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Back in college, for a period of a few months I wore colored contact lenses to enhance my already green eyes and make them look a brighter green. If you peered closely into my eyes you could actually see the crosshatch design sitting on the lens, and it took me a bit of time to realize they sucked the life and natural beauty right out of my eyes. After that experience I swore I’d only wear clear contact lenses forevermore, but after sitting in on a recent beauty launch I might have to amend that decision.
I recently attended Johnson & Johnson’s U.S. launch of their 1-DAY ACUVUE DEFINE contact lenses (approximately $75 for a 30 day supply). These groundbreaking lenses go beyond vision correction and take a giant step into the world of beauty by enhancing your own natural eye. This daily disposable lens is nothing like the lenses I wore back in college — instead, it’s similar to 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST contact lenses (an extra comfortable, high UV protection lens that uses Lacreon Technology which allows the lens to retain moisture so your eyes feel fresh all day long) but with the added beauty aspect that enhances what mother nature gave you, without changing your eye color. What it does do is add contrast, definition, and depth so your eyes look more sparkly and radiant. Following the findings of a recent study that showed that people are more attracted to women and men with limbal rings (a dark ring around the iris of the eye), Johnson & Johnson created this lens to do just that. Besides limbal rings it also adds flecks, another eye trait viewed as very attractive.
At the event, I tried on a pair and found them very, very comfortable. When I got home that evening, I decided to do a ”blind” test (pun definitely intended) with each member of my family. I kept the DEFINE lens in my right eye and switched out the left with my regular clear lens. I instructed my husband, daughter, and son to each look at me (without the others present) and tell me which eye looked better. They wanted me to tell them what I did because they couldn’t see much of a difference but when pressed, all three chose the right eye as their favorite. They couldn’t tell specifically what was different but they each found it to look brighter, whiter, and more lively looking.
Optometrist Dr. Meredith Jansen says “When you look at someone, 80% of your focus is on their eyes. Since a more defined eye is considered attractive, healthy and youthful, there’s no reason not to enhance yours.” Available in prescription and non-correction lenses, DEFINE comes in Natural Sparkle (ideal for light eyes), Natural Shimmer (best for those with medium tones), and Natural Shine (perfect for dark eyes) . The limbal ring amps up contrast for more depth and visual interest while the flecks add additional radiance and intensify what mother nature gave you. It’s you only better — like Photoshop come to life!
What’s your favorite dish on the Thanksgiving table? Mine is definitely the cranberry sauce. A family tradition since I was little, I make mine with chopped walnuts, crushed pineapple and little else. This sweet-tart side dish absolutely elevates everything else on my plate — I love it so much I even top my sliced turkey with it instead of adding gravy!
Cranberries are known as a “Superfruit” because they are highly antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, contain phytochemicals, essential fatty acids, and are loaded with fiber and vitamins, too. When consumed, cranberries can lower your risk of urinary tract infections, help prevent certain types of cancer, decrease blood pressure, improve your immune system, and more. Applied topically, you can expect your skin to look younger and more even-toned plus it can diminish acne, fight dandruff, and even calm skin irritation. With all these beauty benefits it’s no surprise that beauty brands incorporate cranberries into their products.
Here, 5 cranberry-dosed products that work wonders:
Korres Beauty Shots Cranberry Instant Lifting Mask ($36/4 mask set) is the perfect beauty fix before a special event or morning after. Simply apply to clean, dry skin and leave on up to 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. You'll immediately notice the lifting and firming action that lasts and lasts. Formulated with naturally active cranberry, wild yum phytosterols, and sunflower oil to help skin appear visibly younger-looking and renewed.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($50) contains powerful antioxidant protection with its blend of seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grape seed, and sweet almond oils. This lightweight oil is also rich in restorative omegas and just 2 drops, massaged into your complexion will give you 24 hours of hydration, perfect for this season's harsher climate.
Red Door Spa Professional Cranberry Enzyme Exfoliator ($56) brings the spa treatment to your home. It's formulated with a blend of cranberry, papaya, lactic acid, and hyaluronic acid to gently, easily and effectively soften and smooth skin.
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask ($48) helps you put the "beauty" in beauty sleep. Apply your usual night serum and moisturizer, and then top with this fast-absorbing overnight gel to infuse skin with mega moisture and improve its barrier function. Cranberry and olive leaf boost elasticity and you'll love the fragrant essential oil blend. It promotes a deeper, more restful sleep so that upon waking you'll feel as refreshed as you look.
Burt's Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($13) will get you silky soft in no time. Apply to wet or dry skin and gently massage in a circular motion to smooth away any rough, dry skin. A perfect mix of exfoliating sugar crystals, pomegranate oil, cranberry seed, and shea butter will polish you to perfection and leave your skin soft, supple, and glowing. The deliciously sweet scent is a bonus!
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There’s a reason steam is a vital part to getting a facial — it opens up pores, hydrates and clarifies the skin — but getting these services regularly at a spa can put a dent in your pocket.
Enter Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer Solutions ($125), which serves as an at-home facial, delivering a constant flow of moisture to dehydrated skin. The machine has a calibrated glass cup that you pour water into through spigot. There are two buttons that give you control over the steaming process. It provides continuous steam for 20 minutes, and the heat does not scald your skin.
Dr. Gross advises that “Steaming skin at home is a great option to open pores and help get rid of pore-clogging surface debris. I developed the Steamer Solutions, which uses steam fusion technology to simultaneously cleanse pores, hydrate skin, and allow for more efficient exfoliation.” He recommends that you use it 1-2 times per week or as needed.
To Use:: This is an extremely uncomplicated device; it comes pretty much assembled and all you need to do is to latch the measuring cup into the steamer, make sure it is secure in its place, and then pour the water through the spigot — to the MAX level — plug the device in, and you’re good to go. The best part about the steamer is the hydration level: my skin is instantly nourished, as though I had a lovely long day luxuriating at the spa.