Archive for June, 2011

Unexpected allies in the battle against crow’s feet

       
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Unexpected allies in the battle against crow's feet Try as we might to delay the signs of aging, it's hard to maintain the best line of defense without a few expert face-saving strategies. Striving for youthful-looking eyes is especially important to aging women, and it may just get a bit easier with these few simple tips and tricks.

According to Allure.com, it pays to wear big sunglasses – especially if they're of the UV 400 variety. Even so, you shouldn't assume that sunglasses will provide you with the utmost protection, especially since you're not likely to be wearing them constantly. Be sure to wear sunscreen around your eyes – an SPF eye cream with antioxidants will help protect against the sun's rays and fight free radicals.

That being said, it pays to follow your common sense beauty routine, as its the simple things that truly do count in the battle against crow's feet and other unwanted signs of aging. Sleep well, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet and always wear sunscreen (but you knew that already).

Night on the Town Part 1

       
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

POP Beauty - Eye Magnet Primer

POP Beauty – Eye Magnet Primer

GloMinerals - gloLoose Eye Shadow

GloMinerals – gloLoose Eye Shadow

Too Faced - Eye Shadow Insurance Policy Collection

Too Faced – Eye Shadow Insurance Policy Collection

More Video Tutorials

Worldly Women

Worldly Women

Bridal Makeup Part 2

Bridal Makeup Part 2

Bridal Makeup Part 1

Bridal Makeup Part 1

Razor burn? No problem

       
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Razor burn? No problemThere are few beauty bummers worse than razor burn in the summer – especially when it decides to flare up just before that nice beach vacation you had planned for weeks. Fortunately, there are definite steps you can take to make sure this little issue has no place in any of your future summer plans.

First, check your razor. Most shaving issues start and end with the newness and quality of the blade you're using. If you're especially prone to irritation, use a new blade every time and don't settle for cheap disposable brands.

Second, make sure you're using the right products. A gel-based shaving cream designed for sensitive skin is best. You should also avoid using products with fragrances or other potentially pore-clogging substances. Similarly, you should also avoid using lotion on the area after shaving (or scrubbing harshly on the premise that exfoliating will help liberate trapped hairs). All of these practices only serve to irritate skin further – when in doubt, use deodorant on the area after shaving – seriously!

Keep unwanted shine to a minimum this summer

       
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Keep unwanted shine to a minimum this summerThere are many different ways you can shine in the summer, but not all of them are necessarily desirable. This season, make sure you've got all the right tools handy to keep oiliness to a minimum – and your natural brilliance at an all-time high.

Different people are more prone to shine than others, but just about any lady could benefit from carrying a few blotting sheets in her purse. Expert tip: if you're in a bind, tearing off a small piece of a toilet seat cover acts just as well as any specialized tissue you'd carry around in your purse.

As for your tresses, not all ladies are wont to shower as often as they'd need to to keep greasy locks at bay, in which case a dry mattifying shampoo will be the ultimate saving grace for your hair this summer.

"By mattifying oil, the product restores body to hair, and because it's a lightweight product, it's easy to carry around in your purse for when your hairstyle starts to wilt midafternoon," the Columbia Tribune advises.

Molly Ringwald’s glowing secret

       
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Molly Ringwald's glowing secretMolly Ringwald has inspired girls since the '80s, and now she's back as a self-assured grown woman with plenty of wisdom in the beauty department. Ringwald recently confessed to BellaSugar.com that she now wears significantly less makeup than she did in her teenage years, but the length of time that it took for her to get to that point taught her a few neat tricks where makeup is concerned.

"Somebody also told me a trick today about cheeks," Ringwald told the news source. "She said to think of them like Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate. So white on top, pink on the apples, and shading on the bottom. Then blend, blend, blend."

Ringwald's explanation is contouring made easy, but none of this advice is anything new to those skilled in the art of highlighting. Adding a basic sheen to your mug isn't hard – just use a cream highlighter on your cheekbones, browbones, temples and on your cupid's bow for a picture-perfect dewy look.

Choose makeup products with SPF for a gorgeous, healthy summer

       
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Choose makeup products with SPF for a gorgeous, healthy summerThere's nothing quite like makeup products that are designed to make you both beautiful and healthy at the same time. This summer, take your skin's health into consideration when choosing your makeup.

Not all of the products in your makeup bag are destined to contain SPF, of course, but with the right routine, you'll have the perfect amount of coverage without interfering with the rest of your look.

For the best sun-safe results, apply an SPF moisturizer to your face and let it soak in for at least five minutes prior to applying your makeup. This is great to wear under an SPF foundation, which offers additional protection but isn't a substitute for sunscreen and shouldn't have to be worn all over your face if you don't require that much coverage. Be sure to apply it to oft-neglected areas such as your ears, around your eyes and above your mouth.

It's also crucial to invest in an SPF lip balm or lipstick. Lips feature skin that's even more sensitive than that of your face, so you'll want to make sure your pout is protected at all times.

Ways your kitchen pantry can pimp out your manicure

       
Monday, June 20th, 2011

Ways your kitchen pantry can pimp out your manicureMost of you have heard of food fixes that can go into home-made facial masks, skin treatments, hair resuscitation and so much more. We're willing to bet, however, that few of you have ever suspected that you can use a couple edibles to the benefit of your manicure.

StyleList.com recommends adding a teaspoon's worth of finely-chopped garlic to your base coat, as it "strengthens nails really well (some people claim it also helps them grow faster) for a fraction of the price of drugstore nail hardeners."

What other surprising food fix did the news source come up with? Pam (or any common variety of cooking oil) is excellent for setting your polish while it drys, as it helps prevent any untimely mess-ups.

This could either be in place of or in addition to another commonly-used trick that's easy to do at home. You can dip your nails into a bowl of cold water after letting them dry for about three minutes to help speed up the drying process.

Hair tips we’ve learned from wild-maned ladies

       
Monday, June 20th, 2011

Hair tips we've learned from wild-maned ladiesEven if your hairstyle is as run-of-the-mill as a bowl of cereal in the morning, just about anyone could learn some invaluable hair advice from those that take their tresses to the extreme.

A good hair color can be notoriously hard to maintain. If there's anyone we can learn from in this department, it's Paramore front-lady Hayley Williams, who is notorious for her always-fresh head of neon strawberry locks.

"The healthier my hair, the better it looks," she told Self.com. So how does she keep her crayon-rich hue alive? The magazine points out that the sun's UV rays can oxidize the pigment in hair and make it look dull – to prevent this from happening, ladies with color-treated hair should use a leave-in conditioner with UV blockers.

At the same time, it's never a good idea to overprocess your hair, even if you're bent on having the best head of peroxide locks around. Take it from Lady Gaga, who confesses to scheduling frequent intensive hair treatments to help her hair cope with all that bleach and gravity-defying splendor. Not that it goes to waste on our eyes, but we're sure that even her hair needs a break once in awhile.

Summer makeup is all about texture

       
Monday, June 20th, 2011

Summer makeup is all about textureThis summer, we entreat you to consider the kinds of textures you would want on your gorgeous face. No, we're not thinking shiny and sweaty, though anyone who doesn't take the proper steps to prevent this effect can easily attain such a look. We're talking about the differences between cream-based products and powder compacts and everything in between.

"Mix textures whenever possible," makeup mogul Raychel Wade told Fashionista.com. "For example, use a cream blush, then brush a powder bronzer lightly over everything. Keep all powders fairly translucent and mattifying. Again, sludge on your face is not attractive."

Wade also suggested using cream blush whenever possible, and guard against using too much of the same texture – mix and match shimmery and matte products for a perfectly appropriate look every time.

You can take this general ethic of layering to the umpteenth degree by blending multiple hues as well. Layered eyeshadow looks are de rigeur this season, and you can be your own professional makeup artist by blending lipstick and blush colors on your hand for a custom palette that's all your making.

Make better makeup choices for summer

       
Monday, June 20th, 2011

Make better makeup choices for summerYou rotate your outfits depending on the seasons, so why wouldn't you change up your makeup as well? Your mug has different needs in the summertime, so choose your makeup products accordingly.

According to Cosmopolitan, it pays to switch out your regular pencil eyeliner for a liquid eyeliner formula instead. The liquid stuff tends to stay on your lids better than pencil formulas, which are prone to smudging. Opt for a waterproof variety (paired with waterproof mascara, of course) for the ultimate summer-ready finish.

The same general idea should apply to the rest of your makeup as well, as anything you put on your face in the summer is more apt to slide off in the heat. Use a primer (for both your face and your eyes) to help your makeup outlast the humidity and stay looking fresh from morning to night.

Once you've got your cosmetics where you want them, feel free to play around with color. Swap out your cabernet blush for something a bit more bronze, and do play up your lips with cherry red and fuchsia hues.