In a world filled with celebrity collaborations, one which stands out is Kerry Washington’s latest endeavor with Neutrogena. The actress and Brand Ambassador has created limited-edition Essential Eye ($12.99) and Cheek ($9.99) Palettes, available on-line at Neutrogena and Ulta Beauty (in-store on April 22nd).  Promoting “Confidence, Elegance, and Power,” the creative consultant made sure that the line would work double-time; the 12-hour eyeshadow palette features five blendable shades which contain a built-in primer, while the cheek trio offers a buildable bronzer, blush, and highlighter which multitask as eyeshadow and dusting powder.

“On a busy day, if I keep these two essential palettes in my purse at all times — I can have other products that I toss in and out — but if I have these two, I’m armed with everything I need, no matter who I am, no matter where I’m going,” Washington says. “I wanted it to work for everybody, for every situation, to take the complexity out of it and just have your essential kit.”  **SWAG Alert to follow soon!


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Dandruff is a harmless, frequently itchy condition which affects up to 40 per cent of people over the age of 30.  It usually begins between the ages of 10 and 20 and causes great embarrassment. Dr. Janet Prystowsky, a leading leading board certified dermatologist in Manhattan, takes a closer look at dandruff.

What Causes Dandruff?  According to Dr. Prystowsky, dandruff is traditionally caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells and skin oils (sebum) that are a part of normal scalp function. “Sebum is produced in hair follicle oil glands, and skin cells slough from the scalp surface just as they do from the rest of your body,” she explains. “It is a part of normal skin cell turnover.”  However, you may also get excessive dandruff if you have scalp skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis.  Skin infections with fungus (tinea capitus), head lice, or Staph may also trigger excessive flaking.

Can Dandruff Be Washed Away? Dr. Prystowsky suggests washing the scalp by shampooing every few days to easily remove dandruff.  If one has dandruff from seborrheic dermatitis, using a shampoo with antifungal agents will leave the scalp clear of flakes and the hair more manageable than with other dandruff shampoos.  “I’ve worked with the Dove brand and have recommended their products to patients for years,” Dr. Prystowky shares. There are many great shampooing options for controlling mild to moderate dandruff.  However, for more persistent and difficult to control dandruff, “you should see your dermatologist to see if a prescription antifungal, antibiotic, or topical steroid are indicated to treat your dandruff problem,” she warns. Read more of this story »


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On April 26, Inglot Cosmetics will release a limited-edition makeup collaboration with Jennifer Lopez!  The singer, actress, and businesswoman is no stranger to the cosmetics business.  Her eponymous fragrance, Glow by J. Lo, generated sales of more than $100 million in 1995, spawning the launch of twenty-something additional fragrances.  Jennifer Lopez Inglot will feature seventy skus, ranging from  powders, blushes, and bronzers to lashes, shadows, mascara, and lipsticks.  According to WWD, shades will be designed in pales, nudes, golds, and shimmers, evocative of  Lopez’s signature “J.Lo Glow,” created by celebrity makeup artist, Scott Barnes.  In fact, Barnes alluded to the launch last month when he temporarily posted, “I am using a bronzer that @jlo is making its pretty amazing!”

Lopez shared, “The capsule collection we created with Inglot is filled with all my go-to products in my favorite colors. We have everything from mascara, lipsticks, eyelashes, blush, eye shadow and of course…bronzers,” adding, “What I think is unique and exciting is our Freedom System Palette—which allows you to create your own personalized palette with the specific colors and products that you need. Now you no longer have to buy that 5-piece eyeshadow kit to get the one color you really want!”  The Polish beauty company, which is believed to have generated $300 million in 2017, has more than 750 freestanding stores worldwide, yet, is relatively unknown in America.  A limited-edition palette will preview on its website on April 17th for $49.   Read more of this story »