Beauty & Beyond: DIY Beauty Finds

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As I'm sure you also have this problem...I have about 87 seconds for any add-on beauty treatments. I already exfoliate twice a week, attempt a masque once a week. The daily upkeep is exhausting'??tone, serum and moisturize (SPF if you please). So going above and beyond and hitting the spa for some special TLC is a luxury I just never have time to do.

It was during this bout of lackluster first-world-problem drudgery for fitting much-needed beauty rituals into my day (I'??m supposed to like going to the spa, aren'??t I?) that I asked myself, why do I always have to turn to the pros every single time I need serious beauty bennies? Turns out, I don't.

I'??ve already told you about Tanda, which makes the trips to the red bed for anti-aging things of the past. Here are a few other discoveries I made that turn DIY into PYT.

If you're want flawless makeup: It takes time to master, but with practice the Temptu airbrush makeup system delivers flawless coverage you thought only a makeup artist could achieve. Attach the AIRpod to your AIRbrush, turn the dial to your desired coverage level (from sheer to heavy) and squeeze the trigger to apply foundation, blush or highlights. You can even camouflage spider veins and bruises, perfect for when your kid's soccer ball finds your shin and not the goal. I'm even tempted to try the airbrushed sun-kissed tan, but I don't know if I'm that brave yet.

If you love gel nails: Here's a tip...if you're steady enough, try your hand at the last-for-ages manis with the new Red Carpet Nails Gel System. This four-step process creates gel nails that maintain the same no-chip status as salon manicures. The Pro 45 light cures color in a mere 45 seconds and the user-friendly gel formulas mean you don'??t have to be slave to the salon. It even comes with the tough-as-nails polish remover for that painstaking removal process.

If you covet Anne Hathaway's skin: We can'??t shlep to Los Angeles'?? celeb-centric skin spa and sit next to Halle Berry, so we have to rely on Kinara'??s popular at-home Red Carpet Facial kit. It touts the same results as the famous facial that keeps Hollywood glowing on the Red Carpet. The Facial Peel refines texture with lactic and malic acids, while the neutralizer deep cleans with an intense tingle. Finish up with the Polishing Mask to hydrate and soothe. It even comes with an application brush and mixing bowl, so you can mix it up like a real pro.

If you want to smile prettier: The idea of not sitting in a dentist'??s chair makes me smile. The light technology of Luster 1Hour Whitening System brightens your not-so-pearly whites up to six shades in one hour, minus pesky tooth sensitivity. No, it'??s not the same light intensity or peroxide strength as in-office treatments, but it uses the same technology and claims similar results. Note: Be careful where you put the gel because one false glob and you'll have whiter gums. Not a look that will me you smile.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.

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