Archive for November, 2011

A pedicure shortcut for the holiday season

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Need a pedicure shortcut for the holidays?Although your feet will most likely be living in closed-toe shoes this winter, there may be a few occasions during which your feet will be on display. For those of you who are planning to wear a peep-toe style to any holiday parties, you may want to take a shortcut when it comes to your pedicure.

Peep-toed shoes only show a couple of your toes, right? Typically your big toe and the one next to it – possibly the third one. In other words, only about ? of your toes will be showing, which means that a complete polish job is totally unnecessary, especially if you're in a rush.

Whether you have an existing paint job or not, all your toes need is a couple of new coats of polish on the toes that will be showing when the shoes are on. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers has plenty of festive shades to try.

Along with a foot scrub to get rid of calluses, like Get Fresh – Down 'n Dirty Foot Scrub, that's all your feet need to look great in a hurry!

What to do with your bangs

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Your bangs don't have to flop in your face!Whether you just got a haircut that includes bangs and haven't got a clue about how to style them, or if you're trying to grow yours out, there are plenty of ways to style them so they're out of your face.

First, consider a headband. There's nothing more efficient than locking your bangs in place with a band of sturdy plastic. With so many cute styles and colors out there, there's no end to the chic possibilities. Just be sure to smooth your hair with Hamadi – Shea Spray first.

For something more on-trend, Glamour magazine's beauty blog recommends copying the look that many celebrities have been sporting on the red carpet. It's a side-swept wavy effect that you can copy by curling your bangs then teasing the roots. Once you have volume, sweep them to the side and secure with a bobby pin, then use Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle (Strong-hold hair spray) to really keep them in place.

A variety of other hair clips can also be used to secure your tresses, and this holiday season, the more sparkles, the better!

Babor – Foundation and Concealer

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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How to use waterproof mascaras without sacrificing anything

       
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Two types of mascara ensures the perfect long-lasting look!Waterproof mascaras are great for preventing smudging and the kind of raccoon look typically reserved for distressed women in horror movies. However, you may have noticed that most waterproof mascaras tend to be stiffer and starchier compared to their regular counterparts, which means you're not always getting the long, soft fringe you want.

Instead of making any sacrifices by choosing one over the other, The Beauty Department suggests combining waterproof mascaras with normal ones in the same look. This ensures that you get the best of both worlds – no smudges and soft, full lashes.

Start out using your regular mascara, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Lashes To Die For The Mascara, on your top lashes only. Let this dry, then apply another coat. Before this second coat can dry, use the tip of a waterproof mascara like Sothys – Waterproof Care Mascara (Black) to paint each lash. It will seal the first formula and keep it from budging. Use the waterproof version to coat your lower lashes, which tend to rub off the most, and you're good to go!

The perfect makeup for your holiday work party

       
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Nicole Richie knows how to put together the perfect holiday party look!When you think of a work party, the last word on your list of adjectives to describe the event is probably "sexy." It's just not a good idea to arrive at your shindig going all-out with fake lashes, bold lipstick and a smokey eye. These are still people you work with.

However, it's definitely okay to amp up your normal work makeup routine to allow for the festive occasion. Glamour magazine's beauty blog recently pointed to a look that Nicole Richie wore as an example of what to do for your holiday bash.

Start with your normal foundation, then use a nice peach lipstick, like BABOR – Classic Lip Color – 77 Glossy Peach. A peachy blush will also look nice on the apples of your cheeks. Next, use a black liquid eyeliner like BORGHESE – Linea Precisa Liquid Eyeliner (Black) to line your upper lashes, then a black pencil to line your inner rims. Dust a bit of pink shimmer over your lids, then use a gray eyeshadow to create depth in your creases. Finish it off with two coats of mascara. Perfect!

Don’t forget about your feet this winter

       
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Don't forget to care for your feet this winter!Chances are, you’re not wearing flip-flops or strappy sandals much this winter. Instead, you’re likely banishing your feet into a pair of boots and forgetting all about them. However, some holiday occasions do call for dressier footwear, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard!

While you don’t need a weekly pedicure to keep your toes looking fresh all winter, it’s a good idea to give your feet a bit more TLC than you normally would. That means getting rid of any calluses or rough spots before the shower. Lippmann Collection – Foot Fetish Dual Sided Foot File is the perfect tool.

Since cold weather is drying to your entire body, your feet will likely need a bit of refreshment. Use Get Fresh – Rescue Me Intensive Foot Repair Creme to put the kibosh on dry skin and keep your soles smooth. You’ll get the best results if you slather it on before bed, then put on a pair of clean cotton socks. The rich creme will all be absorbed by morning, leaving your feet supple and touchable.

Dermablend – Leg and Body Cover

       
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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What your cell phone could be doing to your face

       
Monday, November 21st, 2011

Your phone's not as clean as you think it is!You probably know that your hands pick up a lot of bacteria throughout the day, so it should be no surprise that your cell phone does too. After all, you're touching it all day while talking, texting and exploring those exciting apps. However, you could be doing your skin a disservice by pressing it against your face when it's not clean.

The dirt, oil and bacteria that collects on your phone can do a number on your skin, clogging pores and causing blemishes and blackheads. According to The Beauty Department, many dermatologists can tell which side their patients hold the phone on just from looking at the state of their skin!

Make sure to use a cotton ball with a bit of rubbing alcohol to disinfect your phone frequently, then repair the damage on your face with a cleanser like Bioelements – Decongestant Cleanser. It'll get rid of all the gunk so you can use an acne treatment like Jane Iredale – Disappear to nix that mess for good.

How to add the “chic” to geek chic

       
Monday, November 21st, 2011

Whoever said glasses are nerdy just didn't know how to wear them!First off, glasses are not nerdy. They're necessary and can be totally fashionable. But if you have glasses and feel like you look less-than-pretty while wearing them, there are a few tricks you can use to amp up the sexiness. Here are some tips, courtesy of The Beauty Department.

1. Glasses highlight your eyes, which means you want to frame them even more by defining your brows. Use Sothys – Eyebrow Enhancing Pencil to fill in any sparse areas.

2. Because glasses cast a shadow on your face, it's important to get rid of dark circles underneath your eyes. Use a non-creasing concealer with yellow or orange shades, which will cancel out brown and blue.

3. Sometimes glasses make your eyes appear a bit smaller, which means you should try opening them up a bit with a white or peach eyeliner pencil on your inner lower rim. Try Jane Iredale – Eye Pencil, which has plenty of conditioning oils. It'll make the whites of your eyes appear larger, giving you a more awake look.

Good news for fans of the messy bun

       
Monday, November 21st, 2011

Jessica Biel knows how to rock a messy bun!You know that bun that you pull your hair into on those mornings when you're too tired, late or lazy to do anything else? It's pretty enough to pull off on the red carpet, according to Glamour magazine, who spotted Jessica Biel rocking the look at the GQ Men of the Year party.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the oh-so-easy messy bun, it's quite simple to do – which is why so many ladies favor it. Although you technically don't need much more than a ponytail holder to achieve the look, it never hurts to have a couple of products on hand to offer a bit of volume and lasting hold.

If your hair is dry, use Leonor Greyl – Eclat Naturel (Styling cream for dry hair) to add manageability and protection. If you're styling your hair wet, add Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice (Volumizing Styling Mousse) for a bit of extra volume. Then, just twist your hair up haphazardly into a knot, then secure an elastic around the base. Pull a couple of pieces out, and you're done! Easy, right?