Now that dreary February is finally behind us, I’m looking forward to spring and the return of softer hues for makeup. One of my favorite looks: peach-toned blush. “It works perfectly on all ages and skin tones,” says Achelle Dunaway, creative director and makeup artist for e.l.f. cosmetics (Most everything in the line costs just a dollar!). “It’s a subtle look, but enhances cheekbone structure beautifully.” Shown here: e.l.f. Studio Blush in Peachy Keen, $3. So what do you think, will you be getting peachy come spring?
Have you been watching the Olympics? If so, you’ve definitely seen this commercial (and others like it) from P&G that tugs at the heartstrings. I think it’s cool that the ads focus on the women who raised and supported these athletes every step of the way. Maybe Michael Phelps’s mom had something to do with the idea! What do you think about it?
It’s not just a post-pregnancy problem: Extremely fine, limp, or thinning hair is very common among women of all ages and life stages. (Check out “Help for Hair Loss” on page 72 of the March issue.) Fortunately, the styling options for making your locks look more voluptuous are better than ever. Case in point: Living Proof Full Thickening Cream, $24, which contains a patented polymer (a binding agent) developed by two MIT scientists to give hair all-day body minus that sticky feel you often get from other types of volumizing products. Our executive editor, Chandra, tried it and had this to say: “It really does make my hair feel thicker—and stay styled—all day without feeling weighted down with product. It actually works best if you only use a little, which is a challenge with the tube because it squirts fast. But if you just comb it through your hair without letting it get to your roots, it really gives a lift. But you don’t look like a helmet head!”
If you’ve got a feeling your significant other is struggling for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, you may want to forward this post along. Barbara Orbison, wife of the legendary singer Roy Orbison, recently launched a perfume named after one of her late husband’s greatest hits. The fragrance is a warm blend of florals (lily, red rose, and carnation), spices (fresh amber, patchouli), and woody notes (atlas cedar), making it a perfect choice for this time of year. Click here to buy and to find out more about Barbara’s inspiration. Fun fact: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pretty Woman the movie, so maybe you can also hint that you want the DVD—if you don’t already own it!
February is National Heart Health Awareness Month, and the first Friday of the month (today!) is National Wear Red Day. The red dress is the official symbol for women and heart disease, the number one killer of American women. But there are lots of other ways you can show your support. Consider purchasing the Little Red Dress Rejuvenating Chic Tint, which gives you a “healthy cardio glow” on cheeks and lips according to its creator, Audrey Kunin, M.D., a dermatologist and heart attack survivor. Dr. Kunin donates 25 percent of the proceeds of this product year-round to the American Heart Association. Hey, you can’t beat doing something good that makes you look good, too!
“Get your beauty sleep!” Yup, that’s definitely one of the classics. But we want more! Tell us the words of beauty and fashion wisdom you gained from your mom that you still live by today, and your quote could appear in a future issue of Parents!
By the time Friday rolls around, I’m pretty worn out from the week (I’m sure you can relate). So lately, I’ve been relying on two things to get me going in the morning: piping hot coffee and the Lumene Time Freeze Instant Cooling Eye Stick. It makes my eyes feel instantly refreshed, plus it’s got arctic white peat, which is supposed to provide long-term anti-wrinkle benefits. It’s too soon to tell if it’s doing anything to minimize my dark circles and fine lines, but I’m certainly enjoying the soothing, cooling sensation in the meantime.
A friend of mine with two young kids came to visit a few weeks back and was complaining about how her boobs totally shrunk once she stopped breastfeeding her son. I was happy I had a solution to offer: Cleavage Cupcakes. They got me through my best friend’s wedding, when I had to wear a strapless gown, and I’ll definitely be wearing them with that low-cut top I plan to debut at a holiday party this weekend. I’m excited to check out the new line of Commando Hosiery from the same company, especially since they’re the ones who first came out with those so-comfy-you-don’t-even-feel-them nylon thongs. If you decide to check out any of these fashion fixes for yourself, let me know what you think!