Archive for February, 2012

Valentine’s Day hairstyles worth considering

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Curls are great for a Valentine's Day date!If you're still looking for the perfect hairstyle for your big Valentine's Day date, you're in luck. Glamour magazine's beauty blog recently pointed out a few hairstyles that are more than worthy of the big day.

1. A curly ponytail. Get tons of body with a shampoo like Leonor Greyl – Bain Volumateur Aux Algues, then blowdry upside down before pulling back into a high ponytail. Curl the ends with a curling iron, then twist a section around the elastic to conceal it.

2. Sexy waves. The key to this style is to ensure that you have plenty of shine, so use something like Dermalogica – Shine Therapy Shampoo. Once you're curled, pin a section of your hair behind your ear to show off your gorgeous face.

3. A braid. No matter what kind of braid you choose, it's important to get a lot of texture in your hair beforehand. This will help the style hold.

4. Clipped-back bangs. If you have bangs, pick up a pretty hair accessory that can hold them away from your face. This will help show off your fabulous makeup, and you won't have to worry about your bangs falling flat by the end of the evening.

One place that could use highlighting

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

A highlight underneath your lower lash line can make your eyes appear wider!If you use a highlighter on your face, you know how well it can brighten up your complexion and make you look positively glowing. However, there may be one area that you're forgetting about that can make you look instantly sexier and amp up your eyes.

According to the Glamour magazine beauty blog, highlighter placed just underneath your lower lash lines can make your eyes appear more open and will brighten up this usually dark area. The key is to nestle the product just underneath your lashes toward the middle of your eye.

You could get this effect by using a shimmery shadow like you'd find in Pixi – Eye Bright Kit, or use a regular highlighter like TRUE Cosmetics – Accents. Whichever you choose, be sure to blend it in nicely so it looks natural.

Don't forget to add a pinch of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes and your brow bones as well. The effect will add interest and might catch the eye of more than a few guys at your next social occasion.

Eggplant eyeshadow: a trend to try

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Eggplant eyeshadow shades are totally in.If you're getting a little bored with your go-to brown eyeshadows, you might be interested in the newest color that's been showing up on red carpets: eggplant.

Much like purple, this hue flatters all eye colors, yet looks a bit more sophisticated and elegant due to its darker shades. Stars like Rooney Mara wear eggplant to accentuate their eyes, reports Glamour magazine's beauty blog, so you know it's worthy of experimentation.

The news source suggests choosing a shade that will complement your skin tone. If cool colors look best on you, find an eyeshadow with definite purple undertones, like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Triple Eye Shadow in Cloud Nine. Ladies who find that warm tones look best should opt for an eggplant color with more pink or brown, like Too Faced – Eye Shadow Duo in Thief of Hearts.

All you need is the eyeshadow to line your upper and lower lash lines, then sweep it across your lids. Finish off the look with two coats of black mascara and you'll be ready for anything.

Spa-like results for much less

Monday, February 6th, 2012

You can get spa-like results at home without having to spend tons of cash!There's nothing like heading to the spa for a much-needed relaxation and beautifying session, but not everyone has the cash to do so. If you could use some serious pampering, it's easy to give yourself the spa treatment without hurting your bank account. Here's what Cosmopolitan magazine suggests.

1. Pick up a face mask. BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Face and Body will energize and nourish your complexion while unclogging pores and eliminating dead skin cells.

2. Give yourself a wax treatment. If you use a product with professional-grade wax, you should get spa results at home as long as you carefully follow the directions.

3. Fix up your brows. To avoid plucking too much, use Colorescience – Eyebrow Stencil to achieve the perfect shape. Keep in mind that bold brows are trendy.

4. Jazz up your manicure. After you soak your nails and tidy up your cuticles, give them a fresh paint job. The same goes for your toes!

5. Get a massage. Whether you ask your man or a friend to help, you'll need someone to help you with this step. Essential oils or body lotion can make this a hydrating process.

Looking great on the slopes

Monday, February 6th, 2012

You can still look great on the slopes!If you're a skiier or snowboarder, you know the harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your look. However, that doesn't mean you have to totally sacrifice hotness when you're out on the slopes. Here's what Cosmopolitan magazine recommends wearing whenever you're outside being active in the winter.

First, apply sunscreen. Even though it's cold out and the sun may not be shining, there are still UV rays present that could damage your skin and give you a sunburn. Once you've got that on as a base, use a tinted moisturizer like TRUE Cosmetics – Transforming Skin-Tint to even out your complexion without looking too done-up.

Next, use a peachy-pink blush like Paula Dorf – Cheek Color on the apples of your cheeks. Just a little will go a long way, especially since you'll likely become naturally flushed outside. A bit of brown eyeliner and brown mascara will give your eyes definition without going overboard, and a sheer lip tint is all you need to finish the look. When paired with a cute jacket and hat, you'll be the definition of a ski bunny!

Art Deco-inspired nails

Monday, February 6th, 2012

You can bring the exciting designs of Art Deco to your nails!The Art Deco era is having a moment in fashion. From jewelry to clothing and makeup, there's just something about the elegant designs that seems to translate well in any situation. If you want to incorporate the Art Deco trend into your style, there's nothing better than a themed manicure.

The Beauty Department came up with a fabulously easy way to transform your nails into an Art Deco masterpiece. All it takes are three different colors of polish, and you don't have to be very artistic – bonus!

Pick up a selection of colors from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers. You might want to think about using shades like beige, white, black, brown, silver and gold, which look great together and are understated enough to be considered elegant. Any combination of three will look good.

Paint your whole nail a base color, then use a round-tipped brush like Youngblood – Eye/Lip Brush to create rounded shapes on the bottom half of your nail. Go over the very bottom with a third color so that the second color is only a line peeking out. You should end up with a pretty scalloped effect.

Looking great in pictures isn’t as hard as you think

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

You don't have to look bad in pictures with the right products!Many women feel like the camera is their enemy. Oftentimes, it can make you look bigger, duller or shinier than you really are, effectively ruining all chances of taking a cute picture. If this sounds like something you can relate to, not to worry. Cosmopolitan magazine has a few ways you can use makeup to fool the lens.

Start with a light-reflecting primer, like Pixi – Brightening Primer. It will help your foundation glide on easily and will give you a dewy, not shiny glow in the photograph. Not to mention, those little imperfections like large pores and blemishes will be concealed.

Next, wear both blush and bronzer. You need both to avoid looking flat in the photo, reports the news source. Use a bronzer like GloMinerals – gloBronze – SunKiss on your cheekbones, then apply a blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Finally, right before the picture, use an oil-blotting sheet instead of powder to get rid of any excess shine. Powder can make your face look lackluster.

Not your average braid

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Some braided styles are too complicated, but not this one!You've probably noticed by now that braids are everywhere, and they're getting more and more complicated. If you want to jazz up your usual braid without having to figure out how to do something complicated, like creating a headband or a twisty French braid, there's an easy solution.

According to The Beauty Department, you can mix up your average braid by pulling it to the side and braiding one of the strands before you start the main one. Use a bit of Hamadi – Shea Pomade for added texture, then separate your hair into three sections. Braid one of these (it doesn't matter which one), then incorporate this piece into the big braid. Easy, right?

It looks even better if you use your fingers to loosen both braids for added texture. You'll notice that the pattern is a bit different from a regular braid, which is totally pretty. If you're worried that it might fall out over the course of the day, Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle can help to keep it in place.

Brittle nails? Here’s your fix

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

You don't have to fret about dry, brittle nails anymore!For many women, dry, brittle nails are a huge problem. It might seem like there's nothing you can do to grow healthy, long nails, but that's actually not true. With the right care and attention, your nails can be smooth and gorgeous.

For starters, use a treatment like Talika – Nail Regenerator Serum. It will nourish and rehydrate your nails while softening your cuticles and helping them to grow. Just use the product daily for about a month, then apply twice a week for best results. The pen ensures easy application – even when you're out and about!

Next, be sure to carry a lotion around with you. COOLA – Hand Lotion Bar – Cucumber Melon can be stashed in your purse, and only requires a bit of rubbing to melt the bar into a lotion that will keep your hands and cuticles hydrated.

Finally, keep an emery board on hand at all times, just in case you need to fix any jagged edges. While your nails are healing, it's best to keep them at a shorter length, so use the board to keep them shaped.

Tips for flawless foundation coverage

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

A good foundation application will ensure a flawless complexion!Foundation is meant to cover up all of your blemishes and provide a clean slate for the rest of your makeup, so it’s important to get the application process right. If you’ve been simply dabbing liquid foundation on your face right out of the bottle, you might be missing out on the benefits, according to Allure magazine.

Start out with a primer like Jane Iredale – Absence (SPF 15) Oil Control Primer, which will smooth out your skin and keep your makeup on all day. Next, use a damp sponge to apply liquid foundation like Youngblood – Liquid Mineral Foundation. This will help ensure that the pigment gets pushed into your skin while lifting up any excess.

When you’re applying, it’s best to start at your nose and work your way outward toward the edges of your face. This will help the foundation blend evenly and you won’t get that tell-tale foundation line where your jaw is. Finish up with a finishing powder, which should be buffed on in gentle, circular motions.