Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New You: Get the Radiant Skin Look of Birthday Gal Kate Middleton

Photo by Pat Pilon

Light the royal birthday candles! The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, turns 32 today. 

This British beautynista, formerly known as Kate Middleton, usually gets a lot of attention for her luscious long locks. And, rightfully so. Her smoothed out brunette strands glisten with peek-a-boo honey highlights and cascade softly below her shoulders into loose, luxurious curls. 

When people talk about her sense of style, they usually refer to her effortless look. She often recycles outfits and shoes while fulfilling her royal duties, wears a minimal amount of makeup and stretches out visits to her hair stylist--allowing a few gray roots to occasionally grow out. 

Kate Middleton leaves the hospital with Prince William following the birth of their son Prince George.

Following the birth of her son Prince George last summer, her complexion began making headlines. Call it the new mom glow, but her skin seemingly appears more radiant as she settles into married life. Her face and smile shine as bright as a diamond studded tiara as she beams with pride while holding her new bundle of joy.

Now that a new year has arrived, you may be thinking more about your health and appearance. Maybe you want to eat better, start an exercise routine, try a new hairstyle or brighten your complexion. To get a fresh-faced, flawless look like the Duchess of Cambridge, we've assembled the latest cleansing creams and tools, masks, peels, serums and SPFs. They're designed to balance your skin tone, keep you blemish-free and give you the dewy skin you desire without looking like an oil slick.

Happy birthday Duchess Kate! And, for the rest of us, here's to a new year and new you.

SHINE: Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub. BEAUTY: Smooth and soften your complexion by gently removing dull, flakey skin with finely ground walnut shells, aloe vera leaf juice and coconut oil. BEACON: NSF/ANSI 305 Standard certified. Contains no synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, formaldehyde donors, phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol or sulfates.

SHINE: Beauty Without Cruelty Purifying Clay Mask. BEAUTY: Witch
hazel extract, jojoba oil, and chamomile and lavender extracts renew lackluster skin and deeply cleanse clogged pores. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of parabens, SLS/SLES and synthetic fragrances. 

SHINE: CellCeuticals PhotoDefense Color Radiance SPF 55+ (Medium). BEAUTY: Achieve an even toned complexion and protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays with oxybenzone, green tea leaf extract, hyaluronic acid, pear fruit extract and peptides. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Free of artificial colorants and fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates and parabens.

SHINE: Conair True Glow Sonic Skincare Solution Cleansing Brush. BEAUTY: Gently cleanse and clear clogged pores using three speeds at 300 oscillations per second with a timer that tells you when to move to another area of your face every 10 seconds. BEACON: Supports American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Ballet Theatre and National Dance Institute. 

SHINE: ilike Sour Cherry Gel Mask. BEAUTY: Sour cherry and blackthorn berry extracts boost circulation to revitalize your complexion, while salicylic acid exfoliates dead skin cells. BEACON: Vegan, and no animal testing. Free of parabens and artificial colorants. 

SHINE: MyBody BRIGHTAMIN-C Vitamin C Age Repair Serum. BEAUTY: Maximize hydration, natural brilliance and collagen production with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and bearberry leaf extract. BEACON: Free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and dyes. 

SHINE: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser and Tropical Skin Smoother. BEAUTY: The cleanser purifies your skin with pumpkin extract, and clove and cinnamon leaf oils, while the smoother helps dull skin renew itself with bamboo stem powder and lactic acid. BEACON: Cruelty free. Contains no gluten, parabens, phthalates, ureas, petroleum-based chemicals or artificial colorants. Utilizes 100% post-consumer paper in its packaging.

SHINESanitas Skincare Glycolic Citrus Cleanser. BEAUTY: Glycolic acid, algae extract and citrus oil stimulate cell growth, and help remove excess dirt, oil and impurities. BEACON: Contains no parabens or preservatives. Sanitas supports the Cinderella Foundation

SHINEVie Collection Night Peel Progressive Resurfacing Cream. BEAUTY:  Brighten and tighten your skin, as glycolic acid, algae extract and vitamin E offer progressive and controlled exfoliation during the night to remove dead skin cells, and diminish signs of fine lines and wrinkles in the morning. BEACON: No animal testing.

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