You may recognize her from the Real Housewives of New York City but before she was engaging in on-screen antics, Cindy Barshop was building a hugely successful spa business. Barshop is the owner of Completely Bare, a New York City based chain that specializes in hair removal, facials, and sunless tanning. So, who better to ask when it comes to the expert's advice for getting glowing and groomed for the winter? Here's what Barshop had to say.

SHAPE: What are the best ways for all skin types to change over their routines from summer/fall to winter?

CINDY BARSHOP: Switch to a moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil creates a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture. Night creams are necessary in the winter and typically they are oil based, thus being heavier and helping us achieve optimal moisture. However, make sure the moisturizer does not contain oils that may clog your skin like Shea oil or else you could break out (the last thing we want!)

If you feel as though your skin is too sensitive for a facial product containing oil, I recommend Clinique's Moisture Surge, which delivers on its claim to "instantly replenish skin with 24 hours of soothing hydration." I would also recommend going for a facial so that a skincare specialist can analyze your skin and tell you what skincare regime you should be following.

SHAPE: How can we get skin glowing like it does in the summertime?

CB: Going in for facials once a month is recommended. Microdermabrasion can help to slough off any dead skin, followed by a nourishing and hydrating mask. Also, exfoliate at home at least once a week. Exfoliating will create a more radiant appearance because when cells stay on the skin too long, it can cause blemishes and a dull appearance. Another benefit of exfoliation is how it works in synergy with your skin products to help them emulsify deeper.

SHAPE: What are some products to help moisturizer work more effectively? 

CB: Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel can be used in conjunction with your moisturizer to help it penetrate deeper and hydrate longer. Layer your serum, moisturizer, and SPF and then give it a couple of minutes to sink in before applying makeup.

SHAPE: What are the best methods for exfoliating?

CB: Microdermabrasion as well as glycolic peels. For a gentler approach that can be done a couple times a week, use a cleanser with a light exfoliant. I love the Clarisonic brush, as it gets deeps in the skin for the ultimate clean.

SHAPE: What are some ways to combat winter's elements like dry heat, wind burn, etc?

CB: Keeping the skin hydrated and protected is key. For areas that wind burn, apply plain old Vasoline or Aquafor that you can get at the drugstore. If you expect to be in an area where you may experience wind burn (like skiing), apply it prior to going outside.

SHAPE: What about for lips? They tend to get drier in the wintertime too.

CB: A good lip balm should always be kept on hand. I also recommend exfoliating the lips a couple of times a month. Mix sugar with Vasoline for a quick and easy lip exfoliator and gently rub it against your mouth.

SHAPE: Are there any treatments that target patches of dry skin we often get during the winter?

CB: Avoid taking long, hot showers and moisturize while skin is moist, preferably within 5 minutes after getting out of the shower to lock moisture into your skin.
SHAPE: What about spray tanning in the winter. What's the most natural looking shade?

CB: Our spray tans are ph balanced so it will look natural for all skin types. If you are purchasing a spray tan to do at home, I recommend you purchase a color that is closest to your natural skin type so that it's subtle. Aerosols are great for the face. I prefer lotions for the body if you are doing it on yourself so that it is evenly applied. Use a blow dryer on cool to dry the area(s), and make sure the skin is dry before applying clothing and makeup. Make sure to moisturize the following day so that your tan stays fresh, and be sure to exfoliate before you tan.

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Finding that perfect gift for the guy on your list doesn’t have to be tough or time-consuming. From our favorite scents to spa-inspired formulas – we’ll help you find the perfect present. Read on – and start shopping!

Whether it’s for your boyfriend or your boss, beauty products may not immediately come to mind for the perfect holiday gift. But a pampering, spa-inspired shaving set or high-quality skin care formula might be just what he needs to both indulge and improve his personal care routine.

Scents he’ll love

Most men love to indulge in a little bit of cologne. And, as a gift for your husband or boyfriend, an attractive musk is also a present you can take advantage of, too. But, with so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know what to pick. Here are our favorites:

Kenneth Cole Black: This classic scent from Kenneth Cole will pleasure a variety of palates. It features fresh, minty top notes, warm lotus and cedar middle notes and black suede base notes. Jack Black Eau de Parfum: For the most masculine guy in your life, Jack Black’s signature scent balances spicy black peppermint with refreshing citrus and eucalyptus. Eternity for Men Eau de Toilette Spray: Stuff his stocking with a gift set that stimulates the senses. This refreshing spray is ideal to wear everyday, featuring a warm, woodsy aroma that’s blended with hints of lavender and floral extracts. Eternity for Men Aqua Eau de Toilette Spray: For a gift that’ll spice up his daily routine, surprise him with this appealing woody scent of sandalwood and spicy pepper that’s balanced with fresh cucumber, citrus and leafy greens.

Shaving sets and accessories

For most guys, shaving is a daily ritual. Why not help him spice it up with some high-quality shaving accessories or gift sets? Here are some top picks:

The Art Of Shaving Brush- Pure Badger- Black: This high quality shaving brush will help him achieve the perfect close shave. Made of luxurious badger hair, this brush gently lifts the beard, softens hairs and mildly exfoliates to encourage smooth, non-irritated skin. The Art Of Shaving Full Size Kit Lavender: Even men can benefit from aromatherapy. This lavender-inspired gift set includes everything he needs to transform his daily shaving ritual into an uplifting experience. In it he’ll find Pre-Shave Oil to soften bristles and prepare the skin, Shaving Cream to gently lift the beard and layer skin with protection and After-Shave Balm to restore the skin so he looks fresh and radiant all day long. The Art Of Shaving Styptic Pens: This skin-soothing pen contains a natural, healing mineral found in Europe to calm and ease razor burn and irritations. It can also be used to help balance out oily complexions. L'Occitane Cade Shave Set: This shaving set was designed around cade, a unique variety of wild juniper that boasts amazing antiseptic and restorative properties . So, if your guy has sensitive skin, this set is perfect for his stocking. It includes L'Occitane Cade Shaving Cream, a creamy mousse that layers and purifies the skin with shea butter, and L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm to instantly soothe skin and minimize any post-shave irritation.

Skin care for all

Many men appreciate gifts that are practical like tools, socks…and skin care products! And, by helping him improve the overall health and appearance of skin, skin care gifts are also those that keep on giving.

Menscience Travel Kit: For the busy traveler, this full regimen has everything he needs to maintain a healthy, refreshed look – whether he’s away for the weekend or weeks. In it he’ll find, Advanced Shave Formula, Daily Face Wash, Advanced Face Lotion , Post-Shave Repair, Daily Shampoo, Advanced Deodorant, Advanced Lip Protection, night sleep mask, ear plugs and a personal travel bag. Tweezerman Men's Deluxe Grooming Kit: This deluxe grooming kit is perfect all guys –young and old. Inside the storage case, he’ll find a complete collection of tools including: stainless steel nail clipper, handy sapphire pocket nail file, safety facial scissors and stainless steel tweezerette.

For the hard-to-buy-for guy on your shopping gift list, remember that colognes, shaving sets and skin care products make the perfect, practical present that he’ll be sure to appreciate.


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A truly effective skincare routine isn’t static – it alters and adapts according to the seasons and the changing needs of your skin. Whether your goal is eliminating acne, treating and preventing signs of aging, or simply updating your look for the New Year, it helps to have a step-by-step plan. Consider this guide your monthly beauty companion, complete with practical tips for creating the perfect – and flexible – skincare regimen for the year to come.


The colder months of winter are an ideal time to reflect on your skincare habits and introduce new ways to nurture your skin. It all starts with understanding your skin type and choosing the right products and ingredients to address your needs. The following articles will get you started in creating a fresh approach to caring for yourself from head to toe.

January: Re-evaluate your skin care needs.

Many of us rarely think about assessing our skin. It’s easy to go years without re-evaluating skin’s needs — even though they can change dramatically in a short time.

As the New Year begins, take some time to examine your skin. Is your skin drier than it used to be? Is it rougher? Does it look and feel oilier? Does it seem more sensitive? Do you notice any signs of sun damage? Then, make a list of short-term and long-term goals you’d like to achieve with your skin care routine.

February: Update your arsenal.

Go through your whole beauty stash — including cosmetics, skin care formulas and hair products. Toss items that are expired or outdated as they may no longer work — and in some situations can even compromise your health. Then, write out a shopping list to update your arsenal.

Check out: Update Your Skin Care Arsenal. This article contains all the information you need to decide when to pitch products and how to avoid the problem of expired formulas in the first place.

After the busyness of holidays and adjusting to the harsher elements of winter, devote some attention to your own beauty goals – and set the stage for the year ahead. 


It’s time to spring into action! Refresh, renew and rejuvenate your skin as the weather turns warmer with decisive steps toward healthy skin. Learn the value of consulting with a skincare professional and discover fun, skin-boosting ways to pamper yourself with both decadent and DIY beauty treatments.

March: Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

When it comes to effective skin care, regardless of age or skin type, there’s much to be gained from a short sit-down with a dermatologist. In just a quick visit, he or she can provide essential information about the condition of your skin and recommendations to improve your regimen.

April: Experience a new way to pamper.

Like anything in life, it’s more fun to change habits when there’s a reward involved. Take this month to find an enjoyable way to pamper and indulge yourself — while improving your skin at the same time. It could be as extravagant as a day at the spa or as simple as an at-home facial.

Check out: Experience a New Way to Pamper, an assortment of pampering skin care experiences for every age and budget — including classic treatments, do-it-yourself indulgences and ideas for the spa.

May: Skin Cancer Awareness month — have a professional check your skin.

Whether you tan or burn in seconds, it’s essential to shield skin from skin cancer. In fact, diagnoses are growing among younger age groups and dark-skinned ethnicities. Even if you already use a daily moisturizer with SPF and avoid tanning beds, schedule an annual skin cancer screening with a professional. Your dermatologist can keep an eye on any unusual changes in your skin and let you know what to look for at home.

Spring isn’t about resting on your laurels – it’s time to take skincare into your own hands and ensure beautifully healthy skin not just this year, but in the years to come.



By summertime, you’ve probably hit your beauty stride – but now it’s time to switch it up. Get tips for updating your beauty goals and designing your warm-weather skincare routine to include a sun-kissed glow without the sun damage. Plus, inform your skincare choices with research into the latest ingredients for acne, anti-aging and other skin conditions.

June: Assess your summer skin care.

As summer arrives, we’re often too busy updating our warm weather wardrobe and hitting the beach to worry about skin care. But by summerizing your skin care routine, you’ll ensure a healthy, gorgeous look that lasts long after your bikini is put away for the fall. From self-bronzers and sunscreen to SPF hair sprays and hydrating creams, discover how to re-invent your summer skin care routine.

Check out: Reinvent Your Summer Skin Care Routine, a checklist of summer skin care, including everything you need to protect skin from the sun — the best SPF formulas, sunless tanning products and more.

July: Evaluate your progress.

After six months, it’s time to revisit your skin care goals and evaluate your progress. Have your immediate skin care problems like acne or dryness improved? What about your long-term goals? Take this opportunity to revise — or rev up — your skin care goals.

August: It’s back-to-school time — do some homework.

Even if you’re long out of school, embrace the back-to-school vibe and do some skincare research. If you haven’t yet determined your skin type, find out how and use the results to guide your skin care decisions. Also, research the latest innovative ingredients that have emerged on the skin care market and incorporate them into your routine.

The lazy days of summer don’t mean you can slack off in your skincare regimen. Keep your beauty goals alive by tracking your progress and recording your skin’s changes from month to month – and enjoy the fruits of your labors now that you’re halfway through the year!



The transition from summer to fall can mark a dramatic shift in your skin, as the weather grows cooler and drier and schedules often get busier. Prepare yourself by going back to basics with effective, go-to skincare ingredients and the season’s latest makeup trends.

September: Simplify your skincare ingredients.

Once you've delved into innovative ingredients and established an effective skincare routine customized to your skin type, take some time to revisit the basics. Whether you're looking for relief from acne, hyperpigmentation or aging skin, conclude your "back to school" skincare studies with 10 ingredients that offer time-tested results.

October: Ready your winter skin care routine.

Often, summer ends and winter begins before you have time to update your skin care routine. Ready your routine for cold, dry weather by stocking up on moisturizers and adding a few warming treatments to your routine.

November: Get a makeover by a professional makeup artist.

With the holidays around the corner, November is the perfect time to freshen up your look. Stop by a makeup counter for a consultation or schedule an appointment with a professional makeup artist or esthetician.

Keep your skincare routine fresh in the fall by stocking up on season-appropriate products, from the latest in anti-aging serums and moisturizers to nail polish and eye shadow trends. You’re nearing the finish line, so don’t be afraid to take some beauty risks and experiment with new ingredients.

Back to Winter for the Final Rewards of 12 Months to Skincare Success!

The last stage of our 12-month journey is an opportunity to reflect and rejoice in your skincare accomplishments. As you ready yourself for the short days and long nights of winter, acknowledge the changes you’ve made and turn an optimistic eye toward the New Year.


December: Celebrate success! And make your holiday wish list.

If you’ve stuck with your New Year’s resolution, chances are you’ll have a healthier complexion — and reason to celebrate. Take some time during the busy holiday season to reflect on your achievements. Also, don’t forget to make your holiday wish list and start dropping hints about what great products you’d like to see in your stocking.

Check out: Celebrate Skincare Success! And Make Your Holiday Beauty Wish List. Not sure how to measure your success? In this article we help you evaluate your year-end achievements — and offer some indulgent ideas for celebrating your skin care success. Also, you’ll find tips for taking your new skin care regimen into the New Year.

This is the year to stick to your resolutions and transform the health and appearance of your skin. Use our monthly how-to guide to help you adopt — and keep — these new skin care habits, giving yourself the gift of beautiful skin throughout the year and beyond.

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Are you fretting over what to buy for the females on your holiday list? Consider beauty-inspired gifts like high quality skin and hair care formulas and innovative tools. Read on for our favorite finds.

The beauty market is packed with amazing ingredients and advanced technology that can transform the way you look and feel. Spread the joy of health and beauty this holiday season by surprising the women you care about with a skin or hair care product that’ll not only enrich her beauty routine – but help her look and feel better in time for the New Year.

Skin care sets that inspire

When it comes to picking out skin care formulas for the women on your list, gift sets are the perfect way to go.

For teens and tweens: A holiday gift is a great way to infuse some healthy habits into your teen or tween’s skin care routine. Bliss Spa-La-La-La-La'aaah-Set is a citrusy duo of formulas that includes a lemon and sage scented cleanser and body butter.

Beauty tools that transform

New, innovative beauty tools have improved the way you can take care of your skin and hair in the comfort of home – offering visible results that were once limited to pricey spa and in-office treatments. These tools make for fabulous gifts that last and last, saving her both time and money for years to come.

Anti-aging: What’s better than unwrapping the gift of younger looking skin? Baby Quasar Pink is a professional-grade infrared light-based tool that’s clinically proven to improve the signs of aging by encouraging the production of collagen.Deep cleansing: As one of the most talked about tools on the beauty market, the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System - Pink will be the highlight of her holiday. Boasting patented Sonicare technology, this easy-to-use electronic skin care brush cleanses six times more effectively than a plain old washcloth. Plus – it can be used with any skin care products, making it ideal for any woman on your list. Exfoliation: Microdermabrasion treatments at the spa are a costly splurge. But with the PMD Personal Microderm Tool Kit, she can pamper herself with this procedure in the comfort of home.

The gift of fragrance

Give the gift of fine fragrance this holiday season. From floral body balms and fruity lotions to spicy perfumes and island-inspired candles, there’s an aromatic indulgence for every woman on your list.

Festive: Philosophy Candy Cane Lane features candy cane scented shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, lip gloss and body lotion, so she can be layered in festive fragrance from head to toe this holiday.Floral: Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance and Lotion Gift Set features a delicate feminine fragrance. And she’ll be able to layer on the sweet floral aroma with this gift set which includes: a perfumed shampoo, bath and shower gel; perfumed body butter; and spray fragrance.

Hair care for the holidays

Shampoo, conditioners and styling tools are luxurious gifts that any woman would love to find under the tree this holiday season. Here are some ideas:

Styling tools: A professional-grade styling tool like T3 Featherweight Styling Set makes a great holiday gift. This award-winning Featherweight dryer will dry her hair almost twice as fast as a standard model. This kit also includes the T3 Olive Oil-Infused Paddle Brush, T3 FreeFlow Vent Brush, T3 Kabuki Anti-Flyaway and T3 Oil Blotting Hair Sheets. Luxe accessories: Frederic Fekkai Travel Brush is a great stocking stuffer. Made in France, this travel-sized accessory features an elegant faux tortoise handle and authentic boar bristles to leave hair healthy, smooth and shiny.

The gift of health and beauty

There’s no reason that holiday shopping has to be stressful. Avoid the last minute frenzy by taking advantage of these wonderful ideas. Whether it’s a festive fragrance or a spa-inspired tool, every woman on your list will love these gifts that celebrate health, beauty – and even a little bit of luxury.

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When you’re juggling a career along with all the other demands of life, it’s easy to lose sight of your own well-being. And for most women, feeling good also means looking your best. Fortunately, we’ve got a beauty guide tailor-made for the professional working woman. Find out how to create and maintain an office-appropriate look, from the first interview to the whirlwind business trip. You’ll also get excellent ideas for minimizing stress, such as getting adequate sleep and indulging in lunchtime beauty treatments, and essential tips for looking office-ready on a budget. Plus, learn how to keep your hair and makeup fresh throughout the day, from a morning workout to an evening dinner date.

Skincare, Hair & Makeup at the Office

“Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.” - Christopher Lasch, American historian and social critic

Looking for some basic beauty tools to help you navigate the professional world? Need advice on interview-appropriate hair and makeup, or want to revamp your everyday makeup routine? Whether you’re a high-level executive or just setting out on your career path, understanding some tips and tricks of the beauty world can bring more ease to your workday and set the stage for job success.

Office Beauty Guide to a Professional Interview Appearance. Before you can demonstrate your skills in the workplace, you first have to prove that you’re the right one for the job. And in this case, the old adage “Dress for success” isn’t just a cliché. Experts confirm that presenting a competent, professional image is key to instilling a sense of confidence in employers, and hence landing the position you want. Find out how to create a polished and professional makeup look, with tips on how to emphasize your natural beauty. You’ll also find tips on hairstyle ideas, interview outfits, nail polish and accessories so that, when it’s time for the all-important interview, your appearance is the last thing on your mind – and your inner confidence can shine through.

 Makeup Looks for the Office. Conveying the right impression doesn’t end with the job interview. Whether your work environment is business casual or requires more formal attire, maintaining a professional appearance is an important part of exuding confidence and feeling your best. This article provides a step-by-step guide to prepping skin for a “natural” look that’s sophisticated but not overdone. With options for extra flourishes and variations, depending on your job’s policy and your creative license, you’ll learn methods for embracing your natural beauty while presenting an office-appropriate image.

Budget Beauty for the Office: 15 Affordable Finds. Looking for ways to create or enhance your professional appearance – without draining your bank account? In these economic times, the last thing you want is to spend a fortune maintaining the right look for your job. Fortunately, you can master a budget-friendly beauty routine that matches your skin type and lifestyle. Get tips for smart beauty buys – like multitasking formulas and DIY treatments – plus a guide to affordable hair product and makeup choices. With our frugal finds, you can show up to work every day looking fresh and put-together from head to toe, and rest assured that your hard-earned paycheck is money well-spent.

Professional Hairstyles for the Office. First impressions can speak volumes, and the hairstyle you choose is an important part of the message you send others. In the workplace, hair should reflect both professionalism and your individual personality. This article recommends haircuts for different hair types, from thick and curly to straight and fine, plus tips for simple yet polished styles that are perfect for a day at the office. Whether you’re considering a playful pixie cut, a businesslike bob or a sophisticated ponytail, use our low-maintenance guide to help you choose the right look and keep your locks healthy.

Practical Tips for Healthy Skincare at the Office. When it comes to your skin, the office environment is less than optimal, what with the drying effects of artificial air and the prevalence of work stress. Learn how to protect your skin from the elements, save time and repair damage by utilizing a few key tips. From serums and sunscreen to post-work solutions for frizz and smudged makeup, we’ve got simple ways to keep your skin healthy and radiant from 9 to 5 and beyond.

Summer Beauty Trends for the Office. Working in an office doesn’t mean you have to limit your look to neutral shades and conservative hairstyles year-round. The heat of summertime offers the perfect opportunity to add brighter colors, sun-kissed skin and looser hair to your everyday beauty routine. Depending on your working environment, you can add a splash of color to your cubicle with sunny yet discreet shades and styles. Check out this article for ideas on classic but casual updos, office-friendly hair color and summery makeup and nails.

Fall Beauty Switch-Up Part 1: 7 Tips for Office Skincare This Fall. Seasonal transitions can be hard on your complexion, especially if you need to maintain a professional appearance in the workplace. When you’re adjusting from summer to fall, concerns like flaky skin and dull hair get in the way of looking polished and fresh. In this article, learn how to repair and refresh skin for cooler weather, adding moisture and TLC to your beauty routine so that you can ease into fall both at home and at work.

Skin Protection in the Workplace: How to Defend Skin from Office Beauty Hazards. Have you ever considered how your work environment may be detrimental to the health of your skin? Between desk germs, artificial air and potential sun damage, working in an office can have unwelcome effects on your skin. Use this guide to fight back against potential office hazards, with simple tips to protecting your skin on the job.

Office Skincare for Men: 5 Tips for Confidence and Success. Whether you’re a high-level executive or working your way to the top, most men know the value of a professional appearance. However, it’s not just about a suit and tie – a foolproof skincare regimen is an important part of looking confident and office-appropriate on the job. From grooming facial hair to fighting acne and signs of aging, here’s a handy guide for any guy on the road to success.

 Create a Smoky Eye That’s Office Appropriate. Alluring eye makeup is an ancient beauty favorite, but is this look appropriate for everyday office wear? With a few simple techniques, you can create an eye-catching but understated eye makeup look that transitions seamlessly from work to evening. Discover tips on how to create the perfect smoky eye using the right palette and shades, keeping other makeup minimal to avoid an overdramatic effect. And no need to be intimidated by application tricks: use our step-by-step guide to applying flawless eye makeup that’s sultry but professional.

Workplace Beauty for the Polished Professional: 6 Beauty Products to Keep at Your Office. Pressed for time in the morning, or need a mid-afternoon beauty pick-me-up to feel polished and refreshed at the office? Here’s your list of skincare essentials to keep on hand for a harried day at work or an easy transition from a professional daytime look to a glamorous night out. From blotting paper to multi-purpose makeup and dry shampoo, learn the basics of building an emergency beauty kit for your desk drawer or purse.

Office Update: 8 Ways to Revamp Your Professional Look. When you’re working in an office every day, it’s easy to get stuck in a beauty rut. Luckily, switching up your hair and makeup look – even in subtle ways – can provide a notable boost to your daily routine. Look to this article for advice on upgrading your beauty tools, adding some shimmer to your makeup shades and updating your brows and hairstyle to stay current and sophisticated on the job.

Anti-Aging at Your Desk: 5 Healthy Skin Habits. Ready to be just as proactive about aging as you are about your career? Here are five key tips for keeping your skin smooth, youthful and protected amidst a hectic work day. Whether you’re suffering from dry skin, fatigue, stress or crow’s feet, use this guide to establish healthy habits at the office and beyond. ....................View the original article here