Interview: New Year Beauty Essentials with Self Magazine’s Beauty Director Elaine D’Farley

Are you looking to switch up your beauty routine in 2013, but are on a strict budget? Self magazine’s beauty director Elaine D’Farley joined me recently to dish on her favorite Neutrogena beauty products that are easy on the wallet and available right at your neighborhood drugstore just in time for the new year!

Self magazine's beauty director Elaine D'Farley shares her top Neutrogena beauty buys for the new year!

Self magazine’s beauty director Elaine D’Farley shares her top Neutrogena beauty buys for the new year!







Candace Rose: The holidays can be so overwhelming. What can we do to look and feel our best this season, and where do we start?

Elaine D’Farley: “Well, you know what, it does not need to be complicated. At Self magazine we really want to keep things easy for you. We know we’re all overwhelmed and we’ve got too much to do, so the key is to keep it simple. You can take care of yourself in really little easy ways that you can do everyday. One of the biggest things is to drink enough water. You want eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day. Your skin is your biggest organ so you really need to hydrate it, and take care of yourself from the inside out. And then the second thing we want you to do is to wash your face, it’s that simple. You want to get off all the dirt and grime and makeup, and we’ve got some great products here from Neutrogena (please see video above for more details).


There’s a gentle daily cleanser that’s only $9. Products don’t need to be expensive, this is available at the drugstore and it’s going to get all that grime off so that your radiant skin can show through.


And then the next thing you want to do is keep your lips looking hydrated and radiant also. The revitalizing lip balm from Neutrogena, and it’s got a hint of a tint in it, and color is really big for this season. So you’ve got a bright lip and this one is clinically proven to increase the brightness, the rosiness of your lips and the fullness of your lips after one week of use, so I think that’s a really cool added value on this lip balm. You swipe it on, wake up in the morning and your lips are fuller. What’s better than that? It’s got SPF 20 it which is protective, which I also want to talk about, you want to protect yourself from the sun.



Neutrogena revitalizing lip balm.

Neutrogena revitalizing lip balm with SPF 20.



Sun is not something that is only out in the summer, it’s in the winter too. So no matter what time of year it is you need to use sunscreen. And the reason why you want to use it is because it’s your secret weapon against aging. It’s the best anti-aging thing that you can use. It’s a fantastic one, it’s ultra sheer, and light and it’s not greasy. And that’s the key to sunscreen, find something that’s good for you. The other key to sunscreen is to find something that’s broad spectrum. Broad spectrum means it protects against UVA rays which is the one that ages you, and UVB rays which is the one that burns you, and you want both of these things to be preventive.



Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 or SPF 30.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Helioplex Broad Spectrum SPF 70 or SPF 30.



And the next thing is your eyes are really key elements of your face, obviously. You want them to be framed and gorgeous and highlighted, so use a great mascara that’s going to give you length and volume. This is a great one called the Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara, it goes on and it increases the thickness of your lashes by four times and it’s also conditioning. People don’t realize that lashes are hair just like the hair on your head, and they get brittle and they break, and you don’t want that because you want your lashes to be long and luxurious, so you want a mascara that’s conditioning and this is a fantastic one.


And then lastly, the best thing you can do for yourself is get some sleep. That old cliche of beauty rest really works is when your skin recharges and renews itself, and you’ll feel better and look better and that’s what it’s all about. We want you to look awesome, feel awesome, and we want to keep it easy.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us this?

Elaine D’Farley: “Well, you can go to for a lot more information. We update the site daily with lots of feel good tips and easy ways to navigate your life. You can also tweet me @ElaineDFarley, and you can share your feel good tips with me so that I can share them with our readers.”


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