Archive for November, 2011

Wedding makeup tips and tricks

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Here are a few makeup tips for your wedding day!If you're getting married in the near future, there are a few things you should know before you think about hiring someone to do up your face or stock up on the right products. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in your arsenal, courtesy of Glamour magazine.

1. Don't wear lipstick. You'll be wasting a lot of time having to re-apply, and you know it'll rub off with all that champagne and kisses. Use a lip stain instead for long-lasting color, like GloMinerals – gloTint for Cheeks & Lips.

2. Skip glittery products. You want your face to glow, not sparkle on your big day. Too much shimmer can make your face look shiny and reflective in photos, so stick to products without added glitter.

3. Primer will be your best friend. Instead of relying on cakey powder (which will make your face look flat and dull on photos), make your makeup stay put by using a primer before application. Jane Iredale – Absence (SPF 15) Oil Control Primer is a safe bet that will zap any extra shine.

Luxurious baby shower gifts

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Giver her a baby shower gift you know she'll love!If one of your friends or relatives is a mother-to-be, chances are you’ll be invited to a baby shower in the near future. While it’s a great time to get her all set up with things for the baby, you know everyone else will be giving plenty of bibs, bottles and baby clothing.

Instead, why not think of a gift that she can use all for herself? You know mom will be worrying about her beauty and skincare routine while she’s pregnant, which is why a gift basket full of bath and body products is a great idea.

Mama Mio has plenty of great kits available, like the Mama Mio – Congratulations Kit. It comes with a super rich shower cream, body cream and tummy rub, which will all pamper her skin and protect against stretch marks

Mama Mio – The Smoothie Spa-at-Home Kit is another great choice, which comes with everything she needs to give herself a luxurious spa treatment in the comfort of her own bathroom. She’ll feel radiant and relaxed, and there’s no doubt she’ll thank you for taking her well-being into account.

What to get your beauty-obsessed gal pals this holiday season

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Are your friends obsessed with the latest beauty fashions?Ladies who love beauty products are often hard to please when it comes to receiving gifts. They're so into the beauty fashion scene that they probably already have the latest and greatest makeup available in stores, so there's no point picking out a particular product for them.

That's where makeup sets and kits can come in handy. Since they come with a variety of different products, your friends will be able to experiment with shades, techniques and trends that they may not have previously considered.

Too Faced – The Jewelry Box comes complete with eight eyeshadows, six lip glosses, a blush, a duo bronzer, foundation powder, brow powder, eyeliner cake, illuminator and a brush to apply it all. It's like having your own beauty assistant every morning – which is what every girl wants.

POP Beauty – Hello Gorgeous is also packed with great treats, and comes in a trendy silver case. Your friend will love having so many different options at her disposal, and you'll love knowing that you got the perfect gift!

Sleep your way to prettier eyes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Good news: beauty sleep exists!You know how some women refer to naps and bedtime as "beauty sleep?" Well, it's totally true that your body replenishes itself at night and gets plenty of rest and relaxation, which does translate to a better appearance in the morning.

If you're not getting enough sleep, it's time to fix your routine. You'll have to worry a lot less about skincare issues and beauty products to fix them. Aim for around seven or eight hours each night and you should be good to go.

If you have trouble falling asleep because of lights or sounds nearby, you may want to invest in an eye mask or even a pair of earplugs. You'll be amazed at how much of a difference they make.

On those nights where you simply can't get enough sleep, don't worry. Caswell-Massey – Cucumber Eye Pads (Jar of 24) can soothe your eyes and get rid of any puffiness, while Jane Iredale – Active Light Under-eye Concealer can take care of any dark circles. As long as you don't make not sleeping enough part of your routine, you should be okay.

Beauty fashion risks to consider

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Katy Perry's style is one to emulate!These days, the fashion and music world is all about showy makeup that's creative, loud and pretty outrageous. Although you may not be starring on stage any time soon, it's totally cool to embrace a few of the wild trends that celebrities are experimenting with. Here are a couple of ideas, inspired by Glamour magazine's beauty blog.

1. Huge lashes. We're talking about more than just volumizing mascara here. Go wild with some decorated falsies, or just amp up your look with ModelCo – Lash Out Individual Lashes + Glue.

2. Crazy nails. When it comes to nails, pretty much anything works. Go all-out with glitter, multiple shades or try an out-of-the-ordinary shape, like a pointed oval or an exaggerated square.

3. Bolder lips. Instead of your regular shade of lipstick, opt for a hue that's brighter or darker. Youngblood – Lipstick has plenty of choices to consider.

4. Neon hair. Even if you're not committed to wearing pink hair 24/7, you could pick up a couple of fun extensions and rock those on your nights out.

5. Notice-me blush. Pick a shade that you normally wouldn't choose, then apply it to make your cheekbones look chiseled.

How to pull off a no-makeup look

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

After your shower, there's no makeup necessary!When you think of what to wear on a special occasion, you probably envision a look with plenty of gorgeous makeup to complement your ensemble. However, you don’t need tons of beauty products to look your best, as long as your skin is radiant.

For gorgeous skin that doesn’t need concealer or foundation to look amazing, you need to start your routine in the shower. You should be cleaning your face twice a day – in the morning and at night. Use a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type to ensure the best results.

Every couple of days, use an exfoliating scrub to get rid of dead skin cells and make your face smooth and even. Exuviance – Ultra Restorative Creme will also improve the clarity and texture of your skin for a much brighter complexion.

Finally, use a good moisturizer to hydrate your facial skin. Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15 is a good choice that will leave your face ready for a close-up…without that extra makeup!

Too Faced – Glamour Dust

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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Easy ways to pull off a ponytail update

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Ponytails can be chicer than you'd ever imagine!It's unrealistic to think that your hair is going to look perfect every day of the week. Sometimes, despite your best styling efforts, your coif just doesn't turn out how you want it to. That's when a ponytail can come in handy. Before you think it's not classy or cute enough for your style, take some of these ideas into account, courtesy of Glamour magazine.

1. Create some serious volume. Jack Black – True Volume Thickening Shampoo can start the process in the shower, then just use a comb to tease the roots before you pull it back. Instant oomph!

2. Make a deep side part. A low ponytail is much better at disguising flyaways and looks sexier than your average updo. For an extra boost, pull it to one side so the ponytail goes over your shoulder. It's almost like keeping it down, but way easier.

3. Add a headband. A little bit of sparkle or flower details is enough to transform your pony into a sophisticated style that can work for any occasion. Just use Hamadi – Shea Spray for a bit of extra shine and you'll be good to go.

Smokey eyes with a bit of depth

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Adding extra shadow to the crease is key!Using a dark shade of eyeshadow all over your lid is like asking people to equate your look with a raccoon. It's too harsh and too obvious to be considered sexy – even if you use a shimmery shade. That's why Glamour magazine's beauty blog recommends using a lighter shade to accent the creases of your eyes to create a smokey-eyed look with depth.

It's totally fine to use a dark shadow on the outer corners of your eyes, as this will make your lashes look fuller and help you look more awake. The key is to find a lighter color to match and extend along your creases. This will enhance the natural shadow of the area, adding dimension and making your eyes look bigger.

An eyeshadow kit is the most helpful tool you can use, as it comes with plenty of shades you can mix and match to perfection. Jane Iredale – PurePressed Triple Eye Shadow comes with a trio of shades you can blend perfectly, while POP Beauty – Eye Class boasts several hues in eye-catching shades.

Where the eyebrow ends

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Here's an easy guideline to help you shape your brows!If you're the kind of woman who doesn't pay any attention to your eyebrows other than removing the occasional stray hair, good for you. However, there are some ladies who stress over the perfect shape and do their best to tame those unruly brows. The most important thing to remember is that the length of your eyebrows is what matters most.

There's an easy trick to help you figure out where your eyebrows should start and end. Just grab a pen or pencil, then stand in front of a mirror. Hold the pencil vertically along the outside of your nostril. Where it crosses your brow is where your eyebrows should begin. Next, hold the pencil from the outside of your nostril and bring it over diagonally to the corner of your eye. Your eyebrows should end a tad bit above this point, toward your temple.

If your brows aren't at that perfect length, there's no need to stress. Use Too Faced – Brow Envy Kit to tweeze any excess and fill in sparse areas. Then try Talika – Eyebrow Extender, which will add extra length.