Archive for May, 2012

From Mountain Man to Dapper Dan

       
Thursday, May 31st, 2012

From Mountain Man to Dapper Dan

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Six Steps from Mountain Man to Dapper Dan:
1) Shower: Hopefully you already do this. Not only will you be clean, the steam helps open your pores and soften your beard.
2) Preshave Oil: Use a few drops of this slippery stuff to lubricate your skin and prevent razor burn.
3) Shave Brush: A traditional barber’s brush builds a thicker lather that will raise your whiskers.
4) Pull Your Skin Taut: This exposes more of the hair follicle and pulls the root closer to the skin’s surface.
5) Shave with the Grain: This is self-explanatory. I you don’t understand this, you probably aren’t old enough to shave.
6) Apply Aftershave: Go ahead, do your Macaulay Culkin thing. Then apply some moisturizer.

How to nail a floral manicure this summer

       
Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This floral manicure is perfect for summer!Summer is the time to drop those dark, neutral polishes in favor of lighter, more cheerful colors that pair better with the vibe of the season. Once you've got an assortment of pretty shades, it's time to bring them together for a fabulous floral mani. Here's how to rock one, according to The Beauty Department.

First, paint your nails with a light color, such as white, peach or a pale pastel. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers has a variety of awesome shades to choose from. Once that's dried, you'll need a selection of two or three colors, which can be anything your heart desires. Orange, blue, pink, yellow or purple are all valid options.

Now, get a small paintbrush and pour out a small puddle of each polish onto a paper plate. You'll also need a bit of nail polish remover, like BABOR – Nail Color Remover. Pour a bit into a cup or small bowl, then dip your paintbrush into it.

Now, just make abstract flower shapes using all of the colors on your palette. They don't have to be perfect – but make sure to clean your brush in between hues. Fade them a bit more with a remover-diluted coat of white polish, then seal with a topcoat!

Lea Michele’s smoky eye trick for warm weather

       
Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Lea Michele knows how to update her smoky eyes for summer!If you think Glee's Lea Michele is a fashion icon worth stealing style tips from, you might be interested to find out how she managed to update her signature smoky eye for summer. According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, Lea showed up to a recent event rocking a twist on the usual eyeliner and dark eyeshadow combination.

Instead of relying on smoky shades of black and gray to create drama, the sweet-voiced actress used a shimmery light blue shadow all around her eyes for a pretty halo effect. She applied the shadow after rimming her eyes with dark eyeliner and coating her lashes with lengthening mascara.

To get the look yourself, use a liquid eyeliner like BABOR – Liquid Eyeliner on your upper and lower lash lines. Navy blue or black would likely look best for this take on the smoky eye. Follow up with a bit of black or navy eyeliner pencil on your inner rims, then use a shadow like BABOR – Eye Shadow in Heaven to trace a thin line around the liquid eyeliner. Finish up with two coats of black mascara, and you're ready to rock Lea's look!

How to pair your sunglasses with your lipstick

       
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Here's how to find just the right sunglasses and lipstick combination!This summer, you'll likely be donning a pair of shades at some point. Not only will you be able to see despite the blinding rays of the sun, but you'll be doing your eyes a favor by not letting them squint, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles if you do it too often. But how do you pair your sunglasses with your lipstick? Doing so is easy. Here's how!

In a recent post on Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, several different looks were featured that highlighted a few great sunglasses and lipstick combinations. The key to finding a match that works is to think about what vibe each element gives off. Are your shades retro? Is your lipstick punky? Find a style and shade that complement each other, then wear them everywhere together!

For example, you could pair a great set of tortoiseshell frames with a classic red lip, like you'd get with Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18. Or, you could work a pair of white retro-shaped frames with a dark lipstick, like BABOR – Classic Lip Color in Rouge Noir. Finding the perfect combination will take a little exploring, so consider bringing your favorite lip color to the sunglasses store with you!

How to feel more confident in less clothes

       
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There's no reason to feel self-conscious when you're wearing a bikini this summer!With summer almost here, you might be staring at your seasonal wardrobe wondering how you’re going to feel pulling off barely-there bikinis, short shorts and skirts. While frequent exercise is a surefire way to feel more confident, there are ways you can boost your mood when you’re wearing skimpy clothes with skincare products. Here are some ideas.

1. Get on the self-tanning train. A hint of color can help hide imperfections and make you look more toned, reports Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, so pick up a self-tanner like Too Faced – Tanning Bed In A Tube and get to work!

2. Go for shimmer. A hint of sparkle from a body lotion like GloMinerals – Body Glisten will highlight your favorite areas and leave your skin touchably soft. You won’t even remember why you were feeling hesitant about that bathing suit.

3. Stop cellulite in its tracks. Use a body brush before the shower to smooth out your skin and plump up areas with cellulite to reduce the appearance of the dimples. Then, use a firming cream with caffeine all over. Instant tightness!

Pretty Piggies and Nail Polish Trends – Spring/Summer 2012

       
Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Prefect Pedicure and Nail Polish Trends - Spring/Summer 2012

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Five Steps for perfect pedicure:
1) Soak: Add essentials oils to water for an at-home spa experience.
2) Scrub: Slough off those rough spots with a sugar or salt-based exfoliant.
3) Trim & file: Clip toenails straight across, then smooth the edges with a nail file.
4) Moisturize & Massage: Giving your feet a mini-massage will relax your feet and reduce swelling.
5) Polish: After applying a basecoat, swipe polish center, left and right.

Four quick tips for touching up your makeup

       
Friday, May 25th, 2012

Sometimes all you need is a quick touch-up!Summer is on the horizon, and unless you're planning to stay inside all season, chances are you'll be getting a little sweaty outside in the heat. While there are ways to ensure that your makeup is melt-proof, sometimes a touch-up is necessary. Here are four ways to quickly get back to being flawless.

1. Get rid of shine. You could use a powder, but some formulas can look cakey. Instead, try blotting sheets like Eyetini – Blotting Napkins Shine-Absorbing Papers to soak up the excess oil.

2. Freshen your lipstick. Coat after coat of color can be a bit too much, so Allure Magazine recommends using a clear gloss over your faded pout to liven it up.

3. Looking a bit pale? Instead of stashing blush in your bag, just use a bit of lipstick like BABOR – Classic Lip Color on the apples of your cheeks. Problem solved!

4. Make your eyes smolder again. A quick reapplication of eyeliner on your inner rims will quickly bring back the sexy factor. Plus, pencils are easy to stash in your purse.

Rilastil Sun Protection SPF 50

       
Thursday, May 24th, 2012


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Three ways to combat excess oil this summer

       
Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Extra oil should be the least of your worries this summer!There's nothing worse than realizing an hour or two into your day that your face is basically an oil slick. During the summer, we tend to sweat more and produce extra oil naturally, which is why many of us get stuck with shiny T-zones. Instead of resigning yourself to two or three powdering sessions a day, try these three tips to cut down on that sebum.

1. Switch your cleanser. Allure Magazine recommends changing to a cleanser with 2 percent salicylic acid. Even if you don't have acne, it will break down that oil in your pores and help mattify your face. Try Philosophy – Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser.

2. Use lighter products. If you're using the same heavy foundation or moisturizer, your pores can get clogged and produce more oil as a result. Switch to a tinted moisturizer to skip foundation altogether, or consider picking up a mineral-based powder foundation, which is lightweight and noncomedogenic.

3. If you're still noticing oil, pack blotting papers like Jane Iredale – Facial Blotting Papers in your bag. They'll help soak up the excess in a pinch!

Steal Anna Kendrick’s summery smoky eye

       
Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Anna Kendrick knows how to switch up her smoky eye for summer!Smoky eyes are a go-to look for many women who want to play up their smoldering gaze, but it's not always a great option on warm summer nights. Dark gray and black eye makeup can get smudgy when there's a lot of extra heat, but actress Anna Kendrick has found a way to make her smoky eyes work for summer.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, Anna glammed up a regular smoky eye by using a halo of bronze eyeshadow around the traditional dark shades. It's a fresher take on the look that's perfect for summer, and it's easier to pull off when it's hot out.

To get the effect yourself, apply your smoky eye makeup as usual, but skip the black or brown eyeliner on your inner water lines. Then, use a bronze shadow like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow in Glimmer Gold all around the outside and especially in your inner corners.

Pair the look with a peachy-pink blush like Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Blush in Nectar, then use a matching lip gloss. Pretty!