Archive for April, 2012

Scarlett Johansson rocks a new wrist tattoo

       
Monday, April 30th, 2012

Scarlett Johansson has new ink to brag about!Recently, Scarlett Johansson's been seen out and about in New York City sporting a new wrist tattoo that defines her love of the city. According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, the tattoo is of a chain link bracelet on her wrist, with a charm that says "I heart NY." This isn't the first piece of ink for the starlet, but it might be one of the most noticeable.

If you're into tattoos, you may have noticed that sometimes an event or occasion calls for a different look. Whether you're a bride-to-be who's getting married soon or you have a serious job interview coming up, you may find that covering up your tattoo is to your best benefit. But how exactly do you go about camouflaging something that's normally meant to be in the spotlight?

Luckily, Dermablend Cosmetics has you covered – literally! Use Dermablend – Leg and Body Tattoo Primer first to conceal the ink and set up a smudge-proof surface, then apply Dermablend – Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15 for a smooth and natural finish. To make sure the concealer does its job all day or night, finish up with a setting powder. No one will ever know what's underneath!

Have you tried orange lipstick yet?

       
Monday, April 30th, 2012

Orange lips are huge these days!By now, you probably know that Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s color of the year for 2012. That’s probably why so many gals have been walking the streets with orange lips, manis and eye makeup. While it takes a certain degree of boldness to put on a color like this, it’s definitely a great way to ensure that all the attention’s on you.

Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Morrison and Busy Philipps have all been embracing the orange pout, according to Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog. Paired with subtle eyes and cheeks, it’s a great way to rock the trendiest shade in fashion without going overboard.

When you’re wearing an orangey shade of Youngblood – Lipstick, it’s important to wear lip liner underneath to prevent the color from migrating to the area outside of your lip line – otherwise you might end up looking like a little kid who’s been eating an orange popsicle. Jane Iredale – Lip Pencil has you covered. Just pick a shade that’s close to either the lipstick color or the natural shade of your lips. Then go wild!

Nail trends to try this very moment

       
Monday, April 30th, 2012

These trends are certainly worth a shot!A lot has been happening in the world of nail fashion, which means that if you haven't been paying close attention, some of the trendiest styles may have slipped by you unnoticed. If you're looking for a few surefire ways to jazz up your manicure, grab your favorite Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers, a base coat and a top coat like Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat – then try these cute styles!

1. Blue. If you're not really into nail art and just want to experiment with the latest colors, blue certainly won't let you down. Whether it's robin's egg, navy, cobalt or some kind of teal hybrid, you can't go wrong with this shade, reports Glamour Magazine's beauty blog.

2. Unboring French manis. Ditch the peach and white – this trend relies on bolder color combinations. Whether you do a half-moon mani or a traditional French, choose complementary colors to amp up the cool factor.

3. Ombre glitter. Yes, the ombre trend is still huge – and luckily it's easy to achieve. Simply paint your nails as usual, then add layers of glitter on just the top or bottom of your nails. Easy and so chic!

Mother’s Day gift ideas to wow your mom

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Could your mom use a bit of pampering this Mother's Day?Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year you might be looking for something a little different than the usual flowers or gift certificate. If your mom loves a good pampering every now and then, it might be a great idea to get her all stocked up with her favorite beauty products. Here are a few that are worth gifting, as well as several other not-your-average gift ideas.

1. An anti-aging spa set like Murad – The Power of Pomegranate Body Spa Set. This kit harnesses the antioxidant power of pomegranates in an energizing body wash, body polish and body cream. It’ll transform your mother’s everyday shower into an invigorating experience that will restore her skin’s moisture, wash away impurities and reveal glowing, youthful skin. What mom wouldn’t want that?

2. A spa candle. There’s nothing like turning your home into a tranquil retreat, and chances are your mom would jump at the opportunity. If you think she could use a bit of help in the spa decor department, a candle like BABOR – Baborganic Wellness Candle might be just the thing. This fragrant piece of decor not only smells delicious, but the melted wax can be used as a luxurious massage balm. Bonus!

3. A natural skincare oil. Oils are all the rage these days, as they can help skin in a variety of ways, whether it’s anti-aging benefits, cleansing or hydration. Pick your mom up a bottle of something like grapeseed oil, marula oil or argan oil so she can quench her skin. Kneipp – Jasmine & Argan Oil Body Oil is a great choice with relaxing aromatherapy.

4. A new fragrance. If your mom doesn’t already have a signature scent, it might be time to help her find one. Whether you buy her a set of a few different scents, like Sula – Beach Beauty Playering Set (Sun-Kissed Citrus & Vanilla Blossom), or one with multiple products in the same scent, like ISSEY MIYAKE – A Scent by Issey Miyake For Women Gift Set, you can rest assured knowing that she’ll love it.

5. A makeup palette. If your mom likes makeup but never seems to know the best ways to combine shades, a makeup kit like Youngblood – Mineral Basics Collection might be a great idea. She’ll be able to find the exact shades for her skintone for a look that’s pure perfection. If she already has a great foundation, something like GloMinerals – gloSpring Essentials Kit will give her all of the eyeshadow and blush shades of the season.

6. A travel skincare kit. If your mom is constantly traveling and often spends a weekend away, a travel kit will ensure that she’s not sacrificing her skincare routine. BABOR – PERFECT COMBINATION Travel Set comes with a cleansing oil, a day cream, a night cream, an eye serum and a face serum to give her a flawless complexion on-the-go.

7. A manicure kit. If your mom loves to get her nails done, she’ll definitely appreciate having all of the tools necessary to make it happen. Buy her a chic set of polishes like Nailtini – Mini Bar – Year-Round Party Circuit Nail Cocktail Collection, then stock up on an assortment of nail files, cotton balls, removers and anything else that would make for a great mani or pedi.

8. A hair care kit. If your mother is all about having great hair, chances are she’ll go wild for a kit like Hamadi – ECO Pac To Go. With ginger soymilk hair wash, shea rice milk conditioner and a healing serum, she’ll have everything she needs to achieve healthy tresses.

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

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Antioxidants are key ingredients that fight the signs of aging. Products containing the following ingredients are your first line of defense; Caffiene, Olive Leaf, Mallow Flower, Avocado Oil, Acai Berry.

Frizz-free hairstyles for humid weather

       
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Not every style will be ruined by humidity!Now that spring is here, the weather might feel a bit humid in your area. With warm temperatures and more rain, your go-to hairstyle might quickly turn into a frizzy disaster. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can style that mane so it won’t go nuts on you. Here are a few suggestions.

1. A ponytail. Sounds simple and maybe a bit boring, but you can actually do a lot with a ponytail. Wrap a strand around the elastic, then curl the ends for a cute retro vibe. Consider putting a flower or a ribbon in there as well.

2. A sock bun. Just cut the toe off of a sock, then use it to transform a ponytail into a chic bun. The ends of your ponytail should wrap around the rolled-up sock as you go toward your head.

3. A braid. A simple fishtail braid is trendy when you pull it to one side. Just part your hair on the side, then pull it to the opposite shoulder and braid as usual.

4. Grab a headband. If your hair is short, just toss a headband on and tease the hair at the crown of your head for a little extra volume.

Before you try any of these styles, use a shampoo like Dermalogica – Shine Therapy Shampoo, which will sleek-ify your strands. Then follow up with Hamadi – Shea Pomade to add a bit of texture.

An easy trick for fuller lips in an instant

       
Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The trick to fuller lips is to highlight the upper outline!If your lips are on the thin side, you’ve probably tried all kinds of methods to make your pout look fuller. From plumping lip gloss to bold shades of lipstick, you might have given up all hope of volumizing your lips without some kind of unnatural filler. However, The Beauty Department has a great trick to make your lips look bigger in an instant, and it’s not hard to master!

According to the source, all you’ll need is a highlighting lip liner pencil like Too Faced – Luster Liner Pearl Effects Lip Pencil in Tahitian or Akoya, as well as your favorite shade of BABOR – Filling Lip Color.

The idea here is that you’ll use the highlighter to brighten up the top line of your lips, which will bring them forward on your face and make them look larger. Simply use the pencil to trace along the upper line of your lips, including the cupid’s bow. Stretch it from one corner to the other. You should also use the pencil to highlight your philtrum (the two grooves stretching from your nose to the upper points of your lip).

Use your finger to blend the lines so they look natural but aren’t completely faded, then apply your lipstick as usual. Nice, huh?

Revamping the look of an old lipstick

       
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Creating your own lipstick shades is easier than you think!Chances are, you don’t always use every last smidgen of lipstick left in the tube. If you have several unfinished lipsticks in your possession that you’re hesitant to throw away, you might be interested in mixing up your own custom colors that will give new life to those old shades. Here’s the how-to, according to The Beauty Department.

You’ll need the old lipstick, as well as a new shade of BABOR – Classic Lip Color. A metallic lipstick can add shine to the old shade if it’s matte, or a nude shade can lighten up a dark color. It’s up to you to get creative with your combinations. You’ll also need a kitchen knife, a spoon and your stove during the process, as well as a clean cosmetics jar (available at beauty supply stores) to put the new color in.

Simply slice off pieces of each lipstick and place them on the spoon. Hold it about four inches over the flame of your stove and allow the lipsticks to melt. Use the spoon to mix the colors together for an even hue, then pour into the jar and let harden. That’s it! Once you have your gorgeous new shade, feel free to top it off with a bit of Jane Iredale – PureGloss to add dimension.

Blue eye makeup is huge this season

       
Monday, April 16th, 2012

Blue is the color of the season!If you’ve been paying any attention to the world of fashion and beauty this season, you’ve probably noticed how often blue shows up. This classic cool shade is having a resurgence of interest, and if you don’t already have the eyeshadows and eyeliners necessary to pull it off, it’s time to stock up!

According to Allure Magazine, the best thing about this hue is that it’s “bright, sheer, and can be layered to increasing levels of richness.” It will go with almost any outfit and can flatter a variety of skin tones. What’s not to love?

Try it along your upper lash line using blue BABOR – Liquid Eyeliner, then use plenty of mascara to finish the look. (You might even opt for blue mascara for a touch of unexpected color!)

If you’re using blue eyeshadow, try Too Faced – Eye Shadow Duo in Skinny Dip. Sweep the lighter shade over your entire lid, then use the darker hue to darken the crease. Make sure the edges are well blended, then use black liner on your inner rims and finish with mascara. Once you see how versatile blue is, you’ll get a clearer sense of why everyone’s wearing it!

Chic ways to rock a glitter manicure

       
Monday, April 16th, 2012

Glitter manicures are a cool addition to every style!You might think that once you reach a certain age, some beauty trends are best left untested. This may be true in a few instances but it's definitely not the case when it comes to rocking a glitter manicure. No matter your style or your age, a shimmery mani is fun and pretty. Here are a few ways you can make sure yours is glamorous, according to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog.

1. Use sparkles sparingly. Whether it's just at the base of your nails or on the tips, a little glitter over a nude polish can go long way. Try Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers in Naked.

2. Apply gold glitter over taupe polish. Look for a glitter bottle that has both chunky and fine specks for an intriguing effect. It'll be like wearing a gorgeous gold ring!

3. Do a glitzy French manicure. Instead of white tips, use white glitter or another color that suits your mood. Don't forget to top it off with Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat to seal the sparkles and make it last.

See? Sparkly manicures can be chic and appropriate as long as you use muted colors and a subdued style.