtly bringing out the structure of the face. Secondly sweeping over with the blush and lightly blending the two together to make it seamless skin.

On the apple of the cheeks added a dust of Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush in Natural Apricot.

With the layering of these products it gives off a youthful freshness to any look.

EYES:

Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Quad in Blue Smoke

Tip: to create a modern twist on a classic eye shape I used blue/navy tones as opposed to the basic black. It keeps the look dramatic yet soft and wearable for day or night. I extended out the eye shape by layering over shadow with Nourishing Eyeliner in Twilight Blue. Blending the pencil over the shadow with an outward stroke of the brush.

Topped off with Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black

LIPS:

Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Sheer in Cool Nectar

Expert: Don’t test the makeup!!

Stop! Don’t touch that lipstick! And forget about the foundation, the moisturizer and the mascara.

A two-year study of makeup testers detected the presence of strep, staph and E. coli bacteria as well as traces of the cold-sore virus herpes, and viral conjunctivitis, or pink eye.

The study, by Elizabeth Brooks, M.D., of Jefferson Medical Center, was conducted when she was on the faculty of Rowan University in New Jersey. Brooks focused on testers in drug and department stores; she and her researchers took samples on Saturdays, the highest-traffic day in those stores.

And how the germs and viruses get there is pretty gross. “E. coli equals feces, ” Brooks said to The Los Angeles Times. “That means someone went to the bathroom, didn’t wash their hands and then stuck their fingers in that moisturizer.” E. coli, often associated with food poisoning, causes cramps and diarrhea and can be fatal.

While it’s a fairly safe bet that no one has ever died from a makeup sample, the federal Food and Drug Administration does warn consumers of the “risk of contamination” from public makeup testers.

If you want to reduce the risk, the Times recommends, using single-use cotton swabs or disposable makeup applicators—but never shared brushes. (Actually, it’s not a good idea to swap makeup or makeup applicators even with your best friends. No offense or anything.)

The safest action of all, though, is to never sample cosmetics at all. And while that may seem unreasonable (you’ll probably end up with a few lipsticks you’ll never use), the possible alternatives – from E. coli to herpes – are much worse. (The Los Angeles Times via Betty Confidential)

Tip: Shop at Sephora! If you don’t like the product, you can return it for a full refund! You won’t need to sample!


InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys Editors’ Picks

Neutrogena Acne Wash

Our trusty cleanser with a zingy new grapefruit scent. This invigorating face wash tackles pimples and sloughs off debris with a powerful dose of salicylic acid (exactly 2 percent)—but it doesn’t dry out the skin, even when used both in the morning and at night. ($7, drugstore.com)

Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

This is the lip color you wish you had been born with—and because the sheer, rosy hue flatters all complexions, people might believe that you were. Bonus: The pigment is delivered in an oil-rich bullet that hydrates every bit as well as your thickest balm (without the goop factor). ($23, fresh.com)

DDF Advanced Moisture Defense UV Cream SPF 15

Flaky skin will happily soak up this rich cream, which is infused with turmeric, an Indian spice with powerful antioxidant properties. In clinical studies it made skin feel firmer and decreased fine lines in eight weeks. We’re just as pleased with the immediate results: plump, quenched skin, and a healthy glow. ($105, ddfskincare.com)

Aveeno Nourish + Moisturize

The hydrating wheat complex of this shampoo and conditioner penetrates the hair shaft, repairing strands from the inside out. It rinses away, leaving no residue, and has a gentle, unassuming scent. ($8, cvs.com)

Colgate Wisp

Sure, they’re tiny, but their effect is titanic! The breath-freshening beads nestled in these disposable toothbrushes don’t require water or rinsing. Bonus: They’ll fit into the smallest of evening bags for hassle-free cleaning. ($8, drugstore.com)

This is only the top 5 – check out the next 10 products here!