Archive for March, 2011

Treating your tresses to proper prep-work

       
Monday, March 28th, 2011

Treating your tresses to proper prep-workBig night out? Second question – why short-change your hair? Even if you think your hair can only get so soft and silky, it remains to be seen what an intensive hair mask or treatment can yield, especially when you start prepping the morning of your event.

That's celebrity hair stylist Sam McKnight's secret, anyhow. "Comb a conditioning mask through hair, then braid and tie it up in a knot," he told ELLE.com. "Let the treatment penetrate all day, then rinse it out for silk-like softness."

The best thing about living in a high-technology age is that there's virtually no limit to the variety of hair treatments out there, so even if you have a very specific condition, there remains little doubt that you won't get your needs met.

Need plenty of moisture? Use L'Occitane Ultra Rich Hair Cream Mask for plenty of luster, shine, softness and manageability. Leonor Greyl Masque a Orchidee is perfect for frizzy hair in particular, working like a straightening mask to help soften and relax frenetic tresses.

Nail rescue: How to fix a botched manicure

       
Monday, March 28th, 2011

Nail rescue: How to fix a botched manicureSo many of us have had that moment – you know, the one where you sigh and lean back, content with the flawless manicure you just pulled off, only to hit your hand against something and recoil in horror as you see your hard work endure the worst kind of smear campaign.

As it turns out, this is easier to remedy than most of us think, and you don't even have to take it off and start all over.

"Dip the pad of your index finger in polish remover and gently rub the smudge in small circles to smooth it out," celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik told ELLE.com. "Finish with a new layer of top coat."

Another useful trick to help take the tedium out of nail care is to find an effective nail polish remover that isn't such a pain to use. For the perfect example of what we mean, check out Babor's Nail Color Corrector – it looks just like a pen, but it's actually designed for easy, on-the-go polish removal.

Here’s another unexpected nail trick

       
Monday, March 28th, 2011

Here's another unexpected nail trickRunning low on new and unusual things to try when you paint your nails? Consider revamping your manicure just a touch with what Glamour.com calls a "one of these nails is not like the other" nail polish idea.

Vanessa Hudgens recently championed this look, complementing her silvery moonbeam dress with taupe nail polish on all fingers except the fourth, which sparkled in a white gold glitter shade.

This now-you-see-it, now-you-don't unexpected pop of color has been cropping up quite a bit as of late, and this certainly isn't the first time Vanessa donned the look. The key here is to choose coordinating colors (the taupe and glitter shade worked perfectly together, especially against her dress) – having the odd finger out be painted in a slightly lighter variant of the dominant color is usually the way to go.

Placement is also important – while most ladies choose their fourth fingers as the odd man out, this look can also be equally stunning with the pointer finger bearing the unexpected shade. Any other finger might look odd or out of place.

An expert makeup guide for black skin

       
Monday, March 28th, 2011

An expert makeup guide for black skinNot all makeup rules work the same, and this is certainly true when it comes to the differences between white and black skin tones. With a few tips and tricks that keep their beauty needs in mind, ladies of color can maximize their potential to glow and find colors and products that complement their complexions.

Liquid foundation is often the base of choice, as black skin is less prone to breakouts but tends to be have a more uneven appearance. When choosing the correct color, it's generally better to opt for a shade that's darker rather than lighter to prevent a shiny or patchy look, according to YGOY.com. Dust a bit of matching translucent powder on your skin to set your makeup.

As for blushes, dark-skinned women look best with deeper shades of plum and rose – browns and peachy colors should be avoided.

Eyeshadows in bronze, gold and copper families tend to highlight the natural beauty of dark skin best, but a light shade of silver or gold can pop like wildfire as well.

As for your pout, you probably don't need a lot of lipliner if you've already got a full, sensuous mouth. Go for clear glosses to make your lips shine or a peach or bronze lipstick.

Making healthful choices at the makeup counter

       
Monday, March 28th, 2011

Making healthful choices at the makeup counterWith growing consumer awareness about the impact our purchases make, it’s been easier than ever to find products that bear the health of the individual and the environment in mind. With that being said, here’s a quick primer on some ingredients you should avoid when shopping for cosmetics.

Parabens make up some of the most toxic ingredients found in makeup today. A class of chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer, they are often found in soaps, shampoos, body washes, foundations and a whole range of daily toiletries and products. Fortunately, many mindful cosmetics companies have started labeling their products to indicate that they’re paraben-free.

“Don’t be fooled by the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the front of the label,” HealthGuidance.org further advises. “Many products contain at least one or two natural or organic ingredients, but they may also contain harmful synthetic chemicals as well.”

According to the news source, it’s also important to avoid products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), aluminum A, mineral oil, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and talc.

Remember – health and beauty go hand in hand, and a bit of mindfulness can go an especially long way.

Five Minute Makeup

       
Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

GloMinerals - gloEye Shadow

GloMinerals – gloEye Shadow

PETER THOMAS ROTH - Lashes To Die For The Mascara

PETER THOMAS ROTH – Lashes To Die For The Mascara

Youngblood - Lip Liner Pencil

Youngblood – Lip Liner Pencil

GloMinerals - gloBlush

GloMinerals – gloBlush

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Getting your vitamins is good for your glow

       
Friday, March 25th, 2011

Getting your vitamins is good for your glowWe all should hopefully know that it's important to round out your diet with plenty of nutrients, and most of us are probably aware of the fact that maintaining healthy eating habits has major perks for our appearances as well. But how many of you know exactly what each vitamin does?

According to ELLE, anti-inflammatory agents such as omega-3s, B vitamins, and querecitin "help prevent acne flare-ups, encourage moisture absorption and retention, and improve blood circulation."

If you're not sure where to look for a healthy does of this good stuff, search for all-natural juices rich in antioxidants. These boost blood flow, collagen and cell turnover rate, according to the news source.

Another surefire way to get your As, Bs and Cs is to bolster your diet with supplements. Some, such as Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement, are designed specifically with beauty needs in mind. Murad Supplements contain vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and zinc to help your skin shine.

What business does coffee have in your daily beauty routine?

       
Friday, March 25th, 2011

What business does coffee have in your daily beauty routine?Okay, so most of us are coffee addicts, swigging multiple cups of joe every morning. But what does this have to do with your appearance? The answer – more than you think.

According to ELLE, coffee intake should be kept to a minimum, but when it's used as an ingredient in a topical product, it can have surprisingly beneficial results. While drinking too much coffee can dehydrate your skin, ground up beans have quite the opposite effect when applied to your skin.

"Numerous studies point to coffee-derived caffeine’s skin-tightening and redness-soothing properties, making it the perfect antidote to undereye pouches and rosacea," the news source reports. ELLE also recommends anticellulite creams with coffee ingredients, which serve to temporarily minimize cellulite visibility.

Not sure where to look for such highly caffeinated potions? Check out Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub and Archipelago Botanicals line of Boticario de Havana products – all come with ground up beans to instantly perk up your appearance.

What would lead you to stop wearing deodorant?

       
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

What would lead you to stop wearing deodorant?Many of us grew up with the notion that wearing deodorant was hardly an option – at least, if you desired a circle of friends. However, recent events would almost have you believe the opposite.

According to Glamour.com, both Julia Roberts and Jennie Garth recently confessed to not wearing antiperspirant, and some readers have quit the under-arm stuff out of curiosity or a desire to be more in tune with the body’s natural state.

Still others may ditch the stuff after having ruined one too many of their favorite shirts, which all bear characteristic, unsightly underarm stains.

Concerned with any of the following, but can’t bear to be stinky? Look for a quality deodorant that doesn’t come with any strings attached. L’Occitane Aromachologie Purifying Deodorant uses natural ingredients to eliminate toxins from the body. If you’re looking for something even gentler, L’Occitane Olive Tree Gentle Deodorant does the job without blocking pores or getting in the way of the skin’s natural functions.

How to (purposely) create a bed-head look

       
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

How to (purposely) create a bed-head lookSome of us walk a fine line between a bed-head look that's all the rage and a legit, just-out-of-bed, rumpled mane that may or may not have creatures nesting in it. To make sure you get the look you really want, here's some advice for creating an expertly-crafted rocker 'do.

To start, Glamour.com suggests spraying your damp hair with volumizer before breaking out the blow-dryer.

Instead of pulling hair down straight from roots to ends, however, "wind it loosely around the barrel of a round brush and hit it with a blow-dryer to get a bit of bend," the news source advises. "Then, for volume, spritz dry shampoo onto roots after you blow-dry." Wondering what a dry shampoo is? Check out CLEAN Original Dry Shampoo, which is designed to absorb excess oil from your hair between washes

Remember, the key here is care-free strategy, so strive hard to create imperfections. Tousling your hair with your hands is the perfect way to finish off your look – all you'll need is a bit of hairspray to set you straight.