Archive for December, 2011

One easy eyeshadow color to add to your arsenal

       
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Pearly white eyeshadows are practically foolproof!Most gals stick to a couple of shades of eyeshadow and rely on them to get through any occasion. If you like hues that go with anything, there's one you might want to add to your collection that you might not have thought of.

According to Allure magazine, pearly white shadow is trendy and, best of all, flattering. It makes your eyes look wide awake and larger, and who doesn't want that? You can use the color all over your lids, in the inner corners of your eyes and even on your cheekbones for a bit of highlight.

If you're fair skinned, try Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Moonstone. It's a white shimmer that's perfect for a pearly look. Darker skinned ladies should go with something a little more golden, as white can look ashy. Use Jane Iredale – Eye Gloss in Champagne Silk.

No matter which variation you choose, you should have fun finishing the look with plenty of liquid eyeliner and mascara. A pearly cat eye with luxe lashes is perfect for going out.

Too Faced – Natural Eye Kit

       
Monday, December 26th, 2011


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The best blush secret for 2012

       
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Two shades are the key to a natural flush!There are many colors and varieties of blush, but have you ever noticed that there's not always a perfect match to mimic the shade your face gets when you're actually flushed? Using the wrong color can look unnatural, not to mention a bit flat.

Luckily, Allure magazine has a solution for 2012. The magazine recommends mixing petal pink blush with an apricot shade for the most natural glow. The key is to use the apricot shade first, whether you go for a cream or powder formula. Then you should layer the pink on top.

You'll get a healthy color if you swirl it over your cheekbones. If you're not sure which shades of powder to try, check out Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Blush in Nectar and Petal. They'll combine to make the perfect hue.

More into cream blushes? Try Paula Dorf – Cheek Color Cream in Tempo and Peek A Boo. They'll blend easily for the most natural flush you've ever achieved with makeup! People may think you're actually blushing!

Need new eyeshadow? Try a glossy brown

       
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Glossy brown eyeshadow is flattering on everyone!Many women use brown eyeshadow on a regular basis. It's universally flattering, rich, sophisticated and neutral. No wonder it's a favorite! If you need to stock up on your collection of brown eyeshadow, you might want to go for a glossy effect to be on trend.

According to Allure magazine, glossy brown shadow is going to be everywhere in 2012. A shiny finish is all the rage on runways, red carpets and the streets, and all it takes is a creamy formula or a bit of moisturizer to get the effect.

If you don't want to add any more steps to your routine, a creamy shadow like Illuminare – All Day Eye Color will work perfectly, and there are several brown shades to work with. If you want a hint of extra shimmer, just dust a bit of translucent sparkle on top.

If you're down to use moisturizer, simply swipe a coppery brown shadow all over your lids. Then, use a bit of Exuviance – Hydrating Eye Complex on top for a shiny finish.

Tangerine trends to follow in 2012

       
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Tangerine is the new Every year, Pantone chooses a color of the year to represent what's going on in the world and what should be on your list of must-have shades. In 2011, it was Honeysuckle, but 2012's shade is a bit more feisty: Tangerine Tango.

According to Pantone, Tangerine Tango is "a spirited reddish orange, [that] continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward." It's a playful, dramatic shade that somehow manages to be sophisticated and classy at the same time. It should be appropriate for all seasons, especially summer, when bright colors are everywhere.

Allure magazine suggests incorporating tangerine into your makeup routine through nail polish and lipstick. Eyeliner is also do-able, but not always wearable.

On nails, check out POP Beauty – Nail Glam in Orange, which is a fiery shade that will be sure to turn heads. For lips, use Joey New York – Collagen Boosting Lipsticks in Crystal. It's a creamy neutral with a hint of tangerine, so you know it's definitely worth trying.

Too Faced – Brow Envy Kit

       
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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Make your pout kissable for New Year’s

       
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Kissable lips are your best accessory on New Year's Eve!Put yourself in a guy's shoes for a second. It's New Year's Eve. The ball in Times Square is about to drop, meaning it's about time to go in for that midnight kiss. However, the woman you have eyes for is wearing bright red lipstick. Do you really want that all over your lips?

Although red lipstick looks stunning, it's not exactly the most kissable lip makeup. Instead of swiping on a daring shade, keep it natural and shiny this year. A neutral lip looks the most inviting, and a touch of shine can draw a bit of extra attention and create dimension.

Use a lipstick that matches or is slightly darker than your natural lip color, like Paula Dorf – Lip Color in Casino. Finish it off with a super shiny clear gloss, just in the middle of your lower lip. Sothys – Radiance Gloss will look gorgeous, and it's not sticky! You won't have to worry about making your guy hesitate to go in for the kiss. He'll be dying to!

How to avoid hair static this winter

       
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Hair full of static is no fun to deal with!There's nothing more annoying than removing your sweater, scarf or hat to discover that your hair is full of static. It wreaks havoc on any hairstyle and can be tough to tame without making it look greasy or flattened. Luckily, Glamour magazine's beauty blog has a few useful tips to help you battle the frizz.

1. Spray a bit of Leonor Greyl – Laque Souple Gentle Hold Hair Spray on your hairbrush before you brush your hair. It will put your strands back in place and keep them from straying – without looking plastered down.

2. Gently rub a dryer sheet over your head. You know it works for laundry, and it's no different for your hair! Just be gentle, otherwise too much could come off and make your hair look greasy.

3. Switch your volumizing shampoo. For some reason, volumizing and thickening products seem to make hair more prone to static. For the winter months, consider switching to a shampoo like Dermalogica – Shine Therapy Shampoo. Your locks will be smooth and shiny.

How to handle the downside of dark nail polish

       
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

You don't have to deal with too-dark polishes!Have you ever picked up a gorgeous shade of dark nail polish, like navy or purple, only to discover that the hue just looks black on your nails? There's nothing more disappointing than this, yet it's hard to get the color to shine through with many dark shades.

One way to remedy this is by painting on the thinnest coats you possibly can. Thick layers of polish won't let any light through, so nothing will be able to illuminate the sparks of color. After painting on a base coat, like Lippmann Collection – Turn Back Time Rejuvenating Base Coat, paint on two very thin shades of polish. If it's streaky, add one more sparse coat before you finish with top coat.

If that doesn't work, you might have to pick shades that won't turn dark and murky on your nails. Although it can be tough to ditch your favorites, BABOR – Nail Color has a variety of rich shades that still stay true to their colors when painted on. You won't have to worry about going too dark ever again.

Got rosacea? You can still wear blush

       
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

You don't have to skip blush with rosacea!If you have rosacea, you may be thinking that you wouldn't be caught dead wearing blush on your cheeks. As if you needed anything to make them any redder, right? However, Allure magazine insists that it's still entirely possible to sculpt your cheekbones with blush even if you have excess redness. The trick is choosing the right color blush.

Before you pick a shade that will work, you might want to try alleviating your rosacea symptoms with a product like B. Kamins Chemist – Starter Kit for Rosacea. It will help reduce the appearance of blotchiness and redness by soothing your skin.

If your rosacea is slightly purple, a peach or bronze blush will work best to counteract the color. If your skin is more pink, a muted rose will work best. Lastly, if your skin is as red as it gets, blush with a hint of brown will do the trick. Jane Iredale – PurePressed Blush should have the shade you're looking for.

As long as you apply a bit to the apples of your cheeks, your glow will look like a natural flush, not like an extension of your rosacea.