Primping Checklist: Week of July 18, 2011
Our editor-approved list of the products, treatments, and trends to try this week.
Get an Updo. Maybe we're feeling inspired by the fun fishtail braids from Miami Swim Fashion Week, or maybe we're just exhausted from fighting frizz every day, but we're recommending that everyone visit their salon to get a cool, beat-the-heat-style updo. Backstage at Behnaz Sarafpour a few seasons ago, celebrity hairstylist, Ashley Javier, told us that he wished more women would get their "set" once a week, like they used to in the 1950s and 1960s. His (completely correct) points were that a well done updo can last for days and makes morning styling a no-brainer. For some hair inspiration ideas, click here.
Try an At-Home Peel. We're all for D.I.Y. facials, but every once in a while, we like to take the guesswork out of our bedside spa days. That's why we're loving the Brazillian Clear Peel Set for treating breakout-prone summer skin. This new salicylic- and glycolic-acid-infused gel formula prevents inflammation without the risk of over-drying, while the pads work between applications to maintain results.
Buy Panty Hose. Yes, we realize your grandmother was probably the last person to tell you this, but one of the most resonating style statements from Duchess Kate's recent jaunt to the States was her use of nylons. From diffusing imperfections like spider veins to creating the illusion of slimmer gams, the benefits of this hosiery trend are many. Plus, the sheer fabric will be a welcome shift from opaque black tights as we head into fall.
Blot Away. According to weather reports, a heat wave is sweeping the country. Denizens of the Midwest have already felt the makeup-melting effects as the mercury rises to sky-high temps. So, stock up on a new set of blotting papers to stash in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment to ensure that you can sop away any excess oils and sweat on-the-go. The best part? These papers lift away shine-causing residue without smudging your bronzer or blush.