How To Get Soft, Smooth Feet By Sandal Season


Ah, spring. After a winter trapped in boots and tights, you’re probably itching to let your toes free. Your feet on the hand? They’re probably not quite ready for their close-up. So because we know the line for a pedicure on the first warm day of the season is not for the faint of heart, we asked the experts for tips on achieving soft, smooth feet right at home. We promise these techniques will have you sandal-ready in no time.

1. Cleanse with a mild exfoliating soap. Instead of treating your feet as an afterthought when you shower and haphazardly running a bit of your body soap along your toes, consider this part of your body the way you would your face or hair–it requires a special cleanser with exfoliating properties to help shed dry skin cells. Getting into the habit of cleansing your feet with a separate product like Avon Planet Spa Blissfully Nourishing With African Shea Butter Hand and Foot Scrub is your first step to removing dead skin on a daily basis and replenishing the soles and tops of feet with needed moisture.

2. Shed your skin. It doesn’t matter how clean you get ‘em, if you suffer from dry, hard skin on the heels or balls of your feet, they’re going to look unsightly. Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation for Feet Peel is the most insane foot product you’ll ever try that works–and I mean, works in such a way that you’ll see a trail of disgusting, dead skin literally peeling off of your foot a few days after you apply it. It’s a three-step process and takes a few hours of commitment on your part, but if you were still carrying a lunch box to school the last time you remember seeing the true color of your feet, isn’t it worth a whirl?

3. Pull out the pumice. There’s a reason foot experts love the old-fashioned pumice stone: it works. “Using a pumice stone is a great way to remove callouses on the bottom of feet,” said Dr. Suzanne Fuchs. For the best results, soak your feet first with warm water and Epsom salt for about 10 minutes. Dip a stone like Develop 10 Natural Pumice Lava Rock into the warm water for a few seconds and then, using a firm circular motion, rub the pumice rock onto your dry skin until it starts to come loose.

4. Moisturize. After exfoliating your feet, Fuchs recommends applying coconut oil or a foot cream that contains urea to break down stubborn callouses and dry skin. Some of Fuchs’ favorite creams include Aquaphor Original Ointment and AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion, which can be used on both feet and legs.

5. Go natural. If you’re looking for a smooth foot solution void of chemicals, Rodrigo Diaz, the creative director of GOA Skincare, shares one he discovered while traveling halfway around the world. “In my travels to India, visiting the royal family in Ragasthan, they have a quick and easy way to relieve both tough feet (they walk around all day barefoot) and tired feet,” Diaz says. Mix Himalayan pink salt, such as Chef’s Jar Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt, with eucalyptus leaves in hot water and then transfer the invigorating concoction over to a bowl that fits both feet. Soak your feet for 5-7 minutes and then pat them down and apply argan oil, such as 100 Percent Pure Organic Argan Oil. “This will release any dead skin while reconstructing newer skin,” Diaz said. “The feet will feel fresh and ready to attack the day.”

6. Sleep in socks. The best time to treat your feet is in the evening–you can thank your favorite pair of wooly socks for that. “To help get your feet ready for summer, a glycolic foot cream under a sock to aid in penetration can work wonders to both exfoliate and hydrate the skin,” said Dr. David E. Bank at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. “Even better if you put the cream on your feet overnight with socks to let it penetrate while you sleep. Because you don’t walk on your feet while you sleep, the products have the greatest amount of time to penetrate the skin.” Alpha Hydrox Extra Strength Deep Therapy Foot Cream is fragrance-free and contains 12% AHA to treat dry and damaged skin. And, if you’d prefer not to ruin your best argyle socks, Earth Therapeutics Foot Therapy Moisturizing Foot Socks were created with this one specific purpose in mind.

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Cannes 2015…


Lupita Nyong’o is simply stunning. She’s graceful and gorgeous and elegant and classic and beautiful and every other word I can think of to describe perfection… Lupita embodies it. And every single red carpet event, she hits it out of the park. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE! Her gown choice is ALWAYS stunning and her hair and makeup is so natural-looking, it’s as if she just woke up, put on a little lipstick and used the same product on her cheeks and eyes as well. Of course, we know that’s not the case, and to get a “natural” look takes work, but her radiance shines no matter what.

Staying true to her love for color, Lupita wore a truly INCREDIBLE green gown designed by Gucci, which fluttered and floated across the red carpet like an angel at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

To compliment her stunning green gown, and as a Lancôme Ambassadress, makeup artist Nick Barose gave the actress dramatic, full brows, elegantly-lined eyes and a bold fuchsia lip. Below are the products he used…


Radiant {below} with her makeup artist, Nick Barose…

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Dove Celebrity Hair Stylist Mark Townsend styled the gorgeous Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen for tonight’s Met Gala… or, more officially named: ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ~ May 4, 2015 in New York City.

Below is the breakdown of their simple yet sophisticated bohemian hair styles directly from Mark himself via his personal Instagram photos getting them ready so you can recreate them for yourself.

“Ashley told me several days ago that she wanted to wear her hair half up and was also thinking about gold hair accessories – that got me extremely inspired!

* To create the look, I started by applying a few drops of Dove Youthful Vitality Silk Crème to her damp hair and let it dry naturally while she had her makeup done.

* When her hair was dry, I gathered the top section of her hair and pinned it into a topknot.

* Then, I took the hair from each side and pulled it up and wrapped the hair around the base of the topknot, purposely letting the gold bobby pins and hair pins show because they are such a great effect to a simple style – I got them at Sephora.

* Next, I used R Session Tools double barrel iron to create loose waves in the hair that was left half down.

* I finished by liberally spraying Dove Style+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo throughout the hair for texture and hold.

“I was so inspired by Mary Kate’s vintage Dior gown that we first decided to keep her hair back and then decided on braids.”

* To start, I applied a few drops of Dove Youthful Vitality Silk Crème to her damp hair and blow dried with a round brush.

* Next, I coated my hands with Sally Hershberger 24K Texturizing Paste and split her hair into two sections

* Lastly, I loosely braided each side and secured with an elastic.

A few of Mark’s past styles on Ashley & Mary Kate…

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The Carrot Cake


I’ve never really liked carrot cake. The concept of putting a relatively healthy vegetable inside a dessert just seems like a trick to get you to eat more vegetables. Add on to the fact that many versions contain raisins and the entire concept comes across as a cruel joke. However, as my tastes have matured, I’ve grown to appreciate the subtle sweet flavor of this Cook’s Illustrated recipe, combined with a great tangy frosting. And since I’ve never been a fan of nuts in my desserts, I decided to decorate with edible flowers instead.



Last month, the news was revealed that Kendall Jenner would star in Fendi’s fall-winter 2015 campaign, but did you know that she will be blonde in the Karl Lagerfeld lensed images?


Hairstylist Sam McKnight shared an image of Kendall as a blonde and her co-star Lily Donaldson as brunette for the ultimate switch-up on Instagram. The two also sported matching cat eyes for their beauty look. Here’s to hoping that this campaign won’t get vandalized like her recent Calvin Klein billboard.

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With a slogan of #beautyforall, cosmetics brand L’Oreal hopes to find beauty in every day moments as well as more glamorous scenarios with a recent shoot photographed by Ellen von Unwerth (2b Management). The legendary lens woman captures models in casual moments such as going to the club with friends, hanging out in swimsuits or even checking makeup out at a restaurant for the images.

“With this shooting, I wanted to reflect beauty as it is around us in the world, in realistic, everyday surroundings,” Von Unwerth says.

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