Archive for September, 2011

Gorgeous hair accessories

       
Friday, September 30th, 2011

Classy hair accessories are polished and sophisticated - not girly!If you haven't tried spicing up your hairstyle with a couple of accessories every now and then, there's never been a better time. You don't have to be a teenager to pull off cute headbands, barrettes and clips.

There are plenty of chic, modern looking hair accessories that can fit into any woman's style. For example, a jeweled headband will add a hint of glitter and glamour to your everyday work hair. Just dry your hair and use a volumizing product like Jack Black - Body Building Hair Gel. Either part your hair like you usually do, or comb it back off your face, then slip in a headband.

You could also use a pretty barrette to make a sophisticated half updo. Use Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream to get silky smooth strands, then pull back hair from around your face and secure it at the back of your head with the barrette. Pull out a few strands up front for a more natural, messy vibe.

If you're feeling really adventurous, feathers, colorful hair extensions and flower clips are all totally do-able – just maybe not at the office.

What tomatoes can do for your skin

       
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Tomatoes are great for your skin!Tomatoes are great in salads and pasta sauces, but did you know they're also awesome for your skin? According to DailyGlow.com, tomatoes are a great treatment if you're concerned about large pores, acne, rashes and more. The best part is that they're easy to use at home.

To shrink pores, just mix up a tablespoon on fresh tomato juice with a couple drops of fresh lime juice. Use a cotton ball to wipe it all over your clean face, using circular motions to massage it in. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

You can cure acne by mashing up a fresh tomato and applying it to your face. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse. If you do this for several days you should notice your acne disappearing.

If you're not really into the whole "sit around with tomato on your face" thing, you could lather up with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Shower Gel, then moisturize with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Hand Cream. Your skin will look radiant and smell super fresh.

Dark green nails are super wearable for fall

       
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Dark green will become your go-to neutral for fall!Not everyone is okay with painting their nails dark colors like burgundy, black and purple. While these colors can look great, it's tough to pair them with outfits without looking too goth. Black clothes are slimming and flattering on everyone, but they don't give off a friendly effect when paired with super dark nails. That's why this fall's dark green nail trend should become your go-to shade.

Darker shades like olive and forest green are practically considered neutrals because they work with a variety of colors. You know that greenish khaki shade you see on cargoes sometimes? That's exactly what you're going for. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers in Don't Tell Mama would work perfectly. Just make sure to paint on two thin coats so the color is rich and deep.

Apply one coat of Lippmann Collection – Addicted To Speed Ultra Quick-Dry Top Coat two minutes after you apply your color for a shiny finish that will make your trendy manicure last. You'll be surprised how unexpected and fresh a dark green nail is.

Don’t go back to the wet hair trend

       
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Air-dry or blow dry to avoid the wet hair look!Remember back in the early 90s when wet hair used to be in? Girls would scrunch a ton of gel and product into their hair to get wet waves that went pretty well with their harsh-looking makeup. (Dark lip liner, anyone?) Glamour magazine's beauty blog recently spotted Tyra Banks at the Met Opera in New York City sporting a slightly damp 'do which crossed over into Don't territory.

Air-drying your hair is fine, as long as it looks dry eventually – like by the time you get to the office. In fact, it's probably better for your hair without all those heated tools. Just make sure to use a product like Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream, as air-dryed hair is more prone to frizz.

If you are using a blow dryer to dry your hair, make sure you protect it from damage by using shampoos and conditioners that work with heat to make your hair smoother and healthier. A masque is also a good way to nourish your hair, so use something like L`Occitane – Aromachologie Repairing Mask every couple of days to return your locks to their natural luster.

Your lips don’t have to go dark for fall

       
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Pink lips are fresh for fall!You may have started to notice that fall lips tend to be on the darker side – bold, rich tones of red and plum that work well with the darker clothing that cold weather tends to inspire. However, Glamour magazine's beauty blog pointed out a sweet pink look worn by Anna Kendrick that still feels like it belongs in fall's collection without being vampy.

Pink lips are more of a spring thing, but when worn in fall, the effect is fresher because it stands out. If you choose a shade with a hint of mauve in it, you'll still have a bit of fall's go-to plum tone. Try Joey New York – lipFIT Lipstick in Hip and dab a bit of gloss in the center of your pout to add a bit of dimension.

Keep the rest of your makeup relatively simple. Just use your normal foundation and blush, then add highlighter onto your cheek bones, brown bones and in the inner corner of your eyes. GloMinerals – gloHighlighter will instantly brighten your complexion and draw attention to your pink lips. Add a bit of brown eyeliner and a soft shimmery shadow and you'll look fresh this season.

How to do gold and copper shadows right

       
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Gold and copper lids are always chic!Metallic,ac smoky eyes are always in, but if you're trying to pull the look off for daytime, it's not recommended to use cool shades like silver and pewter. These can look too harsh in the sun's rays, so it's better to go with coppery tones or gold, which match your face better.

Gold is always a chic choice, and it's practically fool-proof to apply. All you need is a shimmery golden eyeshadow, like Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow in True Gold. Smudge it all over your lids and go heavier in the creases. Then put a bit underneath your bottom lash line and even in the corners of your eyes for a wide-awake vibe.

Copper is a bit more difficult to handle, as its red tones can make some people look sick or tired. To avoid this, find a shade that has more brown in it rather than pink, orange or red. POP Beauty – Lid Collection in LID BRONZER has six different bronze colors that aren't the least bit red. You'll look like a glowing goddess.

Copy Rachel Bilson’s dreamy, uncomplicated makeup look

       
Monday, September 26th, 2011

Rachel Bilson is always a celebrity to copy!While guys may claim to love bare-faced looks on women, a number of fashion magazine surveys have shown that men appreciate a little makeup – as long as they can barely tell it's there. That's your cue to save the more daring colors and trends for occasions when you're with your girlfriends. Here's what to try for your next big date.

Cosmopolitan magazine showcased a look at what Rachel Bilson wore to the premiere of her new show, The Heart of Dixie, which plays up all of her features without making her look too made up.

Her subtly smoky look used shades of brown and gold to define her eyes and cheekbones. Use a golden black eyeliner, like Jane Iredale – Cream to Powder Eye Liner in Brown/Black Plus, to line your upper and lower lash line and smudge it out a bit past your outer corners. Use a reddish brown eyeshadow in the crease and a slightly shimmery rose gold highlighter on your brow bone.

Finish it off with a natural looking shade of lipstick or gloss and a dusting of a bronzer, like GloMinerals – gloBronze – SunKiss, on the apples of your cheeks. You'll end up with a natural, romantic look that your guy will love.

A jewel-toned look for the holidays

       
Monday, September 26th, 2011

Your go-to holiday party outfit need not involve a Santa hat!You know it's not very fashionable to show up at a holiday party looking like a Christmas elf, which is why you may balk at first when thinking about wearing a green and red combination. But as long as you choose the right shades, your ensemble will look anything but seasonal.

Cosmopolitan magazine raved about Michelle Monaghan's look for the premiere of Machine Gun Preacher, which showcased a fiery magenta lip shade paired with a rich emerald dress. The jewel tones worked together perfectly without screaming Christmas, which makes it perfect for occasions where you want to look festive without trying too hard.

Try a lipstick like BORGHESE – B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Apricotta and make sure it stays put by lining your lips with a similar shade beforehand. Use a subtle copper color for an eyeshadow, like BABOR – Eye Shadow in Fox. Skip the black liner and go for brown instead. Then, put on a flattering emerald green dress and feel free to bask in the compliments you'll receive.

Bust out of your normal nail color routine

       
Monday, September 26th, 2011

Trying to decide on a new color?Sometimes life calls for a little more than your standard rotation of nail colors. While reds, pinks, nudes and the occasional dark or metallic can definitely do you good, a little more variation can never hurt. If you're thinking of upping the ante on hues this fall, why not try a bit of metallic golden green?

Glamour magazine's beauty blog featured Chanel's Le Vernis Nail Colour in Peridot as September's nail color of the month, which is a green tone with a metallic golden sheen. The color is no doubt beautiful, but if you can't afford to spend so much on a single bottle of polish, you may want to look into other flattering options.

Sula – Paint & Peel Nail Polish in Kelly, along with the Metallic Top & Base Coat would be a chic choice that's easily removable. You could also choose a shade of green that's a bit lighter than the hue you're going for, then use Nailtini – Mixer Nail Base Color in Espresso to deepen and intensify the shade. No matter which greenish gold you decide on, your nails will appreciate the change!

Secrets to soft, shiny hair

       
Friday, September 23rd, 2011

It all starts in the shower!There's nothing like knowing you have the shiniest, softest hair in the room. Even if you think people aren't likely to notice how healthy your hair looks – they will! If you have a hot date coming up or just want to be able to run your fingers through your locks without catching a snarl, there are plenty of ways to make your perfect hair dreams become reality.

It all starts before you even shower. For the ultimate soft, shiny hair, grab a bottle of olive oil, a shower cap and a towel. Heat a bowl of the oil in the microwave for about 20 or 30 seconds, then drape the towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes. Massage the olive oil throughout your hair, concentrating on dry ends. If you have a dry scalp, massage it onto that as well, otherwise stay about a half inch away from it to avoid greasiness. Put the cap over it when your hair is saturated, then relax for 30 minutes while it soaks in.

In the shower, rinse the oil out and shampoo with a mild product like Caswell-Massey – Almond & Aloe Botanical Shampoo. Then, use a bit of conditioner like Dermalogica – Silk Finish Conditioner. Tie your hair up into a bun while you wash your face and body so the conditioner can soak in. Rinse out with cold water and style as usual. You'll be amazed at how great your hair looks and feels.