Archive for November, 2010

Rock an earth-toned blush this winter

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Rock an earth-toned blush this winterWhile women often experiment with a wide variety of lip colors, and are quick to try out shadows of all hues, some ladies may be more apprehensive about donning different shades of blush, often sticking with a pink-toned powder. While rosy cheeks are delightful, why not try an earthy color.

At a recent event in London, beauty icon Kate Moss sported some seriously refreshing makeup. Instead of rocking a rose-colored blush, the British model wore a tawny shade that boasted brown undertones. And, according to InStyle.com, bronze-colored blush is a perfect choice for the current season.

"The color works to both contour and sculpt your features and warm up your skintone in the cooler winter months," the news source reported.

Ladies who want to try out this hue should select a formula that is super sheer – you don't want to look like you had an unfortunate run-in with a bottle of self-tanner. Additionally, a powder with a bit of shimmer can help to illuminate your complexion on the dreariest winter days.

Pair the blush with minimal eye makeup and a warm-toned lip gloss, as cool shades will clash with your cheek color, and you're sure to look hot even when it's cold outside

Give the gift of orange blossom with L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Give the gift of orange blossom with L'Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift SetNow that the holiday season is upon us, people everywhere are beginning to search for the perfect presents to give to their loved ones. Gift sets filled with fragrant beauty products are a great gift for women of all ages, but selecting the right one can be tricky.

While some may shy away from gifting fragrances, worried that the particular aroma won't appeal to the recipient, orange blossom-scented items are a safe choice. In fact, according to Style.com, the fragrance has been beloved for centuries.

"Brides wove [orange blossoms] into their bouquets for luck and prosperity, and legend has it that the Italian princess, Anne Marie of Nerola, was so fond of wearing the delicate, airy aroma that its essential oil – neroli – was named after her," the website reports. "Her admirers also made a habit of dabbing on the scent, and it eventually became one of the most popular varieties in the court of Queen Elizabeth I."

L'Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set includes a fantastic assortment of goodies that boast the intoxicating scent of orange blossoms. Ladies will love using the various items, such as shower gel, body lotion and lip balm, and are sure to be enamored with the light, citrus fragrance.

How to look great when you feel lousy

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

How to look great when you feel lousyWinter is almost here, which means cold and flu season is on its way as well. While many people prepare for the season by purchasing cough drops and tissues, glamour girls may be more inclined to stock up on beauty supplies to keep them looking great no matter how sick they feel.

The biggest sign you're feeling under the weather is puffy, red eyes. With the right makeup, however, you can fake a wide-eye look.

Makeup artist Tina Turnbow told Style.com that women should line the inner rim of their eyes with a light-colored pencil to eliminate redness and apply a matte peachy shadow to their lids. Follow with multiple coats of mascara to open up your peepers.

Between the cold, dry air and the constant sneezing, your nose is bound to get irritated. Luckily, this is easy to hide.

"Any yellow-based concealer or powder is the best option to counteract and camouflage redness," Turnbow told the news source. Avoid using powder on dry skin, as the product makes scaly patches more noticeable.

Finally, enliven your sallow complexion with a sheer, warm-toned blush – the hint of color will create a healthy glow.

Kate Middleton loves Karin Herzog skincare products

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Kate Middleton loves Karin Herzog skincare productsFollowing the news of her engagement to Prince William, Kate Middleton has become an international "it" girl. Gals around the world are emulating the future royal's style, and have been clamoring to find out any and all of her beauty secrets.

Now, ladies who envy her creamy complexion are in luck, as an insider recently opened up about Middleton's skincare regime. Julie Cichocki, Karin Herzog's U.K. managing director, told Style.com that the bride-to-be uses products by Karin Herzog, including the Professional Cleanser, Vita-A-Kombi 1, Vita-A-Kombi 3 Spot Zapper, and Oxygen Face Cream.

"Stress is the number one culprit for depleting oxygen in the skin, and, poor girl, what could be more stressful than an international announcement of a royal wedding?" Cichocki explained. "A wedding of any kind is stressful for a bride, and still, her skin looked just beautiful – dewy, plump, fresh."

Middleton is not the only celeb to swear by Karin Herzog products. Earlier this month, Courtney Love spoke to the website about her love for the Swiss beauty brand.

Rachel McAdams opens up about former looks

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Rachel McAdams opens up about former looksWhether she's rocking a smoky eye or a bold red lip, Rachel McAdams usually looks like a million bucks at movie premieres and awards shows. However, it seems the leading lady wasn't always the poster girl for impeccable makeup.

"My mom never put a lot of emphasis on [looks], so I didn't either," she told InStyle magazine. "I was in eighth grade when I wore lipstick for the first time. All my school pictures were me in bright pink lipstick. It was pretty bad."

McAdams, who trained to be a professional figure skater, also opened up about her competition look. According to the news source, her cosmetic case was filled with nothing but blue and purple eyeshadow.

And while the actress has certainly refined her routine, it seems that she still needs a bit of guidance when it comes to selecting the perfect cosmetics.

"I can't live without my concealer. And I used to be a total blush whore 'til my sister was like, 'You have to stop. This is out of control,'" McAdams added.

Bamboo: A great ingredient in beauty products

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Bamboo: A great ingredient in beauty productsBamboo has long been praised as a great material for those looking to go green – flooring, furniture and fabrics have all been produced from the fast-growing grass. Now, it seems as though the plant is being used in another innovative way – as a key ingredient in beauty products.

According to Allure magazine, bamboo has "antioxidants to protect skin and hair from environmental exposure, plus polyose, a carbohydrate that helps moisturize." Ahava Mineral Botanic Bamboo & Pansy Body Wash is an intensely hydrating formula, and even contains proteins to reduce the affects of aging.

Bamboo is also a great ingredient for hair products. "Bamboo contains large amounts of silicon and amino acids, which make the hair harder to damage," Jim Hammer, a cosmetic chemist, told the news source.

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Creme Moelle de Bambou is a nourishing shampoo formulated for dry and thick strands. It provides locks with volume and shine without weighing hair down.

Don't forget that your lashes may benefit from this natural ingredient as well! GloMinerals gloWater Resistant Mascara contains bamboo to help seal in moisture and regenerate lash growth.

Quick ways to make a big change

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Quick ways to make a big changeWhether you have an early meeting or are running late to meet your friends for drinks, sometimes you don't have a whole lot of time to create a flawless appearance. Luckily, makeup artist Jason Garner recently shared some tips with StyleList.com that he promises will have a big impact in a short amount of time.

"Contouring and highlighting make the biggest difference in the way your face looks," he told the news source. "…I use a subtle bronzer or blush along natural facial structure, including the sides of the nose, under the jawline, just around the hairline, and under the cheekbones…The combination of highlighting and contouring creates shadows that slim the face. It enhances your bone structure."

Garner also swears by blue eye makeup, which has a widening and brightening effect, and mascara that has built-in fibers. ModelCo Fiber Lash Extreme Lash Extension Mascara contains fibers that adhere to lashes for maximum volume in minimal time.

"Pouty lips always make an impression. Keep lips smooth and moisturized with shine but not color," Garner added. A product like theBalm Plump Your Pucker Sheer Gloss will condition your pout and make your lips appear fuller without adding color.

Study reveals men dig red lipstick

       
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Study reveals men dig red lipstickNo matter how much you like emphasizing you eyes or creating a sun-kissed flow, the next time you are getting ready for a first date, you may want to play up your pout.

According to the Daily Mail, a new study by researchers at Manchester University found that during the first 10 seconds of meeting a woman, men will spend most of the time looking at her mouth. Additionally, lip color had a bigger effect on levels of attraction than lip shape.

"For centuries, women have painted their lips red to enhance their appeal," said Dr. Geoff Beattie, who led the study. "Our research suggests that red lips and perceived attractiveness are still inextricably linked, with red lipstick the most powerful attractor, and one that significantly increases visual fixation."

For an attention grabbing smile, condition your pout with a hydrating balm to smooth any cracks or flakes. Line your lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip color, tracing ever-so-slightly outside your lip line. Color in your pout completely to provide a solid base for your lip color.

Select a red lipstick with blue undertones, as the cool shade will make your teeth appear whiter. When working with a bold color, mistakes are especially noticeable, so apply a creamy formula with a lip brush for maximum control.

Top your pout with a sheer gloss and you're ready to hypnotize men everywhere.

Four-year-old Kingston Rossdale rocks colorful nail polish

       
Monday, November 29th, 2010

Four-year-old Kingston Rossdale rocks colorful nail polishIt appears that Kingston Rossdale is already following in his parents' rock and roll footsteps – at least as far as his personal style is concerned. The 4-year-old son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale recently stepped out sporting a bleached blonde mohawk and multi-colored nails.

According to StyleList.com, Stefani treated Kingston to a manicure and a pedicure at the salon where she was getting her own nails touched up.

If your child desires lacquered nails, there are a few things to consider before breaking out the bottles of polish. If you want to avoid exposing youngsters to the harsh chemicals often found in removers, opt for a lacquer that is easy to take off, such as Sula Paint & Peel Nail Polish.

Long-lasting formulas, like Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers, may be a better bet for particularly active children, as the durable polish won't chip or flake as easily.

Even the most patient kids can grow restless waiting for their nails to dry, so use a product to help speed up the process, such as Nailtini Dry Martini Nail Polish Drying Spray or Lippmann Collection The Wait Is Over Quick-Dry Drops.

Use tape to apply smoldering eyeshadow

       
Monday, November 29th, 2010

Use tape to apply smoldering eyeshadowWhether you've been wearing makeup for years or have only recently begun to dabble in the world of cosmetics, applying smoldering eye makeup can be tricky. Unlike a smoky eye, this look is more subtle, but creates a stare that is just as sultry. But, because appropriate applications can vary significantly depending upon your eye shape, creating the perfect look isn't easy.

However, there is one product that is most likely sitting in your home right now that can make applying eye makeup more simple than ever before – scotch tape.

Celebrity makeup artist Jim Crawford recently shared his secret to applying professional-looking shadow with People magazine. Apply a three-inch piece of tape from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brow. Dust your lids (and along the inner edge of the tape) with a medium-dark pigment. Then, peel off the adhesive strip and soften the edge of the eyeshadow with your finger.

"This trick is flawless," Crawford told the news source. "You now have a perfectly applied color for your eye shape according to the proportions of your bone structure, so it looks like a pro did it."