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The Masks We Wear
By Angelique Serrano | 06/22/2009 - 12:25

Pomegranate—the Kevin Bacon of superfruits—is featured in yet another beauty product, this time from famed skin doctor Howard Murad. His line’s new Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask ($22.50, sephora.com) is as convenient as it is efficient. The clear gel is prepackaged in a little paper packet, making it very travel-friendly, and glides on easily. After leaving it on the face for 15 minutes, skin is left dewy, soft, and visibly radiant.


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Target Becomes Viable Beauty Destination
By Angelique Serrano | 06/19/2009 - 15:00

Toilet paper, affordable baby clothing, cat food, protein-shake mix, Hot Pockets—all these things and more are commonly found under the Target bull’s eye. However, with their shelves now exclusively stocking mega makeup brands like Sonia Kashuk, Australian and British imports like NP by Napoleon Perdis and JK Jemma Kid, and fantastic stand-bys like the amazing Olay Profesional Pro-X collection, Target is now making a new mark in the beauty industry.


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Does This Really Work: Teeth Whitener Without Peroxide
By Sandra Mariscal | 06/18/2009 - 16:50

Some teeth whiteners can make teeth feel sensitive, especially if you use them too often. This has happened to me and it makes brushing painful—yikes, it’s not worth it. I’ve been using a far less painful alternative called IntelliWhite Pout & Polish ($20, RXbright.com) created by celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Jennifer Jablow. This is the first teeth whitener without peroxide; instead it uses PVP, a polymer that is used to remove color from wine, and papaya enzyme to remove stains.


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Bliss Nails Get Minx Makeover
By Angelique Serrano | 06/17/2009 - 12:40

If you’re one of those girls that gets high off the latest fashion “it” shoe, or the newest craze in beauty (eye lash perms, anyone?) then you’ll love this: Bliss Spas in New York City are now offering what they call a ‘Minx’ Coat Manicure ($55, blissworld.com/spa). Instead of coating nails with polish, they cover them in metallic sheets of flexible film.


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Does This Really Work: Three-Tier Nail Enamel
By Sandra Mariscal | 06/11/2009 - 16:00

Paul & Joe Beauté Gold Nail Enamel Collection ($14 each at beautyhabit.com) consists of three limited-edition shades for the summer. Each one has three fun layers: shimmer on the bottom, opaque color in the middle and a clear shade on top. These combine only if you shake the cute floral embossed glass bottle, but they eventually fall back into their individual places. The formula has good-for-your-nails ingredients like chamomile extract and a form of vitamin A to moisturize, and jojoba oil to soothe.


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A Chic Drink for Thirsty Lips
By Angelique Serrano | 06/01/2009 - 10:30

DuWop, the cosmetics brand most famously known for their lip-stinging, plumping Venom products, are introducing a cool new anti-irritant: Icedteas ($19), bright jelly-like lipsticks that hydrate and moisturize your pucker while imparting a sheer tint and delicious fruity flavor. Filled with jojoba oil, aloe and green tea extract—as well as UV protectors—they’re a repairing (not to mention delicious) treat for these sweltering summer months.


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Stress and Acne: What You Need to Know
By Angelique Serrano | 05/27/2009 - 09:00

It’s a fact: Stress can make acne and breakouts worse. There has been a reported uptick in the number of patients visiting dermatologist offices with skin conditions lately. And considering the times we live in now, this is not surprising, nor is it good news. The exact cause can be speculated, but stress is a factor. And while stress may not cause breakouts, it can make them worse.


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Does This Really Work: Nail Art Pens
By Sandra Mariscal | 05/21/2009 - 12:00

I have to admit, I like getting little designs on my nails when I go to the salon. The manicurists make the prettiest little flowers on my toenails or the nails on my ring fingers so easily. I, on the other hand, can barely keep my hand steady to paint my nails with a simple coat of polish. In an attempt to master their detailed artwork, I tested Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen ($8, available at Walgreens). The pens look more like fine point sharpies and come in 8 shade options. The instructions say to use on top of a base coat or a shade of your choice.


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How to Create a Signature Scent
By Angelique Serrano | 05/15/2009 - 10:55

Everyone wants to be unique, special, one-of-a-kind. So here’s a very cool way to distinguish yourself from the crowd: Create your own signature fragrance. Jo Malone makes it easy; all of their perfumes can be layered and worn together—you can wear up to four at a time! The ingredients range from florals to citrus fruits, but they’re all light as air and were created to blend well with each other. Visit a Jo Malone boutique or go to jomalone.com to concoct your own intoxicating juice.


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Does This Really Work? Organic Body Sugar
By Sandra Mariscal | 05/14/2009 - 13:30

Scrubbing your body is important to slough off dead skin cells and maintain smooth, healthy skin. I recently came across Urban Sugarbaby Whipped Cream Body Scrub ($25), which looks more like a garden experiment with crushed seeds and dried flowers than a body exfoliator. When I opened the tub, it revealed the sweetest smell that made me want to lick it. The natural formula is made with organic pure cane sugar, brown sugar, apricot oil and virgin coconut cream, so you can imagine the amazing scent.


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