The best kept secret for radiant skin is often a good dermatologist. In the last decade, some of them have become real celebrities, catering to Hollywood actresses and socialites, and creating their own lines of skincare. These range from Dr. Murad’s anti-acne and anti-aging solutions to the “Baron of Botox” Dr. Brandt’s no needles potions to Dr. Perricone’s pills and diets.

Here are some of their best sellers:

Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refiner: Hides pores, absorbs oils and mattifies shine. $45 –

Dr. Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum: Restores clarity and evens skin tone. Reduces sun spots and age spots by 33% in 1 week. – $60 –

Dr. Perricone Blue Plasma: A non-acidic daily peel for brightness and glow. With Salmon Roe Enzyme and Copper. $95 –

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta® Peel- 45 Application Jar: This patented two-step facial peel diminishes wrinkles, reduces pore size and dark spots, and improves skin tone and texture. $128 –

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins – Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum: It helps defend against silent skin-agers, calms, soothe and makes skin more resilient. The result: visible aging is slowed. $115 –



If you thought women doing anything and everything for the sake of beauty was a new world problem, guess again. Women have had little beauty tricks for centuries. Here, in chronological order, is a list of classic beauty secrets.

1. Hair Extensions – Extensions and wigs have been around for a long time…even Cleopatra was a fan! The trend came back in the ‘70s, and it has been a celebrity staple ever since.

2. Hair Dye – Another beauty trick that stems from ancient Egypt. Egyptians would use henna to camouflage their grays.

3. Artificial Nails – During the Ming Dynasty of China (1368-1644), noblewomen wore very long artificial nails as a status symbol. Even though they have been around for literally centuries, fake nails had a resurgence in popularity in the late 20th century.

4. Vaseline – A true beauty multitasker, Vaseline was trademarked all the way back in 1872. From extending lashes to making skin silky smooth, it is truly a girl’s best friend.

5. Eyelash Extensions – False lashes were discovered in quite a glamorous way: in Hollywood, of course. In 1919, a director wanted his leading lady to have lashes that would “make her eyes shine larger than life.” The modern day technique of single lash application gained popularity in Korea in 2004.

6. Concealer – Max Factor launched the first commercially distributed concealer in 1938. This compact miracle worker covers everything from blemishes to dark circles. It’s really a makeup lifesaver.

7. Wonderbra – The Wonderbra brand was released in 1939, but the iconic push-up we’ve come to associate with the company was launched in the US almost sixty years later, in 1994.

8. Sunless tanning – Fake or spray tanning rose in popularity in the 1960s, after the public became aware of the negative effects of too much sun exposure. Just be careful not to turn orange…no one thinks an Oompa Loompa tan is attractive!

9. Laser hair removal – For many women, hair removal is just another errand, a part of their extensive beauty routine. In the mid-‘90s, laser removal was introduced and changed absolutely everything. It was the first hair removal technique that could yield permanent results.

10. Spanx – The most recent beauty trick is a product we can’t imagine ever living without! Sara Blakely launched Spanx only twelve years ago, in 2000, but it has truly made a difference in the way women get dressed. How could something so simple and genius take so long to be invented?

Wonder what’s coming next…

Photo: Eva Herzigova in Wonderbra’s Campaign circa 1994


By Kimberly Taylor

When you think of the beauty and skin care line Philosophy, one thing comes to mind: beauty comes from the inside out. Choosing skin care products is a very personal experience. There is loyalty involved, trust, and a price put on what beauty and skin care is worth. When cleansing and applying makeup, women are in their own space and frame of mind, taking time out for themselves. They’re reflecting on how they would like to present themselves to the world. With hectic schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, this time and these rituals can be easily dismissed as routine. Other than the quality of their award-winning skin care and cleansing products, Philosophy offers daily reminders that beauty is a gift a woman gives to herself. Their clever and inspiring packaging is a way of exercising positive skin care and a positive outlook on life. Some of their most famous product collections are: Hope in a Jar, When Hope is not Enough, Here Comes the Sun and, Full of Promise. The uplifting lengthy messages on each package are fabulous, but even the titles alone say it all.


My Personal Favourties:


Kiss Me exfoliating lip scrub. I used to use the old toothbrush and warm water trick to exfoliate my lips. While old habits die hard, this one went out the window when I discovered this product. It makes my lips soft and smooth, and it’s put to best use before applying a matte lipstick.


Keep The Peace protective color corrector with SPF20. I use this product as a primer to even out my skin tone. It leaves my skin feeling so silky I sometimes skip foundation altogether. Also, I’m particularly choosy when it comes to moisturizers that have sun protection. Here, I get the SPF without the greasy feeling.


Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleansing cloths. Having tried so many cleansing cloths on the market, this is by far my favorite. My grandmother always told me if the skin on your face is paper, the skin around your eyes is tissue paper – treat it as such! Those words of wisdom pop into my head every time I remove my eye makeup. With particularly sensitive eyes to begin with, these cloths do the job without any irritation whatsoever. You don’t even have to rinse after use, which is an added bonus.


Christine Chin, facialist – Legendary facialist Christine Chin has many high-profile fans (including Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell and Salma Hayek) who can vouch for her highly effective treatments. While the method is uncomfortable, clients are left with noticeably more radiant skin in about twelve hours. 82 Orchard Street -tel. 212.353.0503

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – The fun cosmetics at this Ludlow Street store are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. With tons of shadow and lip colors, the possible combinations are endless. 174 Ludlow Street – tel. 212.675.2572

FSC Barber – This retro barbershop in the back of Freeman’s clothing store is for guys who appreciate a skilled haircut with carefully curated products. 8 Rivington – tel. 212. 673.3209

Pimps and Pinups – Following the success of its London predecessor, Pimps & Pinups opened up on Stanton Street. Specializing in retro, glamorous looks, this salon has a devoted following. 101 Stanton Street – tel. 646.861.3766

Frank’s Chop Shop – This barbershop, located in a former yarmulke workshop, caters to local clients (from hipsters to hedge-fund dudes). 19 Essex Street – 212.228.7442

Fringe – Perfect place to get that ‘indie gal” cut. 248 Broome Street – 212.674.8383

Tommy Guns – The first location of this old school London barbershop, with skilled hair stylists for men and women. 138 Ludlow Street – 212.477.1151

Fox and Jane – Tiny three-seats salon is a favorite hangout for girls getting ready for a night on the town. 154 Orchard Street – 212.837.2774


Colorado-born Caitlin, author of this week’s Beauty Adventure, shares her beauty routine that ensures she’s always ready for her close-up.

First thing in the morning, I start off with Clean and Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Facial Hydrating Cleanser. It really wakes me up and feels so refreshing. I begin my makeup routine with NARS Sheer Matte foundation and oil-free primer. Another NARS product I love is their blush in Torrid. My go-to eye shadow brand is Givenchy. My favorite nail polish brand, though, is far less expensive: Forever 21! Another inexpensive product I ‘adour’ is Burt’s Bees chapstick.

My skin routine is very specific. I sometimes use Camellia Oil (which is often used by Japanese pregnant women) and almond oil to soothe my skin. I make a homemade facial out of a mix of lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. I exfoliate with red wine: I apply it as a mask and leave it on for ten minutes. It pulls the redness out of my skin! I also love CeraVe moisturizer. At the end of the day, I rely on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.

To keep my platinum blonde hair color intact, I use Joico Color Endure Violet shampoo. Dop Dop, on Mercer Street, is my favorite salon. Jo Preston is the only person I trust with my hair – she’s incredible.

Jen’s Beauty Fix Report

By Jennifer Hakimian

These are the moments that any woman dreads. The wax burning your skin, the orange fake tan, the embarassing haircut… you trusted them to make you beautiful but something went wrong and now you have to go into hiding. Here are some home remedies for real bad bad beauty.

Burned by wax

The first step to relieving a wax burn is to immediately run cool water over your skin. Let it run for at least five minutes. Next, put some ice on the burn. Apply pure aloe vera gel to sooth it. Continue applying aloe vera three or four times daily until the burn goes away. If the burn is on your body, cover it with a bandage. If the burn happened to your face, avoid putting makeup on the irritation. Let your skin breathe for a few days. You can also take ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

Horrible fake tans

The issue with a fake tan is that when it’s good it’s great, but when it’s bad it’s a disaster. If you find yourself resembling Snooki, start the recovery process by putting baby oil all over. Wait thirty minutes, and then take a nice long bath. Use a washcloth to gently exfoliate your skin. The orange-y color should dissipate.

Bad dye job
If you used a semi-permanent dye, it is pretty easy to fix a bad dye job. Just wash your hair with a clarifying or dandruff shampoo a few times within the first 48 hours. These shampoos are known to strip hair of color.
If the dye is permanent, it’s harder to remove. Your best bet is to go to the salon where you dyed your hair, and have a color-correction specialist fix it up.
Bad haircut
There’s not much you can do to remedy a bad haircut. Either cut it shorter or wait until it grows out. But there are some tricks to make the growing out process less obvious.
First, don’t wear your hair straight – this accentuates uneven layers and makes a sloppy cut more apparent. Curly hair acts as a kind of camouflage. Also, experiment with your hair part. Parting your hair from the other side could hide unevenness. If you’re desperate for long hair quick, you could always put in extensions. Just make sure they look natural to avoid making one of our beauty faux pas!

Year after year, these beauty mishaps conquered celebrities, beauty junkies and the masses, leaving us asking the eternal question: “What were we thinking?”. Here are the worst beauty ‘faux pas’ to date, with their top offenders. Madonna is not in the list. She has sported many of these trends, from the teased bang to the lip liner to the over-plucked eyebrows…but she is the only one that, somehow, could pull them off.

1- Teased Bangs80s – Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, Tiffani Amber Thiessen

2- The Mullet80s – Pat Benatar, Joyce DeWitt, John Stamos

3- The Perm80s – Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman

4- Plucked Eyebrows90s – Pamela Anderson, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrimore

5- Dark Lip Liner  – 90s – Pamela Anderson, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani

6- Spray Tanner – 2000s – Linday Lohan, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera

7- Hair Extensions2000s – Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan

8- Eyelash Extensions2000s – Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Adele

9- The Shrillex2010s – Rihanna, Cassie, Keisha

10 – Tacky Nail Art2010s – Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce

Check out our Pinterest board with images of these beauty faux pas and more!


by Carole Hallac

Curious about the beauty regime of a hot Brazilian model? Our muse of the week, 22 year old model Viviane Vidal, reveals to the Daily Pamp her beauty secrets.

Tell us about your morning beauty routine.

I always use La Mer as a moisturizer. Before I go out, I put on basic make-up: concealer from Givenchy, some blush, my favorite is Nars in Orgasm, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and eye shadows from Mac.

How do you keep in shape?

I do yoga, pilates and I run. I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish for protein. I love Brasilian food but I also like Japanese.

How do you take care of your skin?

In the winter, I use Cetaphil to moisturize my body. For my face, my make-up removal product is from Bioderma, and I use the night serum from La Mer. For sun protection, I love the light milk from La Roche-Posay, 50SPF.For my lips, the great balm from La Mer.

What about your great locks?

Because of my work I have to take great care of my hair. Kerastase products are amazing; to protect my hair from the heat of styling tools I use Chroma Thermique Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk and to treat split ends, Fibre Architecte dual serum. I am also a big fan of Moroccan Oil and Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil shampoo and mask.

Any other favorite products?

Essie for nail polish, affordable and trendy. I change nail polish all the time. I love red and black especially for winter, but I use neutrals and pastels as well.

Who is your to-go professional?

The Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho, New York. I do it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is the only way to go!

Where do you shop for your beauty products?

Sephora, I love to have my make-up done there.

Your fragrance?

Chance, Chanel.

Favorite designers?

Rebecca Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Current/Elliott.

Jen’s Camouflage Report

In recent years, magazines are showing all types of models, from different nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages. Different has become beautiful. Crooked smiles, moles, scars, athletic builds all have their place in beauty. How refreshing this all is, especially for our children.

However, certain “flaws” are not flattering on anyone, who would want to highlight a pimple or dark circles under your eyes? Here some tricks to camouflage when necessary:

  • I hide my dark circles and blemishes with a bit of liquid foundation (a shade that blends in perfectly) and my favorite concealer from Cle de Peau (a magic stick).
  • I use Proactiv for my acne, it truly has been a miracle worker for me.
  • I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tanner mixed with Nivea Q 10 lotion to make my less than smooth legs appear silky.
  • My hair remains it’s natural color and I use products like Morroccan Oil and Leonor Greyl Mask Orchidee to keep it looking its best.

We all have our little helpers, and there is nothing wrong with it. Confidence after all is always the most attractive feature.


by Carole Hallac

Michael Phelps has to face great challenges in this coming Olympics. Will he still be number one, beating his fierce competitor Ryan Lochte? Will he win at least three medals, beating gymnast Larissa Latynina’s record of a whopping eighteen medals?

Maybe a bit shallow on our part, but we can’t help but wonder about another challenge he must face every day spending hours training in the pool: how does he protect his hair from harsh chlorine and keep his skin moisturized? The champ swears by Head & Shoulders, the popular dandruff shampoo that he became a spokeperson for in a recent media campaign.

However, for real beauty secrets, probably always better to ask a woman. When it comes to moisturizer, his female colleague, and five time olympian, Dara Torres uses AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, which just tapped the gorgeous athlete as a sponsor: ”I approach all aspects of my life with the same intensity as my training, including how I take care of my skin. AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream works wonders to restore my skin’s softness after a long day in the pool, so it fits well into my daily health and beauty routine”.

In a recent interview for the LATimes, Torres shared more of her beauty regiment: La Mer and Sisley as face moisturizers, and WEN shampoo. She advises to rotate shampoo and doesn’t use any chlorine-removing branded products because they can remove the natural moisture and make the hair more susceptible to damage. She suggests to swimmers that are not competing at the Olympics to put conditioner under their swim cap.

Definitely great advice for our summer days by the pool, however very doubtful that we will be wearing the cap…