Archive for March, 2011

Choosing a skincare product that does it all

       
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Choosing a skincare product that does it allWhen we've got an array of various skincare goodies, it's tempting to want to use all of them at once. However, according to ELLE.com, it's actually best to streamline your routine so you're only using one product with the ability to multitask for all your needs.

"Rather than use a bunch of different formulas, find a multitasking hero product that takes care of your needs in one go," the news source reports. "Look for one that contains vitamin C to even skin tone and minimize blotchiness, and potent antiagers like retinoic acid and niacinamide."

Exuviance Multi-Protective Day Creme with SPF 15 is an excellent way to get your moisturizing, sun protection and anti-aging boosters all in one go. The moisture-rich cream contains antioxidants, botanicals and gluconolactone to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

For a true synergy of combined forces, try L'Occitane 24 Hours Ultra Rich Face Cream. The formula works around the clock to cure dryness, revive the senses and restore balance to the hydrolipidic film skin barrier that protects your dermis from the environment.

Spring makeup will likely be inspired by your garden

       
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Spring makeup will likely be inspired by your gardenIf you're searching for a color palette on which to build your spring makeup arsenal, look no farther than your own backyard. This year, it's all about garden-ready hues, and provided you stay true to this idea, you can guarantee you'll be the brightest flower in the bunch.

"The spring season is accented with wild violets – pops of color such as taupe, violet, mulberry and coral for eyes, lips and cheeks," makeup artist Tamara Halsey told The Huntsville Times. "Skin is healthy with lighter than air foundation perfectly matched to the skin."

Of course, while color variety is key, you don't want to wind up looking like a child's crayon masterpiece.

It's easy to balance complementing hues with delicacy, as long as you keep the following rules in mind. No more than two colors on your eyes, three colors maximum on your overall face and only one ultra-bright shade at a time.

Of course, keeping the color pops down to a minimalistic level is one surefire way to strike this balance. Try wearing nothing but a neon-colored shadow just along your lash line for starters.

A match made in heaven: A fail-proof guide to choosing the right foundation

       
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

A match made in heaven: A fail-proof guide to choosing the right foundation There are few things more tragic than a woman out on the town wearing a shade of foundation that's just wrong for her skin. Given that it's not always polite to approach a total stranger, we thought we'd do the next best thing and publish some advice to help ladies everywhere find their true match.

First off, "never underestimate the power of natural light to pick the correct shade," makeup artist Joy Pomante told Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch.

When selecting makeup, always try to avoid the harsh, fluorescent lighting that is often found in the stores. If you can apply it to your jawline in a setting filled with natural light, you'll get the best indication of whether the shade is meant for you. Remember: a foundation should blend seamlessly into your skin.

If you can't get to a spot outdoors, the next best trick involves dabbing the makeup on the underside of your wrist. This spot of skin is often the closest match to the skin on your face, so if the shade works here, it'll probably be good for you.

Lady Gaga exemplifies the dos and don’ts of skincare

       
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Lady Gaga exemplifies the dos and don'ts of skincareLady Gaga is an icon to many, and an utter and complete role model to some – shall we say – monsters. However, the pop star recently made it clear that we should err on the side of caution when following her lead, especially when it comes to beauty advice.

Gaga told People.com that she goes to bed with makeup on virtually every night of the week. "That is not good for your skin, but I'm blessed with good genes," she reasoned to the news source.

However, Gaga is wise when it comes to other things, especially protecting her skin. The singer told the news source that she rarely leaves the house without sunscreen. "I don't like to tan my face because it's bad for wrinkles," she said.

To make the most of what we can learn from this diva, use a full body sunscreen and moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15. Products such as foundations and lip treatments may also help protect you from sun damage. And as for that makeup? Wiping your slate clean before bed is generally a good thing.

Amp up the volume on your hair: Frizz out!

       
Monday, March 21st, 2011

Amp up the volume on your hair: Frizz out!After years of attempting to tame frizzy, unruly locks, it looks as though it's finally time for curly-haired gals to embrace their natural tresses.

"It's back – in a big way," Glamour.com reports. The poofed-out, Amazonian look of the '80s has surely been cropping up on the runways as of late, and we'll likely be seeing plenty of these teased-out trends on the streets in no time at all.

"Apply a volumizer to damp roots, blow-dry while scrunching to coax out texture," the news source advises. "Then use a crimping iron on one-inch sections and gently brush out. Tease and hairspray."

Many of us never thought we'd be instructed to tease our hair again, but if you're looking for a good volumizing product to add to your arsenal, forget the Aquanet and go for the best of what the modern world has to offer. Use Leonor Greyl Voluforme or Structure Naturelle. Voluforme assists with curl creation and reduces blow-drying time.

The matte lip look and how to pull it off

       
Monday, March 21st, 2011

The matte lip look and how to pull it offIt's fine that gloss got to enjoy its heyday, but for anyone who's gotten a little tired of the uber-reflective pouts that have been dominating the makeup scene, good news is on the way – spring might lend more opportunities to wear a sophisticated matte lip.

"Makeup artist James Kaliardos gave us this matte lip trick: Fill in lips with a pencil and dust a bright blush over the top," Glamour.com reports. "Craving shine? Add extra gloss to the center of your lips."

Ladies may also want to use a matte-textured lipstick in order to achieve this look. Also, you can always dab regular lipstick on your mouth, blot with a tissue and set with some translucent powder to seal it in.

For an excellent matte lipstick, try Sothys Matte Lipstick, Youngblood Lipstick or Bare Escentuals Merlot Lipstick on for size.

Enhance Your Darker Eye

       
Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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GloMinerals - gloEye Shadow Trio

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Hannah Holman pays lip service to bright pouts

       
Friday, March 18th, 2011

Hannah Holman pays lip service to bright poutsModel Hannah Holman has more than just insanely good looks up her sleeve – it turns out she actually has a little help from her makeup bag.

"On a normal day, I'll just go barefaced with some mascara on my lashes," Holman told ELLE.com. "But when I go out to an event or party, I like to wear a bold lip. I think it really adds to an outfit – even the slightest bit of color pops. My favorite shades are maroons and reds by Tom Ford…they aren't too thick and stay on all day long – they don't smear or wipe off."

For an eye-popping pout, keep an eye out for lipsticks in vibrant hues of fire engine red, tangerine, orchid pink and even purplish-mauve.

Of course, the key to pulling off a vivacious lip is keeping the rest of your makeup minimal – a coat or two of mascara, a light-colored eye shadow and perhaps skipping the liner are good choices in terms of completing this look.

Get your daily serving of fruit with these succulent lip colors

       
Friday, March 18th, 2011

Get your daily serving of fruit with these succulent lip colorsWhat's better than biting into a ripe, juicy mango or peach? Having that look on your lips for the rest of the day, of course.

This spring, juicy shades of lip colors are de rigeur. Look for lipsticks, glosses, balms and stains that remind you of your favorite spring or summertime fruit, be it mango, watermelon, tangerine or papaya.

"Imagine biting into the ripe yellowish orange flesh of a mango. That juicy shade is exactly what you want on your lips this spring," according to Glamour.com. And as for the slightly darker, bold hue of watermelon? "It's as good a staple for the warmer-weather months as the fruit itself. The shade is both sexy and a whole lot of fun."

These are all just jumping off points to get you thinking, of course. Don't limit yourself just because a shade doesn't look exactly like a nectarine. The key here is the juicy factor, so whatever kind of flavor you go for, make sure to layer on plenty of gloss.

Choosing eye creams that are good for you too

       
Friday, March 18th, 2011

Choosing eye creams that are good for you tooNormally when we think of eye creams and all things that are intended to do our skin some good, we never consider that sometimes, the products we choose may result in all kinds of unwanted side effects. However, those with sensitive eyes can take simple steps to avoid using formulas that might rub them the wrong way.

LA Lasik surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler spoke with the Huffington Post and reminded ladies that safflower oil is excellent for hydration while caffeine can help decrease redness and UV damage to eyes. Organic soybean oil and grapefruit seed extract are also highly beneficial while alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) are excellent for anti-aging properties.

Meanwhile, eye creams should be carefully selected to avoid fragrances and special non-irritating formulas, the news source reports.

Cellex-C Eye Counter Cream is specially designed for the delicate skin around the eye area and contains active ingredients to reduce the visible signs of aging. The formula is easy on sensitive skin and doesn’t generate many side effects as some other treatments might.