Archive for June, 2011

Temporary solutions are worth a second look

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Temporary solutions are worth a second look Not all beauty solutions are necessarily designed to have permanent, lasting effects, but that doesn't mean you should rule them out entirely. In fact, reconsidering a temporary solution may give you just the tool you need to look great for a special night or occasion.

This is especially true when it comes to things like cellulite creams, which are notorious for their claims to permanently reduce the appearance of dimples, although many only offer a temporary reprieve. If you've got a date on the beach, however, what do you have to lose? Applying a body-firming lotion to your skin can help give you that extra boost of beauty and confidence you crave for a stellar day on the sands.

Caffeine is also a wonderful ingredient typically found in skincare products. This awakening substance is great for temporarily tightening your skin and making problem areas look just a bit slimmer for a night out.

Do not neglect thy decolletage

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Do not neglect thy decolletageWhere beauty is concerned, it's easy to treat the face and the body as entirely separate matters. The problem with this approach is that the middle ground often gets neglected, leaving the necks and decolletage of many women lacking in moisture, sun protection and care.

"The décolletage is the forgotten area," New York dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, told "Even women who wear SPF on their face daily forget that their chest and neck are just as exposed. So apply the same sunscreen-antioxidant combo as on your face – it'll do the job a few inches down."

It's extremely important to wear sun protection all over, and the chest is no exception. But caring for your decolletage involves more than just applying an SPF product on a regular basis. Exfoliating, moisturizing and applying anti-aging products as needed is extremely beneficial and valuable.

Young ladies may not think about it now, but the delicate skin near their necks will be especially susceptible to aging as they grow older. Use a moisturizer with retinol to help delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

Is your sunscreen super-charged?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Is your sunscreen super-charged?Sunscreen is essential – we all know that. But did you ever stop at assuming that your suntan lotion could only serve one all-important purpose? In 2011, it's entirely possible to reimagine the scope of what your sunscreen can do. suggests reaching for a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen (this implies that it protects against UVA as well as UVB rays – uber-important) – all the better if it comes with such healthful antioxidants such as green tea, coffeeberry and vitamins A and C.

"You know how at Jamba Juice they ask you if you want an extra boost? Well, antioxidants are like the extra boost of protection," Dr. Ranella Hirsch told the news source.

On a similar note, many skincare products are now offering all-in-one protection, moisturization and anti-aging properties. Finding a product that can do it all will not only save you time in the morning, but it'll reduce the amount of stuff you put on your face.

For summer, the solution comes in a spray bottle

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

For summer, the solution comes in a spray bottleThink back to your favorite beach moments. What were you most likely to reach for at the time? A heavy, goopy cream? Chances are, it's much more pleasant to have a spray-on solution instead, no matter what your beauty need.

Need a quick sunscreen application? Spray-on lotions are great for ensuring full coverage and feeling refreshing on the skin. Plus, you won't need a back-up assistant to help you get those hard-to-reach places.

Leave-in conditioner is also great for taking with you to the beach, especially after subjecting your tresses to harsh salt water. If you're in a bind, mix a small amount of your regular conditioner with water and take it with you in a spray bottle.

Body mists are also popular during the warm months, as they can cool down overheated skin as well as provide much-needed moisture when you're on the go.

Night on the Town Part 2

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Too Faced - Eye Shadow Insurance Policy Collection

Too Faced – Eye Shadow Insurance Policy Collection

POP Beauty - Smokey Lash Kapow

POP Beauty – Smokey Lash Kapow

GloMinerals - gloBlush

GloMinerals – gloBlush

POP Beauty - Aqua Lacquer Lip Gloss

POP Beauty – Aqua Lacquer Lip Gloss

More Video Tutorials

Night on the Town Part 1

Night on the Town Part 1

Bridal Makeup Part 2

Bridal Makeup Part 2

Bridal Makeup Part 1

Bridal Makeup Part 1

Tips for growing long, healthy nails

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tips for growing long, healthy nailsFor some of us, growing out our nails is easier said than done. In light of all the compulsive nail-biters worldwide, here are a few simple steps you can take to get those nails longer than you thought possible.

The first part of this process is psychological. Aside from using old-school techniques such as marinating your fingertips in lemon juice or mustard, there are other ways to interfere with your mental process every time you go to bite your nails. Many human psychology experts agree that conditioning your brain to respond to an "if/then" thought pattern is the most effective way to curb a habit. Repeat to yourself: "If I have the urge to bite my nails, then I'll reach for a stick of gum instead."

Other methods involve strengthening your nails so they'll grow to be healthy and resilient. Some people recommend soaking nails in vinegar on a regular basis, but there are plenty of products on the market that are designed to fortify your nails without the unpleasant smell.

Enlist the aid of antioxidants to tamp down on those free radicals

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Enlist the aid of antioxidants to tamp down on those free radicalsThe battle lines have been drawn in the war against aging, and it's looking as though the ladies of today are hedging their bets on antioxidants. The classic antidote to the damaging effects of free radicals in the air, this healthful ingredient is the surest match against premature signs of aging.

"The age-inducing free radicals caused by all the different factors of city life can be 'eaten' or even reversed by the presence of antioxidants," reports. "Diet-wise, you can find the powerful fighters in richly colored fruits and veggies, like blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate and kale. Antioxidants are also present in skin care ingredients like Vitamins A, C, E, and are most effectively absorbed through serum form at bed time."

Other basic anti-aging strategies are also crucial to heed. In addition to following your anti-aging skincare routine, always remember to drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep and wear sunscreen every day.

Eva Mendes on translucent powder

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Eva Mendes on translucent powder Everyone's got her own beauty shtick, and it follows that the leading ladies that look the most consistently gorgeous are probably the ones whose advice we'd heed. In that vein, Eva Mendes recently revealed her very strong opinions regarding facial makeup, which is bound to make a few of us reconsider our morning makeup routines.

"What I tend not to do, specifically in the summertime, is cover any shine with powder," Mendes told "I'd rather look a little shiny and look fresh in that way, than trying to cover it. I'm very anti-powder, especially when it's a little humid out. That's when blotting papers are really helpful."

For any other ladies out there who are unhappy with their pressed powder compacts, there are a number of alternatives for controlling shine in the summer, including blotting papers – as Mendes mentioned.

If you've got an especially extreme case of oily skin, a serum applied together with your moisturizer should help keep those T-zones under wraps. Average cases of shiny skin can benefit from the right moisturizer (always buy skincare products according to your skin type). If you've tried all of these things to no avail, consider substituting your normal foundation for a primer and tinted moisturizer instead.

Jessica Alba takes a page out of gramma’s beauty book

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Jessica Alba takes a page out of gramma's beauty bookThe best beauty secrets are the ones that are passed down and kept alive through generations of gorgeous women. Jessica Alba is certainly all the wiser for heeding her grandmother's advice, which is mostly responsible for that beautiful, healthy glow she's always sporting.

"Before there was cream blush, my grandmother would apply lipstick on her lips, cheeks and eyes. I still do that today," Alba revealed to "And my mother always told me to wash my face every night, wear sunscreen during the day and drink plenty of water. It's simple but I like to think that it works for me."

Whether you stick to Alba's old-school methods or invest in a creamy blush for the summer, nabbing a picture-perfect glow is as easy and simple as this tidbit would suggest.

All women will look their best in the summer with a mixture of bronzer and blush. Sweep bronzer that's a shade or two deeper than your natural skintone along your cheekbones, temples, browbones and forehead (all of the areas on your face that naturally get the most sunlight) and add a touch of rosy color to the apples of your cheeks. The result? A natural, healthy glow that'll be your biggest beauty ally this season.

How do you wake up with makeup?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

How do you wake up with makeup?In a perfect world, we'd all get the required seven to eight hours of sleep per night that we need to look our most beautiful. Life doesn't always work that way, however, so here are a few ways you can put your makeup to work for you to fake a rested appearance.

A shower will always be one of your best allies in the battle against exhausted looks, but if you don't have time, use a dry shampoo to lift greasy locks and wash your face with a creamy revitalizing product. Finish with a good helping of moisturizer, as sleep deprivation is a classic sapper of moisture from your skin.

If you don't normally wear foundation, a tired morning may be a good time to start. You don't want too heavy of a coverage, however, as too much makeup will only serve to make you more tired. Use a lightweight formula or tinted moisturizer to help even out your skin tone.

Next, engage in a bit of pick-me-up makeup. A bright rosy blush applied liberally to your cheeks will instantly perk you up, and don't forget to apply a few coats of mascara to open up that gaze. Heavy eyeliner should probably be avoided, but a bit of black liner applied to the inside of your lower lash line could help make your eyes look more awake.