Giada De Laurentiis’ Manicure & Nail Color

I am proudly admitting that I am addicted to the Food Network! But mostly I am completely enamored by the way Giada De Laurentiis can make the most complicated dishes appear effortless! And all while maintaining a perfect, bridal-looking manicure. So what is her secret color of choice? I did a little research and actually heard from someone who had met Giada at a book signing and asked her directly. This intrepid reporter discovered that she uses OPI’s Bubble Bath!! It is the perfect color because it doesn’t make your nails appear too white or too peachy-pink, which can often happen when you are selecting among the pale pink color range.

Next step in my research will be to uncover her methods for perfectly flawless skin! And believe me, if I meet her, that will be my first question. Second will be how she stays so skinny with all that pasta??

Jennifer Aniston’s Skincare Secrets

In the most recent issue of People Magazine, Jennifer Aniston is asked a question about her skincare routine. Here is her answer:

I wash my face every night and morning with the same thing I’ve used since high school – Neutrogena cleansing bar. The products I use are Dr. Hauschka moisturizer during the day and my eye cream is SK-II.

So there you have it! A drugstore cleanser for Ms. Aniston!!

Beauty from Mom

I just read a great post over at Glamour. It was about how most of our beauty tricks and techniques are things we learned from our mothers. My mother loved Lancome…she still does, although now she is becoming a la Mer convert.

There is something calming about the scents of products we used or experimented with during our childhood. The scents I remember, and still love to this day, are Dove, and Crabtree & Evelyn and Lancome.

I would love to hear what you readers remember from your mothers or your childhood?

Jennifer Aniston’s Makeup Secrets

Thanks to the Beauty Counter for the details on Jennifer Aniston’s all-natural, girl next door look!

Love her or hate her, you must admit there’s something compelling about Jennifer Aniston—no, we’re not talking about her personal life here (nor her GQ cover, for that matter). She’s pretty much got the rom-com thing nailed and has been enjoyable in other, less predictable on-screen formats as well (two words: Office Space). We attribute her success to her girl-next-door, all-American, plain-and-simple-but-still-sexy appeal. According to makeup artist Angela Levin, who readied Ms. Aniston for the Marley & Me premiere last night in L.A., the actress’ all-natural look is 100 percent intentional: “She just wants to look and feel great and happy.” Us too—she is so relatable! See below for Levin’s tips on how to put it all together:
The Face

To prep Aniston’s face, Levin used By Terry Lift and Stretch antioxidant serum around her eyes to smooth skin before applying just a touch of Lorac Natural Performance Foundation in NP6. To add a bit of sun-kissed contour, Levin used Rimmel’s Sun Shimmer in medium matte and brushed Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder from Aniston’s temples along her cheekbones. For a rosy glow on the apples of Aniston’s cheeks, Levin mixed a Chanel Crème Lipstick in Coco Red with a hydrating lip treatment and a dab of Sephora Blush Me! in Rose Rebelle 1.
The Eyes

For some (very) understated drama, Levin blended Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Silvery toward the outer corners of Aniston’s eyes, using the same product in Slate on the lids. She topped this off with Nars Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Violetta on the center of the lids and under the lower lashes as a light smoky liner.
The Lips

With access to a whole host of professional and as-yet-unreleased goodies, Levin dipped into her arsenal and treated Aniston’s lips to Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2009 Glossimer in Mica.

Keri Russell on The View

The ever-flawless Keri Russell was on The View today, talking about her new movie, Bedtime Stories. Of course, what Moxie was most concerned with, was how her skin looked. Of course, it was flawless!
So we did a little snooping to see if we could find out what products Ms. Keri Russell uses. Yes, it may just be excellent genes, but the girl definitely glows!

So recently she was on the cover of Lucky Magazine.

We were able to gather some information about the products that were used for the cover shoot.

For the face they used Chanel Hydramax + Active Tinted Lotion with SPF 15 ($55).

On the cheeks Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Corail ($45) went to work for a gorgeous flush.

Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Teak ($28) and Exceptionnel De Chanel Mascara in Smoky Noir ($28) created the most perfect daytime or (in this case) subtle evening look for the eyes.

A swipe of Chanel Aqualumiere Lipstick SPF 15 in Montego ($27) capped off the look completely.

Brooke Shield’s Beauty Secrets

Brooke Shields revealed some of her essential beauty products that she uses to help make her look and feel so young. Her nightly ritual includes slathering on Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream.

I like the thickness and richness of La Mer, and a small jar lasts at least a year.

Brooke uses Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche shampoo to keep her long locks healthy and shiny. She says sometimes she has to wash her hair everyday and the Kerastase shampoo keeps it from drying out.

When it comes to makeup, the former model likes to keep it simple with Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Lip Protectant Stick – it’s super-moisturizing, and even has an SPF 15, it’s no wonder Brooke says she’s addicted to it. Brooke’s choice of mascara is Guerlain’s mascara in black because it has two wands, one for a thicker application (top lid) and one for a thinner application (lower lids).

Brooke favorite scent is Fresh’s Fresh Fig Apricot Eau de Parfum because it’s not too sweet smelling and she can wear it day or night.

The Retinoid Debate

Petra Guglielmetti, one of the editors over at Glamour’s beauty blog, has started to chart her progress on a new skincare routine in the months leading up to her wedding. She recently posted about her issues with retinoids and how her only experience with them was negative (and took place during high school). Her issues were pealing skin, redness, irritation, etc. However, we all keep hearing how retinoids are the ONLY thing you can do to your skin that will have any noticeable impact. Is this correct? Should we all be on some form of vitamin A derivative? Petra’s doctor prescribed Atralin. We will have to follow her progress and see how things develop.