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Perks of Online Shopping

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 10, 2015, In : Tips 
I am not one who'd rather shop online but despite the thousands of retail shops we now have in Manila, there are still some things that only the internet can offer. And with the migraine-inducing traffic we face everyday, it's only but wise to turn to online shops nowadays.There still are many people who are hesitant to buy online and I was one of them before. 

According to Superagents PH, the newest online portal where you can buy from a wide range of products and services, from gadgets, insu...
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Q&A: Hairstyling Product Build-Up

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, January 2, 2014, In : Tips 
Q: Dior, I'm a model and my hair is suffering from too much hair products applied almost everyday at shoots. I need something to "detox" my hair from all the product build-up. Help!

A: I understand your sentiments. Sometimes, my hair too just feels weighed down, extra greasy, and just won't behave itself! What you need is a good clarifying shampoo to remove residue, product build-up and dirt from your hair strands. Products such as hairsprays, mousses, and gels; even hard water, chlorine and ...
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Q&A: Irritated Skin

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Tips 
Q: I have dry skin and lately, it gets irritated easily. Any product I use makes me itch and breakout. What can I do to reverse my sensitive skin? What products would you recommend for me to use?

A: Most of my clients who have dry skin also suffer from sensitive skin. When your skin loses moisture due to external radicals, your skin's natural lipid layers may become damaged, resulting in dehydrated and itchy skin. If your skin's sensitivity has worsened like you've said, stop using whatever sk...
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Is Stress Making You Ugly?

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Tips 
While some of our best work and best decisions are accomplished under pressure, our looks may suffer because of it. Whether it stems from big-picture issues like constant work overload or money trouble, or from tiny daily hassles like getting stuck behind a slow truck, we all can experience the gnarly toll that stress can take on your looks.


It’s a topic that Dr. Amy Wechsler explores in her book, The Mind-Beauty Connection. According to Wechsler, stress is “the root of all evils today,...

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Post-Summer Skin Savers

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Tips 
It's just the month of May but it's been raining quite frequently lately. It seems like summer is ending a little early this year! A part of me is sad that sunny days are over but at the same time relieved as we don't have to endure the scorching heat of the sun and the possible damage it can do to our skin!

So we've basked under the sun and got the perfect tan. I believe that most of us know better than to skip sunscreen this season but even if we did our best to wear as much SPF as we could,...

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Q&A: Surfer Girl Waves

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Hi Dior. I saw one of your photos in beach waves. How did you achieve that? I always end up with just tight parlor curls!

A: Achieving tousled waves ala Califirnia surfer girl, even without the sea salt and sand, is possible with the right hairstyling tool. Your ordinary straight-barrel curler isn't enough to create beach waves, unfortunately. Luckily though, 
Goody has made a wave iron, or the "Heat Wave Creator," that has an indented ripply barrel so twirling is a breeze to produce mermai...

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Q&A: Massage Beauty Benefits

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Do body massages really have beauty benefits? 

A: With the 'no pain, no gain' mindset ingrained to us by today's society, anybody would think twice if someone presents to them a way to look beautiful without the pain it entails (and even offers pleasure as a bonus). I, too, have this mindset. I rarely meet someone who looks phenomenal without watching what they eat and working their a**es off. However, it is also important to note, that rest is the third puzzle piece on the beauty trifecta...

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Q&A: Everyday Makeup

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: What is considered everyday makeup and how do you bump it up into an evening look? 

A
: It depends on person to person what they consider as everyday makeup. There is really no rule. Personally, I believe that everyday makeup shouldn't look overdone; it's applied in such a way that a woman looks radiant and lit from within. That when people look at you, they don't notice what lipstick or blush you're using and instead they see you -- only better. It involves only a few choices of cosmetic it...

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Q&A: Stretch Marks!

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Tips 
 
Q
: Help! I have bad stretch marks around my hips and stomach. Is there a way to get rid of them?
 
A: Not entirely, no. But dermatologist treatments can help fade and smooth them. Stretch marks are the result of skin's elastic tissue breaking when it stretches (rapid weight gain and pregnancy are causes), leaving pink, wrinkled skin that gradually becomes a dense, white scar. For newer marks, a derm can prescribe a glycolic acid or a retinoid to lighten the color and improve skin's texture, or...

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Q&A: Growing Hair Faster

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Tips 

Q
: Hi Dior, I noticed your hair grew so fast! I'm trying to grow my hair as well. How can I give it a growth spurt?

A: Thanks for noticing, but it actually took me a year and a half to reach this length from a bob! Sad to say, but that there's no definite way of making hair grow faster. Hair length is determined by genetics, age and hormonal fluctuations. You can help hair reach its maximum length by protecting it from splitting, which leads to breakage. I like to go to the salon once in three...

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The Right Brow Color

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Tips 
I notice that almost everybody has an issue with their own natural brows. Either they’re too thick or too sparse or too thin. My pair of brows has always been thick, so my challenge was on shaping it the right way but still keeping them natural-looking.

The best brow line is one that is unobtrusive to the overall make-up and that complements the face. There have been lots of blog posts already on how to achieve the perfect shape, so I’d just skip that and discuss another consideration th...

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Q&A: Make-up Artist Attire

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Hi Dior! I'm starting my journey into making makeup artistry as a career. Just a question, what do you wear when on the job?

A: When I went to my makeup training schools, they always advise us to wear black. They say it's the signature "makeup artist attire." The same thing was followed when I was in L'Oreal. I did retail training for the beauty advisers of Shu Uemura and the rule was to have all our makeup artists wear black. Well it only makes sense -- black looks professional, it almost ...

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Make-up Shelf Life

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: What's the shelf life for make-up products? How do I know if they're already expired and needs to be thrown out?

A: Nothing saddens me more than having to throw away makeup from my stash. I always allow myself to hoard makeup, telling myself "I'll be able to use it in my profession anyways," but always end up throwing up a bunch from my kit. Before I enumerate the guidelines on makeup shelf life, let me just say that anyone should never ever use makeup that's way past their expiration dates...

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Q&A: Caring For Asian Skin

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, March 31, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Dear Dior, I'm Asian like you. How should one take care of Asian skin?

A: Asian women tend of have more melanin in the skin, which protects it from the sun. I'd still recommend using sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily. However,
 the increased melanin also means we're more susceptible to darkened blemish scars. Generally, it takes Asian skin longer to heal from these scars. It is also essential to take note that even if Asian skin is generally thick compared to other races, it is also very s...
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Q&A: Washing Hair Everyday

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Hi Dior, I like to wash my hair everyday, but I keep on hearing that it's bad for your hair. Is this true?

A: I also like washing my hair everyday. Who can blame us with the humid and hot weather we need to deal with everyday? To answer your question, no, washing your hair daily isn't a bad thing, but there are a few things that you should be aware of. Over-washing your hair can strip your scalp from natural oils, making your hair look less shiny. Also, if you're using shampoo that has a ve...

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Q&A: Bulking Up Before Slimming Down

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Hi Dior, Like you, I did Barre3 and Plana Forma. I stopped immediately though because after a month of doing it, my jeans got tighter. I really felt that I bulked up. Shouldn't the workout suppose to slim me down??

A: I sometimes hear complaints such as these from fellow followers of exercises that involve the ballet barre. I had the same complaint last year when I tried strength work for the first time. Changes in the body usually come in fast when doing Barre3 or Plana Forma so first-time...

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Q&A: Hormonal Breakouts

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : Tips 
Q: Lately my face is becoming really oily. Could it be that my breakouts are caused by my hormones?

A: Yes. I myself experience more breakouts during my pre-menstrual week, which sadly is also the time that I feel most emotional. However, this only affects 15% of women. If pimples suddenly plague you randomly, it might be due to other hormones. An overweight body can have more testosterone, which can create acne; stress ups cortisol, increasing oil. Or it might not be hormonal at all. Acne agi...

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Q&A: Waking Up with Pillow Creases

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: I always wake up with pillow creases on my face. What's the fastest way to remove and smooth them away?

A: Splash warm water on your skin, then massage in a moisturizer. Skin cells contain fluid that acts as a cushion to keep the skin plump. When you're lying with your face smushed into a pillow for eight hours, that fluid seeps out of cells and is absorbed by your body. This leads to creases! Once you get out of bed, skin cells will gradually plump up with fluid. The warm water speeds this...

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Exercising While Sick

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Tips 
You have been so great about your new exercise routine, rarely missing a day since you started up again. Then all of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu. I hope for your sake that you are able to get through this rainy season untouched. Unfortunately, I caught some cold bug and I'm as frustrated to no end. So what should I do? Should I skip yoga or forsake that Pilates class for a late afternoon nap?

The dilemma: I feel like crap but I feel guilty for not lacing up my shoes and going f...

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Stay Motivated to Be Fit

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, In : Tips 
For some reason, a couple of my friends are suddenly jumping into the fitness wagon. I recognize their excitement. The thought of starting a new workout regimen is too exhilarating until you begin your first few sessions and realize that the lean and flab-free body image you have in your head isn't enough motivation to make you want to continue. So here are some tips, based on my humble little experience, to help you stay motivated to power through your work-out 

Find the fun in fitness.
Enjo...

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Blush To Flatter

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: I'm not comfortable wearing too much make-up on and I only like to put on blush and nothing else. Do you think blush is enough to enhance my face? Can you please give me tips on how to enhance my features with just blush?

A: Expertly applied blush can shape and define your face, creating the illusion of cheekbones that don't exist—and it's easier to do than you think.

To thin a round face: Start your blush at the apples, then brush it along the cheekbones all the way up to the temple...

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Q&A: Uneven Lashes

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: Is it advisable to trim lashes? I have been using Rapidlash and noticed new hair growth. Thing is, my lashes are now uneven. Some a lot longer than others.

A: Do not trim your lashes, at any cost! It might just get more uneven and it's counterproductive. I suggest applying your lash growth serum Rapidlash to the roots of shorter lashes to try to chase the length of the longer lashes. But do not trim them! If you are really bothered with the uneven length of your lashes, I suggest going to...

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Q&A: Disguise Dark Circles

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: How do I shift attention away from my dark under-eye circles! Even if I pile on concealer, they are still visible. Help!

A: If you're using the right product, there's no need to pile on too much. Regular concealers can only do so much. For really bad under-eye circles, you might need to use color correctors or neutralizers. For dark circles, which usually are bluish and purplish, mix your regular concealer with an orange corrector. Some beauty brands like Max Factor manufacture salmon hue...

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Q&A: Hair Damage from Ponytails

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, May 30, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: Is it damaging to wear your hair in a ponytail every day? I think I look better with my hair in a ponytail but I'm scared it the elastics damage my hair.

A: I, too, am currently loving the elegance of a ponytail especially now that I'm in the middle of growing my hair out. Unfortunately, your suspicions are right: Tying your hair back every single day can be damaging to your locks, unless you practice some tress TLC. To keep this style without causing breakage, follow these two rules. Fir...

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Q&A: Waterproof Mascara, Bad or Good?

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: Is it true that waterproof mascaras are bad for the lashes?  

A: The thing about mascaras with waterproof formula, they don't really harm the lashes per se but they're harder to take off at night. So it is more likely that you will be rougher on your lashes when trying to remove the mascara, which risks lash loss. As long as you're gentle with your lashes when removing the product, I don't see any harm. Also, use a reputable oil-based eye makeup remover to dissolve the mascara completely an...

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Lipo for Fat Removal?

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, March 20, 2011, In : Tips 
When a close friend told me yesterday she’s planning to go under the knife for liposuction, the only response I was able to utter was, “Seriously?” Even as someone who’s not against cosmetic surgery, lipo seems to be going way too far. I mean, a bit of snip and snap in the nose or eyelids is fine, but having fat vacuumed out from under the skin? Not only does the recovery period stretch as far, I’ve also heard news about people dying while being operated on the table.

So, to be able...

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Q&A: Make-up for Rosacea

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, January 24, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: I have rosacea and a very sensitive skin. What make-up would you recommend that can combat the redness and at the same time suitable for my sensitive skin?

A: Contrary to popular belief that you should avoid wearing any cosmetic product when you have a skin condition, makeup can actually improve the look of your skin and boost your self-confidence about your appearance. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best.

• Get a clean start. Start prepping your face with skin-care ...

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Q&A: Make-up Breather

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: I wear makeup everyday. Do I need to take a break from makeup and let my face breathe?

A: If there are no signs of skin sensitivity such as breakouts or redness, then you can continue to wear your makeup daily. Just make sure to remove your makeup every night before hopping into bed to get rid of any bacteria that could clog pores or cause irritation. This also allows your skin to optimally regenerate. Try Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (₱1,800 - ₱4,800 in Rustan's and Shu Uemura Powerplant),...

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Q&A: Dark Under Eye Circles

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, In : Tips 
Q: I have dark under eye circles. Is there any way to get rid of them for good? I'm so tired of putting on concealer everyday.

A: Dark circles is a common problem for most women and men. It's annoying and unlike other facial blemish, it's almost impossible to get rid of them completely. Fortunately, thanks to science and research, there's a way to lessen the darkness and appearance of these circles. You have two options:

Option 1: Eye creams and solution gels with Vitamin K Oxide can help s...

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2011 Beauty Resolutions

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, January 2, 2011, In : Tips 
What I love the most about new year? It's the only time when you're allowed to push the reset button and go for a fresh start, a new beginning. I know though from 20+ new years that it's pretty difficult to stick to habit changes. So let's just have a deal, pick one from the 8 beauty resolutions I listed below and stick to it (I don't want to hear the word try; that just allows the self to fail), and I promise you that by the time 2011 is almost over, you'll be seeing great beauty benefits ev...
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Red Lips for the Holidays

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, In : Tips 
Red lips are perfect holiday party makeup—I can't think of anything else that looks as instantly sexy or festive—but they do require some TLC. Here's some tricks on how to achieve the perfect red lips for the holidays.


 
Find your best red. If you want to try something trendy, orange-red lips are popular right now. And as for skin tone, orange-red works on mostly everyone, though it can bring out any yellow in your teeth. If you want to play it safe, a blue-based classic red is universally ...

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Q&A: Eye Smudges and Smears

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, December 11, 2010, In : Tips 
Q&A is a new section of my blog where I'd be posting beauty-related questions from my clients, readers and anyone really. To submit a question (and get an answer of course!), email questions to diorco@gmail.com. You might just read your query here in my blog and at the same time help others get answers to the same beauty worry!

Q: Why does my eyeliner always smear and get smudgy?

A: As your eyelids continuously move and you constantly blink, there's no surprise that eye make-up has a tendency ...

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Beauty Diet: What to Eat

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 18, 2010, In : Tips 
It’s no secret that eating a healthy, balanced diet helps your waistline, but did you know it can also affect your appearance? A healthy diet, full of vitamins and minerals, can help combat aging, make your skin glow and even help your hair grow stronger. 

Wrinkles: Retinoids are a form of vitamin C, which is a known wrinkle reducer. They work by helping your body naturally produce more collagen, and more collagen means less wrinkles. A few foods high in vitamin C are brocolli, berries, citr...

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Make-up for Non-pro Photos

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 11, 2010, In : Tips 
This is a blog post on how to apply makeup for non-professional photographs (i.e. those being taken with a standard point-and-shoot camera and flash, without any set lighting.)



Do you have a special occasion to attend, a big night out coming up or simply an event where your photos will be taken? Want look great in person and on film? It can be done! 

1Start by creating a camera-friendly canvasExfoliate the face to remove any dry, flaky skin; then, tone and moisturize to create a smooth base...


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Pesky Blackheads

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, October 7, 2010, In : Tips 
I never really had any problems with blackheads until recently, but I imagine most of you have been facing these pesky spots for a time now. So here are some tips on ditching these little buggers. Rid yourself of some of the ones you have now and prevent getting more in the future.

Exfoliate. Really. I know, blah blah blah, right? Wrong! If you don’t exfoliate, you will never get rid of those blackheads. Exfoliating your skin clears your pores of dead skin cells and other oils that clog pore...

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No More Trial & Error

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, In : Tips 
When I was still in gradeschool dealing with Mathematics, trial and error has always been part of the learning process to solve a certain equation. When I stepped into college, certain philosophical studies say that experience is the best way for us human beings to learn. And even after finishing school, I've had a few mishaps that could've turned to regret if I didn't convince myself that I should just "charge it to experience". 

Lucky for us ladies, when it comes to beauty choices, there a...

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How To Pull Off Bright Lips

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, In : Tips 



Cherry red, hot pink, tangerine... The entirety of Milan to New York to Tokyo has been loud enough to express lip color boldness this year. However, in a still conservative country like ours, we still find ourselves hesitant to venture into boldness together with those trend-setting nations. I've been blogging about some bold lip colors lately, specifically
barbie pink and orange, and have gotten some feedback from my readers as to how to pull off such show-stopping hues. Here's my answer to ...


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Signs You Need A Haircut

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Tips 

ashgreene1_main.jpgThis weekend in the Hamptons, Ashley Greene showed up at a benefit for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund with a shorter, just-past-the-collarbone haircut. Although most are suckers for long, flowing hair, I'm sure every woman adores the bounce and effortlessness of Greene's new length. So how do you know when you need a real haircut? Hairstylist Oscar Blandi explains the signs:

—"Your hairstylist cut layers the last time you got your hair cut, and now your hair is nearing one length."

—"You'...


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Make-up for Glasses Wearers

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, May 24, 2010, In : Tips 


Glasses and makeup altogether tends to be a bit of a tricky topic. I don't have the perfect 20/20 vision but my eyes only need some help when reading small-script texts. As for those who need to where glasses and even for contact lens wearers (you girls still need to give your eyes a rest from those miracle lenses!), glasses can either make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on your lens. For example, those who are near-sighted have glass lenses that tend to make their eyes look smal...

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Summer-Proof Your Make-up

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, In : Tips 
summerproof_main.jpgMakeup is meant for your face—but keeping it there gets a lot harder once summer hits. Here are some helpful tips on how to stop the stuff from melting into your Pimms cup when the mercury rises.
 
Prime.
 Primers are lightweight, so you won't feel the extra layer on your skin, but you will notice that your base and blush last much longer. After you've washed and moisturized your face, smooth on a pea-size drop of oil-free makeup primer (such as Laura Mercier Oil-free Foundation Primer). [Avai...

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Wake Up Beautiful

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, In : Tips 

beautysleep_main.jpgAh, beauty sleep. You've heard of it. Maybe even gotten a night of it. But wake up gorgeous after every seven of slumber? That's always been the stuff of dreams—until now. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll want to do before going to bed this evening:

Wake up with radiant skin. Slather on a gradual tanner like  St. Tropez Everyay Gradual Body Lotion before climbing into bed. It won't streak or stain the sheets, and it will give you a subtle glow by morning.


Use the strong stuff. 
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Sandals-Ready Feet

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, In : Tips 

athomepedi_main.jpgWe're pretty excited about breaking out the sandals this summer, but if you're not able to squeeze regular pedicures into your calendar—or your budget—don't be afraid to try it on your own at home. Here's how:

  1. Take a milk bath. Not as ridiculous as it sounds! The lactic acid in the milk will help smooth calluses, so fill a large bowl or tub with equal parts milk and warm water, add a few drops of lavender oil, and soak your feet for five to ten minutes.
  2. Care for your cuticles. Rub a drop of...

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Sad Fact: Your Nail Polish Has A Shelf Life

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, In : Tips 
One late night, a friend IM-ed me and asked about the shelf life of nail polish. You see, just like me, she does her nails DIY style rather than lavishing her bucks in nail salons. We both admitted to stockpiling bottles of lacquer in cabinets, drawers, and boxes—anywhere you can safely store limited-edition Chanel offerings to go-to colors from Essie, Nars, OPI, and Zoya to generic local Asian brands — but there was bit of indecision between us as to how long we could feasibly keep up th...
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