Archive for July, 2012

How to jazz up your manicure in 3 easy strokes

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A glittery accent nail might be just what your manicure needs!Not every nail art tutorial posted online or written about in the pages of a magazine is possible for some women. Whether you can't draw to save your life, don't have a steady enough hand or simply don't have a wide range of nail polish colors available, you may find that some designs are simply out of reach. But that doesn't mean you can't rock a jazzed-up manicure like everyone else.

Instead of worrying yourself over tiny shapes and intricate details, why not take the easy route and use a chic glitter polish like Lippmann Collection – Stairway To Heaven Nail Lacquer to take your nails to another level? It'd look glitzy on all 10 nails, but even painting one accent nail with three strokes of the brush on each hand is enough to make it interesting.

The ring finger is the most popular candidate for accent nail designs, so consider making that your standout when you're planning a color scheme. Go with matching shades of polish and glitter, like a red manicure with Lippmann Collection – Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? Nail Lacquer on the accent nail, or choose complementary colors like gray polish and silver glitter. You could even go bold with a totally opposite choice, like gold and green. The effect is up to you!

Three great ways to use your primer

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Three great ways to use your primerAre you the kind of woman who’s always on the prowl for fresh new ways to utilize your beauty products? Primer can help ensure even and lasting coverage for cosmetics, which is a definite must during the scorching hot days of summer. But did you know that this versatile skin-softening product is great for use in a variety of other ways?

1. Mineral foundations can provide light, airy coverage during heat waves, but for cooler nights, you may want to give your look a dramatic edge. Blend your base with something like Youngblood Mineral Primer for a flawless matte finish that is sure to last through the evening.

2. Are wrinkles a source of frustration? Smooth out those fine lines by mixing your primer with a creamy smudge-proof concealer like BABOR – Camouflage Cream that may be able to cloak embarrassing signs of aging from your face.

3. Some of the most defining aspects of your face make up the T-zone (your nose and chin), which is why it’s so vital that you keep this area free of dirt and oil. While this can be a constant struggle for those with acne-prone skin, try blotting with a bit of primer. This may be able to prevent future breakouts and leave your face looking radiant!

How not be turned to a Human Lobster?

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Suncare for your skin infographics


Hey Gorgeous, Miss a Spot?

Regularly applying sunscreen will keep you from looking like a human lobster. It is also reduces the possibility of wrinkles later on down the line. Sometimes, despite your diligence, a few places can get passed over.
Here are some commonly missed spots that you seriously don’t want to burn!

  • Ears
  • Neck
  • Tops of Hands
  • Back of Knees
  • Tops of Feet

Youngblood Ultimate Concealer

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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One easy purple eyeshadow look to rock this summer

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Purple eyeshadow is flattering on everyone!You probably know by now that purple is one of the most universally flattering colors, but have you figured out how to wear it yet? If you're still stuck trying to find the perfect effect, why not go with a purple sunset eyeshadow application? Here's the how-to from The Beauty Department.

First, use a loose purple eyeshadow to cover your entire eyelids. For added intensity, dip your eyeshadow brush into water beforehand, which will make the pigment darker. The color should stop right at your crease. On your lower lash line, use a purple cream eyeshadow, which is easier to apply to this area.

Now use a rose gold shade of eyeshadow like Too Faced – Single Eye Shadow in Nude Scene in your crease. Blend it from your inner corners to your outer corners and bring it up to just beneath your brow bone. Finish by blending it on your lower lash line right underneath the purple shadow.

Swipe on mascara, then pair this purple eye perfection with a peachy blush and lip gloss or go bold with red lipstick. How perfect is that for summer?

Copying Heidi Klum’s look from the Project Runway Life-Sized Interactive Runway party

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Heidi Klum knows how to nail a pretty, carefree look on the red carpet!If you've always wanted to look like Heidi Klum, here's your chance! The look that the model wore to a recent party for the installation of the Project Runway Life-Sized Interactive Runway on the Highline in New York City was pretty yet casual. Perfect for a regular day at the office or a lazy weekend!

To copy her hairstyle, you'll need to create beachy waves. Use a texturizing mousse to give your tresses a messier look, then use a curling iron to create waves all around your head, leaving the ends out for a non-perfect effect. Part your hair slightly off-center.

Now apply your foundation for the face as usual, using a bit of bronzer and a peachy-pink blush to create contour that will flatter the shape of your face and make your cheekbones pop.

For eyes, use a light sparkly eyeshadow like Too Faced – Candy Bars Eye Shadow & Shimmer over your entire lids, then line your inner rims with a nude or white eyeliner. This will make your eyes look brighter and wider. Apply highlighter to your inner corners, then finish with two coats of black mascara. Sweep a pale pink lipstick onto your pout and you're done!

How to use gold – a universally flattering eyeshadow and liner color

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Gold eye makeup is the perfect balance of bright and wearable.Many women find themselves in a dilemma when they're trying to figure out which eye makeup look to go with for a night out. A fun time calls for a bold, edgy look – but what if you're not too keen on the crazy-bright trends this season? If you're not fond of wearing tons of makeup but want to increase the vibrancy of your eye makeup, why not try gold?

According to Annamarie Tendler, a makeup blogger who creates posts for Glamour Magazine, gold is pretty much universally flattering, and it's bright without looking too out there. So how can you get the perfect smoldering gold eye makeup? Try this method.

Start with a gold eye gloss, sweeping it over your entire lid, into the crease and stopping just underneath your brow bone. Blend a bit into your lower lash line as well.

Now use an eyeliner like Too Faced – Starry Eyed Liquid Eye Liner in Gold Digger to line all the way around your eye – over the upper and lower lash line and around the inner and outer corners.

Finish up the look with a peachy-pink blush and plenty of brown or black mascara to lengthen your lashes. The effect should be bright yet sophisticated – exactly what you're looking for!

Top 5 cute warm weather hairstyles to try this summer

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Sick of relying on your blowdryer this summer?During the summer months, the last thing you probably want to do is whip out your blowdryer and flat iron and try to heat your hair into submission. Standing in the bathroom with hot air and tools near your face is enough to make any girl scream when it’s sticky and warm outside. But how are you supposed to look cute without using your go-to style methods? Try one of these awesome new hairstyles – all of which are hotter than the temperatures outside.

1. A messy top knot. Top knots are some of the easiest styles to create, and they’re starting to get more popular as women search for ways to get their hair off their necks. Celebrities have been sporting the look for months now, like Julianne Hough, who twisted her tresses into a messy top knot and secured her bangs with bobby pins at a recent event. The bonus of this style? If you use a hair styling product before tossing it up, you’ll have great waves the day after.

2. A braided side bun. Charlize Theron has relied on this look on the red carpet, and Allure Magazine reports that it’s easy to pull off yourself with a couple of tweaks. Just part your hair as usual, then create a ponytail on the opposite side, leaving out one section of hair from the side you parted on. Twist the ponytail into a loose bun, then take the loose section and braid it before wrapping it around your head and adding it into the bun. If it’s a little messy, that’s totally fine – just get rid of super annoying flyaways with a hairspray like Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle.

3. Beachy waves. You don’t have to spend a whole day at the beach to get this look (unless you want to, of course). Cosmopolitan Magazine reports that the humidity and heat will help bring out your natural texture, which makes this look a breeze to create. Just divide your hair into three sections and loosely braid each one. Remove the braids when they’re dry, then use a texturizing product like Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream. How easy was that?

4. Headbands or scarves. For an instant shot of sophistication, a headband or a scarf is perfect when you’re trying to keep your hair (especially bangs) off of your face in the heat. Celebrities like Katy Perry, Kirsten Dunst and Cameron Richardson have all been spotted wearing accessories like these – even on the red carpet! Allure recommends placing a skinny headband one inch back from your hairline for an orderly look, or try pulling your hair into a messy bun and tying a scarf around your crown after teasing. Perfection in a snap.

5. A side fishtail. Fishtail braids are hotter than ever, and they’re a great way to keep weighty hair off of your neck. To copy the look that Diane Kruger, Jordin Sparks, Elizabeth Olsen and tons of other stars have been rocking, divide your hair into two sections. Pull a piece from the outside of the left section and bring it over to the right, then take a piece from the outside of the right section and bring it over to the left. Keep pulling after each piece and continue until you reach the end of your hair. Secure with an elastic, then rough it up a bit with your fingers for a carefree texture. A bit of Hamadi – Shea Spray will add extra softness and shine.

Which of the 5 nail shapes do you like best?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Which nail shape do you like best?Some ladies spend their time obsessing over which bright, trendy nail polish they'll put on their digits next, but others are more concerned with what shape they'll file their nails into. Glamour Magazine's beauty blog points out that there are five nail shapes that have become popular, but which one is your favorite?

1. Rounded. Many women have nails that grow into a rounded shape naturally, so it's not very hard to file them to keep them perfectly round.

2. Square. A completely straight edge on the tips looks fresh and clean, and it's also one of the strongest shapes for your nails. Filing straight across is also simple, but make sure the outer corners aren't sharp!

3. Squoval. A mix of round and square, this is probably the most popular shape these days. It's like the square style but the edges are more rounded.

4. Oval. This style was popular in the 80s, but you might not see it as often today. The tips of the nails have a rounded point.

5. Stiletto. One of the edgier choices now, stiletto nails really make a statement. The nails end in a slightly rounded point that's very tapered.

Whichever one's your favorite, Lippmann Collection – Smooth Operator 4-Way Buffer/File can help you achieve it!

How to copy Kate Beckinsale’s bronzed smoky eye from Comic-Con

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Kate Beckinsale's bronze smoky eye from Comic-Con was chic and easy!Kate Beckinsale is a gorgeous lady who really knows how to rock the latest looks. But she also likes to update old classics like the smoky eye. Recently, Kate showed up at Comic-Con wearing a flattering version of the smoky eye that was done in bronze and rust colors – perfect for her skin tone. Here's how to copy her eye makeup for yourself.

First, you'll need a luxurious brown eyeliner to lightly trace your upper and lower lash lines. Don't use it on your inner rims – the effect is meant to be subtle. Now use a medium shade of brown eyeliner to cover your entire lids. This will act as a base for your darker and lighter colors.

Pick up a rust eyeshadow color like BABOR – Eye Shadow in Fox and blend it into your creases, stopping just underneath your brow bone. Use a shimmery bronze color on your lower lids and layer that lightly on top of the rust color you just applied. Finish the shading by using a light bronze shadow on your inner corners, which will make your eyes appear brighter.

Finish up with two coats of a brown mascara, and you should have a smoldering look that rivals Kate's!