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Briday Friday – The Beauty Edition. (and a pretty little giveaway)

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If you are a bride (or bridesmaid) to be, chances are you are ramping up your health/beauty/fitness routines in anticipation of the big weekend.  Who doesn’t want a trim physique, glowing skin and gleaming locks on their big day – or always?  True beauty comes from good health, but we all need help.  We recently spoke with some beauty and fitness experts and uncovered a slew of great products and old standbys to help you look and, more importantly, feel your best come nuptial time.

Of course, the sensible route boils down to this:  watch your refined sugar and white carbs, alcohol and caffeine intake, do at least 30 minutes of cardio plus 15 minutes of strength training a day (one day off!), remember to take off makeup at night and begin facials, waxing and nail care 6 months prior to the big day.  And try for 8 hours of zzzzzs a night.  And drinks lots of filtered water.  I know, impossible.  In order to help, we present:

Viviscal – this nutritional supplement will help give you Kate Middleton-worthy locks in no time at all!  Hollywood gals like Reese Witherspoon  swear by this supplement since their hair takes a beating from color changes and hot lights.  I used it after my pool water turned my hair fried and green.  I lopped it all off into an Ali Larter bob and now use Viviscal religiously.

Speaking of supplements – most girls hate swallowing giant vitamins, and we’ve discovered the best liquid vitamins in the world by Tropical Oasis – enhanced also with amino acids, herbs and other supplements.  Best of all, it’s packaged in Earth-friendly glass, stays in the fridge and doesn’t taste terribly.  Sold at health food stores, many Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s nationwide.

An at-home hair glaze is just the thing if you don’t have time to visit the salon.  Blondes, especially, have a hard time maintaining a mirror-like shine.  We like Oscar Blandi’s At Home Salon Glaze– makes your color last longer, is plant-based and imparts natural gleam.

Photo Credit: Oscar Blandi

Tooth whitening:  face it – we all love blueberry smoothies, espresso, red wine and other things that break down our enamel and dull teeth.  Zoom whitening at the dental office can really hurt sensitive gums.  I’m here to tell you about GLO Whitening System. Worth every penny and created by Dr. Jonathan Levine and recently featured on Dr. Mehmet Oz‘s Show.  You wear the silly iPod-looking device around your shoulder and insert the mouthpiece and gel over your choppers for four 8-minute session a day for 5 days.  So, make sure you have 32 minutes a day for 3-5 days to commit.  The difference will astound you!  Available at Sephora, too under “Tools”.  My teeth whitened about 8 whole shades.  And you can maintain it all year and do a last minute boost for two days before the wedding.

Jouer Cosmetics (my ultimate favorite) tint in Peony – a shade that looks bright pink in the tin, but is perfect for glowy bride cheeks and even on the lips.  I love all of Jouer’s line, which you can see if you click on that first hyperlink.  Jouer is also a favorite of Giada deLaurentiis and Gwyneth Paltrow.  It’s now gaining traction in the States due to makeup artists’ use.  For glamourous nights out, though, nothing beats Tom Ford’s new makeup collection.  It’s hot, sexy, dangerous, classic and for the confident woman.  Even the packaging makes me feel like going to a supper club.  Available only at Bergdorf Goodman in store and online.

Serums – LOVE.  Each night, we use Nude Skincare Replenishing Night Oilon our faces and necks (we found it at Fred Segal Beauty – the mecca), but it’s now available at Sephora.  It smells terrific, helps you sleep, melts right into skin and you wake up looking fresh as a daisy.  Not kidding.  While we’re on the topic, we love the serum/oil by Skin & Bones.  You can use it on your hair, face or body and it also smells delicious and does the trick.  It’s all about moisture and dewy, not greasy.  Skin & Bones can also be purchased at the Beauty department at Fred Segal in Santa Monica.

Photo Credit: Nude Skincare

Cleanser:  we are loving Eve Lom’s wonderful new cleanser.  We also think that if you cleanse at night and use a serum and eye cream, you needn’t cleanse in the morning.  Simply mist your face with some Evian, put on a day moisturizer and makeup/sunscreen.  Too much cleansing can irritate and strip your face of crucial oils.  Eve Lom’s Day Cleanser is great at night, too.  Purchase at Beauty.com and see her whole range there as well.  Plus, it’s nice to get your beauty and drugstore staples all together with one shipping box.  Love that!

Photo Credit: Eve Lom

Exfoliation:  only one exfoliant will touch my sensitive skin and that’s Kate Somerville’s “Exfolikate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment”.  It’s gentle, I can use it with my fingertips or a Clarisonic or other battery-operated brush and it smells divine.  It’s also smartly priced.

Universally pretty eyeshadow:  Everyone looks good – daytime or wedding night in Stila “Kitten” in both powder and liquid wand form.  I prefer the powder, because you can build the color in layers.  No one doesn’t shine in “Kitten”.

Cheap thrill – oh, WOW, we are in love with Maybelline insanely pigmented, dramatic and non-creasing Eye Studio Color Explosion Quads.  We bought the green and the purple range.  It has this sort of “top coat” you can use for night to make the shadows simply glow and gleam.  Once again, buildable pigments mean you can go light or deep and dramatic.  Available at any drugstore.

Photo Credit: drugstore.com

Body:  it’s a tie!  Kiehl’s Cream de Corps Whipped Soy and Honey Body Butter and

Photo Credit: Kiehl's

Sephora’s own Body Butter (the scent alone!).  Bot are heavy, non-greasy, really work for the silkiest skin.

Photo Credit: Sephora

There are about 45 other products that fill our addiction and cabinets – including old school sponge rollers from the drugstore,  RGB and Butter London Nail Enamels and homemade brown sugar body scrub (sweet almond oil and regular brown sugar), but we have much to get to.

Let us know your favorite, life-changing beauty product in the comments section and you will win a $40 gift card to Sephora.  Contest closes Sunday, 10 PM, EST. You must be a subscriber to this blog.  So tell a friend!

Marvelous Monday – a few style tips that float my fancy.

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Summer party season is in full swing and whether you are a hostess, guest, bride-to-be or just follower of all things style, I wanted to share a few of my finds with you on this rainy (at least in East Hampton) Monday.  I refuse to go softly into the night that is fall, so these are really “year-round” finds that are particularly useful right now.  I have purchased and tried or worn all of these products and in full disclosure, have not been compensated to endorse any of said products.  We at F4 are our own guinea pigs and we’re happy to share!

Full disclosure:  my vanity countertop unretouched this morning!

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Hair:

I am always looking for the latest serum or heat-protector for days when I have my hair blown out or need to iron it myself without further damage, especially since I spend a lot of time in the sun, surf and chlorine.  I use Kerastase, Ted Gibson, Purology and WEN. But, I’ve been a fan of Kiehl’s for many, many years, mostly for its Creme de Corps body butter and mens’ shaving products.  I’ve used every hair line on the market and found these two products to be outstanding for creating a sleek mane in the humidity.

Kiehl’s Stylist Series Silk Straightening Cream : a distant cousin to their legendary Silk Groom, this lightweight cream is used on damp hair before blowing out.  It’s lightweight, you only need a little and it’s fragrance free without heavy waxes.  It relies heavily on soybean extract and sunflower oil to soften and protect hair.  Genius!

Next up, the Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum – a perfect finish to your style.  Leaves hair soft and gleamy.  Concentrate it on the ends and don’t use too much.  It’s very light and keeps those strands glossy and tamed.

Lips:  EOS lip balm is the greatest. Invention.  Ever.  I order mine from Drugstore.com by the dozen. Or, order here. The spherical shape, the flavor, the long-lasting formula all excite me.  It even seems to exfoliate your lips a little bit when you apply.  I use a chubby lip gloss pencil over the EOS for a durable, sheer, colorful lip.  You’ll chuck your Chapstick after this!

Nails:  Yes, I know we did a nail post, but I have new favorite – and it’s limited addition.  I found mine at J. Crew.  FACE Stockholm nail enamel in “One Hundred Seven” is a deep iris/cyclamen/violet shade that just POPS.  Love it!  Image courtesy of We Heart This – it’s sold out on the J. Crew website, but you can get it on Face Stockholm’s website OR in many J. Crew stores.

This post is very disorganized.  But hey – it’s a rainy Monday and I am blogging from the summer house while my kids play in the basement playroom.  Forgive me!

Fragrance:  I am a  Chanel fragrance (or any fragrance) addict.  I am particular to the “Exclusifs” collection  of limited edition concoctions and have found my new scent (everyone asks what it is but I never give a straight answer, so….) in the form of “Coromandel”.  It’s a glorious, woodsy Oriental that is perfect for the colder months.  The other two fragrances that I own that harken to Coromandel are L’Artisan’s “Timbuktu” and Balmain’s “Amber Gris”.  I just don’t like to smell like anyone else.  You should give all three a whirl.  YUM.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Must have SHOE:  Say goodbye to Uggs, as I have a new retro passion!  The Minnetonka Moccasin Back Zip Boot.  Yep, it’s back.  The fringe and lug sole and buttery suede look fresh and fun.  I ride my bike in these and take them on the town with white shorts and great gingham shirt or Ikat tunic.  LOVE.  In the fall, pair them with colorful skinny jeans and a white tee and schoolboy blazer!

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