Archive for August, 2010

How to keep cut and color looking fresh between trips to the salon

Monday, August 30th, 2010

How to keep cut and color looking fresh between trips to the salonWhile many women look forward to a trip to the salon, busy schedules can keep ladies from returning as often as they’d like. Gals on the go who don’t have time for regular appointments may want to employ a few tricks to keep their cut and color looking fresh for as long as possible.

According to, hair health expert Gavin Harwin says that a good leave-in conditioner can do wonders for the life of your cut. While Jack Black is known as a men’s line, women may enjoy some of the brand’s products as well. True Volume Revitalizing Conditioner is a fragrance-free hydrating formula that can be applied to wet hair and left in for intense conditioning.

Harwin also advises women to cut down on heat styling, as hot air from dryers, curlers and irons can cause unsightly split ends.

Women who color their hair can also take certain measures to prolong the life of their dye job. These ladies can use a shampoo and conditioner that is specially formulated for color-treated hair, like Leonor Greyl Bain Vitalisant B.

Finally, the website reports that sun, chlorine and clarifying shampoos can quickly drain dye. A leave-in treatment, like L’Occitane Summer Protection Sun Hair Mist, will protect hair from UV rays and can help keep color from fading.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933261-ADNFCR

How to rock white eyeliner

Monday, August 30th, 2010

How to rock white eyelinerThere are certain looks that, cool as they appear, are seemingly impossible to pull off, and white eyeliner has long been one of those trends. While a light-colored streak may open your eyes and brighten your face, an incorrect application can result in a futuristic-looking mess.

However, all is not lost for those aching to rock white-lined lids, thanks to expert advice from trendy blog Cee Me. While achieving flawless white-lined eyes is doable, you’ll need more than just an eye pencil to do the trick.

According to the news source, you can start by drawing a stripe of white eyeliner across your upper lash line. Next, set the liner by layering a streak of white eyeshadow on top of the pencil.

To add definition to your eyes, the news provider recommends using a black eyeliner to draw a very thin stripe on your top waterline, and finishing with black mascara on top lashes only.

Selecting the perfect formula for this simple but bold look can be easy with Jane Iredale products. The brand’s Eye Pencil is available in both White and Basic Black, and PurePressed Eye Shadow in White is a long-lasting powder that can be applied wet for fuller coverage.

Jane Iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara won’t flake and is water-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about black makeup messing up your white-lined lids.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933247-ADNFCR

Choose eyeliner shades that will complement your eye color

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Choose eyeliner shades that will complement your eye colorSometimes, it can be difficult to select the eye makeup that will best enhance your eye color. Should brown-eyed beauties don cocoa-colored cosmetics, or should they opt for a contrasting silver-toned eyeshadow instead?

Instead of spending hours (and a small fortune) trying out various shades, ladies can listen to celebrity makeup artist Carmindy, who recently shared a bit of inside information with as to which hues will truly make your peepers pop.

“When it comes to enhancing your natural eye color, I really believe that opposites attract,” the beauty expert told the news source. “If your eyes are brown, I like to use a deep sapphire blue, for blue eyes, a nice, rich chocolate brown, for green eyes I like to go with…an amethyst color, and for hazel eyes, green really makes them pop.”

Carmindy recommends applying a colored eyeliner in whichever shade best suits your eyes, and then sweeping a neutral shadow over lids to add a bit of subtle definition.

Borghese Eye Accento Pencil comes in a variety of shades, including plum, green, blue and cocoa, and features a sponge on one end for easy blending.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19932160-ADNFCR

Young women can look glamorous with neutrals

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Young women can look glamorous with neutralsWhether they are getting ready for a relative’s wedding or for a homecoming dance, there are occasions when girls don a bit more makeup to achieve a stronger, more elegant look. However, dark, smoky eyes and bold red lips can look too mature on a young face.

So how should teenage gals add glamor to their appearance without looking like they spent the afternoon experimenting in their mothers’ makeup? The secret may not lie within the application process, but rather in the color palette selected.

Instead of harsh black or espresso-colored shadows and dark berry glosses, which can appear severe on young women, opt for deep neutral hues that will naturally emphasize features, similar to Emma Roberts’ makeup at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

The young starlet looked stunning, rocking smoldering golden eyeshadow and a glossy nude lip. “I played upon bronze hues…to bring forth an ingénue appeal,” makeup artist Dawn Broussard told

GloMinerals gloEye Shadow is a sheer formula that is light and blendable, perfect for creating a subtly glamorous look for a young woman’s big night out.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19932159-ADNFCR

Perfect products for freckle-faced beauties

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Perfect products for freckle-faced beautiesWhether you consider them a lucky sprinkling of beauty marks or a frustrating collection of spots, many women boast a face full of freckles. Even girls who are typically freckle-free may may notice a few dotting their complexion after months of summertime-sun exposure.

Dealing with a freckled complexion doesn’t have to be a hassle, however, as long as you use the appropriate beauty products.

“Freckles are abnormal clumped pigmentation on the skin, [and can be] a sign of skin damage, and a precursor to deeper brown spots lingering beneath the surface,” dermatologist Katie Rodan told

The skin expert recommends that freckle-faced ladies use a mild exfoliating cleanser that contains lactic acid, and lighten darkened areas with a 2 percent hydroquinone cream, like NeoStrata Bionic Skin Lightening Cream SPF 15.

Instead of layering on concealer and foundation to cover the small dots, the news source suggests applying a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone or a sheer foundation if you desire fuller coverage.

To add a touch of color to your complexion and to minimize the appearance of each individual freckle, put down the blush and opt for a shimmery bronzing powder. “The opalescent particles deflect light from imperfections,” makeup artist Mally Roncal told the news provider.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19932158-ADNFCR

Expert tips for a beautiful (and easy) at home manicure

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Expert tips for a beautiful (and easy) at home manicureImpeccably maintained nails are a quick and easy way to create a polished look, but between busy work days and hectic social schedules, it can be nearly impossible to find the time to schedule a manicure.

However, being unable to run to the salon is no longer an excuse for unkempt nails – do-it-yourself manicures may not be as intimidating as you once thought.

According to Tom Bachik, a celebrity manicurist, there are three simple tips to remember when creating gorgeous nails. When filing your nails, use your cuticles as a guide. “The rounder the cuticle are, the rounder the nail,” he told Glamour magazine, reminding ladies to always keep nails short.

Next, apply two thin coats of nail polish, but instead of rushing through the process, wait one minute between layers, as he reports that the extra time will actually help the polish dry more quickly.

Finally, Bachik suggests that daring ladies who want to adorn their nails with decorations use a blunt-end toothpick to create designs like polka dots and flowers. And again, patience may be a virtue. “Wait until the first layer is dry to prevent streaking,” he told the news source.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19932157-ADNFCR

Use Jane Iredale makeup to achieve a two-toned look

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Use Jane Iredale makeup to achieve a two-toned lookWhile women often apply one shade of each type of makeup – a single color of blush and one tube of lipstick – those who want to add an extra bit of pizazz to their look may want to consider wearing two-toned makeup.

Instead of reaching for a bronzer or a blush, why not wear both? “The bronzer brings out cheekbones and makes the face more three-dimensional[and] the blush gives a glow,” makeup artist Benjamin Puckey told

Puckey suggests applying a bronzer to the sides of the face in a ‘three’ shape, from the temple to the upper cheekbone to the jawline, and layering a cream blush along the apples of the cheek.

A two-tone application can also add definition to lips and create a fuller-looking pout. The makeup artist recommends brushing on a deep-hued lip color along the lip line and blending it toward the center. Then, brush a paler shade into the middle of the lips.

“The key is to use two shades in the same color family,” he added. “They should gradually fade into each other for an ombré effect.”

Jane Iredale offers a large amount of products perfectly suited for two-toned makeup. Women can layer the In Touch Cream Blush Stick over the Brush-Me Bronze Bronzing Powder, and can choose two shades from a large range of PureMoist LipColour.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19931954-ADNFCR

How-to tips for flawless red lips

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

How-to tips for flawless red lipsMakeup trends tend to change with the season – vibrant brights may be more popular in the summer, while cooler tones are embraced in the winter. However, one look seems to be a year-round staple of all girls’ cosmetic arsenals – the red lip.

Classic red lipstick is a great way to easily add glamour and elegance to one’s appearance. While some women may be intimidated by the bold hue, it can actually be quite simple to pull off, with the right tricks.

According to Glamour magazine, this is a look that takes a bit of time, but the right application will result in a simply stunning pout.

First, exfoliate lips with a washcloth and use a lip balm to create a smooth canvas, but gently blot off balm before applying color.

Next, the news source suggests outlining and filling-in your lips with a liner that matches the shade of your lipstick or the color of your lips, as the pencil will prevent the lip color from bleeding.

Finally, apply the lipstick with a lip brush. Blot once with a tissue and then brush on one more coat.

Remember, finding a shade you’re comfortable in is important as well. “Try orangey red if you have fair skin, go with deep brick shades if your skin is dark. Medium and golden skin tones look great in true reds,” the news source reports.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19931944-ADNFCR

Contoured makeup may be one of fall’s biggest trends

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Contoured makeup may be one of fall's biggest trendsWith each new season comes a slew of cosmetic trends. According to, one of this fall’s biggest trends is sculpted, neutral makeup.

“It’s a look that is luxurious in the sense that it is very rich in textures and in soft nuances,” industry expert Luc Bouchard told the news source.

While the idea of brushing on various products to achieve flawless contouring may seem intimidating, Bouchard shared a few tips that will make applying makeup a lot easier.

“All you have to do is apply the contour right under the [cheekbone] and blend it as to hug the bone,” the makeup expert told the website.

To create contours, use a foundation that is a bit darker than your skin tone. To make blending easier, he recommends creamy formulas as opposed to powder, and applying a little at a time until you achieve the desired intensity.

However, women should remember to highlight certain areas as well, he adds. Dust an iridescent loose powder on the top of your cheekbones, in the center of your eyelid and in the inner corners of your eyes to soften the look and brighten your face.

To flawlessly apply sculpted makeup, it is paramount that you use the right brushes. Jane Iredale Professional Brush Set includes 16 brushes that will help to perfect this – and many other – looks.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19931938-ADNFCR

Skincare tips for younger-looking eyes

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Skincare tips for younger-looking eyesBetween creams and serums, shadows and liners, women seem to constantly be searching for ways to make their eyes look younger. Luckily, Yahoo Shine gathered four important tips for taking years off your eyes.

Crows feet, the crinkly wrinkles around the corners of your eyers, can be treated with an eye gel that boasts retinols, which speed up collagen production in the area, the news source reports. SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair is formulated to improve the appearance of fine lines, and even reduce the appearance of dark circles.

“When you’re young, the fat below your eyes lives in a collagen baggie. But as you get older, the bag is weakened because you’re not producing as much collagen and the fat herniates into a hound-dog look,” dermatologist Dr Ranella Hirsch told the news provider, who suggests using an eye cream with peptides, like Kinerase Extreme Lift Eye. “Peptides are the building blocks of the skin’s protein,” she added.

Finally, to fight dropping eyelids, apply a formula rich in caffeine or peptides to tighten the area, like Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour. The product will firm sagging skin and reduce puffiness.

However, women who have dry complexions may want to avoid caffeine-based products, as the website reports they tend dehydrate skin to de-puff.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19931099-ADNFCR No problem, Exuviance offers a number of skin care products that are 100% caffeine free.