Archive for June, 2011

Shattering the blush paradigm

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Shattering the blush paradigmIn the modern world, there's no "color by numbers" guide to show you where to put your makeup. Runway models (and the likes of Lady Gaga) have all teamed up to show us that where you apply your makeup is inconsequential as long as you can maintain a creative vision.

Most recently, the trend radars at Refinery 29 picked up on a rather unusual blush trend that's been circulating the fashion circuits.

"We've noticed bright-pink blush straying from the norm and making moves to the lower cheeks…or traveling up toward the temples," the news source reports. "Sure, the pros typically caution against over-application or deviating from the apples, but this shift in flush could be a new way to up your summer blush game. Or, should it just be labeled as blush-gone-crazy?"

This certainly isn't your typical work-day look, so if you're looking for a makeup style that'll take you through your nine-to-five, forget it. This simple maneuver is ideal for a glamorous night out, however, so don't be afraid to pick up a bright shade of mauve and add a bit of flush around your eyes and cheekbones. The result will be positively high fashion.

The fat and skinny of caring for your damaged hair

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The fat and skinny of caring for your damaged hairIn a perfect world, we wouldn’t over-process our hair by dying it every few months, straightening or curling it on a daily basis and blow-drying it to near extinction. But as we all know, most of us are far from perfect, and it makes sense to learn a few hair-saving strategies to at least minimize the damage that we’re nevertheless inflicting.

Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen told that she teaches basic and effective haircare strategies to her A-list clients. Never blow-dry your hair all the way dry – if you leave it 10 percent damp, you’ll stop yourself from over-processing your locks, she recommends. Deep-conditioning rinses are an excellent idea – just make sure you rinse with cold water to seal in moisture (read: close the hair cuticles). “A smoothed cuticle will reflect the most shine,” she told the news source.

You can also take some preventative measures to help temper the adverse effects of any dye jobs or chemical treatments. If you can prolong the amount of time that elapses between each successive root touch-up or hair overhaul, you will save your hair a bit of pain without totally cramping your style.

Here’s one top secret trick for glowing goddess skin

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Here's one top secret trick for glowing goddess skinIn case you thought that professional makeup artists had secrets up their sleeves that the rest of us could barely fathom, think again – sometimes, the most amazing beauty solutions are so simple, it's hard to believe we didn't think of them ourselves.

In terms of getting Kate Moss's skin looking ultra-luminous, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told that "even mere mortal complexions can be perfected." Tilbury layers foundation on first and then adds a couple light dabs of moisturizer along the cheekbones.

"The extra layer gives a beautiful sheen to the skin," Tilbury told the news source. "I use this trick on models just before they go on the catwalk."

If you're looking for an alternative to this sort of skin-illuminating trick, pick up a cream highlighter and see what kind of magic ensues. Dab a small amount on your cheekbones, temples, browbones and your cupid's bow for a glossy, polished-looking sheen.

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurture

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurtureChances are you’ve racked up plenty of experience telling the lady at the sales counter whether you’ve got normal, oily, dry or combination skin. But did you know that having sensitive skin isn’t always a result of what your mama gave you?

“According to experts, all of [the] popular high-tech potions and procedures [we use to whip our skin into shape] contribute to a gradual wearing down of the outer layers of skin, leading to an uptick in the number of people who suffer from continual redness and sensitivity issues,” reports.

This means there definitely can be “too much of a good thing” when it comes to exfoliators, anti-aging treatments and especially when it comes to using too many products all at once.

To combat this issue, we suggest talking to a skincare expert to determine your true skin type and sticking only to products designed for your dermis. Most skincare regimens don’t require more than the use of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and/or night cream.

Turn up the volume on your pout this summer

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 Turn up the volume on your pout this summer Ah, summertime – an occasion for balmy outdoor nights, the rotation of your entire collection of sundresses and, as always, flaunting the brightest shades of lipstick.

While classic red will forever and always be an excellent go-to choice, here are a few alternative ways to spice up your smile over the next couple of months.

Use a stain. Much more matte and natural-looking than a gloss yet packing a sort of long-lasting color that many lipsticks can't rival, a stain will turn your mouth a great shade of crimson (or honeysuckle, or tangerine) while promising to stick with you no matter how many rounds you order at the bar.

Use high-definition gloss to create a glossy, reflective sheen.

Use a quirky, unexpected shade – tangerine, lavender and cabernet are all totally called for.

What you really need to know about acne-prone skin

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 What you really need to know about acne-prone skinIf you've been living with acne-prone skin, chances are you've picked up a pointer or two on how to tame your flare-ups. Whether these tips and tricks have any grounding in valid practices is another matter altogether, we're afraid.

Avoiding cheese and chocolate may or may not be a good idea – when it comes to diet, there's no relationship between food and acne that's totally proven, but the general consensus is that processed white flour and sugar is far more likely to lead to some unwanted spots.

Toothpaste? If it's worked for you in the past, we won't stop you, but there's more evidence that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are destined to work.

As for skipping the moisturizer? By no means is this a good idea. According to, it's a myth that "applying moisturizer will add to the oil on acne prone/oily/sensitive skin. You want to keep your skin moisturized and balanced so skin doesn't keep accumulating excess oils."

Beach-friendly hair (both on and off the sands)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 Beach-friendly hair (both on and off the sands)There's no time like the summertime to rock perfectly imperfect tousled waves, which is something that many women do out of choice and necessity. The sun, the sand and the surf can do quite a number on your hair, but as long as you know how to channel this the right way, you'll be rocking a sexy beach-head whether you're actually strolling along the boardwalk or just looking for a standard summer style fix.

To get ready for a day at the beach (how laborious – we know), recommends french-braiding large sections of your damp hair before you go to bed. When you wake up, simply take them out and spritz a bit of lightweight hairspray into your tresses. The result? Manageable, sexy waves that will have you looking put together yet beautifully unkempt.

This trick can easily translate well for a day-to-day look, but you may wish to add a bit of product to help recreate that weathered-by-the-sand-dunes look. Use a sea salt spray to add natural texture to your tresses.

Your summer antidote to barely-there makeup

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Your summer antidote to barely-there makeupFor far too long, ladies everywhere have heard little more than beauty advice urging them to look natural, fresh-faced, and always balanced. The classic dictate that commands one to focus on the eyes or the lips – but never both – is now stepping aside to an alternative practice which the terms the "DoubleGlam" makeup look.

"It made ripples in 2010 and made waves on the catwalks this spring," the news source explains. "Assuming you get just the right mismatch between the eyes and lips, you still might hate it anyway. Think 60's idol meets Frankenstein's make-up bag, team off-colours with bold shading and even bolder brows."

To pull off a true DoubleGlam, the Independent recommends using bold colors (even better if they're layered), strong, thick brows and, admittedly, striking a balance by opting for neutral garb.

For this, we suggest picking out a few hi-fi eyeshadows – try at least one shade you wouldn't normally dare to touch – and try mixing and matching them across your eyelids. If you're not into the whole painterly-canvas eyelid look, you can still nab a DoubleGlam with dramatic winged eyeliner paired with a bold pout.

How to shop smarter when you hit the makeup counter

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

How to shop smarter when you hit the makeup counterUnless you've been using the same shade of lipstick since your prom in the '80s, chances are you're no stranger to the process of makeup shopping. Alas, it's no easy task, as colors aren't always faithful in the fluorescent mall lighting, and it's not always easy to tell what the long-term effects will be on your skin and your overall look.

To shop smarter, recommends mimicking real-life wear and tear while sampling a product. Bending your wrist a few times can indicate whether an eyeshadow will crease, and gently smudging a liner on the back of your hand is usually good evidence of how it will last on your lids. Similarly, you can rub foundation on top of a moisturizer sample to see if it will flake on your face (something you definitely don't want to shell out big bucks for).

Employing a few handy tricks is easy when you're sampling makeup products in person, but if you're more of an online shopper, you may be at a loss when it comes to ordering your favorite beauty products on the Web. Visiting a makeup counter to see which hues look best with your coloring will help inform your decisions when you don't have a tangible point of reference.

The Beauty Blender Egg

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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