November 2009

Win A Maybelline Prize Pack!


Great LashBIG Maybelline's pink and green tube is instantly recognizable as one of the best -- and most affordable -- mascaras out there. Great Lash has won so many beauty awards that, much like Meryl Streep at the Oscars, it's getting embarrassing.

Now there's Great Lash BIG that boasts a bigger brush for lashes Bambi would be jealous of (blink, blink). And since we're in the holiday spirit, from November 30 through December 14, I Heart Daily and Maybelline are pleased to offer a chance to win a $75 prize pack, including full-sized samples of Great Lash BIG, single and quad eye palates, lip gloss and lipstick, eyeliner, and blush. Free makeup? How can you go wrong?

To enter, just sign up for the I Heart Daily newsletter. If you're already signed up, you're automatically entered -- we'll choose 1 random winner on December 14th.

(Don't tell the others, but we hope you win.) 

Best Moisturizers For Acne Prone Skin

Olay I've always been weary of using moisturizer on my face in fear of tempting the fate of some enormous zit. At the same time, the winter air is making my skin dry and patchy in spots. What to do?

I turned to beauty expert, Paula Begoun, founder of PaulasChoice -- a site dedicated to the best in beauty and skin care.

We asked Paula what moisturizers were best for acne prone skin, and here's what she had to say!

I Heart Daily: What makes these particular moisturizers good for acne prone skin?
Paula Begoun: Their texture is light and doesn't contain emollients that can add to oily skin or absorb into the pore adding to the sebum content inside. They also contain state of the art ingredients that can help skin repair and feel normal.

IHD: How often should you apply?
PB: When acne is the concern, once per day (in the evening because you need sunscreen for daytime) is sufficient. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer after cleansing and using any anti-acne products, including topical prescription products. Focus on dry, flaky areas and avoid oily areas.

The moisturizers on the list below are great for those struggling with acne and dryness brought on either by cold, dry weather:

Boots Expert Sensitive Light Moisturizing Lotion ($5.99)
Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Serum ($7.49)
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion ($12.99)
Good Skin All Calm Moisture Lotion ($24.50)
Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum ($19.49, fragrance-free option preferred)
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel ($18.95, sample available)

Paula’s Choice HydraLight Moisture-Infusing Lotion ($18.95, samples available)

Thanks, Paula, and so long problem skin!

Stop The Hunger Pains

Cornucopia With Thanksgiving upon us, we've officially kicked off the holiday season: tinsel and lights, scary Santas at the mall, and excessive eating, resulting in tryptophan-induced food comas.

But, while we're all carb-loading tonight on candied yams and stuffing, take note that a mind-boggling 49 million Americans -- including 17 million children -- are going hungry this year. That is simply unacceptable. Here are two National organizations that make it easy to help:

Meals on Wheels helps feed men and woman who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk by delivering healthy meals to their home. Find a local program near you to contribute.

There's also Feeding America whose mission is "to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger." Locate food banks near you, and discover ways to volunteer in your own community. Coolest thing ever: donating one dollar will help provide SEVEN meals to someone in need. How 'bout dem apples?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Macaroons: Pretty Pieces of Paris for $10

Macaroons There is something so delicate and sweet about French macarons (we call them macaroons 'round these parts). They look like glorious pastel sliders, and they're a tiny piece of Paris that I can actually afford.

French Macaroons are made with almond flour, powdered sugar and egg whites (hello, marvelous meringue!), and the two sides sandwich a filling of buttercream or ganache. Mmm... Here's a good recipe if you're a culinary type.

Me? I'm purchasing these little luxuries. I suppose I could shop at Laudrée, where fancypants get their gorgeous baked goods. But I'm going with lemonadestandnyc on etsy. They charge just $10 for 6 delicious delights!

With 11 available flavors (Ready? Vanilla Ganache, Nutella Ganache, Chocolate Macarons with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache, Coffee Buttercream, Caramel Fleur de Sel, Dulce de Leche, Cinnamon Pistachio, Honey Buttercream with Honey Macarons, Orange Buttercream, Matcha Buttercream, Milk Chocolate and Passion Fruit Ganache!), my only worry is which to choose.

Can you tell food is on my mind this week?

Japanese Beauty Secret: Camellia Oil

Camelliaoil While I may have ignored my dear mother's pleas to take my vitamins, I do heed her beauty advice. She was raised in Japan where women are notorious for their beauty regimens, keeping their skin glowing and their hair super lustrous.

So I asked my mom for a beauty tip from the land of the rising sun, and she offered one up: "Since I was a little girl, Japanese women used Camellia oil, from the Camellia flower. You put it in your hair and it makes it look nice and shiny."

I made my way to the local Japanese grocery store and picked up a bottle of Oshima Tsubake Camellia Oil ($20). After washing my hair with my regular shampoo and conditioner, I applied some of the oil into my damp hair. I've never had a problem with my locks (Melissa claims I have "model hair"), but it really made a huge difference! The oil left my hair soft and manageable without weighing it down or making it look greasy. Call me a Camellia oil convert.

But Camellia oil isn't just good for your hair, it's also known for fading stretch marks and acne scars, as treatment for dry cuticles, and as a facial moisturizer -- even for oily skin. It doesn't clog your pores, and it's great for sensitive skin since it's all natural and free of chemicals. 

Thank for the tip, Mom! Maybe I'll start taking my multi-vitamin now, too.

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