Archive for May, 2012

How to prevent nail polish bubbles

Friday, May 11th, 2012

There's nothing worse than a mani full of bubbles!Have you ever spent a painstakingly long amount of time doing your manicure, only to discover half an hour later that little bubbles are erupting underneath your meticulous layers of polish? There's nothing more annoying! However, with the right products and tips, you should be able to get rid of those pesky air pockets for good. Here's how.

First, it's important to make sure you're using polish that's new, as they tend to be thinner and less likely to bubble. Toss out those old bottles and grab a few colors from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

Before you start painting, make sure that you're in an area without lots of wind or humidity. Heat and blasts of air can make the polish bubble up. It's also important that your nails are perfectly clean of oil or dirt, so use a swipe of BABOR – Nail Color Remover before your polish.

Roll (never shake) the bottle of polish to ensure that no air bubbles are present, then begin painting thin layers of polish. Try to stick to three swipes down the middle and sides of each nail to avoid pushing air into the polish with the brush. Wait for each coat to dry completely before the next. You should wind up with a bubble-free mani!

Applying a Mask

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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Murad - Clarifying Mask

Murad - Clarifying Mask

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How to boost your glow without looking unnatural

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

It's possible to get a natural glow without going overboard with color.Many women prefer to wear natural makeup on a daily basis – that means a sheer lip color, neutral eyeshadow and toned-down cheeks. However, these days it's often hard to get a glowing, radiant complexion without piling on products like illuminators, sparkly shadows with tons of pigment and saturated lip colors. Luckily, there are ways to boost your glow and stay natural.

According to Glamour Magazine, it only takes three products to give yourself a shot of luminescence that's suitable for daytime, and none of them involve colors that are loud or jarring.

For starters, pick up a great bronzer with a tiny hint of shimmer, like Too Faced – Pink Leopard Bronzer. Apply it to the areas of your face that would naturally get tanned in the sun, like your forehead, nose and cheekbones. The glitter particles will reflect the light.

Next, use a bronze eyeshadow like you'd find in the POP Beauty – Lid Collection to give your upper and lower lids a bit of sparkle without adding any pigment. Then, all it takes is a clear sparkly lip gloss. Still looks natural, doesn't it?

10 beauty updates to get you ready for the summer season

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Do you have your summer beauty essentials yet?For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, which means you might soon be gearing up for barbecues, beach outings, poolside gatherings or other warm-weather activities. Because you’ll likely be showing off more skin, it might be necessary to update your beauty regimen to ensure that you’re looking your best. Here are several ways you can take your look from spring to summer in no time at all!

1. Go for a brighter nail polish. Pretty pastels are perfect for spring, but summer calls for bold, vibrant shades that will get your digits some serious attention. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers has a variety of eye-catching hues that will be sure to match your colorful summer fashions and accessories. Look for citrusy shades like orange, yellow and lime green, or branch into fuchsia, teal or magenta territory.

2. Choose a lighter fragrance. Perfumes tend to smell stronger in the heat, which means you’ll likely need a lighter scent to carry you through the summer months. Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy For Women Eau de Parfum Spray might be the perfect choice, as it’s full of wildberry, honeysuckle, mandarin, gardenia and jasmine notes.

3. Switch to a tinted moisturizer. If your skin’s clear, you probably don’t need the heavy coverage that foundation provides. Instead of thick formulas that can melt off or cake up in the heat, use a tinted moisturizer like Dermalogica – Sheer Tint Moisture SPF 15. It’ll protect your face while offering light coverage to ensure an even complexion.

4. Stock up on blotting papers. When you’re outside in the sun, you’re likely to get a bit sweaty and oily, which means blotting papers are a must. Jane Iredale – Facial Blotting Papers will soak up that excess moisture without smudging your makeup, and they come in a chic gold case that’ll fit right into your beach bag!

5. Upgrade your hairstyle. Whether it’s chopping off a few inches, lightening up your color or experimenting with trendy neon highlights, your hair could definitely use a change for summertime. Whichever style you choose, be sure to pick up haircare products that meet your tresses’ needs.

6. Go bronze. To give your skin a healthy glow without putting it at risk for sun damage, get a bronzer to enhance your complexion. Too Faced – Caribbean in a Compact is a great choice that will have you looking a bit tanner in no time. Just dust it onto the areas of your face that would naturally darken in the sun – like your cheekbones, forehead and nose.

7. Banish cellulite. There’s nothing like cellulite to make you feel uncomfortable in your short shorts, miniskirts and bathing suits. Luckily, products like BABOR – Body Line Thermal STOP3 Cellulite Gel can help improve the appearance of your cellulite-prone areas. It might also help to dry brush the area before each shower and use an exfoliant with caffeine to improve blood flow to the area.

8. Pick up a vibrant lipstick. For balmy nights out, there’s nothing like a bright pout to amp up your look. Try BORGHESE – B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Pinkissima or Apricotta. Make it matte with translucent powder or shiny with a clear lip gloss.

9. Achieve touchable legs. Use MOOM – Express Pre Waxed Strips for Legs & Body to get smooth, soft legs that are free of razor burn. Moisturize afterward for extra hydration.

10. Sunblock. You know you’ll need it – so stock up on a great SPF product that’s long-lasting and provides full coverage.

Jewel-toned liner is unexpected on your lower lash line

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Your lower lash line is an unexpected place to put colorful liquid eyeliner!If you've been looking for ways to amp up your beauty routine this spring and summer, the most reliable way to do it is with bright shades of makeup. While candy-colored pouts and cheeks are certainly in, it's the eyes that will really pop in vibrant hues. Aside from rich eyeshadows like those you'd find in the Too Faced – Eye Shadow Duo, jewel-toned eyeliners are also great choices.

To start out small, try using a liquid eyeliner like Too Faced – Starry Eyed Liquid Eye Liner along your upper lash line. It will give you a pop of color that's more traditional than any other application, and that's all you really need for a chic makeup look. Pair it with nude lips and peachy-pink cheeks to ensure that your eyes are the main focus.

Once you've mastered that, turn up the daring dial and use the liquid eyeliner on your lower lash lines instead of the upper ones. This is a trendy, fashion-forward take on the trend that many celebrities and models have incorporated into their appearances. You can use black liner along your upper lash line, then do a thin line of color on the bottom. Totally unexpected, but definitely cool!

Two places where you might be forgetting SPF

Friday, May 4th, 2012

You might be forgetting the SPF on these two places!By now, you know that it's essential to load up with sunblock before you head outside. The sun's harsh UVA and UVB rays can really do damage, even on cloudy days! Aside from using lotion on your arms, legs and chest, you should definitely be putting it on your face. But you might not be remembering two sneaky spots.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, many women forget that their lips and eyes need protection from the sun, too. You're not likely to slather on the face sunblock on these areas, so they might need a bit of extra protection.

While you could always extend the lotion application to your eye area, it might be easier to use a product like Colorescience Pro – Sunforgettable Brush (SPF 30), which you can smooth right over the area. In six different shades ranging from slightly tan to subtly shimmery, this product will give you a glow while instantly protecting you from sun damage. It's also waterproof, making it perfect to throw in your beach bag this summer.

As for your lips, smooth on a hydrating balm like Jane Iredale – Lip Drink SPF15. With a base of macadamia nut oil rather than petroleum, your lips will never be thirsty (or sunburned) again!

What color do you line your inner rims with?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

What color do you use on your inner rims?When it comes to eyeliner, no color is left untested. You can find formulas of liners like Jane Iredale – Eye Pencil or BORGHESE – Eye Accento Pencil in standard brown or black, white, nude, green, blue, purple and even orange. While they all do their part to make your eyes more interesting, there are certain effects that each color of eyeliner achieves, reports The Beauty Department. Here are a few of the standards.

1. Black. Black eyeliner is great for adding instant drama and definition. It may make your eyes look a bit smaller, but you'll have a smoldering effect that's totally worth it.

2. Brown. Softer than black, brown eyeliner is a way to add definition without looking too harsh.

3. White. White liner is totally '60s, and it really makes your eyes appear bigger by lengthening the whites of your eyes.

4. Nude. Skin-colored liners make your eyes look larger just like white, but it's less noticeable and way more natural.

5. Colorful. Any colored liner, whether it's blue, green, purple or something a bit more wild, is a great evening trick to make your eyes more interesting.

What does your mascara wand do for you?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

What kind of brush does your mascara have?Did you know that there are a wide variety of mascara wands out there? You may not have thought about it, but when it comes to the effect that your mascara has on your lashes, it's not just about the type of formula you're using, whether it's volumizing, lengthening or defining. It's got a lot to do with the way the wand is made!

According to The Beauty Department, there are three main wand types that you should be on the lookout for. That's combs, natural bristles and plastic bristles. In an experiment on the site, the beauty editors found that combs give you darker lashes that are longer and very separated. Natural bristles provide a soft, full effect that's very volumizing. Plastic bristles resulted in dark, long and full lashes that were stiffer than the lashes achieved by the natural bristles.

All three effects are useful for different makeup looks, so it's up to you to find mascaras that have the type of wand you're looking for. The Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara has a hollow fiber brush that may be worth trying out, while BABOR – Volume Mascara (Black) comes with a wand that's specially made to separate and lengthen lashes.