Archive for September, 2011

Secret Garden makeup

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

You'll look as pretty as a flower!Cosmopolitan magazine recently featured a runway makeup look from the Alice + Olivia show that's definitely worth trying at home. The "Secret Garden" theme was meant to mesh with the sequined, pastel clothing of the models, which means if you've got similar tastes, this style should be right up your alley.

Prep your face as you usually would, using primer, foundation, concealer and a hint of peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks. Paula Dorf – Cheek Color Cream is a good choice that's fairly translucent, so your natural skin can shine through.

Next, pick an eyeshadow in a leafy green color, like the Sea Glass shade in Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad (YB56-Mermaid). Sweep it all over your lids and don't be afraid to go above the creases so a bit of the color shows up even when your eyes are wide open. Dab a shimmery green liquid liner all over your lids for a bit of shimmer, then finish with a sweep of black eyeliner above your top lash lines. Wing it out a bit for an added touch of glamour.

The look calls for some serious lashes, so pick a mascara with lengthening and volumizing qualities so your fringe will look long and luxurious. So pretty!

Natural hair removal made easy

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Touchable legs can be yours naturally!Just because the weather is slowly getting cooler doesn’t mean you should stop flaunting your legs in skirts and dresses. As long as you layer up top, you should be fine for another month or two! Fall and winter means boycotting wax for some women, but if you’re still adamant about having perfectly smooth legs natural waxing products are your best bet.

MOOM – Organic Hair Removal Kit with Tea Tree (Classic) not only works great, but it feels awesome and makes the whole hair removal process practically painless. The formula removes your hair from the root – leaving no room for any ingrowns – and will leave you smooth for up to eight weeks. All you have to do is heat the wax, spread it on your skin in the direction of hair growth, rub on a fabric strip and pull it off in the opposite direction that your hair grows. It’s as easy as that!

If you’re new to waxing or don’t want to deal with melted wax, MOOM – Express Pre Waxed Strips for Legs & Body is perfect and easy to use. All you do is press the strips on and pull them off in the opposite direction of hair growth. The kit comes with a cucumber and jojoba oil soother to use afterwards which will moisturize and remove leftover wax. The best part? Your legs will be hair-free for up to two months!

A daring look for a fun night out

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Here's how to look gorgeous on your next night out!Sometimes life calls for a little more than basic black eyeliner and clear lip gloss. For those nights when you want to look a bit more special, you don't have to rely on crazy eye makeup and outrageous sparkles. There's a prettier look that will get you just as much attention without all of the garishness.

Glamour magazine pointed out this style on the Betsey Johnson runway. You may be thinking it's already too loud for your tastes, considering the types of fashion Johnson typically goes for, but don't worry! The effect is totally do-able.

Just put on all of your regular makeup, including foundation, concealer, blush, eyeliner and mascara. Your eyeliner should only be along your top lashes, and you can wing it out if you want to go the extra mile. Use a peachy brown shade of eyeshadow over your entire lid, then use a pencil like Joey New York – SoBe Smudgies for Eyes with Sharpener (Ocean Drive) in a silvery shade to line all around your eye. That includes your lower lash line and just above the upper eyeliner.

To top off the look, use a bold, light pink gloss like Too Faced – Diamond Gloss. You may want to prep your lips beforehand with a matching shade of lipstick so it lasts. The final effect is a bit daring but definitely flattering.

How to flat iron to perfection

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Sleek styles are a staple this fall!Flat ironing your hair is the key to giving it a smooth shine that will last all day. According to Glamour magazine, sleek glossy hair is going to be all the rage this fall, which means it's probably about time you learned how to do it right.

The first step starts in your shower. Suds up with your favorite shampoo, then use a sleekifying conditioner like Dermalogica – Silk Finish Conditioner to get your strands in shape for a serious blow out. After you've showered, blow dry your hair on low heat to avoid excessive heat damage and use a round brush to smooth your hair as you go. Finish with a blast of cold air to set the cuticle.

Next, get your flat iron ready. It's best to have one with ceramic plates, which are less damaging for your hair. If you have thick or course hair, turn the heat up over 200 degrees – but keep it less if your locks are fine. Iron your hair by sections, keeping them about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick. Use clips to pull back any hair you're not currently straightening. Start at the root and clamp it down as you smoothly pull it down over the entire strand. Go over your entire head.

Once you've finished, use a serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur (Anti-frizz) to lock in the shine and keep your look frizz free. Perfect!

A chic makeup look for the fall

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Try out a new look this fall!If you're searching for a new makeup look to sport this fall, look no further. Cosmopolitan magazine spotted a fabulous, pretty look at a fashion show. The good news? It's easy for everyone to pull off!

First, go through your regular makeup routine, using primer, foundation, concealer and a hint of blush. For a glowing look, make sure to moisturize well beforehand so your skin looks healthy and vibrant. Illuminare – Moisturizing Mineral Foundation Dewy Finish SPF 20 is a great option for an illuminating effect.

For your eyes, skip the black eyeliner on your inner rims and line along your top lashes. Make sure it's thick by layering on a pencil liner or using a liquid liner like Too Faced – Liquif-Eye Eye Shadow Transformer Eyeliner. If you're feeling a bit more daring, feel free to wing out the tips a bit past your outer corners. Layer on a gray shadow or one with a hint of silver, then use mascara on your lashes.

Finish the look off with a bold poppy lip color. Be sure to use a liner to avoid and smudges, and top it with a gloss for a shiny pout.

Ideas to steal from Spring 2012 Fashion Week

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Feathers as hair accessories have never been chicer!The Spring 2012 Fashion Week has come and gone, but some of the looks featured at major runway shows are sure to be inspiration for many of this season's trends. Try a few of these ideas, which Glamour magazine recommends.

1. Two-tone nails. Models from the Jen Kao show featured manicures that were black with colorful tips. While you're unlikely to achieve the same graduated look at home (since you'd need an airbrush) it's possible to recreate it by giving yourself a French manicure with the same color scheme. Just choose a black polish for the base and your favorite color for the tips. Be sure to top it off with a topcoat like BABOR – Base & Top Coat.

2. Braided ballerina buns. Bad hair days will be a thing of the past once you start incorporating this look into your routine. Simply pull your hair back into a ponytail, braid the tail and wrap it around the base.

3. Feathered hairdos. Feathers are totally in right now, which means any style that incorporates them is sure to be a hit. All you need to do is pull your hair back into some type of bun, pinning the ends wherever you see fit. Use a volumizing product like Jack Black – Body Building Hair Gel to get extra body. Then, slip in feathers in whichever color you choose.

Updated French manicures

Monday, September 12th, 2011

French manicures are always in style!French manicures are a classic for a reason. They're natural looking, fresh, pretty – and easy to do yourself at home!

If you want to go with the standard nude and white combination, BABOR – French Manicure Nail Color will give you a glossy finish that works to strengthen your nails as you wear it. Just file your nails into a squoval shape, which is straight with rounded edges. Then apply a base coat and carefully paint on a line of white at the edge of your nails. You could either do it freehand or use tape or stickers to help you. When that's dry, paint on two coats of a nude polish and finish with a top coat. Tres chic!

If you're feeling a little more daring, try to mix up your French with unexpected color combinations. For example, you could do a blue nail with a lighter blue tip, a red nail with a pink tip, a nude nail with a gold tip, or even a white nail with a black tip. POP Beauty – Nail Glam has tons of shades for you to choose from to suit your mood. It's up to you to be creative, and the best part is that anything will look good.

What to do when you don’t have time for your makeup routine

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Pressed for time? Don't worry!Everyone has their own way of putting on makeup in the morning, whether it’s sitting at a vanity, standing in front of the bathroom mirror or even swiping it on as you’re on your way to work. But what happens if you simply don’t have time to do your regular routine?

Some people would likely go without, while others would choose to sacrifice being on time and spend an extra several minutes getting ready anyway. However, it’s possible to mix a little of the two for a minimal look that’s still perfectly pretty – and all you need are three different products, according to Glamour magazine.

First, put on your normal foundation. This will cover any blemishes and make your skin look smooth and even toned. Dermablend – Smooth Indulgence Foundation is a great choice because it hides blemishes and blends to a matte finish.

Next, use a rosy blush on your cheeks where you naturally get flushed. Jane Iredale – PurePressed Blush looks super natural and will give your visage a subtle glow.

Finally, sweep a clear lip gloss over your eyelids and lips for a fresh glow that will make you look ready and awake – even without your usual routine!

How to mask gray hairs

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Gray hairs don't have to ruin your style!Sooner or later everyone looks in the mirror and notices a hair or two that is going gray. It's a fact of life, but that doesn't really make it any less annoying. If you're not into the whole embracing your natural look thing, gray coverage may be exactly what you're looking for. Here are some ideas to help you along your camouflage journey.

1. If you only have a few grays or don't want to have to color your entire head of hair, highlights can work wonders. You can wait longer before having them redone than you would with an entire dye job because the gray strands should blend right in. Low lights are just as effective if you'd rather go darker than lighter. Use a shampoo like Leonor Greyl – Bain Vitalisant B, which will keep the color from fading and drying our your hair.

2. Tinted shampoos are an easy way to cover a minimal amount of gray hairs. Even though the dyes are temporary, if you use them everyday you'll never have to worry about seeing those pesky grays.

3. If you're going a little longer than usual in between dye jobs, try mixing up your hairstyle a bit. Part your hair in a different location or put your hair up to disguise any stray grays. A styling cream like Leonor Greyl – Eclat Naturel will keep your 'do in place and moisturize at the same time. Problem solved!

How to gain control of cowlicks

Friday, September 9th, 2011

It's possible to tame those cowlicks!There's nothing worse than fixing your hair in the morning only to discover that your pesky cowlick has ruined all of your hard work ten minutes later. They're most often found around the crown of your head, but some people have them near the hairline. Wherever it is, there are ways to control it so the hairs don't stubbornly stick out in one direction.

The first easy fix is to get a haircut that complements and hides the cowlick rather than highlights it. Try to get one that works in the direction the cowlick grows or has weight on top of it to hold it down. Thick or curly hair can mask cowlicks with short layers that incorporate the cowlick into the style.

You can also tame cowlicks with product. Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle will hold the cowlick in place while keeping your hair smooth and touchable – not stiff. Just apply to the area and use your fingers or a comb to redirect the misplaced hair.

Right after you get out of the shower, use a brush like Hamadi – Natural Hair Brush to get your hair going in the right direction. Then, when you blow dry, try alternating the direction your hair is going in every minute or so. This will prevent the hair from setting in any one direction.