It's winter and if you're like me, you practically have to force yourself out of the shower every morning. I could practically live in mine. There's nothing like hot steam to warm me up in the mornings and right before bed.
But these hot showers always lead to dry, itchy skin for me. My skin can get so dry, I scratch my legs until they bleed. Furnaces and heat in buildings here in New York also don't help. They also sap my skin of its moisture. Winters can be hell on my skin. To keep skin moist, try these tips I swear by:
- Take lukewarm, shorter showers in the winter. If you can't tolerate lukewarm, at least keep the heat to the absolute minimum you can be comfortable with.
- Skip baths, hot tubs and steam rooms. (Sorry!)
- Exfoliate in the shower once a week. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and allows the moisturizer to soak in better.
- Slather yourself in baby oil, extra virgin coconut oil or a thick moisturizer immediately after your bath or shower.
- Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom.
Find out many more awesome tips in Dry Skin? 25 of My Best Itchy Skin Fixes.
Holiday parties call for a bit of drama when it comes to your makeup. Aside from maybe Halloween, there is never a better time to go all out with your makeup. You can add shimmer, try a smoky eye, put on some false lashes or keep everything simple but your lips, which you can paint a gorgeous red.
In my article,
Holiday Makeup: My 13 Best Tips, I share 14 of my best holiday makeup tips. Get inspired for your parties this year, but do follow my advice and practice beforehand. You don't want the hour before you leave to be the time you first try out a smoky eye.
Kate Middleton recently spent 6 hours getting her brown hair dyed a deep chestnut brown (as reported here by E! Online), but what really interests me is this image which proves the Duchess of Cambridge's perfect long locks are graying. Close examination of her middle part shows a few strands of obvious gray.
This isn't exactly news, as the UK's Daily Mail reported last year that Kate dyes her hair to cover up the occasional gray hairs that she's found to her horror (her friends jokingly call them, "stress highlights.") But what this is, is proof that she is, in fact, graying.
Why is this a big deal at all? Well, it really isn't, except to prove that even at a relatively young age (Kate is 31), women can start seeing gray hairs pop up along their parts and hairlines. Even the Duchess of Cambridge is just like us.
To battle your own grays, you can head to a salon for root touch-ups in between your regular dye sessions or you can do it yourself with color from a box. To cover up roots, you can brush your part with a toothbrush dipped in color. It works wonders.
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You are likely invited to at least one holiday party this year. Whether it's an office party that requires dressing up, or a house party where you'd love to make a splash (and maybe meet Mr. Right), parties are always more fun when you feel like you stand out from others or at least how you look on a daily basis.
I've perused many red carpet pictures to come up with this year's version of my favorite holiday hairstyles. Surely one of these would work with your hair?
Unless you live in New York or LA where nail salons are everywhere and therefore super cheap, you likely have to pay at least $30 for a professional pedicure. You can save a lot of money by doing them yourself.
I give step-by-step detailed instructions in How to Give Yourself a Professional Pedicure.
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In New York, we seem to tip everyone: the doorman, the barista, the deli counter guy. So of course we know to tip our hairdresser. But in rural Texas, where my 93-year-old Grandma got her hair done for 40 years, I'm not sure she EVER tipped her hairdresser, who happened to own the salon.
Wondering if you should tip your stylist and how much? Find out the tipping etiquette at the salon, how much to tip the person who washes your hair and if you should tip during the holidays in Tipping: How Much to Tip for a Haircut.
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If you get a deodorant schmear on your shirt, no need to take it off and replace it with a fresh shirt. All you need is one item from your closet to do the trick: that's right, socks.
Get the full scoop in How to Get Rid of Deodorant Stains.
Chances are if you follow beauty, you've heard about the controversial Brazilian hair straightening treatments that were super popular back in 2008 and later. I have several friends with curly hair who swore by them. They smoothed out hair and got rid of frizzies for about 2 months. Women who'd suffered from frizzy hair and curls they couldn't control went crazy for these Brazilians.
And then what I call The Formaldehyde Flap ensued. Media reports that the amounts of formaldehyde (a known carcinogen when inhaled) in these Brazilian treatments were very dangerous, especially to technicians, started gathering steam. Women stopped getting them. And so brands started marketing them differently. Now everyone's calling them "Keratin Treatments."
Sounds innocent, yes? Keratin, a protein, is actually very good for hair. Anyway, search trends show women are LOVING and very interested in Keratin Treatments. But are they truly safe? Should you get one?
Get the full scoop in What is a Keratin Hair Treatment?
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Mascara is the one beauty item in your makeup bag that you don't want to use past its expiration date. Find out how long mascara lasts in my article, How Long Does Mascara Last?
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