Archive for July, 2012

Three ways to build a breakout beauty style

       
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Three ways to build a breakout beauty styleYour personal style is what you make of it, but when it comes to beauty, it can often seem like there are more restrictions that govern how you should look than there are freedoms! Set tired rules to the wayside with these three great tips from BellaSugar.com. 

1. You're never too old. Some beauty products seem like they belong to a more daring time. At first glance, a product like Too Faced – Shimmer Veils may look like the ideal makeup for teens, but these vibrant, fun-spirited hues can actually be a wonderful way for you to complement your eye color and ensemble.

2. Strike out with bold colors. Free yourself from the fetters that guide your beauty look and break out with wild bursts of color that clash against your ensemble. For example, instead of pairing blue eyeshadow with a blue dress, try exploring purple, pewter or even red tones.

3. Forget the black mascara. Tried and true, black is often touted as the go-to shade for this eye makeup by many beauty experts. However, with something like Jane Iredale – PureLash Mascara in Agate Brown, you can pull off a soft daytime look that will still look exceptional well into the evening. If you're a blonde or redhead, this color can also be kinder on your complexion.

Would you consider undergoing anti-aging IV treatments?

       
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Would you do an anti-aging IV treatment?The medical and beauty industries are getting more impressive by the day – they're always unveiling new technologies that promise to increase your health and your skin's beauty. But some of the newer treatments involve needles, surgery and lasers, and not every gal is cool with it. One celebrity trend that's popped up is anti-aging IV treatments. Do you think you'd try it?

According to Allure Magazine, Leaf MD Skincare in Beverly Hills, California, offers a Vita-Infusion Facial that involves an IV filled with vitamins C and B, calcium gluconate and magnesium chloride, which is a modified version of a mixture that's been studied and shown to benefit those with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

The celebrities who do this (Oprah Winfrey and Vanessa WIlliams reportedly have) get an energy boost and a glow when amino acids are added to the concoction.

Sounds pretty simple, but wouldn't you rather get your vitamins and minerals from a healthy diet and a dose of a product like G.M. COLLIN – Active C Serum? Fruits, veggies, lean protein, low-fat dairy and a good BORGHESE – Cura-C Anhydrous Vitamin C Body Treatment session can get you the same results – probably for a lot less money!

How to show off a bold matte lipstick

       
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Bright matte lips call for specific eye and cheek makeup!Bright lips are all over the red carpets these days, and you probably can't even walk down the street without seeing a few here and there. The latest trend is to choose bold lipsticks that have a matte finish, but how are you supposed to pair them with the rest of your makeup? To ensure that your lips are the center of attention, here's what to do.

First, keep your eye makeup simple. You want there to be a little bit of enhancement and interest, but not enough to steal the show from your pout. Use a light eyeliner like Blinc – Eyeliner – Grey to define the shape of your eyes by lining underneath your lower lash line and right on top of your upper lash lines. Finish with a shimmery eyeshadow in a neutral color and a touch of mascara.

For the rest of your face, use enough blush, bronzer and highlighter to create natural-looking contours, but be sure not to overdo it. A kit like Too Faced – The Bronzed and The Beautiful Bronzer Collection has everything you need to make your cheeks subtly stand out.

Are you washing your face properly?

       
Monday, July 30th, 2012

Are you washing your face properly?It doesn't matter how great your exfoliants or moisturizers are – according to dermatologists, if you're not washing your face in the proper sequence you may not be getting the most that your high-quality beauty products have to offer. Dermatologist Susan C. Taylor recommends the following steps when treating skin.

1. Washing your face can be a time-consuming task, but if you strive to have the most luminous complexion possible, you're likely more than ready to meet the challenge. Before doing anything else, be sure to wash your face with something gentle like BORGHESE – Esfoliante Delicato Gentle Cleanser and Exfoliator.

2. If you're trying to minimize acne or dark circles under your eyes, you should apply this treatment after you've washed your face. An under-eye cream like Youngblood – Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream can help lift and firm the sensitive skin around your eyes. When you apply this, use your ring finger, as this is the weakest and may not harm the tender flesh encircling your peepers.

3. Sunscreen and makeup should be the last things you apply. Once you're done, get ready to marvel at all the radiance your hard work has produced!

How to cover tattoos in 3 easy steps

       
Monday, July 30th, 2012

How to cover tattoos in 3 easy stepsEverybody makes mistakes, especially when it comes to tattoos. If you're tired of sporting a design that you had inked on during a lapse in judgment, you're in luck. With a few of these tips, you may be able to cover up your embarrassing body art so well that no one need ever know it's there!

1. Before you can conceal your ink, lay down a foundation for your cosmetics by using a product like Dermablend – Leg and Body Tattoo Primer. This smooth, blendable primer is water-, transfer- and smudge-resistant and can help ensure long-lasting (up to 12 hours!) coverage.

2. With your primer in place, say au revoir to your awkward tattoo with Dermablend – Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15. Formulated for all-day wearability, this versatile cover-up also offers protection from the sun.

3. If creating illusions with your makeup seems too difficult to keep up over time, laser tattoo removal treatments may be able to wipe away your ink and restore your skin's natural look. 

Does tweezing make hair grow back thicker?

       
Monday, July 30th, 2012

Does tweezing make hair grow back thicker?It’s a beauty urban legend, but one that probably terrifies you all the same. Can tweezing unwanted hairs along your upper lip, brows and across your face cause hair to grow back thicker and darker? Stylelist.com weighs in on this polarizing matter and suggests a few helpful tips for keeping those pesky shafts at bay.

When it comes to removing hair, using tweezers may not be ideal, but it can definitely help you get rid of errant hairs that break out along parts of your skin. High-quality products like Anthony Logistics – The Tool Kit can offer precision and comfort as you go about your ritual.

Yet the fear that these hairs may soon grow back can be a constant source of worry, leading some to believe that tweezing can ultimately be the cause for greater beauty woes.

“Tweezing is not likely to influence or cause diameter changes to hair texture,” hair expert Cunnane Phillips told the source. “Hormonal variables and genetic predisposition are much more likely to be at play.”

If you notice your hair is growing in darker than ever, you may want to consult a dermatologist or trichologist to understand the underlying cause. In the meantime, plucking those shafts can carry some risks, like possibly irritating skin. To soothe your complexion when it becomes inflamed, try a product like Dermalogica – UltraCalming Relief Masque.

Nine weird beauty tricks that actually work when you’re in a pinch

       
Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Wondering what soda has to do with mascara? Read on to find out!While being prepared for whatever life throws your way is always a great idea, it’s not always possible. Sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation where you don’t have the tools necessary for fixing a problem – especially those that are beauty related. Fortunately, there are a few strange but useful tips that you can take advantage of next time you’re in a makeup or skincare crisis.

1. Mask visible roots with a dark-colored mascara, recommends Cosmopolitan Magazine. If you noticed that your dark hair is starting to show its lighter roots, but you don’t have time to head to a salon to get it redone, just grab a tube of mascara that matches your hair color (black or brown) and swipe it over the area. Problem solved!

2. Blowdry your lash curler. Sure, it doesn’t need drying, but if you’re struggling to get a lasting curl in your lashes, ABC News suggests blasting your curling iron with the blowdryer for a bit. The hot metal will open up your lash cuticles, creating a lasting curl.

3. Soak nails in denture cleaner. If you have an elderly relative and tend to wear lots of dark nail polish, you can remove yellow stains after taking the polish off by soaking your hands or toes in denture cleaner, reports MSN Living. It’ll get rid of those stains just like it brightens your grandma’s falsies!

4. Use soda to de-clump your mascara. After a couple months of frequent use, some mascaras can get a bit dried out. You should toss mascara that’s older than a few months, but if it’s nearing it’s expiration date, you can make it last it until then. If you add a drop of soda, ABC points out that the syrup in the soft drink will add just enough moisture to the formula without making it watery and ineffective. Just make sure you throw it out when its time is up.

5. Paint your nails nude when you’re going on vacation. If you’re traveling somewhere where a polish touch-up wouldn’t be possible, paint your nails with nude nail polish that matches your skin tone. Your fingers will look lean and long, and those inevitable chips won’t look as obvious as they would if your digits were painted red or another bright color.

6. Rely on hand or body lotion to tame flyaways. A rich creamy lotion can help to smooth down hair that’s acting up from humidity or high temperatures. Just apply the lotion to your hands as usual, then run them over the surface of your ‘do. It’ll give control without weighing your hair down.

7. Use toilet seat covers as blotting papers. It sounds pretty weird, but the toilet seat covers that public restrooms keep in stock are great at soaking up excess oil on your face without smudging your makeup. Totally useful when you’re out at a bar or restaurant!

8. Add volume to limp tresses with sugar. Obviously, a great volumizing hair whip is preferable when you need a boost, but if you don’t have one on hand, a mix of sugar and water can help give thickness to your strands. Just add two packets into about 20 ounces of water, then spray it on, suggests MSN.

9. Put deodorant on your face. If it’s super hot and you’re sick of sweat ruining your makeup, put on a bit of deodorant on the areas of your face that sweat the most, recommends Cosmopolitan. While it’s not good to use every day, it works to stop sweating when you’re in a bind.

Want to command the room? Get tips on how to show off brilliant red lips

       
Friday, July 27th, 2012

Want to command the room? Get tips on how to show off brilliant red lipsModel Heidi Klum recently made a splash when she was photographed wearing beautiful cherry red lipstick. What's so special about this? Her two young daughters, ages 2 and 8, showed off the same vibrant shade.

While little girls often play with their mother's makeup in order to learn about beauty, if you're still unsure of how to rock this fabulous hue, you may feel like you need a lesson or two in beauty preparation. With a few of these tips, you're sure to own this look during your next social gathering.

Before you apply something like ModelCo Lipstick Lip Couture in stunning red, consider outlining your lips with a light pink or soft apricot lip pencil. The can add great definition to your lips and also prevent you from venturing outside the lines – a common mishap when applying this luscious shade.

You may want to dab a product like Too Faced – Lip Insurance Smoothing, Anti-Feathering Lip Primer onto your pucker before you add any color or cosmetics, as this can ensure that your lips stay hydrated and retain lipstick longer. Once you have, keep your application within your liner and get ready to steal the show!

Is rain threatening to ruin your style?

       
Friday, July 27th, 2012

Is rain threatening to ruin your style?Have rainy day blues got you down? While water can threaten to bring down any beauty look, with a few of these tips, you'll be gushing with joy over how immaculate your style looks despite the poor weather conditions.

If your sidewalk is being assailed by a torrential downpour, be sure to toss on a pair of sleek waterproof rain boots. You may not want to wear these all day at work, so remember to pack along a pair of heels or flats for when you get to the office. A stylish slicker can also prevent water from ruining your sophisticated business attire.

One of the worst problems to strike during a rainy day is frizz! Prevent your hair from turning into a catastrophe with a product like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur, which is formulated to protect and nourish hair while combating frizz.

Brief rain showers can leave more than just your hair and clothing in a bind – they can also do some serious damage to your makeup. Take extra precautions before you brave the next storm with a waterproof mascara like Too Faced – Lash Injection Pinpoint Mascara. This lush beauty product can add definition and allure to your lashes and is sure to last even through the worst stormy weather.
 

How to eliminate embarrassing peach fuzz

       
Friday, July 27th, 2012

How to eliminate embarrassing peach fuzzHate those short, darkly pigmented shafts of hair that pop up over your upper lip and on your cheeks? Known not-so-affectionately as peach fuzz, this embarrassing body hair is the dread of many women, even if it's barely noticeable. While this fuzz can be tough to get rid of forever, with a couple of these tips from BellaSugar.com, you may be able to keep it at bay in time for your next big date.

In order to eliminate unwanted hair, women will go to a lot of measures. Laser removal may seem attractive, yet according to the source, this can be a dead-end, as these lasers are intended to remove darker strands.

Waxing can be a great way to remove peach fuzz, and a kit like Bliss – Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit offers a quick, comprehensive way to get the job done. However, continuous waxing can cause skin irritation, so be sure to keep a close eye on your complexion's reaction.

If you're a novice to waxing, you may want to ease into the process slowly with a product like MOOM – Express Pre Waxed Strips for Face and Bikini. Formulated with chamomile, lavender and essential oils, these strips may help keep skin smooth for up to two months.