Archive for February, 2011

Styling tips for a stick-straight up-do

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Styling tips for a stick-straight up-doPerhaps it's been years since you've heated up your straightening iron, but apparently, super-straight hair is in again.

Models at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Fashion Week sauntered down the catwalk with the sleekest, straightest pony tails you can imagine, or what hairstylist Guido Palau called "sleek dominatrix-inducing ponytails," reports.

According to the news source, Palau fashioned models' locks using a flatiron and a bit of spritzer product to give hair some extra shine.

To pull off this look, StyleList recommends adding some protective gel to hair prior to blowdrying. Leonor Greyl Condition Naturelle is ideal for protecting, volumizing and detangling while blowdrying. Slick hair back into a high ponytail using a comb to smooth out any kinks, wrap a piece of hair around the elastic and pin it into place.

To finish, straighten the ponytail and spray Hamadi Shea Spray all over your tresses. This frizz-eliminating product will keep you guarded against dull-looking hair.

Why keeping makeup too long can be dangerous

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Why keeping makeup too long can be dangerous It's natural to want to get the most use out of your products, but in many cases, makeup will expire before we get the chance to use all of it.

Rather than holding on to your foundation for years at a time, it may be wiser to chuck it in the long run – even if you think you're being more resourceful, holding on to makeup too long can lead to unsightly infections.

"If old makeup is contaminated with facial oils, it can cause acne, and if fungal spores or other infectious particles have found a home in your makeup, you risk cross contamination," reports.

According to the news source, you should aim to replace liquid-based makeup after approximately 90 days. If you feel like you'll have trouble remembering, label your makeup with the date on which you opened it.

On that same note, it's probably wise to avoid sharing makeup with others.

"Never use someone else's makeup. Never share makeup. Never share eye drops because the tip of the bottle can be contaminated," Dr. Kathleen Busby told the news source.

A little baby fat goes a long way as you age

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A little baby fat goes a long way as you ageAfter spending so many of our younger years focusing exclusively on slimming down, it can come as somewhat of a surprise to women that a little plumpness can do a world of good as aging begins. Sofia Vergara certainly knows this, and she made sure to mention it during an interview with Shape magazine.

"I don't ever want to get super skinny. I think when women reach a certain age, they look better with a little fat in their face. I'm lucky I'm Latin because people expect me to be a bit more plump," she told the news outlet.

Latin or not, women who are approaching their 40s begin to lose critical moisture and fat in their faces, which, if taken to an extreme, can make you look withered and old. What used to be baby fat in your 20s can be your greatest beauty antidote in a few years, but even if you don't have a lot in terms of natural defenses, there are products you can use to boost your collagen levels.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme comes with active peptides to promote collagen and elastin synthesis to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

If you're looking for a boost to tired-looking skin, opt for a vitamin C serum you can apply before bed.

The debate on age-appropriate makeup

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The debate on age-appropriate makeupNational debate has swirled around the issue of age-appropriate makeup as of late as girls begin to experiment with cosmetics at increasingly younger ages.

If you look at the statistics, girls are wearing makeup at younger ages than they were before. A study conducted by NPD Group Inc. found that the number of teens aged 8 to 12 who regularly use mascara and eyeliner nearly doubled between 2007 and 2009.

Many parents balk at the thought of their 9-year-olds starting their anti-aging regimens at such a young age, though some industry insiders argue that young girls should have access to high quality makeup products so that they don’t revert to the heavier-looking, lower quality products on offer at drug stores.

Obviously, these situations vary case by case, and it’s up to every girl’s parent to decide when she’s old enough to flaunt mascara to school.

If you’re looking for products suited for an in-between stage, sheer lip glosses, nail polishes and light-colored eye shadows are all suitable for a young girl to wear.

Expert tip for flawless foundation

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Expert tip for flawless foundationIf you find yourself wasting time trying to get your foundation to look picture perfect, get ready for some good news. Makeup artist Daniel Martin recently spoke to Refinery 29 and revealed a tip to flawless looking foundation.

"After you apply foundation, blot it with a few blotting papers, then dust on powder to set your makeup," Martin told the website.

Yep, that's really it. Isn't it surprising that foundation application can be so simple?

Martin's trick brings to light the fact that many women think that an airbrushed, cover model look requires slathering on the foundation. The reality? Unless you're actually being photographed under high intensity cameras, less is absolutely, positively more.

Jane Iredale Facial Blotting Papers are great for dabbing away excess concealer, and come in handy throughout the day to quickly and easily eliminate shine.

If you simply must have full coverage, opt for a pore-minimizing foundation like Joey New York Pure Pores Pore Minimizing Foundation to help yourself along to looking picture-perfect. A tinted moisturizer, like Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisture SPF 15, will help even out skin tone while still appearing sheer, fresh and natural.

Vintage manicure idea: Bring back the moon

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Vintage manicure idea: Bring back the moonFrench manicures are about a dime a dozen, even if they typically set you back a good $20. While this classic application is timeless, have you ever searched for an alternative to getting white tips?

Little known fact: In the 1940s, women used to get half-moon manicures, which basically go the opposite route of a French manicure by drawing attention to the white semicircles at the base of the nail rather than the nail tips.

If this sounds new to you, it's because it hasn't enjoyed that much fame in the limelight, but this may give you an added advantage in terms of being the first in your circle to flaunt the look.

To achieve this look at home, pick up a high-quality nail polish and brush on small semi-circles by the base of your nails. Dip a toothpick in nail polish remover to clean up and perfect the edges.You can play around with leaving the half-moons bare or creating a two-tone effect with a lighter and darker color – either way you spin it, it's bound to be a knock-out.

Drawing your ultimate Valentine’s Day bubble bath

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Drawing your ultimate Valentine's Day bubble bathIf you're like the rest of us, you probably don't need to be told twice to pamper yourself. That being said, what better occasion to draw a luxurious bubble bath than the ever-notorious February 14?

The best part about submerging yourself in bubbles is you can enjoy this just as well whether you're single or attached. After all, it's all about loving yourself, and feeling fresh and relaxed is never an unworthy goal.

For nature-heads, an herbal bath is the ultimate treat for both mind and body. Kneipp Herbal Bath comes in intoxicating all-natural scents such as eucalyptus, juniper and rosemary, delivered in the form of heady essential oils.

If your dream vision involves a sky-high layer of bubbles, L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Lavender Foam Bath is probably right for you. With authentic essential oils that hail straight from the fields of Provence, the formula packs a lot of punch, as you'll only need a little to get a lot of the bubbly.

What’s haute this spring

Monday, February 14th, 2011

What's haute this springAs temperatures slowly inch up and we receive a much-needed boost for our winter-weary morale, our attention invariably turns to the next hottest thing. So what's on the menu for spring this year?

According to Marie Claire, this season is sure to be filled with lots of soft pinks and enticing femme couture, replete with rosy shadows, blushes and porcelain doll winks.

"Matte mauve-y pink shadow applied to the upper and lower lids created a fanciful focal point to this eye-catching look. Several coats of black mascara beefed up wispy lashes, while bleached-out brows and barely-there lips gave way to beyond-flawless, subtly highlighted skin," reports the news source.

To stay on-trend, you can combine or focus on just your lids, cheeks or eyes. Combining pink shadow with retro winged eyeliner can be an award-winning look, but either of these maneuvers would work just fine on their own. For an especially fresh-faced look, amp up the dewiness factor of your skin with lots of moisturizer and essential oils, layer on the pink blush and keep the rest of your makeup minimal.

A word on Rihanna’s smoldering Grammys makeup

Monday, February 14th, 2011

A word on Rihanna's smoldering Grammys makeupYou don't have to be an appraisal expert to recognize that Rihanna's makeup at last night's Grammy Awards was nothing less than out of this world.

With pops of burgundy, fuchsia and lavender, the R&B bombshell showed up to the event flaunting a palette of colors that was quite apropos for both the red carpet and Valentine's Day. And if anyone could find a way to pull this look together with a head of blood-red hair, it's definitely Rihanna. Well done. She just showed us all how to rock the multi-colored 'do with a whole lot of pomp and style.

To get a Rihanna-inspired look, sweep a rosy lavender shadow over your lids and blend a dusty mauve hue into your crease. Look for stand-out shades such as Youngblood's Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Carnelian and Morganite). You can add a little translucent highlighting shadow to your browbone if you wish, but keep the attention focused on your lids and finish with lots of black mascara.

Pair with a deep cabernet lipstick and a shade of rosy blush just barely darker than your skintone. Rihanna rocked a rich layer of lip color but kept it fresh by topping her pout with some lip gloss, so keeping your lips moisturized is key.

Creating a Soft Romantic Look

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Too Faced Naked Eye Kit

Too Faced Naked Eye Kit

Too Faced Candlelight

Too Faced Candlelight

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