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Skin: Eating Clean for a Healthy Complexion

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Terry Walters believes (and lives by) the age old adage: beauty comes from within. But this “within” refers to the food that you ingest. Example: eating more greens, seeds and super-foods. Her two acclaimed cookbooks, Clean Food and Clean Start demonstrate this clean lifestyle in a way that is realistic, delicious, and offers a healthier way of life. Embrace the change – if not for your heart, kidneys and liver, then do it for your complexion. A nutritious diet leads to a more youthful complexion free of acne, wrinkles and dull skin.

Read on for tips on green eating, healthy skin and foods that can help prevent the aging process:

SARAH HOWARD: In layman terms, how does what you eat affect your skin?
TERRY WALTERS: A healthy diet supports good health in countless ways, just as poor choices challenge us to maintain balance and wellbeing. Our skin, as our largest organ, reflects our state of health on the inside and can fluctuate just as our diets do. Increases in sugars (simple and complex), unhealthy fats, processed foods and artificial ingredients create acidity, inflammation and imbalance that effect our skin, hair, nails, and of course, the rest of our body and its “systems”.

SH: Some dermatologists and facialists say that the food you eat is a direct link to break outs while others call that train of thought a myth. What’s the real story?
TW:People break out for a variety of reasons. For some, breakouts can be a result of stress, for others it can be hormonal shifts and still others may never break out at all. I suspect there is little conclusive evidence of certain foods directly linked to breakouts simply because every body is different. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a connection. What we eat is undeniably connected to our overall health and the health of nearly every system in our bodies. Our bodies’ ability to break down the foods we eat also plays a huge role as food sensitivities and compromised digestion are increasingly more common and can be at the root of a variety of symptoms that affect the skin from acne to eczema.

SH: Ever since I was a child, it’s been drilled into my head that chocolate causes acne. Tell me, does it?
TW: I really hope not! In truth, while there’s not convincing evidence that chocolate causes acne directly, there is evidence that acne can be caused by sugar, and even more evidence of a link to hormonal shifts and an increase in acidity, which can be caused by both sugar and caffeine. Unfortunately, both of these ingredients are in our chocolate. Does that mean you need to eliminate chocolate? Definitely not. To get at the root of what’s causing your acne, I’d recommend assessing your overall diet to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need before I’d encourage you to deprive yourself of the foods that nourish you, at least emotionally if not physically, too!

SH: Are there any foods that can actually help with acne?
TW: A balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants is your skins best friend. Eliminate processed and refined foods, and strive to eat foods that are minimally processed and come in a rainbow of color. Switch from processed grain products to whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice. Increase your vegetable intake with extra emphasis on greens such as kale, broccoli, collard greens, watercress and sea vegetables that provide essential minerals and support nearly every bodily function. Strive to bring in non-animal sources of protein and healthy fats from legumes, nuts and seeds. Fill in with foods high in antioxidants such as berries and add some lemon or apple cider vinegar to your water to alkalinize and support overall health. The more you focus on bringing in the foods that serve you, the sooner the foods that don’t serve you will fall by the wayside, or will at least move to a healthier place in the mix.

SH: When it comes to aging, any foods that speed up the process?
TW: Processed foods, sugar, artificial ingredients, partially hydrogenated oils and any foods that you can’t translate in your mind you’re likely not to be able to translate in your body either. These combined with a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on your skin and your health.

SH: How about foods that slow down the aging process?
Our food choices together with life-style can help slow the aging process. Antioxidant-rich foods that neutralize free radicals and the damage they do to cells and membranes are a great addition, as are super foods such as blueberries, broccoli, oats, quinoa, pumpkin seed, walnuts and more. Keep your food clean – minimally processed for maximum nutrition – and eat foods that come from the green kind of a plant as opposed to a processing plant. Combine a healthy diet with vitamin D from the sun, fresh air, clean water, ample sleep and exercise, and you’re apt to be feeling and looking younger in no time.

SH: If there was one food everyone should eat to make our skin look its best, what would it be?  
TW: I always recommend that people start with greens! Many consider green to be the color of healing, and it happens also to the color most missing in the standard American diet. Dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens, cabbages, romaine lettuce, watercress, mustard greens, dandelion greens…provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that benefit everything including your liver and heart to your bones and eyes. Greens are known to reduce inflammation, and can even help reduce risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

SH: What’s the perfect diet?
TW: If every body is different, how can there possibly be one perfect diet? Good health is about making conscious choices – one healthy choice at a time, and we can’t make healthy choices unless we know what we’re choosing from. Focus on keeping to foods that are minimally processed so that you can access maximum nutrition. And stick to foods that come from the green kind of plant – whole grains, lots of vegetables, non-animal sources of protein and fat like legumes, nuts and seeds, fruits and super-nutritionals like sea vegetables, antioxidant-rich foods and extra emphasis on greens. That’s what I call CLEAN FOOD – the foods we ALL need more of, not matter what else is on your plate. The more you focus on bringing these foods in, the healthier you’ll be on the inside and out.

SH: Is there a middle ground? Can we still keep our treats?
TW: We all make food choices that nourish something other than our best nutrition! Perhaps it’s an emotional need, a connection to tradition or possibly an addiction (especially if it’s a combination of fat and sugar). The reality is that deprivation doesn’t serve anything and just makes us want those favorite foods even more. Moderation is key! Focus on bringing in the good and making a slow and successful transition to eating clean. All it takes is one clean food a week. If you make that your goal, at the end of the year, even if you only like half of the foods you try, you’ll have 26 new clean foods in your diet. That’s a lot of added nutrition for good health and glowing skin.

*For more of Terry Walters and her health tips, follow her at @terrywalters.


Trend: Bangs

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According to hair stylist and colorist, Harry Josh (of Gisele fame), this season, bangs are back in a big way (full article here). From his blunt cut on Rose Byrne at the SAG Awards to Taylor Swift’s Grammy debut of the return of her bangs, bangs are everywhere.

I asked Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons, responsible for some 20 NY F/W fashion week shows to give us some insider tips into the world of bangs. Should you choose to make the cut, here is the information you’ll need to know.

SARAH HOWARD: It looks like bangs may be coming back into style this season — what will be different about the 2012 bang?
RODNEY CUTLER: I think that the 2012 bang trend is a heavier bang than usual, with a bit of separation, but with a heavier feel. They hit the corner of the eyebrow and drape down a little so when you pull your hair back, there’s a few little bits that pop around the face. They’re more deliberate this season, which adds real drama as there’s more of a shape. I really think a bang like this is the best way to reinvent long hair without losing length.

1. separated, textured bangs / 2. wispy side bangs / 3. thick, blunt bangs

SH: What type of bang matches each face shape?
RC: Bangs that have more movement, and that are softer so they bring out the roundness in the face. If they’re too square, the cheeks wil pop out too much.
RC: They’re the lucky ones that can go with any bang style- though square are better if they swing to one side.
RC: This is wear a fuller bang would work- this is ideal to balance out the chin.

SH: What bangs work best for the following hair types?
Thick Hair: 
RC: Bangs that are broken up, cut with a little separation to lighten up the face and the hair surrounding it.
Thin/ Fine Hair: A
RC: Adding a little fullness to the bangs works to increase volume, but don’t overlay the bangs as it will just make them appear even thinner. Aother great trick is to start the bang further back on the head (so more hair is cut bang-length) which will add the illusion of fullness.

SH: Any specific way to style bangs for 2012?
RC: For thick hair, add a very small amount of a light conditioning spray- I like Redken’s new All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream-Spray for this.  Comb it on wet hair and let it dry naturally. Were looking for the hair to be smooth and straight but not dead straight so we air dry, but the spray will help it keep frizz free. For fine hair, use a little of a volumizing spray like Redken’s Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray just on the roots where the bang meets the head, and then blow-dry using a medium round brush. The whole idea is to create fullness at the roots not the ends – otherwise the style will become bubble-like and won’t work.

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Lifestyle Mirror

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I’ve been doing this beauty thing for quite some time – over  half a decade (closer to a decade) now… and it’s with such great pleasure that I share my newest venture, beauty editor of the recently launched, shoppable magazine, Lifestyle Mirror. I am so proud of my section (click here to peruse beauty) – chock-full of beauty tips, product spotlights, how-to and DIY videos (featuring me!), and interviews with some of the top artists and stylists in the field. The highly curated site offers beautiful imagery coupled with indispensable beauty advice.

Please take a few moments to check it out. New content is uploaded every day so bookmark it as a daily read and make sure to watch the videos (new ones premiering weekly)!

On the site today: Daphne Guinness’s beauty favorites, how to create a modernized Jane Birkin face, favorite products containing rose hip, a tip about tending to your lashes courtesy of Gisele’s makeup artist, Rose Marie Swift, and a How To Video on achieving a Bold Lip (in 5 simple steps)!

And, if you feel so inclined:  tweet it, tumble it, stumble it, facebook it, pin it, pose it… etc, etc.

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Makeup Bag: Sophomore Designer Chrissie Miller

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“I wish I was better at putting on makeup and knowing what works best on me. I think it’s a real art and I think it takes a lot of skill. Sometimes I think because I can’t draw, I’m not good at drawing on my face. If I could have someone do my makeup every day, I most definitely would because I cannot do my own. I’m very impressed with how Sarah [Howard] is able to put on eye shadow and experiment and I would love to be able to do that and be more experimental with my makeup techniques.

I like unexpected makeup; something that is a bit unusual like not your average lip color but experimenting with orange and purples instead of your everyday red or pink. But my boyfriend thinks I look like a tranny when I wear too much makeup so I guess you can say that, when I do do my makeup, I’m doing it for the girls. At least they appreciate the time and effort it takes to put it on!

I like the way that Drea de Matteo uses makeup. I’ve never seen her without it and I’ve lived in the same building with her! I love her devotion to waking up and putting on a full face of makeup. I guess that I thought I’d grow up one day and just know how to put on makeup from watching my mother do it. Sadly, that was not the case for me.

Here’s what I have in my makeup bag at the moment:

Mason Pearson Junior Mixed Bristle Brush – Because my hair is so long, it tends to become really knotted so I always carry a brush so that I don’t look like I just had sex. By the way, I’m a real blonde.
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude – I’ve used this product forever. It’s a standard that I always have with me. It’s for daytime when I don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup but want an even skin tone and some coverage. And it doubles as a pretty decent moisturizer.
Chanel Teint Innocence SPF 10 in Cameo – This is my favorite makeup product and they’re discontinuing it – I am so sad. It covers up all of my Melasma and zits and it makes me feel like a supermodel when I wear it.
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Hotel Heiress – I’m really into pale at the moment but when I do wear bronzer, this is my go-to. I’ve actually turned a lot of my friends on to it. I can’t really lay my face in the sun and so this color is as close to the sun as I’ll get.
Chanel Powder Blush in Rose Dust Jen Brill (Chanel Ambassador) convinced me that this would be a better shade for me in the winter. Not sure if I’m buying it, but I’m testing it out. Because I’m really into pale skin, I find that blush is very important to bring out some color so that I don’t look like I’m sick or transparent.
Eyelash Curler – I curl my lashes after.  I know, I know, most people do it before. But I feel like it helps to de-clump and separate when I do it post mascara.
MAC Lipstick in Warm Me Up – This is my daytime color. It’s very neutral and gives my lips a bit of a pinkish color. I have naturally red lips so sometimes I like to bring them down a notch.
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – Did you know it’s illegal in the United States? It’s not FDA approved, but we’ve been selling it at our store, 143, because one of our employees is Australian. I’m obsessed. Mainly, I just like the packaging. And the product’s pretty good too. I think it works better than Aquaphor. Honestly.
Chalotte Ronson Lipgloss in Sophia – Charlotte is a really good friend of mine and I’m so excited about her new makeup line at Sephora. There is a lipgloss called Chrissie but I prefer the Sophia for me (kidding). The glosses are seriously awesome – they give your lip the right amount of color and shine without being overpowering or messy.
Drugstore Concealer Wand – I think it’s CoverGirl, I’ve been using the same one since I’m sixteen. It matches my skin color pretty perfectly and since my biggest beauty concern is my dark circles, I am never without concealer under my eyes. I stalk up whenever I walk into a drugstore.
Chanel Brow Pencil in Blond Clair – When I got my eyebrows shaped at the Pierre Michel Salon, Sue Ellen told me that the Chanel brow pencil is the lightest one she had ever seen. And it’s true, it really shapes my brows rather than fills them in. I use it only if I have time (which is practically never!).
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red – I am really into pale skin and when I’m feeling like I need a little color on my face, I turn to a red lip. This is my favorite red color. I only wear red at night and never when I’m djing. I hate being too dressed up when I’m djing.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Black – I’m really into the packaging. Anything gold is good. I think I tend to choose makeup a lot by the packaging it comes in. Mascara is mascara, you know? But packaging sets it apart. And, for the record, I do like a bottom lash full of mascara. Very Twiggy.”

I keep all of my products in a LeSportSac bag that I have decorated with a few cool pins. The Sophomore and Miller pins are my favorite – Sophomore is my clothing liner and Miller is the beer but also my last name, although no relation (sadly).


HOW TO: Smoky Eyes

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I’d be remiss to say that creating a smoky eye is easy because it’s not. But it is probably the most asked for eye makeup look out there. After trying several smoky eye techniques (and I mean several), this one seems to be the most straight-forward with the best results. You don’t need to be a professional to create a smoky eye, but you should know a few basics: how to use a liquid eyeliner, a crease shadow brush. But most importantly, you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes – because mistakes will happen, there’s no doubt about that (and that’s why you have Q-tips and makeup remover!).

Here are 10 steps that are meant to act as guidelines for creating a fabulously fierce grey/black smoky eye:

Products I Used:
Concealer – Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer No.04 Medium
Eye Shadow Palette – Dolce & Gabbana in Femme Fatale 100
Liquid Liner – Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Thickening Mascara – MAC Opulash Bad, Bad Black
Shimmer Highlighter – RMS Living Luminizer


Step 1 – Prime eyes with an eye primer or use a concealer sponge and blend concealer over the entire eye lid.

Step 2 – Using a base shade (anything, white, bone or beige-hued), sweep shadow from lash line to brow bone.

Step 3  – With a liquid liner, dot your upper lash line from outer corner to 3/4 in. For wide set eyes, dot from outer corner to inner corner (tear duct). Try to keep the dots small and consistent.

Step 4 – Follow the dots and draw the line. Start from the inner most part of the eye and draw outwards. Make the line a bit heavier in the middle. Do not wing the tip out. Follow the natural curve of your lash line. Let the liner dry.

Step 5 – Take your medium dark color (in this case, a chalky grey), and sweep from the lash line fanning up toward the crease.

Step 6 – Using the darkest shade (in this case, the black-grey), apply from the lash line to the crease, fanning up and out again. Make sure that the shadow is heavier at the lash line, gradually becoming more bare by the time it’s to your brow bone – I call it, “gradiating your lids.”

Step 6 – Using a neutral shimmering shade (in this case, the shimmering white shadow from the palette), apply on the brow bone (you can also use a brow highlighter here instead).

Step 7 – Take a blending brush and blend from outer corner of the eye, inward. This will slightly mix everything together so that there are no harsh lines and the lid looks even.

Step 8 – Apply the dark shadow color under your lower lash line from outer corner to 3/4 inwards. For wide set eyes, you can apply to the tear duct. Make sure to keep the line thicker on the outer corners. With a q-tip or your finger, blend the bottom line from inner yet, outwards. Again, make sure to smoke out and up at the outer corners of your eye (you’ll want the lower lash shadow to “smoke” into the top shadow).

Step 9 – Apply a thickening mascara to top lashes.

Step 10 – Finish with a dot of shimmer highlight on the inner corners of your eyes (this will widen them and give a more intense pop).

EXTRA – For more depth and drama, you can line the inner rim of your lower lash line with a pencil liner. Only line from outer corners inward 3/4.

*all images by Beauty Banter


Bathing Beauties: Erica Chan and Lauren Kolodny of HonestlyWTF

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If you haven’t bookmarked Honestly…WTF, do it now. Seriously. It may just be the best advice you take away all week. For those not yet in the know, the site, co-founded and written by the lovely Erica Chan and the equally lovely Lauren Kolodny, is seriously entertaining. The site explodes with personality, visually stimulating images, and a diverse range of need-to-know artist and art work, of-the-moment trends, and, my personal favorite, crafty DIY projects.

Like the site, started in May of 2010, good friends Erica and Lauren are full of great finds and random factoids. Note: Lauren is the one who introduced me to Joe Fresh, the Canadian import clothing store that had opened… a block away from me… in New York City… (and she lives in California).

While their site doesn’t offer much in way of their personal beauty philosophies or routines, Erica tells me that her personal style and beauty regimen are quite similar in that they are both “simple and unfussy, but never without a signature feature or detail.”  She continues, “I am pretty much a minimalist but I never leave the house without bright blue mascara or blush on.” Erica will be happy to know that a burst of color is, in fact, a spring trend, so keep on with the bold blue.

Read on to discover Erica and Lauren’s must-have products, ideas on aging gracefully and DIY trick to shiny hair.

P.S. Check out Honestly… WTF today for Beauty Banter’s post on our very own DIY lip scrub (soft, kissable lips just in time for V-day).

Erica Chan

What are you top 5, can’t live without products?
1. Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils Mascara in Extreme Blue – I’ve been wearing blue mascara for 10 years and I love that YSL’s Faux Cils makes my eyelashes seem longer than they are. Plus, I’m oddly attached to the scent.
2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – I’ve never been comfortable wearing foundation so tinted moisturizer is sheer enough and the perfect amount of coverage for me.
3. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate – One or twice a week, I give myself an intense exfoliating treatment. ExfoliKate makes my skin feel new again without having to get a facial regularly.
4. Bond No.9 Noho Nuits – My signature scent of which I have mini vials tucked away in every one of my handbags — just in case!
5. Essie Nail Polish – I’m never without painted nails – I probably change my color at least twice a week.

What is your all-time favorite product?
I’ve been using Rosebud Salve for as long as I can remember. Not only is it always on my lips, it’s my cure-all for just about anything – especially in the winter for dry hands, cuticles, elbows, etc.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Biolage by Matrix Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm in the 32oz sizes. For someone who teases her hair but doesn’t ever brush it out, Biolage’s conditioning balm is the best for detangling all of my knots and snarls.

Favorite hair product?
Moroccan Oil Curl Control Creme is my go-to for holding body and keeping the texture in my hair. I either put it in my hair wet and let it air dry, or I use it as a styling creme.

You moisturize your face with…
Ole Henriksen Skin Insulator with SPF in the morning and Mary Kay’s Intense Moisturizing Creme in the evening.

Favorite body product?
I use Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion every day. I especially like that it’s unscented.

Favorite beauty secret you picked up along the way?
A trick that I recently learned for opening up the eyes is to line the inner top lid. It really does make the eyes look wider!

Beauty icon you admire?
Growing up, Love Story was one of my favorite movies and I thought Ali MacGraw was the epitome of natural beauty. And even in her 70s, she has aged so naturally and beautifully. I look forward to aging with grace!

Lauren Kolodny

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Clarisonic Mia – Erica recently introduced me to this magic wand, and I can honestly say that I feel like I’ve had a facial every time I finish washing my face. It’s worth the money.
2. L’Annine hand cream in Avocado – I hate dry, cracked hands. I used to work with my hands a lot outside in the cold on set, so this hand cream became my life saver. I have turned so many girls onto it. I am obsessed and have several tubes at a time.
3. Dolce and Gababna Light Blue perfume – I have been wearing this for years, I can’t imagine smelling like anything else. It makes me happy, therefore I can not live with out it.
4. Some sort of chapstick or lip gloss – I usually have at least 3 different kinds in my purse. I used to be obsessed with, but recently I have discovered Maybelline Baby Lips – LOVE.
5. Mascara – I don’t wear much make up but If I do put anything on its mascara, CoverGirl Lashblast.

What is your all-time favorite product? 
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – I feel like it really is the best product on the market.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Sunsilk Shampoo and Conditioner. They no longer sell it at drug stores so when I do find it at places like Big Lots and the 99cent store, I buy it all up.

Favorite hair product?
Moroccan Hair Oil Hydrating Styling Cream. I am in love with the smell of this, and it also feels so nice and silky on my hair.

You moisturize your face with…
I am always switching it up but right now I am using bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer.

Favorite body product?
Sabon Body Scrub in Vanilla Coconut. It’s smells like vacation and leaves your skin feeling so moisturized. It softens and smoothes your skin like no other.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I always finish off a shower with a cold rinse of my hair. I was told that the cold water closes the follicles and the pores in your hair and scalp, so basically it protects your hair from air pollution, and gives a nice shine. That shit works, try it!

Beauty icon you admire?
I love Kate Hudson. She is never too made up, and she has that beachy California girl look on lock down. Not to mention that her smile is infectious, and nothing is more beautiful than a great smile.

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Favorites: Facial Serums

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I have this longstanding misconceived notion that, because I have combination to oily skin, I should dry my face until it prunes into something out of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

One thing I’ve learned from my years in the beauty industry having the privilege to work and talk with so many fascinating skin care experts is that hydration and moisture are two very different things. You can have oily skin, not much need for moisture, but serious need for hydration. Think of hydration as the H2O levels that help to plump and radiate. Moisture, however, is for those who have dry, flaky and cracked skin; skin types that need a Gatorade, so to speak, something a bit more heavy duty to up the levels of oil.

I recently had a fabulous oxygen facial with my friend Tarin (daughter of Michelle Peck who is Madonna’s facialist) and she explained that, “Dehydrated skin is thirsty skin. People who smoke or don’t drink enough water have dehydrated skin. Although some people may not smoke and do drink a lot of water, they can still get dehydrated skin. The remedy: A serum that has hyaluronic acid in it.” She went on to tell me that you can have oily skin and it can still be dehydrated. But, as long as you use the proper serums, you’ll reboost the hydration levels without clogging pores.

Especially in the midst of winter, I notice that my combination skin is duller than ever. My quick fix (and current face obsession of choice): serums.

Here are a few serum recommendations:

Amore Pacific Rejuvenating Serum $100.00 – I discovered this in my Amore Pacific facial and the facialist said it’s the best choice for hydrating combination/ oily skin. It’s oil-free, highly concentrated, absorbs quickly and leaves a nice glow.
Sanitas Vita C Serum $90.00 – Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants so it’s a great ingredient for anti-aging products. It’s a natural collagen booster and helps to fade sun spots and even out skin tone. I absolutely love this serum. I can feel it work from the moment I put it on my face. It appears a bit oily at first, but absorbs within a few minutes and leaves skin so radiant throughout the day (if you find it to be too rich, try using every other day). I see a huge difference in skin tone, texture and hydration when I use this serum.
Christine Chin Daily Renewal Replenishing Serum $69.00 – The celebrated Chinatown facialist recently launched an eponymous skin care line and this is one of the prized products. While I haven’t yet had the opportunity to be poked and prodded by Christina herself (it is on my beauty wishlist), I have been fortunate to try this seriously impressive serum. Great for all skin types, the light weight plant-based serum absorbs quickly and has the least oil-like feel of any of the bunch.
Annmarrie Gianni Anti-Aging Serum $49.95 – I recently discovered this organic line (at Organic Avenue, naturally) and, I’m quite impressed with the products (the aloe-herb facial cleanser is wonderfully gentle and soothing). This serum is very gentle and calming to the skin while it’s sole purpose is to boost collagen production and increase the skin’s natural levels of hyaluronic acid. All of the ingredients are literally, edible.
Intraceuticals Daily Serum $189.00 – Tarin’s pick: This is what she uses in her amazing oxygen facial that, if you haven’t tried, I highly recommend. A “rejuvenation face treatment in a bottle,” says Tarin.



Trend: Braids

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From milkmaid to braided buns, this season, braids are back with a vengeance. We’ve seen them on the red carpet  – the SAG awards were swarming with braids atop the pretty heads – and on the runways. At Valentino and Alexander McQueen shows for  spring 2012 fashion week, braids were the predominate hair style, although one was tight and incredibly detailed (McQueen), while the other was intricate (you have to see the way it maneuvers up the back of the head to understand the intricacy) and whimsical (Valentino). And now, just last week, in Paris at the Haute Couture shows, braids were once again a vision on the runway at the Christophe Josse show – combining the best parts of both Valentino and McQueen’s braids, this style was detailed and intricate yet somehow romantic.

Regardless of how you choose to wear your braid, take note, that braids are bound to be a huge hair trend this spring season. Here, a curated selection of braids from the spring runways and award season 2012.

The intricate and romantic multi-braided concoction at the Christophe Josse Couture show in Paris last week.

Mila Kunis at the Golden Globes in an updated version of the classic bun – one with braids.

Busy Phillips at the SAG Awards in a single swide swept braid by Chris McMillan (of Jen Aniston fame). This is an easy look to recreate, and one that will instantly add life into your hair style.

Dianna Agron in a beautiful and whimsical fishtail braided updo at the SAG awards. One of my personal favorite styles of all the braids. On trend yet, despite being an updo, this look is quite romantic and age appropriate.

Kelly Cuoco at the SAG Awards with a braided headband accompanying her updo. Not my favorite style, but the braided headband look is quite popular and, if done right, can look fabulous (think Sienna Miller here).

Kirsten Dunst, at the Sundance premiere of Bachelorette, shows off a slightly messy updo with a single, front side braid secured into the bun – to add texture and trendiness. Again, an easy way to refresh the seen-it-before updo.


Pro Talk: Gisele Stylist Harry Josh

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Celebrity hair stylist and colorist extraordinaire, Harry Josh, talks bangs (ala Rose Byrne from Sunday’s SAG Awards), red carpet trends, the Oscar bun, hair prep tips for a big night out, and how he gives Gisele that perfect shade of gold.

Sarah Howard: What are the main red carpet hair trends this season? 
Harry Josh:-Keeping it natural. Many women with medium to longer hair are wearing it down and straight. Simple chic hair lets their dress do the talking. You saw a lot of women doing this at the Golden Globes and SAGs (Rose, for example).
-I think a chignon never goes out of style. It’s simple, classic, and keeps hair out of your face—a perfect way to show off gorgeous earrings or makeup.
-“Old Hollywood Glamour” is very in—finger waves with high shine. Especially with a sparkly gown, this hair is the perfect compliment.

SH: How do they differ from seasons past – or are they the same?
HJ: I think chignon’s are a red carpet trend that will always be in style, but I think now more than every stars are embracing their natural texture and cut instead of going for intricate updos.

SH: What can we expect to see on the red carpet come Oscar Sunday?
HJ: I think you’ll see lots of hair pulled back into sleek buns and less hair down, braids, and waves. With exception of the really adventurous actresses (think Tilda Swinton), I wouldn’t expect to see anything avant-garde.

SH: Let’s talk about hair prep. Do you have any tips for how to best prepare your hair for a big event?
HJ: Hair washed a day before is definitely easier to style in the sense that it holds curls and waves better. Freshly washed hair will take more styling product to control and nobody wants hair filled with tons of product. It ends up looking super stiff. Also, get your color done a week in advanced. That’s enough time to correct  if something goes awry but not too long where you’ll get roots. It will look fresh and natural. Finally, make sure to get a trim and a deep treatment as well – dry, damaged ends will make your hair look ragged no matter how gorgeous the style is. is a great leave-in treatment that targets damaged hair, especially at the ends. It restores silky, full style and provides heat protection during styling.

SH: Forecasting trends to come, what is the “it” style going to be for spring?
HJ: I love bangs and I think they’re going to make a huge comeback (like Rose’s SAG look). Really blunt, straight across looks amazing. Plus, that longer bob looks great – its incredibly low maintenance and strikes a great balance between being youthful but still looking polished.

SJ: And, of course, my life wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t ask, how do you get Gisele’s hair to be that perfect shade of sun-kissed gold? What is your balayage trick?
HJ: Gisele has gorgeous hair to start with, which is a huge help, but I don’t start painting on the color at her root. By starting a little lower, it looks like she has gorgeous natural highlights from the sun that are growing out gracefully.

*Gisele, Cameron Diaz, Rachel Weisz images from / all hair by Harry Josh

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Bathing Beauties: Kidada Jones & Kazu Namise of Phylia de M.

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Growing up in LA, Kidada Jones and her sister, Rashida (Parks and Recreations actress) were the girls that every other girl wanted to be friends with (every town has that girl). They were – and still are – so exquisitely beautiful, talented, interesting, smart and fun to be around. I was thrilled upon hearing of Kidada’s latest endeavor, co-founder of the hair care line, Phylia de M. Besides having created a truly incredible 3-product hair system (thus, no need for fake enthusiasm next time I see her), we’re now both entrepreneurs of beauty. And I love anyone who will sit down and talk beauty with me for hours on end.

I am so happy for Kidada and her partner, the equally beautiful and talented Kazu Namise’s, newfound success with Phylia de M. The heritage of this line  is fascinating, stemming back to an all-natural proprietary blend created by Kazu’s godfather (read more about the line and my product of choice, Connect, here) that restores hair’s health.

While their personal beauty routines are quite carefree, take note of the interesting tips that both women offer in regards to health and natural living. If you believe that beauty comes from within, than Kidada and Kazu are two poster women for the cause.

Kidada Jones

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Phylia de M. CONNECT – not just saying that because I’m involved- I’m involved BECAUSE of it! Keeps my hair growing thick!
2. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel– OMG – it’s great for anytime and any type of skin.
3. NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum – I wanted something that was going to get busy on my skin but is nontoxic.
4. Josie Maran Argan Oil -another revolutionary product for cuticles, skin, hair -anywhere, anytime.
5. Epicuren Kukui Nut Coconut After Bath Lotion – One THOUSAND percent! makes me feel like a fresh baked goodie.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Aquaphor -It’s an ointment, moisturizer, skin protectant and it just works!

What product do you buy in bulk?
Coconut Oil

Favorite hair product?
Phylia de M. CONDITION – It detangles my hair, gives it maximum moisture and I can use it in the shower, as a leave-in treatment, or a styling cream.

You moisturize your face with…
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel combined with Josie Maran Argan Oil

Favorite body product?
Fresh Brown Body Polish. It exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Oils, in general, are underestimated. I apply oils (coconut, argan) and take oils (primrose, plant) They are great for taking off makeup and moisturizing dry & damaged skin and hair.

Beauty icon you admire?
My mother (actress Peggy Lipton) because she is perfectly split between maintaining her beauty and not fussing over it. She has really taught me that beauty comes from within. Beautiful people don’t just happen – they fought their odds and cultivated the best parts of themselves, inside and out.

Kazu Namise

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Phylia de M. 3 Step Hair Kit – makes my scalp feel CLEAN and my hair strong, full and shiny! Plus it stops my excess shedding.
2. DNA Phyto-Lipid Hydrating Scrub – organic & gentle but really effective for a weekly deep cleanse to clear dead skin buildup.
3. Lanvin éclat d’arpege – This is my all-time favorite, my signature scent.
4. Laura Mercier Primer – I’ve used and loved this for ten years- it sets my makeup perfectly.
5. Fulphyl de M. (Miyamonte Fulvic Acid) – My family’s exclusive organic and pure Humic-Free Fulvic Acid. This is a supplement drink for everyday; it dually transports vitamins/nutrients to the right places in your body while chelating toxins out (coming soon from Phylia). I feel more energy, more restful sleep, and brighter skin, eyes, and hair.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Phylia CLEAN – I use it to wash my scalp, hair, face & body – It rejuvenates cells with healthy keratin leaving my skin, hair, and nails healthy and young.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Cold Pressed Organic Juices – I have one or two a day and they keep me fully energized & nourished! I am addicted to Pressed Juicery (especially their Greens3 and Almond Milk)

Favorite hair product?
Phylia Connect– Amazing organic treatment spray that makes my hair grow faster and fuller.

You moisturize your face with…
Miyamonte Renaturation Moisturizer or Caudalie VinoPerfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15

Favorite body product?
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil with our Phylia Cream (soon!). Smells heavenly and is super soft and moisturizing without being greasy.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Raw Potato slices-15 minutes on your eyes and it takes away puffiness and dark circles, and feels very relaxing.

Beauty icon you admire?
Gwyneth Paltrow.She’s beautiful and I admire her disciplined approach to her health & beauty routine from the inside out and outside in, which really shows.

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