Archive for November, 2010

How to help your eye makeup last

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

How to help your eye makeup lastWhether you are preparing for a long day at the office or an even longer night out on the town, there is one thing all women would like to avoid – runny eye makeup. But short of hourly touch-ups, how can you avoid a makeup meltdown?

According to InStyle magazine, the first rule of thumb is to select waterproof products, as they are less likely to smudge. Sothys offers Waterproof Care Mascara and Waterproof Soft Eye Pencils ideal for creating a lasting look.

Additionally, women should prime their lids before putting on cosmetics. Simply apply pressed powder to your lash lines with a small eyeshadow brush, and then follow with your typical eye makeup.

"Eyeliner usually runs when it encounters oils on the skin," beauty expert Gucci Westman explained to InStyle magazine. "This helps soak up oils and lock eyeliner in place."

Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder is a superfine formula that is sheer, breathable and will help makeup last for hours. After applying it to your lash lines, sweep the powder over your entire face to set concealer, foundation and cheek color.

Get a rosy glow in wintertime

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Get a rosy glow in wintertimeNow that the summer sun has set, many women have broken out the bronzer in hopes of hiding their pale skin. But instead of a fake bake, why not brighten your complexion with a warm blush? It's a quick and easy way to look fresh-faced and healthy.

While many celebrities hire professional makeup artists before a big event, it seems that Gabrielle Union is not one of those girls. And judging from her impeccable rosy makeup at a recent event, the stunning actress doesn't need any help! Luckily, she shared her secret for creating the perfect glow.

"I brushed a light dusting of apricot powder on my upper cheekbones," Union told InStyle magazine. "I love that it brightens my face without looking too makeup-y."

She kept her eye makeup minimal with a bit of black liner on her upper lash lines and a coat of mascara. To complete the look, Union added a bit of glitter to her pout with a gold-flecked lip gloss.

"A little sparkle on the lips is flirtatious," she added.

How to stay fresh-faced as you travel home for the holidays

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

How to stay fresh-faced as you travel home for the holidaysAs Thanksgiving Day approaches, women everywhere are getting ready to board planes, trains and automobiles to get home for the holidays. Unfortunately, given most ladies’ jam-packed schedules, few may have the chance to freshen up in between arriving at their destinations and attending family gatherings.

However, with a bit of preparation, some savvy packing and a few key products, women can create a great travel revival kit that will enable them to instantly refresh their look before they set foot in their parents’ house.

Before leaving, use a mild exfoliant to remove dead skin and apply a thick layer of moisturizer, skincare expert Denise Spanek told StyleCaster. She also warns that women should avoid using products that contain Retin A or a high percentage of alpha-hydroxy acids, as they can irritate skin when exposed to different climates.

Gals who are flying to their holiday destination of choice may need the most preparation, as the Transportation Security Authority restricts the amount of liquids one can bring on a flight. According to regulations, carry-on luggage can include one quart-sized plastic bag filled with 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid.

Instead of checking your luggage or trying to squeeze 20 bottles into the one bag, only take the necessary products along for the trip. This is a completely personal decision – some women cannot live without their specialty shampoo and conditioner, while others won’t leave home without the products for their personalized skincare regiment. Carefully weigh what you can and cannot do without, and fill a few three-ounce bottles accordingly.

When packing your revival kit, make sure to include items for the three target areas – skin, hair and makeup.

Whether you are traveling on a plane or by bus, the stuffy, recirculated air can leave your skin feeling dry and dull. Make sure to bring a hydrating hand cream and a facial moisturizer. L’Occitane offers treatments that are good for your skin and are packaged small enough to travel with easily, such as Mini Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and Ultra Moisturizing Fluid SPF 20.

While tying your hair back is the easiest way to keep strands from looking stringy, women who prefer to wear their locks loose should still bring along some hair elastics, and stock up on dry shampoo.

According to Allure, New York-based hair stylist Moulay Yacoubi suggests that at the beginning of the trip, women separate their hair into three sections – one on each side of your head and one in the back – and make three loose braids. Upon arrival, simply shake out the braids and use a product, such as Clean Original Dry Shampoo, to absorb excess oil. Finish with Clean Shampoo Fresh Hair Fragrance, which will make your locks smell as if you just stepped out of the shower.

Instead of carrying your cosmetics case with you, pack your every day items in your luggage and fill your revival kit with a few multipurpose products. Cream blushes, such as Paula Dorf Cheek Color Cream, can infuse your pout and complexion with color. Pixi Lid & Line combines liner, shadow and a smudger in one easy-to-use (and better yet, easy-to-carry) pen.

While your beauty revival kit will help you to look great when you arrive at your destination, there are a few items you may want to avoid as you travel, to improve your appearance as well.

“Internally, it’s best to stay away from salt, coffee and alcohol – try and drink teas [herbal or green is best] and lots of water,” Spanek told StyleCaster. “Yes, it sounds boring but you will arrive feeling and looking much better.”

Whitney Port sports soft autumnal makeup

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Whitney Port sports soft autumnal makeupWhile fall makeup often involves deep tones and a dramatic application, an autumnal palette can also be used to create a rich but subdued look. Don't take our word for it – just look to a former reality TV star.

"For Whitney Port's 2010 American Music Awards makeup, I wanted to do a softer take on the eggplant trend for a more romantic look," makeup artist Amy Nadine, who created the look, told InStyle magazine.

Port's makeup boasted a seasonal richness that was anything but severe. The news source reports that Nadine used a matte lavender eyeshadow on her lids and lower lashlines, and added warmth by applying a rose-colored pigment to the crease. She completed the look with a sheer pink blush and a rosy lip.

Women who want to wear toned-down versions of rich autumnal hues should remember to pay attention to the cosmetics' formula to create a dynamic look.

"When you're using subtle colors, a contrast in finish – like pairing shiny and matte, or glittery and glossy – can add just the pop you need," the news outlet reports.

Tips for great-looking skin

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Tips for great-looking skinWhile November is National Healthy Skin month, we think that your skin deserves the utmost attention year-round. Luckily, recently compiled a list of a few easy ways to ensure that your skin stays supple.

Regardless of the weather outside, don’t leave the house without a healthy helping of SPF protection. However, there is no need to wear sunscreen. Instead, look for a moisturizer like Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, which will condition your skin while protecting it from the sun.

Women should also look for products that contain retinol. According to the news source, the ingredient smooths wrinkles by building collagen and can fade dark spots when applied every night for two full months.

The power of a regular exfoliation should also not be ignored. “Cell turnover starts to slow down around age 30, which can leave skin dull, so it’s key to use products that speed up the process, like an at-home peel with alpha hydroxy acids,” the news outlet reports.

B. Kamins Chemist AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads contains alpha hydroxy acids, and improves skin tone and clarity without stripping your skin of moisture.

Showering every day: Yay or nay?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Showering every day: Yay or nay?While many people consider their daily shower as necessary as eating a meal, it seems that a growing number of individuals are bathing far less often, according to The New York Times. But does skipping a shower every few days help or harm your skin?

Dr. Richard Gallo, chief of the dermatology division at the University of California, San Diego, told the news source that showering too much can strip your skin of essential lipids and oils, resulting in dry skin. It can also eliminate beneficial bacteria.

"Good bacteria are educating your own skin cells to make your own antibiotics [and] they produce their own antibiotics that kills off bad bacteria," he added.

However, those who shower less may be wondering how to maintain lustrous locks without a daily lather. A product such as Clean Original Dry Shampoo can revitalize stringy strands without water.

And it seems that many other people have discovered the benefits of this item. The publication reports that sales of dry shampoo have more than doubled from 2007 to 2009, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.

Time to take advice from Courtney Love

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Time to take advice from Courtney LoveWomen may be hesitant to take beauty advice from Courtney Love, and rightfully so. The Hole frontwoman is notorious for her manic and messy punk-rock style. However, the singer recently spoke to about her new beauty regime.

"I am the smoker and the curser, but I am trying to learn about taking care of myself," Love told the news source. Her first step? Replacing her signature dark makeup with lighter cosmetics.

Love also tends to her skin. While she credits her great complexion to good genes, the blonde rocker also relies on a few products, such as Karin Herzog's Vita-A-Kombi, to help her skin retain that youthful glow.

While the product is available in three different levels containing either one, two or three percent oxygen, Love recommends level three, which is formulated to treat specific skin problems, such as spots, sun damage and hyper-pigmentation.

Ladies may want to heed Love's advice, as it seems that her new beauty philosophy is working.

"I have friends that are growing old and freaking out and I am, like, getting hotter," she told the news outlet. "I have been getting a lot of praise for looking good lately."

Three beauty products to keep at the office

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Three beauty products to keep at the officeWhile some women keep a few go-to beauty products in their car and others carry a small cosmetic case in their purse, ladies who spend the majority of their time at the office may want to stash a few necessities in their desks.

Though there are a seemingly limitless amount of products on the market, not all are necessary to keep in your workspace. But a few items – dry shampoo, lip balm and black eyeliner – may be worth storing.

"My fine hair tends to go limp after a few hours, and [dry shampoo] give my roots a shot of volume," Allure editorial assistant Sophia Panych told the publication. "And on days when I skip shampooing, it's necessary that I have one of these to soak up oil and keep my hair looking refreshed."

Lip balm is another key item, as we have yet to find a lip color that looks good on cracked, flaking lips. A multi-tasking lip balm, such as L'Occitane Pure Shea Butter Apricot Flower, will moisturize your pout and can also hydrate peeling cuticles and dry hands and feet.

Finally, analysts at Allure recommend keeping a black eyeliner pencil nearby, as lining your lower waterline is a quick way to brighten tired eyes.

Mandy Moore’s golden rockstar look

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Mandy Moore's golden rockstar lookWhile some women may think that a rock and roll appearance requires lots of smoky eye makeup and bold-colored lipstick, gals trying to look like a rockstar may want to put down the eyeliner.

At the 2010 American Music Awards, Mandy Moore proved that rock and roll makeup doesn't have to be dark to be glamorous!

"Mandy Moore usually plays it safe, but for American Music Awards, she really wanted to glam it up," makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, who created the look, told InStyle magazine. "I was going for a warm and glowing monochromatic look, and really took my inspiration from the Spring runways."

To make Moore's complexion pop, Goodwin used a beige pink lipstick with orange undertones as a cream blush. However, we were most impressed with the singer's subtle but strong eye makeup.

Moore's eyes sparkled, emphasized with a gold shadow and dark lashes. The metallic pigment added just the right amount of edge without appearing too heavy, and her dark lashes intensified her sultry stare. Goodwin finished the look with a nude lip.

Gals who want a rock and roll look should remember that dark cosmetics aren't necessary – a golden glow can be just as glam!

How to combat adult acne

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

How to combat adult acneWhile many people think of breakouts as a problem that plagues teenagers, blemishes don’t disappear once you graduate. In fact, according to Allure magazine, acne can once again arise around age 35 due to hormonal changes.

Even worse, adult breakouts can even be more severe than those experienced in adolescence, because the blemishes tend to be redder and more painful.

While those who battled acne in their younger years may be familiar with how to treat the skin imperfections, adults may want to consider a new plan of attack before trying to eliminate their blemishes.

“Benzoyl peroxide [a common ingredient in acne treatment] can be too drying for adult skin,” the news provider reports. “Instead, dermatologists recommend dabbing zits with a sulfur-based product.”

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot And Area Treatment contains five percent sulfur to fight breakouts, as well as aloe vera to keep skin from becoming too dry.

Additionally, the news source recommends applying a hot compress several times a day to reduce inflammation and expedite healing time.

Of course, while you’re waiting for the treatments to work, a good concealer is also key. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer SPF 20 boasts full coverage and is non-acnegenic, so it will not exacerbate your blemishes.