Archive for February, 2011

Just go with Jennifer Aniston: On looking fresh

       
Friday, February 11th, 2011

Just go with Jennifer Aniston: On looking freshIf there's anyone that wows us time and again for her stellar fresh-faced beauty, it's Miss Jennifer Aniston. That being said, it's hardly a surprise that she gone done it again at the New York City premiere of her new movie, Just Go With It.

According to HollywoodLife.com, the reason Aniston pulls this off so well is that she knows how to capitalize on her best features. In her case, she opted for flawless, dewy skin paired with big, bright eyes, and she kept her cheeks and lips looking natural.

To nab her look, the news source recommends an anti-aging foundation that minimizes lines and flaws (Joey New York has an excellent 4 in 1 Foundation with anti-aging properties) together with a warm, rosy blush to apply a subtle glow to the cheeks.

For eyes, Aniston used a rose-gold shadow (a champagne or beige shadow will work just fine as well) to open up her eye area, paired with black eyeliner on the upper and inner lower rim. Groom brows with an eyebrow pencil for extra sophistication and pair with a soft, nude glossy lip.

Blast away acne scars with these expert tips

       
Friday, February 11th, 2011

Blast away acne scars with these expert tipsAs though having acne wasn't bad enough, some of us may have to live with unsightly scars following the conclusion of our pimple-ridden teenage years. Fortunately, you can properly stock your makeup arsenal with products and tricks to help you blast the scars away for good – or at least until you wash your face at night.

According to StyleBistro.com, "good foundation is key to hiding acne scars," but most formulas will work even better if you start with a primer. A primer isn't the same thing as a foundation – it actually helps even out the texture of your face while minimized pores and scars.

Next, the news source recommends dabbing concealer on with your fingertips, as the natural heat from your hands will help the product blend into your skin.

A good foundation will seal the deal, and StyleBistro recommends Giorgio Armani's luminous silk foundation.

As always, set with a pressed powder. A mineral-based powder such as Youngblood's Mineral Rice Setting Powder can be just the thing you need to create a flawless finish.

The benefits of owning an eyeshadow quad

       
Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The benefits of owning an eyeshadow quadWith its enticing array of unique color combinations, opening an eyeshadow quad can feel like lifting the lid off of a delicious box of chocolates, and it's true when they say that you never know what you're going to get.

One of the benefits to buying shadows in a pack versus mixing and matching single pots of pigment is that the colors have been carefully selected to coordinate according to the eye of a creative professional. These skilled artists may easily have thought of a combination you would never have come up with on your own, so venturing into new territory can be a rewarding enterprise.

Too Faced carries an Eye Shadow Insurance Policy Collection that, according to its name, is a safe bet you'll be looking fantastic. Packed with bright shades of bronze, emerald, cerulean and more, these colors are all tied together by their life-affirming qualities.

For those that love to glow in neutrals, Jane Iredale has a Daytime Eye Shadow Kit that has the best of beige, gray and cream-white offerings.

Do your lips a favor and bring bubblegum back

       
Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Do your lips a favor and bring bubblegum back It's no secret that the '80s revival has been happening for quite some time (in other words, since the '80s). That being said, we're excited to announce that there's no better time than the present moment to flaunt a bubblegum pink pout.

"There's something so "Oh, yeah? Take that, winter!" about wearing a bright, happy spring-time lip gloss when it's freezing cold outside. And I really want to stick it to winter right now – this year has been rough," as Glamour.com puts it.

To really go to town with this trend, layering on a creamy fuchsia lipstick will give you the most concentrated amount of color and thus the greatest impact.

Those who dance on the lighter side of life will probably reach automatically for a brightly-colored lip gloss, as the shiny finish keeps things fresh and youthful, and you can go as sheer or opaque as you want.

If you've been especially on-trend as of late, you'll probably like the idea of a lip stain. These formulas combine the best of lipstick and lip gloss into one, and are a chic and understated way to wear a color.

Is it really bad to wash your hair on a daily basis?

       
Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Is it really bad to wash your hair on a daily basis?Some of us have grown up with the mantra that once a day is not the way. Then again, if you're a frequent shower offender like so many people, you can't help but shampoo every morning, because going without washing just doesn't feel right.

If you're wondering whether you're really doing irreparable damage to your strands or not, Pantene has debunked that myth to set all of our worries at ease.

"There is in fact no correct schedule for when to wash your hair, as it depends on your hair structure, hairstyle, and lifestyle (e.g. how often you go to the gym, the climate in which you live). Keeping your hair clean and protected from damage is important," states Pantene. "In sum, today's shampoos and conditioners are formulated to actually improve the condition of hair, even with daily use, so if you wash your hair frequently, it’s not bad for your hair."

That being said, it is still crucial that you select the right formulas to work with your tresses. Color-treated hair has different needs than thick, curly hair, so make sure you choose a shampoo that matches your description.

Expert tips for health-conscious haircare

       
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Expert tips for health-conscious haircareMany women don't necessarily see anything wrong with processing their hair on a daily basis, but what they may not know could actually hurt them in the long run. Harsh treatments and haircare procedures can leave hair dried, frizzed and damaged, and may actually prevent women from growing their hair at the rate that they want it to grow.

"One of the most common misconceptions about hair is that it is alive, when in fact hair is nonliving and does not heal itself once it is injured," dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos said at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology on Friday. "Women need to understand that the very things that they do to hair to make it appear beautiful, such as using hair dyes, perms and products that straighten the hair, will eventually end up damaging the hair's structure and ultimately affect its appearance."

If you're guilty of any or all of the above, there are measures you can take to help stave off some of these effects, at least until you grow new, healthy hair to replace your damaged strands.

Draelos recommends the regular use of conditioning shampoos and hair serums and avoiding blow-driers and irons as much as possible. As for hairstyles, the closer you can get to your natural color and texture, the less damage you'll eventually incur.

Opt for ultra rich conditioning formulas with shea butter such as L'Occitane's for optimum restorative power.

Meet your perfect conditioner

       
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Meet your perfect conditionerWhile conditioner is highly recommended for just about anyone who has hair, selecting the right formula for your tresses is often difficult. Some formulas can be too heavy for fine, feathery strands, while conversely, a thick mop may require heavy-duty intervention.

L'Occitane carries ultra rich formulas for damaged or dry hair. Use the Milk (Shea Butter) Ultra Rich Conditioner for its capacity to restructure hair from root to tip, protecting it from the day's entire range of harsh conditions.

If you're blessed with a naturally healthy head of hair and only need to refresh it a little, June Jacobs' Citrus Clarifying Conditioner may be just the thing you need. It restores vital moisture to hair post-shampooing without adding any excess oil or weight, leaving naught but an enticing lemony aroma in its wake.

Curly-haired folk may need to strike a different approach altogether. For this reason, there is Hamadi Shea Leave In conditioner, which is suitable for all hair-types but can minimize frizz for curly hair.

The expert’s guide to foundation

       
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The expert's guide to foundationThe world of foundation has changed beyond your grandmother's wildest dreams, and in case you've still been abiding by her guidelines, it's high time you revamped your face makeup procedures.

First and foremost, stay true to your color. With so many nuanced shades available, mismatched foundation should be a thing of the past. Makeup artist Pat McGrath advised Glamour.com that a lady will know her true shade if it disappears on her skin before she blends it in. Exuviance's Skin Caring Foundation comes in 14 all-natural shades.

Next, keep in mind that foundation will do its job best on properly prepped skin. Waiting five minutes after applying moisturizer is best advised, and you don't actually need to apply concealer until the end. That way, you won't apply more makeup than you need to, experts told the news source. Illuminaire carries an Extra Coverage Foundation/Concealer that'll stay true throughout the day without requiring touch-ups.

Finally, setting with a translucent powder can do more for you than you may think, as the product is built to reflect light rather than snuffing out your natural radiance. Dermablend's Loose Setting Powder will provide the perfect complement to your skin tone.

Why everyone’s talking about Rachel Bilson’s bronze makeup

       
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Why everyone's talking about Rachel Bilson's bronze makeupNews sites have been aflutter with commentary regarding Rachel Bilson's makeup look at the recent premiere of her new movie, Waiting for Forever. It's not hard to see why – the starlet struck the perfect balance between a sun-kissed goddess and a demure, natural beauty.

Bilson's makeup artist Amy Nadine did us all a favor when she told Us Magazine how she pulled it off. Nadine used powdered bronzer to sculpt and contour Bilson's face by brushing it on below the cheekbones, directly on her temples, along her hairline and below her jaw. Then, she blended a peachy coral blush onto the apples of her cheeks and kept the rest of her makeup fairly simple.

With all of that good makeup advice at hand, why sit there in envy? Use these guidelines to create your own show-stopping radiance with Youngblood's Natural Mineral Radiance (Sundance). The pressed powder compact has four different shades of bronzer and highlighter which you can combine to create your ultimate personalized glow.

If you're feeling health conscious, the Colorescience Bronzer Brush contains SPF 20 to offer a safe, healthy sheen to your skin.

GloMinerals also offers a gloBronze SunLight bronzer for ladies who would rather go easy on the bronze tones – its coral-pink shimmer will look rosy and natural.

Rich eyeshadow tones that you so deserve

       
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Rich eyeshadow tones that you so deserveWhat's one way to make yourself feel like a million bucks? If there's not enough money in the bank to be seriously bringing home the bling, outfit your eyes in some jewel-toned shadows.

Take it from the experts – "I love navy, deep green, and purple for jewel-tone smoky eyes," celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow told ELLE.com. "If the thought of sparkling sapphire or emerald green intimidates you, try layering them on top of a gray or black shadow. The result won't be too overpowering because the gray or black will dilute the intensity of the color."

For one of the most luxurious gazes around, use Youngblood's Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Moonstone to evoke the classic brilliance of white diamonds. What's more, the powdered mineral formula will look and feel just like fine diamond powder.

GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Mermaid will bring all the best of aquamarine or green emerald hues to your lids.

For the purple mystique of an amethyst jewel, use BABOR Eyeshadow in Twilight.