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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.
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First performed in 1892, The Nutcracker is a timeless ballet and holiday classic filled with charming characters, lovely scenes and of course, exquisite music by P.I. Tchaikovsky. The American Ballet Theater annually showcases The Nutcracker, bringing in millions of visitors. And now, Clinique has collaborated with The American Ballet Theater to capture the essence of The Nutcracker and put it into The Nutcracker Suite Holiday 2014 Collection.
The dance of the Snowflakes inspired The Nutcracker Act I Compact ($36) and the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy influenced The Nutcracker Part II Compact ($36). Kyle Ridaught, Director of Development at the American Ballet Theater, says that “the collaboration between the two brands was a natural fit based on our shared brand aesthetic of classic elegance, which allowed us to work together like a beautifully choreographed ballet.”
The Nutcracker Act I Compact includes a gorgeous array of soft pinks and sultry tones in the Snowflake Suite eyeshadow quad, and a Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Plié Pink, a delicate shade of pink. The Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Budding Blossom ($17) and the The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams ($24) complement the compact.
The Nutcracker Act II Compact showcases the Sugar Plum Suite eyeshadow quad that couples plum shades with white and silver tones. It has a beautiful Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Tutu Pink. The Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Flowering Freesia ($17) and the The Nutcracker Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams ($24) complement this compact.
The Nutcracker Suite Holiday 2014 Collection is available this month at Clinique counters nationwide.
Whether you want lashes to be big and bold or long and defined, there is a mascara out there for you. We chatted with LA-based makeup artist Sage Maitri — who works with celebrity clients Judy Greer and Jessica Capshaw — on different wands and formulas. Maitri’s pro tip for fuller-looking lashes: “I always concentrate on the root of the lash, using little circular motions. Then I work the wand from root to tip for the last few strokes. This allows the tips of lashes to remain wispy and not clumpy.”
Here’s 6 new mascaras that lengthen, curl, separate, and last all day without any flakes and smudges:
L’Oréal Voluminous® Butterfly Intenza™ ($9) -– “Plastic wands are great for coating and separating," says Maitri. This has a double wing, flexible bristle brush that yields major volume and stretches each lash outward for eye-catching fringe.
Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara ($26) -– A combination of two brushes, one to separate and coat each lash, and the other for adding curl and volume, adds big impact to skimpy lashes with zero clumps and the formula lasts all day. “I prefer brushes in volumizing formulas as they are more full,” says Maitri.
Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara ($30) -- Perfect for daytime, this fringe booster gives a long and defined look with one universal color that works well for all skin tones, containing neuropeptides and biotin to nourish and strengthen lashes.
Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara ($9) -- A full curved bristle brush creates volume, curl, and separation in just one coat. “Full brushes are great for feathery-looking lashes,” says Maitri.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22) -- With one swipe of this creamy dark black formula, my lashes were transformed into high-drama fringe. The buildable formula contains proteins and amino acids to promote lash growth and you can apply it in the morning and reapply later in the evening without any clumps.
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara ($32) -- The swan-neck bent wand makes for easy application and the plastic bristles grip each lash from root to tip to separate, volumize, and lengthen, while rose cell extract nourishes lashes.