Archive for December, 2011

Top nail trends of 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Nail polish had a big year in 2011!Now that 2011 is coming to a close, it's time to review the year in terms of nail fashion. It was a huge year for nail polishes, glitter and funky shapes, as you probably noticed by looking at what was going on with celebrity manicures and the fingertips of ladies in your social circle. Here are some of the best looks and ideas from 2011, which will totally keep working in 2012.

1. Ombre nails. Celebrities were all about this trend, which can work in two different ways. It either involves painting each finger's nail a different color in the same family of shades, or painting each nail with a gradual color-change. For example, the tops of the nails near the cuticle was light blue, while the tips were dark blue. You may need to call in a professional for the individual ombre nail, but doing your manicure using several different polishes is easy with the variety of choices in Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

2. Glittery top coats. Dazzling sparkles were working on any nail polish color this year, from ruby red to flashy silver to multicolored. All it takes is a couple of coats of your favorite shade, then a complementary glitter top coat to add a dash of sparkle. Nailtini – Topper Top Coat has plenty of exciting options to transform any shade.

3. Pointier shapes. Celebrities made bold moves by having their nails filed into sharp points. While it's not exactly convenient to have small daggers at the tips of your fingers, it's perfectly acceptable to make your nails a bit pointier than usual. Just file your nails into an oval shape with a slightly domed tip.

4. Festive nail art. Almost every holiday this year came with a flurry of unique nail art, from Christmas-sweater-inspired manicures to Halloween themed nails. All it takes is a few different shades of color and perhaps a friend who's good at drawing. (It's tough to do it yourself, especially if you're not ambidextrous!) In 2012, you might want to start out by giving yourself a fun Valentine's Day heart manicure or a quirky St. Patrick's day theme.

5. Mixed up French manicures. French manicures are a classic, but 2011 made them more modern by mixing up the colors. Instead of the muted hues found in BABOR – French Manicure Nail Color, ladies were rocking bold shades that embodied the colorblocking trend. Try giving yourself colorful tips to test it out, then experiment with other shades for the undercoat.

6. Nail decals. When you're not in the mood to paint your nails but you want a stunning manicure, nail decals can come to the rescue. You can find them at drugstores for cheap, and they're easy to apply. The best part is that you don't have to worry about upkeep, as they stay on for a while. Although, you may want to use a topcoat like Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat to seal it just in case.

7. Milky manicures. Classic milky neutrals were all over the runways this year, and the good news is that they translate well into everyday life. You don't have to worry about looking too extreme at the office if you have a milky tan shade or a soft pink. BABOR – Nail Color has plenty of muted options to get the look.

No matter which trend you decide to rock in 2012, you should stock up on a few different colors of polish. That way, you'll have everything you need to get started on those new trends that will undoubtedly surface in the upcoming year.

How to get kissable lips by midnight on New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Kissable lips are a must-have for New Year's!Even though you want your lips to be perfectly kissable on New Year's Eve, winter weather has other ideas in mind. If you're nervous about whether your lips will shape up by midnight, you might want to take the following healing steps, recommended by Allure magazine.

1. Keep your lips moisturized. From now until midnight, keep your lips hydrated with Archipelago Botanicals – Milk Lip Balm Stick SPF15. Don't use any medicated moisturizers, as they can irritate and make your lips red.

2. Gently get rid of flakes. Instead of picking any flakes, resist the urge and keep moisturizing. Once your lips are relatively smooth, you can gently buff away rough spots with a wet toothbrush or washcloth.

3. Don't use lipstick or lip gloss. Even though you want a pop of color for New Year's, your lips could look become dry and get worse with application. Instead, use a stain like Liptini – Lip Liqueur Lip & Cheek Stains, then top with your moisturizer. No one will be able to tell that your lips are looking less than their best.

New Year’s resolution: take more baths

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Baths should always be on your to-do list.When’s the last time you were able to take the time to indulge in a bath? Most women get by with just the shower, but it can be so relaxing and rejuvenating to slip into a warm bath and unwind after a long day of work.

If you’re looking for ways to treat yourself in the upcoming year, you may want to consider scheduling a bath time. Whether it’s once a month, once a week or every other day, a bath can recharge your mind and refresh your body.

Make your bathroom really inviting by setting up a display of scented candles, dimming the lights and stocking up on a few fragrant essentials. Get Fresh – Bath Trio has everything you need to get started, including a soy candle, moisturizing bath salts and a rich body butter to keep your skin smooth and soft afterward.

Once you’re all set up, you may want to add some relaxing music or grab a magazine or book to enjoy while you lounge in the water. Also, be sure to give your skin plenty of TLC during the duration of your bath. Get Fresh – Look Better Naked Body Treatment Set will provide a mask, a cream and a scrub that will keep your body looking its best.

Enhance your eyes with glittery jewels for New Year’s

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Jeweled eyes are perfect for New Year's Eve!If you haven't decided on a festive makeup look for New Year's Eve yet, don't worry. You don't have to learn how to master the art of the cat eye swoop or perfect your eyeliner to make a stunning appearance that night. All it takes are some smokey eyeshadows and a couple of jewels.

Make up your face as usual, using plenty of highlighter or illuminator to give yourself a healthy glow. Use a black eyeliner pencil to line the upper and lower rims of your eyes, then create a thin line above your lash line. Use a Q-tip to smudge it up, then use plenty of gray or black eyeshadow to create depth on your lids. Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow has plenty of options.

Next, buy a couple of jewels from your local craft store, then stock up on some lash glue. Once your eyeshadow and liner is in place, use a pair of tweezers to dip the jewels in the glue and stick them to your lids. Focus on the inner or outer corners for the most dazzling effect.

Finish off with a mascara like Too Faced – Lash Injection, then be ready to turn more than a few heads.

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Avoid obvious lip liner

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Avoid obvious lip liner in your makeup routine!If you're gearing up for a fun night out this New Year's Eve, you're probably looking for a few ways to make your appearance flawless. It's all about the little details, so nothing can be overlooked, including your lipstick.

Lip liner is a great way to ensure that your pout doesn't stray over the course of the night, but sometimes it can be totally obvious that you're wearing it, especially if you choose the wrong shade that doesn't match your lipstick.

That's why Allure magazine recommends using a lip liner in the same shade as your natural lips. Jane Iredale – Lip Pencil has plenty of colors to choose from, so you can find the hue that's just right.

If your lipstick doesn't tend to bleed much, you don't have to use a lip liner. Just apply lipstick, like Sothys – Hydra-Glide Lipstick, using your finger. The edges won't be obvious, but you'll still get a pop of fresh color. The last thing you should be worrying about on New Year's Eve is your lip liner!

Skip the pencil when defining your brows

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Bold eyebrows aren't going anywhere in 2012!Strong eyebrows were the focus of practically every runway show this year, and it's safe to say that the bold brow trend will resurface in 2012. If you're thinking of beefing up yours, put down those tweezers and pick up some brow powder.

According to Allure magazine, powders are easier to manage than pencils when it comes to defining your brows. Pencils can drag and look too harsh, but powders are always soft and manageable. You can use as much or as little as you want to get the exact thickness and shape you're going for.

Paula Dorf – 2 + 1 for Brows has a variety of shades to mix and match for that perfect hue, whether you want your brows noticeably dark or light. Simply comb your brows upward and out, then use the powder to make the arches a bit thicker and cover up any sparse areas. You may want to use something like GloMinerals – gloBrow Gel to ensure that your brows stay perfect all day long.

The most fashionable shape for bold brows is squared with tapered ends, which is the perfect combination of boldness and elegance.

Go red with your New Year’s Eve eyeliner

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Red eyeliner can spice up your New Year's Eve look!New Year's Eve is a time to be daring and bold about your makeup choices, so don't even think about reaching for the same old eyeshadow and eyeliner combination. This year, instead of sticking to the same browns and blacks to create a stunning eye makeup look, why not go festive with a touch of red?

Red eyeshadow might sound like a recipe for disaster, as it's not easy to find the perfect shade. Red-rimmed eyes can make you look a bit sickly, but a bit of red eyeliner is all you need for a pop of color that's unexpected.

Jane Iredale – Liquid Eye Liner (Pinot Noir) might look great if you want a darker shade, or even a lip liner pencil would work. Just use it to line your upper lash line, then seal it with a translucent powder. You may want to try a slightly winged line for a retro effect or add a touch of glitter.

Finish off the look with a long-lasting mascara, like Blinc – Mascara. You won't have to worry about any smudging while you're having a blast on New Year's Eve.

Move over, black eyeliner

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Brown is the new black when it comes to eyeliner!Eyeliner is great when you want to define your eyes and make them pop, but sometimes harsh black eyeliner can be a bit jarring, especially in natural light. Instead of sticking to the basic blacks, Allure magazine suggests trying a creamy chocolate for 2012.

Whether you're just using a bit on your inner rims or going for an all-out smokey eye, rich brown shades of eyeliner will look polished and appropriate – even in bright light. Try using Jane Iredale – Eye Pencil in Basic Brown.

Even if you can't let go of your black liner entirely, you can use both shades for a more wearable look. Just use the black on your inner rims, then line your upper and lower lash lines with the brown pencil. Jane Iredale – Pencil Sharpener will make sure you get a clean line every time.

Finish off with a brown mascara for a truly office-friendly look that won't seem like too much when you're sitting around a conference table. You may never want to go black!

The right shade of red lipstick

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Not all red lipsticks work on every skin tone!You’ve probably noticed by now that red lipstick is rarely, if ever, pure red. Choosing a fiery color isn’t as simple as you might expect, and the wrong shade can ruin your look.

If you want a bold red lipstick to bring in 2012 with, Allure magazine suggests going for a cherry red with plenty of shine. Matte lips and deep red shades have had their moment – shiny cherry is where it’s at now.

However, in order to pick the right lipstick color, you have to take your complexion into account. Light skin looks best with blue-based reds, while darker skin works with orange-based formulas.

Paula Dorf – Lip Color has plenty of shades to choose from, so you should be able to find the right cherry red for your skin tone. When you’re wearing this shade, skip liner, as it can look a bit harsh.

You might want to soften the edge of your lips with a Q-tip or a tissue to make your lips look more effortless. Youngblood – Travel Lip Brush will ensure a great application.