Archive for July, 2012

Can subtle color contrasts really make your nails stand out?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Can subtle color contrasts really make your nails stand out?Nails may not seem like it at first, but they can be an excellent way for you to channel your moods through color and design. Vivid nail creations aren't just for the bold and trendy, either. Even if your personal style tends to be more sedate, there are many easy designs that you can bring to life with a few of these helpful tips.

According to Glamour Magazine, one of the hottest looks to leap off the runway this season is velvet nails. While this sultry style isn't easy to pull off, you can channel the dark luxuriousness of it with something like Lippmann Collection – Bad Romance Nail Lacquer, which also features a subtle hint of glitter.

However, if you're searching for something radically different, you could also try layering your polishes with a mix of pastel and metallic hues. Lippmann Collection – Prelude to a Kiss Nail Lacquer can be a good, office-ready base that blends well with gold or silver. The source also recommends vivid colors like teal or bright green, which can create a stunning contrast for any attire.

TRUE Cosmetics Eye Shadows

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Have tired eyes? Treat them in 3 simple steps

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Have tired eyes? Treat them in 3 simple stepsYou don't have to be out all night to wake up with tired eyes. If you're under stress and not sleeping as well as normal, these may be just a few of the reasons why your peepers are carrying some major baggage. Consider a few tips from Allure Magazine's beauty blog to eliminate your biggest eye-related woes.

1. Keep it cool. Before you can even think about getting rid of puffy eyes, you need a product you know you can depend on. With something like Bliss – Baggage Handler Eye Gel, you can soothe your eyes and build long-lasting hydration. For an added boost, try storing this in the fridge before you apply it underneath your eyes. The cool effect of the gel on your troubled skin may be just the thing you need to replenish your natural radiance.

2. Line it up. Sometimes a good gel isn't all that you need to keep your eyes looking radiant. Enliven your peepers with an eyeliner like Jane Iredale – Mystikol in Citrine. This softer shade looks great and is sure to blend in naturally with your skin tone.

3. Drink plenty of water. While beauty products are important, the best way to prevent long-term damage to your skin is to stay hydrated. In addition to creams designed to reduce under-eye baggage and tiredness, be sure to drink water throughout the day.

Can sour cream be an effective way to treat razor burn?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Can sour cream be an effective way to treat razor burn?Bikini season is still upon us, and if you’re obsessed with maintaining a beach-ready body throughout the summer, removing unwanted body hair has likely taken up a lot of your time. While it might seem a little strange, did you know that you may be able to reduce razor burn along your bikini line with something as simple as sour cream?

According to, applying sour cream or a poultice made of oatmeal to your newly-shaved areas may help diminish pain and ease inflammation. This unexpected remedy may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a unique way to quell your discomfort, either one of these cool remedies may do the trick.

For a more traditional way to treat unsightly redness, try a product like Baxter of California – Razor Bump Relief, which is formulated with salicylic acid and witch hazel to reduce itching and irritation.

If you’re continually plagued by problems with razor burn, you may also want to consider revamping your shaving methods. Dermalogica – Soothing Shave Cream can help you get noticeably softer, smoother skin and may help prevent damage.

How to steal Olivia Munn’s look from The Babymakers screening

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Olivia Munn knows how to rock a low-key makeup look!Olivia Munn recently showed up to a screening of The Babymakers wearing makeup that's perfect for any occasion, whether it's a date, lunch with friends or a day at the office. It's low-key enough to wear anytime, but classy enough to make you look gorgeous wherever you are. Here's the how-to.

For eyes, use a shimmery navy eyeliner or an eyeshadow from the BABOR – Eye Shadow collection. Apply it from your lash lines to the creases, and flick it out a bit past your outer corners for a flirty effect. Now sweep a bit of rose gold liner or shadow underneath your bottom lash lines and in the inner corners. Finish with a touch of mascara.

On cheeks, use a bronzer like Youngblood – Natural Mineral Radiance in the hollows for a sculpted effect, then follow it up with a bit of creamy pink blush on the apples. A translucent face powder will ensure that it stays put and that shine won't be a problem.

Finally, pick a pretty mauve lipstick or lip gloss to transform your pout. That's all it takes!

Five ideas for an Olympics-inspired manicure

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are nearly here!The 2012 Olympic Games in London are nearly here, and if you're planning to support your favorite athlete, country or sport, why not show it on your nails? Olympics-inspired manicures are the perfect way to dress up your digits for the events, and they're totally festive. Here are five designs to try.

1. Flags. Whether it's the American flag, the Union Jack or the Jamaican flag, using colors from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers will definitely be patriotic.

2. The rings. You could use a straw to paint them on each nail or focus on just an accent nail. A white background would show them off perfectly.

3. Medals. Give your nails a bit of glitz by painting medals on your nails. Metallic gold, silver and bronze polish will ensure you get it just right.

4. Everything London. Consider painting your nails with designs that represent Great Britain. A red phone booth, the Queen's silhouette or Big Ben might be perfect! Don't forget to seal them with a topcoat like Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat.

5. Your favorite sport. Whether it's soccer, volleyball, swimming or track and field, you can get creative with fun designs featuring equipment.

Get the perfect sock bun in 3 easy steps

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Get the perfect sock bun in 3 easy stepsThis summer, braids were all the rage, but heading into the fall, there's no style that can compete with the easy-to-master, chic sock bun. Don't let the name turn you off – while messy buns can lend an aura of cool to your look, for true radiance, you can't do go wrong with this thick and durable 'do. To get this look fast, consider these three steps straight from Allure Magazine.

1. Condition your mane. Before you pull off this look, be sure to condition your hair with something like Dermalogica Silk Finish Conditioner, which can help strengthen and polish hair. After you've dried off, pull your hair into a ponytail.

2. Sock it up. Grab a sock that matches the color of your locks and cut the toe off so that only the tube remains. Then roll it up in a circle and wrap your ponytail around it. This can be tricky and may require a lot of patience, but once you've set all your strands in place, you'll be more than halfway done!

3. Pin it in place. Once you've set your sock bun in place, bobby pins and an extra elastic can help it stay secure. A spritz of something like Leonor Greyl – Laque Souple Gentle Hold Hair Spray can give it a gentle hold throughout the day. 

Three ways to bring natural radiance to your look with flowers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Three ways to bring natural radiance to your look with flowersDuring the verdant months of summer, the sweet smell of marigolds and roses can fill the air with a delightfully intoxicating aroma. Yet as summer slowly slips into cooler autumn days, that bittersweet fragrance begins to wane. Those vibrant flowers give way to crisp leaves that make crunching sounds in your wake.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can carry the summer with you even long after the season has passed. Consider a few of these tips from Glamour Magazine on how you can incorporate flowers into your 'do.

1. Crown your head. A lovely wreath of summer flowers can be a whimsical way to show your connection with nature. For hair that rivals the beauty of your delicate creation, try L'Occitane Summer Protection Sun Hair Mist, which is formulated with five essential oils and sunflower seed extract to shield hair from damaging UV rays.

2. Ring around the garland. A ring of garland entwined within a glamorous milkmaid braid or updo can be just the thing to fill your afternoon with excitement and romance.

3. Secret garden in your braid. Baby's breath can be the perfect addition to your braid. If your hair is thin or dry, an intense mud treatment like BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp can help enrich your strands with volume and replenish moisture to your scalp. 

How to make clip-in hair extensions look more natural

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Hair extensions look natural when you use these tips!If the thought of suddenly growing inches upon inches of thick, luxurious hair sounds like a dream come true, you're in luck. Today's hair extensions are more natural looking than ever, and they're often easy to apply – especially the clip-in variety. But how can you make sure that your extensions blend in with your own hair? Here are a few tips from hairstylist Ken Paves, who gave advice to Allure Magazine.

1. Rough it up. The combs in the extension might slip out if your hair is naturally fine or smooth, which means that a good dose of hairspray like Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle is key. You'll also need to tease the area where you're going to be putting in the clips.

2. Boost body. If your hair is thin or fine, you'll need some volume on your side in order to hide the clips. Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice can add texture and body that will help you tease the areas that are above and below the extensions, successfully masking them.

3. Style both. Your hair and your extensions should be styled the same, so whether you're blowdrying, curling, flat ironing, braiding or waving, you'll need to do it to your entire head of hair – fake and natural. This should blend the two seamlessly.

Three ways to make a too-light foundation work

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Bought foundation that's too light? No problem!Unless you're an artist with an eye for subtle variations of color, you're probably not guaranteed to buy the right shade of foundation each and every time. We all make mistakes, especially when our skin is known to change shades from winter to summer. It's not hard to choose a foundation that doesn't perfectly match your complexion. But what can you do if you bought a shade that's too light? Here are three ways to make it work.

1. Blend it with another foundation. Mix your light shade with a darker color from the Youngblood – Liquid Mineral Foundation collection to create a custom fit. This may take some trial and error, but it's better than wasting that product!

2. Use it as highlighter. If you don't want to use a shimmery highlighter like GloMinerals – gloDust 24K, use the foundation for a subtler brightening effect. Apply it on the areas of your face that catch the most light.

3. Layer powder on top. If it's not that much lighter than your natural skin tone, you might get good results from simply applying a darker foundation powder or a bronzer after the lighter shade. Use a big fluffy kabuki brush to blend it well.