Archive for September, 2012

Have you tried magnetic nail polish yet?

       
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Have you tried magnetic nail polish yet?Remember when crackle-coated nails were all the rage? While those are still totally in style now that nail art is huge, magnetic nail polish has recently been showing up everywhere. These polishes are infused with tiny metallic particles that create awesome 3D designs on your nails when you run a magnet over them. And the best part is that you don't even have to go searching for a magnet – they're in the cap!

So how do you pull off this chic metallic mani? First, make sure your nails are completely clear of old polish and oil with a product like Lippmann Collection – The Stripper to go. This will make sure the polish sticks to your nails. Now apply one coat of base coat and wait until it's dry.

Paint on one coat of the magnetic polish, but don't use the magnet yet. Applying this first coat will just ensure that the color won't look streaky. After two or three minutes, paint a thicker coat of the metallic polish on your first nail, then immediately hold the magnetic cap close to it (but not touching). Hold it there for about 10 seconds to create a cool design, then repeat the process on the rest of your nails.

When you're done, seal the deal with a quick-dry top coat and you have yourself a futuristic manicure!

What products make up a good skincare regimen?

       
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

What products should your skincare regimen consist of?If you want gorgeous, glowing skin that’s free of blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles and discoloration, an effective skincare regimen is crucial. But it can be hard to know which products you should be combining for the most effective routine. The products you pick depend largely on your skin type and the concerns you’re trying to treat, but here’s a general guide outlining which products would make up a comprehensive regimen.

Cleanser
A good cleanser for face is the first step in any skincare regimen. It keeps your complexion free of the dirt, oil and environmental pollutants that can cause blemishes and free-radical damage, and it also preps your skin for soaking up the beneficial ingredients in the rest of your routine. If you have oily skin, you’ll want a cleanser that can keep your face matte throughout the day. Those with combination skin should use a mild cleanser that won’t strip away oils or exacerbate dry skin. Ladies with dry or sensitive skin should choose a moisturizing cream cleanser without fragrances or dyes.

Toner
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, toners for face are largely optional, but they can have skin benefits for certain skin types. These products work by evening out your skin’s pH levels. If your pH balance is off, it could result in a number of ailments, like blemishes, dry patches or shiny skin. Typically, they’re good for those who have oily complexions, whether it’s all over or just on the T-zone. Swipe it over those greasy areas to mattify your visage and purify your pores.

Serum
Not everyone needs serums for face, but they’re some of the most potent skincare products on the market. If you’re looking for anti-aging effects or antioxidants to prevent skin damage, serums are a wonderful way to pack your skin with beneficial ingredients. They absorb quickly and should be worn underneath your moisturizer so they’ll penetrate deep into your visage. Whatever your skincare concerns are, you can bet there’s a serum out there that can help.

Spot treatment
If you get the occasional zit, it’s helpful to have acne treatment products on hand to use as a spot treatment. When used after cleansing and before moisturizing, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatments can clear up breakouts and minimize the appearance of pimples in no time.

Moisturizer
Face moisturizers are essential, even if you think your skin doesn’t need any more hydrating because it’s already oily. In fact, the reason for your oily skin might be because your skin is dry and your pores are overcompensating. Moisturizers help form a protective barrier over your skin that prevents hydration from escaping. You might want to pick up a light moisturizer for day and a richer, creamier moisturizer for night. Always apply it right after cleansing your skin – it’ll soak in better if your face is still slightly damp. For added protection, use moisturizers with SPF to prevent sunburns and photoaging.

Exfoliant
Regular exfoliation is necessary to slough off dead skin cells and prevent blocked pores. It also reveals fresh, radiant skin cells underneath, which is always a plus. Scrubs and exfoliants for face should be used a couple of times a week, and you should never scrub too hard, which could damage your skin. Sensitive skin types should look for the gentlest products available. On days when you exfoliate, you might want to skip using products that have ingredients that may be drying, like those in your serum or toner.

Masque
Face masques are another way to treat specific skincare issues, whether it’s redness, dryness, acne or oiliness. Once a week or so, slather these products on your face after cleansing, then leave them on for the recommended amount of time before rinsing with lukewarm water. From there, you can go about your regular routine as usual.

Two simple ways to minimize the size of your pores

       
Monday, September 24th, 2012

You don't have to deal with large pores anymore!Smooth, even skin is a sign of youth, but larger-than-life pores might be betraying your age. As we get older, our pores are more likely to stay expanded from the accumulation of dirt and oil, which is bad news for those who aren’t taking steps to prevent buildup. Here are two ways you can minimize the size of your pores in no time.

First, Allure Magazine recommends using a cleanser with salicylic acid, like Murad – Clarifying Cleanser. This ingredient dissolves oil that’s lurking in your pores and clears away dead skin cells, which could clog them up. As a bonus, it gets rid of bacteria that could cause blemishes.

Next, use pore strips or a purifying mask like Sothys – Pore Refiner System Refining Peel-Off Mask once a week to deep-clean your pores. Removing the grime will immediately make your pores look lighter, which can help minimize their appearance. Of course, the fact that you’ll be removing impurities and resurfacing your skin helps too.

While you’re just getting started on these two treatment methods, use a makeup primer before applying your foundation and concealer. This can create an invisible barrier over pores, leaving you with a smoother surface while your products get to work.

A guide to fall 2012′s hottest makeup colors

       
Monday, September 24th, 2012

Want to know what colors are hot for fall?Just like the leaves on the trees are changing colors, so should the contents of your makeup bag. While brights and jewel tones are always cool no matter what season it is, there are some shades that work better during specific times of the year. For fall 2012, stock up on beauty products in these fabulous colors.

Gray
Whether it's eyeliner, eyeshadow or nail lacquer, gray is an anything-but-boring neutral that works with every outfit.

Black cherry
According to Allure Magazine, this deep red shade is totally on-trend this season for lips, but you can also extend it to the tips of your fingers and toes!

Sparkly black
Glam up black eyeshadow with a bit of sparkle. Too Faced – Galaxy Glam is the perfect product.

Really red
Shades of red are always bold, but this fall's emphasis on "true red" is even more daring. Try it on your lips, cheeks and nails – it goes with everything!

Mauve
This purple/pink/gray hybrid is definitely appropriate for fall, reports Allure. A monochromatic, matte look is chicest.

Deep green
On eyes or nails, deep green is hot. Try using it as eyeliner for a pop of the unexpected, or pair with gold for a luxe vibe.

New Girl, New Look

       
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

New Girl, New Look infographics

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It’s a new season of New Girl, which leading lady are you trying to emulate this Fall?

Jess

  • Lips: Use a pink, matte lipstick for vintage charm
  • Cheeks: Apply a flirty blush at the apples of your cheeks
  • Eyes: Jazz up your black eyeliner with a wingtip

Cece

  • Lips: Slick on a sheer lipgloss for maximum sex appeal
  • Cheeks: A bronzer does wonders for defining your face shape
  • Hair: Sleek,shiny hair completes Cece’s edgy `do

Matriskin Technology

       
Friday, September 21st, 2012

Matriskin TechnologyIf you’ve noticed complexion imperfections caused by aging, you might be considering cosmetic injectables or plastic surgery to restore the youthful look and feel of your skin. But instead of shelling out all that cash (and dealing with the pain involved), consider the Matriskin Technology collection from Beauty Bridge, a high-performance skincare system that can solve all of your problems with its innovative active ingredients.

Matriskin is a French skincare line that’s finally made its way to the United States, bringing with it a range of products that can offer fast results and protection against future skin damage. The Matriskin technology uses two patented molecules, polysaccharides and ceramides, garnered through advanced biotechnological processes. They help your skin restructure its cell layers to achieve the complexion you’ve been dreaming of.

Start with the Instant Foaming Cleanser, which cleanses deep into your pores and prepares your skin to soak up the ingredients from the rest of the system’s products. Those include the Collagen MP Serum, which nourishes skin and improves its structure and surface, as well as the Eye Liss Contour Eye Contour Cream, a radiance-enhancer that instantly tightens the delicate eye area. The High Performance Cream can also be used as a daily and nightly moisturizer that firms, smoothes and tones your visage.

Hair trend alert: the braided top knot

       
Friday, September 21st, 2012

Transform your bun into a braided top knot!In case you haven't noticed, there are two major hair trends that have been getting attention all summer long. That's the chic top knot and the cool, intricate braid. Both of these styles are great on their own, but can you imagine the awesomeness that ensues when you combine them into the same hairstyle? The braided top knot not only looks fabulous, but it's not as hard to do as it looks.

There are two ways that you can pull this look off – one involves braiding the front version near your hairline, while the other braids the section of hair underneath the bun on the back of your head. Either way looks great, and it's up to you which one you want to pull off.

Start with a little texturizing cream, then French braid your hair. You can do it as you normally would if you're braiding the top, but if you're doing the lower section on the back of your head, it may help to lie on your bed or a couch and hang your head off the edge (with your face toward the floor) so you get better access.

Stop braiding when you get to the point where the bun will be and secure it with a small elastic. A spritz of hairspray will keep it in place so you can put your hair into a bun as you normally would, whether it's with pins, a sock or an elastic. Done!

Want to recreate the bronze smoky eyes from the Gucci show?

       
Friday, September 21st, 2012

Here's how to get the bronze smoky eyes from the Gucci show!If you’re not into some of the wild looks being featured on the runways lately, you might be more excited about the makeup that the models wore for the recent Gucci show. While some of the look’s aspects were a little much (Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog reports that the makeup artist used not one, but TWO sets of false eyelashes), others were just right. Here’s how you can get the bronzed smoky eyes yourself.

First, you’ll need to start with glowing skin, which is easily achieved with a product like Exuviance – SkinRise Morning Bionic Tonic. After you’re moisturized, apply primer and foundation for a smooth, even canvas, then use blush and a hint of bronzer to contour your cheeks.

Now apply a peach eyeshadow all over your lids, stopping just above your creases. Pick up a shimmery bronze eyeshadow and layer that over the peach, across your lids and into the creases. A little highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes helps make them look bigger.

Finish with a healthy dose of mascara, using a lash comb in between coats for a feathery texture. Apply brown eyeliner to your inner rims and along your lower lash lines, then top off the look with a peachy lipstick!

Top 5 tips for pulling off hair accessories this fall

       
Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Looking for tips on how to rock this fall's trendy hair accessories? Here they are!Hair accessories are a hot commodity these days, and now that summer’s humidity is gone, you’ll probably be looking for ways to flaunt your smoother ‘do. To draw attention to your mane and have fun with the latest accessory trends, follow these tips to perfection.

1. Add shine first. Accessories in dull hair aren’t flattering, so boost the shine of your locks with plenty of glossing hair products.

2. Use barrettes instead of elastics. Allure Magazine recommends these accessories because they’re more elegant and grown-up looking.

3. Turn anything into an accessory. You don’t have to stick to the usual items – try securing brooches, earrings, flowers or necklaces in your hair with floral wire for added intrigue.

4. Give them plenty of grip. Second-day hair is ideal, reports Allure, but a product like Fekkai – COIFF Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray can add texture if you like washing your hair every day.

5. Don’t just use them to keep your hair out of your face. A well-placed headband or sparkly clip can be a simple way to update your look – it doesn’t need to serve a particular purpose other than lending you fabulousness!

How to get the look worn by models at NYFW’s Peter Som show

       
Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Here's how you can get the look from Peter Som's runway show!Looking for a pretty, sweet makeup look with a little funky edge? The beauty fashions worn by the models at the Peter Som runway show during New York Fashion Week are the perfect picks. With natural-looking lips and cheeks offset by colorful eyeshadow, you’re sure to turn heads when you copy the look.

First, you’ll need to prep your face with the usual daily moisturizer, primer and foundation for a smooth, even surface. Use a brow pencil to thicken up your eyebrows and fill in any sparse areas, then use a peachy-pink, natural-looking blush to create a believable flush on your cheeks.

Now, choose three shades of eyeshadow from an eye palette, two of which are the same color (one should be slightly darker than the other) and another one that complements. One combination seen on the runways was soft yellow and pink.

The Beauty Department points out that the makeup artist used the complementary color on the lids, the lighter of the two matching shades in the creases and the darker shade of that same color on the brow bones. It’s a daring look that’s still perfectly pretty!