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Beauty Buzz: American Beauty

By |July 4th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

fourth of july makeupYou know how I like a good theme party?  Well, call me a hipster, but I really only like them when they’re ironic.  The thought of green on St. Patrick’s Day makes me want to punch a leprechaun and please don’t think for one split second you’ll catch me this weekend wearing star spangled swimwear.  But before you call me a wet blanket, I understand the importance of being patriotic.  I know of the need for all-American nail art and the importance of playing along.  Better than flaunting a flag outright?  Add some red, white, and blue to your makeup bag… making you a true American beauty.

4th of july makeup1. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Video Killed the Radio Star, 2. NARS Lip Gloss in Eternal Red, 3. Butter London Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red, 4. Makeup Forever Diamond Powder, 5. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Tart, 6. Formula X Transformers Top Coats, 7. Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara, 8. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, 9. Blinc Eyeliner Pencil, 10. Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner

xx,

WhyDid

Beauty Buzz: Protect Your Skin and Win

By |June 26th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

beach sun hatA couple of months ago before meeting a girlfriend for ramen at Momofuku, I made the trek uptown to the rarely visited (for me, at least) Upper East Side.  I had generously been invited to visit the beautiful office of Dr. Barney Kenet to preview his new skincare line now available online and at Hyatt hotels worldwide.

After a refreshing cocktail, some light bites, and meeting my role model, Lynn Jacobson, an interior designer who just happened to be dropping off some orchids to the office, Dr. Kenet walked me through his very simple, very focused, skincare line.  Packaged in a chic and travel friendly white zippered bag, the products are labeled with instructions as well as the days of the week in which they are to be used.  Talk about foolproof skincare.  I could have stayed all day (and nearly did) asking skincare questions.  Dr. Kenet, his wife, Patricia, and Stephanie (medical/surgical assistant) were wealths of knowledge, not to mention fun and engaging.  Not only did I walk out of the office chocked full of new dermatological knowledge, I was also gifted the entire line to try myself (which I have been using religiously since).  And as if that wasn’t kind enough Dr. Kenet has  given me his top skincare tips for summer to share with WhyDid readers, which are below:

Nothing, nothing beats staying out of the sun altogether. No amount of sunscreen will protect you like avoidance. (Compare this to sexual abstinence versus using a condom).  :}

Think about your friends and relatives who live in Florida, California and swear they wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun.  Their skin will usually look more aged than the northeasterners, New Englanders and Canadians, for example.

And, New Yorkers, on sunny days, just direct your feet to the shady side of the street.

If you go out into the sun be careful when using the following:

  • Certain antibiotics- (Doxycycline, Tetracycline, Ciprofloxacin),  this can increase the risk of a sunburn.
  • Bergamont perfume- (Shalimar, Gucci Gold, for example.)
  • Birth control pills can cause brown coloration (called melasma), along the upper lip etc.

In April, the FDA changed the rules about sunscreen:

What the FDA Guidelines Mean:

  • Products that pass a test to show they protect against both UVA and UVB rays will be labeled ‘broad spectrum’ followed by an SPF number TIP: Use only BROAD SPECTRUM
  • Any product with an SPF of 14 or lower and products without broad spectrum status are required to carry a warning that reads, in part, ‘This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn not skin cancer or early skin aging.’ TIP: USE 15 or higher SPF, 30SPF on children
  • The terms ‘sun block,’ ‘water proof’ and ‘sweat proof’ can no longer be used. Products that pass an FDA test can be labeled ‘water resistant’ up to 40 or 80 minutes.
  • A product can no longer claim to offer all-day protection. All sunscreens must warn users to reapply every two hours.

Number One Rule:  Wear Sunscreen, moisturize after the shower on damp skin, reduce the number of products you use.  Simplify your life, and your routines.

Worst mistake people make: Using too many products. And smoking.

Kenet MD Skin Care

After having spoken with Dr. Kenet, I became much more diligent in the daily application of SPF (something I should have already been doing as skin cancer runs in my family).  I run outside during the warmer months and hadn’t thought about the damage I was doing to my skin.  Don’t forget that a day at the beach isn’t the only time that warrants a heavy dosage of sunscreen and you can’t only rely on your foundation or BB cream.  Dr. Kenet’s En Garde Sunscreen feels great (non-greasy) and smells absolutely delicious, so I don’t mind applying it every day.

Dr. Kenet was not only kind enough to answer a few of my nineteen thousand questions, but he is graciously giving a lucky reader one of his skincare sets!  To enter, simply follow @KenetMDS and @WhyDid_Dotcom on Twitter and retweet this message.  Be sure and check out his Facebook page as well for skincare news and specials.  Good luck and don’t forget to guard your dermis daily.

xx,

WhyDid

Beauty Buzz: Double Time

By |June 5th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

woman-vanityI recently read a parody about the differences between men and women- one of which was the number of products stowed in our bathroom cabinets.  They quipped men used about six and women had probably amassed over two hundred (men could identify only twenty of those items).  While, I certainly don’t have that many because I run a tight ship in my medicine cabinet, there’s not much room for anyone else’s shaving cream.  Last week was all about beauty products that work their magic overnight, but how about saving room when packing for weekends away?  The only thing more terrifying to a man than opening his own medicine cabinet to find the tampons you’ve stashed there is seeing you show up with two bags- one for your clothing and another for the sole purpose of your beauty regime.  Rememer, we woke up like this.  Save time, money, and space (and your boyfriend’s sanity) by employing products that are multipurpose.  Whether it be using conditioner as shaving cream or Aquaphor as both lip and eyelash treatments or the cult classic, NARS multiple for cheeks, lids, and lips, these products are working double (and sometimes triple) time.

multipurpose beauty1. Aquaphor Healing Ointment, 2. Lorac Double Feature Concealer and Highlighter, 3.  Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Conditioner, 4.  Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, 5. Rosebud Salve in a Tube, 6. Benefit Cosmetics Fine-One-One, 7. Earth Tu Face Skin Face,  8. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, 9. NARS The Multiple, 10. Napoleon Perdis Enhancer

 

xx,

WhyDid

Beauty Buzz: Overnight Celebrity

By |May 29th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

kirsten smith smittyAs women of the twenty first century, our responsibilities span far beyond those of merely managing a manor or being ladies in waiting sausaged in organ crushing corsets and starched petticoats on our front porches, sweet tea in delicate gloved hands.  We hold down high powered jobs, raise families, nurture romantic and platonic friendships, lead fruitful social lives and are expected to do so all while keeping up with societal (and sometimes completely unrealistic) beauty standards.  We barely have enough time to squeeze in a workout before fighting our way through our monotonous morning commutes, let alone pamper ourselves the way we definitely deserve having survived a 55 hour work week, complete with tyrant boss and tuna fish eating cube mate.  Since we are so great at multitasking all day long, why wouldn’t we craft up clever ways to put our beauty products to work while we cash in on those six holy hours of sleep before that dreaded alarm sounds and we do it all over again?  Along with slathering my eyelashes and lips with Aquaphor before bed every night (except when I’ve slipped into a wine induced coma), I also have discovered a slew of products designed specifically for all of us sleeping beauties.  And wouldn’t you know?  Sleep happens to be the perfect time to refresh, rehydrate, and recharge both inside and out.

night creams

 1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue, 2. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, 3. Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Treatment, 4. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, 5. Bliss Fat Girl Sleep, 6. Murad Acne Complex Overnight Soothing Gel, 7. Le Couvent Des Minimes Lavender & Acacia Soothing Night Hand Cream, 8. Sachajuan Over Night Hair Repair, 9. James Read Sleep Mask Tan, 10. Mederma Intensive Overnight Scar Cream, 11. Morning Glamour Satin Pillowcases

xx,

WhyDid

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Beauty Buzz: Petal Perfect

By |March 20th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

flower-fashion-makeupIt’s officially spring.  Fi.nal.ly.  It’s time to swap out the wardrobe and the beauty routine for something lighter and brighter.  No longer will you need to lubricate yourself with heavy creams and deep sultry scents.  Spring is all about being fresh, playful, and pretty.  Thankfully, beauty brands love flowers as much as any girl loves to receive them.  Whether it be harnessing the superpowers of rose petals or the capturing the sweet scent of jasmine, there’s no end to the way in which one can incorporate flora into her regimen.  And and aren’t you just as pretty as a petal?

spring beauty products

 1. Lavanila Vanilla Lavender Fragrance, 2. Nest Orange Blossom Body Wash, 3. Ciaté Flower Manicure, 4. Philip B. Lavender Hand Wash, 5. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, 6. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, 7. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion, 8. Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum, 9. Korres Showergel in Jasmine, 10. Josie Maran Calming Lavender Water, 11. Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, 12. Fresh Rose Floral Toner, 13. Kenzo Flower in the Air, 14. LAFCO House & Home Daffodil Bar Soap

xx,

WhyDid

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