Archive for December, 2011

How to look pulled together even without makeup

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

You don't need makeup if your skin and hair look fabulous!Some days just don't call for makeup. Even celebrities who regularly wear beauty products to look glamorous for the paparazzi show up every now and then with a clean face. Take Heidi Klum, for example, who Glamour magazine's beauty blog spotted at a Disney on Ice event without makeup.

Despite her lack of foundation, eyeshadow and lipstick, Klum still managed to look flawless, and it's because she paid attention to the little details that are normally overshadowed by a made-up face. For example, her skin looked radiant. She was probably wearing moisturizer, but that's about it. For a pretty glow of your own, use Illuminare – Moisturizing Mineral Foundation Dewy Finish SPF 20.

When you're going for a bare face, your hair should look neat and put together, otherwise you risk looking like you just rolled out of bed. Apply Hamadi – Shea Spray to strands that you think could use a bit of extra luster, then style in a braid or bun. Be sure to wear a pair of nice earrings and no one will even notice your lack of makeup!

Candy cane nails for the holidays

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Candy cane nails are perfect for the holidays!Intricate nail art is a huge trend that's been showing up on runways, fashion spreads and beauty websites. Because anything goes as far as design, women everywhere are finding nail art to be a fun way to spruce up their look. If you want something special for the holidays, why not try out candy cane nails?

All you need to create this festive manicure is a bright red nail polish, like Nailtini – Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary. After applying a base coat, paint on two thin layers of the red color. When that's dry, use a white nail polish pen to create diagonal stripes across your nails. You may want to vary the thickness of some to make them look authentic.

Once your stripes are dry, be sure to finish with a top coat, like BABOR – Base & Top Coat. If you want to show off a little extra holiday spirit, you could always infuse a bit of sparkle. Whether you incorporate a glitzy stripe or paint your nails with shimmer all over, your nails will be the talk of your holiday bash.

Bring in 2012 with a few beauty resolutions

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Make a few of these New Year's beauty resolutions!There’s nothing quite like New Years to bring out the best in people. Everyone wants to start off the new year afresh, whether it means amping up your workout routine, vowing to cut down on your chocolate intake or even to take a few more risks in life. If you’re already creating a list of resolutions for 2012, you might want to include a few beauty-related tasks to ensure that your skin, nails, hair and body get the treatment they deserve. Here are some ideas to consider, inspired by The Beauty Department.

1. Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. Although many women have been bombarded by the media when it comes to how damaging the sun’s rays are, that hasn’t stopped some from skipping the sunscreen. Ensure the protection of your skin by slathering it on in the morning as part of your routine – not just before you’re going to the beach. Makeup like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 will ensure that you’re getting coverage in more ways than one.

2. Fake it, don’t bake it. If you’re still heading to the tanning bed to get your glow on, cut it out already! Tanning beds are no safer than the sun, and some experts argue that they can do even more damage since you’re receiving direct exposure. Get a faux bronze look by using self-tanners like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. These make the application process a breeze and they won’t leave any tell-tale streaks.

3. Exfoliate at least once a week. Getting rid of dead skin cells is the key to a glowing complexion that’s not dull or flaky. Use an exfoliating scrub for your face once or twice a week, and a rich scrub for your body in the shower. Get Fresh – SPA Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat.

4. Find your signature scent. There’s nothing like a fresh fragrance to remind people of you even when you’re not around, but it’s not possible if you’re always switching up your perfume. Take the time to find out what smells best on you, then invest in a few different products in the scent to ensure that you’re always exuding the aroma.

5. Don’t go to sleep without taking off your makeup. Leaving makeup on while you’re in bed at night is never a good idea. Your pores can become clogged, leading to acne, irritation and an overall messy complexion. Even if you’re too tired to wash it all off, keep a stash of wipes near your bed and use it to gently remove any product. Rilastil – Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are the perfect thing.

6. Clean out your collection. Now’s the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet, makeup bag and toiletry stash and get rid of anything old. Most products have an expiration date on them, but if you can’t remember when you got it, it’s definitely worth tossing. Expired products won’t work as well and could cause problems for your skin if you continue to use them.

7. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. Your strands could use a break from heat tools every now and then, so you should become comfortable with your hair’s natural state. That doesn’t mean you have to skip products altogether – a great anti-frizz serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur can do wonders.

8. Stop biting your nails. Every now and then, we all slip up and go to town nibbling that pesky jagged edge or hangnail – but you have to stop! Carry a nail file in your bag for on-the-go fixes and keep your nails polished and cute so you won’t feel the urge to bite them.

As long as you incorporate some or all of these beauty resolutions, 2012 should be your most beautiful year yet!

Why you should be cleaning up after each gym session

Monday, December 19th, 2011

It's crucial to clean up after your gym session!If hitting the gym more often is on your to-do list for the new year, good for you. It's important to get plenty of exercise to keep yourself happy and healthy, but you don't want to sacrifice your skin in the process.

Working up a sweat is definitely a good thing, but it's not a good idea to let it stick around for long. If you don't shower or change right away after exercising, your skin is left to sit in oily moisture. It won't be able to breathe much, which may result in clogged pores and irritation.

Remedy this by showering as soon as you can right after your workout. If your gym doesn't have showers, just get home as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you might want to clean yourself up a bit with Dermalogica – The Sponge Cloth. You'll get rid of dirt and grime with just a few wipes. In the shower, use a purifying wash, like June Jacobs – Grapefruit Purifying Shower Gel. You'll feel refreshed, energized and, of course, clean!

Don’t forget to take off your makeup post-bash

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Don't forget to take your makeup off after that New Year's Eve bash!New Year's Eve is almost here, which means that you're probably gearing up for one heck of a celebration. If your plans this year involve pretty makeup and a later-than-average bedtime, make sure you don't forget to take your products off before you hit the sack and call it a night.

According to Allure magazine, it's crucial to remove your beauty products before bed. Your makeup can mix with your skin's oils, trapping dirt and bacteria in your pores, which could lead to breakouts and irritation. Leftover makeup can also hold damaging free-radicals against your skin, putting you at risk for fine lines and wrinkles in the future.

To avoid problems, simply wash your face before bed with something like Exuviance – Moisturizing Antibacterial Facial Cleanser. It will kill any bacteria and remove any grime. If you're seriously tired or not at home, you might want to stash Rilastil – Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes in your bag. Taking off your makeup is as easy as wiping your face!

One change to make to your routine this year

Monday, December 19th, 2011

You need sunscreen every day - not just poolside!If you're compiling a list of New Year's resolutions, you may want to think for a minute about what changes your beauty routine could use. Although you probably don't need a full makeover, there is one step you might be missing out on that could do wonders for your skin.

If you're not slathering on the sunscreen every morning before you do your makeup and head outside, you're doing your skin a disservice. It needs protection from the sun's harsh rays even when you're not at the beach or hanging for hours in the great outdoors.

According to Allure magazine, the challenge is finding a sunscreen that gives you enough protection without feeling thick and greasy. Heavy formulas can make your makeup slide around and cause excess shine. Luckily, many makeup products include SPF, like Paula Dorf – Face Tint with SPF 15, so you know they'll blend right in. Sheer sunscreens, wipes and powders also work well, so try something like Shady Day – Daily Sun Protection Wipes SPF 30.

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Monday, December 19th, 2011

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Don’t go totally matte this season

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A little shine is much healthier looking!If you're prepping to go to a holiday party anytime soon, you might want to add a hint of shine into your makeup routine for an overall prettier effect. According to Allure magazine, the mistake that many women make with their holiday looks is going overly matte using with powders and heavy foundations. A hint of shine is an indicator of health, so by eliminating it you're making yourself look a bit sickly.

Rather than swiping a highlighting product like GloMinerals – gloDust 24K all over your face, it's best to limit the effect to a couple of areas. Stick to places that tend to pick up light naturally, like right underneath your brow bone, on the bridge of your nose and on the tops of your cheekbones. Your look will be enhanced without being totally obvious.

When you're using a highlighting cream or powder on your face, skip other shimmery products, like blush and bronzer. Too much shine isn't flattering. A little pick-me-up like TRUE Cosmetics – Accents is all you need.

If you want sparkle, avoid chunky glitter

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Chunky glitter is overdoing it!The holiday season calls for a certain level of glitz and glam, but according to Allure magazine, that doesn't mean you should be reaching for chunky glitters.

Glitter with very large flecks doesn't offer you the shimmery effect you're looking for. It reflects too much light, which can be distracting, and it ends up looking like something a middle schooler would try to pull off. The key to the sparkly look is to pick an eyeshadow with just the right hint of shimmer. BABOR – Eye Shadow has a number of great options that will subtly catch the light without the risk of blinding anyone.

The best place to use glitter is on your lids and in the inner corners of your eyes. It can brighten your entire face and make your eyes appear wider and more awake – which certainly comes in handy when you look tired. Jane Iredale – PurePressed Duo Eye Shadow comes with a light and dark shade that gives you the perfect contrast, making the entire process virtually foolproof.

New ways to use your moisturizer

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Your moisturizer can do more than just hydrate!You know moisturizer can hydrate your skin and prevent your face from becoming dry and flaky, but did you know that many women in the fashion and beauty industries use their moisturizers as makeup as well?

According to Allure magazine, makeup artists have been using moisturizer in unique ways. The first, most basic way is to mix it together with your foundation. This can get rid of the heaviness and make your skin look pretty flawless by blending your foundation better. Try mixing equal parts Exuviance – Multi-Protective Day Creme SPF15 with your foundation for skin-quenching coverage.

Another great place to use your moisturizer is on your eyes. The high-shine look is in, and your skin cream can achieve it if you add a thick layer onto your lids, either by itself or over your favorite eyeshadow. It will give you a slightly glossy effect, which is totally hot. Use Bioelements – CremeTherapy to get the look.

Finally, you can use your moisturizer as a highlighter by dabbing it on the areas you'd like to shine, like the skin around your eyes and underneath your cheekbones. It'll act like a highlighting powder and cover up fine lines.